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27 Jul: @ 10:09:22 IBET Blackburnians Warbler [malango@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 17:20:00 IBET Black-necked Stilts - Sugar Grove (Kane County) [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 15:46:31 IBET Wheeler rd Buffie Kendall not Will CO. [scootylatimer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 15:05:55 IBET Rt 47 Black Necked Stilts & Kendall County Sod Farms Tuesday 7-26-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 14:50:25 IBET Wheeler Sod Farm Buff-breasted (Will) [scootylatimer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 13:29:09 IBET, No Sighting, Great Horned Owl Lecture, St. Clair County, Saturday, 7/30 [Mark Glenshaw mglenshaw@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 10:29:02 IBET Purple Martins (video) ['John Picken' john@picken.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jul: @ 00:41:55 IBET Pokemon Go and Birding [emcarlson8@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 23:32:35 IBET ICSWA [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 22:38:56 IBET Techny, Air Station Prairie (cook co.) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 20:42:20 IBET RFI prothonotary warbler's at Skokie Lagoons [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 15:56:22 IBET N.E. Lake County Lakefront-Waukegan To State Line Beach Monday 7-25-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 12:25:00 Re: IBET Chautauqua 7-25-16 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 12:18:52 IBET Chautauqua 7-25-16 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 08:38:39 IBET Black Necked Stilts [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 08:22:13 IBET BBWD - No [Corey Lange coreyjlange@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jul: @ 06:22:01 IBET Repeat Big Marsh facts (no sighting) ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 17:39:20 IBET Back To Local Birding At Wood Dale Reservoir & Air Station Prairie Sunday 7-24-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 16:50:20 IBET RE: Big Marsh facts (no sighting) ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 14:53:02 IBET (Late) East St Louis Area & Other Southern Locations Saturday 7-23-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 13:23:55 IBET Midewin and Wilmington Island Park, 7/24 a.m. [Sulli Gibson sulli.gibson@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 11:29:41 IBET Wheeler rd. Buff breasted [norekj@aol.com NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 11:12:26 IBET JxP, Saturday, 23 July: (more) breeding Savannah Sparrows, Least Flycatcher [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
24 Jul: @ 09:18:56 IBET BN STILTS [norekj@aol.com NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 13:55:02 IBET July 2016 ILYB Field Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 13:33:59 IBET Lyman Woods DBC Field Trip Results-Saturday, July 23, 2016 [peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 12:04:22 Re: IBET 7/23 Calumet Area [Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson.21@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 11:44:02 IBET 7/23 Calumet Area [chicagio10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 10:07:41 IBET Solo Village Hall Pond/mudflat [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 07:07:12 IBET Black Necked Stilts [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
22 Jul: @ 20:03:48 IBET Black Neck Stilts Sugar Grove [Regina McNulty regina_mcnulty@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Jul: @ 13:52:35 IBET By C. wren [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
22 Jul: @ 12:53:24 IBET Local Cook County Shorebird Spots Flooded Friday 7-22-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Jul: @ 12:01:10 Re: IBET Black Necked Stilts [justinwrinn@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Jul: @ 08:49:55 IBET Black Necked Stilts [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 20:00:00 IBET Sugar Grove Black-necked Stilts - YES 8pm [Sulli Gibson sulli.gibson@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 19:52:47 IBET North Pond Master Plan - no music venue (No sightings) [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 13:24:55 Re: IBET Big Marsh Support [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 12:50:06 IBET Chautauqua 7-21-16 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 12:08:30 IBET DuPage County-Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir Complex Thur 7-21-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 10:08:45 Re: IBET Big Marsh Support ['Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 10:02:06 Re: IBET Black Necked Stilts [Donald R Dann donniebird@me.com [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 09:28:03 IBET Black Necked Stilts [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 09:25:16 IBET Big Marsh Support [chicagio10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 00:17:10 RE: IBET Big Marsh facts [Ken Wysocki kwysocki@ix.netcom.com [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 18:06:02 IBET Stilts still here [peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 16:20:21 IBET Cook County-Yet Another Close To Home Search For Shorebirds At 5 Locations Wed 7-20-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 15:45:22 IBET Palos and Orland Pk ['wes serafin' w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 15:40:16 RE: IBET Big Marsh facts ['wes serafin' w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 13:51:41 IBET Big Marsh facts [Judith Pollock jpbobolink@gmail.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Blackburnians Warbler
Date: Wed Jul 27 2016 10:09 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ibeters,

I was told this morning that Phil K. and several photographers had a male Blackburnians Warbler at Jarvis yesterday.

Luis Munoz
Malango@rcn.com
Chicago



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Subject: IBET Black-necked Stilts - Sugar Grove (Kane County)
Date: Tue Jul 26 2016 17:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I arrived at the fluddle around 11 am today; another birder (Mike) pulled
in at the same time. One adult flew close to us, quite vocal. But we kept
our distance, and the bird calmed down; figured it decided we meant it and
its young no harm. He started to feed. The two juveniles stayed on the
far side of the fluddle. We didn't see the other adult.

If you haven't gotten enough of stilt photos, here's a link to more:

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

Afterward I headed to Shabonna Lake to do my butterfly survey. The male
ring-necked duck is still there. Going on at least 2 months now.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: IBET Wheeler rd Buffie Kendall not Will CO.
Date: Tue Jul 26 2016 15:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sorry for any confusion but the Buff-breasted sandpiper seen on Wheeler rd. east of Schlapp
is in Kendall not Will county. Thanks to Al's post for alerting me-I don't want to screw up
any County listers. My e-bird report properly shows the correct county.
Good shore/sod field birding,
Scott Latimer





Subject: IBET Rt 47 Black Necked Stilts & Kendall County Sod Farms Tuesday 7-26-16
Date: Tue Jul 26 2016 15:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Since my former co-worker Al W had never seen a B.N. Stilt & the Sugar
Grove family seemed to be sticking it out we decided to give it a try
today mostly thanks to a report from John H yesterday saying they were
still present then. Other birders were already at the Fluddle when we
drove up & I could see at least one Stilt was in the water. The other
birders were members of the Tuesday Morning Birders & I recognized
Chuck Westcott as 1 of them. They said 2 BLACK NECKED STILTS were
there & 1 was an adult & 1 a juvenile & that's what we saw as well.
(Later while looking at the sod farm areas I learned from another
birder that he had seen 1 adult & 2 juveniles after we had left. So
that part worked well & as we were near to all the Kendall Co sod
farms I thought we'd try for the 2 rare ones reported by Joan N on
Sunday.

Did a check on all the previous places where sod farms used to be &
found that about half of them had been replaced by crops of corn &
soybeans. No sod areas left along Helmar & Lisbon & the same was true
for 2 of them along Walker Rd. But sod fields remained along Newark by
Rt 47, along Caton Farm & the largest area of them being along Wheeler
Rd on both sides (east & west) of Schlap Rd. The Newark & Caton Farm
fields had almost no birds not even Killdeer. Many Killdeer were at
the Wheeler Rd fields mostly east of Schlap Rd. A wet field area there
also had a few Lesser Yellowlegs & Pectorals plus Barn Swallows,
Horned Larks & Meadowlarks. No Uplands or Buff Breasted were found by
me but I just saw a report come in from Scott L about a Buffie seen in
that area but in Will Co which means Scott was farther east than we
were. Can't see them all & more Buffies will arrive soon enough. I was
more interested in seeing an Upland anyway.

On the way home we stopped at Prescott Mills where many good
shorebirds were seen last year but as I was afraid of the water level
was way too high for any shorebird habitat to exist. Maybe later.

So we had a good start but it was all downhill from there on out. Even
missed Scott's Buffie.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 Black Necked Stilts off Rt 47
License-Plate-Of-The-Day to one from Mississippi seen on the way home.
Better luck next time!

Al Stokie
In Kane & Kendall Co's today


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Subject: IBET Wheeler Sod Farm Buff-breasted (Will)
Date: Tue Jul 26 2016 14:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Early afternoon I went to the Wheeler rd. sod farms to see what grasspipers might be around.
There was a cooperative Buff-breasted east of Schlapp rd. The Buffie was feeding with Killdeer
in the fresh dirt on the south side of Wheeler, just west of the white barn. It was only 50-75 yds
from road which makes it a close encounter in my experience. A very low flying plane sent scores of distant
shorebird to flight, and I could tell that there were many non Killdeer among them but too distant for me
to ID, One Pec, 2 Yellowlegs, and no Plovers with black bellies were seen.
Scott Latimer
DuPage





Subject: IBET, No Sighting, Great Horned Owl Lecture, St. Clair County, Saturday, 7/30
Date: Tue Jul 26 2016 13:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Afternoon, all.

I am excited to be returning to the O'Fallon Public Library this Saturday
for a talk on the hunting and feeding behaviors of Great Horned Owls. This
talk revolves around the research and field work I have done studying this
species in Forest Park in St. Louis, MO since December 2005. I will show
many pictures and videos I have shot to illustrate these behaviors. Here
are the details:

"Forest Park Owls: Hunting and Feeding"
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 2:00pm
O'Fallon Public Library
120 Civic Plaza
O'Fallon, IL 62269,

Please call (618) 632-3783 to register
ofpl.info/events/owls1

I hope to see you there-thank you!

Sincerely,
Mark

Mark H.X. Glenshaw
St. Louis, MO
Forest Park Owls
http://forestparkowls.blogspot...
mglenshaw@gmail.com
@forestparkowls



Subject: IBET Purple Martins (video)
Date: Tue Jul 26 2016 10:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Here's a short video showing the intense activity in one of Purple 
Martin houses near the Jarvis Bird Sanctuary on the lakefront. You'll
see an adult feeding two chicks and making sure the food is shared
equally.

Please make sure your sound is on so that you get the full effect;
they're a noisy bunch.

Video: http://goo.gl/Ia7gKm

Kudos to the volunteers who take care of these bird houses and their
entertaining occupants.

Cheers!

John Picken
Chicago
www.picken.com
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Subject: IBET Pokemon Go and Birding
Date: Tue Jul 26 2016 0:41 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I saw a lot of articles and posts when the Pokemon Go game was first released comparing it to birding and trying to get players to give birding a try. As weeks and months pass, the people who are still playing it will be the ones who really enjoy the game, not just the people who like the Pokemon nostalgia. I think it will be worth it to keep pointing out the similarities to anyone you know still playing the game months from now.

The game released at the perfect time for me because it's gotten me outside during the time of year I prefer to stay in and take a break from birding. I've found a Yellow-throated Warbler in an area of Springdale Cemetery that I'd never found one before (though they nest so early it didn't necessarily nest nearby), my first ever Peoria County summer family of Savannah Sparrows in Leslie Rutherford Park (where I'd suspected they were nesting but hadn't seen or heard one since May), and tonight was one of my favorite finds of the year so far: an Eastern Screech-Owl trilling in the woods just half a block from my house. I've spent so much time trying to find these in Peoria County but had only ever heard one once before tonight. Getting one close enough to home that I can check it regularly (and hearing a trill in the wild for the first time) was pretty awesome.


All of those were birds I likely wouldn't have found without playing Pokemon Go.


Evan Carlson
Peoria



Subject: IBET ICSWA
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 23:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
Had several singing birds, Sedge wren, Wood thrush, E towhee, YB chat, C. yellowthroat, Bell's vireo. Butterfly census route took me into different habits, but it was humid everywhere.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
John Baxter
xxjb7z@aol.com




Subject: IBET Techny, Air Station Prairie (cook co.)
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 22:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,
Just a quick report.
Techny
Again the phenomenon of the "upper basin" flooding.  Too bad it isn't fall migration yet.  There was a pack of gulls there and a raptor, and mallards, one spotted sandpiper.  And a flyby green heron and roosting egret near upper pond area.
Otherwise, goldfinches, e kingbirds, song sparrows, cardinal, etc.

ASP
water on both sides
spotted s. immature, looking goodkilldeer immature, looking goodadult of both also3 or 4 solitary s.barn and tree swallowsgoldfinchstarlingsone grackle, likelysong sparrow
Suzanne ColemanPR Cook



Subject: IBET RFI prothonotary warbler's at Skokie Lagoons
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 20:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

I was just wondering if anybody knows whether not the pair of prothonotaries produced any young this year. The last two times I went I didn't see or hear any birds. And I'd love to know if anybody else might know their status even the adults.

Thanks

Suzanne

PR cook



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Subject: IBET N.E. Lake County Lakefront-Waukegan To State Line Beach Monday 7-25-16
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 15:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

It seems to me that when your shallow water/mud flat shorebird spots
are all under water you have 2 options as to where to look for those
shorebirds. Actually a 3rd option would be take the long ride to
Emiquon/Chatauqua but that's only a once in a while thing for me as
it's a bit far. My 2 easier options are to cover lakeside beaches or
sod fields which can be excellent after heavy rains.
So today I took the beach option & covered Waukegan, State Line Beach
& Spring Bluff F.P. with Paul Sweet & also by myself Illinois Beach
South Unit & (from far away) the Johns Manville Ponds which have
returned after the recent rains. Found 6 species of shorebirds & none
were overly interesting.
If you want to hear about interesting shorebirds read Colin's report
from Chatauqua!

Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwater (7-8 a.m.)

Again the best place to find shorebirds was the fisherman's pier as
the beach had very few.

D.C. Cormorant (1 om the pier)
Canada Geese (17)
Mallard (26 in all areas)
Killdeer (heard 1)
Spotted Sandpiper (8, all areas)
Sanderling (14 on the pier)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2 on the pier)
Ring Billed (~70) & Herring (~10) Gulls
Caspian Terns (18-20)
Kestrel (1 fly-by)
Bank & Barn Swallows
Marsh Wren (3 singing)
Red Wings

State Line Beach (8:30-8:45 a.m.)

People & 1 dog already on the beach!

Spotted Sandpiper (2-AD & 2 small young)
Sanderling (9)
Ring Billed (~200) & Herring (12) Gulls
Caspian Tern (5)
Barn Swallow (2)
Eastern Meadowlark (1)

Spring Bluff F.P. Mud Flats (8:45-9 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2 fly-bys)
Canada Geese (2 large young)
Kestrel (1 fly-by)
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1)
Killdeer (8)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
Least Sandpiper (2)
Two interesting land birds were Great Crested Flycatcher & Eastern Kingbird.
No Monk Parakeet today.

Illinois Beach South Unit Beach Only To Mouth Of The Dead River (9:30-11 a.m.)

Looked like I was heading for my 1st "shorebird shutout" of the season
(kind of early for that)
but I was saved by a Sanderling & later 3 more & a Killdeer.

Killdeer (1)
Sanderling (1 & 3)
Ring Billed (97) & Herring (3 fly-bys) Gulls
Caspian Tern (6-7)
Kestrel (a pair in a dead tree)

Johns Manville Ponds From Greenwood Ave (11:30 a.m.)

Ponds back but many heavy duty trucks were driving near the ponds

Mallard (6), Killdeer (2) & Spotted Sandpiper (1)
I recommend only checking here on weekends when the trucks & workers
should be gone or at least in smaller numbers.

Another tough choice as no interesting birds were seen but
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the little Semipalmated Plover &
Runners-Up to all the Sanderlings which were found at all the beach locations.

Al Stokie
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Subject: Re: IBET Chautauqua 7-25-16
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 12:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; }  Mike Ingram texted me saying he found 2 more Long-billed Dowitchers and 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in the west part of the north pool 
Colin DobsonWas in Mason countyBirdingboy@yahoo.com 


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On Monday, July 25, 2016, 12:17 PM, Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:

 

Tony Ward and I went up to Chautauqua this morning and arrived there at sunrise and stayed until 10:25. Birded Goofy Ridge and the Crossdike (walked both a decent amount). Water is higher, levees are muddy, less shorebirds but still saw 16 species of shorebirds. We also ran into Mike IngramHere are our numbers throughout the whole place.
Semipalmated Plover 18Killdeer 850 AMERICAN AVOCET 26 (10 on South pool and 16 on the Goody Ridge flats)Black-necked Stilt 47 (all on South pool)Spotted Sandpiper 8Solitary Sandpiper 6Greater Yellowlegs 115Lesser Yellowlegs 3,215SANDERLING 1 (still way out by the tractors at Goofy, Turnstone and 7 other Sanderlings gone).Semipalmated Sandpiper 930Least Sandpiper 610Pectoral Sandpiper 2,780Stilt Sandpiper 285 (a lot just south of the parking lot) Short-billed Dowitcher 14LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER 1 at Goofy Ridge flats.WILSON'S PHALAROPE 1 just south of the parking lot at the crossdike but couldn't refund after I saw it. 
I also spotted a JUVENILE LEAST TERN sitting next to Black Terns (the least was smaller) way out at Goofy Ridge near the tractors and where it bends. Tony found a COMMON TERN and we got the tern slam. 
Decent with raptors as well with the Ospreys on the nesting platform, I called out a Red-shouldered Hawk calling in the distance, and Tony spotted a Cooper's Hawk flying over! 
A decent day!
Colin DobsonWas in Mason countyBirdingboy@yahoo.com 

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Subject: IBET Chautauqua 7-25-16
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 12:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; }  Tony Ward and I went up to Chautauqua this morning and arrived there at sunrise and stayed until 10:25. Birded Goofy Ridge and the Crossdike (walked both a decent amount). Water is higher, levees are muddy, less shorebirds but still saw 16 species of shorebirds. We also ran into Mike IngramHere are our numbers throughout the whole place.
Semipalmated Plover 18Killdeer 850 AMERICAN AVOCET 26 (10 on South pool and 16 on the Goody Ridge flats)Black-necked Stilt 47 (all on South pool)Spotted Sandpiper 8Solitary Sandpiper 6Greater Yellowlegs 115Lesser Yellowlegs 3,215SANDERLING 1 (still way out by the tractors at Goofy, Turnstone and 7 other Sanderlings gone).Semipalmated Sandpiper 930Least Sandpiper 610Pectoral Sandpiper 2,780Stilt Sandpiper 285 (a lot just south of the parking lot) Short-billed Dowitcher 14LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER 1 at Goofy Ridge flats.WILSON'S PHALAROPE 1 just south of the parking lot at the crossdike but couldn't refund after I saw it. 
I also spotted a JUVENILE LEAST TERN sitting next to Black Terns (the least was smaller) way out at Goofy Ridge near the tractors and where it bends. Tony found a COMMON TERN and we got the tern slam. 
Decent with raptors as well with the Ospreys on the nesting platform, I called out a Red-shouldered Hawk calling in the distance, and Tony spotted a Cooper's Hawk flying over! 
A decent day!
Colin DobsonWas in Mason countyBirdingboy@yahoo.com 

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Subject: IBET Black Necked Stilts
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 8:38 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The stilts were all present, 2 juveniles and the 2 adults, this AM on Rt 47 in Sugar Grove. 
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane Cty



Subject: IBET BBWD - No
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 8:22 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Black-bellied Whistling Duck was not at the Farm and Home Pond in Springfield this morning. It may have finally left for good.

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Subject: IBET Repeat Big Marsh facts (no sighting)
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 6:22 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Luis Munoz said he would ask one of the three BCN reps to give an update of
what's going on at Big Marsh. Instead, BCN board member Judy Pollock
referred my IBET post to Byron, CParkD for a reply. (I see a problem when
the BCN reps to the CPD have the CPD comment on their behalf to IBET.)



My information is from the reports I have been able to get on Millennium
Reserve, bike trail map, water trail map, Big Marsh Access Action Plan and a
recently announced SE Chicago Area Wide Plan. The Area Wide Plan
incorporates many plans and involves the CPD and the mayor.



The information I presented is accurate and it is Byron's narrative that is
misleading.



Conceptual Framework Plan: Byron states the eco-recreation park plan is
"conceptual framework," but I have learned the hard way not to be fooled by
government use of the word "conceptual" as the Plan is real and it will be
built in construction phases. He does mention he is talking about phase 1
and there are other construction phases as money is available.



Fishing and canoe access: The boat launch is not in the Big Marsh framework
plan, but it definitely is in the Calumet Water Trails Vision Map that shows
Big Marsh as a launch site. Not now, because there is lot of experimenting
going on and the water structure has to work properly to control the water
levels. Also, according to the Site Access Agreement signed between CPD and
SRAM (May 29, 2014) the Overall Master Plan shows fishing and canoe access.
In the future, it is probable additional funding will pay for deepening the
marsh under the guise of better fish habitat, etc. that will allow for
fishing and canoe access.



Bird organizations should demand the boat launch be removed permanently from
all plans as a conflict with marsh bird habitat.



Lake Calumet: Byron misleads about Lake Calumet. The CPD is in fact right
now working to acquire Lake Calumet for easy and fast access from the Bishop
ford Expressway directly to the bike park. Openlands is the agent working on
behalf of CPD to broker a deal to buy Lake Calumet land from the Illinois
International Port District for the purpose of a SRAM sports arena. Since
the CPD is financially unable to buy the land, they will apply for federal
funding available under the Great Lakes Initiative to buy it. On the Burnham
Greenway and Pennsy Greenway Eco-Tourism bike map, the CPD plan is to bring
in people from the Bishop Ford Expressway to Doty Road and build a connector
bike trail bridge east across Lake Calumet and through the bald eagle wooded
peninsula to link up to the entrance of the bike park on Stony Island. The
acquisition of Lake Calumet properties is top priority for the Millennium
Reserve for the bike park.



Birders sent video to the CPD showing area resident bald eagles at Big Marsh
and the wooded peninsula. Bird organizations should counter with an
alternate bike trail route on the south end of the golf course.



Carolyn Marsh




Subject: IBET Back To Local Birding At Wood Dale Reservoir & Air Station Prairie Sunday 7-24-16
Date: Sun Jul 24 2016 17:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Again Bird People,

Didn't set the alarm after yesterday's adventure & lack of sleep but
just woke up naturally at 6:15 a.m. which is about as late as I can
sleep under any circumstances. After last night's rain I decided that
the areas that were flooded a couple of days ago would not have
improved but would be worse so I went to the Reservoir where I knew
some mud flats would remain. Turns out more than half of the previous
mud flats were now under water but enough remained for some
shorebirds. All other areas are flooded with the Salt Creek almost up
to the crossing bridge & parts of the trail flooded as well. There
were even signs saying the trails were flooded & closed. It's the
Reservoir or nothing at this place for now. Here's my day list.

Wood Dale Reservoir Only (8:15-9:45 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (Max#)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (9, winners of today's big Heron/Egret count contest)
Green Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Goose (1, the Lone Goose)
Mallard (9)
Killdeer (7-8)
Least Sandpiper (26)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (4)
Pectoral Sandpiper (3)
Ring Billed (3) & Herring (2-AD & 1-IM) Gulls (Ring Billed numbers way down)
Caspian Tern (Max9 of which 8 were youngsters)
Barn Swallow (4-5)

Land birds included Mourning Dove (3), Blue Jay (heard 2), House Wren
(heard 3), Robins (~10),
Common Yellowthroat (heard 2), Cardinal (2), Song Sparrow (4 singing,
they never stop singing!),
Red Wings & Goldfinch (4)

Then after a Sunday Value Meal at Subway I went to see the water
situation at Air Station Prairie.
Sulli G has already mentioned that the ponds are back & this process
followed the usual method which is for the dried ponds to require 2
heavy rains before holding water. It seems that rain #1 moistens the
ground & puts down a sort of sealer level & then rain #2 fills up the
ponds. As I mentioned last time the problem is now that although we
now have water it's tough to see the shorebirds with all the
vegetation being high enough to block your view especially of the
smaller birds.

West Side Pond

Lesser Yellowlegs (1), Spotted Sandpiper (2), Least Sandpiper (1),
Starling (2), Red Wings (6) &
Goldfinch (2). I thought I also saw a Solitary Sandpiper here but when
I went for a closer look I could not re-find it so it may or may not
have been here?

East Side Pond

Killdeer (1-AD) & Red Wings (4)

Didn't check anywhere else other than the 2 ponds by the building.
A low key birding day (o.k. after yesterday''s big ticket birding day) &
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Lesser Yellowlegs which, if nothing else,
was the biggest shorebird seen today & Runner-Up to the Green Heron
even if it was just a "fly-by".
Best I can do today.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET RE: Big Marsh facts (no sighting)
Date: Sun Jul 24 2016 16:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Luis Munoz said he would ask one of the three BCN reps to give an update of
what's going on at Big Marsh. Instead, BCN board member Judy Pollock
referred my IBET post to Byron, CParkD for a reply. (I see a problem when
the BCN reps to the CPD have the CPD comment on their behalf to IBET.)



My information is from the reports I have been able to get on Millennium
Reserve, bike trail map, water trail map, Big Marsh Access Action Plan and a
recently announced SE Chicago Area Wide Plan. The Area Wide Plan
incorporates many plans and involves the CPD and the mayor.



The information I presented is accurate and it is Byron's narrative that is
misleading.



Conceptual Framework Plan: Byron states the eco-recreation park plan is
"conceptual framework," but I have learned the hard way not to be fooled by
government use of the word "conceptual" as the Plan is real and it will be
built in construction phases. He does mention he is talking about phase 1
and there are other construction phases as money is available.



Fishing and canoe access: The boat launch is not in the Big Marsh framework
plan, but it definitely is in the Calumet Water Trails Vision Map that shows
Big Marsh as a launch site. Not now, because there is lot of experimenting
going on and the water structure has to work to properly to control the
water levels. Also, according to the Site Access Agreement signed between
CPD and SRAM (May 29, 2014) the Overall Master Plan shows fishing and canoe
access. In the future, it is probable additional funding will pay for
deepening the marsh under the guise of better fish habitat, etc. that will
allow for fishing and canoe access.



Bird organizations should demand the boat launch be removed permanently from
all plans as a conflict with marsh bird habitat.



Lake Calumet: Byron misleads about Lake Calumet. The CPD is in fact right
now working to acquire Lake Calumet for easy and fast access from the Bishop
Ford Expressway directly to the bike park. Openlands is the agent working on
behalf of CPD to broker a deal to buy Lake Calumet land from the Illinois
International Port District for the purpose of a SRAM sports arena. Since
the CPD is financially unable to buy the land, they will apply for federal
funding available under the Great Lakes Initiative to buy it. On the Burnham
Greenway and Pennsy Greenway Eco-Tourism bike map, the CPD plan is to bring
in people from the Bishop Ford Expressway to Doty Road and build a connector
bike trail bridge east across Lake Calumet and through the bald eagle wooded
peninsula to link up to the entrance of the bike park on Stony Island. The
acquisition of Lake Calumet properties is top priority for the Millennium
Reserve for the bike park. (Birders sent video to the CPD showing resident
bald eagles at Big Marsh and the wooded peninsula.)



Bird organizations should counter with an alternate bike trail route on the
south end of the golf course.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

Bistate birder






Subject: IBET (Late) East St Louis Area & Other Southern Locations Saturday 7-23-16
Date: Sun Jul 24 2016 14:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

After last year's 1 day trip to Southern Illinois I wasn't sure I
wanted to overdo it again like that on such a trip but we tend to
remember the good parts & forget how tiring it was. So yesterday Bob
Erickson & I joined "King Of The Road" (driving wise) Andy Sigler on
another 1 day driving & birding extravaganza. Had to get up at 1:15
a.m. to leave at about 2:20 a.m. & we didn't get home until 11:15 p.m.
delayed somewhat by driving through that big rain storm which hit
while going through downtown Chicago. Nothing like ending an 800 mile
day with driving in heavy rain but nothing seems to bother Andy when
he's at the wheel. I would not have done nearly as well as the driver.

This will just be a review of the main birds seen or not seen as all
have been reported & directions & locations can be found on previous
IBET & ebird reports which is good as I have no idea how we got to
most of those locations. At least you will see what birds continue to
be found.

Front Street/East St Louis

As always the targets here were the fancy Buntings which Travis has
just reported as being a successful nesting bird family. Looked at the
places where it should have been but did not find it. Expanded the
range & still didn't find it. While looking we noticed large birds
flying by which included Great Egret (2), LITTLE BLUE HERON (8-AD),
SNOWY EGRET (1-AD) & Black Crowned Night Herons (3-4). Also found were
R.T. Hummingbird, Carolina Wren & 2 singing Blue Grosbeaks which kept
sounding like the Bunting but weren't. We then split up with the 3 of
us looking in different parts of the area. It was my turn to be the
lucky finder as the beautiful male PAINTED BUNTING flew in & sat in
perfect view on a tall but near wire. This was my 3rd sighting of this
species here & my 4th for Illinois with my 1st being of a green young
male seen at a feeder in Lake Co near Gurnee Mills a long time ago.
This was also my only good look at a multi-colored adult male.

Horseshoe Lake/Madison Co

Just a week ago Andy had found a shallow water area with many
Heron/Egrets & shorebirds but this time water levels were up & only
few big waders & no shorebirds were present. Checked the Cormorants
but only found Double Crested & no Neotropics. Did find 3 Little Blues
& had a closer look at an adult SNOWY EGRET than at Front Street. Two
White Pelicans were seen as well. New for Bob & my year lists was a
Carolina Chickadee.

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Area

Parked in a few downtown Edwardsville parking lots & scanned for Kites
but only found Chimney Swifts, Turkey Vultures & 2 parking lot
Mockingbirds. Drove around town without seeing any Kites but when we
arrived at Taco Bell for lunch Bob E sighted 1 MISSISSIPPI KITE
soaring overhead & later a 2nd one. Andy is checking maps to figure
out which city this place is actually in.

Next stop was the area around the Logan Sow Center where at 1st all we
found were lots of various sized hogs but eventually we saw 2 soaring
BLACK VULTURES along with a Red Tailed Hawk & a Cooper's Hawk.

Then to Rend Lake & along a stream near the spillway we saw 2 flying
Crows which disappointed us by calling & proving they were American
Crows. But a few minutes later 2 or 3 more went by & when they called
they proved to be the FISH CROWS we were looking for!

On a negative note we looked for Yellow Crowned Night Herons near
Horseshoe Lake & on the way home at Hoffman Park in Champaigne but
only found Black Crowned. It was too late to try for Upland Sandpipers
but that will give Bob & I something to do next weekend.

A fine birding day in spite of being exhausted from our travels & the
heat. I only do this sort of a trip once a year & it's what passes for
a vacation for me having not been on a real "out of Illinois" trip in
over 10 years.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the really fine looking male Painted Bunting &
Runner-Up to the finally found Mississippi Kite.

License-Plate-Of-The-Day to the one from MAINE picked out by Bob on
I-55 on the way to Painted Bunting Land.

Al Stokie
All over the state yesterday but recovering close to home today.


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Subject: IBET Midewin and Wilmington Island Park, 7/24 a.m.
Date: Sun Jul 24 2016 13:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Good afternoon Illinoisans,

I headed down to Will County this morning with one main target in mind:
Bell's Vireo. July isn't ideal for breeders, but it can still be good and I
had a nice morning. The main target was a success with a total of 2 BELL'S
VIREOs. A special thanks to Matt Wistrand for his notes when checked the
same areas on 6/18. When I was done with Midewin, I ran over to the north
end of the Wilmington Island Park to see if the Ross's Goose was still
around (found by Sarah Kurtis on 7/3, last reported on 7/16). I'm happy to
report that the 1 ROSS'S GOOSE remains and is as confiding as ever. If you
don't mind seeing domesticated geese surround the ROGO, then you should
check it out! All of my highlights are below and, as always, click the
links for pictures and comments.

Hoff Road
Bell's Vireo - 1
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1
Blue Grosbeak - 2
Dickcissel - 2
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Iron Bridge Trailhead
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
Black-billed Cuckoo - 2
Bell's Vireo - 1
Dickcissel - 6
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Wilmington Island Park
Ross's Goose - 1
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...


P.S. Air Station Prairie has water again, but I didn't have anything
notable there today.

Sulli Gibson
Northfield, Illinois



Subject: IBET Wheeler rd. Buff breasted
Date: Sun Jul 24 2016 11:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 






Among the distant shorebirds around a fluddle at the far end plus at least one Upland. West of Schlapp
Most unidentified 


Joan NorekChicago 
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Subject: IBET JxP, Saturday, 23 July: (more) breeding Savannah Sparrows, Least Flycatcher
Date: Sun Jul 24 2016 11:12 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday covering 63rd Street Beach, the 59th St. promontory and Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow.  The heat and humidity prevented me from covering anywhere else.
I started at the beach a half hour past dawn and hung out there for a while hoping for shorebirds but all I got was a Killdeer and a juvenile Spotted Sandpiper. I did have an important sighting for the park, though. I confirmed that there are two breeding pairs of SAVANNAH SPARROWS at the beach. There were two adults acting agitated at both nature areas at each end of the beach. Last week a bird at the north/west end had food for young in its beak, yesterday one of the two birds at the south/east end had food in its mouth. At one point I was worried that the south/east end pair was raising cowbirds as there were two juvenile cowbirds in the same bush with one of the Savannahs but there was no interaction between the species and the cowbirds eventually flew off heading south.
At the woods north of Bobolink Meadow I heard the "chebek" song of a LEAST FLYCATCHER four times, as well as the "wit" call once. The bird stopped vocalizing when I stepped into the woods to find it. The only other significant find was a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH calling from inside the fence north of Wooded Island. The last time I had this species, alive, in the park was on 19 May, a pair near the berm at the golf course. A week or two after that I found the feathers of one that had likely been fed to the young of the resident Cooper's Hawks. It was the fourth Saturday of the month and Wooded Island was supposed to be open 10 to 2, and I saw people after 10 on the north bridge, but when I arrived at the south gate at 1 pm it was closed. It was just as well, by this time, even though it was mostly cloudy, my skin felt like it was on fire and I called it a day! Below are my lists of lepidoptera and odonata combined for the different areas and my bird list for each area.
Butterflies:

Black Swallowtail: 9
Cabbage White: 51
Clouded Sulphur: 10
Orange Sulphur: 16
Little Yellow: 3
E. Tailed-Blue: 1
Summer Azure: 1
Pearl Crescent: 6
Common Buckeye: 21
Monarch: 4
Silver-spotted Skipper: 1
Common Sootywing: 1
Fiery Skipper: 9
Peck's Skipper: 5

Moths:

Lucerne Moth (Nomophila nearctica): 1
Chickweed Geometer (Haematopis grataria): 25
Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar): 1
Celery Looper (Anagrapha falcifera): 1

Damselflies:
Eastern Forktail: 6

Dragonflies:
Common Green Darner: 17
Common Whitetail: 10
Twelve-spotted Skimmer: 4
Widow Skimmer: 40
Eastern Amberwing: 12
Eastern Pondhawk: 8
Blue Dasher: 24
Red/Carolina Saddlebags: 2
Black Saddlebags: 12
Spot-winged Glider: 1

Birds (abbreviations: 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, NLF=north lake front/59th St. prom., WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow):

Canada Goose: 63rd (6), WI/BM (92)
Mallard: 63rd (5), NLF (7), WI/BM (14)
Double-crested Cormorant: 63rd (4), WI/BM (2)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (3)
Green Heron: 63rd (1)
Black-crowned Night-Heron: WI/BM (1)
Killdeer: 63rd (1)
Spotted Sandpiper: 63rd (1)
Ring-billed Gull: 63rd (167), NLF (36), WI/BM (55)
Herring Gull: NLF (2), WI/BM (1)
Caspian Tern: 63rd (4), WI/BM (1)
Chimney Swift: 63rd (3), WI/BM (7)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (8)
Least Flycatcher: WI/BM (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (3)
Great Crested Flycatcher: WI/BM (1)
E. Kingbird: WI/BM (6)
Warbling Vireo: WI/BM (5)
A. Crow: 63rd (1), WI/BM (9)
Purple Martin: 63rd (2), WI/BM (14; at least 5 juv. in nest boxes)
N. Rough-winged Swallow: 63rd (2)
Cliff Swallow: 63rd (12), WI/BM (5)
Barn Swallow: 63rd (10), NLF (5), WI/BM (10)
Black-capped Chickadee: 63rd (1), WI/BM (4)
White-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (1)
House Wren: WI/BM (1)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 63rd (1), WI/BM (8)
A. Robin: 63rd (2), NLF (1), WI/BM (8)
Gray Catbird: WI/BM (8)
Euro. Starling: WI/BM (5)
Cedar Waxwing: 63rd (2), WI/BM (9)
Common Yellowthroat: WI/BM (2)
Yellow Warbler: WI/BM (6)
Chipping Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Savannah Sparrow: 63rd (4)
Song Sparrow: 63rd (1), WI/BM (9)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (5)
Indigo Bunting: WI/BM (4)
Red-winged Blackbird: 63rd (2), WI/BM (4)
Brown-headed Cowbird: 63rd (2)
Baltimore Oriole: WI/BM (1)
House Finch: 63rd (1), WI/BM (2)
A. Goldfinch: 63rd (2), NLF (2), WI/BM (8)
House Sparrow: 63rd (9), NLF (5), WI/BM (15)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago





Subject: IBET BN STILTS
Date: Sun Jul 24 2016 9:18 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 






A possibly just in time sighting. Two adults flew out headed east but flying low. And heard one as I write so possibly not going far. 
Shoulder parking is just south of the now small pool 
Joan Norek Chicago 
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Subject: IBET July 2016 ILYB Field Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 13:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Apart from birding field trips, Illinois Young Birders also offers other interesting nature related educational opportunities like today's trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo.


20 young birders and their parents met Research Facilitator, Matt Igleski, to become animal behavior scientists for a day. Equipped with iPads and data collection apps, we studied the WILD urban animals on the zoo's grounds, not only birds but reptiles like Painted Turtles, amphibians like American Bullfrogs, fish like the Largemouth Bass, small mammals, and insects. Afterward we were able to tally and email the results to ourselves.


While collecting data, we got to hear from Jazmin Rios about the interesting work of the zoo's Urban Wildlife Institute studying wild animals right here in Chicago like coyotes, red foxes and even rabbits.


After completing our data collection, Andy Van Laan, Zoological Manager of Birds, gave us a special tour of the bird exhibit, providing insight into management and exhibit practices as well as the zoo's work to propagate bird species.


Finally, Matt took us by the red wolf exhibit to see the state endangered Black-crowned Night-Herons nesting at the zoo. At last count, more than 600 birds are on the zoo property this year. Wow!


If you have a young birder, why not join us for a trip. Our next event will be our first ever Illinois Young Birders Symposium. For more information on that, visit our Web site or Facebook page.


Illinois Young Birders is a special project of the Illinois Ornithological Society.


Matthew Cvetas, Adult Coordinator
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Subject: IBET Lyman Woods DBC Field Trip Results-Saturday, July 23, 2016
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 13:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
How appropriate that a baker's dozen showed up for this morning's DBC walk through Lyman Woods in Downers Grove.  By the end of our 3 hour walk, we literally felt baked clear through. Even the couple visiting from Houston agreed it was just very hot!!! But this was a hearty group, and though it was hot and steamy, everyone remained cheerful and eager to keep searching for birds.  A few birders had to head back at the 2-hour mark, but most hung in for the full 3 hours, at which point we cooled down and re-hydrated at the center.  We had a 3-way tie for "Bird of the Day" - a male SCARLET TANAGER, a nicely colored Great Crested Flycatcher and a cooperative Eastern Kingbird.  The first two were completely silent so we were lucky to find them! Other favorites were a pair of BALTIMORE ORIOLES by the Interpretive Center, 2 CASPIAN TERNS cruising over the marsh and good, long views of 3 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS.  "Miss of the Day" was Brown Thrasher.  I know he's there!  But he has gone into hiding.  Other great news:  the boardwalk is finished so it is now possible to loop around the property without doubling back!  All in all--Great birders, great day! The complete list is below.

Joan Campbell
Downers Grove/DuPage County

Lyman Woods Forest Preserve, DuPage, Illinois, US
Jul 23, 2016 7:30 AM - 10:33 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: DBC Walk led by Joan Campbell. Starting temp: 79 mostly cloudy, 90% humidity rising to 87 partly cloudy.
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 18 3 on marsh; 15 fly-overs
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 3
duck sp. 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1 A couple of us got to watch him run across the water!
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Great Egret 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1 Heard
Ring-billed Gull 2
Caspian Tern 2
Mourning Dove 14
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 10
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1 2 days before, I had 6. We struggled to find 1 today, but he was out in the open for a nice view!
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 3
Blue Jay 8
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
House Wren 6
Marsh Wren 1 heard
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 35
Gray Catbird 5
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 7
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 4
Common Grackle 1
Baltimore Oriole 2 pair
American Goldfinch 10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ checklist/S30816768 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...








Subject: Re: IBET 7/23 Calumet Area
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 12:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear Carl and everyone:

Please note that Common Gallinule is on the state endangered species list.
Standards of ethical birding, such as the American Birding Association's
Code of Ethics, indicate one should refrain from using audio playback with
such species. Also, in support of birding ethics, the ABA's listing rules
prohibit inclusion on lists of species observed when the ethics code was
violated.

Best wishes and good birding,

Geoff Williamson
Chicago (Cook County)
geoffrey.williamson.21@gmail.com

On Jul 23, 2016 11:43 AM, "chicagio10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> This hot, muggy morning, I had the honor of wandering around the Calumet
> area with Wes Serafin & Walter Marcisz. It was great to hear about the
> history of the area from two old-timers. Although, I could have done
> without the condescending chuckle when i told them that Common Gallinule
> was a county bird for me ;-)
>
>
> Anyways... to the sightings!
>
>
> Burnham Prairie FP - Pretty much the usual breeder mix. Shorebirds
> included Greater Yellowlegs (1) Lesser Yellowlegs (2) Pectoral Sandpiper
> (1) Least Sandpiper (2) Solitary Sandpiper (1) and Killdeer/Spotted
> Sandpiper.
>
>
> Big Marsh - Loaded with shorebirds. Semipalmated Sandpiper (130) Least
> Sandpiper (30) Pectoral Sandpiper (2) Lesser Yellowlegs (12) Solitary
> Sandpiper (2) Semipalmated Plover (2) and Killdeer/Spotted Sandpiper.
> Other highlights were a flyover Osprey and 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons.
>
> Also, we located the water control structure that is creating this
> outstanding shorebird habitat. By my eye, it appears to be a full-round
> riser type structure (although i don't think you can know for sure without
> opening the manhole covers). This type of structure allows for adjustments
> to be made in the future, if desired. But, it appears to be set so, I'm
> pretty excited for what this means for the years to come.
>
>
> We made a stop at Indian Ridge but nothing of note.
>
>
> Hegewisch Marsh - A continuing Ring-necked Duck was spotted but the
> highlight was a pair of Common Gallinules that responded to playback. This
> is great news for this area!! About 5 young American Coots were also
> spotted.
>
>
> Despite the sweltering heat, it was a great time, we ended with just under
> 60 species for the day; not bad considering the calendar.
>
>
> That's about it. Have a great day everyone!!
>
>
> Carl Giometti
>
> Chicago, Cook, IL
>
>



Subject: IBET 7/23 Calumet Area
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 11:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This hot, muggy morning, I had the honor of wandering around the Calumet area with Wes Serafin & Walter Marcisz.  It was great to hear about the history of the area from two old-timers. Although, I could have done without the condescending chuckle when i told them that Common Gallinule was a county bird for me ;-)


Anyways... to the sightings!


Burnham Prairie FP - Pretty much the usual breeder mix. Shorebirds included Greater Yellowlegs (1) Lesser Yellowlegs (2) Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Least Sandpiper (2) Solitary Sandpiper (1) and Killdeer/Spotted Sandpiper.


Big Marsh - Loaded with shorebirds. Semipalmated Sandpiper (130) Least Sandpiper (30) Pectoral Sandpiper (2) Lesser Yellowlegs (12) Solitary Sandpiper (2) Semipalmated Plover (2) and Killdeer/Spotted Sandpiper. Other highlights were a flyover Osprey and 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons.
Also, we located the water control structure that is creating this outstanding shorebird habitat. By my eye, it appears to be a full-round riser type structure (although i don't think you can know for sure without opening the manhole covers). This type of structure allows for adjustments to be made in the future, if desired. But, it appears to be set so, I'm pretty excited for what this means for the years to come.


We made a stop at Indian Ridge but nothing of note.


Hegewisch Marsh - A continuing Ring-necked Duck was spotted but the highlight was a pair of Common Gallinules that responded to playback. This is great news for this area!! About 5 young American Coots were also spotted.


Despite the sweltering heat, it was a great time, we ended with just under 60 species for the day; not bad considering the calendar.


That's about it. Have a great day everyone!!


Carl Giometti
Chicago, Cook, IL



Subject: IBET Solo Village Hall Pond/mudflat
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 10:07 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  The Volo pond/mudflat is just that right now….about 1/2 pond, 1/2 mudflat. Not a lot of variety, but there was the largest number of shorebirds I’ve seen yet in this area this month. It looks like more rain forecast for later next week, but right now it looks really good. Best viewing is from the NW end of parking lot right next to village hall. Just park your car and get that scope set up high on the berm. It’s a great vantage point. Morning is best since sun is behind you.

Shorebird totals:

Spotted Sandpiper- 1
Lesser Yellowlegs- 21
Solitary Sandpiper- 15
Least Sandpiper- 13
Killdeer- 9

Pokemon Goooooo Get Some Shorebirds!
Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
Lake County




Subject: IBET Black Necked Stilts
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 7:07 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Sugar Grove stilts were present this AM. The young were feeding on the West shore, the 1 adult present was busy keeping a yellow legs away. Patrick (another birder there) had seen both adults flying around when he arrived before me. 
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane Cty  



Subject: IBET Black Neck Stilts Sugar Grove
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 20:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
One adult and two juveniles at the fluddle  at 8pmRegina McNultyGeneva, Il

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Subject: IBET By C. wren
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 13:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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Hi friends,
Singing and looking for food.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Local Cook County Shorebird Spots Flooded Friday 7-22-16
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 12:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Consider this message as a status report on conditions rather than on
birds. As my home area had quite a lot of rain last night I wanted to
check on shorebird habitat at a couple of nearby locations.
It was no surprise that both the mud flat pond & the channel at Techny
Basin were completely under water as they are both stream fed & flood
after heavy rains. Although I did not bother to look an even more
flood prone place is the mud flats at the CBG which is also stream fed
& I can say is almost certainly under water as well. But I was
surprised that the large mud flat area north of Willow Rd near Techny
was also under water. I had thought the mud flats would be diminished
but that some would still remain. Not so, it's all under water. And
although all these places are stream fed which means they flood
quickly & it also means they drain quickly I would guess it will be a
few days until any shorebird habitat returns. I imagine that places
like the 83rd Street Fluddle & the Itasca Wetlands, which were already
flooded, will be even more under water than before last night.
I will wait until next week before trying to resume my local shorebird surveys.

On the other hand even all that rain did not even begin to bring back
to life the ponds at Air Station Prairie where the former ponds are
now wet but there's no standing water at all. Since there's no stream
there the downpours did not do the job. Also, since these former ponds
have been dry for a while now plants are growing where the water used
to be so even if we get more rain you won't be able to see past the
mud plants.

The only shorebirds seen today were 6 Killdeer, 1 Spotted & 1 Least
Sandpiper on the dirt at ASP & a couple more Killdeer & Spotted
Sandpipers on the rock edges where mud flats were just 2 days ago. It
may be best to look for shorebirds along beaches unless you can find
some inland areas that still have shorebird mud & shallow water
habitat. And please post if you find any such places.

Al Stokie
Cook County


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Subject: Re: IBET Black Necked Stilts
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 12:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Stilts still present 11:50AM. Both adults and one juvenile seen.

Good birding,
Justin Wrinn
Schaumburg, Cook Co.


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Subject: IBET Black Necked Stilts
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 8:49 am
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Subject: IBET Sugar Grove Black-necked Stilts - YES 8pm
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 20:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
1 adult and 2 juveniles are still present at the Rt. 30 pond as of 8pm, July 21st.

Sulli Gibson
Northfield, Illinois

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Subject: IBET North Pond Master Plan - no music venue (No sightings)
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 19:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Or anything like a music venue!


1. The not-if-but-when pond dredging is on board as expected.

2. Relocating the playground and connecting the field north of its current location to the pond, as conjectured earlier, is also on board, but not for a creek and instead for a tiered sedge meadow.

3. A creek running N-S across the land that is now lawns on the east side, plus a boardwalk(s) from the café south along that area, are also in the plan.


A music (or other event) venue was my greatest fear, and such a venue is nowhere in the master plan -- less space for it than now.





Joan Norek
Chicago
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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: Re: IBET Big Marsh Support
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 13:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
thanks for the info Carl, very well-said and reasonable
Suzanne

From: "chicagio10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]"
To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 9:25 AM
Subject: IBET Big Marsh Support

  I apologize for the crazy long email but, for what it's worth, I'd just like to state that I support the work that is ongoing at Big Marsh and most elements of the framework plan.  As i've been regularly birding Big Marsh over the past 1.5 years there have been significant habitat improvements (in the removal of invasive plants) as well as improvements that have made it much easier to bird the area. 
A few items i'd like to point out...
- Friends of Big Marsh is, by definition, not an astroturf organization.  They list all their sponsors on their website and do not obscure the intent of their message.  An astroturf organization conceals the sources of their funding for purposes of deception.  It is absolutely appropriate that a bike parts company support the creation of a bike park in the same way Eagle Optics supports the ABA and various birding related efforts.
- If the birding community cannot be a supportive partner with companies like SRAM or REI, then we cannot work with anyone.  Both are excellent companies that support many efforts to the benefit birds and birders.  SRAM actively advocates for biking as a sustainable, carbon-free mode of transportation.  Both companies support the creation of public land to protect it from private development.  If this is how the birding community responds to potential partners, because they aren't perfectly representing our interests, we provide very little incentive for anyone to work with us in the future.  As the saying goes, the problem with demanding ideological purity is that it's never pure enough.
- On a similar note, I think a little political self-actualization would be valuable here.  Birders are politically quite weak.  I don't want it to be that way but, it's true.  Compared to other user groups, we don't have very large numbers and we aren't particularly well-funded.  The fact that we are given a seat at the table when these plans are discussed is due to the heroic efforts of some local birders to form long-term relationships with those organizations and be a supportive partner.  Unless we're willing to put up the resources to create our own bird preserves, as many of birding organizations around the country have done, we have to realize that these projects serve many groups and we will likely not be the main target group.  Even imperfect efforts that address the needs of birds & birders should be met with our support.  If they're not, then, to be quite honest, we are terrible at politics.
A few comments on the plan itself...- The bike park is being constructed in an area that, at least to my experience birding Big Marsh, is not of much interest to birders.  Of the 280 acres, around 80% will be managed as nature areas and those areas encompass all the parts of Big Marsh that birders typically visit.- The creation of trails and the restoration of the land will significantly increase the birding opportunities in the park.  I'm fairly able-bodied and I find the current state of Big Marsh to be practically impossible to bird due to deteriorated land and industrial waste.  And unless birds have some unknown need for rusted cars and broken glass, I think they will find the finished park more inviting, as well.- The use of the bike park/single-track trail will be fairly modest much of the year.  Typically, the mountain biking community frowns upon and discourages people from using wet trails.  As a result, mountain biking in the spring, during peak bird migration is usually limited.  I would encourage people to read the "Rules of the Trail" established by one of supporters of Friends of Big Marsh, the International Mountain Biking Association https://www.imba.com/about/rul... The overflow parking is in a very small patch of land adjacent to a new parking lot and not in proximity to any habitat areas.  I doubt it gets used more than 2-3 times a year for a few hours.- To give folks an analogy, the hemi-marsh target for Big Marsh is the same habitat type as Hennepin-Hopper.  I need to track down the water control structure that is now in operation to see what type it is but, if the current water level is their target, they are creating outstanding shorebird habitat and the planned observation tower will make it far, far easier to view.
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Subject: IBET Chautauqua 7-21-16
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 12:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; }   This morning, Tony award and I spent 5 hours at Chautauqua (6:40-11:40). There were a lot of shorebirds (17 species) along the east shoreline of the south pool and tons along the flats at Goofy and way out were the levee bends at goofy. 
Here are our estimates
Semipalmated Plover 4Killdeer XBlack-necked Stilt 24 (all way out south of the crossdike)AMERICAN AVOCET 3 (way out in the western part of the south pool then moved on the berm on the south pool)Spotted Sandpiper 5Solitary Sandpiper 3Greater Yellowlegs 150Lesser Yellowlegs 2,190SANDERLING 8 (2 on goofy flats and 6 way out on the goofy levee  by the tractors, about where the levee bends on a sandy spit). RUDDY TURNSTONE 1 (adult breeding way out on the goofy ridge levee bye the tractors, about where the levee bends on a sandy spit) 
Pectoral Sandpiper 6,080 tons everywhereSemipalmated Sandpiper 1,173 (a ton have came in)Least Sandpiper 247Stilt Sandpiper 185 (mostly along the Goofy ridge levee flats and the bend)Short-billed Dowitcher 14LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER 3 (at the flats at goofy, short-bills also there)WILSON'S PHALAROPE 1 (1 nonbreeding plumages bird along the east shoreline on the south pool, only seen early) 

Looks like they shut the gates since the river has gone up 3-3 1/2 feet and the water levels at Chautauqua look the same if not lower. 
Great shorebirding with heat.....
Tony Ward and Colin DobsonMason countyBirdingboy@yahoo.com
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Subject: IBET DuPage County-Wood Dale/Itasca Reservoir Complex Thur 7-21-16
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 12:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Went early to beat the heat & humidity so that I could show Joan N how
to get to & cover this reservoir area complex. Arrived at 7:15 a.m. &
it took 2 hours to cover all parts of the place.
By then we agreed that we had had enough of this fine Summer's day &
were glad to quit.
The Itasca Wetlands section by Prospect Rd remains flooded with no
habitat available for shorebirds. Only Mallards, a Great Blue Heron,
one Great Egret & a hunting Caspian Tern were there. The Middle Pond
had 1 D.C. Cormorant & the Salt Creek by the bridge had 1 killdeer &
1 Spotted Sandpiper on the mud flats. Everything else was in the
reservoir although shorebird numbers & diversity were down from
previous visits. Here's my day list.

Wood Dale Reservoir

D.C. Cormorant (Max")
Great Blue Heron (8)
Great Egret (7)
(So the Great Blues edge the Egrets by 1, a close competition)
Green Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (21)
Mallard (4)
Killdeer (12)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Least Sandpiper (36)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (4)
Ring Billed (32) & Herring (1-AD) Gulls
Caspian Tern (16-AD & 3-IM)
Rough Winged Swallow (1 fly-by)

Some of the land birds seen or heard today were Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD
& 1-IM), Eastern Kingbird (1), Blue Jay (2), Yellow Warbler (2) &
Common Yellowthroat (3). Still a few House Wrens & many
Song Sparrows singing away. Also a surprise W.B. Nuthatch plus a
Catbird & 1 singing Warbling Vireo where 2 weeks ago there were 4 or
5. And young Barn Swallows are hanging out to the far west side near
Prospect.

Slim pickings today but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the loud Green Heron &
Runners-Up to the very active (flying, diving & squawking) Caspian Terns.

Al Stokie
Birding just inside DuPage County but now cooling off in Cook County.


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Subject: Re: IBET Big Marsh Support
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 10:08 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Carl,

Well said.

Dan Williams
Rockford

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 9:25 AM, chicagio10@yahoo.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I apologize for the crazy long email but, for what it's worth, I'd just
> like to state that I support the work that is ongoing at Big Marsh and most
> elements of the framework plan. As i've been regularly birding Big Marsh
> over the past 1.5 years there have been significant habitat improvements
> (in the removal of invasive plants) as well as improvements that have made
> it much easier to bird the area.
>
>
> A few items i'd like to point out...
>
>
> - Friends of Big Marsh is, by definition, not an astroturf organization.
> They list all their sponsors on their website and do not obscure the intent
> of their message. An astroturf organization conceals the sources of their
> funding for purposes of deception. It is absolutely appropriate that a
> bike parts company support the creation of a bike park in the same way
> Eagle Optics supports the ABA and various birding related efforts.
>
>
> - If the birding community cannot be a supportive partner with companies
> like SRAM or REI, then we cannot work with anyone. Both are excellent
> companies that support many efforts to the benefit birds and birders. SRAM
> actively advocates for biking as a sustainable, carbon-free mode of
> transportation. Both companies support the creation of public land to
> protect it from private development. If this is how the birding community
> responds to potential partners, because they aren't perfectly representing
> our interests, we provide very little incentive for anyone to work with us
> in the future. As the saying goes, the problem with demanding ideological
> purity is that it's never pure enough.
>
>
> - On a similar note, I think a little political self-actualization would
> be valuable here. Birders are politically quite weak. I don't want it to
> be that way but, it's true. Compared to other user groups, we don't have
> very large numbers and we aren't particularly well-funded. The fact that
> we are given a seat at the table when these plans are discussed is due to
> the heroic efforts of some local birders to form long-term relationships
> with those organizations and be a supportive partner. Unless we're willing
> to put up the resources to create our own bird preserves, as many of
> birding organizations around the country have done, we have to realize that
> these projects serve many groups and we will likely not be the main target
> group. Even imperfect efforts that address the needs of birds & birders
> should be met with our support. If they're not, then, to be quite honest,
> we are terrible at politics.
>
>
> A few comments on the plan itself...
>
> - The bike park is being constructed in an area that, at least to my
> experience birding Big Marsh, is not of much interest to birders. Of the
> 280 acres, around 80% will be managed as nature areas and those areas
> encompass all the parts of Big Marsh that birders typically visit.
>
> - The creation of trails and the restoration of the land will
> significantly increase the birding opportunities in the park. I'm fairly
> able-bodied and I find the current state of Big Marsh to be practically
> impossible to bird due to deteriorated land and industrial waste. And
> unless birds have some unknown need for rusted cars and broken glass, I
> think they will find the finished park more inviting, as well.
>
> - The use of the bike park/single-track trail will be fairly modest much
> of the year. Typically, the mountain biking community frowns upon and
> discourages people from using wet trails. As a result, mountain biking in
> the spring, during peak bird migration is usually limited. I would
> encourage people to read the "Rules of the Trail" established by one of
> supporters of Friends of Big Marsh, the International Mountain Biking
> Association https://www.imba.com/about/rul...
>
> - The overflow parking is in a very small patch of land adjacent to a new
> parking lot and not in proximity to any habitat areas. I doubt it gets
> used more than 2-3 times a year for a few hours.
>
> - To give folks an analogy, the hemi-marsh target for Big Marsh is the
> same habitat type as Hennepin-Hopper. I need to track down the water
> control structure that is now in operation to see what type it is but, if
> the current water level is their target, they are creating outstanding
> shorebird habitat and the planned observation tower will make it far, far
> easier to view.
>
>
> Cheers everyone,
>
> Carl Giometti
>
> Chicago, Cook, IL
>
>
>



Subject: Re: IBET Black Necked Stilts
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 10:02 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
4 birds here at 10 AM.

Donnie Dann
Highland Park/Lake Cty

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 21, 2016, at 9:22 AM, John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> Went by the fuddle on Rt 47 in Sugar Grove this AM. The stilts were present, one adult with the juveniles and the other adult feeding on the opposite side of the fuddle.
>
> John Heneghan
> Big Rock, Kane Cty
>



Subject: IBET Black Necked Stilts
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 9:28 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went by the fuddle on Rt 47 in Sugar Grove this AM. The stilts were present, one adult with the juveniles and the other adult feeding on the opposite side of the fuddle. 
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane Cty



Subject: IBET Big Marsh Support
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 9:25 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I apologize for the crazy long email but, for what it's worth, I'd just like to state that I support the work that is ongoing at Big Marsh and most elements of the framework plan.  As i've been regularly birding Big Marsh over the past 1.5 years there have been significant habitat improvements (in the removal of invasive plants) as well as improvements that have made it much easier to bird the area.


A few items i'd like to point out...


- Friends of Big Marsh is, by definition, not an astroturf organization. They list all their sponsors on their website and do not obscure the intent of their message. An astroturf organization conceals the sources of their funding for purposes of deception. It is absolutely appropriate that a bike parts company support the creation of a bike park in the same way Eagle Optics supports the ABA and various birding related efforts.


- If the birding community cannot be a supportive partner with companies like SRAM or REI, then we cannot work with anyone. Both are excellent companies that support many efforts to the benefit birds and birders. SRAM actively advocates for biking as a sustainable, carbon-free mode of transportation. Both companies support the creation of public land to protect it from private development. If this is how the birding community responds to potential partners, because they aren't perfectly representing our interests, we provide very little incentive for anyone to work with us in the future. As the saying goes, the problem with demanding ideological purity is that it's never pure enough.


- On a similar note, I think a little political self-actualization would be valuable here. Birders are politically quite weak. I don't want it to be that way but, it's true. Compared to other user groups, we don't have very large numbers and we aren't particularly well-funded. The fact that we are given a seat at the table when these plans are discussed is due to the heroic efforts of some local birders to form long-term relationships with those organizations and be a supportive partner. Unless we're willing to put up the resources to create our own bird preserves, as many of birding organizations around the country have done, we have to realize that these projects serve many groups and we will likely not be the main target group. Even imperfect efforts that address the needs of birds & birders should be met with our support. If they're not, then, to be quite honest, we are terrible at politics.


A few comments on the plan itself...
- The bike park is being constructed in an area that, at least to my experience birding Big Marsh, is not of much interest to birders. Of the 280 acres, around 80% will be managed as nature areas and those areas encompass all the parts of Big Marsh that birders typically visit.
- The creation of trails and the restoration of the land will significantly increase the birding opportunities in the park. I'm fairly able-bodied and I find the current state of Big Marsh to be practically impossible to bird due to deteriorated land and industrial waste. And unless birds have some unknown need for rusted cars and broken glass, I think they will find the finished park more inviting, as well.
- The use of the bike park/single-track trail will be fairly modest much of the year. Typically, the mountain biking community frowns upon and discourages people from using wet trails. As a result, mountain biking in the spring, during peak bird migration is usually limited. I would encourage people to read the "Rules of the Trail" established by one of supporters of Friends of Big Marsh, the International Mountain Biking Association https://www.imba.com/about/rul... https://www.imba.com/about/rules-trail
- The overflow parking is in a very small patch of land adjacent to a new parking lot and not in proximity to any habitat areas. I doubt it gets used more than 2-3 times a year for a few hours.
- To give folks an analogy, the hemi-marsh target for Big Marsh is the same habitat type as Hennepin-Hopper. I need to track down the water control structure that is now in operation to see what type it is but, if the current water level is their target, they are creating outstanding shorebird habitat and the planned observation tower will make it far, far easier to view.


Cheers everyone,
Carl Giometti
Chicago, Cook, IL



Subject: RE: IBET Big Marsh facts
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 0:17 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 




















I encourage anyone who is interested in this issue to carefully study the web site created by the fake/"astroturf" advocacy group misleadingly named "Friends of the Big Marsh."  There will be buildings and parking lots and overflow parking areas so they can host BMX competitions.   This is all funded by companies that sell bicycles and bike parts (what a surprise.)
 
Anyone who thinks nature will actually be the focus of this effort probably also thought that the "temporary" concert pavilion at Northerly Island would actually be temporary.
 
Ken Wysocki 








From: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Judith Pollock jpbobolink@gmail.com [ILbirds]Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:50 PMTo: ilbirds@yahoogroups.comSubject: IBET Big Marsh facts

 



I’m forwarding this note from Byron at the CPD with facts about the Big Marsh work - 
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 The publicly-available Big Marsh Framework Plan is online here:http://www.chicagoparkdistrict...

Unfortunately, Carolyn’s IBET post is incorrect on several key points.  She is likely referencing the overall framework plan, which is the same as I have linked above.  It is important to realize, however, that the above plan is a conceptual framework only, and as you can see, is now about 2 years old. All of the mentioned recreational uses (and many more) had been considered and were proposed in this document, but since then, numerous elements of that original vision have been altered or removed entirely.  I’ll do my best to address some specifics below:

·         Canoeing, kayaking, and a boat launch are NOT PLANNED, and I do not believe they are likely to ever happen.  The water control structure at Big Marsh was designed for and is being operated to sustain hemimarsh conditions throughout the entire Big Marsh wetland complex. To say nothing of the difficulties of rowing a kayak through emergent vegetation and deep mud, the water depths of this system are simply insufficient to support year-round open water for recreational use. It is true that we are actively regulating water levels. However. We do this for the explicit goal of promoting marshbird habitat, and NOT for kayakers. Carolyn also mentioned Lake Calumet as part of this point.  CPD does not own or control Lake Calumet, so I cannot speak to any water recreation plans that the Illinois International Port District might have for that water body.
·         Another proposed element of the above framework plan is the possibility for a “treetop adventure course” which could include a zipline among other elements.  To my knowledge, no such course has been planned, designed, or funded though the option is still on the table.  If this element DID get included in future construction phases, it would be located among/atop the existing bike park (i.e. within the existing 40 acres footprint), and should not encroach upon established natural area.
·         The bike park facility and trails comprise about 40 acres of the site’s total 297 acres, or roughly 15% of the total site area. This does include a few dirt path trails that reach out along the exposed slag on the southeast quadrant of the site. These have been located to make use of land that is effectively sterile slag and otherwise incapable of supporting native vegetation.  The trails and margins along the sides of these trails are being capped with clean fill (for environmental remediation purposes) and the margins are to be planted with native vegetation.  I should note that the addition of this clean soil and installation of native plants represents a net increase in total productive land on the site, as compared to the impermeable slag that’s currently there.
·         Finally, I’d like to make one important clarification:  A lot of confusion seems to surround the intended use of this bike park, particularly with regard to the word “BMX.” Some people may have the misconception that “BMX dirt bike” means “offroad motorcycle.”  It should be noted that the cycling facility will be for NON-MOTORIZED bicycles only.  In this context BMX refers to smaller-wheeled “dirt jump” bikes, the rider of which are almost exclusively interested in the artificial hills and ramps being constructed in the heart of the bike park.  Other cyclocross and mountain bike riders will be riding more typical bicycles throughout the trail system.

Anyway I hope this clarifies some things! Let me know if there are any further questions/confusions!

Byron Tsang
Project Manager, Ecologist | Chicago Park District
Department of Cultural and Natural Resources



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Subject: IBET Stilts still here
Date: Wed Jul 20 2016 18:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As of 6PM 2 adult and 2 young Black-necked Stilts are still at Rt 47 fluddle in Sugar Grove.

Joan Campbell

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Subject: IBET Cook County-Yet Another Close To Home Search For Shorebirds At 5 Locations Wed 7-20-16
Date: Wed Jul 20 2016 16:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I looked for shorebirds today at Chicago Botanic, Techny Basin, north
of Willow Rd Mudflats,
Air Station Prairie & Heritage Park in Wheeling. I was trying for 10
species of shorebirds & I almost made it coming up slightly short with
9 species. But today's 9 species & the 10 on Monday in DuPage Co are
better than I had been doing before this week. Still not up to Emiquon
& Chatuaqua levels though, but few places are up to those levels.
Here's my report & I'll mainly stick to shorebirds with a few other
highlights.

Chicago Botanic Garden (7-8:15 a.m.)

My last try here was rained out but today I had 6 shorebird species,
an improvement over the usual 3 or 4 species I'd been finding.

Semipalmated Plover (2)
Killdeer (29)
Spotted Sandpiper (4)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Solitary Sandpiper (2)
Least Sandpiper (13)

For some reason Least's are often found here but Semipalmated
Sandpipers are tough to find.
Had 3 Great Blues & 2 Great Egrets in the same mud flat area by Rt 68/Dundee Rd.

Techny Basin & Mud Flats North Of Willow Rd (8:45-10:30 a.m.)

Checked the Mud Flat Pond & The Channel at Techny & almost all the
shorebirds were at the Pond with almost no birds along the channel.

Killdeer (8)
Spotted Sandpiper (4 by pond & 3 more along the channel)
Lesser Yellowlegs (2)
Solitary Sandpiper (also 2)
Least Sandpiper (3)

Also seen were Great Blues, Great Egrets & 2 Caspian Terns.
The mud flats to the north had more of the same plus 1 Pectoral
Sandpiper & 1 S.B. Dowitcher which did not stay long.

Air Station Prairie

As reported before both former ponds are dry but Killdeer still like
them with 3 in the former west pond & 1 in the east pond. Did not see
the baby Killdeer today but it may be full size by now?
Mourning Doves (3) were also feeding on the former east pond. No sign
of Mallards or Rails since the water disappeared.

Heritage Park Wheeling 11 a.m-noon)

Channel Area

Great Blue Heron (2), Great Egret (1) & Mallards (14 with half being baby ducks)
Killdeer (18)
Spotted Sandpiper (4)
Least Sandpiper (4)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (3)

In the main pond area were D.C. Cormorant (5), Great Egret (1), R.B.
Gulls (91), Herring Gull
(1 immature), Caspian Tern (2) & the continuing lone Coot. Also a few
Canada Geese & many Mallards (68).

So in an awards repeat of Monday Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Short
Billed Dowitcher even if it did not stay long & Runner-Up to the 3
Semipalmated Plovers. Shorebirds are increasing in numbers & in
species & August will be here soon.

Al Stokie
Cook County


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Subject: IBET Palos and Orland Pk
Date: Wed Jul 20 2016 15:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I made my annual visit to the Purple Martin colony at The Palos West
Elementary Slough. Excellent results this year too. All 36 compartments were
occupied by martins! On June 28 he counted 147 young and 28 eggs. So by now
some of those eggs will be young. Some compartments had 6 young!



Two monitors at The Orland Grassland photographed Virginia Rails with two
young. This was at the pond just SW of the main parking lot. On Saturday I
counted 7 Henslow Sparrows right along old 175th. Bobolinks must have been
hiding as I did not see or hear any.



Wes Serafin

Orland Pk

SW Cook




Subject: RE: IBET Big Marsh facts
Date: Wed Jul 20 2016 15:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
WOW! This seems like such an improvement over what is there now, nothing. This seems like a win-win situation. I love the multi- purpose paths, boardwalks and now a tower! Love it.



Wes Serafin

Orland Pk



From: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Judith Pollock jpbobolink@gmail.com [ILbirds]
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:50 PM
To: ilbirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: IBET Big Marsh facts





I’m forwarding this note from Byron at the CPD with facts about the Big Marsh work -

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The publicly-available Big Marsh Framework Plan is online here: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict...



Unfortunately, Carolyn’s IBET post is incorrect on several key points. She is likely referencing the overall framework plan, which is the same as I have linked above. It is important to realize, however, that the above plan is a conceptual framework only, and as you can see, is now about 2 years old. All of the mentioned recreational uses (and many more) had been considered and were proposed in this document, but since then, numerous elements of that original vision have been altered or removed entirely. I’ll do my best to address some specifics below:



* Canoeing, kayaking, and a boat launch are NOT PLANNED, and I do not believe they are likely to ever happen. The water control structure at Big Marsh was designed for and is being operated to sustain hemimarsh conditions throughout the entire Big Marsh wetland complex. To say nothing of the difficulties of rowing a kayak through emergent vegetation and deep mud, the water depths of this system are simply insufficient to support year-round open water for recreational use. It is true that we are actively regulating water levels. However. We do this for the explicit goal of promoting marshbird habitat, and NOT for kayakers. Carolyn also mentioned Lake Calumet as part of this point. CPD does not own or control Lake Calumet, so I cannot speak to any water recreation plans that the Illinois International Port District might have for that water body.

* Another proposed element of the above framework plan is the possibility for a “treetop adventure course” which could include a zipline among other elements. To my knowledge, no such course has been planned, designed, or funded though the option is still on the table. If this element DID get included in future construction phases, it would be located among/atop the existing bike park (i.e. within the existing 40 acres footprint), and should not encroach upon established natural area.

* The bike park facility and trails comprise about 40 acres of the site’s total 297 acres, or roughly 15% of the total site area. This does include a few dirt path trails that reach out along the exposed slag on the southeast quadrant of the site. These have been located to make use of land that is effectively sterile slag and otherwise incapable of supporting native vegetation. The trails and margins along the sides of these trails are being capped with clean fill (for environmental remediation purposes) and the margins are to be planted with native vegetation. I should note that the addition of this clean soil and installation of native plants represents a net increase in total productive land on the site, as compared to the impermeable slag that’s currently there.

* Finally, I’d like to make one important clarification: A lot of confusion seems to surround the intended use of this bike park, particularly with regard to the word “BMX.” Some people may have the misconception that “BMX dirt bike” means “offroad motorcycle.” It should be noted that the cycling facility will be for NON-MOTORIZED bicycles only. In this context BMX refers to smaller-wheeled “dirt jump” bikes, the rider of which are almost exclusively interested in the artificial hills and ramps being constructed in the heart of the bike park. Other cyclocross and mountain bike riders will be riding more typical bicycles throughout the trail system.



Anyway I hope this clarifies some things! Let me know if there are any further questions/confusions!



Byron Tsang

Project Manager, Ecologist | Chicago Park District

Department of Cultural and Natural Resources



___________________

Judy Pollock

Evanston, Cook












Subject: IBET Big Marsh facts
Date: Wed Jul 20 2016 13:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I’m forwarding this note from Byron at the CPD with facts about the Big Marsh work -
---------------------------------
The publicly-available Big Marsh Framework Plan is online here:http://www.chicagoparkdistrict...

Unfortunately, Carolyn’s IBET post is incorrect on several key points. She is likely referencing the overall framework plan, which is the same as I have linked above. It is important to realize, however, that the above plan is a conceptual framework only, and as you can see, is now about 2 years old. All of the mentioned recreational uses (and many more) had been considered and were proposed in this document, but since then, numerous elements of that original vision have been altered or removed entirely. I’ll do my best to address some specifics below:

· Canoeing, kayaking, and a boat launch are NOT PLANNED, and I do not believe they are likely to ever happen. The water control structure at Big Marsh was designed for and is being operated to sustain hemimarsh conditions throughout the entire Big Marsh wetland complex. To say nothing of the difficulties of rowing a kayak through emergent vegetation and deep mud, the water depths of this system are simply insufficient to support year-round open water for recreational use. It is true that we are actively regulating water levels. However. We do this for the explicit goal of promoting marshbird habitat, and NOT for kayakers. Carolyn also mentioned Lake Calumet as part of this point. CPD does not own or control Lake Calumet, so I cannot speak to any water recreation plans that the Illinois International Port District might have for that water body.
· Another proposed element of the above framework plan is the possibility for a “treetop adventure course” which could include a zipline among other elements. To my knowledge, no such course has been planned, designed, or funded though the option is still on the table. If this element DID get included in future construction phases, it would be located among/atop the existing bike park (i.e. within the existing 40 acres footprint), and should not encroach upon established natural area.
· The bike park facility and trails comprise about 40 acres of the site’s total 297 acres, or roughly 15% of the total site area. This does include a few dirt path trails that reach out along the exposed slag on the southeast quadrant of the site. These have been located to make use of land that is effectively sterile slag and otherwise incapable of supporting native vegetation. The trails and margins along the sides of these trails are being capped with clean fill (for environmental remediation purposes) and the margins are to be planted with native vegetation. I should note that the addition of this clean soil and installation of native plants represents a net increase in total productive land on the site, as compared to the impermeable slag that’s currently there.
· Finally, I’d like to make one important clarification: A lot of confusion seems to surround the intended use of this bike park, particularly with regard to the word “BMX.” Some people may have the misconception that “BMX dirt bike” means “offroad motorcycle.” It should be noted that the cycling facility will be for NON-MOTORIZED bicycles only. In this context BMX refers to smaller-wheeled “dirt jump” bikes, the rider of which are almost exclusively interested in the artificial hills and ramps being constructed in the heart of the bike park. Other cyclocross and mountain bike riders will be riding more typical bicycles throughout the trail system.

Anyway I hope this clarifies some things! Let me know if there are any further questions/confusions!

Byron Tsang
Project Manager, Ecologist | Chicago Park District
Department of Cultural and Natural Resources

___________________
Judy Pollock
Evanston, Cook





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