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27 Aug: @ 12:09:49 IBET Re: 9 sp warbler - Busey Woods (Urbana, Champaign Co.) [David Thomas Birderdlt@aol.com [ILbirds]]
27 Aug: @ 09:49:39 IBET 9 sp warbler - Busey Woods (Urbana, Champaign Co.) [Nicholas Sly pagophila@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 23:56:29 IBET BY G catbird [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 22:34:23 IBET nighthawks Lake County ['bissbirds@juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 22:27:09 IBET BCNH Techny etc (COOK) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 20:52:02 IBET Nighthawks Lake Co. [Adam Sell adamwardsell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 20:10:38 IBET Chautauqua 8-26 [miking38@aol.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 18:15:33 IBET Cedar Waxwing wih Red Tail [birdsperminute@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 17:48:08 IBET: NO SIGHTINGS CORRECTION [J Staberow jstab@ix.netcom.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 17:35:24 IBET Willet at Waukegan Beach ['jbirdmo@aol.com' jbirdmo@aol.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 15:23:02 IBET: NO SIGHTING BNA [J Staberow jstab@ix.netcom.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 14:54:33 IBET 8-26 Lake Co Shorebirds, a 99% Upland Sandpiper at Waukegan [aostewart72@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 13:07:53 IBET Just Beat The Rain At The Chicago Botanic Garden Tues 8-26-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 08:06:28 IBET. possible Willet Waukegan beach [ntikalsky ntikalsky@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Aug: @ 07:42:42 IBET Warbler Movement, Evanston [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 20:04:22 IBET: DuPage Birding Club September Field Trip Schedule (no sightings) [jreiter@wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 15:06:40 Re: IBET NO SIGHTING~Rockford Airport Update [John Longhenry mesquakie8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 14:55:37 IBET NO SIGHTING~Rockford Airport Update [mesquakie8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 13:24:40 IBET Lake County Rollins Savannah Mon 8-25-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 12:17:28 IBET August 2014 BIRDS & BEERS, hosted by Matthew & Fran, Candlelite Chicago, THIS Thursday 7pm (no sightings) [Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks@me.com [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 10:27:59 Re: IBET Little Blue Herons [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
25 Aug: @ 06:29:12 IBET JUV. RED KNOT [Donald R Dann donniebird@me.com [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 23:37:43 IBET has anyone ever tried Barska binoculars? (no sightings) [casresearch@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 21:16:42 IBET Free Oak Park (Cook Co) Bird Walks are Back! (NO SIGHTINGS) [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 20:12:57 RE: IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14) [ntikalsky ntikalsky@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 19:34:31 IBET Common Nighthawks: Tinley Park; 24 Aug 2014 [Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 19:28:33 IBET ILYB Shorebirding Recap in Mason and Fulton Co. [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 19:01:49 IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 17:54:02 IBET IOS Spontaneous Shorebirding Field Trip Results - August 23, 2014 [Travis Mahan calidris_1004@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 17:05:11 IBET LaBagh Woods, Cook County- Warblers starting to arrive ['Katy Krigbaum' marykrigbaum@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 16:02:56 IBET Lake Co. Shorebirds yesterday [Nick Minor nmbirder14@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 15:37:41 IBET A Few Highlights From The Calumet Sewage Ponds & Indian Ridge Sun 8-24-13 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 15:36:50 IBET Momence, 8/24 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 13:33:37 IBET Lakefront birding 8/24 (and some 8/23) - Band-winged Dragonlets! [Ethan Gyllenhaal ethannatureboy@aol.com [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 12:22:38 IBET 3 Snowy Egrets at Indian Ridge Marsh (8-24-14) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
24 Aug: @ 06:57:20 IBET Red Knot at Montrose [franmmmk franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 22:01:49 IBET three early migrant warbler sp. at Salt Creek Park FP, DuPage [casresearch@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 21:10:51 IBET Chautauqua spotting scope - NO SIGHTINGS [landscape.arch@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 19:28:17 IBET Montrose Point Red Knot YES 4:00pm [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 19:04:27 IBET Question for birders: Diving ducks -- where are the best places to view them in winter throughout the nation [Ms Sheryl DeVore sheryl_1956@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 16:52:11 IBET Osprey at airport along with 40 other species since last week. [ovenbirdman@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 16:51:27 IBET Little Blue Herons [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 16:47:09 Re: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies [j.sleger@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 15:42:19 Re: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies [Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 14:59:47 IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies [Valerie Kidwell nature_alight@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 14:36:40 IBET Dangerous storm N IL (no sightings) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 14:19:32 Re: IBET Kendall Co Wheeler Rd shorebirds Saturday AM [Urs Geiser ugeiser@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 13:42:25 IBET Red Knot Week Continues Plus Some Red Knot History Sat 8-23-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 12:14:09 IBET Kendall Co Wheeler Rd shorebirds Saturday AM [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 Aug: @ 08:44:52 IBET Busey Woods warblers (Champaign Co.) [Nicholas Sly pagophila@gmail.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: 9 sp warbler - Busey Woods (Urbana, Champaign Co.)
Date: Wed Aug 27 2014 12:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Well I was there a little later and did not do as well.  I can add to your list a Nashville and a Northern waterthrush. Also had a couple of Warbling vireos to go with the common Redeye vireo. There was at least one family of Baltimore Orioles working along the stream.

David Thomas

On August 27, 2014 9:49:37 AM CDT, Nicholas Sly wrote:
>This morning was hopping with warblers at Busey Woods. In two hours
>(joined
>in the latter half by Cole Wolf) I had 9 species:
>
>Ovenbird - 1
>Golden-winged - 1
>Black-and-white - 5+
>Tennessee - 1
>Redstart - 7+
>Blackburnian - 2
>Chestnut-sided - 7+
>Canada - 4+
>Wilson's - 2
>
>I also had an Olive-sided Flycatcher on the wires in the powerline cut,
>a
>Veery along the Saline Branch, and several Least Flycatchers.
>
>Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19586654
>
>Nick Sly
>Urbana, IL
>
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>Department of Animal Biology
>University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Subject: IBET 9 sp warbler - Busey Woods (Urbana, Champaign Co.)
Date: Wed Aug 27 2014 9:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning was hopping with warblers at Busey Woods. In two hours (joined
in the latter half by Cole Wolf) I had 9 species:

Ovenbird - 1
Golden-winged - 1
Black-and-white - 5+
Tennessee - 1
Redstart - 7+
Blackburnian - 2
Chestnut-sided - 7+
Canada - 4+
Wilson's - 2

I also had an Olive-sided Flycatcher on the wires in the powerline cut, a
Veery along the Saline Branch, and several Least Flycatchers.

Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19586654

Nick Sly
Urbana, IL

--
Nicholas Sly
Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
http://www.life.illinois.edu/c...



Subject: IBET BY G catbird
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 23:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
The catbird still hides in the dark bushes. Eats grapes but won't come out. Calls and avoids me.
Today the B. oriole sang a little, had the Yellowstart and a yellow colored UNID warbler two days ago. All migrants. Just the E sparrows, cardinal singing over the cicadas, A goldfinch and fleeting Bluejay after PB suet.

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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET nighthawks Lake County
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 22:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This afternoon after the rain I saw a flock of 7 nighthawks migrating at 1:30 pm, and then after 6:45 pm until sunset there was almost a continuous line of migrating nighthawks coming from the northwest, flying over Cedar Lake and then continuing to the southeast.  I counted 1364 birds. Richard BissLake Villa, Lake County



Subject: IBET BCNH Techny etc (COOK)
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 22:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Long story short, I ran into the black-crowned night herons "migrating" again this dusk at Techny.  I had 6-10 of them.  I checked my records and it was 8/24/13 that I had them last year.  Conditions were similar as was the time. 

Also had 2 gbh, a caspian tern, a nighthawk.

Also I found some of Al's missing birds.  They were at Skokie Lagoons which he skipped today :).  I had a group of active barn swallows over the lawn by Willow and one beauty of a female ruby-throated hummingbird at the jewelweed on Tower Rd.  I told them he says hi.

Also seen a family of blue jays, many pollinators, the cormorants are still using the same dead tree there too.  Continuity is nice.  Tons of starlings.  

Sunday I had 3 sandhill cranes at Rollins at dusk.  Tons of green herons at that wetland at Wadsworth Preserve that Beau found the least bittern in, which I couldn't see, need a scope… cool place.

Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Nighthawks Lake Co.
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 20:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ibetors,

It was an excellent evening for Common Nighthawk migration in NE Lake
County. In a little over 45 minutes, I counted 737 heading south over
Gurnee. Most were flying with purpose. Definitely a highlight of early fall
migration.


Good Birding!

Adam Sell
Lake Co.



Subject: IBET Chautauqua 8-26
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 20:10 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 


I found 48 hudsonian godwits in the north pool in a flock of teal and shovelers. There could well be more in that flock as they kept appearing somewhat magically after at first glance, having not been there at all. They hide very well in a flock of ducks! There were also 6 avocets nearby and a large flock of perhaps 200 black terns. I saw 6 red-necked phalaropes, 2 Wilson’s phalaropes, 2 Baird’s, lots of killdeer and semi-palm plovers, 7 black-bellied plovers and a ruddy turnstone on a grassy flat just north of the cross-dike. Both yellowlegs, stilts, semi-sands, pectorals, and leasts were easily seen and dowitchers were occasional. I saw no gulls other than ring-billed but along with the black terns, there were 2 Caspians and a common. On the grassy flat to the south side of the cross-dike, there were at least 4 buff-breasted sandpipers along with a large flock of killdeer. There was also an immature red-shouldered hawk hunting on the dead willows. It should be said that with all our recent rain, the river has gone up and is higher than the bed of the lake. The outlets are shut now and there appears to be no more draining until it can flow out on its own when the river goes back down.
Mike Ingram, Peoria





Subject: IBET Cedar Waxwing wih Red Tail
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 18:15 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
There was an immature cedar waxwing today with a red tipped tail at cuba marsh (lake county).
larry garascia



Subject: IBET: NO SIGHTINGS CORRECTION
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 17:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
If politicians can miss-speak, I can miss-type!  There are only 18
volumes of BNA.

Judith Staberow

--


Frisbeetarism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.--George Carlin




Subject: IBET Willet at Waukegan Beach
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 17:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All,
There is currently a Willet standing on the south end of the beach with the gulls near the harbour entrance. 5:33 PM Aug 26, 2014

Jude Vickery
Kendall County. At the moment in Lake County

Sent from my HTC One on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network




Subject: IBET: NO SIGHTING BNA
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 15:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I have the original BNA set (all 28 volumes) which I am willing to
donate. Since Birds of North America went online, I haven't used the
hard copies. Please contact me directly if interested.

Judith Staberow

--


Frisbeetarism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.--George Carlin




Subject: IBET 8-26 Lake Co Shorebirds, a 99% Upland Sandpiper at Waukegan
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 14:54 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Started at State Line at 6:30 with 5 species of shorebird. With the highlight a Ruddy Turnstone also 2 Killdeer, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 3 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Least Sandpiper.
Waukegan at 7 and saw Donnie Dann who was just leaving, he said it was quiet, saw Nancy Tikalsky, also leaving and she confirmed it was slow. Met Jeff Sanders and Bonnie Duman at base of the fishing pier.
On the fishing pier were Spotted Sandpipers, Sanderlings and Semipalmated Sandpipers, varing in numbers as birds flew back and forth between the piers and the beach. One Dowitcher Sp flew to the pier very briefly and first seen by Jeff. 1 Sterna tern fly by going south. When I was leaving I saw Jeff and Bonnie stopped in front of the Locked Gate before the beach parking. They were looking at an immature Black-crowned Night-heron and a Greater Yellowlegs, which I think is the same bird Nancy reported. About that time a different shorebird called in a loud distinct whistle, somewhere to the east, it called again and Jeff immediately identifies it as a probable Upland Sandpiper. The bird calls at least a 3rd time and is finally seen as it flies overhead heading west. It was a large, long sandpiper dark above and must have been flushed from the grass areas east between the locked gate and the beach. I would have liked to get just a little better look at it as it flew off to the west giving poor angles to view. The Sibley app on my phone matched the heard call being identical to the "flight (flush) call" on the app. I am very confident of the identification, credit goes to Jeff's knowledge and experience. However I did not count/check the bird on my ebird data or my big year list, just needed a little better look for that. Also farther west of the locked gate was a Solitary Sandpiper in standing water on the planted grass.
Rollins Savanna at little after 9 am yielded 8 species of shorebird.
6 Killdeer, 1 Semipalm. Plover, 2 Spotted Sp., 1 Pectoral Sp., 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Least Sp, 6 Semipalm. Sp. and 2 Short-billed Dowitchers.
Total of 12 species, 13 if you count the Uppie !


Andy Stewart
Libertyville, Lake Co





Subject: IBET Just Beat The Rain At The Chicago Botanic Garden Tues 8-26-14
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 13:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Under the topic of "Be careful of what you wish for" I will say that I had
mentioned that the water levels at the Air Station Prairie needed some rain
& the 1st rain seemed to help. But after yesterday's rains both ponds are
now flooded & will probably be without shorebirds for a while anyway. After
that stop I went to the CBG where the rain has also cut into the mud flats
& although some remain only a few shorebirds were there today. I had
planned to check for landbirds on my way out but that did not happen as I
just made it back to the car as today's rains began. Like yesterday the
deluge started while I was driving home. Welcome to the Midwest version of
the Rain Forest! Here's my day list from the CBG & a weak list it is!

Chicago Botanic (9:15-10:45 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by & 1 in the water)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Great Egret (1 at the usual spot)
Wood Duck (1)
Mallard (12)
SORA (1 or 2, hard to tell, walking along the edge of the reeds)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Solitary Sandpiper (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (1 full grown young, no spots)
Least Sandpiper (2)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)
Herring Gull (1-AD fly-by)
Mourning Dove (8 fly-bys)
Kingfisher (heard 1)
Willow (probably) Flycatcher (1)
Barn Swallow (3-4, swallows mostly gone & Martins have been gone a while)
Song Sparrow (2)
Red Winged Blackbird (few)
House Finch (1-M)
Goldfinch (4-6)
House Sparrow (2)

Since the birds weren't much I'll mention some of the interesting plants
seen today but I will only give common names as I don't have time to look
up the Latin names. You can still Google the common names & that will work
too.

Tall Coreopsis, Obedient Plant, Illinois Bundle Flower, Stiff Goldenrod,
Rough Blazing Star,
Joe-Pye Weed (the wet area one, not the woodland one) & New England Aster.
Continuing are the 2 bright red flowering plants Cardinal Flower & Royal
Catchfly which I watched for a while but no Hummingbirds visited that plant
today. There are many Asters, Sunflowers & Goldenrods now flowering all of
which are guaranteed to drive you crazy when you try & figure out which is
which. The best way to try is to learn the ones that have signs that give
you their names but the ones in the actual Dixon Prairie are mostly without
name signs. Good luck!

Bird-Of-The-Day once again goes to the Sora & Runner-Up to the continuing
Great Egret who has been around so long it's like an old friend.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET. possible Willet Waukegan beach
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 8:06 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At 7:30 am, In the pond beyond the fence north of the beach road I saw a bird that looked heavier/bulkier than a yellow legs.  Distance n light were such that I couldn't make out leg color but jizz was not quite right for yellowlegs.  It was just standing on the end of the spit of land that extends into the pond on the right side.  Gate was open so no fence obstruction, but it's private property...

I post cause 3 birders arrived as I was leaving the pier area where I saw a sanderling.


Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, IL

The earth laughs in flowers. - emerson

Please consider the environment before printing

Sent on a Samsung Galaxy S®4

-------- Original message --------From: "mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]" Date:08/26/2014 7:42 AM (GMT-06:00) To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com Subject: IBET Warbler Movement, Evanston

Just had 22 warblers fly over with more coming. Might want to get out today.Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, Cook,IL



Subject: IBET Warbler Movement, Evanston
Date: Tue Aug 26 2014 7:42 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just had 22 warblers fly over with more coming. Might want to get out today.Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, Cook,IL



Subject: IBET: DuPage Birding Club September Field Trip Schedule (no sightings)
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 20:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
All are invited to join DuPage Birding Club members at the following September birding events. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and children ages 10 and up. Participation is free. Appropriate footwear, insect repellent, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended for each outing. For additional information, birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club's website, dupagebirding.org, which includes further details about each scheduled trip.
Thursday, September 4, 8:00 a.m.
East Branch Forest Preserve, Glendale Heights
This 500-acre site is largely a natural wetland along the East Branch of the DuPage River with lakes, marshes and wildlife habitats. Meet at the parking lot off the west side of Swift Rd. (Swift is west of I-355, just north of North Ave. Leader: Bonnie Graham, 630-204-8750 or Trekfan917@sbcglobal.net
Friday, September 5, 7:30 a.m.
Greene Valley Forest Preserve, Woodridge
With a mix of woodland, grassland and aquatic habitats, Greene Valley attracts a diverse group of bird species. Meet at the main entrance parking lot, on the west side of Greene Rd., ¼-mile south of 79th St. Leader: Mike Madsen, 630-985-7992 or mmadsen48@comcast.net
Saturday, September 6, 7:30 a.m.
Pate Phillips State Park/Tri County Park, Bartlett
The group will begin at Pate Phillips State Park and may look at portions of nearby Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve. Meet at Tri-County Park located on Stearns Rd, northwest of Pratt's Wayne Woods. From Rt. 59, take Stearns west. The park entrance is on the north side. Follow the entrance road to the right and meet at the pavilion parking lot (not the lot for the administration building). Leader: John Cebula, 630-858-3767 or joceb2005@sbcglobal.net
Tuesday, September 9, 8:00 a.m.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien
This outing, especially designed for new birders, will be at a leisurely pace to allow more time to look at each bird and answer questions on equipment or bird identification. Meet at the Bluff Rd. and Cass Ave. intersection. From Darien, take Cass south from I-55 until it ends at Bluff. Leader: Jim Hedges, 630-469-5811 or j-hedges@sbcglobal.net
Saturday, September 13, 7:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Cantigny has offered monthly bird walks since 2008 in partnership with the DuPage Birding Club. Be advised that the walks often attract 40 or more birders! Enter through the main gate on Winfield Rd. (just south of Roosevelt Rd.) and tell the attendant you are with the bird walk. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived. Meet at the Visitors Center. Leader: Jeff Reiter, jreiter@wordsonbirds.com
Saturday, September 13, 11:00 a.m.
Greene Valley Forest Preserve Hawk Watch, Woodridge
Join the Hawk Watch Team in recording raptor observations from DuPage County's second-highest point. Entrance to the hill is on Greene Rd. south of 71st St. Meet at the top. Note: The Forest Preserve does not open the gate to drive up the hill until 11:00 am. Bring snacks, water, hat, lawn chair and scope. It can be 10-15 degrees cooler on the hill, and windy, so layered clothing is advised. Make a day of it and explore Greene Valley's trails before the hill opens. Leader: Jeff Smith, 331-481-3362 or mrqmagoo13@gmail.com
Sunday, September 14, 7:30 a.m.
Elsen's Hill at West DuPage Woods, Winfield
Explore the site's gravel trails and grassy paths in search of migrating warblers and other birds. Wear boots if there has been a rainfall. Take Winfield Rd to Gary's Mill Rd west to the parking lot entrance. Meet in the lot. Leader: Diann Bilderback, 630-272-5746 or dbilderback@ameritech.net
Saturday, September 20, 6:45 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Join a walk to and around the marsh to observe resident and migrating birds, especially waterfowl. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. Please contact the trip leader if you are bringing a group to this popular field trip. Meet at the visitor parking lot on the north side of Mack Rd., located between Winfield Rd. and Rt. 59. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor@msn.com
Sunday, September 21, 7:00 a.m.
Montrose Migration (Chicago Lakefront)
Montrose Harbor, the Magic Hedge and Lake Michigan can hold lots of birds during fall migration. Exit Lakeshore Dr. at Montrose going east towards the lake; turn right at the bait shop, and after a block or so park along the side of the road. We will meet at the entrance of the Magic Hedge path at the sidewalk, which is across from the boat harbor. Note that there is a possibility that parking meters may be in place. Leaders: Bob & Karen Fisher, 630-985-2956 or KFisher928@aol.com
Wednesday, September 24, 8:00 a.m.
Herrick Lake, Wheaton
This outing, especially designed for new birders, will be at a leisurely pace to allow time to look at each bird and answer questions on equipment or bird identification. Meet at the south parking lot on Herrick Rd. south of Butterfield. Leader: Jim Hedges, 630-469-5811 or j-hedges@sbcglobal.net
Saturday, September 27, 8:00 a.m.
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook
Meet at the main parking lot on Spring Rd. west of York Rd. in Oak Brook. Leader: Linda Padera, 708-870-5385 or waterthrush@comcast.net
Sunday, September 28, 7:30 a.m.
Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, Winfield
Stroll through several habitats in this seldom-visited forest preserve, once the site of Native American homes and burial mounds. Parking is limited, as are toilets. Aside from the Prairie Path, trails are primitive. Contact to trip leader to register and confirm final arrangements. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor@msn.com
Sunday, September 28, 7:30 a.m.
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, Kane County
Expect fall migrants following the Fox River including shorebirds, and early winter migrants. Note: this site is the intersection of four bike trails. Those so inclined may want to bring bicycles for riding after the walk. Take Stearns Rd. west over Fox River, turn south (left) on McLean (a stoplight), turn east (left) on Illinois Rte. 31, go approximately 1.2 miles to preserve on the right. Meet in the parking area. Leader: Jon Duerr, 630-584-5891 or jjduerr1331@att.net


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

Posted by:
Jeff Reiter
DuPage Birding Club, Corresponding Secretary
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Subject: Re: IBET NO SIGHTING~Rockford Airport Update
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 15:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hopefully a better link to the Bell's Vireo;  Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)








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On Monday, August 25, 2014 2:55 PM, "mesquakie8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" wrote:



 
Last week after Dan William's post about seeing Bell's Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Blue Grosbeaks at Rockford Airport, I went out in hopes of finding and photographing the same.  However, the day before I went, a big announcement took place in Rockford about the building of a large hangar out at the airport, Senator Durbin and many of the area politicos were there celebrating the beginning of construction. 
After turning on Cessna Drive at the south western edge of the airport, the dump truck traffic was unusually high and when I finally arrived toward the end of the road I found out where they were building the new hangar.  The alfalfa fields atop the Bell Bowl Prairie area where we have seen Upland Sandpipers were being excavated and new roads being put in to facilitate the new hangar.  I'm not sure how far back into the field toward the edge of the top of the Bell Bowl they intend on taking the hangar area but they have definitely disturbed a lot of area where we've seen Uppies, Grasshopper, Savanah, and other sparrows, etc. 

Oh, I did find 3-4 Bell's Vireos and was able to get some rather nice pictures of them.   Here's a link to a photo
 

Heard a chat but not able to get close enough for any kind of a picture and never did see a Blue Grosbeak there that day.

John Longhenry
Winnebago County





Subject: IBET NO SIGHTING~Rockford Airport Update
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 14:55 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Last week after Dan William's post about seeing Bell's Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Blue Grosbeaks at Rockford Airport, I went out in hopes of finding and photographing the same.  However, the day before I went, a big announcement took place in Rockford about the building of a large hangar out at the airport, Senator Durbin and many of the area politicos were there celebrating the beginning of construction.

After turning on Cessna Drive at the south western edge of the airport, the dump truck traffic was unusually high and when I finally arrived toward the end of the road I found out where they were building the new hangar. The alfalfa fields atop the Bell Bowl Prairie area where we have seen Upland Sandpipers were being excavated and new roads being put in to facilitate the new hangar. I'm not sure how far back into the field toward the edge of the top of the Bell Bowl they intend on taking the hangar area but they have definitely disturbed a lot of area where we've seen Uppies, Grasshopper, Savanah, and other sparrows, etc.


Oh, I did find 3-4 Bell's Vireos and was able to get some rather nice pictures of them. Here's a link to a photo



Heard a chat but not able to get close enough for any kind of a picture and never did see a Blue Grosbeak there that day.


John Longhenry
Winnebago County







Subject: IBET Lake County Rollins Savannah Mon 8-25-14
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 13:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Covered the wetlands area only at Rollins Savannah from 7:45-10 a.m. &
managed to finish before the rains arrived about 15 min later. Water levels
are up from the previous rains so that most of the pond edge mud flats are
under water. But the remaining shorebirds are still feeding in the grassy
edges where the mud edges used to be. Shorebird numbers are half of what
they were last time I checked but I still had 9 species. Here's my day list
of wetland birds:

Great Blue Heron (12)
Great Egret (16)
Canada Geese (19 fly-bys)
Mallards
Green Winged Teal (2)
Blue Winged Teal (6)
Cooper's Hawk (1 flew right over the marsh & flushed a few shorebirds)
Killdeer (8)
Semipalmated Plover (5)
Lesser Yellowlegs (8)
Solitary Sandpiper (1)
Least Sandpiper (4-6)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (16)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1 in grassy area)
STILT SANDPIPER (2-JUV)
Ring Billed Gull (1-IM fly-by)
Caspian Tern (1 hunting)
Marsh Wren (1)
Sedge Wren (only 1 still singing)
Barn (~10) & Tree (2) Swallows

Robins & Starlings were in the grassy areas in numbers & I had 4 Bobolinks,
1 Eastern Meadowlark & the usual Song Sparrows, Red Wings & Goldfinches.

It was a tough walk with the mosquito's, the soft mud, wet grass & fewer
mud flats but at least it was cloudy most of the time which held down the
heat (although not the humidity) & I finished before the rains came.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Baird's Sandpiper & Runners-Up to the 2 juvenile
Stilt Sandpipers.
On the way home (in the pouring rain) I saw a Delaware license plate.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET August 2014 BIRDS & BEERS, hosted by Matthew & Fran, Candlelite Chicago, THIS Thursday 7pm (no sightings)
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 12:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Your August 2014 Birds & Beers gathering will be hosted by Matthew Cvetas and Fran Morel at north Chicago's classic, Candlelite Chicago at 7452 North Western Avenue, beginning at 7pm this Thursday, August 28th. This is on Western just south of Howard, basically in Evanston.

As always, our gatherings are social, welcoming to all birders and bird watchers of ALL levels, and well, a heck of a lot of fun. Come join us for a meal, a beer or beverage or two or three, and some great conversation and many good laughs with the birders whose posts you regularly read on social media. Really, we have a lot of fun.

Matthew and Fran will look forward to a great turn out not only from Chicago birders, but from the birders of Evanston, the north shore and near Lake County, with this location picked by them specifically with that birding community in mind. Come show our August hosts your support for this Evanston Birds & Beers location, and we will hope to see you this week Thursday, August 28th, 7pm, Candlelite Chicago, 7452 North Western Avenue.

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU244.0

-jrrs
Jeff Skrentny
Chicago, Cook County IL

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Subject: Re: IBET Little Blue Herons
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 10:27 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
One Little Blue continues to be present this morning.

Ron Bradley

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> On Aug 23, 2014, at 4:51 PM, "Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]" wrote:
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> Three juveniles along with one Great Egret near spillway, Lake Charleston, Coles County.
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> Ron Bradley
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Subject: IBET JUV. RED KNOT
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 6:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still here, 6:15 AM. Montrose, along pier in marshy area.

Donnie Dann
Highland Pk/Lake County



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Subject: IBET has anyone ever tried Barska binoculars? (no sightings)
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 23:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
My non-birder brother has a very weak pair of 4X binoculars and wants to upgrade. 
He asked me about a special deal he can get on a pair of Barska 12 X 60.
 
I had never heard of this company and directed him to Eagle Optics (and 8X42 binocs), but told him I'd try to find out more.
 
Yes I did check out online reviews ... but also thought I'd see if anyone on IBET also had an opinion or had used Barska binocs.
 
Please reply off-IBET to me unless you think it would benefit all IBETers.
 
Thanks,
Alan
 
Alan B. Anderson, casresearch@comcast.net , Des Plaines






Subject: IBET Free Oak Park (Cook Co) Bird Walks are Back! (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 21:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

Now is the time when I am starting to think about FREE Oak Park Bird Walks for this year's autumn bird migration in the village!

Oak Park is ten miles west of downtown Chicago and these walks are held in north-central Oak Park, near OPRF High School. For more information on the walks, please visit the OP Bird Walk website:
https://sites.google.com/site/...

Here is the schedule for this autumn:

7:00am Sunday, September 7
7:00am Wednesday, September 10
7:00am Sunday, September 14
7:00am Sunday, September 21
7:00am Sunday, September 28
7:00am Sunday, October 5

Once you confirm to a certain walk(s), I will contact you via email with the meeting location, which is my house.

You are all invited and more than welcome to attend any or all of these walks, the more the better.

Thanks, and I hope to see all of you soon!

Good birding,

Henry Griffin (Oak Park, Cook)
Leader, Oak Park Bird Walks

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Subject: RE: IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14)
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 20:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A shout out to Walter for organizing this field trip at a secured facility and keeping track of 23 independent birders!  It was great fun with lots of good binocular-close views of all the shorebrd species.  But a special thanks to all who generously shared their scopes with the scopeless birders --very much appreciated!

Happy Fall Migration!

Nancy Tikalsky
COS President
Zion, IL

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-------- Original message --------From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]" Date:08/24/2014 7:01 PM (GMT-06:00) To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com Subject: IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14)

Twenty-three observers attended this joint Chicago Ornithological Society/Evanston North Shore Bird Club sponsored field trip to the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant in southeast Chicago on Sunday morning (24 August 2013). Upon our arrival we had a surprise - the traditional entrance to the plant has been closed off due to construction, so we had to caravan to the new entrance off Ellis Avenue. Make a note of this for future trips. Al Stokie already gave a good overview on the shorebirds, so I won't repeat except to agree that species diversity was low with 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS being the highlight of the bunch. Ducks at the plant included 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 5 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Raptors included the pesky PEREGRINE FALCON mentioned by Al S. Several observers also had good views of an OSPREY at start of th trip.

The best Calumet Water Reclamation Plant highlight was unfortunately only seen by a couple of observers - a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD seen in flight as we were finishing the trip and heading to the bathrooms for a break. But the very best trip highlight of all was seen after we left Calumet WRP and checked Indian Ridge Marsh for herons. The previously-posted 3 SNOWY EGRETS we saw there were definitely the most exciting birds of the trip for me.

Our trip results are listed below (Calumet Water Reclamation Plant only). By my count, we found a total of 46 bird species at the plant. Once again, a big thanks goes to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for graciously allowing our groups access to the plant.
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Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, Chicago (RESTRICTED), Cook, US-IL
Aug 24, 2014 6:38 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Joint Chicago Ornithological Society - Evanston North Shore Bird Club Field Trip.
Observers: Walter Marcisz, Donnie Dann, Jackie Dann, Gerald Ginsburg, Ann Harness, Jan Heidman, John Hockman, Christopher Holden, Dale Kalina, Davida Kalina, Paul Kallman, Tom Nakic, Joan Norek, Janet Pellegrini, Linda Radtke, Ed Rice, Rebecca Rice, Joseph Rockey, Jeff Sanders, Wes Serafin, Al Stokie, Nancy Tikalsky, Leslie Yoshitani.
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 5
Wood Duck 15
Mallard 36
Blue-winged Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 3
Green-winged Teal 5
Double-crested Cormorant 23 (total includes 22 flyovers)
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Green Heron 5
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 6
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 9
Solitary Sandpiper 12
Lesser Yellowlegs 30
Least Sandpiper 14
Semipalmated Sandpiper 67
Short-billed Dowitcher 2 (2 juvs.)
Ring-billed Gull 80
Herring Gull 1 (1 flyover juv.)
Caspian Tern 1 (flyover)
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 15
Chimney Swift 6
Downy Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 (adult)
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Purple Martin 6
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 55
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 11
Common Yellowthroat 1
Song Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 450 (estimate)
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 22
House Sparrow 11
___________________________________________________________

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.






Subject: IBET Common Nighthawks: Tinley Park; 24 Aug 2014
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 19:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Agroup of 11 Common Nighthawks were streaming by Harlem Avenue and 187th Street this evening. They were flying west to east at a relatively low altitude. 

Best,
Amar Ayyash
Frankfort, Will Co.



Subject: IBET ILYB Shorebirding Recap in Mason and Fulton Co.
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 19:28 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday, just like IOS, the Illinois Young Birders woke up bright and early to go to Emiquon and Chautauqua.As we arrived at Eagle Bluff, we were greeted by an immature Little Blue Heron and many Great Egrets, Yellowlegs, and Pecs. We sifted through those species and found a Short-Billed Dowitcher, 5 American Avocets, a Stilt Sandpiper, a Wilson’s Phalarope, and 5 Red-necked Phalaropes, all seen from the parking lot.

We then walked down the dike separating the north and south pools and we found both Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, many Black Terns, Blue-winged Teal, a Green Heron, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a family of Red-headed Woodpeckers, and a 1st summer Franklin’s Gull. There were at least 1500 American White Pelicans seen throughout the day.

We then headed to the Beer Can Spot, where we could see 70 Hudsonian Godwits! Also at that location we found a few Semipalmated Plovers.

We then headed down to the Headquarters and walked the nature trail which led to a few overlooks where we found more Yellowlegs and Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers.

We then took a break for lunch, and then the group went their separate ways, while a few went to Emiquon.

At the Nature Conservancy, the highlights were 5 Cattle Egrets, 3 Common Gallinule, an Opsrey, and a Bald Eagle.

It was a great day and almost everyone got a lifer.

Good Birding,
Jake Cvetas
Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14)
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 19:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Twenty-three observers attended this joint Chicago Ornithological Society/Evanston North Shore Bird Club sponsored field trip to the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant in southeast Chicago on Sunday morning (24 August 2013). Upon our arrival we had a surprise - the traditional entrance to the plant has been closed off due to construction, so we had to caravan to the new entrance off Ellis Avenue. Make a note of this for future trips. Al Stokie already gave a good overview on the shorebirds, so I won't repeat except to agree that species diversity was low with 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS being the highlight of the bunch. Ducks at the plant included 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 5 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Raptors included the pesky PEREGRINE FALCON mentioned by Al S. Several observers also had good views of an OSPREY at start of th trip.

The best Calumet Water Reclamation Plant highlight was unfortunately only seen by a couple of observers - a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD seen in flight as we were finishing the trip and heading to the bathrooms for a break. But the very best trip highlight of all was seen after we left Calumet WRP and checked Indian Ridge Marsh for herons. The previously-posted 3 SNOWY EGRETS we saw there were definitely the most exciting birds of the trip for me.

Our trip results are listed below (Calumet Water Reclamation Plant only). By my count, we found a total of 46 bird species at the plant. Once again, a big thanks goes to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for graciously allowing our groups access to the plant.
___________________________________________________________

Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, Chicago (RESTRICTED), Cook, US-IL
Aug 24, 2014 6:38 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Joint Chicago Ornithological Society - Evanston North Shore Bird Club Field Trip.
Observers: Walter Marcisz, Donnie Dann, Jackie Dann, Gerald Ginsburg, Ann Harness, Jan Heidman, John Hockman, Christopher Holden, Dale Kalina, Davida Kalina, Paul Kallman, Tom Nakic, Joan Norek, Janet Pellegrini, Linda Radtke, Ed Rice, Rebecca Rice, Joseph Rockey, Jeff Sanders, Wes Serafin, Al Stokie, Nancy Tikalsky, Leslie Yoshitani.
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 5
Wood Duck 15
Mallard 36
Blue-winged Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 3
Green-winged Teal 5
Double-crested Cormorant 23 (total includes 22 flyovers)
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Green Heron 5
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 6
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 9
Solitary Sandpiper 12
Lesser Yellowlegs 30
Least Sandpiper 14
Semipalmated Sandpiper 67
Short-billed Dowitcher 2 (2 juvs.)
Ring-billed Gull 80
Herring Gull 1 (1 flyover juv.)
Caspian Tern 1 (flyover)
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 15
Chimney Swift 6
Downy Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 (adult)
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Purple Martin 6
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 55
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 11
Common Yellowthroat 1
Song Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 450 (estimate)
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 22
House Sparrow 11
___________________________________________________________

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.





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Subject: IBET IOS Spontaneous Shorebirding Field Trip Results - August 23, 2014
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 17:54 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hello all,
 
Despite the predicted insane heat and humidity, the weather was actually much better than expected for the Illinois Ornithological Society's spontaneous shorebirding field trip on Saturday, August 23rd.  Beginning around the 7:00 AM meeting time, our group of 10 (eventually) made our way out across the cross-dike at Chautauqua to find AMERICAN AVOCETS and WILSON'S and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES out in the shallows of the north pool.  A lone LITTLE BLUE HERON was found in the wetland vegetation next to the parking area.  Some BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were also in good showing from the cross-dike among many other common shorebirds.  The more than 100 BLACK TERNS roosting on the flats and feeding over the water was a neat sight in the foggy morning light.  A group of the HUDSONIAN GODWITS were visible from the cross-dike but only as a group of large distant shorebirds.  Being perhaps a mile or more away in haze, yeah, we decided to save those for later.  A
first-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was hanging out with the gulls at the far end of the cross-dike, including a FRANKLIN'S GULL that was seen by a few members of the group.  Taking advantage of the cooler morning temperatures, our group made its way southwest onto the berm that passes through the middle of the south pool, which is where I had found a few goodies the day before.  I felt like Gollum leading the group into the Dead Marshes as we cut through an inconspicuous path through over-the-head vegetation leading onto the berm.  The walking was actually very easy most of the time, but there were a couple of tricky spots where we had to cross muddy cuts in the berm to progress further.  It was so much easier compared with past trips where we often lost some people in the mud.  I'm sure some of you remember the past Chautauqua death marches.  Such is the price for good shorebirding.  It's all part of the experience.  While walking the
estimated 2.25 miles out on the berm, the group was rewarded with very close looks at four juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS feeding in the open on the berm in front of us.  Also found were two southbound AMERICAN AVOCETS, a few AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, five close HUDSONIAN GODWITS, a juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER, a WILSON'S SNIPE, and a juvenile WILSON'S PHALAROPE among hundreds of other shorebirds.  There were lots of shorebirds to look through, but the threat of storms forced an early departure.  While walking the berm back to the cross-dike, the group was treated with the "keeks" of a southbound LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.
 
eBird list for the morning at Chautauqua: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19560541
 
It was around lunch time when the group returned to the parking lot.  We departed for lunch in Havana and met at Thompson Lake at Emiquon.  Emiquon provided some excellent looks at a small group of CATTLE EGRETS roosting in dead trees along the road to the canoe launch.  COMMON GALLINULES were truly common in this amazing wetland complex with a family group feeding near to the observation platform, including others visible and/or audible from nearby cattails.  Both SORA and VIRGINA RAIL were noted in the area as well.  The Laughing Gull was not relocated, but a BONAPARTE's GULL made a flyby.  We continued our day with a drive along Prairie Road, which yielded an uncooperative NORTHERN BOBWHITE, a SEDGE WREN, and at least two BLUE GROSBEAKS.
 
eBird checklist for Emiquon: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19558290
 
For the evening, some of the group remained to try for more shorebirds at Chautauqua.  More looks were obtained of the AMERICAN AVOCETS and some distant WILSON'S PHALAROPES.  The shorebirds seemed to be moving around quite a bit because more birds were being seen along the south end of the north pool than earlier in the day.  We were able to get very good looks at more BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and a different juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER than earlier in the day.  Two juvenile RUDDY TURNSTONES also made an appearance at the far end of the cross-dike.  Three HUDSONIAN GODWITS also dropped in close to the cross-dike for a short period of time.  The remaining group of HUDSONIAN GODWITS from further north silently flew over our group, which was the last time we saw them.  An extremely distant shorebird in the short grass of the north pool presented all the features of an Upland Sandpiper, so three of us decided to make the trek north to try confirming the
ID.  Along the way, an ORCHARD ORIOLE and a small group of DICKCISSELS were found in the tall vegetation along the levee.  At least three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were noted in a southbound flock of shorebirds.  Their distinctive underwing patterns made identification much easier in tough light.  We eventually made our way to where we thought the possible Upland may have been present, but none were found.  Four more BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found feeding in the dried mud of the northern flats, and a FRANKLIN'S GULL made an appearance nearby within the flock of RING-BILLED GULLS.  Our day concluded with a slow walk back to the parking area where three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS made the final tally on our day list.
 
eBird checklist for the evening at Chautauqua: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19560699
 
This year's shorebirding trip was another success with 23 species of shorebirds among the day total of nearly 100 species.  Thanks to all who participated!  You were a great group!  The final trip list is presented below.  Please let me know if there are any additions or corrections necessary.
 
Travis Mahan
Decatur, IL
Macon Co.
 
1. Canada Goose
2. Mute Swan
3. Wood Duck
4. Mallard
5. Blue-winged Teal
6. Northern Shoveler
7. Northern Pintail
8. Green-winged Teal
9. Ruddy Duck
10. Northern Bobwhite
11. Pied-billed Grebe
12. Double-crested Cormorant
13. American White Pelican
14. Great Blue Heron
15. Great Egret
16. Little Blue Heron
17. Cattle Egret
18. Turkey Vulture
19. Osprey
20. Bald Eagle
21. Virginia Rail
22. Sora
23. Common Gallinule
24. American Coot
25. American Avocet
26. Black-bellied Plover
27. American Golden-Plover
28. Semipalmated Plover
29. Killdeer
30. Spotted Sandpiper
31. Solitary Sandpiper
32. Greater Yellowlegs
33. Lesser Yellowlegs
34. Hudsonian Godwit
35. Ruddy Turnstone
36. Stilt Sandpiper
37. Baird's Sandpiper
38. Least Sandpiper
39. Buff-breasted Sandpiper
40. Pectoral Sandpiper
41. Semipalmated Sandpiper
42. Western Sandpiper
43. Short-billed Dowitcher
44. Long-billed Dowitcher
45. Wilson's Snipe
46. Wilson's Phalarope
47. Red-necked Phalarope
48. Bonaparte’s Gull
49. Ring-billed Gull
50. Herring Gull
51. Lesser Black-backed Gull
52. Caspian Tern
53. Black Tern
54. Forster’s Tern
55. Eurasian Collared-Dove
56. Mourning Dove
57. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
58. Common Nighthawk
59. Chimney Swift
60. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
61. Belted Kingfisher
62. Red-headed Woodpecker
63. Red-bellied Woodpecker
64. Downy Woodpecker
65. Northern Flicker
66. American Kestrel
67. Eastern Wood-Pewee
68. Great Crested Flycatcher
69. Eastern Kingbird
70. Blue Jay
71. American Crow
72. Horned Lark
73. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
74. Tree Swallow
75. Bank Swallow
76. Barn Swallow
77. Cliff Swallow
78. White-breasted Nuthatch
79. Carolina Wren
80. Sedge Wren
81. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
82. American Robin
83. Gray Catbird
84. European Starling
85. Cedar Waxwing
86. warbler sp.
87. Field Sparrow
88. Song Sparrow
89. Northern Cardinal
90. Blue Grosbeak
91. Indigo Bunting
92. Dickcissel
93. Red-winged Blackbird
94. Orchard Oriole
95. Baltimore Oriole
96. American Goldfinch
97. House Sparrow
98. Eurasian Tree Sparrow



Subject: IBET LaBagh Woods, Cook County- Warblers starting to arrive
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 17:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
                I birded LaBagh Woods today. Despite a late start, I found
the following warblers, all along or near the railroad right-of-way: one
each of Black-and-white, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia and Cape May Warblers and
3 American Redstarts. Other birds of interest were Great-crested Flycatcher,
Cedar Waxwings flycatching over the river and two immature Chipping
Sparrows.

LaBagh Woods is located on Foster Avenue just east of the
Edens Expressway.

Katy Krigbaum






Subject: IBET Lake Co. Shorebirds yesterday
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 16:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey everyone!

Andy Stewart and I birded it up yesterday starting at the Lakefront at
Stateline Beach and finishing at Rollins Savanna. We totalled 13 shorebird
spuhs for the day, the highlights of which were another juvenile RED KNOT
at IBSP South, and 4 Baird's Sandpipers at Waukegan Beach. Here are the
full eBird lists:

Stateline Beach: http://goo.gl/o8h40O

Spring Bluff: http://goo.gl/4jLZ7q

Waukegan Beach: http://goo.gl/dLATc7

IBSP South: http://goo.gl/mcrdJf

Wadsworth Wetlands and Prairie: http://goo.gl/Dl105O

Rollins Savanna: http://goo.gl/SVoEFk

On the behavior side of things, shorebirds in general seemed incredibly
tame in the fog rolling off the lake this morning. At stateline, we walked
right up to feeding Semi Sandpipers without any apparent nervousness on
their part. The same went for Soras at Spring Bluff. Anyone else observe
anything similar?

Cheers, and good birding!

Nick Minor
Libertyville, Lake Co.
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Subject: IBET A Few Highlights From The Calumet Sewage Ponds & Indian Ridge Sun 8-24-13
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 15:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I like to think that I am a careful counter of birds but compared with
Walter M I take a back seat to him. Therefore I will let him provide a
detailed account of the birds seen today at the 2 above mentioned
locations. I will only mention that the shorebirds at the Sewage Ponds
continue to be way below the level of years gone by. This is proved by the
fact that we only saw 2 Killdeer & not one single Pectoral Sandpiper. The
only "good" shorebird species today was SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER of which we
saw 2. Our total of only 7 shorebird species is also below average for an
August visit. We had one good group of shorebirds but a PEREGRINE moved
most of them elsewhere. Walter can tell you about other good species seen
here today.

At Indian Ridge Walter has already mentioned that we did not see the Yellow
Crowned Night Heron but at least I now know where to look for it. In
addition to the SNOWY EGRETS (3) mentioned by Walter a few of us had great
looks at a hunting OSPREY.

Bird-Of-The-Day (for me anyway) goes to the Snowy Egrets.
Runners-Up to the Osprey & the trouble making Peregrine.
Shorebird-Of-The-Day to the Short Billed Dowitchers.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Momence, 8/24 a.m.
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 15:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I checked the sod fields near Momence today, August 24 for the fourth
time this summer and second weekend in a row. Like last weekend the
Schaafsma's sod farm didn't have anything other than Killdeer. I'm
starting to think that Schaafsma's isn't going to produce much, despite
my prediction a few weeks ago. The H & E sod farms were better and
continue to improve. I had about 100 American Golden-Plovers, 1
Black-bellied Plover, 1 adult Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 4 juvenile
Baird's Sandpipers, and a Pectoral Sandpiper. The best field for the
Golden-Plovers was the fallow field south of the bridge and west of
13500E. This field was busy with Killdeer and Horned Larks so obviously
the birds like it. I first saw the Buff-breasted in the field west of
13500E near 1750N but I later saw what I presume was the same bird just
south of 1250N and a little east of the H & E sod nursery house on the
same road. The bird was very close to the road. The Baird's Sandpipers
were in this area also.

I posted a few photos on IBF, URL below.

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU256.0

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Lakefront birding 8/24 (and some 8/23) - Band-winged Dragonlets!
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 13:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday we started at Indian Ridge Marsh. There we had a Short-billed Dowitcher and a few other common shorebird. 87th street had 1-2 sanderlings and several spotted sandpipers on the break wall. Rainbow beach had 4 Black-Bellied Plovers on the smaller jetty. 87th also had a male Band-winged Dragonlet nearby, a very rare dragonfly in Illinois. More on that later.

Today we could actually get in at Montrose. We had the recurring Red Knot on the beach (in the pier puddle and on the beach itself). We also had 6 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, and 1 Least Sandpiper in a puddle adjacent to the protected area. The hedge had two Northern Waterthrushes and a Least Flycatcher. The Locust trees between the clump and the water feature had a few flycatchers, including a Yellow-bellied, Trail's, and a Pewee. There was also a Mourning Warbler that hung out chipping around there, and briefly moved to the water feature, where it put on a good showing in the dead tree. Finally, there was an Olive-sided Flycatcher that hung out in a tree NE of the water feature, on the other side of the meadow.

Rainbow Beach only had one Black-bellied plover today, and a flyover Bald Eagle was unexpected.

The flooded lawn that had the Band-winged Dragonlet ended up being the highlight of the day. It is also known as Park no 503 and is on the SW corner of 89th street and S Lakeshore Drive. Today there were THREE male Band-winged Dragonlets, and more impressively an ovipositing female! This probably represents a state high count and first breeding record. I'll post photos on IBF later. Also present were Carolina Saddlebags (yesterday), a Variegated Meadowhawk, and a couple Citrine Forktails. Pretty crazy for a flooded lawn! Bird there included an Eastern Kingbird with two fledglings and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo (definitely yesterday and probably today).

This will probably be my last proper birding outing in Illinois before I go off to school again. Not a bad day to end on!

Ethan Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL
Cook County

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Subject: IBET 3 Snowy Egrets at Indian Ridge Marsh (8-24-14)
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 12:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
During today's COS/ENSBC Calumet trip (8-24-14), we viewed 3 adult SNOWY EGRETS together at Indian Ridge Marsh North (Chicago) between 10:30 am and 12:00 noon. The 3 birds were still there when we left. The first two were spotted by Wes Serafin, and the third was spotted by Al Stokie's sharp eyes, after which many of the group members saw all three together.

To see the birds, park near the RR tracks a quarter mile west of Torrence Avenue. Look north with a scope at the ditch that runs parallel to the tracks. As an alternative, you may walk north on the two-track that runs north from the 122nd St parking lot and look at the ponds to the west.

No Yellow-crowned Night-Heron today.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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Subject: IBET Red Knot at Montrose
Date: Sun Aug 24 2014 6:57 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still present at 6am.

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.

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Subject: IBET three early migrant warbler sp. at Salt Creek Park FP, DuPage
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 22:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

In about 2 hours, before the heavy rains hit, I saw 28 bird species at Salt Creek Park FP in NE DuPage County today.
 
Among them were three warbler species - AMERICAN REDSTART (2 - a first year male and a 'yellowstart'), a TENNESSEE WARBLER ('first winter female') and a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (male).   Also one silent Empidonax flycatcher in the woods.
 
Among other birds, highlights were families of EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (4), INDIGO BUNTING (3) and CAROLINA WREN (singing male and a juvenile).   Also two immature Red-bellied Woodpeckers (with adults) and a flock of at least 17 BLUE JAYS hounding a COOPER'S HAWK.
 
With recent rains, Salt Creek really went far beyond it's banks, flooding the picnic area, trail to the bridge and nearby field (which a Great Blue Heron found it it's liking).
 
Driving by Itasca Wetlands on the way home, there were no mudflats  - or even vegetation  - to be seen, except for the lone old tree trunk.   [No shorebird habitat there for the forseeable future]. 
 
I finally saw my first migrating nighthawks (3), last night along the Des Plaines River, in Des Plaines.
 
Alan
 
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Subject: IBET Chautauqua spotting scope - NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 21:10 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
If you left your spotting scope today at Chautauqua NWR today please get in touch, provide a few identifying characteristics, and we can arrange for its return. I, too, was excited to see 23 species of shorebirds today, and almost did the same. Ted Wolff Cook County



Subject: IBET Montrose Point Red Knot YES 4:00pm
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 19:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

Battled the rain & mud at Montrose Point at 4:00pm and successfully found my life bird RED KNOT! It was easily seen picking around on the west edge of the long pond on the west side of the pier.

Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

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Subject: IBET Question for birders: Diving ducks -- where are the best places to view them in winter throughout the nation
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 19:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Doing a lttle survey

What's the best place to go see diving ducks in winter -- not only in Illinois but other parts of the country?
email me if you've got any suggestions.

Best wishes,
Sheryl
sheryl.devore@comcast.net


Sheryl De Vore
Mundelein, Illinois
sheryl_1956@yahoo.com



Subject: IBET Osprey at airport along with 40 other species since last week.
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 16:52 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey birders, I just thought I would share the little bit of wildlife I've been sighting at the Greater Kankakee Airport lately.. Last weekend on Sunday I went out and caught glimpses of over 40 species here at the airport... This evening I went out for a very short period and stumbled upon an osprey(Have photos)finishing one of the two fish I witnessed it eating this evening. Last Sunday I came across species like Double Crested Cormorant, White Eyed Vireo, Grasshopper Sparrow, Solitary Sandpiper and Eastern Phoebe.. I hope to catch more good birds coming through the airport this season. Thanks and take it easy - Bronson Ratcliff, Manteno, IL https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/...



Subject: IBET Little Blue Herons
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 16:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Three juveniles along with one Great Egret near spillway, Lake Charleston, Coles County.

Ron Bradley

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Subject: Re: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 16:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Haha. Nicely put. 
 
Jon

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From: "Valerie Kidwell nature_alight@yahoo.com [ILbirds]"
To: ilbirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2014 2:59:44 PM
Subject: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies

 


Some of the recent posts reminded me of two occasions when I witnessed not so much the "circle of life" but, rather, the "stratified layers of life". And now I'm realizing it was probably due to nightjar and dragonfly migrations, both of which I wasn't previously aware of.

I remember trying each time, unsuccessfully, to capture the following: a late afternoon/early evening in the backyard, my eyes staring upwards, caught by circling flocks of nighthawks up in the sky, feeding on a layer just below of a multitude of dragonflies darting about, which were feeding on a layer just below of a swarm of mosquitoes, which were feeding on the human being standing on the ground bellow them, watching. Yes, in this case I was the human at the bottom of the food chain. But it was an amazing sight!

Valerie Kidwell
Lake County

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Subject: Re: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 15:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Wonderfully told. Thanks.

Ed McDevitt


On Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM, Valerie Kidwell nature_alight@yahoo.com
[ILbirds] wrote:

>
>
> Some of the recent posts reminded me of two occasions when I witnessed not
> so much the "circle of life" but, rather, the "stratified layers of life".
> And now I'm realizing it was probably due to nightjar and dragonfly
> migrations, both of which I wasn't previously aware of.
>
> I remember trying each time, unsuccessfully, to capture the following: a
> late afternoon/early evening in the backyard, my eyes staring upwards,
> caught by circling flocks of nighthawks up in the sky, feeding on a layer
> just below of a multitude of dragonflies darting about, which were feeding
> on a layer just below of a swarm of mosquitoes, which were feeding on the
> human being standing on the ground bellow them, watching. Yes, in this case
> I was the human at the bottom of the food chain. But it was an amazing
> sight!
>
> Valerie Kidwell
> Lake County
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



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Subject: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 14:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Some of the recent posts reminded me of two occasions when I witnessed not so much the "circle of life" but, rather, the "stratified layers of life". And now I'm realizing it was probably due to nightjar and dragonfly migrations, both of which I wasn't previously aware of.

I remember trying each time, unsuccessfully, to capture the following: a late afternoon/early evening in the backyard, my eyes staring upwards, caught by circling flocks of nighthawks up in the sky, feeding on a layer just below of a multitude of dragonflies darting about, which were feeding on a layer just below of a swarm of mosquitoes, which were feeding on the human being standing on the ground bellow them, watching. Yes, in this case I was the human at the bottom of the food chain. But it was an amazing sight!

Valerie Kidwell
Lake County

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Subject: IBET Dangerous storm N IL (no sightings)
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 14:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just FYI as it was unexpected, serious storm with lighting moving fast eastward, from NW subs, probably in Chicago already? Take cover if out birding.

Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook



Subject: Re: IBET Kendall Co Wheeler Rd shorebirds Saturday AM
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 14:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Same selection, plus Solitary Sandpiper still present around noon.  

Lisbon Road fluddle had 5 White-rumped, some Least, a Semipalmated, Pectoral, Solitary, and a Spotted Sandpiper, and Lesser Yellowlegs.

Urs Geiser
Currently in Kendall Co.

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> On Aug 23, 2014, at 12:14 PM, "BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
>
>
> Karen and I drove the sod farms complex on Wheeler, starting at the E end at County Line Rd. Fluddles were present in the various tilled dirt fields. Am Golden Plovers were present in several spots, 30 or more in all. We only saw 1 Black-bellied Plover. Other shorebirds included L Yellowlegs, a juvie Stilt Sandpiper and 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The Buffies were in the westernmost sod field (W of Schlapp Rd) mixed in with 15 or so golden plovers.
>
> Regards
> Bob Fisher
> Downers Grove
> DuPage County
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Red Knot Week Continues Plus Some Red Knot History Sat 8-23-14
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 13:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today Bob Erickson & I were looking for Red Knots & Whimbrels as this is
the best time period to do so. Started at Waukegan Beach & walked all the
way to Greenwood & back & saw the following beach type birds in the fog &
mist:

D.C. Cormorant (few fly-bys)
Mallard (14)
Semipalmated Plover (1 on pier found by Nat C.)
Spotted Sandpiper 6-8)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 on pier)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (3 on beach moving around a lot)
Plus Ring Billed & Herring Gulls, Caspian Terns (4), Barn Swallows & Song
Sparrows.
The Baird's were the 1st ones I've seen in northern Illinois this
Summer/Fall.

Next to IBSP South Unit & walked 2 miles of beaches & 2 miles back.
For this effort our reward was

Killdeer (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Sanderling (7)
Plus more Cormorants, Gulls, Caspian Terns & Barn Swallows.

AS Bob & I were almost all the way back to where we head back to the lot we
ran into Andy Stewart & Nick Minor. While we were exchanging bird info Bob
spotted an interesting looking shorebird next to a log on the beach. We all
aimed our bino's & scopes at it & there was another juvenile RED KNOT
heading our way. Eventually it walked up to about 30 ft. from us & then
turned around & started back north toward where the resort building is.
Good job by Bob to find this bird & thanks to Andy for showing up as he has
become a Red Knot magnet lately.

Only had 7 shorebird species but 1 was a good one (Baird's) & 1 was very
good (Red Knot).
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Red Knot & Runner-Up to the 3 Baird's Sandpipers.
Birder-Of-The-Day to Bob E for finding the Knot.

Some Local Red Knot History

Since the start of their population decline a few years ago we are now all
excited about seeing a Red Knot in our area. But they weren't always that
hard to see. Here are my own records of Red Knot sightings going back to
1986 when I started to keep records.

1986 Four sightings of 1 bird each & 1 sighting of 3 birds

1987 No sightings

1988 Three sightings of 2 birds each & two sightings of 1 bird each

1989 Four sightings of 1 bird each

1990 One sighting of 4 birds, one of 3 birds & 2 sightings of 1 bird

1991 No sightings

1992 One sighting of 6 birds, 2 sightings of 2 birds & 3 sightings of 1 bird

1993 Two sightings of 1 bird

1994 One sighting of 1 bird

1995 & 1996 No sightings

1997 One sighting of 8 birds, 3 sightings of 2 birds & 1 sighting of 1 bird

1998 Two sightings of 2 birds each

1999 No sightings

2000 One sighting of 3 birds & 1 sighting of 1 bird

2001 One sighting of 1 bird

2002 Three sightings of 2 birds & 6 sightings of 1 bird (That's 9 sightings
in 2002)

2003 One sighting of 3 birds & 3 sighting of 1 bird

2004 One sighting of 5 birds, 5 sightings of 2 birds & 2 sightings of 1
bird (8 sightings)

2005 & 2006 No sightings

2007 Three sightings of 1 bird

2008 No sightings

2009 One sighting of 1 bird

2010 No sightings

2011 One sighting of 1 bird

20012 No sightings

2013 Two sightings of 1 bird

You can see that starting with 2005 sightings are down but before that
there were many more.
I hope that a few Bird People find these records of some interest. I know I
do!

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Kendall Co Wheeler Rd shorebirds Saturday AM
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 12:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Karen and I drove the sod farms complex on Wheeler, starting at the E end
at County Line Rd. Fluddles were present in the various tilled dirt fields.
Am Golden Plovers were present in several spots, 30 or more in all. We only
saw 1 Black-bellied Plover. Other shorebirds included L Yellowlegs, a
juvie Stilt Sandpiper and 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The Buffies were in the
westernmost sod field (W of Schlapp Rd) mixed in with 15 or so golden
plovers.

Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County



Subject: IBET Busey Woods warblers (Champaign Co.)
Date: Sat Aug 23 2014 8:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning at Busey Woods in Urbana:

5+ Black-and-white Warblers
4 American Redstart
1 Canada Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler

All the warblers were around the entrance bridge to the woods or along the
Saline Branch.

Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19547774

Cheers,
Nick Sly
Urbana, IL

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