Date: 1/12/18 7:16 am From: Jeff Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: Re: IBET Deer Grove East F.P. Thursday 1-11-18 (Local Interest Only)
Lisa and I found the Pileated where the trails meet at the far north end. We hiked all over looking for the Long-eared Owls. We plan to try again. I was hoping someone knew where Heidi T. found such a group. Where is this “old Owl area” you mention?
> On Jan 11, 2018, at 1:33 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> Hello Bird People,
> Some special birds have been reported from here recently on Ebird
> including a Pileated Woodpecker seen & photographed by Jeff A & Lisa M
> a few days ago. But I found none of their better birds today.
> In fact I NEVER find any of the rare stuff others report from here
> although not for a lack of trying.
> I did enjoy the walk with the temps in the mid 50's although a little
> less wind & rain would have helped. I mainly covered the pond/marsh
> area just north of the bike path & the larger trees north of that. I
> did check the old Owl area from many years ago without success.
> However, there are so many groves of trees that without knowing where
> to concentrate your efforts it's just blind luck if you locate
> anything special. As I had no idea where the Pileated was seen all I
> could do was look & listen & hope for the best which, as usual with
> this woodpecker, was not good enough. (Should any of the birders who
> have seen the Pileated here recently feel like giving me a location to
> check I'd be grateful.)
> No shortage of woodpeckers though with RED HEADED (2), Red Bellied
> (5), Downy (1) & Hairy (1) all being found. Expected species included
> Blue Jays, one Crow, Chickadees, W.B. Nuthatches, a bunch of
> Starlings, Am. Tree Sparrow, Juncos & Goldfinches all showing
> themselves. Six Mallards were flying around without landing but with
> the rain no raptors were flying.
> So not much seen today but it was like a Spring day which we may not
> see again for a while & it was fun exploring parts of this place I had
> not been to for a long time.
> Bird-Of-The-Day to the one well seen adult Red Headed Woodpecker.
> Runner-Up (if there is one) to the male Hairy Woodpecker which made it
> very difficult for me to actually see it.
> Al Stokie
> In NW Cook County enjoying the warm temps but not much else