Late doing this report as I have been watching for Trick Or Treaters at the front door as the door bell only works when it feels like it. But candy grubbing ended at 8 p.m. so that job is over.
Greenwood Cemetery In Rockford (8-10 a.m)
As both species of Crossbills have been reported from here it would seem to be a good place to look. Arrived with Andy Sigler & after sorting through over 70 Siskins & maybe 20 Goldfinch plus both Nuthatches & both Kinglets & 8 Cedar Waxwings eating Juniper berries we finally had good looks at 4 male & 3 female RED CROSSBILLS which after flying around while calling decided to land at the top of 2 different trees near to where we were standing. Had a couple of other Crossbill fly-bys but no I.D.'s were made. Later Craig Taylor arrived but still no White Winged Crossbills were seen. This was not an easy project & it took a lot of effort to finally see the 7 Red Crossbills. Another bird seen here was a MERLIN at the top of a tree.
Nygren Wetlands (10:40-11 a.m.)
Andy was after the reported TRUMPETER SWAN which we eventually saw. Also here were a large number (250-275) of Sandhill Cranes, 100's of Canada Geese, a few G.W. Teal & Ring Necked Ducks, Coots (6) & an adult Bald Eagle at tree top level.
Nieman Pond & 2 Nearby Ponds In Stephenson Co. (11:30-noon)
Nieman Pond had Great Blues (2), Sandhill Cranes (4), Ring Necked Ducks (6), Ruddy Duck (1), Hooded Merganser (5) & Canvasback (1-M) plus 3 Ring Billed Gulls. Two nearby ponds had Canada Geese (30) & 5 species of shorebirds to close out my October shorebird counts. They were Killdeer (4). Lesser Yellowlegs (2), Pectoral Sandpiper (1), Dunlin (15) & Snipe (27).
Last stop of the day was Hummingbird Central in Kane Co on Gunpowder Rd where we watched for 45 min starting at 1:45 p.m. Saw both the female/young Ruby Throated & the fine looking adult male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD which flew in 3 times but only went to the feeder once with the other 2 visits were when it sat at the top of the tree next to the hummer feeder.
Bird-Of-The-Day to my 1st full adult male Rufous Hummingbird in Illinois & Runner-Up to the 7 cemetery Red Crossbills. Honorable mention to the Merlin which was a new Winnebago Co species for me but not for Andy.
Al Stokie In Winnebago, Stephenson & Kane Co's today
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