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21 Oct: @ 12:34:47 IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #4 Tues 10-21-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 11:27:19 IBET More Purple Finches and other old birding [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 11:25:39 IBET Harris's Sparrow [Ann Haverstock abhaver@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 07:45:46 IBET Harris's Sparrow at Lurie 7:30a 10/21/14 [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 22:03:30 IBET Loyola Birds [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 21:46:22 IBET Harris's sparrow, happily still at Lurie Garden Oct. 20 [cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 20:38:47 IBET LG Harris's - photos including quinine [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 19:57:59 IBET Chautauqua/Emiquon, 10-20 [miking38@aol.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 18:34:34 IBET Purple Finch - Carroll County ['Anne Straight' astraight4@frontier.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 15:57:38 IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch & South Unit Beaches Mon 10-20-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 13:39:22 IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 12:51:10 IBET: The Passing of Muriel Smith (to those not aware) NO SIGHTINGS [marilyn bell marbell@rocketmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 12:49:03 IBET FW: 3 Red-necked Grebes - Whalon Lake ['Eric Secker' esecker@bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 12:47:45 IBET Ducks moving - Miss. River,Savanna to Fulton ['Anne Straight' astraight4@frontier.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 11:56:58 IBET LG Harris's continues [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 08:33:16 IBET 87th St flycatcher [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 08:16:47 IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St. [Joshua Little joshua.p.little@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 08:14:28 IBET SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St. [Joshua Little joshua.p.little@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 00:26:47 IBET south Lake County and north Cook County lakefront ['Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 23:25:59 IBET Beautiful and birdy morning at Fort Sheridan, Sunday Oct. 19 [mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 20:02:37 IBET JxP, IBSP hawk watch, Sat., 18 Oct. [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 18:40:05 IBET Meadowbrook Park, Urbana (10/19) and Riverbend Forest Preserve (10/18) [Phred Benham phbenham@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 18:29:07 Re: IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m. [Leslie Borns cakile@att.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 17:06:33 IBET Re: Shrike at Montrose 10/19/14 - Is a Northern [stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 16:57:13 IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 15:24:24 IBET Black Vulture at FS - Lake Co. [Adam Sell adamwardsell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 15:22:50 IBET Montrose Sunday - BTBlue Warbler, Harris's Sparrow ['Nick Barber' nbarber@niu.edu [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 15:21:41 IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods & North Point Marina & Beach Sun 10-19-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 15:21:01 IBET Black Vulture, Lake Co. [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 14:49:01 IBET Pella ponds [sfluett@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 13:17:50 IBET Lake Springfield 10-18 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 12:17:41 IBET Shrike at Montrose [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 11:13:35 Re: IBET Lark Bunting - yes! [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 11:02:15 IBET Purple Finches - Genoa (DeKalb County) [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 08:30:45 IBET Sat PM - Jackson Park, Chicago--Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area -- Oct 18, 2014 [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 08:29:16 IBET Sat PM - Northerly Island, Chicago -- Oct 18, 2014 [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 08:28:04 IBET Sat PM - Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area -- Oct 18, 2014 [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 08:26:35 IBET Sat AM - Lincoln Park, Chicago--Jarvis Bird Sanctuary -- Oct 18, 2014 [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 08:25:09 IBET Sat AM - Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago -- Oct 18, 2014 [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 08:23:49 IBET Sat AM - Millennium Park--Lurie Garden -- Oct 18, 2014 [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 08:22:36 IBET Sat AM Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area -- Oct 18, 2014 [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
18 Oct: @ 22:53:06 Re: IBET Snow Bunting at Montrose Beach Dunes [David Carlson davincrow@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Oct: @ 22:28:13 IBET Harlequin Duck photos [ericwalters7@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
18 Oct: @ 19:55:27 IBET Harris's Sparrow Lurie Garden YES 10-18 am [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
18 Oct: @ 16:29:58 IBET Snow Bunting at Montrose Beach Dunes [Leslie Borns cakile@att.net [ILbirds]]
18 Oct: @ 15:42:55 IBET North Pond, Chicago, Oct 18, 2014 PM [Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Oct: @ 14:41:21 IBET Fox Sparrow invasion etc at Ryerson [Rena Cohen rena1729@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Oct: @ 14:33:56 Re: IBET 4 Harlequin Ducks in Lake County [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Oct: @ 14:29:39 IBET Better Backyard Bird Feeding program Tues 10/21 (NO SIGHTINGS) [Rena Cohen rena1729@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Oct: @ 12:37:34 IBET 4 Harlequin Ducks in Lake County [ericwalters7@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #4 Tues 10-21-14
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 12:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today's winds were strong enough but from the north which meant migration
would take place but the ducks, loons, gulls, etc. would not be pushed
toward the shoreline for better viewing.
And that's what happened with small numbers of ducks & loons going south
but mostly way out in the lake. Bob Erickson & I started at 7:15 a.m. with
Bob leaving a little before 9 a.m. while I stuck it out until 10:30 a.m. I
always start by walking the length of the beach from the beach house to the
harbor & back to check for anything that might be on the beach. This must
be done early as soon there will be many walkers, joggers & dogs to flush
beach birds. I found only Ring Billed Gulls on that walk but did manage to
miss the only Bonaparte's Gull of the day which Bob saw flying south. Later
we were joined by the Tuesday Mourning Birders but fly-by water birds were
hard to find. Here's my short day list:

Gillson Park Lake Watch (7:15-10:30 a.m.)

Common Loon (2-3 flying south but far away)
D.C. Cormorant (6-8 flying both north & south)
Mallard (1-F in lake briefly)
Greater Scaup (1 group of 6 flying south)
BLACK SCOTER (2 flying south & later back to the north plus 1-F in the
water)
Red Breasted Merganser (12-15 flying in both directions)
Ring Billed Gull (~50)
Herring Gull (10-12)
Near the beach house were Crow (1), Starling (9), White Crowned Sparrow
(1-IM) & Junco (4).

As mentioned Bob E saw 1 Bonaparte's Gull & Chuck W had 3 flying Pintails.
More ducks flew by but were too far out for me to I.D.

Today's entertainment was provided by several Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
who were playing
"Drop The Sticks". This game starts with 1 or more gulls picking up a stick
or some object, flying up about 25 ft. & dropping it. This causes other
gulls to try & grab the dropped object before the others can get it.
Finally the gulls tired of the game but later a few of them started over
with some sort of shell being the object dropped. This helps relieve gull
boredom I suppose. It also helped with my lack of birds boredom.

Not much to choose from so Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the female Black Scoter
in the lake.
Runners-Up to the "Drop The Sticks" gang. Yes, it was a slow day.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET More Purple Finches and other old birding
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 11:27 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


I also had 2 PURPLE FINCHES (one male, one female) first heard then seen perched in our neighbors walnut tree, on Sunday (Oct. 19th).

I led an Owl Prowl at Ryerson for the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, Oct. 17th. I was able to call in a pair of BARRED OWLS (one close enough for fair looks!) and one red-phase E. SCREECH OWL for the happy owl prowlers. The screech owl sat in a nearby tree for good looks and at least one photo. We heard several flying squirrels as well, with one beginning to call immediately after I did one of my Barred Owl calls.

I had to make a quick trip down to Big Lake (Brown Co.) and Alton (Madison Co.) last week to conduct a couple of bird surveys for work. Best birds at Alton on Oct. 16th were a pair of local resident RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK in a nice block of woodland next to the Alton High School. The woods were also pretty birdy with late fall migrants including a lot of WHITE-THROATED SPAROOWS & YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, several WINTER WRENS, several of both KINGLETS, a few BROWN CREEPERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 4-5 HERMIT THRUSHES, and 10+ CHIMNEY SWIFTS. I also called 3 BARRED OWLS in at two locations around the north end of town and saw 2 BALD EAGLES soaring over Rt. 255 on the north side of town as well. I also had one BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, two PURPLE FINCHs & one PINE SISKIN at a few of my census points.

At Big Lake on Oct. 15th, I had at least 6 BALD EAGLES, one PEREGRINE FALCON, one NORTHERN HARRIER, one COOPERS & one SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 75 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 200+ GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 180 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, 50 GREAT EGRETS, and 1 imm BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, two PALM WARBLERS, and another PURPLE FINCH & PINE SISKIN. Down the road at Spunky Bottoms Preserve, there was a flock of 200+ NORTHERN PINTAIL , at least 100 TREE SWALLOWS and four more BALD EAGLES. On my way home I had 2 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Jerseyville (Jersey Co.). Good birding!



Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake Co.)

sdbailey@illinois.edu




Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 11:25 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still present at NW corner of Lurie Garden at 11 A.M.
Ann Haverstock, In Cook today.

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Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow at Lurie 7:30a 10/21/14
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 7:45 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Subject: IBET Loyola Birds
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 22:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders.

Link will take you to a report and pictures from the last two days. Best bird is a Franklin's Gull

Steve Spitzer

Cook - Chicago

Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014



Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014
Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014
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Subject: IBET Harris's sparrow, happily still at Lurie Garden Oct. 20
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 21:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
After failing to find the Harris's sparrow at Lurie Garden near 1pm Monday, I came back at 4:30 pm and relocated it, calming munching in the stalks. It ignored me as I slowly walked closer to within 10 feet. The bird only flew when some children scurried by. This was in the section next to the perimeter wall of trees or tall shrubbery at the NW corner of the garden.
Here are several photos of this lifer.
Chuck Berman


https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/g... https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/15949030






Subject: IBET LG Harris's - photos including quinine
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 20:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Since there were several inquiries today on the feeding location -- today the same as others observed -- uploaded almost all of today's photos to Picasa -- including the view to the south when at the feeding location and good views of the quinine on which it has been feeding.

Most are multiple shot mode photos -- so if you play it as a fast slide show you can watch it feeding.

All photos were uploaded "as is" -- no cropping (none needed) and no "auto contrast" improvement in color.


https://picasaweb.google.com/105837954974568713077/10202014?authuser=0&feat=directlink


Good birdings (and thanks again Dave for spotting this amazing little bird),




Joan Norek
Chicago
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Subject: IBET Chautauqua/Emiquon, 10-20
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 19:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


This afternoon on the upper pool, the ducks appeared to have become more abundant, but still the diversity is low. I saw lots of pintails and green-winged teal, shovelers and some mallards. 2 black ducks were in the weeds in the lower pool and gadwall have started to appear more numerous. Still no diving ducks though. There were 5 avocets and a handful of lesser yellowlegs and several flocks flying around that appeared to be mostly peeps. I saw a very large and very dark falcon for several seconds over the lower pool that banked and went to the southwest of the dead willows and disappeared. It appeared much more robust than the peregrine I saw a couple hours later and more so than the dozen or so that I have seen so far this fall, so for what I can gather it looked compellingly like a gyrfalcon. I can’t say it was but I’m sure not going to say it wasn’t. There were about 15 pine siskins in the sunflowers around the parking turnaround at the cross-dike. Over at Emiquon there were two snow buntings in the gravel road by the observation deck and about 120 Bonaparte gulls flying over the lake. Lots of coots and some horned and pied-billed grebes were the most common waterbirds.
Mike Ingram, Peoria





Subject: IBET Purple Finch - Carroll County
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 18:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
forgot to mention we had a PURPLE FINCH (FEMALE) with Cedar Waxwings in a cedar tree at Thomson Causeway.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)



Subject: IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch & South Unit Beaches Mon 10-20-14
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 15:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

My ability to be somewhere other than where the good birds are continues
but perhaps that unwelcome trend will reverse itself soon. Today I was near
the Wisconsin state line when I heard about the fancy flycatcher seen by
Andrew & Joshua. Too far to make that attempt & maybe that was just as
well. Thought it would be a good hawk watch day & it may have happened but
it didn't between 8 & 10:30 a.m. when I was there. After that I walked
beaches at Illinois Beach South Unit but saw nothing special there either.
There's always tomorrow. Did Waukegan with Bob E but did Illinois Beach
South Unit by myself as Bob never gives up on looking for hawks while I do
so quite regularly.

Waukegan Swimming Beach & Pier (7-7:30 a.m., short visit)

D.C. Cormorant (1 on pier)
Canada Geese (22 fly-bys)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (1 fly-by)
MERLIN (2 chasing each other & 1 then caught a meal)
Sanderling (2 on pier)
Ring Billed (26) & Herring (30) Gulls
White Throated Sparrow (1 on pier)
Junco (4 on pier)
Lapland Longspur (a heard only fly-by)
The late SOLITARY SANDPIPER continues but is now at the fenced in pond near
the lot.

Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch (8-10:30 a.m.)

The only raptors I saw were Osprey (1, still after the stocked fish in Sand
Pond)), Cooper's Hawk
(1 fly-by), Sharp Shinned Hawk 6-8) & Red Tailed Hawk (mostly locals).
Other fly-bys included D.C. Cormorants, Canada Geese &, as a highlight, 8
BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Heard only fly-bys included Longspurs, Siskins & Purple
Finches but none were seen so none were counted by me.

Illinois Beach South Unit Beaches (11:15-12:30 p.m.)

Canada Geese (8 on beach near resort)
Had my 1st good sized duck flock in the lake today which included:
Shovelers (1-M & 3-F)
Redhead (41)
Greater Scaup (145, may have been Lesser's too but I picked none out)
Bufflehead (3-F)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1 left from the larger group seen earlier)
Herring Gull (only 6)
HORNED LARK (1)
Palm Warbler (1)
Eastern Meadowlark (1)

Seen From The Dead River Trail (12:30-1:15 p.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1 in river)
Red Tailed Hawk (2 locals hunting)
Coot (1 in river)
Red Bellied (1) & Downy (1) Woodpeckers
Hermit Thrush (1)
Fox Sparrow (1)
Junco (6)

Another not very exciting day but Birds-Of-The-Day goes to the flock of
Bonaparte's Gulls at the Hawk Watch & Runner-Up to the hardy, continuing
Solitary Sandpiper. My previous late date for a Solitary was 10-14-09 so
today's sighting is now my latest for this species. So something important
did happen today after all, if only for a shorebird person.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 13:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A half dozen birders were unable to relocate the flycatcher in the late AM, looking at Parks 523 and surrounding areas. Calumet Park was not covered to my knowledge.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET: The Passing of Muriel Smith (to those not aware) NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 12:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
It has been suggested to me that there may be IBETers who would not have received the DuPage Birding Club e-mails regarding the passing of Muriel Smith, hence this e-mail. Muriel was a Charter and Honorary Life Member of the Club, and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. She was an expert birder with particular emphasis on shorebirds and loved to lecture and to hold small classes to teach about them. She was a mentor to many and I greatly appreciate the many, many hours she spent guiding me through the maze of locating and Identifying birds by sight and sound.

Muriel passed away Wednesday evening, Oct. 15, 2014 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL. She had a small stroke about three weeks ago after which her health steadily deteriorated. Muriel was 92 years old.

For those wishing to send condolences to Brian and Mary, Muriel's son and wife, here is their address:

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Glass
1253 Island Drive, #201
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

For anyone interested in taking part - and all are welcome at each - the following events will take place this Saturday, October 25:

At 10:00 a.m., a Memorial Mass will be held in the chapel of the small (old) church building of

St. John the Baptist Church
0 S 233 Church St.
Winfield, IL
630-668-0918

At 12:30 p.m. burial and a short service will be at

Forest Home Cemetery
863 So. Des Plaines Ave.
Forest Park, IL

Muriel's grave site is best accessed through the 1st Avenue entrance.

Following the burial ceremony, friends and family will lunch at

Madison Park Kitchen
7525 W. Madison St.
Forest Park, IL - very close to the cemetery
708-689-8607


The family has requested that no flowers be sent, rather that contributions in Muriel's honor be given to

The American Red Cross
www.redcross.org/il/chicago with whom Muriel served during WW II.

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville, IL
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Subject: IBET FW: 3 Red-necked Grebes - Whalon Lake
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 12:49 pm
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Pete and Vince Moxon asked me to post on their behalf that there are currently three RED-NECKED GREBES at Whalon Lake in Will Co.
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Subject: IBET Ducks moving - Miss. River,Savanna to Fulton
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 12:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Made a quick check on the Miss. River from Savanna to Lock and Dam 13, Fulton area.  Dabblers are down including NO. PINTAILS, WIGEONS, GADWALL, RUDDIES, RING- NECKED DUCKS.      Some were too far out to ID. Lots in channel and Iowa side.  Windy.  Also lots of COOTS, WOODIES, TEALS, SHOVELERS. No Tundras yet.
SANDHILLS, TRUMPETER SWANS, PELICANS, D.C.CORMORANTS.
Had a PEREGRINE FALCON & A NORTHERN HARRIER (male).
Lots of TREE SWALLOWS and others (big flock at Spring Lake). One big group of 35 GREAT EGERTS, some GREAT-BLUE HERONS.

Only gulls were HERRING AND RING-BILLS.

Didn’t spend time on other birds but JUNCOS, WHITE-THROATS were around and RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS.

LESSER & GREATER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL AND KILLDEER were seen.

Counted at least 25 BALD EAGLES, some look like courting behavior.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)




Subject: IBET LG Harris's continues
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 11:56 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Although the sparrow population seems to have decreased, the Harris's Sparrow was again easily seen at Lurie Gardens on a quick 15 min. stop this a.m. (10/20/14).

As to questions raised this weekend -- Lurie Gardens is at the NW corner of Monroe and Columbus. across Monroe from the Art Institute -- and for those who find the parking rates exorbitant, take a friend and take turns watching the Harris's while the other is driving around the block -- there is no charge for driving around the block (yet) ;-)

Good birdings,



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




Subject: IBET 87th St flycatcher
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 8:33 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
It's 830 am.  I'm leaving my house now from Evanston and will drive past
Montrose in 20 minutes. If anyone is there and would like a ride to 87th,
call me now.

Fran
Evanston, Cook Co.



Subject: IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St.
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 8:16 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Park 523.

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Joshua Little
wrote:

> Just found it with Andrew at the southern end of the trail along the chain
> link fence!
> Good birding!
>
>
> --
> Joshua Little
> http://littlebirder.blogspot.c...
>
>
>

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Joshua Little
http://littlebirder.blogspot.com/




Subject: IBET SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St.
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 8:14 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just found it with Andrew at the southern end of the trail along the chain
link fence!
Good birding!


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Subject: IBET south Lake County and north Cook County lakefront
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 0:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Chris and I birded the "north shore" today (19 Oct 2014) with Shanin
Abreu and Matthew Winks, starting at Lake Forest Beach in Lake County
and working south to Gillson Park in Cook County, focusing mostly on
Lake Michigan. Highlights included the following birds.

Lake Forest Beach:

6 RED-THROATED LOONS
545 REDHEAD
10 "DARK-WINGED SCOTERS" (seemed more like Black Scoters, but far out
and hard to be sure of species)
1 COMMON MERGANSER
5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS
2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS
1 SNOW BUNTING
33 PINE SISKINS


Ft. Sheridan:

2 MUTE SWANS
4 BLACK SCOTERS (fly-bys)
1 COMMON LOON


Park Avenue in Highland Park:

2 MUTE SWANS (same birds as at Ft. Sheridan, swimming south)
4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS


Rosewood Park in Highland Park:

1 THAYER'S GULLS (2nd cycle)
1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (regular at this site)
plus a couple of Shadow Darners that Shanin and Matt showed us


Park Avenue in Glencoe:

1 BONAPARTE'S GULL


Gillson Park in Wilmette:

1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
1 BONAPARTE'S GULL
558 RING-BILLED GULLS



HORNED GREBES were pretty much at all nine places where we stopped.


Good birding,
Geoff


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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
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Subject: IBET Beautiful and birdy morning at Fort Sheridan, Sunday Oct. 19
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 23:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
No doubt the best bird of the day at Fort Sheridan was Adam Sell's Black Vulture from around 3 pm. However, the rest of the day was also very birdy and very enjoyable.


I originally planned for taking fall foliage pictures in the morning, then for hawkwatching till around noon. When I came there at 7:20 am, there were so many birds flying around, I changed my plans and started by walking around to the lake and along the ravines. I did that for over 1 hour and had the following highlights: at least 28 COOTS on the lake, at least 10 READHEADS, 3 HORNED GREBES, a flock of 150 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS hanging around (1 singing), 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, about 30 PINE SISKINS, 1 BELTED KINGFISHER, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, many sparrows including 3 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS.


At 8:20 I heard crows mobbing something on the northern side of the prairie. Turned out there was a beautiful adult PEREGRINE FALCON perched on top of a dead tree there! It flew away after a few minutes of harassment by the crows, heading north. For me that was a sign to head toward the tables and start hawk watching. Donnie Dann was already there and he counted with me till 11 am. Adam Sell came for about an hour and half, shortly before noon. Other people also stopped by to help find the birds in the sky: Rich DeCoster, Steve Navulis, Debra Koss, Glenn Forchione, Cici Birnberg, Carol Freeman and Sandy Kroll. It was a very enjoyable day with a good number of hawks, sunshine and nice people around! Pretty fall colors were certainly a bonus too.


We had only one Merlin for the first 30 minutes of the count but after 9 am Sharp-shinned hawks started flying in very good numbers and a few other hawks showed up too. When I was leaving at 2 pm, we had 152 migrating raptors counted, including:


Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 1
Red-tailed hawk - 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 126
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Merlin - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 3


We also added 2 Sandhill Cranes, 7 Chimney Swifts, and a murder of 46 Crows.


I stopped hawkwatching at 2 pm but before I finished chatting, then taking all my stuff back to the car, it was already 2:25 when I was leaving the parking lot. Coming out of the lot I saw Adam coming back in, so I turned around and talked to him shortly by the tables, then left. Sure enough 50 minutes later I found his message on Facebook about the Black Vulture!!! No doubt that was a well deserved reward for his dedication!


I personally ended up the day with 56 species (that is not counting Adam's Black and Turkey Vultures, and Geoff and Chris Williamson's Black Scoters, Common Merganser and Mute Swans seen on/over the lake).


That was a great day to be there!


Michal Furmanek,
Lake Bluff, lake Co.









Subject: IBET JxP, IBSP hawk watch, Sat., 18 Oct.
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 20:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Jackson Park in the rain Saturday covering Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, the inner harbor, outer harbor (just a peak) and the northwest part of the golf course.  Later Jeff took me up to the hawk watch for a bit of the afternoon.
Jackson Park was not real birdy. I had only 34 species. Best birds were ~10 PINE SISKINS. I had a flock of 6-8 flying over the soccer fields. Two more were in a pine tree in Bobolink Meadow and another flew over calling. I think this is the first time I've had Pine Siskins actually in a pine tree in Jackson Park. Usually they just fly over calling or, rarely, are feeding on thistle seeds. The only other interesting sighting were two E. PHOEBES, which are the first I've had in the park since September 11.
Due to rainy weather and bad traffic Jeff and I didn't get to Illinois Beach until after 2 pm. Birds had mostly stopped flying by that time but we did get to see an OSPREY, a BALD EAGLE and Jeff spotted a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK that I wasn't able to get on. But I was able to get one of my target birds: the NORTHERN SHRIKE, which is always nice. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR also flew over while we were there. The great time I had at Birds and Beers made up for the lack of birds! Below is my list of highlights from Jackson Park.

Abbreviations: WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, IH=inner harbor, OH=outer harbor, GC=golf course

Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (6)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (7) OH (1)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (1)
unidentified hawk: WI/BM (1; dipped below the trees before I could id)
A. Coot: IH (3), OH (18)
Chimney Swift: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1), IH (1) maybe the same bird
Red-bellied Woodpecker: WI/BM (1 m.)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (2)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (1), IN (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (2)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (3)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (2), GC (3)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (6), GC (2); also heard flight call of one on the way to the park.
Orange-crowned Warbler: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (4)
Palm Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (6)
White-throated Sparrow: WI/BM (30), IH (9), GC (13); also had 10 along Midway Pl.
White-crowned Sparrow: WI/BM (14)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (12); 3 along Midway Pl.
Pine Siskin: WI/BM (10)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago




Subject: IBET Meadowbrook Park, Urbana (10/19) and Riverbend Forest Preserve (10/18)
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello all,
This morning I birded Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. On my bike ride over
there I passed a GREAT HORNED OWL perched up at the intersection of Lincoln
and Windsor and screeching.

At Meadowbrook I heard an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL whinnying from the Walker
Grove at ~6:45am. While doing a dawn skywatch from the Prairie Overlook I
saw a LE CONTE's SPARROW pop up out of the prairie and sit in the morning
sun for a while. I also had 2 RING-BILLED GULLS, a single AMERICAN PIPIT
and some small groups of PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINs flying over.
Sparrows were in abundance especially Song and Swamp, I had 11 species in
total:

Eastern Towhee- 2
Chipping Sparrow- 1
Field Sparrow- 2
Fox Sparrow- 1
Le Conte's Sparrow- 1
Swamp Sparrow- 55
Song Sparrow- 40
Lincoln's Sparrow- 3
White-crowned Sparrow- 14
White-throated Sparrow- 50
Dark-eyed Junco- 9



On Saturday morning Cole Wolf and I spent a couple hours at Riverbend
Forest Preserve. Highlights include: 1 Am. Black Duck, 5 N. Pintail, 1
RUDDY DUCK, 2 GREAT EGRETS, 1 BALD EAGLE, and a latish EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE.
Complete ebird checklist:
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Good Birding,
Phred Benham
Champaign, IL

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Ph.D. Student
Animal Biology
University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL



Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m.
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thank you for the report!  White-eyed Vireo is a new species for the dunes.

Best,

/Leslie





On Sunday, October 19, 2014 4:57 PM, "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]" wrote:




Montrose was very lively this morning, October 19, with lots of
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, both
kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Hermit Thrushes around. Here's a
partial list of what Karen and I saw:

Black-bellied Plover - 2
Dunlin - 2
Sanderling - 2
Merlin - 1
Chimney Swift - 6
White-eyed Vireo - 1 immature (gray eyes)
Winter Wren - ~5
Brown Creeper - 4
Gray Catbird - 1
American Pipit - 1
Lapland Longspur - 4, in the dunes
Snow Bunting - 4, also in the dunes
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - ~8
Northern Parula - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 male
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - ~6
Blackpoll Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2
Fox Sparrow - ~6
Harris's Sparrow - 1 immature
Rusty Blackbird - 2
Purple Finch - 2
Pine Siskin - 2

The White-eyed Vireo was probably the best bird of the day, and I don't
think I've seen one at Montrose in the fall before. I first saw it in
the willows in the dunes and later in the peripheral plantings and again
near the Magic Hedge. I'm assuming this was the same individual that was
just moving around a lot.

The Harris's Sparrow was at the east end of the native planting area,
not far from the tower.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Subject: IBET Re: Shrike at Montrose 10/19/14 - Is a Northern
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 17:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
First seen at top of tallest dead tree near east / north-east of Meadow. Then in the Locust tree in north-west corner of Meadow. Picture at...
Northern Shrike - Lifer 200 https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


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Northern Shrike - Lifer 200 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevejner/14956500644/in/photostream/lightbox/ Montrose, Chicago 10/19/14



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Subject: IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m.
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 16:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Montrose was very lively this morning, October 19, with lots of
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, both
kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Hermit Thrushes around. Here's a
partial list of what Karen and I saw:

Black-bellied Plover - 2
Dunlin - 2
Sanderling - 2
Merlin - 1
Chimney Swift - 6
White-eyed Vireo - 1 immature (gray eyes)
Winter Wren - ~5
Brown Creeper - 4
Gray Catbird - 1
American Pipit - 1
Lapland Longspur - 4, in the dunes
Snow Bunting - 4, also in the dunes
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - ~8
Northern Parula - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 male
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - ~6
Blackpoll Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2
Fox Sparrow - ~6
Harris's Sparrow - 1 immature
Rusty Blackbird - 2
Purple Finch - 2
Pine Siskin - 2

The White-eyed Vireo was probably the best bird of the day, and I don't
think I've seen one at Montrose in the fall before. I first saw it in
the willows in the dunes and later in the peripheral plantings and again
near the Magic Hedge. I'm assuming this was the same individual that was
just moving around a lot.

The Harris's Sparrow was at the east end of the native planting area,
not far from the tower.

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



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Subject: IBET Black Vulture at FS - Lake Co.
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 15:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ibetors,


Just had a Black Vulture fly over Fort Sheridan. No photo, but prolonged,
close looks. Short tail, no head, short broad wings held flat or drooped.
Had the white on the wings and gave me a vigorous, Black Vulture flap!
I've had experience with them growing up in TX and while hawk watching in
PA. Hope someone can find this bird.


Look up, Evanston.



Good Birding!


Adam Sell



Subject: IBET Montrose Sunday - BTBlue Warbler, Harris's Sparrow
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 15:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Nice morning at Montrose with lots of migrants around including an enormous number of kinglets.  Highlights were male Black-throated Blue Warbler and imm Harris's Sparrow.  Thanks to Pete Moxon and his group for helping me find the Harris's and other birds.

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Subject: IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods & North Point Marina & Beach Sun 10-19-14
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 15:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I didn't do reports for Fri & Sat mainly as I didn't see anything worth
reporting & I figured folks would be glad to have me shut up for a while
anyway. On Friday Andy S & I went to Kane Co but the bird we wanted to see
was gone. Next to Lippold Park in McHenry Co where we saw shorebirds but
only common ones that were there last time. Then to the Illinois Beach Hawk
Watch where I saw 9 species of raptors with very good looks at Osprey,
Merlins & a Peregrine.
On Saturday I tried for the Montrose Lark Bunting but failed like everyone
else.
Bird-Of-The-Day for Friday to a Merlin which sat in a nearby tree for good
viewing.
Bird-Of-The-Day for Saturday to a Greater Yellowlegs with Black Bellied
Plovers at Montrose.
Any Yellowlegs is a good sighting on that beach although common at inland
locations.

Today Bob E & I started at Waukegan where I was saved from my 1st
"shorebird shutout" by 10 Sanderlings on the pier & a fly-by calling
Killdeer. We spent an hour looking for the Harris's Sparrow reported by
Jude but did not find it although plenty of other birds were there. Some of
them were Sharp Shinned Hawk, Creepers, both Kinglets, an Orange Crowned
Warbler & many sparrows including Tree, Chipping, Fox, Lincoln's, Swamp,
White Throated & White Crowned.
I am getting closer to adding a Siskin to my year list as we heard one
today but did not see it.
Had I seen it while it called I would happy to add it but not this time.
Flushed a LAPLAND LONGSPUR but that wasn't much of a look.

Bob went to the Hawk Watch but I went to Lyons Woods where I added Hairy
Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Field Sparrow & heard a Bluebird in the distance.
Stopped at the Hawk Watch but did not stay as I wanted to check North Point
Marina for Eric's ducks even though Beau had not seen them later that day.
I did not find a single duck of any kind while I was there. In the harbor
were
D.C. Cormorants (4), Coots (31), about 75 Gulls & 1 lone Horned Grebe.

The State Line Dog Beach had 31 Sanderlings, 51 Ring Billed Gulls & 46
Herring Gulls only because no dogs were there today during my short visit.

Got a call from Bob E later & during the 90 min he stayed at the Hawk Watch
after I left he saw a young NORTHERN GOSHAWK which will be his
Bird-Of-The-Day. That was better than anything I saw but Bird-Of-The-Day
for me will be the Lapland Longspur in spite of the bad look we had.
Runner-Up to the 2 fine looking Eastern Bluebirds in a tree at the Marina.
Creature-Of-The-Day to the black MINK walking in the rocks on the south
edge of the Marina.
It climbed up on a rock & we stared at each other for 3 full minutes, my
best look ever.
License Plate Of The Day to one from North Dakota, not an easy one to find.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Black Vulture, Lake Co.
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 15:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Adam Sell reports a BLACK VULTURE passing over the Ft. Sheridan Hawk Watch heading south.

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

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Subject: IBET Pella ponds
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 14:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Stopped at the Pella ponds at 11:30  today, they had a lot of Canada Geese , a few Mallards and 2 Pied Billed Grebes. Two Northern Pintail Ducks were at the private land pond which is 1/4 mile South of Rt 38 on the West side of Fabian Pkwy. along with Northern Shovelers , Malards, Canada Geese. The Fabian Pkwy gravel shoulder is very large on the West side, I am not sure if the land on the pond side of the road ditch is private or County. I see a land  sale sign for 18 acres, so the pond there is private land .I always wanted to look  at this pond - 20 + years I have driven by, and now there is this open grassy area available by the road side.
Fermi Lab had Buffalo with Starlings on their backs going for a ride, never seen a group Starlings going for a ride, I think they were Juveniles as their head was brownish.
The DuPage bird walk led by Kyle at 7:30 this morning A family of Mute Swans at McKee Marsh, a Dupage F P. Shovelers, Mallards, Pied Bill Grebes, Scaup, and many Coots were seen as the haze was lifting, A Red Shouldered Hawk was heard, and it seemed that well over a hundred Blue Birds were seen on the 3 hour walk. Steve



Subject: IBET Lake Springfield 10-18
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 13:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday, Tony, grandma, and I went to Chicago. On the way back, we stopped at Lake Springfield for awhile. Most of the water birds were from, the beach house, the boat rump just south of the beach house and bridge, Lincoln Gardens, and Marine point. Here are the highlights.
Common Loon 3-4 one smaller one that was probably just a juv. Common, kept diving.
Pied-billed Grebe 90
Horned Grebe 30
Bonaparte's Gull 250
Franklin's Gull 18
Red-headed Woodpecker 1

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
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Subject: IBET Shrike at Montrose
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 12:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Never seen one before. Think it a Northern. Sitting at top of tallest dead tree on east side of meadow. It is a Shrike. Just not sure what kind
Steve June
Cook County

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Subject: Re: IBET Lark Bunting - yes!
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 11:13 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Has anyone located the lark bunting today? Thanks
Chuck Berman

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM, Alex Bloss alex_bloss13@msn.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
>
> Apologies for the confused notes of before. The LARK BUNTING was refound
> at Montrose beach. When last seen it was perched on the south end of the
> fence that separates the protected area from the public beach. I don't know
> where it went after that, as I was attempting to post its rediscovery... It
> was on the ground when first rediscovered by Jose (?). It appeared to be an
> adult non-breeding male. My photos are pretty dark and rather blurry, but
> good enough for documentation.
>
> Joe Lill first found it in the panne at Montrose, and it must have flown
> west towards the beach. If we are lucky it will be in the general area for
> the rest of the day and maybe tomorrow.
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> Alex Bloss
> Chicago
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Purple Finches - Genoa (DeKalb County)
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 11:02 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I haven't noticed any reports of purple finches yet.  There are at least 2
in my yard this morning.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: IBET Sat PM - Jackson Park, Chicago--Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area -- Oct 18, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 8:30 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Oct 18, 2014

Jackson Park, Chicago--Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area

Traveling
1.5 miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel
91 Canada Goose
15 Wood Duck
1 Mallard
4 Pied-billed Grebe
13 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Green Heron
22 Ring-billed Gull
1 Herring Gull
1 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
9 Northern Flicker
1 Blue Jay
38 American Crow
4 Black-capped Chickadee
9 Golden-crowned Kinglet
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Hermit Thrush
1 American Robin
1 American Tree Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
4 Lincoln's Sparrow
6 Swamp Sparrow
17 White-throated Sparrow
7 White-crowned Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Pine Siskin
2 American Goldfinch

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Subject: IBET Sat PM - Northerly Island, Chicago -- Oct 18, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 8:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Oct 18, 2014

Northerly Island, Chicago

Traveling
0.75 miles
65 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel

1 Cackling Goose
94 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
3 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Peregrine Falcon
3 American Coot
77 Ring-billed Gull
1 Mourning Dove
2 American Crow
1 Winter Wren
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Orange-crowned Warbler
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
4 Palm Warbler
7 American Tree Sparrow
2 Fox Sparrow
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
8 White-throated Sparrow
22 White-crowned Sparrow
8 Dark-eyed Junco
1 American Goldfinch

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Subject: IBET Sat PM - Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area -- Oct 18, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 8:28 am
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Oct 18, 2014

Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area

Traveling
0.5 miles
60 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel

1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Cooper's Hawk
57 Ring-billed Gull
8 Chimney Swift
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
8 Black-capped Chickadee
5 Brown Creeper
8 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Hermit Thrush
1 Fox Sparrow
19 White-throated Sparrow
9 White-crowned Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco
3 American Goldfinch

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Subject: IBET Sat AM - Lincoln Park, Chicago--Jarvis Bird Sanctuary -- Oct 18, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 8:26 am
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Oct 18, 2014

Lincoln Park, Chicago--Jarvis Bird Sanctuary

Traveling
0.6 miles
70 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
5 Hermit Thrush
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 American Tree Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
2 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
11 White-throated Sparrow
18 White-crowned Sparrow
6 Dark-eyed Junco
3 American Goldfinch

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Subject: IBET Sat AM - Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago -- Oct 18, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 8:25 am
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Oct 18, 2014

Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago

Traveling
0.5 miles
80 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel

3 Canada Goose
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Black-bellied Plover
7 Sanderling
1 Ring-billed Gull
1 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6 Hermit Thrush
8 Cedar Waxwing
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
1 American Redstart -- Yellowstart
1 American Tree Sparrow
2 Fox Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
5 White-throated Sparrow
1 White-crowned Sparrow
3 Dark-eyed Junco
17 House Sparrow

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Subject: IBET Sat AM - Millennium Park--Lurie Garden -- Oct 18, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 8:23 am
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Oct 18, 2014

Millennium Park--Lurie Garden

Traveling
0.15 miles
16 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel
2 American Crow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Hermit Thrush
4 American Robin
1 Fox Sparrow
8 White-throated Sparrow
1 Harris's Sparrow -- Continuing
1 White-crowned Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
2 American Goldfinch
7 House Sparrow

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Subject: IBET Sat AM Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area -- Oct 18, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 8:22 am
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Oct 18, 2014

Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area

Traveling
0.5 miles
50 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
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50 Canada Goose
11 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Cooper's Hawk
10 Ring-billed Gull
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Hermit Thrush
3 American Robin
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
20 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Swamp Sparrow
5 White-throated Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Northern Cardinal
2 American Goldfinch

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Subject: Re: IBET Snow Bunting at Montrose Beach Dunes
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 22:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All:Nice to meet Leslie and all the others out at Montrose where it was wild and windy this afternoon.  High water blocked some of the paths from the dunes to the beach, but my best birds were Snow Bunting as mentioned, Black-Bellied Plovers, a Dunlin, and a first-of-season-for-me American Tree Sparrow.  
Also made brief stops at McGinnis Slough and Saganashkee Slough where there were a lot of Cormorants (I counted 46).  I wish I had my scope for 4 small possible buffleheads/scoters/grebes on the other side.  Full lists below. 
I am also having trouble with ID on a dragonfly with gray eyes photographed perching vertically on a tree trunk in Northern Wisconsin this year.  If anyone is willing to take a look at a couple pictures, please let me know.
Wings,David CarlsonOrland Park, IL  (Cook)
>>Montrose



Subject: IBET Harlequin Duck photos
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 22:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Although the Harlequin Duck 'flock' wasn't relocated this afternoon, I did finally post a few photos of the group of 4 at the following link:


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU450.0 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU450.0





Eric Walters
Kansas City, MO/Zion, IL





Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow Lurie Garden YES 10-18 am
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 19:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

Got my lifer HARRIS'S SPARROW at 7:30am today in the shrubs between the prairie area of Lurie Garden and the sidewalk right next to to Monroe Street. Very take bird and it allowed for fantastic looks, then it flew north into the prairie and I lost it.

Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

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Subject: IBET Snow Bunting at Montrose Beach Dunes
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 16:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear Birders,

A winter plumaged Snow Bunting was present all afternoon today at the dunes. It stayed near the pier foraging in the narrow strip of sand and grasses along the dune pond. Thanks to the gracious birder (whose name we unfortunately didn't get) who told us about the bunting and showed us his photos; hopefully he will post later to IBET and IBF.

Good fall birding.

Leslie Borns
cakile@att.net
Chicago/Cook



Subject: IBET North Pond, Chicago, Oct 18, 2014 PM
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 15:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Birding North Pond in Lincoln Park this afternoon was fairly hard in the cold northerly winds but I was able to pull out a few goodies, highlights being 5 species of warbler with perhaps a Chestnut-sided Warbler being the best. My favorite bird however was a singing Rusty Blackbird, I was quite surprised by that!

A full list is below:

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 3:31 PM, "ebird-checklist@cornell.edu" wrote:

Lincoln Park, Chicago--North Pond, Cook, US-IL
Oct 18, 2014 12:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
45 species (+2 other taxa)

Graylag Goose (Domestic type) 2
Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 18
Mallard 20
Mallard (Domestic type) 4
Double-crested Cormorant 13
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 2
Cooper's Hawk 3
Ring-billed Gull 40
Herring Gull 5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 17
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
American Crow 19
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Brown Creeper 4
Winter Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 13
Swainson's Thrush 1
Hermit Thrush 14
American Robin 3
European Starling 20
Northern Waterthrush 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 1st yr bird, feeding low and catching moths - photos obtained.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4
American Tree Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow (Red) 1
Song Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 20
White-crowned Sparrow 14
Dark-eyed Junco 40
Northern Cardinal 1
Rusty Blackbird 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 16
House Sparrow 30

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20268189

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



Subject: IBET Fox Sparrow invasion etc at Ryerson
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 14:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ira Sanders and I birded Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods for several hours this morning, joined by Jeff Sanders after his field trip at Daniel Wright Woods. The highlight was a riot of birds on the forest trail directly east of the Brushwood parking lot (take the trail from the parking lot through the meadow and cross over into the woods) including at least 15 FOX and  two dozen WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS plus assorted LINCOLN'S and SONG SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSHES, MYRTLE WARBLERS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS, one RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, one ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and several late TURKEY VULTURES.

We also had several GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS, a female TOWHEE, many MYRTLE WARBLERS, one YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, one flyover SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and the usual suspects along Warbler Alley behind the Welcome Center.

Rena Cohen
Highland Park
Lake County



Subject: Re: IBET 4 Harlequin Ducks in Lake County
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 14:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
No harlequins or scoters as of 2:40. 
Beau Schaefer
Lake co

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> On Oct 18, 2014, at 12:37 PM, "ericwalters7@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" wrote:
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> Earlier this morning, I photographed 4 Harlequin Ducks at North Point Marina. More information can be found at this IBF link:
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Subject: IBET Better Backyard Bird Feeding program Tues 10/21 (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 14:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Millions of Americans (birders and otherwise) feed wild birds, but most of us don't know what kind of birdseed attracts what kinds of birds, how to attract "good" species and deter "bad" ones, and the impact of bird feeding on avian health. Millikin University has developed a reputation for research designed to answer those questions, and Assistant Professor of Biology Travis Wilcoxen will share his team's findings at next Tuesday's meeting of Illinois Audubon Society's Lake/Cook Chapter in Highland Park.


The program - "The Seed We Feed: Better Backyard Bird Feeding" - will begin at 7 pm Tuesday Oct. 21 at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park (from Route 41, take the Half Day Road/Route 22 exit west 3/4 mile to the second Ridge Road and turn north). For directions and a full program and field trip listing, visit www.lakecookaudubon.org


Rena Cohen
Highland Park
Lake County



Subject: IBET 4 Harlequin Ducks in Lake County
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 12:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Earlier this morning, I photographed 4 Harlequin Ducks at North Point Marina.  More information can be found at this IBF link:


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU450.0 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU450.0





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