ILbirds
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12/19/18 4:37 am robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET couple new videos
12/18/18 11:00 pm <photobuggy1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Trying to Post Photos of Trumpeter & Mute Swans
12/18/18 10:09 pm <photobuggy1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Trumpeter Swans and Mute Swans at Lake Katherine, Palos Heights
12/17/18 3:06 pm Urs Geiser <ugeiser...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Cranes still migrating Cook
12/17/18 2:44 pm Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sandhill Cranes
12/17/18 1:20 pm Alan Anderson <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cranes still migrating Cook
12/17/18 1:12 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Weekly Visit To The Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 12-17-18
12/17/18 11:56 am Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Northern Shrike
12/17/18 8:00 am Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Northern Shrike
12/16/18 8:28 pm <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET feeder watch for Davenport CBC
12/16/18 8:10 pm AOL <jimdedin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Observations of mobbing a barred owl by red-headed woodpeckers
12/16/18 3:56 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chevalier Woods/Chicago Urban X-Mas Count Sunday 12-16-18
12/16/18 12:07 pm Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Northern Shrike
12/16/18 11:28 am Kristine Linquist <linquist708...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Trumpeter Swans at Lake Katherine
12/16/18 6:21 am Jeffrey Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bluebird houses available - NO SIGHTINGS
12/15/18 4:52 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IOS Listers Corner 2018- Initial Announcement! (no sightings)
12/15/18 4:15 pm m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET whooping crane - no
12/15/18 3:48 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Whooping crane?
12/15/18 2:45 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Coopers h.
12/15/18 2:40 pm <tvincl...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Observations of mobbing a barred owl by red-headed woodpeckers
12/15/18 2:07 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fermi Lab X-Mas Count Along The Fox River Saturday 12-15-18
12/15/18 2:04 pm m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Whooping crane?
12/15/18 1:33 pm Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
12/15/18 4:03 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard E. starlings
12/14/18 5:30 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren
12/14/18 10:36 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Local Des Plaines/Park Ridge Lakes Friday 12-14-18
12/14/18 9:30 am Jeff Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: McHenry County CBC *no sighting*
12/13/18 12:29 pm <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White-winger Scoter at Montrose Harbor 1:30 PM
12/13/18 11:21 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie, Techny North & River Trails Nature Center Thur 12-13-18
12/12/18 3:02 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS Kankakee County Big Year
12/12/18 1:16 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET The Grove In Glenview Wed 12-12-18
12/12/18 12:52 pm Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET:Sangamon Co. Nov. 2018 report
12/12/18 10:59 am Mike King <mike.j.king97...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTINGS Kankakee County Big Year
12/11/18 6:40 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard House sp
12/11/18 2:57 pm WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Greater White-Fronted Goose-Libertyville
12/11/18 2:35 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Fox sp
12/11/18 1:08 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Evanston Lakefront Parks, N.U. Landfill Lagoon & Gillson Park Tuesday 12-11-18
12/11/18 12:08 pm m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kestrel
12/11/18 11:05 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Piping Plover - NO SIGHTING
12/11/18 8:44 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard BH cowbird w/H sp
12/11/18 6:29 am Jeff Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET McHenry County CBC *no sighting*
12/11/18 6:12 am Sue Friscia <q4birds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Congratulations Amar!!!
12/10/18 8:13 pm <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Snow Goose, Red-shouldered Hawks
12/10/18 6:47 pm m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gillson Park
12/10/18 5:28 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard RB wp
12/10/18 1:38 pm 'Ross Thompson' <thompson1956...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Dark Morph Broad Wing hawk ?
12/10/18 10:33 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 12-10-18
12/10/18 6:02 am Sue Friscia <q4birds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fw: John Duran
12/9/18 6:26 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pileated wp Iroquois county
12/9/18 2:57 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan, North Point Marina, Sand Pond & Independence Grove Sunday 12-9-18
12/9/18 1:11 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Maria's Email On Piping Plover Contacts
12/9/18 8:51 am joshua murphy <birdmanmurphy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No sightings: trip to Santa Marta COLOMBIA
12/9/18 8:10 am m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Plover
12/8/18 6:16 pm <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red-headed Woodpeckers
12/8/18 6:02 pm robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET catching Piping Plover
12/8/18 3:51 pm robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red-tailed Hawk w/ chipmunk
12/8/18 3:11 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Third Piping Plover Rescue Attempt At Montrose Saturday 12-8-18
12/8/18 9:56 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinals
12/7/18 5:26 pm <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Interesting set of yard birds
12/6/18 8:08 pm jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET sandhills over St.Charles
12/6/18 7:11 pm Jon Duerr <jjduerr1331...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET sandhills over St.Charles
12/6/18 11:39 am Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sandhill Cranes - McHenry County
12/6/18 11:33 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Crabtree Nature Center Thursday 12-6-18
12/6/18 10:31 am John Longhenry <mesquakie8...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Sandhill Cranes - Marengo - McHenry County
12/6/18 10:16 am Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sandhill Cranes - Marengo - McHenry County
12/6/18 9:44 am 'Gerald Batsford' <batsfordg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sandhills over Lincolnshire
12/6/18 4:26 am Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Evening grosbeak (no il sighting)
12/6/18 4:24 am Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
12/6/18 12:52 am Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Evening grosbeak (no il sighting)
12/5/18 8:56 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
12/5/18 6:21 pm Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Fwd: IBET Skokie Lagoons parking issue (no sightings)
12/5/18 6:17 pm Karen Avery <karenavery.ka426...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
12/5/18 3:22 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
12/5/18 2:32 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
12/5/18 2:16 pm <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow-throated warbler is a regular at this backyard
12/5/18 1:31 pm <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
12/5/18 1:10 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Morton Arboretum & Hidden Lake F.P. Wed 12-5-18
12/5/18 6:50 am Jonathan Schuler <jkschuler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow-throated warbler continues in St. Charles
12/4/18 7:12 pm Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Skokie Lagoons parking issue (no sightings)
12/4/18 6:14 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Jackson Park: C. Redpolls
12/4/18 2:44 pm Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kankakee Valley Christmas Bird Count: Sat Dec 29th, 2018
12/4/18 10:56 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose-All Areas Tuesday 12-4-18
12/4/18 9:46 am A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bald Eagle Watch 1-5-19 (No sightings)
12/3/18 8:27 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons parking issue (no sightings)
12/3/18 5:20 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinal
12/3/18 3:41 pm nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET COS ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING
12/3/18 3:23 pm nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET COS ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING!! no sightings
12/3/18 1:20 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Return To The Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 12-3-18
12/3/18 10:10 am <chicagio10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sightings - Lisle-Arboretum CBC
12/3/18 8:00 am Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sighting - Info on Red Phalarope/Carlyle Sewage Ponds requested
12/3/18 6:54 am David Johnson <djohnsoda...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fall 2018 Field Notes
12/3/18 4:40 am Keith Mcmullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sighting - Info on Red Phalarope/Carlyle Sewage Ponds requested
12/2/18 7:15 pm <phf...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sighting - Info on Red Phalarope/Carlyle Sewage Ponds requested
12/2/18 4:11 pm robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET YB Cuckoo video
12/2/18 2:30 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Another Review Of Local Lakes Sunday 12-2-18
12/1/18 6:21 pm <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Brown Thrasher
12/1/18 2:45 pm Cheryl Nash <cherylmnash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse
12/1/18 12:59 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
12/1/18 12:39 pm Allen Yow <ayow...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
12/1/18 12:39 pm nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
12/1/18 12:07 pm Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
12/1/18 9:05 am Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
12/1/18 8:49 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13 & Wilmette Harbor Saturday 12-1-18
12/1/18 8:33 am Cheryl Nash <cherylmnash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse
11/30/18 5:53 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
11/30/18 3:49 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Second Attempt At Catching The Montrose Piping Plover & An Important Warning Fri 11-30-18
11/30/18 3:04 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
11/30/18 1:59 pm '<coolietracy...>' <coolietracy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
11/30/18 1:40 pm Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pine Siskins
11/30/18 12:20 pm Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Iceland Gull at North Point Marina
11/30/18 12:13 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse
11/29/18 9:06 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Trumpeter Swans, Powderhorn Lake FP (Cook Co., 11-29-18)
11/29/18 6:14 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren
11/29/18 4:09 pm robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cooper's Hawk bathing
11/29/18 3:04 pm Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Tufted Titmouse
11/29/18 1:12 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Status Of Four Local Cook County Lakes Thur 11-29-18
11/28/18 4:13 pm Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: Sandhill Crane aerial show; Tuesday 1:05 Pm Palos Area, Cook County
11/28/18 3:40 pm Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: Sandhill Crane aerial show; Tuesday 1:05 Pm Palos Area, Cook County
11/28/18 2:16 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Return Of Some Winter Finches & Cedar Waxwings At the Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 1128-18
11/28/18 12:13 pm Mike King <mike.j.king97...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sightings Wild Things Conference
11/28/18 8:32 am Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No sighting
11/27/18 8:36 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pine siskins cook co
11/27/18 7:48 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET South Lake Front and Calumet area: Ducks and Hawks (incl. Burnham P. M. Western Red-tailed H.)
11/27/18 4:36 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Fox sp
11/27/18 3:47 pm robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET updated galleries
11/27/18 12:34 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Long Tailed Ducks Still At Saganashkee Slough Plus Tundra Swans Tuesday 11-27-18
11/27/18 8:27 am Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Piping Plover sightings at Montrose today???
11/27/18 7:40 am nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Piping Plover sightings at Montrose today???
11/27/18 6:11 am <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pine Siskins
11/26/18 10:13 pm Anthony Phillips <aphillips...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Eastern Phoebe in downtown Chicago
11/26/18 3:56 pm Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Long-tailed Ducks continue
11/26/18 3:20 pm <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Eastern Phoebe in downtown Chicago
11/26/18 11:41 am <priesmh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Backyard Pine Siskins and Red-Breasted Nuthatch
11/26/18 11:05 am Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pine Siskins and Red-Breasted Nuthatch
11/26/18 10:12 am Jonathan Schuler <jkschuler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow throated warbler in blizzard
11/25/18 8:31 pm JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday (NO SIGHTINGS)
11/25/18 10:52 am <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Long-tailed Ducks at Saganashkee Slough
11/25/18 9:23 am Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Saganashkee Slough Long tailed Ducks and Red-necked Grebe
11/24/18 5:48 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Carolina wren
11/24/18 4:58 pm bokmakierie <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Fwd: IBET Lake Calumet Area & Jackson Park Harbors Thursday 11-22-18
11/24/18 2:58 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Beach, Hedge, Harbor & Lawns Saturday 11-24-18
11/24/18 1:26 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons
11/24/18 9:29 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Long-tailed Ducks at Saganashkee Slough
11/24/18 9:09 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Long-tailed Ducks at Saganashkee Slough
11/24/18 7:50 am Amar Ayyash <amarayyash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IOS Gull Frolic (NO SIGHTINGS)
11/23/18 6:24 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan Beach & Park, Lyons Woods, North Point Marina & Independence Grove Fri 11-23-18
11/23/18 2:36 pm <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTING - PBS Nova Peregrine Falcon show this past week
11/23/18 11:43 am <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Long tailed duck at Montrose
11/23/18 11:42 am Jonathan Schuler <jkschuler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Yellow throated warbler St. Charles
11/23/18 8:16 am Anthony Tempske <atempske...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover
11/22/18 4:54 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: Lake Calumet Area & Jackson Park Harbors Thursday 11-22-18
11/22/18 3:50 pm Glenna Eaves <rapzl...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sightings
11/22/18 2:10 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Calumet Area & Jackson Park Harbors Thursday 11-22-18
11/22/18 11:13 am Carolyn Taverna <goldrsh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Tuesday Hawk Watch & Wed Lake Watch Plus N.U. Lagoon 11-20 & 11-21-1
11/22/18 9:30 am Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover
11/22/18 8:56 am John Dongas <madzosiii...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pine Siskins
11/22/18 8:22 am Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover
11/22/18 7:49 am Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover
11/22/18 7:18 am Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Springbrook Sightings
11/21/18 2:58 pm <sfluett...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rough winged Swallow
11/21/18 1:31 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tuesday Hawk Watch & Wed Lake Watch Plus N.U. Lagoon 11-20 & 11-21-18
11/21/18 12:48 pm Jonathan Schuler <jkschuler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow throated warbler St. Charles
11/21/18 5:47 am <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP Tuesday: W.-w. Scoters, Lincoln's Sparrow
11/21/18 4:03 am Glenna Eaves <rapzl...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Glenna Eaves shared a file with you using Dropbox
11/20/18 5:17 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Jackson Park White-winged Scoters
11/20/18 2:41 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard RB wp
11/20/18 2:04 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Tree Sparrows in Big Rock
11/20/18 1:23 pm Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Cassia Crossbill
11/20/18 10:25 am <tvincl...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Blog post on sharp-shinned hawk sighting
11/20/18 8:14 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: [Mich-listers] Fwd: [BBCBirds] Ancient Murrelet-Tiscornia 11/20/18
11/20/18 7:30 am John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Big Rock Varied Thrush Not seen
11/19/18 8:07 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Calumet Park, Chicago (11-19-18)
11/19/18 2:59 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 11-19-18
11/19/18 1:30 pm Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Evening Grosbeak Flight Call Differences
11/19/18 6:27 am John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Big Rock Varied Thrush
 
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Date: 12/19/18 4:37 am
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET couple new videos
Red-tailed Hawks at Montrose Beach this fall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVc-BJ2kmMI

From my summer trip. Not a bird or local but worth viewing:

California Sea Otter with huge crab
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeR0aQv0Y6M

Rob Curtis

Chicago

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Date: 12/18/18 11:00 pm
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Subject: IBET Trying to Post Photos of Trumpeter & Mute Swans
Can someone advise me on how to post photo? I have downsized the files, added my name, city, county and state, but keep getting a message that the album is empty. Thank you.
 

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Date: 12/18/18 10:09 pm
From: <photobuggy1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Trumpeter Swans and Mute Swans at Lake Katherine, Palos Heights
Hello Birders,


After seeing a report on Dec. 16th about a pair of Trumpeter Swans at Lake Katherine, I headed there this morning, arriving at 7:50 AM. There were two pairs of Trumpeters and one pair of Mute Swans, as well as several hundred Canada Geese. A few Mallard were observed near the little viewing bridge. A White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Cardinals, Dark-eyed Juncos and Common Sparrows were at the bird feeders. I was there for more than an hour and got great shots, including when the Trumpeters used the iced parts of the lake as a runway to take off. Both pairs took to the air within minutes of each other, honking and circling the lake numerous times. One pair returned and settled back down near the "island," while the other did not return as of the time I left. I will post photos shortly.
 

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Date: 12/17/18 3:06 pm
From: Urs Geiser <ugeiser...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Cranes still migrating Cook
A similar sized flock of cranes in three Vs flew over my work location in southeastern DuPage county around 3:40 this afternoon.

Urs Geiser
DuPage County

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> Over 210 Sandhill Cranes just flew over Barrington Hills Equestrian Center in 3 V’s
> Had a Sharp-shinned Hawk here too
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> Heidi Tarasiuk had 2 Cranes fly over Beverly Lake FP earlier
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> 25 Siskins in alder and birches in Village Green area at Prairie Stone, Hoffman Estates and an adult Bald Eagle in the West marsh wetland also
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> Barrington CBC.
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Date: 12/17/18 2:44 pm
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes
About 650 Sandhill Cranes currently flying south very low over the Fox
River in Elgin.

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Date: 12/17/18 1:20 pm
From: Alan Anderson <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cranes still migrating Cook
Over 210 Sandhill Cranes just flew over Barrington Hills Equestrian Center in 3 V’s
Had a Sharp-shinned Hawk here too

Heidi Tarasiuk had 2 Cranes fly over Beverly Lake FP earlier

25 Siskins in alder and birches in Village Green area at Prairie Stone, Hoffman Estates and an adult Bald Eagle in the West marsh wetland also

Barrington CBC.

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Des Plaines
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Date: 12/17/18 1:12 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Weekly Visit To The Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 12-17-18
Hello Bird People,

Lots of Siskins today but for the 1st time in 3 weeks I found no
Redpolls. Perhaps I just missed them as they may be moving around.
We'll see if others find them? The open water by the
Rt 68/Dundee Rd bridge is bigger than it was & remains the only open
water at the CBG. Because of the extra open water I can't say if the
Winter Coot is present as there's too much open water to check on.
I'll check again when the water area is smaller.

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

Canada Geese (62 on the water & more flying by)
Mallard (11)
Hooded Merganser (9)
Red Breasted Merganser (2)
(All 3 species of ducks by the open water area)
Ring Billed Gull (1 fly-by)
Herring Gull (also 1 fly-by)
Downy Woodpecker (1-F)
Blue Jay (4)
Chickadee (6)
Robins (10)
CEDAR WAXWING (5)
Cardinal (1-PR)
Junco (6)
House Finch (1-F)
PINE SISKIN (30-35, all in the Alder trees)
Goldfinch (6)
House Sparrow (3)

Only 17 species at the CBG today but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to all the
Pine Siskins.
Runners-Up will be the Cedar Waxwings.& the Hooded Mergansers.

Al Stokie
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Date: 12/17/18 11:56 am
From: Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Northern Shrike
Park on North side of 31st st, in the middle pulloff.

Take the western sidewalk at the pull off, walking north for 2 blocks.

Turn left (west), there is a large tree across sidewalk. Just beyond is a large dead tree next to sidewalk.

Juvenile Northern Shrike was in the area of large dead tree.

(Sidewalks are overgrown and not paved at “street” crossings.)

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> Still present at 8:50 am Monday.
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>> Northern Shrike seen at Wolf Road Prairie around noon.
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Date: 12/17/18 8:00 am
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Subject: Re: IBET Northern Shrike
Still present at 8:50 am Monday.

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Date: 12/16/18 8:28 pm
From: <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET feeder watch for Davenport CBC
Greetings,
I spent some time watching my feeders and yard today as I live withing the Davenport CBC count circle. Highlights included: Brown Creeper, White-throated Sparrows, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Red-breasted Nuthatches, an Immature Bald Eagle, Brown Thrasher, Carolina Wrens, Red-headed Woodpecker, Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds.


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Date: 12/16/18 8:10 pm
From: AOL <jimdedin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Observations of mobbing a barred owl by red-headed woodpeckers


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Date: 12/16/18 3:56 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chevalier Woods/Chicago Urban X-Mas Count Sunday 12-16-18
Hello Bird People,

Started off my Des Plaines River adventure at Chevalier Woods where
once again the bird sounds were drowned out by incoming airplanes
about to land at O'Hare. But the southern section of this place was
much better in in noise department & I could hear better there.
Struggled to find anything other than common birds but finally ended
up with 3 better than average species,
Here's my short list:

Chevalier Woods (8-11 a.m.)

Canada Geese (14, all fly-bys)
Mallard (19)
BLACK DUCK (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (4-5)
Downy Woodpecker (4)
Hairy Woodpecker (1)
YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1)
Blue Jay (8)
Chickadee (8)
White Breasted Nuthatch (12, the most I've ever had here)
BROWN CREEPER (1)
Cardinal (1-M)
Tree Sparrow (1)
Junco (10)
Goldfinch (6)

The other sections of what I did on the Urban Count will be reported
later as there is some confusion as to the boundaries of my area.

For now Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker &
Runners-Up to the Black Duck & the Brown Creeper.

I haven't done a Mammal-Of-The-Day in a while but today it will be the
Beaver which swam by as I was watching the Black Duck. Quite the
surprise!

Al Stokie
Along the Des Plaines River in Cook County today


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Date: 12/16/18 12:07 pm
From: Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike seen at Wolf Road Prairie around noon.

Linda Padera
Cook County

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Date: 12/16/18 11:28 am
From: Kristine Linquist <linquist708...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Trumpeter Swans at Lake Katherine
A pair of Trumpeter Swans were at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights this
morning. Not far away were a pair of Mute Swans.

Kristine Linquist
Worth, Cook County

 

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Date: 12/16/18 6:21 am
From: Jeffrey Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bluebird houses available - NO SIGHTINGS
Bluebird monitors,McHenry County Audubon has dozens of high quality bluebird houses available, made from 100% re-purposed scrap cedar in both Peterson and traditional box styles (pictures available upon request).  We sell these individually to members for only $20 ($30 for non-members), but are willing to donate as many as needed to support an existing monitored bluebird trail or the creation of a new monitored trail.  For more information, contact McHenry Audubon at <mcaudubon...>
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Date: 12/15/18 4:52 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IOS Listers Corner 2018- Initial Announcement! (no sightings)
It's getting close to that time!
http://www.illinoisbirds.org/prepare-for-listers-corner/


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
 

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Date: 12/15/18 4:15 pm
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET whooping crane - no
Thank you to everyone who answered! I think you are all correct, and what I saw was a swan. Particularly because the one thing I noticed about this bird was that I did not see its long legs out behind it as I would a crane. I wrote that off to my eyes, crane's legs being skinny, and being without binocs. Because I looked up what birds I would be likely to see in Illinois in December in the Audubon app (Merlin and ibird don't have that feature that I know of) and it did not mention swans at all.

But now that I know you have swans, it must have been a swan, which explains the lack of long legs, and the flight over water as well.

Thank you all so much!

best,

mb from Morton Grove
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Date: 12/15/18 3:48 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Whooping crane?
You didn't notice any dark in the wings, and you didn't mention leg length, so I have to ask:

Could it have been a swan?

Walter Marcisz
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To: "<ilbirds...>" <ilbirds...>
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 4:02 PM


 













Is it possible that, at 2:30 p.m. today, I saw a whooping
crane flying south over Lake Michigan at Gillson Beach?





I was going for my run on the beach, and had put the
binoculars away.





Suddenly, within plain old eyeglasses range, I saw a bird
which was white, and flew like a crane with its neck
straight out. Not having the binoculars in hand, I could not
see the coloration on its face. Nor could I see if it had
darker areas at the ends of
its wings.





But it was clearly as large as a great blue heron, and it
clearly was not a great egret because it flew with its neck
straight out. It was flying south.





The only cranes I have ever seen have been Sandhill, and
they were not white. I saw them close up and personal both
in Canada in the summer, and in New Mexico in the winter,
and none of them juvenile or adult, were white.





Could I, by some miracle, have just seen a whooping
crane?





MB from Morton Grove





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Date: 12/15/18 2:45 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Coopers h.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46279736642/in/photostreamHi friends,No birds feeding, knew it must be a hawk, sure enough on the stick pile.Cooper's hawk had one trapped but let it get away.JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 12/15/18 2:40 pm
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Subject: IBET Observations of mobbing a barred owl by red-headed woodpeckers
A short essay describing mobbing behavior on a barred owl in Mason County has been posted to The River Landing blog at: https://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2018/12/december-10-2018-as-i-stepped-outside-to-begin-my-morning-trail-walk-the-first-sound-i-heard-was-a-calling-red-headed-woo.html https://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2018/12/december-10-2018-as-i-stepped-outside-to-begin-my-morning-trail-walk-the-first-sound-i-heard-was-a-calling-red-headed-woo.html


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Mason County
 

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Date: 12/15/18 2:07 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fermi Lab X-Mas Count Along The Fox River Saturday 12-15-18
Hello Bird People,

Today I along with Scott Latimer did part of Mike Madsen's section of
the Fermi Lab Count.
Scott & I had 32 species for the day & we covered Fabyan Woods, Gunnar
Anderson F.P. & The Island Park in Geneva off Rt 38. I'll just do
highlights of which there were a few good ones.

The Island/Geneva

Lots of Canada Geese & Mallards but the only real highlight was when I
found 2 Brown Creepers
in a big Oak Tree with some W.B. Nuthatches. Scott also had 1 Great
Blue Heron which I missed.

The River By Gunnar Anderson & Gunnar Anderson F.P. Itself

GREEN WINGED TEAL (1-M)
Goldeneye & Common Mergansers
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
KINGFISHER (1-F)
WINTER WREN (1)
House Finch (1-M, our only House Finch of the day)

Fabyan Woods

Great Blue Heron (3)
More Goldeneye & Common Mergansers
BALD EAGLE (1-AD & 1-IM)
KINGFISHER (1, a male this time so we had 2 for the day)
FLICKER (1)
Brown Creeper (1)
RUBY CROWNED KINGLET (1, not the Kinglet I expected to see)
EASTERN BLUEBIRD (1 heard only)
PINE SISKIN (4 with Goldfinches in the Sycamore trees)

We found not one Robin, only 2 Juncos & no regular sparrows at all but
other sparrows were seen by other members of the team as well as 2
CAROLINA WRENS.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Ruby Crowned Kinglet & Runners-Up to
the Green Winged Teal, the Winter Wren & the Siskins.
It was a pretty god day for a X-Mas Count!

Al Stokie
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Date: 12/15/18 2:04 pm
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Subject: IBET Whooping crane?
Is it possible that, at 2:30 p.m. today, I saw a whooping crane flying south over Lake Michigan at Gillson Beach?

I was going for my run on the beach, and had put the binoculars away.

Suddenly, within plain old eyeglasses range, I saw a bird which was white, and flew like a crane with its neck straight out. Not having the binoculars in hand, I could not see the coloration on its face. Nor could I see if it had darker areas at the ends of its wings.

But it was clearly as large as a great blue heron, and it clearly was not a great egret because it flew with its neck straight out. It was flying south.

The only cranes I have ever seen have been Sandhill, and they were not white. I saw them close up and personal both in Canada in the summer, and in New Mexico in the winter, and none of them juvenile or adult, were white.

Could I, by some miracle, have just seen a whooping crane?

MB from Morton Grove

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Date: 12/15/18 1:33 pm
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
Siskins and Fox Sparrows show up each morning, then disappear for the rest
of the day. A Tufted Titmouse keeps popping up briefly every 3 - 4 days.

Today we've had a Great Horned Owl just over the fence in our back yard.
Found it thanks to an aggravated Crow. Great looks at the owl from the
house, esp now with the setting sun lighting it well.

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 12/15/18 4:03 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard E. starlings
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/45592284674/in/photostream/lightbox/Hi friends,Starting to show green colors, note the heart shape design on feathers.CBC coming up. Oh boy.JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 12/14/18 5:30 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard C. wren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46316142461/in/dateposted-public/   Hi friends,Carolina wren sings a little, and eats suet.. E. starlings have some green color, and cardinals are chasing each other. Had a crow in the Fyard.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 12/14/18 10:36 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Local Des Plaines/Park Ridge Lakes Friday 12-14-18
Hello Bird People,

Won't do a regular report today but local birders should be aware that
Axehead Lake, Beck Lake,
Big Bend Lake, Belleau Lake & Lake Opeka are all completely frozen &
the few birds still there are on the ice or the lawns. Only saw Canada
Geese, Mallards, Ring Billed & Herring Gulls & a few common land
birds. Skip these places for a while.

And good luck to all Christmas Count birders as the counts get under
way this coming weekend.

Al Stokie


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Date: 12/14/18 9:30 am
From: Jeff Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: McHenry County CBC *no sighting*
A big thank you to the numerous IBET birders who stepped up to help with the McHenry county CBC. We are now in good shape for tomorrow’s count..

Jeff


> On Dec 11, 2018, at 8:28 AM, Jeff Aufmann <jaufmann...> wrote:
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> McHenry County is seeking birders for their Christmas Bird Count this Saturday. We had a lot of people drop out at the last minute so we could really use some help. We could even use those with minimal experience just to do logging. If you are interested, please contact me at <mcaudubon...>
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Date: 12/13/18 12:29 pm
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Subject: IBET White-winger Scoter at Montrose Harbor 1:30 PM
I walked about the lakefront from Jarvis to Montrose Harbor and the Point and then back at lunchtime today. It was fairly quiet at least compared to yesterday. Best bird was a juvenile White-winged Scoter just outside the entrance to the harbor alongside the golf course.


https://flic.kr/p/PMCfsX https://flic.kr/p/PMCfsX



I've had good luck at this location lately with a Long-tailed Duck a few weeks back.


Keith Bowers
Chicago
 

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Date: 12/13/18 11:21 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie, Techny North & River Trails Nature Center Thur 12-13-18
Hello Bird People,

Had to be home early for furnace maintenance so it was another short
birding day. But although I didn't find anything really special at
least there were enough birds to be somewhat interesting.
Here are my lists:

Lake Glenview (7:45-8:45 a.m.)

The Geese have kept a little water open in the center of the lake &
about 350 Canada Geese were there when I arrived but all left for
breakfast by 8:15 a.m. Also by the open water were a pair
of Mallards & a pair of BLACK DUCKS. On the ice nearby were 44 Ring
Billed & 8 Herring Gulls.
Raptors were COOPER'S HAWK & Red Tailed Hawk (1 each). Flying by were
16 Rock Pigeons & land birds were Starlings, a male Cardinal, Tree
Sparrows, Juncos, House Finch, Goldfinch &
House Sparrows.

Air Station Prairie (8:50-9:20 a.m.)

Spent the 1st 20 min here without finding a single bird but then in
the prairie I found 8 Goldfinch & in the dried up cattails there was
one SWAMP SPARROW, a good find in the Winter. Also 3 Rock Pigeons flew
by.

Techny North Of Willow (9:30-9:55 a.m.)

From the parking area the water looks to be frozen but if you walk
toward the north there is plenty of open water. There I found 73
Mallards, one male GREEN WING TEAL & a pair of Common Mergansers
although that species soon flew away. Also there were 2 GREAT BLUE
HERONS & one adult Herring Gull. A Junco was the only land bird.

River Trails Nature Center (10:15-10:45 a.m.)

I've been doing a few bird feeder areas in the last week or so & today
I did one more. Besides the 7 Mallards in the river (unfrozen) by the
feeders were Mourning Doves (2), Red Bellied (1), Downy (2) & Hairy
(1-F) Woodpeckers, Blue Jays (4), Chickadees (4), W.B. Nuthatches (6),
Junco (2), House Finch (6), Goldfinch (8) & House Sparrow (6).

Bird-Of-The-Day to the wintering Swamp Sparrow & Runners-Up to the
Black Ducks & the
Cooper's Hawk.

Al Stokie
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Date: 12/12/18 3:02 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS Kankakee County Big Year
Mike,According to Listers Corner here are the top three totals for a Kankakee County Big Year:
171  A.Stokie             2006



150  J.Chapman         2003



149  D.Stotz              2000


That being said, there are birders down there who surpass those totals every year but who don't choose to publicly submit their lists. Speaking of behalf of the Listers Corner fans, I'd say the record is there for the taking. Good luck and have a great year!

Joe Lill
Chicago,Cook CountyIOS Listers Corner Committee Chair


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Sent: Wed, Dec 12, 2018 12:51 pm
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS Kankakee County Big Year

 

Hello friends,
As a college student in Bourbonnais, I have been toying with the idea of doing a Kankakee County big year for 2019. Of course, there is an incredibly talented population of birders here, and I am only here in the spring and fall, but I thought it could still be a cool challenge to see how close I could get to the most species seen next year. I am wondering what a reasonable goal might be for the county. Is anybody here aware of the most birds seen in a year in Kankakee? I am certainly aiming to hit well over 200, since I came close to that this year without particularly focusing on the county. I would appreciate any advice or information any of you could give me!
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Date: 12/12/18 1:16 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET The Grove In Glenview Wed 12-12-18
Hello Bird People,

I still have to rake leaves for the last pickup this Friday so I only
had a short time for birding.
So I went very close to home to The Grove in Glenview. When I 1st
arrived the only creatures at the feeders were Gray Squirrels so I
went on the trails where I found very few birds. When I returned from
the trail system I found that now the birds were coming to the feeders
in some numbers so I watched there for a while. The only birds seen
that weren't at the feeders were
Red Tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove & Cardinal. Here's my short list:

The Grove (8-10:10 a.m.)

Red Tailed Hawk (1 flying in the woods)
Mourning Dove (2 resting in a tree)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1 or 2)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Blue Jay (3-4)
Chickadee (6)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (2)
White Breasted Nuthatch (6)
Cardinal (1-M)
Junco (4)
House Finch (1-F)
PINE SISKIN (7-8, at the thistle feeder)
Goldfinch (3, also at the thistle feeder)
House Sparrow (6)

Only 14 species seen today at The Grove but Bird-Of-The-Day will be
all the Pine Sikins &
Runner-Up to the 2 Red Breasted Nuthatches. Also worth looking at are
the 2 Great Horned Owls in a big cage near the visitor center door.
They seem quite happy in the cage probably as they have the company of
each other whereas usually when you see an owl in a cage it's all
alone & bored.

Al Stokie
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Date: 12/12/18 12:52 pm
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET:Sangamon Co. Nov. 2018 report

Birds in Sangamon County in November 2018

*Common Loon* – HC = 62 (Nov 1), # dropped Nov 20, seen on 28 days.

*Pied-billed Grebe* – HC = 35 (Nov 2) – lower #, but seen every day.

*Horned Grebe* – HC = 55 (Nov 19), missed on 2 days.

*Red-necked Grebe* – one first winter bird present at LSpfld (Nov 3 –
20), seen 8 days.

*Eared Grebe* – fall arrival at LSpfld (Nov 2) and seen until (Nov 29)
–on 4 days.

*Am. White Pelican* – HC = 165 (Nov 11), and seen every day this November.

*Double-crested Cormorant* – HC = 200 (Nov 6) - fishermen chasing them
off? Seen every day with the # declining near end of month.

*Great Blue Heron* – HC = 14 (Nov 20), seen every day.

*Great Egret* – HC = 2 (Nov 4), w/ last seen at LSpfld (Nov 17), seen on
5 days .

*Mute Swan* – present.

*Trumpeter Swan* – fall arrival 7 adults & one imm. at LSpfld & BunnPark
(Nov 12), also one (Nov 27) and 2 (Nov 28) at LSpfld.

*Black-bellied Whistling-Duck* – the same bird seen in July, August,
Sept, & October was found in the same area (Marine Pt) the first 4 days
of November, but did not come in on the 5^th and was not seen again. A
word of caution, listing this duck and other rare waterfowl on *ebird in
real time* could and has in the past led to endangering them to poachers
(hunters) of waterfowl.

*Greater White-fronted Goose* – HC = 350 (Nov 25), seen on 3 days.

*Snow Goose* – HC = 300 (Nov 21), seen on 9 days.

*Ross’ Goose* – fall arrival 2 at LSpfld (Nov 21).

*Cackling Goose* – fall arrival at Marine Pt (Nov 16), w/ HC = 32 (Nov 29).

*Canada Goose* – HC = 260 (Nov 29), seen every day.

*Wood Duck* – HC = 17 (Nov 6), seen on 20 days.

*Green-winged Teal* – HC = 12 (Nov 19) + last seen? - poor #.

*Am. Black Duck* – HC = 6 (Nov 21), poor #.

*Mallard* – HC = 200 (Nov 14) - low #, but seen every day.

*N. Pintail* – HC = 5 (Nov 5 & 19) seen only 4 days!

*N. Shoveler* – HC = 24 (Nov 27) – low # seen 14 days.

*Gadwall *– HC = 32 (Nov 2), seen on 24 days.

*Am. Wigeon* – HC = 10 (Nov 1) + one (Nov 9).

*Canvasback* – HC = 178 (Nov 19), seen on 13 days.

*Redhead *– HC = 30 (Nov 2), seen on 7 days.

*Ring-necked Duck* – HC = 155 (Nov 19), seen on 16 days.

*Greater Scaup* – fall arrival 4 at LSpfld (Nov 19), w/HC = 5 (Nov 22).

*Lesser Scaup* – HC = 380 (Nov 1), seen on 24 days.

*Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw)* – fall arrival juvenile ♂ at LSpfld (Nov 11).

*Black Scoter* – fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Nov 15).

*Surf Scoter* – fall arrival at LSpfld (Nov 1), also seen Nov 2.

*Common Goldeneye* – HC = 222 (Nov 20), after early record in October
numbers arrived Nov 9 and seen on 22 days.

*Bufflehead* – HC = 128 (Nov 27), seen on 22 days.

*Hooded Merganser* – HC = 97 (Nov 29), seen on 25 days.

*Red-breasted Merganser* – fall arrival 12 at LSpfld (Nov 11), fall
record HC = 334 (Nov 19), seen on 16 days.

*Common Merganser* – fall arrival ♀ at LSpfld (Nov 15). HC = 12 (Nov 29)
and included first adult ♂. These birds seen on 8 days.

*Ruddy Duck* – HC = 312 (Nov 24), seen every day.

*Turkey Vulture* – HC = 85 (Nov 4), seen on 24 days.

*Bald Eagle* – HC = 3 adults (Nov 28), w/ total = 18 adults & 9 imm seen
on 20 days in Nov

*N. Harrier* – HC = 2 (Nov 5), seen on 6 days.

*Sharp-shinned Hawk* – 3 singles (Nov 9, 13 & 24).

*Cooper’s Hawk* – HC = 2 (10x in Nov ), this hawk noted on 17 days.

*Red-shouldered Hawk* – 4 singles: imm near Mechanicsburg (Nov 5) and 3
adults at Lin Gds (Nov 21, 29 & 30).

*Red-tailed Hawk* – HC = 13 (Nov 17 & 30), seen on 28 days - no large
flights.

*Rough-legged Hawk* – fall arrival a light phase at Pleasant Plaines
(Nov 17).

*Am. Kestrel* – HC = 5 (Nov 7, 17& 30), this falcon seen on 16 days.

*Merlin* – HC = 2 (♂ & ♀ at UIS/ LL) on (Nov 15). Most repeats near the
college, but a ♀ west of Spfld (Nov 17) and a ♂ north of Spfld (Nov 27).
Merlins seen on 13 days – photos.

*Peregrine Falcon* – adults at LSpfld (Nov 2 &12).

*Ring-necked Pheasant* – HC = 4 (Nov 30) at Nipper Prairie.

*Am. Coot* – HC = 1000 (Nov 3), w/ # dropping after Nov 12.

*Killdeer *– HC = 30 (Nov 7), and last seen? 3 (Nov 17).

*Spotted Sandpiper* – one SW of Buffalo (Nov 9) – photo.

*Least Sandpiper* – HC = 4 (Nov 5), w/ last seen 2 at Buckhart (Nov 9).

*Franklin’s Gull* – HC = 15 (Nov 2 & 3), w/ departure at LSpfld (Nov 6).

*Little Gull* – one adult in winter plumage at LSpfld (Nov 29).

*Bonaparte’s Gull* – HC = 300 (Nov 10), seen every day in Nov, but #
lower at end of month.

*Ring-billed Gull* – HC = 8200 (Nov 29), seen every day.

*Herring Gull* – HC = 33 (Nov 26) – mostly imm moving through and seen
on 25 days.

*Lesser black-backed Gull* – adult at Marine Pt (Nov 18).

*Black-legged Kittiwake – *fall arrival first winterat LSpfld (Nov 19) –
photo.

*Rock Dove* - present

*Mourning Dove* – HC = 152 (Nov 15), seen every day.

*E. Screech Owl* – one at Spfld (Nov 2).

*Barred Owl* – one at LSpfld (Nov 2).

*Short-eared Owl* – fall arrival 5 west of Spfld (Nov 30).

*Belted Kingfisher* – 10 singles (Nov 3 - 29) – poor #.

*Red-headed Woodpecker* – HC = 8 (Nov 20), seen on 29 days. I wonder how
the cutting down of dead trees effects the roosting and the caches of
these woodpeckers.

*Red-bellied Woodpecker* – HC = 10 (Nov 24 & 27).

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker* – 4 singles (Nov 5 - 24), very few in Nov.

*Downy Woodpecker* – HC = 8 (Nov 10), seen every day.

*Hairy Woodpecker* – HC = 2 (Nov 8), seen on 14 days.

*N. Flicker* – HC = 9 (Nov 5), # drop after Nov 16. Seen on 29 days

*Pileated Woodpecker* – 6 singles (Nov 2 - 24).

*Eastern Phoebe* – most left in Oct, but one straggler at WP (Nov 6).

*Blue-headed Vireo* – one at WP (Nov 2) was at least my 38^th record for
Nov.

*Horned Lark* – HC = 90 (Nov 15), seen on 7 days.

*Tree Swallow* - HC = 175 (Nov 1), w/ birds present every day through
(Nov 24) at LSpfld. Never have I seen so many stay so long – there were
53 (Nov 4), 28 (Nov 12), 25 (Nov 19) and 15 (Nov 23), but 2009 had much
higher # in Nov, but they left earlier. Tree Swallows stayed into Nov in
27 years from a total of 49 years. The latest date was at Sangchris on
December 3,2015. In 2018 they had plenty of cues to leave, and endured
cold, rain, snow and high winds. I tried to check every individual and
they all appeared to be Tree Swallows.

*Blue Jay* – HC = 26 (Nov 5), seen every day.

*Am. Crow* – HC = 83 (Nov 29), seen every day.

*Black-capped Chickadee* – HC = 7 (Nov 2 & 24), seen on 29 days.

*Tufted Titmouse* – HC = 12 (Nov 30), seen every day.

*Red-breasted Nuthatch* – HC = 4 (Nov 3), seen on 11 days.

*White-breasted Nuthatch* – HC = 8 (Nov 14) seen every day.

*Brown Creeper* – HC = 2 (Nov 14), seen on 8 days - low #.

*Carolina Wren* – HC = 6 (Nov 2, 5 & 24), seen on 28 days.

*Winter Wren* – 5 singles (Nov 3 – 17), very low #.

*Golden-crowned Kinglet* – HC = 5 (Nov 2), seen on 9 days - low #.

*Ruby-crowned Kinglet* – HC = 2 (Nov 2, 4 & 6), seen on 7 days.

*Eastern Bluebird* – HC = 14 (Nov 18), seen on 13 days.

*Hermit Thrush* – HC = 2 (4x in Nov ), seen on 9 days.

*Am. Robin* – HC = 105 (Nov 24), seen every day.

*N. Mockingbird* – only one at LSpfld (Nov 14), very low #.

*Cedar Waxwing* – HC = 125 (Nov 9), seen on 18 days in Nov. Last seen?
40 (Nov 24).

*European Starling* – present.

*Orange- crowned Warbler* – imm at North Pt (Nov 12 & 13) and another
imm at Lin Gds (Nov 24).

*Yellow-rumped Warbler* – HC = 4 (Nov 5), seen on 7 days.

*Ovenbird* – one found by B.Dyer at her home, which I saw the same day
(Nov 4).

*Common Yellowthroat* – a ♀ w/ only a yellow throat and under-tail
coverts, with the rest of the bird gray, the dorsal being dark olive
gray. This bird was feeding along a creek below the dam and was jumping
up to feed from the bottom of an exposed log on (Nov 10). This bird
could be /G.t.campicola/ from further west. Also saw another
yellowthroat of the “normal” race at Muni (Nov 14).

*N. Cardinal* – HC = 28 (Nov 26), seen every day.

*Eastern Towhee* – HC = 2 (Nov 24), seen 5 days. Last noted a ♂ at Lin
Gds (Nov 30).

*Am. Tree Sparrow* – fall arrival east of Spfld (Nov 5), w/HC = 13 (Nov
30) – seen on 6 days.

*Chipping Sparrow* – HC = 4 (Nov 2 & 14),seen on 6 days and departure
(Nov 14).

*Field Sparrow* – HC = 2 (Nov 5) and last seen (Nov 14).

*Savannah Sparrow* – HC = 7 (Nov 8), seen 4 days, w/ departure 2 west of
Spfld (Nov 17).

*LeContes Sparrow* – only one well seen at Buffalo SP (Nov 5).

*Fox Sparrow* – HC = 13 (Nov 10), seen on 12 days, w/ last seen? (Nov 28).

*Song Sparrow* – HC = 6 (Nov 2), seen on 11 days – very low #.

*Swamp Sparrow* – HC = 4 (Nov 5), seen on 3 days – low #.

*White-throated Sparrow* – HC = 30 (Nov 14), seen on 28 days – low #.

*White-crowned Sparrow* – HC = 14 (Nov 5), seen on 3 days, w/ departure
(Nov 11) – low #.

*Dark-eyed Junco* – HC = 119 (Nov 26), seen every day.

*Lapland Longspur* – fall arrival 25 near Dawson (Nov 9), w/ HC = 550
(Nov 15), seen on 3 days.

*Snow Bunting* – fall arrival 2, one flew over Marine Pt. and one w/
longspurs west of Spfld (Nov 15)

*Red-winged Blackbird* – HC = 2000 (Nov 1) ,seen on 17 days, w/ #
dropping in late Nov.

*Eastern Meadowlark* – HC = 14 (Nov 28), seen on 4 days.

*Rusty Blackbird* – fall arrival 20 at Cinder Flats (Nov 18), seen on 3
days – late arrival.

*Common Grackle* – HC = 2000 (Nov 1), seen on 14 days.

*Brown-headed Cowbird* – HC = 1000 (Nov 1), seen on 5 days.

*Purple Finch* – 1 - 2 birds (Nov 5 – 8).

*House Finch* – HC = 24 (Nov 10), seen on 27 days.

*Pine Siskin* – two singles at LSpfld (Nov 6 & 10).

*Am. Goldfinch* – HC = 17 (Nov 8), seen on 21 days in low #.

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow* – HC = 50 (Nov 8), seen on 5 days.

*House Sparrow* – present.

Field Days = 30

Total hours in November 2018 = 235

Total species = 126

November was cold with fluctuations between mild and cold temperatures.
The mild periods were mostly in the 50s (11 days w/ maximum 57° on Nov
6, 22 & 24). These mild periods were Nov 1 - 8 and 21 -25. The colder
periods had highs in the 40s and 30s, with lows reaching the teens (Nov
10, 13, 14, 27 & 28 – the lowest = 11°). As you might expect the
precipitation was mostly rain during the mild periods and snow in the
colder periods. Snow accumulation was a record in this county for
November.Waterfowl numbers were low and passerine populations remained
low, with a few stragglers. Most winter finches were very few and even
common sparrows were present in low to moderate numbers. There was an
obvious influx of Red-breasted Nuthatches, but kinglets, creepers and
Winter Wren populations appear to be in trouble. With the mild
temperatures, human activity remained high and disruptive to the birds
and the habitat. City, Water, Light & Power continued its destruction of
bird habitat of the mid-lake peninsula called “Center Park”.

H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum

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Date: 12/12/18 10:59 am
From: Mike King <mike.j.king97...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS Kankakee County Big Year
Hello friends,

As a college student in Bourbonnais, I have been toying with the idea of
doing a Kankakee County big year for 2019. Of course, there is an
incredibly talented population of birders here, and I am only here in the
spring and fall, but I thought it could still be a cool challenge to see
how close I could get to the most species seen next year. I am wondering
what a reasonable goal might be for the county. Is anybody here aware of
the most birds seen in a year in Kankakee? I am certainly aiming to hit
well over 200, since I came close to that this year without particularly
focusing on the county. I would appreciate any advice or information any of
you could give me!

Thanks,
Mike King
Kankakee/Will/Piatt Counties

 

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Date: 12/11/18 6:40 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard House sp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46223929722/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/   Hi friends,Dark colored House sparrows are here.. Lots of them.Winter colors maybe.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 12/11/18 2:57 pm
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Greater White-Fronted Goose-Libertyville
There were about a dozen Greater White-fronted geese at Independence Grove FP, Libertyville, Lake County today(12/11 @ noon). The pond was almost completely iced up, but some Canada geese and C.Goldeneye were

also seen.


Bill Saylor

Mundelein

Lake Cty
 

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Date: 12/11/18 2:35 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Fox sp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/45361948025/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/Hi friends,From 2 wks ago. Gone along with WT sparrows. But a host of House sp., which the Cooper's hawk chases, are taking over.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 12/11/18 1:08 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Evanston Lakefront Parks, N.U. Landfill Lagoon & Gillson Park Tuesday 12-11-18
Hello Bird People,

Today I covered the lakefront parks in Evanston including South Blvd
Beach, Clark Square,
Lee St Beach to Dempster St Beach & Dawes Pk. Not much reward for my
efforts as the only ducks I saw were Mallard, Goldeneye & Red Breasted
Merganser & the only gulls were Ring Billed & Herring. The only land
birds were House Sparrows & 1 Crow. So much for a good start!

But things improved when I got to the N.U. Landfill Lagoon after
finding nothing along the lake.

N.U. Lagoon (10:10-11:10 a.m.)

BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (1-AD, after not finding any the last time I was here)
Canada Geese (heard a few)
Mallard (18)
CANVASBACK (1-AD-M)
Hooded Merganser (11)
Common Merganser (1-M & 2-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-PR)
(The Merganser slam!)
Ring Billed (1) & Herring (2) Gulls
Rock Pigeon (Flock of 6 on the lawn)
KINGFISHER (1-M)
Crow (1 calling)

Gillson Park (11:25-noon)

Coast Guard exercises in the harbor so only Mallards (15) there & a
few R.B. Mergs in the lake.
A few Herring Gulls were flying by & land birds were Downy Woodpecker
(1), Chickadee (4),
Robins (4) & Junco (2). No sign of Maria's Kinglets from yesterday.

Good thing for the N.U. Lagoon or I'd have nothing for the awards for today.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the adult male Canvasback as it was really striking
with it's long neck & red, white & black coloring. Pretty snazzy!
Runner-Up to the adult Black Crowned Night Heron sound asleep in a
tree.

Al Stokie
Making the best of it in Cook County today


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Date: 12/11/18 12:08 pm
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kestrel
Well just in running errands for my parents, I was lucky enough to see a female American Kestrel at the corner of Greenwood and Harrison in Niles. It seems to be hanging out here, hunting in an empty field between houses. I've been watching it about 10 minutes and it keeps coming back to the same wires, although not exactly in the same spot. Great birding here in Illinois, considering it's the dead of winter!

MB from Morton Grove

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Date: 12/11/18 11:05 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Piping Plover - NO SIGHTING
Hello fellow Piping Plover fans,

Today, with another birder, I scoured the protected and public beaches for the Piping Plover, unsuccessfully.

The last reported sighting of the plover on ebird is from Jennifer DiStefano on Sunday December 9 at 10:30 am. Pictures of the plover were also posted on Facebook by Susan Bychowski, taken at 10:30 am on Sunday December 9. The plover looks healthy in the pictures, with no ice on its legs or its body. Terry Walsh searched for the plover early on Monday December 10, without success. Amanda Tichacek and Geoff Williamson also searched this morning, without sighting, per their ebird reports.

If the Piping Plover is gone, he/she may have left sometime after 10:30 on Sunday December 9 and seems to have been gone by the early hours of Monday December 10.

If anyone has further information, or if somehow he was captured, it would be great if you could let us know​.

Wishing this little champ safe travels to a warm and welcoming place. I for one am deeply grateful for the joy he/she brought me since October. Maybe we'll see him/her again in the spring?

Tamima Itani,
Already missing the plover in Cook County
 

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Date: 12/11/18 8:44 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard BH cowbird w/H sp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46266973331/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Too many H sp and just a few others. Male cowbird got his shiny feathers.JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 12/11/18 6:29 am
From: Jeff Aufmann <jaufmann...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET McHenry County CBC *no sighting*
McHenry County is seeking birders for their Christmas Bird Count this Saturday. We had a lot of people drop out at the last minute so we could really use some help. We could even use those with minimal experience just to do logging. If you are interested, please contact me at <mcaudubon...>

Thanks

Jeff Aufmann

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Date: 12/11/18 6:12 am
From: Sue Friscia <q4birds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Congratulations Amar!!!
Everybody’s Favorite, The “Seagulls” are Big in Japan

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Date: 12/10/18 8:13 pm
From: <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Snow Goose, Red-shouldered Hawks
Greetings,
I made a quick pass through Loud Thunder Forest Preserve this morning where I got great views of two different Red-shouldered Hawks. I watched one zoom down to grab a mouse in some tall grass before it perched with it's meal in a nearby tree. On the way to Loud Thunder, I stopped by Jumer's Casino in Rock Island and noted a Snow Goose feeding in the grass among a group of Canada Geese.


Chuck Leib
Milan, IL
Rock Island County
 

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Date: 12/10/18 6:47 pm
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gillson Park
I am only visiting from out of town, though in the Jurassic period I grew up here. So I don't know if this gets anyone else excited, but it certainly was a thrill for me to see two Golden-crowned kinglets in Gillson park today. And mammal of the day (as Al Stokie often says) was an incredibly gorgeous coyote. I didn't realize that Golden-crowned kinglets wintered here. I was not expecting to see them and it was a pleasure to have such a nice surprise.

Caveat: I'm only 99% sure of the id, as it was getting dark. But they moved like kinglets, looked like kinglets, through the binoculars I could see that their bills were like kinglets, they sounded like kinglets, so I think they were kinglets. Even though they were a bit in shadow so I couldn't quite see the eye line stripe.

Mb from morton grove

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Date: 12/10/18 5:28 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard RB wp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/31323445247/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/Hi friends,The Red-bellied wp likes the PB suet offering on the apple tree. Not shy anymore, comes when I'm out smearing on the suet..C. wren sang a little and then ate suet. Lots of H. sp here today.John Bourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 12/10/18 1:38 pm
From: 'Ross Thompson' <thompson1956...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Dark Morph Broad Wing hawk ?
Two days ago I was contacted to report a dark hawk with a white band across it’s tail. I went today and believe that I found this bird. The original sighting was at the NW edge of the village of Latham but the bird I found was just south of Latham. The hawk was perched of a transmission twin pole structure number 515. Unfortunately The bird was in a fairly heavy fog preventing a good look at the field marks. Tis location is on IL 121 NW of Warrensburg, IL. I hope other people can confirm this out of normal range bird.
Ross Thompson
Macon County
 

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Date: 12/10/18 10:33 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 12-10-18
Hello Bird People,

Only 22 degrees when I started but the winds were light. All water is
frozen including the west side stream with one exception which is the
area by the bridge over Rt 68/Dundee Rd which almost always stays
open. There in the small amount of open water was a Great Blue Heron,
a female Kingfisher & the regular Winter Coot back again for the 3rd
year in a row. I am now on my Winter walking route which leaves out
some of the normal areas due to no birds there. Here's my list:

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

Great Blue Heron (1, at the only open water in the place)
Canada Geese (about 200 at the open water area but eventually all left)
Mallard (1-M, also at the open water place)
Coot (1)
KESTREL (1 very handsome male in perfect sunlight, wish I had a camera)
Herring Gull (2 fly-bys)
Rock Pigeon (flock of 14 flying by on the west side by the Edens)
Mourning Dove (1 fly-by)
KINGFISHER (1-F)
Blue Jay (4-5)
Chickadee (6, 2 of the 6 were the only birds at the feeders)
Robin (only 1 & no where near the berry trees)
(No Waxwings of Starlings today)
COMMON REDPOLL (27 all feeding in 1 flock on the north side of the
Regenstein Center)
(The one Hoary type is still present)
PINE SISKIN (1 feeding with the Redpoll flock & 3 in a Katsura Tree)
Goldfinch (~10 scattered all over but 1 feeding with the Redpoll flock)
House Sparrow (4)

That's only 16 species but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the very colorful
male Kestrel.
Runners-Up to the Redpolls, Siskins, Kingfisher & Winter Coot.

Al Stokie
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Date: 12/10/18 6:02 am
From: Sue Friscia <q4birds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fw: John Duran
From: Marlys Oosting
I’m sorry to tell everyone that John Duran passed away yesterday, Sunday, December 9th. He had been fighting cancer for a while. John was 68. We will miss him, especially on the COS Christmas bird count. He had participated in that for years.

We will have a party in a forest preserve sometime this summer to celebrate his life.

You may visit  http://John-Duran.virtual-memorials.com   to leave a message for his friends and family.

Thank you
Marlys




 

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Date: 12/9/18 6:26 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pileated wp Iroquois county
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/31311628847/in/photostream/lightbox/Hi friends,Pileated wp was calling back in the trees. Can't see him but very vocal.On the Little Beaver Creek, cold but not windy.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 12/9/18 2:57 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan, North Point Marina, Sand Pond & Independence Grove Sunday 12-9-18
Hello Bird People,

Hard to believe but I had not been to Lake County for two weeks but
going there today proved to be a good idea as many special birds were
seen both lingering birds & winter birds. Did Waukegan Beach & Harbor,
North Point Marina & Sand Pond with Bob Erickson & then Independence
Grove by myself on the way home. Ann Harness was briefly with us at
North Point & Sand Pond. Here are my lists:

Waukegan Beach (7:15-7:40 a.m.)

Best bird here was an adult BALD EAGLE which Bob picked out (I don't
know how!) well to the north toward Greenwood. Nine Canada Geese flew
by & ducks were Mallard, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, R.B. Merganser & 1
female Common Merganser.

Waukegan Harbor (7:40-8:15 a.m.)

The only ducks were Goldeneye & R.B. Merganser mainly as hunters were
blasting away at the
S.E. corner of the New Harbor. But there were a lot of Gulls by the
yacht club with about 250 Herring, 15 Ring Billed & 1 adult LESSER
BLACK BACKED GULL.

North Point Marina (8:30-10 a.m.)

Canada Geese (7)
Greater Scaup (6)
WHITE WINGED SCOTER (1-F, in the harbor mouth)
Bufflehead (4-M) & Goldeneye (3)
Red Breasted Merganser (6)
Ruddy Duck (1-F)
Herring Gull (only 4 fly-bys)
Land birds were Blue Jay & Tree Sparrows.

Sand Pond/Illinois Beach North Unit (10:10-11:15 a.m.)

Only a little open water here but no ducks. Gulls were plentiful
though with about 350 Herring,
2 adult LESSER BLACK BACKED & 1 Thayers type Gull. A surprise was a
Great Blue Heron & a much bigger surprise was a GREEN HERON which flew
from one side of Sand Pond to the other side proving that it was able
to fly. I have NEVER had a December Green Heron before!
(I see on ebird that others had this bird here yesterday.) This was
soon followed by another big surprise when Bob picked out a late
female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Also had both Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers &
a W.B. Nuthatch.

Independence Grove (12:15-1 p.m.)

Saw on ebird that Adam S & Jeff A had White Fronts here yesterday but
I didn't think they'd stay. But to my surprise there were 3-4 GREATER
WHITE FRONTED GEESE mostly hidden in the Canada Geese within the main
group of Geese. I was even more surprised when I walked over to the
north side of the group & found 12 more White Fronts. About 20 min
later the 12 took off calling their strange call but the 3-4 stayed so
a few remained.

Also seen were one adult Mute Swan, 175 Canada Geese & 1 or 2 Cackling
Geese. In the very small area of open water were also 4 Mallards &
only 1 Goldeneye. Land birds were Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay &
Chickadee.

Bird-Of-The-Day has to be the very late Green Heron & Runners-Up to
the also late Common Yellowthroat, the White Winged Scoter, all the
White Fronted Geese, the Bald Eagle & the 3
Lesser Black Backed Gulls. That's a lot of award worthy birds!
I had 33 species for the day with 2 of them being :heard only".

Al Stokie
In Lake County today & I'm glad I returned


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Date: 12/9/18 1:11 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Maria's Email On Piping Plover Contacts
I have forwarded Maria's email on Delaware shorebird project contacts
to the state biologist who can now contact them if he wishes. Thanks
to Maria for her help.

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Date: 12/9/18 8:51 am
From: joshua murphy <birdmanmurphy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No sightings: trip to Santa Marta COLOMBIA
IBETors:
I have organized a privately guided birding trip to Santa Marta Colombia starting and ending Barranquilla December 24-30. I have one space available.
Please contact me offline for details
Good birding
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Date: 12/9/18 8:10 am
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Plover
I would like to suggest that the people involved in attempting to rescue the plover contact the people who run the Delaware shorebird project. I sent the contact information by email to Al Stokie, but would be happy to send it to anyone else involved.

These people have more experience netting shorebirds than possibly anyone else in the world. They run an international program every year from May until June netting red knots and other shorebirds. Everyone from British ornithologists to Swedish postdocs participates and considers it an honor to do so.

If anyone wants to contact me, I am happy to pass along the contact information and names. I would try to call the one person who might actually be at work this afternoon myself, but I do not know the name of the Illinois biologist who is leading the team and so would not be able to refer her to anyone to contact.

Thanks,

Marla
morton grove

Marlabeth at hotmail dot com




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Date: 12/8/18 6:16 pm
From: <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red-headed Woodpeckers
Greetings,
Rather than chase the Black Scoter that's been on the Mississippi here in the QCA, I spent some time scouting around Warren/Henderson Counties for an upcoming CBC route today. While it wasn't particularly birdy, highlights (for me) included 75 Eurasian Tree Sparrows, 20 plus Brown-headed Cowbirds, three Bald Eagles, a Great Blue Heron and Red-headed Woodpeckers in a couple different locations.


Chuck Leib
Milan, IL
Rock Island Co.
 

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Date: 12/8/18 6:02 pm
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET catching Piping Plover
Detailed suggestions I posted, of how to catch this bird were ignored,
and a 3rd repeat of something that didn't work was instead, but here is
another suggestion:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jofo.12052

https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nabb/v004n03/p0097-p0102.pdf

"Standard mist nets are seldom efficient inexposed areas where
shorebirds feed"

Mist nets work best on night flying migrants and areas with vegetation.

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Date: 12/8/18 3:51 pm
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red-tailed Hawk w/ chipmunk
Closeup video

https://youtu.be/BLI1nhDta8k

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Date: 12/8/18 3:11 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Third Piping Plover Rescue Attempt At Montrose Saturday 12-8-18
Hello Bird People,

Once again a volunteer group of about 10 birders with a state
biologist as a leader tried to catch the Piping Plover at Montrose &
once again the Plover outsmarted us. With a new configuration of mist
nets & other nets that took almost 1 full hour to set up & looked
pretty impressive we thought we could fool the Plover into flying into
the nets. But every time it got close to the nets it veered off &
missed the nets. It seems to see better than we do or has an "anti-net
radar" that works very well.

Tried for over an hour after the setup was complete which included
Plover breaks so as not to wear it out but had to admit defeat yet
again. The Piping Plover was feeding all the time we were there & it's
beginning to look like we will have to let it do as it will & let
nature take it's course.
But The biologist may try one more plan before giving up so we'll see
what happens. I don't know when the next attempt will take place.

Live at the scene where the score is now Piping Plover 3 & trappers 0!

Al Stokie


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Date: 12/8/18 9:56 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinals
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/44407130850/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/Hi friends,A pair together, not often seen. One still dominates the other. The monthly siren goes off on the 1st Tuesday and the Cooper's h. tried to make a run over the Byard maybe thinking the sound of the loud siren would muffle alarm calls. Didn't work, gray sq s were up and flicking tales, birds flew in bushes long before the Coopers got here.John Bourbonnais, IL                
 

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Date: 12/7/18 5:26 pm
From: <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Interesting set of yard birds
Greetings,
Today's visitors included a return of the Brown Thrasher as well as a Cooper' Hawk, Bald Eagle (fly over) as well as the ever present Red-breasted Nuthatches. What fun!


Chuck Leib
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Date: 12/6/18 8:08 pm
From: jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET sandhills over St.Charles
I was out that way seeing the Yellow-Throated Warbler at about that time.
We witnessed several smaller flocks joining by circling into a large
group.

Quite impressive.

Jim from Norridge

On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 9:12 PM Jon Duerr <jjduerr1331...> [ILbirds] <
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> We left the house for a walk a little before 2;00 and heard the Cranes.
> They were super high and flock after flock just kept coming! I guesstimated
> over 2000 passed over St.Charles, Kane Co. Jon Duerr
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Date: 12/6/18 7:11 pm
From: Jon Duerr <jjduerr1331...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET sandhills over St.Charles
We left the house for a walk a little before 2;00 and heard the Cranes.
They were super high and flock after flock just kept coming! I guesstimated
over 2000 passed over St.Charles, Kane Co. Jon Duerr

 

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Date: 12/6/18 11:39 am
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes - McHenry County
As I drove north on 23 to Harvard after my initial post, I saw hundreds
more sandhills flying south to the east of Rte. 23.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Date: 12/6/18 11:33 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Crabtree Nature Center Thursday 12-6-18
Hello Bird People,

Thought I'd look for a Shrike & a Rough Legged Hawk today & a good
place to find both is Crabtree Nature Center especially at the Phantom
Prairie Trail. But after a cold & windy walk of about 3 miles all I
had to show for it was 6 Canada Geese (flying), one Red Tailed Hawk
(flying) & 3 Crows. Not much of a reward.

But there were lots of birds at the feeders so I spent 20 min outside
the building before it opened & one hour inside the building doing a
feeder watch. However, although there were many birds once again the
quality level was low with one exception. If you bird here skip the
trails & watch the feeders but remember that the building is closed to
the public on Fridays so if you want to watch from inside the building
then don't go on Fridays. Also remember that the grounds don't open
until 8 a.m. when they unlock the gate. Here's my day list for the
feeders:

Crabtree Nature Center (8:30 -11:15 a.m.)

Mourning Dove (Max=32 but they usually fed in smaller groups of 4-5)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1-M & 1-F)
Downy Woodpecker (1-PR)
Chickadee (6-8)
White Breasted Nuthatch (4-6)
Cardinal (3-M & 1-F)
Tree Sparrow (only 1)
Junco (8)
House Finch (Max=28 all in a tree waiting to visit the feeders)
PINE SISKIN (At 1st only one but later on there were 2 at the thistle feeder)
Goldfinch (8-10)

So that's 11 feeder species & 3 more at Phanton Prairie for a total of
14 species at Crabtree.
Again not much to brag about but that seems to be the way it is lately.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 Pine Siskins. For Runners-Up we'll go with
quantity over quality so the Doves & House Finches win that award.

Al Stokie
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Date: 12/6/18 10:31 am
From: John Longhenry <mesquakie8...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Sandhill Cranes - Marengo - McHenry County

Had approximately 100 Sandhill Cranes flying over the house near downtown Rockford in 5 groupings; the largest group of 40, kept circling like they were trying to decide who wanted to lead them further south, from 10:45-11:15 this morning.
John Longhenry On ‎Thursday‎, ‎December‎ ‎6‎, ‎2018‎ ‎12‎:‎03‎:‎43‎ ‎PM‎ ‎CST, Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

Sandhills are on the move today. Just had 3 flocks, approximately 200 birds,  fly over my Marengo office.
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Date: 12/6/18 10:16 am
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes - Marengo - McHenry County
Sandhills are on the move today. Just had 3 flocks, approximately 200
birds, fly over my Marengo office.

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

 

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Date: 12/6/18 9:44 am
From: 'Gerald Batsford' <batsfordg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sandhills over Lincolnshire
Just came in from a walk where I had a group of 60 and another group of 100
Sandhill Cranes.

A bit of a surprise...



Gerry Batsford

Lincolnshire, IL


 

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Date: 12/6/18 4:26 am
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Evening grosbeak (no il sighting)
Some thoughts about this topic are at
http://blog.aba.org/2018/11/happening-now-irruption-of-winter-finches-underway.html

Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County)

On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 2:52 AM Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> A friend of mine who lives east of us in Virginia or West Virginia had two
> evening grosbeaks on her feeder. I looked in ebird to see if there were any
> sightings locally and apparently in mid-November there were several
> sightings around the south east end of Lake Michigan in Indiana. I didn't
> see any reports of these birds anywhere myself. But if anyone does have any
> of these birds I would love to hear about it and see one. Thanks.
>
> Suzanne Coleman
> Cook County
>
>
>


--
Geoff Williamson
<geoffrey.williamson.21...>

 

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Date: 12/6/18 4:24 am
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
My understanding is that IDNR/USFWS are indeed working toward another
rescue attempt, informed by what happened during the first two attempts.

Geoff WIlliamson
Chicago (Cook County)

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 10:56 PM Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I am aware a few rescue attempts were made by IDNR but were unsuccessful.
> Unsure if more are planned.
>
> Tamima
>
> On Dec 5, 2018, at 8:17 PM, Karen Avery <karenavery.ka426...>
> wrote:
>
> Any rescue in the works?
>
> Karen Avery
> Chicago
>
> On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 5:22 PM Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Hi Fran,
>>
>> Thank you so much for your email and for bringing up the issue of the
>> garbage on the beach at Montrose, which has been piling up at an alarming
>> rate. I picked up trash on the protected beach yesterday, filling up two
>> trash bags. This morning, I spent 90 minutes on the public beach and made
>> somewhat of a dent, filling up 3 trash bags. There is much left to do,
>> though.
>>
>> I plan on returning tomorrow morning 8:15 to 10:15 am for further trash
>> pick up. I have 2 extra trash graspers that I will bring with me, and I
>> will bring plenty of trash bags. If anyone is so inclined, please join me
>> in the cleaning effort. There is a deep level of satisfaction in cleaning
>> up a place that is so special to our feathered friends.
>>
>> Regarding the Piping Plover:
>>
>> At 10:00 am, he was on the protected beach. He had a thin layer of ice
>> on his left leg, and a big chunky ring of ice on his right leg. It was
>> lucky the large chunch was loosely fit on his leg. He kept shaking his
>> right leg until the ring of ice went flying away. I noted small ice
>> formation on his tail feathers and a few droplets of ice on his right
>> wing. Anyone visiting Montrose over the next few days should monitor him
>> closely. The ice seems to be building up on him more than previously.
>>
>> All the best,
>>
>> Tamima Itani
>> Evanston
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of
>> Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:32 PM
>> *To:* Joan Campbell
>> *Cc:* <ILbirds...>
>> *Subject:* Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> IBET,
>>
>> Wasn't really going to report this, but here you go. I've been trying to
>> get over to the Montrose garbage-on-the beach since Saturday, and today was
>> my first opportunity. Other birders have also chipped in the past days, and
>> we've made a dent in the pile; in fact, the city garbage receptacle by the
>> beach house is full.
>>
>> I also contacted CPD and they are supportive and trying to get over
>> there. Judging by some of the aluminum cans, my guess is that the storm
>> that washed this up really took some things off the bottom of the lake.
>> Many of the cans were completely discolored and shredded into pieces. At
>> any rate, this was a good opportunity to get some of this up. And if anyone
>> is interested, there's still some there, especially further away from the
>> water. Most of the focus has been on the water's edge, before it gets
>> sucked back into the lake.
>>
>> Fran Morel
>>
>> On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 3:30 PM <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <
>> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> This morning I headed to Montrose with my trusty navigator Diane M and
>> with the help of some excellent instructions from Jenny V. Target bird was
>> the continuing Piping Plover, which we found as soon as we reached the
>> beach with the algae mat. This is only the second Piping Plover I have
>> ever seen. Lifer was with the assistance of Al Stokie at Waukegan Beach on
>> 8-17-16. Today's plover was feeding constantly and seemed to be in good
>> shape so far. Was able to get a number of scope photos. We also saw our
>> "Lifer" Fran Morel who was there to pick up debris from the beach. An
>> honor to meet him him, though briefly, in person! :)
>>
>>
>> Joan Campbell
>>
>> At Montrose in Cook County
>>
>>
>> Check list with photos at:
>>
>> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli st/S50450848
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS50450848&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3655735eca7d4f1b757808d65b20ea55%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636796594255245463&sdata=27kKXXD2R4BHxFxdAg2wKh4nO%2B8dTAhFPskwxR8sUGo%3D&reserved=0>
>>
>>
>> --
> "Good forestry practice is not magic but the result is."
>
>


--
Geoff Williamson
<geoffrey.williamson.21...>

 

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Date: 12/6/18 12:52 am
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Evening grosbeak (no il sighting)
A friend of mine who lives east of us in Virginia or West Virginia had two evening grosbeaks on her feeder. I looked in ebird to see if there were any sightings locally and apparently in mid-November there were several sightings around the south east end of Lake Michigan in Indiana. I didn't see any reports of these birds anywhere myself. But if anyone does have any of these birds I would love to hear about it and see one. Thanks.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County



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Date: 12/5/18 8:56 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
I am aware a few rescue attempts were made by IDNR but were unsuccessful. Unsure if more are planned.

Tamima

On Dec 5, 2018, at 8:17 PM, Karen Avery <karenavery.ka426...><mailto:<karenavery.ka426...>> wrote:

Any rescue in the works?

Karen Avery
Chicago

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 5:22 PM Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:


Hi Fran,

Thank you so much for your email and for bringing up the issue of the garbage on the beach at Montrose, which has been piling up at an alarming rate. I picked up trash on the protected beach yesterday, filling up two trash bags. This morning, I spent 90 minutes on the public beach and made somewhat of a dent, filling up 3 trash bags. There is much left to do, though.

I plan on returning tomorrow morning 8:15 to 10:15 am for further trash pick up. I have 2 extra trash graspers that I will bring with me, and I will bring plenty of trash bags. If anyone is so inclined, please join me in the cleaning effort. There is a deep level of satisfaction in cleaning up a place that is so special to our feathered friends.

Regarding the Piping Plover:

At 10:00 am, he was on the protected beach. He had a thin layer of ice on his left leg, and a big chunky ring of ice on his right leg. It was lucky the large chunch was loosely fit on his leg. He kept shaking his right leg until the ring of ice went flying away. I noted small ice formation on his tail feathers and a few droplets of ice on his right wing. Anyone visiting Montrose over the next few days should monitor him closely. The ice seems to be building up on him more than previously.

All the best,

Tamima Itani
Evanston
________________________________
From: <ILbirds...><mailto:<ILbirds...> <ILbirds...><mailto:<ILbirds...>> on behalf of Fran M <franmmmk...><mailto:<franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>>
Sent: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:32 PM
To: Joan Campbell
Cc: <ILbirds...><mailto:<ILbirds...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes




IBET,

Wasn't really going to report this, but here you go. I've been trying to get over to the Montrose garbage-on-the beach since Saturday, and today was my first opportunity. Other birders have also chipped in the past days, and we've made a dent in the pile; in fact, the city garbage receptacle by the beach house is full.

I also contacted CPD and they are supportive and trying to get over there. Judging by some of the aluminum cans, my guess is that the storm that washed this up really took some things off the bottom of the lake. Many of the cans were completely discolored and shredded into pieces. At any rate, this was a good opportunity to get some of this up. And if anyone is interested, there's still some there, especially further away from the water. Most of the focus has been on the water's edge, before it gets sucked back into the lake.

Fran Morel

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 3:30 PM <peachjmc...><mailto:<peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:


This morning I headed to Montrose with my trusty navigator Diane M and with the help of some excellent instructions from Jenny V. Target bird was the continuing Piping Plover, which we found as soon as we reached the beach with the algae mat. This is only the second Piping Plover I have ever seen. Lifer was with the assistance of Al Stokie at Waukegan Beach on 8-17-16. Today's plover was feeding constantly and seemed to be in good shape so far. Was able to get a number of scope photos. We also saw our "Lifer" Fran Morel who was there to pick up debris from the beach. An honor to meet him him, though briefly, in person! :)


Joan Campbell

At Montrose in Cook County


Check list with photos at:

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli st/S50450848<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS50450848&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3655735eca7d4f1b757808d65b20ea55%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636796594255245463&sdata=27kKXXD2R4BHxFxdAg2wKh4nO%2B8dTAhFPskwxR8sUGo%3D&reserved=0>



--
"Good forestry practice is not magic but the result is."
 

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Date: 12/5/18 6:21 pm
From: Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: IBET Skokie Lagoons parking issue (no sightings)
FYI below from Mark Bennett - Interesting info about Miller Meadow parking
that relates at least somewhat to the Skokie Lagoons issue. In this case
the Miller Meadow parking is for Loyola med school students and the parking
lot there is quite large so did not affect access to Miller Meadow.

Kathy Noerenberg
Western Springs, Cook County


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Mark Bennett <merlin44555...>
Date: Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 10:18 AM
Subject: Re: IBET Skokie Lagoons parking issue (no sightings)
To: <isooz...>, <klnrbnut...>


Suzanne & Kathy,

FYI - Loyola University Medical Center appears to use the Miller Meadow
Forest Preserve parking lot in a manner similar to the proposed arrangement
you posted on IBET. This is also in Cook County at 2160 S 1st Ave, Maywood. The
parking lot is directly across 1st Avenue from the medical center. Refer to
this web page
<https://ssom.luc.edu/media/stritchschoolofmedicine/prematriculation/documents/Parking%20info%20for%20Stritch%20Students%206-12-18.pdf>
:

Here is the online section with instruction for students:

" *Parking Information for Stritch Students 2018-2019 Academic Year Class
of 2022 *

Parking will be across the street at the Cook County Forest Preserve lot.
Passes will be on sale for $200 per year. Passes are good from July 1, 2018
to June 20, 2019. A dedicated shuttle will transport patrons from the lot
to the front entrance of the medical school every 10 minutes. Shuttle hours
are 5:30 am-6:00 pm. Cars must be moved from the CCFP lot by 6 pm. The
gates will close at 7 pm. Any cars left after gates close will be subject
to tickets/fines. CCFP permit holders may park in Deck C M-F after 2 pm and
Deck B or C on Saturdays and Sundays. Forest Preserve police and LUHS
security will be patrolling the CCFP lots daily for safety."

I visited Miller Meadows several weeks ago, for exercise and birding, and
it was quite obvious that many of the users of that lot were not users of
the forest preserve. The lot is also quite large, so did not affect access
to the preserve.

I don't know how to post to the IBET Email group, but have used it as a
resource of local birding information for many years. Thank you for your
contributions,

Mark Bennett
Lisle, IL

 

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Date: 12/5/18 6:17 pm
From: Karen Avery <karenavery.ka426...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
Any rescue in the works?

Karen Avery
Chicago

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 5:22 PM Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hi Fran,
>
> Thank you so much for your email and for bringing up the issue of the
> garbage on the beach at Montrose, which has been piling up at an alarming
> rate. I picked up trash on the protected beach yesterday, filling up two
> trash bags. This morning, I spent 90 minutes on the public beach and made
> somewhat of a dent, filling up 3 trash bags. There is much left to do,
> though.
>
> I plan on returning tomorrow morning 8:15 to 10:15 am for further trash
> pick up. I have 2 extra trash graspers that I will bring with me, and I
> will bring plenty of trash bags. If anyone is so inclined, please join me
> in the cleaning effort. There is a deep level of satisfaction in cleaning
> up a place that is so special to our feathered friends.
>
> Regarding the Piping Plover:
>
> At 10:00 am, he was on the protected beach. He had a thin layer of ice on
> his left leg, and a big chunky ring of ice on his right leg. It was lucky
> the large chunch was loosely fit on his leg. He kept shaking his right leg
> until the ring of ice went flying away. I noted small ice formation on his
> tail feathers and a few droplets of ice on his right wing. Anyone visiting
> Montrose over the next few days should monitor him closely. The ice seems
> to be building up on him more than previously.
>
> All the best,
>
> Tamima Itani
> Evanston
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of
> Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:32 PM
> *To:* Joan Campbell
> *Cc:* <ILbirds...>
> *Subject:* Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
>
>
>
>
> IBET,
>
> Wasn't really going to report this, but here you go. I've been trying to
> get over to the Montrose garbage-on-the beach since Saturday, and today was
> my first opportunity. Other birders have also chipped in the past days, and
> we've made a dent in the pile; in fact, the city garbage receptacle by the
> beach house is full.
>
> I also contacted CPD and they are supportive and trying to get over there..
> Judging by some of the aluminum cans, my guess is that the storm that
> washed this up really took some things off the bottom of the lake. Many of
> the cans were completely discolored and shredded into pieces. At any rate,
> this was a good opportunity to get some of this up. And if anyone is
> interested, there's still some there, especially further away from the
> water. Most of the focus has been on the water's edge, before it gets
> sucked back into the lake.
>
> Fran Morel
>
> On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 3:30 PM <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> This morning I headed to Montrose with my trusty navigator Diane M and
> with the help of some excellent instructions from Jenny V. Target bird was
> the continuing Piping Plover, which we found as soon as we reached the
> beach with the algae mat. This is only the second Piping Plover I have
> ever seen. Lifer was with the assistance of Al Stokie at Waukegan Beach on
> 8-17-16. Today's plover was feeding constantly and seemed to be in good
> shape so far. Was able to get a number of scope photos. We also saw our
> "Lifer" Fran Morel who was there to pick up debris from the beach. An
> honor to meet him him, though briefly, in person! :)
>
>
> Joan Campbell
>
> At Montrose in Cook County
>
>
> Check list with photos at:
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli st/S50450848
> <https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS50450848&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cd905624624a043bf2b3d08d65b019519%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636796459681044548&sdata=nbH9WWOnmEj5ALvI0Q6dMYVNSn%2FxdqhnnRDiFfFLveg%3D&reserved=0>
>
>
>
>
--
"Good forestry practice is not magic but the result is."

 

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Date: 12/5/18 3:22 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
Hi Fran,

Thank you so much for your email and for bringing up the issue of the garbage on the beach at Montrose, which has been piling up at an alarming rate. I picked up trash on the protected beach yesterday, filling up two trash bags. This morning, I spent 90 minutes on the public beach and made somewhat of a dent, filling up 3 trash bags. There is much left to do, though.

I plan on returning tomorrow morning 8:15 to 10:15 am for further trash pick up. I have 2 extra trash graspers that I will bring with me, and I will bring plenty of trash bags. If anyone is so inclined, please join me in the cleaning effort. There is a deep level of satisfaction in cleaning up a place that is so special to our feathered friends.

Regarding the Piping Plover:

At 10:00 am, he was on the protected beach. He had a thin layer of ice on his left leg, and a big chunky ring of ice on his right leg. It was lucky the large chunch was loosely fit on his leg. He kept shaking his right leg until the ring of ice went flying away. I noted small ice formation on his tail feathers and a few droplets of ice on his right wing. Anyone visiting Montrose over the next few days should monitor him closely. The ice seems to be building up on him more than previously.

All the best,

Tamima Itani
Evanston
________________________________
From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:32 PM
To: Joan Campbell
Cc: <ILbirds...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes



IBET,

Wasn't really going to report this, but here you go. I've been trying to get over to the Montrose garbage-on-the beach since Saturday, and today was my first opportunity. Other birders have also chipped in the past days, and we've made a dent in the pile; in fact, the city garbage receptacle by the beach house is full.

I also contacted CPD and they are supportive and trying to get over there. Judging by some of the aluminum cans, my guess is that the storm that washed this up really took some things off the bottom of the lake. Many of the cans were completely discolored and shredded into pieces. At any rate, this was a good opportunity to get some of this up. And if anyone is interested, there's still some there, especially further away from the water. Most of the focus has been on the water's edge, before it gets sucked back into the lake.

Fran Morel

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 3:30 PM <peachjmc...><mailto:<peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:


This morning I headed to Montrose with my trusty navigator Diane M and with the help of some excellent instructions from Jenny V. Target bird was the continuing Piping Plover, which we found as soon as we reached the beach with the algae mat. This is only the second Piping Plover I have ever seen. Lifer was with the assistance of Al Stokie at Waukegan Beach on 8-17-16. Today's plover was feeding constantly and seemed to be in good shape so far. Was able to get a number of scope photos. We also saw our "Lifer" Fran Morel who was there to pick up debris from the beach. An honor to meet him him, though briefly, in person! :)


Joan Campbell

At Montrose in Cook County


Check list with photos at:

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli st/S50450848<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS50450848&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cd905624624a043bf2b3d08d65b019519%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636796459681044548&sdata=nbH9WWOnmEj5ALvI0Q6dMYVNSn%2FxdqhnnRDiFfFLveg%3D&reserved=0>




 

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Date: 12/5/18 2:32 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
IBET,

Wasn't really going to report this, but here you go. I've been trying to
get over to the Montrose garbage-on-the beach since Saturday, and today was
my first opportunity. Other birders have also chipped in the past days, and
we've made a dent in the pile; in fact, the city garbage receptacle by the
beach house is full.

I also contacted CPD and they are supportive and trying to get over there.
Judging by some of the aluminum cans, my guess is that the storm that
washed this up really took some things off the bottom of the lake. Many of
the cans were completely discolored and shredded into pieces. At any rate,
this was a good opportunity to get some of this up. And if anyone is
interested, there's still some there, especially further away from the
water. Most of the focus has been on the water's edge, before it gets
sucked back into the lake.

Fran Morel

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 3:30 PM <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> This morning I headed to Montrose with my trusty navigator Diane M and
> with the help of some excellent instructions from Jenny V. Target bird was
> the continuing Piping Plover, which we found as soon as we reached the
> beach with the algae mat. This is only the second Piping Plover I have
> ever seen. Lifer was with the assistance of Al Stokie at Waukegan Beach on
> 8-17-16. Today's plover was feeding constantly and seemed to be in good
> shape so far. Was able to get a number of scope photos. We also saw our
> "Lifer" Fran Morel who was there to pick up debris from the beach. An
> honor to meet him him, though briefly, in person! :)
>
>
> Joan Campbell
>
> At Montrose in Cook County
>
>
> Check list with photos at:
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli st/S50450848
> <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50450848>
>
>
>
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Date: 12/5/18 2:16 pm
From: <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow-throated warbler is a regular at this backyard
As Jonathan Schuler writes, the yellow-throated warbler is a regular visitor to his backyard feeders. He graciously allowed me and others to hang out to look for the brightly hued fella. At 12:45 pm, he showed up for a short visit to a suet feeder. Then, ten minutes later, he stayed at the red pepper feeder for five minutes for great looks. A Cooper's hawk showed up and no birds showed for a while. Thanks Jonathan.
Photos: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/863118627 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/863118627
Chuck Berman
Oak Park
 

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Date: 12/5/18 1:31 pm
From: <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Piping Plover-yes
This morning I headed to Montrose with my trusty navigator Diane M and with the help of some excellent instructions from Jenny V. Target bird was the continuing Piping Plover, which we found as soon as we reached the beach with the algae mat. This is only the second Piping Plover I have ever seen. Lifer was with the assistance of Al Stokie at Waukegan Beach on 8-17-16. Today's plover was feeding constantly and seemed to be in good shape so far. Was able to get a number of scope photos. We also saw our "Lifer" Fran Morel who was there to pick up debris from the beach. An honor to meet him him, though briefly, in person! :)


Joan Campbell
At Montrose in Cook County


Check list with photos at:
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Date: 12/5/18 1:10 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum & Hidden Lake F.P. Wed 12-5-18
Hello Bird People,

Well this will be a really short report as we saw hardly any birds at
all & those we did see were of the most common variety. There are days
like that! Today I was joined by former neighbors Danny H & George M
but all we got out of the day was a good walk.

Morton Arboretum (8:30-11 a.m.)

On the east side our only highlight was a calling Red Breasted
Nuthatch with some Chickadees & a Blue Jay. On the west side we heard
2 Siskins but did not see them by Lake Marmo. Other than that we saw a
flock of Juncos.

Hidden Lake F.P. (11 a.m.)

The only water birds were 14 Mallards & land birds were Downy
Woodpecker, Chickadees &
W.B. Nuthatches (2). Highlight was 28 Cedar Waxwings by the parking lot trees.

Stopped by Blackwell F.P. but all we saw were about 65 Canada Geese.
Later by myself on the way home I stopped at Lake Opeka & Axehead Lake
but the best birds were only one P.B. Grebe & a flying Red Tailed Hawk
both at Axehead Lake.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Cedar Waxwings & Runner-Up to the lone Red
Breasted Nuthatch.
Hope to do better tomorrow but that shouldn't be hard to do,

Al Stokie
Mostly in DuPage County today with a little Cook County mixed in


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Date: 12/5/18 6:50 am
From: Jonathan Schuler <jkschuler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow-throated warbler continues in St. Charles
For fear of sounding like a broken record here, the Yellow-Throated Warbler
remains a constant presence at my feeders in my backyard. It has been seen
everyday since Nov. 20, with the exception of Thanksgiving when I wasn't
home to look. It has obviously found something it likes and it appears to
be sticking it out through this weather -- including the blizzard, cold,
ice, snow and rain we've seen the last two weeks. The bird is exceptionally
striking with vibrant yellow, black and white coloring. And since it makes
the rounds between a hot pepper seed cylinder/suet/pond, the looks are
super close and super great. I'm not a list person when it comes to birding
-- I prefer the experience over checking off a box. Seeing a robin on a
cool adventure is my idea of fun. But this bird has both been a lifer for
me and a really, really great experience. Not bad for your fairly typical
suburban back yard!

Jon
St. Charles

 

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Date: 12/4/18 7:12 pm
From: Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Skokie Lagoons parking issue (no sightings)
There is no way that a private business can use a public parking lot for a
public park especially so in an ongoing manner and not just an exceptional
one time only event.

I believe people should contact the CCFP HQ as soon as possible using the
contact information:below:

*Headquarters*: 536 N. Harlem Av., River Forest, IL
*Hours*: 8:30-4:30 M-F
*Main # 800-870-3666*

Thanks,

Kathy

Kathy Noerenberg
Western Springs, Cook County


On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 10:27 PM Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> FYI
>
> Watching channel 2 news tonight there is a developer who is thinking that
> they're going to use the CCFPD parking lot at Willow Rd., Skokie lagoons
> forest preserve for their personal valet service. There's a meeting in
> Northfield tomorrow night for people to voice their concerns about these
> peoples' plans to convert the large vacant building on Willow Road across
> from the preserve into senior housing. They are being opposed by a lot of
> local citizens because of concerns over the lack of parking. According to
> the news the developer's plan is to use the Skokie lagoons parking lot for
> their personal valet service. I don't think they can legally use forest
> preserve district parking for their own personal financial gain, right? I
> want to make sure we who are actually using the forest preserve have access
> to the spaces.
>
> If you think this is an important issue to you feel free to speak out at
> the meeting or call Cook County FP and let them know what's going on too.
> They weren't represented on the news segment so I'm not sure if they're
> even aware of this intention. I shared this information on one of their
> Facebook posts but it's not necessarily going to reach the right people.
>
> Suzanne Coleman
>
>

 

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Date: 12/4/18 6:14 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Jackson Park: C. Redpolls
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today covering Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, the 59th St. promontory (North Lake Front hotspot), 63rd Street Beach, the Outer and Inner Harbors and the west side of the golf course. Here are the highlights.
I heard a HERMIT THRUSH at the south end of Wooded Island, where I had one a few weeks ago. I tried to pish it into view; I didn't get it to show but a flying PINE SISKIN decided to come down and see what was up. A male WOOD DUCK was at the north end of the east lagoon, as was a BELTED KINGFISHER. In the same area I heard a bird making a call like "too-eee, too-eee, too-eee." I knew it couldn't be a pewee or Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and it didn't sound like an E. Towhee. It vaguely sounded like calls goldfinches make. I spotted it in a tree on an island and it looked structurally like a goldfinch. It flew over to a tree in the parking lot and its flight call sounded similar to a goldfinch, but when I got on it I noticed streaks on the breast and a little red cap: COMMON REDPOLL. Then 5 more flew in! I took a few shots of them high in a tree in bad light and left them. Later I saw them flying south near the driving range.
An AMERICAN KESTREL was hunting at 63rd Street Beach. Six crows mobbed an immature male COOPER'S HAWK by the Outer Harbor that wasn't much bigger than they were. Later they had to come over to the Inner Harbor area to harass an immature RED-TAILED HAWK. The most interesting duck in the harbors was a male RING-NECKED DUCK in the Inner Harbor. A male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was eating berries on the west side of the Inner Harbor. My full list is below.

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

Canada Goose: WI/BM (49), OH (56), IH (104)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (1)
Mallard: WI/BM (7), OH (7)
Redhead: OH (3), IH (1)
Ring-necked Duck: IH (1)
Greater Scaup: OH (27), IH (9)
Common Goldeneye: WI/BM (3), NLF (1), LM (1), IH (13)
Bufflehead: NLF (1), OH (3), IH (4)
Hooded Merganser: WI/BM (6)
Common Merganser: WI/BM (6)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (55), NLF (19), 63rd (5), OH (9), LM (3), IH (3)
Cooper's Hawk: OH (1)
Red-tailed Hawk: IH (1)
A. Coot: OH (1)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (5), NLF (85), 63rd (8), OH (41)
Herring Gull: NLF (1), 63rd (1), OH (15)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker: IH (1)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (3), IH (1)
A. Kestrel: 63rd (1)
A. Crow: WI/BM (8), NLF (3) OH + IH (6)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (5), IH (2), GC (1)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (1)
A. Robin: WI/BM (2)
Euro. Starling: OH (50)
A. Tree Sparrow: WI/BM (3)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (15)
White-throated Sparrow: WI/BM (5)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (9), IH (4), GC (5)
Common Redpoll: WI/BM (6)
Pine Siskin: WI/BM (1)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (2), IH (1), GC (1)

Randy Shonkwiler
Woodlawn/Chicago


 

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Date: 12/4/18 2:44 pm
From: Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kankakee Valley Christmas Bird Count: Sat Dec 29th, 2018
Hi all,
Our 23rd Kankakee Valley Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday Dec 29th, 2018 this year.  As you probably our aware the Count Circle (15m diameter circle centered downtown Kankakee) is divided into 8 Areas with the following Area Leaders:
Area 1: Jim Aubertin (?)Area 2: Bronson Ratcliff/Gary RatcliffArea 3: Bronson Ratcliff/Gary RatcliffArea 4: John BaxterArea 5: Dave Atkinson/ Andy Sigler (?)Area 6: Mark MesserleArea 7: Doug StotzArea 8: Jed Hertz
Please contact one of our area leaders or myself to participate as a field observer or feeder watcher.  I've attached the following information for your use:
Area Leader ChecklistParticipant ChecklistIL CBC Species ChecklistILKV CBC MapILKV Sites and LeadersTen Tips for a Successful Christmas Count.
In past years we have averaged 71 species in the Kankakee Count and were quite surprised to tally 82 species last year with the good luck of finding 16 species of waterfowl - an usually high number.   We're looking forward to the addition of some "new blood"  to our group as the Kankakee Area has experienced a growing number of new birders over the last year or so.  I say "Welcome all" as we look forward to one of birding's most revered events: the Annual Christmas Bird Count now in it's 119th year, sponsored by the National Audubon Society, 
Bird Studies Canada, the North American Breeding Bird Survey, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and your local Kankakee Valley Audubon Society. 

We will again be having our free Compilation Pizza Party at my house from 5:30-7:00pm and all our invited to attend.  We especially look forward to seeing all our Feeder Counters as they are a special part of this annual Kankakee County count.
Please feel free to contact me or an Area Leader with any questions concerning the count.
Looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces.
Cheers,
Jed Hertz 1000 Justine DriveKankakee, IL <60901815-354-0858jhh_60910...>

 Jed Hertz 
Kankakee Co, IL (60 mi South of Chicago) 
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Date: 12/4/18 10:56 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose-All Areas Tuesday 12-4-18
Hello Bird People,

Thought I'd like to have a December record of Piping Plover so off I
went to Montrose to see if our lingering little Plover was still
there. Made one walking pass for the entire length of the seaweed
covered beach & did not find it but on the way back at 7:35 a.m. there
was the Plover busy preening & then feeding. Still looks like it is
doing fine. It was lucky all that "green glop seaweed" stuff washed
ashore in the storms as this makes finding food easier. Saw it again
with Luis M at about 9 a.m.

Montrose Beach & Dunes

Mallard (16)
Bufflehead (4) & Goldeneye (2) (by the pier)
PIPING PLOVER (1)
Ring Billed (~100) & Herring (12) Gulls
Crows (21 on the beach)
Snow Bunting (heard 2 flying by, never saw them)

In The Lake & On The Lawns

Canada Geese (18)
Goldeneye (2-F) & Red Breasted Merganser (~35)
Rock Pigeon (1)
Robins (12) & Starlings (~40)

Harbor

Mallard (1-PR), Goldeneye (3-M & 1-F) & R.B. Merganser (8)
Ring Billed (~30) & Herring (2) Gulls

Hedge Area

Red Bellied (1) & Downy (2) Woodpeckers
Chickadee (6)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (1, very tame, waiting for that guy to feed it)
RUBY CROWNED KINGLET (2 together, a good December record)
Robins (6)
Cardinal (4-M & 3-F)
Tree Sparrow (6) & Junco (8)
Goldfinch (a few)
House Sparrow (10-12)

Luis M agrees that Bird-Of-The-Day will be the lingering Piping Plover &
Runners-Up will be the Red Breasted Nuthatch & the 2 Ruby Crowned Kinglets.
No sign of the Harlequin Duck today but you couldn't get out on the
pier due to ice & waves.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 12/4/18 9:46 am
From: A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bald Eagle Watch 1-5-19 (No sightings)
The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi will be hosting the 35th Annual Bald
Eagle Watch with the Clinton Community College in Clinton, Iowa.

Eagle Viewing will be at Lock and Dam 13 (Whiteside County) south of
Savanna near Fulton, IL. We will have coffee, hot cocoa and cookies in the
Corp building.

All booths, etc. will be at the Clinton Community College.

If you want a flyer please e-mail me at <astraight4...> and I will
e-mail you one.

Anne Straight
<astraight4...>

 

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Date: 12/3/18 8:27 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons parking issue (no sightings)
FYI

Watching channel 2 news tonight there is a developer who is thinking that they're going to use the CCFPD parking lot at Willow Rd., Skokie lagoons forest preserve for their personal valet service. There's a meeting in Northfield tomorrow night for people to voice their concerns about these peoples' plans to convert the large vacant building on Willow Road across from the preserve into senior housing. They are being opposed by a lot of local citizens because of concerns over the lack of parking. According to the news the developer's plan is to use the Skokie lagoons parking lot for their personal valet service. I don't think they can legally use forest preserve district parking for their own personal financial gain, right? I want to make sure we who are actually using the forest preserve have access to the spaces.

If you think this is an important issue to you feel free to speak out at the meeting or call Cook County FP and let them know what's going on too. They weren't represented on the news segment so I'm not sure if they're even aware of this intention. I shared this information on one of their Facebook posts but it's not necessarily going to reach the right people.

Suzanne Coleman


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Date: 12/3/18 5:20 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46166638971/in/dateposted-public/   Hi friends,Stealthcam shots of visitors and migrants and some residents.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 12/3/18 3:41 pm
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET COS ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING
please RSVP so we have a reasonable count for restaurant pub... DEC 6, 6:30
The Piggery 1625 W Irving Park Rd.
https://m.facebook.com/groups/57239562076?view=permalink&id=10155581560137077

COS Board n co.
Chicago, Cook, IL

On Dec 3, 2018 11:52 AM, "<chicagio10...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


Hello everyone!

For those who are interested in joining one of the Chicago area’s largest and longest running Christmas Bird Counts, consider the Lisle-Arboretum Count!

Sponsored by the Chicago Ornithological Society, the count will take place on December 16th.

Here is a map of the count circle and sub-areas:
https://drive.google.com/open<https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Fopen%3Fid%3D1hWLbli0yyIBS2sSSVpLQPgBq-FU%26usp%3Dsharing%26fbclid%3DIwAR1qBHTPcuYFrkz3XEsw44kP7OQqAgM06KD1WxAYOoRoRpEabel58-6PFhQ&h=AT2jnHVJWxif6xhsYdk6tHCDWhwhp5ruXAk1EMVHqPK6347CVgVtW0qiMY7wLrNVjaxjJlBEojscmILUXqBv11qQky6fqY0S4cNkvxMTRGs2pdOkq31KnkRXY4fsjlBdjwHVSOu_B5OEVKV2RyPR-LU>

Additional count information can be found here:
http://geoffwilliamson.info/lislecbc/<http://geoffwilliamson.info/lislecbc/?fbclid=IwAR3tvN2dwvKtmA_bsVIdD2U0vVigU74GQtr4ve-56C6ppR16PnEhk999D7w>

The countdown dinner will be at Gelsosomo’s in Lemont.

For those who have participated in the past, your area coordinator will contact you, if they haven’t already. If you haven’t heard from them yet or are a new volunteer, please contact <chicagiometti...>

Thanks!!

Carl Giometti



 

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Date: 12/3/18 3:23 pm
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET COS ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING!! no sightings
please RSVP so we have a reasonable count for restaurant pub... DEC 6, 6:30
The Piggery 1625 W Irving Park Rd.
https://m.facebook.com/groups/57239562076?view=permalink&id=10155581560137077

COS Board n co.
Chicago, Cook, IL
 

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Date: 12/3/18 1:20 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Return To The Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 12-3-18
Hello Bird People,

Expecting a repeat of last weeks berry eating bird extravaganza I was
quite surprised to find no Robins, Starlings or Cedar Waxwings where I
had had almost 200 last time. Rich D pointed out that some of the red
berry trees were now empty of berries but there were plenty more that
were full of berries. Not sure what happened but it only goes to show
that you never know what to expect. In general there were few land
birds of any kind but a fairly good number of water birds.
All water areas that were frozen last week were wide open this time.
It snowed the whole time I was there but didn't stick. Still it made a
mess on my glasses & bino's.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:45-10:15 a.m.)

HORNED GREBE (1, sort of late)
Canada Geese (only 17)
Mallard (only 4)
Goldeneye (1-M & 6-F)
Hooded Merganser (2-PR & 2-F)
SANDHILL CRANE (3 flying south)
Herring Gull (4-AD)
KINGFISHER (1-F)
Blue Jay (heard a few)
Chickadee (2)
Starling (only 1 lonely fly-by)
Junco (1 in with the Redpolls)
COMMON REDPOLL (28, all in 1 flock on the north side of the Regenstein Center)
(Again I saw one Redpoll that looks like a good candidate for a Hoary)
Goldfinch (groups of 6 & 30 in the weedy vegetation)
House Sparrow (heard a few)

So only 15 species today well less than last time. Bird-Of-The-Day to
the 3 southbound
Sandhill Cranes & Runners-Up to the Horned Grebe, the Kingfisher & all
the Redpolls. (No Siskins today.)

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 12/3/18 10:10 am
From: <chicagio10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sightings - Lisle-Arboretum CBC
Hello everyone!
For those who are interested in joining one of the Chicago area’s largest and longest running Christmas Bird Counts, consider the Lisle-Arboretum Count!

Sponsored by the Chicago Ornithological Society, the count will take place on December 16th.
Here is a map of the count circle and sub-areas:
https://drive.google.com/open https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Fopen%3Fid%3D1hWLbli0yyIBS2sSSVpLQPgBq-FU%26usp%3Dsharing%26fbclid%3DIwAR1qBHTPcuYFrkz3XEsw44kP7OQqAgM06KD1WxAYOoRoRpEabel58-6PFhQ&h=AT2jnHVJWxif6xhsYdk6tHCDWhwhp5ruXAk1EMVHqPK6347CVgVtW0qiMY7wLrNVjaxjJlBEojscmILUXqBv11qQky6fqY0S4cNkvxMTRGs2pdOkq31KnkRXY4fsjlBdjwHVSOu_B5OEVKV2RyPR-LU
Additional count information can be found here:
http://geoffwilliamson.info/lislecbc/ http://geoffwilliamson.info/lislecbc/?fbclid=IwAR3tvN2dwvKtmA_bsVIdD2U0vVigU74GQtr4ve-56C6ppR16PnEhk999D7w
The countdown dinner will be at Gelsosomo’s in Lemont.
For those who have participated in the past, your area coordinator will contact you, if they haven’t already. If you haven’t heard from them yet or are a new volunteer, please contact <chicagiometti...>
Thanks!!
Carl Giometti

 

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Date: 12/3/18 8:00 am
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting - Info on Red Phalarope/Carlyle Sewage Ponds requested
I have updated this site in eBird to say (restricted access). If anyone
has other sites they bird that they feel should be designated as
"(restricted access)" but aren't, please feel free to let me know.

Any other issues with Illinois hotpsots, however big or small, are
welcome too.

Eric Secker
Illinois eBird Hotspot Editor


On 12/3/2018 6:34 AM, Keith Mcmullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] wrote:
>
>
> Hi Pete,
>
> There have been some problems with people driving back into the
> Carlyle Sewage Lagoon (not just birders). Therefore, the local police
> have been asked to prohibit anyone from going back there.
>
> However, you could call the Carlyle Police Dept. and ask for
> permission to access in order to observe birds. I believe IF you make
> a concerted effort by calling first, explaining what you intend to do,
> that they may grant access.
>
> To my knowledge, Carlyle's Sewage Lagoon is not the only such facility
> that is supposed to be off-limits. I think all of us have been pretty
> lucky in the past and been allowed to drive in without any issue.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Keith McMullen
> O'Fallon, IL
> <warbler7...>
>
> On Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:15:57 PM CST, <phf...> [ILbirds]
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> I have read on eBird reports that the Carlyle Sewage Ponds are
> restricted access and require permission.  Can someone provide
> guidance on this?   If this is true, how can permission be obtained. 
>  Would be interested in this bird, but hoping to avoid a long drive
> without a good chance for the sighting. Thanks,
>
> Pete Fenner, East Peoria
>
>
>
>
>


 

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Date: 12/3/18 6:54 am
From: David Johnson <djohnsoda...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fall 2018 Field Notes
3 Dec 2018

Fellow Ibeters—

Please send your 2018 fall migrational (1 Aug [earlier for shorebirds, warblers, flycatchers, etc. if truly migrational] thru 30 Nov) significant bird observations including town/township, county, number individual birds, date(s) of observations, observer(s), photos, videos to:

Email:

<geoffrey.williamson.21...>

Or USPS address:

Geoffrey Williamson
4046 N Clark St.
Unit K
Chicago, IL 60613

Thank You!

David B Johnson
NE IL


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Date: 12/3/18 4:40 am
From: Keith Mcmullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting - Info on Red Phalarope/Carlyle Sewage Ponds requested
Hi Pete,
There have been some problems with people driving back into the Carlyle Sewage Lagoon (not just birders). Therefore, the local police have been asked to prohibit anyone from going back there.
However, you could call the Carlyle Police Dept. and ask for permission to access in order to observe birds. I believe IF you make a concerted effort by calling first, explaining what you intend to do, that they may grant access.
To my knowledge, Carlyle's Sewage Lagoon is not the only such facility that is supposed to be off-limits. I think all of us have been pretty lucky in the past and been allowed to drive in without any issue.

Good luck!
Keith McMullenO'Fallon, <ILwarbler7...>

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:15:57 PM CST, <phf...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 


I have read on eBird reports that the Carlyle Sewage Ponds are restricted access and require permission.  Can someone provide guidance on this?   If this is true, how can permission be obtained.   Would be interested in this bird, but hoping to avoid a long drive without a good chance for the sighting.  Thanks, 

Pete Fenner, East Peoria



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Date: 12/2/18 7:15 pm
From: <phf...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sighting - Info on Red Phalarope/Carlyle Sewage Ponds requested
I have read on eBird reports that the Carlyle Sewage Ponds are restricted access and require permission. Can someone provide guidance on this? If this is true, how can permission be obtained. Would be interested in this bird, but hoping to avoid a long drive without a good chance for the sighting. Thanks,
Pete Fenner, East Peoria


 

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Date: 12/2/18 4:11 pm
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET YB Cuckoo video
From Montrose a few weeks ago,10/21/2018

Cuckoo get caterpillars and grasshoppers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K9wvE501iE

Rob Curtis

Chicago

www.theearlybirder.com




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Date: 12/2/18 2:30 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Another Review Of Local Lakes Sunday 12-2-18
Hello Bird People,

Well the amazing comeback effort by the Bears fell a little short but
now I have time to review the local lakes situation. This after I
spent 2 hours on the last section of gutter cleaning once it stopped
raining. My hands were so cold after removing ice to get at the leaves
that my fingers were barely working & now my hands are a mass of metal
cuts but I am done with what I consider my worst job of the year.

When I last reviewed the status of these small lakes all were frozen
except Axehead Lake which was partially frozen. But today after a
couple warm days all lakes are completely open with no ice at all.
However, there is still not much to report as being seen.

Lake Opeka

Canada Geese (22) plus Ring Billed (16) & Herring (5) Gulls

Axehead Lake

P.B. Grebe (1)
Mallard (2-PR)
Goldeneye (2 young males)
Hooded Merganser (1-F)
Also Pigeons at the roost site but not many

Belleau Lake

Only Canada Geese (12) & Mallards (15)

Beck Lake

Much to my surprise there was not one bird on the water & only 2
Herring Gulls flying by.

Big Bend Lake

Mallard (9) & Gadwall (1-PR)
Goldeneye (1-M)
Ring Billed (4) & Herring (2) Gulls
Land birds were Downy Woodpecker (1) & Crows (3)

This wasn't really a birding day but Bird-Of-The-Day will be the P.B. Grebe &
Runner-Up can be the Gadwall pair. Back to regular birding Monday if
it doesn't snow.

Al Stokie
A little local birding in Cook County today


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Date: 12/1/18 6:21 pm
From: <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Brown Thrasher
Greetings,


I was a bit surprised to find a Brown Thrasher beneath my feeders today. A new yard bird for December.


Chuck Leib
Milan, IL
Rock Island County
 

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Date: 12/1/18 2:45 pm
From: Cheryl Nash <cherylmnash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse
Nancy, it is ready now. It's up and working but I suspect they have more planned for it eventually, hence the "beta" version.


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Date: 12/1/18 12:59 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
Thank you Nancy. Your response indicates that loss of understory after removal of buckthorn has an impact, which is being addressed at LaBagh by planting bird-friendly plants. To your knowledge, is this issue being addressed across the board by the FPD in Cook County and beyond?

Thanks,

Tamima
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Sent: Saturday, December 1, 2018 2:32 PM
To: Eric Secker
Cc: IBET
Subject: Re: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants



Just for reference, it was this concern for the understory loss occurring in LaBagh Woods, a known off-the-lake migrant haven, that set COS on its journey replacing the understory with bird-friendly plants in partnership with the Cook County FPD. We offered funds to purchase the understory plants if they could be bird friendly ... and the rest is history as we have, to date, planted more than 2500 bird-friendly plants! And more to come in 2019!! A huge thank you to the dedicated LaBagh Team for its generosity of time and all those who generously donated funds.

On Dec 1, 2018 11:02 AM, "Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


This brings up a point I've argued for a long time too. We really don't know what kind of impact mass buckthorn removal has on the insect base birds are feeding on, and we really should be researching it more to figure that out. In April to very early May in particular, a majority of migrants are still feeding on insects low to the ground, often in habitats that have been relatively undisturbed for years. I believe that understory removal, especially on a mass scale with large equipment is hurting migrants a lot even though it's potentially good for some breeding birds (though they may have less breeding success too if we've stripped the land of insects first).

I think we should be careful and cautious in how we approach removal in migrant hotspots. The same goes for burns in woodlands (and even grasslands where natural rocks and variations in terrain removed by farming and tilling leave insects with fewer protected areas).

Many of the best migrant sites I visit are the ones that are the least restored. Many that have been cleared of buckthorn don't get a lot of the birds that they used to get whether that be from a lack of insects or native understory (which doesn't grow back on it's own like wildflowers and is far more expensive to plant compared to removing buckthorn).

I'd love to see us studying this more in Chicagoland to make more informed decisions for birds and also prioritizing areas where more sensitive restoration is needed for migrants.

Eric Secker
West Dundee, IL










On November 30, 2018 7:53:55 PM "Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


I have been told that an oak tree can have up to 100 different kinds of caterpillars in it. This is probably why we see so many migrating warblers and others birds utilizing it for food. You might want to look into the option of planting an oak tree. Last spring Openlands had a native plant sale and had some cute little oak trees for sale and I'm sure there are other ways to do it as well.

Suzanne Coleman

On Nov 30, 2018, at 3:31 PM, '<coolietracy...><mailto:<coolietracy...>' <coolietracy...><mailto:<coolietracy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Thanks for posting the article on the insect collapse. I read this study by the Smithsonian and was interested in helping Black Capped Chickadees. The article is on Carolina Chickadees. I have many native plants in my yard but would love to know which are hosts for the larvae that Black Capped Chickadees need to feed their young. In years past my chickadees have had great success breeding but I don't have the foggiest of what they were feeding their young.
I have read through the book by Susan Smith on chickadees but have not found specifics as to which particular larvae only general classification. Does this knowledge exist somewhere? Thanks for any info.





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Date: 12/1/18 12:39 pm
From: Allen Yow <ayow...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
Bringing Nature Home by Tallamy is a good book for those interested in planting native plants and trees which attract butterflies and moths (i.e.. larvae) for birds. Allen

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On Dec 1, 2018, at 2:07 PM, Eric Secker <esecker...><mailto:<esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



For anyone interested, there's some great groundwork that's been started by the Bird Conservation Network with the help of Judy Polluck, Chicagoland agencies, and volunteers. Check out the site below:
http://bcnbirds.org/migrants/

Hopefully we'll see more research and projects like this in years ahead. Funding, volunteers, and advocates are always needed to make more happen!

Good birding,

Eric Secker
West Dundee, Illinois


On December 1, 2018 11:41:05 AM Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...>> wrote:

This is very thoughtful, thank you. I hope Judy Pollock or others involved in this kind of decision making provide a response.

Tamima

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Sent: Saturday, December 1, 2018 11:02 AM
To: IBET
Subject: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants



This brings up a point I've argued for a long time too. We really don't know what kind of impact mass buckthorn removal has on the insect base birds are feeding on, and we really should be researching it more to figure that out. In April to very early May in particular, a majority of migrants are still feeding on insects low to the ground, often in habitats that have been relatively undisturbed for years. I believe that understory removal, especially on a mass scale with large equipment is hurting migrants a lot even though it's potentially good for some breeding birds (though they may have less breeding success too if we've stripped the land of insects first).

I think we should be careful and cautious in how we approach removal in migrant hotspots. The same goes for burns in woodlands (and even grasslands where natural rocks and variations in terrain removed by farming and tilling leave insects with fewer protected areas).

Many of the best migrant sites I visit are the ones that are the least restored. Many that have been cleared of buckthorn don't get a lot of the birds that they used to get whether that be from a lack of insects or native understory (which doesn't grow back on it's own like wildflowers and is far more expensive to plant compared to removing buckthorn).

I'd love to see us studying this more in Chicagoland to make more informed decisions for birds and also prioritizing areas where more sensitive restoration is needed for migrants.

Eric Secker
West Dundee, IL










On November 30, 2018 7:53:55 PM "Suzanne Coleman <isooz...><mailto:<isooz...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:


I have been told that an oak tree can have up to 100 different kinds of caterpillars in it. This is probably why we see so many migrating warblers and others birds utilizing it for food. You might want to look into the option of planting an oak tree. Last spring Openlands had a native plant sale and had some cute little oak trees for sale and I'm sure there are other ways to do it as well.

Suzanne Coleman

On Nov 30, 2018, at 3:31 PM, '<coolietracy...><mailto:<coolietracy...>' <coolietracy...><mailto:<coolietracy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Thanks for posting the article on the insect collapse. I read this study by the Smithsonian and was interested in helping Black Capped Chickadees. The article is on Carolina Chickadees. I have many native plants in my yard but would love to know which are hosts for the larvae that Black Capped Chickadees need to feed their young. In years past my chickadees have had great success breeding but I don't have the foggiest of what they were feeding their young.
I have read through the book by Susan Smith on chickadees but have not found specifics as to which particular larvae only general classification. Does this knowledge exist somewhere? Thanks for any info.





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Date: 12/1/18 12:39 pm
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
Just for reference, it was this concern for the understory loss occurring in LaBagh Woods, a known off-the-lake migrant haven, that set COS on its journey replacing the understory with bird-friendly plants in partnership with the Cook County FPD. We offered funds to purchase the understory plants if they could be bird friendly ... and the rest is history as we have, to date, planted more than 2500 bird-friendly plants! And more to come in 2019!! A huge thank you to the dedicated LaBagh Team for its generosity of time and all those who generously donated funds.

On Dec 1, 2018 11:02 AM, "Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


This brings up a point I've argued for a long time too. We really don't know what kind of impact mass buckthorn removal has on the insect base birds are feeding on, and we really should be researching it more to figure that out. In April to very early May in particular, a majority of migrants are still feeding on insects low to the ground, often in habitats that have been relatively undisturbed for years. I believe that understory removal, especially on a mass scale with large equipment is hurting migrants a lot even though it's potentially good for some breeding birds (though they may have less breeding success too if we've stripped the land of insects first).

I think we should be careful and cautious in how we approach removal in migrant hotspots. The same goes for burns in woodlands (and even grasslands where natural rocks and variations in terrain removed by farming and tilling leave insects with fewer protected areas).

Many of the best migrant sites I visit are the ones that are the least restored. Many that have been cleared of buckthorn don't get a lot of the birds that they used to get whether that be from a lack of insects or native understory (which doesn't grow back on it's own like wildflowers and is far more expensive to plant compared to removing buckthorn).

I'd love to see us studying this more in Chicagoland to make more informed decisions for birds and also prioritizing areas where more sensitive restoration is needed for migrants.

Eric Secker
West Dundee, IL










On November 30, 2018 7:53:55 PM "Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


I have been told that an oak tree can have up to 100 different kinds of caterpillars in it. This is probably why we see so many migrating warblers and others birds utilizing it for food. You might want to look into the option of planting an oak tree. Last spring Openlands had a native plant sale and had some cute little oak trees for sale and I'm sure there are other ways to do it as well.

Suzanne Coleman

On Nov 30, 2018, at 3:31 PM, '<coolietracy...><mailto:<coolietracy...>' <coolietracy...><mailto:<coolietracy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Thanks for posting the article on the insect collapse. I read this study by the Smithsonian and was interested in helping Black Capped Chickadees. The article is on Carolina Chickadees. I have many native plants in my yard but would love to know which are hosts for the larvae that Black Capped Chickadees need to feed their young. In years past my chickadees have had great success breeding but I don't have the foggiest of what they were feeding their young.
I have read through the book by Susan Smith on chickadees but have not found specifics as to which particular larvae only general classification. Does this knowledge exist somewhere? Thanks for any info.





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Date: 12/1/18 12:07 pm
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
For anyone interested, there's some great groundwork that's been started by
the Bird Conservation Network with the help of Judy Polluck, Chicagoland
agencies, and volunteers. Check out the site below:
http://bcnbirds.org/migrants/

Hopefully we'll see more research and projects like this in years ahead.
Funding, volunteers, and advocates are always needed to make more happen!

Good birding,

Eric Secker
West Dundee, Illinois

On December 1, 2018 11:41:05 AM Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> wrote:
> This is very thoughtful, thank you. I hope Judy Pollock or others involved
> in this kind of decision making provide a response.
>
> Tamima
>
> From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of Eric
> Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
> Sent: Saturday, December 1, 2018 11:02 AM
> To: IBET
> Subject: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study
> Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
>
> This brings up a point I've argued for a long time too. We really don't
> know what kind of impact mass buckthorn removal has on the insect base
> birds are feeding on, and we really should be researching it more to figure
> that out. In April to very early May in particular, a majority of migrants
> are still feeding on insects low to the ground, often in habitats that have
> been relatively undisturbed for years. I believe that understory removal,
> especially on a mass scale with large equipment is hurting migrants a lot
> even though it's potentially good for some breeding birds (though they may
> have less breeding success too if we've stripped the land of insects first).
>
> I think we should be careful and cautious in how we approach removal in
> migrant hotspots. The same goes for burns in woodlands (and even grasslands
> where natural rocks and variations in terrain removed by farming and
> tilling leave insects with fewer protected areas).
>
> Many of the best migrant sites I visit are the ones that are the least
> restored. Many that have been cleared of buckthorn don't get a lot of the
> birds that they used to get whether that be from a lack of insects or
> native understory (which doesn't grow back on it's own like wildflowers and
> is far more expensive to plant compared to removing buckthorn).
>
> I'd love to see us studying this more in Chicagoland to make more informed
> decisions for birds and also prioritizing areas where more sensitive
> restoration is needed for migrants.
>
> Eric Secker
> West Dundee, IL
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On November 30, 2018 7:53:55 PM "Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds]"
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> I have been told that an oak tree can have up to 100 different kinds of
>> caterpillars in it. This is probably why we see so many migrating warblers
>> and others birds utilizing it for food. You might want to look into the
>> option of planting an oak tree. Last spring Openlands had a native plant
>> sale and had some cute little oak trees for sale and I'm sure there are
>> other ways to do it as well.
>>
>> Suzanne Coleman
>>
>> On Nov 30, 2018, at 3:31 PM, '<coolietracy...>'
>> <coolietracy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> Thanks for posting the article on the insect collapse. I read this study
>>> by the Smithsonian and was interested in helping Black Capped Chickadees.
>>> The article is on Carolina Chickadees. I have many native plants in my
>>> yard but would love to know which are hosts for the larvae that Black
>>> Capped Chickadees need to feed their young. In years past my chickadees
>>> have had great success breeding but I don't have the foggiest of what they
>>> were feeding their young.
>>> I have read through the book by Susan Smith on chickadees but have not
>>> found specifics as to which particular larvae only general classification.
>>> Does this knowledge exist somewhere? Thanks for any info.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence
>>> of Nonnative Plants
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Prese...
>>> Insect-eating birds that depend on high-calorie, high-protein cuisine
>>> (namely caterpillars and spiders) to feed ...
>
>
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Date: 12/1/18 9:05 am
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
This brings up a point I've argued for a long time too. We really don't
know what kind of impact mass buckthorn removal has on the insect base
birds are feeding on, and we really should be researching it more to figure
that out. In April to very early May in particular, a majority of migrants
are still feeding on insects low to the ground, often in habitats that have
been relatively undisturbed for years. I believe that understory removal,
especially on a mass scale with large equipment is hurting migrants a lot
even though it's potentially good for some breeding birds (though they may
have less breeding success too if we've stripped the land of insects first).

I think we should be careful and cautious in how we approach removal in
migrant hotspots. The same goes for burns in woodlands (and even grasslands
where natural rocks and variations in terrain removed by farming and
tilling leave insects with fewer protected areas).

Many of the best migrant sites I visit are the ones that are the least
restored. Many that have been cleared of buckthorn don't get a lot of the
birds that they used to get whether that be from a lack of insects or
native understory (which doesn't grow back on it's own like wildflowers and
is far more expensive to plant compared to removing buckthorn).

I'd love to see us studying this more in Chicagoland to make more informed
decisions for birds and also prioritizing areas where more sensitive
restoration is needed for migrants.

Eric Secker
West Dundee, IL









On November 30, 2018 7:53:55 PM "Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds]"
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> I have been told that an oak tree can have up to 100 different kinds of
> caterpillars in it. This is probably why we see so many migrating warblers
> and others birds utilizing it for food. You might want to look into the
> option of planting an oak tree. Last spring Openlands had a native plant
> sale and had some cute little oak trees for sale and I'm sure there are
> other ways to do it as well.
>
> Suzanne Coleman
>
> On Nov 30, 2018, at 3:31 PM, '<coolietracy...>'
> <coolietracy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>> Thanks for posting the article on the insect collapse. I read this study
>> by the Smithsonian and was interested in helping Black Capped Chickadees.
>> The article is on Carolina Chickadees. I have many native plants in my
>> yard but would love to know which are hosts for the larvae that Black
>> Capped Chickadees need to feed their young. In years past my chickadees
>> have had great success breeding but I don't have the foggiest of what they
>> were feeding their young.
>> I have read through the book by Susan Smith on chickadees but have not
>> found specifics as to which particular larvae only general classification.
>> Does this knowledge exist somewhere? Thanks for any info.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence
>> of Nonnative Plants
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Prese...
>> Insect-eating birds that depend on high-calorie, high-protein cuisine
>> (namely caterpillars and spiders) to feed ...
>
>
>


 

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Date: 12/1/18 8:49 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13 & Wilmette Harbor Saturday 12-1-18
Welcome To December Bird People,

Hourly weather said rain by 8 a.m. but I took a chance & went to
Gillson for another Lake Watch as the winds were very strong from the
east. Arrived by 7 a.m. & the rain held off until 8:35 so I did get
some birding in. But without the beach house building for protection
when it rains you are done! It's too bad I couldn't stay longer as
ducks & gulls were moving south & more time was needed. On the other
hand although ducks were moving there were no special ducks among what
I saw. Here's my list:

Willmette Harbor

Canada Geese (110)
Mallard (27)
Greater Scaup (2-F)
Hooded (1-M & 2-F), Common (1-M) & Red Breasted (2-F) Mergansers
Herring Gull (1-AD)

Lake Watch

Canada Geese (A few)
Redhead (20-25)
Greater & Lesser Scaup (~100)
Bufflehead (1-M)
Common Goldeneye (1-M & 1-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (~25)
Common Merganser (2)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (~25)

In the park area were 1 flock of Starlings & a few Juncos.

So once again no Scoters & no Kittiwakes nor anything else special.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the nice looking male Common Merganser in the harbor &
Runner-Up to the male Hooded Merganser also in the harbor.
Slow day today cut short by the rain.

Al Stokie
In Cook County briefly today


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Date: 12/1/18 8:33 am
From: Cheryl Nash <cherylmnash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: NYT article on Insect Apocalypse
The National Wildlife Federation has a website (still in beta testing) that can help you find the native plants that work best in your area. They list each insect and butterfly that are known to use a specific plant, and help you rank which native plant species attract more native insects. Check it out: https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder I have so much respect for you folks that are doing this, perhaps when I retire.
 

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Date: 11/30/18 5:53 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
I have been told that an oak tree can have up to 100 different kinds of caterpillars in it. This is probably why we see so many migrating warblers and others birds utilizing it for food. You might want to look into the option of planting an oak tree. Last spring Openlands had a native plant sale and had some cute little oak trees for sale and I'm sure there are other ways to do it as well.

Suzanne Coleman

> On Nov 30, 2018, at 3:31 PM, '<coolietracy...>' <coolietracy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Thanks for posting the article on the insect collapse. I read this study by the Smithsonian and was interested in helping Black Capped Chickadees. The article is on Carolina Chickadees. I have many native plants in my yard but would love to know which are hosts for the larvae that Black Capped Chickadees need to feed their young. In years past my chickadees have had great success breeding but I don't have the foggiest of what they were feeding their young.
> I have read through the book by Susan Smith on chickadees but have not found specifics as to which particular larvae only general classification. Does this knowledge exist somewhere? Thanks for any info.
>
>
>
>
>
> New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
>
> New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Prese....
> Insect-eating birds that depend on high-calorie, high-protein cuisine (namely caterpillars and spiders) to feed ...
>
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>

 

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Date: 11/30/18 3:49 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Second Attempt At Catching The Montrose Piping Plover & An Important Warning Fri 11-30-18
Hello Bird People,

Today I attended the 2nd try at capturing the Montrose Piping Plover.
The good news is that the Plover is flying very well & avoids nets
with rare zeal. That's also the bad news as in spite of 3 large mist
nets the Plover is quite able to avoid them all by flying around or
walking under them.
Round 2 (as was round 1) to the Piping Plover! This is spite of 2
biologists & many volunteers all trying to get the bird to fly into
one of the mist nets.

IMPORTANT WARNING!!!!!

But the real reason for this report is to warn everyone NOT to try &
catch the Plover yourself!
I'm told that today 3 or 4 people were trying to do just that. In
addition to the question of what would you do with it if you caught it
you need to remember that the Piping Plover is a FEDERALLY ENDANGERED
SPECIES not to be messed with casual birders. Only authorized folks
like the state biologists & Fish & Wildlife people can touch such
birds. In other words its ILLEGAL for just anyone to capture such a
bird. If you did catch it your reward would probably be a fine not a
thank you.

So lets let the professionals do the catching as only they know how to
do that without harm to the bird & what to do with the bird when it's
captured. The biologists are rethinking their strategy & will try
again to make the capture. We need to stay out of the way & let them
try & do their job safely & in the best interests of the Piping
Plover.

As to the Plover it will have warmer temps for the weekend & seems to
be finding food in all the
"green glop seaweed" now on the beach. It should be o.k. for a while
but if it wouldn't leave after last Sunday's snow storm followed by a
few really cold days then I doubt it's ever going to leave.

Bird-Of-The-Day to very agile Piping Plover & Runner-Up to an adult
Great Black Backed Gull
hanging around the fish hook pier.

Al Stokie


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Date: 11/30/18 3:04 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
Hi,

The link below has some recommendations for supporting nesting birds:

https://nestwatch.org/connect/news/caterpillar-its-whats-for-dinner/

[https://nestwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Chickadee-fact.jpg]<https://nestwatch.org/connect/news/caterpillar-its-whats-for-dinner/>

Caterpillar: It's What's for Dinner - NestWatch<https://nestwatch.org/connect/news/caterpillar-its-whats-for-dinner/>
Download nest box plans for your region and habitat using our new
nestwatch.org


I had 2 pairs of chickadees nest in my yard this past spring, in a nest box I placed against my garage. The first pair had 7 eggs; 6 chickadees fledged. The second pair moved in as soon as the first brood fledged; they had 3 eggs, all failed.

My yard is greater than 70% native plants, which fits the recommendations in the article you shared. I watched the chickadees daily. The parents found the caterpillars in my yard and in neighbors' yards, mostly in trees. They fed the caterpillars to their nestlings. As for the parents, they ate seeds at the feeder, likely to save the caterpillars for their offspring.

Hope this helps,

Tamima
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Sent: Friday, November 30, 2018 3:31 PM
To: ILbirds IBET
Subject: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants



Thanks for posting the article on the insect collapse. I read this study by the Smithsonian and was interested in helping Black Capped Chickadees. The article is on Carolina Chickadees. I have many native plants in my yard but would love to know which are hosts for the larvae that Black Capped Chickadees need to feed their young. In years past my chickadees have had great success breeding but I don't have the foggiest of what they were feeding their young.
I have read through the book by Susan Smith on chickadees but have not found specifics as to which particular larvae only general classification. Does this knowledge exist somewhere? Thanks for any info.





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Date: 11/30/18 1:59 pm
From: '<coolietracy...>' <coolietracy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse & New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants
Thanks for posting the article on the insect collapse.  I read this study by the Smithsonian and was interested in helping Black Capped Chickadees.  The article is on Carolina Chickadees.  I have many native plants in my yard but would love to know which are hosts for the larvae that Black Capped Chickadees need to feed their young.  In years past my chickadees have had great success breeding but I don't have the foggiest of what they were feeding their young.  I have read through the book by Susan Smith on chickadees but have not found specifics as to which particular larvae only general classification.  Does this knowledge exist somewhere?  Thanks for any info.




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Date: 11/30/18 1:40 pm
From: Craig <tnemec1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pine Siskins
18 coming to my feeders in La Grange.

This is a high count in the 30 years I have lived here.

Sent from my cellular device

Craig Taylor


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Date: 11/30/18 12:20 pm
From: Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Iceland Gull at North Point Marina
Bob Chapman, a birder from California, just called me to report an Iceland Gull at North Point Marina - he said it was a Kumlien's, not a Thayers.
He didn't see Adam Sell's Eared Grebe or my Lesser Black-backed Gull from last week.
Rena Cohen
 

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Date: 11/30/18 12:13 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NYT article on Insect Apocalypse
Dear all,

Less than a week after the gloomy climate report, here is an equally gloomy article about the catastrophic decrease in insect populations and the resultant decrease in the populations of wildlife that rely on them, such as birds.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/magazine/insect-apocalypse.html?emc=edit_nn_p_20181129&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=60030274section%3DlongRead&section=longRead&te=1&fbclid=IwAR1c8p_94-3c4-MUXkMy1v5KPpjci3iLwM3YNmzH7-Wdf1jy7h4Bnr3aH84
[https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/11/30/magazine/30a3conversation/02mag-insects-image1-facebookJumbo-v4.jpg]<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/magazine/insect-apocalypse.html?emc=edit_nn_p_20181129&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=60030274section%3DlongRead&section=longRead&te=1&fbclid=IwAR1c8p_94-3c4-MUXkMy1v5KPpjci3iLwM3YNmzH7-Wdf1jy7h4Bnr3aH84>

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/magazine/insect-apocalypse.html?emc=edit_nn_p_20181129&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=60030274section%3DlongRead&section=longRead&te=1&fbclid=IwAR1c8p_94-3c4-MUXkMy1v5KPpjci3iLwM3YNmzH7-Wdf1jy7h4Bnr3aH84>
What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?
www.nytimes.com


I am sharing this article because I believe we have it is in our power to make a positive impact and helps insects and birds. In 2017, I undertook the conversion of the lawn in my backyard to all native plants. Within 4 weeks of planting, I had monarch caterpillars on my still very small milkweed plants. This year, I took out all turf grass from my front yard and replaced it with a variety of native plants. In August, at the peak bloom of my newly planted Anyse Hyssop plants, I estimated some 500-600 bees in the hyssop plants alone on a daily basis. I could tell there were several varieties of bees buzzing around. Different plants in the yard attracted different species of insects, in great numbers. During fall migration, some 50-70 dragonflies would stop by my yard at sunset daily.

I know others on this distribution preceded me by years or decades in creating beautiful native environments on their properties. Conversely, not everyone may be ready for a complete conversion from turf grass to native plants, but to the extent that all of us add native plants in our environment and refrain from using insecticides/herbicides, we have the opportunity to create small oases where insects can thrive, benefiting us and birds in countless ways. I am happy to share my knowledge and resources with anyone who might be interested in creating an insect-friendly/bird-friendly environment.

On a more cheerful note, I've had up to 14 Dark-eyed Juncos in my yard since the snow storm and today they were devouring the seeds of my dried-out Goldenrod plants. The American Goldfinches prefer to eat Anyse Hyssop seeds/flowers and will vigorously defend "their" plant from others who might want to share, like the juncos.

Cheers,

Tamima Itani
Evanston, IL




 

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Date: 11/29/18 9:06 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Trumpeter Swans, Powderhorn Lake FP (Cook Co., 11-29-18)
Three TRUMPETER SWANS were at Powderhorn Lake FP in SE Cook County (easily viewed with a spotting scope from the Brainard Avenue parking lot) on Thursday afternoon (29 November 2018), along with six Mute Swans and good numbers of HOODED MERGANSERS (photos at the following links):

TRUMPETER SWANS:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/46111032441/in/dateposted-public/

HOODED MERGANSERS:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/32239596878/in/dateposted-public/

MUTE SWANS:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/44294838090/in/dateposted-public/

Walter Marcisz
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Date: 11/29/18 6:14 pm
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Subject: IBET Byard C. wren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/45197842865/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Carolina wren likes suet from inside cracks and holes in the apple tree. RB woodpecker throws out seed until it finds a sunflower and then hides it in the cherry tree.Blue jay is aggresive and bold as ever. Holds oil sunflower seed with feet to peck/pound open and eat. JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 11/29/18 4:09 pm
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cooper's Hawk bathing
Closeup video. Drops splashed me when it left over my head.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yNHg8GCwgc

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Date: 11/29/18 3:04 pm
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Tufted Titmouse
Had a Tufted Titmouse show up briefly again today.

Lots of Juncos, but no Sparrows at all.

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 11/29/18 1:12 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Status Of Four Local Cook County Lakes Thur 11-29-18
Hello Bird People,

Didn't really go birding today but I checked the status of 4 local
lakes as to open water.

Beck Lake

Completely frozen with only 7 Ring Billed Gulls present.

Big Bend Lake

Also completely frozen & the only bird there was a Cooper's Hawk
resting in a tree.

Lake Opeka In Des Plaines

90% frozen with 68 Canada Geese, 12 Ring Billed & 24 Herring Gulls & 2
Crows present.

Axehead Lake

This is the deepest lake around & so it has 2/3's of the water open.
Birds there were
Canada Geese (43), Mallard (26), one Ring Necked Duck/Lesser Scaup?
(which I was too far away to tell for sure) & one Pied Billed Grebe.

If we get a warm-up perhaps more open water will return.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the resting Cooper's Hawk & Runner-Up to the P.B. Grebe.

Al Stokie


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Date: 11/28/18 4:13 pm
From: Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: Sandhill Crane aerial show; Tuesday 1:05 Pm Palos Area, Cook County



Begin forwarded message:

> From: H Blum <coolasakestrel1...>
> Date: November 28, 2018 at 4:47:02 PM CST
> To: "<ilbitds...>" <ilbitds...>
> Subject: Sandhill Crane aerial show; Tuesday 1:05 Pm Palos Area, Cook County
> Reply-To: H Blum <coolasakestrel1...>
>
> Hello birders; Yesterday at around !:00pm I witnessed waves of Sandhill flocks just as I got out of my car and it was quite a pleasant surprise!
> I had a rough count of over 1000 in 10 minutes, A lower flying flock of about 35 flew probably hit a thermal as they passed south and started climbing and circling and intertwined with two other flocks that were circling and created one huge mess,.yikes lookout!
> I attempted to attach some photos so her goes, also Savannah Sparrow also form the nature center, photos also on e-bird
> Howard Blum , Lakeview, Chicago
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Date: 11/28/18 3:40 pm
From: Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: Sandhill Crane aerial show; Tuesday 1:05 Pm Palos Area, Cook County



Begin forwarded message:

> From: H Blum <coolasakestrel1...>
> Date: November 28, 2018 at 4:47:02 PM CST
> To: "<ilbitds...>" <ilbitds...>
> Subject: Sandhill Crane aerial show; Tuesday 1:05 Pm Palos Area, Cook County
> Reply-To: H Blum <coolasakestrel1...>
>
> Hello birders; Yesterday at around !:00pm I witnessed waves of Sandhill flocks just as I got out of my car and it was quite a pleasant surprise!
> I had a rough count of over 1000 in 10 minutes, A lower flying flock of about 35 flew probably hit a thermal as they passed south and started climbing and circling and intertwined with two other flocks that were circling and created one huge mess,.yikes lookout!
> I attempted to attach some photos so her goes, also Savannah Sparrow also form the nature center, photos also on e-bird
> Howard Blum , Lakeview, Chicago
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Date: 11/28/18 2:16 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Return Of Some Winter Finches & Cedar Waxwings At the Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 1128-18
Hello Bird People,

It was another cold day today but at least the wind level was down.
More ducks than usual but the only open water was along Rt 68/Dundee
Road where the flowing stream kept the water open.
All other lakes were frozen. Also many more Finches than last time
plus big numbers of Cedar Waxwings although I didn't find any
Bohemians mixed in. Here's my site list for today:

Chicago Botanic Garden (8:30-noon)

Canada Geese (77)
Mallard (49)
Gadwall (2-PR)
CANVASBACK (1 young male but didn't stay long)
Redhead (1-F)
Greater Scaup (1-F)
Hooded Merganser (4-PR)
Ring Billed Gull (9)
Herring Gull (1 fly-by)
Mourning Dove (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
Blue Jay (6)
Chickadee (6)
Robin (~40)
Cedar Waxwing (~70)
Starling (~45)
(All Robins, Waxwings & Starlings were after the many red berries)
Cardinal (1-M)
Junco (22)
House Finch (2-M)
PINE SISKIN (~40, mainly eating Alder seeds)
Goldfinch (~30, mainly eating Birch seeds but a few eating Alder seeds)
COMMON REDPOLL (~20, only eating Birch seeds)
(Look hard at the Redpolls folks as I saw one Hoary candidate but not
for long enough to be sure)

The hot spot of the day was all the red berry trees, the Alders &
Birch trees south of the Regenstein building with only a few Siskins
also seen on Evening Island.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Redpolls which are the 1st of the season I've seen here.
Runners-Up to all the Siskins, Waxwings & the young Canvasback.
I did not find the Winter Coot at it's usual place by the Dundee Rd
bridge so maybe last weeks Coot was not that bird.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 11/28/18 12:13 pm
From: Mike King <mike.j.king97...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sightings Wild Things Conference
Hello bird people,

I just saw Candida’s post about Wild Things registration and I wanted to encourage you all to come hear the presentations. Myself and another researcher from my university will be discussing our studies on red-headed woodpecker population abundance and foraging behavior, and I would love a group of bird enthusiasts there to contribute to our discussion. I hope this little shameless plug isn’t violating any group rules, and I hope to see many of you there!

Thanks!
Mike King
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Date: 11/28/18 8:32 am
From: Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No sighting
Biennial Wild Things Conference Feb 23, 2019 --registration open.

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Date: 11/27/18 8:36 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pine siskins cook co
Exciting to find two or more noisy chattering pine siskins in a neighbor's ?Cedar shrub. One flew and called. A first for here. Another neighbor has feeders. Not sure if they have them filled.

Visited glenview area nature areas a few days ago and there were some good birds but not a lot. Highlights were:

Techny north one male gadwall, four Green-Winged teals, no Eagles no Kestrels.

Techny regular had nothing really. Erosion occurred along the spit by the bridge.

Air station prairie had a ton of mallards, no shrike

Lake Glenview had a flotilla of large mergansers, one male and two female goldeneyes. Some gulls. Couple unknown waterbirds. No shrike, no red tailed hawk.

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Date: 11/27/18 7:48 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET South Lake Front and Calumet area: Ducks and Hawks (incl. Burnham P. M. Western Red-tailed H.)
Dan Lory and I birded the south lake front and Calumet area of Cook County today. Our focus was waterfowl checking the lake front harbors and any open water in the Calumet area, but our best finds on the day were a couple of hawks. Here are the highlights.
We found the previously sighted WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in the Jackson Park Outer Harbor and the SURF SCOTER in the Inner Harbor. I correctly identified the latter this time! An adult BALD EAGLE flew north a little ways out over Lake Michigan; my first in Jackson Park this year.
At Calumet Park I spotted a male RUDDY DUCK amongst some scaup just before it swam into Indiana waters. It took some looking but Dan finally picked out the CACKLING GOOSE from over 600 Canada Geese resting on the grass northwest of the beach at Cal Park.
After the lake front we ran out of luck on waterfowl. The small and shallow bodies of water were frozen, as we expected, but the river wasn't iced up enough to concentrate birds at the turning basins and the bend at 127th Street. One of the frozen places we checked was Burnham Prairie Marsh. We pulled up and saw it was frozen and decided to go to the end of the drive to turn around. Just before the curve to the right I noticed a dark hawk in a tree. It was solid black. We drove a little farther around the curve to get closer, but just as I got it in view again it took off and revealed its red tail: dark morph, adult WESTERN RED-TAILED HAWK! It was kind of small, so I think it was a male. It flew only a little farther to the south, but when we got out of the car at the end of the drive it flew off to the northwest. There was also a female AMERICAN KESTREL here.
Later we were headed to Wolf Lake going down 126th Street. As we were passing 126th Street Marsh Dan mentioned that he was keeping an eye out for the adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK seen here last winter. I looked to the right and there it was on a telephone wire on the south side of the street. We stopped and it flew to a tree farther south but in view. We pulled into the little baseball park here and it stayed put for photos.
So we didn't find as many waterfowl as we hoped (15 species), but the two hawks, especially the dark morph Red-tailed, made it a great day!

Randy Shonkwiler
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Date: 11/27/18 4:36 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Fox sp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/32209254348/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/Hi friends,Scratching for seeds in the icy snow. I put out fresh seeds which sat on top of the ice/snow. 2 pair of Cardinals chasing and feeding. One dove, juncos, and Blue jays.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 11/27/18 3:47 pm
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET updated galleries
Finally got beyond some problems and updated some galleries adding
recent Montrose shots to them.

Piping Plover http://theearlybirder.com/plovers/pip-plver/index.htm

YB Cuckoo  http://theearlybirder.com/cuckoo/yb-cuckoo/index.htm

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Date: 11/27/18 12:34 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Long Tailed Ducks Still At Saganashkee Slough Plus Tundra Swans Tuesday 11-27-18
Hello Bird People,

Didn't try yesterday as I wasn't sure my Prius C would make it in the
snow nor was I sure the parking lots would be plowed but Donnie D went
yesterday & saw the L.T. Ducks so I tried today.
Passed a few of the Sloughs on the way & they were frozen but
Saganashkee is deeper & had open water. Supposed to be only snow
flurries in the a.m. but the "flurries" were so hard for a while that
I couldn't see the ducks on the far south side. Finally while scanning
the Mergs & Goldeneye to the south all 7 LONG TAILED DUCKS swam by in
a group. They were 1/2 way to the south & seen from the middle parking
lot as they have been. I also viewed the water from the boat launch
parking lot but the far eastern lot was gated & gave no access. Here's
my list:

Saganashkee Slough (7:30-9 a.m. in the snow)

Great Blue Heron (1)
TUNDRA SWAN (exactly 20)
Canada Geese (19 & more flying by)
Mallard (18)
Redhead (9, sleeping)
LONG TAILED DUCK (7)
Goldeneye (~25)
Common (24) & Red Breasted (~100) Mergansers
Ring Billed (~30) & Herring (~10) Gulls
Kingfisher (1, rattling)
Red Bellied Woodpecker

Next to McGinnis Slough but the gate was locked & the sections of the
water that I could see from the roads were frozen. This place has
shallow water & freezes fast.

Tampier Lake (9:30-10 a.m.)

First viewed from the east side parking lot but didn't see much. As I
got back to the lot a big flock of what looked like Shovelers went by
but landed too far to the west. I've never gone in to this place from
the west side lot but I figured out how to do that today & there were
more ducks than I expected.

Canada Geese (~200)
Mallard (only 1 pair)
Gadwall (72)
Shoveler (53)
Lesser Scaup (1)
Goldeneye (1-IM-M)
Common Merganser (3)
Heard only land birds were Red Bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Chickadee
& W.B. Nuthatch.

Checked the feeders at the Little Red School House & found nothing
special other than one White Throated Sparrow. Other birds there were
Downy Woodpecker (2), Chickadee (4),
W.B. Nuthatch (2), Tree Sparrow (2), Junco (8), House Finch (1-M),
Goldfinch (4) & House Sparrow (2). No Siskins, Purple Finches or
Tufted Titmice today while I was there. Maybe later.

Stopped at a few other places but saw nothing interesting.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the seven
Long Tailed Ducks & Runner-Up to the Tundra Swans. Had enough to keep
me busy today but the temps were between 23 & 26 all day & the snow
didn't stop until I was on the way home.

Al Stokie
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Date: 11/27/18 8:27 am
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Piping Plover sightings at Montrose today???
The PIPING PLOVER is still on Montrose Beach. Wildlife officials from IDNR
and USFWS are following the situation, are in contact with local people
regarding the bird's status, and are executing a plan for taking care of
the bird. It helps to have posts about its presence/absence either here
or on eBird, including remarks about condition and behavior.

Good birding,
Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County)

On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 9:38 AM nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...>
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> please let us know if you've seen the Piping Plover today - IDNR is ready
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Date: 11/27/18 7:40 am
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Piping Plover sightings at Montrose today???
please let us know if you've seen the Piping Plover today - IDNR is ready to capture and house at Lincoln Zoo for the winter...if we can find it.

 

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Date: 11/27/18 6:11 am
From: <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pine Siskins
Yesterday morning following the snow storm, there was a feeding frenzy in our backyard. At least 7 or 8 First-of-Season Pine Siskins, along with a small flock Juncos, a constantly feeding Red-breasted Nuthatch (who generally only visits occasionally), Goldfinches, House Finches, White-breasted Nuthatches, Red-bellieds, Downys,..... I was surprised to see the Juncos feeding on the suet cage. There are some pine trees and a Hickory that afford some protection and kept the feeders from icing up and becoming snow-covered. Nice assortment to observe while sipping my tea!


Joan Campbell
Downers Grove/DuPage County
 

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Date: 11/26/18 10:13 pm
From: Anthony Phillips <aphillips...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Eastern Phoebe in downtown Chicago
I remember sitting in a dentist's chair downtown one mid-March afternoon
looking out at a high sun-lit windowless brick wall, seeing a Phoebe
persistently work the wall
for God knows what to eat - maybe spider eggs?

Tony Phillips
Professor Emeritus
Department of Painting & Drawing
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60608-2222
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On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 4:58 PM <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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>
> I felt very sorry for the Eastern Phoebe flitting along Lakeshore Drive in
> front of me this afternoon. It did not look happy in the snow and ice. I
> can't imagine there are many insects still around.
>
>
> Keith Bowers
>
> Chicago
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Date: 11/26/18 3:56 pm
From: Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Long-tailed Ducks continue

5 birds were seen from the Saganaskee Slough central parking lot, swimming western 3:30 Pm

Donnie Dann
Lake County

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Date: 11/26/18 3:20 pm
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Subject: IBET Eastern Phoebe in downtown Chicago
I felt very sorry for the Eastern Phoebe flitting along Lakeshore Drive in front of me this afternoon. It did not look happy in the snow and ice. I can't imagine there are many insects still around.


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Chicago
 

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Date: 11/26/18 11:41 am
From: <priesmh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Backyard Pine Siskins and Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Yesterday we had about 10 or 12 pine siskins at our thistle feeder sharing the space and taking turns with about 6 goldfinch. This morning, they still seemed to be hanging around. Also, a red-breasted and a white-breasted nuthatch have been coming regularly to our peanut and sun/safflower seed feeders. We live on the Northwest side of Chicago in the Edgebrrok-Sauganash area, so you may find these birds in the nearby forest preserves and nature centers like North Park Village or LaBagh Woods..
 

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Date: 11/26/18 11:05 am
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pine Siskins and Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Yesterday, there were about 10 - 12 pine siskins on our backyard thistle feeder sharing space and taking turns all afternoon with about 6 goldfinch. They still seemed be around this morning. We also have a red-breasted and a white-breasted nuthatch coming regularly to our peanut and sun/safflower seed feeders. This is on Chicago's Northwest side in the Edgebrook-Sauganash area so you might see these birds in the nearby forest preserves or nature centers like North Park Village or LaBagh Woods.



Marjorie

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Date: 11/26/18 10:12 am
From: Jonathan Schuler <jkschuler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow throated warbler in blizzard
YTW here still in my St. Charles backyard. Was shoveling snow and clearing
downed trees he flew up and was so close I took an iPhone photo. Am off
today to clean up the neighborhood, but if people want to take a chance in
the hopes it shows up, happy to send an address. Might be sledding or
shoveling so be prepared for outdoors.

 

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Date: 11/25/18 8:31 pm
From: JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday (NO SIGHTINGS)
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club program meeting this Tuesday, November 27, features a presentation by John Bates on "What is a Species?"  Species make up your life list, your year list and your field guides, but they are also key units of evolution and scientists do not always agree on what is and is not a species (and sometimes they even flip flop).  John Bates, Associate Curator of Birds at the Field Museum will discuss the issues, challenges and value of defining species (or not) with examples from around the world.

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

John Hockman
ENSBC website: ensbc.org

 

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Date: 11/25/18 10:52 am
From: <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Long-tailed Ducks at Saganashkee Slough
Arrived at Saganashkee Slough west side at 10:15 this morning. Wondered if ANYone else would be there with the steady rain and dire forecast. But riht away we saw a couple more cars pull up and naturally within the next 30 minutes a few more birders arrived. We all saw the 7 Long-tailed Ducks, and at times they drifted very close to the parking lot. We were unable to locate the Red-necked Grebe. I've never seen that many Long-tails at one time. Really beautiful.


Joan Campbell, Downers Grove/DuPage
This morning in Cook County
 

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Date: 11/25/18 9:23 am
From: Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Saganashkee Slough Long tailed Ducks and Red-necked Grebe
This morning I found the seven Long tailed Ducks. Were seen from the west side together, but were moving east and to the far back. Later I saw the Red necked Grebe from the center parking area. It was in sleeping position but put its head up twice. Has a dark back, a light neck and a light patch on the face. Saw the pointy bill.


LInda Radtke
In Cook County


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Date: 11/24/18 5:48 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Carolina wren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/45985300992/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Singing and eating PB suet. Two birds. One sings the other makes a buzzing/scolding sound.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 11/24/18 4:58 pm
From: bokmakierie <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: IBET Lake Calumet Area & Jackson Park Harbors Thursday 11-22-18
Hello,


This afternoon I tried to sort of follow Al's route from the other day after a stop to see the PIPING PLOVER at Montrose. Jackson Park (inner harbor) had 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, C. GOLDENEYE & RED BREASTED MERGANSER. There was also a MERLIN in the parking lot.


Rainbow Beach had nada.


Steelworkers Park had 1 COMMON LOON & 1 RED NECKED GREBE, which fellow birder Amanda and I got to watch.


The field at Calumet Park has many CANADA GEESE and 12 KILLDEER. There was also 1 COMMON LOON, 2 HORNED GREBE, 2 AM. BLACK DUCK, AM COOT, & more GREATER SCAUP, C. GOLDENEYE and REDHEAD.


Indian Ridge Park had 1 GREAT EGRET, 3 GREAT BLUE HERON, 1 BELTED KINGFISHER, 4 AM. BLACK DUCK & SWAMP SPARROW.


Deadstick Pond had GADWALL, 1 pr HOODED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, N. SHOVELER & RING NECKED DUCK.


Cary Hillegonds

Orland Park

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From: "Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
To: ilbirds <ILbirds...>
Date: November 22, 2018 at 4:09 PM
Subject: IBET Lake Calumet Area & Jackson Park Harbors Thursday 11-22-18



Happy Thanksgiving Bird People,

Covered a lot of locations in the Calumet area today & ended with both
harbors at Jackson Park.
This report will take some doing as there are many places to cover. Here we go!

O'Brien Lock & Dam

The water is still open so no ducks (except Mallards) & gulls yet. But
I had a few land birds in the vegetation along the fences. This
included Starlings, one Cardinal, Tree & White Crowned Sparrows,
Juncos, Red Wings & Cowbirds.

Burnham Prairie

Green Winged Teal (19), Mallards (14) & one male Hooded Merganser
Also a female Kingfisher & 1 Crow.

Indian Ridge

Looked hard but could not find the Mockingbird seen here recently.
Great Blue Heron (3) & still one Great Egret
Mallard (~35)
BALD EAGLE (1-AD & 1-IM)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 hunting)
Ring Billed (~100) & Herring (18) Gulls (Resting on the ice by the train tracks)

Big Marsh From Stony Island

Canada Geese (~25)
Mallard (~50), Gadwall (2-M) & Shoveler (3)

Dead Stick Pond

Impossible to get an accurate count here as there's only a few places
to view the ducks & ducks are everywhere. Lets just say there's at
least 100 Gadwall. 20 Shovelers & 2 Mute Swans.

Powderhorn

Mute Swan (6), Canada Geese (~140), Canvasback (2-M) & Redhead (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (1) & Ring Billed Gull (~25)

Powers/Wolf Lake

Don't bother going here until the middle of January as hunters are
everywhere blasting ducks.

Calumet Park

Canada Geese (~500)
CACKLING GEESE (2 but Andrew A saw 4 earlier before all the Geese flew)
Mallard (2) & BLACK DUCK (1 PR, 1st I've seen this month)
Greater & Lesser Scaup (~70) & Redhead (4)
Bufflehead (6) & Red Breasted Merganser (8)
Kestrel (1 on a post)
KILLDEER (6, finally found them on a ball field)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
Land birds were Robins & Juncos

Chicago Skyway Area

MONK PARAKEET (2 seen in their fine green coloring & heard several more)

Steelworkers Park

Among the small numbers of Ring Billed & Herring Gulls was 1 adult
GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL, Also lots of Red Breasted Mergansers.

Rainbow Beach

Only had Canada Geese, Red Breasted Mergs & both standard Gulls

Jackson Park/Outer Harbor

Both Scaup (31) & WHITE WINGED SCOTER (1, as reported by Randy S)
Bufflehead (8) & Red Breasted Merg (4)
Ring Billed (35) & Herring (12) Gulls

Jackson Park/Inner Harbor

Mallard (4), Scaup (2), Bufflehead (7) Goldeneye (4-5) & Red Breasted Merg (6)
Now I have a problem with the Inner Harbor Scoter reported as a White
Winged Scoter.
I watched it a long time & it never showed white in the wings even
when it flapped its wings 3 times. Also its not bigger than the 2
Scaup which it should be & the Outer Harbor Scoter is larger. But I
may just have not seen the white wings in my limited viewing. But if
Randy S saw white wings then that's what it is, I just may have missed
that. So for now I'll call it a Surf/White Winged Scoter? Perhaps
Randy can set me straight.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Great Black Backed Gull at Steelworkers Park &
Runners-Up to the White Winged Scoter (at least I know what that one
was) & the always popular Monk Parakeets which I am so fond of.

Al Stokie
In South Cook County today







 

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Date: 11/24/18 2:58 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Beach, Hedge, Harbor & Lawns Saturday 11-24-18
Hello Bird People,

Only had a small amount of time for birding as I had to get as many
leaves out of the gutters as possible before Sunday's snow. Spent 2
hours on Friday & another 2 hours today but I still have one section
to do if I can get it in on Sunday.

Montrose Beach

The only bird on the entire beach was the never leaving PIPING PLOVER.
Two Canada Geese were in the protected area by the pier & a few Gulls
were flying by.

Hedge Area

A nice mix of land birds although nothing really out of the ordinary.
Best bird was a late HERMIT THRUSH & also seen were 2 Downy
Woodpeckers, 2 Crows, 4 Chickadees, 2 RED BREASTED NUTHATCHES, both
Ruby Crowned (1) & Golden Crowned (2) Kinglets, Robins (8), Cardinal
(2),
Song Sparrow (2), Junco (6), Goldfinch (4) & House Sparrow (2).

In the harbor & in the lake were many Red Breasted Mergansers & one
female Goldeneye.

On the lawns were Canada Geese (~60), Mallard (10), Ring Billed (32) &
Herring (4) Gulls,
Pigeon (1), Crows (2), Starlings (45) & more House Sparrows.

On the way home I stopped at Loyola Park but could not locate the
Harlequin Duck which has been seen here recently.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Piping Plover & Runner-Up to the Hermit Thrush.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 11/24/18 1:26 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons
Today, 11/24, a Merganser Hat Trick, my first.  An adult Bald Eagle, and 4 adult Red-tailed Hawks.  
Carol Nelson Chicago Cook County   
 

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Date: 11/24/18 9:29 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Long-tailed Ducks at Saganashkee Slough
Greg Jerzyk just found a Red-necked Grebe here too.

Matt
Cook county, il

On Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 11:09 AM Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> First spotted by Steve Huggins, there are 7 long-tailed Ducks easily
> viewable from the West lot or the boat launch lot.
>
> Matt Igleski
> Currently Cook County, Illinois
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Date: 11/24/18 9:09 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Long-tailed Ducks at Saganashkee Slough
First spotted by Steve Huggins, there are 7 long-tailed Ducks easily
viewable from the West lot or the boat launch lot.

Matt Igleski
Currently Cook County, Illinois

 

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Date: 11/24/18 7:50 am
From: Amar Ayyash <amarayyash...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IOS Gull Frolic (NO SIGHTINGS)
The 18th Annual IOS Gull Frolic will be held on February 16th, 2019. This year's guest speaker will be George Armistead from Philadelphia who will be speaking on Pornithology (put that one in your birding lexicon). Follow the link below to register. Hope to see you there!

If you or your club would like to help cosponsor the event, please contact me by replying to this email.
http://www.illinoisbirds.org/18th-annual-gull-frolic/
Thanks,Amar AyyashOrland Park


 

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Date: 11/23/18 6:24 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach & Park, Lyons Woods, North Point Marina & Independence Grove Fri 11-23-18
Hello Bird People,

After a good day in the Calumet Area yesterday it was back to Lake
County today. Didn't do nearly as well today as yesterday with only a
few highlights. I was joined by Bob Erickson & Adam Sell at Waukegan &
Lyons Woods, just Bob at North Point Marina & Adam again at
Independence Grove.. Here are those highlights.

Waukegan Beach & Harbor (7-7:50 a.m.)

Saw both Scaup & R.B. Mergs flying by & in the harbor were Redhead,
Goldeneye, Bufflehead
& Hooded Merganser. One lone Coot was standing on the beach by the
base of the pier. Didn't want to deal with the high waves I guess.

Lyons Woods (8-8:45 a.m.)

Highlights were one adult Red Headed Woodpecker & about 4 Red Breasted
Nuthatches.
Berry eating birds were Robins & Cedar Waxwings.

North Point Marina (9-10:30 a.m.)

Again we looked for the Shrike but didn't find it. In the lake were
only 2 Redheads & R.B. Mergs.
In the harbor were Greater (3) & Lesser (1) Scaup, Bufflehead (19),
Goldeneye (2) & R.B. Mergs.
About 15 Herring Gulls were flying around but none were on the docks
when I was there.

Spring Bluff F.P. (10:30 a.m.)

With 5 Mallards was 1 lone, late Killdeer.

Independence Grove (11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Among about 400 Canada Geese was 1 small CACKLING GOOSE & Adam thought
there were more but they were too far away to be sure. Also one Pied
Billed Grebe, Mallard (4), Goldeneye (68), Hooded Merganser (3-M &
3-F) & a couple Red Breasted Mergs. Only 1 Ring Billed Gull with 18
Herring Gulls & an adult COOPER'S HAWK flew by where I was standing.

I guess Bird-Of-The-Day will be the nice looking Red Headed Woodpecker
with Runners-Up being the adult Cooper's Hawk & the late Killdeer.

Al Stokie
In Lake County today


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Date: 11/23/18 2:36 pm
From: <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTING - PBS Nova Peregrine Falcon show this past week
The Nova on 11/21 was all about the Peregrine Falcon and featured Chicago birds. It was very interesting and my wife was excited to learn more about the birds we frequently see flying past our 28th floor window. It should be repeated this weekend.

Keith Bowers
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Date: 11/23/18 11:43 am
From: <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Long tailed duck at Montrose
Working it’s way south alongside the golf course toward Jarvis. Was close inshore but just flew out 20 yards.

Keith Bowers
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Date: 11/23/18 11:42 am
From: Jonathan Schuler <jkschuler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Yellow throated warbler St. Charles
This has been confirmed as indeed a very fine looking yellow throated
warbler.(thank you to everyone who was willing to take a look at photos)!

I was not home to look on Thanksgiving, but the bird just showed up again
at 1:30 p.m. on Fri Nov. 23 to eat seed from a hot pepper seed cylinder
feeder from Wild Birds. Was only there for a few minutes and got a good
look in my binocs. By the time I went to get the camera again, he was gone.
Unsure if I need photo proof for ebird record with raw data date seeing as
it's been confirmed already, but it's a good looking bird and here so late!

 

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Date: 11/23/18 8:16 am
From: Anthony Tempske <atempske...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover
This isn't something to celebrate. It shouldn't have stayed this long. It will probably die on the beach if it doesn't leave. Latest photos show ice on the legs. Does anyone seriously think it can survive a Chicago winter?

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Date: 11/22/18 4:54 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: Lake Calumet Area & Jackson Park Harbors Thursday 11-22-18
Bird People,

Here is Randy's reply as to the Surf vs White Winged Scoter in the
Inner Harbor at Jackson Park. It may be a Surf Scoter after all as I
suspected but could not prove.

Al S.

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From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Date: Thu, Nov 22, 2018 at 6:23 PM
Subject: Re: Lake Calumet Area & Jackson Park Harbors Thursday 11-22-18
To: <alstokie99...>


After looking at my photos and those of immature female Surf and
White-winged Scoters, I think the bird from the Inner Harbor is a Surf
Scoter. I interpreted the bird as a White-winged Scoter based on
Sibley's 1st edition eastern guide, which said and showed the white at
the base of the beak as being vertical in shape in immature female
Surf Scoters but rounded and wider in White-winged Scoter. The bird
in the Inner Harbor has a wide rounded white spot. However, Sibley
doesn't mention this difference in my copy of his 2nd edition.
Searching for immature female Surf Scoters on the internet (writing
this from work with no field guides) shows birds that look just like
the Inner Harbor bird (not the case in a search for imm. fem.
White-winged). Notable is the dark cap that is seen in my pictures and
immature fem. Surf Scoters on the internet.

Randy Shonkwiler


---In <ILbirds...>, <alstokie99@...> wrote :

Happy Thanksgiving Bird People,

Covered a lot of locations in the Calumet area today & ended with both
harbors at Jackson Park.
This report will take some doing as there are many places to cover. Here we go!

O'Brien Lock & Dam

The water is still open so no ducks (except Mallards) & gulls yet. But
I had a few land birds in the vegetation along the fences. This
included Starlings, one Cardinal, Tree & White Crowned Sparrows,
Juncos, Red Wings & Cowbirds.

Burnham Prairie

Green Winged Teal (19), Mallards (14) & one male Hooded Merganser
Also a female Kingfisher & 1 Crow.

Indian Ridge

Looked hard but could not find the Mockingbird seen here recently.
Great Blue Heron (3) & still one Great Egret
Mallard (~35)
BALD EAGLE (1-AD & 1-IM)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 hunting)
Ring Billed (~100) & Herring (18) Gulls (Resting on the ice by the train tracks)

Big Marsh From Stony Island

Canada Geese (~25)
Mallard (~50), Gadwall (2-M) & Shoveler (3)

Dead Stick Pond

Impossible to get an accurate count here as there's only a few places
to view the ducks & ducks are everywhere. Lets just say there's at
least 100 Gadwall. 20 Shovelers & 2 Mute Swans.

Powderhorn

Mute Swan (6), Canada Geese (~140), Canvasback (2-M) & Redhead (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (1) & Ring Billed Gull (~25)

Powers/Wolf Lake

Don't bother going here until the middle of January as hunters are
everywhere blasting ducks.

Calumet Park

Canada Geese (~500)
CACKLING GEESE (2 but Andrew A saw 4 earlier before all the Geese flew)
Mallard (2) & BLACK DUCK (1 PR, 1st I've seen this month)
Greater & Lesser Scaup (~70) & Redhead (4)
Bufflehead (6) & Red Breasted Merganser (8)
Kestrel (1 on a post)
KILLDEER (6, finally found them on a ball field)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
Land birds were Robins & Juncos

Chicago Skyway Area

MONK PARAKEET (2 seen in their fine green coloring & heard several more)

Steelworkers Park

Among the small numbers of Ring Billed & Herring Gulls was 1 adult
GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL, Also lots of Red Breasted Mergansers.

Rainbow Beach

Only had Canada Geese, Red Breasted Mergs & both standard Gulls

Jackson Park/Outer Harbor

Both Scaup (31) & WHITE WINGED SCOTER (1, as reported by Randy S)
Bufflehead (8) & Red Breasted Merg (4)
Ring Billed (35) & Herring (12) Gulls

Jackson Park/Inner Harbor

Mallard (4), Scaup (2), Bufflehead (7) Goldeneye (4-5) & Red Breasted Merg (6)
Now I have a problem with the Inner Harbor Scoter reported as a White
Winged Scoter.
I watched it a long time & it never showed white in the wings even
when it flapped its wings 3 times. Also its not bigger than the 2
Scaup which it should be & the Outer Harbor Scoter is larger. But I
may just have not seen the white wings in my limited viewing. But if
Randy S saw white wings then that's what it is, I just may have missed
that. So for now I'll call it a Surf/White Winged Scoter? Perhaps
Randy can set me straight.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Great Black Backed Gull at Steelworkers Park &
Runners-Up to the White Winged Scoter (at least I know what that one
was) & the always popular Monk Parakeets which I am so fond of.

Al Stokie
In South Cook County today


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Date: 11/22/18 3:50 pm
From: Glenna Eaves <rapzl...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sightings
Just got to my email today so sorry for the late notice. Do not open my previous email that referenced a dropbox attachment. I have apparently been hacked and this message has been sent by a spammer.


With regrets,


Glenna Eaves

 

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Date: 11/22/18 2:10 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Calumet Area & Jackson Park Harbors Thursday 11-22-18
Happy Thanksgiving Bird People,

Covered a lot of locations in the Calumet area today & ended with both
harbors at Jackson Park.
This report will take some doing as there are many places to cover. Here we go!

O'Brien Lock & Dam

The water is still open so no ducks (except Mallards) & gulls yet. But
I had a few land birds in the vegetation along the fences. This
included Starlings, one Cardinal, Tree & White Crowned Sparrows,
Juncos, Red Wings & Cowbirds.

Burnham Prairie

Green Winged Teal (19), Mallards (14) & one male Hooded Merganser
Also a female Kingfisher & 1 Crow.

Indian Ridge

Looked hard but could not find the Mockingbird seen here recently.
Great Blue Heron (3) & still one Great Egret
Mallard (~35)
BALD EAGLE (1-AD & 1-IM)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 hunting)
Ring Billed (~100) & Herring (18) Gulls (Resting on the ice by the train tracks)

Big Marsh From Stony Island

Canada Geese (~25)
Mallard (~50), Gadwall (2-M) & Shoveler (3)

Dead Stick Pond

Impossible to get an accurate count here as there's only a few places
to view the ducks & ducks are everywhere. Lets just say there's at
least 100 Gadwall. 20 Shovelers & 2 Mute Swans.

Powderhorn

Mute Swan (6), Canada Geese (~140), Canvasback (2-M) & Redhead (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (1) & Ring Billed Gull (~25)

Powers/Wolf Lake

Don't bother going here until the middle of January as hunters are
everywhere blasting ducks.

Calumet Park

Canada Geese (~500)
CACKLING GEESE (2 but Andrew A saw 4 earlier before all the Geese flew)
Mallard (2) & BLACK DUCK (1 PR, 1st I've seen this month)
Greater & Lesser Scaup (~70) & Redhead (4)
Bufflehead (6) & Red Breasted Merganser (8)
Kestrel (1 on a post)
KILLDEER (6, finally found them on a ball field)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
Land birds were Robins & Juncos

Chicago Skyway Area

MONK PARAKEET (2 seen in their fine green coloring & heard several more)

Steelworkers Park

Among the small numbers of Ring Billed & Herring Gulls was 1 adult
GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL, Also lots of Red Breasted Mergansers.

Rainbow Beach

Only had Canada Geese, Red Breasted Mergs & both standard Gulls

Jackson Park/Outer Harbor

Both Scaup (31) & WHITE WINGED SCOTER (1, as reported by Randy S)
Bufflehead (8) & Red Breasted Merg (4)
Ring Billed (35) & Herring (12) Gulls

Jackson Park/Inner Harbor

Mallard (4), Scaup (2), Bufflehead (7) Goldeneye (4-5) & Red Breasted Merg (6)
Now I have a problem with the Inner Harbor Scoter reported as a White
Winged Scoter.
I watched it a long time & it never showed white in the wings even
when it flapped its wings 3 times. Also its not bigger than the 2
Scaup which it should be & the Outer Harbor Scoter is larger. But I
may just have not seen the white wings in my limited viewing. But if
Randy S saw white wings then that's what it is, I just may have missed
that. So for now I'll call it a Surf/White Winged Scoter? Perhaps
Randy can set me straight.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Great Black Backed Gull at Steelworkers Park &
Runners-Up to the White Winged Scoter (at least I know what that one
was) & the always popular Monk Parakeets which I am so fond of.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET Re: Tuesday Hawk Watch & Wed Lake Watch Plus N.U. Lagoon 11-20 & 11-21-1



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Date: 11/22/18 9:30 am
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover
As I've stated at least once on Facebook, I'm driving up New Year's Day
from southern Illinois if it is still present New Year's Eve.

Jared Gorrell
Jackson County

On Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 10:28 am Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Awesome! I wonder if it will linger long enough to become a Christmas
> Piping Plover...
>
> Walter Marcisz
> Chicago, Cook Co.
>
> --------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 11/22/18, Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Subject: IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover
> To: "Louise Clemency" <louise_clemency...>, "Brad Semel" <
> <brad.semel...>, "Mike Redmer" <mike_redmer...>, "Ted
> Jindrich" <tjindrich...>, "Jason Steger" <
> <jason.steger...>, "Forrest Cortes" <
> <forrest.cortes...>, "Cathy Breitenbach" <
> <cathy.breitenbach...>, "<vincent_cavalieri...>" <
> <vincent_cavalieri...>, "Emma England" <emj275...>,
> "Kristopher Lah" <kristopher_lah...>, "Patrick Levar" <
> <patrick.levar...>, "Mike Kelly" <
> <michael..kelly...>, "Anthony Liace" <
> <anthony.liace...>, "David Jarmusz" <
> <david.jarmusz...>, "Paul A. Kane" <
> <paul.kane...>, "Aaron M. Levine" <
> <aaron.levine...>, "Joseph Codina"
> <joseph.codina...>, "Jesse Ruiz" <
> <jesse.ruiz...>
> Cc: "Eric Frank Ulaszek" <eulaszek...>, "Mary Van Haaften" <
> <maryjvanh...>, "John Henry Drake" <jhdrake...>, "Paul Labus" <
> <plabus...>, "John and Jane Balaban" <balx2...>, "Mike
> Roche" <mikeproche...>, "Vera Rast" <alix1...>, "Charlotte
> Newfeld" <cnewfeld...>, "Stephen Packard" <
> <sgpackard...>, "Margaret McGuire" <maggiemcguire83...>,
> "Walter Marcisz" <wmarcisz...>, "Al Stokie" <alstokie99...>,
> "Laurel Ross" <lross...>, "Geoffrey Williamson" <
> <geoffrey.williamson.21...>, "Clara Coen" <fruitcrow...>,
> "Susanne Masi" <susannemasi7...>, "David Hodge" <
> <turningleaf...>, "Elizabeth Plonka" <eplonka1...>,
> "Stuart Goldman" <sgoldman471...>, "Julie Dorfman" <
> <julie.dorfman...>, "Jerry Herst" <jerry.herst...>, "Ann
> Whelan" <whelan.ann...>, "Sharon Gerbe Naylor" <snaylor65...>,
> "Greg Spyreas" <spyreas...>, "ILbirds IBET" <
> <ilbirds...>, "Mark Brown" <markbrown...>
> Date: Thursday, November 22, 2018, 9:48 AM
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Dear
> Ilbirders et al.,
>
>
> I
> never imagined putting the words ‘Thanksgiving’ and
> ‘Plover’
> together, but on this Thanksgiving Day, in perhaps the
> unlikeliest bird
> situation we’ve ever seen, the unbanded Piping Plover is
> still present at
> Montrose Beach and Dunes. The little plover
> just made a new record for the latest fall date for this
> species in
> Illinois!
>
>
> The
> bird appears to be healthy and has been observed recently
> flying and feeding on different parts of the
> beach.
>
>
> I
> would like to thank again all the intrepid birders who have
> been tracking
> the plover and its behaviors daily. We are learning
> a great deal due to your keen eyes and
> perseverance. Thanks also to Chicago Park District
> Security and the Chicago Police, who have helped keep the
> beach free of offleash dogs which interfere with the plover
> and other birds using the beach.
>
>
> Best
> wishes to all for a beautiful Thanksgiving!
>
> Leslie
> BornsChicago/Cook
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 11/22/18 8:56 am
From: John Dongas <madzosiii...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pine Siskins
I have a flock of pine siskins keeping company to the goldfinches on my feeder. I don’t get them every year. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
John Dongas, Homer Glen , IL

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Date: 11/22/18 8:22 am
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover
Awesome! I wonder if it will linger long enough to become a Christmas Piping Plover...

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.



--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 11/22/18, Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

Subject: IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover
To: "Louise Clemency" <louise_clemency...>, "Brad Semel" <brad.semel...>, "Mike Redmer" <mike_redmer...>, "Ted Jindrich" <tjindrich...>, "Jason Steger" <jason.steger...>, "Forrest Cortes" <forrest.cortes...>, "Cathy Breitenbach" <cathy.breitenbach...>, "<vincent_cavalieri...>" <vincent_cavalieri...>, "Emma England" <emj275...>, "Kristopher Lah" <kristopher_lah...>, "Patrick Levar" <patrick.levar...>, "Mike Kelly" <michael.kelly...>, "Anthony Liace" <anthony.liace...>, "David Jarmusz" <david.jarmusz...>, "Paul A. Kane" <paul.kane...>, "Aaron M. Levine" <aaron.levine...>, "Joseph Codina" <joseph.codina...>, "Jesse Ruiz" <jesse.ruiz...>
Cc: "Eric Frank Ulaszek" <eulaszek...>, "Mary Van Haaften" <maryjvanh...>, "John Henry Drake" <jhdrake...>, "Paul Labus" <plabus...>, "John and Jane Balaban" <balx2...>, "Mike Roche" <mikeproche...>, "Vera Rast" <alix1...>, "Charlotte Newfeld" <cnewfeld...>, "Stephen Packard" <sgpackard...>, "Margaret McGuire" <maggiemcguire83...>, "Walter Marcisz" <wmarcisz...>, "Al Stokie" <alstokie99...>, "Laurel Ross" <lross...>, "Geoffrey Williamson" <geoffrey.williamson.21...>, "Clara Coen" <fruitcrow...>, "Susanne Masi" <susannemasi7...>, "David Hodge" <turningleaf...>, "Elizabeth Plonka" <eplonka1...>, "Stuart Goldman" <sgoldman471...>, "Julie Dorfman" <julie.dorfman...>, "Jerry Herst" <jerry.herst...>, "Ann Whelan" <whelan.ann...>, "Sharon Gerbe Naylor" <snaylor65...>, "Greg Spyreas" <spyreas...>, "ILbirds IBET" <ilbirds...>, "Mark Brown" <markbrown...>
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2018, 9:48 AM


 











Dear
Ilbirders et al.,


I
never imagined putting the words ‘Thanksgiving’ and
‘Plover’
together, but on this Thanksgiving Day, in perhaps the
unlikeliest bird
situation we’ve ever seen, the unbanded Piping Plover is
still present at
Montrose Beach and Dunes.  The little plover
just made a new record for the latest fall date for this
species in
Illinois! 


The
bird appears to be healthy and has been observed recently
flying and feeding on different parts of the
beach.  


I
would like to thank again all the intrepid birders who have
been tracking
the plover and its behaviors daily.  We are learning
a great deal due to your keen eyes and
perseverance.  Thanks also to Chicago Park District
Security and the Chicago Police, who have helped keep the
beach free of offleash dogs which interfere with the plover
and other birds using the beach.


Best
wishes to all for a beautiful Thanksgiving!

Leslie
BornsChicago/Cook















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Date: 11/22/18 7:49 am
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Thanksgiving Piping Plover

Dear Ilbirders et al.,


I never imagined putting the words ‘Thanksgiving’ and ‘Plover’together, but on this Thanksgiving Day, in perhaps the unlikeliest birdsituation we’ve ever seen, the unbanded Piping Plover is still present atMontrose Beach and Dunes.  The little ploverjust made a new record for the latest fall date for this species inIllinois! 


The bird appears to be healthy and has been observed recently flying and feeding on different parts of the beach.  


I would like to thank again all the intrepid birders who have been trackingthe plover and its behaviors daily.  We are learning a great deal due to your keen eyes and perseverance.  Thanks also to Chicago Park District Security and the Chicago Police, who have helped keep the beach free of offleash dogs which interfere with the plover and other birds using the beach.


Best wishes to all for a beautiful Thanksgiving!




Leslie Borns

Chicago/Cook





 

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Date: 11/22/18 7:18 am
From: Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Springbrook Sightings
Not too many species at Springbrook Prairie in Naperville, DuPage County,  on Wednesday, November 21st, but a couple of interesting sightings.
Pine siskins are hanging around in the alders along the stream on the east side of Plainfield-Naperville Road.  There still were  some flocks of robins and cedar waxwings in areas with fruiting shrubs.   A couple of flickers were also seen.
There were several Red-tailed Hawks hunting over the open fields (no rough-legged yet) as well as four Harriers.   I also noted my first Short-eared Owls of the fall at dusk.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.


Joe SucheckiNaperville

 

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Date: 11/21/18 2:58 pm
From: <sfluett...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rough winged Swallow
Did I see one of these flying east along Warrenville Rd Warrenville, IL. around 2:30 pm today ? about 40 ft up and not in a hurry -- white chest, dark pointy wings. I tried to consider anything else ! shore bird / other.
I thought that alone seemed wrong, I was driving

Steve Fluett, DuPage County



 

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Date: 11/21/18 1:31 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tuesday Hawk Watch & Wed Lake Watch Plus N.U. Lagoon 11-20 & 11-21-18
Hello Bird People,

Old Business

Yesterday I was at the Fort Sheridan Hawk Watch but all I saw were 2
Red Tailed Hawks in 3 hours so I didn't do a report. The compiler
(Karen Lund) also saw 1 Sharp Shinned Hawk but that hardly made it a
good day. Interestingly the Illinois Beach & Green Valley Hawk Watches
did much better.

New Business

Did a Gillson Park Lake Watch today even though the N.E. winds weren't
supposed to start until afternoon leaving me with north winds in the
a.m. Still there were ducks flying but almost all of them were Red
Breasted Mergansers with about 200 flying by & in the lake. The only
other birds I saw flying were 1 COMMON LOON & 1 male Bufflehead. And
only a few Ring Billed & Herring Gulls were around.

In the harbor were Canada Geese (32), Mallard (13), Greater Scaup
(1-F), Hooded Merganser
(6-M & 2-F) & Red Breasted Merganser (9).

N.U. Landfill/Lakefill

On the lawns were Canada Geese (35) & Mallards (10)
In the lake were Goldeneye (4 fly-bys), Red Breasted Mergansers (~15)
& some Gulls.
In the Lagoon were Mallard (13), Redhead (1-M), Hooded Merganser (2-M
& 3-F), Common Merganser (1-F) & 2 each Ring Billed & Herring Gulls.

I did not find any wintering Black Crowned Night Herons but they may
have been hidden in some roosting spot. And among the Lagoon
vegetation was my one land bird of the day which was a calling WINTER
WREN. Finally got a good look at it & it rewarded me by doing Winter
Wren
push-ups which I always enjoy watching.

Bird-Of-The-Day to that Winter Wren & Runner-Up to the fly-by Common Loon.

And let me say that if you want to feel really cold & uncomfortable
try standing out in the open with no windbreak for 2 hours with the
wind coming at you across the lake water. Builds character! I hope the
new beach house is ready for the next Lake Watch season.

License Plate Of Day for yesterday went to one from North Dakota (a
good one) seen on the Edens & today to one on a pickup truck from
Wyoming (also a good one). Also seen today were plates from Utah &
South Dakota. It's a real western invasion of plates.

Al Stokie
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Date: 11/21/18 12:48 pm
From: Jonathan Schuler <jkschuler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow throated warbler St. Charles
I have, what I am 99 percent sure, is a yellow throated warbler in my
backyard in St. Charles. Saw it yesterday and didn't believe my eyes.
Stayed home at the kitchen table all day looking in the hopes there would
be a return visit with a camera for proof. He returned about 10 minutes
ago. Happy to share a pic for 100 percent positive ID to someone, and I'm
happy to eat crow if it's not. But I'm gonna go with my gut here. White
belly, black streaks on both sides, and a striking yellow throat.

 

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Date: 11/21/18 5:47 am
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP Tuesday: W.-w. Scoters, Lincoln's Sparrow
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday, covering 63rd Street Beach, the Outer and Inner Harbors and Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow. I hadn't birded the park on my own for some time due to foot problems and, more recently, a cold. I still had those problems yesterday but I went birding anyway! It turned out to be a nice morning of birding.
On the way to the beach I found a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER south of the driving range feeding with some chickadees and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. It's not the latest of this species that I've seen in the park but I haven't had that many November sightings in Jackson Park.
At the south end of the Outer Harbor I found a black colored duck sleeping among a bunch of scaup. It refused to raise its head, so I went to count the gulls on the docks and to check the lake (nothing). When I came back it finally raised its head and I could tell it was a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. It had some faint white marks on the head, which I believe makes it an adult female in fresh plumage. As I was heading to the Inner Harbor a pair of adult MUTE SWANS flew over heading southwest. At the southwest corner of the Inner Harbor, diving to feed among some Mallards was a smaller duck with a lot of white on its head. I went for a closer look and found, after checking Sibley to make sure it wasn't a Surf Scoter, that it was another WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (an immature fem.). There was also a PIED-BILLED GREBE here.
There were 5 N. FLICKERS feeding on the driving range grass and I heard another calling from north of there. I also saw a large Coyote with red fur on the driving range. An immature RED-TAILED HAWK, probably a male by its size, posed nicely for photos in a small tree in Bobolink Meadow. There was a male WOOD DUCK at the north end of the east lagoon. As it has been for over a month, the south end of Wooded Island was the most active spot for land birds in the park. Here I found a HERMIT THRUSH, then on the southwest side among several WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS I spotted a LINCOLN'S SPARROW. It sat nicely for me in a small tree or bush facing me, but I had a difficult time finding it in my camera viewfinder. When I finally found it it, of course moved but I was able to get some blurry but identifiable photos. According to Paul Clyne's Jackson Park checklist this is a late fall record; the previous record was 11/12/84. My full list is below (in an out of date taxonomic order).

Abbreviations: 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, OH = Outer Harbor, IH = Inner Harbor, WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow.

Canada Goose: 63rd (85), OH (19), IH (109, + ~200 that flew over), WI/BM (435)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (1)
Mallard: OH (3), IH (46), WI/BM (4)
Redhead: IH (3)
Greater Scaup: OH (35), IH (2)
Lesser Scaup: OH (2)
White-winged Scoter: OH (1), IH (1)
Common Goldeneye: OH (2), IH (11), WI/BM (1)
Bufflehead: 63rd (1), OH (8), IH (8)
Hooded Merganser: OH (9), WI/BM (8)
Common Merganser: OH (1), IH (1), WI/BM (2)
Red-breasted Merganser: 63rd (2), OH (6), IH (56), WI/BM (17)
Pied-billed Grebe: IH (1)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (1)
Red-tailed Hawk: WI/BM (1)
A. Coot: OH (1)
Ring-billed Gull: 63rd (2), OH (120), WI/BM (9)
Herring Gull: OH (28), WI/BM (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker: WI/BM (2)
Downy Woodpecker: OH (2), IH (1), WI/BM (2)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (6)
A. Crow: OH (3), WI/BM (2)
Black-capped Chickadee: OH (2), IH (1), WI/BM (4)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (2), I had 3 just outside of the park at Midway Pl.
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (1)
A. Robin: WI/BM (3)
Euro. Starling: 63rd (6), WI/BM (105)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (1)
A. Tree Sparrow: WI/BM (2)
Song Sparrow: 63rd (1)
Lincoln's Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: 63rd (1), WI/BM (17)
White-throated Sparrow: IH (1), WI/BM (10)
A. Goldfinch: OH (1), IH (1), WI/BM (7)

Randy Shonkwiler
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Date: 11/21/18 4:03 am
From: Glenna Eaves <rapzl...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Glenna Eaves shared a file with you using Dropbox











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Date: 11/20/18 5:17 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Jackson Park White-winged Scoters
There was a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in the outer harbor by La Rabida Hospital this morning and another in the inner harbor on the west side of Lake Shore Drive. The one in the outer harbor was mostly black, while the other had white patches on the head (1st year fem.?). There was also a JxP record late LINCOLN'S SPARROW on Wooded Island (southwest). I'll try to do a full report later.


Randy Shonkwiler
Woodlawn/Chicago



 

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Date: 11/20/18 2:41 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard RB wp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/32104113148/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Not shy now. Likes PB suet on the apple tree.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 11/20/18 2:04 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Tree Sparrows in Big Rock
Hi John,

Happy to see you are also a fan of the Tree Sparrow. And, that they are
showing up in Big Rock. I have a question for you, and ILbirds: Given
their summer, breeding habitat above the timber line, among scrub, tundra
and the rest of knee high habitat, how did they earn the the name of Tree
Sparrow, since there are no trees there?

Unlikely not the only bird mis-named due to its' winter range!

Paul Stensvaag, Palatine, NW Cook

On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 11:21 AM John Heneghan <johnhens...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Tree Sparrows showed up in the yard in Big Rock (Kane) this AM.
>
> John Heneghan
> Big Rock, Kane Cty
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/20/18 1:23 pm
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Cassia Crossbill
As a follow-on to the article I posted yesterday about Evening Grosbeak
flight call differences, here's an article about Cassia Crossbills,
mentioned in the Grosbeak piece.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cassia_Crossbill/overview#

Ed McDevitt
Executive Director
Public Art Chicago
*(630) 651-6227 (C)*

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Date: 11/20/18 10:25 am
From: <tvincl...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Blog post on sharp-shinned hawk sighting
This morning's birding observations, which include a sharp-shinned hawk sighting, have just been added to The River Landing blog at https://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2018/11/what-have-i-been-missing.html https://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2018/11/what-have-i-been-missing.html. The post is called "What Have I Been Missing?"


Tom Lerczak
Havana
Mason County


 

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Date: 11/20/18 8:14 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: [Mich-listers] Fwd: [BBCBirds] Ancient Murrelet-Tiscornia 11/20/18
Due to the rarity and relative proximity of this sighting I figured I would
give everyone a heads up to be extra thorough when lake watching today!

Tiscornia Park is about 60 miles NE of Chicago across Lake Michigan in St.
Joseph, Michigan...as the Ancient Murrelet flies.


I also saw a couple shorebirds flying from the mouth of the Calumet River
(from Calumet Park) this morning out towards the breakwalls. They looked
like Dunlin to me but I didn't get a definitive enough look to rule out the
more sought after Purple Sandpiper.


Matt Igleski
Lake County, IN
Cook County, Chicago, IL

IBET Administrator
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From: Rhoda Johnson via Mich-listers <mich-listers...>
Date: Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 8:45 AM
Subject: [Mich-listers] Fwd: [BBCBirds] Ancient Murrelet-Tiscornia 11/20/18
To: Mich-lister <mich-listers...>





Begin forwarded message:

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> Date: November 20, 2018 at 9:07:46 AM EST
> To: bbcbirds <bbcbirds...>
> Subject: [BBCBirds] Ancient Murrelet-Tiscornia 11/20/18
> Reply-To: <tiscorniacount...>
>
> An Ancient Murrelet just flew in, briefly landed offshore, and then took
off heading south.
>
> For those chasing I would suggest checking overlooks to the south.
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> Goodluck!
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> Tim Baerwald, Matt Hysell, Rhoda Johnson.
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Date: 11/20/18 7:30 am
From: John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Big Rock Varied Thrush Not seen
So far the Varied Thrush has not made an appearance as of 8:40 this AM in Big Rock. 
John HeneghanBig Rock,  Kane Cty
 

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Date: 11/19/18 8:07 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Calumet Park, Chicago (11-19-18)
A CACKLING GOOSE was still with the Canada Geese on the lawns near the historical society building at Calumet Park, Chicago during my visit on Monday morning (19 November 2018). I was also surprised to see a flock of eight KILLDEER feeding nearby on the same lawns. These plovers are hardy birds! Photos at the links:

CACKLING GOOSE:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/45051831985/in/dateposted-public/

CACKLING GOOSE w/small-form CANADA GOOSE:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/45914759152/in/dateposted-public/

CACKLING GOOSE w/large-form CANADA GOOSE:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/45963875061/in/dateposted-public/

KILLDEER:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38600858@N06/32092851118/in/dateposted-public/

Walter Marcisz
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Date: 11/19/18 2:59 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 11-19-18
Hello Bird People,

Now that I've seen my year bird Golden Eagle (yesterday) I doubt I'll
get any more year birds
(unless a Purple Sandpiper or Red Phalarope shows up) so I'll finish
out the year just looking for birds I'm interested in. Today I looked
for Winter Finches at the Botanic Garden although that search didn't
go too well. Here's my day list from the CBG.

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

Pied Billed Grebe (1)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (66)
Mallard (19)
Common Goldeneye (2-F)
Hooded Merganser (groups of 5 & 3)
Common Merganser (1-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 hunting)
Coot (1, this may be the Winter Coot that has stayed the Winter for
the last 2 years, we'll see)
(It's where it always is which is the open water area by the bridge at
Dundee Rd/Rt 68)
Ring Billed Gull (4)
Herring Gull (1)
Mourning Dove (1 fly-by)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (heard 1)
Blue Jay (6)
Crows (18 all in 1 big flock)
Chickadee (4)
Robins (14 after the red berry trees)
Cedar Waxwing (12 also after red berry trees)
WHITE THROATED SPARROW (1)
Junco (6)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (1 in Dixon Prairie, quite a surprise)
House Finch (1-F)
PINE SISKIN (6-8)
Goldfinch (~20)
House Sparrow (heard a few)

Techny North (11:30 a.m.)

There's some open water again & if you walk the path to the north you
will see 2 Green Winged Teal among many Mallards & a few Canada Geese.
Nothing else though.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Eastern Meadowlark as there are none as
residents in the prairie so this must be a late migrant. Runners-Up to
the Siskins & the White Throated Sparrow which may stay the Winter.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Kansas which isn't really a big
deal but the plate said
PACMAN4 which was interesting.

Al Stokie
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Date: 11/19/18 1:30 pm
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Evening Grosbeak Flight Call Differences
This most interesting article appeared on eBird.
https://ebird.org/news/evening-grosbeak-call-types-of-north-america

Ed McDevitt
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Date: 11/19/18 6:27 am
From: John Heneghan <johnhens...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Big Rock Varied Thrush
The Thrush made an appearance on the front porch again at 7:15 AM 11/19/18
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane
 

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