ILbirds
Received From Subject
1/23/18 11:58 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren
1/23/18 6:51 am Eric Gyllenhaal <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET SNOW GEESE flying south over Douglas Park
1/22/18 3:09 pm 'Beilke, Stephanie' <sbeilke...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No sightings: Participate in Climate Watch Surveys in Cook Co, IL!
1/22/18 2:55 pm 'Vicky Sroczynski' <vsroczynski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTINGS-Varied Thrush spot
1/22/18 2:24 pm Scott Judd <scottmjudd...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rogers Park/Chicago Snow Geese
1/22/18 2:09 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Glenview cook co
1/22/18 1:25 pm Jean Spitzer <comfortmusic...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Upcoming IOS trip to Sax Zim-Bog -no sighting
1/22/18 11:46 am <cerademacher...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Birding atop the Lincoln Park Trader Joe's while running errands
1/21/18 7:46 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard songsters
1/21/18 3:54 pm lotorwin4me <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Male Kestrel demise
1/21/18 2:21 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Little Red Schoolhouse
1/21/18 2:14 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Varied Thrush
1/21/18 12:04 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Winter Birds At The Chicago Botanic Garden Sunday 1-21-18
1/21/18 10:37 am Alan Anderson <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Mixed flock redpolls and goldfinches at Itasca wetlands now
1/21/18 10:37 am <kelagory...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Northern Shrike and Red- headed Woodpecker at Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage Co, 1/21/18
1/21/18 9:41 am David Gruver <dpgruve...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 3 Snowys at Wolf Lake
1/21/18 8:49 am <natrpix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET eagles on Saganaskee
1/21/18 8:40 am David Gruver <dpgruve...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Snowy Owls still at Wolf Lake
1/21/18 7:14 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Upcoming IOS trip to Sax Zim-Bog -no sighting
1/21/18 6:46 am Tyler Funk <fftfunk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Upcoming IOS trip to Sax Zim-Bog -no sighting
1/21/18 6:39 am Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Common Redpolls
1/20/18 8:45 pm Urs Geiser <ugeiser...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Peregrine Falcon, but not many field birds (Kane, DeKalb)
1/20/18 6:47 pm Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Changing Chicago Birdlife (NO SIGHTINGS)
1/20/18 6:18 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP, Saturday, 20 January: Merlin, Wood Duck
1/20/18 3:13 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos Area-Varied Thrush Location, Orland Grasslands South & Little Red School House 1-20-18
1/20/18 2:36 pm 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET South Side Chicago Snowy Owls (and Other Stuff), 1/20 a.m.
1/20/18 1:27 pm Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Owls versus gulls (no sightings)
1/20/18 1:20 pm Steven Freed <sfreed111...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA: Barrow's Goldeneye, Rock Island County
1/20/18 12:28 pm David Gruver <dpgruve...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 2 Snowy Owls at Wolf Lake
1/20/18 10:33 am Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Varied Thrush
1/20/18 10:21 am Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Spotted Towhee-NO
1/20/18 8:03 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Varied Thrush
1/20/18 7:37 am carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Varied Thrush
1/20/18 6:03 am Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, Montrose Pt, Cook, 1-19
1/19/18 4:42 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET TV tonight
1/19/18 4:39 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET interesting bird behavior article, no sightings
1/19/18 2:05 pm <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Rough-legged Hawk
1/19/18 2:02 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rough-legged Hawk
1/19/18 2:00 pm Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: hybrid duck
1/19/18 1:44 pm <rjdbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, Montrose Pt, Cook, 1-19
1/19/18 1:41 pm <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pileated woodpecker
1/19/18 1:06 pm Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rough-legged hawk
1/19/18 11:45 am Mike Trahan <miket99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lyons Woods
1/19/18 11:39 am 'Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)' <Keith.A.Mcmullen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> RE: [EXTERNAL] Re: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)
1/19/18 11:29 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Deer Grove East F.P. Friday 1-19-18
1/19/18 11:27 am 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)
1/19/18 11:13 am <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)
1/19/18 10:58 am <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)
1/18/18 8:29 pm 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos Area - Varied Thrush picture
1/18/18 8:29 pm 'jarojim (via Google Photos)' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET jarojim shared “Jim's Birds” with you
1/18/18 7:41 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Mason & Tazewell Co's (No Spotted Towhee) Thursday 1-18-18
1/18/18 5:42 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Listers Corner Submission Forms (no sightings)
1/18/18 1:26 pm <dartman572000...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Fairgrounds-No Sightings
1/18/18 10:34 am Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET A good day in the yard today
1/18/18 9:54 am Steve Mulhall <mulhallse...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: (no sighting) Has anyone seen a Snowy Owl in Lake County recently?
1/18/18 9:28 am <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET (no sighting) Has anyone seen a Snowy Owl in Lake County recently?
1/18/18 8:56 am <jrockey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET (no sighting) Has anyone seen a Snowy Owl in Lake County recently?
1/18/18 7:24 am Yahoo <cmarshbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Illiana Birds: Bald Eagle article
1/18/18 6:32 am WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Fairgrounds-No Sightings
1/18/18 5:40 am Carl Strang <Wildlifer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re:NO SIGHTINGS - April 29, 2005 Sutton's Warbler
1/17/18 7:53 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Old sighting: Great-tailed grackle? Cook co.
1/17/18 6:00 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren
1/17/18 2:16 pm Dan <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White-winged Scoter
1/17/18 12:47 pm WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Fairgrounds-No Sightings
1/17/18 11:53 am Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos Varied Thrush still present 12/17 late AM
1/17/18 11:49 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos Area VARIED THRUSH & (Finally!) A Cook Co Pileated Woodpecker Wed 1-17-18
1/17/18 10:02 am Andy Gilbert <agilb849...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Spotted Towhee Mason Co
1/17/18 8:05 am Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTINGS - April 29, 2005 Sutton's Warbler
1/16/18 10:19 pm Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Official name for the Killdeer Wetlands??
1/16/18 6:18 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinals
1/16/18 4:03 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Official name for the Killdeer Wetlands??
1/16/18 3:51 pm Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Areas to bird on EAST side of Morton Arboretum in May (no sightings)
1/16/18 2:12 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Tuesday 1-16-18
1/16/18 2:08 pm David Gruver <dpgruve...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Varied Thrush-New Location
1/16/18 10:57 am Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Varied Thrush Yes Jan. 16, 2016
1/16/18 10:07 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Varied Thrush Yes Jan. 16, 2016
1/16/18 9:05 am Ethan Gyllenhaal <ethannatureboy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ross's Goose - Museum Campus
1/15/18 3:48 pm Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sunday DBC field trip to Starved Rock and points E in LaSalle County
1/15/18 3:28 pm <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET CAS Camp Pine Woods Brush Clearing – no sightings
1/15/18 9:22 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Blue jay
1/14/18 12:05 pm beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Finches
1/14/18 12:05 pm Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Breeding Marsh Birds in the Calumet Region - Program Tues 1/16 (NO SIGHTINGS)
1/14/18 9:00 am scott latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET (No Sighting) Old Varied thrush report
1/13/18 5:13 pm 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Steelworkers Park, 1/13 a.m.
1/13/18 4:08 pm 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Steelworkers Park, 1/13 a.m.
1/13/18 1:22 pm Kestrelz <amkestrelz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET gull
1/13/18 1:06 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Prairie Falcon - Hancock Co.
1/13/18 12:41 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pileated Woodpeckers But In The Wrong County Saturday 1-13-18
1/13/18 11:58 am <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET The Delicate Politics of Chasing Owls NYT
1/13/18 9:55 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET River Trail Nature Center, Prospect Heights, Cook County
1/12/18 6:39 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IOS Listers Corner - Round 2! (no sightings)
1/12/18 6:39 pm Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kankakee Ornithology Course of Growing Interest Among Young College Students
1/12/18 3:29 pm <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Birding America – Save the Date – no sightings
1/12/18 12:28 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET What A Difference A Day Makes Weather-Wise (Evanston Lakefront) Friday 1-12-18
1/12/18 11:47 am David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose - high waves - no significant sightings
1/12/18 7:16 am Jeff Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Deer Grove East F.P. Thursday 1-11-18 (Local Interest Only)
1/11/18 11:38 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Deer Grove East F.P. Thursday 1-11-18 (Local Interest Only)
1/11/18 9:03 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lincoln Park Zoo Ducks, Jan 11 2018
1/11/18 8:03 am 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Northern Shrike, 1/11 a.m.
1/10/18 4:19 pm Lucy De Lap <ldelap...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fox River sightings in Dundee today
1/10/18 2:43 pm Dan Lory <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Slaty-backed Gull , Calumet River TB 5 Partial, Possibly Full Retraction
1/10/18 1:41 pm Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Sangamon Co. Dec. 2017 report
1/10/18 12:46 pm Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Slaty-backed Gull , Calumet River TB 5 Partial, Possibly Full Retraction
1/10/18 12:27 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Redpolls in Evanston
1/10/18 11:02 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Redpolls in Evanston
1/10/18 10:35 am Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Slaty-backed Gull , Calumet River TB 5
1/10/18 10:14 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bird-Of-The-Month Awards For 2017 (No Current Sightings) 1-10-18
1/10/18 8:47 am douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Two Snowy Owls at 31st St. beach
1/10/18 7:36 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N Cardinal
1/10/18 7:25 am douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Slaty-backed Gull at end of Stony Isalnd
1/9/18 1:54 pm <chicagio10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Calumet Slaty-backed Gull - 2:45pm 1/9 @ Calumet Park
1/9/18 1:48 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Getting Closer To A Pileated Woodpecker In The Palos Area Tuesday 1-9-18
1/9/18 1:23 pm cynthia staples <ckstaples...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Goldeneyes
1/9/18 12:35 pm Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Little Red Schoolhouse - Redpolls
1/9/18 5:07 am Jeff Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No sightings - Long-eared Owls
1/8/18 6:08 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No sightings - trying for slaty-backed gull tomorrow
1/8/18 3:54 pm Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ILKV CBC Report
1/8/18 3:01 pm FBUITRAG <fabbui...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET (No sighting) Eagle Watch January 6, 2018
1/8/18 3:00 pm Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bald Eagle, Lake County
1/8/18 1:24 pm Dan Lory <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Slaty-backed Gull Retraction, Cook
1/8/18 1:08 pm 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No sightings - trying for slaty-backed gull tomorrow
1/8/18 1:07 pm Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Slaty-backed Gull Retraction, Cook
1/8/18 12:54 pm Dan Lory <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Slaty-backed Gull Continues, Cook
1/8/18 12:18 pm Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Red-throated Loon
1/8/18 11:45 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden (Local Interest Only) Monday 1-8-18
1/8/18 7:53 am Tom Lally <tlally98...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Slaty-backed Gull Continues, Cook
1/8/18 6:21 am Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Slaty-backed Gull Continues, Cook
1/7/18 6:16 pm Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie lagoons Sunday
1/7/18 3:07 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Searching For The Slaty Backed Gull Sunday 1-7-18
1/7/18 1:34 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Slaty-backed Gull spread-wing close-ups (1-7-18)
1/7/18 11:34 am <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red Crossbills, Western Meadowlark
1/7/18 11:14 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: RBA - Slaty-backed Gull on Calumet River
1/7/18 9:07 am <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET South Lake Front and Calumet area, Saturday, 6 January: No Slaty-backed but lots of other nice birds
1/7/18 9:01 am ERIC GINSBURG <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 1/7 Chicago lakefront Owl and Eagle run
1/7/18 7:02 am Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Snowy Owl/Scoter - Adams Co.
1/6/18 4:33 pm 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Steelworkers Park Snowy Owl, White-winged Scoter, and Canvasback, 1/6 p.m.
1/6/18 1:52 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County:Snowy Owl, Long Tailed Duck, Glaucous & Great Black Backed Gulls Sat 1-6-18
1/6/18 11:05 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET By Cooper's h.
1/6/18 9:07 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Slaty-back - 122nd & Stony 11am
1/5/18 5:52 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Calumet "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull (1-4-18)
1/5/18 4:16 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Harris's Sparrow - Adams Co.
1/5/18 3:13 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Redpolls at Wolf Lake/Powers FWA, Chicago (1-4-18)
1/5/18 1:28 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren/Blue jay
1/5/18 12:49 pm Ethan Gyllenhaal <ethannatureboy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Slaty-Backed Gull YES Stony Island Landfills
1/5/18 8:32 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard American TS
1/4/18 6:53 pm Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Another new yard bird!
1/4/18 5:15 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA Slaty-backed Gull - Cal River from Stony Island Overlook, Chicago (1-4-18)
1/4/18 12:56 pm Judith Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Broadening the base of birders (no sightings)
1/4/18 12:42 pm <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA - Slaty-backed Gull on Calumet River
1/4/18 12:29 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Good Sparrow Day At Crabtree Nature Center Thursday 1-4-18
1/4/18 9:59 am WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ivory Gull-NO SIGHTINGS
1/4/18 9:55 am Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Ivory Gull Thursday Morning
1/3/18 7:38 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET large Trumpeter Swan flock in southern Illinois
1/3/18 6:00 pm Ron Bradley <povpt93...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Prairie Falcon
1/3/18 5:08 pm Amar Ayyash <amarayyash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County IVORY GULL: Wednesday, 03 January 2018.
1/3/18 3:59 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Redpoll & other yard birds
1/3/18 12:43 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Stealthcam Cooper's h.
1/3/18 12:27 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Only A Few Species At The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 1-3-18
1/3/18 9:05 am Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ivory Gull (not at the moment)
1/3/18 8:38 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard BH cowbird
1/3/18 8:36 am Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Fwd: IBET Fwd: [Illinois Rare Bird Alert] Adult IVORY GULL at Lake County Fairgrounds...
1/3/18 8:20 am Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: [Illinois Rare Bird Alert] Adult IVORY GULL at Lake County Fairgrounds...
1/3/18 6:28 am Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bald Eagles in Batavia
1/2/18 3:43 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kankakee CBC LE owl
1/2/18 3:28 pm Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Another Bald Eagle sighting -Chicago River at Diversey 4:26 PM Tuesday
1/2/18 3:13 pm Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Another Bald Eagle sighting -Chicago River at Diversey 4:26 PM Tuesday
1/2/18 2:37 pm Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rutland CBC Dec. 30 - Results
1/2/18 1:57 pm Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Please join COS for a program by Noah Styker on Birding without Border
1/2/18 8:41 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Hairy wp
1/1/18 4:14 pm '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 6 species of sparrows Lake County
1/1/18 2:57 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Grackle
1/1/18 2:36 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Too cold for birds, no sightings :)
1/1/18 2:27 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Trumpeter Swans - Adams Co.
1/1/18 1:15 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET A Very Cold X-Mas Count At St Mary's Seminary In Mundelein Monday 1-1-18
1/1/18 12:15 pm Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET New Year's birds
1/1/18 10:22 am Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Happy new year Prairie!
1/1/18 10:14 am Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein New Year Birds
1/1/18 10:10 am Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Happy New Years Birds
1/1/18 8:48 am Robert Olson <bob...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Carolina Wren yardbird
12/31/17 8:49 pm <whitey.orangie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lone redpoll in West Rogers Park
12/31/17 3:34 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kankakee VAS CBC
12/31/17 1:16 pm julie long <mayhill10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Carp. Dam Fox River - California Gull
12/31/17 12:41 pm <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Redpolls
12/31/17 11:53 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET A Cold But Good Ending To 2017 At Montrose Point On Sunday 12-31-17
12/31/17 10:13 am jim lukancic <lukan602...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Arsenal Road Pond (ASIP Local 150, Wilmington)
12/30/17 9:03 pm Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Carp. Dam Fox River - California Gull
12/30/17 6:48 pm Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kankakee Valley CBC Results: New Record (Preliminary Total)
12/30/17 5:31 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET L.Calumet area (Calumet City/Sandridge CBC) (12-30-17)
12/30/17 4:08 pm Ron Bradley <povpt93...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: Prairie Falcons
12/30/17 11:38 am <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Snowy Owl
12/30/17 10:31 am '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET migration Lake County
12/30/17 7:42 am ERIC GINSBURG <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 31st St Snowy Owl, Sat. morning
12/29/17 1:54 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Final Attempt To See A 2017 Cook County Pileated Woodpecker Friday 12-29-17
12/29/17 12:03 pm <jreiter...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Snowy Owl Invasion with Scott Weidensaul (no sightings)
12/29/17 10:59 am Dan <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 2 Snowy Owls YES
12/29/17 9:53 am Josh Feeney <josh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 2 Snowy Owls YES
12/29/17 9:24 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: 2 Snowy Owls YES
12/29/17 8:24 am Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds - Common Redpoll
12/29/17 6:37 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Snowy NO SIGHTINGS
12/28/17 2:31 pm douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Laughing Gull near Marseilles and other LaSalle County birds
12/28/17 12:29 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET St Mary's Seminary In Mundelein Thursday 12-28-17
12/28/17 9:20 am nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Listers Corner Reminders (re: Thayer's Gull & Barnacle Goose, no new sightings)
12/28/17 8:17 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Cooper's hawk
12/27/17 6:21 pm Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Clinton Lake CBC this Saturday Dec. 30, come one come all need assistance
12/27/17 9:33 am 'M.Bernat' <mbernat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Changes to Fed. Protection of Native Birds (No Sightings)
12/27/17 9:23 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard A. crows
12/26/17 2:49 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Listers Corner Reminders (re: Thayer's Gull & Barnacle Goose, no new sightings)
12/26/17 12:35 pm Ken Wysocki <kwysocki...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Indiana Dunes West CBC Friday 12/29
12/26/17 12:04 pm John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Longsours and Horned Larks in Kane
12/25/17 4:12 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Geese Migration
12/25/17 3:46 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Snowy Owl - Hancock Co.
12/25/17 1:45 pm '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Great Blue Heron Lake county
12/25/17 12:02 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Trumpeter Swans - Adams County.
12/25/17 11:19 am ' orink' <orink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET 12 Trumpeter Swans Independence Grove
12/25/17 11:16 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Hairy wp
12/25/17 10:57 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Even More Redpolls But Few People At The Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 12-25-17
12/25/17 10:38 am <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 12 Trumpeter Swans Independence Grove
12/25/17 9:35 am David Farber <raptorfoto...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Byard snow bird
12/25/17 8:25 am Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Goshawk again Today
12/25/17 7:48 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard snow bird
12/24/17 11:08 am 'Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' <woodthrusheola8...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET surf scoter at Racoon Lk, Centralia, Marion Co., 12.23.17
12/24/17 8:58 am Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Harlequin at Carlyle
 
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Date: 1/23/18 11:58 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard C. wren

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38961335375/in/photostream/
Hi friends,
Likes the stick pile, and very active. Plenty of DE juncos and multi-cardinal pairs here. Picking in debris left after snowmelt.
This wren sings for a meal, when I'm in the shower.
John
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Date: 1/23/18 6:51 am
From: Eric Gyllenhaal <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET SNOW GEESE flying south over Douglas Park
At 8:45 I saw a flock of about 55 Snow Geese flying south over Douglas Park on the west side of Chicago. I’ll put more details in my eBird list once I get close looks at my photos.

Eric Gyllenhaal
Cook County

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Date: 1/22/18 3:09 pm
From: 'Beilke, Stephanie' <sbeilke...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No sightings: Participate in Climate Watch Surveys in Cook Co, IL!
Are you looking for a birding activity to do this winter? Please join us for the first Climate Watch survey happening in Cook County, IL!

Climate Watch is a citizen science monitoring program led by the National Audubon Society. This special bird survey compiles survey data on focal species in order to validate models of how we expect species ranges will shift due to climate change. This winter, we will be surveying for White- and Red-breasted Nuthatches in Cook County, IL.

To participate, you will select 12 point count locations in woodland areas within a 6x6-mile block of your choosing. Point counts are conducted in a single day and are 5 minutes long and 200 meters apart. These surveys can all be conducted along the same trail if you like. You don't need to know how to identify all bird species to help, you only need to identify nuthatches, though counting any birds you can identify will be helpful. You can choose to participate in winter (Jan 15-Feb 15) and/or spring (May 15-June 15). All data are submitted through eBird<ebird.org>. If you are already conducting surveys or regular visits to a certain area, consider adding the Climate Watch protocol to your surveys! Your survey data are incredibly valuable as we try to understand how species adapt to climate change.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Stephanie Beilke at <sbeilke...><mailto:<sbeilke...>

More information on the Climate Watch Protocol is also available at audubon..org/climatewatch

If you'd like to participate outside of Cook County, consider coordinating your own survey effort! More information again is at audubon.org/climatewatch

Thank you!

Stephanie Beilke
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Date: 1/22/18 2:55 pm
From: 'Vicky Sroczynski' <vsroczynski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS-Varied Thrush spot
Hi all, I apologize if this is a repeat post, but three other
wishfully-thinking birders and I were at the Varied Thrush location
today-the feeders have been taken down, and there is a kindly-worded letter
hanging in a tree, in place of the sign-up sheet that was previously there.
In it, the homeowner explains that the Varied Thrush seems to have moved on
with the warmer temperatures and lack of snow cover, and so must we. She
explained that she would post a "rare bird alert" if she sees the bird
again.



Vicky Sroczynski

DuPage County

In Florida during Varied Thrush visit to Illinois


 

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Date: 1/22/18 2:24 pm
From: Scott Judd <scottmjudd...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rogers Park/Chicago Snow Geese
One hour ago, I saw a flock of appx. sixty Snow Geese (including several
Blue-phase) fly inland to the west off of Lake Michigan, from the east end
of Jarvis St. in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.

Link to photo:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ez3XmPmYoAZTIrXd2

Good birding,

Scott Judd
Rogers Park. Chicago, IL, Cook County

 

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Date: 1/22/18 2:09 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Glenview cook co
Hi air station prairie northern shrike

Air station pray flock of Snowgeese at least seven white snow geese and I got video of the other ones and Carol Freeman also saw them and said that she thought the dark ones were also Snowgeese. Just now maybe at Lake glenview heading there now.

Suzanne Coleman

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Date: 1/22/18 1:25 pm
From: Jean Spitzer <comfortmusic...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Upcoming IOS trip to Sax Zim-Bog -no sighting
This is a great trip to see species not seen here. The community there is
wonderful & pulls out all the stops if you attend their birding festival.
If you go up to the boundary waters, Bohemian Wax Wings can be seen if you
know where to go!
Jean M. Spitzer
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Date: 1/22/18 11:46 am
From: <cerademacher...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Birding atop the Lincoln Park Trader Joe's while running errands
On Sunday afternoon while my wife was stopping at Ann Taylor Loft on Diversey in Lincoln Park, I saw a couple of crows cawing from atop the Trader Joe's parking structure. Wanting to get better views, I took the elevator to the top floor of Trader Joe's rooftop parking lot, which affords open views for blocks around. I observed three crows atop Trader Joe's, two more perched on a building around 2750 N Clark St, another on a rooftop between St. Clement's Church and Trader Joe's on Orchard, and a final one atop the mid-rise building on the NW corner of Orchard and Diversey.


Something seemed to be bothering these crows, or perhaps it was the other way around? Two of the Trader Joe's crows flew off westward. The two from Clark St. and the third Trader's Joe crow flew off to the rooftop of the midrise building on Diversey. As my wife and I were leaving the rooftop and waiting for the elevator, we saw through the window the reason for the crows' concern: a peregrine falcon winging eastward over the northern row of buildings along Diversey Avenue between Orchard and Clark. The crows had flushed their quarry!



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42129360 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42129360



Chris Rademacher
Cook / Chicago




 

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Date: 1/21/18 7:46 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard songsters

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/25955316898/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The N cardinal did some whistles this morning also a C. wren sang for his supper/breakfast.
John

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Date: 1/21/18 3:54 pm
From: lotorwin4me <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Male Kestrel demise

I took a walk in neighborhood  this warm afternoon to exercise my achy breaky  knees. Near stand of white pines found a big pile of plucked feathers. A few minutes later I glimpsed a large gray raptor in distance, possible Goshawk. No binocs with me. Here are two left side outer tail feathers of the Kestrel

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Date: 1/21/18 2:21 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Little Red Schoolhouse
No Titmouse unfortunately.  Did see male Purple Finch with a harem of females.  Red-headed Woodpecker, briefly.  White-throated and Tree Sparrow, Red-bellied Woodpecker and the regular suspects.  
Carol Nelson Cook County Chicago  
 

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Date: 1/21/18 2:14 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Varied Thrush
Not today, unfortunately.  Did see a Pileated fly-by and both Nuthatches and the usual winter suspects.  Thanks to all those who provided excellent directions.    
Carol Nelson Cook County Chicago
 

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Date: 1/21/18 12:04 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Winter Birds At The Chicago Botanic Garden Sunday 1-21-18
Hello Bird People,

At 1st I had a hard time finding any birds at all but eventually I was
able to locate some, if not all, of the usual suspects. The large
flock of Redpolls has abandoned the Birch trees around the Regenstein
Building but later I found them on Evening Island, at the Enabling
Garden feeders & on Spider Island. They were very flighty today & they
never sat still long enough for me to find even a possible Hoary
Redpoll. More open water at the Dundee Rd bridge as melting is going
on but no other open water anywhere else. The Gulls have returned in
small numbers to the frozen North Lake. Here's my short day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (8:15-11:15 a.m.)

GREAT BLUE HERON (1 at the Dundee Rd open water area)
Canada Goose (only 5 today)
WOOD DUCK (1-M)
Mallard (205)
Gadwall (2-M & 1-F)
HOODED MERGANSER (4-pairs)
Coot (gone from 1 to 2 & both are constantly with the Gadwall)
Cooper's Hawk (1-IM, not the usual streaking on the chest?)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)
Ring Billed (1) & Herring (22) Gulls
Mourning Dove (2)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Blue Jay (4)
Chickadee (6)
W.B. Nuthatch (2)
Robins (6)
Junco (only 2)
House Finch (2-PR with 1 male singing)
Pine Siskin (4)
Common Redpoll (75-80, really "attacking" the 4 feeders)
Goldfinch (2 fly-bys)
House Sparrow (4-6)

I drove to the CBG via Forest Way Drive to check on the lagoons but
all were completely frozen even at the dams so no water birds.
However, way up in a large tree close to the intersection of Willow Rd
& Forest Way Dr were two regal looking adult BALD EAGLES which may
well be the pair that has been frequently seen all last year at both
the Lagoons & the CBG. I have looked for a nest if they have one but
so far have not found one.

Nevertheless, Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the 2 Bald Eagles & Runners-Up
to the continuing army of Redpolls. Fancy Pants Bird Of The Day to the
male Wood Duck & the Hooded Merganser males.
Both very fancy indeed.

Al Stokie
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Date: 1/21/18 10:37 am
From: Alan Anderson <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Mixed flock redpolls and goldfinches at Itasca wetlands now
Viewing a mixed flock of Common Redpolls (at least 27) and goldfinches ( about 20) at Itasca Wetlands now. 12:30 pm

Feeding in mainly trees northeast corner and north of the wetland. Prospect Road north of Irving Park

I parked at Wood Dale Reservoir and walked trail west. One Great Blue Heron as usual along Salt Creek. No ducks other than mallard. Parking lot School St west of Wood Dale Road

Alan Anderson, Des Plaines

Currently in DuPage County
Note : flock of redpolls and goldfinches have now known northwest.

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Date: 1/21/18 10:37 am
From: <kelagory...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Northern Shrike and Red- headed Woodpecker at Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage Co, 1/21/18
My wife and I birded Greene Valley First Preserve this morning and saw a first year red-headed woodpecker and a northern shrike. Both were on the west side of Greene Road. The shrike was just north of 79th St.

Kirk LaGory
Downers Grove
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Date: 1/21/18 9:41 am
From: David Gruver <dpgruve...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 3 Snowys at Wolf Lake
Now there are 3 SNOW at the same time but the closest one is in Indiana.

Dave Gruver
Lansing, Cook County

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Date: 1/21/18 8:49 am
From: <natrpix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET eagles on Saganaskee
Observed 5 Bald Eagles on the ice at Saganaskee slough this am ~9:30 am. The birds were approximately midway between the 2 parking groves at the west end and near the far (south) shore. They appeared to be attracted by something on the ice they were feeding on. Yesterday there were 3 coyotes feeding on a deer
carcass in the same general area on the ice.
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Date: 1/21/18 8:40 am
From: David Gruver <dpgruve...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Snowy Owls still at Wolf Lake
Snowy owls reported yesterday at Wolf Lake are still present. One is now on the railroad tracks best viewed from the south end of Stateline Road and the other is in the same spot it was yesterday. Fog is not bad and both birds can be viewed with binoculars as well as scopes.

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Date: 1/21/18 7:14 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Upcoming IOS trip to Sax Zim-Bog -no sighting
Hi everyone,


I returned yesterday from a 2-day trip to the Bog, and can't recommend it enough!


On Thursday, we saw (we had a local guide with us):


- 5 Great Gray Owls

- 2 Northern Hawk Owls

- 1 Snowy Owl (sleeping peacefully in a spruce tree!!!!) - this one was in Duluth, actually

- 1 Bald Eagle

- 3 Northern Shrikes

- 1 Black-backed woodpecker

- 2 Pileated Woodpeckers (one heard, one seen from very far)

- 1 Sharp-tailed Grouse

- 2 Ruffed Grouses

- Common and Hoary redpolls (I have pictures of a Hoary and Common sitting side-by-side, fab for comparison, happy to share if anyone wants them) (At the visitor center)

- lots and lots and lots of Black-capped Chickadees

- white-breasted and red-breasted nuthatches

- Scores of Ravens and Crows

- Blue Jays

Also saw a muskrat, a coyote, and several deer.


The local guide, John Richardson, was excellent. The local guides text each other of rare sightings in the moment.


On Friday (no guide), we focused primarily on the local feeders:


- did not see any owls on our own while driving through the bog

- 1 Bald Eagle

- 2 Black-billed magpies

- Some 20 Evening Grosbeaks (male and female) at Mary Lou's Feeders

- Pine Grosbeaks (male and female) (Abramson's feeders and Loretta's feeders)

- Gray Jays (Admiral Rd feeders, someone had left them bacon strips and they were going crazy over them, by peanuts-in-the-shell were no match!)

- Common redpolls

- lots and lots and lots of Black-capped Chickadees

- white-breasted and red-breasted nuthatches

- Scores of Ravens and Crows

- Blue Jays


We missed a Boreal Owl by a day, it had been at the Hartley Nature Center in Duluth, by the feeders, on Tuesday and Wednesday; I went Thur, Fri and Sat, it was not there.


This was such a fun trip, a real treat! Now thinking of going back for Hawk Watch in the fall!


If you go, and are able to do so, take with you some suet cakes, peanut butter, peanuts-in-the-shell or sunflower seeds to replenish some of the local feeders, or take small change for donations at the feeder stations. They do a wonderful job in attracting birds and keeping them happy (food, bath and shelter).


Practical note - the outhouse at the visitor center was described as absolutely vile (I did not use it). Wilbert's Cafe on Arkola and 53 graciously allows non-customers to use spotless restrooms!


Enjoy! Looking forward to hearing what the group will see!


Tamima




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Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:45 AM
To: IBET
Subject: IBET Upcoming IOS trip to Sax Zim-Bog -no sighting



Hello Everyone,

The IOS is hosting a guided field trip to Sax-Sim Bog on February 2nd and 3rd. We are making this trip available to non-members at this time. Remaining vacancies are limited for this trip, so get your name in early if you wish to take advantage of this great opportunity to see some unique boreal specialties. Information and registration details about this trip can be viewed on the IOS webpage.
Link:
http://bit.ly/2mXBdie<https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2mXBdie&data=02%7C01%7C%7C1f3548ded61f4a8a756808d560ddd9ca%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636521428306383915&sdata=ZiwjpNn6xsm4jJRQCQF3ZvgZHh4qM2sARtnGE7d5JDM%3D&reserved=0>

Feel free to contact me directly at <fftfunk...><mailto:<fftfunk...> if you have particular questions concerning this field trip.

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Date: 1/21/18 6:46 am
From: Tyler Funk <fftfunk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Upcoming IOS trip to Sax Zim-Bog -no sighting
Hello Everyone,

The IOS is hosting a guided field trip to Sax-Sim Bog on February 2nd and
3rd. We are making this trip available to non-members at this time.
Remaining vacancies are limited for this trip, so get your name in early if
you wish to take advantage of this great opportunity to see some unique
boreal specialties. Information and registration details about this trip
can be viewed on the IOS webpage.
Link:
http://bit.ly/2mXBdie

Feel free to contact me directly at <fftfunk...> if you have
particular questions concerning this field trip.

Thank you,
Tyler D Funk

 

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Date: 1/21/18 6:39 am
From: Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Common Redpolls
Redpoll Invasion Winter is ongoing. Although I've been waiting all winter for redpolls to show up in my birch (as they have in past invasion years), we didn't have a single one until today. 26 have been feeding in the birch for the past 30 minutes. One is whiter than the rest, but not white enough to be considered as a Hoary. As in past years, not one has ventured down to a feeder.

Joe a Lill
Chicago, Cook County


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Date: 1/20/18 8:45 pm
From: Urs Geiser <ugeiser...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Peregrine Falcon, but not many field birds (Kane, DeKalb)
I drove through western Kane and DeKalb Counties on Saturday in the hope
that there would still be enough snow to push the field birds
(longspurs, buntings) to the edge of the gravel roads. I had no luck in
that respect, and even the HORNED LARKS were sparse, with only a few
seen here and there. A nice surprise, however, was an adult PEREGRINE
FALCON with a meal on top of a utility pole along Lasher Road (Kane
County). I added a few more common year birds, but only because I
haven't been birding much so far this year.

Urs

Today in Kane and DeKalb Counties

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Date: 1/20/18 6:47 pm
From: Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Changing Chicago Birdlife (NO SIGHTINGS)
This coming Tuesday, January 23, the program at the Evanston North Shore Bird Club’s meeting will be on “Changing Chicago Birdlife” with Josh Engel speaking.

The historic literature provides a wealth of information about what Chicago-area birdlife was once like. From Robert Kennicott’s time in the early 1800s to William Dreuth, who kept careful notes during his daily outings in Lincoln Park from 1928 to 1943, we have an abundance of data that gives us an historical baseline. Suffice it to say, times have changed! Josh will compare Chicago’s birdlife today with what it was like over the last two centuries, and will examine how things might continue to change in the face of climate and habitat changes that are underway right now.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard, in Evanston.


John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County

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Date: 1/20/18 6:18 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP, Saturday, 20 January: Merlin, Wood Duck
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today covering 63rd Street Beach, the Outer and Inner Harbors, the west part of the golf course, the 59th Street promontory/North Lake Front and Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow. This was my first day birding the park this year other than a brief visit to the Outer Harbor when it was almost totally frozen. It's been either too damn cold or I've been chasing rarities with friends. Not expecting much I did have a few nice finds.
At 63rd Street Beach I carefully walked out on the first leg of the pier to see the ducks on the lake but there were only the expected numerous COMMON MERGANSERS (mostly males), with a few RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and COMMON GOLDENEYES, along with their HERRING GULL harassers. The most interesting finds were in and around the Outer Harbor. From the base of the pier I could already see one of the three adult MUTE SWANS in the harbor; not too exciting, but we only get them once or twice a year in the park. There were a few GREATER SCAUP in the harbor along with some goldeneyes and Red-breasted Mergansers, with Herring and Ring-billed Gulls on the ice (covering about 2/3 of the harbor). I went down towards the lake shore north of the hospital and a bird flew up from the rocks. It was a MERLIN (FOY). It flew south; I later caught up with it south of the hospital as it perched in a tree and allowed identifiable photos. There was a flock of 11 REDHEADS out on the lake (8 m., 3 fem.); I had to watch them for ~15 minutes to tell that they were all Redheads as I could only see their colors when they were turned just right. After checking the lake walking along the south edge of the harbor I noticed there were more scaup than before. I decided to backtrack back north to see if any were Lessers. All the new scaup were Greaters, but I found 3 female HOODED MERGANSERS that I hadn't seen before. I was taking some photos of the scaup when I noticed a different looking duck in my view finder. It was a male WOOD DUCK! This is the first Wood Duck I've seen in the park in winter. The only open water in the Inner Harbor is right by the Lake Shore Dr. bridge; there was one R.-b. Merg. there. In the vegetation at the southwest corner of the harbor I pished up a SONG SPARROW. I heard a gull making a racket in the air and saw it was a Herring Gull attacking an immature RED-TAILED HAWK flying west over the harbor.
On the golf course north of the "berm" I found a few chickadees. I saw one bird that appeared to land directly on the trunk of a limb where I couldn't see it. As I expected, a BROWN CREEPER (FOY) soon appeared farther up the limb. Highlights at Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow were limited to 7 DARK-EYED JUNCOS south of the east lagoon and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH east of the north parking lot. My full list follows.

Abbreviations: 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, OH = Outer Harbor, LM = Lake Michigan east of OH, IH = Inner Harbor, GC = Golf Course, NLF = North Lake Front/59th St. prom., WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow.

Canada Goose: OH (9), LM (19), IH (21), WI/BM (123)
Mute Swan: OH (3)
Wood Duck: OH (1)
Mallard: OH (1)
Redhead: LM (11)
Greater Scaup: OH (14)
Common Goldeneye: 63rd (7), OH (4), LM (4), NLF (6)
Hooded Merganser: OH (3)
Common Merganser: 63rd (145), LM (34), NLF (46)
Red-breasted Merganser: 63rd (8), OH (4), LM (2), IH (1), NLF (3)
Common/Red-breasted Merganser: 63rd (25), NLF (2)
Duck sp: 63rd (30), LM (35)
Red-tailed Hawk: IH (1)
Ring-billed Gull: OH (61), NLF (6)
Herring Gull: 63rd (17), OH (26), LM (1), IH (1), NLF (4)
Downy Woodpecker: GC (2), WI/BM (1)
Merlin: OH (1)
A. Crow: OH (3), IH (2), GC (2), WI/BM (4)
Black-capped Chickadee: GC (3), WI/BM (4)
White-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (1)
Brown Creeper: GC (1)
Euro. Starling: 63rd (1), WI/BM (1)
Song Sparrow: IH (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (7)
N. Cardinal: GC (7), WI/BM (1)
House Sparrow: WI/BM (1)

Randy Shonkwiler
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Date: 1/20/18 3:13 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos Area-Varied Thrush Location, Orland Grasslands South & Little Red School House 1-20-18
Hello Bird People,

Arrived at the 125th St Thrush spot at about 8 a.m. with Bob Erickson
to find that others (quite a few others) had been there since just
after 7:15 a.m. & no one had seen the Varied Thrush. Fran M has
already posted that the Thrush was still not found by noon & I will
say that it still hadn't been seen as of 2 p.m. when Bob & I finally
gave up. We were not there all that time as we left once for lunch &
again to go to Orland Grasslands South to check on a Snowy Owl. Quite
a few birds were coming to the bird feeder areas & even more birders
searching for the V.Thrush but unless it came in after 2 p.m. it was a
no show today.

While busy not finding the V.Thrush Tom Lalley arrived & mentioned
that a SNOWY OWL was seen today at Orland Grasslands South where we
look for Lapland & Smith's Longspurs in March & April.
Bob & I went there as a field trip was leaving & they showed us where
to look for the Owl & although it was way to the east on a frozen pond
we saw it well enough through Bob's scope.

Other birders reported birds like Purple Finch & Tufted Titmouse were
at the Little Red School House feeders today but when we stopped there
all the birds at the front feeders were flushed by a worker moving a
cleaner unit to another building The birds did not return while we
were there but we did track down 3 PURPLE FINCH, including a male, by
the rear feeders.

Bird-Of-The-Day for me to the Snowy Owl & for Bob E it's the Purple Finch.
For Runners-Up just reverse the above 2 birds.

For the 2nd day this week the highlight of the day was not a bird but
a license plate.
Like on Thursday when Andy S found an Alaska plate today Bob & I saw a
Wash D.C. plate in the parking lot of the Hinsdale Tollway Oasis.

Al Stokie
Again in the Palos area of Cook County but this time without seeing
the Varied Thrush


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Date: 1/20/18 2:36 pm
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET South Side Chicago Snowy Owls (and Other Stuff), 1/20 a.m.
I checked a few places on the south of Chicago this morning, January 20.
The highlight were 3 Snowy Owls, 2 on the north breakwater at
Steelworkers Park and the other on the outer break wall at Rainbow Beach
Park. The Steelworkers Snowies were actually in Indiana territory but
could easily move into Illinois. I also had an adult or near adult Bald
Eagle on the ice at Steelworkers. No interesting waterfowl or gulls at
Steelworkers or Rainbow Beach.

Before hitting the lakefront I made a run through the Lake Calumet area.
I didn't see the Slaty-backed Gull, my main target for the day, and a
bird I still haven't seen, but I did have a few keepers, including a
Bald Eagle, 2 Rough-legged Hawks, and 2 or 3 each of Great Black-backed
and Iceland Gulls. One of the Iceland Gulls, a nice adult Kumlien's, was
standing on top of the roof of the building across the street (west)
from Dead Stick Pond.

Cal park had Greater and Lesser Scaup and Redheads. I was surprised by
the large number of Lesser Scaup (for winter) at Cal Park, including one
group of about 30 birds.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Date: 1/20/18 1:27 pm
From: Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Owls versus gulls (no sightings)
I met two quasi-birders coming up from the Fox River Trail south of
Batavia. I noted their binoculars and asked if they were birders. They gave
me a half-yes, and then started asking questions about snowy owls.

"Are they all white?" the guy asked. "Like all down the front?"

I said, "Yes, actually, but that could be a red-tailed hawk."

"But they have dark wings, right? These were all white."

I shrugged and thought, "Well, anything's possible."

But then realized when I got inside Water Street Studios they were probably
only seeing Herring Gulls. There are LOTS of those up and down the river
right now of course.

But I've also learned that you can never, ever tell what a set of eyes
might see out there. It seems highly unlikely to find a snowy owl in that
habitat, which is largely wooded. But there are lots of ducks and owls are
basically opportunists.

Not putting much stock in the referral at any rate. It did give me the
change to help educate some casual birders on the look of young eagles and
other birds. That's our public service in this world, to help people figure
out what they're seeing. I figure.

--
Christopher Cudworth
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Date: 1/20/18 1:20 pm
From: Steven Freed <sfreed111...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA: Barrow's Goldeneye, Rock Island County
Today there was an adult male Barrow’s Goldeneye on Mississippi River along Rapids City riverfront in Rock Island County. The bird was showing well with scope views. Jim Forte first located this bird last week and again yesterday. Also present today was a Long-tailed duck. Both were with large group of Common Goldeneyes.

Cheers,

Steve Freed
Rock Island County

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Date: 1/20/18 12:28 pm
From: David Gruver <dpgruve...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 2 Snowy Owls at Wolf Lake
At the time of this post there are two snowy owl sitting on the ice at Wolf Lake – William Powers F&W Area. They can only be viewed from the Stateline Road looking West. They are about midway between the South and North end. This is the portion East of the railroad tracks.

Dave Gruver
Lansing, Cook County

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Date: 1/20/18 10:33 am
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Varied Thrush
The bird has not been seen yet this morning (Saturday), as of noon.

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.

On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 9:57 AM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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>
> If you are coming from a northern suburb, you may take I-294 Tri-State
> Tollway to I-55 NORTH for a couple of miles.
> Exit at LaGrange Rd./Rt. 45 South.
> Keep going for several miles and turn right/west on 125th St.
> The house is a just a short ways from Rt 45. Park on Windsor. It's easy.
> The bird is very pretty.
> Also, you are close to Little Red Schoolhouse, which has excellent feeder
> birds.
> Good luck
> Chuck Berman
> Oak Park[image: Inline image 1]
>
> On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 9:37 AM, carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds]
> <
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> >
> >
> > A friend and I are planning to try for the Varied Thrush tomorrow,
> > Sunday. We are looking for directions as we are coming from the far north
> > side and are not familiar with Palos. Any help would be greatly
> > appreciated. Thanks.
> >
> > Carol Nelson
> > Cook County
> > Chicago
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Date: 1/20/18 10:21 am
From: Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Spotted Towhee-NO
Phil D and I spent 1.5 hours searching for the Spotted Towhee in Mason County this morning without success. The Zehners were still looking when we left.

Dan Williams
Rockford

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Date: 1/20/18 8:03 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Varied Thrush
If you are coming from a northern suburb, you may take I-294 Tri-State
Tollway to I-55 NORTH for a couple of miles.
Exit at LaGrange Rd./Rt. 45 South.
Keep going for several miles and turn right/west on 125th St.
The house is a just a short ways from Rt 45. Park on Windsor. It's easy.
The bird is very pretty.
Also, you are close to Little Red Schoolhouse, which has excellent feeder
birds.
Good luck
Chuck Berman
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<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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>
> A friend and I are planning to try for the Varied Thrush tomorrow,
> Sunday. We are looking for directions as we are coming from the far north
> side and are not familiar with Palos. Any help would be greatly
> appreciated. Thanks.
>
> Carol Nelson
> Cook County
> Chicago
>
>
>


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Date: 1/20/18 7:37 am
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Varied Thrush
A friend and I are planning to try for the Varied Thrush tomorrow, Sunday.  We are looking for directions as we are coming from the far north side and are not familiar with Palos.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.  
Carol Nelson Cook County Chicago 
 

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Date: 1/20/18 6:03 am
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, Montrose Pt, Cook, 1-19
I don't know what time the photo I saw was taken, so others reporting here would have a better idea how long it stayed. Also not sure why I abbreviated the name incorrectly, should have been RLHA, not RLH.
Jill Niland, Chicago 
On Friday, January 19, 2018, 3:44:36 PM CST, <rjdbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 


Dear IBETers,

Concerning Jill's post: There was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK [light-phase immature plumage] at Montrose his morning 1-19-2018 that I observed along with David A, Roger and a number of other birders.  The bird flew in low over the Dunes and landed on pole LD4410 or some such.

It then hung around the meadow east of Magic Hedge in treetops and on the ground before at ~10:50 am flying off to the east.  From Jill's description it seems to have hung around at the location.

I have just gotten access to a computer and I do not have smartphone-type stuff.




Rich DeCoster

Evanston 

Cook

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Date: 1/19/18 4:42 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET TV tonight
There's a special on National Geographic tonight at 8pm, "Planet of the
Birds."

Fran

 

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Date: 1/19/18 4:39 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET interesting bird behavior article, no sightings
A member of Birding Illinois group shared this on fb the other day, it's pretty interesting, and short :)
Suzanne Colemancook co.
Unique bird behavior from winter visitors: redpoll holes - Outdoornews


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Date: 1/19/18 2:05 pm
From: <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Rough-legged Hawk
A Rough-legged Hawk made several appearance at the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary. The bird was very tame & seemed to enjoy posing for pictures. Below is a link to one of my photos.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/drlenscap/39785899511/in/pool-ilbirds https://www.flickr.com/photos/drlenscap/39785899511/in/pool-ilbirds
https://www.flickr.com/photos/drlenscap/39785899511/in/pool-ilbirds
Robert Kramer
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Date: 1/19/18 2:02 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rough-legged Hawk
At approximately 10:30 this morning I identified a Rough-legged hawk flying along the lake front at Montrose.  About 15-20 minutes later the hawk perched in a tree very close to the walkway between the dunes and the Hedge area.  My friend Ruth took multiple pictures as we stood there for more than 15 minutes watching the unmoving hawk.  Perhaps 15-20 minutes later we ran across a trio of birders watching "something" in the prairie area at the hedge which turned out to be the same Rough-legged we had seen more than 1/2 hour before.  Also seen were a Cooper's and Red-tailed Hawk, some Goldeneye, and several female Red-breasted Mergs, and 1 Herring Gull.  
Carol Nelson Cook County Chicago 
 

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Date: 1/19/18 2:00 pm
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: hybrid duck

H. David Bohlen took a video of a Bufflehead X Goldeneye hybrid on Lake
Springfield , Jan. 12, 2018 . See video at the link below. Just scroll
down below the bobcat photo on the facebook page.



https://www.facebook.com/ISMZoology/

H. David Bohlen

HDB/bd

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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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Date: 1/19/18 1:44 pm
From: <rjdbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, Montrose Pt, Cook, 1-19
Dear IBETers,
Concerning Jill's post: There was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK [light-phase immature plumage] at Montrose his morning 1-19-2018 that I observed along with David A, Roger and a number of other birders. The bird flew in low over the Dunes and landed on pole LD4410 or some such.
It then hung around the meadow east of Magic Hedge in treetops and on the ground before at ~10:50 am flying off to the east. From Jill's description it seems to have hung around at the location.
I have just gotten access to a computer and I do not have smartphone-type stuff.


Rich DeCoster
Evanston
Cook
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Date: 1/19/18 1:41 pm
From: <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pileated woodpecker
Saw a crow sized bird fly west across La Grange Rd
North of I 55. It flew like a woodpecker, and I was able to
Park in Sundown Meadows F.P. to check. Sure enough it was a pileated. My first ever near home.
Jeff Stwora
Cook County

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Date: 1/19/18 1:06 pm
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rough-legged hawk
A non-birding friend texted me a photo someone else had sent to her, of a RHL sitting on a tree at Montrose Point, near the revetment prairie, looking out at the lake and the southeast corner of the Dunes. The photographer ID'd it as a RHL which it what it seemed to be. I walked around  Montrose briefly a while ago and didn't relocate it, but perhaps it's still around.. 
Jill Niland, Chicago 
 

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Date: 1/19/18 11:45 am
From: Mike Trahan <miket99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lyons Woods
Hi all.
Looked for the Snowy Owl in the northern and southern parts of Waukegan
Harbor with no luck. Ditto at Winthrop Harbor by the Yacht Club building
but there were three Mute Swan there plus Redhead, Red-breasted Merganser,
Common Merganser, Goldeneye, Bufflehead.

There was a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers and a pair of Red-tailed Hawks
at Lyons Woods.

Mike Trahan
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 1/19/18 11:39 am
From: 'Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)' <Keith.A.Mcmullen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] Re: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)
Per eBird, Pete Fenner and 4 others DID see the VARIED THRUSH this morning.



I will quote Pete's comments from his eBird submittal:



"Bird finally showed as I was leaving 9825 on ground under pines. Will post photos later. Also seen and photographed by 4 other birders."



His checklist is listed as 11:45 am but I'm not certain how long or at what time Pete and the others saw the bird.



Just passing this along!



Good birdings,



Keith McMullen

O'Fallon, IL

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Sent: Friday, January 19, 2018 1:11 PM

To: <birdingfaun...>; <ILbirds...>

Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)







A number of birders, including me, did not see it this morning. The Cooper's Hawk sitting over the road early this morning near the feeding station probably didn't help, although it finally left. Maybe the afternoon shift will have more success.





Joe Lill



Chicago, Cook County







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To: ILbirds <ILbirds...>

Sent: Fri, Jan 19, 2018 12:58 pm

Subject: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)









hey there,









has anyone seen the varied thrush today? i was thinking of trying for it tomorrow...









thanks...









aerin







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Date: 1/19/18 11:29 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Deer Grove East F.P. Friday 1-19-18
Hello Bird People,

Since I have finally found a Cook County Pileated Woodpecker I'll need
a new local project to make local birding more interesting. So I have
decided to try & locate a Cook County Northern Shrike. There are 3
locations close to home where Shrikes have been seen & the 3 are Deer
Grove East,
Phantom Prairie at Crabtree N.C & Paul Douglas F.P. Today's search
area was Deer Grove East & I did NOT locate a Shrike. In fact I found
very few birds of any kind. Here's my very short day list.

Deer Grove East F.P. (8:30-10:45 a.m.)

Rock Pigeon (2 on the entrance road)
Mourning Dove (1 fly-by)
RED HEADED WOODPECKER (1-AD)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (5-6)
Blue Jay (5-6)
Crows (2 fly-bys)
Chickadee (4)
W.B. Nuthatch (also 4)
Starling (10-12)
Am. Tree Sparrow (15-18)
Junco (only 2)
Goldfinch (heard 1 flying by)

Not much to choose from but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to an adult Red
Headed Woodpecker.
Runners-Up will go to all the clean looking American Tree Sparrows.

Al Stokie
Having a slow day in Cook County today


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Date: 1/19/18 11:27 am
From: 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)
Don't forget to check the trees to the east of the at 9901 W 125th St on
the next block. 9898 W 125th st in the fir trees and the deciduous trees.

That is where it was late yesterday afternoon

Jim J

On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 1:10 PM, <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> A number of birders, including me, did not see it this morning. The
> Cooper's Hawk sitting over the road early this morning near the feeding
> station probably didn't help, although it finally left. Maybe the afternoon
> shift will have more success.
>
>
> Joe Lill
> Chicago, Cook County
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
> To: ILbirds <ILbirds...>
> Sent: Fri, Jan 19, 2018 12:58 pm
> Subject: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)
>
>
>
> hey there,
>
>
> has anyone seen the varied thrush today? i was thinking of trying for it
> tomorrow...
>
>
> thanks...
>
>
> aerin
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/19/18 11:13 am
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)
A number of birders, including me, did not see it this morning. The Cooper's Hawk sitting over the road early this morning near the feeding station probably didn't help, although it finally left. Maybe the afternoon shift will have more success.


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County



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hey there,



has anyone seen the varied thrush today?  i was thinking of trying for it tomorrow...



thanks...



aerin


 

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Date: 1/19/18 10:58 am
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET has anyone seen varied thrush today? (no sightings)
hey there,


has anyone seen the varied thrush today? i was thinking of trying for it tomorrow...


thanks...


aerin
 

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Date: 1/18/18 8:29 pm
From: 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos Area - Varied Thrush picture
I went down to see the Varied Thrush today after work/

Luckily I arrived at 2:30 PM as a group of very helpful birders were
leaving. They had seen the Thrush in the Evergreens trees on 125th street
adjoining the property (9898 125th St.) east of the original house (9901
125th St.) with the feeders.
Two of us late in arriving found the bird not in the row of evergreens but
in the row of deciduous trees that are in front of them. It was silently
moving among the branches feeding. I hope this describes the area enough
for anyone else who makes the trip.

While watching a Coopers Hawk flew right down the street in front of us
about 5 feet off the ground and did a run through the feeders next door.

Other birds seen -
Chickadees (3)
White Breasted Nuthatch (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)
Juncos (8)
Robin (2)

I then stopped at the Little Red Schoolhouse on the way home and added

3 Common Redpoll
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpeckers
4 White Breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Headed Cowbird
15 Juncos
5 Chicadees
5 American Tree Sparrows
1 Song Sparrow
25 House Sparrows

Jim Jarosz
Norridge, IL

 

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Date: 1/18/18 8:29 pm
From: 'jarojim (via Google Photos)' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET jarojim shared “Jim's Birds” with you
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jarojim: Varied Thrush pictures from today in Palos Park, IL - see the
bottom of this page.

View photos here:
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Date: 1/18/18 7:41 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Mason & Tazewell Co's (No Spotted Towhee) Thursday 1-18-18
Hello Bird People,

Long day birding & driving today so I'll follow the "long day, short
report" method today.

From 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. today someone was at the Matanzas Beach
feeder where the Spotted Towhee was seen yesterday & on earlier days.
Mike Baum & Jim Mountjoy were there 1st & about an hour or so later
Andy Sigler & I arrived. Around 11 a.m. a Springfield area birder
arrived & after 12 noon Jim T arrived & was still there when the rest
left. At no time during all those hours was the feeder area left
unwatched so we are sure the Towhee was not present during that time
period.

Birds like Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, W.B. Nuthatches, House Sparrows
& EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS, Juncos, House Finch & Goldfinch were regular
visitors & 100 yards away I saw 2 Carolina Wrens. Highlights flying by
were 3 Bald Eagles & 100's of Canada & White Fronted Geese. Hunters
shot at least 8 Geese while we were in the yard area. Maybe the Towhee
did not care for the shotgun noise? I know I did not.

After we left Andy & I stopped at a big cooling lake toward Havana
where we saw 100's more Canada & White Fronted Geese, one young SNOW
GOOSE & an adult possible ROSS'S GOOSE that was the right size & had
no grin patch but Andy thought the bill was a bit too large?
Ducks included Mallards, Gadwall, Redhead, Ring Necked Duck, Lesser
Scaup & Goldeneye.
Also one Coot was present.

At Sand Ridge State Forest with Andy, Jim M & Mike B our only
highlight was 1 or 2 unseen but calling fly-by Red Crossbills.

Over the farm fields near Manito Andy & I saw Northern Harrier, Red
Tailed & Rough Legged Hawks.

A stop at Powerton Lake produced one WHITE PELICAN, one D.C.
Cormorant, lots of Canada Geese & 100's of Common Mergansers. No big
ticket Towhee when we were there but plenty of birds, especially water
birds to look at.

Bird-Of-The-Day for me to the Eurasian Tree Sparrows as although they
are common enough in Mason Co I certainly don't see any in N.E.
Illinois. Runners-Up to the 2 white Geese & the
Rough Legged Hawk.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Alaska spotted by Andy on Rt 83
on the way home.
It was my 3rd of 2018 which is 1 more than I usually see in an entire year!

Al Stokie
In Central Illinois today


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Date: 1/18/18 5:42 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Listers Corner Submission Forms (no sightings)
Although most people submit without using the form, some birders have found it helpful, so here is a link to the 2017 IOS Listers Corner Submission Form, along with links to other templates you may find of use.

Again, it is not necessary to submit in this fashion, but you may use it if you wish.


Here is the link to the templates; included are:
2017 LC Submission Form (as a Word doc)
2017 LC Submission Form (as a pdf).
An Excel sheet that adds up your county totals and also adds them up by region
The Illinois List as a pdf
The Illinois List as an Excel sheet
An Excel sheet for keeping track of your Total Counties per Species (TCPS) list. It also adds up your state and regional life lists.

Please let me know if you have any problems or questions, and you're free to use and distribute these in any manner you choose.

http://www.musicbyjoelill.com/LCblanks/


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
IOS List Compiler
 

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Date: 1/18/18 1:26 pm
From: <dartman572000...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Fairgrounds-No Sightings
I talked with the Lake County Fairgrounds manager today to find out their parking policy in respect to the large parking lot where the gulls congregate. His response was much the same as William Saylor reported in the previous post.

So, yes it is private property in as much as the Fair Association is not funded by taxes. One of their entrance signs reads, “Visitors welcome during scheduled activities.” Their primary concern is unauthorized individuals driving around the various Fairground buildings and unknown persons parked in the lots during non-event times.

The manager said there should be no problem for those who wish to watch the gulls if they will just call his office (847.680.7200) when they arrive and let him know who they are and why they are there. Of course any birders should park well out of the way of incoming and outgoing traffic and preferably off to the eastern side of the lot.
I don’t think this is too much to ask in return for access to a prime gull-watching site.
Let’s make sure everyone respects their wishes like that of any other property owner!

Note: There was a single Lesser Black-backed Gull with the Herrings and Ring-bills on the parking lot this morning.

Chuck Westcott
Barrington, Lake County


 

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Date: 1/18/18 10:34 am
From: Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET A good day in the yard today
Found 3 yard year birds (which are already few and far between, lol), Bald Eagle, a weird looking Pine Siskin (almost looked like an AMGO x PISI hybrid), and perhaps the most exciting, a cold Carolina Wren seeking shelter under a trash can lid (not just new for year but a bird I've never seen in the yard before!).
Happy birding!Oliver BurrusCarpentersville, Kane co.
 

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Date: 1/18/18 9:54 am
From: Steve Mulhall <mulhallse...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: (no sighting) Has anyone seen a Snowy Owl in Lake County recently?
There were two Snowy Owls reported at Waukegan yesterday.  The Waukegan birds have certainly been the most reliable ones to find.  Places to check while you are there include:
Waukegan Harbor side.From the parking lot north of the Waukegan Yacht Club building, look across the water to the concrete barriers north of the water plant.From the south harbor around the Waukegan Port Authority building, check the boat slips, breaker walls, and piers.
Waukegan Beach side.Check the gravel parking lot and concrete barriers north of the water plant.Check the piers and breaker walls
There has been at least one there almost any time for at least a month.
Steve MulhallRound Lake Beach, Il
 

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Date: 1/18/18 9:28 am
From: <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET (no sighting) Has anyone seen a Snowy Owl in Lake County recently?
Not lake county, but O’Hare airport.
Saw yesterday, assuming the same one I’ve seen three times in past few weeks.
Was chasing and swooping at one of two hawks that hang in area...I90 and Bessie Coleman Dr.
Hawk was trying to get away.
Was dusk and couldn’t get good look at hawk but guessing red tail.
The snowy owl flow back toward me and disappeared into darkening sky.
Was awesome!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 18, 2018, at 10:56 AM, <jrockey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I heard a rumor (from a non-birder) that a Snowy Owl was seen in Lake Co. yesterday; unfortunately, no specific location information was included. I've also not noticed any recent IBET post mentioning this bird, but I'm hoping someone may have seen one in Lake County recently, and be able to give instructions on where to go?
>
>
>
> Thanks for any help!
>
>

 

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Date: 1/18/18 8:56 am
From: <jrockey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET (no sighting) Has anyone seen a Snowy Owl in Lake County recently?
I heard a rumor (from a non-birder) that a Snowy Owl was seen in Lake Co. yesterday; unfortunately, no specific location information was included. I've also not noticed any recent IBET post mentioning this bird, but I'm hoping someone may have seen one in Lake County recently, and be able to give instructions on where to go?


Thanks for any help!

 

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Date: 1/18/18 7:24 am
From: Yahoo <cmarshbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Illiana Birds: Bald Eagle article
I saw an adult with its immature offspring together in a tree in the Hammond Bird Sanctuary yesterday (Jan. 17, 2018). After Lake Michigan hunt, they flew across bi-state Wolf Lake into Illinois.Front page article in Jan. 18 Chicago Tribune: Lone Voice In Wilderness - Experts divided over status of bald eagle.

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-tribune/20180118/281483571795410Note that glyphosate is mentioned making its way through food chain. It is use's by restorationists in Indiana and Illinois.
Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

 

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Date: 1/18/18 6:32 am
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Fairgrounds-No Sightings
I received information from the Lake County Fair Association yesterday after I asked about their policies. The Fairgrounds are in fact private property and the parking lot entrances are posted as such. The Fairgrounds are not associated with or managed by Lake County government or supported by tax dollars.


Activities such as birding are usually not an issue so I am not sure why I was asked to leave the empty parking lot. The person I contacted suggested I check in at the office if I wanted to bird there just so they know who is on the property.



Bill Saylor

Mundelein

Lake Cty
 

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Date: 1/18/18 5:40 am
From: Carl Strang <Wildlifer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re:NO SIGHTINGS - April 29, 2005 Sutton's Warbler

Thanks, Eric,

I very much enjoyed seeing the Sutton's Warbler at Fabyan that spring. In my childhood I was fascinated by that hybrid's picture and account in Roger Tory Peterson's field guide (practically the only one in existence then). The opportunity to experience the real thing was a bucket-list-quality experience for me.

Regards,
Carl Strang
Warrenville, DuPage County


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Sent: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 10:02 am
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS - April 29, 2005 Sutton's Warbler






Hi All,

I was going through the Illinois eBird checklist and realized that
"Sutton's" Warbler still wasn't reported in Illinois on eBird so I dug
up my old notes and photos to share this very cool historical sighting
again with the birding community. For those who don't know, the
"Sutton's" Warbler is a presumed hybrid between a Yellow-throated
Warbler and a Northern Parula. It is one of the rarest warbler hybrids
with only a few reports from across the US. This hybrid is also famous
because Roger Tory Peterson originally described the bird as a species
and it wasn't until later that it was discovered to be a hybrid. For a
long time there was even a group of birders that would go out every year
in attempts to find Sutton's Warblers.

I have posted this historical sighting to eBird and also updated and
re-posted my photos and details at the link below:
http://birdingillinois.com/RareBirds/suttons_warbler.html

Below is my original write-up about the bird from 2005 that showed up
near the Japanese Gardens along the Fox River at Fabyan F.P. This bird
worked the trees right along the river and gave great views for many
birders. Many more birders never came to see it because it wasn't a
"countable" species for their Illinois list, but they missed out!

Here's to this spring and whatever rarities it may hold,

Eric Secker
West Dundee, Kane Co.

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SUTTON'S WARBLER, FABYAN F.P. - April 29, 2005

A number of birders got great looks at the presumed "Sutton's" Warbler
(Northern Parula x Yellow-throated Warbler hybrid) late this morning and
again this afternoon at Fabyan Forest Preserve. This afternoon a few of
us got nice scope views while the bird perched on a branch.

I was also able to get some nice photos. For those unfamiliar with the
rarity of this hybrid, I cannot find ANY other "Sutton's" Warbler photos
in existence
on the internet. The Dunn Warbler guide lists records from six states
and "...very few document reports of Sutton's Warbler since 1970."
Don't let the
fact that it isn't a "countable" species stop you from coming to see
this bird. In my opinion this is truly one of the rarest finds for
Illinois.

"SUTTON'S" WARBLER PHOTOS (and details about descriptive field marks):
[see updated link above]

The bird has been quite vocal during the morning hours. In the
afternoon, it is still singing, but less frequently. It sounds very
much like a Northern
Parula. The bird works all around the area north and west of the
parking lot, but the bird has been best viewed in the bushes and trees
between the bike
path and the Fox River, just north of the parking lot (at the west
section of Fabyan Forest Preserve - Japanese Garden area).

Fabyan (West) Forest Preserve is located on Route 31 north of Fabyan
Road and south of Roosevelt Road (Route 38). Take I-88 and exit NORTH
on Route
31 / Route 56 (just west of the Fox River). Continue north (left at the
off ramp light from I-88) three or four miles. The preserve entrance is
on the right, just
north of Fabyan Road.

Many thanks to the observer(s) who first found this bird, and to those
keen-eyed observers who recognized it as something unusual.








 

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Date: 1/17/18 7:53 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Old sighting: Great-tailed grackle? Cook co.
I videoed this beautiful grackle this past year and thought it didn't look like our usual grackles. Reviewing my videos now I still think it just doesn't look right. The bill is huge and the posture and tail seem different. But having been wrong before 😊 about other birds I didn't ask. I posted online today and a birder friend in AZ said it sure looks like a boat-tailed grackle so I'm asking if anyone else would offer their expertise.

Thx

Suzanne Coleman
Cook co.


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Date: 1/17/18 6:00 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard C. wren

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38847851375/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Carolina w. in the stick pile looking for a meal. Not singing now. I do hear a comb/trill on occasion. Early morning brings DE juncos in #s along with 3 pairs of N cardinals.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 1/17/18 2:16 pm
From: Dan <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White-winged Scoter
5 WW Scoters hanging out on the far south end of Park 566, about 100yrds off shore, at about 1:00 today.

Dan Lory
Cook County, IL



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Date: 1/17/18 12:47 pm
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Fairgrounds-No Sightings
I was at the Lake County Fairgrounds today ( 1/17/2017 @ 1:1300) looking for gulls and was asked to leave as "This is private property". I have been birding there for years and have never been approached or asked to leave before.

But I have never asked for permission either.


Have any of you been asked to leave the Fairground parking lot while birding? I sent a polite note to the Lake County Fairground website for clarification on their trespassing policy in the parking lot on non-event days.


I would hate to have someone travel a distance to the Fairgrounds only to be chased out.


Bill Saylor

Mundelein

Lake Cty
 

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Date: 1/17/18 11:53 am
From: Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos Varied Thrush still present 12/17 late AM
Shortly before noon, several birders including Karen and I saw the Varied Thrush at the previously described location. When first seen, it was in the evergreens on the S side of 125th St (aka Powell Rd), just E of the intersection with Windsor. It then moved W into the homeowner's property to forage where some seed is scattered on the ground along the driveway. 
Note that the homeowner has a sign in sheet on the edge of their property.
 
Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County
 

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Date: 1/17/18 11:49 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos Area VARIED THRUSH & (Finally!) A Cook Co Pileated Woodpecker Wed 1-17-18
Hello Bird People,

If not interested in my adventures concerning Pileated Woodpeckers
skip the section on the
Black Oak Loop Trail.

125th St At Windsor Feeder Area (7:55-8:50 a.m.)

Arrived just before 8 a.m. although I drove right past the place & had
to go back. Wasn't sure where to park but I tried parking on Windsor
which is just east of 9901 125th St where the feeder area is located.
The home owner then walked out & tossed lots of bird food on the
ground under the Spruce tree with a white feeder hanging from it. The
owner said the Thrush was there an hour earlier but hadn't been back.
Parking on Windsor is correct & from there you can walk onto the
property & view from a safe distance. You can see all the tracks in
the snow which tells you how close to go.

After I was there a few minutes I was joined by birder/photographer
Emil B who kept his eyes on the bird food on the ground while I
checked every bird that flew into the nearby trees. In about 20 min
Emil spotted the male VARIED THRUSH among the peanuts, seeds & a few
Blue Jays. Stayed with the food for about 5 min & then the Thrush flew
up into the Spruce tree along with more Blue Jays & sat there for
another 5 min before flying higher in the Spruce & disappearing.
Shortly after that birder Bonnie arrived to wait for the Thrush's
return. I waited another 15-20 min but the bird had not returned by
then. Emil & Bonnie wanted photos & so they stayed but I had had great
looks & as they say I had "other fish to fry" & so I left at about 9
a.m.

Other birds seen at the feeder area were Mourning Doves, Red Bellied
Woodpecker, Blue Jays,
Chickadees, W.B. Nuthatch, Starlings & Cardinals. If you go park on
Windsor & not on 125th/Powell Street. And as you wait do NOT get too
close so as to not frighten the birds. Thanks to the home owners for
all the bird food they are using & for allowing we birders to stand on
their property.

Little Red School House/Black Oak Loop Trail (9:30-11 a.m.)

Checked the feeders 1st & again saw Mourning Doves, Red Bellied &
Downy Woodpeckers,
Blue Jays, Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, W.B. Nuthatches, Starlings,
Juncos, Tree Sparrows,
PURPLE FINCH (1-M & 3-F) & about 12 Goldfinch. A new arrival was a
male Red Winged Blackbird
but last week's Siskin was not present today. Next I did yet another
"wild woodpecker chase".

Black Oak Loop Trail

I had learned from birders Julie G & Keith B that both had seen
multiple Pileated Woodpeckers
(Julie had 2 & Keith had 3) on this trail & so although I had tried
this loop trail 3 times in Nov & Dec I decided I'd try again since
Julie & Keith's sightings were recent ones.

Right off the bat I heard what sounded like a distant Pileated calling
but it was far off & stopped calling before I could get closer. Walked
half the loop trail (very slowly so I could look & listen) but
although I found 6 or 7 woodpeckers all were Red Bellied. About half
way along the trail I again heard what sounded like a Pileated so I
just stood silently & waited. No more calls but in a distance a very
large bird flew from 1 tree to another. Maneuvered for better position
& finally could see that the bird was my targeted PILEATED WOODPECKER
but it was still pretty far off.
Continued along the trail now heading back to the starting point & in
a few minutes heard it again for the 3rd time but saw nothing. As I
was about to give up the Pileated flew across the trail very close to
where I was standing & landed in a tall tree where I could clearly see
that it was a female with the more limited red on the head. Too bad
this did not happen in Nov or Dec to add 1 to my 2017 Cook Co Year
List but better late than never I guess.

Other birds seen on this loop trail were Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Blue
Jays, W.B. Nuthatches,
Chickadee, Juncos & 2 Song Sparrows.

In spite of how glad I was to finally see a Pileated Bird-Of-The-Day
must go to the VARIED THRUSH as it's been years since I saw the one in
Evanston & this one was a fine looking male in all it's colorful
glory. Runner-Up to the finally found female Pileated Woodpecker.

Thanks to Julie G & Keith B for hints on where to look based on their
recent sightings.

Al Stokie
Once again in the Palos area of Cook County


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Date: 1/17/18 10:02 am
From: Andy Gilbert <agilb849...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Spotted Towhee Mason Co
This morning I observed a Spotted Towhee coming to a feeder at a residence
in Matanzas Beach, just south of Havana in Mason Co. Apparently the bird
has been coming to the feeder for several weeks. The homeowner is willing
to allow visitors to see the bird. As long as it is viewed from the road.
The feeder is next to the house in the front yard. The homeowner owns the
empty lot across the street from the house if additional parking is
needed.


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Date: 1/17/18 8:05 am
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS - April 29, 2005 Sutton's Warbler
Hi All,

I was going through the Illinois eBird checklist and realized that
"Sutton's" Warbler still wasn't reported in Illinois on eBird so I dug
up my old notes and photos to share this very cool historical sighting
again with the birding community.  For those who don't know, the
"Sutton's" Warbler is a presumed hybrid between a Yellow-throated
Warbler and a Northern Parula. It is one of the rarest warbler hybrids
with only a few reports from across the US. This hybrid is also famous
because Roger Tory Peterson originally described the bird as a species
and it wasn't until later that it was discovered to be a hybrid. For a
long time there was even a group of birders that would go out every year
in attempts to find Sutton's Warblers.

I have posted this historical sighting to eBird and also updated and
re-posted my photos and details at the link below:
http://birdingillinois.com/RareBirds/suttons_warbler.html

Below is my original write-up about the bird from 2005 that showed up
near the Japanese Gardens along the Fox River at Fabyan F.P. This bird
worked the trees right along the river and gave great views for many
birders. Many more birders never came to see it because it wasn't a
"countable" species for their Illinois list, but they missed out!

Here's to this spring and whatever rarities it may hold,

Eric Secker
West Dundee, Kane Co.


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SUTTON'S WARBLER, FABYAN F.P. - April 29, 2005

A number of birders got great looks at the presumed "Sutton's" Warbler
(Northern Parula x Yellow-throated Warbler hybrid) late this morning and
again this afternoon at Fabyan Forest Preserve.  This afternoon a few of
us got nice scope views while the bird perched on a branch.

I was also able to get some nice photos.  For those unfamiliar with the
rarity of this hybrid, I cannot find ANY other "Sutton's" Warbler photos
in existence
on the internet.  The Dunn Warbler guide lists records from six states
and "...very few document reports of Sutton's Warbler since 1970." 
Don't let the
fact that it isn't a "countable" species stop you from coming to see
this bird.  In my opinion this is truly one of the rarest finds for
Illinois.

"SUTTON'S" WARBLER PHOTOS (and details about descriptive field marks):
[see updated link above]

The bird has been quite vocal during the morning hours.  In the
afternoon, it is still singing, but less frequently.  It sounds very
much like a Northern
Parula.  The bird works all around the area north and west of the
parking lot, but the bird has been best viewed in the bushes and trees
between the bike
path and the Fox River, just north of the parking lot (at the west
section of Fabyan Forest Preserve - Japanese Garden area).

Fabyan (West) Forest Preserve is located on Route 31 north of Fabyan
Road and south of Roosevelt Road (Route 38).  Take I-88 and exit NORTH
on Route
31 / Route 56 (just west of the Fox River).  Continue north (left at the
off ramp light from I-88) three or four miles.  The preserve entrance is
on the right, just
north of Fabyan Road.

Many thanks to the observer(s) who first found this bird, and to those
keen-eyed observers who recognized it as something unusual.



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Date: 1/16/18 10:19 pm
From: Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Official name for the Killdeer Wetlands??
The Land and water reserve includes Killdeer and Bartel so if you want to distinguish the two, use those 2 names.

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Date: 1/16/18 6:18 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinals

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Hi friends,
3 pairs here today. Not compatible, chasing and feeding.
Juncos giving a trill now.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 1/16/18 4:03 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Official name for the Killdeer Wetlands??
I'm hoping someone on the listserve can inform me of what the shallow wetlands & grassland area NORTH of Flossmoor and west of Central in Matteson, Il.. is called. I know that birders and some others call it the Killdeer Wetlands, with the area south of Floosmoor known as Bartel Grassland. As with many large chunks of forest preserve land in Cook County, the areas often go nameless, though I do know that a lot of this (& other preserve lands in the area) fall under the heading of Tinley Creek Forest Preserve. However, the "Killdeer Wetlands" did "officially" become known as the Bobolink Meadow Land & Water Reserve this past May. So, which is it, Killdeer Wetlands or the Bobolink Meadow L&WR?? I could be wrong, but I don't think there is a sign up down there to inform you. I'm looking for an "official" name to use in the state ornithological journal, a name that folks 50 years down the road will recognize as the area that today's birders call Killdeer Wetlands. Thanks & good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein, IL
<sdbailey...>

Then my heart turns to Alaska and freedom on the run, I can hear her spirit calling
me to the mountains, I can rest there. To the rivers, I will be strong.
To the forests, I'll find peace there. To the wild country, where I belong.
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Date: 1/16/18 3:51 pm
From: Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Areas to bird on EAST side of Morton Arboretum in May (no sightings)
Hi everyone,
I'm reaching out through IBET to get some feedback on the current best trails/areas to bird on the Morton Arboretum's EAST side during spring migration, specifically early May. I've seen some really great lists on eBird but location data is scarce. I'll be leading a bird walk there in May but haven't been to the Arboretum in several years (I was living out of state). Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
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Date: 1/16/18 2:12 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Tuesday 1-16-18
Hello Bird People,

Since I define Winter as including Dec, Jan & February I feel we are
1/2 way through that season so now we need to get through the 2nd
half. I had wanted to visit the Palos area today to look for the rare
Thrush (seen again today) & try again for a Cook Co Pileated
Woodpecker but with my way there (the Tri-State Tollway) reported as
bring a driving nightmare during the a.m. rush hour & with my
lightweight Prius C being a better ice skate than a snowplow I decided
against it. Maybe tomorrow? Besides as I am not doing any sort if Big
Year it doesn't really matter if I see the Thrush or not. My 2017 year
list was over 300 for the 10th time & I have had enough of that game &
also enough of the desperate chasing after every rare bird that other
folks find. I hope to be a more low key birder this year & any future
years I may have left.

But after 2 days of no birding I needed to get outside & so I went to
the CBG as it's close by & always gives you the chance to find
interesting birds especially in the Winter. Here's what I saw.

Chicago Botanic Garden (9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Regenstein Building Area

Many, many Common Redpolls but few other species. Spent 30 min
scanning Redpolls right away & another 45 min scanning them again & it
finally paid off when at 11:30 a.m. I found one HOARY REDPOLL among
the 112 Common Redpolls. Interestingly it was not the same Hoary as
the one I found on 11-22 but a different one. Overall it was less
white than the previous one & the flank stripes were not quite as
narrow as the 1st one but it still showed thin stripes, a frosty white
coloring & no marks on the under tail coverts. Only had a fast look at
the rump but I saw no marks although my look was short. Not as perfect
as the 11-22 Hoary but still a Hoary in my opinion. With other Hoary
Redpolls being reported at Park 566 & in Kane Co it's not too
surprising that 1 would again show up at the CBG considering how many
Common Redpolls (112) are present. You will need to be very patient
when you look as with over 100 Commons & how much they fly here &
there it's no easy task to find 1 Hoary. We need to enjoy our Hoary
Redpolls while we can as they will soon go the way of the Thayer's
Gull & become a sub species.

Other land birds were Chickadee (4), Red Breasted Nuthatch (1), Robins
(14-16, eating red berries)
Juncos (6-8), PINE SISKIN (~10, at the thistle feeders) & Goldfinch
(only 1 or 2).

Made the long (cold & windy) walk to the open water area by the Dundee
Rd bridge & was disappointed to only find 4 Mallards & a few Canada
Geese after about 100 of them had flown off to eat elsewhere as I
walked there. Could not find the lone Coot today but it was snowing
very hard & I may have just missed it.

Only had 10 species today but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Hoary Redpoll &
Runners-Up to all the Common Redpolls & the Siskins.
At least I got a walk in after 2 days without one.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Date: 1/16/18 2:08 pm
From: David Gruver <dpgruve...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Varied Thrush-New Location
The Varied Thrush was relocated around 14:30 on 125th St just east of Windsor and viewed by about 6 birders thanks to the birder who left seed at the usual spot and took the initiative to do a little searching.

Dave Gruver Lansing
Cook county

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Date: 1/16/18 10:57 am
From: Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Varied Thrush Yes Jan. 16, 2016
Still here at 12:50 pm

Dan Williams
Rockford

> On Jan 16, 2018, at 12:06 PM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Nine birders got to see the Varied Thrush
> In the branches of the spruce tree and feeding on the ground. Beautiful rich colors.
> This was at 9:45 am at 9901 125th St in Palos Park. We saw it from the side street east of the house.
> A good start point is to the left of the white hanging bird house.
> Chuck Berman
> Oak Park
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Date: 1/16/18 10:07 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Varied Thrush Yes Jan. 16, 2016
Nine birders got to see the Varied Thrush
In the branches of the spruce tree and feeding on the ground. Beautiful
rich colors.
This was at 9:45 am at 9901 125th St in Palos Park. We saw it from the side
street east of the house.
A good start point is to the left of the white hanging bird house.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 

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Date: 1/16/18 9:05 am
From: Ethan Gyllenhaal <ethannatureboy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ross's Goose - Museum Campus
Hey all,


There is currently a Ross's Goose (first found Sunday by Ryne Rutherford) hanging out with Canada Geese on the hill North of the Museum Campus Lakeshore Drive underpass. I saw it by walking up the snow-covered hill, but it is also visible from the S steps of the museum and from certain angles near the Shedd. It may become visible from Lakeshore Drive if it moves out from behind the electrical box it is hunkering down next to.


Also of note was a lone Snowy Owl sitting far out on the ice near the gap in the Monroe Harbor breakwalls, which gradually became invisible over my time watching it due to increasing snowfall.


Ethan Gyllenhaal
Cook County, IL

 

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Date: 1/15/18 3:48 pm
From: Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sunday DBC field trip to Starved Rock and points E in LaSalle County
A dozen DBCers joined Karen and I as we led DBC's annual winter bird search in LaSalle County on Sunday
 
We met up at the lock and dam at Starved Rock - plenty of Bald Eagles, a fair # of gulls, almost all Herrings, and a few C Goldeneye plied to turbulent open water below the dam. We then checked the feeders at the Starved Rock visitors center. Nothing unexpected or unusual. From there we headed S to Mathiessen SP to look for shrikes, and found none. Then SE, driving the grid roads through the farm fields and pastures around the Vermilion River, hoping to find field birds, larks, longspurs and buntings, but without success
 
But we did find 2 Snowy Owls, S of the nuke plant, plus some uncommon gulls at Marseilles and Illini SP, Glaucous, Iceland and L Black- back.  
Big flocks of ducks and geese have been foraging S of the nuke plant. On Sunday they were on the N side of 2100 between the road and the lake, just E of the entrance to the boat launch. The lone 'Snow' Goose we found turned to be a Ross's, and Karen also found some Gr. Wh-fronted, plus quite a few Black Ducks and Pintails mixed in with the hundreds/thousands of Mallards and Canadas. 
 
So the day produced some interesting birds, but, somewhat surprisingly, we encountered zero Horned Larks, as well as zero Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings in spite of lots of miles through the farm fields on largely untraveled secondary roads
Regards
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Downers Grove
DuPage County
 

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Date: 1/15/18 3:28 pm
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET CAS Camp Pine Woods Brush Clearing – no sightings

Chicago Audubon Society Camp Pine Woods Restoration Days

Saturday,January 20, 10 a.m. until 1pm
Saturday,February 24, 10 a.m.until 1pm

Two moreopportunities to help conserve and improve shrubland bird habitat at Camp PineWoods. Please join us on these brush-clearing mornings. Tools will be provided.

Dress forthe weather and meet at the farthest parking lot at Camp Pine Woods on Euclid/Lake Avenue between Des Plaines and Glenview, just east of the Des Plaines River. Enter from east bound, no leftturn from west bound (turn around on River Road).

No RSVPrequired but if you need more information, contact Laurel Ross at <lross...>

Suzanne Checchia
Cook County

 

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Date: 1/15/18 9:22 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Blue jay

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Hi friends,
Blue jay here getting seeds and nuts. Snow has covered areas but under swings and table is not deep for sparrows.
DE juncos here early and in #s.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 1/14/18 12:05 pm
From: beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Finches
I had a pretty nice morning for finches today missing only Purple Finch. I had Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls in 3 locations (private feeder, COLSP, Volo Bog) and a flyover kipping RED CROSSBILL in the pines area at Chain O Lakes State Park.

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
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Date: 1/14/18 12:05 pm
From: Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Breeding Marsh Birds in the Calumet Region - Program Tues 1/16 (NO SIGHTINGS)
Wetland birds of the Calumet region - an Audubon Important Bird Area - have faced precipitous declines over the past 30 years. The conversion of rich marsh to open-water ponds or monocultures of invasive species has functionally extirpated species like Black Tern, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Black-crowned Night Heron from the area and put other species in danger of the same fate. Now an intensive bird monitoring program is helping shape wetland restoration plans that are expected to restore both habitat and marsh bird populations. Nat Miller (Director of Conservation for Audubon Great Lakes) and long-time Calumet birder Walter Marcisz will tell the story at Lake/Cook Audubon's monthly meeting this Tuesday January 16 in DOING IT SECRETIVELY IN THE MARSH: HOW THE MONITORING OF BREEDING MARSH BIRDS IS INSPIRING WETLAND RESTORATION IN THE CALUMET REGION.
The 7 pm program is at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park.. Directions and a complete list of Lake/Cook programs and field trips are at www.lakecookaudubon.org 
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Date: 1/14/18 9:00 am
From: scott latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET (No Sighting) Old Varied thrush report
While birding in the Palos area yesterday a photographer/birder alerted me to a Varied Thrush(with confirming picture) that had been coming regularly to an area feeder. I spent some time at the feederwith no luck, and met the owner of the house who told me that the bird had come regularly for about a week,but had nor been seen since the snow melted, The owner has my number and said he would be willing to
let people come if the bird reappears. I will certainly pass along any updates if I hear any news.If your in the Palos area keep your eyed on your feeders!Good Birding,Scott LatimerDuPage

 

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Date: 1/13/18 5:13 pm
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Steelworkers Park, 1/13 a.m.
The Slaty-backed Gull was at Calumet Park, not Steelworkers Park. I
guess I was hoping it would be at Steelworkers. Sorry for the confusion.

Robert D. Hughes
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Date: 1/13/18 4:08 pm
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Steelworkers Park, 1/13 a.m.
I stopped by Steelworkers Park on the south side of Chicago today,
January 13. I was hoping to snag the Slaty-backed Gull seen there
recently, and maybe also pick up a few other goodies. Steelworkers Park
is a lakefront hot spot, even in winter, and I more often than not see
something interesting there. I started at the east end of the park and
later checked the far west end of the slip (accessible from US41/South
Lake Shore Drive). The slip and a good portion of the harbor near the
mouth of the slip were open and ice-free and held a lot of birds, mostly
Red-breasted and Common Mergansers. My best birds were 4 or 5 Great
Black-backed Gulls and a female-type Long-tailed Duck at the west end of
the slip that I saw before being asked to leave by a security guard.
Most of the land around the slip is private property; I guess the owners
of this property are starting to enforce the no trespassing signs. This
probably also explains why there were no fishermen along the slip.

Robert D. Hughes
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Date: 1/13/18 1:22 pm
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Subject: IBET gull
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Saw this gull Thursday. Can anyone help with ID?


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Date: 1/13/18 1:06 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Prairie Falcon - Hancock Co.
Adam was up to Carthage checking out a land auction this afternoon and
came across a Prairie Falcon. The sighting was on US 136 east of
Carthage and close to the intersection for Bentley. He said at first he
thought it was a Peregrine, but as he got closer it became clear it was
a Prairie Falcon.

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Date: 1/13/18 12:41 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pileated Woodpeckers But In The Wrong County Saturday 1-13-18
Hello Bird People,

Back to the "deep freeze" as it was 9 degrees when Bob Erickson & I
hit the trails on the east side of the Morton Arboretum today at 7:45
a.m. We 1st checked the conifer area between the main building & the
row of white columns. No finches were found but we had a few (very
few) winter residents such as Chickadees, Juncos, flying Canada Geese
& our best birds, a pair of RED BREASTED NUTHATCHES. Next we checked a
few places where Saw Whets have been seen a few years ago with the now
normal results of no owls.

Next we parked at the small Big Rock lot west of parking lot #12 &
walked the loop trail to & from the actual Big Rock. Here we had
several Red Bellied Woodpecker, Chickadees & White Breasted
Nuthatches. As we were on the return part of the loop Bob saw a larger
bird fly into a tall tree & he was correct in that it was indeed a
PILEATED WOODPECKER. Soon it was joined by a 2nd one & the pair flew
from tree to tree while we watched them for 2 or 3 minutes. Eventually
both flew back toward the parking lot/road area & left the area flying
to the south & far away. But as I am sure most of you are aware that
every walk on this trail does NOT get you a Pileated Woodpecker but
it's still a good place to try as it works sometimes.

Later we checked the west side area near Lake Marmo where we again had
both Nuthatches, Chickadees, Juncos & Red Bellied Woodpeckers.
Highlights were 2 calling fly-by Siskins which we never saw & a loudly
singing Cardinal even if it was only 10 degrees. I guess when it's
time to sing temps don't matter.

To no surprise Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the pair of Pileated Woodpeckers &
Runners-Up to the Red Breasted Nuthatches.
Entertainer Of The Day to my 1st singing Cardinal of 2018.

License Plate Of The Day to one from South Dakota seen in Des Plaines
&, believe it or not, it was on a Dodge Dakota pickup truck!

Al Stokie
In DuPage County today still needing a Cook Co Pileated Woodpecker but
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Date: 1/13/18 11:58 am
From: <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET The Delicate Politics of Chasing Owls NYT
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Owls tend to be secretive. While there are a few American species that enjoy the daylight hours, most are nocturnal and spend their days behind thick greenery or uncannily blending into the bark of the trees they nestle against. Once they’ve found a secure place to snooze, they are likely to return to that spot daily, but even if you find evidence of their presence — scat and regurgitated pellets — good luck seeing the clandestine culprits.




I’m a seasoned birder with a particular interest in owls, and on my ventures to find them, even when I have specific information on where they’ve been seen just minutes before, I’ve failed to find them more often than not. Such elusiveness makes “owling” one of the great birding challenges. Being the first to find a particular owl is regarded by some as a badge of distinction, and those who find them regularly are viewed with awe-struck reverence.

While birders prize owls, the ethical ones also abet the species’ secretive natures with their own code of silence, an owl “omertà.” Many people will not share the specifics of an owl’s location or will do so only in whispers. A typical owl dislikes disruption and will find a new roost if too many people kick up a racket near its daybed. This forces the bird to expend valuable energy — and of course throws off its sleep pattern.




But I worry that in our effort to protect these elusive and private birds, we birders are falling short of another responsibility: to promote the cause of wildlife conservation by letting others in on our secrets so they, too, can see these magnificent predators and celebrate them.




On listservs and bird reporting sites, users often note an owl location only well after the fact or provide a general location (Springfield Park) rather than a detailed one (halfway up the sycamore east of the bike trail near the footbridge). Even birders you know might get testy if you ask for details. When you request such information, you do so sheepishly, acknowledging your impropriety while promising discretion. Being protective of owl sightings has caused more than one heated argument; ask too many times and you may be shunned.




Some Facebook birding groups are known for brutal takedowns and highhanded admonitions. A thread in 2013 culminated in an impassioned plea from a respected naturalist who urged her readers to “seriously limit” their time at an owl spot that had been irresponsibly shared and to “consider not returning.”




That many birders are tight-lipped is a good thing, of course, because the cost of incaution can be disappointment or tragedy. When I lived in Ohio there was a hot spot nearby that was reliable for wintering long-eared owls, a species that many birders might travel across state lines to see. Over time the location, details and all, became widely known; sure enough, the owls stopped coming.




There are stories about other owls being loved to death — fleeing spotting scopes and telephoto lenses only to be hit by cars — or of landowners, once tolerant of owlers on their properties, who revoked access for all because of an unprincipled few.




Fortunately, every region seems to have an ambassador owl or two — an individual that seems indifferent to human attentions. I remember one that chose a nesting site right next to a busy playground and would snooze the day away in the open with no regard for the screaming toddlers, slamming car doors or barking dogs below. These birds are often their viewers’ first owls and are for many the sightings that get them hooked on birding.




And that’s arguably a downside to birders’ protective secrecy: Owls might be rivaled only by bald eagles as ornithological recruiting agents, inspiring young and old to take an interest, to care about wildlife and to want to share with others. It’s no accident that many nature centers have live birds of prey, including owls, on display for visitors and that many birding organizations sponsor evening “owl prowls.” But as awesome as it is to see an owl up close in captivity or hear one hooting in the distant dark, there’s nothing like seeing one in the wild on its own terms.




It’s snowy owl season in the upper reaches of the United States. Though not entirely dependable, this species is a not-uncommon winter visitor from the Arctic, and during years of sudden upsurges in migration, these owls can show up in significant numbers, on piers and coastal dunes, in stubble fields — even at urban parks and airports.




Because they often rest on the ground and hunt by day (after all, it never gets dark for much of their time up north), they can be conspicuous, much to the delight of birders and amateur photographers. For the same reason, they seem to enjoy a less protected status from birders than their nocturnal kin. With a snowy owl, full location details are even likely to end up in a feel-good segment on the local newscast. (We may have Harry Potter to thank for that.)




All of this points to a basic wildlife watcher’s conundrum: When you know the location of a charismatic but sensitive species, do you keep that information to yourself (or to a small network of trusted peers), or do you broadcast it far and wide? The first option reeks of a kind of proprietary elitism, but it is of immediate benefit to the animal. The second option seems recklessly harmful to the animal, but if it promotes the hobby and raises awareness, then it might lead to far greater long-term benefits to conservation.




Though there are usually those easy-to-see ambassador owls around, many birders insist on keeping mum about those locations, too; perhaps, for the greater good, they shouldn’t. And here’s a more controversial thing to say: Perhaps when we find an owl that is not especially wary, outside of nesting season and in a publicly accessible place, we ought to freely share that information, especially with those uninitiated to birding. If you have the time, set up a scope and invite passers-by to take a look, and if you have school-age children, see whether a field trip is possible.




Some of my birding friends will balk at this suggestion, and there was a time when I would have been skeptical, too. But in an era of deregulation, of species being removed from the Endangered Species Act and of stripped-away land protections, conservationists may need to try harder than ever to get fellow citizens to care about wildlife. It’s awfully hard to care about what you can’t see.




Noah Comet is an assistant professor of English at the United States Naval Academy.




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Date: 1/13/18 9:55 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET River Trail Nature Center, Prospect Heights, Cook County
Good morning,


In a visit today to the feeders at the River Trail Nature Center in Prospect Heights, Cook Couty, I came across 16 Common Redpolls fighting for real-estate rights at the thistle feeders with Goldfinches. I counted 15 other species, including 1 American Tree Sparrow and 1 White-throated sparrow. This is a nice (and lazy) birding destination on a very cold day, as one can observe all the feeders from inside. In the past 2 weeks, I have also seen a Pine Siskin and a few Purple Finches.


Earlier this week, I made two visits to the Fox River (Kane County), on Tuesday and Friday. On Tuesday, there were 6 Bald Eagles in Geneva, just South of the dam, 4 in Batavia, stealing fish from Herring Gulls who were miffed about it and let it show, and 1 in Aurora. On Friday, the number of eagles in Geneva was down to 4, and I did not see any in Batavia. There were scores of Common Goldeneyes on the river, mostly females, a couple Common Mergansers, one male Hooded Merganser, and a handful of Great Blue Herons. One Brown Creeper landed on a trunk in front of me.


Similar to Al, I have been in the pursuit of a Pileated Woodpecker (for me, it would be a lifer), and made two visits to the Morton Arboretum (Lisle, DuPage County) on the way back from the Fox River. No Pileated to be seen, but I spotted a couple of Pine Siskins.


Enjoy the week-end,


Tamima Itani

Evanston, IL

 

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Date: 1/12/18 6:39 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IOS Listers Corner - Round 2! (no sightings)
For those who wanted to avoid the initial rush of submissions, I'm all caught up with the first flurry of emails, so feel free to send your updates should they be ready. The deadline is January 31st, so you have plenty of time. As always, don't hesitate to ask any questions. Here's a link to the 2016 Listers Corner:

http://www.illinoisbirds.org/listers-corner/

Good birding!

Joe Lill
5736 N. Avondale
Chicago, IL 60631

IOS List Compiler
Chicago, Cook County

 

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Date: 1/12/18 6:39 pm
From: Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kankakee Ornithology Course of Growing Interest Among Young College Students
Hi Folks,
Just a short note to inspire all you 50yr birders:  Olivet Nazarene University has recently attracted 26 students for their introductory Ornithology Course.  I met the young instructor - Derek Rosenberger- on the Perry Farm trail the other day.  He seemed quite excited with the growing interest in bird studies among young college students and having one of Illinois's Birding Hot Spots  - LeVasseur Park/Perry Farm - right in their backyard.  He mentioned "ebird" as a useful tool and looked forward to field studies at Perry Farm Prairie.  So now when you see a number of new names on the ebird list for Kankakee County you'll know where these newbees are coming from.
This story brings back memories of Hazel Lory's many Kankakee Valley Audubon field trips in the 1970s -1990s when we had 10-20 participants including a number of young children.  Hazel was a biology teacher in Michigan and had a master's degree in Ornithology from Michigan State University, having studied with Olin Pettingill at the Chyboygan Biological Station in upper MI.  She moved to Momence, IL with her new husband late in life and started attending Kankakee Valley Audubon field trip.  It wasn't long before her welcoming spirit and birding knowlege attracted others to these outings and developed into a reguler cadrie of folks with numerour young children - including Bronson Ratcliff at the tender age of 6 yrs old. What a great spirit she was, fun to be around, and always serious about filling outa  bird list for the day's outing. (Her lists are now at the IDNRs according to Vernon Kleen).
Anyway, it's good to know others are filling her shoes and inspiring a new generation of nature lovers.
BTW:  I should mention that Gary Soper ( Kankakee professional wildlife photographer who brought IL it's 1st Common Ringed-Plover sighting) has now become a regular contributor to the Kankakee Daily Journal's Thursday "Outdoor" section and brings a unique nature-lovers perspectiver to our local wildlife coverage.  Gary, Bob Themer (the original "Outdoor" editor and one of Kankakee's most gifted and concerned writers), and another newer contibutor, Trevor Edmondson,  make-up a fine trio of writers/photographers serving the Kankakee County "Outdoor" interests. 
Seems things are happening in Kankakee.
Cheers,
Jed Hertz 

Kankakee, Kankakee Co, IL (60 mi South of Chicago) 
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Birdscaping: http://bringingnaturehome.net/
 

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Date: 1/12/18 3:29 pm
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Birding America – Save the Date – no sightings

Chicago Audubon Society
BIRDING AMERICAXII SYMPOSIUM
Saturday, March 10, 2018
North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Ave., Chicago

This popular biennial all-day birding symposium offerstopics and speakers to please birders of all levels.

This year's keynote speaker is George Archibald, Co-founderand Senior Conservationist of the International Crane Foundation. Closing speaker, Joe Wunderle of the U.S. Forest Service, will talk aboutthe effects of hurricanes on birds and their resources in the Caribbean.In between, choose 4 breakout sessions from the 16 wide-ranging topicsoffered on local, national and international birding locations and relatedtopics.

Registration information and complete program details willbe made available soon – here on IBET and on the CAS website. In the meantime,mark your calendars and save the date!

Suzanne Checchia
Cook County

 

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Date: 1/12/18 12:28 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET What A Difference A Day Makes Weather-Wise (Evanston Lakefront) Friday 1-12-18
Hello Bird People,

Decided to go somewhere I would not be tempted to look for those big,
elusive Woodpeckers so I went to the shores of Lake Michigan from
Evanston to Wilmette. For almost 3 hours I got to battle some very
ferocious winds which on several occasions moved me over a few feet
when I tried to stand still & scan the lake. At least the winds did
not knock me over! I must say it was an exciting day to be walking
outside. Yesterday it was 57 degrees & today 23.

South Blvd Beach, Lee Street Beach Through Burnham Shores Park (7:50-8:30 a.m.)

Scanned the lake here but all I could find were 55 Canada Geese flying
inland from the lake & on or above the lake were Goldeneye (6), R.B.
Mergansers (3-F) & Herring Gulls (3 fly-bys). Not a very good start.

Dawes Park Boat Ramp Area (8:40-8:50 a.m.)

All the birds were in the boat ramp enclosure & included:

Mallard (1-PR), Goldeneye (1-M & 4-F), R.B. Merganser (4-F) & Herring
Gull (2 fly-bys)
Not very good here either but things got a little better at the next 2 stops.

N.U. Land/Lakefill Lagoon (8:50-9:50 a.m.)

In the Lagoon were Mallards (17), Goldeneye (1-M & 3-F), R.B.
Merganser (1-PR) plus both
Ringed Billed (10) & Herring (8) Gulls. On the lawns nearby were 16
Canada Geese but the one bird highlight of the day was when I found a
sub-adult BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON sleeping in a Juniper type tree
along the lagoon edge. Later it flew from the tree & landed along the
rocky shore where most of the Mallards were resting & a full adult
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON was hunting something in the tall grass
although I'm not sure what it was after, maybe a mouse? You may recall
there were 5 or 6 wintering here last Winter. My main reason for
coming here was to see if any were here this Winter & yes at least 2
are. The waves were so high & the wind so strong I could see nothing
in the lake.

Wilmette Harbor In Gillson Park (10-10:40 a.m.)

Again I could see nothing in the lake but in the harbor were Canada
Geese (6), REDHEAD (1-M),
Goldeneye (9), Red Breasted (2-F) & COMMON MERGANSER (4-M & 2-F) & one
adult Herring Gull. When both species of Mergansers are together you
can see how much bigger the Commons are than the Red Breasted. Flying
from the Coast Guard building to the harbor office were 2 House
Sparrows which proved to be the only land birds seen today along the
lakefront although I did see one flying Red Tailed Hawk on the way
home.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 Black Crowned Night Herons which have somehow
survived almost 3 weeks of zero or near zero temps before the 2 day
warm up. Runner-Up to the nice looking male Common Mergansers.

Big Day For License Plates

I could tell I was in Evanston by the high quality of the roadside out
of state plates. You can't count plates on the N.U. campus but near
South Blvd beach is o.k. even though it's probably just cars owned by
students in their off campus parking areas.

Plate Of The Day to one from DELAWARE in the Evanston shopping
district & Runner-Up to one from UTAH near the South Blvd Beach. Also
saw a Montana plate but I'm not counting it as there were university
buildings near by Dawes Park & so it was "on campus" in my opinion.

Al Stokie
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Date: 1/12/18 11:47 am
From: David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose - high waves - no significant sightings
Dear birders,
Waves were pouring over the breakwall at Montrose today. In fact, beyond the wall that lines the lake side of the fishhook, the surf was usually higher than the pier and just flowing over instead of blasting over in a large cloud of spray. It seems likely that this will do some damage to the dune/panne area.
I had no unusual birds. If I had to give a bird of the day for my trip to Montrose, it would be American Robin (23), significantly more than I had seen for the first 11 days of the year.
For the birds!
Dave <Antieaudkantieau...>
P.S. I'll try to get a couple of photos of the surf on my facebook page, later.
 

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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)
Al,
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?

Jeff

> 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
>
>


 

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Date: 1/11/18 11:38 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Deer Grove East F.P. Thursday 1-11-18 (Local Interest Only)
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


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Date: 1/11/18 9:03 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park Zoo Ducks, Jan 11 2018
For those interested in some different ducks there are currently few
interesting ducks in with the zoo ducks:

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Jan 11, 2018 10:32 AM - 10:46 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
7 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 12
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 2 Adult male, blue-gray bill, green on head with buff
crown, black undertail coverts with white anterior border. Likely the same
bird that wintered with zoo ducks in the swan pond last winter. Adult
female, blue-gray bill, rusty brown body.
Mallard 300
American Black Duck 4
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1
House Sparrow 50

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S41818750

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



FYI, zoo ducks that you shouldn't count include:
Barrow's Goldeneye
Northern Pintail
1 female Wood Duck
Hooded Mergansers
Ruddy Ducks
1 light brown domestic type duck


Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

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Date: 1/11/18 8:03 am
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Northern Shrike, 1/11 a.m.
I walked around Montrose Point in Chicago this morning, January 11. It
felt more like mid-April, with temps in the 50s, but the birds reminded
me that it's still winter. My best find was a Northern Shrike in the
dunes. It flew off to the west after a bit and I never saw it again. I
also had a male and female Northern Pintail in the harbor.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point:
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The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhughes63
Montrose on eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L161180


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Date: 1/10/18 4:19 pm
From: Lucy De Lap <ldelap...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fox River sightings in Dundee today
An hour walk around the area at 3:30 this afternoon yielded quite a few incidental sightings.
About 40 Goldeneyes were clustered just of the Village Squire parking lot in West Dundee. They flew south along the river a short time after we spotted them.
A single Common Merganser was circling the center of the river slightly to the north.
Many Canada Geese and Mallards were strewn along various ice floes between the downtown and the pedestrian bridge. 
A large flock of Canada Geese numbering close to 200 was to the north of the pedestrian bridge.
A Belted Kingfisher flew by hugging the eastern shoreline.

While we did not see any this afternoon, I did see a large immature Bald Eagle this morning in a tree along the river near North Street, and 2 adults plus a juvenile in a tree along the river across from the park at Barrington Avenue yesterday morning.

Lucy DeLapEast Dundee
Kane County

 

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Date: 1/10/18 2:43 pm
From: Dan Lory <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Slaty-backed Gull , Calumet River TB 5 Partial, Possibly Full Retraction
Jared, I posted a few photos on the NA Gulls Facebook page.
Dan Lory
<dlory54...>

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 2:46 PM, Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> There's nothing like a Larus species to make me question all that I think
> I know as a birder. Of the three birds I saw that I thought were the same
> Slaty-backed Gull, the last one was a GBBG and the second one was most
> likely a Great Lakes Gull hybrid (GBBG x HERG). That leaves the first gull
> we saw. At this point, I'm not thinking I saw the Slaty-backed Gull at
> all. If anyone has pics of the first gull I saw, which was seen about 11:15
> AM or so, I would appreciate seeing those and/or the pics being sent for ID
> purposes to Amar Ayyash or other people who know this species well.
>
> I'm really sorry about having to retract... again. I feel like a fool.
> I've now spent a good part of 3 days looking for this gull. If anything,
> this has taught me to be more reluctant in posting.
>
> A very disappointed and frustrated Jared Gorrell
> No longer in Cook County, and not able to return anytime soon.
>
> On 10 Jan 2018 12:28 pm, "Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds]" <
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Seen flying past at least three times between 11:15 and 12:10. We have
> photos, it IS the bird finally.
>
> Jared Gorrell
> Cook County
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/10/18 1:41 pm
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Sangamon Co. Dec. 2017 report

Birds in Sangamon County in December 2017

*Red-throated Loon*– fall arrival? Adult non-breeding (Dec 6) – only
sighting.

*Common Loon*– HC = 3 (Dec 1 - 6), w/ last seen at LSpfld (Dec 23).

*Pied-billed Grebe*– present all Dec, w/ HC = 84 (Dec 2) and # dropping
@ Dec 23.

*Horned Grebe*– HC = 9 (Dec 5), w/ last seen at LSpfld (Dec 11).

*Eared Grebe*– last seen 2 at LSpfld (Dec 6).

*White Pelican*– numbers present all December, w/HC = 170 (Dec 30) –most
ever this late.

*Double-crested Cormorant*– HC = 15 (Dec 7), # drop Dec 17, but some all
December.

*Great Blue Heron*– HC = 57 (Dec 29) w/ some present all December.

*Trumpeter Swan*–HC = 18 adults at LSpfld (Dec 31)- also some seen Dec
27 -30.

*Mute Swan*– HC = 7 (Dec 18).

*Greater White-fronted Goose*– HC = 422 (Dec 26).

*Snow Goose*– HC = 3000 (Dec 10), some flying back and forth due to warm
periods.

*Ross’s Goose*– HC = 3(Dec 10) w/ few seen.

*Cackling Goose*– fall arrival 2 at LSpfld (Dec 10), w/ HC = 32 (Dec 25).

*Canada Goose*– # climbing in Dec w/ increase Dec 28 & HC = 1450 (Dec 29).

*Wood Duck*– 19 singles, mostly same ♂ bird (Dec 1 – 23) plus a ♀ at
LSpfld.

*Green-winged Teal*– HC = 23 (Dec 9), w/ departure 3 at LSpfld (Dec 29).

*Am. Black Duck*– HC = 7 (Dec 10) – low #.

*Mallard *– HC = 525 (Dec 29), low #.

*N. Pintail*– HC = 22 (Dec 9), w/ departure 3 at LSpfld ( Dec 22).

*N. Shoveler*– HC = 85 (Dec 13) & 99 (Dec 26) wheel feeding. A few
wintering?

*Gadwall *– HC = 77 (Dec 17), wintering ?

*Am. Wigeon*– HC = 6 (Dec 1), w /last seen ♂ at WP (Dec 25).

*Canvasback *– some wintering, w/ HC = 52 (Dec 13).

*Redhead *– HC = 14 (Dec 4), w/ a ♂ at LSpfld (Dec 31).

*Ring-necked Duck*– HC = 60 (Dec 6), w/ # dropping after Dec 18.

*Greater Scaup*–HC = 4 (Dec 1 & 13).

*Lesser Scaup*– some wintering, w/HC = 210 (Dec 8), w/ moderate #
through Dec.

*Long-tailed Duck – *a lighter imm ♂? at LSpfld (Dec 19 & 23) and then a
browner imm or adult ♀? (Dec 29 – 31).

*Common Goldeneye*– HC = 500 (Dec 29).

*Bufflehead *– HC = 65 (Dec 6), w/ # dropping the next day, but w/
steady to low # until Dec 31 .

*Hooded Merganser*– HC = 130 (Dec 8) and 150 (Dec 29), w/ fair # the
rest of Dec.

*Common Merganser*– fall arrival 4♀ at LSpfld (Dec 7) – the first ♂
arrived (Dec 14), w/ HC = 90 (Dec 29).

*Red-breasted Merganser*– HC = 20 (Dec 4), w/ some still present (Dec 30).

*Ruddy Duck*– HC = 470 (Dec 21), w/ moderate # all month.

*Turkey Vulture*– HC = 50 (Dec 1) and still 2 (Dec 30).

*Bald Eagle*– HC = 9 (2 ad & 7 imm) on (Dec 31). December age ratio,
adults: imm 25: 20.

*N. Harrier*– 3 singles all ♂ (Dec 25 - 30).

*Sharp-shinned Hawk*– one single (Dec 10).

*Cooper’s Hawk*– HC = 4 (Dec 23).

*Red- shouldered Hawk*– one imm at Lin Gds (Dec 1 & 26), one at
Sangchris (Dec 22), and adult & imm at HL pond (Dec 23).

*Red-tailed Hawk*– HC = 8 (Dec 2), w/ Krider’s at Cinder flats on (Dec
17 & 26) and a returning Harlan’s Hawk SE Spfld (Dec 22).

*Am. Kestrel*– HC = 4 (Dec 25).

*Peregrine Falcon*– 3 singles all imm at LSpfld (Dec 16 – 19) - all the
same bird - photo.

*Am. Coot*– HC = 37 (Dec 18), w/ a few all month.

*Killdeer*– HC = 13 (Dec 2), and last seen 6 at Sangchris (Dec 22).

*Bonaparte’s Gull*– HC = 80 (Dec 21), w/departure ( freeze up) 10 at
LSpfld (Dec 25).

*Ring-billed Gull*– HC = 7000 (Dec 19).

*Herring Gull*– HC = 200 (Dec 30).

*Iceland Gull*– fall arrival of adult at LSpfld (Dec 26) - photo.

*Glaucous Gull*– fall arrival first year at LSpfld (Dec 30) – photo.

*Lesser Black-back Gull*- recorded on 5 days, w/HC = 3 adults (Dec 28).

*Black-legged Kittiwake*–seen from Nov, -2 imm (Dec 1) photos and one
continuing at LSpfld to (Dec 5). Second bird seen only twice (once for
me) had weaker collar.

*Rock Pigeon*- present

*Eurasian Collared Dove*– HC = 2 (Dec 23) – only record this Dec.

*Mourning Dove*– HC = 23 (Dec 14).

*E. Screech-Owl*– HC = 2 (Dec 17), also dor gray phase Dec 3.

*Great Horned Owl*- HC = 2 (Dec 17).

*Snowy Owl*– one west of Spfld (Dec 25 & 27) – photos.

*Belted Kingfisher*– HC = 2 (Dec 2 & 24), low # seen on 10 days.

*Red-headed Woodpecker*– HC = 7 (Dec 19 ).

*Red-bellied Woodpecker*– HC = 15 (Dec 17).

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker*– 3 singles (Dec 17, 20 & 28) - low #.

*Downy Woodpecker*– HC = 11 (Dec 19).

*Hairy Woodpecker*– HC = 3 (Dec 17 & 19).

*N. Flicker*– HC = 3 (Dec 8)- low # .

*Pileated Woodpecker*– 6 singles (Dec 4 - 21).

*Horned Lark*– HC = 57 (Dec 25).

*Blue Jay*– HC = 39 (Dec 17) – good #.

*Am. Crow*– HC = 31 (Dec 17) – roost in Spfld missing.

*Black-capped Chickadee*– HC = 11 (Dec17 & 19).

*Tufted Titmouse*– HC = 17 (Dec 19).

*Red-breasted Nuthatch*– HC = 2 (Dec 23).

*White-breasted Nuthatch*– HC = 12 (Dec 15).

*Brown Creeper*– 4 singles (Dec 7 - 19)- scarce.

*Carolina Wren*– HC = 15 (Dec 17).

*Winter Wren*– HC = 3 (Dec 15)- very low #.

*Golden-crowned Kinglet*– HC = 3 (Dec 5).

*Ruby-crowned Kinglet*– one at North Pt (Dec 19).

*Eastern Bluebird*– HC = 4 (Dec 9) and last seen 2 at CP (Dec 19).

*Hermit Thrush*– 2 singles (Dec 3 & 19).

*Am. Robin*– HC = 2 (Dec 3 & 12), w/ # very few for Dec – noted only 7 days!

*Gray Catbird*– one at LSpfld (Dec 17).

*Cedar Waxwing*– HC = 24 at LSpfld (Dec 18) was also the last ones in Dec.

*European Starling*– present.

*Yellow-rumped Warbler*– HC = 5 along East Lake Dr (Dec 1, 3 & 5)- also
last seen 3 there (Dec 8).

*N. Cardinal*– HC = 50 (Dec 17).

*Am. Tree Sparrow*– HC = 20 (Dec 21), low #.

*Chipping Sparrow*– 3 immatures near the airport (Dec 15).

*Field Sparrow*- one at RSP and another near the airport (Dec 15).

*Fox Sparrow*– HC = 5 at CP (Dec 19) were the only ones seen.

*Song Sparrow*– HC = 18 (Dec 15), low #.

*Swamp Sparrow*– HC = 4 (Dec 15), low # - seen on only 2 days.

*White-throated Sparrow*– HC = 17 (Dec 28) – very low #.

*Dark-eyed Junco*– HC = 94 (Dec 17), low #, with one Oregon at Center
Park (Dec 30).

*Lapland Longspur*– HC = 365 west of Spfld (Dec 25) due to snow.

*Red-winged Blackbird*– HC = 500 (Dec 16), noted on 11 days.

*Rusty Blackbird*– HC = 20 (Dec 17), also 2 on Dec 2.

*Common Grackle*– HC = 500 (Dec 8), noted on 8 days.

*Brown-headed Cowbird*– HC = 100 (Dec 8), noted on 9 days.

**Purple Finch– none.

*House Finch*– HC = 32 (Dec 21).

*Pine Siskin*– HC = 14 (Dec 14), seen on 5 days.

*Am. Goldfinch*– HC = 32 (Dec 22) – low #.

*House Sparrow*- present

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow*– HC = 11 (Dec 13).

Total field days = 31

Total hours = 228

Total species = 105

There were few winter finches nor half- hardy stragglers in December
2017. Most berries were gone by the last half of the month and waxwings
and most Robins departed.

December 2017 was fairly mild until December 24 (when the high dropped
to 26°), but earlier there were 3 daily highs in the 60s, 9 days in the
50s and 5 days in the 40s. The lowest low was -9 on December 27 and by
December 31 the high was 7°. Also it was dry in Sangamon County with
only 0.37 inches of precipitation- mostly snow. It was also windy with
the average 26 mph. Humans continued to mow and destroy food resources
such as acorns through most of December.

*H. David Bohlen, Illinois State Museum*

*<hdavid.bohlen...>*

**

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Date: 1/10/18 12:46 pm
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Slaty-backed Gull , Calumet River TB 5 Partial, Possibly Full Retraction
There's nothing like a Larus species to make me question all that I think I
know as a birder. Of the three birds I saw that I thought were the same
Slaty-backed Gull, the last one was a GBBG and the second one was most
likely a Great Lakes Gull hybrid (GBBG x HERG). That leaves the first gull
we saw. At this point, I'm not thinking I saw the Slaty-backed Gull at
all. If anyone has pics of the first gull I saw, which was seen about 11:15
AM or so, I would appreciate seeing those and/or the pics being sent for ID
purposes to Amar Ayyash or other people who know this species well.

I'm really sorry about having to retract... again. I feel like a fool.
I've now spent a good part of 3 days looking for this gull. If anything,
this has taught me to be more reluctant in posting.

A very disappointed and frustrated Jared Gorrell
No longer in Cook County, and not able to return anytime soon.

On 10 Jan 2018 12:28 pm, "Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds]" <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:



Seen flying past at least three times between 11:15 and 12:10. We have
photos, it IS the bird finally.

Jared Gorrell
Cook County


 

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Date: 1/10/18 12:27 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Redpolls in Evanston
A few redpoll pics here:

https://franmorel.smugmug.com/2018-day-by-day/2018-01-10-Common-Redpolls-NU/

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 12:54 PM, <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> In November, Pine Siskins were feasting on the alder trees at Northwestern
> University in Evanston, adjacent to the south parking lot off Clark St.
> Despite looking several times, I had yet to encounter Common Redpolls there
> though I know others have had them recently. This morning, I ran into Fran
> and we estimated 40 Common Redpolls often coming to the ground to feed.
>
>
> Just now 13 Common Redpolls stopped briefly in my yard for a snack in the
> birch tree. This is my first yard record since November 2012.
>
>
> I have seen other reports of Redpolls showing up in yards, recently, as
> well as the likely places like Chicago Botanic Gardens, Park #566 in
> Chicago, Wolf Lake, etc., where they have been for one or more months. Keep
> an eye out.
>
>
> Finally, a Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser hybrid continues on the
> North Shore Channel near Oakton Ave. in Skokie. It has returned to this
> spot 3 of the last 4 winters.
>
>
> Matthew Cvetas
>
> Evanston, IL
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/10/18 11:02 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Redpolls in Evanston
In November, Pine Siskins were feasting on the alder trees at Northwestern University in Evanston, adjacent to the south parking lot off Clark St. Despite looking several times, I had yet to encounter Common Redpolls there though I know others have had them recently. This morning, I ran into Fran and we estimated 40 Common Redpolls often coming to the ground to feed.


Just now 13 Common Redpolls stopped briefly in my yard for a snack in the birch tree. This is my first yard record since November 2012.


I have seen other reports of Redpolls showing up in yards, recently, as well as the likely places like Chicago Botanic Gardens, Park #566 in Chicago, Wolf Lake, etc., where they have been for one or more months. Keep an eye out.


Finally, a Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser hybrid continues on the North Shore Channel near Oakton Ave. in Skokie. It has returned to this spot 3 of the last 4 winters.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL
 

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Date: 1/10/18 10:35 am
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Slaty-backed Gull , Calumet River TB 5
Seen flying past at least three times between 11:15 and 12:10. We have
photos, it IS the bird finally.

Jared Gorrell
Cook County

 

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Date: 1/10/18 10:14 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bird-Of-The-Month Awards For 2017 (No Current Sightings) 1-10-18
Hello Bird People,

Time for my list of what I consider to be the best birds I saw in 2017
by month. I did such a list last year & others came back with their
own choices so perhaps others will do the same this year as there were
other birds found in 2017 which would have placed on my list had I
seen them.
To make it on my list I must have seen the bird not just heard it.
Here's my list for 2017:

January

B-O-T-M to the wintering Harris's Sparrow at Crabtree & Runner-Up to a Snowy Owl

February

B-O-T-M is a tie between the western Illinois Mt. Bluebird & the
Golden Eagles reported by Colin.

March

B-O-T-M to the Arcola Cinnamon Teal & Runner-Up to two Northern Shrikes

April

B-O-T-M again to a Mt. Bluebird this one at Fermi Lab & Runner-Up to
the regular Kane Co Swainson's Hawk.

May

B-O-T-M to the Lake Co adult Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Runner-Up to
the Red Necked Grebe at Rock Cut St Pk.

June

B-O-T-M to the southern Illinois Least Terns as they were the 1st ones
I'd seen in over 10 years.
Runner-Up is a tie between the regular Painted Bunted & the Lake Co
Tri-Colored Heron.

July

B-O-T-M to the Kane Co White Winged Dove by the sod fields cemetery feeders &
Runner-Up to the early arriving Globe Tracks Hudsonian Godwit.

August

B-O-T-M to the 2 Whimbrels in Lake Co which I had missed for a few years before.
Runners-Up to the Cattle Egrets seen on the eclipse trip & 2 local
Piping Plovers.

September

B-O-T-M to the flock of White Faced Ibis at Glacial Park & Runners-Up
to 1 Eared Grebe &
2 Western Grebes.

October

B-O-T-M to the Kane Co feeder Rufous Hummingbird & Runners-Up to a
White Faced Ibis & a Cattle Egret both seen in Cook Co where they are
seldom seen.

November

B-O-T-M to the Waukegan Red Phalarope & Runners-Up to the CBG Hoary
Redpoll which was as white as ever I've seen one & the Steelworkers
Park Black Legged Kittiwake who stayed for many to see.

December

B-O-T-M to the Lost Mounds Townsend's Solitaire & Runner-Up to the
hard to see Spotted Towhee at Aurora West F.P.

As to picking a Bird-Of-The-Year I keep changing my mind but perhaps
I'll go with the Least Terns not because they were the most rare, far
from it, but as they they are cool little birds & it had been a very
long time since I'd been able to enjoy the sight of them. Just my
opinion but it is my list.
Perhaps others will give their list & opinions? If so please post for
all to see.

Al Stokie


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Date: 1/10/18 8:47 am
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Two Snowy Owls at 31st St. beach
At 10 AM, I saw 2 Snowy Owls at 31st street beach visible from north of the
beach house. One was on a post right by the harbor mouth, easily enjoyed
with binoculars, other was on the breakwater along the east edge of the
docks, so pretty far away.

Doug

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Date: 1/10/18 7:36 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N Cardinal

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38906197024/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Male came early today for seeds. Looks wet and cold. Not singing yet.
John
Bourbonnais, IL


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Date: 1/10/18 7:25 am
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Slaty-backed Gull at end of Stony Isalnd
The adult slaty-backed Gull is on the ice off to east at far south end of
Stony Island right now (9:15), among 200ish Herring Guls. Also Glaucous,
Thayer's and Great Black-backed.

 

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Date: 1/9/18 1:54 pm
From: <chicagio10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Calumet Slaty-backed Gull - 2:45pm 1/9 @ Calumet Park
Seen standing on the ice but the boat launch ramp. Killer views


Cheers!!


Carl Giometti
Chicago, IL
 

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Date: 1/9/18 1:48 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Getting Closer To A Pileated Woodpecker In The Palos Area Tuesday 1-9-18
Hello Bird People,

I've been doing a lot of bird feeder watching lately & today I started
at the Little Red School House where I had good numbers of birds on
the 31st of Dec. I just saw a post from Linda R from there on Sunday &
while I did not see her Redpoll(s) today I did get to see & hear one
Pine Siskin as a replacement. I had fewer Purple Finches (3-F) & no
Fox Sparrow but otherwise I saw similar birds to what she saw. For
part of my time at the feeder area I was joined by birders Ken & Gary
who had seen the male Purple Finch earlier that I missed & later Ken
picked out what proved to be an adult Cooper's Hawk that landed in a
tree. Here's our feeder bird list for today:

Little Red School House Feeders (8:30-9:30 a.m.)

Cooper's Hawk (1-AD)
Mourning Dove (only 1 today)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (1-M & 1-F)
Blue Jay (3-4)
Chickadee (2-3)
TUFTED TITMOUSE (1 or 2)
W.B. Nuthatch (2)
Starling (4)
Cardinal (2-M & 1-F)
Tree Sparrow (8-10)
WHITE THROATED SPARROW (1)
Dark Eyed Junco (10-12)
PURPLE FINCH (3-F plus Ken & Gary saw 1 male)
PINE SISKIN (1)
Goldfinch (~20)
House Sparrow (30 or more, too many)

Swallow Cliff F.P. (9:45-11 a.m.)

Left Ken & Gary who kept looking for the Siskin & I went to Swallow
Cliff to see if any Crossbills remained (found none) & of course tried
again for a Pileated Woodpecker but even though it was now 2018 my
2017 luck continued with none found. Lots of Red Bellied Woodpeckers,
Blue Jays & W.B. Nuthatches though plus 1 calling Red Breasted
Nuthatch.

Repeat Of The Old Country Rd, Spears Woods & Cranberry Slough Loop
Trail (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Fortified by a gourmet lunch at Taco Bell in Hickory Hills I again
attempted this fairly long loop trail. No Coyotes joining me on the
trail today & none calling but this walk was later in the day than on
the 31st. Saw high numbers of Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays &
W.B. Nuthatches just like at Swallow Cliff plus 1 adult Red Tailed
Hawk & 1 Chickadee. Positive highlight was again one adult & 1 young
RED HEADED WOODPECKER although not at the same place as last time.

But the day's excitement centered around a loudly calling PILEATED
WOODPECKER off the yellow trail south of Spears Woods & north of 95th
St. Spent the next 40 min trying to actually see the big guy (or gal)
but although I heard it once again farther south I never did get to
see it.
However, this was progress for me so I'll try again in the next week
or 2. I don't give up easily although sometimes it would be smarter if
I did.

Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Tufted Titmouse & Runners-Up to the Siskin
& the 2 Red Headed Woodpeckers, a reversal of my awards last time.
Every bird gets a turn!

License Plates Of the Day to one from South Carolina & one from
Oklahoma both seen on the
Tri-State but moving in different directions at different times of the day.

Al Stokie
In the Palos area of Cook County today still not seeing a Pileated
Woodpecker but getting closer


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Date: 1/9/18 1:23 pm
From: cynthia staples <ckstaples...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Goldeneyes
Just saw about thirty or so on the Chicago River at Damen Avenue bridge.  They seemed to be having a great time diving and displaying.
Good birding, Cynthia StaplesChicago
 

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Date: 1/9/18 12:35 pm
From: Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Little Red Schoolhouse - Redpolls
Sorry for a late posting.  Checked the feeders at Little Red Schoolhouse (Cook County) on Sunday afternoon.  There were lots of birds!  Found 16 species at the feeders alone.

There were one or two Common Redpolls, 8 Purple Finches, Tufted Titmouse, Fox Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, among the other usual species.



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Date: 1/9/18 5:07 am
From: Jeff Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No sightings - Long-eared Owls
Can anyone suggest where at Deer Grove Is East is the best place to look?

Jeff
McHenry County

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Date: 1/8/18 6:08 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET No sightings - trying for slaty-backed gull tomorrow
FYI-

Dave Gruver sent me a series of diagnostic photos of the adult Slaty-backed Gull taken at 1:30 pm today (Monday, 8 January 2018) at the Calumet River viewed from 126th St. Marsh/ behind PECO Pallet Co, (ebird hotspot Lake Calumet area--Turning Basin #3).

Be forewarned that a fairly small adult GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL also frequents at this location, sometimes in close proximity to the Slaty-backed Gull..

Walter Marcisz
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On Mon, 1/8/18, 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

Subject: IBET No sightings - trying for slaty-backed gull tomorrow
To: "ILbirds IBET" <ILBIRDS...>
Date: Monday, January 8, 2018, 2:21 PM


 









I am planning a long trip
for O'Hare to try and see this bird tomorrow morning. 
Is anyone else heading down to try, if so I thought we might
meet up and try to use more sets of eyes to pick it out of
the crowd of gulls?
Is
the river behind the PECO Pallet Co the best spot to look? 
Any recommendations on other sites to check?
Jim JaroszNorridge,
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Date: 1/8/18 3:54 pm
From: Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ILKV CBC Report
Hi all,


Here's the Kankakee Valley CBC report from Sat Dec 30, 2017:
The 22th Kankakee Valley Christmas Bird Count(including two held in the early 1940s)  was held on Saturday Dec 30, 2017.  The weather was some of our most severe inthe history of our count.  We started theday at 1 degree above zero then climbed to 10 degrees with 35 mph winds out ofthe northwest and 5” of snow cover.  Theskies started off cloudy and remained so through-out the day with most waterfrozen other than below the Kankakee Dam and the effluent outlet at Kankakee Metro-Sewer.


Overall we counted 82 species compared to our 17yr averageof 71 establishing a new High Count record by two species (previous HC was 80in 2010 and low count of 65 in 3 yrs). We had 14 counters in the field (vs 18 ave), 4 Feeder counters (vs 7ave), walked 22.4 miles (vs 30.45 ave), and drove 371..3miles (vs 329 ave). Inall we traveled a total of 393.7 miles (vs 359.8 ave),  and were in the field 60.07 hrs (vs 62.92 ave).


Given the severe weather and lower participant numbers wewere still able to break our long time record of 80 species by 2, with the mosttelling numbers being those of the 16 species of waterfowl (tying our 2010record) and the following species of note:


species of note:

Trumpeter Swan (15):Our new High Count by 9 birds.  This isour 4th year for this species.

Tundra Swan (1):2nd year for this species previously found 2 in 2013.

PEREGRINE FALCON:  2ndyear in a row. Before last year it  was a“Count Week” species in 2005 and 2014.

 NORTHERN SHRIKE: 2ndyear for this species (Previously found in 2005)

NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (2): Pending

CHIPPING SPARROW: 2ND year for this species(Previously found in 2010)


 
SPECIES SHOWING NOTABLE INCREASES FROM THEIR 17 YRAVERAGE included:

Trumpeter Swan 15  vsa 17 yr average of 2

Gadwall 8 vs 4

Common Goldeneye  189vs 80

Common Merganser 6 vs 2

Wild Turkey 25 vs 15

Bald Eagle 11 vs 3

Sandhill Crane 44 vs 3

Horned Lark 439 vs 156 (forced to roadside by snow cover)

Red-breasted Nuthatch 12 vs 5

White-crowned Sparrow 38 vs 14

Lapland Longspur  298vs 117 (forced to roadside by snow cover)

Pine Siskin 10 vs 3


 
SPECIES SHOWING NOTABLE DECLINES FROM THEIR 17YR AVERAGE,included:

 Mallard 412 vs 698average over 17yrs

Red-tailed Hawk 27 vs 40 (Grain bin poison?)

American Kestrel 6 vs 16 (Grain bin poison?)

Ring-billed Gull 1 vs 39

Rock Pigeon 83 vs 548 (Grain bin poison?)

Mourning Dove 212 vs 409 (Grain bin poison?)

Northern Flicker 9 vs 16

American Crow 63 vs 353 (West Nile Virus?)

Brown Creeper 4 vs 15

European Starling 1149 vs 4097 (Grain bin poison?)

American Tree Sparrow 190 vs 322

Brown-headed Cowbird 7 vs 255

House Finch 63 vs 192

American Goldfinch 52 vs 114

House Sparrow 292 vs 1055 (Grain bin poison?)


As usual we had a few misses that should be mentioned inhopes we will take note for future years. They included:  N. Bobwhite, Pied-billGrebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwing, and Eastern Meadowlark.


Given the extreme weather conditions we were a bit surprisedto set a new record of 82 species, but if you knew the kind of talented birdersin the field you would understand why this count total was attained.  So a big “Thank You” to those hardy folks making a special effort under some challengingconditions, especially those folks who have been with us many years and those livingsome distance from Kankakee County.  We couldn’thave done it without ya.


We look forward  toseeing you next year and thank you for your continuing support of the KankakeeValley Christmas Bird Count.


Cheers,


Jed Hertz, Compiler

 
Kankakee, Kankakee Co, IL (60 mi South of Chicago) 
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Date: 1/8/18 3:01 pm
From: FBUITRAG <fabbui...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET (No sighting) Eagle Watch January 6, 2018
Hi All,

I went to the event (more to the photos than the event) and it was
good.. It had many eagles in one place but they were all kind of far
none were close enough. I asked around I was told to try Lock & Dam14, I
did and it was awesome. see pictures *https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabbui*

I want to give it another try and wondering if you guys know of another
place good (close enough) to take pictures  ?

Thanks


On 12/18/2017 5:52 PM, A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] wrote:
> The Annual Bald Eagle Watch will be held Saturday January 6, 2018.
>
> Activities at the Clinton Community College, Clinton, Iowa and the
> watch will be at Lock and Dam 13, Fulton, IL.
>
> If you are interested in the brochure please e-mail me.
>
> Thanks,
> Anne Straight
> Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
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Date: 1/8/18 3:00 pm
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bald Eagle, Lake County
There was a nice flock of Redheads in the North Point Marina and also a few hundred gulls, nothing unusual though from what I could see, when all of a sudden they all fly up and go. Half a minute later an adult Bald Eagle comes flying over. Funny how all the birds saw it coming before I did.

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Date: 1/8/18 1:24 pm
From: Dan Lory <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Slaty-backed Gull Retraction, Cook
Same here. After reviewing photos, to this novice it looks more like a
Great Black-backed than a Slaty-backed. Posted photos to NA Gulls Facebook
page for review.
Dan Lory
<dlory54...>

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 3:03 PM, Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> wrote:

> Well, it was a slightly smaller than average Great Black Backed Gull that
> we reported earlier. To my knowledge an actual Slaty-backed Gull has not
> been seen today. Sorry about that. Headed back to Calumet now to try again.
>
> An unhappy Jared Gorrell, Cook County
>
> On 8 Jan 2018 2:21 pm, "Dan Lory" <dlory54...> wrote:
>
> I headed down to Turning Basin #3 right after Jared's heads-up, and was
> able to catch the Slaty-backed for about 15 minutes before it took flight
> at 9:30am and headed north. I waited until 11:40 in hopes it might return,
> but no luck. However, I did see a Glaucous and a Great Black-backed.
>
> On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 8:21 AM, Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Hi all!
>>
>> Currently watching the Slaty-backed Gull preen itself on the near ice on
>> the Calumet River behind PECO Pallet Chicago (there's probably a better
>> name for this place, but I'm not from here and it's called that on Google
>> maps). Also of note are an immature Glaucous Gull and an American Black
>> Duck.
>> Jared Gorrell
>> Cook County
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/8/18 1:08 pm
From: 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No sightings - trying for slaty-backed gull tomorrow
I am planning a long trip for O'Hare to try and see this bird tomorrow
morning. Is anyone else heading down to try, if so I thought we might meet
up and try to use more sets of eyes to pick it out of the crowd of gulls?

Is the river behind the PECO Pallet Co the best spot to look? Any
recommendations on other sites to check?

Jim Jarosz
Norridge, IL

 

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Date: 1/8/18 1:07 pm
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Slaty-backed Gull Retraction, Cook
Well, it was a slightly smaller than average Great Black Backed Gull that
we reported earlier. To my knowledge an actual Slaty-backed Gull has not
been seen today. Sorry about that. Headed back to Calumet now to try again..

An unhappy Jared Gorrell, Cook County

On 8 Jan 2018 2:21 pm, "Dan Lory" <dlory54...> wrote:

I headed down to Turning Basin #3 right after Jared's heads-up, and was
able to catch the Slaty-backed for about 15 minutes before it took flight
at 9:30am and headed north. I waited until 11:40 in hopes it might return,
but no luck. However, I did see a Glaucous and a Great Black-backed.

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 8:21 AM, Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds]
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all!
>
> Currently watching the Slaty-backed Gull preen itself on the near ice on
> the Calumet River behind PECO Pallet Chicago (there's probably a better
> name for this place, but I'm not from here and it's called that on Google
> maps). Also of note are an immature Glaucous Gull and an American Black
> Duck.
> Jared Gorrell
> Cook County
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/8/18 12:54 pm
From: Dan Lory <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Slaty-backed Gull Continues, Cook
I headed down to Turning Basin #3 right after Jared's heads-up, and was
able to catch the Slaty-backed for about 15 minutes before it took flight
at 9:30am and headed north. I waited until 11:40 in hopes it might return,
but no luck. However, I did see a Glaucous and a Great Black-backed.

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 8:21 AM, Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds]
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all!
>
> Currently watching the Slaty-backed Gull preen itself on the near ice on
> the Calumet River behind PECO Pallet Chicago (there's probably a better
> name for this place, but I'm not from here and it's called that on Google
> maps). Also of note are an immature Glaucous Gull and an American Black
> Duck.
> Jared Gorrell
> Cook County
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/8/18 12:18 pm
From: Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Red-throated Loon
Thanks to Luis Munoz's eBird post I was able to get the Red-throated Loon at Montrose. It's just east of the Peregrine tower on the fishhook pier. My first ever at Montrose & Lincoln Park; thanks, Lou!
If you try, be patient. I saw it 15 minutes ago and I'm still waiting for it to come back up!

Joe Lill
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Date: 1/8/18 11:45 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden (Local Interest Only) Monday 1-8-18
Hello Bird People,

After yesterday's chase for the rare gull it was back to low key local
birding at the Botanic Garden.
Only had 16 species & only 1 (the Gadwall) was new for the year.
Redpoll numbers remain high but none are Hoarys that I could see. In
fact it's been quite a while since the very white Hoary has been seen
here. Except for 3 species flying by all the birds seen today were at
only 2 places & so I'll list them by those 2 locations.

Chicago Botanic Garden (9-11:15 a.m.)

Open Water Area By The Bridge Over Dundee Rd

Canada Goose (70 & a few more flying by)
Mallard (210, quite the gathering)
GADWALL (1-M)
Common Merganser (1-F)
Winter Coot (1, continuing)
(No sign of the Great Blue Heron today)

Flying By Overhead

Herring Gull (2), Rock Pigeon (1) & Mourning Dove (1)

Birds Feeding In The Alders, Birches & Conifers Close To The Main Buildings

Blue Jay (heard 1)
Chickadee (3-4)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (2 together)
Cardinal (1-M & 1-PR)
COMMON REDPOLL (64)
Pine Siskin (8-9)
Goldfinch (1 & only 1)
House Sparrow (5)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the male Gadwall with the nice feather patterns &
Runner-Up to the 2 Red Breasted Nuthatches as I have had a hard time
finding them recently.

No interesting license plates today but License Plate Of The Day for
Sat 1-6-18 goes to one from
Morales, Mexico which was a "lifer plate" for me but I had not
mentioned it then.

Al Stokie
Enjoying the warmer weather in the County Of Cook today


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Date: 1/8/18 7:53 am
From: Tom Lally <tlally98...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Slaty-backed Gull Continues, Cook
This is the eBird Hotspot known as Turning Basin #3. This is the same spot that Walter found it yesterday afternoon and the same spot I saw it later in the day.

Tom Lally
Chicago

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 8, 2018, at 8:21 AM, Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hi all!
>
> Currently watching the Slaty-backed Gull preen itself on the near ice on the Calumet River behind PECO Pallet Chicago (there's probably a better name for this place, but I'm not from here and it's called that on Google maps). Also of note are an immature Glaucous Gull and an American Black Duck.
> Jared Gorrell
> Cook County
>

 

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Date: 1/8/18 6:21 am
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Slaty-backed Gull Continues, Cook
Hi all!

Currently watching the Slaty-backed Gull preen itself on the near ice on
the Calumet River behind PECO Pallet Chicago (there's probably a better
name for this place, but I'm not from here and it's called that on Google
maps). Also of note are an immature Glaucous Gull and an American Black
Duck.
Jared Gorrell
Cook County

 

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Date: 1/7/18 6:16 pm
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie lagoons Sunday
Paul and I stopped by briefly after brunch in Glenview. The only open water was at the dam at Willow Road. Good looks at four Common GoldenEye and two mallards.

Marjorie

 

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Date: 1/7/18 3:07 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Searching For The Slaty Backed Gull Sunday 1-7-18
Hello Bird People,

Matthew Cv has already posted on IBET that the Slaty Backed Gull was
seen again by the Calumet River & I'm sure others have done reports on
Ebird or elsewhere but if anyone is interested in some of the search
details here they are so read on if interested.

Bob Erickson & I arrived at the Calumet River at the south end of
Stony Island at 7:55 a.m. This is the area know as Turning Basin #5 on
Ebird. There before us were Amar A & Andy S. They had tossed out bread
but the Gulls did not seem interested. Gulls were flying up & down the
river but no Slaty Backed was found. By 9 to 9:30 a.m. the birder
count was up to about 20 but the tossed bread was still being ignored
& many of the birders decided to cover other nearby locations. Next
Bob & I went to Turning Basin #3 off 126th Street were Amar & Andy had
already gone. Lots of Canada Geese, Mallards & Mergansers & about 50
Herring Gulls but that was it. Bob & I were on the way to Wolf
Lake/Powers when Bob got a call from Andy saying the Slaty Backed had
been seen & photographed near the dump at 122nd & Stony Island.
Hurried back but although we got to see photographs of the fancy gull
we did not see the gull. Watched from the dump area for about 30 min &
then we went back to the original viewing area at the river.

Lots of Herring Gulls, 1-2 Iceland Gulls & 2 Glaucous Gulls flew by
but then our attention was drawn to a barge moving up & down the river
to break up the river ice. The gulls were following the barge to check
the small areas of open water caused by the barge when I noticed what
looked like a dark backed gull on the ice near the moving barge.
Mentioned this to Jeff Skrentny who said he had seen it too but wasn't
sure it wasn't some dark ice. But then the gull/dark ice object opened
it's wings & started to fly proving it was a gull after all & not just
any gull but the SLATY BACKED GULL. Jeff & I yelled & soon many
birders were watching it fly along with the moving barge.

And so although it took Bob & I & others over 4 hours it was an "all's
well end's well" kind of day.
We tried to re-find it at O'Brien Lock & Dam which is where it was
heading but Jeff was able to see that the Slaty Backed had returned to
it's original location.

Others went back for more looks but Bob & I went to Wolf Lake/Powers
where we were finally able to see Walter M's flock of COMMON REDPOLLS
(15-17) in the usual Alder Trees. By then the freezing rain had
started & so we packed it in ending a long but successful search.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the finally seen Slaty Backed Gull &
Runners-Up to the Iceland (Kumlieni) Gulls, the Glaucous Gulls & a
ROUGH LEGGED HAWK.

Al Stokie
In Cook County battling some serious wind chills today in spite of warmer temps


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Date: 1/7/18 1:34 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Slaty-backed Gull spread-wing close-ups (1-7-18)
Close-ups (including spread-wing shots) of the continuing Calumet SLATY-BACKED GULL are at the link that follows. Photographed at Calumet River viewed from 126th St. Marsh in Chicago (ebird hotspot "Lake Calumet area--Turning Basin #3") between 1:30 and 1:45 pm on Sunday (7 January 2018).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/39534378882/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 1/7/18 11:34 am
From: <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red Crossbills, Western Meadowlark
Greetings,


I did some cold birding yesterday in Northern Henderson County including a portion of the Big River State Forest. I was pleased to find a small group of Red Crossbills at the Equestrian Campground area in addition to a lone Common Redpoll and large groups of Pine Siskins. Large groups of Cedar Waxwings and American Robins were also in the larger forest track further south (also Red-breasted Nuthatches). The Western Meadowlark was just south of the Equestrian Campground, giving it's diagnostic soft call as it searched for food in the short grass along the road.


Chuck Leib
Milan
Rock Island County
 

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Date: 1/7/18 11:14 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: RBA - Slaty-backed Gull on Calumet River
After waiting more than two hours in the area, the Slaty-backed Gull flew around the 122nd St/Stony Island Ave landfill this morning in Chicago about 10:20am before disappearing to the west toward Lake Calumet. I understand it is now resting on the ice in the Calumet River visible from the end of Stony Island Ave near Deadstick Pond.

Other interesting raptors and gulls that Fran, Jake, and I saw at the landfill:
An immature/female type Northern Harrier An adult Cooper's Hawk An adult Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) An unidentified falcon (more than likely Peregrine); one adult Peregrine Falcon on the Ford Bridge An adult female Rough-legged Hawk Adult Slaty-backed Gull Herring Gulls of all ages An adult and a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull On the river:
The same Glaucous Gulls commuting back/forth An adult Great Black-backed Gull Iceland Gull (seen by others) Finally, an American Kestrel at 126th St./Hyde Lake Marsh that flew and we think landed under the awning of one of the loading dock doors!


Raptors we missed were Red-shouldered Hawk and Bald Eagle.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL









 

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Date: 1/7/18 9:07 am
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET South Lake Front and Calumet area, Saturday, 6 January: No Slaty-backed but lots of other nice birds
Dan Lory and I birded the south lake front and the Calumet area yesterday hitting 31st Street Harbor, the outer harbor of Jackson Park, Steel Workers Park, Park 566, Calumet Park, Turning Basin No. 3 off 126th St., Turning Basin No. 5/Stony Island along Dead Stick Pond and the Bend of the Little Calumet River by 127th Street. We didn't get the main target bird but we saw some other nice birds. It was also my first birding outing of the new year. My year list until yesterday was composed of 1 each cardinal, chickadee and House Sparrow!
We started at 31st Street Harbor but only had RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE and A. CROW, though all FOY for me. The outer harbor of Jackson Park had no open water except at the harbor mouth. We only added CANADA GEESE and RING-BILLED GULL. Things got better at Steel Workers Park. I missed it on my initial scan, but some other birders arrived, including Carl G. and Steve H., and pointed out a SNOWY OWL out on the breakwater. It was in Indiana, but that's alright. It later flew in closer but was still in Indiana I think. Carl and Steve and a photographer had seen another owl in the area earlier. There were hundreds of mostly COMMON MERGANSERS way out there initially, but something flushed them (not the owl which hadn't moved at this time). They mostly flew northwest by Park 566. Among the closer birds I found a female BLACK SCOTER, along with my first GREATER SCAUP of the year. Carl and Steve had mentioned seeing several Common Redpolls and the Hoary Redpoll at Park 566, so we headed there next. I first scoped the lake off the park and added REDHEAD. It took some time but we eventually found the redpolls along with some A. TREE SPARROWS. We saw a pale bird that was probably the Hoary with little streaking on the side perched on a plant but it took off and we never relocated it. We saw ~15 COMMON REDPOLLS.
At Calumet Park we added MUTE SWAN (4) and found a few LESSER SCAUP mixed in with the Greaters. Most of the birds were right along the border with Indiana moving back and forth over the line so I just counted them as Illinois birds. Way out on the ice in Indiana waters I could barely make out a black and white bird that was probably a Great Black-backed Gull but the heat distortion was so bad that I couldn't rule out other black backed gulls. We also saw an A. KESTREL and another unidentified falcon here (in Ill.). We stopped for lunch at the Wendy's off Ave. O north of Wolf Lake. Looking out the large windows facing west I noticed 2 adult BALD EAGLES fly over! At Turning Basin 3 off 126th Street there was an immature BALD EAGLE on the ice that was chassed off by a RED-TAILED HAWK. We also had FOY SONG SPARROWS and a DARK-EYED JUNCO and lots of HERRING GULLS. We headed off to Turn Basin 5 to look for the Slaty-backed Gull but we found birders looking at gulls on the roof of one of the industrial buildings along Stony Island. Some had seen a dark backed gull fly off before we got there. There was an immature GLAUCOUS GULL on the roof with over a hundred Herring Gulls. Several birders decided to go to another access point on the river. Turned out it was where we had just come from, Turning Basin 3. We didn't find the gull here but there was an adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK sitting on a wire as we pulled in. Jeff S. also pointed out the resident PEREGRINE FALCON on the big bridge to the west. To close the day we visited the Bend of the Little Calumet River. We found 6 immature BALD EAGLES on the ice, which would fly around every now and then. Dan also spotted an adult flying over and 2 adult RED-TAILED HAWKS. Water birds added to the year list here were MALLARD, A. BLACK DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, GREAT BLUE HERON, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and A. COOT. Due to lack of time and the bright, low sun in the east I had to do rough estimates of most of the birds here. My full list is below.

Abbreviations: 31st = 31st Street Harbor, OH = Jackson Park outer harbor, SWP = Steel Workers Park, P566 = Park 566, CP = Calumet Park, Wendy's = Wendy's!, TB 3 = Turning Basin 3, SI = Stony Island along Dead Stick Pond, BLCR = Bend of the Little Calumet River.

Canada Goose: OH (20), P566 (66), CP (260), TB 3 (285), BLCR (10)
Mute Swan: CP (4), BLCR (7)
Mallard: BLCR (142)
A. Black Duck: BLCR (5)
Redhead: P566 (2), CP (3), BLCR (3)
Ring-necked Duck: BLCR (3)
Greater Scaup: SWP (1), CP (82)
Lesser Scaup: CP (3), BLCR (300)
Greater/Lesser Scaup: P566 (2)
Black Scoter: SWP (1)
Common Goldeneye: 31st (1), OH (7), SWP (6), P566 (4), CP (8), BLCR (60)
Bufflehead: BLCR (10)
Common Merganser: SWP (57), P566 (333), TB 3 (1), BLCR (90)
Red-breasted Merganser: 31st (7), OH (7), SWP (52), P566 (13), CP (23), TB 3 (156), BLCR (50)
Double-crested Cormorant: BLCR (2)
Great Blue Heron: BLCR (2)
Red-shouldered Hawk: TB 3/126th St. Marsh (1)
Red-tailed Hawk: TB 3 (1), BLCR (2), plus 1 at Indian Ridge Marsh
Bald Eagle: Wendy's (2), BLCR (7)
A. Coot: BLCR (6)
Ring-billed Gull: OH (10)
Herring Gull: TB 3 (94), SI (106), BLCR (6)
Glaucous Gull: SI (1)
Rock Pigeon: TB 3 (10)
Snowy Owl: SWP Ind. (1)
Downy Woodpecker: TB 3 (1), BLCR (1)
Peregrine Falcon: TB 3 (1)
A. Kestrel: CP (1)
Falcon sp: CP (1)
A. Crow: 31st (2), OH (3), SWP (19), P566 (2), CP (1)
Euro. Starling: Wendy's (8), SI (15)
A. Tree Sparrow: P566 (7), TB 3 (2), BLCR (2)
Song Sparrow: TB 3 (2)
Dark-eyed Junco: TB 3 (1), BLCR (3)
N. Cardinal: BLCR (1)
Common Redpoll: P566 (15)

Randy Shonkwiler
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Date: 1/7/18 9:01 am
From: ERIC GINSBURG <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 1/7 Chicago lakefront Owl and Eagle run
I planned a run to the 31st St Harbor to see the continuing Snowy Owl and lucked out - it was still there, along with a friendly group of birders with a scope to point it out. Then on my run south back home at 10:05 at the 41st St Beach, about five Ring-billed Gulls flew by me going north, as if being chased. I looked up and an adult Bald Eagle flew overhead, flying north, then turning west to fly over Lakeshore Drive and further west.

Eric Ginsburg
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Date: 1/7/18 7:02 am
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Snowy Owl/Scoter - Adams Co.
Back on December 1 Jim Funk reported a Snowy Owl on the Pike/Adams Co.
line. A number of local birders saw and photographed the owl including
my son, Adam. I was in the Windy City with my wife on a babysitting
detail. When I got back to Quincy, I made a late and unsuccessful effort
to find the bird. Last week Jason Mullins was told that a Snowy Owl had
again been seen in the same area. Once more I ventured to the location,
and still no owl. Near dusk yesterday while on his way home home from
one of his boys basketball games, Adam opted to go down the road where
the owl had been seen. My grandson Carson spotted the bird sitting on a
telephone pole. This morning, and attempting to get out before the
approaching ice storm, I decided the third time would be the charm. All
I came up with was a flock of Rock Doves, making me feel like Charlie
Brown at Halloween.

Scoters. While in Canton, Missouri yesterday, Adam checked out L & D 20,
which is across from Meyer in Adams Co., Illinois. In an open pool below
the dam he found a nice variety of diving ducks. In the mix were two
White-winged and one Black Scoter. He felt the birds were on the
Illinois side of the river.

Phil Reyburn

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Date: 1/6/18 4:33 pm
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Steelworkers Park Snowy Owl, White-winged Scoter, and Canvasback, 1/6 p.m.
After dipping on the Lake Calumet Slaty-backed Gull I stopped by
Steelworkers Park on the south side of Chicago to get some redemption. I
didn't see anything that rare but I did have a few good birds that made
my visit worthwhile. My best birds include the continuing Snowy Owl
(sitting on top of the concrete wall at the mouth of the Calumet River)
and an adult male White-winged Scoter and female Canvasback mixed in
with the mergansers at the mouth of the North Slip. There wasn't much
open water at Steelworkers, which forced what few ducks there were into
a small area of unfrozen water near the base of the breakwater. I also
had a large flock of Snow Buntings (~50) flying around the impoundment
at the mouth of the Calumet River.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois

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Date: 1/6/18 1:52 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County:Snowy Owl, Long Tailed Duck, Glaucous & Great Black Backed Gulls Sat 1-6-18
Hello Bird People,

Another cold start to the day with the temp at 2 degrees at 8 a.m. at
Waukegan Beach. Out in the cold with me today were Bob Erickson & Jeff
Bilsky. Bob already had the Waukegan SNOWY OWL picked out for the rest
of us when we drove up. The Owl was on the buildings well west of the
non resident parking lot. It's the same dark young one that has been
around since December. The harbor was frozen but the channel had a
little open water & in it were Goldeneye (1) & Red Breasted Mergansers
(4). About 100 Gulls were on the ice by the yacht club building but
they all appeared to be Ring Billed & Herring. The only land birds in
the park were Juncos.

North Point Marina

All waterfowl & gulls were in the north (commercial) harbor where
there's a mix of open water & ice which is the best combination for
ducks & gulls together. On arrival there were over 400 Canada Geese
but most left to feed elsewhere. Ducks included Redhead (3-M & 2-F),
Greater Scaup (1-F),
LONG TAILED DUCK (1-F), Goldeneye (6) & both Common & Red Breasted
Mergansers. There were about 200 Gulls on the ice & all but 2 were
Herring Gulls with the other 2 being Ring Billed. Highlight in the
Gull Dept was when a young GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL flew in & bullied
the Herring Gulls as it was so much larger than they were. This one
was not the same one as was at Waukegan when the Phalarope was there
as the mantle was darker although it still had the massive black bill
& the white head.

Visits to both the north & south units of Illinois Beach State Park
found nothing new & nothing of interest.

Lake County Fairgrounds off Midlothian

About 200 Herring & a few Ring Billed Gulls on the parking lot & just
east of the lot but I could see 100's more flying over the dump to the
west. Waited about 30 min & the gulls started to land in both the lot
& the fields to the east of Midlothian. Hard to see everything when
about 600 gulls are so tightly packed together but my 1 highlight was
a very large & very white 1st/2nd year GLAUCOUS GULL.
More gulls were still arriving when I left at 1 p.m. so perhaps more
gull species may have arrived.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the continuing Snowy Owl &
Runners-Up to the L,T. Duck, the Great Black Backed Gull & the Glaucous Gull.

Al Stokie
Still feeling cold in Lake County today but awaiting next week's
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Date: 1/6/18 11:05 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET By Cooper's h.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/27763764799/in/photostream/
Hi friends,
Eating a starling. Flew off with it to the other side of the shed for more privacy.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 1/6/18 9:07 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Slaty-back - 122nd & Stony 11am
On roof of factory on Southwest corner of intersection (opposite Deadstick Pond) 11am
Also adult Glaucous & Kumliens Gull in area!
Hoary Redpoll At 566 earlier too.
Steve HugginsChicago, IL


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Date: 1/5/18 5:52 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Calumet "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull (1-4-18)
This 3rd-cycle "KUMLIEN'S" ICELAND GULL was at Stony Island Landfills (NE corner of 122nd & Stony Island Avenue in Chicago) on Thursday (4 January 2018):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/24660234317/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 1/5/18 4:16 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow - Adams Co.
Adam called late this afternoon to say he found a Harris's Sparrow on
Knapheide Rd. The road leads to Canton Chute access area. The exact
location was east and right before you go over the levee. The bird was
on the north side  of the road in a brush pile area. Unfortunately this
is a spot where some local folks come to target practice. Look for shell
casings and shot up items. The whole area is known as the North Bottoms
and is a little north of the Quincy city limits.

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Date: 1/5/18 3:13 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Redpolls at Wolf Lake/Powers FWA, Chicago (1-4-18)
These COMMON REDPOLLS seemed more than happy to put on a performance for the camera. Photographed at Wolf Lake (Powers Fish & Wildlife Area), Chicago on 4 January 2018. They were at the usual spot (alders along the northwest shore of the lake):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/39526024681/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/27749815649/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 1/5/18 1:28 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard C. wren/Blue jay

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/39489181892/in/dateposted-public/
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Hi friends,
A cold day, but a few sp of interest in the yard. C. wren has been absent or shy for some time. Hungry no doubt and looking for some suet/seed.
Blue jay looking dapper and sharp blue.
John
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Date: 1/5/18 12:49 pm
From: Ethan Gyllenhaal <ethannatureboy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Slaty-Backed Gull YES Stony Island Landfills
My dad, Alex Hale, and I just relocated the Slaty-backed Gull at the stony island landfills, about 400m N of 122nd with a big flock of gulls flying around landfill activity. It was initially in flight, but landed on the landfill a few minutes before I typed this up.

Ethan Gyllenhaal

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Date: 1/5/18 8:32 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard American TS

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/39488644772/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Tree sparrow eating seeds, just one here. Still seeing Hairy wp, RB wp, and Downy wp. They like PB suet. Juncos in #s and a few Mourning doves.
Cardinals and Blue jays and the food for Cooper's h., E starlings.
John
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Date: 1/4/18 6:53 pm
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Another new yard bird!
I was washing lettuce in the sink around 4:30p when a dark fast blur zoomed
by the window then a Mourning Dove took off in a tan blur in the opposite
direction. Then I saw the dark blur-a male Kestrel. This is a wooded area
overlooking a creek and forested bottomland. This Kestrel must have been
real hungry. Closest I have seen one around here is about 1/4-1/2 mile out
along Veterans Parkway or near hayfield along Jefferson Street. We have
lived here since 2004.
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Date: 1/4/18 5:15 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA Slaty-backed Gull - Cal River from Stony Island Overlook, Chicago (1-4-18)
I arrived at the Stony Island overlook over the Calumet River just south of Deadstick Pond, Chicago, IL (ebird hotspot: Lake Calumet area – Turning Basin #5) at 1:15 pm on Thursday (4 January 2018). I had just set up my scope when Andrew Aldrich arrived. A minute or two after Andrew arrived, I spotted an adult black-backed gull on the ice with a broad white tertial crescent. For sure, a good candidate for Slaty-backed Gull. I took some photos. When I went to my car to get some bread to throw, Andrew was able to see one of the legs – it was pink.  Then an eagle flushed the all of the gulls, but after a while they reassembled on the ice. At that point I got a good look at the Slaty-back standing on the ice – both of its legs were bright pink. My one distant flight shot is somewhat less than diagnostic. Although it hints at the string of pearls, the resolution is really not good enough to discern the wingtip pattern. Andrew secured a really good flight shot which to me looks diagnostic for SBGU – hopefully Andrew will post it. My “at rest” photos tell the rest of the story: dark mantle (at the dark end of L. f. graellsii LBBG); very broad white tertial crescent; overall size smaller in length (but bulkier) than the adult HERG behind it; primary projection shorter than the adult HERG behind it; white head with menacing dark eye-shadow and dusky “neck boa.” This is an adult SLATY-BACKED GULL.

Photos at the link: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/24640217637/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 1/4/18 12:56 pm
From: Judith Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Broadening the base of birders (no sightings)
Is your birding group thinking about how to have broader appeal and membership? This Saturday morning workshop is for you. Make some new connections, pick up some tips and hear some thought-provoking ideas.

Broadening the Base: Community Outreach and Engagement for Birding and Stewardship Groups

Cook County is made up of many diverse communities. How can we make our activities inviting to more people and groups? How can we make better connections to the communities we operate in? In this free workshop, local experts will share their knowledge about networking in your community, use of technology/social media, publicizing events to communities, and attracting diverse audiences.

Speakers will include Nina Baki, Forest Preserves of Cook County; Adriana Fernandez, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Brandon Hayes, Openlands; and Mila Kellen Marshall, University of Illinois - Chicago. Brief presentations will be followed by group discussion, networking and refreshments.
Sat, January 27 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Avenue, River Forest

Attendance is limited to 40. Reserve your place here: https://outreachworkshop.eventbrite.com <https://outreachworkshop.eventbrite.com/>

This workshop, part of the #birdthepreserves program, is presented by the Forest Preserves of Cook County and is supported through the Forest Preserve Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Date: 1/4/18 12:42 pm
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA - Slaty-backed Gull on Calumet River
Andrew Aldrich and Walter Marcisz have an adult Slaty-backed Gull at the Deadstick Pond/Stony Island Ave overlook of the Calumet River in Chicago, Cook County.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

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Date: 1/4/18 12:29 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Good Sparrow Day At Crabtree Nature Center Thursday 1-4-18
Hello Bird People,

With the temps at about 6 at the start I spent one hour watching the
feeders from inside the nature center building & ended with another
hour walking the grounds. The main problem was the wind chill factor
which made it feel even colder than it was. All 3 feeder areas were
very active with the cold & snow but remember that on Fridays the
building is closed all day so any feeder watching will be done from
the outside on that day. I had 1 better than average species plus 6
species of Sparrows which is good for this cold Winter. Here's my day
list:

Crabtree Nature Center (9:30-11:30 a.m.)

Canada Goose (1 calling fly-by)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 in a tree by Phantom Prairie)
Mourning Dove (5-6)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (4-5)
Downy Woodpecker (4)
FLICKER (2, along the trail to Phantom Prairie)
(I may have heard 1 Blue Jay but I'm not positive as it was pretty far away.)
Chickadee (6)
White Breasted Nuthatch (5)
Cardinal (2-PR)
Tree Sparrow (12-14)
FOX SPARROW (1, near the building feeders)
Song Sparrow (1)
SWAMP SPARROW (2)
WHITE THROATED SPARROW (1)
(The Song & Swamp Sparrows were NOT by the feeders but near the grassy
field near the main lot)
Junco (8-10)
RED WINGED BLACKBIRD (1-F, continuing from December & eating seeds
under the feeders)
House Finch (6-8)
COMMON REDPOLL (1, eating seeds under the feeders with Tree Sparrows & Siskins)
PINE SISKIN (10-12)
Goldfinch (8-10)

That's 20 species for this place mainly thanks to all the feeders.
Bird-Of-The-Day the the single Common Redpoll as that species is not
usually seen here.
Runners-Up to the wintering female Red Winged Blackbird & the Fox Sparrow.

Al Stokie
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Date: 1/4/18 9:59 am
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ivory Gull-NO SIGHTINGS
At 11:00 am today, 1/4/2017, there were about 20 Herring Gulls hunkered down in the parking lot at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Nothing unusual was seen. And there were no additional gulls in the fields on the east side of Midlothian Road.


Bill Saylor

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Date: 1/4/18 9:55 am
From: Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Ivory Gull Thursday Morning
I looked for the Ivory Gull at the Lake County Fairgrounds Thursday morning from about 8:30 to 10:15 am.  I did not see it.  There was one Lesser Black-backed Gull among the Herring and Ring-billed Gulls loafing in the parking lot.  A Red-tailed Hawk came over about 10:15, and all the gulls took off at that time.
Joe SucheckiNaperville

 

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Date: 1/3/18 7:38 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET large Trumpeter Swan flock in southern Illinois
A friend of mine in southern Illinois called to inform me that he saw a large wintering flock of 198 TRUMPETER SWANS in the northeast corner of Jackson County near Elkville. They were feeding in a wheat field along Funk Rd. just east of Elkville. Take the Royalton Blacktop east out of Elkville. After crossing the Little Muddy River, turn right (south) onto Funk Rd. Of course, the day before he had only 11 Trumpeters, but they will likely keep returning to this field. This area abuts the very large, new Burning Star State Fish & Wildlife Area that the IDNR recently bought (the old Burning Star #5 Mine). That is where the Trumpeters go to roost. Barn Owls nest in the area.
Joe told me that he has also been seeing up to 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS hunting the ditches along IL. Rt. 154, just north of nearby DuQuoin (Perry Co.), just east of DuQuoin Lake near Paradise Church. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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Date: 1/3/18 6:00 pm
From: Ron Bradley <povpt93...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Prairie Falcon
I discovered a Prairie Falcon this afternoon in Gallatin County. First saw it flying very fast and low to the ground and then it landed in the field north of Peck Road about 2 miles southeast from Ridgway.

Ron Bradley

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Date: 1/3/18 5:08 pm
From: Amar Ayyash <amarayyash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County IVORY GULL: Wednesday, 03 January 2018.
I found an adult Ivory Gull in the parking lot of the Lake County Fairgrounds today around 9:45 A.M. (03 Jan 2018). It was a short and bittersweet encounter that lasted less than 5 minutes. The gull touched down and flew off to the northwest. People who arrived shortly after stuck around and were unsuccessful in relocating it.  Birders should be particularly keen to check any open water sites - as few as they are - in the area. Local rivers and dams would be the best spots to begin with.
Here's a short post with photos on my website:https://goo.gl/3Zq9cF

 Happy New Year everyone!
Amar AyyashOrland Park 
 

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Date: 1/3/18 3:59 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Redpoll & other yard birds
Like everyone else that missed Amar's Ivory Gull, so did Sheryl & I, even though we arrived within 15 minutes of the sighting. A consolation when we arrived home was having our first COMMON REDPOLL of the winter, joining our 15+ PINE SISKINS that have been around for at least the last month, at our thistle seed feeders. In addition, I noticed a flock of 30 HOUSE FINCHES perched atop our catalpa tree, which is about 20-25 more than we generally see at one time in the yard. (I also counted 29 DARK-EYED JUNCOS coming to the various feeders scattered around the yard back on December 28th , which was about 20 more than you can usually find at one time in the yard.) Sheryl also saw both (one adult, one imm.) of the COOPER'S HAWKS today, that patrol our yard daily, perched within ten feet of one another. The only other birds of note today were the 8 AMERICAN ROBINS perched in a yard (next to some sumac shrubs) in the Prairie Crossing subdivision of Grayslake that Phil Doncheck and I saw while checking other spots for the Ivory Gull. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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Date: 1/3/18 12:43 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Stealthcam Cooper's h.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/39445599362/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Been some time back in December, still here catching starlings.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 1/3/18 12:27 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Only A Few Species At The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 1-3-18
Hello Bird People,

Figured since today would be the warmest day until the weekend I'd
best do some birding while walking. Even with some wind & snow
flurries it wasn't too bad compared to the last week or so.
However, I could only find 14 species at the CBG & none were anything
you'd want to chase.
The only remaining open water is where the stream flows under the
Dundee Rd bridge.

Chicago Botanic Garden (8:15-10:45 a.m.)

GREAT BLUE HERON (1, can't believe it's still here!)
Canada Goose (~325 all by the open water)
Mallard (82, by the open water)
Red Tailed Hawk (2-AD flying together)
WINTER COOT (1 in the open water)
Blue Jay (2)
Chickadee (3)
Robins (30-35, eating red berries)
CEDAR WAXWING (6, with the Robins)
Tree Sparrow (1)
Junco (16)
COMMON REDPOLL (80-82, most in the Birch & Alder trees on Evening Island)
PINE SISKIN (10-11, mixed in with the Redpolls)
Goldfinch (3 calling while in flight)

The Redpolls & Siskins are good finds but they are always around this
Winter & there are many of them so
Bird-Of-The-Day to the very tough Great Blue Heron & Runner-Up to the
Winter Coot.
Fancy Pants Bird Of The Day to the fine looking Cedar Waxwings.
Made a stop at Lake Opeka but the Tundra Swan reported from here on
Ebird was not seen by me.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Mississippi seen on Oakton St.

Al Stokie
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Date: 1/3/18 9:05 am
From: Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ivory Gull (not at the moment)
The Ivory Gull at Lake County Fairgrounds is not present. Amar Ayyash has killer photos (of course), but it flew off.

Joe Lill
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Date: 1/3/18 8:38 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard BH cowbird

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/27694639329/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
3 cowbirds feeding here. I try to put seed on the ground where there is no snow, under the swing, picnic table, kids slide. Snow covers it up if not.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 1/3/18 8:36 am
From: Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: IBET Fwd: [Illinois Rare Bird Alert] Adult IVORY GULL at Lake County Fairgrounds...



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> Steve Mulhall just reported bird was already gone. Could def return tho so chasers please post updates. I will stop by around 1:30ish after appts.
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Date: 1/3/18 8:20 am
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Subject: IBET Fwd: [Illinois Rare Bird Alert] Adult IVORY GULL at Lake County Fairgrounds...



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Date: 1/3/18 6:28 am
From: Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bald Eagles in Batavia
Yesterday all afternoon there were six to seven adult bald eagles feeding
on the stretch of the Fox River between the Main Street (Donovan) bridge
and the Challenge Dam in downtown Batavia.

With the sunlight bright on the river, the eagles were plucking fish at
will. Today is overcast but already there were eagles feeding on fish
they'd caught.

This is an excellent visual opportunity for birders and photographers
alike. You can park on either side of the river and get excellent view of
feeding eagles. Or, walk onto the Peace Bridge (a walking bridge) and you
can catch good views of the eagles, Herring gulls and goldeneyes that were
all busy on the Fox.

(Kane County)

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Date: 1/2/18 3:43 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kankakee CBC LE owl

https://www.flickr.com/photos/124160098@N03/25530642658/in/dateposted/
Hi friends,
The owl was hidden in the dark brushy bottom. Jon Grainger got some nice pics.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 1/2/18 3:28 pm
From: Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Another Bald Eagle sighting -Chicago River at Diversey 4:26 PM Tuesday
To continue from my post,...
Besides The Eagle at Diversey I also had some nice finds along the channel by Howard St,..such as Wood Duck(4), Pied-billed Grebe, a Black-crowned Night Heron Juv. , and the continuing disabled Double-crested Cormorant known as "Lefty" for his/her eighth or even ninth year? I put the full list on E-bird. Happy New Year,
Howard Blum , Lakeview Chicago


> On Jan 2, 2018, at 5:12 PM, Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> wrote:
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> Hello birdwatchers;
> While I was watching the ducks at the Chicago River, I heard some of them grunting, I looked up and there was an adult Bald Eagle almost right overhead heading north west over the river about 150-200 feet, but seemed to have glided downward northwest of the bridge and may have landed, but I couldn't see. Anyhow what a pleasant surprise. I suppose this could be the same bird I saw about two weeks ago.,and another report in Gompers park about 4 days after my report. Not as dramatic this time but I'll take it!
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Date: 1/2/18 3:13 pm
From: Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Another Bald Eagle sighting -Chicago River at Diversey 4:26 PM Tuesday
Hello birdwatchers;
While I was watching the ducks at the Chicago River, I heard some of them grunting, I looked up and there was an adult Bald Eagle almost right overhead heading north west over the river about 150-200 feet, but seemed to have glided downward northwest of the bridge and may have landed, but I couldn't see. Anyhow what a pleasant surprise. I suppose this could be the same bird I saw about two weeks ago.,and another report in Gompers park about 4 days after my report. Not as dramatic this time but I'll take it!




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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
area: https://goo.gl/zQexPM

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

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West Dundee, Kane Co.
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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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Date: 1/2/18 1:57 pm
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Please join COS for a program by Noah Styker on Birding without Border



Noah Strycker

 Birding without Borders: An Epic World Big Year

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


South Gallery, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (map) 

6:00-6:30 Private access to the Museum’s new Birds of Paradise Exhibit


6:30 Noah Strycker presentation, with book signing to follow 


Chicago Ornithological Society and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum are thrilled to co-host Noah Strycker, the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus, car breakdowns, mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life.  Birding on all seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species. His book sharing the inside story of his adventures was just released in the fall of 2017. This humorous and inspiring presentation about his epic World Big Year will leave you with a new appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.


Complimentary refreshments; cash bar. Book available for purchase. Admission free.


Although not required to attend, please RSVP at this link so that we can be sure to have enough refreshments: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birding-without-borders-tickets-39732165978?ref=ebtn

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Date: 1/2/18 8:41 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Hairy wp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/24586909267/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The rather large and hungry wp came to eat suet on the apple tree.
Mourning doves and juncos in #s here.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 1/1/18 4:14 pm
From: '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 6 species of sparrows Lake County
I don't like the cold so I stayed indoor all day today except when I put some food on my deck. Among 30 species I had 6 species of sparrows and took some photos - Fox, Swamp, Song, White-crowned, Tree and Junco. A Northern Shrike was harassing Waxwings and Robins. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41503786 Richard BissLake VillaLake County
 

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Date: 1/1/18 2:57 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Grackle

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38555122785/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Some coldness out there brought in sp. looking for food. The grackle ate and left, Cooper's h. is still around.
Also, the House finch and multiple N cardinals.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
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Date: 1/1/18 2:36 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Too cold for birds, no sightings :)
Happy New Year fellow bird lovers!  Stay warm :)
Suzanne ColemanCook co.


 

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Date: 1/1/18 2:27 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Trumpeter Swans - Adams Co.
    Temperature dropped to -13 today. Yesterday's low was -7. Little
after noon Pat and I ventured out. The car thermometer read 1 degree.
L&D 21 had the normal Canadian Geese, Ringed-billed Gulls, and Bald
Eagles. The oddities here were a lone Killdeer, an American White
Pelican, and a single Robin. Three species that should be somewhere else.

    Leaving the L&D we headed north of Quincy to where Jason Mullins
and I came across a number of Trumpeter Swans on the 26th. Today's count
was 171. It was way to cold to look through the birds for Tundras. We
also picked up a Norther Harrier.

    We next stopped by the Canton Chute area, and right off found a
Rough-legged Hawk. We next came across a small flock of six Eastern
Meadowlarks, and picked up Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. Out in
nearby field were 20 more Trumpeter Swan, bringing the day's total to 191.

    Touched base with Adam, who as usual was leaving the hospital.
Behind the Southside Boat Club he came across a large gull flock where
he found two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and one Iceland Gull. Above L&D
21 and In with a flock of Canadian Geese, he pulled out two Green-winged
Teal and a Gadwall.

    A bit cold but a fine way to begin 2018.

    Phil, Pat, and Adam Reyburn

    Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois



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Date: 1/1/18 1:15 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET A Very Cold X-Mas Count At St Mary's Seminary In Mundelein Monday 1-1-18
Welcome to 2018 Bird People,

As Bob Fisher said in his report it was indeed COLD today! Joining me
today to do the St Mary's part of the Waukegan X-Mas Count were Tom
Kreeling, Paul Sweet & Jeff Bilsky. I have been doing this count since
1989 & Tom K even longer. It was 6 below zero at the start & was up to
zero at the end.
We were walking for the whole 2 hours at which point my hands were so
cold I needed help to get the coat zipper open & I could only get the
car door open because my key has a button to unlock it.
I don't think I have ever been in the "Great Outdoors" for 2 hours of
below zero temps. And if it never happens again it's o.k. with me. The
other counters on this count will have similar tales to tell.
Eventually my hands warmed up with the car heater on but my left
little finger has turned a funny shade of red in places & it hurts.
Nothing like starting the year with a little frost bite.

We saw the following expected Winter & year round residents:

Canada Geese (~500, somehow they have managed to keep some open water
in the lake)
Cooper's Hawk (1-AD)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)
Red Bellied, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers
Blue Jays (6-7)
Chickadee (2)
White Breasted Nuthatch (4-5)
American Robins (18 for me, some always winter here)
Dark Eyed Junco (2)
Goldfinch (heard flying by)

The totals above are my counts but the rest of the bunch had higher
totals in some cases.

As a reward for freezing our highlight rewards were:

Common Merganser (2-M still with the Geese after I had seen them on Thursday)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (1 also remaining from Thursday spotted by Paul)
HERMIT THRUSH (1 with Robins in a berry tree area, also spotted by Paul)
RED CROSSBILL (1 calling fly-by unfortunately only heard by me & I never saw it)
(Although this may, or may not, be accepted for the count it won't
make my year list as I never saw it & in the case of a Crossbill I
think it needs to be seen. Seems like a waste of a special bird
though)

Nan's Feeders At Ryerson

On my way to St Mary's I did a 5 min stop at Nan B's feeders near the
Ryerson farm buildings.
Among the common feeder birds was at least 1 female PURPLE FINCH.

Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Hermit Thrush & Runner-Up to the female
Purple Finch.
Birder-Of-The-Day goes to all the Waukegan X-Mas Count birders for
doing the count on a cold day like this one!

In the license plate department I am pleased to report that the 2 cars
with ALASKA plates were still present near my home. This is the 3rd
year they have been here for X-Mas but the 1st time they have stayed
for the new year. A bigger surprise was one car with a WYOMING plate
parked about 100 yards from the Alaska plates! So of my only 4 U.S.
plates seen in 2018 two were stunners.

Al Stokie
Recovering from the cold found in Lake County today


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Date: 1/1/18 12:15 pm
From: Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET New Year's birds
Karen and I checked out the frozen Operating Engineers pond on S Arsenal Rd for gulls this AM.
It was COLD!!!
We were able to pick out one each Lesser and Great Black Backed Gulls from among the roosting flock of gulls, because of their obvious dark/black mantles, but we were looking directly into the bitter wind and through the fence, so spent little time trying to find any of the other less obvious rarer winter gulls among the many Herrings and Ring-bills.

 
The gate was of course closed due to the holiday. But just as a reminder, if you go looking for gulls from their parking lot, etc., when the gate is open, do check in at the building to let them know - they appreciate birders' courtesy in informing them of your presence on their property.
 
Another New Year's gift for us - when we returned home around 12:30PM, at least 3 C Redpolls had shown up and were competing with the siskins and goldfinches on our sunflower chip and thistle feeders. We never had any feeder redpolls during 2017, so this was a great New Year's presnt for 2018.
 
And our now 'resident' Carolina Wren was foraging for seed on our patio shortly after dawn.
 
Karen & Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County
 

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Date: 1/1/18 10:22 am
From: Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Happy new year Prairie!
Just now getting a chance to post my eight AM Prairie falcon at Carlyle
lake on this new years day!

It was seen west of Illinois 127 on Stolletown Road. I was able to contact Mark and he and Dan arrived within 10 minutes and saw the bird as well.

I was able to get some photographs, a few that are diagnostic!

Happy new year!
Keith McMullen
O’Fallon, IL
<Warbler7...>

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Date: 1/1/18 10:14 am
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein New Year Birds
Nice start to the year; Common Redpoll, Pine Siskins, Red-Breasted
Nuthatch, and an Oregon Junco.


Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 1/1/18 10:10 am
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Happy New Years Birds
We now have seen all the woodpeckers possible in our yard (ok the Red
headed was across the street this fall during heavy acorn mast. Today a
pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, mf pair, flew into out yard. Which completes
the roundup. Yesterday we saw a coyote hunting, and today while watching
the Pileateds a deer ran by.
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Date: 1/1/18 8:48 am
From: Robert Olson <bob...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Carolina Wren yardbird
Saw a Carolina Wren on the feeder this frigid morning in Glen Ellyn.

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Date: 12/31/17 8:49 pm
From: <whitey.orangie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lone redpoll in West Rogers Park
Today I had a single redpoll eating seeds from the native plants in our front yard. This is the first time I've ever seen one in my front (or back) yard in West Rogers Park, been here 15 years.


A good yard bird to end 2017.


Thanks to all who post to this list, I enjoy reading about your sightings.


Kathy Kelly
Chicago IL








 

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Date: 12/31/17 3:34 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kankakee VAS CBC

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/39386171682/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
82 sp . Cold and windy but our group had enthusiasm even at the end of the day.
Saw the LE owl and Jon Grainger took some good pics. Just a few yards from the pic above was the roost of the LE owl.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
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Date: 12/31/17 1:16 pm
From: julie long <mayhill10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Carp. Dam Fox River - California Gull
And thanks to you Eric, for all of your effort to start and run a new count circle.  Lots of time and effort went into the event from you and Sally.  So glad you got the gull as a reward. I had a great, though not always toasty, time participating in the count. Julie Long, STC

On Saturday, December 30, 2017 11:03 PM, "Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


  Best bird in our area for the Rutland Christmas Bird Count today was an
adult CALIFORNIA GULL at Carpentersville Dam - my second ever sighting
of this species for Illinois which usually eludes me. Unfortunately the
gulls have been turning over a lot and it wasn't seen again after a Bald
Eagle flushed the group and only half returned. There were also two
"Thayer's" ICELAND GULLS today, an adult and a second-year bird. As many
as 17 BALD EAGLES have been hanging around the dam (though generally
you'll only see 2-4 close).  Ducks at the dam or below have included
Mallards, Am. Black Duck, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded
Merganser. Up to 15 Great Blue Herons have also been hanging out above
the dam. Yesterday we watched two Coyotes walking out on the ice and
flushing all the herons which was a weird sight in the 5 degree weather.

We had over 30+ participants for the first ever Rutland CBC who were up
for braving the challenge of the cold. So far everyone I checked with
still had all ten fingers at the end of the day so I'm considering that
a success. I drove a lot more than usual and probably the only record I
broke was number of clothing layers worn, but I went home with some
great sightings, new friends, and overall feeling like it wasn't that
bad dealing with the cold, though I definitely look forward to warmer
years than this one in the future.

We're still confirming final totals for the count but overall we had a
good variety of species represented even though many of the longer cold
walks through forest preserves didn't produce many birds. That challenge
was countered somewhat by all the birding by car done today, all the
birds congregating right on the river and recently plowed country
roadsides, and birds coming in at feeders. If you didn't join us this
year, but want to be on the list for in the future, feel free to send me
an email.

Good birding,

Eric & Sally Secker
West Dundee, Kane Co.

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Date: 12/31/17 12:41 pm
From: <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Redpolls
I didn't see the Snowy Owl today or the Cackling Geese that I had seen reports of yesterday but at 2 PM there were 6 Common Redpolls in the edge of the Magic Hedge and the dry plants just in front of it. I had considered driving to the Botanic Gardens today so was very pleased to see the Redpolls much closer to home.


Keith Bowers


Chicago, IL


 

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Date: 12/31/17 11:53 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET A Cold But Good Ending To 2017 At Montrose Point On Sunday 12-31-17
Hello Bird People,

During our prolonged cold spell I have not been birding every day as I
usually do but have been skipping a few of the coldest days. But
although today was one of the coldest days, at least at 1st, I just
could not skip the last day of the year. Thought it would be nice to
end the year with one last special bird sighting & as Montrose has had
a Snowy Owl lately I decided to try for that bird.

Walked out to the fish hook pier with Jeff B where we found 4 birders
who had NOT seen the Snowy Owl while they were there. They left but we
kept up the search with a 3rd birder. The pier had some very ice
covered sections but we saw no Owls on it. The 3rd birder headed down
the beach & a young guy with a camera climbed on the pier & walked to
the end. Lucky for us that he did as he got toward the red tower he
flushed the dark, young SNOWY OWL from the lower part of the pier & it
flew out over the lake & landed on some floating lake ice. I called to
the 3rd birder who returned to see the Owl through Jeff's scope as did
2 of the 4 birders who had not seen the Owl earlier. Turns out that
the young guy with the camera was not a birder at all but a
photographer who wanted photos of the ice covered lake & pier. That
explained why he showed no interest in the Owl when it flew. To each
his own!

The harbor is completely frozen except at the harbor mouth but in the
lake were Canada Geese,
Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye & both Common & Red Breasted
Mergansers. The only Gulls were Ring Billed & Herring. A few Rock
Pigeons were by the gull feeding area.

In the Magic Hedge area a nice lady was tossing bird seed on the
ground in several places & that was a big hit with the land birds
resulting in many birds flying down after the seeds. These birds
included Downy Woodpecker (1), Chickadee (4), Cardinal (1-M & 1-F),
Tree Sparrow (4-5),
Junco (6), Goldfinch (6), House Sparrow (20-25) & the star of the land
birds, one male (red chest) COMMON REDPOLL. Earlier Jeff B had seen 2
Redpolls but they flew before I saw them, One is good enough for me.

Was birding here for about 90 min & my face & hands were pretty cold &
I was glad to quit by 11 a.m. So I had not 1 but 2 special bird
sightings on this last day of 2017. A fine ending after all.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the originally hard to find Snowy Owl &
Runner-Up to the male Common Redpoll.
Birder Of The Day to the lady with the bird seed.

License Plate Of The Day to THREE Alaska plates as in addition to the
2 still near my home I saw one with the old style orange plate with
the large flag on it. Three Alaska plates is usually a full years
total so getting 3 in one day is pretty good. Looks good for the near
by Alaska plates to be here to start off my 2018 list although they've
never stayed into the new year before.

Al Stokie
In Cook County & I hope you all had a fine birding year in 2017!


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Date: 12/31/17 10:13 am
From: jim lukancic <lukan602...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Arsenal Road Pond (ASIP Local 150, Wilmington)
Hello,I was at the 150 pond at 8:30 this morning and thought I would let anyone interested in gulls know 300-400 were there.I struggle greatly with gulls but a lot of different looking gulls including 5 with very dark wings that stood out.One I am sure  one was LBBG and  think also GBBG but I will review photos look at various sites until my eyes bulge out and as a last resort ask for help:)I drove by again at 11:30 and at least 200 gulls  were still there but I didn't stop.  I also drove many miles of farm roads around Midewin and saw numerous flocks of Horned Larks. Quite a few had Snow Buntings mixed in.Also One big flock of Lapland Longspurs and another small flock.
Happy New Year
Jim LukancicChannahon IL.
 

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Date: 12/30/17 9:03 pm
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Carp. Dam Fox River - California Gull
Best bird in our area for the Rutland Christmas Bird Count today was an
adult CALIFORNIA GULL at Carpentersville Dam - my second ever sighting
of this species for Illinois which usually eludes me. Unfortunately the
gulls have been turning over a lot and it wasn't seen again after a Bald
Eagle flushed the group and only half returned. There were also two
"Thayer's" ICELAND GULLS today, an adult and a second-year bird. As many
as 17 BALD EAGLES have been hanging around the dam (though generally
you'll only see 2-4 close).  Ducks at the dam or below have included
Mallards, Am. Black Duck, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded
Merganser. Up to 15 Great Blue Herons have also been hanging out above
the dam. Yesterday we watched two Coyotes walking out on the ice and
flushing all the herons which was a weird sight in the 5 degree weather.

We had over 30+ participants for the first ever Rutland CBC who were up
for braving the challenge of the cold. So far everyone I checked with
still had all ten fingers at the end of the day so I'm considering that
a success. I drove a lot more than usual and probably the only record I
broke was number of clothing layers worn, but I went home with some
great sightings, new friends, and overall feeling like it wasn't that
bad dealing with the cold, though I definitely look forward to warmer
years than this one in the future.

We're still confirming final totals for the count but overall we had a
good variety of species represented even though many of the longer cold
walks through forest preserves didn't produce many birds. That challenge
was countered somewhat by all the birding by car done today, all the
birds congregating right on the river and recently plowed country
roadsides, and birds coming in at feeders. If you didn't join us this
year, but want to be on the list for in the future, feel free to send me
an email.

Good birding,

Eric & Sally Secker
West Dundee, Kane Co.



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Date: 12/30/17 6:48 pm
From: Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kankakee Valley CBC Results: New Record (Preliminary Total)
Hi all,
The Kankakee Valley CBC on Sat Dec 30th set the record for coldest, windiest, and snowiest in our history.  We also set a new preliminary record species count of 82 (Old record of 80 set in 2010).  Most telling was the waterfowl count of 16 species compared to our usual count of less than 10 species.  Minimal open water below the Kankakee Dam and the effluent outlet at Kankakee Metro-Sewer attracted a record number of species.
Species of note included Tundra and Trumpeter Swan, Sandhill Crane, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Shrike, and Pine Siskin.
A few misses included: Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, and Cedar Waxwing.  But Hey! we're not complaining.
How's that for turning lemons into lemonade.
Cheers all, Jed Hertz 
Kankakee, Kankakee Co, IL (60 mi South of Chicago) 
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Date: 12/30/17 5:31 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET L.Calumet area (Calumet City/Sandridge CBC) (12-30-17)
Margaret Baker, Cary Hillegonds, Libby Keyes & I covered parts of the Lake Calumet area of southeast Chicago & adjacent suburbs for the Calumet City-Sand Ridge CBC on Saturday (30 December 2017). Bitterly cold & windy, but we managed to end the day with a total of 47 bird species. Our most unexpected find was a TURKEY VULTURE (seen by Libby Keyes).

All ponds & wetlands were frozen over. The Calumet River was also frozen over, but barge traffic created openings in the ice attractive to gulls and waterfowl. The Bend of the Little Calumet River was completely open and filled with numerous water-associated bird species. Overall, our highlights included 1 TURKEY VULTURE, 6 BALD EAGLES (minimum count of birds identified as distinct individuals, but more may have been present), 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 1 (THAYER'S) ICELAND GULL, 3 GREAT-BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 1 BROWN CREEPER,  as well as FOX, SONG, WHITE-THROATED, & WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, plus 1 unexpected COMMON GRACKLE. Notable finds at the Bend of the Little Calumet River included 2,000 CANADA GEESE, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 220 MALLARDS, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 56 REDHEADS, 20 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 170 LESSER SCAUP, 14 BUFFLEHEADS, 30 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 55 COMMON MERGANSERS, 5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 5 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, & 13 AMERICAN COOTS.

AREAS COVERED-
Indian Ridge Marshes; Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve; Stony Island Landfills; Big Marsh; O’Brien Lock & Dam; Hegewisch neighborhood; Hegewisch Marsh; Calumet River; Deadstick Pond; Lake Calumet; Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Bend of Little Calumet River.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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Date: 12/30/17 4:08 pm
From: Ron Bradley <povpt93...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: Prairie Falcons


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Ron Bradley <povpt93...>
> Date: December 29, 2017 at 3:57:22 PM CST
> To: IBET <ILbirds...>
> Subject: Prairie Falcons
>
> Both Coles County birds are now present. One on "The Stump" and the second on the ground just south of the stump.
>
> Ron Bradley
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 12/30/17 11:38 am
From: <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Snowy Owl
It was still present at midday today.


Keith Bowers
Chicago, IL
 

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Date: 12/30/17 10:31 am
From: '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET migration Lake County
There is a migration going on right now. I guess the birds know the weather is going to get even worse. Had 2 flocks of Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, Rough-legged Hawk and Harriers so far, Richard BissLake Villa Lake County
 

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Date: 12/30/17 7:42 am
From: ERIC GINSBURG <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 31st St Snowy Owl, Sat. morning
There was one Snowy Owl with dark barring on the east breakwater at the 31st St harbor in Chicago at 8:30 this morning. It flew down to the ice about five minutes later and we couldn’t find it again.

Eric Ginsburg
Chicago

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Date: 12/29/17 1:54 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Final Attempt To See A 2017 Cook County Pileated Woodpecker Friday 12-29-17
Hello Bird People,

WARNING! This is more of a story than a normal report so it may not be
interesting to all.
Read on if you wish.

Noticed on ebird that both Matthew C & Andrew A have passed me up on
the Cook County Year List for 2017 but maybe if I could find 1 more
species I could catch up. There are 3 species I could still get but I
thought Pileated Woodpecker offered me my best chance. (The other 2
species are Barred Owl & Lesser Black Backed Gull.) On the other hand
I have probably tried for a Cook Co Pileated 10 times in 2017 & failed
on each try even though I usually find 1 every year. I have tried all
the usual Palos area locations, Bemis Woods/Salt Creek & the Chicago
Botanic Garden where one was seen this year. The closest I've come was
at the CBG where I heard the loud calls & drumming of what was
probably a Pileated but as seeing is believing & hearing is hoping I
did not count it.

A Walk In The Woods

Over the years my best place to look has been the Palos area that
includes the Old Country Road, Spears Woods & Cranberry Slough where I
once saw 4 Pileateds on one long walk. Started at 8:15 a.m., walked
north on the Old Country Road, crossed over to the path that goes to
Spears Woods & then back south to Cranberry Slough crossing 95th
Street twice in the process. It was a fine walk in the quiet, snow
covered woods where I had the company of a Coyote for about 10 min.
The Coyote let me catch up to within 50 yards & then would trot ahead,
wait for me & then move ahead again. But it finally had enough of my
slow pace & off it went. In my entire walk of almost 2 hours I only
encountered one hiker other than the Coyote. Pretty much solitude in
the snowy woods which was fine with me.

With the exception of one species all I saw were normal Winter birds &
although I saw quite a few Woodpeckers none was a Pileated. The
exception was RED HEADED WOODPECKER & I saw one adult & one immature.
In the Winter that species is just as hard to find as a Pileated but
today there they were probably as I wasn't looking for them. Also seen
were Red Bellied, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers, good numbers of Blue Jays
& White Breasted Nuthatches, one Chickadee, Cardinals, Juncos &
Goldfinch. A few Canada Geese flew by calling.

Highlight of this walk took place at 8:40 a.m. as I crossed over to
the yellow trail to get to Spears Woods. But it was a sound highlight
& not a visual one. Suddenly the quiet ended with a pack of Coyotes
howling like crazy! This lasted about 4-5 min & it was quite the
"Coyote Concert" & a free concert at that. They were close by but of
course I never saw them. Pretty exciting though.

So one more try for a Pileated & one more failure. I guess it just
wasn't meant to be this year.
Later I half heartedly tried again at Swallow Cliff & Maple Lake but
no Pileateds there either. I did locate Andrew A at Swallow Cliff but
saw no Crossbills today.

If you are in this area you should check the feeders at The Little Red
School House as with the coming of snow there are many birds using
those feeders. Highlights for me were TUFTED TITMOUSE (1 or 2) & 3-4
PURPLE FINCHES of which one was a beautiful purple/pink male.

It was a fine day for me in spite of missing the big woodpecker.
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the 2 Red Headed Woodpeckers as they are not
always found here in the Winter &
Runners-Up to the male Purple Finch & the Tufted Titmouse.

Al Stokie
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Date: 12/29/17 12:03 pm
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Subject: IBET: Snowy Owl Invasion with Scott Weidensaul (no sightings)
I think many of you will enjoy this BWD podcast conversation with Scott Weidensaul, my favorite birding speaker and author. The episode is 40 minutes but fascinating and informative for anybody who likes snowy owls. Happy New Year to all.

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Date: 12/29/17 10:59 am
From: Dan <dlory54...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 2 Snowy Owls YES
There is one sitting now on the breakwall about half way between McCormick place and the Burnham beach house.

Thumbed on a smart phone. Pardon my curtness.

> On Dec 29, 2017, at 11:53 AM, Josh Feeney <josh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> 3 at 31st Street this am. Also one at Montrose.
>
>
> Josh Feeney
> Broker
> Lowe Group Chicago
> <Josh...>
> C: 773-592-2649
>
>
> NEW YORK | BROOKLYN | EAST HAMPTON | BRIDGEHAMPTON | SOUTHAMPTON | SAG HARBOR | WASHINGTON DC | CHEVY CHASE | BOSTON | CAMBRIDGE | MIAMI | COCONUT GROVE | BEVERLY HILLS | MALIBU | PASADENA | MONTECITO | SANTA BARBARA | BASALT | ASPEN | SAN FRANCISCO | CHICAGO |
>
>
>> On Dec 29, 2017, at 11:24 AM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> At 10:30 am there was a snowy owl sitting on top of the inner wall on the east side of the canal at 87th St Steelworkers Park.
>> At 11:15 am there is one sitting and flying along the breakwater wall at 31st Street, south of the beach house.
>> Chuck Berman
>> Oak Park
>>
>>
>>> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 8:37 AM Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Has anyone seen any snowy owls latel, especially at Steelworkers Park and Montrose.
>>> Thanks and happy new year.
>>> Chuck Berman
>>> Oak Park
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/29/17 9:53 am
From: Josh Feeney <josh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 2 Snowy Owls YES
3 at 31st Street this am. Also one at Montrose.

Josh Feeney
Broker
Lowe Group Chicago
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C: 773-592-2649


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> On Dec 29, 2017, at 11:24 AM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> At 10:30 am there was a snowy owl sitting on top of the inner wall on the east side of the canal at 87th St Steelworkers Park.
> At 11:15 am there is one sitting and flying along the breakwater wall at 31st Street, south of the beach house.
> Chuck Berman
> Oak Park
>
>
>> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 8:37 AM Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> Has anyone seen any snowy owls latel, especially at Steelworkers Park and Montrose.
>> Thanks and happy new year.
>> Chuck Berman
>> Oak Park
>
>

 

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Date: 12/29/17 9:24 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: 2 Snowy Owls YES
At 10:30 am there was a snowy owl sitting on top of the inner wall on the
east side of the canal at 87th St Steelworkers Park.
At 11:15 am there is one sitting and flying along the breakwater wall at
31st Street, south of the beach house.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park


On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 8:37 AM Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds]
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Has anyone seen any snowy owls latel, especially at Steelworkers Park and
> Montrose.
> Thanks and happy new year.
> Chuck Berman
> Oak Park
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/29/17 8:24 am
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds - Common Redpoll
Today have W-T and American Tree Sparrows, Juncos, both Nuthatches,
Goldfinches, Pine Siskin, and one Common Redpoll!

Also had Coopers and Sharp Shinned Hawks, and thanks to the Coopers, have
one less Starling!

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 12/29/17 6:37 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Snowy NO SIGHTINGS
Has anyone seen any snowy owls latel, especially at Steelworkers Park and
Montrose.
Thanks and happy new year.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 

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Date: 12/28/17 2:31 pm
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Laughing Gull near Marseilles and other LaSalle County birds
Went out to eastern LaSalle County this AM. I started by running some
agricultural roads where I had very little, but did see two flocks of
Lapland Longspurs totalling 44 birds on N 32nd St.
I stopped at the Mideast War Memorial on the riverfront east of the
bridge over the lllinois River a little before 10 AM. While looking at
ducks and geese on the river, gulls, mostly Herring, started streaming over
the bridge heading west. It seemed that a young Bald Eagle had spooked
them I looked through the gulls and found a basic-plumaged adult Laughing
Gull, which circled around for a couple of minutes before heading on west.
I later checked about 180 gulls sitting on the ice east of the bridge, but
didn't find anything notable.
I spent most of my birding time in Illini State Park on the south side
of the river. Nothing particularly rare but lots of birds including 4
Yellow-shafted Flickers, 3 robins, 2 waxwings, a Purple Finch, plus many
sparrows along the road edge including 4 Fox, 1 Swamp and 22 White-throated
Sparrows.

Doug Stotz

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Date: 12/28/17 12:29 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET St Mary's Seminary In Mundelein Thursday 12-28-17
Hello Bird People,

After 2 days with no birding (a long time for me) I decided that cold
or no cold I would make it outside today. But with the starting temps
just above zero I didn't arrive at St Mary's until about 9:30 a.m. at
which time the temp was 11 & with little wind it didn't feel too bad.
I stayed out 90 min & it was up to 16 at the end. I went to St Mary's
as that's where I do the Waukegan X-Mas Count so a little advance
scouting was in order.

The Canada Geese (about 400) have managed to keep a small part of the
lake open & hidden within the Geese were 2 male COMMON MERGANSERS
which would disappear among the Geese most of the time.

Only the most common of land birds were found by me but the amount of
pine cones is very high & something special is certainly possible.
Land birds that I did see were Red Bellied, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers,
Blue Jays, Chickadees, both Red (1) & White (4) Breasted Nuthatches,
Cardinal (1-PR) & Junco (1). Flying by were Rock Pigeons (3), Robins
(14 in 1 group) & one Gull Species? too far away to I.D.

For those considering birding at this location be aware that it is
open to the public but not until 9 a.m. & you must park in what they
call the "purple lot" west of the lake & the streets with buildings
toward the Rt 45 entrance. Security cars frequently drive by & no
parking along the roads is allowed.

Bird-Of-The-Day on this cold day goes to the 2 male Common Mergansers &
Runner-Up to the Red Breasted Nuthatch.

The 2 cars with Alaska plates continue about half a mile from my house
& maybe they will stick around to be counted for 2018 although they
have never stayed that long before.

Al Stokie
In Lake County today hoping for Winter Finches on the day of the actual count.


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Date: 12/28/17 9:20 am
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Listers Corner Reminders (re: Thayer's Gull & Barnacle Goose, no new sightings)
hi Joe,


I want to promote Listers Corner in the COS newsletter and would like to add this specific reminder with it. Are you good with that? -- will edit last line to state Contact Joe Lill at email...otherwise, will keep as is.


thanks


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Subject: IBET Listers Corner Reminders (re: Thayer's Gull & Barnacle Goose, no new sightings)



The 2017 submissions are started to come in from those who will be out of Illinois for the rest of the year. Just a couple of reminders:
1) Barnacle Goose does not count for any list submitted for Listers Corner, as it is not on the official state list. We can always update the lists should the status of the species change.
2) The Thayer's Gull lump with Iceland Gull will be confusing. Here are some guidelines:
a) Thayer's and Iceland Gulls can count as separate species for any 2017 year, month or day list.
b) For all life lists (state, county, area, site, Total Ticks, Christmas Bird Count, Spring Bird Count, etc.) they do not count as separate species. When you submit, please state that you've removed Thayer's from your total. If you don't, I'll be sending a follow-up email for clarification (which I'm happy to do).
Here's where it gets sticky: you may need to check your lists to see if you also have Iceland Gull on your list for a given tally. For example, if you have Thayer's Gull in Peoria County but not Iceland Gull, congrats! You now have Iceland Gull in Peoria County, and your total doesn't go down. However, if you have both in Peoria County then your total should go down by one, with Thayer's being removed.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions; this will take some sorting out, we know.


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
IOS List Compiler



 

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Date: 12/28/17 8:17 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Cooper's hawk

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Hi friends,
Caught a starling and flew off to eat it. Wife said, "its still alive! chase it away!"
Hawks have to eat too.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Date: 12/27/17 6:21 pm
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Clinton Lake CBC this Saturday Dec. 30, come one come all need assistance
You can do half or whole day. Weldon Springs State Park needs done. Any
questions just ask. It will be cold, bring your hand and foot warmers, and
orange wear if there are hunters. Thanks
Rhetta Jack, Springfield, IL

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Date: 12/27/17 9:33 am
From: 'M.Bernat' <mbernat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Changes to Fed. Protection of Native Birds (No Sightings)
If interested in the newest attempts to relax the federal protection of
native birds, please follow this link:
https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/m-37050.pdf

The subject heading of this Dept. of the Interior memo from Dec. 22 is
"The Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Prohibit Incidental Take." To
save time, you may want to skip ahead to the Conclusion on page 41.
That's the enforcement side. On the legislative side the House Committee
on Natural Resources passed an amendment on Nov. 8 that would hold
industry not responsible for bird deaths. For more information, follow
the links at
http://www.audubon.org/news/congresswoman-liz-cheney-introduces-bird-killer-amendment
A few years ago some members of Congress attempted to limit enforcement
of native bird protection laws by cutting the budget of federal agencies
that deal with the International Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald
and Golden Eagle Protection Act so that the incidental killing (aka
"taking") of eagles and migratory birds would not be enforced. It failed
to become law.
That was then, this is now.

Here is a link to National Audubon's reaction to the Dec. 22 DOI memo:

http://www.audubon.org/news/the-white-house-turns-its-back-americas-birds
Mary Bernat
Conservation Chair
Thorn Creek Audubon Society
So. Cook & E. Will Counties

 

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Date: 12/27/17 9:23 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard A. crows

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38457521555/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
3 crows harassed a Cooper's h. which had a sp. meal. The hawk spread its wings over the kill but crows as big as it, drove it off. It looked like some of the carcass caught in the neighbor's HS bush so they jumped up to retrieve the food.
A Carolina w. chirped and trilled on the deck near Mom's late in the day. I put out suet on the maple tree for a holiday meal.
Cold weather survival.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 12/26/17 2:49 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Listers Corner Reminders (re: Thayer's Gull & Barnacle Goose, no new sightings)
The 2017 submissions are started to come in from those who will be out of Illinois for the rest of the year. Just a couple of reminders:
1) Barnacle Goose does not count for any list submitted for Listers Corner, as it is not on the official state list. We can always update the lists should the status of the species change.
2) The Thayer's Gull lump with Iceland Gull will be confusing. Here are some guidelines:
a) Thayer's and Iceland Gulls can count as separate species for any 2017 year, month or day list.
b) For all life lists (state, county, area, site, Total Ticks, Christmas Bird Count, Spring Bird Count, etc.) they do not count as separate species. When you submit, please state that you've removed Thayer's from your total. If you don't, I'll be sending a follow-up email for clarification (which I'm happy to do).
Here's where it gets sticky: you may need to check your lists to see if you also have Iceland Gull on your list for a given tally. For example, if you have Thayer's Gull in Peoria County but not Iceland Gull, congrats! You now have Iceland Gull in Peoria County, and your total doesn't go down. However, if you have both in Peoria County then your total should go down by one, with Thayer's being removed.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions; this will take some sorting out, we know.


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
IOS List Compiler
 

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Date: 12/26/17 12:35 pm
From: Ken Wysocki <kwysocki...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Indiana Dunes West CBC Friday 12/29
I am looking for experienced birders to help me again this year on
the Dunes West Christmas Bird Count in Northwest Indiana this
Friday, December 29. I usually try to have at least two parties
cover the areas that are assigned to me. The more help we get, the
more I can focus on staked out birds or specialties in some of the
lesser-known spots in the circle. In particular we need someone to
assist in covering the lakefront and looking for Snowy Owls,
gulls, ducks, loons, etc. Obviously the weather is not going to be
ideal for a lakewatch but that’s birding. This is really a
fantastic area for a CBC and in the past anyone who has come out
from Chicago gets to pick their areas, being able to cover Lake
Michigan on a CBC is a real treat. If you happen to be out birding
in the circle on Friday please send me your eBird lists so I can
submit the numbers to our compiler. Thanks. Ken Wysocki



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Date: 12/26/17 12:04 pm
From: John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Longsours and Horned Larks in Kane
This afternoon (12/26/17), a large flock of Longspurs and Larks were seen feeding along Wheeler just east of Dugan at the Northwest corner of the Aurora Airport. A male Harrier was also seen hunting the grassy areas. We did not see any Longspurs or Larks on the CBC, the snow brings them out!!!
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane Cty 
 

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Date: 12/25/17 4:12 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Geese Migration
Out around 6 PM tonight and heard them coming fast from the north. Very
high up, seemed well over 1000 feet.

My guess there were at least 125 birds in a single V unevenly balanced to
the left.
Seemed flash white under the wings, but so high and moving fast.

Snow Geese or Canadian ?

NW Cook County.

 

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Date: 12/25/17 3:46 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Snowy Owl - Hancock Co.
While visiting his in-laws this afternoon at Carthage, Adam drove over
to Hamilton, IL to check above L & D 19 at Keokuk, IA. All the waterfowl
were on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River, but on crossing over to
gas up in Iowa, he spotted a Snowy Owl on the old, unused bridge. Adam
said the owl was definitely east of the "Welcome to Illinois" sign. For
those keeping track of Snowy Owl sightings during this outbreak year,
this is additional sighting and may add an one more county to any list
being compiled.

Phil Reyburn

Quincy, Adams Co.



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Date: 12/25/17 1:45 pm
From: '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Great Blue Heron Lake county
I took a photo of a Great Blue Heron in our yard today along with some other birds, such as White-crowned Sparrow. I have no idea what this heron is finding to eat. Mice? Birds? I hope he decides to migrate soon. I have seen this heron on 4 of the last 5 days. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41309190 Hope everybody is having a nice Christmas, Richard Biss
 

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Date: 12/25/17 12:02 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Trumpeter Swans - Adams County.
Christmas Eve Quincy received its first snowfall so Jason Mullins and I
went looking for Snow Buntings. We went though a number of large Lapland
Longspur and Horned Lark flocks without sighting any Buntings. However,
we stumbled into a flock of 83 Trumpeter Swans in corn field. Jason
digit-scoped a couple of images. See ebird. Other highlights for the day
were a Merlin, two Northern Harriers, an American White Pelican, and a
couple of Wilson's Snipes.

Phil Reyburn, Quincy, Adams Co.



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Date: 12/25/17 11:19 am
From: ' orink' <orink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET 12 Trumpeter Swans Independence Grove
Merry Christmas, Jerry:
Thanks for your post.

I am still looking for Snowy Owls in Boone, Winnebago, etc. ( western
counties )
Didn't locate any Mississippi Kites near Rockford, this year, or last.
The Bald Eagle Nest on Woodstock Road, near Piscasaw Creek, was
destroyed by a lightning strike during the storms of April or May,
2017 while I was visiting in California. No sure fledgling or adult
sightings in this area, or along the Kishwaukee river, from mid-June,
2017 to Dec. Too Bad, that nest was only 12 minutes from my house.
As Ever, Orin Keplinger in Boone County :)
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Subject: IBET 12 Trumpeter Swans Independence Grove
Date: 25 Dec 2017 18:35:31 +0000

Best viewed from the south lot.
Buckley RD east of Milwaukee RD

Also Goldeneye Ducks etc

Merry Christmas
Jerry Goldner



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Date: 12/25/17 11:16 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Hairy wp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/39262351722/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
A By 1st. Hairy came today pecking and picking in the cherry trees.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 12/25/17 10:57 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Even More Redpolls But Few People At The Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 12-25-17
Merry Christmas Bird People,

Unless doing a X-Mas Count most birders would skip a day with temps in
the teens with a good breeze but looking at the forecast for the next
few days it will soon be far worse & so I went birding after all.
Being Christmas Day at the CBG the grounds were open to the public but
not the buildings. I saw not 1 single walker away from the area by the
Regenstein Building & only a few there. It was fun to have the place
almost to myself. When I left at 11 a.m. there was a grand total of 7
cars in the main parking lot. If you are interested in seeing an
almost deserted CBG try a visit on New Years Day when again the
grounds will be open but not the buildings. The temp was 16 at 9 a.m.
& 19 at 11 a.m. when I left. Here's my short day list.

Chicago Botanic Garden (9-11 a.m.)

The few places with open water continue but all have less open water
than last time & by the end of this cold week probably all water will
be frozen except where the stream goes under the Rt 68 bridge into the
Skokie Lagoons.

Canada Goose (240 in the pond north of Evening Island & 350 more by
the Rt 68 bridge)
Mallard (2-PR by Rt 68 bridge)
Common Goldeneye (2-F, 1 north of Evening Island & 1 by the Rt 68 bridge)
HOODED MERGANSER (2-M & 1-F all by the Rt 68 bridge)
"Winter Coot" (1 by Rt 68 bridge where one usually winters)
Mourning Dove (3 fly-bys)
Crow (1)
Chickadee (4-6)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (2)
Robin (only 1 eating red berries)
Starling (1 flock of about 30 by the entrance off Lake Cook Road)
Cardinal (1-PR eating red berries on the Fruit & Vegetable Island)
Dark Eyed Junco (16-18, scattered)
PINE SISKIN (4 at the feeders & 37 more in the nearby Alders as usual)
COMMON REDPOLL (up to at least 92 all in the north side Birch Trees by
the Regenstein Building at 9 a.m. & still over 70 at 11 a.m.)
Goldfinch (10-12, scattered in small numbers)

Birds usually seen but missed today were Gulls, Blue Jays & House Sparrows.
Also no sight nor sound of last visits Monk Parakeets.

Today quantity is king (except for the geese) & Bird-Of-The-Day goes
to the almost 100
Common Redpolls & Runners-Up to the over 40 Siskins.
Fancy Pants Bird Of The Day to the 2 fine looking male Hooded Mergansers.

Best I could do on a cold & windy day but at least the sun was shining
& people were few.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 12/25/17 10:38 am
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Subject: IBET 12 Trumpeter Swans Independence Grove
Best viewed from the south lot.
Buckley RD east of Milwaukee RD

Also Goldeneye Ducks etc

Merry Christmas
Jerry Goldner

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Date: 12/25/17 9:35 am
From: David Farber <raptorfoto...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Byard snow bird
Merry Christmas everybody and good birding to all. Take care and God Bless;   David Farber www.naturallyfarberphotos.com <raptorfoto...> http://theworldfromachair.blogspot.com/

From: "John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
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Sent: Monday, December 25, 2017 9:46 AM
Subject: IBET Byard snow bird

  https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38579455634/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Merry Christmas! Scenes from the By. My friend Gary from Florida called to say his corn plant is blooming and full of RT hummingbirds.He likes to rub it in, being a former Ill. resident.JohnBourbonnais, ILJohn Baxter
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Date: 12/25/17 8:25 am
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Goshawk again Today
Moved in quickly near the main bird feeding station....Looking like he
owned the place! So much larger than the Coopers Hawk - what a presence.
Left in a fast pursuit toward the south pines.

NW Cook County

 

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Date: 12/25/17 7:48 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard snow bird

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38579455634/in/dateposted-public/

Hi friends,
Merry Christmas!
Scenes from the By. My friend Gary from Florida called to say his corn plant is blooming and full of RT hummingbirds.
He likes to rub it in, being a former Ill. resident.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Date: 12/24/17 11:08 am
From: 'Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' <woodthrusheola8...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET surf scoter at Racoon Lk, Centralia, Marion Co., 12.23.17
Yesterday, 12/23, there were 5 first year surf scoter at the west dam/spillway end of Racoon Lk, northeast of Centralia in Marion Co., Racoon Lk. dam/spillway is off Club House Rd.

Rhonda Rothrock
Pomona, Jackson County, IL


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Date: 12/24/17 8:58 am
From: Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Harlequin at Carlyle
The Harlequin duck is still present at the West access marina at Carlyle Lake this snowy Christmas Eve.
It was swimming with three Mallard then made a short flight to the edge of the breakwater.
Merry Christmas and happy new year to all of IBET!
Keith McMullen
O’Fallon, IL
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