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27 Apr: @ 00:42:45 IBET Bittern, Sora, Palm Warbler, Ö (COOK) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Apr: @ 00:11:47 IBET Pics from Birding Festival in North-Central Arizona - No Illinois sightings [spadgaon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 22:51:45 IBET Searching for Smith's Longspurs; six counties; 04/24-26/15 [frakerpovc@aol.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 22:13:57 IBET Cormorant speed ['bissbirds@juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 21:49:46 IBET Hennepin-Hopper and nearby spots on Sunday [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 21:40:23 IBET 4/26 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS) [Nick Minor nmbirder14@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 21:33:25 IBET Virginia Rail, Lake County [Mark Wallner wingitwildlife@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 21:32:10 IBET Peoria County, April 24-26: Wilson's Phalarope, Prothonotary Warbler, Pine Warbler, (another) Lark Sparrow [emcarlson8@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 20:40:43 IBET mcclaughrey woods and the pump station. [Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 18:40:30 IBET Lake County Meanderings [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 17:39:18 Re: IBET Cook County-63rd Street Beach & Montrose Sunday 4-16-15 [malango@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 16:31:15 IBET Orland Grasslands [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 14:17:28 Re: IBET: Smith's Longspurs still at Orland [w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 13:42:48 IBET Cook County-63rd Street Beach & Montrose Sunday 4-16-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 12:35:26 IBET Bonaparte's gulls at Wilmette Habor [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 12:05:51 Re: IBET BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, Lawrence County [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 12:03:38 IBET Big Bend NP Trip Report, Photos [Brian Tang hardrain1@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 11:16:00 IBET: Smith's Longspurs still at Orland [Daniel Williams twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 10:58:50 Re: IBET Dredging ponds SPRAGUE'S PIPIT and others 4-25-15 [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 10:43:57 Re: IBET Dredging ponds SPRAGUE'S PIPIT and others 4-25-15 [gregneise@ilbirds.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 09:04:05 IBET Lake co Carolina Wren [Beau beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 08:12:17 IBET BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, Lawrence County [Keith Mcmullen warbler7@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
26 Apr: @ 02:28:33 IBET Eagle over Oak Park [Puck lildud20001@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 22:25:10 IBET 4/25 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS) [Nick Minor nmbirder14@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 21:53:15 IBET Loyola Great Black-backed Gull [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 21:26:09 IBET Piping Plover & Virginia Rail Photos: Lakefront; 25 April 2015. [Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 20:47:50 IBET labagh woods [Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 20:26:21 IBET BY Purple finch [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 20:04:12 IBET BY Swamp sp [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 18:45:41 IBET North Pond - Cape May Warbler [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 18:13:32 Re: IBET Dredging ponds SPRAGUE'S PIPIT and others 4-25-15 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 18:05:10 IBET No sign of the Piping Plovers at 63rd St beach late Saturday afternoon [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 16:17:08 Re: IBET Snowy Egret [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 16:12:35 IBET Dredging ponds SPRAGUE'S PIPIT and others 4-25-15 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 15:38:04 IBET Barn Swallows at Humboldt Park [Sonia daSilva sds847@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 15:08:07 IBET Snowy Egret Again [Pat Durkin pat.durkin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 14:48:54 IBET Snowy Egret [Pat Durkin pat.durkin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 14:27:56 IBET Surf Scoters at Horseshoe Lake [Joshua Little joshua.p.little@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 14:24:05 Re: IBET 63rd st beach Piping Plover @ 2:15 pm; 25 Apr 2015 [Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 14:22:06 IBET Re: Oak Park Bird Walks on Chicago Tribune (No Sightings) [Carolyn Taverna goldrsh@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 14:19:42 IBET Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Apr 25, 2015 [casresearch@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 14:01:09 IBET IOS trip Smith's Longspurs at Orland Grassland 4-25-16 [w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 13:34:00 IBET Cook County-Gillson Park Spring Lake Watch In The Rain Saturday 4-25-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 13:26:58 IBET Killdeer Wetlands and a few Champaign Co. birds yesterday [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 12:48:17 IBET Sign posts please (no sightings) [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 11:44:36 IBET LaBaugh woods [Kim Ainis kimda@me.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 11:17:55 IBET Thatcher Woods 4/25/15 [jilla45@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 09:56:24 Re: IBET Smith's Longspurs- Orland Grassland 4-24-15 [Matt Wistrand matt@troglodytidae.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 09:50:39 IBET Montrose Beach - Franklin's Gulls [Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson.21@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Apr: @ 09:42:58 IBET Colorado Grouse Tour (No Illinois Sightings) [nal1212@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Bittern, Sora, Palm Warbler, Ö (COOK)
Date: Mon Apr 27 2015 0:42 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,
Good birding weekend!  I'll try and just note the highlights in case anyone is interested.  
I got my first ever bittern in Illinois!  It was pretty exciting.  If I hadn't been looking in that direction at that moment, I would have missed it.  It was hiding somewhere, decided to get up and fly 10 feet over and then it was out of sight again.  YAY!  
Also I have been basically stalking rails.  I have been getting luckier it seems as time goes on as today I saw 4 sora and believe there were 7 total present altogether.  No other rails seen.
Pretty sure I had my FOY green heron, it saw me first.  A good look at a great-blue heron in a wetland scene.
FOY palms today with some yellow-rumps.  Many rc kinglets are here.  Today it finally was spring.  Cardinals were singing everywhere, green leaves decided to show themselves, and that recluse the SUN came out for a brilliant show.
I have been able to observe some really amazing behavior of swallows at nightfall as well, and each day the numbers have been increasing.
Kestrel continues to hunt over the prairie, he hovers in place as he watches the ground below.  Very sharp eyes.
Woodpeckers were very active today as well.
Yellow goldfinch sang today, he is ready.
Bird of the day to the cute little black rodent that was 10 feet away from me, hiding under some grasses.  Swamp sparrow was crazy.  Many more.  Saw my first blue-winged teal courtship behaviors.  I wonder if they will be nesting here?
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Pics from Birding Festival in North-Central Arizona - No Illinois sightings
Date: Mon Apr 27 2015 0:11 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I got a chance to attend the Verde Valley Birding Festival in Cottonwood, AZ. In 3.5 days, I ticked 124 species of birds (heard/seen) which beat my Illinois year list of 123 species collected over 3.5 months. Here are some of the pics I took.  Now, that I am back in town, I am ready to take on the spring migration here!





2015-04 AZ Verde Valley Trip https://www.flickr.com/photos/...



2015-04 AZ Verde Valley Trip https://www.flickr.com/photos/... Sid Padgaonkar's 2015-04 AZ Verde Valley Trip set



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Subject: IBET Searching for Smith's Longspurs; six counties; 04/24-26/15
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 22:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Greetings, everyone --


I posted a report of our Longspur Spring saga for the year at:


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU887.0


I want to publicly thank Tyler Funk for doing everything possible to get a downstate option near Arcola; and a HUGE thank you to Wes Serafin for guiding a whole bunch of folks (including ME on MY IOS field trip today) out into the Orland Park Grasslands Fri (on his own) and Sat/Sun (for the IOS) with what may very well have been two to three days of 100% success.


Thanks!


Matt Fraker
04/26/15



Subject: IBET Cormorant speed
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 22:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While driving home from work this evening, I drove under a flock of 150 Cormorants flying westward at about 40-45 mph.  They were really moving.  Yesterday from 5:30-6pm I had 2160 Cormorants flying westward as well.   Richard BissLake CountyLake Villa



Subject: IBET Hennepin-Hopper and nearby spots on Sunday
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 21:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Karen and I ventured west to H-H for the 2nd weekend in a row. The
waterfowl variety at H-H continued to be good, with 16 species still present. The
Shovelers had clearly moved on, last weekend's 1400+ was down to less than
50 that we could see. Noteworthy was a late? female C Merganser, plus
Hooded and Red,breasted Mergs.

One Eared Grebe in breeding plumage busily dove for fish, and 20 or so
Bonaparte's Gulls floated on the water among the abundant coots. Other rail
types included Virginia and Sora Rails in plain view, plus C Moorhen. A
single Bank Swallow joined the Trees, Roughwings and martins hawking (or should
I say 'swallowing') over the water.

No sign yet of any Yellow-headed Blackbirds in the marsh. Hope they can
find room among the multitude of Red-wings when they arrive.

On the way to H-H we drove Bottom Rd (aka 1390N) west from Rte 89. It was
very quiet for passerines, but we did see 20 Gr. Yellowlegs in a large
fluddle, along with both teal sp. and, of course, Mallards. Going up the bluff
from the end of Bottom Rd (back into ag country) towards Granville, we came
across a Grasshopper Sparrow huddled at the roadside next to a grassy patch
at the edge of an unplowed field.

Driving through Florid, on the W side next to a cattle feedlot we found a
single Lark Sparrow.

We saw Pileated Woodpeckers at several locations, usually flying across a
road, etc.

The Bureau County road down to the grain elevator across the river from the
town of Hennepin was fairly quiet, except for a single Yellow-throated
Warbler, perched high in, what else, a sycamore, plus a couple of Rusty
Blackbirds and a Solitary Sandpiper, all foraging in a fluddle in a farm field
right next to the bottomland woods that line this road. This location also
produced a Tufted Titmouse making an odd, repetitive call which neither Karen
nor I had heard before.

A fairly late perched Rough-legged Hawk was a surprise sight as we headed
home on I 80
Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County



Subject: IBET 4/26 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 21:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey folks,

*(Note that this is a long email without embedded images. Get the full
experience here: http://ilmigration.blogspot.co...
)*

Short report tonight. Winds (http://goo.gl/LnWegh)) are northerly throughout
Illinois tonight (the winds are extending southward almost to the Gulf of
Mexico, by now), and as such little is moving tonight (radar:
http://goo.gl/Rd9E4E).. There are some less-than-light concentrations aloft
in some areas of Illinois, but if that's all, we shouldn't see many new
arrivals and influxes tomorrow. So that's that.

Looking ahead, it seems that more and more forecasts (and forecasters) are
focusing on next weekend as the next big push (http://goo.gl/zjuPMl).. Weak,
southerly-based winds are forecast to be in Northern Illinois next
Thursday. By Friday, the whole state is set to be under the influence of
southerly winds. What does this mean? It means Saturday the 5th may be
utterly spectacular. Here's looking forward to that!

With that, I'll share our favorite eBird page of Illinois bird frequencies (
http://goo.gl/mD8zav), and bid you all a good night.

Ciao!

Nick Minor
Libertyville, Lake Co.,
nmbirder14@gmail.com
http://ilmigration.blogspot.com
http://scienceofbirds.blogspot...



Subject: IBET Virginia Rail, Lake County
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 21:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning at the Spring Bluff Forest Preserve in Lake County a Virginia Rail called out and quickly walked along the edge of a marshy area.  Also a few ducks were still around including Buffleheads, American Wigeon, Gadwalls, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teals, and a couple Shovelers.  Quite a few Bonaparte's Gulls were flying about and a Kestrel flew by.  Happy Springtime.
Mark WallnerPleasant Prairie, WI



Subject: IBET Peoria County, April 24-26: Wilson's Phalarope, Prothonotary Warbler, Pine Warbler, (another) Lark Sparrow
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 21:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As I had hoped, things have started to heat up around here the final week in April! I'm still finding new birds every day, but unlike in my last report, I'm finding more than common species. Birding is a lot more fun when you are getting frustrated every day.


April 24 I didn't do much more than go to Mendenhall Park on Friday (full checklist http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23031873), but I found a few new birds out there. On the mud with the Pectoral Sandpipers was a Semipalmated Sandpiper. Including the yellowlegs, there were still about 100 shorebirds out there overall. But my favorite bird of the day was a returning Prothonotary Warbler singing at eye level right on the edge of the road. I was standing about fifteen feet away from him, and he didn't seem to mind. Prothontary Warblers have been here the last three summers at least; hopefully this guy will stick around again.


Other sightings of interest were a Baltimore Oriole and a pair of Tree Swallows chasing a Brown-headed Cowbird away from (I assume) their nest cavity. It's good to see birds fighting back against the cowbirds!


April 25 I waited until the rain ended around noon to check a few spots. I drove out to Elmwood (where there still aren't any shorebirds at the sewage lagoon) and along the way found my second Lark Sparrow https://flic.kr/p/s2mgJu of the week. There weren't shorebirds, but there were still 22 Lesser Scaup on one of the pools in Elmwood.


I had been home for a few hours and was getting settled in when I got a message from Dustin Holschuh about Hudsonian Godwit and Wilson's Phalarope at Mendenhall Park...so I raced back out there. Sadly the godwit had flown to where it couldn't be seen by the time I got out there, but the Wilson's Phalarope was still on the mud foraging with the Lesser Yellowlegs. It's the first time I've ever seen a phalarope in the county, so I was ok with missing the godwit. As far as I know it wasn't seen again today either, but maybe nobody looked.


The other interesting bird I saw out there was a couple female Red-breasted Mergansers. That made me feel great about spending two weeks looking for one in March...


April 26 Today I hunted for stuff around Dunlap and Princeville. The four Snow Geese were still at the Dunlap sewage lagoon. They've been there for at least a week now. There still weren't any interesting shorebirds or any pipits out there. The pipits seem to be easier to find there in the fall though. From there I drove out to a spot where I've found Western Meadowlarks the last couple summers and heard one singing out in a field where Akron Road and Slane Road intersect. Some grassy fields just south of Princeville that look good for plovers didn't have any...but they did have about a dozen Pectoral Sandpipers. Along the roads between Dunlap I found a few Vesper and Savannah Sparrows.


On the way home I stopped at the two Dunlap-area parks I've been visiting a lot. Leslie Rutherford Park https://sites.google.com/site/... had this Northern Mockingbird https://flic.kr/p/s1WYha in the bushes just inside the entrance. It's actually the first mockingbird I've seen anywhere since June 2013. I wasn't very confident I'd find one this year. Also in Leslie Rutherford was a singing Yellow Warbler and Northern Parula (full checklist http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23064729).


After LR I went to the Kickapoo Creek Recreation Area https://sites.google.com/site/... where I have been looking for Pine Warblers. There is a box of big pines in there that look like they were originally planted as a windbreak around somebody's house. I don't know when they were planted or if anything was ever built there. The land is empty in 1939 aerial pictures, and no other pictures exist until 1997, when the land looks like it does today. This makes it the most obvious place for me to try to find a Pine Warbler since it is (sadly) one of the largest groups of pines in the county and right on my way to other spots I visit. That's a lot of background story just to tell you that I did actually find a Pine Warbler foraging in the pines today. This was the tenth Pine Warbler I've ever seen but the first time I've ever heard one singing AND the first time I've ever seen one in actual pines...


The last few days have been fun. I'm going to try to keep it up early Monday morning at Banner Marsh. Time to find an American Bittern or Virginia Rail.


Evan Carlson
Peoria


Evan Carlson
Peoria county 2015 current total: 143



Late April Targets: Common Loon, Eared Grebe, American Bittern, Yellow Rail, Black Rail, King Rail, Virginia Rail, Black-necked Stilt, American Golden-Plover, Semipalmted Plover, Willet, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Forster's Tern, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Pipit, Prairie Warbler, Pine Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird





Subject: IBET mcclaughrey woods and the pump station.
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 20:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
hello ibetors--

before the smith's longspur trip i spent 2 hours in the above areas.

YELLOW-THROATED WARB--1 SEEN BY SEVERAL BIRDERS AND SINGING.
myrtle warb-----------3
r c kinglet-----------6
tufted titmouse-------1
hermit thrush---------2
orange-crn warb-------1
y b sapsucker---------1
downy wdpckr---------4
wht-thrt sparrow------4
cooper's hawk------1
shrp-shn " -------1
red-tailed " -------2
kingfisher------------1

Jeffrey Sanders Glenview no. Cook


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Subject: IBET Lake County Meanderings
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 18:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  Spent most of the day birding today and had a couple of highlights. Had 5 FOY birds today (Caspian Tern, Palm Warbler, Bank Swallow, Purple Martin, and Black-crowned Night Heron) and 3 singing wren sp. (Carolina, Winter, and House). However, only had 3 shorebird sp. (killdeer, snipe, and Lesser Ylegs) and 3 warbler sp. (myrtle, palm, pine). Pretty juiced in anticipation of this coming weekend! And thanks to Brian Storvik for helping me out this afternoon.

Rollins List: http://ebird.org/ebird/bcn/view/checklist?subID=S23076388
COLSP List: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23067550
Almond Marsh List: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23076448

Go Get ‚ÄėEm!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com








Subject: Re: IBET Cook County-63rd Street Beach & Montrose Sunday 4-16-15
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 17:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Al,

I forwarded your post to the CPD. If they respond to it, I’ll let you know.

Luis

From: mailto:ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2015 1:42 PM
To: ilbirds
Subject: IBET Cook County-63rd Street Beach & Montrose Sunday 4-16-15



Hello Bird People,

Yesterday I mentioned I was looking forward to birding while walking but after seeing the results of my walking today I think I did much better with stationary birding at Gillson Park on Saturday.
Started at 63rd Street Beach in the hopes that at least 1 Piping Plover would return even though Bob F had warned us that none were found between 4 & 5:15 yesterday. But Andy Sigler had seen one only 15 min before 4 p.m. so even if they had been flushed before Bob arrived perhaps they would return. No such luck & with the wind blowing right off the lake the little Plovers would have been blown to La Rabida Hospital in need of emergency care.

The only species seen at 63rd St. Beach were Killdeer (2) & SPOTTED SANDPIPER (1-FOY) in the western fenced in "marsh" & on the beach itself were R.B. (27) & Herring (6) gulls & Caspian Terns (11).

Well, since there were no "Pipers" there maybe they had moved north to Montrose. Arrived there at 8:30 but no shorebirds on the beaches & only the 2 nesting Killdeer in the Dunes. Land birds were not common but I did some "grinding it out" until 11 a.m. & here's what I found.

Montrose (8:30-11 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (~10 fly-bys)
Canada Goose (2)
Mallard (1-M in the Dunes & 2-PR near the Magic Hedge)
R.B. Merganser (10-12 flying over the lake)
Coots (2 in the harbor)
(I did not check the lake or the harbor other than glance as I drove by.)
Killdeer (2 in the Dunes)
R.B. (30) & Herring (4) Gulls (Only counted beach Gulls)
Caspian Tern (5-6)
Mourning Dove (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
Flicker (3 in the Dunes & 1 more by the Hedge)
Purple Martin (3-M near the Hedge or hunting, did not check the Martin houses)
Rough Winged (8) & Barn (10) Swallows
Crows (2 of which 1 was missing lots of wing feathers)
Chickadee (2 or 4)
WINTER WREN (1 in main hedge)
R.C. Kinglet (8)
B.G. Gnatcatcher (2)
Hermit Thrush (8-9)
Robins (~25) & Starlings (~15 on lawns)
Brown Thrasher (5)
Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler (5 in a group)
Cardinal (4)
Eastern Towhee (3-M & 1-F)
Swamp Sparrow (4)
White Throated Sparrow (8)
Red Wings (10-12), Grackles (~20) & Cowbirds (7)
House Sparrow (10-12)
Other birders mentioned seeing a Swainson's Thrush & a possible Wood Thrush which I did not see myself.

Elsewhere I added Rock Pigeons, Blue Jays & House Finch for a species total of 37 today.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Winter Wren who was surrounded by birders & photographers as it lurked under some fallen logs in the main hedge. Runner-Up to the FOY Spotted Sandpiper.

I will close by mentioning that everywhere I went today I found people seemingly oblivious to what a nature preserve area is as well as what the signs spelled out for them. At 63rd St. Beach a couple took their dog inside one of the fenced in, signed areas & walked right through it. At Montrose there were as many dogs on the public swimming beach as on the "dog beach". Inside the "protected beach " area was a group of young "film makers" shouting "action" & making a video. In the area of the Magic Hedge there were at least 4 couples who walked the area with their dogs, one family with kids who were kicking soccer balls around, another family with a child who decided it was fun to take a stick & bash growing plants & at least 8-10 joggers who have decided the paths near the hedges are great for running. Just another weekend day at the city park zoo. I think I will try & do my Montrose visits on weekdays even though it's harder to drive down there in weekday traffic.

Al Stokie









Subject: IBET Orland Grasslands
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 16:31 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Chose Orland G today for some low key birding, to know the site better and possibly an "on ground" view of a Smith's.

Quickly learned one thing about the site -- walking a grass path down the middle from the 167th street lot without Wellies is not a good idea. Believe I spotted a few from the IOS trip on the south side of an impassible wet area.

So backtracked, then down the east side path, across the 175th street path and back up the west side path -- Smith's seen only in one spot, on the east side path, about 172nd street where the path turns east towards LaGrange.

Also realized that last weekend I walked in about 170th from 104th, not 175th, and saw Smith's walking northeast from there. All goals met except no "on ground" good look.


Good birdings,




Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj@aol.com
Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the tune without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson




Subject: Re: IBET: Smith's Longspurs still at Orland
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 14:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
About 15 birders showed up for the second half of IOS attempt at Smith's Longspurs. We were not disappointed. All in all 30-35 Smith's were seen most flying. Everyone got scope views of male Smith's. Most got on the Smith's and sometimes views were at 25 feet! Amazing how such a colorful bird can disappear in 4 inches of sparse grass. Matt Fraker and Dan Williams spotted them on the ground . Thanks, then everyone struggled but eventually viewed our target bird. At one point one male landed on a four foot schrub but at quite a distance. This was a lifer for some folks. For Mrs Lee Johnson this was ABA bird 714! Congrats. Both Matt F and myself saw a kestrel flying with a garter snake today. Quite a thrill. Other birds seen today was a female type Harrier, Savannah Sparrows, many Eastern Meadowlarks, a heard only Sora and a few snipe. Both Lee J and Matt F showed us the difference and subtlety of garter snakes and the " Chicago" variety. Jeanne M and myself later saw a Great Horned Owl in the pines. Everyone walked away with a smile today. Great trip. 

Wes Serafin
Orland Pk
SW Cook County.

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To: "IBET"
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2015 11:15:54 AM
Subject: IBET: Smith's Longspurs still at Orland



Multiple birds being well seen by Wes S, Matt F and IOS group and others this morning at Orland Grasslands. Wes will post full report later.

Dan Williams
Rockford






Subject: IBET Cook County-63rd Street Beach & Montrose Sunday 4-16-15
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 13:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Yesterday I mentioned I was looking forward to birding while walking but
after seeing the results of my walking today I think I did much better with
stationary birding at Gillson Park on Saturday.
Started at 63rd Street Beach in the hopes that at least 1 Piping Plover
would return even though Bob F had warned us that none were found between 4
& 5:15 yesterday. But Andy Sigler had seen one only 15 min before 4 p.m. so
even if they had been flushed before Bob arrived perhaps they would return.
No such luck & with the wind blowing right off the lake the little Plovers
would have been blown to La Rabida Hospital in need of emergency care.

The only species seen at 63rd St. Beach were Killdeer (2) & SPOTTED
SANDPIPER (1-FOY) in the western fenced in "marsh" & on the beach itself
were R.B. (27) & Herring (6) gulls & Caspian Terns (11).

Well, since there were no "Pipers" there maybe they had moved north to
Montrose. Arrived there at 8:30 but no shorebirds on the beaches & only the
2 nesting Killdeer in the Dunes. Land birds were not common but I did some
"grinding it out" until 11 a.m. & here's what I found.

Montrose (8:30-11 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (~10 fly-bys)
Canada Goose (2)
Mallard (1-M in the Dunes & 2-PR near the Magic Hedge)
R.B. Merganser (10-12 flying over the lake)
Coots (2 in the harbor)
(I did not check the lake or the harbor other than glance as I drove by.)
Killdeer (2 in the Dunes)
R.B. (30) & Herring (4) Gulls (Only counted beach Gulls)
Caspian Tern (5-6)
Mourning Dove (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
Flicker (3 in the Dunes & 1 more by the Hedge)
Purple Martin (3-M near the Hedge or hunting, did not check the Martin
houses)
Rough Winged (8) & Barn (10) Swallows
Crows (2 of which 1 was missing lots of wing feathers)
Chickadee (2 or 4)
WINTER WREN (1 in main hedge)
R.C. Kinglet (8)
B.G. Gnatcatcher (2)
Hermit Thrush (8-9)
Robins (~25) & Starlings (~15 on lawns)
Brown Thrasher (5)
Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler (5 in a group)
Cardinal (4)
Eastern Towhee (3-M & 1-F)
Swamp Sparrow (4)
White Throated Sparrow (8)
Red Wings (10-12), Grackles (~20) & Cowbirds (7)
House Sparrow (10-12)
Other birders mentioned seeing a Swainson's Thrush & a possible Wood Thrush
which I did not see myself.

Elsewhere I added Rock Pigeons, Blue Jays & House Finch for a species total
of 37 today.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Winter Wren who was surrounded by birders &
photographers as it lurked under some fallen logs in the main hedge.
Runner-Up to the FOY Spotted Sandpiper.

I will close by mentioning that everywhere I went today I found people
seemingly oblivious to what a nature preserve area is as well as what the
signs spelled out for them. At 63rd St. Beach a couple took their dog
inside one of the fenced in, signed areas & walked right through it. At
Montrose there were as many dogs on the public swimming beach as on the
"dog beach". Inside the "protected beach " area was a group of young "film
makers" shouting "action" & making a video. In the area of the Magic Hedge
there were at least 4 couples who walked the area with their dogs, one
family with kids who were kicking soccer balls around, another family with
a child who decided it was fun to take a stick & bash growing plants & at
least 8-10 joggers who have decided the paths near the hedges are great for
running. Just another weekend day at the city park zoo. I think I will try
& do my Montrose visits on weekdays even though it's harder to drive down
there in weekday traffic.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Bonaparte's gulls at Wilmette Habor
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 12:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

6 Bonaparte's gulls were at Wilmette Harbor this AM.

John Heneghan


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Subject: Re: IBET BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, Lawrence County
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 12:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Mark Tim and I did NOT relocate bird.

Leroy has nice picture.

Sent from my iPhone

Craig Taylor

> On Apr 26, 2015, at 8:12 AM, Keith Mcmullen warbler7@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] wrote:
>
>
>
> Craig Taylor and Mark Sieffert have both alerted me that Leroy Harrison found a male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER this morning at Red Hill State Park in Lawrence County. This is E of Olney in SE Illinois.
>
> Those are the only details I have. Craig and Tim were already in Edwards County and were headed to Lawrence a few minutes ago. Craig said he would alert me of any success in relocating the bird.
>
> All for now.
>
> Keith McMullen
> O'Fallon, IL
> warbler7@sbcglobal.net
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Subject: IBET Big Bend NP Trip Report, Photos
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 12:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went on a Texas road trip last week.  Highlight was a quest for the Colima
Warbler.

Scaled Quail:

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

Trip report on IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU884.msg98345#msg98345

Brian Tang
Naperville/DuPage
www.hardrain.me



Subject: IBET: Smith's Longspurs still at Orland
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 11:16 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Multiple birds being well seen by Wes S, Matt F and IOS group and others this morning at Orland Grasslands.  Wes will post full report later.

Dan Williams
Rockford




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Subject: Re: IBET Dredging ponds SPRAGUE'S PIPIT and others 4-25-15
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 10:58 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Juvenile Horned Larks, especially this late in April, would be a relatively regular site... pretty much routine and the norm, at least in Central Illinois. I used to come across them all the time while looking for and leading my Smith's Longspur fieldtrips that I led for 20+ years while I was in Central Illinois.


Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co)
sdbailey@illinois.edu



Subject: Re: IBET Dredging ponds SPRAGUE'S PIPIT and others 4-25-15
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 10:43 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hmmm ... it seems to me that juvenile Horned Larks in April might actually be more unusual than a Sprague's Pipit.

-greg neise
Berwyn, IL

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Subject: IBET Lake co Carolina Wren
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 9:04 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
About 30 min ago, a Carolina Wren was singing its tea kettle song on the west leg of the goldfinch trail at COLSP in fox lake west of the uphill driveway behind the park office. It was also west of the burned area in a thicket of honeysuckle. Unfortunately I never saw it but its song was pretty loud and constant. It would respond to pishing at all.
Beau Schaefer

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Subject: IBET BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, Lawrence County
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 8:12 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Craig Taylor and Mark Sieffert have both alerted me that Leroy Harrison found a male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER this morning at Red Hill State Park in Lawrence County. This is E of Olney in SE Illinois.

Those are the only details I have. Craig and Tim were already in Edwards County and were headed to Lawrence a few minutes ago. Craig said he would alert me of any success in relocating the bird.

All for now.

Keith McMullenO'Fallon, ILwarbler7@sbcglobal.net




Subject: IBET Eagle over Oak Park
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 2:28 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This evening sometime after 7:00 PM, I was on a rooftop in north Oak Park and saw a very large raptor pass directly overhead. It was much larger than any raptor that I've seen in  this area before, and its silhouette was that of an eagle's. It had a tremendous wingspan, and its wings were spread almost straight, rounded at the tips. From what I could see, the bird was dark in its entirety from head to tail. I watched it glide due west towards the Des Plaines River until it was out of sight, and while I was watching, it didn't beat its wings. My guess is that it was a mature golden eagle; however because of the overcast and declining evening light, I don't feel that I was able to observe the bird clearly enough to be able to offer a definitive judgment that it wasn't an immature bald eagle whose white colorations were obscured by the ambient light conditions.
Adrian MarquezOak ParkCook County



Subject: IBET 4/25 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 22:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Evening everyone!

*(Note that this is a long email without embedded images. Get the full
experience here: http://ilmigration.blogspot.co...
)*

Well today was exciting! Birders around the state were out there finding
cool things today. Headliner species today were as diverse as Little Gull,
Rusty Blackbird, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Bonaparte's Gull, Lark Sparrow,
Piping Plover, Franklin's Gull, Smith's Longspur, Surf Scoter, Snowy Egret,
and Cape May Warbler. Along with these sightings, more common species like
Palm Warbler, Common Loon, and kinglets were out and about as well. It
seems that for most birders that braved the rain today, there were some
exciting avian rewards. Today was a nice prequel to what we'll have within
the next couple weeks. Want an even clearer preview? Check out the MASSIVE
concentrations of birds moving over the Texas Coast (
http://tempest.aos.wisc.edu/ra.... Over Texans' heads journey
almost 2000 individual birds per cubic kilometer of sky. Many of them our
headed our way.

When they will get here is still difficult to predict. Today, a cold front
ushered northerly winds over the whole of Illinois (http://goo.gl/LnWegh),
and as such nothing is migrating (http://goo.gl/Rd9E4E).. This trend is set
to continue for a couple more days, but starting Tuesday night,
southerly-based winds are forecast for small portions of the Prairie State.
Local-scale migration will probably start then and continue sporadically
until Thursday or Friday night's, when BOOM: Southerly winds return
throughout Illinois. I certainly hope the forecast (http://goo.gl/zjuPMl))
holds true; next weekend should be epic if it does.

I'll keep you posted. And as always, checking the eBird data can never
hurt: http://goo.gl/mD8zav

Good stuff, everyone. Looking forward to seeing where the spring takes us.

Nick Minor
Libertyville, Lake Co.,
nmbirder14@gmail.com
http://ilmigration.blogspot.com
http://scienceofbirds.blogspot...



Subject: IBET Loyola Great Black-backed Gull
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 21:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
HI Birders,
The wife and I went to Loyola mid-afternoon in the rain, and I went alone soon after the rain stopped.  During the first visit birds seen were Herring, Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls, Caspian Terns, Cormorants and Red-breasted Mergansers.  Second trip had no Bonaparte's but one Great Black-backed Gull.  Picture at the link.
Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Great Black-backed Gull

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Subject: IBET Piping Plover & Virginia Rail Photos: Lakefront; 25 April 2015.
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 21:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I wandered the lakefront in the rain this afternoon hoping to get in on the relatively large Bonaparte's flight reported earlier in the day. All together I had 51 individuals (43 at Calumet Park in Indiana waters, 2 at Rainbow Beach, and 6 at 63rd St Beach - all adults). 
Other highlights for this dreary day were the 2 Piping Plovers at 63rd Street Beach and a Virginia Rail at Montrose, found by Karen Mansfield. 

Photos:http://goo.gl/uSPX4N

Amar AyyashFrankfort IL 



Subject: IBET labagh woods
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 20:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

hello ibetors--

I tried labagh from 4:30--6 pm. slim pickin's.

r.c. kinglet----11
myrtle warbler---6
pine warbler-----1
y b sapsucker----1
downy wdpckr-----1
e. towhee--------1
w b nuthatch----5
junco-----------1
cooper's hawk---1

the "magic tree" area produced 1 r c kinglet and 4 robins.

Jeffrey Sanders Glenview no. Cook


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Subject: IBET BY Purple finch
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 20:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
Grazing with the sparrows, Purple finch male. A fine singer too. Very lively song and loud.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET BY Swamp sp
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 20:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
This Melospiza is still here. Song sp here too. Now still waiting for Lincoln's sp.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET North Pond - Cape May Warbler
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 18:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

And not just any Cape May -- this one appears to be plumage-wise a "first fall" female.

Oded saw it earlier on the east side, and presume it was the same bird I eventually saw walking the west meadow shoreline path.

The very light throat and sides of neck was curious, but the yellow-greenish rump, some white on outer tail feathers, sharp dark bill and the streaking (although finer than I would expect) point to a retarded-plumage first spring female.

Good birdings,




Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj@aol.com
Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the tune without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson




Subject: Re: IBET Dredging ponds SPRAGUE'S PIPIT and others 4-25-15
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 18:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
If people go for the pipit, be aware that there are 2 young horned larks ,so don't get them confused! The bird I saw was defiantly not a juvenile Horned Lark! 

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com
Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 25, 2015, at 4:12 PM, Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> Today, Tony, grandma, and I went to the Dredging ponds. Highlights included
> Lesser Scaup 3
> Ruddy Duck 1
> Solitary sandpiper 2
> Least sandpiper 2
> Baird's sandpiper 1
> WILSON'S PHALAROPE 2
> 400-500 shorebirds (most in the southern part of the west pool
> American pipit 5
> *SPRAGUE'S PIPIT* 1 one on the short grass hill area (smiths longspur field). I saw it very clear with my binoculars for 3 minutes or so. Tony saw it and it flew. It called loudly, the calling song of the Sprague's Pipit. A pipit size bird with a eye ring, a band across its chest. It reminded me of a large Grasshopper Sparrow. It had a lot of white in the tail when it flew. For sure a SPRAGUE'S PIPIT! LIFER no picture though. Sorry.
> SMITHS LONGSPUR 7 a few in breeding plumage. They have been here for at least 39 days!!!!!
>
> Great day!
>
> Colin Dobson
> Morgan county
> Birdingboy@yahoo.com
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> Sent from my iPad
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Subject: IBET No sign of the Piping Plovers at 63rd St beach late Saturday afternoon
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 18:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
3 of us looked in vain for the Piping Plovers between approx. 4 PM and
5:15 PM

Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County



Subject: Re: IBET Snowy Egret
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 16:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
When I saw Pat's original message, I went out to look for the bird. I arrived at 126th St. Marsh at 3:00 pm. No Snowy, but I did see 1 Great Egret & 1 Great Blue Heron.

I went home and saw that Pat & company had relocated the Snowy at Indian Ridge. I went out again, and arrived at 122nd & Torrence at 3:33 pm. I checked all the ponds but only saw 9 Great Egrets & 1 Great Blue Heron. Again, no Snowy.

So I decided to drive around some more to see if I could find Pat... but I couldn't find her either!

Timing is everything...

PS- I see that Ken Brock & company also made an IN-BIRDS report of a Snowy Egret at Forsythe Park on the Indiana side of Wolf Lake today, but no specific time is given.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.



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Subject: IBET Snowy Egret
To: "ILbirds"
Cc: "Patricia Durkin"
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2:48 PM


 











> 2:30 pm

>

> 126th St Marsh at the end that empties into Lake
Michigan. In the company of a Great Blue Heron and two Great
Egrets.

> Wearing its golden slippers. Flew south along creek.

>

> Bad weather = good birding.

>

> Pat Durkin

> Karin Cassel

> Karin Droegemueller

> Chicago

>

>

> Sent from my iPhone











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Subject: IBET Dredging ponds SPRAGUE'S PIPIT and others 4-25-15
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 16:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today, Tony, grandma, and I went to the Dredging ponds. Highlights included
Lesser Scaup 3
Ruddy Duck 1
Solitary sandpiper 2
Least sandpiper 2
Baird's sandpiper 1
WILSON'S PHALAROPE 2
400-500 shorebirds (most in the southern part of the west pool
American pipit 5
*SPRAGUE'S PIPIT* 1 one on the short grass hill area (smiths longspur field). I saw it very clear with my binoculars for 3 minutes or so. Tony saw it and it flew. It called loudly, the calling song of the Sprague's Pipit. A pipit size bird with a eye ring, a band across its chest. It reminded me of a large Grasshopper Sparrow. It had a lot of white in the tail when it flew. For sure a SPRAGUE'S PIPIT! LIFER no picture though. Sorry.
SMITHS LONGSPUR 7 a few in breeding plumage. They have been here for at least 39 days!!!!!

Great day!

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
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Subject: IBET Barn Swallows at Humboldt Park
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 15:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello All,
About a dozen BARN and N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS having a great time
(despite the rain) in the little pond just NW of the overpass/bridge.

Also saw WOOD DUCKS (4? pairs), Am Coots, Mallards, Canada Geese, RC
Kinglets, Hermit? Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Sonia da Silva
Humboldt Park
Chicago, IL, Cook Co



Subject: IBET Snowy Egret Again
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 15:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At north pond on 122nd St just west of Torrence Ave.

Great Egrets and Great Blues too.

Pat Durkin
Chicago

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Subject: IBET Snowy Egret
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 14:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

> 2:30 pm
>
> 126th St Marsh at the end that empties into Lake Michigan. In the company of a Great Blue Heron and two Great Egrets.
> Wearing its golden slippers. Flew south along creek.
>
> Bad weather = good birding.
>
> Pat Durkin
> Karin Cassel
> Karin Droegemueller
> Chicago
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Subject: IBET Surf Scoters at Horseshoe Lake
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 14:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello all!
There are 6 SURF SCOTERS currently on Horeshoe Lake in Madison County.
They're out in the middle of the lake associating with some Lesser Scaup.
One adult male, one young male, 4 females. Funny time/place for this year
bird, ha.
Good birding!
Joshua



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Subject: Re: IBET 63rd st beach Piping Plover @ 2:15 pm; 25 Apr 2015
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 14:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Piping Plover has now morphed into 2 plovers. One is resting very close to the base of the pier while the other is feeding near the fence that separates the main beach and the protected beach.

There's also 6 Bonaparte's Gulls resting on the north side of the beach.

Amar Ayyash
Frankfort

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> On Apr 25, 2015, at 9:22 AM, chicagio10@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> My apologies to all, I was just guilty of not including my info with the piping plover @ 63rd st beach report. I was a bit soaked and frozen. Will remember for the future.
>
> Carl Giometti
> Chicago, il
>
>



Subject: IBET Re: Oak Park Bird Walks on Chicago Tribune (No Sightings)
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 14:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Congratulations to Henry for being the subject of a Front Page Chicago Tribune story, and kudos to the Tribune for seeing the value in running such a wonderful piece!!!
Carolyn Taverna.

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Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Apr 25, 2015
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 14:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Not as exciting birding today as yesterday, but the rain did hold off in Glencoe today (except for very short spotty sprinkles until before noon), and I ended up with 46 species and a few 'first of season' birds. 
Birds to note:
- at least four WOOD DUCK pairs, including three in the Barbara Brown Reserve that often would land high in trees
- a good number of BLUE-WINGED TEAL (Barbara Brown Reserve and south 'mudflat area')
- 4 NORTHERN SHOVELER in the south mudflat area
- FOS for me WILSON'S SNIPE (on Marsh Island) and 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS
- 4 CASPIAN TERNS, mostly resting on a spit in the south mudflat area, but flying around the wetlands and calling some of the time
- decent numbers of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, most singing, and at least 5 showed their ruby crown which was kind of unusual
- my FOS BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (outside the Barbara Brown Reserve)
 
See the entire list below.
 
Alan Anderson, casresearch@comcast.net
Des Plaines, Cook Co.
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Subject: eBird Report - Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Apr 25, 2015

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Cook, US-IL
Apr 25, 2015 7:20 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Transect
1.2 mile(s)
Comments:     Jean Sodemann, 9 who signed up, and myself; 40-44 degrees, overcast, few sprinkles, Barbara Brown Preserve, south mudflats, Marsh Island before breakfast, Sensory Garden-Evening Island and McDonald Woods after breakfast (alone)
46 species

Canada Goose  6     three pair
Wood Duck  9     at least three pair in BBReserve, often in trees, pair south of evening island, one male mudflat area
Blue-winged Teal  10     at least six (four male, 2 female) in BBReserve and 4 (2 pair) in mudflat area
Northern Shoveler  4     three male and one female
Pied-billed Grebe  4     one south of Marsh Island, 2 north of Evening Island, 1 west of Evening Island
Double-crested Cormorant  1     overhead
Great Blue Heron  4     flyover usually south
Green Heron  1     east of mudflat area flying towards Dundee
Red-tailed Hawk  1     after walk immature seen flying north over golf course
Killdeer  2     around Marsh Island
Spotted Sandpiper  2     one in BBReserve and one on trail in prairie west of Marsh Island
Wilson's Snipe  1     heard once and seen once on Marsh Island east of boardwalk
Ring-billed Gull  1
Caspian Tern  4     on spit in mudflat area, flew around for awhile later
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2     one heard BBReserve and one McDonald Woods
Downy Woodpecker  3     one BBReserve, one west and one north
Hairy Woodpecker  1     heard one in McDonald Woods
Northern Flicker  7     two in BBReserve, one east of Marsh Island, others throughout
Eastern Phoebe  1     BBReserve
Blue Jay  1     after walk, heard in parking lot area
American Crow  1     saw briefly north of BBReserve
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4     north of bridge to Dixon Prairie
Tree Swallow  8     one in BBReserve, most others around Marsh Island, west of Evening Island
Black-capped Chickadee  2     one heard and seen briefly BBReserve and one in McDonald Woods
White-breasted Nuthatch  2     one each BBReserve and McDonald Woods
Brown Creeper  1     possibly two, heard McDonald Woods
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1     east of mudflat area in trees, seen by three after others left
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  14     various locations; most singing, saw ruby crown in 5 birds today!
Hermit Thrush  3     one in BBReserve, one along buildings and one north
American Robin  25
Black-and-white Warbler  1     heard early in morning near parking lot
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8     at least 6 in BBReserve
Chipping Sparrow  1     singing
Song Sparrow  8
Swamp Sparrow  5     on or around Marsh Island only
White-throated Sparrow  6     2 in or around BBReserve, two in a yard east of Reserve, and 2 around McDonald Woods
White-crowned Sparrow  1     along east side of fence in neighboring yards east of BBReserve
Dark-eyed Junco  1     on ground before bridge to mudflat area
Northern Cardinal  9     eight males and one female (spread around)
Red-winged Blackbird  35
Common Grackle  40
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23050550

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




Subject: IBET IOS trip Smith's Longspurs at Orland Grassland 4-25-16
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 14:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
4 intrepid birders showed up despite the light rain. As reported by Matt he got there earlier and saw about 20 Smith's. The rest of us walked east and then north into the burnt area and then started seeing small numbers of Smith's. They flew east to the top of the hill where we viewed at least 5-6 nice breeding males at about 60-70 feet. Soon the whole group flew up and northward and out of view. The most common sparrow was Savannah Sparrow. Other birds of note were Wilson's Snipe, Blue Winged Teal lots of Blackbirds and a coyote. There will be another IOS trip here tomorrow at 10am for anyone interested.

Wes Serafin
Orland Pk
SW Cook County






Subject: IBET Cook County-Gillson Park Spring Lake Watch In The Rain Saturday 4-25-15
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 13:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Didn't get my usual early start as I was trying to figure out where to go &
miss the rain, but it seemed that there was no missing the rain so I did
what I always do in the Fall when it's windy & rainy & that is do a Lake
Watch at Gillson Park where your best friend is the beach house building
which protects you from wind & rain no matter which direction it's coming
at you. Stood on the north end of the building for 2 hours while both the
rain & the birds went by. Saw nothing as good as Carl's Piping Plover,
Geoff's Franklin's Gulls nor Adam's Little Gull (although I was certainly
looking for all 3 species) but I had enough to look at for my stationary
birding. Here's my list:

Gillson Park Lake Watch (9:30-11:30 a.m.)

When I arrived there was a "feeding frenzy" going on in the lake just to
the north which lasted for about 20 min & then the large numbers of
Cormorants, R.B. Mergansers & Herring Gulls left as the fish they were
after must have moved on. Pretty exciting to watch while it lasted though.

Common Loon (1-diving)
Horned Grebe (1-also diving)
D.C. Cormorant (~100 in the feeding flock)
Canada Goose (3 fly-bys)
Blue Winged Teal (4 fly-bys)
Gadwall (4 landed in the lake right in front of me)
Lesser Scaup (14 for sure plus 30 Scaup species too far to I.D.)
Red Breasted Merganser (~250-275 in the feeding flock as well as flying
everywhere)
BONAPARTE'S GULLS (Total of 79 with 55 in the 1st hour & 24 in the 2nd hour)
Ring Billed Gull (only a few as the beach where they usually sit was
over-run with dogs)
Herring Gull (40-45 out with the feeding flock ready to swipe fish from the
divers)
Killdeer (2 together)
Barn Swallow (3 flying inland from the lake)

Land Birds

Red Tailed Hawk (1-IM flying north over the parking lot)
Mourning Doves, Chickadee, Robins, Starlings, Red Winged Blackbird,
Grackles,
House Finch & House Sparrows.

Today was another one of those "make the best of it" days caused by the
weather conditions.
I hope to be back to birding while walking tomorrow as that's what I like
to do.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the flying Bonaparte's Gulls & Runner-Up to the Common
Loon.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Killdeer Wetlands and a few Champaign Co. birds yesterday
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 13:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


Yesterday, Sheryl and I stopped at the Monticello Road Field Station just south of Champaign in Central Illinois where I had to go in the morning to perform some work duties. I was hoping that we would see one of the pair of Upland Sandpipers that have nested at the Monticello Rd. Field Station for many years, but the early afternoon is not a good time to hear one giving its wolf whistle, so all we had there were a lot of singing EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. We also saw 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and a lone LESSER YELLOWLEGS at the swine ponds in Urbana.



On the way home, Sheryl and I stopped at the Killdeer Wetlands just north of Bartel Grasslands & just northwest of the Vollmer Rd. exit off of I-57. We did get to see a couple of the target birds that I was hoping to show Sheryl here, the main one being AMERICAN BITTERN. Not only one but two AMERICAN BITTERNS were flushed from the wetland areas just northeast of the parking lot. I thought we would see more rails and maybe a Least Bittern as well but I only flushed two SORAS in my walk around the wetlands. I had a lot of rails (& an Upland Sandpiper at Bartel & a couple Least Bitterns at Killdeer) here last spring when I had to cover this area for a work project. Yesterday, we did see a minimum of 50 WILSON’S SNIPE, 6 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a few PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, several pairs of MALLARDS, 35+ BLUE-WINGED TEAL and still about 12 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. This would be a likely area for finding Yellow Rail and probably even a Black Rail if such species were looked for here, by enough birders, due to the low nature of the vegetation here and the adjacent wet grassland areas. Good birding!



Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake Co)

sdbailey@illinois.edu




Subject: IBET Sign posts please (no sightings)
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 12:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Following up on Steve Spitzer's request for folks to please sign your IBET posts, if you go to the IBET website homepage, number 2 in the Rules list states:


2. Sign ALL posts with your name, town/city, and county.


This seems to be a very common practice by many folks using IBET (not signing and/or providing the info requested of folks in rule # 2). Makes it very hard to know who is making or reporting a sighting and rather hard to make a back-channel request from someone for more info, etc. if you don't know their name.


I have signed every post that I've ever posted to IBET over the years... a pretty easy thing to do.


Thanks and good birding!


Steve Bailey
sdbailey@illinois.edu
Mundelein (Lake Co)







Subject: IBET LaBaugh woods
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 11:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello,

Jayne Colwill and I had a gorgeous and unobstructed view of a Great Horned Owl. The other highlight was a Black and White Warbler. Good woodpecker day--a Hairy and several Downies, Flickers, and Red-bellies. Also saw lots of kinglets, yellow-rumps, and hermit thrushes and a few phoebes and gnatcatchers.

Remember your mud boots!

Happy birding,

Kim Ainis
Chicago

Kim Ainis
www.dyslexiachicago.com

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Subject: IBET Thatcher Woods 4/25/15
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 11:17 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thatcher woods (River Forest, Cook Co) seemed to have an influx of HERMIT THRUSHES and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS today.
There were also at least 21 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, probably more. As we were counting them in the treetops, a large mixed flock of blackbirds took flight. This group definitely contained RUSTIES (based on call notes), but it was a mixed flock that I couldnt see well, so I only added 2 birds from the inflight group to total count.
There is also a continuing (sort of) domesticated albino PIGEON hanging around the pavilion by the soccer field parking lot. It has a yellow band on its right leg. Im not able to make out the markings on the band. My guess is it was released at a wedding and never made it back home?
Full ebird list below.

We covered the area around the soccer field on North side of Chicago Ave, and along the flood plain between Chicago Ave and Lake Street.

Jill Anderson
Dan Anzia
River Forest (Cook)


Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve, Cook, US-IL
Apr 25, 2015 8:45 AM - 10:10 AM
Protocol: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
2.0 mile(s)
36 species

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 5
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 continuing albinistic bird- staying near pavilion. yellow band on R leg. unable to read data on band
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 7
Blue Jay 8
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
Hermit Thrush 11
American Robin 77
European Starling 10
Palm Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Eastern Towhee 2
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 12
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 22
Rusty Blackbird 21
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
House Finch 2
Purple Finch 2
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 2






Subject: Re: IBET Smith's Longspurs- Orland Grassland 4-24-15
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 9:56 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The SMITH'S LONGSPURS are still present this morning. Fortunately the rain
let up long enough to allow for excellent looks at the flock of around 20.
There is also a small handful of HENSLOW'S SPARROWS in the grasses along
the south of the path.

Many thanks to Wes S for the report yesterday, granting me this
long-overdue lifer.

Good birding!
Matt Wistrand
West Chicago, DuPage

On Friday, April 24, 2015, w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Lois, Linda, Sue F, Cindy A and Mel Tracy walked the grassland in search
> of Smith's Longspurs. We flushed some north of the old road 175 about a
> half mile east of 104 ave. We continued walking east almost to the tall
> grasses which were not burned. There Lois and Linda spotted two beautiful
> males which we watched for over 5 minutes. Later Cindy spotted a female
> and Lois and Linda found more males close by at 40 feet. We watched them
> for over 15 minutes. This was definitely my best look ever. I chased a few
> more by myself and photographed a molting first year male. A view of the
> grassland and the molting male at:
>
> http://wesserafin.smugmug.com/...
>
> Also seen were about 6 flying Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Kestrel
> and later as I was driving home, 3 Sandhill Cranes were flying low as if
> they were trying to land near the ponds close to Lagrange Road. A Fox Snake
> was seen again spotted by Cindy A.
>
> Wes Serafin
> Orland Pk
> SW Cook County
>
>
>
>
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Montrose Beach - Franklin's Gulls
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 9:50 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We just left Montrose Beach where two adult FRANKLIN'S GULLS (complete with
pink wash to the white body plumage) and several BONAPARTE'S GULLS were
resting. Lots of LESSER SCAUP were moving along with a couple of COMMON
LOONS.

Good birding,
Geoff



Subject: IBET Colorado Grouse Tour (No Illinois Sightings)
Date: Sat Apr 25 2015 9:42 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
    Just returned from 10 days in Colorado, terrific trip in spite of the weather.  Those interested might like these photos.


http://nal1212.smugmug.com/201... http://nal1212.smugmug.com/2015-Colorado-Trip/


Nolan A Lameka
Cook County



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