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21 Sep: @ 18:50:25 IBET McCormick Place, Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 ['Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 17:18:53 IBET Re: Smith's Longspur - Ft. Sheridan [franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 17:13:38 IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach South Unit & North Unit Hawk Watch Sun 9-21-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 15:00:28 IBET: DuPage Birding Club Announces October Field Trips (no sightings) [jreiter@wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 14:21:13 IBET Black-billed Cuckoo [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 14:20:46 IBET Old COS newsletters from 1980's [Sue Friscia q4birds@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 12:29:22 IBET Montrose Harbor - Shorebirds + Warblers [spadgaon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 11:53:14 IBET Homer Lake and Meadowbrook Park weekend migrants (Champaign Co.) [Nicholas Sly pagophila@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 11:53:02 IBET Smith's Longspur at Ft. Sheridan [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 11:51:58 IBET Smith's Longspur at Ft Sheridan [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 11:51:35 IBET Smith's Longspur - Ft. Sheridan [franmmmk franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 11:49:47 IBET Swainson's Hawk at IBSP North [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 07:54:11 IBET Oak Park Birds 9-21-14 [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 23:18:09 Re: IBET need directions to Fort Sheridan_ NO SIGHTINGS [mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 22:46:00 IBET Re: Montrose Point, Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 ['Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 22:07:49 IBET Montrose Point, Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 ['Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 22:01:02 IBET K3 River State Park Yellow and Redstarts [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 19:37:58 Re: IBET Lake-Cook Audubon IBSP North Unit Trip [Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 19:23:39 Re: IBET Lake-Cook Audubon IBSP North Unit Trip [scott ellis scorellis@att.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 19:18:49 Re: IBET Lake-Cook Audubon IBSP North Unit Trip [scott ellis scorellis@att.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 18:25:49 Re: IBET need directions to Fort Sheridan_ NO SIGHTINGS [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 17:51:53 IBET Hopkins Park DeKalb county [Dustin Holschuh dholschuh@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 17:46:14 IBET need directions to Fort Sheridan_ NO SIGHTINGS ['Wes Serafin' w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 15:33:08 IBET Swainsons Hawk - Lincoln Park [Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 14:28:42 IBET Pluvialis Party at IBSP [Nick Minor nmbirder14@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 14:15:29 IBET Montrose Beach, Dunes & Hedge Areas Sat 9-20-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 14:10:40 IBET Eggers Mockingbirds (9-2014) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 13:57:58 IBET Elsen's Hill (DuPage Co.) Red-headed Woodpecker [Matt Wistrand matt@troglodytidae.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 12:02:16 IBET Lake-Cook Audubon IBSP North Unit Trip [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 10:09:46 IBET Re: Goofy Ridge Mason co. [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 09:53:13 IBET Goofy Ridge Mason co. [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 21:11:46 IBET Belated report from Fort Sheridan Hawkwatch [mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 18:11:06 IBET Thatcher Woods 9-19 pm [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 17:57:11 Re: IBET RT Hummingbirds at Jarvis, Chicago (video) [Polly Wilson kdithoopla@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 13:05:48 IBET DuPage County:Wood Dale Reservoir & Itasca Wetlands Fri 9-19-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 11:25:30 IBET Lake Co. Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, Great Black-Backed Gull [aostewart72@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 07:55:51 IBET Rufous Hummingbird Update-NO [Marion Miller tlcbyrnme@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 21:30:58 IBET Counting Robins - Cook County [jilla45@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 18:15:12 IBET RT Hummingbirds at Jarvis, Chicago (video) [john@picken.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 17:19:46 IBET Evanston North Shore Bird Club - Paul Douglas Woods field trip - Sunday, Sept. 21 - no sightings [Smchecchia@aol.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 17:15:50 IBET Wooded island JXP [Glyn Dawson dawg@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 16:47:03 IBET Montrose Birds and A Flycatcher [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 13:23:52 RE: IBET Update Rufous Hummingbird-Kane County (UNCLASSIFIED) ['Mcmullen, Keith A MVS' Keith.A.Mcmullen@usace.army.mil [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 12:57:39 IBET Jarvis [malango@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 12:27:06 IBET Another Slow Gillson Park Lake Watch Thur 9-18-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 08:43:19 IBET Greene Valley hawkwatch (17 Sep 2014) 1216 Raptors [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
17 Sep: @ 22:29:45 IBET Interesting Shorebird at Montrose today - Wednesday 9.17.14 [franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Sep: @ 20:49:30 IBET Update Rufous Hummingbird-Kane County [Marion Miller tlcbyrnme@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
17 Sep: @ 20:23:47 IBET JxP, Tue. 9/16/14: Osprey, Golden-winged (and thieves) [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
17 Sep: @ 17:01:14 IBET Waukegan & A Surprise Visitor At Illinois Beach South Unit Wed 9-17-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET McCormick Place, Sunday, 21 Sep 2014
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 18:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Christine and I birded the McCormick Place Sanctuary on Chicago's
near southside lakefront this morning (Sunday, 21 Sep 2014). We had
44 species of birds, including 15 warbler species. There were a ton
of PALM WARBLERS -- 113 of them. One NELSON'S SPARROW was a
highlight, and our seeing a DARK-EYED JUNCO was a little ominous,
reminding us that winter is up ahead there somewhere.

Some photos from our outing are at
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU369.0. Below is the full
list of species.

Canada Goose 10

Double-crested Cormorant 4

Ring-billed Gull 35

Downy Woodpecker 2

Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 5
Eastern Kingbird 1

Yellow-throated Vireo 1

American Crow 2

Black-capped Chickadee 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

Gray-cheeked Thrush 5
Swainson's Thrush 30
Catharus sp. 3
American Robin 4

Brown Thrasher 1

European Starling 11

Cedar Waxwing 26

Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler (Eastern) 8
Mourning Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 6
Cape May Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Bay-breasted Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 15
Palm Warbler (Western) 113
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 21
warbler sp. 2

Chipping Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Nelson's Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 13
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1

Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2

House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3



Good birding,
Geoff





Geoffrey A. Williamson

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net

Chair, IOS Ornithological Research and Data Committee
Member, Illinois Ornithological Records Committee of IOS

IOS: http://www.illinoisbirds.org
COS: http://www.chicagobirder.org





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Subject: IBET Re: Smith's Longspur - Ft. Sheridan
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 17:18 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
I posted some photos of the Smith's Longspur on IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU368.0 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU368.0



Fran





Subject: IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach South Unit & North Unit Hawk Watch Sun 9-21-14
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 17:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Since the winds were going to be good today (& they actually were this
time) The main target was to get to the IBSP Hawk Watch but before that I
checked briefly at Waukegan & IBSP South Unit for shorebirds. At both
places Beau S & Andy Stewart got there 1st & they may have seen better
birds than I did but all I saw were Sanderlings (22) & Semipalmated
Sandpiper (1) at Waukegan & only Killdeer (2) at IBSP South Unit. Saw
nothing else of interest at Waukegan except for 1 Kestrel & at IBSP only 1
female Harrier hunting the grassy areas. But I did meet 2 IDNR workers who
had just used a flying box with a camera to sort of "map" a swale area at
the park. Very interesting gear to say the least.

Got to the Hawk Watch by 9 a.m. & stayed until 2 p.m. with only 20 min away
for lunch. I saw 10 species of raptors & the group had 2 more that I didn't
see for a total of 12 as of 2 p.m.
The species I saw were Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Sharp
Shinned , Cooper's, Broad Winged & Red Tailed Hawks & Merlin & Peregrine.
All those plus 1 SWAINSON'S HAWK, their 2nd in 2 days. The Swainson's went
through when it was very cloudy so it was hard for me to see all the marks
of that species but I did the best I could. The 2 I missed were Bald Eagle
& Kestrel but I saw a Kestrel at Waukegan so my only miss was the Bald
Eagle unless they added more later. Only other highlights for me were 1
young White Crowned Sparrow (a little early) originally found by Bonnie D &
her son & one RUSTY BLACKBIRD in a not very nearby tree.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Swainson's Hawk.
Runners-Up to the Rusty Blackbird & the Ospreys & Peregrines which I saw
very well.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET: DuPage Birding Club Announces October Field Trips (no sightings)
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 15:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Everyone is invited to join DuPage Birding Club members on the following October bird walks. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and children ages 10 and up. Participation is free. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended for each outing. For additional information, birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club's website, dupagebirding.org, which includes further details about each scheduled trip.


Wednesday, October 1, 8:30 a.m.
Whalon Lake Forest Preserve, Naperville
This trip is especially designed for new birdersand will be at a leisurely pace. Meet at the parking lot on south side of Royce Rd. Royce is between Rte. 53 and Naperville Rd. and south of 75th St. Leader: Davida Kalina, 630-414-7479 or davidakalina@gmail.com


Friday, October 3, 8:00 a.m.
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, Wheaton
Meet at the parking lot off of Herrick Rd. south of Butterfield Rd. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor@msn.com


Saturday, October 4, 7:30 a.m.
Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, Naperville
A key “target bird” on this walk with be Sharp-Tailed Sparrow. Meet at the model airplane field parking lot on Plainfield-Naperville Rd. south of 75th St. in Naperville. Waterproof boots recommended. Leader: Joe Suchecki, 630-369-5570 or issuesman50@yahoo.com


Sunday, October 5, 7:00 a.m.
DeKalb County Birding Trip
This outing for waterfowl, sparrows and other migrating birds will likely run into the afternoon. Likely stops include Shabbona Lake State Park, Chief Shabbona Forest Preserve and Afton County Park. Register with leader by Oct. 3 so that carpool arrangements can be made. Meet at Aurora Airport in Sugar Grove (US-30 one mile west of IL-47). Leader: Urs Geiser, 630-310-9443 or ugeiser@comcast.net


Wednesday, October 8, 7:30 a.m.
Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Meet at parking lot #13 on the east side. The Arboretum has a per person charge for nonmembers. On Wednesday's it's $8 for adults, $7 for seniors over 65. Leaders: Marcia & Lee Nye, 630-605-6374 or mtnye@wideopenwest.com


Saturday, October 11, 7:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Enter through the main gate on Winfield Rd. (just south of Roosevelt Rd.) and tell the attendant you are with the bird walk. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived. Meet at the Visitors Center. Leader: Jeff Reiter, jreiter@wordsonbirds.com


Sunday, October 12, 7:30 a.m.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Aurora
Oakhurst is a 450-acre island on the east side of Aurora, four miles south of Fermilab and three miles from Big Woods Forest Preserve. Map and directions available at kaneforest.com. Leader: Terry Murray, 630-896-3219 or Tamurray@msn.com


Friday, October 17, 4:30 p.m.
South Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville
Meet at the archery range parking lot; turn left at the first intersection after entering the preserve from Butterfield Rd. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor@msn.com


Saturday, October 18, 7:30 a.m.
Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve, Wayne
This designated Important Bird Area features 3,500 acres of diverse habitat. Meet at the Harrier Lake parking lot off Stearns Rd., west of Munger Rd. and east of Powis Rd. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor@msn.com


Sunday, October 19, 7:30 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Meet at the visitor parking lot on the north side of Mack Rd., located between Winfield Rd. and Rte. 59. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor@msn.com


Sunday, October 19, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Greene Valley Forest Preserve Hawk Watch, Naperville
Join the Hawk Watch Team in recording raptor observations from DuPage County's 2nd highest point. Entrance to the hill is on Greene Rd. south of 71st St. Meet at the top of hill; gate opens at 11:00 am. Leader: Jeff Smith, 331-481-3362 or mrqmagoo13@gmail.com


Wednesday, October 22, 8:00 a.m.
St. James Farm, Warrenville
Meet at the horse statue in the main parking lot. Entrance is on Winfield Rd., just north of Butterfield Rd. Leader: Laurel Salvador, laurelsalvador@comcast.net


Saturday, October 25, 7:00 a.m.
Glacial Park, McHenry County
This is an all-day trip to one of the key segments of the newly established Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge on the Illinois/Wisconsin border. Carpooling will be available. Meet at the parking lot on the northwest corner of Finley and Butterfield Rds. (Main Street Square mall) in Downers Grove. Co-leaders: John Cebula, 630-858-3767 or joceb2005@sbcglobal.net; Bob & Jean Spitzer, 630-790-4842 or bobspitzer1@msn.com


Sunday, October 26, 7:00 a.m.
Hennepin Area, Illinois River
This will be an all-day trip. Register with leader so arrangements can be made for carpooling. Meet at the Bolingbrook Park & Ride on Old Chicago Dr. east of I-53 just south of I-55 (behind the Ramada Motel). Leader: Jeff Smith, 331-481-3362 or mrqmagoo13@gmail.com


Wednesday, October 29, 8:00 a.m.
Lyman Woods, Downers Grove
Meet at the preserve parking lot, just east of Highland Ave on 31st St. Boots recommended as trails can be muddy. Leader: Joan Campbell, 630-337-2605 or peachjmc@gmail.com


About the DuPage Birding Club
Founded in1985, the DuPage Birding Club is one of the largest and most active birding organizations in Illinois. Its mission is to promote birding and bird conservation among its 250 members and the general public. The club's regular meetings often feature nationally known authors and speakers. A frequent field trip schedule takes advantage of the varied birding habit available in DuPage County and Greater Chicago. For more information, visit the club online at www.dupagebirding.org.


Posted by:
Jeff Reiter
DuPage Birding Club, Corresponding Secretary
jreiter@wordsonbirds.com



Subject: IBET Black-billed Cuckoo
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 14:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Present at Douglas-Hart Nature Center this morning along with;
Golden-winged Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Ovenbird
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Swainson's Thrush
and Red-eyed Vireo

Ron Bradley

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Subject: IBET Old COS newsletters from 1980's
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 14:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

If you have any interest, please contact me back channel and we can arrange a drop off.

;-)

Sue Friscia
Alsip



Subject: IBET Montrose Harbor - Shorebirds + Warblers
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 12:29 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Attended a birding trip organized by Dupage Birding Club at Montrose Harbor, Cook County, IL. Low participation due to a windy morning, only 3 people showed up. It felt like a personalized birding trip with Bob Fisher and Ron Becker as my two guides with me clicking at every moving warbler.


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Subject: IBET Homer Lake and Meadowbrook Park weekend migrants (Champaign Co.)
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 11:53 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday Cole Wolf and I spent the morning birding Homer Lake Forest
Preserve. We had flocks of migrants all over where we stopped to walk
trails and roads, including the loop north of the nature center, the
southwest side west of the dam, and the conifer plantation and boat launch
in the northwest corner. It ended up being a great morning with 72 species
in the park including 17 species of warbler and our first BLUE-HEADED
VIREOS of fall. We had good numbers of lots of species.
Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19884852

After Homer Lake, a brief stop at Moorman Swine Farm Ponds yesterday netted
6 LEAST and 1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, as well as Shoveler, Pintail, and
Coot.

This morning I walked through Meadowbrook Park with Anurag Chandak. General
numbers of birds weren't quite as high as at Homer but it was still a nice
morning with 16 species of warbler while following several flocks along
McCullough Creek. New birds include my first of fall SWAMP SPARROW and
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.
Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19893789

Good birding,
Nick Sly
Urbana, IL

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Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Subject: IBET Smith's Longspur at Ft. Sheridan
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 11:53 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Found by Dave Johnson on the bluff at Ft. Sheridan in Lake Co.
Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET Smith's Longspur at Ft Sheridan
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 11:51 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Found by Dave Johnson on the bluff at Ft. Sheridan in Lake Co.
Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET Smith's Longspur - Ft. Sheridan
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 11:51 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dave Johnson just found a Smith's Longspur near the Ft. Sheridan hawk watch in Lake Co. The bird was on the ground on the downward slope overlooking the lake east of the meadow.  There's a construction path bedded with straw.  Follow that.

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.

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Subject: IBET Swainson's Hawk at IBSP North
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 11:49 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
A Swainson's Hawk was seen at the IBSP North Hawkwatch in Lake Co.
Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET Oak Park Birds 9-21-14
Date: Sun Sep 21 2014 7:54 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

I had planned for an Oak Park Bird Walk today, but sadly all of the people who had signed on were no-shows so I was birding by myself this morning. Contrary to what I expected, it was very slow this morning. Here are the only migrants that were around:

Cooper's Hawk (1 migrant, 1 resident)
Canada Geese
Swainson's Thrush
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
American Redstart
Black-throated Green Warbler (FOS)
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
PINE SISKIN (best bird of the day--first one seen in my backyard in over a year and a half)

The final Oak Park Bird Walk for the season will be on Sunday, October 5. Email me for more details, or visit the new Oak Park Bird Walk website:
sites.google.com/site/opbirdwalks

Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

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Subject: Re: IBET need directions to Fort Sheridan_ NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 23:18 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Wes, if you would rather use GPS, the address you need to put in is: 1 Cliff Rd., HIGHLAND PARK.


That will take you right into the forest preserve parking lot, with the hawk watching picnic tables on your right hand side.


Michal Furmanek
Lake Bluff, Lake Co.




Subject: IBET Re: Montrose Point, Saturday, 20 Sep 2014
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 22:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Some photos are on the web at http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU365.0.

At 10:07 PM 9/20/2014, Geoffrey A. Williamson wrote:
>I was out at Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park from 7:00 AM
>to 2:00 PM today (Saturday, 20 Sep 2014), and was birding for about
>six hours of that time. I located 52 species of birds including 19
>species of warblers; the full list is below. Best birds were the
>continuing RED KNOT on the beach, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, a
>YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED
>FLYCATCHER (heard only), and among the warblers a male GOLDEN-WINGED
>WARBLER, two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, and a male and a female
>BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.
>
>The first part of the morning (7:00 - 9:00 AM) was spent with the
>group from Chicago Ornithological Society and Sierra Club.
>
>Good birding,
>Geoff
>
>
>
>Bird list from Montrose Point, 20 Sep 2014
>------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>Canada Goose 14
>Mallard 4
>
>Double-crested Cormorant 272
>
>Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
>
>Black-bellied Plover 2
>
>Red Knot 1 Continuing bird, juvenile
>Sanderling 20
>
>Ring-billed Gull 160
>Herring Gull (American) 2
>
>Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
>
>Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
>
>Chimney Swift 110
>
>Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
>Downy Woodpecker 3
>Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6
>
>Peregrine Falcon 2
>
>Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
>Great Crested Flycatcher 1
>
>Barn Swallow 9
>
>Black-capped Chickadee 7
>
>House Wren 1
>
>Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
>Swainson's Thrush 5
>American Robin 6
>
>Gray Catbird 1
>
>Cedar Waxwing 12
>
>Northern Waterthrush 1
>Golden-winged Warbler 1
>Black-and-white Warbler 4
>Tennessee Warbler 36
>Nashville Warbler (Eastern) 4
>Connecticut Warbler 2
>Common Yellowthroat 4
>American Redstart 8
>Cape May Warbler 2
>Northern Parula 1
>Magnolia Warbler 6
>Bay-breasted Warbler 11
>Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
>Blackpoll Warbler 15
>Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
>Palm Warbler (Western) 7
>Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 9
>Black-throated Green Warbler 4
>Wilson's Warbler 2
>warbler sp. 8
>
>Savannah Sparrow 1
>White-throated Sparrow 6
>
>Northern Cardinal 6
>
>Common Grackle 1
>
>House Finch 2
>American Goldfinch 27
>
>House Sparrow 26
>
>
>
>
>
>Geoffrey A. Williamson
>
>Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
>geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net
>
>Chair, IOS Ornithological Research and Data Committee
>Member, Illinois Ornithological Records Committee of IOS
>
>IOS: http://www.illinoisbirds.org
>COS: http://www.chicagobirder.org
>

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Subject: IBET Montrose Point, Saturday, 20 Sep 2014
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 22:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was out at Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park from 7:00 AM to
2:00 PM today (Saturday, 20 Sep 2014), and was birding for about six
hours of that time. I located 52 species of birds including 19
species of warblers; the full list is below. Best birds were the
continuing RED KNOT on the beach, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, a
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED
FLYCATCHER (heard only), and among the warblers a male GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER, two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, and a male and a female
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.

The first part of the morning (7:00 - 9:00 AM) was spent with the
group from Chicago Ornithological Society and Sierra Club.

Good birding,
Geoff



Bird list from Montrose Point, 20 Sep 2014
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Canada Goose 14
Mallard 4

Double-crested Cormorant 272

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1

Black-bellied Plover 2

Red Knot 1 Continuing bird, juvenile
Sanderling 20

Ring-billed Gull 160
Herring Gull (American) 2

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1

Chimney Swift 110

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6

Peregrine Falcon 2

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1

Barn Swallow 9

Black-capped Chickadee 7

House Wren 1

Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 5
American Robin 6

Gray Catbird 1

Cedar Waxwing 12

Northern Waterthrush 1
Golden-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Tennessee Warbler 36
Nashville Warbler (Eastern) 4
Connecticut Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 4
American Redstart 8
Cape May Warbler 2
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 6
Bay-breasted Warbler 11
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 15
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Palm Warbler (Western) 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 9
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Wilson's Warbler 2
warbler sp. 8

Savannah Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 6

Northern Cardinal 6

Common Grackle 1

House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 27

House Sparrow 26






Geoffrey A. Williamson

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net

Chair, IOS Ornithological Research and Data Committee
Member, Illinois Ornithological Records Committee of IOS

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COS: http://www.chicagobirder.org





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Subject: IBET K3 River State Park Yellow and Redstarts
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 22:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
Warblers like this Female Redstart are still here. This morning, K3 River State Park had 20 at a time bathing in Rock Creek visible from the suspension bridge. Along with Yellow-throated vireo, B&W warbler, BC chickadee, and UNID warblers.

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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL




Subject: Re: IBET Lake-Cook Audubon IBSP North Unit Trip
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 19:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Scott,

Congrats - and WoW!! Those pics of the Swainson's are fantastic!

Cheers
Steve


On Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:23 PM, "scott ellis scorellis@att.net [ILbirds]" wrote:




Hey - I wanted to go offline here (you know how kids are, they get embarrassed easily and Ethan reads IBET) and thank you for being such a great role model for Ethan. People like you and Al and Rena are the people Ethan looks up to, and all of you are so amazing. Thanks. I am probably going to be waiting until Flir releases an iPhone 6 version of their imager, and then upgrading my phone, but when it's out, we should totally go owling with it.

scott. ethan.
--

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On Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:18 PM, scott ellis wrote:



Beau,

Thanks so much for leading this walk today. Many lifers for me, and since I only count birds when I get some solid photos of them, it was truly an exceptional day as I got the Philly, the Rusty, and the Swainson's! At the one hedge, where there was so much crazy warbler activity, I haven't even looked at those photos yet (am still going through the pelagic shots!).

Anyway, you asked me for the Swainson's Hawk photos, here they are. It happened so fast I was still on my settings for slow birds, so these could be clearer but I think they suffice for portable viewing and for ID.

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


Thanks!

scott. ethan.
--

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On Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:02 PM, "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" wrote:




The rains held off for us this morning as about 25 people joined me for a windy birding jaunt along the north loop trail and Sand Pond Rd. at IBSP North. We had a couple of nice warbler pockets highlighted by a BLACKBURNIAN and NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER that most people had nice looks at and fleeting looks at a CONNECTICUT WARBLER that unfortunately wasn’t as cooperative. We had 14 warbler sp. for the group. We also had extended looks at an early RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a very showy PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Without question, though, the highlight of the morning was when someone called out, “hawk!”, and Ethan Ellis got me on a beautiful immature dark-morph SWAINSON’S HAWK drifting about 50 ft over our heads as it glided WSW past Sand Pond and over the trees. Some of our photographers got some nice pics, as well showing the spotting/striping on the breast along with the very buffy color of the breast, cheek, and eyeline. We also had nice looks at the
terminal band on the underside of the tail which otherwise looked creamy in color with faint streaking. Fortunately we had our sighting validated by the hawk watch pros as well. Pretty exciting! We had a total of 42 sp. on the morning. Here’s the list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19883687


Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com












Subject: Re: IBET Lake-Cook Audubon IBSP North Unit Trip
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 19:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey - I wanted to go offline here (you know how kids are, they get embarrassed easily and Ethan reads IBET) and thank you for being such a great role model for Ethan.  People like you and Al and Rena are the people Ethan looks up to, and all of you are so amazing.  Thanks.  I am probably going to be waiting until Flir releases an iPhone 6 version of their imager, and then upgrading my phone, but when it's out, we should totally go owling with it.

scott. ethan.
--

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On Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:18 PM, scott ellis wrote:



Beau,

Thanks so much for leading this walk today. Many lifers for me, and since I only count birds when I get some solid photos of them, it was truly an exceptional day as I got the Philly, the Rusty, and the Swainson's! At the one hedge, where there was so much crazy warbler activity, I haven't even looked at those photos yet (am still going through the pelagic shots!).

Anyway, you asked me for the Swainson's Hawk photos, here they are. It happened so fast I was still on my settings for slow birds, so these could be clearer but I think they suffice for portable viewing and for ID.

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


Thanks!

scott. ethan.
--

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Flikr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/44211019@N05/
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/scorellis/feed?filter=2
Blog: http://www.scorellis.net/scorellient
Twitter Handle @scoraellis
Tumblr and Instagram: Scorellis


On Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:02 PM, "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" wrote:




The rains held off for us this morning as about 25 people joined me for a windy birding jaunt along the north loop trail and Sand Pond Rd. at IBSP North. We had a couple of nice warbler pockets highlighted by a BLACKBURNIAN and NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER that most people had nice looks at and fleeting looks at a CONNECTICUT WARBLER that unfortunately wasn’t as cooperative. We had 14 warbler sp. for the group. We also had extended looks at an early RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a very showy PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Without question, though, the highlight of the morning was when someone called out, “hawk!”, and Ethan Ellis got me on a beautiful immature dark-morph SWAINSON’S HAWK drifting about 50 ft over our heads as it glided WSW past Sand Pond and over the trees. Some of our photographers got some nice pics, as well showing the spotting/striping on the breast along with the very buffy color of the breast, cheek, and eyeline. We also had nice looks at the
terminal band on the underside of the tail which otherwise looked creamy in color with faint streaking. Fortunately we had our sighting validated by the hawk watch pros as well. Pretty exciting! We had a total of 42 sp. on the morning. Here’s the list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19883687


Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com








Subject: Re: IBET Lake-Cook Audubon IBSP North Unit Trip
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 19:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Beau,

Thanks so much for leading this walk today. Many lifers for me, and since I only count birds when I get some solid photos of them, it was truly an exceptional day as I got the Philly, the Rusty, and the Swainson's! At the one hedge, where there was so much crazy warbler activity, I haven't even looked at those photos yet (am still going through the pelagic shots!).

Anyway, you asked me for the Swainson's Hawk photos, here they are. It happened so fast I was still on my settings for slow birds, so these could be clearer but I think they suffice for portable viewing and for ID.

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


Thanks!

scott. ethan.
--

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Flikr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/4...
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/scorellis/feed?filter=2
Blog: http://www.scorellis.net/score...
Twitter Handle @scoraellis
Tumblr and Instagram: Scorellis


On Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:02 PM, "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" wrote:




The rains held off for us this morning as about 25 people joined me for a windy birding jaunt along the north loop trail and Sand Pond Rd. at IBSP North. We had a couple of nice warbler pockets highlighted by a BLACKBURNIAN and NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER that most people had nice looks at and fleeting looks at a CONNECTICUT WARBLER that unfortunately wasn’t as cooperative. We had 14 warbler sp. for the group. We also had extended looks at an early RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a very showy PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Without question, though, the highlight of the morning was when someone called out, “hawk!”, and Ethan Ellis got me on a beautiful immature dark-morph SWAINSON’S HAWK drifting about 50 ft over our heads as it glided WSW past Sand Pond and over the trees. Some of our photographers got some nice pics, as well showing the spotting/striping on the breast along with the very buffy color of the breast, cheek, and eyeline. We also had nice looks at the
terminal band on the underside of the tail which otherwise looked creamy in color with faint streaking. Fortunately we had our sighting validated by the hawk watch pros as well. Pretty exciting! We had a total of 42 sp. on the morning. Here’s the list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19883687


Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com








Subject: Re: IBET need directions to Fort Sheridan_ NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 18:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Wes,

I think you mean 94, not 84?

Anyway, Half Day Rd. to 41 (Skokie Blvd), turn left (north)
41 to Old Elm Rd, turn right (west)
Old Elm will turn into Simond Way as you cross Sheridan Rd, go straight
ahead, that's the entrance to the Fort grounds
as you enter, you'll go 100 yards or so, then left turn onto Leonard Wood
Ave.
then 1st left on Gilgare Lane/Cliff Rd which takes you to the parking lot
drive down the lot, picnic tables on your right

Fran

On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 5:46 PM, 'Wes Serafin' w.serafin@comcast.net
[ILbirds] wrote:

>
>
> I have never been to Fort Sheridan and need to know where the hawk watch
> site is. Looks like 84 north to Half Day road east but then where please?
>
>
>
> Thanks
>
> Wes Serafin
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Hopkins Park DeKalb county
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 17:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fellow birders,

Went for a little walk today around Hopkins park in DeKalb and was not disappointed. I had a male black throated blue warbler on the trail. It was seen down low near the ground near a bench that says Wallace. Other birds seen were swainsons thrush, magnolia warbler American redstart and a young male rose breasted grosbeak.

Ebird Always,
Dustin Holschuh

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android




Subject: IBET need directions to Fort Sheridan_ NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 17:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I have never been to Fort Sheridan and need to know where the hawk watch
site is. Looks like 84 north to Half Day road east but then where please?



Thanks

Wes Serafin




Subject: IBET Swainsons Hawk - Lincoln Park
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 15:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The / A Swainson's Hawk just flew southbound over Clark & Belden - it's going through the loop lakeside! If you're out and about south of the loop look up!! It's being mobbed by crows..

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago IL

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Subject: IBET Pluvialis Party at IBSP
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 14:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey all,

This morning Andy Stewart and I made it out to Waukegan Beach, and other
than some Blackpoll Warblers, a Cape May, and a Ruddy Turnstone, we left
believing that last night's paucity of migration would ruin today's birding
potential. When we made it to IBSP around 8:30, we started with the
southward hike along the beach toward the dead river. After spotting 2
distant Black-bellied Plovers, a falcon-flushed group of shorebirds flew
onto the beach right in front of and beside us. In all, the flock consisted
of 5 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, and a BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPER. The birds had flown nervously north as we hiked up toward the
Dead River. Cool!

Full lists on eBird here:
Waukegan Beach: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19884921

IBSP South Unit (including what we found along the dead river):
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19885097

Good birding,

Nick Minor
Libertyville, Lake Co.
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Subject: IBET Montrose Beach, Dunes & Hedge Areas Sat 9-20-14
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 14:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Went to Montrose today in case any new shorebirds arrived over night but
none had. Some good ones were there but the RED KNOT & BLACK BELLIED
PLOVERS (2) have been there a while & were not new. The only other
shorebirds I saw were Sanderlings (16) but Ted W saw one remaining Spotted
Sandpiper & in the early a.m. Michelle D had a GOLDEN PLOVER on the public
beach. My other project was to search for Nelson's Sparrows but the winds
were so hard that none of the flushed sparrows would sit up to be seen.
Only saw Savannah Sparrows in the Dunes & Song & White Throated by the
Hedge. Had 2 possible Nelson's but they flew & landed inside the roped off
areas so I could do no follow-up searches. I will wait for a less windy day.

My last hour was spent looking for landbirds & plenty of warblers were
around but seeing them was a tough assignment & the older I get the tougher
the assignment. But that will get even worse so I'll just have to put up
with that aging process. I did see the following warblers:

Tennessee (8-9)
Chestnut Sided (1)
Magnolia (3)
BLACK THROATED BLUE (1-F)
Palm (10-12)
Bay Breasted (2)
Blackpoll (4)
Redstart (8)
Ovenbird (1)
Northern Waterthrush (3)

That's 10 species for me but others also saw Golden Winged, a male Black
Throated Blue, Parula, Black Throated Green, Common Yellowthroat & more. I
should mention that those others see better than I do.

Still Chimney Swifts & Barn Swallows going by in small numbers & I had
a couple other highlights which included one PHILLY VIREO & 1 Great Crested
Flycatcher. Not a great day but plenty to look at landbirdwise.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Philly Vireo which I saw very well &
Runner-Up to the female Black Throated Blue Warbler which I did NOT see
well at all.
Although we have seen lots of Red Knots this season today's deserves
Runner-Up status as well.
Ted W thinks I should do a Politician-Of-The-Day award so that goes to Gov
Quinn who was around to receive an endorsement from, I think, the Sierra
Club. He was wearing a fine looking lavender like shirt. Fine feathers
indeed.

Thanks to Leslie B for a short tour of the Dune plants of which many fine
ones are now flowering. And thanks for her review of how to tell Ohio from
Riddell's Goldenrod, something I used to know but had forgotten. Be sure &
look at the Dunes plants when you are there as it will be well worth the
effort.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Eggers Mockingbirds (9-2014)
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 14:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I finally had a chance to walk the Wolf Lake West Trail along the east edge of Eggers Grove Forest Preserve (southeast Chicago) around noon today (20 September 2014). I was somewhat surprised to see that the two NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS previously reported by Doug Stotz in May & June were still there. I had very close views, and they put on a good show (one even vocalized a little bit). A PEREGRINE FALCON also flew by the area during my visit. I didn't see anything unusual in Eggers Marsh.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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Subject: IBET Elsen's Hill (DuPage Co.) Red-headed Woodpecker
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 13:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All,

Elsen's Hill was relatively dead this morning, with the best bird being a
juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the top of the hill.

Good birding!

Matt Wistrand
West Chicago, DuPage



Subject: IBET Lake-Cook Audubon IBSP North Unit Trip
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 12:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  The rains held off for us this morning as about 25 people joined me for a windy birding jaunt along the north loop trail and Sand Pond Rd. at IBSP North. We had a couple of nice warbler pockets highlighted by a BLACKBURNIAN and NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER that most people had nice looks at and fleeting looks at a CONNECTICUT WARBLER that unfortunately wasnt as cooperative. We had 14 warbler sp. for the group. We also had extended looks at an early RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a very showy PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Without question, though, the highlight of the morning was when someone called out, hawk!, and Ethan Ellis got me on a beautiful immature dark-morph SWAINSONS HAWK drifting about 50 ft over our heads as it glided WSW past Sand Pond and over the trees. Some of our photographers got some nice pics, as well showing the spotting/striping on the breast along with the very buffy color of the breast, cheek, and eyeline. We also had nice looks at the terminal band on the underside of the tail which otherwise looked creamy in color with faint streaking. Fortunately we had our sighting validated by the hawk watch pros as well. Pretty exciting! We had a total of 42 sp. on the morning. Heres the list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19883687

Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com








Subject: IBET Re: Goofy Ridge Mason co.
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 10:09 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Also there was an Ospery and 3 Bobolinks earlier on the Goofy Ridge Crossdike.

Colin and Tony
Currently in Mason county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com

Sent from my iPad

> On Sep 20, 2014, at 9:53 AM, Colin Dobson wrote:
>
> Currently from the Crossdike at Goofy ridge, there are 11 shorebird species. Highlights are 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES on a spit on the far west side of Goofy Ridge, 1-2 Baird's, 75 Long-billed Dowitchers in the ducks by the shore, and 2 Red-necked Phalaropes out on the water. There was also a Snowy Egret and a Little-blue Heron straight out from the water control thing towards the east side of the dike at Goofy Ridge Also, this morning at Sand Ridge there were 10 species of warblers including both a Blackburnian and a Blackpoll!
>
> Colin and Tony
> Currently in Mason county
> Birdingboy@yahoo.com
>
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Subject: IBET Goofy Ridge Mason co.
Date: Sat Sep 20 2014 9:53 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Currently from the Crossdike at Goofy ridge, there are 11 shorebird species. Highlights are 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES on a spit on the far west side of Goofy Ridge, 1-2 Baird's, 75 Long-billed Dowitchers in the ducks by the shore, and 2 Red-necked Phalaropes out on the water. There was also a Snowy Egret and a Little-blue Heron straight out from the water control thing towards the east side of the dike at Goofy Ridge  Also, this morning at Sand Ridge there were 10 species of warblers including both a Blackburnian and a Blackpoll!

Colin and Tony
Currently in Mason county
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Subject: IBET Belated report from Fort Sheridan Hawkwatch
Date: Fri Sep 19 2014 21:11 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Last weekend (September 13 and 14) Adam Sell, Vic Berardi, me and several visitors counted 107 raptors migrating over Fort Sheridan.


Here are the numbers:
Turkey Vulture - 12 (2+10)
Osprey - 7 (5+2)
Bald Eagle - 18 (13+5)
Northern Harrier - 1 (Sat.)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 14 (5+9)
Cooper's Hawk - 7 (2+5)
Broad-winged Hawk - 15 (4+11)
Red-tailed Hawk - 24 (10+14)
American Kestrel - 1 (Sun.)
Merlin - 3 (Sat.)
UB - 1, UF - 1, UR - 3


The highlights were the Saturday flight of Bald Eagles with 13 birds moving south (including both immatures and adults), and a super close MERLIN EATING A CHIMNEY SWIFT ON THE WING.


We are hoping for this weekend's system to bring more birds to the area. We will be there on Sunday since early in the morning, and on Saturday if we can dodge the rain.


Michal Furmanek
Lake Bluff, Lake Co.





Subject: IBET Thatcher Woods 9-19 pm
Date: Fri Sep 19 2014 18:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

I birded Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve from about 4:30-5:30 this afternoon and found that it was overrun by kids' soccer practice. Hence, very few birds, especially migrants, were active (the gusty winds did not help).

I only found TWO (!) warblers, 1 TENNESSEE & 1 MAGNOLIA. Pitiful!

Here is a short list of other migrants I did find:
NORTHERN HARRIER--1 flying low and south over the preserve
SWAINSON'S THRUSHES--many, at least 10
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK--1 nonbreeding type
PHILADELPHIA VIREO--1 FOY for me and best bird of the day

For "plane people" only:
It was a better plane day than a bird day for me. A United 747-400, Iberia A340-600, and Fedex MD-11 all flew over the soccer field while I was there.

On the way home I stopped at Austin Gardens in Oak Park for a few minutes but there was nothing of interest there.

Hopefully the migrants will be more active for the free Oak Park Bird Walk this Sunday @ 7:00am!! Email me for more details.

Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

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trumpetswan@comcast.net
worldbirding.travellerspoint.com
sites.google.com/site/opbirdwalks



Subject: Re: IBET RT Hummingbirds at Jarvis, Chicago (video)
Date: Fri Sep 19 2014 17:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi from Round Lake Beach,  I was so pleased this weekend to see a hummingbird in my front yard visiting the butterfly bush flowers.  Buzzrd right by my head as I was trimming the hedge.  Brave little things. It was a female.  Today there were two young ones chasing around the bush and my hummer feeder. (Which  I hastily  put up again on Monday, just hoping!  It is great to see them around for what I suppose is their last fill up before they leave here for the year.  Polly-R.LB.-IL



On Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:15 PM, "john@picken.com [ILbirds]" wrote:






Here is some video of the RT Hummingbirds at Jarvis Bird Sanctuary as reported earlier by Luis.

As you can see, even when they're just perching they're still pretty intense.



Video: http://bit.ly/1r57Sxk

Cheers.

John Picken
Chicago
www.picken.com





Subject: IBET DuPage County:Wood Dale Reservoir & Itasca Wetlands Fri 9-19-14
Date: Fri Sep 19 2014 13:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

This is one of those reports that will mention absolutely no good birds at
all so look somewhere else for birds to chase. But I am finishing up my
shorebird surveys & the above mentioned places must be covered through the
end of September. Actually I was surprised to see that the water level in
the reservoir was almost perfect for shorebirds so the pumps must have
working hard since my last visit. It's too bad we didn't have mud flats
like these in August when more shorebirds were around but if more birds
pass through they have a place to stop for a while. The Itasca Wetlands
have mud edges as well so the whole area is ready for shorebirds although
it might be too late for many to show up. Here are my lists:

Wood Dale Reservoir

D.C. Cormorant (49, an all time high as I have never seen more than 10 at
one time before)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (17)
Canada Geese (247 at 1st but soon all left except 1)
Mallard (2)
Killdeer (34)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1, at least that's what I think it was as it was
very small & far away)
Ring Billed Gull (24)

Itasca Wetlands

Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (3)
Mallard (39)
Killdeer (29)
Spotted Sandpiper (2-3)
Solitary Sandpiper (5)
Mourning Dove (2 on the mud flats)

Creek Area

Mallard (10)
Kingfisher (1 calling fly-by, bad look)

Middle Pond

Great Blue Heron (1) & Great Egret (1)

Landbirds

Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (heard 1)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-F)
Flicker (3)
Eastern Pewee (1)
Blue Jay (heard 2)
Chickadee (heard 2)
W.B. Nuthatch (heard 1)
Robins (8-10)
Cedar Waxwing (4-6, fly catching)
Starling (10-12)
Magnolia Warbler (1 probable)
Common Yellowthroat (heard 1)
Cardinal (1-M & 1-F, not together)
Song Sparrow (2 with 1 still singing)
House Finch (1-2)
Goldfinch (8-10)

Made a short visit to Songbird Slough to check what I call the Sparrow
Trail but the only sparrows I saw were 2 Song Sparrows. Acting like
sparrows were 6 Palm Warblers.
New for my day list were Chimney Swift (1), House Wren, Gray Catbird &
Indigo Bunting (2).

None of the birds seen today stand out at all so top bird is a problem.
So I will go with quantity over quality as there wasn't any quality today.
Birds-Of-The-Day goes to the 49 D.C. Cormorants which was a lot of
Cormorants for this place.
And that species has never been top bird species before so it's "share the
awards wealth" today.
Runners-Up to the Hairy Woodpecker which I seldom if ever see here & the
Semipalmated Sandpiper which I looked at for 15 min without being 100% sure
that's what it was. If you've ever been at this reservoir you know how far
down it is & how hard it is to I.D. the small "peeps".

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Lake Co. Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, Great Black-Backed Gull
Date: Fri Sep 19 2014 11:25 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Check of the lake front this am produced another Buff-Breasted Sandpiper at Waukegan at about 7:30 am. The other highlight at Waukegan was a early cycle Great Black-Backed Gull on the swimming beach with the Ring-Billed and Herring. IBSP south beach had one Black-Bellied Plover.
Andy Stewart
Libertyville, Lake Co



Subject: IBET Rufous Hummingbird Update-NO
Date: Fri Sep 19 2014 7:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Forwarding this message from Bob Andrini

St. Charles Rufous
After watching all day yesterday and seeing many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, but no Rufous, I looked early today and saw the same dominant Ruby-throat in the lookout branch. If a Rufous shows up in my yard, I'll post. It may be around, but the dominant might keep it away.
Bob

Marion Miller
Kane County

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Subject: IBET Counting Robins - Cook County
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 21:30 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Every year around this time, we see American Robins flying East past our house, just before dusk. LOTS of American Robins! We presume they are flying to a roost (?). The pattern is first observed while we are counting Common Nighthawks in late August and early September, and the number of Robins seem to increase into September.
Tonight, we FINALLY sat down and took an hour to record an official tally of American Robins flying East over our house.
We sat outside from 6:15 PM until 7:15 PM and during that hour, we counted 921 American Robins flying East. We subtracted from the count any birds we saw flying back west (only a few); 99% of them were flying East in groups of 3 or more.
We recorded our observations in 5 minute increments. For anyone who is interested in the data, here are our tallies:
1815: (1)
1820: (7)
1825: (22)
1830: (6)
1835: (123)
1840: (61)
1845: (14)
1850: (106)
1855: (244)
1900: (158)
1905: (159)
1910: (20)
From this, we determined that the majority of birds move around sunset, clustered from 6:50 PM to 7:10 PM, and the birds flew either due East or SouthEast.

Tonight seemed fairly typical in terms of what we have been casually observing for weeks, but now we have solid numbers to add to our observations.
Jill Anderson
Dan Anzia
River Forest, IL (Cook Co)




Subject: IBET RT Hummingbirds at Jarvis, Chicago (video)
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 18:15 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Here is some video of the RT Hummingbirds at Jarvis Bird Sanctuary as reported earlier by Luis.

As you can see, even when they're just perching they're still pretty intense.


Video: http://bit.ly/1r57Sxk http://bit.ly/1r57Sxk


Cheers.


John Picken
Chicago
www.picken.com





Subject: IBET Evanston North Shore Bird Club - Paul Douglas Woods field trip - Sunday, Sept. 21 - no sightings
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 17:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


Evanston North Shore Bird Club Bird Walk

Paul Douglas Woods “Mixed Bag” Sunday, September 21 7:00 a.m.

We'll look for early waterfowl, late shorebirds, possible rails and bitterns in the marsh, lingering nesters and migrants in the grasslands and fall warblers in the shrubs and wooded areas. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Grassy Ridge parking lot, Central Rd. west of Roselle Rd. From the east, take I-90 to Roselle north exit, west on Central. Leader: John Elliott.

John says he's been seeing interesting birds here recently. Please join him for what should be a rewarding morning outing. Mosquitos have been active. Bring protection.

Suzanne Checchia
Cook County




Subject: IBET Wooded island JXP
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 17:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As reported earlier on IBET, Big changes afoot at JXP Wooded island (Hyde park) as the Corps of Engineers and contractors move in heavy equipment in November to remove all but the largest trees and regrade the whole south section.
So this migration may be the last in JXP for many years to come--say your farewells. Isnt there a better use for $10 million in restoring Great lakes ecosystems?

Glyn Dawson
Hyde park.

Best bird today was a Cape May Warbler; the dead ash trees are making it easier to see the birds!

Should be a good weekend of birding.



Subject: IBET Montrose Birds and A Flycatcher
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 16:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders,

Link will take you to a pictorial report on birds seen on the beach today, including a couple of Common Terns.

Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Assorted Montrose Beach Birds, and one from the yard



Assorted Montrose Beach Birds, and one from the yard
Assorted Montrose Beach Birds, and one from the yard
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Subject: IBET Update Rufous Hummingbird-Kane County (UNCLASSIFIED)
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 13:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Hey Bob et al:

Any updates on the RUFOUS today?

Just curious. The 9 AM rapid visit that you and I and Andrew witnessed has me salivating for a better look :)

Thanks again, to you and your wife, for the generous hospitality during this wonderful event!

Good birdings,

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

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From: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Marion Miller tlcbyrnme@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:40 PM
To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EXTERNAL] IBET Update Rufous Hummingbird-Kane County



Here is an update from Bob Andrini. He asked me to post this:




The Rufous Hummingbird was seen early this morning (7:15 AM ) and then again at 7:40 . A new bird to our yard was an immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird that immediately took dominance over the yard. He chased all hummers (including the Rufous) whenever they landed at the feeders. A very brief sighting took place at 9 AM , but was immediately chased by the aggressive immature male. This afternoon it was sighted twice as it was being pursued by the aggressive male.

I will post tomorrow if it is around - perhaps the pugnacious young male will decide to continue his migration south.

Bob


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Subject: IBET Jarvis
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 12:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ibeters,

Jarvis was pretty birdy this morning. I was able to hit 20 species of warblers with the best warblers being Mourning (#20), Northern Parula Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Canada Warblers. An Osprey was harassed by the Crows and there were Hummingbirds all over the place. Especially, on the west side of the fence. They were coming within a foot of me in the Jewelweed.

Good birding all.

Luis Muoz
malango@rcn.com
Chicago



Subject: IBET Another Slow Gillson Park Lake Watch Thur 9-18-14
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 12:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Two days ago Thursday was predicted to have N.E. winds from 10-15 mph but
the latest predictions had it down to 5-10 although still from the N.E. But
Jeff Sanders & I decided to give it a try anyway. No rain this time so
walkers, joggers & dog walkers were out in full force making it very hard
for the Sanderlings (our only shorebirds) to feed on the beach. The only
gulls seen were Ring Billed (89) & Herring (6) & the only fly-bys of even a
little interest were one each Cooper's Hawk & Caspian Tern. Spent the last
hour of our 3 hour visit doing land birds & the only birds of interest that
we saw were Ruby Throated Hummer (1-F), Flickers (6), an Empi Flycatcher
which may have been a Yellow Bellied, 1 Gray Cheeked Thrush & a few
Swainson's Thrushes. Warblers included Black & White, Palm & an Ovenbird.
The most common lake fly-bys were Cormorants & Canada Geese. The most
common landbirds by far were Robins including many young (although full
size) with spots all over their chests. It was entirely too nice today
resulting in entirely too many people.
I hold to the opinion that days that nice do NOT result in good birding
days. Just my opinion.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the very cooperative Ovenbird practicing it's strut/walk
right in front of us.
Runners-Up to the Cooper's Hawk & the Gray Cheeked Thrush. You have to take
the bad with the good & hope for a better day next time.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Greene Valley hawkwatch (17 Sep 2014) 1216 Raptors
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 8:43 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Big Broadwing day on Wednesday, see below. One kettle had 190 birds. Almost
all came up out of nearby woods in a very short time, beginning around 9
AM.

Regards
Bob


In a message dated 9/17/2014 6:11:41 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
reports@hawkcount.org writes:


Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Illinois, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 7 58 58
Osprey 1 24 24
Bald Eagle 2 21 21
Northern Harrier 4 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 26 26
Cooper's Hawk 4 17 17
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1166 1513 1513
Red-tailed Hawk 16 81 81
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 6 6
Merlin 1 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 0 1 1

Total: 1216 1776 1776
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Subject: IBET Interesting Shorebird at Montrose today - Wednesday 9.17.14
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 22:29 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
I saw what I presumed was a Pectoral Sandpiper at Montrose today, but the bird did have a distinct rufous cap, so I'd like some other opinions, please, just to be sure.  Pics are at link below on IBF.


Joe, thanks for bringing this up.


Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.




http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU355.0 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU355.0






Subject: IBET Update Rufous Hummingbird-Kane County
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 20:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 Here is an update from Bob Andrini.  He asked me to post this:

The Rufous Hummingbird was seen early this morning (7:15 AM) and then again at 7:40. A new bird to our yard was an immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird that immediately took dominance over the yard. He chased all hummers (including the Rufous) whenever they landed at the feeders. A very brief sighting took place at 9 AM, but was immediately chased by the aggressive immature male. This afternoon it was sighted twice as it was being pursued by the aggressive male.
I will post tomorrow if it is around - perhaps the pugnacious young male will decide to continue his migration south.
Bob

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: IBET JxP, Tue. 9/16/14: Osprey, Golden-winged (and thieves)
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 20:23 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park on Tuesday covering 63rd Street Beach, Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, the inner and outer harbors area and the northwest section of the golf course.  It was the best day this fall for warblers with 17 species and good numbers of individual birds. BLACKPOLL WARBLERS were the most numerous in the park with 26, followed by A. REDSTART at 17, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS at 14 and TENNESSEE WARBLERS at 12.  It was a pleasant day except for one incident.
I found no shorebirds at the beach but had 10 species of warblers in the trees around the area with the best being a female BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER. I found another nice pocket of warblers on each side of Lake Shore Drive by the entrance of 59th Street Harbor. Heading on to Wooded Island, I expected it would be dripping with birds. I was a bit surprised when it wasn't. There were birds on the island but they were a bit scattered. Nevertheless, I found the best warbler of the day feeding low in the plants of the rose garden, a female GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. I also found my first YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER of the season. While in Bobolink Meadow I spotted an OSPREY circling the east lagoon but it never went after a fish. I was able to show it to a couple of non-birders, which is always nice. This makes three visits in a row to the park in which I've seen a good raptor with a Red-shouldered Hawk on Saturday and a Bald Eagle the previous Tuesday. I watched some fighting RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS at the jewel weed in the woods and two actually made me duck at one point as they zoomed right at me! I saw my FOS YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the woods and heard another vocalizing in the trees along the north parking lot, which probably was in response to an immature COOPER'S HAWK sitting on a snag near by.
My enjoyable day took a hit when I got back to my bike by the Darrow Bridge and found that my bike seat had been stolen! >:( A few weeks ago they stole my front wheel but couldn't get the rest of the bike due to my Kryptonite lock on the back wheel and frame. I got another lock for the front wheel. They couldn't get that so they took my seat! I'm pretty stubborn when I want to keep birding. I knew that the Blackstone Bike Works was just outside the park, so I went there and after about 20-25 minutes and a little over $20 I was back in the park. The places I had yet to cover I could do walking my bike. In the future I guess I'll have to carry my seat around in my backpack! I had 15 species of warblers before finding out about the theft. I went to the trees south of the driving range and found another nice group of warblers and added NASHVILLE and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS. There was a nice male HOODED MERGANSER in the inner harbor. I had seen/heard a lot of thrushes on the day but they had all been SWAINSON'S THRUSHES; I finally found another thrush species, a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, at the wooded spot, the "berm," of the golf course.
Here is my list of highlights (abbreviations: 63rdcrd St. Beach, WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, I/OH=inner/outer harbors, GC=golf course):

Wood Duck: WI/BM (2)
Blue-winged Teal: WI/BM (2)
Hooded Merganser: I/OH (1)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (2)
Double-crested Cormorant: 63rd (4), WI/BM (9), I/OH (1)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (2)
Great Egret: WI/BM (1)
Green Heron: WI/BM (2)
Black-crowned Night-Heron: WI/BM (2)
Osprey: WI/BM (1)
Cooper's Hawk: WI/BM (1), I/OH (1), GC (1) (possibly the same bird in 2 or more cases?)
Spotted Sandpiper: I/OH (2, both L. Mich. shore by hospital)
Monk Parakeet: I/OH (1)
Chimney Swift: WI/BM (40)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird: WI/BM (7)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (2)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (2)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (7)
E. Wood-Pewee: WI/BM (2), GC (1)
Least Flycatcher: 63rd (1)
unidentified Empidonax flycatcher sp.: WI/BM (1)
Great Crested Flycatcher: WI/BM (1)
E. Kingbird: WI/BM (1)
Red-eyed Vireo: WI/BM (3)
Philadelphia Vireo: WI/BM (1), I/OH (1)
Blue Jay: WI/BM (2)
White-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (2)
Marsh Wren: 63rd (1)
Sedge Wren: WI/BM (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (1)
Gray-cheeked Thrush: GC (1)
Swainson's Thrush: 63rd (2), WI/BM (22), GC ( 8 )
unidentified Catharus thrush sp.: WI/BM (13), I/OH (3), GC (7)
Gray Catbird: WI/BM (10), I/OH (6), GC (1)
Brown Thrasher: WI/BM (1)
Cedar Waxwing: WI/BM (3), I/OH (38)
Golden-winged Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Tennessee Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (9), I/OH (1), GC (1)
Nashville Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Chestnut-sided Warbler: WI/BM (3), GC (1)
Magnolia Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (4), I/OH (1)
Cape May Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Black-throated Green Warbler: WI/BM (2)
Blackburnian Warbler: 63rd (1)
Palm Warbler: 63rd (2), WI/BM (7)
Bay-breasted Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Blackpoll Warbler: 63rd ( 8 ), WI/BM (15), I/OH (3)
Black-and-white Warbler: 63rd (2), WI/BM (11), I/OH (1)
A. Redstart: 63rd (3), WI/BM (12), I/OH (2)
N. Waterthrush: 63rd (1), WI/BM (7)
Wilson's Warbler: WI/BM (1), I/OH (1)
Common Yellowthroat: 63rd (2), WI/BM (6), GC (1)
unidentified warbler sp.: WI/BM (7), GC (1)
Lincoln's Sparrow: WI/BM (4)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (6)
White-throated Sparrow: 63rd (5), WI/BM ( 8 ), I/OH (1), GC (2)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak: WI/BM (4)
Indigo Bunting: WI/BM (3)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago




Subject: IBET Waukegan & A Surprise Visitor At Illinois Beach South Unit Wed 9-17-14
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 17:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today I was joined by Paul Sweet & we covered Waukegan Beach for 2 hours &
then spent
almost 3 hours at Illinois Beach South Unit. Although it seems like October
lately it is still mid-Sept & some shorebirds are still on the beaches
although none of them were special ones. On the return walk at Illinois
Beach Paul went back via the Dead River Trail while I stayed on the beach.
In the distance I saw a group of 10 Canada Geese on the beach & in the lake
& eventually noticed that an 11th bird was with them but it was much
smaller. Turned out to be an adult WHITE FRONTED GOOSE in with the Canada's
& that was quite a surprise! Saw Paul back in the parking lot & he had seen
something even better, a HOG NOSED SNAKE which he had photo's of. I have
only seen that snake 3 times at Illinois Beach in my life so that's better
than my early Goose but I'm happy with my sighting. Here are my day lists:

Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwaters (6:30-8:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (5)
Great Blue Heron (1 on pier)
Green Heron (1 backwater)
Canada Geese (3 on beach)
Mallard (16)
Hooded Merganser (1-"F")
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1)
Semipalmated Plover (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (7 on beach & pier)
RUDDY TURNSTONE (1 on the harbor channel pier)
Sanderling (11)
Snipe (1 backwater)
Ring Billed (86) & Herring (54) Gulls
(No Caspian Terns today)
Mourning Dove (5)
Chimney Swift (~25)
Kingfisher (1 fly-by going north)
Flicker (5-6)
Barn (~10) & Cliff (2) Swallows
Brown Thrasher (2)
Palm Warbler (10-12)
Blackpoll (1)
(Paul had more warblers to the west of the beach)
Savannah Sparrow (7)
Song Sparrow (3)
(The above sparrows were seen while looking for Nelson's Sparrows which we
did not see.)
Red Winged Blackbird (8-9)
Goldfinch (5-6)

Illinois Beach South Unit (8:45-11:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (~130 fly-bys)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (10)
WHITE FRONTED GOOSE (1-AD with the Canada's)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (2)
Killdeer (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Sanderling (1)
Ring Billed Gull (3)
Herring Gull (6)

Non-Beach Birds

COMMON NIGHTHAWK (1)
Eastern Pewee (1 still singing)
Blue Jay (4)
Crows (4)
Chickadee (heard 2)
Eastern Bluebird (heard 2)
Swainson's Thrush (2)
Robins (2)
Gray Catbird (heard 1)
Tennessee Warbler (1)
Black & White Warbler (1)
Palm Warbler (~15)
Savannah Sparrow (4-5)
(No Nelson's here either)
Eastern Meadowlark (2)

Earlier I was trying to decide if the Nighthawk or the Ruddy Turnstone
would be the top bird but they will have to settle for being Runners-Up for
today.
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the early White Fronted Goose.
The only good license plate seen today was one from Alabama.

Al Stokie


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