ILbirds
Received From Subject
6/18/18 6:31 pm Scott Judd <scottmjudd...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose King Rail - Yes
6/18/18 1:11 pm Jaculin Bowman <jaculinb4...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET King Rai at Montrose - yes
6/18/18 12:52 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET King Rail at Montrose
6/18/18 12:47 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET King Rai at Montrose - yes
6/18/18 11:09 am Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTINGS - Mural Project - Endangered Birds
6/17/18 2:09 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kankakee River State Park & Midewin/Hoff Road Sunday 6-17-18
6/17/18 12:57 pm douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Swallow Cliff Summer Tanager
6/17/18 10:56 am douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Swallow Cliff this morning
6/17/18 7:01 am 'Donnie R. Dann' <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET King Rai at Montrose - yes
6/16/18 5:34 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET llinois Beach SP--South Unit, Lake, Illinois, US
6/16/18 4:03 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Quick Stops At Montrose, 87th & South Shore Dr, Big Marsh & Bartel Grasslands Sat 6-16-18
6/15/18 4:28 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard G. catbird
6/15/18 2:35 pm Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Virgil Gilman Trail Aurora
6/15/18 2:15 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 2nd MacArthur Woods N.P. bird survey results
6/15/18 9:50 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White-winged Dove in Kendall County
6/15/18 6:10 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County - this week
6/14/18 5:24 pm 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose King Rail, 6/14 a.m.
6/14/18 4:13 pm <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
6/14/18 2:10 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Deer Grove West Forest Preserve Thursday 6-14-18
6/13/18 1:35 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Some rare breeding birds at MacArthur Woods N.P. in Lake Co.
6/13/18 11:02 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Poplar Creek Equestrian Area (Schaumburg Grasslands) Wed 6-13-18
6/13/18 10:24 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pileated No Sighting
6/13/18 10:14 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard RT
6/12/18 8:04 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinal
6/12/18 6:58 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET painted bunting in east st louis (no sightings)
6/12/18 1:44 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Another Correction!
6/12/18 12:27 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Shorebird Data For Spring 2018
6/11/18 8:59 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard YB cuckoo
6/11/18 8:09 pm Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Yet another Lake County Pileated Woodpecker location
6/11/18 4:11 pm 'M.Bernat' <mbernat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Yet another Lake County Pileated Woodpecker location
6/11/18 1:28 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach South & State Line Beach Monday 6-11-18
6/11/18 12:00 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yet another Lake County Pileated Woodpecker location
6/11/18 8:08 am Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET YTWA continues
6/11/18 6:52 am Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET A River of Warblers - No Sightings
6/11/18 6:48 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 2 Cook Co. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Reports
6/11/18 4:50 am Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET YTWA continues
6/10/18 7:32 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White breasted nuthatch nesting question cook co
6/10/18 8:58 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Pond - Migrants 6/10/18
6/10/18 1:07 am Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NW Cook
6/9/18 2:16 pm Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Morton Arboretum 6/9/18 3pm Pileated!
6/9/18 1:03 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Barn Owl Repeat At Montrose Friday 6-8-18
6/9/18 12:17 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Late migrants and good #s, & uncommon to rare breeding species for NE Illinois
6/9/18 11:56 am 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Late migrants and uncommon to rare & other noteworthy breeding species
6/9/18 11:42 am Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Sat 6.9.18
6/8/18 7:26 pm ERIC GINSBURG <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Swifts entering Hyde Park Chimney
6/8/18 4:17 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Barn Owl Repeat At Montrose Friday 6-8-18
6/8/18 12:03 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Correction To My Report From Today
6/8/18 11:42 am Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Barn Owl Repeat At Montrose Friday 6-8-18
6/8/18 11:29 am <benjamin72115...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Possible Mclean co. Fish Crow? Have audio, currently unsure.
6/8/18 6:01 am nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Dixon WR no sightings
6/7/18 8:37 pm Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: URGENT ACTION:Needed to Protect Clean Water Act & Rule which is In Jeopardy
6/7/18 2:39 pm 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Barn Owl, 6/7 a.m.
6/7/18 10:40 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET The Grove In Glenview Thursday 6-7-18
6/7/18 8:28 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard S. thrush from May
6/7/18 6:04 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard G. catbird singing
6/6/18 7:49 pm <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
6/6/18 7:25 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
6/6/18 6:19 pm RITCHIE GERALD B <gerrich...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
6/6/18 6:09 pm <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
6/6/18 11:12 am Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IBSP south unit, Lake County
6/6/18 11:08 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Deer Grove East Forest Preserve Wed 6-6-18
6/6/18 7:54 am Demayne Murphy <demayne...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RE: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
6/6/18 4:11 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
6/5/18 9:39 pm <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
6/5/18 8:35 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ibis Glenview- not seen cook co
6/5/18 8:14 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
6/5/18 7:35 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 2300 Chimney Swifts in Hyde Park - Saturday 6.2.18
6/5/18 6:14 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
6/5/18 2:52 pm Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET:Sangamon Co. May 2018 report
6/5/18 11:17 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Paul Douglas Grassy Ridge Meadow Tuesday 6-5-18
6/5/18 8:56 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard A. robin
6/5/18 8:39 am <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET White Pelican at Douglas Park, Chicago
6/5/18 8:32 am Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RT Hummingbird (in sprinklers)
6/5/18 8:31 am John Leonard <leonard...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White-faced Ibis, Air Station Prairie Glenview
6/4/18 10:42 pm Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Pulaski Woods South (Palos) - White-eyed Vireo, Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher
6/4/18 7:33 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard RT
6/4/18 6:28 pm Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Shorebirds, Spring Bluff, Lake County
6/4/18 4:20 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Horned Grebe at Calumet River, Chicago (6-4-18)
6/4/18 3:10 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET McClaughrey Springs, Swallow Cliff & Orland Grasslands Monday 6-4-18
6/4/18 2:22 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pulaski Woods South (Palos) - White-eyed Vireo, Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher
6/4/18 10:34 am Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IBSP south unit, Lake County
6/3/18 7:44 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
6/3/18 7:12 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Bluejay
6/3/18 2:01 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Plum Creek Forest Preserve In Cook County Sunday 6-3-18
6/3/18 9:37 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Middlefork Savannah Northern Mockingbird
6/3/18 8:14 am Urs Geiser <ugeiser...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Black Terns McHenry County
6/2/18 8:02 pm Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Need help on Montrose 5-26 VERY light throated female Connecticut W pix
6/2/18 3:29 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rock Cut State Park & Stonegate In Hampshire Saturday 6-2-18
6/2/18 12:34 pm <seth.yarkony...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET White Pelican at Douglas Park, Chicago
6/2/18 7:46 am Eric Gyllenhaal <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET White Pelican at Douglas Park, Chicago
6/2/18 7:29 am Eric Gyllenhaal <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White Pelican at Douglas Park, Chicago
6/1/18 3:30 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Turtles addition, cook co, no bird sighting
6/1/18 2:25 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Not Much At Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Friday 6-1-18
6/1/18 2:13 pm Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET White Pelican, South Lagoon NO
6/1/18 1:04 pm jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTINGS - IS the White Tailed Kite still in Indiana?
6/1/18 12:46 pm John Picken <john...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET White Pelican, South Lagoon NO
6/1/18 10:41 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White Pelican, South Lagoon, Lincoln Park
6/1/18 8:51 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard E starling
5/31/18 6:29 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Glenview turtles cook co
5/31/18 5:39 pm Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Pond - evening migrants!! 5/31/18 5.30pm
5/31/18 2:27 pm Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Stalking The Black Tern (Again) Thursday 5-31-18
5/31/18 2:14 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Stalking The Black Tern (Again) Thursday 5-31-18
5/31/18 6:52 am 'M.Bernat' <mbernat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Bobwhite at Rainbow Beach
5/31/18 6:15 am Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Need help on Montrose 5-26 VERY light throated female Connecticut W pix
5/31/18 5:20 am Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Need help on Montrose 5-26 VERY light throated female Connecticut W pix
5/30/18 7:43 pm Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Need help on Montrose 5-26 VERY light throated female Connecticut W pix
5/30/18 7:00 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET SE Cook County: Big Marsh, Burnham Prairie & Plum Creek
5/30/18 6:22 pm Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Fw: Re: IBET Montrose Bird sanctuary and proposed water park - correction
5/30/18 4:46 pm <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Bird sanctuary and proposed water park
5/30/18 1:21 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Floating water park devastating to Montrose sanctuary your opinion needed
5/30/18 12:35 pm Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Floating water park devastating to Montrose sanctuary your opinion needed
5/30/18 12:24 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Another Weekly Visit To The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 5-30-18
5/30/18 11:51 am douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bobwhite at Rainbow Beach
5/30/18 11:24 am <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Floating water park devastating to Montrose sanctuary your opinion needed
5/30/18 5:32 am Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No sightings: Good article by Eric Zorn on the deflated park
5/29/18 4:18 pm Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Abhorrent water park news
5/29/18 4:02 pm Alex Bloss <alex_bloss13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Fw: Montrose Beach
5/29/18 3:09 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Fw: Montrose Beach
5/29/18 2:35 pm Alison Newberry <alison_newberry...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fw: Montrose Beach
5/29/18 2:30 pm Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTINGS: The eBird List of the Century
5/29/18 2:26 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Diminishing Migration At Montrose Tuesday 5-29-18
5/29/18 8:45 am Don Lopat <donlopat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Birding Fermi - NO SIGHTINGS
5/29/18 8:44 am Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Springbrook Prairie Dickcissels and Acadian Flycatcher and Home Siskins
5/29/18 6:15 am Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Adams Co. Late Warblers
5/28/18 8:13 pm Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th- NO SIGHTINGS
5/28/18 7:23 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
5/28/18 6:35 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th
5/28/18 6:07 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th
5/28/18 1:46 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Goose Pond/Lake Natural Area, McHenry Co Sunday 5-27-18
5/27/18 8:41 pm 'M.Bernat' <mbernat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th
5/27/18 8:06 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard birds in Schuyler county
5/27/18 4:38 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Weather-related behavioral changes in birds, cook co.
5/27/18 3:21 pm Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th
5/27/18 1:47 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach South, Lyons Woods & Techny North Sunday 5-27-18
5/27/18 1:39 pm Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, May 26, 2018
5/27/18 12:14 pm <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sightings: Info about proposed inflatables Sports Park at Montrose Beach.
5/27/18 11:26 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve, Lake, Illinois, US
5/27/18 6:33 am Jaculin Bowman <jaculinb4...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No sighting: Big Bend NP
5/26/18 11:57 pm Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose - Add a King Rail & 2 Warblers to Al S. wonderful Saturday report
5/26/18 11:42 pm Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose WARNING - Bike the Drive is Sunday
5/26/18 9:17 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Question on orchard oriole no sighting
5/26/18 6:11 pm aerin tedesco <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET WEVI?
5/26/18 5:54 pm Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET WEVI?
5/26/18 2:58 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yet Another Visit To Montrose Saturday 5-26-18
5/26/18 1:44 pm Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET WEVI?
5/26/18 1:28 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET nightwaks at night cook co.
5/26/18 1:00 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET WEVI?
5/26/18 11:18 am Alex Hale <peregrintk95...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Jackson Park, Saturday May 26th
5/26/18 10:35 am Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Portage Woods Today
5/26/18 9:12 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan beach piping plover
5/26/18 8:45 am <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IBSP
5/26/18 8:42 am <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NPM
5/26/18 8:37 am <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Co Wilson's Phalaropes
5/26/18 7:26 am <chicagio10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Snowy Egret - Big Marsh 5/26 AM
5/26/18 6:19 am Alex Hale <peregrintk95...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Snowy Egret, Jackson Park
5/25/18 9:49 pm Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Alexander co. (and in Scott co. MO) 5/25/18
5/25/18 7:36 pm <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Park Village Painted Skimmer Dragonflies
5/25/18 6:03 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Saturday, 6/2 for Plum Creek Forest Preserve Bird Walk
5/25/18 5:57 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Sunday, 6/3 for Big Marsh Bird Walk
5/25/18 5:33 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Saturday, 6/2 for Plum Creek Forest Preserve Bird Walk
5/25/18 5:32 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Saturday, 6/2 for Plum Creek Forest Preserve Bird Walk
5/25/18 5:20 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Saturday, 6/2 for Plum Creek Forest Preserve Bird Walk
5/25/18 5:13 pm <jilla45...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Nighthawks on the move
5/25/18 5:04 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Sunday, 6/3 for Big Marsh Bird Walk
5/25/18 4:49 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET COS Bird Walk, Friday, 6/1 at LaBagh Woods
5/25/18 4:18 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow billed cuckoo cook co
5/25/18 2:53 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Again Friday 5-25-18
5/25/18 2:09 pm 'Daniel & Barbara Williams' <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Waukegan Piping Plover nesting observations
5/25/18 12:51 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan Piping Plover nesting observations
5/25/18 12:41 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET uncommon sightings from Ne. IL the last 2 days
5/25/18 12:36 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET unusual Waukegan cormorant
5/25/18 11:21 am 'Carolyn A. Marsh' <cmarshbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No sighting: MBTA lawsuits
5/25/18 11:20 am <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Update: CAS Photo Contest
5/25/18 9:13 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Downtown Chicago Connecticut Warbler
5/25/18 8:41 am Vince Moxon <vmoxon...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Pine Siskin -YES
5/25/18 5:36 am Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Hummingbirds!
5/25/18 2:54 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET White Fronted Goose At Emily Oaks
5/24/18 4:13 pm Caryn Hollander <cjhollander21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pine Siskin -YES
5/24/18 2:50 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Weekly Bird Survey At The Chicago Botanic Garden Thursday 5-24-18
5/24/18 2:29 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pair of e kingbirds in treetop cook co
5/24/18 1:04 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard H. wren
5/24/18 10:39 am David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago River Olive-sided Flycatcher
5/24/18 9:33 am Marc Perkowitz <mperkowitz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Black-billed Cuckoo at Ryerson 6:30 pm
5/24/18 8:29 am Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Blue Grosbeak - Nachusa Grasslands - Lee County
5/24/18 8:20 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Loggerhead Shrike and Bell's Vireo at Montrose
5/24/18 8:06 am June Newman <june...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Black-billed Cuckoo at Ryerson 6:30 pm
5/24/18 7:24 am 'Marc Perkowitz' <mperkowitz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ryerson Conservation Area - Black-billed Cuckoo
5/23/18 8:26 pm Eric Larson <ela119...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Columbus Park, Cook County, Olive-Sided Flycatcher
5/23/18 7:20 pm Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Black-billed Cuckoo at Ryerson 6:30 pm
5/23/18 6:51 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan yesterday
5/23/18 5:07 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan, State Line Beach & Illinois Beach South Unit Wed 5-23-18
5/23/18 4:24 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET JxP, Tuesday, 22 May: Rockin'! 22 warbler species, Whip-poor-will
5/23/18 2:24 pm Timothy Huizenga <thuizenga...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County - black-billed cuckoos, common nighthawks. clay-colored sparrows
5/23/18 2:13 pm Sonia daSilva <sds847...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Olive-sided Flycatcher Humboldt Park
5/23/18 4:07 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N oriole
5/22/18 9:30 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Will Co. Migrants this week
5/22/18 9:09 pm Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Will Co. Migrants this week
5/22/18 7:40 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ovenbird song question no sightings
5/22/18 5:24 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Calumet Water Reclamation Plant Shorebirds Field Trip; Sunday, August 26
5/22/18 5:08 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Des Plaines river. Cook co
5/22/18 4:56 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Beach & Hedge Area Tuesday 5-22-18
5/22/18 3:31 pm <owen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Birding with the naked eye at Northwestern in Evanston
5/22/18 3:28 pm Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Point- fairly birdy this a.m. , Shorebirds , a low flying Least Bittern and more
5/22/18 1:54 pm WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Warblers at Independence Grove, Lake County
5/22/18 11:22 am Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Field Trips - Winding Down (NO SIGHTINGS)
5/22/18 8:58 am Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET DuPage Worm-eating Warbler and other Sightings
5/22/18 7:46 am Josh Engel <jengel5230...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Western Meadowlark at Northerly Island
5/22/18 7:31 am Caryn Hollander <cjhollander21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Century Park - Vernon Hills
5/21/18 5:49 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: banded Piping Plover at Montrose 5.15.18
5/21/18 4:01 pm <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Audubon Society Double Bird Blitz, plus 2 field trips - no sightings
5/21/18 3:39 pm Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose - Worm-eating Warbler
5/21/18 2:51 pm <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose - Worm-eating Warbler
5/21/18 10:39 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose-Shorebirds & Heavy Rain Monday 5-21-18
5/21/18 7:51 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Gray-cheeked thrush
5/21/18 6:15 am Patti Greenberg <patti.greenberg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sora
5/21/18 5:17 am 'Linda Case' <lcase...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Help with Bird ID - Audio Recording - Link to Recording
5/21/18 5:11 am 'Linda Case' <lcase...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Help with Bird ID - Audio Recording
5/20/18 7:49 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Least Flycatcher
5/20/18 5:08 pm <joceb2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Glacial Park: Correct List
5/20/18 5:01 pm <joceb2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Glacial Park, McHenry County
5/20/18 3:58 pm Mike Levin <mikel...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Tanager ID Help
5/20/18 3:51 pm <paul...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tanager ID Help
5/20/18 3:31 pm <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose - Whimbrel
5/20/18 2:43 pm beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Big Day 5/19
5/20/18 1:22 pm Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Big Day report
5/20/18 1:19 pm <nal1212...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose - Spring Migration
5/20/18 1:06 pm <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> RE: IBET Montrose - Laughing Gul l, Wilson’s Phalarope, no King R ail
5/20/18 12:50 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET LaBagh Woods Sunday 5-20-18
5/20/18 12:24 pm 'Mary T Duros' <mduros...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> RE: IBET Montrose - Laughing Gull, Wilson’s Phalarope, no King Rail
5/20/18 11:20 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose - Laughing Gull, Wilson’s Phalarope, no King Rail
5/20/18 9:50 am Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose King Rail update? (no sightings)
5/20/18 9:41 am <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: North Pond Warblers! Sun AM 5/20/18
5/20/18 9:13 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Pond Warblers! Sun AM 5/20/18
5/20/18 6:38 am Polly Wilson <kdithoopla...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET yesterday afternoon, Rollins Prairie
5/20/18 3:35 am Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Black Terns & Yellow-headed Blackbirds- Hebron (McHenry County)
5/19/18 9:49 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Grackle predator
5/19/18 8:59 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET hummingbird behavior lake co.
5/19/18 8:46 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Volo Bog and Nippersink wetland areas (lake co)
5/19/18 7:44 pm <scottrk49...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sandhill Cranes- Lake Arispie North Pond - Bureau Co
5/19/18 7:26 pm Jim Hully <xenospiza...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET King Rail @Montrose today
5/19/18 7:12 pm Polly Wilson <kdithoopla...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Almond marsh lake co
5/19/18 4:09 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Beach, Dunes & Hedge Area Saturday 5-19-18
5/19/18 2:01 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Almond marsh lake co
5/19/18 1:54 pm Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Black Terns & Yellow-headed Blackbirds- Hebron (McHenry County)
5/19/18 12:17 pm Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, May 19, 2018
5/19/18 10:03 am nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Fwd: [IN-BIRD-L] White-tailed Kite - Porter County
5/19/18 9:12 am WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET King Rail-Still at Montrose
 
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Date: 6/18/18 6:31 pm
From: Scott Judd <scottmjudd...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose King Rail - Yes
I finally caught my first glimpse of the Montrose King Rail today at about
5:45 PM, on the trail just at the east end of the Hedge.

I had been searching the dune, pier and meadow areas for nearly two hours
when I decided to call it a day and, of course, that is when I stumbled
onto the bird.

I saw it waking on the trail from about 40 feet away, enjoyed a very nice
binocular view and managed a quick record-shot before it sauntered back
into deep cover.

I sat quietly for about a half an hour hoping it would re-emerge, to no
avail. I then walked the entire hedge, meadow and pier areas again,
returning several times to its original location, but never did manage to
relocate it.

Despite the abbreciated look, I was very happy to have seen the Rail at all
(lifer), and it was also very nice meeting fellow IBETer Chuck Berman early
in my search.

Finally, I also enjoyed a lengthy look at a singing Dickcissel. Good
birding,

Scott Judd
Rogers Park, Chicago, IL

 

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Date: 6/18/18 1:11 pm
From: Jaculin Bowman <jaculinb4...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET King Rai at Montrose - yes
I saw and photographed the King Rail this morning (Monday 6/18/18) at about
7:00am. There were about 7 birders present at the time. We first heard
the rail in the panne/protected area of the dunes, later it was seen along
the cement wall, and photographed along the trail near the Cottonwoods. It
was really moving around. I posted a few pics on Illinois Birding Network
this morning. I also saw a report of it being seen in the Bird Sanctuary
at 11:00am.

Jackie Bowman
Geneva, IL

--
*He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou
trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.* Psalm 91:4

 

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Date: 6/18/18 12:52 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET King Rail at Montrose
I whiffed once again today. It's likely smarter than those of us who ventured out in this weather!

Joe


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County



-----Original Message-----
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
To: Donnie R. Dann <donniebird...>
Cc: ILbirds <ILbirds...>
Sent: Mon, Jun 18, 2018 2:44 pm
Subject: Re: IBET King Rai at Montrose - yes

Has anyone seen the King Rail today?

On Sun, Jun 17, 2018 at 9:01 AM 'Donnie R. Dann' <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
 
I luckily re-found the KING RAIL this morning at 7 AM.  He was in the wet grasses amongst the trees close to the shoreline, about 100 feet west of the pier.  The remainder of the birders and photographers were further west down the beach waiting for the bird, seen there earlier this morning, to reappear.  I phoned Luis M. and he and all quickly came over and I believe about a dozen folks got on the bird.  


This was my fourth attempt for this single species.  A nice Father’s Day treat.

Donnie Dann
Highland Park/Lake County
<donniebird...>






 

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Date: 6/18/18 12:47 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET King Rai at Montrose - yes
Has anyone seen the King Rail today?

On Sun, Jun 17, 2018 at 9:01 AM 'Donnie R. Dann' <donniebird...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I luckily re-found the KING RAIL this morning at 7 AM. He was in the wet
> grasses amongst the trees close to the shoreline, about 100 feet west of
> the pier. The remainder of the birders and photographers were further west
> down the beach waiting for the bird, seen there earlier this morning, to
> reappear. I phoned Luis M. and he and all quickly came over and I believe
> about a dozen folks got on the bird.
>
> This was my fourth attempt for this single species. A nice Father’s Day
> treat.
>
> Donnie Dann
> Highland Park/Lake County
> <donniebird...>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 6/18/18 11:09 am
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS - Mural Project - Endangered Birds
Thought IBETers would enjoy this story about a massive mural project in NYC
- and carried also into Rogers Park.

https://www.northjersey.com/story/entertainment/2018/03/21/nyc-mural-project-spotlights-birds-endangered-climate-change/403278002/

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

[image: Inline image 1]

 

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Date: 6/17/18 2:09 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kankakee River State Park & Midewin/Hoff Road Sunday 6-17-18
Hello Bird People,

Today Bob Erickson & I went to look for land birds at Kankakee River
Park & shrub-land birds at Midewin/Hoff Rd. We did very well at both
places but be warned the mosquitoes are very bad at the state park.
And it was a very warm walk at Midewin.

Kankakee River State Park (7-8 a.m, 1 hour was long enough with all
the mosquitoes!)

It's deep woods here so most of the birds were "heard only" as it was
very hard to see them

Red Tailed Hawk (being chased by Crows)
Yellow Billed Cuckoo (heard 2)
Flicker (1)
Eastern Pewee (heard 4)
Acadian Flycatcher (2)
Great Crested Flycatcher (heard 1)
Blue Jay (heard a few)
Crows (heard a few)
Chickadee (heard 2)
Tufted Titmouse (heard 1)
W.B. Nuthatch (heard 1)
Wood Thrush (heard 2)
Veery (heard 1)
Robins (6-7)
Yellow Throated Vireo (2-3)
Red Eyed Vireo (heard 4)
Ovenbird (heard 1 or 2)
Summer Tanager (1-M)
Cardinal (heard 1)
Indigo Bunting (4)
Eastern Towhee (heard 1)

Midewin/Hoff Road (8:30-10 a.m.)

Pheasant (heard 2)
Turkey Vulture (1 soaring)
Willow Flycatcher (2)
House Wren (1 singing)
Robins (6)
Gray Catbird (2)
Brown Thrasher (2)
Cedar Waxwing (2)
WHITE EYED VIREO (1, I don't think I've ever had this here before!)
BELL'S VIREO (2)
Warbling Vireo (heard 1)
Yellow Warbler (heard 1)
YELLOW BREASTED CHAT (4-5, quite a few today)
Cardinal (heard 1)
Indigo Bunting (4)
BLUE GROSBEAK (1-AD-M, very pretty, didn't find until the very end of the walk)
Dickcissel (2)
Eastern Towhee (2)
Field Sparrow (4)
Song Sparrow (1)
Red Wings (2 along the road)
Grackle (2)
Cowbird (3)
ORCHARD ORIOLE (1-AD-M & 1-1st Yr Male)
Goldfinch (4-6)

Midewin/Explosives Road (10:15-10:30 a.m.)

Just a quick drive along the road got us Eastern Kingbird (1), House
Wren (1), Robins, MOCKINGBIRD (1), Grasshopper Sparrow (2) &
Dickcissel (5)

Bob goes with the White Eyed Vireo as Bird-Of-The-Day as it gave a
good look & was a year bird for him. I will go with the male Blue
Grossbeak as it was very,very nice looking. Runners-Up for me to the
White Eyed Vireo, the Summer Tanager & all the Chats.

Al Stokie
In Will County today


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Date: 6/17/18 12:57 pm
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Swallow Cliff Summer Tanager
Multiple people have asked me where the Swallow Cliff Summer Tanager
was today. When I arrived at about 7 AM, I could hear it singing and
calling just west of the west end of the parking lot. Afterwards, I heard
it singing in the woods east of the trail to the ex-toboggan run and saw it
briefly about halfway to the top of the stairs. I heard it later just west
of that trail.
2 of the Acadian Flycatchers were along the trail to the toboggan run,
one was in the main ravine west of that trail. The Veeries were along the
main east-west trail, just past the junction with the trail to Horsetail
Lake.


Doug Stotz



--
Douglas Stotz
Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist
Environmental and Conservation Programs
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312)-665-7438
Fax: (312)-665-7433
e-mail: <dstotz...>

 

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Date: 6/17/18 10:56 am
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Swallow Cliff this morning
I went to Swallow Cliff Forest Forest Preserve this morning. Best
bird was a male Kentucky Warbler carrying food. I spent some time with
it. It was very agitated, but I couldn't find a nest or young and didn't
confirm a female. But I think they nested.
Other highlights included 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 3 Acadian
Flycatchers, 3 Veeries, American Redstart, and singing male Summer Tanager.

Doug Stotz



--
Douglas Stotz
Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist
Environmental and Conservation Programs
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312)-665-7438
Fax: (312)-665-7433
e-mail: <dstotz...>

 

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Date: 6/17/18 7:01 am
From: 'Donnie R. Dann' <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET King Rai at Montrose - yes
I luckily re-found the KING RAIL this morning at 7 AM. He was in the wet grasses amongst the trees close to the shoreline, about 100 feet west of the pier. The remainder of the birders and photographers were further west down the beach waiting for the bird, seen there earlier this morning, to reappear. I phoned Luis M. and he and all quickly came over and I believe about a dozen folks got on the bird.

This was my fourth attempt for this single species. A nice Father’s Day treat.

Donnie Dann
Highland Park/Lake County
<donniebird...>






 

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Date: 6/16/18 5:34 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET llinois Beach SP--South Unit, Lake, Illinois, US
I hiked IBSP south this morning. No sign of the Eastern Screech Owls I had
photographed in the area last week. Pretty sure I just lucky to find them
in a temporary daytime roost. For those who don't follow the Birding in
Illinois facebook group, here's a photo of the 3 young Screech Owls I found
here last week: https://flic.kr/p/KVdHeL

The best bird I did find was I finally saw a LEAST BITTERN along the dead
river. It flew up from the cattails for a decent look and then dove back
down to not be seen again. Seen from the vicinity of the "platform" on the
nature trail. GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS are fairly abundant in the expected
habitat - saw at least 3. Other than that, the typical stuff (full list
below). This evening at Skokie Lagoons, I had the same birds I've been
seeing with the addition of a located Yellow Warbler nest that had a well
developed Cowbird and a tiny, just born Yellow Warbler chick. Photo:
https://flic.kr/p/L93oYE

Good birding.

llinois Beach SP--South Unit, Lake, Illinois, US
Jun 16, 2018 10:41 AM - 12:56 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.77 mile(s)
42 species

Canada Goose 20
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 10
Herring Gull 2
Caspian Tern 14
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 5
Blue Jay 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 4
Marsh Wren 1
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 4
European Starling 4
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 5
Eastern Meadowlark 4
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Brewer's Blackbird 12
American Goldfinch 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46590954

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



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

 

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Date: 6/16/18 4:03 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Quick Stops At Montrose, 87th & South Shore Dr, Big Marsh & Bartel Grasslands Sat 6-16-18
Hello Bird People,

Unlike the last the last few days where I had no targets but just saw
whatever there was to see today I did only targets & did not do
careful lists of what I saw. So I won't give bird lists from each
location but will just mention highlights.

Montrose Beach & Dunes (6:15-7:30 a.m.)

Much to my surprise the KING RAIL was again in the grasses near the
pier although today it was near the base of the pier. Talk about good
looks! Also seen on the beach was the FRANKLIN'S GULL.

87th Street & South Shore Drive (8:15-8:30 a.m.)

It helps to start at the right place which I did not do as I thought I
heard the Vireo off 86th Street.
But I heard wrong & soon went to 87th Street where the BELL'S VIREO
was singing loudly.
Previous reports from Donnie D & Ted W said the Vireo was south
(slightly) of 87th but today it was just north of 87th Street but very
close to that street.

Big Marsh

Here my target was Common Gallinule but I was in for a surprise as the
parking lot is now signed as pay for parking & not free as before. And
further more there's no place to pay as you are supposed to pay using
a phone app which, I guess, gives you a receipt somehow. This is all
too complicated for me & I don't have a phone so I was scared off by
all the "you will be towed" signs. No more quick stops here I guess.

So I went over to the old viewing area (where it now says No Entry) &
viewed with my scope.
Here I saw Great Blues, Great Egrets, Black Crowned Night Herons,
&,best of all, one LEAST BITTERN flying by. But I had no chance for
the Gallinules. Maybe they will be at Hegewisch again.

Bartel Grasslands/Killdeer Wetlands (10:15-11:45 a.m.)

Ran into Andrew A who said he'd been there for a couple hours without
hearing a Bobwhite so it was unlikely I'd hear one in a short time.
But he had heard 2 Sedge Wrens & that's what I really wanted to see.
Wandered all over the Bartel section as that's were the Sedge Wrens
were but I never found them. I did have Bobolinks, Dickcissels,
Eastern Meadowlarks & Red Wings. Heard Common Yellowthroats & saw Barn
Swallows.

Got back to the car & there was a note from Andrew saying he not only
heard but saw one
Bobwhite at the Bobolink Picnic Area on Central. Hurried over there
but saw nothing. Waited a few minutes & then I heard the Bobwhite call
twice. But I needed to see this bird. After about 15 min of
intermittent calls the BOBWHITE flew into a tree in the lot & sat
there for a few minutes. Then it flew across Central into the grasses
in the Killdeer Wetlands section.

Bobwhites in Cook County are always questionable but this one is where
he should be & I guess there's more than one so it may be a good
sighting. Anyway, it's a good sighting for me as I have had only 1
previous sighting & that was in 1994 when Mike Madsen & I chased one
for for 45 min without ever seeing it. That was at Plum Creek F.P.
where that day we heard 2 Bobwhite but saw neither. So it took 23
years to get a Bobwhite visually & not just heard.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Bobwhite as I'd never seen one in Cook Co before &
Runner-Up to the normally much better bird the King Rail. Sorry King
Rail but I have to do it.

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Date: 6/15/18 4:28 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard G. catbird

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Hi friends,
This morning early, the Gray catbird was bathing then singing. I have seen two birds chasing. House sparrows mating again.
At Mom's bird bath in Kankakee, a Brown thrasher bathed in the hot afternoon sun.
The concrete bath cracked and I repaired it with caulk. It holds water and works for hot, thirsty birds.
John
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Date: 6/15/18 2:35 pm
From: Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Virgil Gilman Trail Aurora
I consistently ride my road bike on a long section of the Virgil Gilman
Trail from Orchard Road west to Bliss Woods.

The birds heard here are some species whose breeding populations depend on
the specific habitat of this area, which includes streambanks, brushy
woodlands and fully mature woods on glacial kame. There are also several
ponds and wetlands along the way.

The consistent list of birds heard or seen in the last few rides over the
past two weeks include:

Rose breasted grosbeak
Wood thrush
Catbird
Brown thrasher
Carolina wren
Redstart
Yellow warbler
Phoebe
Great crested flycatcher
Wood pewee
Robin
Cardinal
Song sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Yellow warbler
Summer tanager
Green heron
Great blue heron
Common/great egret
Pied billed grebe
Crow
Red-winged blackbird
Bluebird
Barn swallow
Tree swallow
Red-tailed hawk
Cooper's hawk
House wren
Indigo bunting
House finch
Black-capped chickadee
White breasted nuthatch
Cowbird
Baltimore oriole
Blue jay

I plan to take a mountain bike and go more slowly with my camera as well to
record some of these species and more. Very likely prothonotary warbler and
chestnut sided in this zone. Add on the actual depth of Bliss Woods at the
west end of the trail and it is one of the richer habitats you'll find for
birding in south-central Kane County.

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Date: 6/15/18 2:15 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 2nd MacArthur Woods N.P. bird survey results
I conducted my 2nd bird census of MacArthur Woods F.P. (this time the south end) yesterday morning. One of the more notable highlight species I found while censusing was a female HOODED MERGANSER that flew up out of a small ephemeral pool in the forest, and likely nesting nearby. Walking down the park access road in the field between the north and south portions of MacArthur Woods, I unexpectedly came upon a singing male DICKCISSEL. I often find DICKCISSELS this time of year that have been mowed out of the fields that they were trying to breed in, wandering around trying to find a new breeding site. As I was walking up to one of my 12 census point count locations, I flushed a GREAT HORNED OWL, which flew off through the forest being chased and scolded by Blue Jays and woodpeckers. As I began my 5 minute census, a BARRED OWL called nearby, followed by the GREAT HORNED OWL calling softly about a hundred yards away... probably the first time I have ever heard two species of owls call voluntarily during one of the many hundreds of bird surveys I have conducted over the years! At a census point at the large swampy pond within the forest, I found yet another singing ACADIAN FLYCATCHER (this one likely nesting), as well as hearing the singing male BROWN CREEPER, and the two singing male PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS and pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS that I mentioned in my last IBET post when I censused the north end. One of the few negative aspects of censusing MacArthur is not hearing a single singing Wood Thrush, and very few Red-eyed Vireos or Scarlet Tanagers.. The Brown-headed Cowbirds seem to have been doing a bigtime job of parasitizing these three species at MacArthur, as they have done to these same species statewide.
Besides the above highlights, after my census, I decided to walk back over to the large, swampy pond and try and find a nest of the pair of BROWN CREEPERS, or possibly see adult creepers feeding young. I accidently took a path that brought me to the far north end of the large, long swampy pond in the forest where I hadn't yet investigated. Crossing the wetland here, I heard a 2nd singing male BROWN CREEPER, much farther north than the other singing male creeper I heard in the morning, so there are at least two pairs of breeding BROWN CREEPERS at MacArthur this summer. I heard a 3rd calling BROWN CREEPER, possibly one of the females, and then saw it creeping up a nearby tree in the swamp forest, though unfortunately did not find a nest or young.
Besides counting GREAT BLUE HERONS standing or sitting in 22 nests in the rookery, there were at least an additional 5 other new-looking nests, and possibly a few nests not easily visible, in the rookery. While in this area, one of the two PILEATED WOODPECKERS flew in calling and landed about 50-75 feet from me in the open, so I took a distant photo of it. I will be putting a cropped photo of the PILEATED on my Facebook page, should some folks doubt all of the Pileated Woodpecker sightings I've been reporting lately. :) I put a halfway decent photo of the female PROTHONOTARY WARBLER coming to their nest box with food for their nestlings, on my Facebook page today as well, if anyone is interested. I'll be starting my 2nd round of bird surveys at several Lake County Forest Preserves in the coming weeks, and hope to find that at least a few of the singing male Acadian Flycatchers that I heard in the last week or so, have stayed to nest. They're nests are fairly easy to locate, so it would be good to document actual nesting this summer for this rare, Lake County breeding species. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
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Date: 6/15/18 9:50 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White-winged Dove in Kendall County
Scott Johnson reporting a sighting this morning in Oswego.


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46560631 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46560631


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL
 

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Date: 6/15/18 6:10 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County - this week
Hi all - Haven't reported on IBET much lately, but have been doing my usual
route through Skokie Lagoons, Erickson Woods area.
Presumed breeding birds of interest:
- At least 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLER nest locations that appear active (male
and female in vicinities). No sign of offspring yet.
- At least 2 singing male AMERICAN REDSTARTS and 1 female seen. No nest
location found yet - but presumed.
- Singing ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS (2-3)
- There are 2 different pairs of EASTERN PHOEBES - I believe one nest
failed (a nest had seen with a cowbird in it at one point) but they are
still in the area so maybe they'll give it another shot
- pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS (have not seen young yet)
- CEDAR WAXWINGS have shown up in small numbers and some appear to be
engaged in nesting activity
- lots of the other expected stuff as well

Other interesting notes:
- It's baby deer season with at least a couple of newborns around
- Mink are active as well - have seen them running around, especially along
the water's edges
- BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON has been seen in the same spot twice this week
- I had a MONK PARAKEET flying overhead last night (same area I had
previously photographed a pair)

My flickr stream has lots of photos from recent days:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffbilsky/albums

List from last night:

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Jun 14, 2018 5:51 PM - 8:09 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.22 mile(s)
39 species

Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 5
Great Blue Heron 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Caspian Tern 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Monk Parakeet 1 Heard clearly calling and flying north to south
overhead
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
American Robin 16
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 5
Prothonotary Warbler 4
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler 4
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Baltimore Oriole 3
Red-winged Blackbird 11
Brown-headed Cowbird 7
Common Grackle 12

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46553304

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 6/14/18 5:24 pm
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose King Rail, 6/14 a.m.
The King Rail continues at Montrose Point in Chicago. This morning, June
14, I saw it walking and feeding in the grass and water next to the
fishing pier at the base of the pier. It appeared to be healthy and put
on quite a show for me. This is the first time I've seen this
(presumably) continuing bird. Thanks to Andrew Aldrich for alerting me
to its presence.

We also had a few late migrants and surprises, including Mourning and
Blackburnian Warblers, Dickcissel, Orchard Oriole, Wood Thrush, and
Bonaparte's Gull. See? It pays to keep birding into June.

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


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Date: 6/14/18 4:13 pm
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Subject: IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
FYI - The Montrose King Rail was observed today preening and walking in the water adjacent to the pier. I saw a video and it did not look to be limping.

Matthew Cvetas
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Date: 6/14/18 2:10 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Deer Grove West Forest Preserve Thursday 6-14-18
Hello Bird People,

Unlike Deer Grove East which has open lands of fields & semi-open
woods Deer Grove West is heavily wooded & doesn't have much open
lands. It does have a few woodland ponds though.
The good news is you have a lot of shade on a hot day but the bad news
is you also have a large number of mosquitoes & gnats, especially
gnats! The Deep Woods Off keeps the mosquitoes away but I think the
gnats like that spray as it seems to bring them in. It was pretty bad
in the bug department!

The last time I did this walk a few years ago I found 5 Hooded
Warblers but today not one. I took the "yellow" trail which is a very
long loop trail around the entire Deer Grove West preserve. I don't
know exactly how long that trail is but it took me almost 4 hours to
walk it. Must be about 5 miles, felt like 10 miles! That's a lot of
walking with my constant companions the gnats. Here's my day list:

Deer Grove West (7:15-11 a.m.)

Great Egret (1 by a pond)
Canada Goose (1 fly-by)
Mallard (4 also by a woodland pond)
RED HEADED WOODPECKER (2)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (6-7)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Hairy Woodpecker (1)
Flicker (4)
Eastern Pewee (12-14, the 2nd most common bird)
Great Crested Flycatcher (H-2)
Blue Jay (6-8)
Crow (heard 1, sounded like a young one)
Chickadee (4-5)
W.B. Nuthatch (8)
House Wren (H-3)
WOOD THRUSH (H-2)
Robins (10-12)
Gray Catbird (4)
Yellow Throated Vireo (H-1)
Red Eyed Vireo (At least 20, the most common bird of the day)
Common Yellowthroat (3, where the woods opened up a bit)
Ovenbird (H-2)
SCARLET TANAGER (H-3, saw 2 of the 3)
Cardinal (4-5)
Indigo Bunting (8-10)
Song Sparrow (4, at the more open spots)
Red Wings (6), Grackles (4) & Cowbirds (4)
Baltimore Oriole (2)
Goldfinch (4)

Probably missed the best bird of the day as the Blue Jays were mobbing
something big but it flew off without giving me a good look. I think
it was an Owl but I can't sat which one.
So Bird-Of-The-Day will have to be the Scarlet Tanager that I saw the
best & Runner-Up
to the Red Headed Woodpecker. Not much of a reward for all that
walking I'd say.
Wish I'd seen that Owl.

Al Stokie
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Date: 6/13/18 1:35 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Some rare breeding birds at MacArthur Woods N.P. in Lake Co.
After conducting a breeding bird census on the northern half of MacArthur Woods F.P. this morning, I checked on some other birds that Sheryl & I had found there on the Spring Bird Count back in May. There is a fairly large swampy, vernal (?) or permanent pond inside the forest on the west side of the preserve near the Des Plaines River about halfway between the north & south ends of the preserve. That was where most of the exciting nesting action was. There is an active GREAT BLUE HERON rookery in the pond w/about 22 active nests with young. Also present in that area are yet another pair of breeding PILEATED WOODPECKERS, the 5th Lake County F.P. that I have found Pileated Woodpeckers at this June. There are at least 2-3 pairs of breeding RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS in the swampy pond as well. I also saw another pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS bringing food to a nest cavity with young in another area of the preserve during my census as well as at least 5 other calling RHWOs.

As I suspected, both the BROWN CREEPERS and the PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS that I found at MacArthur on the Spring Bird Count (May 5th) were still present and breeding. Today I heard the singing male BROWN CREEPER and another calling CREEPER in the same spot where I had a singing male on May 5th! There are also TWO pairs of breeding PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS nesting in the swampy pond, as both countersinging males were heard and seen, as well as one of the females. I photographed the female and saw one of the males taking food to young in a milk carton nest box placed out in the swamp a few years ago by boy scouts.

Other highlights were calling in a pair (saw one that flew in close!) of BARRED OWLS just east of the swamp, and a singing male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER that is likely breeding at the north end of the preserve near the active RR tracks that form the northern border of the preserve. Besides finding the active RED-HEADED WOODPECKER nest today, I also found my 4rth active nesting pair of HAIRY WOODPECKERS taking food to calling young in a nest cavity, as well as my 1st nest this June of a breeding pair of DOWNY WOODPECKERS taking food to calling young in a nest cavity. Tomorrow I will see what I can find on my breeding bird census of the southern half of the preserve. It's a good time to get out and see what might be nesting at your local forest preserve! Good birding!

Steve Bailey
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Date: 6/13/18 11:02 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Poplar Creek Equestrian Area (Schaumburg Grasslands) Wed 6-13-18
Hello Bird People,

Did another of those not well known western Cook County forest
preserves today. I was here last year looking for a Clay Colored
Sparrow which I did not find. But I recall finding other Sparrows &
today was the same in that department. When I visit places like these
I have no targets in mind rather I pick the location & find whatever I
find. Low key birding as there's nothing you "must" find.

I took the "purple" trail through the Schaumburg Grasslands & that's
where all the good Sparrows were & then I took the "yellow" trail
which is the shrub/small tree area. Along the edges of the shrub areas
you get the woodland species where the trees thicken. Nice place, many
habitats.
Here's my day list:

Poplar Creek Equestrian Area (7:35-10:20 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (6 fly-bys)
Mallard (1-F)
Turkey Vulture (1 fly-by)
Cooper's Hawk (2 fly-bys)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 or 2 hunting)
Killdeer (2, parking lot)
Mourning Dove (2)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (H-1, woods)
Eastern Pewee (H-3, woods)
Great Crested Flycatcher (H-1, woods)
Eastern Kingbird (2)
Barn (6) & Rough Winged (2) Swallows
Blue Jay (H-2, woods)
Chickadee (H-1)
W.B. Nuthatch (H-1, woods)
House Wren (2)
Eastern Bluebird (1-M, singing)
Robins (10-11)
Brown Thrasher (H-1)
Starling (1 on post by entrance)
Common Yellowthroat (18-20, the most common bird of the day)
Cardinal (2)
Indigo Bunting (1-M)
Field Sparrow (6)
Savannah Sparrow (2)
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (1, seen very well preening for 4 min)
HENSLOW'S SPARROW (5 or 6, saw 3 very well)
Song Sparrow (6-7)
BOBOLINK (3-M & 2-F)
Red Wings (8-9)
Eastern Meadowlark (10)
Grackle (2)
Cowbird (4)
Goldfinch (7-8)

Missing in action today were Dickcissel which should have been in the
grasslands & Yellow Warbler which should have been in the shrub areas
but weren't.

It was a nice mix of birds from various habitats & although nothing
really special was found the Sparrows were pretty good.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Grasshopper Sparrow who sat still for a few
minutes as it knew I couldn't hear it. Runners-Up to the Henslow's
Sparrows, the Bobolinks &
the Bluebird.

Al Stokie
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Date: 6/13/18 10:24 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pileated No Sighting
Has anyone seen the pileated woodpeckers at Morton Arboretum? If so, where?
I am going to check are 11 and 12.
Thanks
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Date: 6/13/18 10:14 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard RT

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Hi friends,
I used Blue Goo to keep ants from the sugar water feeder. Smeared on the wire, they don't like the greasy mix.
RT flinches at the shutter sound since window is up and just the screen.
YB cuckoo was calling this morning nearby.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 6/12/18 8:04 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinal

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Hi friends,
Cardinal eating cherries at dusk. Singing along with catbird, robins, chipping sp.
B. thrasher was here in the morning singing. H. wren putting on a concert.
House finch too.
John
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Date: 6/12/18 6:58 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET painted bunting in east st louis (no sightings)
hi, birders,


i will be near east st. louis around july 15 and wondered if anyone can give me details about where to find the painted bunting(s) in that area.


thanks!


aerin
 

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Date: 6/12/18 1:44 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Another Correction!
Hello Again,

Seems like I have to do more corrections than I used to but that's
what happens when you get old.

My shorebird report says I had 24 species but only lists 23. My
omission is American Woodcock of which I saw 4. So my total of 24 is
correct but I left out the Woodcock.

Thanks to Doug Stotz for catching this omission. I think Doug is even
more number conscious than I am & that's saying something.

Al Stokie


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Date: 6/12/18 12:27 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Shorebird Data For Spring 2018
Hello Bird People,

Didn't do much today so this will be a good time for a listing of all
the shorebirds seen in the Spring.
For the 1st time I can say that all the shorebirds listed have been
seen in the Chicago area as I haven't been anywhere except the Chicago
area. Also, keep in mind that these are a total of the sightings of
each bird species. Some, like Piping Plover, Killdeer & Spotted
Sandpiper stay & so may be counted more than once but still be the
same bird. Even some migrants may be around long enough to be counted
more than once. Keeping that in mind here are my totals.

Black Bellied Plover = 4

American Golden Plover = 125 (All seen at once at Calumet's Big Marsh)

Semipalmated Plover = 27

PIPING PLOVER = 5 (But probably only 3 birds) (All in Lake County, I
saw none elsewhere)

Killdeer = 303

Greater Yellowlegs = 37

Lesser Yellowlegs = 180

Solitary Sandpiper = 32

Spotted Sandpiper = 180

Willet = 20

HUDSONIAN GODWIT = 1 (Waukegan)

Ruddy Turnstone = 17

Sanderling = 50

Semipalmated Sandpiper = 52

Least Sandpiper = 72

White Rumped Sandpiper = 5

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER = 1 (Montrose) (Not usually seen in Spring in the
Chicago area)

Pectoral Sandpiper = 271

Dunlin = 108

Short Billed Dowitcher = 8

Long Billed Dowitcher = 5

Wilson's Snipe = 72

WILSON'S PHALAROPE = 2 (One female seen at Big Marsh & 1 male in Lake County)

So that's 24 species & 1584 individual birds.

I hope to do my usual more detailed (by month) shorebird totals in the
Summer/Fall.
Stay tuned if interested or ignore such lists if not.

Al Stokie


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Date: 6/11/18 8:59 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard YB cuckoo

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41843997815/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
I wasn't expecting this one in the W. hawthorn and apple trees. Very quiet and slow to move. Looking for insects or caterpillars. Nice to see something different.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 6/11/18 8:09 pm
From: Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Yet another Lake County Pileated Woodpecker location
Whom should one call when observing dogs off leash right in front of signs
forbidding the activity? The North Pond group saw quite of bit of this
violation; speaking to the dog owners had no effect.




Candida Abrahamson, PhD
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Date: 6/11/18 4:11 pm
From: 'M.Bernat' <mbernat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Yet another Lake County Pileated Woodpecker location
Some deer have lost their fear of humans at Oak Forest Heritage Preserve
in Cook County as well, hopefully for a completely different reason than
those that Steven Bailey encountered in Lake County.
At the Cook County location, "Sam and Jo and many others" feed them.
That's what the private guard at the entrance gate told me when I said
I saw a man with a bucket calling the deer over and leaving food. The
guard's first-name familiarity with Sam and Jo and the other feeders
led him to believe it was legal to feed wildlife "because lots of
people do it."
I'll take this opportunity to share the phone number of the FPD of Cook
County police, should anybody see the feeding of wildlife or any other
illegal activity going on in Cook County forest preserves, or should any
of us need help:
Cook County FPD Police
(708) 771-1001

The FPD police have been professional, polite and responsive the few
times I have called them, which have included reporting illegal drone
use. They have training in forest preserve matters and do not assume
something is legal because so many people do it.
Mary Bernat
Thorn Creek Audubon Society
So. Cook and eastern Will counties

 

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Date: 6/11/18 1:28 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach South & State Line Beach Monday 6-11-18
Hello Bird People,

After 2 days with no birding due to a.m. rain I tried for some "end of
Spring" shorebirds but only found the regular nesting birds such as
Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers. Oh well, it will be mid July before you
know it & then I can do shorebirds again.

Waukegan Beach (7:15-8:45 a.m.)

Only shorebird on the beach was Spotted Sandpiper with 1 Killdeer on
the gravel & another on the grass by the parking lot. There were 32
Cormorants flying by & 1 on the pier. There were 29 Canada Geese on
the beach & 24 flying by. Gulls were Ring Billed (30) & Herring (20)
plus about 4 Caspian Terns. Of some interest it looks like the COMMON
TERNS may try & nest again at the Dunes just west of the beach but
they've failed there for the last 2 years. There were about 6 of them
"yelling" at me when I walked by. Land birds were Warbling Vireo,
Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Red Wings & 1 Eastern Meadowlark.

Illinois Beach South Unit (9:15-10:45 a.m.)

Three Cormorants were in the lake & on the beach were about 6 adult &
4 young Killdeer & 1 Spotted Sandpiper. Gulls were Ring Billed (54) &
Herring (6) & Terns were Caspian (24) &
Common (3). Swallows were Tree & Barn & 2 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were
feeding on the beach.

Non-Beach land birds were Eastern Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher,
Blue Jay, Chickadee, House Wren, Robins, Warbling & Red Eyed Vireos,
Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Red Wings & 2
Eastern Meadowlark. Most of these birds were on the Dunes Trail as
that's the way I came back.
There were another 8-10 Brewer's Blackbirds in the Dunes area.

State Line Beach (11:30-11:50 a.m.)

Not much here just Ring Billed (15) & Herring (18) Gulls & Caspian
Terns (15). A few Barn Swallows flew by & 1 Warbling Vireo was singing
while 1 Gray Catbird flew by.

Not much to choose from but I'll pick the Common Terns as
Bird-Of-The-Day, may they have better luck with nesting this year.
Runners-Up to the Brewer's Blackbirds & the baby Killdeer.

Al Stokie
In N.E. Lake County today


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Date: 6/11/18 12:00 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yet another Lake County Pileated Woodpecker location
While conducting a breeding bird survey at the Elm Rd. Woods Nature Preserve portion of Dan Wright Woods F.P. this morning, I located another PILEATED WOODPECKER! This bird was at the south end of the preserve, and as the Pileated flies, was of a mile from where I've been hearing/seeing the one at Dan Wright Wds F.P. proper, just east of the north end of the parking lot for Dan Wright Woods. I have a feeling that I will be finding another pair at MacArthur Woods N.P. as well, in the coming days. The only other birds of note this morning were a calling, juvenile GREAT HORNED OWL and 3-4 singing male OVENBIRDS.
As I stood still at one of the census points, another white-tailed deer walked up to within about 15 feet of me to check me out, the 2nd time in less than a week that a deer has approached me very closely while I was standing still doing a bird point count. I know that they have poor eyesight, but man! Good birding!

Steve Bailey
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Date: 6/11/18 8:08 am
From: Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET YTWA continues
Sorry, neglected to write 10850 Hastings

The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was lustily singing at 10850 in Westchester at 6:30 AM 6/11/18.

Donnie Dann
Lake County

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Date: 6/11/18 6:52 am
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET A River of Warblers - No Sightings
While migration has slowed to a trickle here in N. IL., this story from today's New York Times was a nice wake up experience in the morning.


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/31/science/warblers-canada-migration.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=19&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2018%2F05%2F31%2Fscience%2Fwarblers-canada-migration.html&eventName=Watching-article-click


Leslie BornsChicago/Cook







 

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Date: 6/11/18 6:48 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 2 Cook Co. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Reports
Timothy Van Minnick photographed a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Saturday evening, 9-Jun, at Oak Forest Heritage Preserve in Cook County. To my knowledge, due to the timing of the report and the weather, no one looked for the bird yesterday.


Yesterday evening, 10-Jun, Scott Judd reported another Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, this one at Loyola Park in Chicago, Cook. He took his eye off of it for a moment to ready his camera and lost sight of it. Subsequent searches for the bird were unsuccessful.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

 

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Date: 6/11/18 4:50 am
From: Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET YTWA continues
The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was lustily singing at 10850 in Westchester at 6:30 AM 6/11/18.

Donnie Dann
Lake County

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Date: 6/10/18 7:32 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White breasted nuthatch nesting question cook co
I'm wondering if anyone knows how long it takes them to create the nest. I have looked at several online sources but none have had that info. Thanks!

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Date: 6/10/18 8:58 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Pond - Migrants 6/10/18
The June Migration trickle is now more like a drip but the last couple of days have still tuned up some interesting late migrants or wandering birds at North Pond, Lincoln Park (Chicago).

I was only able to make it out in the afternoon yesterday (6/9/18) - best birds being Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, American Redstart, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, 5 Warbling Vireo plus2 Purple Martin and 2 Cliff Swallow - both species I rarely see at this site.

This morning (6/10/18) in the rain - best birds - Canada Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, 6 Warbling Vireo. Yellow Warbler… The rain got heavy and forced me home after only completing half the circuit.

Cheers
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Date: 6/10/18 1:07 am
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NW Cook
Orchard Oriole at the H.B. feeder
R.B. Nuthatch, 3 weeks ongoing so is now a resident
R.Bellied Woodpecker
Hairy W.P.
D. Woodpecker
Cardinals, Gold Finches, and H. Finches
R.T. Hummingbirds - many
Catbirds
M. Doves
+ the usual characters among them.

A very good day for post migration backyard birding.

 

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Date: 6/9/18 2:16 pm
From: Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum 6/9/18 3pm Pileated!
Hi IBET,
Pileated Woodpecker seen at Morton East side between P11 and P12. He was on top of a tall dead tree preening. Stretched his wings out to dry - I guess he just had a bath in the creek. Beautiful male. Only the second one I’ve ever seen and lifer for my son!

Then just a few minutes later between P15 and P16, saw beautiful Indigo Bunting male and female.

Heard many, many other common species and saw a few.

Happy birding

-Pam
Live in Cook County but birding in Lisle (DuPage County)
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Date: 6/9/18 1:03 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Barn Owl Repeat At Montrose Friday 6-8-18
Hello Bird People,

Went to Montrose to get some late Spring shorebirds for my shorebird
list. I certainly never expected to re-find the Barn Owl as they are
almost always one day wonders & not seen again. Fran & I could only
find Sanderlings (4 in breeding plumage) as well as the usual Killdeer
(3) & Spotted Sandpiper (6) but no Dunlin or Semi-Plovers. Tried for a
late Nelson's Sparrow but failed there too. Guess I'll have to wait
for Fall to try again. The only excitement was when a Red Winged
Blackbird dive bombed me & pecked my cap 3 times to let me know he was
watching me.

The only Warblers were Yellow (4), Common Yellowthroat (3) & I heard 1
Ovenbird singing (Fran had 3 of them). Best bird to that point was a
calling ALDER FLYCATCHER which I "sort of" saw. Of interest to some is
that there are now 21 Barn Swallow nest holes & counting.

Fran had left & absolutely no one was present when I walked by the
hedge & suddenly all the blackbirds set up a very loud racket when
they had not made any noise before. Must have found something but I
figured it was probably the local Red Trailed Hawk. But Hawk or Owl
something was there to upset the blackbird gang. It took me 15-20 min
of looking before I found 1/2 of an Owl but not it's head. (A good
birder would not have taken so long!) As the leaves moved in the wind
I could see the head & it was the face of a BARN OWL. The Grackles
(mainly) were all over the Owl but it was really using the leaves &
branches for protection so the Grackles could only irritate it.

Finally found 2 other birders to share the Owl with once we could
re-find it that is. Then as we were trying to get another birder on it
all hell broke out with lightening, thunder & rain coming down. I had
called Fran on the other birders phone but when he got there it was
raining hard. Waited a while & when the rain slowed we went back to
look. Also, Andrew A showed up & we all looked. But I was due to be
elsewhere & I was late so I left the Owl search to Fran & Andrew who
don't need any help from the likes of me. I don't know if they found
the Owl or not as it may have retreated from where I saw it in the
deluge.

If you go to look just do as Bob H said before & let the blackbirds do
the "heavy lifting" of finding the Owl & then try & locate it
yourself.

Guess you know that the Bird-Of-The-Day is the Barn Owl & the
Runner-Up is the Alder Flycatcher.
I have not been as lucky as Bob H as this was my 1st Barn Owl at
Montrose having just missed one a few years ago, but it's my 3rd Cook
County record in 35 years.

Al Stokie
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Date: 6/9/18 12:17 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Late migrants and good #s, & uncommon to rare breeding species for NE Illinois
I've had some late migrants, and a large number of uncommon breeding birds this past week in several Lake County Forest Preserves that I am conducting bird surveys in for work this summer. Sorry for the lateness and length of this report, but figured it would be of interest to many local birders and since most of the birds reported are breeding, many/most should still be around. Most amazing to me are the large numbers of Acadian Flycatchers that I have been finding! Late migrants include 2 singing male YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS at Dan Wright Woods F.P. on 1 Jun and a single singing male seen well at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun. Late migrant warblers have included a singing male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER heard & recorded by Sheryl on 3 Jun at Dan Wright Woods; a singing male BLACKPOLL WARBLER was heard at Old School F.P. on 1 Jun; a singing male NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was heard at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun; a singing male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was heard at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun; and a singing male TENNESSEE WARBLER was heard at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun.

The following is a fairly long list of fairly uncommon to rare more northern or southern breeders and a few other high counts or nesting species of interest. Most birds seen at the same location on more than one date are mostly different birds since most involve birds detected at different census locations within the preserves. The restoration efforts at these preserves (i..e. removing trees & invasive shrubs) to restore areas to their former more savanna-like character seem to be returning more savanna-like bird communities to these areas, including more Red-headed Woodpeckers, Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings and other species.
BARRED OWL - Saw one at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun; Pair w/2 fledglings at Dan Wright Woods F.P. on 18 May;
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO - One at Ryerson 3 Jun; Eleven calling at Ryerson 4 Jun; 6 at Ryerson on 6 Jun;
PILEATED WOODPECKER - Seen or heard at FOUR different forest preserves! Saw one at Old School F.P. on 7 Jun; One calling at Dan Wright F.P. on 3 & 6 Jun; One, possibly 2 calling birds at Ryerson 4 Jun; Minimum of 5 (possibly 7) heard & seen from all corners of park on 6 Jun. This was either a family group of adults & young spread out over the entire forest preserve or maybe even involves 2 pairs!
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER - 4 at Ryerson on 6 Jun; 2 at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun;
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER - pair bringing food to nest cavity w/2+ young at Dan Wright Woods F.P. on 1 Jun.
HAIRY WOODPECKER - Three nests with young found! These include a nest w/1+ yg at Old School F.P. on 1 Jun; nest w/2+ young at Dan Wright F.P. on 1 Jun; nest w/2+ yg at Ryerson on 4 Jun;
RED-EYED VIREO - 20 singing males at Ryerson on 4 Jun; 12 singing males at Ryerson on 6 Jun; 12 singing males at Grainger woods on 7 Jun;
TREE SWALLOW - Checking a nestbox at Old School F.P. on 7 Jun that an adult bird was perched atop, inside I found a recently deceased female lying next to 3 unhatched eggs.
VEERY - Singing male at Dan Wright F.P. 3 Jun.
WOOD THRUSH - 2 singing males at Dan Wright F.P. on 1 Jun; 2 singing males at Old School F.P. on 1 Jun; 2 singing males at Ryerson C.A.on 4 Jun.
EASTERN BLUEBIRD - A female was incubating 3 EABL eggs in a nestbox at Old School F.P. on 7 Jun.
AMERICAN ROBIN - My 1st fledgling young was found at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun., and my next was found the next day at home in Mundelein.
TUFTED TITMOUSE - One at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun.
BROWN CREEPER - One singing male at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun. Also, another singing male found on 5 May at MacArthur Woods N.P. was also likely on its breeding territory.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH - One at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun., w/2 there on 5 May. Nan Buckardt watched the pair at a nest cavity in same area in late May.
SUMMER TANAGER - Two singing males at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun.
SCARLET TANAGER - 5 (4 singing males) at Ryerson C.A. 4 Jun.
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK - 7 (6 singing males), Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun., 3 other singing males on 6 Jun at Ryerson.
EASTERN TOWHEE - 19 at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun. 11 at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun.
INDIGO BUNTING - 30 (28 singing males) at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun; 40 (39 singing males), Ryerson on 6 Jun.
Breeding or likely breeding warblers include:
OVENBIRD - 3 singing males at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun.
NORTHERN PARULA - Singing male at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun.
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER - Singing male along entrance road at Ryerson C.A. on 3 Jun. Another singing male seen & photographed, returning to a breeding area at Ryerson (on opposite side of park) where they have nested in at least the past 3-4 years, 24 May.
HOODED WARBLER - FIVE SINGING MALES on territory! Singing male seen at Dan Wright F.P. on 1 Jun (by Sheryl); 3 singing males (different from above bird) at Dan Wright F.P. on 3 Jun; Singing male at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun.
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER - Singing male at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun.
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH - One Seen close at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun. where I have had this species in the summer in past years. Then heard this bird or its mate on 6 Jun. about 50-75 yards downstream.
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER - Singing male at Ryerson C.A. on 4 & 6 Jun. Also, two other singing males of this species found on 5 May at MacArthur Woods N.P. (including one close to a nestbox) are also likely breeding.
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - Found a newly completed nest at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun, but no eggs had been laid yet.

Good birding!
Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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Date: 6/9/18 11:56 am
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Late migrants and uncommon to rare & other noteworthy breeding species
I've had some late migrants, and a large number of uncommon breeding birds this past week in several Lake County Forest Preserves that I am conducting bird surveys in for work this summer. Sorry for the lateness and length of this report, but figured it would be of interest to many local birders and since most of the birds reported are breeding, many/most should still be around. Many of these birds were detected well off-trail but others can still likely still be seen or heard from the trails. Most amazing to me are the large numbers of Acadian Flycatchers that I have been finding! Late migrants include 2 singing male YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS at Dan Wright Woods F..P. on 1 Jun and a single singing male seen well at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun. Late migrant warblers have included a singing male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER heard & recorded by Sheryl on 3 Jun at Dan Wright Woods; a singing male BLACKPOLL WARBLER was heard at Old School F.P. on 1 Jun; a singing male NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was heard at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun; a singing male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was heard at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun; and a singing male TENNESSEE WARBLER was heard at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun.

The following is a fairly long list of fairly uncommon to rare more northern or southern breeders and a few other high counts or nesting species of interest. Most birds seen at the same location on more than one date are mostly different birds since most involve birds detected at different census locations within the preserves. The restoration efforts at these preserves (i..e. removing trees & invasive shrubs) to restore areas to their former more savanna-like character seem to be returning more savanna-like bird communities to these areas, including more Red-headed Woodpeckers, Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings and other species.
BARRED OWL - Saw one at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun; Pair w/2 fledglings at Dan Wright Woods F.P. on 18 May;
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO - One at Ryerson 3 Jun; Eleven calling at Ryerson 4 Jun; 6 at Ryerson on 6 Jun;
PILEATED WOODPECKER - Seen or heard at FOUR different forest preserves! Saw one at Old School F.P. on 7 Jun; One calling at Dan Wright F.P. on 3 & 6 Jun; One, possibly 2 calling birds at Ryerson 4 Jun; Minimum of 5 (possibly 7) heard & seen from all corners of park on 6 Jun. This was either a family group of adults & young spread out over the entire forest preserve or maybe even involves 2 pairs!
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER - 4 at Ryerson on 6 Jun; 2 at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun;
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER - pair bringing food to nest cavity w/2+ young at Dan Wright Woods F.P. on 1 Jun.
HAIRY WOODPECKER - Three nests with young found! These include a nest w/1+ yg at Old School F.P. on 1 Jun; nest w/2+ young at Dan Wright F.P. on 1 Jun; nest w/2+ yg at Ryerson on 4 Jun;
RED-EYED VIREO - 20 singing males at Ryerson on 4 Jun; 12 singing males at Ryerson on 6 Jun; 12 singing males at Grainger woods on 7 Jun;
TREE SWALLOW - Checking a nestbox at Old School F.P. on 7 Jun that an adult bird was perched atop, inside I found a recently deceased female lying next to 3 unhatched eggs.
VEERY - Singing male at Dan Wright F.P. 3 Jun.
WOOD THRUSH - 2 singing males at Dan Wright F.P. on 1 Jun; 2 singing males at Old School F.P. on 1 Jun; 2 singing males at Ryerson C.A.on 4 Jun.
EASTERN BLUEBIRD - A female was incubating 3 EABL eggs in a nestbox at Old School F.P. on 7 Jun.
AMERICAN ROBIN - My 1st fledgling young was found at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun., and my next was found the next day at home in Mundelein.
TUFTED TITMOUSE - One at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun.
BROWN CREEPER - One singing male at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun. Also, another singing male found on 5 May at MacArthur Woods N.P. was also likely on its breeding territory.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH - One at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun., w/2 there on 5 May. Nan Buckardt watched the pair at a nest cavity in same area in late May.
SUMMER TANAGER - Two singing males at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun.
SCARLET TANAGER - 5 (4 singing males) at Ryerson C.A. 4 Jun.
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK - 7 (6 singing males), Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun., 3 other singing males on 6 Jun at Ryerson.
EASTERN TOWHEE - 19 at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun. 11 at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun.
INDIGO BUNTING - 30 (28 singing males) at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun; 40 (39 singing males), Ryerson on 6 Jun.
Breeding or likely breeding warblers include:
OVENBIRD - 3 singing males at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun.
NORTHERN PARULA - Singing male at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun.
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER - Singing male along entrance road at Ryerson C.A. on 3 Jun. Another singing male seen & photographed, returning to a breeding area at Ryerson (on opposite side of park) where they have nested in at least the past 3-4 years, 24 May.
HOODED WARBLER - FIVE SINGING MALES on territory! Singing male seen at Dan Wright F.P. on 1 Jun (by Sheryl); 3 singing males (different from above bird) at Dan Wright F.P. on 3 Jun; Singing male at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun.
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER - Singing male at Ryerson C.A. on 6 Jun.
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH - One Seen close at Ryerson C.A. on 4 Jun. where I have had this species in the summer in past years. Then heard this bird or its mate on 6 Jun. about 50-75 yards downstream.
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER - Singing male at Ryerson C.A. on 4 & 6 Jun. Also, two other singing males of this species found on 5 May at MacArthur Woods N.P. (including one close to a nestbox) are also likely breeding.
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - Found a newly completed nest at Grainger Woods F.P. on 7 Jun, but no eggs had been laid yet.
Good birding!

Steve Bailey
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Date: 6/9/18 11:42 am
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Sat 6.9.18
4 Sanderling. 14 Semi-sandpiper. 1 White-rumped.

Fran Morel
Cook Co.

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Date: 6/8/18 7:26 pm
From: ERIC GINSBURG <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Swifts entering Hyde Park Chimney

Not as many as Fran saw, but still many. They arrived in distinct groups.

eBird list below.

Eric Ginsburg
Chicago


5344 Lake Park Ave, Chicago, Cook County (41.7988,-87.5881)
Jun 8, 2018
7:40 PM
Stationary
68 Minutes

30 Ring-billed Gull -- Probably an undercount. Most flying east.
252 Chimney Swift -- Descending into chimney on west side of parking lot. Arrived in sporadic groups and birds often made several close approaches and veered off before entering chimney. Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iujarENRcfc
1 American Crow
1 American Robin -- Heard
1 European Starling
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Date: 6/8/18 4:17 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Barn Owl Repeat At Montrose Friday 6-8-18
Yikes. I sent this mid morning. Didn’t realize it just came through a little bit ago.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 8, 2018, at 1:42 PM, Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Update on the owl....as I just walked in my house a few minutes ago. Andrew saw the bird fly to the Forbidden Zone close to where the Kirtland's was a few springs ago (missed that bird, darn). Anyway, the owl was being mobbed there, and I was able to get some views from the lakeside field of those woods, while Andrew was on the inner prairie. After 5 minutes or so, the owl was flushed by one aggressive grackle and appeared to fly back towards the hedge. It was not seen again after that; I searched for 2+ hours.
>
> Fran
>
>> On Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 12:49 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> Hello Bird People,
>>
>> Went to Montrose to get some late Spring shorebirds for my shorebird
>> list. I certainly never expected to re-find the Barn Owl as they are
>> almost always one day wonders & not seen again. Fran & I could only
>> find Sanderlings (4 in breeding plumage) as well as the usual Killdeer
>> (3) & Spotted Sandpiper (6) but no Dunlin or Semi-Plovers. Tried for a
>> late Nelson's Sparrow but failed there too. Guess I'll have to wait
>> for Fall to try again. The only excitement was when a Red Winged
>> Blackbird dive bombed me & pecked my cap 3 times to let me know he was
>> watching me.
>>
>> The only Warblers were Yellow (4), Common Yellowthroat (3) & I heard 1
>> Ovenbird singing (Fran had 3 of them). Best bird to that point was a
>> calling ALDER FLYCATCHER which I "sort of" saw. Of interest to some is
>> that there are now 21 Barn Swallow nest holes & counting.
>>
>> Fran had left & absolutely no one was present when I walked by the
>> hedge & suddenly all the blackbirds set up a very loud racket when
>> they had not made any noise before. Must have found something but I
>> figured it was probably the local Red Trailed Hawk. But Hawk or Owl
>> something was there to upset the blackbird gang. It took me 15-20 min
>> of looking before I found 1/2 of an Owl but not it's head. (A good
>> birder would not have taken so long!) As the leaves moved in the wind
>> I could see the head & it was the face of a BARN OWL. The Grackles
>> (mainly) were all over the Owl but it was really using the leaves &
>> branches for protection so the Grackles could only irritate it.
>>
>> Finally found 2 other birders to share the Owl with once we could
>> re-find it that is. Then as we were trying to get another birder on it
>> all hell broke out with lightening, thunder & rain coming down. I had
>> called Fran on the other birders phone but when he got there it was
>> raining hard. Waited a while & when the rain slowed we went back to
>> look. Also, Andrew A showed up & we all looked. But I was due to be
>> elsewhere & I was late so I left the Owl search to Fran & Andrew who
>> don't need any help from the likes of me. I don't know if they found
>> the Owl or not as it may have retreated from where I saw it in the
>> deluge.
>>
>> If you go to look just do as Bob H said before & let the blackbirds do
>> the "heavy lifting" of finding the Owl & then try & locate it
>> yourself.
>>
>> Guess you know that the Bird-Of-The-Day is the Barn Owl & the
>> Runner-Up is the Alder Flycatcher.
>> I have not been as lucky as Bob H as this was my 1st Barn Owl at
>> Montrose having just missed one a few years ago, but it's my 3rd Cook
>> County record in 35 years.
>>
>> Al Stokie
>> Not finding what I expected but more than glad to find the unexpected
>
>

 

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Date: 6/8/18 12:03 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Correction To My Report From Today
Hello Again,

Seems I can't keep my Swallows straight! The 21 nest holes are Bank
Swallow holes not Barn Swallow holes as Barn Swallows are not very
good at digging holes in the sand! Oops!

Al Stokie


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Date: 6/8/18 11:42 am
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Barn Owl Repeat At Montrose Friday 6-8-18
Update on the owl....as I just walked in my house a few minutes ago. Andrew
saw the bird fly to the Forbidden Zone close to where the Kirtland's was a
few springs ago (missed that bird, darn). Anyway, the owl was being mobbed
there, and I was able to get some views from the lakeside field of those
woods, while Andrew was on the inner prairie. After 5 minutes or so, the
owl was flushed by one aggressive grackle and appeared to fly back towards
the hedge. It was not seen again after that; I searched for 2+ hours.

Fran

On Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 12:49 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> Went to Montrose to get some late Spring shorebirds for my shorebird
> list. I certainly never expected to re-find the Barn Owl as they are
> almost always one day wonders & not seen again. Fran & I could only
> find Sanderlings (4 in breeding plumage) as well as the usual Killdeer
> (3) & Spotted Sandpiper (6) but no Dunlin or Semi-Plovers. Tried for a
> late Nelson's Sparrow but failed there too. Guess I'll have to wait
> for Fall to try again. The only excitement was when a Red Winged
> Blackbird dive bombed me & pecked my cap 3 times to let me know he was
> watching me.
>
> The only Warblers were Yellow (4), Common Yellowthroat (3) & I heard 1
> Ovenbird singing (Fran had 3 of them). Best bird to that point was a
> calling ALDER FLYCATCHER which I "sort of" saw. Of interest to some is
> that there are now 21 Barn Swallow nest holes & counting.
>
> Fran had left & absolutely no one was present when I walked by the
> hedge & suddenly all the blackbirds set up a very loud racket when
> they had not made any noise before. Must have found something but I
> figured it was probably the local Red Trailed Hawk. But Hawk or Owl
> something was there to upset the blackbird gang. It took me 15-20 min
> of looking before I found 1/2 of an Owl but not it's head. (A good
> birder would not have taken so long!) As the leaves moved in the wind
> I could see the head & it was the face of a BARN OWL. The Grackles
> (mainly) were all over the Owl but it was really using the leaves &
> branches for protection so the Grackles could only irritate it.
>
> Finally found 2 other birders to share the Owl with once we could
> re-find it that is. Then as we were trying to get another birder on it
> all hell broke out with lightening, thunder & rain coming down. I had
> called Fran on the other birders phone but when he got there it was
> raining hard. Waited a while & when the rain slowed we went back to
> look. Also, Andrew A showed up & we all looked. But I was due to be
> elsewhere & I was late so I left the Owl search to Fran & Andrew who
> don't need any help from the likes of me. I don't know if they found
> the Owl or not as it may have retreated from where I saw it in the
> deluge.
>
> If you go to look just do as Bob H said before & let the blackbirds do
> the "heavy lifting" of finding the Owl & then try & locate it
> yourself.
>
> Guess you know that the Bird-Of-The-Day is the Barn Owl & the
> Runner-Up is the Alder Flycatcher.
> I have not been as lucky as Bob H as this was my 1st Barn Owl at
> Montrose having just missed one a few years ago, but it's my 3rd Cook
> County record in 35 years.
>
> Al Stokie
> Not finding what I expected but more than glad to find the unexpected
>
>

 

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Date: 6/8/18 11:29 am
From: <benjamin72115...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Possible Mclean co. Fish Crow? Have audio, currently unsure.
Hi all,


For the past two months or so, I've been hearing a bird every so often that sounds like a fish crow. Very nasal call, and as of today, noticeably smaller than other crows


This time, I was able to get some audio, and a few pictures, but I remain unsure. Thoughts?


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46397094 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46397094



BTW, be sure to turn up audio and listen with headphones because the bird that I believe to be a Fish Crow is very quiet and often drowned out by the American Crows.


Thanks,
Benjamin


 

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Date: 6/8/18 6:01 am
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Dixon WR no sightings
Anyone else planning on trekking to Dixon Waterfowl Refuge (Hennepin n Hopper to us old timers) tomorrow, Sat. the 9th? I'll be there until 9 am...

Shanti, n
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion/Lake, IL
 

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Date: 6/7/18 8:37 pm
From: Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: URGENT ACTION:Needed to Protect Clean Water Act & Rule which is In Jeopardy
Please consider calling ASAP your federal Congressional Representatives
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Thank you,

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Date: 6/7/18 2:39 pm
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Barn Owl, 6/7 a.m.

This is why it pays to keep birding in June (and why it also pays to
track down complaining blackbirds).

I was at Montrose Point in Chicago this morning, June 7, looking for
late migrants and any oddball birds that might show up. Montrose holds
late migrants better than most places and I try to keep birding it until
the second week in June or so. At about 8:00 a.m. I heard some Common
Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds making a major league ruckus over
something in the trees not far from where I was. I walked over to where
they were, expecting to see a Cooper's Hawk or something else mundane.
When I scanned the trees where the blackbirds were I saw a Barn Owl
looking very agitated. I took a few photos, admired the bird for a bit,
and walked away. The blackbirds were mercilessly harassing the owl and I
didn't want to stress it any further. After a few minutes I stopped
hearing the blackbirds complaining, so I don't know if the owl settled
in or flew off to calmer pastures. This is about the 5th Barn Owl I've
seen at Montrose in the 40 years I've been birding there.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Date: 6/7/18 10:40 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET The Grove In Glenview Thursday 6-7-18
Hello Bird People,

My low key adventures continue with a visit to The Grove in Glenview.
Main target was a Yellow Billed Cuckoo as they have been reported from
here & I have had them here last year. However, I did not have them
today although I certainly looked hard enough. And I was at a loss as
to the Top Bird for the day until the very end when a good candidate
showed up. Here's my day list:

The Grove (7:20-10:50 a.m.)

Great Egret (1)
Canada Geese (3 fly-bys)
Wood Duck (2 fly-bys)
Mallard (3 fly-bys)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 fly-by)
Herring Gull (1 fly-by)
Mourning Dove (2)
Red Bellied (4) & Downy (2) Woodpeckers
Flicker (1)
Eastern Pewee (5)
Eastern Phoebe (1)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1 or 2)
Blue Jay (4-6)
W.B. Nuthatch (H-1)
House Wren (H-3)
B.G. Gnatcatcher (1)
Tree Swallow (5-6)
Robins (22-25, in all habitats)
Gray Catbird (3)
Warbling (4) & Red Eyed (3) Vireos
Yellow Warbler (4-5)
Scarlet Tanager (1-M)
Cardinal (4)
Indigo Bunting (3-M & 1-F)
Eastern Towhee (H-1)
Song Sparrow (2)
Red Wings (10), Grackles (6) & Cowbirds (2)
Baltimore Oriole (5)
Goldfinch (2)

Going with bright colors today Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the male
Scarlet Tanager &
Runner-Up to all the Baltimore Orioles. At least they stood out from the rest.

Al Stokie
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Date: 6/7/18 8:28 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard S. thrush from May

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Hi friends,
I found so older pics of the snow in April and Swainson's t. Had a pair for almost a month.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 6/7/18 6:04 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard G. catbird singing

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Hi friends,
Catbird singing from the top of the cherry tree about sundown.
Robins chowing down on cherries.
House wren singing loud.
Very dry here.
John
Bourbonnais, IL


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Date: 6/6/18 7:49 pm
From: <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
Chuck, No one said willowbrook is not a good facility. All I said it would be better to take an injured bird to Northerly Island since it 10 minutes away from Montrose, not an hour.






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On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 8:19 PM -0500, "RITCHIE GERALD B <gerrich...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

























 











I think that that is a very good idea.Give nature it’s place.

RITCHIE GERALD <Bgerrich...>



On Jun 6, 2018, at 8:09 PM, <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


This is just an opinion and probably an unpopular one.

I suggest we leave the rail alone. It is active, foraging successfully, and acting normally apart from the limp.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL




























 

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Date: 6/6/18 7:25 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
I agree with Matthew. Case in point: it's healthy enough to avoid me every time I've been there!



Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County (home of the mythical King Rail)



On Jun 6, 2018, at 8:09 PM, <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

This is just an opinion and probably an unpopular one.

I suggest we leave the rail alone. It is active, foraging successfully, and acting normally apart from the limp.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL



 

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Date: 6/6/18 6:19 pm
From: RITCHIE GERALD B <gerrich...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
I think that that is a very good idea.
Give nature it’s place.
RITCHIE GERALD B
<gerrich...>
Chicago


> On Jun 6, 2018, at 8:09 PM, <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> This is just an opinion and probably an unpopular one.
>
> I suggest we leave the rail alone. It is active, foraging successfully, and acting normally apart from the limp.
>
> Matthew Cvetas
> Evanston, IL
>
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Date: 6/6/18 6:09 pm
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
This is just an opinion and probably an unpopular one.

I suggest we leave the rail alone. It is active, foraging successfully, and acting normally apart from the limp.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

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Date: 6/6/18 11:12 am
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IBSP south unit, Lake County
Early this morning at the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park the Yellow-breasted Chat was still in the same area calling from one of the tallest Oak trees, got a fair look at it this time with its yellow chest puffed out as it called even though it was nearly against the sun.  A Brown Thrasher and Great-crested Flycatchers were calling in the same area.  Also seen in the woodland were a pair of Bluebirds, an Eastern Kingbird, House Wren, Red-eyed Vireo, and Field Sparrow.  Mosquitoes were annoying but not intolerable.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie,  WI
 

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Date: 6/6/18 11:08 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Deer Grove East Forest Preserve Wed 6-6-18
Hello Bird People,

Continuing my resident bird surveys today I went to Deer Grove East.
If you were bored by yesterday's survey at Paul Douglas you'll
probably be bored again as nothing special was seen.
But that's the nature of resident bird surveys as you get common
resident birds.
Read on if interested.

Deer Grove East (7:30-10:30 a.m.)

As I was leaving Carolyn F was arriving. Too bad she wasn't there
earlier as then I might have been able to find a Grasshopper Sparrow
as I can't hear them on my own. Ebird reports show they are here but I
failed to find one today. Ditto the Henslow's Sparrow although those I
can hear.

Great Blue Heron (1 & 1 fly-by)
Great Egret (1)
Green Heron (1 feeding & 4 fly-bys)
Canada Geese (1 family of 6)
Wood Duck (1)
Mallard (8-10 plus 1 female with 8 small young)
Cooper's Hawk (1)
RED HEADED WOODPECKER (3-4)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (4)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Flicker (4)
Eastern Pewee (H-1)
Willow Flycatcher (2)
Eastern Kingbird (2)
Tree (10) & Barn (8) Swallows
Blue Jay (2)
W.B. Nuthatch (2)
House Wren (H-2)
Marsh Wren (Only sang once & not for very long)
EASTERN BLUEBIRD (2)
Robins (15)
Gray Catbird (1)
Starling (14-16)
Warbling Vireo (4-5)
Red Eyed Vireo (H-2)
Yellow Warbler (1, singing)
Common Yellowthroat (6-7)
Cardinal (1 & H-1)
Indigo Bunting (H-1)
Eastern Towhee (1-M, singing)
Field Sparrow (1)
Savannah Sparrow (2, singing)
Song Sparrow (8-10)
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds (2)
Baltimore Oriole (3)
Goldfinch (8)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Eastern Bluebird & Runner-Up to all the Red
Headed Woodpeckers.

Al Stokie
Local birding in Cook County today


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Date: 6/6/18 7:54 am
From: Demayne Murphy <demayne...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RE: Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
Thanks for making this information available Tamima!

From: <ILbirds...> [mailto:<ILbirds...>] On Behalf Of Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds]
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 8:13 PM
To: ILbirds IBET <ILbirds...>
Subject: IBET Injured King Rail at Montrose Point



Dear all,



Krzysztof K. posted a picture on Facebook of an injured King Rail at Montrose Point, seen yesterday.



I just discussed the situation with Annette Prince, of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) group. They routinely rescue injured birds, are trained to do so, and she mentioned that there are monitors in the Montrose area who could help.



Her recommendation is that if anyone sees the injured King Rail again, to immediately call the CBCM hotline at (773) 988-1867. They will send someone to properly catch the rail and then take it to rehab.



If you are at Montrose Point over the next few days, please keep an eye for this injured rail, and if you see it, please call and try to be as specific as to its location as possible. Your help is appreciated!



Thank you!



Tamima Itani

Evanston, Cook County




 

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Date: 6/6/18 4:11 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
FYI, Willowbrook Wildlife Center is in Glen Ellyn, and an excellent
facility (where I volunteer).

On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 11:39 PM <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I am so sad to hear that the King Rail has been injured. Please get it to
> a place for immeadiate triage. For any injury time is so important and
> Northerly Island is not far from Montrose.
>
> If anyone finds the Rail, or any injured bird, I believe the best place
> is at the bird hospital at Northerly Island, Flint Creek Wildlife
> Rehibilatation has a triage hospital at megs field. A better solution for
> an injured bird rather than willowbrook IL.
>
> If anyone finds the bird You can call me I live in Uptown 312-307-1007 or
> call Flintcreek at 847-842-8000
>
> Connie
>
> Get Outlook for Android <https://aka.ms/ghei36>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 8:13 PM -0500, "Tamima Itani
> <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
> wrote:
>
>
>>
>> Dear all,
>>
>>
>> Krzysztof K. posted a picture on Facebook of an injured King Rail at
>> Montrose Point, seen yesterday.
>>
>>
>> I just discussed the situation with Annette Prince, of the Chicago Bird
>> Collision Monitors (CBCM) group. They routinely rescue injured birds, are
>> trained to do so, and she mentioned that there are monitors in the Montrose
>> area who could help.
>>
>>
>> Her recommendation is that if anyone sees the injured King Rail again, to
>> immediately call the CBCM hotline at (773) 988-1867. They will send
>> someone to properly catch the rail and then take it to rehab.
>>
>>
>> If you are at Montrose Point over the next few days, please keep an eye
>> for this injured rail, and if you see it, please call and try to be as
>> specific as to its location as possible. Your help is appreciated!
>>
>>
>> Thank you!
>>
>>
>> Tamima Itani
>>
>> Evanston, Cook County
>>
>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 6/5/18 9:39 pm
From: <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
I am so sad to hear that the King Rail has been injured. Please get it to a place for immeadiate triage. For any injury time is so important and Northerly Island is not far from Montrose.




If anyone finds the Rail, or any injured bird, I believe the best place  is at the bird hospital at Northerly Island, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehibilatation has a triage hospital at megs field. A better solution for an injured bird rather than willowbrook IL.




If anyone finds the bird You can call me I live in Uptown 312-307-1007 or call Flintcreek at 847-842-8000




Connie




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On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 8:13 PM -0500, "Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

























 

















Dear all, 







Krzysztof K. posted a picture on Facebook of an injured King Rail at Montrose Point, seen yesterday.







I just discussed the situation with Annette Prince, of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) group.  They routinely rescue injured birds, are trained to do so, and she mentioned that there are monitors in the Montrose
area who could help.







Her recommendation is that if anyone sees the injured King Rail again, to immediately call the CBCM hotline at (773) 988-1867.  They will send someone to properly catch the rail and then take it to rehab.







If you are at Montrose Point over the next few days, please keep an eye for this injured rail, and if you see it, please call and try to be as specific as to its location as possible.  Your help is appreciated!







Thank you!







Tamima Itani


Evanston, Cook County




































 

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Date: 6/5/18 8:35 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ibis Glenview- not seen cook co
Went to look at air station prairie, Techny and Techny north. It was not at any of those places that I saw.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook co.


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Date: 6/5/18 8:14 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Have been trying to do a breeding bird review at Skokie Lagoons (willow
road area/ Erickson Woods) the past few days. I've confidently identified 3
unique male PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS. The previously found nest appears as if
it was completed but I am not convinced they are going to use it. Not sure
if they build more than one (wren style) and this is a prototype. I saw a
long-tailed weasel in the vicinity of it and it is less than 2 feet off the
ground - lots of perils and really not the ideal spot. The male was singing
across the river from this spot today and the female was not around for the
30 minutes or so I scoped the area. I actually think it would behoove them
to try a different spot. But we will see. Found two more males at other
locations in the woods - hopefully they have found mates.

I did locate a couple of singing male AMERICAN REDSTARTS and one female
acting like she had a nest in the area. Also, a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS
that I hadn't seen in quite some time here - they were in the vicinity of a
probable cavity but didn't see them enter. I have also verified a probable
HAIRY WOODPECKER nest hole (both m & f went in), a couple of TREE SWALLOW
nest holes, and found an EASTERN PHOEBE on a nest as well. The GREAT HORNED
OWLS were pretty vocal this evening from across the water and I had a
fitz-pewing WILLOW FLYCATCHER in the marsh.

Some photos included in the list. Good birding.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46335164

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Jun 5, 2018 5:51 PM - 8:08 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.63 mile(s)
37 species

Canada Goose 8
Mallard 4
Great Blue Heron 4
Mourning Dove 1
Great Horned Owl 2
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 6
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 16
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 12
Prothonotary Warbler 3
American Redstart 3
Yellow Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 3
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Common Grackle 4
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46335164

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



--
Jeff Bilsky
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Date: 6/5/18 7:35 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 2300 Chimney Swifts in Hyde Park - Saturday 6.2.18
This past Saturday, June 2nd, I spent a few hours in Hyde Park, and had
dinner at dusk at The Promontory restaurant, 5311 S. Lake Ave W. The food
here is excellent; we sat on the patio, and after a few minutes I noticed
Chimney Swifts circling across the street. I observed for close to an hour,
and took 14 videos between 7:49 pm and 8:35 pm. I estimated the counts of
swifts entering the chimney by slowing down each video and counting the
birds per minute, and then extrapolating for the time I was there. The 2300
is a conservative estimate. Below is one of the 14 videos (iPhone); I have
another with more birds entering, however, the audio includes the server
calling them sparrows, and then bats, and then claiming he's a beginning
birder.....anyway, this is a less distracting 25 second video, although not
as comical:

https://franmorel.smugmug.com/2018-day-by-day/Hyde-Park-Chimney-Swifts-6218/

On 10/20/2009, I counted 3340 swifts entering a chimney behind the Evanston
Police Station. In this instance, I had a scope focused on the chimney
entrance and was able to count by 10's the number of swifts entering. If
you've never seen this behavior, it's pretty amazing. It seems the birds
gather until they have a decent number, then begin swirling, and on some
queue, they drop in. Other times they circle, but none of them drop in.
Once a group is in, more birds gather and the process begins again. The
exception seems to be that the "really late" birds just show up and go
right in, almost like they know they're late.

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.

 

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Date: 6/5/18 6:14 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Injured King Rail at Montrose Point
Dear all,


Krzysztof K. posted a picture on Facebook of an injured King Rail at Montrose Point, seen yesterday.


I just discussed the situation with Annette Prince, of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) group. They routinely rescue injured birds, are trained to do so, and she mentioned that there are monitors in the Montrose area who could help.


Her recommendation is that if anyone sees the injured King Rail again, to immediately call the CBCM hotline at (773) 988-1867. They will send someone to properly catch the rail and then take it to rehab.


If you are at Montrose Point over the next few days, please keep an eye for this injured rail, and if you see it, please call and try to be as specific as to its location as possible. Your help is appreciated!


Thank you!


Tamima Itani

Evanston, Cook County


 

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

Birds in Sangamon County in May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Green Heron* – HC = 4 (May 12).

*Mute Swan* – HC = 4 (May 2).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Redhead – *one ♂ at LSpfld (May 5)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Red-tailed Hawk* – HC = 3 (May 11).

*Am. Kestrel – *HC = 3 (May 8).

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

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

*Turkey – *HC = 9 (May 3) at CP.

*N. Bobwhite* – HC = 4 (May 26).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Rock Dove* – present.

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

*Mourning Dove* – HC = 21 (May 31).

Black-billed Cuckoo- none

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*E. Phoebe* – HC = 3 (May 26).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Am. Crow* – HC = 12 (May 1 & 25).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Wood Thrush* – HC = 5 (May 10 & 12).

*Am. Robin* – HC = 35 (May 1).

*Gray Catbird* – HC = 10 (May 2 - 4).

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

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

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

*European Starling* – present.

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

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

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

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

*Warbling Vireo* – HC = 6 (May 26).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*N. Parula* – HC = 5 (May 4) – low #.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worm-eating Warbler – none found.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hooded Warbler – none!.

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

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

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

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

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

*N. Cardinal* – HC = 20 (May 2 & 14).

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

*Blue Grosbeak* – HC = 3 (May 8).

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

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

*E. Towhee* – HC = 5 (May 15).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henslow’s Sparrow – none, habitat gone.

*Song Sparrow* – HC = 6 (May 5).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*House Finch* – HC = 7 (May 19).

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

*House Sparrow* – present.

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

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

Total species = 189

Total field days = 31

Total hours for May 2018 = 273

H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum

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Date: 6/5/18 11:17 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Paul Douglas Grassy Ridge Meadow Tuesday 6-5-18
Hello Bird People,

Took my search for resident birds to the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve
today. Saw nothing special but had a good mix of field, marsh & shrub
land species. And since I stayed out of the tick area I seem to have
avoided ticks too, but we'll see later if that's true. We'll do the
lists by habitat today.

Paul Douglas/Grassy Ridge Meadow

Marsh Area

D.C. Cormorant (1, resting)
Great Blue Heron (14-16 including young)
Canada Geese (~30)
Tree (10) & Rough Winged (4) Swallows
Marsh Wren (2 seen & 2 more heard, none were here last time I was present)
Common Yellowthroat (1)
Song Sparrow (2)
Red Wings (~30)
YELLOW HEADED BLACKBIRD (1-M)
(Does anyone know if this Y.H. Blackbird has a mate? Seems strange
that this guy would come back every year without a mate showing up but
that may be the case.)

Grassy Field & Shrub Areas

Turkey Vulture (1 soaring)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 hunting)
Ring Billed Gull (1, flying by)
Rock Pigeon (1, flying by)
Mourning Dove (1 in a tree)
Willow Flycatcher (1)
Eastern Kingbird (1-PR & 1 individual)
B.G. Gnatcatcher (2 together)
Eastern Bluebird (1-M)
Robins (15-18)
Gray Catbird (2)
Starling (4-5)
Warbling Vireo (4)
Yellow Warbler (4)
Common Yellowthroat (5)
Cardinal (1)
Dickcissel (1)
Savannah Sparrow (3)
HENSLOW'S SPARROW (1 or 2)
Song Sparrow (5)
BOBOLINK (6-M & 2-F)
Red Wings (10)
Grackle (2)
Goldfinch (2)
House Sparrow (1-F)

Heavy Woods (Gave up on this as the traffic noise was too much to take)

A young Red Tailed Hawk, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 1 Indigo Bunting,
1 Baltimore Oriole
& a couple Cowbirds.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Bobolinks who, as always, put on a fine show!
Runners-Up to the Eastern Bluebird & the Henslow's Sparrow.

License Plate Of The Day was a good one as it was from Delaware.

Al Stokie
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Date: 6/5/18 8:56 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard A. robin

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/42587829061/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
Robins eating cherries here. You can hear the young squawking/calling for some.
Also cardinal, grackle, BJ, and catbird getting in on the feast. Not sure about C. waxwings, but they are around.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 6/5/18 8:39 am
From: <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET White Pelican at Douglas Park, Chicago

Remember that American White Pelican that was seen in Douglas Park on Saturday? Park neighbors informed me that the pelican was also seen on Sunday, and I just saw a photo of the pelican on the north part of the lagoon as of 7:20 this morning (June 5).


Eric Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, Cook County





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Subject: Re: IBET White Pelican at Douglas Park, Chicago

Was there when I got to Douglas Park around 2. North lagoon still. I was well across the pond from it and it just took off heading south at 2:30.

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Date: 6/5/18 8:32 am
From: Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RT Hummingbird (in sprinklers)
Perhaps some of you have observed this behavior before. This morning while
sitting quietly on our back patio that overlooks the sprinkler system, I
witnessed a RT hummingbird fly into the misting spray, hover and turn as
its feathers got wet, move to the next sprinkler and repeat the process,
then fly up to preen.

It was all quite efficient and well-rehearsed. I'll try to get photos some
morning if this is a regular occurrence. Anyone else witness hummers using
a sprinkler system this way?

--
Christopher Cudworth
3C Creative Marketing
630.621.8520

 

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Date: 6/5/18 8:31 am
From: John Leonard <leonard...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White-faced Ibis, Air Station Prairie Glenview
This is a third-hand report from the staff of the Air Station Prairie in Glenview (Compass at LeHigh rd), of a White-faced Ibis photographed yesterday morning before 9:00AM, 6/4.
It was a lifer for the photographer, but I have seen no mention of it on ebird or IBET or even on Facebook!

So, be alert as the Ibis may still be in the general vicinity.

Cheers, John P. Leonard 1617 Executive Lane Glenview, IL 60026


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Date: 6/4/18 10:42 pm
From: Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Pulaski Woods South (Palos) - White-eyed Vireo, Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher
Just a cautionary note re the trails in Pulaski South. These trails are part of Chicagoland's most popular mountain biking trail system and seldom see a lot of foot traffic. High speed biking is not uncommon. The trails are narrow and steep and in many spots there is no passing room. The combination of these factors can be unsafe.


Those of us working the Palos and Sag Valley Blitzes of 2017 and 2018 are starting to learn more about these two large areas. As we become more familiar it is becoming apparent that there are many good spots to bird there.


Linda Padera

Cook County, IL


> On June 4, 2018 at 4:22 PM "<trptjoe...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Following up on recent eBird reports by Davida Kalina and Linda Padera I went to Pulaski Woods South for the first time. I parked at the Wolf Road Woods parking lot (the very end of the entrance road at the west side of Maple Lake) and walked east on the Yellow Trail. No sooner had I started when I heard, then saw, a White-eyed Vireo (FOY) on the north side of the trail, just after the unpaved trail goes to the north.
> Following Davida's advice, I took the unpaved trail south at Intersection 4. Once the ravine got deeper I heard, then saw a male Hooded Warbler (FOY; finally). Staying on that trail, it eventually heads north along a different ravine. This one had the Acadian Flycatcher. Should one primarily desire that species, take the Yellow Trail from the parking lot and head south at Intersection 5; that'l get you to this ravine in short order.
> One I got back to the Yellow Trail going west, I had a Blue-winged Warbler directly above the trail west of Intersection 4. I did not hear it on the way in.
>
> I've requested that this area be added as an eBird hotspot. It sure seemed like a hotspot to me!
> Special thanks to Davida for the tips, and to Linda for knowing that area as well as anyone.
>
> Joe
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> Joe Lill
> Chicago, Cook County
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Date: 6/4/18 7:33 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard RT

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41670815365/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The RT came for the feeder and two of them chased and chirped just before dark.
The bird perched on the cable and was visible against the siding for focus.
Heard a starling imitate a few bluebird song phrases, the baby robins are begging for cherries.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 6/4/18 6:28 pm
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Shorebirds, Spring Bluff, Lake County
On the mud flats on the north end of the Spring Bluff Forest Preserve between the main road and the newly rebuilt trail there was a small flock of shorebirds including a couple Dunlin, a couple Semipalmated Plovers, and a few other small shorebirds, couldn't tell what they were but were smaller and showed mostly white when they flew.  Also were Killdeer and a Spotted Sandpiper that was farther to the south in the vegetation.  A Great Egret and a couple Sandhill Cranes were also in the area.  State Line Beach just had the usual gulls, people, and dogs.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie, WI
 

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Date: 6/4/18 4:20 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Horned Grebe at Calumet River, Chicago (6-4-18)
An alternate adult HORNED GREBE was on the Calumet River (under the Norfolk & Southern train bridge at the SW corner of Indian Ridge Marsh in Chicago) on Monday afternoon (4 June 2018). It was viewed from MWRD SEPA Station #1 at the south end of Indian Ridge Marsh. SEPA Station #1 is normally restricted access, but I happened to be participating in a field trip which had access permission. Regardless, a map of the location is at the following link (the Horned Grebe was on the river almost exactly where the red pin is placed).

https://bridgehunter.com/il/cook/bh53633/

Walter Marcisz
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Date: 6/4/18 3:10 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET McClaughrey Springs, Swallow Cliff & Orland Grasslands Monday 6-4-18
Hello Bird People,

I was birding with Ron Blazek today & we really just had Flycatchers &
a few other highlights.

McClaughrey Springs

Flycatchers here were Eastern Pewee (5), ACADIAN (1), Eastern Phoebe
(1) & Great Crested (2).
Other birds of some interest were Tufted Titmouse, a singing male Rose
Breasted Grosbeak & a Yellow Throated Vireo singing near the parking
lot.

Swallow Cliff

There are so many walkers & joggers here that it's hard to concentrate
on the birds!
We did hear another Yellow Throated Vireo & a Wood Thrush. Besides
many House Wrens we also saw a singing REDSTART our only Warbler
besides Yellow & Common Yellowthroat. No Hooded here & not much else
either.

Orland Grasslands)(North)

Walked in from the South parking lot as we were after the Bell's Vireo
seen by Michael M in the far southern part of Orland Grasslands
(North). But we did not see or hear it although we listened for quite
a while. New Flycatchers for the day were Willow & Eastern Kingbird.
Highlight from this place was a briefly seen CHAT in the shrubby area.

Orland Grasslands South

Didn't really bird here but noticed several Savannah Sparrows, some
singing, a had at least one singing Dickcissel.

The only other bird worth mentioning was the one Osprey on the nest
platform at Saganashkee.

A low key day but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Acadian Flycatcher which
gave good, close looks
& Runner-Up to the briefly seen Chat which had it been seen better
would have been Top Bird.

Al Stokie
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Date: 6/4/18 2:22 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pulaski Woods South (Palos) - White-eyed Vireo, Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher
Following up on recent eBird reports by Davida Kalina and Linda Padera I went to Pulaski Woods South for the first time. I parked at the Wolf Road Woods parking lot (the very end of the entrance road at the west side of Maple Lake) and walked east on the Yellow Trail. No sooner had I started when I heard, then saw, a White-eyed Vireo (FOY) on the north side of the trail, just after the unpaved trail goes to the north.
Following Davida's advice, I took the unpaved trail south at Intersection 4.. Once the ravine got deeper I heard, then saw a male Hooded Warbler (FOY; finally). Staying on that trail, it eventually heads north along a different ravine. This one had the Acadian Flycatcher. Should one primarily desire that species, take the Yellow Trail from the parking lot and head south at Intersection 5; that'l get you to this ravine in short order.
One I got back to the Yellow Trail going west, I had a Blue-winged Warbler directly above the trail west of Intersection 4. I did not hear it on the way in.

I've requested that this area be added as an eBird hotspot. It sure seemed like a hotspot to me!
Special thanks to Davida for the tips, and to Linda for knowing that area as well as anyone.

Joe


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Date: 6/4/18 10:34 am
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IBSP south unit, Lake County
At the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park in the woodlands were calling birds Great Crested Flycatchers, a Brown Thrasher and a Yellow-breasted Chat.  Also saw an Orchard Oriole, Brewer's Blackbirds, and Eastern Towhee.  An Eastern Meadowlark and two Sandhill Cranes were in the grassland and a Spotted Sandpiper at the mouth of the Dead River.  A Caspian Tern flew around by the lake.  Overhead a Vulture glided around and also a Snipe flew around high in the sky.  Not a bad morning with the migrants being gone.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie, WI
 

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Date: 6/3/18 7:44 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Almost didn't go birding today. You know, the post-migration, mosquito
swarm let down. But then I remembered that every time I think it's going to
not be good, it ends up surprising me. So was the story tonight.

Skip to the list: View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/
checklist/S46283238

On 5/28, I noted a male prothonotary warbler on territory and said he had
apparently picked a nest hole and was looking for a mate. On 5/31, I noted
that there was some moss that had apparently been placed in the bottom of
the nest cavity. I researched that this is behavior of male Prothonotaries
to show the female various nest options and then she completes the building
of the nest. Seemed like a good sign but didn't see any warblers when I was
checking. Today, checked the nest cavity and it was immediately apparent
something had been working on a nest. There were sticks, leaves etc. So I
stood way back, got my camera ready and watched. Eventually I was rewarded
with the male Prothonotary returning, but he brought a friend with him this
time. Apparently she was pleased with the accommodations. I watched for a
while as she would fly in with nesting materials. Often, he stood proud and
defensive watch. He occasionally flew around the territory singing a bit as
well. I saw him defend the area vigorously and successfully against a pair
of much larger Gray Catbirds. He checked me out momentarily, but for the
most part they seemed unbothered as I kept my distance, crouched down,
watching. During the couple hours I was around, they would sometimes leave
for long periods of time, likely foraging, but always came back. During one
of these absences, I observed a cowbird interloper scoping things out
unfortunately. Also of note, there are at least two AMERICAN REDSTARTS on
territory in the area as well as singing ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS. Will keep
an eye out for breeding success on all species. Last summer I do recall an
inordinate number of species feeding cowbirds here. I am hopeful that the
Prothonotaries will fledge at least some of their own.

Good birding!

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46283238

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Jun 3, 2018 4:28 PM - 8:28 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.83 mile(s)
28 species

Canada Goose 2
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 2
Great Blue Heron 5
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Tree Swallow 4
House Wren 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 8
Prothonotary Warbler 3
American Redstart 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 4
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Common Grackle 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46283238

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

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Date: 6/3/18 7:12 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Bluejay

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41623737925/in/photostream/
Hi friends,
Likes a drink, still dry here. Need a good rain.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 6/3/18 2:01 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Plum Creek Forest Preserve In Cook County Sunday 6-3-18
Hello Bird People,

They just did a field trip here yesterday & Joe L reported from here
last week so I figured I knew what was here but you always get a few
surprises. Joe had a Chat but missed the White Eyed Vireo so of course
today I missed the Chat but saw 2 White Eyed Vireo's. And Joe SAW a
Barred Owl which I have never seen in 20 years of going here although
I once heard one. Here's my day list in 3 sections.

Plum Creek Shrub Section

WHITE EYED VIREO (1, singing)
Yellow Warbler (2)
Common Yellowthroat (2)
Gray Catbird (2)
Cedar Waxwing (2)
Indigo Bunting (2)
Field Sparrow (1)
(No Chats or Blue Winged Warblers but I haven't seen Blue Winged here
for several years)

Plum Creek Grassy Fields

Eastern Kingbird (1)
Dickcissel (5-6)
Savannah Sparrow (1, singing)
HENSLOW'S SPARROW (1, singing, I can still hear these guys well enough)
Red Wings (4)
BOBOLINKS (3-M)
Eastern Meadowlark (3)
(Usually get Willow Flycatchers here but maybe it was too windy to hear them?)
(Also there may have been Grasshopper Sparrows here but I was by
myself & can't hear them)

Plum Creek Main Loop Trail

Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Eastern Pewee (3)
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER (1, calling)
Great Crested Flycatcher (2)
House Wren (at least 8)
W.B. Nuthatch (2)
Red Eyed Vireo (4-5)
Wood Thrush (H-1)
Cardinal (2)
Indigo Bunting (2)
Field Sparrow (3)
Eastern Towhee (2)
Cowbird (4)
Grackle (2)
Goldfinch (4)

Had a 2nd singing WHITE EYED VIREO singing along the trail but it
constantly sang half the song. And it was calling from a more wooded
area than you'd expect but I saw it well & it was a White Eyed in
spite of it's bad habits.

Near the main parking lot was a singing Warbling Vireo & many Barn
Swallows & soaring overhead were 2 Turkey Vultures & 1 Red Tailed
Hawk.

I think June birding is interesting as with migration mainly over you
can see what regulars are around & each year is a little different.
That's why I went to Rock Cut yesterday & Plum Creek today.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the White Eyed Vireos & Runners-Up to the Henslow's
Sparrow & the Acadian Flycatcher.

Al Stokie
In far S.E. Cook County today


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Date: 6/3/18 9:37 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Middlefork Savannah Northern Mockingbird
Good morning,


I had a Northern Mockingbird at Middlefork Savannah in Lake County this morning (8:30 am). Other notables were an Indigo Bunting, a Bobolink (notable for being the only one seen) and several flights of Double-crested Cormorants going by overhead adding up to a total of 132 individuals.


Tamima Itani

Evanston, Cook County

 

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Date: 6/3/18 8:14 am
From: Urs Geiser <ugeiser...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Black Terns McHenry County
After an unsuccessful attempt at Goose Lake, I just found 3 Black Terns from the nature trail at Lake Elizabeth, northeast of Richmond, McHenry Co.

Urs Geiser (on the road)

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Date: 6/2/18 8:02 pm
From: Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Need help on Montrose 5-26 VERY light throated female Connecticut W pix
Geoff, Matt & IBET -

Thanks ever so much for this very interesting, nuanced and informative
feedback! In fact, I have had the pleasure of somewhat knowing Geoff for
many years and birding with him a few times. In addition to his posts, each
time I am in awe of how much Geoff knows about birds. It is not his
intention since he is a wonderful gentleman, but I feel like a novice next
to him which is great since I love to learn. This is just another example
that makes me realize even after many years of birding, I still have a ton
to learn.

Thanks ever so much to IBET too. I am not on Facebook for a number of
reasons, so I greatly appreciate this forum, birders of all levels and the
sharing of knowledge!

Kathy

Kathy Noerenberg
Western Springs, Cook County

On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 8:15 AM, Geoffrey Williamson
<geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
wrote:

>
>
> I looked at this too and wrote Kathy that this bird didn't strike me as
> unusual for a Connecticut. In a private thread with some other folks, here
> is what I wrote.
>
> I find nothing about the bird, other than the tone of yellow, that is
> problematic with Connecticut. I don't think it is a great pair of photos
> for making a slam-dunk case for species identification, but to me they
> favor Connecticut over anything else. I think the eye ring is thick and
> complete (though at the front of the eyering there is that "splaying" of
> the gray feathers that obscures the ring if it is there). The brightness
> of the yellow underparts I assume to be a photographic or post-acquisition
> processing effect; everything in the photo looks too green-yellow to me.
> As for the length of the undertail coverts, yes, there is a lot of tail
> showing, but that effect can be captured in images of good Connecticuts and
> it's something that I have seen on birds in the field when looking for this
> feature. I don't know for certain if the stretched out posture can help
> the undertail coverts extend less far down the tail, but it makes sense to
> me that that would happen. The bill also looks to me to be Connecticut
> like and not Mourning/MacGillivray's like, although just as I am saying
> that with the other features one or two photos doesn't necessarily
> substantiate conclusions, I can't claim that this bird's bill is too big
> for Mourning -- it just looks that way to me. And I don't see anything
> particularly unusual about the hood on this bird. A lot of Connecticut
> hoods seem to me to be pale in the chin/throat area (but always with a
> complete darker band below the pale area).
>
> I will add, too, that the bill size and thick-in-the-middle structural
> appearance of the bird make me think Connecticut before Mourning on first
> glance.
>
> A lot of the available features on this bird are qualitative and
> degree-of-this-or-that type things, which makes identification problematic,
> especially when you are working only from one or two photos. I know that I
> like to see these birds walking (or hopping), or hear it sing, to make
> things conclusive.
>
> Good birding,
> Geoff
>
>
>
> On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 7:18 AM, Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> If I had seen that bird, I would have called it a first-year female
>> Mourning Warbler. The yellow underneath is brighter than I'd expect to see
>> on a Connecticut, the eyering appears broken in the front, and the
>> undertail coverts stop too far short of the end of the tail. Plus, there's
>> the lighter throat which is common in first-year female Mournings. Then
>> again, I've only been birding for ~6 years and my knowledge reflects that,
>> so perhaps others can prove me mistaken. As for the apparent contrast in
>> the first photo, that may just be lighting, since the second photo shows a
>> more consistently-colored hood.
>>
>> Matt Wistrand
>> West Chicago, DuPage
>>
>> On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 9:43 PM Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...>
>> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I was at Montrose during much of the same time of this EBird report that
>>> has 2 pix of a unique to me very light colored grayish-white throat on a
>>> Connecticut Warbler that is much lighter in color than its hood. Other
>>> people like Al S. saw a Connecticut W. that day too.
>>>
>>> The *key* is this: Is this a *uniquely very light* *grayish-white
>>> throated Connecticut that is much lighter than its hood *or is this
>>> more common than I have ever seen before?
>>>
>>> I remember seeing what looks to be this bird and commenting about the
>>> throat on my voice recorder. However, I never saw the eyes of this bird but
>>> clearly saw the entire bottom and some of the side of the bird. It was
>>> obviously either a female Mourning or Connecticut warbler but having never
>>> seen a bird like this and to be conservative, I counted it as a female
>>> Mourning.
>>>
>>> Here is the link for this EBird report for the same day with the 2
>>> pictures of the COWA.
>>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46037757
>>>
>>> *Question *- Have you ever seen a female Mourning OR female Connecticut
>>> Warbler with this light of a throat especially compared to its hood color?
>>>
>>> Besides a learning experience, the reason I am asking is If this is
>>> quite unique, I will count it as a Connecticut Warbler. This would be
>>> exciting for me since I have not seen one so far this year (at least the
>>> white eye ring)
>>>
>>> Thanks as always for helping me learn to be a better birder!
>>>
>>> Kathy Noerenberg
>>> Western Springs, Cook County
>>>
>>>
>
>
> --
> Geoff Williamson
> <geoffrey.williamson.21...> <geoffrey.williamson.21...>
>
>
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Date: 6/2/18 3:29 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rock Cut State Park & Stonegate In Hampshire Saturday 6-2-18
Hello Bird People,

Miss seeing all those migrant Warblers? Then visit a place where some
of the Warblers stay to nest.
The best place by far in Northern Illinois is Mississippi Palisades
but if you can't go that far then
Rock Cut State Park near Rockford will do nicely. Bob Erickson & I had
7 species of Warblers plus Chat today at that location. This plus a
number of other highlights. Here's our day list.

Rock Cut State Park (7-10:45 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (2)
Canada Geese (8)
Mallard (6)
Turkey Vulture (6-8, flying very early I guess due to the windy conditions)
OSPREY (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (1)
Rock Pigeon (1 fly-by)
Mourning Dove (1)
Yellow Billed Cuckoo (heard only)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (H-1)
Flicker (H-1)
PILEATED WOODPECKER (Found a nest hole with both male & female
bringing food to 2 young)
Eastern Pewee (5)
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER (4-5)
Willow Flycatcher (2)
Eastern Phoebe (1)
Great Crested Flycatcher (4)
Rough Winged & Barn Swallows
Blue Jay (4)
Crow (2)
Chickadee (H-2)
House Wren (7-8)
B.G. Gnatcatcher (1)
Eastern Bluebird (1-M)
Veery (1, singing)
Wood Thrush (1, singing)
Robins (~20)
Gray Catbird (4)
Brown Thrasher (2)
Starling (3-4)
Warbling Vireo (1)
Red Eyed Vireo (5)
Yellow Warbler (6-7)
YELLOW THROATED WARBLER (1-M, singing)
Common Yellowthroat (4)
CERULEAN WARBLER (1-M, singing)
Redstart (1)
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (1, singing)
HOODED WARBLER (1, singing)
YELLOW BREASTED CHAT (1, singing)
Cardinal (4)
Rose Breasted Grosbeak (4)
Indigo Bunting (4)
Eastern Towhee (2)
Chipping Sparrow (2)
Field Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (1)
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds
Baltimore Oriole (1)
Goldfinch (6)
House Sparrow (2)

On the way home we stopped at the Meadowlark place called Stonegate in
Hampshire where no homes have been built yet. Finally found 2 WESTERN
MEADOWLARKS, some Meadowlark Species (wouldn't sing) one Eastern
Kingbird & one Dickcissel. Also Red Wings & Grackles.

It was a pretty good day with us finding all our target species for a change.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Cerulean Warbler which we missed until the end.
Runners-Up to the Pileated Woodpecker family, the Yellow Throated
Warbler, the Hooded Warbler, the Louisiana Waterhrush & the Chat.

We managed to get completely lost in the semi-open area by Olson Lake
which has so many trails that loop around. Good thing Bob could figure
out the way back. There's a map at the entrance of this area. I
suggest you look it over before you walk the area.

Good day for Western plates with License Plate Of The Day to one from
Wyoming & Runner Up to one from North Dakota.

Al Stokie
Mostly in Winnebago County today with a little time in Kane County


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Date: 6/2/18 12:34 pm
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Subject: Re: IBET White Pelican at Douglas Park, Chicago
Was there when I got to Douglas Park around 2. North lagoon still. I was well across the pond from it and it just took off heading south at 2:30.

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Date: 6/2/18 7:46 am
From: Eric Gyllenhaal <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET White Pelican at Douglas Park, Chicago
There are mowers nearby but it’s started sleeping. It may stick, and it may be unwell. Very pale bill, so I guess it’s immature.

Eric Gyllenhaal

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> On Jun 2, 2018, at 9:29 AM, Eric Gyllenhaal <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> It’s currently on the north lagoon (at 9:35), not too far from Roosevelt Rd.
>
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Date: 6/2/18 7:29 am
From: Eric Gyllenhaal <GyllenFish...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White Pelican at Douglas Park, Chicago
It’s currently on the north lagoon (at 9:35), not too far from Roosevelt Rd.

Eric Gyllenhaal
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Date: 6/1/18 3:30 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Turtles addition, cook co, no bird sighting
Hello, watching my video back that lump in the water by the softshell turtle was actually another softshell turtle!  So my thoughts on how well evolution had led the one on land to appear like the lump sticking out of the water were off, but yet very accurate lol.  Hopefully they mated and laid eggs.  Pretty awesome to see river restoration working in our area!!
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Date: 6/1/18 2:25 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Not Much At Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Friday 6-1-18
Hello Bird People,

1st a correction. Yesterday I said the boat launch at Chain 'O Lakes
was at Turner Lake but it's not.
Seems that Turner Lake is in the campground & the public boat launch
is a separate area where the water flows partly into the Fox River &
partly into Grassy Lake. But no matter as to get there just follow all
the park signs to the Boat Launch & you will get there fine.

Today started off at 70 degrees but as I got to Waukegan the wind
picked up from the north & the temp fell to the low 60's & was 56 when
I left at 10 a.m. It was blowing so hard you could not walk into it
without getting sand blasted so to speak. Needless to say it made for
difficult viewing although there wasn't much to see.

Waukegan Beach

Here we had 1 Killdeer, 2 Spotted Sandpipers & the highlight was 2
WHITE RUMPED SANDPIPERS near the parking lot. Other than that just the
regular 2 species of Gulls & a few Caspian Terns.

Illinois Beach South Unit (w/ Andy Stewart)

Only thing on the beach were 2 pair of adult Killdeer with 1 pair
watching over 3 little Killdeer & the other pair watching over 4 even
smaller young ones. Not even a Spotted Sandpiper today.
In the oaks on the way back were Eastern Pewee, Great Crested
Flycatcher, Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Red Eyed Vireo, Common
Yellowthroat & Indigo Bunting. Mark W told Andy there was a Chat
calling but we did not re-find it.

State Line Beach

Again the wind was so hard you could hardly view the Gulls but there
were only Ring Billed & Herring & 4 Caspian Terns. Two Eastern
Kingbirds were seen on the way in.

Techny North

Stopped here on the way home & there are mud flats but the only
shorebirds were 1 Killdeer &
2 Spotted Sandpipers. The only ducks were Mallards (22) & there was 1
Great Blue Heron.
A Turkey Vulture was soaring.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 White Rumped Sandpipers.

License Plate Of The Day to a different one from Alaska which I'd
never seen before. Must be a specialty plate.

Al Stokie
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Date: 6/1/18 2:13 pm
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET White Pelican, South Lagoon NO
One of the zoo keepers saw it in the Flamingo Pond around 2:30 and then saw
it circle and rise until it took off north.



Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

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On Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 2:44 PM, John Picken <john...> wrote:

> Could not find it at 2.30 - 2.45pm.
>
> John Picken
> Chicago
>
> On Jun 1, 2018, at 12:41 PM, Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> There is a White Pelican in the South lagoon of Lincoln Park. This is the
> area between lake shore drive and the zoo parking lot.
>
> You can park in the zoo parking lot for free for a 1/2 hour FYI.
>
> Matt Igleski
> Cook county, Chicago, IL
>
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Date: 6/1/18 1:04 pm
From: jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS - IS the White Tailed Kite still in Indiana?
Does anyone know if it has been spotted since last weekend? I was thinking
of going out there tomorrow to find it if still around.

Jim from Norridge

 

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Date: 6/1/18 12:46 pm
From: John Picken <john...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET White Pelican, South Lagoon NO
Could not find it at 2.30 - 2.45pm.

John Picken
Chicago

On Jun 1, 2018, at 12:41 PM, Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

There is a White Pelican in the South lagoon of Lincoln Park. This is the area between lake shore drive and the zoo parking lot.

You can park in the zoo parking lot for free for a 1/2 hour FYI.

Matt Igleski
Cook county, Chicago, IL


 

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Date: 6/1/18 10:41 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White Pelican, South Lagoon, Lincoln Park
There is a White Pelican in the South lagoon of Lincoln Park. This is the
area between lake shore drive and the zoo parking lot.

You can park in the zoo parking lot for free for a 1/2 hour FYI.

Matt Igleski
Cook county, Chicago, IL

 

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Date: 6/1/18 8:51 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard E starling

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41593590545/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The young ones are exploring and still have loose feathers.
They look like the catbird after a bath.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Date: 5/31/18 6:29 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Glenview turtles cook co
Yesterday was turtle day up in Glenview. I had a nice big soft shell, red eared slider, and two wrestling/mating snappers. Birds? Sure there were birds too 😄. Of note was a sandhill crane that flew over air station prairie. Wonder if their range has started to expand.

Suzanne Coleman
Your faithful turtle reporter
Cook co.


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Date: 5/31/18 5:39 pm
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Pond - evening migrants!! 5/31/18 5.30pm
I almost didn’t bother going out this evening because it was so hot & humid and I didn’t think I’d see anything! I was pleasantly surprised by a few good birds and there were enough flycatchers and vireos to keep things interesting but only one warbler, no migrant thrushes or sparrows!

Highlights would be Cook county FOY’s with Northern Mockingbird and Olive-sided Flycatcher - both on the east side of the pond near the ‘prairie’ area. Also Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, 4 Alder Flycatcher and a flyover southbound Osprey!

Full list can be viewed at:
http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2018-05-31 <http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2018-05-31>

On a sad note - the North Pond ‘Huge' resident Snapping Turtle may be no more - on Sunday morning there was a large splattered roadkill snapper at Stockton & Fullerton and I haven’t seen one in the pond since. At least the ducklings may have more of a chance at survival i guess.

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL
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Date: 5/31/18 2:27 pm
From: Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Stalking The Black Tern (Again) Thursday 5-31-18
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, before the City of Batavia contracted an
engineering firm to scrape out the wetland at the corner of Fabyan Parkway
and Randall Road, there were black terns breeding annually at the southeast
farm property.

We'd also find 20 species of ducks on that property each spring and fall.
Redhead, canvasback and many more. And black-bellied and golden plover
alighted in the fields where Walmart now stands.

In summer, I found babies of both Virginia and Sora Rail. There were
black-crowned night herons in a breeding colony in those cottonwoods.
Hunters pegged snipe in the fall, and the farmer with a hook for one hand
would chase us birders off the property now and then.

But we went there anyway, and one warm fall afternoon I wandered about
counting all the bird's nests in the small shrubs surrounding the wetland.

The development of that property into a water delivery system that was
later branded a forest preserve property was keenly pursued to generate tax
revenues. I talked with the engineers doing the work who promised "it will
be a better wetland than before," but I was skeptical. I know there is much
good work done in wetland mitigation, and it works. But in this case, the
pressures to channelized that outflow have resulted in a shallow, rather
birdless section of wetland in central Kane County.

And I miss the black terns.

Christopher Cudworth

On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 4:12 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> On our way out of Goose Pond/Lake in McHenry Co on Monday we
> encountered 3 birders going in & one of them (Keith B) did find 2
> Black Terns although we failed during the 2 hours we looked thereby
> proving Terns were still present just not for us. So today I made a
> project out of it going to 4 places were Black Terns have a history of
> being.
>
> The 1st place was Glacial Park where Black Terns are sometimes found
> both at the main pond & the small pond by the last parking lot. Looked
> at both places but no Black Terns. Heard 1 Yellow Headed Blackbird,
> saw Willow Flycatchers & heard an Eastern Phoebe. So I was 0 for 1 on
> Black Terns.
>
> So I had to make the long walk at Goose Pond/Lake Natural Area with
> all its mosquitoes & other bugs. Seemed o.k. at 1st so I didn't use
> bug spray but soon I wished I had. Using spray after being bitten is a
> little like "closing the barn door after the horse is out" but better
> late than never. After 15 min of fast walking I was at the observation
> area & right away I see a Tern like bird but it's far away & the light
> is against me. Can't see any details & then it was gone. Now I "know"
> it was a Black Tern but can't prove it. But about 15 min later it was
> back & I got a much better look. Used my scope as it never came in &
> always stayed at the far (south) end of the water. Disappeared again &
> reappeared again too. Success of a sort!
>
> With a little looking I found 2 COMMON GALLINUES but they were a long
> way off & it's a good thing I could make out the red bills clearly.
> Also saw plenty of YELLOW HEADED BLACKBIRDS & 10 Sandhill Cranes flew
> by with 2 of them landing. Also one of the Ruddy Ducks was still
> there.
> Anyway, now I am 1 for 2 on Black Terns.
>
> Third stop was Lake Catherine off Lakeview which is fairly close by.
> When we were here on Monday Bob Erickson did see 1 Black Tern which I
> never saw & today it was the same with me finding none.
> So now I'm 1 for 3 on Black Terns.
>
> Last stop was in Lake County at the boat launch at Turner Lake in
> Chain 'O Lakes St Pk where Andy Stewart had seen a Black Tern
> recently. Sat by the boat launch for 45 min (I was giving it 1 hour)
> but was not seeing anything but Swallows when 1 Black Tern flew into
> view briefly & was gone.
> Thank you Andy! So the final tally is 2 for 4 on Black Terns.
>
> Drove a lot today but the baby Prius C was in rare form giving me 65.7
> mpg so I don't feel too guilty about gas consumption. Bird-Of-The-Day
> to the hard to find Black Terns & Runners-Up to the 2 Common
> Gallinules & the FOY Dickcissels at North Branch which is near Goose
> Pond/Lake. I knew they'd be there.
>
> Al Stokie
> Mostly in McHenry County with one stop in Lake County
>
>



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Date: 5/31/18 2:14 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Stalking The Black Tern (Again) Thursday 5-31-18
Hello Bird People,

On our way out of Goose Pond/Lake in McHenry Co on Monday we
encountered 3 birders going in & one of them (Keith B) did find 2
Black Terns although we failed during the 2 hours we looked thereby
proving Terns were still present just not for us. So today I made a
project out of it going to 4 places were Black Terns have a history of
being.

The 1st place was Glacial Park where Black Terns are sometimes found
both at the main pond & the small pond by the last parking lot. Looked
at both places but no Black Terns. Heard 1 Yellow Headed Blackbird,
saw Willow Flycatchers & heard an Eastern Phoebe. So I was 0 for 1 on
Black Terns.

So I had to make the long walk at Goose Pond/Lake Natural Area with
all its mosquitoes & other bugs. Seemed o.k. at 1st so I didn't use
bug spray but soon I wished I had. Using spray after being bitten is a
little like "closing the barn door after the horse is out" but better
late than never. After 15 min of fast walking I was at the observation
area & right away I see a Tern like bird but it's far away & the light
is against me. Can't see any details & then it was gone. Now I "know"
it was a Black Tern but can't prove it. But about 15 min later it was
back & I got a much better look. Used my scope as it never came in &
always stayed at the far (south) end of the water. Disappeared again &
reappeared again too. Success of a sort!

With a little looking I found 2 COMMON GALLINUES but they were a long
way off & it's a good thing I could make out the red bills clearly.
Also saw plenty of YELLOW HEADED BLACKBIRDS & 10 Sandhill Cranes flew
by with 2 of them landing. Also one of the Ruddy Ducks was still
there.
Anyway, now I am 1 for 2 on Black Terns.

Third stop was Lake Catherine off Lakeview which is fairly close by.
When we were here on Monday Bob Erickson did see 1 Black Tern which I
never saw & today it was the same with me finding none.
So now I'm 1 for 3 on Black Terns.

Last stop was in Lake County at the boat launch at Turner Lake in
Chain 'O Lakes St Pk where Andy Stewart had seen a Black Tern
recently. Sat by the boat launch for 45 min (I was giving it 1 hour)
but was not seeing anything but Swallows when 1 Black Tern flew into
view briefly & was gone.
Thank you Andy! So the final tally is 2 for 4 on Black Terns.

Drove a lot today but the baby Prius C was in rare form giving me 65.7
mpg so I don't feel too guilty about gas consumption. Bird-Of-The-Day
to the hard to find Black Terns & Runners-Up to the 2 Common
Gallinules & the FOY Dickcissels at North Branch which is near Goose
Pond/Lake. I knew they'd be there.

Al Stokie
Mostly in McHenry County with one stop in Lake County


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Date: 5/31/18 6:52 am
From: 'M.Bernat' <mbernat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Bobwhite at Rainbow Beach
Add Bartel Grassland to recent sightings in Cook County of Northern
Bobwhite. One was observed at Bartel Grassland during a Thorn Creek
Audubon Society field trip on Saturday, May 26.
Mary Bernat
Thorn Creek Audubon Society
So. Cook and eastern Will counties


 

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Date: 5/31/18 6:15 am
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Need help on Montrose 5-26 VERY light throated female Connecticut W pix
I looked at this too and wrote Kathy that this bird didn't strike me as
unusual for a Connecticut. In a private thread with some other folks, here
is what I wrote.

I find nothing about the bird, other than the tone of yellow, that is
problematic with Connecticut. I don't think it is a great pair of photos
for making a slam-dunk case for species identification, but to me they
favor Connecticut over anything else. I think the eye ring is thick and
complete (though at the front of the eyering there is that "splaying" of
the gray feathers that obscures the ring if it is there). The brightness
of the yellow underparts I assume to be a photographic or post-acquisition
processing effect; everything in the photo looks too green-yellow to me.
As for the length of the undertail coverts, yes, there is a lot of tail
showing, but that effect can be captured in images of good Connecticuts and
it's something that I have seen on birds in the field when looking for this
feature. I don't know for certain if the stretched out posture can help
the undertail coverts extend less far down the tail, but it makes sense to
me that that would happen. The bill also looks to me to be Connecticut
like and not Mourning/MacGillivray's like, although just as I am saying
that with the other features one or two photos doesn't necessarily
substantiate conclusions, I can't claim that this bird's bill is too big
for Mourning -- it just looks that way to me. And I don't see anything
particularly unusual about the hood on this bird. A lot of Connecticut
hoods seem to me to be pale in the chin/throat area (but always with a
complete darker band below the pale area).

I will add, too, that the bill size and thick-in-the-middle structural
appearance of the bird make me think Connecticut before Mourning on first
glance.

A lot of the available features on this bird are qualitative and
degree-of-this-or-that type things, which makes identification problematic,
especially when you are working only from one or two photos. I know that I
like to see these birds walking (or hopping), or hear it sing, to make
things conclusive.

Good birding,
Geoff



On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 7:18 AM, Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> If I had seen that bird, I would have called it a first-year female
> Mourning Warbler. The yellow underneath is brighter than I'd expect to see
> on a Connecticut, the eyering appears broken in the front, and the
> undertail coverts stop too far short of the end of the tail. Plus, there's
> the lighter throat which is common in first-year female Mournings. Then
> again, I've only been birding for ~6 years and my knowledge reflects that,
> so perhaps others can prove me mistaken. As for the apparent contrast in
> the first photo, that may just be lighting, since the second photo shows a
> more consistently-colored hood.
>
> Matt Wistrand
> West Chicago, DuPage
>
> On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 9:43 PM Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> I was at Montrose during much of the same time of this EBird report that
>> has 2 pix of a unique to me very light colored grayish-white throat on a
>> Connecticut Warbler that is much lighter in color than its hood. Other
>> people like Al S. saw a Connecticut W. that day too.
>>
>> The *key* is this: Is this a *uniquely very light* *grayish-white
>> throated Connecticut that is much lighter than its hood *or is this more
>> common than I have ever seen before?
>>
>> I remember seeing what looks to be this bird and commenting about the
>> throat on my voice recorder. However, I never saw the eyes of this bird but
>> clearly saw the entire bottom and some of the side of the bird. It was
>> obviously either a female Mourning or Connecticut warbler but having never
>> seen a bird like this and to be conservative, I counted it as a female
>> Mourning.
>>
>> Here is the link for this EBird report for the same day with the 2
>> pictures of the COWA.
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46037757
>>
>> *Question *- Have you ever seen a female Mourning OR female Connecticut
>> Warbler with this light of a throat especially compared to its hood color?
>>
>> Besides a learning experience, the reason I am asking is If this is quite
>> unique, I will count it as a Connecticut Warbler. This would be exciting
>> for me since I have not seen one so far this year (at least the white eye
>> ring)
>>
>> Thanks as always for helping me learn to be a better birder!
>>
>> Kathy Noerenberg
>> Western Springs, Cook County
>>
>>
>



--
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<geoffrey.williamson.21...>

 

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Date: 5/31/18 5:20 am
From: Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Need help on Montrose 5-26 VERY light throated female Connecticut W pix
If I had seen that bird, I would have called it a first-year female
Mourning Warbler. The yellow underneath is brighter than I'd expect to see
on a Connecticut, the eyering appears broken in the front, and the
undertail coverts stop too far short of the end of the tail. Plus, there's
the lighter throat which is common in first-year female Mournings. Then
again, I've only been birding for ~6 years and my knowledge reflects that,
so perhaps others can prove me mistaken. As for the apparent contrast in
the first photo, that may just be lighting, since the second photo shows a
more consistently-colored hood.

Matt Wistrand
West Chicago, DuPage

On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 9:43 PM Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I was at Montrose during much of the same time of this EBird report that
> has 2 pix of a unique to me very light colored grayish-white throat on a
> Connecticut Warbler that is much lighter in color than its hood. Other
> people like Al S. saw a Connecticut W. that day too.
>
> The *key* is this: Is this a *uniquely very light* *grayish-white
> throated Connecticut that is much lighter than its hood *or is this more
> common than I have ever seen before?
>
> I remember seeing what looks to be this bird and commenting about the
> throat on my voice recorder. However, I never saw the eyes of this bird but
> clearly saw the entire bottom and some of the side of the bird. It was
> obviously either a female Mourning or Connecticut warbler but having never
> seen a bird like this and to be conservative, I counted it as a female
> Mourning.
>
> Here is the link for this EBird report for the same day with the 2
> pictures of the COWA.
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46037757
>
> *Question *- Have you ever seen a female Mourning OR female Connecticut
> Warbler with this light of a throat especially compared to its hood color?
>
> Besides a learning experience, the reason I am asking is If this is quite
> unique, I will count it as a Connecticut Warbler. This would be exciting
> for me since I have not seen one so far this year (at least the white eye
> ring)
>
> Thanks as always for helping me learn to be a better birder!
>
> Kathy Noerenberg
> Western Springs, Cook County
>
>
>

 

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Date: 5/30/18 7:43 pm
From: Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Need help on Montrose 5-26 VERY light throated female Connecticut W pix
I was at Montrose during much of the same time of this EBird report that
has 2 pix of a unique to me very light colored grayish-white throat on a
Connecticut Warbler that is much lighter in color than its hood. Other
people like Al S. saw a Connecticut W. that day too.

The *key* is this: Is this a *uniquely very light* *grayish-white throated
Connecticut that is much lighter than its hood *or is this more common than
I have ever seen before?

I remember seeing what looks to be this bird and commenting about the
throat on my voice recorder. However, I never saw the eyes of this bird but
clearly saw the entire bottom and some of the side of the bird. It was
obviously either a female Mourning or Connecticut warbler but having never
seen a bird like this and to be conservative, I counted it as a female
Mourning.

Here is the link for this EBird report for the same day with the 2 pictures
of the COWA.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46037757

*Question *- Have you ever seen a female Mourning OR female Connecticut
Warbler with this light of a throat especially compared to its hood color?

Besides a learning experience, the reason I am asking is If this is quite
unique, I will count it as a Connecticut Warbler. This would be exciting
for me since I have not seen one so far this year (at least the white eye
ring)

Thanks as always for helping me learn to be a better birder!

Kathy Noerenberg
Western Springs, Cook County

 

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Date: 5/30/18 7:00 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET SE Cook County: Big Marsh, Burnham Prairie & Plum Creek
Once a year I tend to do the sweep of southeast Cook County for its specialties. Plum Creek, especially, always feels like I'm making a trip to Central Illinois.
Highlights-

Big Marsh:
Mockingbird (FOY) - as I pulled into the parking lot!
Common Gallinule (FOY) - it called from the south side of the main pond, right where the path first overlooks the main pond.
Least Bittern - flew out of the same reeds, across to the other side of the pond, where it perched in view for about ten seconds.
Blue Grosbeak (FOY) - when the path turns south (northeast of the bike park) you continue along until the path is covered with a puddle of water. The grosbeak was on the ground next to the puddle, then flew up and gave a couple of half-hearted songs.

Burnham Prairie:
Sedge Wren (FOY) - I had two for sure on the east side of the railroad tracks. There were probably more, but I clearly heard two different birds.

Plum Creek (Burnham Ave.):
Chat (FOY) - calling from the east side of Burnham near the pull-off by the open field, which had
Grasshopper Sparrow

Plum Creek (from the path and trails that emanate from the southeast side of the parking lot):
Acadian Flycatcher (FOY) - heard, then seen calling
Scarlet Tanager (FOY) - notable only to me, as I had whiffed on all three tanagers so far this year; a neat trick!
Barred Owl (FOY) - seen!

My only whiff was White-eyed Vireo. Can't get everything, right?

Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
 

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Date: 5/30/18 6:22 pm
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fw: Re: IBET Montrose Bird sanctuary and proposed water park - correction
Last sentence should say Facebook pages (not websites). 
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...>To: "<connie60625...>" <connie60625...>Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 8:16:38 PM CDTSubject: Re: IBET Montrose Bird sanctuary and proposed water park
This proposal was withdrawn yesterday after the Park District received many outraged complaints.
See Trib article: Cold water thrown on plans to put an inflatable park in Lake Michigan

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Cold water thrown on plans to put an inflatable park in Lake Michigan

Eric Zorn

A rushed, secretive plan to put a water park in Lake Michigan off Montrose beach appears to be deflating.
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There is also info on the Chicago Ornithological Society's and Chicago Audubon's Society's websites. 
Jill NilandChicago 

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:46:38 PM CDT, <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

Hello Birders,
I just received an from Alderman Cappleman about a proposed water park at Montrose Beach - see below.

Personally, I'm concerned that this will be devastating to the Magic Hedge bird refuge at Montrose Point, and to the lakeshore experience in general.
COMMENT PERIOD IS ONLY UNTIL JUNE 5th please voice your opinion.
Thanks,
Connie

--------------------------------------------
Email from Ald. Cappleman:

I learned for the first time this weekend about a proposed floating water park at Montrose Beach. After connecting with the Chicago Park District, I found out that this is a very preliminary request from a vendor that is also considering other locations. Even if the project moves forward--which is far from definite--it would not happen this summer. Click here to view what is being proposed. The project would require permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Corps is currently accepting public comments about the proposal. If you would like to register your concerns, you need to act quickly: The public comment period ends Tuesday, June 5. Comments can be submitted to Michael Murphy at the Corps of Engineers at (312) 846-5538 or by email to <Michael.J.Murphy...>, and should include your name, address and phone number. My office also will be tracking constituent comments and concerns regarding this proposal, and you can submit your comments here: http://www.james46.org/resources/request-a-service/

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Date: 5/30/18 4:46 pm
From: <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Bird sanctuary and proposed water park
Hello Birders,


I just received an from Alderman Cappleman about a proposed water park at Montrose Beach - see below.




Personally, I'm concerned that this will be devastating to the Magic Hedge bird refuge at Montrose Point, and to the lakeshore experience in general.


COMMENT PERIOD IS ONLY UNTIL JUNE 5th please voice your opinion.


Thanks,


Connie




--------------------------------------------


Email from Ald. Cappleman:




I learned for the first time this weekend about a proposed floating water park at Montrose Beach. After connecting with the Chicago Park District, I found out that this is a very preliminary request from a vendor that is also considering other locations. Even if the project moves forward--which is far from definite--it would not happen this summer. Click here to view what is being proposed. The project would require permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Corps is currently accepting public comments about the proposal. If you would like to register your concerns, you need to act quickly: The public comment period ends Tuesday, June 5. Comments can be submitted to Michael Murphy at the Corps of Engineers at (312) 846-5538 or by email to <Michael.J.Murphy...>, and should include your name, address and phone number. My office also will be tracking constituent comments and concerns regarding this proposal, and you can submit your comments here: http://www.james46.org/resources/request-a-service/




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Date: 5/30/18 1:21 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Floating water park devastating to Montrose sanctuary your opinion needed
The park district killed the proposal forever Monday. Yay.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 1:44 PM <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I just read the email from Alderman Cappleman about a proposed water park
> at Montrose Beach - see below. Personally, I'm concerned that this will be
> devastating to the Magic Hedge bird refuge at Montrose Point, and to the
> lakeshore experience in general.COMMENT PERIOD IS ONLY UNTIL JUNE 5.
> --------------------------------------------
> NOTE from Ald. Cappleman: I learned for the first time this weekend about
> a proposed floating water park at Montrose Beach. After connecting with the
> Chicago Park District, I found out that this is a very preliminary request
> from a vendor that is also considering other locations. Even if the project
> moves forward--which is far from definite--it would not happen this summer.
> Click here to view what is being proposed. The project would require
> permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Corps is
> currently accepting public comments about the proposal. If you would like
> to register your concerns, you need to act quickly: The public comment
> period ends Tuesday, June 5. Comments can be submitted to Michael Murphy at
> the Corps of Engineers at (312) 846-5538 or by email to
> <Michael.J.Murphy...>, and should include your name, address
> and phone number. My office also will be tracking constituent comments and
> concerns regarding this proposal, and you can submit your comments here:
> http://www.james46.org/resources/request-a-service/
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Date: 5/30/18 12:35 pm
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Floating water park devastating to Montrose sanctuary your opinion needed
The Park District withdrew the proposal yesterday afternoon. 
Jill NilandChicago
On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 1:44:09 PM CDT, <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

I just read the email from Alderman Cappleman about a proposed water park at Montrose Beach - see below. Personally, I'm concerned that this will be devastating to the Magic Hedge bird refuge at Montrose Point, and to the lakeshore experience in general.COMMENT PERIOD IS ONLY UNTIL JUNE 5. --------------------------------------------
NOTE from Ald. Cappleman: I learned for the first time this weekend about a proposed floating water park at Montrose Beach. After connecting with the Chicago Park District, I found out that this is a very preliminary request from a vendor that is also considering other locations. Even if the project moves forward--which is far from definite--it would not happen this summer. Click here to view what is being proposed. The project would require permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Corps is currently accepting public comments about the proposal. If you would like to register your concerns, you need to act quickly: The public comment period ends Tuesday, June 5. Comments can be submitted to Michael Murphy at the Corps of Engineers at (312) 846-5538 or by email to <Michael.J.Murphy...>, and should include your name, address and phone number. My office also will be tracking constituent comments and concerns regarding this proposal, and you can submit your comments here: http://www.james46.org/resources/request-a-service/

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Date: 5/30/18 12:24 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Another Weekly Visit To The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 5-30-18
Hello Bird People,

Only 1 migrant this time with all the other species being residents.
Here's my day list:

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

Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (1)
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (3-AD & 1-2nd year)
(All these Herons & the Egret were at the B.Brown Pond)
Canada Geese (~30)
Wood Duck (16, mostly males as the females are on nests, at the B.Brown Pond)
Mallard (8 plus 1 female with 11 small young)
Killdeer (3)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Herring Gull (2-AD)
Caspian Tern (Max=6)
Rock Pigeon (1 fly-by)
Mourning Dove (6)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (H-1)
Downy Woodpecker (H-1)
Flicker (H-1)
(All 3 Woodpeckers were at the McDonald Woods section)
Eastern Pewee (H-3)
Willow Flycatcher (2)
Great Crested Flycatcher (H-2)
Purple Martin (15 at the east house & 12 at the 2 west houses)
Tree, Barn & Cliff Swallows
Blue Jay (4-6)
Chickadee (H-1)
B.G. Gnatcatcher (2)
WOOD THRUSH (H-1)
Cedar Waxwing (5)
Warbling Vireo (7-8)
Red Eyed Vireo (3)
Yellow Warbler (1-2)
Common Yellowthroat (3)
NASHVILLE WARBLER (1, my only migrant species of the day)
Cardinal (2-PR & H-2)
Indigo Bunting (1-PR together)
Song Sparrow (6)
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds
Baltimore Oriole (4)
House Finch (4)
Goldfinch (6)
House Sparrow (6)

I did not see the Red Headed Woodpecker that I'd seen for the last 3
visits by the B.Brown Pond but the leaves are all out making it much
harder to see at that location. I had hoped it would stay.

Bird-Of-The-Day to all the Black Crowned Night Herons who I think nest
at Skokie Lagoons & hunt for food at the Botanic Garden. Runner-Up to
the late Nashville Warbler.

License Plate Of The Day to my 2nd HAWAII of the year which flew past
me on on the Edens going north. Apologies to all those still needing
that plate while I now have two. Seems kind of greedy of me to see
two.

A; Stokie
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Date: 5/30/18 11:51 am
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bobwhite at Rainbow Beach
I went to Rainbow Beach Park along the Lake Michigan lakefront between
75th and 79th St. this AM in the hope of finding some late migrants.
Rainbow Beach has been good for migrants at times in the past in late May;
early June, but today was not one of those days. However I was shocked to
find a female Northern Bobwhite at the east end of the dune grassland at
the east end of the main beach at Rainbow Beach. I first saw on the rocks
just east of the grassland. It jumped off the rocks and ran into the dense
grass. About ten minutes later, while I walked on a small trail
paralleling the rocks, I flushed the bird and it flew into the far SE
corner of the grassland. The grass in that area is short and open, so
later I was able to see the bird on the ground there. I did not approach
and the bird stayed put as long as I could see. It is hard to imagine what
brought a Bobwhite to Rainbow Park. The only recent Cook Co. records of
which I am aware are from Eggers Woods, Big Marsh and Wolf Lake in the
Calumet area.
The other birds of interest I saw or heard in Rainbow Beach were a
total of 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Northern Mockingbird (by the beach
house). a singing Mourning Warbler, 2 Dickcissels, and a flock of 6
Semipalmed Sandpipers on the main beach.

Doug Stotz

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Date: 5/30/18 11:24 am
From: <connie60625...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Floating water park devastating to Montrose sanctuary your opinion needed
I just read the email from Alderman Cappleman about a proposed water park at Montrose Beach - see below. Personally, I'm concerned that this will be devastating to the Magic Hedge bird refuge at Montrose Point, and to the lakeshore experience in general.COMMENT PERIOD IS ONLY UNTIL JUNE 5. --------------------------------------------


NOTE from Ald. Cappleman: I learned for the first time this weekend about a proposed floating water park at Montrose Beach. After connecting with the Chicago Park District, I found out that this is a very preliminary request from a vendor that is also considering other locations. Even if the project moves forward--which is far from definite--it would not happen this summer. Click here to view what is being proposed. The project would require permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Corps is currently accepting public comments about the proposal. If you would like to register your concerns, you need to act quickly: The public comment period ends Tuesday, June 5. Comments can be submitted to Michael Murphy at the Corps of Engineers at (312) 846-5538 or by email to <Michael.J.Murphy...>, and should include your name, address and phone number. My office also will be tracking constituent comments and concerns regarding this proposal, and you can submit your comments here: http://www.james46.org/resources/request-a-service/




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Date: 5/30/18 5:32 am
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No sightings: Good article by Eric Zorn on the deflated park
Cold water thrown on plans to put an inflatable park in Lake Michigan


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Cold water thrown on plans to put an inflatable park in Lake Michigan

Eric Zorn

A rushed, secretive plan to put a water park in Lake Michigan off Montrose beach appears to be deflating.
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Date: 5/29/18 4:18 pm
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Abhorrent water park news
Yay! and hope Obama puts his center on south side instead of Jackson Park.
Open space in Chicago always at risk it seems. My Dad loved Jackson Park as
a child there.
Rhetta Jack, Springfield, IL

 

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Date: 5/29/18 4:02 pm
From: Alex Bloss <alex_bloss13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Fw: Montrose Beach
Hallelujah!

Alex Bloss
Chicago

Sent from my iPad

On May 29, 2018, at 3:59 PM, <trptjoe...><mailto:<trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Alison,
Thanks for passing this along. I've already sent an 'thank you' email to those listed in your email.

Joe


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County



-----Original Message-----
From: Alison Newberry <alison_newberry...><mailto:<alison_newberry...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>>
To: ILbirds IBET <ilbirds...><mailto:<ilbirds...>>
Sent: Tue, May 29, 2018 4:35 pm
Subject: IBET Fw: Montrose Beach



Good news about the inflatable water park at Montrose!
Alison NewberryCook County

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Sarrafian, Raffi <raffi.sarrafian...><mailto:<raffi.sarrafian...>>Cc: Zilinski, Dana <dana.zilinski...><mailto:<dana.zilinski...>>; Breitenbach, Cathy <cathy.breitenbach...><mailto:<cathy.breitenbach...>>; Levar, Patrick <patrick.levar...><mailto:<patrick.levar...>>Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 4:30:33 PM CDTSubject: Montrose Beach

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your feedback regarding the proposed water park at Montrose Beach and your continued support for Montrose Beach. The beach, dune, and bird sanctuary are very special places in our city and are important to the quality of life in Chicago. While we always strive to introduce new ideas and opportunities to enhance our concession program, we also aim to balance all interests in this endeavor. Accordingly, I would like to inform you that effective immediately, and going forward, the Park District will no longer consider an inflatable water park at Montrose Beach.

Thank you again for your important feedback,



Raffi Sarrafian

Chief Administrative Officer

Chicago Park District




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Date: 5/29/18 3:09 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Fw: Montrose Beach
Alison,
Thanks for passing this along. I've already sent an 'thank you' email to those listed in your email.

Joe


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County



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From: Alison Newberry <alison_newberry...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
To: ILbirds IBET <ilbirds...>
Sent: Tue, May 29, 2018 4:35 pm
Subject: IBET Fw: Montrose Beach

Good news about the inflatable water park at Montrose!
Alison NewberryCook County

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Sarrafian, Raffi <raffi.sarrafian...>Cc: Zilinski, Dana <dana.zilinski...>; Breitenbach, Cathy <cathy.breitenbach...>; Levar, Patrick <patrick.levar...>Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 4:30:33 PM CDTSubject: Montrose Beach

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your feedback regarding the proposed water park at Montrose Beach and your continued support for Montrose Beach.  The beach, dune, and bird sanctuary are very special places in our city and are important to the quality of life in Chicago.  While we always strive to introduce new ideas and opportunities to enhance our concession program, we also aim to balance all interests in this endeavor.  Accordingly, I would like to inform you that effective immediately, and going forward, the Park District will no longer consider an inflatable water park at Montrose Beach.

Thank you again for your important feedback,

 

Raffi Sarrafian

Chief Administrative Officer

Chicago Park District

 


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Date: 5/29/18 2:35 pm
From: Alison Newberry <alison_newberry...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fw: Montrose Beach
Good news about the inflatable water park at Montrose!
Alison NewberryCook County




----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Sarrafian, Raffi <raffi.sarrafian...>Cc: Zilinski, Dana <dana.zilinski...>; Breitenbach, Cathy <cathy.breitenbach...>; Levar, Patrick <patrick.levar...>Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 4:30:33 PM CDTSubject: Montrose Beach

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your feedback regarding the proposed water park at Montrose Beach and your continued support for Montrose Beach.  The beach, dune, and bird sanctuary are very special places in our city and are important to the quality of life in Chicago.  While we always strive to introduce new ideas and opportunities to enhance our concession program, we also aim to balance all interests in this endeavor.  Accordingly, I would like to inform you that effective immediately, and going forward, the Park District will no longer consider an inflatable water park at Montrose Beach.

Thank you again for your important feedback,

 

Raffi Sarrafian

Chief Administrative Officer

Chicago Park District

 


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Date: 5/29/18 2:30 pm
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: The eBird List of the Century
My friend and Massachusetts birder extraordinaire Fred Bouchard sent along
this astonishing Quebec eBird list from yesterday, May 28, 2018. The
commentary is wonderful.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46116491

Ed McDevitt
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Date: 5/29/18 2:26 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Diminishing Migration At Montrose Tuesday 5-29-18
Hello Bird People,

Still a few migrants at Montrose today but I stress the word few. I
saw only 5 Warblers (2 resident) but others had a few more. Shorebirds
were only Killdeer (2-AD & 2 young), Spotted, Sanderling (2) &
Semipalmated (1). No interesting Gulls or Terns just the regulars.
Here's my list:

Montrose Hedge Area & Beach

I've already mentioned the shorebirds but there are lots of swallows
in the beach area & Colin had a NELSON'S SPARROW in the Dunes. Not
many sparrows other than that though.

Canada Geese (~10)
Mallard (6, one female was with 12 small young along the beach)
Ring Billed Gulls & Caspian Terns were fly-bys
Flycatchers were Eastern Pewee, Yellow Bellied, Alder, Least & Eastern Kingbird.
(Other birders saw 1 Eastern Phoebe)
Blue Jay (2)
Chickadee (2)
House Wren (1)
Robins & Catbird (4)
Cedar Waxwing (~10)
The only Vireo I saw was Warbling
Warblers that I saw were Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Redstart, Canada
& MOURNING
(But others also saw Tennessee, Chestnut Sided, Wilson's & a female
Black Throated Blue)
The only sparrow I saw was 1 Lincoln's
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds
Baltimore Oriole (2)
Goldfinch (4)
House Sparrows

I'm sure other birders saw more than I did but I was trying to find
the Black Throated Blue &
Nelson's Sparrow & so wasted quite a bit of time doing that.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Mourning Warbler that I saw thanks to
directions from Andrew A.
Runner-Up to a well seen, while calling. Alder Flycatcher.

But the highlight of the day for me was a Possum pointed out by
Laurel. It was a pretty big one & very white & I hadn't seen one since
2016 as they have become hard to find in my home area.

Since this is (for me) a short report I'll mention that our 1st
license plate chaser (Susan H) saw a Wyoming plate & thereby finished
all 51 U.S. plates (includes D.C.). She is the 1st one to finish while
I am still looking for Vermont.

Al Stokie


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Date: 5/29/18 8:45 am
From: Don Lopat <donlopat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Birding Fermi - NO SIGHTINGS
 The Batavia Road entrance (East Entrance) will be closed for the next 5 or 6 days.  The rail crossing is under repair from CN.
All others entrances (Wilson and Pine Roads) are open as usual.
Don LopatWarrenville/DuPage



 

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Date: 5/29/18 8:44 am
From: Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Springbrook Prairie Dickcissels and Acadian Flycatcher and Home Siskins
While there were really no migrants this morning at Springbrook Prairie in Naperville, DuPage County, I did manage to find the first Dickcissels of the year and also saw an Acadian Flycatcher.  The flycatcher was singing at the bridge over the creek along the mowed trail (Henlsow's Trail on the new signs) east of Plainfield-Naperville Road.  All the regular grassland and shrubland birds are back, but an earlier Yellow-breasted Chat seems to have decided to go elsewhere.
At my home in Naperville, I had two Pine Siskins in my yard yesterday adding to several other late-spring records of this species in DuPage County. 

 

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Date: 5/29/18 6:15 am
From: Phil <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Adams Co. Late Warblers
This morning Adam had a Bay-breasted and a Canada Warbler in the wooded
area next to his home here in Quincy. This is a rather late date even
for the later warblers.

Adam and Phil Reyburn

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Date: 5/28/18 8:13 pm
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th- NO SIGHTINGS
Fran -  Those questions were asked and no answers were forthcoming. 

Below is an update I just sent my dune volunteer list.  Birders, your letters and voices can make a difference.
Thank you,
Leslie BornsMontrose Beach Dunes Site Steward
<cakile...>
- - - - - - - - - -

DearVolunteers and Friends of Montrose Beach Dunes,

First, thankyou for your strong response to the Action Alert and the many letters andmessages you are writing.  I justlearned that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has a publicnotice on its website about the proposed inflatable water park that containscritical information we were not given by the Chicago Park District (CPD) and whichcorrects misleading information in the District’s proposal to Army Corps.  Please read IDNR’s notice here:
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/WaterResources/Documents/PublicNotice_ChicagoParkDistrict_WaterSportsPark_2018May.pdf

Note that the applicant is a person named Etai Timna, of 400 E. San Marino Drive,Miami Beach, FL., 33139.  The company is Jorbasa LLC.  That's right folks, your precious parkland and lake are up for grabs to an out of state developer.
Note that thewater park is located “AT MONTROSE BEACH in the City of Chicago,” not at “LawrenceAvenue” as previously asserted by CPD.
IDNR has askedfor public comments with a deadline of June25th.  Please forward yourletters and messages to IDNR so they are aware of our strong opposition (see contact at the bottom of page 1 in link).
Another considerationyou may wish to add in your comments is that the proposed "waterpark" does not have latrines. The structures need to be set at least 5feet deep, which puts it off shore.  The application does not tell us howaccess will be determined ("keep non-clients out"); remember, this isa private-pay concession.  Restrictedaccess, while alarming in itself in these public waters, is more alarming becauseit doesn't look like it is easy to get on and off to get to the shore-basedrestrooms.  There are tremendously important operating details lacking inthis notice.  The Illinois EPA websitedoesn’t have a notice yet, but the project would probably require Section 401water quality certification before being allowed in Lake Michigan.

Onward!
/Leslie 




From: Fran M <franmmmk...>
To: Chuck Berman <cberman129...>
Cc: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...>; "<ilbirds...>" <ilbirds...>; Leslie Borns <cakile...>
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2018 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th

Can someone ask the CPD to explain what they're thinking about here? Who in their organization thinks this is a good idea?
Fran MorelEvanston
On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 8:03 PM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

  Thank you for the info. And, for your info, this is the letter I sent to the local and Army Corps of Engineer officials:
 Hello,  I am writing to urge you not to approve this latest private venture inflatable water park proposal at the very public and ecologically important area of and surrounding Montrose Beach. I am an avid bird watcher at Montrose Point, which is one of the region's most important flyways for migrating and nesting birds. My fellow birders and I oppose such enterprises which could ecologically damage the area and the protected dunes and the waters off the beach and fishing pier.  Montrose Beach already has a thriving population enjoying the natural wonders without introducing a floating amusement park. In nearby Whiting, IN., 20,000 people flooded their similar water park. I fear that Chicago would exceed that number to great harm to the environment, habitat and general beauty of the beach..  Perhaps a less environmentally sensitive area could be found, without these delicate issues. Thank you.Chuck BermanOak Park, IL
On Sun, May 27, 2018 at 1:21 PM, Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups. com> wrote:

  The Chicago Park District has submitted an application to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to put in a huge, inflatable water park at Montrose Beach (the “Sports Park” and “Sports ParkXL”).  This concession would be located right in Lake Michigan just off the dunes.  Please see the attached proposal with graphics and detailed information.  
See this link for detailed info and graphics: http://www.pattmcopr law..com/LRC-2017-224_LOP_PN_ Email.pdfACE is holding a public comment period that started May 16 and ends June 5.  
It was just two years ago almost that we were confronted with and successfully fought off a similar project, the "Surf Park,” another attempt to usurp public land and resources and install an expensive private concession at Montrose Beach, Chicago’s largest and busiest.  The “Sports Park” concession will be sited right in the lake and embedded into its bottom with 970 pound blocks and stainless steel rebar.  What happens in the water affects what happens on land and, in addition to the increased noise, trash, and pollution from the Park, the numerous artificial structures will negatively impact the lacustrine ecosystem (see EPA website - (https://archive.epa..gov/ec opage/web/html/glctext.html ).   Please take the time today to write the Army Corps and CPD officials (especially Board President Ruiz) and loudly renounce this project and its implications for Montrose Beach, the natural areas, and the entire recreational area.  Address the message to: Army Corps of Engineers - Michael J. Murphy (<Michael.J.Murphy...> il) CPD General Superintendent - Mike.Kelly (Mike.Kelly@chicagoparkdistric t.com)

CPD-CEO - Pat Levar (patrick.levar@chicagoparkdist rict.com) 

President of CPD’s Board of Commissioners - Jesse Ruiz (jesse.ruiz@chicagoparkdistric t.com).  CPD Director of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – Cathy Breitenbach (cathy.breitenbach@chicagopark district.com).

Consider focusing on the factors that the Army Corps uses when writing to them:

“The following general criteria are considered in evaluating all applications:

1. The relevant extent of public and private need for the proposed work;

2. Where unresolved conflicts of resource use exist, the practicability of using reasonable alternative locations and methods to accomplish the objective of the proposed structure or work; and

3. The extent and permanence of the beneficial and/or detrimental effects the proposed structure or work is likely to have on public and private uses to which the area is suited. “

There is a similar park in Whiting, IN. Does Montrose need another 20,000 visitors in the summer? 
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/l ocal/lake/whiting-whoazone-wat er-park-saw-over-people-in-its -first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7- 507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1
Whiting WhoaZone water park saw over 20,000 people in its first season; city plans to expand next summer


Jill NilandChicago 










 

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Date: 5/28/18 7:23 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Just a short hike at Skokie Lagoons this evening, battling the mosquitos.
Of note, the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues in the same spot - pretty sure
I saw it disappear into a cavity. Hopefully nesting here. Also, had 3
singing PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, including one scoping out a probable nest
site. A WOOD THRUSH was singing on the island as well. Good birding.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46113732


Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
May 28, 2018 5:22 PM - 6:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.23 mile(s)
32 species

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Killdeer 2
Chimney Swift 4
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 4
House Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 3
Prothonotary Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 2
Yellow Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
Baltimore Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Common Grackle 9
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46113732

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



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

 

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Date: 5/28/18 6:35 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th
Can someone ask the CPD to explain what they're thinking about here? Who in
their organization thinks this is a good idea?

Fran Morel
Evanston

On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 8:03 PM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Thank you for the info. And, for your info, this is the letter I sent to
> the local and Army Corps of Engineer officials:
>
> * Hello, *
> * I am writing to urge you not to approve this latest private venture
> inflatable water park proposal at the very public and ecologically
> important area of and surrounding Montrose Beach. I am an avid bird watcher
> at Montrose Point, which is one of the region's most important flyways for
> migrating and nesting birds. My fellow birders and I oppose such
> enterprises which could ecologically damage the area and the protected
> dunes and the waters off the beach and fishing pier. *
> * Montrose Beach already has a thriving population enjoying the natural
> wonders without introducing a floating amusement park. In nearby Whiting,
> IN., 20,000 people flooded their similar water park. I fear that Chicago
> would exceed that number to great harm to the environment, habitat and
> general beauty of the beach. *
> * Perhaps a less environmentally sensitive area could be found, without
> these delicate issues. *
> *Thank you.*
> *Chuck Berman*
> *Oak Park, IL*
>
> On Sun, May 27, 2018 at 1:21 PM, Jill Niland <bwwarbler...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> The Chicago Park District has submitted an application to the Army Corps
>> of Engineers (ACE) to put in a huge, inflatable water park at Montrose
>> Beach (the “Sports Park” and “Sports ParkXL”). This concession would be
>> located right in Lake Michigan just off the dunes. Please see the
>> attached proposal with graphics and detailed information.
>>
>> See this link for detailed info and graphics: http://www.pattmcopr
>> law.com/LRC-2017-224_LOP_PN_Email.pdf
>> ACE is holding a public comment period that *started May 16 and ends
>> June 5*.
>>
>> It was just two years ago almost that we were confronted with and
>> successfully fought off a similar project, the "Surf Park,” another attempt
>> to usurp public land and resources and install an expensive private
>> concession at Montrose Beach, Chicago’s largest and busiest. The
>> “Sports Park” concession will be sited right in the lake and embedded into
>> its bottom with 970 pound blocks and stainless steel rebar. What
>> happens in the water affects what happens on land and, in addition to the
>> increased noise, trash, and pollution from the Park, the numerous
>> artificial structures will negatively impact the lacustrine ecosystem
>> (see EPA website - (https://archive.epa..gov/ec
>> opage/web/html/glctext.html
>> <https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Farchive.epa.gov%2Fecopage%2Fweb%2Fhtml%2Fglctext.html&data=02%7C01%7C%7C5221b3a7f15f4458b56e08d5c3e4dc97%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636630310174392891&sdata=J4xLcYidfgvPJ%2BGPOFvHFVvvODT97djnkEXtjcMTWeE%3D&reserved=0>
>> ).
>>
>> Please take the time today to write the Army Corps and CPD officials
>> (especially Board President Ruiz) and *loudly* renounce this project and
>> its implications for Montrose Beach, the natural areas, and the entire
>> recreational area. Address the message to:
>>
>> Army Corps of Engineers - Michael J. Murphy (
>> <Michael.J.Murphy...>)
>>
>> CPD General Superintendent - Mike.Kelly (Mike.Kelly@chicagoparkdistric
>> t.com)
>>
>> CPD-CEO - Pat Levar (<patrick.levar...>)
>>
>> President of CPD’s Board of Commissioners - Jesse Ruiz (
>> <jesse.ruiz...>).
>>
>> CPD Director of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – Cathy
>> Breitenbach (<cathy.breitenbach...>).
>>
>>
>> Consider focusing on the factors that the Army Corps uses when writing to
>> them:
>>
>> “The following general criteria are considered in evaluating all
>> applications:
>>
>> 1. The relevant extent of public and private need for the proposed work;
>>
>> 2. Where unresolved conflicts of resource use exist, the practicability
>> of using reasonable alternative locations and methods to accomplish the
>> objective of the proposed structure or work; and
>>
>> 3. The extent and permanence of the beneficial and/or detrimental effects
>> the proposed structure or work is likely to have on public and private uses
>> to which the area is suited. “
>>
>> There is a similar park in Whiting, IN. Does Montrose need another 20,000
>> visitors in the summer?
>>
>> http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-wat
>> er-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-
>> 507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1
>>
>> Whiting WhoaZone water park saw over 20,000 people in its first season;
>> city plans to expand next summer
>> <http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-water-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1>
>>
>>
>> Jill Niland
>> Chicago
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 5/28/18 6:07 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th
Thank you for the info. And, for your info, this is the letter I sent to
the local and Army Corps of Engineer officials:

* Hello, *
* I am writing to urge you not to approve this latest private venture
inflatable water park proposal at the very public and ecologically
important area of and surrounding Montrose Beach. I am an avid bird watcher
at Montrose Point, which is one of the region's most important flyways for
migrating and nesting birds. My fellow birders and I oppose such
enterprises which could ecologically damage the area and the protected
dunes and the waters off the beach and fishing pier. *
* Montrose Beach already has a thriving population enjoying the natural
wonders without introducing a floating amusement park. In nearby Whiting,
IN., 20,000 people flooded their similar water park. I fear that Chicago
would exceed that number to great harm to the environment, habitat and
general beauty of the beach. *
* Perhaps a less environmentally sensitive area could be found, without
these delicate issues. *
*Thank you.*
*Chuck Berman*
*Oak Park, IL*

On Sun, May 27, 2018 at 1:21 PM, Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> The Chicago Park District has submitted an application to the Army Corps
> of Engineers (ACE) to put in a huge, inflatable water park at Montrose
> Beach (the “Sports Park” and “Sports ParkXL”). This concession would be
> located right in Lake Michigan just off the dunes. Please see the
> attached proposal with graphics and detailed information.
>
> See this link for detailed info and graphics: http://www.
> pattmcoprlaw.com/LRC-2017-224_LOP_PN_Email.pdf
> ACE is holding a public comment period that *started May 16 and ends June
> 5*.
>
> It was just two years ago almost that we were confronted with and
> successfully fought off a similar project, the "Surf Park,” another attempt
> to usurp public land and resources and install an expensive private
> concession at Montrose Beach, Chicago’s largest and busiest. The “Sports
> Park” concession will be sited right in the lake and embedded into its
> bottom with 970 pound blocks and stainless steel rebar. What happens in
> the water affects what happens on land and, in addition to the increased
> noise, trash, and pollution from the Park, the numerous artificial
> structures will negatively impact the lacustrine ecosystem (see EPA
> website - (https://archive.epa.gov/ecopage/web/html/glctext.html
> <https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Farchive.epa.gov%2Fecopage%2Fweb%2Fhtml%2Fglctext.html&data=02%7C01%7C%7C5221b3a7f15f4458b56e08d5c3e4dc97%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636630310174392891&sdata=J4xLcYidfgvPJ%2BGPOFvHFVvvODT97djnkEXtjcMTWeE%3D&reserved=0>
> ).
>
> Please take the time today to write the Army Corps and CPD officials
> (especially Board President Ruiz) and *loudly* renounce this project and
> its implications for Montrose Beach, the natural areas, and the entire
> recreational area. Address the message to:
>
> Army Corps of Engineers - Michael J. Murphy (<Michael.J.Murphy...>
> mil)
>
> CPD General Superintendent - Mike.Kelly (Mike.Kelly@
> chicagoparkdistrict.com)
>
> CPD-CEO - Pat Levar (<patrick.levar...>)
>
> President of CPD’s Board of Commissioners - Jesse Ruiz (jesse.ruiz@
> chicagoparkdistrict.com).
>
> CPD Director of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – Cathy
> Breitenbach (<cathy.breitenbach...>).
>
>
> Consider focusing on the factors that the Army Corps uses when writing to
> them:
>
> “The following general criteria are considered in evaluating all
> applications:
>
> 1. The relevant extent of public and private need for the proposed work;
>
> 2. Where unresolved conflicts of resource use exist, the practicability of
> using reasonable alternative locations and methods to accomplish the
> objective of the proposed structure or work; and
>
> 3. The extent and permanence of the beneficial and/or detrimental effects
> the proposed structure or work is likely to have on public and private uses
> to which the area is suited. “
>
> There is a similar park in Whiting, IN. Does Montrose need another 20,000
> visitors in the summer?
>
> http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-
> water-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-
> 9cf7-507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1
>
> Whiting WhoaZone water park saw over 20,000 people in its first season;
> city plans to expand next summer
> <http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-water-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1>
>
>
> Jill Niland
> Chicago
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 5/28/18 1:46 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Goose Pond/Lake Natural Area, McHenry Co Sunday 5-27-18
Hello Bird People,

This was the 1st time I have done any birding not in Lake or Cook Co's
for he entire month of May.
We found 2 of the 3 Goose Pond specialties (Yellow Headed Blackbirds &
Common Gallinule) but not the 3rd (Black Tern). Since I'm only
reporting on one place I'll do a complete bird list as we did have
quite a few species. I was with Bob Erickson on this adventure.

Goose Pond/Lake Natural Area (7-9:15 a.m.)

P.B.Grebe (8-10)
D.C.Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (2)
Green Heron (1)
Canada Geese (102, flew in,stayed a while & then left)
Wood Duck (6-8)
Mallard (8-10)
Black Duck? (1, had the bill of a Black Duck?)
Blue Winged Teal (2-M)
RUDDY DUCK (2-M)
Coots (7-9)
COMMON GALLINULE (2)
Wild Turkey (1, walking in a farm field)
Sandhill Crane (1 fly-by)
Killdeer (3)
RUBY THROATED HUMMER (1-M)
Willow Flycatcher (6-7)
Tree, Bank & Barn Swallows
Crow (1)
House Wren (H-3, on the walk in)
Robins (4)
Brown Thrasher (1-PR)
Red Eyed Vireo (H-2, on the walk in)
Yellow Warbler (1-2)
Common Yellowthroat (2)
Cardinal (H-1)
Indigo Bunting (2, on the walk in)
Song Sparrow (2, on the walk in)
Red Wings (~25)
YELLOW HEADED BLACKBIRD (~20)
Grackle (6-8)
Goldfinch (1-PR)

Disappointed that we saw no Black Terns but they come & go. None seen
in 2 hours of looking.
Also did not any Least or American Bitterns today.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Common Gallinules & Runner-Up to all the Yellow
Headed Blackbirds.

Al Stokie
In McHenry County today


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Date: 5/27/18 8:41 pm
From: 'M.Bernat' <mbernat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th
Google who owns Lake Michigan's lakebed and you will not turn up the
applicant for the Letter of Permission, the Chicago Park District.
What you will find are references to how riparian property rights on the
Great Lakes stop at the water line and how the movement of sand is a
Great Lakes environmental issue. Last year, the Illinois State
Geological Survey and the Illinois DNR announced plans to study sand
deposits in Lake Michigan. In Indiana, infrastructure that was built in
Lake Michigan for the Michigan City Harbor has caused big-time beach
erosion. The US Army Corps of Engineers is still dealing with that.
I was at Montrose today and commented to my birding friend how the dune
area has grown since Montrose steward Leslie Borns showed me an Illinois
threatened plant, the sea rocket, that was growing on the beginning of a
dune—in one of the world's largest and busiest cities.
Thanks go to Leslie and the Chicago Park District for protecting the
natural areas of Montrose. But shame on the Chicago Park District for
trying to pull a fast one to exploit land under Lake Michigan that does
not belong to it. Sheesh! Give it a beach and it takes a lake.
Mary Bernat
Thorn Creek Audubon Society
So. Cook and eastern Will counties

--

On Sun, May 27, 2018, at 11:21 AM, Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] wrote:>
>


>
> The Chicago Park District has submitted an application to the Army
> Corps of Engineers (ACE) to put in a huge, inflatable water park at
> Montrose Beach (the “Sports Park” and “Sports ParkXL”). This
> concession would be located right in Lake Michigan just off the dunes.
> Please see the attached proposal with graphics and detailed
> information.>
> See this link for detailed info and graphics:
> http://www.pattmcoprlaw.com/LRC-2017-224_LOP_PN_Email.pdf>
> ACE is holding a public comment period that *started May 16 and ends
> June 5*.>
> It was just two years ago almost that we were confronted with and
> successfully fought off a similar project, the "Surf Park,” another
> attempt to usurp public land and resources and install an expensive
> private concession at Montrose Beach, Chicago’s largest and busiest.
> The “Sports Park” concession will be sited right in the lake and
> embedded into its bottom with 970 pound blocks and stainless steel
> rebar. What happens in the water affects what happens on land and, in
> addition to the increased noise, trash, and pollution from the Park,
> the numerous artificial structures will negatively impact the
> lacustrine ecosystem (see EPA website -
> (https://archive.epa.gov/ecopage/web/html/glctext.html[1] ).>
> Please take the time today to write the Army Corps and CPD officials
> (especially Board President Ruiz) and *loudly* renounce this project
> and its implications for Montrose Beach, the natural areas, and the
> entire recreational area. Address the message to:>
> Army Corps of Engineers - Michael J. Murphy
> (<Michael.J.Murphy...>)>
> CPD General Superintendent - Mike.Kelly
> (<Mike.Kelly...>)> CPD-CEO - Pat Levar (<patrick.levar...>)
> President of CPD’s Board of Commissioners - Jesse Ruiz
> (<jesse.ruiz...>).>
> CPD Director of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – Cathy
> Breitenbach (<cathy.breitenbach...>).>
>
> Consider focusing on the factors that the Army Corps uses when writing
> to them:
>
> “The following general criteria are considered in evaluating all
> applications:
>
> 1. The relevant extent of public and private need for the proposed
> work;
>
> 2. Where unresolved conflicts of resource use exist, the
> practicability of using reasonable alternative locations and
> methods to accomplish the objective of the proposed structure or
> work; and
>
> 3. The extent and permanence of the beneficial and/or detrimental
> effects the proposed structure or work is likely to have on public
> and private uses to which the area is suited. “>
> There is a similar park in Whiting, IN. Does Montrose need another
> 20,000 visitors in the summer?>
> http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-water-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1>
>
> Whiting WhoaZone water park saw over 20,000 people in its first
> season; city plans to expand next summer[2]>
>
> Jill Niland
> Chicago
>
>
>
>
>


>


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Date: 5/27/18 8:06 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard birds in Schuyler county

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/27528764297/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
No house left on family farmstead. Our reunion was today but despite the heat, birds were singing. Summer tanager, Blue-winged warbler, YB cuckoos, N oriole, Carolina wren, E. bluebirds, EW peewee, GC flycatcher, Chipping sp, BG gnatcatcher, and many more were singing.
The Burr oak, pre-European, was one of the reasons for the many birds.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
<xxjb7z...>


 

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Date: 5/27/18 4:38 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Weather-related behavioral changes in birds, cook co.
Last night a group of adult canada geese came into air station prairie for the night.  This is not normal for this time of year, and I've only seen this during migration.  Has anyone else seen unusual behaviors this year which might be related to the weather, delayed migration, other?
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Date: 5/27/18 3:21 pm
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Inflatables "Sports Park" proposed for Montrose Beach, comments DUE June 5th
The Chicago Park District has submitted an application to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to put in a huge, inflatable water park at Montrose Beach (the “Sports Park” and “Sports ParkXL”).  This concession would be located right in Lake Michigan just off the dunes.  Please see the attached proposal with graphics and detailed information.  
See this link for detailed info and graphics: http://www.pattmcoprlaw.com/LRC-2017-224_LOP_PN_Email.pdfACE is holding a public comment period that started May 16 and ends June 5.  
It was just two years ago almost that we were confronted with and successfully fought off a similar project, the "Surf Park,” another attempt to usurp public land and resources and install an expensive private concession at Montrose Beach, Chicago’s largest and busiest.  The “Sports Park” concession will be sited right in the lake and embedded into its bottom with 970 pound blocks and stainless steel rebar.  What happens in the water affects what happens on land and, in addition to the increased noise, trash, and pollution from the Park, the numerous artificial structures will negatively impact the lacustrine ecosystem (see EPA website - (https://archive.epa.gov/ecopage/web/html/glctext.html).  Please take the time today to write the Army Corps and CPD officials (especially Board President Ruiz) and loudly renounce this project and its implications for Montrose Beach, the natural areas, and the entire recreational area.  Address the message to: Army Corps of Engineers - Michael J. Murphy (<Michael.J.Murphy...>) CPD General Superintendent - Mike.Kelly (<Mike.Kelly...>)

CPD-CEO - Pat Levar (<patrick.levar...>) 

President of CPD’s Board of Commissioners - Jesse Ruiz (<jesse.ruiz...>).  CPD Director of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – Cathy Breitenbach (<cathy.breitenbach...>).

Consider focusing on the factors that the Army Corps uses when writing to them:

“The following general criteria are considered in evaluating all applications:

1. The relevant extent of public and private need for the proposed work;

2. Where unresolved conflicts of resource use exist, the practicability of using reasonable alternative locations and methods to accomplish the objective of the proposed structure or work; and

3. The extent and permanence of the beneficial and/or detrimental effects the proposed structure or work is likely to have on public and private uses to which the area is suited. “

There is a similar park in Whiting, IN. Does Montrose need another 20,000 visitors in the summer? 
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-water-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1
Whiting WhoaZone water park saw over 20,000 people in its first season; city plans to expand next summer


Jill NilandChicago 




 

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Date: 5/27/18 1:47 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach South, Lyons Woods & Techny North Sunday 5-27-18
Hello Bird People,

I was with Bob Erickson, Andy Stewart & Janice Sweet for the 1st few
stops & did Techny North by myself. We had a few special birds but few
Warblers. Here are some highlights:

Waukegan Beach

The only shorebirds on the beach were Sanderlings (3) & Dunlin (3).
With the Ring Billed & Herring Gulls were about 15 Caspian & 2 Common Terns.
We searched for both Bitterns but found neither.

Illinois Beach South Unit

Here we did find one LEAST BITTERN along the river & on the beach were
2 adult Killdeer with 3 small young ones. The only other shorebird was
1 Spotted Sandpiper but we only checked the beach by the mouth of the
river. Saw 3 Great Egrets flying north & land bird highlights included
a singing SUMMER TANAGER (1/2 red & 1/2 yellow), a singing GRASSHOPPER
SPARROW that I can't hear to save my life and a few Brewer's
Blackbirds.

Lyons Woods (Only Bob E was with here)

Highlights here included a flying Osprey (pretty far away), several
Eastern Towhees, a singing Veery, an OLIVE SIDED FLYCATCHER at the top
of a tree, 2 male Scarlet Tanagers & finally one YELLOW BILLED CUCKOO.
Also had 1 each Chestnut Sided & Black Throated Green Warbler.

Techny North

Wanted to check the status of the mud flats & they are somewhat back
although far from large.
Shorebirds were Killdeer (2), Spotted (8), SOLITARY (1) & Semipalmated (2).
Also here were Great Blue Heron (3), Great Egret (2) & Caspian Terns (2)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the well seen Least Bittern & Runners-Up to the
Summer Tanager & the Yellow Billed Cuckoo.

Al Stokie
Back in Lake County for most of the day


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Date: 5/27/18 1:39 pm
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, May 26, 2018
May 26, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Chicago Audubon's last spring birdwalk at this location. Walks will start again in September. Saturday finally was not unseasonably cold or rainy, it was hot and sunny, and most migrants were gone. But still some good sightings. Counts are generally accurate or low. X = too many or too hard to count.
39 species

Canada Goose 5 Same family with three goslings.
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 3 - flyovers
Great Blue Heron 2
Green Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 2 - nesting pair continues.
Ring-billed Gull 1 - flyover
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
Tree Swallow X
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Swainson's Thrush 3
American Robin X
Cedar Waxwing 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 - female
Indigo Bunting 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird X
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46073912

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

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Date: 5/27/18 12:14 pm
From: <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sightings: Info about proposed inflatables Sports Park at Montrose Beach.
The Chicago Park District has submitted an application to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to put in a huge, inflatable water park at Montrose Beach (the “Sports Park” and “Sports ParkXL”). This concession would be located right in Lake Michigan just off the dunes. Please see the attached proposal with graphics and detailed information.


See this link for detailed info and graphics: http://www.pattmcoprlaw.com/LRC-2017-224_LOP_PN_Email.pdf http://www.pattmcoprlaw.com/LRC-2017-224_LOP_PN_Email.pdf
ACE is holding a public comment period that started May 16 and ends June 5.


It was just two years ago almost that we were confronted with and successfully fought off a similar project, the "Surf Park,” another attempt to usurp public land and resources and install an expensive private concession at Montrose Beach, Chicago’s largest and busiest. The “Sports Park” concession will be sited right in the lake and embedded into its bottom with 970 pound blocks and stainless steel rebar. What happens in the water affects what happens on land and, in addition to the increased noise, trash, and pollution from the Park, the numerous artificial structures will negatively impact the lacustrine ecosystem (see EPA website - (https://archive.epa.gov/ecopage/web/html/glctext.html https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Farchive.epa.gov%2Fecopage%2Fweb%2Fhtml%2Fglctext.html&data=02%7C01%7C%7C5221b3a7f15f4458b56e08d5c3e4dc97%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636630310174392891&sdata=J4xLcYidfgvPJ%2BGPOFvHFVvvODT97djnkEXtjcMTWeE%3D&reserved=0 ).

Please take the time today to write the Army Corps and CPD officials (especially Board President Ruiz) and loudly renounce this project and its implications for Montrose Beach, the natural areas, and the entire recreational area. Address the message to:

Army Corps of Engineers - Michael J. Murphy (<Michael.J.Murphy...>)

CPD General Superintendent - Mike.Kelly (<Mike.Kelly...>)


CPD-CEO - Pat Levar (<patrick.levar...> mailto:<patrick.levar...>)


President of CPD’s Board of Commissioners - Jesse Ruiz (<jesse.ruiz...> mailto:<jesse.ruiz...>).

CPD Director of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – Cathy Breitenbach (<cathy.breitenbach...>).




Consider focusing on the factors that the Army Corps uses when writing to them:

“The following general criteria are considered in evaluating all applications:

1. The relevant extent of public and private need for the proposed work;

2. Where unresolved conflicts of resource use exist, the practicability of using reasonable alternative locations and methods to accomplish the objective of the proposed structure or work; and

3. The extent and permanence of the beneficial and/or detrimental effects the proposed structure or work is likely to have on public and private uses to which the area is suited. “



There is a similar park in Whiting, IN. Does Montrose need another 20,000 visitors in the summer?


http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-water-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1 http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-water-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1



Whiting WhoaZone water park saw over 20,000 people in its first season; city plans to expand next summer http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/whiting-whoazone-water-park-saw-over-people-in-its-first/article_2752d4fe-9cf7-507d-90c8-0885e689ab04.html#1





Jill Niland
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Date: 5/27/18 11:26 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve, Lake, Illinois, US
After a fun morning at Rollins Savannah and some other spots with the Lake
Cook Audubon group, Rena Cohen suggested I check out Dan Wright woods. Glad
I did. This is a great spot that I will definitely be exploring further. In
my short time I located a singing HOODED WARBLER, a pair of ACADIAN
FLYCATCHERS, and two YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS. The Cuckoos were heard much
more often than seen, so I wasn't able to get a photo, but I did get a
great look as one flew over me, high up in the canopy. Good birding!

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46070239

Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve, Lake, Illinois, US
May 27, 2018 10:24 AM - 11:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.48 mile(s)
15 species

Mallard 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
American Robin 5
Hooded Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46070239

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

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

 

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Date: 5/27/18 6:33 am
From: Jaculin Bowman <jaculinb4...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No sighting: Big Bend NP
Have any of you ever pondered a visit to Texas and Big Bend National
Park? Chris and I were inspired to make this a bucket list trip a few
years back, after seeing a report and pictures from Brian Tang. We planned
our trip with the Colima Warbler and Common Black Hawk as our only
potential "lifers" and we went all in on our targets. The path to the only
US breeding ground of the COWA is a steep and narrow path up the Pinnacles
Trail of the Chisos Mountains. We trained for three months on the steepest
climb we could find in Kane County. We would do the .75 miles -50 foot
elevation loop seven times each visit at Johnson's Mound. This practice
actually prepared us quite well for the 10.2 mile -2,000 foot elevation
loop at Big Bend. Day 1: We started up Pinnacles Trail at 5:00am with
headlamps to guide us, the temp was cool and as we ascended the mountain,
we were serenaded by Mexican Whip-poor-wills. As we stopped to enjoy the
sound, one flew across the trail just 25 feet in front of us (a visual of a
prior "audio" lifer). We could see his eyes glowing orange in the light of
our headlamps. We continued to our target COWA area, arriving just after
dawn as planned. We heard him calling and soon he was foraging in trees
right above our heads! We had great audio and good visual of "Lifer #1".
Although lighting and the trees made photographs impossible. Heading up
the trail we heard an additional four COWA.

Day 2: we had the Common Black Hawk on our minds. Driving south to Rio
Grande Village, we parked in front of the known nesting area, but all three
nests we could see seemed to be void of any birds. Driving the road we saw
COBH flying over head - "Lifer #2"!! We birded the area all day checking
the nest area frequently - still no bird on the nest. Stopping at the camp
ground convenience store, I asked the clerk if he knew anything about the
nest. First thing he says is ...."Do you know there are FOUR nests?
That's where she is." What?!? We only saw three. He responds "All I can
tell you is the fourth nest is in the back row of trees." Now we're on a
mission to find that fourth nest...just as we start to survey the fence
line, a car pulls up and the passenger is calling to us "I know where the
nest is!" Sure enough if you looked between the fork in the branches
behind them perfectly framed was Momma COBH sitting on her nest!
Success!!! We spent the next two days exploring the trails of the
mountains and desert of Big Bend. It was an amazing trip with beautiful
sights, sounds and birds.

We encourage anyone considering this trip to take it. Don't let that
mountain intimidate you, if we can do it - so can you!

Here are links to some pictures taken on our adventure. I have some select
photos on my Flickr
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/jibby203/albums/72157697292249165> site, and
the full gallery here on my website
<https://www.naturesjoyphotography.com/Birds/Big-Bend-National-Park/>. If
you're interested in the landscape and sights of Big Bend NP you can check
out this gallery
<https://www.naturesjoyphotography.com/Nature/Big-Bend-landscape-and-such>.

Thanks for taking the time to read about our adventure and I hope you enjoy
the photos too!

Jackie & Chris Bowman
Geneva, IL

*He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou
trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.* Psalm 91:4

 

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Date: 5/26/18 11:57 pm
From: Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose - Add a King Rail & 2 Warblers to Al S. wonderful Saturday report
Of course I missed some of the great birds Al saw including the Black &
White but especially the Connecticut. I have not seen one this year yet and
warblers are my favorite.

What I can add is a female *Chestnut-sided* in the hedge by the puddle on
the path. That water was somewhat of a magnate on such a hot day.

I also *just missed in the same area a Bay-breasted*. I did see a great
picture of it though taken by the woman next to me. We could not
definitively determine the sex but leaned toward a male.

Highlight of the day for me besides the 6 Mourning W that I saw like Al,
was a great about 4 second look close to 30' away of a *King Rail.* So
thrillingly unexpected even though one was reported on IBET here last
weekend! I saw it about noon come out of the vegetation onto a not so
popular trail. Whereupon it probably saw me, so it then promptly made an
unhurried U-turn on the trail and disappeared back into the vegetation. I
waited 5-10 seconds so I would not stress the bird before moving slowly
toward where it had disappeared hoping to see the vegetation moving but no
such luck. Wonderful blessed timing sure was crucial here as it always is!

Kathy Noerenberg
Western Springs, Cook County

 

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Date: 5/26/18 11:42 pm
From: Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose WARNING - Bike the Drive is Sunday
For those of you thinking of going to Montrose etc, It will be very
challenging to do so with the annual Bike the Drive going on!

Kathy Noerenberg
Western Springs, Cook County

 

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Date: 5/26/18 9:17 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Question on orchard oriole no sighting
Hi does anyone know for sure how long the male keeps his yellow plumage? Could it be for two years?

Thx

Suzanne Coleman


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Date: 5/26/18 6:11 pm
From: aerin tedesco <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET WEVI?
thanks!  i think we have a consensus... :)
aerin
On Saturday, May 26, 2018, 7:54:30 PM CDT, Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 
I’m with Beau. Sounds like a Scarlet Tanager and not at all like typical White-eyed Vireos I’m used to hearing.
Hope that helps.Keith McMullenO’Fallon, <ILWarbler7...>

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On May 26, 2018, at 3:43 PM, Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


 
Sounds to me like a tanager. Seems pretty burry so I would go with Scarlet but I would find the bird if I was in the field in an area where both species were found. Summers have clearer notes, more like orioles, but the two can sound similar at times.

Beau SchaeferLake


On May 26, 2018, at 2:53 PM, <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


i need some help, birding friends! i am in WNY and heard this bird at iroquois NWR. i think it is a white-eyed vireo, but it comes up as rare here, so i want to be sure... below is the link to sound cloud. it sings at :04, :19, :34 and :47. (sorry for loud, crunching noises!)





https://soundclo! ud.com/aerin-tedesco/wevi





thanks!




aerin






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Date: 5/26/18 5:54 pm
From: Keith McMullen <warbler7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET WEVI?
I’m with Beau. Sounds like a Scarlet Tanager and not at all like typical White-eyed Vireos I’m used to hearing.
Hope that helps.
Keith McMullen
O’Fallon, IL
<Warbler7...>

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 26, 2018, at 3:43 PM, Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Sounds to me like a tanager. Seems pretty burry so I would go with Scarlet but I would find the bird if I was in the field in an area where both species were found. Summers have clearer notes, more like orioles, but the two can sound similar at times.
>
>
> Beau Schaefer
> Lake
>
>
>> On May 26, 2018, at 2:53 PM, <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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>>
>> i need some help, birding friends! i am in WNY and heard this bird at iroquois NWR. i think it is a white-eyed vireo, but it comes up as rare here, so i want to be sure... below is the link to sound cloud. it sings at :04, :19, :34 and :47. (sorry for loud, crunching noises!)
>>
>>
>>
>> https://soundclo! ud.com/aerin-tedesco/wevi
>>
>>
>>
>> thanks!
>>
>>
>>
>> aerin
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
> Beau Schaefer
> Round Lake Beach, IL
> Lake County
>
>

 

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Date: 5/26/18 2:58 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yet Another Visit To Montrose Saturday 5-26-18
Hello Bird People,

Today's visit was quite a bit like yesterday's. Plenty of small sized
shorebirds & no big ones.
Still had 11 species of Warblers but all of the late variety.
Flycatchers were present in good numbers. As usual lots of special
birds were seen but not seen by me. I'll list my highlights & a few of
the birds I missed.

Montrose Beach & Dunes

Shorebirds were Semipalmated Plover (7), Killdeer (2-AD & 2-YG,
getting bigger), Spotted Sandpiper (8), Sanderling (2), Semipalmated
(10) & Least (1) Sandpipers & Dunlin (18, same as yesterday).

Swallows were Purple Martin, Tree, Rough Winged, Bank & Barn.

Among the many Ring Billed (88) Gulls were 3 Herring & 2 young
BONAPARTE'S GULLS.
There were 15 Caspian Terns & no small Terns.

(Special birds seen here but not by me were Snowy Egret, briefly,
Least Bittern & Luis M had one
Nelson's Sparrow that we could not refind)

Montrose Hedge Area

Flycatchers were OLIVE SIDED (1), Eastern Pewee (3-4), Yellow Bellied
(1), Alder (heard many & saw 1 while calling), Willow (heard 2) &
Great Crested (1).

Thrushes were Veery (1), Swainson's (2) & Robins

Warblers were Tennessee (3), Yellow (3), Magnolia (4), Blackpoll (1-M
& 4-F), Black & White (1),
Redstart (10), CONNECTICUT (1 or 2), Mourning (6), Common Yellowthroat
(4), Wilson's (4)
& Canada (5).

Vireos were only Warbling & Red Eyed

Also saw one BLACK BILLED CUCKOO & 1 Lincoln's Sparrow

(Birds seen here but not by me were Yellow Billed Cuckoo & one ebird
report had a few really good species of Warblers not seen by me)

But I can deal only with the birds I did see so Bird-Of-The-Day goes
to the Connecticut Warbler
& Runners-Up to the Black Billed Cuckoo & the Olive Sided Flycatcher.
A fairly good day in spite of all my missed birds but that happens
when there are many birders scattered around & birds are moving fast.

Al Stokie
Again in Cook County today


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Date: 5/26/18 1:44 pm
From: Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET WEVI?
Sounds to me like a tanager. Seems pretty burry so I would go with Scarlet but I would find the bird if I was in the field in an area where both species were found. Summers have clearer notes, more like orioles, but the two can sound similar at times.

Beau Schaefer
Lake


> On May 26, 2018, at 2:53 PM, <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> i need some help, birding friends! i am in WNY and heard this bird at iroquois NWR. i think it is a white-eyed vireo, but it comes up as rare here, so i want to be sure... below is the link to sound cloud. it sings at :04, :19, :34 and :47. (sorry for loud, crunching noises!)
>
>
>
> https://soundcloud.com/aerin-tedesco/wevi <https://soundcloud.com/aerin-tedesco/wevi>
>
> thanks!
>
>
>
> aerin
>
>
>
>
>

Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
Lake County


 

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Date: 5/26/18 1:28 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET nightwaks at night cook co.
Heard one or two early this am ?1:30am.  They might have been using a streetlight to bug catch.  Not sure if they would have been migrating at that time and I've never heard one call while migrating.  Not sure if they might.
Thought it was interesting as it reminded me of days long ago when I used to hear them by streetlight at night.  Can't recall where or when that was.
Suzanne ColemanCook co.


 

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Date: 5/26/18 1:00 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET WEVI?
i need some help, birding friends! i am in WNY and heard this bird at iroquois NWR. i think it is a white-eyed vireo, but it comes up as rare here, so i want to be sure... below is the link to sound cloud. it sings at :04, :19, :34 and :47. (sorry for loud, crunching noises!)



https://soundcloud.com/aerin-tedesco/wevi https://soundcloud.com/aerin-tedesco/wevi



thanks!


aerin


 

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Date: 5/26/18 11:18 am
From: Alex Hale <peregrintk95...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Jackson Park, Saturday May 26th
Anya Auerbach and I birded Jackson Park this morning and had quite a few
good birds, despite relatively low numbers.

The SNOWY EGRET was our definite highlight, though unfortunately it took
off around 9am and could not be refound. We also had a large group of Cliff
Swallows among the huge swallow flock over the south end of Wooded Island,
which hopefully means they are breeding in the park again this year.

In terms of non-birds, we had our first ever Spiny Softshell Turtle in the
park from the west side of Wooded Island.

Full ebird list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46038550

Alex Hale

 

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Date: 5/26/18 10:35 am
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Portage Woods Today
Today, led by Lisa Spellman, a small group of us walked the Portage woods.
Here's our combined list.

Canada Goose 6
Great Egret 1
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 4
Blue Jay 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
American Robin 24
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 8
Yellow Warbler 2 Heard only
Song Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 8
Baltimore Oriole 4
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 4
American Goldfinch 10

Ed McDevitt
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Date: 5/26/18 9:12 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan beach piping plover
Observed 1 piping plover in the gravel area west of the main parking lot.
There was a lawn crew blowing leaves in the area and I asked them to steer
clear of the birds. They were accommodating and friendly about it. Also a
handful of least sandpipers on the far edge of the fluddle here. Good
birding.

 

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Date: 5/26/18 8:45 am
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IBSP
In the IBSP North Unit this morning, there are now 3 Henslow's Sparrows, 2 Sedge Wren and a Pied-billed Grebe on territory. There's new Henslow's and Sedge Wren territories in the field bordering Lake Michigan at the eastern most parking lot.


The South Unit had less migrants, only 2 Swainson's Thrushes, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird blitzing down the lakefront and a Yellow-throated Vireo near the hotel.


Best bird was a subadult Red-shouldered Hawk, which was observed flying south/southwest towards Waukegan, but perhaps could be a non-breeding bird that is using the broader area to summer in. This specific individual would be recognizable if seen again, as the feather in both wings bordering the white 'window' area of the wing were both molting in (looking more like it was just missing). The Ellis's were present when it flew by and took some photos of this bird.


Lastly, the European Goldfinch is still singing away near its nesting site in the pines at the Hotel.


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO


 

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Date: 5/26/18 8:42 am
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NPM
The Carolina Wren and Blue Grosbeak continue at the south end of North Point Marina this morning.


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO
 

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Date: 5/26/18 8:37 am
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Co Wilson's Phalaropes
A pair of Wilson's Phalaropes were at Spring Bluff Forest Preserver this morning. They came in after 6 am and were still there when I left more than a half hour later.
There were shorebirds coming in (mostly) and feeding, although some moved on and I suspect once they are full, there will be more turnover, especially with the southwest winds. At the peak, there were 25 Semi Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Semi Plovers.
The two Sandhill Crane pairs continue with their bugling echoing against the nearby marina buildings. One had a colt a few weeks back, so there was at least one successful nesting.


This site has received 10 years of habitat restoration by the Lake County FP and its really had wonderful improvements. For those who haven't been here recently, the road through the middle has been pulled up and replaced with a gravel path and the flooding across the northern end of this road has been mitigated.
As well, a wildlife/bird observation tower is being erected on the south side of the bridge, seemingly giving a nice raised view (unlike the Lyons Woods FP one). It's supposed to be ready by end of June.


If folks do visit North Point Marina, the request is to keep the data from Spring Bluff FP separate, as the avian data can better be used in habitat restoration plans. Both NPM and Spring Bluff are eBird hotspots.


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO


 

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Date: 5/26/18 7:26 am
From: <chicagio10...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Snowy Egret - Big Marsh 5/26 AM
Steve Huggins and I have a Snowy Egret at the far NE corner of Big Marsh (Chicago)

Carl Giometti
Chicago, IL

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Date: 5/26/18 6:19 am
From: Alex Hale <peregrintk95...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Snowy Egret, Jackson Park
Anya Auerbach and I are currently looking at a Snowy Egret in Jackson Park.

It is on an exposed willow branch, fairly high up, at the south side of the lagoon just across the parking lot from the driving range bathrooms.

Alex Hale

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Date: 5/25/18 9:49 pm
From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Alexander co. (and in Scott co. MO) 5/25/18
Hi all!

Recently a number of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks arrived on a pond off
Nash Road in Scott co Missouri. The arrival date was 5/16/18, starting out
with three birds observed and growing in numbers since. Today, according to
Andrew Reago,
"Count is up to 29 on the pond at the intersection of Nash Rd and Port
Authority Rd as of 11:30 am 5/25/18."

Photos here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46022279

Also today, at 5:18 PM Ida Domazlicky reported 11 Black-bellied Whistling
Ducks off Cape Road near the Mississippi River, just southeast of East Cape
Girardeau, in Alexander co, a location only a few miles from the Nash Road
pond. Presumably these East Cape birds are of the same population. It'll
be interesting to see what these birds do over the next week or two and
onwards- whether the population continues to grow and the birds remain at
the Nash Road pond for awhile or if they dwindle out and head back to the
South.

As I'm sure many of you haven noted, there's already been multiple
sightings of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Illinois this year. Here's a
shortlist of a few other sightings I've found doing a quick search. I'm
probably forgetting one at least.

5/2/18- Three seen at Spring Lake Bottoms in Tazewell co IL
5/4/18- Nine seen at South Pond, Lincoln Park, Cook co IL
5/4/18- Two seen at Omaha Reservoir, Gallatin co. IL

Add to this the sightings just outside of Illinois (even less
well-researched):

5/7/18- One seen at Rainbow Airport Prairie, Root River, Milwaukee co. WI
5/20/18- Three seen at Gibson Generating Station, Gibson co. IN

Looks like another good year for finding Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in
the Midwest!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon co.

 

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Date: 5/25/18 7:36 pm
From: <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Park Village Painted Skimmer Dragonflies
For those who chase more than birds, there were at least 3 Painted Skimmer Dragonflies at the North Park Village Nature Center. This is my first sighting of these since 2015. Interestingly, a female was observed laying eggs, which may mean that this uncommon dragonfly might become more usual. I saw them mostly at the east end of the boardwalk in the wetland area.


Robert Kramer
Cook County
 

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Date: 5/25/18 6:03 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Saturday, 6/2 for Plum Creek Forest Preserve Bird Walk
Explore this "underbirded" forest preserve as migration winds down. Targets will be local breeding specialties like Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, and Yellow-breasted Chat.




Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available. Insect repellent is a good idea for this site. Wear a hat and boots if possible and tuck pants into socks to deter ticks. Tall grass may be wet so high rubber boots are recommended or shoes/pants that can get wet.




Leader: Aerin Tedesco; <aerintedesco...> mailto:<aerintedesco...>




NOTE: You MUST RSVP for this trip! It will be limited to 10 people.




In order to sign up, click this link: https://goo.gl/forms/ 1fIFYh2bruqJuZ2u2 https://goo.gl/forms/1fIFYh2bruqJuZ2u2




Saturday, June 2

7:30 am - 10:30 am

Plum Creek Forest Preserve, Chicago Heights, IL


Meeting place specifics will be emailed to the first 10 folks who sign up!



 

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Date: 5/25/18 5:57 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Sunday, 6/3 for Big Marsh Bird Walk


Journey through one of the largest and most high quality wetlands in Chicago. Join us as we look for breeding birds once extinct in the region that are now making a big come back.
Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available.

If you would like to sign up in advance, click this link: https://goo.gl/forms/8Gh6PXHiMUck4Mxq1 https://goo.gl/forms/8Gh6PXHiMUck4Mxq1
Leader: Carl Giometti; <chicagiometti...>
Sunday, June 3
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Big Marsh Park, 11599 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago
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Date: 5/25/18 5:33 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Saturday, 6/2 for Plum Creek Forest Preserve Bird Walk
Saturday, 6/2 - Plum Creek Forest Preserve Bird Walk




Explore this ‘underbirded’ forest preserve as migration winds down. Targets will be local breeding specialties like Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, and Yellow-breasted Chat.




Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available. Insect repellent is a good idea for this site. Wear a hat and boots if possible and tuck pants into socks to deter ticks. Tall grass may be wet so high rubber boots are recommended or shoes/pants that can get wet.




Leader: Aerin Tedesco; <aerintedesco...>




NOTE: You MUST RSVP for this trip! It will be limited to 10 people.




In order to sign up, click this link: https://goo.gl/forms/1fIFYh2bruqJuZ2u2




Saturday, June 2

7:30 am - 10:30 am

Plum Creek Forest Preserve, Chicago Heights, IL


Meeting place specifics will be emailed to the first 10 folks who sign up!



 

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Date: 5/25/18 5:32 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Saturday, 6/2 for Plum Creek Forest Preserve Bird Walk
Explore this "underbirded" forest preserve as migration winds down. Targets will be local breeding specialties like Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, and Yellow-breasted Chat.




Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available. Insect repellent is a good idea for this site. Wear a hat and boots if possible and tuck pants into socks to deter ticks. Tall grass may be wet so high rubber boots are recommended or shoes/pants that can get wet.




Leader: Aerin Tedesco; <aerintedesco...> mailto:<aerintedesco...>




NOTE: You MUST RSVP for this trip! It will be limited to 10 people.




In order to sign up, click this link: https://goo.gl/forms/ 1fIFYh2bruqJuZ2u2 https://goo.gl/forms/1fIFYh2bruqJuZ2u2




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Date: 5/25/18 5:20 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Saturday, 6/2 for Plum Creek Forest Preserve Bird Walk
Explore this "underbirded" forest preserve as migration winds down. Targets will be local breeding specialties like Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, and Yellow-breasted Chat.




Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available. Insect repellent is a good idea for this site. Wear a hat and boots if possible and tuck pants into socks to deter ticks. Tall grass may be wet so high rubber boots are recommended or shoes/pants that can get wet.




Leader: Aerin Tedesco; <aerintedesco...> mailto:<aerintedesco...>




NOTE: You MUST RSVP for this trip! It will be limited to 10 people.




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Saturday, June 2

7:30 am - 10:30 am

Plum Creek Forest Preserve, Chicago Heights, IL


Meeting place specifics will be emailed to the first 10 folks who sign up!



 

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Date: 5/25/18 5:13 pm
From: <jilla45...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Nighthawks on the move
We had 10 C. Nighthawks circling above our house in River Forest (Cook Co) at 7 pm on 5/25, with more coming.
They are moving North and very high up.
Jill Anderson (River Forest, Cook Co)
 

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Date: 5/25/18 5:04 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Sunday, 6/3 for Big Marsh Bird Walk
Journey through one of the largest and most high quality wetlands in Chicago. Join us as we look for breeding birds once extinct in the region that are now making a big come back.





Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available.




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Leader: Carl Giometti; <chicagiometti...> mailto:<chicagiometti...>




Sunday, June 3

7:30 am - 10:30 am

Big Marsh Park, 11599 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago


Meet in parking lot off of Stony Island Ave; https://goo.gl/maps/ VRqpLsfogfw https://goo.gl/maps/VRqpLsfogfw



 

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Date: 5/25/18 4:49 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET COS Bird Walk, Friday, 6/1 at LaBagh Woods
Join Jeff Skrentny and take advantage of his detailed knowledge of this premier Chicago birding hotspot. Wear boots-- we will likely go off-tail.

NOTE: You MUST RSVP in order to attend this walk!! There is a limit of 5 participants.

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Friday, June 1
7:00 am
LaBagh Woods
Meeting place specifics will be emailed to the first 5 folks who sign up!



 

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Date: 5/25/18 4:18 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow billed cuckoo cook co
At the grove. So quiet lucky I saw it! First one I've ever found. Second ever seen.

Suzanne Coleman


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Date: 5/25/18 2:53 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Again Friday 5-25-18
Hello Bird People,

Went to Montrose in the hopes the Loggerhead Shrike or the Bell's
Vireo would be refound but no such luck. Guess I'll have to wait
another 30 years for another chance for the Shrike except that I don't
have another 30 years. Warbler numbers are down but some still remain
& Flycatchers are all over the place. Eventually I saw 8 species of
shorebirds although I had to make a 2nd visit to see the last 3
species. Here's a partial list of today's birds.

Montrose Beach & Dunes

One highlight was a LEAST BITTERN that I only saw in flight as it was
very "flighty" & kept flying whenever you got near but you didn't know
where it was until it flew so you could not avoid it.
After one flushing we let it alone.

Shorebirds on the 1st run were Killdeer (2), Spotted Sandpiper (8),
Semipalmated Sandpiper (8),
Dunlin (18) & a Short Billed Dowitcher landed with the Dunlin. But I'm
told it was flushed by a dog later on but I did not witness that. Add
to that the following shorebirds seen on my 2nd visit to the flooded
area which were Sanderling (2), Least Sandpiper (1) & WHITE RUMPED
SANDPIPER (1).

Swallows were Tree, Rough Winged, Bank & Barn.

Saw my 1st "topless lady" on the beach so I guess that's FOY for that
species.

Montrose Hedge Area

Warblers Seen (13)

Tennessee (1), Yellow (3), Chestnut Sided (1-F), Magnolia (4),
Blackpoll (4), Redstart (5),
Ovenbird (3), Northern Waterthrush (1), CONNECTICUT (1-F), Mourning
(2-M), Common Yellowthroat (3), Wilson's (4) & Canada (2).

Thrushes Seen

Veery (1), Gray Cheeked (1) & Swainson's (2)

The only Sparrows I saw were Song & Lincoln's (1)

Flycatchers Were

Eastern Pewee, Yellow Bellied, Alder (heard), Willow (heard), Least &
Eastern Kingbird

Other highlights were BLACK BILLED CUCKOO & RUBY THROATED HUMMER.

The looks at the Least Bittern & the female Connecticut Warbler were
too brief to be top bird material so Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the well
seen, eventually, Black Billed Cuckoo &
Runners-Up to the 2 well seen male Mourning Warblers, the R.T. Hummer
& the Dowitcher.

Al Stokie
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Date: 5/25/18 2:09 pm
From: 'Daniel & Barbara Williams' <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan Piping Plover nesting observations
Observation credit also goes to Bill and Ann McClellan, who told me that
there were 2 birds present and who also confirmed nest-building activity.

Dan Williams
Rockford

On Fri, May 25, 2018 at 2:20 PM, <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> With Dan Williams observation yesterday of a Piping Plover 'building' a
> nest at Waukegan, it has set into motion conversations between the US Fish
> and Wildlife Services and the city of Waukegan, on how best to protect the
> nest, among many other questions.
>
>
> As birders, you can help by communicating any key observations you might
> see of this Waukegan pair, especially in their nesting area in the large,
> gravel overflow parking lot, which west of the main parking lot. Note that
> Waukegan has/will be blocking off that area from cars/people traffic,
> especially for this holiday weekend. We as birders have binocs and scopes
> and ID skills, so we might see something from a safe distance, that could
> be helpful to the groups trying to plan out this nest protection.
>
>
> Thus, if you have an observation of the Waukegan Piping Plover pair,
> especially through this holiday weekend, please send and email to Brad
> Semel (at <Brad.Semel...>) or text him with your information at
> 6303993242.
>
>
> Thanks for any contribution to this exciting and currently evolving avian
> story.
>
>
> Eric Walters
>
> Zion, IL/Grandview, MO
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 5/25/18 12:51 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan Piping Plover nesting observations
With Dan Williams observation yesterday of a Piping Plover 'building' a nest at Waukegan, it has set into motion conversations between the US Fish and Wildlife Services and the city of Waukegan, on how best to protect the nest, among many other questions.


As birders, you can help by communicating any key observations you might see of this Waukegan pair, especially in their nesting area in the large, gravel overflow parking lot, which west of the main parking lot. Note that Waukegan has/will be blocking off that area from cars/people traffic, especially for this holiday weekend. We as birders have binocs and scopes and ID skills, so we might see something from a safe distance, that could be helpful to the groups trying to plan out this nest protection.


Thus, if you have an observation of the Waukegan Piping Plover pair, especially through this holiday weekend, please send and email to Brad Semel (at <Brad.Semel...>) or text him with your information at 6303993242.


Thanks for any contribution to this exciting and currently evolving avian story.


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO

 

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Date: 5/25/18 12:41 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET uncommon sightings from Ne. IL the last 2 days
Just a few random sightings:


Morton Arboretum on May 24th:
Yellow-throated Warbler in the Joy Path vicinity and Henslow's Sparrow in the super small prairie south/southeast of Sterling Pond. I've not had, nor heard of others having, these species in these specific locations at the Arb.




Evanston's Perkin's Woods on May 24th:
A Pine Warbler made a very short stop here, only stopping to sing twice, before apparently migrating onward.




Wilmette's Gillson Park on May 24th:
Locally rare here, 2 adult male Orchard Orioles were apparently singing against each other, from about 20 yards apart at the edge of the Lake. Maybe they were fighting over a good food area.




North Point Marina on May 25th:
Blue Grosbeak immature male continues! Saw him fly up to a short treetop and tried singing a few times. Crazy bird. Showed up from somewhere else at 5:45 am. Flew into the scrubby area west of the southeastern most parking lot at NPM. From there it continued into IBSP North unit.


Same thing with the Northern Mockingbird, showing up at 6:10 am, seen flying over this same parking lot, landed in some vegetation to the west, where I was able to get some photos, then continued flying into IBSP North. This seems likely the same bird reported from NPM nearly a week ago (and is the only Mockingbird eBird record for this site).


Ditto for the Carolina Wren, singing from the edge of this same parking lot during 6:05-6:15 am, before it went further west/southwest into IBSP North.




Illinois Beach S.P. on May 25th:
Besides the 3 rare species at NPM that ultimately moved into IBSP, new arrivals include 2 Henslow's Sparrows and a Sedge Wren in the area southeast and west of the Hawkwatch site, respectively.




Lyons Woods F.P. on May 25th:
Pair of Red-breasted Nuthatch, almost assuredly at the end of a breeding attempt. Young are/should out and about this weekend, if this nesting attempt succeeded. 2 Chestnut-sided Warblers on territory in the mature oak woodlot area. A Pine Warbler was singing as if on territory at the entrance pines back on May 16th, but wasn't heard during today's midday heat.




Zion Shiloh Park:
Cooper's Hawk nesting.




Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO
 

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Date: 5/25/18 12:36 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET unusual Waukegan cormorant
A few days ago, I reported a potential Neotropic Cormorant at Waukegan. Photos are here if interested: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45965145 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45965145.

Skilled IL birders have offered up various opinions on it, with 3 feeling like it is a Neo, 2 saying they didn't think so and 2 others intrigued, but non-committal. So it might have to remain as a possible Neo.


However, one commentator did remind me how Neo's tend to stick around an area for an extended stay. Thus, with the long weekend ahead and birders likely to visit Waukegan or the areas adjacent to it, be on the lookout for a small cormorant. If the bird I had reappears, more ID info can be gathered and help bring final clarity to it.


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO

 

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Date: 5/25/18 11:21 am
From: 'Carolyn A. Marsh' <cmarshbird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No sighting: MBTA lawsuits
Lawsuits Seek to Restore Protections for Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2018) A coalition of national environmental groups,
including American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity,
Defenders of Wildlife, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife
Federation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today filed
litigation, National Audubon Society v. Department of the Interior, in the
Southern District of New York challenging the current Administration's move
to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds
under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).




<https://url.emailprotection.link/?aVaORJh5In01qsxSSWe3EsXPqaeEGwGDcjNmyHFNF
4eEY9PBtYSaAiaTqgQTcQgH3bwP7HCYjZE5cG8SePgDkkA~~> In a legal opinion issued
December 2017, the Administration abruptly reversed decades of government
policy and practice - by both Democratic and Republican administrations - on
the implementation and enforcement of the MBTA.



The Act's prohibition on the killing or "taking" of migratory birds has long
been understood to extend to incidental take from industrial activities -
meaning unintentional but predictable and avoidable killing. Under the
Administration's revised interpretation, the MBTA's protections will apply
only to activities that purposefully kill birds Any "incidental" take - no
matter how inevitable or devastating the impact on birds - is now immune
from enforcement under the law.



The risk of liability under the MBTA has long provided the oil and gas
industry, wind energy development companies, and power transmission line
operators with an incentive to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
to minimize bird deaths. For example, in an effort to protect migratory
birds and bats and avoid potential MBTA liability, the wind industry,
conservation groups, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked to
develop comprehensive guidelines aimed to ensure best practices for siting
and developing wind farms. The Administration's new policy eliminates this
incentive for industries and individuals to minimize and mitigate
foreseeable impacts of their activities on migratory birds, putting
already-declining populations of our nation's songbirds and other migratory
birds at risk.



The MBTA also protects birds from fossil fuel development. Oil pits kill
hundreds of thousands of birds - if incidental take liability is eliminated,
industry need no longer take measures to protect birds from these hazards In
addition, when the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster spilled more than 210
million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico more than 1 million birds were
killed in the four years following the blowout. BP paid $100 million in
fines under the MBTA that supported wetland and migratory bird conservation.
The new interpretation would bar the federal government from seeking such
mitigation under the MBTA for devastating oil spills in the future.



(The American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders
of Wildlife and National Audubon Society are being represented in the
litigation by the public-interest law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks
LLP.)

To sign petition: https://abcbirds.org/action/petition-mbta

Contact: Lisa Hardaway, National Audubon Society, (212) 979-3000,
<mailto:<lhardaway...> <lhardaway...>

Steve Holmer, American Bird Conservancy, 202-888-7490,
<mailto:<sholmer...> <sholmer...>



Carolyn A. Marsh, Conservation Chair, Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society


 

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Date: 5/25/18 11:20 am
From: <jerrygoldner...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Update: CAS Photo Contest
The deadline to post your photos for the photo contest is next Thursday, May 31st at midnight.




Please choose your one favorite image to be entered in the contest and post it on the Chicago Audubon FB Public Page June 1st-4th. Tag the the photo with #CAS.


The winners will be published on the CAS website & the two FB pages by 6-11.
https://www.facebook.com/group s/1467626873474886/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1467626873474886/



PRIZES: All 4 Winners Receive a One Year CAS Membership & CAS Birds of Chicago Checklist.


1st Place: Chicago Botanic Gardens -


“A Day at the Garden” includes all that the winner will need for a very special visit to the Garden, including the following:


• Free parking on day of visit
• Most recent edition of Keep Growing, the member magazine and program guide
• Four complimentary tram tour tickets, valid for either the Bright Encounters Tram or the Grand Tram
• Four complimentary tickets to the Model Railroad Garden or Wonderland Express, the indoor holiday train exhibition
• A coupon for $10 off the membership of your choice

2nd Place: Morton Arboretum - Six Day Passes.



3rd Place: Bird Song Ear Training Guide by John Feith & Chicago Audubon Hat


Honorable Mention: Chicago Audubon Hat


Our judges are Owen Deutsch, Vic Berardi & Patrick Connolly


Thanks to all who participated!


Jerry Goldner
Cook



 

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Date: 5/25/18 9:13 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Downtown Chicago Connecticut Warbler
Migrants show up in some strange places!! This morning there is a Connecticut Warbler singing it’s head-off in the center median planting’s on Lasalle Avenue just north of Grand Avenue in Chicago. 
CheersSteve Huggins Chicago, IL


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Date: 5/25/18 8:41 am
From: Vince Moxon <vmoxon...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Pine Siskin -YES
I’ve talked to a number of people who still have Siskins. I just had seven a few minutes ago. In 2015 they nested in our complex or nearby and brought juveniles to the patio to be fed. So cool to see them outside of winter.

Vince Moxon
DuPage

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> On May 24, 2018, at 5:54 PM, Caryn Hollander <cjhollander21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> It seems to be getting late but I just had a lone Pine Siskin on my thistle feeder with a few American Goldfinch. Anyone else still seeing them?
>
> Caryn Hollander
> Buffalo Grove (Lake)
>

 

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Date: 5/25/18 5:36 am
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Hummingbirds!
So they came this early AM to the feeders then to the Honeysuckle hedge row.

Have seen them often landing at the fountain for a drink, but today Hummers
were drinking from the vertical down flow!

Question: In a hurry today? Or, "Just b'cause I can do it!"

NW Cook.

 

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Date: 5/25/18 2:54 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET White Fronted Goose At Emily Oaks
Eleonora di Liscia asked me to post that one White Fronted Goose was
at Emily Oaks in Skokie yesterday evening. It is in the company of
Canada Geese.

Al Stokie


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Date: 5/24/18 4:13 pm
From: Caryn Hollander <cjhollander21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pine Siskin -YES
Hi All,

It seems to be getting late but I just had a lone Pine Siskin on my thistle feeder with a few American Goldfinch. Anyone else still seeing them?

Caryn Hollander
Buffalo Grove (Lake)


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Date: 5/24/18 2:50 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Weekly Bird Survey At The Chicago Botanic Garden Thursday 5-24-18
Hello Bird People,

1st of all I should mention that I have been hoping for a Cook County
Loggerhead Shrike for about 30 years & today they get one at Montrose
on the one day that I absolutely can't go there. Perhaps it will stay
until tomorrow but I doubt it.

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

Looking at my day list of almost 50 species I find that only 3 species
were migrants & the rest were Summer or year round residents. The 3
migrants were Alder Flycatcher & Tennessee & Wilson's Warblers.
Migration is at a slow down although I don't think it is quite over
yet. Maybe one more push still ahead.

D.C.Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (5)
Green Heron (1)
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (1-AD)
Canada Geese (18)
Wood Duck (9, all at the B.Brown Pond)
Mallard (12)
Killdeer (1, at the Trellis Bridge)
Spotted Sandpiper (2, where the mud flats usually are)
(But there are no mud flats as the high water has filled that area, no
Caspians either)
Peep Species (1 fly-by)
Herring Gull (1 fly-by)
Mourning Dove (6)
RED HEADED WOODPECKER (1, still near the B.Brown Pond)
Red Bellied (2) & Downy (1) Woodpeckers
Flicker (H-1)
Eastern Pewee (H-1)
ALDER FLYCATCHER (1, calling)
Eastern Kingbird (2)
Purple Martin (12 at the 2 west houses & 14 at the east house)
Tree (8), Cliff (1) & Barn (20) Swallows
Blue Jay (H-2)
Chickadee (H-1)
House Wren (H-1)
B.G. Gnatcatcher (4, including 1 on a nest)
WOOD THRUSH (1 singing but not seen)
Robins (20-25)
Gray Catbird (4)
Starling (only 1)
Cedar Waxwing (5-6)
Warbling Vireo (8)
Red Eyed Vireo (2)
Tennessee Warbler (1)
Yellow Warbler (2)
Common Yellowthroat (2-M & 1-F)
Wilson's Warbler (2 together)
Cardinal (1-PR & H-2)
Indigo Bunting (1-M, singing)
Song Sparrow (8 singing, my only Sparrow)
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds (4)
Baltimore Oriole (4)
House Finch (1-PR & 2 singing)
Goldfinch (6)
House Sparrow (8)
(Also 1 Pigeon flying at the entrance road)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the calling Alder Flycatcher &
Runners-Up to the Red Headed Woodpecker & the Black Crowned Night Heron.

Al Stokie
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Date: 5/24/18 2:29 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pair of e kingbirds in treetop cook co
Surprising! By the house. Perched at top like olive-sided flycatcher but better bins showed true identity.

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 5/24/18 1:04 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard H. wren

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/27459447137/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
The House wren is looking for a nest site. But 1st, a little cleaning up.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 5/24/18 10:39 am
From: David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago River Olive-sided Flycatcher
Dear birders,
The highlight of a 5.5 mile walk in my neighborhood, this morning, was an Olive-sided Flycatcher 80-100 yards south of the bridge at Irving Park & the Chicago River.
I only saw 2 warblers: Common Yellowthroat, in Horner Park; and Black-and-White at the woodlot at the end of my block.
For the birds!
Dave <Antieaudkantieau...>, Cook County
 

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Date: 5/24/18 9:33 am
From: Marc Perkowitz <mperkowitz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Black-billed Cuckoo at Ryerson 6:30 pm
Yes, it is. It's one of the best birdimg locations in the area.

Marc Perkowitz
Arlington Heights
Cook

On Thu, May 24, 2018, 9:48 AM June Newman <june...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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> I'm new to Illinois. Is this the Ryerson Conservation Area which is in
> Deerfield?
>
> Thanks for clarifying.. I appreciate all the help list users provide which
> helps me learn where to go and what to expect when I get there.
>
> June Newman
> On Wed, May 23, 2018, 9:16 PM Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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>> After a very wet and almost-birdless walk at Ryerson this afternoon, I
>> was surprised to see a Black-billed Cuckoo hanging out in the meadow in
>> front of Brushwood today. The only warbler I saw was a Common
>> Yellowthroat, and the only other birds seen or heard were Song Sparrow,
>> Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, House Wren and a few other usual suspects..
>> NOTE: Warbler Alley (behind the Welcome Center) is impassable.
>>
>> Rena Cohen
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Date: 5/24/18 8:29 am
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Blue Grosbeak - Nachusa Grasslands - Lee County
While doing a bird survey at Nachusa, I found a young male blue grosbeak
along Stone Barn Rd. Other highlights: lots of grasshopper and henslow's
sparrows, dickcissels, red-headed and pileated woodpeckers.

Karen Lund
Genoa, Dekalb County
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Date: 5/24/18 8:20 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Loggerhead Shrike and Bell's Vireo at Montrose
Pam Carmona reported a Bell's Vireo this morning. Several others confirmed.


Luis Munoz reports a Loggerhead Shrike as well.


Both still there at Montrose in Chicago, Cook County.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL
 

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Date: 5/24/18 8:06 am
From: June Newman <june...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Black-billed Cuckoo at Ryerson 6:30 pm
I'm new to Illinois. Is this the Ryerson Conservation Area which is in
Deerfield?

Thanks for clarifying. I appreciate all the help list users provide which
helps me learn where to go and what to expect when I get there.

June Newman
On Wed, May 23, 2018, 9:16 PM Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> After a very wet and almost-birdless walk at Ryerson this afternoon, I was
> surprised to see a Black-billed Cuckoo hanging out in the meadow in front
> of Brushwood today. The only warbler I saw was a Common Yellowthroat, and
> the only other birds seen or heard were Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Indigo
> Bunting, House Wren and a few other usual suspects. NOTE: Warbler Alley
> (behind the Welcome Center) is impassable.
>
> Rena Cohen
>
>
>

 

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Date: 5/24/18 7:24 am
From: 'Marc Perkowitz' <mperkowitz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ryerson Conservation Area - Black-billed Cuckoo
I stopped briefly at the Ryerson Conservation Area after work last night.
Not a lot of activity, but I had a long and clear view of a BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO at the center of the meadow where the two paths cross. He was
sitting motionless on the top of a wire fence around a bush and I watched
for at least two minutes. Best view ever of this species.



The path along the river is current not passable. The boardwalk is above
the water level, but when it ends, there is a large and deep flow of water
blocking further progress.



However, I had a close and personal encounter with a beaver there. I stood
very still, and he proceeded to swim back and forth getting closer and to
closer to me. Finally he was almost to the shoreline about 6 feet or so
away from me. Then he gave a loud slap of his tail and took off. It was an
very interesting experience.



Marc Perkowitz

Birding in Lake County




 

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Date: 5/23/18 8:26 pm
From: Eric Larson <ela119...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Columbus Park, Cook County, Olive-Sided Flycatcher
My wife Laura and I spotted on Olive-Sided Flycatcher at the very top of a tall dead tree toward the East end of the peninsula with the water feature in Columbus Park. I'm guessing it's the same one Eric Gyllenhaal listed on ebird yesterday.
Eric LarsonOak Park, Cook County

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Date: 5/23/18 7:20 pm
From: Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Black-billed Cuckoo at Ryerson 6:30 pm
After a very wet and almost-birdless walk at Ryerson this afternoon, I was surprised to see a Black-billed Cuckoo hanging out in the meadow in front of Brushwood today.  The only warbler I saw was a Common Yellowthroat, and the only other birds seen or heard were Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, House Wren and a few other usual suspects. NOTE: Warbler Alley (behind the Welcome Center) is impassable. 
Rena Cohen  
 

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Date: 5/23/18 6:51 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan yesterday
I visited Waukegan Beach yesterday morning (6:45-7:20 am) and early evening (6:05-7 pm), hoping to find the Monday evening rarities. However, they weren't to be found, it seemed like 100% turnover. In fact, by the evening, it again seemed like close to 100% turnover - shorebirds were moving between Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening.


The morning was very productive in the short time, with over 70 shorebirds of 9 species, best being 2 Whimbrels photographed as they came flying through heading northward. The Piping Plover continues and it sure seems like it might be considering nesting in the rocky area west of the main parking lot. 8 Ruddy Turnstones and a flock of 35 Dunlin came flying in from offshore during this foggy morning.


Rarest passerine was a Western Kingbird that came flying in from the foggy offshore, heading west over the main parking lot.


There was also a rather small cormorant on the pier, which to me seems like its showing a variety of marks of a Neotropic Cormorant.
Photos of the cormorant, Whimbrels, Turnstone and Dunlin are at the eBird report here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45965145 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45965145.


That evening, pretty much everything was gone, but new birds had arrived, with over 50 shorebirds of 7 species. The Piping Plover remained (again offering more support of the bird considering breeding, as all the other shorebirds except breeding species moved on). Also, a flock of 30 Sanderling had arrived and were foraging on the beach.


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO.

 

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Date: 5/23/18 5:07 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan, State Line Beach & Illinois Beach South Unit Wed 5-23-18
Hello Bird People,

After 2 days at Montrose I decided to check for shorebirds in Lake
County. I did find some but nothing out of the ordinary. I'll just
list the shorebirds as that's what I went for.

Waukegan Beach (w/Annette Mc.) (6:35-8:15 a.m.)

Killdeer (H-1 by the parking lot)
Greater Yellowlegs (1, we were in doubt as to which Yellowlegs as it
was a quick look but then it called repeatedly)
Spotted Sandpiper (7-8)
Sanderling (5-6)
RUDDY TURNSTONE (8 on the pier together, a good number for one day)
Dunlin (2, also on the pier)
Also had 1 young Bonaparte's Gull in with the other Gulls & Caspian Terns

State Line Beach (by myself) (9:30-10 a.m.)

Killdeer (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (H-1)
Sanderling (2)
Dunlin (1)
Here there were 5 Caspian & 6 small terns 3 of which were Forster's &
3 unknown.

Illinois Beach South Unit (Beach only) (10:30-Noon)

BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1, but far down the beach & if not in full
breeding feathers I would not have been able to I.D. it)
Killdeer (4)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)

Also did some land bird locations but had nothing unexpected.

Bird-Of-The-Day to all 8 Ruddy Turnstones & Runner-Up to the far away
Black Bellied Plover.

Al Stokie
In Lake County today


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Date: 5/23/18 4:24 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP, Tuesday, 22 May: Rockin'! 22 warbler species, Whip-poor-will
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday covering 63rd Street Beach, the North Lake Front (62nd to 59th), Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, the Inner Harbor (with a short look at the Outer Harbor) and the west golf course.
The park, especially Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, was rocking with birds! I had 92 species with 22 warbler species, 9 flycatcher species, including all the expected Empidonax species and there were large numbers of many species. Most dominant were COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (74) and AMERICAN REDSTART (55). There were several species that I believe are the largest number of individuals I've personally had for that species in one day and place: 9 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 6 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS (FOY), 11 CANADA WARBLERS, 7 MOURNING WARBLERS. Here are some other highlights: Just west of the pedestrian underpass at 59th I saw my 3rd YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER have a dispute with another Empidonax species. I never got a look at the other bird but it was clearly giving the call note of an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER (FOY; checked recordings later to confirm). The trees east of the northern parking lot were one of the most active in the park. I found 3 of my PHILADELPHIA VIREOS here, including 2 together in the same tree. I also saw my FOY BAY-BREASTED WARBLER here, but this one and another south of Wooded Island were both females; hope I haven't missed a spring male this year! I didn't make it to Wooded Island itself until about 10 am. It was surprisingly slow. The area in and south of the Japanese Garden has been good all spring but not yesterday. The second busiest spot yesterday was in the trees and plantings along Hayes Dr/63rd St. The highlights there were a singing N. PARULA and a singing every once in awhile, and very hard to get a look at GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. The difficulty in finding the Golden-winged was compensated by the discovery of a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER on her nest! I found an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER sitting on a post along the trail at the north end of the soccer fields and not on a high bare limb as they usually are. One of the Trail's flycatchers south of the driving range sang to let me know it was a WILLOW FLYCATCHER. Later in Bobolink Meadow another let out a couple of calls and a bit of song to indicate it was an ALDER FLYCATCHER (FOY). With many LEAST FLYCATCHERS seen that completed all the Emipids for the day. A male SCARLET TANAGER flew by me in the meadow flying southwards. There was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the north end of the meadow. Bird of the day was flushed along the north fence of the driving range near the dog park: an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL! I skipped my usual Tuesday grocery shopping in hopes of seeing more species around the harbors and golf course. I probably would have had more luck going over ground already covered looking for things I missed as I only added 2 new species, though one of these was a pair of late RING-NECKED DUCKS at the south end of the Inner Harbor. My full list is below.

Abbreviations: 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, NLF = North Lake Front, WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, IH = Inner Harbor, OH = Outer Harbor (just a peek), GC = Golf Course.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (57), OH (10)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (6)
Mallard: 63rd (3), WI/BM (11), IH (6), GC (2)
Ring-necked Duck: IH (2)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (2), IH (1)
Green Heron: WI/BM (2)
Black-crowned Night-Heron: WI/BM (1), IH (8)
Killdeer: WI/BM (1)
Spotted Sandpiper: 63rd (6), WI/BM (2)
Ring-billed Gull: 63rd (68), NLF (8), WI/BM (5), IH (10), GC (5)
Herring Gull: IH (1)
Caspian Tern: 63rd (7), WI/BM (1), IH (4)
Whip-poor-will: WI/BM (1)
Chimney Swift: 63rd (10), NLF (2), WI/BM (50), IH (2), GC (10)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird: WI/BM (3)
Red-bellied Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (6), GC (1)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (2)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (2)
A. Kestrel: WI/BM (1), IH (1)
Olive-sided Flycatcher: WI/BM (1)
E. Wood-Pewee: 63rd (3), NLF (1), WI/BM (12), GC (2)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher: 63rd (2), WI/BM (6), GC (1)
Acadian Flycatcher: WI/BM (1)
Willow Flycatcher: WI/BM (1)
Alder Flycatcher: WI/BM (1)
Trail's flycatcher sp: WI/BM (5), IH (1), GC (2)
Least Flycatcher: 63rd (4), WI/BM (14), GC (3)
Empidonax flycatcher sp: 63rd (3), NLF (1), WI/BM (3), IH (2), GC (2). Most of these were unseen birds giving "wit" call, so Willow or Least (most were probably the latter).
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (1)
E. Kingbird: 63rd (2), WI/BM (5), IH (2)
Warbling Vireo: WI/BM (3)
Philadelphia Vireo: WI/BM (6; can't remember ever having more Philadelphia Vireos than Warbling!)
Red-eyed Vireo: 63rd (2), WI/BM (14)
A. Crow: 63rd (1), WI/BM (4), IH (1), GC (3)
Purple Martin: WI/BM (17)
Tree Swallow: WI/BM (2), IH (2)
N. Rough-winged Swallow: 63rd (4), NLF (4), WI/BM (8), IH (5)
Cliff Swallow: 63rd (72), NLF (4), WI/BM (20)
Barn Swallow: 63rd (9), NLF (6), WI/BM (20), IH (6), GC (2)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (1)
House Wren: WI/BM (13), GC (1)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 63rd (1), WI/BM (19), IH (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (2)
Veery: WI/BM (4)
Gray-cheeked Thrush: WI/BM (4), GC (1)
Swainson's Thrush: WI/BM (19), IH (1), GC (5)
Catharus thrush sp: WI/BM (3), IH (1), GC (3)
A. Robin: 63rd (1), NLF (2), WI/BM (23), IH (4), GC (2)
Gray Catbird: WI/BM (15), IH (3), GC (2)
Brown Thrasher: WI/BM (1)
Euro. Starling: 63rd (8), WI/BM (40), IH (2), GC (1)
Cedar Waxwing: 63rd (2), WI/BM (30)
Ovenbird: WI/BM (4), GC (2)
N. Waterthrush: WI/BM (3)
Black-and-white Warbler: WI/BM (4)
Golden-winged Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Tennessee Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (2)
Nashville Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Mourning Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (5), GC (1)
Common Yellowthroat: 63rd (5), NLF (4), WI/BM (59), IH (2), GC (4)
A. Redstart: 63rd (4), NLF (1), WI/BM (50)
Cape May Warbler: WI/BM (1)
N. Parula: WI/BM (2)
Magnolia Warbler: 63rd (2), WI/BM (17)
Blackburnian Warbler: 63rd (2), WI/BM (2)
Yellow Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (21), IH (5)
Chestnut-sided Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (6)
Blackpoll Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (8)
Bay-breasted Warbler: WI/BM (2)
Palm Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (6)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (3)
Black-throated Green Warbler: WI/BM (5)
Wilson's Warbler: 63rd (2), WI/BM (18)
Canada Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (10)
Clay-colored Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Chipping Sparrow: WI/BM (2)
Savannah Sparrow: 63rd (3), WI/BM (4), GC (1)
Song Sparrow: NLF (1), WI/BM (15), IH (3)
Lincoln's Sparrow: WI/BM (16), IH (2)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (5)
White-crowned Sparrow: 63rd (2), WI/BM (1)
White-throated Sparrow: 63rd (1), WI/BM (6)
Scarlet Tanager: WI/BM (1)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (8), IH (3), GC (5)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak: WI/BM (1)
Indigo Bunting: 63rd (1), NLF (1), WI/BM (6), GC (1)
Common Grackle: WI/BM (5)
Red-winged Blackbird: 63rd (5), NLF (3), WI/BM (18), IH (13)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (7)
Orchard Oriole: WI/BM (1)
Baltimore Oriole: NLF (1), WI/BM (8), IH (3), GC (1)
House Finch: 63rd (1), WI/BM (1), GC (1)
A. Goldfinch: 63rd (2), WI/BM (15), IH (2), GC (1)
House Sparrow: 63rd (8), NLF (5), WI/BM (8), OH (2)

Randy Shonkwiler
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Date: 5/23/18 2:24 pm
From: Timothy Huizenga <thuizenga...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County - black-billed cuckoos, common nighthawks. clay-colored sparrows
After an outstanding morning of birding yesterday at Montrose, I headed north to Lake County for a change of pace.  The birding was pretty slow in the 4 spots I went -- spring migration seems to be winding down.  I was blessed to see a few interesting birds.  
At Middlefork Savanna I saw a red-headed woodpecker and got a very good look at a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.  At Captain Daniel Wright Woods I was surprised to observe a Mourning Warbler high in a tree.  Then, as I finished my picnic lunch there, I saw a pair of Black-billed Cuckoos.  Together with the Yellow-billed Cuckoo I saw at Montrose yesterday, that gave me 4 cuckoos in two days -- sometimes I go a whole year without seeing a single cuckoo!  As I drove out of Wright Woods, I saw a large bird pecking at a log on the ground and discovered it was a PILEATED WOODPECKER.
At my final stop at Skokie Lagoons (Erickson FP), I was greeted with excellent viewing of a pair of CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS.  I then looked up and saw a bird high in the sky that was too big for a swift and too small for a raptor or gull.  It was none of those -- it was a COMMON NIGHTHAWK.  I then came across another birder who told me that 3 common nighthawks had been seen in the area.  Later I did see 3 of those birds wheeling in the sky near the lagoon.  My wife and I used to see and hear common nighthawks at dusk flying over our city apartment -- but that was 30 years ago.  
Tim Huizenga(Birding mostly in Lake County)


 

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Date: 5/23/18 2:13 pm
From: Sonia daSilva <sds847...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Olive-sided Flycatcher Humboldt Park
Olive-sided Flycatcher in Humboldt Park this late morning. Near the little
lagoon, west side of Sacramento, near the parking lot.

--
Sonia da Silva
​Chicago​

 

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Date: 5/23/18 4:07 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N oriole

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41395919805/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
N oriole from 10 days ago sporting yellow eyebrows.
GC thrush still here. Looks smaller than others.
G. catbird likes it here.
John
Bourbonnais, IL


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Date: 5/22/18 9:30 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Will Co. Migrants this week

Just wait till Thursday morning. Wednesday daytime and overnight will finally have southerly component winds, the first overnight with them since pre-May 10th (13+ days). I think that's an all-time Northern IL record for May.


I do know that this May has been the 3rd 'wettest' since records were kept (about 150 years!). And there's still another 9 days to go, with a couple thundershowers predicted. Wet, cold, northerly winds... during the peak of May. Not your father's Spring migration memories....


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO



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Some warbler species are dying down fast the past two days.



 

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Date: 5/22/18 9:09 pm
From: Eric Secker <esecker...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Will Co. Migrants this week
At Messenger Woods on Monday after the rain, highlights included a
Black-billed Cuckoo working around the parking lot, Canada Warbler, and a
nice mix of Scarlet Tanagers.

At Knoch Knolls this morning, we had two Connecticut Warblers just past the
bike path bridge. Throughout the site we also had 6 Canada, 2 Wilson's, and
3 Mourning. It was lots of work to find many of these but we also didn't
get there until 8:30 a.m.

Almost all sites I've visited yesterday or today have had Yellow-bellied
Flycatchers, Wilson's and Canada, and lots of Vireos (mostly Red-eyed but
far more than expected for the summer). Also Alder Flycatchers at a couple
sites. Some warbler species are dying down fast the past two days.

Eric & Sally Secker
West Dundee, Kane Co.




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Date: 5/22/18 7:40 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ovenbird song question no sightings
Hi,

I think I heard an ovenbird but haven't known it's song before. It was very loud, crescendoing, punctuated song which sounded like sibley's but I didn't know if it's the same bird for sure. Is it super loud and sharp when it sings? It also sounds a bit anxious. Thx for any help.

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Date: 5/22/18 5:24 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Calumet Water Reclamation Plant Shorebirds Field Trip; Sunday, August 26
Don't miss this great field trip with an excellent shorebird guide! This trip fills up fast so RSVP soon!




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Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Don't miss this opportunity to visit the region's premier shorebird site. Combined trip with Evanston North Shore Bird Club. Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:30 a.m. Limit: 25 people. Advance sign-up for this trip is required. *Registration forms available from Walter Marcisz, <wmarcisz...> mailto:<wmarcisz...> or 773-646-3034 or 312-206-9889 (cell). Completed form must be turned in by July 10. Send forms by snail mail to Walter Marcisz, 13416 S. Mackinaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60633. No cameras but scopes and binoculars OK. Directions provided by Walter Marcisz.



 

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Date: 5/22/18 5:08 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Des Plaines river. Cook co
Just an FYI there are good birds out still migration still in full swing.

Suzanne Coleman

Cook County


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Date: 5/22/18 4:56 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Beach & Hedge Area Tuesday 5-22-18
Hello Bird People,

Since I was rained out yesterday I decided to go back to Montrose
today. I will expand a little on Howard B's list of birds seen. I
started off poorly missing all the special birds but I did better
later on.
I'll give full lists of shorebirds & warblers & then highlights for the rest.

Montrose Beach

Shorebirds

BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (3 in partial breeding plumage, didn't stay more
than 5 minutes)
Semipalmated Plover (saw 4 but Ted W had 6)
Killdeer (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (10)
Sanderling (2)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (8)
Least Sandpiper (1, a late arrival)
WHITE RUMPED SANDPIPER (1 but Fran M had 2)
Dunlin (6-7)

Gulls were just Ring Billed & Herring & Caspian Terns were up to 78 &
I hear they had more earlier.
In with the Caspians were 2 smaller terns one of which I was able to
I.D. as a Common Tern but the other flew the other way & I could only
I.D. the one I saw flying. Both were probably Commons.

Swallows were Tree, Rough Winged & Bank plus a couple Purple Martins.
The Bank Swallows are digging holes in the new fenced off area.

Montrose Hedge Area

Warblers

People kept seeing Connecticut Warblers but I kept missing them . But
Andrew A found a 2nd male & I was able to track that one down with a
little help from Luis M. Once found it gave really great looks while
sitting up on some plants. Then I decided I wanted to find my own so I
went to where a female had been seen but I was told it was hard to
find. But it wasn't hard to find & was in the open when I got there at
the main hedge. Got about 4 birders on it before it disappeared again.

Other Warblers were Tennessee, Yellow, Chestnut Sided, Magnolia, BLACK
THROATED BLUE
(1-M), Black Throated Green, Blackburnian (2), Palm, Blackpoll (2-M),
Black & White, Redstart (the most common warbler by far), Ovenbird
(1), Northern Waterthrush (1), MOURNING WARBLER
(1-M & 1-F), Common Yellowthroat (the 2nd most common warbler),
Wilson's & Canada.
So with the Connecticut that was 18 warbler species but more on that later.

Flycatchers

Olive Sided (thanks Matthew C), Eastern Pewee, Yellow Bellied, Least,
Eastern Kingbird &
a few Willow/Alders but they weren't talking.

Also saw a Common Nighthawk sleeping on a branch, E.Towhee, a pair of
Scarlet Tanagers,
4 Cedar Waxwing, a Lincoln's Sparrow & a PHILLY VIREO.

Once again I made it to 20 Warbler species by looking in my front yard
where I added
Bay Breasted & Cape May to the 18 I had at Montrose.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the cooperative (eventually) male Connecticut Warbler &
Runner-Up to the almost equally cooperative female Connecticut Warbler. .

Al Stokie
Working hard at finding birds in Cook County


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Date: 5/22/18 3:31 pm
From: <owen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Birding with the naked eye at Northwestern in Evanston
I wasn't expecting to be going birding when I walked to an afternoon meeting across campus at Northwestern at 3:10 p.m. today, but the trees and shrubs were full -- and not tall trees, either, meaning all I had to do was stand still and look and wait for them to come down within "eyeshot," or start rummaging around on the ground.


Common yellowthroat 3
Canada warbler 2 (1 male, 1 female)
American redstart (male)
Nashville warbler (countless)
Red-eyed vireo


plus plenty I would have ID'd with binoculars. Better planning is required. I saw the above in two sessions of 5 minutes each on either side of an hour-long meeting.


Owen Youngman
 

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Date: 5/22/18 3:28 pm
From: Howard Blum <coolasakestrel1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Point- fairly birdy this a.m. , Shorebirds , a low flying Least Bittern and more
Hello birdwatchers;
There was a nice variety of birds at Montrose this morning. I arrived super early and had some nice highlights such as the following:
A calling Greater Yellowlegs that landed near the fluddle I believe it only stayed for about ten minutes.
A low-flying Least Bittern over the path near the front entrance .just a beautiful sight!
Also;
Philadelphia Vireo
Canada , Mourning, Conneticut Warblers
A late Winter Wren
Male and female Scarlet Tanagers
Yellow Bellied Flycatcher
And much more.
Special thanks to Geoff W. And Al Stokie and a few others, sorry I didn't mention the names,. for pointing out a few birds. The full list would be on E-bird, sorry no link. Howard Blum , Lakeview Chicago





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Date: 5/22/18 1:54 pm
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Warblers at Independence Grove, Lake County
I saw more warblers in 5 minutes at Independence Grove about noon than I did in 2 hours at Ryerson this morning.


Canada, Blackburnian, Blackpoll and Bay-breasted were among 14 warbler species seen.


Bill Saylor

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Lake Cty
 

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Date: 5/22/18 11:22 am
From: Hockman John <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Field Trips - Winding Down (NO SIGHTINGS)
This Thursday, May 24, the Evanston North Shore Bird Club has another field trip to Perkins Woods in Evanston. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Streets. Park along Ewing Avenue. Leaders: John Bates and Josh Engel.

Sunday, May 27, Gilson Park in Wilmette. Bird walks in Gilson Park are sponsored by our partners Go Green Wilmette. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the top of the Wallace Bowl amphitheater. Street parking. For more information, contact <kglennemeier...> <mailto:<kglennemeier...> .




John Hockman
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Lake County

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Date: 5/22/18 8:58 am
From: Joe Suchecki <issuesman50...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET DuPage Worm-eating Warbler and other Sightings
I birded St James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville, DuPage County, Tuesday morning and was pleased to see lots of migrant  bird activity.  There was a nice variety of warblers including Hooded and Worm-eating.  The Worm-eating was singing along the old trail through the woods on the north side of the main parking lot.  There were very large numbers of Red-eyed Vireos and Tennesee Warblers throughout the woods. 

We then went to Elsen's Hill Forest Preserve where there also was a large variety of warblers with several Canada and Wilson's.  A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was seen near the front pond.  Other birders there reported Mourning and Connecticut warbler, but our group did not find those species.  There were large numbers of Red-eyed Vireos at Elsens as well.
Joe SucheckiNaperville

 

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Date: 5/22/18 7:46 am
From: Josh Engel <jengel5230...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Western Meadowlark at Northerly Island
There was a Western Meadowlark on the east side of the big lawn at Northerly Island this morning (May 22). It was still there when I left the area at about 8:40. I didn't hear it vocalize, but the plumage looked good for Western. I'll post photos later. 
It was generally pretty birdy, with good numbers of flycatchers and warblers. Another highlight was a Merlin that flew by being chased by Rough-winged Swallows.
Good birding,Josh EngelChicago
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Date: 5/22/18 7:31 am
From: Caryn Hollander <cjhollander21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Century Park - Vernon Hills
Hi All,

Did a quick run to Century Park in Vernon Hills. Didn’t have too many warblers (only 7 types in 1 hour) majority being American Redstart and Magnolia but I did find one Golden-Winged! This was a FOY for me and hubby did manage to get a couple of ok pics.

Caryn Hollander
Buffalo Grove (Lake)


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Date: 5/21/18 5:49 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: banded Piping Plover at Montrose 5.15.18
Interesting follow up.....

.....after 5 days, our 1 year old Piping Plover is up at Sleeping Bear
Dunes, where he was born!

Fran

On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 4:56 PM, Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Fran Morel
> <https://www.facebook.com/fran.morel.967?fref=gc&dti=278614168843703> from
> Stephanie Beilke on Facebook COS page:
> One of my coworkers, Sarah Saunders, is formerly on the Great Lakes Piping
> Plover team from when she did her post-doc! Here is her report:
>
> "Very cool sighting! Of,B/OR:X,L just hatched last year in the captive
> rearing center. Its mother was a long-time breeder at Sleeping Bear Dunes
> (and one of the few females that has attempted and successfully raised 2
> broods in one season!!), but was killed by a suspected dog off leash about
> a week prior to the expected hatch date.
>
> The eggs were taken into captive rearing, and 3 chicks successfully
> fledged and were released at Sleeping Bear on July 5 (including this guy)..
> So, long story short, we don’t know where this bird will show up to breed –
> likely Sleeping Bear. What’s really exciting is that she looks to be female
> to me, which we could always use more of, so fingers crossed she makes it
> across the lake and finds a mate to settle down with!"
>
> On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 8:38 PM, Fran M <franmmmk...> wrote:
>
>> I know some birders, like myself, enjoy hearing the history of banded
>> birds...where and when they were born, and any other "travel" information
>> available. This is especially true of declining species, as it helps us
>> learn valuable information regarding the bird. I was able to blow up photos
>> of the Piping Plover at Montrose today, and submitted the bands for data
>> retrieval. Perhaps someone already has done this, but if not, I'll circle
>> back with the information when I get it.
>>
>> Fran Morel
>> Evanston, Cook Co.
>>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 5/21/18 4:01 pm
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Audubon Society Double Bird Blitz, plus 2 field trips - no sightings


It’s back … Double Bird Blitz in the Palos & Sag ValleyPreserves
Any day in June, 2018

Last June, birders found 5,478 birds of 108 species in the hillywoods and prairies of the Palos and Sag Valley Preserves ... but we thinkthere are more! We had the state-threatened Black-billed Cuckoo,the county's only June records for Prairie Warbler and Ring-neckedDuck, 36 Orchard Orioles, and so much more! This June, we're going to beat thatnumber.

If you blitzed with us last year but want to spend more time inyour section, please do! And if you didn't blitz with us last year buthave spent the whole year regretting it – this is your big chance.Experienced birders can volunteer to cover a section that was not blitzedlast year.

To register for a section, click here or call (773) 539-6793.

Inaddition, we're offering two field trips, which anyone can join:


Friday,June 1 7:30 am – 12:00 noon
SagawauEnvironmental Learning Center/Bergman Slough,Lemont

June is a peak time fornesting birds in northeastern Illinois.We will start with a hike of Sagawau's trails to identify birds by field marks,vocalizations, behavior and habitat.

About 10:15 we will carpoolto a nearby Bergman Slough, about 3.5 miles south, to continue our BirdingBonanza in different habitat.

Bring binoculars, camera,and dress for the weather of the day! Location:
1254 West 111th Street, Lemont; 630-257-2045
<Sagawauenvironmental.learningcenter...>

Sunday, June 10 8:00 am -10:00 am
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs

Take a morning bird walkthrough various habitats in search of birds nesting in the area. Dress for theweather. Bring binoculars if you have them.
708-839-6897; <littlered.schoolhouse...>

Suzanne Checchia
Cook County


 

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Date: 5/21/18 3:39 pm
From: Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose - Worm-eating Warbler
I think Keith put it in his backpack in Shawnee...
Joe Lill
Chicago, Wet Cook County

> On May 21, 2018, at 4:50 PM, <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Found by Keith McMullen this morning. Recently seen on back side of hedge by Amanda Tichacek.
>
>
>
> Matthew Cvetas
>
> Evanston, IL
>
>

 

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Date: 5/21/18 2:51 pm
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose - Worm-eating Warbler
Found by Keith McMullen this morning. Recently seen on back side of hedge by Amanda Tichacek.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL
 

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Date: 5/21/18 10:39 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose-Shorebirds & Heavy Rain Monday 5-21-18
Hello Bird People,

Went to Montrose this a.m. even though I knew it would be raining
pretty much non stop after 7 a.m.
The plan was to look for already occurring shorebirds & gulls (think
Whimbrel & Laughing Gull) & then to wait out the rain & see what
landed due to the rain. But yesterday's Whimbrel & Laughing Gull were
no shows & although the heavy rain brought more shorebirds it did not
bring in any big ones at least when I was there. From 6 a.m. to 7:15
it was rain free but once it started raining it was continuous. It
slowed down once but then picked up again until I left about 9 a.m.
Here's what I saw:

Montrose Beach (6-7:15 a.m. & then quick looks after that when the
rain slowed a little)

Killdeer (2-AD & I saw 1 young but Amanda T saw 2 young)
Semipalmated Plover (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (9-10)
Sanderling (2)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (15-17)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
WHITE RUMPED SANDPIPER (1, my only quality shorebird)
Dunlin (4)
Also lots of Red Wings & 2 Grackles feeding on the beach.
Couldn't see much else with all the rain.

Isoo had a Black Bellied Plover but I was too intent of the White
Rumped & missed it.

Craig T, Andy S & Keith M had about 17 Warbler species in the hedge
area before the rain.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the White Rumped Sandpiper & Runner-Up to the Ruddy
Turnstone.

Back home I find that water pressure has broken another window in a
window well & I have some water in the basement plus I'll have another
window to repair. Always something!

Al Stokie
Drying out in Cook County


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Date: 5/21/18 7:51 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Gray-cheeked thrush

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40449327040/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
At 1st thought the Swainson's t. was back. Looked at photos and saw the lack of eye-ring and no beige color on neck/cheek. Put out some food.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 5/21/18 6:15 am
From: Patti Greenberg <patti.greenberg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sora
I had a sora in my backyard for 2 days Never had before.
 

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Date: 5/21/18 5:17 am
From: 'Linda Case' <lcase...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Help with Bird ID - Audio Recording - Link to Recording
Oops – IBET does not allow attachments. Here is a link to the recording that I put on FB: https://www.facebook.com/LindaPCase/videos/2186381854722108/



Linda Case









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From: <ILbirds...> [mailto:<ILbirds...>] On Behalf Of 'Linda Case' <lcase...> [ILbirds]
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2018 7:11 AM
To: <ILBIRDS...>
Subject: IBET Help with Bird ID - Audio Recording





Hello Birders.

My husband I have had a bird calling near our home in Central IL (Mahomet) that we cannot identify. We live in the country and the bird seems to stay on the west side of our land and is possibly a ground-dwelling bird. It is not a bird that I recognize and I have used my Thayer’s program to no avail for an ID. Attached is an audio recording, taken from our deck, last night. There are some background birds, but the call that we cannot ID can be heard at the start, at the 5-second mark, 7-seconds, the 9-second mark and at the 17 second mark at the end. These renditions are just two or three reps per iteration, but we have heard the bird give up to five repetitions in a given song. The bird is fairly far away, but if the volume is turned up, the song/call can be easily heard.

Thanks for any help you can provide……(even if this is something common that I really should know!! :) :) ).

Linda Case

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Date: 5/21/18 5:11 am
From: 'Linda Case' <lcase...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Help with Bird ID - Audio Recording
Hello Birders.



My husband I have had a bird calling near our home in Central IL (Mahomet) that we cannot identify. We live in the country and the bird seems to stay on the west side of our land and is possibly a ground-dwelling bird. It is not a bird that I recognize and I have used my Thayer’s program to no avail for an ID. Attached is an audio recording, taken from our deck, last night. There are some background birds, but the call that we cannot ID can be heard at the start, at the 5-second mark, 7-seconds, the 9-second mark and at the 17 second mark at the end. These renditions are just two or three reps per iteration, but we have heard the bird give up to five repetitions in a given song. The bird is fairly far away, but if the volume is turned up, the song/call can be easily heard.



Thanks for any help you can provide……(even if this is something common that I really should know!! :) :) ).



Linda Case







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Date: 5/20/18 7:49 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Least Flycatcher

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/41522953664/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
This one landed in the apple tree just outside the window. No sounds but heard one yesterday giving a "che-bek" call.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 5/20/18 5:08 pm
From: <joceb2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Glacial Park: Correct List
I just realized the list I submitted in the earlier post was incomplete. Here is the complete list:

Glacial Park Conservation Area, McHenry, Illinois, US

May 19, 2018 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

4.0 mile(s)

Comments: Overcast; temp. went from 54°F to 65°F

54 species



Canada Goose X

Wood Duck 5

Blue-winged Teal 2

Northern Shoveler 2

Hooded Merganser 1

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant X

Great Blue Heron X

Great Egret X

Turkey Vulture 2

Osprey 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 2

Sora 1

Sandhill Crane 6

Killdeer 2

Mourning Dove X

Chimney Swift 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker X

Downy Woodpecker X

Northern Flicker X

Eastern Kingbird 3
Pewee 1

Warbling Vireo X

Blue Jay X

American Crow X

Tree Swallow X

Barn Swallow X

Black-capped Chickadee X

White-breasted Nuthatch X

House Wren X

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher X

Eastern Bluebird X

American Robin X

Gray Catbird X

European Starling X

Common Yellowthroat X

American Redstart 3

Chestnut-sided Warbler 4 All calling males

Chipping Sparrow X

Field Sparrow X

Song Sparrow X

Eastern Towhee X

Northern Cardinal X

Rose-breasted Grosbeak X

Indigo Bunting X

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1

Bobolink X Not in the grassland along Nippersink Creek where we usually see them, but in the fields on the way out of the area

Eastern Meadowlark 1

Baltimore Oriole X

Red-winged Blackbird X

Brown-headed Cowbird X

Common Grackle X

American Goldfinch X

John Cebula (Glen Ellyn)


 

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Date: 5/20/18 5:01 pm
From: <joceb2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Glacial Park, McHenry County
Jean and Bob Spitzer, Mark Bavetz, and I birded Glacial Park on 5/19 (a DuPage Birding Club field trip). Despite the unseasonably cool weather, we managed to see a few birds. The cranes, eagles, and Osprey were all "good," but my personal choice for "Best Bird" was a male Yellow-headed Blackbird in the marsh below the barn--Mark spotted it first!

Here is our complete list:

Glacial Park Conservation Area, McHenry, Illinois, US

May 19, 2018 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

4.0 mile(s)

Comments: Overcast; temp. went from 54°F to 65°F

54 species



Canada Goose X

Wood Duck 5

Blue-winged Teal 2

Northern Shoveler 2

Hooded Merganser 1

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant X

Great Blue Heron X

Great Egret X

Turkey Vulture 2

Osprey 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 2

Sora 1

Sandhill Crane 6

Killdeer 2

Mourning Dove X

Chimney Swift 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker X

Downy Woodpecker X

Northern Flicker X

Eastern Kingbird 3
Pewee 1

John Cebula (Glen Ellyn)


 

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Date: 5/20/18 3:58 pm
From: Mike Levin <mikel...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Tanager ID Help
Summer

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On May 20, 2018, at 5:51 PM, <paul...><mailto:<paul...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Although the Orioles are gone, we have had a mottled red and yellow tanager feasting on the grape jelly in our oriole feeder all day.


We are thinking it's an immature Summer Tanager, but have also seen an image of a Scarlet Tanager looking like that, so I've uploaded pictures to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/1539664782 if anyone can help us nail it down.


Thanks,


Paul Wasserman

South Loop Chicago





 

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Date: 5/20/18 3:51 pm
From: <paul...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tanager ID Help
Although the Orioles are gone, we have had a mottled red and yellow tanager feasting on the grape jelly in our oriole feeder all day.


We are thinking it's an immature Summer Tanager, but have also seen an image of a Scarlet Tanager looking like that, so I've uploaded pictures to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/1539664782 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/1539664782 if anyone can help us nail it down.


Thanks,


Paul Wasserman
South Loop Chicago

 

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Date: 5/20/18 3:31 pm
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose - Whimbrel
Geoff and Chirs Williamson report that a Whimbrel was on the public beach at Montrose in Chicago about 4pm.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL
 

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Date: 5/20/18 2:43 pm
From: beau schaefer <beauschaefer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Big Day 5/19
Yesterday Brian Storvik and I attempted a May Big Day in less-than-ideal conditions of morning rain and slight, but persistent NE winds. It was tough finding birds, and we missed a lot, but we had a few goodies and it’s always great to be out looking for birds when there’s no wind.
  We started at IBSP at 3:00am. Didn’t really do any owling due to the rain but whips and rails don’t care about rain, and we had multiple EASTERN WHIPPOORWILLS, VIRGINIA RAILS, and SORAS calling before we left around 3:30. We made a couple of stops before starting at dawn at Ryerson. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were peenting at Middlefork prior to dawn to give us our first shorebird of the day…..and there weren’t many..
  The day was overcast, as you know, which didn’t lend itself to scads of insects warming in the sun of the Brushwood parking lot, so that area had some activity, but not a lot, so we headed to the river. The Smith Cabin area was hopping but almost all birds were across the river or high in the leafed-out trees so seeing them was difficult. Hearing them was not. Unfortunately we couldn’t locate the Olive-sided Flycatcher, Tufted Titmouse, or Summer Tanager that had been seen/heard during the past week. That was the story of our day. We just couldn’t relocate some really good birds. Also the DPR area was flooded so Warbler Alley was a no-go. 
Misses:American Kestrel, Blue Grosbeak, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Summer Tanager, Tufted Titmouse, Canvasback at Rollins, virtually all migrant waterfowl, all migrant flycatchers, many shorebirds (we had 1/2 of our total from 2016), Blue-headed Vireo, Black-throated Blue Warbler (ugh), Clay-colored Sparrow, Black Tern, Prothonotary Warbler.
Highlights:
1. Warblering- 27 Warbler sp. which wasn’t bad considering the poor migration conditions. Best were nice looks at a MOURNING WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER at the D. Wright bridge (you had to ford a small stream to get there, though), and a LOUDLY singing CONNECTICUT WARBLER on the west trail from the Sedge Meadow parking area. We had multiple singing CANADAS on the day (5) which was cool.
2. Lyons Woods- 3 tough birds here (or at least they were tough yesterday for us), WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
3. Stateline Beach- Here we had a couple of nice finds for this date, a 2nd cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (photos on ebird) and 3 BONAPARTE’S GULLS all in non-breeding plumage. No migrant shorebirds, however.
4. Woodpeckers- We had all the breeding sp. including 10 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at 3 different locations. And we heard none at Lyons Woods. This bird is really making a strong comeback in Lake County. It wasn’t too long ago that you would struggle to find one. Really nice to see. One of my favorite birds. Also had PILEATED WOODPECKER at both Ryerson and D. Wright.
5. Shorebirds- We didn’t have many but we did have LEAST SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, SANDERLING (the only one we got on the lakefront), SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at the fluddles.
6. Grasshopper Sparrow- This bird has been difficult to get in Lake County for quite some time due to lack of scrubby grass habitat. Most of the areas I have found it in have been transitional habitat from burning or landscaping. This is the 2nd year in a row that I have had it singing on the hill opposite the Midwest Gen Power Plant on Greenwood Ave in Waukegan. Also had 1 in a more traditional spot along the Dune trail at IBSP.
  That’s about it really. We ended with 146 sp. The lack of migrants not named “warbler” combined with big misses kept our total down a bit but a day birding without wind is always a great day. Thanks again to Brian Storvik for some great finds and awesome Ron Swanson quotes.
The list:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45845066

Go Get 'EmBeau SchaeferLake County


 

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Date: 5/20/18 1:22 pm
From: Oliver Burrus <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Big Day report
Check out our big day report at 2nd annual WBC Big Day | Whimbrel Birders Club. You can also find the report on the ABA Listing Central.

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Date: 5/20/18 1:19 pm
From: <nal1212...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose - Spring Migration
Here are some photos of the 2018 Spring Migration at Montrose, taken over the last three weekends. Got the Laughing Gull today, my only shore bird.


Photos are at : https://nal1212.smugmug.com/2018-Montrose-Spring-migration/i-nK5nbLV https://nal1212.smugmug.com/2018-Montrose-Spring-migration/i-nK5nbLV




Nolan Lameka
Cook County

 

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Date: 5/20/18 1:06 pm
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: IBET Montrose - Laughing Gul l, Wilson’s Phalarope, no King R ail
To clarify, today there was an adult Laughing Gull at Montrose.

Both Friday and Saturday, there was a 2nd cycle Franklin's Gull at Montrose. The Franklin's Gull was not seen today.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL
 

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Date: 5/20/18 12:50 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET LaBagh Woods Sunday 5-20-18
Hello Bird People,

Seems like everyone but me knew about the Yellow Crowned Night Heron
at LaBagh but armed with a map from Amanda T I looked for it this a.m.
I knew, if it stayed, it could be roosting in any of the many trees by
the pond area or hunting in the shallow water in the same area. But I
couldn't find it either in the trees nor hunting in the water. If it
stays there will be other chances & I suggest that when visiting
LaBagh you check the area near the backwater pond.

It was a cold day at LaBagh & it rained once while birding & again as
I was leaving, much harder the 2nd time, but the real problem was the
muddy, slippery trails. Almost slipped & fell several times.
Wear waterproof boots & try & walk on level ground & not the angled edges.

I was joined today by birders Dave & John for part of my walk & at the
end of the walk by Katy K.

LaBagh Woods (7:30-11:45 a.m.)

Green Heron (1) (Not the Heron I wanted)
Canada Geese (10)
Wood Duck (8)
Mallard (4)
Spotted Sandpiper (1, along the river)
R.T. HUMMER (1-M, had a bug in it's bill)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (1, heard only)
Flicker (1)
Eastern Pewee (1)
Blue Jay (2)
Crows ( heard a couple)
House Wren (2-3)
R.C. Kinglet (1)
B.G. Gnatcatcher (2)
Veery (1)
Swainson's Thrush (3-4)
Robins (15)
Gray Catbird (1-2)
Warblers were:
Tennessee (4), Yellow (1), Chestnut Sided (2), Magnolia (5), Cape May
(1), Blackburnian (1-F),
Black Throated Green (1-M), Palm (2), Black & White (4), Redstart
(~20), Ovenbird (H-1),
Northern Waterthrush (1), LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (1, well seen with the
wide eye line & the throat with no streaks), MOURNING WARBLER (1-M,
picked out along the river by Katy K),
Common Yellowthroat (5), Wilson's (2) & Canada (2-3)
Cardinal (2)
Chipping Sparrow (2)
Song Sparrow (1)
Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
White Crowned Sparrow (2)
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds
Baltimore Oriole (heard only)
Goldfinch (4)
House Sparrow (2)

I added zero new year birds & zero new Cook County birds today but I
didn't fall in the mud & I saw a few nice birds so today has to be a
success of sorts.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Mourning Warbler found by Katy &
Runner's-Up to the R.T. Hummer & the Louisiana Waterthrush.

Al Stokie
Dodging raindrops while slipping & sliding in the mud


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Date: 5/20/18 12:24 pm
From: 'Mary T Duros' <mduros...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: IBET Montrose - Laughing Gull, Wilson’s Phalarope, no King Rail
Other’s have reported that the Laughing gull at Montrose is actually an immature Franklin’s gull. Mentioning it in case people didn’t read the other post.

Mary.



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Subject: IBET Montrose - Laughing Gull, Wilson’s Phalarope, no King Rail





Quick report.

Geoff Williamson alerted me to the presence of an adult Laughing Gull on the beach at about 8:15AM. It didn’t stay long.

Amanda Tichacek photographed a Wilson’s Phalarope also on the public beach about 12:45pm. It may still be there.

It was pretty birdy by the entrance to the sanctuary away from the brutal winds. Jake and I had 19 species of warblers and 80 species overall.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL




 

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Date: 5/20/18 11:20 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose - Laughing Gull, Wilson’s Phalarope, no King Rail
Quick report.

Geoff Williamson alerted me to the presence of an adult Laughing Gull on the beach at about 8:15AM. It didn’t stay long.

Amanda Tichacek photographed a Wilson’s Phalarope also on the public beach about 12:45pm. It may still be there.

It was pretty birdy by the entrance to the sanctuary away from the brutal winds. Jake and I had 19 species of warblers and 80 species overall.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

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Date: 5/20/18 9:50 am
From: Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose King Rail update? (no sightings)
We’re on our way home from the Indiana Dunes. Wanted to see if anybody has seen the King Rail yet today at Montrose?

Thanks in advance.

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Date: 5/20/18 9:41 am
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: North Pond Warblers! Sun AM 5/20/18
My thought is that the birds are largely not migrating over the last 10 days, nor for the most part trying to press northward, rather the passerines, especially the insect eaters, are seeking areas out of the cold wind, which harbor insect hatches. This would mean low lying (i.e. not high or mid-tree height as in normal springs) areas blocking the wind (i.e. mainly south/west sides of woodlots). Bird movements might just be limited to local movements in search of food supplies to survive on, or perhaps heading back southward.

This setup is great for birders who find and/or visit areas reported as having birds, as typically the migrants are low to ground and/or on the ground, providing incredible views and photographs, unlike the typical Spring. However, this isn't necessarily good for the birds, as it puts them in unenviable positions, firstly due to the unseasonably cold weather, isolated food supplies and more out in the open and thus vulnerable to being preyed upon.
Areas that provide this kind of protection and food supply are like magnets for these birds, especially warblers, right now. Areas typically known to be great for peak of Spring migration (esp along the open lakefront areas, without a lot of vegetation cover), are showing results that feel like mid-April. Even tree and flower blooming is behind 5-10 days.


I've never seen a Spring like this, with now 12 straight days of complete/predominate N/NE winds every day (and a few more days coming). Today is a near winter parka day! Wish this weather could have been saved for early November.


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO


---In <ILbirds...>, <sjhuggins1209@...> wrote :

Surprisingly birding at North Pond, Chicago this morning was excellent! I guess when birds have to move north due the calendar they ain’t gonna let cold wet north winds stop them!!





 

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Date: 5/20/18 9:13 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Pond Warblers! Sun AM 5/20/18
Surprisingly birding at North Pond, Chicago this morning was excellent! I guess when birds have to move north due the calendar they ain’t gonna let cold wet north winds stop them!!

I ended up with 21 species of Warbler with fairly decent numbers of most of them - probably best was a female Black-throated Blue Warbler and 2 Mourning Warblers. There was also a decent arrival of Vireos with lots of Red-eyes, plus 1 each Philadelphia and Yellow-throated. Other notable arrivals of flycatchers and Lincoln’s Sparrows.

Now back home warming up!! Never thought I’d ever have to wear gloves in late May…

Full list can be viewed at: http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2018-05-20 <http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2018-05-20>


Yesterday I visited a few spots: Highlights:
Rainbow Beach, Chicago
Greater Scaup - 3 (2m&f)
Red-breasted Merganser - 81

Egger’s FP, Chicago
17 species of Warbler
Blue-winged Teal - 1
Hooded Merganser - 2f (1f with 4 young)

Hegewisch Marsh, Calumet
Common Gallinule - 2
Scarlet Tanager - 2

Reynold’s Creek GBHA, Porter, IN
White-tailed Kite!!!

LaBagh FP, Chicago
Yellow-crowned Night Heron - 1 ad
Philadelphia Vireo

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL
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Date: 5/20/18 6:38 am
From: Polly Wilson <kdithoopla...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET yesterday afternoon, Rollins Prairie
Lots and Lots of Bobolinks, singing as only they can. And many Henslow's sparrows,mostly creeping around on the ground doing their quick call and driving me crazy. Finally one came up long enough to get a real look and see it sing. Also I was told of two large white "ducks" and asked if they could be swans? I didn't have time to hike to the Washington side from Drury Ln., but, I remember there was a pair of Trumpeter's nesting there last year, so if you stop to see bobolinks you might check for swans too. Polly Wilson-Round Lake Beach


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Date: 5/20/18 3:35 am
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Black Terns & Yellow-headed Blackbirds- Hebron (McHenry County)
Didn't mean to confuse everyone. The formal name for this site is Goose
Lake Natural Area. It is located just north of 173, and Seaman is the
north/south street where there is parking. This is east of the town of
Hebron.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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After completing a bird survey in Alden, Tom Aston, Vicki Buchwald and I
headed over to Goose Pond. Several black terns and yellow-headed blackbirds
were there, along with 1 common gallinule. Other highlights:. 5 ruddy
ducks, 1 gadwall, many pied-billed grebes (2 at a nest), blue-winged teal.
Total of 44 species.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Date: 5/19/18 9:49 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Grackle predator

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/28350657118/in/dateposted-public/
Hi friends,
This grackle killed and ate a young house sparrow. It seemed nervous as I watched and took its kill farther away from my view. My son-in-law described a similar incident when a grackle killed and ate a garter snake as he worked in his Byard.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Date: 5/19/18 8:59 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET hummingbird behavior lake co.
Of course I forgot something, there is always too much to remember :)

There were 2 seen and likely more hummingbirds at Volo bog.  The interesting thing though was the behavior of one male.  I had read about I think it was Ana's hummingbird who dives down 100 feet or something to impress a mate.  So this ruby-throated hummingbird was flying in a pattern, it was a like a wide U shape, and it kept doing it over and over again.  I heard a noise it was making maybe like a buzzing, I can't be sure, before I saw it, but that's what made me look.  I didn't get video.  I know they fly around a lot but this was a clear and repeated pattern, probably already a known behavior, has anyone heard of it before?
Suzanne Colemancook co.


 

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Date: 5/19/18 8:46 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Volo Bog and Nippersink wetland areas (lake co)
Hi again,
Had to pick up my native plants at Openlands' sale at Almond marsh so I stayed up in that area today.  Native plants are good for the birds and the pollinators, plus they're cool!  :)
I already mentioned the highlights for Almond marsh, so I'll just do highlights of the other two.
Nippersink had yellow warblers pretty close up, a green heron, great egret, and a hoard of fresh fuzzy canada geese offspring.  And tons of people!  Oh yeah purple martins, at least two.

Volo bog had green herons calling so likely nesting, another one gave a new alarm call that worked, scared the heck out of me!  If you need to see a yellow warbler, this is the place, they were about every 10 feet on the tamarack trail in the shrubby/small treed areas, not exaggerating, and so were song sparrows.  Also had 2 male bluebirds, flicker nesting, downy, red-bellied, tree, barn swallows and possibly purple martins.  A yellow-throated vireo was really close, until two loud girls spooked it away.  That and the pair of courting catbirds, the male had his feathers really puffed up so they were at a 90 degree angle!  Wish I had gotten that on film, but didn't.  Not sure if I had a beaver, it was probably a muskrat since it didn't slap the water and just hid.  Think had a brown thrasher, not seen and can't tell it from mockingbird but habitat was more brown thrasher.  Bullfrogs, two heard, we don't have those around my usual spots so it was cool to hear them.
I drove back past Almond marsh and damn there were a ton of great egrets standing in that place.  There were maybe 6 earlier in the day but there were 30 or more when I drove by, it was pretty cool.  I should have gone back to check what else was going on but it was a long day.
Suzanne Colemancook co.


 

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Date: 5/19/18 7:44 pm
From: <scottrk49...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes- Lake Arispie North Pond - Bureau Co
Saturday morning I saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes with two young (about 24' tall). Walking in mud flats in the NE corner of the North Pond of Lake Arispie.


Ron Scott
Bureau County
 

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Date: 5/19/18 7:26 pm
From: Jim Hully <xenospiza...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET King Rail @Montrose today
The bird put on show for those lucky enough to see it in the morning. I put
some images on my eBird report:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45843637

A great day to be birding.


Jim

Jim Hully
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Date: 5/19/18 7:12 pm
From: Polly Wilson <kdithoopla...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Almond marsh lake co
Hi everybody,  I  missed going to Almond Marsh this morning for the first time in a few weeks.  Actually missed birding outside my backyard until mid-afternoon when I went over to Rollins Prairie  and got a wonderful surprise.  The place is filled with BOBOLINKS!  Beautiful singing.... Also someone I talked to asked if knew if "the big white birds near the Washington end of the Park could be swans.   I didn't have a chance to get down there to check but they could be the pair of Trumpeters back from last year.  I'm hopeful they are back too.-Polly Wilson  Round Lake, Beach

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Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:01 PM
Subject: IBET Almond marsh lake co

Just had my first osprey in a few years flying over. Also of note foy wood duck young.  Cool to see large great blue heron chicks in their nests!  Lots of singers in the woods I didn't recognize but can't go there after 3pm so ...  Wish this place was open all day like normal preserves.

Suzanne Coleman


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Date: 5/19/18 4:09 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Beach, Dunes & Hedge Area Saturday 5-19-18
Hello Bird People,

So the question is "When is a Laughing Gull not a Laughing Gull?" And
the answer is when it's a
2nd year Franklin's Gull. I was fairly sure we had a Laughing Gull
based on the all black wing tips seen in flight. But there's more to
it than that such as size, bill shape & more. The problem was that
when I 1st saw the Gull it was by itself so size was not helpful. But
I later went back for another look & could clearly see the Gull in
question was smaller than the nearby Ring Bills which would not be the
case with a Laughing Gull. And the bill didn't look so big after all
plus there was a little "pink wash" on the chest. So 2nd year
Franklin's Gulls have mostly black wing tips & that must have been
what it was. It's all a learning experience for me but I think I was
guilty of wanting it to be a Laughing Gull too much & then you can
convince yourself of almost anything.

Other than the Laughing Gull that really was a Franklin's Gull the big
news at Montrose was the continuing King Rail & all the people after
it. I normally don't report such things as Rails but this one is known
already & is not on breeding grounds, at least I don't think it is.
For the most part people were careful not to get too close but at one
time there were 30 birder/photographers trailing the bird.
I was glad when it got away & disappeared.

I wasn't keeping track of how many warblers I saw but once I got home
I found that I had seen 20 species but the best species was only seen
by a few people & was a female CERULEAN WARBLER. I was not among the
few people! Also Scott L saw one Mourning Warbler that we couldn't
re-find. Otherwise ground warblers were in short supply at least when
I was there.

The Warblers that I did see were GOLDEN WINGED (1-F), Tennessee
(lots), Nashville (2),
N. Parula (2), Yellow (3), Chestnut Sided (2), Magnolia (8), CAPE MAY
(3), Y.R. Myrtle (2-F),
Blackburnian (2-M & 3-F), Palm (5), Bay Breasted (1-M), Blackpoll
(2-F), Black & White (4),
Redstart (20), Ovenbird (2), Northern Waterthrush (1), Common
Yellowthroat (10), Wilson's (4)
& Canada (2).

Other highlights for me were one YELLOW BELLIED FLYCATCHER, one
Lincoln's Sparrow & a singing 1st year male (black throat) ORCHARD
ORIOLE. Thrushes were Veery (2), Swainson's (4) & Gray Cheeked (1).
There was one Thrasher seen as well. And a very cooperative PHILLY
VIREO seemed to stay in one area for hours.

On the beach yesterday's Red Knot was a no show but at various times
there were 1 Sanderling, three RUDDY TURNSTONES, 1 Semipalmated
Sandpiper plus the usual Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers. A WHITE RUMPED
SANDPIPER landed for a while for 2 or 3 lucky people & a Black Bellied
Plover was also seen by a few people but not me. Also Chimney Swifts
were flying by everywhere both on the beach & over the hedge.

Bird-Of-The-Day has to be the King Rail which I have never seen before
at Montrose &
Runner's-Up will go to the Yellow Bellied Flycatcher, the Ruddy
Turnstones, the Franklin's Gull & the female Golden Winged Warbler.

Al Stokie
Busy day in Cook County


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Date: 5/19/18 2:01 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Almond marsh lake co
Just had my first osprey in a few years flying over. Also of note foy wood duck young. Cool to see large great blue heron chicks in their nests! Lots of singers in the woods I didn't recognize but can't go there after 3pm so ... Wish this place was open all day like normal preserves.

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Date: 5/19/18 1:54 pm
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Black Terns & Yellow-headed Blackbirds- Hebron (McHenry County)
After completing a bird survey in Alden, Tom Aston, Vicki Buchwald and I
headed over to Goose Pond. Several black terns and yellow-headed blackbirds
were there, along with 1 common gallinule. Other highlights:. 5 ruddy
ducks, 1 gadwall, many pied-billed grebes (2 at a nest), blue-winged teal.
Total of 44 species.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Date: 5/19/18 12:17 pm
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, May 19, 2018
May 19, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Another cooler than normal, post-rain Saturday. Bad lighting, slow going, but some good birds. Counts are generally accurate, some may be understated; X=too many to count.
46 species
>
> Canada Goose 10 - includes flyovers and three goslings
> Wood Duck 2
> Double-crested Cormorant 1 - flyover
> Green Heron 1
> Cooper's Hawk 2 - one on, one off the nest. Possible movement within nest.
> Ring-billed Gull 2 - flyovers
> Mourning Dove 1
> Chimney Swift 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 - at least one seen, one heard in different location
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 4
> Least Flycatcher 1
> Warbling Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 1 - heard it only
> American Crow 1
> Tree Swallow 5
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Brown Creeper 1 - seen by two people (not me). Creepers should be gone by now but we have had more than usual at North Park this spring and the storms during the week could have kept this one behind schedule.
> House Wren 1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
> Swainson's Thrush 2
> American Robin X
> Gray Catbird 2
> Northern Waterthrush 1
> Black-and-white Warbler 3
> Common Yellowthroat X
> American Redstart X
> Northern Parula 2
> Magnolia Warbler 1
> Blackburnian Warbler 1
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Common Grackle 1
> American Goldfinch 1
> House Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45828664


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Date: 5/19/18 10:03 am
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Fwd: [IN-BIRD-L] White-tailed Kite - Porter County
Still present in open same location as of noon.

Shanti, n
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion/Lake, IL

On May 18, 2018 5:39 PM, "Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


I was lucky to be at the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival and the word spread quickly. I was only a few miles away. This beautiful bird had been sitting for three hours (with one 3-minute vole Hunt). The post was next to a white barn -like building. There is a parking area that provides easy binoculars and spotting scope views.
The location is the Reynolds Creek Game Bird Habitat. The correct address is 1303 600 E, Michigan City, IN.
I put Reynolds Creek... into my GPS and it brought me there posthaste.
It is worth a ride.
I also really enjoyed my birding fest day.
Cheers
Chuck Berman
Oak Park, IL

On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 2:58 PM Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...><mailto:<geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:


Here is a sighting in the neighboring state of Indiana that is of potential interest to Illinois birders.

Geoff Williamson
<geoffrey.williamson.21...><mailto:<geoffrey.williamson.21...>

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From: Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...><mailto:<jeffreytimmons...>>
Date: Fri, May 18, 2018, 10:01
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] White-tailed Kite - Porter County
To: in-bird-l@list indiana. edu <in-bird-l...><mailto:<in-bird-l...>>


This morning Mark Welter found a White-tailed Kite at Reynolds Game bird Habitat Area, Porter Co. Bird is on post near white barn at south parking lot at 1275N and 600E.. Second state recrd.

Just trying to get the information out for everyone. I am sure there will be posts updated to the Indiana Rate Bird Alert Facebook Page but updates here would likely benefit others as well.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/INDIANARAREBIRDALERT/permalink/863629917154578/

Guessing this is roughly the location though I am not on site

Dropped Pin
near 500-598 600 E, Chesterton, IN 46304<https://maps.google.com/?q=500-598+600+E,+Chesterton,+IN+46304&entry=gmail&source=g>

https://goo.gl/maps/FUqe9SMbbmk


Jeff Timmons
Anderson, IN


 

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Date: 5/19/18 9:12 am
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET King Rail-Still at Montrose
This morning (5/19@0800) a very cooperative King Rail was at Montrose (Cook County). It was walking along the paths, and would go into the grass if the birders and photographers got too close. If you need King Rail, this is a great opportunity to see one.


There were good numbers of warblers, but I did not see anything unusual.


Bill saylor

Mundelein

Lake County
 

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