Date: 6/5/18 2:52 pm
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET:Sangamon Co. May 2018 report

Birds in Sangamon County in May 2018

*Common Loon* – HC = 5 (May 2), and last seen imm at LSpfld (May 17).

*Pied-billed Grebe* – last seen at LSpfld (May 30), seen only 13 days in
May.

*Horned Grebe* – one adult at LSpfld (May 5 – 16) – photo.

*Am. White Pelican* – HC = 40 (May 20), w/last seen at LSpfld (May 31).

*Double-cr. Cormorant* – HC = 145 (May 10), seen every day in May and
still present (May 31).

*Great Blue Heron* –.HC = 71 (May 16), seen every day in May.

*Great Egret* – HC = 4 (May 3), w/ last seen at LSpfld (May
28).Watercraft that can go close to lake edge (jet skis, canoes, kayaks,
& paddle boards)are having a bad effect on the feeding of all wading
birds and are driving them away.

*Snowy Egret* – spring arrival adult at Marine Pt. (May 14), only one
seen - photo.

*Cattle Egret* – spring arrival adult at Marine Pt (May 13) only one
seen - photo.

*Green Heron* – HC = 4 (May 12).

*Mute Swan* – HC = 4 (May 2).

*Greater White-fronted Goose* – one straggler at Marine Pt (May 20) – photo.

*Canada Goose* – HC = 144 (May 26), plus lots of young seen.

*Wood Duck* – HC = 13 (May 21) – first young 8 at Marine Pt (May 13).

*Mallard *– HC = 65 (May 25), young first seen ♀/w 11yg at WP (May 8).

*Blue-winged Teal* – HC = 19 (May 3), last seen ♂ (May 18)- left early,
poor #.

*N. Shoveler* – HC = 5 (May 2, 4 & 5), w/last seen 4 ♂ at Cinder Flats
(May 6) and straggler at beach (May 31).

*Gadwall* –HC = 4 (May 5 & 8), last seen♂ at LSpfld (May 28).

*Redhead – *one ♂ at LSpfld (May 5)

*Ring-necked Duck* – stragglers ♂ ♀ at LSpfld (May 5).

*Lesser Scaup* – HC = 5 (May 6), w/ last seen ♂ at LSpfld (May 26).

*Bufflehead *– one ♀ seen at Sangchris (May 6).

*Hooded Merganser* – HC = 4 (May 5), plus SR present until (May 29).

*Ruddy Duck* – HC = 3 (May 3 & 4), last seen at LSpfld (May 15).

*Turkey Vulture* – HC = 65 (May 2 & 13), seen every day in May.

*Bald Eagle* – seven adult singles, either at nest in Hawk Valley or
flying at Marine Pt, except one near a nest southeast of Loami (May 19).

*Sharp-shin Hawk* – two singles (May 4 & 8).

*Cooper’s Hawk* – HC = 2 (May 19 & 27). Seen on 7 days in May

*Red-shouldered Hawk* – one near Airport (May 4), one at RSP (May 5 &
7), 2 at CP (May 10) and one adult at Hunter Lake (May 28).

*Red-tailed Hawk* – HC = 3 (May 11).

*Am. Kestrel – *HC = 3 (May 8).

*Peregrine Falcon *– an adult w/ green band on left leg at Cinder Flats
(May 13 & 28).

*Ring-neck Pheasant* – HC = 5 (May 7).

*Turkey – *HC = 9 (May 3) at CP.

*N. Bobwhite* – HC = 4 (May 26).

*Sora *– last seen 2: one DOR on East Lake Dr and one at Cinder Flats
(May 13).

*Am.Coot* – HC = 25 (May 6), w/ decreasing # until 10 (May19) and a
straggler until (May 31).

*Whooping Crane – *first modern record for Sangamon Co: 3 (adult & 2
immatures) at wetland west of Nipper Prairie, which I saw (May 7) –
photo. These birds first seen by Carolyn Patterson on her property on
the evening of May 3 -many later observers and photos. They apparently
left May 8.

*Semipalmated Plover* – spring arrival at Nipper area (May 11), w/ HC &
last seen 6 at Cinder Flats (May 13) – poor # and left early.

*Killdeer *– HC = 12 (3x in May), first young 4 at Sangchris was (May 6).

*Black-necked Stilt* – spring arrival ♂ near Airport (May 7) and seen on
May 8.

*Greater Yellowlegs* – HC = 5 (May 7), w/ last seen (May 14).

*Lesser Yellowlegs* – HC = 10 (May 5), w/ last seen 2 (May 13) – low # &
left early.

*Solitary Sandpiper* – HC = 6 (May 7), w/ last seen (May 19).

*Willet* – spring arrival 3 at Dam (May 4) – only ones seen.

*Spotted Sandpiper* – HC = 13 (May 5), seen every day but one, a few SR
into June.

*Ruddy Turnstone* – spring arrival adult at Marine Pt (May 10) - photo,
another bird there (May 17) and one last seen at beach (May 20).

*Semipalmated Sandpiper* – spring arrival 6 at Cinder Flats (May 9), w/
HC = 79 (May 27) and seen into June.

*Western Sandpiper* – spring arrival adult in non-breeding at Cinder
Flats (May 10), also seen (May 11). Noted long, down curved bill,
slightly larger size and fed in deeper water.

*Least Sandpiper* – spring arrival 10 at beach (May 2), w/HC = 62 (May
10), w/ last seen at Cinder Flats (May 22).

*White-rumped Sandpiper* – spring arrival 3 at Cinder Flats (May 10),
and last seen at Cinder Flats (May 27). Some into June.

*Pectoral Sandpiper* – HC = 44 (May 13), w/ last seen (May 27) – low # &
left early.

*Dunlin* – spring arrival at Cinder Flats (May 9), also one (May 15) &
last seen(May 18).

*Stilt Sandpiper* –spring arrival one in breeding plumage at Cinder
Flats (May 12) – photo.

*Short-billed Dowitcher* – spring arrival 3 at Cinder flats (May 10), w/
another there (May 12).

*Laughing Gull* – spring arrival of adult at Marine Pt (April 24 - 27)
was left off the April report. Also an adult was seen at Marine Pt (May
3) – photos.

*Franklin’s Gull* – HC = 5 (May 20 & 22), seen on 16 days, w/ some
immatures into June.

*Bonaparte’s Gull* – HC = 88 (May 4), w/ last seen ♀ at Marine PtLSpfld
(May 18)- this bird made a shaky landing onto Marine Pt while I was
feeding gulls and landed 10 feet from my truck. I walk over to it and
picked it up. It was taken to a vet, but although it looked fine, it
shortly died there. I made a specimen of this gull (# 662122 in ISM
collection). On examination I found this bird had an amber liquid
filling the body cavity. A search for this condition on line, turned up
Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (?). This condition also causes fat
depletion and the gull had little or no fat and an empty gizzard. So, I
believe this ♀ was trying to make it to its breeding ground, but run out
of fat on which they migrate- a gallant effort by a dying bird!

*Ring-billed Gull* – HC = 200 (May 5), # drop to summer population by
(May 20) and only second year non-breeding gulls, w/ @ 20 at end of May.

*Herring Gull* – HC = 4 (May 13), w/ one adult at Marine Pt. (May 24)
the last one seen.

*Caspian Tern*- HC = 9 (May 3 & 20), w/ last seen (May 30) – low # due
to no resting area and harassment by humans.

*Common Tern* – spring arrival adult at beach (May 10), w/HC = 52 (May
19). Last seen adult at beach (May 28).

*Forster’s Tern* – HC = 48 (May 10), w/ last seen(May 22).

Black Tern – none! I checked the lake 2 -3 times a day!

*Rock Dove* – present.

*Eurasian Collared-Dove* – HC = 3 (May 26).

*Mourning Dove* – HC = 21 (May 31).

Black-billed Cuckoo- none

*Yellow-billed Cuckoo* – spring arrival 4 at CP (May 14), seen on 9 days.

*Great Horned Owl* – one flew across the Sangamon River at RSP on (May 12).

*Barred Owl* – 6 singles (May 1 - 20).

*Common Nighthawk* – spring arrival at Southern View (May 6), w/ HC = 3
(May13) -no flocks.

*Chimney Swift* – HC = 16 (May 3), low #.

*Ruby-throated Hummingbird* – spring arrival at Lin Gds & WP (May 1), w/
HC = only 2.

*Belted Kingfisher* – HC = 2 (May 12, 16 & 25) – only seen on 8 days.

*Red-headed Woodpecker* – HC = 11 (May 29 & 31) – seen every day.

*Red-bellied Woodpecker* – HC = 13 (May 1) – seen every day.

*Downy Woodpecker* – HC = 8 (May 1& 23) – seen every day.

*Hairy Woodpecker* – HC = 3 (May 1) seen on 16 days.

*N. Flicker* – HC = 4 (May 22), low counts.

*Pileated Woodpecker* – HC = 4 (May 4, 5 & 10), seen on 24 days.

*Olive-sided Flycatcher* – spring arrival at WP (May 7), but only one seen.

*E. Wood Pewee* – spring arrival at WP (May 4), w/ HC = 9 (May 15), low #.

*Yellow-bellied Flycatcher* – spring arrival at Lin Gds (May 6), last
seen at CP (May 16). Only 4 birds this spring and left early.

*Acadian Flycatcher* – spring arrival at CP (May 5), was the only one seen.

*Alder Flycatcher* – spring arrival at CP (May 10), w/ HC = 3 (May 18)
and last seen in June.

*Willow Flycatcher* – spring arrival at NPt (May 16), w/ HC = 2 (May 19).

*Least Flycatcher* – HC = 5 (May 4), and last seen LSpfld (May 14), low
# & left early.

*E. Phoebe* – HC = 3 (May 26).

*Gr. crested Flycatcher* – HC = 10 (May 16 & 24), seen every day in May.

*E. Kingbird* – HC = 12 (May 5) – seen every day.

*Horned Lark* – HC only 2 – found on only 7 days – fields of row crops
sterile!

*Purple Martin* – HC = 10 (May 17, 19 & 27).

*Tree Swallow* – HC = 24 (May 3), w/ # dropping rapidly after hot
temperatures, a few staying to nest.

*N. Rough-wing Swallow* – HC = 5 (May 16), w/ SR to the end of May.

*Bank Swallow* – HC = 20 (May 3), colony at Cinder Flats with much fewer
birds.

*Cliff Swallow* – HC = 70 (May19) – seen every day.

*Barn Swallow* – HC = 20 (May 12), w/ # dropping to SR @ May 24 and seen
every day.

*Blue Jay* – HC = 21 (May 5) w/ fewer # after May 7.

*Am. Crow* – HC = 12 (May 1 & 25).

*Fish Crow* – HC = 2 (May 3 & 5) w/ birds seen and heard from LSpfld and
CP/RSP.

*Black-cap Chickadee* – HC = 8 (May 10) – seen every day, but two.

*Tufted Titmouse* – HC = 16 (May 1 & 5) – seen every day.

*White-breasted Nuthatch* – HC = 10 (May 5) – seen every day.

*Carolina Wren* – HC = 11 (May 12 & 16) – seen every day.

*House Wren* – HC = 9 (May 22) – seen every day.

*Sedge Wren*- spring arrival 2 at CP (May 3) – photo.

*Marsh Wren* – only one w/ last seen (May 13).

*Ruby-crowned Kinglet* – HC = 13 (May 1), last seen at CP (May 10).

*Blue-gray Gnatcatcher* – HC = 14 (May 1), w/ dropping # after May 10.

*Eastern Bluebird* – HC = 5 (May 30) – scarce.

*Veery* – spring arrival (western race) at WP (May 1), w/ HC = 2 (May
7), and last seen (May 15) – very low # and left early.

*Gray-cheek Thrush* – HC = 3 (May 4), and last seen at (May 20) - low #
and left early.

*Swainson’s Thrush* – HC = 27 (May 1), last seen 2 (May 22) – all
thrushes left very early.

*Wood Thrush* – HC = 5 (May 10 & 12).

*Am. Robin* – HC = 35 (May 1).

*Gray Catbird* – HC = 10 (May 2 - 4).

*N. Mockingbird* – HC = 4 (May 26). West and NW seem to have the most birds.

*Brown Thrasher* – HC = 4 (6x in May).

*Cedar Waxwing* – spring arrival of second group was 10 (May 2), and
ended (May 30), w/ HC = 50 (May 10 & 14).

*European Starling* – present.

*White-eye Vireo* – HC = 5 ( May 3 & 8).

*Bell’s Vireo* – spring arrival ♂ at Cinder Flats (May 5), w/HC = 4 (May
12 & 19).

*Blue-headed Vireo* –spring arrival 2 at Center P. & CP (May 3) – late.
HC = also 2 (May 5), w/ departure (May 10) – low # & left early.

*Yellow-throated Vireo* – HC = only 2 (11x in May)

*Warbling Vireo* – HC = 6 (May 26).

*Philadelphia Vireo* – spring arrival at Lincoln Gds (May 9) – the only
one seen! Fewest ever for spring.

*Red-eyed Vireo* – HC = 20 (May 14 & 15), w/ migrant # dropping @ May 25.

*Blue-wing Warbler* – spring arrival ♂ at Lin Gds (May 1), w/HC = 3 (May
3), and last seen (May 8).

*Golden-wing Warbler* – spring arrival ♂at CP (May 3), w/ HC = 2♂ (May 4
& 10) and last seen ♀ at WP (May16) – poor #.

*Tennessee Warbler* –spring arrival 4 at LSpfld (May 2), w/HC = 23 (May
10) and last seen ♀ (May 21) – arrived late and low # and left early.

*Orange-crowned Warbler* – HC = 2 (May 2), and also last seen! – very
poor # & left early.

*Nashville Warbler* –HC = 7 (May 3), w/ last seen (May 11) – low # and
left early.

*N. Parula* – HC = 5 (May 4) – low #.

*Yellow Warbler* – spring arrival 3 at LSpfld (May 2), w/ HC = 5 (May 3).

*Chestnut-sided Warbler* – spring arrival ♂ at CP (May 1), w/HC = 8 (May
14) and departure 2 (May18) – poor # and left early.

*Magnolia Warbler* – spring arrival 4 at CP (May 3), w/HC = 9 (May 10)
and last seen (May 18)- low # & left early.

*Cape May Warbler* – spring arrival ♂ at CP (May 1), w/ HC = 3 (May 10)
last seen a 2 ♀ at Center Park (May 13).

*Yellow-rump Warbler* – HC = 52 (May 2), and last seen 2 on (May 15) –
low #.

*Black-throated Green Warbler* – HC = 3 (May 3), w/ last seen 1 on (May
14) – low # & left early..

*Blackburnian Warbler* –spring arrival 3 at Center P. & CP (May 3), w/
HC = 5 (May 14) and also last seen.

*Yellow-throated Warbler* – only 5 singles (May 2 - 21).

*Prairie Warbler* – spring arrival 2 ♂ at CP (May 8), w/last seen (May 14).

*Palm Warbler* –HC = 24 (May 3), and last seen 2 (May 17).

*Bay-breasted Warbler* –spring arrival ♂ at CP (May 3), w/ HC = 2 (May
10 & 14) and also last seen - low # & left early.

*Blackpoll *– spring arrival ♀ at Lin Gds (May 1), w/HC = 9 (May 18) and
last seen ♀ (May 23) – left early.

*Cerulean Warbler* – spring arrival 3♂ at CP (May 3) and departure ♂ at
Lincoln Gds (May 13)

*Black & white Warbler* – HC = 5 ( May 4), w/ last seen 2 (May 14) – low
# & left early.

*Am. Redstart* – HC = 6 (May 10) and last seen im ♂(May 19) – low # &
left early.

*Prothonotary Warbler* – HC = 2 (May 9) – low#.

Worm-eating Warbler – none found.

*Swainson’s Warbler* – one at CP (May 4) – a first for this area. It was
seen along a trail with a ravine running from the bluff to the
bottomland, which had a lot of downed trees. As Ken Bohlen and I
approached this area, a brownish bird came out of some downed wood and
landed right in front of us (10- 15 feet away) in a sapling and sat
there for at least about 30 seconds. Since I was several feet in front
of Ken and not wanting to move, I did not know if he was examining this
special warbler and I did not want to try a shot with my camera then. It
had a distinctive shape: rather plump, with a short tail and a long bill
(for a warbler). The nearest species in shape would be a Prothonotary
Warbler, but this bird showed no yellow. The bill looked dark, and the
lower mandible made an angle up giving the impression the bill was up
turned (but wasn’t). The face and throat were buff, but the crown looked
darker and a darker line passed through the dark eye to the back of the
auriculars. This made a buff supercilary between the crown and the
eyeline. There were no dark lines on the head as in Worm-eating Warbler.
The back and tail looked brownish and the ventral was grayish buff and
the under tail coverts were lighter. The legs were pinkish, definitely
light colored. I did have my small camera with me and since the bird was
back lit and suddenly flew to the ground- I thought it was time for a
photo. However, this was the bird getting away from two large dogs and a
guy rushing at us. Ken and I quickly got out of the way, and though we
searched for a long while after, we never saw the bird again. Ken and I
agreed immediately about the identification and talked about the field
marks we had seen. The dog blunder shows that dogs do not belong in
Nature Preserves! Carpenter Park Nature Preserve is literally the only
one in the county with natural vegetation.

*Ovenbird *–spring arrival 2 at CP (May 1), w/ HC = 6 (May 4) and last
seen (May 16) - low # & left early.

*N. Waterthrush* – spring arrival 2 at CP (May 1), w/HC = 6 (May 5) w/
last seen 2 (May 17).

*Louisiana Waterthrush* – one SR? at RSP (May 29).

*Kentucky Warbler* – spring arrival ♂ at CP (May 1), w/HC = 4 (4x May 5
– 14).

*Mourning Warbler* – spring arrival ♂ at WP (May 4) – only 7 singles
seen and last seen (May 20) – left early.

*Connecticut Warbler* – spring arrival ♂ at Marine Pt (May 17), and last
seen at Lin Gds (May 23).

*Common Yellowthroat* – HC = 8 (May 8).

Hooded Warbler – none!.

*Wilson’s Warbler* – spring arrival ♂ at WP (May 2), w/ HC = 3 (May 12 &
17) and last seen 2 (May 23) – left early.

*Canada Warbler* – spring arrival of ♂ at CP (May 11), w/ HC = 3 (May
15, 16 & 18) and last seen 2 (May 21) – left early.

*Yellow-breasted Chat* – spring arrival 3♂ at CP (May 3), w/HC = 4 (May 8).

*Summer Tanager* – spring arrival second year ♂ at CP (May 1), w/ HC = 4
(May 12).

*Scarlet Tanager* - HC = 6 (May 3).

*N. Cardinal* – HC = 20 (May 2 & 14).

*Rose-breasted Grosbeak* – spring arrival 15 (May 1), which includes HC,
migrant # drop @ May 13. Arrived late.

*Blue Grosbeak* – HC = 3 (May 8).

*Indigo Bunting* – HC = 14 (May 2), though seen every day, # low in this
once abundant species.

*Dickcissel* – spring arrival 4♂ at Buffalo SP (May 5), w/HC = 26 (May 26).

*E. Towhee* – HC = 5 (May 15).

*Chipping Sparrow* – HC = 10 (May 5), migrant # dropped @ May 18.

*Field Sparrow* – HC = 5 (May 4) – low #.

*Vesper Sparrow* – only two singles (May 2 & 9)- fields are sterile.

*Lark Sparrow* – spring arrival one at beach (May 2)- late, photo.

*Savannah Sparrow* – HC = 7 (May 6), last seen 2 (May 19) – low #.

*Grasshopper Sparrow* – spring arrival (specimen) at Spfld (May 8), w/
HC = 3 (May 26).

Henslow’s Sparrow – none, habitat gone.

*Song Sparrow* – HC = 6 (May 5).

*Lincoln’s Sparrow* –HC = 5 (May 3), last seen 3 at CP (May 16).

*Swamp Sparrow* – HC = 7 (May 3), w/ last seen(May 11).

*White-throated Sparrow* –HC = 59 (May 1), last seen at WP (May 16) –
low # and left early.

*White-crown Sparrow* – HC = 16 (May 11), and**last seen at CP (May 16)
–left early.

*Bobolink –* spring arrival 16 ♂ at Buffalo SP (May 5), also HC. SR? =12
near Pleasant Plaines (May 26).

*Red-wing Blackbird* – HC = 60 (May 2), mostly SR #.

*Eastern Meadowlark* – HC = 15 ( May 26) – critically low # in most areas.

*Common Grackle* – HC = 30 (May 18), no big flocks & mostly SR.

*Brown-headed Cowbird* – HC = 14 (May 3).

*Orchard Oriole* – HC = 8 (May 26) = SR?

*Baltimore Oriole* – HC = 8 (May 3) - # low, but seen every day.

*House Finch* – HC = 7 (May 19).

*Am. Goldfinch* – HC = 12 (May 6)- low #.

*House Sparrow* – present.

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow* – HC = 2 (May 5 & 31).

After the migrants were held back by the cold NE winds in April (until
the last couple days), May came in Hot and with mostly south winds.
There were 8 days in the 90s ( highest was 98 on May 28), 21 days in the
80s and only 2 days in the 70s (78°on May 3 and the lowest high 76° on
May 4). I have no doubt this was the warmest May on record. Minimum
temperatures seemed high also, mostly in the 60s, some in the 70s, with
only 9 nights in the 50s (50° was the lowest low on May 8). The result
of the heat was that the lagging vegetation popped out preventing
observers from seeing (and the Buffalo Gnats didn’t help), and made some
woodland habitat unusable to the migrants, they preferring the more open
wooded areas. Also many migrants by passed this county or stayed only
briefly, if the observer was not in the right place at the right moment
they probably missed migrants that they had searched for in vain in
April. The passerine migration ended about May 20 (with a few stragglers
after that), which is a half month earlier than usual. So observers got
screwed out of birds both early and late. The precipitation total was
2.84 inches, which caused lake levels to be high, but there were few
puddles in the fields and shorebirds, rails, and other waterbirds were
in low numbers. Most waterfowl had left in April.

Total species = 189

Total field days = 31

Total hours for May 2018 = 273

H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum

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Beckie Dyer
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Illinois State Museum
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Springfield, Illinois 62703-3500
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