Date: 7/13/17 1:14 pm
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET:Sangamon Co. June 2017 report

Birds in Sangamon County in June 2017

*Pied-billed Grebe* – one calling in a flooded field NW of Spfld (June 1).

*Am.White Pelican *– one at beach (June 2 - 4).

*Double cr. Cormorants* – small flock summering, with dwindling #, w/ HC
= 18 (June 3).

*Neotropic Cormorant* – one adult at LSpfld Dam (June 3- 6) showed the
white line around gular patch and white on the side of the head -
distant photo

*Great Blue Heron* – HC = 83 (June 2) most below dam, only one nesting
colony at HL.

*Great Egret* – High count 5 (June 1) and last seen at LSpfld June 22.

*Green Heron* – HC = 4 (June 27), rather scarce.

*Mute Swan* – HC = 6 (June 6), and two adults & a young on the west side
of Spfld June 24.

*Snow Goose* – one white at Sangchris (June 3) and one blue north LSpfld
(June 10).

*Canada Goose* - # at LSpfld & some at Sangchris w/ many young seen, w/
HC = 145 (June 21).

*Wood Duck* – HC = 36 (June 28), 12 broods seen (w/ 1 –15 yg) in June,
especially at WP.

*Mallard *– HC = 148 (June 28), w/ 11 broods seen (w/ 2 – 10 yg) in June.

*N. Shoveler* – a ♂ at Cinder Flats (June 1 & 2).

*Hooded Merganser* – HC = 16(HY &adults) on (June 17) an HY at LSpfld
(June 12) and 3 at Sangchris (June 18).

*Turkey Vulture* – HC = 93 (June 17), LSpfld roost still present.

*Osprey *– one at LSpfld near the beach (June 29).

*Bald Eagle* – adults singles at Hawk Valley at nest (June 1 – 18), and
a single im at LSpfld (June 24).

*Cooper’s Hawk* – HC = 3 (June 9).

*Red-shouldered Hawk* – HC = 2 (June 19) + 3 singles June 3 – 17, %
nests at Sangchris, Churchill Road, near Airport, CP & RSP.

*Red-tailed Hawk* – HC = 5 (June 30), w/ % nests at Cinder Flats,
Beamington Corner, CP, Nipper Prairie and Sangchris.

*Am. Kestrel* – HC = 4 (June 26) w/ 3 fledged yg and adult at RCC –B Dyer.

*Ring-neck Pheasant*- HC = 3 (June 15).

*Turkey *– HC = 7 (June 10) w/ adult & one yg at CP June 26.

*N. Bobwhite* – HC = 7 (June 1) – very spotty distribution.

*Am. Coot* – one at LSpfld Dam (June 20 – 23).

*Am Golden Plover *– fall arrival adult ♂ at beach LSpfld (June 29).

*Killdeer *– HC = 47 (June 30), a few young seen.

*Solitary Sandpiper – *fall arrival at Nipper Prairie (June 30).

*Willet* – a late spring migrant at Marine Pt (June 2) – photo.

*Spotted Sandpiper* – HC = 6 (June 10), w/ nest and 4 eggs at Cinder
Flats (June 6) – eggs hatched June 20 (one egg addled) and two yg seen
June 24 + 3 yg from another pair also seen June 24. Conditions and
nesting habitat deteriorating at the Cinder Flats.

*Semipalmated Sandpiper* – last spring migrant at Cinder Flats (June
19), w/HC = 7 (June 3).

*Least Sandpiper* – fall arrival 2 adults at Cinder Flats (June 25).

*White-rumped Sandpiper – *a late spring flight occurred with 16 birds
at the Cinder Flats (June 11) and there were 11 the next day (June 12).
Also a very late or summering bird there June 23.

*Laughing Gull* – one adult at LSpfld (June 6), two adults there (June
11), and one there (June 18) – all photo.

*Franklin’s Gull* – two second year birds at LSpfld (June 1 & 2) and im
there (June 16).

*Ring-billed Gull* – low #& all non-breeding birds, w/ HC = 55 (June 30).

*Caspian Tern* – fall arrival? 2 at LSpfld (June 15).

*Black Tern* – at LSpfld, last seen & HC = 3(June 5).

Rock Dove - *present*

*Eurasian Collared Dove *– HC = 2 (June 15).

*Mourning Dove* – HC = 32 (June 15).

*Yellow-billed Cuckoo* – HC = 6 (June 19).

*Great Horned Owl* – 3 singles (June 7 & 24) and HY SW of Loami (June 15).

*Barred Owl* – two singles RSP (June 17 & 26).

*Common Nighthawk* – 7 singles (June 1 - 27).

*Chimney Swift* – HC = 5 (June 24) - # greatly declined.

*Ruby-thr. Hummingbird* – HC = 3 (June 19) low # and ♂ missing from
known perches.

*Belted Kingfisher* – HC = 4 (June 26), w/ one HY at RSP on that date.

*Red-headed Woodpecker* – HC = 10 (June 25).

*Red-bellied Woodpecker* – HC = 14(June 17), first HY seen June 16.

*Downy Woodpecker* – HC = 7(3x in June) HY seen June 1.

*Hairy Woodpecker* – HC = 4 (June 17).

*N. Flicker* – HC = 6 (June 17 & 25).

*Pileated Woodpecker* – HC = 3 (June 17 & 21), w/ HY at CP June 19.

*Olive-sided Flycatcher* – late spring migrant south of Airport (June 5)

*E. Wood-Pewee* – HC = 5 (June 17) - # very low.

*Acadian Flycatcher* – low #, 3 singles(June 1 – 17).

*Willow Flycatcher* – 2 singles (June 2 & 5).

*E. Phoebe* – HC =(June 21).

*Great crested Flycatcher* – HC = 6 (June 5 & 28).

*Eastern Kingbird* – HC = 9 (June 30), w/ nest seen located usually near
other species see waxwing and Orchard Oriole.

*Horned Lark* – HC = 3 (June 15) – very low #.

*Purple Martin* – HC = 12 (June 25), w/ HY seen June 14.

*Tree Swallow* – nesting in a few places, HC = 4 (June 8).

*N. Rough-winged Swallow* – nesting in several places, w/ HC = 10 (June
25) and several fledged yg (June 18) .

*Bank Swallow* – nesting at the Cinder Flats, fewer birds and some nests
destroyed. HC = 50 (June 17). At least 135 nest holes at the Cinder
Flats June 17.

*Cliff Swallow* – nesting in several areas, especially Lindsay Bridge.
HC = 175 (June 27), w/ young seen by June 5 and # of yg on June 13.

*Barn Swallow* – HC = 20 (June 15), w/ young seen June 25.

*Blue Jay* – HC = 20 (June 17).

*Am. Crow* – HC = 17 (June 18), w/ several family groups seen.

*Fish Crow* – one at Sangchris (June 18).

*Black-cap Chickadee* – HC = 7 (June 19), w/ fledged yg at CP June 25.

*Tufted Titmouse* – HC = 13 (June 3 & 4), and HY by June 3

*White-breasted Nuthatch* – HC = 9 (June 19).

*Carolina Wren* – HC = 11 (June 17).

*House Wren* – HC = 19 (June 15).

*Blue-gray Gnatcatcher* – HC = 2 (3x in June), w/ feeding young in nest
June 9.

*E. Bluebird* – HC = 7 (June 1) - # low, but some yg seen.

*Wood Thrush* – HC = 3(June 27).

*Am. Robin* – HC = 35 (June 17) and some young seen.

*Gray Catbird* – HC = 11 (June 4, 24 & 30).

*N. Mockingbird* – HC = 3 (June 18), seen on 10 days.

*Brown Thrasher* – HC = 4 (June 21 & 24), adult w/ fledged yg June 21.

*Cedar Waxwing* – a few all June, w/ HC = 7 (June 1 & 25). A nest at
LSpfld Dam June 1 and another nest at Center Park June 24 were both in
elm trees and near E. Kingbird nests.

*Eurasian Starling - *present . There was a flock of 100 HY (June 7).

*White-eyed Vireo* – low #, HC = 2 (June 24 - 27).

*Bell’s Vireo* – HC = 3 (June 8).

*Yellow-throated Vireo* – HC = 2 (June 5), this species declining.

*Warbling Vireo* – HC = 9 (June 2).

*Red-eyed Vireo* – HC = 3(3x in June ).

*N. Parula* – HC = 2 (June 18) - low #.

*Yellow Warbler* – HC = 3 (June 24).

*Cape May Warbler – *a first spring ♀ was at Marine Pt (June 22) – odd
time of year. Warbler had dull greenish yellow rump and thin streaking.

*Black & white Warbler* – adult ♀ showing molt at HL (June 27).

*Am. Redstart* - ♀ at HL (June 27).

*Prothonotary Warbler* – HC = 3 (June 17).

*Kentucky Warbler* – HC = 4 at CP (June 19).

*Common Yellowthroat* – HC = 8 (June 1).

*Yellow-breasted Chat* – HC = 5 (June 8 & 26).

*Summer Tanager* – HC = 2 (June 12 & 19), seen on 12 days – rather scarce.

*Scarlet Tanager* – HC = 2 (4x in June).

*N. Cardinal* – HC = 19 (June 18).

*Rose-breasted Grosbeak* – HC = 7 (June 8).

*Blue Grosbeak* - 5 singles (4 ♂ 1♀) – low #.

*Indigo Bunting* – HC = 16 (June 15) - # low especially near row crops
and very few seen singing along roadsides.

*Dickcissel *– HC = 25 (June 15).

*Eastern Towhee* – HC = 5 (June 7).

*Chipping Sparrow* – HC = 9 (June 15), fledged yg seen June 26.

*Field Sparrow* – HC = 8 (June 8).

*Vesper Sparrow* – 3 singles, (June 2, 18 & 30).

*Lark Sparrow* – one ♂ at Wahl Road (June 18).

*Grasshopper Sparrow* – HC = 3(June 10).

*Henslow’s Sparrow* – one ♂ at Marsh Road (June 2).

*Song Sparrow* – HC = 11 (June 15).

*Red-wing Blackbird* – HC = 54 (June 15), fledged young seen June 11.

*Eastern Meadowlark* – HC = 18 (June 11), fledged young seen June 8 - #
low in most areas.

*Common Grackle* – HC = 54 (June1 18) – lower #. Some young seen.

*Brown-headed Cowbird* – HC = 20 (June 15). Several HY seen in June.

*Orchard Oriole* – HC = 5(June 12), nest in elm at Dam w/ E. Kingbird
and waxwing.

*Baltimore Oriole* – HC = 7 (June 1 & 16) – lower #. Adult w/ fledge yg
(June 25).

*House Finch* – HC = 7 (June 21 & 25), some young seen on June 25.

*Am. Goldfinch* – HC = 8 (June 18).

*House Sparrow *- present.

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow* – HC = 2 (June 10), # still low.

Total Species = 124 (102 species breeding and 22 non-breeding)

Total field days = 30

Total hours for June 2017 = 175

June was very warm with 9 days with 90º or above (3 days were 95º) and
13 days with 85º or above. The lowest high was 75ºJune 26. The lowest
low was 50º June 27, but there were 7 lows in the 70s. It was fairly
dry, but sloughs had some water.At Lake Springfield most birds sitting
on the lake were chased off. Numbers of songbirds were low and many were
half the usual numbers. I feel some species were impacted by spraying of
insecticides (especially small insectivores). The use of neonicotinoids
in row crops has made those areas sterile, and birds like the Horned
Lark have reached a new low. Also habitat continued to be destroyed even
during the nesting season, either by bulldozer or excessive mowing.
There were few if any shorebird areas.

H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum

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Beckie Dyer
Museum Technician
Illinois State Museum
1011 East Ash Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703-3500
Phone: 217-782-7475
Fax: 217-785-2857


 
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