ILbirds
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4/22/19 5:27 pm Andrea Nord <andrea.nord...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET NO SIGHTING wren house question
4/22/19 5:00 pm Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Lots of Caspian terns
4/22/19 4:53 pm m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lots of Caspian terns
4/22/19 3:48 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET arrivals in Ne. IL
4/22/19 3:26 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET The 2018 IOS Listers Corner is Here!
4/22/19 3:10 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Field sp
4/22/19 3:01 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard House finch
4/22/19 2:14 pm nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fw: Support Bird-friendly Design Ordinance!
4/22/19 1:41 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Student of the game (of birding) (LONG; NO SIGHTINGS)
4/22/19 1:20 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Techny North of Willow Monday 4-22-19
4/22/19 12:53 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET EUGO at waukegan beach
4/22/19 6:30 am <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET northern mockingbird at IBSP south
4/21/19 4:44 pm Jay Trees <jtrees...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Red headed woodpecker
4/21/19 4:29 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Mostly Bad Luck Again-Palos Area Sunday 4-21-19
4/21/19 3:19 pm Jaculin Bowman <jaculinb4...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Louisiana Waterthrush
4/21/19 1:43 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Carolina Wren
4/21/19 1:18 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Sunday, 4/28 for Humboldt Park Bird Walk
4/21/19 12:24 pm Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Whalon Lake AW Pelicans
4/21/19 11:34 am <thomasbradleylewin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Easter Bird Hunt- Rollins Savannah and Reed Turner Forest Preserve(Long Grove)
4/21/19 8:59 am Tom Lally <tlally98...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET broad wing migration lake county
4/21/19 8:47 am '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET broad wing migration lake county
4/21/19 8:23 am Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 20, 2019
4/20/19 3:38 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
4/20/19 2:34 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Saturday, 4/27 for Montrose Earth Day Bird Walk and Beach Sweep
4/20/19 1:47 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Saturday 4-20-19
4/20/19 12:33 pm thuizenga <thuizenga...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Eared Grebe - IBSP - North
4/20/19 12:25 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
4/20/19 11:35 am Cary <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET snowy egret
4/20/19 7:32 am 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
4/19/19 8:20 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
4/19/19 7:35 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
4/19/19 6:56 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
4/19/19 5:01 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Boone, Winnebago & Stephenson Co's Friday 4-19-19
4/19/19 1:59 pm Glyn Dawson <dawg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose
4/19/19 12:50 pm ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET and thanks to the following people who helped on the May 5th 2018 Spring Bird Count in Cook County
4/19/19 12:41 pm ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET information on this years Illinois Spring Bird Count (May 4th), and 2018 Cook County results
4/19/19 12:05 pm Robert Olson <bob...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Purple Finch in Glen Ellyn
4/19/19 11:32 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Lincoln's sp
4/19/19 11:19 am <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Point Hooded Warbler
4/18/19 6:46 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
4/18/19 6:05 pm Chris Traynor <ctrayn...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kendall Cty Oswego: American White Pelicans 4/18/19
4/18/19 2:07 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Air Station Prairie, Lake Glenview & Skokie Lagoons Thursday 4-18-19
4/18/19 10:11 am Pat Durkin <pat.durkin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/18/19 9:36 am m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose timing
4/18/19 8:30 am Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/18/19 7:52 am Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET:Sangamon Co. March 2019 report
4/18/19 6:25 am nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Willet at Stateline beach lake county
4/17/19 7:51 pm lorra rudman <lorra3...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Skokie lagoons willow rd (cook)
4/17/19 6:10 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard WT sparrow
4/17/19 6:03 pm JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Bird Migration in the Great Lakes (NO SIGHTINGS)
4/17/19 5:55 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie lagoons willow rd (cook)
4/17/19 4:49 pm Jeff <jdkno...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET local birds cook co.
4/17/19 4:29 pm Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Willet, State Line Beach, Lake County
4/17/19 3:37 pm m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Gillson birds
4/17/19 2:55 pm Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose BWT
4/17/19 2:53 pm <malango...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/17/19 2:29 pm Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Willet, State Line Beach, Lake County
4/17/19 2:26 pm Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/17/19 2:20 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET N.E. Lake Co Lakefront-Willet, Bonaparte's Gulls, Forster's Terns & More Wed 4-17-19
4/17/19 2:16 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose BWT
4/17/19 2:10 pm m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow rumped at gillson
4/17/19 12:55 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET local birds cook co.
4/17/19 12:29 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/17/19 10:22 am Michael Trinchitella <miketrinchitella...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/17/19 10:15 am Michael Trinchitella <miketrinchitella...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/17/19 9:13 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Grackle
4/17/19 8:27 am Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/17/19 8:25 am Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/17/19 8:24 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Yellow-headed Blackbird Cook
4/17/19 7:54 am Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Yellow-headed Blackbird Cook
4/17/19 7:47 am Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Yellow-headed Blackbird Cook
4/17/19 7:37 am John Leonard <leonard...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow-headed Blackbird Cook
4/17/19 7:14 am Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose BWT
4/17/19 6:02 am Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/17/19 5:38 am <malango...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/17/19 1:34 am <birdsperminute...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pelicans Cuba Marsh
4/16/19 10:24 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Jackson Park: Surf Scoter, Purple Finch
4/16/19 9:36 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Brown t.
4/16/19 8:54 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/16/19 8:44 pm joshua murphy <birdmanmurphy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose BWT
4/16/19 8:14 pm Elliot Fu <obstinatrician...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose / cattle egret
4/16/19 6:02 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Glenview & Techny North Monday 4-15-19
4/16/19 5:26 pm Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Willet, State Line Beach, Lake County
4/16/19 4:42 pm nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
4/16/19 3:03 pm Mike g <mikeg_606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET South Pond Chicago
4/16/19 2:38 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Dunes, Beach & Hedge Areas Tuesday 4-16-19
4/16/19 12:14 pm Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Willet, Lake County
4/16/19 11:44 am 'Capparella, Angelo' <apcappar...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> RE: IBET Kite
4/16/19 10:30 am Roland Kulla <kulla...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET R. Kulla. Ruby crowned kinglet
4/16/19 1:37 am 'D.K. Schrishuhn' <alaraarabians...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Female Cardinal singing cook co.
4/15/19 9:13 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Female Cardinal singing cook co.
4/15/19 7:51 pm Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Kite
4/15/19 7:27 pm <sfluett...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pine Warbler
4/15/19 6:28 pm A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bonaparte Gulls at Lost Mound entrance - Jo Daviess County
4/15/19 6:09 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Kite
4/15/19 5:48 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Kite (correction)
4/15/19 5:45 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Kite
4/15/19 3:42 pm WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bonaparte's Bash Lake County
4/15/19 1:55 pm Leslie Yoshitani <leslieyosh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Kite
4/15/19 12:44 pm Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Update Re: apparent Piping Plover photographed at Montrose (4-15-19)
4/15/19 12:40 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET apparent Piping Plover photographed at Montrose (4-15-19)
4/15/19 12:34 pm 'Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)' <Keith.A.Mcmullen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> RE: [Non-DoD Source] IBET apparent Piping Plover photographed at Montrose (4-15-19)
4/15/19 10:51 am Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET apparent Piping Plover photographed at Montrose (4-15-19)
4/15/19 6:37 am John Dongas <madzosiii...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bluebirds
4/14/19 6:05 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Chipping sp
4/14/19 4:53 pm marilyn bell <marbell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bird Fight!
4/14/19 4:05 pm 'Darrell Shambaugh' <d.shambaugh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: LaSalle County Saturday, 4-13-19
4/14/19 3:38 pm Patti Greenberg <patti.greenberg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Migrant
4/14/19 11:23 am Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Morton Arboretum, Saturday, 4/13/2019
4/14/19 9:17 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose In The Snow Sunday 4-14-19
4/13/19 10:08 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Long-billed Curlew Montrose Beach Cook Co - Thank you’s
4/13/19 8:14 pm Jay Trees <jtrees...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yard birds
4/13/19 7:44 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard E. towhees males
4/13/19 7:24 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Point and Air Station Prairie (Cook County)
4/13/19 6:05 pm Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Long-billed Curlew Montrose Beach Cook Co - Thank you’s
4/13/19 5:50 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Jackson Park: An unexpected warbler
4/13/19 4:40 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET N flicker Byard
4/13/19 4:16 pm <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Lake County Lakefront-Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South & North Units Sat 4-13-19
4/13/19 2:53 pm Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Columbus Park today
4/13/19 2:26 pm Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Marbled Godwit, will county
4/13/19 2:23 pm Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Marbled Godwit, will county
4/13/19 2:09 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County Lakefront-Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South & North Units Sat 4-13-19
4/13/19 1:32 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow-headed black bird, cook co
4/13/19 12:53 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Saturday, 4/20 for Indian Ridge/Hegewisch Marsh Bird Walk
4/13/19 9:57 am <joceb2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton
4/13/19 9:41 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Long-billed Curlew Montrose Beach Cook Co - Thank you’s
4/13/19 9:24 am Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Turkey apparently, cook co
4/13/19 8:17 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Fwd: IBET Long billed curlew at Montrose public beach - gone
4/13/19 8:00 am Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Long-billed Curlew, 4/13 a.m.
4/13/19 7:50 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Long billed curlew at Montrose public beach
4/13/19 7:44 am 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Long-billed Curlew, 4/13 a.m.
4/13/19 7:36 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Long billed curlew at Montrose public beach
4/13/19 7:36 am Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET YES Long-billed Curlew Montrose Beach Cook Co
4/13/19 5:03 am Jerry Hampton <jerhamp33...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: possible Lake Co. Smew report?
4/13/19 4:39 am Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET possible Lake Co. Smew report?
4/12/19 7:41 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard two towhees
4/12/19 7:13 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Skokie Lagoons North From From Willow Rd & From Forest Way Friday 4-12-19
4/12/19 7:11 pm 'Woody G.' <gowillia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie lagoons - eagles in nest
4/12/19 1:05 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons North From From Willow Rd & From Forest Way Friday 4-12-19
4/12/19 10:20 am Susan Zelek <susanzelek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Marbled Godwit, will county
4/12/19 9:47 am David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose - April 12, 2019
4/11/19 6:51 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
4/11/19 3:11 pm Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Bonaparte's Gulls
4/11/19 2:05 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chevalier Woods, Lake Opeka & Axehead Lake Thursday 4-11-19
4/11/19 8:36 am Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
4/11/19 8:05 am 'Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)' <Keith.A.Mcmullen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> RE: [Non-DoD Source] Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
4/11/19 6:42 am Eric Lundquist <brewbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
4/10/19 5:51 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
4/10/19 4:42 pm Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
4/10/19 4:23 pm JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Field Trip Saturday - Woodcocks at Air Station Prairie (NO SIGHTINGS)
4/10/19 3:52 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
4/10/19 3:23 pm 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
4/10/19 1:33 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons, Techny North, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake Wed 4-10-19
4/10/19 1:29 pm <thomasbradleylewin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rollins Savannah Update: Controlled Burns completed ..more birdy on ponds
4/10/19 12:26 pm A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET From Savanna, IL to Lock and Dam 13
4/9/19 8:15 pm Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Rough-winged Swallow
4/9/19 5:35 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Brown t.
4/9/19 5:07 pm Lionel Whiston <whist...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Fermi Pelicans
4/9/19 1:52 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden 4-9-19
4/9/19 12:05 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET RBA - Black Vulture flying south past Montrose
4/9/19 9:37 am Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RBA - Black Vulture flying south past Montrose
4/9/19 8:41 am scott latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fermi Pelicans
4/9/19 6:53 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard RB wp vs E starling
4/9/19 5:38 am Sherry Dunn <sherryadunn...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Montrose, Techny North & Air Station Prairie Monday 4-8-19
4/8/19 8:17 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard House sp
4/8/19 6:55 pm Josh Feeney <josh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET More Pet Sightings At Montrose Today
4/8/19 6:24 pm 'Michael Sweeney' <mike.sweeney2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> RE: IBET More Pet Sightings At Montrose Today
4/8/19 5:51 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET More Pet Sightings At Montrose Today
4/8/19 5:26 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Axehead lake cook co
4/8/19 4:19 pm Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET montrose cat drama
4/8/19 4:05 pm Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 6, 2019
4/8/19 3:52 pm <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET montrose cat drama
4/8/19 3:18 pm Jean Spitzer <jeanspitz1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Loons feeding on Trout at Blackwell FP on Butterfield Rd. Near Winfield.
4/8/19 2:06 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose, Techny North & Air Station Prairie Monday 4-8-19
4/8/19 11:25 am <mmadsen48...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Am. White Pelicans on the move in SW suburbs
4/8/19 10:45 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Columbus Park on a beautiful day March 8 short walk
4/8/19 9:46 am Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET FOY Sora in Highland Park
4/8/19 8:17 am Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chimney Swift
4/8/19 7:32 am <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow-throated Warbler
4/7/19 7:25 pm Sigrid Schmidt <sigschmidt...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Welles Park Chicago - Inner City Birding
4/7/19 5:28 pm Alex Bloss <alex_bloss13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Fwd: IBET Montrose - Killdeers starting to nest
4/7/19 4:59 pm <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Today’s Lyman Woods DBC Field Trip Results-DuPage County
4/7/19 4:58 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose - Killdeers starting to nest
4/7/19 4:11 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
4/7/19 3:33 pm Eric's Email <brewbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Southside Chicago Birding - Sun AM 4/7/19
4/7/19 3:27 pm Eric's Email <brewbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Southside Chicago Birding - Sun AM 4/7/19
4/7/19 2:43 pm Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Southside Chicago Birding - Sun AM 4/7/19
4/7/19 2:27 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons, Techny North, Beck Lake. Big Bend Lake, Lake Opeka, Axehead Lake & Belleau Lake Sun 4-7-19
4/7/19 1:44 pm Ian <stycheus...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Tinley Creek Woods Pileated Woodpecker, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture
4/7/19 1:34 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie lagoons, cook
4/7/19 1:13 pm Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Ebird (no sightings)
4/7/19 12:29 pm Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Ebird (no sightings)
4/7/19 11:26 am Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET FOY Tick at West Branch FP (DuPage)
4/7/19 11:14 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET T. vulture Iroquois county
4/7/19 11:10 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET eBird Report - Techny Basin--north of Willow Rd., Apr 7, 2019
4/7/19 10:54 am Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Canal Shores Rusty Blackbird
4/7/19 7:32 am David Johnson <djohnsoda...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET ENSBC Looney Trip highlights: 133 loons...
4/6/19 10:20 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Local cook co
4/6/19 8:31 pm <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Jackson Park: Sparrows, Rusty Blackbird, et al.
4/6/19 4:43 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Afton Forest Preserve & Burma/Sanderson Rds In DeKalb County Saturday 4-6-19
4/6/19 4:12 pm Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Really early Mississippi Kite in Ford County
4/6/19 1:57 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Loons axehead lake cook co
4/6/19 11:31 am Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Stan Temple here this Tuesday
4/6/19 7:32 am Timothy Huizenga <thuizenga...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Woodcocks -- Air Station Prairie
4/5/19 5:14 pm <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Turkey vulture skokie, cook
4/5/19 2:38 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Turkey vulture skokie, cook
4/5/19 2:22 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Dunes, Beach, Hedge Area & Lawns (Good Sparrow Day) Friday 4-5-19
4/5/19 12:09 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Sighting - race at Montrose tomorrow (Saturday April 6th)
4/5/19 9:25 am <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Join COS Saturday, 4/13 for Miller Meadow Bird Walk
4/4/19 12:23 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons North From Willow Road Thursday 4-4-19
4/4/19 8:29 am <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Bird Collision Monitors Program, 4/16. Bird diseases in a changing environment (no sightings)
4/3/19 6:38 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Lecontes sparrow at skokie lagoons cook
4/3/19 5:05 pm Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lecontes sparrow at skokie lagoons cook
4/3/19 3:43 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard M. dove
4/3/19 3:32 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Suburban killdeer cook co
4/3/19 2:16 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rollins Savanna & Almond Marsh Wed 4-3-19
4/3/19 8:26 am <michellecdevlin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rosehill Cemetery- Northern Shrike
4/3/19 6:06 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
4/2/19 10:33 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET IN lyme disease info; no sightings
4/2/19 10:03 pm WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Pelicans-Diamond Lake
4/2/19 9:55 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Downy wp
4/2/19 9:27 pm ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET forgot to mention 1 loon, grebes, Red-tailed Hawk pair Re: at least 36 pelicans at Busse today (possibly as many as 63); CAS field trip to Busse two weeks from today (April 16)
4/2/19 8:06 pm <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos and Orland Park
4/2/19 7:16 pm douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET McCormick Nature Sanctuary, this AM 2 April 2019
4/2/19 6:26 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard DE juncos and Chipping sp
4/2/19 4:59 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Axehead lake closure cook co. No sighting
4/2/19 4:09 pm ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET at least 36 pelicans at Busse today (possibly as many as 63); CAS field trip to Busse two weeks from today (April 16)
4/2/19 3:17 pm Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Canal Shores Golf Course - Wilmette, Cook
4/2/19 2:25 pm <thomasbradleylewin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rollins Savannah- Getting a nice influx of waterfowl
4/2/19 1:59 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Local areas, funny occurrence cook co
4/2/19 12:15 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden (Local Interest Only) Tuesday 4-2-19
4/2/19 11:03 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Canal Shores Golf Course - Wilmette, Cook
4/1/19 1:41 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Glenview, Techny Basin & Techny North, Air Station Prairie, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake Monday 4-1-19
4/1/19 11:02 am <chession...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Backyard Woodcock - Chicago, IL
4/1/19 10:46 am Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Red-necked Grebe @ Rock Cut SP
4/1/19 8:03 am <tvincl...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET A Birding Essay “The Tree Swallow Threshold” has been posted
3/31/19 7:11 pm bill schafer <bill.schafer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Morton Arboretum - Pileated
3/31/19 6:47 pm <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Air Station Short-eared Owl & Woodcocks
3/31/19 4:10 pm nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Eared Grebe For Us But See Donnie D's Post Sunday 3-31-19
3/31/19 11:51 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET No Eared Grebe For Us But See Donnie D's Post Sunday 3-31-19
3/31/19 11:43 am Mike Levin <mikel...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET American White Pelicans at Busse Woods 3-31
3/31/19 10:30 am Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET American White Pelicans at Busse Woods 3-31
3/31/19 8:21 am Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Eared Grebe at Independence Grove
3/31/19 7:36 am Allen Yow <ayow...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Golden Plovers east side Meredosia
3/31/19 7:33 am Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Lake County waterfowl
3/31/19 6:47 am Jerry Hampton <jerhamp33...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Lake County waterfowl
3/30/19 5:53 pm Adam Sell <adamwardsell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Point Marina Lakewatch (Lake Co.)
3/30/19 5:20 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard BH cowbird
3/30/19 5:14 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Addendum to cook co.
3/30/19 4:48 pm Pat Durkin <pat.durkin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Common Loon - Maple Lake
3/30/19 4:45 pm Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Palos Area White Pelicans and Bonaparte's Gulls during the COS trip today
3/30/19 4:41 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Old report unknown hawk, cook co
3/30/19 4:35 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Local cook co.
3/30/19 3:47 pm 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Waterfowl, 3/30 a.m.
3/30/19 3:21 pm 'Sundberg, Jeffrey' <jsundber...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Likely eared grebe Ind Grove Lake Cty
3/30/19 1:23 pm 'Sundberg, Jeffrey' <jsundber...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County waterfowl
3/30/19 1:14 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County-Mostly Lakefront Locations Saturday 3-30-19
3/30/19 12:00 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET American White Pelicans at Busse Woods
3/30/19 8:50 am Mark Vaughan <markvaughan60201...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Perkins Woods Bluebird Sighting
3/29/19 10:14 pm Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Morton Arboretum Friday
3/29/19 9:49 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard E. towhee
3/29/19 5:15 pm Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Perkins Woods Bluebird Sighting
3/29/19 1:27 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Point. North Pond & Lincoln Park Zoo Friday 3-29-19
3/29/19 12:56 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET RB Nuthatch
3/29/19 11:11 am robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET birds on Chicago tonght
3/29/19 11:09 am 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET yesterdays Lake County pelican & other sightings
3/29/19 8:25 am Chris FARABAUGH <csfara...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Starved Rock State Park, 3-28-2019
3/29/19 6:22 am Kristine Linquist <linquist708...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
3/28/19 4:33 pm John Leonard <leonard...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Rusty blackbirds at Skokie Lagoons
3/28/19 4:09 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Wood Dale Reservoir, Lake Opeka & Axehead Lake Thursday 3-28-19
3/28/19 2:01 pm <cerademacher...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET North Pond Green-winged Teal
3/28/19 12:07 pm Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Font size
3/28/19 11:54 am Phil Reyburn <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Shorebirds - Adams Co.
3/28/19 11:43 am Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Good Birthday Birds After All On 3-27-19!
3/28/19 11:17 am Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Sand Lake, IBSP, Lake County
3/28/19 9:06 am <greyhawk4flight2...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lapland Longspur, 3/27, 4:20pm, Miller Meadow South, Cook
3/28/19 8:48 am Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET William Henry Thompson III [no sightings]
3/28/19 2:56 am <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Orland Grasslands & Centennial Park in Orland Park Wed 3-17-19
3/27/19 7:19 pm jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lakes around Park Ridge and Des Plaines
3/27/19 4:36 pm <gp_arts39...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET DuPage Birding Club April Meeting: A Little Bird Told Me
3/27/19 4:27 pm <gp_arts39...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET DuPage Birding Club April Field Trips
3/27/19 3:26 pm Cary <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Fwd: IBET Orland Grasslands & Centennial Park in Orland Park Wed 3-17-19
3/27/19 3:15 pm Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Font Size ??? No Sightings
3/27/19 1:53 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Orland Grasslands & Centennial Park in Orland Park Wed 3-17-19
3/27/19 12:58 pm Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Font Size ??? No Sightings
3/27/19 9:34 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Re: Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
3/27/19 7:47 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard A. robin
3/27/19 7:33 am Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
3/26/19 11:53 pm <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons: Common Loon & Bald Eagle
3/26/19 6:10 pm Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Local cook co.
3/26/19 5:47 pm Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Bringing Nature Home: Selecting the Best Native Plants for your Yard
3/26/19 4:24 pm Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Correction Re: IBET LouWT & Sparrows - Lincoln Park (North & South Ponds)
3/26/19 4:14 pm Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET LouWT & Sparrows - Lincoln Park (North & South Ponds)
3/26/19 2:39 pm David Farber <raptorfoto...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
3/26/19 2:08 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & 3 Small Lakes Tuesday 3-16-19
3/26/19 1:44 pm Mike g <mikeg_606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Black Crowned Night Herons
3/26/19 1:31 pm Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET LouWT & Sparrows - Lincoln Park (North & South Ponds)
3/26/19 12:21 pm Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
3/26/19 7:36 am Judith Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Class for beginning birders in Chicago
3/25/19 5:43 pm Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Loon, IBSP- Lake County
3/25/19 1:42 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Skokie Lagoons, Lake Opeka, Axehead Lake & Belleau Lake Monday 3-25-19
3/24/19 2:30 pm Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET LouWT & Sparrows - Lincoln Park (North & South Ponds)
3/24/19 1:39 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose & Two Small Lakes Sunday 3-24-19
3/24/19 10:16 am Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Barred Owl, 3/23 a.m.
3/24/19 9:26 am 'M.Bernat' <mbernat...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sighting - House Sparrow Decline
3/24/19 6:31 am John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Turkey Vultures
3/23/19 6:29 pm Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Wadsworth Wetlands, Lake County
3/23/19 6:23 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard sparrows
3/23/19 6:04 pm John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Byard Song sp
3/23/19 4:31 pm Karen Avery <karenavery.ka426...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET Montrose Barred Owl, 3/23 a.m.
3/23/19 2:40 pm Tom Lally <tlally98...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake Opeka and Axehead Lake, Des Plaines, 03/23 Saturday
3/23/19 1:54 pm <birdsperminute...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Baker's Lake
3/23/19 1:50 pm Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Lake County-Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl & 1st Common Loon Saturday 3-23-19
3/23/19 10:47 am 'D.K. Schrishuhn' <alaraarabians...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: Insects, Native plants and Birds; IBET No Sighting - House Sparrow Decline
3/23/19 10:13 am Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: Insects, Native plants and Birds; IBET No Sighting - House Sparrow Decline
3/23/19 10:03 am 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Montrose Barred Owl, 3/23 a.m.
3/23/19 9:37 am Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> IBET Karen Fisher
3/23/19 8:30 am David Farber <raptorfoto...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sighting - House Sparrow Decline
3/23/19 8:12 am David Thomas <Birderdlt...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sighting - House Sparrow Decline
3/23/19 4:14 am Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sighting - House Sparrow Decline
3/23/19 12:31 am Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Re: IBET No Sighting - House Sparrow Decline
 
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Date: 4/22/19 5:27 pm
From: Andrea Nord <andrea.nord...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTING wren house question
Here in Greenville IL (Bond County), we have had house wrens in a small birdhouse for the past five years or so. This year, the box seems to have been taken over by Carolina chickadees before the wrens came back to stake their claim. We bought another house like the first one, in hopes of still having wrens. Now, we are wondering how far from the chickadees we need to put the wren house. There isn’t a lot of cover on that side of the house, so I don’t think we have a lot of options that will be attractive to them. Any thoughts?
Thank you,
Andrea Nord
 

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Date: 4/22/19 5:00 pm
From: Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Lots of Caspian terns
Saw a group of 10-12 Caspian terms mixed in with ring billed gulls at
Independence Grove this morning at 10:30

--
All the best,

Candida


Candida Abrahamson, PhD
847-677-0751

 

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Date: 4/22/19 4:53 pm
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lots of Caspian terns
In a 45-minute period between 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. april 22, at least 70, often very vocal, Caspian terns were flying north in groups of 10 to 12 at gillson.

And around noon there was a Henslow's sparrow at Montrose.

Lovely day.

Mb visiting morton grove

sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings


 

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Date: 4/22/19 3:48 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET arrivals in Ne. IL
Don't remember seeing the following species noted, but perhaps missed some post details. In anycase,


LeConte's Sparrow at North Point Marina on Apr 16th
Flushed close to sunset from very small patch of matted grasses, then stayed in base of leaf-less deciduous bush while I watched, probably was going to roost in small evergreen bush adjacent to bush... this in very southwest corner of the southern parking lot.


Whip-poor-will at Spring Bluff FP on Apr 20th
Male back on territory in woodland edge at northwest side of road through middle of preserve.


Yellow-throated Warbler at Morton Arboretum on April 21st
Singing in vicinity of Frost Hill parking lot, mainly to northeast, but its song carries, so one can hear if from much further away


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO
 

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Date: 4/22/19 3:26 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET The 2018 IOS Listers Corner is Here!




The 2018 Listers Corner is now up and available for viewing at

http://www.illinoisbirds.org/listers-corner/

From Yard Lists to Big Days, there’s something for every birder. 

Special thanks go out to my colleagues on the Listers Corners Committee, Mike Madsen and Jim Mountjoy, and the IOS Webmaster, Greg Neise. 

We’re already looking forward to seeing what transpires in 2019!


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
 

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Date: 4/22/19 3:10 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Field sp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46755601435/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Field sp eating seeds but not singing. Pink feet & bill.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/22/19 3:01 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard House finch
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47618607272/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,H. finch singing along with Brown t. and Lincoln's sp. Grackles aplenty.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/22/19 2:14 pm
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fw: Support Bird-friendly Design Ordinance!

An alert from the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors and Chicago Audubon Society:

ACTION ALERT! BIRD FRIENDLY DESIGN ORDINANCE BEFORE CITY COUNCIL!
Our Bird-Friendly Design ordinance will have its first hearing before city council WEDNESDAY, April 24. Your support is needed to help us save the thousands of migratory birds that are drawn to Chicago and fooled by windows. Please do one or both:
Write your alderman. For recommended wording, see this link<https://eur04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbirdfriendlychicago.org%2Fvolunteer-2&data=02%7C01%7C%7Ca844d188400347c93c6b08d6c70410ff%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636915217606230676&sdata=C9GrutDHk9Q6oeGcto7dv5VmSjjI0HZ0Tuwd0AesrC8%3D&reserved=0>.
Attend the hearing: Wednesday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to Noon.
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Date: 4/22/19 1:41 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Student of the game (of birding) (LONG; NO SIGHTINGS)
Birders often don't realize just how much info that is out there about the birds they love and enjoy, which could enhance their knowledge and experience while out birding & afterward. Long before I became an "ornithologist", whatever that means, I was a birder and a "student of the game". Lucky for me, and long before a thing called eBird, there were many excellent reference materials out there to help a person become a much better birder, including the hows, whens and wheres in which to find the birds they are wanting to see. Beginning with Vern Kleen's mimeographed Seasonal Reports which Vern compiled from birders observations at the time, and sent out free of charge to interested birders, this publication became my bible as to when to start looking for and where the best places were for me to find the birds I wanted to see. As the years went by, this publication became a must-see, and an unbroken series of Illinois bird sightings, continuing with "Illinois Birds & Birding", and evolving into an even better publication including more articles and photos, Meadowlark: a journal of Illinois birds.
The real "bible" however was... and really still is Dave Bohlen's Birds of Illinois written in 1989. Since most bird information never really goes out of date or loses its significance, this is still a very worthwhile book to have in your library of books on birds. Bohlen's book was sort of an update to Robert Ridgway's classic two-volume set of books written in 1889 & 1895, "The ornithology of Illinois". If you were birding before Bohlen's 1989 book, you're statewide birding reference was also written by Dave Bohlen in 1978, "An annotated check-list of the birds of Illinois" & published by the Illinois State Museum, where Dave is still the ornithologist. Another somewhat annotated bird checklist for the state was available to the "student of the game" even earlier with Smith & Parmalee's (1955) "A distributional check list of the birds of Illinois", also put out by the Illinois State Museum. Charles Cory's 1909 "The birds of Illinois and Wisconsin" also contains many early records of birds that could be found in Illinois (especially northern Illinois), as well as a lot of great bird natural history info. If not for some of these earlier books, we wouldn't know what the original bird avifauna of the state consisted of! The Chicago area has had a plethora of "educational" & very informative books on the bird records of their area starting with Robert Kennicott's "Catalogue of animals observed in Cook County" written in 1854 (Illinois's oldest info on the birds of the state), though one of the more thorough treatments summarizing the birds of that portion of the state was Steven Mlodinow's "Chicago Area Birds" (1984), though "A birder's guide to the Chicago region" (1999) by Carpenter & Greenberg was also helpful if you wanted to know where to go to see a variety of species. Another earlier publication by the Illinois Audubon Society similar to the previous publication but for the whole state and published much earlier (1975) was "Bird finding in Illinois". Two earlier publications dealing with only Chicagoland's birds, "Birds of the Chicago region" written in 1934 (Ford et al.) and by the same Edward Ford (1956), were both put out by the Chicago Academy of Sciences and were very good regional bird books on the historic bird sighting records for that area. An earlier publication (1907) in book format, and a wealth of knowledge for the time was Frank Woodruff's "Birds of the Chicago area", also published by the Chicago Academy of Sciences. The St. Louis area (but including a good chunk of southwest Illinois), had a nice publication for that portion of the state, "Birds of the St. Louis Area: where and when to find them" (1998), though Doug Robinson's 1999 "Southern Illinois Birds: An annotated list and site guide", covered a much larger (and separate) portion of the southern end of the state in a much more thorough manner. Even East Central Illinois had its bird reference book, though more scientific in nature, in S. Charles Kendeigh's (1982) publication, "Bird populations in East Central Illinois: Fluctuations, variations, and development over a half-century". However, the much more recent book, and on the entire state's bird populations "Illinois Birds: A century of change" (2010) published by the Illinois Natural History Survey, is a much more thorough, comprehensive book on the entire state's birds & their changing populations over 100 years... and possibly an easier read than the former book.
I've only scratched the surface of great bird publications, many more of which can be found as articles in the various national ornithological journals such as the Auk, Wilson Bulletin, etc. One of my favorite articles that I have referred back to many times over the years, likely as it discusses birds that were breeding near my home county of Vermilion, published in 1910, is Issac Hess's "One hundred breeding birds of an Illinois ten-mile radius", near Philo in an area that you would likely be hard pressed to find 50 breeding bird species today. That publication is a fascinating read, even for those that are not from east central Illinois! As you can see, there are a lot of great reference materials for those that consider themselves a "student of the game" of birding. Some have told me, "I don't want to study birds, I just want to go out and birdwatch". However, these folks are probably more of a "student of the game" than they might realize. In my book, simply posting to this listserve makes you a student of the game... or maybe asking if or saying "eBird says this is the earliest spring arrival date for a Louisiana Waterthrush for Illinois" also makes you a bit of a student of the game. One of the better definitions that I found on-line for "student of the game" included, "A student of the game is the player who only wants to get better. The player who loves instruction and correction. The player with more heart than ego. The player who does not drudge the daily practice but revels in it". I would think if you want to see more (& "better") birds, you would want to become at least somewhat of a better birder... a student of the game.
Paul & my recent discussion of Ruby-crowned Kinglet/Bell's Vireo identification (through plumage/body features) is just one example of being a "student of the game". Another would be in knowing the phenology of spring and fall migration arrival and departure dates in the birds that pass in and out of our state each year. I'm pretty good at it, mostly because I've paid attention to it for so many years. One thing that I've come to learn is that there is over 175 years of knowledge about this and other natural history traits in Illinois & nearby states, much of which can be found in books on the birds, journals & other publications of these areas. And because there is such a long history, there are few records where a specie's early arrival or late departure date is "beaten" by much more than a day or two, year by year, and almost never by as much as a week. There have been quite a number of instances over the years when birders (including several well-respected by others) have, as an example, reported birds like Common Nighthawk showing up in March. In actuality, nighthawks don't show up, even in far southern Illinois, much earlier than the end of April, with many years the earliest arrival seen by many, being in the first few days of May. There are good reasons for this (if you know anything about the birds natural history), such as the nighthawks are coming from South America where they've spent the winter, and eat almost exclusively flying insects. Any nighthawk that arrived in Illinois in March likely wouldn't survive long enough to make it back to South America again.
Why keep track of such things (other than it being a staple in any state monograph of birds)? Thoreau was a student of the game... of life, though many including himself considered him a naturalist (which is what I consider myself). However, if anything, his Harvard education made him a Philosopher, with no real biological background. However, Thoreau was the first person to keep track of spring wildflower blooming dates. And now such dates form another example of proof of global climate change, with the changing advanced dates of such things.
A "student of the game" of birding in Illinois should have more than one arsenal at their disposal in which to gain a working knowledge of the birds of this state. Another one of those "definitions" that I found on-line for "student of the game" was by a British philosopher no less, and states, "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it". Maybe those kind of people are the opposites of the "student of the game", I don't know. However, as that same definition I found says, "Don't fall into the same pitfalls that others have encountered and solved". There is such a wealth of info out there today on Illinois birds, both on-line as well as in older publications... and I'm not just talking about the many cool things that you can access via "real time" on eBird. Though eBird is a great reference source for some things, not to mention convenient & time-saving, it began in 2002... so there is at least another 150 years of "other" important bird information that can't be found in its computer storage banks (despite the relatively miniscule amount of older bird sightings that some have entered). One can also take advantage of another amazing resource out there... called Amazon Books. The last time I looked there were still a number of used copies available of Bohlen's 1989 Birds of Illinois book, and cheap to boot, especially for that wealth of bird information. Undoubtedly there are several other bird publications, some of which I mentioned earlier, to be found for purchase there or elsewhere. Take advantage of the knowledge found in the old literature (you'll also have a blast reading it!)... & maybe you won't hear my snickering the next time someone on IBET exclaims, "eBird says there are only 3 other records for this species in Illinois" (when the published records tell us that there are over 25). Good birding!

Steve Bailey
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Date: 4/22/19 1:20 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Techny North of Willow Monday 4-22-19
Hello Bird People,

As I don't seem to do very looking for other people's birds I thought
I'd go back to just birding a particular location & take whatever I
get. So today I did the Botanic Garden & Techny North.
Nothing special but I had a few interesting birds. I had 51 species
for the day.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:15-11:30 a.m., another long day here)

D.C. Cormorant (3)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (1-AD, 1st one back here)
Canada Geese (11)
Wood Duck (1-M)
Mallard (13)
Shoveler (7)
Blue Winged Teal (14)
Red Breasted Merganser (3-F)
Turkey Vulture (4 fly-bys)
Killdeer (5)
Greater Yellowlegs (1, calling)
DUNLIN (1, with that long Dunlin bill)
Ring Billed (1) & Herring (2) Gulls
Caspian Tern (27, back to big numbers)
Rock Pigeon (2)
Mourning Dove (8)
Kingfisher (1-F & 1-M)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-M)
Flicker (4)
PURPLE MARTIN (2 in the west side Martin houses & heard another by the
east side house)
Tree (6) & Barn (12) Swallows
Blue Jay (heard 1)
Chickadee (2)
W.B. Nuthatch (heard 2)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (5)
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (1)
Robins (35-40)
Brown Thrasher (1)
Starling (6)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (4-5)
PINE WARBLER (1, but not in pine trees)
Cardinal (6)
SAVANNAH SPARROW (2)
Song Sparrow (8)
Swamp Sparrow (3)
White Throated Sparrow (2)
Red Wings (~20), Grackles (18) & Cowbirds (11)
House Finch (2 singing males)
Goldfinch (8-9 with most singing)
House Sparrow (8)

Techny North of Willow (11:55 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

(I see that Amanda T had Pectorals & a Snipe earlier but they were not
seen by me.)

D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Mallard (36)
Lesser Scaup (2-M & 1-F)
Blue Winged Teal (4)
Killdeer (5)
Lesser Yellowlegs (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Herring Gull (1-AD)
Caspian Tern (12)
Kingfisher (1)
Flicker (heard 1)
Tree Swallow (2)
Robin (3)
Starling (4)
Savannah Sparrow (1)
Red Wings (heard 4)
Eastern Meadowlark (heard 1)
House Finch (heard 1)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Dunlin as that's a good bird at the CBG & I
didn't get a very long look
at the Pine Warbler. Runners-Up to that Pine Warbler & the adult Black
Crowned Night Heron.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/22/19 12:53 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET EUGO at waukegan beach
no shorebirds this morning but when i returned at noon i had 2 european goldfinches, both male... one was singing and one appeared to have nesting material...


by a big evergreen tree about the middle of the parking lot...


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chicago
 

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Date: 4/22/19 6:30 am
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET northern mockingbird at IBSP south
in parking lot by 3 disabled parking spots
8:23am

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Date: 4/21/19 4:44 pm
From: Jay Trees <jtrees...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Red headed woodpecker
Had foy red-headed woodpecker today in Highwood, Lake County
Pine Siskins continue at feeder since last September

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Date: 4/21/19 4:29 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Mostly Bad Luck Again-Palos Area Sunday 4-21-19
Hello Bird People,

Noticed that they had a Piping Plover at Waukegan today. This after we
looked for one yesterday & didn't find any. Started off today at the
Cal Sag Quarries where yesterday Cary reported a Snowy Egret. No Snowy
Egret today! Next we (Bob Erickson & I) checked the feeders at Camp
Sagawau & the Little Red School House as Bob needed Purple Finch for
his year list. No Purple Finches!
Eventually we ended up at Orland Grasslands South where others have
recently had Smith's Longspurs & Vesper & Lark Sparrows. No Smith's,
no Vesper Sparrows & no Lark Sparrows!
Still not finding much that others have seen.

But there is some good news. At Sagawau we had one late PINE SISKIN
which I haven't seen for about a month. At the Little Red School House
there were quite a few duck species in Long John Slough. At Orland
Grasslands South a young BALD EAGLE was chasing a Caspian Tern but
could not catch it. And I did see 2 BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHERS which was a
FOY species for me.
Also both OSPREYS were by the nest at Saganashkee Slough giving good
looks. And although it took almost an hour we finally heard the
McClaughry Springs Louisiana Waterthrush sing for us.
(Well probably for the other Waterthrush, not us.) But if it doesn't
sing 1st it's impossible to find.
(I'd recommend that you look for Jackie Bowman's Waterthrushes at
Swallow Cliff as it sound like they are easier to find. See her IBET
report from today.)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the finally found La. Waterthrush & Runners-Up to
the 2 Osprey & the Siskin.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/21/19 3:19 pm
From: Jaculin Bowman <jaculinb4...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Louisiana Waterthrush
Spent this beautiful day out at Swallow Cliff FP with Louisiana Waterthrush
on our minds. We arrived to a very crowded parking lot around 9:30, and
stayed til about 11:30. Not long after crossing the foot bridge near the
toboggan stairs, we got great looks a pair of LOWA meandering along the
creek. Following the path and crossing over the creek a few times. we
located a second pair not far after the bend in the path. Great looks
again at this couple as well. When reporting to eBird, I was prompted to
offer explanation at four LOWA on this date was not expected. Since we
walked back and forth twice and saw both pair in what seemed territorial
behavior, we are confidant in our findings of four individuals.

Happy Migration, looking forward to seeing old friends in the coming weeks!

Jackie & Chris Bowman
Geneva, IL

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Date: 4/21/19 1:43 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Carolina Wren
Sheryl & I had a singing CAROLINA WREN this morning at Longview Meadow Park in Long Grove where we will be doing a bird survey for a friend this year. I had 14 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS (at least 8-10 today) and two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS there yesterday as well as my FOY CHIPPING SPARROW (in NE IL), & 15 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. At least 4 SORAS responded to my taped calls both today & yesterday, though no Virginia Rails did. At least 2 BARN SWALLOWS were FOY birds for me today as well. I'm planning on checking Longview this evening for American Woodcock & Eastern Screech-Owl.
I had 2 PINE SISKINS at our yard feeders on Friday, though I haven't checked the feeders enough today or yesterday to know their status, but they are likely still present (& possibly nesting!). We also still have 2 (male & female) of 3 wintering RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES visiting our suet & peanut feeders many times each day (including this morning). I'm hoping they will also remain to nest! We also still have at least one AMERICAN TREE SPARROW at the feeders (& singing) as well as a few Dark-eyed Juncos. The RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS are abundant everywhere right now as I have either been seeing or hearing them sing in our yard, our neighborhood and even at our brother & sister-in-laws yard in the last few days. Good birding!

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Date: 4/21/19 1:18 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Sunday, 4/28 for Humboldt Park Bird Walk



Get to know Humboldt Park, which serves as an oasis for migrating birds making their way through the city of Chicago. We'll look for migrating sparrows and early spring warblers among the park's natural areas and we'll watch for nesting behavior of the park's early breeding birds, such as Barn Swallows and American Robins. Catch some early warblers and other songbirds, as well as ducks and waders in the excellent urban birding hotspot. Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available.





To sign up for this trip, use this link: https://forms.gle/Hc3sDYhYAYoWjfKL7




Contact Stephanie Beilke with questions at 920-366-5825.




Sunday 4/28

7:30am - 10:30am

Humboldt Park, 1624-1708 N Sacramento Ave Chicago; map: https://goo.gl/maps/w3EEgCCNTwt


Meet at Humboldt Park field house, south of North Ave on Sacramento.




aerin tedesco
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Date: 4/21/19 12:24 pm
From: Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Whalon Lake AW Pelicans
50+ ridding the marsh of fish.

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Date: 4/21/19 11:34 am
From: <thomasbradleylewin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Easter Bird Hunt- Rollins Savannah and Reed Turner Forest Preserve(Long Grove)
Vanessa and I didn't have and egg hunt (but our Grandkids did!) so we decided to go on a bird hunt today. We decided to hit two of our favorite hot spots in April, Rollins Savannah & Reed Turner Forest Preserve.
Rollins Savannah is at the stage where the ponds are all active from day-to-day you will see something new every visit with migration in high gear. The prairie burns have turned to bright green new growth and the "early birds" have settled in .(RW Blackbirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, Song Sparrows, Robins and Sandhill Cranes)


Reed Turner is basically a woodland with no leaves and just a little undergrowth and flowers coming in along the trails. Since there are no leaves, you do have a clear look at any birds, but those oaks are 50 feet high and you will be tested for neck strength watching warblers that are directly above you and moving every 1.5 seconds out of your field of vision on your binoculars.(maybe if you just lay down on the trail and look up?)
Oh, and your keen 20-20 vision will be tested just trying to find the tiny entrance sign to Reed Turner Forest Preserve. ( You win a gold star if you don't pass the entrance two times trying to find it.)


Here is the update:


Rollins Savannah:
* American Robins- numerous
* Blue Winged Teals(pair on front pond nearer to Atkinson)
* Tree Swallows-50+ if you walk on the boardwalk and take a seat on the wooden bench , swallows with zoom within 2 feet of your head hunting for insects. It is worth the trip just for that..
* Muscrat- okay, not a bird.but pretty fun to watch swimming around
* Ring-Necked Ducks- 20 on big pond
* 4 Sandhills - 1 flew by coming from the golf course and ten minutes later a flight of 3 did a "low pass" over us at the observation platform with the lead making a racket calling (pretty cool)
* 12 Brown Headed Cowbirds- they were all sitting in a newly planted tree right next to the trailhead by the Atkinson Parking lot..


Reed Turner:
* 1 Yellow-Rumped Warbler
*1 Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
* DB Cormorant flyover
* Common Merganser pair on the lake
*Downy Woodpecker
*Red-Bellied Woodpecker
* White Breasted Nuthatch
* 3 Black Capped Chickadees
*Great Blue Heron Flyover
*2 warblers-- sorry no id. I will do my neck exercises daily and maybe will have the patience to stare into the treetops next time!


Thomas Lewin(and Vanessa)
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Date: 4/21/19 8:59 am
From: Tom Lally <tlally98...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET broad wing migration lake county
I just had my FOY Broad-winged Hawk over Wayside Woods in Morton Grove, Cook County.
Tom Lally Edison Park, Chicago 


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Look up! There is a migration of broad-wings going on right now.  I just had a kettle of 10 birds, and have had about 29 of them in the last 45 minutes. Richard BissLake VillaLake County #yiv7623807875 #yiv7623807875 -- #yiv7623807875ygrp-mkp {border:1px solid #d8d8d8;font-family:Arial;margin:10px 0;padding:0 10px;}#yiv7623807875 #yiv7623807875ygrp-mkp hr {border:1px solid #d8d8d8;}#yiv7623807875 #yiv7623807875ygrp-mkp #yiv7623807875hd {color:#628c2a;font-size:85%;font-weight:700;line-height:122%;margin:10px 0;}#yiv7623807875 #yiv7623807875ygrp-mkp #yiv7623807875ads {margin-bottom:10px;}#yiv7623807875 #yiv7623807875ygrp-mkp .yiv7623807875ad {padding:0 0;}#yiv7623807875 #yiv7623807875ygrp-mkp .yiv7623807875ad p {margin:0;}#yiv7623807875 #yiv7623807875ygrp-mkp .yiv7623807875ad a {color:#0000ff;text-decoration:none;}#yiv7623807875 #yiv7623807875ygrp-sponsor #yiv7623807875ygrp-lc {font-family:Arial;}#yiv7623807875 #yiv7623807875ygrp-sponsor #yiv7623807875ygrp-lc #yiv7623807875hd 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Date: 4/21/19 8:47 am
From: '<bissbirds...>' <bissbirds...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET broad wing migration lake county
Look up! There is a migration of broad-wings going on right now. I just had a kettle of 10 birds, and have had about 29 of them in the last 45 minutes. Richard BissLake VillaLake County
 

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Date: 4/21/19 8:23 am
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 20, 2019
> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> To: <mhpries...>
> Date: April 21, 2019 at 10:02 AM
> Subject: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 20, 2019
>
> North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
> Apr 20, 2019 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Chilly but sunny and clear. Very good visually for seeing the colors of the birds. A slow start at the feeder area but sightings picked up especially below the hill, along the boardwalk, and from the bridge. Counts are accurate or low. X = too many or too hard to count.
> 33 species
>
> Canada Goose 7
> Wood Duck 4
> Hooded Merganser 1 female
> Mourning Dove 2
> Ring-billed Gull 3
> Double-crested Cormorant 2
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Green Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 4
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
> Tree Swallow 1
> Black-capped Chickadee X mostly just heard this bird
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
> American Robin X
> American Goldfinch 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> Palm Warbler 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
> Northern Cardinal 1
> House Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55210317
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 4/20/19 3:38 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
Just a couple other points to "pile-on" about concerning Paul's comments concerning Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Bell's Vireos. First, though Sibley's older field guide (which I still use) shows raised crests for both kinglet species, one only rarely sees the orange portion of a male GC Kinglet's "crest" or the red "crest" of a male Ruby-crowned Kinglet. For instance, today I was out birding and tallied 14 Ruby-crowned Kinglets (saw most), but did NOT see the red on any of their heads, even though a majority of them were males (as many/most also sang).Personally, I really don't consider them true crests, but simply raised feathering on the birds head when they are especially excited.
Also, in my old Sibley guide, if someone were to quickly hold up and then switch flash cards of Sibley's drawings of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and his drawing of a Hutton's Vireo, I for one likely would not be able to tell you which was the vireo & which was the kinglet... at least if the flash cards were flashed quickly enough. Granted, a Hutton's Vireo is not a Bell's Vireo... but a Bell's Vireo is not too much "brighter" than a Hutton's Vireo. In addition, Sibley shows (& labels) the Bell's Vireo as having one "bright wing-bar" (as well as one that is not as distinct), while showing the Ruby-crowned Kinglet having one bold wing-bar, and one not nearly as distinct wing-bar. Point is, both species have two wing bars, and when seen at very close range as Paul's view was, either bird would appear to have two wing-bars.
I won't go further on the topic of Paul's recent sighting, but will discuss the topic of bird migration phenology (fancy way to say the study of seasonal, natural phenomena) and its importance/significance in one of my next posts. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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Then my heart turns to Alaska and freedom on the run, I can hear her spirit calling
me to the mountains, I can rest there. To the rivers, I will be strong.
To the forests, I'll find peace there. To the wild country, where I b/significanseelong.
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Date: 4/20/19 2:34 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Saturday, 4/27 for Montrose Earth Day Bird Walk and Beach Sweep
Join COS Saturday, 4/27 for Montrose Earth Day Bird Walk and Beach Sweep




Celebrate Earth Day with birds and a beach cleanup!




Bird walk and nature tour

Tour Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary and the amazing beach dunes natural area. Northbound bird migration will be in full swing at end of April and spring butterflies will just be making their appearance. In addition to seeing many migrant and nesting birds and cool native plants, we may spot a coyote, beaver or skunk.




Leader: Christine Williamson; For more information, please contact Christine at <birdchris...> If you need help on the day of the trip, please call Christine’s cell phone 773/415-5217 (DON'T text).




Limit: 12 people. Pre-registration is required for the bird walk. RSVP using this link: https://forms.gle/qy1kZGJcb6N2Wbau9




Beach Sweep

We’ll begin our first cleanup of the year of Montrose Beach, Chicago’s largest and wildest beach. Sierra Chicago Group has been cleaning this beach twice a year for 22 years and this is our second year of partnering with Truman College’s amazing Environmental Club. Our efforts are important to keep trash and pollutants out of Lake Michigan and to keep this natural area safe for humans and wildlife.

Equipment, snacks and water will be provided.

There is no attendance limit for the beach cleanup and pre-registration is not required.




Directions:

Meet on the east side of the beach house at Montrose Beach at 7:00 a.m. for the bird walk.

Parking is free and bike racks are provided at the beach house. It is a 10 – 15-minute walk to Montrose Beach house from the bus stops at Montrose and Marine Drive.




Saturday, April 27

Bird and walk: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30

Montrose Beach Cleanup: Noon – 3:00 p.m.


Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago; https://goo.gl/maps/5j62ccaiS292 https://goo.gl/maps/5j62ccaiS292


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Date: 4/20/19 1:47 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Saturday 4-20-19
Hello Bird People,

I don't think Bob Erickson & I had anything not already seen &
reported by others either on IBET or ebird so I'll just take a rest &
only mention highlights. Started the day at Waukegan not re-finding
(of course) yesterday's Avocets which was what happened with all the
other Avocet sightings.

Waukegan Beach, Park & Harbor (6:30-7:45 a.m.)

Just the usual stuff on the beach/dunes but one Ruddy Duck was by the
channel wall & a Great Egret flew by. A Caspian Tern also flew by &
later when all the Gulls got up & started flying around we saw 1
KUMLIEN'S ICELAND GULL among the rest.

Land birds in the small park included one each House Wren, Brown
Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow & 4 EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES.

In the harbor were 2 Common Loons, 1 Horned Grebe, a WHITE WINGED SCOTER & a
"getting late" male Common Merganser.

Illinois Beach South (8-10:15 a.m.)

In the Dead River were B.W. Teal, Shoveler, 2-PR Bufflehead & many
Coots. Flying by were one each Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Sharp
Shinned Hawk & Red Tailed Hawk. Land birds included Eastern Phoebe,
Creepers, R.C. Kinglets, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush & Brown
Thrasher. Warblers were Y.R. Myrtles (3) & 1 FOY Palm Warbler.

Hardly any birds at State Line Beach or Spring Bluff F.P. & a quick
stop at Dan Wright Woods only got me repeats of common birds with the
only new birds for the day being Red Bellied Woodpecker & W.B.
Nuthatch.

But Wildflowers were good with Bloodroot, Hepatica, Spring Beauty,
Purple Cress & False Rue Anemone all blooming.

Did pretty well with 65 species for today & I think Bird-Of-The-Day
will be the Iceland Gull with
Runner-Up being the White Winged Scoter.

Al Stokie
In Lake County today


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Date: 4/20/19 12:33 pm
From: thuizenga <thuizenga...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Eared Grebe - IBSP - North
I just observed an eared grebe in breeding plumage at IBSP North Unit. It is in a small pond on your left as you drive the sand prairie day use road after passing the hawk watch pavilion. I saw the grebe from about 40 feet distance and clearly saw the golden ears and black neck and peaked crown. There are 8 ring necked ducks and a pair of gadwalls in the same pond.Tim HuizengaBirding in lake countySent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 4/20/19 12:25 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
Hello Steven,

Feel free to pile upon, at least your piling was constructive. The best
one was that the bird was mistaken for the Blue Gray Gnatcatcher "because
so many are coming through right now.

I'll accept that a mistaken ID is not only possible, but likely. So
stipulated. But I can only go halfway there.

Your suggestion of the Ruby Crowned Kinglet is excellent since it fits the
"diminutive" status of this siting and colorations . However there were
two distinct although light wing bars present and no discernable crown of
any kind (so noted when the bird was leaning forward and down toward me
three inches off the ground. Plus, (or minus) the eye ring of the
GCKinglet is opposite what I observed breaking top and bottom, not fore and
aft.

The Warbling Vireo must be dismissed since it is too large for what
otherwise would fit comfortably while being held in a child's hand. In any
event, please keep the suggestions coming, or feel free to pile on at
will!

Cheers! Paul


On Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 9:32 AM 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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> I hate to “pile-on” here, but it would be extremely unlikely to find a
> Bell’s Vireo this early, ANYWHERE in Illinois (even far southern Illinois).
> I hear & see Bell’s every year, and have for ~45 years and have likely
> never had one before the 1st of May. (Bohlen’s average arrival date for
> this species for CENTRAL Illinois is May 7th). They are generally the
> last of the seven regular species of vireos to arrive in Illinois in the
> spring. However, the VERY similar Warbling Vireo (which has already been
> seen in Illinois this spring) is often the first species of vireo to arrive.
>
> Also the possibly even more similar species to a Bell’s might
> be a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, which is in our area right now in good numbers,
> and matches the description given (including the adjective “diminutive”) to
> a T. A very good field mark to look for on ALL vireos (which can easily be
> seen from 8 feet away), which is not true for most (all??) other small
> birds is that they all have distinctive blue-gray legs & feet. Bill shape
> is also very distinct in vireos compared to most other small birds, as it
> has a noticeably flat shape, with a hooked tip. Good birding!
>
>
>
> Steve Bailey
>
> Mundelein (Lake Co.)
>
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Date: 4/20/19 11:35 am
From: Cary <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET snowy egret
Hello, there is currently a SNOWY EGRET At Sag Quarries on the far west shore closest to the road in between the first and second parking areas. There are also several CHIMNEY SWIFT over the water. PINE WARBLERS are singing at Waterfall Glen as well.

Cary Hillegonds
Orland Park

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Date: 4/20/19 7:32 am
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
I hate to "pile-on" here, but it would be extremely unlikely to find a Bell's Vireo this early, ANYWHERE in Illinois (even far southern Illinois). I hear & see Bell's every year, and have for ~45 years and have likely never had one before the 1st of May. (Bohlen's average arrival date for this species for CENTRAL Illinois is May 7th). They are generally the last of the seven regular species of vireos to arrive in Illinois in the spring. However, the VERY similar Warbling Vireo (which has already been seen in Illinois this spring) is often the first species of vireo to arrive.
Also the possibly even more similar species to a Bell's might be a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, which is in our area right now in good numbers, and matches the description given (including the adjective "diminutive") to a T. A very good field mark to look for on ALL vireos (which can easily be seen from 8 feet away), which is not true for most (all??) other small birds is that they all have distinctive blue-gray legs & feet. Bill shape is also very distinct in vireos compared to most other small birds, as it has a noticeably flat shape, with a hooked tip. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
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Date: 4/19/19 8:20 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
easily ruled out. eye ring bright but not complete, olive not gray, no gray
cheeks, no faint wing bars short, not long tailed.....I was 8 feet away!
Other than that, well OK, Eight Ball concurs, "It could be so" ;)

On Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 9:35 PM Fran M <franmmmk...> wrote:

> Paul, make sure you rule out Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. They are coming
> through right now.
>
> Fran Morel
>
> On Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 8:56 PM Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Today, while installing Italian Honey Bees (and Queen) into their new
>> home/hive 8 feet away, was a little bird that I had never previously seen
>> before. Noting its eye ring, faint wing bars and diminutive size struck
>> me. It was foraging among the lower branches of the raspberry patch.
>>
>> Looking it up in a copyright 1977 vintage Audubon guide, there is no
>> mistaking it as Bell's Vireo. At what was then describe as its very upper
>> limit of breeding range, it seems that climate disruption is allowing it
>> further north.
>>
>> Paul Stensvaag
>> NW Cook
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Date: 4/19/19 7:35 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
Paul, make sure you rule out Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. They are coming through
right now.

Fran Morel

On Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 8:56 PM Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Today, while installing Italian Honey Bees (and Queen) into their new
> home/hive 8 feet away, was a little bird that I had never previously seen
> before. Noting its eye ring, faint wing bars and diminutive size struck
> me. It was foraging among the lower branches of the raspberry patch.
>
> Looking it up in a copyright 1977 vintage Audubon guide, there is no
> mistaking it as Bell's Vireo. At what was then describe as its very upper
> limit of breeding range, it seems that climate disruption is allowing it
> further north.
>
> Paul Stensvaag
> NW Cook
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/19/19 6:56 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bell's Vireo Sighting
Today, while installing Italian Honey Bees (and Queen) into their new
home/hive 8 feet away, was a little bird that I had never previously seen
before. Noting its eye ring, faint wing bars and diminutive size struck
me. It was foraging among the lower branches of the raspberry patch.

Looking it up in a copyright 1977 vintage Audubon guide, there is no
mistaking it as Bell's Vireo. At what was then describe as its very upper
limit of breeding range, it seems that climate disruption is allowing it
further north.

Paul Stensvaag
NW Cook

 

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Date: 4/19/19 5:01 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Boone, Winnebago & Stephenson Co's Friday 4-19-19
Hello Bird People,

I have been making a lot of bad choices lately most notably going to
Waukegan on the day the Long Billed Curlew was found but today I did
even worse by going to Winnebago Co for Avocets, not finding them &
then finding out others had Avocets at Waukegan Beach where I would
have gone if I had not gone to Winnebago Co. This to me is the
ultimate birding insult, worse than just missing a bird. I surely
could use a change in my luck! Spent the day with Andy Sigler & saw
Dan
Williams at Meridian Rd.

I'll just do highlights as I'm in no mood to do full lists.

Garden Prairie Slough

Saw a big flock of mixed Blackbirds made up of mostly Red Wings but
also about 30 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Also heard a Sora in the marsh. Toward
Belvidere one EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE flew across the road.

Meridian Rd Flooded Fields in Winnebago Co. (This is where the Avocets
were yesterday)

About 200 White Pelicans & 25 D.C. Cormorants.
Ducks were Mallards, Shovelers & both Blue Winged & Green Winged Teal.
About 8 Bald Eagles were after dead fish & Turkey Vultures were flying by.
Shorebirds were Killdeer, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral
Sandpipers & many Snipe.
But the best bird was a male YELLOW HEADED BLACKBIRD a new county
bird for Andy & I.

Mitchel Rd Flooded Fields

Big numbers of Shovelers & saw a Northern Harrier & a Red Tailed Hawk
in flight.

Moody Rd Flooded Fields

Blue & Green Winged Teal & Wigeon were the ducks seen. Vultures &
Eagles were flying by.
More White Pelicans, a flock of 15 or so Greater Yellowlegs & a fly-by
adult BONAPARTE'S GULL.

Good birds seen in Stephenson Co were Bufflehead (1-M) & Hooded
Merganser (1-M), more Pelicans, another Harrier, Sandhill Cranes, a
Kestrel, a Kingfisher & 2 Ruddy Ducks.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Yellow Headed Blackbird & Runners-Up to all the
Pelicans & the
fly-by Bonaparte's Gull.

Al Stokie
In Boone, Winnebago & Stephenson Co's today


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Date: 4/19/19 1:59 pm
From: Glyn Dawson <dawg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose
Montrose was cold and windy today!!!!

Best bird was at 1pm when a flock arrived near the turnaround and we were able to watch a female hooded warbler for around 15 minutes

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Date: 4/19/19 12:50 pm
From: ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET and thanks to the following people who helped on the May 5th 2018 Spring Bird Count in Cook County

Since the prior e-mail that including information on this year's Spring Bird Count, and 2018 Cook County results was already so long, I thought I'd send a separate e-mail mentioning those who helped and participated last year in Cook County.


We've been so lucky to have very high participation surveying birds in the wide variety of habitats, parks, preserves and other locations in Cook County, and many, many birders we've been able to count on year after year covering the same locations. I wanted to really thank all those who help on the Illinois SBC, last year and every year! Hope many or most of you can continue to help this year too!


Sincerely, Alan Anderson, Cook County Co-ordinator, ISBC, <casresearch...> mailto:<casresearch...>


Participants in Cook County portion of Illinois Spring Bird Count, May 5, 2018

Thank you to the following people who participated in and contributed their bird sightings in Cook County, to the Illinois Spring Bird Count:


Jeff Armstrong, Andrew Steinmann, Rebecca Steinmann, John Wall, Linda Lutz,


Michael Hogg, Rachel Sullivan, Gretel Kiefer, Benjamin Fosque, David Brooks,


Mary Rice, Lynn Eikenbary, Carol Thomas, Marilyn Schmidling, Jim Baum,


Betty Bei, Peg Dorgan, Gloria Moritz, Adrian Sydor, Angela Waidanz, Diane Carter,


Gail Ameer, Shirley Pulgar Hughes, Katya Mischenko-Mycyk, Nancy Buis,


Michael McNamee, Cary Hillegonds, Suzanne Checchia , Mary Bernat,


Staff at Camp Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Paul Clifford, Paul Clyne,


Randy Shonkwiler, Patricia A. Durkin, Marian Nicksich, Eddie Ng, Gayle Grindley,


Steven Klinczak, Kim Harmon, Bruce McCullough, Eric Ginsburg, Jennie Strable,


Karin Droegemueller, Catherine Griffin, Ryan Benson, David Priddy, Jeremija Hranjec,


Elaine Glusac, Renate Gokl, Erika Dix, Raman Shah, Mary Hennen,


John Bates, Ben Marks, Akiko Shinya


Mike Dani, Frank Dani, Josh Engel, Amanda Zeigler, Matthew Cvetas, Ray Pershing,


Linda Gohlke, Qianwen Rockoff, Adiadnew Luh, Jack Rosalie,


Ryan Fuller, Anna Petrosky, Steve Huggins, Matt Igelski, Vickie Igleski,


Glenn Giacinto, Peter Lowther, Dave Gruver, Tom Kreiling, Eriko Kojima,


Stephen Packard, Walter Marcisz, Margaret Baker, Stephanie Belkie,


Alison Giometti, Carl Giometti, Leo Giometti, Aerin Tedesco


Duane Heaton, Mike Levin, Kristen Wacker, Adrian Marquez, Dennis Marton,


Charley Branson, William Branson, Fernando Castro, Elaine Feldman,


Glenn Forchione, Kris Gallagher, Ryan Holmes, Matthew Kauth, Grant Koch,


Paul Koch, Debra Koss, Katy Krigbaum, Linda Marton, Jim Monchak,


Nadia Monchak, Jeff Skrentny, Mary Zaander, Derek Ziomber, Tom Lally,


Joe Lill, J Hardt, John Leonard, Anita Morgan, Bob Bailey, Jill Niland,


Linda Cames, Shawn Pfautsch, Judy Pollock, Marjorie Pries, Paul Strand,


Carol Strand, Jake Huffman, Alex Palmer, Jill Wood, Richard Wood,


Stanley Stec, Marcia Suchy, Steve Flexman, Christine Williamson,


Jeffrey Sanders, Susan Szeszol, Kay Knight, Sonia DaSilva, Jim Jarosz,



Eleonara di Liscia, Marilyn Ferdinand, Hal Cohen, Mike Ahasay,


Eric D.Gyllenhaal, Ethan F. Fisher, Jill Anderson, John Elliott


Alan Anderson, Suzanne Coleman, Eric Myers, Ethan Myers, David Antieau,


Bob Hughes, Tom Kelly, Fran Morel, Geoffrey Williamson, Andrew Aldrich,


Bob Dolgan, Cynthia Harris, Henry Griffin, Luis Munoz, Krzysztof Kurylowicz,


Ben Sanders, Isoo O’Brien, Simon Tolzmann, Susannah Hera, CK P,


Kurtis Himmler, Tim Huizenga, Annette Huizenga, Mark Thompson,


Laura Larson, Eric Larson, Sharon Lindner, Michelle Devlin, Heidi Tarasiuk


David Wachtel, Lynne P. Carpenter, Rick Wachtel, Keith Jones, Vicki Senter,


Kathryn Appelbaum, C. Esposito, Sandra Kroll, Gene Wachtel, Laurel Ross,


Eri Geroulis and Jeff Bilsky



 

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Date: 4/19/19 12:41 pm
From: ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET information on this years Illinois Spring Bird Count (May 4th), and 2018 Cook County results

The Illinois Spring Bird Count will take place this year on Saturday, May 4 th (with some counties having it take place on Sunday the 5 th).


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

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


For those who took part in the count in Cook County last year, hopefully you’ll be able to help in the same areas again this year.


We of course welcome new volunteers, and they can help out by joining an existing counting group, volunteering to help in an area where we haven’t had regular coverage (especially south central and far northwest Cook County) most years, or just counting birds in your backyard or neighborhood or local park etc.


Participant forms, and other count information, can be found on the main Statewide Spring Bird Count page (* http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/collections/birds/sbc/ ).


Here is a link to the statewide form you can use to submit your sightings: https://www.inhs.illinois.edu/files/4415/5492/9790/SBC_Volunteer_SpeciesList2019.pdf


Also, if you prefer, I can e-mail you an Excel form (especially if you cover many parks. Preserves or areas), or you can just forward me a copy of your eBird bird lists (e-mail them to yourself, and then forward to me, with additional data on miles, hours, participant names etc.)


To see a list of other state County Compilers, and their email addresses, see

https://www.inhs.illinois.edu/collections/birds/sbc/county-compilers/


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


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


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


Below find the results of the Spring Count in Cook County for last year (May 5, 2018)

County Name

COOK

Alan Anderson, Compiler



# of hours

437.76

# of Observers

181

# of Parties

93

Start

3:45am

End

9:50pm

Miles Walked

270.98

Miles Driven

270.83

Other

0

Hours Walked

392.72

Hours Driven

25.91

Other (stationary and feeder watches)

19.13

Date

5/5/2018

Total Species: 208

Snow Goose

1

Greater White-fronted Goose

1

Canada Goose

1689

Mute Swan

48

Wood Duck

247

Blue-winged Teal

157

Northern Shoveler

32

Gadwall

13

American Wigeon

2

Mallard

727

American Black Duck

1

Green-winged Teal

6

Lesser Scaup

38

Bufflehead

65

Common Goldeneye

2

Hooded Merganser

13

Common Merganser

8

Red-breasted Merganser

601

Ruddy Duck

21

Common Loon

4

Pied-billed Grebe

48

Horned Grebe

16

Eared Grebe

2

Double-crested Cormorant

3282

American White Pelican

51

American Bittern

4

Least Bittern

1

Great Blue Heron

300

Great Egret

256

Green Heron

106

Black-crowned Night-Heron

128

Turkey Vulture

62

Osprey

15

Northern Harrier

7

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

Cooper's Hawk

37

Bald Eagle

4

Red-shouldered Hawk

3

Broad-winged Hawk

3

Red-tailed Hawk

80

King Rail

1

Virginia Rail

10

Sora

129

Common Gallinule

2

American Coot

372

Sandhill Crane

14

American Avocet

1

Semipalmated Plover

1

Killdeer

105

Sanderling

7

Dunlin

2

Least Sandpiper

69

Pectoral Sandpiper

18

Short-billed Dowitcher

9

American Woodcock

3

Wilson's Snipe

71

Wilson's Phalarope

7

Spotted Sandpiper

121

Solitary Sandpiper

119

Greater Yellowlegs

21

Willet

1

Lesser Yellowlegs

95

Bonaparte's Gull

1

Ring-billed Gull

3625

Herring Gull

70

Caspian Tern

366

Common Tern

3

Forster's Tern

11

Rock Pigeon

258

Eurasian Collared-Dove

7

Mourning Dove

322

Eastern Screech-Owl

2

Great Horned Owl

9

Barred Owl

2

Common Nighthawk

7

Chimney Swift

253

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

16

Belted Kingfisher

29

Red-headed Woodpecker

39

Red-bellied Woodpecker

242

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

3

Downy Woodpecker

286

Hairy Woodpecker

51

Northern Flicker

219

Pileated Woodpecker

3

American Kestrel

14

Peregrine Falcon

4

Monk Parakeet

1

Eastern Wood-Pewee

13

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

1

Willow Flycatcher

10

Least Flycatcher

36

Eastern Phoebe

54

Great Crested Flycatcher

51

Eastern Kingbird

36

White-eyed Vireo

9

Yellow-throated Vireo

11

Blue-headed Vireo

27

Philadelphia Vireo

2

Warbling Vireo

106

Red-eyed Vireo

24

Blue Jay

700

American Crow

140

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

515

Purple Martin

135

Tree Swallow

579

Bank Swallow

41

Barn Swallow

566

Cliff Swallow

97

Black-capped Chickadee

254

Tufted Titmouse

10

Red-breasted Nuthatch

8

White-breasted Nuthatch

108

Brown Creeper

27

House Wren

273

Winter Wren

2

Sedge Wren

10

Marsh Wren

60

Carolina Wren

4

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

346

Golden-crowned Kinglet

27

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

411

Eastern Bluebird

40

Veery

73

Gray-cheeked Thrush

100

Swainson's Thrush

547

Hermit Thrush

45

Wood Thrush

52

American Robin

2529

Gray Catbird

695

Brown Thrasher

85

Northern Mockingbird

2

European Starling

825

American Pipit

4

Cedar Waxwing

22

Ovenbird

122

Worm-eating Warbler

1

Louisiana Waterthrush

5

Northern Waterthrush

365

Golden-winged Warbler

15

Blue-winged Warbler

26

Black-and-white Warbler

202

Prothonotary Warbler

13

Tennessee Warbler

68

Orange-crowned Warbler

41

Nashville Warbler

219

Mourning Warbler

2

Kentucky Warbler

1

Common Yellowthroat

327

Hooded Warbler

3

American Redstart

94

Cape May Warbler

11

Cerulean Warbler

2

Northern Parula

33

Magnolia Warbler

57

Bay-breasted Warbler

13

Blackburnian Warbler

23

Yellow Warbler

475

Chestnut-sided Warbler

35

Blackpoll Warbler

20

Black-throated Blue Warbler

13

Palm Warbler

3223

Pine Warbler

15

Yellow-rumped Warbler

1775

Yellow-throated Warbler

2

Prairie Warbler

3

Black-throated Green Warbler

99

Wilson's Warbler

13

Grasshopper Sparrow

12

Henslow's Sparrow

6

LeConte's Sparrow

3

Nelson's Sparrow

1

Chipping Sparrow

139

Clay-colored Sparrow

24

Field Sparrow

153

Lark Sparrow

7

Fox Sparrow

1

Dark-eyed Junco

8

White-crowned Sparrow

889

White-throated Sparrow

1430

Vesper Sparrow

6

Savannah Sparrow

152

Song Sparrow

595

Lincoln's Sparrow

85

Swamp Sparrow

795

Eastern Towhee

108

Yellow-breasted Chat

3

Summer Tanager

11

Scarlet Tanager

20

Western Tanager

1

Northern Cardinal

489

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

128

Indigo Bunting

51

Dickcissel

1

Yellow-headed Blackbird

4

Bobolink

50

Eastern Meadowlark

50

Orchard Oriole

14

Baltimore Oriole

187

Red-winged Blackbird

3688

Brown-headed Cowbird

820

Common Grackle

784

House Finch

97

Purple Finch

1

Pine Siskin

11

American Goldfinch

697

House Sparrow

801

White-winged Dove

1



other:



duck species

7

heron species

1

accipiter species

2

dowitcher species

1

shorebird species

6

Larus gull species

76

Common/Forster's Tern

1

Traill's flycatcher (Willow/Alder)

1

empidonax species

3

flycatcher species

4

swallow species

5

Catherus thrush species

5

Siurus waterthrush species (No./Louisiana)

6

warbler species

5

Am. Tree/Chipping Sparrow

6

sparrow species

4

blackbird species

266

passerine species

2

Purple Finch/Am. Goldfinch hybrid

1


 

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Date: 4/19/19 12:05 pm
From: Robert Olson <bob...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Purple Finch in Glen Ellyn
We had a purple finch on our feeders out front; first time in a long time seeing one here.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55131311

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Date: 4/19/19 11:32 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Lincoln's sp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/32702492547/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Melospiza is here. Lincoln's sparrow. Very active. Likes the sticks.JohnBourbonnais, IL

 

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Date: 4/19/19 11:19 am
From: <keefeeb...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Point Hooded Warbler
The Hooded Warbler is still at Montrose. At 1 PM it was in the most southern part of the sanctuary alongside the concrete path that leads from the road to the lake. That is the most sheltered spot from the strong wind and it's feeding amongst a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers.


There is work of some kind underway in the dunes and it was hard to see much on the beach with the sand blowing straight at you.


Keith Bowers
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Date: 4/18/19 6:46 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Decided to hit Montrose after work today. Always annoying to battle the
traffic but made it before 5 so was happy about that. Met up pretty quickly
with Amanda and Aerin and we found some good stuff! They had things I
didn't - including the HOODED WARBLER, but I still got to see a good
variety. My full list is below.

Good gulls at Lake Montrose included a sub-adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED (2nd
cycle I believe) and what we concluded was a 2nd cycle ICELAND GULL.
(Photos embedded - Gull experts feel free to weigh in as needed.) Inland
birds included several RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and HOUSE WRENS along with a few
CLIFF SWALLOWS mixed in with the flock. Just missed Bank to fill up the
punch card. The best for me was probably a SEDGE WREN that we all got great
looks at before it skulked away, not wanting to give us the killer photo
op. Decent sparrow variety but nothing crazy - the only "flagged" one was a
FOS LINCOLN'S SPARROW that was the last bird of the day. One of the
highlights also - a non-birding one -was a freaking BEAVER in the marsh. We
watched him swim around for a bit and then I got some pics of it chewing on
some of the small trees. Will be interesting to see if this guy tries to
make Montrose his home.

Good birding.

Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 18, 2019 4:49 PM - 7:07 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.39 mile(s)
51 species

Canada Goose 8
Blue-winged Teal 8
Mallard 6
Red-breasted Merganser 200
Chimney Swift 5
American Coot 2
Killdeer 2
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Iceland Gull 1 Presumed 2nd winter-ish bird
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Caspian Tern 6
Double-crested Cormorant 30
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Northern Flicker 10
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow X
Purple Martin X
Tree Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Cliff Swallow 3 Mixed in with other swallows. Distinct buff rump.
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Brown Creeper 3
House Wren 4
Sedge Wren 1 Found in grasses of interior, popped up for great looks
then skulked away. Streaked back, buff wash.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
Hermit Thrush 15
American Robin 20
Brown Thrasher 3
European Starling 10
American Goldfinch 1
Field Sparrow 3
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 14
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Seen skulking in corner of butterly meadow by
trees. Buff wash, fine streaks, small sparrow.
Swamp Sparrow 14
Eastern Towhee 4
Red-winged Blackbird X
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Rusty Blackbird 6
Common Grackle X
Yellow-rumped Warbler 13
Northern Cardinal 6
House Sparrow 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55109197

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Date: 4/18/19 6:05 pm
From: Chris Traynor <ctrayn...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kendall Cty Oswego: American White Pelicans 4/18/19
19 American White Pelicans in the retention pond behind Ross store 1720
Douglas Rd
Oswego, IL 60543, Kendall County @ 7:30 pm
(41.6959079, -88.3107625)


Chris Traynor
Chicago, IL

 

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Date: 4/18/19 2:07 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Air Station Prairie, Lake Glenview & Skokie Lagoons Thursday 4-18-19
Hello Bird People,

Went today to try & see the Yellow Headed Blackbird seen yesterday but
I could not locate it today.
First I looked & listened at Air Station Prairie but did not see or
hear it. Waited quite a while in case it was hidden in the reeds but
it never sang. Then John Leonard arrived & he knew where it was seen
at Lake Glenview so we tried there next but no Blackbird there either.
It's possible it's still there but just not singing & therefore not
located. Maybe someone else will re-find it & if so I hope it's
reported.

Highlights at Air Station Prairie

Heard both Sora & Virginia Rails but only had a quick look at 1
Virginia Rail. Shorebirds were Killdeer (2) & Snipe (either 4 or 6).
Two Sandhill Cranes landed & started feeding.

Highlights at Lake Glenview

Only about 30 Cormorants where there had been over 50 last time, I had
seen 18 Horned & 6
P.B. Grebes on Monday but today it was down to 2 P.B. Grebes & 1
Horned. A pair of Lesser Scaup & a few R.B. Mergs were the only
migrant ducks. Two Caspian Tern were flying around.

Skokie Lagoons in the Rain (10-11:15 a.m.)

Yesterday Jeff B saw 7 Blue Gray Gnatcatchers so I thought I could
fine a few but no such luck as I found none. Part of the problem was
the rain which made it hard to look up into the trees. Eventually it
rained hard enough that I had to quit.

The only ducks seen were resident Wood Ducks, Mallards & Blue Winged
Teal. Two Kingfishers were flying around & calling & regular migrants
like Ruby Crowned Kinglets, Flickers & a Hermit Thrush were found but
in very low numbers. Lots of Tree & Rough Winged Swallows were over
the water & I thought a Bank Swallow or 2 were with them but the rain
made it hard to be positive.
The only Sparrows were Song & Swamp but the best bird was an ORANGE
CROWNED WARBLER which I saw feeding on the ground. Nearby were 6-8
Y.R. Myrtle Warblers again feeding over the water.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Orange Crowned Warbler & Runner-Up to the
poorly seen Virginia Rail & the 2 Sandhill Cranes.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today dealing with some rain


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Date: 4/18/19 10:11 am
From: Pat Durkin <pat.durkin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
Signs and then fines.

Pat Durkin
Chicago

> On Apr 17, 2019, at 4:53 PM, <malango...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Last spring the police passed out material that looked like a ticket. All the violations were put on there and what the fines were. There was also a map of where your dog could go and not go. The police were supposed to follow up this teaching moment with enforcement. This is where the police reneged on what they told us they were going to do.
>
> Luis
>
> From: "Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
> To: "IL-Birds" <ILbirds...>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:25:50 PM
> Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
>
> I don't recall the exact wording of it, but I know that there is indeed signage at the entrance to the dog beach that states that dogs are allowed off leash only in the dog beach area proper. It is big signage that is hard to miss, right at the one entrance into the dog area. I don't believe it says anything about where on-leash dogs are prohibited (such as the nearby nature sanctuary areas).
>
> Geoff Williamson
> <geoffrey.williamson.21...>
>
>> On Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 1:32 PM Michael Trinchitella <miketrinchitella...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Might it have some effect to post signs at the dog beach that unleashed dogs are prohibited on the people beach AND the preserve?
>>
>>
>> Yes, I know some owners go directly to the dunes or people beach. Enforcement is obviously critical. Signs at dog beach may prompt some word of mouth among owners.
>>
>> Mike
>> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
>>
>> On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 11:13 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds]
>> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary. The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.
>>
>> Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs. The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.
>>
>> Tamima Itani
>> Evanston, Cook County
>>
>> From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
>> To: IBET
>> Cc: Leslie Borns
>> Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
>>
>>
>> Reported on FB
>>
>> At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?
>>
>> Ann Hughes
>>
>> Shanti,
>> Nancy Tikalsky
>> Zion, Lake, IL
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Date: 4/18/19 9:36 am
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose timing
For once I'm going to be here the last two weeks of April, instead of the end of March. I never am here the first two weeks of May. I realized that usually the height of activity at Montrose is going to be in May. But given that some things seem a little early this year, I am hoping that the last week in April I might get a chance to see something at Montrose.

Is there a time of day when the birds are most active at lower reaches of the canopy? Normally the general recommendation for non shorebird birding is 7 to 9 in the morning. But a lot of places that I have gone, 3 to 5 in the afternoon, or 4 to 6 in the afternoon are also excellent times.

I'm just wondering if anyone has any recommendations. I'd like to also be able to photograph whatever birds I see so that I can look at the images later and make sure I have correctly identified things. So it helps when the sun is not right in front of me. I figure since Montrose is along the lake, it might be better to go later rather than earlier, light wise. But I could be entirely wrong.

And I'm going to be coming in from the north side suburbs, and trying to avoid rush-hour.

All suggestions greatly appreciated!

Mb visiting morton grove

sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings


 

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Date: 4/18/19 8:30 am
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose

Dear Mike, Geoff, and Ilbirders,

The people who work in and manage the Montrose Beach DogFriendly Area (DFA) are well aware of the frequent dog ordinance violations onthe main portion of Montrose Beach and in the natural areas and they agreecompletely with birders about strong enforcement.  One person is on the Board of MONDOG, theMontrose area dog owners’ association and has been regularly attending oursecurity advocacy meetings for the past two years.  He and his group are strong believers in dogowner self-policing and post frequent reminders, regulatory information, andphotos on the MONDOG Facebook page.

This support extends to posting clear signage on and aroundthe DFA (located at the opposite end of the beach from the two Montrose naturalareas).  Currently, at the main entranceto the DFA there is a large sign with an aerial image of the MontroseRecreational Area showing where dogs are allowed and where they are not.  Just south of the DFA on the main beach, thereis a large metal ‘No Dogs Allowed’ sign on a metal pole that states the samething with text.

Additionally, each season laminated signs is posted allalong the N-S boundary fence of the DFA, extending into the water.  These signs get damaged or blown away each winter by harsh weatherand are replaced in the Spring.  This hasnot happened yet because the entire DFA boundary fence is pretty beat up and hassunk far into the sand.  The Chicago ParkDistrict is in the process of deciding whether the entire fence needs to bereplaced.  Once this is resolved the regulatory signagewill be replaced.

Anyone interested in joining the Montrose security advocacy efforts and attending related meetings please contact me off list. 


Thank you, and good Spring birding,

Leslie Borns 
<cakile...>

Chicago/Cook



On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 4:26:18 PM CDT, Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

I don't recall the exact wording of it, but I know that there is indeed signage at the entrance to the dog beach that states that dogs are allowed off leash only in the dog beach area proper.  It is big signage that is hard to miss, right at the one entrance into the dog area.  I don't believe it says anything about where on-leash dogs are prohibited (such as the nearby nature sanctuary areas).

Geoff Williamson
<geoffrey.williamson.21...>
On Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 1:32 PM Michael Trinchitella <miketrinchitella...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

Might it have some effect to post signs at the dog beach that unleashed dogs are prohibited on the people beach AND the preserve?

Yes, I know some owners go directly to the dunes or people beach. Enforcement is obviously critical. Signs at dog beach may prompt some word of mouth among owners.
Mike
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 11:13 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds]<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:  

What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary.  The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.  
Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs.   The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.
Tamima ItaniEvanston, Cook County
From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
To: IBET
Cc: Leslie Borns
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose  

Reported on FB
At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?
Ann Hughes

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL




 

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Date: 4/18/19 7:52 am
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET:Sangamon Co. March 2019 report
Birds in Sangamon County in March, 2019

Common Loon– spring arrival of adult atLSpfld(March 13), w/ HC = 9 (Mar 
24)- seen 18 days.

Pied-billed Grebe– HC = 32 (Mar 30)–  low#, but seen 29 days.

Horned Grebe– HC = 34 (March 31), seen 28 days.

Am. White Pelican– HC = 204 (March 12), seen 27 days in March.

Double-crested Cormorant– HC = 800 (March 28)–seen on 30 days.

Great Blue Heron–HC = 21 (March 5) – seen every day.

Great Egret– spring arrival 2 atLSpfld(March 25), also 2 (March 29).

Trumpeter Swan– one adult atLSpfld(March 6) and 2adults there (March 7).

Mute Swan– present.

Greater White-front Goose–HC = 147 (March 6)–  #dropped after March 21,
straggler seen at south Park (March 30), species  seen on 17 days.

Snow Goose– HC = 155,000 (March 1),immense # onLSpfld(March 1 –11)and
lower # until March 22.w/mostbirds stragglers and in immature
plumagefrom (March 23 – 31) – seen every day of month.

Ross’s Goose– HC = 20(March 12), and last seen( March24) – seen on 11 days.

Cackling Goose–  HC= 15 (March 3)w/ last seen (March 17) – seen on 10 days.

CanadaGoose– HC =360 (March 7)w/ moderate # after March 12 – seen every day.

Wood Duck– HC = 15 (March 15)seen on 29 days.

Green-wing Teal– HC = 199 (March 29), seen on 16 days.

 Am. Black Duck–HC = 8 (March 2) last seenatSangchris(March 13), seen
on 8 days.

Mallard– HC = 655 (March 2), obviously still migrants, w/ # dropping to
mostly summer population afterMarch19.

N. Pintail– HC = 43 (March 10),w/% last seen2 (March 27)- seen on 16 days.

Blue-wing Teal–spring arrival3♂in alternate plumage east ofSpfld(March
13),w/ HC = 28 (March 29).

N.Shoveler– HC = 256 (March 29), seen on 20days.

Gadwall– HC = 235 (March 21), w/ seen on 28 days.

Am.Wigeon– HC = 42 (March 19),seen on 22 days, as alwaysin low#.

Canvasback –HC =107 (March 8)and 142 (March 13), fewby the end of March–
seen 22 days.

Redhead– HC = 80 (March8)and84 (March 24), w/ someto end of month– seen
on 29 days.

Ring-neck Duck– HC = 191 (March 20), seen on 29 days.

GreaterScaup– HC = 4 (March 7), w/ % last seen♀  (March 30)– seen on 7 days.

LesserScaup– HC = 1160 (March 11), seen every day in March.

White-winged Scoter– two continuing from Feb w/ 2 (March 1 - 13)seen on
6 days.

Common Goldeneye– HC =237 (March 6), w/ # dropping to mostly♀,w/
2♀(March 28).

Bufflehead– HC = 86 (seems late for so many) on (March 28), seen 30days.

Hooded Merganser– HC = 91 (seems late for so many) on (March 29)-seen on
25 days.

Common Merganser–HC = 149 (March 6) w/ dropping # after March 12.One
pair last seen atLSpfld(March 31).Seen on 20 days.

Red-breasted Merganser–a few WR, w/ spring migrants5 atLSpfldon (March
9).HC = 236 (March 30), seen 28daysin March – fairly good#. ♂♂ 
predominateearly, ♀♀  later

Ruddy Duck– HC = 825 (March 1), seen every day in March.These sedentary
ducks run ragged by boaters.

Turkey Vulture– HC = 45 mostly atMPt  (March14) – seen on 28 days.

Bald Eagle– HC = 7 (March7), pair nesting in Hawk Valley.Seen on 22 days.

N. Harrier–HC = 2(March 12) – only noted on 4 days.

Cooper’s Hawk– HC = 2( 3xin March ) – this species notedon 8days.

Red-shouldered Hawk–  atSangchrisadult (March 2 &  18)and one calling
(March 26). There was oneimmeast of Rochester (March23).

Red-tailed Hawk– HC = 8 (March 2 & 8).  Darkphase west ofSangchris(March
17 & 22) was also seen in previous years.Seen on 28 days.

Am. Kestrel– HC = 5(March8 &12)– seen on 24 days.

Merlin–♀  atUIS/LL (March 3), plus one ♂  (prairie form) east of Nipper
Prairie (March 8)photo.

Peregrine Falcon– adult atLSpfld(March 8 & 11).

Ring-neck Pheasant– HC = 5 (March 8 & 12)– seen on 9 days.

Turkey –HC = 19 (March 13)– seen on 4 days.

N. Bobwhite– one covey of 8 (March 12).

Am. Coot– HC = 870 (March 229)-seen on 25 days.

Killdeer– HC = 24(March 16) – low #seen on 23 days.

Greater Yellowlegs– spring arrival at Hawk Valley (March 19), plus one
(March 27).

Pectoral Sandpiper– spring arrival east of Rochester (March 23) w/ HC =
17 (March 28) – late & poor #.

Wilson’s Snipe–spring arrivalof 8 near Nipper Prairie (March 19), w/ HC
= 24 (March 27 & 29).

Am. Woodcock–spring arrival 2 east ofLSpfld(March 17) – a month late.

Franklin’sGull  -spring arrival? 2 adults w/ pink blush standing on
iceatLSpfldw/ other gulls (March 8) –photos.

Bonaparte’s Gull–spring arrival 10 atLSpfld(March 17) w/  HC= 145 (March
22) –  seen on 15 days.

Ring-bill Gull– HC = 6500 (March 26) – this is a conservative estimate
since many more gulls were in the middle ofLSpfldlate in the evening on
some days.Seen every day of March.

Herring Gull– HC = 62 (March8), w/ very few bythe end of month, but seen
on 27days.

Lesser Black-backed Gull– HC = 3 (adult & 2imm) on( March8). Lastseen 
adult(March 26)– seen on 7 daysall atLSpfld.

Great Black-backed Gull– one Adult atLSpfld(March 19).

Rock Dove– present.

Eurasian Collared- Dove– HC = 6 (March 2)seen on 10 days.Pair nest
building at New City (March 16) – photo.

Mourning Dove– HC = 28 (March 12) – seem rather scarce, but seen every day.

Great Horned Owl– 3 singles (March 12, 17, & 24).

Barred Owl– HC = 3 (March 17), seen on 5 days.

Short-eared Owl– 2 west ofSpfldon (March 12).

Belted Kingfisher– HC = 2 (March17)-seen on 12 days, low #.

Red-headed Woodpecker– HC = 7 (March11 &22), seen every day but one.

Red-bellied Woodpecker– HC = 13(March 25), seen every day.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker– spring arrivalatSangchris(March 22)w/ HC = 4
(March 28) – seen on 4 days.

Downy Woodpecker– HC = 10 (March 25), seen every day.

Hairy Woodpecker– HC = 2 (4x inMarch ), seen on 15days.

N. Flicker–spring increase (March 7) w/  HC= 10 (March 30), seen on 30 days.

Pileated Woodpecker– HC = 3 (March28), seen on 9 days.

Eastern Phoebe– spring arrival 2 atSangchris(March 16), w/ HC = 4 (March
28)-seen 10 days.

Horned Lark– HC = 77(March 3),seen on 22 days in mostlylow #.

Purple Martin– springarrival ♂♀atLSpfld(March 29), also 2 (March 30).

Tree Swallow–spring arrival 3 atBuckhart(March 12), w/ HC = 90 (March
30)– seen 16 days.

N. Rough-wing Swallow– spring arrival4 atLSpfld(March 30), also one
March 31.

Barn Swallow– spring arrival atLSpfld(March 31).

Blue Jay– HC = 26(March 17), seen every day.

Am. Crow– HC = 77 (March 9) – seen every day. Apparently split into
pairs @ late March.

Fish Crow– spring arrival2atSangchris(March 14), seen on 8 days.

Black-cap Chickadee– HC = 7(March 25, 26 & 30), # seemed low – but seen
every day, but two.

Tufted Titmouse– HC = 11 (March 20), seen every day.

Red-breasted Nuthatch– HC = 2 (M arch 11 & 15), seen on 4 days.

White-breasted Nuthatch– HC = 12 (March 25), seen every day.

Brown Creeper- % startedreturning  w/ 3 on (March 1) and also 3 (March
28), seen on  10 days.

Carolina Wren– HC = 7(March 24, 25 & 28), heard/seen everyday, but two.

Winter Wren– spring arrival atLSpfld(March 31).

Golden-crown Kinglet– spring migrant♂  atCenter Park (March 22) and HC =
3 (March 28)- seen on 4 days.

E. Bluebird–some WR,spring arrival5 (March 13), also 5 on March 22 –
seen on 18 days.

Hermit Thrush– 3 singles % WR at WP (March 6 & 25) &Sangchris(March 22).

Am. Robin– seen every day, w/ HC = 124 (March 17).Probable increase @
March 6.

N. Mockingbird– only oneon east LakeDr(March 19).

Brown Thrasher– spring arrival atLSpfld–Marine Pt (March 27) – seen on 5
days.HC = 2.

American Pipit–none!

Cedar Waxwing–  none!

EurStarling– present.

Yellow-rumpedWarbler– spring arrival atNPt(March 17), w/ HC = 3 (March
26)-seen on 4 days.

N. Cardinal– HC = 31 (March 3), seen every day.

Eastern Towhee–spring arrival♂ atLinGds(March 20), HC = 3( March 28),
very slow in arriving.Seen on 5 days.

Am. Tree Sparrow– HC = 25 (March 8), w/low # through the end of March–
seen on 13 days.Last seen 5 (March 27).

Chipping Sparrow– spring arrival atBuckhart(March 27).

Field Sparrow–spring arrival east of Rochester(March 23), w/ HC = 3
(March 24).Also WR at south endLSpfld(March 3).Seen on 4 days.

Vesper Sparrow– spring arrival 2 atSangchris(March27), also one (March 30).

Savannah Sparrow–spring arrival 2 atSangchris(March 16), w/ HC = 6
(March 22).Seen on 6 days.

LeConte’sSparrow– spring arrival atSangchris(March 28).

Fox Sparrow– HC = 4 (March 26)– seen on 11 days.

Song Sparrow– HC = 16 (March 28), but still rather scarce.Seen on 27 days.

Swamp Sparrow–spring arrival 4 (March 18), also HC = 4 (March 22), w/
very low # so far.Seen on 5 days.

White-throated Sparrow– WR, HC = 23 (March 25)-seen on 28 days.

White-crowned Sparrow– WR, 2 singles (March 16 & 18).

Dark-eyed Junco– HC = 54 (March 3)– seen every day. There
wasamelanisticjunco at the Golf Course (March 24).This bird was all dark
plumaged,andthere was not any white in the tail, belly ortertialedgings.
The bill was whitish – see photos.

 Lapland Longspur– 2 were south ofSpfld(March 3).

Red-wing Blackbird– HC = 447 (March 13)-seen every day, but nowhere the
# of pre-Monsanto/Bayer agricultural practices.

Eastern Meadowlark– HC = 11 (March 10), seen on 21days.

Western Meadowlark– springarrival eastof Nipper Prairie (March 19).

Rusty Blackbird– HC = 20 (March 23)-seen on 4 days.

Brewer’s Blackbird– spring arrival 10 (♂&♀) in burned area of Nipper
Prairie (March 30).

Common Grackle– HC = 335 (March 14) – seen on 24 days.Much fewer and no
large flocks(see Redwing above).

Brown-headed Cowbird– HC = 320 (March 30)-seen on 22 days.

    Purple Finch – None!

House Finch– HC = 13(March 6)– seen on 28 days.

Pine Siskin– winter resident, w/ HC = 6 (March 15 & 21)– seen on 4 days
and last seen 3 at Hazel Dell (March 30).

Am. Goldfinch– HC = 10 (March 25) –seen on 14 days(allfinches continue
scarce).

House Sparrow– present.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow– HC = 6(March23)– seen on 5 days.

Total Field Days = 31

Total Hours = 260

Total Species = 124

 There was a cold period from March 2 - 8 in which it snowed 3 times,
the temperatures were in the 20s and 30s,excepton March 4 when the high
was 15° and the low was -4°. Therest of March had moderate
temperaturesin the 42° – 66° range, except 73°March 28. It rained 12
times with the totalprecipitation, almost all rain,being  4.60inches,
which is above normal. This brought up lake levels andcreated a few
puddles in fields with some waterfowland gullspresent, but few
shorebirds arrived.Fields continueto produce very fewbirdseven
blackbirds.Woodland birds also scarce.




H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum

<hdavid.bohlen...>


--
Beckie Dyer
Museum Technician
Illinois State Museum
1011 East Ash Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703-3500
Phone: 217-782-7475
Fax: 217-785-2857


 

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Date: 4/18/19 6:25 am
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Willet at Stateline beach lake county
Willet continues on north end of beach where all the nature gunk n garbage has washed ashore.

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL
 

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Date: 4/17/19 7:51 pm
From: lorra rudman <lorra3...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Skokie lagoons willow rd (cook)
Saw the gnatcatchers at Gilson Park late afternoon.

> On Apr 17, 2019, at 7:54 PM, Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Of note, the blue-gray gnatcatchers came in over night. During my 3 miles i had at least 7. Also, a couple of bank swallows over the water were new. Other than that pretty much the same mix.
>
> Good birding.
>
>
>


 

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Date: 4/17/19 6:10 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard WT sparrow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40666634053/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,White-throated sp sang this morning, just one so far. More to come. Hermit thrush came this evening and landed on the stick pile just below the window. Rusty tail.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/17/19 6:03 pm
From: JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Bird Migration in the Great Lakes (NO SIGHTINGS)
The third special centennial program, presented by one of our alumni, for the Evanston North Shore Bird Club will be next Tuesday, April 23.  Robert Russell will present on "Bird Migration in the Great Lakes, A Twelve Month Spectacle".
We will highlight a series of migrant species that portray the vast range of migration patterns that individual species depict.  From Red Knots that winter on Chiloe Island, Chile and Marbled Godwits that cross Lake Superior to winter in Baja, to five-ounce thrushes that fly the length of Lake Michigan in a single night, the spectacle of bird migration in the Great Lakes is one of the wonders of Midwestern natural history.  Bob Russell is a retired US Fish and Wildlife Service bird biologist who was the shorebird specialist for the Great Lakes Region working in eight different Midwest states.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard (corner of Bridge Street)
John Hockman
ENSBC Website: ENSBC.ORG

 

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Date: 4/17/19 5:55 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie lagoons willow rd (cook)
Of note, the blue-gray gnatcatchers came in over night. During my 3 miles i
had at least 7. Also, a couple of bank swallows over the water were new.
Other than that pretty much the same mix.

Good birding.

 

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Date: 4/17/19 4:49 pm
From: Jeff <jdkno...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET local birds cook co.
I also had a chipping in the yard this afternoon.

Jeff Kritzman
Cook county

Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 17, 2019, at 2:30 PM, Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Heard two singing chipping sparrows this am! Plus heard a sound that was most likely a gnatcatcher but I couldn't find it to confirm. Love those! The birds are coming!
>
> Suzanne Coleman
> cook co.
>

 

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Date: 4/17/19 4:29 pm
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Willet, State Line Beach, Lake County
Guess the Willet wasn't impressed with Spring Bluff Forest Preserve as it was back to walking the shoreline at State Line Beach later this afternoon and was still there when I left shortly after 6:00.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie,  WI
 

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Date: 4/17/19 3:37 pm
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gillson birds
I was so excited in my last post that I forgot to put my name at the bottom.. I won't make that mistake this time. After a good hour and a half of walking around, I can say that gillson is chock-full of birds! There were ruby-crowned kinglets and yellow-rumped warblers all over the place. A pair of song sparrows too. Caspian terns flying by ok at the lake, and even an Eastern Phoebe. Not to mention the usual suspects; red-winged blackbirds, grackles, Robins, Etc. I did not see my usual early hermit thrush yet, but there's still time!

Mb visiting Morton Grove

sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings


 

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Date: 4/17/19 2:55 pm
From: Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose BWT
Just saw a pair of BWT's at North Park Nature Center.

--





Candida Abrahamson, PhD
847-677-0751

 

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Date: 4/17/19 2:53 pm
From: <malango...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose

Last spring the police passed out material that looked like a ticket. All the violations were put on there and what the fines were . There was also a map of where your dog could go and not go. The police were supposed to follow up this teaching moment with enforcement. This is where the police reneged on what they told us they were going to do.

Luis


----- Original Message -----

From: "Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
To: "IL-Birds" <ILbirds...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:25:50 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose

 




I don't recall the exact wording of it, but I know that there is indeed signage at the entrance to the dog beach that states that dogs are allowed off leash only in the dog beach area proper.  It is big signage that is hard to miss, right at the one entrance into the dog area.  I don't believe it says anything about where on-leash dogs are prohibited (such as the nearby nature sanctuary areas).


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


On Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 1:32 PM Michael Trinchitella <miketrinchitella...> [ILbirds] < <ILbirds-noreply...> > wrote:



 




Might it have some effect to post signs at the dog beach that unleashed dogs are prohibited on the people beach AND the preserve?


Yes, I know some owners go directly to the dunes or people beach. Enforcement is obviously critical. Signs at dog beach may prompt some word of mouth among owners.


Mike

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

<blockquote>


On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 11:13 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds]
< <ILbirds-noreply...> > wrote:


 




What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary.  The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.  


Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs.   The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.


Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County






From: <ILbirds...> < <ILbirds...> > on behalf of nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] < <ILbirds-noreply...> >
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
To: IBET
Cc: Leslie Borns
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
 
 




Reported on FB


At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?


Ann Hughes


Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL









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Date: 4/17/19 2:29 pm
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Willet, State Line Beach, Lake County
Went to check at State Line Beach this afternoon and nearly all the debris that the Willet had been picking through has washed away back into the lake..  Didn't think the bird was there but then spotted it walking at the far south end of the beach.  Didn't think it would stay long with its main food source gone.  No sooner gave it a thought and it flew over towards Spring Bluff Forest Preserve which had at least 7 Great Egrets on the marsh.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie,  WI
 

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Date: 4/17/19 2:26 pm
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
I don't recall the exact wording of it, but I know that there is indeed
signage at the entrance to the dog beach that states that dogs are allowed
off leash only in the dog beach area proper. It is big signage that is
hard to miss, right at the one entrance into the dog area. I don't believe
it says anything about where on-leash dogs are prohibited (such as the
nearby nature sanctuary areas).

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

On Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 1:32 PM Michael Trinchitella
<miketrinchitella...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
wrote:

>
>
>
> Might it have some effect to post signs at the dog beach that unleashed
> dogs are prohibited on the people beach AND the preserve?
>
> Yes, I know some owners go directly to the dunes or people beach.
> Enforcement is obviously critical. Signs at dog beach may prompt some word
> of mouth among owners.
>
> Mike
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
> <https://go.onelink.me/107872968?pid=InProduct&c=Global_Internal_YGrowth_AndroidEmailSig__AndroidUsers&af_wl=ym&af_sub1=Internal&af_sub2=Global_YGrowth&af_sub3=EmailSignature>
>
> On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 11:13 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...>
> [ILbirds]
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to
> visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to
> deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the
> sanctuary. The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary
> do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.
>
> Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling
> entitled to ignore all the posted signs. The situation seems to have
> gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.
>
> Tamima Itani
> Evanston, Cook County
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of
> nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <
> <ILbirds-noreply...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
> *To:* IBET
> *Cc:* Leslie Borns
> *Subject:* IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
>
>
>
> Reported on FB
>
> At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we
> contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about
> it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The
> lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many
> signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it
> here?
>
> Ann Hughes
>
> Shanti,
> Nancy Tikalsky
> Zion, Lake, IL
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/17/19 2:20 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET N.E. Lake Co Lakefront-Willet, Bonaparte's Gulls, Forster's Terns & More Wed 4-17-19
Hello Bird People,

Spent 5 hours with Andy Stewart this a.m. doing various lakefront
spots in Lake Co. We walked at least 5 miles which is pretty far for
this old guy but I am still able to move although just barely. We
started at State Line Beach & then did Spring Bluff F.P., the north &
south units of Illinois Beach Park & finally Waukegan. Too many places
for complete lists so I'll have to settle for mostly highlights in
this report. By the way you can't look at my ebird reports for full
lists as part of my computer problems has to do with not being able to
log to ebird. Eventually!

State Line Beach (6:50-7:20 a.m.)

Highlight was the continuing WILLET (FOY) that has been seen here
since Sunday. Thanks to Mark W for continuing to report it's presence.
Also here were 2 Killdeer & 2 Caspian Terns flew by. On the way out
Andy had a Vesper Sparrow which I was too late to see.

Spring Bluff F.P. (7:20-8:20 a.m.)

Did a complete loop walk of this place. Saw 3 Great Egrets, one
lingering BLACK DUCK, Green & Blue Winged Teal & 2-M Shovelers.
Shorebirds were 2 Killdeer, 4 winnowing Snipe & 3 Lesser Yellowlegs
(FOY) which flew in but soon left. Also saw 3 Sandhill Cranes feeding
in the marsh.

Illinois Beach North Unit (8:30-9 a.m.)

Saw our only Yellow Bellied Sapsucker of the day here plus Towhees & a
Thrasher.

Illinois Beach South Unit (9:30-11 a.m.)

One P.B. Grebe in the river & 1 Common Loon flying by. Bufflehead & a
Hooded Merganser in the river with lots of Coots. The only shorebirds
were 4 Killdeer & raptors were Cooper's Hawk, Northern Harriers (2) &
a Kestrel. New birds for the year list were FORSTER'S TERN, Bank
Swallow & House Wren. But for Andy a Purple Martin was also new.
Sparrows were
Tree, Field, Song, Swamp & White Throated. Ruby Crowned Kinglets were
everywhere & Creepers, Phoebes & Hermit Thrushes were also in good
numbers. We saw all the Swallows except Cliff.

Waukegan Beach, Park & Harbor (11:15-noon)

Another Common Loon flew by along with Caspian Terns & 2 more FORSTER'S TERNS.
Seven BONAPARTE'S GULLS also flew north & the last 2 had their black
heads. Final highlight was a single SPOTTED SANDPIPER on the channel
rock wall.

I'd have to say I had a good day & saw 74 species my high count so far
this year.
Bird-Of-The-Day for Andy will be the Forster's Tern but I'll go with
the Willet with the
Forster's Tern as Runner-Up.

Al Stokie
In N.E. Lake County today


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Date: 4/17/19 2:16 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose BWT
It seems that for the past 2-3 years a pair has hung around through late
April, early May. With the increase in birding activity as migration
heightens, and these birds being very skittish, it seems the panne just
might not be quite big enough to give them the privacy they need.

Just my opinion.

Fran Morel



On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 8:56 AM Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hello Josh -
>
> The Blue-winged Teal stop over at Montrose Beach Dunes (MBD) each Spring,
> often in large numbers such as what you observed. They like the panne
> (interdunal wetland) habitat and it is an attractive breeding ground for
> them. In past years Teal have stayed late in the Spring, and pairs have
> been observed acting secretively; but so far there no confirmed nests have
> been reported.
>
> With panne water levels way down this year, the breeding habitat for Teal
> and other bird species is even better. Please keep your eyes peeled and
> let us know of any breeding behavior/activity.
>
> Best regards,
>
> /Leslie Borns
> MBD site steward
> Chicago/Cook
>
> Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart..
> {Rainer Maria Rilke , 1875 - 1926}
>
>
> On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 11:33:48 PM CDT, joshua murphy
> <birdmanmurphy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
> wrote:
>
>
>
>
> Birders
> There were 11 Blue-winged Teal in the west pond of the protected area of
> Montrose Point this evening.
> Any chance they stay to breed?
> Josh Murphy
> Cook County
> Chicago
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/17/19 2:10 pm
From: m b <marlabeth...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow rumped at gillson
I just pulled up at Gillson Park, and haven't even had a chance to get out of the car yet. There's a yellow rumped warbler in the tree in front of me, and several other things flitting around in the treetops. I don't know what they are yet because I haven't even taken out my binoculars! But, welcome migration!

sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings


 

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Date: 4/17/19 12:55 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET local birds cook co.
Heard two singing chipping sparrows this am!  Plus heard a sound that was most likely a gnatcatcher but I couldn't find it to confirm.  Love those!  The birds are coming!
Suzanne Colemancook co.
 

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Date: 4/17/19 12:29 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
That's a good idea.
Suzanne Colemancook co

From: "Michael Trinchitella <miketrinchitella...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>
To: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...>; "Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...>; IBET <ILbirds...>; nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...>
Cc: Leslie Borns <cakile...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:32 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose

 
Might it have some effect to post signs at the dog beach that unleashed dogs are prohibited on the people beach AND the preserve?
Yes, I know some owners go directly to the dunes or people beach. Enforcement is obviously critical. Signs at dog beach may prompt some word of mouth among owners.
Mike
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 11:13 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds]<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:   What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary.  The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.  
Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs.   The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.
Tamima ItaniEvanston, Cook County
From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
To: IBET
Cc: Leslie Borns
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose  Reported on FB
At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?
Ann Hughes

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL
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Date: 4/17/19 10:22 am
From: Michael Trinchitella <miketrinchitella...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose

Might it help to post signs at the dog beach reminding owners that unleashed dogs are prohibited on the people beach AND the preserve? 
Yes I know that some owners do not go directly to the dog beach. Enforcement and tickets are critical. Word of mouth among owners may help.
Thanks, Mike
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 10:32 PM, nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds]<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:  

Reported on FB
At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?
Ann Hughes

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
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Date: 4/17/19 10:15 am
From: Michael Trinchitella <miketrinchitella...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose

Might it have some effect to post signs at the dog beach that unleashed dogs are prohibited on the people beach AND the preserve?
Yes, I know some owners go directly to the dunes or people beach. Enforcement is obviously critical. Signs at dog beach may prompt some word of mouth among owners.
Mike
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On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 11:13 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds]<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:  

What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary.  The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.  
Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs.   The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.
Tamima ItaniEvanston, Cook County
From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
To: IBET
Cc: Leslie Borns
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose  

Reported on FB
At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?
Ann Hughes

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL

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Date: 4/17/19 9:13 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Grackle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40663785533/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Purple head and long tail, yellow eye and mean look, describes the grackle. Two here eating seeds and exploring the Byard.WT sparrow singing this morning.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/17/19 8:27 am
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose

Hello Ilbirders,

As Luis wrote, the groundwork for addressing the Montrose dogproblem has already been established, and birders need to continue followingthe protocol Jill mentioned:  calling 911(Chicago Police) and Chicago Park District Security -  312-747-2193, to reportviolations.  It is also important to take pictures and video of offenders; oftenthis is enough to get people to leash their dogs and leave areas where they areprohibited.

We recently requested that one particularly effectiveChicago Police Sargent change duty hours to mornings so that more tickets can beissued (he currently works late afternoons and nights).  Chicago Park District Security has a presencein the mornings (the black SUVs), but as mentioned, they can only give warnings, notcite offenders.  This police Sargent is abird lover and take-no-prisoners kinda guy, and we are very hopeful this change willoccur soon.

Meanwhile, it is early in the season and it may take a little timefor Security to get back in the saddle.  Securityofficials have been loudly notified of the rare birds already reported at Montrose (Long-billedCurlew and Piping Plover) and asked to step up their enforcement efforts  I would ask you to be patient, do what we were asked to do, and sendyour photos and videos to Luis Munoz (<malango...>)and Ted Wolff (<twolff...>)of the Montrose security advocacy team; these images are very helpful innegotiations with officials. 

Finally, Ann Hughes, could you please get in touch with me, I havesome questions about your recent 30-dog incident.

Thank you and good Spring birding,

Leslie Borns

Montrose Beach Dunes site steward



Chicago/Cook

       



On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 8:02:37 AM CDT, Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> wrote:

We have been told to call 911 whenever a dog is on the beach as they will monitor the number of calls they get about the problem even if no patrol cars are available. However it’s worth it to call park security too at 312-747-2193. They have a small black car and last year drove the swimming beach close to the rocks and at least warned people to take their dogs to the dog beach. They might not start patroling until the beach opens at the end of May, however. 
Jill Niland Chicago


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On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:54 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary.  The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.  
Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs.   The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.
Tamima ItaniEvanston, Cook County
From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
To: IBET
Cc: Leslie Borns
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose  

Reported on FB
At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?
Ann Hughes

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL





 

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Date: 4/17/19 8:25 am
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
Be happy you have someone that cares at all. In Broome County, New York we have a leash law written right into the Broome County Charter & Code and NOT ONE entity of any level will do a damned thing about any dog situation. If you get bit, you can fight, otherwise, dogs win every time.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On Apr 17, 2019, at 9:02 AM, Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

We have been told to call 911 whenever a dog is on the beach as they will monitor the number of calls they get about the problem even if no patrol cars are available. However it’s worth it to call park security too at 312-747-2193. They have a small black car and last year drove the swimming beach close to the rocks and at least warned people to take their dogs to the dog beach. They might not start patroling until the beach opens at the end of May, however.


Jill Niland
Chicago


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On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:54 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary. The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.

Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs. The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County

From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
To: IBET
Cc: Leslie Borns
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose


Reported on FB

At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?

Ann Hughes

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL

 

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Date: 4/17/19 8:24 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Yellow-headed Blackbird Cook
The YHBB is currently on the little island at Lake Glenview. Best seen from the NW corner of the lake.

Tamima


On Apr 17, 2019, at 9:44 AM, Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...><mailto:<amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Thanks for alerting us of John! It was still present at 9:40 AM.

Amanda T
Skokie, cook county

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On Apr 17, 2019, at 9:27 AM, John Leonard <leonard...><mailto:<leonard...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



A secretive male Yellow-headed Blackbird is sometimes visible at edge of marsh just west of the interpretive center at Glenview Air Station Prairie , Compass at Lehigh . It was calling fairly frequently at 8:15 this morning Wednesday 4/17. First reported by Suzanne C. Last week but not easy to find or maybe different bird.

Also Virginia Rails in same area.

John Leonard
Glenview, Cook county


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Date: 4/17/19 7:54 am
From: Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Yellow-headed Blackbird Cook
But the bird flew south towards Lake Glenview at 9:45. This is the same direction Suzanne’s bird from last week went. Anybody interested in seeing this bird should check Air Station Prairie and Lake Glenview.

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> On Apr 17, 2019, at 9:27 AM, John Leonard <leonard...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> A secretive male Yellow-headed Blackbird is sometimes visible at edge of marsh just west of the interpretive center at Glenview Air Station Prairie , Compass at Lehigh . It was calling fairly frequently at 8:15 this morning Wednesday 4/17. First reported by Suzanne C. Last week but not easy to find or maybe different bird.
>
> Also Virginia Rails in same area.
>
> John Leonard
> Glenview, Cook county
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
>

 

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Date: 4/17/19 7:47 am
From: Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Yellow-headed Blackbird Cook
Thanks for alerting us of John! It was still present at 9:40 AM.

Amanda T
Skokie, cook county

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 17, 2019, at 9:27 AM, John Leonard <leonard...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> A secretive male Yellow-headed Blackbird is sometimes visible at edge of marsh just west of the interpretive center at Glenview Air Station Prairie , Compass at Lehigh . It was calling fairly frequently at 8:15 this morning Wednesday 4/17. First reported by Suzanne C. Last week but not easy to find or maybe different bird.
>
> Also Virginia Rails in same area.
>
> John Leonard
> Glenview, Cook county
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
>

 

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Date: 4/17/19 7:37 am
From: John Leonard <leonard...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow-headed Blackbird Cook
A secretive male Yellow-headed Blackbird is sometimes visible at edge of marsh just west of the interpretive center at Glenview Air Station Prairie , Compass at Lehigh . It was calling fairly frequently at 8:15 this morning Wednesday 4/17. First reported by Suzanne C. Last week but not easy to find or maybe different bird.Also Virginia Rails in same area.
John Leonard Glenview, Cook county


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Date: 4/17/19 7:14 am
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose BWT
Hello Josh -
The Blue-winged Teal stop over at Montrose Beach Dunes (MBD) each Spring, often in large numbers such as what you observed.  They like the panne (interdunal wetland) habitat and it is an attractive breeding ground for them.  In past years Teal have stayed late in the Spring, and pairs have been observed acting secretively; but so far there no confirmed nests have been reported. 

With panne water levels way down this year, the breeding habitat for Teal and other bird species is even better.  Please keep your eyes peeled and let us know of any breeding behavior/activity.
Best regards,
/Leslie BornsMBD site steward
Chicago/Cook
Spring has returned.  The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.
{Rainer Maria Rilke , 1875 - 1926}


On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 11:33:48 PM CDT, joshua murphy <birdmanmurphy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 
Birders
There were 11 Blue-winged Teal in the west pond of the protected area of Montrose Point this evening.
Any chance they stay to breed?
Josh Murphy
Cook County
Chicago


 

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Date: 4/17/19 6:02 am
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
We have been told to call 911 whenever a dog is on the beach as they will monitor the number of calls they get about the problem even if no patrol cars are available. However it’s worth it to call park security too at 312-747-2193. They have a small black car and last year drove the swimming beach close to the rocks and at least warned people to take their dogs to the dog beach. They might not start patroling until the beach opens at the end of May, however. 
Jill Niland Chicago


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On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:54 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary.  The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.  
Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs.   The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.
Tamima ItaniEvanston, Cook County
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To: IBET
Cc: Leslie Borns
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose  

Reported on FB
At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?
Ann Hughes

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL

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Date: 4/17/19 5:38 am
From: <malango...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose

All of this has been done with security and the police. Including the cruiser areas. Last fall 3-4 tickets were written to the rowdiest dog violators. You saw the results of those 3-4 tickets last spring.

Luis


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To: "IBET" <ILbirds...>, "nancy tikalsky" <ntikalsky...>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:54:21 PM
Subject: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose

 




What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary.  The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.  


Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs.   The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.


Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County





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Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
To: IBET
Cc: Leslie Borns
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
 
 




Reported on FB


At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?


Ann Hughes


Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL





 

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Date: 4/17/19 1:34 am
From: <birdsperminute...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pelicans Cuba Marsh
First time for me, Pelicans at Cuba Marsh, Lake County.
About a dozen are visible from Ela Rd.
Larry Garascia


 

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Date: 4/16/19 10:24 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Jackson Park: Surf Scoter, Purple Finch
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today covering all areas. There weren't as many individual birds as Saturday but there was a bit more diversity; 60 species vs 50 species Saturday and 6 first of year (FOY) birds today vs 4 Saturday.
One of the first species seen was a RUSTY BLACKBIRD making 3 straight visits to the park with this species. On Wooded Island I heard a HOUSE WREN (FOY) in the area of the old Rose Garden. A little farther north I heard a song I didn't immediately recognize, then I thought PURPLE FINCH and it started giving the "punk, punk" call of this species (FOY), but try as I might I couldn't locate the bird. At the north end of the island a GREAT EGRET (FOY) flew off to the south.
At the Inner Harbor I noticed a duck near the bridge at Hayes/63rd St. that I at first thought was a female scaup, but then realized it must be a female SURF SCOTER (FOY). Then it opened its wings showing no white to confirm the id. I hurried towards the bridge to get photos but couldn't find it when I got there, but there is a bit of water that extends north of the bridge. I crossed the street and there she was, giving close shots. I can count this on both the Inner and Outer Harbors and the Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow hotspot lists! On the way to look for the scoter I saw my FOY PALM WARBLER. The harbors also offered up my FOY BARN SWALLOWS.
Near the end of my tour I found a PINE WARBLER (FOY) on the northwest side of the golf course. It was in a tree with a junco and a Chipping Sparrow and one of them was singing. They all have similar songs, especially the warbler and the Chipping Sparrow (I've seen the latter react to a recording of the song of the former), but the two sparrows left the tree and it was the warbler that was still singing in the tree. My full list follows (following the taxonomic order in Sibley, 2nd ed.).

Abbreviations: WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, NLF = North Lake Front/59th St. promontory, 63rd = 63rd Street beach, IH = Inner Harbor, OH = Outer harbor, LM = Lake Michigan and immediate shore east of OH, GC = golf course.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (38), IH (3), OH (1), LM (3), GC (2)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (7)
Mallard: WI/BM (14), 63rd (4), IH (2), OH (2), LM (6), GC (2)
Blue-winged Teal: WI/BM (8), IH (2)
Redhead: WI/BM (2)
Greater Scaup: IH (4)
Surf Scoter: IH + WI/BM (1)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (11), NLF (12), 63rd (60), LM (28)
Pied-billed Grebe: IH (2)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (6), IH (1), LM (19)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (2)
Great Egret: WI/BM (1)
Black-crowned night-Heron: WI/BM (2)
Cooper's Hawk: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
A. Coot: IH (4), OH (2)
Killdeer: WI/BM (1)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (20), NLF (15), 63rd (98), OH (81), LM (33)
Herring Gull: WI/BM (1), 63rd (1), IH (1), OH (3), LM (2)
Caspian Tern: WI/BM (4), 63rd (1)
Mourning Dove: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (2)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (3)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (6), GC (1)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (16), NLF (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (3), IH (1), GC (2)
A. Crow: WI/BM (3), GC (1)
Tree Swallow: WI/BM (3), 63rd (1), IH (5)
N. Rough-winged Swallow: WI/BM (2), 63rd (1), OH (1)
Barn Swallow: IH (1), OH (2)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (3), IH (1), OH (1), GC (1)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (6), GC (1)
House Wren: WI/BM (1)
Winter Wren: GC (1)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: WI/BM (3), GC (2)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (12), 63rd (2), IH (1), GC (3)
E. Bluebird: WI/BM (1), GC (2)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (8), NLF (2), OH (2), GC (5)
A. Robin: WI/BM (31), IH (3), GC (4)
Brown Thrasher: WI/BM (1), IH (1)
Euro. Starling: WI/BM (22), 63rd (2), IH (7)
Pine Warbler: GC (1)
Palm Warbler: IH (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (5), IH (1)
E. Towhee: WI/BM (5), GC (1)
Chipping Sparrow: WI/BM (3), IH (1), GC (5)
Savannah Sparrow: NLF (2), 63rd (1)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (21), NLF (1), 63rd (1), IH (3), OH (2), GC (4)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (5), IH (1), OH (2), GC (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (10), GC (1)
White-throated Sparrow: WI/BM (11)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (12), IH (1), GC (6)
Rusty Blackbird: WI/BM (1)
Common Grackle: WI/BM (4)
Red-winged Blackbird: WI/BM (30), 63rd 92), IH (5)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (15), 63rd (1), IH (1), GC (1)
Purple Finch: WI/BM (1)
House Finch: WI/BM (1)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (8), IH (2)
House Sparrow: WI/BM (5), NLF (3), 63rd (5), OH (6)

Randy Shonkwiler
Woodlawn/Chicago


 

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Date: 4/16/19 9:36 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Brown t.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/33749590918/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Came looking for a meal. Digging in the dirt and being cautious about me in the window. House wren here and a WT sparrow. Two male Towhees singing loud. JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 4/16/19 8:54 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
What would be most effective is coordination with the CPD for them to visit the public beach and the sanctuary for a couple hours one day and to deliver a ticket to each person with a dog or pet on the beach or in the sanctuary. The security personnel who sometimes patrol the beach/sanctuary do not have the authority to write tickets, they have made that clear.

Being hit with tickets would throw a chill factor on people feeling entitled to ignore all the posted signs. The situation seems to have gotten worse in the past week, likely due to the warming weather.

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County

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Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:26 PM
To: IBET
Cc: Leslie Borns
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose



Reported on FB

At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?

Ann Hughes

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL



 

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Date: 4/16/19 8:44 pm
From: joshua murphy <birdmanmurphy...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose BWT
Birders
There were 11 Blue-winged Teal in the west pond of the protected area of Montrose Point this evening.
Any chance they stay to breed?
Josh Murphy
Cook County
Chicago


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Date: 4/16/19 8:14 pm
From: Elliot Fu <obstinatrician...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose / cattle egret
seen foraging next to the bait shop around 10:40am today 4/16, adult w/breeding plumage
sorry for late report
Elliot Cook County
 

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Date: 4/16/19 6:02 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Glenview & Techny North Monday 4-15-19
Hello Bird People,

I've been without a computer since the middle of Sunday but Mike
Trahan has the computer working again so I'll try some catch up work.
First my report from Monday but I'll just do highlights.

Lake Glenview (9:30-10:45 a.m.)

Highlights were Common Loon (1), Horned Grebe (18), P.B. Grebe (6).
Ducks were Mallards, Ring Necks, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead & R.B. Mergs.
Large numbers of Coots (22) & even more Cormorants (53).
In addition to the common gulls there were 6 BONAPARTE'S GULLS & 2
Caspian Terns.
Swallows were Tree, Barn & Rough Winged & Sparrows were Tree, Song & Swamp.

Techny North (10:55- 11:20 a.m.)

This place is flooded with no mud flats but ducks were Mallards, Green
Winged Teal (3),
Shoveler (1-M) & Lesser Scaup (3). Only shorebird was Killdeer on the lawns.
There were 2 Ring Billed Gulls & 1 Horned Grebe.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Bonaparte's Gulls & Runner-Up to all the Horned Grebes.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 4/16/19 5:26 pm
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Willet, State Line Beach, Lake County
Went back to State Line Beach for better afternoon lighting.  The Willet was still there feeding up and down the shoreline even with 2 jet skis racing around close by on the lake for a couple hours.  A Killdeer sometimes was along the shore also.  Four Blue-winged Teals and three Buffleheads fed in the water real close to shore.  Two Caspian Terns flew by.  A couple big flocks of Cormorants flew north out over the lake.  The Willet was still there feeding when I left about 6:30.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie,  WI
 

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Date: 4/16/19 4:42 pm
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET 30 unleashed dogs reported at montrose
Reported on FB

At least 30 different dogs off leash at Montrose point today?!? Who can we contact? There is no police presence here? Only one couple was nice about it, all the rest rude and enjoy letting their dogs chase the birds. The lady on the Pier ran thru the dunes?! All these people had to pass so many signs that say they will be fined.... I take take no one ever enforces it here?

Ann Hughes

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL
 

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Date: 4/16/19 3:03 pm
From: Mike g <mikeg_606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET South Pond Chicago
Hello,

I walked around south pond in Lincoln Park and saw an American Wigeon. Barn swallows are back too.

Good Birding.


Michael Graff

Cook county


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Date: 4/16/19 2:38 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Dunes, Beach & Hedge Areas Tuesday 4-16-19
Hello Bird People,

Today I went to Montrose but yesterday's Piping Plover was a no show
just like all the other shorebirds I've looked for lately. The only
shorebirds seen by me today were Killdeer (4) & Snipe (1).

Montrose Beach & Dunes (6:30-8 a.m.)

Birded here with Geoff W & Ron B. Saw, besides the Killdeer & Snipe,
Wood Duck (2 in the lake), Blue Winged Teal (2-PR & 1-M), Mallards & 2
Canada Geese. Gulls were only Ring Billed & Herring plus about 10-12
Caspian Terns. Swallows were 3, Tree, Barn & Rough Winged. Geoff
picked out a Kestrel in flight.

Hedge Area & Harbor (8-11 a.m.)

Added Bufflehead (1-F) & Horned Grebe (1) in the harbor & the Martin
houses had about 10
Purple Martins (FOY).

Land birds included Yellow Belied Sapsucker (thanks to the Barrington
ladies), lots of Flickers,
more Tree & Barn Swallows, Eastern Phoebe (1), Creeper (1), only 1
Golden Crowned Kinglet but about 20 Ruby Crowned. Saw about 12-14
Hermit Thrushes, 6 Brown Thrashers, 15 Myrtle Warblers & 3 Eastern
Towhees. Sparrows included Chipping (1), Field (1), Song (4), Swamp
(8), White Throated (~15) & the highlight of the day one LARK SPARROW
found 1st by Geoff W. It was seen in the Butterfly Meadow. Blackbirds
were only the common 3.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Lark Sparrow & Runners-Up to the Snipe & the
Purple Martins.

Al Stokie
At the Cook County Lakefront today


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Date: 4/16/19 12:14 pm
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Willet, Lake County
This morning a Willet was at State Line Beach and was picking through the debris washed up on shore and was still there when I left.At Spring Bluff Forest Preserve were several Cranes, a Great Egret, and an Osprey that flew over.  A female Cardinal stopped at the tree next to me and sang for a moment before flying towards her potential mate.  Yesterday 2 Yellowlegs were in the marsh.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie, WI
 

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Date: 4/16/19 11:44 am
From: 'Capparella, Angelo' <apcappar...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: IBET Kite
Interestingly, Swallow-tailed Kite is one of the birds that the authors of “Illinois Birds: A Century of Change” (2011; Walk et al.; INHS Special Publ. 31) predicted would dramatically increase over the next 50 years (see Table 6.3, page 189). By the way, I highly recommend the book if you haven’t seen it.

Angelo Capparella
Normal (McLean Co.)

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Subject: Re: IBET Kite

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I second Steve's suggestion to send documentation into IORC (see http://www.illinoisbirds.org/illinois-ornithological-records-committee/ for how to do this).

The IORC archives include the following spring records for Swallow-tailed Kite.
• 29 March 1905: accepted based on specimen (1905-001). Three birds reported, one extant specimen.
• 7 April 2017: accepted based on photographs (2017-010).
• 25 April 2018: not accepted, written documentation only (2018-015).
• 7-10 May 1982: accepted based on written documentation from three observers (1982-003).

Bohlen in his book The Birds of Illinois (1989) mentions five spring records, two of which are listed above as 1905-001 and 1982-003. The others are as follows.
• 20 May 1974, Piatt County.
• 5 June 1895, Lake County.
• Early June 1906, DeWitt County.

Bohlen listed only central and northern Illinois records, noting that this species "was most numerous in southern Illinois" before it declined in the state.

Anyway, there are very few spring records, so archiving evidence of this sighting will help to define our understanding of the occurrence of Swallow-tailed Kite, which seems to be straying north with more frequency in recent years.

Good birding,
Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County)



On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 7:45 PM 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...><mailto:<sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:

The sighting of a Swallow-tailed Kite is not as crazy at this time period as one might think. There is actually a March 29th 1905 record (of 3 birds!) for Lake County Illinois by H.K. Coale, considered one of the expert birders of his time (Dr. Coale was president of the Chicago Academy of Science at one time). There is also an Indiana record for this kite from April 5th.. You should write down everything you remember from this sighting and turn it into the IORC (Illinois Ornithological Records Committee), as it could easily become an accepted record, depending on the details of what was viewed.

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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Date: 4/16/19 10:30 am
From: Roland Kulla <kulla...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET R. Kulla. Ruby crowned kinglet
Spotted a ruby crowned kinglet in my yard in Back of the Yards, Chicago.
Roland Kulla
 

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Date: 4/16/19 1:37 am
From: 'D.K. Schrishuhn' <alaraarabians...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Female Cardinal singing cook co.
The female cardinal in my yard also sings occasionally--a different
rhythm from the male's song, sung from the middling branches of front
yard trees.

Debra Schrishuhn
Urbana

On 4/15/19, Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds]
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> A female cardinal has been singing for the last week here. I suspected it
> was her because, well either I remember her song from last year, or just
> because it was different from the male's who is now in full normal song mode
> (versus his warm-up attempts earlier in the spring).
>
> This is my first time having a female cardinal singing that I'm aware of.
> Her song is more of an, ironically, lower and throatier song than the male.
> It sounds similar in some ways, but has a different pattern and different
> notes.
>
> She likes to sit in the same spot at the edge of a bush in the sun and sings
> very loudly from there. It seems to be one of their favorite perching
> locations in general. She also has some other modified lesser songs I
> believe.. And loves chipping as well. It seems that her beak is pinker than
> it was before, as many birds seem to brighten up in color for the spring
> breeding season.
>
> Enjoying the snow, it won't be here for long.
>
> Suzanne Coleman
> Cook County
>
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Date: 4/15/19 9:13 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Female Cardinal singing cook co.
A female cardinal has been singing for the last week here. I suspected it was her because, well either I remember her song from last year, or just because it was different from the male's who is now in full normal song mode (versus his warm-up attempts earlier in the spring).

This is my first time having a female cardinal singing that I'm aware of. Her song is more of an, ironically, lower and throatier song than the male. It sounds similar in some ways, but has a different pattern and different notes.

She likes to sit in the same spot at the edge of a bush in the sun and sings very loudly from there. It seems to be one of their favorite perching locations in general. She also has some other modified lesser songs I believe. And loves chipping as well. It seems that her beak is pinker than it was before, as many birds seem to brighten up in color for the spring breeding season.

Enjoying the snow, it won't be here for long.

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 4/15/19 7:51 pm
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Kite
I second Steve's suggestion to send documentation into IORC (see
http://www.illinoisbirds.org/illinois-ornithological-records-committee/ for
how to do this).

The IORC archives include the following spring records for Swallow-tailed
Kite.
• 29 March 1905: accepted based on specimen (1905-001). Three birds
reported, one extant specimen.
• 7 April 2017: accepted based on photographs (2017-010).
• 25 April 2018: not accepted, written documentation only (2018-015).
• 7-10 May 1982: accepted based on written documentation from three
observers (1982-003).

Bohlen in his book The Birds of Illinois (1989) mentions five spring
records, two of which are listed above as 1905-001 and 1982-003. The others
are as follows.
• 20 May 1974, Piatt County.
• 5 June 1895, Lake County.
• Early June 1906, DeWitt County.

Bohlen listed only central and northern Illinois records, noting that this
species "was most numerous in southern Illinois" before it declined in the
state.

Anyway, there are very few spring records, so archiving evidence of this
sighting will help to define our understanding of the occurrence of
Swallow-tailed Kite, which seems to be straying north with more frequency
in recent years.

Good birding,
Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County)



On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 7:45 PM 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> The sighting of a Swallow-tailed Kite is not as crazy at this time period
> as one might think. There is actually a March 29th 1905 record (of 3
> birds!) for Lake County Illinois by H.K. Coale, considered one of the
> expert birders of his time (Dr. Coale was president of the Chicago Academy
> of Science at one time). There is also an Indiana record for this kite from
> April 5th. You should write down everything you remember from this
> sighting and turn it into the IORC (Illinois Ornithological Records
> Committee), as it could easily become an accepted record, depending on the
> details of what was viewed.
>
>
>
> Steve Bailey
>
> Mundelein (Lake Co.)
>
> <sdbailey...>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 4/15/19 7:27 pm
From: <sfluett...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pine Warbler
1st Spring warbler came so close to me , no binoculars - no problem and not a Yellow Rump or Palm ! For a Pine Warbler , he was in the Pussy Willow flowers , I guess hunting, he then flew right at me and landed in the red cedar tree 4 ft above my head. Then gave a less spirited attempt at a Red Admiral butterfly and off to ? Red Admirals were really using the pussy willow flowers , they were a traffic jam out there , often coming close to collision with me , the pedestrian in a yard with out binoculars during Spring migration !

Pine Warblers have some attitude, he knew I was gawking at him with bare eyes and gave a good visit.



Steve Fluett in DuPage County near ST James Farm FP



 

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Date: 4/15/19 6:28 pm
From: A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bonaparte Gulls at Lost Mound entrance - Jo Daviess County
A friend I birded the river and then up to Lost Mound. At the entrance to
the road back to Lost Mound we had 100+ Bonaparte's Gulls. I lost count in
the 80's so assume there were a hundred or more. One GREATER YELLOWLEGS
called and flew across the road (the sides were all water). Plenty of
ducks and other birds.
In Lost Mound we did have a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. Also had a BARRED OWL,
YELLOW-RUMPS, both MEADOWLARKS, KINGLETS.

At the Airport Road south of Savanna were two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES. Also a
PEREGRINE FALCON was on the Sabula bridge in Savanna.

Lock and Dam 13 still had lots of ducks, etc. 2 HORNED GREBES.

Spring Lake and Thomson Causeway were closed.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)

 

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Date: 4/15/19 6:09 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Kite
The sighting of a Swallow-tailed Kite is not as crazy at this time period as one might think. There is actually a March 29th 1905 record (of 3 birds!) for Lake County Illinois by H.K. Coale, considered one of the expert birders of his time (Henry Coale was an internationally respected amateur ornithologist who helped start the Field Museum bird collection). There is also an Indiana record for this kite from April 5th. You should write down everything you remember from this sighting and turn it into the IORC (Illinois Ornithological Records Committee), as it could easily become an accepted record, depending on the details of what was viewed.

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
<sdbailey...><mailto:<sdbailey...>




 

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Date: 4/15/19 5:48 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Kite (correction)
Sorry for the flurry of e-mails... weird things going on with my computer today! Hope this goes through... correctly! I cut & pasted the wrong thing about Henry Cowle in my 1st e-mail, and it wasn't showing up in my e-mail either, so I sent a corrected post... & it finally showed up. Hope some of this info was helpful to folks.

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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Date: 4/15/19 5:45 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Kite
The sighting of a Swallow-tailed Kite is not as crazy at this time period as one might think. There is actually a March 29th 1905 record (of 3 birds!) for Lake County Illinois by H.K. Coale, considered one of the expert birders of his time (Dr. Coale was president of the Chicago Academy of Science at one time). There is also an Indiana record for this kite from April 5th. You should write down everything you remember from this sighting and turn it into the IORC (Illinois Ornithological Records Committee), as it could easily become an accepted record, depending on the details of what was viewed..

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
<sdbailey...>



 

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Date: 4/15/19 3:42 pm
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bonaparte's Bash Lake County
There were about 50 Bonaparte's Gulls at the Prairie Crossing pond today (4/15@ 3pm).


At least one loon was still present at Independence Grove FP. And a male Yellow Rumped Warbler really stood out

as it was foraging in the snow.


Bill Saylor

Mundelein

Lake Cty


 

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Date: 4/15/19 1:55 pm
From: Leslie Yoshitani <leslieyosh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Kite

I know this is crazy- sounding: a swallow tailed kite flying over downtown St. Charles just east of the Fox. Flying low, underside only seen. On my way to appointment so will return to try to confirm but look up!

Leslie Yoshitani
DuPage

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Date: 4/15/19 12:44 pm
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Update Re: apparent Piping Plover photographed at Montrose (4-15-19)
As several people have noted, the winter Piping Plover at Montrose was not banded, therefore it seems extremely likely the present (banded) bird is a different individual.
Walter MarciszChicago, Cook Co.


On Mon Apr 15 2019 11:28:01 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time), Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> wrote:

What appears to be a PIPING PLOVER was photographed at Montrose this morning (Monday, 15 April 2019). It was originally reported by Terry Walsh as a Semipalmated Plover, but look at the pale cheeks in the photos. I hope someone can explain to me why I have this all wrong, but it sure looks like a PIPL to me. Gould it possibly be "Dodger" from last fall/winter?
Walter MarciszChicago, Cook Co.
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Date: 4/15/19 12:40 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET apparent Piping Plover photographed at Montrose (4-15-19)
It seems to be a pretty straight forward Piping Plover to me, so why should one think otherwise? As a good percentage of Piping Plovers are banded (& Semipalmated Plovers are not), that would just be another reason to assume it is a Piping Plover.

Steve Bailey
Mundelein
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Date: 4/15/19 12:34 pm
From: 'Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)' <Keith.A.Mcmullen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [Non-DoD Source] IBET apparent Piping Plover photographed at Montrose (4-15-19)
Hey Walter,

I agree! Sure looks like a PIPING PLOVER to me.

And, it's banded! I've seen more banded PIPING PLOVER than SEMI PLOVER, not that it matters :)

Good catch!

Keith McMullen
O'Fallon, IL
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Subject: [Non-DoD Source] IBET apparent Piping Plover photographed at Montrose (4-15-19)



What appears to be a PIPING PLOVER was photographed at Montrose this morning (Monday, 15 April 2019). It was originally reported by Terry Walsh as a Semipalmated Plover, but look at the pale cheeks in the photos. I hope someone can explain to me why I have this all wrong, but it sure looks like a PIPL to me. Gould it possibly be "Dodger" from last fall/winter?


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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Date: 4/15/19 10:51 am
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET apparent Piping Plover photographed at Montrose (4-15-19)
What appears to be a PIPING PLOVER was photographed at Montrose this morning (Monday, 15 April 2019). It was originally reported by Terry Walsh as a Semipalmated Plover, but look at the pale cheeks in the photos. I hope someone can explain to me why I have this all wrong, but it sure looks like a PIPL to me. Gould it possibly be "Dodger" from last fall/winter?
Walter MarciszChicago, Cook Co.
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Date: 4/15/19 6:37 am
From: John Dongas <madzosiii...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bluebirds


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I have several bluebird boxes and I always get one or two pair that choose to nest in the boxes. I sometimes put out mealworms for the bluebirds and especially with the recent storm our nesting pair relish them. For the past couple of days the bluebirds have “fluttered” by our kitchen window “signaling” that the dish was empty. We promptly have responded to these entreaties by refilling the meal worm feeder. I. suppose they’ve got us trained. Also, I try to keep the worms for the bluebirds and I have been shooing away the starlings and cowbirds. The bluebirds don’t flush- they seem to know that they are welcome!
John Dongas,MD, Will County

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Date: 4/14/19 6:05 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Chipping sp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47556723732/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Snow didn't slow down the Chipping sp. Eating seeds and scratching snow. E. towhee doing the same thing. Two birds both male singing.
JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 4/14/19 4:53 pm
From: marilyn bell <marbell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bird Fight!
Hello Fellow IBETers,
In the midst of all the reporting of very special birds, I have a mundane sighting. A suet-eating AMERICAN ROBIN arrived on my balcony, as one does every year. After he worked and worked at flying up to the suet feeders below the overhang and staying on them, I felt sorry for him and gave him his own private suet cage, tied to the balcony railing at the height of the bird bath, so he can perch and devour suet to his heart's content!
Well, don't mess with his suet!! I've had 14 MOURNING DOVES come and go, sometimes all there, sitting on the bench or cozying up in the dirt-only flower pots.  The robin managed to scare them off and keep them completely away for 2-1/2 weeks, until one brave one put up a fight and then, slowly, others have followed. Now he just glares at them. But today I looked out the window and saw a EUROPEAN STARLING eating suet and being startled by the arrival of an angry Robin. Feathers flew, the two birds landed on the concrete floor still fighting beak to beak. But suddenly, the starling was on top of the robin peck, peck, pecking him and it seemed the robin couldn't get to his feet, bigger though he is!! Enough(!), I decided, because it looked like the starling was going to peck the robin to death, and I hurried to the window and shooed both away.
It's been calm here for three hours, but I've become a different kind of birdwatcher!!
Marilyn BellWarrenvilleDuPage County
P.S.  Many thanks to all of you who post on IBET, even if you do also post elsewhere.  I'd hate to see this chat disappear, especially after all the years of hard work by Sue Fricia. (Can't remember the proper spelling.)
 

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Date: 4/14/19 4:05 pm
From: 'Darrell Shambaugh' <d.shambaugh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: LaSalle County Saturday, 4-13-19
I found a bunch of shorebirds near Earleville Saturday. They were about a
half mile north of Route 34 on the first road east of Earlville. There is
flooded field on that road that has been there for several years and usually
get some shorebirds in the spring. Saturday there were:



8 Wilson's Snipe

3 Greater Yellowlegs

6 Lesser Yellowlegs

1 Killdeer

6 Blue-winged Teal



In a bean stubble field near Harding I found a Savannah Sparrow.



On April 11, a Common Loon was on Loon Lake at Silver Springs State Park in
Kendall County.



Today, April 14, I had 3 Pine Siskins at my bird feeder in Somonauk Illinois
(DeKalb County) during the snowstorm. Also at my feeder were



American Goldfinch

House Finch

Starling

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Sparrow

Mourning Dove

Black-capped Chickadee

Northern Cardinal



I've had 3 Pine Siskins every day for a couple of weeks.





Darrell Shambaugh

Somonauk, DeKalb County


 

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Date: 4/14/19 3:38 pm
From: Patti Greenberg <patti.greenberg...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Migrant
I am pretty sure I had a Yellow throated Warbler at my feeders today. Must have been blown up with yesterday's strong south wind.
 

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Date: 4/14/19 11:23 am
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum, Saturday, 4/13/2019
I walked on various paths at Schulenburg yesterday late afternoon for a
short time. While I love that part of the Arb, at this time of year the sun
is quite a factor facing south and west, so much of what I saw I could not
identify. It was interesting (at least to me) that in the parking lot of
the Schulenburg you'd have thought there wasn't a bird anywhere in the
area. But walking west down the path from the canopied area, once I heard
the Redwings arguing, things started to pick up (with, as I said, birds
alighting with the sun as backdrop)

I did see the following:

Tree Swallow - 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 4
American Robin - 10
Red-winged Blackbird - 25
Song Sparrow - 1

Ed McDevitt
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Date: 4/14/19 9:17 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose In The Snow Sunday 4-14-19
Hello Bird People,

Just a quick report to say that yesterday's big Curlew did not care
for the snow/rain situation at Montrose today & did not show up when I
was there. The only shorebird was a fly-by Killdeer.
I had a good plan of attack in that I stood on the beach house front
walk way out of the rain & viewed the entire flooded beach area with
my scope & could see everything. Only a few people walked the beach &
I heard that one person saw a Bonaparte's Gull or 2 at the very edge
of the beach. But I saw neither the Curlew nor the Laughing Gull seen
yesterday. I was there from
7-9 a,m, & by the end of that time the wind shifted a little more to
the north causing me to lose my protected spot by the beach house & so
I gave up.

It was interesting that on a normal day you see about 100 Ring Bills &
only 4-5 Herring Gulls on the beach but today there were about 75
Herring Gulls, more than the Ring Billed. The Gulls were having a fine
time flying into the wind & doing that bit where they pick up sticks,
fly a little & then drop the stick & another gull picks it up &
repeats the procedure.

With me for part of the time were Phil, Susan & Krzys K & Krzys picked
out a 2nd year Thayer's Gull & a sub-adult Lesser Black Backed Gull.
Also there were 2 adult Lesser Black Backed Gulls.
Winter Gulls in Winter weather!

It was a long shot to get the Curlew so I can't be surprised I missed
it. Maybe when the weather improves it will still be found again.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the adult Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

Driving was pretty bad away from the lake so be careful if you have to
go somewhere.

Al Stokie
In Cook County in the snow


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Date: 4/13/19 10:08 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Long-billed Curlew Montrose Beach Cook Co - Thank you’s
I’ve never been called a Burger before. 😂

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 13, 2019, at 8:05 PM, Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Please excuse me for my earlier (and very funny) typos. Was dictating into my not-so-smart-phone while trying to keep my eye on the Long-billed Curlew as it flew by. In my haste to get the message out, I did not proofread.
>
>
> What a great day of birding!
> Amanda T
> Skokie, Cook Co
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Apr 13, 2019, at 11:35 AM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> wrote:
>>
>> A big thank you to Amanda T. and Scott L. for first spotting this bird and to Amanda for spotting it a second time at 9:30. The group who was with Amanda hollered and cheered and jumped up and down!
>>
>> Hopefully it will decide to come back to Montrose for additional people to see it.
>>
>> Tamima
>>
>> On Apr 13, 2019, at 9:38 AM, Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> This morning Scott Latimer and I found a Long-bilked Curlew on the Montrose public beach. Many Burgers that great views and then it flew off to the south. I just relocated it it just flew back to the public beach at 9:30 AM
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>
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Date: 4/13/19 8:14 pm
From: Jay Trees <jtrees...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yard birds
Had pine Siskins, purple finch, red-breasted nuthatch and brown creeper along with regulars today
Yesterday at Skokie Preserve and Oriole Grove in Lake Forest had both kinglets, bufflehead, blue wing teal, cormorant, shovelers and wood ducks and at least six hermit thrush and brown creeper, cardinal and brown-headed cowbird

Jay
Lake County




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Date: 4/13/19 7:44 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard E. towhees males
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47602326631/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/Hi friends,Singing and calling but no females here yet. Male was licking the grape vines for juice.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/13/19 7:24 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Point and Air Station Prairie (Cook County)
Started the day at Montrose - glad I did obviously as I got incredible
looks at the LONG-BILLED CURLEW. Other than that, the birding overall was
pretty good with 52 species -- and I know I missed a few others saw despite
my 5 hours wandering there. Personal highlights included a SHORT-EARED OWL
flying around in the earlier hours and providing some cool city-scape photo
ops and a first of year (early/flagged) PALM WARBLER and certainly great
looks at lots of other cool stuff.
Montrose list with photos: View this checklist online at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54907968
I went out again this evening to try for the Yellow-headed Blackbird in the
Glenview area. I missed on that but wandered Air Station Prairie for a
while and got on a RUSTY BLACKBIRD. On my way out, I was standing by the
marsh and heard both SORA and VIRGINIA RAILS. I stood still and watched and
listened for a long time and ultimately was rewarded with views of a couple
of the Virginia Rails. Also, as I stood still a SWAMP SPARROW got so close
it was inches from my feet and I was able to get some cool shots looking
down on it. During this time a LESSER YELLOWLEGS flew in and I noticed two
hidden WILSON'S SNIPE across the way. Good reminder that there's always one
more bird you haven't seen if you just kind of wait and watch.
ASP list with photos: View this checklist online at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54919438
A quick stop at Techny had some of the expected stuff - with the highlight
being 3 very bright RUDDY DUCKS (foy for me) and 2 more WILSON'S SNIPES.
Good birding.
Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 13, 2019 7:19 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.96 mile(s)
52 species

Canada Goose 10
Blue-winged Teal 2
Mallard 6
Lesser Scaup 3
Long-tailed Duck 1 As seen by several, male
Common Goldeneye 2
Red-breasted Merganser 20
Horned Grebe 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 1
Killdeer 6
Long-billed Curlew 1
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 2nd cycle
Caspian Tern 5
Double-crested Cormorant 50
Great Blue Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Short-eared Owl 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 20
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
American Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Purple Martin 5
Tree Swallow 20
Barn Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 8
American Robin 25
Brown Thrasher 5
European Starling 35
American Goldfinch 1
Field Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco 11
White-throated Sparrow 14
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 18
Eastern Towhee 5
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Brown-headed Cowbird 10
Common Grackle 30
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Northern Cardinal 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54907968

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

Air Station Prairie, Glenview, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 13, 2019 4:02 PM - 5:44 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.05 mile(s)
26 species

Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 5
Mallard 6
Mourning Dove 5
Virginia Rail 4 There were several of these making a Ruckus in the
marsh. Estimate at least 4. Saw 2 simultaneously and heard others further
away.
Sora 2
Killdeer 6
Wilson's Snipe 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Caspian Tern 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Northern Flicker 15
Eastern Phoebe 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 14
American Robin 25
European Starling 10
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 14
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 14
Northern Cardinal 2
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54919438

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Date: 4/13/19 6:05 pm
From: Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Long-billed Curlew Montrose Beach Cook Co - Thank you’s
Please excuse me for my earlier (and very funny) typos. Was dictating into my not-so-smart-phone while trying to keep my eye on the Long-billed Curlew as it flew by. In my haste to get the message out, I did not proofread.

What a great day of birding!
Amanda T
Skokie, Cook Co


Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 13, 2019, at 11:35 AM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> wrote:
>
> A big thank you to Amanda T. and Scott L. for first spotting this bird and to Amanda for spotting it a second time at 9:30. The group who was with Amanda hollered and cheered and jumped up and down!
>
> Hopefully it will decide to come back to Montrose for additional people to see it.
>
> Tamima
>
> On Apr 13, 2019, at 9:38 AM, Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> This morning Scott Latimer and I found a Long-bilked Curlew on the Montrose public beach. Many Burgers that great views and then it flew off to the south. I just relocated it it just flew back to the public beach at 9:30 AM
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>

 

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Date: 4/13/19 5:50 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Jackson Park: An unexpected warbler
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today covering Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, the Inner Harbor, with a peak at the Outer Harbor and the west part of the golf course. I had my first warbler of the year in Jackson Park but it wasn't one I expected. I saw a small bird with a yellow breast on the ground in the middle of what used to be the "Rose Garden" on Wooded Island and it turned out to be a NORTHERN PARULA! I tried to take a distant photo but my batteries were dead. By the time I had replaced them it was gone. I searched for a while before finding it again along the eastern shore of the island and was able to get blurry but identifiable photos. This is pretty early but not record early for the park, as one was seen on 4/8/2001. Last I saw the bird was a bit south of the Japanese Garden.
I had a few other highlights. The most common migrants were DARK-EYED JUNCOS, SONG and SWAMP SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSHES and N. FLICKERS. A pair E. BLUEBIRDS were seen together at the south end of Wooded Island. I assume it was the same pair I saw later south of the soccer fields. A female RUDDY DUCK (FOY) was napping in the east lagoon and some N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS (FOY) were flying around. I finally found a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (FOY JxP) in the woods north of the meadow. On the east side of the Inner Harbor was a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (FOY) and at the southwest end was a female RUSTY BLACKBIRD. My full list follows (following the order in Sibley, 2nd ed.).

Abbreviations: WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, IH = Inner Harbor, OH = Outer harbor, GC = golf course.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (35), IH (3)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (13)
Mallard: WI/BM (14), IH (2)
Blue-winged Teal: WI/BM (2)
Greater Scaup: IH (10)
Lesser Scaup: IH (1)
Common Goldeneye: IH (2)
Hooded Merganser: WI/BM (1)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (6), IH (2), OH (8)
Ruddy Duck: WI/BM (1)
Horned Grebe: OH (1)
Pied-billed Grebe: IH (1)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (2), IH (1)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (2)
Cooper's Hawk: GC (1)
A. Coot: IH (3), OH (1)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (10), IH (5), OH (157)
Herring Gull: WI/BM (1), IH (1)
Caspian Tern: WI/BM (2)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (1)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (2)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (24), IH (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (9), IH (1; also on WI/BM list)
A. Crow: WI/BM (1), IH (1)
N. Rough-winged Swallow: WI/BM (3)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (2)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (1)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: IH (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (2)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (1), IH (1)
E. Bluebird: WI/BM (2)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (18), GC (2)
A. Robin: WI/BM (31), IH (2), GC (1)
Euro. Starling: WI/BM (20)
N. Parula: WI/BM (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (1)
E. Towhee: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Fox Sparrow: WI/BM (1), GC (2)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (40), IH (6), GC (6)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (11), IH (1), GC (2)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (23)
White-throated Sparrow: WI/BM (3)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (8), IH (3), GC (4)
Rusty Blackbird: IH (1)
Red-winged Blackbird: WI/BM (25), IH (4)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (8)
House Finch: WI/BM (1)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (8), IH (1)
House Sparrow: WI/BM (3)

Randy Shonkwiler
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Date: 4/13/19 4:40 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET N flicker Byard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46686624345/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,The female came looking for ants I guess. JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/13/19 4:16 pm
From: <ericwalters7...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Lake County Lakefront-Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South & North Units Sat 4-13-19
---In <ilbirds...>, <alstokie99@...> wrote :
Waukegan Beach (6:50-7:40 a.m.)

Missed Beau's Whimbrel by about a 1/2 hour....

.... But I'd have traded all 68 for the 1 Long Billed Curlew that I missed....
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This is a mighty early date for a Whimbrel in Northern IL (in fact, an all time early record date). There's only 2 other historical report dates for this species in April in N. IL, both in 2nd half of April. Active birders typically focus on 3rd and 4th weeks of May to get this species....


In light of that reality and the Waukegan bird was seen flying south and considering a Long-billed Curlew showed up about 60-90 minutes later on Montrose Beach and the distance between the locations is only about 35 miles... one has to ask the question...


Was the Waukegan Beach 'curlew' actually the very same Long-billed that showed up later at Montrose? Were there any photos taken? If so, take a 2nd look at them to confirm!


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO

 

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Date: 4/13/19 2:53 pm
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Columbus Park today
IA group of 7 of us walked CP from the Refectory to the island and back.
Good birding.

Mallard - 10
Wood Duck - 6
Eastern Phoebe - 2
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Swamp Sparrow - 4
Ring-billed Gull. - 10
Double-crested Cormorant - 4
American Robin - 30
Barn Swallow - 6
Rough-winged Swallow - 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 8
Northern Flicker - 3
Black-crowned Night Heron - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Killdeer - 2
Song Sparrow - 2
Canada Goose - 25
American Goldfinch-1
American Crow - 2

 

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Date: 4/13/19 2:26 pm
From: Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Marbled Godwit, will county
I forgot to mention it had leg bands, green on left, silver on right.

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> On Apr 12, 2019, at 12:20 PM, Susan Zelek <susanzelek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I am currently looking at a Marbled Godwit in Will County. It is on the east side of Stoney Island road, just south of Eagle Lake road in Beecher Il..
>
> Sue Zelek
> Cook County
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Date: 4/13/19 2:23 pm
From: Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Marbled Godwit, will county
The godwit was present this morning on the west side of Stony Island just north of the cell tower. Killer looks right next to the road. Thanks Sue!

Jeff Smith
Woodridge, DuPage Co.

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> On Apr 12, 2019, at 12:20 PM, Susan Zelek <susanzelek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I am currently looking at a Marbled Godwit in Will County. It is on the east side of Stoney Island road, just south of Eagle Lake road in Beecher Il..
>
> Sue Zelek
> Cook County
> Sent from Sue Zelek's iPhone
>
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Date: 4/13/19 2:09 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County Lakefront-Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South & North Units Sat 4-13-19
Hello Bird People,

In the last few days Susan Z saw a Marbled Godwit, the Lake County
Boys had 8 Avocets,
Beau S had a fly-by Whimbrel & today's Big One the Long Billed Curlew
at Montrose.
So what do I have to show for that time period? Six Killdeer, 4 Snipe
& 1 Spotted Sandpiper that's what. I want a re-count! But we all make
choices as to where to go & my choices have been weak lately. Maybe
they will get better?

Waukegan Beach (6:50-7:40 a.m.)

Missed Beau's Whimbrel by about a 1/2 hour. Ducks seen were Mallard,
Gadwall, Shovelers,
Blue Winged Teal, Bufflehead & R.B. Mergs. Saw 4 Coots, 2 Killdeer,
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls & a few Caspian Terns. A Barn Swallow flew
by as did a Flicker & 2 European Goldfinches.

Illinois Beach South Unit (8-9:30 a.m.)

Common Loon (1 in the Dead River)
D.C. Cormorant (~30)
Great Egret (1 fly-by)
Bufflehead (20 in the river)
Coots (~40 in the river)
Northern Harrier (1 fly-by)
Kestrel (4 along the beach)
Sandhill Crane (heard only)
Killdeer (2)
Caspian Tern (1 fly-by)
Mourning Dove (1)
Flicker (5), Eastern Phoebe (5) ,Blue Jay (1), Crow (1), Chickadee (2)
Creeper (5), Golden Crowned (2) & Ruby Crowned (1) Kinglets
Eastern Bluebird (6), Hermit Thrush (10) & Robins
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (~15)
Field (2), Savannah (2), Song (3) & Swamp (2) Sparrows
Red Wings, Cowbirds & Eastern Meadowlark (H-2)
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (8)
On my way out a CLIFF SWALLOW flew by the car.

Illinois Beach North Unit Long Loop Trail (9:45-11:15 a.m.)

Highlights here were all the Raptors flying by. Seen here were Turkey
Vultures (6), Harriers (6),
Cooper's Hawk (1), Red Tailed Hawk (1), MERLIN (1, after a Sapsucker
but missed) & PEREGRINE (2).
New species for the day were Sandhill Crane (seen), Yellow Bellied
Sapsucker, W.B. Nuthatch,
WINTER WREN (1), Fox Sparrow (1) & Grackle.

On my way home I stopped by Techny North & added to the day list with
Lesser Scaup (6),
Ring Necked Duck (2-F), Common Merganser (1-F), Ruddy Duck (3), Snipe
(4) & 2 ROUGH WINGED SWALLOWS flew by.

I have been whining about not making it to 50 species in a day but
today I had 68 although 2 of those were "heard only" & another was the
European Goldfinch.
But I'd have traded all 68 for the 1 Long Billed Curlew that I missed.

Bird-Of-The-Day for Bob E is the Peregrine & Runner-Up is the Winter Wren.
For me it's also the Peregrine with Runners-Up being the Merlin & the
Brewer's Blackbirds.

Al Stokie
Mostly in Lake County today but wishing I'd been at Montrose


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Date: 4/13/19 1:32 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow-headed black bird, cook co
Seen at air station prairie. Flew towards lake glenview around 2-2:30 pm. Male. Nice record for me for this location.

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 4/13/19 12:53 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Saturday, 4/20 for Indian Ridge/Hegewisch Marsh Bird Walk


Join COS for a morning of birding in some of Chicago’s better wetland habitats. Expect a nice variety of migrating waterfowl and early spring passerines.
PLEASE NOTE: Indian Ridge has 2 parking lots that hold about 10 vehicles each. You MUST RSVP for each CAR, not each person. This trip will be limited to 20 vehicles. Please meet at the lot off of S Torrence Ave.https://goo.gl/maps/u1Wx91NENxP2 https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2Fmaps%2Fu1Wx91NENxP2%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0Pvakkk54izli1u9sJOttYvtsFmAuWyCi0dWPMitNbPTYtHQMg6i80qdo&h=AT2o9OOc7nFIQ7wpNvwoW-SOgwCxHUcPfwLSNILO3Ei2eH94SkqWbbn3tKD1dySjV1tmkkMJzZoN5vU3n68oJ3WnYc2rQiYucHSPbgD3GFpoZWh8-l5KPEjJL1fdOgqfmUAsCL8RHltI6K7za7-QO7Xki5ksfj3Jre-q9dME When that lot becomes full, you'll be directed to the other lot on 122nd.
To RSVP, please use this link: https://forms.gle/CPcejVdbAjshLmRw9 https://forms.gle/CPcejVdbAjshLmRw9?fbclid=IwAR2Iug1A7bMN-C5piOV6uSi2w_W6ncPbeO-p0vvxfbOaiaiGSUDPYNKShH4

Leader: Isoo O'Brien; <isooman22...>
Saturday, April 20
7:30 am
Indian Ridge Marsh/Hegewisch Marsh
Meet at Indian Ridge parking lot. We will carpool over to Hegewisch because it has very little parking.
Link to location on googlemaps: https://goo.gl/maps/u1Wx91NENxP2 https://goo.gl/maps/u1Wx91NENxP2?fbclid=IwAR2qZJu7jRbyFnjR1Q5wTWpqfhSWpbSpA3CA31jH6bGT5N-Fge9VOY21g6c


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Date: 4/13/19 9:57 am
From: <joceb2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton
Fifteen birders participated in this field trip sponsored by DuPage Birding Club on April 13. Despite cool/cold temperatures and wind, the trip proved productive. Here are s details:

IL-DuPage: Lincoln Marsh Natural Area (Wheaton), DuPage, Illinois, US

Apr 13, 2019 8:00 AM - 10:40 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: Clear and breezy; air temp. 37°F to 45°F

41 species



Canada Goose 6

Wood Duck 2

Blue-winged Teal 4

Mallard 8

Mourning Dove 3

Ring-billed Gull 1

Great Blue Heron 1

Great Egret 1

Turkey Vulture 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 6

American Kestrel 1

Eastern Phoebe 3

Blue Jay 1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1

Tree Swallow 6

Barn Swallow 1

Black-capped Chickadee 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Brown Creeper 3

House Wren 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Eastern Bluebird 1

Hermit Thrush 5

American Robin 12

European Starling 2

American Goldfinch 4

White-throated Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 2

Swamp Sparrow 8

Red-winged Blackbird 20

Brown-headed Cowbird 8

Common Grackle 8

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Northern Cardinal 6

House Sparrow 8

--Submitted by John Cebula (DuPage County)


 

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Date: 4/13/19 9:41 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Long-billed Curlew Montrose Beach Cook Co - Thank you’s
A big thank you to Amanda T. and Scott L. for first spotting this bird and to Amanda for spotting it a second time at 9:30. The group who was with Amanda hollered and cheered and jumped up and down!

Hopefully it will decide to come back to Montrose for additional people to see it.

Tamima

On Apr 13, 2019, at 9:38 AM, Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...><mailto:<amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



This morning Scott Latimer and I found a Long-bilked Curlew on the Montrose public beach. Many Burgers that great views and then it flew off to the south. I just relocated it it just flew back to the public beach at 9:30 AM

Sent from my iPhone


 

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Date: 4/13/19 9:24 am
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Turkey apparently, cook co
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/schmich/ct-met-mary-schmich-wild-turkey-20190412-story.html?fbclid=IwAR191Arv2aaR7ZMCd33nfbkVAxyj5oL2Np7s3TnE6bQVhzhHUZoqpHViQMk


Suzanne Coleman
Cook co.
 

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Date: 4/13/19 8:17 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: IBET Long billed curlew at Montrose public beach - gone

Curlew left at 10:12 am. Flew toward Loyola and landed, South of Loyola.

Scott Judd, in your patch.,,

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From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...>>
Date: April 13, 2019 at 9:50:00 AM CDT
To: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...>>
Cc: "<ILbirds...><mailto:<ILbirds...>" <ILbirds...><mailto:<ILbirds...>>
Subject: Re: IBET Long billed curlew at Montrose public beach

Still at the beach at 9:50 am

On Apr 13, 2019, at 9:35 AM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Back there at 9:34 am


 

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Date: 4/13/19 8:00 am
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Long-billed Curlew, 4/13 a.m.
Dear Birders,
Earlier this morning Chicago Park District Security did not immediately respond to your dog violation complaints because the person they normally have on duty at Montrose is out sick.  I just contacted them again and they immediately sent someone out there.  The officer's name is Augusta Cotton and she is on her way.  Please meet/thank her and get her onto the off-leash dogs so that this Curlew has a chance to rest and feed undisturbed.  The 19th District Chicago Police were also contacted again and they are sending a car, too.

Good birding!
Leslie <Bornscakile...>/Cook
Spring has returned.  The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.
{Rainer Maria Rilke , 1875 - 1926}


On Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:43:29 AM CDT, 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes..enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 
A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was at Montrose Beach in Chicago this morning,
April 13. The bird was standing in the large fluddle on the public
beach. This was about 7:50. At 8:00 it flew east towards Lake Michigan
and then south and was not seen again. Photos were taken, one of which
has been posted on the Illinois rare bird Facebook page.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point:
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhughes63

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Date: 4/13/19 7:50 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Long billed curlew at Montrose public beach
Still at the beach at 9:50 am

On Apr 13, 2019, at 9:35 AM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Back there at 9:34 am


 

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Date: 4/13/19 7:44 am
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Long-billed Curlew, 4/13 a.m.
A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was at Montrose Beach in Chicago this morning,
April 13. The bird was standing in the large fluddle on the public
beach. This was about 7:50. At 8:00 it flew east towards Lake Michigan
and then south and was not seen again. Photos were taken, one of which
has been posted on the Illinois rare bird Facebook page.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point:
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhughes63


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Date: 4/13/19 7:36 am
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Long billed curlew at Montrose public beach
Back there at 9:34 am


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Date: 4/13/19 7:36 am
From: Amanda Tichacek <amanda.tichacek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET YES Long-billed Curlew Montrose Beach Cook Co
This morning Scott Latimer and I found a Long-bilked Curlew on the Montrose public beach. Many Burgers that great views and then it flew off to the south. I just relocated it it just flew back to the public beach at 9:30 AM

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Date: 4/13/19 5:03 am
From: Jerry Hampton <jerhamp33...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: possible Lake Co. Smew report?
At 6:50 am there were 40 cormorants, 5 red-breasted merge and 1 caspian
tern. No smew.

Jerry Hampton
630-400-0755

 

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Date: 4/13/19 4:39 am
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET possible Lake Co. Smew report?

If anyone is able to visit Green Lake Park, Buffalo Grove US-IL (42.1731,-87.9696), Lake,US-IL this weekend, an observer reported a possible SMEW to eBird there on April 11th. The observer's comments seem to eliminate Long-tailed Duck and domestic Mallard: "It didn’t have a tall black tail. It was small. There is nothingelse which looked it. Wish I had my camera with me." 

That's all I know for now.




Walter Marcisz

Chicago, Cook Co.







 

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Date: 4/12/19 7:41 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard two towhees
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/40630194793/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Two birds, male, singing and feeding. Likes black oil seeds.Chipping sp and Swamp sp too. JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/12/19 7:13 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Skokie Lagoons North From From Willow Rd & From Forest Way Friday 4-12-19
The deck shuffled a bit from this morning. In addition to most of the birds
Al saw at SL from Willow, this evening, of note, I was able to add a pair
of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, and a large number of swallows over the picnic area
lagoon that included TREE (50+), NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED (20+), BARN (~8) &
CLIFF (picked out 2).

Good birding.

On Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 3:16 PM Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> Like yesterday at Chevalier Woods there were a lot of birds to look at
> although I had a slow start. Yesterdays bird list from Jeff B showed 3
> Winter Wrens so I thought I could find one &, wonder of wonders, I
> found 2. Also good numbers of Kinglets, Creepers, Flickers, Phoebes &
> Hermit Thrushes as well.
> In the open areas the wind was tough going but in the woods it was
> o.k. Two lists today:
>
> Skokie Lagoons From Forest Way Dr (7:45-8:30 a.m.)
>
> P.B. Grebe (10)
> D.C. Cormorant (19)
> Great Blue Heron (6)
> Canada Geese (38)
> Mallard (5)
> Lesser Scaup (6)
> Bufflehead (10)
> R,B. Merganser (23)
> Ruddy Duck (3)
> Bald Eagle (1-AD, hunting at the intersection of Tower & Forest Way)
> Red Tailed Hawk (1, also hunting)
> SPOTTED SANDPIPER (1) (Did not expect this one before Yellowlegs or
> Pectorals)
> Herring Gull (6)
> Ring Billed Gull (2)
> Caspian Tern (1)
> Tree Swallow (74, but no other Swallows)
> Land birds were Robins, Song Sparrows & Red Wings.
>
> Skokie Lagoons In From Willow Rd (8:40-11 a.m.)
>
> D.C. Cormorant (1)
> Great Blue Heron (3)
> Canada Geese (8)
> Wood Duck (1)
> Mallard (8)
> Blue Winged Teal (2-PR)
> Bufflehead (5)
> R.B. Merg (1-F)
> Turkey Vulture (2)
> Killdeer (heard 1 flying by)
> Kingfisher (2 males chasing each other)
> Red Bellied Woodpecker (only 1)
> Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (2-3)
> Downy Woodpecker (2)
> Hairy Woodpecker (1-F)
> Flicker (8)
> Eastern Phoebe (6)
> Chickadee (2)
> W.B. Nuthatch (1)
> Brown Creeper (7)
> WINTER WREN (2)
> Golden Crowned Kinglet (2)
> Ruby Crowned Kinglet (6)
> (1st time I've had more Ruby Crowned than Golden)
> Hermit Thrush (5)
> Robins (~25)
> Starling (1)
> Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (~25, with most fly catching over the water)
> Cardinal (1)
> Fox Sparrow (1)
> Song Sparrow (5)
> Swamp Sparrow (2)
> White Throated Sparrow (2)
> Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds
> Goldfinch (1)
>
> Had 47 species today so still can't get to 50 but I missed a few birds
> today I should have had like Pigeon & Junco.
> Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the somewhat early Spotted Sandpiper &
> Runner-Up to the Winter Wrens. Again I had lots of birds to sort through
> today.
>
> Al Stokie
> In Cook County today
>
>


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Date: 4/12/19 7:11 pm
From: 'Woody G.' <gowillia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie lagoons - eagles in nest
Hi all,
My friend and I had a good day this evening at the lagoons. We saw a *Bald
Eagle* fly and land in a nest - this must have been the one mentioned by Al
Stokie - and when we looked we saw another flying nearby. We got closer and
saw one clearly in the nest while the other flew around making noise.

Other highlights included a flyby of a *Northern Harrier*, possibly the one
mentioned by Jeff Blisky, a beautiful pale adult male. Also large numbers
of *Yellow-rumped Warblers*, my first of the year *Savannah Sparrows*
and a *Field
Sparrow*.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54886568

Happy birding!

Woody

 

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Date: 4/12/19 1:05 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons North From From Willow Rd & From Forest Way Friday 4-12-19
Hello Bird People,

Like yesterday at Chevalier Woods there were a lot of birds to look at
although I had a slow start. Yesterdays bird list from Jeff B showed 3
Winter Wrens so I thought I could find one &, wonder of wonders, I
found 2. Also good numbers of Kinglets, Creepers, Flickers, Phoebes &
Hermit Thrushes as well.
In the open areas the wind was tough going but in the woods it was
o.k. Two lists today:

Skokie Lagoons From Forest Way Dr (7:45-8:30 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (10)
D.C. Cormorant (19)
Great Blue Heron (6)
Canada Geese (38)
Mallard (5)
Lesser Scaup (6)
Bufflehead (10)
R,B. Merganser (23)
Ruddy Duck (3)
Bald Eagle (1-AD, hunting at the intersection of Tower & Forest Way)
Red Tailed Hawk (1, also hunting)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (1) (Did not expect this one before Yellowlegs or Pectorals)
Herring Gull (6)
Ring Billed Gull (2)
Caspian Tern (1)
Tree Swallow (74, but no other Swallows)
Land birds were Robins, Song Sparrows & Red Wings.

Skokie Lagoons In From Willow Rd (8:40-11 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (1)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Canada Geese (8)
Wood Duck (1)
Mallard (8)
Blue Winged Teal (2-PR)
Bufflehead (5)
R.B. Merg (1-F)
Turkey Vulture (2)
Killdeer (heard 1 flying by)
Kingfisher (2 males chasing each other)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (only 1)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (2-3)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-F)
Flicker (8)
Eastern Phoebe (6)
Chickadee (2)
W.B. Nuthatch (1)
Brown Creeper (7)
WINTER WREN (2)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (2)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (6)
(1st time I've had more Ruby Crowned than Golden)
Hermit Thrush (5)
Robins (~25)
Starling (1)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (~25, with most fly catching over the water)
Cardinal (1)
Fox Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (5)
Swamp Sparrow (2)
White Throated Sparrow (2)
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds
Goldfinch (1)

Had 47 species today so still can't get to 50 but I missed a few birds
today I should have had like Pigeon & Junco.
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the somewhat early Spotted Sandpiper &
Runner-Up to the Winter Wrens. Again I had lots of birds to sort through today.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/12/19 10:20 am
From: Susan Zelek <susanzelek...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Marbled Godwit, will county
I am currently looking at a Marbled Godwit in Will County. It is on the east side of Stoney Island road, just south of Eagle Lake road in Beecher Il.


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Date: 4/12/19 9:47 am
From: David Antieau <dkantieau...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose - April 12, 2019
Dear birders,
I had a few highlights at Montrose this morning:
First of year birds, for me, were: SHORT-EARED OWL (which I watched fly in from well north of the end of the fishhook pier. A Kestrel preceded it by about a minute, so I wonder if the Kestrel had chased it out, then turned around - Fran had told me a Kestrel was hanging out on the beach); VESPER SPARROW, in the path that separates the two portions of the panne; GREAT EGRET (that I originally thought was a very pale GB Heron, but Curtis H had seen it better & I saw it again later); Northern Rough-winged Swallow. I thought I had one new bird for the year, but don't remember it at the moment & it didn't make my list.
Other birds that may interest you:Rusty Blackbird - two, at the entrance to the butterfly meadow that's closest to the beach;Northern Shoveler - two, about 100' from the dog beach - Fran M had also seen 4 Bonaparte's Gulls there, but I missed them.Brown Thrasher - 5Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) - 3Brown Creeper - 1Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2
Northern Flicker - I put down 14, a conservative numberAmerican Coot - the wintering bird (if it's still here) had 10 companionsCommon Goldeneye - two females in the harbor, my first in a couple of weeks
Counting Eastern Towhee, I had nine species of sparrows
It was certainly worth getting out.
For the birds!
Dave <Antieaudkantieau...>, Cook County
 

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Date: 4/11/19 6:51 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Things were decent at the lagoons tonight - despite the chill in the air.
Lots of HERMIT THRUSHES; a few energetic WINTER WRENS and a BROWN THRASHER
were first-of-year birds for me. A flyover NORTHERN HARRIER (heading west
towards the glen/techny) was a new patch bird for me (#168 since 4/1/17).
Not a lot in terms of ducks, but a few lingering. PHOEBES, YELLOW-RUMPS,
and TREE SWALLOWS were mostly near the water - looking for any insect they
could find. Some pics here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54845262

Good Birding.

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 11, 2019 5:22 PM - 7:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.65 mile(s)
38 species

Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 8
Mallard 8
Bufflehead 3
Common Goldeneye 1
Red-breasted Merganser 5
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 6
Caspian Tern 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 8
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 15
Tree Swallow 12
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 6
Winter Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 30
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 14
Hermit Thrush 12
American Robin 24
Brown Thrasher 1
Dark-eyed Junco 7
Song Sparrow 7
Red-winged Blackbird 35
Brown-headed Cowbird 12
Common Grackle 25
Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
Northern Cardinal 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54845262

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

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Date: 4/11/19 3:11 pm
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Bonaparte's Gulls
Just had 6 Bonaparte's Gulls fly over the yard.

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 4/11/19 2:05 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chevalier Woods, Lake Opeka & Axehead Lake Thursday 4-11-19
Hello Bird People,

Chevalier Woods is a good place to find Winter Wren & Rusty Blackbirds
but again those targets went unseen by me today. However, most of the
early migrants were there & in good numbers as well. Saw good numbers
of Phoebes, G.C. Kinglets, Myrtle Warblers & especially Flickers. At
the 2 small lakes there were a few duck species & lots of Horned
Grebes.

Chevalier Woods (8:15-10:45 a.m.)

Canada Geese (4)
Wood Duck (3)
Mallard (5)
(Geese & Ducks all in the river)
Turkey Vulture (2, hunting)
Gull Species? (5, too far away to I.D.)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (5)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (4)
Downy Woodpecker (4)
Flicker (22, everywhere!)
Eastern Phoebe (7)
Blue Jay (3-4)
Chickadee (4)
W.B. Nuthatch (5)
Brown Creeper (7)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (8)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (1)
Hermit Thrush (2)
Robins (~35)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (8)
Eastern Towhee (3)
Field Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (1)
Junco (7)\
Cardinal (heard 3)
Red Winged Blackbird (heard 1)
Cowbirds (8 in one flock)

Lake Opeka (11:30-11:50 a.m.)

COMMON LOON (1 in full Winter plumage, but soon left)
P,B, Grebe (1)
Horned Grebe (11, quite a flock!)
D.C. Cormorant (2)
Canada Geese (22)
Mallard (5)
R.B. Merganser (3)
Ring Billed (106) & Herring (4) Gulls
Land birds were Robins & House Sparrows

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

(The Loons (2 or 3) that had been here were gone.)
P.B. Grebe (1)
Horned Grebe (1)
Mallard (8)
Shoveler (1-PR)
Redhead (1-M & 2-F)
Bufflehead (5-M & 3-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (68, quite the gathering!)
Pigeon (6, at the roost site)

We'll go with quantity over quality today & make Bird-Of-The-Day all
those Flickers
& Runner-Up to all those Horned Grebes as both those totals were fairly high.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/11/19 8:36 am
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
Hi Suzanne:

The remark in the paper is a comment only about vocalizations during the
northward spring migration, indicating that Yellow Rails are known to sing
during the migration. It doesn't say anything about vocalizing on the
breeding ground, where Yellow Rails like other rails are quite vocal.

Good birding,
Geoff



On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 7:51 PM Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> wrote:

> Hi Geoff et al,
>
> That's interesting what you said at the end about them only calling during
> the northern movement of migration. Because I had just emailed Steve B.
> asking him a question about why I don't hear v. rails calling on their
> breeding grounds generally. So maybe that explains it.
>
> Suzanne
>
> On Apr 10, 2019, at 6:41 PM, Geoffrey Williamson
> <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Hi Stete and IBETers:
>
> I have never heard a Yellow Rail, and I don't know much about their
> behavior. But I did look at the Birds of North America (
> https://birdsna.org) account for Yellow Rail to see if there was
> information there that might help with Steve's question. I didn't find
> anything in the report that spoke about vocalizations during migration.
> However, the account cited a 1974 article by Reynard in Auk (available
> here:
> https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v091n04/p0747-p0756..pdf).
> Based on information Reynard had from "investigators working in the
> Atlantic states," he noted that singing (the "tick-tick, tick-tick-tick"
> and variants) occurs "during initial spring migration to northern breeding
> areas."
>
> Good birding,
> Geoff Williamson
> Chicago (Cook County)
>
> On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 6:20 PM 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...>
> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> I know that there are few & possibly no birders which can say yes to this
>> question, but has anyone ever heard a Yellow Rail calling/singing in
>> Illinois? I had a friend who just recently, likely saw (barely) a Yellow
>> Rail while they were down in Florida. They thought they might have heard
>> one a day or two earlier in the same marsh, but it wasn’t the typical call
>> (tick-tick, tic-tic-tic). Virtually all of the other rails found in
>> Illinois have several other, usually shorter/brief calls or call-notes that
>> they’ll make, besides their typical call/song. Personally, I’ve been lucky
>> enough to see 10-12 Yellow Rails in Illinois over the years, including 5 in
>> one night with Travis Mahan. However, though I have tried playing Yellow
>> Rail calls in the evening and early in the morning, I’ve never had one
>> respond, including the night when Travis & I played Yellow Rail calls and
>> saw at least 5 of them (though they ALL did approach us very closely!). I
>> have heard two Black Rails call over the years (still never seen one!), one
>> in response to my playing Black Rail calls (for my job), and another in
>> response to my playing a King Rail call (virtually all of the rails will
>> respond to other rail species calls, as well as other marsh bird species
>> calls). There are a few bird species which rarely, if ever “sing” on
>> migration, and include such common species as Hermit Thrush (& Brown
>> Creepers…, which sing a little but not that much) as well as more uncommon
>> species such as LeConte’s & Nelson’s Sparrows, though much of their singing
>> is done in the evening. I’m kind of wondering if Yellow Rails don’t sing
>> that much (if at all) on migration, and only sing on their breeding
>> grounds. Good birding!
>>
>>
>>
>> Steve Bailey
>>
>> Mundelein (Lake Co.)
>>
>> <sdbailey...>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
> --
> Geoff Williamson
> <geoffrey.williamson.21...>
>
>
>
>

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

 

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Date: 4/11/19 8:05 am
From: 'Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)' <Keith.A.Mcmullen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [Non-DoD Source] Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
I've heard YELLOW RAILS calling only 3 times in my 40+ years of birding in Illinois. I was part of a Big Day group back in the early 90's with the late Todd Fink who had "staked" out all the rails (except for BLACK) on private property on the Franklin/Jackson County line. We played a tape and sure enough, the tic-tic-ticking of a Yellow Rail responded within seconds!

Years later, Bob Shelby and I heard several YELLOW RAILS calling around 3 AM at the Karl Bartel Grassland, just SW of Kinmundy in Marion County. Bob likely remembers that night as we were playing tapes to get responses and on the tape of the Virginia Rail, there is a Yellow-billed Cuckoo calling. Bob and I, both, were fooled and listed our spring arrival Yellow-billed Cuckoo on our lists. It was several weeks later when I just so happened to be playing the Virginia Rail tape when I heard that Yellow-billed Cuckoo call, again, and realized, it was on the tape! I let Bob know and we both laughed, realizing we'd been fooled. Another reason why "heard only's" can be dangerous....but that's for another day!

I've also heard Yellow Rail calling at the Fayette County spot that Steve and Travis had seen numerous Yellow Rails. Dan Kassebaum and I heard them calling a few nights prior to Steve and Travis going out there to look for them.

I've actually heard more BLACK RAILS calling in Illinois than I've heard YELLOWS. I do know that rails are most active in the middle of the night, so if you wish to attempt hearing them, you must be out after midnight and find a good, quiet marsh or wet grassy field and hope there is no wind, no trains and no barking dogs :)

Happy Railing!

Keith McMullen
O'Fallon, IL
<Warbler7...>

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Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)



Steve/All-

We had one Yellow Rail spontaneously calling right along the road at night at Chain O'Lakes State Park during the Spring Count over ten years ago (looks like 2008 from the SBC database). This bird was between the marsh overlook and the top of the hill near the entrance in relatively dry grassy area. I had previously heard them in Sax-Zim Bog Minnesota in June.

Eric



Eric Lundquist Mundelein, IL brewbird1 [at] yahoo dot com


On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:51:22 PM CDT, Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:




Hi Geoff et al,

That's interesting what you said at the end about them only calling during the northern movement of migration. Because I had just emailed Steve B. asking him a question about why I don't hear v. rails calling on their breeding grounds generally. So maybe that explains it.

Suzanne

On Apr 10, 2019, at 6:41 PM, Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> <mailto:<geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> <mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...> > wrote:







Hi Stete and IBETers:

I have never heard a Yellow Rail, and I don't know much about their behavior. But I did look at the Birds of North America (Blockedhttps://birdsna.org) account for Yellow Rail to see if there was information there that might help with Steve's question. I didn't find anything in the report that spoke about vocalizations during migration. However, the account cited a 1974 article by Reynard in Auk (available here: Blockedhttps://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v091n04/p0747-p0756.pdf). Based on information Reynard had from "investigators working in the Atlantic states," he noted that singing (the "tick-tick, tick-tick-tick" and variants) occurs "during initial spring migration to northern breeding areas."

Good birding,
Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County)

On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 6:20 PM 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> <mailto:<sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> <mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...> > wrote:







I know that there are few & possibly no birders which can say yes to this question, but has anyone ever heard a Yellow Rail calling/singing in Illinois? I had a friend who just recently, likely saw (barely) a Yellow Rail while they were down in Florida. They thought they might have heard one a day or two earlier in the same marsh, but it wasn’t the typical call (tick-tick, tic-tic-tic). Virtually all of the other rails found in Illinois have several other, usually shorter/brief calls or call-notes that they’ll make, besides their typical call/song. Personally, I’ve been lucky enough to see 10-12 Yellow Rails in Illinois over the years, including 5 in one night with Travis Mahan. However, though I have tried playing Yellow Rail calls in the evening and early in the morning, I’ve never had one respond, including the night when Travis & I played Yellow Rail calls and saw at least 5 of them (though they ALL did approach us very closely!). I have heard two Black Rails call over the years (still never seen one!), one in response to my playing Black Rail calls (for my job), and another in response to my playing a King Rail call (virtually all of the rails will respond to other rail species calls, as well as other marsh bird species calls). There are a few bird species which rarely, if ever “sing” on migration, and include such common species as Hermit Thrush (& Brown Creepers…, which sing a little but not that much) as well as more uncommon species such as LeConte’s & Nelson’s Sparrows, though much of their singing is done in the evening. I’m kind of wondering if Yellow Rails don’t sing that much (if at all) on migration, and only sing on their breeding grounds. Good birding!



Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake Co.)

<sdbailey...> <mailto:<sdbailey...>









--

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Date: 4/11/19 6:42 am
From: Eric Lundquist <brewbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
Steve/All-
We had one Yellow Rail spontaneously calling right along the road at night at Chain O'Lakes State Park during the Spring Count over ten years ago (looks like 2008 from the SBC database).  This bird was between the marsh overlook and the top of the hill near the entrance in relatively dry grassy area.  I had previously heard them in Sax-Zim Bog Minnesota in June.
Eric


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On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:51:22 PM CDT, Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

Hi Geoff et al,
That's interesting what you said at the end about them only calling during the northern movement of migration. Because I had just emailed Steve B. asking him a question about why I don't hear v. rails calling on their breeding grounds generally. So maybe that explains it.

Suzanne
On Apr 10, 2019, at 6:41 PM, Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


 

Hi Stete and IBETers:
I have never heard a Yellow Rail, and I don't know much about their behavior.   But I did look at the Birds of North America (https://birdsna.org)account for Yellow Rail to see if there was information there that might help with Steve's question.   I didn't find anything in the report that spoke about vocalizations during migration.  However, the account cited a 1974 article by Reynard in Auk (available here: https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v091n04/p0747-p0756.pdf). Based on information Reynard had from "investigators working in the Atlantic states," he noted that singing (the "tick-tick, tick-tick-tick" and variants) occurs "during initial spring migration to northern breeding areas."
Good birding, Geoff WilliamsonChicago (Cook County)
On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 6:20 PM 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 


I know that there are few & possibly no birders which can say yes to this question, but has anyone ever heard a Yellow Rail calling/singing in Illinois?  I had a friend who just recently, likely saw (barely) a Yellow Rail while they were down in Florida. They thought they might have heard one a day or two earlier in the same marsh, but it wasn’t the typical call (tick-tick, tic-tic-tic). Virtually all of the other rails found in Illinois have several other, usually shorter/brief calls or call-notes that they’ll make, besides their typical call/song. Personally, I’ve been lucky enough to see 10-12 Yellow Rails in Illinois over the years, including 5 in one night with Travis Mahan. However, though I have tried playing Yellow Rail calls in the evening and early in the morning, I’ve never had one respond, including the night when Travis & I played Yellow Rail calls and saw at least 5 of them (though they ALL did approach us very closely!).  I have heard two Black Rails call over the years (still never seen one!), one in response to my playing Black Rail calls (for my job), and another in response to my playing a King Rail call (virtually all of the rails will respond to other rail species calls, as well as other marsh bird species calls). There are a few bird species which rarely, if ever “sing” on migration, and include such common species as Hermit Thrush (& Brown Creepers…, which sing a little but not that much) as well as more uncommon species such as LeConte’s & Nelson’s Sparrows, though much of their singing is done in the evening. I’m kind of wondering if Yellow Rails don’t sing that much (if at all) on migration, and only sing on their breeding grounds. Good birding!

 

Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake Co.)

<sdbailey...>

 

 





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Date: 4/10/19 5:51 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
Hi Geoff et al,

That's interesting what you said at the end about them only calling during the northern movement of migration. Because I had just emailed Steve B. asking him a question about why I don't hear v. rails calling on their breeding grounds generally. So maybe that explains it.

Suzanne

> On Apr 10, 2019, at 6:41 PM, Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hi Stete and IBETers:
>
> I have never heard a Yellow Rail, and I don't know much about their behavior. But I did look at the Birds of North America (https://birdsna.org) account for Yellow Rail to see if there was information there that might help with Steve's question. I didn't find anything in the report that spoke about vocalizations during migration. However, the account cited a 1974 article by Reynard in Auk (available here: https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v091n04/p0747-p0756.pdf). Based on information Reynard had from "investigators working in the Atlantic states," he noted that singing (the "tick-tick, tick-tick-tick" and variants) occurs "during initial spring migration to northern breeding areas."
>
> Good birding,
> Geoff Williamson
> Chicago (Cook County)
>
>> On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 6:20 PM 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> I know that there are few & possibly no birders which can say yes to this question, but has anyone ever heard a Yellow Rail calling/singing in Illinois? I had a friend who just recently, likely saw (barely) a Yellow Rail while they were down in Florida. They thought they might have heard one a day or two earlier in the same marsh, but it wasn’t the typical call (tick-tick, tic-tic-tic). Virtually all of the other rails found in Illinois have several other, usually shorter/brief calls or call-notes that they’ll make, besides their typical call/song. Personally, I’ve been lucky enough to see 10-12 Yellow Rails in Illinois over the years, including 5 in one night with Travis Mahan. However, though I have tried playing Yellow Rail calls in the evening and early in the morning, I’ve never had one respond, including the night when Travis & I played Yellow Rail calls and saw at least 5 of them (though they ALL did approach us very closely!). I have heard two Black Rails call over the years (still never seen one!), one in response to my playing Black Rail calls (for my job), and another in response to my playing a King Rail call (virtually all of the rails will respond to other rail species calls, as well as other marsh bird species calls). There are a few bird species which rarely, if ever “sing” on migration, and include such common species as Hermit Thrush (& Brown Creepers…, which sing a little but not that much) as well as more uncommon species such as LeConte’s & Nelson’s Sparrows, though much of their singing is done in the evening. I’m kind of wondering if Yellow Rails don’t sing that much (if at all) on migration, and only sing on their breeding grounds. Good birding!
>>
>>
>>
>> Steve Bailey
>>
>> Mundelein (Lake Co.)
>>
>> <sdbailey...>
>>
>
>
> --
> Geoff Williamson
> <geoffrey.williamson.21...>
>

 

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Date: 4/10/19 4:42 pm
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
Hi Stete and IBETers:

I have never heard a Yellow Rail, and I don't know much about their
behavior. But I did look at the Birds of North America (
https://birdsna.org) account for Yellow Rail to see if there was
information there that might help with Steve's question. I didn't find
anything in the report that spoke about vocalizations during migration.
However, the account cited a 1974 article by Reynard in Auk (available
here:
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v091n04/p0747-p0756.pdf).
Based on information Reynard had from "investigators working in the
Atlantic states," he noted that singing (the "tick-tick, tick-tick-tick"
and variants) occurs "during initial spring migration to northern breeding
areas."

Good birding,
Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County)

On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 6:20 PM 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I know that there are few & possibly no birders which can say yes to this
> question, but has anyone ever heard a Yellow Rail calling/singing in
> Illinois? I had a friend who just recently, likely saw (barely) a Yellow
> Rail while they were down in Florida. They thought they might have heard
> one a day or two earlier in the same marsh, but it wasn’t the typical call
> (tick-tick, tic-tic-tic). Virtually all of the other rails found in
> Illinois have several other, usually shorter/brief calls or call-notes that
> they’ll make, besides their typical call/song. Personally, I’ve been lucky
> enough to see 10-12 Yellow Rails in Illinois over the years, including 5 in
> one night with Travis Mahan. However, though I have tried playing Yellow
> Rail calls in the evening and early in the morning, I’ve never had one
> respond, including the night when Travis & I played Yellow Rail calls and
> saw at least 5 of them (though they ALL did approach us very closely!). I
> have heard two Black Rails call over the years (still never seen one!), one
> in response to my playing Black Rail calls (for my job), and another in
> response to my playing a King Rail call (virtually all of the rails will
> respond to other rail species calls, as well as other marsh bird species
> calls). There are a few bird species which rarely, if ever “sing” on
> migration, and include such common species as Hermit Thrush (& Brown
> Creepers…, which sing a little but not that much) as well as more uncommon
> species such as LeConte’s & Nelson’s Sparrows, though much of their singing
> is done in the evening. I’m kind of wondering if Yellow Rails don’t sing
> that much (if at all) on migration, and only sing on their breeding
> grounds. Good birding!
>
>
>
> Steve Bailey
>
> Mundelein (Lake Co.)
>
> <sdbailey...>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


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

 

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Date: 4/10/19 4:23 pm
From: JOHN HOCKMAN <j.w.hockman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Field Trip Saturday - Woodcocks at Air Station Prairie (NO SIGHTINGS)
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club has a field trip this Saturday evening, April 13.  Come out to see the spectacular aerial displays of the American Woodcock at dusk!  The Air Station Prairie in Glenview is a great location for these displays and we may even spot a woodcock on the ground.  To reach the Prairie, go south on Patriot Boulevard from Willow Road, after one half mile turn left (east) onto Compass Road, and drive until you see the Tyner Interpretive Center on your left.
We will meet on the deck of the interpretive center at 6:45 p.m.  Leader: Nancy Halliday.
John Hockman
ENSBC Website: ENSBC.ORG

 

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Date: 4/10/19 3:52 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
I know that there are few & possibly no birders which can say yes to this question, but has anyone ever heard a Yellow Rail calling/singing in Illinois? I had a friend who just recently, likely saw (barely) a Yellow Rail while they were down in Florida. They thought they might have heard one a day or two earlier in the same marsh, but it wasn't the typical call (tick-tick, tic-tic-tic). Virtually all of the other rails found in Illinois have several other, usually shorter/brief calls or call-notes that they'll make, besides their typical call/song. Personally, I've been lucky enough to see 10-12 Yellow Rails in Illinois over the years, including 5 in one night with Travis Mahan. However, though I have tried playing Yellow Rail calls in the evening and early in the morning, I've never had one respond, including the night when Travis & I played Yellow Rail calls and saw at least 5 of them (though they ALL did approach us very closely!). I have heard two Black Rails call over the years (still never seen one!), one in response to my playing Black Rail calls (for my job), and another in response to my playing a King Rail call (virtually all of the rails will respond to other rail species calls, as well as other marsh bird species calls). There are a few bird species which rarely, if ever "sing" on migration, and include such common species as Hermit Thrush (& Brown Creepers..., which sing a little but not that much) as well as more uncommon species such as LeConte's & Nelson's Sparrows, though much of their singing is done in the evening. I'm kind of wondering if Yellow Rails don't sing that much (if at all) on migration, and only sing on their breeding grounds. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
<sdbailey...><mailto:<sdbailey...>



 

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Date: 4/10/19 3:23 pm
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET calling/singing Yellow Rails in Illinois (NO SIGHTING)
I know that there are few & possibly no birders which can say yes to this question, but has anyone ever heard a Yellow Rail calling/singing in Illinois? I had a friend who just recently, likely saw (barely) a Yellow Rail while they were down in Florida. They thought they might have heard one a day or two earlier in the same marsh, but it wasn't the typical call (tick-tick, tic-tic-tic). Virtually all of the other rails found in Illinois have several other, usually shorter/brief calls or call-notes that they'll make, besides their typical call/song. Personally, I've been lucky enough to see 10-12 Yellow Rails in Illinois over the years, including 5 in one night with Travis Mahan. However, though I have tried playing Yellow Rail calls in the evening and early in the morning, I've never had one respond, including the night when Travis & I played Yellow Rail calls and saw at least 5 of them (though they ALL did approach us very closely!). I have heard two Black Rails call over the years (still never seen one!), one in response to my playing Black Rail calls (for my job), and another in response to my playing a King Rail call (virtually all of the rails will respond to other rail species calls, as well as other marsh bird species calls). There are a few bird species which rarely, if ever "sing" on migration, and include such common species as Hermit Thrush (& Brown Creepers..., which sing a little but not that much) as well as more uncommon species such as LeConte's & Nelson's Sparrows, though much of their singing is done in the evening. I'm kind of wondering if Yellow Rails don't sing that much (if at all) on migration, and only sing on their breeding grounds. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
<sdbailey...>



 

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Date: 4/10/19 1:33 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons, Techny North, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake Wed 4-10-19
Hello Bird People,

It was supposed to rain by late a.m. so I stayed close to home in case
the rain came early but it was after 12 noon before the rains came.
Thought I might find year birds Winter Wren or Rusty Blackbird at
Skokie Lagoons but I did not. Then I thought I might find a Pectoral
or another shorebird at Techny North but again found only Killdeer.
One of these days I will find what I am looking for but not today.
Once again I ended the day with 46 species which is more than I
thought I'd get after a slow start.

Skokie Lagoons In North From Willow Road (7:15-9:50 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (19 together)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Canada Geese (11)
Wood Duck (4)
Mallard (9)
Shoveler (5)
Gadwall (1-M)
Lesser Scaup (5)
R.B. Merganser (14)
Bald Eagle (1)
Ring Billed (5) & Herring (3) Gulls
Kingfisher (1-M)
Mourning Dove (1)
Red Bellied (3), Downy (3) & Hairy (1) Woodpeckers
Flicker (7)
Tree Swallow (12)
Chickadee (2)
W.B. Nuthatch (3)
G.C. Kinglet (5 together)
Robins (~30)
Starling (only 1)
Cardinal (4)
Fox (3) & Song (2) Sparrows
Junco (7)
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds (10)

Then I viewed The Lagoons from the east side along Forest Way Drive &
added Bufflehead,
Ruddy Duck (2-M & 1-F) & a hunting Caspian Tern plus more of what I
had seen earlier.
Must have been 40 Tree Swallows flying around but I found no other
species, just Tree.

Techny North (10:45-11:15 a.m.)

Had both P.B. (1) & Horned (2) Grebes & ducks were Mallards,
Shovelers, Lesser Scaup, both Blue Winged (4) & Green Winged (1-M)
Teal plus more R.B. Mergansers. A Kestrel was hunting & 2 Herring
Gulls flew by. Coming from the hill at the golf course was the sound
of Eastern Meadowlarks.

Beck Lake (11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.)

Better here than it has been with 1 P.B. Grebe, 28 Canada Geese, 6
Mallards, 1-PR of Lesser Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 7 Ruddy Ducks & 3 R.B
Mergs. Also 2 each Ring Billed & Herring Gulls & among the many Tree
Swallows flying around I saw 1 BARN SWALLOW with it's forked tail.

Big Bend Lake (12:30-12:50 p,m,)

More Cormorants (22) & Great Blue Herons (10) plus Geese, Mallards,
B.W. Teal, Lesser Scaup & R.B. Mergs. Gull numbers were down with 26
Ring Billed & 6 Herring remaining.
Here I saw my only COMMON LOON of the day & as I left a Kingfisher flew by.
Here my day ended with a combo of rain & snow showers.

Bird-Of-The-Day to my FOY Barn Swallow & Runners-Up to the 2 handsome,
close in male Ruddy Ducks & the Common Loon at Big Bend Lake.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 4/10/19 1:29 pm
From: <thomasbradleylewin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rollins Savannah Update: Controlled Burns completed ..more birdy on ponds
I took a spin around Rollins Savannah yesterday afternoon. The upcoming Storm & Rain should drench all the prairie controlled burns on then North side of the reserve. I think only one big tree stump is smoking at the this point. You can mark it on your calendar that those rains following the burns will produce a very green and open savannah by Easter weekend. (This Friday we will see some Southern wind gusts over 20mph, so I think it could be great weekend! I haven't heard much about Middlefork and Ryerson, but Al Stokie dropped a big list from the Chicago Botanical Garden this week so a drive around the big preserves should net some good numbers and variety over the upcoming weekend.


For Rollins Savannah, almost all the action is on the ponds:

* Trumpeter Swans-2
* Ring-Necked Ducks
* Mallards
* Buffleheads
*Goldeneyes
*Double Breasted Cormorants
*Herring Gulls
*Great Egret
*Sandhill Cranes(heard them)
*Red Tailed Hawks
*Downy Woodpeckers
*American Crows
*Tree Swallows-20+
*Red-Winged Blackbirds
* American Robins
* Black Capped Chickadees
*Northern Cardinals
* Eastern Meadowlarks


What I am not seeing yet is warblers, bluebirds , sparrows are limited, Grebes , Gadwalls , Mute Swans , Common Yellowthroats(warblers I start seeing around late April) Tanagers, woodpeckers , orioles and other favorites. The ponds are nice if you have a scope and there is plenty to identify with binoculars. The back ponds are still pretty empty.
 

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Date: 4/10/19 12:26 pm
From: A Straight <astraight606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET From Savanna, IL to Lock and Dam 13
A friend and I took a drive down to Savanna south to Lock and Dam 13.
We had 65 species but missed some very common birds. Thomson Causeway and
Spring Lake areas were closed due to flooding. Some of the rural roads
held water and lots of the common duck species. Did not scope.

Highlights were: 4 Horned Grebes (these were at Lock and Dam 13), Field
Sparrows, Vesper Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, Pileated
Woodpecker, both Meadowlarks, 2 Trumpeter Swans, Yellow-rumped Warblers,
Kinglets, Great Egrets, Rusty Blackbirds among what you would see at this
time of year.

At home I had a Brown Thrasher, Brown Creeper, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Eurasian Tree Sparrows, Eurasian Collared Dove, Kinglets, Yellow-rumps,
White-throated and Fox Sparrows.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)

 

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Date: 4/9/19 8:15 pm
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Rough-winged Swallow
FOY Rough-winged Swallow at 3 p.m. today, perched in a tree overlooking the dunes, preening vigorously as if it just arrived. 

Leslie <Bornscakile...>/Cook

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Date: 4/9/19 5:35 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Brown t.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47522203182/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,I've been looking for the Brown thrasher and now its here. Digging around the old tire sand box. Not sure if it will stay awhile.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/9/19 5:07 pm
From: Lionel Whiston <whist...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Fermi Pelicans
Thanks, Scott. We were at AE Sea this afternoon and the count was 126 white pelicans. Lyn W
> On Apr 9, 2019, at 10:27 AM, scott latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> There are over a 100 White Pelicans
>
> On the north side of AE Sea at Fermi lab. (DuPage). Quite a sight, 10am Tuesday.
> Good Birding?
> Scott Latimer
> DuPage
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Date: 4/9/19 1:52 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden 4-9-19
Hello Bird People,

I am trying to transition from a birder who chases birds seen by
others to a birder who is happy with what I find. I have had mixed
results so far as there are certain birds that I feel I have to see
but overall I have calmed down on chasing. We'll see how this works
out. I'll probably continue to chase some birds & not others. As to
shorebirds I'm afraid I will continue to chase.

Today at the Botanic Garden there were lots of birds to look at but
none were anything special.
I added no new year birds but saw a few species I had only seen once before.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7-11:30 a.m, a fairly long visit)

P.B. Grebe (4)
Canada Geese (43)
Wood Duck (5)
Mallard (12)
Gadwall (1-PR)
B.W. Teal (12)
Lesser Scaup (1-M)
Ring Necked Duck (2-M & 1-F)
Bufflehead (1-M)
R.B. Merganser (19)
Red Tailed Hawk (1)
Killdeer (4)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (4) Gulls
Caspian Tern (3, 1st time here this year)
Mourning Dove (6)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-M & 1-F)
Flicker (6)
Eastern Phoebe (heard 2, saw none)
Tree Swallow (~10)
Blue Jay (H-4)
Crow (1 fly-by)
Chickadee (4-5)
W.B. Nuthatch (H-1)
Brown Creeper (2)
G.C. Kinglet (8)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (1)
Robins (~45)
Starling (2)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (2)
Cardinal (4)
Tree Sparrow (2)
Fox Sparrow (4)
Song Sparrow (9-10)
Junco (8)
Red Wings (~20)
Grackles (~25)
Cowbird (4)
House Finch (2-PR & 2 males)
Goldfinch (7-8)
House Sparrow (10)

That's 43 species at the CBG & I missed Sapsucker & Hermit Thrush
which was a surprise.
And no Loons.The Purple Martins have not returned to the Martin
houses. Probably by next week.

Ended with a stop at Heritage Park in Wheeling where the ducks were
Mallards, Bufflehead (2)
& R.B. Mergs (21). One Caspian Tern was back with the 52 Ring Billed
Gulls. Three Cormorants were in the main pond & 1 Great Egret was
along the stream.

Had 46 species today & so I still haven't made it to 50.
Bird-Of-The-Day will be most everyone's favorite the Brown Creeper.
Runners-Up to the 2 Myrtle Warblers & the Ruby Crowned Kinglet.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Date: 4/9/19 12:05 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET RBA - Black Vulture flying south past Montrose
I saw it flying over the Jarvis Sanctions, being chased by a crow, very close to the time Geoff saw it. Did not register it was a black vulture until I saw Geoff’s email, but what I saw definitely did not have the triangular white underwings of a turkey vulture.

Tamima

On Apr 9, 2019, at 10:54 AM, Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...><mailto:<geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



I just saw (from a distance) a Black Vulture flying south along the Chicago lakefront past Montrose Point. This was at 10:45 AM, Tuesday, 9 April 2019.

Good birding,
Geoff

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Date: 4/9/19 9:37 am
From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RBA - Black Vulture flying south past Montrose
I just saw (from a distance) a Black Vulture flying south along the Chicago
lakefront past Montrose Point. This was at 10:45 AM, Tuesday, 9 April
2019.

Good birding,
Geoff

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Chicago (Cook County)

 

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Date: 4/9/19 8:41 am
From: scott latimer <scootylatimer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fermi Pelicans
There are over a 100 White PelicansOn the north side of AE Sea at Fermi lab. (DuPage). Quite a sight, 10am Tuesday.Good Birding?Scott LatimerDuPage


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Date: 4/9/19 6:53 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard RB wp vs E starling
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47518677472/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Male wp didn't like the starling above in the apple tree. JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/9/19 5:38 am
From: Sherry Dunn <sherryadunn...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Montrose, Techny North & Air Station Prairie Monday 4-8-19
I saw a a pair of yellow crowned warblers yesterday across Pfingsten from the hospital in Glenview.

Sherry Dunn

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Date: 4/8/19 8:17 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard House sp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/32626461607/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,The mating season is upon us. House sp looking very healthy and colorful.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/8/19 6:55 pm
From: Josh Feeney <josh...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET More Pet Sightings At Montrose Today
Apparently it is weirdo spring migration as well.

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> On Apr 8, 2019, at 8:17 PM, 'Michael Sweeney' <mike.sweeney2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Oddly enough, there were also some people at the hedge mid-afternoon today with a very small, pale caged bird. They may have been planning to release it, but I don't really know what they were up to. If they did release it, I don't imagine it would last very long. Certainly not a good practice.
>
> MIke Sweeney
>
> 556 W. Roscoe
>
> Chicago, IL 60657
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> From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> On Behalf Of Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds]
> Sent: Monday, April 08, 2019 7:51 PM
> To: ilbirds <ILbirds...>
> Subject: IBET More Pet Sightings At Montrose Today
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> On a much lighter note than Aerin's cat adventure there was a guy in
> the hedge area today with his pet Cockatoo (Cockateel) which he was
> carrying around in a sort of see through "bag" which was set up in a
> way that braced the bag so it would not close up. The guy would hang
> the bag in various places & the bird would sing a little. Both man &
> bird seemed to be enjoying the weather & no harm was done to the
> native bird population. (There was once a lady who would walk her
> Parrot with the bird on her shoulder at Illinois Beach State Park. You
> would know they were coming by the Parrot's squawking.) Just another
> Pet Day at Montrose!
>
> Al Stokie
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> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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Date: 4/8/19 6:24 pm
From: 'Michael Sweeney' <mike.sweeney2005...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: IBET More Pet Sightings At Montrose Today
Oddly enough, there were also some people at the hedge mid-afternoon today with a very small, pale caged bird. They may have been planning to release it, but I don't really know what they were up to. If they did release it, I don't imagine it would last very long. Certainly not a good practice.





MIke Sweeney

556 W. Roscoe

Chicago, IL 60657

(c) 312-404-0928

(h) 773-281-7249

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From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> On Behalf Of Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds]
Sent: Monday, April 08, 2019 7:51 PM
To: ilbirds <ILbirds...>
Subject: IBET More Pet Sightings At Montrose Today





Hello Bird People,

On a much lighter note than Aerin's cat adventure there was a guy in
the hedge area today with his pet Cockatoo (Cockateel) which he was
carrying around in a sort of see through "bag" which was set up in a
way that braced the bag so it would not close up. The guy would hang
the bag in various places & the bird would sing a little. Both man &
bird seemed to be enjoying the weather & no harm was done to the
native bird population. (There was once a lady who would walk her
Parrot with the bird on her shoulder at Illinois Beach State Park. You
would know they were coming by the Parrot's squawking.) Just another
Pet Day at Montrose!

Al Stokie





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Date: 4/8/19 5:51 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET More Pet Sightings At Montrose Today
Hello Bird People,

On a much lighter note than Aerin's cat adventure there was a guy in
the hedge area today with his pet Cockatoo (Cockateel) which he was
carrying around in a sort of see through "bag" which was set up in a
way that braced the bag so it would not close up. The guy would hang
the bag in various places & the bird would sing a little. Both man &
bird seemed to be enjoying the weather & no harm was done to the
native bird population. (There was once a lady who would walk her
Parrot with the bird on her shoulder at Illinois Beach State Park. You
would know they were coming by the Parrot's squawking.) Just another
Pet Day at Montrose!

Al Stokie


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Date: 4/8/19 5:26 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Axehead lake cook co
Three loons are still here. The red breasted mergansers are still here but only about 11 of them. I'm surprised there aren't any grebes. And there was one scaup that thought it was a mallard. Oh I did see a chipping sparrow which was a little funny. Also the brown creepers and the golden crowned kinglets are still around.

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Date: 4/8/19 4:19 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET montrose cat drama
Yikes. People are stupid.
What security number did you call?
Thanks
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

On Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 5:52 PM <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> today i was birding at montrose not 10 minutes before i saw some folks
> with leashes heading toward the dunes... when i looked at what was on those
> leashes, i nearly died-- 2 CATS!
>
>
> i went up to them and told them it was a bird sanctuary and that cats were
> not welcome... that birds were in the dune grasses and it was disturbing
> for the cat to be there, even on a leash (which would not stop them from
> killing if they get riled up!)
>
> they told me it was natural for cats to be outside and THEIR cats weren't
> killers! i nearly lost it!
>
>
> i convinced them to leave the dunes but they just went to a different part
> of the dunes... so i called security... the woman on the phone seemed to
> understand it was bad to have a cat in a bird sanctuary... by the time they
> came, they weren't in the dunes and the guy just drove on the sidewalk in
> his car...
>
>
> i walked back into the sanctuary and there they are with the cats in the
> shrubby areas, where birds are foraging in the leaves!
>
>
> i took their picture and the guy saw me do it... he said so you're taking
> our picture now and i said yes and i called security... he then told me HE
> called security and they told him they could bring the cats in... so he's
> either lying or there is no set "law" about this... i told him common sense
> said you don't bring a cat in a bird sanctuary! period!
>
>
> i think probably this hasn't happened so before (because it's so
> RIDICULOUS!) there isn't a set law but there really should be! i guess we
> have to spell it out for these kinds of entitled, ignorant idiots!
>
>
> if you see these folks again, please call park district security:
> 312-747-2193
>
> i don't think i can attach a photo on ibet so here is a link to the
> facebook post with the photo:
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicagobirder/10155909421117077/?comment_id=10155909943722077&notif_id=1554763174654402&notif_t=group_comment
>
>
> thanks...
>
>
> aerin tedesco
>
> chicago
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/8/19 4:05 pm
From: Marjorie Pries <mhpries...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 6, 2019

> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> To: <mhpries...>
> Date: April 7, 2019 at 5:10 PM
> Subject: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 6, 2019
>
> North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
> Apr 6, 2019 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Counts are accurate or low (at least that many), x = too many to count.
> 24 species
>
> Canada Goose 3
> Wood Duck 2
> Mourning Dove 1
> Ring-billed Gull 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 4
> Eastern Phoebe X
> American Crow 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Brown Creeper 2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
> American Robin X
> American Goldfinch 1
> Dark-eyed Junco X
> Song Sparrow 3
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Common Grackle 1
> Northern Cardinal 1
> House Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54689337
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 4/8/19 3:52 pm
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET montrose cat drama
today i was birding at montrose not 10 minutes before i saw some folks with leashes heading toward the dunes... when i looked at what was on those leashes, i nearly died-- 2 CATS!


i went up to them and told them it was a bird sanctuary and that cats were not welcome... that birds were in the dune grasses and it was disturbing for the cat to be there, even on a leash (which would not stop them from killing if they get riled up!)
they told me it was natural for cats to be outside and THEIR cats weren't killers! i nearly lost it!


i convinced them to leave the dunes but they just went to a different part of the dunes... so i called security... the woman on the phone seemed to understand it was bad to have a cat in a bird sanctuary... by the time they came, they weren't in the dunes and the guy just drove on the sidewalk in his car...


i walked back into the sanctuary and there they are with the cats in the shrubby areas, where birds are foraging in the leaves!


i took their picture and the guy saw me do it... he said so you're taking our picture now and i said yes and i called security... he then told me HE called security and they told him they could bring the cats in... so he's either lying or there is no set "law" about this... i told him common sense said you don't bring a cat in a bird sanctuary! period!


i think probably this hasn't happened so before (because it's so RIDICULOUS!) there isn't a set law but there really should be! i guess we have to spell it out for these kinds of entitled, ignorant idiots!


if you see these folks again, please call park district security: 312-747-2193
i don't think i can attach a photo on ibet so here is a link to the facebook post with the photo: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicagobirder/10155909421117077/?comment_id=10155909943722077&notif_id=1554763174654402&notif_t=group_comment https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicagobirder/10155909421117077/?comment_id=10155909943722077&notif_id=1554763174654402&notif_t=group_comment


thanks...


aerin tedesco
chicago
 

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Date: 4/8/19 3:18 pm
From: Jean Spitzer <jeanspitz1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Loons feeding on Trout at Blackwell FP on Butterfield Rd. Near Winfield.
Since trout have been stocked in the largest lake, the Loons know it & come to rest & feed en-route north!

Jean Spitzer
Glen Ellyn IL

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Date: 4/8/19 2:06 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose, Techny North & Air Station Prairie Monday 4-8-19
Hello Bird People,

With all the good birds seen at Montrose yesterday & with west winds
over night I thought Montrose would be great today but it was only
average at best. I found only small numbers of migrants & zero Golden
Crowned Kinglets after seeing so many yesterday. You never can predict
what will happen. Looked for a Rusty Blackbird seen by Geoff W with
Dave A & Luis M but did not see it. Here's my list.

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

Horned Grebe (2)
D.C. Cormorant (3 fly-bys)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (4)
Mallard (14)
Shoveler (3 fly-bys with more seen by Howard B)
B.W. Teal (6 in the Dunes & 8 in the harbor)
R.B. Mergs (14 in the lake & harbor)
Coot (1 in the harbor)
Killdeer (2-3)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (no counts)
Caspian Tern (2 fly-bys)
Mourning Dove (3)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (3)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Flicker (6)
Eastern Phoebe (5)
Tree Swallow (~8)
Crow (2)
Chickadee (2)
Red Breasted & White Breasted Nuthatch (1 each in nearby trees)
Brown Creeper (1)
RUBY CROWNED KINGLET (1, FOY)
Hermit Thrush (4)
Robins (~25)
Starling (6-8)
Y.R. MYRTLE WARBLER (1)
Eastern Towhee (2)
Sparrows were Tree (1), Field (2), Fox (8) & Song (10)
Junco (12)
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds
Eastern Meadowlark (1)
Goldfinch (2)
House Sparrow (8-10)

I also saw a Purple Martin or at least Luis M said that's what it was
but it was too far for me
to count so we'll wait on that one for a better look. Another birder
also saw a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher but I missed that one.

Techny North

Another case of missing the Pectoral Sandpipers seen yesterday but
I'll get them eventually.
Still here were Canada Geese (4), Mallard (41), Shoveler (3-M), Blue
Winged Teal (6) & Ring Necked Ducks (2-F). A Red Tailed Hawk was being
buzzed by a male Kestrel & there were 6 Killdeer on the mud flats.

Air Station Prairie

Not much here but a Kestrel was hunting & I added Swamp Sparrow to my day list.
Had 48 species today for the 2nd day in a row. Hope to make 50 soon.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Ruby Crowned Kinglet & Runners-Up to the
Creeper & the Myrtle Warbler. Fancy Pants Bird Of The Day to the male
Eastern Towhees which were looking good.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/8/19 11:25 am
From: <mmadsen48...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Am. White Pelicans on the move in SW suburbs
Late this morning, my wife and I observed several groups of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS while we were at the Barrow Pit area of Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve (Du Page County). The first group of 11 were flying northward into Du Page County. A second group of about 65 flew southeast into Cook County, as did a third group of about 30. Additional small groups were also seen flying to our west, so all of these pelicans were in the general area of where Du Page, Cook, and Will Counties come together. After we returned home we also saw a group of 4 pelicans fly over our yard in Woodridge, heading in a northwesterly direction at 12:45 p.m. (a new yard bird for us).


Mike Madsen
Woodridge, IL
Du Page County
 

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Date: 4/8/19 10:45 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Columbus Park on a beautiful day March 8 short walk
I am not a big fan of the yellow-bellied sapsucker. To me they look a bit
shabby, like they just got out of the clothes dryer. However, I saw a half
dozen on the island that we indeed ship-shape. The deep red of the crown
and throat glistened in the sun. The black and white and slight yellowish
tone was crisp and well appointed.
I also saw northern flickers, golden crowned kinglets, song sparrows,
blackbirds, juncos, wood ducks in low branches and a blue-winged teal.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 

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Date: 4/8/19 9:46 am
From: Rena Cohen <rena1729...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET FOY Sora in Highland Park
This morning at Prairie Wild Slough - saw him fly in and disappear into the reeds, then heard him call once.
Rena Cohen 


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Date: 4/8/19 8:17 am
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chimney Swift
At dusk, flew over chittering while we were on our deck. Also 6 Red Admiral
Butterflies were battling over the deck in the evening. A Pileated
Woodpecker visited yesterday. The third sighting we have had here in 3
years. Also several Yellow Rumped Warblers singing and chipping.
Rhetta Jack, Springfield, IL

 

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Date: 4/8/19 7:32 am
From: <cwleib...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow-throated Warbler
Greetings,
On a whim, I pulled into the southwest parking lot of Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island this morning after taking my grandsons to school. I located a singing YTWA atop a white oak near the old State Police building. It was flycatching and later visiting a suet feeder. I heard another YTWA near the Hauberg Museum bldg. as I walked back to my car. (Possibly the same bird?) A FOY Field Sparrow was also vocalizing nearby.


Chuck Leib
Rock Island County
Milan, IL
 

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Date: 4/7/19 7:25 pm
From: Sigrid Schmidt <sigschmidt...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Welles Park Chicago - Inner City Birding

In addition to the usual suspects, namely robins and pigeons, there were at least 17 golden crowned kinglets today in the northwest corner of the park. Also a hermit thrush and 3 yellow bellied sapsuckers.

Sigrid Schmidt
Chicago
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Date: 4/7/19 5:28 pm
From: Alex Bloss <alex_bloss13...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: IBET Montrose - Killdeers starting to nest


Alex Bloss
Chicago

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From: <alex_bloss13...><mailto:<alex_bloss13...>
Date: April 7, 2019 at 7:27:03 PM CDT
To: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...>>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose - Killdeers starting to nest

What was interesting was the Killdeer doing its injured bird act in the burned-out butterfly meadow. This was way far from the beach. I hope it figures out that that area will grow lots of vegetation probably not conducive to nesting.

Cheers,

Alex Bloss
Chicago

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On Apr 7, 2019, at 6:58 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...><mailto:<tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



Hi everyone,

It was great to see so many of you today at Montrose! And of course, it was great to see so many birds.

As I was walking in the dunes area late morning, I saw a couple of Killdeers looking for potential nesting spots. They may have found one, in the area of the dunes across from the pier, as one of the Killdeers seemed to be shaping grass into a cup shape. As they nest on the ground, and their nest and eggs are often very hard to see, please be careful when you navigate the dune area in general.

Thanks,

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County


 

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Date: 4/7/19 4:59 pm
From: <peachjmc...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Today’s Lyman Woods DBC Field Trip Results-DuPage County
I was hoping the rain would somehow hold off but it did not! We started out OK, but half-way through the walk, the rain began and did not stop till we got back to the parking lot. We were out for close to 3 ½ hours. I just can’t seem to shorten the Lyman walks to under 3 hours! So many trails and so many birds!


What “good sports” I was fortunate to have on today’s field trip! No complaints and no dropouts, despite plenty of mud and rain. Great spotters! And some unexpected FOY birds! I’m hoping this group will return for my May warbler walk, when conditions are much better.


We had 43 species today. Highlights include a couple of pairs of Wood Ducks shopping for real estate in the trees on the trail heading east from the main trail. Good looks at several Sapsuckers, a Great Horned Owl, a large flock of Cedars, and lots of Flickers and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and even a couple of Ruby-crowns, plus a few adorable Creepers! Unfortunately, the Fox Sparrows that were so numerous during my 3 scouting trips last week were practically non-existent today. We had plenty of Tree Swallows and one Northern Rough-winged. Below is our list.
The eBird version contains some wonderful photos by Jeff Boland.


Joan Campbell
DuPage County


Lyman Woods Forest Preserve, DuPage, Illinois, US
Apr 7, 2019 7:30 AM - 10:53 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.9 mile(s)
Comments: DBC Field Trip led by Joan Campbell. 53F, very cloudy at start. Rain for the second half of the walk. 57F and mostly cloudy at finish. Soggy and muddy but fun anyway!!
41 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 12
swan sp. 2 fly-overs
Wood Duck 8 Most of them were in the trees along the trail heading east from the main trail
Mallard 25
Mallard (Domestic type) 1
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Mourning Dove 7
Killdeer 3
Ring-billed Gull 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3 Fly-overs
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Great Horned Owl (Great Horned) 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 11
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 10
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 12
Eastern Phoebe 5
Blue Jay 11
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 10
Black-capped Chickadee 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 13
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 50 approx
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 24
House Finch 2
Pine Siskin 3
American Goldfinch 2
Fox Sparrow (Red) 2
Song Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 34 A couple of females were in the mix.
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Common Grackle 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
Northern Cardinal 12
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli st/S54674921 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54674921

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Date: 4/7/19 4:58 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose - Killdeers starting to nest
Hi everyone,

It was great to see so many of you today at Montrose! And of course, it was great to see so many birds.

As I was walking in the dunes area late morning, I saw a couple of Killdeers looking for potential nesting spots. They may have found one, in the area of the dunes across from the pier, as one of the Killdeers seemed to be shaping grass into a cup shape. As they nest on the ground, and their nest and eggs are often very hard to see, please be careful when you navigate the dune area in general.

Thanks,

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County

 

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Date: 4/7/19 4:11 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Here's my full list from this afternoon's hike. Some of this was sitting in
the car, waiting for the rain to pass, while listening to the White Sox
getting stomped.
Embedded some photos for your viewing pleasure.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54686499

Of note, were the significant numbers of Golden-crowned kinglets -
absolutely everywhere I hiked. First of years for me included:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet & Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Good birding.

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 7, 2019 1:26 PM - 4:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.66 mile(s)
36 species

Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 6
Blue-winged Teal 3
Mallard 12
Common Goldeneye 6
Red-breasted Merganser 9
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 5
Caspian Tern 1
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 22
Eastern Phoebe 18
Blue Jay 1
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Brown Creeper 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 75
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
American Robin 15
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Song Sparrow 6
Red-winged Blackbird 9
Brown-headed Cowbird 22
Common Grackle 12
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Northern Cardinal 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54686499

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Date: 4/7/19 3:33 pm
From: Eric's Email <brewbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Southside Chicago Birding - Sun AM 4/7/19
Sorry folks that was meant for Steve and was a joke.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 7, 2019, at 5:27 PM, Eric's Email <brewbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hey, Steve-
>
>
> I’ve had Louisiana Waterthrush at Plum Creek FP for a spring CBC singing 20 ft up over a vernal pool. So look up next time!
>
> Jeez.
>
> Eric
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Apr 7, 2019, at 4:39 PM, Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> This morning Nathan Goldberg, Carly Giometti and I went birding on the soutside of Chicago.
>>
>>
>> The reverse migration phenomenon in the first hour or two of light this morning at Steelworkers Park was impressive - the whole time we were there wave after wave of southbound American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackles flew over along with a strong push of equally lost Northern Flicker’s - as we were trying to find other birds we didn’t make an attempt to count them all but it really was as good as I’ve seen. Other migrants found were FOY Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrashers, Hermit Thrush, Savanna Sparrows, Field Sparrows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows. On the lake 32 White-winged Scoters still lingered.
>>
>> On to Eggers Woods and here highlights were a singing Louisiana Waterrhrush which frustratingly was very elusive in the flooded forest floor but a male Pine Warbler was extremely cooperative as it fed on the ground right along the trail, also 15+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 10 Brown Creepers, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 20+ Golden-crowned Kinglet and 5 Rusty Blackbirds. The pond held numerous duck species including 25+ Hooded Mergansers and 35 Ring-necked Ducks.
>>
>> A quick fruitless visit to Indian Ridge FP with no real highlights led us onto the brainwave to check Harborside Golf Course to view Lake Calumet. The lake here though distant was full of birds including 4 American White Pelican, 85 Canvasback, 7 White-winged Scoter, lingering pairs of Common Goldeneye and Greater Scaups, 18 Ruddy Duck, 2 Bald Eagles and 15 Caspian Terns.
>>
>> All in all - a great morning out with the reverse VigMig my highlight along with the cooperative Pine Warbler.
>>
>> Full list can be viewed here: https://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2019-04-07
>>
>> Cheers Steve Huggins
>> Chicago, IL
>> Bird Pics (including Ridgway’s Rail) from a quick weekend to San Diego: https://pbase.com/sjhuggins/california
>>
>>
>>
>
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Date: 4/7/19 3:27 pm
From: Eric's Email <brewbird1...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Southside Chicago Birding - Sun AM 4/7/19
Hey, Steve-

I’ve had Louisiana Waterthrush at Plum Creek FP for a spring CBC singing 20 ft up over a vernal pool. So look up next time!

Jeez.

Eric

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 7, 2019, at 4:39 PM, Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> This morning Nathan Goldberg, Carly Giometti and I went birding on the soutside of Chicago.
>
>
> The reverse migration phenomenon in the first hour or two of light this morning at Steelworkers Park was impressive - the whole time we were there wave after wave of southbound American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackles flew over along with a strong push of equally lost Northern Flicker’s - as we were trying to find other birds we didn’t make an attempt to count them all but it really was as good as I’ve seen. Other migrants found were FOY Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrashers, Hermit Thrush, Savanna Sparrows, Field Sparrows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows. On the lake 32 White-winged Scoters still lingered.
>
> On to Eggers Woods and here highlights were a singing Louisiana Waterrhrush which frustratingly was very elusive in the flooded forest floor but a male Pine Warbler was extremely cooperative as it fed on the ground right along the trail, also 15+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 10 Brown Creepers, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 20+ Golden-crowned Kinglet and 5 Rusty Blackbirds. The pond held numerous duck species including 25+ Hooded Mergansers and 35 Ring-necked Ducks.
>
> A quick fruitless visit to Indian Ridge FP with no real highlights led us onto the brainwave to check Harborside Golf Course to view Lake Calumet. The lake here though distant was full of birds including 4 American White Pelican, 85 Canvasback, 7 White-winged Scoter, lingering pairs of Common Goldeneye and Greater Scaups, 18 Ruddy Duck, 2 Bald Eagles and 15 Caspian Terns..
>
> All in all - a great morning out with the reverse VigMig my highlight along with the cooperative Pine Warbler.
>
> Full list can be viewed here: https://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2019-04-07
>
> Cheers Steve Huggins
> Chicago, IL
> Bird Pics (including Ridgway’s Rail) from a quick weekend to San Diego: https://pbase.com/sjhuggins/california
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/7/19 2:43 pm
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Southside Chicago Birding - Sun AM 4/7/19
This morning Nathan Goldberg, Carly Giometti and I went birding on the soutside of Chicago.

The reverse migration phenomenon in the first hour or two of light this morning at Steelworkers Park was impressive - the whole time we were there wave after wave of southbound American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackles flew over along with a strong push of equally lost Northern Flicker’s - as we were trying to find other birds we didn’t make an attempt to count them all but it really was as good as I’ve seen. Other migrants found were FOY Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrashers, Hermit Thrush, Savanna Sparrows, Field Sparrows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows. On the lake 32 White-winged Scoters still lingered.

On to Eggers Woods and here highlights were a singing Louisiana Waterrhrush which frustratingly was very elusive in the flooded forest floor but a male Pine Warbler was extremely cooperative as it fed on the ground right along the trail, also 15+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 10 Brown Creepers, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 20+ Golden-crowned Kinglet and 5 Rusty Blackbirds. The pond held numerous duck species including 25+ Hooded Mergansers and 35 Ring-necked Ducks.

A quick fruitless visit to Indian Ridge FP with no real highlights led us onto the brainwave to check Harborside Golf Course to view Lake Calumet. The lake here though distant was full of birds including 4 American White Pelican, 85 Canvasback, 7 White-winged Scoter, lingering pairs of Common Goldeneye and Greater Scaups, 18 Ruddy Duck, 2 Bald Eagles and 15 Caspian Terns.

All in all - a great morning out with the reverse VigMig my highlight along with the cooperative Pine Warbler.

Full list can be viewed here: https://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2019-04-07 <https://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2019-04-07>

Cheers Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL
Bird Pics (including Ridgway’s Rail) from a quick weekend to San Diego: https://pbase.com/sjhuggins/california <https://pbase.com/sjhuggins/california>




 

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Date: 4/7/19 2:27 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons, Techny North, Beck Lake. Big Bend Lake, Lake Opeka, Axehead Lake & Belleau Lake Sun 4-7-19
Hello Bird People,

First I did Skokie Lagoons from Forest Way Drive & then in from Willow
to the north. Here I was joined by birders Candida, Bobbie & Paul for
most of my visit. This ended at about 10:30 when the rains came. Then
did Techny North in the rain & after lunch did Beck Lk & Big Bend Lk
in on & off rain & finally did Lake Opeka, Axehead Lk & Belleau Lk
where it rained all the time although not hard. Too many places for
complete lists so I'll do mostly highlights.

Skokie Lagoons From Forest Way Drive (7:15-8:15 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (8) & D.C. Cormorant (5)
Canada Geese (37)
Wood Duck (7), Mallard (17), Shoveler (1-M), B.W. Teal (4)
Lesser Scaup (1-M), Bufflehead (3) & Goldeneye (1PR)
Common (2) & Red Breasted (2) Mergs
Bald Eagle (1-AD, hunting)
Herring Gull (6)
Tree Swallows (10)
Also the regular common land birds.

Skokie Lagoons In From Willow Road (8:30-10:30 a.m.)

Had more Great Blues, Cormorants, Geese & most of the ducks already
mentioned. Heard a Kingfisher & saw most (but not all) the birds
mentioned by Jeff B including E. Phoebe (3), Brown Creeper,
G.C. Kinglet (~15) & Hermit Thrush (2). Sparrows were Tree, Field (1),
Fox & Song plus Junco.
Had a possible Rusty Blackbird with some Cowbirds but it flew off
before I could be sure.
Having missed it yesterday I saw 2 Y.R. Myrtle Warblers today to catch up.

Techny North (10:45-11:15 a.m.)

Jeff B had 2 Pectorals but what I had was a lot of rain! You can do
ducks in the rain but it's harder to do the shorebirds. I predict I
will eventually see the Pectorals that now Amanda & Jeff have seen
here. What I did see was 2 P.B. Grebes, Canada Geese, Mallards, 5-M
Shovelers,
5 Lesser Scaup, 3-F Ring Necked Ducks & 2 Killdeer.

Beck Lake

Not much here (as usual) but there were a few Tree Swallows with all
the Geese plus 2
Ring Billed Gulls.

Big Bend Lake

Great Blue Herons are on their nests & 10 D.C. Cormorants were in the
water. There was one
COMMON LOON but it was mostly diving. Ducks were only Mallards, B.W
Teal & R.B. Mergs.
Most interesting sighting was of an adult BALD EAGLE perched on one of
the Heron nests among all the Herons doing the same thing. Wonder if
it's thinking of taking over a nest?

Lake Opeka

Only interesting thing here was my only Horned Grebe of the day. Lots
of Gulls though.

Axehead Lake

This place is lined with fishermen as they have just released fish in
the lake. Taking advantage of that were 2 COMMON LOONS, Lesser Scaup &
R.B. Mergs. In the small trees on the lake edges were Y.B. Sapsucker,
Downy Woodpecker, 2 W.B. Nuthatches, 5 G.C. Kinglets & 4
more Y.B. Myrtle Warblers.

Belleau Lake

Eight Cormorants flew over & in the water were 2 P.B. Grebes, 6
Mallards & 5 R.B. Mergs.

Bird-Of-The-Day to my finally seen Myrtle Warblers &
Runners-Up to the 2 Bald Eagles & the 3 Common Loons.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/7/19 1:44 pm
From: Ian <stycheus...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Tinley Creek Woods Pileated Woodpecker, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture
Hello all my first time posting here.  Took a 4 mile hike today at TInley Creek Woods in the Orland Park area.  Eyeballed and captured a pic of a Cooper's Hawk and listened to Pileatred Woodpecker calls and drums.  My 4 mile hike would've been half of that had it not for that pesky woodpecker who I kept chasing to capture with my zoom camera.  I swear I was always within 20 yards of seeing him but just like Woody, he managed to to stay away from my sight and irritated and agitated me with his calls..   I did capture a picture of him last month. Today I have also seen Blue Jays, Cardinals, Downy Woodpecker, and Turkey Vulture.  I live next to the woods adjacent to two ponds so I get plenty of bird activity..  
Ian SOak Forest ILCook <Countystycheus...> 
 

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Date: 4/7/19 1:34 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie lagoons, cook
I'll post a complete list later but just wanted to give a call out for
anyone in the area it would be worth going. Lots of creepers,
golden-crowned kinglets all over the forest floor, ruby-crowned, phoebes,
yrwa, sapsuckers, blue-winged teal etc. Good birding.

This is Erickson Woods from Willow Road

 

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Date: 4/7/19 1:13 pm
From: Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Ebird (no sightings)
EBird says it is doing site maintenance. No time given for completion.

> On Apr 7, 2019, at 2:29 PM, Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Anyone else having problems with ebird today? Trying to get from page to page is taking forever, and that's if the "problem loading page" message doesn't come up. I'm not having issues with any other website.
>
> Karen Lund
> Genoa (DeKalb County)
> <catbirder813...>
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Date: 4/7/19 12:29 pm
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Ebird (no sightings)
Anyone else having problems with ebird today? Trying to get from page to
page is taking forever, and that's if the "problem loading page" message
doesn't come up. I'm not having issues with any other website.

Karen Lund
Genoa (DeKalb County)
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Date: 4/7/19 11:26 am
From: Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET FOY Tick at West Branch FP (DuPage)
Good day all,

Early this afternoon I birdied West Branch Forest Preserve off Army Trail
Rd in DuPage County, where the highlight was an alternate plumaged COMMON
LOON on the lake. I also found my first deer tick of the year crawling up
my leg. So I guess it’s that time of year to start checking for ticks after
each outing if you haven’t already.

Good birding!

Matt Wistrand
West Chicago, DuPage

 

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Date: 4/7/19 11:14 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET T. vulture Iroquois county
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/32615175217/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Two days before this pic, two vultures were eating a dead racoon on the road. And then now, a dead vulture probably hit by a passing vehicle at the same spot. The racoon still there.
John 
 

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Date: 4/7/19 11:10 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET eBird Report - Techny Basin--north of Willow Rd., Apr 7, 2019
A pair of pectoral sandpipers was the highlight.

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Date: Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 1:09 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Techny Basin--north of Willow Rd., Apr 7, 2019
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Techny Basin--north of Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 7, 2019 12:40 PM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
13 species

Blue-winged Teal 3
Mallard 12
Ring-necked Duck 2
Lesser Scaup 4
Bufflehead 1
Killdeer 5
Pectoral Sandpiper 2
Ring-billed Gull 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Common Grackle 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54677244

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

 

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Date: 4/7/19 10:54 am
From: Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Canal Shores Rusty Blackbird
Birdy out there today! Our monitoring route at Canal Shores yielded a Rusty Blackbird at Isabella Woods, my FOY brown thrasher and ruby-crowned kinglet, lots of displaying sapsuckers and flickers, fox and field sparrows, phoebes, hermit thrushes, 18 kinglets and 9 yellow-rumps - a great morning.

Judy Pollock
Evanston, Cook

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Date: 4/7/19 7:32 am
From: David Johnson <djohnsoda...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET ENSBC Looney Trip highlights: 133 loons...
7 April 2019

Fellow Ibeters,

As part of the centennial celebration of The Evanston North Shore Bird Club’s founding in 1919 I led my Looney Trip yesterday out in the “Chain O’Lakes” in Lake Co, IL with 20 other loonatics!

We were not disappointed as we observed 103 loons, many of which were vociferously calling, on Bluff Lake in Antioch at Steitz’s Resort. We ended the day observing 133 loons. A high flying migrant Osprey was also seen at Bluff Lake.

American White Pelicans were on nearly every lake we visited including 28 on Diamond Lake.

Lingering Common Goldeneye and Common Mergansers were on Long Lake along with 8 loons at Long Lake Park.

On Mineola Bay on Fox Lake off the Historic Landmark Mineola Hotel a raft of 49 Ruddy Ducks were observed.

Looned Out (if you could really say such a thing!) we took a brief break and had a delightful Mexican lunch at El Puerto in Fox Lake.

Horned Grebes were seen in good numbers including 27 at Lake Zurich.
Also at Lake Zurich were many coot, Red-breasted Mergansers, L. Scaup and 8 loons. In the lesser numbers department, a pair of Canvasbacks and several Redhead were observed.

All-in-all a delightful Looney day!

Best of Looning!

The Loon Ranger
David B Johnson
NE IL



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Date: 4/6/19 10:20 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Local cook co
Today's highlights:

Axehead lake

Finally got some loons! Three breeding plumaged loons floating and preening and bathing in the middle of the lake as usual

A group of migrating little birds flew behind me as I was videotaping the loons. The jingling of a golden crowned kinglet or two was heard along with the singing of a brown creeper or creepers. As I was able to finally find the birds, I witnessed the two creepers interacting in such a cute manner. One would fly around the other one that was feeding on the tree trunk or branch and then the other one would fly around with it and they were all chattering and chittering. One kept singing on and off but I never heard the full song. There was also my first of the year yellow-rumped Warbler in fine breeding plumage feeding alongside all of them them. It was an interesting group.

I was also able to witness two pairs of red-breasted mergansers copulating. At one point there was a group of seven or eight birds all preening together which I thought was interesting. They also dive synchronously which is also for me interesting.


Air station prairie

Two more yellow ramps

Phoebe

First of the year sora which was a surprise, sneaking around the reeds matching so well with its brown butt.

Met a couple of nice people there who showed me a crawfish which was cool to watch.

Enjoyed running into another fellow birder.


Techny

Very quiet. Too quiet. I did have a very sneaky song sparrow. I was excited to see (last time I was there) that someone finally removed that target shopping cart from the river.


Techny north

This is where all of the action was today. First of the year green winged and blue-winged teals.

Also had common mergansers, Bufflehead, scaup, shovelers.

The path was literally littered with sparrows which is really weird for this location but pretty common for other similar locations like Fort Sheridan which we'll apparently never see again… The sparrows I saw well were all song sparrows but it's possible there is something else mixed in since they were very sneaky path sparrows. Which makes me suspect savanna sparrow but maybe not.

What I did not see here were bald eagle, black crowned night heron, short eared owl, northern harrier, kestrel,…

Killdeer but no snipe. Also I did hear one Woodcock displaying at nightfall.. I wonder if anybody's ever listened up on the golf course? To see what they have up there? It is a pretty big spot I would be surprised if they didn't have any up there.

I probably forgot some things but it's late. Hope you're all enjoying spring migration!

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County



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Date: 4/6/19 8:31 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Jackson Park: Sparrows, Rusty Blackbird, et al.
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today covering all areas. It was a nice day for sparrows with 9 species seen, numbers being dominated by DARK-EYED JUNCOS AND SONG SPARROWS. The biggest concentration was south of Wooded Island, mostly juncos but also SONG, A. TREE, FIELD, CHIPPING (FOY) and FOX SPARROWS. On Wooded Island I found my FOY SAVANNAH SPARROW and heard, then spotted a female RUSTY BLACKBIRD (FOY) in the top of a tall tree. While on the island there were flyby CASPIAN TERNS and TREE SWALLOWS (both FOY). My only SWAMP SPARROW of the day (!) was north of the island. A couple of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and a HAIRY WOODPECKER were in the woods north of the meadow. A singing BROWN THRASHER (FOY) and a male E. TOWHEE were along the driving range fence in the meadow. I missed an E. MEADOWLARK seen there by the Audubon group. An E. BLUEBIRD was south of the driving range.
Land birds were more of the same at 63rd Street Beach and the harbors. There were BUFFLEHEADS off the beach, both GREATER and LESSER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYES in the Inner and Outer Harbors. There was a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (FOY) on the east side of the Inner Harbor. At the west golf course I found a HERMIT THRUSH, a WINTER WREN (FOY) and another E. BLUEBIRD. My full list follows.

Abbreviations: WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, NLF = North Lake Front/59th St. promontory only, 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, OH = Outer Harbor, LM = Lake Michigan and immediate shore east of OH, IH = Inner Harbor, GC =Golf Course.
List follows an older taxonomic order (Sibley 2nd ed.)

Canada Goose: WI/BM (35), 63rd (2), OH (14), IH (3), GC (5)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (7)
Mallard: WI/BM (22), 63rd (2), OH (4), IH (3), GC (2)
Blue-winged Teal: WI/BM (2)
Greater Scaup: IH (20)
Lesser Scaup: IH (3)
Greater/Lesser Scaup: LM (3)
Common Goldeneye: OH (1), LM (1), IH (5)
Bufflehead: 63rd (8)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (3), NLF (7), OH (4), LM (25), IH (3)
Horned Grebe: LM (1), IH (1)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (2), IH (1)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (4), IH (1)
Cooper's Hawk: WI/BM (1)
A. Coot: OH (4), IH (3)
Killdeer: WI/BM (2)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (3), NLF (32), 63rd (131), OH (108), LM (70), IH (1)
Herring Gull: WI/BM (1), 63rd (3), OH (2), LM (2), IH (1)
Caspian Tern: WI/BM (4), 63rd (2)
Mourning Dove: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (2)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (3)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (4), IH (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (7), 63rd (1), IH (1)
A. Crow: WI/BM (4), OH (2), IH (1), GC (1)
Tree Swallow: WI/BM (3), IH (1)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (4), OH (1), GC (2)
Brown Creeper: NLF (1), OH (1), GC (4)
Winter Wren: GC (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (4), OH (3), IH (3), GC (5)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: IH (1)
E. Bluebird: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Hermit Thrush: GC (1)
A. Robin: WI/BM (55), IH (5), GC (1)
Brown Thrasher: WI/BM (1), OH (1)
Euro. Starling: WI/BM (15), 63rd (2), OH (1), IH (1)
E. Towhee: WI/BM (1)
A. Tree Sparrow: WI/BM (7), 63rd (2), OH (1)
Field Sparrow: WI/BM (4), GC (2)
Chipping Sparrow: WI/BM (2), IH (1)
Savannah Sparrow: WI/BM (2)
Fox Sparrow: WI/BM (9), GC (6)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (51), NLF (3), 63rd (5), OH (10), IH (6), GC (4)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (105), OH (8), IH (1), GC (7)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (8), OH (2), IH (1), GC (6)
Rusty Blackbird: WI/BM (1)
Common Grackle: WI/BM (7)
Red-winged Blackbird: WI/BM (17, IH (1), GC (1)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (11)
blackbird sp: WI/BM (25, ~15 reverse migrating)
House Finch: WI/BM (4), GC (2)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (3), OH (1)
House Sparrow: WI/BM (7), NLF (2), 63rd (5), OH (4)

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Date: 4/6/19 4:43 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Afton Forest Preserve & Burma/Sanderson Rds In DeKalb County Saturday 4-6-19
Hello Bird People,

Today Bob Erickson & I went for one last try for Owls at Afton F.P. &
once again we failed. Looks like we'll be trying again somewhere in
Nov & Dec. After that we went to Burma/Sanderson Rds where others saw
a Smith's Longspur about a week ago. But the Fluddle is gone so the
birds could be anywhere. Here are my lists:

Afton F.P. (8-11 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (~10)
Wood Duck (4)
Mallard (8)
Blue Winged Teal (7)
Turkey Vulture (2)
Ring Necked Pheasant (2 seen & 2 more heard)
Killdeer (2)
Snipe (1 winnowing in flight)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (heard 1)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Flicker (4)
Eastern Phoebe (4)
Tree Swallow (8)
Blue Jay (2)
Crow (2-3)
Brown Creeper (1)
G.C. Kinglet (6)
Hermit Thrush (2)
Robins (~25)
Starling (6)
Cardinal (4)
Tree Sparrow (5)
Field Sparrow (1)
SAVANNAH SPARROW (1)
Fox Sparrow (25-30)
Song Sparrow (~15)
Swamp Sparrow (3)
White Throated Sparrow (1)
Junco (~20)
Red Winged Blackbird (~20)
Eastern Meadowlark (2)
Grackle (~10)
Cowbird (6)
Goldfinch (heard)

Bob E also saw a Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler which was too far away
for me to see & then it flew before I could get there.

Burma/Sanderson Rds Area (11:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Kestral (1-M)
Killdeer (2)
Crow (2)
Robins (~15)
Horned Lark (2)
Song Sparrow (2)
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (25-30) (Some were in full breeding plumage looking very good)
Red Wings (~15) & Grackles (~10)
WESTERN MEADOWLARK (3 seen & 2 more heard only)

The Western Meadowlarks were along both Burma & Sanderson Rds & the
Lapland Longspurs were along Sanderson about 1/2 way between Burma &
Rt 23. Looked at the Longspurs a long time but found no Smith's.

Bob picks the Western Meadowlark as Bird-Of-The-Day & the Myrtle
Warbler as Runner-Up.

For me the very pretty Lapland Longspurs will be Bird-Of-The-Day &
Runners-Up to the Western Meadowlark & the winnowing Snipe.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/6/19 4:12 pm
From: Bob Fisher <BFisher928...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Really early Mississippi Kite in Ford County
Stan Z and I were checking various IDNR burn sites, including Sibley Grasslands, looking for Smith's Longspurs on Saturday - with no success.
Driving S on Ford County Rd 600E (SE of Sibley) between 1200N and 1100N we spotted a gray, black and white raptor which appeared to have the features of an adult male Mississippi Kite. To get a closer look, we sped eastward on 1100N and found the bird again at much closer range. It was apparently hunting dragonflies (we saw dragonflies in the air) over a large meandering filter strip of grassland running generally SE through the ag fields. As we watched the bird from our last viewing location at 700 E between 1200N and 1100N, it continued to head SE , hunting over this same filter strip complex.
It had a white head, distinctive white secondaries on the upperwing, dark gray underwings with extensive black on the primaries, gray body below and a black tail. The narrow, pointed  dark underwing made it appear falconlike. All the features indicated Mississippi Kite. We could clearly see it was not an adult male N Harrier when watching it at close range from our 2nd vantage point
A quick check of Ebird revealed no sightings of this species in early April, anywhere in Illinois. I no longer have back issues of Meadowlark, so don't know what the 'official early date' is for the species' arrival in Illinois. Perhaps others can supply that date?
From our personal records, Karen and I had an adult male in company with a 1st summer MK, fly directly over us in our yard in DG on 4/19/05.

Bob FisherDowners GroveDuPage County
 

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Date: 4/6/19 1:57 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Loons axehead lake cook co
3

Now

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Date: 4/6/19 11:31 am
From: Judy Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Stan Temple here this Tuesday
Program: What have we done to deserve all these cranes?
Tuesday April 9, 7 p.m.
North Park Village Nature Center
Stanley A. Temple, Senior Fellow & Science Advisor of The Aldo Leopold Foundation.

By 1937 when Aldo Leopold wrote his essay, Marshland Elegy, Sandhill Cranes had disappeared from most of their former range in the upper Midwest, and he anticipated their eventual disappearance from Wisconsin as well. Now, flocks of upwards of 10,000 birds converge on the stretch of the Wisconsin River near Aldo Leopold’s famous "Shack" each fall, and cranes have now reoccupied much of their former midwestern breeding range. Why did Sandhill Cranes almost disappear from our region, and why has there been there been such an impressive resurgence in the crane population since Aldo Leopold worried about its impending extirpation 80 years ago? Professor Temple will review the remarkable recovery of our midwestern Sandhill Cranes, describe his research on their migratory behavior and discuss some recent controversies, such as crane hunting, that have attended their new status as an abundant bird.

Pre-program socializing at 7 p.m. Program begins at 7:15 p.m. For questions or directions, please see https://www.chicagoaudubon.org/ or call the Chicago Audubon office, 773-539-6793.

Judy Pollock
Cook

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Date: 4/6/19 7:32 am
From: Timothy Huizenga <thuizenga...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Woodcocks -- Air Station Prairie
My wife Annette and I took 3 grandchildren to look for the woodcock mating display at Air Station Prairie last night.  At about 7:45 p.m. we saw 2 (or possibly 3) woodcocks do their display flights.  The area where we saw them is about 100 yards north of the visitor center.  They were in a brushy area.
Tim HuizengaCook
 

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Date: 4/5/19 5:14 pm
From: <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Turkey vulture skokie, cook
Drove a group of people to Dubuque today.
Sun was out in afternoon.
Man “groups” of vultures heading back on route 20, soaring circling.

> On Apr 5, 2019, at 4:38 PM, Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Just had a nice look at a turkey vulture Soaring Over Gross Point Road in Skokie. Maybe there'll be a raptor push here in the late afternoon.
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Date: 4/5/19 2:38 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Turkey vulture skokie, cook
Just had a nice look at a turkey vulture Soaring Over Gross Point Road in
Skokie. Maybe there'll be a raptor push here in the late afternoon.

 

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Date: 4/5/19 2:22 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Dunes, Beach, Hedge Area & Lawns (Good Sparrow Day) Friday 4-5-19
Hello Bird People,

I may have said this before but it was true today that what you know
isn't as important as who you know. Today my 3 best birds were all
found by someone else who then were kind enough to make sure I saw
them too. First Andrew A spotted a Lesser Black Backed Gull flying by
& made sure others saw it too. Next Terry W found a Long Eared Owl &
although I only saw it flying around I did get to see it. Finally,
Krzys K (who also independently saw the L.E. Owl) showed us a Vesper
Sparrow in the Butterfly Meadow. Most of the time more birders equals
more birds.

With the winds being from some form of east I didn't expect many land
birds but not so with Sparrows as there were 8 species of them,
including Junco. Also temps were much cooler today at the lakefront
due to the east winds. Here's my day list:

Montrose Dunes & Hedge Area (7:30-11:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (3 fly-bys)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (10)
Wood Duck (2 fly-bys)
Mallard (10)
Scaup Species (~14 fly-bys)
Hooded Merganser (2 fly-bys)
Red Breasted Merganser (~25)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-IM)
Kestrel (1-M)
Killdeer (2-3)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (no counts)
LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL (1 fly-by)
Caspian Tern (11 on the beach & 4 fly-bys) (FOY)
Mourning Dove (2)
Kingfisher (1)
LONG EARED OWL (1 seen near the "forbidden area") (Could not be re-found) (FOY)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Flicker (3)
Eastern Phoebe (3)
Tree Swallow (3)
Crow (3-4)
Chickadee (2)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (1)
Brown Creeper (3)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (4)
Robins (~30)
BROWN THRASHER (1) (FOY)
Starling (big flock of almost 100)
Cardinal (4)
Tree Sparrow (3)
Field Sparrow (2)
VESPER SPARROW (1) (FOY)
Fox Sparrow (only 1)
Song Sparrow (~15)
Swamp Sparrow (3)
White Crowned Sparrow (1)
Junco (~25)
Red Winged Blackbird (~15)
Grackle (~12)
Brown Cowbird (1 flock of 15)
House Sparrow (~10)

Birds seen by others but not by me included Great Egrets flying by,
White Winged Scoters
& Hermit Thrush & probably more.

Note that although there were 8 species of Sparrows only Song Sparrows
& Juncos were present in good numbers. The rest were in short supply.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the not so well seen Long Eared Owl &
Runners-Up to the Vesper Sparrow & the Lesser Black Backed Gull.

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

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/5/19 12:09 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Sighting - race at Montrose tomorrow (Saturday April 6th)
The Chi Town Half Marathon is tomorrow at 7am. The start and finish is at
Montrose, directly opposite the bait shop. Entering off of LSD and parking
could be tough, even early on.

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Date: 4/5/19 9:25 am
From: <birdingfaun...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Join COS Saturday, 4/13 for Miller Meadow Bird Walk


Explore early spring migrants, including Wilson's snipe and American pipit.
Conditions may be wet so wear tall, rubber boots or footwear that can get wet and muddy.

To sign up in advance, please use this link: https://forms.gle/bM3hCaws4Ggg1hR5A https://forms.gle/bM3hCaws4Ggg1hR5A?fbclid=IwAR0QiqLyRpSNdIq7OO3heqmqyOgLzJ1OlR1wYvSvLdFS_MGvcYg9ioh_g24
Leader: Isoo O'Brien
contact: <isooman22...>
Saturday, April 13
7:30 am - 10:30 am
South Parking lot off of 1st Ave, Forest Park IL: https://goo.gl/maps/NGrM3DRRSmB2 https://goo.gl/maps/NGrM3DRRSmB2?fbclid=IwAR2j3yojI1g7xgMNefaSs3JOJfDSHGfez5AhYlMq-c4C4qBPSar5SLOx0Jw


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Date: 4/4/19 12:23 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons North From Willow Road Thursday 4-4-19
Hello Bird People,

I had planned to visit Skokie Lagoons anyway but with Jeff B finding a
LeConte's Sparrow there yesterday I definitely wanted to visit. But as
of 11:15 a.m. when I left no one had seen the Sparrow & at least 7
birders besides me had looked. I spent some of my time there with
birders Dan, Gerry & Chris F & I saw 3 other birders & Donnie D on the
way out. No Sparrow but that was really a long shot anyway.

Birds seen by others but not me included P.B. Grebe, G.C. Kinglet, an
early Ruby Crowned Kinglet seen by Donnie D, & Hermit Thrush. It
rained a little at the start (8 a,m,) & then rained harder as I was
leaving around 11 a.m. My list is very close to Jeff's list from
yesterday minus the "glamour bird"

Skokie Lagoons In From Willow Road (8-11:15 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (1)
Great Blue Heron (6)
Wood Duck (2-PR)
Mallard (15)
Goldeneye (1-F)
Common Merganser (2-M & 1-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (18)
Cooper's Hawk (1 fly-by)
Bald Eagle (1)
Killdeer (heard 1)
Herring Gull (2)
Kingfisher (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (3)
Downy Woodpecker (1-2)
Hairy Woodpecker (2)
Flicker (1)
Eastern Phoebe (1)
Blue Jay (heard 2)
Chickadee (H-2)
W.B. Nuthatch (2)
BROWN CREEPER (1,finally-FOY)
Robins (~30)
Cardinal (3)
FOX SPARROW (20-22)
Song Sparrow (7)
Junco (6, all in one group)
Red Winged Blackbird (6)
Grackle (5)
Brown Cowbird (4-M & 1-F)
Goldfinch (2)

That's 30 species at one location in the rain which seems o.k. to me
even without the Sparrow.
Bird-Of-The-Day to my finally seen Brown Creeper & Runner-Up to all
those Fox Sparrows.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Date: 4/4/19 8:29 am
From: <Smchecchia...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Bird Collision Monitors Program, 4/16. Bird diseases in a changing environment (no sightings)
 Bird Diseases in aChanging Environment: Avian Malaria inMigratory Thrushes Over 20 years
Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m.North Park Village NatureCenter, ADDRESS:
5801 N. Pulaski Road
, Building D, Chicago
Speaker: HeatherSkeen, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago, Committee onEvolutionary Biology, Scientific Affiliate Field Museum of Natural History Chicago Bird Collision Monitors invites you to hear Heather discuss herresearch and findings, based on her studies of salvaged birdsat the Field Museum. Her studies show that avianmalaria, a widespread bird parasite, has high seasonal and annual variation.  Her research helps to increase ourunderstanding of how birds and their changing environments may influence thespread of disease.  This Lecture is free and open to the public.
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Date: 4/3/19 6:38 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Lecontes sparrow at skokie lagoons cook
Here's my complete list. Photos embedded.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54532220

Good birding.

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 3, 2019 5:34 PM - 7:29 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.42 mile(s)
26 species

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 6
Common Goldeneye 1
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Horned Grebe 2
Ring-billed Gull 6
Great Blue Heron 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 12
Fox Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco 2
LeConte's Sparrow 1 First seen feeding very close to the bike trail
where it bends to the west - just a little south of that bend. Stayed in
this area for the entire hour or so observed, Occasionally flew from one
side of the trail to the other and would only flush a few inches when a
hiker or biker approached. Really very focused on simply feeding. Presumed
to be fattening up for a trip to come.
Song Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 20
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54532220

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

On Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 7:06 PM Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Just south of the bend on the bike trail, if you cross at parking lot
> bridge at picnic area, head north until just before the bend. Bird is
> feeding voraciously in the grass just next to the path. Daylight fading but
> still here.
>
>
>


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https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffbilsky

 

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Date: 4/3/19 5:05 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lecontes sparrow at skokie lagoons cook
Just south of the bend on the bike trail, if you cross at parking lot
bridge at picnic area, head north until just before the bend. Bird is
feeding voraciously in the grass just next to the path. Daylight fading but
still here.

 

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Date: 4/3/19 3:43 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard M. dove
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/33654452908/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Cleaning and shaping feathers in the early morning. JohnBourbonnais, IL 
 

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Date: 4/3/19 3:32 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Suburban killdeer cook co
So the other day I heard a killdeer crying but I didn't see anything from my yard. Well just now I stepped outside again and I heard it screaming again; this time I saw it circling over the yards next door. I just think it's really funny because there are no wetlands anywhere near me. There is a park, but I don't think they would do very well there with the foot traffic. And don't they need wetlands to eat? I'm not sure.

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Date: 4/3/19 2:16 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rollins Savanna & Almond Marsh Wed 4-3-19
Hello Bird People,

My Lake County year list is pretty pathetic so today I tried to add a
few species. Added about 9 species but I am no where near the leaders
for the year nor will I ever be as I only go to Lake County once or
twice a week. Started at Rollins Savanna & 1st did the ponds near
Washington Street & then the large area of water from the Drury Lane
observation area. But there were many ducks not I.D.ed as one large
section of water "dog legs" out of sight & every time I try & walk off
trail to places like that I get chased out by the conservation police
who say I must stay on the trails. Too bad! Ended up at Almond Marsh
where, to my surprise, the gate was open for a change. But as the
people inside might leave at any time I didn't want to get locked in
so I just looked from the entrance gate.

Rollins Savanna (7:30-10 a.m.)

Washington Street Ponds

Canada Geese (8)
Mallard (12), Shoveler (1-PR), Gadwall (2-PR plus 3-M) & B.W. Teal (2-PR & 1-M)
Ring Neck Ducks (2-PR)
Bufflehead (11, right where Thomas L said they'd be)
Killdeer (1, flying)

From Drury Lane

Canada Geese (2)
Wood Duck (1-PR), Mallard (10) & Shoveler (7)
Canvasback (26), Ring Necked Duck (24) & Lesser Scaup (26)
Bufflehead (4), Hooded Merganser (1-M) & Common Merganser (11)
Ruddy Duck (5-6)
Also seen were 5 P.B. Grebes & 1 Great Egret while I heard Sandhill Cranes.

Land birds included Mourning Dove, Flicker, Tree Swallows, Robins,
Starlings, Song Sparrows, Red Wings, Eastern Meadowlark (2), Grackles,
House Finch & Goldfinches.

Almond Marsh (10:20-10:45 a.m.)

D.C Cormorant (~30, on nests & feeding in the water)
Great Blue Heron (14, also on nests & feeding)
Canada Geese (14)
Mallard (10), Wood Duck (1-PR), Gadwall (4), Shoveler (5), Wigeon (10)
& B.W. Teal (1-M)
Bufflehead (4-M & 1-F)
Sandhill Crane (1-PR, well seen)
Tree Swallows (6-8)

Land birds were all "heard only" & included Red Bellied Woodpecker,
W.B. Nuthatch, Blue Jay,
Robins, Cardinal, Red Wings & Grackles.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the pair of Sandhill Cranes & Runner-Up to all the
Wigeons, both species seen at Almond Marsh.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/3/19 8:26 am
From: <michellecdevlin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rosehill Cemetery- Northern Shrike
I saw a Northern Shrike at Rosehill cemetery in Chicago this morning. It was on the north side of the middle pond (near May Chapel) in a willow tree.

Michelle Devlin
Cook co

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Date: 4/3/19 6:06 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Decent action last night at the lagoons. Had my second ever OSPREY there -
a flyover, heading generally in a westerly direction. The other highlight
was my first HERMIT THRUSH of the year there.

Good birding.

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 2, 2019 5:15 PM - 6:39 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.2 mile(s)
32 species

Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 1
Northern Shoveler 1
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 1
Common Goldeneye 2
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Merganser 6
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Osprey 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 14
American Tree Sparrow 6
Fox Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Song Sparrow 8
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 6
Northern Cardinal 2

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Date: 4/2/19 10:33 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET IN lyme disease info; no sightings
I wanted to share this information because a lot of people do go into Indiana, and if any one of you is on the Indiana listserv if you wouldn't mind sharing it with them too it might be useful to some.

This link shows ticks that were tested for the organism that causes Lyme disease and that were found to have it, by county. It shows that it is now found in many areas and it's good to be aware of this so you can make sure that if you have a tick bite or any signs of infection that you go to your doctor and let them know that you're concerned about Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses so that they can treat you appropriately.

https://www.in.gov/isdh/28130.htm

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County

 

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Date: 4/2/19 10:03 pm
From: WILLIAM F SAYLOR <wcsaylor...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Pelicans-Diamond Lake
There were 14 American White Pelicans at Diamond Lake (Lake Cty) this evening (4/2@7pm). And probably 150

Red Breasted Mergansers too.


Bill Saylor

Mundelein

Lake Cty
 

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Date: 4/2/19 9:55 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard Downy wp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47473452892/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Male and female here eating PB suet in the apple tree. I hear the RB wp calling. Male shows up but not female.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 4/2/19 9:27 pm
From: ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET forgot to mention 1 loon, grebes, Red-tailed Hawk pair Re: at least 36 pelicans at Busse today (possibly as many as 63); CAS field trip to Busse two weeks from today (April 16)
of course I forgot to mention a few things that I had meant to! (that's been 'going around' I think!):


One COMMON LOON in the big lake, Busse Boating area (south of the first big parking lot, where the old fenced in old pier is). One PIED-BILLED GREBE, and one HORNED GREBE. And a pair of RED-TAILED HAWKS in the same tree at Busse South. One E. PHOEBE, and a few other common birds. Western Chorus Frogs heard from at least 4 spots.


I'll get birds entered into eBird sometime later today.


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





> On April 2, 2019 at 6:08 PM ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> wrote:
>
>
>
> I was able to spend about 3 hours birding at various locations in Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Elk Grove Village, Cook County, today.
>
>
> All gates/entrances are now open, as of April 1st, so it's easier to check out more spots in this large preserve. A lot of areas around the edges of water and trails have or are being burned, to reduce invasives, so certain areas were smoky and hazy, with small crews working on areas still, but I was able to get to all areas I wanted to.
>
>
> I saw at least 36 WHITE PELICANS there today, and possibly as many as 63.
>
>
> While walking the shore of the restoration area near the boathouse, I saw at least 27 to the east (along the north shore, and half way between this area and the far cement fishing area to the east (lower lot, Busse Dam area off Arlington Hts Road). There were also a few people canoeing in the area north of the 'island', and a few fishermen in this spot where I was walking. About 1:30pm, a group of 11 pelicans flew north across Higgins and appeared to be heading to the Salt Creek floodplain area north of Higgins, and about 15 minutes later a group of 16 flew slowly towards the west and disappeared out of sight.
>
>
> I also went to Busse South, Grove 16, and saw groups of 8 and 28 pelicans from there (different locations). As I didn't see the other two groups fly back, that's why I say there were either 36 (minimum) or 63 there today.
>
>
> Other notable sightings at Busse today (all locations) were:
>
> - 8 GREEN-WINGED TEAL
>
> - 22 BLUE-WINGED TEAL
>
> - 4 WOOD DUCK
>
> - 1 female HOODED MERGANSER
>
> - about 20 COMMON MERGANSER
>
> - over 160 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
>
> - 1 REDHEAD male
>
> - 2 OSPREY (one north of Higgins, and one south over the island north of the fishing bridge)
>
> - 3 or 4 TURKEY VULTURES
>
> - single KILLDEER, BELTED KINGFISHER and EASTERN BLUEBIRD
>
> - two separate sightings of FOX SPARROWS
>
> - 6 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
>
> - only 1 GREAT BLUE HERON and no egrets today
>
>
> For those who are not familiar with Busse Woods, and would like to learn more, I'll be leading a Chicago Audubon Society field trip there two weeks from today. On Tuesday, April 16, from about 8am to 11am. We'll visit as many spots as possible to give those attending a 'flavor' of the different spring birding spots at Busse. So all can hear or see the birds ok, we're limiting the trip to the first 16 who register (5 so far have). Please contact me privately to sign up, and I'll send additional information too.
>
>
> http://www.chicagoaudubon.org/content/busse-woods-bird-walk-field-trip
>
>
> Alan Anderson, <casresearch...> mailto:<casresearch...> , Des Plaines, Cook County
>
> Chicago Audubon Society http://www.chicagoaudubon.org
>
>
> upcoming: Illinois Spring Bird Count, Saturday, May 4th, all day: if you've helped in Cook County locations in the past, I'll be sending out info and data sheets in two weeks or so. If you haven't helped cover areas in Cook, but would like to, please let me know.
>
>
> Saturday, April 27, Craig Stettner Memorial Field Trip to Spring Creek FP (Penny Road Pond and Galloping Hill); contact me for additional information. Maximum: 40 registrants
>
> http://www.chicagoaudubon.org/content/chicago-audubon-craig-stettner-memorial-field-trip
>




 

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Date: 4/2/19 8:06 pm
From: <jeffrey.stwora...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos and Orland Park
We stopped at 4 Palos/Orland Park locations this afternoon.
McLaughry Springs had several Golden Crowned Kinglets and 2 Brown Creepers.
McGinnis Slough had Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Northern Shovelers and Am. Coots.
Centennial Park had 10 American White Pelicans, 3 DC Cormorants and 3 Caspian Terns, as well as 100+
RB Mergansers.
Orland Grassland had 1 American Kestrel, 2 Eastern Meadowlarks and 1 Female Northern Harrier.


Jeffrey Stwora
Orland Park, Cook County
 

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Date: 4/2/19 7:16 pm
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET McCormick Nature Sanctuary, this AM 2 April 2019
Wendy Paulson led a field trip to the the McCormick Nature Sanctuary
(Burnham Park south of McCormick Place) today. Last night there was strong
migratory movement across all of Illinois, so seemed promising. 26 birders
found 53 species in about 3 hours birding. It was very birdy with a
significant reverse migration of blackbirds and robins. We had 8 species
of sparrows, best a Vesper, most common Song followed by Savannah. There
were 7 species of ducks, a Sandhill Crane flying southwest from the lake, 2
flyover Common Loons, an American Woodcock, and an Osprey (which I didn't
see).
There has been a pretty thorough controlled burn in the sanctuary. I'm not
sure I have seen a burn there in past years. The burned areas were full of
birds, with juncos, robins, and blackbirds predominating. In the unburned
areas, the various sparrow species dominated.

Doug Stotz



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Date: 4/2/19 6:26 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard DE juncos and Chipping sp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46610567435/in/dateposted-public/

Hi friends,20 or so juncos here now. The Chipping sp came early this morning along with another migrant, The Spot-breasted thrush. Hermit maybe, it was a little dark yet. John
 

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Date: 4/2/19 4:59 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Axehead lake closure cook co. No sighting
In case anyone's thinking of going over there, it's closed all this week until Saturday morning at 6 AM to stock the lake with fish.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County



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Date: 4/2/19 4:09 pm
From: ALAN ANDERSON <casresearch...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET at least 36 pelicans at Busse today (possibly as many as 63); CAS field trip to Busse two weeks from today (April 16)

I was able to spend about 3 hours birding at various locations in Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Elk Grove Village, Cook County, today.


All gates/entrances are now open, as of April 1st, so it's easier to check out more spots in this large preserve. A lot of areas around the edges of water and trails have or are being burned, to reduce invasives, so certain areas were smoky and hazy, with small crews working on areas still, but I was able to get to all areas I wanted to.


I saw at least 36 WHITE PELICANS there today, and possibly as many as 63.


While walking the shore of the restoration area near the boathouse, I saw at least 27 to the east (along the north shore, and half way between this area and the far cement fishing area to the east (lower lot, Busse Dam area off Arlington Hts Road). There were also a few people canoeing in the area north of the 'island', and a few fishermen in this spot where I was walking. About 1:30pm, a group of 11 pelicans flew north across Higgins and appeared to be heading to the Salt Creek floodplain area north of Higgins, and about 15 minutes later a group of 16 flew slowly towards the west and disappeared out of sight.


I also went to Busse South, Grove 16, and saw groups of 8 and 28 pelicans from there (different locations). As I didn't see the other two groups fly back, that's why I say there were either 36 (minimum) or 63 there today.


Other notable sightings at Busse today (all locations) were:

- 8 GREEN-WINGED TEAL

- 22 BLUE-WINGED TEAL

- 4 WOOD DUCK

- 1 female HOODED MERGANSER

- about 20 COMMON MERGANSER

- over 160 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER

- 1 REDHEAD male

- 2 OSPREY (one north of Higgins, and one south over the island north of the fishing bridge)

- 3 or 4 TURKEY VULTURES

- single KILLDEER, BELTED KINGFISHER and EASTERN BLUEBIRD

- two separate sightings of FOX SPARROWS

- 6 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT

- only 1 GREAT BLUE HERON and no egrets today


For those who are not familiar with Busse Woods, and would like to learn more, I'll be leading a Chicago Audubon Society field trip there two weeks from today. On Tuesday, April 16, from about 8am to 11am. We'll visit as many spots as possible to give those attending a 'flavor' of the different spring birding spots at Busse. So all can hear or see the birds ok, we're limiting the trip to the first 16 who register (5 so far have). Please contact me privately to sign up, and I'll send additional information too.


http://www.chicagoaudubon.org/content/busse-woods-bird-walk-field-trip


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

Chicago Audubon Society http://www.chicagoaudubon.org


upcoming: Illinois Spring Bird Count, Saturday, May 4th, all day: if you've helped in Cook County locations in the past, I'll be sending out info and data sheets in two weeks or so. If you haven't helped cover areas in Cook, but would like to, please let me know.


Saturday, April 27, Craig Stettner Memorial Field Trip to Spring Creek FP (Penny Road Pond and Galloping Hill); contact me for additional information. Maximum: 40 registrants

http://www.chicagoaudubon.org/content/chicago-audubon-craig-stettner-memorial-field-trip
 

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Date: 4/2/19 3:17 pm
From: Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Canal Shores Golf Course - Wilmette, Cook
Where do you meet Fridays and what time?

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Date: 4/2/19 2:25 pm
From: <thomasbradleylewin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rollins Savannah- Getting a nice influx of waterfowl
I took a nice run around Rollins Savannah and there are clearly more migrants arriving on the ponds due to recent warm weather melting away all the ice. The front pond along Washington had 11 Bufflehead ducks swimming and diving for food on the South Side of the the wooden bridge. Geese are already setting up shop and staking out nesting areas. The Back pond off Drury lane is getting very "Birdy" (sorry no lists..I was running and had Metallica playing on my earbuds)


All the ponds looked active and I'm starting to see the Rolllins Savannah's "usual suspects" on runs like Red-Winged Blackbirds, Mallards, Sandhill Cranes and more raptors. I will bring the scope and give a proper update. The trails are dry in the sun and mushy on the edges. They have done a great job of clearing and the prairie burns are just starting to show some green sprouts of new grass. They actually have added one more point of access as you go to the back side of the the "big loop" and on the trail to the "small loop" there is a new trail on the East side of the bridge over the creek. (It looks like access to the neighborhood road for bicyclist's.


Can't wait to see my first Pie Billed Grebe and Northern Shoveler.. all my journals say it's time...


Thomas Lewin
Grayslake, IL




 

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Date: 4/2/19 1:59 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Local areas, funny occurrence cook co
I just thought I'd share this thing that happened here.

I went to some of my local lakes looking for whatever I could see but also for a loon since I haven't had any yet this year though they've been in the area. So at the end of the day I still hadn't seen any loons. I ran some errands and I got change at my last errand, a quarter and a dime. The quarter had one of those pretty scenes on it so I took a closer look. Lo and behold, I was holding a pretty picture of a loon in a wetland habitat!

I thought that was a little bit ironic; it was a very nice picture, so at least I did get a loon for the day. 😄💥

Suzanne Coleman
Cook County



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Date: 4/2/19 12:15 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden (Local Interest Only) Tuesday 4-2-19
Hello Bird People,

You can tell I'm getting old as in my younger days I'd have gone right
away to see the Red Necked Grebe reported by Dan W (on ebird) at Rock
Cut State Park yesterday. But now I think about how far it is & how
many tolls it takes & that I'd have to go by myself & so I talk myself
out of it. Maybe I'll see one closer to home?

So I settled for another visit to the Botanic Garden where I saw
nothing special but had a nice walk on a nice day & that's good enough
for me. On my list new migrants will be in CAPS.

Chicago Botanic Garden (8-11:30 a.m.)

Pied Billed Grebe (5)
HORNED GREBE (1)
Canada Geese (28)
Wood Duck (3-PR)
Mallard (22)
Gadwall (1-PR)
Bufflehead (1-PR)
Common Merganser (1-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (10)
TURKEY VULTURE (1 fly-by)
Killdeer (3)
WILSON'S SNIPE (1)
Ring Billed Gull (2)
Herring Gull (2)
Mourning Dove (7)
Kingfisher (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (heard 1)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Tree Swallow (4-5)
Blue Jay (3)
Chickadee (4)
GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET (2 together & later 1 more) (FOY)
Robins (35-40)
HERMIT THRUSH (1)
Starling (8)
Cardinal (5)
FOX SPARROW (1)
Song Sparrow (12)
Junco (3)
Red Winged Blackbird (15-18)
Grackle (20-25)
Brown Cowbird (3-M & 1-F)
House Finch (5 singing males)
Goldfinch (8-9)
House Sparrow (12-14)

If I did that right there should be 35 species for the day.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Golden Crowned Kinglets which had eluded me for
the 1st 3 months
of the year. Runner-Up to the Snipe which is not easy to find at the CBG.

Al Stokie
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Date: 4/2/19 11:03 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Canal Shores Golf Course - Wilmette, Cook
I'll be conducting a survey every Friday morning starting next week at
Canal Shores Golf Club to help document what's using the area. This morning
was the first meeting to discuss protocol.

There was a Blue-winged Teal in the canal north of the Maple Ave bridge
along with a Belted Kingfisher. A couple raptors patrolling the area
included a young Cooper's Hawks and a Red-tailed Hawk. Brush piles were
packed with Song and Fox Sparrows and lingering Juncos. I would imagine
habitat and proximity to the lake could make these some pretty interesting
surveys going forward.

Last night, Skokie Lagoons was quite unproductive with the highlights being
an Eastern Phoebe and several groups of Fox Sparrows.

Good birding.

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Date: 4/1/19 1:41 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake Glenview, Techny Basin & Techny North, Air Station Prairie, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake Monday 4-1-19
Welcome To April Bird People,

Lately I haven't found anything that I chased (Pheasant, Western
Meadowlark, Northern Waterthrush & Eared Grebe) with the one exception
of White Pelican. I think that today I'll just go birding with no
targets thereby having no disappointments when I don't find the
targets.

Lake Glenview (7:30-8:45 a.m.)(Walked around the entire lake)

Pied Billed (4) & Horned (2) Grebes
D.C. Cormorant (4)
Canada Geese (48) & Mallard (18)
Shoveler (3-PR) & Lesser Scaup (5)
Red Breasted Merganser (66)
Ruddy Duck (2)
Coots (17)
Ring Billed (6) & Herring (2) Gulls
And various common land birds

Techny Basin (8:55-9:55 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (6) & Mallard (6) (We've gone from 600 Mallards a month
ago to 6 today)
KESTREL (1-M)
Killdeer (4)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (2) Gulls
Pigeon (2) & Mourning Dove (4)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1) & Flicker (1)
And more common land birds

Techny North (10-10:20 a.m.)

Mallard (49) & Lesser Scaup (2-M)
Common (6) & Red Breasted (5) Mergs
Killdeer & Wilson's Snipe (1 each on the mud flats)
Ring Billed Gull (2)
I heard one Eastern Meadowlark toward the golf course.

Air Station Prairie (10:40-11 a.m.)

Canada Geese (2) & Mallards (16)
Killdeer (H-1) & flushed 4 Wilson's Snipe
One Flicker was calling & I saw my 1st FIELD SPARROW of the year.

Beck Lake (11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.) (Better than last time!)

Canada Geese (97) & Mallard (4)
Redhead (1-M), Ring Necked Duck (3) & Lesser Scaup (1-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (6)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 hunting)
Killdeer (2)
Ring Billed (6) & Herring (2) Gulls

Big Bend Lake (12-15-12:55 p.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (11, feeding or on the nests)
Canada Geese (5), Mallard (5) & Red Breasted Merg (31)
Killdeer (3)
Ring Billed (137) & Herring (18) Gulls

I think every place I went today had good numbers of Robins. As an
extra add-on I saw a circling SHARP SHINNED HAWK off Milwaukee Ave.
Saw a lot of birds today but nothing special.

Bird-Of-The-Day is my FOY Field Sparrow. That species always looks
exceptionally "clean"
to me probably as its such a light colored bird.
Runners-Up to the Sharp Shinned Hawk & the male Kestrel.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Date: 4/1/19 11:02 am
From: <chession...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Backyard Woodcock - Chicago, IL
Had a mutually startling experience this morning in my city yard in the Horner Park neighborhood (4100 N. Whipple, Chicago north side, Cook County). Like most Chicago lots our yard is relatively narrow but quite deep, and our garage is detached and in the back by the alley where we keep raised garden beds, some shrubs and, currently, a bit of remaining leaf litter. Quite the surprise as I approached the garage when a Woodcock rose up in a flurry and a distinctive "peent!" and flew over our fence and In between the houses two doors over. Clear view of its tube-like bill. A fat. seemingly clumsy flyer didn't get more than 12-14 ft. off ground but certainly navigated between houses well. We've seen them at Montrose in past but not in any residential area and definitely a new "yard bird". And, I feel compelled to confirm, this is not an April Fools Day joke! Really was a pleasant surprise!


Chris Hession
Chicago, Cook County
 

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Date: 4/1/19 10:46 am
From: Daniel Williams <twotringas...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Red-necked Grebe @ Rock Cut SP
Alternate plumage Red-neckedGrebe on Pierce Lake in Rock Cut. Viewing from Red Oak picnic area looking NW

Dan Williams
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Date: 4/1/19 8:03 am
From: <tvincl...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET A Birding Essay “The Tree Swallow Threshold” has been posted

“The Tree Swallow Threshold” has been posted on The River Landing blog. The essay https://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2019/04/the-tree-swallow-threshold.html describes recent observations of birds and migration timing in central Illinois at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge and nearby. Here is the link:


https://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2019/04/the-tree-swallow-threshold.html



Tom Lerczak

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Date: 3/31/19 7:11 pm
From: bill schafer <bill.schafer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum - Pileated
Visited arboretum at 4pm today. Saw and heard Pileated woodpecker
drumming right next to Big Rock parking. Also saw pair of wood ducks near
P-18 parking.

Bill Schafer
Naperville, Will County

 

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Date: 3/31/19 6:47 pm
From: <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Air Station Short-eared Owl & Woodcocks
Following up on Al Stokie's post from a couple of days ago I thought I'd try to clean up Short-eared Owl for the year, having whiffed at both Montrose and Bartel so far this year. Ran into Wesley, a Northwestern student who was looking for woodcocks.He'd not been there before so I showed him some spots that would be handy during the day, and a bit later in the spring.Within five minutes a Short-eared Owl buzzed in from the north end of the prairie and perched in a tree near the Visitor's Center. It stayed there for a minute or two then took off to the northeast, possibly to the landfill north of Willow Rd.Shortly after that we heard our first peent, and we were able to see a very vocal Woodcock, as it favored a patch of very short grass. It displayed a number of times for us, as did a couple others. We went with five as a count, and it that could well be an undercount.Okay, I'm ready for April!
Joe LillChicago, Cook County

 

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Date: 3/31/19 4:10 pm
From: nancy tikalsky <ntikalsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET No Eared Grebe For Us But See Donnie D's Post Sunday 3-31-19
No Eared Grebe as of 5:30 pm

1 Horned Grebe, 2 Common Loons and FOY Yellow-rumped Warbler

Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, Lake, IL

On Mar 31, 2019 1:51 PM, "Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:


Hello Bird People,

Adam Sell, Andy Stewart. Gustavio U & myself all looked for
yesterday's Eared Grebe at Independence Grove & did not find it. We
saw 6 Horned Grebes & 1 P.B. Grebe. We saw one darker Grebe but it did
not have a pointed bill, peaked head or was it floating high in the
water.
So we struck out but see the post by Donnie Dann who did see the Eared
Grebe later so don't stay away based on my report but look for
yourself & maybe you'll be lucky too.

Independence Grove (7:15-8:45 a.m.)

Common Loon (1)
Horned Grebe (6, in all plumages, mostly transitional)
P.B. Grebe (1, in the water by the swimming beach)
Canada Geese (14)
Mallard (6)
Lesser Scaup (1-M)
Bufflehead (1-M)
Goldeneye (16)
Hooded Merganser (1-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (12)
Cooper's Hawk (1 fly-by)
Killdeer (heard 1)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (total = 104)
Robins, Red Wings & Grackles

Skokie Lagoons (9:30-11 a.m.)

Stopped here on the way home but didn't do too well.
Water birds included Great Blue Heron (3), D.C. Cormorant (1), Canada
Geese (~20), Mallard (12). Green Winged Teal (1-M), Goldeneye (4),
Hooded (1-M), Common (11) & Red Breasted (14)
Mergansers. The only interesting land birds were Fox Sparrow (14) &
Eastern Phoebe (1).

Lake Opeka

Highlights were 2 Common Loons & 2 Horned Grebes.

Axehead Lake

Highlights here were 3 pair of Shovelers, 3 Lesser Scaup & 149 Red
Breasted Mergansers.

Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Eastern Phoebe & Runners-Up
to the Cooper's Hawk & the Common Loons.

License Plate Of The Day to one from North Dakota (a good one) on Rt 41 &
Runner-Up to one from Alabama on Rt 137 on the way home.

Al Stokie
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Date: 3/31/19 11:51 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET No Eared Grebe For Us But See Donnie D's Post Sunday 3-31-19
Hello Bird People,

Adam Sell, Andy Stewart. Gustavio U & myself all looked for
yesterday's Eared Grebe at Independence Grove & did not find it. We
saw 6 Horned Grebes & 1 P.B. Grebe. We saw one darker Grebe but it did
not have a pointed bill, peaked head or was it floating high in the
water.
So we struck out but see the post by Donnie Dann who did see the Eared
Grebe later so don't stay away based on my report but look for
yourself & maybe you'll be lucky too.

Independence Grove (7:15-8:45 a.m.)

Common Loon (1)
Horned Grebe (6, in all plumages, mostly transitional)
P.B. Grebe (1, in the water by the swimming beach)
Canada Geese (14)
Mallard (6)
Lesser Scaup (1-M)
Bufflehead (1-M)
Goldeneye (16)
Hooded Merganser (1-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (12)
Cooper's Hawk (1 fly-by)
Killdeer (heard 1)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (total = 104)
Robins, Red Wings & Grackles

Skokie Lagoons (9:30-11 a.m.)

Stopped here on the way home but didn't do too well.
Water birds included Great Blue Heron (3), D.C. Cormorant (1), Canada
Geese (~20), Mallard (12). Green Winged Teal (1-M), Goldeneye (4),
Hooded (1-M), Common (11) & Red Breasted (14)
Mergansers. The only interesting land birds were Fox Sparrow (14) &
Eastern Phoebe (1).

Lake Opeka

Highlights were 2 Common Loons & 2 Horned Grebes.

Axehead Lake

Highlights here were 3 pair of Shovelers, 3 Lesser Scaup & 149 Red
Breasted Mergansers.

Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Eastern Phoebe & Runners-Up
to the Cooper's Hawk & the Common Loons.

License Plate Of The Day to one from North Dakota (a good one) on Rt 41 &
Runner-Up to one from Alabama on Rt 137 on the way home.

Al Stokie
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Date: 3/31/19 11:43 am
From: Mike Levin <mikel...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET American White Pelicans at Busse Woods 3-31
Saw them in Ryerson as well.

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On Mar 31, 2019, at 12:30 PM, Chuck Berman <cberman129...><mailto:<cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...><mailto:<ILbirds-noreply...>> wrote:



At 11:44 a.m., I saw a much smaller number of pelicans, only 11, at the pond seen south of Higgins Rd at Busse Woods. Four were curled up on stumps and seven were bobbing for fish at the far south end of Busse Lake. A scope is advised. Parking is minimal. I pulled into the entry of a closed parking lot across from the birds.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park


 

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Date: 3/31/19 10:30 am
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET American White Pelicans at Busse Woods 3-31
At 11:44 a.m., I saw a much smaller number of pelicans, only 11, at the
pond seen south of Higgins Rd at Busse Woods. Four were curled up on stumps
and seven were bobbing for fish at the far south end of Busse Lake. A scope
is advised. Parking is minimal. I pulled into the entry of a closed parking
lot across from the birds.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 

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Date: 3/31/19 8:21 am
From: Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Eared Grebe at Independence Grove
Reported yesterday by Jeff Sundberg this bird continues at this Lake County site, showing its characteristic thin bill and peaked crown. Near the NW corner shoreline.

Donnie Dann
Lake County

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Date: 3/31/19 7:36 am
From: Allen Yow <ayow...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Golden Plovers east side Meredosia
Good number of Golden Plovers at Four Corners to east of Meredosia, Morgan County.

Allen

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Date: 3/31/19 7:33 am
From: Candida Abrahamson <camediate...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Lake County waterfowl
Where is the Pfizer pond?

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Date: 3/31/19 6:47 am
From: Jerry Hampton <jerhamp33...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Lake County waterfowl
The Bonaparte’s gulls are still at the Pfizer pond at 7:30am.

 

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Date: 3/30/19 5:53 pm
From: Adam Sell <adamwardsell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Point Marina Lakewatch (Lake Co.)
Birders,

Spent the morning conducting a lakewatch from the yacht club this morning
from about 7:45-10:15 AM. It was quickly evident that waterfowl was moving
into the north winds. The clear star of the show was the largest movement
of Long-tailed Ducks I've personally witnessed on the lakefront. I counted
295 migrant Long-tailed Ducks. I only counted the ones that were for sure,
in my opinion, headed north. Some would land on the water for a while
before taking off, and a few small groups were flying around near the mouth
of the harbor. Overall, totals were closer to 330. Another highlight was
a good number loons, including 11 Red-throated Loons and 12 Common Loons.
The Red-throated Loons were coming through in loose flocks of up to 4 at
a time.

Here are the totals for migrant waterfowl:

Canada Goose -- 4
Gadwall -- 1
American Wigeon -- 1
Mallard -- 36
Northern Pintail -- 10
Green-winged Teal -- 7
Canvasback -- 20 (mostly in with the Redheads)
Redhead -- 85
Greater Scaup -- 127 (could've missed some Lesser Scaup, but I was
distracted!)
White-winged Scoter -- 2 (1 in harbor, 1 migrant)
Long-tailed Duck -- 295 (migrants only)
Bufflehead -- 2
Common Goldeneye -- 12
Hooded Merganser -- 4
Common Merganser -- 1
Red-breasted Merganser -- 130
duck sp. -- 40
Horned Grebe -- 10 (4 in harbor)
Bonaparte's Gull -- 7
Glaucous Gull -- 1 (adult headed north)
Red-throated Loon -- 11 (all in basic plumage, from what I could see)
Common Loon -- 12 (almost all in alternate plumage)
loon sp. -- 7 (too distant to be sure)

eBird: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54368212

Good Birding!

Adam Sell
Lake Co.

 

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Date: 3/30/19 5:20 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard BH cowbird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47490058321/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Male was displaying for the female. JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 3/30/19 5:14 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Addendum to cook co.
I forgot a few good species today. I always remember more after I do my E-birding. 😊

Axehead lake also had the ongoing male Kingfisher who is very Chattery. Utilizing a small tree close to the parking area for anyone who might want to go take pictures or observe.

Dam number four also had my first of the year fox sparrows and Phoebe.

Goldfinches singing at both locations.

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 3/30/19 4:48 pm
From: Pat Durkin <pat.durkin...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Common Loon - Maple Lake
Hello IBETers,

There was a singular COMMON LOON working the perimeter of Maple Lake in the Palos Area in the early afternoon. It sailed and dived in splendid glory.

Take 95th St. west of 104th Ave. It was easily viewed from the west parking lot that borders the Lake.

Patricia Durkin
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Date: 3/30/19 4:45 pm
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Palos Area White Pelicans and Bonaparte's Gulls during the COS trip today
Despite the day starting out a bit rainy we actually had a pretty pleasant
morning of birding with 13 eager birders! Highlights were definitely White
Pelicans at Saganaschkee Slough, Pine Siskins at Little Red Schoolhouse,
and Bonaparte's Gulls at both locations.

Thanks to all who joined me on the walk today!

Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

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Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Cook, Illinois, US
Mar 30, 2019 8:01 AM - 9:27 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.47 mile(s)
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 50
Greater/Lesser Scaup (Aythya marila/affinis) 2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 5
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 35
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 1
Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) 3
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) 2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6
Fox Sparrow (Red) (Passerella iliaca iliaca/zaboria) 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 6
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) (Agelaius phoeniceus [phoeniceus Group])
7
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 4
Common Grackle (Bronzed) (Quiscalus quiscula versicolor) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 35

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54372445


Saganashkee Slough, Cook, Illinois, US
Mar 30, 2019 9:37 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.41 mile(s)
25 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 10
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 1
Gadwall (Mareca strepera) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 16
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 3
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 60
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 16
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 10
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 6
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) (Agelaius phoeniceus [phoeniceus Group])
7
Common Grackle (Bronzed) (Quiscalus quiscula versicolor) 6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54372404


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Date: 3/30/19 4:41 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Old report unknown hawk, cook co
I saw the hawk that I wasn't sure of its identification that I posted about maybe three weeks ago. And it's actually a Cooper's hawk. It has a lot of white feather areas on the back; it actually is interesting, it looks like a red tailed hawk from behind with the white V. But I was able to get a good close look at it and with the help of Al S. concluded that it is a Cooper's hawk, an immature one.

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 3/30/19 4:35 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Local cook co.
Went to my local spots again.

Axehead lake

I had three pairs of northern shovelers, one horned grebe in transitional plumage, a bunch of red breasted Mergansers, and the scaup were still there. I'm pretty sure there was another bird with a white cheek patch on a dark head like maybe a Ruddy duck but it disappeared and it was hanging around the far shoreline.

Also there is evidence of one or more probable rabbits that had been eaten on the bank by some sort of a predator. At first I was thinking Hawk or Owl but now that I think about it it could've been a coyote too! :-)


Dam number 4 Woods area

Lots of birds for the dark gloomy day we had.

Three or four male goldfinches singing very cheerily from the tops of trees. Surrounded by many other chirping birds I couldn't see because I didn't bring my binoculars.

Out of the many tweets and sounds I heard most likely were juncos, song sparrows, and possibly a towhee though it didn't respond to a call so I am not really convinced. Robins. Oh yeah and a bunch of Fox sparrows also.

Suzanne Coleman
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Date: 3/30/19 3:47 pm
From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Waterfowl, 3/30 a.m.

A strong movement of northbound waterfowl occurred at Montrose Point in
Chicago this morning, March 30. Geoff Williamson and myself stood at the
end of the fishing pier for a couple hours and watched flock after flock
of diving and dabbling ducks moving north along Lake Michigan. Most were
scaup and Redheads but we also had small numbers of Canvasbacks
(uncommon at Montrose), Northern Pintails, Gadwall, American Wigeon, and
smaller numbers of Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teal. We also had
a couple Common Loons and Iceland and Great Black-backed Gulls. A group
of White-winged Scoters (~12) was still on the lake off the end of the
fishing pier. Link to my eBird checklist for the morning below.

eBird Checklist
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54371454

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point:
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhughes63


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Date: 3/30/19 3:21 pm
From: 'Sundberg, Jeffrey' <jsundber...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Likely eared grebe Ind Grove Lake Cty
Kris Sundberg and Cliff Miller called me to say they thought they had an Eared Grebe at Independence Grove about 445 this afternoon, and would I bring my scope. It looked very good, with a rounded back, a very thin bill, and a good cheek patch and white crescent on the back of the face. It was still there moving along the north bank of the first lake when we left.
Jeff Sundberg
Lake County

 

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Date: 3/30/19 1:23 pm
From: 'Sundberg, Jeffrey' <jsundber...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County waterfowl
Highlights of this morning:


Lake Marie (thanks, Steve and Sheryl!)- well over 100 Common Loons- didn't have a scope and waves were a pretty choppy, but there were loons everywhere Lots of corms and Common Mergs as well. Also good number of White Pelicans.


Lake Forest, Graduate School of Management Pond- this is north of Rte 60, just east of the tollway- seven Bonaparte's Gulls, first found by my sister Kris


Diamond Lake, Mundelein- Horned Grebe in full breeding plumage, one Common Loon.


Almond Marsh, Grayslake- adult Bald Eagle and American Wigeon.


Jeff Sundberg

Lake County


 

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Date: 3/30/19 1:14 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lake County-Mostly Lakefront Locations Saturday 3-30-19
Hello Bird People,

Today I covered Waukegan Harbor & Park, North Point Marina, IBSP North
Unit's Long Loop Trail, Spring Bluff F.P., Sand Pond & Independence
Grove. With me were Bob Erickson & Janice Sweet except for
Independence Grove which I did by myself. Also got some bird info from
Andy Stewart & Steve Muhall. That's too many places to do complete
lists for so we'll settle for highlights.

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

The only highlight in the harbor was a single WHITE WINGED SCOTER in
close for good viewing. In the small park we once again had singing
EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES, 4 this time.

North Point Marina (8:15-9:30 a.m.)

A short Lake Watch got us a RED THROATED LOON (1), Horned Grebe (2),
PINTAIL (9), Redhead, Scaup, Goldeneye (6), Common Merganser (1) & Red
Breasted Merganser (~20).
A real treat was when a single BONAPARTE'S GULL flew by but Andy &
Steve had several earlier. They also had LONG TAILED DUCKS which we
did not see.

IBSP Long Loop Trail (9:30-10:40 a.m.)

Two Wood Ducks flew by, 2 Wilson's Snipe were doing a flight display
while "winnowing" & an
adult BALD EAGLE went by while hunting. Only interesting land bird was
Fox Sparrow.
Here Andy & Steve also saw 2 Sapsuckers & heard a calling VIRGINIA
RAIL both of which we missed.

Spring Bluff F.P. (10:50-11 a.m.)

Saw Canada Geese (8), Mallard (5), Blue Winged Teal (4), Shoveler
(17), Greater Scaup (1-PR)
& 1 Killdeer. Heard & saw a few Sandhill Cranes as well.

Sand Pond/North Unit (11:10-11:25 a.m.)

Common Loon (1), Horned Grebe (2) & Green Winged Teal (2-M) were the
highlights.

Independence Grove (12:35-1 p.m.)

Common Loon (1), Canada Geese (14), Goldeneye (8), Bufflehead (1-M),
Hooded Merganser (1-M) & Red Breasted Merganser (27). Also a few each
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the fly-by Bonaparte's Gull & Runners-Up to the
adult Bald Eagle, the in flight Red Throated Loon & the Pintails.

Al Stokie
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Date: 3/30/19 12:00 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET American White Pelicans at Busse Woods
There are some 70-80 pelicans currently at Busse Woods, best viewed from Higgins Rd. Thanks to Kristof K. for first reporting them.

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County

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Date: 3/30/19 8:50 am
From: Mark Vaughan <markvaughan60201...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Perkins Woods Bluebird Sighting
I hope they continue north to my 9 bluebird boxes in Lake Forest. I just cleaned them out this morning anxiously awaiting their arrival.
🤓

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 29, 2019, at 7:15 PM, Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> I don't want to add salt to Al's Bluebird wounds, but after visiting Montrose this morning (and not seeing or hearing a Bluebird there), I stopped by Perkins Woods in Evanston, a one-block square woods, the smallest in the Cook County Forest Preserve and a little gem that delivers small marvels. I was thrilled to see a couple Eastern Phoebes there, as well as 3 Wood Ducks enjoying the a little pond the rain has created. As I was searching hopefully for a Rusty Blackbird, I caught a flash of blue and sure enough, had 2 Eastern Bluebirds! I checked ebird for the last Bluebird sighting at Perkins Woods. There are only 2 prior sightings, one by Rich DeCoster in May 2013 and another by Jason Weckstein in May 2011.
>
> Al, maybe they will still be there tomorrow? 🙂
>
> If it is any consolation, I did not find the Louisiana Waterthrush at the Lincoln Park Zoo either.
>
> Tamima Itani
> Evanston, Cook County
>
> From: <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
> Sent: Friday, March 29, 2019 3:25 PM
> To: ilbirds
> Subject: IBET Montrose Point. North Pond & Lincoln Park Zoo Friday 3-29-19
>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> About 10 birders reported a Western Meadowlark from Monrose on ebird
> but no one bothered to put a short post about it on IBET. Worse yet I
> forgot to check ebird until after dark when I also saw Nathan's report
> that it was still there in the afternoon. Since I missed it yesterday
> I went to Montrose today but in spite of many birders looking no one
> found any Meadowlarks at all let alone a Western Meadowlark. Too bad
> as the last one that was there did stay. I really have to stop living
> in the past & remember to check ebird more often.
>
> Not too much at Montrose today but some of the highlights were a
> YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER that Fran M helped me see, 4 Flickers, 2
> Phoebes, a HERMIT THRUSH & Fran M, Dave A & I all heard an EASTERN
> BLUEBIRD but it stopped singing before we could get to it.
> Too bad as that's a good find at Montrose. Also seen was the
> continuing, semi-tame Red Breasted Nuthatch.
>
> At the Zoo I looked for the Louisiana Waterthrush but could not find
> it either by the Children's Zoo or by the area by the Cafe Brauer.
> Perhaps I just didn't look in the right place?
> But I did see my 1st BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON in the nesting area
> within the Wolf pen.
> Later I saw 3 more Night Herons at the north end of North Pond.
>
> Not a very good day but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the very colorful Sapsucker &
> Runner-Up to the Black Crowned Night Heron. Top bird would have been
> the Bluebird had I seen it.
>
> License Plate Of The Day to one from New Mexico seen near the Zoo.
>
> Al Stokie
> Not doing very well in Cook County today
>
>

 

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Date: 3/29/19 10:14 pm
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum Friday
We were at the Arb mostly looking for tree buds, flowers sprouting, skunk
cabbage, etc. But we did see some birds:

Near Schulenburg/Prairie Visitor Station:
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH 1
DOWNY WOODPECKER 2
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD 100+
AMERICAN ROBIN 10
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 1

While driving:
BLUE JAY 1
NORTHERN CARDINAL 2

Heard:
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER

Ed McDevitt
Executive Director
Public Art Chicago
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Date: 3/29/19 9:49 pm
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard E. towhee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/46769038084/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Eating seeds and singing. For 2 days now, sounds like another one nearby.Cooper's h. sails over the yard scattering birds.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 3/29/19 5:15 pm
From: Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Perkins Woods Bluebird Sighting
Hi everyone,

I don't want to add salt to Al's Bluebird wounds, but after visiting Montrose this morning (and not seeing or hearing a Bluebird there), I stopped by Perkins Woods in Evanston, a one-block square woods, the smallest in the Cook County Forest Preserve and a little gem that delivers small marvels. I was thrilled to see a couple Eastern Phoebes there, as well as 3 Wood Ducks enjoying the a little pond the rain has created. As I was searching hopefully for a Rusty Blackbird, I caught a flash of blue and sure enough, had 2 Eastern Bluebirds! I checked ebird for the last Bluebird sighting at Perkins Woods. There are only 2 prior sightings, one by Rich DeCoster in May 2013 and another by Jason Weckstein in May 2011.

Al, maybe they will still be there tomorrow? 🙂

If it is any consolation, I did not find the Louisiana Waterthrush at the Lincoln Park Zoo either.

Tamima Itani
Evanston, Cook County

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Sent: Friday, March 29, 2019 3:25 PM
To: ilbirds
Subject: IBET Montrose Point. North Pond & Lincoln Park Zoo Friday 3-29-19



Hello Bird People,

About 10 birders reported a Western Meadowlark from Monrose on ebird
but no one bothered to put a short post about it on IBET. Worse yet I
forgot to check ebird until after dark when I also saw Nathan's report
that it was still there in the afternoon. Since I missed it yesterday
I went to Montrose today but in spite of many birders looking no one
found any Meadowlarks at all let alone a Western Meadowlark. Too bad
as the last one that was there did stay. I really have to stop living
in the past & remember to check ebird more often.

Not too much at Montrose today but some of the highlights were a
YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER that Fran M helped me see, 4 Flickers, 2
Phoebes, a HERMIT THRUSH & Fran M, Dave A & I all heard an EASTERN
BLUEBIRD but it stopped singing before we could get to it.
Too bad as that's a good find at Montrose. Also seen was the
continuing, semi-tame Red Breasted Nuthatch.

At the Zoo I looked for the Louisiana Waterthrush but could not find
it either by the Children's Zoo or by the area by the Cafe Brauer.
Perhaps I just didn't look in the right place?
But I did see my 1st BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON in the nesting area
within the Wolf pen.
Later I saw 3 more Night Herons at the north end of North Pond.

Not a very good day but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the very colorful Sapsucker &
Runner-Up to the Black Crowned Night Heron. Top bird would have been
the Bluebird had I seen it.

License Plate Of The Day to one from New Mexico seen near the Zoo.

Al Stokie
Not doing very well in Cook County today


 

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Date: 3/29/19 1:27 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose Point. North Pond & Lincoln Park Zoo Friday 3-29-19
Hello Bird People,

About 10 birders reported a Western Meadowlark from Monrose on ebird
but no one bothered to put a short post about it on IBET. Worse yet I
forgot to check ebird until after dark when I also saw Nathan's report
that it was still there in the afternoon. Since I missed it yesterday
I went to Montrose today but in spite of many birders looking no one
found any Meadowlarks at all let alone a Western Meadowlark. Too bad
as the last one that was there did stay. I really have to stop living
in the past & remember to check ebird more often.

Not too much at Montrose today but some of the highlights were a
YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER that Fran M helped me see, 4 Flickers, 2
Phoebes, a HERMIT THRUSH & Fran M, Dave A & I all heard an EASTERN
BLUEBIRD but it stopped singing before we could get to it.
Too bad as that's a good find at Montrose. Also seen was the
continuing, semi-tame Red Breasted Nuthatch.

At the Zoo I looked for the Louisiana Waterthrush but could not find
it either by the Children's Zoo or by the area by the Cafe Brauer.
Perhaps I just didn't look in the right place?
But I did see my 1st BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON in the nesting area
within the Wolf pen.
Later I saw 3 more Night Herons at the north end of North Pond.

Not a very good day but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the very colorful Sapsucker &
Runner-Up to the Black Crowned Night Heron. Top bird would have been
the Bluebird had I seen it.

License Plate Of The Day to one from New Mexico seen near the Zoo.

Al Stokie
Not doing very well in Cook County today


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Date: 3/29/19 12:56 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET RB Nuthatch
spotted a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatch at the peanut feeder today.
Am expecting them to stay around as they did last year. I am told that RBN
residents in Illinois is unusual, if not rare.

I don't mind if they stick around, I like their little horn tweet-messages
that they always announce upon their presence nearby.

Paul Stensvaag
NW Cook

 

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Date: 3/29/19 11:11 am
From: robirdman <robirdman...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET birds on Chicago tonght
I see that Chicago Tonight, PBS Channel 11 is going to have 4 stories on
birds tonight.

Rob Curtis

Chicago


 

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Date: 3/29/19 11:09 am
From: 'Bailey, Steven D' <sdbailey...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET yesterdays Lake County pelican & other sightings
Sheryl and I decided to go and take a look at a new Lake County BALD EAGLE nest up near Antioch yesterday (March 28). One of the adults was incubating/brooding when we arrived, and we saw its mate flying towards the nest while we were just to the east, about a mile away. Saw my 1st of year GREAT EGRET in a small, roadside pond in the area. While driving around today, we saw at least 8 or more TURKEY VULTURES in at least four locations.
We also made a visit to Ethel's Woods F.P. in hopes of seeing some waterfowl. The forest preserve was "locked in" by the gates that Old Mill Creek sometimes keeps locked (don't know how a public road can legally have locked gates blocking off a couple mile section of road!), so we parked and walked the stretch to the preserve. This turned out to be a good thing, as not only did we get nice looks at 3 singing FOX SPARROWS, but also heard & saw 3 or 4 of the 12-15+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS feeding on the ground in one of the small, wooded wetlands along the road. A large fluddle in an ag field held 12+ GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 8+ AMERICAN WIGEON, a GADWALL, a few MALLARDS & a GREAT BLUE HERON, as well as several KILLDEER.
Down the road at the big pond in Ethel's Woods F.P. were 20+ BUFFLEHEAD, 6+ COMMON MERGANSERS, a HOODED MERGANSER, 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 15+ RING-NECKED DUCKS, & 6-8 LESSER SCAUP.
We decided to make one more spot, hoping for some AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS at Lake Marie in the Fox River - Chain of Lakes area. Initially, it was a goose egg, but decided to check the opposite side of the lake within the Lake Marie F.P., and am glad we did! There we found:

Common Merganser 75-100
Bufflehead 25+
Lesser Scaup 50+
Common Loon 5
American White Pelican 15
Great Blue Heron 1
Sandhill Crane 2
Ringbilled/Herring Gulls 750+
Common Goldeneye 1
American Wigeon 2
Mute Swan 2

Sheryl & I also visited Diamond Lake in Mundelein, IL. on Tuesday (March 26th)

Mute Swan 3
Redhead 2
Lesser Scaup 50-75
Red-breasted Merganser 250+
Common Merganser 5-6
Bufflehead 15+
Common Goldeneye 10+
Common Loon 3
Horned Grebe 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2

Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein, IL.
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Date: 3/29/19 8:25 am
From: Chris FARABAUGH <csfara...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Starved Rock State Park, 3-28-2019
Yesterday I hiked Starved Rock State Park from 11 to 3 and had the following sightings:


Canada Goose - 50

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN - 500+. The pelicans were staging on the Illinois River and departing in groups of 4 to 50 every few minutes heading northwest.

Great Blue Heron - 2

Turkey Vulture - 10

BALD EAGLE - 12. I great looks at 2 that had just taken off from the trees and were calling prior to circling higher. The others were soaring over the park and heading out of view.

Blue Jay - 2

Black-capped Chickadee - 6

White Breasted Nuthatch - 1 (near the feeders at the visitor center)

American Robin - 10

House Finch - 2 (near the feeders at the visitor center)

White-throated Sparrow - 1 ((near the feeders at the visitor center)

Red-winged Blackbird - 40 (near the feeders at the visitor center)

Common Grackle - 2

Northern Cardinal - 2

House Sparrow - 5


Bird of the day will go to the hundreds of American White Pelicans. Runner up to the calling Bald Eagles.


Chris Farabaugh - Long time reader, first time poster

Cook County, reporting from Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, IL.



 

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Date: 3/29/19 6:22 am
From: Kristine Linquist <linquist708...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
I had a yellow-bellied sapsucker spend a few minutes on the trunk of our 10
year old chinquapin oak tree in the backyard yesterday afternoon at 1:52
pm. I have been birding a few years now and I have never seen one before,
so really fun.

Kristine Linquist
Worth, Cook County

 

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Date: 3/28/19 4:33 pm
From: John Leonard <leonard...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Rusty blackbirds at Skokie Lagoons
Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were at Erickson woods , Skokie Lagoons north of Willow road midday today, 3/28.Also my FOS TREE SWALLOW !
John LeonardGlenview, Cook county 


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Date: 3/28/19 4:09 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Wood Dale Reservoir, Lake Opeka & Axehead Lake Thursday 3-28-19
Hello Bird People,

Already did a report today about last night's adventure at Air Station
Prairie so I'll just do a very short one on today's activities. The
main location covered was the Wood Dale Reservoir & Western Wetlands
but I made quick stops at Lake Opeka & Axehead Lake on the way home.
Saw nothing special.

Wood Dale Reservoir & Western Wetlands (7:15=9 a.m.)

Reservoir

Only had a few Geese flying by & the only ducks were 4 Mallards & 10
Lesser Scaup.
Also a few Gulls & the highlight was a high flying, calling Sandhill
Crane. Also 4 Tree Swallows
& 2 Killdeer.

Western Wetlands

More Mallards, 6 Shovelers & about 8 fly-by Red Breasted Mergansers.
Three more 3 Killdeer

Mud flats are good at both sections so now we need some shorebirds.

Lake Opeka

Only Mallards (18) & lots of Red Breasted Mergansers (83). Also 2 each
Pied Billed & Horned Grebes. Quite a few Gulls too with 71 Ring Billed
& 3-4 Herring.

Axehead Lake

Ducks were Mallards (14), Shovelers (5-PR), Lesser Scaup (7), Bufflehead (1-M)
& Goldeneye (1-F). Also 1 each Pied Billed & Horned Grebes.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the fly-by Sandhill Crane & Runner-Up to the
breeding plumaged
Horned Grebe at Opeka.

Al Stokie
In DuPage & Cook Counties today


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Date: 3/28/19 2:01 pm
From: <cerademacher...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET North Pond Green-winged Teal
On my bird walk this morning around North Pond, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Green-winged Teal swimming on the west side of the pond.


I've posted photos in my eBird list below:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54303881 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54303881



Best,
Chris Rademacher
Chicago
Cook County
 

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Date: 3/28/19 12:07 pm
From: Rhetta Jack <lotorwin4me...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Font size
Yes most computers have a size changer. We have touchscreen laptops now,
very useful, but have to clean the screen often lol.
Rhetta Jack, Springfield, IL

 

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Date: 3/28/19 11:54 am
From: Phil Reyburn <phil_reyburn_24...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Shorebirds - Adams Co.
Northwest of Marblehead which is south of Quincy on Hwy 57 I came across 6 American Golden-Plover and 16 Lesser Yellowlegs.

Phil Reyburn
Quincy (Adams), IL

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Date: 3/28/19 11:43 am
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Good Birthday Birds After All On 3-27-19!
Hello Bird People,

After complaining about the results of my birding yesterday I tried
some evening birding at Air Station Prairie & did much better. I had
been there the night before & although we (Howard B,
Vlad N & myself) had both Snipe & Woodcock none of us really saw the
Woodcocks & only Vlad saw the Snipe at dusk although Howard saw one
earlier.

So back I went on Wed at 6:45 p.m. to try again. Already there was
Tamima I & soon we were joined by Katie K & Catherine. As expected
Katie & Catherine heard the Woodcocks 1st being younger with better
hearing. But soon the rest of us heard them too. And then, wonder of
wonders,
one of the ladies actually saw a Woodcock land although darkness was
approaching. All of us got reasonable looks for a dark situation. Then
Josh E & Amanda Z arrived & although we didn't need Josh to find the
Woodcock (Josh is usually the one to find things) he had a flashlight
which worked wonders for seeing it. We were able to see the Woodcock
in flight doing it's display & on the ground.

But I have no illusions as to why we were successful. It was the
younger eyes & ears that saved the day (night). So my suggestion would
be to bring a teenager or someone in their 20's if you want to see the
Woodcocks as well as being humbled by your own lack of visual ability.

Also seen just before Josh & Amanda arrived was a hunting SHORT EARED
OWL which the rest of us saw just before darkness. So by seeing both
the Owl & the Woodcock I can no longer say that I've never seen
anything special on my birthday. About time. it only took 74 years!

Al Stokie


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Date: 3/28/19 11:17 am
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sand Lake, IBSP, Lake County
This morning at Sand Lake in the north unit of Illinois Beach State Park it seems the same 10 Red-breasted Mergansers are still there.  A Common Loon is back after not seeing one the last couple days.  The Loon spent most of its time underwater and is the bully of the lake scaring the mergansers from underwater when ever they get near.  Also on the water were a small flock of Ring-necked Ducks, a pair of Redheads, a Wood Duck, and a Horned Grebe.  A pair of Green-winged Teals stopped by for a while.  Two Kingfishers flew about.  A Red-tailed Hawk, Wood Ducks, two Sandhill Cranes, a Vulture, and a few Tree Swallows flew over.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie,  WI
 

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Date: 3/28/19 9:06 am
From: <greyhawk4flight2...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lapland Longspur, 3/27, 4:20pm, Miller Meadow South, Cook
Lapland Longspur, molting, sighted in Miller Meadow South, Cook County. Have photo. Go to north end of Miller Meadow South, across from Loyola Medical Center, follow former service road (grass only) towards middle of open prairie. Also seen American Kestrel hunting (at both ends), Red-tailed Hawks (one who had quite a long snake), Killdeer, Song and Field Sparrows, Robins - tons.


Laurel Ahlenius, Cook County

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Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the road has gone
And I must follow if I can.”

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Date: 3/28/19 8:48 am
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET William Henry Thompson III [no sightings]
Well-known birder and Bird Watcher's Digest guy Bill Thompson has died.
Thanks to friend Suzyn Mills, also Bill Thompson's friend, for sending this
along.
http://www.mariettatimes.com/obituaries/2019/03/william-henry-thompson-iii/

Ed McDevitt

 

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Date: 3/28/19 2:56 am
From: <julie19571...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Orland Grasslands & Centennial Park in Orland Park Wed 3-17-19
Happy birthday


> On Mar 27, 2019, at 3:53 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> Well today was another birthday for me (#74, I guess) & another
> birthday without finding anything interesting. But this happens every
> year so it no longer disappoints, it's just the way it is. Part of the
> problem is that March 27th is not exactly a good day for birds. It's
> too late for a "good" Winter bird & too early for a "good" migrant.
> But at 74 I may not have that many birthday's left so if I get the
> chance I'll hope for a "good" bird next year assuming I get to that
> date.
>
> Started the day at the main section of the Orland Grasslands where I
> hoped to find a Pheasant but although they have been reported from
> here lately I spent 3 full hours walking every grassy trail without
> even hearing one let alone seeing one. Seems like I should have at
> least heard one!
> Did find a nice mix of ducks both on the west & east sides.
>
> Orland Grasslands (main section) (7:45-10:45 a.m.)
>
> P.B. Grebe (1)
> Canada Geese (9)
> Mallard (18)
> Green Winged Teal (10)
> Gadwall (11)
> Shoveler (1-PR)
> Ring Necked Duck (24)
> Lesser Scaup (27)
> Bufflehead (5)
> Hooded Merganser (1-PR)
> Killdeer (3)
> Mourning Dove (1 fly-by)
> Eastern Phoebe (2)
> Blue Jay (4)
> Crow (1 fly-by)
> Robins (~30)
> Cardinal (3)
> Tree Sparrow (2)
> Song Sparrow (~15)
> Junco (6)
> Red Wings (~20)
> Eastern Meadowlark (~25)
> Grackle (12)
>
> Workers were doing a "controlled burn" near the 167th Street lot & it
> looked like another burn was happening at Orland Grassland South as I
> saw smoke coming from there.
>
> Centennial Park in Orland Park (10:50-11:11:10 a.m.)
>
> No Pelicans today & Merganser numbers were less than half of last week's visit.
>
> COMMON LOON (1)
> D.C. Cormorant (1)
> Canada Geese (~25) & Mallard (6)
> Shoveler (1-M), Ring Necked Duck (1-M), Lesser Scaup (1-M) & Bufflehead (1-PR)
> Common (4) & Red Breasted (~55) Mergansers (over 200 Mergs last week)
> Ring Billed (110) & Herring (4) Gulls
> And a few common land birds.
>
> I guess Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Common Loon as it was very close &
> the red eye was most impressive. Runner-Up to the 2 calling Eastern
> Phoebes.
>
> Best sighting of the day was a West Virginia license plate seen at a
> traffic light in Orland Park.
>
> Al Stokie
> In S.W. Cook County today wondering where the Pheasants are?
>
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Date: 3/27/19 7:19 pm
From: jarojim <jimjarosz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Lakes around Park Ridge and Des Plaines
Lake Opeka - at 3:45 until 4:05
37 Common Mergansers
9 Red-breasted Mergansers
1 Pied-billed Grebe
12 Mallards
19 Canada Geese
100's of Ring-billed Gulls
1 Herring Gull

No loons at this time that I could see as I looked around the entire lake

Axehead Lake 4:15 until 4:35
16 Mallards
8 Canada Geese
5 Lesser Scaup
3 Red-breasted Mergansers
28 robins
7 Red-winged Blackbirds
no grebes or loons

I also birded the Dam # 4 woods 4:40 until 5:30
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
6 Downy Woodpeckers
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Mourning Doves
1 Great Blue Heron
8 Wood Ducks
6 Juncos
3 Song Sparrows
6 Mallards
4 Canada Geese
estimate 60 to 70 Robins in the woods


Jim Jarosz
Norridge, IL

 

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Date: 3/27/19 4:36 pm
From: <gp_arts39...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET DuPage Birding Club April Meeting: A Little Bird Told Me
Mini Tutorial – The Waterthrushes
Starting with the April meeting, the DBC will be incorporating mini-tutorials before the main presentation that are meant to provide timely information on field identification or interesting birding locations. April’s meeting, we will be discussing the finer points of visually identifying the waterthrushes.


A Little Bird Told Me
The DuPage Birding Club will host an entertaining and informative program on April 11 entitled “A Little Bird Told Me” presented by Denis Kania.


Denis spent over twenty years in the field of software development before finding his true passion in ecological restoration. He recently retired as the Natural Areas Manager for the St. Charles Park District where he worked for seventeen years. His keen interest in birds helped ease this transition.


Denis shares his knowledge with others by teaching ecology and bird education classes at the Morton Arboretum, which he has done for the last 22 years. He has also organized birding trips to all the friendly corners of the world. These travels have enriched his life through the people he has met, and the experiences he has had. His travels have made him aware of the perils we will face in the future. Denis’s recent travels to Ecuador, Panama, and Ghana last year have given him many stories to share.

Join Denis as he explains how his world travels have shaped his perspective on ecological conservation both near and far away. The ultimate message of this program is how people can make better decisions at home that not only affect our own local environment, but also places halfway around the world that we may never see.


NEW Pre-meeting dinner location
We’ll be gathering at a new location, bringing a new spirit of camaraderie!


Ellyn’s Tap and Grill
940 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn


Arrive between 5:45 and 6:00 to chat with guest speakers as well as some of your best birding friends.



 

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Date: 3/27/19 4:27 pm
From: <gp_arts39...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET DuPage Birding Club April Field Trips
Please note: Last-minute changes are posted on dupagebirding.org/field-trips. Our spring field trips target migrating waterfowl, raptors, passerines and shorebirds, plus returning breeders. We are offering a variety of field trips, including mid-week trips. There are opportunities for all types of birders to participate and enjoy the season. We encourage everyone to enjoy birding in a safe manner. Please remember that the weather can still be very cold, and trails can be muddy, so dress accordingly, wearing proper warm clothing and appropriate footwear.

Sunday, April 7, 7:30 am
Lyman Woods, Downers Grove
Meet in the parking lot in front of Lyman Woods Interpretive Center, located one block east of Highland Avenue on 31st Street. Boots are HIGHLY recommended, even if the weather has only been slightly damp.
Leader: Joan Campbell 630-337-2605, <peachjmc...> mailto:<peachjmc...>

Friday, April 12, 7:00 pm
Woodcocks, Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Greene Valley Forest Preserve is known for its Woodcock displays which begin shortly after sunset. Join us this spring on one of our walks. Walk will not be cancelled due to weather. Meet at the west entrance parking lot, on the south side of 79th St. west of Greene Rd. in Naperville/Woodridge.
Leader: Jeff Smith, 331-481-3362, <jsmith...> mailto:<jsmith...>

Saturday, April 13, 8:00 am
Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton
Between 1979 and 1992 more than 100 parcels of land were assembled to form the core of this park. Today it is one of the most accessible natural areas in DuPage County, having wood chip trails and a floating boardwalk. The focus of the trip will be observing and interpreting breeding and nesting bird activity.
Directions: The entrance to Lincoln Marsh is on the west side of the park, at the corner of Harrison St. and Pierce Ave. From County Farm Rd., turn east on Harrison St. and proceed one mile to the parking lot.
Be prepared for wet trail conditions and insects and dress accordingly.
Leader: John Cebula, 630-640-2721, <jcebula...> mailto:<jcebula...>

Sunday, April 14, 7:00 am
Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, Oak Brook
This will be a walk for new birders. We will walk slowly and allow ample time to look for spring warblers and other migrants. Our focus will be the lowland woods along the Salt River. Meet at the main parking lot on Spring Road in Oak Brook.
Leader: Lesa Hipes, 630-689-7463, <lhipes...> mailto:<lhipes...>

Saturday, April 20, 7:00 am
Springbrook Prairie, Naperville
This trip will focus on grassland birds and late spring migrants. Please park at the model aircraft field on Plainfield-Naperville Road, South of 75th Street in Naperville.
Leader: Joe Suchecki, 630-386-5570, <jsuchecki...> mailto:<jsuchecki...>



Friday, April 26, 6:00 pm
Know Your Neighborhood: Naperville
The second of twelve ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ trips, exploring hidden gems, odd and under-birded hot spots in DuPage County, we will explore Pioneer Park in search of spring migrants, such as Waterthrush and warblers! Meet at the parking lot at 1212 S. Washington St. and expect the trip to be two hours.
Leader: Glenn Perricone 630 687-2921, <gperricone...>

Saturday, April 27, 7:00 am
York Woods, Oak Brook--Birding Sit-in
York Woods is another great location for spring warblers and other migrants. Come join us for stationary birding. We will let the passing flocks come to us! Meet at the parking lot lawn at the picnic table we will bring a few extra folding chairs. Bring your own coffee thermos, but bagels and cream cheese will be provided. This is a small site so feel free to bird the trails.
Directions: From southbound York Rd. take Frontage Rd. west (I-88 exit) to Harger. Access to Frontage Rd. from northbound York is not allowed. Take York north to Roosevelt Rd. and follow the Roosevelt interchange to southbound York.
Leader: Kathy Mineck, day of: 630-254-4077, <kmineck...> mailto:<kmineck...>

Sunday, April 28, 7:30 am
McDowell Grove Forest Preserve, Naperville
McDowell Grove is typically a productive site for warblers and other migrants. The focus of the trip will be early migrants, forest, and scrubland birds. Meet in the parking lot off Raymond Drive, 1/2 mile south of I-88. Most of our walk will be on gravel and good earthen trails; wear appropriate shoes and clothing.
Leader: Diann Bilderback, <dbilderback...> mailto:<dbilderback...>

Plan Ahead Reminder - Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Spring Bird Count, DuPage County
100 or more birders will fan out across DuPage County to identify all the bird species they can find. A group of birders will be in the field somewhere near your home.
Come join us; we need more birders to make it possible to cover as many locations within the county as we can. You don't have to be an expert birder to participate; all skill levels are welcome. Even if you can only bird for part of the day, we can use you. And if that’s your preference, you’ll probably be able to look for birds close to home, since we divide the county into 17 areas, with teams scouring each area.
Email Joe Suchecki at <DuPageSBC...> mailto:<DuPageSBC...> to volunteer or find out more information.



Other Birding Opportunities

In two separate events, sponsored by College of DuPage, Dupage Birding Club member John Cebula will lead a field trip and lecture on attracting birds:

Monday, April 29, 9 am
Russell Kirk Prairie at College of DuPage
Meet in the lobby of the Health Sciences building (HSC) which is on the east side of Lambert Road, just south of Fawell Boulevard (the former 22nd Street). The trip is free and open to the public.
Leader: John Cebula, 630-640-2721, <jcebula...> mailto:<jcebula...>

Tuesday, April 30, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
College of DuPage, Health Sciences Building
Lecture on attracting birds to home gardens and the importance of doing so. Meet in the HSC lobby. The event is free and open to the public.
Lecturer: John Cebula, 630-640-2721, <jcebula...> mailto:<jcebula...>


For additional birding opportunities check out the
Illinois Birding Calendar at http://www.illinoisbirds.org/illinois-birding-calendar/ http://www.illinoisbirds.org/illinois-birding-calendar/.
Email us if you have questions about the trips or if you would like to lead a trip. Leaders do not have to be birding experts, just familiar with the location. There is no need to register for trips unless otherwise indicated. Visitors are always welcome. We do not charge fees for birding trips. Field trip information is also found at: www.dupagebirding.org.


 

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Date: 3/27/19 3:26 pm
From: Cary <bokmakierie...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: IBET Orland Grasslands & Centennial Park in Orland Park Wed 3-17-19
Hello,

Orland Grasslands South was closed today for a controlled burn, and I saw 2 AM KESTREL hunting the burned area as I drove by. At Centennial Park I saw pretty much What Al did but had 2 RUDDY DUCK, 2 HORNED GREBE&a flyby CASPIAN TERN this afternoon.

Saganashkee Slough had 2 WHITE WINGED SCOTER, and the Camp Sagawau feeders still have PINE SISKIN. They were also burning there so I did not walk the trail.

McGinnis Slough was nice this morning for waterfowl, with BUFFLEHEAD, CANVASBACK, RING NECKED DUCK, RUDDY DUCK, WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, HORNED&PIED BILLED GREBE, COMMON MERGANSER, N PINTAIL, REDHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, N SHOVELER, BLUE&GREEN WINGED TEAL&AM WIDGEON. An adult BALD EAGLE spooked the flock and hovered over the largest group of AM COOT, dropping down on one. The eagle sat in the water and appeared to drown the coot underneath it before flying off. Some other newer migrants there were SANDHILL CRANE calling from the marsh, GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET, E PHOEBE&TREE SWALLOW. The water here is still very high.

Today’s magic number was 60 - saw 60 species on this 60 degree day.

Cary Hillegonds
<Bokmakierie...>
Orland Park

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Hello Bird People,

Well today was another birthday for me (#74, I guess)&another
birthday without finding anything interesting. But this happens every
year so it no longer disappoints, it's just the way it is. Part of the
problem is that March 27th is not exactly a good day for birds. It's
too late for a "good" Winter bird&too early for a "good" migrant.
But at 74 I may not have that many birthday's left so if I get the
chance I'll hope for a "good" bird next year assuming I get to that
date.

Started the day at the main section of the Orland Grasslands where I
hoped to find a Pheasant but although they have been reported from
here lately I spent 3 full hours walking every grassy trail without
even hearing one let alone seeing one. Seems like I should have at
least heard one!
Did find a nice mix of ducks both on the west&east sides.

Orland Grasslands (main section) (7:45-10:45 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1)
Canada Geese (9)
Mallard (18)
Green Winged Teal (10)
Gadwall (11)
Shoveler (1-PR)
Ring Necked Duck (24)
Lesser Scaup (27)
Bufflehead (5)
Hooded Merganser (1-PR)
Killdeer (3)
Mourning Dove (1 fly-by)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Blue Jay (4)
Crow (1 fly-by)
Robins (~30)
Cardinal (3)
Tree Sparrow (2)
Song Sparrow (~15)
Junco (6)
Red Wings (~20)
Eastern Meadowlark (~25)
Grackle (12)

Workers were doing a "controlled burn" near the 167th Street lot&it
looked like another burn was happening at Orland Grassland South as I
saw smoke coming from there.

Centennial Park in Orland Park (10:50-11:11:10 a.m.)

No Pelicans today&Merganser numbers were less than half of last week's visit.

COMMON LOON (1)
D.C. Cormorant (1)
Canada Geese (~25)&Mallard (6)
Shoveler (1-M), Ring Necked Duck (1-M), Lesser Scaup (1-M)&Bufflehead (1-PR)
Common (4)&Red Breasted (~55) Mergansers (over 200 Mergs last week)
Ring Billed (110)&Herring (4) Gulls
And a few common land birds.

I guess Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Common Loon as it was very close&
the red eye was most impressive. Runner-Up to the 2 calling Eastern
Phoebes.

Best sighting of the day was a West Virginia license plate seen at a
traffic light in Orland Park.

Al Stokie
In S.W. Cook County today wondering where the Pheasants are?




 

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Date: 3/27/19 3:15 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Font Size ??? No Sightings
Hi Paul,

There are different ways of increasing the font size of the mail you are
reading on your computer, which will be a lot easier than asking others to
change theirs. Your computer "settings" would have this ability and is one
way. Another way is through whatever server you are using....Safari,
Chrome, etc.

I hope this helps,

Fran Morel

On Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 2:56 PM Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Many, most, use a very small font size that some of us who have vision
> impairment makes the post very difficult to read. These posts are often
> discarded...
>
> If possible, it would be thanks worthy if more birders on this list would
> post to a larger and, in the spirit of springtime, with a splash of color!
>
> Cheers, Paul
> NW Cook
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 3/27/19 1:53 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Orland Grasslands & Centennial Park in Orland Park Wed 3-17-19
Hello Bird People,

Well today was another birthday for me (#74, I guess) & another
birthday without finding anything interesting. But this happens every
year so it no longer disappoints, it's just the way it is. Part of the
problem is that March 27th is not exactly a good day for birds. It's
too late for a "good" Winter bird & too early for a "good" migrant.
But at 74 I may not have that many birthday's left so if I get the
chance I'll hope for a "good" bird next year assuming I get to that
date.

Started the day at the main section of the Orland Grasslands where I
hoped to find a Pheasant but although they have been reported from
here lately I spent 3 full hours walking every grassy trail without
even hearing one let alone seeing one. Seems like I should have at
least heard one!
Did find a nice mix of ducks both on the west & east sides.

Orland Grasslands (main section) (7:45-10:45 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1)
Canada Geese (9)
Mallard (18)
Green Winged Teal (10)
Gadwall (11)
Shoveler (1-PR)
Ring Necked Duck (24)
Lesser Scaup (27)
Bufflehead (5)
Hooded Merganser (1-PR)
Killdeer (3)
Mourning Dove (1 fly-by)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Blue Jay (4)
Crow (1 fly-by)
Robins (~30)
Cardinal (3)
Tree Sparrow (2)
Song Sparrow (~15)
Junco (6)
Red Wings (~20)
Eastern Meadowlark (~25)
Grackle (12)

Workers were doing a "controlled burn" near the 167th Street lot & it
looked like another burn was happening at Orland Grassland South as I
saw smoke coming from there.

Centennial Park in Orland Park (10:50-11:11:10 a.m.)

No Pelicans today & Merganser numbers were less than half of last week's visit.

COMMON LOON (1)
D.C. Cormorant (1)
Canada Geese (~25) & Mallard (6)
Shoveler (1-M), Ring Necked Duck (1-M), Lesser Scaup (1-M) & Bufflehead (1-PR)
Common (4) & Red Breasted (~55) Mergansers (over 200 Mergs last week)
Ring Billed (110) & Herring (4) Gulls
And a few common land birds.

I guess Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Common Loon as it was very close &
the red eye was most impressive. Runner-Up to the 2 calling Eastern
Phoebes.

Best sighting of the day was a West Virginia license plate seen at a
traffic light in Orland Park.

Al Stokie
In S.W. Cook County today wondering where the Pheasants are?


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Date: 3/27/19 12:58 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Font Size ??? No Sightings
Many, most, use a very small font size that some of us who have vision
impairment makes the post very difficult to read. These posts are often
discarded...

If possible, it would be thanks worthy if more birders on this list would
post to a larger and, in the spirit of springtime, with a splash of color!

Cheers, Paul
NW Cook

 

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Date: 3/27/19 9:34 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Re: Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Hi All - Quick correction to my 3/25/18 comment about Louisiana Waterthush.
The sighting I was thinking of was actually 4/19/18 -
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44737205
I was actually in Florida on 3/25/18!

I was recently looking at the birds to expect in the last week of March for
Cook County and I believe the earliest date for the county in ebird was
3/25; and I think that got fixed in my head as the date I had one - which
was not correct. Sorry about that. I still hope I find one though. :)

https://ebird.org/map/louwat?neg=true&env.minX=-88.87521662851566&env.minY=41.37429784347604&env.maxX=-86.49942317148441&env.maxY=42.248408083086936&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=3&emo=3&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2019

Good birding.

Jeff



On Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 9:33 AM Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> wrote:

> Hi all - Continuing to closely watch the migration through the filter of
> my Skokie Lagoons turf.
>
> New additions for me last night included GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS (several
> along the stream); I heard them first and then finally honed in on where
> they were. They came one after another in their darting fashion and
> electrified crowns. Also new to the lagoons for me were 3 HORNED GREBES; a
> couple that were beginning to get the yellow horns and one not yet showing
> much molt.
>
> A FOX SPARROW was perched up and singing - which was nice to see/hear and
> one DARK-EYED JUNCO was in full song performance as well, although I
> imagine singing his way out of Chicago.
> I had a Louisiana Waterthrush on 3/25/18 - so I've been thinking maybe I'd
> get lucky this week and have a repeat of one year ago - but no luck yet.
>
> List from last night below. Good birding.
>
> Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
> Mar 26, 2019 5:01 PM - 6:51 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.46 mile(s)
> 30 species
>
> Canada Goose 10
> Wood Duck 3
> Mallard 18
> Common Goldeneye 8
> Hooded Merganser 3
> Common Merganser 15
> Red-breasted Merganser 12
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Horned Grebe 3
> Killdeer 2
> American Woodcock 1
> Herring Gull 1
> Great Blue Heron 4
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Bald Eagle 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 7
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 9
> American Robin 45
> European Starling 8
> Fox Sparrow 4
> Dark-eyed Junco 3
> Song Sparrow 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 20
> Common Grackle 50
> Northern Cardinal 6
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54260317
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
> https://ebird.org/home)
>
> --
> Jeff Bilsky
> <jbilsky...>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffbilsky
>
>

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Date: 3/27/19 7:47 am
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Byard A. robin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/47426337272/in/dateposted-public/Hi friends,Robin looking for water. Pedestal bath was empty but pan on the ground has some frozen/thawed water. Used garden hose to fill 5 water baths; made up of 2 garbage lids, one ground pan, a heated trough, and the pedestal one.Dry everywhere, we need a little rain, coming tomorrow night.JohnBourbonnais, IL
 

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Date: 3/27/19 7:33 am
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Hi all - Continuing to closely watch the migration through the filter of my
Skokie Lagoons turf.

New additions for me last night included GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS (several
along the stream); I heard them first and then finally honed in on where
they were. They came one after another in their darting fashion and
electrified crowns. Also new to the lagoons for me were 3 HORNED GREBES; a
couple that were beginning to get the yellow horns and one not yet showing
much molt.

A FOX SPARROW was perched up and singing - which was nice to see/hear and
one DARK-EYED JUNCO was in full song performance as well, although I
imagine singing his way out of Chicago.
I had a Louisiana Waterthrush on 3/25/18 - so I've been thinking maybe I'd
get lucky this week and have a repeat of one year ago - but no luck yet.

List from last night below. Good birding.

Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Mar 26, 2019 5:01 PM - 6:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.46 mile(s)
30 species

Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 18
Common Goldeneye 8
Hooded Merganser 3
Common Merganser 15
Red-breasted Merganser 12
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 3
Killdeer 2
American Woodcock 1
Herring Gull 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 9
American Robin 45
European Starling 8
Fox Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Song Sparrow 6
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 50
Northern Cardinal 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54260317

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

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

 

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Date: 3/26/19 11:53 pm
From: <rkdx...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons: Common Loon & Bald Eagle
Suzanne & I spent the afternoon at Skokie Lagoons. We saw mostly the usual ducks, including: Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye & Mallard. The highlights of the day were a Bald Eagle being chase by a flock of Herring Gulls & the FOY Common Loon. The Loon was in the large open Lagoon on Forestway south of the picnic area.


Robert Kramer
Cook County
 

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Date: 3/26/19 6:10 pm
From: Suzanne Coleman <isooz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Local cook co.
Went to a couple of local spots today.


Dam #4

Highlights were 2 song sparrows one of which sang when I was trying to imitate the sound I heard in the distance. The other which came closer to see who I was and looks very fresh.

Not very birdy but as I was leaving I saw something move and saw my first coyote in this location, a nice healthy looking one. I think it's used to people because I was talking to try to get it to look at me and it just completely ignored me where most coyotes stare right at you even before you know they are there usually.


Axehead lake

Went to see the pie billed grebe which would be my first of the year but I don't think it was there, if it was it hid really well

Scaup, goldeneye, Bufflehead, 2 horned grebes, rb mergansers, mallards, geese but the surprise for me was watching a Kingfisher dive repeatedly along the edge from perches in little trees. It started off doing it right into the same area the ducks were in, I am assuming this means there were a lot of fish in that area as they were all in the same area. I think that's my first time seeing a Kingfisher at this location.


At home we have a downy woodpecker drumming for a while now. He's doing it right above the hole which I assume is the nest hole. I don't remember any drumming previous years but they've been around for a few years now. I also saw three downies interacting a couple of days ago and one was displaying. There's at least one female and one male so I'm hoping they successfully breed. Nesting sites are rare around here.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook county




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Date: 3/26/19 5:47 pm
From: Jed Hertz <jhh_60910...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Bringing Nature Home: Selecting the Best Native Plants for your Yard
Hi folks,
If  your in the market to enhance your yard's flora for insects and birds you might want to visit this website which specifies plant species best suited for your county:
Specify Your Location - Native Plants Finder


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If you'd like to hear Dr. Doug Tallamy discuss the critical state of insects decline you might want to watch this documentary:
Doug Tallamy: Bringing Nature Home to Lancaster


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Photos/Videos:http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhertz/ 
Data: https://ebird.org/region/US-IL-091?yr=all
Birdscaping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMxq76yv5w0
 

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Date: 3/26/19 4:24 pm
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Correction Re: IBET LouWT & Sparrows - Lincoln Park (North & South Ponds)
Sorry, the Red Wolf enclosure is NORTH of the bear enclosure, not south.
/Leslie


On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 6:14:50 PM CDT, Leslie Borns <cakile...> wrote:

Hello Matt and IBET,
I had the Waterthrush at 4 p.m. this afternoon inside the Red Wolf enclosure, which is south of the bear enclosure inside the Children's Zoo.  The bird was foraging on the ground around the rocks and was quite skittish, bullied from time to time by Juncos, House Sparrows, and Starlings, and flushed occasionally by wolves trotting by.  The bird seems to like rocks and flew from this location to a big rock pile a little farther south; then it disappeared into a hole.  I lost if after that.  Beautiful bird, but patience is required!

Many thanks to Matt Iglewski, who kept me (and other birders) up to date on the Waterthrush's whereabouts the past few days. 

Leslie <Bornscakile...>
Chicago/Cook 

The wonder of the world, the beauty and the power, the shapes of things, their colours, lights and shades -- these I saw.  Look ye also while life lasts.{Anonymous lines found on an old tombstone in Cumberland, England}


On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 3:31:01 PM CDT, Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 
The Louisiana Waterthrush has been seen briefly the last couple mornings
inside the black bear habitat but then has disappeared for the rest of the
day. However, Paul Senner spotted it today at 12:20 down around South Pond
foraging along the waterfall that is right next to Cafe Brauer (outside the
zoo fence). It seemed to be staying in the general area, but it is a little
bit skittish.

Happy Birding!

Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

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

[image: IOS_logo.jpg]

On Sun, Mar 24, 2019 at 4:30 PM Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> With low expectations and the forecast rain not materializing i decided to
> take the dog for a walk around North Pond this morning. Although not
> spectacular there were enough birds to make the walk interesting, there was
> big influx of Song and Fox Sparrows and Dark-eyed Junco’s with the grass
> lawns loaded. The male Green-winged Teal that spent last summer at LPZ is
> currently vacationing at North Pond. My first Golden-crowned Kinglets of
> the spring were also making themselves heard.
>
> As it was birdy enough at NP I decided to continue the walk to South Pond,
> again lots of sparrows were present in the prairie area as were 2 Eastern
> Meadowlarks. 2 Northern Shovelers were on the pond itself. As I was on the
> stretch to home probably the bird of the day made an appearance - I was
> sorting through the junco’s and sparrows on the lawn outside the zoo
> between Cafe Brauer and the Black Bear exhibit when a Louisiana Waterthrush
> started chipping above my head, it moved quickly south high in the trees
> towards South Pond and I thought it had gone - 5 minutes later it was back
> and this time came down to the ground and wandered about on the lawn for a
> short period.
>
> It was worth getting out! Full list here:
> https://www.igoterra.com/rs..asp?userid=283&d=2019-03-24
> <https://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2019-03-24>
>
> Cheers
> Steve Huggins
> Chicago, IL
>
> Back in January I took a short trip with Carl Giometti and Glenn Giacinto
> to Eastern China for a few critically endangered species such as Baer’s
> Pochard, Siberian Crane, Reed Parrotbill, Crested Ibis and Spoonbill
> Sandpiper - well we missed the SBS but everything else made for a great
> trip - pics can be viewed here: https://pbase.com/sjhuggins/china&page=8 (pics
> from this trip pages 8 through 12 - best viewed by clicking ‘original’)
>
>
>

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Date: 3/26/19 4:14 pm
From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET LouWT & Sparrows - Lincoln Park (North & South Ponds)
Hello Matt and IBET,
I had the Waterthrush at 4 p.m. this afternoon inside the Red Wolf enclosure, which is south of the bear enclosure inside the Children's Zoo.  The bird was foraging on the ground around the rocks and was quite skittish, bullied from time to time by Juncos, House Sparrows, and Starlings, and flushed occasionally by wolves trotting by.  The bird seems to like rocks and flew from this location to a big rock pile a little farther south; then it disappeared into a hole.  I lost if after that.  Beautiful bird, but patience is required!

Many thanks to Matt Iglewski, who kept me (and other birders) up to date on the Waterthrush's whereabouts the past few days. 

Leslie <Bornscakile...>
Chicago/Cook 

The wonder of the world, the beauty and the power, the shapes of things, their colours, lights and shades -- these I saw.  Look ye also while life lasts.{Anonymous lines found on an old tombstone in Cumberland, England}


On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 3:31:01 PM CDT, Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 
The Louisiana Waterthrush has been seen briefly the last couple mornings
inside the black bear habitat but then has disappeared for the rest of the
day. However, Paul Senner spotted it today at 12:20 down around South Pond
foraging along the waterfall that is right next to Cafe Brauer (outside the
zoo fence). It seemed to be staying in the general area, but it is a little
bit skittish.

Happy Birding!

Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

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

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On Sun, Mar 24, 2019 at 4:30 PM Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> With low expectations and the forecast rain not materializing i decided to
> take the dog for a walk around North Pond this morning. Although not
> spectacular there were enough birds to make the walk interesting, there was
> big influx of Song and Fox Sparrows and Dark-eyed Junco’s with the grass
> lawns loaded. The male Green-winged Teal that spent last summer at LPZ is
> currently vacationing at North Pond. My first Golden-crowned Kinglets of
> the spring were also making themselves heard.
>
> As it was birdy enough at NP I decided to continue the walk to South Pond,
> again lots of sparrows were present in the prairie area as were 2 Eastern
> Meadowlarks. 2 Northern Shovelers were on the pond itself. As I was on the
> stretch to home probably the bird of the day made an appearance - I was
> sorting through the junco’s and sparrows on the lawn outside the zoo
> between Cafe Brauer and the Black Bear exhibit when a Louisiana Waterthrush
> started chipping above my head, it moved quickly south high in the trees
> towards South Pond and I thought it had gone - 5 minutes later it was back
> and this time came down to the ground and wandered about on the lawn for a
> short period.
>
> It was worth getting out! Full list here:
> https://www.igoterra.com/rs..asp?userid=283&d=2019-03-24
> <https://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2019-03-24>
>
> Cheers
> Steve Huggins
> Chicago, IL
>
> Back in January I took a short trip with Carl Giometti and Glenn Giacinto
> to Eastern China for a few critically endangered species such as Baer’s
> Pochard, Siberian Crane, Reed Parrotbill, Crested Ibis and Spoonbill
> Sandpiper - well we missed the SBS but everything else made for a great
> trip - pics can be viewed here: https://pbase.com/sjhuggins/china&page=8 (pics
> from this trip pages 8 through 12 - best viewed by clicking ‘original’)
>
>
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Date: 3/26/19 2:39 pm
From: David Farber <raptorfoto...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
Hello everyone;  I don't get out and bird nearly as much as you do.  Today I had real good looks of a female red-tail perched at the top of a dead tree on Lake Marion Rd in Carpentersville, IL.  Looking out my window, also in Carpentersville, Kane county I finally felt like it is spring, even though it really is.  I had an American goldfinch at my sunflower feeder.  Although I have had them all winter at my thistle feeder..  The biggest Spring deal is that this individual was about 50% molted, and it was so cheerful to finally start to see the bright yellow colors coming through.Good birding everyone
Take care and God Bless;   David Farber www.naturallyfarberphotos.com <raptorfoto...> http://theworldfromachair.blogspot.com/

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 2:13:13 PM CDT, Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

I think the Tufted Titmouse may have moved on, haven't see it in more than a week. 
Did have a European Goldfinch today. Legit or not, it's a beautiful bird!
Also had a Great Blue Heron fly over.

Todd AndersonMundelein, Lake County
 

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Date: 3/26/19 2:08 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & 3 Small Lakes Tuesday 3-16-19
Hello Bird People,

Started the day again at Skokie Lagoons where I again found no Woodcocks.
Then to the Botanic Gardens where some ducks have arrived & I found 2
new land birds for that location for the year. Numbers of Robins, Red
Wings & Grackles continue to grow but Siskins & Redpolls seem to be
finally gone or least I could not find them.

Chicago Botanic Garden (8:30-11:45 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (3 together)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (45)
Wood Ducks (5)
Mallard (19)
Gadwall (5)
Shoveler (2-M & 1-F)
Bufflehead (1-PR)
Goldeneye (1-M & 1-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (9)
Coot (2)
Cooper's Hawk (1 fly-by)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-IM)
Killdeer (3)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (2) Gulls
Mourning Dove (7)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2-3)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
TREE SWALLOW (2-3, 1st ones back here, sitting on nest boxes)
Blue Jay (4)
Crow (H-2)
Chickadee (only 1)
Robins (~40)
Starling (4)
Cardinal (5)
Song Sparrow (12)
SWAMP SPARROW (1, also 1st one back here)
Junco (7)
Red Wings (~20), Grackles (~12) & Cowbird (1-M & 1-F)
House Finch (1-PR & heard 2 more)
Goldfinch (6 with 3 singing)
House Sparrow (6-8)

After lunch in Wheeling I visited Heritage Park, Beck Lake & Big Bend Lake.
Heritage Park only had Canada Geese, Mallards, Lesser Scaup (6), R.B.
Mergs (12) & Gulls.
Beck Lake only had 2 R.B. Mergs, Geese & Gulls but it was another
story at Big Bend Lake.

Big Bend lake

Pied Billed (1) & Horned (1) Grebes
Great Blue Heron (11 on nests & 2 more feeding)
Canada Geese (27)
Mallard (8)
Bufflehead (1-M)
Common Merg (2)
Red Breasted Merg (at least 175)
Ring Billed (~200) & Herring (20) Gulls
So lots of ducks but little variety.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 1st local Tree Swallows I've seen &
Runners-Up to the Shovelers & the Cooper's Hawk.

Al Stokie
Again in Cook County today


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Date: 3/26/19 1:44 pm
From: Mike g <mikeg_606...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Black Crowned Night Herons
I saw four Black Crowned Night Herons at North Pond this afternoon. Afterward, I checked the north end of the Children’s Zoo, but did not see any signs of nesting. Of course there are many nests from previous years.

Good BIrding,

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Chicago

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Date: 3/26/19 1:31 pm
From: Matthew Igleski <matt.igleski...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET LouWT & Sparrows - Lincoln Park (North & South Ponds)
The Louisiana Waterthrush has been seen briefly the last couple mornings
inside the black bear habitat but then has disappeared for the rest of the
day. However, Paul Senner spotted it today at 12:20 down around South Pond
foraging along the waterfall that is right next to Cafe Brauer (outside the
zoo fence). It seemed to be staying in the general area, but it is a little
bit skittish.

Happy Birding!

Matt Igleski
Cook County, Chicago, IL

IBET Administrator
Illinois Ornithological Society Board Member
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On Sun, Mar 24, 2019 at 4:30 PM Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...>
[ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> With low expectations and the forecast rain not materializing i decided to
> take the dog for a walk around North Pond this morning. Although not
> spectacular there were enough birds to make the walk interesting, there was
> big influx of Song and Fox Sparrows and Dark-eyed Junco’s with the grass
> lawns loaded. The male Green-winged Teal that spent last summer at LPZ is
> currently vacationing at North Pond. My first Golden-crowned Kinglets of
> the spring were also making themselves heard.
>
> As it was birdy enough at NP I decided to continue the walk to South Pond,
> again lots of sparrows were present in the prairie area as were 2 Eastern
> Meadowlarks. 2 Northern Shovelers were on the pond itself. As I was on the
> stretch to home probably the bird of the day made an appearance - I was
> sorting through the junco’s and sparrows on the lawn outside the zoo
> between Cafe Brauer and the Black Bear exhibit when a Louisiana Waterthrush
> started chipping above my head, it moved quickly south high in the trees
> towards South Pond and I thought it had gone - 5 minutes later it was back
> and this time came down to the ground and wandered about on the lawn for a
> short period.
>
> It was worth getting out! Full list here:
> https://www.igoterra.com/rs..asp?userid=283&d=2019-03-24
> <https://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2019-03-24>
>
> Cheers
> Steve Huggins
> Chicago, IL
>
> Back in January I took a short trip with Carl Giometti and Glenn Giacinto
> to Eastern China for a few critically endangered species such as Baer’s
> Pochard, Siberian Crane, Reed Parrotbill, Crested Ibis and Spoonbill
> Sandpiper - well we missed the SBS but everything else made for a great
> trip - pics can be viewed here: https://pbase.com/sjhuggins/china&page=8 (pics
> from this trip pages 8 through 12 - best viewed by clicking ‘original’)
>
>
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Date: 3/26/19 12:21 pm
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
I think the Tufted Titmouse may have moved on, haven't see it in more than
a week.

Did have a European Goldfinch today. Legit or not, it's a beautiful bird!

Also had a Great Blue Heron fly over.

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County

 

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Date: 3/26/19 7:36 am
From: Judith Pollock <jpbobolink...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Class for beginning birders in Chicago
Please share this notice with anyone who might be interested in learning about Chicago's bird life this spring.

Enjoying - and Helping - Birds in the City

A 4-session course to introduce participants to the wild birds of Chicago.

Location: McKinley Park Fieldhouse, 2210 West Pershing Road. All sessions except the second one begin outside the fieldhouse with a bird walk at 7:45, and then move inside for a classroom session from 9-9:45. For the second session, we will participate in a habitat workday at McKinley Park.

April 6 7:45 - 9:45am Meet our birds! Learn about the birds of Chicago from a Field Museum ornithologist - the what, where and when. We’ll study live birds outdoors, and bird specimens indoors.

April 27 *Note different time* 9-11am Save our birds! Learn about the habitats that we have that birds depend on, and what people are doing to help them thrive. Participate in a habitat restoration workday.

May 4 7:45 - 9:45am migration. We’ll observe some migrants, and then experience the birds’ perspective by trying a little nature bathing.

May 18 7:45 - 9:45am You as a bird conservationist! Share projects. Enjoy birding at the height of migration.

Bring binoculars, a notebook and a field guide (book or app) if you have them; if not you can borrow ours. Dress for the weather and be prepared for muddy feet.

Register for the first session at the link: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict..com/eve/birds-city-mckinley <https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/eve%E2%80%A6/birds-city-mckinley>

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Date: 3/25/19 5:43 pm
From: Mark Wallner <wingitwildlife...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Loon, IBSP- Lake County
At the north unit of Illinois Beach State Park all the ice was out at Sand Lake.  On it were 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Blue-winged Teals, 2 Hooded Mergansers, a Kingfisher, and one Common Loon.  At the Spring Bluff Forest Preserve was a Red-breasted Merganser in the shallow marshy area feeding like a puddle duck.
Mark Wallner,  Pleasant Prairie, WI

 

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Date: 3/25/19 1:42 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons, Lake Opeka, Axehead Lake & Belleau Lake Monday 3-25-19
Hello Bird People,

The main area covered today was Skokie Lagoons done both in from the
Willow Road lot & then along Forest Way Drive which was done with John
Leonard. My targets were Brown Creeper & Golden Crowned Kinglet which
I had not seen so far this year, Unfortunately both will still be
targets tomorrow as I saw neither today.

Skokie Lagoons North Of Willow Road (8-9:45 a.m.)

Also looked here for Woodcock but didn't find them either.

Great Blue Heron (3)
Canada Geese (10) & Mallard (9)
Green Winged Teal (1-PR), Goldeneye (1-F) & Red Breasted Merganser (10)
Bald Eagle (1)
Cooper's Hawk (2-AD flying together)
Herring Gull (2-AD)
Kingfisher (1 fly-by)
Red Bellied (2), Downy (2) & Hairy (1-M) Woodpeckers
Robins (~40) & Starling (9)
Cardinal (4)
Tree (2), Fox (6) & Song (25) Sparrows
Junco (7)
Red Wings (~10) & Grackle (2)

Skokie Lagoons as Viewed From Forest Way Drive (with John Leonard)
(9:50-11:15 a.m.)

Pied Billed (4) & Horned (also 4) Grebes
Great Blue Heron (3) & Great Egret (1)
Canada Geese (37)
Mallard (8) & Gadwall (1-M & 2-F)
Redhead (1-PR) & Lesser Scaup (13)
Goldeneye (25) & Bufflehead (2-M & 3-F)
Hooded (2-PR), Common (11) & Red Breasted (76) Mergansers
Bald Eagle (1-AD, hunting)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (4) Gulls
Land birds included Blue Jay, Robins, Cardinal, Song Sparrows & Red Wings

After lunch I made short stops at 3 small lakes in or near Des Plaines.

Lake Opeka

Yesterday I saw 3 Common Loons in full breeding plumage but today I
saw 1 in breeding plumage & a 2nd Loon only part way there.
Pied Billed (1) & Horned (3) Grebes
Canada Geese (16)
Mallard (10)
Lesser Scaup (1-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (25-26)
Ring Billed (61) & Herring (3) Gulls

Axehead Lake

Pied Billed (1) & Horned (2) Grebes
Canada Geese (29)
Mallard (16), Lesser Scaup (12-M & 1-F) & Goldeneye (1-PR)
Herring Gull (2-AD)
On arrival I thought I saw yesterday's Ruddy Duck but after checking
again I could not find it.
Not sure what's going on with that duck?

Belleau Lake

Finally something here but only Canada Geese (4) & Mallard (3-M)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the one Horned Grebe moving toward full breeding plumage.
Runners-Up to the hunting Bald Eagle & the somewhat early Great Egret.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Date: 3/24/19 2:30 pm
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET LouWT & Sparrows - Lincoln Park (North & South Ponds)
With low expectations and the forecast rain not materializing i decided to take the dog for a walk around North Pond this morning. Although not spectacular there were enough birds to make the walk interesting, there was big influx of Song and Fox Sparrows and Dark-eyed Junco’s with the grass lawns loaded. The male Green-winged Teal that spent last summer at LPZ is currently vacationing at North Pond. My first Golden-crowned Kinglets of the spring were also making themselves heard.

As it was birdy enough at NP I decided to continue the walk to South Pond, again lots of sparrows were present in the prairie area as were 2 Eastern Meadowlarks. 2 Northern Shovelers were on the pond itself. As I was on the stretch to home probably the bird of the day made an appearance - I was sorting through the junco’s and sparrows on the lawn outside the zoo between Cafe Brauer and the Black Bear exhibit when a Louisiana Waterthrush started chipping above my head, it moved quickly south high in the trees towards South Pond and I thought it had gone - 5 minutes later it was back and this time came down to the ground and wandered about on the lawn for a short period.

It was worth getting out! Full list here: https://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp?userid=283&d=2019-03-24

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL

Back in January I took a short trip with Carl Giometti and Glenn Giacinto to Eastern China for a few critically endangered species such as Baer’s Pochard, Siberian Crane, Reed Parrotbill, Crested Ibis and Spoonbill Sandpiper - well we missed the SBS but everything else made for a great trip - pics can be viewed here: https://pbase.com/sjhuggins/china&page=8 <https://pbase.com/sjhuggins/china&page=8> (pics from this trip pages 8 through 12 - best viewed by clicking ‘original’)


 

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Date: 3/24/19 1:39 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Montrose & Two Small Lakes Sunday 3-24-19
Hello Bird People,

Big numbers of Sparrows today but not many species (5) of sparrows.
Seven species of ducks, 2 of shorebirds & 3 species of blackbirds. Had
2 new year birds & several new for Cook County.
Spent a lot of time looking for yesterday's Barred Owl & Woodcocks but
found neither.

Montrose Point (7:45-11 a.m.)

Canada Geese (8)
Mallard (10)
Green Winged Teal (4 fly-bys, probable)
Greater Scaup (~20)
WHITE WINGED SCOTER (1 close & 6 far away)
Goldeneye (4)
Red Breasted Merganser (~30)
Coot (1 in the lake)
Killdeer (2 in the Dunes)
WILSON'S SNIPE (1-2 in the Dunes)
Ring Billed (~100) & Herring (3) Gulls
ICELAND GULL (1 fly-by picked out by Bob H)
Mourning Dove (1)
RED HEADED WOODPECKER (1)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Flicker (2)
EASTERN PHOEBE (3) (FOY)
Crow (2)
Chickadee (2)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (1, continuing)
Robins (12)
Starling (9)
Cardinal (2-3)
Tree Sparrow (~15)
FOX SPARROW (~30)
Song Sparrow (~50)
SWAMP SPARROW (2 together in the Dunes) (FOY)
Junco (~35)
Red Wings (~25)
Eastern Meadowlark (3)
Grackle (~25)
House Sparrow (~15)

Five of us saw a 'Loon Species?" fly by but it was too far for me to I.D.
Bob H & Luis M spent some time watching the lake from the end of the
pier & they saw
Tundra Swans, a Peregrine, a Woodcock & probably more flying by. The
only land bird that I heard about but I did not see was 1 Golden
Crowned Kinglet seen by Glen.

Like Tom L yesterday I stopped at Lake Opeka & Axehead Lake on the way home.

Lake Opeka

COMMON LOON (3, still there)
Canada Geese (9) & Mallard (12)
Red Breasted Merganser (3-M)
Ring Billed (41) & Herring (3) Gulls

Axehead Lake

Mallard (11)
Lesser Scaup (17-M & 2-F)
Goldeneye (1-PR)
RUDDY DUCK (1 nice looking male)
Horned Grebe (1)

Although I saw some better birds I did not see them very well so
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Wilson's Snipe which I saw very well,
unlike yesterday's Snipe. Runners-Up to the White Winged Scoter that
was in close & the Axehead Lake Ruddy Duck.

License Plate Of The Day was a very good one from NOVA SCOTIA seen
driving out of Montrose. Caught up to it at a traffic light or I'd
have been wondering what it was.
Runner-Up to a Utah plate on the way home.

Al Stokie


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Date: 3/24/19 10:16 am
From: Pam Carmona <pamcarmonak...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Barred Owl, 3/23 a.m.
Has anybody seen the Barred Owl today at Montrose?

Thanks in advance.

-Pam

> On Mar 23, 2019, at 6:30 PM, Karen Avery <karenavery.ka426...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Barred Owl still at Montrose Point at 6:10pm, in tree close to road, far left patch of trees.
>
> Karen Avery
> Chicago
>
>> On Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 11:59 AM 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply..