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27 Feb: @ 21:41:05 IBET Ross's Goose - River Park Chicago 2/27 2pm [kevin814us@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 20:59:59 IBET Pelicans at Channel Lake (Lake Co.) [Adam Sell adamwardsell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 20:01:22 IBET Re: Pelicans at Channel Lake (Lake Co.) [Adam Sell adamwardsell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 19:32:52 Re: IBET Dark phase Red Tail [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 19:23:20 IBET Dark phase Red Tail [thargrove75@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 19:22:31 IBET Feb Lake County Big Day- 69sp. [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 16:55:33 IBET Big Calumet crane movement (PHOTOS) (2-27-17) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 15:14:57 IBET Montrose & Jarvis-Slow Start But All's Well Ends Well Monday 2-27-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 14:11:37 IBET Big Calumet crane movement (2-27-17) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 13:17:09 IBET Montrose White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Duck, 2/27 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 12:46:04 IBET Lincoln Park Snow Geese [John Purcell purc@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 11:51:17 Re: IBET Snow and Greater White Fronted Geese - Winnebago County ['Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 11:46:09 IBET Snow and Greater White Fronted Geese - Winnebago County [Timothy Huizenga thuizenga@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 09:44:03 IBET Snow Geese Lincoln Park Lagoon [Matthew Igleski matt.igleski@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 01:03:11 IBET lake county lakes [yellowstart5@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 18:29:59 IBET Snow Goose in Montrose Harbor Sunday afternoon & more [Marjorie Pries mhpries@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 18:25:18 Re: IBET Bird ID help [Chad B bookman63@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 16:33:31 IBET North Pond, Lincoln Park - 02/26/17 [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 14:36:48 IBET DuPage County-Hidden Lake F.P. & Morton Arboretum Sunday 2-16-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 13:26:02 IBET Sandhill Cranes Over Highland Park [stuartkoch@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 12:23:00 IBET Big Marsh Tundra Swan (2-26-17 [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 11:08:18 IBET Ross's Goose at Calumet Park, Chicago (Cook Co.) [Andrew andrewsaldrich@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 10:05:36 Re: IBET Bird ID help [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 10:03:10 Re: IBET Bird ID help [Joseph Muszynski joemuszynski@earthlink.net [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 09:53:43 Re: IBET Bird ID help [Evan Carlson emcarlson8@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 09:51:47 Re: IBET Bird ID help [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 09:40:54 Re: IBET Bird ID help [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 09:22:16 IBET Goldfinch [Jay Trees jtrees@trees-invest.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 09:19:04 IBET Bird ID help [Joseph Muszynski joemuszynski@earthlink.net [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 18:13:55 IBET Montrose - 2/25/17 [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 17:17:56 IBET JxP, Saturday, 25 February: Fox Sparrow and other First of the Year birds [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 14:30:24 IBET Snow geese on Rt 24 [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 13:08:49 IBET California Gull at Channel Lake, Lake Co. [Jim Mountjoy jmountjo@knox.edu [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 12:59:31 IBET Cook County-Skokie Lagoons & Techny North Saturday 2-25-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 11:21:53 IBET Blackbirds in Highland Park [stuartkoch@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 08:47:01 IBET: Mundelein Fox Sparrow [Todd Anderson tcanders123@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 17:25:08 IBET Scott and Morgan counties 2-24-17 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 13:13:07 Re: IBET Whooping Cranes, Will county [whimbrelbirders@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 13:08:15 IBET Whooping Cranes, Will county [Susan Zelek susanzelek@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 12:33:21 IBET Cook County-Gillson Park Spring Lake Watch #1 & Evanston Pelicans Friday 2-24-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 12:25:44 IBET Chicago river birds [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 17:36:44 IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday at The Levy Center - Reporting Rare Birds (NO SIGHTINGS) [Hockman John j.w.hockman@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 16:57:52 IBET Chimney Swift nest locations? (NO SIGHTINGS) ['Hurd, Maureen Lindsay' mhurd2@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 15:23:51 IBET Re: Eastern Meadowlark at Springbrook Prairie [Stephen gent calothoraxlucifer@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 15:09:30 IBET Lake County-Rollins Savanna (Raptors & Ducks) & Almond Marsh (Closed?) Thursday 2-23-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 14:36:24 Re: IBET Sightings along the Fox in Dundee 2/22 5:30-6:30 pm [Stuart Koch stuartkoch@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 13:33:30 IBET Eastern Meadowlark at Springbrook Prairie [nallured@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 12:49:43 IBET California Gull @ Channel Lake (Lake Co.) [Adam Sell adamwardsell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 12:38:02 IBET American White Pelicans - Kane Co. [Brendon Lake brendonlake10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 12:14:52 IBET GBBC sightings at Killdeer Wetlands/Bartel [Vera.Leopold@gmail.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Ross's Goose - River Park Chicago 2/27 2pm
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 21:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Long time visitor to this site, first time posting...
I've been birding River Park / Ronan Park for the last couple years and had my first Ross's Goose over here this afternoon (Monday 2/27) on the river just downstream of the spillway and dock area. A couple dozen Canadians as well (more than a normal day), several Mallards, and I believe a female Common Goldeneye. A few juncos around, too. Excited for the next few weeks of migration!
-Kevin in Lincoln Square

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Subject: IBET Pelicans at Channel Lake (Lake Co.)
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 20:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A good number of pelicans have made their way to the Chain-o-Lakes region today.  I had ~flying in and feeding at Channel Lake late this afternoon.  Gull and eagle numbers are down.  Pretty soon, we'll be seeing loons!Good Birding,Adam SellLake County














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Subject: IBET Re: Pelicans at Channel Lake (Lake Co.)
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 20:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Whoops.  Somehow forgot the number of pelicans... 172.  These are my earliest pelicans for Lake County, with the previous arrival date at March 8th with 47 individuals.   AdamOn Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:09 PM, Adam Sell <adamwardsell@gmail.com> wrote:A good number of pelicans have made their way to the Chain-o-Lakes region today.  I had ~flying in and feeding at Channel Lake late this afternoon.  Gull and eagle numbers are down.  Pretty soon, we'll be seeing loons!Good Birding,Adam SellLake County















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Subject: Re: IBET Dark phase Red Tail
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 19:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I've seen a dark phase Red-tailed hawk a few times recently over near Cherry Hills Church at the Chatham-Woodside Road intersection.  I bet it's the same one. Jared GorrellSangamon CountyOn Feb 27, 2017 7:23 PM, "thargrove75@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:














 









Several times over the past month I have seen a dark-phase Red Tail along New City Road between Thomas Rd and Ginder Rd.  It has been perched in trees along the north side of the road.Tim HargroveSangamon County


































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Subject: IBET Dark phase Red Tail
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 19:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Several times over the past month I have seen a dark-phase Red Tail along New City Road between Thomas Rd and Ginder Rd.  It has been perched in trees along the north side of the road.



Tim Hargrove
Sangamon County



Subject: IBET Feb Lake County Big Day- 69sp.
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 19:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  I really don’t like wind. So it would be plausible to ask yourself why I would want to bird for many hours dealing with 20-30 mph gales. The answer is that the rewards of birding outweigh the trivialities of poor weather conditions, so Steve Bailey and I endured yesterday’s windstorm and finished with a personal February best of 69 sp. Highlights:First Bird: Great Horned Owl; 2 hooting at COLSP around 1:45amLast Bird: Short-eared Owl at 5:50pm at Rollins Savanna; fairly close at about 100 yds.Biggest misses: There were a lot. Passerines were difficult because they either weren’t singing, were hunkered down, or the wind was drowning them out. Only had 4 sparrow species (missed both swamp and fox), missed many birds at COLSP that I have had in past weeks (no RL Hawk, shrike, hermit thrush, YR warbler, GC kinglet), but the BIGGEST miss, by far, was a BLUE JAY. A big day first. I’ve never missed a Blue Jay. And we went to no less than three houses with feeders and many places with oaks. That was a rough miss.Biggest Highlights: Also many of these. We had 22 waterfowl species yesterday including every species of dabbling duck except for BW Teal. Best bird of the day may have been the male WOOD DUCK that we had on the east side of Pine Dunes FP. Also had 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL here and our only EASTERN BLUEBIRD of the day. Another highlight was the 5 sp. of blackbirds that we had. We ran into multiple blackbird flocks to the north along rt. 45 and also Millburn Rd. with a lone EASTERN MEADOWLARK at Fed Ex. We had a couple of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at COLSP and then some BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS in a mixed flock along Millburn Rd. We also had great looks watching the PEREGRINE FALCON at Midwest Gen chase around a Rock Pigeon. That was one of our 5 raptor sp. on the day.Best location- Tough one. Pine Dunes FP is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots. The short grass there is great for many species that we don’t find at our other preserves. And ducks love this place also. Fourth Lake has also proven to be a huge duck magnet but visibility and accessibility here is a bit more difficult.Thanks to Steve for braving the elements with me yesterday and finding some great birds.The List:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... On!
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Subject: IBET Big Calumet crane movement (PHOTOS) (2-27-17)
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 16:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Some 3,800 SANDHILL CRANES flew over my home in the Hegewisch neighborhood of SE Chicago between 11:35 am and 1:10 pm on Monday (27 February 2017). No Whooping Cranes, but I did have 1 flyover RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and 2 flyover BALD EAGLES.

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

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

Red-shouldered hawk photo:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Walter Marcisz
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Subject: IBET Montrose & Jarvis-Slow Start But All's Well Ends Well Monday 2-27-17
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 15:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Arrived at about 7:30 a.m. to find Bob H coming out of the hedge area
& he pointed out a RUSTY BLACKBIRD near by. My plan was to look for
the Blue Goose & if I got it head to Calumet Park & look for the
Ross's Goose seen by Andrew A. But Bob had looked & found no such
Goose nor had Alex B nor later had Kanae H. But I looked anyway & of
course did not find the Blue Goose either.

Montrose Harbor

Bob had mentioned Shovelers there & indeed they were along with other
birds. Here's that list:

Horned Grebe (4 early on but 8 when I returned from Jarvis)
Canada Goose (10) & Mallards (37)
Shoveler (2-PR) & Goldeneye (6)
Common (2) & Red Breasted (~30) Mergansers
Coot (2) plus Ring Billed (~60) & Herring (2) Gulls

Beach & Dunes

Killdeer (1), Ring Billed (37) & Herring (1) Gulls & in the Dunes
~10-12 Red Wings

Lake Michigan

More Goldeneye & Common Mergs plus lots more Red Breasted Mergs

Hedge & Lawn Area

While standing by the "water feature" I was surprised to see an adult
D.C. CORMORANT fly overhead heading S.W. I may also have seen Bob's
Rusty #2 but it got away. Other land birds seen were Pigeons,
Chickadees, Crows (9), Robins, Starlings, Cardinal (4), Tree (3), Song
(1) & Fox (2) Sparrows, Junco's (10-12), Red Wings, Grackles,
Goldfinch (1) & House Sparrow (~10).

Then things got somewhat difficult. Near the beach house I saw a
Blackbird that I thought would be another Rusty but it didn't look
quite right. Correct size for a Rusty but all black with the head &
neck showing a bright purple/blue gloss, not black. Then I noticed
that the bill was not that of a Rusty but was that of a Brewer's as it
was shorter & cone shaped. No sign of any rusty color on the back or
wings although in full breeding plumage a male Rusty may not still
show that. But I will say that the 2 Rusty's that I did see today
(Montrose & Jarvis) did still show some rust color on their backs. So
to the best of my ability I will say that this bird was a BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD. In my defense I will add that I probably see as many
Brewer's as anyone since I count them every week on my Illinois Beach
bird surveys from April through July/August so I am somewhat familiar
with that species. So if you see a Rusty that does not look quite as
it should give it a closer look & see what you think.

Didn't see many birds at Jarvis but one bird I did see was a picture
perfect RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the smaller of the 2 water areas. This guy
did have the bigger bill, an all black head & neck & a fair amount of
rust color in it's back & wings. This sighting made me feel better
about saying the other blackbird was a Brewer's.

Made the long walk back from Jarvis/Belmont Harbor & made it to the
car. Decided to do a drive through to the harbor mouth & back & I am
glad I did as there by the gull feeding lot was the previously missing
BLUE GOOSE with the black line on it's head. Some days things just
seem to go your way so I need to remember that on those other days
when NOTHING goes your way.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Brewer's Blackbird (a good Cook County sighting) &
Runners-Up to the fly-by Cormorant, the Jarvis Rusty Blackbird & the
late arriving Blue Goose.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET Big Calumet crane movement (2-27-17)
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 14:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Some 3,800 SANDHILL CRANES flew over my home in the Hegewisch neighborhood of SE Chicago between 11:35 am and 1:10 pm on Monday (27 February 2017). No Whooping Cranes, but I did have 1 flyover RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and 2 flyover BALD EAGLES. Will post some photos when I get them sorted out.

Walter Marcisz
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Subject: IBET Montrose White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Duck, 2/27 a.m.
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 13:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I spent about an hour and a half at Montrose this morning, February 27.
I haven't been birding Montrose much this winter, but I had the day off,
so I thought I'd take advantage of it. I ended up with 27 species,
highlighted by 2 northbound White-winged Scoters and a drake Long-tailed
Duck, both seen from the end of the fishing pier as part of a brief
lakewatch. I spent most of my time checking the lake and harbor, so my
landbird total isn't that impressive, but I did see a couple Rusty
Blackbirds near the Magic Hedge and an Eastern Meadowlark in the native
planting area. Link to my eBird checklist below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point:
http://theorniphile.info/birdi...
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordp...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhug...
Montrose on eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot...


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Subject: IBET Lincoln Park Snow Geese
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 12:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The two Snow Geese reported earlier were still at the rowing lagoon as of 12N. Probably the best way to get there is to go to the South Pond and walk east under the Grant statute.

John Purcell

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Subject: Re: IBET Snow and Greater White Fronted Geese - Winnebago County
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 11:51 am
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Hi Tim,Ridott and the area you describe are in Stephenson County, not Winnebago.  Dan WilliamsRockfordOn Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 11:46 AM, Timothy Huizenga thuizenga@yahoo.com [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:














 









Yesterday in the late afternoon my wife Annette and I came across a flock of several hundred Greater White Fronted Geese, which had about a dozen Snow Geese mixed in, along with hundreds of Canada Geese. The flock was on Rock City Road about 200 yards north of the small town of Ridott. We also saw a bald eagle and pair of sandhill cranes fly over.

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Subject: IBET Snow and Greater White Fronted Geese - Winnebago County
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 11:46 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday in the late afternoon my wife Annette and I came across a flock of several hundred Greater White Fronted Geese, which had about a dozen Snow Geese mixed in, along with hundreds of Canada Geese.  The flock was on Rock City Road about 200 yards north of the small town of Ridott.  We also saw a bald eagle and pair of sandhill cranes fly over.

Tim Huizenga
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Subject: IBET Snow Geese Lincoln Park Lagoon
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 9:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There area two Snow Geese grazing with Canada Geese on the far south end of the lagoon between the lagoon and Lakeshore drive. Pull into the zoo parking lot and drive all the way to the end right before you exit for best viewing. FYI, You get 1/2 free in the parking lot.Matt IgleskiChicago, IL














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Subject: IBET lake county lakes
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 1:03 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
hello ibetors--


rena cohen and i went looking for ducks and traveled to several lakes. these were the best of the selection.


diamond lake
redhead---------2
horned grebe--3
gadwall---------21
goldeneye-----8


independence grove
redhead---------24
coot--------------4
am. wigeon----4
gadwall---------6
goldeneye-----2


fourth lake
canvasback----------83
redhead--------------125
gadwall---------------22
goldeneye-----------19
lesser scaup--------41
greater scaup-------1
scaup sp.------------30
coot--------------------6
mallard---------------35
common merg------29
red br merg---------60
bufflehead----------18
ring-necked duck-91
canada goose-----15
trumpeter swan ---2


Jeffrey Sanders Glenview no. Cook



Subject: IBET Snow Goose in Montrose Harbor Sunday afternoon & more
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 18:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I see that others have already posted about the dark morph SNOW GOOSE, very easy to get good looks. We can confirm it was there between between 1 - 2 PM this afternoon. It was floating sleepily at the southeast end of the harbor near the last docks. There were also about half a dozen CANADA GEESE, about two dozen RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and the usual quantity of MALLARDS and RING-BILLED GULLS.


Further on, north of Northwestern University in Evanston ans south of the Bahai Temple, we found a huge raft of REDHEADS, maybe 50 or 60, with occasional SCAUPS and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS in the mix.


In Wilmette, three COMMON MERGANSERS were fishing near the harbor mouth.


Marjorie Pries & Paul Baker

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Subject: Re: IBET Bird ID help
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 18:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I saw a blue morph Snow Goose yesterday among other white and blue morph individuals near Normal, IL that at first glance had me thinking Emperor Goose!  Got me pretty excited for a couple minutes [😉]





Chad Buckley





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Ah, that makes a lot more sense.



On Feb 26, 2017 9:47 AM, wrote:

Hi all,



That's a blue morph Snow Goose. They're currently passing through Illinois right now on their way north.



Jake Cvetas

Evanston, IL

Cook County



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I'm probably wrong, but that looks a bit like a very out of place

Black-bellied whistling duck! In all likelihood it's domestic, but if it's

a Black-bellied Whistling Duck, that's amazing. Those are a semitropical

duck on the Gulf Coast!



Jared Gorrell

Sangamon County



On Feb 26, 2017 9:19 AM, "Joseph Muszynski joemuszynski@earthlink.net

[ILbirds]" wrote:



Hello -



We saw this bird this morning 7:33 AM North of Montrose (about half way

between the Mexican restaurant and the dog beach). Unable to identify. Help

please!



Thanks -



Joe Muszynski



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Subject: IBET North Pond, Lincoln Park - 02/26/17
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 16:33 pm
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 Hi All,
Spent an hour at North Pond this afternoon and had two new species for the year here.
Hooded Merganser - 5M and 2F. Pics at Hooded Merganser Pair

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Ring-necked Duck - 1F
American Tree Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 1
Red-winged Blackbirds - 11 M on territory
Dark-eyed Junco - 3
House Finch - 1M SInging!!!!
Gold Finches - 7
Downy Woodpecker - 1M 1F
Red bellied Woodpecker - 1
Starlings - 6
House Sparrows - Many
Northern Cardinal 1M
Noticeably absent was the over winter White-breasted Nuthatch.
American Black Duck - 1M 1F
Mallards 23
Canada Geese - 26 Paired off and acting territorial.
Steve JnerCook County 



Subject: IBET DuPage County-Hidden Lake F.P. & Morton Arboretum Sunday 2-16-17
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 14:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Morton Arboretum (7:15-10 a.m.)

Today Bob Erickson & I wanted to look for target birds at the
Arboretum. Bob needed Pileated Woodpecker for his year list & I needed
a seen Barred Owl having only recorded "heard only" members of that
species. Covered the usual east side areas where both species have
been reported this year & other recent years but after 90 min we found
neither. Our highlight was a big Great Horned Owl being photographed
by a couple. We had given up & were on our way to drive over to the
west side to look for Winter Finches although almost done are being
found this Winter.
Then all of a sudden in flew a silent Barred Owl which briefly sat in
a tall,leafless tree & then flew off way to the east & disappeared. So
I had my seen Owl but Bob did not get his big Woodpecker at least
today.

Not much seen on the west side with our low level highlights being
both Nuthatches, Golden Crowned Kinglets & Chickadees. No Winter
Finches of any kind. At this point the wind was really picking up
strength so we ended out visit.

Hidden Lake F.P.

We checked here both before & after our visit to the Arboretum & saw
the following:

Canada Goose (22)
Mallard (13)
Shoveler (also 13)
Green Winged Teal (1-PR)
Coot (only 1)
Ring Billed Gull (7)
Overhead & flying south was a flock of 7 Sandhill Cranes, a nice way
to end the day although they were not calling.

Making it an all Owl awards day Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the briefly
seen, silent Barred Owl &
Runner-Up to the powerful looking Great Horned Owl. It's not often I
see more than 1 species of Owl in the same day.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes Over Highland Park
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 13:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We just saw 60+ Sandhill cranes flying over our house in Highland Park, IL a few minutes ago.  They were low enough to hear them.


Stuart Koch
Highland Park, IL
Lake County



Subject: IBET Big Marsh Tundra Swan (2-26-17
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 12:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The TUNDRA SWAN (first reported one week ago by Al Stokie) was still present at Big Marsh, Chicago on Sunday morning (26 February 2017), easily viewed from the peninsula on the east side of Stony Island Avenue at 114th Street.

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Subject: IBET Ross's Goose at Calumet Park, Chicago (Cook Co.)
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 11:08 am
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Hi, everyone!

There was a Ross's Goose among the Canadas at the east end of Calumet Park Sunday morning. Left it around 11am sitting comfortably next to the Picnic Grove 10 sign.

A couple groups of Sandhills were on the move as well.

Good birding,
Andrew Aldrich
Chicago


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Subject: Re: IBET Bird ID help
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 10:05 am
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Ah, that makes a lot more sense.On Feb 26, 2017 9:47 AM, <jake.cvetas@comcast.net> wrote:Hi all,That's a blue morph Snow Goose. They're currently passing through Illinois right now on their way north.Jake CvetasEvanston, ILCook County------ Original Message ------From: Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]To: Joseph MuszynskiCc: ilbirds@yahoogroups.comSent: February 26, 2017 at 9:42 AMSubject: Re: IBET Bird ID help














 









I'm probably wrong, but that looks a bit like a very out of place
Black-bellied whistling duck! In all likelihood it's domestic, but if it's
a Black-bellied Whistling Duck, that's amazing. Those are a semitropical
duck on the Gulf Coast!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon County

On Feb 26, 2017 9:19 AM, "Joseph Muszynski joemuszynski@earthlink.net
[ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Hello -

We saw this bird this morning 7:33 AM North of Montrose (about half way
between the Mexican restaurant and the dog beach). Unable to identify. Help
please!

Thanks -

Joe Muszynski

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Subject: Re: IBET Bird ID help
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It wasn’t a black bellied whistling duck for sure. The blue morph snow goose looks right - the only small question is the black stripe went all the way up the neck and over the head, but everything else looks right.JoeChicago. ILOn Feb 26, 2017, at 9:53 AM, Evan Carlson <emcarlson8@gmail.com> wrote:It's a dark morph (blue) snow goose. Evan CarlsonPeoriaOn Feb 26, 2017 9:51 AM, "Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:














 






Could it be a hybrid goose? I looked at photos and there was a similarity. Also, there have been black-bellied whistling ducks visiting the area about two years ago near Aurora, I believe. Chuck BermanOak ParkOn Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 9:48 AM Chuck Berman <cberman129@gmail.com> wrote:On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 9:40 AM Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:














 






I'm probably wrong, but that looks a bit like a very out of place
Black-bellied whistling duck! In all likelihood it's domestic, but if it's
a Black-bellied Whistling Duck, that's amazing. Those are a semitropical
duck on the Gulf Coast!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon County

On Feb 26, 2017 9:19 AM, "Joseph Muszynski joemuszynski@earthlink.net
[ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Hello -

We saw this bird this morning 7:33 AM North of Montrose (about half way
between the Mexican restaurant and the dog beach). Unable to identify. Help
please!

Thanks -

Joe Muszynski

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It's a dark morph (blue) snow goose. Evan CarlsonPeoriaOn Feb 26, 2017 9:51 AM, "Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:














 









Could it be a hybrid goose? I looked at photos and there was a similarity. Also, there have been black-bellied whistling ducks visiting the area about two years ago near Aurora, I believe. Chuck BermanOak ParkOn Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 9:48 AM Chuck Berman <cberman129@gmail.com> wrote:On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 9:40 AM Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:














 









I'm probably wrong, but that looks a bit like a very out of place
Black-bellied whistling duck! In all likelihood it's domestic, but if it's
a Black-bellied Whistling Duck, that's amazing. Those are a semitropical
duck on the Gulf Coast!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon County

On Feb 26, 2017 9:19 AM, "Joseph Muszynski joemuszynski@earthlink.net
[ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Hello -

We saw this bird this morning 7:33 AM North of Montrose (about half way
between the Mexican restaurant and the dog beach). Unable to identify. Help
please!

Thanks -

Joe Muszynski

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Subject: Re: IBET Bird ID help
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 9:51 am
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Could it be a hybrid goose? I looked at photos and there was a similarity. Also, there have been black-bellied whistling ducks visiting the area about two years ago near Aurora, I believe. Chuck BermanOak ParkOn Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 9:48 AM Chuck Berman <cberman129@gmail.com> wrote:On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 9:40 AM Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:














 









I'm probably wrong, but that looks a bit like a very out of place
Black-bellied whistling duck! In all likelihood it's domestic, but if it's
a Black-bellied Whistling Duck, that's amazing. Those are a semitropical
duck on the Gulf Coast!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon County

On Feb 26, 2017 9:19 AM, "Joseph Muszynski joemuszynski@earthlink.net
[ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Hello -

We saw this bird this morning 7:33 AM North of Montrose (about half way
between the Mexican restaurant and the dog beach). Unable to identify. Help
please!

Thanks -

Joe Muszynski

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Subject: Re: IBET Bird ID help
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 9:40 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I'm probably wrong, but that looks a bit like a very out of place
Black-bellied whistling duck! In all likelihood it's domestic, but if it's
a Black-bellied Whistling Duck, that's amazing. Those are a semitropical
duck on the Gulf Coast!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon County

On Feb 26, 2017 9:19 AM, "Joseph Muszynski joemuszynski@earthlink.net
[ILbirds]" wrote:



Hello -

We saw this bird this morning 7:33 AM North of Montrose (about half way
between the Mexican restaurant and the dog beach). Unable to identify. Help
please!

Thanks -

Joe Muszynski




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Subject: IBET Goldfinch
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 9:22 am
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Goldfinch craving the sunflower as well as the niger this weekend. Had a fox sparrow in the yard yesterday

Jay Trees
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Subject: IBET Bird ID help
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 9:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello -

We saw this bird this morning 7:33 AM North of Montrose (about half way between the Mexican restaurant and the dog beach). Unable to identify. Help please!

Thanks -

Joe Muszynski



Subject: IBET Montrose - 2/25/17
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 18:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,
I made it to Montrose after 9 this morning. Highlights were 3 Rusty Blackbirds, 3 Fox Sparrows (I've had one or 2 several times throughout the winter, with 3, once, in December); 2 Horned Grebes out in the lake, a pair of Redheads in the harbor, and one Killdeer on the beach. I may get rusty photos on my facebook page later this evening.
For the birds!
Dave Antieaudkantieau@sbcglobal.netChicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET JxP, Saturday, 25 February: Fox Sparrow and other First of the Year birds
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 17:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today with Pat Durkin and the regular Audubon crew, though only 5 of us braved the cold.  We covered Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow and the inner and outer harbors.
Before I arrived with Pat, Mark Webster and Eric Ginsberg had found a pair of GADWALLS in the east lagoon. They had last been seen swimming south and I couldn't find them, but they must have turned back north, because when we got to the north bridge of Wooded Island they were at the north end of the lagoon (FOY). A male WOOD DUCK flew into the east lagoon when we were in the Japanese Garden (FOY). There was a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS in the east lagoon and Mark saw another pair in the west lagoon. There was a male in the inner harbor, as well. The island seemed empty until Mark checked the southwest side. There were several sparrows there including a FOX SPARROW (FOY). A couple KILLDEER flew over the soccer fields and Eric had seen 2 N. FLICKERS there earlier.
There was a HORNED GREBE on Lake Michigan just outside the outer harbor and 2 more in the harbor (FOY). There were not large numbers of ducks in the outer harbor but there were a ton in the inner harbor, including 59 of the 60 REDHEADS seen, plus 7 RING-NECKED DUCKS. There were small numbers of both LESSER and GREATER SCAUP in both harbors. A RED-TAILED HAWK flew from the north end of the inner harbor before we headed to the Wooded Island area for the walk. My full list is below.

Abbreviations: WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, OH=outer harbor, LM=Lake Michigan east of OH, IH=inner harbor.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (36), IH (2)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (1)
Mallard: WI/BM (7), OH (8), IH (24)
Gadwall: WI/BM (2)
Redhead: OH (1), IH (59)
Ring-necked Duck: IH (7)
Greater Scaup: OH (5), IH (5)
Lesser Scaup: OH (3), IH (4)
Bufflehead: WI/BM (2)
Common Goldeneye: OH (1), LM (1), IH (10)
Hooded Merganser: WI/BM (4), IH (1)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (10), OH (34), LM (18), IH (47)
Horned Grebe: OH (2), LM (1)
Red-tailed Hawk: IH (1)
A. Coot: OH (12)
Killdeer: WI/BM (2)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (5), OH (341), LM (7), IH (2)
Herring Gull: OH (8), IH (1)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (2)
A. Crow: WI/BM (3), OH (2), IH (5)
A. Tree Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Fox Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (6), IH (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (3)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (3), IH (1)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago





Subject: IBET Snow geese on Rt 24
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 14:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
Hundreds along the road near Summum and Astoria. Flying mostly. Hunting is over now as of Jan 31. limits are 20 daily and unlimited possession. Wow, "a takin out the plug".
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: IBET California Gull at Channel Lake, Lake Co.
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 13:08 pm
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The first cycle California Gull found by Adam Sell was present in a large Gull flock on Channel Lake, along with a second cycle Lesser Black-backed.  I also saw a female type Black Scoter in a scaup flock off the park office at Illinois Beach SP south unit.Jim  Mountjoy Galesburg IL-- D. James MountjoyAssociate Professor and ChairKnox College Department of Biology 2 East South StreetGalesburg, Illinois  61401-4999309-341-7086  www.knox.edu














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Subject: IBET Cook County-Skokie Lagoons & Techny North Saturday 2-25-17
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 12:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today I covered the Lagoons along Forest Way Drive not from that
roadway but by walking through the trees on the west side of the
Lagoons. Same Lagoons but from a different perspective. You get closer
to the ducks this way but have to be more careful not to flush them.
Here's my list:

Forest Way Lagoons From The West Side (8:30-9:45 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Goose (45-50)
Mallard (38)
Shoveler (4-5)
CANVASBACK (2-F)
Ring Necked Duck (2-M & 1-F)
(The Canvasbacks & Ring Necks were constant companions)
Common Goldeneye (14)
Hooded Merganser (1-PR)
Common Merganser (16)
Red Breasted Merganser (75-80)
Ring Billed (22) & Herring (9) Gulls
Belted Kingfisher (1 calling while flying by)

Land birds were few but included Mourning Dove (1), Hairy (1-M) &
Downy (2) Woodpeckers,
Blue Jay (1), Chickadee (1), Robins (6) & Song Sparrow (2 together).

Biggest surprise of the day was finding a HORNED GREBE not with the
diving ducks in the Lagoons off Forest Way but in the river to the
west with thick trees on both sides of that river. But it knew what it
was doing there as it caught & swallowed a good sized fish while I was
watching it.

On the way home I made a short visit at Techny Basin North but the
wind was so hard I could not use my scope & the snow became so hard it
was hard to see. Here I saw:

Canada Goose (4)
Mallard (18)
GREEN WINGED TEAL (Numbers continue to grow with 23 here today)
Redhead (2-PR)
Common Merganser (8-M)
Hooded Merganser (2-M & 1-F)
Herring Gull (4-AD, these pirates were waiting to try & steal fish
from the Common Mergs)

Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the wooded area Horned Grebe (yesterday's
runner-up) which was about 1/2 way to being in full breeding plumage.
Runner-Up to the 2 Canvasbacks.

Al Stokie
In Cook County dealing with strong winds, light snow & 27 degree temps
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Subject: IBET Blackbirds in Highland Park
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 11:21 am
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There are literally hundreds if not over a thousand blackbirds in my neighborhood now.  Straight out of a Hitchcock movie.  Redwings, Grackles and probably some Brewers and Rusty's mixed in.  It's loud out there. Spring must be around the corner!  Save my feeders!


Stuart Koch
Highland Park, IL
Lake County



Subject: IBET: Mundelein Fox Sparrow
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 8:47 am
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Subject: IBET Scott and Morgan counties 2-24-17
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 17:25 pm
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 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Birds are diffenately moving with the front.
Checked Winchester Sewage Ponds first to see if there's any ducks because there's usually hundreds of ducks this time a year there. Not many ducks at all, only 5 species too. But there was a Red-headed Woodpecker near the gate.
Right after the sewage ponds I found a flock of blackbirds nearby and I could find a few Rusties and 2 BREWER'S.
As I was going towards Jacksonville on Winchester Woodson Road, I saw a huge flock of blackbirds. 30-40 thousand. I found immature YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD while looking at a group of blackbirdS flying and watched it land. The birds kept on getting up a lot.  Mostly grackles on the flock but still found some more Rustys and one more Brewers. This is only ONE MILE from the MORGAN county LINE. Wished it was over just another mile east :( 
New birds showed up at Lake Jacksonville today. I've checked the lake everyday for the last 6 days! New arrivals include 11 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, and a COMMON LOON! I get loons every year there just not late February. 
Mauvaiseterre was almost completely dead. Not even one duck. 
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Subject: Re: IBET Whooping Cranes, Will county
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 13:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Great to know that they are back!We are going up to our cabin less than ten minutes from Necedah NWR this weekend so I might check there for them.
Oliver BurrusKane co. 

On Friday, February 24, 2017 1:08 PM, "Susan Zelek susanzelek@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" wrote:


  I just had a pair of Whooping Cranes fly overhead. They were heading west off of Crete-Monee rd. Many Sandhills on ground in this area

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Subject: IBET Whooping Cranes, Will county
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 13:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I just had a pair of Whooping Cranes fly overhead. They were heading west off of Crete-Monee rd. Many Sandhills on ground in this area

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Subject: IBET Cook County-Gillson Park Spring Lake Watch #1 & Evanston Pelicans Friday 2-24-17
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 12:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

My original plan for this a.m. was to walk the Evanston lakefront
parks & beaches & end up at Gillson Park in Wilmette. Thought I'd see
waterfowl in the lake & maybe some birds flying by. Started at S. Blvd
Beach as I always do but right away I could see problems with my plan.
The wind was much harder than I expected which caused large waves on
the lake which meant water birds would be hard to see & harder to I.D.
due to wave action. Also a little mist was still present even though
the real rain was over. But I could see that ducks in some numbers
were flying north while ignoring the considerable headwinds. Then I
got quite a surprise as I saw 14 very large, bulky, white birds flying
north over the lake fairly far out from shore. Swans I figured as they
were way too big to be Snow Geese but like Snow Geese they had black
wing tips so Swans were out & WHITE PELICANS were in. This may have
been the 1st flock of White Pelicans I have ever seen flying over Lake
Michigan although I have seen single Pelicans over the lake & flocks
every March along the inland rivers. Time for a change in plans so off
I went to Gillson Park to do

Gillson Park Spring Lake Watch #1 (8:15-10:15 a.m.)

I hoped I'd get there before the Pelicans did so I could see them with
the scope & get better views.
The Pelicans did not cooperate, NO Pelicans! Next hope was that
Scoters would be mixed in with other more common flying ducks. NO
Scoters either! Oh well, here's what I did see:

HORNED GREBE (1-flying south not north, 1 of the very few water birds
not flying north today)
Canada Goose (4-6 flying inland, not over the lake)
Mallard (~35 flying north, the 3rd most common migrant duck species today)
PINTAIL (2-PR flying north with Mallards)
Green Winged Teal (4 flying north 2 with Mallards & 2 with Scaup)
CANVASBACK (6 flying north with Scaup)
Redhead (~20 flying north with Scaup)
Greater Scaup (500-600 in some pretty large flocks both low to the
water & high in the sky)
Lesser Scaup (I could only pick out a few with the Greater's but
probably more than I could tell)
Common Goldeneye (50-60, the 2nd most common migrant duck species today)
R.B. Merganser (only about 10, a low total considering how Mergs have
been seen in high totals)
(May have been Common Mergs as well but I couldn't prove it)

As usual Herring Gulls were flying back & forth over the lake & Ring
Billed Gulls were on the beach.
There seems to be a Gull division of labor at work here as this is the
usual Gull situation.
At 10 a.m. 2 calling Killdeer landed on the beach. Last year I had my
1st Killdeer of the year on 2-19 on the same beach. Maybe the same 2.
I'll check again next year.

Since my original plan was to do a lot of walking I was not dressed
warmly enough for a long lake watch so 2 hours was all I could manage.
And the fog was getting thicker & some mist was starting so ducks that
had been seen before farther out could no longer be seen. Time to
quit!
Besides I had a Burger King breakfast coupon so I had to get there
before 11 a.m.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the flock of White Pelicans off S. Blvd Beach &
Runner-Up to the close fly-by Horned Grebe. Both those species were
new year birds for me & the Pelicans are always a good sighting for
Cook County. Honorable Mention to the flying Pintail & Canvasbacks.

Al Stokie
In Cook County making the best of a bad weather day


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Subject: IBET Chicago river birds
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 12:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,
I had a beautiful pair of Northern Shovelers (FOY), and a beautiful pair of Hooded Mergansers with the Mallards and goldeneyes on the river, seen from California Park roughly adjacent to the south end of the fieldhouse. Unfortunately, I didn't walk over. The shovelers would have been firsts for my walking list.
At Richard Clark Park, just south of Addison at Rockwell, there were 9 Killdeer in the large field north of the buildings.
Yesterday, at Addison and Laramie, I had a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves perched on a light post just north of the intersection (FOY).
For the birds!
Dave Antieaudkantieau@sbcglobal.netChicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday at The Levy Center - Reporting Rare Birds (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 17:36 pm
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The program for the Evanston North Shore Birds Club’s meeting Tuesday, February 28, will be on "Reporting Rare Birds: How to do It and What’s in It for You.”  Geoff Williamson, Secretary of the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee, asks: If you found a rare bird, would you look forward to documenting it for eBird or for the state rare bird committee?  This explains what the documentation process is and helps birders prepare for reporting rarities.  Along the way it emphasizes not only why you should do it but also how you benefit from doing it.  Come learn how you can contribute to the record of bird life in Illinois and improve your birding skills at the same time.The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Levy Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, in Evanston.  Note that this is not our usual meeting place, at the Ecology Center!  Dodge Avenue is about one half mile east of McCormick Boulevard and the North Shore Channel, and the Levy Center is south of Oakton Street at Mulford Street, where you would enter James Park. 
John HockmanRiverwoodsLake County ENSBC website: WWW.ENSBC.ORG 















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Subject: IBET Chimney Swift nest locations? (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 16:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello all,

I am a graduate student at the University of Illinois (in Champaign) studying Chimney Swifts. As you probably know, Chimney Swifts are declining rapidly. Since I will be studying their habitat use and foraging behavior, I'm looking for recent nest sites to monitor in east central Illinois.

If you know of any recent Chimney Swift nest/roost locations in east central Illinois, please email me. I would greatly appreciate your help.

Thanks,
Maureen


Maureen Hurd
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois Natural History Survey
Champaign, IL 61820
mhurd2@illinois.edu



Subject: IBET Re: Eastern Meadowlark at Springbrook Prairie
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 15:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Had three together in Winnebago county this morning

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Subject: IBET Lake County-Rollins Savanna (Raptors & Ducks) & Almond Marsh (Closed?) Thursday 2-23-17
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 15:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

First a question. Does anyone know why the gate would still be locked
at Almond Marsh at
10:45 a.m.? I know the offices aren't there any more but why would
there be no access as it is still a forest preserve? Is it only open
on weekends or what?

I still need a Shrike for my year list having looked for a few without
finding any. So when I saw on ebird that Adam S saw one at Rollins
yesterday I thought I'd give it a try. Arrived at 7:30 a.m. & 3 hours
& much walking later I still do not have a Shrike for my year list!
Shrike searching has become much harder now that all the Red Wings are
back & positioned at the tops of many trees.
Previously a lone bird at treetop level was a good chance for a
Shrike. I may have to wait for Fall for this species. But I did very
well with raptors & on my way back to the parking lot at Drury a huge
flock of ducks arrived so I ended my visit with some serious counting
of waterfowl. So no Shrike but I enjoyed my visit although it was
getting colder & more windy by the minute! Here's my full list:

Rollins Savanna (7:30-10:30 a.m.)

TRUMPETER SWAN (1-PR, flew in calling that trumpet like sound to
clinch the I.D.)
Canada Goose (60-65, mostly in the side ponds)
Green Winged Teal (Groups of 5, 6 & 8 in 3 different ponds)
Black Duck (3 pair)
Mallard (69, everywhere)
Gadwall (3-4)
Shoveler (9-10)
RING NECKED DUCK (In CAPS due to the total of 182. Weren't present at
7:30 but were by 10:15 a.m.)
Lesser Scaup (3-M with the Ring Necks, probably a few females too but
too crowded to see them)
Hooded Merganser (2-M & 1-F)
Common Merganser (4-5)
Ruddy Duck (4, hidden in the Ring Neck armada)
NORTHERN HARRIER (1-AD-M & 2 females or last year's young all hunting)
Copper's Hawk (1-AD in a tree)
Red Tailed Hawk (2 flying together & a 3rd one elsewhere)
MERLIN (1-F as it seemed to be brown rather than gray. Far away at 1st
& I figured it would be a Kestrel but when it flew, lucky for me, it
flew right at me & not away from me)
Coot (1 in a side pond)
Killdeer (1 flying around calling)
Herring Gull (2 flying around)
(Gull Species? = 6)
Mourning Dove (7-8)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
(Others told me they had seen a Blue Jay or 2 but I missed them)
Crow (4)
Chickadee (4)
W.B. Nuthatch (2-3)
Robins (12-15)
Starling (5-6)
Cardinal (2-M)
Tree Sparrow (15-18)
Song Sparrow (5)
Junco (8-10)
Red Winged Blackbird (at least 40 but who knows how many were there?)
Grackle (4)
House Finch (1 singing but not seen)
House Sparrow (heard a few)
(That's 34 species, not bad for 1 place in Northern Illinois in February)

Almond Marsh (viewed from the locked gate at about 10:45 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1-2), Canada Goose (4), Mallard (6), Gadwall (10),
Shoveler (8) &
Common Merganser (1-PR) plus Red Wings calling & a Hairy Woodpecker
near the gate.

On my way home back in Cook County I checked Lake Opeka, Axehead Lake
& Belleau Lake but all I found there were Canada Geese, Mallards, Ring
Billed Gulls & Pigeons.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the fast flying Merlin & Runner-Up to the 3 hunting Harriers.
Special Award for a musical performance to the Trumpeter Swans & their calling.
No award to the once again missing Northern Shrike.
Thanks to the Merlin for flying my way & to the Swans for making their
trumpet like calls.

Al Stokie
Mostly in Lake County today


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Subject: Re: IBET Sightings along the Fox in Dundee 2/22 5:30-6:30 pm
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 14:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, venue, kettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee, volt, and venue refer to vulturesresting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding. 

On Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:00 AM, "S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" wrote:


  A group of Turkey Vultures has many names... Cast, Committee, Meal, Vortex, and Wake. I have also heard of them being referred to a Kettle of Vultures when kittling.
Steve Jner

On Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:46 AM, "Lucy De Lap ldelap@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" wrote:


  On a casual walk across the pedestrian bridge from East Dundee through downtown West Dundee and back with bird watching not the main goal, we were surprised first by a FOY flock(?) of 25 or so turkey vultures making their way north along the river. (Is there a proper name for a flock of vultures?)

Next we noted an adult bald eagle lazily gliding in circles over our villages (hardly rare for this area but still magnificent in the waning sun).
Then toward dusk, as we walked north in East Dundee a block or so from the river, we were especially surprised to see a bat (possibly 2) swooping around in search of food.

Lucy DeLapEast DundeeKane County


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Subject: IBET Eastern Meadowlark at Springbrook Prairie
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 13:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A very vocal Eastern Meadowlark was singing its little heart out this morning along the main trail at Springbrook Prairie this morning - on the northwest corner of the preserve. This seems a bit early to hear and see them. This guy was right out in the open at the top of a small tree.
Nancy Allured, DuPage



Subject: IBET California Gull @ Channel Lake (Lake Co.)
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 12:49 pm
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First cycle bird that I'm assuming had come in with the large influx of Ring-billed Gull. Hoping to head back later today or tomorrow for photos. Bird was seen on my lunch break. More details on eBird list. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... SellLake Co. 














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Subject: IBET American White Pelicans - Kane Co.
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 12:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A flock of about 30 American White Pelicans was flying north over Main Street, just west of Randall Road in Batavia at 12:19pm.
Brendon LakeBurlington, Kane Co. 

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Subject: IBET GBBC sightings at Killdeer Wetlands/Bartel
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 12:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello all,

A very late post, sorry for that -- but we had a nice Great Backyard Bird Count walk with my father at Killdeer Wetlands and Bartel Grassland for an hour on Sunday morning. Highlights were:

- About 50 Red-winged Blackbirds (all males or young males) sitting on the new metal bridge at Killdeer Wetlands and flying down to feed together in the waterlogged areas nearby. Only three birds seemed to be on territory so far, over at Bartel. Wonderful to hear them.
- Small groups of American Tree Sparrows and a lone Song Sparrow, singing quietly
- A female NORTHERN HARRIER hunting low over Killdeer Wetlands to the northeast
- A group of 11 flyover NORTHERN PINTAILS, mostly males - they passed low enough for GREAT views
- Loose grouping of 100+ SANDHILL CRANES flying north just as we headed back to the car

It was our first time seeing the new "orientation circle," bridge, and signage at these sites. They're attractive metal with poetic etched messaging. Looking forward to visiting this year-round, and well done to those who were involved!

Good birding,

Vera Miller
Downers Grove, IL




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