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28 Aug: @ 12:50:44 IBET Buff-breasted Sandpipers Kendall Co. [Urs Geiser ugeiser@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
28 Aug: @ 11:44:14 IBET: Happy Birthday RTP! (no sightings) [jreiter@wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 22:13:45 IBET inducing [jowafi@aol.com [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 22:13:43 IBET braying [jowafi@aol.com [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 20:27:31 IBET By thrush ID [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 18:42:09 IBET Momence Sod Fields, 8/27 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 16:26:55 IBET Kendall Co. sod farms Buffy update ['Vicky Sroczynski' vsroczynski@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 16:08:15 IBET Kendall County/Wheeler Road Sod Farm Buffies 8/27/16 ['Vicky Sroczynski' vsroczynski@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 15:54:12 IBET Rainbow Beach & Park, Chicago, 27 Aug 2016 [Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson.21@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 13:21:19 IBET Big Marsh Shorebirds (8-27-16) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 12:17:02 IBET New trail at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge/Hennepin-Hopper [Vera.Leopold@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 12:12:55 Re: IBET RBA? [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 11:17:15 IBET Big Rock warblers [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 22:44:05 IBET RBA? [John And Melissa jandmtate@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 22:25:52 IBET McKee Marsh Immature Little Blue Heron Flew... [marilyn bell marbell@rocketmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 22:03:54 IBET Chautauqua shorebird bonanza on Friday [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 21:24:19 IBET Dixon Waterfowl Refuge 26 Aug [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 18:16:00 IBET By Yellowstart [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 18:10:18 IBET Little Blue Heron at McKee Marsh in Warrenville now. 8/26, 6:05 p.m. [marilyn bell marbell@rocketmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 15:32:16 IBET Snowy Egrets [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 14:25:13 IBET More By S. thrush [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 13:06:21 IBET Cook County-Montrose Beach & Jarvis Bird Sanctuary Friday 8-26-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 12:35:29 IBET Red Knot continues, Montrose beach cook county [Susan Zelek susanzelek@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 12:34:27 IBET Montrose - Whimbrel and continuing Red Knot [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 11:29:36 IBET No Sighting Spelling correction [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 11:26:26 IBET Colorado Birding NO SIGHTING Aug. 26 [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 10:11:33 Re: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16 [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 09:57:07 IBET By Swainsons thrush [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 08:35:59 IBET Cape Cod pelagic trip (No Illinois Sightings) [nal1212@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 07:26:02 IBET No Sighting [carol nelson carol6620@att.net [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 06:51:47 IBET Re: No Sighting: Request to post about Red Knot at Montrose on Friday [pckiwis@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 21:34:18 Re: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 21:29:03 IBET Re: Nighthawks over Schaumburg (Cook Co) this evening [justinwrinn@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 21:24:34 IBET Nighthawks over Schaumburg (Cook Co) this evening [justinwrinn@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 20:42:34 Re: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16 [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 19:54:29 IBET No Sighting: Request to post about Red Knot at Montrose on Friday [davidakalina@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 19:41:05 Re: IBET Montrose knot [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 19:19:29 IBET Montrose Red Knot and Stilt Sandpiper, 8/25 p.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 19:14:53 IBET Montrose knot [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 18:22:17 IBET MontroseBIRDS cook co [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 17:04:49 Re: IBET Avocet still at Channahon Widewaters?? [jim lukancic lukan602@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 16:35:07 Re: IBET Avocet still at Channahon Widewaters?? [Lance Vinsel lancevinsel@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 16:32:46 IBET Avocet still at Channahon Widewaters?? [peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 16:16:13 IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 13:14:25 IBET Little Blue Heron Continues at Almond Marsh - noon Thursday [Mike Trahan miket99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 12:16:55 IBET Red Know Am Golden Plover Montrose Cook Aug. 25 am [rjdbird1@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 11:02:17 IBET Montrose this weekend [Alex Bloss alex_bloss13@msn.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 08:19:53 IBET Re: Avocet/Channahon widewaters [jim lukancic lukan602@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 08:17:31 IBET Avocet/Channahon widewaters [jim lukancic lukan602@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 08:11:50 IBET Avocet/ Widewaters [jim lukancic lukan602@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Buff-breasted Sandpipers Kendall Co.
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 12:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As of Sunday, 12:45pm there are 23 Buff-breasted Sandpipers on the west side of Schlapp Rd south of Wheeler.  No other shorebirds, even Killdeer are elsewhere.  Careful, parking is tight.

Urs Geiser (currently in Kendall Co.)

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Subject: IBET: Happy Birthday RTP! (no sightings)
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 11:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Roger Tory Peterson would have been 108 today.  You might enjoy this 2-minute piece from today's "CBS Sunday Morning":

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/al...



Jeff Reiter
Glen Ellyn, IL
jreiter@wordsonbirds.com

Read "Words on Birds" in the Daily Herald, at www.dailyherald.com or visit my blog



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Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 22:13 pm
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Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 22:13 pm
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Subject: IBET By thrush ID
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 20:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
Leaning toward a western veery. Or Swainson's.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
xxjb7z@aol.com




Subject: IBET Momence Sod Fields, 8/27 a.m.
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 18:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I checked the sod fields (H&E and Schaafsma Sod Farms) near Momence in
Kankakee County this morning, August 27. I almost didn't go out because
of the rain but I remembered that rain can make for good sod field
shorebirding. My main target was Buff-breasted Sandpiper, a bird I don't
have this year, a bird I missed last year, and a bird that's becoming
increasingly difficult to find. I was also on the lookout for Upland
Sandpiper, another grasspiper I need for the year, missed last year, and
seems to be increasingly difficult to find, even more than BBSA. I
remember a time when both of these birds were almost gimmies in late
summer at Momence or the sod fields near Schneider, Indiana just over
the state line, which don't even exist anymore. How times have changed.
Anyway, here's my non-Killdeer shorebird tally for Momence:

American Golden-Plover - 8
Lesser Yellowlegs - 6
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Pectoral Sandpiper - 5
Least Sandpiper - 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1
Wilson's Snipe - 1
Blue-winged Teal - 6 (Not shorebirds I know)

With the exception of a single Lesser Yellowlegs at Schaafsma, all of
the above birds were at H&E. The shorebird habitat looked good,
especially at H&E, which had nice flooded fields. Both H&E and Schaafsma
had lots of Killdeer and starlings too, which is a good sign. No Buffies
or Uppies though. Buffies should be good for another week or 2 but I
think it's too late for Upland Sandpiper. My best bird wasn't a
shorebird but a flock of 15 - 20 Brewer's Blackbirds at Schaafsma.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Kendall Co. sod farms Buffy update
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 16:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi, all, per Karen and Bob Fisher: there are actually 29 Buff-breasted
Sandpipers in the sod just WEST of Schlapp; they are better-seen from
Schlapp Road scoping west--they are currently mostly under the sprinklers
due to a nearby Merlin, which is sparring sporadically with the resident
Kestrels-hope he catches a starling instead.



Vicky Sroczynski

DuPage County




Subject: IBET Kendall County/Wheeler Road Sod Farm Buffies 8/27/16
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 16:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At 3:15pm today I watched 16 Buff-breasted Sandpipers foraging and walking
west, in the sod just WEST of Schlapp Road. They were behind and just west
of the first irrigation line, but heading toward the next one west. Scope
needed, but heat haze not bad. Please note: the usually-productive sod EAST
of Schlapp had many killdeer and some too-distant shorebirds for me to ID. I
can't remember if this is my fourth or fifth time out there.woohoo!



Vicky Sroczynski

Dupage County








Subject: IBET Rainbow Beach & Park, Chicago, 27 Aug 2016
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 15:54 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Christine and I led a group for Chicago Ornithological Society / Sierra
Club at Rainbow Beach & Park in Chicago (Cook County) this morning
(Saturday, 27 Aug 2016). Highlights included an interesting cormorant
that is possibly a Neotropic Cormorant (or just a Double-crested on the
very small side), five WILLETS, and a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. We were
rained on for basically most of the outing, with just a few brief pauses in
the precipitation. Also on our list were seven species of warblers with
the species total for everything at 34.

The full list is entered in eBird at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... There you'll find (poor)
photos of the cormorant and the Yellow-headed Blackbird. If anyone has
thoughts one way or the other about the cormorant, I'd be interested to
hear them. In the field I was pretty sure it was a Neotropic but had some
doubts. Viewing conditions were pretty crappy. It was definitely smaller,
but maybe not small enough, and we had difficulty in clearly observing
other visual features important for the identification so that those though
suggestive of Neotropic may not be fully supportive.

Good birding,
Geoff


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Chicago, Cook County
geoffrey.williamson.21@gmail.com



Subject: IBET Big Marsh Shorebirds (8-27-16)
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 13:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Big Marsh from the peninsula on the east side of Stony Island Avenue at 114th Street, Chicago for about half an hour around noon on Saturday (27 August 2016) Seven shorebird species were present, as follows:

Semipalmated Plover 4
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 11
Stilt Sandpiper 2 juvs.
Semipalmated Sandpiper 4
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 juv.

Other migrants present included 34 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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Subject:
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 12:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As a follow-up to Doug Stotz's post, here is more info on the new Marquis Oak Ridge Trail now open at the Wetlands Initiative's Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes: Marquis Oak Ridge Trail now open for visitors http://www.wetlands-initiative...

http://www.wetlands-initiative.org/featured-news/2016/8/18/marquis-oak-ridge-trail-now-open-for-visitors

Marquis Oak Ridge Trail now open for visitors http://www.wetlands-initiative.org/featured-news/2016/8/18/marquis-oak-ridge-trail-now-open-for-visitors The new Marquis Oak Ridge Trail at TWI’s Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes is now officially open for visitors to explore.



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It's designed for hiking and bicycling and winds through very diverse wetlands and prairies to a short loop around the recently restored Oak Ridge marsh/savanna complex at the heart of the Refuge. As Doug said it's 2.4 miles one-way to the low wooden viewing platform where you can look over the marsh. There are six interpretive signs along the way about the habitats, wildlife, and history.


You can access the trail off Route 26 by turning west onto the north levee road just south of the Coffee Creek bridge and following the signs to a parking lot. There's a sign along Route 26 visible from both directions. Here's the new trail map for the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge:
http://static1.squarespace.com... http://static1.squarespace.com/static/567070822399a343227dd9c4/t/57b61b4fe3df2897e5232483/1471552338829/DWR_Trail_System.pdf



Please let the Wetlands Initiative know any feedback you have on the trail. It should be excellent for birding and we hope everyone enjoys it!


Vera Miller (Leopold)
Downers Grove, IL



(Grants Manager, the Wetlands Initiative)




Subject: Re: IBET RBA?
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 12:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Approximately red-tailed size and with  black coloration on the head?  That
sounds more like an osprey to me.

On Aug 26, 2016 10:44 PM, "John And Melissa jandmtate@comcast.net
[ILbirds]" wrote:

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> I live in champaign county but this sighting was a 1/2 mile north of Sidell
> il in vermilion county. There's a large owl that we watch at that spot. The
> owl was another half mile north of its usual spot.in its place was a
> large black with white bird that I suspect is a swallow tailed kite. I was
> without binoculars and only had my iPhone. The silhouette was oval shaped
> as the tail came to a point. It appeared bigger than the red tailed Hawks.
> It was 730 pm in a tall tree just above a creek. I will attach my sad small
> picture that doesn't do justice to that beautiful bird. It appeared to have
> a black top on it's head which I haven't seen in pictures of swallowtail
> kites.
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Subject: IBET Big Rock warblers
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 11:17 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
In the yard this AM, we saw Black and White, Pine, Black Throated Green, Redstart, and juvenile Bay Breasted warblers and an Acadian Flycatcher.
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane Cty  



Subject: IBET RBA?
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 22:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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>> On Aug 26, 2016, at 7:46 PM, Melissa wrote:
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>> I have been a hawk watcher novice barely amateur for the past 11 years. I live in champaign county but this sighting was a 1/2 mile north of Sidell il in vermilion county. There's a large owl that we watch at that spot. The owl was another half mile north of its usual spot.in its place was a large black with white bird that I suspect is a swallow tailed kite. I was without binoculars and only had my iPhone. The silhouette was oval shaped as the tail came to a point. It appeared bigger than the red tailed Hawks. It was 730 pm in a tall tree just above a creek. I will attach my sad small picture that doesn't do justice to that beautiful bird. It appeared to have a black top on it's head which I haven't seen in pictures of swallowtail kites.
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Subject: IBET McKee Marsh Immature Little Blue Heron Flew...
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 22:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
IBETers,

The McKee Marsh immature Little Blue Heron flew west, in the approximate direction of Fermilab, around 7:45 p.m. this evening, 8/26. It was in the company of a Great Egret. Interesting comparison, watching them fly off.

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County


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Subject: IBET Chautauqua shorebird bonanza on Friday
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 22:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Karen and I, and Vicky S, found both numbers and variety when we  visited
Chautauqua late morning through mid-afternoon on Friday. We ended up seeing
21 shorebird species - highlights for us included Red Knot, Western
Sandpiper and Red Phalarope. And the other birders we encountered, Keith M, Nick K
and Clark O, had seen many/most of what we'd seen, plus in addition
Willet, Marbled Godwits, Ruddy Turnstone, Buff-breasted Sandpipers and Wilson's
Phalarope. So the aggregate total for the day was 26 species present, plus a
rarity (see below) which would make 27 species total if confirmed.

We only spent time at 2 viewing locations, the E end of the center dike,
and the beer can spot. Water levels were higher in both the N and S pool. One
consequence: Almost no shorebirds in the S end of the N pool when we
arrived, but hundreds/thousands were in the N end of the S pool, in relatively
close viewing range from the center dike parking and boat launch area.

At least one Peregrine was actively hunting at times, spooking the
shorebirds, so you could be scanning through hundreds of shorebirds, then have the
falcon spook them and move them to a more distant location. That happened
to Vicky and I when we scanned from the beer can spot (Karen stayed at the
center dike).

But their departure led to finding a very unexpected species. The bulk of
the birds that flushed were L Yellowlegs and Pecs, but a lone calidrid type
remained behind, perched in plain view next to a log. It had all the
features of a juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - a bright white
eyeline/supercilium which got wider toward the back, an eye ring, a noticeable reddish brown
cap, a pale buffy upper breast with some faint streaking (more noticeable
streaking along the upper wing edges), a white belly, dingy yellowish legs.
The only other bird present was a Least Sandpiper and this bird was
noticeably bigger, bulkier - in size approximating a Pec. I've only seen this
species once before, so am certainly not an expert. But what else struck me was
that this bird was by itself, not associating with the Pecs, all of them
having flown off a few minutes earlier. We're hoping another birder or
birders relocates this rarity.

Other highlights for us included at least 11 Red-necked Phalaropes in one
group, 81 Black-necked Stilts in one area (I think Keith had more), the
largest single group (40+) of Semi-palmated Plovers I had ever seen, 9 or more
Am. Avocets, plus Karen found the California Gull Colin D has reported
before.

Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County



Subject: IBET Dixon Waterfowl Refuge 26 Aug
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 21:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
       Went out to Dixon Waterfowl Refuge (aka Hennepin-Hopper) today.  I
had 77 species. Most notable was the total lack of shorebirds; not even a
Killdeer. Water levels are very high there so no habitat. Most
interesting were 3 broods each of Common Gallinule and Ruddy Duck, 6 broods
of Pied-billed Grebe and 1 American Coot brood. Also had 14 Black and 1
Forster's Tern. Only a few landbird migrants, with 6 species of warblers,
a Blue-winged the most interesting.
Also of interest at the refuge is that the Marquis Oak Ridge Trail is
now open to the public. Take the road along the levee at the north end of
the site to the parking area for the trail. The trail is 2.4 miles long
(one way) and winds through the restored grassland in the NW part of the
refuge. Most of the interesting grassland breeders are gone, only had
Sedge Wrens. This area is good for wintering harriers and Rough-legs, and
some years Short-eared Owls. The trail runs along the east side of the NW
lobe of the lake that is not at all visible from the observation tower on
the east side. Today it had all of the Ruddy Ducks and a brood of
gallinules, and 2 broods of grebes, as well as most of the pelicans I saw.
The trail ends at a little area of oak savanna where there is another
smaller observation platform overlooks a pool that is not visible from the
main tower.
Before going to Dixon Refuge, I stopped at Lake Rawson (along IL Rte
29 by town of Bureau Junction in Bureau Co). A few herons and pelicans
were the only waterbirds, but there were a couple of thousand swallows by
the northwest corner of the lake. They were mostly Tree Swallows
(estimated 1300) and Purple Martins (estimated 550) with small handfuls of
the other regular swallows.

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

Phone: (312)-665-7438
Fax: (312)-665-7433
e-mail: dstotz@fieldmuseum.org



Subject: IBET By Yellowstart
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 18:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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Hi friends,
About 5 females here chasing and bug catching.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Little Blue Heron at McKee Marsh in Warrenville now. 8/26, 6:05 p.m.
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 18:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Kyle Wiktor just phoned me to say that he is viewing a Little Blue Heron in McKee Marsh, viewable from the west platform.  Take the path from the parking lot and turn left at the "T".  The path goes through the woods and emerges with the platform in view on the south side of the path.

A Great Egret is also there, making an interesting comparison.

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County



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Subject: IBET Snowy Egrets
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 15:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; }  Currently 4 SNOWY EGRETS along the mudflats (north portion of them) at Lake Mauvaiseterre in Morgan county, south of Jacksonville.
Colin Dobson Morgan countyBirdingboy@yahoo.com 


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Subject: IBET More By S. thrush
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 14:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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Hi friends,
Likes grapes, and hiding under the cherry tree which is covered by grape vines.
Not as jumpy, got pics ttw.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Cook County-Montrose Beach & Jarvis Bird Sanctuary Friday 8-26-16
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 13:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

There were quite a few folks at Montrose but the only reports I have
seen were of the continuing
Red Knot & the report of the flying Whimbrel. I was there on the beach
between 6:30 & 7:45 a.m. & again at around 10 a.m.. For those who may
want a full shorebirds list here is one for when I was there. Please
be aware that yesterday's Stilt Sandpiper & Golden Plover were "no
shows" today, at least when I was there & all Whimbrels are "no shows"
for me over the last several years anyway.

Montrose Beach & Dunes

By the flooded beach area were Great Blue Heron (1) & Mallards (10)
plus a D.C. Cormorant flew by
Semipalmated Plover (Max of 6)
RED KNOT (1-JUV)
Sanderling (3 on beach by the lake edge)
Least Sandpiper (12)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (5)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1 originally with the Sanderlings but later in the fluddle)
(The Baird's was found by Dave A who was nice enough to tell me about it)
Ring Billed (173, count by Dave A) & Herring (5) Gulls

Two Willets were seen by 1 birder in the protected area but they flew
out & over the pier &
no one located them again.

Fran M & Luis M (& others) were looking for Warblers in the hedge area
but I hardly looked & did see a Magnolia Warbler. Warbling Vireo's
were still chasing each other in the hedge.

Jarvis Sanctuary

I went here with directions from Luis M to look for the Carolina Wrens
being reported from here recently. Also there were Kanae H, Phil &
Gary. Phil had seen & heard a Carolina Wren near the service building
earlier but it took over 30 min before I heard one & it was way in the
fenced in area.
Then a Cooper's Hawk arrived & that didn't help at all. Kanae & I
walked all around the area but saw no Carolina Wrens. Later Phil, Gary
& I were at the platform when the Wren began to sing again & this time
much closer than before. We all picked an area to check & Phil picked
out the singing
CAROLINA WREN 1st. We all had good looks for a few min. Thanks go Luis
M for telling me the best place to search from & to Kanae, Phil & Gary
for helping me look for the bird.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the young Red Knot & Runner-Up to the hard to see
Carolina Wren.
As usual no awards to the later seen Whimbrel as that species has
developed a real talent for arriving before or after I am present. One
of these days!

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Subject: IBET Red Knot continues, Montrose beach cook county
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 12:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While walking to the flooded beach for the Red Knot a Whimbrel flushed from the protected area doing an alarm call and flu East over the Prairie area. Seen at noon, got a few flight shots. The Red Knot is still present in the flooded beach.

Sue Zelek
Cook county

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Subject: IBET Montrose - Whimbrel and continuing Red Knot
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 12:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A Whimbrel was photographed at Montrose minutes before I arrived. I understand it flew strongly south. My string of near misses continues unfortunately (Upland Sandpiper, Whistling-Ducks and now Whimbrel). That's how it goes sometimes.


The juvie RED KNOT continues. There were report of Baird's Sandpiper this morning, but that's not here at noon.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET No Sighting Spelling correction
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 11:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Carl Bendorf's name only has one f. Oops



Subject: IBET Colorado Birding NO SIGHTING Aug. 26
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 11:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A few weeks ago I asked for recommendations for a bird guide for a trip to
the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. Several of you
suggested Carl Bendorff, ABA board member, originally from flat Iowa.
He runs Colorado Birding Adventures. You can see my testimonal on the
website.
It was not a very birdy time of year, but I saw a handful of lifers. He was
not only a good guide through the park but also a good companion.
If you need a guide, he's your guy.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park



Subject: Re: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 10:11 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Al,

Agreed & acknowledged. I know that you did not include the pipit on your ebird list - I mainly wanted to point out the discrepancy to those who did include it on their ebird lists.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.



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On Thu, 8/25/16, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:

Subject: Re: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16
To: "Walter Marcisz" , "ilbirds"
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016, 9:34 PM


 









Walter & All,
I did not see the Pipit that I
included on my Waukegan list but only put it on the list as
the others mentioned that 1 was there. When I looked where
the Pipit had been I found another bird that flew & I
saw it too poorly to I.D. it. When I looked again later all
I found were 2 young Cowbirds.Mistaking young
Horned Larks for other birds is a common problem that we all
have run into. You should note that I did not include Pipit
on my ebird list for Waukegan as I did not I.D. one as being
there although I looked hard to find it.
Al S.


On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at
8:39 PM, Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net
[ILbirds]
wrote:















 









Al & all-



Per ebird, the McClellans reported an American Pipit at
Waukegan Beach, but their attached photos clearly show a
juvenile HORNED LARK. Be careful out there!



Walter Marcisz

Chicago, Cook Co.



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On Thu, 8/25/16, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com
[ILbirds] wrote:



Subject: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach
& Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16

To: "ilbirds"

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016, 4:16 PM





 



















Hello Bird People,







Rec'd an email from Nancy H saying there were almost
100

shorebirds at



the Itasca Wetlands part of the Reservoir Complex
although

none of the



shorebirds were of the large variety. Radar showed that

Waukegan was



getting rain in the early a.m. so I tried the Reservoir

Complex 1st.







Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir Complex (6:30-7:45 a.m.)







Water in the reservoir continues to get higher so
another

week with no



shorebird habitat & no shorebirds. The only birds
here

were Great Blue



(1), Great Egret (5), Canada Geese (2 & 18 flying),



Mallard (2) & 1 hunting Caspian Tern.







Itasca Wetlands







Water high again after last night's rain but some
mud

flats are present.



D.C. Cormorant (1 in a tree), Great Blue Heron (1),
Great

Egret (1),



Mallard (13), Killdeer (7),



Spotted (2), Least (9) & Semipalmated (13)
Sandpipers

& Caspian Terns



(6-AD & 3-IM)







Interesting land birds were a still singing Warbling
Vireo,

a very



dingy Y.R. Myrtle Warbler



& a fine looking male Baltimore Oriole.







Didn't plan on going back to Waukegan so soon after
just

going on



Tuesday but Andy Sigler told me a Buff Breasted
Sandpiper

had been



seen there on Wed early a.m. So after the rain ended I
gave

it a try.



No Buffie for me but the pier & beach had some

shorebirds, gulls,



terns & a Pipit plus John L



& Annette & Bill M..







Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwaters (9:15-10:30 a.m.)







D.C. Cormorant (1 by the inlet), Great Blue (1
backwaters)

& Mallard



(4 by the pier)



Spotted Sandpiper (3)



Sanderling (26 on the beach & 10 on the pier)



RUDDY TURNSTONE (6 young ones I guess)



Least (2) & Semipalmated (6) Sandpipers (all on the

pier)



BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1 with the beach Sanderlings,
just

like last time)



Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (flushed by a guy staring
at

his cell



phone while walking through the gulls & terns
without

even a glance



at the birds)



Caspian Tern (4)



FORSTER'S TERNS (1 adult & 4 with

"masks")



AMERICAN PIPIT (1, seen well by the others but badly by

me)







Since shorebirds were around I probably should have
checked

the long



beach at IBSP South but the memory of Tuesday's 2
mile

walk with zero



shorebirds was too recent. So off to Almond Marsh for

another try for



the Little Blue that I missed last time.







Almond Marsh (11:30 a.m.-noon)







Found the LITTLE BLUE HERON (1-IM) quickly this time

although looks



were poor as it was partially hidden. But then it flew
into

the open



with several Great Egrets in time for Mike Trahan to see
it

well when



he arrived. I like to count birds but the numbers of
Canada

Geese,



Mallards & Wood Ducks were beyond what I cared to
deal

with so let's



just say there were a lot of them.



In more reasonable numbers were the following:







P.B. Grebe (only noticed 2 but probably more)



D.C. Cormorant (9), Great Blue Heron (5), Great Egret
(9)

& Black



Crowned Night Heron (5)



Blue Winged & Green Winged Teal (saw 1 each)



Mute Swan (2-AD & 5 full sized, very white young

ones)



Ring Billed Gull (9-10)



Also saw a few flying Barn Swallows & 4 Cedar

Waxwings







Bird-Of-The-Day to the more cooperative (today) Little
Blue

Heron &



Runners-Up to the 6 Ruddy Turnstones even if they

weren't in their



fancy breeding feathers.







Al Stokie



Briefly in DuPage County & then in Lake County























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Subject: IBET By Swainsons thrush
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 9:57 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
Hard to get a pic, not trusting yet. Been here 2 or 3 days but hides in the grapes.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
John Baxter
xxjb7z@aol.com




Subject: IBET Cape Cod pelagic trip (No Illinois Sightings)
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 8:35 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
     The Brookline Bird Club of Massachusetts had a two day pelagic trip out Hyannis, Massachusetts.  The trip was the weekend of August 20th and 21st with overnight on the ocean.  The weather was near perfect and the sea relatively calm.


Those who might be interest in pelagics will see a few photos at: . https://nal1212.smugmug.com/20... https://nal1212.smugmug.com/2016-Cape-Cod-Massachusetts/i-vf97FsC https://nal1212.smugmug.com/2016-Cape-Cod-Massachusetts/i-vf97FsC


Nolan Lameka



Cook County/Massachusetts



Subject: IBET No Sighting
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 7:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 Request for information on location of Hawk Watch at Illinois Beach State Park.  
Carol Nelson Chicago Cook County



Subject: IBET Re: No Sighting: Request to post about Red Knot at Montrose on Friday
Date: Fri Aug 26 2016 6:51 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Red knot is still present at Montrose, Friday August 26, at 6:50 am.  Flooded area of main beach.

Patrick Connolly
Cook County

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Subject: Re: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 21:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Walter & All,

I did not see the Pipit that I included on my Waukegan list but only put it
on the list as the others mentioned that 1 was there. When I looked where
the Pipit had been I found another bird that flew & I saw it too poorly to
I.D. it. When I looked again later all I found were 2 young Cowbirds.
Mistaking young Horned Larks for other birds is a common problem that we
all have run into. You should note that I did not include Pipit on my ebird
list for Waukegan as I did not I.D. one as being there although I looked
hard to find it.

Al S.



On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 8:39 PM, Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Al & all-
>
> Per ebird, the McClellans reported an American Pipit at Waukegan Beach,
> but their attached photos clearly show a juvenile HORNED LARK. Be careful
> out there!
>
> Walter Marcisz
> Chicago, Cook Co.
>
> --------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 8/25/16, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] <
> ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
> Subject: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh
> Thursday 8-25-16
> To: "ilbirds"
> Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016, 4:16 PM
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
>
>
> Rec'd an email from Nancy H saying there were almost 100
> shorebirds at
>
> the Itasca Wetlands part of the Reservoir Complex although
> none of the
>
> shorebirds were of the large variety. Radar showed that
> Waukegan was
>
> getting rain in the early a.m. so I tried the Reservoir
> Complex 1st.
>
>
>
> Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir Complex (6:30-7:45 a.m.)
>
>
>
> Water in the reservoir continues to get higher so another
> week with no
>
> shorebird habitat & no shorebirds. The only birds here
> were Great Blue
>
> (1), Great Egret (5), Canada Geese (2 & 18 flying),
>
> Mallard (2) & 1 hunting Caspian Tern.
>
>
>
> Itasca Wetlands
>
>
>
> Water high again after last night's rain but some mud
> flats are present.
>
> D.C. Cormorant (1 in a tree), Great Blue Heron (1), Great
> Egret (1),
>
> Mallard (13), Killdeer (7),
>
> Spotted (2), Least (9) & Semipalmated (13) Sandpipers
> & Caspian Terns
>
> (6-AD & 3-IM)
>
>
>
> Interesting land birds were a still singing Warbling Vireo,
> a very
>
> dingy Y.R. Myrtle Warbler
>
> & a fine looking male Baltimore Oriole.
>
>
>
> Didn't plan on going back to Waukegan so soon after just
> going on
>
> Tuesday but Andy Sigler told me a Buff Breasted Sandpiper
> had been
>
> seen there on Wed early a.m. So after the rain ended I gave
> it a try.
>
> No Buffie for me but the pier & beach had some
> shorebirds, gulls,
>
> terns & a Pipit plus John L
>
> & Annette & Bill M..
>
>
>
> Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwaters (9:15-10:30 a.m.)
>
>
>
> D.C. Cormorant (1 by the inlet), Great Blue (1 backwaters)
> & Mallard
>
> (4 by the pier)
>
> Spotted Sandpiper (3)
>
> Sanderling (26 on the beach & 10 on the pier)
>
> RUDDY TURNSTONE (6 young ones I guess)
>
> Least (2) & Semipalmated (6) Sandpipers (all on the
> pier)
>
> BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1 with the beach Sanderlings, just
> like last time)
>
> Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (flushed by a guy staring at
> his cell
>
> phone while walking through the gulls & terns without
> even a glance
>
> at the birds)
>
> Caspian Tern (4)
>
> FORSTER'S TERNS (1 adult & 4 with
> "masks")
>
> AMERICAN PIPIT (1, seen well by the others but badly by
> me)
>
>
>
> Since shorebirds were around I probably should have checked
> the long
>
> beach at IBSP South but the memory of Tuesday's 2 mile
> walk with zero
>
> shorebirds was too recent. So off to Almond Marsh for
> another try for
>
> the Little Blue that I missed last time.
>
>
>
> Almond Marsh (11:30 a.m.-noon)
>
>
>
> Found the LITTLE BLUE HERON (1-IM) quickly this time
> although looks
>
> were poor as it was partially hidden. But then it flew into
> the open
>
> with several Great Egrets in time for Mike Trahan to see it
> well when
>
> he arrived. I like to count birds but the numbers of Canada
> Geese,
>
> Mallards & Wood Ducks were beyond what I cared to deal
> with so let's
>
> just say there were a lot of them.
>
> In more reasonable numbers were the following:
>
>
>
> P.B. Grebe (only noticed 2 but probably more)
>
> D.C. Cormorant (9), Great Blue Heron (5), Great Egret (9)
> & Black
>
> Crowned Night Heron (5)
>
> Blue Winged & Green Winged Teal (saw 1 each)
>
> Mute Swan (2-AD & 5 full sized, very white young
> ones)
>
> Ring Billed Gull (9-10)
>
> Also saw a few flying Barn Swallows & 4 Cedar
> Waxwings
>
>
>
> Bird-Of-The-Day to the more cooperative (today) Little Blue
> Heron &
>
> Runners-Up to the 6 Ruddy Turnstones even if they
> weren't in their
>
> fancy breeding feathers.
>
>
>
> Al Stokie
>
> Briefly in DuPage County & then in Lake County
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: IBET Re: Nighthawks over Schaumburg (Cook Co) this evening
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 21:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sorry, it should be Spring Valley, not Valkey.

Justin Wrinn

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Subject: IBET Nighthawks over Schaumburg (Cook Co) this evening
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 21:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Nothing spectacular, but I counted 76 nighthawks heading south over Spring Valkey Nature Preserve this evening around 6:40, then had another 13 over my apartment about a mile to the east after I got home.

Good birding,
Justin Wrinn
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Subject: Re: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 20:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Al & all-

Per ebird, the McClellans reported an American Pipit at Waukegan Beach, but their attached photos clearly show a juvenile HORNED LARK. Be careful out there!

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.






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On Thu, 8/25/16, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:

Subject: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16
To: "ilbirds"
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016, 4:16 PM


 









Hello Bird People,



Rec'd an email from Nancy H saying there were almost 100
shorebirds at

the Itasca Wetlands part of the Reservoir Complex although
none of the

shorebirds were of the large variety. Radar showed that
Waukegan was

getting rain in the early a.m. so I tried the Reservoir
Complex 1st.



Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir Complex (6:30-7:45 a.m.)



Water in the reservoir continues to get higher so another
week with no

shorebird habitat & no shorebirds. The only birds here
were Great Blue

(1), Great Egret (5), Canada Geese (2 & 18 flying),

Mallard (2) & 1 hunting Caspian Tern.



Itasca Wetlands



Water high again after last night's rain but some mud
flats are present.

D.C. Cormorant (1 in a tree), Great Blue Heron (1), Great
Egret (1),

Mallard (13), Killdeer (7),

Spotted (2), Least (9) & Semipalmated (13) Sandpipers
& Caspian Terns

(6-AD & 3-IM)



Interesting land birds were a still singing Warbling Vireo,
a very

dingy Y.R. Myrtle Warbler

& a fine looking male Baltimore Oriole.



Didn't plan on going back to Waukegan so soon after just
going on

Tuesday but Andy Sigler told me a Buff Breasted Sandpiper
had been

seen there on Wed early a.m. So after the rain ended I gave
it a try.

No Buffie for me but the pier & beach had some
shorebirds, gulls,

terns & a Pipit plus John L

& Annette & Bill M..



Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwaters (9:15-10:30 a.m.)



D.C. Cormorant (1 by the inlet), Great Blue (1 backwaters)
& Mallard

(4 by the pier)

Spotted Sandpiper (3)

Sanderling (26 on the beach & 10 on the pier)

RUDDY TURNSTONE (6 young ones I guess)

Least (2) & Semipalmated (6) Sandpipers (all on the
pier)

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1 with the beach Sanderlings, just
like last time)

Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (flushed by a guy staring at
his cell

phone while walking through the gulls & terns without
even a glance

at the birds)

Caspian Tern (4)

FORSTER'S TERNS (1 adult & 4 with
"masks")

AMERICAN PIPIT (1, seen well by the others but badly by
me)



Since shorebirds were around I probably should have checked
the long

beach at IBSP South but the memory of Tuesday's 2 mile
walk with zero

shorebirds was too recent. So off to Almond Marsh for
another try for

the Little Blue that I missed last time.



Almond Marsh (11:30 a.m.-noon)



Found the LITTLE BLUE HERON (1-IM) quickly this time
although looks

were poor as it was partially hidden. But then it flew into
the open

with several Great Egrets in time for Mike Trahan to see it
well when

he arrived. I like to count birds but the numbers of Canada
Geese,

Mallards & Wood Ducks were beyond what I cared to deal
with so let's

just say there were a lot of them.

In more reasonable numbers were the following:



P.B. Grebe (only noticed 2 but probably more)

D.C. Cormorant (9), Great Blue Heron (5), Great Egret (9)
& Black

Crowned Night Heron (5)

Blue Winged & Green Winged Teal (saw 1 each)

Mute Swan (2-AD & 5 full sized, very white young
ones)

Ring Billed Gull (9-10)

Also saw a few flying Barn Swallows & 4 Cedar
Waxwings



Bird-Of-The-Day to the more cooperative (today) Little Blue
Heron &

Runners-Up to the 6 Ruddy Turnstones even if they
weren't in their

fancy breeding feathers.



Al Stokie

Briefly in DuPage County & then in Lake County











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Subject: IBET No Sighting: Request to post about Red Knot at Montrose on Friday
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 19:54 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I would greatly appreciate anyone posting on IBET (or sending a message) about the Red Knot's presence at Montrose tomorrow morning (Friday, August 26), positive or negative, as early as possible.

Thanks in advance,

Davida Kalina
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Subject: Re: IBET Montrose knot
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 19:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ok this is probably the stilt Robert reported and not a yellowlegs. Nice pair though it's unlikely they will breed ūüė¨

Here now 7:40 pm 8 25 16

Suzanne Coleman
PR cook

> On Aug 25, 2016, at 7:14 PM, Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
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> Hi all
>
> I think the Redknot is still here but I'm not a shorebird expert but there's a bird that looks similar to the pics hanging out with a yellow legs. And a bunch of least sandpipers and three semi palmated plovers.
>
> Suzanne Coleman
>
> PR cook
> dictated
>
>



Subject: IBET Montrose Red Knot and Stilt Sandpiper, 8/25 p.m.
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 19:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A nice group of shorebirds were working the fluddle at the far west end
of Montrose Beach in Chicago late this afternoon, August 25, including
the previously reported juvenile Red Knot and a juvenile Stilt
Sandpiper. Also present were Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers and
Semipalmated Plovers. I did not see the American Golden-Plover reported
earlier. I posted a photo of the Red Knot and Stilt Sandpiper on my
blog, URL below.

http://theorniphile.info/wordp...

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...
eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot...



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Subject: IBET Montrose knot
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 19:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all

I think the Redknot is still here but I'm not a shorebird expert but there's a bird that looks similar to the pics hanging out with a yellow legs. And a bunch of least sandpipers and three semi palmated plovers.

Suzanne Coleman

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Subject: IBET MontroseBIRDS cook co
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 18:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all

Just a quick note since it's still light out

Dictating sorry for any errors

Lots of warblers Waterthrush black-and-white Tennessee redstart

Red eyed vireo. warbling Verio

Kestrel

Other warblers

I haven't gotten to beach yet

By big dead tree near the entrance to the parking lot handicap parking

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Subject: Re: IBET Avocet still at Channahon Widewaters??
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 17:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I just checked and did not see it.It would be hard to see if it is in the spot I saw it this morning because 200-300 pelicans have moved in and are blocking the view.I was there at 9am watching it and it flew to the west and I could not see it land but I think it landed behind the Indian mound area.It was flying low is why I don't think it flew away.Sorry I couldn't give an update sooner.  

On Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:35 PM, "Lance Vinsel lancevinsel@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" wrote:


  We stopped by about 10am and did not see it.

On August 25, 2016 4:32:44 PM CDT, "peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
  Does anyone know if the Avocet is still at Channahon?
Thanks.
Joan CampbellDowners Grove/DuPage County

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Subject: Re: IBET Avocet still at Channahon Widewaters??
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 16:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We stopped by about 10am and did not see it. 

On August 25, 2016 4:32:44 PM CDT, "peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>Does anyone know if the Avocet is still at Channahon?
>
>
> Thanks.
>
>
> Joan Campbell
> Downers Grove/DuPage County

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Subject: IBET Avocet still at Channahon Widewaters??
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 16:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Does anyone know if the Avocet is still at Channahon?


Thanks.


Joan Campbell
Downers Grove/DuPage County



Subject: IBET Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir, Waukegan Beach & Almond Marsh Thursday 8-25-16
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 16:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Rec'd an email from Nancy H saying there were almost 100 shorebirds at
the Itasca Wetlands part of the Reservoir Complex although none of the
shorebirds were of the large variety. Radar showed that Waukegan was
getting rain in the early a.m. so I tried the Reservoir Complex 1st.

Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir Complex (6:30-7:45 a.m.)

Water in the reservoir continues to get higher so another week with no
shorebird habitat & no shorebirds. The only birds here were Great Blue
(1), Great Egret (5), Canada Geese (2 & 18 flying),
Mallard (2) & 1 hunting Caspian Tern.

Itasca Wetlands

Water high again after last night's rain but some mud flats are present.
D.C. Cormorant (1 in a tree), Great Blue Heron (1), Great Egret (1),
Mallard (13), Killdeer (7),
Spotted (2), Least (9) & Semipalmated (13) Sandpipers & Caspian Terns
(6-AD & 3-IM)

Interesting land birds were a still singing Warbling Vireo, a very
dingy Y.R. Myrtle Warbler
& a fine looking male Baltimore Oriole.

Didn't plan on going back to Waukegan so soon after just going on
Tuesday but Andy Sigler told me a Buff Breasted Sandpiper had been
seen there on Wed early a.m. So after the rain ended I gave it a try.
No Buffie for me but the pier & beach had some shorebirds, gulls,
terns & a Pipit plus John L
& Annette & Bill M..

Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwaters (9:15-10:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (1 by the inlet), Great Blue (1 backwaters) & Mallard
(4 by the pier)
Spotted Sandpiper (3)
Sanderling (26 on the beach & 10 on the pier)
RUDDY TURNSTONE (6 young ones I guess)
Least (2) & Semipalmated (6) Sandpipers (all on the pier)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1 with the beach Sanderlings, just like last time)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (flushed by a guy staring at his cell
phone while walking through the gulls & terns without even a glance
at the birds)
Caspian Tern (4)
FORSTER'S TERNS (1 adult & 4 with "masks")
AMERICAN PIPIT (1, seen well by the others but badly by me)

Since shorebirds were around I probably should have checked the long
beach at IBSP South but the memory of Tuesday's 2 mile walk with zero
shorebirds was too recent. So off to Almond Marsh for another try for
the Little Blue that I missed last time.

Almond Marsh (11:30 a.m.-noon)

Found the LITTLE BLUE HERON (1-IM) quickly this time although looks
were poor as it was partially hidden. But then it flew into the open
with several Great Egrets in time for Mike Trahan to see it well when
he arrived. I like to count birds but the numbers of Canada Geese,
Mallards & Wood Ducks were beyond what I cared to deal with so let's
just say there were a lot of them.
In more reasonable numbers were the following:

P.B. Grebe (only noticed 2 but probably more)
D.C. Cormorant (9), Great Blue Heron (5), Great Egret (9) & Black
Crowned Night Heron (5)
Blue Winged & Green Winged Teal (saw 1 each)
Mute Swan (2-AD & 5 full sized, very white young ones)
Ring Billed Gull (9-10)
Also saw a few flying Barn Swallows & 4 Cedar Waxwings

Bird-Of-The-Day to the more cooperative (today) Little Blue Heron &
Runners-Up to the 6 Ruddy Turnstones even if they weren't in their
fancy breeding feathers.

Al Stokie
Briefly in DuPage County & then in Lake County


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Subject: IBET Little Blue Heron Continues at Almond Marsh - noon Thursday
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 13:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all.
Found by Al Stokie. His report later will cover all the birds seen.

Mike Trahan
Mundelein, Lake County



Subject: IBET Red Know Am Golden Plover Montrose Cook Aug. 25 am
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 12:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear Birders,
We [three observers] observed a juv. Red Knot at Lake Montrose, toward west end of public beach, this morning. It flew in around 8:45 am and joined the continuing flock of peeps. At ~ 10 am an ~breeding plumaged American Golden Plover flew in, calling its two-note call, and landed, where it was spotted by Gary, in the sand east of "Lake Montrose." It was flushed several times by kids coming onto the the beach but was still there at 10:45 or so when I left. As was the Red Knot. Images were taken by Gary and MR. Other waders tbd.


Rich DeCoster
rjdbird1 at yahoo
Evanston
Cook



Subject: IBET Montrose this weekend
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 11:02 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 



Hi all,
If you are planning to visit Montrose Point this weekend, please be aware that this is the weekend of the Chicago Triathlon. On Saturday, there are events at Montrose point that will close off the road between Montrose and Foster Beaches. Participants will start to arrive around 5:30 am, and I expect that parking and roads will be chaotic as it has been in past years.
On Sunday, Montrose should be clear, but be advised that two lanes of Lakeshore Drive in each direction will be shut down in the morning for the bike part of the triathlon.
Cheers!

Alex Bloss
Chicago



Subject: IBET Re: Avocet/Channahon widewaters
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 8:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sorry if this double posted I got a not. first one failed



Subject: IBET Avocet/Channahon widewaters
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 8:17 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

I just spotted a single American Avocet at the Channahon widewaters at 7:35am.It was in front of the boat launch slightly to right mixed in with gulls and terns.Will have pic on ebird shortly.



Subject: IBET Avocet/ Widewaters
Date: Thu Aug 25 2016 8:11 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

I just spotted a single Avocet out in front of the boat launch at the Channahon Widewaters at 7:35 am.Its slightly to the left mixed in with gulls and terns.


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