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09 Feb: @ 14:00:21 IBET Forestry work at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary - * No Sightings * [Leslie Borns cakile@att.net [ILbirds]]
09 Feb: @ 10:53:07 IBET Northern Shrike - Greene Valley Forest Preserve DuPage County [j-hedges@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
09 Feb: @ 10:01:23 IBET Eagles Right Now & on Nest ['vernonlavia@aol.com' VernonLaVia@aol.com [ILbirds]]
09 Feb: @ 08:46:12 IBET BY e starling [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
09 Feb: @ 07:49:07 IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) [Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
08 Feb: @ 19:03:04 RE: IBET Gull Frolic Reminder (NO SIGHTINGS) [ntikalsky ntikalsky@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
08 Feb: @ 17:27:44 IBETSlaty-backed & California Gull photos (No sighting) [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
08 Feb: @ 16:26:26 IBET Middlefork Savanna Northern Shrike & shrike roosting [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
08 Feb: @ 15:51:17 IBET Montrose Horned Grebe and Ruddy Ducks, 2/8 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
08 Feb: @ 14:57:19 IBET:Turkey Vulture Over Warrenville [marilyn bell marbell@rocketmail.com [ILbirds]]
08 Feb: @ 12:32:02 IBET Gull Frolic Reminder (NO SIGHTINGS) [Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
08 Feb: @ 11:29:06 IBET: Sangamon Co. January 2016 [Beckie Dyer dyer@museum.state.il.us [ILbirds]]
08 Feb: @ 11:19:46 IBET Pileated Woodpecker Lakewood FP (Lake Co.) [Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
08 Feb: @ 10:32:14 IBET no sightings, waterfowl migrating north ['Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' woodthrusheola8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 18:04:34 IBET skokie lagoons/upper techny basin [Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 14:14:40 IBET Repeat Performance At Jackson Park With The Same Result-No Ross's Goose Sun 2-7-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 13:47:16 IBET Slaty-backed Gull [Jim Tezak jjtezak@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 13:31:46 IBET Birding and NA Birds magazines back issues [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 12:56:26 IBET Super Bowl Sunday ILYB Field Trip [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 12:41:59 IBET Illinois Young Birders north Cook.Co [isooman701@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 12:07:40 IBET Re: Tufted Titmouse [Fay Groh faygroh@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 11:37:52 IBET FRANKLIN'S GULL- NPM; Sun 07 Feb 2016 [Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 09:58:32 IBET Common Redpoll in Knox County [Jim Mountjoy jmountjo@knox.edu [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 09:15:42 IBET Slaty-backed took off ~8:30 [Nick Barber nbarber@niu.edu [ILbirds]]
07 Feb: @ 07:20:43 IBET Slaty backed Continues: Sunday, 07 Feb 2016 [Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 18:34:58 IBET sorry for the "salty flew but ... (No Current Sightings) [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 17:07:23 IBET South Chicago Lakefront, 2/6 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 16:29:30 IBET Cook County-Lake Calumet Area Saturday 2-6-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 12:32:17 IBET Snowy owl Ford county [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 12:21:54 IBET Quick Check at Harbert Park [isooman701@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 11:38:11 Re: IBET Slaty at Arsenal road [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 10:27:37 IBET Slaty at Arsenal road [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 10:27:15 IBET Ross' Goose [Pat Durkin pat.durkin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 10:09:11 IBET Salty flew [norekj@aol.com NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 09:42:51 IBET slay at Rt 53 and River [norekj@aol.com NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
06 Feb: @ 08:41:55 IBET BY Red-tailed h. [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 20:56:11 IBET Arsenal Rd gulls on Friday [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 17:08:32 IBET Northern Shrike - Middlefork Savanna [Tim Huizenga thuizenga@lafchicago.org [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 14:03:15 IBET Lucas Museum smackdown - Chgo. Trib (no sighting) ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 13:27:00 IBET Cook County-Spring Valley Nature Preserve In Schaumburg Friday 2-5-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 11:45:55 IBET Springbrook Prairie redpolls--no, but a great horned owl [asteinmann@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 11:20:55 IBET Slaty-backed yes [Joe Lill trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 11:17:03 RE: Ibet (Migration) ['Mcmullen, Keith A MVS' Keith.A.Mcmullen@usace.army.mil [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 10:29:20 Ibet (Migration) [tkforcum@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 08:58:47 IBET RBA - GYRFALCON found near Colfax, McLean County [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
05 Feb: @ 08:26:42 IBET Common Redpolls - YES [Caryn Hollander cjhollander21@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
04 Feb: @ 18:31:27 Re: IBET parkland lawsuit to move forward (no sighting) [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
04 Feb: @ 18:30:58 IBET Flying Ducks at Montrose 2.4.2016 [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
04 Feb: @ 17:20:07 Re: IBET parkland lawsuit to move forward (no sighting) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
04 Feb: @ 16:58:05 Re: IBET parkland lawsuit to move forward (no sighting) [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Forestry work at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary - * No Sightings *
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 14:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear ILBirders,
Attached is an informational message concerning some minor forestry work that will be performed on Montrose Point this week.  Please direct any questions or concerns to Forrest Cortes, the Chicago Park District's Community Stewardship Program Manager.  Thank you. 

Leslie Borns/Chicago/Cook--------------------------------------

From Forrest:
Community members have expressed concerns about potentially hazardous dead trees and limbs near the trail just west of the Magic Clump at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary.  In order to address these concerns and protect the safety of visitors to Montrose Point, [Chicago Park District] Forestry [Department] will be removing a large, dead tree that has started to lean toward the trail, as well as a few dead, hanging limbs that are in close proximity to the walking trail.  We made the decision to remove only limbs that pose a hazard so that we can retain structure for bird habitat.  Please be aware that forestry crews will be working in the sanctuary on Wednesday, 2/10 and Thursday, 2/11.   Questions can be directed to the Community Stewardship Program Manager at forrest.cortes@chicagoparkdistrict.com.   Thank you,   Forrest     Forrest Cortes Community Stewardship Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy   Chicago Park District Contractor   office: 312.742.4602 cell: 312.859.2386   541 N. Fairbanks Ct. Chicago, IL 60611














 



Subject: IBET Northern Shrike - Greene Valley Forest Preserve DuPage County
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 10:53 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There was a northern shrike east of Greene Road north of 79th Street this morning.  It was very close Greene Road and dropped down in the bushes and small trees just a little further east.



Subject: IBET Eagles Right Now & on Nest
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 10:01 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


Did my routine Eagle search today 8:30-9:30 am, between Mooseheart, North Aurora and Oswego. 2 adults were on the nest!! (on the north side of Mooseheart Rd, 100 yards west of              Rt. 31)1 adult seen from Rt. 25 flying north over Fox            River, b/t Sullivan Rd &Indian Trail1 Immature in downtown Oswego on West            Bank in tree2 adults sitting RIGHT NOW  in Montgomery,          in west bank tree, 200 yards south of         Mill Street.Good eagling!
Vernon LaVia 312-543-4718Aurora



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Subject: IBET BY e starling
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 8:46 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
The starlings are getting some real color now. My Mom has a large flock that eats a suet block in just a few minutes.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
xxjb7z@aol.com




Subject: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 7:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
After a three day absence of sightings, the Prairie Falcon has showed it's
self. Sitting on the stump at 744am.

Tyler D Funk



Subject: RE: IBET Gull Frolic Reminder (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 19:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I presume you've sent enticing invitations to the Slaty-backed and California Gulls being seen in the state! ;)


Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, IL

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-------- Original message --------From: "Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" Date:02/08/2016 12:32 PM (GMT-06:00) To: yahoogroups Subject: IBET Gull Frolic Reminder (NO SIGHTINGS)

A reminder to those registered for the 15th Annual IOS Gull Frolic. We begin at 9:30 am, this Saturday, February 13th 2016. We ask that you please check in at the registration table at the front door when you arrive.

Our guest speaker - Kenn Kaufman - will be presenting some of the latest information we have on bird migration, and how it's not always as simple as a direct north-south journey.
Folks with last names beginning A-K will be attending Session #1 (10:30-11:30 am). Last names L-Z will be attending Session #2(12:00-1:00pm). Note that seats in the presentation room are limited. We'll begin serving lunch shortly after noon.
Finally, this week's temperatures are going to bring on a real "wintry" feel and most of the harbor/marina should ice up nicely. This should work in our favor, gull-wise. I'm sure all of you die-hards have been following the weather forecasts which are predicting frigid temps for Saturday (single digits in the morning hours). Dress warm!!
Thanks,Amar AyyashIOS - Gull Frolic Committee




Subject: IBETSlaty-backed & California Gull photos (No sighting)
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 17:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Does anyone else have some good photos of the Slaty-backed or California Gulls that have been seen along Arsenal Rd. in Will County recently that they would care to share we me for later use in the Meadowlark: A Journal of Illinois Birds? Thanks!


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



Subject: IBET Middlefork Savanna Northern Shrike & shrike roosting
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 16:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


I visited Middlefork Savanna F.P. yesterday and found the NORTHERN SHRIKE almost immediately near the observation platform near the marsh just southwest of the parking lot, thanks to others earlier sightings of the bird in the same area. It was initially in the small clump of buckthorn trees just east of the observation platform, but soon disappeared. With my earlier successes at finding shrike roosting sites in similar situations where shrikes were roosting in thorny shrubs (especially buckthorns), I went over and took a quick look at the shrubby thicket where the shrike had been. Sure enough, there was a spot on the ground with lots of shrike droppings, as well as 21 shrike pellets within a few square feet of one another near the droppings. Shrikes eject very small pellets, very much like miniature owl pellets made up of the fur and bones of their recent meals. The shrike has apparently been using that spot for at least 21 days to roost at. I then went searching for the shrike who had rather quickly moved quite a distance to the west… across the No. Branch of the Chicago River, and was perching on the small tree saplings and the many small fences that surrounded many of the recently planted saplings, just east and southeast of the large wetland over in that area. Shrikes that I’ve followed around at Rollins Savanna also like to use the wire fencing that the forest preserve district places around their trees that they plant out in the forest preserves, to hunt from. They use the fencing so much to hunt from, I’ve also found a number of shrike pellets underneath such fencing. Shrikes have very large territories… more the size of raptors (i.e. much like a kestrel) than a passerine. Using a Google Earth distance measuring feature when I got home, the bird was 475 yards between the two farthest separated points where I saw it. It was hanging out on the many saplings and saplings surrounded by fencing west of the river for most of the hour or so that I was there, though it did come close to the west side of the river a couple times while I was watching it. About the only other birds that I noticed while I was there were 12 AMERICAN ROBINS and three RED-TAILED HAWKS, two of which appeared to be a territorial pair that escorted the other hawk out of their territory. Interestingly, the Red-tailed Hawk in the cages at Elawa Farms began calling when the pair of mated Red-taileds got up and began soaring nearby. Good birding!



Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake Co.)

sdbailey@illinois.edu




Subject: IBET Montrose Horned Grebe and Ruddy Ducks, 2/8 a.m.
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 15:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I walked around Montrose for a bit this morning, February 8, and I can
confirm that it still feels like winter. My most unexpected find was a
Horned Grebe in the lake on the beach side of the fishing pier. I'm
guessing this is an overwintering bird instead of an early migrant
because of the date.

I also saw the 2 continuing female type Ruddy Ducks in the lake south of
the Magic Hedge. They're been in the same area for over a week so they
must like that spot.

There were also several hundred gulls, mostly Ring-billeds, swarming
over the open water at the west end of the harbor. I didn't spend a lot
of time looking through them so I could have missed something unusual.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, some kind of small fish are running
in the harbor, which is what's attracting the gulls.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Subject: IBET:Turkey Vulture Over Warrenville
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 14:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There was a TURKEY VULTURE soaring over Warrenville in the last hour, sighted over N. Williams Road, which is close to Blackwell Forest Preserve.  A BALD EAGLE flew up out of the woods in that general area, as well, and at the same time.  The latter has appeared a couple of times recently.

It seems early for TUVU's - ??

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County


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Subject: IBET Gull Frolic Reminder (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 12:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 A reminder to those registered for the 15th Annual IOS Gull Frolic. We begin at 9:30 am, this Saturday, February 13th 2016. We ask that you please check in at the registration table at the front door when you arrive. 

Our guest speaker - Kenn Kaufman - will be presenting some of the latest information we have on bird migration, and how it's not always as simple as a direct north-south journey.  
Folks with last names beginning A-K will be attending Session #1 (10:30-11:30 am). Last names L-Z will be attending Session #2(12:00-1:00pm). Note that seats in the presentation room are limited. We'll begin serving lunch shortly after noon. 
Finally, this week's temperatures are going to bring on a real "wintry" feel and most of the harbor/marina should ice up nicely. This should work in our favor, gull-wise. I'm sure all of you die-hards have been following the weather forecasts which are predicting frigid temps for Saturday (single digits in the morning hours). Dress warm!! 
Thanks,Amar AyyashIOS - Gull Frolic Committee




Subject: IBET: Sangamon Co. January 2016
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 11:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Birds in Sangamon County in January 2016

*Common Loon* ? one at LSpfld last seen (Jan 9).**

*Pied-billed Grebe ? *wintered, w*/*HC = 35 (Jan 1) # dropped after Jan 16.

*Horned Grebe* ? HC = 5 (Jan 1), and last seen (Jan 10).

*White Pelican* ? one wintered at LSpfld ? first ever.

*Double-crested Cormorant* ? wintered at LSpfld, w/ HC = 11 (Jan 1 & 5).

*Great Blue Heron* ? wintered, w/ HC = 31 (Jan 31).

*Mute Swan* ? HC = 8(Jan 23).

*Tundra Swan* ? first noted 4 at LSpfld (Jan 14) and seen on 10 days
w/HC = 7 (Jan 22, 23 & 31) most observations ever for winter (some were
at Sangchris).

*Trumpeter Swan* ? 2 adults at LSpfld (Jan 13) w/ HC = 26 at Sangchris
(Jan 27) and 8 (Jan 28).

*Greater White-fronted Goose* ? wintered, w/ HC = 1020 (Jan 14).

Snow (blue)x White-fr.hybrid ? one at Sangchris (Jan 25) ? photo.

*Snow Goose* ? present off & on, w/ HC = 10,800 on(Jan 30).

*Ross?s Goose* ? few identified, w/one (Jan 2) and 2 (Jan 30).

*Cackling Goose* ? wintered, w/HC = 30 (Jan 4).

*Canada Goose* ? wintered, w/HC = 1150 (Jan 14).

*Wood Duck* ? a few wintered mostly at WP, w/ HC = 13 (Jan 19) also one
? at Lindsay Bridge and a pair in the Warm water Ditch.

*Green-winged Teal* ? a ? at LSpfld (Jan 10 & 11), but a spring? influx
14 at LSpfld (Jan 30) and a HC = 40 (Jan 31).

*Am Black Duck* ? wintered in small #, w/HC = 13 (Jan 25).

*Mallard* = wintered, w/HC = 450 (Jan 31), there was an increase (Jan 31).

*N. Pintail* ? a few seen off & on at LSpfld & Sangchris, w/ % spring
migrants 6 at LSpfld (Jan 29) & HC = 114 (Jan 30 & 31).

*N. Shoveler* ? some seen until (Jan 9), w/ HC = 27(Jan 8) then only one
(Jan 15 & 31).

*Gadwall *? wintered in low #, w/ HC = 38 (Jan 8), plus a spring push of
6 (Jan 27) & a HC = 90 (Jan 31).

*Am. Wigeon* ? one ? (Jan 23), then spring migrants 6 (Jan 30) w/ HC =
16 (Jan 31).

*Canvasback *? wintered, w/ HC = 108 (Jan 11).

*Redhead *? a few wintered w/ 6 (Jan 11), w/ spring migrants 6 (Jan 30)
& HC = 14 (Jan 31).

*Ring-necked Duck* ? some at LSpfld all winter, w/ HC = 47 (Jan 5).

*Greater Scaup* ? wintered, w/ HC = 15 (Jan 14).

*Lesser Scaup* ? wintered, w/ HC = 77 (Jan 11).

*Long-tailed Duck ? *a ? seen 5 times between (Jan 3 ? 20).

*Common Goldeneye* ? wintered, w/ HC = 655 (Jan 14).

*Bufflehead *? wintered, w/ HC = 15 (Jan 13).

*Hooded Merganser* ? wintered, w/ HC = 120 (Jan 13).

*Common Merganser* ? wintered, w/ HC = 300 (Jan 20 & 23).

*Red-breasted Merganser* ? wintered in small #, w/ HC = 2 between (Jan 8
- 15).

*Ruddy Duck* ? wintered, w/ HC = 475 (Jan 4), but # dropped when lake
almost froze.

*Turkey Vulture* - a few all winter, w/ HC = 12 (Jan 15).

*Bald Eagle* ? wintered especially in periods of ice, w/ HC = 33 (8ad &
25 im) on (Jan 31). I found another nest in Sangamon County w/ 2 adults
in the valley of the South Fork on (Jan 30) ?photo.

*N. Harrier* ? wintered, HC = 4 (Jan 4 & 10).

*Sharp-shinned Hawk* ? one at LSpfld (Jan28).

*Cooper?s Hawk* ? HC = 3 (Jan 8).

*Red-shouldered Hawk* ? an adult on the east side of Springfield (Jan 2
& 29).

*Red-tailed Hawk* ? HC = 11 (Jan 3), w/dark phase w/ chestnut breast
(Jan 24) & aKrider?s (Jan 27).

*Rough-legged Hawk* ? 3 light phase (Jan 8, 20 & 21).

*Am.Kestrel* ? HC = 5 (Jan 2, 3 & 21).

*Merlin* ? ? at UIS (Jan 2, 3, 7, 26), ? at WP (Jan 19) and one at Berry
(Jan 22)..

*Peregrine Falcon* ? seen on eight dates at LSpfld, with 2 (Jan 3).

*Ring-neck Pheasant* ? only 2 west of Spfld (Jan 3).

*Turkey *? 2 at the Refuge (Jan 6) and 13 at Hunter Lake (Jan 28)..

N. Bobwhite ? none**

*Am. Coot* ? wintered, w/ HC = 21 (Jan 16).

*Killdeer *? one at Rochester sp (Jan 4) and a spring migrant? at LSpfld
(Jan 30).

*Bonaparte?s Gull* ? HC = 80 (Jan 4) and last seen 8 at LSpfld (Jan 11).

*Ring-billed Gull* ? HC = 3500 (Jan 31), dropped to very low # Jan 21 ?
23 when LSpfld nearly froze. Also the *?Blue Gull?* was seen again and
photo at IDOT pond (Jan 30) see photos on ISM website. This same
melanistic gull was seen at Spfld Oct 28, 2012 and Dec 2- 7,2014

*Herring Gull* ? HC = 250 (Jan 20 & 29), # also low Jan21 ? 23.

*Great Lake Gull (Great Black-backed x Herring hybrid)* ? one observed
and photo at IDOT pond (Jan 30). See ISM website.

*Thayer?s Gull* ? at LSpfld, one 2^nd year (Jan 14 ? 19), one 1^st year
(Jan 29 & 30) and one adult at IDOT pond (Jan 30) - photo.

*Kumlien?s Gull* ? a 1^st year at LSpfld seen six times (Jan 10 ? 19)
and a near adult (Jan 30).

*Glaucous Gull* ? one 2-3 year bird at LSpfld (Jan 4) and an adult (Jan
16 & 19).

*Lesser Black-backed Gull* ? recorded on 20 days in Jan at LSpfld, w/ HC
= 3 (Jan 11, 13, 19, 29, & 30).

Rock Dove ? present.

*Eurasian Collared-Dove* ? HC = 7 (Jan 3), some of these must have
migrated as they were not in the same areas.

*Mourning Dove* ? HC = 79 (Jan 20).

*E. Screech-Owl* ? one on (Jan 1).

*Great Horned Owl* ? one on(Jan 27).

*Barred Owl* ? 4 singles.

*Short-eared Owl* ? 3 west of Spfld (Jan 3).

*Belted Kingfisher* ? singles on 5 days.

*Red-headed Woodpecker* ? HC = 4(Jan 6).

*Red-bellied Woodpecker* ? seen every day, w/HC = 9 (Jan 18).

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker* ? 3 singles, (Jan 16 - 24).

*Downy Woodpecker* ? HC = 10 (Jan 26).

*Hairy Woodpecker* ? HC = 2 (4x in Jan ).

*N. Flicker* ? HC = 7 at Sangchris (Jan 25 ).

*Pileated Woodpecker* ? HC = 4 at CP (Jan 24).

*Horned Lark* ? HC = 247 (Jan 21).

*Blue Jay* ? HC = 30 (Jan 6), fairly good # around LSpfld.

*Am. Crow* ? HC = 59 (Jan ).

*Black-capped Chickadee* ? HC = 17 (Jan 6).

*Tufted Titmouse* ? HC = 17 (Jan 6).

Red-br. Nuthatch ? None.

*White-breasted Nuthatch* ? HC = 9 (Jan 1, 6, & 19), missed on 2 days.

*Brown Creeper* ? HC = 2 (Jan 26 & 29).

*Carolina Wren* ? HC = 5 (Jan 2 & 23).

*Winter Wren* ? only one at Lick Creek (Jan 26).

*Golden-crowned Kinglet* ? HC = 4 (Jan 6).

*Eastern Bluebird* ? only 2 sets of 2 (Jan 9 & 24).

*Hermit Thrush* ? 2 at WP (Jan 19).

*Am. Robin* ? wintered, w/HC = 108 (Jan 23), missed on 2 days.

*N. Mockingbird* ? one NW of Spfld (Jan 1) ? very low #.

*Cedar Waxwing* ? 2 in cedar tree along east lake drive (Jan 17).

*Northern Shrike* ? one photo NE of Spfld (Jan 3) ? same one as on CBC.

Eur. Starling ? present.

*Common Yellowthroat* ? an im ? was at the Cinder Flats calling and was
seen at close range (Jan 2).

*N. Cardinal* ? HC = 49 (Jan 9).

*Am. Tree Sparrow* ? HC = 77 (Jan 10) ? low #.

*Chipping Sparrow* ? 3 at Oak Ridge Cemetery (Jan 1), one east of LSpfld
(Jan 2) and 2at the Refuge (Jan 6). Oddly no Field Sparrows.

*Savannah Sparrow* ? two near the Refuge at the south end of LSpfld (Jan 6).

*Fox Sparrow* ? 5 singles between (Jan 2 ? 22).

*Song Sparrow* ? HC = 7 (Jan 18) ? very scarce.

*Swamp Sparrow* ? HC = 2 (Jan 23) ? very scarce in winter now.

*White-throated Sparrow* ? HC = 30 (Jan 22) ? low #.

*White-crowned Sparrow* ? HC = 4 (Jan 1), and one (Jan 6).

*Dark-eyed Junco* ? HC = 112 (Jan 1) and 110 (Jan 21) ? low #, w/
*Oregon Junco* at Oak Ridge (Jan 1) and one along west lake drive(Jan 21)

*Lapland Longspur* ? observed between (Jan 3 ? 22), w/ HC = 690 (Jan 10).

*Red-winged Blackbird* ? a few all winter, w/HC = 300 at roost (Jan 31).

*Eastern Meadowlark* ? 13 at Marsh Road (Jan 10) and 6 at Sangchris (Jan
25).

*Rusty Blackbird*- one at roost (Jan 21).

*Common Grackle* ? sporadic w/ HC = 30 at roost (Jan 23).

*Brown-headed Cowbird* ? wintered, w/ HC = 1000 (Jan 27).

*Purple Finch* ? one near Lincoln Gds (Jan 17).

*House Finch* ? HC = 38(Jan 18).

*Pine Siskin* ? HC =6(Jan 1) and one (Jan 19).

*Am. Goldfinch* ? HC = 15 (Jan 16) ? low #.

House Sparrow ? present.

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow* ? HC = 5 (Jan 10).

Total # of field days = 31

Total hours = 236

Total species = 111 (+ 3 hybrids)

Lake Springfield froze more than ever in 45 years, due to less warm
water put in by power plant.

Passerines, especially ground feeders became scarce.

Berry crop played out early

Few northern species came this far south


H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum
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Subject: IBET Pileated Woodpecker Lakewood FP (Lake Co.)
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 11:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Maureen Marsh and I had a Pileated Woodpecker this morning at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Lake County. It was in the horse trail area south of Ivanhoe Rd. With the parking lot near the white house off Ivanhoe as a reference, we saw it from the trail that borders the south side of that first pond (the one next to the parking lot). First we heard it flying toward us. Then about a minute later it flew by us. This was at about 10:45 AM.

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Subject: IBET no sightings, waterfowl migrating north
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 10:32 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Goodly numbers of water fowl have been heading north over our place (nearly directly in a line with Horseshoe Lake in Alexander Co., Union Co. Refuge in Union Co.both to the south and Pyramid State Pk / Arklands in Randolph Co. to the north) for over 2 weeks. I only get to observe them when I'm home on weekends and work outside. The 01/30/16 weekend migration seemed much heavier than this past weekend's but that's only what I happened to catch going over. Have also heard some waterfowl going north at night when out walking my dog. 

Also nearly straight south of me is Ten Mile Pond in MO and Reelfoot Lake in TN and who know what other waterfowl rest areas. Upon retirement, one of my projects is to spend an excess of time monitoring migration both ways.

We do have some colder weather coming thru this week but don't know if it's enough to freeze the lakes over.
 Rhonda Rothrock
Pomona, Jackson County, IL

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Subject: IBET skokie lagoons/upper techny basin
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 18:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

hello ibetors---

tower to willow

goldeneye-----2
lesser scaup--2
common merg---5 males
mallard------24
Canada goose-19
mourning dove--1
red-tail hwk--3

willow to Winnetka rd

robin------36
starling---55
tree sparrow-1
mallard-----5
pigeon------1
red-bel wdpkr-1
cedar waxwng--17
red-tail hwk-1

techny basin

common merg-----4 males
mallard---------70
Canada goose----14
gadwall---------2
red-tail hawk---1

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Subject: IBET Repeat Performance At Jackson Park With The Same Result-No Ross's Goose Sun 2-7-16
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 14:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I realize that Geese come & go resting for a while & feeding for a
while but I thought I'd try again for the Ross's Goose reported
yesterday both on IBET & Ebird. Arrived at 8:30 & checked both the
Inner & Outer (LaRabida) Harbors to find only about 45 Geese but by
the time I left at 10 a.m. the numbers were up to over 100 but all
were Canada Geese. Ted W was also looking in vain unless he saw the
white goose later. Other species present today were pretty much the
same as on my report from yesterday with the only new duck species
added today being a female Hooded Merganser in the Inner Harbor.
Here's my list by harbor:

Inner Harbor

Canada Geese (94), Mallard (14), Greater Scaup (1-F), Goldeneye
(14-15), Hooded Merganser (1-F),
R.B. Merganser (short visit by 2), Coot (1 of the 8 in the Outer
Harbor swam over), Ring Billed (3) & Herring (1-AD on the ice) Gull.
Several Crows chased a young Red Tailed Hawk for a short time.

Outer (LaRabida) Harbor

Canada Geese (~10), Mallard (16), Redhead (groups of 6 & 3),
CANVASBACK (1-PR), 3 Scaup of which at least 2 were Lesser as was
shown when they flew, Bufflehead (1-M & 2-F),
Goldeneye (8 doing mating displays), R.B. Mergansers (14), Coots (8
but 1 deserted the group to visit the Inner Harbor). Other land birds
seen were Chickadees, Starlings & House Sparrows.

In Lake Michigan were Common Mergansers (4-M) & more red Breasted Mergs.

Did an hour stop at Montrose on the way home & checked the harbor &
the lake. The only ducks in the harbor were Mallards & except for 2
Ruddy Ducks all the ducks in the lake were very far away.

Montrose Harbor

Canada Geese (66), Mallard (18), Coots (3), Ring Billed (174) &
Herring (12) Gulls.
Three Rock Pigeons flew over the harbor.

Lake Michigan

Goldeneye (few), Red Breasted (~25) & Common (6) Mergansers plus 2
close in RUDDY DUCKS.

Not a great day & I only had 23 species for the day of which 11 were
ducks & 2 were gulls.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the fine looking male Canvasback with it's
combination of white body & red head & Runner-Up to the 2 close Ruddy
Ducks. Best I could do today.

Al Stokie
Cook County


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Subject: IBET Slaty-backed Gull
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 13:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
After three days of trying to get a decent photo of the Arsenal Rd Wilmington Slaty I did today.
Nonbreeding Slaty-backed Gull

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Subject: IBET Birding and NA Birds magazines back issues
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 13:31 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Before I recycle them, does anyone want copies of ABA's Birding V34-40
(2002-2008), and the same 7 years for North American Birds?

Our recycyle truck comes on Tuesday, so if you want them let me know by
Monday night, latest. We can work out transfer details later.

Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County



Subject: IBET Super Bowl Sunday ILYB Field Trip
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 12:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We had a record setting 19 young birders this morning (15 members, 4 guests) join us at Chicago Botanic Gardens in our quest for winter finches on Super Bowl Sunday morning. CBG did not disappoint.


Near the Regenstein Center, we found at least 50 Common Redpolls and a handful of Pine Siskins in the arbor vitae and birch trees, as well as coming to the feeders. There were no pales redpolls in the group. We took an obligatory walk around the gardens, looking for sparrows and waxwings, but found very little else on the garden grounds. On the way out, a stunning adult Red-tailed Hawk landed on the island in plain sight.

From there, we drove the length of Skokie Lagoons, but found it mostly frozen.


We then headed east to Lake Michigan at Tower Rd., but found nothing more than a handful of both large mergansers and a half dozen Scaup. Armed with bread, we were unable to entice even a single gull to investigate.


Finally, part of the group continued to Gillson Park. In the harbor were Hooded and Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, and lone female Greater Scaup. A stunning male Northern Harrier came in off the lake and circled over us and a lone Common Redpoll visited the birch trees along the harbor before continuing on.


We kept it short and called it quits, shortly thereafter.


Next month we plan to visit the Wide Waters of the Des Plaines River. See our We site or Facebook for details.


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Subject: IBET Illinois Young Birders north Cook.Co
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 12:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birders,


Today Matthew Cvetas and Josh Engel lead another IYB trip to CBG today which consisted of about 25 people total. We started off at the feeders watching the regular COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS. We spent the majority of the time there and the brief walk through Evening Island was uneventful. As we were walking out, a RED TAILED HAWK was observed from the boardwalk at the entrance perched in a tree across the pond. Next up we checked the Skokie Lagoons for waterfowl but the ponds were completely frozen. The trip was wrapped up with a stop to Tower Road Park, where we only saw 1 HERRING GULL, 1 RED TAILED HAWK and a small flock of RED BREASTED MERGANSERS. My dad and I decided to do a quick stop at Techny before home, where we saw 1 GADWALL and 4 COMMON MERGANSERS.At the end of the day, I tallied 18 species.


Isoo O'Brien


Evanston, IL






Subject: IBET Re: Tufted Titmouse
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 12:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Another tufted titmouse siting today!


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> On Feb 3, 2016, at 11:26 AM, Fay Groh wrote:
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> I have a Tufted Titmouse coming to my feeder today. I heard it calling earlier on the street. I also have male and female Hairy Woodpeckers coming to my peanut feeder.
> Fay Groh
> Lake Bluff
> Lake County
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Subject: IBET FRANKLIN'S GULL- NPM; Sun 07 Feb 2016
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 11:37 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We're currently watching an alternate adult FRGU in the south harbor at North Point Marina. It's at the very east edge of the marina with a group of ~300 Herrings.

Lake County.

Amar Ayyash
Frankfort IL

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Subject: IBET Common Redpoll in Knox County
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 9:58 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While walking the dog this morning, I was pleased to find one Common
Redpoll with a flock of American Goldfinches (and one House Finch) that
were feeding on birch seeds along North Prairie Street in Galesburg.

Jim Mountjoy


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Subject: IBET Slaty-backed took off ~8:30
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 9:15 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Took off about 8:30, circling to the northeast.  1 Ad Thayer's present, no California.



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Subject: IBET Slaty backed Continues: Sunday, 07 Feb 2016
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 7:20 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Bruce Heimer reports the bird is present at the Arsenal Rd pond in Willmington this morning at 7:15 am.

Amar Ayyash
Frankfort

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Subject: IBET sorry for the "salty flew but ... (No Current Sightings)
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 18:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi folks,

It appears my second Slaty post came out rather salty -- blame it on a tiny keyboard, frozen fingers and a huge hurry because 4 or 5 cars of Slaty-chasers had already shown up after the first post and I didn't want others headed in the now wrong direction. Sorry if anyone was confused by the post.

As most following the Slaty posts know, the Slaty ended up back at its normal spot on S Arsenal where, unlike last Saturday, everyone, or I hope everyone out there today, saw it.

The view I had on N River Rd. was an unobstructed, standing, side view -- thanks to Eric W for alerting me that he thought it was there when I stopped to look at the group.


Good birdings,




Joan Norek
Chicago
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Subject: IBET South Chicago Lakefront, 2/6 a.m.
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 17:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

I checked a few places on the south Chicago lakefront this morning,
February 6. I've made this run a couple times this winter, with varying
results. I saw less this morning compared to the previous two visits but
I did have a few highlights.

Calumet Park -

Cackling Goose - 1 at the north end of the main beach, between the beach
house and Coast Guard station
Greater Scaup - ~100, offshore from the Coast Guard station


Steelworkers Park -

White-winged Scoter - 2 female types
Greater Scaup - ~150
Horned Lark - 1 heard flying over. Early spring migrant?


Rainbow Beach Park -

Glaucous Gull - 1 adult

Slim pickings here. No large concentration of Aythya ducks this time.


LaRabida -

Canvasback - male and female at the south end of the harbor
Redhead - ~8 at the south end of the harbor

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois



Subject: IBET Cook County-Lake Calumet Area Saturday 2-6-16
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 16:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Actually went farther afield today but stayed in Cook County. I
checked O'Brien Lock & Dam but only saw a few Geese & 39 Gulls of
which 37 were Herring & only 2 Ring Billed. A quick look at Powderhorn
showed it was completely frozen with nothing on the ice.

1st real stop was at Wolf Lake/Powers where the road to the rear levee
area is still gated but a worker told me what Walter said before that
you can walk or bike in. There's a lot more open water now than before
& more ducks are present but lighting in the early a.m. is right in
your face so I came back after lunch for better viewing. Had some
problems with black billed Swans but I decided that both groups (4 &
6) were Trumpeters after all. It helped when they started making that
trumpet like sound. Here's my list:

Wolf Lake/Powers (8:10-9:45 a.m. & 12:05-12:25 p.m.)

Mute Swan (16)
TRUMPETER SWAN (4 & 6)
Canada Geese (50-60)
Mallard (6-8)
Redhead (20-25)
Lesser Scaup (2-F)
Goldeneye (~10)
R.B. (2) & Common (15-18) Mergansers
Coots (~30)
Ring Billed (16) & Herring (22) Gulls (On my 2nd visit Gull numbers
were up to ~85)
ICELAND GULL (1-2nd year) (At 1st I thought this was a Glaucous Gull
but it was slightly smaller than the Herring Gulls & had a slim look
to it & the bill was not very large)
A Red Tailed Hawk flew out of the Alders & no Redpolls were seen, only
a Downy Woodpecker.
For the 1st time in 2016 I heard the "song" of the Red Winged
Blackbirds with 3 males singing.

Calumet Park (10-10:40 a.m.)

With no ice at all in the lake the ducks were all over & mostly not
close. No sign of the possible Western Grebe reported from here
earlier. Few Geese were on the lawns but most were in the water.
In the lake were Canada Geese (~200), Mallard (25-30), Greater (~25) &
Lesser (4) Scaup,
Redhead (2), Goldeneye (10-12), Bufflehead (2), R.B. (30) & Common
(10) Mergansers.

Under the Skyway off 100th street were 17 Monk Parakeets which flew
south toward 106th Street.
In 126th St Marsh were many Canada Geese & Mallards & nothing else.
Where the marsh meets the river (Turning Basin #3 I think) were only 7
Herring Gulls (no ice on the water) but with them was 1 very big &
dark adult GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL. At the other Gull viewing spot
(Turning Basin #5 by Dead Stick Pond) 2 large boats went through (no
ice again) scattering the few Gulls there but again 1 big white
GLAUCOUS GULL was with the 25 Herring Gulls. Considering how few total
gulls were seen today I was lucky indeed to see 3 rare gull species
with the others.

Last stop was Jackson Park's LaRabida (Outer) Harbor & the Inner
Harbor. If I had a "smart phone" I would have known to look harder for
Pat's reported White Goose but I had no such phone. I did look at
those Inner Harbor geese but maybe not hard enough or maybe the White
Goose had moved on as I was there later in the day. Not the 1st (or
last) time I missed (will miss) something.

Here I did see Canada Geese, Mallards, Redheads (7), Lesser? Scaup
(3-4), CANVASBACK (2),
Bufflehead, Goldeneye, Red Breasted Mergansers & Coots.

Including the few land birds I did see I had 34 species for the day.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the big Great Black Backed Gull in the river &
Runners-Up to the Glaucous Gull & the Iceland Gull that tried to fool me.
Award for the birds producing the most noise to the Monk Parakeets
(again) & the newly arrived Red Winged Blackbirds. It was fun to do
some birding farther away from my local locations.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET Snowy owl Ford county
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 12:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The counting Snowy Owl is currently south of Illinois highway 116 and west of 1800 in northern Ford county.

Colin Dobson, Tony Ward, and Corey Lange
Ford county
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Subject: IBET Quick Check at Harbert Park
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 12:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Birders,




Today just after 10:00 my dad and I decided to do a quick stop at Harbert Park along the channel. We did not walk along the trail just stood on the bridges scanning for ducks. A thin layer of ice covered the water adjacent to the park but the water on the other side of the bridge remained unfrozen though no many ducks. 2 or three female HOODED MERGANSERS were present as well as 2 COMMON GOLDENEYES and MALLARDS but no Black duck. the highlight was a BELTED KINGFISHER which perched in the trees alongside the river. Overall, it was fairly quiet.





Isoo O'Brien


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Subject: Re: IBET Slaty at Arsenal road
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 11:38 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Also the 2nd Cycle California Gull is here also.  

Colin Dobson

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> On Feb 6, 2016, at 10:27 AM, Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> The slaty is at Arsenal pond now.
>
> Colin Dobson and others
> Will county
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Subject: IBET Slaty at Arsenal road
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 10:27 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The slaty is at Arsenal pond now.

Colin Dobson and others
Will county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com

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Subject: IBET Ross' Goose
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 10:27 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
South end of Inner Harbor, Jackson Park, Chicago. Can park along Richard's Drive.

Can also park at the Marina Gate off of Richard's Drive.

Spotted by Mark Webster. Relocated by Eric Ginsburg.

In the company of Canada Geese. Viewable from south end.

Pat Durkin
Chicago

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Subject: IBET Salty flew
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 10:09 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 







All gulls flew to the east. But it's around

Joan. Norek

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Subject: IBET slay at Rt 53 and River
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 9:42 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 







Being viewed now at 9 40 a.m, This is the field on south west corner
Joan Norek


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Subject: IBET BY Red-tailed h.
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 8:41 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Hi friends,
The hawk was circling overhead catching the attention of birds and squirrels alike.
The black sq. hid under the D. pipevine. Yes, the vine is wrapped around a pipe.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Arsenal Rd gulls on Friday
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 20:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Karen and I visited the mostly frozen pond in front of the Local  150
training center, arriving after 10 AM.

A large contingent of gulls were present, 200+. The Slaty-back was there,
plus at least 1 Iceland and several Thayer's. Joe L and Jeff S joined us
but we were not able to positively ID any of he other less common gull
species.

When we all left shortly after 11 AM, the gull flock was contentedly
roosting on the ice, with only a few fly-abouts to/from the dump, etc.

A quick stop at the Wilmington Dam revealed no ice and very gulls and
waterfowl, with nothing out of the ordinaray in view.
Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County



Subject: IBET Northern Shrike - Middlefork Savanna
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 17:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Annette and I saw the northern shrike that was previously reported this morning at Middlefork Savanna.  It was seen near the little bridge just west of the entrance "kiosk".  Not much else there.



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Subject: IBET Lucas Museum smackdown - Chgo. Trib (no sighting)
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 14:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Some media coverage. Carolyn



Chicago Tribune editorial - hard copy

http://www.chicagotribune.com/...
l-lakefront-edit-0205-20160204-story.html

The Lucas Museum smackdown -

Mayor Emanuel should find a grand - and legal - location for his private
project



Chicago Suntimes

http://chicago.suntimes.com/ne...
seum-allowed-proceed

Will court decision derail Lucas Museum?



Friends of the Parks Facebook - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melanie Moore, Director of Policy, Friends of the Parks, (312)
857-2757 x4

Chicago, Illinois (February 4, 2016): Lucas Museum
After a court appearance today before U.S. District Court Judge John Darrah,
Friends of the Parks' fight to keep the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative
Art off the lakefront is set to continue.

U.S. District Judge John Darrah today ruled in favor of the plaintiffs,
denying the Chicago Park District's and City of Chicago's motions to dismiss
a lawsuit filed by Friends of the Parks in federal court challenging the
siting of the Lucas Museum on Chicago's lakefront public parkland.

"We are very pleased that the District Court is allowing the case to
proceed," said Lauren Moltz, Friends of the Parks board chair. "We are
thrilled to finally have the opportunity to depose the City and the Park
District and fully make our case." [more]




Subject: IBET Cook County-Spring Valley Nature Preserve In Schaumburg Friday 2-5-16
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 13:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today is the 5th & last low key local birding day in Cook County for the
week.
My location was Spring Valley Preserve in Schaumburg. This place has the
look of a regular forest preserve but is part of the Schaumburg Park
District. Back in the days of the phone hot line birders would go here when
Siskins & Redpolls were reported. In 2013 I (& others) saw at least one
White Winged Crossbill at the Log Cabin area feeders & I think Scott C also
had 1 Red Crossbill at this spot. But today none of those rare species were
found by me as,once again, only expected Winter birds were seen.

The 2 main wetland spots were frozen over & although most of the trails
were ice free a few places were very, very ice covered & slippery requiring
very slow & careful walking by this "old retired guy".
I explored more of this place than ever before walking to the Heritage Farm
(closed until March 1st) & almost to the Plum Grove Rd parking lot where
very icy trails caused me to turn back. Most of the birds seen were at the
feeders either by the visitor center or by the Log Cabin area.
Once again here is my day list of expected Winter birds:

Spring Valley Nature Center (8:40-10:40 a.m.)

Canada Geese (groups of 1, 3 & 9 flew by)
Mourning Dove (18-20 with all but 2 near the Log Cabin feeders)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (4)
Downy Woodpecker (5-6)
Blue Jay (heard 1)
Chickadee (11-12)
W.B. Nuthatch (3-4)
Robins (9-11)
Starling (2)
Cardinal (1-PR & 1-M)
Tree Sparrow (6-8 at the Visitor Center feeders)
Junco's (11-12)
House Finch (1 singing loudly)
Goldfinch (6-8 at both feeder areas)
House Sparrow (25-30, way too many, & all were at the Visitor Center
feeders or nearby)

One problem with just doing low key birding is that low key birds don't
make it easy to find a
Bird-Of-The-Day, but today I was lucky enough to have good looks at a Red
Tailed Hawk as I was driving by Busse Woods on Rt 72 so that will have to
do for this day.
Runner-Up to all the very noisy Red Bellied Woodpeckers, by far the loudest
birds around.
Their attention getting got them an award today.

Thus endth (no, not the Epistle For The Day) but my week of low key, local
birding.
Tomorrow back to regular weekend programming & I'll need a different
project for next week

Al Stokie
Cook County (all week long)



Subject: IBET Springbrook Prairie redpolls--no, but a great horned owl
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 11:45 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 I decided to see if the redpolls were still at Springbrood Prairie this morning. I found the alders easily enough due to Joe Suchecki's directions, but there were no redpolls. There was a harrier patrolling the area, so that may have discouraged them. I also found a roosting great horned owl. You can see photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27312156 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27312156.



Andrew Steinmann





Subject: IBET Slaty-backed yes
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 11:20 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Slaty-backed Gull is present at Arsenal Rd. at 11:15. Also present are Iceland and Thayer's and possible California.

Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 5, 2016, at 10:29 AM, tkforcum@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> There are thousands on Snow Geese and Canada Geese in the Shelby County fields and flooded bottoms right now. We also have 20 Trumpeter Swans in the Kaskaskia Bottom. My question is-are they out of the North or from the South, already headed back north?
> Karen Forcum
> Mode, Illinois
> Shelby County
>
> Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
>



Subject: Ibet (Migration)
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 11:17 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Karen,

Most likely you're noticing birds on the move headed NORTH! My hunting pals mentioned seeing scores of ducks and geese moving last weekend when we saw temperatures rise into the 60's. As you know, temperature really has nothing to do with it, but rather day length kicks in birds' hormones which instinctively tell them it's time to move towards their breeding grounds.

Many have likely also noticed thousands of blackbirds moving as well as Robins, House Finches and others have been singing as if it's already spring. I hope they're correct, but we may (likely!) still have some winter left to deal with.

Good birdings to all!

Keith McMullen
O'Fallon, IL
Warbler7@sbcglobal.net

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To: IBET
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Ibet (Migration)



There are thousands on Snow Geese and Canada Geese in the Shelby County fields and flooded bottoms right now. We also have 20 Trumpeter Swans in the Kaskaskia Bottom. My question is-are they out of the North or from the South, already headed back north?
Karen Forcum
Mode, Illinois
Shelby County



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Subject: IBET RBA - GYRFALCON found near Colfax, McLean County
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 8:58 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A GYRFALCON was photographed near Colfax, McClean County, yesterday by Mabel Lux!
Found south of E 2450 North Rd on N 3200 East Rd.


https://goo.gl/maps/6nNKbqiXbC... https://goo.gl/maps/6nNKbqiXbC62


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL






Subject: IBET Common Redpolls - YES
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 8:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All,

Is this getting old yet...not for me. Woke up to find at least a dozen COMMON REDPOLLS fighting over the nyger feeders in the yard. This is a record number for me!!!

Caryn Hollander
cjhollander21@yahoo.com
Buffalo Grove (Lake County)

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Subject: Re: IBET parkland lawsuit to move forward (no sighting)
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 18:31 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
YES!

Fran Morel

On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 4:21 PM, 'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net
[ILbirds] wrote:

>
>
> Good news:
>
> Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN
>
> Bistate birder
>
>
>
>
> http://www.usnews.com/news/ent...
>
> Associated Press Feb. 4, 2016, at 2:11 p.m
>
> *A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop "Star
> Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400 million*
>
> By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press
>
> In a written opinion released after a brief hearing in U.S. District Court
> in Chicago, Judge John Darrah explained that he was rejecting the city's
> request to toss the lawsuit because he thinks Friends of the Parks makes
> plausible arguments that turning over the land "is not for the benefit of
> the public but will impair public interest in the land ... and promote
> private ... commercial interests."
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Flying Ducks at Montrose 2.4.2016
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 18:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
When I arrived at Montrose today, I noticed from my car what I thought was
an interesting duck in the harbor. It turned out to be an American Coot. Oh
well. I also saw that ducks were constantly flying in and out of the
harbor, so I spent some time taking some photos of the birds in flight. I
hope you enjoy them.

https://franmorel.smugmug.com/...

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.



Subject: Re: IBET parkland lawsuit to move forward (no sighting)
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 17:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
excellent, justice well-done 
Suzanne ColemanPR Cook


From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]"
To: Ilbirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, February 4, 2016 4:21 PM
Subject: IBET parkland lawsuit to move forward (no sighting)

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Subject: Re: IBET parkland lawsuit to move forward (no sighting)
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 16:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Very good news.




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




-----Original Message-----
From: 'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]
To: Ilbirds
Sent: Thu, Feb 4, 2016 4:21 pm
Subject: IBET parkland lawsuit to move forward (no sighting)







Good news:
Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN
Bistate birder

http://www.usnews.com/news/ent...
Associated PressFeb.4, 2016, at 2:11 p.m
A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeksto stop "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400 million
ByMICHAEL TARM, Associated Press
In awritten opinion released after a brief hearing in U.S. District Court inChicago, Judge John Darrah explained that he was rejecting the city's requestto toss the lawsuit because he thinks Friends of the Parks makes plausible arguments that turning over the land"is not for the benefit of the public but will impair public interest inthe land ... and promote private ... commercial interests."








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