Date: 8/8/17 9:12 am
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET:Sangamon Co. July 2017

Birds in Sangamon County in July 2017

*Pied-billed Grebe *– fall arrival adult at LSpfld (July 22).

*White Pelican*– fall arrival 30 at LSpfld (July 5).

*Double crested Cormorant*– fall arrival 14 (July 20), w/HC = 18 (July
25), some present all month.

*Great Blue Heron*– HC = 29 (July 9) some recorded every day, and young
seen.

*Great Egret*– fall arrival at South end LSpfld (July 7), w/ HC = 3
(July 31).

*Green Heron*– HC = 3 (July 22 & 31), w/ hy seen at Centennial Park July 28.

*Mute Swan*– HC = 3 (July 18 & 22).

*Canada Goose*– HC = 180 (July 11). A ghost phase returned to LSpfld
July 31.

*Wood Duck*– HC = 31 (July 18), no new broods seen in July.

*Mallard *– HC = 150 (July 28). There were 28 broods seen between May 10
– July 17.

*N. Shoveler*– a ♂ at Cinder Flats (July 9).

*Ruddy Duck – *fall arrival? ♀ at LSpfld (July 7). Only migrant duck on
LSpfld all July.

*Turkey Vulture*– HC = 60 (July 7).

*Bald Eagle*– 6 adult singles (July 4 - 31), and hy single near nest in
Hawk Valley (July 20 & 22).

*Cooper’s Hawk*– HC = 5 (July 27), several hy seen.

*Red-shouldered Hawk*– 5 singles (July 1 - 28).

*Red-tailed Hawk*– HC = 4 (July 5, 15 & 20). An hy at Cinder Flats July 4.

*Am. Kestrel*– HC = 6 (July 20), several family groups seen.

*Ring-neck Pheasant*– HC = 2 (July 2) at Nipper Prairie.

*Turkey *– HC = 9 (July 27).

*N. Bobwhite*– HC = 2 (July 1 - 20), still scarce and early mowing is
not helping the population.

*American Coot*– one bird at Dam at LSpfld (July 12 – 31).

*Semipalmated Plover – *fall arrival 2 at Cinder Flats (July 26).

*Killdeer *– HC = 102 (July 4), w/ yg seen July 22.

*Lesser Yellowlegs*–fall arrival adult at Cinder Flats (July 1) and only
two others seen.

*Solitary Sandpiper*– HC = 4 (July 30).

*Willet *– fall arrival 3 at Marine Pt (July 5) - photo.

*Spotted Sandpiper*– HC = 7 (July 2) w/ possible fall migrants July 8.

*Upland Sandpiper*– fall migrant calling and flying low at Cinder
Flats(July 9).

*Ruddy Turnstone*– fall arrival adult at beach (July 27) – photo. Bird
chased off by dogs!

*Semipalmated Sandpiper*– fall arrival 2 at Cinder Flats (July 26), w/HC
= 5 (July 29).

*Least Sandpiper*– HC = 25 (July 7).

*Pectoral Sandpiper*– fall arrival adult at Cinder Flats (July 7), w/ HC
= 6 (July 30).

*Short-billed Dowitcher*– fall arrival adult at Cinder Flats (July 4).

*Laughing Gull*– fall arrival adult at LSpfld (July 4), and also a dark
juvenile at beach and Marine Pt (July 23 - 30) - photo.

*Ring-billed Gull*– HC = 120 (July 20), and first hy (July 9). [Gray
head returned July 17].

*Caspian Tern*– HC = 58 (July 24), first HY (July 13). Many adults
feeding hy birds at Beach, on July 24, 50 were adults and 8 were hy.

*Common Tern*– fall arrival at LSpfld (July 7).

*Forster’s Tern*– fall arrival 2 adults at beach (July 13), w/ HC = 4
(July 23).

Rock Dove – present.

*Eurasian Collared-Dove*– HC = 7 (July 15).

*Mourning Dove*– HC = 52 (July 29).

*Yellow-billed Cuckoo*– HC = 4 (July 13, 16 & 24).

*Great Horned Owl*– one hy begging sw Spfld (July 30).

*Barred Owl*– one DOR East Lake Dr (July 4) and one at Hunter Lake creek
(July 9).

*Common Nighthawk*– 5singles (July 6 - 24).

*Chimney Swift*– HC = 8 (July 15), lower # - less insects at feeding
altitude.

*Ruby-throated Hummingbird*– HC = 3 (July 18), lower #. Possible fall
migrant (July 25).

*Belted Kingfisher*– HC = 3 (July 3 & 23).

*Red-headed Woodpecker*– HC = 9 (July 2), seen every day in July. First
hy July 2.

*Red-bellied Woodpecker*– HC = 10 (July 30), seen every day in July .

*Downy Woodpecker*– HC = 6 (July 3 & 24 ).

*Hairy Woodpecker*– HC = 2 .

*N. Flicker*– HC = 6 (July 31), first hy noted July 17.

*Pileated Woodpecker*– HC = 2 (July 12).

*E. Wood-Pewee*– HC = 16 (July 30) when several yg out of nests.

*Acadian Flycatcher*– HC = 2 (July 18), only seen 4 days.

*Willow Flycatcher*– HC = 2 (July 4).

*E. Phoebe*– HC = 8 (July 5).

*Great Crested Flycatcher*– HC = 7 (July 25). Some yg seen.

*E. Kingbird*– HC = 13 (July 23), noted several yg.

*Horned Lark*– HC =18 (July 28), mostly very low numbers and missing in
several areas, probable causes could be seed (corn and soybeans) with
neonicotinoids and early mowing.

*Purple Martin*– began to gather into roost at LSpfld(July 7), w/HC = 80
(July 15, 27 & 31).

*Tree Swallow*– HC = 8 (July 20), w/ hy July 2.

*N. Rough-wing Swallow*– HC = 10 (July 1).

*Bank Swallow*– HC = 70 (July 4), w/ adults attending nest at Cinder
Flats July 22.

*Cliff Swallow*– HC = 130 (July 1), # began dropping after July 18.

*Barn Swallow*– HC = 39 (July 9).

*Blue Jay*– HC = 18 (July 18).

*Am. Crow*– HC = 14 (July 23).

*Fish Crow*– two at Sangchris (July 3), one at south end LSpfld (July
10), one at RSP (July 12) and 2 at CP (July 30).

*Black-capped Chickadee*– HC = 7 (July 21).

*Tufted Titmouse*– HC = 13 (July 30).

*White-breasted Nuthatch*– HC = 9 (July 25).

*Carolina Wren*– HC = 10 (July 3).

*House Wren*– HC = 11 (July 1).

*Sedge Wren*-♂ at Marsh Road (July 29).

*Blue-gray Gnatcatcher*– HC = 5 (July 31) – few, if any, at RSP/CP
(because of insecticide spraying?).

*E. Bluebird*– HC = 12 (July 30) - some yg seen.

*Wood Thrush*– HC = 3 (July 25), w/ birds at CP, Lincoln Gds, Hunter
Lake and Sangchris.

*Am. Robin*– HC = 32 (July 7), seemed low # and dawn chorus stopped @
July 15.

*Gray Catbird*– HC = 12 (July 24), some yg seen.

*N. Mockingbird*– HC = 4 (July 18) - fairly low #, seen on 10 days in July.

*Brown Thrasher*– HC = 5 (July 5).

*Cedar Waxwing*– HC = 3 (July 12), w/yg in nest at Center Park July 4.
None seen after July 14?

European Starling – present.

*White-eyed Vireo*– HC = 3 (July 1 & 13).

*Bell’s Vireo*– HC = 7 (July 20).

*Yellow-throated Vireo*– HC = 2 (July 25), very low #.

*Warbling Vireo*– HC = 9 (July 29), w/ yg seen July 23.

*Red-eyed Vireo*– HC = 4 (July 16 & 31).

*N. Parula*– only one ♂ at Lincoln Gds (July 19).

*Yellow Warbler*– HC = 3 (July 4) one of which was hy.

*Yellow-throated Warbler*– one % hy at Marine Pt (July 6 & 9).

*Black & white Warbler*– one at North Pt (July 23 & 27), status?

*Prothonotary Warbler*– 3 singles (same bird?) at RSP (July 6, 12 & 14).

*Kentucky Warbler*– 2 singles at Hunter Lake and Sangchris (July 1 & 3).

*Common Yellowthroat*– HC = 9 (July 1, 20 & 29)- some yg seen.

*Yellow-breasted Chat*– HC = 5 (July 3).

*Summer Tanager*– HC = 7 (July 25), including one hy at CP.

*Scarlet Tanager*– HC = 3 (July 25).

*N. Cardinal*– HC = 18 (July 3), w/ 2 seen feeding cowbirds July 22 & 23.

*Rose-breasted Grosbeak*– HC = 4 (July 1), very low numbers.

*Blue Grosbeak*– HC = 4 ♂ (July 20), seen on 8 days in July. A ♂ east of
Spfld was eating a huge Asian Preying Mantis July 29 – photo.

*Indigo Bunting*– HC = 14 (July 5), low #.

*Dickcissel*– HC = 19 (July 3), many nests were % mowed under since
people were mowing too early (in June & July) – some late nests are in
early Sept.

*E. Towhee*– HC = 6 (July 5).

*Chipping Sparrow*– HC = 9 (July 24), some yg seen.

*Field Sparrow*– HC = 8 (July 20).

*Vesper Sparrow*– 3 singles : north of Sangchris, Hawk Valley and Wahl
Road (July 1, 11 & 16)

*Lark Sparrow*– HC = 2 (July 5) near Buckhart, plus one seen (July 1)
near New City.

*Henslow’s Sparrow*– ♂ at Marsh Road (July 29).

*Song Sparrow*– HC = 14 (July 15), some yg seen.

*Red-winged Blackbird*– HC = 55 (July 1) = low #, especially along
roadsides – the sterile corn is taking its toll.

*E. Meadowlark*– HC = 4 (July 20), a declining species.

*Common Grackle*– HC = 39 (July 27), low numbers for this usually
abundant species.

*Brown-headed Cowbird*– HC = 62 (July 27) also first flock seen.

*Orchard Oriole*– HC = 3 (July 1 & 29), a few yg seen.

*Baltimore Oriole*– HC = 6 (July 6) – some yg seen.

*House Finch*– HC = 11 (July 30), some yg seen.

*Am. Goldfinch*– HC = 14 (July 11 & 22), ♀ sitting on nest at Dam in
mid-July.

House Sparrow – present.

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow*– HC = 3 (July 29).

Temperatures were warm even for July, with 29 days 85º or above (17 with
90º or above). Lowest low was 58º on July 30. Total rain was 5.15
inches, with highest one day total 1.90 inches on July 26.

Early fall mowing is destroying many bird nests. The recommended date
(by IDNR) is after August 1, but late nests occur even after September
1, and it is possible that cowbird parasitism could be avoided by these
late broods. A cooperative non-mowing agreement between among state,
county, township, and individuals could greatly increase populations of
bobwhite, pheasants, meadowlarks, Horned Larks, Dickcissels and others.
Some other simplification processes are also occurring such as spraying
of insecticides and herbicides and overuse by humans (and dogs) of some
land and water areas.

Shorebird habitat in the county was nearly nonexistant.

Total field days for July 2017 = 31

Total hours for July 2017 = 196

Total species = 123

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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