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28 Jul: @ 18:36:31 IBET Heritage park, a Cook cty shorebird spot (7/28) [Ethan Gyllenhaal ethannatureboy@aol.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 16:48:32 IBET Shorebirds in Hancock County [Michael Baum sixftwarbler@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 13:16:44 IBET Burlington Park - Kane Co [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 12:48:14 IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Tuesday 7-28-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 11:13:24 Re: Fw: IBET Re: Kane Co. Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope - further comments [doerfpub@myreckonings.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 10:34:20 IBET Re: Burlington Park - Kane Co (No Sightings) [justinwrinn@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 10:25:59 IBET Burlington Park - Kane Co (No Sightings) [justinwrinn@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 10:17:14 IBET Burlington Shorebirds (Kane County) [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 06:26:40 N O T: IBET RED PHALAROPE Morgan county [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 02:55:50 IBET ASP- Cook [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 14:53:22 Re: IBET RED PHALAROPE Morgan county [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 14:46:07 IBET RED PHALAROPE Morgan county [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 14:43:46 Re: IBET PHALAROPE SPECIES lake Mavaiseterre 7-27-15 [Corey Lange coreyjlange@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 14:41:27 Fw: IBET Re: Kane Co. Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope - further comments [Jim Tezak jjtezak@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 13:44:22 IBET DuPage County-Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir & Wetlands Complex Monday 7-27-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 12:52:49 IBET Western Kingbirds south of meredosia [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 12:37:34 IBET Correction to Yesterday's Post Re Stakeholders' Meetings re Waukegan Dunes [Mary Lou Mellon marylou.mellon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 09:29:17 IBET PHALAROPE SPECIES lake Mavaiseterre 7-27-15 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 22:14:26 Re: IBET Birding Lincoln Park [malango@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 22:02:20 IBET Birding Lincoln Park [Jan artbirds@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 21:23:42 IBET Birds Techny (cook) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 20:46:00 IBET Stakeholder Meetings re Waukegan Dune at Waukegan Yacht Club Tomorrow (Monday) and Tuesday Nights [Mary Lou Mellon marylou.mellon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 20:39:20 IBET BN stilt on RT 136 [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 19:05:50 IBET LaSalle, Putnam and Bureau Counties on Sunday [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 16:43:20 IBET Costa Rica & Idaho Trips (no IL sightings) [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 14:45:47 IBET Baker's Lake pelican [Carolyn Fields c7echoes@aol.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 11:16:35 IBET Montrose Dunes & Beach Sunday 7-26-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 09:55:50 IBET ol: [Marjorie Buckley margehelen@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 19:11:59 IBET Lyman Woods DBC Field Trip Results-Saturday, July 25, 2015 [peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 18:48:26 IBET Re: Kane Co. Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope - further comments [doerfpub@myreckonings.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 18:47:16 Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County [norekj@aol.com NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 18:18:08 Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County [Scott Latimer scootylatimer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 17:47:01 IBET N.E. Lake County Lakefront Beaches Saturday 7-25-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 17:47:00 IBET Kane Co. Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope - further comments [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 16:48:36 IBET some spotted sandpiper behavior notes (old sightings) cook co [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 14:14:56 IBET Burlington Stilt Sandpiper (Kane Co.) [Brendon Lake brendonlake10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 14:14:37 Fwd: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County [Scott Latimer scootylatimer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 12:37:20 Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County [norekj@aol.com NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 11:53:27 IBET Re: Wilson's Phalarope and Stilt Sandpiper - Burlington (Kane Co.) [Brendon Lake brendonlake10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 11:33:17 Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County [Scott Latimer scootylatimer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 08:04:58 IBET Re: Wilson's Phalarope and Stilt Sandpiper - Burlington (Kane Co.) [Brigid Trimble biotrimble@me.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 04:57:32 Re: IBET Waukegan Beach - poised to destroy, NO SIGHTINGS [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 00:49:12 IBET Air Station Prairie summer report, Cook (long I guess?) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 23:23:15 IBET BY N cardinal [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 18:42:02 IBET Re: Wilson's Phalarope and Stilt Sandpiper - Burlington (Kane Co.) [Brendon Lake brendonlake10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 18:07:24 IBET Wilson's Phalarope joins the Stilt Sandpiper-Burlington Park-Kane County [Marion Miller tlcbyrnme@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 16:35:57 IBET Stilt Sandpiper, Burlington Rd Kane County [Marion Miller tlcbyrnme@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 15:52:16 IBET Spotted sandpiper at Loyola Beach Dunes Chicago Cook Co [rapzl@aol.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 15:44:26 Re: IBET Waukegan Beach - poised to destroy, NO SIGHTINGS [Donald R Dann donniebird@me.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 15:38:39 IBET IBSP - south unit, Lake County [Mark Wallner wingitwildlife@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Heritage park, a Cook cty shorebird spot (7/28)
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 18:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
After seeing the 5 little gulls in Manitowoc, WI, we decided to check Heritage Park, a shorebird spot Aaron read about (credit to Kimberly Austin for posting about it on FB). Believe it or not, Cook county has a mudflat this year!!! And it's almost decent! We had 9 shorebird sps, best being a Short-billed Dowitcher. It's along Wolf rd in Wheeling, and the spot with birds is a little ditch-like thing running along Wolf rd. There is a parking lot nearby. Shorebird seen were:

1 Semipalmated Plover
17 Killdeer
2 Spotted Sandpiper
9 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Semipalmated Sandpiper
12 Least Sandpiper
1 Short-billed Dowitcher

Ethan Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL/Rochester, NY

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: IBET Shorebirds in Hancock County
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 16:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At the grain elevator right on the Mississippi River in Dallas City there
is a nice sand bar near shore with 100+ shorebirds this AM. Best were
BAIRD'S, STILT SANDPIPER, AND SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. Also pec's, semi and
least sandpipers. A short distance north upstream is another small
roadside mudflat that had 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS among other peeps.

Mike Baum



Subject: IBET Burlington Park - Kane Co
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 13:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Both fluddles still had water, but the birds cooperatively were feeding at
the front edge of the fluddle closest to the storage sheds. The area in
the back didn't seem to have any birds. BTW, Beith Rd. had only a smidgen
of water this morning. One lesser yellowlegs and about a dozen killdeer
were there.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County

On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 10:34 AM, justinwrinn@gmail.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I should have waited a few more seconds - I just saw Karen Lund's message
> right after I sent this. It seems there is still some shorebird habitat at
> Burlington Park after all. I would still advise avoiding evening football
> practices though if you are able to go earlier in the day.
>
> Good Birding,
> Justin Wrinn
> Elgin, Kane Co.
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Tuesday 7-28-15
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 12:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I wanted to get going early today to beat the predicted 90 degree temps
plus I wanted to look for shorebirds before the late day or overnight rains
covered the mud edges in the Dundee Road backwater area. Like yesterday I
found 6 shorebird species with 5 the same as before but yesterday's
Pectoral Sandpiper was replaced by today's Semipalmated Plovers. So again
all shorebirds were of the more common variety. In addition to 90 min at
the backwaters waiting for the rare shorebirds that never showed up I also
checked out the prairie wildflowers in the Dixon Prairie but skipped all
the other areas as migrant landbirds have yet to arrive.
Here's my day list for just the backwater area.

D.C. Cormorant (2 fly-bys with more diving elsewhere)
Great Blue Heron (1 plus 1 fly-by)
Great Egret (1 hunting)
Green Heron (1-AD landed briefly)
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (2 young ones)
(Good day for Heron/Egrets with 4 species present)
Canada Goose (10-11)
Mallard (2-AD plus 1-F with 7 small young & another female with 3 small
young)
Killdeer (9 with 2 more elsewhere)
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (4)
Spotted Sandpiper (4)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Solitary Sandpiper (4)
Least Sandpiper (4)
Caspian Tern (Max Ct = 27 of which 4 were immatures)
Mourning Dove (2 on the mud edges)
Rough Winged & Barn Swallows (only a few of each)
Goldfinch (2 on the mud edges)

Landbirds seen at other spots were all regulars but I will mention a few.
One female R.T. HUMMER was back at the now flowering ROYAL CATCHFLY
wildflowers on the side of the hill prairie area. One CLIFF SWALLOW flew by
near the Trellis Bridge & the Purple Martin families are doing well on both
the east & west sides where some of the young are now able to fly but some
are still being fed in their nest box holes. Common Yellowthroats & Song
Sparrows are still singing & 1 found a lone Cedar Waxwing. I thought that
my string of seeing ORCHARD ORIOLES had ended but then 1 female or young
one landed in a nearby tree for me to look at.

Wildflowers

In addition to the already mentioned scarlet flowered Royal Catchfly plants
new flowers included Fringed Loosestrife (yellow flowers), Joe-Pye-Weed
(both kinds), Starry Catchfly
(a wooded area plant) & Prairie Coneflower. Just starting to bloom are
Rattlesnake Master & Blazing Stars. And many more.

License Plate-Of-The-Day to the one from Louisiana with the Brown Pelican
on it.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the R.T. Hummingbird & Runners-Up to the Semipalmated
Plovers.
Honorable mention to the license plate Pelican!

Al Stokie



Subject: Re: Fw: IBET Re: Kane Co. Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope - further comments
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 11:13 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks for the photo, Jim--it really helped. This Wilson's Palarope was not at the fluddle on Beith Road when I stopped there about 5:45pm last Friday.

Ron Doerfler
Naperville, Will County



Subject: IBET Re: Burlington Park - Kane Co (No Sightings)
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 10:34 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I should have waited a few more seconds - I just saw Karen Lund's message right after I sent this.  It seems there is still some shorebird habitat at Burlington Park after all.  I would still advise avoiding evening football practices though if you are able to go earlier in the day.

Good Birding,
Justin Wrinn
Elgin, Kane Co.



Subject: IBET Burlington Park - Kane Co (No Sightings)
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 10:25 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I planned to stop by the Burlington Park fluddles after work yesterday evening to see if the Stilt Sandpiper was still around (I missed it over the weekend because I was out of town).  When I got there, I found out youth football started this week, and the parking lot plus the grassy area along the edge of the field, back to where we usually scope the fluddles, were jam packed with cars, plus kids were running all over.  So I didn't even bother to stop.  Be warned if you try to go in the evenings.


It might not have mattered anyway, because driving by it looked like the far fluddle was completely dried up (couldn't see the near fluddle from the road, but I guess it will soon follow if it hasn't already). FYI, I also checked the nearby fluddle on Middleton Rd just west of Peplow Rd, and it was completely dried up as well (had plenty of water last week). As glad as I am to have a dry spell, most of the Kane County shorebird habitat is going to dry up if we don't get some rain soon.


Good Birding,
Justin Wrin
Elgin, Kane Co.



Subject: IBET Burlington Shorebirds (Kane County)
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 10:17 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At 10 am Burlington (aka Brendan Lake) Park had a nice selection of
shorebirds - nothing unusual. Both yellowlegs, spotted, solitary, least,
pectoral, 1 Baird's & of course killdeer.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: N O T: IBET RED PHALAROPE Morgan county
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 6:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Received this from Tony a few minutes ago:

There weren't many shore birds here but all are gone except Killdeer
The storm last night must have cleared them out
I have looked twice this mourning no luck
Will look again later
Tony

Sent from my cellular device

Craig Taylor

> On Jul 27, 2015, at 2:53 PM, Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
>
>
> Tony just texted me and a SANDERLING just came in,
> To the same spot!
>
> Colin Dobson
> Was in Morgan county
> Birdingboy@yahoo.com
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jul 27, 2015, at 2:46 PM, Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>>
>> I've gotten many texts about the phalarope being turned into a RED PHALAROPE at Lake Mavaiseterre. I would be there but I'm currently in an airport about to go to Florida!
>>
>> Colin Dobson
>> Was in Morgan county
>> Birdingboy@yahoo.com
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>
>
>



Subject: IBET ASP- Cook
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 2:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Air Station Prairie (ASP)
good shorebird habitat now
3 solitaries playing this is my territory, aerial "combats" occurred one spotted sandpiperone wilson's snipe showing how excellent she or he was at aerial maneuvering at very high speedone blue-winged teal, quite the opposite as it sat and nibbled half-submerged in the muddy edge of the marshone young kildeer and adultthe cedar waxwings are doing their low aerial displays over the marsh now which is fun to witness if you haven't seen this beforesong sparrow continues to be friendlywillow flycatcher came close which isn't common (even to see or hear them!)goldfinches are having fun in the blue skies, singing as they bob up highmallards continue to grow2 swallowsrwbb numbers down a lot today from what I could see, that flocking up was no jokealso, the starlings came in today with many young, love them and the waxwings, very cool lookingwhy does it feel cold?………...
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook



Subject: Re: IBET RED PHALAROPE Morgan county
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 14:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Tony just texted me and a SANDERLING just came in,
To the same spot!

Colin Dobson
Was in Morgan county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 27, 2015, at 2:46 PM, Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> I've gotten many texts about the phalarope being turned into a RED PHALAROPE at Lake Mavaiseterre. I would be there but I'm currently in an airport about to go to Florida!
>
> Colin Dobson
> Was in Morgan county
> Birdingboy@yahoo.com
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



Subject: IBET RED PHALAROPE Morgan county
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 14:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I've gotten many texts about the phalarope being turned into a RED PHALAROPE at Lake Mavaiseterre. I would be there but I'm currently in an airport about to go to Florida!

Colin Dobson
Was in Morgan county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Re: IBET PHALAROPE SPECIES lake Mavaiseterre 7-27-15
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 14:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The phalarope was still there this afternoon around 1 pm. The consensus is
that it is a RED PHALAROPE!

On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:26 AM, Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com
[ILbirds] wrote:

>
>
> There is currently a molting red/red-necked phalarope on the spit/small
> mudflat area at Lake Mavaiseterre right now southeast of Jacksonville. This
> is in front of the group of willows on the east side of the lake, across
> from the country club maintenance shed on country club road! If you need
> further information just email me!
>
> Colin Dobson
> Morgan county
> Birdingboy@yahoo.com
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



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Subject: Fw: IBET Re: Kane Co. Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope - further comments
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 14:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was able to get a photo of the Beith Rd Wilson's Phalarope at 2:55 pm on Friday I don't know if this would help?

Juvenile Wilson's Phalarope
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Jim Tezak Will Countyjjtezak@yahoo.com


On Saturday, July 25, 2015 6:48 PM, "doerfpub@myreckonings.com [ILbirds]" wrote:


  It may be the same Wilson's Phalarope at the Beith Road fluddle and Burlington Park. I was at Beith Road yesterday (Friday, July 24) and there were many shorebirds there. They were pretty far away from the road so I couldn't make out if one of them was the Phalarope with my 300mm zoom lens, so I took some pics of areas of the fluddle hoping to locate it in processing the photos. But suddenly they took off so I took pictures of the flock as it swirled and left.

Looking through my photos, my shots of the flock flying off were taken at 5:52 pm. At 6:07 pm Marion Miller posted (see below) that a Wilson's Phalarope just flew in to join the group of shorebirds at Burlington Park. I have not searched my photos in detail to find a Phalarope at Beith Road, and I know the birds are distant and not sharp in the photos so I'm not sure if I can, but perhaps it had made the trip between the two locations.

Ron Doerfler
Naperville, Will County

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Marion Miller's post:

From: "Marion Miller tlcbyrnme@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]"
Date: July 24, 2015 at 6:07:17 PM CDT
To: IBET
Subject: IBET Wilson's Phalarope joins the Stilt Sandpiper-Burlington Park-Kane County
Reply-To: Marion Miller

Brendon Lake wanted to share that a Wilson’s Phalarope just flew in to join the shorebird group on the fluddle south of the football field. Just for location clarification, the fluddle is in the cornfield south of Burlington Park on the west side of Burlington Rd.

Marion Miller

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Subject: IBET DuPage County-Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir & Wetlands Complex Monday 7-27-15
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 13:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I am trying to drive shorter distances lately & this Wood Dale/Itasca
complex is the only shorebird location to be found close to home. As it was
last week the mud flats at the Itasca Wetlands look very good & the mud
edges at the reservoir had more shorebirds than before. I had a total of 6
shorebird species & 111 individuals so I had birds to look at even though
all were common ones.
Here's my lists by sections.

Wood Dale Reservoir (7-8:15 & 9:15-10 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2 diving)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (3)
Green Heron (1)
Canada Goose (14)
Mallard (16)
Killdeer (15)
Solitary Sandpiper (2)
Least Sandpiper (9)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Ring Billed Gull (Max Ct = 39)
Herring Gull (1-AD)
Caspian Tern (Max Ct = 24)(18 adults & 6 immatures)
Barn Swallow (4 flying)

Salt Creek

Green Heron (1 in a tree), Mallard (1-F with 8 large young) & YELLOW BILLED
CUCKOO (1)
(This Cuckoo was only heard calling today but at the same spot as last time
when I saw it as well as heard it. This is where the bridge crosses the
creek on the walk to west of the reservoir)

Middle Pond

D.C. Cormorant (1 diving) & Great Blue Heron (3)

Itasca Wetlands Near Prospect (8:15-9:15 a.m.)

Great Egret (1)
Green Heron (1 fly-by)
Mallard (9)
Killdeer (54)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Solitary Sandpiper (14-15)(Again high numbers of a species usually not seen
in high numbers)
Least Sandpiper (8)
Caspian Tern (3 fly-bys, part of the reservoir bunch)
Mourning Dove (1 on the mud flats)
Barn Swallow (2 hunting)

Landbirds All Areas (remember that H means heard only)

Red Tailed Hawk (1), Flicker (1), Willow Flycatcher (H-3), Blue Jay (H-1),
Chickadee (H-1),
House Wren (3 singing constantly), Robins, Warbling Vireo (H-2), Yellow
Warbler (H-1),
Common Yellowthroat (H-2), Cardinal (H-4), Indigo Bunting (3), Song Sparrow
(8-9),
Red Winged Blackbirds & Goldfinch (~10)

Hard to pick a top bird today as no real quality birds were seen but one
species made me work very hard to be sure I really saw it. 1st I thought I
saw a Yellowlegs but I looked at other birds & when I went back to figure
out which Yellowlegs it was I could not relocate it. Finally, about 15 min
later, I did find it again & that Lesser Yellowlegs gets to be
Bird-Of-The-Day as I was really glad I saw it again if just to prove I
really did see it. Runners-Up to the many continuing Solitary Sandpipers.
This place has become THE Solitary Sandpiper "hang out" at least in my area
of birding.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Western Kingbirds south of meredosia
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 12:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The last few days, Tony and I have had 4-5 WESTERN KINGBIRDS (a family) south of Meredosia in Morgan county. They are on old Naples road,(it changes from Yeck road before the railroad tracks), by some plants/large building, (just on the other side of the north to south railroad tracks). They have been on the power lines and the barbed wire fences. If you need further information about the spot you can just email me!

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com

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Subject: IBET Correction to Yesterday's Post Re Stakeholders' Meetings re Waukegan Dunes
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 12:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This evening’s meeting is the public open house at the Waukegan Yacht Club at 7pm to discuss the future of Waukegan Beach and the surrounding dunal habitat and its rare plants and birds.  
We have been told that the Tuesday night meeting is to be “one-on-one interview-style meetings with specific groups.” The Yacht Club is at 199 Harbor Place.

Regards,

Mary Lou Mellon
Northfield
Cook County




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Subject: IBET PHALAROPE SPECIES lake Mavaiseterre 7-27-15
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 9:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There is currently a molting red/red-necked phalarope on the spit/small mudflat area at Lake Mavaiseterre right now southeast of Jacksonville. This is in front of the group of willows on the east side of the lake, across from the country club maintenance shed on country club road! If you need further information just email me!

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
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Subject: Re: IBET Birding Lincoln Park
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 22:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Good luck Owen! It was good birding with you.

Luis

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Subject: IBET Birding Lincoln Park


When we heard the report of the Violet-Green Swallow, John Purcell and I went to Montrose to see if we could find it. That would have been the final bird for my Lincoln Park list. I am moving to Florida.

I started birding in Lincoln Park in 1984. I chased bird reports in the region, and birded other areas of the country until the last few years when I have been less mobile.

We did not see the Violet-Green Swallow, not the only bird we have missed. It has been great to read all of your wonderful stories. I especially mention Robert Hughes, Geoff Williamson, Wes Sarafin and Al Stokie. Kanae Hirobayashi is the birder who stood in front of a bulldozer and prevented the first natural plants from being plowed over. Leslie Borne supervises the panne , a rare freshwater marsh.

It has been great meeting and talking to so many of you and I look forward to your future reports.

Owen McHugh
Artbirds@sbcglobal. Net

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Subject: IBET Birding Lincoln Park
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 22:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
When we heard the report of the Violet-Green Swallow, John Purcell and I went to Montrose to see if we could find it. That would have been the final bird for my Lincoln Park list. I am moving to Florida.

I started birding in Lincoln Park in 1984. I chased bird reports in the region, and birded other areas of the country until the last few years when I have been less mobile.

We did not see the Violet-Green Swallow, not the only bird we have missed. It has been great to read all of your wonderful stories. I especially mention Robert Hughes, Geoff Williamson, Wes Sarafin and Al Stokie. Kanae Hirobayashi is the birder who stood in front of a bulldozer and prevented the first natural plants from being plowed over. Leslie Borne supervises the panne , a rare freshwater marsh.

It has been great meeting and talking to so many of you and I look forward to your future reports.

Owen McHugh
Artbirds@sbcglobal. Net


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Subject: IBET Birds Techny (cook)
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 21:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Oh wait, is that too general?  ;)  
Just a quick note to let people know that there is good shorebird habitat there now.  Had 6 or more solitary, 3 spotted, and one least (very pretty) sandpiper.  
The Caspian tern/s were hunting again which is cool to watch as well.  There were 3 great egrets, one gbh, and one green heron flew in at dusk (or that's when I spotted it).
Eastern kingbirds probably have young.  Cute young cedar waxwings (2 or more) were there as well.  Lots of nice flowers, the prairie is improving in quality it seems.
Lots of song sparrows and one or more savannah (same area as last year) also.  
More regular stuff too.  
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Stakeholder Meetings re Waukegan Dune at Waukegan Yacht Club Tomorrow (Monday) and Tuesday Nights
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 20:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
>> The future of Waukegan Beach will be discussed at two open houses at the Waukegan Yacht Club, 199 Harbor Place, Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7pm.  If you care about preserving the present dunal habitat and the rare plants and birds there in lieu of bulldozing it, please attend and make your wishes known.  Thank you very much.
>>
>>
>>>>>> Community Open House
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Over the next few months, Edgewater Resources will be working with the City of Waukegan to identify opportunities to create and improve connections between downtown Waukegan and the Lake Michigan waterfront – helping to realize the vision set forth in the ‘Lakefront - Downtown Master Plan’ of 2003. Edgewater Resources is a design and planning firm with extensive experience creating economically viable plans to enhance waterfront communities. Their past projects in communities such as Holland, Michigan; Rochester, New York; and 31st Street Harbor in Chicago, Illinois are examples of projects involving environmentally sensitive sites with a design process that included extensive public outreach to fully engage the community in the planning process.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> The project will kick-off with a series of stakeholder meetings on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28. Through these sessions, we hope to gain insight on issues related to pedestrian and vehicular connectivity, parking, existing barriers, opportunities for green infrastructure, and recreational uses.
>>>>>> This community open house will take place at 7pm on Monday, July 27th in the Fireplace Room at the Waukegan Yacht Club at 199 Harbor Place.
>>>>>> For questions or more information, please contact:
>>>>>> Suzanne Fromson, Landscape Architect: sfromson@edgewaterresources.com
>>>>>> In cooperation with the Waukegan Park District and Waukegan Port District - Waukegan Harbor, this Active Implementation Plan is made possible through a grant by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Mary Lou Mellon, President
Bird Conservation Network
www.bcnbirds.org
Northfield, IL
Cook County




Subject: IBET BN stilt on RT 136
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 20:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
East of Havana about 430pm traveling east on Rt 136 near 3300E and 2miles before joining Rt 29. A wet area loaded with migrants including 2 Black- necked stilts. On the north side of the highway, not sure where to park, didn't stop as time was close and my brother wanted to get home.
John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET LaSalle, Putnam and Bureau Counties on Sunday
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 19:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Karen and I (suffering acute withdrawal, having not been that way in 2
weeks!), took a leisurely road trip through some of our familiar spots along
the river on Sunday.

We found some shorebirds in the flooded fields on the N side of N2551
between IL 251 and IL Rte 89. Mostly Killdeer, yellowlegs and pecs, we did note
a Stilt Sandpiper and a couple of Semi-palmated Plovers. Some peeps were
also present, but too far away to ID. Driving along Bottom Rd, it was pretty
quiet, but a White-eyed Vireo singing from the ditch on the N side was a
nice contrast to a N Parula singing from the wooded hillside S of the road

At H-H the adult and juvie Pied-billed Grebes were very numerous. A few
Wood Ducks lounged on the shore of the 'island' directly across from the boat
launch. They were briefly joined by a juvie King Rail, just strolling along
the waterline.

Lunch in Henry, then we checked out the Eurasian Tree Sparrow farmyard just
back into Putnam County, but did not see any. Heading N on Rte 29, the
bridge over the creek just before 29's intersection with Rte 26, still had 50+
Cliff Swallows flying around, swooping under the bridge (perhaps a 2nd
brood?). Our last stop was the road to the Consolidated Grain Co. terminal.
Still a lot of water on either side, and not much by way of birds.
Driving home on I80 we intersected a torrential downpour; glad we weren't
on a motorcycle.


Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County



Subject: IBET Costa Rica & Idaho Trips (no IL sightings)
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 16:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

This past Thursday, I returned from a life-changing 10-day trip with a group from my school - OPRF High School - to Costa Rica. Although birding was not the main focus of the trip (it was technically a tropical ecology class run by the travel association No Barriers Youth), I still identified 165 bird species, including 100 life birds. I even finally nailed down my nemesis bird - the Resplendent Quetzal! Many photos in nine different posts about the trip can be found on my blog, Birding Around the World:
worldbirding.travellerspoint.com

Our two guides for the week, Mario and Alexa, were absolutely fantastic. Since they are both birding guides as well, here is their information if anyone is ever interested for an extremely knowledgable and fun guide on your trip to Costa Rica:

Mario Córdoba H of Crescentia Expeditions
crescentiaexpeditions.com
mcordoba1@gmail.com

Alexa Stickel of TropicAves
tropicaves.com
info@tropicaves.com

Also, tomorrow (Monday, July 27) I will be flying out to the beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho for my family's annual 3-week end-of-summer vacation. I plan to do a lot of birding out there (including my second-ever Big Day!) and I will hopefully post on my blog everyday:
worldbirding.travellerspoint.com

Stay tuned - I will be posting the dates for autumn 2015 Oak Park Bird Walks soon!

Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

--
Henry Griffin



Subject: IBET Baker's Lake pelican
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 14:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 From the north overlook at Baker's Lake in Barrington, Cook County, this afternoon:
American White Pelican resting on the northernmost mudflatCanada Goose - 10Mallard - 4Double-crested Cormorant - many still present on nesting platforms, etc.Great Blue HeronGreat Egret - many still present  "   "   "Black-crowned Night-Heron - juv.Osprey - 2Spotted Sandpiper - 2Ring-billed Gull - 2Caspian Tern - 32, including juvenilesChimney Swift
The 2 Osprey were on the nesting platform, and one of them is a nestling! It appears to be about 1/2 to 2/3 the size of the adult. I was hoping this nest would be successful.
Carolyn FieldsNW Cook County




Subject: IBET Montrose Dunes & Beach Sunday 7-26-15
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 11:16 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

The lack of lakefront beach migrant shorebirds continues. Spent 2 hours
standing on Montrose beach to see if any migrants would land but I saw
none. By 8 a.m. the main swimming beach had so many people, plus only a few
dogs, that I lost hope of finding any new shorebirds although some may have
landed after I gave up. Here's a list of the common species seen today but
more may have seen by Bob H & Fran M who were also here this a.m.

Dunes & Beach Only (6-8:15 a.m.)

D.C Cormorant (8 fly-bys)
Mallard (2)
Killdeer (2-AD)
Spotted Sandpiper (3-AD plus another adult watching over 2 half sized,
downy young)
Ring Billed (~150) & Herring (2) Gulls
Caspian Tern (4 fly-bys)
Tree (4), Rough Winged (~10), CLIFF (3-4 young ones) & Barn (~20) Swallows
Purple Martin (3 over the dunes & lake)
Warbling Vireo (1 adult feeding 1 young one)
Common Yellowthroat (1 singing)
Robins (2)
Song Sparrow (2-3)
Red Wings (~12) & Grackles (6)
Goldfinch (4)

As I walked through the Magic Hedge area on the way out I added Downy
Woodpecker, Flicker,
Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler (singing) & saw repeats of some of the species
seen previously in the dunes.

Again the day's best excitement took place when the adult Spotted Sandpiper
(with the 2 chicks) chased off larger Grackles 3 times when the blackbirds
got too close to the chicks.
This after yesterday's attacks on Kestrels by the Mockingbird & the
Killdeer. Parent birds are really doing their jobs lately!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 downy Spotted Sandpipers & their protective parent
bird.
Runners-Up to the young Cliff Swallows.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET ol:
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 9:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


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Subject: IBET Lyman Woods DBC Field Trip Results-Saturday, July 25, 2015
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 19:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


Our "lucky 7" birders, armed with water and massive amounts of bug spray, made our way through Lyman Woods for over 2 1/2 hours. It was hot and buggy but we had a lot of fun and managed to come up with 45 species. Not bad for mid-summer! We were hoping for a Clay-colored Sparrow that has been spotted there recently, but we were not able to convince ourselves that any of the sparrows we saw were actually the Clay-colored! We did manage to track down the sometimes elusive BROWN THRASHER, and the HOUSE WRENS were everywhere, though not quite as plentiful as yesterday when I had 19! Except for the NORTHERN FLICKERS, woodpeckers were surprisingly scarce. But all-in-all, we had plenty to look at, and just when we had about given up on the resident Red-tailed Hawk, it called to us in the parking lot as we were getting ready to leave. Thanks to everyone in our group (especially Diane) who stayed in good humor through it all, even though we were sweating our brains out! Impressive!



The full list is below.



Lyman Woods Forest Preserve, DuPage, Illinois, US
Jul 25, 2015 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Transect
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: 70 degrees, partly cloudy, humid. Some breeze.
45 species

Canada Goose 1
Wood Duck 5
Mallard 4
Double-crested Cormorant 4 Fly-overs
Great Blue Heron 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 7
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 6
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay 11
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 10
Black-capped Chickadee 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 10
Marsh Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 47
Gray Catbird 5
Brown Thrasher 1
Cedar Waxwing 13
Common Yellowthroat 5
Eastern Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 9
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ checklist?subID=S24377816 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24377816



Joan Campbell

DuPage County

Downers Grove, IL






Subject: IBET Re: Kane Co. Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope - further comments
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 18:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
It may be the same Wilson's Phalarope at the Beith Road fluddle and Burlington Park. I was at Beith Road yesterday (Friday, July 24) and there were many shorebirds there. They were pretty far away from the road so I couldn't make out if one of them was the Phalarope with my 300mm zoom lens, so I took some pics of areas of the fluddle hoping to locate it in processing the photos. But suddenly they took off so I took pictures of the flock as it swirled and left.

Looking through my photos, my shots of the flock flying off were taken at 5:52 pm. At 6:07 pm Marion Miller posted (see below) that a Wilson's Phalarope just flew in to join the group of shorebirds at Burlington Park. I have not searched my photos in detail to find a Phalarope at Beith Road, and I know the birds are distant and not sharp in the photos so I'm not sure if I can, but perhaps it had made the trip between the two locations.

Ron Doerfler
Naperville, Will County

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Marion Miller's post:

From: "Marion Miller tlcbyrnme@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]"
Date: July 24, 2015 at 6:07:17 PM CDT
To: IBET
Subject: IBET Wilson's Phalarope joins the Stilt Sandpiper-Burlington Park-Kane County
Reply-To: Marion Miller

Brendon Lake wanted to share that a Wilson’s Phalarope just flew in to join the shorebird group on the fluddle south of the football field. Just for location clarification, the fluddle is in the cornfield south of Burlington Park on the west side of Burlington Rd.

Marion Miller


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Subject: Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 18:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 






To clarify or confuse.   The phalarope I saw fly awhile ago was the Beith road one. All shorebirds took off together

Joan NorekChicago 
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------ Original message------From: Scott Latimer scootylatimer@yaho...Date: Sat, Jul 25, 2015 2:14 PMTo: IBET;Subject:Fwd: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County
 

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From: Scott Latimer
Date: July 25, 2015 at 12:03:04 PM CDT
To: "ILbirds@yahoogroups.com"
Subject: Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County

This is the Wislons Phalarope reported earlier in week from fluddle north of Bieth rd, abt 1 mile west of rte. 47.
Earlier Matt W and I searched the Burlington fluddles and did NOT find either the Stilt Sandpiper or Phalarope. Least, Semi, Pecs, Solitary and Lesser Yellowlegs were present. Sorry for any confusion.
Scott Latimer

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Subject: Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 18:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This is the Wislons Phalarope reported earlier in week from fluddle north of Bieth rd, abt 1 mile west of rte. 47.
Earlier Matt W and I searched the Burlington fluddles and did NOT find either the Stilt Sandpiper or Phalarope. Least, Semi, Pecs, Solitary and Lesser Yellowlegs were present. Sorry for any confusion.
Scott Latimer

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Subject: IBET N.E. Lake County Lakefront Beaches Saturday 7-25-15
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 17:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

This post is mainly to let you know that you certainly didn't miss anything
in this area today, at least not when I was there. However, last week I
also didn't see much & then Beau & Nat saw a Godwit & a Willet so timing
can be everything. Here are a few sightings for today seen by Bob Erickson
& I.

Waukegan Beach

The only shorebirds were Killdeer (1) & Spotted Sandpipers (6) plus 3 Great
Blue Herons in the backwater area. Also around were the usual Ring Billed &
Herring Gulls & Caspian Terns.
Most interesting sighting was of 2 young couples sharing a large bottle of
Tequila. The guy in charge of the bottle offered some to Bob & I but 6:15
a.m. seemed a little early for that. Still considering the lack of birds it
may have helped us see birds that may or may not have actually been there.

Pershing Road Fluddle remains without birds & with high grasses. I may drop
this place for a while.

Illinois Beach South Unit

D.C. Cormorant (2 fly-bys)
Great Blue Heron (1 on beach)
Mallard (1 fly-by)
Killdeer (4-AD & 2-IM, with the young getting bigger every time I see them)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Sanderling (only 1 today)
Least Sandpiper (1 that looked like it would land but did not)
Ring Billed (72) & Herring (1-AD) Gulls
Caspian Tern (6 fly-bys)
Kestrel (1 pair hunting dragonflies along the beach)
Bank & Barn Swallows (few each)
MOCKINGBIRD (1)
Brown Thrasher (1)
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (still 2 around)
Landbirds included Chimney Swifts, a singing Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrows
& Indigo Buntings.

State Line Dog Beach (again no dogs & only 1 person on the beach but the
flooded area by the wire fence is running out of water & no shorebirds were
on the actual beach.)

D.C. Cormorant (5 fly-bys)
Killdeer (4-AD & 2-IM)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Least Sandpiper (1, the only Peep left from last Thursday's group of 6)
Ring Billed (~200) & Herring (~10) Gulls
Caspian Tern (8-9)
Rock Pigeon (group of 8 flying by)
Barn Swallows (few)

The only bird of interest that I saw in Spring Bluff F.P. was a flying
Green Heron.
Two events deserve mentioning & both were on the beach near the mouth of
the Dead River.
The 1st was when the female Kestrel was in a tree along the river when the
local Mockingbird flew right at it & banged into it causing it to fly
elsewhere. Brave Mocker or dumb Mocker depending on how you look at it.
Later the male Kestrel landed too close to an adult Killdeer which went
right after the Kestrel chasing it away. Tough day for the Kestrels!

Not much to choose from but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the cranky Mockingbird &
Runners-Up to the 2 remaining Brewer's Blackbirds. Best I can do.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Kane Co. Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope - further comments
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 17:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


When I saw the Stilt Sandpiper sometime after 10 a.m. it was on the far side of the near fluddle, and as reported by others the Phalarope was not seen.

On Beith Road later, I first was at the essentially dried fluddle to the west. Realized I must have missed the target fluddle when I saw Scott L's post -- turned around, found the fluddle, found the Phalarope (not a year bird but a nice county bird for me) and all the shorebirds except the Killdeer took off while I was watching. I waited awhile but did not see them return.

A birder who arrived a minute too late raised the question of whether this was the same Phalarope flying between there and Burlington. Were these birds ever seen in both places at about the same time?

Good birdings,




Joan Norek
Chicago
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Subject: IBET some spotted sandpiper behavior notes (old sightings) cook co
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 16:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was writing another IBETer about the spotted sandpipers and thought what the heck I'd share this note with everyone.  Not sure how many people on here are into bird behavior like I am, but in case someone is, here it is.
We were talking about the spotted sandpipers' perching up on plants:  
The ones there were doing it earlier in the season, but not for several weeks now, possibly a month.  There were both male and female perched up.  The female sat like a fat king on its throne, barely moving and the male would defend the territory against me by flying towards me and landing on the ground about 20 feet, give or take, away from me.  Then he would call repeatedly and come towards me.  At one point he was almost at my feet.  I videotaped it :)  This happened over 2 weeks about but then he stopped.  He was still flying around in the area.  On occasion he would land in the open near me but didn't do the calling or come towards me very much, not like in the beginning. Then that stopped and he would just be seen flying past me.  Then most recently I haven't seen the pair.  I did see them 2x in another area of the park after all of the above, but the last week or so I haven't seen either of them. Last time I was there, I didn't even see the young one, but it's a big park so it is probably still around.  Last year I believe one stayed around into the fall.  I have video of that one too, feeding after dark at the edge of a shallow puddle not far from me.  They are such nice birds!
I also will add to the notes above that the female was about 50 feet away from the male and on a thicker steadier plant perch (she is heavier).  She did at one point fly into his area if I recall correctly but didn't really do much while there.  I questioned whether there was more than one male present but I still can't say for sure.  If there were, I would think I would have seen more than one offspring also, but maybe the success rates are low.  Also, there have been 2 raccoons patrolling the marsh (seen twice) this year which isn't great for egg-layers!
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Burlington Stilt Sandpiper (Kane Co.)
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 14:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey all, the Stilt Sandpiper is still present as of 2:02pm. Still no sign of yesterday's Wilson's Phalarope. The Stilt Sandpiper was on the far shore of the furthest fluddle, perfectly content to stand still and only occasionally preen, which along with the terrible heat shimmer, made it very tough to re-locate. As an added bonus, five people (including myself) were treated to a wonderful aerial display from the local Swainson's Hawk pair, visible in the sky to the south of the fluddles. They are currently very active.
Brendon LakeBurlington, Kane County



Subject: Fwd: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 14:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


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> From: Scott Latimer
> Date: July 25, 2015 at 12:03:04 PM CDT
> To: "ILbirds@yahoogroups.com"
> Subject: Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County
>
> This is the Wislons Phalarope reported earlier in week from fluddle north of Bieth rd, abt 1 mile west of rte. 47.
> Earlier Matt W and I searched the Burlington fluddles and did NOT find either the Stilt Sandpiper or Phalarope. Least, Semi, Pecs, Solitary and Lesser Yellowlegs were present. Sorry for any confusion.
> Scott Latimer
>
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 12:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 






Seen well. A good county bird. All shorebirds except Killdeer flew and not back yet.  Also saw the stilt sandpaper in Burlington a boy 45 min ago


Joan. Norek


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Subject: IBET Re: Wilson's Phalarope and Stilt Sandpiper - Burlington (Kane Co.)
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 11:53 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey all, Nick Barber reported on Facebook that the Stilt Sandpiper was still present as of about 7:45 this morning, but in the far fluddle. The Wilson's Phalarope as far as I know, has not been seen today. I just got off work, and will be heading over to look for myself in the next 10 minutes or so.
Once again, this in Burlington, on Burlington Road just south of the railroad tracks. There is a gravel parking lot at the football field on the west side of the road. Park there, and the fluddles are best viewed from the elevated berm near the utility sheds.
Good birding!
Brendon LakeBurlington, Kane County



Subject: Re: IBET WILSON'S PHALAROPE - Beith Rd, Kane County
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 11:33 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The phalarope is still present Sat am 10:30. The fluddle is small and looks like it will disappear in a day or two at most. Directions are perfect. Thanks.
Scott Latimer

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Subject: IBET Re: Wilson's Phalarope and Stilt Sandpiper - Burlington (Kane Co.)
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 8:04 am
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Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan Beach - poised to destroy, NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 4:57 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Here’s the article about how birder’s affect the economy if anyone wishes to reference this in their letters. I just wrote mine this morning.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/...

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
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> On Jul 24, 2015, at 10:26 AM, mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> Just curious if any of this findings by the Waukegan Harbor Citizens’ Advisory Group (Joel Greenberg and Susie Schreiber) from a dozen years ago could be recycled. It seems they were combating the same issues then and obviously these politicians were not in office.
>
>
> Freshwater Future
>
> Freshwater Future
> Ensuring the Healthy Future of Our Great Lakes Waters
> View on freshwaterfuture.org
> Preview by Yahoo
>
>
>
> Matthew Cvetas
> Evanston, IL
>
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>




Subject: IBET Air Station Prairie summer report, Cook (long I guess?)
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 0:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi everybody, finally summer is here, and it looks like it's about over at this point as well.  Dichotomy…
So I wanted to send out an update about the breeders at air station prairie this summer.  
We had at least one successful batch of blue-winged teal which was my first time seeing them in IL in the summer/breeding season.  I saw an adult female with 12 little balls of fluff then didn't see any teal for about a month (not checking dates for accuracy, if interested feel free to review ebird), then finally I saw about 12 blue-winged teal, 2 seemed larger but it was hard to differentiate adult female from young (for me).  They were super cute and I got pics and video.  I also thought that their hiding so well is likely why the number of likely surviving adolescent birds was much higher than most mallards I see.
Also there were atleast one spotted sandpiper brood with one non-spotted bird seen out and about on its own over the last 2 weeks or so (believe this means it is a young one).  Very awesome birds to observe.  They have unusual nesting and breeding behavior.
I read up on them and found this interesting old paper.  It's very easy to read and short.  I learned a lot.
https://sora.unm.edu/…/files...

I have observed the spotted sandpipers for the first time this summer perching up on higher plants which I thought was unusual, giving them a vantage point over a field (like song sparrows do, in fact they were once in the same plant :) ), but this paper also notes it.  I also had asked some other birders who have seen it too.  
Also present were kildeer with young, and I thought we were going to get a green heron nest but it seems that they changed their minds, unless someone else has seen them around in the last month or so?  Many red-winged blackbirds in the marsh, one marsh wren or more.  Another birder Anna said she saw a least bittern though I have still not had one, it is one of the birds I have been hoping to see again.
Many sora were calling here in the spring (no less than 8) and 2 young were seen about a week ago, which means they are very sneaky because there have to be more than two!  No other rails seen all year unfortunately.  If anyone else has had them, please let me know.
Common yellowthroats, atleast one yellow warbler, a willow flycatcher family, tons o grackles, oh, yeah, duh, lots of mallards of varying ages, there is still one fairly young bunch now.  
Great blue herons and egrets have visited regularly this season I assume due to the high water levels; and they seem to do very well catching good-sized things too.  There are also different plants than I remember, or maybe just many more of them.  The muskrats are certainly busy and obvious unlike most years after spring, again, I think this is due to the high water levels.  They are fun to watch.  
There was an American Bittern flying around earlier in the year but I have not seen it since nor heard any reports, nor heard any calling ever. Very exciting to see for those 3 seconds :)
The male kestrel was here very regularly early in the season but I have not seen any of them for a while now.  Red-tailed hawks, same story.  I believe they are in the area breeding though, but maybe they move on.
I have not seen another bald eagle since early in the season, but that's ok, one is awesome enough.
No geese yet.  Oh, right.  The swallows.  There are finally atleast 2 barn swallow nests under the eaves and a family group has been around for a while.  They are quite noisy.  The tree swallows had a very good year as well.  There was one n. rough-winged one day in a group.
A wilson's snipe was here this summer which is somewhat uncommon and was cool to see.  I had one about a week ago, twice, after a couple of weeks? w/o one.  Now the solitary sandpiper has been here for maybe 10 days and I haven't seen the adult spotteds for maybe 2 weeks or so.  
Song sparrows seem more plentiful than usual and there were 2 or 3 meadowlarks singing on territories earlier in the year though I haven't seen any lately (I also don't go in the northern area due to my love of tick-borne illnesses - sarcasm).
There was a surprising singing catbird the other evening but that was an unusual thing, though it was in the right habitat.  There was also a pied-billed grebe that was here super late into the spring but then finally I didn't see it anymore so I guess it moved on.  I was so hoping it would nest here.
I might have forgotten something, but hey that's just life.  Hope this is of some interest to someone :)
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook



Subject: IBET BY N cardinal
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 23:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Hi friends,
Pics from May, the male is still singing loud, early and late. I found the catbird 2 blocks away in a very dense bushy BY. It called out, "Meeeeeah".

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Re: Wilson's Phalarope and Stilt Sandpiper - Burlington (Kane Co.)
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 18:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey all, further clarification on the birds. Both were still present when I left at 6:25pm. Two fluddles are visible from the gravel parking lot that is accessible on the west side of Burlington Road, just south of the railroad tracks. From there, best viewing was from the elevated berm near the two utility sheds, I recommend carefully walking there to view. The Stilt Sandpiper spent its entire time at the far end of the nearest fluddle. The Wilson's Phalarope was discovered later in the far fluddle, in the company of five Lesser Yellowlegs. In total, 9 shorebird species were present.
Wilson's Phalarope - 1Stilt Sandpiper - 1Least Sandpiper - 7Pectoral Sandpiper - 4Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1Solitary Sandpiper - about 15Spotted Sandpiper - about 15Killdeer - about 15Lesser Yellowlegs - 7
Good birding!
Brendon LakeBurlington, Kane County



Subject: IBET Wilson's Phalarope joins the Stilt Sandpiper-Burlington Park-Kane County
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 18:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Brendon Lake wanted to share that a Wilson’s Phalaropejust flew in to join the shorebird group on the fluddle south of the footballfield.  Just for location clarification,the fluddle is in the cornfield south of Burlington Park on the west side ofBurlington Rd. 

Marion Miller




Subject: IBET Stilt Sandpiper, Burlington Rd Kane County
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 16:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Brendan Lake called to report a Stilt Sandpiper in the fluddle west of Burlington Road. This fluddle is south of the tracks and soccer/football field. Parking available by the field. Only other notable shorebird is a Semi-palmated Sandpiper

Marion Miller

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Subject: IBET Spotted sandpiper at Loyola Beach Dunes Chicago Cook Co
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 15:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Apropos of the conversation about Waukegan dune habitat, there was an
apparently breeding spotted sandpiper at the Loyola Beach dunes. It flushed
from the base of a small shrub to a wire cage that was protecting a planting,
teetering and peeping, offering good looks for several minutes until we
left in a direction away from the shrub; the peeping ended shortly after we
moved on.
These dunes are much more recent that those at Waukegan, but the Chicago
Park District, with help from a local community stewardship group, is
actively expanding the native plantings, while keeping access to the beach.
I find it reaffirming that we have a possible breeding shorebird on a busy
summer beach in the City. Channeling Steve Spitzer, whose postings I miss
very much, if you haven't visited this special lakefront spot, please do
so. There are modest parking lots to the east of Sheridan Road at Morse
Avenue and Touhy Avenue.

Glenna Eaves
West Ridge, Chicago



Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan Beach - poised to destroy, NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 15:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Had a long discussion with Suzy yesterday and she's completely aware of the problem and the officials in charge.

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> On Jul 24, 2015, at 10:26 AM, mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> Just curious if any of this findings by the Waukegan Harbor Citizens’ Advisory Group (Joel Greenberg and Susie Schreiber) from a dozen years ago could be recycled. It seems they were combating the same issues then and obviously these politicians were not in office.
>
>
> Freshwater Future
>
> Freshwater Future
> Ensuring the Healthy Future of Our Great Lakes Waters
> View on freshwaterfuture.org
> Preview by Yahoo
>
>
>
>
> Matthew Cvetas
> Evanston, IL
>
>



Subject: IBET IBSP - south unit, Lake County
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 15:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning at Illinois Beach State Park south unit there were 3 Kestrels in the dunes, a few Sanderlings on the beach along with a Kingfisher near the Dead River.  The Mockingbird was also there in the south part of the dunes next to the trail.  Must have swatted a hundred deer flies on the inland trails but just seeing the orange Butterflyweed in full bloom dotting the landscape made it worthwhile.  To get a break from the deer flies just find a good place to just stand, watch, and wait.  They go away.  When you start walking again they'll be all over you again.  
Happy Summertime.
Mark WallnerPleasant Prairie,  WI


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