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24 Sep: @ 13:19:31 Re: IBET RFI - Chautauqua (No Sightings) [norekj@aol.com NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
24 Sep: @ 11:41:35 IBET Neotropic Cormorant and Montrose Whip Poor Will [isooman22@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Sep: @ 06:59:31 IBET By Gc thrush [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
23 Sep: @ 18:24:34 IBET Snow Goose--Orland Grassland South [Michael McNamee mmcnamee.eec@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Sep: @ 18:08:43 IBET Rainbow Beach 23 Sept [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Sep: @ 17:34:59 IBET RFI - Chautauqua (No Sightings) [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 Sep: @ 17:29:21 IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday (NO SIGHTINGS) [Hockman John j.w.hockman@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
23 Sep: @ 17:22:37 IBET WINTER FINCH FORECAST 2016 - 2017 [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 Sep: @ 16:32:28 IBET By RT [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
23 Sep: @ 13:54:14 IBET Cook County-Techny Basin, Techny North, Lake Glenview & Lake Opeka Friday 9-23-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Sep: @ 20:36:01 IBET Ryerson Conservation Area - 13 Species of Warblers [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 Sep: @ 20:03:08 IBET Another Report From Chautauqua NWR In Mason County Thursday 9-22-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Sep: @ 19:25:51 IBET LaBagh cook co [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Sep: @ 14:09:43 IBET No sightings, Cuba trip [Joshua Murphy birdmanmurphy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 16:18:33 IBET JxP, Tuesday, 20 September: late fall birds and new moths [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 15:05:15 IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds [Todd Anderson tcanders123@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 12:11:02 IBET By Tennessee w. [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 10:14:15 IBET Montrose - Nelson's Sparrows [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
21 Sep: @ 08:34:52 IBET Sabine's Gulls still present at Chautauqua, 21 Sept 2016 [davidakalina@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 22:07:00 IBET ENSBC Birding Perkins Woods This Week [Hockman John j.w.hockman@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 21:14:49 IBET Techny N correction Cook co. [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 21:07:20 IBET Grove, Techny N, Cook Co. [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 19:20:29 IBET Rollins Nelson's Sparrows [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 18:56:46 IBET October birds (GCKI, HETH) at Cal Park, Chicago (9-20-16) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 16:49:21 Re: IBET American Golden Plover Marina Point, Lake Springfield [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 15:29:23 IBET American Golden Plover Marina Point, Lake Springfield [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 15:00:01 IBET Cook County-Techny Basin, Techny North & Chicago Botanic Garden Tues 9-20-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 14:42:45 IBET AGPL at Montrose 2:30 PM [Donald R Dann donniebird@me.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 13:35:04 IBET: Sabine's Gulls-yes [Daniel Williams twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 12:09:23 Re: IBET American golden plover at montrose [Joe Lill trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 11:37:55 IBET American golden plover at montrose [birdingfaun@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 11:11:09 Re: IBET SABINE'S GULLS at Chautauqua [Andy Gilbert agilb849@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 09:47:42 IBET Broad-wings starting to kettle Lake County ['bissbirds@juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 08:26:12 IBET SABINE'S GULLS at Chautauqua [Michael Baum sixftwarbler@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Sep: @ 07:55:35 IBET Sandhills over Warrenville 9/20 [Don Lopat donlopat@att.net [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 23:47:04 IBET Grove, Cook co. [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 22:55:23 Re: IBET Upcoming birding boat trips on Lake Michigan [Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson.21@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 17:53:03 IBET Broad-winged Hawks migrating Lake County and White Pelicans ['bissbirds@juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 15:33:06 IBET Cook County Lake Calumet Area Including Rainbow Beach & Hammond, Indiana Monday 9-19-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 13:21:34 IBET Sabine's Gull updates??? [Travis Mahan calidris_1004@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 10:51:34 IBET Montrose - Nelson's Sparrows [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 09:30:24 IBET nelson's sparrow at montrose [birdingfaun@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Sep: @ 09:00:01 IBET White-eyed Vireo at Elsen's Hill (DuPage) [Matt Wistrand matt@troglodytidae.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 22:30:49 IBET Dixon Refuge at Hennepin-Hopper Lakes 18 Sept [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 22:22:11 IBET Osprey- Chatham Wildlife Sanctuary [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 21:47:34 IBET Glenview, NB area (cook co.) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 19:50:24 IBET Fort Sheridan Hawkwatch 9/18/16 [Adam Sell adamwardsell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 16:13:30 Re: IBET Sabine's Gull - Fulton County [Keith McMullen warbler7@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 15:27:06 IBET Willow Festival Pond (no sightings) [Joe Lill trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
18 Sep: @ 15:25:36 IBET Lake County-Ryerson C.A. 13 Species Of Warblers & More Sunday 9-18-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: Re: IBET RFI - Chautauqua (No Sightings)
Date: Sat Sep 24 2016 13:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 






Hi folks
One Sabine's gull viewed from 12 25 to 12 35 near the far shore from the beer can spot. Only 3 rrbu out there so I feel very lucky. 
No Phalaropes seen. 
Joan Norek Chicago in mason now



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------ Original message------From: Tyler FunkDate: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 12:35 PMTo: Joan Norek;Subject:Re: IBET RFI - Chautauqua (No Sightings)
I am there currently. Two birders from Indiana had the Sabine's around 830 this am from beer can spot. I was there a little earlier and fog was too thick to view. Laughing gull roosting near overlook at Emiquon. No sign of phalaropes for me and no mention if one from the Indiana birders. I had a couple rn phalaropes at Lake Springfield yesterday. Best I can provide for information.Tyler D Funk
On Sep 23, 2016 5:34 PM, "Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
  Hi folks, If anyone has information on whether the Sabine Gulls (or even the Phalaropes) were still seen at Chautauqua today (Friday, 9/23/16), please let me know by post or back-channel. Thanks in advance.  Joan NorekChicago 
norekj@aol.comHope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the tune without the words - and never stops at all.  Emily Dickinson



Subject: IBET Neotropic Cormorant and Montrose Whip Poor Will
Date: Sat Sep 24 2016 11:41 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Neotropic Cormorant is still present at rainbow beach on the westernmost  tower on the rock pier. Good looks at this bird from my scope. I soon after got a message from Josh Engel saying he and the IYB had a whip at Montrose, a bird I have never seen in Cook!  Photos obtained. For the sake of the bird I will not mention the exact location in which it was, but if you would like to know please write me a personal email and I will tell you. I also got my FOS dark eyes juncos today in the dunes, where there was also a nelsons sparrow.


Isoo O'Brien, Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET By Gc thrush
Date: Sat Sep 24 2016 6:59 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Hi friends,
Likes grapes and poke weed fruits. Very tame. OPW shots OK. The B. oriole on the other hand, is afraid and flies at the sight of me.
GW warbler here plus new migrants every day.
Beer bait flies seem to be a hit with flycatchers, more species than I've seen before.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Snow Goose--Orland Grassland South
Date: Fri Sep 23 2016 18:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At Orland Grassland South this afternoon there was a SNOW GOOSE among a
flock of Canada Geese. Also, a non-bird note: this week I've seen 3
times and photographed twice a MINK at Orland Grassland proper.

Mike McNamee
Chicago, Cook County, IL


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Subject: IBET Rainbow Beach 23 Sept
Date: Fri Sep 23 2016 18:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went to Rainbow Beach this noon spending a couple of hours there.  I had
50 species. The Neotropic Cormorant was still present. It was on the
tower at the north end of the east breakwater when I arrived with 12
Double-crested Cormorants, after about 10 minutes all but one bird flew off
to the south and joined the cormorants on the rocks. I did not pick out
the Neotropic again. There were 2 Black-bellied Plovers there, 4 Redheads
and a female Greater Scaup. I also looked for sparrows in the dunes. I
had 6 Nelson's, a Henslow's, and a Vesper Sparrow among the larger numbers
of Savannah Sparrows. The interesting sparrows were all in the denser,
more forb rich part of the dune vegetation at the NE edge, just behind the
beach. Also had 2 American Pipits there. In the main part of the park I
saw 10 species of warblers, with a Northern Parula the best. Also had my
first Brown Creepers and Golden-crowned Kinglets of the fall, plus 5
Red-breasted Nuthatches.

Doug Stotz

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

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Subject: IBET RFI - Chautauqua (No Sightings)
Date: Fri Sep 23 2016 17:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 



Hi folks,

If anyone has information on whether the Sabine Gulls (or even the Phalaropes) were still seen at Chautauqua today (Friday, 9/23/16), please let me know by post or back-channel.

Thanks in advance.



Joan Norek
Chicago


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






Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Fri Sep 23 2016 17:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The program for the Evanston North Shore Bird Club’s meeting next Tuesday, September 27, is “The Color of Birds - In Celebration of a Passion” presented by Kevin Loughlin.  Kevin is the owner of Wildside Birding based in Pennsylvania and has spent decades photographing the natural world, especially the birds.  Celebrate Kevin’s passion for birds and birding through this photographic journey from the icy waters of Antarctica, to the mountains of Ecuador, full of colorful gems we call hummingbirds, and many other locations across the globe.  Through his images, Kevin will show us that the elegance of a Black-necked Stilt is every bit as stunning as the glorious colors of the Fiery-throated Hummingbird.  A Ruth Milgrom Program.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard at the corner of Bridge Street in Evanston.



John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County

ENSBC website: WWW.ENSBC.ORG






Subject: IBET WINTER FINCH FORECAST 2016 - 2017
Date: Fri Sep 23 2016 17:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ron Pittaway of the Ontario Field Ornithologists just released his annual
forecast of winter finch movements within Canada and the northern tier
states in the USA for this upcoming winter season. It doesn't sound good for
Illinois.
There may be one piece of good news in Ron's report, longer term: Evening
Grosbeaks are on the increase due to the latest spruce budworm outbreak. We
can hope those flocks that were 'regular' during the winter in Chicagoland
back in the 80's might once again appear at our feeders in the future,
gorging on black oil sunflower seed.

You can read his complete report at

http://www.jeaniron.ca/2016/fi...

Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County


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Subject: IBET By RT
Date: Fri Sep 23 2016 16:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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Hi friends,
Likes the sugary drinks.....
Had a B. oriole, Swainson's t., Conneticut w., and House finch.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Cook County-Techny Basin, Techny North, Lake Glenview & Lake Opeka Friday 9-23-16
Date: Fri Sep 23 2016 13:54 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

As is usually the case yesterday's long birding day far from home is
followed by a close to home local birding day. Only small mud flat
areas left at Techny Basin & only 1 shorebird using that area.
The new Techny North area has mud flats but only a few Killdeer using
them. I hate to admit it but except for high level shorebird spots
like Chautauqua shorebird numbers are falling.

Next I checked 2 of the good spots for Fall ducks but migrant ducks
are mostly absent there with 1 exception. But while going back to the
car at Opeka I found a warbler flock in 2 trees by my parked car & saw
5 species of warblers. I don't recall ever looking for warblers at
Opeka before mainly because I am usually not there except in
Fall/Winter duck season. Here are my lists:

Techny Basin

In the mud flat pond (with hardly any mud flats today) the only
shorebird was 1 Solitary Sandpiper.
There were 2 Great Blues in the pond & 4 more in the channel. Only 1
Great Egret & no Night Herons. Two Canada Geese flew by & there were
14 Mallards in the pond & 44 more in the channel.
One D.C. Cormorant flew by as did 1 Kingfisher. The only birds in the
stream channel were Great Blues & Mallards.

North Techny still has mud flats but only Killdeer were using them.
Also there were P.B. Grebe (2),
D.C. Cormorant (2), Great Blues (3), Great Egret (1), B.C.Night Heron
(2). Besides the usual Wood Ducks & Mallards were a few Green Winged &
Blue Winged Teal. Two Red Tailed Hawks were there & 1 of them flew low
over the mud flats flushing all the Killdeer which did not return
while I was there. A male Kingfisher was flying around as well.

Lake Glenview

Not 1 duck here of any kind but I finally picked out 6 Canada Geese, 2
P.B. Grebes, 1 D.C. Cormorant & 1 adult Herring Gull. A few Mourning
Doves & Blue Jays flew by.

Lake Opeka in Des Plaines

The only things on the water were Mallards (63), Shovelers (a pair) &
4 Ring Billed Gulls.
In the 2 trees mentioned above were Downy Woodpecker (1), CAPE MAY
(1), PINE (1), Blackpoll (3), Palm (5) & Y.R. Myrtle (6) Warblers. By
October these 2 small lakes will have more ducks.

In honor of the birds leaving us to go south Birds-Of-The-Day will be
the Cape May & Pine Warblers.
In honor of the birds arriving to keep us company in the Fall
Runner-Up will be the 2 Shovelers.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Subject: IBET Ryerson Conservation Area - 13 Species of Warblers
Date: Thu Sep 22 2016 20:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I attended a work conference in Mettawa the last few days, so today I dropped by Ryerson in Riverwoods, Lake County, on my way home. I had an enjoyable 90 minutes or so birding around the Brushwood and Welcome Centers, and then along the trail that follows the Des Plaines River. It was fairly birdy for a warm day at 3pm in the afternoon with good numbers of thrushes, buntings and grosbeaks, and a few decent pockets of warblers. Best finds were an adult Golden-winged Warbler and a first fall Connecticut Warbler with 3-4 other species at the trail head behind (south) the Welcome Center that leads west to the river.


45 species total


8 Canada Goose
1 Mallard (Northern)
2 Mourning Dove
16 Chimney Swift
7 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
1 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)
6 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
3 Eastern Phoebe
1 Philadelphia Vireo
9 Blue Jay
9 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4 Eastern Bluebird
5 Gray-cheeked Thrush
13 Swainson's Thrush (Olive-backed)
8 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
21 Cedar Waxwing
2 Ovenbird
1 Golden-winged Warbler
3 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Nashville Warbler (ruficapilla)
1 Connecticut Warbler
5 Common Yellowthroat
7 American Redstart
4 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
5 Palm Warbler (Western)
9 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler
6 Chipping Sparrow
7 Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica)
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Scarlet Tanager
10 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
11 Indigo Bunting
13 House Finch
12 American Goldfinch

27 House Sparrow


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL





Subject: IBET Another Report From Chautauqua NWR In Mason County Thursday 9-22-16
Date: Thu Sep 22 2016 20:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Several of the birds being reported from the above mentioned location
would be life birds for my former co-worker Al W so he agreed to drive
there today. Also, a few of them would be year birds for me so I was
only too glad to go along as guide & bird finder. But 1st I had to be
a location finder & I finally figured out where the Beer Can Spot was.
This is accomplished by actually finding the beer can nailed to the
fence where you enter the area. We spent most of our time looking from
there & later we also walked in on the Goofy Ridge "road" & ended by
looking from the cross-dike. But we saw no new additions to those
birds seen from the Beer Can Spot although we got to see some of them
in better lighting. I had hoped that we would see some other birders
there to help look especially local expert Kevin R who is much better
than I am at finding distant birds but we saw no other birders in the
4 hours we were there. While parked at the Beer Can Spot 6 very large
road working trucks went by & from our viewing spot we saw that all of
them drove onto the road in from Goofy Ridge & went in toward the
cross-dike & maybe beyond. Later a road grader was flattening the
slant part of the Goofy Ridge "road" Looks like they are trying to
finish road repairs to that road that had partially destroyed by
flooding previously. Lots of large white stones have been dumped on
what had been just a mud surface road before.

Targets for today were Avocet, Red Necked Phalaropes, Sabine's Gull &
Little Gull.
Al W's favorite bird seems to be the White Pelicans so we wanted good
looks at them too.
We found the 4 AVOCETS that have been reported recently & saw them
very well. Later, near the Avocets, we saw 1 remaining BLACK NECKED
STILT of the over 100 that had been here earlier.
Then looking toward the start of the Goofy Ridge entrance we saw a
swimming flock of between
8 & 10 RED NECKED PAHALAROPES & some of them did the spinning routine
every so often.
But I am sad to say that we never saw them again as they kept going
until out of sight & did not appear in the open areas again. I thought
we'd see them better from the Goofy Ridge road but that did not
happen. Finally I picked out the 2 young SABINE'S GULLS directly
across from our Beer Can viewing location. But again they were far
away & swimming (while picking food off the water) even farther away.
I saw 1 stretch one wing enough to see the wing pattern but Al W did
not see that so all he had to go on was that they were small, dark,
juvenile gulls. They never flew while we watched them but when I
looked for them from the Goofy Ridge road I could only find 1 again
moving ever farther away. So 1 had flown without us seeing it do so.
Too bad for us!
At our last stop (cross-dike) I was unable to even find the 1 that
remained before so it seems that both flew off somewhere. But with
Sabine's Gull I am glad to see them at all even if not close by.

Ducks seen were the same as last time & were Mallards, Pintail,
Shovelers & both Blue Winged & Green Winged Teal. Only about 25
Pelicans were in this area & about 100 Canada Geese. A few Great Blues
& more Great Egrets were seen. The only flying gulls were a few Ring
Billed &, for a change, I saw 1 big Herring Gull as well. We did NOT
see the reported Little Gull today nor anything close to that sized
gull. But I always miss at least 1 target & that's better than what I
have been missing here before.

Thanks to all those who have been locating & reporting these fine
birds especially Davida who emailed me twice about what she & Dale saw
yesterday & where they saw them.

Far away or not Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the 2 young Sabine's Gulls &
Runners-Up to the equally far away Red Necked Phalaropes & the easier
to see Avocets.

License Plate Of The Day to one from North Dakota seen in Des Plaines
on the way home.
Runners-Up to plates from Utah & Nevada seen on I-55.

Al Stokie
In Mason County once again


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Subject: IBET LaBagh cook co
Date: Thu Sep 22 2016 19:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all, Heard they had some warblers over here so I went hunting today. I got a few which is good and a couple of other nice birds.

Adult redheaded woodpecker – one

FOS Brown creeper-1

Warblers:
Golden winged male, one
Bay breasted warbler-1
Redstart 4
Black-throated green -1

Swainsons thrushes 3-5

Red-eyed and warbling vireo 1 each
Scarlet tanager sans tail

Robins
Chickadee

I thought I heard a red breasted nuthatch but the red headed wp was there and when it left the sound stopped. Has anyone heard red headeds sound like a rbnu before?

Also had 1-2 red breasted nuthatches at home today!

Suzanne Coleman
PR Cook







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Subject: IBET No sightings, Cuba trip
Date: Thu Sep 22 2016 14:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
IBETors
A friend and I have arranged a private birding tour starting and ending Havana December 24th mid day and endings January 2nd noon.
Please contact me privately via email if you are interested in joining

Josh Murphy
Cook county


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Subject: IBET JxP, Tuesday, 20 September: late fall birds and new moths
Date: Wed Sep 21 2016 16:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday covering the beach, the point at 59th and the Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area (really it should be just the Bobolink Meadow area, because who the hell knows when the island will be open?). *  The radar in the morning looked promising but, like every time I've birded this fall, the migration wasn't that great.  I struggled to find 14 warbler species, only 1 FOS warbler, and 52 total species.  I didn't locate any FOY birds though there are still many I need for the park, especially vireos and shorebirds.  Many of the FOS birds I found are later season birds meaning I've probably missed my chance for some of the birds I need.  Like Walter, I had my FOS GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, one at the beach and one south of the driving range, though it's not impossible that they were the same bird since the second was directly west of the beach and I saw it much later in the day.  Also south of the driving range was a FOS BROWN CREEPER.  There were a couple of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS at the north parking lot and the woods.  My FOS ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was in a flower patch on the west side of the woods.  An immature female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was in the trees along 63rd/Hayes east of the bridge.
I didn't have any new butterflies, whose numbers were dominated by grass skippers. Best butterfly was a Variegated Fritillary in the new plantings along 63rd/Hayes. I had better luck with moths finding 4 lifers. At the beach I found a Southern Beet Webworm Moth (Herpetogramma bipunctalis) and 2 Velvetbean Caterpillar Moths (Anticarsia gemmatalis). I thought the latter were two different but related species, because the only similarity was structural, however the specie is HIGHLY variable. At the butterfly bushes by the driving range were a few moths that turned out to be Soybean Looper Moths (Chrysodeixis includens), which were new to me. Finally, I found a Bent-line Carpet (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria) on the lawn west of the Darrow Bridge.
*Yoko Ohno's sculpture has been set up. Several metal shapes can be seen sticking up above protective fencing.
Here are my lists:


Butterflies:
Black Swallowtail 2
Cabbage White 31
Clouded Sulphur 7
Orange Sulphur/Alfalfa Butterfly 12
Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
Variegated Fritillary 1
Pearl Crescent 69 (It's been a good year for these!)
Common Buckeye 22
Monarch 8
Silver-spotted Skipper 4
Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
Fiery Skipper 51
Sachem 5
Least Skipper 6
Peck's Skipper 41
Tawny-edged Skipper 26


Moths:
Ailanthus Webworm (Atteva aurea) 3
Vagabond Crambus (Agriphila vulgivagellus) 1
Lucerne Moth (Nomophila nearctica) 3
Hawaiian Beet Webworm (Spolada recurvalis) 45
Southern Beet Webworm (Herpetogramma bipunctalis) 1
Bent-line Carpet (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria) 1
Chickweed Geometer (Haematopis grataria) 5
Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth (Anticarsia gemmatalis) 2
Soybean Looper (Chrysodeixis includens) 3
Celery Looper (Anagrapha falcifera) 2
Corn Earworm (Helicoverpa zea) 7


Damselflies:
Familiar Bluet 1
Eastern Forktail 7
Fragile Forktail 1


Dragonflies:
Common Green Darner 1
Common Whitetail 3
Widow Skimmer 4
Blue Dasher 1
Wandering Glider 2


Birds (abbreviations: 63rd = 63rd, NLF=north lake front/59th Street promontory, WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow):
Canada Goose: WI/BM (60)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (4)
Mallard: WI/BM (23)
Double-crested Cormorant: 63rd (15), NLF (1), WI/BM (4)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (7)
Black-crowned Night-Heron: WI/BM (1)
Cooper's Hawk: WI/BM (1)
Ring-billed Gull: 63rd (19), NLF (102), WI/BM (2)
Chimney Swift: 63rd (1), WI/BM (120)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (2)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (5)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (5)
unidentified Empidonax flycatcher sp: WI/BM (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (1)
Red-eyed Vireo: WI/BM (1)
A. Crow: 63rd (2), WI/BM (5)
Barn Swallow: 63rd (1)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (8)
Red-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (2)
White-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (2)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: 63rd (1), WI/BM (1)
Gray-cheeked Thrush: WI/BM (3)
Swainson's Thrush: 63rd (2), WI/BM (7)
unidentified Catharus thrush sp: WI/BM (3)
A. Robin: WI/BM (1)
Gray Catbird: WI/BM (7)
Euro. Starling: 63rd (1), WI/BM (7)
N. Waterthrush: WI/BM (1)
Orange-crowned Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Nashville Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (1)
Common Yellowthroat: 63rd (1), WI/BM (3)
A. Redstart: 63rd (1), WI/BM (2)
Cape May Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Magnolia Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Black-throated Blue Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Blackpoll Warbler: 63rd (1), WI/BM (4)
Bay-breasted Warbler: 63rd (1)
Palm Warbler: 63rd (1), NLF (4), WI/BM (6)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (6)
Black-throated Green Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Wilson's Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (4)
White-throated Sparrow: NLF (2), WI/BM (8)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (6)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak: WI/BM (2)
Indigo Bunting: WI/BM (1)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (10)
House Sparrow: NLF (10)


Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago




Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
Date: Wed Sep 21 2016 15:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Between yesterday and today, we've had some nice visitors;

E. Wood Peewee
Pair of G-H Owls hooting yesterday afternoon.
Pair of N. Flickers cleaning the patio of ants.
W-B and R-B Nuthatches (So nice to see them working the same branch at the
same time!)
Swainson's & Hermit Thrush
Magnolia, Blackpoll, & A. Redstart (including a beautiful male)
We've had several other warblers, but all too fast and too 'fall' to ID
safely.

The Song Sparrows that have been around all summer have disappeared, & no
other sparrows yet.

Unfortunately, haven't spotted a single Broad-winged Hawk!

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County



Subject: IBET By Tennessee w.
Date: Wed Sep 21 2016 12:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Hi friends,
Very shy. Last year had 10 or so, today just the one.
Brown thrasher came and ate then left on Sunday.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
xxjb7z@aol.com




Subject: IBET Montrose - Nelson's Sparrows
Date: Wed Sep 21 2016 10:14 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,
Before the thunderstorm hit, I located 2 Nelson's Sparrows in the northwestern most vegetation in the beach protected area. Vicky, whose last name I forgot, probably saw a Merlin.
For the birds!
Dave Antieaudkantieau@sbcglobal.netChicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET Sabine's Gulls still present at Chautauqua, 21 Sept 2016
Date: Wed Sep 21 2016 8:34 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dale and I have been watching the 2 continuing juveniles from the Beer Can Spot.  Saw them on the water at 8:05 am and in the air at 8:20 am on Wed, 21 Sept 2016.


Davida Kalina
Naperville, DuPage County
Currently in Mason County



Subject: IBET ENSBC Birding Perkins Woods This Week
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 22:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club has 2 “Bird the Preserves” walks scheduled for this week going to the Cook County Forest Preserves Perkins Woods in Evanston. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Thursday, September 22, meet at 7:30 a.m.; leader is John Bates.  Saturday, September 24, meet at 8:30 a.m.; leader is Gary Hantsbarger.

For both walks, meet at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Street, which is about three quarters of a mile east of Crawford Avenue and one quarter of a mile north of Golf Road in Evanston.



John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County

ENSBC website: WWW.ENSBC.ORG






Subject: IBET Techny N correction Cook co.
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 21:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,
Just reviewed some pics and the other bird also seems to be a pectoral, plus I forgot one spotted and 2 solitary sandpipers.  
Suzanne ColemanPR Cook



Subject: IBET Grove, Techny N, Cook Co.
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 21:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yo,
Got to keep it interesting, especially when it really isn't so much so.
Techny N:
pectoral2 solitaries70 killdeerone ? molty pectoral vs. something else2 blue-winged tealgreat egretmallardswood ducks
Grove
Correction to yesterday's post:  the vireo I had must have been a blue-headed vireo.  I talked myself out of it but there is no other vireo that has the white-eye hook and greyish blue around it with yellow on it.  So there you go.
red-eyed vireocatbirdsam redstarts 2magnolia 1n waterthrush 1-2yellow-rumped warblers 4-5 (myrtles, harry potter…)baby phoebe?, adult phoebeleast flycatcher, new today2 peweeone possible willow/alder? not great look, maybe another peeweeFOS yellow-breasted sapsucker, right when I knew there had to be one, there it was in its usual area!  crazy life.  they seem to appear on blue still days that are warm like today, atleast in this area for me.goldfinchescardinalsmale hairy, pair of downy woodpeckers2 mallardsgreat egretnice noisy flock of blackbirds including many red-winged blackbirds and grackles
short time there
New yard bugs daily with my new mini-prairie, it's so exciting!  If you have some ground available, consider putting in a few prairie plants too, I get all kinds of pollinators, butterflies, honeybees, bumblebees, wasps, flies of all sorts, tiny bees, shiny bees, moths, beetles (cucumber yesterday first one), etc.  It's awesome.  Plus prairie plants don't need much care once they are established, so it's pretty easy to manage. 
Suzanne ColemanPR Cook





Subject: IBET Rollins Nelson's Sparrows
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 19:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I had great looks at 2 NELSON’S SPARROWS at the west side tennis court dried-up pond this evening at Rollins Savanna in Grayslake.

Good birding!
Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
Lake County




Subject: IBET October birds (GCKI, HETH) at Cal Park, Chicago (9-20-16)
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 18:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While I was busy getting some exercise at Eggers Grove on Tuesday afternoon (20 September 2016), I noticed it was full of birds for the first time in several days. So I decided to get out and do some birding. I figured it would be easy to avoid mosquito bites at Calumet Park on Chicago’s south lakefront, so I went there and that worked out well (very few bites).

Calumet Park was also full of birds, especially thrushes, and SWAINSON’S THRUSH was by far the most abundant (50+ present, by my count). I was also surprised to have a clear view of my first HERMIT THRUSH of the fall (spotted breast; narrow white eye-ring; bright rufous-red tail contrasting with dull brown upperparts; tail raised & lowered continuously). October is just around the corner.

I also heard my first GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET of the fall (clear “see-see-see” call heard over & over), another species more typically found in October. And also found my first 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES of the fall (finally, it's about time...), a year bird for me!

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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Subject: Re: IBET American Golden Plover Marina Point, Lake Springfield
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 16:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Golden Plover gone, way too much traffic here now at 4:45.  I did see an
osprey working its way north along the west shoreline of the lake.

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon county

On Sep 20, 2016 3:29 PM, "Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]" <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> American Golden Plover, in winter plumage, sitting on East side of Marina
> Point. I was eating a snack and looked up to find it eight feet in front of
> my car. I looked up the description online to identify it.
>
> Jared Gorrell
> Sangamon county
>
>



Subject: IBET American Golden Plover Marina Point, Lake Springfield
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 15:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
American Golden Plover, in winter plumage, sitting on East side of Marina
Point. I was eating a snack and looked up to find it eight feet in front of
my car. I looked up the description online to identify it.

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon county



Subject: IBET Cook County-Techny Basin, Techny North & Chicago Botanic Garden Tues 9-20-16
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 15:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Saw my glamour birds yesterday but today it was back to regular,
expected birds, not that I mind seeing them too. I try to cover all my
shorebird survey spots once a week through Sept so today I covered 3
of them for this week. By October I will drop a few spots but continue
with others although the visits will be less frequent. By November
shorebirds will become hard to find although some will still be going
through. Here's my site lists for today.

Techny Basin (7;15-8:15 A.M.)

As always I checked the water dept building pond & the stream channel
all the way to Willow Rd.

Pond (Mud flats are back)

Great Egret (1) & BCN Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Goose (11) & Mallard (16) plus 1 all white Mallard sized domestic duck
Killdeer (11), Solitary (1) & Spotted (1) Sandpipers
Ring Billed Gull (1 fly-by)

Stream Channel

Great Blue Heron (6), Great Egret (3) & BCN Heron (1-IM)
Mallard (67)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1 calling fly-by)
Ring Billed Gull (1)
Kingfisher (1)

At various spots were Mourning Doves, Blue Jay, Robins, Y.R. Myrtle
Warbler, Cardinal, Song Sparrow & Goldfinches.

North Techny Backwater Area (8:20-8:50 a.m.)

Birds seen here but not seen elsewhere included P.B. Grebe (1), Green
Winged (2) & Blue Winged (1) Teal, Semipalmated Plover (2), Least (1)
& Pectoral (1) Sandpipers.

Chicago Botanic Garden (Dundee Rd backwater area only) (9:30-10 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (1), Great Egret (3) & BCN Heron (1-IM)
Canada Goose (66), Wood Duck (1) & Mallard (34)
Killdeer (7)
(Only very common land birds were seen)

Yesterday I had 3 very special birds going for the top spot but today
no special birds at all.
But that's birding & all birds are interesting in 1 way or another .
Bird-Of-The-Day for today goes to the 2 or 3 Black Crowned Night Herons &
Runners-Up to the P.B. Grebe & the 2 Semipalmated Plovers. Best I can do today.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today


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Subject: IBET AGPL at Montrose 2:30 PM
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 14:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On 9-20 at 2:40 PM the bird was 50 meters or so from the dog beach.

Donnie Dann
Lake County

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Subject: IBET: Sabine's Gulls-yes
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 13:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The 2 juvenile Sabine's Gulls are in view at the beer can spot.  Per Kevin and Pete, they have been in view for at least 30 minutes.  1 Bonaparte's, 4 avocets, and 13-14 phalaropes which appear to be Red-necked.

Pete Fenner, Kevin Richmond, Vaughn Suhling, Phil Doncheck are here, too.

Dan Williams
Rockford

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Subject: Re: IBET American golden plover at montrose
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 12:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Double hit on year birds: the plover and i'm looking at a Nelson's in the panne right now, with another softly calling.

Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County

> On Sep 20, 2016, at 11:37 AM, birdingfaun@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> about halfway to dog beach...
> very promounced white eyebrow, bold cheek spot, golden tinged on head and back
>
>



Subject: IBET American golden plover at montrose
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 11:37 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
about halfway to dog beach...
very promounced white eyebrow, bold cheek spot, golden tinged on head and back

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Subject: Re: IBET SABINE'S GULLS at Chautauqua
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 11:11 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The two juvenile Sabine's Gulls were still present at the beer can spot at
9:30. I observed them for about 5 minutes before they flew over the north
levee and out over Clear Lake. They were moving around quite a bit so I
imagine they are moving back and forth between the two lakes. I was unable
to locate the Little Gull that was also reported from this location.

Andy Gilbert
Havana
Mason Co

On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 8:26 AM, Michael Baum sixftwarbler@gmail.com
[ILbirds] wrote:

>
>
> Kevin Richmond has two juv. SABINE'S at the beer can spot and had but lost
> contact with an adult LITTLE GULL.
>
> Mike Baum
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Broad-wings starting to kettle Lake County
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 9:47 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Broad-wings have been starting to kettle the last 30 minutes northwest of my house, over Cedar Lake, Lake Marie area and I had a few over Fox Lake.  They are still very low. Richard BissLake Villa Lake County



Subject: IBET SABINE'S GULLS at Chautauqua
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 8:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Kevin Richmond has two juv. SABINE'S at the beer can spot and had but lost
contact with an adult LITTLE GULL.

Mike Baum



Subject: IBET Sandhills over Warrenville 9/20
Date: Tue Sep 20 2016 7:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Moments ago a flock of 26 Sandy's just flew east over the city.
Don Lopat    Warrenville/DuPage





Subject: IBET Grove, Cook co.
Date: Mon Sep 19 2016 23:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi guys,
Not much here today, but I did go thru quickly so I might have missed some, but surely most of yesterday's migrants have moved on.  The back wetland remains the place to see and be seen.
I had what had to be a philadelphia vireo, not the light kind, near the front wetland by the nature center, pretty bird, wish I had more looks.  
warblers:magnolia 1redstart 3n. waterthrush, 2palm 1
Otherwise, white-breasted nuthatches continue to entertain in small groups (nice to see this every year) and I caught a group of 4-5 flickers on the lawn which was cool.
Suzanne ColemanPR Cook



Subject: Re: IBET Upcoming birding boat trips on Lake Michigan
Date: Mon Sep 19 2016 22:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The coming Saturday is trip #2 out onto Lake Michigan looking for birds.
On trip #1 we had a Parasitic Jaeger, Black Terns, Bonaparte's Gull, and
lots of Common Terns. Jaegers and Sabine's Gulls are still passing through
our region. I still have some space on this outing. If you are
interested, please contact me. Weather conditions at the moment look good
for us to get out on the lake.

Good birding,
Geoff



On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 10:16 AM, Geoffrey Williamson
geoffrey.williamson.21@gmail.com [ILbirds]
wrote:

>
>
> I have arranged for two Lake Michigan pelagics this season, one on 10 Sep
> 2016 (Saturday) and the other on 24 Sep 2016 (Saturday). Both of these
> trips will depart out of Chicago's Burnham Harbor. We will be on a 50
> foot boat with space for 16 birders. I am looking for interested birders to
> share the costs. Please email me to reserve a space and/or for further
> information.
>
>
>
> *Lake Michigan PelagicsBurnham Harbor, Chicago departure*
> *Saturday, 10 Sep 2016, 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM**Saturday, 24 Sep 2016, *
> *6:30 AM to 12:30 PM*
> Cost: $120/person for each date. Be aware also that tipping the crew is
> customary and that parking at the dock is a flat rate $24/car.
>
> These trips will be out of Burnham Harbor in Chicago, Illinois. We will
> head east out of the harbor and explore Lake Michigan in areas well off
> shore, planning to be entirely in Cook County, Illinois waters. During
> mid-September we are especially keen to look for Sabine's Gulls,
> Long-tailed Jaegers, and Parasitic Jaegers. This should be a good time for
> Common and Forster's Terns, and Black Terns can still be coming through. We
> will keep an eye out for Red-necked and Red Phalaropes on the lake, as
> well as any other less common gulls and terns. Out to about four miles from
> shore is where most of the duck/grebe/loon activity is concentrated. Though
> waterbird migration is not in full force at this time, we will look for
> whatever is there as we pass through this zone on the way in and out. We
> will also spend some time further from shore, where birds are in smaller
> numbers but where jaegers and Sabine's Gull have been seen on previous
> trips.
>
> Good birding,
> Geoff
>
>
>
> --
> Geoff Williamson
> geoffrey.williamson.21@gmail.com
>
>
>



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Geoff Williamson
geoffrey.williamson.21@gmail.com



Subject: IBET Broad-winged Hawks migrating Lake County and White Pelicans
Date: Mon Sep 19 2016 17:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I counted 161 Broad-wings today.  Around noon I had a large kettle of about 133 Broad-wings come over.  I snapped a few photos but they got so high up I couldn't see them in the camera.  I was surprised some of them came out.  They went higher and higher until I couldn't see them anymore. I had another Kettle of 5 birds but most of the other ones were single. and not as high as the kettle was.  I also had 24 White Pelicans flying over the Fox Lake area. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...  Richard BissLake Villa Lake County 



Subject: IBET Cook County Lake Calumet Area Including Rainbow Beach & Hammond, Indiana Monday 9-19-16
Date: Mon Sep 19 2016 15:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Sung to the tune of Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon:

Still chasing, still chasing
Still chasing after all these years!

You'd think I would have given up chasing birds for my year list but
some of us (myself included) remain still crazy after all these many
years!

Today I went with Andy Sigler to play catch-up at Rainbow Beach.
Arrived at about 6:50 a.m & found a group of plant people about to
visit the dunes to spray evil, unwelcome plants. Hurried to get there
1st so sparrows would not be flushed away & right away Andy spotted 1
NELSON'S SPARROW up on a plant stalk. Then went to scan the rock walls
& the 2 towers for the little Cormorant that has been here for over a
week. (I've been a little slow looking for this bird but Rainbow Beach
is not my favorite place to visit by myself.) Not on the rock walls &
not on the close tower but at the very top of the far tower to the
south was the smaller, longer tailed & slimmer
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT. Would have liked a closer look but I was glad to
see it at all.

Next short stops at Steelworkers Park & Calumet Park found almost no
migrants at all.
At Wolf Lake/Powers we did find 8 P.B. Grebes, 5 Mute Swans, a large
flock of about 50 Coots &
2 R.T. Hummers among other common birds.Since the Indiana Brant had
not made the trip to Wolf Lake (at least not yet) we had to go to the
Brant.

Lake George/Hammond

Here we did see the young (no white on the neck) BRANT with some
Canada Geese. Two Killdeer flew over calling (my only shorebirds of
the day) & on the walk back were 4 species of Warblers being
Nashville, Blackpoll, Palm & Wilson's.

I have now not looked for shorebirds for 2 days in a row & am having
withdrawal symptoms so it will be back to shorebirds tomorrow!

This may be a 1st for me but Bird-Of-The-Day will be an Indiana bird,
i.e. the Brant.
Runners-Up to 2 fine birds which would have normally been top bird
candidates but today will have to settle for runner-up status. Hope
they don't mind!

Al Stokie
In southeast Cook County & Hammond today


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Subject: IBET Sabine's Gull updates???
Date: Mon Sep 19 2016 13:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Anyone know if the Emiquon Sabine's Gull has been seen today?

Thanks,

Travis Mahan
Decatur, IL
Macon Co.

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Subject: IBET Montrose - Nelson's Sparrows
Date: Mon Sep 19 2016 10:51 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,
Highlights for a morning trip to Montrose were 7 Nelson's Sparrows (1 group of 5, poor photos obtained of 2 of the birds); 16 species of warblers, with the best being a first year female Northern Parula, and a female Black-throated Blue; and a female/young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
No shorebirds.
My ebird list is below my signature.
For the birds!
Dave Antieaudkantieau@sbcglobal.netChicago, Cook Counth
Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Sep 19, 2016 6:35 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.35 mile(s)
Comments:    Crow and Rock Dove on drive home.
47 species

Canada Goose  13
Mallard  69
Double-crested Cormorant  1    on a star dock in the harbor
Great Blue Heron  1    In the water near the eastern end of the beach.
Cooper's Hawk  2    1 that flew west from the end of the beach & across Lake Shore Drive. Geoff W got it in his scope. 1 that flew out of the point and landed on a boat in the eastern end of the harbor.
Ring-billed Gull  237    208 on the beach.
Herring Gull  4
Chimney Swift  105    probably many more
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1    Magic Hedge, it made at least 1 trip down to the mud that's in the path about mid-hedge.
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  5    4 in the Magic Hedge; 1 across the meadow.
Least Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2    1 in the Magic Hedge; 1 near the NE corner of the point.
Marsh Wren  1    Beach protected area, found by Geoff.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1    Seen with Jill N. at south end of the hedge.
Swainson's Thrush  9    7 in the mud near the Magic Hedge.
American Robin  28    26 in a tree west of the Bait Shop.
Grey Catbird  3
Common Starling  7
Cedar Waxwing  1
Ovenbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  1
Cape May Warbler  3
Northern Parula  1    first year female in a Linden Tree near the Magic Hedge.
Magnolia Warbler  2
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1    Found by Al L.
Palm Warbler  11
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  2
Nelson's Sparrow  7    1 group of 5 seemed to come off the lake behind me, land briefly in the western panne (near the rope for the center of the protected area), fly low into the trees just north of the roped off area, then move on further to the north. At one point I had 3 in my binoculars, about a foot from each other. 1 in the westernmost part of the panne. 1 just east of the dune. Exact count. Poor photos of 2 of the birds.
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2    female or young male birds.
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

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



Subject: IBET nelson's sparrow at montrose
Date: Mon Sep 19 2016 9:30 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
on the sand right next to pier, then in tall grass just inside fence... 4 together then flew off in pairs... great looks in good light!

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Subject: IBET White-eyed Vireo at Elsen's Hill (DuPage)
Date: Mon Sep 19 2016 9:00 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Good morning all,

This morning before work I birded Elsen’s Hill in DuPage Co. It was pretty slow, but some good birds were present, the best being a WHITE-EYED VIREO behind the front pond. Other good birds include PHILADELPHIA VIREO, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER (a singing 1yM), and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER.

Also note were two still-downy INDIGO BUNTING fledglings. I wonder how regularly they breed so late into the season?

Good birding!
Matt Wistrand
West Chicago, DuPage



Subject: IBET Dixon Refuge at Hennepin-Hopper Lakes 18 Sept
Date: Sun Sep 18 2016 22:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went out to Dixon Waterfowl Refuge today.  It was a gorgeous day to be
out. It was very birdy, 75 species, but nothing rare. The common ducks
were Pintail (1700), Blue-winged Teal (680), Green-winged Teal (230).
Plenty of coots (2800), still 4 Common Gallinules. I estimated 420 White
Pelicans; my companions think my count was way low. Tree Swallows were all
over. I estimated 3600. Interesting landbirds included 11 species of
warblers, with a female Black-throated Blue the best. Also 6 Red-breasted
Nuthatches, with 4 in trees just south of boat launch, a Yellow-billed
Cuckoo, and 6 Common Nighthawks.

Doug Stotz

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

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Subject: IBET Osprey- Chatham Wildlife Sanctuary
Date: Sun Sep 18 2016 22:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

There was an Osprey on Lake Springfield at 6:30pm this Sunday evening at
the Chatham Wildlife Sanctuary, in the bay opposite from the marina. I
observed it fishing, and it flew up into a nearby tree and vanished from
view in the twilight.

Also of note, there's 52 American White Pelicans at the mouth of Sugar
Creek.

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon County, 9/18/16



Subject: IBET Glenview, NB area (cook co.)
Date: Sun Sep 18 2016 21:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,
Techny
cuckoo flew 10 feet from my head, backlit, looked all blackred-tailed hawk spooked the mallards but didn't seem to have one in its talons2 palm warblers (woo hoo)2 spotted sandpiperssolitary sandpiper5 killdeer
N Techny mudflats
10 killdeer2 blue-winged tealmallardsegret2 great blue herons1 spotted and one ? type sandpiper 
Lake Glenview
looked in N meadow for warblers, yeah, got 3 house sparrows. Again, woo hoo!egretgulls
ASP
sparrows in western grassland (once named western wetland) maybe something good?  backlit so couldn't tell, very quick flyers, if someone gets a good sparrow here please email me, thx
pair of beautiful vireos, ? philly vs. warbling with lots of bright yellow on the sides (front corner)

Grove
f scarlet tanager, FOSphoebe4 peeween waterthrushmagnolia warblerredstart, yellow typechestnut-sided warbler, FOSchickadeef flickerhairy,downy, red-bellied woodpeckersred-headed woodpecker, adult, migrantegretsong sparrows 2+red-eyed vireo ruby-crowned kinglet, FOSgoldfinchescedar waxwingsseveral missed birdswb nuthatches, family group and moreblue jayshouse wren, migrant likely as others not seen for a while nowgrey-cheeked thrush,1swainson's thrushes, severalrobins4 catbirds!6ish grosbeaks, several spots, migrantsbrown thrasher, likely migrant as singing male in spring not seen since (but possible breeder!)
Now that's better.  But still, where are the warblers?!  

Suzanne ColemanPR Cook



Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan Hawkwatch 9/18/16
Date: Sun Sep 18 2016 19:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today (9/18/16), with Michal Furmanek as official counter, we counted 124
migrant raptors past Fort Sheridan. Here are the migrant raptor totals:

Turkey Vulture -- 12
Osprey -- 5
Bald Eagle -- 4
Northern Harrier -- 1 (imm)
Sharp-shinned Hawk -- 27
Cooper's Hawk -- 6
Broad-winged Hawk -- 4
Red-tailed Hawk -- 54
American Kestrel -- 3
Merlin -- 2
Peregrine Falcon -- 4
Unidentified Accipiter -- 1
Unidentified Raptor -- 1 (most likely an eagle but way too high and way too
far!)

Hawkcount for details:
http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsiteu0&ryear 16&rmonth &rday

Temps were pleasant and winds were relatively calm and from the NW early on
before lake effect winds took over around noon. The lack of winds made the
afternoon feel kind of oppressive!

Despite reports last night of Broad-winged Hawks landing in Northern Lake
County, Fort Sheridan didn't have a Broadie day. However, there will still
many birds to be seen, albeit high in the sky! Thank you for everyone's
help picking out the specks!

The majority of raptors came early when lake effect winds hadn't kicked in
and there was ample cloud cover. There were many juvenile Red-tailed Hawks
heading south, with many never needing to break into a soar as they glided
south. Occasionally, a small kettle of Red-tails would form, and
Sharp-shinned Hawks continued to push through after yesterdays excellent
count.

In the non-raptor category, 4 Rusty Blackbirds, 1 Red-breasted Nutchatch,
and 13 Bobolink were the highlights of a 23+ species day. Other highlights
on the eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...



Subject: Re: IBET Sabine's Gull - Fulton County
Date: Sun Sep 18 2016 16:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still present, straight out from the boat ramp, swimming with a few Ring- billed Gulls.
Thanks for the update, Corey!
Good birdings,
Keith McMullen
O'Fallon, IL
Warbler7@sbcglobal.net

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 18, 2016, at 12:21 PM, Corey Lange coreyjlange@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> Kevin Richmond and I are looking at a juvenile Sabine's Gull at the Pump House Rd pull off at Tompson Lake in Fulton Co.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



Subject: IBET Willow Festival Pond (no sightings)
Date: Sun Sep 18 2016 15:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I wanted to pass along the news that there are now two eBird hotspots for the area where the West Fork of the Chicago River meets Willow Rd. in Glenview/Northbrook.
The entire area south of Willow (located in Glenview) is still denoted as the Techny Basin Conservation Area. However, the area north of Willow Rd. (located in Northbrook) has been given the name Willow Festival Pond. It covers the entire area between Willow Rd. and Techny Rd. along the river. The name, given by Sulli Gibson, will suffice for now as the area has no official name as of yet. However, there is serious talk of putting a trail along the river between the two roads which, if it happens, would likely result in changing the name of the hotspot to the Techny River Trail. As of now, of course, no such trail exists. Here is a link (found by Eric Secker) which describes the proposal:

https://gogreennorthbrook.org/...

I have changed my eBird sightings for the area north of Willow to reflect the new hotspot; I encourage others to do the same. If you have a large number of reports from there I'd suggest emailing Eric Secker at eric@piazzadesign.com and he can likely switch them over for you all at once.


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET Lake County-Ryerson C.A. 13 Species Of Warblers & More Sunday 9-18-16
Date: Sun Sep 18 2016 15:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today Bob Erickson & I spent 3 1/2 hours looking for land birds at
Ryerson. We were joined for part of that time by Wilson's Phalarope
finder Mike L. Except for the 1 hour at the CBG on Thursday this was
my 1st serious attempt at Warbler finding this Fall season. We did
better than expected although no really rare Warblers were found.
Here's my site day list:

Ryerson (7-10:30 a.m.)

Canada Goose (11 in the river)
Wood Duck (6 in the river)
Turkey Vulture (1 soaring)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-IM in a tree)
Mourning Dove (1-2)
R.T. Hummer (3-4 at the visitor center feeders)
Red Bellied (5-6), Downy (10-12) & Hairy (1) Woodpeckers
Flicker (3)
Eastern Pewee (1)
Blue Jay (6-8)
Crow (1-2)
Chickadee (8-10)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (2)
White Breasted Nuthatch (6-8)
House Wren (3)
Eastern Bluebird (heard 1)
Gray Cheeked Thrush (1)
Swainson's Thrush (12-15)
Robins (~15)
Gray Catbird (2)
Cedar Waxwing (10-12 all in trees along the river, fly-catching)
Warbling (1) & Red Eyed (1) Vireo's

Warblers were:
Nashville (1), Tennessee (~10), Chestnut Sided (1), Magnolia (12-15),
Y.R. Myrtle (1),
Black Throated Green (1-M), Palm (3-4), Bay Breasted (2), Blackpoll
(3), Black & White (3-4),
Redstart (6), Ovenbird (2) & Common Yellowthroat (2-3)

Scarlet Tanager (1 in "female" plumage)
Rose Breasted Grosbeak (4-5)
Savannah (1) & Song (5) Sparrows
Red Winged Blackbird (1-M)
House Finch (2)
Goldfinch (~10)
(Had a "maybe Purple Finch" but not sure)
House Sparrow (12-15, by the farm buildings)

After a McDonald's lunch Bob & I returned to do an informal Hawk Watch
to see if Hawks were moving along the Des Plaines River. Watched from
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. & saw the following.

Turkey Vulture (2), BALD EAGLE (1 almost full adult), Sharp Shinned
(3) & Cooper's Hawk (2),
Red Tailed Hawk (2), Herring Gull (1), Gull Species (1), Rock Pigeon
(2) & Chimney Swift (1)

In the distance we saw 1 possible Broad Winged Hawk (the one I wanted
to see) but it never came close enough & then disappeared.

Had 52 species here & 2 more on the way home for a 54 species day
without waders & shorebirds. More species than I've seen recently.

In addition to my species Mike L added YELLOW BILLED CUCKOO, Philly Vireo &
Blackburnian Warbler which would up the Warbler total to 14 for the
day at Ryerson.

Bird-Of-The-Day for Mike L will be the Y.B. Cuckoo.
For Bob E it will be the Gray Cheeked Thrush which was a new year bird for him.
For me I'll go with the almost adult Bald Eagle & for Runner-Up the
Chestnut Sided Warbler in mostly Spring plumage.

Al Stokie
In Lake County once again but NOT looking for shorebirds


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