Date: 1/2/18 2:37 pm
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rutland CBC Dec. 30 - Results
We had 31 participants show up in spite of the frigid cold temperatures
to cover nine different areas within the 15 mile diameter count circle
in northern Kane Co. and part of southern McHenry Co along the Fox River
in the east and going west to Burlington and Hampshire, IL. Sites in the
circle included the Algonquin, Carpentersville and Elgin Dams, Brunner
F.P., Burnidge F.P., Fox River Shores, Raceway Woods, Pingree Grove,
Fitchie Creek, Rutland, Freeman Kame, Hampshire F.P., Muirhead Springs,
Binnie F.P., Tyler Creek, Exner Marsh, and others. Here's a map of the

Two intrepid birders did some owling predawn without any success in the
cold and wind, but we still added owls later in the day and during some
owling in the evening. Most participants started the day between 7 a.m.
and 7:30 a.m. with the temperature around 3 degrees (F) and a -17 degree
windchill. Fortunately the skies were clear almost all day and the sun
make for a still beautiful day. After a long day of both short walks by
many, long walks by more intrepid individuals than myself, breaks for
lunch, and lots of birding by car, about 15 people concluded their day
with a casual dinner and opportunity to share their results at Jimmy's
Charhouse on Randall Rd. in Elgin.

We ended the day with a total of 66 species! The full list with totals
is below. Congrats to everyone who helped. That's a very respectable
number for thirty people, a very cold day, and our first time ever
conducting a count here. We also had at least 7 additional birds
reported during the extended "count week" window between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2.

Most areas had about 20-25 species with the river areas coming in higher
partially due to the birds congregating along the water and in the
ravines and woods near the river. 40 Bald Eagles were seen just between
the two sections of river in our area. We also had 6 species of ducks
and all the expected woodpeckers (no Red-headeds) as well as Carolina
Wrens, Winter Wrens, and Tufted Titmice. The western areas represented
with Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and all the expected country roadside
birds included Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs, and Snow Buntings. Area
4 also had a nice mix of the count's only Red-winged Blackbirds,
Brown-headed Cowbirds, and Rusty Blackbirds. Red-breasted Nuthatches and
Pine Siskins were both represented in a number of areas this year. The
only two documentable species included two Thayer's Gulls and a
California Gull, all seen at Carpentersville Dam. Many woodland birds as
well as hawks and sparrows were in low supply due to the cold.

If you didn't join us this year, but are interested in helping in the
future, feel free to contact me to get added to next year's contact
list. We're glad to have help recruiting too if you know of others who
might be interested in joining. Next year's tentative date will be
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 with Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 as a secondary
option depending on everyone's availability and potential conflicts with
other counts.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. Have a wonderful new year and
here's to hoping that this new count becomes a fun yearly tradition as
well as a great resource for documenting the birds wintering in this area.


Eric Secker
Rutland CBC Compiler
West Dundee, Kane Co.

Total Species in Area:66

33    - Walked: Miles
30.25 - Walked: Hours
352.75- Driven: Miles
34.75 - Driven: Hours
0.75  - Owling: Miles
1     - Owling: Hours
16    - Parties:

2     - Cackling Goose
4447  - Canada Goose
1     - Wood Duck
2     - American Black Duck
655   - Mallard
237   - Common Goldeneye
3     - Hooded Merganser
4     - Common Merganser
16    - Great Blue Heron
40    - Bald Eagle
2     - Northern Harrier
2     - Sharp-shinned Hawk
6     - Cooper's Hawk
32    - Red-tailed Hawk
1     - Rough-legged Hawk
5     - Ring-billed Gull
122   - Herring Gull
85    - Rock Pigeon
103   - Mourning Dove
1     - Eastern Screech-Owl
5     - Great Horned Owl
4     - Belted Kingfisher
47    - Red-bellied Woodpecker
2     - Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
59    - Downy Woodpecker
21    - Hairy Woodpecker
4     - Northern Flicker
1     - American Kestrel
1     - Merlin
49    - Blue Jay
52    - American Crow
296   - Horned Lark
87    - Black-capped Chickadee
2     - Tufted Titmouse
6     - Red-breasted Nuthatch
40    - White-breasted Nuthatch
8     - Brown Creeper
4     - Winter Wren
3     - Carolina Wren
4     - Golden-crowned Kinglet
3     - Eastern Bluebird
1     - Hermit Thrush
56    - American Robin
588   - European Starling
124   - Cedar Waxwing
185   - Lapland Longspur
11    - Snow Bunting
2     - Yellow-rumped Warbler
308   - American Tree Sparrow
3     - Fox Sparrow
398   - Dark-eyed Junco
6     - White-crowned Sparrow
42    - White-throated Sparrow
11    - Song Sparrow
2     - Swamp Sparrow
99    - Northern Cardinal
37    - Red-winged Blackbird
25    - Rusty Blackbird
17    - Brown-headed Cowbird
147   - House Finch
1     - Purple Finch
10    - Pine Siskin
68    - American Goldfinch
485   - House Sparrow
2     - Thayer's Gull ***
1     - California Gull ***

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