Date: 11/9/17 2:08 pm
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Sangamon Co. Oct. report
*Birds in Sangamon County in October 2017*

*Common Loon*– fall arrival 19 in basic, in one flock at LSpfld (Oct
24), was also HC.

*Pied-billed Grebe*– HC = 176 (Oct 11). This grebe recorded every day in
October.

*Horned Grebe*– fall arrival at LSpfld (Oct 17), w/HC = 6 (Oct 26 & 29).

*White Pelican*– HC = 188 (Oct 17), pelicans seen every day except 5 in
October.

*Double-cr. Cormorant*– HC = 340 (Oct 30) – low #, some seen every day
in October.

*Great Blue Heron*– HC = 26 (Oct 15), but mostly low #. Seen every day
in Oct.

*Great Egret*– HC = 102 (Oct 15).

*Green Heron*– last seen at Sangchris (Oct 6).

*Black-cr Night-Heron*– at LSpfld, one (Oct 6 &7) and 2 (Oct 12).

*Mute Swan*– present.

*Gr.White-front Goose*– fall arrival 8 at Sangchris (Oct 6), w/ HC = 60
(Oct 19).

*Canada Goose*– HC = 180 (Oct 21).

*Wood Duck*– HC = 51 (Oct 4).

*Green-wing Teal*– HC = 59 (Oct 20).

*Am. Black Duck*– only two singles (Oct 26 & 27).

*Mallard *– fall arrival & HC = 200 (Oct 30).

*N. Pintail*– HC = 30 (Oct 8).

*Blue-wing Teal*– HC = 3100 (Oct 5)- record count for fall.

*N. Shoveler*– HC = 98 (Oct 31).

*Gadwall*– fall arrival 26 at LSpfld (Oct 5), w/HC = 315 (Oct 30).

*Am. Wigeon*- fall arrival 2 at LSpfld (Oct 5), w/HC = 14 (Oct 10).

*Canvasback *– fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Oct 24), w/ HC = 4 (Oct 31).

*Redhead *– fall arrival 2 ♂ at LSpfld (Oct 5), w/ HC = 20 (Oct 31).

*Ring-neck Duck*– HC = 112 (Oct 31).

*Greater Scaup*– fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Oct 30).

*Lesser Scaup*– fall arrival ♂♀ at LSpfld (Oct 10), w/HC = 400 (Oct 30).

*Surf Scoter*– fall arrival 3 at LSpfld (Oct 17) also saw 2 (Oct 24).

*Bufflehead*– fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Oct 29), w/HC = 5 (Oct 31).

*Hooded Merganser*– fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Oct 29), w/ HC = 5(Oct 30).

*Red-breasted Merganser*– fall arrival at LSpfld (Oct 25) w/ HC = 2 (Oct
30).

*Ruddy Duck*– HC = 170 (Oct 30).

*Turkey Vulture*– HC = 152 (Oct 1),-some seen every day of Oct.

*Osprey *– 9 singles and 2 (from Oct 3 – 13).

*Bald Eagle*– HC = 8 (3 adults & 5 immatures) on (Oct 15).

*N. Harrier*– fall arrival ♂ & im at CP (Oct 9) also 2 (Oct 25).

*Sharp-shinned Hawk*– HC = 2 (Oct 18 & 29).

*Cooper’s Hawk*– HC = 2 (10x in Oct ), seen on 20 days.

*Red-shouldered Hawk*– seen or heard at Sangchris (Oct 2, 18 and, 2 on
Oct 29), one at CP/RSP (Oct 13 & 16) and one at the Refuge (Oct 3, 21 & 30).

*Broad-winged Hawk*– last seen, adult flying low over Oak Ridge Cemetery
(Oct 17).

*Red-tailed Hawk*– HC = 8 (Oct 27), w/ a dark phase (Oct 12).

*Am. Kestrel*– HC = 13 (Oct 28).

*Merlin*– 5 singles(Oct 4, 7, 15, 21 & 29) and 2, one at Marine Pt and
one at CP (Oct 14).

*Peregrine Falcon*– at LSpfld:ad (Oct 1), 2 ad (Oct 4) one (Oct 12)

*Ring-neck Pheasant*– one at CP (Oct 16).

*Turkey*– HC = 30 (Oct 4), also 19 (Oct 5).

N. Bobwhite – none!

*Sora *one at TVTower kill (Oct 12).

*Am. Coot*– HC = 600 (Oct 5).

*Sandhill Crane*– fall arrival 2 moving along the east edge of LSpfld
(Oct 15).

*Am. Golden-Plover*– two singles in changing plumage, one at Sangchris
and one at Berry (Oct 2 & 11).

*Killdeer*– HC = 96 (Oct 3).

*Am. Avocet*– 16 at LSpfld and later at the south end (Oct 8) - photo.

*Greater Yellowlegs*– HC = 4 (Oct 23).

*Lesser Yellowlegs*– HC = 7 (Oct 6).

*Solitary Sandpiper*– two at RSP (Oct 9)

*Spotted Sandpiper*– HC = 2 (Oct 6), w / % fall departure (Oct 10).

*Semipalmated Sandpiper*– 6 singles, with latest (Oct 8).

*Western Sandpiper*– fall arrival at Cinder Flats (Oct 5) and %
departure (Oct 19).

*Least Sandpiper*– HC = 8 (Oct 15).

*Pectoral Sandpiper*– HC = 5 (Oct 6).

*Dunlin *– fall arrival at Berlin (Oct 28).

*Stilt Sandpiper*– 9 singles (Oct 6 –28).

*Long-billed Dowitcher*– HC = 10 (Oct 14), w/ % departure (Oct 29).

*Wilson’s Snipe*– HC = 5 (Oct 28).

*Laughing Gull*– one adult in non-breeding at LSpfld (Oct 13).

*Franklin’s Gull*– HC = 21 (Oct 24).

*Bonaparte’s Gull*– HC = 200 (Oct 21 & 26) – not as many as usual.

*Ring-billed Gull*– HC = 2100 (Oct21).

*Herring Gull*– HC = 13 (Oct 11).

*Lesser Black-backed Gull*– on LSpfld, juvenile (Oct 8 - 11) and adult
(Oct 17).

*Caspian Tern*– last seen at Marine Pt (Oct 8).

*Common Tern*– one at LSpfld (Oct 10).

*Forster’s Tern*– HC = 3 (Oct 9).

*Black Tern*– last seen at LSpfld (Oct 13) – also one Oct 10.

*Rock Pigeon*- present

*Eurasian Collared-Dove*- HC = 4 (Oct 29).

*Mourning Dove*– HC = 54 (Oct 4), seen every day but one.

*Black-billed Cuckoo*– feathers were found at the TV tower (Oct 12).

*E. Screech Owl*– one gray phase DOR on east Lake Dr. (Oct 8).

*Great Horned Owl*– one north of Chatham (Oct 6) and one at Marine Pt
(Oct 16).

*Barred Owl*– 5 singles (Oct 9 – 28).

*Chimney Swift*– HC = 32 (Oct 4), w/ fall departure at Oak Ridge Cem.
(Oct 30)- late.

*Belted Kingfisher*– HC = 4 (Oct 6 & 11).

*Red-headed Woodpecker*– HC = 8 (Oct 19), some leaving for winter.

*Red-bellied Woodpecker*– HC = 14 (Oct 19).

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker*– HC = 7 (Oct 14).

*Downy Woodpecker*– HC = 7 (Oct 17, 20 & 30).

*Hairy Woodpecker*– HC = 4 (Oct 9).

*N. Flicker*- HC = 8 (Oct 9).

*Pileated Woodpecker*– HC = 3 (Oct 19).

*E. Wood-Pewee*– 12 singles, w/ fall departure at LSpfld (Oct 17).

*E. Phoebe*– HC = 6 (Oct 9 & 11), last seen 2 at Oak Ridge Cemetery (Oct
25).

*Horned Lark*– HC = 17 (Oct 4).

*Purple Martin*– one ♂ at the beach (Oct 12).

*Tree Swallow*– HC = 925 (Oct 12).

*Barn Swallow*– HC = 6 (Oct 13), w/ last seen at the beach (Oct 29).

*Blue Jay*– HC = 21 (Oct 2).

*Am. Crow*– HC = 165 (Oct 11), roosts at Sangchris and Spfld.

*Fish Crow*– observed and heard at least 3 at Sangchris w/ Am Crows (Oct
29).

*Black-capped Chickadee*– HC = 9 (Oct 16 & 28).

*Tufted Titmouse*– HC = 11 (Oct 17 & 19).

*Red-breasted Nuthatch*– fall arrival 2 near LSpfld (Oct 8), w/ HC = 3
(Oct 20).

*White-breasted Nuthatch*– HC = 10 (Oct 19).

*Brown Creeper*– fall arrival 2 at Carpenter Park (Oct 14) – late, w/ HC
= 4 (Oct 17).

*Carolina Wren*– HC = 9 (Oct 16).

*House Wren*– HC = 6 (Oct 13), w/ fall departure (Oct 19).

*Winter Wren*– fall arrival at Lin Gds (Oct 8), w/HC = 4 (Oct 24).

*Sedge Wren*– last found TV Tower kill (Oct 12).

*Marsh Wren*– last found TV Tower kill (Oct 5), plus one seen Oct 1.

*Golden-crowned Kinglet*– fall arrival 3 at North Pt (Oct 8), w/ HC = 8
(Oct 12).

*Ruby-crowned Kinglet*– HC = 11 (Oct 5) – low #.

*E. Bluebird*– HC = 22 (Oct 6).

*Gray-cheek Thrush*– departure was TV Tower kill (Oct 5).

*Swainson’s Thrush*– HC = 2 (Oct 13) w/ departure (Oct 14).

*Hermit Thrush*– HC = 7 (Oct 25) – low #.

*Wood Thrush*– departure was 2 TV Tower kills (Oct 5).

*Am. Robin*– HC = 66(Oct 4) – low #.

*Gray Catbird*– HC = 15 (Oct 14), w/% fall departure at Cinder Flats
(Oct 22).

*Brown Thrasher*– HC = 4 (Oct 9) w/ departure 3(Oct 14).

*Am. Pipit*– fall arrival 30 near Berlin (Oct 28).

*Cedar Waxwing*– HC = 33 (Oct 28).

*European Starling*– present.

*White-eyed Vireo*– departure at Buckhart (Oct 6).

*Blue-headed Vireo*– HC = 3 (Oct 8), w/ fall departure at Oak Ridge
Cemetety (Oct 23).

*Yellow-throated Vireo*– 3 singles w/ departure at CP (Oct 14)

*Philadelphia Vireo*– fall departure 3 at TV Tower kill (Oct 12).

*Red-eyed Vireo*– HC = 15 (14 TV kill) on (Oct 5),departure TVTower kill
(Oct 12).

*Golden-wing Warbler*– last seen ♀ at CP (Oct 9) - latest ever.

*Tennessee Warbler*– HC = 17 (Oct 8 & 10), w/ fall departure 2 at North
Pt (Oct 24).

*Orange-crowned Warbler*– HC = 8 (Oct 13), w/ % fall departure at Lin
Gds (Oct 30).

*Nashville Warbler*– HC = 5 (Oct 6), w/fall departure at LSpfld (Oct 25).

*N. Parula*– HC = 2 (Oct 10 & 14), w/ fall departure ♂ at North Pt (Oct 20).

*Chestnut-sided Warbler*– HC = 3 (Oct 5), w/ departure at CP (Oct 16).

*Magnolia Warbler*– HC = 10 (Oct 5), w/ fall departure at CP (Oct 14).

**Black-throated Blue Warbler– none this fall – first time ever missed!
Most eastdeflected birds scarce.

*Yellow-rumped Warbler*– HC = 69 (Oct 13) – modest #.

*Black-throated Green Warbler*– HC = 6 (Oct 10), w/fall departure at
North Pt (Oct 21).

*Blackburnian Warbler*– HC = 2 (Oct 10), w/ departure at Marine Pt (Oct 13).

*Palm Warbler*– HC = 49 (Oct 11) - a good diurnal movement in open areas
w/ many birds in soybean and cornfields, and 16 killed at TVTower (Oct
12).Fall departure at Sangchris (Oct 23).

*Bay-breasted Warbler*– HC = 3 (Oct 8), w/ fall departure at Lin Gds
(Oct 15).

*Blackpoll Warbler*– fall departure at North Pt (Oct 5).

*Black & white Warbler*– HC = 3 (Oct 5), w/ fall departure ♂ at CP (Oct 13).

*Am. Redstart*– HC = 7 (Oct 8), w/fall departure ♀ at Lin Gds (Oct 30) -
late.

*Prothonotary Warbler*– departure at North Pt. (Oct 8) – my latest ever
date.

*Ovenbird *– HC = 9 TV Tower kills (Oct 5), fall departure 2 at CP (Oct 13).

*Northern Waterthrush*– 3 singles, w/departure at CP (Oct 13).

*Mourning Warbler*– departure im at Cinder Flats (Oct 10).

*Common Yellowthroat*– HC = 5 (Oct 13), w/ % fall departure 4 at CP (Oct
14).

*Hooded Warbler*– fall departure ♀ at CP (Oct 13) – photo & my latest ever.

*Scarlet Tanager*– 2 singles, w/fall departure at CP (Oct 14).

*N. Cardinal*– HC = 27 (Oct 23).

*Rose-breasted Grosbeak*– HC = 6 (Oct 6), w/fall departure ♂ at RSP (Oct
19).

*Black-headed Grosbeak *– a ♂ (mostly in brown plumage w/brownish buff
supercilium and malar stripe, white patch on wing, and rump and tail
brownish buff –age ? adult ♂ in basic?) at RSP (Oct 9).

*Indigo Bunting*– HC = 11 (Oct 9), w/ fall departure at North Pt (Oct 15).

*E. Towhee*– HC = 6 (Oct 13), w/% departure 4 at WP & Oak Ridge (Oct 27).

*Chipping Sparrow*– HC = 35 (Oct 27).

*Field Sparrow*– HC = 6 (4X in Oct), w/% departure (Oct 29).

*Vesper Sparrow*– HC = 3 (Oct 4 & 23), w/ last seen (Oct 23).

*Savannah Sparrow*– HC = 12 (Oct 23).

*Fox Sparrow*– fall arrival at CP (Oct 16), w/ HC = 2 (Oct 25 & 29)-
very low #.

*Song Sparrow*– % fall migrants (Oct 9), w/HC = 9 (Oct 18).

*Lincoln’s Sparrow*– HC = 7 (Oct 9), last seen 3 (Oct 14) – left early.

*Swamp Sparrow*– HC = 24 (Oct 14).

*White-throated Sparrow*– HC = 46 (Oct 25) – low #.

*White-crowned Sparrow*– HC = 24 (Oct 23) – low #.

*Dark-eyed Junco*– fall arrival at Cinder Flats (Oct 5) – late, w/HC =
142 (Oct 25).

*Red-winged Blackbird*– HC = 3203 (Oct 28).

*E. Meadowlark*– HC = 11 (Oct 11) w/ most gone by (Oct 25).

*Rusty Blackbird*– fall arrival♀ at Cinder Flats (Oct 25).

*Common Grackle*– HC = 5000 (Oct 30).

*Brown-headed Cowbird*– HC = 2040 (Oct 24).

*Baltimore Oriole*– one straggler at North Pt (Oct 8).

*Purple Finch*– fall arrival at LSpfld (Oct 31).

*House Finch*– HC = 23 (Oct 1).

*Common Redpoll*– im ♀ (w/ red forehead, yellow bill, and black chin –
first winter bird) at Rochester sewer pond (Oct 31) – my earliest ever
in fall.

*Pine Siskin*– fall arrival at Sangchris (Oct 18).

*Am. Goldfinch*– HC = 160 (Oct 18).

*House Sparrow*- present

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow*– HC = 5 (Oct 11).

Total field days = 31

Total hours in October 2017 = 279

Total species for October 2017 = 177

October 2017 was warm until October 26, w/ 9 days in the 80s & 11 days
in the 70s. However, there were 6 days in the 50s or lower and the
night-time lows starting with 33° on October 25 (with the lowest low
23°on October 29) changed the picture and ushered out many passerine
migrants and brought in some of the later waterfowl. The drought was
ended with a total of 5.24 inches of rain this month, although most
areas still had low water levels in Sangamon County. The drizzling and
foggy weather produced two more TV Tower kills at WICS tower (October 5
& 12) which still has red stationary lights instead of flashing strobe
lights - which kill many fewer birds. I discovered this fact in 1986 and
wrote a report to the Ornithological community, which they ignored until
2003, and that cost the world 100,000,000 birds (mostly Neotropical
migrants).

Sparrows and ducks were late, and sparrows were alarming low in numbers
(local?).

*H. David Bohlen*

*Illinois State Museum*

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*<hdavid.bohlen...>*

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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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