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22 Nov: @ 10:14:09 IBET PINE SISKINS -YES [Caryn Hollander cjhollander21@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Nov: @ 09:12:10 IBET Pine Siskins in Downers Grove [peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Nov: @ 08:40:56 IBET just some revised owl galleries [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
22 Nov: @ 08:39:51 IBET Redpoll [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Nov: @ 08:20:12 IBET Crossbills [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 19:44:54 IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 19:00:14 IBET RFI white duck? species name; Lake Glenview (Cook) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 18:43:24 IBET Third Lake Tundra Swan [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 17:09:40 IBET Montrose Common Redpoll, 11/21 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 16:16:21 IBET Fox River near Elgin ['Eric Secker' esecker@bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 16:07:27 IBET Some pictures of Pine Siskin from Camp Sagawau [pdacko1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 14:24:11 IBET Wolf Lake Pine Siskins (11-21-14) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 14:19:41 IBET Cal Park Pectoral Sandpiper, etc. (11-21-14) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 14:18:15 IBET Bend of Little Calumet River (11-21-14) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 13:58:47 IBET Cook County Surprise Visit From A Goshawk At Axehead Lake Fri 11-21-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 12:07:55 IBET DeKalb County owls - No sightings [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 11:14:33 IBET Montrose - November 21, 2014 [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
21 Nov: @ 05:19:53 IBET Migratory Birds Slamming into Loyola University's Glass Buildings [ntikalsky ntikalsky@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 20:43:49 IBET BY N cardinal female [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 20:34:56 IBET recent Red Phalarope and RT Hawk videos [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 20:33:05 IBET Loyola, Yard, Montrose - 11/20/2014 [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 19:15:38 IBET Emiquon [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 18:16:20 IBET Re: Red-necked Grebe at Montrose Harbor - Thursday 11.20.2014 [franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 17:58:11 IBET Short-eared Owl - DeKalb County [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 15:13:14 IBET Red-necked Grebe at Montrose Harbor - Thursday 11.20.2014 [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 13:24:52 IBET Another DeKalb County Snowy Owl Update [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 09:37:06 re: IBET Northerly Island - no sighting [Josh Engel jengel5230@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 08:44:47 IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl Update [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 08:44:26 IBET Birding blogs and holiday greetings [Ms Sheryl DeVore sheryl_1956@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 08:08:44 IBET WT sp in the BY [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 06:58:23 IBET Peregrine in Bradley [ovenbirdman@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 22:22:57 IBET Trumpeter Swan Sighting in Orland Park [photobuggy1@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 20:12:13 IBET South and North Ponds - local interest only [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 19:24:15 IBET ENSBC Field Trip Sunday - North Shore Lakefront [Hockman John j.w.hockman@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 19:02:48 IBET Northerly Island - no sighting [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 14:08:15 IBET revised Sandhill Crane gallery [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 13:48:42 IBET A Cold Walk At The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 11-19-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 12:22:58 IBET Cranes Still Over Chicago, 11/19/14 [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 11:56:39 IBET Dekalb county Snowy Owl [ntikalsky ntikalsky@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 10:49:09 IBET Fwd: R U Grumpy today? [Bob Johnson phmich45@mediacombb.net [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 09:28:33 Re: IBET WHOOPING CRANE among Sandhills over UChicago [Alex Hale peregrintk95@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 07:57:25 IBET Downtown Chicago Black-crowned Night Heron [Joe Suchecki issuesman50@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 07:17:55 RE: IBET 10 Bald Eagles and 4000 Cranes Lake County [ntikalsky ntikalsky@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 07:09:41 IBET 14th Annual IOS Gull Frolic [Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 06:55:49 IBET Fort Sheridan Cranes and Hawks after 7 am ['mifur2@yahoo.com' mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 19:35:28 IBET BY Truthcam hawk [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 19:16:39 IBET 19 Fox Sparrows, a record for the yard in Downers Grove [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 19:12:15 IBET No cranes: but new or revised galleries [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 18:50:04 IBET Fwd: Old Farts [Bob Johnson phmich45@mediacombb.net [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 18:36:59 IBET Tonight 7:40 WTTW: Crane Migration [jerrygoldner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET PINE SISKINS -YES
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 10:14 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just had 4 Pine Siskins (FOY) visit my feeders! May have been more but something spooked them as I was looking.

Caryn Hollander
cjhollander21@yahoo.com
Buffalo Grove (Lake County)

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Subject: IBET Pine Siskins in Downers Grove
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 9:12 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We finally have Pine Siskins in our back yard!  A small flock of about 7 or 8 so far, hanging out with lots of Goldfinches.  Feeding frenzy on the ground and on both thistle and sunflower chip feeders. So glad to have them back!


Joan Campbell
Downers Grove/DuPage County



Subject: IBET just some revised owl galleries
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 8:40 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Great Horned Owl  http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
Barred Owl http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
Rob Curtis
Chicago
www.theearlybirder.com



Subject: IBET Redpoll
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 8:39 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Currently, there is a COMMON REDPOLL at Eagle Bluff/the Crossdike parking lot. Got some good pictures. Very birdy here too including 6 sparrows!

Colin Dobson and Tony Ward
Mason county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com

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Subject: IBET Crossbills
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 8:20 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There are currently 7 RED CROSSBILLS at the crossbill spot at Sand Ridge. We are getting pictures. Also there are lots of birds flying around including a Pileated Woodpecker!

Colin Dobson and Tony Ward
Mason county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com

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Subject: IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 19:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Eddie Callaway informs me  that both he and his wife saw the Roosevelt Rd.
snowy at different times this morning, as well as last evening. How cool
is it to have a snowy owl as a yard bird.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: IBET RFI white duck? species name; Lake Glenview (Cook)
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 19:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi, what do I call an all-white duck with an orange bill (it's not a goose, is it?  no black)?  I looked it up and google says Pekin duck, domestic, but e-bird doesn't seem to have a spot for that.  Just wondering what the species is or how to e-bird it, thanks!
And not interesting, but since I'm here…
Lake Glenview, iced over:
juncoam tree sparrowsrobins, 2coots, 12mallards, 25ishc geese 7ishone white duck with orange bill came with mallards and then left with themunseen small birdsm dove2 fast backlit birds, prob doves but possibly merlin or kestrels
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Third Lake Tundra Swan
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 18:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  After school today, I stopped at a couple of spots to check for open water. Didn’t find much, but Third Lake in Grayslake had a fair amount and there was a good number of waterfowl there. Best birds were 6 CANVASBACK and nice looks at the short, squared off bill of an adult TUNDRA SWAN.
Here’s the complete list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20627448

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
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Subject: IBET Montrose Common Redpoll, 11/21 a.m.
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 17:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I'm a bit late with this report but I heard and then saw a Common
Redpoll at Montrose this morning, November 21 near the south end of the
Magic Hedge. This is my first Common Redpoll of the season, but not the
first Common Redpoll OF the season at Montrose, since Al Stokie had one
back in late October.

In other news, winter ducks have finally (and I guess this is a good
thing) arrived at Montrose. I walked out onto the fishing pier and had
decent numbers of Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, as well as a few
Common Goldeneyes and Buffleheads. Also, a group of Hooded Mergansers, a
Redhead, and a Ruddy Duck. I did not see the Red-necked Grebe in the
harbor, just Horned Grebes.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point:
http://theorniphile.info/birdi...
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordp...
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Subject: IBET Fox River near Elgin
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 16:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 



























I checked a few spots midday during my lunch break.
At the water treatment plant off Slade Ave. in Elgin, mostly frozen so not much but some geese and Mallards.
By the Villiage Squire in West Dundee, there were six Common Mergansers. Further north along the river in Dundee there were 3 or 4 Common Goldeneye and 3 Hooded Mergansers.
At the Carpentersville Dam, there was one Bald Eagle that didn't stay long once some people came by and a couple Common Mergs. I scanned through the Ring-billed and Herring Gulls but didn't pick out anything unusual. There were more gulls farther north almost out of view.
I didn't have time to check below the dam by Gail Borden Library or further north.
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Subject: IBET Some pictures of Pine Siskin from Camp Sagawau
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 16:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went to Camp Sagawau today and was greeted by no less than 30 pine siskin at the feeders.

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Subject: IBET Wolf Lake Pine Siskins (11-21-14)
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 14:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sixteen PINE SISKINS were feeding on alder cones on the northwest shore of Wolf Lake (Powers Fish & Wildlife Area, Chicago) at about noon on Friday (21 November 2014). Walk the narrow path that follows the northwest shoreline till you get to the alder trees.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.



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Subject: IBET Cal Park Pectoral Sandpiper, etc. (11-21-14)
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 14:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Calumet Park on Chicago's south lakefront on Friday morning (21 November 2014). A juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the main beach in front of the beach house was a rather late migrant. I watched the bird on the beach for a few minutes, then at 10:00 am it called and flew off to the east.

A CACKLING GOOSE was still with the big flock of Canada Geese off the main beach, and 24 RUDDY DUCKS at the same location were also notable.

Walter Marcisz
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Subject: IBET Bend of Little Calumet River (11-21-14)
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 14:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded the Bend of the Little Calumet River (southeast Chicago) during the early afternoon on Friday (21 November 2014). Highlights included 1 COMMON LOON, 1 (male) NORTHERN PINTAIL, and many other varieties of waterfowl & waterbirds (complete list at the end of this message). Map & directions are at the following link:

http://countywiki.ilbirds.com/...

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.

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Bend of Little Calumet River (Chicago/Riverdale), Cook, US-IL
Nov 21, 2014 12:33 PM - 1:08 PM
Protocol: Stationary
23 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 39
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 35
American Black Duck 7
Mallard 56
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1 (ad. male)
Northern Shoveler 3 (2 males, 1 female)
Northern Pintail 1 (ad. male)
Redhead 2
Ring-necked Duck 36
Lesser Scaup 141
Bufflehead 3
Common Goldeneye 6
Common Merganser 65
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 5
American Coot 5
Ring-billed Gull 24
Herring Gull 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20625140

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






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Subject: IBET Cook County Surprise Visit From A Goshawk At Axehead Lake Fri 11-21-14
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 13:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Spend all day yesterday doing yard work & then the last part of this year's
physical exam. Then the 1st 2 hours of today filling more bags of leaves
for the Friday pickup. So birding could not start until too late for a
longer trip which meant another close to home event. Decided to repeat last
week's tollway/forest preserve lakes plus Lake Opeka in Des Plaines. But
the week of cold temps had taken it's toll & where there was open water
last time now Lake Opeka & Big Bend Lake were frozen solid & Beck Lake only
had a tiny area of open water but it was well used. Belleau & Axehead Lakes
both had open water & so must be deeper than the other lakes. Here's the
day list:

Belleau Lake (9:45-10 a.m.)(Almost completely open water)

WOOD DUCK (1-F, with the Mallards)
Mallard (29)
Bufflehead (1-M)
Common Merganser (1-F)
Hooded Merganser (2-F)

Big Bend Lake (10:15 a.m.)(Completely frozen over)

Great Blue Heron (1 on spillway to the river)
Canada Geese (4 landed on the lawns)
As I left I heard 1 each Chickadee & W.B. Nuthatch.

Beck Lake (10:30-10:45 a.m.)(95% frozen with 1 tiny open water area near
the island)

On The Ice

Canada Geese (2), Mallard (25) & Ring Billed Gull (64)

Packed tightly in the open water

Lesser Scaup (1-F)
Common Goldeneye (1-F)
Hooded Merganser (1-F)
Ruddy Duck (1-F)
Coot (1)
Except for the Coot it was Lady's Day at the old swimming hole & maybe for
the Coot too?

Lake Opeka In Des Plaines (11:15 a.m.)(Completely frozen over)

It's too bad this place has no open water as it is usually the best place
around for ducks.

Canada Geese (215-220, few on the ice but most on the lawns)
Ring Billed Gull (8)
Herring Gull (15)
Rock Pigeon (14-15 on phone wires by the street)

Axehead Lake (11:30-noon)(2/3 frozen & 1/3 open water)

Canada Geese (307 on the lawns & ice & in the water)
Mallard (21)
Bufflehead (1-PR)
Common Goldeneye (1-F)
Common Merganser (17-18, hard to count as they were diving a lot)
Ruddy Duck (3)
Ring Billed Gull (3-AD but almost 2 later)

So, have you heard the story of the Goshawk chasing after ducks & gulls?
Well neither have I but you are about to hear it. While I was counting
ducks on the water I saw a "hawk" fly in & dive at the ducks but it missed.
Perhaps upset that it missed it next went after the gulls (seemed to have a
cranky disposition) & I could not see how that played out but when I went
for a better view the "hawk" was gone & all 3 gulls were alive & well. At
1st I thought the "hawk" was an accipiter based on the wings but it seemed
way too big & stocky. In fact it looked about as large as a Red Tailed Hawk
but it was not a Buteo & flew way too fast. I know Peregrines attack ducks
in the water as will Bald Eagles but this "hawk" was clearly neither of
those. It was definitely a very large accipiter with a massive looking
chest, much larger than any Cooper's Hawk. It was not an adult & the action
was too fast to see subtle details like eye lines but it was brown on top &
had streaks on the underside. It's just as likely the original duck target
was on the shore as in the water which would make more sense although I
have just learned that a Goshawk will try for a duck in water once in a
while. If my I.D. is correct then this was my 3rd Goshawk of the year. I
seem to be finding good birds lately although none of them are "year birds"
to help my list. Goes to show you never know where a good bird will appear
so keep on the lookout.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the probable Goshawk &
Runners-Up to the Lady's Club Brunch Group of diving ducks at Beck Lake.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET DeKalb County owls - No sightings
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 12:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The subject line  kind of says it all. Neither the snowy nor short-eared
owls were seen this morning.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: IBET Montrose - November 21, 2014
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 11:14 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,

I didn't get to Montrose until 8 this morning. Highlights: 3 American Pipits in the dune and flying around; a Great Blue Heron on the beach (I got photos of it flying away, but haven't checked, yet, to see if they're any good); all 3 Merganser species, including a vary nice male Hooded; 5 Buffleheads (1 male); 1 male Ruddy Duck; and 12 Pine Siskins (photos obtained but not examined yet). I found 5 Horned Grebes in the harbor - I'm not sure how long it's been since the Red-necked Grebe was seen.

For the birds,

Dave Antieau
dkantieau@sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET Migratory Birds Slamming into Loyola University's Glass Buildings
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 5:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 Professor, students documenting problem, will deliver report to school suggesting solutions.  http://dnain.fo/1tdGr2t



Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, IL

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Subject: IBET BY N cardinal female
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 20:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
The female came close to feed near the back window. Next to the air conditioner. Eating CC.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET recent Red Phalarope and RT Hawk videos
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 20:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Red Phalarope:  I compiled several clips into a single video: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=Zr71-VqrtgI

Red Tailed Hawk: Close encounter and some other clips and hovering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUykkT3pR54

I also revised my Orb Web Spider gallery with my new naming method. This took about 2.5 hours, but made the alphabetical ordering of the species automatic and much easier. There are some very interesting body types here, and even those who don’t like spiders probably appreciate the orb webs. Some are at the end. http://www.theearlybirder.com/...

Rob Curtis
www.theearlybirder.com



Subject: IBET Loyola, Yard, Montrose - 11/20/2014
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 20:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders, 
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrow pictures at the link, along with a presumed Ring-necked Duck from Loyola. No rare birds today but a nice day to be out.
Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Loyola, Yard, Montrose - 11/20/2014

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Subject: IBET Emiquon
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 19:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On Sunday, a female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was noted near the boat ramp at
Thompson Lake (in Fulton Co). It was seen near the observation
platform there this afternoon.

Also saw two GREATER SCAUP today and a RED-THROATED LOON on Sunday.

Kevin Richmond
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Subject: IBET Re: Red-necked Grebe at Montrose Harbor - Thursday 11.20.2014
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 18:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Upon closer inspection by superior birders, the red-necked is a horned.  my bad.

Greg did put up some comparison grebe photos which are pretty cool.


Fran




Subject: IBET Short-eared Owl - DeKalb County
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 17:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Here's a link to a couple shots of the short-eared owl  I found while
looking for the snowy owl this afternoon.

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

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: IBET Red-necked Grebe at Montrose Harbor - Thursday 11.20.2014
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 15:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I saw and photographed a Red-necked Grebe in Montrose Harbor this afternoon
and posted a photo on IBF (curious if it's the same or different bird as
last week)....I can't find the link to copy and post here, so if you want
to see it, you know the drill. I downloaded the new OS X (Yosemite) on my
mac, and it changed my Safari page, so if anyone know how to get that
link-thingy back in my toolbar, let me know.

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.



Subject: IBET Another DeKalb County Snowy Owl Update
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 13:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I headed back to Roosevelt Rd. during lunch.  I ran into another birder who
had been out there early this morning. He said he found the adult male
snowy about 1/2 hour after I left. It was in a line of grasses separating
2 fields on the west side of the road just south of Hemlock. I didn't
relocate it on Roosevelt so headed over to New Lebanon Rd. via Hemlock Rd.
and got a bonus owl - a short-eared was on the shoulder of Hemlock. He
seemed content sitting there in the sun until a mail truck came speeding
by. It flushed into the field on the north side of the road, but not too
far. I was able to get two other birders on it. Photos when I get home.

Karen (Owl Nut) Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: re: IBET Northerly Island - no sighting
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 9:37 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The segment on Northerly Island that was broadcast last night (19 Nov 2014) is now up on the Chicago Tonight website:
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com...

According to the report, a path through the revamped south end will be open next spring.

On a vaguely related note, there was a flock of 85 Aythya ducks near the north end of Monroe Harbor this morning, made up of about 70% Redhead and 30% Greater Scaup.
Josh Engel
Chicago

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Subject: IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl Update
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 8:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Neither of the owls was seen this morning.  John Longhenry was out  there
at dawn. We came to the conclusion that there were two birds in the same
area this past week - the adult male we saw yesterday and the owl seen &
photographed by Kevin Sheely on 11/16. Since it was almost dark when I saw
the one on Hemlock Rd. on 11/14, I don't know if it could have been one of
these 2. The one I saw on State/Genoa Rd. on Tuesday morning was a lightly
marked bird, so it could have possibly been one of these same owls even
though that location is about 5 miles west. Since it's still early in the
season, maybe the owls are just moving thru and not settling into a winter
territory yet. Just a thought. For some reason this area east & north of
Genoa is a snowy magnet, just like Crego Rd. south of DeKalb. It has
nothing to do with my moving out there 9 years ago :).

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: IBET Birding blogs and holiday greetings
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 8:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear friends,I don't go onto Illinois Birds much more -- not sure why -- busy -- maybe something else, but I did want to share with you my blog called Natural Editions, now that I realize I'm competing with my own husband's blog, Flights of Nature :-)
I hope you'll visit and comment -- and do let me know if you have blogs I can follow as well. My latest is about a bird that can reach into my soul and yank out sadness unlike any other bird.
All the best to everyone on this great list serv.


A yodeling loon in the northern Illinois cold

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Subject: IBET WT sp in the BY
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 8:08 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,

E. sparrow and WT sp seem to get along while feeding or drinking.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL





Subject: IBET Peregrine in Bradley
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 6:58 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey all,
Yesterday at work I had a Peregrine fly through town. I was about a block from the railroad tracks going through town.. In the past I've seen them traveling along railroad ways. I'm thinking this one was doing the same. But it sure was a surprise to see yesterday.
That's all -Good birding! - Bronson Ratcliff, Manteno, IL kankakee county

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Subject: IBET Trumpeter Swan Sighting in Orland Park
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 22:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Fellow Birders,


Today while photographing large flocks of Canada Geese, circling, coming in for a landing, and resting in the water or on the ice at Lake Sedgewick in Orland Park, IL, I observed an adult, Trumpeter Swan fly in and land in the lake too! This was at 4:57 pm. I took many photos which will be posted on the Flickr Group IL Birds.
This bird had a yellow band with the black code 94 U. So far, I have reported it to USGS.gov and the Trumpeter Swan Society. I will also report it to Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Hopefully, it will stay long enough for some of you to see it. It was a Lifer for me!


Debbie Garcy
Orland Park Birdie Girl





Subject: IBET South and North Ponds - local interest only
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 20:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

The m/f pair of Buffleheads that Leslie reported this weekend continues at South Pond -- they are apparently pleased enough with the open water areas provided by the aerators.

And the female Am. Black Duck has continued at North Pond since late last week.

For those not overly familiar with Black Ducks, this female's lighter feather edgings lessens the impression of her being distinctly darker than the female Mallards -- darker but not so strikingly dark -- note the dark olive green bill and absence of white tail feathers.

(The midweek ease in temperature I was hoping for certainly was disappointing.)


Good birdings,





Joan Norek
Chicago
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Subject: IBET ENSBC Field Trip Sunday - North Shore Lakefront
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 19:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Jeff Sanders will lead the 45th Annual Fall Specialty Trip to the north shore lakefront this Sunday, November 23, for the Evanston North Shore Bird Club.  Included are Northwestern University, Gillson Park, Maple Park, Tower Road Park, Park Avenue, Rosewood Beach in Highland Park, and other areas as time permits. 

Meet at 8 a.m. at the Northwestern University beach. Go east on Lincoln Street from Sheridan Road in Evanston, turn south past the giant fitness center, then turn east (left) and go down almost to the end. Bring scopes and dress for the cold lake wind.


John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County

ENSBC website: WWW.ENSBC.ORG






Subject: IBET Northerly Island - no sighting
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 19:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A segment about Northerly Island is airing on PBS in the next 30 minutes.

Fran



Subject: IBET revised Sandhill Crane gallery
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 14:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
http://www.theearlybirder.com/...



Subject: IBET A Cold Walk At The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 11-19-14
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 13:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

After 2 days of birding from inside my windbreak car while counting Cranes
I was more than ready to be walking again which, in my opinion, is the best
way to be birding. So although it was still cold & windy it was 10 degrees
warmer than on the last 2 days so I walked the CBG, cold or not.
As I have mentioned I have been looking for Golden Eagles with no success
but another possible addition to my year list would either Crossbill
species which happens once in a while at the CBG.
Also, I wanted to see if I could re-find my Solitaire or Joan's Redpoll.
Although I found none of those targets I had a nice walk & that was what I
really wanted today after all. And I did find one unexpected species for
this area. Here's my small day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (9:45-noon)

D.C. Cormorant (1 in the North Lake)
Mute Swan (1-AD in the North Lake)
Canada Geese (266 in the North Lake & 58 on other ponds)
Mallard (32 scattered)
Bufflehead (1-F continuing in water near Evening Island)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-F also continuing near Evening Island)
Common Merganser (3-M & 4-F in North Lake but all were gone on my 2nd visit)
Coot (1 on North Lake)
Ring Billed Gull (4 on North Lake)
Blue Jay (2)
Chickadee (6-8)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (1)
Robins (only found about 20 today)
Cedar Waxwing (only about 10 today)
Starling (sorry to say that about 250 are still around & they are eating
red berries)
Cardinal (3)
Junco (6)
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (1 on the edge of Dixon Prairie & it made several rattling
calls as it left)
Goldfinch (8-10 with Siskins today both at the feeders & in Alders)
PINE SISKIN (Max Count 48 on the feeders or in nearby trees after many came
in from the Alders)

The feeders were again dominated by the large numbers of Siskins & at one
point there were 22 Siskins fighting for spots at the feeders at once. This
is even more than the 18 I saw there previously. The only other birds at
the feeders were 2 Goldfinches & 2 Chickadees who, being slightly larger
than the 2 Finches, were able to force their way in. I think the Chickadees
were glad to find smaller birds to bully a little as they are usually the
"little guys".

The North Lake & the 2 lakes next to Evening Island remain partially open
but everything else is frozen. I did not check the river under the bridge
but that should be open as well.
The berry trees by the parking lot entrance did not have a single berry
eating bird today.
Workers are all over the area by the buildings placing X-Mas lights on the
trees which will look nice in the future.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the rattling LAPLAND LONGSPUR which was the only bird
found south of Evening Island. This species may be a new one for me at the
CBG but I'm not sure of that.
Runner-Up to the tiny Golden Crowned Kinglet which is the 1st I've seen in
a while.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Cranes Still Over Chicago, 11/19/14
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 12:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all, Just had between 220 and 250 Sandhills flying very high and due south over Arlington Place and Clark St in Lincoln Park. Here is a nice Pic I took at Jasper a couple of weeks ago...
Sandhill Crane Into the Light 2 110514








Sandhill Crane Into the Light 2 110514
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Happy Birding
Steve Jener
Cook County



Subject: IBET Dekalb county Snowy Owl
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 11:56 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Berm between Fields on Roosevelt rd. just south of Hemlock rd.; very close to road.


Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, IL

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-------- Original message --------From: "Joe Suchecki issuesman50@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" Date:11/19/2014 7:57 AM (GMT-06:00) To: ibet Subject: IBET Downtown Chicago Black-crowned Night Heron

Since it is getting somewhat late in the season, just wanted to report that there is an adult Black-crowned Night Heron along the Chicago River at Wolf Point - that is just west of the Franklin Street bridge on the north side of the river.
Also, from yesterday, the cranes seem to have petered out in the afternoon, but I did see a Rough-legged Hawk which was a new species for my office window list.
Joe SucheckiNaperville (and downtown Chicago)



Subject: IBET Fwd: R U Grumpy today?
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 10:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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Subject: Re: IBET WHOOPING CRANE among Sandhills over UChicago
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 9:28 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
>
> Whooping Crane documentation shot:
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Subject: IBET Downtown Chicago Black-crowned Night Heron
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 7:57 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Since it is getting somewhat late in the season, just wanted to report that there is an adult Black-crowned Night Heron along the Chicago River at Wolf Point - that is just west of the Franklin Street bridge on the north side of the river.
Also, from yesterday, the cranes seem to have petered out in the afternoon, but I did see a Rough-legged Hawk which was a new species for my office window list.
Joe SucheckiNaperville (and downtown Chicago)



Subject: RE: IBET 10 Bald Eagles and 4000 Cranes Lake County
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 7:17 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just saw 5 SACR on ice of Des Plaines river north of 173.


Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, IL

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-------- Original message --------From: "'bissbirds@juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]" Date:11/18/2014 5:11 PM (GMT-06:00) To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com Subject: IBET 10 Bald Eagles and 4000 Cranes Lake County

I counted 4010 Cranes today, 10 Bald Eagles, 1 Harrier and an adult Red-shouldered Hawk. Too cold to go outside today. Here is a link to the list I put on ebird today. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20599437 Richard BissLake Villa Lake County



Subject: IBET 14th Annual IOS Gull Frolic
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 7:09 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Birders, registration for the 2015 Gull Frolic is now open! Please follow the URL below for information on registering. Note that registration is limited to 150 individuals due to building fire-code regulations at the yacht club.  http://goo.gl/13XdCr  Thanks... Ayyash
IOS - Gull Frolic Committee
 



Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan Cranes and Hawks after 7 am
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 6:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
It was only 10 degrees when I arrived at Fort Sheridan parking lot just before 7 am. It took less than 5 minutes before I saw my first flock of 48 Sandhills. Several more flocks, the biggest being about 170 birds, followed in the next 50 minutes. I left at 7:50 to go to work.

Here are the highlights (7:00-7:50 am):

Sandhill Crane - 524
Rough-legged Hawk - 1 light morph
Northern Harrier - 1
Purple Finch - 1 (heard only)

All the above birds appeared to be migrating south.

Michal Furmamek
Lake Bluff, Lake Co.

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Subject: IBET BY Truthcam hawk
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 19:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
Looks like the Cooper's h. The gray sq just ignores him.

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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET 19 Fox Sparrows, a record for the yard in Downers Grove
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 19:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Near dusk today (Tuesday), Karen counted 19 Fox Sparrows foraging in their
characteristic manner under 3 of our feeder areas! What a sight! We're
pretty sure it will get flagged when she enters the data on Feederwatch.

We've also been inundated with large number of Pine Siskins, averaging
30-70 at a time, covering thistle bags, sunflower chip feeders, foraging on the
ground and spending a lot of time battling with each other for 'prime'
position on the feeders. And just a few short weeks ago we were bemoaning the
absence of siskins.
One result of the siskin invasion - Am. Goldfinches are mostly gone, just 2
today. They have a hard time competing with the pugnacious siskins.

No redpolls yet, but we're hopeful, as they have been invading Wisconsin in
big numbers.

Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County



Subject: IBET No cranes: but new or revised galleries
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 19:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went to Montrose briefly today and didn’t notice much, not even Cranes.  I stayed in all day yesterday and didn’t notice any.
The bad weather, or lack of birds lately gave me the opportunity to catch up on several weeks of backlogged images.
I had taken more shots of the Red Phalarope than any other individual bird, about 1600 shots. After several weeding edits, I had about 600 shots left. Of these I made 150 tiffs and made a new species gallery, because I only had a couple shots from many years ago in La Joya, CA, and no gallery. There are 3 pages and the 2nd has more water and flight shots, while the 3rd has mostly flight and the couple of older slide scans.
I went to Montrose briefly today and didn’t notice much, not even Cranes. I stayed in all day yesterday and didn’t notice any.
The bad weather, or lack of birds lately gave me the opportunity to catch up on several weeks of backlog images.
I had taken more shots of the Red Phalarope than any other individual bird, about 1600 shots. First time I filled up a 32G card. After several weeding edits, I had about 600 shots left. Of these I made 150 tiffs and made a new species gallery, because I only had a couple shots from many years ago in La Joya, CA. There are 3 pages. 1st includes feeding shots, while the 2nd has more water and flight shots, and the 3rd has mostly flight and the couple of older slide scans. http://www.theearlybirder.com/...

Also revised Dunlin http://www.theearlybirder.com/...

Red –necked Grebe, added some from Montrose http://www.theearlybirder.com/...

Some other fairly recent spider galleries were updated, for those who like the creepy creatures.
Wolf Spiders http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
Funnel Web Spiders http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
Lynx Spiders http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
Cobweb Spiders (including Black Widows) http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
Crab Spiders http://www.theearlybirder.com/...
Jumping Spiders http://www.theearlybirder.com/...



Subject: IBET Fwd: Old Farts
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 18:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 



































OLD FART PRIDE
>
> I'm passing this on as I did not want to be the only 'old fart' receiving
> it. Actually, it's not a bad thing to be called, as you will see.
>
> * Old Farts are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of
> the National Anthem, Old Farts remove their caps and stand at attention and
> sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.
> * Old Farts remember World War II, Pearl Harbor , Guadalcanal ,
> Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold
> War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus
> Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam .
> * If you bump into an Old Fart on the sidewalk he will apologize. If
> you pass an Old Fart on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady.
> Old Farts trust strangers and are polite, particularly to women.
> * Old Farts hold the door for the next person and always, when
> walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.
> * Old Farts get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and
> children and they don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.
>
> * Old Farts have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom
> brag unless it's about their children or grandchildren.
> * It's the Old Farts who know our great country is protected, not by
> politicians, but by the young men and women in the Air Force, Army, Navy and
> Marines, serving their country.
>
> This country needs Old Farts with their work ethic, sense of responsibility,
> pride in their country and decent values.
>
> We need them now more than ever.
>
> Thank Goodness for Old Farts!
>
> Pass this on to all the "Old Farts" you know.






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Subject: IBET Tonight 7:40 WTTW: Crane Migration
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 18:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
WTTW's Chicago Tonight will be interviewing the Field Museum's Josh Engel on the sandhill crane
migration this evening in the last segment around 7:40-8:00pm.


Please "LIKE" & Share at the link.


Sky Full of Cranes http://chicagotonight.wttw.com...



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I heard the cranes numerous times this pm above my apt. It was quit a challenge for me to stay indoors all day, but had to edit images & videos tonight's segment.


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Jerry Goldner
Evanston


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