ILbirds
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2/16/19 10:02 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA: SLATY-BACKED GULL (Calumet River, Chicago. 2-16-19)
2/16/19 9:55 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA: SLATY-BACKED GULL (Calumet River, Chicago, Cook Co., IL, 2-16-19)
2/16/19 6:57 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Killdeer Wetlands At Bartell Grasslands Saturday 2-16-19
2/16/19 11:47 am 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Calumet Area and Southeast Chicago Lakefront Parks, 2/16 a.m.
2/16/19 7:59 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Cooper's hawk
2/15/19 2:36 pm Gene Rothgery <erothgery...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red-winged Blackbird
2/15/19 11:13 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Techny Basin (White Fronted Goose) & Techny North Of Willow Friday 2-15-19
2/14/19 4:14 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose (W.W. Scoter), Techny North (Cackling Geese) & Air Station Prairie (Harrier) Thur 2-14-19
2/14/19 2:00 pm Glyn Dawson <dawg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cranes
2/14/19 1:36 pm carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Diversey River Bowl today
2/14/19 6:14 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Changes to eBird during GBBC, Feb 15-18 (No sightings)
2/14/19 5:00 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET no sightings, challenging times
2/13/19 8:43 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET no sightings, challenging times
2/13/19 6:50 pm jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Harriers at Air Station Prairie
2/13/19 1:59 pm <wdmennell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Brown headed cowbirds - DuPage
2/13/19 8:42 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinals
2/13/19 6:42 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinal
2/13/19 6:40 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren
2/12/19 12:31 pm <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET CAS Program tonight - Vic Berardi - no sightings
2/12/19 8:09 am 'H. Candace Gorman' <hcgorman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET another bird friendly ordinance proposed in chicago (no sighting)
2/11/19 9:18 pm jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Fwd: IBET Mystery Bird in Local Photo Shown on WGN
2/11/19 9:14 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinal
2/11/19 8:41 pm nature_alight <nature_alight...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Mystery Bird in Local Photo Shown on WGN
2/11/19 8:35 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Mystery Bird in Local Photo Shown on WGN
2/11/19 10:58 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden (Of Local Interest Only) Monday 2-11-19
2/11/19 10:13 am douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Cermak Woods and Ottawa Trail-Stony Ford Forest Preserves yesterday
2/11/19 7:14 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Red-shouldered Hawk in Skokie
2/10/19 7:44 pm Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET An exciting Florida sighting
2/10/19 1:51 pm <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Titmouse at last!
2/10/19 12:46 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods, North Pt Marina & Techny Basin Sunday 2-10-19
2/10/19 11:23 am <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red-shouldered Hawk in Skokie
2/10/19 8:24 am 'Daniel & Barbara Williams' <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Meadowlark Winter Season Reports (no sightings)
2/9/19 8:06 pm Cary <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Calumet area & Will Co.
2/9/19 1:49 pm Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET An exciting Florida sighting
2/9/19 12:00 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Hidden Lake F.P. & Morton Arboretum Saturday 2-9-19
2/8/19 12:47 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Polar Vortex impact on IL birds
2/8/19 12:41 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Polar Vortex impact on IL birds
2/8/19 5:52 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Polar Vortex impact on IL birds
2/8/19 4:29 am lorra rudman <lorra3...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sightings. Hummingbirds: inquisitive avian tigers?
2/8/19 1:37 am Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sampler on Hummingbirds @ NYTimes
2/8/19 12:25 am Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sightings. Hummingbirds: inquisitive avian tigers?
2/7/19 6:52 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Or imm goshawk cook co.
2/7/19 6:50 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Hawk ? Imm red shouldered cook co
2/7/19 12:31 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Local birds cook co
2/7/19 12:19 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Techny North Thursday 2-7-19
2/6/19 5:37 pm <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Request for Info - Brownsville, TX NO SIGHTINGS
2/6/19 4:22 pm JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC/ILYB Field Trip Saturday - Evanston & Wilmette (NO SIGHTINGS)
2/6/19 12:53 pm Anthony Tempske <atempske...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Montrose Harbor & A Fast Look At Belmont Harbor Wed 2-6-19
2/6/19 12:42 pm Cynthia Alberico <motmot99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET (No sightings) New and used bird books for sale
2/6/19 12:31 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Harbor & A Fast Look At Belmont Harbor Wed 2-6-19
2/6/19 7:25 am Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET More pics: Pheasant
2/6/19 7:17 am Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Grey partridge at backyard feeder: North Aurora
2/6/19 3:53 am 'D.K. Schrishuhn' <alaraarabians...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET: Return of the Tufted Titmouse
2/5/19 9:17 pm Puck <lildud20001...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rough-legged Hawk--Oak Park
2/5/19 4:35 pm <gp_arts39...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET February 2019 DuPage Birding Club Field Trips
2/5/19 12:32 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Evanston Beaches Tuesday 2-5-19
2/5/19 10:15 am Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Return of the Tufted Titmouse
2/5/19 8:08 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Downy wp, N cardinal
2/5/19 7:56 am Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Gynandromorphs Article (NO SIGHTINGS)
2/5/19 7:51 am Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gynandromorphs Article (NO SIGHTINGS)
2/4/19 3:00 pm David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Millenium Park Yellow-rumped Warbler
2/4/19 2:22 pm David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Millenium Park Yellow-rumped Warbler
2/4/19 2:06 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Point Marina, Illinois Beach & Waukegan Monday 2-4-19
2/3/19 1:40 pm Josh Engel <jengel5230...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Calumet area Sunday
2/3/19 12:39 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Feeder Birding In The Palos Area Sunday 2-3-19
2/3/19 11:57 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Report From Bob Erickson From Waukegan & North Point Marina Sunday 2-3-19
2/3/19 9:38 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: Field guide - no sightings
2/3/19 7:01 am Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Field guide - no sightings
2/3/19 6:31 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: Field guide - no sightings
2/3/19 6:08 am Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Field guide - no sightings
2/3/19 5:32 am Caryn Hollander <cjhollander21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Field guide - no sightings
2/2/19 11:17 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET More Lake Calumet Area, Saturday (afternoon) (2-2-19)
2/2/19 1:49 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose & Lake Calumet Area Saturday 2-2-19
2/2/19 12:07 pm Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler
2/2/19 10:32 am Pat Durkin <pat.durkin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Great Black-backed Gull
2/2/19 4:46 am <jreiter...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Female/Male cardinal (no sightings)
2/1/19 7:11 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Female/Male cardinal
2/1/19 2:29 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard cold birds
2/1/19 11:54 am Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Ave Chicago River - GBBG & KIG
2/1/19 9:10 am 'Daniel & Barbara Williams' <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 2 Eastern Towhees
2/1/19 5:05 am kelagory <kelagory...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler
1/31/19 11:10 pm <alrprairie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Macon County sightings
1/31/19 10:20 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bird behaviour cook co.
1/31/19 9:18 pm '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET lake Villa Sparrows
1/31/19 8:23 pm kelagory <kelagory...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler
1/31/19 3:42 pm 'W. Douglas Robinson' <w.douglas.robinson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Study birds at Oregon State University (no sightings)
1/31/19 9:51 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard ATS
1/31/19 9:17 am <agiledogs56...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET BY Brown-Headed Cowbird
1/30/19 2:48 pm Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Birds Braving the Cold
1/30/19 9:06 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Yellow-rumped Warbler
1/30/19 8:31 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Yellow-rumped Warbler
1/30/19 8:22 am Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Coopers Hawk
1/30/19 8:13 am Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow-rumped Warbler
1/29/19 2:56 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren
1/29/19 10:00 am <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Listers Corner Deadline
1/29/19 9:34 am Michael Sweeney <mike.sweeney2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Illinois Ornithological Society/Sax-Zim Bog field trip reminder
1/29/19 9:25 am Tyler Funk <fftfunk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Illinois Ornithological Society/Sax-Zim Bog field trip reminder
1/28/19 5:13 pm <mindellim...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Can anyone identify this bird?
1/28/19 9:29 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard ATS
1/28/19 5:17 am <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Audubon Society February Activities – no sightings
1/27/19 12:48 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Point Marina & A Few Other Ice Covered Locations Sunday 1-27-19
1/26/19 9:26 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Calumet Rough-legged Hawks (1-26-19)
1/26/19 8:35 pm douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Forest preserves in western Cook and eastern DuPage Co.
1/26/19 1:04 pm Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Lincoln's Sparrow
1/26/19 12:56 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard C. wren
1/26/19 11:49 am <jreiter...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Warrenville Spotted Towhee - YES
1/26/19 9:35 am Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Coyote and birds cook co
1/26/19 8:54 am Vince Moxon <vmoxon...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: American Goldfinch--Oak Park
1/26/19 7:43 am Kris Gallagher <kgvoyager...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: American Goldfinch--Oak Park
1/26/19 5:36 am lorra rudman <lorra3...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Fwd: IBET Sighting: Cooper's Hawk at feeders and a "no sighting" question on "as seen on tv" window bird house
1/25/19 3:39 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET evening grosbeak, lake co.
1/25/19 2:59 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinal
1/25/19 12:33 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Wheaton Spotted Towhee Friday 1-25-19
1/25/19 11:58 am Puck <lildud20001...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET American Goldfinch--Oak Park
1/24/19 5:53 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard N cardinal
1/24/19 3:51 pm Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NYT article on environmental impact of the border wall ** No Sightings **
1/24/19 2:25 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Goshawk again today.
1/24/19 12:55 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chevalier Woods Thursday 1-24-19
1/24/19 10:34 am Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Goshawk again today.
1/24/19 8:05 am scott latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Spotted Towhee in Wheaton -Yes!
1/24/19 5:27 am robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET more videos
1/23/19 6:39 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Listers Corner and Peoria (no sightings)
1/22/19 1:14 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Southside Birding Carpool RESCHEDULED for Sunday, 1/27!!!
1/22/19 12:24 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Hardly Any Birds At The Chicago Botanic Garden Tuesday 1-22-19
1/22/19 5:32 am Mike g <mikeg_606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Bald Eagles. (No Sightings)
1/22/19 3:08 am robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET new bird videos
1/21/19 11:11 am Catherine Bloome <catbloome...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Sighting: Cooper's Hawk at feeders and a "no sighting" question on "
1/21/19 10:21 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard E starling and Oregon Junco
1/21/19 7:39 am Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yard birds.
1/21/19 6:40 am Donnie R. Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Sighting: Cooper's Hawk at feeders and a "no sighting" question on "as seen on tv" window bird house
1/20/19 1:01 pm ERIC GINSBURG <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Bald Eagle, maybe
1/20/19 9:13 am Jarod Hitchings <jarodhitchings...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sighting: Cooper's Hawk at feeders and a "no sighting" question on "as seen on tv" window bird house
1/20/19 8:17 am Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
1/19/19 5:27 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Northern Goshawk and Mourning Dove
1/19/19 1:18 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard B cardinal
1/18/19 5:53 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET South Arsenal Road, Iron Bridge Trailhead, Wilmington Dam & Rock Run Rookery Fri 1-18-19
1/18/19 5:23 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Grant Park Grumbling
1/18/19 12:31 pm douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Grant Park Grumbling
1/18/19 11:20 am JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Monitoring Marsh Birds in Calumet Region (NO SIGHTINGS)
1/18/19 10:00 am David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET River Walk - Carolina Wrent - January 18
1/18/19 9:07 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard No tree sparrows yet
1/18/19 8:44 am Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET CANCELLED - COS Chicago Southside Birding Carpool, Saturday, 1/19
1/17/19 7:34 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET movies with condors
1/17/19 6:30 pm robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET movies with condors
1/17/19 5:47 pm Jarod Hitchings <jarodhitchings...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA Northern Goshawk Sangamon County
1/17/19 12:38 pm Mike King <mike.j.king97...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ONU Prairie (No sightings)
1/17/19 11:16 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Another Slow Day At The Chicago Botanic Garden Thursday 1-17-19
 
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Date: 2/16/19 10:02 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA: SLATY-BACKED GULL (Calumet River, Chicago. 2-16-19)

I arrived at the Stony Island overlook over the CalumetRiver (just south of Deadstick Pond in Chicago, IL, eBird hotspot “Lake Calumetarea—Turning Basin #5”) at 2:20 pm on Saturday (16 February 2019). Mike McNamee& Jayne Leone were already there when I arrived. I was looking for Glaucousand Lesser Black-backed Gulls, so they got me on a Glaucous Gull and severalGreat Black-backed Gulls, and that was a good start. After scoping a bit more,I found the continuing adult HERRING X GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (hybrid)sleeping on the ice.  Jayne kept lookingto see if she could find a Lesser Black-back for me. In short order, she &Mike pointed out an adult black-backed gull that appeared to be about the samesize as some of the surrounding Herring Gulls (and definitely smaller than somenearby HERGS). I got my scope on it, but this was no LBBG. It also wasn’t aHERG X GBBG. Stocky build, white head with only a dark streak through the eye& slight dusky “neck boa,” blackish (but not black) mantle, relatively shortfolded primary projection, broad tertial crescent. Adult SLATY-BACKED GULL!Thank God that Mike & Jayne photographed the bird when I walked back to mycar to get my camera and to phone Andrew Aldrich. Mike obtained some photosthat I believe are diagnostic for adult SBGU. Andrew arrived shortly afterward,then Pat Durkin, Randy Shonkwiler, and others, but the SBGU had already leftthe building by then. Regardless, the SBGU may very well still be around, andthe total counts of “winter” Larus gulls we found at this location on theafternoon of 2/16/19 were rather stellar: ~250 HERRING GULLS, 1 (adult)“THAYER’S” ICELAND GULL, 1 (adult) SLATY-BACKED GULL, 6-7 (4-5 adults, 2 imm.)GLAUCOUS GULLS, 15 (mostly adults, but also several imm. present) GREATBLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 (adult) HERRING GULL X GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (hybrid). SLATY-BACKED GULL (photos by Michael McNamee & Jayne Leone, attached).

Walter Marcisz,

Chicago, Cook Co.



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Date: 2/16/19 9:55 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA: SLATY-BACKED GULL (Calumet River, Chicago, Cook Co., IL, 2-16-19)

I arrived at the Stony Island overlook over the CalumetRiver (just south of Deadstick Pond in Chicago, IL, eBird hotspot “Lake Calumetarea—Turning Basin #5”) at 2:20 pm on Saturday (16 February 2019). Mike McNamee& Jayne Leone were already there when I arrived. I was looking for Glaucousand Lesser Black-backed Gulls, so they got me on a Glaucous Gull and severalGreat Black-backed Gulls, and that was a good start. After scoping a bit more,I found the continuing adult HERRING X GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (hybrid)sleeping on the ice.  Jayne kept lookingto see if she could find a Lesser Black-back for me. In short order, she &Mike pointed out an adult black-backed gull that appeared to be about the samesize as some of the surrounding Herring Gulls (and definitely smaller than somenearby HERGS). I got my scope on it, but this was no LBBG. It also wasn’t aHERG X GBBG. Stocky build, white head with only a dark streak through the eye& slight dusky “neck boa,” blackish (but not black) mantle, relatively shortfolded primary projection, broad tertial crescent. Adult SLATY-BACKED GULL!Thank God that Mike & Jayne photographed the bird when I walked back to mycar to get my camera and to phone Andrew Aldrich. Mike obtained some photosthat I believe are diagnostic for adult SBGU. Andrew arrived shortly afterward,then Pat Durkin, Randy Shonkwiler, and others, but the SBGU had already leftthe building by then. Regardless, the SBGU may very well still be around, andthe total counts of “winter” Larus gulls we found at this location on theafternoon of 2/16/19 were rather stellar: ~250 HERRING GULLS, 1 (adult)“THAYER’S” ICELAND GULL, 1 (adult) SLATY-BACKED GULL, 6-7 (4-5 adults, 2 imm.)GLAUCOUS GULLS, 15 (mostly adults, but also several imm. present) GREATBLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 (adult) HERRING GULL X GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (hybrid).
Walter MarciszChicago, Cook Co.
Photos at the following links:
SBGU1, M. McNamee, Cal River, 2-16-19


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Date: 2/16/19 6:57 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Killdeer Wetlands At Bartell Grasslands Saturday 2-16-19
Hello Bird People,

Went with Andy Sigler this a.m. to try & find a new for McHenry County
Carolina Wren but we found no such thing. At least we got to explore a
new location which was Hickory Grove.
Went a few other places in McHenry County but saw very few birds &
certainly nothing worth reporting.

But I decided that maybe I could salvage the day at Bartel Grasslands
by finding a raptor or 2.
Got there between 4:35 & 4:45 p.m. & it was still cloudy & the wind
wasn't too strong so conditions were good for an early showing for
Short Eared Owls. First I saw a female HARRIER & then a Red Tailed
Hawk. Later when it seemed too dark for Hawks there was a male HARRIER
& a 2nd Red Tailed Hawk but no Owls. I didn't know if I should look
south at Bartel Grasslands or north at Killdeer Wetlands so I tried to
do both as I was by myself but that was hard to check all that area &
I found no Owls.

But then I was saved by another birder named Diane Hicks who has seen
the Owls several times & knew just where to look which was the
Killdeer Wetlands side. So we concentrated our looking on that spot &
at 5:32 p.m. Diane spotted 1 SHORT EARED OWL sitting up on a post
getting ready to hunt. It stayed long enough for me to get the scope
on it & so I had a very good look. Then for the next 10 min the Owl
flew around hunting & was joined by a 2nd Short Eared Owl. But it was
getting darker & darker & soon you couldn't make them out any longer.
Part of the problem was that once they started flying they kept
getting farther & farther away. Thanks again to Diane for her help
with the Owls. If you look for these Owls just stand in the Killdeer
Wetlands parking lot & view to the north & N.W. If you go on a sunny
day the Owls probably won't come out until a little later than they
did today.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 1st Short Eared Owl which was very well seen &
Runners-Up to
the two Northern Harriers.

Al Stokie
In McHenry Co in the a.m. & Cook Co in the late afternoon


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Date: 2/16/19 11:47 am
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Calumet Area and Southeast Chicago Lakefront Parks, 2/16 a.m.
I spent the morning bumming around the Lake Calumet area and checking
the lakefront parks on the southeast side of Chicago. I had a productive
morning, especially for gulls, raptors, and waterfowl. These may not be
the prettiest places but most had lots of birds. My highlights below.

Big Marsh, Heron Pond Park, and the Calumet River at the end of Stony Island

Rough-legged Hawk - 2, 1 dark morph adult and 1 unaged light morph
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Northern Harrier - 1 female at Heron Pond Park
American Kestrel - 1
Glaucous Gull - 6, 4 adults and 2 first or second cycle birds
Great Black-backed Gull - 2, 1 adult and 1 first or second cycle bird
Iceland Gull - 1 Thayer's type adult
Peregrine Falcon - 1 on the silos

Plus lots of Common and Red-breasted Mergansers flying down river. Also,
quite a few Common Goldeneye and mergansers in the open water along the
river west of Stony Island.

O'Brien Lock

Bald Eagle - 6, 3 adults and 3 immatures
American Kestrel - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 4

Not many gulls along the river. The Bald Eagles were roosting in trees
along the river.

Calumet River at PECO Pallet access

Great Black-backed Gull - 1 adult
Glaucous Gull - 1 adult
Iceland Gull - 5, 3 adults, 1 third cycle type, and 1 first cycle

Nice collection of gulls here. Lots of Canada Geese and Mallards in the
channel. I thought I would get chased out by security but that didn't
happen.

Wolf Lake

Northern Shrike - 1

The Shrike was near the south end of the causeway on the Indiana side.
Not much else here. A few Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, Common
Goldeneye, 2 Mute Swans, and 3 Redheads in a small open area of water on
the Illinois side.

Calumet park

White-winged Scoter - 7
Surf Scoter - 1 female
Greater Scaup - 100
Redhead - 100
Great Black-backed Gull - 1 adult

Most of the above waterfowl were just off the beach house at the south
end of the park.

Steelworkers Park

Great Black-backed Gull - 1 adult
Long-tailed Duck - 1, probably in Indiana waters

Lots of open water in the harbor but not many birds.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Date: 2/16/19 7:59 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Cooper's hawk
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47061159442/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,E. starling caught and killed under the cherry tree. Juvenile Coopers h. flew as I squeezed off a pic. Arrow right for more pics.JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 2/15/19 2:36 pm
From: Gene Rothgery <erothgery...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red-winged Blackbird
Had my FOY red-winged blackbird at backyard feeder this afternoon.

Gene Rothgery
Frankfort
Will Co.


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Date: 2/15/19 11:13 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Techny Basin (White Fronted Goose) & Techny North Of Willow Friday 2-15-19
Hello Bird People,

With temps in the teens & a strong west wind it made for a very cold
walk today at both of the Techny locations. But I managed to find 6
duck species & one special Goose species so it was well worth the
walk. The stream remains mostly open (at Techny Basin) although ice is
forming along the sides.

Techny Basin Proper (10-10:40 a.m.)

Canada Geese (105)
WHITE FRONTED GOOSE (1, along the stream to the north toward Willow Rd)
Mallard (454, down from over 600 last time but still a lot)
Wood Duck (1-F, continuing)
Black Duck (1, also continuing)
Goldeneye (1-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (9, continuing)
Herring Gull (3, fly-bys)
Starling (7)
By the intersection of Claire & Ravine Way were Junco (2), House Finch
(2) & House Sparrow (4)

Techny Basin North Of Willow (10:50-11:05 a.m.)

Most of the ducks here were too bunched up & asleep to see very well
but I could pick out
2 male Common Mergansers in with the 92 Mallards. Also had 28 Canada
Geese & 4 Herring Gulls flying around.

I checked Lake Glenview but it remains completely frozen as viewed
from the north side.
A Red Tailed Hawk flew by while driving home.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the lone White Fronted Goose & Runners-Up to the
Wood Duck & the Black Duck.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Date: 2/14/19 4:14 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose (W.W. Scoter), Techny North (Cackling Geese) & Air Station Prairie (Harrier) Thur 2-14-19
Hello Bird People,

Montrose (7:30-10:15 a.m.)

It was a tough time at Montrose today with ice all over & water on top
of the ice to make it even more slippery. Add to that a strong wind in
the open areas & you had a difficult day for walking.

In the lake by the fish hook pier there were Greater Scaup (5), Common
Merganser (12),
Red Breasted Merganser (15) & the best bird a WHITE WINGED SCOTER.
This was hard to see as it kept swimming behind the pier but it was on
the beach side of the pier for about 5 min.
Later it swam out for a while with some Common Mergs but was sleeping
at that point.
(There was so much ice on the pier that I wasn't going to walk out for
a better look!)

On the other side of Montrose in the lake off the harbor mouth were
Redhead (2-M), Greater Scaup (1-M), Goldeneye (1-M & 1-F) & more Red
Breasted Mergs (13)

In the actual harbor were Mallard (22), R.B. Mergs (6), Coot (1) &
R.B. (22) & Herring (2) Gulls.

By the hedge area & on the lawns were R.B. Gull (20), Pigeon (2) Crow
(4), Chickadee (4),
Robin (2), Starling (6), Cardinal (4), Tree Sparrow (4), Junco (8) &
House Sparrow (13).

Techny North (11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.)

Mostly frozen but water was open if you walked north. Here I saw
Canada Geese (71),
CACKLING GEESE (3), Mallard (93), BLACK DUCK (1), Common Merganser (9) & a
fly-by Red Tailed Hawk. Looked for flying Harriers as 2 were reported
at nearby Air Station Prairie but found none.

Air Station Prairie (12:20-12:40 p.m.)

The lady that runs this place said she had seen 2 low flying hawks
earlier hunting the fields but they weren't there when I looked. But
about 20 min later I had a good look at a flying male
NORTHERN HARRIER in its nice gray color. If you look for the Harriers
be prepared to stick it out a while. Other birds were 2 Canada Geese
back on the sod covered roof of the building,
Robins (2), Starlings (55-60) & House Sparrows (8-10).
(Thanks go to Jim J for reporting 2 Harriers here yesterday!)

Bird-Of-The-Day will be a tie between the Harrier & the Scoter &
Runner-Up to the 3 Cackling Geese. It was a pretty good day after all.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 2/14/19 2:00 pm
From: Glyn Dawson <dawg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cranes
About 150 sandhill cranes coming in from Lake Michigan over the point in Hyde park, Chicago around 2:30 pm today . must be Spring

Glyn and Sylvia Dawson
Chicago

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Date: 2/14/19 1:36 pm
From: carol nelson <carol6620...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Diversey River Bowl today
Coot Golden-eye Bufflehead Red Heads Lesser Scaup Mallard Canada Geese Ring-neck (probable) 
Carol Nelson Cook County
 

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Date: 2/14/19 6:14 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Changes to eBird during GBBC, Feb 15-18 (No sightings)
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18, 2019. The GBBC leverages eBird to help track the observations. To participate, please visit the Web site below for details.


http://gbbc.birdcount.org



Many beginning birders will be introduced to eBird for the first time through the GBBC. For those who have been using eBird for awhile, you may see some anomalies that week. Thresholds for some common birds that may pose a potential ID problem for beginners (e.g., Downy/Hairy Woodpecker, Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk, Purple/House Finch, etc.) are purposefully set low and may prompt the observer for documentation. Please enter a quick note to the reviewer concerning the ID, your experience, etc. Reviewers would appreciate it.



Thank you for your patience.



Matthew Cvetas




Volunteer eBird Reviewer
 

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Date: 2/14/19 5:00 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET no sightings, challenging times
Thank you very much Paul for sharing this informative article. It leaves us with an important take-away message:

"If birds can find other habitat to move into, they have the ability to adapt. We need to maintain stepping stones of habitat throughout the migration route, and build resilience into those systems. That is key to their survival. "

The more each of us create little oases of natural habitat and native plants that bloom early to late, the more we are helping migratory birds along their migratory route.

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County

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Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:42 PM
To: ilbirds
Subject: IBET no sightings, challenging times



New studies: Migratory birds face multiple threats from climate change

http://texasclimatenews.org/?p=15996<https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Ftexasclimatenews.org%2F%3Fp%3D15996&data=02%7C01%7C%7C82c6cbe041a24cd2f67d08d69236f240%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636857162017645781&sdata=AKhQq2RS692IVGC7lwEPYQ%2F3Xn9jw3gxDl2WPA4Q0ms%3D&reserved=0>

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Date: 2/13/19 8:43 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET no sightings, challenging times
New studies: Migratory birds face multiple threats from climate change

http://texasclimatenews.org/?p=15996

Paul Stensvaag

 

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Date: 2/13/19 6:50 pm
From: jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Harriers at Air Station Prairie
This evening at 4:45 PM I had 2 Northern Harriers working over the Air
Station Prairie in Glenview.
They were doing the aerial gymnastics mostly over the southwestern end but
moving towards the boardwalk area too.

I spent about 20 minutes watching them.

Jim from Norridge

 

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Date: 2/13/19 1:59 pm
From: <wdmennell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Brown headed cowbirds - DuPage
There were 3 male cowbirds in my feeder on Feb 10, around 11:45. Haven't sighted them since.
Checking my feeder records this is the earliest they've been at our feeder since 1997. Anyone
else seen them?


Deb M.
 

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Date: 2/13/19 8:42 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinals
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47082381941/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,The female was searching the stick pile for food. 3 males still here.A few American TS, juncos in #s, and 2 doves.John Bourbonnais, IL  
 

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Date: 2/13/19 6:42 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47082381941/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,The female is looking good searching the stick pile.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 2/13/19 6:40 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard C. wren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40112603713/in/photostreamHi friends,The Carolina w. likes to search the stick pile for suet and seed.Cardinals in #s and a few American TS. Juncos aplenty.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 2/12/19 12:31 pm
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET CAS Program tonight - Vic Berardi - no sightings
CAS Program - Photographing RaptorsTuesday, February 12, 7 p.m. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Blvd., Bldg. D, ChicagoSpeaker: Vic Berardi
Vic Berardi, founder of the all-volunteer Illinois Beach Sate Park Hawkwatch andaccomplished raptor photographer, will discuss techniques and equipment used toobtain top quality photos of raptors, both in flight and perched. Always entertaining, Vicloves to share interesting stories behind his photos. And,last but not least, he will touch upon the ethics of photographing raptors. Socializingat 7 p.m.; program begins at 7:15 p.m.
 

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Date: 2/12/19 8:09 am
From: 'H. Candace Gorman' <hcgorman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET another bird friendly ordinance proposed in chicago (no sighting)
Since it is election time here in chicago it is a good time to press your
favorite candidates (for mayor/city council) to move on this ordinance.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kamin/ct-biz-bird-friendly-de
sign-kamin-0211-story.html

Candace Gorman
Chicago



 

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Date: 2/11/19 9:18 pm
From: jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: IBET Mystery Bird in Local Photo Shown on WGN
Highland Park is where the person lives who submitted it. I see numerous
times where local people post things from exotic places and the news
channel thinks it is a local bird or animal.

The bird in question is a Bullfinch found in Britain

[image: image.png]

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 10:28 PM nature_alight <nature_alight...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I could not figure out what the bird was in this screenshot taken off of
> the TV (see first photo in https://www.flickr.com/gp/29930839@N08/50uo3S).
> It came up during the weather (the bird was on snowy branches).
>
> It was listed as being taken in Highland Park, I believe. It's a rounded
> bird (fluffed up), with a solid red (not rufous) breast and belly, a black
> head and beak, gray back, and gray and black wings.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Thank you,
>
> Valerie Kidwell
> Libertyville (Lake County)
>
>
>


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Date: 2/11/19 9:14 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46154791665/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Have 4 cardinals, some males still chasing. JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 2/11/19 8:41 pm
From: nature_alight <nature_alight...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Mystery Bird in Local Photo Shown on WGN
I could not figure out what the bird was in this screenshot taken off of the TV (see first photo in https://www.flickr.com/gp/29930839@N08/50uo3S). It came up during the weather (the bird was on snowy branches).
It was listed as being taken in Highland Park, I believe.  It's a rounded bird (fluffed up), with a solid red (not rufous) breast and belly, a black head and beak, gray back, and gray and black wings.
Any ideas?
Thank you,
Valerie KidwellLibertyville (Lake County)
 

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Date: 2/11/19 8:35 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Mystery Bird in Local Photo Shown on WGN
It looks like a Eurasian Bullfinch. Definitely not a native bird. I don't know if they are brought in the US as pets, which may explain its presence in Highland Park.

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County

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Sent: Monday, February 11, 2019 10:26 PM
To: IBEt
Subject: IBET Mystery Bird in Local Photo Shown on WGN



I could not figure out what the bird was in this screenshot taken off of the TV (see first photo in https://www.flickr.com/gp/29930839@N08/50uo3S<https://apc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fgp%2F29930839%40N08%2F50uo3S&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cd248a56f61504c4fafde08d690a29632%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636855425307049825&sdata=XKuqSf3TrBD7Y5azcvr87k0C8Bd0Mn4sl6czd8VS98g%3D&reserved=0>). It came up during the weather (the bird was on snowy branches).

It was listed as being taken in Highland Park, I believe. It's a rounded bird (fluffed up), with a solid red (not rufous) breast and belly, a black head and beak, gray back, and gray and black wings.

Any ideas?

Thank you,

Valerie Kidwell
Libertyville (Lake County)



 

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Date: 2/11/19 10:58 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden (Of Local Interest Only) Monday 2-11-19
Hello Bird People,

It's hard to pick out a place for a short birding trip when Lake
Michigan is filled with ice, the inland lakes & ponds are frozen (with
a few exceptions) & local forest preserves have trails covered with
ice making walking very difficult. So I took the easy way out & just
went to the Botanic Garden even though my last visit didn't find much.
But there's always the chance for a big ticket bird.
However, I had no big ticket birds today only common ones & that is
why today's trip is marked
"of local interest only".

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

Canada Geese (only 3 fly-bys with none on the grounds)
Mallard (22, all in the one open water area by the bridge on Rt 68)
Winter Coot (1, guess it survived the Polar Vortex after all)
(With much less open water due to the cold the Coot was easier to find
than last time.)
Herring Gull (1 in the open water area & 2 fly-bys)
Chickadee (6)
Robin (2, after red berries)
Cardinal (1-F)
Junco (8, all on the ground by the feeders & on the feeders)
COMMON REDPOLL (22, today they were on Spider Island eating Birch
seeds but then left)
Pine Siskin (4 for sure & maybe a few more)
Goldfinch (H-2)
House Sparrow (4)

Only 12 species today but Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Pine Siskins as
I had not found any the last few times I was here. Runners-Up to the
Redpoll flock & the Winter Coot.

Al Stokie
Finding few birds in Cook County today


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Date: 2/11/19 10:13 am
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Cermak Woods and Ottawa Trail-Stony Ford Forest Preserves yesterday
I birded these two preserves along the west side of the Desplaines River
in Lyons, Cook Co. yesterday morning. Cermak Woods is on the south side of
Ogden and Stony Ford on the south side of 43rd. I had 15 species at Cermak
Woods and 22 at Stony Ford. Stony Ford was far and away more birdy and all
of the interesting species I saw were there. Highlights were an adult
Red-shouldered Hawk, 4 Eurasian Collared Doves, a Fox Sparrow and a
White-throated Sparrow along the bike path on the western edge of the
preserve. I also had 2 fly-over Monk Parakeets. I wandered around for a
bit in the residential area west of the preserve in search of a nest, but
didn't find anything.

Doug Stotz

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Date: 2/11/19 7:14 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Red-shouldered Hawk in Skokie
This morning, I was able to locate the Red-shouldered Hawk reported yesterday by Matthew in the exact same location. I had been looking for 30 min when it finally landed there with food. A territorial Red-tailed Hawk chased him away within minutes.

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County

On Feb 10, 2019, at 1:23 PM, <mcvetas...><mailto:<mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



An adult Red-shouldered Hawk is perched between the southbound I-94 Old Orchard exit and the highway in Skokie, Cook. Great views when stopped at the light. Nice to have an extra set of bins in the car.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL


 

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Date: 2/10/19 7:44 pm
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET An exciting Florida sighting
The Great White Pelican sighting has just been confirmed to me by the
naturalist at Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve.

Ed McDevitt

On Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 4:49 PM Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> On a guided tour of Darling Wildlife Refuge, we stopped to view a sandbar
> rife with resting White Pelicans. Among them was one bird with peach/pink
> plumage and distinct standing feathers on its head - a Great White Pelican.
> Every now and then one of them shows up on Sanibel Island, but this was a
> real surprise to the naturalist - and certainly a life bird for me.
>
> Ed McDevitt
>
>

 

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Date: 2/10/19 1:51 pm
From: <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Titmouse at last!
This may not be an exciting bird to many, but it made me a very happy camper! FINALLY got the cute little Tufted Titmouse at Little Red School House in Willow Springs. This was my 4th try this year, and every time I've gone, the weather has turned awful by the time I left. I waited an hour and 15 minutes. I was about to take my frozen fingers back to my car when it landed on the tray feeder in front. Saw it twice in about 10 minutes. YAY! Five minutes after I left, blowing snow came out of nowhere. Really bad roads, with a 5-car pile-up on 88 West. I was very happy to pull into our garage!


Joan Campbell
Happy in Cook County today!
 

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Date: 2/10/19 12:46 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods, North Pt Marina & Techny Basin Sunday 2-10-19
Hello Bird People,

Pretty slow day on the Lake Co lakefront but some interesting stuff at
Techny Basin on the way home. Arrived home 5 min before the snow
started so good timing there.

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

The entire harbor & channel are frozen & only a little open water near
the fishing pier & the channel. The only ducks were Greater Scaup
(16), Bufflehead (1-F), Goldeneye (7) &
Red Breasted Mergs (6). The only Gulls were Ring Billed & Herring.

Lyons Woods (8:15-9 a.m.)

Had 4 species of Woodpeckers which were Red Headed (1), Red Bellied
(3), Downy (2) &
Hairy (2-3). Other birds seen were Blue Jay (4), Crow (1), Chickadee
(3), W.B. Nuthatch (H-1)
& Cardinal (1-M). A Red Tailed Hawk flew by & Bob E saw a Tree Sparrow
which I missed.

North Point Marina (9:30-10:05 a.m.)

The lake is almost completely frozen with only a thin strip of open
water & all we found in it were
Goldeneye, Red Breasted Mergs & Gulls. A Red Tailed Hawk was in a tree
on the way in, the only Gulls in the north (commercial) harbor were
Herring (~150) & there were 10 Tree Sparrows along the roadside on the
way out. The harbor itself is frozen.

Quick looks at Illinois Beach North & South Units found almost nothing.

A Little Cook County

Techny North is completely frozen when seen from the parking lot &
Lake Glenview is also a big sheet of ice. No birds there but plenty at
Techny Basin proper where all the ducks usually at Techny North & Lake
Glenview have retreated to. This as the water at Techny Basin is a
flowing stream & so mostly open.

Techny Basin Proper (12:15-1 p.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (~20 fly-bys)
Mallard (634, hard to count that high & even harder to believe that
I'd count them!)
Wood Duck (1-F)
Black Duck (2, probably the 2 that's been at Lake Glenview)
Red Breasted Merganser (11)
Cooper's Hawk (1, a young bird)
Pigeons (4 flying by)

Nothing really special today but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Red
Headed Woodpecker which was new for the year & looks pretty nice.
Runners-Up to the Cooper's Hawk, the female Wood Duck & the 2 Black
Ducks.

Al Stokie
Mostly in Lake County today with a little time spent in Cook County


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Date: 2/10/19 11:23 am
From: <mcvetas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red-shouldered Hawk in Skokie
An adult Red-shouldered Hawk is perched between the southbound I-94 Old Orchard exit and the highway in Skokie, Cook. Great views when stopped at the light. Nice to have an extra set of bins in the car.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

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Date: 2/10/19 8:24 am
From: 'Daniel & Barbara Williams' <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Meadowlark Winter Season Reports (no sightings)
Hello Everyone,

Many of you probably have had enough of the bad winter weather and wish
that winter was already over. While you are waiting for March 1, please
start getting your winter season reports ready to send to me after February
28. I hope to receive your reports by *MARCH 10*.

Many of you submit your sightings to eBird, and I will get access to them
around March 15. But, even if you do submit to eBird, I would appreciate
your comments on species occurrences in the areas where you bird, such as
low or high numbers, trends describing whether certain species are
declining or increasing, or other notable features of the season.

In preparing your winter season field notes, please use the *current*
taxonomic order and, if you can, put your sightings on an Excel spreadsheet
and attach it to an email to me at the above address. If you aren't sure
that you know the current taxonomic order, you can find the current order
of species on the IOS web page here:

http://www.illinoisbirds.org/the-birds-of-illinois/

I will post another reminder around March 10. Enjoy the rest of February.
Thank you for your help.

Dan Williams
Rockford
Meadowlark Winter Season Compiler

 

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Date: 2/9/19 8:06 pm
From: Cary <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Calumet area & Will Co.
Hello,

There was nice variety at the bend of the Little Calumet River today. Best was a male GREEN WINGED TEAL. Also there were 2 RING NECKED DUCK, 4 AM BLACK DUCK, MUTE SWAN, C GOLDENEYE, AM COOT, BUFFLEHEAD, REDHEAD, COMMON&RED BREASTED MERGANSER, LESSER SCAUP&of course MALLARD and CANADA GOOSE. On the road to O’Brien lock and dam there was 1 ROUGH LEGGED HAWK and a flock of about 80 COMMON REDPOLL. Peco Pallet had 1 GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL and 3 umm BALD EAGLE.

Goodenow Grove NC had 5 RED HEADED WOODPECKER, TUFTED TITMOUSE, and 1 RED WINGED BLACKBIRD. Raccoon Grove forest preserve also had TUFTED TITMOUSE, as well as 1 WINTER WREN.

Cary Hillegonds
Orland Park

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Date: 2/9/19 1:49 pm
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET An exciting Florida sighting
On a guided tour of Darling Wildlife Refuge, we stopped to view a sandbar
rife with resting White Pelicans. Among them was one bird with peach/pink
plumage and distinct standing feathers on its head - a Great White Pelican.
Every now and then one of them shows up on Sanibel Island, but this was a
real surprise to the naturalist - and certainly a life bird for me.

Ed McDevitt

 

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Date: 2/9/19 12:00 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Hidden Lake F.P. & Morton Arboretum Saturday 2-9-19
Hello Bird People,

Met Bob Erickson at Hidden Lake & only took a quick look at the water
area. Among all the Geese & Mallards were a few Red Breasted
Mergansers. By the parking lot were 3 Cedar Waxwings but the big
highlight was a dark MERLIN at the top of a small tree but it soon
flew off.

Morton Arboretum (7:30-10:45 a.m.)

I can't believe how many joggers there are here in the early a.m.
Driving is a challenge with all of them on the main road & running in
both directions.

East Side

Canada Geese & Mallards in the water areas & land birds included Red
Bellied Woodpecker,
Blue Jay, Chickadee, W.B. Nuthatch, Cardinal, PINE SISKINS & House
Sparrow. Heard but did not see one Eastern Bluebird.

West Side

More Canada Geese & Mallards, a Red Tailed Hawk, a GREAT HORNED OWL
(which let us have great looks at it), more Blue Jays Chickadees &
Siskins & good looks at the only Red Breasted Nuthatch that we saw all
day.

Spent most of our time trying to find a Saw-Whet Owl but found none.
There's so many places
to look! Later after lunch at Chick-Fil-A (where I'd never been
before) we saw a roadside Red Tailed Hawk with completely black
under-wing linings so maybe this was a Western dark morph? This was
across from Danada F.P. & it was flying with a normal light morph.

Bird-Of-The-Day will be a 3 way tie between the Merlin, Great Horned
Owl & the Dark Red Tailed Hawk. With a 3 way tie we don't need a
Runner-Up.

Al Stokie
In DuPage County today





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Date: 2/8/19 12:47 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Polar Vortex impact on IL birds
Thank you Suzanne. If people believe they have a significant observation to that effect and it can be tied to the Polar Vortex, please send it to me.

Thank you,

Tamima Itani


On Feb 8, 2019, at 2:17 PM, Suzanne Coleman <isooz...><mailto:<isooz...>> wrote:

I'm sure this will be a very interesting report. In order to be as impactful as possible, it would be good to collect data on the birds who were also present and living after the cold spell cleared, and compare that to the birds present on a normal basis in the same area.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County



On Feb 8, 2019, at 7:52 AM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Good morning,

The Illinois Ornithological Society is interested in documenting the impact of the Polar Vortex on Illinois birds and publishing key findings in a future issue of its Meadowlark journal. There have been reports of dead birds in backyards after the extreme cold spell.

To that end, we are asking you to contact us with any observations you believe are uniquely related to the impact of the Polar Vortex. Namely, please contact us if you found dead birds in your yard (or parks or forest preserves) during or immediately following the Polar Vortex (January 30 to February 3), with deaths seemingly related to the extreme low temperatures. To the extent known, please provide the species and numbers of birds impacted and any additional details you may have.

Further, if you have any other observations regarding how birds coped during the Polar Vortex, kindly share these observations. For example, we are interested in information about where birds took shelter, as well any notable changes in behavior that were unique to the Polar Vortex period.

Please submit this information by sending an email to Tamima Itani at <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...> by February 14, 2019.

Thank you in advance for your participation,

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County
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Date: 2/8/19 12:41 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Polar Vortex impact on IL birds
I'm sure this will be a very interesting report. In order to be as impactful as possible, it would be good to collect data on the birds who were also present and living after the cold spell cleared, and compare that to the birds present on a normal basis in the same area.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County



> On Feb 8, 2019, at 7:52 AM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
>
> The Illinois Ornithological Society is interested in documenting the impact of the Polar Vortex on Illinois birds and publishing key findings in a future issue of its Meadowlark journal. There have been reports of dead birds in backyards after the extreme cold spell.
>
> To that end, we are asking you to contact us with any observations you believe are uniquely related to the impact of the Polar Vortex. Namely, please contact us if you found dead birds in your yard (or parks or forest preserves) during or immediately following the Polar Vortex (January 30 to February 3), with deaths seemingly related to the extreme low temperatures. To the extent known, please provide the species and numbers of birds impacted and any additional details you may have.
>
> Further, if you have any other observations regarding how birds coped during the Polar Vortex, kindly share these observations. For example, we are interested in information about where birds took shelter, as well any notable changes in behavior that were unique to the Polar Vortex period.
>
> Please submit this information by sending an email to Tamima Itani at <tamimaitani...> by February 14, 2019.
>
> Thank you in advance for your participation,
>
> Tamima Itani
> Evanston, Cook County
> <tamimaitani...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/8/19 5:52 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Polar Vortex impact on IL birds
Good morning,

The Illinois Ornithological Society is interested in documenting the impact of the Polar Vortex on Illinois birds and publishing key findings in a future issue of its Meadowlark journal. There have been reports of dead birds in backyards after the extreme cold spell.

To that end, we are asking you to contact us with any observations you believe are uniquely related to the impact of the Polar Vortex. Namely, please contact us if you found dead birds in your yard (or parks or forest preserves) during or immediately following the Polar Vortex (January 30 to February 3), with deaths seemingly related to the extreme low temperatures. To the extent known, please provide the species and numbers of birds impacted and any additional details you may have.

Further, if you have any other observations regarding how birds coped during the Polar Vortex, kindly share these observations. For example, we are interested in information about where birds took shelter, as well any notable changes in behavior that were unique to the Polar Vortex period.

Please submit this information by sending an email to Tamima Itani at <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...> by February 14, 2019.

Thank you in advance for your participation,

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County
<tamimaitani...>



 

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Date: 2/8/19 4:29 am
From: lorra rudman <lorra3...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET No Sightings. Hummingbirds: inquisitive avian tigers?
fascinating, love this. thank you, Paul.

> On Feb 8, 2019, at 2:24 AM, Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> from NYTimes Science.
>
> https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/science/hummingbirds-science-take.html <https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/science/hummingbirds-science-take.html>
>
>


 

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Date: 2/8/19 1:37 am
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sampler on Hummingbirds @ NYTimes
Bird-beam of the summer day,

— Whither on your sunny way?

Whither? Probably off to have a bloodcurdling fight, that’s whither..

John Vance Cheney wrote that verse, but let’s not point fingers. He has
plenty of poetic company, all seduced by the color, beauty and teeny
tininess of the hummingbird but failed to notice the ferocity burning in
its rapidly beating heart.

The Aztecs weren’t fooled. Their god of war, Huitzilopochtli, was a
hummingbird. The Aztecs loved war, and they loved the beauty of the birds
as well. It seems they didn’t find any contradiction in the marriage of
beauty and bloodthirsty aggression....

 

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Date: 2/8/19 12:25 am
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sightings. Hummingbirds: inquisitive avian tigers?
from NYTimes Science.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/science/hummingbirds-science-take.html

 

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Date: 2/7/19 6:52 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Or imm goshawk cook co.
Or... Dang. Oh well next time I'll try to get a picture! 😳😱😬😳💥

Suzanne Coleman
Cook co.


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Date: 2/7/19 6:50 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Hawk ? Imm red shouldered cook co
Hi,

So maybe I should've should've taken a picture after all. I just had a hawk earlier today that I thought was a Cooper's hawk at first just because size and banded rectangular long tail and location and probability etc. but it had a lot of large white markings scattered on its back and when its wings were folded it almost looked like it had wing bars that were white. It's head and face were brownish and looked more like a marsh harrier than a Cooper's hawk but it was not that close to see well. So I was just looking on Sibley to see if immature Cooper's Hawks have that kind of white on the back and on the wing and it didn't really look like it except in the flight picture it shows a slight white wing bar but then I looked at red shouldered immature hawk and now I'm thinking maybe that's what it was. There was one seen here a couple of years ago just half a mile or so away. Anybody else seen any lately?

Oh and this bird was really wet. It had its wing out and each feather was separated out and it looked like it was trying to dry off. It was funny.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County



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Date: 2/7/19 12:31 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Local birds cook co
Hi,

Thought I would report some of the local happenings. I'd say spring is definitely here. I had a starling singing a couple of days ago. Last year was the first year we had one presumedly nesting in our area and while I do enjoy starlings I don't enjoy the loud repeated noises it kept making while I was trying to hang out and relax in the yard. Has anyone else had that happen? It was just strange. I never could figure out where the nest was and I only saw one bird but it was there all summer. And apparently it's back, ready to go.

Yesterday I had what I call a winter foraging flock. There was my first ever red-bellied male woodpecker for our area, pair of downy woodpeckers, two other possible woodpeckers that could've just been these moving around. I had a white breasted nuthatch which is uncommon in my area and usually only seen once or twice a year at this time. And then the usual cardinal as well as a junco was heard only. I definitely see birds exhibiting more excitability as spring is approaching. And possible early breeding behavior and courtship behaviors.

What are you guys seeing?

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 2/7/19 12:19 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Techny North Thursday 2-7-19
Hello Bird People,

At 1st I thought today would be a rain out but the hourly forecast
showed no rain between 9 & 10 & then light rain or drizzle until 11
a.m. Just enough time to squeeze in a trip to the Botanic Garden. But
the rain started a bit early so once again I got wet but not as wet as
on Monday. I can live with a little wet.

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

I wanted to see if the Redpolls were back after not seeing them the
last time (they were, eventually) & also if the one open water
location by the bridge at Dundee Rd was still open
(yes it was, too much so). All ponds are still frozen but the west
side stream is open & the places were the stream flows into are open
because of the stream. As I saw so few birds I'll just describe the
birds by where they were.

Shorebird Mud Flat Area

Here I found Great Blue Heron (1), Mallard (6), Red Breasted (1-M) &
Common (1-F) Mergansers. Also 1 Herring Gull flew by.

Dundee Rd (Rt 68) Bridge

Mallard (1-M), Lesser Scaup (1-M) & 2 fly-by Herring Gulls. The Winter
Coot was not found but that may be because there's so much open water
he may have moved elsewhere. (Or he gave up when it was 20 below!)

True land birds were few (only 3 species) & they were Junco (8) by the
thistle feeders, REDPOLL (22-24) on Evening Island feeding on the
ground under the Alder trees & 1 Blue Jay heard only.
Also on Evening Island 2 Canada Geese flew by while calling. Only 10
species total for the CBG, not much I'd say.

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

Still raining here but I gave it a quick look as there's open water at
both ends of the place but few birds using it. Ducks were Mallard (6),
Common Goldeneye (1-M), Common Merganser
(1 landing as I was leaving) plus (a mild surprise) a nice male WOOD
DUCK looking pretty snazzy Also saw 2 adult Herring Gulls & a big
flock of about 50 Starlings including one who did a great Killdeer
imitation but the call came from the tree all the Starlings were in &
few Killdeer sit in trees.

Bird-Of-The-Day & Fancy Pants Bird Of The Day both go to the Wood Duck &
Runner-Up to the Redpolls who have not left yet & the Great Blue
Heron still toughing out the Winter.

Al Stokie
Making the most of another rainy in the County of Cook


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Date: 2/6/19 5:37 pm
From: <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Request for Info - Brownsville, TX NO SIGHTINGS
Hi Everyone:
We are planning a trip to Brownsville, TX during the last week of June. (I am FINALLY going to get my Green Jay(s)!! We will be there about 6 days. Would really appreciate any information/tips about the best places to cover, what we should NOT miss, etc. Suggestions for hotels, eating places welcome as well. I want to see every possible bird!! Well, within reason, anyway. I am the only avid birder in the group, but the rest are willing to participate!


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Date: 2/6/19 4:22 pm
From: JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC/ILYB Field Trip Saturday - Evanston & Wilmette (NO SIGHTINGS)
Saturday, February 9 there will be a joint field trip of the Evanston North Shore Bird Club and the Illinois Young Birders visiting some north shore locations.

We will start at the Northwestern University Campus, where we will look for ducks and gulls, including the canvasback that is spending the winter, as well as Black-crowned Night Herons that sometimes winter here.  We will end our visit chumming for gulls, hoping for an Iceland or Glaucous Gull to join the Herring and Ring-billed Gulls.  We'll continue on to other nearby spots, including Lighthouse Beach and the Baha'i Temple (where there was a Merlin on the recent Christmas Bird Count), before ending at Gillson Park around mid-day.
Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking at the northeast corner of the campus.  From the intersection of Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street near the north end of the campus, go east on Lincoln, follow it as it curves south (onto Campus Drive) and then back east until it ends in a parking lot on the lake.
Leaders:  Josh Engel and Steve Beyer

John Hockman    Lake CountyENSBC Website: ENSBC.ORG

 

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Date: 2/6/19 12:53 pm
From: Anthony Tempske <atempske...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Montrose Harbor & A Fast Look At Belmont Harbor Wed 2-6-19
It's a pair of greylags that have been staying at belmont harbor

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Date: 2/6/19 12:42 pm
From: Cynthia Alberico <motmot99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET (No sightings) New and used bird books for sale
I have a good number of new and used bird books for sale. The illustrations in some of the older used books are pretty amazing.  If you have any interest contact me by email for prices.
Cindy AlbericoCrest Hill, IL 

BIRDS OF THE HIGH ANDES                                               JonFjeldsa and Niels Krabbe                        1990 Standard Edition                    New

CHECKLIST OF THE BIRDS OF COLOMBIA                        Salaman, Donegan, Caro                              2010                                                   New

CHECKLIST OF THE BIRDS OF SOUTH AMERICA             Allen Altman and Byron Swift                         1993                                                   New

THE AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE                                           PeterMenkhorst etc.                                      2017                                                   New

BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA                                                          Ken Simpson and Nicolas Day                      1999                                                   New

CROWS AND JAYS                                                                SteveMadge and Hilary Burn                       1994                                                   New

SPARROWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA        JamesD Rising                                             1996                                                   New

OWLS; AN INTRODUCTION FOR THE AMERICAN NATURALIST        Gordon Dee Alcorn                      1986                                                   New

OWLS OF THE WORLD                                                         JohnA Burton                                                  1973                                                   New

OWLS OF THE WORLD                                                          RobHume & Trevor Boyer                           1991                                                   New

OWLS; THEIR LIFE AND BEHAVIOR                                     Julio de laTorre & Art Wolfe                       1990                                                   New

THE OWLS OF NORTH AMERICA                                          AllenEckert & Karl Karalus                           1987                                                   New

BIRDS OF PREY                                                                      DrIan Newton                                                1990                                                   New

BIRDS OF PREY                                                                      PhilipBurton & Trevor Boyer                       1989                                                   New

PARROTS OF THE WORLD                                                    JosephForshaw & William Cooper               1977                                                   New

GUIDE TO BIRD FINDING IN NEW JERSEY                          William J Boyle Jr                                            1986                                                   New

THE 1826 JOURNAL OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON                Alice Ford                                                         1987                                                   New

BIRDS OF BRITAIN AND EUROPE                                          Peterson, Mountfort & Hollom                   1993                                                   New

MAMMALS OF MADAGASCAR                                                NickGarbutt                                                    2007                                                   New

 

SWALLOWS & MARTINS                                                          AngelaTurner and Chris Rose                      1989                                                   Used

AUDUBON’S BIRDS OF AMERICA                                                                                                                  1950 Popular Edition                      Used
BIRDS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA                                 Frank M Chapman                                                                                                    Fuertes, Adney, Seton & Jaques                   1939 Second Revised Edition        Used
BIRDS OF MASSACHUSETTS; VOLUME 1                            Edward Forbush &Louis A Fuertes               1929                                                   Used

BIRDS OF MASSACHUSETTS; VOLUME 3                            Edward Forbush &Louis A Fuertes               1929                                                   Used

BILL ODDIE’S LITTLE BLACK BIRD BOOK                             Bill Oddie                                                          1986                                                   Used

 

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Date: 2/6/19 12:31 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Harbor & A Fast Look At Belmont Harbor Wed 2-6-19
Hello Bird People,

Didn't check ebird until this a.m. & then found out that White Fronted
Geese were reported from both Montrose & Belmont Harbors on Tuesday.
So I changed plans & went to Montrose later than I usually do. Figured
I'd drive the road 1st & if I didn't find the Goose in the lawn flocks
then I'd look on foot. But right in the 1st group of Canada's there
was the GREATER WHITE FRONTED GOOSE. Laurel R also saw it just before
I did. Good thing we saw it early as later on it disappeared although
it was probably nearby & out of view.

About an hour later a very loud flock of about 200 Canada Geese flew
in to the west end of the harbor where the open water is. Had to look
a long time but finally found 2 tiny geese with very small bills so at
least 2 CACKLING GEESE were also present. Later on all the geese moved
to the golf course to munch on the grass but when there they were too
far away to pick out the Cacklers.

Other water birds in the harbor were Mallard (55), Redhead (5-M),
Greater Scaup (6), Goldeneye (6), Red Breasted Merganser (8) & Common
Merganser (5). The only Gulls were Ring Billed (45) & Herring (12).

Later I made the long (& ice covered) walk all the way past Jarvis to
the mouth of Belmont Harbor but there were no Geese at all let alone
the 2 White Fronts seen yesterday. Present today were Mallard (3),
Goldeneye (1-PR), Common Mergs (3) & Red Breasted Mergs (8).

We'll make it an all Goose awards day with Bird-Of-The-Day being the
White Fronted Goose &
Runner-Up going to the 2 tiny Cackling Geese.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Mississippi & Runner-Up to one
from Oregon.

Al Stokie
On the Chicago Lakefront today doing better than yesterday


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Date: 2/6/19 7:25 am
From: Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET More pics: Pheasant
Confirmed it was a female pheasant. Durnit. Iphone pics sure can play
tricks. Barring on the side through the screen windows.

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Date: 2/6/19 7:17 am
From: Christopher Cudworth <cudworthfix...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Grey partridge at backyard feeder: North Aurora
My wife just sent me photos of a grey partridge that showed up at the pile
of bird feed in our back yard in North Aurora. I have not seen one of those
in Illinois in decades. Perhaps they are still stocked around the area?

She asked me, "Okay, what the hell is that?" I had to LOL. She's gotten to
know our feeder birds pretty well and this thing looked like a mourning
dove on steroids.

If it sticks around I'll let people know. Interesting "find" in any case.

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Date: 2/6/19 3:53 am
From: 'D.K. Schrishuhn' <alaraarabians...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET: Return of the Tufted Titmouse
I am several hours south of you in Champaign County. Have not seen or
heard a Carolina Wren since the deep freeze, although one was reported
locally. I usually have one or two pairs in my yard.

Did see and hear a singing male Tufted Titmouse in a wooded area on Sunday.

Debra Schrishuhn
Urbana, Champaign County

On 2/5/19, Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds]
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> (Which I believe was an early Genesis song.)
>
> Though we hadn't seen the Titmouse last week during the cold or the first
> few days of thaw, it was back today, so thankfully survived the cold
> somewhere.
>
> Todd Anderson
> Mundelein, Lake County
>


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Date: 2/5/19 9:17 pm
From: Puck <lildud20001...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rough-legged Hawk--Oak Park
This morning a Rough-legged Hawk roosted at the end of a branch of an oak tree overhanging my back yard. The head was slate gray of the dark morph variety; however the back was lighter gray and the breast white with very light gray splotches. I'm wondering if this bird was molting or still had lingering juvenile coloration.This hawk was the largest raptor I've ever seen in my yard. Sometime in later morning, perhaps at 11:00 PM, the weekly weekly or bi-weekly testing of my local warning siren occurred for what seemed like several minutes. I happened to be outside watching the hawk with binoculars when the air-raid sounding siren began to sound, and it was painful to my ears. I felt sorry that the hawk had to endure that sound at that decibel level. I don't see why that siren had to sound for more than, say, thirty seconds. It's cruel to subject all of the birds and other wild animals in my area to such a loud sound for so long. I expect that their lives and well beings are not considered by emergency planners, but I don't see any reason why these siren tests couldn't be changed to be more humane.
Adrian Marquez (Oak Park, Cook Co.)
 

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Date: 2/5/19 4:35 pm
From: <gp_arts39...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET February 2019 DuPage Birding Club Field Trips
This trip list, any trip changes, additions or cancellations, and lots of other club information is on our website at www.dupagebirding.org Participants are welcome to contact the trip leader if they have questions. Our field trip leaders can help you find the trip’s starting location if you need additional directions.


Interested in being a field trip leader? It’s easy! Let us know your favorite birding spot and a time when you can lead and we will add it to the list. You do not have to be a birding expert, you just need to be comfortable at a specific site. Contact <dbcfieldtrips...> for more information.


Saturday, February 9, 7:30 am
McKee Marsh Forest Preserve, Winfield
This site remains one of DuPage County's premier birding spots. Walk around the marsh with us to check out winter birds. Meet at the visitor parking lot on the north side of Mack Road (Mack is south of Roosevelt and north of Butterfield), located between Winfield Road and Rte. 59 in Warrenville. Be sure to dress for the weather.
Leader: Kyle Wiktor, (H) 708-544-1336, (C) 708-506-5186 <kylewiktor...>

Saturday, February 16, 7:30 am
Elsen’s Hill - West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve, Winfield
One of our best-known warbler locations can be a productive winter site as well. We will be targeting a few winter specialties including finches, sparrows and wrens. We'll meet at Elsen's Hill parking lot. Take Winfield Rd. to Gary’s Mill Rd. Go west on Gary’s Mill Rd. to the Preserve parking lot entrance on the north side of the road. Dress for the weather. Depending on conditions the trails can be icy or muddy.
Leader: Mark Bavetz, <mbavetz...>

Saturday, February 23, 8:00 am
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
This will be a walk for new birders. We will walk slowly and allow time for all to look at the birds. We will be looking for winter birds, such as Red tailed hawks, Cooper’s hawks, Black-capped Chickadees and more. Meet at parking lot #33 on west side. Go under the bridge to get to the west side, turn left to parking lot. Maps are available at the gates. The Arboretum is located just north of I-88 off Rte. 53. There is a per-person charge for nonmembers. Admission is $14.00 per adult and $12.00 for 65+. Note: The Arboretum does not open its gates until 7 am. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
Leader: Bonnie Graham 630-204-8750, <Bgraham...>

Sunday, February 24, 8:00 am
Mayslake Forest Preserve, Oak Brook
Join us at Mayslake Forest Preserve, a site with a nice mix of lakes, savannah and oak woods. We will look for winter residents as well as early migrants. Meet at the parking lot by the dog park on St.‘s Road south of 31st St. just west of HWY 83. Wear appropriate footwear for snowy trails. Be advised that the trail may not be cleared.
Leaders: Steve and Kathy Mineck, 630-254-4077, <kmineck...>


 

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Date: 2/5/19 12:32 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Evanston Beaches Tuesday 2-5-19
Hello Bird People,

Pretty bad day today but I believe even a bad report tells you
something even if it's just where not to go. White Fronted Geese,
White Winged Scoters & Long Tailed Ducks have all been reported
recently in either Cook or Lake Co's & all would be new birds for me
so I looked for them along the Evanston beaches today. But none were
found by me so I'll have to look another day.

I covered South Blvd Beach, Clark Square, Lee to Dempster St, the N.U.
Lagoon & lakefront, the Evanston boat launch & the Evanston Art
Center.
The only ducks seen were Mallards, Greater Scaup, Goldeneye, Red
Breasted Merganser & Common Merganser & not very many of them. Canada
Geese were seen at a few places & the only Gulls were Ring Billed &
Herring. Land birds were Pigeons, Crows, Robins, Starlings & House
Sparrows.

The N.U. Lagoon is partially open but mostly frozen & Lake Michigan is
wide open but with few birds. Only had 13 species today sad to say.

The only good sighting today was a license plate as one from West
Virginia drove by at the
Lee Street Beach. Looked up to see it just in time.

Al Stokie
Bad day in Cook County today


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Date: 2/5/19 10:15 am
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Return of the Tufted Titmouse
(Which I believe was an early Genesis song.)

Though we hadn't seen the Titmouse last week during the cold or the first
few days of thaw, it was back today, so thankfully survived the cold
somewhere.

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 2/5/19 8:08 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Downy wp, N cardinal
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46270462434/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Downy and Red-bellied have done well in the cold freeze, made PB suet available on various trees and in the stick pile. Other birds love it too, even American TS, and DE juncos. N cardinal doing well, singing more now and bright colors on feathers. JohnBourbonnais, IL  
 

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Date: 2/5/19 7:56 am
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Gynandromorphs Article (NO SIGHTINGS)
David Bohlen did an article about this in 2006 see this link and go to
page 15.

http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/ism/id/5411/rec/13


Beckie



On 2/5/2019 9:49 AM, Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] wrote:
> https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/01/half-male-half-female-cardinal-pennsylvania/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=facebook::cmp=editorial::add=fb20190131animals-malefemalecardinal::rid=&sf206970909=1&linkId=63103453
>
>
> Ed McDevitt
>

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Date: 2/5/19 7:51 am
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gynandromorphs Article (NO SIGHTINGS)
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/01/half-male-half-female-cardinal-pennsylvania/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=facebook::cmp=editorial::add=fb20190131animals-malefemalecardinal::rid=&sf206970909=1&linkId=63103453


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Date: 2/4/19 3:00 pm
From: David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Millenium Park Yellow-rumped Warbler
A correction: Technically this location is Maggie Daley Park. I thought it was all part of Millenium Park.
On Monday, February 4, 2019, 4:29:39 PM CST, David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

Dear birders,
I had to be downtown for some dentistry today, and took a very roundabout walk from the "L" to the oral surgeon's office. In Millenium Park, just east of the skating ribbon, I found a Yellow-rumped Warbler. A chickadee, House Finch, 2 crows, and 5 robins were nearby.
For the birds!
Dave <Antieaudkantieau...>, Cook County
 

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Date: 2/4/19 2:22 pm
From: David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Millenium Park Yellow-rumped Warbler
Dear birders,
I had to be downtown for some dentistry today, and took a very roundabout walk from the "L" to the oral surgeon's office. In Millenium Park, just east of the skating ribbon, I found a Yellow-rumped Warbler. A chickadee, House Finch, 2 crows, and 5 robins were nearby.
For the birds!
Dave <Antieaudkantieau...>, Cook County
 

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Date: 2/4/19 2:06 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Point Marina, Illinois Beach & Waukegan Monday 2-4-19
Hello Bird People,

It was not supposed to start raining until about 10 a.m. but I arrived
at 8:15 & by 8:30 it was raining. I was almost 1 mile from the car
when it really came down so I was soaked by 9:30 even though it
stopped raining later.

North Point Marina (8:15-10:30 a.m.)

Thought I'd try for yesterday's Long Tailed Duck although I knew that
was a long shot & I failed to find it today. The harbor is frozen
except for a small area by the mouth of the harbor's yacht club.
In Lake Michigan I saw Canada Geese (4 fly-bys), Mallard (1-M),
Gadwall (5 landed), Redhead (35), Greater Scaup (16), Goldeneye (16) &
Red Breasted Merganser (15). Also saw a few Herring Gulls shadowing
the Mergansers but the big highlight here was a low flying PEREGRINE
skimming over the water. Looked kind of like a Jaeger but it ended
it's flight by landing in a distant tree which is very un-Jaeger like!

In the open water by the yacht club I saw more of the same plus
Bufflehead (4) & Common Merganser (12). The northern harbor
(commercial harbor) had all the Gulls but only Herring (400) & Ring
Billed (4) were present. (You'd think with over 400 Gulls there there
would a good one but not today.) As I was leaving I flushed a small
land bird from the lawn which made a rattling sound so it was either a
Snow Bunting or a Longspur. Didn't look white but then it landed on
the rocks & I could easily see that it was a LAPLAND LONGSPUR a bird
Bob E had yesterday as a Waukegan fly-by.

Nothing at the North Unit of Illinois Beach except Tree Sparrows &
from the office platform at Illinois Beach South Unit I saw Greater
Scaup & a Goldeneye in the lake & 3 male Common Mergs & 1 Canada Goose
flew by.

Waukegan Harbor & Harbor Channel (11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

All you could see from the beach & fishing pier was ice as the open
water was way out & un-viewable. The ducks were in the channel & there
I saw Greater Scaup (4), Bufflehead (1-F),
Goldeneye (5), Red Breasted Merg (2) & Common Merg (41). Gulls were
Ring Billed (6) & Herring (67) but again no other Gull species. I had
hoped to find a Scoter today but that did not happen any more than
finding the Long Tailed Duck. Maybe another day.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the surprise Lapland Longspur & Runner-Up to the
fly-by Peregrine.

Al Stokie
Getting very wet in Lake County today.


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Date: 2/3/19 1:40 pm
From: Josh Engel <jengel5230...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Calumet area Sunday
Jacob Cooper and I birded the Lake Calumet area on Chicago's far south side this morning (Sunday, Feb 3). We started at the Stony Island landfill at 122nd and Stony Island, where there were at least three Rough-legged Hawks, two Bald Eagles, a Northern Harrier, a Great Black-backed Gull, and an adult (Kumlein's) Iceland Gull. There was also an adult "Northern" Red-tailed Hawk in the area, the same bird reported yesterday by Andrew Aldrich, and two more Rough-legged Hawks were at Big Marsh. Nearby at the south end of Stony Island in the Calumet River were 5 Bald Eagles sitting on the ice, about 7 more Great Black-backed Gulls, a first cycle (Kumlein's) Iceland Gull, and a Ruddy Duck in with the mergansers. We could see several more Rough-legged Hawks over O'Brien Lock & Dam from there. 
Wolf Lake was mostly frozen (a couple of Mute Swans were in the only small patch of open water), but there was a Peregrine Falcon sitting on the train tracks. We drove around to the state line road where we could see a Red-shouldered Hawk in Indiana. Driving to the south end of the road to get better views of the hawk, we found a Northern Shrike in Illinois.
Our last stop was at the Bend in the Little Calumet River, where we ran into Jeff, Larry, and Howard. The number and diversity of waterfowl was impressive; we estimated about 2000 birds in total of 15 species. Redhead, Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye, and Mallard were most common. Jeff and Larry pointed out a Trumpeter Swan with the Mutes, and among the diving ducks were a good number of Lesser Scaup and smaller numbers of Ring-necked Ducks along with all three mergansers. The adult male White-winged Scoter reported by Walter yesterday was still there as well, along with eight Double-crested Cormorants and a Belted Kingfisher. 
We finished the morning having seen eight species of raptors, not bad for a winter's morning in Chicago. 
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Date: 2/3/19 12:39 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Feeder Birding In The Palos Area Sunday 2-3-19
Hello Bird People,

Today I decided to just do bird feeder areas in the Palos area &
although I found nothing spectacular I had a pretty good day with a
total of 24 species at 2 feeder areas which were The Little Red
Schoolhouse & Camp Sagawau. I had 16 species at the Schoolhouse & 19
at Camp Sagawau.

Little Red Schoolhouse (8:45-10 a.m.)

Herring Gull (1-AD sitting on the empty Osprey nest platform)(The only
non-feeder bird)
Mourning Dove (2)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Blue Jay (2)
Chickadee (4)
TUFTED TITMOUSE (2 together, 1st time I was sure there were more than 1)
W.B. Nuthatch (2)
Starling (3)
Cardinal (3)
Tree Sparrow (6)
Song Sparrow (1)
White Throated Sparrow (4)
Junco (10-12)
PURPLE FINCH (1-M & 1-F)
Goldfinch (10)
House Sparrow (~25)

Camp Sagawau (10:45-noon)

1st time I have been to the feeder area at this place. I had no idea
it was such a good area.
Thanks go to Greg Z for telling me about this place while at the
Spotted Towhee location.

Mourning Dove (6)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (3-4)
Hairy Woodpecker (1)
Chickadee (6)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (1, after the peanut feeder)
W.B. Nuthatch (4)
Starling (3)
Cardinal (3-4)
Tree Sparrow (~25)
FOX SPARROW (1)
Junco (15-18)
Red Winged Blackbird (2-M)
Brown Headed Cowbird (at 1st only 3 but later up to 50-55 of
them)(Holy Cowbird!)
House Finch (2-M & 1-F)
PURPLE FINCH (4-F)
PINE SISKIN (6)
Goldfinch (8)
House Sparrow (~10)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 6 Purple Finch especially the 1 nicely colored male &
Runners-Up to the Fox Sparrow & the Siskins & maybe the Red Breasted Nuthatch.

Al Stokie
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Date: 2/3/19 11:57 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Report From Bob Erickson From Waukegan & North Point Marina Sunday 2-3-19
Today I did not go with Bob Erickson as he went to Lake County & I
went to Cook County but here's a report of what he saw as he had
several things worth reporting.

At Waukegan he saw a fly-by Lapland Longspur & a White Winged Scoter
but both did not stop.

At North Point Marina Bob also had Bald Eagle, 2 Swans (probably Mute)
& a Great Black Backed Gull all flying by.

But his Bird-Of-The-Day was undoubtedly a male LONG TAILED DUCK
swimming only 10-15 ft
into Lake Michigan by the Fishing Pier. It was still there when Bob left.

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Date: 2/3/19 9:38 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: Field guide - no sightings
I used and liked The Birds of Panama Field Guide by George R Angehr and
Robert Dean.
It isn’t monster-sized and has 900+ species listed.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

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[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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> Hi,
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> MerlinID has bird packs you can download for Mexico and Panama, as well as
> many other regions.
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> Tamima
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> On Feb 3, 2019, at 8:08 AM, Candida Abrahamson <camediate...>
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Date: 2/3/19 7:01 am
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Field guide - no sightings
Try The Cornell Lab "Merlin" app. It allows you to choose the
regions/countries of what you'd like to download. It's also free.

Fran Morel

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> Does anyone know of an app I can download for Mexico birds. I have some
> for North America but if I type in say Red Warbler, nothing shows up. I was
> wondering if there is anything more inclusive?
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> Thanks
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Date: 2/3/19 6:31 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: Field guide - no sightings
Hi,

MerlinID has bird packs you can download for Mexico and Panama, as well as many other regions.

Tamima

On Feb 3, 2019, at 8:08 AM, Candida Abrahamson <camediate...><mailto:<camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Looking for the same for Panama.

--
All the best,

Candida


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Date: 2/3/19 6:08 am
From: Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Field guide - no sightings
Looking for the same for Panama.

--
All the best,

Candida


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Date: 2/3/19 5:32 am
From: Caryn Hollander <cjhollander21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Field guide - no sightings
Hi All,

Does anyone know of an app I can download for Mexico birds. I have some for North America but if I type in say Red Warbler, nothing shows up. I was wondering if there is anything more inclusive?

Thanks

Caryn Hollander
Buffalo Grove (Lake)


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Date: 2/2/19 11:17 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET More Lake Calumet Area, Saturday (afternoon) (2-2-19)
I checked out the Lake Calumet area of southeast Chicago on Saturday afternoon (2 February 2019). I first stopped at the Stony Island Overlook over the Calumet River (just south of Deadstick Pond) around 1:30 pm. It was loaded with gulls (440 HERRING GULLS, 6 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 THAYER'S GULL), along with lots of mergansers and several BALD EAGLES. Shortly after I arrived, Tamima Itani pulled up, so we birded together for the rest of the afternoon. She was looking for Rough-legged Hawks, so we headed to some likely spots. We were not disappointed. We quickly found a light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Stony Island Landfills, followed by a dark morph & a light morph RLHA at Big Marsh, followed by another dark morph at Harborside Golf Course. Four Rough-legged Hawks total - not quite as many as Al S & Andrew A had, but you get the idea - they are around in numbers. After that we went to the Bend of the Little Calumet River, where we found thousands of ducks (at least 14 species in all) including 1 adult male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. Links to some of my photos are included below, Tamima also took lots of photos so she may add some good shots later-
Walter MarciszChicago, Cook Co.
Rough-legged Hawk:   Rough-legged Hawk, Lake Calumet, Chicago, IL (2-2-19)
Thayer's Gull:"Thayer's" Iceland Gull (2nd-cycle, left), surrounded by adult or near-adult Herring Gulls, plus one 2nd-cycle Herring Gull (far right), Calumet River, Chicago, IL (2-2-19)
White-winged Scoter:White-winged Scoter, Bend of Little Calumet River, Cook Co., IL (2-2-19)


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Date: 2/2/19 1:49 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose & Lake Calumet Area Saturday 2-2-19
Hello Bird People,

I have come out of hibernation for this 1st report since last Sunday.
Stopped at Montrose for 90 min but along with Bob E, Fran M & Amanda T
we did not re-find the Owl reported from here yesterday. But Fran &
Amanda were still looking so maybe they had better luck after Bob & I
left.

Then to the Lake Calumet area where we saw Andrew A coming out of
O'Brien Lock & Dam as we went in. Andrew had seen 2 ROUGH LEGGED HAWKS
& then we had 4 of them, 3 light & 1 dark phase. Also saw 1 adult Red
Tailed Hawk & 1 young Bald Eagle. Not many Gulls though.

Next to Turning Basin #5 at the end of Dead Stick Pond but we walked
in as the snow was deep on the drive way in & my car is not good in
the snow. But we walked for little reward as all we found were lots of
Herring Gulls plus Common & Red Breasted Mergansers.

Then along Stony Island between 122nd St & Big Marsh we saw 2 more
ROUGH LEGGED HAWKS (1 light & 1 dark), 1 more adult Red Tailed Hawk. 1
Bald Eagle & 1 male Kestrel.
So we had 6 Rough Legged Hawks for the day.

Here we saw Andrew again & he said there was a GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL
& a Thayer's Gull at Turning Basin #3 next to 126th St Marsh. Found
the Great Black Backed Gull but not the Thayer's. Also here were 2
BLACK DUCKS in with about 15 Mallards & 2 more Bald Eagles on the ice.
No sigh of anyone from Security so no one kicked us out. Maybe that's
a "sometime" thing?

Next we searched for Monk Parakeets by Ave M & the Skyway but found none today.

At Calumet Park we looked through all the old pines on the northern
edge but found no Owls.
A Cooper's Hawk flew by & Gulls were only Ring Billed & Herring &
ducks were only Common & Red Breasted Mergansers. Due to all the snow
the Geese numbers were way down & only Canada Geese were found.

Thanks go to Pat D for reporting the Great Black Backed Gull much
sooner than I could.

Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the adult Great Black Backed Gull & Runners-Up to
all 6 of the Rough Legged Hawks.

License Plate Of The Day goes to one from Montana seen near the Museum
Of Science & Industry & a very close 2nd place to one from Maine.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today & glad to be back birding.


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Date: 2/2/19 12:07 pm
From: Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler

Am happy to report that the Yellow-rumped Warbler from my earlier post survived the Polar Vortex. I didn't know they could survive that kind of cold, but now I know they do. I did see it eating suet right off the feeder, plus it also eats berries.



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Date: 2/2/19 10:32 am
From: Pat Durkin <pat.durkin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Great Black-backed Gull
Hi IBETers,

There is a Great Black-backed Gull resting on the ice at the north end of 126th Marsh, just a bit west of the Turning Basin waters. Herring Gulls surround this special bird.

Patricia Durkin
Chicago

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Date: 2/2/19 4:46 am
From: <jreiter...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Female/Male cardinal (no sightings)
Thanks for your post John. Coincidentally, here is a story I noticed yesterday about a similar bird:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/01/half-male-half-female-cardinal-pennsylvania/

Jeff Reiter
Glen Ellyn, IL
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Date: 2/1/19 9:11 pm
To: <ILBIRDS...>

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010285603808
Hi friends,
My cousin from Schuyler county has a rare both sex cardinal coming to eat seed in their Byard.
John
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Date: 2/1/19 7:11 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Female/Male cardinal
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010285603808Hi friends,My cousin from Schuyler county has a rare both sex cardinal coming to eat seed in their Byard.JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 2/1/19 2:29 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard cold birds
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46228014434/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Some pics over the last few days. N cardinal seems the best to handle it.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 2/1/19 11:54 am
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Ave Chicago River - GBBG & KIG
This lunchtime there was a nice group of over 200 Herring Gulls on the ice at the North Ave Chicago River turning basin - among them was an adult Great Black-backed and an adult Kumlien’s Iceland Gull. Also large numbers of Mergansers, Goldeneyes and other expected winter ducks. Further north on the River at Diversey a male Lesser Scaup was among the Greaters!
CheersSteve HugginsChicago, IL


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Date: 2/1/19 9:10 am
From: 'Daniel & Barbara Williams' <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 2 Eastern Towhees
Barbara and I had a male Eastern Towhee at our feeder from 1-15 December.
We did not see it again until 10-15 January, when we left on a trip. When
we returned, a male returned to our feeders on 28 January. This morning, a
second male Eastern Towhee showed up with the 1st one.

I put a photo on my eBird post.

Dan & Barbara Williams
Rockford

 

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Date: 2/1/19 5:05 am
From: kelagory <kelagory...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler
I forgot to put my name and location on my Carolina Wren post!Kirk LaGoryDowners GroveDuPage County
 

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Date: 1/31/19 11:10 pm
From: <alrprairie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Macon County sightings
Bird feeding in the back yard has attracted the following today and this past week:


Yellow Rumped Warbler
Red Headed Woodpeckers (2)

Red Wing Blackbird
Eastern Towhee (2)
Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Countless - more than ever seen before)
Sharp Shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk



The first 4 listed are usually not seen until months from now.



Alan Rider
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Date: 1/31/19 10:20 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bird behaviour cook co.
Hi all,

I was very heartened to see a few birds today after our extreme cold. The first bird I saw joyfully bounded from one tree to another as a human approached and once it landed I could see it was an extraordinarily puffed-up downy woodpecker. I've never seen so much puff on a bird before. And it wasn't even that cold, only about -6F 😁. Its white underfeathers stuck out to the side, from a rear view essentially tripling the apparent size of the bird.

Later the very excitable chips of a male cardinal were heard in the back by the peanuts I laid out three days ago and no one seemed to find. I observed as the bird cautiously approached, flitting from one branch to another within the shrub next to the porch, it then landed on the porch and laid belly-down in the snow to pick up a single peanut in its bill. I thought it looked funny lying there like that, almost like it was dead. But then it was up and away, flying low and with difficulty, burdened by the heavy weight of a peanut.

This is the first time I've ever seen a cardinal carry food, have you witnessed it before? I wonder if this is part of a spring courtship ritual.

Happy Spring! Hang in there for the roller coaster ride to come.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County



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Date: 1/31/19 9:18 pm
From: '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET lake Villa Sparrows
I took some photos the last 3 days of sparrows in my yard - Savannah, 3 Swamp and 2 Song Sparrows along with the usual Tree Sparrows and Juncos. Today https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52233205 Wednesday https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52220401 Tuesday close ups of the Savannah under our deck https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52193845 I was glad to see that the Savannah and at least 2 Swamp Sparrows survived the terrible cold last night, as they were still there this afternoon. Richard BissLake Villa Lake County
 

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Date: 1/31/19 8:23 pm
From: kelagory <kelagory...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler
Had a Carolina Wren this afternoon in my lilac, trilling away. Flew to the suet feeder and was picking up crumbs left by the woodpeckers. I was wondering how these guys would fare in the cold. Got through the worst of it anyway!
 

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Date: 1/31/19 3:42 pm
From: 'W. Douglas Robinson' <w.douglas.robinson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Study birds at Oregon State University (no sightings)
I hope my fellow Illinoisans will forgive for posting a message without sightings and that you will spread the word to young birders who are looking for colleges where they can study birds. Thanks! Doug



Are you deciding where to attend college? Do you know someone who is?



Want to study birds? Of course, you do!



I am the Director of a newly organized ornithology program at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. In Corvallis, we have more than 30 PhD-level ornithologists, most of whom focus on field ornithology, conservation and ecology.



Our ornithology program emphasizes hands-on experiential learning and we currently offer 7 bird classes, more than any program in the country.



Imagine going to college and getting to take a bird class every year, starting with your freshman year!



If you’re a birder, we are the place for you. Oregon has more than 535 species, a super active eBirding community, and a huge diversity of amazing habitats and natural areas from the Pacific Ocean to the top of Mount Hood.



If you just love birds and want to study their behavior or work to conserve them, we have a top-rated group of professors and graduate students who can help you.



Please check our web page and consider joining us at OSU. We’re the FLOCK!



https://fw.oregonstate.edu/flock <https://fw.oregonstate.edu/flock>


All the best,

Dr. Douglas Robinson

Mace Professor of Watchable Wildlife

Director, OSU FLOCK

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Date: 1/31/19 9:51 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard ATS
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/33064230728/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,American TS preening in the sun, cold temp made birds sit on wood sticks instead of the snow. JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 1/31/19 9:17 am
From: <agiledogs56...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET BY Brown-Headed Cowbird
Among the birds at our feeder this morning is a Brown-Headed Cowbird. Hard to photograph a black bird on the white snow with the sun shining brightly. Here's my best effort. https://www.flickr.com/photos/21719462@N05/46939894161/in/datetaken/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/21719462@N05/46939894161/in/datetaken/


Rose Kirwan
Carroll County, IL
 

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Date: 1/30/19 2:48 pm
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Birds Braving the Cold
Not that they have much choice!

Ring-billed Gull
Great-horned Owl
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
A. Crow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
N. Chickadee
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
N. Junco
N. Cardinal
House Finch
Pine Siskin
A. Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 1/30/19 9:06 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Yellow-rumped Warbler
I think i saw a polar bear at my feeders but since it is not a bird, I
didn't bother to post.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park, Polar Vortex

On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 10:28 AM Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...>
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>
> Poor little warbler!
>
> With temperatures in the Chicago-area being lower than temps in parts of
> Antarctica, has anyone spotted a Penguin yet? Not picky on the particular
> species....
>
> Tamima Itani
> Evanston, IL
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> *From:* <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of
> Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:08 AM
> *To:* <ILbirds...>
> *Subject:* IBET Yellow-rumped Warbler
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>
> Have had a Yellow-rumped warbler in the yard all winter. Amazingly, it is
> still here. I put out some fresh suet and it was eating this morning in the
> -20 temperatures. I don't know if it will make it, but at least it has a
> chance. Am really hoping it does. If I see it after the cold spell is over,
> I will post again.
>
> Linda Radtke
> Downers Grove, IL
> DuPage County
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Date: 1/30/19 8:31 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Yellow-rumped Warbler
Poor little warbler!

With temperatures in the Chicago-area being lower than temps in parts of Antarctica, has anyone spotted a Penguin yet? Not picky on the particular species....

Tamima Itani
Evanston, IL

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Subject: IBET Yellow-rumped Warbler



Have had a Yellow-rumped warbler in the yard all winter. Amazingly, it is still here. I put out some fresh suet and it was eating this morning in the -20 temperatures. I don't know if it will make it, but at least it has a chance. Am really hoping it does. If I see it after the cold spell is over, I will post again.

Linda Radtke
Downers Grove, IL
DuPage County




 

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Date: 1/30/19 8:22 am
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Coopers Hawk
Its cold out there. At 6:30 AM a Coop took out a large bird, likely a M.
Dove. Hung out 15 ft away from the window for ten minutes enjoying the
after meal satisfaction of a successful take down.

[Would have posted a pic but ilbirds seems to strip them away...apparently,
we can only exchange thoughts, and *nyet* on pictures!]

cheers, Paul Stensvaag
NW Cook Cty

 

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Date: 1/30/19 8:13 am
From: Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow-rumped Warbler

Have had a Yellow-rumped warbler in the yard all winter. Amazingly, it is still here. I put out some fresh suet and it was eating this morning in the -20 temperatures. I don't know if it will make it, but at least it has a chance. Am really hoping it does. If I see it after the cold spell is over, I will post again.

Linda Radtke
Downers Grove, IL
DuPage County



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Date: 1/29/19 2:56 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard C. wren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46006720395/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Carolina wren eating suet off the apple tree. Visits more often since it got cold. More ATS here, 4 or 5 and a WT sparrow.JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 1/29/19 10:00 am
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Listers Corner Deadline
Just a reminder: the deadline for submitting to the IOS Listers Corner is January 31st. North Park University just cancelled classes for tomorrow, so I'll be getting a large mug of coffee and plugging in submissions!The number of first-time submissions is heartening, but a couple birders had questions about the submission process. It's simple: email whatever totals you want directly to me! Don't worry about submitting lists unless you had a 300+ Big Year, broke a notable record or if you'd like to submit your state life list, which isn't a must but is helpful. If you'd like to see the 2017 lists go to:
www.illinoisbirds.org/listers-corner/

Questions? Ask away!(and stay warm!)
Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook CountyIOS Listers Corner Committee Chair
 

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Date: 1/29/19 9:34 am
From: Michael Sweeney <mike.sweeney2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Illinois Ornithological Society/Sax-Zim Bog field trip reminder
I went on this Sax-Zim trip last year, and recommend it highly (but dress warmly). My birding trip this year, though, will be in the opposite direction — a solo trip to the lower Rio Grande Valley.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 29, 2019, at 11:25 AM, Tyler Funk <fftfunk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Hello everyone,
>
> We are getting close to the date for our field trip to the bog. There are still spots available for this great guided trip. Snowy Owl, Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, and Boreal Chickadee are being seen frequently here this season, as well as, the usual bog dwellers. Members and non-members are welcome to register using the link provided below.
>
> Tyler
>
> Here is the link where you can get information and register for the 2019 IOS Sax-Zim Bog field trip. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
>
> http://bit.ly/2PWOALz
>
> Use password: sax-zim
>
> I believe the password requirement has been dropped.
>
>

 

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Date: 1/29/19 9:25 am
From: Tyler Funk <fftfunk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Illinois Ornithological Society/Sax-Zim Bog field trip reminder
Hello everyone,

We are getting close to the date for our field trip to the bog. There are
still spots available for this great guided trip. Snowy Owl, Great Gray
Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, and
Boreal Chickadee are being seen frequently here this season, as well as,
the usual bog dwellers. Members and non-members are welcome to register
using the link provided below.

Tyler

Here is the link where you can get information and register for the 2019
IOS Sax-Zim Bog field trip. Feel free to contact me if you have any
questions.

http://bit.ly/2PWOALz
<https://bit.ly/2PWOALz?fbclid=IwAR1DVZdiTk8ncnbQzA558kPZy856woVU-f1vjuCDK0FcKRVjSA7K0C4mJqs>

Use password: sax-zim

I believe the password requirement has been dropped.

 

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Date: 1/28/19 5:13 pm
From: <mindellim...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Can anyone identify this bird?
Could someone help identify this woodpecker? It was on a suet feeder in Vernon Hills. Thanks!


Melody MindelliWaucondaLake county



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Date: 1/28/19 9:29 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard ATS
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46181957664/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,American TS here eating seeds. Very active. All birds eating and feeding voraciously.JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 1/28/19 5:17 am
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Audubon Society February Activities – no sightings
Chicago Audubon Society February Activities WORKDAYSaturday,February 2, 9:00 a.m. to noonCamp Pine Brush Cutting StewardshipGet your daily exercise and contribute to bird habitat improvement at thisCAS restoration project. This winter we are cutting invasivebrush to create more open space in the woodland area. Wewill provide tools, gloves and snacks. Dress for some moderate work; wearsturdy shoes or boots and old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty ortorn. Meet at the farthest parking lot at Camp Pine Woods on  Euclid/Lake Avenue  between Des Plaines  and Glenview, just east ofthe  Des Plaines River . Enter on the south side of Lake Avenue , eastbound ONLY from Des Plaines River Rd. (there's no left turn westbound on Lake ).Contact: Laurel Ross (<lross...>). PROGRAMSTuesday February 5, 7:00 p.m. Rapid Avian Evolution in Response to aWarming ClimateA ChicagoBird Collision Monitors presentation by researcher Ben Winger from the University of Michigan . Learn how study of building collision casualties isleading to new discoveries about bird species and our changing environment. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Blvd. , Chicago . Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. Photographing RaptorsVic Berardi, founder of the all-volunteer Illinois Beach Sate Park Hawkwatch andaccomplished raptor photographer, will discuss techniques and equipment used toobtain top quality photos of raptors, both in flight and perched. Vicloves to share interesting stories behind his photos with his audience. And,last but not least, he will touch upon the ethics of photographing raptors. Socializingat 7:00 p.m.; program begins at 7:15 p.m. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Blvd. , Chicago . BIRD WALKSEvery Saturday, All Year, 8:00 a.m. CAS Bird Walks, Wooded Island , Jackson ParkThese walks continuethroughout the year, weather permitting. Bring binoculars, field guides; dressfor the weather. Manyspecies are seen. Meet at the parking lot south of the Museum of Science& Industry (MSI), which is accessible via Science Drive , the intersection justsouth of 57th Drive /MSI.For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin (<pat.durkin...>).Everyone is welcome. For more information:chicagoaudubon.org, 773-539-6793 Suzanne Checchia Cook County
 

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Date: 1/27/19 12:48 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Point Marina & A Few Other Ice Covered Locations Sunday 1-27-19
Hello Bird People,

It was cold enough today to stay home but with snow coming on Monday &
then super cold on Tuesday through at least Thursday I figured I'd
better get out birding today. It was zero degrees when I met Bob
Erickson at Waukegan. Bob said all was ice except a little open water
way out on the lake which had 1 Goldeneye & he also saw a few Gulls
flying by which were mostly Herring
but with them was 1 adult ICELAND (KUMLIEN) GULL. Next we made a quick
stop at the platform by the office building at Illinois Beach South
Unit but all we found were 2 Goldeneye & I heard a
White Breasted Nuthatch in the nearby trees. Things were NOT going very well!

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

Looked from the south side (by the fisherman's pier) but all was
frozen in the harbor & in the lake the only ducks were Goldeneye (6),
Common (~40) & Red Breasted (12) Mergansers. A few Herring Gulls were
also in the lake. Two Tree Sparrows were on the ground. Then things
got better.

Turns out all the Gulls (about 300 of them) were in the "commercial
harbor" to the north of the yacht club were the gulls often hang out.
There we found a mix of open water & ice which is a good place for
gulls & ducks. In the water were more Goldeneye & Red Breasted Mergs
plus 2 Bufflehead. With about 150 Canada Geese was 1 young MUTE SWAN
which we'd seen fly by earlier. Among all the Herring Gulls Bob picked
out an adult LESSER BLACKED GULL. Later when Adam S & another birder
arrived Adam picked out a "white winged" gull which when it flew away
proved to be an adult KUMLIEN ICELAND GULL. The reason that gull &
almost all the other gulls flew away was that an adult BALD EAGLE flew
by & caused a major panic. Eventually some gulls came back but it
looked like more time would be needed before many gulls would return.
Before the adventures with the gulls started Bob picked out a fly-by
ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (light phase). But the temp had only reached 3 above
by 10:30 so Bob & I called it a day.
(On my way home later it did make it to 9 above though.)

While heading home I stopped at Independence Grove but to no one's
surprise the lake was frozen solid with no birds.However, on the river
there were 14 Mallards & 1 male Hooded Merganser.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Rough Legged Hawk & Runners-Up to the Iceland
Gull, the Lesser Black Backed Gull & the Bald Eagle even though it
ended our gull viewing by flying by.

Al Stokie
Spending a very cold day in Lake County today


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Date: 1/26/19 9:26 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Calumet Rough-legged Hawks (1-26-19)

I found three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along Stony Island Avenuein the Lake Calumet area of southeast Chicago, IL between 2:00 & 2:30 pm onSaturday (26 January 2019). One light morph adult was at the Stony IslandLandfills, and a dark morph adult was at Big Marsh just to the north. Somewhatsurprisingly, I also saw another dark morph adult hovering over Harborside GolfCourse west of Stony and to the NW of Big Marsh. I suspected the Harborside andBig Marsh birds might be one in the same, so I backtracked and checked BigMarsh right after I had seen the Harborside bird. The dark morph adult wasstill at Big Marsh, so I feel pretty confident that I saw three differentindividual Rough-legged Hawks (1 light morph, 2 dark morph). Several BALDEAGLES were also in the area.

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Date: 1/26/19 8:35 pm
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Forest preserves in western Cook and eastern DuPage Co.
I birded in 6 different preserves this morning, York Woods and
Fullersberg Woods in Dupage Co, and Bemis Woods South, Cermak Woods, White
Eagle Woods and Stoney Ford in Cook Co. I had a total of 29 species;
Stoney Ford and Fullersberg shared honors for the highest species total for
any single site with 19. Highlights included a kingfisher and 2 Cedar
Waxwings at Fullersberg along with 655 Canada Geese and 170 Mallards (with
a Black Duck too). At Stoney Ford, I had 2 Eurasian Collared Doves at the
northwest corner of the preserve, a Fox Sparrow in the northernmost yard
along the road that runs aling the west edge of the preserve, and 3 Pine
Siskins. At Cermak Woods, I had 4 White-throated Sparrows.
Stoney Ford is on the west side of the DesPlaines River and south side
of 43rd. To get there take Joliet Rd west from Harlem and it turns into
43rd. Or from the west, take 47th east to Joliet Rd. and then follow
Joliet as it wanders through Lyons to 43rd.

Doug Stotz

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Environmental and Conservation Programs
Field Museum of Natural History
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Chicago, IL 60605

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Date: 1/26/19 1:04 pm
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Lincoln's Sparrow
Was surprised to see a Lincoln's Sparrow under the feeders today. Don't
think we've ever had one in the middle of winter before.

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 1/26/19 12:56 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard C. wren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46885664951/in/dateposted-public/                               Hi friends,Looking hungry and cold. Carolina w. eating PB suet on the apple tree.JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 1/26/19 11:49 am
From: <jreiter...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Warrenville Spotted Towhee - YES
Saw the continuing backyard towhee at 1 pm. Plus the Carolina wren in same yard. White-throated sparrow and tree sparrow under the feeder, too. Did not see the red-bellied woodpecker with yellow on the head instead of red.

Jeff Reiter
Glen Ellyn, IL
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Date: 1/26/19 9:35 am
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Coyote and birds cook co
Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to share that I just saw my first coyote here locally in my neighborhood. It's pretty exciting after having seen a fox last year too. Also heard the sounds of a Bluejay saw two male cardinals acting a little bit feisty, and had some bird footprints on the back porch which are larger foot prints which is unusual for us because we don't have any feeders here. But I did have some frozen grapes put out on the back porch (rabbit prints too!). I think it was either a Bluejay or a crow either one would be a pretty darn good bird to have around the house. Hope everybody stays warm see you in the spring.

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Date: 1/26/19 8:54 am
From: Vince Moxon <vmoxon...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: American Goldfinch--Oak Park
I’ve been averaging a dozen Goldfinch all winter and most winters.

Vince Moxon
Wheaton

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> On Jan 26, 2019, at 9:43 AM, Kris Gallagher <kgvoyager...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I saw a male American goldfinch in Andersen Park about a week ago. Apparently there are a few around.
>
> Kris Gallagher
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Date: 1/26/19 7:43 am
From: Kris Gallagher <kgvoyager...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: American Goldfinch--Oak Park
I saw a male American goldfinch in Andersen Park about a week ago. Apparently there are a few around.

Kris Gallagher

 

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Date: 1/26/19 5:36 am
From: lorra rudman <lorra3...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: IBET Sighting: Cooper's Hawk at feeders and a "no sighting" question on "as seen on tv" window bird house
>
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> From: lorra rudman <lorrarudman...>
> Subject: Fwd: IBET Sighting: Cooper's Hawk at feeders and a "no sighting" question on "as seen on tv" window bird house
> Date: January 21, 2019 at 12:37:02 PM CST
> To: <il.birds...>
>
> Dear Jarod, et al,
> I had exactly the same thoughts as did Donnie.
> Living just to the east of Ryerson Woods, I used to get bird collisions, mostly into my west facing windows. Now, none.
> #1 I use special tape on the outside.
> #2 no longer wash the outsides of my windows. That does wonders for cutting the reflections.(I love this one!) (Birds see sky and/or trees reflected in the glass without seeing the window)
>
> Finally, placing feeders in front of the windows works well.
>
>
> Hope this helps. Not a lot of effort to save a lot of birds.
> Lorra Rudman
> Lincolnshire
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>
>
> On Jan 21, 2019, at 8:40 AM, Donnie R. Dann <donniebird...> <mailto:<donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> <mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:
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>>> Dear Jarod,
>>>
>>> I write for the sake of the birds that hit your windows and others that may, and I urge that you treat your windows so that they become bird-friendly. It may appear that the birds not only escaped the hawk but flew off to safety, but it’s unlikely that they did. Hitting a window full speed as these birds did invariably results in a concussion from the impact of the bill striking the window. This almost always proves fatal. The birds that you see flying off appear to be fine but eventually that earlier collision will kill them. Numerous studies have proven that.
>>>
>>> That are a variety of window treatments you can employ at no to low cost, like separated streaks of washable tempera paint and others. To become further educated about the carnage caused by birds and untreated glass as well as the solutions, see
>>>
>>> https://abcbirds.org/program/glass-collisions/ <https://abcbirds.org/program/glass-collisions/>
>>>
>>> Good birding!
>>>
>>> Donnie
>>>
>>> Donnie Dann
>>> Lake County
>>>
>>>> On Jan 20, 2019, at 10:06 AM, Jarod Hitchings <jarodhitchings...> <mailto:<jarodhitchings...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> <mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Cooper's hawk has been active at the backyard feeders since Friday. Yesterday he chased a female Cardinal that struck the window leaving the strangest "snow angel" I have ever seen in the snow bank on our deck when she fell. Today, it was a female house finch that struck a window in the mid-flight chase. Both birds escaped the Cooper's hawk and survived the collision. Has anyone else witnessed something similar? The hawk is so agile that he missed the window (and subsequently the prey) on both occasions. First time I have ever seen a hawk, in my backyard, try to chase down a bird larger than an American Gold finch.
>>>>
>>>> Also, bought an "as seen on TV" suctioned cupped bird house for the window plastic product. A goodwill find! At least there's 6 air/moisture holes on the bottom. I tried one years ago with not much success. Does anyone have suggestions for placement or have tried one before?
>>>>
>>>> Jarod Hitchings
>>>> Sangamon county
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Date: 1/25/19 3:39 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET evening grosbeak, lake co.
Per Adam Sell seen this 8am but not refound:


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Date: 1/25/19 2:59 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46873515121/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Female liking the stick pile w/seeds and suet. Ice cleats and temps are the order of the day.John Bourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 1/25/19 12:33 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Wheaton Spotted Towhee Friday 1-25-19
Hello Bird People,

Scott L posted yesterday on IBET about seeing this bird so today Andy
Sigler & I went to see if we could find it. We arrived at about 10:20
a.m. & found Greg J had been there about 10 min before us. After about
1 hour in sub zero temps we were pretty cold but then Andy picked out
the SPOTTED TOWHEE in a small bush next to all the food spread on the
ground. Unfortunately it only stayed a couple min & then all the birds
flew off. Had it not been so cold we would have waited to see it
longer but we were "frozen" & soon gave up. It's a fine looking bird
with a lot of white markings on the back. (See the ebird checklist
photos from those who saw the bird yesterday.) Our sighting was at
about 11:30 a.m. the the home owner said she had seen the Towhee twice
earlier in the mourning. Thanks go to Kate for 1st reporting the
Towhee & for allowing birders to visit. Directions are to be found on
the FB Illinois Rare Bird page according to yesterday's post from
Scott but I am not familiar with anything Face Book.

Other birds seen at the feeders today included:

Mourning Dove (8)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (2-3)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-M)
Blue Jay (4)
Chickadee (4)
White Breasted Nuthatch (2)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (1)
Starling (8-10)
Cardinal (5-6)
FOX SPARROW (1)
WHITE THROATED SPARROW (1)
Junco (10-12)
Goldfinch (4-6)
House Sparrow (10)

Also a Sharp Shinned Hawk flew by the feeders causing a temporary
panic but did not stay.
Andy saw 2 Robins fly by which I did not see.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Spotted Towhee & Runner-Up to the Fox Sparrow.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Nevada seen on the way home.

Al Stokie
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Date: 1/25/19 11:58 am
From: Puck <lildud20001...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET American Goldfinch--Oak Park
I observed a female American Goldfinch feeding in my yard this morning. While this region is well documented as being within the American Goldfinch's winter winter range, I'd never seen one here during the winter before.
Adrian Marquez (Oak Park, Cook Co.)

 

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Date: 1/24/19 5:53 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard N cardinal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/31925357697/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Eating seeds in the cold and wet weather, the males # about 5. Females 2 or 3. Water is heated and seed is abundant, should help.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 1/24/19 3:51 pm
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NYT article on environmental impact of the border wall ** No Sightings **
Kudos to the New York Times for today's wide-ranging article on the effects of Trump's proposed border wall on birds, mammals, insects, plants, endangered and threatened species, and much more.  Glad this is not lost in the din of coverage. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/24/climate/border-wall-wildlife.html?action=click&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=Articleion=Footer&contentCollection=Politics&login=email&auth=login-email

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Date: 1/24/19 2:25 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Goshawk again today.
There is only one reason for no birds at your feeders today (as long as the feeders have food), with the snow & bitterly cold temps... and that is the presence of the Goshawk (as well as likely at least one Cooper's Hawk hunting the yard). We generally have at least two Cooper's Hawks that hunt our yard daily in the winter (this year at least one adult & one immature). Your Goshawk will likely have a territory around your yard (checked at least once or twice or more daily) for at least the next month. We had an immature Gos several years ago that visited our yard each day for at least two months. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
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Date: 1/24/19 12:55 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chevalier Woods Thursday 1-24-19
Hello Bird People,

Waited until it warmed up a bit & at 10:30 a.m. went for a walk in
Chevalier Woods by the Des Plaines River. It was 17 degrees at the
start & 19 at the finish. At least it wasn't too windy. Only saw
expected birds so nothing to chase here but at least readers of this
post can see which birds are out & about today although most won't
care. It was another "at least I had a good walk" day. And with the
cold weather coming I may not be walking again soon.

Chevalier Woods (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Canada Geese (128 in the unfrozen river)
Goldeneye (3-4 also in the river)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (3)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Blue Jay (2)
Chickadee (2)
W.B. Nuthatch (4)
Robins (10-12)
Cardinal (2-3)
WHITE THROATED SPARROW (1)
Junco (8-9)

Roadside birds were Pigeons & Ring Billed Gulls were at Culver's.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the White Throated Sparrow which was the 1st bird I
saw today.
Runner-Up to the Common Goldeneye which is a fairly good sighting in
this stretch of the river.
(Many people were feeding the Deer by the parking lots today.)

Best sighting was of a Mountain Bluebird on an Idaho license plate
which I think I saw here late
last year. But that only counts as the License Plate Of The Day.

Al Stokie
Finding it tough to walk on the snow covered trails in Cook County today


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Date: 1/24/19 10:34 am
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Goshawk again today.
Goshawk returning regularly. Spotted once yesterday and twice this AM at
100 ft distant perch near the remote feeders. However, there seems to be
zero bird activity today. Seems to check in and leaves to other active
locations, I presume.

Adult male. Am attempting to get a good identification photo. but
unsuccessful thus far.

Paul Stensvaag
NW Cook Cty

 

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Date: 1/24/19 8:05 am
From: scott latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Spotted Towhee in Wheaton -Yes!
The Spotted Towhee coming to a house in Wheaton made a brief appearance after a 40 minute wait. The address and protocol for visiting this private residenceis on FB Illinois Rare Bird page. The house has a long single lane driveway so please use common sense if you go there. This sighting is at 9:00am 1/24.A big thank you to the homeowner for allowing access.Good Birding,Scott LatimerDuPage

 

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Date: 1/24/19 5:27 am
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET more videos
More backlog catch-up, mostly from Montrose last fall

Rob Curtis

Chicago

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*Youtube list* species SUBJECT link behavior
Melospiza melodia SONG SPARROW _https://youtu.be/BmsZEs22NAQ_ singing
Oreothlypis celata ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER
_https://youtu.be/OaQ9F5PoUMY_ feeding
Setophaga coronata MYRTLE WARBLER _https://youtu.be/3wG8FpiKza8_ feeding
Spizella pallida CLAY-COLORED SPARROW _https://youtu.be/OfQaGvpJIik_
bathing
Passerella iliaca FOX SPARROW _https://youtu.be/_6cWQglt8mI_ eats berry
Larus heermannii HEERMANN'S GULL _https://youtu.be/cYccvRVMGo8_ immature
Danaus plexippus MONARCH BUTTERFLY _https://youtu.be/9Lqb1C1HLFE_


 

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Date: 1/23/19 6:39 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Listers Corner and Peoria (no sightings)
Submissions have been coming in with regularity, but it's time for a gentle reminder, I think! The deadline for submission to the 2018 IOS Listers Corner is January 31st, so keep tallying up and sending in. As always, don't hesitate to ask any questions.
On a different topic, this weekend is the annual All-State Conference for music educators. Should anyone like to hear a killer jazz ensemble (and drink beer), I'll be playing with the Director's Big Band in the Pere Marquette in Peoria on Thursday night from 10:30-midnight. If you stop by come up and say hi!
This is also known as the annual Joe Picks Up His Eurasian Tree Sparrow trip...
Joe


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
 

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Date: 1/22/19 1:14 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Southside Birding Carpool RESCHEDULED for Sunday, 1/27!!!

Join COS for a carpool trip to some of the best winter birding spots on the southside of Chicago. Do you wonder how and where to find all those interesting winter gulls in Chicago? Ever wonder what the heck people are talking about when they reference turning basin #3 or #5 on the Calumet River? Well, this trip will answer all those questions and more!

Bring a scope if you have one! We’ll start our venture at Rainbow Beach scanning the lake, beach, and break wall for waterfowl and gulls. After that we’ll carpool south to Steelworkers Park where we can check the lake and consolidate vehicles to explore the lesser known southside spots. Known winter, southside specialties we’ll be looking for include Snowy Owl, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Monk Parakeet, and Red-shouldered Hawk.

Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available.
RSVP here. https://goo.gl/forms/M4eIBZPlwpIVlGRE3 https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2Fforms%2FM4eIBZPlwpIVlGRE3%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3QJrKebywD6VURmTEfyHMnWTdcliZQsBFlWgL74WD6mLowAAUs-2tIBpM&h=AT1RfWgMEj5cT4ksPpwzGQt2bZe-TtfYARqag3k9uyAkkM4vtxLfK_OYT9qs44b1i1ZuassIw2jk6BKGLXy2nbT4DNG6oktPH4SpchEyPoxWF6p-uiTQncNGzUr1dHQdSaTijg0v5qqNWRyxPcJ6bX63
I will send out a Google map of all the sites we’ll try to visit via email to those that pre-register.
Trip Leader: Matt Igleski
Contact <matt.igleski...> with any questions.
January 27th, 2019
8am
Meet at Rainbow Beach https://goo.gl/maps/LPu3emWcGWp https://goo.gl/maps/LPu3emWcGWp?fbclid=IwAR0aPNki1v21gW7KII5-vPzdo2a7VyLrVteEAk0NfvRRaGOd7USSRI4TTcs


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Date: 1/22/19 12:24 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Hardly Any Birds At The Chicago Botanic Garden Tuesday 1-22-19
Hello Bird People,

Except for watching the lunar eclipse late Sunday night I have not had
any time outdoors since my Will County birding adventure on Friday. So
after 3 days off from birding I decided to try & beat the bad weather
that was coming in the afternoon. However, the freezing rain that was
not supposed to start until the afternoon started by 10 a.m. & the
birds proved very hard to find at the CBG.
It was another "at least I had a good walk" kind of day. I'll do a 2
section report like last time.

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

Open Water Area By The Dundee Rd Bridge (open water getting smaller)

Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (~300, mostly asleep)
Mallard (1-M)
Lesser Scaup (1-F, mostly asleep but I think it was a Lesser)
Winter Coot (1)

Regulars here before but missing today were Hooded & R.B. Mergs & Kingfisher.

Birds Seen Mostly On Evening Island & By The Regenstein Center

Herring Gull (3 fly-bys)
Downy Woodpecker (H-1)
Blue Jay (H-2)
Chickadee (H-1)
Robins (40-45, all eating from the red berry trees on Evening Island)
Cardinal (1-F)
Junco (11-12)

Last week I found Redpolls but no Siskins & today I could not find any
Finches at all.

So only 12 species at the CBG plus Pigeons & a Red Tailed Hawk on the
way home to total 14 species for the day. Bird-Of-The-Day to the very
cold looking Great Blue Heron & Runners-Up to the roadside Red Tail
Hawk & the Winter Coot. Can't have a good day every day.

Al Stokie
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Date: 1/22/19 5:32 am
From: Mike g <mikeg_606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Bald Eagles. (No Sightings)
I’m taking a small group of young birders on a day trip to see Bald Eagles. Between Starved Rock and the Quad City area, do any of you recommend any particular location?

Please feel free to respond privately.

Good Birding,

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Chicago

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Date: 1/22/19 3:08 am
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET new bird videos
in table form

Rob Curtis

Chicago

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*Youtube list* species SUBJECT link
Junco hyemalis DARK-EYED JUNCO _https://youtu.be/Ssd6xNNJ4m4_
Cardellina pusilla WILSON'S WARBLER _https://youtu.be/ypUR5zZywlk_
Setophaga ruticilla AMERICAN REDSTART _https://youtu.be/--yAcGuM5y0_
Petrochelidon pyrrhonota CLIFF SWALLOW _https://youtu.be/KP0GzOH_Xxk_


 

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Date: 1/21/19 11:11 am
From: Catherine Bloome <catbloome...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Sighting: Cooper's Hawk at feeders and a "no sighting" question on "
I have seen Cooper’s Hawks go after mourning doves and rabbits at O’Hare.

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Date: 1/21/19 10:21 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard E starling and Oregon Junco
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/39863891233/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Starlings slowing getting some color. The DE junco looks for seed in the snow.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 1/21/19 7:39 am
From: Linda <lbr6240...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yard birds.

Have been doing some feeder watching rather than walking in this cold weather.

A few others have mentioned this species, and I too have a Yellow-rumped Warbler in the yard. Have been seeing it every once in awhile the entire winter, and saw it again this morning. It does eat pieces of suet that are dropped off when the woodpecker pecks at it. Looks to be doing OK. I have also seen one here in past winters.

Other than that I have White and Red-breasted nuthatches, Downy and Red-bellied woodpeckers, Chickadees and House finches coming constantly. A flock of Robins was eating berries from a tree.

Linda Radtke
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Date: 1/21/19 6:40 am
From: Donnie R. Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Sighting: Cooper's Hawk at feeders and a "no sighting" question on "as seen on tv" window bird house
Dear Jarod,

I write for the sake of the birds that hit your windows and others that may, and I urge that you treat your windows so that they become bird-friendly. It may appear that the birds not only escaped the hawk but flew off to safety, but it’s unlikely that they did. Hitting a window full speed as these birds did invariably results in a concussion from the impact of the bill striking the window. This almost always proves fatal. The birds that you see flying off appear to be fine but eventually that earlier collision will kill them. Numerous studies have proven that.

That are a variety of window treatments you can employ at no to low cost, like separated streaks of washable tempera paint and others. To become further educated about the carnage caused by birds and untreated glass as well as the solutions, see

https://abcbirds.org/program/glass-collisions/ <https://abcbirds.org/program/glass-collisions/>

Good birding!

Donnie

Donnie Dann
Lake County

> On Jan 20, 2019, at 10:06 AM, Jarod Hitchings <jarodhitchings...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Cooper's hawk has been active at the backyard feeders since Friday. Yesterday he chased a female Cardinal that struck the window leaving the strangest "snow angel" I have ever seen in the snow bank on our deck when she fell.. Today, it was a female house finch that struck a window in the mid-flight chase. Both birds escaped the Cooper's hawk and survived the collision. Has anyone else witnessed something similar? The hawk is so agile that he missed the window (and subsequently the prey) on both occasions. First time I have ever seen a hawk, in my backyard, try to chase down a bird larger than an American Gold finch.
>
> Also, bought an "as seen on TV" suctioned cupped bird house for the window plastic product. A goodwill find! At least there's 6 air/moisture holes on the bottom. I tried one years ago with not much success. Does anyone have suggestions for placement or have tried one before?
>
> Jarod Hitchings
> Sangamon county
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Date: 1/20/19 1:01 pm
From: ERIC GINSBURG <ejgins...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Bald Eagle, maybe
I just (at about 2:45 pm Sunday) was driving south on Lake Shore Drive at about 40th St and saw many perturbed Canada Geese flying low by the lakeshore. I looked higher and saw what I thought was an adult Bald Eagle circling a few hundred feet up. It was a very brief look, though.

Eric Ginsburg
Chicago

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Date: 1/20/19 9:13 am
From: Jarod Hitchings <jarodhitchings...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sighting: Cooper's Hawk at feeders and a "no sighting" question on "as seen on tv" window bird house
Cooper's hawk has been active at the backyard feeders since Friday.
Yesterday he chased a female Cardinal that struck the window leaving the
strangest "snow angel" I have ever seen in the snow bank on our deck when
she fell. Today, it was a female house finch that struck a window in the
mid-flight chase. Both birds escaped the Cooper's hawk and survived the
collision. Has anyone else witnessed something similar? The hawk is so
agile that he missed the window (and subsequently the prey) on both
occasions. First time I have ever seen a hawk, in my backyard, try to chase
down a bird larger than an American Gold finch.

Also, bought an "as seen on TV" suctioned cupped bird house for the window
plastic product. A goodwill find! At least there's 6 air/moisture holes on
the bottom. I tried one years ago with not much success. Does anyone have
suggestions for placement or have tried one before?

Jarod Hitchings
Sangamon county

 

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Date: 1/20/19 8:17 am
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
Aside from the usual Siskins, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, etc, we have Fox and
W-T Sparrows, and a G-H Owl sunning himself in our back yard.

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 1/19/19 5:27 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Northern Goshawk and Mourning Dove
This AM, at about 7:30, looked out the window where the feeders hang from
the Norway Spruce. Below and at the edge of the deck was a Goshawk that
had just taken a Mourning Dove.

I observed a while then called my spouse saying "look at that!" but her
coming to the window too quickly startled the Goshawk and it flew up to the
heights a dead tulip tree. Then to the lower branches of a Catalpa tree
both about +100 feet away.

But what a view from 15 feet to the kill site. The feathers indicated the
Dove and there wasn't anything left but feathers and the stained red, new
snow. A beautiful and very large hawk, indeed.

Paul Stensvaag
NW Cook Cty.

I didn't see the the hawk take the bird, but would've paid anything in coin
or favors to have seen it!

 

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Date: 1/19/19 1:18 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard B cardinal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/39838412613/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Still have many cardinals, sparrows, and starlings. Wp come for the suet and seeds. JohnBourbonnais, IL  
 

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Date: 1/18/19 5:53 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET South Arsenal Road, Iron Bridge Trailhead, Wilmington Dam & Rock Run Rookery Fri 1-18-19
Hello Bird People,

Birded from 7:30 until 2 p.m. & after I got home I had to run errands
before the snow so it's a late report I'm writing today. So it's
highlights only today. I was joined by Andy Sigler at all locations.

South Arsenal Road Gull Pond (7:30-9 a.m.)

Watched the gulls fly in & out of the frozen pond by the dump &
eventually we ended up with a 1st year Lesser Black Backed Gull, a 2nd
year Iceland Gull, an adult Thayer's Gull & that Great Black Backed
Hybrid which was as big as a Great Black Backed Gull but had a gray
(not black) mantle.

Midewin-Iron Bridge Trailhead (9:15-10:45 a.m.)

Thought it might be cloudy enough that the Short Eared Owls would fly
but we did not find any.
Saw lots of Tree Sparrows & a few Cardinals & Goldfinches but no Hawks
of Owls. But a Sharp Shinned flew by the parking lot & a Cooper's Hawk
& a couple Red Tails were roadside birds.
And in the Bison area we saw 6 or 7 Eastern Meadowlarks.

Wilmington Dam (11-11:30 a.m.)

I don't know if that tame Ross's Goose is still supposed to be here
but we did not find it with all those white domestic geese that it
used to hang out. Among the many Canada Geese & Mallards we found 1
Mute Swan, 2 Hooded Mergansers, 26 Common Goldeneye & some
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls.

Rock Run Rookery (12:45-1:50 p.m.)

Had a good variety of water birds here & even some land birds so I'll
do a full list from here.

P.B. Grebe (1)
D.C. Cormorant (2, in the river)
Great Blue Heron (6)
Trumpeter Swan (3, also in the river)
Canada Geese (~40)
Black Duck (8)
Mallard (25)
Gadwall (22)
Redhead (5-M)
Ring Necked Duck (21)
Goldeneye (~40)
Hooded Merganser (16)
Common Merganser (too many to count but I'd guess about 300)
Coot (3)
Ring Billed (~150) & Herring (~75) Gulls
Kingfisher (1, heard only)
Crow (1)
Chickadee (1)
Robins (30 sitting in a big tree)
Cardinal (2)
Tree Sparrow (2)
Song Sparrow (2)
Junco (18)

Had 38 species for the day which was more than I've been seeing lately.
Bird-Of-The-Day will be a tie between the Iceland Gull & the Lesser
Black Backed Gull &
Runners-Up to the Trumpeter Swans, the P.B. Grebe & the D.C. Cormorants.

Al Stokie
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Date: 1/18/19 5:23 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Grant Park Grumbling
I had a Yellow-rumped Warbler in my yard today (Evanston) and Amanda T. had one in her yard as well today and yesterday (Skokie). Interesting number of local sightings in a short period of time.

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County
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Sent: Friday, January 18, 2019 2:27 PM
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Subject: IBET Grant Park Grumbling



At lunchtime today, I mostly birded Monroe Harbor. Monroe Harbor was full of ducks.Most interesting among ducks is probably a male Ring-necked Duck, near the southwest corner and a female Canvasback at the north end near the yacht club. The most common duck was Redhead. I estimated 345. They were all north of the gap in the breakwater, or on the land side north of Balbo. I estimated 160 Great Scaup, counted 8 Lesser Scaup, and had 70 scaup I couldn't ID. Also saw 55 Common and 21 Red-breasted Mergansers, and 17 Common Goldeneyes. Among the Canada Geese were 2 Cackling Geese. A couple of hundred gulls on the breakwater included 1 adult Lesser Balck-backed and 2 Ring-billed Gulls among all the Herring Gulls. Few landbirds, but a White-crowned Sparrow, several White-throated Sparrows, and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers by aquarium.

Doug Stotz

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Date: 1/18/19 12:31 pm
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Grant Park Grumbling
At lunchtime today, I mostly birded Monroe Harbor. Monroe Harbor was
full of ducks.Most interesting among ducks is probably a male Ring-necked
Duck, near the southwest corner and a female Canvasback at the north end
near the yacht club. The most common duck was Redhead. I estimated 345.
They were all north of the gap in the breakwater, or on the land side north
of Balbo. I estimated 160 Great Scaup, counted 8 Lesser Scaup, and had 70
scaup I couldn't ID. Also saw 55 Common and 21 Red-breasted Mergansers,
and 17 Common Goldeneyes. Among the Canada Geese were 2 Cackling Geese. A
couple of hundred gulls on the breakwater included 1 adult Lesser
Balck-backed and 2 Ring-billed Gulls among all the Herring Gulls. Few
landbirds, but a White-crowned Sparrow, several White-throated Sparrows,
and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers by aquarium.

Doug Stotz

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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: 1/18/19 11:20 am
From: JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Monitoring Marsh Birds in Calumet Region (NO SIGHTINGS)
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club will have its first program meeting of the year on Tuesday, January 22, with Walter Marcisz and Nat Miller talking about  "Doing It Secretively in the Marsh: How Monitoring of Breeding Marsh Birds Is Inspiring Wetland Restoration in the Calumet Region".
Wetland birds of the Calumet region have faced precipitous declines over the past 30 years.  The conversion of rich marsh to open-water ponds or mono-cultures of invasive species has put secretive marsh species like the Common Gallinule, Least Bittern and King Rail on the fast track to extirpation.  However, new and intensive monitoring and wetland restoration is setting the stage for an amazing comeback story.  Nat Miller is the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway Director of Conservation for National Audubon Society.  Walter Marcisz, our popular speaker, has been a Chicago area birder for over 50 years.
We meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard (corner of Bridge Street) in Evanston.
John Hockman
ENSBC website: ensbc.org

 

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Date: 1/18/19 10:00 am
From: David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET River Walk - Carolina Wrent - January 18
Dear birders,
I walked the river in Ronan, River and Legion Parks (Chicago) this morning - trying not to be too irritated by the construction between Argyle and Foster. (There is also construction at the Diversey Turning Basin, Richard Clark Park, and California Park - all places I frequent, especially in the winter. I don't expect any of these projects to enhance wildlife viewing along the river. Done grousing).
Surprising highlight was a CAROLINA WREN Wren in Legion Park, about 250 yards north of Bryn Mawr, in a tree on the riverbank (east side of river). It was repeating what Sibley describes as "rattled dits" (which I recorded). I am less familiar with this vocalization than its songs and "cheer" calls, but was imagining some kind of wren when the bird popped into view. I had only my cell phone and was unable to get a photo. The bird was about 50 yards south of a thick, scraggly tree. The tree held still, but my photo of it (as a landmark) was still terrible. My photo of the tree includes a blue bin (recycling) near the sidewalk.
At Legion Park, I also saw 5 Hooded Mergansers, including 2 stunning males; 2 Great Blue Herons, one of which strafed a Herring Gull; Belted Kingfisher; Red-bellied Woodpecker, and White-throated Sparrow among 15 total species.
At River Park, my main highlight was 2 Pied-billed Grebes (near the Foster bridge). I also so Hairy & Red-bellied Woodpeckers among 15 total species.
At Ronan Park, the main highlight was the juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron under the water reclamation plant, near Lawrence. I had female Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, nearby, among 12 total species.
I saw 26 species in all.
For the birds!
Dave <Antieaudkantieau...>, Cook County
 

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Date: 1/18/19 9:07 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard No tree sparrows yet
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46740158451/in/photostreamHi friends,But, lots of other sparrows and the C. wren after a 1 month absence.Cold from north will bring new birds. Getting low on bird seed though.My wife put me on a bird seed budget.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 1/18/19 8:44 am
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET CANCELLED - COS Chicago Southside Birding Carpool, Saturday, 1/19
Hi Friends,

So...tomorrow is not a great forecast
<https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.80075990000006&lon=-87.58874999999995#.XEH04FVKiUk>
for
driving around and we've decided to cancel the trip.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!
Matt


IBET Administrator
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Date: 1/17/19 7:34 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET movies with condors
Also, Three Days of the Condor.

On Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 8:30 PM robirdman <robirdman...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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> In the past week, on TV I saw 2 old movies - The Big Trees (1952) and
> Night of the Grizzlies (1966) both shot in California and had short
> scenes of 'buzzards' in the sky, which were apparently California
> Condors. 3 in the later and I forgot how many in the earlier film.
>
> Rob Curtis
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> Chicago
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Date: 1/17/19 6:30 pm
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET movies with condors
In the past week, on TV I saw 2 old movies -  The Big Trees (1952) and
Night of the Grizzlies (1966) both shot in California and had short
scenes of 'buzzards' in the sky, which were apparently California
Condors. 3 in the later and I forgot how many in the earlier film.

Rob Curtis

Chicago




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Date: 1/17/19 5:47 pm
From: Jarod Hitchings <jarodhitchings...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA Northern Goshawk Sangamon County
At Lost Bridge Trail Pond in Springfield, IL near where the shore meets the
woods. Adult sized and coloration with bluish tint above and gray to white
underside. The white eyebrow was noted. Crown was more slaty. Tail long and
barred. It was flying low and had powerful flaps. Bigger than a Cooper's
hawk giving me the impression of an Adult female.

The Borwn thrasher is continuing in my backyard in Sherman as well.

Big week for me!

Jarod Hitchings
19 Georgetowne Road
Sherman, IL 62684-9767

 

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Date: 1/17/19 12:38 pm
From: Mike King <mike.j.king97...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ONU Prairie (No sightings)
Hey bird nerds!

Today the Olivet Nazarene University Vertebrate Natural History and Anatomy class spread the seeds of 60-80 native prairie grasses and flowers across a 2.5 acre plot of land on an extension of the university campus near the Perry Farm prairie. The plant species were selected based on data collected from about 100 remnant prairies across northern Illinois. With constant care and management, I hope to return in future years to see a thriving habitat for many species of grassland birds, insects, and mammals that have survived through centuries of habitat loss and degradation since the area was first settled in 1835. I hope some of you will have the opportunity to enjoy this new prairie in its beginning stages over the next few years. Please let me know if any of you have questions about the new prairie!

Thanks,
Mike King
Kankakee/Piatt/Will counties

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Date: 1/17/19 11:16 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Another Slow Day At The Chicago Botanic Garden Thursday 1-17-19
Hello Bird People,

The reason I keep going here is there's always a chance for something
special like a big Waxwing or a Crossbill but nothing like that
happened today. In fact I was hard pressed to find many birds at all.
But on my way out the Redpolls showed up after all & I was able to
pick out one Goose that wasn't a Canada Goose. Other than that, not
much. Once again I'll report from 2 areas which are the open water by
the Dundee Rd bridge & the land bird area by or near the Regenstein
Center.

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

Dundee Road Bridge Open Water Area

All water birds were here as all the other ponds are frozen & although
the west side stream is once again open there were no birds in it.

Canada Geese (~300 & they didn't start leaving until 9 a.m. which is
later than usual)
CACKLING GOOSE (1)
(Found about 10-12 smaller Geese but decided they were all Lesser
Canada Geese as their bills were not small & they were not really that
small size wise. But then I found 1 that was almost Mallard size with
a short, pushed in bill & so had 1 Cackler after all.
Mallard (5)
Red Breasted (3) & Hooded (1-M & 2-F) Mergansers
Winter Coot (1, old reliable)
Herring Gull (1-AD, later had 2 more flying by)
KINGFISHER (1-F, continuing)

Regenstein Center Area

Downy Woodpecker (1-F)
Chickadee (6)
Robins (18 all in one berry tree on Evening Island & even though the
other red berry trees looked just the same the Robins could tell the
difference & would eat only from one)
SONG SPARROW (1)
Junco (groups of 4 & 3)
COMMON REDPOLLS (31, eating Birch seeds but on the ground not in the trees)
(None found on several earlier attempts to locate them but at 10:30
there they were on the
N.W. side of the Regenstein Center.)
Goldfinch (5-6)
House Sparrow (heard a couple)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the lone Cackling Goose & Runners-Up to the
Redpolls & the Kingfisher.

Al Stokie
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