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19 Dec: @ 17:35:04 IBET paul douglas f p/baker's lake [Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Dec: @ 15:16:53 IBET Sage thrasher [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Dec: @ 15:05:26 IBET Seeking to talk with: Christmas Bird Counters in the glenview/northbrook, North Cook County area [Ms Sheryl DeVore sheryl_1956@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Dec: @ 14:34:11 IBET BY Downy wp [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
19 Dec: @ 13:58:13 IBET: Townsend's Solitaire [Daniel Williams twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Dec: @ 11:34:54 Re: IBET Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. today. [Andrew andrewsaldrich@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Dec: @ 07:58:18 IBET Jackson Park, Chicago, eBird hotspots (NO SIGHTINGS) [Paul Clyne paulclyne2000@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Dec: @ 07:30:38 IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon [Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Dec: @ 21:12:22 IBET Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. today. [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Dec: @ 20:01:05 IBET Backyard Owls [Jed Hertz jhh_60910@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Dec: @ 19:46:41 IBET Winnebago Co-S. Beloit Victoria Lake & Nygren Wetlands. Etc. Thur 12-18-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Dec: @ 15:30:02 IBET Late sandhills [Roger Hotham rhothm@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
18 Dec: @ 15:13:27 IBET Baker's Lake [Carolyn Fields c7echoes@aol.com [ILbirds]]
18 Dec: @ 14:39:29 IBET SANDHILL CRANES ['Vince Moxon' vmoxon@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Dec: @ 13:10:55 IBET SAGE THRASHER in Putnam County [Josh Engel jengel5230@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
17 Dec: @ 20:44:56 IBET Project SNOWstorm (No Current Sightings) [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
17 Dec: @ 19:30:06 IBET Snowy Owl and Rough-legged Hawks 87th St [Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Dec: @ 16:33:38 IBET: Red-necked Grebe in South Beloit ['Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Dec: @ 12:42:50 IBET Cook County-The Shrike Is Nice At Paul Douglas F.P. Wed 12-17-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Dec: @ 12:02:42 IBET BY WB nuthatch [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
17 Dec: @ 10:02:18 IBET BY DE junco and RB wp [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
16 Dec: @ 20:26:20 IBET Channel and Loyola Birds [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
16 Dec: @ 17:09:38 IBET Bald Eagle Swims with Fish in Talons [tvincl@casscomm.com [ILbirds]]
16 Dec: @ 12:53:49 IBET The Bluebird - no sighting [sfluett@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
15 Dec: @ 20:44:50 IBET Galesburg Area Bird Club list for 12/14/14 [jane_easterly@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
15 Dec: @ 18:30:42 IBET My (and Jeff S.'s) portion of the Lisle-Arboretum CBC [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
15 Dec: @ 17:07:01 IBET 2015 Palos Christmas count [w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
15 Dec: @ 16:14:02 IBET Meredosia Island CBC (ILMI) ['Tony Ward' tward3@mchsi.com [ILbirds]]
15 Dec: @ 14:51:40 IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Skokie Lagoons Mon 12-15-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
15 Dec: @ 10:49:56 IBET Home to a hawk [Jay Jaeger johnajaeger@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
15 Dec: @ 06:42:34 IBET Snow Bunting gallery update and others [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
15 Dec: @ 00:52:09 IBET chicago urban xmas count dec 14th [Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
14 Dec: @ 22:22:54 IBET Lisle-Arb CBC - preliminary results ['Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
14 Dec: @ 22:21:27 IBET CBC - North Pond / Lincoln Park Zoo / Jarvis / Chicago River at Wilson and Argyle [Rena Cohen rena1729@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
14 Dec: @ 20:48:50 IBET Chicago Urban X-Mas Count Along The Des Plaines River Plus 2 Cemeteries Sun 12-14-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
14 Dec: @ 20:37:59 IBET Loyola, Yard, etc, - 12/14/2014 [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
14 Dec: @ 15:19:09 IBET Rough-legged Hawks at Gillson Park, Cook [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
14 Dec: @ 13:30:53 IBET A Merlin in the water at Montrose - Sunday 12.14.2014 [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
14 Dec: @ 12:24:58 IBET Lincoln Park Common Loon [John Purcell purc@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
14 Dec: @ 07:19:45 IBET lenses for sale [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 21:59:46 IBET East Peoria Gulls [Matthew Winks fluidfive@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 17:59:37 IBET Loyola Birds - 12/13/2014 [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 16:38:52 IBET Tundra Swan [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 16:02:19 IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods, Illinois Beach, N. Point Marina & Independence Grove Sat 12-13-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 16:01:39 IBET NE Lake County this AM [Nick Minor nmbirder14@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 13:49:41 IBET Wolf Lake Redpolls & Siskins (12-13-14) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 13:42:22 IBET Belmont Harbor Injured Common Loon 12/13/14 [Steveyhoo stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 12:31:23 IBET Belmont Harbor - Common Loon 12/13/14 am [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 10:31:14 IBET Book Review: Southern Illinois Birds: An Annotated List and Site Guide [tvincl@casscomm.com [ILbirds]]
13 Dec: @ 09:02:58 IBET Colombian Andes Budget Birding - respond by Jan. 1st if interested [John DeLuca delucabirds@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET paul douglas f p/baker's lake
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 17:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
hello ibetors--

like al stokie, I also tripped on the difficult vegetation at paul douglas/grassy ridge f. p, while looking for the northern shrike.

paul douglas/grassy ridge

northern shrike--1
flicker----------1
blue jay---------3
snow bunting-----1
am pipit-on ground-1
r t hawk---------2
kestrel----------1
marsh hawk------1
cooper's " ----1
robin----------2
chickadee------2
Canada geese--47
snow geese----2
blackbirds-sp.-125+
m dove--------6

baker's lake

common merg---52
shoveler------5
mallard------3
black duck(probable)-1

whole foods northbrook--pond/grass

Canada goose--35
cackling " -1

Jeffrey Sanders Glenview no. Cook


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Subject: IBET Sage thrasher
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 15:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We just had the Sage Thrasher eating berries and we were taking pictures of it. Also it was at the same spot! There was also a Yellow-rumpled Warbler. Lifer!

Colin And Tony
Putnam county
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Subject: IBET Seeking to talk with: Christmas Bird Counters in the glenview/northbrook, North Cook County area
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 15:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi there,If you live in Glenview/Northbrook and participate in Christmas Bird Counts or if you have counted birds in that area, would you be willing to talk to me for a story -- just send me an email to sheryl.devore@comcast.net
Won't take long  -- would appreciate it.
all best,


Sheryl De VoreMundelein, Illinoissheryl_1956@yahoo.com



Subject: IBET BY Downy wp
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 14:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
Downy wp is a regular and the male comes often, along with a female.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais



Subject: IBET: Townsend's Solitaire
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 13:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Our team just found a Townsend's Solitaire at the Shinsky Road gate (inside the gate) on the Lost Mound CBC.  Heard by Steve Bailey, then scope views.

Dan Williams, Phil Doncheck, Martin Kehoe, Steve Bailey




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Subject: Re: IBET Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. today.
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 11:34 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still present in the area Doug describes below.


Andrew Aldrich
Cook Co.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 18, 2014, at 9:12 PM, douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> Thanks to Josh Engel for posting this for me. I still have a dumb phone and no ability to post from the field. Here are the details on where and when I found the thrasher.
>
> I found the SAGE THRASHER on Log Cabin Hill Rd. west of highway 29 in Putnam County. I saw it a little after noon for 15 minutes or so, and then returned and refound it a little before 2 PM.
> Log Cabin Hill Rd. is the first road that goes west from Hwy 29 south of Miller Anderson; it's a bit more than a mile south of the Putnam-Bureau Co. line and maybe 3.5 miles south of junction of 29 and I-180. To get here from the north take I-80 to I-180. I-180 south to Hwy 29 toward Peoria.
> The thrasher was 0.4 miles west of Hwy 29 where Log Cabin Hill Rd. flattens out after you climb the wooded bluff. There is a campground/RV park on the south side of the road, and a grassy field separating the road from a wooded ravine on the north side. The bird was always east of a dirt road that heads north and has a black mailbox with 3 green numbered signs at its junction with Log Cabin Hill Road. It was always It moved back and forth between the north side where it spent time in the field and sitting up at the edge of the ravine and the south side where I would lose it into the row of pines. It moved between the north side and the south side several times while I watched it.
> I hope the bird hangs around for a while. Seems its late enough in the year that it must be thinking about wintering there.
>
> Besides the thrasher, highlights for me on the Hennepin CBC were 6 White-fronted geese (flyover), 2 Rough-legged Hawks. a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and 2 Eurasian Tree Sparrows.
>
> Doug Stotz
>
> --
> Douglas Stotz
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> Environmental and Conservation Programs
> Field Museum of Natural History
> 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
> Chicago, IL 60605
>
> Phone: (312)-665-7438
> Fax: (312)-665-7433
> e-mail: dstotz@fieldmuseum.org
>



Subject: IBET Jackson Park, Chicago, eBird hotspots (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 7:58 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 A new hotspot for Chicago's JacksonPark has now been added to eBird, so bird records from anywhere inJackson Park can now be sensibly uploaded to one of five hotspotsubsites.
The subsites are: Jackson Park, Chicago--63rdSt. Beach Jackson Park, Chicago--Inner/OuterHarbors Jackson Park, Chicago--Jackson ParkGolf Course Jackson Park, Chicago--WoodedIsland/Bobolink Meadow area      and the newly added hotspot: Jackson Park, Chicago--northlakefront (56th St. to 62nd St.)
Jackson Park runs south of 56thSt. to 67th St., and east from Stony Island Avenue to LakeMichigan.
In 2014, three of the eBird subsitehotspots for Jackson Park are new, and one was significantly edited,so most of the historical records in eBird for this area remainunassigned to subsite hotspots.
The new JACKSON PARK NORTH LAKEFRONThotspot is the corridor east of Lake Shore Drive between the 63rdSt. Beach hotspot and Burnham Park's Promontory Point hotspot. Itincludes the 57th St. Beach and the small promontory andpier at 59th St., as well as the concrete shorelineleading from the 59th St. pier to the 63rd St.Beach. There's no parking east of Lake Shore Drive here, but thereare pedestrian underpasses at 57th St., 59thSt., and 62nd St. The highest bird diversity and numbersalong this stretch are typically at the 59th St.promontory and pier. The entire length of this site takes about 15minutes to walk, or longer depending on the birds.
For those who bird Jackson Park and whouse eBird, a couple notes on my interpretation of the limits of thesubsite hotspots may be useful:
63rd St. BEACH:This is mostly straightforward,including all the beach house grounds and sandy beach and dune grasshabitats west to Lake Shore Drive. The main gray area involves theinterface between the beach parking lot and the Outer Harbor. Itypically include the manicured lawn off the north end of the OuterHarbor proper in that site rather than in the 63rd St.Beach site. There's a jog in the breakwater at the mouth of theharbor that provides a convenient dividing line between the twosites. The site is sometimes called the “64th St.Beach,” based on a former access road to the parking lot that wasreconfigured in the 1990's.
INNER/OUTER HARBORS:Other than the northern limits of theOuter Harbor area, noted just above, this area is well demarcated bystreets: east of Richards Drive, and from Hayes Drive south toMarquette Drive. Birds seen on Lake Michigan from the grounds of LaRabida Children's Hospital are included in this site. Lake ShoreDrive runs between the Inner and Outer Harbors. There's a pedestrianunderpass at Marquette Drive.
JACKSON PARK GOLF COURSE:This area is well demarcated by streets(and golf course grounds management): north of 67th St.to Marquette Drive over its eastern two-thirds, then continuing northto Hayes Drive west of Richards Drive. I also include the strip ofbuffer park, west of the golf course proper, between Cornell Driveand Stony Island Avenue in this site.
WOODED ISLAND/BOBOLINK MEADOW AREA:I include here all the areas of JacksonPark not covered by the other four hotspot subsites; i.e., north ofHayes Drive to 56th St., and west of Lake Shore Drive toStony Island Avenue.
Paul ClyneHyde Park, Chicago paulclyne2000@yahoo.com



Subject: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 7:30 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Prairie Falcon is currently perched on the magic stump! Have not seen the
Prairie Falcons since Nov. 24th.
0700am.

Tyler D Funk



Subject: IBET Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. today.
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 21:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
       Thanks to Josh Engel for posting this for me.  I still have a dumb
phone and no ability to post from the field. Here are the details on where
and when I found the thrasher.

I found the SAGE THRASHER on Log Cabin Hill Rd. west of highway 29 in
Putnam County. I saw it a little after noon for 15 minutes or so, and then
returned and refound it a little before 2 PM.
Log Cabin Hill Rd. is the first road that goes west from Hwy 29 south
of Miller Anderson; it's a bit more than a mile south of the Putnam-Bureau
Co. line and maybe 3.5 miles south of junction of 29 and I-180. To get
here from the north take I-80 to I-180. I-180 south to Hwy 29 toward
Peoria.
The thrasher was 0.4 miles west of Hwy 29 where Log Cabin Hill Rd.
flattens out after you climb the wooded bluff. There is a campground/RV
park on the south side of the road, and a grassy field separating the road
from a wooded ravine on the north side. The bird was always east of a dirt
road that heads north and has a black mailbox with 3 green numbered signs
at its junction with Log Cabin Hill Road. It was always It moved back and
forth between the north side where it spent time in the field and sitting
up at the edge of the ravine and the south side where I would lose it into
the row of pines. It moved between the north side and the south side
several times while I watched it.
I hope the bird hangs around for a while. Seems its late enough in
the year that it must be thinking about wintering there.

Besides the thrasher, highlights for me on the Hennepin CBC were 6
White-fronted geese (flyover), 2 Rough-legged Hawks. a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
and 2 Eurasian Tree Sparrows.

Doug Stotz

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

Phone: (312)-665-7438
Fax: (312)-665-7433
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Subject: IBET Backyard Owls
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 20:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi folks,

This evening while sitting at my office desk two Great Horned Owls started dueting about 5pm in my backyard. I heard the low pitch of the female and higher pitch of the male through my Fisher/Price baby monitor. This is not unusual as I've heard one or more GHOW on 79 different occasions starting in Dec 2002 when I first bought the baby monitor. What was unusual was that shortly after - about 5:48pm - two Eastern Screech Owls started giving tremolo calls 2-5 sec each (low pitch of male predominantly) and continued until 6:08 or about 20 min. This was the 17th occurence of Eastern Screech Owl in my yard since 2002, but the 1st time both owl species have been heard on the same day at about the same time here.

Now if I get lucky and hear them on Sat. Dec 27th our Kankakee Valley Christmas Bird Count it would make my day. (If not, D. Stotz will surely find both species in numbers along the Iroquois River in Area #7).

BTW: We live in town but are adjacent to a golf course with many old Bur Oak trees in the neighborhood. We also see Red Fox, Red-tailed Hawk (3 at times), and plenty of E. Gray Squirrel around our backyard. And yes, feeders and natural habitat can make a difference in your backyard experience - just ask John Baxter.

All for now.


Jed Hertz

Kankakee, Kankakee Co, IL (60 mi South of Chicago)



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Subject: IBET Winnebago Co-S. Beloit Victoria Lake & Nygren Wetlands. Etc. Thur 12-18-14
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 19:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

A long day's birding will result in not only a late report but a
somewhat shorter one. Andy Sigler & I arrived at Victoria Lake Park in
South Beloit to search for the R.N. Grebe reported by Dan Williams
yesterday. Among the 1000 Canada Geese & some ducks Andy picked out the
Horned Grebe also seen yesterday but that was it. About 20 min later I
found the RED NECKED GREBE but Andy only had a very short look before it
became hidden from view. Took about 30 min before Andy got to see it well
enough to add it to his county list. Here's our bird list:

Victoria Lake (8-9:30 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1)
Horned Grebe (1)
RED NECKED GREBE (1)
Canada Geese (~1000)
Cackling Geese (35-40)
WHITE FRONTED GOOSE (1)
Mallard (~30)
Black Duck (3)
Lesser Scaup (4-5)
Bufflehead (3)
Goldeneye (5-6)
Ruddy Duck (1)
Coots (~10)
BALD EAGLE (1-IM flew by twice)
Herring Gull (1-AD fly-by)
Crows (6)

In the Rock River nearby 2 Mute Swans were with some Canada Geese.
At Nygren Wetlands near Rockton were 34 WHITE FRONTED GEESE mixed in with
about 175 Canada Geese & 20 Mallards. Two Canada's were all white except
for Canada heads & necks.
Along Harrison Rd. south of Shirland were 2 adult BALD EAGLES & a young
Cooper's Hawk.
Looked for the Golden Eagle seen in this area earlier but did not find it,
only more Bald Eagles.

Drove through Stephenson, Ogle, Carroll & Jo Daviess Co's also looking for
Golden Eagles but few raptors were flying due to a lack of wind. Did see
more Bald Eagles & Red Tailed Hawks but most were not flying but just
resting in trees. At Blanding Landing the sunlight was against us but we
could make out TUNDRA SWAN (~20), Canada Geese, Goldeneye & Common
Mergansers.
You didn't really think that I, of all people, was going to see a Golden
Eagle now did you?
Of course not!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Victoria Lake Red Necked Grebe, a new county species
for both of us.
Runner-Up to all the White Fronted Geese, Tundra Swans & Bald Eagles.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Late sandhills
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 15:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 Two small flocks of SH Cranes over the Bluff Spring Fen Nature Preserve
in Elgin this AM. Too high to be seen.
Roger Hotham



Subject: IBET Baker's Lake
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 15:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 This morning at Baker's Lake in Barrington, Cook County, in 2 small areas of open water were 101 Common Mergansers. A near-adult Bald Eagle flew over across the lake from south to north.

Carolyn Fields
NW Cook County



Subject: IBET SANDHILL CRANES
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 14:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
57 Sandhill Cranes flying SE over Danada FP @ 11:00 am. Even I can hear
them!



Vince Moxon



Wheaton, DuPage County




Subject: IBET SAGE THRASHER in Putnam County
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 13:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Doug Stotz just called to report a Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. on the Hennepin-Hopper Christmas Count. The bird is on Log Cabin Rd., .4 miles west of Highway 29.  There is a sign for Condits Ranch RV Park on the south side of the road, and the bird was moving between the RV Park and the north side of the road. This is west of the Illinois River. Note that the road is called Log Cabin Hill Rd. in Google Maps.
Good luck to those who go for it.
Josh Engel
Chicago

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Subject: IBET Project SNOWstorm (No Current Sightings)
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 20:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Although information on Project SNOWstorm probably was posted before on IBET, I had not previously read through the information on the website.

So if anyone else was as remiss as me, note that the "read more" link under "Maps" gives a tracking data overview for each Snowy Owl outfitted with a transmitter last winter.

A number of them were confirmed returning north to the extent possible, namely that they were headed north and the last transmission was just south of the northernmost border of transmission range.
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A number of them did not survive, including two lost in a storm and one hit by a plane.

And two have returned south this winter!

Worth the time to read - see http://www.projectsnowstorm.or...

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: IBET Snowy Owl and Rough-legged Hawks 87th St
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 19:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

After my finals today, my dad and I went to 87th St Steel Mills and had two highlights. The first was a beautiful dark morph Rough-legged Hawk hunting over Park 566 and the surrounding steel mill area. While watching this hawk sitting in a tree, I noticed two hawks circling in the background. These turned out to be two light-morph Rough-legged Hawks circling higher and then they departed south. The other highlight was a Snowy Owl sitting on a retaining wall across the Calumet River mouth from Steelworker's Park. It was a heavily marked individual.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: IBET: Red-necked Grebe in South Beloit
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 16:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Lee Johnson called me this afternoon (Thank you, Lee) and reported that he
found a 1st winter Red-necked Grebe on Lake Victoria in South Beloit. The
entrance to the city park at Lake Victoria is on Dorr Road, about 1/2 mile
north of Prairie Hill Rd. I got up there about 30 minutes later and found
the bird. Jack and Joyce Armstrong and others arrived shortly after and
also saw it.

Also present was a basic plumage Horned Grebe, Common and Hooded (1 female)
Mergansers and Common Goldeneyes. Lee said that Ring-necked Ducks had been
there earlier.

Dan Williams
Rockford



Subject: IBET Cook County-The Shrike Is Nice At Paul Douglas F.P. Wed 12-17-14
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 12:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

After last week's Shrike failures at Crabtree & Deer Grove East I thought I
would make another try at Paul Douglas F.P. where I have seen Shrikes
several times before. When I arrived I saw Matthew C on the way out
but having had only a short time to look he had not seen a Shrike.
The area I wanted to cover is well to the north of the marsh/Heron nesting
spot where we all look for Yellow Headed Blackbirds in the Spring & Summer.
It's a long walk to the north end of the preserve & it's made more
difficult by having to walk through places where all the vegetation has
been cut short leaving 4-6 in stalks of shrubs & small trees which are hard
to walk through. But I told myself that all I had to do was walk carefully
& avoid tripping & falling. Excellent advice if I had actually done so.
Finally got to a hill area surrounded by small shrubs & trees & at 9:05
a.m. I was face to face with a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the top of a shrub & only
25 ft. away. But when I looked away at another bird the Shrike disappeared
& I could not re-find it? I had a close look but I wanted a longer look.
Walked toward Algonquin Rd. but a wetland kept me from getting there. Went
back the way I came in & there was the Shrike in some low trees just north
of the wetland.
Forgetting all my earlier thinking about moving carefully I rushed to get a
better look, tripped over an unseen tree stub & crashed to the ground
landing on my left wrist & arm. I need to make a mental note to remember
previous mental notes! Knocked the wind out of me but, battered but
unbowed, I got up more embarrassed than hurt. Good thing I didn't land on
one of the sharp sticks I had mentioned. In spite of my best efforts to
flush the Shrike my fall did not chase it away & once upright I could look
at it as long as I wished which was several minutes while I recovered. I
must admit I did the long walk back to the car very slowly & carefully.

Now I could look up rather than at the top of every tree & soon I saw an
adult Red Tailed Hawk soaring high above. Then hunting the mostly frozen
marsh by the Heron colony was a young NORTHERN HARRIER. Next I found a
hovering male Kestrel over the main field & soon after that I saw a much
larger raptor also hovering & it turned out to be a light phase ROUGH
LEGGED HAWK also hunting the big field next to the parking lot. Then a 2nd
light phase ROUGH LEGGED HAWK flew out the far tree line & joined the 1st
in hunting. Earlier I had seen a young Red Tailed Hawk in a tree near where
the Shrike was hanging out. So I had 4 species & 6 individuals of raptors
for my 2 hour visit. The only other birds seen were about 200 Canada Geese
leaving the mostly frozen marsh & 1 Mourning Dove & 21 Starlings as
fly-bys. Only had 8 species for the day but I was more than happy with the
species I did see.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Northern Shrike which I finally got to see in Cook
Co. after earlier failures. Now I only need one more species for Cook
County for the year.
Runners-Up to the 2 Rough Legged Hawks & the young Harrier.
Honorable Mention to my thick L.L. Bean Winter coat which gave enough
padding for me to survive my fall without breaking any bones. All in a
day's birding for the "old retired guy".

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET BY WB nuthatch
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 12:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
Drinking warm water from the converted bread backing pan.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET BY DE junco and RB wp
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 10:02 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

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Hi friends,
The Juncos are here in #s, and need fresh, warm water. My small water heater is good for cold periods.
RB woodpecker visits rarely. And a Cooper's H. chases everything but squirrels.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Channel and Loyola Birds
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 20:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders,
Best Channel bird was a young Black-crowned Night-Heron, best Loyola Bird was a Snowy Owl.  A few pictures and details at the link.
Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Loyola and Channel Birds

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Subject: IBET Bald Eagle Swims with Fish in Talons
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 17:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Please follow this link to a short essay that describes a scene involving a bald eagle foraging for a fish at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge in Mason County:


http://theriverlanding.typepad... http://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2014/12/bald-eagle-swims-with-fish-in-talons.html



Tom Lerczak
Havana
Mason County



Subject: IBET The Bluebird - no sighting
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 12:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I borrowed a book from the Morton Arboretum library, last week I finished the 200 pg book that was written by a fellow in the 1970s the book is affiliated with Audubon and the author donated the proceeds to bird conservation; He was born in 1904 courtesy of the librarian . The delivery of writing was humble, similar in style to an author educated in the 20s or 30s  I guess. I enjoy old time writing from the early in the century

Well I was surprised to find out that this guy developed one of the first or the first Bluebird trail way back in the 30s

That Bluebirds were once a Town bird , people missed hearing them outside their doors early in the century and Bluebird conservation started way back in the 20s
I think that the book contains all the information about Bluebird that a more current book would contain and I learned that House Sparrows and Starlings are displacing these birds; it answered a question I had as to "bluebird" behavior at Saint James farm F P in Dupage County .
They nest at the West side of the place and visit the East side in Fall & Early Spring. The East side has Barns & buildings & housing which are favored by the Starlings and House sparrows, so I understand that large family groups of bluebird forage in the east but don't nest there.

Took 200 pgs of enjoyable reading to figure out what I have been observing. Steve Fluett






Subject: IBET Galesburg Area Bird Club list for 12/14/14
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 20:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
8 members of the Galesburg Area Bird Club saw the following species on a warm (50s!) foggy morning at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Illinois on 12/14/14 between 8:00 and 9:30 am.

american goldfinch canada goose northern cardinal red bellied woodpecker european starling white breasted nuthatch downy woodpecker black capped chickadee american crow brown creeper blue jay dark eyed junco song sparrow mallard coot red headed woodpecker red tailed hawk - Jane Easterly/Galesburg/Knox County





Subject: IBET My (and Jeff S.'s) portion of the Lisle-Arboretum CBC
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 18:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Jeff Skrentny and I covered much of the Palos Park/Lemont area for the CBC.  Our day started a bit slow but we ended up with some good sightings.
The early morning seemed promising for owling with little wind but we only managed 2 GREAT HORNED and 1 (!) E. SCREECH OWL. This is the first time in a while that we did not have a Saw-whet Owl. We always end up at the Lemont Quarries to count the huge number of geese and other waterfowl that usually roost there over night but the warm temperatures had the geese and much of the waterfowl spread throughout the area. We did find 21 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 8 COMMON MERGANSERS and 1 female HOODED MERGANSER on the big quarry and found 5 of the count's 8 BUFFLEHEAD on another quarry. A MUTE SWAN was on the old canal near the man made waterfall. Our best land birds here were 3 BROWN CREEPERS.
Our best stop of the day was John Duffy Forest Preserve. Many of the area's Canada Geese were here and Jeff noticed 3 white phase SNOW GEESE flying over head, then found four flying CACKLING GEESE! There were also two male CANVASBACKS on the slough. At some point another MUTE SWAN flew in while we were looking elsewhere.
We struggled to find birds of prey with only 1 heard COOPER'S HAWK at Lemont Quarries and two adult RED-TAILED HAWKS at John Duffy and Bergman Slough. Passerines were also hard to find. Houses with bird feeders were well stocked up on food but there were no birds, not even House Sparrows! Our luck changed a bit in this regard when we stopped at the end of a dead end street. I thought I heard a Tufted Titmouse. We got out but didn't see it. Jeff played the titmouse call, which they usually respond to but only a chickadee responded. I supposed that I had miss-heard the call note. I was about to get in the car when Ken Wysocki, our Area 6 leader, called me to see about plans to pick me up when Jeff would need to leave. After chatting with Ken, I started to get in the car and I heard the call again. This time I quickly got on the TUFTED TITMOUSE. Shortly Jeff was on it too and he noticed another bird in the same tree that turned out to be a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET! This was the first Ruby-crowned Kinglet that I've ever had on a CBC and one of three for the count circle, yet no one had any Golden-crowned Kinglets, which are much more likely this time of year.
When Jeff had to go I joined Ken, Steve Huggins and Glenn Giacinto late in the day. Earlier in the day they had found a great variety of waterfowl on the Des Plains River near Black Partridge Forest Preserve off Bluff Road and went back to check for anything new. I hadn't seen many of the ducks they had seen, so I was happy to go along. While checking out the ducks in my scope I found a GREATER SCAUP. I asked Steve if they had had any scaup. He said no so I told him to check it out in my scope. The bird had been sleeping but in the 10-15 seconds that it took Steve to walk over and look it had completely disappeared! Maybe one of the mallards swimming near by bit it on the butt, I don't know!
All in all it was a more enjoyable CBC with the warmer weather. I would have liked to see a few more land birds but, hey, we broke the record and my team had a lot to do with that!
P.S. the warm weather brought out some seasonally unusual non-avian species. Jeff and I found a Morning-glory Plume Moth (Emmelina monodactyla) at Cap Sauer FP, which unfortunately flew off before we could photograph it. Also, at Black Partridge there was a bat flying around feeding over the road. It was very reddish in color. I haven't had a chance to try and find it in a field guide yet.

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago




Subject: IBET 2015 Palos Christmas count
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 17:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We did have a few highlights yesterday. A Lesser Blacked Gull was found on the east end of Saganashkee Slough( Sam, Walter & Kate). It was at the same area today at 1:30pm.
This group also counted 414 Common Mergansers which is a high count for this location on the count as Sag Sl is usually frozen by mid December. Also seen here were12 Hooded Mergs, 3 Red Br Mergs, 13 Goldeneye, and 1 Lesser Scaup and 2 Bald Eagles.
Seen at Resurrection Cemetary were a Merlin and a group of 25 flying Monk Parakeets.
Although not seen yesterday I saw 3 Pine Siskins at the Little Red School on Saturday. There were 16 Pine Siskins at Camp Sagawau yesterday.

Wes Serafin
Orland Pk
SW Cook County






Subject: IBET Meredosia Island CBC (ILMI)
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 16:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello everyone,

The Meredosia Island CBC was conducted December 14, 2014.

9 participants in 5 five parties.

All water was open, a nice 51 degrees, and no wind.

It was a great day.

2nd highest count ever with 101 species being recorded. The high count is
102 recorded in 2009.



Greater White-fronted Goose 4600

Snow Goose 4700 HC

Ross's Goose 8

Trumpeter Swan 8

Gadwall 180

American Wigeon 4

American Black Duck 15

Mallard 5522

Northern Shoveler 1

Northern Pintail 44

Green-winged Teal 300 HC

Canvasback 280

Redhead 2

Ring-necked Duck 6

Greater Scaup 1 (Dave Bohlen, Pat Ward)

Lesser Scaup 153

Bufflehead 12

Common Goldeneye 48

Hooded Merganser 12

Common Merganser 105

Red-breasted Merganser 14

Ruddy Duck 60

Northern Bobwhite 3

Great Blue Heron 58

Turkey Vulture 16

Bald Eagle 70

Northern Harrier 26

Sharp-shinned Hawk 3

Cooper's Hawk 8 tied HC

Red-shouldered Hawk 4

Red-tailed Hawk 35

Ring-billed Gull 284

Herring Gull 22

Killdeer 1

Rock Pigeon 77

Eurasian Collared-Dove 10

Mourning Dove 217

Easter Screech Owl 13

Great Horned Owl 2

Barred Owl 3

Short-eared Owl 4

Belted Kingfisher 13 HC

Red-headed Woodpecker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 68

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 7

Downy Woodpecker 54

Hairy Woodpecker 19

Northern Flicker 48

American Kestrel 26

Merlin 1

Peregrine Falcon 1 tied HC

Blue Jay 130

American Crow 69

Horned Lark 51

Black-capped Chickadee 154

Tufted Titmouse 74

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 33

Brown Creeper 14

Winter Wren 1 (Nick Sly, Cole Wolf)

Carolina Wren 31

Golden-crowned Kinglet 9

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 (Bill Atwood)

Easter Bluebird 38

Hermit Thrush 16 HC

American Robin 510

Northern Mockingbird 6

European Starling 448

American Pipit 4

Cedar Waxwing 82

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Northern Cardinal 296

Eastern Towhee 3

American Tree Sparrow 586

Field Sparrow 2

Savannah Sparrow 4

Vesper Sparrow 1 (Dave Bohlen, Pat Ward) tied HC, 3rd year recorded

Le Conte's Sparrow 1 (Colin Dobson, Mike Ward)

Fox Sparrow 4

Song Sparrow 250

Swamp Sparrow 32

White-throated Sparrow 103

White-crowned Sparrow 33

Dark-eyed Junco 409 (Dave Bohlen included 1 Oregon Junco)

Purple Finch 16

House Finch 19

Common Redpoll 2 (Photographed by Colin Dobson)

Pine Siskin 4

American Goldfinch 242

Red-winged Blackbird 123

Eastern Meadowlark 14

Western Meadowlark 1 ( Singing from the power line for Dave Bohlen and Pat
Ward) tied HC

Rusty Blackbird 1

Common Grackle 1

Brown-headed Blackbird 102

House Sparrow 414

Eurasion Tree Sparrow 252



Total Species 101

Total Birds 22708



Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant, and Pied-billed Grebe count week

Biggest miss Wild Turkey. They were recorded the last ten years in a row.



The Meredosia CBC circle is located in Morgan, Brown, Scott and Cass
counties as part of the Illinois River Valley.



A big thanks to all that participated



Tony Ward CBC compiler

Tward3@mchsi.com












Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Skokie Lagoons Mon 12-15-14
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 14:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

After my difficult X-Mas Count walk yesterday I wanted a walk without
obstacles & the CBG is a good place for easy walking with no mud traps or
fallen trees. I met photographer David Farber here & showed him several
good locations to get photo's of the smaller birds or at least those birds
that decided to show up today. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the total
lack of Pine Siskins whereas I had been seeing 30-40 of them ever since
they 1st arrived in late October but today I found none! But when there's a
Winter warm-up sometimes birds ignore the feeder food sources but return
again later when there's a cool down. Other finches were still present
though.
My final surprise was when I returned to the parking lot & found over 100
Cedar Waxwings in the red berry trees by the visitor center entrance. Not
as many as Alan Anderson had a little while ago but still quite a few. I
looked through them as best I could but they were very "flighty" & I did
not see any possible Bohemian's. We need to keep checking this big flock if
the birds stay.
Here's my day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (9-11:30 a.m.)

Canada Goose (68)
Mallard (69)
Common Goldeneye (3-F)
Scaup Species? (1-F, should be a Lesser here but the head looked very flat?)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD hunting)
Ring Billed Gull (1-AD)
Herring Gull (2-AD)
Chickadee (8 with 6 at the feeders at 1 time taking advantage of the
absence of the Siskins)
Robin (heard 1 near all the Waxwings)
CEDAR WAXWING (100-110)
Junco (11-12, all but 1 on Evening Island)
COMMON REDPOLL (5 with Goldfinches again at the N.E. corner of the
Regenstein Bldg)
Goldfinch (18)
House Sparrow (heard a few)

Skokie Lagoons Viewed From Tower Rd & Forest Way Dr. (12:30-1 p.m.)

Pretty much the same as last time but had many fewer Goldeneye.

Mute Swan (1-AD)
Canada Goose (4)
Mallard (4)
Common Goldeneye (7)
Hooded Merganser (1-F, same spot as last time)
Common Merganser (41 north of Tower Rd & 51 south of Tower Rd, most were
males)
Herring Gull (10-11)

The Redpolls were probably the best species seen today but
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the army of Cedar Waxwings & Runner-Up to the
Redpolls.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Home to a hawk
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 10:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
My wife and I discovered Saturday night that we have an accipiter roosting
in the flowering pear tree along our street (the large amount of guano on
our sidewalk should have clued me in earlier).

I first noticed the bird when I inadvertently flushed in while going to the
mailbox last week. On Friday did the same thing but, this time, it flew
from the ground right past my shoulder to the roof, with a small mammal
firmly clutched in its talons. We have a healthy Eastern Chipmunk
population in our yard so it could have been one of those, but sillouetted
difficult to tell.

My GISS of the bird is that it is a Coopers Hawk, but the bird stays pretty
far inside the tree and the lighting is very poor. It is possible that it
is a large / female Sharp-shinned Hawk or some other hawk.

Jay Jaeger
Grundy County



Subject: IBET Snow Bunting gallery update and others
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 6:42 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I worked on updating a gallery and video that are more contemporary for this time of year than my Lousiana Waterthrush project.  I recently had some cooperative ones and Montrose, when a pair were eventually coming too close to shoot.  When a third tried to join them, it was rebuffed several times, resulting in some fighting. All the shots in this gallery were taken over the years at Montrose, including the breeding plumage ones in the beginning.
http://theearlybirder.com/spar...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_TeeFqI3-E

I then returned to the tedious task of revising my naming system of insects, which involves putting the name before the number for easier alphabetical sorting. After several days I finally finished the beetles, the largest order. So I am continuing to revise galleries with additional species.

The Cerambycids or Longhorns are a nice family with several subfamiles.
http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
http://www.theearlybirder.com/...

Rob Curtis
Chicago



Subject: IBET chicago urban xmas count dec 14th
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 0:52 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

hello ibetors-- this is the Karen Lund/ Jeffrey Sanders group report of  hi lites: the temperature was a comfortable 53 degrees. p b grebe---3g b heron---5b c nt heron--5bufflehead--9sh-sh hawk--2coopers hawk--6  one party high count.coot--77 party and count highperegrine falcon--1kingfisher--4flicker--4myrtle warb--5 Jeffrey  Sanders   Glenview   no. Cook



Subject: IBET Lisle-Arb CBC - preliminary results
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 22:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The 66th Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count was held today (Sunday,
14 Dec 2014). The balmy temperatures in the upper 40s were in stark
contrast to last year's count, when the record species total of 88
was set for the circle. The 60+ field observers took advantage of the
warm weather and managed for the second straight year to break the
record species total. This year they pushed the species tally to 89!!

The preliminary results as reported at the countdown dinner are shown
below. There are a couple of party totals yet to be included, and
some feeder counter numbers need to be added, so these are just the
preliminary results. Good birds for this count are indicated by
all-caps, with the number of years they've been on the count
noted. Importantly for setting the record number of species, we had
24 species of waterfowl, with numbers for five of these setting
all-time high counts for the circle. All-time high counts were set
for five other species, as well. Rumors have already begun that we
will reach 90 species at next year's count (to be held Sunday, 20 Dec
2015 -- mark your calendars!).

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 [Record high count!] (4th yr on count)
Snow Goose 3
Cackling Goose 8
Canada Goose 6,520
Mute Swan 3
TRUMPETER SWAN 2 (3rd yr on count)
Gadwall 283
American Wigeon 4
American Black Duck 6
Mallard 1,771
Northern Shoveler 19
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 9
CANVASBACK 3 (10th yr on count)
REDHEAD 3 (10th yr on count)
Ring-necked Duck 1
GREATER SCAUP 1 (9th yr on count)
Lesser Scaup 11 [Record high count!]
Bufflehead 8 [Record high count!]
Common Goldeneye 78 [Record high count!]
Hooded Merganser 24
Common Merganser 606 [Record high count!]
Red-breasted Merganser 14
RUDDY DUCK 6 (13th yr on count)

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 1 (9th yr on count)

Great Blue Heron 24

Bald Eagle 9
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
Cooper's Hawk 15
Red-tailed Hawk 75
Rough-legged Hawk 2

American Coot 71 [Record high count!]

Wilson's Snipe 1

Ring-billed Gull 153
Herring Gull 206
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 1 (2nd yr on count)

Rock Pigeon 475
Mourning Dove 383

Eastern Screech-Owl 12
Great Horned Owl 26
BARRED OWL 2 (9th yr on count)
SHORT-EARED OWL 1 (14th yr on count)

Belted Kingfisher 13

Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 213
Downy Woodpecker 358 [Record high count!]
Hairy Woodpecker 103 [Record high count!]
Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted) 15
PILEATED WOODPECKER 1 (8th yr on count)

American Kestrel 5
MERLIN 1 (9th yr on count)

MONK PARAKEET 25 [Record high count!] (7th yr on count)

Northern Shrike 2

Blue Jay 513
American Crow 89

Horned Lark 4

Black-capped Chickadee 754
Tufted Titmouse 5

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 338 [Record high count!]

Brown Creeper 20

Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 7

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET 3 (18th yr on count)

Eastern Bluebird 85
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 172

European Starling 2,228

Cedar Waxwing 620

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3

Eastern Towhee 1
American Tree Sparrow 594
Fox Sparrow 18
Song Sparrow 64
LINCOLN'S SPARROW 1 (7th yr on count)
Swamp Sparrow 12
White-throated Sparrow 75
White-crowned Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 1,056

Northern Cardinal 458

EASTERN MEADOWLARK 3 (22nd yr on count)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 1 (18th yr on count)
Common Grackle 3

House Finch 152
Purple Finch 4
Pine Siskin 390
American Goldfinch 508

House Sparrow 634


Good birding,
Geoff



Geoffrey A. Williamson
Lisle-Arboretum CBC compiler
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net



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Subject: IBET CBC - North Pond / Lincoln Park Zoo / Jarvis / Chicago River at Wilson and Argyle
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 22:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Joe Rockey, CiCi Birnberg and I covered these areas for the Urban Count today.  Our best bird was a HERMIT THRUSH at Jarvis (I see that Al Stokie had one on his count as well). Other birds of note were one BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON at North Pond, one GREAT BLUE HERON at the Chicago River bridge at Argyle, and one WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the zoo.
Disappointments: no Black-crowned Night Herons at South Pond, no Coopers Hawk seen in the zoo, and no Peregrines flying near the high-rises just west of the zoo. This is the first year in the last five or six that I've been doing this area that these birds were not seen.
Not unusual but wonderful to see: a gorgeous Red-tailed Hawk perched very close to the trail as we entered Jarvis. 
Rena CohenHighland ParkLake County




Subject: IBET Chicago Urban X-Mas Count Along The Des Plaines River Plus 2 Cemeteries Sun 12-14-14
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 20:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

This count along the D.P. River is the toughest day's birding that I do. I
cover the river on the west side from Axehead Lake (Touhy Ave) to Higgins,
cut over to the Tollway & then return along the east side of the river back
to the starting point. It takes 3 hours to do the west side but only 1 hour
to return due to the fact that there are no trails on the west side so I
have to make my own. The older I get the harder it is to force my way over
fallen trees & through brambles & such stuff. I will re-think the way I do
this next year to make it a little easier if I can. After this 4 hour
project I do a 2 hour walk at Chevalier Woods & over to Lawrence Ave but
this area has trails & is an easy walk. Next I do 2-3 Irving Park Rd
cemeteries but today Dave Johnson did most of that for me.

My reward for all this hard work is to see lots of very common birds &, if
I am lucky, 1 or 2 birds that are good for an X-Mas Count. This year I had
3 good count birds & that's it. Here's my list:

Des Plaines River From Touhy To Lawrence (7:30-11:30 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.)

GREAT BLUE HERON (1)
Canada Goose (28)
Mallard (31)
Rock Pigeon (28)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (9)
Downy Woodpecker (15)
Hairy Woodpecker (2)
Chickadee (21)
W.B. Nuthatch (9)
BROWN CREEPER (3)
Robins (5)
HERMIT THRUSH (1)
Cardinal (22)
Junco (40)
Goldfinch (24)

That's only 15 species but along the various roadsides I added:

Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)
Herring Gull (1)
Mourning Dove (1)
Starling (~15)
House Sparrow (4)

At the cemeteries I added numbers to species already seen plus one adult
male KESTREL which was at the same spot the Merlins have been seen in the
last few years & a Blue Jay.

So I had 22 species but Dave Johnson added KINGFISHER, RED BREASTED
NUTHATCH,
CEDAR WAXWING (18), Song Sparrow & White Throated Sparrow so as a group we
had 27 species which is a good total for this area. The best total ever was
30 species & anything over 25 is good. Only the cemeteries allow the total
to get much over 20 as although I cover a lot of ground the river stuff is
all the same kind of habitat with the same kind of birds.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Hermit Thrush & Runner-Up to the male Kestrel & the
G.B. Heron.
Thanks to Dave Johnson for his extra work!

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Loyola, Yard, etc, - 12/14/2014
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 20:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders,
Not a single unusual gull at Loyola today, but there was a Snow Bunting. (which I ignored).  A few pictures of the usual gulls plus the two species seen in the yard are at the link.
Also, about that owl:  After getting eight million views in the first week on the two sites I pay attention to, it took a whole 'nother week to break twelve million views. Fame is such a fleeting thing.
Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Backyard, Loyola, North Park Village - 12/14/2014

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Subject: IBET Rough-legged Hawks at Gillson Park, Cook
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 15:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
My 8 year old asked me to take him birding around noon and I gladly obliged.


We went to Gillson Park in Wilmette, Cook, where there was very little excitement at first. The only bird in sight was a single Hooded Merganser in the harbor. As we were about to leave, a dog fell into the harbor near the dog beach. As it was a lab, it had very little trouble swimming, but the owners panicked trying to figure out how to get the dog out of the water with the high harbor walls. They finally coaxed it to swim over near the sailing dock where they were able to lift it out with much effort as the lab was obviously well fed. At that point, a hawk came flying up the lakefront and over the harbor. I thought at first it was one of the Red-tailed Hawks that frequently sit atop Bahai Temple, then I noticed it was all dark. It banked and flew right over us, a beautiful dark morph juvenile Rough-legged Hawk. Flying higher but obviously with this bird was another,, this one a light morph Rough-legged Hawk.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL




Subject: IBET A Merlin in the water at Montrose - Sunday 12.14.2014
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 13:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A few pictures of a Merlin at Montrose from today on IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU617.0

Fran
Evanston, Cook Co.



Subject: IBET Lincoln Park Common Loon
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 12:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ibeters . . .
There was a Common Loon at the very north end of Belmont Harbor (narrow part) in Chicagos Lincoln Park at approx. 11:00 am today
affording close views. Showed a lot of white. Juvenile?

John Purcell / Chicago

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Subject: IBET lenses for sale
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 7:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
If anyone is interested in a good deal on a Nikon AF 300mm F4 lens, or a 600mm F4 AF lens, let me know.  Great for someone who wants to get professional quality shots of birds.
Rob Curtis
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Subject: IBET East Peoria Gulls
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 21:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

Shanin Abreu and I had some nice gulls at East Port Marina (Tazewell County) this afternoon. Two 1st cycle Glaucous, one 2nd cycle Iceland, one 1st cycle Thayer's, and one 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed. Overall there were about 400 Herring and 150 Ring-billed in the area with lots of subadult Herrings.

Matthew Winks
Normal, IL



Subject: IBET Loyola Birds - 12/13/2014
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 17:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders,
A presumed Glaucous Gull was the only unusual bird seen today although there were some photogenic Herring Gull types.  Pictures at the link.
Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Loyola Gulls and Ducks - 12/13/2014

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Subject: IBET Tundra Swan
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 16:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
One individual continued at Arcola sludge pits today, Douglas County

Ron Bradley

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Subject: IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods, Illinois Beach, N. Point Marina & Independence Grove Sat 12-13-14
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 16:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Another day with very few birds found but once again I was somewhat "saved"
by my last location.
Bob Erickson was with everywhere except Independence Grove. Here's my lists
by locations:

Waukegan Beach, Park & Harbor Channel (7:15-8:15 a.m.)

The ice is gone from the pier but no birds are there anyway. There were 6
Mallards in the lake,
one D.C. Cormorant flew toward the harbor & a few Herring Gulls were flying
over the water.
In the water near the boat club were Goldeneye (2-M) & Bufflehead (1-F) &
in the fenced in pond along Sea Horse Dr. the Gadwall numbers were up to
12. Heard only birds were Chickadee & Goldfinch.

Lyons Woods (8:30-9 a.m.)

Hairy Woodpecker (1)
Blue Jay (heard 1)
Chickadee (4)
W.B. Nuthatch (2)

Illinois Beach South Unit Campground North Pines (9:15-10 a.m.)

Chickadee (4)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (2 together)
Near the pines were 2 W.B. Nuthatches & Herring Gulls were flying near the
beach.

North Point Marina (10:15-11 a.m.)

Canada Geese (2 flying away)
Greater Scaup (1-F in harbor mouth)
Bufflehead (2 in harbor & 1 in lake)
Goldeneye (1-F in harbor)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-F in lake)
Common Merganser (1-M & 4-F in harbor & 4-F in lake)
Ruddy Duck (2 in harbor)
Coots (2 in harbor)
Herring Gulls (no group on the docks today but a few were flying around)

Independence Grove (noon-1:30 p.m.)

The water is mostly open & the number of water birds was pretty high. Took
a long time to count & re-count everything but that's ok with me.

Canada Goose (475-500)
Cackling Goose (1, was asleep but when it stood up you could how small it &
it's bill were)
Mallard (48)
BLACK DUCK (1 with the Mallards)
Lesser? Scaup (4-5, far away but I think they were Lesser's)
Redhead (1-F with the Scaup)
Bufflehead (1 lone female)
Goldeneye (72, looked for a Barrow's without success)
Hooded Merganser (1-M & 4-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-M)
Common Merganser (208, that's a lot of them! And again most were males))
BALD EAGLE (2 adults on the big stumps in the water but 1 had a little dark
in the white head)
Coots (8)
Ring Billed Gull (only 1)
Herring Gull (12-14)
(So Common Merganser wins the duck count contest in a big way!)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 big Bald Eagles &
Runner-Up to the 2 small Red Breasted Nuthatches. Another day of large &
small winners.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET NE Lake County this AM
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 16:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Birders!

Andy Stewart and I challenged the birding blues this morning and visited
our regular chain of Lake County spots. Unfortunately, the diversity and
abundance of birds out there right now is quite low, and southwesterly
winds didn't help. As always, it was still good to get out there and ask
some questions in the field. Here are the spots with highlights and the
full eBird list:

Van Patten Woods: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881458
Stopped here hoping for a Common Redpoll, but alas there were none. The
numerous PINE SISKINS around the parking lot surrounded by pines were the
highlight.

Winthrop Harbor lakefront:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881573
Searched here for anything unexpected, but especially for Surf Scoter.
Nothing on either of those goals, though we did find 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS
and 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER at the north end of Spring Bluff. 9 SNOW BUNTINGS
sitting on a sign at the south end of the harbor was the other highlight.

Illinois Beach State Park North Unit:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881653
Very little here as well, but Andy did pick out a nice THAYER'S GULL at
Sand Pond.

Lyons Woods: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881704
Stopped here in search of redpolls, again to no avail. Highlights were a
GREAT HORNED OWL and 1 NORTHERN FLICKER, which we saw there last time.

Waukegan Beach: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881737
Again, very quiet here, though an awesome female MERLIN did a rapid fly-by.

And surprise, Almond Marsh:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881750
As we drove by, Andy looked over the lack and spotted a subadult Bald Eagle
preening on one of the dead trees.

We did stop at a few other places, but overall, Lake County's hottest spots
were pretty quiet this morning. Here's looking forward to the next mass
movement of ducks!

Good birding everyone!

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



Subject: IBET Wolf Lake Redpolls & Siskins (12-13-14)
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 13:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Seven COMMON REDPOLLS and at least four PINE SISKINS were feeding on alder cones on the northwest shore of Wolf Lake (Powers Fish & Wildlife Area, Chicago) during my visit from 12:40 - 1:20 pm on Saturday (13 December 2014). Walk the narrow path that follows the northwest shoreline till you get to the alder trees.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.



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Subject: IBET Belmont Harbor Injured Common Loon 12/13/14
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 13:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
After looking through some pics, it appears to have an injured right wing. It spent a lot of time preening, paying most attention to right wing. I have seven series of it displaying at diff. times and each time it would never extend its right wing. It appears to be a problem at it outer most joint. I have appointment so cant post pics 'till later. Anyone to call for rescue attempt and how to catch a Loon?

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Subject: IBET Belmont Harbor - Common Loon 12/13/14 am
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 12:31 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Had the Common Loon reported by Luis M this morning in about the same location and then swam to center of Harbor where I lost it. Was very docile. I kept trying to move away from it for better light angle but, he kept swimming along with me, watching me. I got a feeling he thought I was going to throw him a fish. I must say I loved having this problem. I have not seen a Loon since I was a kid when dad and I would go fishing in far northern Wisconsin. I can still hear their call and picture this goofy bird far off in the morning mist and then it would disappear and re-surface 40 feet away. I was not a Birder then and only took up Birding a few years ago. This is a bird I wanted to see again since I heard reports of them along our lake front. Finally! And very good looks at that. Will post pics to IBF and Flickr later. There were about a dozen Common, Mostly male, and red-breasted mergansers, two Common Golden-eye females and three American Coots.
Happy Birding
Steve Jener
Cook County



Subject: Book Review: Southern Illinois Birds: An Annotated List and Site Guide
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 10:31 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
In 2003 the Illinois State Academy of Science published my review of Southern Illinois Birds:  An Annotated List and Site Guide, by W. Douglas Robinson.  Here is the review posted on The River Landing weblog:

http://theriverlanding.typepad... http://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2014/12/book-review-southern-illinois-birds-an-annotated-list-and-site-guide.html

Tom Lerczak
Havana

Mason County





Subject: IBET Colombian Andes Budget Birding - respond by Jan. 1st if interested
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 9:02 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

I'm planning two budget birding tours to the Colombian Andes. We will see hundreds of species, including dozens of endemics and other specialties. If interested, please let me know which trip dates fit your schedule and your maximum price option by January 1st.

Trip 1 will run from 02/21/2015 to 03/01/2015, Trip 2 from 03/28 to 04/05. Cost is $1580 per person per trip if six people sign up, $1720 if five, $1950 if four, $2250 if three, and $3000 if two. This includes lodging, entrance fees, meals, and guides. Participants are responsible for the cost of their flight to Medellin, where we will start our journey.

Participants must be in good health and have passports, and yellow fever vaccination is recommended. This tour involves strenuous, uphill walking. We will walk at least five miles per day, sometimes more.

Here is the 9-day itinerary:

1.Arrive in Medellin and head directly to Rio Claro.
http://www.birdingcolombia.com...
2.Bird Rio Claro.
3.Bird Rio claro in the morning, then head to Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve.
http://www.birdingcolombia.com...
4.Bird CCPR.
5.Bird CCPR.
6.Head to Los Nevados National Park and bird.
http://vimeo.com/83831236
7.Bird L.N., then head to Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary.
8.Bird Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary.
http://www.birdingcolombia.com...
9.Bird in the morning if time allows. Airport in Medellin to home.

I have reserved transportation by minibus. It is a comfortable, clean, and spacious ride with a friendly, professional driver and comfy seats. Local guides will accompany us throughout the tour.

This will be a high-intensity birding tour with special attention on restricted-range species (i.e., endemics). Targets at Rio Blanco include antpittas (eight species including the near-endemic Bicolored and endemic Brown-banded), five species of tapaculos, Rusty-faced Parrot, Rufous-fronted and Golden-plumed Parakeets, Gray-breasted and Black-billed Mountain-Toucans, Black-chested Mountain-Tanager, and Masked Saltator. Targets at the Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve include Chestnut-capped Piha, Stiles’s Tapaculo, Parker’s Antbird, Rufous-rumped Antwren, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Purplish-mantled Tanager, Blue-fronted Parrotlet, Lanceolated Monklet, Scarlet-and-white Tanager, and Lemon-spectacled Tanager, White-mantled Barbet, Red-bellied Grackle, and Multicolored Tanager. Targets at Los Nevados include Purple-backed Thornbill, Bearded Helmetcrest, Black-backed Bush-Tanager, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Red-crested Cotinga, Andean Condor, and Tawny
Antpittas. Targets at Otún-Quimbaya include Cauca Guans, Red-ruffed Fruitcrows, Torrent Ducks, and Multicolored Tanager.

A portion of revenues will go toward ProAves, a Colombian non-profit organization that funds the acquisition and conservation of landscapes that host the last remaining populations of critically endangered bird species.

About me:
I bird for fun and am not making any profit off this. I am employed full time as a wildlife biologist with the DoD. I regularly provide conservation education as part of my work. I have led Audubon field trips locally and in Arizona. I have birded Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico. I have conducted avian research expeditions in Brazil. I am friendly, outgoing, energetic, and passionate about conservation and tropical birding.

I hope that you are interested in joining on this adventure. We're going to have a lot of fun and see a lot of amazing birds! Please feel free to forward this message, and contact me with any questions.

Take care,

John DeLuca
Wilmington, NC


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