ILbirds
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11/17/17 10:44 am 'Carolyn A. Marsh' <cmarshbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Illiana Birds: sharing Whooping crane sightings (no sightings)
11/17/17 10:07 am Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET: Snow Goose juvenile Des Plaines
11/17/17 9:57 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Jardine RNGrebe & Black Scoter - Friday 11/17/17
11/17/17 7:58 am Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Snow Bunting- Montrose today YES
11/17/17 6:11 am Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Snow Goose juvenile Des Plaines
11/16/17 6:55 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13-A Day of Red Breasted Mergansers & Bad Timing Thur 11-16-17
11/16/17 4:48 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard SH cranes
11/16/17 4:10 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White-winged Scoter - Adams Co.
11/16/17 3:20 pm A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Long-tailed Duck at Rapids City
11/16/17 1:13 pm <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET DBC McKee Marsh Field Trip is CANCELED for this Saturday 11-18-17
11/16/17 1:07 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13-A Day of Red Breasted Mergansers & Bad Timing Thur 11-16-17
11/16/17 9:27 am Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sandhill's Over Kankakee
11/16/17 7:59 am Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET CBG Siskins
11/16/17 6:25 am Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sandhill Cranes Moving?
11/16/17 6:10 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard junco
11/15/17 7:58 pm Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Field Trip Saturday - North Shore Lakefront (NO SIGHTINGS)
11/15/17 6:59 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP, Tuesday, 14 November: Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers
11/14/17 5:31 pm douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Grant Park Grumbling
11/14/17 11:10 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bad Luck At Waukegan But Better Luck At Illinois Beach South Tuesday 11-14-17
11/14/17 11:09 am 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Waukegan Beach
11/14/17 10:39 am <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET rfi - bird bath heater recs (no sightings) - question
11/14/17 7:41 am Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Correction:Join COS on Saturday, November 18 for Palos trip
11/14/17 7:23 am Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET COS Palos Waterfowl field trip, November 18
11/14/17 5:29 am Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan Beach
11/13/17 8:17 pm <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Surf Scoter, Rock Island County
11/13/17 1:13 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden, Heritage Park, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake Monday 11-13-17
11/13/17 12:45 pm Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET eBird Outage
11/13/17 7:32 am 'Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' <woodthrusheola8...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET no sighting: bird bath recomendation
11/13/17 5:00 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Downy wp
11/12/17 7:58 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Fox sp
11/12/17 11:56 am beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET HSLSP Surf Scoter
11/12/17 10:48 am <sfluett...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tundra Swans
11/12/17 9:25 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET McHenry Saturday - Cook Sunday
11/12/17 8:53 am Andy Gilbert <agilb849...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Snowy owl - Havana
11/12/17 8:40 am Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET November Whimbrel Birders Club trip report
11/11/17 7:23 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 1st Illinois Beach S.P. Dead River hike results
11/11/17 2:02 pm <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET rfi - bird bath heater recs (no sightings)
11/11/17 12:52 pm Vicky Sroczynski <vsroczynski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Grundy Co Heidecke Lake RT Loon
11/11/17 12:32 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP, Saturday, 11 November: Canvasback
11/11/17 7:30 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Brief Gillson Lake Watch, 11-Nov
11/11/17 5:41 am <chicagio10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tundra swans - Burnham prairie NP (cook)
11/10/17 2:46 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose 11.10.17
11/10/17 2:41 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET red crossbills morton arboretum (dupage co?)
11/10/17 12:44 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Both Techny Locations, Gillson Park (Sort Of) & 2 Small Des Plaines Lakes Friday 11-10-17
11/10/17 8:28 am John Picken <john...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Backyard YR Warbler (photo)
11/10/17 8:04 am Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET State boundary near Riverlands / Lock and Dam 26
11/10/17 7:52 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Quacks at Jackson Park Nov 10
11/10/17 7:49 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Quacks at Jackson Park Nov 10
11/10/17 7:16 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard cold weather plants and C. wren
11/10/17 6:58 am Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Williamson Co. Red Crossbills
11/10/17 5:27 am Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
11/9/17 7:29 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Reminder For The Folks Going On The Illinois Beach Permit Area Walks On 11-11 & 11-19
11/9/17 2:22 pm <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Audubon Society Program and Bird Walk (no sightings)
11/9/17 2:08 pm Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Sangamon Co. Oct. report
11/9/17 11:19 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & A Bad Backache! Thursday 11-9-17
11/9/17 10:55 am John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Dekalb County Longspurs and Horned Larks
11/9/17 9:03 am Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Springbrook Northern Shrike and Longspurs
11/9/17 7:33 am Sue Friscia <q4birds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Oops
11/9/17 4:14 am <annettemcclellan...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Large Grebes
11/8/17 8:41 pm A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tundra Swans, Carroll County
11/8/17 8:13 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Short-eared Owl - Montrose
11/8/17 5:55 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Short-eared Owl - Montrose
11/8/17 3:13 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South Unit, Hosah Park & North Point Marina Wed 11-8-17
11/8/17 1:54 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Grove pine siskins 11/7/17 cook
11/8/17 12:08 pm Sue Friscia <q4birds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Wes Serafin
11/8/17 9:21 am Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ross's Goose. - Sycamore DeKalb County
11/8/17 6:31 am John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Siskins in Yorkville
11/7/17 1:54 pm Vicky Sroczynski <vsroczynski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cook Co Saganashkee Slough WW Scoters (2)
11/7/17 12:38 pm Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Naperville Redpoll, Siskins, Purple Finch
11/7/17 12:27 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #12 & A Better Watch Than Most! Tuesday 11-7-17
11/7/17 8:59 am Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET N. Shrike - Adams Co.
11/7/17 8:06 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard WT sp
11/6/17 1:42 pm Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ross's & Cackling Geese - Sycamore - DeKalb County
11/6/17 12:51 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #11 Plus 3 Small Inland Lakes Monday 11-6-17
11/6/17 9:27 am Brendon Lake <brendonlake10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red Crossbills - DeKalb Co.
11/6/17 3:44 am Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET CBC dates
11/5/17 9:38 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Saw-whet owl
11/5/17 9:08 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Big River State Forest Red Crossbills flocks
11/5/17 8:59 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lock and Dam 19
11/5/17 8:55 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Rock Island County gulls
11/5/17 5:04 pm Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Northern Shrike - Adams County
11/5/17 2:25 pm <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Evanston North Shore Bird Club Field Trip, Nov. 18 - no sightings
11/5/17 12:05 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Beach & Dunes, Hedge Area & Harbor Sunday 11-5-17
11/5/17 1:42 am robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose violators
11/4/17 8:48 pm Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red Crossbills at Swallow Cliff
11/4/17 7:15 pm Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Garden of the Gods Harlan's RTHA 11/4
11/4/17 5:09 pm Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
11/4/17 3:45 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET October 2017 Shorebird Statistics
11/4/17 3:23 pm Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Scoters, etc.
11/4/17 1:28 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Memorial park Skokie, cook co
11/3/17 9:26 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pomarine Jaeger in Lake County Nov 3rd
11/3/17 8:10 pm Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Klehm Arboretum and Boone Co. Shrike
11/3/17 7:52 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard YB sapsucker
11/3/17 7:24 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Lake County Owling
11/3/17 4:36 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren
11/3/17 1:29 pm Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Owling and Other Stuff
11/3/17 12:58 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #10, Techny North & 3 Small Inland Lakes Friday 11-3-17
11/3/17 12:24 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Elgin Rufous Hummingbird - NO
11/3/17 11:22 am <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Wilmette's Gillson Park on Nov 3rd
11/2/17 3:43 pm Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
11/2/17 2:56 pm <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
11/2/17 2:23 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Thursday 11-2-17
11/2/17 1:40 pm <malango...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
11/2/17 11:49 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard WC sp
11/2/17 11:17 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard DE junco
11/2/17 11:02 am Regina McNulty <regina_mcnulty...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rufous Hummingbird -YES!
11/2/17 10:53 am Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Park 566
11/2/17 10:40 am <sfluett...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET no sighting Bluebirds
11/2/17 10:39 am Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
11/2/17 10:24 am Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
11/2/17 10:14 am Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
11/2/17 9:21 am <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cell Phone & Tablet Bird Photography
11/2/17 7:28 am Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
11/2/17 7:05 am <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rufous still in Elgin?
11/2/17 6:34 am <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
11/1/17 6:28 pm <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET R-t hummer and a 'whitefinch'
11/1/17 3:09 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET photos of today's White-winged Dove - Montrose 11.1.17
11/1/17 2:35 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan Beach & Harbor Channel, Illinois Beach South & Van Patten Woods Wed 11-1-17
11/1/17 11:43 am 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fall guided bird hikes into the IBSP closed area
11/1/17 11:07 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Warbler ID
11/1/17 10:27 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Reminder about good behavior at the Rufous Hummingbird in Elgin, Kane County (No sightings)
11/1/17 10:10 am Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White-winged Dove
11/1/17 10:09 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA - White-winged Dove at Montrose
11/1/17 7:38 am beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Eared Grebe Waukegan
10/31/17 6:56 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Crossbills (Winnebago Co) & Hummingbirds (Kane Co) Tuesday 10-31-17
10/31/17 4:57 pm 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Red Crossbills at Morton Arboretum
10/31/17 4:55 pm Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photos * No Sightings *
10/31/17 4:10 pm John Picken <john...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
10/31/17 2:22 pm Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
10/31/17 1:30 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
10/31/17 1:08 pm nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Milwaukee reports Snowy Owl!! Fw: [wisb] Snowy Owl ~ Milwaukee Lakefront MKE Co. 10/31/17, couple images...
10/31/17 11:13 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET EDIT - Not a Mountain Bluebird but a leucistic Eastern Bluebird
10/31/17 11:02 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017
10/31/17 9:42 am beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Eared Grebe at Waukegan
10/31/17 9:41 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard YR warbler
10/31/17 9:39 am Alan Kostyniak <akostyniak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017
10/31/17 9:38 am beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Eared Grebe Waukegan
10/31/17 9:28 am <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017
10/31/17 8:05 am Scott Latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Elgin Rufous
10/31/17 7:02 am Eric Gyllenhaal <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red Crossbills in Oak Park, Cook County
10/31/17 6:47 am Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017
10/31/17 6:10 am Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Rufous Hummingbird in Elgin, Kane County
10/31/17 5:04 am Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS for a bird walk at Rainbow Beach and Park 566, Saturday, November 4
10/30/17 8:22 pm <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rufous Hummingbird in Elgin, Kane County
10/30/17 8:11 pm <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA - Mountain Bluebird in McLean County
10/30/17 6:57 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Burnham Prairie N. Shrike, Eagles, etc. (10-30-17)
10/30/17 3:29 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard YB sap
10/30/17 2:17 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South & North Hawk Watch Monday 10-30-17
10/30/17 11:11 am Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Black Scoter, Crab Orchard NWR Williamson Co.
10/30/17 7:50 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard YB sapsucker
10/29/17 6:38 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Burnham Prairie Osprey, etc. (Cook Co., 10-29-17)
10/29/17 6:16 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Morton Arboretum Oct 29th
10/29/17 2:49 pm Tyler Funk <fftfunk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Prairie Falcon Coles County
10/29/17 2:38 pm John Picken <john...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Redpolls at South Pond Chicago (photo)
10/29/17 1:50 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yet Another Wild Crosbill Chase (With The Same Results) At The Morton Arboretum Sun 10-29-17
10/29/17 1:01 pm Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Late Post- 10/28 Birding Adventures In SW IL- WHCR, STFL, SEOW etc.
10/29/17 10:35 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Lake County Today (WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER UPDATE)
10/29/17 9:39 am <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Northern goshawk, Wooded Isle, Oct. 29, 2017
10/29/17 3:22 am Andy Pay <andyrosspay...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Lake County Today
10/28/17 6:16 pm <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lyman Woods DBC Field Trip Results
10/28/17 6:06 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Today
10/28/17 4:16 pm Steven Freed <sfreed111...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA California Gull Rock Island County
10/28/17 3:18 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan Beach, Lyons Woods & IBSP North Unit Hawk Watch Saturday 10-28-17
10/28/17 2:48 pm Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Oct 28, 2017
10/28/17 12:22 pm Gene Rothgery <erothgery...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Red Crossbills at Morton Arboretum
10/28/17 11:56 am douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red Crossbills at Morton Arboretum
10/28/17 10:17 am Alex Hale <peregrintk95...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Northern Goshawk - Jackson Park
10/27/17 3:12 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Purple finch
10/27/17 1:49 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cold & Windy "Wild Crossbill Chase" At Van Patten Woods Friday 10-27-17
10/26/17 1:56 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Heritage Park In Wheeling Thursday 10-26-17
10/26/17 1:08 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET California Park - LeConte's Sparrow
10/26/17 1:07 pm Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS for the last LaBagh walk of the fall
10/26/17 12:56 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Tennessee w.
10/26/17 12:45 pm David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET California Park - LeConte's Sparrow
10/26/17 9:25 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Winter Raptor Survey (No Sightings)
10/26/17 7:53 am Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Winter Raptor Survey (No Sightings)
10/26/17 7:34 am <tbalassie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Winter Raptor Survey (No Sightings)
10/26/17 4:13 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard ET sparrow
10/25/17 9:07 pm Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS
10/25/17 8:27 pm Jim Mountjoy <jmountjo...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White-winged Crossbills in Knox County
10/25/17 8:01 pm <bens.sanders1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTINGS
10/25/17 2:23 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan Beach & Park, Lyons Woods & IBSP Hawk Watch Wed 10-25-17
10/25/17 1:54 pm Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red Crossbill at Raceway, Kane Co.
10/25/17 12:42 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard migrants
10/25/17 11:22 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie siskins (cook county)
10/25/17 10:52 am William Branson <auspex4...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Vesper Sparrow at Montros
10/25/17 9:43 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Flocks of Pine Siskins at Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk-South Pond
10/25/17 8:04 am Ethan Gyllenhaal <ethannatureboy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red Crossbill and good finch movement - Lyons Woods, Lake county
10/24/17 5:57 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yard lifer! Cook co
10/24/17 10:51 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Winter wren
10/23/17 3:37 pm Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sedge Wrens Jefferson Park, Springfield IL
10/23/17 1:38 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET September 2017 Shorebird Statistics
10/23/17 10:04 am Jim Mountjoy <jmountjo...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red Crossbill in Knox County, and a few other sightings
10/23/17 6:25 am Leslie Yoshitani <leslieyosh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET West Branch Scoters Yes
10/22/17 4:03 pm Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Report from the WBC walk to Nelson Lake and FermiLab, 10/21
10/22/17 3:59 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yard Birds, cook co.
10/22/17 3:05 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Lincoln's sp
10/22/17 1:14 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Another Montrose Report Plus Hegewisch Marsh Sunday 10-22-17
10/22/17 12:04 pm Evan Graff <egraff89...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Osprey at montrose
10/22/17 11:52 am Jim Hully <xenospiza...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Short-eared Owl, Northern Shrike, Le Conte's Sparrows, and Black-throated Blue Warbler, 10/21 a.m.
10/22/17 11:05 am Leslie Yoshitani <leslieyosh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Scoters at West Branch
10/22/17 10:05 am Chuck <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Saw-whet owl
10/22/17 5:53 am Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Oct 21, 2017
10/21/17 8:42 pm Tom Terrien <tinkandtom...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Marilyn Campbell(No Sightings)
10/21/17 7:59 pm Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET At long last my prediction came true-RHWO in the hood!
10/21/17 3:21 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP: Clay-colored Sparrow
10/21/17 2:55 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Plegadis ibis Hegewich Marsh
10/21/17 1:48 pm 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Short-eared Owl, Northern Shrike, Le Conte's Sparrows, and Black-throated Blue Warbler, 10/21 a.m.
10/21/17 1:43 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan Beach, Lyons Woods & North Point Marina Saturday 10-21-17
10/21/17 1:33 pm joshua murphy <birdmanmurphy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Northern Shrike Montrose Beach
10/21/17 10:07 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard ET sparrow
10/21/17 9:50 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Vesper sparrow... middlefork savannah
10/21/17 8:47 am Josh Engel <jengel5230...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Plegadis ibis Hegewich Marsh
10/21/17 6:14 am Alan Anderson <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Phone autocorrects Re: IBET Botanic garden Pine Siskins
10/21/17 6:09 am Alan Anderson <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Botanic garden disk is
10/20/17 6:55 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren
10/20/17 3:11 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinal
10/20/17 2:28 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Morton Arboretum Friday 10-20-17
10/20/17 12:33 pm Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Cameroon's Birds (NO SIGHTINGS)
10/20/17 9:21 am Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Black Vultures this morning: NO
10/20/17 7:49 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Swamp sp.
10/20/17 6:18 am <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Montrose Short-eared Owls, Nelson's and Le Conte's Sparrows, 10/19 a.m.
10/19/17 7:23 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Black Vultures at Glacial Park
10/19/17 6:44 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Grove cook co.
10/19/17 3:14 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET A Fine Day At Montrose Dunes & Hedge Areas Thursday 10-19-17
10/19/17 2:57 pm Caryn Hollander <cjhollander21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET American Robins
10/19/17 2:56 pm 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Short-eared Owls, Nelson's and Le Conte's Sparrows, 10/19 a.m.
10/18/17 2:42 pm Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Northerly island Western Kingbird
10/18/17 11:19 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 10-18-17
10/18/17 10:30 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard WC sparrow
10/18/17 9:55 am Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Red Crossbills
 
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Date: 11/17/17 10:44 am
From: 'Carolyn A. Marsh' <cmarshbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Illiana Birds: sharing Whooping crane sightings (no sightings)
IBET,

A posting on IN-BIRD by Amy Kearns, Assistant Nongame Bird Biologist,
Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife. She responded to a question regarding
the reporting of Whooping Cranes.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

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If you must share, I recommend following the guidelines from the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership website, which asks that Whooping Cranes be
reported through social media at the county level only in Indiana.
Personally, I think it's fine not to report them at all on social media and
listservs. You can use the link on the site to report them directly to the
trackers, avoiding social media entirely. Here's the quote from the website:



https://www.bringbackthecranes.org/what2do.html



What To Do If You See Whooping Cranes:



If you encounter a whooping crane in the wild, please give them the respect
and distance they need. Do not approach birds on foot within 200 yards;
remain in your vehicle; do not approach in a vehicle any closer than 100
yards. Also, please remain concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the
birds can hear you. Finally, do not trespass on private property in an
attempt to view or photograph whooping cranes.



Joe Duff, the project's lead ultralight pilot
<http://www.operationmigration.org/omteam.html> , said it best during an
interview: "Although we take special precautions to ensure these birds are
reared in isolation from human contact, they are still far from wild. Their
return to nature takes place over months but could be destroyed by one
curious onlooker. Despite good intentions the best thing an observer could
do for these birds and this project is to observe from a distance. The worst
thing you could do is attempt to feed them. "



Each exposure lessens the whooping cranes' natural fear of humans, which is
an important survival mechanism. Feeding the whooping cranes can result in
the birds becoming dependent on humans as a source of food. Both would
negate the many long hours biologists, veterinarians, pilots and volunteers
endured in hot costumes and silence while raising and caring for these
whooping cranes.




Reporting Whooping Crane Sightings for WCEP Trackers


We would appreciate you reporting your sighting on our online website at
https://www.savingcranes.org/report-whooping-crane/. Thank you!




Reporting Whooping Crane Sightings to Others (on ListServs, Partner Facebook
pages, etc.)


When Whooping Cranes are present at the following eight sites, the name of
the Refuge or park may be used on birding lists and on social media sites,
however no other location information more specific than the name of the
property should be used. When whooping cranes are present at other sites,
only the birds' county-level location should be shared.





Wisconsin:

1. Necedah NWR
2. Horicon NWR
3. White River Marsh SWA



Florida:

4. Chassahowitzka NWR
5. St. Marks NWR
6. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park



Other:

7. Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, TN
8. Wheeler NWR, AL


 

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Date: 11/17/17 10:07 am
From: Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET: Snow Goose juvenile Des Plaines
The Snow Geese were still there at 10:30.
At least 70 siskins in the Enabling Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, too. I didn't find any redpolls or crossbills.

Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County

> On Nov 17, 2017, at 8:11 AM, Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Saw two juvenile Snow Geese hanging out in a flock of Canada Geese at the Methodist Camp Ground in Des Plaines, IL. In the field, at the NW corner of E Algonquin Road and Camp Ground Road.
>
> -Pam Carmona
>

 

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Date: 11/17/17 9:57 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Jardine RNGrebe & Black Scoter - Friday 11/17/17
There is currently (11.50am) a Red-necked Grebe and a Black Scoter among many other diving duck in the inner lake area north of Jardine Water Treatment Plant - I’d imagine both are visible though maybe slightly more distant from Olive Park.

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago IL

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Date: 11/17/17 7:58 am
From: Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Snow Bunting- Montrose today YES
Finally! Lifer! Snow Bunting at Montrose right by the rocks by the pier.

Yay!

>
>
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Date: 11/17/17 6:11 am
From: Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Snow Goose juvenile Des Plaines
Saw two juvenile Snow Geese hanging out in a flock of Canada Geese at the Methodist Camp Ground in Des Plaines, IL. In the field, at the NW corner of E Algonquin Road and Camp Ground Road.

-Pam Carmona


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Date: 11/16/17 6:55 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13-A Day of Red Breasted Mergansers & Bad Timing Thur 11-16-17
You missed 3% of your visit, Al! So what was the final determination on
that bird?

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 3:07 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> It's been a tough week for me with a rain out yesterday, missing the
> Harlequin on Tuesday even though I was there the same time it was seen
> by Donnie D & today missing the best bird while on a 6 min trip to the
> bathroom. As I have quoted before:
>
> "When you're hot you're hot & when you're not you're not!" I'd say I
> fall into the "not hot" category
> this week. I will hope for a run of being "hot" with finding birds in
> the future. It's surely my turn!
>
> Gillson Park Lake Watch #13 (7:15-10 a.m.)
>
> Yet another example of predicted NE winds changing to predicted NW
> winds then north winds with the NE winds not arriving until 3-4 p.m.
> Looks like the best winds will be in the dark overnight hours.
> But ducks will fly by with any winds just not as close to shore as
> we'd like. Jeff Sanders joined me about half way into my watch & we
> had many, many ducks going by but almost all were Red Breasted
> Mergansers. Probably saw about 3000 of them although they were flying
> back & forth so some were repeats. Other ducks seen were about 50
> Scaup Species, 6 Redhead & 12 Goldeneye.
> No Loons or Grebes & the few Gulls we saw were mostly Herring Gulls
> which were following the Mergansers to try & steal their fish
> captures. I thought that the NW winds might help bring in Franklin's
> or Bonaparte's Gull but not today.
>
> And now today's tale of woe. At 9:10 I made a fast visit to the park
> building bathroom but I guess I wasn't fast enough as on my return
> Jeff told me that he had seen a quick fly-by of a Jaeger, probably
> Parasitic. So I'm there for almost 3 hours, miss 5-6 min & thereby
> miss the Jaeger. Doesn't seem fair but who said bird finding has to be
> fair? So the dreaded "bathroom visit miss" strikes again. Sooner or
> later it happens to us all & today was my turn. This is similar to
> leaving the Hawk Watch & 5 min later the golden Eagle goes by.
>
> Forest Way Drive In Skokie Lagoons (10:30-11 a.m.)
>
> D.C Cormorant (1-IM), Great Blue Heron (2), Canada Goose (86), Mallard
> (8), Hooded Merganser (16), Common Merganser (3-F), Herring Gull (1
> with a caught fish) & 2 Tree Sparrows.
> Also heard a Chickadee & 2 Blue Jays.
>
> Techny North (11:15-11 a.m.)
>
> Great Blue Heron (1), GREAT EGRET (1, late), Canada Goose (32),
> Mallard (116), Shoveler (3),
> Green Winged Teal (8), Lesser Scaup (2-F), Hooded Merganser (1-PR),
> Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD),
> Coot (1), Ring Billed Gull (2), KILLDEER (3), WILSON'S SNIPE (9, a
> good number for this late)
> & Junco (12-14).
>
> Heritage Park In Wheeling (12:35-1 p.m.)
>
> Great Blue Heron (1), Canada Goose (259), Mallard (95), Ring Billed
> (64) & Herring (2) Gulls.
>
> So I had 9 species of ducks, 2 Heron/Egrets & 2 shorebirds but no Jaegers.
> Bird-Of-The-Day to all 9 of the Snipe & Runner-Up to the late Great Egret.
> Award for being the hardest to count to the 2000 plus R.B. Mergs & I
> had all 3 Merg species today
>
> Al Stokie
> In Cook County today trying to count R.B. Mergansers & missing Jaegers
>
>

 

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Date: 11/16/17 4:48 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard SH cranes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/37582143565/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Flew over this afternoon making lots of noise. Going south and east.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Date: 11/16/17 4:10 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White-winged Scoter - Adams Co.
Pat and I came across a lone bird on the Ursa, Illinois sanitary lagoon,
but it was a good find--- an adult female White-winged Scoter. Jason
Mullins and Adam Reyburn also got out to see the bird.

Update on the Northern Shrike. It was seen yesterday by Brandon Stehl at
the same location.

Sunday Jason Mullins had a single Common Redpoll visit his feeders. See
photos on Ebird.

Phil Reyburn, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois



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Date: 11/16/17 3:20 pm
From: A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Long-tailed Duck at Rapids City
Went down to the Quad Cities to try for the Surf Scoter. Did not find but
stopped in Rapids City at the Gazebo (forgot the park name). Had two
Long-tailed ducks there far out. Scoped. One was a winter plumage male
and the other a female type. They flew and did not find them on the way
back thru. Thanks for Chuck's info.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)

 

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Date: 11/16/17 1:13 pm
From: <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET DBC McKee Marsh Field Trip is CANCELED for this Saturday 11-18-17
I regret to announce that due to the rainy forecast and the total lack of birds on the site, this Saturday's Field Trip scheduled for 7:30 am at McKee Marsh in Warrenville has been canceled. The marsh is less than half frozen, but the only thing hanging out on the water has been about 15 Coots and nothing was on the river either. Even the woods have been strangely quiet!


Joan Campbell
Downers Grove/DuPage County
 

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Date: 11/16/17 1:07 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13-A Day of Red Breasted Mergansers & Bad Timing Thur 11-16-17
Hello Bird People,

It's been a tough week for me with a rain out yesterday, missing the
Harlequin on Tuesday even though I was there the same time it was seen
by Donnie D & today missing the best bird while on a 6 min trip to the
bathroom. As I have quoted before:

"When you're hot you're hot & when you're not you're not!" I'd say I
fall into the "not hot" category
this week. I will hope for a run of being "hot" with finding birds in
the future. It's surely my turn!

Gillson Park Lake Watch #13 (7:15-10 a.m.)

Yet another example of predicted NE winds changing to predicted NW
winds then north winds with the NE winds not arriving until 3-4 p.m.
Looks like the best winds will be in the dark overnight hours.
But ducks will fly by with any winds just not as close to shore as
we'd like. Jeff Sanders joined me about half way into my watch & we
had many, many ducks going by but almost all were Red Breasted
Mergansers. Probably saw about 3000 of them although they were flying
back & forth so some were repeats. Other ducks seen were about 50
Scaup Species, 6 Redhead & 12 Goldeneye.
No Loons or Grebes & the few Gulls we saw were mostly Herring Gulls
which were following the Mergansers to try & steal their fish
captures. I thought that the NW winds might help bring in Franklin's
or Bonaparte's Gull but not today.

And now today's tale of woe. At 9:10 I made a fast visit to the park
building bathroom but I guess I wasn't fast enough as on my return
Jeff told me that he had seen a quick fly-by of a Jaeger, probably
Parasitic. So I'm there for almost 3 hours, miss 5-6 min & thereby
miss the Jaeger. Doesn't seem fair but who said bird finding has to be
fair? So the dreaded "bathroom visit miss" strikes again. Sooner or
later it happens to us all & today was my turn. This is similar to
leaving the Hawk Watch & 5 min later the golden Eagle goes by.

Forest Way Drive In Skokie Lagoons (10:30-11 a.m.)

D.C Cormorant (1-IM), Great Blue Heron (2), Canada Goose (86), Mallard
(8), Hooded Merganser (16), Common Merganser (3-F), Herring Gull (1
with a caught fish) & 2 Tree Sparrows.
Also heard a Chickadee & 2 Blue Jays.

Techny North (11:15-11 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1), GREAT EGRET (1, late), Canada Goose (32),
Mallard (116), Shoveler (3),
Green Winged Teal (8), Lesser Scaup (2-F), Hooded Merganser (1-PR),
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD),
Coot (1), Ring Billed Gull (2), KILLDEER (3), WILSON'S SNIPE (9, a
good number for this late)
& Junco (12-14).

Heritage Park In Wheeling (12:35-1 p.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1), Canada Goose (259), Mallard (95), Ring Billed
(64) & Herring (2) Gulls.

So I had 9 species of ducks, 2 Heron/Egrets & 2 shorebirds but no Jaegers.
Bird-Of-The-Day to all 9 of the Snipe & Runner-Up to the late Great Egret.
Award for being the hardest to count to the 2000 plus R.B. Mergs & I
had all 3 Merg species today

Al Stokie
In Cook County today trying to count R.B. Mergansers & missing Jaegers


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Date: 11/16/17 9:27 am
From: Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sandhill's Over Kankakee
Hi all,
Two flocks totaling ~70 (40 + 30) h/o this morning starting at 1035H moving south.
Cheers, Jed Hertz 
Kankakee, Kankakee Co, IL (60 mi South of Chicago) 
Photos/Videos:http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhertz/ 
Data: http://ebird.org/content/ebird
Birdscaping: http://bringingnaturehome.net/
 

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Date: 11/16/17 7:59 am
From: Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET CBG Siskins
Large numbers of PINE SISKINS we’re in and around the Enabling Garden and the feeders therein at the Chicago Botanic Garden this morning. I was there from 8:45 to 9:30 and at one time I counted 20-25 at the feeders and dozens more flying and feeding in the nearby birches.

A birder/photographer named Emil said he had a single Common Redpoll earlier. I never saw it. My full list is on EBird.

Donnie Dann
Lake County

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Date: 11/16/17 6:25 am
From: Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes Moving?
A flock of 100 over Westmont at 8 a.m. Usually don’t see them this early in the day. Perhaps a big movement day?

Jeff Smith
Woodridge, DuPage Co.

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Date: 11/16/17 6:10 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard junco

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Hi friends,
The juncos are here to stay now. Along with the House sp, feeding will be active this winter. Fox sp still here and Carolina w. trills his "comb" early to get my attention.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 11/15/17 7:58 pm
From: Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Field Trip Saturday - North Shore Lakefront (NO SIGHTINGS)
Join us Saturday, November 18, for the 48th Annual Jeff Sander’s Fall Specialty Trip to the North Shore Lakefront - Northwestern, Gillson Park, Maple Street Park, Tower Road Park, Park Avenue, Rosewood Beach in Highland Park, other areas as time permits.

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Gillson Park Beach House in Wilmette off Sheridan Road. We will carpool from there. Bring scopes if you have them and dress for cold lake wind!


John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County

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Date: 11/15/17 6:59 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP, Tuesday, 14 November: Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday covering 63rd Street Beach, the outer and inner harbors, Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow and the 59th Street promontory (North Lake Front hot spot).
I walked to the park, because I don't like riding my bike when it's cold (making the wind chill factor worse). I heard a flyover PINE SISKIN close to my building on University Ave and another farther easy along Midway Pl. I had none in the park though. There was an adult male COOPER'S HAWK sitting on a light pole in front of the Harris School of Public Policy on 60th, which allowed photos from behind and from the front, even though I walked right below him. I heard another COOPER'S HAWK giving its "kek" call when I was east of Wooded Island (heading to the beach). It was obviously upset by the immature RED-TAILED HAWK perched in the tall dead cottonwood on the island. At 63rd Street beach were 3 KILLDEER and my first of season RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. There were much fewer ducks in the harbors than on Saturday. In the outer harbor were 30 some GREATER SCAUP and 1 fem. LESSER SCAUP. There was a male and female pair of REDHEADS. The birds flushed once and the female, or another female, ended up in the inner harbor. At the inner harbor I did a quick count of male and female scaup (not identifying to species) and took a few distant photos, since the birds seemed jumpy. It was fortunate that I did, because they were soon flushed by three men in a large john boat with an outboard motor. The boat had metal poles on the front that formed a square with lines hanging down into the water. Two of the men were at the front with nets. I didn't see them catch anything. It looked to be some official survey (looking for Asian Carp?). Looking at my photos later I was able to pick out 4 LESSER SCAUP among some Greaters and also what appears to be a female RING-NECKED DUCK. There was also a female HOODED MERGANSER. Along the east side of the inner harbor I found an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER; just 10 days from the fall late record for the park.
In the Wooded Island area most of the fencing has come down. Only the southwest corner of the area is still fenced in. At the now overgrown little boardwalk near the driving range I flushed a female WOOD DUCK and a HOODED MERGANSER. In the Japanese Garden I kept hearing a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER calling, though only about every 2-3 minutes. I looked all over trying to find it. Finally I saw some movement in a low bush near the waterfall. After a few moments it popped out onto a rock. I found a BROWN CREEPER south of the garden and a male HAIRY WOODPECKER at the southwest corner of the island. My full list follows.

Abbreviations: UM= University Ave-Midway Pl. route to park, 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, OH=Outer Harbor, LM=Lake Michigan east of OH, IH=Inner Harbor, NLF=North Lake Front/59th St. promontory.

Canada Goose: UM (10), 63rd (9), OH (64), IH (82), WI/BM (755)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (1)
Mallard: OH (2), LM (4), IH (4), WI/BM (7)
Redhead: OH (2), IH (1; prob. same fem. as OH)
Ring-necked Duck: IH (1)
Greater Scaup: OH (32), IH (7)
Lesser Scaup: OH (1), IH (4)
Greater/Lesser Scaup: OH (5), IH (18)
Common Goldeneye: 63rd (15), LM (11), NLF (6), WI/BM (1)
Bufflehead: LM (9), IH (10), WI/BM (1)
Hooded Merganser: IH (1), WI/BM (1)
Red-breasted Merganser: 63rd (20), OH (4), LM (4), IH (9), NLF (50)
Hooded Grebe: LM (1), NLF (1)
Pied-billed Grebe: IH (1)
Double-crested Cormorant: IH (1), WI/BM (1)
Cooper's Hawk: UM (1), WI/BM (1)
Red-tailed Hawk: WI/BM (1)
A. Coot: OH (4)
Killdeer: 63rd (3)
Ring-billed Gull: 63rd (2), OH (143), IH (1), NLF (91), WI/BM (5)
Herring Gull: 63rd (2), OH (4), NLF (2), WI/BM (1)
Downy Woodpecker: UM (1), IH (2), WI/BM (3)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
A. Crow: UM (3), 63rd (3), WI/BM (4)
Black-capped Chickadee: IH (3), WI/BM (4)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (1)
A. Robin: UM (9), WI/BM (7)
Euro. Starling: UM (1), 63rd (12), IH (2), WI/BM (150)
Orange-crowned Warbler: IH (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (3)
White-throated Sparrow: WI/BM (5)
N. Cardinal: 63rd (1), IH (1), WI/BM (6)
Pine Siskin: UM (2)
A. Goldfinch: IH (2), WI/BM (9)
House Sparrow: 63rd (1), WI/BM (1)

Randy Shonkwiler

Hyde Park/Chicago


 

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Date: 11/14/17 5:31 pm
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Grant Park Grumbling
I went out on the Museum Campus at lunchtime. There were few
landbirds, but one surprise, a Northern Waterthrush north of the Field
Museum. This is personally my first November waterthrush in Illinois.
Monroe Harbor was also slow, with a Horned Grebe and a female Redhead as
the most interesting birds.
This AM, I went on a field trip led by Wendy Paulson at the McCormick
Sanctuary north of 31st street in Burnham Park. Best birds among 26
species were 2+ Common Redpolls feeding with goldfinches among the
goldenrods, 5 flyover Pine Siskins, and 4 Common Loons.

Doug Stotz


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Date: 11/14/17 11:10 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bad Luck At Waukegan But Better Luck At Illinois Beach South Tuesday 11-14-17
Hello Bird People,

Driving somewhere & not finding the bird you went to see is bad enough
but arriving to be told that the target is present & then you can't
find it is even worse & that's what happened to me today.
Arrived at Waukegan Beach at 7 a.m. & found Donnie D at the base of
the fishing pier & he pointed out a diving duck toward the end of the
pier but well out in the open water. He said it was the Harlequin but
by that time the sun was right in my face & all I could see was a
silhouette of a duck & it was diving. But Donnie gave a good
description & it sounded like he had indeed seen a female Harlequin.
Walked the pier until the sun was no longer an issue but when I found
a duck in the area where I expected my target it was a Goldeneye & not
a Harlequin. Although I had thought there was only 1 duck there but
there may have been 2 & Donnie's Harlequin was gone leaving me with a
Goldeneye. This exchange was not in my favor! Soon Phil D from
Rockford arrived & we searched for another 20 min but only saw the
Goldeneye & various duck flocks flying by. Also saw 1st 1 & then 2
shorebirds on the pier but neither was the hoped for Purple Sandpiper
but the usual Dunlin & Sanderling combo.

Not off to a good start. I next went to North Point Marina where in
the harbor were Bufflehead (18),
Red Breasted Merganser (1-F) & about 400 Gulls almost all of which
were Herring. In the lake itself were 7 more Bufflehead & 4 R.B.
Mergansers. One Common Loon flew by but not in close.

Hoping to salvage my day I drove to Illinois Beach South & saw Andy
Stewart leaving. He told me to check from the main beach parking lot &
to the north where I did find 2 LONG TAILED DUCKS in close & after a
long walk a mixed group of BLACK & SURF SCOTERS. Couldn't get an exact
count as they were blocked by posts in the water & were diving a lot
but there were more than 10 total.

I also checked Sand Pond at the north unit of Illinois Beach & there I
saw 10-12 Coots & about 7 Hooded Mergansers, all females.

So I did finally did get to see a few special birds but was was highly
disappointed not to have seen the hoped for Harlequin Duck. But if
that duck doesn't want to be on my year list that's it's loss as well
as mine. Others checked later & told me they did not find that duck
either but it may return.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 Long Tailed Ducks & Runners-Up to the Black &
Surf Scoters.

Al Stokie
In N.E. Lake County not finding the Harlequin Duck


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Date: 11/14/17 11:09 am
From: 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Waukegan Beach
I was out there at 11:00 AM and there were no birds in the area. Used my
spotting scope across the whole beach, pier area, and the marina area
without spotting the Harlequin. Bumped into Al Stokie on my way out.

I did see a Goldeneye near the marina along with mergansers and coots in
the marina.

Jim Jarosz

Norridge, IL

 

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Date: 11/14/17 10:39 am
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET rfi - bird bath heater recs (no sightings) - question

Thank you to all who sent me your recommendations to check out!

A couple of you asked me to share the info that I got. If you are one of these (not Laurel), please send me your email again. Try as I might, I can't find it. I'll be happy to forward the info.

Suzanne




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Sent: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 4:02 pm
Subject: rfi - bird bath heater recs (no sightings)



Can anyone recommend a brand or style of bird bath heater/de-icer that works in our climate?
Please respond to me privately.
Thanks,
Suzanne Checchia
Cook County


 

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Date: 11/14/17 7:41 am
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Correction:Join COS on Saturday, November 18 for Palos trip

- McGinnis Slough (map)
- 13600 US-45
- Orland Park, IL, 60462
- Saturday, November 18, 7:30 - 9:30

Join COS this Saturday for our annual fall field trip to the Palos area to search for large numbers of migrating waterfowl. We will meet at McGinnis Slough at 7:30am then from here, caravan to various other lakes like Saganashkee Slough, Maple Lake, and Little Red Schoolhouse.

Dress for the weather! Spotting scopes recommended but not required. Loaners binoculars will be available for those wwho need them. 

Contact Andrew Aldrich at 630-803-1590 with any questions.



 

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Date: 11/14/17 7:23 am
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET COS Palos Waterfowl field trip, November 18
Join COS for our annual fall trip to Palos to search for large numbers of migrating waterfowl. We will meet at McGinnis Slough at 7:30am, then from here, caravan to various other lakes like Saganashkee Slough, Maple Lake, and Little Red Schoolhouse. 
Dress for the weather! Spotting scopes recommended but not required.

Contact Andrew Aldrich at 630-803-1590 with any questions.


 

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Date: 11/14/17 5:29 am
From: Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach
The HARLEQUIN DUCK found by Andy Stewart remains off the end of the rocks at the north pier.
Donnie Dann
Lake Counrt

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Date: 11/13/17 8:17 pm
From: <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Surf Scoter, Rock Island County
Greetings,
I found a female Surf Scoter in the middle of the channel (Mississippi River) feeding with a group of Bufflehead, Viewed from Ben Butterworth Park in Moline this morning. Also nice looks at a pair of Common Loons further up river (Rapids City).


Chuck Leib
Milan, IL
Rock Island County
 

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Date: 11/13/17 1:13 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden, Heritage Park, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake Monday 11-13-17
Hello Bird People,

My plan was to go to the Palos Sloughs & wooded areas but there was
fog & freezing fog to the west so I postponed that plan to another
day. Instead I again looked for Crossbills & Redpolls at the Chicago
Botanic Garden & again found none. Only regular Winter birds present
today (with one exception) so consider this report one of those "of
local interest only" reports with nothing in it you'll want to chase
after.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:15-10:50 a.m.)

No P.B.Grebes or Great Blues today but I did find a BLACK CROWNED
NIGHT HERON (1-IM)
Canada Goose (Total = 124 with almost all in the Northern Lake & B.Brown Pond)
Wood Duck (2-F & 1-PR)
Mallard (29)
Gadwall (1-M & 2-F)
Coot (1 remaining of last week's 7)
Ring Billed (14) & Herring (8) Gulls
Belted Kingfisher (1 continuing male)
Red Bellied (1) & Downy (2) Woodpeckers
Blue Jay (6), Chickadee (2) & R.B. Nuthatch (1)
Robins (6)
Tree Sparrow (8 in 1 group) & Junco (7)
PINE SISKIN (2 eating Birch seeds, 10 after Alder seeds & 8 eating
Hemlock seeds)
Goldfinch (~20)
House Sparrow (5-6)
(The B.Brown Preserve pond is mostly frozen but the Geese are breaking the ice.)

Heritage Park/Wheeling (11:40 a.m.-noon)

The only place here with any birds was the main pond but it was 2/3 frozen over.
Great Blue Heron (1), Canada Goose (245), Mallard (76) & Lesser Scaup (2-F)
Ring Billed (44) & Herring (2) Gulls

Beck Lake (12:20-12:35 p.m.)

Canada Goose (33), Mallard (1-PR), Shoveler (1-PR) & Ring Necked Duck (1-M)
Common Merganser (3-F, 1st of the Fall for this species for me)
Ring Billed Gull (48) & Blue Jay (heard 1)

Big Bend Lake (12:45-1:05 p.m.)

P.B. Grebe (2), Canada Goose (73) & Mallard (32)
Ring Billed (15) & Herring (1) Gulls
And I heard one Red Bellied Woodpecker

Bird-Of-The-Day to the only special bird found today which was the
young B.C. Night Heron.
Runners-Up to the Siskins & the loud (as usual) Kingfisher.

Old Business

On Saturday Bob Erickson & I joined the group going into the "permit
only" area at Illinois Beach South. Steve Bailey did the report on
IBET so I didn't do one, but
Bird-Of-The-Day went to the NORTHERN SHRIKE spotted by Bob along the
main park road on the way out & Runners-Up to the confusing Long
Tailed Duck in the lake, the Snow Buntings (8) on the beach & the big,
adult Bald Eagle flying over the South Swales.

Al Stokie
Doing local Cook County birding today


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Date: 11/13/17 12:45 pm
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET eBird Outage
Just a note for anyone using the eBird app as you'll only get a vague error
message.

eBird is currently down and has been since about 9 a.m. this morning. They
are aware of the issue and working on it.

You can hang onto checklists in the interim and submit them later when it
goes back online.

Check the eBird website for more info and updates.
http://www.ebird.org

Eric Secker
West Dundee, Kane Co. and
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Date: 11/13/17 7:32 am
From: 'Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' <woodthrusheola8...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET no sighting: bird bath recomendation
Although I live in southernmost IL and realize the climate differs throughout the state, I suggest the use of a heated dog water bowl. They might lack an organic appeal but what they lack in looks, they make up in durability. They are inexpensive and can be found in multiple sizes. I've been using them for years. By placing a big stone (or a brick if you don't have a stone) in the center, you can provide access for birds of all sizes. Just don't forget to refill it if it gets low. Plus they are very easy to clean even though winter's cold keeps the cleaning needs down. Rhonda Rothrock
Pomona, Jackson County, IL

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Date: 11/13/17 5:00 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Downy wp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/24516119708/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Downy, RB wp, and C. wren all looking for PB suet on the apple tree this morning.
Put out heated water so, now it warms up and rains. One WT sp still hanging on.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
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Date: 11/12/17 7:58 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Fox sp

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Hi friends,
Likes to scratch up seeds. Leaves and sticks no match to quick feet strokes.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 11/12/17 11:56 am
From: beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET HSLSP Surf Scoter
Frank Holmes and I had a Surf Scoter this morning on the east side main drive at Horseshoe Lake this morning.

Beau Schaefer
In Madison Co

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Date: 11/12/17 10:48 am
From: <sfluett...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tundra Swans
there are 10 Tundras at the marsh pond at the Pratts Wayne FP yellow barn area the pond is mostly frozen, so they are on ice. S.E. corner of Powis and Stearns

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Date: 11/12/17 9:25 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET McHenry Saturday - Cook Sunday
A quick round-up of my weekend’s birding.

Saturday 11/11/17

With my wife visiting the inlaws in Huntley I took advantage of some birding time and attempted to find Crossbills…No luck!

Marengo Ridge, McHenry Co
No Crossbills or Black-backed Woodpeckers but lot’s of Red-breasted Nuthatches (18), Pine Siskin (6) and Fox Sparrow (11). Also a huge mixed flock of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackle in the nearby fields.

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, McHenry Co
Very quiet, again no Crossbills but again lot’s of Red-breasted Nuthatch. Also a Great Horned Owl calling from the pines. Unbelievable lack of Tree Sparrows - where are they all?

Sunday 11/12/17 - before the rain hit!

Rainbow Beach, Cook Co
Common Loon - 3
Canvasback - 7
Ring-necked Duck - 25
Aythea raft - 800 - 1000 ish
Lincoln Sparrow - 1 (getting late)

Park 566, Cook Co
White-winged Scoter - 1 male
Black Scoter - 1 female
Horned Grebe - 43
Snow Bunting - 1
Pine Siskin - 2

Calumet Park, Cook Co
Surf Scoter - 5 female type
Long-tailed Duck 1 male
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2

Full lists can be viewed at:

http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2017-11-11

http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2017-11-12

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL
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Date: 11/12/17 8:53 am
From: Andy Gilbert <agilb849...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Snowy owl - Havana
There is currently a snowy owl sitting atop the Lawford Theater in
downtown Havana, Mason Co.

Andy Gilbert
Havana
Mason co

 

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Date: 11/12/17 8:40 am
From: Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET November Whimbrel Birders Club trip report
Yesterday, we started bright and early at Swallow Cliff Woods with hopes of spotting some continuing crossbills! We scanned the coniferous trees for quite a while, finding nothing more than a few goldfinches. And although we never did locate any crossbills we did encounter a nice flyover Rough-legged Hawk. We moved on to our next stop, Saganashkee Slough, where we found lots of gulls and waterfowl including a couple Common Loons! After a quick but thorough scan there, we drove over to Big Marsh, we observed almost no birds there, so we threw some rocks on the thin ice (which make an impressive sound, in case you did not know) and promptly left. Our next stop was Wolf Lake, we examined the entire Illinois side of the lake finding not much more than hundreds of coots and a few Mute Swans. So far this is probably not sounding like the most exciting trip ever, but that all changed when we headed over to Steelworkers Park! As soon as we pulled up, we started to find birds including a very close Sharp-shinned Hawk! It seemed like good lake watching conditions, so we watched for about thirty minutes finding a possible Long-tailed Duck, tons of mergansers, and even a Black Scoter! We had noticed that many of the birds were landing near Rainbow Beach, which was too far to ID from Steelworkers, so we went there.  Upon arrival at Rainbow Beach, we found some sparrows and a few waterfowl species but nothing too exceptional. We walked a little and ended up finding a large raft of ducks (mainly Redheads, Buffleheads, and scaup) in the raft of ducks was a one Horned Grebe that scared a few of us because at first glance it looked like a Western. Next, we headed over to Montrose Point. We extensively searched the dunes and the beach where we found Lapland Longspurs, American Pipits, and some very photogenic Dunlins! My last stop for the day was lunch, where we ate and recapped our birding for the day!
Photos at https://whimbrelbirders.org/2017/11/12/november-illinois-falcons-trip-report/
Oliver BurrusBirding in Cook county yesterday.
 

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Date: 11/11/17 7:23 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 1st Illinois Beach S.P. Dead River hike results
It was a rather quiet but pleasant hike into the normally closed area at Illinois Beach State Park this morning. As I parked my car and got out of my car, 3 PINE SISKINS immediately flew over calling, heading south, a good beginning to the morning. However, it was pretty quiet in the pines... and nearly birdless on the hike to the Dead River. However, along the edge of the beach near the Dead River, about 6 SNOW BUNTINGS gave everyone good looks. Unfortunately, no crossbills or better birds were noted in the pines and swales south of the Dead River. A flyover flock of 25-30 PINE SISKINS heading south gave brief excitement for some of us. Otherwise, below are about the only birds seen or heard in the woods, grasslands and wetland swales:
Hooded Merganser 1 (seen briefly in Dead River)
BALD EAGLE 1 (flying low over dunes near beach)
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 5-6
BC Chickadee 3-4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 5
Swamp Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 6
White-crowned Sparrow 1

On the walk back along the beach, finally a good bird, a LONG-TAILED DUCK, by itself not too far out on the lake. However, there were otherwise only small numbers of GREATER SCAUP. However, as these trips sometimes go, some of the remaining good birds were only seen by some of the group, either just before the hike started, in nearby areas as the group began to break-up, or were leaving the park. They included:
LONG-TAILED DUCK 2 (others besides above bird, with close to shore looks by several of us behind the lodge, w/Bufflehead)
Bufflehead 10-12
Common Loon 1 (seen by Al Stokie just before hike from lake overlook)
Dunlin 2 (seen by Craig Taylor as he exited from area near Dead River mouth)
Northern Shrike 1 (Al & Bob saw as they were leaving park)


Sheryl & I stopped at Lyons Woods F.P. after leaving Illinois Beach S.P. It was rather quiet there but a small flock just north of the parking lot contained a FOX SPARROW, and just down the trail was a calling BROWN CREEPER and another RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH as well as ~20 flyover AMERICAN ROBINS. As we left, I had a quick look at a flyover MERLIN cutting through the conifers. Good luck to Al and the others going on the November 19th hike south of the Dead River. Call Theresa Hahl at Illinois Beach S.P. to sign up on one of the future hikes at 847-662-4811. Again, the trips will leave at 8:00 AM from the Nature Center parking lot, which is just before you get to the park lodge, in the South Unit. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, to ensure that group limits are not exceeded and to make the trips more enjoyable for all participants. A waiting list of names will be kept for trips that fill up, in case there are cancelations, for folks that can only go on specific dates. Participants will be limited to only 15 people per trip, plus leaders. At this time, please limit your reservations to no more than two trips/dates. Other future trips will be on Saturday, Nov. 25th, Sunday, Dec. 3rd & Sat. Dec. 9th. Next weekend's hike on Sunday, Nov. 19th is currently full, but you can call and asked to be placed on a waiting list, in case anyone cancels. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake County)
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Date: 11/11/17 2:02 pm
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET rfi - bird bath heater recs (no sightings)

Can anyone recommend a brand or style of bird bath heater/de-icer that works in our climate?
Please respond to me privately.
Thanks,
Suzanne Checchia
Cook County

 

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Date: 11/11/17 12:52 pm
From: Vicky Sroczynski <vsroczynski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Grundy Co Heidecke Lake RT Loon
Hi all, i am watching a Red-throated Loon at the Collins Rd gate at Heidecke Lake; there are two Common Loons here too for a nice contrast.

Vicky Sroczynski

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Date: 11/11/17 12:32 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP, Saturday, 11 November: Canvasback
I joined Pat Durkin and the Audubon group to bird Jackson Park today covering Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow and the outer harbor. There weren't many land birds but there were enough birds in the harbor to make it worthwhile.
I thought last Tuesday was slow for land birds but today beat it! The only thing close to a highlight was a heard only MONK PARAKEET (I had a flock of ~15-20 Tuesday). The outer harbor was a bit more interesting with 4 new species for the season than I had on Tuesday. Best was a male CANVASBACK. Two pairs of REDHEADS, a female COMMON GOLDENEYE and a HORNED GREBE were new. I had both LESSER and GREATER SCAUP and BUFFLEHEADS Tuesday but there were a lot more today. Here is my full list:

Canada Goose: WI/BM (165), OH (23)
Mallard: WI/BM (7), OH (3)
Canvasback: OH (1)
Redhead: OH (4)
Greater Scaup: OH (151)
Lesser Scaup: OH (16)
Common Goldeneye: OH (1)
Bufflehead: OH (19)
Horned Grebe: OH (1)
Pied-billed Grebe: OH (1)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (1)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (2)
A. Coot: OH (4)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (16), OH (183)
Herring Gull: WI/BM (1), OH (5)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (3)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (1)
Monk Parakeet: WI/BM (1)
A. Crow: WI/BM (5), OH (2)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (2)
A. Robin: WI/BM (2)
A. Tree Sparrow: WI/BM (6)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (5)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (1)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (10)

Randy Shonkwiler

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Date: 11/11/17 7:30 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Brief Gillson Lake Watch, 11-Nov
I had 90 minutes to kill between my son's swim team practice drop off and pick up times, so I decided to do a lakewatch at Gillson in Willmette, Cook. The winds are from the south. Not many ducks were moving apart from Red-breasted Mergansers. Nevertheless, I had a nice little loon flight. My lakewatch ended at 8:30AM with a juvenile Red-throated Loon fishing in the surf close to the main beach by the concession stand.

13 species (+2 other taxa)
10 Greater/Lesser Scaup
1 Surf/Black Scoter
1 Long-tailed Duck
7 Bufflehead
8 Common Goldeneye
225 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Red-throated Loon
11 Common Loon
1 Horned Grebe
31 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull (American)
1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1 Blue Jay
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (is (Myrtle)
1 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

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Date: 11/11/17 5:41 am
From: <chicagio10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tundra swans - Burnham prairie NP (cook)
Probably only of local interest only but there are two tundra swans at Burnham prairie NP on the west ponds.

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Carl Giomett
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Date: 11/10/17 2:46 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose 11.10.17
Lapland Longspur, 5 Snow Buntings, and an American Wigeon pics:

https://franmorel.smugmug.com/2017-Day-to-Day/2017-11-10-Longspur-and-Buntings-Montrose/

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Evanston.Cook Co.

 

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Date: 11/10/17 2:41 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET red crossbills morton arboretum (dupage co?)
Reported with pics by Marie Ary to Birding Illinois group on facebook.  Nice birds!  Still haven't had one myself.  Reportedly on the west side.
Suzanne ColemanCook co.
 

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Date: 11/10/17 12:44 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Both Techny Locations, Gillson Park (Sort Of) & 2 Small Des Plaines Lakes Friday 11-10-17
Hello Bird People,

Back feeling better today so off I went but kept my walking to low
levels so as to be ready for Saturday's big field trip hike. Wanted to
do another Gillson Lake Watch but the east winds weren't going to
arrive until late a.m. so I stopped at Techny Basin & Techny North 1st
& then headed over to Gillson Park.

Techny Basin (7:55-8:35 a.m.)

The stream being flowing water remains ice free but all side sections
were frozen as was the low level actual basin. There was 1 Great Blue
Heron in the stream & (more of a surprise) 2 Great Egrets in the
"pond" area. All Heron/Egrets were hunched up & standing in the water
looking like they realized they had made a mistake in not leaving
earlier. The only ducks were Mallards (24) & in the park at the north
end near Willow Rd were 61 Canada Geese. Two Ring Billed Gulls flew
by. The only land birds were Robins (2), Starling (1), Tree Sparrow
(1) & Goldfinch. Thought I had my 1st Black Duck of the Fall but the
top & back of it's head was Mallard green so it must be a hybrid.

Techny North (8:40-9 a.m.)

Mud flats remain but too late for shorebirds I suppose. One Great Blue
Heron was feeding, 1 Red Tailed Hawk was resting & 6 Ring Billed Gulls
were milling around. No Geese at all & the 4 species of ducks were
Mallard (44), Gadwall (1-PR), Green Winged Teal (8) & Hooded Merganser
(1-F). No land birds at all.

Gillson Park Lake Watch

Arrived about 9:40 to find that John L, Jeff S & Craig T were already
there but by waiting for better winds I arrived too late to see
anything due to all the snow & fog blocking the view. So I saw nothing
here although John L, who was 1st there, saw 1-2 Red Throated Loons &
Black Scoters. Jeff mentioned a couple White Winged Scoters as well.
This time trying to time my arrival turned out to be a bad idea.

Lake Opeka In Des Plaines (11:15-11:40 a.m.)

No snow on arrival but plenty of it later on. Best bird was what
seemed to be a small Loon but by the time I got my scope out of the
car the snow was so hard I could only just barely see the Loon.
Probably just a slightly smaller Common Loon but if you look there
check it out. Also here were 126 Canada Geese, 3 male Mallards, Ring
Billed (14) & Herring (2) Gulls & Crows (2).

Axehead Lake (11:45-noon)

Still snowing but not as hard as at Opeka. Only water birds were
Canada Geese (94) & Mallards (7). Land birds included Red Bellied
Woodpecker (1), W.B. Nuthatch (1) & Junco's (6)

Pretty slow day mainly caused by not seeing anything at Gillson Park
due to the weather problems. Bird-Of-The-Day to the Black Duck/Mallard
hybrid as that's the closest I've been to seeing a Black Duck so far.
Runner-Up to the 2 cold looking Great Egrets at Techny Basin. Mid
November is getting late for Egrets although not Great Blues.

Al Stokie
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Date: 11/10/17 8:28 am
From: John Picken <john...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Backyard YR Warbler (photo)
We have a Yellow-rumped Warbler enjoying our backyard feeders this morning. It doesn’t seem to mind that it’s snowing.

Photo: https://flic.kr/p/21jHjHu

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Date: 11/10/17 8:04 am
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET State boundary near Riverlands / Lock and Dam 26
I manage the Illinois hotspots in eBird and have been in discussion with
the Missouri reviewers about a piece of land near Riverlands, Alton, IL,
and the Lock and Dam there that is apparently in Illinois though not
depicted as such on most maps including Google.

For those interested, one of the maps is below. There are also signs on
location supporting that the area is indeed in Illinois:
http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Portals/54/docs/recreation/rivers/Birds/RMBS%20MAP-Access%20Restricts.pdf

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Date: 11/10/17 7:52 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Quacks at Jackson Park Nov 10
Darn autocorrect.
I mean greater SCAUP.

On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 9:49 AM Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds]
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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> With the first fluttering of snow and brisk temperatures in the 20s there
> were 20 buffleheads, a dozen greater scalp, six American coots and lots of
> gulls at Jackson Park outer harbor.
> Chuck Berman
> Oak Park
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Date: 11/10/17 7:49 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Quacks at Jackson Park Nov 10
With the first fluttering of snow and brisk temperatures in the 20s there
were 20 buffleheads, a dozen greater scalp, six American coots and lots of
gulls at Jackson Park outer harbor.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 

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Date: 11/10/17 7:16 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard cold weather plants and C. wren

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38254920556/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Harvested the green tomatos, collard greens, chives, mint, onion greens, tarragon, and brought in the oregano pot. Made some GT relish with Mom per Edna Peterson (Brooklyn Unit) Schuyler County recipe. Also known as chow chow. Carolina w. must be wintering in the shed or other warm night spot. Hole drilled for the wren to get in. My Mom's garage has a dog entrance the wren comes in at night.
Sq. found the King Squash tasty.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 11/10/17 6:58 am
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Williamson Co. Red Crossbills
Kyle Wiktor reports two Red Crossbill flyovers at a pine stand near Devil's
Kitchen Lake in Williamson County as of 7:27 AM today. As far as I know
this is the southernmost report of Red Crossbills in Illinois.

Jared Gorrell
Jackson County

 

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Date: 11/10/17 5:27 am
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
First Pine Siskin of the season (of the year, actually! We've had lots of
Juncos around for a week or so, but other than one juvenile W-C Sparrow, no
sparrows at all.

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 11/9/17 7:29 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Reminder For The Folks Going On The Illinois Beach Permit Area Walks On 11-11 & 11-19
Steve B has already mentioned this in his post about signing up for
these walks but it needs repeating. On 11-5 I scouted parts of the
dune/swale area & found that a good part of it has standing water.
It's not deep enough to be a problem as to entry but it will mean
possible wet feet & with the temps supposed to be in the 20's at
starting time wet feet will NOT be pleasant!

So choose your footwear carefully. Best would be tall Wellington boots
which will get you through all areas but regular boots will be good
enough as long as they are waterproof. If you have no waterproof boots
of any kind then it will be a good idea to bring extra boots/shoes to
change into when you get back to the car. This is not a show stopper
as we can always detour around wet spots or at least we always have
been able to do so in the past.

See you on the walks!

Al Stokie


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Date: 11/9/17 2:22 pm
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Audubon Society Program and Bird Walk (no sightings)

Chicago Audubon Society Program
The Ghostsof Conservation
Speaker:John Elliott
Tuesday,November 14 7:00 p.m.
North ParkVillage NatureCenter, Chicago

Do you believe in ghosts? Like touching an artifact, wevisit the places people lived and worked to keep them alive. We bring our owninterpretation and ideas to their work and writing. Do we take a picture andmove on? Take the time to reflect on how we fit into these people's ideas andwork? Take a virtual trip to the iconic places that some of our heroes andheroines of conservation lived and worked. What do they tell us today?

Bemis Woods North Bird Walk Westchester
Wednesday,November 22 8:00 a.m.

Late fall migrants, sparrows, kinglets,creepers and more. Meet at Wolf Road between31st and Ogden,at the easternmost part of the parking lot.
Leader: Doug Stotz (<dfstotz...>)

For more info, contact the CAS office,773-539-6793.

Suzanne Checchia
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Date: 11/9/17 2:08 pm
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Sangamon Co. Oct. report
*Birds in Sangamon County in October 2017*

*Common Loon*– fall arrival 19 in basic, in one flock at LSpfld (Oct
24), was also HC.

*Pied-billed Grebe*– HC = 176 (Oct 11). This grebe recorded every day in
October.

*Horned Grebe*– fall arrival at LSpfld (Oct 17), w/HC = 6 (Oct 26 & 29).

*White Pelican*– HC = 188 (Oct 17), pelicans seen every day except 5 in
October.

*Double-cr. Cormorant*– HC = 340 (Oct 30) – low #, some seen every day
in October.

*Great Blue Heron*– HC = 26 (Oct 15), but mostly low #. Seen every day
in Oct.

*Great Egret*– HC = 102 (Oct 15).

*Green Heron*– last seen at Sangchris (Oct 6).

*Black-cr Night-Heron*– at LSpfld, one (Oct 6 &7) and 2 (Oct 12).

*Mute Swan*– present.

*Gr.White-front Goose*– fall arrival 8 at Sangchris (Oct 6), w/ HC = 60
(Oct 19).

*Canada Goose*– HC = 180 (Oct 21).

*Wood Duck*– HC = 51 (Oct 4).

*Green-wing Teal*– HC = 59 (Oct 20).

*Am. Black Duck*– only two singles (Oct 26 & 27).

*Mallard *– fall arrival & HC = 200 (Oct 30).

*N. Pintail*– HC = 30 (Oct 8).

*Blue-wing Teal*– HC = 3100 (Oct 5)- record count for fall.

*N. Shoveler*– HC = 98 (Oct 31).

*Gadwall*– fall arrival 26 at LSpfld (Oct 5), w/HC = 315 (Oct 30).

*Am. Wigeon*- fall arrival 2 at LSpfld (Oct 5), w/HC = 14 (Oct 10).

*Canvasback *– fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Oct 24), w/ HC = 4 (Oct 31).

*Redhead *– fall arrival 2 ♂ at LSpfld (Oct 5), w/ HC = 20 (Oct 31).

*Ring-neck Duck*– HC = 112 (Oct 31).

*Greater Scaup*– fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Oct 30).

*Lesser Scaup*– fall arrival ♂♀ at LSpfld (Oct 10), w/HC = 400 (Oct 30).

*Surf Scoter*– fall arrival 3 at LSpfld (Oct 17) also saw 2 (Oct 24).

*Bufflehead*– fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Oct 29), w/HC = 5 (Oct 31).

*Hooded Merganser*– fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Oct 29), w/ HC = 5(Oct 30).

*Red-breasted Merganser*– fall arrival at LSpfld (Oct 25) w/ HC = 2 (Oct
30).

*Ruddy Duck*– HC = 170 (Oct 30).

*Turkey Vulture*– HC = 152 (Oct 1),-some seen every day of Oct.

*Osprey *– 9 singles and 2 (from Oct 3 – 13).

*Bald Eagle*– HC = 8 (3 adults & 5 immatures) on (Oct 15).

*N. Harrier*– fall arrival ♂ & im at CP (Oct 9) also 2 (Oct 25).

*Sharp-shinned Hawk*– HC = 2 (Oct 18 & 29).

*Cooper’s Hawk*– HC = 2 (10x in Oct ), seen on 20 days.

*Red-shouldered Hawk*– seen or heard at Sangchris (Oct 2, 18 and, 2 on
Oct 29), one at CP/RSP (Oct 13 & 16) and one at the Refuge (Oct 3, 21 & 30).

*Broad-winged Hawk*– last seen, adult flying low over Oak Ridge Cemetery
(Oct 17).

*Red-tailed Hawk*– HC = 8 (Oct 27), w/ a dark phase (Oct 12).

*Am. Kestrel*– HC = 13 (Oct 28).

*Merlin*– 5 singles(Oct 4, 7, 15, 21 & 29) and 2, one at Marine Pt and
one at CP (Oct 14).

*Peregrine Falcon*– at LSpfld:ad (Oct 1), 2 ad (Oct 4) one (Oct 12)

*Ring-neck Pheasant*– one at CP (Oct 16).

*Turkey*– HC = 30 (Oct 4), also 19 (Oct 5).

N. Bobwhite – none!

*Sora *one at TVTower kill (Oct 12).

*Am. Coot*– HC = 600 (Oct 5).

*Sandhill Crane*– fall arrival 2 moving along the east edge of LSpfld
(Oct 15).

*Am. Golden-Plover*– two singles in changing plumage, one at Sangchris
and one at Berry (Oct 2 & 11).

*Killdeer*– HC = 96 (Oct 3).

*Am. Avocet*– 16 at LSpfld and later at the south end (Oct 8) - photo.

*Greater Yellowlegs*– HC = 4 (Oct 23).

*Lesser Yellowlegs*– HC = 7 (Oct 6).

*Solitary Sandpiper*– two at RSP (Oct 9)

*Spotted Sandpiper*– HC = 2 (Oct 6), w / % fall departure (Oct 10).

*Semipalmated Sandpiper*– 6 singles, with latest (Oct 8).

*Western Sandpiper*– fall arrival at Cinder Flats (Oct 5) and %
departure (Oct 19).

*Least Sandpiper*– HC = 8 (Oct 15).

*Pectoral Sandpiper*– HC = 5 (Oct 6).

*Dunlin *– fall arrival at Berlin (Oct 28).

*Stilt Sandpiper*– 9 singles (Oct 6 –28).

*Long-billed Dowitcher*– HC = 10 (Oct 14), w/ % departure (Oct 29).

*Wilson’s Snipe*– HC = 5 (Oct 28).

*Laughing Gull*– one adult in non-breeding at LSpfld (Oct 13).

*Franklin’s Gull*– HC = 21 (Oct 24).

*Bonaparte’s Gull*– HC = 200 (Oct 21 & 26) – not as many as usual.

*Ring-billed Gull*– HC = 2100 (Oct21).

*Herring Gull*– HC = 13 (Oct 11).

*Lesser Black-backed Gull*– on LSpfld, juvenile (Oct 8 - 11) and adult
(Oct 17).

*Caspian Tern*– last seen at Marine Pt (Oct 8).

*Common Tern*– one at LSpfld (Oct 10).

*Forster’s Tern*– HC = 3 (Oct 9).

*Black Tern*– last seen at LSpfld (Oct 13) – also one Oct 10.

*Rock Pigeon*- present

*Eurasian Collared-Dove*- HC = 4 (Oct 29).

*Mourning Dove*– HC = 54 (Oct 4), seen every day but one.

*Black-billed Cuckoo*– feathers were found at the TV tower (Oct 12).

*E. Screech Owl*– one gray phase DOR on east Lake Dr. (Oct 8).

*Great Horned Owl*– one north of Chatham (Oct 6) and one at Marine Pt
(Oct 16).

*Barred Owl*– 5 singles (Oct 9 – 28).

*Chimney Swift*– HC = 32 (Oct 4), w/ fall departure at Oak Ridge Cem.
(Oct 30)- late.

*Belted Kingfisher*– HC = 4 (Oct 6 & 11).

*Red-headed Woodpecker*– HC = 8 (Oct 19), some leaving for winter.

*Red-bellied Woodpecker*– HC = 14 (Oct 19).

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker*– HC = 7 (Oct 14).

*Downy Woodpecker*– HC = 7 (Oct 17, 20 & 30).

*Hairy Woodpecker*– HC = 4 (Oct 9).

*N. Flicker*- HC = 8 (Oct 9).

*Pileated Woodpecker*– HC = 3 (Oct 19).

*E. Wood-Pewee*– 12 singles, w/ fall departure at LSpfld (Oct 17).

*E. Phoebe*– HC = 6 (Oct 9 & 11), last seen 2 at Oak Ridge Cemetery (Oct
25).

*Horned Lark*– HC = 17 (Oct 4).

*Purple Martin*– one ♂ at the beach (Oct 12).

*Tree Swallow*– HC = 925 (Oct 12).

*Barn Swallow*– HC = 6 (Oct 13), w/ last seen at the beach (Oct 29).

*Blue Jay*– HC = 21 (Oct 2).

*Am. Crow*– HC = 165 (Oct 11), roosts at Sangchris and Spfld.

*Fish Crow*– observed and heard at least 3 at Sangchris w/ Am Crows (Oct
29).

*Black-capped Chickadee*– HC = 9 (Oct 16 & 28).

*Tufted Titmouse*– HC = 11 (Oct 17 & 19).

*Red-breasted Nuthatch*– fall arrival 2 near LSpfld (Oct 8), w/ HC = 3
(Oct 20).

*White-breasted Nuthatch*– HC = 10 (Oct 19).

*Brown Creeper*– fall arrival 2 at Carpenter Park (Oct 14) – late, w/ HC
= 4 (Oct 17).

*Carolina Wren*– HC = 9 (Oct 16).

*House Wren*– HC = 6 (Oct 13), w/ fall departure (Oct 19).

*Winter Wren*– fall arrival at Lin Gds (Oct 8), w/HC = 4 (Oct 24).

*Sedge Wren*– last found TV Tower kill (Oct 12).

*Marsh Wren*– last found TV Tower kill (Oct 5), plus one seen Oct 1.

*Golden-crowned Kinglet*– fall arrival 3 at North Pt (Oct 8), w/ HC = 8
(Oct 12).

*Ruby-crowned Kinglet*– HC = 11 (Oct 5) – low #.

*E. Bluebird*– HC = 22 (Oct 6).

*Gray-cheek Thrush*– departure was TV Tower kill (Oct 5).

*Swainson’s Thrush*– HC = 2 (Oct 13) w/ departure (Oct 14).

*Hermit Thrush*– HC = 7 (Oct 25) – low #.

*Wood Thrush*– departure was 2 TV Tower kills (Oct 5).

*Am. Robin*– HC = 66(Oct 4) – low #.

*Gray Catbird*– HC = 15 (Oct 14), w/% fall departure at Cinder Flats
(Oct 22).

*Brown Thrasher*– HC = 4 (Oct 9) w/ departure 3(Oct 14).

*Am. Pipit*– fall arrival 30 near Berlin (Oct 28).

*Cedar Waxwing*– HC = 33 (Oct 28).

*European Starling*– present.

*White-eyed Vireo*– departure at Buckhart (Oct 6).

*Blue-headed Vireo*– HC = 3 (Oct 8), w/ fall departure at Oak Ridge
Cemetety (Oct 23).

*Yellow-throated Vireo*– 3 singles w/ departure at CP (Oct 14)

*Philadelphia Vireo*– fall departure 3 at TV Tower kill (Oct 12).

*Red-eyed Vireo*– HC = 15 (14 TV kill) on (Oct 5),departure TVTower kill
(Oct 12).

*Golden-wing Warbler*– last seen ♀ at CP (Oct 9) - latest ever.

*Tennessee Warbler*– HC = 17 (Oct 8 & 10), w/ fall departure 2 at North
Pt (Oct 24).

*Orange-crowned Warbler*– HC = 8 (Oct 13), w/ % fall departure at Lin
Gds (Oct 30).

*Nashville Warbler*– HC = 5 (Oct 6), w/fall departure at LSpfld (Oct 25).

*N. Parula*– HC = 2 (Oct 10 & 14), w/ fall departure ♂ at North Pt (Oct 20).

*Chestnut-sided Warbler*– HC = 3 (Oct 5), w/ departure at CP (Oct 16).

*Magnolia Warbler*– HC = 10 (Oct 5), w/ fall departure at CP (Oct 14).

**Black-throated Blue Warbler– none this fall – first time ever missed!
Most eastdeflected birds scarce.

*Yellow-rumped Warbler*– HC = 69 (Oct 13) – modest #.

*Black-throated Green Warbler*– HC = 6 (Oct 10), w/fall departure at
North Pt (Oct 21).

*Blackburnian Warbler*– HC = 2 (Oct 10), w/ departure at Marine Pt (Oct 13).

*Palm Warbler*– HC = 49 (Oct 11) - a good diurnal movement in open areas
w/ many birds in soybean and cornfields, and 16 killed at TVTower (Oct
12).Fall departure at Sangchris (Oct 23).

*Bay-breasted Warbler*– HC = 3 (Oct 8), w/ fall departure at Lin Gds
(Oct 15).

*Blackpoll Warbler*– fall departure at North Pt (Oct 5).

*Black & white Warbler*– HC = 3 (Oct 5), w/ fall departure ♂ at CP (Oct 13).

*Am. Redstart*– HC = 7 (Oct 8), w/fall departure ♀ at Lin Gds (Oct 30) -
late.

*Prothonotary Warbler*– departure at North Pt. (Oct 8) – my latest ever
date.

*Ovenbird *– HC = 9 TV Tower kills (Oct 5), fall departure 2 at CP (Oct 13).

*Northern Waterthrush*– 3 singles, w/departure at CP (Oct 13).

*Mourning Warbler*– departure im at Cinder Flats (Oct 10).

*Common Yellowthroat*– HC = 5 (Oct 13), w/ % fall departure 4 at CP (Oct
14).

*Hooded Warbler*– fall departure ♀ at CP (Oct 13) – photo & my latest ever.

*Scarlet Tanager*– 2 singles, w/fall departure at CP (Oct 14).

*N. Cardinal*– HC = 27 (Oct 23).

*Rose-breasted Grosbeak*– HC = 6 (Oct 6), w/fall departure ♂ at RSP (Oct
19).

*Black-headed Grosbeak *– a ♂ (mostly in brown plumage w/brownish buff
supercilium and malar stripe, white patch on wing, and rump and tail
brownish buff –age ? adult ♂ in basic?) at RSP (Oct 9).

*Indigo Bunting*– HC = 11 (Oct 9), w/ fall departure at North Pt (Oct 15).

*E. Towhee*– HC = 6 (Oct 13), w/% departure 4 at WP & Oak Ridge (Oct 27).

*Chipping Sparrow*– HC = 35 (Oct 27).

*Field Sparrow*– HC = 6 (4X in Oct), w/% departure (Oct 29).

*Vesper Sparrow*– HC = 3 (Oct 4 & 23), w/ last seen (Oct 23).

*Savannah Sparrow*– HC = 12 (Oct 23).

*Fox Sparrow*– fall arrival at CP (Oct 16), w/ HC = 2 (Oct 25 & 29)-
very low #.

*Song Sparrow*– % fall migrants (Oct 9), w/HC = 9 (Oct 18).

*Lincoln’s Sparrow*– HC = 7 (Oct 9), last seen 3 (Oct 14) – left early.

*Swamp Sparrow*– HC = 24 (Oct 14).

*White-throated Sparrow*– HC = 46 (Oct 25) – low #.

*White-crowned Sparrow*– HC = 24 (Oct 23) – low #.

*Dark-eyed Junco*– fall arrival at Cinder Flats (Oct 5) – late, w/HC =
142 (Oct 25).

*Red-winged Blackbird*– HC = 3203 (Oct 28).

*E. Meadowlark*– HC = 11 (Oct 11) w/ most gone by (Oct 25).

*Rusty Blackbird*– fall arrival♀ at Cinder Flats (Oct 25).

*Common Grackle*– HC = 5000 (Oct 30).

*Brown-headed Cowbird*– HC = 2040 (Oct 24).

*Baltimore Oriole*– one straggler at North Pt (Oct 8).

*Purple Finch*– fall arrival at LSpfld (Oct 31).

*House Finch*– HC = 23 (Oct 1).

*Common Redpoll*– im ♀ (w/ red forehead, yellow bill, and black chin –
first winter bird) at Rochester sewer pond (Oct 31) – my earliest ever
in fall.

*Pine Siskin*– fall arrival at Sangchris (Oct 18).

*Am. Goldfinch*– HC = 160 (Oct 18).

*House Sparrow*- present

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow*– HC = 5 (Oct 11).

Total field days = 31

Total hours in October 2017 = 279

Total species for October 2017 = 177

October 2017 was warm until October 26, w/ 9 days in the 80s & 11 days
in the 70s. However, there were 6 days in the 50s or lower and the
night-time lows starting with 33° on October 25 (with the lowest low
23°on October 29) changed the picture and ushered out many passerine
migrants and brought in some of the later waterfowl. The drought was
ended with a total of 5.24 inches of rain this month, although most
areas still had low water levels in Sangamon County. The drizzling and
foggy weather produced two more TV Tower kills at WICS tower (October 5
& 12) which still has red stationary lights instead of flashing strobe
lights - which kill many fewer birds. I discovered this fact in 1986 and
wrote a report to the Ornithological community, which they ignored until
2003, and that cost the world 100,000,000 birds (mostly Neotropical
migrants).

Sparrows and ducks were late, and sparrows were alarming low in numbers
(local?).

*H. David Bohlen*

*Illinois State Museum*

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Date: 11/9/17 11:19 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & A Bad Backache! Thursday 11-9-17
Hello Bird People,

Today the plan was to look for Crossbills & Redpolls at the Botanic
Garden & then head to the Fort Sheridan Hawk Watch as the winds were
favorable for hawk migration. But by 9:30 a.m. I suddenly found myself
with a pretty bad backache & for no apparent reason either. Sat on a
bench for 30 min but that did not make things better so I skipped the
hawk watch & went home as I need to be ready for the long Illinois
Beach field trip on Saturday which will feature a long walk on tough
surfaces.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:20-10:50 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (5, scattered)
D.C. Cormorant (only 1 left & at the B.Brown Pond)
Canada Goose (3 groups for a total of 355)
Mallard (36)
Gadwall (1-M & 4-F all at the B.Brown Pond)
Hooded Merganser (2-M also at the B.Brown Pond)
NORTHERN HARRIER (1-F huntng)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD soaring)
Coots (7 in 1 group)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (4) Gulls
Rock Pigeon (1 fly-by)
Mourning Dove (also 1 fly-by)
Belted Kingfisher (1 diving in the backwaters area)
Downy Woodpecker (heard 1)
Flicker (heard 1)
Blue Jay (2)
Chickadee (4)
W.B. Nuthatch (heard 1)
Robins (8-10)
MARSH WREN (1, only found it as it was busy making scolding sounds &
finally came into view)
Dark Eyed Junco (6-8)
PINE SISKIN (12-14)
Goldfinch (25-30)
House Sparrow (3-4)
In addition to no Crossbills & Redpolls there were no remaining Great
Blue Herons & Wood Ducks either which was somewhat surprising.

Along with roadside Starlings I only saw 26 species today on my pain
shortened day.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the late Marsh Wren & Runner-Up to the Northern Harrier.
Fancy Pants Bird Of The Day to the always nice looking Hooded Mergs.

License Plate Of The Day to one from North Dakota parked by the Half
Priced Books store.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Date: 11/9/17 10:55 am
From: John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Dekalb County Longspurs and Horned Larks
Was driving through Dekalb County this AM. Saw a good size flock of Longspurs and Horned Larks along Hinkley Rd south of Perry. Saw smaller flocks in other places. 
John HeneghanDekalb County
 

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Date: 11/9/17 9:03 am
From: Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Springbrook Northern Shrike and Longspurs
I sighted a Northern Shrike at Springbrook Prairie in Naperville, DuPage County, this morning.  The shrike was perched in some trees west of Crooked Slough.  I also had about a dozen Lapland Longspurs that were foraging in a mowed area further to the west.  There also was a flyover flock of about 100 longspurs and some horned larks.
Joe SucheckiNaperville
 

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Date: 11/9/17 7:33 am
From: Sue Friscia <q4birds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Oops
HI all I was given the wrong link for Wes' memorial, try this one: I Love My Preserve - Forest Preserve District of Cook County

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Date: 11/9/17 4:14 am
From: <annettemcclellan...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Large Grebes
Hello Birder's,
As you know, I have put myself in the position that no birder wants to be in, seeing a rare bird alone without a camera. I woke up this morning like a college student with a hangover-"Did I really post that??" But I did because it is what I saw and to keep it to myself would be just as wrong as making an ID mistake. So if you rush up to look for Western/Clark's Grebe in lake County today, enjoy all the birds and back me up when you see those Clark's Grebes.


Good Birding,


Annette McClellan
 

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Date: 11/8/17 8:41 pm
From: A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tundra Swans, Carroll County
Hundreds of Tundra Swans are on the Miss. River at the Spring Lake area,
south of Savanna, IL. The diving ducks are down, Canvasbacks, etc.

Flocks of Lapland Longspurs near the Federal Prison, Thomson, IL. They are
installing lines of Solar panels there at the prison!

At Lock & Dam 13 were some Common Loons, and a flock of Bonaparte Gulls
were at the Dam area. Lots of ducks way out (need scope).

Had a White Deer (buck) along a country road. Protected by law (checked
with the Fish and Wildlife). Saw a white Bluebird in that area weeks ago!

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)

 

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Date: 11/8/17 8:13 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Short-eared Owl - Montrose
Terrific photos. Some of your best.
Chuck Berman


On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 7:55 PM Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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> There were hardly any people at Montrose late this morning and as I was
> leaving, this Short-eared Owl came out to hunt. I thought I was fairly
> hidden, but the photos show this bird tracked me from far away. It hunted
> the upper prairie and then the dunes, before the crows chased it higher
> into the sky.
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> https://franmorel.smugmug.com/2017-Day-to-Day/2017-11-08-Short-eared-Owl-Montrose/
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> Fran Morel
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Date: 11/8/17 5:55 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Short-eared Owl - Montrose
There were hardly any people at Montrose late this morning and as I was
leaving, this Short-eared Owl came out to hunt. I thought I was fairly
hidden, but the photos show this bird tracked me from far away. It hunted
the upper prairie and then the dunes, before the crows chased it higher
into the sky.

https://franmorel.smugmug.com/2017-Day-to-Day/2017-11-08-Short-eared-Owl-Montrose/

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Date: 11/8/17 3:13 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South Unit, Hosah Park & North Point Marina Wed 11-8-17
Hello Bird People,

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

Covered this place by myself at 1st & later with Annette McClellan,
Andy Stewart & Steve Mulhall.
On the pier were 85 Herring Gulls & 2 Mallards swimming along the
rocks. No Harlequins nor Purple Sandpipers yet. In the backwater inlet
were Canada Geese (13), Mallard (8) & Gadwall (13).
Only 1 Herring Gull on the beach, nothing else & saw almost no land
birds in the park.

Illinois Beach South Unit (8:45-10:45 a.m.)

Annette & Andy here too but Annette soon left. Andy & I walked all the
way to the river mouth where the large Redhead & Scaup flock
continues. Along the lake we saw the following:

RED THROATED LOON (1, good look at 1 swimming in the lake)
Horned Grebe (2)
Canada Goose (8)
Mallard (5)
Green Winged Teal (1)
Redheads (again about 500)
Greater & Lesser Scaup (Total = 150)
Ring Necked Duck (6)
LONG TAILED DUCK (1-F)
BLACK SCOTER (6-F in 1 group)
Buflehead (12)
Hooded Merganser (1-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (~50 flying back & forth)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (a few of each flying by)
On the actual beach were Crows (~30) & SNOW BUNTINGS (17)
Flying over the beach were Sandhill Crane (1) & Horned Lark (1)

Hosah Park (11:15-11:35 a.m.)

Annette sent a message to Andy saying she had found 2 Grebes that
seemed to large ones with yellow bills but later told Andy that she
could not re-find them. Andy & I arrived soon thereafter but Annette
was gone & although we found 3 groups of 2 Horned Grebes we found no
large Grebes.
Perhaps Annette got photos?

North Point Marina (from the south side only) (noon-1 p.m.)

Four more Horned Grebes in the lake & in the harbor itself the gang of
Herring Gulls is up to about 400 with only a few Ring Bills mixed in.
No ducks in the harbor but 100's of Red Breasted Mergansers were in
the lake along with more Gulls.

Bird-Of-The-Day for me goes to the Long Tailed Duck
& Runners-Up to the Red Throated Loon & the Black Scoters.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Delaware seen on the Tri-State on
the drive up.

Al Stokie
In N.E. Lake County today


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Date: 11/8/17 1:54 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Grove pine siskins 11/7/17 cook
Yesterday a small flock landed abruptly in an oak tree. They were very antsy and quick but I was able to ID 2 or more pine siskins and one goldfinch. They moved on and I didn't see them later.

Also bluebird, great blue heron and a record 49 mallards on one small area eating duckweed. Otherwise several red bellied woodpeckers, downies, chickadee, juncos, one white throated sparrow.

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Date: 11/8/17 12:08 pm
From: Sue Friscia <q4birds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Wes Serafin
Sue Friscia here. I'm working with the forest preserve to have a memorial bench and sinage for Wes at Orland south.  The more money that is contributed to honor Wes, the more we can do.
All donations can be sent to: Forest Preserve Foundation69 W. Washington, Suite 2040Chicago, IL 60602 They can also accept gifts online: https://forestpreservefoundation.org/give/Make sure you say the donations are for Wes Serafin. All donations are tax deductible, if you send a check, you will receive a receipt in the mail.
Please contact me if there are any questions. Also, feel free to share this info with any publications or newsletters you think pertinent. I also have a picture of the spot we want to use, if you need it, let me know.
Thanks Sue

 

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Date: 11/8/17 9:21 am
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ross's Goose. - Sycamore DeKalb County
The Ross's is still present in the same spot by the retention pond as it
was Monday. Lot more cackling geese have arrived.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Date: 11/8/17 6:31 am
From: John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Siskins in Yorkville
I went to Hoover Outdoor center in Yorkville in Kendall Cty on 11/7 to look for Crossbills. There is an abundance of pine and fir with cones. While checking the trees, a large flock of 50 or so siskins landed to enjoy the cones. Also checked Silver Springs State Park. No Crossbills. We continue to have large flocks of Siskins at home on the thistle feeders. 
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane Cty
 

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Date: 11/7/17 1:54 pm
From: Vicky Sroczynski <vsroczynski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cook Co Saganashkee Slough WW Scoters (2)
Hi there is a pair of White-winged Scoters at Sag Slough, resting and hiding their heads much of the time, but one of the pair stretched and showed a white secondary patch. There are also several Common Loons, L. Scaup, Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks, Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers, Buffleheads, and Pied-billed Grebes. Currently there are 15 Bonaparte’s Gulls also.

Vicky Sroczynski
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Date: 11/7/17 12:38 pm
From: Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Naperville Redpoll, Siskins, Purple Finch
I started up my bird feeders at  my home in Naperville, Will County, over  the weekend and was pleased to see a Pine Siskin and a Purple Finch show up within hours.
This afternoon I looked out to find about 20 siskins and one male Common Redpoll at the feeders.  Good start for the feeding season.
Joe SucheckiNaperville
 

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Date: 11/7/17 12:27 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #12 & A Better Watch Than Most! Tuesday 11-7-17
Hello Bird People,

Tried yet another Gillson Lake Watch & did better than the previous
ones mainly for 2 reasons which were the wind was more N.E. than
yesterday's north winds & today there were more "lake watchers" of
proven abilities & more watchers often means more birds found. Arrived
at 7:15 a.m. & Ted Wolff was already there & soon we were joined by
Jeff Sanders & John Leonard. Then Craig Taylor also arrived having
tracked down a Redpoll at Montrose earlier in the a.m. Later the 2nd
shift of Vickie S, Davidia K & Scott L arrived & they were still there
when I left at 11 a.m. so perhaps they'll have more to report later
on. Here's my Lake Watch list:

Common Loon (15-20 flying south both high & low)
RED THROATED LOON (1 flying with a Common Loon showing the size
difference & head shape)
Canada Geese (a flock landed in the lake)
TUNDRA SWAN (25-30 flying south in all their "whiteness" but could
have been closer)
Mallard (a few fly-bys)
Redhead (15-20 flying south)
Greater & Lesser Scaup (Total of about 75 with a few of each species
showing which they were)
BLACK SCOTER (1 flying south with 2 W.W. Scoters)
WHITE WINGED SCOTER (2 with the Black Scoter & later 1 with Scaup & Mergansers)
Common Goldeneye (~25 with most flying in small groups of 5 or less)
Red Breasted Mergansers (Even more than yesterday's 500 with maybe as
many as 1000 today)
Ring Billed Gull (~20 on the beach & a few flying)
Herring Gull (15-20 flying over the lake)
And of course another 1000 far away "duck species?" Even with more
east in the wind direction many, many ducks continue to fly by very
far out over the lake.

I should mention that Ted W had 2 LONG TAILED DUCKS go by fairly close
to shore before anyone else arrived. I had hoped to see more but we
did not.

Thanks go to the Red Throated Loon for being so kind as to catch up
with the previously seen Common Loon & then fly with it so we could
see the comparisons we needed to make the I.D.

And so Bird-Of-The-Day for me goes to that Red Throated Loon &
Runner-Up goes to the Tundra Swans & the White Winged Scoters as they
were my 1st Fall sightings. I guess I will also mention that after
almost 4 hours in the wind I was ready to quit for the day. I am
fairly hardy with dealing with the wind & cold but I had had enough
this time.

Al Stokie
Enjoying another Lake Watch in Cook County today


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Date: 11/7/17 8:59 am
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET N. Shrike - Adams Co.
The Northern Shrike is still present north of Quincy. See Delorme Atlas
page 57. Directions: Go to Canton Chute Access turnoff which is 
Knapheide Rd. and go west. When you come to Lyter Rd. turn right which
is north. The N. Shrike has been seen daily since Saturday and always
within a few hundred yards of the intersection. It can be found on the
power/telephone line or dead snags.

Phil Reyburn

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Date: 11/7/17 8:06 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard WT sp

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Hi friends,
The Wt sparrows have left. Just one left, two days ago had about 15.
Heard a song this morning but didn't know the bird. Will keep looking and listening for it.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 11/6/17 1:42 pm
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ross's & Cackling Geese - Sycamore - DeKalb County
This afternoon there was one ross's goose and about a dozen cackling geese
mixed in with the canadas at the Camden Crossings townhouse subdivision at
the intersection of Peace Rd. and Rte. 23. The retention pond where the
birds were is across the street from a Jewel.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Date: 11/6/17 12:51 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #11 Plus 3 Small Inland Lakes Monday 11-6-17
Hello Bird People,

Once again a day of predicted N.E. winds turned into north winds in
the a.m. followed by N.E. winds after mid day. Along with Jeff Sanders
& John Leonard I waited until 10:30 a.m. when the winds were still
straight north. But birds still migrate on north winds it's just that
without an easterly component they aren't blow in close to shore for
better viewing. So although many ducks flew by most were not close
enough for good viewing. Here's my list of not very exciting migrants:

Gillson Park Lake Watch #11 (7:15-10:30 a.m.)

Horned Grebe (1 fly-by)
Mallard (10 fly-bys in 1 group)
Redhead (2 flocks for a total of 16)
Greater Scaup (8 fly-bys)
Scaup Species? (~50)
Common Goldeneye (5 or 6, closer than most of the ducks)
Red Breasted Merganser (about 500, our most common duck)
(100's more ducks too far out to I.D.)
Dark Winged Scoter (2 but far out)
Sanderling (1 landed on the beach & stayed a few minutes)
Dunlin (3 fly-bys)
Nearby land birds were KESTREL (1-M), Crow (1), Starling (3), Junco
(~15) & House Sparrow (2)

Skokie Lagoons From Forest Way Drive (10:45-11 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (groups of 3 & 2)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Goose (22)
Red Tailed Hawk (1)
(No ducks at all)

After lunch I made short stops at Heritage Park, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake.
Heritage Park had Coots (10), Mallards (74), Canada Geese (356). R.B.
(71) & Herring (2) Gulls

Beck Lake had P.B. Grebe (1), Canada Geese (32), Mallard (1-F) & Ring
Billed Gulls (82)

Big Bend Lake had Canada Geese (33), Mallard (26), Ring Billed (3) &
Herring (1) Gulls

Not 1 migrant duck at the last 4 locations visited.

Nothing to brag about today but Bird-Of-The-Day will be the nice
looking male Kestrel
& Runners-Up to the close in Goldeneye which were the 1st of that
species I've seen this Fall.
Not much but the best I can do today.

Al Stokie
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Date: 11/6/17 9:27 am
From: Brendon Lake <brendonlake10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red Crossbills - DeKalb Co.
Just had 11 calling Red Crossbills fly over me at the Somonauk Point Picnic Area parking lot at Shabbona Lake State Park. They circled the lot then flew across the lake towards the campground.
Brendon Lake Currently in DeKalb County 

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Date: 11/6/17 3:44 am
From: Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET CBC dates
Yes, it’s that festive time of year drawing near where thoughts of cool CBC birds start dancing in our heads. On that poetic note, we need to update our CBC map on the IOS events page. Please send your CBC date for 2017 to me or Matthew Cvetas. Include updated contact info, also, if necessary, please. Thanks in advance!

Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
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Date: 11/5/17 9:38 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Saw-whet owl
A tip of the cap to Chuck as he clued me into Loud Thunder Forest Preserve (Rock Island County), a location I hadn't hear of before, even though I've passed thru this area in various times in the past. Loud Thunder FP had excellent Fall color yesterday, better than most parts of IL. It seems like its being managed well, even many fruit tree plantings present, which contributed to the 90+ waxwings/30+ robins here. I can picture a Varied Thrush visiting here someday....

I did explore the site late Saturday afternoon for potential Northern Saw-whet Owls and created a 9 stop route, including around where Chuck had his a while back, then starting at dusk I ran the route. The spot that had the best looking habitat for a NSWO was were I had the 1st one, the owl giving the 'poodle bark' call (sounds a little like 'nyuk'). I most likely had a 2nd one later, but hunters in a truck came barreling into the parking lot as the owl gave its scream and it never called again, so couldn't get a 100% ID. I did have 3 Barred Owls reacting to the tape, along with numerous White-tailed Deer (2 bucks) and a pack of Coyotes barking all together (which can be intimating when they are fairly close).


Since I'm on the NSW owl topic, its worth highlighting that Screech and Barred can give screams that are very similar to NSWO's. In fact, I've had to reevaluate a couple of my personal reports from years ago, as I have quite a bit of new experience on this. I also suspect there's a number of eBird reports from the last 5-10 years that are also misID's of NSWO, from folks who just heard an unusual scream. Here's a few helpful tips, so you don't get overly excited until you have sufficient proof you have a NSWO:


1) Barred's that scream back at NSWO recordings will always (100% in my personal experience) follow the scream with their 'who cooks for you' song. That sounds simple enough, except that the scream is very loud (sounds a little louder than NSWO, but slightly less piercing) and the song is very soft. When playing a Barred recording (or calling them in using your voice imitation), their song is much louder. For some reason its quite soft after giving a loud scream. The problem with this is a birder can easily feel there's 2 owls out there, the scream being a NSWO, followed by the softer (i.e. 'more distant') BrOwl. However, its the same owl, a Barred jarring you with the scream and then for some reason giving its faint response.


2) E. Screech Owls will also do the same thing as noted above with Barreds. Its scream is slightly less loud and piercing than NSWO (granted, if you don't have field experience with any of these owls doing that wild scream, then its hard to separate the slight differences). If you get what sounds like a NSWO scream followed by an ESO tremelo song, then its extremely likely one and the same bird (I do believe I had a one time experience where there was a NSWO screaming back to my recording and then 2 ESO's came flying in to give their tremelo which drove the NSWO away). If you get an ESO very soon after the NSWO, then you shouldn't count the 'screamer' as a NSWO until you get a visual ID via flashlight or you get the owl to call again using a different known NSWO call. I would also encourage you to update/correct any past eBird reports if this situation describes what you experienced in the field, as I firmly believe there is data out there on NSWO's that are actually ESO's. Over the last couple years, I've seen experienced NSWOers make this mistake and were shocked to experience how similar sounding the ESO scream can mimic the known NSWO scream.


3) Another quite useful item is to note where the scream is coming from. The majority of NSWO's I've gotten are from less than 5 feet from the ground and the vast majority under 10 feet. Thus, if you get a loud screaming owl that sounds like your NSWO recording... but its 15 feet or higher in the tree, then that location is a very strong mark against your ID! NSWO hunt and feed most of the night around 2-4 feet off the ground and in my experience do not come flying up high into trees just to scream back at you. I know I've had just a couple (and have found just a couple overnight roosting) 15 feet or higher, but generally speaking, you should be thinking ESO or Barred if higher than 15 feet and you'll want to get additional confirmation you actually have a NSWO. Of course, if a Barred or ESO starts to call minutes later from the same general area that you thought you had a NSWO screaming at you, then well, I would actually encourage a different thought process.


Hopefully the above few notes will help increase NSWO night time IDing. Right now is a great time for NSWO migration in N. IL and they should be peaking this week in C. IL.


Eric Walters
Grandview, MO/Zion, IL



---In <ILbirds...>, <cwleib@...> wrote :

I heard my fos saw-whet owl yesterday morning while camping at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. Also a red-shouldered hawk.


Chuck
Milan, Rock Island county






 

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Date: 11/5/17 9:08 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Big River State Forest Red Crossbills flocks
I visited Henderson County's Big River State Forest, hoping to find Red Crossbills today and I could barely get out of my car at the first stop when I was swarmed with a large flock. In all, I had 92 Red Crossbills from 4 different locations! Flock sizes ranged from 16-36 and three flocks perched nearby, two of which stayed put for good views, that last of which I was able to get some nice photos and more importantly video with audio, so I'll soon enough be able to figure out which 'Type' they were.


All the flocks I had were feeding/perching/preening in White Pines, which from what I've read here on IBET, that's where everyone is getting them thus far this Fall. Thus, my guess is they are likely all the same 'Type'.


Big River SF had lots of White Pines with cones, so while this species is nomadic, I wouldn't be surprised if some stay to overwinter here, since there seems to be more than enough food supply for large numbers. In fact, I only spent less than 2 hours, half the time in drizzle/rain and didn't even cover 1/3rd of this State Forest and still almost had 100 crossbills, so there could be hundreds out there right now. Thus, Red Crossbills have made it halfway down in IL, so time to look for them in Central IL White Pine plantations. Parts of Southern IL could even have some now as there's currently a small flock on the southeast side of Kansas City, MO that is exciting the folks in that area.


Purple Finch, 5 getting late Yellow-rumped Warblers and many happily feeding and cheerfully calling Red-breasted Nuthatches were the other highlights here.


Eric Walters
Grandview, MO/Zion, IL
 

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Date: 11/5/17 8:59 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lock and Dam 19
Hancock County's Lock and Dam 19 late this Nov 5th afternoon:
I had less than 30 minutes to check the dam area and there were plenty more birds than I had time to sort through, about 4500 waterfowl/2300 gulls (Ruddy Duck and Ring-billed were the largest concentrations). Best waterbird was a white phase Snow Goose. Best gull was a 1st winter Franklin's Gull. Probably other goodies to be found, if only more time was available.


Eric Walters
Grandview, MO/Zion, IL
 

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Date: 11/5/17 8:55 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Rock Island County gulls
Late Sunday, I didn't see any of the bigger gulls (even very few Herrings present) here, but there were plenty of Ring-bills, along with 1st winter Franklin's Gull perched on the dock with them. Soon after, 7 more Franklin's came in from downriver, but were soon driven away by a fisherman boat who drove right up to the docks. The original Franklin's did come back to sit on the docks with the RB's.

This is nice overlook to gulls on the dock, very close as well, worth a short visit if you're driving in the area. Thanks to Steve for introducing this location.


Eric Walters
Grandview, MO/Zion, IL


---In <ILbirds...>, <sfreed111@...> wrote :

This afternoon at Schiebert Park on the riverfront in Rock Island there was an adult California Gull. There was also one first year Iceland Gull and two first year Thayer’s type Gulls. All these birds were present when I left and viewed very close range.
I’ll post photos on eBird later probably tomorrow.
Steve Freed
Rock Island County




 

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Date: 11/5/17 5:04 pm
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Northern Shrike - Adams County
Yesterday afternoon Pat and I received news that an area farmer, while
stock-chopping a corn field, had kicked up a couple of Short-eared Owls.
And knowing that a few years back Adam and I had had a Short-eared Owl
nearby, we decided to check out the lead. Cutting to the chase, we saw a
Short-eared Owl. A nice year bird in what has been a down year.

On the way home I opted to go through the Canton Chute access area and
look for a N. Harrier. No luck, but we did get a look at a Shrike
(noticed bobbing tail). Since I didn't make a positive ID, I just
mentioned it in passing to Jason Mullins.

Jason was in the area today, and found the bird and positively
identified it as a Northern Shrike. See Ebird  photos. Adam saw the bird
too.

Canton Chute is in what is known locally as the "north bottoms."

Phil Reyburn

Quincy. Adams Co.



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Date: 11/5/17 2:25 pm
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Evanston North Shore Bird Club Field Trip, Nov. 18 - no sightings

EVANSTON NORTH SHORE BIRD CLUB NOVEMBER FIELD TRIP
Saturday, November 18 8:00a.m.
48th Annual Jeff Sanders Fall Specialty Trip, North ShoreLakefront
Note: This program wasoriginally scheduled for Sunday, November 19.

Northwestern, Gillson Park, Maple Park, Tower Road Park, Park Ave.,Rose Beach in Highland Park, andother areas as time permits. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Gillson Park Beach House in Wilmette, off Sheridan Road.We will carpool from there. Bring scopes and dress for cold lake wind. Leader:Jeff Sanders, <yellowstart5...>, 847-657-6431.

 

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Date: 11/5/17 12:05 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Beach & Dunes, Hedge Area & Harbor Sunday 11-5-17
Hello Bird People,

Montrose (7:15-10:45 a.m.)

Spent the 1st 2 hours doing the beach & dunes, 45 min at the hedge
area & 30 min at the harbor.
Probably due to the east winds of late land birds were not common. The
entire length of the public & protected beaches are loaded with as
much "seaweed green glop" as I've seen anywhere but as it is November
not many shorebirds were there to take advantage of it although a few
did. By 10:30 a.m. the rain began & so I gave up by 10:45. If you
don't care to check my entire list I'll mention that the highlights
included Black Scoter (seen by others), Short Eared Owl, 15-20 Dunlin
& Snow Buntings. And I should mention that I did not see 1 single dog
on the public beach.

Montrose Beach & Dunes

D.C. Cormorant (2 in the lake)
Canada Goose (47 in the lake & on the flooded beach)
Mallard (72 swimming & on the beach)
Ring Necked Duck (1-F)
(The large white domestic duck was with the Mallards & Coots)
Coots (89-90 swimming & digging in the "green glop")
Ring Billed (25) & Herring (6) Gulls (on the beach)
Sanderling (1 hanging with the Dunlin most of the time)
Dunlin (16-20)
SHORT EARED OWL (1 flying over the dunes, beach & lake)
SNOW BUNTING (8-10, by the start of the fishing pier)

Andrew A saw 1 BLACK SCOTER fly by & another birder had a photo of 2
or 3 also flying by.
I missed them all.

Not much to talk about in the hedge area but a flock of about 20
Goldfinch was eating seeds near the "water feature" & I checked them
carefully but found no Siskins or Redpolls. Later Fran M was going to
check again as he thought he may have heard a Redpoll but was not
sure.

Only the usual stuff in the harbor including 4 Cormorants, Canada
Geese, Mallards & Gulls.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the graceful flying Short Eared Owl & Runner-Up to
the Snow Buntings which was 1 of my 2 targets for today. The 2nd
target species was Franklin's Gull which unsurprisingly I did not see.

Al Stokie
Along the Chicago lakefront in Cook County today


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Date: 11/5/17 1:42 am
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose violators
Every time I call police for Montrose Point, I have to give a detailed
explanation of where it is and how to get there.



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Date: 11/4/17 8:48 pm
From: Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red Crossbills at Swallow Cliff

This afternoon (Saturday) I saw at least 8 Red Crossbills at the Swallow Cliff parking area. This is the lot that is located in Palos Park at LaGrange Road and 119th St.

I saw them fly over the area calling, then saw them land in a tall evergreen with pine cones.

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Date: 11/4/17 7:15 pm
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Garden of the Gods Harlan's RTHA 11/4
While taking pics among the throngs at Garden of the Gods around 2:00 PM, I
spotted a dark-morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk flying overhead, the silvery
tail and dark chest mottled with white proving distinctive. I snapped three
terrible photos of it as it flew out of sight.

Jared Gorrell
Was in Saline County

 

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Date: 11/4/17 5:09 pm
From: Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
Should this 3 call notification process be followed for the same violations
at other Chicago Parks most notably Jackson Park?

Thanks,

Kathy Noerenberg
Western Springs, Cook County

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>
>
> For years there have been daily violations of the ordinances and posted
> regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including the beach,
> the dunes, and the point. The effort was renewed this year to get the
> Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Care and Control, and the Chicago
> Police Department to enforce the regulations. After months of effort we
> are finally seeing results from that effort.
>
>
> On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago Police Department issued
> two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach, where they are not
> permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.
>
>
> The following week Chicago Park District Security had a run-in with an
> aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with his dog, and in
> fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left when security
> called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.
>
>
> On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnel escorted five dog
> violators off the beach. All claimed that they didn’t know that they
> couldn’t be there with their dogs, at which point security educated them on
> the dog ordinances and explained that if they violate the ordinances again
> they will be cited and they can plead their case in court.
>
>
> There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationed at the beach
> house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to the dog-friendly
> area, and the violators are beginning to understand that they cannot
> continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity.
>
>
> Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.
>
>
> This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so now is the time
> for us to solve this problem once and for all. In order for this to happen
> we need all birders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations
> to call them into the proper authorities. Please follow this protocol, and
> call all three parties:
>
>
> Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193 <(312)%20747-2193>.
>
>
> Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381 <(312)%20747-1381>.
>
>
> Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call the emergency number).
>
>
> Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.
>
>
> Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation (but be
> patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, or
> Montrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.). Be prepared to
> provide a description of both the dog(s) and the dog owner(s). Stay
> around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourself as the
> person who called in the violation.
>
>
> If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is a log of calls,
> including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources,
> and we can make the argument that adequate resources are not being
> allocated for enforcement.
>
> We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, and are finally
> seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in, both to
> get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.
>
>
> We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no
> bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per Luis Munoz, and we’d like
> “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.
>
>
> If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you care about natural
> and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for the law, or
> if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas being disturbed
> by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see. Thanks.
>
>
> Ted Wolff
>
> Cook County
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/4/17 3:45 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET October 2017 Shorebird Statistics
Hello Bird People,

Another birding "rain out" gives me the chance to put out my October
shorebird report quicker than usual. As expected both numbers of
species & individuals are down from previous months as October is not
as big a shorebird month. All sightings are from northern Illinois.
Here's my list:

1. Black Bellied Plover = 1

2. Semipalmated Plover = 5

3. Killdeer = 188

4. Greater Yellowlegs = 11

5. Lesser Yellowlegs = 22

6. Spotted Sandpiper = 1

7. Sanderling = 118

8. Semipalmated Sandpiper = 5

9. Least Sandpiper = 2

10. Baird's Sandpiper = 2 ( two sightings of the same bird)

11. Pectoral Sandpiper = 30

12. Dunlin = 53

13. Long Billed Dowitcher = 10

14. Wilson's Snipe = 45

So that's 14 species & 493 individuals in October 2017

For comparison purposes:

October 2013 had 13 species & 788 individuals

October 2014 had 18 species & 329 individuals

October 2015 had 16 species & 1131 individuals

October 2016 had 14 species & 671 individuals

This will probably be my last shorebird report for 2017 unless
November has more than I think it will & even if it does there won't
be the need for a separate report.

Al Stokie


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Date: 11/4/17 3:23 pm
From: Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Scoters, etc.
The on-again-off-again SURF SCOTERS at NPM were back today. Adam Sell reported 5 this morning, and I had 2 this afternoon, though I think the others were hiding near the rock wall. Also, at the park office of IBSP there were 3 female BLACK SCOTERS feeding very close in the surf.
Also of note were the 1000+ gulls in the harvested cornfields due to all the rain. I searched carefully through the birds but was only able to pick out 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED adults. The largest groups were at Atkinson Rd. In Grayslake and the roundabout at Wadsworth Rd. And Hunt Club Rd.

Bird On!
Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
Lake County


 

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Date: 11/4/17 1:28 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Memorial park Skokie, cook co
A quick 5-minute drive-thru Memorial Park revealed hundreds of dark-eyed
juncos and a couple of red-breasted nuthatches. I'll head back tomorrow and
do a more thorough search.

 

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Date: 11/3/17 9:26 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pomarine Jaeger in Lake County Nov 3rd
Late in the day today I went out to North Point Marina as the winds had shifted to have some easterly component to the north winds. I was hoping to have some uncommon waterfowl fly close to shore at day's end. I did get 3 'dark-winged' Scoter and other common birds, also a Lesser Black-backed Gull roosting with the Herrings in the Marina. But I never thought I'd get a long extended look at a dark phase Pomarine Jaeger - flying north into the winds no less! What I posted in eBird I'm just copying below for those interested.


Also, had a perched Peregrine Falcon at IBSP South entrance road at 4 pm, then had a migrant Peregrine flying over Zion's Shiloh Park soon after that, so seemed like an end of day movement for that species and doubly nice to get good close views of perching and flyby birds.


Eric Walters
Grandview, MO/Zion, IL


Pomarine Jaeger
At 5:31 pm (10 minutes prior to sunset), I saw a dark bird offshore coming from the IBSP/NPM boundary and heading northward. I watched this bird for at least 3 minutes in a scope, it mostly staying in view, even though it was likely going through the troughs of waves. A few times it rose up above the water line, so was able to see it with this cloudy light background.
Bird immediately was noticed as bulky bodied, short tailed and wide wings (where they attached to the body) and very long wings proportionally. It was like a 'Peregrine Nighthawk' in jazz. That is, it seemed to have the body bulk of that falcon, along with an expressed strength and speed (even more evident in that it was forcing its way INTO the strong northerly winds!). At the same time, it has that long, pointed wings with a white marking near the tip of the underwing (seen a few times), like a Nighthawk has.
It made flying into this fairly strong north/northeasterly wind look like a mild exercise, like a hot knife cutting through butter, a totally amazing experience to visually see its strength and power. Sure, it likely benefit from intentionally riding in the wave troughs for much of the time, but still was able to look strong when it rose up above the horizon line, unlike the Herring Gulls that were leaving the marina and heading east out into the lake to roost, being buffeted and having a mild struggle.
The bird was most of the time seen as all dark, except for the occasional view of the white underwing arch near the wingtip. Thus, a dark phase bird. Tail was short, and a couple times it seemed as if the underbody had a tone of dark brown instead of all black, both marking which would fit a juvenile more than an adult. Lighting was quickly waning as sunset was only 7 minutes away when I last saw the bird flying into Wisconsin. I suppose there's still a chance this was an adult dark phase.
The November date also supports Pomarine (and immature) more than Parasitic (and adult), as a high percentage of November and later jaeger sightings in Illinois are of Pomarine.

Why this bird was flying north so quickly, when all other waterfowl offshore was heading south and the gulls going to roost directly east of here. It seemed like it was possessed to get somewhere before sunset, but not sure where/what place that would be so much to its liking. It's also obvious that this bird will have to come back south at some point, very likely back down Lake Michigan.


 

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Date: 11/3/17 8:10 pm
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Klehm Arboretum and Boone Co. Shrike
We had a nice early afternoon outing at Klehm today in Winnebago Co. No
crossbills there or at Greenwood Cemetary where we also checked but I don't
tire of being up close to all the birds at Klehm that love all the berry
trees, pines, and dense understory there.

The best bird of the day for us though was probably the Northern Shrike
that was perched on a wire along Denny Rd. between Garden Prairie Rd. and
Woodstock Rd.

Full list from Klehm is below.

Eric & Sally Secker
West Dundee, Kane Co.


Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Rockford
Nov 03, 2017
1:19 PM
Traveling
2.12 miles
65 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
13 Black-capped Chickadee
9 Red-breasted Nuthatch
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Brown Creeper
5 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
55 American Robin
2 Cedar Waxwing
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
17 Dark-eyed Junco
13 White-throated Sparrow
6 Northern Cardinal
3 Common Grackle
2 Purple Finch
7 Pine Siskin
3 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 23

 

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Date: 11/3/17 7:52 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard YB sapsucker

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38121245702/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Came looking for seeds. Looks awkward on the ground.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
<xxjb7z...>


 

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Date: 11/3/17 7:24 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Lake County Owling
I also went Saw-whet Owling in Lake County, but the prior evening and strictly at IBSP, where I had 2 Saw-whet's in the first two stops. I thought I was on pace to break the record for this site, but only had other owl species the rest of the way. If interested, details are at my ebird post: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40274246 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40274246

Eric Walters
Grandview, MO/Zion, IL
 

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Date: 11/3/17 4:36 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard C. wren

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/24297801278/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Active in the evening, also at 1st light. Watches me at the back window.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
<xxjb7z...>


 

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Date: 11/3/17 1:29 pm
From: Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Owling and Other Stuff
This morning Andy Stewart and I headed out at 4am to see if we could track down a saw-whet owl which was a notoriously difficult bird to find last winter in Lake County. This would be Andy’s year bird #275 to further extend his sole domination of the Lake County Big Year record which he set last year at 269.
We started at McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst and had a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL whining loudly and repeatedly almost immediately in response to the whine from my iPhone. It was close, too…and got closer. The bird called a total of 4 times and we thought it might fly over to us but we vacated the area quickly to let it get back to roosting. With #275 in the bag, we headed out to see what else we could find. Our owl totals for the 5 stops we made were 3 GREAT HORNED OWLS (IBSP), 1 EASTERN SCREECH OWL (Lyons Woods), and 2 N. SAW-WHET OWLS (McD Woods, Bowen Park). The Bowen Park saw-whet gave a couple of high-pitched barks directly across from our vantage point.

Other Highlights of the morning:

3 shorebird sp. (DUNLIN@Waukegan, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS@NPM, Van Patten Woods- Des Plaines River, AMERICAN WOODCOCK with its rapid fluttery wingbeats flying in off the lake at Waukegan)
EARED GREBE continuing in the channel near the pines picnic area@Waukegan. Be patient, though. That bird disappears for extended periods of time.
NORTHERN SHRIKE on the south side of the entrance rd. at NPM.

Alas, I’m 0-5 on Red Crossbill searches, though. Got to Van Patten pretty late, which didn’t help, but the quest for that bird continues…..

Bird On!
Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
Lake County


 

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Date: 11/3/17 12:58 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #10, Techny North & 3 Small Inland Lakes Friday 11-3-17
Hello Bird People,

Old Business

1. The mystery hawk at the Botanic Garden yesterday seems to have been
a young Red Shouldered Hawk & the young of that species are not easily
I.D.ed at least by me.

2. The 1958 Rockabilly song was Oh Susie Darlin' & the singer was
Robin Luke. This was his one & only big hit (#5 on the Billboard
Chart) & later he went on to gain a PhD in business/marketing & become
the head of the marketing dept at a university in Missouri, not what
you'd expect from a 1950's early rock & roller.

New Business

Wind direction predictions change often & so the prediction that
today's winds would be N.E. became north winds until noon or so when
they were again expected to go to the N.E. after all. Tomorrow's winds
were supposed to be from the east but now are supposed to be from the
S.E. You never know what they will end up being until you get there. I
thought the north winds would still send waterfowl south but not be
pushed in toward shore & for most of the time that was the case
although there were fewer migrants than I expected.

Gillson Park Lake Watch #10 (8-10 a.m.)

Arrived at 8 a.m. to find Eric Walters already on duty. Eric has
already reported what birds went by although I did not see all that he
saw. As he mentioned Jeff Sanders & I stayed until 10 a.m. after Eric
left at 9 a.m. We added nothing new but only saw more of what had been
seen before. The most numerous migrant ducks were Redhead followed by
Scaup & Red Breasted Mergansers.
The only highlights were a few Common Loons & the female BLACK SCOTER
flying north with a female Bufflehead. Good job by Eric to pick that
bird out!

Techny Basin North (10:30-11:15 a.m.)

Hadn't been here in a while but Jeff said ducks were arriving so I
gave it a try joined later by Jeff.
Here we saw the following in our 45 min visit:

P.B. Grebe (3)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (also 2)
Canada Goose (4)
Wood Duck (4-M & 1-F)
Mallard (95-100)
American Wigeon (1-F)
Gadwall (15-18)
Shoveler (2-M & 1-F)
Green Winged Teal (14)
Hooded Merganser (1-PR)
Coots (2)
Killdeer (8-9)
Wilson's Snipe (4-5)
Ring Billed Gull (3 flying around)
Our only land birds were American Tree Sparrow (3) & Song Sparrow (1)

After lunch at the Rosemont Culver's I checked Lake Opeka, Axehead
Lake & Belleau Lake.
Birds of interest at Opeka were P.B. Grebe (5) & Hooded Merganser (4).
No interesting birds at Axehead & at Belleau only 1 Y.R. Myrtle Warbler.

Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the close in fly-by female Black Scoter at Gillson.
Runner-Up to the nice looking Gadwall & the female Wigeon both of
which have interesting
feather patterns if you take the time to look closely.

License Plate Of The Day to one from New Hampshire seen in downtown Wilmette.

Al Stokie
Braving the wind in Cook County today


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Date: 11/3/17 12:24 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Elgin Rufous Hummingbird - NO
Although there was a report that someone had it at 8am, repeatedly tanking up, there were birders there from 9:40-noon (I was there from 10:45-noon) without a whiff of the Rufous. The Ruby-throated was periodically visiting the feeders.


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
 

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Date: 11/3/17 11:22 am
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Wilmette's Gillson Park on Nov 3rd
This early morning, I hoped for some waterfowl flights on the north winds. There were appetizers, pretty much all the expected later fall species (loons, Horned grebe, scaup, bufflehead, goldeneye, RB mergansers), but in small numbers and quite far out over the Lake.
Best species was Black Scoter, one flying south close to shore, then about 10 minutes later, a female type flying north with a Bufflehead, also close to shore. That was a nice comparison that I, Alan Stokie and Jeff Sanders were able to enjoy. They stayed later, perhaps even finding other highlights.


West of there, at Skokie Memorial Cemetery (east of Hwy 94), there are many spruce with cones, so if WW Crossbills come south, this place should be checked. Not many pines and few cones, seemingly not likely to hold Red's for long if they do visit. I wasn't even getting a single bird, despite the ok conditions and wondering why, until I finally saw what could have been the main reason - an adult male Merlin perched at the top of a dead tree, on the lookout for a passerine lunch.


Eric Walters
Grandview, MO/Zion, IL
 

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Date: 11/2/17 3:43 pm
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
Julie - This is what City and Park District security officials asked us to do, and so far it's working.  Let's follow their suggested protocol, OK?
Thanks,
Leslie Borns
Chicago/Cook


From: "<julie19571...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
To: <landscape.arch...>
Cc: <ILbirds...>
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 4:56 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS

  My opinion-911 is for emergencies.  Another option could be more practical.  

Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 2, 2017, at 8:33 AM, <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


  For years there have been daily violations of the ordinancesand posted regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including thebeach, the dunes, and the point.  Theeffort was renewed this year to get the Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Careand Control, and the Chicago Police Department to enforce the regulations.  After months of effort we are finally seeingresults from that effort.

On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago PoliceDepartment issued two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach,where they are not permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.
The following week Chicago Park District Security had arun-in with an aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with hisdog, and in fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left whensecurity called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.
On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnelescorted five dog violators off the beach. All claimed that they didn’t know that they couldn’t be there with theirdogs, at which point security educated them on the dog ordinances and explainedthat if they violate the ordinances again they will be cited and they can pleadtheir case in court.
There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationedat the beach house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to thedog-friendly area, and the violators are beginning to understand that theycannot continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity. 
Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.
This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so nowis the time for us to solve this problem once and for all.  In order for this to happen we need allbirders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations to call theminto the proper authorities.  Pleasefollow this protocol, and call all three parties:
Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193.
Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381.
Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call theemergency number).
Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.
Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation(but be patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, orMontrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.).  Be prepared to provide a description of boththe dog(s) and the dog owner(s).  Stay around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourselfas the person who called in the violation.
If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is alog of calls, including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources, and we can make the argument that adequate resources are notbeing allocated for enforcement.

We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, andare finally seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in,both to get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.
We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per LuisMunoz, and we’d like “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.
If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you careabout natural and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for thelaw, or if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas beingdisturbed by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see.  Thanks.
Ted WolffCook County  

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Date: 11/2/17 2:56 pm
From: <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
My opinion-911 is for emergencies.
Another option could be more practical.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 2, 2017, at 8:33 AM, <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> For years there have been daily violations of the ordinances and posted regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including the beach, the dunes, and the point. The effort was renewed this year to get the Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Care and Control, and the Chicago Police Department to enforce the regulations. After months of effort we are finally seeing results from that effort.
>
>
>
> On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago Police Department issued two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach, where they are not permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.
>
>
>
> The following week Chicago Park District Security had a run-in with an aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with his dog, and in fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left when security called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.
>
>
>
> On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnel escorted five dog violators off the beach. All claimed that they didn’t know that they couldn’t be there with their dogs, at which point security educated them on the dog ordinances and explained that if they violate the ordinances again they will be cited and they can plead their case in court.
>
>
>
> There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationed at the beach house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to the dog-friendly area, and the violators are beginning to understand that they cannot continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity.
>
>
>
> Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.
>
>
>
> This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so now is the time for us to solve this problem once and for all. In order for this to happen we need all birders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations to call them into the proper authorities. Please follow this protocol, and call all three parties:
>
>
>
> Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193.
>
>
>
> Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381.
>
>
>
> Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call the emergency number).
>
>
>
> Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.
>
>
>
> Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation (but be patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, or Montrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.). Be prepared to provide a description of both the dog(s) and the dog owner(s). Stay around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourself as the person who called in the violation.
>
>
>
> If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is a log of calls, including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources, and we can make the argument that adequate resources are not being allocated for enforcement.
>
> We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, and are finally seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in, both to get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.
>
>
>
> We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per Luis Munoz, and we’d like “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.
>
>
>
> If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you care about natural and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for the law, or if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas being disturbed by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see. Thanks.
>
>
> Ted Wolff
>
> Cook County
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/2/17 2:23 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Thursday 11-2-17
Hello Bird People,

After 2 days of chasing after Crossbills, Hummingbirds & an Eared
Grebe I decided to tone it down & just head to the CBG to see whatever
might be there. In the back of my mind I knew that I have never seen
Red Crossbills there so that would be fun to look for. But after today
I have still never seen that species at the CBG. Maybe someday but I'm
not holding my breath. Since I only covered one place today I'll do a
complete list. If anyone is interested in old 1950's Rock Music check
the end of this report for a question posed by me.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:45-noon, a long visit)

P.B. Grebe (4)
D.C. Cormorant (2 at the B.Brown Pond)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (2, surprised to see them still here)
Canada Goose (83, all on the Northern Lake)
Wood Duck (14 with most on the B.Brown Pond)
Mallard (21)
Green Winged Teal (2 on the Northern Lake & 3 on B.Brown Pond)
Ring Necked Duck (1-F on B.Brown Pond)
Hooded Merganser (5 males 1st on the Northern Lake but flew to B.Brown
Pond to join 1 female)
Ruddy Duck (2-F)
American Kestrel (1-M)
Coots (7)
Herring Gull (1 in backwaters & 1 fly-by)
Belted Kingfisher (1-M)
Red Bellied & Downy Woodpeckers (1 each)
Blue Jay (6)
Crows (3 fly-bys)
Chickadee (4)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (2)
Brown Creeper (1)
Golden Crowned (2) & Ruby Crowned (1) Kinglets
Robins (25-30)
(No Starlings or Waxwings today)
Cardinal (1-M & 2-F)
Eastern Towhee (1-M)
American Tree Sparrow (2)
NELSON'S SPARROW (1, a good look but a brief one, getting late for this species)
Fox Sparrow (3)
Song (2) & Swamp (4) Sparrows
White Throated (2) & White Crowned 2-IM) Sparrows
Dark Eyed Junco (40-45, the most common bird today)
PINE SISKIN (4, on Spider Island)
Goldfinch (~15 with most on Spider Island)
(The Birch Trees are ready for Finches but not many here yet & no Redpolls)
House Sparrow (3-4)
(Also had a strange Hawk in a tree which I haven't figured out yet &
may never figure out.
Where are those Hawk Watch people when you need one? Probably at a
Hawk Watch I guess.)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the somewhat late Nelson's Sparrow my 2nd at the
CBG this Fall.
Runners-Up to the few Siskins which were well seen.

Considering Old Rock Music

While at Half Priced Books writing down titles of history books I
might buy at next weeks big discounted book sale I heard an old 50's
song I don't even hear on Oldies Stations any more.
I soon remembered the title & soon after I also remembered the singer,
which was a tougher assignment. The chorus goes like this:

Oh Susie Darlin' I thought you knew
You meant all the world to me
All my dreams come true

This song is considered to be Rockabilly music as was much of 50's
music as in Buddy Holly &
Elvis. It was from 1958 & the singer went on to get a PhD & become the
head of Marketing at a university. He had no other big hits & was sort
of a "one hit wonder".

You can probably guess the title from the chorus I gave you but if you
can guess the singer then I will be impressed. You will also need to
be not be very young if you know so you may not want to admit that you
remember. Of course you can just google the chorus & you'll know
everything but I wondered if anyone would know without cheating. I can
think of a couple of experts on old music that may remember. No need
to tell me if you know but knowing you know is your reward.

Al Stokie
Resident musicologist


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Date: 11/2/17 1:40 pm
From: <malango...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS

Criminal activity is 911 (circle jerks, dope, drinking, etc..) People walking around aimlessly and bicycles call security.

Luis Muñoz


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To: "Leslie Borns" <cakile...>
Cc: "landscape arch" <landscape.arch...>, <ILbirds...>
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 12:39:19 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS

 



Just to be clear, this addresses the dog issues. What about bikes and cruiser activity? Are we calling 911 for these and other issues as well?


Fran Morel


Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 2, 2017, at 9:28 AM, Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] < <ILbirds-noreply...> > wrote:




 



Adding to Ted’s good news, the Montrose dog owner’s association, MONDOG, has joined and strongly supports our efforts to bring about dog ordinance enforcement.   MONDOG recently posted a special message on its website including photos of the recent dog-killing-Stilt-Sandpiper incident and urging its members to respect the rules and regulations at Montrose Beach and natural areas.   Indeed, lawful dog owners at Montrose are just as frustrated and intimidated by the extreme behavior often exhibited by the violators as birders and other users are.


Demand largely determines allocation of resources.   Keep those 911 calls coming!


Leslie Borns
Chicago/Cook










From: " <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds]" < <ILbirds-noreply...> >
To: <ILbirds...>
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:34 AM
Subject: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS




 




For years there have been daily violations of the ordinances and posted regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including the beach, the dunes, and the point.   The effort was renewed this year to get the Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Care and Control, and the Chicago Police Department to enforce the regulations.   After months of effort we are finally seeing results from that effort.




On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago Police Department issued two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach, where they are not permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.


The following week Chicago Park District Security had a run-in with an aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with his dog, and in fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left when security called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.


On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnel escorted five dog violators off the beach.  All claimed that they didn’t know that they couldn’t be there with their dogs, at which point security educated them on the dog ordinances and explained that if they violate the ordinances again they will be cited and they can plead their case in court.


There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationed at the beach house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to the dog-friendly area, and the violators are beginning to understand that they cannot continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity. 


Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.


This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so now is the time for us to solve this problem once and for all.  In order for this to happen we need all birders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations to call them into the proper authorities.  Please follow this protocol, and call all three parties:


Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193.


Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381.


Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call the emergency number).


Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.


Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation (but be patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, or Montrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.).  Be prepared to provide a description of both the dog(s) and the dog owner(s).  Stay around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourself as the person who called in the violation.


If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is a log of calls, including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources, and we can make the argument that adequate resources are not being allocated for enforcement.


We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, and are finally seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in, both to get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.


We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per Luis Munoz, and we’d like “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.


If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you care about natural and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for the law, or if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas being disturbed by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see.  Thanks.

Ted Wolff
Cook County

 











 

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Date: 11/2/17 11:49 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard WC sp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/37410086474/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The immature sp is sharp looking. Just a few here, likes seeds.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
<xxjb7z...>


 

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Date: 11/2/17 11:17 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard DE junco

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/38057308206/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The junco are here in #s. One is very dark almost black in color. Calling and trilling. Might all stay here for the winter.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
John Baxter
<xxjb7z...>


 

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Date: 11/2/17 11:02 am
From: Regina McNulty <regina_mcnulty...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rufous Hummingbird -YES!
Just seen twice at Elgin location . Knocked ruby throated off feeder.Regina McNulty Geneva,  Illinois 

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Date: 11/2/17 10:53 am
From: Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Park 566
An AMERICAN BITTERN flushed from the shoreline and flew north. SHORT-EARRD OWL present and many sparrows. Horned grebe and Red-breasted merg in the lake. Fabulous place!

Just Pollock
Evanston

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Date: 11/2/17 10:40 am
From: <sfluett...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET no sighting Bluebirds
I have a group of Bluebirds looking at a small bluebird house mounted on a pole, I have Duck houses close by, they wont use these. Owls / Squirrels do ! I think I will get a large Roost house and put it up on a tree close by to the one they are exploring.
Any one have an idea if the mounted roost on a tree is worth a try ?
They come by here yearly and usually appear to go further East of my place, they are St James Farm F P birds and summer nest on the West side of the farm.

Oh how a bird can make the 4 seasons so enjoyable !!!
steve fluett DuPage county


 

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Date: 11/2/17 10:39 am
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
Just to be clear, this addresses the dog issues. What about bikes and cruiser activity? Are we calling 911 for these and other issues as well?

Fran Morel

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 2, 2017, at 9:28 AM, Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Adding to Ted’s good news, the Montrose dog owner’s association, MONDOG, has joined and strongly supports our efforts to bring about dog ordinance enforcement. MONDOG recently posted a special message on its website including photos of the recent dog-killing-Stilt-Sandpiper incident and urging its members to respect the rules and regulations at Montrose Beach and natural areas. Indeed, lawful dog owners at Montrose are just as frustrated and intimidated by the extreme behavior often exhibited by the violators as birders and other users are.
>
> Demand largely determines allocation of resources. Keep those 911 calls coming!
>
> Leslie Borns
> Chicago/Cook
>
>
> From: "<landscape.arch...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
> To: <ILbirds...>
> Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:34 AM
> Subject: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
>
>
> For years there have been daily violations of the ordinances and posted regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including the beach, the dunes, and the point. The effort was renewed this year to get the Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Care and Control, and the Chicago Police Department to enforce the regulations. After months of effort we are finally seeing results from that effort.
>
> On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago Police Department issued two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach, where they are not permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.
>
> The following week Chicago Park District Security had a run-in with an aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with his dog, and in fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left when security called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.
>
> On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnel escorted five dog violators off the beach. All claimed that they didn’t know that they couldn’t be there with their dogs, at which point security educated them on the dog ordinances and explained that if they violate the ordinances again they will be cited and they can plead their case in court.
>
> There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationed at the beach house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to the dog-friendly area, and the violators are beginning to understand that they cannot continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity.
>
> Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.
>
> This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so now is the time for us to solve this problem once and for all. In order for this to happen we need all birders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations to call them into the proper authorities. Please follow this protocol, and call all three parties:
>
> Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193.
>
> Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381.
>
> Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call the emergency number).
>
> Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.
>
> Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation (but be patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, or Montrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.). Be prepared to provide a description of both the dog(s) and the dog owner(s). Stay around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourself as the person who called in the violation.
>
> If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is a log of calls, including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources, and we can make the argument that adequate resources are not being allocated for enforcement.
>
> We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, and are finally seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in, both to get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.
>
> We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per Luis Munoz, and we’d like “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.
>
> If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you care about natural and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for the law, or if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas being disturbed by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see. Thanks.
>
> Ted Wolff
> Cook County
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/2/17 10:24 am
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
They are large vertical signs, placed on light and other poles. They have a combination of letters and numbers in white on green, for instance, M28, indicating the street and a number.  

Jill NilandChicago
On Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12:14:19 PM CDT, Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

Good news. The police told me that there are labeled markers in the area that help them locate the particular spot you need them to be. I can't remember if it was a number on a sign or what they look like though. Can anyone give more info on this?  If callers have the location number it helps a lot since it's a confusing area.. 
Suzanne ColemanCook co. 
On Nov 2, 2017, at 8:33 AM, <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


 


For years there have been daily violations of the ordinancesand posted regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including thebeach, the dunes, and the point.  Theeffort was renewed this year to get the Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Careand Control, and the Chicago Police Department to enforce the regulations.  After months of effort we are finally seeingresults from that effort.







On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago PoliceDepartment issued two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach,where they are not permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.




The following week Chicago Park District Security had arun-in with an aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with hisdog, and in fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left whensecurity called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.




On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnelescorted five dog violators off the beach. All claimed that they didn’t know that they couldn’t be there with theirdogs, at which point security educated them on the dog ordinances and explainedthat if they violate the ordinances again they will be cited and they can pleadtheir case in court.




There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationedat the beach house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to thedog-friendly area, and the violators are beginning to understand that theycannot continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity. 




Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.




This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so nowis the time for us to solve this problem once and for all.  In order for this to happen we need allbirders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations to call theminto the proper authorities.  Pleasefollow this protocol, and call all three parties:




Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193.




Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381.




Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call theemergency number).




Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.




Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation(but be patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, orMontrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.).  Be prepared to provide a description of boththe dog(s) and the dog owner(s).  Stay around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourselfas the person who called in the violation.




If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is alog of calls, including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources, and we can make the argument that adequate resources are notbeing allocated for enforcement.



We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, andare finally seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in,both to get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.




We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per LuisMunoz, and we’d like “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.




If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you careabout natural and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for thelaw, or if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas beingdisturbed by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see.  Thanks.


Ted Wolff

Cook County



 







 

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Date: 11/2/17 10:14 am
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
Good news. The police told me that there are labeled markers in the area that help them locate the particular spot you need them to be. I can't remember if it was a number on a sign or what they look like though. Can anyone give more info on this? If callers have the location number it helps a lot since it's a confusing area.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook co.

> On Nov 2, 2017, at 8:33 AM, <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> For years there have been daily violations of the ordinances and posted regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including the beach, the dunes, and the point. The effort was renewed this year to get the Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Care and Control, and the Chicago Police Department to enforce the regulations. After months of effort we are finally seeing results from that effort.
>
>
>
> On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago Police Department issued two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach, where they are not permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.
>
>
>
> The following week Chicago Park District Security had a run-in with an aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with his dog, and in fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left when security called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.
>
>
>
> On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnel escorted five dog violators off the beach. All claimed that they didn’t know that they couldn’t be there with their dogs, at which point security educated them on the dog ordinances and explained that if they violate the ordinances again they will be cited and they can plead their case in court.
>
>
>
> There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationed at the beach house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to the dog-friendly area, and the violators are beginning to understand that they cannot continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity.
>
>
>
> Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.
>
>
>
> This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so now is the time for us to solve this problem once and for all. In order for this to happen we need all birders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations to call them into the proper authorities. Please follow this protocol, and call all three parties:
>
>
>
> Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193.
>
>
>
> Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381.
>
>
>
> Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call the emergency number).
>
>
>
> Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.
>
>
>
> Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation (but be patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, or Montrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.). Be prepared to provide a description of both the dog(s) and the dog owner(s). Stay around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourself as the person who called in the violation.
>
>
>
> If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is a log of calls, including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources, and we can make the argument that adequate resources are not being allocated for enforcement.
>
> We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, and are finally seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in, both to get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.
>
>
>
> We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per Luis Munoz, and we’d like “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.
>
>
>
> If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you care about natural and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for the law, or if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas being disturbed by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see. Thanks.
>
>
> Ted Wolff
>
> Cook County
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/2/17 9:21 am
From: <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cell Phone & Tablet Bird Photography
Dear Birders, do you know anyone that currently uses cell phones or tablets to capture bird photos? I know years ago they were used with spotting scopes. We are seeking someone that would be open to giving a presentation showcasing their and technique?



Thank you!

Jerry Goldner
Chicago Audubon Society


 

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Date: 11/2/17 7:28 am
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
Adding to Ted’s good news, the Montrose dog owner’sassociation, MONDOG, has joined and strongly supports our efforts to bringabout dog ordinance enforcement.  MONDOG recentlyposted a special message on its website including photos of the recentdog-killing-Stilt-Sandpiper incident and urging its members to respect therules and regulations at Montrose Beach and natural areas.  Indeed, lawful dog owners at Montrose are justas frustrated and intimidated by the extreme behavior often exhibited by the violatorsas birders and other users are.
Demand largely determines allocation of resources.  Keep those 911 calls coming!
Leslie BornsChicago/Cook


From: "<landscape.arch...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
To: <ILbirds...>
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:34 AM
Subject: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS

  For years there have been daily violations of the ordinancesand posted regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including thebeach, the dunes, and the point.  Theeffort was renewed this year to get the Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Careand Control, and the Chicago Police Department to enforce the regulations.  After months of effort we are finally seeingresults from that effort.

On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago PoliceDepartment issued two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach,where they are not permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.
The following week Chicago Park District Security had arun-in with an aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with hisdog, and in fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left whensecurity called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.
On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnelescorted five dog violators off the beach. All claimed that they didn’t know that they couldn’t be there with theirdogs, at which point security educated them on the dog ordinances and explainedthat if they violate the ordinances again they will be cited and they can pleadtheir case in court.
There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationedat the beach house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to thedog-friendly area, and the violators are beginning to understand that theycannot continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity. 
Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.
This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so nowis the time for us to solve this problem once and for all.  In order for this to happen we need allbirders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations to call theminto the proper authorities.  Pleasefollow this protocol, and call all three parties:
Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193.
Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381.
Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call theemergency number).
Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.
Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation(but be patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, orMontrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.).  Be prepared to provide a description of boththe dog(s) and the dog owner(s).  Stay around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourselfas the person who called in the violation.
If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is alog of calls, including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources, and we can make the argument that adequate resources are notbeing allocated for enforcement.

We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, andare finally seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in,both to get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.
We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per LuisMunoz, and we’d like “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.
If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you careabout natural and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for thelaw, or if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas beingdisturbed by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see.  Thanks.
Ted WolffCook County  
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Date: 11/2/17 7:05 am
From: <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rufous still in Elgin?
Anyone know if the Rufous Hummer is still hanging out in Elgin?


Joan Campbell
 

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Date: 11/2/17 6:34 am
From: <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
For years there have been daily violations of the ordinances and posted regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including the beach, the dunes, and the point. The effort was renewed this year to get the Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Care and Control, and the Chicago Police Department to enforce the regulations. After months of effort we are finally seeing results from that effort.




On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago Police Department issued two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach, where they are not permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.


The following week Chicago Park District Security had a run-in with an aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with his dog, and in fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left when security called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.


On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnel escorted five dog violators off the beach. All claimed that they didn’t know that they couldn’t be there with their dogs, at which point security educated them on the dog ordinances and explained that if they violate the ordinances again they will be cited and they can plead their case in court.


There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationed at the beach house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to the dog-friendly area, and the violators are beginning to understand that they cannot continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity.


Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.


This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so now is the time for us to solve this problem once and for all. In order for this to happen we need all birders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations to call them into the proper authorities. Please follow this protocol, and call all three parties:


Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193.


Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381.


Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call the emergency number).


Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.


Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation (but be patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, or Montrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.). Be prepared to provide a description of both the dog(s) and the dog owner(s). Stay around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourself as the person who called in the violation.


If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is a log of calls, including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources, and we can make the argument that adequate resources are not being allocated for enforcement.


We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, and are finally seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in, both to get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.


We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per Luis Munoz, and we’d like “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.


If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you care about natural and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for the law, or if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas being disturbed by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see. Thanks.

Ted Wolff
Cook County




 

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Date: 11/1/17 6:28 pm
From: <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET R-t hummer and a 'whitefinch'
Not as spectacular as last year's Rufous in our yard (and this year's Kane
bird), we've got our 1st ever November Ruby-throat visiting our nectar
feeders today, and for the last several days.

Our feeders were also graced by two visits by a leucistic goldfinch,
totally white except for the black wings (a male I think). But we haven't seen
him for a couple of days and fear that the beacon of his almost all white
plumage made him easy prey for the various accipiters that haunt our yard.

Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County




 

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Date: 11/1/17 3:09 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET photos of today's White-winged Dove - Montrose 11.1.17
I post my daily photos to Facebook, but since I know some birders don't
follow that, here's a link to some pictures from today; the White-winged
Dove is at the end.

https://franmorel.smugmug.com/2017-Day-to-Day/2017-11-01-White-winged-Dove/

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.

 

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Date: 11/1/17 2:35 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach & Harbor Channel, Illinois Beach South & Van Patten Woods Wed 11-1-17
Welcome To November Bird People,

Waukegan Beach, Pier, Backwaters & Park (7:15-8:45 a.m.)

Covered these areas with Bob E, Andy Stewart & Steve M.
On the fisherman's pier were D.C. Cormorant (1), Sanderling (1),
Dunlin (7). & Herring Gulls (46).
In the backwater inlet were Mallard (6) & Gadwall (22).
On the beaches were 10 Ring Billed Gulls & in the lake was one Coot.
In the harbor channel were 1 Canada Goose & 1 EARED GREBE continuing
from yesterday.
Land birds in the small park included Starlings, Y.R. Myrtle Warbler
(2), White Throated Sparrows & Junco's.

Illinois Beach South Unit (9-10:30 a.m. with Bob E)

On the lake were D.C. Cormorant (3 fly-bys), American Wigeon (1-M),
Redhead (~500 continuing),
Scaup Species (~50) Ring Necked Duck (1-M), Bufflehead (1-M) & Red
Breasted Mergansers (~20 fly-bys). A few Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
flew by as well.
The only birds actually ON the beach were a large gang of Crows
(75-80) which is more than I've seen there in several years just south
of the river mouth & one very well seen SNOW BUNTING making up for the
bad look I had at the recent fly-by at the hawk watch.

While at lunch we learned that Red Crossbills had been again at Van
Patten Woods so Bob & I looked for over an hour but again found only
Siskins, Goldfinch & a couple Purple Finches.
One of these days! Maybe?

Bird-Of-The-Day to the close in Eared Grebe in the harbor channel
which was only the 4th one I have ever seen in Lake County with the
1st one also being seen at Waukegan Harbor back in the mid 1980's. It
was on a Joel Greenberg led field trip & the Eared Grebe was found by
none other than the famous world bird lister Phoebe Snetsinger. Hard
to believe that was 30 years ago!
Runner-Up to the cooperative Snow Bunting at IBSP.

Al Stokie
In Lake County today


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Date: 11/1/17 11:43 am
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fall guided bird hikes into the IBSP closed area
This post is to inform interested birders that there will be a series of guided hikes into the pines and area immediately to the south of them in the area just south of the Dead River at the South Unit of Illinois Beach State Park in Lake County, over the next several weekends. I tried to get these started at the end of October, but November the 11th was the earliest that we could get them started due to the permit process for state nature preserves. The trips will leave at 8:00 AM from the Nature Center parking lot, which is just before you get to the park lodge, in the South Unit. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, to ensure that group limits are not exceeded and to make the trips more enjoyable for all participants. A waiting list of names will be kept for trips that fill up, in case there are cancelations, for folks that can only go on specific dates. To make reservations, PLEASE CALL THE PARK headquarters at 847-662-4811 and ask to be added to the Dead River hike list. THERESA HAHL will be compiling and managing the list of participants. Participants will be limited to only 15 people per trip, plus leaders. At this time, please limit your reservations to no more than two trips/dates. The current dates that hikes will occur include:

SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 11 (Saturday):
NOVEMBER 19 (Sunday):
NOVEMBER 25 (Saturday):
DECEMBER 3 (Sunday):
DECEMBER 9 (Saturday):


Other important information:

The hike out and back is at least a FOUR MILE walk, with much of it off-trail and in areas that are difficult to hike. It is probably best to wear waterproof footwear, or at least a good hiking boot. Further, participants may have to cross flooded swales and traverse uneven ground. Due to the very real threats of plant theft (especially orchids), exotic species introductions, nesting birds (including piping plovers), damage from foot traffic to federally and state-listed rare plants, and conflicts with ongoing research projects, the area south of the Dead River that we will be hiking in, is otherwise closed to the general public. Access is by permit only. However, during the dormant season and after plants have set seed, human impacts are minimized. To minimize the danger of introducing non-native plants into this botanically important area, participants will be asked to WASH THEIR SHOES (especially lug boots) in the river or lake before entering the preserve. There also is the likelihood that some trips may encounter times when the Dead River is open (i.e., flowing into the lake) and the trip will need to be cancelled due to unsafe conditions. Currently, the natural sand "dam" is ~ 15 feet from the lake allowing access to the pines by walking the beach. All entry is through a group permit issued through the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, so please be sure to comply with the requirements outlined above. More specifics will be provided the day of the trip. I would like to thank Brad Semel for taking the time out of his busy schedule for completing the permit process and hurrying it along. Thanks also to Al Stokie and Dave Johnson for agreeing to help me lead these walks into this unique and bird-rich area. I will be leading the first hike, November 11th, and Al will be leading the 2nd, Nov. 19th. Look for more posts on the later hikes.


The reason I chose to have these hikes this fall/winter was because of the predicted RED CROSSBILL irruption for Illinois (which is currently in the process of occurring), as well as a record irruptive flight of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS which occurred recently at Hawk Ridge and elsewhere in northern Minnesota. I have found the area south of the Dead River to be one of the best places to attract Red Crossbills regularly, in all of Illinois. Black-backed Woodpecker flights have made it to Illinois, mostly in the Greater Chicagoland area, several times in the past, with the largest irruption in the winter of 1920-21 (15 Illinois records), with other flights in 1965 as well as several other occurrences. The last Black-backed Woodpecker in Illinois occurred in a pine plantation in Thorn Creek F.P. in Will County. I was lucky enough to see that bird, which hung around from January through March of 1986. The Dead River pine area has produced an amazing number and variety of rarities and vagrants including Northern Goshawk, Barn Owl, Scrub Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Red-cockaded Woodpecker over the past 25 years or so. The walk out and back in the dunes and along the beach also often produces a Northern Shrike or one or more of the scoters and/or Long-tailed Duck in the large Greater Scaup flock that usually winters just offshore there. There have often been one or more good birds seen (besides the vagrants) on many of the past years hikes into this interesting and ecologically significant area.


BTW, for those that aren't familiar with the Illinois Beach S.P. and the Dead River area and its history, including the many rare birds that have been found there, I wrote an interesting article about the site and such things, with some historic photos and a few of the rare birds that were photographed there, in a 2009 Meadowlark journal (Volume 18, No. 1), pp 2-7. It also explains how the introduced, non-native pines that attract many of the rare & vagrant species, got there. You can access that issue through the Illinois Ornithological Society's webpage and archive of back issues, here: (http://www.illinoisbirds.org/illinois/meadowlark/atomz.php ). Good birding!


Steve Bailey




 

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Date: 11/1/17 11:07 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Warbler ID

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/26317155829/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Guessing maybe Nashville w. Also, YR w. is back with at least 3 birds licking sap from the YB sap holes. Taking a bath shows off the Yellow rump. Winter wren and RC kinglet along with more DE juncos. C. wren singing still.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 11/1/17 10:27 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Reminder about good behavior at the Rufous Hummingbird in Elgin, Kane County (No sightings)
I can't believe I have to say this.

The homeowner has granted you permission to view the Rufous Hummingbird on her private property. There is no need to take advantage of that generosity. Please observe the following rules:


(1) Give the bird some space. If it is not coming to the feeder you are too close. Back up.
(2) Don't linger. Once you've seen the bird and haven taken a few shots, if that's the case, please be on your way. This is not your own private studio. Staging shots with flower baskets just seems ridiculous.


Don't make me look like an idiot for suggesting to the homeowner that this would go smoothly.

Thanks!


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL




 

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Date: 11/1/17 10:10 am
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White-winged Dove
Just found a White-winged Dove flying over the point and hanging around the water feature at Montrose.

Noon

Fran

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Date: 11/1/17 10:09 am
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Subject: IBET RBA - White-winged Dove at Montrose
Fran Morel just photographed a White-winged Dove at Montrose in Chicago, Cook in a tree near the water feature.


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Date: 11/1/17 7:38 am
From: beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Eared Grebe Waukegan

Still present this morning per Andy Stewart.

Beau Schaefer


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Date: 10/31/17 6:56 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Crossbills (Winnebago Co) & Hummingbirds (Kane Co) Tuesday 10-31-17
Hello Bird People,

Late doing this report as I have been watching for Trick Or Treaters
at the front door as the door bell only works when it feels like it.
But candy grubbing ended at 8 p.m. so that job is over.

Greenwood Cemetery In Rockford (8-10 a.m)

As both species of Crossbills have been reported from here it would
seem to be a good place to look. Arrived with Andy Sigler & after
sorting through over 70 Siskins & maybe 20 Goldfinch plus both
Nuthatches & both Kinglets & 8 Cedar Waxwings eating Juniper berries
we finally had good looks at 4 male & 3 female RED CROSSBILLS which
after flying around while calling decided to land at the top of 2
different trees near to where we were standing. Had a couple of other
Crossbill fly-bys but no I.D.'s were made. Later Craig Taylor arrived
but still no White Winged Crossbills were seen.
This was not an easy project & it took a lot of effort to finally see
the 7 Red Crossbills. Another bird seen here was a MERLIN at the top
of a tree.

Nygren Wetlands (10:40-11 a.m.)

Andy was after the reported TRUMPETER SWAN which we eventually saw.
Also here were a large number (250-275) of Sandhill Cranes, 100's of
Canada Geese, a few G.W. Teal & Ring Necked Ducks, Coots (6) & an
adult Bald Eagle at tree top level.

Nieman Pond & 2 Nearby Ponds In Stephenson Co. (11:30-noon)

Nieman Pond had Great Blues (2), Sandhill Cranes (4), Ring Necked
Ducks (6), Ruddy Duck (1), Hooded Merganser (5) & Canvasback (1-M)
plus 3 Ring Billed Gulls.
Two nearby ponds had Canada Geese (30) & 5 species of shorebirds to
close out my October shorebird counts. They were Killdeer (4). Lesser
Yellowlegs (2), Pectoral Sandpiper (1),
Dunlin (15) & Snipe (27).

Last stop of the day was Hummingbird Central in Kane Co on Gunpowder
Rd where we watched for 45 min starting at 1:45 p.m. Saw both the
female/young Ruby Throated & the fine looking adult male RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD which flew in 3 times but only went to the feeder once
with the other 2 visits were when it sat at the top of the tree next
to the hummer feeder.

Bird-Of-The-Day to my 1st full adult male Rufous Hummingbird in Illinois &
Runner-Up to the 7 cemetery Red Crossbills.
Honorable mention to the Merlin which was a new Winnebago Co species
for me but not for Andy.

Al Stokie
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Date: 10/31/17 4:57 pm
From: 'jarojim .' <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Red Crossbills at Morton Arboretum
On my way to Naperville this evening I stopped at Morton Arboretum in
search of red crossbills. I went to the west side area near the hemlock
collection, just west of Lake Marmol, and saw two crossbills in the 50
minutes I was there in two different areas.

Due to the late afternoon lighting and clouds I was not able to get any
good pictures. I will have to come back and try again earlier on a sunnier
day.

Add this to the scoter Jared led me to at Crab Orchard Lake coming back
from Mississippi yesterday and I have had a pretty good couple of days for
FoY birds.

Jim Jarosz
Norridge, IL

 

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Date: 10/31/17 4:55 pm
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photos * No Sightings *
Dear Ilbirders,
If anyone succeeded in getting good Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photos today could you please contact me offlist?  I would like a couple of photos for documentary purposes for Montrose Beach Dunes (it's a new species for the state-designated natural area).     

Thank you, Geoff, for this great find and giving so many people the opportunity to see a new life bird!
Best regards,
Leslie BornsChicago/Cook

 

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Date: 10/31/17 4:10 pm
From: John Picken <john...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Thanks a lot, Geoff. Lifer bird for me.

Did not get quality shots of the Scissor-tail but the E. Phoebes were entertaining.

Here’s one Phoebe photo: https://flic.kr/p/ZXNh4N

Cheers!

John Picken
Chicago
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Date: 10/31/17 2:22 pm
From: Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Still there at 3:15-3:30. It’s on the rope/grassy area by the tower-lakeside. It seems to be in the company of several (we saw 4) Eastern Phoebes. Maybe it’s having an identity crisis - LOL!

-Pam

> On Oct 31, 2017, at 3:30 PM, <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> A cadre of birders and I saw the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose around 2:00. My first new Chicago species of 2017; thanks, Geoff! Also, thanks to the bunch who were scouring the area, as, when I arrived, the bird had not been located for a half hour or so.
> It seems to like the rope bordering the lake side of the natural planting area. If you try, you may want to walk the concrete from the lake level and look up; that could minimize the chance that the bird might leave the area.
>
>
> Joe Lill
> Chicago, IL
> www.musicbyjoelill.com
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> "We are what we practice." -- Charlie Geyer
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Date: 10/31/17 1:30 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
A cadre of birders and I saw the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose around 2:00. My first new Chicago species of 2017; thanks, Geoff! Also, thanks to the bunch who were scouring the area, as, when I arrived, the bird had not been located for a half hour or so.
It seems to like the rope bordering the lake side of the natural planting area. If you try, you may want to walk the concrete from the lake level and look up; that could minimize the chance that the bird might leave the area.


Joe Lill
Chicago, IL
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Date: 10/31/17 1:08 pm
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Milwaukee reports Snowy Owl!! Fw: [wisb] Snowy Owl ~ Milwaukee Lakefront MKE Co. 10/31/17, couple images...
Heads up along the lakefront! :D


Shanti, n.

Nancy J. Tikalsky
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From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> <wisbirdn-bounce...> on behalf of Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 1:41 PM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owl ~ Milwaukee Lakefront MKE Co. 10/31/17, couple images...

Hi all,
A Snowy Owl was found on the Milwaukee lakefront this morning. It had
caught an American Coot for something to eat and was sitting on that during
the picture taking. The bird never moved from the spot while I was present.
First one of the fall season reported in the area that I know of. It was a
cold morning with stiff winds and little sun to warm up with.

A couple images of the Snowy Owl from this morning at this link:

*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snowy-owl-milwaukee-lakefront-october-31-2017/
<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snowy-owl-milwaukee-lakefront-october-31-2017/>*
[http://www.windowtowildlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/rrsnowyIMG_5637_cr.jpg]<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snowy-owl-milwaukee-lakefront-october-31-2017/>

Snowy Owl on the Milwaukee Lakefront on October 31, 2017<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snowy-owl-milwaukee-lakefront-october-31-2017/>
www.windowtowildlife.com
Snowy Owl on the Milwaukee Lakefront on October 31, 2017 photography by Jim Edlhuber




Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Date: 10/31/17 11:13 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET EDIT - Not a Mountain Bluebird but a leucistic Eastern Bluebird
Additional close up photos of the bluebird today revealed an overall pale leucistic Eastern Bluebird with a yellow gape and primaries shorter than Mountain Bluebird.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

 

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Date: 10/31/17 11:02 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017
Still present at 1pm

Thanks Geoff - State Lifer for me :)

Cheers
Steve Huggins

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> On Oct 31, 2017, at 11:28 AM, <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I just heard that it's still there (11:15 or so); I'm hoping it hangs until 1:15, when I can get there between classes!
>
> Joe
>
>
> Joe Lill
> Chicago, Cook County
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
> To: IL-Birds <ILbirds...>
> Sent: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 8:47 am
> Subject: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017
>
>
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 8:46am on 31 Oct 2017. In the perimeter native planting area by the lake.
>
> Geoff Williamson
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Date: 10/31/17 9:42 am
From: beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Eared Grebe at Waukegan
I'm at school but Andy Stewart found an Eared Grebe near the Waukegan Yacht Club this morning. 
Beau Schaeferlake Co
 

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Date: 10/31/17 9:41 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard YR warbler

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/24213499888/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Yellow-rumped w. likes to lick the apple sap left by the sapsucker. YB sap still here but not at the tree as much. Also, Hermit thrush, A. robin, Blue jay, RB wp, and a flock of Cedar waxwing seen here. No fruits left except A. holly and some poke berries.
My Washington hawthorn again had no fruit but, the neighbor let me cut down their small cedar tree and replant a dogwood tree to replace it. Apple cedar rust was a real issue.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
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Date: 10/31/17 9:39 am
From: Alan Kostyniak <akostyniak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017
Great find, Geoff!
Kudos!

Al Kostyniak
Elk Grove Village, IL
Cook County

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> On Oct 31, 2017, at 8:47 AM, Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Scussor-tailed Flycatcher at Monttose, 8:46am on 31 Oct 2017. In the perimeter native planting area by the lake.
>
> Geoff Williamson
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Date: 10/31/17 9:38 am
From: beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Eared Grebe Waukegan
I’m at school but Andy Stewart found an Eared Grebe near the yacht club at Waukegan this morning.

Beau Schaefer
Lake Co

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Date: 10/31/17 9:28 am
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017
I just heard that it's still there (11:15 or so); I'm hoping it hangs until 1:15, when I can get there between classes!

Joe


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Sent: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 8:47 am
Subject: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 8:46am on 31 Oct 2017. In the perimeter native planting area by the lake.

Geoff Williamson
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Date: 10/31/17 8:05 am
From: Scott Latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Elgin Rufous
The beautiful Rufous Hummer came to feeder at 10:am. 40 minutes between visits so some patience may be required.
Scott Latimer
DuPage

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Date: 10/31/17 7:02 am
From: Eric Gyllenhaal <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red Crossbills in Oak Park, Cook County
At 8:50 am I had at least 5 RED CROSSBILLS in a pine in Taylor Park at Ridgeland and Division in Oak Park. I even got some photos before they flew!

So keep eyes and ears open — they could show up anywhere!

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Date: 10/31/17 6:47 am
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Montrose, 31 Oct 2017
Scussor-tailed Flycatcher at Monttose, 8:46am on 31 Oct 2017. In the
perimeter native planting area by the lake.

Geoff Williamson
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Date: 10/31/17 6:10 am
From: Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Rufous Hummingbird in Elgin, Kane County
Both hummingbirds present this morning 7:50-8:05. Rufous flew in around 8:00.

Dan Williams
Rockford

> On Oct 30, 2017, at 10:21 PM, <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> A male Rufous Hummingbird is coming to a private feeder in Elgin. Birders are welcome to visit. The homeowner requests that you be respectful of them and their neighbors.
>
> Address is 14N141 Gunpowder Lane in Elgin. Please park on the street and do not block the drive way. You are welcome to approach closer in the front yard.
>
> A somewhat late staying female Ruby-throated Hummingbird is present as well.
>
> Matthew Cvetas
> Evanston, IL
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Date: 10/31/17 5:04 am
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS for a bird walk at Rainbow Beach and Park 566, Saturday, November 4

- Join COS for a bird walk Rainbow Beach (map)
- 7801 South Farragut Drive
- Chicago, IL, 60649
Time: 8 - 10:30
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Join COS to seek late migrants—sparrows, waterfowl, raptors. Carl Giometti will lead the walk. We’ll explore there before moving on to Park 566 to the south.

Meet at the southernmost parking lot at Rainbow Beach at 79th and the lakefront.
http://legacy.aboutparking.com/chicago/where-to-park/parking-lot-south-of-rainbow-beach/
All are welcome; beginners are encouraged to attend. We will have a few pair of binoculars to loan. Participants are free to leave when they need to.  

 

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Date: 10/30/17 8:22 pm
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rufous Hummingbird in Elgin, Kane County
A male Rufous Hummingbird is coming to a private feeder in Elgin. Birders are welcome to visit. The homeowner requests that you be respectful of them and their neighbors.

Address is 14N141 Gunpowder Lane in Elgin. Please park on the street and do not block the drive way. You are welcome to approach closer in the front yard.

A somewhat late staying female Ruby-throated Hummingbird is present as well.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

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Date: 10/30/17 8:11 pm
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Subject: IBET RBA - Mountain Bluebird in McLean County
Jeff Jackson photographed a female Mountain Bluebird at Hinthorn Chapel and Cemetery on the south side of Lake Bloomington today in McLean County.

Matthew Cvetas
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Date: 10/30/17 6:57 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Burnham Prairie N. Shrike, Eagles, etc. (10-30-17)
When the west wind really kicked up on Monday afternoon (30 October 2017) I figured it would be worth checking Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve to see if any raptors were on the move. I wasn’t disappointed - I arrived at 2:50 pm and ended up spending two hours doing a stationary count from the parking lot. Shortly after my arrival a very clean-looking juvenile BALD EAGLE flew in overhead from the north. Then I noticed that the local flock of MALLARDS & GREEN-WINGED TEAL had been spooked – it turns out that a juvenile NORTHERN HARRIER and a 2nd (very ratty-looking) immature BALD EAGLE were taking turns harassing the duck flock. A distant WILSON’S SNIPE made a brief zig-zag flight over the marsh and prairie, also likely spooked by the raptors. At 2:35 pm I got my biggest surprise of all when a NORTHERN SHRIKE flew in and landed in a dense shrub near the parking lot. It must have quickly exited out the back door because once I lost sight of it I was never able to relocate it. Then, almost predictably, a third BALD EAGLE showed up, as if on cue. This one was an adult which flew in from the east. The local pair of RED-TAILED HAWKS were not at all happy with its appearance, and they quickly escorted the bird off the property. As the light waned, I watched local birds like GREAT EGRET and GREAT BLUE HERON flying to roost and watched flocks of ducks from elsewhere (mostly MALLARDS with a few SHOVELERS & PINTAILS mixed in) fly in to roost at Burnham Prairie. I finally threw in the towel at 4:50 pm as I was beginning to turn into a Popsicle from the intense cold wind.

Walter Marcisz
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Date: 10/30/17 3:29 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard YB sap

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/37991678306/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Been here all day, even RC kinglet and Downy wp licked the running sap.
YR warbler here eating bugs.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 10/30/17 2:17 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South & North Hawk Watch Monday 10-30-17
Hello Bird People,

Waukegan Beach, Pier & Inlet (7:30-8:15 a.m.)

Started at the Waukegan Beach Pier where Bob E had 3 Dunlin staked out
when I arrived. After Bob left quickly to go to the Hawk Watch I
covered the beach & inlet & on the way back I saw that the previous 3
shorebirds on the pier were now 4. Hoping the new arrival was the
White Rumped seen on Saturday I was disappointed that it was just
Dunlin #4. The only other birds on the pier were a few Herring Gulls
(9) & a lone Junco.

In the backwaters & inlet were P.B. Grebe (1), Canada Geese (31),
Mallard (4) & Gadwall (2).
In the reeds & grasses I only found 1 Swamp Sparrow. Seven Cormorants
flew by & I failed to find the previously reported American Bittern,
Short Eared Owl, Snipe & Snow Bunting although the McCellans did find
the Bittern later. I did not check for land birds at the beach park
but a male Kestrel flew by on my way out.

Illinois Beach South Unit Beach To The Dead River (9-10:30 a.m.)

The only bird actually ON the beach was 1 resting MERLIN but flying by
were Ring Billed & Herring Gulls & 1 calling Dunlin. Right at the
river mouth was a large flock of about 700 ducks of which most (~600)
were Redheads with about 75 Scaup & 14 Green Winged Teal. Spent a fair
amount of time scanning this flock with little reward. To my surprise
there were no Snow Buntings here either.

Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch (10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.)

Strong west winds & plenty of hawks flying by including some in close
enough for good looks.
About 11 Hawk Watchers were present while I was there.

Seen by me were Canada Geese, Turkey Vultures (3), Bald Eagles (3),
Harriers (2), Sharp Shinned
(20) & Cooper's (2) Hawks, RED SHOULDERED (3) & Red Tailed (~30) Hawks
& one Merlin.
Biggest surprise here was a late CHIMNEY SWIFT. Before I arrived the
watchers had 2 Barn Swallows & a dark Rough Legged Hawk that I wish I
had seen. Remember that the group totals will be much higher than the
counts I have mentioned. Bob E heard a "rattling" bird call that was
either a Longspur or a Snow Bunting & I was finally able to see that
it was a white Snow Bunting as it went by. I hope to see that species
on the beaches & get a better look.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 well seen Red Shouldered Hawks &
Runner-Up to almost November Chimney Swift.
Had I seen it better the Snow Bunting would also have been an award
winner but not this time.

Al Stokie
In N.E. Lake County today being buffeted by the wind


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Date: 10/30/17 11:11 am
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Black Scoter, Crab Orchard NWR Williamson Co.
Hi all,
Kyle Wiktor and I saw the Black Scoter at Crab Orchard NWR Wolf Creek
Causeway from the fishing peninsula with the pine stand on the west side of
the road at 11:00 AM today. Lots of other ducks including dozens of L.
Scaup and Ruddies. Black Scoter is a lifer for me and state lifer for Kyle!

Jared Gorrell
Currently Williamson county

 

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Date: 10/30/17 7:50 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard YB sapsucker

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/26264031839/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Sap running was my 1st clue so, I waited for the YB sapsucker to return to the apple tree for more hole drilling. YB sap has been here a couple of days. WT sp singing a weak song, young WC sp and DE junco seed eating. C. wren singing but not much else.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 10/29/17 6:38 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Burnham Prairie Osprey, etc. (Cook Co., 10-29-17)
I birded Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve today (29 October 2017) in an attempt to add a few birds to our October 2017 species list. I was only able to add two species to our list (Hooded Mergansers and a rather late Osprey).  In addition to the above, I was also able to get a few decent scenic shots as well as a few decent Eastern Bluebird & White-crowned Sparrow photos.

Osprey:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/37971407786/in/dateposted-public/

Hooded Mergansers:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/24174870628/in/dateposted-public/

Eastern Bluebird:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/24172589228/in/dateposted-public/

White-crowned Sparrow:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/24172714488/in/dateposted-public/

Burnham Prairie But Oak Savanna:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/37316094384/in/dateposted-public/

Burnham Prairie grasses:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/24173215308/in/dateposted-public/

Walter Marcisz
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Date: 10/29/17 6:16 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum Oct 29th
I spent much of the morning exploring the East side conifers, hoping to find crossbills. Few winter finches were found, only about 11 siskins, a few House Finch and Goldfinch and a single Purple Finch.


However, to my surprise, it was hopping at Parking #16 (which is immediately east down the road from the Appalachian Collection). There's a little creek with water along the hiking path across the road from this lot. Therein I first heard, then saw and finally photographed a singing Carolina Wren. With it was a 2nd Carolina, it seeming like this was a pair or perhaps a immature with its parent. While singing, a 3rd bird began counter-singing to the northwest somewhere in the Appalachian Collection. Carolina's are quite rare at the Arb, so getting a 2nd was noteworthy - a 3rd, very disarmingly wonderful.


As if this tally wasn't amazing enough, a 4th bird was later found on the West side, first heard singing southwest of the Fragrance Garden, then was able to 'pish' it over to the road southwest of that garden, where I watched it for a short time. This still was the end of the story, as Alan Stokie had already found a 5th Carolina Wren at the west end of Marmo Lake... 5 Carolina Wrens at the Arb today! Interestingly, I had Winter Wrens mixed into the area where the Carolina's were, so they seemed to be sharing similar food habitats.


Back at parking #16, a Pileated Woodpecker was calling immediately west of there in the oak woods, the closest I've had one to the visitor center. Also, a 'meowing' Gray Catbird was here, joined by Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, Yellow-rumped Warblers and a number of singing Fox Sparrows (if you've never heard a Fox Sparrow sing, its worth it). Overall, I had 34 Fox Sparrows at the Arb, of which 9 different ones were singing this morning. My guess is that this small creek at parking #16 must have harbored plenty of insects to have such a concentration of birds in a small area (many of which were uncommon/rare).


Lastly, there were hawks migrating over this morning. The times I was able to focus on the sky, it typically only took few minutes to get one passing over. They include mainly adult Red-tailed Hawks, but also Sharpy and Coops.


On a separate note, Redheads and Greater Scaups have finally arrived as Fall migrants, both I saw flying into Waukegan Harbor late this afternoon.




Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO




 

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Date: 10/29/17 2:49 pm
From: Tyler Funk <fftfunk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Prairie Falcon Coles County
The Prairie Falcon has returned. One spotted on 1400e between 1700 and
1800n. Coles county.

Tyler D Funk

 

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Date: 10/29/17 2:38 pm
From: John Picken <john...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Redpolls at South Pond Chicago (photo)
There were two Common Redpolls at South Pond in Chicago’s Lincoln Park this afternoon.

Photo: https://flic.kr/p/ZTdWZq <https://flic.kr/p/ZTdWZq>

Cheers!

John Picken
Chicago
www.picken.com
 

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Date: 10/29/17 1:50 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yet Another Wild Crosbill Chase (With The Same Results) At The Morton Arboretum Sun 10-29-17
Hello Bird People,

Bob Erickson & I were among at least 20 birders looking for the 4 Red
Crossbills seen yesterday by Doug S on the west side of the Arb.
Looked from 7:30 to 11 a.m. & like the 3 1/2 hours at Van Patten Woods
came up empty. I am beginning to think that most of the Crossbills
seen so far are not found the next day (with the exception of the Jo
Daviess Co birds) & maybe I'd be better off just looking for my own
rather than looking for birds found by others. We'll see about that.
But most of Doug's birds from Saturday were still around & we added a
few new ones as well so it was a good birding day even without
Crossbills. Here's my list:

Morton Arboretum/West Side Only (7:30-11 a.m.)

Canada Goose (12 fly-bys)
Red Tailed Hawk (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy (2) & Hairy (1) Woodpeckers
Blue Jay (7-8)
Chickadee (6)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (4-5)
CAROLINA WREN (1 singing early on)
(I thought this was a big deal but later Eric Walters said he had
found 4 of them!)
Golden Crowned (2) & Ruby Crowned (1) Kinglets
Eastern Bluebird (heard 2)
Robins (10-12)
BLUE HEADED VIREO (1 & I think this is a big deal too)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (1)
Cardinal (2-M & 1-F)
Fox Sparrow (1)
White Throated (8) & White Crowned (3) Sparrows
Junco (~25)
PURPLE FINCH (10-12 including at least 3 beautiful males)
PINE SISKIN (over 100)
Goldfinch (15-20)

Some of the birds seen by others (but not by me) on the west side were
Merlin, Cooper's Hawk, W.B. Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Lincoln's, Song &
Swamp Sparrows & House Finch. Probably more!

Quick stops on the way home at Wood Dale Reservoir, Lake Opeka &
Axehead Lake found no ducks except Mallards but did find P.B. Grebes
at all 3 places so at least they are coming in. New day birds besides
the Grebes were R.B. & Herring Gulls & Brown Creepers seen at Opeka &
Axehead.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the late (I think) Blue Headed Vireo &
Runner-Up to the singing Carolina Wren no matter how many Eric had.
Fancy Pants Bird Of The day to the fine looking male Purple Finches.

Al Stokie
Having a fairly good day in mostly DuPage County in spite of again
failing on the Red Crossbills.


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Date: 10/29/17 1:01 pm
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Late Post- 10/28 Birding Adventures In SW IL- WHCR, STFL, SEOW etc.
Hi all!


This is a bit late and quite long, but I've had few better birding days
than Saturday, 10/28/17. Kyle Wiktor and I met up at about 8:15 AM and
birded much of the southwestern Mississippi River Valley, from Kinkaid Lake
Spillway in Jackson County north to Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve in
Monroe County. I’ve not birded Randolph or Monroe Counties much before, so
nearly every bird was a county first. Birding yesterday seems to have been
pretty good throughout most of the state, especially with raptors, and we
were no exception.


Highlights-


One lifer Whooping Crane at a known spot- not going to say more than that.
It was a joy to see such an amazingly rare and large bird- it dwarfed the
Great Blue Herons around it. One concerning thing was our observation that
a duck blind was being built in the adjacent wetland to where the Whooping
Crane was standing. However, it’s on private property and the landowner is
well within his legal rights to hunt there. Hopefully the crane moves on
before that becomes a problem.


At Kinkaid Lake Spillway, two Bald Eagles and one migrant Northern Harrier,
as well as about eighty Greater White-fronted Geese, flew overhead, in a
good start to a great day.


Our first Cooper’s Hawk of the day flew past us while driving through
Chester, IL.


Three FOS American Pipits and a Vesper Sparrow in the fields near and on
Kaskaskia Island. Kaskaskia Island could be very productive for larks,
sparrows, longspurs etc. in the winter- there’s a lot of weedy fields and
good habitat. I suspect I’ll be asking local landowners if I can bird the
fields there a couple times this winter, although the roadside birding was
good enough on its own.


In a single large slough at Kaskaskia Island were three FOS Dunlin, a
Pectoral Sandpiper, a Least Sandpiper, a Wilson’s Snipe, a Lesser
Yellowlegs, and a late Semipalmated Sandpiper, as well as a couple
Killdeer- seven shorebird species!


Also on Kaskaskia Island in a dried-up slough was one Short-eared Owl, seen
at a quarter to noon- a bit odd for this usually crepuscular (dawn/dusk)
species.


The raptor movements at the hawkwatches up north seem to have trickled down
here. About 40-50 American Kestrels, 35-odd Red-tailed Hawks (including a
couple of unusually pale ones and a couple that wouldn’t be bad for subsp.
abieticola), and about 25-30 Red-shouldered Hawks were seen throughout the
day. Unfortunately, we saw no Merlin or Peregrine Falcons, but other than
those and Black Vulture (not sure how we missed those), we saw at least two
or more of all the expected or likely species of raptors.

Other numbers for raptors include 18 Northern Harriers throughout the day,
the majority near or on Kaskaskia Island and in the brushy areas behind
Kidd Lake Marsh Nature Preserve. A few were seen high up, migrating,
including one at Kinkaid Lake Spillway in Jackson County. Many Turkey
Vultures, a dozen-odd Bald Eagles, three Sharp-shinned Hawks and two
Cooper’s Hawks represented the rest of the raptors.

Several of the migrating raptors were at Fults Hill Prairie Nature
Preserve- this spot could be a good hawkwatch, although unfortunately it’s
an hour or more from any significant towns. There may be some “unofficial”
hawkwatching here done in the future- or it may be part of a Winter Raptor
Survey route, if I do that this winter.


Also seen throughout the day were hundreds of Eastern Bluebirds- in some
spots there were dozens, with about fifty on one set of wires near Ellis
Grove, IL being our largest flock. Equally in the hundreds were Horned
Larks and Savannah Sparrows, and approaching them in numbers were Swamp
Sparrows in nearly every habitat. White-crowned and Song Sparrows were
also infrequently encountered, and a few White-throated and one Lincoln’s
were seen also. The day was not great weather for passerines, with one
exception...


Large flocks of Gadwall and some Wood Ducks were pursued by Bald Eagles at
Kidd Lake Marsh Nature Preserve. There were clearly more birds, but due to
the thick lotus cover and lack of viewing areas at Kidd Lake Marsh we
couldn’t see them. A couple of Wilson’s Snipe and many Swamp Sparrows were
present here. By the way, if anyone on IBET knows the nearby landowners,
please put me in contact with them- they have a lot of great waterfowl
habitat I’d like to bird. We only scanned the edges because there were no
trespassing signs. While doing that, 79 Double-crested Cormorants flew
over.


A single FOS Ring-necked Duck was spotted among about twenty decoys at a
private hunting area (which we birded from the road) in southern Monroe
County. It was being watched closely by a Coyote behind it. About 35-40
Greater White-fronted Geese also flew overhead here, and we saw our second
Cooper’s Hawk a few minutes later.


The last and one of the best finds of the day was a lost male
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher where the train bridge crosses Lock and Dam Road
in Randolph County near the mouth of the Kaskaskia River- Kyle missed it,
unfortunately, as it flew off when I drove past, I only comprehended what I
saw once I’d driven past it. While searching for it unsuccessfully,
hundreds of American Robins flew past. This, at 5:30 PM, capped our day,
and we then went to a Halloween Party- dressed as birdwatchers. The
costumes were remarkably easy to find... we didn’t have to change clothes
at all!


As mentioned, this area's where I'd likely do a Winter Raptor Survey route
if I can. Thanks to those who sent me information on that!



Jared Gorrell (and Kyle Wiktor)

Jackson County (with adventures in Randolph, IL, Monroe, IL and Perry
County, MO also)

 

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Date: 10/29/17 10:35 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Lake County Today (WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER UPDATE)
All - I wanted to share an update to my Waukegan beach list from yesterday.
After further discussion and consult, I am updating what I had referred to
as an "odd, mini-dunlin" to a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.

photos:
https://flic.kr/p/CMSx4o
https://flic.kr/p/FXi7wR
https://flic.kr/p/ZPbSxG (on the left)

Updated ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40178183

Sorry about that - but glad to add an Illinois lifer and keep working on my
shore-birding skills.

Jeff

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<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Skip the story and go straight to the lists here:
>
> Waukegan Beach link with photos: View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40178183
> Lyons Woods link with photos: View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40178234
> More photos from today: https://flic.kr/s/aHsma6xcCw
>
>
> Spent the whole day in Lake county today. I started at Waukegan Beach
> around 11am and stayed for nearly 4 hours, wandering the beach, dunes and
> pier. There was plenty to see although much of it took patience. The pier
> had a few DUNLIN including one I pondered as something else due to its
> shorter bill and slight appearance, but in the end I decided it was just
> one of its brethren. Stumbled on a SHORT-EARED OWL just sitting on the
> beach, pondering the waves. A few SNOW BUNTINGS flew over, and one sat on
> the beach and allowed some good photos. I wandered the marsh for quite some
> time and found an AMERICAN BITTERN and a WILSON'S SNIPE in appropriate
> habitat. Amongst the brushy dunes, were a few PALM WARBLERS, a LE CONTE'S
> SPARROW, and the aforementioned by Al Stokie, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (wasn't
> able to get photos of most of these skulkers). Throughout the day, an eye
> to the sky saw several migrant raptors, including a handful of MERLINS, a
> juv BALD EAGLE, and a NORTHERN HARRIER. An additional Harrier was hunting
> the marsh intermittently throughout the time I was there. I kept thinking I
> would leave but ended up re-walking my tracks and getting teased by the
> skulking sparrows everywhere, not wanting to miss one.
>
> I finally headed over to Lyons Woods as daylight was fading. Huge sparrow
> flocks kept making me think I'd spot a Harris's, but no such luck. However
> a single flock of 20+ FOX SPARROWS was not something I have ever seen...
> and the WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were all over the ground like fallen
> leaves. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noisy and entertaining. The most
> unexpected (probably) bird of the day was a BUNTING that was in a mixed
> sparrow flock. I saw flashes of blue wings and initially assumed blue-bird
> but after a closer look while it sat, I saw it was a molting indigo/laz
> bunting. Time of year and the lack of getting photos/closer looks will have
> me leaving this as INDIGO/LAZULI.
>
> It was a great day of fall birding.
>
>
> Waukegan Beach, Lake, Illinois, US
> Oct 28, 2017 11:17 AM - 3:08 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.56 mile(s)
> Comments: I wandered the marshes and Beach and Pier for several hours
> repeating walks through the same areas
> 27 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 40
> Mallard 6
> Red-breasted Merganser 6 Flock flying past
> duck sp. 40 Flyover flocks
> Double-crested Cormorant 5
> American Bittern 1 Flushed from marsh
> Northern Harrier 2 One migrating, one hunting
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 6
> Cooper's Hawk 4
> Bald Eagle 1 Juvenile migrating
> Red-tailed Hawk 10 Many migrants
> Dunlin 5 1 apparent juv, smaller, shorter bill, slight variations in
> molt vs others but still dunlin-esque in appearance
> Wilson's Snipe 1
> Ring-billed Gull 80
> Herring Gull 25
> Mourning Dove 2
> Short-eared Owl 1 Sitting on beach
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> European Starling 40
> Snow Bunting 8 2 on beach, few flyovers, calling
> Palm Warbler 4 Had at least four unique Individuals as I wandered the
> marshes
> LeConte's Sparrow 1 Yellow on face and boldly patterned back.
> Skulking on the ground in front of me in marsh area. Flushed and was unable
> to get a photo.
> Clay-colored Sparrow 1 First came upon the bird low on the ground and
> it flushed up into a small bush. I had about 10 seconds to study it.
> Narrowed down to spizella. Clean breast and nape, strong eyeline, Buffy
> tones throughout and pale lores had me conclude ccsp. I relocated the bird
> one more time but could not get it to sit still long enough for a photo.
> White-throated Sparrow 7
> Song Sparrow 4
> Swamp Sparrow 8
> American Goldfinch 20
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/
> view/checklist/S40178183
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
> Lyons Woods Forest Preserve (Lake Co.), Lake, Illinois, US
> Oct 28, 2017 3:48 PM - 5:32 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.64 mile(s)
> 26 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Mourning Dove 6
> Red-headed Woodpecker 5
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 10
> American Crow 4
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 10
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> American Robin 8
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
> American Tree Sparrow 6
> Field Sparrow 4
> Fox Sparrow (Red) 30 One large flock of at least 20 Birds
> Dark-eyed Junco 10
> White-crowned Sparrow 4
> White-throated Sparrow 100 Massive flock feeding on ground and in low
> vegetation
> Song Sparrow 5
> Swamp Sparrow 8
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Lazuli/Indigo Bunting 1 The first thing I saw was blue wings and
> initially thought I was seeing an eastern bluebird. But then as I looked
> over the bird I realized it was brown with hints of blue in its face and
> chest and back and appeared to be molting. Other features as well like
> shape and bill made it a bunting. I didn't get a long enough look to
> differentiate between the two species. Considering the time of year I
> figured it best to leave it as open to either one. Unable to get a photo;
> it was a striking
> bird. It was in a sparrow flock with field, American tree, and swamp.
> American Goldfinch 10
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/
> view/checklist/S40178234
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
> --
> Jeff Bilsky
> <jbilsky...>
> flickr.com/jeffbilsky
>
>
>



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Date: 10/29/17 9:39 am
From: <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Northern goshawk, Wooded Isle, Oct. 29, 2017
We saw what is likely the same juvenile northern goshawk seen yesterday. Seen well but briefly from the Osaka / Phoenix Garden around 10 am.

Clearly an accipiter, most obvious characteristic was the heavy body, and strong direct flight, then the streaked breast, and finally the unevenly banded tail. Tail seemed short as compared to a COGA, perhaps because of the mass of the body.

Ted Wolff
Wooded isle, Jackson Park, Cook County

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Date: 10/29/17 3:22 am
From: Andy Pay <andyrosspay...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Lake County Today
Jeff Bilsky's small shorebird at Waukegan looks to this British birder like
a White-rumped Sandpiper.

Andy Pay
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Date: 10/28/17 6:16 pm
From: <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lyman Woods DBC Field Trip Results

Today’s DBC walk at Lyman Woods in Downers Grove was attended by 6 die-hard birders. (5 for the entire walk, and 1 who arrived an hour late and couldn’t find the group, birded “with us” around the visitor’s center for 2 hours, adding 2 species to our list.) We were constantly entertained by a number of things other than birds: 7 “frolicking” deer, a strange croaking frog (we think), and a whole array of weather: drizzle, light snow, rain, sleet and hail. Fun times!! But we came away with 39 species so we were pretty pleased, and had a LOT of fun and craziness. A big surprise towards the end of our 4-hour walk was a flock of 6 beautiful Fox Sparrows near the little pond on the west side of the property, not far from Highland Avenue (in addition to 10 others during the rest of the walk!) Couldn’t have asked for a better group of birders to join me on this walk.


A complete list is below.


Joan Campbell, DuPage County, Downers Grove


Canada Goose 23
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 27
Mallard (Domestic type) 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 4 fly-overs. Saw and heard calling!
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 21
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 13
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Blue Jay 28
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 10
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 16
Cedar Waxwing 19
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 9
Field Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow (Red) 16
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) 18
White-crowned Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 34
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 18
Northern Cardinal 7
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 13
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 55

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Date: 10/28/17 6:06 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Today
Skip the story and go straight to the lists here:

Waukegan Beach link with photos: View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40178183
Lyons Woods link with photos: View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40178234
More photos from today: https://flic.kr/s/aHsma6xcCw


Spent the whole day in Lake county today. I started at Waukegan Beach
around 11am and stayed for nearly 4 hours, wandering the beach, dunes and
pier. There was plenty to see although much of it took patience. The pier
had a few DUNLIN including one I pondered as something else due to its
shorter bill and slight appearance, but in the end I decided it was just
one of its brethren. Stumbled on a SHORT-EARED OWL just sitting on the
beach, pondering the waves. A few SNOW BUNTINGS flew over, and one sat on
the beach and allowed some good photos. I wandered the marsh for quite some
time and found an AMERICAN BITTERN and a WILSON'S SNIPE in appropriate
habitat. Amongst the brushy dunes, were a few PALM WARBLERS, a LE CONTE'S
SPARROW, and the aforementioned by Al Stokie, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (wasn't
able to get photos of most of these skulkers). Throughout the day, an eye
to the sky saw several migrant raptors, including a handful of MERLINS, a
juv BALD EAGLE, and a NORTHERN HARRIER. An additional Harrier was hunting
the marsh intermittently throughout the time I was there. I kept thinking I
would leave but ended up re-walking my tracks and getting teased by the
skulking sparrows everywhere, not wanting to miss one.

I finally headed over to Lyons Woods as daylight was fading. Huge sparrow
flocks kept making me think I'd spot a Harris's, but no such luck. However
a single flock of 20+ FOX SPARROWS was not something I have ever seen...
and the WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were all over the ground like fallen
leaves. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noisy and entertaining. The most
unexpected (probably) bird of the day was a BUNTING that was in a mixed
sparrow flock. I saw flashes of blue wings and initially assumed blue-bird
but after a closer look while it sat, I saw it was a molting indigo/laz
bunting. Time of year and the lack of getting photos/closer looks will have
me leaving this as INDIGO/LAZULI.

It was a great day of fall birding.


Waukegan Beach, Lake, Illinois, US
Oct 28, 2017 11:17 AM - 3:08 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.56 mile(s)
Comments: I wandered the marshes and Beach and Pier for several hours
repeating walks through the same areas
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 40
Mallard 6
Red-breasted Merganser 6 Flock flying past
duck sp. 40 Flyover flocks
Double-crested Cormorant 5
American Bittern 1 Flushed from marsh
Northern Harrier 2 One migrating, one hunting
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6
Cooper's Hawk 4
Bald Eagle 1 Juvenile migrating
Red-tailed Hawk 10 Many migrants
Dunlin 5 1 apparent juv, smaller, shorter bill, slight variations in
molt vs others but still dunlin-esque in appearance
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 80
Herring Gull 25
Mourning Dove 2
Short-eared Owl 1 Sitting on beach
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
European Starling 40
Snow Bunting 8 2 on beach, few flyovers, calling
Palm Warbler 4 Had at least four unique Individuals as I wandered the
marshes
LeConte's Sparrow 1 Yellow on face and boldly patterned back. Skulking
on the ground in front of me in marsh area. Flushed and was unable to get a
photo.
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 First came upon the bird low on the ground and
it flushed up into a small bush. I had about 10 seconds to study it.
Narrowed down to spizella. Clean breast and nape, strong eyeline, Buffy
tones throughout and pale lores had me conclude ccsp. I relocated the bird
one more time but could not get it to sit still long enough for a photo.
White-throated Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 8
American Goldfinch 20

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S40178183

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


Lyons Woods Forest Preserve (Lake Co.), Lake, Illinois, US
Oct 28, 2017 3:48 PM - 5:32 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.64 mile(s)
26 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 6
Red-headed Woodpecker 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
American Tree Sparrow 6
Field Sparrow 4
Fox Sparrow (Red) 30 One large flock of at least 20 Birds
Dark-eyed Junco 10
White-crowned Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 100 Massive flock feeding on ground and in low
vegetation
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 8
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Lazuli/Indigo Bunting 1 The first thing I saw was blue wings and
initially thought I was seeing an eastern bluebird. But then as I looked
over the bird I realized it was brown with hints of blue in its face and
chest and back and appeared to be molting. Other features as well like
shape and bill made it a bunting. I didn't get a long enough look to
differentiate between the two species. Considering the time of year I
figured it best to leave it as open to either one. Unable to get a photo;
it was a striking
bird. It was in a sparrow flock with field, American tree, and swamp.
American Goldfinch 10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S40178234

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

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Date: 10/28/17 4:16 pm
From: Steven Freed <sfreed111...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA California Gull Rock Island County
This afternoon at Schiebert Park on the riverfront in Rock Island there was an adult California Gull. There was also one first year Iceland Gull and two first year Thayer’s type Gulls. All these birds were present when I left and viewed very close range.
I’ll post photos on eBird later probably tomorrow.
Steve Freed
Rock Island County

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Date: 10/28/17 3:18 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach, Lyons Woods & IBSP North Unit Hawk Watch Saturday 10-28-17
Hello Bird People,

Waukegan Beach Park (7:30-8:45 a.m.)

Although my string of shorebird sightings ended on Wed today some were back.

D.C. Cormorant (2 by Greenwood)
Canada Goose (44 plus 16 more in the park & another 8 in the harbor)
Mallard (2)
Gadwall (22 in the inlet)
NORTHERN HARRIER (1-IM, hunting the dunes)
Dunlin (4 on the pier)
Snipe (2 in the wet dunes)
Ring Billed (49) & Herring (16) Gulls
Red Winged Blackbird (a few)

Also in the harbor were 2 Coots & land birds in the park included G.C.
Kinglet (2) & Sparrows were
Junco (2), White Throated (8) & a late CLAY COLORED.

I should mention that later in the day both Ted W & Scott L saw a
single SNOW BUNTING on the beach which I did not see when I was there.

Lyons Woods (9-9:40 a.m.)

Only expected birds here including Red Bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jays,
Crows, Chickadee,
Red Breasted Nuthatch, Robins & Y.R. Myrtle Warbler. Sparrows were
Swamp (2), FOX (1),
White Crowned (1-IM) & Junco.

Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch (my time there was 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Raptors seen by me were Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, N.Harrier (1-AD-M),
Sharp Shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks (2), Red Tailed Hawks, ROUGH
LEGGED HAWK & Merlin.

Also flying by were Canada Geese, one TRUMPETER SWAN, Greater
Yellowlegs & Snipe.

Several birders mentioned having checked Van Patten Woods for
Crossbills but none were found that I know of.

Bird-Of-The-Day for me will be the light phase Rough Legged Hawk (1)
but I see that the official count shows 5 of them plus a couple Red
Shouldered Hawks so they must have had a good finish as they often do.
Runner-Up to the late Clay Colored Sparrow.

Al Stokie
In N.E. Lake County today seeing some birds & missing some as well.


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Date: 10/28/17 2:48 pm
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Oct 28, 2017
-------- Original Message ----------
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To: <mhpries...> mailto:<mhpries...>
Date: October 28, 2017 at 4:46 PM
Subject: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Oct 28, 2017

North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Oct 28, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Really cold day but not too much wind. The night before had been cold and rain with high winds.
26 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose X
Wood Duck X
Double-crested Cormorant X fly-over group of about 5. Did not land.
Great Blue Heron X
Cooper's Hawk X
Red-tailed Hawk X
Buteo sp. X fly-overs, mostly in shilouette. Couldn't get a good feel for color or markings, most likely red-tails.
American Woodcock X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
Mourning Dove X
Red-bellied Woodpecker X
Downy Woodpecker X
Hairy Woodpecker X
Blue Jay X
Black-capped Chickadee X
White-breasted Nuthatch X
Golden-crowned Kinglet X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
American Robin X
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) X most likely a palm warbler. we didn't see the head as it was perching in and obscured by leafy bush. We got it from behind and a little below so didn't see anything besides yellow under the tail and plain paler to whitish underside - back seemed olive-brown.
American Tree Sparrow X
Dark-eyed Junco X
Song Sparrow X
Spotted Towhee X Possibly a spotted/eastern hybrid. I saw this bird twice and clearly saw the rows of spots across the wings (have seen a lot of them in Oregon). It was in the front of the nature center in the fenced herb garden and also on the nearby fallen tree woodpile.
Northern Cardinal X
Red-winged Blackbird X
American Goldfinch X
House Sparrow X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40175834

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Date: 10/28/17 12:22 pm
From: Gene Rothgery <erothgery...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Red Crossbills at Morton Arboretum
Thanks
Glad to hear they finally have returned to the area
I plan to be there tomorrow morning

Gene Rothgery


On Oct 28, 2017, at 1:55 PM, douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

I went out to Morton Arboretum this morning in search of crossbills. I focused my attention on the west side. I found a group of 4 female plumaged birds in larches just west of Lake Marmo. At about 10:30, I was looking at a large group of Pine Siskins when I heard the crossbills north of me. I approached them from the south and saw them in the top of a larch, as I tried to slip around to the east of get a better view they took off and flew to the northwest, where there are many more conifers. I heard them calling in that area for a couple of more minutes.
Besides the crossbills, I had huge numbers of siskins in the vicinity of Lake Marmo and Hemlock Hill. My estimated high count was 185 in sight at one time, easily the most I have ever had in Illinois at one time. But I suspect there were many more birds around. Just hard to tell when I saw a new group of siskins whether they were birds I had already seen or new birds Other conifer birds included 5 Purple Finches and 7 Red-breasted Nuthatches.
I checked Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside for crossbills as I have had them there in other flight years. Not a very thorough check, but no crossbills or siskins. The pines there do not have much in the way of cones, so may not hold crossbills, if they do show up in the cemetery.

Doug Stotz

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Date: 10/28/17 11:56 am
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red Crossbills at Morton Arboretum
I went out to Morton Arboretum this morning in search of crossbills.
I focused my attention on the west side. I found a group of 4 female
plumaged birds in larches just west of Lake Marmo. At about 10:30, I was
looking at a large group of Pine Siskins when I heard the crossbills north
of me. I approached them from the south and saw them in the top of a
larch, as I tried to slip around to the east of get a better view they took
off and flew to the northwest, where there are many more conifers. I heard
them calling in that area for a couple of more minutes.
Besides the crossbills, I had huge numbers of siskins in the vicinity
of Lake Marmo and Hemlock Hill. My estimated high count was 185 in sight
at one time, easily the most I have ever had in Illinois at one time. But I
suspect there were many more birds around. Just hard to tell when I saw a
new group of siskins whether they were birds I had already seen or new
birds Other conifer birds included 5 Purple Finches and 7 Red-breasted
Nuthatches.
I checked Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside for crossbills as I
have had them there in other flight years. Not a very thorough check, but
no crossbills or siskins. The pines there do not have much in the way of
cones, so may not hold crossbills, if they do show up in the cemetery.

Doug Stotz

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Date: 10/28/17 10:17 am
From: Alex Hale <peregrintk95...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Northern Goshawk - Jackson Park
Anya Auerbach and I just had a Northern Goshawk in Jackson Park. We first spotted it perched in a willow by Bobolink Meadow and then lost it a few minutes later when it flew east across the Lagoon toward Wooded Island. It looked like it was flying pretty low so it could still be around.

Photos are included in our eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40170029

Alex Hale
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Date: 10/27/17 3:12 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Purple finch

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/37921315396/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Female finch eating seeds with the sparrows.
C. wren singing but less now.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 10/27/17 1:49 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cold & Windy "Wild Crossbill Chase" At Van Patten Woods Friday 10-27-17
Hello Bird People,

Just as in a "wild goose chase" no goose is found so today no Red
Crossbills were found in the a.m.
at Van Patten Woods although 5 birders looked between 7:45 & 11 a.m.
Quite a few Siskins still around with smaller numbers of Goldfinch &
on my drive out I saw a few PURPLE FINCHES but no sight nor sound of
any Crossbills. But we had 2 flocks of larger than Siskin sized birds
go by that may have been Crossbills but cloudy conditions showed no
color & they never called. They could also have been Waxwings for all
I know. But folks may want to continue looking as yesterday the Red
Crossbills were seen in the early a.m., missed later on & then finally
seen again after 1 p.m. The high winds did not help nor did my ipod
failing before I could use it due to the cold.
Here's my day list:

Van Patten Woods (7:45-11 a.m.)

Canada Goose (about 40 fly-bys)
Turkey Vulture (15-18 going south in 1 large strung out bunch)
Red Tailed Hawk (1)
MERLIN (1 chasing Siskins which also did not help the search much)
Rock Pigeon (2 fly-bys)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Blue Jay (4-5)
Crow (2 fly-bys)
Chickadee (4)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (3-4)
White Breasted Nuthatch (1)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (4)
Robins (15-20)
FOX SPARROW (7)
White Throated Sparrow (5-6)
White Crowned Sparrow (2-IM)
Dark Eyed Junco (35-40)
Red Winged Blackbird (2-M in the conifers & 10 fly-bys)
Grackle (2 fly-bys)
PURPLE FINCH (2-F & 2 more not seen well)
Goldfinch (10-12)
PINE SISKIN (25-30 with some very close & well seen)
Also 3-4 Gull Species flying by but too far away to I.D.

Had I seen the Red Crossbills that would have been species #300 for my
Illinois 2017 year list which is why I chased them & why I kept
looking in spite of the wind & cold temps. Nevertheless I will try
again & hope for better luck.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the last species seen today which was Purple Finch.
Runners-Up to the well seen Fox Sparrows & Pine Siskins.
No award for the Merlin as it's finch chasing behavior may have kept
the Crossbills away.

Al Stokie
Freezing in far northern Lake County today


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Date: 10/26/17 1:56 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Heritage Park In Wheeling Thursday 10-26-17
Hello Bird People,

Thought I'd go to Montrose this a.m. but wasn't ready to go in time to
beat the rush hour traffic so I went to the Botanic Garden instead.
Saw 41 species although none were special. I'll highlight the species
of some interest in case you'd rather not read the entire list.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:45-11:45 a.m./Covered all areas this time)

D.C. Cormorant (3)
P.B. Grebe (2)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Canada Goose (139)
Wood Duck (9 in B.Brown Pond)
Mallard (14)
REDHEAD (1-M continuing in the B.Brown Pond)
Cooper's Hawk (1 adult fly-by)
Coots (6 with the Grebes)
KILLDEER (2 but on the island in the Northern Lake as the backwaters
remain flooded)
Ring Billed (1) & Herring (4) Gulls
Rock Pigeon (3 fly-bys)
Mourning Dove (3 in McDonald Woods)
KINGFISHER (1 diving)
Red Bellied (4), Downy (2) & Hairy (1-F) Woodpeckers
EASTERN PHOEBE (2)
Blue Jay (8-10)
Crow (1 distant fly-by)
Chickadee (6)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (4 again on the west side of the road around the
Northern Lake)
White Breasted Nuthatch (2 in McDonald Woods)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (5)
EASTERN BLUEBIRD (6, mostly males & all in the B.Brown Preserve. Not
common at the CBG)
Hermit Thrush (only 1)
Robins (30-35)
Starling (2 fly-bys)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (4)
Song Sparrow (1)
FOX SPARROW (6, all but 1 in McDonald Woods)
White Throated Sparrow (15-20 with most in McDonald Woods)
White Crowned Sparrow (1-AD & 3-IM)
Dark Eyed Junco (36-38, everywhere)
Red Winged Blackbird (7-8)
Common Grackle (6)
House Finch (1-PR)
SISKIN (1 called for an I.D. but small finch flocks kept flying by &
not all were Goldfinch)
Goldfinch (20-25)
House Sparrow (3)

Looked hard for Redpolls or Crossbills but found none.

Heritage Park Wheeling (12:40-1:10 p.m.)

As I went to lunch in Wheeling I made a stop here in case the ducks
had returned as this place is good for both diving & puddle ducks when
they come in. But they had NOT arrived yet just as they have not
arrived at the CBC.

The small stream had only 20 Mallards & the soccer field had Canada
Geese (~450) &
Ring Billed Gulls (95). Land birds heard were Blue Jay & Goldfinch.

The big pond had D.C. Cormorant (1), both P.B. (5) & HORNED (1)
Grebes, one Great Blue Heron, more Mallards (39), Coots (14), more
Ring Billed Gulls (32) & 2 adult Herring Gulls.

After the Waukegan shorebirds had deserted me yesterday I was glad to
see 2 shorebirds today even if they were only Killdeer. Therefore
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to those 2 Killdeer & if you think about it how
often does that species get to be top bird? Today they made it.
Runners-Up to the Fox Sparrows & the Bluebirds.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Arkansas seen in Des Plaines & I
should mention a plate from Nevada seen on Sunday at Montrose that I
forgot to mention before.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Date: 10/26/17 1:08 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET California Park - LeConte's Sparrow
Haha. Oak tree or Maple?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 26, 2017, at 2:45 PM, David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Dear birders,
>
> Highlight of a 5.75 mile walk in my "neighborhood" this morning was a LeConte's Sparrow between the fieldhouse and the river in California Park (California and Irving Park Rd). This was a FOY for me, but even better, the first I've seen in my zip code. I've had most, if not all, of the common species of sparrow in this park, but this joins Harris' Sparrow (several years ago) as a rarer find.
>
> In Horner Park, a Brown Creeper may have mistaken me for a tree. It flew directly at me, then veered at the last second to land on the trunk of a tree only two feet away from me.
>
> For the birds!
>
> Dave Antieau
> <dkantieau...>
> Chicago, Cook County
>
>

 

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Date: 10/26/17 1:07 pm
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS for the last LaBagh walk of the fall
LaBagh Woods bird walk this Saturday, October 28, 7:30 - 9:30Leaders: Jill Niland and Jeff Skrentny
- LaBagh Woods (map)
- 4498 West Foster Avenue
- Chicago, IL, 60630
Look for late migrants during the morning walk. At 9:30 we'll be in an open area where we might see some migrating hawks, if winds are favorable, and will linger for awhile if there are hawks coming through. However, participants are free to leave whenever they need to. Given recent rain and even possible snow, wear sturdy water-repellant boots and dress for the weather. Meet at the Irene Hernandez Parking Lot, off of Foster, east of Cicero. 

Added bonus: see all the new native shrubs that the LaBagh team, which includes Forest Preserve staff and volunteers and COS members, have recently planted. If these additions to bird habitat inspire you, consider joining the last planting day of the fall on November 5th (see Chicagobirder.org for details). 
For directions or more info about the walk, contact Jill at 773-218-4153. 



 

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Date: 10/26/17 12:56 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Tennessee w.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/37897167256/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The T. warbler came this morning. Anxiously looking for food. A might cool for a warbler. Also had Purple finch female.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Date: 10/26/17 12:45 pm
From: David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET California Park - LeConte's Sparrow
Dear birders,
Highlight of a 5.75 mile walk in my "neighborhood" this morning was a LeConte's Sparrow between the fieldhouse and the river in California Park (California and Irving Park Rd). This was a FOY for me, but even better, the first I've seen in my zip code. I've had most, if not all, of the common species of sparrow in this park, but this joins Harris' Sparrow (several years ago) as a rarer find.
In Horner Park, a Brown Creeper may have mistaken me for a tree. It flew directly at me, then veered at the last second to land on the trunk of a tree only two feet away from me.
For the birds!
Dave <Antieaudkantieau...>, Cook County

 

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Date: 10/26/17 9:25 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Winter Raptor Survey (No Sightings)
You can find out more here.

https://www.hmana.org/winter-raptor-survey/ https://www.hmana.org/winter-raptor-survey/





Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL


 

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Date: 10/26/17 7:53 am
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Winter Raptor Survey (No Sightings)
I would also be interested in this information.
Jared Gorrell
Jackson County

On Oct 26, 2017 9:39 AM, "<tbalassie...> [ILbirds]" <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Some time ago an IBET member posted a link regarding conducting surveys re
> above. Does anyone have that link/info?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
>
> Tim Balassie
>
> Kane Co., IL
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/26/17 7:34 am
From: <tbalassie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Winter Raptor Survey (No Sightings)
Some time ago an IBET member posted a link regarding conducting surveys re above. Does anyone have that link/info?


Thanks,


Tim Balassie
Kane Co., IL


 

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Date: 10/26/17 4:13 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard ET sparrow

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/24093337158/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Eurasian tree sp. eating seeds with the House sp. Moves a little faster than its cousins. Esp head movements.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 10/25/17 9:07 pm
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS
If you've never used Discord before, it's pretty simple to use. It's like
Skype, but easier to use and more fun. I recommend doing this.

Jared Gorrell
Jackson County

On Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 10:01 PM, <bens.sanders1...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hello all! I would like to announce a new approach to sharing relevant
> Illinois birding information. Discord is an innovative new way to message.
> On Discord there are many channels for different types of info (general
> chat, sightings, a photo share, etc.); many integrations like where you can
> level up, change your role, etc.; and even a voice chat where you can talk
> to other members kind of like a phone call! With this new program, you can
> share information quickly and timely. One can share their photos, RBA’s,
> general sightings, ask for ID help, and much more! It may take some time to
> get used to, but I certainly hope for this take flight. There are many
> different categories to talk about many birding subjects all in one place!
> No need for ten different facebook pages here. You have to create an
> account and join through this link: https://discord.gg/8WqGDms
>
>
> Thanks, Ben Sanders
>
> Evanston, IL
>
> Cook County
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/25/17 8:27 pm
From: Jim Mountjoy <jmountjo...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White-winged Crossbills in Knox County
This morning on my dog walk in the north end of Galesburg I heard
interesting finch calls, and was able to see at least 3 small birds pass
overhead uttering these calls. I was thinking crossbill, but they did not
sound very much like the sharp Red Crossbill calls that I had heard a
couple of days ago. I also heard at least one (from the same group or
different?) a few minutes later. It took a bit of listening to various Red
Crossbill call types on the McCauley Lab website and various assorted calls
of White-wings on Xeno-Canto before I felt confident that I had heard at
least 3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS this morning, giving only the "chet, chet"
call and not the typical mix with more 'whiny' calls.. It has been too
long since I have heard this species!

Kevin Richmond also reports having this species today at Sand Ridge. It
could be an interesting winter coming up...

Jim Mountjoy


D. James Mountjoy

Associate Professor

(on Sabbatical Spring and Fall Terms 2017)

Knox College

Department of Biology

2 East South Street

Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999

309-341-7086
www.knox.edu

 

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Date: 10/25/17 8:01 pm
From: <bens.sanders1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS
Hello all! I would like to announce a new approach to sharing relevant Illinois birding information. Discord is an innovative new way to message. On Discord there are many channels for different types of info (general chat, sightings, a photo share, etc.); many integrations like where you can level up, change your role, etc.; and even a voice chat where you can talk to other members kind of like a phone call! With this new program, you can share information quickly and timely. One can share their photos, RBA’s, general sightings, ask for ID help, and much more! It may take some time to get used to, but I certainly hope for this take flight. There are many different categories to talk about many birding subjects all in one place! No need for ten different facebook pages here. You have to create an account and join through this link: https://discord.gg/8WqGDms https://discord.gg/8WqGDms



Thanks, Ben Sanders
Evanston, IL
Cook County


 

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Date: 10/25/17 2:23 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach & Park, Lyons Woods & IBSP Hawk Watch Wed 10-25-17
Hello Bird People,

After 2 "rain days" with no birding it was back in action today &
although I did not get all the birds seen by others at the same places
I was at I did well enough.

Waukegan Beach & Park (7:25-8:45 a.m.)

Waves were crashing over the pier so no birds there. The only birds on
the beach were a few Ring Billed Gulls. But in the inlet were P.B.
Grebe (2), Canada Goose (63), Mallard (8), Gadwall (5), Green Wing
Teal (1) & Coots (3). Still 2 Cormorants toward Greenwood & 9 Red
Winged Blackbirds flew by. Sad to say today was my 1st "shorebird
shutout" at Waukegan with my 1st visit being on July 6th followed by
24 more visits without ever missing at least 1 shorebird. I had hoped
to get into November before the shutout but not this year. I once made
it into the 1st weekend of Dec without a shutout when a Ruddy
Turnstone remained into Dec. But in a normal year the 1st shutout
comes in late Oct or early Nov so it was on schedule. Later Eric &
Ethan G had a Snipe & an American Bittern in the backwaters & the
Snipe would saved me one more time but it wasn't to be.

In the small park I saw both Kinglets (1 male Ruby Crowned was
actually flashing it's red crown), 3 Hermit Thrushes, Myrtle Warblers
& 4 species of Sparrows among other birds.

Lyons Woods (9-9:50 a.m.)

Here I was with Eric & Ethan G for part of the time but not long
enough I'm afraid. They returned via the conifers & their reward was
to hear & briefly see the Red Crossbill reported by Ethan. I returned
via the field loop trail & my only reward was to hear about their
Crossbill.

Birds I did get included Eastern Phoebe, both Red & White Breasted
Nuthatches, Eastern Bluebirds,
Hermit Thrushes, an ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER, an Eastern Towhee, more
Sparrows & about 6-8 SISKINS near the parking lot.

Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch (10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

My visit was not long based on the others who were there but long
enough to see the following:

Turkey Vulture (16), BALD EAGLE (6), good numbers of Sharpe Shinned &
Red Tailed Hawks plus a few Cooper's Hawks & 2 Merlins. Highlight for
me & probably everyone else was a NORTHERN GOSHAWK which flew by with
a Red Tailed Hawk right over us & Paul's photos of the 2 together
proved the I.D. of the Goshawk beyond a doubt. Also flying by were
flocks of Canada Geese & Cormorants & 1 Great Egret flying north not
south? Land birds near the site included 2 Eastern Phoebes, a distant
NORTHERN SHRIKE found 1st by Ethan, over 10 Bluebirds & good looks at
2 LECONTES SPARROWS in the usual place south of the shelter building.
I am sure the hawk watch folks will have many more raptors by day's
end.

Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Goshawk especially as I missed that
species last year & maybe the year before as well. Runner-Up to the
LeConte's Sparrow which gave us a nice long look which seldom happens
for me.

Al Stokie
In N.E. Lake County today


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Date: 10/25/17 1:54 pm
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red Crossbill at Raceway, Kane Co.
Sounds like finches are on the move. We had one flyover RED CROSSBILL this
afternoon at Raceway Woods in the south / west fields and evergreen area.
Also at least 12 PURPLE FINCHES including some nice males that were eating
berries in the trees. Full list is below.

Per eBird, I also noticed that John Longhenrey also had 2 WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS at Greenwood Cemetary in Rockford today.

Hopefully the trend will continue!

Eric & Sally Secker
West Dundee, Kane Co.


Raceway Woods Forest Preserve
Oct 25, 2017
2:20 PM
Traveling
1.00 miles
40 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
West/South fields and evergreens.

3 Canada Goose
2 Turkey Vulture
2 Downy Woodpecker
4 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
5 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
X American Robin
2 European Starling
3 Cedar Waxwing
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
7 Yellow-rumped Warbler
7 Field Sparrow
X Dark-eyed Junco
X White-throated Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
9 Northern Cardinal
2 Red-winged Blackbird
5 House Finch
12 Purple Finch
1 Red Crossbill -- Flyover circled a couple times. Calling jip-jip-jip. One
of the slightly higher pitched types.
8 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 28

 

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Date: 10/25/17 12:42 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard migrants

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/26154861479/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Golden-crowned kinglet here now. Winter wren still here. Spooky night time eyes roam near Stealthcam.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
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Date: 10/25/17 11:22 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie siskins (cook county)
Outside my office around touhy and the edens...flying over... heard them
calling.

 

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Date: 10/25/17 10:52 am
From: William Branson <auspex4...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Vesper Sparrow at Montros
12PM. Vesper Sparrow seen by several at base of pier on sandy verge and in
south prairie. Was with Snow bunting.

Bill Branson
Cook

 

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Date: 10/25/17 9:43 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Flocks of Pine Siskins at Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk-South Pond
Lincoln Park, Chicago--South Pond, Cook, Illinois, US
Oct 25, 2017 10:03 AM - 10:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.35 mile(s)
24 species

Canada Goose 45
Mallard 8
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Turkey Vulture 4
American Coot 2
Herring Gull 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 8
Hermit Thrush 1
European Starling 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 5 Brown warbler, yellow rump, pumping tail often. There
were at least this many, probably more.
American Tree Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow (Red) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 5
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 6
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Common Redpoll 1
Pine Siskin 25
American Goldfinch 40
House Sparrow 45

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S40114663

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



Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

IBET Administrator
Illinois Ornithological Society Board Member
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https://www.facebook.com/IllinoisOrnithologicalSociety/





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Date: 10/25/17 8:04 am
From: Ethan Gyllenhaal <ethannatureboy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red Crossbill and good finch movement - Lyons Woods, Lake county
Hey,

My dad and I just had a lone Res Crossbill fly due south over Lyons Woods. I don't think it stuck, so I'm mostly sending this to let everyone know that LOTS of finches are moving today. Between there and Waukegan Beach we already had over 80 siskins, plus 2 flyover Purple Finch at Lyons.

Waukegan also had a snipe (chased up by a harrier) and an American Bittern in the marsh, plus a Merlin and two Kestrel hanging out in the parking lot.

Ethan Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Date: 10/24/17 5:57 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yard lifer! Cook co
First ever swamp sparrow in our yard today! So exciting. We have a small bit of seasonal wetland and it was feeding in it. The robins chose it to bathe.. A male ruby-crowned kinglet was pruning in the bushes while flashing his Red Crest at me repeatedly. Also two chickadees were feeding in the blue spruce. Otherwise the same birds as yesterday except I didn't see the flicker today. The birds seem to like this colder weather, and the rain

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County
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Date: 10/24/17 10:51 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Winter wren

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/37193381764/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Wren is back, not seen for a week. New arrivals, DE junco and a good # of WT sp.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 10/23/17 3:37 pm
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sedge Wrens Jefferson Park, Springfield IL
Amongst the overgrown plots at Jefferson Park community garden were at
least 3 probably more Sedge Wrens. First I have seen in this neighborhood
ever.
Rhetta Jack, Springfield, IL

 

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Date: 10/23/17 1:38 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET September 2017 Shorebird Statistics
Hello Bird People,

With today being a "rain out" birding wise I can get my Sept shorebird
report posted and none too soon as it's almost the end of October.
This report includes a visit to Mason & Fulton Co's & so my totals
will be higher than if I had not made that 1 day trip.

Shorebirds Seen In Sept 2017

1. Black Bellied Plover = 16

2. American Golden Plover = 402

3. Semipalmated Plover = 60

4. Killdeer = 994

5. Greater Yellowlegs = 23

6. Lesser Yellowlegs = 692

7. Solitary Sandpiper = 68

8. Spotted Sandpiper = 21

9. Ruddy Turnstone = 2

10. Sanderling = 466

11. Semipalmated Sandpiper = 68

12. Least Sandpiper = 41

13. White Rumped Sandpiper = 2

14. Baird's Sandpiper = 6

15. Pectoral Sandpiper = 83

16. Dunlin = 1

17. Stilt Sandpiper = 98

18. Buff Breasted Sandpiper = 7

19. Short Billed Dowitcher = 3

20. Long Billed Dowitcher = 18

21. Wilson's Snipe = 20

22. Wilson's Phalarope = 1

So that's 22 species & 3092 individuals of which 1197 were seen on my
1 day trip to Central Ill.

For comparison purposes here are totals for recent Septembers:

2013 = 20 species & 1110 individuals

2014 = 28 species & 1803 individuals

2015 = 22 species & 1310 individuals

2016 = 20 species & 1690 individuals

So this year's 22 species is close to normal but the 3092 individuals
is much higher than normal
& is the result of the many shorebirds seen in Mason & Fulton Co's on
my 1 day trip.

I will do one more shorebird report (for October 2017) but it will
have lower totals as expected.

Al Stokie


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Date: 10/23/17 10:04 am
From: Jim Mountjoy <jmountjo...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red Crossbill in Knox County, and a few other sightings
Hello everyone,

This morning I had at least 1 (perhaps 2) RED CROSSBILL fly over my yard in
the north end of Galesburg (#142 for my yard list). I also had a PURPLE
FINCH, and a flock of 5+ birds that were probably siskins (only one quick
call note from the whole group...). Another notable was a single TREE
SWALLOW, flying straight south at speed.

Yesterday I did some birding in Lee and Ogle counties. The weather was
pretty miserable for much of the day, but I was scheduled to accompany a
group of students on a visit to Nachusa Grasslands, so I tried to make the
best of the day. My best bird was a MERLIN at one of the restorations
(near Flagg Road in Ogle Co.). It perched in a dead tree in front of the
group and ate some avian prey while my binoculars were passed around to the
whole group. For a county lister, common birds can also be satisfying if
they plug a hole in your county list, so finally getting CAROLINA WRENS in
Lee County and SWAMP SPARROWS in Ogle County made me happy. It was also
nice to see some numbers of dabbling ducks at Rochelle and Nachusa - mostly
MALLARDS, some GADWALL, a few N PINTAIL and two AMERICAN WIGEON (at
Nachusa).

Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL


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Date: 10/23/17 6:25 am
From: Leslie Yoshitani <leslieyosh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET West Branch Scoters Yes

As of Monday 8 am

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Date: 10/22/17 4:03 pm
From: Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Report from the WBC walk to Nelson Lake and FermiLab, 10/21

Hi fellow birders! Simon here! Today was the first anniversary of Whimbrel Birders Club. Ranging from ages 8- Mid Forties today, Whimbrel Birders Club really is a bird club where age is no barrier! With a grand total of 22 species at Nelson Lake and 29 species at Fermilab, we did not meet the first walk’s epic 60 total species! Scoping out the very same locations in the Batavia, Illinois area, we first met up at Nelson Lake, at the Dick Young Forest Preserve with throngs of waterfowl flying in and out. Oliver’s dad, waited for the expected guests at the cars while Oliver and Ben Sanders walked out to the overlook to get an early jump on ducks and geese. Peter, my brother, and I walk up and immediately begin to scan with our binoculars. The following birds were seen in the 10-minute wait for my mom, and Oliver’s dad to come along:

- Hundreds of Canada Geese
- 3 Snow Geese ( 1 White, 1 Dark, and 1 Mystery)
- 30 Northern Pintail
- 1 Northern Shoveler
- 30 Blue and Green-winged Teal.
- 15 American Wigeons
- 10 Gadwall

Mallards, Herons and Egrets, Gulls, Nuthatches, Sparrows and hundreds of Grackles.
In the midst of the multitude of birds, Benjamin Sebastian arrived. He sadly misses the 3 Snow Geese. We birded for a few more minutes before hopping into our cars to drive to the second location, Fermilab. When we got there, we drove past the Bison Prairie, the research station, and finally, to the first lake to resume our expedition.  At Lake Law, the only birds there were some Canada Geese, 2 Sandhill Cranes, 8 Great Egrets, and a bonus CANVASBACK! W walked the trail to see no new birds, but to see a surprising amount of giant bullfrogs! We joked around saying that there was an accident with the particle accelerators, and it mutated them to a gigantic size! We met another birder, and she told us where to find a lingering Short-eared Owl, and some Greater White-fronted Geese. We got to a second lake, to find nothing but a few Double-crested Cormorants. There was a potential Neotropic Cormorant, but it turned out to be just a Double-crested. As we walk back to the cars, we decide to play a little prank on Lucas Rot, who couldn’t make it. We were inspired by the talk of Greater White-fronted Geese to text Lucas that we were in awe by the presence of a “Lesser White-fronted Goose!” First, we texted him a bad picture of one off of the internet, then a photo of me “petting” it using Ben Sanders’ Snapchat.  Then we sent him another bad photo of the species, but with a little bonus, a Barnacle Goose! Of course, we weren't really seeing either goose. It went on for a while. We hardly looked for the Short-eared Owl, but did see a Blue-winged Warbler! We kept texting until we got to the area where the Greater White-fronted Geese had been seen, but they were not present. We scanned the Canada Geese to look for any other birds. Many Eastern Bluebirds came in and out with Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers. Suddenly, 20 geese erupted from the flock, and we got a closer look. What do we know, they are all GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE!!!!!! They fly off but then come back to land back in the field. We are now saying, “Now, find the real Lesser White-fronted Goose!” We finally tell Lucas that we didn’t see a real Lesser White-fronted Goose. We were going to wait, but we didn’t want him to post it to rare bird alert, and get us all expelled from the ABA. All fun and games! We ended the day with a bang due to a flock of Wild Turkeys! Honored to be on the first anniversary of Whimbrel Birders Club walk, it was a great day!See photos at https://whimbrelbirders.org/2017/10/22/whimbrel-birders-club-first-anniversary-10-21-2017/Oliver Burrus posting for Simon TolzmannKane and DuPage cos.
 

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Date: 10/22/17 3:59 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yard Birds, cook co.
Wow!  Yesterday the hoard of robins arrived and took over the place, accompanied by 1 or 2 juncos feeding in the understory (FOF here).  A flicker flew by, first in a long time.  Saw a female cardinal in the bushes.  House sparrows were around as well.  Both f and m downy woodpecker came by together which was a first.  They nest in our neighbor's tree I believe.
So today in the cold and in the rain, it was a party on the lawn!  The robins were still here, apparently enjoying the rain, flying around, calling, from tree to tree to lawn to lawn to tree…  I heard the repeated chirps of a cardinal and finally saw a female, followed by a weird light red bird with a long tail.  It was a baby male cardinal!  So late!  I confirmed by visualizing the gape and then seeing the adult female feed him.  Later I also saw the adult male on the lawn in the same area.  They had a disrupted nest last summer and then re-nested late, this year I think they nested twice (atleast) so it's nice to see this success.  We've had them in our yard for over 40 years.
Also exciting today was seeing the flicker feeding in the leaf litter under our bushes.  I have begun leaving all natural material there for that very reason!  It's good for the insects who need to pupate and over-winter in leaf litter (including some awesome moths that are declining), and for the birds who like to eat insects and seeds that collect in the litter.  
A bluejay was also feeding in that same area, we've had them briefly in the spruces over the past couple of years but they didn't stick around to nest.  Decades ago, before west nile virus, they nested in our neighbor's maple tree, and crows were in our pine.  Chickadees too.  All three species completely disappeared for over 10 years, then started to come back, then receded again, and now they are all back in our yard on occasion.  It's a very happy day when I see one, especially one feeding on the resources that we provide by allowing nature to be the way it should be.
Also seen, house sparrows who have begun using our "new" tree as a sundown perch to chatter from, it's quite enjoyable to hear them.  Like a concert with a sunset backdrop.
Also a mourning dove flew by, another species that we had for decades that had disappeared, and has now returned to the area.  It seems to like the area where I planted native IL flowers and grasses last year.  Exciting!  There was a small hawk earlier in the week which might have been sharp-shinned as it didn't look right for Cooper's, but it was a quick in flight look.  
Time for winter clothes…  brrr….
Suzanne Colemancook co.10/22/17
 

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Date: 10/22/17 3:05 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Lincoln's sp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/37608219720/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Many WT sp here, just one Lincoln's sp. Likes the seeds in the stick pile.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 10/22/17 1:14 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Another Montrose Report Plus Hegewisch Marsh Sunday 10-22-17
Hello Bird People,

Montrose Dunes & Beach Only (7:15-8:15 a.m.)

I wanted to add the N.Shrike to my 2017 Cook County list & was pleased
to find it giving good looks in the Dunes area. I was considerably
less pleased to later find out I had already seen one in Cook County
back in March! That's what happens when you don't check your records
before trying to find something you think you need.

But as mentioned before I did see it very well & I did see 7 species
of shorebirds as well including 2 species I did not see on 10-19. The
shorebirds were Killdeer (1), Sanderling (19), Dunlin (14),
Least (2), Semipalmated (1) & BAIRD'S (1 continuing) Sandpipers plus 1
Snipe in the Dunes. Two Great Blue Herons were resting in shallow
water just off the beach, 1 Cormorant flew by & large numbers of
Canada Geese, Mallards & Coots were all in the lake. Due to the high
winds the only Sparrows I saw were Swamp & Lincoln's (1). At least 1
other birder (Mike) did see a LeConte's Sparrow.

Hegewisch Marsh (9-10:45 a.m.)

After seeing the Shrike which I thought was a new county year bird but
was not I hurried to Hegewisch Marsh hoping the rain would hold off
long enough for me to find yesterday's Ibis
reported on IBET by Josh E. This was even bigger game for me as in
over 30 years of local birding I had never seen a White Faced Ibis in
Cook Co although I had 2 Glossy Ibis sightings.

Arrived at 9 a.m. to find Andrew A & Carl G (with his young child)
ready to leave after seeing the Ibis earlier. That was the good news
but the bad news was that the Ibis had been in fairly close (where the
Dowitchers were a month ago) when seen but then it flew off to the
eastern part of the marsh.
Walked in to the S.W. viewing location & did not see the Ibis but
after about 10 min of searching there it was as far to the east as it
could be & still be in the marsh. Not the view I wanted but at least I
had a view! I must admit that at that distance there was not going to
be any sighting of a red eye to prove it was White Faced but Josh &
Jacob saw the red eye yesterday & today Andrew posted a photo which
shows the red eye & since there's only 1 dark Ibis here I will count
it as White Faced even though I could not see the red color myself.
Guess I'm getting a little sloppy in my old age.

Also here were 2 Great Blues, the Mute Swan family (2 adults & 3 large
young), many Canada Geese. Mallards & Green Winged Teal plus smaller
numbers of Gadwall, Shovelers & Wigeon.
Also saw Killdeer, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs & Coot (1 each) &
Walter's flock of at least 40
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS which all landed right in front of me for a few
minutes before splitting into smaller groups.

While here I was joined by Carolyn Marsh who I had not seen in a few
years & I was able to help her see the Ibis. Later Fran M arrived
after the Ibis started to be difficult to see but we kept looking &
finally Fran got good but distant views of that bird finding it by
himself.

A quick stop at Burnham Prairie as the rain was starting only got me 2
Great Blues & 3 Ring Billed Gulls. Another quick stop at Wolf
Lake/Powers (where hunting has begun) only got me Coots (~150) plus 4
Canada Geese on a lawn & 7-8 P.B. Grebes. Lots of duck & geese decoys
though.

Any time I add a new species to as large a list as my Cook Co list
it's a good day indeed.
Bird-Of-The-Day to that White Faced Ibis &
Runners-Up to the Shrike that was NOT a new Cook Co bird for 2017 &
the gang of Rusty Blackbirds which I always enjoy seeing in large or
small flocks.

Al Stokie
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Date: 10/22/17 12:04 pm
From: Evan Graff <egraff89...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Osprey at montrose
Hi All,

Just had an osprey circling overhead above montrose. It then drifted over to the golf course and started heading south along LSD. I don’t see these too often along the lakefront so thought others might be interested.

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Date: 10/22/17 11:52 am
From: Jim Hully <xenospiza...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Short-eared Owl, Northern Shrike, Le Conte's Sparrows, and Black-throated Blue Warbler, 10/21 a.m.
It was one of my best days for this time of year. Managed to get a few
decent images.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40066835

Cheers,

Jim Hully
Grayslake, IL
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On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 3:48 PM, 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Montrose wasn't quite as birdy (for me) as on Thursday, but it was still
> pretty good. I ended up with 47 species in a little over 2 hours of
> effort, highlighted by
>
> Baird's Sandpiper - the continuing juvenile
> Semipalmated Sandpiper - the continuing molting first cycle bird
> Short-eared Owl - 1 in the dunes
> Northern Shrike - 1 in the dunes
> Black-throated Blue Warbler - female near the Magic Hedge
> Le Conte's Sparrow - 2 in the dunes
>
> The Northern Shrike was my bird-of-the-day; I haven't seen one at
> Montrose in a few years. Maybe this will be a flight year for them. The
> algae mat continues at the east end of the beach, and it continues to
> attract shorebirds and ducks. The dominant passerine was Swamp Sparrow.
>
> https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40043108
>
> 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: 10/22/17 11:05 am
From: Leslie Yoshitani <leslieyosh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Scoters at West Branch

Three scoters, easy viewing from first observation deck off parking lot at West Branch Forest Preserve, DuPage, on Army Trail Rd., east of 59. Working on species. Come help!

Leslie Yoshitani
West Chicago

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Date: 10/22/17 10:05 am
From: Chuck <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Saw-whet owl
I heard my fos saw-whet owl yesterday morning while camping at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve.  Also a red-shouldered hawk.

Chuck
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Date: 10/22/17 5:53 am
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Oct 21, 2017
> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> To: <mhpries...>
> Date: October 22, 2017 at 7:50 AM
> Subject: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Oct 21, 2017
>
> North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
> Oct 21, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Regular Chicago Audubon fall walk at this location. Next week is last walk of the season. Skipped last week due to heavy rain and thunderstorms.
> 25 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose X
> Wood Duck X
> Mallard X
> Hooded Merganser X 1 lone female mixing with wood ducks
> Great Blue Heron X
> Cooper's Hawk X
> Red-tailed Hawk X
> Belted Kingfisher X
> Red-bellied Woodpecker X
> Downy Woodpecker X
> Hairy Woodpecker X
> Blue Jay X
> Black-capped Chickadee X
> White-breasted Nuthatch X
> Brown Creeper X
> Golden-crowned Kinglet X
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
> American Robin X
> Gray Catbird X Entering the woods behind the pond there is a fairly thick bushy area where many robins were feeding on berries so skeptics could consider this a mistake. I didn't see it but 3 others in the group reported seeing it and when I went to that spot, I and another person agreed we heard it doing its typical garbling "talking".
> Yellow-rumped Warbler X
> warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) X I and another person had a quick glimpse of the back and underside of some type of warbler, very yellow underneath and olive above but not enough time to get other markings or see the head and full shape. We thought most likely was a common yellowthroat.
> Dark-eyed Junco X
> Northern Cardinal X
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> American Goldfinch X
> House Sparrow X
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40060386
>
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Date: 10/21/17 8:42 pm
From: Tom Terrien <tinkandtom...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Marilyn Campbell(No Sightings)
For those who do not know, Marilyn Campbell, well known birder, conservationist, and past executive director of Illinois Audubon Society, passed away on September 21st, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held for her on 2 different dates. The first is October 28th and the second one is November 24th. Both will be held at 1PM in the Gannett Center at Forest Glen Preserve in Vermilion County, IL.For more information, please contact Sue Tinkle at <tinkandtom...>

 

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Date: 10/21/17 7:59 pm
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET At long last my prediction came true-RHWO in the hood!
Sitting in chair in driveway talking to Mom on phone and watching all the
Blue Jays and a 200 plus Grackle flock enjoying the acorn mast here I saw a
white flash bigger than the white on the Blue Jays. Sure enough, a Red
Headed Woodpecker!!! Now all we need for us is a Pileated! I think. Also,
White Throated Sparrows singing in back yard.
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Date: 10/21/17 3:21 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP: Clay-colored Sparrow
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today, covering 63rd Street Beach, the north lake front to the 59th Street promontory and Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow. Birding was better than I expected with 44 species, including 10 sparrow species.
The best spot may have been the west end nature area at the beach; more specifically, the east end of this area. When I first walked through this area I found several SWAMP SPARROWS, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and a MARSH WREN. As I was walking away east on the beach I heard a few different calls and decided to walk back and pish a little. An immature female SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flew into a nearby tree that I was able to photograph. It flew off and I continued pishing. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, a SONG SPARROW and another sparrow popped up in the farthest bush. The last sparrow was either a Clay-colored, which would be late, or a Chipping Sparrow. It looked more like the former with a white malar, buffy flanks and a pale gray nape, but it was too far to see if it had a pale lores (area in front of the eye). A Chipping would have a dark line there; a continuation of the stripe behind the eye. I tried some distant photos that were too blurry to tell much, but in one of them I caught the bird in flight and it had a brownish rump like a Clay-colored. I decided to see if I could get a closer look and crossed back into the nature area. I pished in front of the bush where it had been. A male EASTERN TOWHEE appeared with another White-crowned, more Song and Swamp Sparrows and a few PALM WARBLERS. Finally I saw it on the back side of the bush. It appeared to have a pale lores. Finally it moved to where I could see and photograph it clearly. I took several shots, most of which caught it in the act of preening its breast, but one clearly showed it was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. Looking at my copy of Paul Clyne's Jackson Park checklist at home the record late fall date is (was) 10/10/2007.
Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow wasn't quite as birdy as I hoped but there were plenty of expected migrants to keep me content. There was a FIELD SPARROW west of the martin houses. My only one so far this fall. On Wooded Island I heard a distant but clear RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. There were 9 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, most in the vegetation around the Columbia Basin. There was a HOUSE WREN in what used to be the rose garden, to go along with a few WINTER WRENS seen in the area. LINCOLN'S SPARROW was my 10th sparrow species with one on the island and another in the meadow. My full list is below.

Abbreviations: 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, NLF=North Lake Front, WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow.
Canada Goose: 63rd (152), WI/BM (320)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (2)
Mallard: WI/BM (35; most actually just outside the park where they want to put the parking garage)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (1)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (1)
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 63rd (1)
Accipiter sp: WI/BM (1)
Ring-billed Gull: 63rd (21), NLF (70), WI/BM (3)
Herring Gull: 63rd (1), NLF (1)
Mourning Dove: 63rd (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (2)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (3)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (3)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (1)
A. Crow: 63rd (5), WI/BM (2)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (9)
Red-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (1)
White-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (1)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (1)
House Wren: WI/BM (1)
Winter Wren: 63rd (1), WI/BM (5)
Marsh Wren: 63rd (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: 63rd (1), WI/BM (9)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (3)
E. Bluebird: WI/BM (1)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (14)
A. Robin: WI/BM (25)
Euro. Starling: 63rd (11), WI/BM (10)
Orange-crowned Warbler: WI/BM (9)
Palm Warbler: 63rd (3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: 63rd (2), WI/BM (3)
E. Towhee: 63rd (1), WI/BM (2)
Field Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Clay-colored Sparrow: 63rd (1)
Savannah Sparrow: 63rd (3), WI/BM (1)
Song Sparrow: 63rd (2), NLF (1), WI/BM (11)
Lincoln's Sparrow: WI/BM (2)
Swamp Sparrow: 63rd (15), WI/BM (10)
Dark-eyed Junco: 63rd (1), WI/BM (25)
White-crowned Sparrow: 63rd (2), WI/BM (4)
White-throated Sparrow: NLF (1), WI/BM (45)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (10)
House Finch: WI/BM (1)
A. Goldfinch: 63rd (1), WI/BM (12)
House Sparrow: 63rd (2), WI/BM (9)

Randy Shonkwiler

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Date: 10/21/17 2:55 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Plegadis ibis Hegewich Marsh
Thanks Josh and Jacob for finding this bird, and a big thanks to Josh for posting. The Plegadis was still at the very same spot during my visit at 3:15 pm. The bird was completely out in the open while I was there, but a spotting scope is definitely necessary for a good view as the bird is quite distant.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.





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On Sat, 10/21/17, Josh Engel <jengel5230...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

Subject: IBET Plegadis ibis Hegewich Marsh
To: "ILbirds" <ilbirds...>
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:47 AM


 



  


    
      
      
       Looking at a dark ibis at Hegewich Marsh on the far
south side of Chicago. We think we're seeing a red eye,
which would indicate White-faced Ibis, but the bird is
hiding in the phragmites at the moment.



Entrance is on west side of Torrence, south of 130th.
We're viewing from southwest side of marsh. Will post
map on Illinois Rare Bird Alert Facebook page.



Josh Engel and Jacob Cooper



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Date: 10/21/17 1:48 pm
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Short-eared Owl, Northern Shrike, Le Conte's Sparrows, and Black-throated Blue Warbler, 10/21 a.m.
Montrose wasn't quite as birdy (for me) as on Thursday, but it was still
pretty good. I ended up with 47 species in a little over 2 hours of
effort, highlighted by

Baird's Sandpiper - the continuing juvenile
Semipalmated Sandpiper - the continuing molting first cycle bird
Short-eared Owl - 1 in the dunes
Northern Shrike - 1 in the dunes
Black-throated Blue Warbler - female near the Magic Hedge
Le Conte's Sparrow - 2 in the dunes

The Northern Shrike was my bird-of-the-day; I haven't seen one at
Montrose in a few years. Maybe this will be a flight year for them. The
algae mat continues at the east end of the beach, and it continues to
attract shorebirds and ducks.  The dominant passerine was Swamp Sparrow.

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40043108

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: 10/21/17 1:43 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach, Lyons Woods & North Point Marina Saturday 10-21-17
Hello Bird People,

Today Bob Erickson & I covered Waukegan Beach & Lyons Woods & then I
checked State Line Beach & N. Point Marina on my own. Here are my
lists:

Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwaters (7:15-8 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2 on pier)
Canada Goose (36 on beach & in the inlet)
Mallard (5 in the lake & 3 in the inlet)
Shoveler (6 in the inlet)
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1 on the pier, getting late)
Killdeer (1 along the road)
Sanderling (3 on the pier & 3 on the beach)
Ring Billed (~40) & Herring (~15) Gulls
Red Winged Blackbird (11-12 in the inlet)

Lyons Woods (8:15-9:30 a.m.)

Merlin (2 chasing each other by the parking lot)
Canada Goose (1 fly-by)
Mallard (5 fly-bys)
Sandhill Crane (1 fly-by)
Red Bellied (2) & Downy (1) Woodpeckers
Blue Jay (6-7)
Crow (1 fly-by)
Chickadee (4)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (4)
Eastern Bluebird (6-8)
Robins (8)
Cedar Waxwing (1 group of about 20)
Y.R. Myrtle (4) & BLACKPOLL (1) Warblers
Cardinal (1-F)
ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK (1 adult male with lots of red remaining on the throat)
Eastern Towhee (heard 1)
Field (4) & Song (1) Sparrows
White Crowned (2) & White Throated (6) Sparrows
Dark Eyed Junco (6)
Red Winged Blackbird (1-M singing by the parking lot)
House Finch (1)
PURPLE FINCH (1-F)
Pine Siskin (flock of 40 or so flying by while calling)
Goldfinch (8-10)

State Line Beach & N.Point Marina

The only birds on the beach were Ring Billed & Herring Gulls & one Palm Warbler.
In the marina harbor were 16 D.C. Cormorants, 8 Coots & about 200 R.B.
& Herring Gulls.
The 4 SURF SCOTERS were in the harbor mouth area where they have been
but all were flushed out to the lake when a lady decided to take her 2
barking dogs on the fishing pier.
Flying by over the IBSP North Unit area were HARRIER (1), Red Tailed
Hawk (2) & a pair of loudly calling SANDHILL CRANES which landed
nearby. Both Red Bellied & Hairy Woodpeckers (1 each) were near the
parking lot.

Techny North & Air Station Prairie

I hadn't checked either of the Techny spots as I assumed they'd be
flooded & the north section was as was Air Station Prairie. At Techny
North were Cormorants (5), P.B. Grebes (3), Great Blues (2), Great
Egret (1), Mallard (18), Gadwall (3) & Green Winged Teal (2-M)

Not much at Air Station Prairie but one confused Western Chorus Frog
decided it was Spring again & was singing away much like the Red Wings
that have been singing in October.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the redder than expected Rose Breasted Grosbeak &
Runners-Up to the Purple Finch, the Surf Scoters & the late Semipalmated Plover.

Here's hoping the Hegewisch Ibis remains as I have never seen that
species (White Faced) in Cook County.

Al Stokie
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Date: 10/21/17 1:33 pm
From: joshua murphy <birdmanmurphy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Northern Shrike Montrose Beach
Hi
I'm currently watching a Northern Shrike eating what appears to be a Swamp Sparrow in a small tree twenty five yards south of the beach at the Montrose Beach wetland area.
I will upload pictures of both predator and prey this evening
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Date: 10/21/17 10:07 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard ET sparrow

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Hi friends,
The Eurasian tree sp. came today to eat seeds. Wary of me at the window. New sp for the Byard.
John
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Date: 10/21/17 9:50 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Vesper sparrow... middlefork savannah
Just north of the parking lot... Look along the bottom of the bushes that
are just west of the soccer field. Bird was hopping around and feeding
here. Photos will be embedded in Ebird checklist. Here's the link to the
location.

Elawa Park Playground
1001-1021 Jensen Dr, Lake Forest, IL 60045


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Date: 10/21/17 8:47 am
From: Josh Engel <jengel5230...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Plegadis ibis Hegewich Marsh
Looking at a dark ibis at Hegewich Marsh on the far south side of Chicago. We think we're seeing a red eye, which would indicate White-faced Ibis, but the bird is hiding in the phragmites at the moment.

Entrance is on west side of Torrence, south of 130th. We're viewing from southwest side of marsh. Will post map on Illinois Rare Bird Alert Facebook page.

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Date: 10/21/17 6:14 am
From: Alan Anderson <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Phone autocorrects Re: IBET Botanic garden Pine Siskins
Didn’t see the iPhone autocorrect! Correction in subject matter now. Sorry about that Multitasking.

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> Among many birds bathing and eating near the water feature in the Naturalistic Garden currently are two colorful Pine Siskins. Many yellow rumps there too
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Date: 10/21/17 6:09 am
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Subject: IBET Botanic garden disk is
Among many birds bathing and eating near the water feature in the Naturalistic Garden currently are two colorful Pine Siskins. Many yellow rumps there too

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Date: 10/20/17 6:55 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard C. wren

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Hi friends,
Carolina wren jumping around and feeding in the stick pile.
John
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Date: 10/20/17 3:11 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinal

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Hi friends,
Male is back to full feather after the molt. Comes late w/female chirping. A regular visitor.
C. wren still singing, early singer at 7am. No Winter wren for 2 days, I have seen them in February locally.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 10/20/17 2:28 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum Friday 10-20-17
Hello Bird People,

I noticed on the ebird alert that Red Crossbills have been reported in
2 western Illinois Co's so I decided it's probably time to start
looking here in N.E. Illinois. Today's attempt was at probably the
best local spot for that species which is the Arboretum. Found none
today but we need to keep looking at the Arboretum, Lyons & Van Patton
Woods in Lake Co & in various cemeteries where Crossbills have been
seen before.

Morton Arboretum (7:45-11 a.m.)

I checked the east side from 7:45-9:15 a.m. & the west side from
9:30-11 a.m. I'll just do one total list of all species seen with the
following codes:E means east side birds & W means west side birds.

D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by E)
Canada Goose (27 fly-bys E & 22 on the lawns W)
Wood Duck (1 fly-by W)
Red Tailed Hawk (2 E)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1 E & 3 W)
Downy Woodpecker (1 W)
Blue Jay (12 E & 6 W)
Chickadee (6 E & 7 W)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (6 E & 4 W)
White Breasted Nuthatch (3 W)
Brown Creeper (1 E)
G.C. Kinglet (2 W)
Eastern Bluebird (2-3 W)
Robins (20 E & 12 W)
Cedar Waxwing (12 E & 4 W)(Resting in conifers but feeding on Juniper berries)
Yellow Rumped Warbler (4 E)
Cardinal (1 E)
Junco (2 E)
Red Winged Blackbird (2 singing E)
Grackle (2 E & 10 W)
House Finch (1-M singing E)
PINE SISKIN (20-25 E & 11 W)(After seeds in small cones)
Goldfinch (10 E & 6 W)
(The Siskins & Goldfinch were always in mixed flocks)
House Sparrow (6 by the main building E)

I should mention that the cone crops look good so all we need is for
the Winter Finches to move down & find them. Here's hoping that
actually happens!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the good numbers of Pine Siskins which I saw very
well for a change.
Runner-Up to all the Red Breasted Nuthatches.

I haven't seen much in the license plate department in October but
today I saw 1 plate from
New Mexico (the yellow one with red letters) & one from Utah.

Al Stokie
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Date: 10/20/17 12:33 pm
From: Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Cameroon's Birds (NO SIGHTINGS)
The program at the Evanston North Shore Bird Club’s meeting next Tuesday, October 24, will be on “The Past, Present, and Future of Cameroon’s Birds” presented by Jacob C. Cooper.

Cameroon is widely hailed as Africa in miniature, possessing varied climates ranging from impenetrable jungle to expansive savannah to volcanic alpine grassland. This biodiversity hotspot has attracted ornithologists for centuries, and has proven to be home to some of the most unique birds on the planet. For his dissertation at the University of Chicago, Jacob Cooper is studying this country’s rich ornithological history in order to create a complete picture of the region’s birdlife and is combining our knowledge of species’ distributions with state of the art genetic techniques to understand the past, present, and future of Cameroon’s birds.

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


John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County

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Date: 10/20/17 9:21 am
From: Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Black Vultures this morning: NO
The heading says it all.
Eight White-faced Ibises are still in the pond.

Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County


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Date: 10/20/17 7:49 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Swamp sp.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/23958205578/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The Swamp sp was here in the spring for over a week. Came yesterday but wary. Likes seeds and the stick pile.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 10/20/17 6:18 am
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Montrose Short-eared Owls, Nelson's and Le Conte's Sparrows, 10/19 a.m.

My guess is that since the birds want to move south (and its already past sparrow peak migration, so that group is running late) and if the conditions aren't ideal for southbound migration (i.e. barometer pressure, wind speed, ect.), then they'll take the next best situation, like the prior evening/morning, which had 3-4 mile per hour west/southwest winds. Even small passerines would fly into that mild wind, esp if no fronts are expected in the next few days.


Eric Walters
Grandview, MO/Zion, IL

---In <ILbirds...>, <rhughes.enteract@...> wrote :

I spent a couple hours birding Montrose Point in Chicago this morning,
October 19, and it was inexplicably good. By inexplicable I mean no cold
front passed the night before and no cold front is expected to pass
until next week, so I don't know why today was so productive.

 

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Date: 10/19/17 7:23 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Black Vultures at Glacial Park
There are two Black Vultures roosting at Glacial Park (McHenry County) near the ibises (of which there are now eight). Check the Illinois Birding Network Facebook page for photos. I'm heading out there tomorrow morning as I've never had this species in Northern Illinois; I'll post either way.


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
 

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Date: 10/19/17 6:44 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Grove cook co.
Hi all,

Spring migration may have sucked but fall migration was in full swing today.

Yellow rumps were fly-catching everywhere. Ruby crowned kinglets gleaned insects from the ends of leafy branches. Orange-crowned warblers wiggled stalks of goldenrod as they fed on whatever they do hidden down amongst the plants. And to top it all off a beautiful winter wren threw itself into the wet wood sitting in the now re-filled wetland pond.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook co
10/19/17





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Date: 10/19/17 3:14 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET A Fine Day At Montrose Dunes & Hedge Areas Thursday 10-19-17
Hello Bird People,

Andrew A has already reported most of these birds on Ebird but I'll do
the same here on IBET.
Lots of birds & birders today at Montrose & I just kept on looking
mainly to try for better looks which I got except for 1 Sparrow
species, can't win 'em all. And whenever there are many birders there
will be birds found by some but not all. Here's a list of some of the
birds seen by others but not me or at least the birds I heard about.

Eurasian Collored Dove (Jill N), Winter Wren & Sedge Wren (Lance from
N.Y. & Howard B),
American Pipit & Purple Finch (Andrew A). Probably more but that's all
I recall hearing about.

Now here's my lists & I'll do one from the Dunes/Beach area & 1 from
the Hedge area mainly because the Dunes/Beach was loaded with birds &
so needs a separate list. I was at Montrose for over 5 hours of which
4 were in the Dunes area.

Montrose Dunes/Beach Area

P.B. Grebe (1 with Coots in the lake off the beach)
D.C. Cormorant (1 same place)
Black Crowned Night Heron (1 spotted by Bob H as it flew in)
CATTLE EGRET (1 spotted by me flying over the beach from toward the
Dog Beach & then seen by
Andrew A who has photos on his ebird checklist.)
Canada Goose (12-15 in the lake)
Mallard (~95)
Gadwall (1-F picked out by Bob H)
Green Winged Teal (10)
Coots (14-16 in the lake)
Killdeer (1)
Greater Yellowlegs (1 calling while flying south but Andrew had it on
the beach before it flew)
Sanderling (30-32)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 continuing from yesterday re-found by Lance
using his scope)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1-JUV seen earlier by Bob H & then it returned)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Dunlin (11)
Ring Billed (91) & Herring (4) Gulls (On the beach counts, more flying by)
FORSTER'S TERN (1 diving & then landed briefly at the shorebird gathering)
Kingfisher (1 landed in the dunes Cottonwood trees)
SHORT EARED OWL (2 trying to rest in the grassy area)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Crows (4)
Hermit Thrush (3)
Y.R. Myrtle (4) & Palm (4) Warblers
Eastern Towhee (1-F)
Savannah Sparrow (12-15)
NELSON'S SPARROW (2 giving very good looks)
LECONTE'S SPARROW (1 giving a bad look & another 1 or 2 flying away
all the time!)
Song (4), Lincoln's (2), Swamp (30 or more) & White Crowned (1) Sparrows
Red Winged Blackbird (4-6)
PINE SISKIN (1 giving a good look & heard another)
Goldfinch (10-12)
House Sparrow (2)

Here's what I added in the Hedge area:

Cooper's Hawk, Flicker (1), Eastern Phoebe (1), Blue Jay (2),
Chickadee (2-3), Brown Creeper
(1), both Ruby Crowned & Golden Crowned Kinglets (4 each), Robins (4),
ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER (2), Junco's (2), FOX SPARROW (2), White
Throated Sparrow (8-10) & Cardinal (1)
Plus more repeats of birds seen earlier in the Dunes.

I had 55 species for the half day which is a pretty good total for 1
location in late October plus that total includes some special birds
including the Cattle Egret which may be the 1st one I've ever seen at
Montrose?

The problem today is not is anything good enough to be Bird-Of-The-Day
but which one to pick out of so many "good" ones. Top bird has to be
the Cattle Egret & Runner-Up to the Short Eared Owl which is one of my
favorite birds & normally is always top bird whenever I see one but
not today even though It was surely my favorite bird of the day.

Al Stokie
On the Chicago lakefront today & glad to have been there!


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Date: 10/19/17 2:57 pm
From: Caryn Hollander <cjhollander21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET American Robins
Hi All,

In all the years I have had bird feeders in my yard, which is many, I have never had an American Robin feed from them...until today. There are 2 that are chasing other birds away to eat the black sunflower seeds. Is this unusual or normal and they have just never visited my feeders before?!?!

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Date: 10/19/17 2:56 pm
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Short-eared Owls, Nelson's and Le Conte's Sparrows, 10/19 a.m.
I spent a couple hours birding Montrose Point in Chicago this morning,
October 19, and it was inexplicably good. By inexplicable I mean no cold
front passed the night before and no cold front is expected to pass
until next week, so I don't know why today was so productive. The
increase in sparrow activity compared to yesterday was noticeable -
today may have been "the" sparrow day of the fall at Montrose for me. I
ended up with 54 species, highlighted by

Black-crowned Night-Heron - 3 immature birds flying around the point.
Getting late.
Baird's Sandpiper - the continuing juvenile bird from yesterday
Semipalmated Sandpiper - the continuing first cycle bird from yesterday
Franklin's Gull - 2 first cycle birds
Short-eared Owl - 2 in the dunes
Le Conte's Sparrow - 2, 1 in the dunes, the other in the native planting
area
Nelson's Sparrow - 1 in the native planting area

The algae mat at the east end of the beach continues to attract good
numbers of shorebirds and ducks (where was this mat 2 months ago when we
needed it?)

eBird Checklist
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40010343


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: 10/18/17 2:42 pm
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Northerly island Western Kingbird
Vickie and I just searched for the western kingbird and did not find it. We
saw Nancy T. out there and I assume she didn't find it either. Maybe it'll
show up somewhere else along the lakeshore.

Matt Igleski
Cook, Chicago, IL

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> Kingbird still present near kayaks on Eastside trail right now.
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> Doug Stotz
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Date: 10/18/17 11:19 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 10-18-17
Hello Bird People,

In honor of the Red Crossbills being seen in Jo Daviess Co, most
recently reported by Dan W, I looked hard for them today at the
Botanic Garden even though I have never seen that species there. Lots
of cone filled conifers but no Crossbills. I will keep looking as Jo
Daviess County seems a bit too far to visit to search for them
although others will make the trip. Only went to 1 location today so
I'll do a complete bird list.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:45-11:15 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (2)
D.C. Cormorant (6)
Great Blue Heron (5-6)
Great Egret (1)
Canada Goose (46)
Wood Duck (12-15 all at the B.Brown Pond)
Mallard (8-10)
REDHEAD (1-M in the B.Brown Pond)
Red Tailed Hawk (2 soaring together)
(As everywhere else locally the mud flats are under water & so no
shorebirds are around.)
Herring Gull (2-AD)
Rock Pigeon (1 fly-by)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
Eastern Phoebe (1)
Blue Jay (6-8)
Chickadee (4)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (3-4)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (4)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (also 4)
EASTERN BLUEBIRD (3-4, not seen often at the CBG)
Robins (~20)
Starling (1 group of 15 flying by)
Cedar Waxwing (2-3)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (8-9)
Palm Warbler (4)
Song Sparrow (5)
White Crowned Sparrow (7)
Junco (4)
Red Winged Blackbird (7-9)
Grackle (8-10)
Goldfinch (20-15)
(Found no Siskins among the Goldfinch although I looked hard)
House Sparrow (6)

Just a low key day birding close to home for a total of 31 species.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Eastern Bluebirds & Runner-Up to the Red
Breasted Nuthatches.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Date: 10/18/17 10:30 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard WC sparrow

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/23924776248/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Just 2 White-crowned sp. here. Several White-throated sp. Both wrens mingle in with the sparrows in the stick pile. Carolina w. still singing but has slowed a bit. Gray sq are very busy but scatter up a tree for some unseen predator, maybe RT hawk.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 10/18/17 9:55 am
From: Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Red Crossbills
The 14 Red Crossbills found Sunday at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Jo Daviess County were present again this morning. They flew in to the trees in the parking lot by the miniature golf course at 11:10 am.

Dan Williams
Trip Thienemann
Rockford

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