ILbirds
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4/25/18 2:41 pm <scottrk49...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bureau County - Sand Hill Crane
4/25/18 12:30 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET LaBagh Woods & Techny North Wed 4-25-18
4/24/18 8:49 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US - 4/24
4/24/18 8:06 pm Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET New book on the birds of Missouri [NO SIGHTINGS]
4/24/18 7:28 pm ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET information on Illinois Spring Bird Count, May 5th, and Cook County 2017 results
4/24/18 3:43 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie lagoons, Cook County, Rusty blackbirds
4/24/18 1:44 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Three Small Lakes Tuesday 4-24-18
4/24/18 8:40 am Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Late report-Fish Crow
4/23/18 11:35 pm <yellowstart5...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET skokie lagoons late monday afternoon
4/23/18 6:30 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard E starling
4/23/18 1:54 pm 'Daniel & Barbara Williams' <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: White-winged Scoter at Rock Cut SP
4/23/18 12:49 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons & Techny North Monday 4-23-18
4/23/18 12:31 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ryerson & Lake Zurich birds yesterday
4/23/18 11:43 am <pdacko1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Some Pictures of a pair of Trumpter Swans
4/23/18 11:41 am <greyhawk4flight2...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Green Heron
4/23/18 11:22 am Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Skokie Lagoons- busy air and water traffic on Sun afternoon 4/22
4/23/18 11:14 am Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons-busy air and water traffic on Sun afternoon 4/22
4/23/18 9:24 am Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons- busy air and water traffic on Sun afternoon 4/22
4/23/18 7:00 am <kgilbertsen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow-bellied Sapsucker & Golden-crowned Kinglet - Chcago south side
4/23/18 5:00 am Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Skokie Lagoons From Willow Road Friday 4-20-18
4/22/18 10:18 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red breasted nuthatches
4/22/18 5:52 pm <thargrove75...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cattle Egret
4/22/18 5:01 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS for 2 great bird walks this weekend! Sat, 4/28 Sand Ridge and Sun, 4/29 Humboldt Park
4/22/18 3:34 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard sparrows
4/22/18 1:15 pm Niels Dale <niels_dale...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET LaBagh & Humboldt Park
4/22/18 1:03 pm <jreiter...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Chimney Swift over Glen Ellyn
4/22/18 12:49 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Sunday 4-22-18
4/22/18 8:19 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Weekend Birds - mostly Cook Co
4/22/18 7:23 am Anthony Jones <illinoisbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Birding Dixon Waterfowl Refugee
4/22/18 5:26 am <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET: Bird Behavior Question
4/22/18 12:35 am Cary <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos waterfowl
4/21/18 10:35 pm Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Smith's Longspurs and White-winged Dove on Friday
4/21/18 9:50 pm Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Bird Behavior Question
4/21/18 9:04 pm dallas hewett <dallash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RT Loon
4/21/18 8:45 pm Dave's G-mail Account <david.rankin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 21, 2018
4/21/18 8:10 pm Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 21, 2018
4/21/18 7:45 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Illinois Beach State Park South - Lake County
4/21/18 7:03 pm Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: Tufted Duck
4/21/18 4:24 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan, Sand Pond, North Pt Marina, Independence Grove & Rollins Savannah Sat 4-21-18
4/21/18 1:23 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IBSP RNGrebes/RTLoons, migration highlights
4/20/18 10:08 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Diamond Lake birds today
4/20/18 9:51 pm Jon Sleger <j.sleger...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bike Birding Cherry Valley 32 species, FOY Carolina Wren
4/20/18 7:18 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook Co - 4/20/18
4/20/18 7:09 pm Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday = Peregrine Falcons (NO SIGHTINGS)
4/20/18 4:59 pm Allen Yow <ayow...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tufted Duck at Spunky Bottoms, Brown County
4/20/18 4:56 pm <billatwood1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tufted Duck - Brown Co.
4/20/18 4:19 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS, Friday, 4/27 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk
4/20/18 1:47 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons From Willow Road Friday 4-20-18
4/20/18 9:31 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Swamp sp
4/20/18 7:25 am Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: WWDove in Minonk
4/20/18 7:11 am Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 77 Birds and a Pair of Thermal Underwear
4/20/18 6:55 am <ILbirds...> IBET New file uploaded to ILbirds
4/20/18 6:51 am <joyschmoll...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Virginia Rail at Buffalo Creek
4/20/18 3:44 am <ILbirds...> IBET New file uploaded to ILbirds
4/20/18 3:29 am <ILbirds...> IBET New file uploaded to ILbirds
4/20/18 3:28 am <ILbirds...> IBET New file uploaded to ILbirds
4/19/18 7:01 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons, Cook Co, Louisiana Waterthrush
4/19/18 6:25 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Glenview cook co
4/19/18 6:16 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Mundelein yard birds 2
4/19/18 5:30 pm <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET South Pond (Lincoln Park Zoo) Common Loons
4/19/18 2:56 pm <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fox River Shores migrants
4/19/18 1:48 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ryerson & Heritage Park In Wheeling Thursday 4-19-18
4/19/18 12:34 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sidney Yates Flatwoods (Bunker Hill)
4/19/18 12:29 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ted Lechowicz Woods (Indian Road)
4/19/18 12:24 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Field sp
4/19/18 12:23 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Edgebrook Woods
4/19/18 10:51 am Vicky Sroczynski <vsroczynski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Merlin at Sag Quarries, Cook Co
4/19/18 8:33 am Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
4/18/18 6:46 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP, Tuesday, 17 April: Common Loon, Great Black-backed Gull
4/18/18 4:32 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard WT sparrow
4/18/18 3:28 pm <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
4/18/18 3:21 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard DE juncos
4/18/18 2:13 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 4-18-18
4/18/18 8:59 am 'Darrell Shambaugh' <d.shambaugh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Shabbona Lake (DeKalb County) April 17
4/18/18 8:43 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
4/18/18 8:35 am Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Grove yesterday
4/18/18 7:56 am <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 3 Common Loons at Belmont Harbor, Chicago
4/18/18 6:13 am <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
4/17/18 9:14 pm '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sandhill Crane looking for a mate? Lake County
4/17/18 8:54 pm Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET New birds today and others
4/17/18 8:28 pm Michael McNamee <mmcnamee.eec...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Orland Grassland:Smith's Longspur
4/17/18 7:37 pm <dupagewillbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cap for scope found at Whalon Lake NO SIGHTINGS
4/17/18 7:35 pm Jon Sleger <j.sleger...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 60+ species at Rock Cut State Park
4/17/18 7:32 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook Co - Virginia Rail, Woodcocks
4/17/18 7:24 pm Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
4/17/18 7:17 pm Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sighting - Final word on the Yellow Rail "drama"
4/17/18 5:18 pm Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
4/17/18 4:39 pm Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sightings - Don't criticize me for the Yellow Rail
4/17/18 4:28 pm <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons Bonaparte's Gulls
4/17/18 4:19 pm S J <stevejner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Lincoln Park Zoo/Nature Boardwalk/South Pond - Common Loons and more
4/17/18 2:54 pm Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET:Sangamon Co. March 2018
4/17/18 1:22 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yard bird cook co
4/17/18 1:20 pm Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA - Yellow Rail in Kane County
4/17/18 1:10 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons & LaBagh Woods Tuesday 4-17-18
4/17/18 10:07 am Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IBSP- north unit, Lake County
4/17/18 9:32 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lincoln Park Zoo/Nature Boardwalk/South Pond - Common Loons and more
4/17/18 3:51 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard E towhee
4/16/18 10:11 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 2 Great Horned Owls Calling
4/16/18 7:14 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET lingering/late winter & early spring migrant yard birds including COMMON REDPOLL
4/16/18 6:19 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N flicker
4/16/18 5:40 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET By Oregon P-S junco
4/16/18 5:04 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Cook, Illinois, US
4/16/18 12:59 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Small Lakes Loons & Grebes Part 2 Monday 4-16-18
4/16/18 11:29 am Pamela Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Charges in shooting of 5 pelicans
4/16/18 10:08 am John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Charges in shooting of 5 pelicans
4/16/18 9:09 am Tom Terrien <tinkandtom...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Warblers today-Vermilion county
4/16/18 5:53 am Roland Kulla <kulla...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Veery thrush in Back of the Yards
4/15/18 5:10 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Illinois Beach State Park
4/15/18 5:06 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Point Marina/Spring Bluff FP
4/15/18 5:05 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gillson Park/Northwestern University
4/15/18 4:25 pm Anthony Tempske <atempske...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sighting
4/15/18 4:17 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Brown thrasher
4/15/18 1:49 pm Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Balck-bellied Whistling Duck at L of Woods
4/15/18 11:57 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Loons At Lake Opeka, Axehead Lake & Belleau Lake Sunday 4-15-18
4/15/18 11:31 am Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Fwd: [Birdnotes] Balck-bellied Whistling Duck at L of Woods
4/15/18 11:02 am 'Donnie R. Dann' <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET BY Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker + Waukegan Harbor sightings
4/15/18 9:33 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET BY Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
4/15/18 8:30 am Donna Hapac <donnahapac...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET BY Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
4/15/18 7:02 am Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: [Birdnotes] Balck-bellied Whistling Duck at L of Woods
4/14/18 6:40 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard RC kinglet
4/14/18 5:27 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ecuador NO SIGHTINGS
4/14/18 4:25 pm <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Centennial Park Orland Park
4/14/18 4:17 pm <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET McGinnis Slough
4/14/18 4:07 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard warbler
4/14/18 3:50 pm Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons - Ruddy Ducks and Redheads
4/14/18 3:38 pm Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 14, 2018
4/14/18 2:31 pm Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Grand Tower Island Swainson's Hawk (slightly out of state) Perry county MO 4/14/18
4/14/18 2:13 pm Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Will / Grundy - Loggerhead Shrike & Franklin's Gull - Sat 4/14/18 + Australia Pics!
4/14/18 2:02 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Sunday, 4/22 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk and Work Day
4/14/18 1:52 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Saturday, 4/21 at Montrose Beach for Bird Walk and Beach Sweep
4/14/18 1:17 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake glenview canvasback (cook co)
4/14/18 11:42 am Jim Solum <Solum11...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan South Harbor Black Scoters +more on the move
4/14/18 10:38 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Point this morning (Cook Co) - 4/14/18
4/14/18 9:47 am Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 4-14 S IL
4/14/18 9:39 am Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sapsucker spectacle & more / Chicago Botanic Garden
4/14/18 6:50 am Eric Ginsburg <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No sightings - short Peregrine Falcon video
4/13/18 7:23 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County - 4/13/18
4/13/18 6:59 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard House finch
4/13/18 6:10 pm Mark Vaughan <markvaughan60201...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET no sitings bird walk
4/13/18 6:06 pm <mm...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET no sitings bird walk
4/13/18 5:04 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Brown t. back....for the last time
4/13/18 4:57 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Techny North Of Willow Road 4-13-18
4/13/18 3:39 pm Evan Graff <egraff89...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Fairgrounds - this weekend?
4/13/18 2:01 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Once Again The Chicago Botanic Garden Friday 4-13-18
4/13/18 1:52 pm Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
4/13/18 1:01 pm Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Namibia/Botswana bird/mammal adventure Tues 4/17 (NO SIGHTINGS)
4/13/18 10:47 am Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Purple Martins and more
4/13/18 9:55 am <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP Thursday, 12 April: Vesper Sparrows and other FOYs
4/13/18 8:53 am Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Unlucky Friday the 13th?
4/13/18 8:16 am <jreiter...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Janet La Salle (no sightings)
4/12/18 9:49 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET one more techny, cook co
4/12/18 9:19 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ASP and Techny, Cook co.
4/12/18 1:23 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Dunes & Hedge Area:American Bittern & 6 Shorebird Species Thur 4-12-18
4/12/18 12:14 pm Mark Vaughan <markvaughan60201...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET NO SIGHTING: Woodcocks?
4/12/18 11:42 am <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTING: Woodcocks?
4/12/18 10:33 am William Kupisch <kup...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA
4/12/18 9:52 am 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose, 4/12 a.m.
4/12/18 6:53 am Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET WESTERN TANAGER
4/12/18 6:52 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Swamp sp
4/12/18 6:29 am Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET LITTLE GULL
4/12/18 12:19 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Miller Meadow Meadowlark April 11
4/11/18 11:24 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pelicans at Maple Lake April 9
4/11/18 8:46 pm <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pelicans at Palos April 9
4/11/18 7:38 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pelicans Maple Lake YES April 9
4/11/18 7:26 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County - 4/11/18
4/11/18 6:37 pm Michael Baum <sixftwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Mountain bluebird in Knox Co.
4/11/18 5:36 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Local cook co.
4/11/18 3:47 pm Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Little Gull and Western Tanager, Sangamon co. 4/11
4/11/18 3:41 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Axehead cook co.
4/11/18 3:33 pm Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos Pelicans...
4/11/18 3:00 pm WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Franklin's Gull Lake County-Yes
4/11/18 2:33 pm Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Harbor, Dunes & Hedge Areas Wed 4-11-18
4/11/18 2:24 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Harbor, Dunes & Hedge Areas Wed 4-11-18
4/11/18 2:16 pm <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tonight WTTW: Bird Migration
4/11/18 2:15 pm 'Gerald Batsford' <batsfordg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chain of Lakes and State Park
4/11/18 1:35 pm Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Field Trip Saturday - Air Station Prairie and North Techny (NO SIGHTINGS)
4/11/18 10:37 am jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Ross's Goose NOT continuing at Diversey Harbor - at least this AM
4/11/18 9:18 am Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET FRGU at Lake County Fairgrounds
4/11/18 7:59 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Fox sp
4/11/18 7:57 am <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP, Tuesday, 10 April: Great Egret(s), Caspian Terns
4/11/18 7:23 am Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Eared Grebe
4/11/18 3:12 am Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: Mountain Bluebird - Knox Co. (2nd attempt)
4/10/18 7:27 pm Chris Rademacher <cerademacher...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ross's Goose continuing at Diversey Harbor
4/10/18 6:22 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County 4/10/18
4/10/18 1:17 pm <jilla45...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Miller Meadow - Short-eared owl
4/10/18 12:40 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Glenview, Techny North & Skokie Lagoons Tuesday 4-10-18
4/10/18 12:24 pm <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Problem Posting No SIGHTING April 10
4/10/18 11:02 am John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow Rumped Warblers at Big Rock FP
4/10/18 8:58 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Pelican poem NO SIGHTING
4/10/18 8:49 am Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Pelican poem NO SIGHTING
4/10/18 8:03 am <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Problem Posting No SIGHTING April 10
4/10/18 7:52 am Sigrid Schmidt <sigschmidt...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Riverbank Berteau to Montrose April 9, 2018 sightings
4/10/18 7:46 am <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pelican poem NO SIGHTING
4/10/18 5:20 am Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Large raft of ducks at Skokie Lagoons Willow Rd
4/9/18 6:56 pm Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos Pelicans
4/9/18 1:48 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lincoln Park Ross's Goose & Bonaparte's Gulls
4/9/18 1:19 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Brief Looks At Axehead Lake, Lake Opeka & Belleau Lake Monday 4-9-18
4/9/18 11:03 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Ross's Goose - North Pond / Diversey Harbor - Sun 4/8/18
4/9/18 7:24 am David Johnson <djohnsoda...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 281 Common Loons on the Chain O’Lakes
4/9/18 7:03 am Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 7, 2018
4/9/18 5:01 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Fox sp
4/8/18 4:58 pm Jim Mountjoy <jmountjo...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Mountain Bluebird in Knox County
4/8/18 4:55 pm Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET The Sibley area on Sunday
4/8/18 3:03 pm <mm...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chain O lakes State Park
4/8/18 12:17 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET The Grove, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake (Local Interest Only) Sunday 4-8-18
4/8/18 10:45 am John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Loon Big Rock Forest Preserve
4/8/18 7:35 am m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET FOS hermit thrush for me and bird behavior question
4/8/18 7:20 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ross's Goose - North Pond / Diversey Harbor - Sun 4/8/18
4/8/18 6:49 am Jerry Goldner <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: 100+ American White Pelicans - Mineola Bay
4/8/18 6:01 am Jayne Kampenga Kampenga <Jakkck...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Am White Pelicans Kankakee River State Park
4/8/18 5:49 am Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 100+ American White Pelicans - Mineola Bay
4/7/18 11:01 pm <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 100+ American White Pelicans - Mineola Bay
4/7/18 8:18 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP, Saterday, 7 April: Finally a chance to go birding!
4/7/18 6:23 pm Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET T. Swans, Lake County
4/7/18 5:58 pm Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Palos area - Maple Lake, Little Red Schoolhouse
4/7/18 5:42 pm Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Loons - Lake and McHenry Counties
4/7/18 4:17 pm <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos area
4/7/18 4:08 pm Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sightings Miller Meadows
4/7/18 3:11 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Beck Lake
4/7/18 3:09 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sidney Yates Flatwoods (Bunker Hill)
4/7/18 3:01 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Northern Shrike - Adams Co.
4/7/18 2:45 pm WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bald Eagle-Mundelein
4/7/18 2:01 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan, Sand Pond, North Point Marina & Independence Grove Saturday 4-7-18
4/7/18 9:47 am Nancy Porte <njmcubs...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow Rumped Warblers Morton Arboretum
4/7/18 7:50 am Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Loons - Lake County
4/7/18 7:49 am Chris Rademacher <cerademacher...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Migrating hawks seen Thursday over Jackson Park
4/7/18 7:23 am Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Reminder: Hear Mark Obmascik speak about The Big Year: From Idea, Through Research to Book & Movie, April 12, 7 p.m.
4/7/18 7:19 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons yellow-rumped warblers
4/6/18 3:58 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chevalier Woods, Lake Opeka & Axehead Lake Friday 4-6-18
4/6/18 11:26 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lincoln Park Zoo, South Pond Snipe and ducks
4/6/18 11:10 am Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Crystal Lake - 28 Common Loons
4/6/18 10:59 am Michael Graff <mikeg_606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Snow goose - Currently, Just north of Fullerton 12:57 PM
4/6/18 10:37 am <jilla45...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Axehead (NO), Big Bend, Beck Lakes in NW Cook Co
4/6/18 8:35 am Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red Shouldered Hawks and Pine Siskins
4/6/18 8:18 am <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Saturday, April 14, Miller Meadow
4/6/18 6:45 am Evan Graff <egraff89...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Snow goose - near North Pond
4/6/18 6:22 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard DE juncos
4/6/18 4:12 am Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sighting - Eared Grebe question
4/5/18 6:35 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pectoral Sandpipers - Hancock Co.
4/5/18 6:10 pm ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 5 Mute Swans, 1 Common Loons among birds seen at Busse Woods FP this morning (Cook Co)
4/5/18 2:05 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden, Heritage Park, Beck & Big Bend Lakes Thursday 4-5-18
4/5/18 8:58 am WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Loons and Other
4/5/18 7:15 am Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kane Co. Fox River Birds - Wed.
4/4/18 10:30 pm 'Darrell Shambaugh' <d.shambaugh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Phoebes!!
4/4/18 5:55 pm <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons (Tower RD) Common Loons
4/4/18 4:02 pm Keith Mcmullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET S. IL Birding Blitz 2018
4/4/18 7:00 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET A. robin Byard
4/3/18 8:48 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET European Starling NO SIGHTING
4/3/18 8:23 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Brown t. in the Byard leaf pile
4/3/18 8:12 pm Anthony Phillips <aphillips...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET European Starling NO SIGHTING
4/3/18 5:48 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET European Starling NO SIGHTING
4/3/18 5:21 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET cinnamon teal, champaign county
4/3/18 3:43 pm <champlongchamp...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Late Northern Shrike at Illinois Beach S.P.
4/3/18 1:08 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Purple Finch in Evanston Backyard
4/3/18 12:30 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Glenview, Techny North, Skokie Lagoons & Heritage Park Tuesday 4-3-18
4/3/18 10:28 am Lucy De Lap <ldelap...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Earliest backyard sighting of White Throated Sparrow (Kane County)
4/3/18 10:22 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Coopers hawk
4/3/18 9:49 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET European Starling NO SIGHTING
4/3/18 9:07 am Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pelicans & More
4/2/18 8:44 pm m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common goldeneye female at botanic garden
4/2/18 6:18 pm <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Eastern Towhee
4/2/18 5:21 pm Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sightings - Wall Street Journal Article
4/2/18 2:02 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Segewick Lake, Orland Grasslands South & North & Some Short Stops Monday 4-2-18
4/2/18 1:34 pm beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rollins Loggerhead Shrike
4/2/18 1:06 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rosehill/West Ridge today - Killdeer, Phoebe, Bluebird (2 pairs), Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Song Sparrow, Robins, Starlings, Great-blue Herons (pair), Mourning Dove, Canada Geese, Mallards.
4/2/18 12:58 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rosehill/West Ridge today Killdeer, Phoebe, Bluebird (2 pair), Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Song Sparrow, Robins, Great Blue Heron (pair), Starlings, Mourning Dove, Canada Geese, Mallard.
4/2/18 11:19 am beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rollins Loggerhead Shrike
4/2/18 10:32 am <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Audubon Society - Camping with the Birds - Deadline Approaching! - no sightings
4/2/18 7:05 am 'Carolyn A. Marsh' <cmarshbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Illiana Birds: Osprey & C. Loon
4/1/18 8:00 pm douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Dresden, Collins Rd. and Heidecke Lake
4/1/18 5:34 pm Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sunday at Hennepin and other Putnam county spots
4/1/18 2:27 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cook County Today - Montrose and Skokie Lagoons
4/1/18 2:05 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS for Palos Waterfowl Walk, Saturday, April 7
4/1/18 1:42 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Morton Arboretum Sunday 4-1-18
4/1/18 11:43 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Loons In Numbers 4-1-18
4/1/18 11:42 am Michael McNamee <mmcnamee.eec...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Orland Park: Pelicans
4/1/18 6:38 am Michael Matson <mdmatson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gold Finch...
3/31/18 2:08 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Axehead, Beck, Big Bend & Belleau Lakes & Lake Opeka Saturday 3-31-18
3/31/18 11:55 am '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Loons and raptors Lake county
3/31/18 11:12 am Kirk LaGory <kelagory...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Eared grebe still at Saganashkee Slough
3/31/18 10:46 am Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET End of March
3/31/18 6:11 am Alex Bloss <alex_bloss13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tree Swallows at Montrose
3/30/18 11:27 pm Bethany Barratt <bbarratt...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Osprey at Saganashkee Slough
3/30/18 8:27 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Glenview area, Axehead lake cook co.
3/30/18 8:21 am Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Eared Grebe
3/29/18 6:49 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Brown thrasher
3/29/18 2:17 pm Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Blue-winged Teal at Techny Basin, and return of Golden-crowned Kinglets
3/29/18 2:09 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White-winged Dove -Quincy, Adams Co.
3/29/18 1:21 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & 2 Forest Preserve Lakes Thursday 3-29-18
3/28/18 6:50 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Axehead lake. Cook co.
3/28/18 3:26 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos Area Ducks Including McGinnis & Saganashkee Sloughs & Much More Wed 3-18-18
3/28/18 12:40 pm Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET CPD birding class
3/28/18 6:44 am Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS for program by Mark Obmascik, author of The Big Year, on April 12th
3/27/18 6:30 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Des Plaines cook co.
3/27/18 11:20 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Beck, Big Bend, Belleau & Axehead Lakes & Lake Opeka Tuesday 3-27-18
3/27/18 9:07 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Fox sp
3/27/18 9:00 am Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Long Tailed Duck
3/27/18 6:55 am <david_assmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Long Tailed Duck
3/27/18 5:41 am Karen Avery <karenavery.ka426...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White Fronted Goose Shabbona State Park
3/26/18 6:56 pm <greyhawk4flight2...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Earred Grebe Continues at Saganashkee Slough, Cook County
3/26/18 2:52 pm <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sandhill cranes
3/26/18 2:36 pm scott latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: RFI Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Access? (NO SIGHTINGS)
3/26/18 2:30 pm Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET RFI Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Access? (NO SIGHTINGS)
3/26/18 2:24 pm 'Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)' <Keith.A.Mcmullen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> RE: [Non-DoD Source] IBET RFI Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Access? (NO SIGHTINGS)
3/26/18 1:51 pm Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RFI Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Access? (NO SIGHTINGS)
3/26/18 1:20 pm <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Hooded Merganser
3/26/18 1:10 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie, Techny North, Skokie Lagoons & Heritage Park Monday 3-26-18
3/26/18 12:36 pm <gowillia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET blue-winged teals at Montrose
3/26/18 9:58 am David Johnson <djohnsoda...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IOS LOONAPALOONZA highlights 25 Mar 2018
3/26/18 9:31 am Leslie Yoshitani <leslieyosh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET West Branch Loons
3/26/18 8:18 am Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET April 8th Whimbrel Birders Club walk - Palos and Orland Park
3/26/18 5:35 am Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET air station prairie
 
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Date: 4/25/18 2:41 pm
From: <scottrk49...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bureau County - Sand Hill Crane
Spotted a lone Sand Hill Crane in a corn field along Bureau Creek 5 miles South of Tiskilwa (Just past the where the freeway bridge passes over. Heard two calling over at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge a day earlier but never saw them. Also, active Eagle nest along Bureau Creek about a mile North of the Freeway bridge crossing. Eaglets are getting big.
 

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Date: 4/25/18 12:30 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET LaBagh Woods & Techny North Wed 4-25-18
Hello Bird People,

I am somewhat tired of listing the same common species that show up
almost every day at every location so I'll just list a few species
seen. And I will say that April is almost over & I still only have
seen one Warbler species, Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler. I know April
was cold but I have never seen such a lack of Warblers.

LaBagh Woods (8-11 a.m.)

The water is back within it's channels but it's very muddy in some
places, wear mud-proof boots.

The only ducks were Wood Ducks & Mallards & the only non-Robin Thrush
was 1 Hermit Thrush.
Had a few Phoebes, 4 Creepers, 2 G.C. Kinglets, 5 R.C. Kinglets & only
5 Y.R. Myrtle Warblers.
May have heard one Y.B. Sapsucker but I'm not sure of that. The only
highlights were one adult Cooper's Hawk which landed close by & on the
lawn was one male RUSTY BLACKBIRD but it didn't stay long.

Techny North

Ducks were Mallards, Shovelers (12), Blue Winged (14) & Green Winged
(8) Teal & R.B. Mergs (9).
Shorebirds were few with only 2 Killdeer & 1 each Greater & Lesser
Yellowlegs & Spotted Sandpiper. There were 2 P.B.Grebes & 2 Ring
Billed Gulls along with Tree (2), Rough Winged (3) & Barn (1)
Swallows.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Rusty Blackbird even if it didn't stay long &
Runners-Up to the adult Cooper's Hawk & a Sharp Shinned Hawk seen
while driving home.

Al Stokie
Dreaming of a 20 Warbler day but only finding Myrtles


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Date: 4/24/18 8:49 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US - 4/24
Numbers way down at Skokie Lagoons this evening. Waiting for the next big
wave of migrants.
Best/most interesting sightings were the continuing RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, a
tail-less Eastern Phoebe, and some great fishing done by one of the many
Great Blue Herons - who appear to be getting ready to build a colony based
on the numbers I saw roosting together in a tree. Photos in ebird list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44913887

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 24, 2018 5:13 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.21 mile(s)
36 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 12
Blue-winged Teal 6
Northern Shoveler 3
Mallard 10
Red-breasted Merganser 6
Common Loon 2
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Great Blue Heron 12
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Killdeer 2
Herring Gull 5
Caspian Tern 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Phoebe 6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 3
Brown Creeper 6
Winter Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
American Robin 35
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Rusty Blackbird 6
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44913887

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



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Jeff Bilsky
<jbilsky...>
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffbilsky

 

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Date: 4/24/18 8:06 pm
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET New book on the birds of Missouri [NO SIGHTINGS]
On behalf of Bill Rowe, I am passing on this information about a new book
concerning the bird life of our neighboring state Missouri. It is
available in electronic form for free. See below.

Good birding,
Geoff Williamson
<geoffrey.williamson.21...>
Chicago, Cook County

A new book, *The Status and Distribution of Birds in Missouri *by Mark B.
Robbins, is a comprehensive, up-to-date compilation of the 435 species that
have been documented in Missouri. Primarily as a result of climate change,
many species’ status and distribution have changed in the past twenty-five
years. Those changes are highlighted in this treatise. The dramatic change
in avian nomenclature and taxonomy will be apparent when comparing this
work with past publications and field guides. There are four maps and 24
photographs of unusual birds recorded in the state, all in color; 340
pages.

The book is online as a *free* download through *KU ScholarWorks*, the
online institutional repository of the University of Kansas:
http://hdl.handle.net/1808/26287

A *printed *copy (called Perfect Paperback) is available for $18.25 +
shipping and handling ($6.95) through the KU Bookstore at the following
website:

https://www.kubookstore.com/p-142735-birds-of-missouri.aspx

It is also available through Amazon at the link below, but note that the
cost of the book is higher via Amazon: $25 + shipping and handling
($3.99).

https://www.amazon.com/Birds-Missouri-Mark-B-Robbins/dp/B07BZKMBMV/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1523994800&sr=8-16&keywords=Birds+of+Missouri



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Geoff Williamson
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Date: 4/24/18 7:28 pm
From: ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET information on Illinois Spring Bird Count, May 5th, and Cook County 2017 results

The Illinois Spring Bird Count will take place this year on Saturday, May 5th (with some counties having it take place on Sunday the 6th).


I’m sure there will be more information on the count posted on IBET soon (see statewide website link below*).


This post is for those who have participated before, or are interesting in helping this year, in Cook County.


For those who took part in the count in Cook County last year, hopefully you’ll be able to help in the same areas again this year (I’ll try to get in touch with area coordinators later this week). We of course welcome new volunteers, and they can help out by joining an existing counting group, volunteering to help in an area where we haven’t had regular coverage (especially south central and far northwest Cook County) most years, or just counting birds in your backyard or neighborhood or local park etc.


Participant forms, and other count information, can be found on both the Statewide Spring Bird Count page (* http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/collections/birds/sbc/ ), on the Chicago Audubon Society website (see http://www.chicagoaudubon.org/content/invitation-participate-spring-bird-count-cook-county for information and a link to a report form). You can either use the Word document on the CAS page, we can e-mail you an Excel form (especially if you cover many parks. Preserves or areas), or you can just forward me a copy of your eBird bird lists (with additional data on miles, hours, participant names etc.)


Many thanks for all those who have volunteered to help in many past Spring Bird Counts, and to those who wish to help this year.


Alan Anderson, <casresearch...> mailto:<casresearch...> , Des Plaines

Coordinator/compiler for Cook County portion of Illinois Spring Bird Count

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Below you can see the results of the 2017 Illinois Spring Bird Count for Cook County:

May 6, 2017 Cook County Spring Count

RESULTS

County Name

For Cook Co.



# of hours

331.23

# of Observers

148

# of Parties

68



Greater White-fronted Goose



Snow Goose



Ross's Goose



Cackling Goose



Canada Goose

1589

Mute Swan

46

Trumpeter Swan



Tundra Swan



Wood Duck

229

Gadwall

16

American Wigeon

4

American Black Duck



Mallard

752

Blue-winged Teal

86

Cinnamon Teal



Northern Shoveler

32

Northern Pintail

4

Green-winged Teal

4

Canvasback

2

Redhead

6

Ring-necked Duck

7

Greater Scaup



Lesser Scaup

4

Common Eider



Harlequin Duck



Surf Scoter



White-winged Scoter



Black Scoter



Long-tailed Duck



Bufflehead

6

Common Goldeneye

4

Hooded Merganser

58

Common Merganser



Red-breasted Merganser

369

Ruddy Duck

30

Northern Bobwhite



Gray Partridge



Ring-necked Pheasant

1

Ruffed Grouse



Greater Prairie-Chicken



Wild Turkey



Red-throated Loon



Common Loon

2

Pied-billed Grebe

33

Horned Grebe

2

Red-necked Grebe



Eared Grebe



Western Grebe



Double-crested Cormorant

2199

American White Pelican

31

American Bittern



Least Bittern



Great Blue Heron

250

Great Egret

159

Snowy Egret



Little Blue Heron



Tricolored Heron



Cattle Egret



Green Heron

38

Black-crowned Night-Heron

81

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron



Glossy Ibis



White-faced Ibis



Black Vulture



Turkey Vulture

63

Osprey

7

Swallow-tailed Kite



White-tailed Kite



Mississippi Kite



Bald Eagle

3

Northern Harrier



Sharp-shinned Hawk

3

Cooper's Hawk

38

Northern Goshawk



Red-shouldered Hawk



Broad-winged Hawk

10

Swainson's Hawk



Red-tailed Hawk

71

Ferruginous Hawk



Rough-legged Hawk



Golden Eagle



Yellow Rail



Black Rail



King Rail

1

Virginia Rail

22

Sora

125

Purple Gallinule



Common Gallinule

1

American Coot

81

Sandhill Crane

20

Black-necked Stilt



American Avocet



Black-bellied Plover

1

American Golden-Plover



Semipalmated Plover



Piping Plover



Killdeer

86

Spotted Sandpiper

77

Solitary Sandpiper

22

Greater Yellowlegs

4

Willet



Lesser Yellowlegs

27

Upland Sandpiper



Whimbrel



Hudsonian Godwit



Marbled Godwit



Ruddy Turnstone



Red Knot



Ruff



Stilt Sandpiper



Sanderling



Dunlin



Baird's Sandpiper



Least Sandpiper



White-rumped Sandpiper



Buff-breasted Sandpiper



Pectoral Sandpiper

1

Semipalmated Sandpiper



Western Sandpiper



Short-billed Dowitcher



Long-billed Dowitcher



Wilson's Snipe

20

American Woodcock

6

Wilson's Phalarope



Red-necked Phalarope



Black-legged Kittiwake



Bonaparte's Gull



Little Gull



Laughing Gull



Franklin's Gull



Ring-billed Gull

2904

California Gull



Herring Gull

83

Thayer's Gull



Iceland Gull



Lesser Black-backed Gull



Glaucous Gull



Great Black-backed Gull



Least Tern



Caspian Tern

242

Black Tern



Common Tern

13

Arctic Tern



Forster's Tern

7

Rock Pigeon

213

Eurasian Collared-Dove

3

Mourning Dove

165

Yellow-billed Cuckoo



Black-billed Cuckoo



Barn Owl



Eastern Screech-Owl



Great Horned Owl

10

Barred Owl

4

Long-eared Owl



Short-eared Owl



Common Nighthawk



Chuck-will's-widow



Eastern Whip-poor-will



Chimney Swift

651

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

5

Belted Kingfisher

26

Red-headed Woodpecker

35

Red-bellied Woodpecker

210

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

6

Downy Woodpecker

188

Hairy Woodpecker

48

Northern Flicker

160

Pileated Woodpecker

3

American Kestrel

9

Merlin



Peregrine Falcon

5

Prairie Falcon



Monk Parakeet

7

Olive-sided Flycatcher



Eastern Wood-Pewee

1

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher



Acadian Flycatcher



Alder Flycatcher



Willow Flycatcher



Least Flycatcher

3

Eastern Phoebe

62

Great Crested Flycatcher

8

Western Kingbird



Eastern Kingbird

12

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher



Loggerhead Shrike



White-eyed Vireo

2

Bell's Vireo



Yellow-throated Vireo

2

Blue-headed Vireo

13

Warbling Vireo

46

Philadelphia Vireo

1

Red-eyed Vireo

6

Blue Jay

394

Black-billed Magpie



American Crow

182

Fish Crow



Horned Lark

4

Purple Martin

41

Tree Swallow

861

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

377

Bank Swallow

15

Cliff Swallow

10

Barn Swallow

593

Carolina Chickadee



Black-capped Chickadee

282

Tufted Titmouse

12

Red-breasted Nuthatch

5

White-breasted Nuthatch

134

Brown Creeper

1

House Wren

228

Winter Wren

1

Sedge Wren

5

Marsh Wren

67

Carolina Wren

2

Bewick's Wren



Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

347

Golden-crowned Kinglet

2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

200

Eastern Bluebird

51

Veery

4

Gray-cheeked Thrush



Swainson's Thrush

14

Hermit Thrush

23

Wood Thrush

14

American Robin

2474

Gray Catbird

103

Northern Mockingbird

1

Brown Thrasher

28

European Starling

1681

American Pipit

2

Bohemian Waxwing



Cedar Waxwing

8

Lapland Longspur



Smith's Longspur



Ovenbird

10

Worm-eating Warbler



Louisiana Waterthrush

3

Northern Waterthrush

39

Golden-winged Warbler



Blue-winged Warbler

8

Black-and-white Warbler

19

Prothonotary Warbler



Swainson's Warbler



Tennessee Warbler

4

Orange-crowned Warbler

5

Nashville Warbler

50

Connecticut Warbler



Mourning Warbler



Kentucky Warbler

1

Common Yellowthroat

90

Hooded Warbler

8

American Redstart

5

Cape May Warbler



Cerulean Warbler

1

Northern Parula

6

Magnolia Warbler

2

Bay-breasted Warbler



Blackburnian Warbler

1

Yellow Warbler

140

Chestnut-sided Warbler



Blackpoll Warbler



Black-throated Blue Warbler



Palm Warbler

315

Pine Warbler

7

Yellow-rumped Warbler

339

Yellow-throated Warbler



Prairie Warbler



Black-throated Gray Warbler



Townsend's Warbler



Black-throated Green Warbler

55

Canada Warbler



Wilson's Warbler

1

Yellow-breasted Chat

1

Spotted Towhee



Eastern Towhee

53

American Tree Sparrow



Chipping Sparrow

219

Clay-colored Sparrow

7

Field Sparrow

58

Vesper Sparrow

3

Lark Sparrow



Black-throated Sparrow



Lark Bunting



Savannah Sparrow

11

Grasshopper Sparrow

1

Henslow's Sparrow

7

Le Conte's Sparrow



Nelson's Sparrow



Fox Sparrow

2

Song Sparrow

484

Lincoln's Sparrow

23

Swamp Sparrow

116

White-throated Sparrow

926

Harris's Sparrow



White-crowned Sparrow

200

Dark-eyed Junco

5

Summer Tanager

1

Scarlet Tanager

14

Western Tanager



Northern Cardinal

424

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

60

Blue Grosbeak



Indigo Bunting

5

Painted Bunting



Dickcissel



Bobolink

22

Red-winged Blackbird

2765

Eastern Meadowlark

39

Western Meadowlark



Yellow-headed Blackbird



Rusty Blackbird

6

Brewer's Blackbird



Common Grackle

1008

Great-tailed Grackle



Brown-headed Cowbird

561

Orchard Oriole

7

Baltimore Oriole

76

House Finch

113

Purple Finch

8

Red Crossbill



White-winged Crossbill



Pine Siskin



American Goldfinch

521

Evening Grosbeak



House Sparrow

686



swan species

1

hawk species

1

accipiter species (Cooper's/Sharp-Shinned

2

shorebird species

1

Larus gull species

17

Common/Forster's Tern species

4

empidonax species

1

flycatcher species

2

swallow species

44

sparrow species

3

blackbird species

5
 

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Date: 4/24/18 3:43 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie lagoons, Cook County, Rusty blackbirds
Skokie lagoons from Willow Road... There are at least a half-dozen rusty
blackbirds in the woods right now. Probably more than that. I know there
have been a few people who have tried for them here.

 

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Date: 4/24/18 1:44 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Three Small Lakes Tuesday 4-24-18
Hello Bird People,

Old Business

Thanks to Amanda T who spotted 2 of them I was able to re-find one
RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Perkins Woods yesterday evening. Glad to get that
out of the way for Cook County.

New Business

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:30-11 a.m.)

Not as many species as last week but I still had 52 species at The
Garden. No Loons remain but plenty of P.B. & Horned Grebes. Had 7
species of ducks & 4 species of shorebirds. And a Max of 42 Caspian
Terns. Here's my day list:

P.B.Grebe (10)
Horned Grebe (5)
D.C.Cormorant (4 fly-bys)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Canada Geese (18)
Wood Duck (8, all at the B.Brown Pond)
Mallard (16)
B.W. Teal (8)
Gadwall (6, all at the B,Brown Pond)
Lesser Scaup (1-PR)
Bufflehead (2-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (17)
Cooper's Hawk (1-AD)
Coot (1)
Killdeer (4)
Lesser Yellowlegs (4)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Wilson's Snipe (1)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (1) Gulls
Caspian Tern (Max=42)
Mourning Dove (4)
Belted Kingfisher (3)
Red Bellied (2) & Downy (3) Woodpeckers
Flicker (3)
Eastern Phoebe (9-10)
PURPLE MARTIN (1-M, 1st one for the year)
Tree (12), Rough Winged (2) & Barn (2) Swallows
Blue Jay (3-4)
Crow (1 fly-by)
Chickadee (3-4)
Brown Creeper (1)
WINTER WREN (3, 1 of which was doing "knee bends")
Golden Crowned (4) & Ruby Crowned (3) Kinglets
Hermit Thrush (5)
Robins (~40)
Starling (4)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (only 2)
Cardinal (4)
Song (12) & Swamp (1) Sparrows
Junco (6)
Red Wings (10-11)
Grackle (~25)
Cowbird (8)
House Finch (1-2)
Goldfinch (6)
House Sparrow (6)

Interesting to note that a pair of Tree Swallows is nesting in 1 of
the Martin houses. Don't know if the Martins will let them stay or
evict them when they arrive in numbers?

Heritage Park In Wheeling

Of note is one Common Loon, 1 Cormorant, 1 P.B. Grebe, 1 Great Egret,
17 R.B. Mergs &
8 Caspian Terns.

Beck Lake

Only noticed 2 Common Loons here.

Big Bend Lake

Highlights were 4 more Common Loons & 10 D.C. Cormorants.

Nothing really special today so Bird-Of-The-Day goes to my 1st of the
year Purple Martin.
Runners-Up to the Winter Wrens & the remaining Common Loons.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 4/24/18 8:40 am
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Late report-Fish Crow
I was in my driveway yesterday morning looking down, when I heard a loud
nasal call, looked up and a calling Fish Crow flew right over me, headed
NNE. New yard bird! Red Shouldered Hawks still incubating, Cardinals keep
trying to build nest on drainpipe even though every stick she lays down
falls off, they have been doing this for a week.
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Date: 4/23/18 11:35 pm
From: <yellowstart5...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET skokie lagoons late monday afternoon
hello ibetors--


skokie lagoons--forest way rd. forest way grove south to willow rd.


hi-lites--


7 common loons
18 r b mergs
2 bufflehead
2 wood ducks
8 p b grebes


Jeffrey Sanders Glenview no. Cook
 

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Date: 4/23/18 6:30 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard E starling

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40944388474/in/photostream
Hi friends,
Singing and strutting to impress a mate.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Date: 4/23/18 1:54 pm
From: 'Daniel & Barbara Williams' <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: White-winged Scoter at Rock Cut SP
A White-winged Scoter was seen on Pierce Lake at Rock Cut SP on Saturday.
It was reported from there again today.

Dan Williams
Rockford

 

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Date: 4/23/18 12:49 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons & Techny North Monday 4-23-18
Hello Bird People,

There were fewer species & fewer birds per species today at The
Lagoons. This included very few ducks, only 1 Loon, no Bonaparte's
Gulls, no Fox Sparrows & only 1 Hermit Thrush. I was with Amanda T for
part of the time & we failed once again to find a Rusty Blackbird
which we were both looking for. Here's my list.

Skokie Lagoons From Willow Road (7:20-10:45 a.m.)

Common Loon (only 1 left)
D.C.Cormorant (21)
Great Blue Heron (6)
Canada Geese (12)
Wood Duck (3-PR)
Mallard (10)
Shoveler (1-M)
B.W. Teal (1-PR & 3-M)
Bufflehead (2-F)
R.B. Merganser (21)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 hunting)
Herring Gull (4)
Caspian Tern (3)
Mourning Dove (2)
Kingfisher (1-M)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (5)
Y.B. Sapsucker (H-1)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-M)
Flicker (10-11)
Eastern Phoebe (15-18)
Tree, Rough Winged & Barn Swallows
Blue Jay (1)
Chickadee (2)
W.B. Nuthatch (H-1)
Brown Creeper (4)
Winter Wren (1)
G.C. Kinglet (10)
R.C. Kinglet (2-3)
Eastern Bluebird (1-M)
Hermit Thrush (only 1)
Robins (~40)
Starling (16)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (30)
Cardinal (1-M & 1-F)
Eastern Towhee (2-M)
Tree (2), Field (1), Song (11) & Swamp (1) Sparrows
Red Winged Blackbird (5)
Grackle (4)
Cowbird (6)

Techny North (11:30-noon)

Here I had some ducks & 2 new, but common, shorebird species to entertain me.

P.B.Grebe (1)
Canada Geese (8)
Mallard (18)
Blue Winged (1-PR) & Green Winged (8) Teal
Shoveler (7)
Gadwall (2-M & 1-F)
Common Merganser (1-F)
R.B. Merganser (7-8)
Killdeer (4)
Greater (1) & Lesser (3) Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
R.B. Gull (1)
Caspian Tern (2)
Kestrel (1)
Barn Swallow (1-2)
Robins (6) & Red Winged Blackbird (1-M)

Bird-Of-The-Day to to the very nice looking Eastern Bluebird &
Runners-Up to the Winter Wren & the new year birds the Spotted &
Solitary Sandpipers.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 4/23/18 12:31 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ryerson & Lake Zurich birds yesterday
Sheryl and I birded much of the morning and early afternoon yesterday, first at Ryerson C.A. Nothing too exciting there, but lots of kinglets & creepers still. Highlights include:

3 (flyovers) Sandhill Cranes
2 Bald Eagle
3 Turkey Vulture
1 (fledgling photo$B!G(Bd) Great Horned Owl
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 No. Rough-winged Swallow
2 Barn Swallow
1 (HO across river) Red-breasted Nuthatch
14 Brown Creeper
2 (HO) Winter Wren
35 Golden-crowned Kinglet
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Brown Thrasher
8 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
8 Song Sparrow


Lake Zurich

4 (1 basic plumage) Common Loon
69 Pied-billed Grebe
36 Horned Grebe
6 (3$B!i(B, 3$B!j(B) Ring-necked Duck
16 Lesser Scaup
14 Bufflehead
7 Red-breasted Merganser
6 Ruddy Duck
700 American Coot
1 (FOS) Caspian Tern

I also had both our FOS (male) PURPLE FINCH & finally FOS CHIPPING SPARROW at home this past Saturday (& Sunday), along with one FOX SPARROW Saturday. Yesterday, we still had at least 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS (both singing males) as well as a minimum of 6 PINE SISKINS. However, I think our late, lingering Common Redpoll may have departed, as it was last seen on the 19th. I think most of our PINE SISKINS also may have departed last night, as I have only seen one at the feeders today, though I had at least 6 in the yard late yesterday afternoon. Only one AMERICAN TREE SPARROW so far today. Good birding!

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Date: 4/23/18 11:43 am
From: <pdacko1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Some Pictures of a pair of Trumpter Swans
Went to Lake Katherine today and found a pair of Trumpter swans along with many scaup and blue wing teal think I saw a ruddy duck in the distance.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14630574@N08/page1/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/14630574@N08/page1/

Hope this lonk still works as smug mug bought flickr and is the process of transfering all to their site.


 

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Date: 4/23/18 11:41 am
From: <greyhawk4flight2...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Green Heron

Green Heron spotted along Des Plaines River at Trailside. Take path south from Trailside till you reach cement stairs, go down stairs and follow trail to river. Was seen from river edge to along south side of lagoon. Got some great looks. Great Blue Heron also hanging around. Also seen on south trail: Yellow-rumps, Brown Creeper, Downy, Turkey Vulture. Seen yesterday.

Laurel Ahlenius
River Forest, IL. Cook County

 

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Date: 4/23/18 11:22 am
From: Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Skokie Lagoons- busy air and water traffic on Sun afternoon 4/22
Hello birders;
Had some decent finds on Sunday ; her are some highlights
2 Monk Parakeets
Broad-winged Hawk
2 Common Loons
2 Bonaparte's Gulls
2 Horned Grebes
2 Lesser Scaup
1 male Ruddy
1 Purple Martin
2 Brown Thrasher
4 Bufflehead
The full list is on eBird - Sun 10:40 AM. Overall it was a great day to be out birding, a lot of unexpected finds and lingering waterfowl. There were D.C. Cormorants everywhere up in the air as well as a few Raptors and Blue Herons. Unfortunately I I didn't see any iEagle activity, but will try to get more info next time.
Good birding;
Howard Blum, Lakeview, Chicagp

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Date: 4/23/18 11:14 am
From: Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons-busy air and water traffic on Sun afternoon 4/22
Hello birders, here are some highlights from Sunday;
2 Monk Parakeets
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Purple Martin
2 Brown Thrasher
2 Bonaparte's Gulls
2 Horned Grebes
2 Common Loons
1 male Ruddy
2 Lesser Scaup
4 Bufflehead
8 Northern Shoveler.
The full list is on eBird
Overall it was a great day to be out birding with some unexpected finds. There were DC Cormorants in the air everywhere,as well as a few Raptors and Great Blue Herons.
There was also a good variety of lingering waterfowl and some decent land birds. Unfortunately I didn't see any Bald Eagle activity, but I will get more info for next time.
Good birding in Cook County , Howard Blum, Lakeview, Chicago





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Date: 4/23/18 9:24 am
From: Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons- busy air and water traffic on Sun afternoon 4/22



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Date: 4/23/18 7:00 am
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Subject: IBET Yellow-bellied Sapsucker & Golden-crowned Kinglet - Chcago south side
The Sapsucker hung out for a bit with a downy in our apple tree, while the kinglet was here only long enough for me to snap a few quick shots. These were both firsts for me, so it was fun.

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Date: 4/23/18 5:00 am
From: Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Skokie Lagoons From Willow Road Friday 4-20-18
Al and others with local interest -

Yesterday I stopped by Techny North. The water has receded and the mudflats
are back. I counted Lesser (3) and Greater (1) Yellowlegs, as well as a
Spotted Sandpiper (1) which conveniently landed right near me on the rock
retaining wall. SPSA not only new for the year, but also a lifer! Got to
watch its very characteristic way of walking for several minutes. I had
never really paid shorebirds much notice, but have been studying them this
spring. Otherwise, the usual suspects at Techny North. Full checklist
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44839522

RE the Louisiana Waterthrush at Willow Rd Skokie Lagoons - I had it in the
ditch/stream on April 16, then Jeff B on April 19. So, keep trying! Will
report back if I see it again.

Amanda T.
Skokie, Cook County



On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 3:39 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <
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>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> Although I seem to see most of the birds seen on Jeff B's reports I
> don't seem to find any of the good birds seen. No Rusty Blackbirds, no
> Virginia Rail, no Woodcocks (although I did have one at LaBagh) &
> today no Louisiana Waterthrush. And to make matters worse I missed a
> Rusty Blackbird by no more than 5 min when John Leonard had one
> singing for 5 min but it was gone when we went back for it. But on the
> positive side I had a Merlin flying by, 15 Bonaparte's Gulls & 2
> squawking Monk Parakeets flew by going south. And I had company in
> missing the Waterthrush as neither John Leonard nor Matthew C found it
> either. And so whining aside here's my day list.
>
> Skokie Lagoons (7:30-11:30 a.m.)
>
> Common Loon (3)
> P.B.Grebe (1)
> D.C.Cormorant (29 & 8)
> Great Blue Heron (5)
> Great Egret (1)
> Canada Geese (16)
> Wood Duck (4)
> Mallard (10)
> Shoveler (3)
> B.W.Teal (3)
> GOLDENEYE (getting late but I had 1 adult male 2 immature males)
> Red Breasted Merganser (21)
> Ruddy Duck (3-M)
> Turkey Vulture (1 hunting)
> MERLIN (1 fly-by)
> Ring Billed (3) & Herring (2) Gulls
> BONAPARTE'S GULL (4 early in the a.m. but up to 15 by noon)
> Caspian Tern (4)
> Kingfisher (1-F & 1 flying away)
> MONK PARAKEET (2 flying south)
> Red Bellied Woodpecker (6)
> Y.B. Sapsucker (5)
> Downy Woodpecker (2)
> Flicker (8-9)
> Eastern Phoebe (12-14)
> Tree (8) & Rough Winged (4) Swallows
> Blue Jay (1)
> Crow (1)
> Chickadee (4)
> W.B.Nuthatch (6)
> Brown Creeper (4)
> WINTER WREN (2)
> Golden Crowned Kinglet (6)
> Ruby Crowned Kinglet (2)
> EASTERN BLUEBIRD (1-M)
> Hermit Thrush (15-16)
> Robins (~35)
> Starling (only 1)
> Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (30-35)
> Cardinal (4)
> Fox Sparrow (9-10) (Singing)
> Song Sparrow (10-12) (Also singing)
> Swamp Sparrow (1)
> Junco (8-9)
> Red Winged Blackbird (5)
> Grackle (2)
> Cowbird (8)
> Goldfinch (2)
>
> Had a fairly good total of 50 species at this location.
>
> Made a stop at Techny North but it's still flooded with no shorebird
> habitat but worthy of mention
> were 9 species of ducks including a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS which I
> haven't seen any of for about a month. Ebird will question this!
>
> I had 60 species for the day for both locations.
> Bird-Of-The-Day to the squawking Monk Parakeets &
> Runners-Up to the Merlin, Eastern Bluebird & the Bonaparte's Gulls.
>
> Al Stokie
> In Cook County today
>
>

 

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Date: 4/22/18 10:18 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red breasted nuthatches
Third try. Can't seem to get this msg delivered.

Had a pair at home again today.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook co


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Date: 4/22/18 5:52 pm
From: <thargrove75...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cattle Egret
There has been a lone cattle egret hanging out in the horse pasture of the old Brunk Horse Farm on Lake Service Rd. in Springfield for the past 4 days. This is diagonally behind our house so it is easy to see. You might see it from the west side of this pasture which is near the intersection of Garden View Lane and Pawnee Rd.

Tim Hargrove
Sangamon County



 

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Date: 4/22/18 5:01 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS for 2 great bird walks this weekend! Sat, 4/28 Sand Ridge and Sun, 4/29 Humboldt Park
Join COS for a walk around Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland. This Cook County Forest Preserve location is great for migrating passerines as well as year-round woodland species like Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, and Barred Owl. There is also a great selection of bird feeders. Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available. Dress for the weather.


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Saturday, 4/28
8 am - 10 am
Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton Ave, South Holland, IL 60473
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Get to know Humboldt Park, which serves as an oasis for migrating birds making their way through the city of Chicago. We'll look for migrating sparrows and early spring warblers among the park's natural areas and we'll watch for nesting behavior of the park's early breeding birds, such as Barn Swallows and American Robins. Catch some early warblers and other songbirds, as well as ducks and waders in the excellent urban birding hotspot. Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available.


Contact Stephanie Beilke with questions at 920-366-5825.
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Date: 4/22/18 3:34 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard sparrows

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Hi friends,
Most have left now. Juncos, Fox, Swamp, and Song sp not around.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/22/18 1:15 pm
From: Niels Dale <niels_dale...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET LaBagh & Humboldt Park
LaBagh was very slow this morning... for me at least. Spotted a few GC & RC kinglets, two hermit thrushes, one male downy woodpecker, one blue jay, two winter wrens, yellow rumped warblers, including females in winter garb, and brown creepers. One in particular seemed to enjoy only working the very base of each tree... never going more than 12" up the trunk and more often at ground level.

I'd never seen that before.


Humboldt Park was more interesting in that I had a "lifer"... a male horned grebe in the large pond where the "beach" is located behind the park building. He was there on Saturday as well. There were several blue winged teal there today and Saturday as were yellow rumped warblers, GC & RC kinglets, brown creepers, and least flycatchers. The eight red breasted mergansers spotted on the main body of water on Saturday were not seen today. Other birds spotted on Saturday but not today were 12 juncos and various American tree, chipping, and swamp sparrows all hanging out together, a brown thrasher, what I think was a first year red tail being harrassed by gulls and RW blackbirds, and one tern, unsure of whether Arctic or common.


Also had a fox sparrow yesterday as a backyard bird... always a nice treat and especially so now given the substantial loss of birding habitat on my block since last summer.


Regards,

Niels Dale

Wicker Park - Chicago

 

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Date: 4/22/18 1:03 pm
From: <jreiter...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Chimney Swift over Glen Ellyn
A CHIMNEY SWIFT passed over my home this morning ... earliest ever I think. Also a BROAD-WINGED HAWK.

Jeff Reiter
Glen Ellyn, IL
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Date: 4/22/18 12:49 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Sunday 4-22-18
Hello Bird People,

Along with Bob Erickson I covered a few of the areas at Midewin. First
we walked the Iron Bridge Trail. then the area at the end of
Explosives Road & finally we looked at the flooded area across from
the visitor's center.

Midewin-Iron Bridge Trail

First I should say that having not seen any Bison the last 2 times
I've been here I was glad to see 2 groups of Bison totaling 24 here
today. And 1 group (of 9) was pretty close.

Saw a Northern Harrier fly by & saw 4 species of Sparrows including
Tree, Field, Savannah & Song.
Highlights included Eastern Bluebird, a R.C. Kinglet, 4 Thrashers,
lots of Eastern Meadowlarks, 2
Y.R. Myrtle Warblers & the main highlight, one LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE which
we saw very well at the top of a tree. It flew toward some thick trees
& we didn't see it again.

Midewin-Explosives Road Area

Saw a Great Egret & a Great Blue flew by. Turkey Vultures were hunting
& so was a Red Tailed Hawk. Three Wood Ducks flushed from a stream &
both Tree & Rough Winged Swallows flew by.
Some of the land birds were Brown Creeper, R.C. Kinglet & 3 Thrashers.
We had about given up on our main target for this area when one
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD flew right by us. Among the many, many Field &
Song Sparrows was one VESPER SPARROW.

Midewin-Flooded Area Across From The Visitor Center

Ducks were Mallards, Shovelers & both Blue Winged & Green Winged Teal.
Shorebirds were Lesser Yellowlegs (4), Pectoral Sandpiper (14) & Snipe (2).

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Loggerhead Shrike &
Runners-Up to the Mockingbird & the Vesper Sparrow.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Nevada seen at Midewin &
Runners-Up to plates from Louisiana & Arkansas seen on I-55.

Al Stokie
In Will County today


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Date: 4/22/18 8:19 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Weekend Birds - mostly Cook Co
Yesterday I was joined by Scott Judd and headed we headed to southern Cook County starting at Killdeer Wetlands, followed by Eagle Lake Road Fluddle (Will Co) and then Plum Creek FP (back in Cook)

Highlights:

Killdeer Wetlands
American Bittern - 1
Sora - 6
Virginia Rail - 1
Wilson’s Snipe - 25

Eagle Lake Road (west of Railroad)
Pectoral Sandpiper - 14
Lapland Longspur - 380 (probable undercount - searched in vain for a Smith’s)

Plum Creek FP
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Broadwing Hawk - 1
Carolina Wren - 1

Full Saturday List at: http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2018-04-21


Today I stayed local and birded North Pond and briefly South Pond in Lincoln Park - there were a few birds around but still it felt very much like an early April mix of migrants

North Pond
Winter Wren - 7
Eastern Phoebe - 9
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 11
Fox Sparrow - 2

South Pond
Common Loon - 1
Ring-necked Duck - 2

Full Sunday list at: http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2018-04-22

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL
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Date: 4/22/18 7:23 am
From: Anthony Jones <illinoisbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Birding Dixon Waterfowl Refugee
Today was a very good day at the Dixon Waterfowl Refugee. 71 species were seen in total, with a continuing strong presence of waterfowl and the regulars starting to show up. The first highlight for the day was a possible Ruff that I ran across as I was scoping one of the "islands" out from the boat launch. Initially it appeared to be a "plump" shorebird that was just standing below level so that only it's upper body and head were visible. Unfortunately, while I was studying it, it took flight to the north and that is when I saw its relatively short bright yellow-orange legs as it continued flying out of sight. My wife feels that it was a Greater Yellowlegs as she felt the beak was longer than the Ruff's beak appears to be. Alas, we shall never know for certain.

The second highlight of the day was a Neotropical Cormorant that was "sunning" (harder to do when the sun isn't shining) on a dead tree stump just to the south of the new viewing platform. I first noticed it with my naked eyes and honestly expected it to be a Green Heron when I got on it with binoculars, but instead it was a small, long tailed cormorant. Studying it with the spotting scope, you could just make out the faint white outline around the gape. We moved south along the seep trail and found another vantage point that allow us to study it more closely. About that time, it took flight and headed north until it disappeared from sight.

Other sightings included three Caspian Terns, numerous Bonaparte's Gulls, most in full breeding plumage, a Rough-legged Hawk, a small number of Wilson's Snipes and some of the best views of a Horned Grebe in breeding plumage that I think I've ever seen. The Horned Grebe spent an inordinate amount of time not diving, allowing close scope study for all three of us. FOS Marsh and House Wrens and a couple of flashes of possible Winter Wrens. The Purple Martins were back at the martin house. All in all a very enjoyable day.

Anthony, Amy and Aidan Jones
Chillicothe, IL
Peoria County (visiting beautiful Putnam County)

 

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Date: 4/22/18 5:26 am
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET: Bird Behavior Question
Pine Siskens in Northeast IL typically are building nests in the Apr 5th-10th timeframe. Eggs laid typically hatch at end of April and young fledglings are a mid to late May event. With breeding already held up in many species due to the ongoing unseasonably cold weather, it would seem like Sisken fledglings, if any do nest this year, wouldn't show up until late May the earliest.


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO
 

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Date: 4/22/18 12:35 am
From: Cary <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos waterfowl
Hello,

I wanted to let people know the EARED GREBE was still at the west end of Saganashkee Slough this afternoon, there are still COMMON LOONS on Maple Lake; Maple Lake had WOOD DUCK, and both had RED BREASTED MERGANSERS.McGinnis Slough had good variety: about 35 AM WHITE PELICAN, CANVASBACK, RUDDY&RING NECKED DUCK, SHOVELER, BLUE&GREEN WINGED TEAL, COMMON&HOODED MERGANSER, PIED BILLED&HORNED GREBE, BUFFLEHEADS, LESSER SCAUP, GADWALL, 1 AMERICAN WIDGEON,&SORA. There were also a good number of swallows - BARN, TREE&ROUGH WINGED.

Cary Hillegonds
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Orland Park

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Date: 4/21/18 10:35 pm
From: Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Smith's Longspurs and White-winged Dove on Friday
Karen and I  checked out the field on Clarksville Rd W of Lexington Friday AM and found at least 25 Smith's in that field. This is the same field where the IOS outing last weekend had more than 100; thanks to Matt Fraker who led last Sunday's trip, for the location information!
From there we went to El Paso for lunch and to check out the sewage ponds. Nothing unusual and just a few shorebirds, all L Yellowlegs. But while exiting the plant, 2 Smith's Longspurs flew into the cornfield on the other side of the road and landed very close to the road, giving us great close up views.
From there we headed to the Hartzler house in Minonk; thanks to Ted's hospitality (thank you Ted!) we got great looks at the Wh-winged Dove as it hid on a branch of a White pine in the Hartzler yard. Location details are on ebird. A bonus while there was a Pine Warbler picking out dried mealworms for one of the Hartzler bird feeders.
 
Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County
 

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Date: 4/21/18 9:50 pm
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Bird Behavior Question
Over the last few days we've had numerous Pine Siskins at the feeder, and
today noticed several of them acting like young begging for food & being
fed by others. Could they have possibly already have bred and be raising a
brood, or is this a courtship act?

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 4/21/18 9:04 pm
From: dallas hewett <dallash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RT Loon
I saw the Red Throated Loon (previously reported on the 18th and prior by a number of people) on the west end of Riverlands Migratory Bird Refuge on the south side of Ellis Island floating near a small raft of Ruddy Ducks.
Dallas HewettO'Fallon, IL



 

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Date: 4/21/18 8:45 pm
From: Dave's G-mail Account <david.rankin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 21, 2018
The brown creepers are creeping through Wilmette too! Just saw one in the backyard.

David Rankin
Great Lakes Protection Fund

Sent from my iPhone. Typed with thumbs.

> On Apr 21, 2018, at 5:28 PM, Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> The place was crawling with creepers today! More regular participants today and quite a few new folks and/or, haven't done this in a long-time folks, good to see everyone!
>
> Best looks were those creepers, a yellow-bellied sapsucker showing all his yellow and a posing kingfisher, plus our first green heron of the year.
>
>
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: numbers where given are exact or a off by 1-3. X's indicate a lot; not easily countable. Specific notes added where it seemed useful. Colder than normal and gray all morning. West end of park had very little action.
> 27 species
>
> Canada Goose 5 1 outside park and the rest flyovers
> Wood Duck 2
> Mallard 4
> Green Heron 1 only 1 for sure
> Ring-billed Gull 1 at least 1 but flyover only
> Mourning Dove 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 5
> Eastern Phoebe X
> Blue Jay 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1 only heard call
> Brown Creeper 6 at least 6, in all areas of park
> House Wren 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> American Robin X
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 7 at least 7, most high in trees at least 2 in reeds at pond mixing it up with phoebes.
> Dark-eyed Junco 2
> Song Sparrow 2
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44797105
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
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Date: 4/21/18 8:10 pm
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 21, 2018
The place was crawling with creepers today! More regular participants today and quite a few new folks and/or, haven't done this in a long-time folks, good to see everyone!

Best looks were those creepers, a yellow-bellied sapsucker showing all his yellow and a posing kingfisher, plus our first green heron of the year.


Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: numbers where given are exact or a off by 1-3. X's indicate a lot; not easily countable. Specific notes added where it seemed useful. Colder than normal and gray all morning. West end of park had very little action.
27 species

Canada Goose 5 1 outside park and the rest flyovers
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 4
Green Heron 1 only 1 for sure
Ring-billed Gull 1 at least 1 but flyover only
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe X
Blue Jay 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 only heard call
Brown Creeper 6 at least 6, in all areas of park
House Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 7 at least 7, most high in trees at least 2 in reeds at pond mixing it up with phoebes.
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird X
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
American Goldfinch 3

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Date: 4/21/18 7:45 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Illinois Beach State Park South - Lake County
Hiked IBSP South nature/dead river trails today. 64 species and some good
views, but nothing too unusual. Good birding!

Many photos here:
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44790755

Illinois Beach SP--South Unit, Lake, Illinois, US
Apr 21, 2018 8:56 AM - 12:36 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.8 mile(s)
64 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 2
Blue-winged Teal 16
Northern Shoveler 3
Mallard 8
Ring-necked Duck 2
Lesser Scaup 10
Bufflehead 18
Red-breasted Merganser 12
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Horned Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 7
Great Egret 3
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Sora 2
American Coot 8
Sandhill Crane 6
Killdeer 4
Wilson's Snipe 2
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Bonaparte's Gull 6
Ring-billed Gull 18
Herring Gull 10
Caspian Tern 3
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Phoebe 20
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 25
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Purple Martin 6
Tree Swallow 40
Barn Swallow 10
Black-capped Chickadee 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 12
Golden-crowned Kinglet 35
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Hermit Thrush 10
American Robin 25
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 20
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
American Tree Sparrow 8
Field Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 6
Song Sparrow 15
Swamp Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 3
Eastern Meadowlark 4
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Brewer's Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 4
American Goldfinch 1

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Date: 4/21/18 7:03 pm
From: Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: Tufted Duck
Trying for 3rd time to send

Sent from my cellular device

Craig Taylor

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Craig <tnemec1...>
> Date: April 21, 2018 at 6:41:04 AM CDT
> To: IBET <ILbirds...>
> Subject: Tufted Duck
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> Present this am at Spunky Bottoms in Brown County.
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> Sent from my cellular device
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> Craig Taylor

 

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Date: 4/21/18 4:24 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan, Sand Pond, North Pt Marina, Independence Grove & Rollins Savannah Sat 4-21-18
Hello Bird People,

Went to Waukegan, Sand Pond & North Point Marina with Bob Erickson &
Paul & Janice Sweet. Then went to Independence Grove & Rollins
Savannah with my cousin Diane. That's way too many places for me to
give full bird lists so I'll just do highlights today.

Waukegan Beach & Park (7-8:15 a.m.)

On the beach & in the lake were one Horned Grebe, one WHITE WINGED
SCOTER with about 30 Bonaparte's Gulls flying by. In the small park
Y.B. Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebe, Creepers (2), G.C.Kinglets (2) &
EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES were seen. Also had one Brown Thrasher.

Sand Pond/Lake (8:30-9 a.m.)

Common Loon (14, that's a lot of Loons on such a small pond)
Horned Grebe (6-8)
Shoveler (1-M)
B.W.Teal (4)
Hooded Merganser (4)
Caspian Tern (4)
Near the pond were Red Headed Woodpecker & Eastern Towhee. Flying with
some Tree Swallows was at least 1 Rough Winged Swallow.

North Point Marina (9:15-9:45 a.m.)

One Common Loon & Great Blue Heron flew by & 4 Horned Grebes were in
the harbor.
Ducks included both Scaup, Redhead & Bufflehead. Saw one each
G.C.Kinglet & R.C. Kinglet.

Walked part of the Loop Trail in IBSP North Unit & saw 4 species of
shorebirds which were Killdeer, Greater (1) & Lesser (2) Yellowlegs &
Snipe which were winnowing & seen in flight.. Seven Sandhill Cranes
flew by & 3 species of common sparrows were there.

Independence Grove (12:40-1:30 p.m.)

Five Common Loons, 2 P.B.Grebes & 12 Horned Grebes were present.
The only ducks were Lesser Scaup, Mallards & many Red Breasted Mergansers.
Also 2 Coots, Ring Billed (55), Herring (5) & flitting around were 19
Bonaparte's Gulls.
And there were 27 Caspian Terns on the beach.

Rollins Savannah (2-2:45 p.m.)

Saw the 2 adult Trumpeter Swans & 5 Great Egrets. Only 1 D.C.
Cormorant was there.
Ducks included Mallards, B.W. Teal, Shovelers, Canvasback (5), Ring
Necks, Bufflehead,
R.B. Mergansers & Ruddy Ducks. And like most other places there were
22 Bonaparte's Gulls.

Had 63 species for the day & 14 species of ducks.
Bird-Of-The-Day will be the White Winged Scoter &
Runners-Up to all the Common Loons, Horned Grebes & Bonaparte's Gulls

License Plate Of The Day to one from Maine which was plate #48 for the
year. Three to go.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/21/18 1:23 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IBSP RNGrebes/RTLoons, migration highlights
Today is one of those rare Lake Michigan days where due to virtually no wind, the lake looks like an ice skating pond. As such, you could see larger birds almost 10 miles away. As such, bird a few miles offshore, migrating/swimming northward, typically never seen due to waves, were now visible, with great views if using a scope. While the winds are slightly increasing, the conditions still might warrant lakefront birding this afternoon, as some species are eager to head northward.


Overall highlights were surprise sightings of 5 Red-throated Loons and 3 Red-necked Grebes. Other highlights include Eurasian Goldfinch nestings/territories increasing, large migration movements of Horned Grebe and Bonaparte's Gulls and a flyby flock of Greater Yellowlegs.


About 11:20 am, I saw 2 loons within a mile offshore, occasionally diving for food, other times foraging and slowly moving northward. Scopes views gave great views on various diagnostic markings of what were 2 1st year Red-throated Loons, their thin, pointy bills tipped upward being fun to see. Over the next hour, at least 3 more 1st year Red-throated slowly moved northward, at various distances offshore, all further out than the initial 2. It’s quite possible other were swimming/migrating north earlier this morning of this afternoon, perfect conditions for birds to press northward. As well, 1st year plumaged, non-breeding birds would be the expected, as adults should already be on their breeding grounds.


Just before 11:30 am, I got on a flock of 3 birds flying north, just above the water. Size was about like a scaup, but its flight more direction and with pointy bills, giving Merganser impressions. However, as they came past, it was clear they were grebes, with their feet handing well past their wings. I could see some of the extra white in wings and with their large grebe size, the ID was straightforward. They were fairly far offshore, such that if waves present, I probably wouldn’t have had a chance to see these.


At least 76 Horned Grebe were counted, one ‘armada’ of 15 birds were diving and then would come up further north. I’d be there were close to 200+ of this species, if someone had been lake watching all morning. Outside of about 3 very close to shore, they also were way out, such that if waves present, I doubt I’d have seen most of these. I did see 4 birds in flight, but just a short distance, as Horned's typically migration on Lake Michigan is just swimming northward (unlike the RN Grebe group seen earlier).


Flocks of Bonaparte’s Gulls were migrating northward (59 total), along with 3 Caspian Tern. Way offshore I got onto a shorebird flock and it took time to ID them, but finally could get markings and size comparisons and felt they were 4 Greater Yellowlegs.


Eurasian Goldfinches have exploded at IBSP South Unit. Two years ago I found a nest northwest of the office. So far this week, I’ve found a nest being built (north side of Hotel), another pair (south side of Hotel), another male on territory (northwest of office), a 3rd pair (northwest side of Campground Pines) and 3 other birds (east side of Campground Pines). This means there are at least 3 pairs on territory/breeding with the potential for 2 more! I also wasn’t aware this species has ‘colonial’ tendencies, nesting in fairly close proximity to one another.


Last night, I happened to come out of the IBSP Hotel and while walking to the parking lot, I first hear and then saw an American Woodcock came flying overhead!


Lastly, a pair of Cooper’s Hawks (adult male/immature female) appear ready to nest in a Zion oak woodlot. They to seemed ready for some south winds to bring higher temperatures, so they can get on with their nesting cycle.


Eric Walters

Zion, IL/Grandview, MO


 

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Date: 4/20/18 10:08 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Diamond Lake birds today
Sheryl and I went out to Diamond Lake in Lake County with her sister this afternoon to get our loon fix. Sure enough, they did not disappoint. Our list:

115 Ruddy Duck
140 Red-breasted Merganser
25 Bufflehead
1 Lesser Scaup
20 Mallard
10 Northern Shoveler
6 Common Loon
8 Horned Grebe
4 Pied-billed Grebe
1 ad. Bald Eagle
1 Pine Siskin

Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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To the forests, I'll find peace there. To the wild country, where I belong.
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Date: 4/20/18 9:51 pm
From: Jon Sleger <j.sleger...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bike Birding Cherry Valley 32 species, FOY Carolina Wren
Took a quick 15 mile bike ride around the Cherry Valley area and heard/saw 32 species without getting off my bike. Heard a CAROLINA WREN singing on the west end of the lake in Baumann Park. Otherwise the list (below) was pretty predictable:

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Brown-headed Cowbird

Canada Geese

CAROLINA WREN (FOY)

Chipping Sparrow (FOY)

Common Grackle

Common Loons(2) Baumann Park Lake

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Phoebe

European Starling

Hermit Thrush

House Finch

House Sparrow

Killdeer

Mallards

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Northern Y-S Flicker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-winged Blackbird

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Song Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-crowned Sparrow (FOY for IL)

White-throated Sparrow

Wild Turkeys (flock of 12)

Yellow-rumped Myrtle Warbler


Jon Sleger

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Date: 4/20/18 7:18 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook Co - 4/20/18
The deck shuffled a bit. No sign of the Waterthrush I had yesterday - as
others had shared. I did find a singing RUSTY BLACKBIRD (perhaps the same
one Al mentioned). It was quite flighty though and only allowed for a brief
video before heading off deeper into the woods. Continuing good numbers of
FOX SPARROWS and WINTER WRENS. A few more YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS showing
up now. One of the COMMON LOONS did the full-on loon call a couple of times
- which was cool to hear. The COMMON GOLDENEYES numbered 5 males. My
favorite parts of the hike though involved raptors. First was when a
RED-TAILED HAWK had the Wood Ducks riled up and I had a female wood duck
way up in a tree. I did a zoom-in/zoom-out video to show the perspective of
how high up she was. Also had a COOPER'S HAWK devouring something (also
took some video of that).

Good birding.

List with pics/videos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44765954

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 20, 2018 5:43 PM - 7:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.93 mile(s)
45 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 12
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 5
Mallard 14
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 5
Red-breasted Merganser 10
Ruddy Duck 3
Common Loon 2
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Great Blue Heron 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 4
Herring Gull 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Phoebe 15
Blue Jay 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 12
Tree Swallow 12
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 4
Winter Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush 7
American Robin 45
Yellow-rumped Warbler 25
Fox Sparrow 18
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 7
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 3

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Date: 4/20/18 7:09 pm
From: Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday = Peregrine Falcons (NO SIGHTINGS)
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club’s program meeting next Tuesday, April 24, will be on “Illinois Peregrines, From Decline To Recovery”. Once on the Endangered Species list and extirpated in Illinois from 1961 to 1986, the Peregrine Falcon population has now passed historic levels. Mary Hennen of the Field Museum will show us how the peregrine population has recovered. Mary will be accompanied by a live peregrine.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard (corner of Bridge Street) in Evanston.


John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County

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Date: 4/20/18 4:59 pm
From: Allen Yow <ayow...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tufted Duck at Spunky Bottoms, Brown County
The Tufted Duck was still present at 6:15 p.m. at Spunky Bottoms.

Allen Yow
Morgan County

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On Apr 20, 2018, at 6:19 PM, <birdingfaun...><mailto:<birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Join COS, Friday, 4/27 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk


Join Jeff Skrentny and take advantage of his detailed knowledge of this premier Chicago birding hotspot. Wear boots-- we will likely go off-tail.


NOTE: You MUST RSVP in order to attend this walk!! There is a limit of 5 participants. Meeting place specifics will be emailed to the first 5 folks who sign up! Here is the link to sign up<https://goo.gl/forms/9eUtq0gB54QS3q172>.


Contact <chicagobirder...><mailto:<chicagobirder...> if you have any questions.


Friday, April 27
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LaBagh Woods





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Date: 4/20/18 4:56 pm
From: <billatwood1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tufted Duck - Brown Co.
Bob Randall found a Tufted Duck this afternoon at Spunky Bottoms, Brown County.
 

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Date: 4/20/18 4:19 pm
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Subject: IBET Join COS, Friday, 4/27 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk
Join COS, Friday, 4/27 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk


Join Jeff Skrentny and take advantage of his detailed knowledge of this premier Chicago birding hotspot. Wear boots-- we will likely go off-tail.


NOTE: You MUST RSVP in order to attend this walk!! There is a limit of 5 participants. Meeting place specifics will be emailed to the first 5 folks who sign up! Here is the link to sign up https://goo.gl/forms/9eUtq0gB54QS3q172.



Contact <chicagobirder...> if you have any questions.


Friday, April 27
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Date: 4/20/18 1:47 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons From Willow Road Friday 4-20-18
Hello Bird People,

Although I seem to see most of the birds seen on Jeff B's reports I
don't seem to find any of the good birds seen. No Rusty Blackbirds, no
Virginia Rail, no Woodcocks (although I did have one at LaBagh) &
today no Louisiana Waterthrush. And to make matters worse I missed a
Rusty Blackbird by no more than 5 min when John Leonard had one
singing for 5 min but it was gone when we went back for it. But on the
positive side I had a Merlin flying by, 15 Bonaparte's Gulls & 2
squawking Monk Parakeets flew by going south. And I had company in
missing the Waterthrush as neither John Leonard nor Matthew C found it
either. And so whining aside here's my day list.

Skokie Lagoons (7:30-11:30 a.m.)

Common Loon (3)
P.B.Grebe (1)
D.C.Cormorant (29 & 8)
Great Blue Heron (5)
Great Egret (1)
Canada Geese (16)
Wood Duck (4)
Mallard (10)
Shoveler (3)
B.W.Teal (3)
GOLDENEYE (getting late but I had 1 adult male 2 immature males)
Red Breasted Merganser (21)
Ruddy Duck (3-M)
Turkey Vulture (1 hunting)
MERLIN (1 fly-by)
Ring Billed (3) & Herring (2) Gulls
BONAPARTE'S GULL (4 early in the a.m. but up to 15 by noon)
Caspian Tern (4)
Kingfisher (1-F & 1 flying away)
MONK PARAKEET (2 flying south)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (6)
Y.B. Sapsucker (5)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Flicker (8-9)
Eastern Phoebe (12-14)
Tree (8) & Rough Winged (4) Swallows
Blue Jay (1)
Crow (1)
Chickadee (4)
W.B.Nuthatch (6)
Brown Creeper (4)
WINTER WREN (2)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (6)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (2)
EASTERN BLUEBIRD (1-M)
Hermit Thrush (15-16)
Robins (~35)
Starling (only 1)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (30-35)
Cardinal (4)
Fox Sparrow (9-10) (Singing)
Song Sparrow (10-12) (Also singing)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
Junco (8-9)
Red Winged Blackbird (5)
Grackle (2)
Cowbird (8)
Goldfinch (2)

Had a fairly good total of 50 species at this location.

Made a stop at Techny North but it's still flooded with no shorebird
habitat but worthy of mention
were 9 species of ducks including a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS which I
haven't seen any of for about a month. Ebird will question this!

I had 60 species for the day for both locations.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the squawking Monk Parakeets &
Runners-Up to the Merlin, Eastern Bluebird & the Bonaparte's Gulls.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 4/20/18 9:31 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Swamp sp

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Hi friends,
Swamp sp chirping some. Still have Fox sp and Brown thrasher. WT sp is singing now. RC kinglet eats/licks PB suet. No other migrants.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/20/18 7:25 am
From: Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: WWDove in Minonk
The bird at the Hartzler’s continues this morning April 20.

Dan Williams
Rockford

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Date: 4/20/18 7:11 am
From: Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 77 Birds and a Pair of Thermal Underwear
As of April 18th, nearly forty American White Pelicans continue at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Kane County; they've been there for over a week now. I spent most of the day in the area and had 77 species, including first-of-the-year American Pipit, Broad-winged Hawk, and Sora. Overall numbers of waterfowl were down but many species continue, including lots of colorful "rubber duckies," aka Ruddy Ducks. Other highlights include an unflinching Merlin scanning for prey; increasing numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Hermit Thrushes, kinglets, and rails (7 Virginia, 13 Sora; dang, no King!); a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs; an Osprey; and Fox Sparrows gearing up to leave as they sang their sweet song. Despite the fact that I was wearing long underwear -- in APRIL -- migration was well underway and it was very exciting to be out.

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Date: 4/20/18 6:51 am
From: <joyschmoll...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Virginia Rail at Buffalo Creek
We saw what we think was a Virginia Rail about 20 min ago at Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve. It was a few feet off the path, in a soppy little channel flowing into the lake by the parking lot. It scooted down the channel away from us, then turned and ran through the grasses like a shot! It was backlit, but looked to be about 8" long, long neck, long red bill, skinny and narrow from behind. We didn't see barring or white undertail because of the angle and lighting.

Joy

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Date: 4/20/18 3:44 am
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Date: 4/20/18 3:29 am
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Date: 4/20/18 3:28 am
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Date: 4/19/18 7:01 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons, Cook Co, Louisiana Waterthrush
Continuing to hit Skokie Lagoons when time allows on my way home after
work. Took a longer hike tonight and added some new year species with the
highlights being LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (as expected, along the stream), and
an EASTERN BLUEBIRD by the picnic area lake. Right after sunset I had two
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS 'peenting' adjacent to the big deer field. The Rusty
Blackbirds I had last week have yet to be seen again. Good birding.

Photos/video of the waterthrush and other species: https://ebird.org/view/
checklist/S44737205

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 19, 2018 5:12 PM - 7:54 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.91 mile(s)
46 species

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 10
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 3
Mallard 8
Bufflehead 2
Common Merganser 4
Red-breasted Merganser 15
Ruddy Duck 3
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 1
Bald Eagle 2
American Woodcock 2
Ring-billed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 20
Blue Jay 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Brown Creeper 4
Winter Wren 7 Abundant and vocal, many chattering and one was singing
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 1
Hermit Thrush 8
American Robin 40
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 20
Fox Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco 8
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Common Grackle 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44737205

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



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Date: 4/19/18 6:25 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Glenview cook co
Lots o water birds
2 loons

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Date: 4/19/18 6:16 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Mundelein yard birds 2
Like Todd, our single (or another) FOX SPARROW showed up in the yard yesterday, as well as a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Our now daily SONG SPARROW rounded out the sparrow list with the tree sparrows below. The yard was pretty busy, apparently due to the approaching frontal system. Four AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were below the feeders... after having only seen one at a time all winter. The most amazing sighting for our tiny suburban yard yesterday though was the large "hawk" I noticed flying over to land in our large Silver Maple. At the last second it veered away, and appeared too large to be one of the Red-tailed Hawks that occasionally hunts near or over our yard. However, as it headed across the street, I easily noted the crooked wings of an OSPREY, not a yard bird but the only other was a high flyover migrant in fall migration. An adult male COOPER's Hawk was also seen yesterday and the day before hunting our feeder birds.
Today, we finally had a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, to go with the lone male COMMON REDPOLL that continues at the thistle feeders with the goldfinches and 6 PINE SISKINS. Before the storm yesterday I counted a minimum of 32 GOLDFINCHES & 9 PINE SISKINS. Still waiting for that first Purple Finch... Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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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: 4/19/18 5:30 pm
From: <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET South Pond (Lincoln Park Zoo) Common Loons
I spent most of the morning at South Pond in Lincoln Park. The 2 Common Loons continue to be there. One of the Loons is north of the bridge & poses for photos. I also photographed Ring-billed Gulls mating & a close Red-breasted Merganser with a fish.


After South Pond, I walked to North Pond. I saw a Winter Wren & Brown Creeper.


Robert Kramer
Cook County


 

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Date: 4/19/18 2:56 pm
From: <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fox River Shores migrants
We walked a lot at Carpentersville Dam and Fox River Shores F.P. today in northern Kane Co.

At Fox River Shores, there were three Bonaparte's Gulls on the river near the peninsula south from the main parking lot along with 7 Caspian Terns.

A Merlin flew right through the parking lot while we were eating lunch there and other hawks, a Bald Eagle, and Osprey were migrating overhead.

Both spots had lots of kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers. The kinglets are super close and put on a great show along the short trail south of Carpentersville Dam.

Full lists are available on eBird if you search for them.

Good birding,

Eric & Sally Secker
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Date: 4/19/18 1:48 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ryerson & Heritage Park In Wheeling Thursday 4-19-18
Hello Bird People,

I haven't been to Lake County in a while & I haven't been to Ryerson
Conservation Area in a very long while. So today I decided to go there
for early land bird migrants in Lake Co. I got what I expected plus a
few special species although nothing you'd chase. Then since I stopped
for lunch in Wheeling I made a quick stop at Heritage Park. Here are
my 2 lists.

Ryerson Conservation Area (9:30 a.m.-12;30 p.m.)

D.C.Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (4)
Wood Duck (6)
Mallard (10)
Blue Winged Teal (1-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-PR flying along the river)
Rock Pigeon (2)
RED HEADED WOODPECKER (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (14)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (6)
Downy Woodpecker (4)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-M)
Flicker (8)
(Only one I missed was Pileated)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Tree Swallow (4)
Blue Jay (6)
Chickadee (6)
W.B.Nuthatch (10)
Brown Creeper (3)
WINTER WREN (2)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (6)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (2)
Eastern Bluebird (3-M)
Hermit Thrush (12-14)
Robins (20-25)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (9-10)
Cardinal (4)
Chipping Sparrow (1 at Nan's feeder)
Fox Sparrow (8) (One singing)
Song Sparrow (15-17) (Lots singing)
Swamp Sparrow (2)
Junco (7-8) (One singing)
Red Winged Blackbird (6)
Grackle (3-4)
Cowbird (6)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (1-M)
Goldfinch (H-2)
House Sparrow (4)

Heritage Park In Wheeling (1:30-2 p.m.)

COMMON LOON (3)
P.B.Grebe (8)
D.C. Cormorant (1)
Canada Geese (32)
Mallard (18)
B.W.Teal (1-PR & 3-M)
Lesser Scaup (2-M)
Bufflehead (2-M & 1-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (16)
Ruddy Duck (2-M)
Ring Billed (55) & Herring (3) Gulls
BONAPARTE'S GULL (19-20) (Most had the black hood)
Caspian Tern (10)
Tree (10) & Barn (1) Swallows
Killdeer (H-1)
Kingfisher (H-1)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (1)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Rusty Blackbird even if it was in the wrong county &
Runners-Up to the Bonaparte's Gulls, the Red Headed Woodpecker & the 2
Winter Wrens.
Had 50 species for the day.

Al Stokie
In Lake County most of the day but with a little Cook County at the end


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Date: 4/19/18 12:34 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sidney Yates Flatwoods (Bunker Hill)
Nothing to rave about today in terms of birds.  Except my FOY Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Others Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers, Phoebes, Hermit Thrush, Red-tailed Hawk.  
 

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Date: 4/19/18 12:29 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ted Lechowicz Woods (Indian Road)
Woodcock.  
Carol Nelson Cook County Chicago 

 

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Date: 4/19/18 12:24 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Field sp

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Hi friends,
Lots of sparrows including WT, Swamp, Song, E towhee, juncos, and Field sp.
All singing.

John
Bourbonnais, IL
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Date: 4/19/18 12:23 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Edgebrook Woods
Unusually birdy.  I don't usually do spring migration here and was actually looking for wildflowers but had to stop to acknowledge the birds.  Sapsuckers, Phoebes, Bluebird, Yellow-rumps, Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-breasted Nuthatches, Hermit Thrushes, Brown Creepers.  
Carol Nelson Cook County Chicago 
 

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Date: 4/19/18 10:51 am
From: Vicky Sroczynski <vsroczynski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Merlin at Sag Quarries, Cook Co
Hi, I am out birding without a hat or gloves, and the sun is shining, but, more importantly, if you are already in thePalos area and want to see a Merlin, one is perched and still-for now. Park in north parking lot, walk north on the Cal-Sag trail for a few steps, and look up to your left-above Palos Park sign. Chickadees are scolding there...

Vicky Sroczynski

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Date: 4/19/18 8:33 am
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
Finally have Fox Sparrows under the feeders! Juncos still here, no American
Tree Sparrows for a few days.


Todd Anderson
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Date: 4/18/18 6:46 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP, Tuesday, 17 April: Common Loon, Great Black-backed Gull
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday (Tuesday), covering all areas. Despite the unseasonable weather it was relatively birdy. I found several year birds and a couple nice park year birds.
I was hoping for the Ruddy Ducks seen by the Audubon group on Saturday in the rain but had to settle for my first N. SHOVELERS in the park this year seen in the Columbia Basin and east lagoon. At the south end of Wooded Island I found FOY E. TOWHEE (2 males that pished up nicely), BROWN THRASHER and WINTER WREN. Out on the soccer fields I counted 67 N. FLICKERS; there were way over 100 in the park, which is quite a jump in number from my last visit (7) on the 12th! I ran into Aerin T. while counting them; she was as dressed for winter birding as I was on this cold spring day! A BARN SWALLOW (FOY) flew over the soccer fields, then I noticed a COMMON LOON (FOY JxP) in the east lagoon. Just before the driving range a few dog walkers asked what I had seen. I told them about the loon and they mentioned 5 herons in a tree. I had been so intent on checking the birds on the soccer field that I forgot to check the fallen tree over the water at the south end of the island. I went back and there they were, 5 adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS (FOY JxP) with their breeding season plumes. A bit of surprise was a pair of PURPLE MARTINS (FOY) scouting out the nest boxes by the Columbia Basin.
At 63rd Street Beach I saw several adult HERRING GULLS and what I initially thought was a juvenile Herring Gull feeding on a dead fish. When I got closer I realized that the immature bird was a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (FOY JxP). The fish, by the way, was a 2 foot pike. In the little stand of trees along the shore north of La Rabida Hospital I flushed an AMERICAN WOODCOCK (FOY). I had to have walked right by it but it flushed when I turned back around. With most of the birds feeding low I was able to photograph several, but not the 2 males and 1 female EASTERN BLUBIRDS on the east golf course. They were feeding and moving fast! Adding the singing CHIPPING SPARROW I heard near my apartment on the way home, I had 59 species. My full list is below.

Abbreviations: WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, NLF = North Lake Front (59th to 62nd), 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, OH = Outer Harbor, LM = Lake Michigan and immediate shore east of OH, IH = Inner Harbor, GC = Golf Course.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (34), 63rd (2), OH (7), IH (4), GC (2)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (5)
Mallard: WI/BM (33), 63rd (2), OH (7), LM (2), IH (1)
Blue-winged Teal: WI/BM (8)
N. Shoveler: WI/BM (3)
Greater Scaup: IH (5)
Lesser Scaup: IH (5)
Common Goldeneye: IH (2)
Buffllehead: OH (2)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (12), NLF (8), OH (9), LM (10), IH (9), GC (4)
Common Loon: WI/BM (1)
Horned Grebe: WI/BM (1), OH (5), LM (2), IH (2)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (2)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (3), 63rd (1), IH (1)
Black-crowned Night-Heron: WI/BM (5), IH (1)
Cooper's Hawk: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
A. Coot: WI/BM (3), OH (2), IH (26)
Killdeer: WI/BM (2), GC (1)
A. Woodcock: OH (1)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (19), NLF (41), 63rd (66), OH (165), LM (42), IH (6), GC (9)
Herring Gull: WI/BM (3), 63rd (5), OH (2), IH (3)
Great Black-backed Gull: 63rd (1)
Caspian Tern: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (12), 63rd (1), OH (2), GC (2)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1), OH (1), GC (2)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (96), IH (2), GC (24)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (19), 63rd (2), OH (1), IH (2), GC (7)
A. Crow: WI/BM (4), OH (2), IH (1), GC (7)
Purple Martin: WI/BM (2)
Barn Swallow: WI/BM (1), IH (1)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (1), OH (1), IH (1), GC (1)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (4), NLF (2), OH (5), IH (1), GC (3)
Winter Wren: WI/BM (5), GC (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (1), 63rd (2), GC (4)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (2), 63rd (2), OH (3)
E. Bluebird: GC (3)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (10), 63rd (1), IH (1), GC (2)
A. Robin: WI/BM (89), OH (1), IH (1), GC (23)
Brown Thrasher: WI/BM (2), IH (1), GC (1)
Euro. Starling: WI/BM (26), GC (5)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (9), NLF (1), OH (3), GC (1)
E. Towhee: WI/BM (2), IH (2), GC (1)
A. Tree Sparrow: IH (1), GC (1)
Field Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Chipping Sparrow: 1 along University Ave
Fox Sparrow: WI/BM (8), GC (2)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (40), 63rd (1), OH (1), IH (13), GC (6)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (10), OH (1), IH (4), GC (7)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (12), OH (1), IH (5), GC (5)
White-throated Sparrow: GC (1)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (8), GC (4)
Common Grackle: WI/BM (1)
Red-winged Blackbird: WI/BM (12), GC (1)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (15)
E. Meadowlark: 63rd (1)
House Finch: NLF (1), GC (1)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (13)
House Sparrow: WI/BM (8), NLF (1), OH (11)

Randy Shonkwiler
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Date: 4/18/18 4:32 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard WT sparrow

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40832710554/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
3 or so here now. Sing a little. Waiting for the snow to melt up north.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/18/18 3:28 pm
From: <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
I, being a novice, who sees birds and often doesn't or not definite of what I see, appreciates a sighting. I look it up and hope to recognize upon seeing.
Don’t give up on those who are struggling to learn.
Thanks for speaking your mind and please continue to inform.
It is appreciated.
Thank you

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> On Apr 17, 2018, at 7:18 PM, Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Fellow birders,
>
> I was told a long time ago that IBET (and other birding listservs) was a resource for documenting bird sightings, even if it meant not revealing the location of a sensitive species (owls, rails, etc., which is mentioned on the IBET page). Am I mistaken? Did I do something wrong? I have been criticized for my "secret" report and I've also be accused of being self-congratulatory. Perhaps my mistake was putting RBA in my header? Perhaps someone could clarify what this listserv is for, that would be a helpful reminder. Like I said, I was under the impression that it was a place to document sightings (I was encouraged to do so in Tennessee when I lived there, because the data from their listserv was used for local checklists and other documentation).
>
> Jay Sturner
> Downers Grove
> DuPage County
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Date: 4/18/18 3:21 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard DE juncos

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41547384401/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
#s for juncos are increasing. Maybe 30. Or more. Snow line just north is stopping migration.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/18/18 2:13 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 4-18-18
Hello Bird People,

Covered this place for over 4 hours & covered all areas. Finished at
noon & at 12:10 p.m. it stared raining. Good timing for me! Here's my
bird list.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:30-noon)

COMMON LOON (5, 1 in the S.W. part of the northern lake, 1 by the
Trellis Bridge & 3 where they
used to keep the water open for the
resident Trumpeter Swans)
P.B.Grebe (23, all over)
Horned Grebe (8)
D.C.Cormorant (1 flying)
Great Blue Heron (1 & 2 fly-bys)
Canada Geese (15)
Wood Duck (13, all at the B.Brown Pond)
Mallard (14)
Green Winged Teal (1-F)
Blue Winged Teal (6)
Shoveler (also 6)
Gadwall (9, all at the B.Brown Pond)
Bufflehead (3-PR)
Common Goldeneye (1-IM-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (122, all of a sudden they are really in!)
Ruddy Duck (1-M)
Turkey Vulture (1 hunting)
OSPREY (1 hunting all over)
Coot (1)
Killdeer (4)
Greater Yellowlegs (2, by the mud flats)
Ring Billed Gull (1)
Herring Gull (2)
BONAPARTE'S GULL (1 without the black hood)
Caspian Tern (14)
Mourning Dove (11)
Kingfisher (1 flying)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Y.B.Sapsucker (6)
Flicker (9)
Eastern Phoebe (17-20)
Tree Swallow (~20)
Barn Swallow (2)
Blue Jay (4-5)
Crow (3)
Chickadee (4)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (1, haven't had one for a few weeks)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (2, actually heard one so you know it was very close)
Hermit Thrush (6)
Robins (~40)
Starling (2)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (8)
Cardinal (4-M)
Tree Sparrow (5)
Field Sparrow (1)
Savannah Sparrow (1)
Fox Sparrow (9)
Song Sparrow (14)
Swamp Sparrow (4)
Junco (10)
Red Winged Blackbird (10-12)
Grackle (~20)
Cowbird (6)
House Finch (3)
Goldfinch (8)
House Sparrow (10)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Bonaparte's Gull which I thought was new for
the CBG but it turns out I had it once in 1986. No wonder I didn't
remember having seen it as that was a while ago. Runner-Up to the
hunting Osprey.

License Plate Of the Day to the one from New Mexico (blue version)
seen at the CBG.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 4/18/18 8:59 am
From: 'Darrell Shambaugh' <d.shambaugh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Shabbona Lake (DeKalb County) April 17
I spent a few hours at Shabbona Lake Tuesday Afternoon. It was a nice day.
for February! Since it is mid-April, it made me kind of Moody and Blue, what
with the temperature getting all the way up to 40 degrees.



Birding was excellent. The lake was covered with birds. Many ducks, most in
breeding plumage were there. Nine Common Loons was quite a sight. Most of
the Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons were in the west/ upper part of the
lake, sitting in the sun and out of the wind. Ducks were all over the lake.
Gulls were flying all over, although the only two species I could find were
Ring-billed and Bonaparte's.





Shabbona Lake State Park, DeKalb, Illinois, US Apr 17, 2018 2:50 PM - 7:30
PM

Protocol: Traveling

4.0 mile(s)

50 species



Canada Goose 71

Wood Duck 5

Blue-winged Teal 34

Northern Shoveler 12

Gadwall 26

American Wigeon 4

Mallard 16

Redhead 8

Ring-necked Duck 40

Lesser Scaup 184

Bufflehead 16

Hooded Merganser 1

Red-breasted Merganser 162 Confirmed

Ruddy Duck 53

Common Loon 9

Pied-billed Grebe 16

Horned Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant 91

American White Pelican 74

Great Blue Heron 5

Great Egret 13

Turkey Vulture 2

American Coot 286

Killdeer 2

Lesser Yellowlegs 1

Bonaparte's Gull 21

Ring-billed Gull 265

Mourning Dove 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 6

Blue Jay 2

American Crow 6

Tree Swallow 17

Barn Swallow 1

Black-capped Chickadee 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Brown Creeper 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Hermit Thrush 2

American Robin 58

American Tree Sparrow 2

Chipping Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 5

Song Sparrow 2

Red-winged Blackbird 31

Common Grackle 25

Pine Siskin 4

American Goldfinch 2


 

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Date: 4/18/18 8:43 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
To all,

Goeff's response perfectly captured the purpose of the listserv and the
nuances that lie within reporting sensitive species' specific locations.
This is not a listing only listserv, it's for sharing information and
discussing birds, birding, and birding issues in Illinois. There is never
an obligation to pinpoint sightings for every species reported as Geoff
pointed out. The information provided by Jay is still extremely useful for
all of us. His sighting gives us the knowledge that this species is
migrating through. Maybe with a little research and effort someone wanting
to see this species can get out and check areas with suitable habitat on
their own to locate their own rail.

As migration season picks up, and we continue to navigate these grey areas,
remember that ultimately it is every individuals' decision to report
sightings and locations of birds---especially endangered, sensitive, or
rare species. It may be time to also remind everyone that there are some
basic rules to the group (that were established long before I became an
admin) and a description of the group that I will post below. I would like
to draw attention to #7, which is a ZERO tolerance for flaming. I recognize
that this refers to public posting however in light of Jay's experience we
will now likely expand this to offline hostility directed at any
individual, and as the rule points out this will get you barred from IBET.
In light of past interactions, I will also note that this goes for people
that make honest mistakes in reporting sensitive species. No need to be
uncivil to someone, just gently remind them offline not to post specific
locations to breeding birds, sensitive species, etc. and maybe note it to
the rest of the group separately without flaming individuals in the process..

This is a community and we need to be supportive and assume the best of
intentions when people post, regardless of our own opinion. Thank you to
everyone that is a member of this group for making it a fun, safe place to
share our collective enthusiasm for birds and birding!
Happy Birding!
Matt

Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

IBET Administrator
Illinois Ornithological Society Board Member
http://www.illinoisbirds.org/
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Group Description
IBET is an e-mail list for the discussion of wild birds and birding issues
relating to IL. Its mission is to promote the JOY of birding by keeping
members updated on rare and interesting birds and birding opportunities.
Administered by Illinois Ornithological Society.

RULES

1. Keep the conversation on birding in ILLINOIS.

2. Sign ALL posts with your name, town/city, and county.

3. Please include the county in which your sighting occurred if it is not
your home county.

4. Don't send attachments; link members to a website to share photos.

5. If the post doesn't include a sighting, please indicate NO SIGHTINGS
(capitalized) in the subject.

6. Please refrain from sarcasm, because it can't be distinguished from
antagonism on a printed page.

7. There is ZERO tolerance for flaming (the posting of messages
deliberately hostile and insulting to others). This will get you barred
from IBET on the first offense.

8. If you find a rare bird, please put RBA in the subject.




On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 8:11 AM, <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Nicely said Geoff Kudos
>
> Get Outlook for Android <https://aka.ms/ghei36>
>
>
>
> From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 9:24 PM
> Subject: Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
> To: IL-Birds
>
>
>
> Dear Jay:
>
> You did nothing wrong. This listserve is for sharing information about
> birds in Illinois, and that certainly is what you did and all you did. I
> personally appreciate your posting about the rail, because the message made
> me aware of your sighting of the species. Thank you for that. I also am
> appreciative of your sensitivity for the well-being of the bird, and the
> environment it was in, and therefore your withholding details about the
> location. Thank you for that as well.
>
> I am of course aware that there are many birders with a strong interest in
> seeing tough-to-find species like Yellow Rail. Indeed I am one of them. I
> can't fault anyone for being disappointed about not being able to "chase" a
> bird like this. But everyone should recognize that no one is under any
> obligation to provide information on the presence or location of birds.
> There are many reasons for not providing such information. And it's also
> okay to withhold the reason for keeping the information private. That's not
> necessarily anybody's business.
>
> Being disappointed about not being able to see a bird that was or is
> somewhere near is no reason to be uncivil or disrespectful to someone. I
> am sorry you had to experience that, Jay. That kind of behavior is
> improper and wrong, and should not be part of this or any other community..
>
> Good birding,
> Geoff Williamson
> Chicago (Cook County)
> <geoffrey.williamson.21...>
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 18:18 Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Fellow birders,
>
> I was told a long time ago that IBET (and other birding listservs) was a
> resource for documenting bird sightings, even if it meant not revealing the
> location of a sensitive species (owls, rails, etc., which is mentioned on
> the IBET page). Am I mistaken? Did I do something wrong? I have been
> criticized for my "secret" report and I've also be accused of being
> self-congratulatory. Perhaps my mistake was putting RBA in my header?
> Perhaps someone could clarify what this listserv is for, that would be a
> helpful reminder. Like I said, I was under the impression that it was a
> place to document sightings (I was encouraged to do so in Tennessee when I
> lived there, because the data from their listserv was used for local
> checklists and other documentation).
>
> Jay Sturner
> Downers Grove
> DuPage County
>
>
>
>
>
>


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Date: 4/18/18 8:35 am
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Grove yesterday
Had what I believe was a merlin soaring overhead yesterday, making large circles in the sky, heading SE.  Had a problem, a good one, too many birds to catch them all!  Spring might finally be here? :)
Suzanne ColemanCook co.


 

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Date: 4/18/18 7:56 am
From: <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 3 Common Loons at Belmont Harbor, Chicago
Looking down I can see 3 Common Loons at Belmont Harbor this morning. They are just offshore in the narrow part of the harbor by the rest rooms at Roscoe.


Keith Bowers

Chicago


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Date: 4/18/18 6:13 am
From: <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
Nicely said Geoff Kudos




Get Outlook for Android







From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds]


Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 9:24 PM


Subject: Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing


To: IL-Birds






 


Dear Jay:




You did nothing wrong. This listserve is for sharing information about birds in Illinois, and that certainly is what you did and all you did. I personally appreciate your posting about the rail, because the message made me aware of your sighting of the species. Thank you for that. I also am appreciative of your sensitivity for the well-being of the bird, and the environment it was in, and therefore your withholding details about the location.  Thank you for that as well.




I am of course aware that there are many birders with a strong interest in seeing tough-to-find species like Yellow Rail. Indeed I am one of them. I can't fault anyone for being disappointed about not being able to "chase" a bird like this. But everyone should recognize that no one is under any obligation to provide information on the presence or location of birds.  There are many reasons for not providing such information.  And it's also okay to withhold the reason for keeping the information private. That's not necessarily anybody's business.




Being disappointed about not being able to see a bird that was or is somewhere near is no reason to be uncivil or disrespectful to someone.  I am sorry you had to experience that, Jay.  That kind of behavior is improper and wrong, and should not be part of this or any other community.




Good birding,


Geoff Williamson


Chicago (Cook County)


<geoffrey.williamson.21...>






On Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 18:18 Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


 


Fellow birders,




I was told a long time ago that IBET (and other birding listservs) was a resource for documenting bird sightings, even if it meant not revealing the location of a sensitive species (owls, rails, etc., which is mentioned on the IBET page). Am I mistaken? Did I do something wrong? I have been criticized for my "secret" report and I've also be accused of being self-congratulatory. Perhaps my mistake was putting RBA in my header? Perhaps someone could clarify what this listserv is for, that would be a helpful reminder. Like I said, I was under the impression that it was a place to document sightings (I was encouraged to do so in Tennessee when I lived there, because the data from their listserv was used for local checklists and other documentation).




Jay Sturner


Downers Grove


DuPage County











 

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Date: 4/17/18 9:14 pm
From: '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sandhill Crane looking for a mate? Lake County
I think that this Sandhill Crane might be the chick that was raised here and visited our feeder last year. I assume he/she is looking for a mate in our window reflection? https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44679409 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44636417 Richard BissLake Villa, Lake county
 

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Date: 4/17/18 8:54 pm
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET New birds today and others
Was busy today and did not look out much but managed to see foy Hermit
Thrush, Male Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher all in back yard. Also Fox
Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Coopers Hawk, White Throated Sparrows and Juncoes.
Also saw pair of Cardinals mating on front porch then attempt to pick a
nesting site on top of drainpipe but abandoned that. Knew they would not
like it there.
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Date: 4/17/18 8:28 pm
From: Michael McNamee <mmcnamee.eec...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Orland Grassland:Smith's Longspur
Today at Orland Grassland proper I had a Smith's Longspur, where 175th
Road meets the haul road at the top of the hill, in the burned area.
Note: the western half of 175th Road runs along prairie remnants, please
stay on the road in that stretch. There was also a Short-eared Owl in
the same area, and a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls flew across Orland South
when I was there earlier today.

Mike McNamee
Cook County



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Date: 4/17/18 7:37 pm
From: <dupagewillbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cap for scope found at Whalon Lake NO SIGHTINGS
I picked up a an objective cover for a spotting scope near the boat launch at Whalon Lake today, if it's yours let me know.

Thanks!

Jon Grainger

DuPageWillBird (at) Gmail.com
 

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Date: 4/17/18 7:35 pm
From: Jon Sleger <j.sleger...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 60+ species at Rock Cut State Park
Had almost 70 species at Rock Cut State Park (Rockford, IL) today; best sightings: WINTER WREN, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, SWAMP SPARROWS, but my best bird was a PINE WARBLER feeding off my suet block in my front yard when I got home.

Full list below - (I usually don't count numbers of each species but I added some for those that I did count):


American Black Duck (pair)

American Coots

American Crows

American Goldfinches

American Robins

American White pelican (1)

Belted Kingfisher (2)

Black-capped Chickadees

Blue Jays

Blue-winged Teals (lots)

Bonaparte’s Gulls (24)

Brown Creepers (2)

Brown-headed Cowbirds (3)

Buffleheads (lots)

Canada Geese

Canvasback (1)

Cedar Waxwings (6)

Chipping Sparrow (1)

Common Grackles

Common Loons (6)

Cooper’s Hawk (1)

Dark-eyed Slate-colored Juncoes (9)

Downy Woodpeckers

Eastern Bluebirds (2)

Eastern Phoebes (lots)

Eastern Towhee (1)

European Starlings

Field Sparrow (1)

Fox Sparrows (5)

Golden-crowned Kinglets (4)

Gray-cheeked Thrush (1)

Great Blue Herons (10+)

Great Egret (1)

Greater / Lesser Scaups (100’s)

Hairy Woodpeckers (2)

Hermit Thrushes (2)

Hooded Mergansers (3)

Horned grebes (4-5)

House Finches

Killdeer

Lesser Yellowlegs (3)

Mallards

Mourning Doves (2)

Northern Cardinals

Northern Shovelers (10-12)

Northern Y-S Flickers

Ospreys (3)

Pied-billed Grebes (dozens)

Pileated Woodpecker (1)

Pine Warbler (1) [in my yard]

Redheads

Red-breasted Mergansers (2)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (1)

Red-tailed Hawk (1)

Red-winged Blackbirds

Ring-billed Gulls

Ring-necked Ducks (lots)

Ruddy Ducks (lots)

Song Sparrows

Swamp Sparrows (3)

Tree Swallows (lots)

Tufted Titmouse (1)

Turkey Vulture (1)

White-breasted Nuthatches

White-throated Sparrows (2)

Wild Turkeys (12)

Winter Wren (1)

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (3)

Yellow-rumped Myrtles (lots)
 

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Date: 4/17/18 7:32 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook Co - Virginia Rail, Woodcocks
Great hike around Skokie Lagoons this evening. I found a skulking VIRGINIA
RAIL in the marshes and a couple of AMERICAN WOODCOCKS just randomly
skulking near the trail. The FOX SPARROWS were everywhere and singing like
crazy. Good birding.

Photos embedded here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44677585

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 17, 2018 5:56 PM - 7:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.22 mile(s)
40 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 20
Blue-winged Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 2
Mallard 10
Bufflehead 2
Red-breasted Merganser 5
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 7
Bald Eagle 1
Virginia Rail 1
Killdeer 1
American Woodcock 2
Ring-billed Gull 6
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 11
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 12
Winter Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 9
American Robin 40
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Fox Sparrow 25 Ridiculously abundant and singing all throughout the
woods
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Song Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 14

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44677585

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



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Date: 4/17/18 7:24 pm
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
Dear Jay:

You did nothing wrong. This listserve is for sharing information about
birds in Illinois, and that certainly is what you did and all you did. I
personally appreciate your posting about the rail, because the message made
me aware of your sighting of the species. Thank you for that. I also am
appreciative of your sensitivity for the well-being of the bird, and the
environment it was in, and therefore your withholding details about the
location. Thank you for that as well.

I am of course aware that there are many birders with a strong interest in
seeing tough-to-find species like Yellow Rail. Indeed I am one of them. I
can't fault anyone for being disappointed about not being able to "chase" a
bird like this. But everyone should recognize that no one is under any
obligation to provide information on the presence or location of birds.
There are many reasons for not providing such information. And it's also
okay to withhold the reason for keeping the information private. That's not
necessarily anybody's business.

Being disappointed about not being able to see a bird that was or is
somewhere near is no reason to be uncivil or disrespectful to someone. I
am sorry you had to experience that, Jay. That kind of behavior is
improper and wrong, and should not be part of this or any other community.

Good birding,
Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County)
<geoffrey.williamson.21...>


On Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 18:18 Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Fellow birders,
>
> I was told a long time ago that IBET (and other birding listservs) was a
> resource for documenting bird sightings, even if it meant not revealing the
> location of a sensitive species (owls, rails, etc., which is mentioned on
> the IBET page). Am I mistaken? Did I do something wrong? I have been
> criticized for my "secret" report and I've also be accused of being
> self-congratulatory. Perhaps my mistake was putting RBA in my header?
> Perhaps someone could clarify what this listserv is for, that would be a
> helpful reminder. Like I said, I was under the impression that it was a
> place to document sightings (I was encouraged to do so in Tennessee when I
> lived there, because the data from their listserv was used for local
> checklists and other documentation).
>
> Jay Sturner
> Downers Grove
> DuPage County
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/17/18 7:17 pm
From: Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sighting - Final word on the Yellow Rail "drama"
First, I've been receiving A LOT of positive messages from folks about this. Very grateful for that! It seems most of you understand that I shared my sighting not to brag, but to inform the community that, despite the cold weather, Yellow Rails ARE here. And how awesome is that? Time to go looking. Also, to be clear, I have every intention of documenting the sighting on eBird. I always do. People do the same with owls; they report them on IBET and/or eBird at the county level, then update later. Yes, it was my personal decision not to disclose the precise location of the rail. And yes, it ticked a few people off. But I shouldn't have gotten upset about it. In fact, rather than NOT report a rare bird in the future like I previously stated, I most certainly WILL. After all, last summer I found a White-winged Dove, and a couple of weeks ago I found a Smith's Longspur. Full disclosure on those birds, and lots of people got lifers. All because of me. Now THAT'S bragging!

Jay Sturner
Downers Grove
DuPage Co.


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Date: 4/17/18 5:18 pm
From: Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
Fellow birders,
I was told a long time ago that IBET (and other birding listservs) was a resource for documenting bird sightings, even if it meant not revealing the location of a sensitive species (owls, rails, etc., which is mentioned on the IBET page). Am I mistaken? Did I do something wrong? I have been criticized for my "secret" report and I've also be accused of being self-congratulatory. Perhaps my mistake was putting RBA in my header? Perhaps someone could clarify what this listserv is for, that would be a helpful reminder. Like I said, I was under the impression that it was a place to document sightings (I was encouraged to do so in Tennessee when I lived there, because the data from their listserv was used for local checklists and other documentation).
Jay SturnerDowners GroveDuPage County
 

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Date: 4/17/18 4:39 pm
From: Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sightings - Don't criticize me for the Yellow Rail
Looks like I can't post a Yellow Rail sighting without jerks coming out of the woodwork to criticize me for not revealing the exact location. There are obviously still people out there that are ignorant about rail etiquette. Perhaps if they weren't so rude in the first place I could explain it to them. Well, that didn't happen so no more rare species reports from me.
Jay SturnerDowners GroveDuPage County
 

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Date: 4/17/18 4:28 pm
From: <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Bonaparte's Gulls
Suzanne & I spent the afternoon at Skokie Lagoons. There was a large number of Bonaparte's Gulls in the water just south of the picnic area on Forest Way Dr. Also Common Loons were seen at multiple locations. Other highlights
:


Ruddy Ducks
Winter Wren
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Buffleheads


Lots of Butterbutts, Phoebes & Cormorants


Robert Kramer
Cook County


 

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Date: 4/17/18 4:19 pm
From: S J <stevejner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park Zoo/Nature Boardwalk/South Pond - Common Loons and more
Thank you Matthew!!! After 7 years Birding/Photographing Birds I had yet to see a Common Loon in breeding plumage. The two were still present between 4 and 530pm mostly hanging off the north side of the island. Have only seen them in fall at Belmont Harbor so this was a real treat! Also present were the Blue and Green Winged Teal, 3 male Bufflehead with two females, Red-breasted Mergies M and F, A male Wood Duck, A Pied billed Grebe, A lot of Eastern Phoebes, some Swallows, red wings, Robins, Northern Cardinals, Mallards Canadas and American Coots. A great afternoon at South Pond!SteveCook Cty

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 11:24 AM, "Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


  The Common Loons are sticking at South Pond and offering great close up views! Quite a few other waterfowl and land bird migrants down there too. Yesterday (4/16) I had a pair of both Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal on the pond, they are likely still down there I just didn't have much time this morning to thoroughly search. Full list from today below.
Cheers!Matt
Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL
IBET AdministratorIllinois Ornithological Society Board Memberhttp://www.illinoisbirds.org/ 
https://www.facebook.com/Illin oisOrnithologicalSociety/ 

Chicago Ornithological Society Board Memberhttps://www.chicagobirder.org/https://www.facebook.com/group s/chicagobirder/

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
Apr 17, 2018
7:32 AM
Traveling
0.76 miles
36 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

26 Canada Goose 
5 Wood Duck 
1 American Wigeon 
23 Mallard (Northern) 
2 Ring-necked Duck 
3 Lesser Scaup 
4 Bufflehead 
20 Red-breasted Merganser 
2 Common Loon 
4 Pied-billed Grebe 
3 Double-crested Cormorant 
1 Cooper's Hawk 
25 Ring-billed Gull 
1 Herring Gull 
7 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
1 Eastern Phoebe 
1 Black-capped Chickadee 
1 Brown Creeper 
1 Hermit Thrush 
8 American Robin 
16 European Starling 
1 Field Sparrow 
6 Fox Sparrow (Red) 
19 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 
7 Song Sparrow 
1 Swamp Sparrow 
2 Northern Cardinal 
12 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 
14 Common Grackle (Bronzed) 
100 House Sparrow 

Number of Taxa: 30
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Date: 4/17/18 2:54 pm
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET:Sangamon Co. March 2018
*Birds in Sangamon County in March, 2018*

*Red-throated Loon* – spring arrival one adult in non-breeding plumage
at LSpfld (March 20).

*Common Loon* – spring arrival of 2 adults at LSpfld (March 9), w/ HC =
20 (Mar27).

*Pied-billed Grebe* – HC = 24 (Mar 19) – still low #, but seen every day.

*Horned Grebe* – HC = 65 (March 23), seen every day.

*Am. White Pelican* – HC = 552 (March 9), seen every day in March.

*Double-crested Cormorant* – HC = 750 (March 31). Birds in March mostly
adults.

*Great Blue Heron* – HC = 33 (March 27). Birds going to and from colony,
which is along Horse Creek.

*Great Egret* – spring arrival 2 at Warm-water Ditch (March 26), HC = 3
(March 29 & 31).

*Mute Swan* – present.

*Greater White-front Goose* – HC =80 (March 1), w/ a few lingering
flocks until the end of the month, w/ 28 at Sangchris (March 30).

*Snow Goose* – HC = 36 (March 7), w/most birds stragglers and in
immature plumage.

*Ross’s Goose* – HC = 9 (March 10), w/ low # from March 1 – 23 and none
after March 23.

*Cackling Goose* – 6 at LSpfld (March 16 & 27)and 3 (March20).

*Canada Goose* – HC = 160 (March 7).

*Wood Duck* – HC = 26 (March 13).

*Green-wing Teal* – HC = 59 (March 23).

*Am. Black Duck* – last seen ♀at Sangchris (March 27).

*Mallard* – HC = 310 (March 27), obviously still migrants, w/ # dropping
to mostly summer population the last couple of days in March.

*N. Pintail* – HC = 27 (March 17)& 22 (March 27), % last seen 2 ♂at
Sangchris (March 30).

*Blue-wing Teal* –spring arrival ♂ in alternate plumage near Airport
(March 7),w/ HC = 42 (March 27).

*N. Shoveler* – HC = 155 (March 15) and 163 (March 27).

*Gadwall* – HC = 315 (March 27).

*Am. Wigeon* – HC = 34 (March 27), low #.

*Canvasback –* HC = 56 (March 15), a few by the end of March.

*Redhead* – HC = 35 (March 11), w/ a few to end of month.

*Ring-neck Duck* – HC = 195 (March 27).

*Greater Scaup* – HC = 12 (March 2), w/ % last seen ♀(March 23).

*Lesser Scaup* – HC = 868 (March 27), seen every day in March.

*Oldsquaw* – one ♀ from winter season, seen at LSpfld (March 2).

*Surf Scoter* – spring arrival ♀at LSpfld (March 2) – photo and another
♀ seen (March 23).

*Common Goldeneye* – HC = 11 (March 2), w/ last seen ♀ (March 23).

*Bufflehead* – HC = 32 (March 15), seen every day of the month.

*Hooded Merganser* – HC = 25 (March 16), w/ # dropping and many paired
during March, but seen at LSpfld to the end of the month

*Common Merganser* – last seen 2 at LSpfld (March 7).

*Red-breasted Merganser* – HC = 182 (March 29), seen every day in March
– fairly good #.

*Ruddy Duck* – HC = 1300 (March 27), seen every day in March.

*Turkey Vulture* – HC = 125 mostly at MPt(March 3 & 31).

*Osprey *– spring arrival one at Hazel Dell inlet (March 31) – photo.

*Bald Eagle* – HC = 2 (March 6 & 17), pair nesting in Hawk Valley.

*N. Harrier* – HC = 3 (March 3 & 10).

*Sharp-shinned Hawk* – 2 singles (March 16 & 24), difficult to know if
spring arrival.

*Cooper’s Hawk* – HC = 3 ( 4x in March ) – this species noted on 14 days.

*Red-shouldered Hawk* – seen 8 times: at Sangchris adult (March 4 & 15),
at Hunter Lake creek one (March 6), at Beamington Corner adult (March
15), east of Hawk Valley immature (March 17); area south of airportadult
(March 18 & 23), and immature north of New City caught snake (March 28).

*Red-tailed Hawk* – HC = 8 (March 3).Dark phase west of Sangchris (March
2 & 6) was also seen in previous years.

*Rough-leg Hawk* – one light phase near Pleasant Plaines (March 10).

*Am. Kestrel* – HC = 9 (March 10).

*Merlin *– seen 9 times,7 at UIS/LL (March 2 – 17), plus one at Cinder
Flats (March 13) and one at Golf Course (March 17).

*Ring-neck Pheasant* – HC = 2 (March 29).

*Turkey –* HC = 5 (March 18).

*N. Bobwhite* – finally heard one at Sangchris (March 27), first one in
2018!

*Am. Coot* – HC = 245 (March 27)- low #.

*Sandhill Crane* – spring arrival 9 at Sangchris on the ground (March
17) – photos, only sighting.

*Am. Golden-Plover* – spring arrival 3 in basic plumage south of New
City (March 30)

*Killdeer *– HC = 26 (March 16) – low #.

*Greater Yellowlegs* – the second bird of the season at Sangchris (March
30).

*Wilson’s Snipe* –spring arrival near Nipper Prairie (March 16), w/ HC =
19 (March 23).

*Am. Woodcock -* HC = 2 (March 3) at Beamington

*Bonaparte’s Gull* – HC = 300 (March 23) – some seen every day of the
month, except one day.

*Ring-bill Gull* – HC = 3000 (March 2 & 9) – this is a conservative
estimate since many more gulls were in the middle of LSpfld late in the
evening on some days.

*Herring Gull* – HC = 15 (March 28), w/ very few by the end of month,
but seen on 26 days.

*Lesser Black-backed Gull* – one adult(March 9), 2 adults (March 23) and
2-3 year (March 29)all at LSpfld.

*Rock Dove* – present.

*Eurasian Collared- Dove* – HC = 4 (March 15).

*Mourning Dove* – HC = 33 (March 17) – seem rather scarce.

*Barred Owl* – HC = 2 (March 15).

*Belted Kingfisher* – HC = 2 (March 4 & 31)- most left for winter,
lowest # in a long time.

*Red-headed Woodpecker* – HC = 7 (March 22), seen every day but one.

*Red-bellied Woodpecker* – HC = 11 (March 2), seen every day.

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker* – spring arrival ♂at Sangchris (March 22).

*Downy Woodpecker* – HC = 7 (March 9), seen every day.

*Hairy Woodpecker* – HC = 2 (March 1 & 4), seen on 10 days.

*N. Flicker* – HC = 7 (March 13), seen on 26 days. Spring arrival not
clearly defined.

*Pileated Woodpecker* – HC = 2 (March 9 & 28).

*Eastern Phoebe* – spring arrival at south end LSpfld (March 16), w/ HC
= 4 (March 28).

*Horned Lark* – HC = 12 (March 3), low #.

*Purple Martin* – spring arrival♂ at LSpfld (March 20), w/ HC = 2 (March
21 & 26).

*Tree Swallow* – HC = 170 (March 24).

*N. Rough-wing Swallow* – spring arrival at LSpfld (March 29).

*Cliff Swallow* – spring arrival at LSpfld (March 28).

*Barn Swallow* – spring arrival at LSpfld (March 24), w/HC = 3 (March 26).

*Blue Jay* – HC = 25 (March 1), seen every day.

*Am. Crow* – HC = 60 (March 6). Apparently split into pairs @ late March.

*Fish Crow* – spring arrival at Sangchris (March 17), w/ HC = 2 (March
19 & 28).

*Black-cap Chickadee* – HC = 9 (March 2), # seemed low – but seen every day.

*Tufted Titmouse* – HC = 11 (March 7), seen every day.

*Red-breasted Nuthatch* – HC = 2 on several dates, missed on 8 days in
March.

*White-breasted Nuthatch* – HC = 12 (March 22), seen every day.

*Brown Creeper* - % started returning @ (March 2), but only 7 singles
seen – low #.

*Carolina Wren* – HC = 9 (March 2), heard every day.

Winter Wren – none.

*Golden-crown Kinglet* – spring migrant ♂ at Center Park (March 19) and
HC = 2 (March 24).

*E. Bluebird* – WR w/ HC = 9 (March 2) – low #.

*Am. Robin* – seen every day, w/ HC = 197 (March 6). One leucistic bird
at a burned prairie near Loami March29 was a returning bird from last year.

*N. Mockingbird* – only one east of Spfld (March 2).

*Brown Thrasher* – spring arrival at LSpfld (March 28) – late.

*American Pipit* – HC = 40 east of Spfld (March 30).

*Cedar Waxwing* – HC = 14 (March 29), waxwings noted on 6 days in March.

*Eur Starling* – present.

*Yellow-rumped Warbler* – spring arrival at Sangchris (March 15), was
the only warbler in March.

*N. Cardinal* – HC = 28 (March 11), seen every day.

*Eastern Towhee* – HC = 2 ( March 28), very slow in arriving.

*Spotted Towhee* – spring arrival ♀at Oak Ridge Cemetery (March20) – photos.

*Am. Tree Sparrow* – HC = 20 (March 16), w/low # through the end of March.

*Chipping Sparrow* – spring arrival at Sangchris (March 31).

*Field Sparrow* –spring arrival at Cinder flats (March 28), w/ HC = 3
(March 31). Also WR near airport (March 18).

*Vesper Sparrow* – spring arrival 2 near Berry (March 31).

*Savannah Sparrow* – HC = 13 (March 17).

*Fox Sparrow* – HC = 5 (March 18).

*Song Sparrow* – HC = 29 (March 18), but still rather scarce.

*Swamp Sparrow* – HC = 8 (March 18), w/ very low # so far.

*White-throated Sparrow* – WR, w/ low # not any day with double digits.
HC = 6 (March 15).

*White-crowned Sparrow* – WR, w/HC = 10 (March 6) – only seen on 3 days.

*Dark-eyed Junco* – HC = 62 (March 20). There was an “Oregon Junco ” at
Oak Ridge (March 23).

Lapland Longspur –none!

*Smith’s Longspur* – spring arrival 30 at Sangchris(March 19).

*Red-wing Blackbird* – HC = 528 (March 12).

*Eastern Meadowlark* – HC = 9 (March 16), seen on 20 days.

*Western Meadowlark* – spring arrival ♂l east of Nipper Prairie (March 29).

*Rusty Blackbird* – HC = 70 (March 10).

*Common Grackle* – HC = 20,000 (March 21) – migrating flock.

*Brown-headed Cowbird* – HC = 522 (March 24).

Purple Finch – None!

*House Finch* – HC = 8 (March 2 & 10).

*Common Redpoll* – winter resident , w/HC = 2 (March 10).

*Pine Siskin* – winter resident, w/ HC = 6 (March 18).

*Am. Goldfinch* – HC = 13 (March 21 & 31) – all finches continue scarce.

*House Sparrow* – present.

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow* – HC = 5 (March 27).

Total Field Days = 31

Total Hours = 260

Total Species = 125

Most high temperatures were mild in the 40s and 50s, with the monthly
high 62° on March 15. Cold periods were short lived and in the 30s and
40s. The lowest low was 19°on March 14. The March 2018 precipitation,
almost all rain, was 4.35 inches, which is above normal. This brought up
lake levels and created a few puddles in fields.

H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum

<hdavid.bohlen...>

--
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: 4/17/18 1:22 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yard bird cook co
Not a bad start when you open the shade and a yellow-bellied sapsucker flies into the evergreen near you!  But later countered by finding out that our rabbit was murdered :(  The head was under a pine tree, does this mean owl?  Not a big space under there though, so weird if it was.  Plus have never seen one here.  We do have red-tailed and cooper's hawks but the animal's body is in the road and not all gone, wouldn't they use it all?  I hope it wasn't my almost-tame yard rabbit but another one.

Suzanne Colemancook co.


 

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Date: 4/17/18 1:20 pm
From: Jay Sturner <flowerpetalsonthecreek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA - Yellow Rail in Kane County
A YELLOW RAIL was observed at a marsh in Kane County on Sunday,April 15th. I am hesitant to give out further details at this time but will documentthe sighting on eBird in a couple of weeks.
Jay SturnerDowners GroveDuPage County
 

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Date: 4/17/18 1:10 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons & LaBagh Woods Tuesday 4-17-18
Hello Bird People,

Decided I still wanted a Rusty Blackbird & 2 of the best places to
look are the Lagoons & LaBagh Woods. So I went to both places today
but no Rusty Blackbirds were found. I'll keep trying.
But did see lots of expected common land birds so here are my bird lists.

Skokie Lagoons In From Willow Road (7:30-9:45 a.m.)

Common Loon (2)
P.B.Grebe (6)
D.C.Cormorant (5)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Great Egret (groups of 12 & 4)
Canada Geese (20)
Wood Duck (1-PR)
Mallard (12)
Shoveler (5)
Blue Winged Teal (1-PR)
Goldeneye (1-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (64)
Ruddy Duck (4)
Bald Eagle (1)
Herring Gull (2 fly-bys)
Pigeon (1 fly-by)
Kingfisher (1-M)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (7)
Y.B. Sapsucker (3)
Downy Woodpecker (1-2)
Flicker (8-10)
Eastern Phoebe (5)
Tree Swallow (~15)
Blue Jay (1)
Chickadee (H-2)
W.B. Nuthatch (H-2)
Brown Creeper (3)
Winter Wren (3)
R.C. Kinglet (1)
Hermit Thrush (10)
Robins (35)
Starling (6)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (30)
Cardinal (2)
Tree Sparrow (2-3)
Fox Sparrow (12-15, many singing)
Song Sparrow (20. a few singing)
Junco (10-14)
Red Winged Blackbird (4)
Grackle (3)
Cowbird (7)

LaBagh Woods (10:15-noon)

Canada Geese (6)
Mallard (10)
Shoveler (3-PR)
Blue Winged Teal (4)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (1)
Killdeer (4)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Y.B. Sapsucker (6)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-F)
Flicker (20-22)
Eastern Phoebe (4)
Blue Jay (H-1)
Chickadee (2)
Brown Creeper (3)
Winter Wren (1)
G.C. Kinglet (4)
R.C. Kinglet (3)
Robins (30)
Hermit Thrush (18-20)
Starling (4)
Chipping Sparrow (1)
Fox Sparrow (4-5)
Song Sparrow (15-18)
Red Winged Blackbird (1)
Grackle (3)
Cowbird (3)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Woodcock & Runner-Up to the Sharp Shinned Hawk,
both at LaBagh.

Al Stokie
In Cook County


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Date: 4/17/18 10:07 am
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IBSP- north unit, Lake County
This morning at the north unit of Illinois Beach State Park there were 18 Loons at its peak on Sand Lake along with Red-breasted Mergansers scattered throughout.  Also seen were a couple pair of Wood Ducks, a flock of Blue-winged Teals, a couple Horned Grebes, a few Caspian Terns, a couple Bonaparte's Gulls, a soaring Turkey Vulture, a couple Woodcocks, a couple Hermit Thrushes, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, couple Kingfishers, couple Flickers, and a singing American Goldfinch nearly in full Summer plumage.  There were also Snipes and Yellowlegs down the road in the flooded prairie.  
Mark Wallner,   Pleasant Prairie,  WI
 

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Date: 4/17/18 9:32 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park Zoo/Nature Boardwalk/South Pond - Common Loons and more
The Common Loons are sticking at South Pond and offering great close up
views! Quite a few other waterfowl and land bird migrants down there too.
Yesterday (4/16) I had a pair of both Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal on
the pond, they are likely still down there I just didn't have much time
this morning to thoroughly search. Full list from today below.

Cheers!
Matt

Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
Apr 17, 2018
7:32 AM
Traveling
0.76 miles
36 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

26 Canada Goose
5 Wood Duck
1 American Wigeon
23 Mallard (Northern)
2 Ring-necked Duck
3 Lesser Scaup
4 Bufflehead
20 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Common Loon
4 Pied-billed Grebe
3 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Cooper's Hawk
25 Ring-billed Gull
1 Herring Gull
7 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Brown Creeper
1 Hermit Thrush
8 American Robin
16 European Starling
1 Field Sparrow
6 Fox Sparrow (Red)
19 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
7 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
12 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
14 Common Grackle (Bronzed)
100 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 30

 

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Date: 4/17/18 3:51 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard E towhee

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40795922494/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The towhee was heard several times and finally came closer for viewing.

John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/16/18 10:11 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 2 Great Horned Owls Calling
One was calling from the top of the 80 ft. Tulip tree that died in 2012
that I purposely did not cut down. The other from a roost in nearby Maple
trees.

Voices were very different in tone. 1 was very deep the other quite clear
with no muffling whatsoever. This went on back and forth for nearly 45
minutes beginning at 11:15. #1 is still at it at this late hour.

Always amazed how big these fine owls are in silhouette!

NW Cook.

 

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Date: 4/16/18 7:14 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET lingering/late winter & early spring migrant yard birds including COMMON REDPOLL
I haven't gotten out to bird much (except a bit in Hawaii recently), but I still have several lingering species at our yard feeders here in Mundelein since returning from Maui on April 9th. After re-filling my feeders on the 10th, many of the birds that were present before I left soon appeared, including daily appearances at my thistle feeders by a COMMON REDPOLL from 12 Apr thru today! Many of the PINE SISKINS that wintered are still present as well, as there were at least 9 present Sat. (the 14th), with at least 6 today. A minimum of 20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES have been with the redpoll & siskins at the thistle seed feeders as well. I heard and saw a singing male AMERICAN TREE SPARROW from the 10th to the 13th , then 3 showed up below the feeders on Sat. the 14th and again today.

A FOX SPARROW was eating cracked corn below the feeder on Tues. Apr. 10th, but did not hang around. There were also a couple GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS in our Douglas Fir that day. Yesterday (the 15th), a BROWN CREEPER was on our Norway Spruce and my sister-in-law sent me a photo of an EASTERN TOWHEE under her feeder in Hawthorn Woods, and she also had a HERMIT THRUSH & GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS in her yard. A NORTHERN FLICKER came to my peanut feeder (1st time!) and I also saw it courtship drumming on the metal cap atop our house chimney yesterday. Had a COYOTE running down the middle of our street this past Friday, always a cool site in our suburban neighborhood! Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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Date: 4/16/18 6:19 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N flicker

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40795622014/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Got stuck trying to go thru the fence, backed out them flew over it.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/16/18 5:40 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET By Oregon P-S junco

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40610668705/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Birds coming in now. N flicker, E towhee, Field sp and many DE juncos.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/16/18 5:04 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Cook, Illinois, US
Quick drive through Memorial Park after work. Pretty prolific for
from-the-car, windows-down-and-sunroof-open-with-the-heat-on birding.

Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 16, 2018 5:42 PM - 6:22 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.69 mile(s)
28 species

Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 4
Hooded Merganser 3
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Mourning Dove 10
Belted Kingfisher 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 45
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 11
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 50
Song Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 60
House Finch 9
Pine Siskin 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44645995

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



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Date: 4/16/18 12:59 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Small Lakes Loons & Grebes Part 2 Monday 4-16-18
Hello Bird People,

Yesterday I had 14 Common Loons, 11 P.B.Grebes & 3 Horned Grebes on 3
small local lakes.
Today I had 21 Common Loons, 20 P.B.Grebes & 13 Horned Grebes on 4
small local lakes.
I had assumed that with the cold & north winds the Loons & Grebes
would still be around & that was correct. Enjoy them while you can
snow or no snow.

Lake Glenview (9:30-10:40 a.m.) (Worst snow of the day)

COMMON LOON (3)
P.B.Grebe (12)
Horned Grebe (8)
D.C.Cormorant (3)
Canada Geese (45) (Had the 1st baby geese with 5 of them beginning
life in the cold)
Mallard (15)
B.W. Teal (5)
Shoveler (3-PR)
Redhead (12)
Lesser Scaup (9)
Bufflehead (1-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (20)
Ruddy Duck (12)
Coots (45)
Killdeer (2)
Ring Billed (6) & Herring (2) Gulls
Caspian Tern (8)
Land birds were Ruby Crowned Kinglet (1), Robins, Starlings, Tree (2),
Song (10) & Swamp (2) Sparrows, Red Wings, Grackles & House Sparrows

Heritage Park In Wheeling (11:35-noon)

COMMON LOON (4)
P.B.Grebe (6)
D.C.Cormorant (2)
Mallard (8)
Red Breasted Merganser (58)
Ruddy Duck (3-M & 1-F)
Kestrel (1-flying)
Ring Billed (44) & Herring (2) Gulls
Caspian Tern (17)
Coot (1)
And a few Robins

Beck Lake (12:15-12:40 p.m.)

COMMON LOON (3)
P.B.Grebe (1)
Horned Grebe (1-2)
D.C.Cormorant (9)
Canada Geese (25)
Mallard (6)
Bufflehead (7)
Goldeneye (1-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (7-8)
Ruddy Duck (5-M)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (1) Gulls
Tree Swallow (~30, picking bugs off the water)
Blue Jay (heard 1)

Big Bend Lake (12:45-1:20 p.m.) (snowing harder again)

COMMON LOON (11) (One more than I had at Axehead Lake yesterday)
P.B.Grebe (1)
Horned Grebe (4)
D.C.Cormorant (8)
Canada Geese (4)
Wood Duck (1-PR flying by)
Mallard (6)
Lesser Scaup (1-F)
Bufflehead (1-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (14)
Ruddy Duck (6)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Killdeer (2)
Ring Billed (54) & Herring (3-AD) Gulls
Caspian Tern (2)
And many Robins

Once again I'll go with the Common Loons for Bird-Of-The-Day &
both the Horned & Pied Billed Grebes as Runners-Up.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/16/18 11:29 am
From: Pamela Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Charges in shooting of 5 pelicans
thank you for the update! Hopefully they learn their lesson!-Pam


From: "John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
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Sent: Monday, April 16, 2018 12:10 PM
Subject: IBET Charges in shooting of 5 pelicans

  From the DNR site:
Charges Filed in Shootings of White Pelicans at Newton Lake SFWANEWTON, IL – Thanks to information provided by the public, charges have been filed against two Newton, Illinois teenagers in connection with the illegal shooting of white pelicans at Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, discovered on April 3.Charges were filed with the Jasper County States Attorney on April 14 following an investigation conducted by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Because juveniles are involved in the case, the names of the subjects are not being released at this time.The two male subjects are charged with Unlawful take of migratory waterfowl with a rifle; Unlawful discharge of a firearm from a public roadway; Unlawful firing of a rifle over/into waters of the state; and Unlawfully disturbing/harassing wild birds by the use or aid of a motor vehicle.Five pelicans were found dead at Newton Lake on April 3 by IDNR site staff. 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Date: 4/16/18 10:08 am
From: John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Charges in shooting of 5 pelicans
From the DNR site:
Charges Filed in Shootings of White Pelicans at Newton Lake SFWANEWTON, IL – Thanks to information provided by the public, charges have been filed against two Newton, Illinois teenagers in connection with the illegal shooting of white pelicans at Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, discovered on April 3.Charges were filed with the Jasper County States Attorney on April 14 following an investigation conducted by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Because juveniles are involved in the case, the names of the subjects are not being released at this time.The two male subjects are charged with Unlawful take of migratory waterfowl with a rifle; Unlawful discharge of a firearm from a public roadway; Unlawful firing of a rifle over/into waters of the state; and Unlawfully disturbing/harassing wild birds by the use or aid of a motor vehicle.Five pelicans were found dead at Newton Lake on April 3 by IDNR site staff. Another pelican found shot and wounded was taken to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment.John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane cty
 

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Date: 4/16/18 9:09 am
From: Tom Terrien <tinkandtom...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Warblers today-Vermilion county
Good morning, birders,
At our feeders this morning, while it was snowing lightly, we were surprised to see a male Summer Tanager in breeding colors, plus a Yellow rumped warbler on the ground. Then a Yellow throated warbler showed up on our peanut butter feeder.
Maybe that is a positive thing that can be said about April snow! Easy birding from the house.

Sue Tinkle/Tom Terrien
Catlin, IL

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Date: 4/16/18 5:53 am
From: Roland Kulla <kulla...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Veery thrush in Back of the Yards


 

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Date: 4/15/18 5:10 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Illinois Beach State Park
Freezing rain/snow made for tough conditions for the birds, but also made for some nice concentrations once you found them.


The North Unit’s Sand Pond had the best birds, the flock of 3 Tundra Swans had to be the same ones seen 10 minutes prior, flying south from Spring Bluff FP. Also, the pond was so flooded that the water came and covered part of the road, leading to rather close views of the 12 Common Loons present. Small groups of Bonaparte’s Gulls were seen flying past.
On the main drive, just past the stream, were 17 Common Snipe, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, Rusty Blackbird and a slightly early Yellow-rumped Warbler. These were very close views as the pond was up to the road edge.


In the South Unit, a Eurasian Goldfinch has a territory at the hotel pines (and a nest there might be of that species). Another bird was singing near the White Pines southwest of the Concession stand, a location it has nested previously at.
Also with this 2nd goldfinch, in the open ground areas, over 50 sparrows were feverishly trying to feed. 2 Vesper and 5 Fox were the most interesting, but also 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers were no doubt wondering why they decided to migrate a tad early this far north.


Later afternoon, in Zion along the Boulevard of Bethel, over 160 robins/starlings/cowbird/grackles/blackbirds were trying to feed on any of the grass areas that had opened up from the snow melting, again a sign of the food pressure all birds suffered under today. I even saw a Ruby-crowned Kinglet go feed on the sap of Austrian Pine holes opened up an hour prior by Sapsuckers. I decided to smash a couple of suet blocks down into sparrow sized pieces and tossed them on the ground. It only took 5 minutes for juncos/chickadees and crows to suddenly appear and feast on the small morsels.


Eric Walters

Zion, IL/Grandview, MO


 

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Date: 4/15/18 5:06 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Point Marina/Spring Bluff FP
As everyone knows, today's weather was challenging and likely kept most birders indoors. However, these unusual weather days intrigue me, as its tougher on the birds than us, since they have to survive in it. The ice layer covered access to ground food and it seemed especially hard for robins/sparrows along with low feeding insect eaters like phoebes. In most places, it seemed like a desert of no birds, but once you found some, they were concentrated together.


At NPM, good numbers of expected waterfowl were in the harbor, along with a large flock on Bonaparte’s Gulls. I noticed some of the gulls would get up and head north, with other small groups coming in over the land from the southwest, so amazingly the NE 15 mph winds and freezing rain didn’t stop their migration today. Final tally here was nearly 450, but I did see other groups moving north later in other spots. This is probably the highest tally I've had in NE IL in nearly 20 years.


2 Caspian Terns seen sitting on snow was the 1st time I’ve seen that. 6 Vesper Sparrows, scattered over the entrance roads in both directions from the main office, was the best passerine.
The best species overall was the flock of 3 Tundra Swans flying south between Spring Bluff and NPM. This group later landed at IBSP Sand Pond.


Best mammal was a Mink, swimming across to the outer rocks fairly close to the harbor mouth entrance.


Eric Walters

Zion, IL/Grandview, MO




 

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Date: 4/15/18 5:05 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gillson Park/Northwestern University
Yesterday mid-afternoon, I stopped by Wilmette’s Gillson Park to check on what might be blown in by the unbelievable 26 miles per hour northeast winds and 36 degrees temps. One can only dream for these kinds of conditions in November here (occurs maybe once every 15 years or so), but it was mid-April and I wondered what might occur with these conditions.


The decision ultimately paid off when a large grebe was seen coming closer to shore as it flew south and when it passed by, it was clearly a Red-necked Grebe. A fair number of Tree Swallows were also moving south offshore.


In the interior of the park, over 40 birds were feeding on the grassy areas, most interesting was a Vesper Sparrow, most out of place was a Fox Sparrow.




At Northwestern University, the new lakefront athletic center has been opened for the athletes, but access to the ‘point’ is still blocked, at least until Fall, as the offices in this complex are still being built. Thus, a pair of Shovelers in the lagoon ended up being the highlight, unless breeding birds interest you, then it was the 131 Cliff Swallow nest counted (from last years colony). I would think they will return here next month.


Lastly, the Davis Street Fish Market, a well know Evanston restaurant for over 3 decades, closed down back in 2016. The building this restaurant was at (the southeast corner of Davis/Hinman) was the site of a very famous Illinois Ornithological gathering. I’d be amazed if anyone correctly guesses what it was, but maybe someone with deep knowledge of our state’s birding heritage might guess correctly.


Eric Walters

Zion, IL/Grandview, MO




 

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Date: 4/15/18 4:25 pm
From: Anthony Tempske <atempske...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sighting
Two Common Loons on the South Pond/ Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

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Date: 4/15/18 4:17 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Brown thrasher

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41441089192/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
A new one, much bigger, is here.
The Pine w. is eating small, white worms under the Cherry tree. Gorging on hundreds of them. Fun to watch him hunt for them.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Date: 4/15/18 1:49 pm
From: Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Balck-bellied Whistling Duck at L of Woods
NOT relocated.


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Date: 4/15/18 11:57 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Loons At Lake Opeka, Axehead Lake & Belleau Lake Sunday 4-15-18
Hello Bird People,

Wasn't planning on any birding today with all the rain but since I
went to lunch in Des Plaines I decided to look from the car at Lake
Opeka. After I found Loons there I also stopped at the nearby Axehead
& Belleau Lakes where I found more Loons. Here are my short bird
lists:

Lake Opeka In Des Plaines (11:40-11:55 a.m.) (Rain & Snow)

COMMON LOON (3)
P.B.Grebe (5)
Canada Geese (4)
Mallard (9)
Lesser Scaup (5)
Ring Necked Duck (1-PR)
Redhead (1-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-PR)
Ruddy Duck (7-M & 1-F)
Ring Billed (55) & Herring (2) Gulls
Caspian Tern (1 fly-by)
Tree Swallow (6-7)

Axehead Lake (12:05-12:20 p.m.) (Rain & Snow)

If you've ever been here you know Axehead Lake is a pretty small body
of water, not as big as either Beck or Big Bend Lakes but that didn't
keep the Loons from being here.

COMMON LOON (10-11) (Never had this many here before!)
P.B.Grebe (5)
Horned Grebe (2)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Lesser Scaup (8)
Red Breasted Merganser (6)
Rock Pigeons (~25, at the entrance road roost)
Kingfisher (H-1)
Tree (20) & Barn (1) Swallows
Robins (~20)

Belleau Lake (12:25-12:45 p.m.) (Rain)

I almost never get anything here but Mallards & Canada Geese but today I had:

COMMON LOON (1)
P.B.Grebe (1)
Horned Grebe (1 in full breeding plumage, pretty snazzy!)
Mallard (14)
Bufflehead (1-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (2-F)
Herring Gull (1-AD, caught a fish)
Tree (10) & Rough Winged (1) Swallows
Robins (25), Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (4) & Cardinal (1 singing)

Bird-Of-The-Day goes to all those Common Loons &
Runners-Up goes to the full breeding plumaged Horned Grebe & the fine
looking Ruddy Ducks

License Plate Of The Day to one from Mississippi seen in Des Plaines.

Al Stokie
In close to home Cook County


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Date: 4/15/18 11:31 am
From: Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Fwd: [Birdnotes] Balck-bellied Whistling Duck at L of Woods
Aim heading home from S IL.

Any updates?

Sent from my cellular device

Craig Taylor

> On Apr 15, 2018, at 8:55 AM, Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> FYI. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck reported today (15 Apr 2018) in Mahomet, Champaign County.
>
> Geoff Williamson
> <geoffrey.williamson.21...>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Elizabeth Chato
> Date: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 08:40
> Subject: [Birdnotes] Balck-bellied Whistling Duck at L of Woods
> To: Birdnotes (Champaign County Audubon) <birdnotes...>
>
>
> All,
> This sighting is from Clyde Sweet. He couldn't get it on Birdnotes.
> He has a photo but I didon't know how to forward it.
> Black-bellied whistling duck
> Seen this morning on the Sangamon R. in Lake of the Woods Park, Mahomet
> Beth Chato
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Date: 4/15/18 11:02 am
From: 'Donnie R. Dann' <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET BY Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker + Waukegan Harbor sightings
I’ll add to this good advice. The Window Alert decals must be placed on the outside of the windows and should allow not more than 2” by 4” spacing between them. Another very effective and inexpensive solution is to use a magic marker, yellow for example, and make random stripping or patterns of your choosing, but with no more spacing than as mentioned above. The esthetics aren’t really impaired from the interior and many birds lives will be saved. For more good suggestions, see https://abcbirds.org/get-involved/bird-smart-glass/ <https://abcbirds.org/get-involved/bird-smart-glass/>

Back to sightings in this awful weather, from the far south parking area at Waukegan harbor I saw a black or surf scoter (too distant for me to distinguish) and a close flock of about 30 Bonapartes Gulls fly be and then settle in the harbor itself, a little further north.

Donnie Dann
Highland Park/Lake County
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> On Apr 15, 2018, at 11:33 AM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Dear all,
>
> A good and inexpensive solution to protect birds from window strikes during migration season are Window Alert decals. They are transparent and cling on and therefore easily removable. They have UV stripes that the bird can see. You can purchase them on Amazon or at Wild Birds Inc.
>
> Or just put up sticky notes on your windows for a few weeks! :-)
>
> Thanks
>
> Tamima Itani
> Evanston
>
> On Apr 15, 2018, at 6:30 PM, Donna Hapac <donnahapac...> <mailto:<donnahapac...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> <mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:
>
>
> We had a male YB Sapsucker smack into the sliding glass door on our deck today. He was stunned for awhile, then flew into our shrub and hung out for maybe 15-20 minutes so we could confirm the sighting.
>
> Donna Hapac
> West Jefferson Park, Chicago.
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Date: 4/15/18 9:33 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET BY Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Dear all,

A good and inexpensive solution to protect birds from window strikes during migration season are Window Alert decals. They are transparent and cling on and therefore easily removable. They have UV stripes that the bird can see. You can purchase them on Amazon or at Wild Birds Inc.

Or just put up sticky notes on your windows for a few weeks! :-)

Thanks

Tamima Itani
Evanston

On Apr 15, 2018, at 6:30 PM, Donna Hapac <donnahapac...><mailto:<donnahapac...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



We had a male YB Sapsucker smack into the sliding glass door on our deck today. He was stunned for awhile, then flew into our shrub and hung out for maybe 15-20 minutes so we could confirm the sighting.

Donna Hapac
West Jefferson Park, Chicago.


 

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Date: 4/15/18 8:30 am
From: Donna Hapac <donnahapac...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET BY Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
We had a male YB Sapsucker smack into the sliding glass door on our deck today. He was stunned for awhile, then flew into our shrub and hung out for maybe 15-20 minutes so we could confirm the sighting.

Donna Hapac
West Jefferson Park, Chicago.

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Date: 4/15/18 7:02 am
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: [Birdnotes] Balck-bellied Whistling Duck at L of Woods
FYI. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck reported today (15 Apr 2018) in Mahomet,
Champaign County.

Geoff Williamson
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Date: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 08:40
Subject: [Birdnotes] Balck-bellied Whistling Duck at L of Woods
To: Birdnotes (Champaign County Audubon) <
<birdnotes...>


All,
This sighting is from Clyde Sweet. He couldn't get it on Birdnotes.
He has a photo but I didon't know how to forward it.
Black-bellied whistling duck
Seen this morning on the Sangamon R. in Lake of the Woods Park, Mahomet
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Date: 4/14/18 6:40 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard RC kinglet

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40747188464/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Very active in the stick pile. Comes out when an alarm is given. Or hides in the sticks.
Had Chipping sp and Hermit thrush this morning.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/14/18 5:27 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ecuador NO SIGHTINGS
I am planning a trip to South America next year and Ecuador is at the top
of my list (though not the Galapagos).
I have travelled with VENT and love the trips I had with them. Are there
any other birding tour companies anyone can recommend or any advice, i.e.,
to time of year?
Thanks
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 

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Date: 4/14/18 4:25 pm
From: <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Centennial Park Orland Park
We saw a goose that Dave C. showed us pics of on 4/12. He thinks it is a Canada Goose, but it has an
all white head. I do not have a Flicker account, so I can't post a pic. So Dave, if you read this, maybe you can share.


Jeff Stwora
Orland Park, Cook County


 

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Date: 4/14/18 4:17 pm
From: <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET McGinnis Slough
Great Egret 6
Northern Shoveler 20
Caspian Tern 2
American White Pelican 1
Sandhill Crane 2
Blue Winged Teal 20
All viewed from the parking area this afternoon around 2:00.


Jeff Stwora
Orland Park, Cook County


 

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Date: 4/14/18 4:07 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard warbler

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/27587640828/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Pine warbler is a 1st for the yard. Likes to feed on the ground. Very active.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/14/18 3:50 pm
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Ruddy Ducks and Redheads
Many Redheads and Ruddy ducks at Skokie Lagoons this afternoon, especially down at the south end. Also lots of Lesser Scaup, a small amount of Buffleheads, and of course lots of Red-Breasted Mergansers.


Birding by car from end to end we also got a pair of Northern Shovelers, Belted Kingfisher and Caspian Tern, Pied-Billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, the usual Gull suspects, tree swallows galore, and 5 Common Loons (lucky to hear one of them calling).


Marjorie Pries



 

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Date: 4/14/18 3:38 pm
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 14, 2018
North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 14, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Regular spring Saturday Chicago Audubon bird walk at this location. Weather rainy and cold - around 40 degrees F or a little less.
Counts, where given, are mostly accurate or approximate. Uncounted birds were common (10 or more)
27 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Accipiter sp. 1 most likely Cooper's
Ring-billed Gull 3
Caspian Tern 1
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
falcon sp. 1 Just a quick flyover, most likely a Merlin, seemed big for a Kestral
Eastern Phoebe 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Brown Creeper 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin X
European Starling 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Fox Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird X
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44572236

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Date: 4/14/18 2:31 pm
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Grand Tower Island Swainson's Hawk (slightly out of state) Perry county MO 4/14/18
Hi all!

There is a Swainson's Hawk just barely out of state, on Grand Tower Island
(east side of Mississippi River, south of Grand Tower in Jackson co.
Illinois) in Perry county MO as of 10:55 AM Saturday the 14th. Ebird
checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44570218

Here's hoping it flies into Illinois, always possible at this hotspot!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon co. (In the wrong county again)

 

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Date: 4/14/18 2:13 pm
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Will / Grundy - Loggerhead Shrike & Franklin's Gull - Sat 4/14/18 + Australia Pics!
This morning Chris Michalek, Carly Giometti and myself headed south staring at Medewin and checked various sites nearby such as Desplaines Conservation Area, Heidecke Lake, Goose Lake Prairie, Rock Run Rookery and then checked a few Southside Chicago Lakefront Beaches hoping for beached gulls or shorebirds. Despite the wind & drizzle we saw some good stuff!

Highlights!

Medewin
Loggerheaed Shrike - 1 - Iron Bridge Trail
Vesper Sparrow - 8+ - Explosives Rd
Brown Thrasher - 4 - Explosives rd

Subdivision at Peotone Rd & Correct Craft Rd, Wilmington
Franklin’s Gull - 1 ad
Ross’s Goose - 1

Desplaines CA
American White Pelican - 14
Loads of dabbling ducks!

Heidecke Lake
Ruddy Duck - 65
Canvasback - 2
Horned Grebe - 25

Goose Lake Prairie (back side)
Wild Turkey - 2

Rainbow Beach / 63rd St Beach / 31st St Beach
Nothing worth reporting!!

Montrose Harbor / Beach
Common Loon - 3
White-winged Scoter - 1
Great black-backed Gull - 1 1st yr
Blue-winged Teal - 43
Purple Martin - 6

Full checklist can be viewed at: http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2018-04-14 <http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2018-04-14>

Back in March I spent two weeks in the Sydney area of Australia - Some great birding and birds including Wandering Albatross, Ground Parrot, Tawny Frogmouth, Rainbow Lorikeet, Powerful Owl etc etc - I’ve just uploaded my pics to my phase site - if interested please take a look at the following link: http://www.pbase.com/sjhuggins <http://www.pbase.com/sjhuggins>
Pics are best viewed by clicking on ‘original’ under the photo.

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL


 

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Date: 4/14/18 2:02 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Sunday, 4/22 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk and Work Day
Join COS Sunday, 4/22 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk and Work Day

Find early migrants and participate in an optional restoration work day afterward.

Wear sturdy boots, we will likely encounter some mud. Binoculars at a minimum (we have some to lend). Dress for the weather. Note, bathroom facilities may not be open but there should be port-o-johns available. Difficulty: Medium. Walking distance of about 2 miles.

Registration is recommended but not mandatory - Registering is the only way to ensure that you receive a checklist of birds observed at this event.

Leader: Matt Igleski
Contact <chicagobirder...> mailto:<chicagobirder...> if you have any questions.

Saturday, April 22
7:30am - 10:30am followed by work day
LaBagh Woods

Meet in the Irene Hernandez parking lot, off Foster just east of Cicero and I-94, Chicago.


 

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Date: 4/14/18 1:52 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Saturday, 4/21 at Montrose Beach for Bird Walk and Beach Sweep
Join COS and the Sierra Club Saturday, 4/21 for Montrose Beach Bird Walk and Beach Sweep




Bird walk: 9:00 a.m.

Montrose Beach Clean Up: Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by Chicago Group of the Sierra Club




(**note the "brunch" has been cancelled as there were changes to the event)




BIRD WALK

Tour Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary and the wonderful beach dunes natural area. In addition to seeing many migrant and nesting birds and cool native plants, we may spot a coyote, a beaver or local foxes. Bring binoculars if you have them. There will be a few pairs to borrow. With aerin tedesco and Lindsay Wilkes




BEACH SWEEP

We’ll begin our first clean-up of the year of Montrose Beach, Chicago’s largest and wildest beach. Sierra Club Chicago Group has been cleaning this beach twice a year for 20 years. Our efforts are important to

keep trash and pollutants out of Lake Michigan and to keep this natural area safe for humans and wildlife. Equipment, snacks and water will be provided.




DIRECTIONS:

Meet on the east side of the boathouse at Montrose Beach at 9:00 a.m. for the bird walk. Parking is free and bike racks are provided at the beach house. It is a 10 – 15 minute walk to Montrose Beach house from the bus

stops at Montrose and Marine Drive.





Email <chicagobirder...> if you have any questions.



 

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Date: 4/14/18 1:17 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake glenview canvasback (cook co)
There's a rather sizable flock of ducks out on Lake Glenview. Includes a
lot of lesser scaup, redheads, ruddy ducks and one female type canvasback.

4 bonaparte's gulls and a caspian tern were also present.

Good birding.

 

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Date: 4/14/18 11:42 am
From: Jim Solum <Solum11...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan South Harbor Black Scoters +more on the move
Decided to just park at Waukegan South Harbor parking lot looking east and south and had a pretty productive hour! There were constantly things to see as every time I went to write down my sightings another flock would be dropping in or flying by!

There were scores of Bonapartes Gulls moving as well. Our count of 158 was a minimum as groups were moving as we left. Many groups of swallows were moving but most were way out past the break wall unidentifiable. I did have a couple that came into the harbor where we could ID them.

All birds were seen from and over the south harbor parking lot in a driving rain. Constant turnover. The Black Scoter flew right past us west to east only 40 yards out!!

ebird list follows.

> 17 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 4
> Blue-winged Teal 2
> Mallard 2
> Northern Pintail 4 Two pair flying with a pair of mallard from south to north right over the south harbor parking lot!
> Green-winged Teal 4
> Redhead 4
> Greater/Lesser Scaup 52
> Black Scoter 2 Pair flew only 40 yards out west to east at eye level! Was able to see the orange knob on the males bill and the district head pattern in the female.
> Bufflehead 6
> Common Goldeneye 1
> Red-breasted Merganser 65
> Horned Grebe 10
> American Coot 1
> Bonaparte's Gull 158
> Ring-billed Gull 7
> Herring Gull 3
> Tree Swallow 24
> Barn Swallow 5

Good birding!
Jim Solum
Gurnee
Lake County
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Date: 4/14/18 10:38 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Point this morning (Cook Co) - 4/14/18
Cold but productive couple of hours at Montrose this morning.
Photos of several species embedded here: https://ebird.org/view/
checklist/S44559877

Personal highlights included:
- 2 COMMON LOONS in the harbor with a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
- a WILSON'S SNIPE in the dunes
- some really cold and sad looking BARN SWALLOWS, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED
SWALLOWS and PURPLE MARTINS (all 3 near the harbor)
- FOY CHIPPING & FIELD SPARROWS in the butterfly garden (with throngs of
other sparrows but couldn't find anything else new or unusual - lots of
SONG, SWAMP, 1 SAVANNAH, 1 WHITE-THROATED, AMERICAN TREE, JUNCOS etc

Good birding.

Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 14, 2018 9:02 AM - 11:19 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.61 mile(s)
46 species

Canada Goose 30
Blue-winged Teal 15
Mallard 25
Green-winged Teal 2
Lesser Scaup 1
White-winged Scoter 1
Red-breasted Merganser 30
Common Loon 2
Horned Grebe 8
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 50
Caspian Tern 1
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 7
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 4
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Purple Martin 13
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 5
American Robin 35
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 50
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
American Tree Sparrow 30
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco 55
White-throated Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 40
Swamp Sparrow 15
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 50

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44559877

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



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Date: 4/14/18 9:47 am
From: Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 4-14 S IL

Hit Pomona this AM.
It’s busy in spots.
New arrivals include:
ORCHARD ORIOLE
SCARLET TANAGER
KENTUCKY WARBLER
HOODED WARBLER
WORM-EATING WARBLER
YB CHAT
BH VIREO
RE VIREO

Absent: No CERULEAN at 3 normal breeding locations!

All 4 now!
Keith McMullen
O’FALLON, IL
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Date: 4/14/18 9:39 am
From: Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sapsucker spectacle & more / Chicago Botanic Garden
With Chipping Sparrows and Ruby-crowned Kinglets arriving in my yard yesterday and today, and Bonnie Duman's texted reports of new arrivals in her yard this morning, I decided to brave the rain and spent an hour at the Botanic Garden this morning. My FOYs included at least 12 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 3 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 6 FOX SPARROWS, 4 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and multiple BARN, TREE and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS. 
Other birds of note were Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-winged Teal, lingering Lesser Scaup and Red-breasted Mergansers, and large flocks of American Robins and Common Grackles.  All birds were seen in McDonald Woods and the area walking to and by the waterfall - too wet to go farther.
I missed Bonnie's Purple Finch (at home) and Ann Harness' Purple Martin and Caspian Tern (ran into her at the Garden).
Still have Pine Siskins in my backyard.
Rena Cohen
 

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Date: 4/14/18 6:50 am
From: Eric Ginsburg <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No sightings - short Peregrine Falcon video
From *Science *magazine:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/peregrine-falcons-maneuver-best-when-dive-bombing-more-300-kilometers-hour

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Chicago

 

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Date: 4/13/18 7:23 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County - 4/13/18
Despite the somewhat dreary weather, I couldn't resist doing a quick hike
based on last night's radar. Glad I did as there was plenty to see.
Complete list below. Highlights were a group of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS feeding
on the flooded ground with the many Wood Ducks, a whole bunch of
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, the absurd number of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and the
handful of WINTER WRENS. Good birding. Hopefully the weather won't be
brutal all weekend...

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 13, 2018 5:51 PM - 7:36 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.67 mile(s)
34 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 12
Blue-winged Teal 30
Northern Shoveler 10
Mallard 14
Green-winged Teal 2
Bufflehead 1
Red-breasted Merganser 15
Common Loon 4
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Great Blue Heron 3
Bald Eagle 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 10
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Brown Creeper 8
Winter Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 30
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 40
Yellow-rumped Warbler 45
American Tree Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 14
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Song Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Rusty Blackbird 7
Common Grackle 11

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44541540

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Date: 4/13/18 6:59 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard House finch

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Hi friends,
Male is singing and sunning.
Mom has YB sapsuckers,2, on the sugar maple and silver m. Sap running down and attracting 100s of flies. Along comes a Brown creeper who grabs some.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/13/18 6:10 pm
From: Mark Vaughan <markvaughan60201...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET no sitings bird walk
I am the leader. I will be there rain or shine snow or sleet. It may be a bust if the birds are hunkered down. Regardless, I will be there and hike.

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> On Apr 13, 2018, at 8:06 PM, <mm...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Hi All
> Weather is looking crazy this weekend. Does anyone know if the bird walk with Evanston Northshore Bird Club is still on for tomorrow morning Saturday?. Is it rain or shine?
> Thank you,
> Margaret
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Date: 4/13/18 6:06 pm
From: <mm...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET no sitings bird walk
Hi All
Weather is looking crazy this weekend. Does anyone know if the bird walk with Evanston Northshore Bird Club is still on for tomorrow morning Saturday?. Is it rain or shine?
Thank you,
Margaret



 

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Date: 4/13/18 5:04 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Brown t. back....for the last time

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Hi friends,
Brown thrasher came yesterday, but about noon today I found him dead in the road about a block away. A car strike no doubt.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/13/18 4:57 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Techny North Of Willow Road 4-13-18
Hello Again Bird People,

I had some computer problems after sending my Botanic Garden report
but they seem to be fixed now. I went to Techny North both yesterday
after Montrose & today after the Botanic Garden. I'll do both reports.

Techny North (4-12-18)

P.B.Grebe (2)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (2)
Wood Duck (3)
Mallard (28)
Blue Winged Teal (14)
Green Winged Teal (10)
Shoveler (19)
Bufflehead (3)
Red Breasted Merganser (12)
Killdeer (2)
Greater (1) & Lesser (6) Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper (34)
Kestrel (1)

Techny North (4-13-18)

P.B.Grebe (3)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Goose (1)
Mallard (18)
Shoveler (17)
Blue Winged Teal (2)
Green Winged Teal (6)
Red Breasted Merganser (7)
Killdeer (4)
Greater Yellowlegs (4 calling)
Pectoral Sandpiper (22)
LONG BILLED DOWITCHER (1)
Wilson's Snipe (3 together & 1 alone)
Ring Billed Gull (3)
Mourning Dove (2)
Robins (2)
Eastern Meadowlark (H-1)

I should say that conditions today were terrible with enough wind that
you couldn't hold your scope steady enough to use. Then the rain
started & I had to quit. And I should add that you do need a scope to
I.D. most shorebirds. The Dowitcher did not stay but flew off with
half the Pectorals. But it's possible it will return so you may want
to look tomorrow but don't hold your breath. Conditions for tomorrow
don't sound good either with rain & a stiff wind again. But you can
always get lucky.

Bird-Of-The-P.M. to the Dowitcher & Runner-Up to the 4 Snipe feeding
in the open.

Al Stokie


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Date: 4/13/18 3:39 pm
From: Evan Graff <egraff89...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Fairgrounds - this weekend?
Hi All,

It looks like this location (based on their website) has an RV show taking place over the next few days. Does anyone know how this will impact (or prevent) birding there this weekend? I was thinking of trying for some gulls there but am not that familiar with this spot/how this event might impact them. Feel free to reply offline. Many thanks.

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Date: 4/13/18 2:01 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Once Again The Chicago Botanic Garden Friday 4-13-18
Hello Bird People,

Having missed yesterday's Rusty Blackbird at Montrose I thought I'd
try again at the Botanic Garden. Missed it again! But I managed to
see more species (62)) than I had yesterday at Montrose mainly because
of the many duck species seen today. I had 11 species of ducks & 7
species of sparrows plus high numbers of several species as well.
Here's my day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (7;30-11:30 a.m.)

COMMON LOON (1, west side of the Nothern Lake)
P.B.Grebe (26, they were everywhere!)
D.C.Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Great Blue Heron (1 & 2 fly-bys)
Great Egret (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (12-15)
Wood Duck (4 at the B.Brown Pond)
Mallard (~20)
Shoveler (1-PR)
Gadwall (6 at the B.Brown Pond)
Blue Winged Teal (26)
Green Winged Teal (2-PR)
Redhead (1-PR remaining)
Bufflehead (2-M & 1-F)
Goldeneye (also 2-M & 1-F)
Hooded Merganser (2-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (29)
Cooper's Hawk (1 fly-by)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 hunting)
Kestrel (1-M)
Killdeer (4)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Lesser Yellowlegs (2 on the ground & 8 fly-bys)
Pectoral Sandpiper (8)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (4) Gulls (Plus about 10 Gull Species?)
Caspian Tern (9)
Mourning Dove (8)
Kingfisher (2-3)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1-PR)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (8)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-M)
Flicker (10)
Eastern Phoebe (10)
Tree Swallow (~25)
Rough Winged Swallow (2)
Barn Swallow (3)
Blue Jay (4)
Chickadee (4)
Brown Creeper (11)
Winter Wren (3, good looks at 2 of the 3)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (10)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (6)
Hermit Thrush (7)
Robins (~50)
Starling (6)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (30-35, all over feeding low to the ground & water)
Cardinal (1-PR)
Tree Sparrow (6)
Chipping Sparrow (2)
Field Sparrow (1)
Fox Sparrow (3 with 1 singing)
Song Sparrow (24)
Swamp Sparrow (3)
Junco (18)
Red Winged Blackbird (12-14)
Grackle (25-30)
Cowbird (8)
House Finch (4)
Goldfinch (8)
House Sparrow (6)

Nothing in that list is very impressive but I had a lot to look at today.
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Winter Wrens especially Wrens 2 &3 which
gave great looks.
Runner-Up to all the Creepers, one of my favorite birds.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Utah seen at the CBG.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/13/18 1:52 pm
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
Wood Duck
Sandhill Cranes (very low fly over)
Great Blue Heron
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
Pine Warbler
Pine SIskins



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Date: 4/13/18 1:01 pm
From: Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Namibia/Botswana bird/mammal adventure Tues 4/17 (NO SIGHTINGS)
Join Red Hill Birding’s Josh Engel and five local birders at next Tuesday's Lake/Cook Audubon meeting for a look at their 20-day adventure in Namibia and Botswana – completewith an aerial raptor battle, 5-foot-tall bustards, a hunt for the elusive DuneLark, hundreds of Southern Carmine Bee-Eaters nesting in a bank on the OkavangoRiver, zebras and elephants up close and personal, a hungry hippo joining the group for dinner,and much more. 
Josh’s bird photos and expertise (it was his 10thtrip to the area) will be accompanied by Sonny Cohen's often-amusing images and videos of theenvironment including the lodgings, roadside basket weavers, spectacles like anestimated 250,000 Cape Cormorants that flew by the group in 90 minutes, and theoften-desolate view from the van during a trip that covered some 1,500 miles, more than 300 bird species and 40+ kinds of mammals. 
The meeting begins at 7 pm next Tuesday, April 17, at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. See http://www.lakecookaudubon.orgfor a complete list of programs and field trips.  
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Date: 4/13/18 10:47 am
From: Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Purple Martins and more
A cold day at the ol’ lakefront. No shorebirds at Lake Montrose.
New year birds:
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Towhee
Winter Wren
Purple Martin

On my way out I stopped at the Martin houses, and, sure enough, four Purple Martins were awaiting the opening of their summer cottage. Also, the White-winged Scoter continues in the harbor near the martins.

Kudos to Jeff Skrentny and COS for a fine night with Mark Obmascik (The Big Year) last evening. I might be the only person to have heard Mark speak both last night and in 2004 or so, when he spoke at Ryerson during his initial book tour, but then, I’m a Big Year geek.

Joe Lill
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Date: 4/13/18 9:55 am
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP Thursday, 12 April: Vesper Sparrows and other FOYs
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday (Thursday), covering Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, the Inner Harbor and the west part of the golf course. I had to get out to enjoy the good birding weather, even though I work in the afternoon, because my next day off (Saturday) won't be so nice! And I'm glad I did, since there were a lot of birds in the park! I didn't get close to Bob's Montrose numbers but I did get 53 species in a shortened visit, including several year birds.
In the early morning there were many A. ROBINS and blackbirds reverse migrating, and quite a few heading north, as well. The A. Robins were the most plentiful individual species see at 103. Unidentified blackbirds numbered ~145, including a huge flock of at least 100 reverse migrating. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were the next most numerous at 76, with the greatest concentration north of Wooded Island. They were followed in number by DARK-EYED JUNCO (62), SONG SPARROW (46) and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (31). Several DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS (FOY JxP) flew over as I was locking up my bike by the museum. I found my FOY FIELD SPARROW north of Wooded Island feeding among the juncos and some A. TREE SPARROWS. In the Columbia Basin and east lagoon were several BLUE-WINGED TEAL (FOY). Two flying GREAT BLUE HERONS filled a blank missing on my park year list. I ran into Paul Clyne who pointed out my FOY JxP TREE SWALLOWS. Paul had 3 species that I missed on the day: WILSON'S SNIPE, SHORT-EARED OWL and E. TOWHEE. There were a couple RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS (FOY) at the south end of Wooded Island. South of the island on the edge of the soccer fields was a male E. BLUEBIRD; there was a female on the golf course. Bird of the day for me would be the 4 VESPER SPARROWS (FOY) in a group on the soccer fields. While on the soccer fields I thought I heard a E. MEADOWLARK (FOY) sing from the meadow, and confirmed it when I got there. I looked up at a calling male cowbird in a tree at the border of the woods and meadow and noticed another blackbird beside it. It was a RUSTY BLACKBIRD (FOY). I got a brief glimpse of a CHIPPING SPARROW (FOY) along the south fence of the driving range and got a better look at one east of the Columbia Basin. I picked up 4 duck species for the day and added SAVANNAH SPARROW (FOY) at the Inner Harbor. There were plenty of birds on the golf course but nothing new for the day. My full list is below.

Abbreviations: WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, IH = Inner Harbor, GC = Golf Course.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (40), IH (6)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (7)
Mallard: WI/BM (20), IH (2)
Blue-winged Teal: WI/BM (8), IH (4)
Green-winged Teal: IH (1)
Greater Scaup: IH (1)
Lesser Scaup: IH (4)
Bufflehead: WI/BM (4)
Hooded Merganser: IH (1)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (4), IH (3)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (5)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (8)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (2)
Cooper's Hawk: WI/BM (2)
A. Coot: WI/BM (2)
Killdeer: WI/BM (2)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (30), GC (1)
Herring Gull: WI/BM (2)
Caspian Tern: WI/BM (3)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1), IH (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (4), GC (5)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (6), GC (1)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (2), GC (1)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (4), GC (3)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (10), IH (3), GC (5)
A. Crow: WI/BM (4), IH (1), GC (1)
Tree Swallow: WI/BM (3), IH (3)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (3), GC (2)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (4), GC (3)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (26), GC (5)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (4), GC (2)
E. Bluebird: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (15), IH (1), GC (6)
A. Robin: WI/BM (76), IH (6), GC (21)
Euro. Starling: WI/BM (9)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (55), IH (2), GC (15)
A. Tree Sparrow: WI/BM (4), IH (1), GC (1)
Field Sparrow: WI/BM (4), IH (1), GC (1)
Savannah Sparrow: IH (2)
Vesper Sparrow: WI/BM (4)
Fox Sparrow: WI/BM (19), IH (1), GC (6)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (36), IH (5), GC (5)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (4), GC (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (41), IH (1), GC (20)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (12), GC (3)
Rusty Blackbird: WI/BM (1)
Common Grackle: WI/BM (11)
Red-winged Blackbird: WI/BM (7), GC (1)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (6), IH (1)
unidentified blackbird sp: WI/BM (145), IH (13)
E. Meadowlark: WI/BM (1)
House Finch: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (2)
House Sparrow: WI/BM (7)

Randy Shonkwiler
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Date: 4/13/18 8:53 am
From: Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Unlucky Friday the 13th?
I’m not superstitious therefore I decided to bird southern Illinois despite the horrific winds today.
Fort Massac has been excellent this morning. Many warblers, Kinglets, SparroWs, Gnatcatchers and others are all foraging near or on the ground.
New for the year are:
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO
WARBLING VIREO
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
BlUE-WINGED WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
EASTERN KINGBIRD

Keep your eyes open!

This strong front is likely to bring many more spring migrants!

Keith McMullen
O’Fallon, Illinois
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Date: 4/13/18 8:16 am
From: <jreiter...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Janet La Salle (no sightings)
This is a long shot, but does anybody know or remember Janet La Salle? I believe she was from Wheaton. She conducted a bird census at Cantigny Park in May 1977. I found her notes yesterday in the park's archive -- a discovery I'm really excited about!

Any info about Janet would be appreciated.

Thanks
Jeff

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Date: 4/12/18 9:49 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET one more techny, cook co
Forgot one, northern rough-winged swallow FOY
Suzanne Colemancook co.


 

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Date: 4/12/18 9:19 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ASP and Techny, Cook co.
Birds of note were:

Techny

FOY female red-winged blackbirdyellow-rumps 4several blue-winged teal in same spot as prior dayscoot!red-tailed hawk on NA bldg roof, scared off by killdeer!  thought it was the kestrel but no, then saw a 2nd killdeer further down roof, might be nesting up there?  Thought that was interesting.5 gracklesno egrets or other heronsmallardspossible kestrel but not suredidn't hear meadowlarks last 2 visitsgolden-crowned kinglets still in same spot near entrance path


Air Station Prairie (ASP)
FOY early marsh wren callingpied-billed grebe
first ever? male wood duck flew in and landed then walked around edge of mud spit near some unconcerned blue-winged teal12 snipe, less scaredy than prior visits
C geese appear to have for the 2nd year now abandonned their roof-top nest, WHY??
am tree and song sparrowsmeadowlark singing nowrobinsno bitterns :)hawk or falcon, need help IDing silhouette, scared all the rwbb up which is weirdgracklemallardswoodcocks, one visible as it peented!


Also had the pleasure of meeting two very nice women tonight and we watched and listened to the (better add this to the list above lol) woodcocks displaying (2-3m).

Suzanne ColemanCook co.

 

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Date: 4/12/18 1:23 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Dunes & Hedge Area:American Bittern & 6 Shorebird Species Thur 4-12-18
Hello Bird People,

Well I didn't find 69 species like Bob H but I'm fairly happy with the
50 that I did see. Shorebirds kept changing every time I checked "Lake
Montrose". 1st I saw one Lesser Yellowlegs & 2 Pectorals but when I
went back an hour later there were 6 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Greater
Yellowlegs & 3 Dunlin.
When walking toward the Dunes in flew about 20 Pectorals & one
migrating Snipe but they did not land. Add Killdeer to that & you have
6 shorebird species. But highlight of the day was an AMERICAN BITTERN
that Matthew C & Kurtis H saw briefly but it then disappeared before I
could see it. They thought it had re-landed near the Yellow Pine but
we looked & couldn't find it. But I kept going back to that area &
eventually there was The BITTERN "hidden in plain view" in a small
tree & it stayed there for many to see. I'm rather proud of myself for
re-finding it even though others would surely have seen it.
Here's my list but I didn't even look at the harbor or the lake except
by the beach.

Montrose Dunes & Hedge Area (6:30-10:30 a.m.)

D.C.Cormorant (6 fly-bys)
AMERICAN BITTERN (1)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese & Mallards
Blue Winged Teal (6)
R.B.Merganser (1-F)
Killdeer (3)
Greater (1) & Lesser (6) Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper (2 & 20 flying but not landing)
Dunlin (3)
Wilson's Snipe (1 migrating, not from the Dunes)
Ring Billed (142) & Herring (1) Gulls
Caspian Tern (6)
Rock Pigeon (2) & Mourning Dove (12-14)
Kingfisher (1 fly-by)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (3, but some folks saw about 10)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Flicker (15-18)
Eastern Phoebe (~20)
Tree (3-4) & Rough Winged (1) Swallows
Crow (2)
Chickadee (2)
WINTER WREN (1)
G.C. Kinglet (only 1)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (2-3)
Hermit Thrush (25)
Robins (~50)
BROWN THRASHER (1)
Starling (6-8)
Y.R.Myrtle Warbler (20 or so)
EASTERN TOWHEE (2-M)
Tree (10), Song (25) & Savannah (2) Sparrows
CHIPPING SPARROW (2)
VESPER SPARROW (2-3)
FOX SPARROW (10-12)
Junco (15-20)
Cardinal (3)
Eastern Meadowlark (1 in the Dunes & 1 by the hedge area)
Red Wings (14) & Grackles (15-20)
Cowbirds (about 90, more than I wanted)
Goldfinch (2)
House Sparrow (10-12)

These counts are only estimates as I kept walking the same areas & may
have counted birds again. And different folks had wildly different
counts of the same species. It's all a guess.

Best birds seen by others but not me were Rusty Blackbird & one birder had a
Louisiana Waterthrush but we could not re-find that one.

Bird-Of-The-Day surely goes to the American Bittern & Runner-Up goes
to the Brown Thrasher for no reason other than I like Thrashers.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/12/18 12:14 pm
From: Mark Vaughan <markvaughan60201...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET NO SIGHTING: Woodcocks?
Air Station Prairie has, in the past, been a good location for the species. It is in Glenview south of Willow Road.


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> On Apr 12, 2018, at 1:28 PM, <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Can anyone suggest a location close to Chicago to view Woodcocks? Preferably on the north side. Please respond offline.
>
> Thanks
> Keith Bowers
> Chicago
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Date: 4/12/18 11:42 am
From: <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTING: Woodcocks?
Can anyone suggest a location close to Chicago to view Woodcocks? Preferably on the north side. Please respond offline.

Thanks
Keith Bowers
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Date: 4/12/18 10:33 am
From: William Kupisch <kup...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA

3 Golden-Crowned Kinglets in my yard- you can walk right up to them, unbelievable
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Date: 4/12/18 9:52 am
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose, 4/12 a.m.
It's axiomatic among Chicago lakefront birders that warm fronts with
southwest winds in spring bring large numbers of migrants to the Chicago
lakefront parks. Today was no exception to that rule. I had the day off
and spent a little over 3 hours at Montrose Point, tallying 69 species
for my effort. Most impressive was the high volume of Eastern Phoebes,
Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-rumped Warblers and other mid-spring migrants. I
knew I was in for a good morning when I saw multiple Northern Flickers
and flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers and American Robins coming in off
Lake Michigan. I didn't bird Montrose much in March, mostly because of
the cold weather, so seeing all these migrants was a nice way to get
back in the saddle. Other birds seen at Montrose this a.m. include
migrating Osprey and Northern Harriers, a lingering White-winged Scoter,
American Woodcock, Wilson's Snipe, Pectoral Sandpipers, Dunlin,
migrating Common Loons, and a cooperative American Bittern. Link to my
eBird checklist below.

eBird Checklist
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44493797

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point:
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
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: 4/12/18 6:53 am
From: Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET WESTERN TANAGER
Present at 8:53 am

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Date: 4/12/18 6:52 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Swamp sp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41366005712/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The warm winds brought in some new birds, including E towhee male, which sang "Your Teeehhea"
And the Swamp sparrow.
Ran out of seed yesterday, was waiting for F&F grand reopening sale today.
John Baxter
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Date: 4/12/18 6:29 am
From: Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET LITTLE GULL
Continues at 8:22 am on Lake Springfield from Dividing Dam Access.

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Date: 4/12/18 12:19 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Miller Meadow Meadowlark April 11
I did a quick walk around Miller Meadow from the north end of the south
entrance parking lot at 4 pm.
Three birds stood out in their richly defined plumage, including:
Eastern Meadowlark
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
And the usual suspects.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 

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Date: 4/11/18 11:24 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pelicans at Maple Lake April 9
At Maple Lake boating launch area in Palos, at 11 am I saw:
60 American White Pelicans (approx)
Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers
Horned Grebes
Common Loons
Golden-Crowned Kinglets
Eastern Phoebes
Yellow-rumped Warblers
Eastern Bluebirds
Field Sparrows
Tree Swallows
Red-wing Blackbirds
BC Chickadees
WB Nuthatches
Downy and Red-breasted Woodpecker
Grey Goose Vodka bottle
And the usual suspects
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 

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Date: 4/11/18 8:46 pm
From: <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pelicans at Palos April 9
This is a day late, but I had tried posting it yesterday and there must be some glitch.
At Maple Lake boating launch area in Palos, at 11 am I saw: 60 American White Pelicans (approx)
Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers
Horned Grebes
Common Loons
Golden-Crowned Kinglets
Eastern Phoebes
Yellow-rumped Warblers
Eastern Bluebirds
Field Sparrows
Tree Swallows
Red-wing Blackbirds
BC Chickadees

WB Nuthatches
Downy and Red-breasted Woodpecker
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Date: 4/11/18 7:38 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pelicans Maple Lake YES April 9
At Maple Lake boating launch area in Palos, at 11 am I saw:
60 American White Pelicans (approx)
Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers
Horned Grebes
Common Loons
Golden-Crowned Kinglets
Eastern Phoebes
Eastern Bluebirds
Field Sparrows
Tree Swallows
Red-wing Blackbirds
Grey Goose Vodka bottle
Chickadees
WB Nuthatches
Downy and Red-breasted Woodpecker
And the usual suspects
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 

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Date: 4/11/18 7:26 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County - 4/11/18
One of my favorite parts of migration is how the deck shuffles in the same
place day to day. A few new birds here from yesterday including the return
of TREE SWALLOWS (that I hadn't seen for a few days) and the addition of
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS. Also added a couple of YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKERS and an OSPREY. Complete list below.

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 11, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
29 species

Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 16
Mallard 10
Bufflehead 8
Red-breasted Merganser 20
Common Loon 5
Great Blue Heron 7
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
Killdeer 3
Ring-billed Gull 25
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Tree Swallow 15
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44480066

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

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Jeff Bilsky
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Date: 4/11/18 6:37 pm
From: Michael Baum <sixftwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Mountain bluebird in Knox Co.
Continues at Spoon Lake same spot as yesterday. Often sits on lifeguard
chair or forages beach edge. Also check concrete curb above the upper
parking lot. Left it at 10:30.

Mike Baum

 

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Date: 4/11/18 5:36 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Local cook co.
FOY two house wrens singing.

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 4/11/18 3:47 pm
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Little Gull and Western Tanager, Sangamon co. 4/11
Hi all,
I don't think this had been posted to the listserv yet... There's a Little
Gull at the Dividing Dam access on Lake Springfield and a Western Tanager
enjoying a feeder at 444 West Canedy Street in Springfield.
"More on the Western Tanager.

The homeowner is accepting unannounced visitors. You are welcome to stand
on the property, east side of the house, just past the driveway but not
beyond the back porch. Please be respectful of the homeowner, neighbors,
etc. Do not linger trying to get the perfect shot."- Matthew Cvetas

Jared Gorrell
Jackson County, waiting to see if any of these rarities stick around for
when he goes home to Sangamon co on Friday.

 

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Date: 4/11/18 3:41 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Axehead cook co.
An immature bald eagle flew over! 4 bp loons. 7 pied billed grebes. Red breasted mergs. Scaup 25?

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 4/11/18 3:33 pm
From: Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos Pelicans...

..... were all gone when I stopped by for a quick look late this afternoon. At least 5 Common Loons remained. I did not see any Great Blue Herons this time but there were a lot of fishermen around the lake.

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Cook County





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Date: 4/11/18 3:00 pm
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Franklin's Gull Lake County-Yes
This afternoon ( 4/11, 4:30pm) the Franklin's Gull reported earlier by Donnie Dann was still at the Lake County Fairgrounds parking lot. Great views were available as the gull was in the open and also stood up. The gull did take off after a while and was not there when I left about 4:45. A Lesser Black-backed Gull was also seen.


Bill Saylor

Mundelein

Lake Cty
 

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Date: 4/11/18 2:33 pm
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Harbor, Dunes & Hedge Areas Wed 4-11-18
I had a Long-Eared Owl land next to me for a picture then it flew off. Ok to post picture here? Size? If not, that’s ok. A local told me two owls live here.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Apr 11, 2018, at 4:24 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

Hello Bird People,

I hadn't been to Montrose except for a Snowy Owl search in Jan that
did not find the Owl.
But with S.W. winds & early migration under way I thought today would
be a good day to visit & I was correct. Lots of land birds & even if
most were the common variety it's fun to look at many birds.
Highlight was probably when at 8:40 a.m. a flock of 75-80 WHITE
FRONTED GEESE went north while calling. Also saw 1 SHORT EARED OWL fly
by but that was not a close look. Thanks go to Kurtis Himmler for
pointing it out as it flew by. Here's my list:

Montrose (All areas) (6:45-9:45 a.m.)

D.C.Cormorant (groups of 7 & 10 flying by)
GREATER WHITE FRONTED GEESE (75-80)
Canada Geese (19)
Mallard (20-25)
Blue Winged Teal (2)
Green Winged Teal (1)
Red Breasted Merganser (16)
GREAT EGRET (1 fly-by)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-IM)
Killdeer (3)
Ring Billed (62) & Herring (3) Gulls (Only counted beach Gulls not
those in the harbor)
Caspian Tern (3-4)
Rock Pigeon (3)
Mourning Dove (17-20)
SHORT EARED OWL (1 fly-by)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (1-M)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Flicker (1)
Tree Swallow (3-4)
Chickadee (4)
BROWN CREEPER (1)
GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET (1)
Robins (30-35)
HERMIT THRUSH (4-5)
Starling (6)
Y.R. MYRTLE WARBLER (1)
Tree (10), Savannah (2) & Song (18-20) Sparrows
FOX SPARROW (3-4)
Junco (15-20)
Cardinal (1-M & 1-F)
Eastern Meadowlark (1 in the Dunes & 1 in the Hedge area)
Red Wings (8)
Grackle (10-12)
Cowbird (13-16)
House Finch (1-M)
House Sparrow (10-12)

Birds seen by others but not me included Horned Grebe, Goldeneye,
Snipe, Rough Winged Swallow, Field Sparrow
& probably more as many birders equals many birds.

And I also looked for the Ross's Goose at Diversey Harbor but did not find it.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the White Fronted Geese as I didn't expect to see them,
Runner-Up to the Short Eared Owl although it was not close.
Fancy Pants Bird Of The Day to the nice Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Montana although not like one I'd
ever seen before.

Al Stokie

 

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Date: 4/11/18 2:24 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Harbor, Dunes & Hedge Areas Wed 4-11-18
Hello Bird People,

I hadn't been to Montrose except for a Snowy Owl search in Jan that
did not find the Owl.
But with S.W. winds & early migration under way I thought today would
be a good day to visit & I was correct. Lots of land birds & even if
most were the common variety it's fun to look at many birds.
Highlight was probably when at 8:40 a.m. a flock of 75-80 WHITE
FRONTED GEESE went north while calling. Also saw 1 SHORT EARED OWL fly
by but that was not a close look. Thanks go to Kurtis Himmler for
pointing it out as it flew by. Here's my list:

Montrose (All areas) (6:45-9:45 a.m.)

D.C.Cormorant (groups of 7 & 10 flying by)
GREATER WHITE FRONTED GEESE (75-80)
Canada Geese (19)
Mallard (20-25)
Blue Winged Teal (2)
Green Winged Teal (1)
Red Breasted Merganser (16)
GREAT EGRET (1 fly-by)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-IM)
Killdeer (3)
Ring Billed (62) & Herring (3) Gulls (Only counted beach Gulls not
those in the harbor)
Caspian Tern (3-4)
Rock Pigeon (3)
Mourning Dove (17-20)
SHORT EARED OWL (1 fly-by)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (1-M)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Flicker (1)
Tree Swallow (3-4)
Chickadee (4)
BROWN CREEPER (1)
GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET (1)
Robins (30-35)
HERMIT THRUSH (4-5)
Starling (6)
Y.R. MYRTLE WARBLER (1)
Tree (10), Savannah (2) & Song (18-20) Sparrows
FOX SPARROW (3-4)
Junco (15-20)
Cardinal (1-M & 1-F)
Eastern Meadowlark (1 in the Dunes & 1 in the Hedge area)
Red Wings (8)
Grackle (10-12)
Cowbird (13-16)
House Finch (1-M)
House Sparrow (10-12)

Birds seen by others but not me included Horned Grebe, Goldeneye,
Snipe, Rough Winged Swallow, Field Sparrow
& probably more as many birders equals many birds.

And I also looked for the Ross's Goose at Diversey Harbor but did not find it.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the White Fronted Geese as I didn't expect to see them,
Runner-Up to the Short Eared Owl although it was not close.
Fancy Pants Bird Of The Day to the nice Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Montana although not like one I'd
ever seen before.

Al Stokie


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Date: 4/11/18 2:16 pm
From: <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tonight WTTW: Bird Migration
WTTW's Chicago Tonight will re-air a story on the Spring bird migration this evening between 7-8pm. The segment will feature CAS board member and bird conservationist Judy Pollock & photographer Rob Curtis.

http://www.theearlybirder.com/ http://www.theearlybirder.com/



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Cook County


 

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Date: 4/11/18 2:15 pm
From: 'Gerald Batsford' <batsfordg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chain of Lakes and State Park
I took a break from stripping wallpaper today and went with Dan Best to
track down loons and pelicans and to check out Chain of Lakes State Park. 56
Species in total for our effort.

Highlights:

* At Diamond Lake we picked up 15 COMMON LOONS and lots of RED
BREASTED MERGANSERS, SCAUP (SP), HORNED GREBES, RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a
single CASPIAN TERN.
* At Long Lake we added another 28 COMMON LOONS and 8 WHITE PELICANS,
and 3 GREAT BLUE HERONS.
* Mineola Bay presented 34 COMMON LOONS and 18 WHITE PELICANS and 2
BONAPARTE's GULLS
* Chain of Lakes State Park was great with plenty of BLUE WINGED TEAL,
GREEN WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL, and WOOD DUCK..several RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS, HOODED MEGANSERS, GREAT EGRETS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, EASTERN
BLUEBIRDS, TREE SWALLOWS, a pair of OSPREY, and singles of NORTHERN PINTAIL,
AMERICAN WIGEON, RED BREASTED NUTHATCH, and AMERICAN KESTREL. The most
exciting sight was 8 immature BALD EAGLES all soaring together and 5
SANDHILL CRANES that landed near us at the river edge.
* We capped off the trip at Lake Zurich where we picked up lots of
REDHEAD DUCKS, CANVASBACKS, COOTS, PIED BILLED GREBES, and a single Ruddy
Duck.



Gerry Batsford

Lincolnshire


 

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Date: 4/11/18 1:35 pm
From: Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Field Trip Saturday - Air Station Prairie and North Techny (NO SIGHTINGS)
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club has a field trip scheduled for this Saturday morning, April 14, going to Air Station Prairie in Glenview and north Techny Basin. Look for early migrating passerines and perhaps woodcocks. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Air Station Prairie/Tyner Interpretive Center, 2400 Compass Drive in Glenview; park in the lot on the south side of Compass Drive. Leader: Mark Vaughan.



John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County

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Date: 4/11/18 10:37 am
From: jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Ross's Goose NOT continuing at Diversey Harbor - at least this AM
I was there at 8 AM this morning and searched both by the harbor, along
both Lake Shore Drives (inner and outer), and by the P N Museum area across
the street but could not find the Ross's goose.

Several other's I talked to could not find it either.

Unless someone else finds it later in the day, it might have moved on.

Chalk it up to another one I missed .............

Did see the continuing Domestic Geese (2)
6 Mergansers
Mallards
Canada Geese
Hermit Thrush
1 Wood Duck male looking very good

Jim J
Norridge, IL

 

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Date: 4/11/18 9:18 am
From: Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET FRGU at Lake County Fairgrounds
I saw the previously reported Franklin’s Gull at this gull mecca (after stopping at the office for permission) among the hundreds of Ring-bills and a few Herring. It was sleeping with its head tucked in but the black hood was visible and of course the smaller size. I very slowly drove the outskirts of the flock so the sun would be at my back to photograph him and by then he had stood, about 100’ away, but then flew to the north before I could do so. No other gulls flushed at that time.

Donnie Dann
Lake County

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Date: 4/11/18 7:59 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Fox sp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40485177985/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Still have 5 Fox sp. Singing and scratching in the leaves. Heard a E. towhee at Mom's yesterday, and sap in running down from YB sapsucker holes on her Sugar maple. DE juncos aplenty, trilling and buzzing. Snow up north is holding the migration back.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/11/18 7:57 am
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP, Tuesday, 10 April: Great Egret(s), Caspian Terns
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday, Tuesday, again, covering all areas. The bird life was similar to Saturday but in smaller numbers. However, I added a few new birds for the year.
A GREAT EGRET (FOY) was at the south end of the west lagoon. This is the first time I've had Great Egret in the park before I've had Great Blue Heron and Black-crowned Night-Heron. The same bird or another was at the water hazard at the east side of the golf course; the first time I've had one there. Also on Wooded Island I had 3 flyover COMMON GRACKLES and flushed a MOURNING DOVE, both FOY JxP for me. In the east lagoon was a pair of GREEN-WINGED TEAL (FOY JxP). I counted 28 KILLDEER on the driving range. The only other birds of note were a pair of CASPIAN TERNS (FOY) at 63rd Street Beach and another or the same pair at the Inner Harbor. One of the birds at the beach, I assume a male, was offering a small fish to the other, which I assume was a female. She didn't seem too impressed by the offering! Looks like I may need to do a short visit Thursday (don't work until afternoon), since it's going to rain Saturday my next day off! My full list is below.

Abbreviations: WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, NLF = North Lake Front 59th to 62nd, 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, OH = Outer Harbor, LM = Lake Michigan and immediate shore east of OH, IH = Inner Harbor, GC = Golf Course.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (20), OH (5), IH (4), GC (19)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (5)
Mallard: WI/BM (18), OH (5), LM (4), IH (1), GC (4)
Green-winged Teal: WI/BM (2)
Greater Scaup: IH (1)
Lesser Scaup: IH (6)
Greater/Lesser Scaup: IH (3)
Bufflehead: OH (2)
Hooded Merganser: IH (1)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (7), NLF (4), 63rd (35), OH (5), LM (32), IH (4), GC (2)
Horned Grebe: NLF (2), 63rd (1), LM (1)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (4)
Great Egret: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Cooper's Hawk: GC (1)
A. Coot: OH (2), IH (1)
Killdeer: WI/BM (28)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (13), NLF (110), 63rd (73), OH (183), LM (37), GC (2)
Herring Gull: WI/BM (3), 63rd (5), OH (4), LM (1), IH (1), GC (1)
Caspian Tern: 63rd (2), OH (2)
Rock Pigeon: 63rd (2)
Mourning Dove: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (3; in same tree)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (2), NLF (2), GC (1)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (6)
A. Crow: WI/BM (4), OH (1), GC (6)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (3), GC (1)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (1), 63rd (1), OH (1), GC (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (5)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (1)
A. Robin: WI/BM (35), IH (1), GC (4)
Euro. Starling: WI/BM (12), 63rd (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (2)
Fox Sparrow: WI/BM (5), GC (2)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (13), IH (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (8), GC (6)
Common Grackle: WI/BM (3)
Red-winged Blackbird: WI/BM (8), GC (2)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (6)
House Finch: WI/BM (3), NLF (4)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (3)
House Sparrow: WI/BM (6), NLF (1), 63rd (5), OH (11)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago


 

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Date: 4/11/18 7:23 am
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Eared Grebe
Eared Grebe continues west wend of Saganashkee Slough. THANK ALL OF YOU who helped me locate this wonderful little bird.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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Date: 4/11/18 3:12 am
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: Mountain Bluebird - Knox Co. (2nd attempt)



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Mountain Bluebird - Knox Co.
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:35:59 -0500
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...>
To: <ILbirds...>



Spoke with Mike Baum, and old friend and Dean of the Knox County
Birders, yesterday and again this morning. Mike met me at Spoon Lake. He
had seen the Bluebird earlier so we visited for 15 minute or so, and the
bird re-appeared. It then went about feeding and putting on a show. This
is a strikingly beautiful male.

Since I lived in Galesburg (Knox Co.) for 35 year, I set out to visit
some old spots and remember birds seen from years gone by.

Phil Reyburn

Quincy (Adams Co.)


 

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Date: 4/10/18 7:27 pm
From: Chris Rademacher <cerademacher...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ross's Goose continuing at Diversey Harbor
Tuesday at 5:20 PM I observed the white goose previously confirmed as a Ross's goose by Matt Igleski and Joe Lill on 4/9. It was eating grass along with 16 Canada Geese.
Pink legs, orange-pink beak (excepting the olive green triangular patch at the base of the upper beak), white body, black tail, black dot for an eye. 
The goose was located on the grassy strip between Diversey Harbor and Lake Shore Drive, approximately due east of the boat club building and Dock L. 
Thanks for the directions, Matt and Joe, in helping me add this FOL to my list. :-)
Best,Chris RademacherCook County
 

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Date: 4/10/18 6:22 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County 4/10/18
Nice evening hike through Skokie Lagoons.

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 10, 2018 5:58 PM - 7:31 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.15 mile(s)
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 8
Northern Shoveler 2
Mallard 10
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Common Loon 6
Pied-billed Grebe 11
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 1
Bald Eagle 2
Killdeer 6
gull sp. 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 5
Brown Creeper 2
Winter Wren 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 25
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
American Tree Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44449139

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

--
Jeff Bilsky
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Date: 4/10/18 1:17 pm
From: <jilla45...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Miller Meadow - Short-eared owl
The highlight of a quick walk around Miller Meadow (Maywood, Cook Co) this afternoon was a SHORT-EARED OWL that was flushed from the wet meadow. Dan and I also flushed an AMERICAN WOODCOCK while walking. We hoped to see Euphagus blackbirds, but did not find any there today. We did not check the "Wilson's Snipe" spot, so dont know if any are present today, although we have seen them on earlier visits this Spring.
Jill Anderson and Dan Anzia (River Forest, Cook).


 

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Date: 4/10/18 12:40 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Glenview, Techny North & Skokie Lagoons Tuesday 4-10-18
Hello Bird People,

Although it started out cold it warmed up to the upper 40's eventually
& that felt warm enough.
I walked the entire loop around Lake Glenview, then I checked out
Techny North & finally did my usual long walk at Skokie Lagoons from
Willow Rd. Where Amanda T had many Scaup at the lagoon near Willow I
had only one male Lesser Scaup. The vast majority of the ducks were
Red Breasted Mergansers but other species were present too. Here are
my lists:

Lake Glenview (7:35-8:40 a.m.)

No Loons here today but many Grebes.

P.B.Grebe (9) & Horned Grebe (6)
Canada Geese (48) & Mallard (~20)
Redhead (3-PR), Bufflehead (6), R.B. Mergansers (31) & Ruddy Ducks (6,
all males)
Coots (42)
Killdeer (2)
Ring Billed (6) & Herring (2) Gulls
Rock Pigeon (3-flybys) & Mourning Dove (2)
Land birds were Robins, Starlings, Song Sparrows, Red Wings, Grackles
& House Sparrows.

A quick stop at Air Station Prairie found Mallards & Blue Winged Teal
(6), Killdeer (1) & Snipe (2)

Techny North (9:25-10 a.m.)

A nice mix of ducks & 3 species of shorebirds were here:

Canada Geese (2) & Mallard (24)
Shoveler (8), B.W. Teal (5) & G.W. Teal (8)
Bufflehead (1-M) & R.B. Mergansers (5)
Both male & female Kestrels were here but not together
Killdeer (2), Pectoral Sandpiper (9, still here) & Wilson's Snipe (4,
good looks while feeding)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (1-flyby) Gulls
Land birds were Robins, Song Sparrow & Red Wings

Skokie Lagoons From Willow Rd (10:15-noon)

The older I get the longer it takes to complete this rather long loop
trail but at least I can still make it

COMMON LOON (5 with 4 in one spot)
P.B.Grebe (2)
D.C.Cormorant (1)
Great Blue Heron (4-5)
Great Egret (4, 1st time back)
Canada Geese (16), Wood Ducks (9) & Mallards (20)
Shoveler (8), Lesser Scaup (1-M), Bufflehead (1-F) & Red Breasted
Merganser (56)
BALD EAGLE (1-AD still here)
Red Tailed Hawk (not seen but calling a lot)
Herring Gull (1)
Kingfisher (1-F & heard another)
Red Bellied (5), Downy (3) & Hairy (1-PR) Woodpeckers
Eastern Phoebe (5)
Chickadee (4) & W.B.Nuthatch (H-1)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (6, fly catching by the water with the Phoebes)
Robins (30) & Starling (3-4)
FOX SPARROW (5 all together) & Song Sparrow (3-4)
Cardinal (H-2)
Red Winged Blackbird (only 1) & Grackle (3)

Had 45 species for the half day which was pretty good I guess.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the continuing Bald Eagle &
Runners-Up to all the Loons & fancy looking ducks.

Al Stokie
Waiting for the big warm up over the next few days!


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Date: 4/10/18 12:24 pm
From: <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Problem Posting No SIGHTING April 10
Check junk, for some reason they are going in there

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 10, 2018, at 10:00 AM, <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I twice tried to post my sightings to Maple Lake yesterday (April 9), yesterday and today, but they never showed up. One was from my phone and one from my laptop. Has anyone had this problem?
>
> I was able to post a different one this morning (pelican poem). So, I am perplexed.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Thank you.
>
> Chuck Berman
>
> Oak Park
>
> Here is the list.
>
> 60 American White Pelicans (approx)
> Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers
> Horned Grebes
> Common Loons
> Golden-Crowned Kinglets
> Eastern Phoebes
> Eastern Bluebirds
> Field Sparrows
> Tree Swallows
> Red-wing Blackbirds
> Chickadees
> WB Nuthatches
> Downy and Red-breasted Woodpecker
> Grey Goose Vodka bottle
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/10/18 11:02 am
From: John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow Rumped Warblers at Big Rock FP
Had FOY Yellow Rumped Warblers along Jeter Rd at Big Rock Forest Preserve in Kane Cty. 
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane 
 

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Date: 4/10/18 8:58 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Pelican poem NO SIGHTING
You could be Ogden heir. Excellent

On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 10:48 AM Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...>
wrote:

> Okay, I'll take the Pelican Poem challenge. Just made this one up.
>
> The Pelican Brief
>
> A pelican named in a brief,
> Will find nothing in legal relief,
> Should he cough up the truth,
> or else something uncouth,
> 'twill be fishy and strain our belief.
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 9:46 AM, <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> The sighting of the pelicans at Maple Lake reminds me of one of my
>> favorite poems by Ogden Nash, who frequently wrote about animals. ("If
>> called by a panther, don't anther.")
>>
>> Chuck Berman
>>
>> Oak Park
>>
>>
>>
>> 'The pelican' by Ogden Nash
>> <http://burstingwithhappiness.blogspot.com/2012/03/pelican-by-ogden-nash..html>
>>
>> <http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EKs1WsnYX_I/T1BjvSrgrNI/AAAAAAAABEo/Rm2m1T8f-dA/s1600/Zoo+und+Judith+044.JPG>
>>
>>
>> A wonderful bird is the pelican,
>> His bill will hold more than his belican.
>> He can take in his beak
>> Food enough for a week,
>> But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
>>
>> Ogden Nash
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Christopher Cudworth
> 3C Creative Marketing
> 630.621.8520
>

 

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Date: 4/10/18 8:49 am
From: Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Pelican poem NO SIGHTING
Okay, I'll take the Pelican Poem challenge. Just made this one up.

The Pelican Brief

A pelican named in a brief,
Will find nothing in legal relief,
Should he cough up the truth,
or else something uncouth,
'twill be fishy and strain our belief.


On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 9:46 AM, <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> The sighting of the pelicans at Maple Lake reminds me of one of my
> favorite poems by Ogden Nash, who frequently wrote about animals. ("If
> called by a panther, don't anther.")
>
> Chuck Berman
>
> Oak Park
>
>
>
> 'The pelican' by Ogden Nash
> <http://burstingwithhappiness.blogspot.com/2012/03/pelican-by-ogden-nash.html>
>
> <http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EKs1WsnYX_I/T1BjvSrgrNI/AAAAAAAABEo/Rm2m1T8f-dA/s1600/Zoo+und+Judith+044.JPG>
>
>
> A wonderful bird is the pelican,
> His bill will hold more than his belican.
> He can take in his beak
> Food enough for a week,
> But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
>
> Ogden Nash
>
>
>
>
>



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Date: 4/10/18 8:03 am
From: <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Problem Posting No SIGHTING April 10
I twice tried to post my sightings to Maple Lake yesterday (April 9), yesterday and today, but they never showed up. One was from my phone and one from my laptop. Has anyone had this problem?
I was able to post a different one this morning (pelican poem). So, I am perplexed.
Any ideas?
Thank you.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park
Here is the list.
60 American White Pelicans (approx)
Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers
Horned Grebes
Common Loons
Golden-Crowned Kinglets
Eastern Phoebes
Eastern Bluebirds
Field Sparrows
Tree Swallows
Red-wing Blackbirds
Chickadees
WB Nuthatches
Downy and Red-breasted Woodpecker
Grey Goose Vodka bottle





 

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Date: 4/10/18 7:52 am
From: Sigrid Schmidt <sigschmidt...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Riverbank Berteau to Montrose April 9, 2018 sightings
Yesterday was the highest number of early spring species, especially
waterfowl, that I've seen since before the Riverbank construction started
many years ago. The highlight was a *Common Loon *which is a new Riverbank
species for both Simon Reeves and me. We were joined by Pete Leki, Debbie
Albano, and Roark and Sue Murray. I think that the high number of birds
was partly due to general migration, but also due to the snow we had as
well as to the improving water quality of the river, and the new plant
growth on both sides.

So far the highlights of this morning's dog walk were a pair of Belted
Kingfishers, a stunning male Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and a Red-tailed Hawk
carrying a stick.


Chicago Riverbank Berteau to Montrose, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 9, 2018 4:13 PM - 5:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: Includes all species seen during the day. Most waterfowl were
seen late afternoon
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2
Wood Duck 1
Blue-winged Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 2
Mallard 10
Greater/Lesser Scaup 4
Bufflehead 9
Hooded Merganser 4
Red-breasted Merganser 9
Ruddy Duck 1
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 3
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 4
European Starling 50
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Fox Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 7
House Finch 2
House Sparrow 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44427007

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


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Sigrid Schmidt

 

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Date: 4/10/18 7:46 am
From: <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pelican poem NO SIGHTING
The sighting of the pelicans at Maple Lake reminds me of one of my favorite poems by Ogden Nash, who frequently wrote about animals. ("If called by a panther, don't anther.")
Chuck Berman
Oak Park



'The pelican' by Ogden Nash http://burstingwithhappiness.blogspot.com/2012/03/pelican-by-ogden-nash.html
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EKs1WsnYX_I/T1BjvSrgrNI/AAAAAAAABEo/Rm2m1T8f-dA/s1600/Zoo+und+Judith+044.JPG




A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.


Ogden Nash


 

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Date: 4/10/18 5:20 am
From: Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Large raft of ducks at Skokie Lagoons Willow Rd
Hello everybody. I was in Raleigh the last several days, and got a nice
early look at some warblers -- Yellow-rumped, Pine, Palm, Northern Parula,
and Hooded. I also had a Brown-headed Nutchatch, a real southern specialty.
Even though the weather wasn't all that warm, it was nice to get an early
glimpse of spring migration.

I made a few birding stops when I got home yesterday April 9 -- the most
notable was Skokie Lagoons (Willow Rd entrance, Erickson Woods). I made my
usual first stop in the picnic area on the western shore of the lagoon.
Nothing notable for the year (I'm still missing Northern Pintail...) but I
was greeted with HUNDREDS OF DUCKS in a large compact raft, mostly Scaup
(~200 total, mostly Lesser), Redhead (at least 75), and Canvasback (at
least 25). Also scattered among the raft were a few Ring-necked Duck,
Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, and Common Loon (2). Off to the side,
some Red-breasted Merganser and Pied-bill Grebe, and single Ruddy Duck and
Bufflehead.

The light was not great, so my eBird numbers are estimates especially for
the Scaup and Redhead. If you are the type of person who loves to dissect a
large raft of ducks (especially counting Lesser vs. Greater Scaup), Willow
Rd would be a good place to bird this morning.

I also had my first Cook County BONAPARTE'S GULL for the year, two flyover.
I saw dozens in Raleigh over the weekend. Except for a half dozen
Yellow-rumped Warbler, nothing too unusual in the land bird department.

Happy birding to you all,

Amanda T
Skokie, Cook County

 

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Date: 4/9/18 6:56 pm
From: Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos Pelicans
Stopped by Maple Lake (Palos, Cook Cty.) to see how the pelicans were doing today following the cold and snow. They doubled in number since yesterday evening — today’s count: 82. Great Blue Herons numbered 9 and Common Loons 8.

Linda Padera
Cook County

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Date: 4/9/18 1:48 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park Ross's Goose & Bonaparte's Gulls
Thanks to Matt's timely update, I was able to get down to Diversey Harbor and get my FOY Ross's Goose. It was hanging out at the boat launch, easily seen from the first parking lot north of Fullerton. You can get in and out without paying.
After that I stopped at Montrose in the hopes of getting a Caspian Tern so that I'd stop seeing everyone's in my daily eBird alerts for Cook County. No luck there, but I had two Bonaparte's Gulls (FOY) in Lake Montrose (it's the water on the beach; you won't find Lake Montrose on Google Maps!).




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Date: 4/9/18 1:19 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Brief Looks At Axehead Lake, Lake Opeka & Belleau Lake Monday 4-9-18
Hello Bird People,

With the snow falling I decided to finally do my taxes so I was home
all a.m. But I went out for lunch and stopped at Axehead Lake as it is
once again open to birders & fishermen. While I was at it I checked
Lake Opeka in Des Plaines & Belleau Lake. Not much seen but Axehead
was fairly good.

Axehead Lake (1:20-1:35 p.m.)

COMMON LOON (4)
P.B.Grebe (5)
Mallard (8)
Greater & Lesser Scaup (36 with almost all being Lesser)
Bufflehead (1-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (11)
RUDDY DUCK (1 very impressive looking male)
Eastern Phoebe (2) & Robins (12)

Lake Opeka (1:45-2 p.m.)

Mallard (14) & Shoveler (1-PR & 1-M)
Ring Necked Duck (2-PR) & Bufflehead (8-M)
R.B.Merganser (4) & Ruddy Duck (1-F)
Ring Billed (62) & Herring (4) Gulls
Crow (1) & Robins (10)

Belleau Lake (2:10-2:20 p.m.)

Only 12 Mallards & 2 Red Breasted Mergansers here plus a bunch of Robins.

Not really a birding day but Bird-Of-The-Day to the 4 Common Loons at
Axehead Lake &
Runner-Up to the handsome male Ruddy Duck also at Axehead Lake.

Al Stokie
In Cook County


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Date: 4/9/18 11:03 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Ross's Goose - North Pond / Diversey Harbor - Sun 4/8/18
Still present today 4/9/18

It was with a group of Canada Geese between Diversey harbor and Lake Shore
Dr. If you look on google maps it was approximately just east of Dock I, so
almost across from the Yacht Club.

Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

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On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 9:20 AM, Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> All,
>
> There is a Ross's Goose at North Pond / Diversey Harbor (Lincoln Park,
> Chicago) this morning (4/8/18) - first thing it was on the grass nr the
> Peggy Notebeart Museum but soon moved back to the harbor and was still
> present on the east side at 8am. Presume this to be the bird previously
> reported as a Snow Goose on Friday. There's a slight grin on the bill
> perhaps indicating some distant snow goose lineage but it appears to be
> mostly Ross's ;)
>
> Pic can be viewed here: http://www.pbase.com/sjhuggins/image/167273122
>
> Otherwise very quiet at North Pond this morning with a couple of Eastern
> Phoebe’s being the only migrant highlight.
>
> Cheers
> Steve Huggins
> Chicago, IL
>
>
>


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Date: 4/9/18 7:24 am
From: David Johnson <djohnsoda...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 281 Common Loons on the Chain O’Lakes
Fellow Ibeters,

Did my loon run on Sunday similar to what Karen Lund and Jeff Sanders did on Saturday in Lake &
McHenry counties.

I tallied 281 Common Loons, many of which were doing their yodel calls early in the morning and I also heard them give their soft hoot call on Pistakee Bay in McHenry County, a call I do not hear often in migration.
Best lakes for large numbers of loons were: Diamond Lake, Long Lake, Pistakee Bay and Lake (on the McHenry side); Fox Lake inc Mineola Bay, Nippersink Lake and Columbia Bay, and Lake Marie (S end by SandBar). The loons were also actively feeding on fish.

I also observed a nice raft of 51 Ruddy Ducks off Bald Knob SE of Coon Island by the inlet to Myers Bay.

Also noted were 489 American White Pelicans nearly everywhere on the Chain O’Lakes.

6 Bonaparte’s Gulls were out in the middle of Fox Lake.

Most helpful was that the lakes were like glass on Sunday with no wind or waves.

With the current snow and the fact that there’s still 2-3 feet of ice on the northern lakes—even in the upper 2/3 Of WI—the loons will continue their stall northward migration.

Enjoy the loons while they are here!

Btw my personal best tally of loons was with Karen Lund on 6 April 2013. We tallied 676 Loons and one Red-throated Loon on the Chain O’Lakes that day.

Good Looning!

David B Johnson

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Date: 4/9/18 7:03 am
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 7, 2018
>
> North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
> Apr 7, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: First scheduled spring Chicago Audubon walk at this location for this year. Weather unusually cold - mid-20s! But sunny and bright.
> 20 species
>
> Canada Goose X seen in parking lot after walk ended
> Wood Duck X
> Mallard X
> Turkey Vulture X
> Cooper's Hawk X
> Ring-billed Gull X
> Belted Kingfisher X
> Red-bellied Woodpecker X
> Downy Woodpecker X
> Northern Flicker X
> Eastern Phoebe X
> Black-capped Chickadee X
> White-breasted Nuthatch X
> Golden-crowned Kinglet X
> American Robin X
> Dark-eyed Junco X
> Song Sparrow X
> Northern Cardinal X
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> American Goldfinch X
>
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Date: 4/9/18 5:01 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Fox sp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/39520939900/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The Fox sp is here, got 5 feeding under the window. Singing and scratching.
No Brown t. for a couple days. Carolina wren is scarce. Hear it and Song sp from somewhere near.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Date: 4/8/18 4:58 pm
From: Jim Mountjoy <jmountjo...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Mountain Bluebird in Knox County
A lovely male Mountain Bluebird was at Oak Run today, at Lake View Beach,
on the north side of the peninsula that sticks out into Spoon Lake from the
west (near North Lakeview Drive) discovered by Jean Jorgenson. It was seen
by a few others, including myself, late in the afternoon. It seems to like
the beach, and the lifeguard's chair, but also moved around the lawn areas
and parking lot edges.

This area is private, so access may be a question, although for at least a
little while tomorrow I suspect that there will be some local residents
looking for the bird who might be able to 'host' outsiders??

Other good birds in Knox County today included a Baird's Sandpiper at the
retention ponds behind the Galesburg Walmart, and a mixed flock of Smith's
and Lapland Longspurs along County Highway 7 (about 1700 N?), 0.3 miles to
the east of County Road 600 E.

Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL


D. James Mountjoy

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Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999

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Date: 4/8/18 4:55 pm
From: Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET The Sibley area on Sunday
Karen and I checked out the Sibley Grassland (a 1 sq. mi. IDNR parcel just S of the town of Sibley; 40.5665583 -88.3949694)  as we've had Smith's Longspurs there in past years. The site had not been burned recently, but we did manage to find a group of about 20 Smith's in the corn stubble near the SW corner of the site. The marshy wetland in the W central part of the site had 10 species of ducks, but nothing unexpected.
 
From there we crossed Rte 47 and checked out Sibley Grove, a TNC owned IL Nature Preserve. Location and other details can be found here https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/INPC/Pages/Area6FordSibleyGrove.aspx
The wetland marsh and pond had a nice collection of 12 duck species, nothing unusual but great to see. The highlight for us was a group of 30+ Rusty Blackbirds foraging along the E edge of the pond, in the wet oak leaf litter..
 
After lunch in Gibson City we checked out another IDNR grassland remnant at the NE corner of the intersection of IL 9 and Mclean Cty Rd 3800 E. Part of this had been burned, probably last fall, but we found no longspurs of any kind.
 
From there we headed N, driving the back roads of Mclean and Livingston Counties, looking for, but finding zero foxtail grasses anywhere, and no longspurs either. Round Up ready corn and soybeans have played havoc with suitable habitat for Smith's as they migrate N in April
Bob Fisher

Downers Grove
DuPage County
 

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Date: 4/8/18 3:03 pm
From: <mm...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chain O lakes State Park
Hi Bird Friends; went birding at Chain O lakes State park on the Gold Finch trail. Beautiful day to be out birding. Saw a coyote eyeing 2 sand hill cranes -yikes! Then the cranes started their rattling bugle call, then blue jays started jeering and then...an Eagle flew over. So i guess these guys are on their game? (the cranes flew away:)
Lots of long looks today. Highlights were
1- brown creeper - my 1st!
Lots of Eastern Bluebird - at least 15
Tree Swallow - 25
15? White pelican flying overhead
3 golden crown kinglet
1 Osprey
2 Eagle
7 Kildeer
10 Sandhill Crane
1 Northern Harrier
1 Red-tailed hawk
1 Downy,2 Hairy and 2 Red Bellied Woodpecker. (couldn't spot a yellow bellied or Flicker. On my list!)
1 brown headed cowbird
5 Song sparrow
Merganser, Mallards
Red-winged blackbird

Birding here today with all of the different habitats was exceptional.
Great day!

Margaret Morrissette
Lake County





 

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Date: 4/8/18 12:17 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET The Grove, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake (Local Interest Only) Sunday 4-8-18
Hello Bird People,

Feeling a bit lazy today so I only covered close to home spots. The
closest thing to an interesting bird that I found at The Grove were a
Flicker & a Cooper's Hawk. However, I did find a few nice birds at the
2 lakes I visited but nothing you'd want to chase.

The Grove In Glenview (8:15-10:30 a.m.)

Canada Geese (3), Wood Duck (2-PR) & Mallard (6)
Cooper's Hawk (1-fly) & Red Tailed Hawk (1-fly)
Mourning Dove (5)
Red Bellied (5) & Downy (3) Woodpeckers
Flicker (1)
Blue Jay (6), Chickadee (2) & W.B.Nuthatch (5)
Robins (35)
Cardinal (1-PR & H-2)
Tree Sparrow (1) & Song Sparrow (6)
Junco (7-8)
Red Winged Blackbird (5), Grackle (4) & Cowbird (2-M)
Goldfinch (4, some singing)
House Sparrow (5-6)

Beck Lake (11:30-noon)

Common Loon (2)
P.B.Grebe (1) & Horned Grebe (3)
Canada Geese (67)
Wood Duck (1-M), Mallard (6) & Lesser Scaup (2-PR)
Bufflehead (6-M & 2-F), Goldeneye (1-F) & R.B. Merganser (16)
Killdeer (3)
R.B. Gull (2)
Rock Pigeon (4 at the entrance)
Tree Swallow (15-18)
Eastern Phoebe (1), Robins (20) & Song Sparrow (1)

Big Bend Lake (12:15-12:45 p.m.)

Two birders who were just leaving told me that a Loon was present
which I saw & then I saw a 2nd Loon. Then out of a hidden spot came 2
more Loons so 4 altogether.

Common Loon (4)
P.B.Grebe (3)
Great Blue Heron (4, on nests)
Canada Geese (10) & Mallard (8)
AMERICAN WIGEON (1-M, but you had to have a scope to see this guy)
R.B. Merganser (14)
Killdeer (4)
R.B. (133) & Herring (6) Gulls
Red Bellied Woodpecker (H-1), Robins (30) & Cardinal (H-1)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the American Wigeon as I have had very few in Cook
County this year.
Runners-Up to the 6 Common Loons & the 1 Flicker.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Louisiana seen in Wheeling.

Al Stokie
Not seeing much in Cook County today


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Date: 4/8/18 10:45 am
From: John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Loon Big Rock Forest Preserve
Checked Big Rock Forest Preserve (Kane) quarry this AM (4/8) for Loons. Sure enough there was one diving on the quarry. 
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Date: 4/8/18 7:35 am
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET FOS hermit thrush for me and bird behavior question
Hello Illinois birders,

At Ryerson yesterday, hoping for a sapsucker (which I did not see) I did see a hermit thrush and a male bluebird, as well as a few golden crowned kinglets and a pair of hairy woodpeckers and a pair of red bellied. But I also saw something I'd never seen before. The bluebird looked like he spit up something; like an owl with a pellet. Sure enough, when I looked at my photos, there was something flying out of his mouth. Do bluebirds make pellets? In the picture it looks like a cherry pit. I'm not on a photo sharing site but I can send the photo to anyone interested.

Thanks,

Mb from the north shore of Boston


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Date: 4/8/18 7:20 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ross's Goose - North Pond / Diversey Harbor - Sun 4/8/18
All,

There is a Ross's Goose at North Pond / Diversey Harbor (Lincoln Park, Chicago) this morning (4/8/18) - first thing it was on the grass nr the Peggy Notebeart Museum but soon moved back to the harbor and was still present on the east side at 8am. Presume this to be the bird previously reported as a Snow Goose on Friday. There's a slight grin on the bill perhaps indicating some distant snow goose lineage but it appears to be mostly Ross's ;)

Pic can be viewed here: http://www.pbase.com/sjhuggins/image/167273122 <http://www.pbase.com/sjhuggins/image/167273122>

Otherwise very quiet at North Pond this morning with a couple of Eastern Phoebe’s being the only migrant highlight.

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL
 

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Date: 4/8/18 6:49 am
From: Jerry Goldner <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: 100+ American White Pelicans - Mineola Bay
There were over 100 pelicans in Minelola Bay alone yesterday.


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On Sunday, April 8, 2018, 7:43 AM, Karen Lund <catbirder813...> wrote:

Yes, we had pelicans at most stops.  At Mineola Bay alone we estimated 450.  The past 2 weekends the concentration was more  on Pistakee Lake.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 1:01 AM, <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 


Big thanks to Karen Lund & Jeff Sanders for posting on the 102 loons in Fox Lake.

I was happy to also spot huge numbers of white pelicans. In addition, one the locals shared that there are numerous nesting bald eagles in the Chain O' Lakes. 57 loons rested in front me on the west side this evening.  They started calling and it doesn't get much better than that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=y1nSY7NwOIQ





John Wrycza posted a few photos on the CAS FB page: https://www.facebook. com/photo.php?fbid= 10213639288313982&set=pcb. 2057420197828881&type=3& theater&ifg=1





Trib article from 4-15-17: http://www.chicagotribune.com/ suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ news/ct-lns-white-pelican- migration-st-0416-20160415- story.html




Jerry Goldner

Cook County








 

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Date: 4/8/18 6:01 am
From: Jayne Kampenga Kampenga <Jakkck...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Am White Pelicans Kankakee River State Park

Saturday I took some friends for some lunch and a spring drive and as we were driving thru Kankakee River State Park we spotted 15-20 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS on a sand bar in the river about a half a mile upriver of where the Rock Creek enters the KKK river. They were just in front of the flush bathroom on the bike trail, also saw one BLUEBIRD in  the field next to nature center. Not sure of the county?
Ken Kampenga Burbank IL Cook County
P. S. Love the chicken at Jr's chicken in Kankakee
 

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Date: 4/8/18 5:49 am
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 100+ American White Pelicans - Mineola Bay
Yes, we had pelicans at most stops. At Mineola Bay alone we estimated
450. The past 2 weekends the concentration was more on Pistakee Lake.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
<catbirder813...>

On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 1:01 AM, <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Big thanks to Karen Lund & Jeff Sanders for posting on the 102 loons in
> Fox Lake.
>
> I was happy to also spot huge numbers of white pelicans. In addition, one
> the locals shared that there are numerous nesting bald eagles in the Chain
> O' Lakes. 57 loons rested in front me on the west side this evening.
> They started calling and it doesn't get much better than that:
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1nSY7NwOIQ
>
>
> John Wrycza posted a few photos on the CAS FB page: https://www.facebook.
> com/photo.php?fbid=10213639288313982&set=pcb.2057420197828881&type=3&
> theater&ifg=1
>
>
> Trib article from 4-15-17: http://www.chicagotribune.com/
> suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-white-pelican-
> migration-st-0416-20160415-story.html
>
>
> Jerry Goldner
>
> Cook County
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/7/18 11:01 pm
From: <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 100+ American White Pelicans - Mineola Bay
Big thanks to Karen Lund & Jeff Sanders for posting on the 102 loons in Fox Lake.
I was happy to also spot huge numbers of white pelicans. In addition, one the locals shared that there are numerous nesting bald eagles in the Chain O' Lakes. 57 loons rested in front me on the west side this evening. They started calling and it doesn't get much better than that:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1nSY7NwOIQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1nSY7NwOIQ



John Wrycza posted a few photos on the CAS FB page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213639288313982&set=pcb.2057420197828881&type=3&theater&ifg=1 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213639288313982&set=pcb.2057420197828881&type=3&theater&ifg=1



Trib article from 4-15-17: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-white-pelican-migration-st-0416-20160415-story.html


Jerry Goldner
Cook County
 

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Date: 4/7/18 8:18 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP, Saterday, 7 April: Finally a chance to go birding!
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today covering all areas. This was my first day of birding since 10 March, because it's either been raining or snowing hard on all my days off since then! So I was glad to finally get out even though the weather people implied that it was as cold as March of the Penguins. But the wind wasn't bad and the sun was warm with a heavy coat on or your feathers puffed out. My day didn't have any spectacular highlights but, as one would expect, I got several first of year birds (FOY) and first of year for the park (FOY JxP). I'll just note these birds and provide a full list at the end to keep it short.
My FOY birds were E. PHOEBE, 4 all in the Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area, including 2 together near the Darrow Bridge not far from where they've nested of late. HERMIT THRUSH, 2 on Wooded Island and 1 at the west part of the golf course. FOX SPARROW, 3 on Wooded Island and 1 at the west golf course that posed for pictures. SWAMP SPARROW on Wooded Island. My FOY JxP birds were COOPER'S HAWK, 1 flying over the driving ranch that flushed 12 KILLDEER and an adult giving an agitated call near the traditional nesting area on the golf course. BELTED KINGFISHER, 1 male at Wooded Island, 1 at the water hazards of the east golf course, 1 at the Inner Harbor (though this might be the same bird seen at WI/BM). YELLOW-BELLIE SAPSUCKER on Wooded Island. GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, several at Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow and the golf course. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, 3 at Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow (had my FOY at the Birds and Beers at Metropolitan Brew-Pub, and I'm drinking one of their products as I write this!). I also had my first BROWN CREEPERS (2 on the east golf course) since a single bird on the west golf course on January 20th.
Hopefully the rest of this month and next will cooperate more than March's weather did (and last spring's, for that matter)!
Here's my full list. Abbreviations: WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, NLF = North Lake Front (59th to 62nd), 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, OH = Outer Harbor, LM = Lake Michigan and immediate shore east of OH, IH = Inner Harbor, GC = Golf Course.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (36), OH (8), LM (2), IH (2), GC (25)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (6), IH (2), GC (1)
Mallard: WI/BM (11), OH (11), LM (1), GC (2)
Greater Scaup: OH (1), IH (3)
Lesser Scaup: IH (10)
Common Goldeneye: NLF (3)
Bufflehead: WI/BM (2)
Hooded Merganser: OH (1), IH (1) (possibly same bird)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (16), NLF (2), OH (14), IH (7)
Horned Grebe: NLF (2), OH (3), IH (2)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (9)
Cooper's Hawk: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
A. Coot: OH (1)
Killdeer: WI/BM (12)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (55), NLF (180), 63rd (25), OH (321), LM (19), IH (8), GC (1)
Herring Gull: WI/BM (6), NLF (7), OH (3), LM (3), IH (1), GC (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1), IH (1), GC (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (1)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (4)
A. Crow: WI/BM (5), OH (2), IH (3), GC (4)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (1), OH (1), GC (2)
Brown Creeper: GC (2)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (9), GC (10)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (2), GC (1)
A. Robin: WI/BM (13), OH (1), GC (18)
Euro. Starling: WI/BM (6), 63rd (1), GC (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (3)
Fox Sparrow: WI/BM (3), GC (1)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (13), IH (3), GC (2)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: GC (2)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (9), IH (1), GC (2)
Red-winged Blackbird: WI/BM (6)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (3)
House Finch: WI/BM (4)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (2), GC (1)
House Sparrow: WI/BM (7), NLF (1), 63rd (1), OH (11)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago


 

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Date: 4/7/18 6:23 pm
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET T. Swans, Lake County
This morning at Pine Dunes six Trumpeter Swans stopped by for about an hour before moving on.  Also saw a couple Hooded Mergansers, a pair of Green-winged Teals, a pair of Yellowlegs, the usual Mallards and Canada Geese,  a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and an Eastern Bluebird all huddled up trying to get warm in the early morning sun.  Off in the distance it looked like a Harrier was flying over the grassland.In the late afternoon there were 4 Loons at Sand Lake in the north unit of Illinois Beach State Park along with a few Red-breasted Mergansers.  Also a Meadowlark on the prairie.At Sterling Lake in the Van Patten Woods was a good size flock of Scaups and Ring-necked Ducks along with 3 Common Goldeneye hens and a couple Horned Grebes.  Also an adult Bald Eagle flew over the lake on its way north.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie,  WI

 

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Date: 4/7/18 5:58 pm
From: Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Palos area - Maple Lake, Little Red Schoolhouse

As was previously posted, Maple Lake (Palos Park) was pretty amazing today. I was just driving by around Noon, and saw the Pelicans. I counted at least 60 in Maple Lake! I stood still and just enjoyed watching them for about an hour. They seem to interact with the Gulls for food. I guess they want the same things. When they found something, all would come to that area in a tight clump.

And then the Loons. I have never seen so many at once I estimated about 10.

Ducks that I saw today were - all 3 Merganser species, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe. Also, several Phoebes and 1 yellow-rumped Warbler.

At about 1:00, I walked at Little Red Schoolhouse. The notable thing for me today was the number of Phoebes. I saw at least 11 at Little Red Schoolhouse, plus saw numerous others at other stops today. I would say that today I saw a total of at least 18 Phoebes without even trying! At Little Red, there also were Red-headed Woodpeckers and Golden-crowned Kinglets. Two more Pelicans flew over.


Maple Lake was so enjoyable that I went back around 6:30 PM. There were still about 18 Pelicans and 11 Loons. A Bald Eagle was flying over. 4 Great Egrets were perched in a tree.

I did not expect to see much today because it is so cold, but I guess the birds are still migrating.

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Date: 4/7/18 5:42 pm
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Loons - Lake and McHenry Counties
Jeff Sanders and I went a-looning today for the second week in a row. Much
better results than last week. Most sites were in Lake County, but there
are 3 McHenry locations. After I dropped Jeff off late this afternoon, I
continued onto Lake Zurich and Crystal Lake. Then taking the back roads
home to Genoa, I found shorebirds. Three greater yellowlegs at the N.
Union Rd. fluddle at the northwest corner of 47 & N.Union Rd. From there I
continued on N. Union Rd. to where it intersects Hemmingsen Rd. The
fluddle on the east side of N. Union had 9 pectoral sandpipers. Aside from
the loons, other birds of note were: caspian tern, bonaparte's gull,
iceland gull, bald eagles, horned and pied-billed grebes, common and
red-breasted mergansers, American white pelicans, coots, redheads, lesser
scaup, gadwall, wigeon, canvasback, northern shovelers, blue-winged teal,
wood ducks, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common goldeneye. Loon breakdown
follows:

Diamond Lake - 15
Bald Knob Marina on Pistakee Lake - 16
Fox Lake Lakefront Park - 3
Stanton Point on Fox Lake - 4
Eagle Point on Pistakee Lake - 4
Mineola Bay on Fox Lake - 106
Nippersink Lake (by El Puerto Restaurant) - 18
Hastings Lake - 2
Miltmore Lake - 6
Columbia Bay - 9
Deep Lake - 2
Long Lake - 22
Bluff Lake - 6
Lake Marie - 15
Channel Lake - 22
Lake Zurich - 8
Crystal Lake - 17

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Date: 4/7/18 4:17 pm
From: <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos area
Common Loons (9), American White Pelican (60), Horned Grebe (2 seen), Swan, too far away to ID (2),
several RB Mergansers, and a mature Bald Eagle soaring over at Maple Lake in Willow Springs.


Jeff Stwora
Orland Park, Cook County


 

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Date: 4/7/18 4:08 pm
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sightings Miller Meadows
I will be coming to bird around Chicago next week. I’d like to know if Miller Meadows Forest Preserve is separate from Miller Meadows Dog Park..

Thanks all.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com



 

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Date: 4/7/18 3:11 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Beck Lake
Common Loon, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Tree Swallows, Pied-billed Grebe, Song Sparrow, Canada Geese, Mallard, Ring-billed Gull, Robin.  
Carol Nelson Cook County Chicago    
 

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Date: 4/7/18 3:09 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sidney Yates Flatwoods (Bunker Hill)
Yellow-rumps, Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-breasted Nuthatches, Downy, Red-bellied, Blue Jay, Robin. 
Carol Nelson Cook County Chicago 
 

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Date: 4/7/18 3:01 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Northern Shrike - Adams Co.
This morning I received a message from Jason Mullins that a Northern
Shrike was back at the same location that we had one this past fall.
From late November through the first 10 days or so of December, a
Northern Shrike was observed north of Quincy in what is called locally
the North Bottoms. Whether the Shrike wintered over is impossible to
tell. It was hoped it would since it was being seen regularly. But all
efforts to observed the Shrike for the Christmas Bird Count failed, and
it was not reported again until today. This is the same area that Colin
observed a Harris' Sparrow. Adam had had one farther west down Knapheid
Rd. In conclusion, I'm leaning that it wintered over.
It took two tries today, but I did see the bird. Jason was able to
obtain a photo this morning, and it is posted on ebird.

Phil Reyburn
Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois


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Date: 4/7/18 2:45 pm
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bald Eagle-Mundelein
Just as I pulled up in the west side parking lot at Diamond Lake (Lake Cty), an immature Bald Eagle touched down and came up with a small fish. There were also about 6 Common Loons and several Red Breasted Mergansers.


At least 5 Common Loons were on Loch Lomond in Mundelein.


Bill Saylor

Mundelein

Lake Cty
 

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Date: 4/7/18 2:01 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan, Sand Pond, North Point Marina & Independence Grove Saturday 4-7-18
Hello Bird People,

I was with Bob Erickson & Paul Sweet today. Thanks go to Andy Stewart
who told us about the Ross's Geese at Sand Pond even though the Ross's
Geese did their best to avoid us.

Waukegan Beach, Harbor & Park (7:15-8 a.m.)

In the harbor were Redhead (2), Greater & Lesser Scaup & R.B
Mergansers. By the fishing pier were one female Goldeneye, one female
WHITE WINGED SCOTER & more Mergansers. In he small park were Juncos,
blackbirds of 3 kinds & singing House Finch & EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH.
An Eastern Meadowlark was singing by the beach trees.

Sand Pond/Lake (8:25-9 a.m.)

Just now open to fishing so we had to park far away & walk in. Just as
we got there the 2 ROSS'S GEESE took off with a few Canada Geese so we
got there in the "nick of time". In Sand Pond was one COMMON LOON & 2
Horned Grebes. In a nearby wet area 3 Wilson's Snipe which took off as
we walked by.

North Point Marina/State Line Beach (9:15-10:45 a.m.)

In the harbor were Bufflehead (2), Goldeneye (1-F), Lesser & Greater
Scaup (3 each), Red Breasted Mergansers & 1 Coot. Gulls were a few
Ring Billed, many Herring & Bob's long looked for
LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL (an adult).

Looked for the recently seen Black Scoter off State Line Beach & we
finally found it but it was in the Wisconsin part of that small
harbor. Waited for it to move. It moved farther north into Wisconsin.
Not what we wanted! Waited some more & as if by magic it went
straight into the farthest south part of Illinois waters. So we had
our BLACK SCOTER in Illinois. Also moving back & forth between
Illinois & Wisconsin were Bufflehead, Mergansers & Canada Geese.

After lunch at Wendy's I went by myself to Independence Grove & saw
the following:

COMMON LOON (1)
P.B.Grebe (5) & Horned Grebe (1)
Canada Geese (11) & Mallard (2)
Redhead (2-PR), Lesser Scaup (7-8), Goldeneye (1-F) & Red Breasted
Mergansers (33)
A young Red Tailed Hawk was in a tree & Robins & Song Sparrows were
singing. Saw one American Goldfinch.

Bird-Of-The-Day for Bob is the Lesser Black Backed Gull which he's
been looking for.
Bird-Of-The-Day for me is the Black Scoter which we had to wait for.
Runners-Up to the Common Loons, the White Winged Scoter & the poorly
seen Ross's Geese.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Mississippi seen on the Tri-State.

Al Stokie
In Lake County today


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Date: 4/7/18 9:47 am
From: Nancy Porte <njmcubs...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow Rumped Warblers Morton Arboretum
Saw a small flock of warblers along the edge of Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum on Friday, April 8 about 9am.  Clearly yellow-rumped warblers in fine spring plumage!!
 
 

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Date: 4/7/18 7:50 am
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Loons - Lake County
Well the loons are definitely in. Jeff Sanders and I just saw 106 at
Mineola Bay. This is only our 4th stop and we've had loons at each stop.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Date: 4/7/18 7:49 am
From: Chris Rademacher <cerademacher...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Migrating hawks seen Thursday over Jackson Park
On Thursday afternoon (4/5, 1:15 PM) I saw a group of hawks migrating outside of the Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park. 
Two hawks flew over at relatively low level, perhaps four or five stories high in the air, just above the height of the  MSI building. I presumed them to be red tailed hawks as the default hawk in the area, yet thought it strange to see two hawks flying so close together. Their tail feathers, however, seemed to lack the RTH's fantail, following the line of their body more than fanning out. As I followed their path in the sky, I was shocked to see they were part of a kettle of hawks circling in a gyre. I counted six of them circling in a column between four and fourteen stories off the ground. The general direction of the kettle was Northwest, paralleling the Lake Michigan shoreline. A moment later I spotted three more hawks circling even higher bringing the total number observed to nine. In less than two minutes the hawks were out of sight. I'm not sure of the species, so would appreciate any suggestions as to what they might be. My apologies for not capturing more specific information about their individual appearance.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44277713

Chris RademacherCook County



 

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Date: 4/7/18 7:23 am
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Reminder: Hear Mark Obmascik speak about The Big Year: From Idea, Through Research to Book & Movie, April 12, 7 p.m.

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Chicago Ornithological Society 
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Join COS and meet Mark Obmascik, prize winning journalist, a birder, and author of The Big Year.

The Big Year was a book every birder had to read when it was published in 2004. It was a movie every birder had to see, and comment on, when it was released in 2011. Now it is part of every new birder’s must read book list once they have become interested enough in birding to start a life list. 

You can meet The Big Year author, Mark Obmascik, and hear him share insights on how he came upon the idea of writing the book, learn about the research he undertook to tell this amazing story, and speak to how he took that story and created the book and helped craft the subsequent movie, The Big Year. 

Join the Chicago Ornithological Society (COS) as we welcome Mark Obmascik, former Chicago native, to the Peggy Notebaert Museum on Thursday night, April 12th, at 7pm, for his program on the creation and writing of The Big Year. He will share stories about researching the story, and being part of the process that created the movie. He says most of the stories he will share, are true. 

Afterward, join Mark, COS and Birds & Beers for the April 2018 Birds & Beers, which will follow his program at the Lakefront Restaurant at Fullerton and the lakefront, in the Theater on the Lake building complex. 

Street parking is often available on Cannon Drive and there is a pay parking lot across the street. Consult the CTA Trip Planner for transit options. https://www.transitchicago.com/planatrip/
https://www.chicagobirder.org/events/2018/4/12/the-big-year-from-idea-through-research-to-book-movie


 

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Date: 4/7/18 7:19 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons yellow-rumped warblers
Good morning!

Four brightly-colored yellow-rumped warblers (myrtle) made a walk at the Skokie Lagoons (Willow side) in the brutal cold this morning well worth it!

The great blue herons air traffic nearly requires a control tower!

Tamima Itani
Evanston, IL

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Date: 4/6/18 3:58 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chevalier Woods, Lake Opeka & Axehead Lake Friday 4-6-18
Hello Bird People,

Running late today but here is my report. Spent a little over 2 hours
walking in Chevalier Woods part of the time with a California birder
named Robin Walker. Then by myself I checked Lake Opeka & Axehead
Lake. Jill A has mentioned that Axehead Lake is closed & the reason is
that it's being stocked with fish & no one gets in for fear that
fishing will occur too early. So I parked across the street in the
other lot & then viewed the lake from Touhy Ave. Can't see everything
from there but I could see enough.

Chevalier Woods (8:55-11 a.m.)

Canada Geese (4 fly-bys)
Mallard (8-9 in the river)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-F, with the Mallards much to my surprise)
SHARP SHINNED HAWK (1st 1 was flying around the parking lot & then 2
chasing each other)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-2)
Coot (1 in the river, another surprise)
Red Bellied (5), Downy (1) & Hairy (2) Woodpeckers
Blue Jay (4-6)
Chickadee (H-2)
W.B.Nuthatch (7)
Eastern Phoebe (6, most by the river)
G.C. Kinglet (3)
Robin (30-35)
CEDAR WAXWING (32 in one flock)
Tree (1), FOX (2) & Song (8) Sparrows
Junco (14)
Cardinal (3)
Red Winged Blackbird (2-3)

Lake Opeka (11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

COMMON LOON (1)
P.B.Grebe (3)
Canada Geese (18)
Mallard (16)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-M)
FRANKLIN'S GULL (1-AD, even had a little pink color on the chest, not
a Laughing Gull)
Ring Billed (76) & Herring (2) Gulls
Crow (2)
Robins (~20)

Axehead Lake (12:25-12:45 p.m.) (From Touhy Ave)

COMMON LOON (4)
P.B.Grebe (2)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (12)
Mallard (6)
Lesser Scaup (32)
Greater Scaup (2)
Ring Necked Duck (1-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (22)
Herring Gull (1)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Robins (10)
Song Sparrow (H-1)

I don't know about looking for the Franklin's Gull as it flew once
while I was there but later came back but it was acting very flighty.
Look for it at the edges of the Ring Billed Gulls as it didn't ever go
within the group of Gulls as they would pick on the smaller gull.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the fine looking Franklin's Gull & Runners-Up to
the 2 Sharp Shinned Hawks.

Al Stokie


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Date: 4/6/18 11:26 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park Zoo, South Pond Snipe and ducks
I walked around the zoo a bit at lunch. The cold wind was brutal, but there
were some new birds out there for me on the year. I managed to scare up a
Wilson's Snipe and there is a nice small variety of ducks in South Pond
right now.

Lincoln Park, Chicago--South Pond, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 6, 2018 12:24 PM - 12:59 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.66 mile(s)
20 species

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 2
*Blue-winged Teal 2*
Mallard 7
*Ring-necked Duck 3*
Lesser Scaup 2
Bufflehead 7
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Pied-billed Grebe 1
American Coot 2
*Wilson's Snipe 1*
Ring-billed Gull 28
Eastern Phoebe 6
American Crow 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Hermit Thrush 1
*Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1*
Song Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44300611

It's been cold, but the birds are moving.
Cheers!
Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

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Date: 4/6/18 11:10 am
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Crystal Lake - 28 Common Loons
Loons are definitely here. Tomorrow might be a good day to check lakes on
the area.

There are 28 Common Loons on Crystal Lake on McHenry Co.

Also lots of ducks and a few loons at Three Oaks Rec. Area (still free
admission as of today). The list from there is attached below.

Eric & Sally Secker

West Dundee, Kane Co.



Three Oaks Recreation Area

Apr 06, 2018
11:40 AM
Traveling
1.38 miles
18 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

6 Gadwall
5 Mallard
12 Redhead
13 Ring-necked Duck
1 Greater Scaup
5 Lesser Scaup
140 Greater/Lesser Scaup
22 Common Merganser
180 Red-breasted Merganser
16 Ruddy Duck
3 Common Loon
1 Pied-billed Grebe
135 American Coot

Number of Taxa: 13

 

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Date: 4/6/18 10:59 am
From: Michael Graff <mikeg_606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Snow goose - Currently, Just north of Fullerton 12:57 PM
Hi All,
I can confirm that single Snow Goose mixed with five Canada Geese in the south end of the Diversey Harbor, just north of the Fullerton Bridge.
Good Birding,
Michael Graff
Chicago
 

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Date: 4/6/18 10:37 am
From: <jilla45...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Axehead (NO), Big Bend, Beck Lakes in NW Cook Co
We looked for duck species around Des Plaines today. Don't know what was going on @ Axehead Lake today, but we were denied entry this AM by a FPDCC officer who was stationed at the closed gate. Dan asked if we could gain entry at the park off of River Rd (Chippewa Woods) and the officer said no. So.... we went on the Big Bend Lake, where the highlight was COMMON LOON (3) . Other duck species at Big Bend included HOODED and RED BREASTED MERGANSERS and PIED BILL GREBES.
At Beck Lake, we saw LOTS of TREE SWALLOWS (22) , in addition to RING NECKED DUCK (1), LESSER SCAUP (16), BUFFLEHEAD (2), C. GOLDENEYE (1), HOODED MERGANSER (2), RED BREASTED MERGANSER (3), and RUDDY DUCK (1).
Cold wind over both lakes, but worth it since we saw some loons.
Jill Anderson and Dan Anzia (Cook Co).


 

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Date: 4/6/18 8:35 am
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red Shouldered Hawks and Pine Siskins
Yesterday the male half of the Red Shouldered Hawk pair brought a small
rodent to the female and they copulated, then the Male flew up to their
former nest. Perhaps they will be using it again. It is right along
Churchill road in Springfield.
A pair of Pine Siskins remain, I saw one toying with nesting material and
they are pair feeding. Would be cool to have them nest here. The wintering
pair of Red Breasted Nuthatches have not been seen since April 2nd and the
Yellow Rumped Warbler also has migrated.
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Date: 4/6/18 8:18 am
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Saturday, April 14, Miller Meadow
Join COS for a trip Saturday, April 14 to Miller Meadow Forest Preserve

Join COS at Miller Meadow Forest Preserve, where we'll look for early spring migrants, including Wilson's snipe and American pipit. Terrain may be wet or waterlogged so wear appropriate foot wear and dress for the weather. Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available.

Please click link to sign up in advance if possible:
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Saturday, April 14
7:30am
Miller Meadow Forest Preserve, South

South Parking lot off of 1st Ave, Forest Park IL https://bit.ly/2Iygt9h


 

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Date: 4/6/18 6:45 am
From: Evan Graff <egraff89...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Snow goose - near North Pond
Hi All,

There appears to be a Snow Goose (white) in the lagoon just north of the Nature Museum, about even with the northern part of North Pond. It is associated with a small group of Canadas. I say “appears” because I observed the bird while passing by on LSD riding a CTA bus... so take this sighting as you will.

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Chicago




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Date: 4/6/18 6:22 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard DE juncos

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40365681825/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
About 20 here feeding on seeds and suet. Trilling is intense, with some buzzes.
Got 2 Fox sp and the Brown thrasher feeding on seeds and suet. FOY YB sapsucker on the cherry tree.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/6/18 4:12 am
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sighting - Eared Grebe question
Eared grebe still at Saganashkee Slough?

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com
 

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Date: 4/5/18 6:35 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pectoral Sandpipers - Hancock Co.
Having business in Galesburg today, Pat and I traveled back through some
former birding haunts looking for mainly waterfowl. Those who have never
observed the spring waterfowl migration on the Mississippi River are
missing one of nature's spectacles. Between Nauvoo  and Hamilton,
Illinois the river was filled with migrating Lesser Scaup while mixed in
this continuous raft were a smattering of Ring-necked Ducks and
Buffleheads. Habitat for dabbling ducks was filled with Northern
Shovelers, Gadwalls, Blue and Green-winged Teal, and Mallards.

At Dallas City, where you can take a street that runs right along the
river, we stopped at a mudflat where we observed 10 Pectoral Sandpipers.
Other than Killdeer our first SPs for 2018. Probably a normal arrival
date, but it has been an abnormal spring. Easter Sunday, locally
produced the heaviest snowfall of the year. March came in like a lion
and left like one. The cold and damp weather I feel has delayed
migration here. So the mass movement of waterfowl and the first
sandpipers may be a sign of a coming change.

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Date: 4/5/18 6:10 pm
From: ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 5 Mute Swans, 1 Common Loons among birds seen at Busse Woods FP this morning (Cook Co)
I spent about 90 minutes birding the southern portion of Busse Woods Forest Preserve just before and after noon, entering from the Beisner Road entrance, Elk Grove (closed during the winter but finally open again).


Among the first birds I saw were 5 MUTE SWANS (the first of this species I've seen in many years birding at Busse). They were south of one of two islands (observed walking north from the farthest east parking lot, and also visible (farther away) from the fishing bridge.


First-of-spring birds for me today were: GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (2), TREE SWALLOW (about 18 in two spots), GREAT EGRET (4), DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT (7), and AMERICAN COOT (1).


Also seen today were a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, a single YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and one COMMON LOON, among other birds. Ducks included a number of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, one pair of COMMON MERGQNSERS, LESSER SCAUP and BUFFLEHEAD. Three HORNED GREBES were also present on the lakes.


Alan Anderson, <casresearch...> mailto:<casresearch...> , Des Plaines, Cook Co.

 

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Date: 4/5/18 2:05 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden, Heritage Park, Beck & Big Bend Lakes Thursday 4-5-18
Hello Bird People,

Took the day off yesterday with a very sore knee but all seems to be
o.k. today. That was the 1st day I've missed birding in over a month.
Today I covered all areas of the Botanic Garden & I mean ALL areas. A
few new migrants have come in & there are still quite a few species of
ducks around.
Also had the 1st Loons of the year at the CBG. Here's my day list:

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

COMMON LOON (2, both in the Northern Lake)
P.G. Grebe (6)
Canada Geese (18)
Wood Duck (8)
Mallard (22)
Blue Winged Teal (4-M & 2-F)
Gadwall (3-PR, at the B.Brown Pond)
Redhead (11, still hanging around in the Northern Lake)
Lesser Scaup (2-PR)
Bufflehead (2-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (8)
Killdeer (2)
Ring Billed (1) & Herring (1) Gulls
Mourning Dove (5)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1 FOY)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Tree Swallow (a flock of 24 flew in & landed in a tree)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Blue Jay (6)
Chickadee (4)
G.C. KINGLET (2)
Robins (~40)
YELLOW RUMPED MYRTLE WARBLER (1)
Song Sparrow (12 individuals & a group of 6 feeding together)
FOX SPARROW (2)
Junco (11)
Cardinal (2)
Red Winged Blackbird (15-18)
Grackle (12)
Cowbird (1-M)
House Finch (5)
PINE SISKIN (1)
Goldfinch (4)
House Sparrow (6-8)

I'll just do highlights for the other places.

Heritage Park

Great Egret (1), Shoveler (1-M), Ring Necked Duck (1-M), R.B Mergs
(118) & a CASPIAN TERN

Beck Lake

COMMON LOON (2), Wood Duck (1-M), Ring Necked (1-PR), Greater (2) &
Lesser (29) Scaup,
Goldeneye (1-F), R.B. Mergs (11), a Great Blue Heron, a few Tree
Swallows & a Phoebe.

Big Bend Lake

COMMON LOON (3), P.B.Grebe (1), Great Blue Heron (2), Bufflehead (1-F)
& R.B. Mergs (11)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the very colorful Yellow Bellied Sapsucker &
Runners-Up to all 7 Loons.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 4/5/18 8:58 am
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Loons and Other
I visited several local spots this morning ( 4/5, 0900-1030) and saw the following:


Old School FP-Libertyville- At least 6 Golden Crowned Kinglets



Independence Grove- About 10 Redhead, 30 Red Breasted Mergansers, and 1 Horned Grebe


Prairie Crossing Pond- 1 Common Loon, several Ring Necked Ducks, scaup sp., 4 Bufflehead


Diamond Lake- About 12 Common Loons, 75+ Red Breasted Mergansers, about 10 Ruddy Ducks


Have a great day,


Bill Saylor

Mundelein

Lake Cty


 

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Date: 4/5/18 7:15 am
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kane Co. Fox River Birds - Wed.
I visited a number of spots between Algonquin and Elgin yesterday after
dropping my wife off at work.

Although a bit of ice and snow, birds were active due to the cold and I
enjoyed being out in the sun birding mostly by car.

At Brunner F.P., there were 15-20 Horned Larks out in the field. It's worth
keeping an eye on this spot for longspurs and pipits.

I also had nice flocks of Golden-crowned Kinglets at most spots by the water.

At Carpentersville Dam many kinglets were on the ground by the trail along
with one Yellow-rumped Warbler, juncos, and sparrows. On the water there
was one Ruddy Duck, a Common Goldeneye, and a few Common Mergansers. An
adult Red-shouldered Hawk was also flying around the woods just north of
the OTTO factory. Last week I also had a singing Carolina Wren south of the
dam.

Good birding,

Eric Secker
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Date: 4/4/18 10:30 pm
From: 'Darrell Shambaugh' <d.shambaugh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Phoebes!!
This afternoon Silver Springs State Park, in Kendall County south of Plano,
was inundated by EASTERN PHOEBES. I drove through the park area and found 3
by the boat launch and two more along the road by the river. In the Duck
Creek Trail parking area there were another 4 phoebes. At the toboggin hill
parking area were 6 more phoebes, a total of 15 at Silver Springs State
Park.



Two more phoebes were at the ball diamond at Hoover Forest Preserve, making
a total of 17 in Kendall County today.



Other noteworthy birds were a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET at the Silver Springs
boat launch, a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS at the top of the hill on the road
to the east end of Loon Lake, and 23 DARK-EYED JUNCOS at the top of the hill
on the road to the east end of Loon Lake. No loons were on Loon Lake, which
is what I was hoping to find at Silver Springs.



A single male BUFFLEHEAD was in the Fox River above the dam in Yorkville.
While I was there TURKEY VULTURES started flying around as the sun was going
down. I counted 42 TVs.



The pond at Dicks/ Home Depot/ Kohls, had very high water and few birds, The
variety was nice, and several were paired up: pair of BUFFLEHEAD, pair of
MALLARDS, pair of CANVASBACKS, and 4 pair of LESSER SCAUP. Single birds
included an AMERICAN COOT, a PIED-BILLED GREEBE, and an EASTERN MEADOWLARK.



Darrell Shambaugh

Somonauk, DeKalb County


 

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Date: 4/4/18 5:55 pm
From: <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons (Tower RD) Common Loons
There are 2 Common Loons in the large pond next to Tower Road.


Robert Kramer
Cook County

 

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Date: 4/4/18 4:02 pm
From: Keith Mcmullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET S. IL Birding Blitz 2018
Greetings IBET Birding Friends:
I'm pleased to announce my Big Day Team, composed of Tony Ward, Colin Dobson, Dan Kassebaum and myself, will again be participating in the Southernmost Illinois Birding Blitz on SAT April 28th.
As in past years, we are collecting donations or pledges from family, friends and interested businesses. The monies collected go to wetland restoration, protection of existing habitat and/or land purchases for potential habitat improvement opportunities. Many of you who have visited Southern Illinois know how many wonderful birding areas exist.

With your help and support, our team and others participating in the Blitz, the birds and their habitats, will continue to exist!
If interested in making a donation or a pledge to our team, please contact me at <warbler7...>
On behalf of my teammates, we thank you in advance for your support!
Good spring birding!
Keith McMullenO'Fallon, <ILwarbler7...>

 

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Date: 4/4/18 7:00 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET A. robin Byard

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40515767684/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Robin looked cold and hungry, ate some suet. Cardinal singing loud.
B. thrasher and Fox sp still here. Lots of juncos too.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/3/18 8:48 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET European Starling NO SIGHTING
I have seen smaller scale murmurations but nothing like the spectacular
ones seen in the video. The science of this ability is pretty amazing. It
is almost instant communication across an entire flock. There are plenty of
articles on this subject.
I have always thought starlings as beautiful birds even though they are
considered nuisance birds.
I am also impressed that starlings also can speak German. Ach du lieber!
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 10:12 PM Anthony Phillips <aphillips...> wrote:

> I hope some birders who deem Starlings as trash birds might gain a more
> appreciative perspective from this film. I have had my
> trouble with starlings trying to nest in my kitchen exhaust vent, and
> there was one fall when a large flock took to roosting in our trees
> each night, turning our yard and cars white with poop. Nothing I could do
> to roust them - clapping, shouting, even firecrackers.
> Mysteriously, the left on their own some time after I gave up.
>
> But I knew they were mockers as I have listened carefully to their
> resourceful language with appreciation for its complexity - fragments
> of Robin and Cardinal speak - but never imagining one could actually sing
> the introductory theme from Beethoven's Sixth Symphony,
> much less speak the English language. The Mozart story is wonderful.
>
> I've seen large irregular flocks of Starlings but never a vast exquisite
> murmuration such as those in this film.
> All such videos I had previously seen were filmed in Europe. Has anyone
> ever seen such a murmuration on this continent?
>
> Tony Phillips
> Professor Emeritus
> Department of Painting & Drawing
> School of the Art Institute of Chicago
> 807 West 16th Street
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> -2222
> (312)733-0581; cell (312)375-9315
> <aphillips...>
> http://www.tonyphillipsart.com
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 11:45 AM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Take a look at this short (12-minute) film on the introduction of the
>> starling to America. Who knew they are mimics? Enjoy
>>
>> Chuck Berman
>>
>> Oak Park
>>
>> http://pennylaneismyrealname.com/film/the-commoners/
>>
>> This is from the description: In 1890, a wealthy eccentric named Eugene
>> Schieffelin collected every bird ever mentioned by Shakespeare and released
>> them into Central Park. The only one to survive in the New World was the
>> European Starling, now among the commonest – and most despised – birds in
>> America.*THE COMMONERS* is an essay film about European Starlings,
>> poetry, the rhetorical relationship between nationalism and
>> environmentalism, and the paths people forge through history as they
>> attempt to improve the natural world.
>>
>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 4/3/18 8:23 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Brown t. in the Byard leaf pile

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41176831522/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Leaves are what it likes. I had to replenish the spots that were wore away by feeding sparrows and such. I keep a leaf pile which stays good all winter piled on top of an old Christmas tree. Another recycle idea for your holiday tree. Then spread leaves around bare spots.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/3/18 8:12 pm
From: Anthony Phillips <aphillips...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET European Starling NO SIGHTING
I hope some birders who deem Starlings as trash birds might gain a more
appreciative perspective from this film. I have had my
trouble with starlings trying to nest in my kitchen exhaust vent, and there
was one fall when a large flock took to roosting in our trees
each night, turning our yard and cars white with poop. Nothing I could do
to roust them - clapping, shouting, even firecrackers.
Mysteriously, the left on their own some time after I gave up.

But I knew they were mockers as I have listened carefully to their
resourceful language with appreciation for its complexity - fragments
of Robin and Cardinal speak - but never imagining one could actually sing
the introductory theme from Beethoven's Sixth Symphony,
much less speak the English language. The Mozart story is wonderful.

I've seen large irregular flocks of Starlings but never a vast exquisite
murmuration such as those in this film.
All such videos I had previously seen were filmed in Europe. Has anyone
ever seen such a murmuration on this continent?

Tony Phillips
Professor Emeritus
Department of Painting & Drawing
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
807 West 16th Street
Chicago, IL 60608-2222
(312)733-0581; cell (312)375-9315
<aphillips...>
http://www.tonyphillipsart.com


On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 11:45 AM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Take a look at this short (12-minute) film on the introduction of the
> starling to America. Who knew they are mimics? Enjoy
>
> Chuck Berman
>
> Oak Park
>
> http://pennylaneismyrealname.com/film/the-commoners/
>
> This is from the description: In 1890, a wealthy eccentric named Eugene
> Schieffelin collected every bird ever mentioned by Shakespeare and released
> them into Central Park. The only one to survive in the New World was the
> European Starling, now among the commonest – and most despised – birds in
> America.*THE COMMONERS* is an essay film about European Starlings,
> poetry, the rhetorical relationship between nationalism and
> environmentalism, and the paths people forge through history as they
> attempt to improve the natural world.
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/3/18 5:48 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET European Starling NO SIGHTING
GREAT video, Chuck. Thanks.

Fran

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 11:45 AM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Take a look at this short (12-minute) film on the introduction of the
> starling to America. Who knew they are mimics? Enjoy
>
> Chuck Berman
>
> Oak Park
>
> http://pennylaneismyrealname.com/film/the-commoners/
>
> This is from the description: In 1890, a wealthy eccentric named Eugene
> Schieffelin collected every bird ever mentioned by Shakespeare and released
> them into Central Park. The only one to survive in the New World was the
> European Starling, now among the commonest – and most despised – birds in
> America.*THE COMMONERS* is an essay film about European Starlings,
> poetry, the rhetorical relationship between nationalism and
> environmentalism, and the paths people forge through history as they
> attempt to improve the natural world.
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/3/18 5:21 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET cinnamon teal, champaign county
I didn't see a post about the bird here but there were photos posted to Birding Illinois on Facebook from today and yesterday. 

Suzanne Colemancook co.


 

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Date: 4/3/18 3:43 pm
From: <champlongchamp...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Late Northern Shrike at Illinois Beach S.P.
I found a surprise holdover Northern Shrike at the North Unit of Illinois Beach State Park (Lake County) on Sunday, April 1. I included it on my eBird list for that day, but they have apparently dismissed the sighting (I'm sure they have their reasons, presumably some algorithm). It was very definitely a shrike though, and let's face it-- it would be even more awesome if it were a Loggerhead. But even as it was a bit too far to discern bill-mask-eye relationship, its off-white throat and breast and overall size indicated a Northern.


In DuPage County where I live and do most of my birding, people will make a special trip to see a shrike, especially if they haven't had a chance at one for the season. And given the late date I would think this is a last-chance shrike! Perhaps the reason for its holdover status is the unseasonably cool weather we've been experiencing. That obviously hasn't yet changed yet, so I suppose it could still be hanging around. Many of us check eBird to see what's out there, but of course that won't work in this case. If anyone in that area is interested I could give more details.Otherwise, safe travels to the procrastinating shrike!


Tony C.
DuPage County

 

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Date: 4/3/18 1:08 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Purple Finch in Evanston Backyard
Hello all,


I had a male Purple Finch at my feeders in Evanston this afternoon. He came and went a couple times. This is my first sighting of a Purple Finch in my yard this year. Last year, I had three sightings, two in March 2017 and one April 22, 2017.


To the earlier email regarding white-throated sparrows - this year I had one in my yard all winter long. I don't know how unusual this is as I am only in my second year of birding.


Excited about this sighting from the comfort of my home on a rainy day!


Tamima Itani

Evanston, Cook County, IL

 

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Date: 4/3/18 12:30 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Glenview, Techny North, Skokie Lagoons & Heritage Park Tuesday 4-3-18
Not A Very Nice Day Bird People,

Walked the entire lake at Lake Glenview in very light rain or mist.
Rained harder at Techny North with a fair amount of wind. Tried to get
inland to avoid the wind at Skokie Lagoons which helped but the rain
was harder which didn't help. After lunch at Heritage Park the rain
was too much & I gave up.

Lake Glenview (8-8:50 a.m.)

P.B.Grebe (2) & Horned Grebe (3)
Great Blue Heron (1 flying)
Canada Geese (52) & Mallard (24)
Shoveler (2-M), Lesser Scaup (2-M & 1-F). Bufflehead (17) & Red
Breasted Merganser (38)
Killdeer (2) & Wilson's Snipe (1)
Coots (9)
Ring Billed (5) & Herring (1) Gulls
Mourning Dove (1)
Tree Swallow (3)
Robins (18) & Starlings (13)
Song Sparrow (10-11)
Red Wings (17) & Grackle (3)
House Sparrows (~10)

Techny North (9-9:35 a.m.)

Here I was joined by Ron Polit & we saw:

P.B.Grebe (1) & Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (4), Mallard (26) & Shoveler (2-PR)
Killdeer (4) & PECTORAL SANDPIPER (9)
Kestrel (a pair together)
Ring Billed Gull (2)
Robins, Starlings & Red Wings

Skokie Lagoons From Willow Rd Lot (9:50-11 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (6) & Canada Geese (10-12)
Wood Duck (5-6) & Mallard (9-10)
Redhead (8), Lesser Scaup (11), Goldeneye (1-F), Hooded (1-PR) & Red
Breasted Merganser (38)
Red Bellied (2), Downy (1) & Hairy (1) Woodpeckers
Eastern Phoebe (3 fly catching by the water)
Blue Jay (H-1) & Crow (1)
Chickadee (3), W.B. Nuthatch (H-2), Brown Creeper (1) & G.C. Kinglets (5)
Robins (25) & Starlings (12)
Red Wings (4-5) & Grackles (3)

Heritage Park (11:55 a.m.-12:10 p.m.) (Raining hard now)

P.B.Grebe (3) & Great Egret (1)
Canada Geese (8, on the soccer field)
Mallard (10), Lesser Scaup (3-PR), Bufflehead (8) & Red Breasted Merganser (54)
Ring Billed (44) & Herring (2) Gulls
(This is the 1st time I've had this many duck species this year at
this location)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Pectoral Sandpipers which were my 1st "real"
sandpipers of the year.
Runners-Up to the 3 Eastern Phoebes trying to find food over the water.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today in the rain


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Date: 4/3/18 10:28 am
From: Lucy De Lap <ldelap...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Earliest backyard sighting of White Throated Sparrow (Kane County)
I've been keeping track of arrivals and departures of backyard visitors since 1995.
Today's sighting of a white-throated sparrow is the earliest I have ever noted (with the exception of a single sighting on 2/2/2011 during the big snow of that date).
The next earliest date  I have noted is 4/10/2012 - the year of the March heatwave. Early high temps are certainly not the reason for this year's early date! 
Lucy DeLapEast Dundee (near the Fox River)Kane County

 

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Date: 4/3/18 10:22 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Coopers hawk

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41213541311/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Didn't see this one and missed it for some time.
Fox sp is singing along with Song sp.
Brown thrasher here this morning.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 4/3/18 9:49 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET European Starling NO SIGHTING
Take a look at this short (12-minute) film on the introduction of the
starling to America. Who knew they are mimics? Enjoy

Chuck Berman

Oak Park

http://pennylaneismyrealname.com/film/the-commoners/

This is from the description: In 1890, a wealthy eccentric named Eugene
Schieffelin collected every bird ever mentioned by Shakespeare and released
them into Central Park. The only one to survive in the New World was the
European Starling, now among the commonest – and most despised – birds in
America.*THE COMMONERS* is an essay film about European Starlings, poetry,
the rhetorical relationship between nationalism and environmentalism, and
the paths people forge through history as they attempt to improve the
natural world.

 

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Date: 4/3/18 9:07 am
From: Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pelicans & More

15 pelicans continue at Lake Sedgwick at Centennial Park in Orland today. More highlights: 1 Common Loon and 4 Caspian Terns.

Linda Padera
Cook County
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Date: 4/2/18 8:44 pm
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common goldeneye female at botanic garden
In with the redheads and scaup at the botanic garden was a single female common goldeneye. I don't know if they are unusual here, as I'm visiting from MA, (range maps don't always reflect sighting frequency) so I thought I'd post it. We also saw a golden crowned kinglet, 4 or more eastern phoebes, at least 15 tree swallows, 6 killdeer and a brown creeper.

Mb from the north shore of Boston

 

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Date: 4/2/18 6:18 pm
From: <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Eastern Towhee
While at Montrose today I had a male & female Eastern Towhee in separate sightings. Other birds of note:


Savannah Sparrow
Horned Grebes




The highlight of the day was a Red-tailed Hawk that posed for all with cameras,


Robert Kramer
Cook County


 

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Date: 4/2/18 5:21 pm
From: Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sightings - Wall Street Journal Article

I don't think anyone mentioned this here yet, but in today's Wall Street Journal (Monday) there is an article on the front page about birders who look for Gulls, and how tricky they are to ID. There is a mention of the Gull Frolic and a picture of Amar A!
Very interesting!

Linda Radtke


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Date: 4/2/18 2:02 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Segewick Lake, Orland Grasslands South & North & Some Short Stops Monday 4-2-18
Hello Bird People,

Thanks go to Michael McNamee for his report yesterday on the Pelicans
at Segewick Lake in Centennial Park, Orland Park. I started there this
a.m. (after I finally figured out how to get there) & there were still
about 140 Pelicans present. Also there were one COMMON LOON, 2 Horned
Grebes & 4 Caspian Terns. Ducks were Mallards, Lesser Scaup (2),
Bufflehead (2-M), Common Merganser (1-PR) & Red Breasted Merganser
(18). Thanks to the sharp eyes of Brendon Lake we also saw an OSPREY
flying (not close) & many Tree Swallows in a tree waiting for it to
warm up enough to fly.
That's a partial list but the important birds are listed.

Orland Grasslands South (9-10:30 a.m.)

Figured if Andrew A didn't find any Longspurs yesterday I wouldn't
either (I didn't) but I saw quite a few interesting birds & so it was
worth going. Here's my complete list:

P.B. Grebe (1)
Great Egret (1 flew in)
Canada Geese (10)
Snow Goose (1)
Mallard (27)
G.W. Teal (6-8)
B.W. Teal (5)
Shoveler (1-PR)
Lesser Scaup (1-F)
Coots (17)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 hunting)
Killdeer (11)
Wilson's Snipe (flushed 26 on a back trail, that's a lot of Snipe!)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (H-1 by the parking lot)
Tree Swallow (3-4)
Robins (~35)
Starling (1 flock of 40)
Horned Lark (2)
Tree Sparrow (2-3)
Vesper Sparrow (1 singing)
Savannah Sparrow (2, saw the yellow)
Song Sparrow (14-16)
Cardinal ( H-1)
Eastern Meadowlark (3)
Red Winged Blackbird (a big flock of 75-80)
Grackle (6)
Brown Headed Cowbird (flock of 40)

Orland Grasslands (North)

Only checked the west side from the north parking lot & only went far
enough to see the 3 ponds.
Interesting ducks were Gadwall (3), Ring Necks (1-PR) & Hooded Merganser (2-PR).
Also saw a male Kestrel & a Flicker was calling like crazy!

Saganaskee Slough

A quick stop found both Osprey at the nest site.

Joe's Pond had Mallard (1), Lesser Scaup (2), Redhead (6) & Ring Necks (17)

Finally I stopped at Axehead Lake but only 1 of yesterday's 4 Loons
was still there.

Bird-Of-The-Day to all those Pelicans & Runner-Up to the Snow Goose.

License Plate Of The Day to one from West Virginia seen on the way
home on the Tri-State.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/2/18 1:34 pm
From: beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rollins Loggerhead Shrike
Adam Sell and I refound the shrike. Definitely a Loggerhead. Got nice looks at the white throat with contrasting grayer breast, thick black mask, small bill, and a smallish bird. It was last seen in the burned area north of the telephone poles at Drury Lane.

Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
Lake Co




 

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Date: 4/2/18 1:06 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rosehill/West Ridge today - Killdeer, Phoebe, Bluebird (2 pairs), Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Song Sparrow, Robins, Starlings, Great-blue Herons (pair), Mourning Dove, Canada Geese, Mallards.
Carol Nelson Chicago Cook County 
 

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Date: 4/2/18 12:58 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rosehill/West Ridge today Killdeer, Phoebe, Bluebird (2 pair), Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Song Sparrow, Robins, Great Blue Heron (pair), Starlings, Mourning Dove, Canada Geese, Mallard.
Carol Nelson Chicago Cook County 
 

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Date: 4/2/18 11:19 am
From: beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rollins Loggerhead Shrike
Fairly certain that Andy Stewart and I just had a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at Rollins. We first heard it making slow, buzzy calls which sounded exactly like the intro to the UT song on Sibley. We found the bird and had good scope looks at it from the front. The throat looked contrastingly white, bill looked short, head compact, and mask very black with very little white only at the very front above the bill. I got photos, but they’re terrible and all are back shots since the bird conveniently turned around. I will post them on Facebook.

Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
Lake Co




 

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Date: 4/2/18 10:32 am
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Audubon Society - Camping with the Birds - Deadline Approaching! - no sightings

CAMPING WITH THE BIRDS AT DEERGROVE – DEADLINE APPROACHING!!
Friday, May 11, 4 p.m. to Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m.
Camp Reinberg,1801 N. Quentin, Palatine

This is your last chance to signup for this exciting new event. To be guaranteed a spot, reservations andpayment must be received at the CAS office by close-of-business April 10.Unreserved campsites will be released to the public on April 11.

Want to wake up surrounded bybirdsong at the height of spring migration? Bounce out of bed and startbirding? Build on the camaraderie and goodwill you experienced at BirdingAmerica? Join us at this first-ever Camping-with-the-Birds event. We hope tomake it a fun annual tradition.

Arrive Friday afternoon orevening, settle into your site, cook your dinner (bring your own food fordinner) over the fire. Chicago Audubon Society will offer owling and acampfire sing-along – yes, of course includings’mores! On Saturday, there will be early morning bird walks through grasslandsand woodlands, including a special walk for new birders. Leaders toinclude Carolyn Fields and John Elliott.

After the bird walks, CAS willhost a free breakfast for its members. Binoculars will be available ifneeded, and camping gear can be rented. Suggested for campers 10 years old andolder. Children must be accompanied by adults.

You can join in or skip any of theactivities as you wish. But we know our rendition of This Land is Your Land – with ukulele accompaniment – is going toget you to the campfire!

This is a special earlyregistration period for CAS members, so reserve your spot now! To reservea tent site or cabin, contact Chicago Audubon Society at 773-539-6793 or <cas...> Non-electric tentsites $17.50 for up to 6 people/2 tents (special half-off deal!). Cabinshousing up to 10 people for $125.

RV sites for $50 are alsoavailable but cannot be reserved through CAS - sign up for those now at http://fpdcc.com/camping.

 

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Date: 4/2/18 7:05 am
From: 'Carolyn A. Marsh' <cmarshbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Illiana Birds: Osprey & C. Loon
01 April 2018 - Yesterday at Powderhorn Lake & Prairie the pair of Osprey
were busy renewing their platform nest. Actually, the male continuously made
a dozen trips bringing a long branch to the nest while I was there. The
female perched in a nearby tree. One Osprey was seen 29 March and on 30
March Dave Gruver photographed one.



There was one Common Loon in the lake. The loon was submerged for about five
minutes before it reappeared. Double-crested Cormorant 2, Red-breasted
Merganser 21+, Horned Grebe 1, and Mute Swan 2, Cooper's Hawk 2 (pair),
Eastern Phoebe 1, were also there.



Carolyn Marsh


 

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Date: 4/1/18 8:00 pm
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Dresden, Collins Rd. and Heidecke Lake
I birded the area on the east and south side of Goose Lake Prairie
this morning.No sign of the Cinnamon Teal on the ponds along Collins Rd.
Ducks much reduced from 2 weeks ago, but still 11 species, most interesting
a male Greater Scaup on Heidecke Lake and a male Blue-winged Teal on a
small pond along Dresden Rd. Also had a group of 22 White-fronted Geese.
Of most interest were swallows. I saw a Rough-winged Swallow along
Dresden Rd. along the creek south of the power plant with about 200 Tree
Swallows. A little early, but sort of a surprise given the cold and north
flow we;ve had. More of a surprise was a Cliff Swallow on the first pond
north of Pine Bluff Rd. I don't usually find Cliff Swallows near Chicago
until the end of April.

Doug Stotz

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Date: 4/1/18 5:34 pm
From: Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sunday at Hennepin and other Putnam county spots
Despite the chill and lack of sun, Karen and I headed west, hoping it wouldn't be a (April) fool's errand. It wasn't!
 
The Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, aka Hennepin-Hopper, had both a good variety and good numbers of waterfowl. Nothing rare but fun to see. Dozens, perhaps 100's of Tree Swallows flew low over the water, trying (and we hope succeeding, considering the cold)  to find insects.
 
From there we headed S to Henry, for lunch at the Subway. Then back N on the W side of the river on IL Rte 29, turning right at the /Marshall/Putnam County line to check out the farm with feeders to see if the Eurasian Tree Sparrows were there as usual. They were, competing with the ubiquitous House Sparrows for the cracked corn spread under one of the feeders. Immediately across the road, foraging in the corn stubble was a relatively large mixed flock of blackbirds. Among the starlings redwings, cowbirds and grackles we found 3 Brewer's Blackbirds. 
 
Our next stop  was the unimproved 'boat launch' near the N end of Senachwine Lake where 500 E ends. This backwater lake at times holds waterfowl, though in recent years we've seen nothing except Wh Pelicans and cormorants in the spring. So our stop was definitely just an impulse, with very low expectations. One pod of waterfowl was swimming and resting directly N of our vantage point. The pod contained mostly male and female Canvasbacks, a few Snow Geese, including one blue phase, and the bird(s) of the day for us - 3 Surf Scoters, one a boldly patterned (white forehead, white eye and white patch on the back of his neck) male with that characteristic massive orange, black and white bill bulging at the base, the other 2 were females. Where in the heck did these 'sea ducks' come from, we asked ourselves after getting close scope views!
 
We both commented, what an odd collection of waterfowl species mixed in the one pod; a couple of Ring-billed Gulls also swam among the waterfowl. Note that this area is a sand/mud bar, so be very careful in driving out on the bar; stop where you know its solid and walk out with your scope.
 
Our last stop was the road to the Consolidated Grain terminal, across from the town of Hennepin. The woods were flooded, so we saw a number of Wood Ducks, 1 Gr-w teal, and oddly, a pair of L Scaup well away from the river and in the woods.
 
Regards
Bob Fisher

Downers Grove
DuPage County
 

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Date: 4/1/18 2:27 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cook County Today - Montrose and Skokie Lagoons
I hit a couple of good Cook County spots today. Montrose Point this morning
and Skokie Lagoons (from Willow Road) this afternoon.

Highlights @ Montrose:
- Big numbers of sparrows in the butterfly field dominated by SONG &
AMERICAN TREE (several of both sp were singing). Found a lone SAVANNAH
SPARROW in the mix. A dozen BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, a CASPIAN TERN, an
EASTERN PHOEBE, a BROWN CREEPER and a great looking RED-TAILED HAWK eyeing
all the sparrows.

Highlights @ Skokie Lagoons:
- Several FOX SPARROWS (some singing), a bunch of EASTERN PHOEBES
desperately trying to fly-catch along the shores along with the TREE
SWALLOWS, multiple GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and WOOD DUCKS as well. The
possible BALD EAGLE nest site I had staked out now has a bird on the nest.
Will be interesting to see how it does - I believe this is secondary to a
previously known nest site in this area.

Complete lists pasted below or click links for photo/video inclusions:

Montrose ebird link: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44152821
Skokie Lagoons ebird link: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44162556

Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 1, 2018 9:29 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.4 mile(s)
26 species

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 9
Red-breasted Merganser 10
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 3
Ring-billed Gull 100
Caspian Tern 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin 12
American Tree Sparrow 40
Dark-eyed Junco 200
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 75
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Brown-headed Cowbird 12
Common Grackle 50
House Sparrow 35

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44152821

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

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 1, 2018 1:18 PM - 3:28 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
28 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 18
Wood Duck 12
Mallard 16
Common Goldeneye 3
Red-breasted Merganser 34
Great Blue Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Herring Gull 1
gull sp. 10 flying in distance
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 7
Tree Swallow 10
Black-capped Chickadee 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
American Robin 30
European Starling 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Fox Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 12
Song Sparrow 14
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 19
Common Grackle 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44162556

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

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Date: 4/1/18 2:05 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS for Palos Waterfowl Walk, Saturday, April 7
Look for returning waterfowl. Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available. This birding spot can be muddy, so you may want to wear old boots, or preferably rubber knee-highs. After McGinnis we will probably explore other Palos area sloughs and lakes, but participants can leave when they need to.


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Saturday, April 7
7:30 am
McGinnis Slough, 13800 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL
Park in McGinnis Parking lot off of LaGrange Rd




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Date: 4/1/18 1:42 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum Sunday 4-1-18
Hello Again Bird People,

Today Bob Erickson & I covered both sides of the Arboretum. First we
did the East Side conifer area, then the West Side from Thornhill
Building along the Joy Path to Hemlock Hill & back & finally back to
the East Side where we did the area by Big Rock. We had several new
year birds & in good numbers for some of them. I'll just do one list
though.

Morton Arboretum (7:15-11 a.m.)

Canada Geese (2)
Wood Duck (4)
Mallard (15)
Turkey Vulture (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (2)
Mourning Dove (3-4)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (6)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Hairy Woodpecker (1)
PILEATED WOODPECKER (1-F)
Blue Jay (6)
EASTERN PHOEBE (3)
Tree Swallow (2 at a nest box)
Chickadee (9)
R.B. Nuthatch (5)
W.B. Nuthatch (4)
WINTER WREN (1) (FOY)
GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET (16-17) (FOY)
Eastern Bluebird (10)
Robins (40-50)
Y.R. MYRTLE WARBLER (1)
Song Sparrow (10-12)
FOX SPARROW (2)
Junco (10-12)
Red Winged Blackbird (15)
Grackle (2-3)
Cowbird (3-M)
House Finch (1-PR & H-2)
Goldfinch (2)
PINE SISKIN (30, all over & 1 was gathering nesting materials so a few
may stay?)
House Sparrow (2)

I should mention that I met Bob at Hidden Lake F.P. before we went to
the Arb & had 4 G.W. Teal with some Mallards, 1 Killdeer & 1 SNIPE, 55
Cedar Waxwings in one tree & a Myrtle Warbler
which was my 1st of the year not the one seen at the Arb.

Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the female Pileated Woodpecker which gave very
long, fairly close looks. Runner-Up to the Winter Wren.

Al Stokie
In DuPage County most of the day


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Date: 4/1/18 11:43 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Loons In Numbers 4-1-18
Hello Bird People,

I'll do my report from the Morton Arboretum later but I wanted to say
that the wind shift to the north
must have resulted in Loons dropping in. There are right now 3 Common
Loons at Lake Opeka &
4 Common Loons at Axehead Lake. Check them out if you wish.

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Date: 4/1/18 11:42 am
From: Michael McNamee <mmcnamee.eec...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Orland Park: Pelicans
This morning at Lake Sedgewick in Orland Park there was a large flock of at least 160 American White Pelicans.

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Date: 4/1/18 6:38 am
From: Michael Matson <mdmatson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gold Finch...
Good Morning,


I just had my first “Gold” Gold Finch at my feeder today.



Mike Matson

Libertyville

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Date: 3/31/18 2:08 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Axehead, Beck, Big Bend & Belleau Lakes & Lake Opeka Saturday 3-31-18
Hello Bird People,

Tried to start early but at Axehead Lake it started to rain & then I
could only do Lake Opeka from underneath the shelter structure it was
raining so hard. Gave up but tried again in the late a,m, & did the
other 3 lakes without any problems other than the wind.

Axehead Lake (7:30-7:50 a.m.)

The Horned Grebes that have been here have been replaced by one P.B. Grebe.
No Loon today but ducks were Mallards (8), Lesser Scaup (1-PR),
Bufflehead (2-M & 1-F)
& Red Breasted Merganser (7). Also had 1 adult Herring Gull.

Lake Opeka in Des Plaines (8-8:15 a.m. in the rain)

Horned Grebe (1), Canada Geese (4), Mallards (22), R.B. Mergs (4) &
Ring Billed Gulls (~50)

Belleau Lake (10:30-10:45 a.m.)

Canada Geese (14), Mallard (32), Red Breasted Mergansers (3) & singing
Song Sparrows & Robins

Beck Lake (11-11:25 a.m., very windy here!)

COMMON LOON (1), Canada Geese (~45) & Mallard (4)
Lesser (2) & Greater (2) Scaup & 6 Scaup Species?
Ring Necked Duck (4), Goldeneye (1-F) & Red Breasted Merganser (4)
Killdeer (2) & Ring Billed Gull (2)
Also about 12-15 Tree Swallows flying around

Big Bend Lake (11:35 a.m.-1215 p.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (1), Canada Geese (16) & Mallard (12)
Bufflehead (1-PR) & Red Breasted Mergansers (8)
Great Blue Heron (1) & Red Tailed Hawk (1 fly-by)
Ring Billed (59) & Herring (2) Gulls & many Robins

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Beck Lake Common Loon & Runner-Up to the D.C. Cormorant.

And I should mention that yesterday I did a report from the Lake
County lakefront but that report never appeared on my computer, Did
anyone else see that report or was it completely lost?
Not that there was much of value in that report.

Al Stokie
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Date: 3/31/18 11:55 am
From: '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Loons and raptors Lake county
There were lots of loons, herons and raptors flying around all day after it stopped raining. I assume there are a lot of loons on the lakes. So far I counted 27 loons in flight and 6 species of raptors https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44123629 Richard BissLake Villa Lake County.
 

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Date: 3/31/18 11:12 am
From: Kirk LaGory <kelagory...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Eared grebe still at Saganashkee Slough
Kate and I saw the continuing eared grebe on the west side of Saganashkee
Slough today. Actively foraging alone and with horned grebes near the
shore. It was very cooperative, allowing good views with binoculars and
scope. Handsome bird! Many fewer ducks than recently, but 4 bald eagles and
an osprey too.

Kirk LaGory
Downers Grove
DuPage County

 

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Date: 3/31/18 10:46 am
From: Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET End of March
The end of March is going out with a bang. Yesterday and today I’ve added several new species.
Yesterday‘s highlights were Northern Parula, BG Gnatcatcher, Caspian Tern, Vesper Sparrow, Dunlin, LB Dowitcher and Solitary Sandpiper.
Today, I had a Yellow-throated Warbler and Black-and-White Warbler near Pomona.
Oakwood Bottoms was the best, though with gobs of Great Egrets and 3 Little Blue Herons! One Virginia Rail responded to playback and one American Bittern flushed from the flooded marsh only to land about 50 feet up in a tree (I’ve never seen one land in a tree!).
Trust me, spring is here despite the cold, rainy March we’ve had......this may seem like an early April Fool’s joke but I’m not joking!
The spring wildflowers in the Pine Hills are busting out big time and flowering trees and shrubs in the urban areas are making Easter Sunday a little brighter despite the predicted upper 30’s and possible snow flurries!
Good birding!
Happy Easter!
Keith McMullen
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Date: 3/31/18 6:11 am
From: Alex Bloss <alex_bloss13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tree Swallows at Montrose
Hi all,


TREE SWALLOWS are back at Montrose. I saw two this morning investigating the southmost tree swallow house. One looked in, but did not enter. (Is there a way to designate the three houses?)


The only other FOY bird of interest was a HERMIT THRUSH inn the shrubs at the entrance to the hedge.


Cheers,


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Chicago

 

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Date: 3/30/18 11:27 pm
From: Bethany Barratt <bbarratt...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Osprey at Saganashkee Slough
Hi everyone! I know at least one other person reported this on ebird today (Friday, 3/30), but at least one of the osprey at Saganashkee Slough is back (at least we are hoping it is one of the ones from last year!). Observed both soaring overhead about 5 pm, and then on the nest (on the nesting platform) at sunset.

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Date: 3/30/18 8:27 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Glenview area, Axehead lake cook co.
Highlights and relevant info:


Axehead

Didn't see loon nor breeding plumage horned grebe, just nonbreeding one
Remain redbreasted mergansers,
Scaup


Air station prairie

Cold and pretty empty
Pair song sparrows


Lake Glenview

Red breasted mergansers
Scaup
Shovelers
Pied billed grebe
2 breeding plumaged horned grebes, one caught a fish! And one non bp.
Loon breeding plumage got close then flew across whole lake
Bufflehead
No shrike here or anywhere


Techny

All week I have been feeling like I need to go here for some reason. Didn't see much and was heading out when all the birds started to show themselves

2 countersinging meadowlarks, first I recall here at all and definitely don't think I've had any breed here.
Song sparrows.
Many small birds unknown type
Two pine siskins flew over and I told them to come by me and so they did and landed in the tree right next to me. I thought they were local goldfinches until I got a better look at them. I didn't see any yellow but otherwise they looked like pine siskins and they were eating birch buds which is the first food under sibley's notes and they made high pitched interesting sounds. Only my second sighting!
Some unknown bird trilling a lot in a field.


Techny n

Pied billed grebe
2 f lg mergansers
Mallards
Singing robin
Red tailed hawk seen three places

Suzanne Coleman
Cook co.


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Date: 3/30/18 8:21 am
From: Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Eared Grebe
Continues against the shoreline on the west side of Saganaskee Slough at 9:30 this morning.

Thanks, Vicki S for escorting me.

Donnie Dann
Lake County

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Date: 3/29/18 6:49 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Brown thrasher

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Hi friends,
The B. thrasher is back eating in the leaves and under the fence. A little shy.
Bright red H. finch here eating seeds and singing.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 3/29/18 2:17 pm
From: Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Blue-winged Teal at Techny Basin, and return of Golden-crowned Kinglets
Hello everybody. Of interest to those of you in the north of Cook County,
today I saw 3 Blue-winged Teal at Techny Basin north of Willow Rd. Two
males and one female. They were in the mudflats at the northernmost part of
the basin. There are also two beautiful male Northern Shoveler, and if you
keep your eye out can spot the continuing Pied-billed Grebe. There is also
the continuing muskrat. Now, if only a Northern Pintail or two would show
up it would really make my day!

Also of local interest, yesterday March 28 I had my first of the year
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET at the Willow Rd entrance to Skokie Lagoons. One of
my favorite birds, and really brightened my day (especially because it
stood still long enough to snap some photos!). On March 26, also recorded
my FOY HERMIT THRUSH, same location. Otherwise, I stopped by again today
and found the usual assortment of land and water birds, and heard but did
not see the GC Kinglet.

Happy birding to you all!
Amanda, Skokie, Cook County

Techny Basin North (March 29):
Canada Goose (13), Blue-winged Teal (3), Northern Shoveler (2), Mallard
(40), Red-breasted Merganser (5), Pied-bill Grebe, Double-crested
Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer (6), Ring-billed Gull (3), Mourning
Dove, American Kestrel (with prey on the ground), American Robin (9),
European Starling (3), Red-winged Blackbird (2)

Skokie Lagoons at Willow Road (March 29):
Canada Goose (12), Wood Duck (3), Mallard (6), Bufflehead (3), Hooded
Merganser (3), Red-breasted Merganser (33), Great Blue Heron (5), Sandhill
Crane (3 flyover), Ring-billed Gull (2), Mourning Dove, American Crow (3),
Tree Swallow (4), Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin (25), Dark-eyed
Junco, Northern Cardinal (3)

 

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Date: 3/29/18 2:09 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White-winged Dove -Quincy, Adams Co.
This afternoon I was out in search of waterfowl and on the way home I
stopped by L & D 21 to check the pond. Driving in there was a single
dove on the side of road and as I got closer, it popped up and onto the
guardrail. Low and behold it was a White-winged Dove. I went on by;
found a place to turn around; went back, but couldn't relocate the bird.

Last spring we had a White-winged Dove at our feeding station. It was a
one day wonder. This bird was a quick glimpse, but an identifiable one.

Phil Reyburn

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Date: 3/29/18 1:21 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & 2 Forest Preserve Lakes Thursday 3-29-18
Hello Bird People,

1st a correction. I mentioned yesterday that we saw Davida K & Linda R
at McGinnis but it was
Linda P not Linda R. Seems like although I can tell my Linda's apart I
can't report it correctly.
Sorry about that!

Yesterday I did many places & so did not give full reports but today I
will give a full report for the Botanic Garden & then just highlights
from the 2 small lakes.

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

P.B. Grebe (1)
Canada Geese (28)
Wood Duck (6)
Mallard (14)
Shoveler (3-M)
Gadwall (5)
Blue Winged Teal (1-M)
Redhead (4-PR)
Lesser Scaup (1-F)
Bufflehead (1-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (4)
Killdeer (2)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (4) Gulls (Plus 8 Gull Sp flying by)
Mourning Dove (8, many singing)
Red Bellied (1) & Downy (1) Woodpeckers
Tree Swallows (8-10)
Blue Jay (4)
Chickadee (4)
W.B. Nuthatch (1)
Robins (~40)
Cardinal (4)
Tree (3) & Song (11) Sparrows
FOX SPARROW (1)
Swamp Sparrow (2)
Junco (8-10)
Red Wings (16), Grackles (~20) & one male Brown Cowbird
House Finch (3 males singing)
Goldfinch (9-10, some also singing)
House Sparrow (10-11)

Nice to see some Sparrows & Tree Swallows arriving, not so nice to see
a Cowbird arriving.

Beck Lake

Horned Grebe (1), Shovelers (3), Lesser Scaup (15), Ring Necks (1-PR),
Bufflehead (1-M) &
Red Breasted Mergs (8) besides the Canada Geese & Mallards. Also 1
Killdeer & 2 R.B. Gulls.

Big Bend Lake

One COMMON LOON which was constantly diving & so very hard to see.
There are about 8 Great Blue Herons feeding & building nests in a
small colony.

I think Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Fox Sparrow & Runner-Up to all the
male Shovelers.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Montana parked at the CBG.

Al Stokie
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Date: 3/28/18 6:50 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Axehead lake. Cook co.
Essentially the same birds as yesterday plus a pair of buffleheads. The two horned grebes seem to have paired up as well which was exciting.

It was my pleasure to meet Al Stokie today and it was good to see Jeff S. as well.

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 3/28/18 3:26 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos Area Ducks Including McGinnis & Saganashkee Sloughs & Much More Wed 3-18-18
Hello Bird People,

Went to Maple Lake, Long John Slough, Crawdad Slough, Joe's Pond,
McGinnis Slough, Tampier Lake, Horsetail Lake, Papoose Lake, the pond
at Cherry Hill F.P. & Saganashkee Slough. I was joined on this
adventure by Jeff Sanders & we saw Davida K & Linda R at McGinnis
Slough.
In the duck department we had 17 species of ducks while missing
Wigeon, Pintail & Goldeneye.
I know the missing species could be seen elsewhere (not the Pintail)
but we were doing Palos.

I'll give complete lists from McGinnis & Saganashkee but only
highlights from the other places.
I fear this report will still be too long but skip what you aren't
interested in or skip the whole thing.

Maple Lake

One each Common Loon & Horned Grebe, a pair of Mute Swans & 4 species
of ducks most of which were Common (105) & Red Breasted (325)
Mergansers.

Long John Slough (From the north end)

Added Wood Duck, Ring Necks, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, one Ruddy Duck
&, much to my surprise, a pair of Greater Scaup.

Crawdad Slough

Only Canada Geese & Mallards here.

Joe's Pond

Five species of ducks & the only new species was Redhead.

Tampier Lake

Only ducks were Wood Ducks, Mallards & R.B. Mergs. Lots of Ring Billed
Gulls & 2 Tree Swallows

Horsetail Lake (Used to be Horsetail Slough)

Only ducks were 39 Red Breasted Mergansers.

Papoose Lake

One Horned Grebe, one Mallard, 11 Gadwall & 2 Ring Necks

Cherry Hill Pond

A pair of Wood Ducks, a pair of Mallards & a pair of Hooded Mergansers

McGinnis Slough

P.B. Grebe (2) & Horned Grebe (1)
Canada Geese (12)
Wood Duck (5), G.W. Teal (6-8), BLUE WINGED TEAL (1-M) & Mallard (10-12)
Gadwall (~20), Shoveler (55) & Black Duck (2 flying away)
Redhead (8-10), Canvasback (7-M & 1-F), Ring Necks (~40) & Lesser Scaup (25)
Bufflehead (~35), Hooded Merg (8), Common Merg (~30) & Ruddy Duck (2-M)
(So had 15 duck species here missing Greater Scaup, & strangely Red
Breasted Merg)
BALD EAGLE (1-IM) & Great Blue Heron (1)
Coots (100's), Killdeer (H-1), Herring Gull (2 chasing the Eagle) &
Tree Swallows (4)

Saganashkee Slough

Lots of ducks here but most were at the east end. But some species
were only at the west end.

(From the east end)
Canada Geese (2) & Horned Grebe (10)
Shoveler (15), Redhead (20), Ring Necks (25), Lesser Scaup (~50),
Bufflehead (4)
& Common Merganser (100)

(From the west end)
Horned (5) & EARED (1, still here) Grebes
Canada Geese (10-12)
Lesser Scaup (4), Red Breasted Merganser (74) & Ruddy Duck (8)
(Interestingly all the Common Mergs were at the east end & all the
R.B. Mergs were at the west?)

Trying to add a Goldeneye to our total we stopped at Lake Opeka &
Axehead Lake on the way home but no such luck. We did see Common Loons
at both places & a Horned Grebe in full breeding plumage at Axehead.
Also saw my "lifer" Suzanne Coleman for the 1st time!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the continuing Eared Grebe & Runner-Up to 1st
returning OSPREY who was back on the nest platform at Bergman Slough.

Al Stokie
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Date: 3/28/18 12:40 pm
From: Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET CPD birding class
Brush up your birding skills in this short birding course offered by the Chicago Park District - and learn about bird conservation, art and stewardship in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor! Learn how to identify birds by sight and by sound. Registration fee is waived for those who commit to making 4 monitoring visits after the class ends. Courses take place in multiple locations on Chicago's near south side and include meetings with habitat stewards and artists who work on the south lakefront. Starts this Saturday!

The course is divided into Indoor (9am - 11am) and Outdoor (7:30 - 9:30am) sessions:
March 31 - Indoor - Intro to the course, Bird Identification - Chicago Women's Park and Gardens Fieldhouse
April 14 - Indoor - Ping Tom Fieldhouse
April 28 - Outdoor - Field ID and monitoring - 35th street at Lake Shore Drive
May 12 - Outdoor - Field ID and monitoring - McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary

Instructors are Judy Pollock, Geoff Williamson, Forrest Cortes, Ethan Gyllenhaal, Suzy Erin, Georgina Valverde and Peter Cahill. To register please contact Forrest Cortes at <stewardship...>

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Date: 3/28/18 6:44 am
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS for program by Mark Obmascik, author of The Big Year, on April 12th

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Join COS as we wecome Chicago native Mark Obmascik, a prize winning journalist, birder, and the author of 'The Big Year'. 'The Big Year' was a book every birder had to read when it was published in 2004. It was a movie every birder had to see, and comment on, when it was released in 2011. It is now part of every new birder’s 'must read' book list once they have become interested enough in birding to start a life list.

Now you can meet Mark and hear him speak about how he came upon the idea of writing the book, the research he undertook to tell the story, and how he took that story, created the book and helped craft the subsequent movie of the same name. He says most of the stories he will share are true..

The program will take place at the Peggy Notebaert Museum on Thursday, April 12th at 7 pm.


Afterward, join Mark, COS and other attendees for the April 2018 Birds & Beers, at the Lakefront Restaurant, in the Theater on the Lake, at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive, a short walk east of the museum.
The Museum is located on Cannon Drive north of Fullerton in Chicago and is served by several CTA bus routes. Street parking is usually available and there is a pay lot across Cannon Drive. 



 

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Date: 3/27/18 6:30 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Des Plaines cook co.
Thx to Al S. For the tips about some local birds!

Axehead lake

Close to full breeding plumage horned grebe
Foy pied billed grebe
1 m redhead
5 scaup 1 m
35 ish red breasted merganser
Imm (? Or nonbreeding)common loon looking fine in tones of grey. Caught two fish!
Great blue heron also caught a fish!
One mystery bird, thinking nonbreeding horned grebe
Robins
Ect


Lake opeka

Breeding plumage c. Loon
2 horned grebes transitioning into breeding plumage
Geese
Mallards
Starling
Robin
Singing m house finch

Bring on the sun!

Suzanne Coleman
Cook co.


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Date: 3/27/18 11:20 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Beck, Big Bend, Belleau & Axehead Lakes & Lake Opeka Tuesday 3-27-18
Hello Bird People,

Thought maybe Loons would on these lakes today in numbers but only saw
1 & it wasn't in full breeding plumage. Somewhat of a disappointment
but I'll try again. Saw nothing that you'd want to chase so only read
on only if interested in local information.

Beck Lake (9-9:50 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1) & D.C. Cormorant (1)
Canada Geese (61)
Mallard (9), Shoveler (4-M & 2-F), Lesser Scaup (9) & Red Breasted
Merganser (24)
Killdeer (1) & Ring Billed Gull (3)
Land birds were Blue Jay, Robins, Song Sparrows & Red Wings

Big Bend Lake (9:55-10:20 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (2, building a nest) & Canada Geese (4)
Wood Duck (1-M) & Mallard (14)
Bufflehead (1-F) & Red Breasted Merganser (34)
Ring Billed (15) & Herring (2) Gulls
Land birds were Red Bellied Woodpecker, Robins & Red Wings

Belleau Lake (10:30-10:40 a.m.)

Canada Geese (2)
Mallard (31) & Red Breasted Merganser (1-PR, 1st time I've seen any
duck not a Mallard here)
Ring Billed Gull (1 fly-by)
Land birds were Blue Jay, Robins & 1 Red Wing

Axehead Lake (10:45-11:05 a.m.)

COMMON LOON (1, not quite in full breeding plumage)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Mallard (7), Redhead (1-M), Lesser Scaup (1-M & 4-F) & Red Breasted
Merganser (26)
Rock Pigeon (~40 at the entrance roost site)

Lake Opeka (11:10-11:25 a.m.)

HORNED GREBE (1 in full breeding plumage, very nice)
Canada Geese 6), Mallard (19) & Red Breasted Merganser (1-F)
Coopers Hawk (1 fly-by)
Ring Billed Gull (12)
Land birds were Robins, House Finch & House Sparrows

Nothing much today but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the very pretty Horned
Grebe in breeding
plumage & Runner-Up to the Common Loon who needs to work on its plumage.

Al Stokie
Again close to home in Cook County


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Date: 3/27/18 9:07 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Fox sp

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Hi friends,
Mr. Scratchie, the Fox sp, is back at it here. 3 birds came today. Singing and feeding.
E starlings have color and C. wren is singing LOUD.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
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Date: 3/27/18 9:00 am
From: Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Long Tailed Duck
Paul Q and I saw the Long-tailed Duck inside Wilmette Harbor, close to the coast guard station. At 10:50 it headed out to the mouth of the harbor, and entered Lake Michigan. It is swimming north. Lake is relatively calm so look there first. I was able to relocate the duck from the beach with only binoculars.

I also had a Belted Kingfisher on the pylons in the Harbor, which I have never seen at this location.

Amanda T
Skokie, Cook Co

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> On Mar 27, 2018, at 8:55 AM, <david_assmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> There is a male Long-Tailed Duck in the harbor at Gillson Park in Wilmette right now.
>
> David Assmann
> Visiting birder from San Francisco
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Date: 3/27/18 6:55 am
From: <david_assmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Long Tailed Duck
There is a male Long-Tailed Duck in the harbor at Gillson Park in Wilmette right now.

David Assmann
Visiting birder from San Francisco

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Date: 3/27/18 5:41 am
From: Karen Avery <karenavery.ka426...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White Fronted Goose Shabbona State Park
March 26, 1 White Fronted Goose and 1 Snow Goose amongst the Canada Geese
on the grass near the restaurant at Shabbona State Park. Kane County

Karen A

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Date: 3/26/18 6:56 pm
From: <greyhawk4flight2...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Earred Grebe Continues at Saganashkee Slough, Cook County
Hi. Saw the Earred Grebe on the western side of Saganashkee Slough (Boat Launch Area Parking) early afternoon, he was about 20 yards off the shoreline, moved up and down the shoreline multiple times, finally to the south west corner, and then along the south shoreline along the trees. He was diving, but did not come up with any fish. Also seen: Common Loon, Buffleheads, Horned Grebes, one or two Red-breasted Mergansers, and Great Blue Heron.

Cal-Sag Quarries had 2 Hooded Mergansers (west of the park road), Ring-necked Ducks, Coots, Kildeer, 2 Red-tailed hawks on the east side of the road.


Laurel Ahlenius
River Forest, Cook County
 

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Date: 3/26/18 2:52 pm
From: <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sandhill cranes
Two Sandhill cranes present again in the cut corn field at 143rd and
John Humphrey Dr. in Orland Park at 4:30 today.


Jeff Stwora, Orland Park
Cook County






 

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Date: 3/26/18 2:36 pm
From: scott latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: RFI Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Access? (NO SIGHTINGS)
Matt and Jared,I was at Prairie Ridge 2 weekends ago, and you do not need a permit to visit. However you will be viewing thelek from far away, a scope is needed for any kind of decent view. The IOS Young birders were there last weekend and had access to the blinds, which are much closer. I'm not sure of the process for viewing from a blind, but I would contact Mathew Cvetas for that info. If yougo on your own there is an active lek maybe 400 yards north of the office, best viewed from the yellow building which is one street north of office.From the yellow building look south and slightly west and you will see the lek.Ridgeway grassland is 1/2 mile east of office and has a trail you can walk on through a grassland with a pond. I have had flyby PrairieChickens from there, but that is pure chance.It's an interesting place to visit, and Pipits, A.Golden Plovers, Pecs and Smiths Longspurs should all be present in the nearby fields.Good luck,Scott Latimer

 

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Date: 3/26/18 2:30 pm
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET RFI Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Access? (NO SIGHTINGS)
I would also be interested in this information.

On Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 3:44 pm Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...> [ILbirds], <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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> Good afternoon all,
>
> I haven't been down to see Greater Prairie-Chickens in a few years and was
> planning on visiting Prairie Ridge in Jasper County this weekend. However,
> I'm having a hard time determining whether a permit is required to access
> the lekking ground. Does anyone know whether permission is required to
> visit, and if so whom I ought to contact to obtain that permission? I have
> already contacted the DNR, but was given a dead number for the person who
> manages the area.
>
> Thanks in advance!
> Matt Wistrand
> West Chicago, DuPage
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Date: 3/26/18 2:24 pm
From: 'Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)' <Keith.A.Mcmullen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [Non-DoD Source] IBET RFI Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Access? (NO SIGHTINGS)
Hey Matt and others:



One can drive the roads around Prairie Ridge and see PRAIRIE CHICKENS from the road. A spotting scope is generally required.



IF one wishes to get close, yes, one would have to have permission from the local IDNR personnel on site. I'm not certain, but they used to take groups out to the viewing blinds on the lek in order to get close to the birds without disturbing them.



I know Terry Esker and Scott Simpson used to be the IDNR staff on site. I'm sorry, I don't have their phone #"s handy, but I would guess you'd be able to google IDNR's website and possibly obtain their phone #'s that way?



Maybe Steve Bailey could chime in as I know Steve has done many bird projects with these guys in the past.



Good luck and good birdings!



Keith McMullen

O'Fallon, IL

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Subject: [Non-DoD Source] IBET RFI Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Access? (NO SIGHTINGS)







Good afternoon all,





I haven't been down to see Greater Prairie-Chickens in a few years and was planning on visiting Prairie Ridge in Jasper County this weekend. However, I'm having a hard time determining whether a permit is required to access the lekking ground. Does anyone know whether permission is required to visit, and if so whom I ought to contact to obtain that permission? I have already contacted the DNR, but was given a dead number for the person who manages the area.





Thanks in advance!



Matt Wistrand



West Chicago, DuPage









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Date: 3/26/18 1:51 pm
From: Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RFI Prairie Ridge State Natural Area Access? (NO SIGHTINGS)
Good afternoon all,

I haven't been down to see Greater Prairie-Chickens in a few years and was
planning on visiting Prairie Ridge in Jasper County this weekend. However,
I'm having a hard time determining whether a permit is required to access
the lekking ground. Does anyone know whether permission is required to
visit, and if so whom I ought to contact to obtain that permission? I have
already contacted the DNR, but was given a dead number for the person who
manages the area.

Thanks in advance!
Matt Wistrand
West Chicago, DuPage

 

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Date: 3/26/18 1:20 pm
From: <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Hooded Merganser
I spent a few hours photographing at Montrose this morning. Nothing of note for the most part. As I was resting on a bench by the harbor a male Hooded Merganser appeared. He was amongst one of the groups of Red-breasted Mergansers. Other than that a flyby of the Snowy owl was seen by others, but not me.


Robert Kramer
Cook County


 

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Date: 3/26/18 1:10 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie, Techny North, Skokie Lagoons & Heritage Park Monday 3-26-18
Hello Bird People,

Lots of places visited so I'll just do highlights for most of the places.

Lake Glenview

COMMON LOON (1), Horned Grebe (3), Lesser Scaup (1-F) & Bufflehead (1-M)
And the usual big numbers of Red Breasted Merganser (64)
Also 2 Killdeer, some Gulls & a singing Junco.

Air Station Prairie

Three Killdeer, 2 Snipe & Eastern Meadowlark (1-2)

Techny North (Full list)

P.B. Grebe (1) & Horned Grebe (1)
Canada Geese (7) & Mallard (52)
Ring Necked Duck (1-M & 4-F)
Hooded (2-PR), Common (1-PR) & Red Breasted (21) Merganser
Killdeer (4-5)
Ring Billed Gull (6)
Kestrel (1-M)
Red Wings & Robins

Skokie Lagoons From Forest Way Drive

Willow to Tower

Canada Geese (12)
Mallard (6) & AMERICAN WIGEON (1-PR)
Ring Necked Duck (1-M), Bufflehead (3) & Goldeneye (3-4)
Common (6) & Red Breasted (56) Merganser
Killdeer (1)

On Tower (Most birds flushed by a kayak)

Horned Grebe (1), Canada Geese (4) & R.B. Merganser (3-F)

Tower to Dundee

Horned Grebe (2) & Canada Geese (6)
Wood Duck (3) & Mallard (21)
Lesser Scaup (6), Redhead (2-PR) & Ring Necked Duck (14)
Bufflehead (2-PR) & Goldeneye (1-F)
Common (10) & Red Breasted (345) Mergansers
Turkey Vulture (1 fly-by)
BONAPARTE'S GULL (1 in Winter plumage, no black in head)
Herring Gull (8)
TREE SWALLOW (4, welcome back!)

Among the few land birds I heard another Eastern Bluebird but didn't see it.

Heritage Park in Wheeling

A Great Blue Heron flew by & a D.C. Cormorant was swimming in the pond.

Had 11 duck species today & my Red Breasted Merganser total for the
day was 489, a lot of R.B. Mergansers!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the early Bonaparte's Gull &
Runners-Up to the Common Loon & the early Tree Swallows.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today




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Date: 3/26/18 12:36 pm
From: <gowillia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET blue-winged teals at Montrose
Happy to see 6 blue-winged teals at Montrose in the harbor, as of 2pm :)


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Date: 3/26/18 9:58 am
From: David Johnson <djohnsoda...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IOS LOONAPALOONZA highlights 25 Mar 2018
Fellow Ibeters,

The IOS Loonapaloonza Field Trip tallied 35 species on a beautiful sunny day—but cold and somewhat windy early a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Highlights were: 49 Common Loons,
289 American White Pelicans, 4 Bald Eagles (3 ad; one imm. soaring overhead with a fish in its talons); a few Turkey Vultures, a remarkable first (for any Looney Trip) adult Great Black-backed Gull on Petite Lake, and a soaring,directly overhead Sandhill Crane.

Good Looning!

David B Johnson aka The Loon Ranger

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Date: 3/26/18 9:31 am
From: Leslie Yoshitani <leslieyosh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET West Branch Loons

As of Monday morning 2 common loons are enjoying the deep quarry fishing at West Branch Forest Preserve in DuPage Co, off of Army Trail Rd.

Leslie Yoshitani
West Chicago

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Date: 3/26/18 8:18 am
From: Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET April 8th Whimbrel Birders Club walk - Palos and Orland Park
Hey everyone! Please join us on April 8th as we explore the Palos Park and Orland Park areas. We will start at McClaughry Springs Woods where trip leader, Isoo O'Brien, will guide us through the park in search of Louisana Waterthrush, Pileated Woodpecker, and other early migrants. Next, we may try Sagnaskee Slough (where an Eared Grebe has been hanging around lately) in search of migrating waterfowl. Finally, we will extensively search Orland Grassland - south for Smith Longspurs, shorebirds, and sparrows.
To RSVP please send an email <isooman22...> or reply GOING to https://www.facebook.com/events/166340683997794/?active_tab=about
Date: April 8thMeeting Time: 7:00 AMMeeting Location: McClaughry Springs WoodsTrip Leader: Isoo O'Brien
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Date: 3/26/18 5:35 am
From: Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET air station prairie
Thank you, Jeff, for leading the group and teaching us about their
calls/sounds and behavior. I've never been birding at sunset (it certainly
presented some challenges), and was quite pleased to see the Woodcock
peenting on the ground.

Amanda
Skokie, Cook County

On Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 1:17 AM, <yellowstart5...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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> hello ibetors--
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> sunday evening's ENSBC woodcock trip was very cold , but productive.
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> at least 1 bird was observed peenting on the ground. at near darkness, 1
> or 2 birds were seen and heard displaying.
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> approx 12-15 people completed the trip.
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> there may have been 2-3 birds in the area.
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> Jeffrey Sanders Glenview no. Cook
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