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19 Feb: @ 15:25:16 Re: IBET RE: Diversey & North Ave Turning Basins [Amanda Tichacek [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Feb: @ 13:48:48 IBET 2018 ILLINOIS ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY GRANT PROGRAM [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Feb: @ 13:23:05 IBET Byard C. wren [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Feb: @ 13:13:15 Re: IBET RE: Diversey & North Ave Turning Basins [Laurel Ross [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Feb: @ 12:53:22 IBET RE: Diversey & North Ave Turning Basins [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Feb: @ 12:22:15 IBET Umbrella Birding At The Chicago Botanic Garden (Local interest only) Mon 2-19-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
18 Feb: @ 21:26:38 IBET Goose flock old sighting update, cook co. [Suzanne Coleman [email protected] [ILbirds]]
18 Feb: @ 15:49:59 IBET Diversey & North Ave Turning Basins Plus Lake Calumet Area Sunday 2-18-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
18 Feb: @ 15:47:16 IBET Northern Shrike at Rosehill Cemetery [Mark Ross [email protected] [ILbirds]]
17 Feb: @ 22:11:21 IBET Gull Frolic Lost and Found (no sightings) [Karen Lund [email protected] [ILbirds]]
17 Feb: @ 21:21:15 IBET Byard N cardinals [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
17 Feb: @ 18:17:01 IBET Chicago River and Montrose - some interesting birds today [Amanda Tichacek [email protected] [ILbirds]]
17 Feb: @ 18:13:51 IBET Bartel Grasslands Saturday 2-17-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
17 Feb: @ 09:27:25 IBET Montrose Snowy Owl, 2/17 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' [email protected] [ILbirds]]
16 Feb: @ 16:37:54 IBET Evanston Lakefront Divers [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
16 Feb: @ 14:23:55 IBET: Sangamon Co. Jan. 2018 report [Beckie Dyer [email protected] [ILbirds]]
16 Feb: @ 14:12:42 IBET Southern Illinois Birds book updated ['W. Douglas Robinson' [email protected] [ILbirds]]
16 Feb: @ 13:05:26 IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie & Techny North Friday 2-16-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
16 Feb: @ 12:53:41 IBET Chicago River Ducks - Fri 2/16 12.15pm [Steve Huggins [email protected] [ILbirds]]
16 Feb: @ 10:41:23 IBET GWF Goose & WW Scoters at Diversey Harbor [David Antieau [email protected] [ILbirds]]
16 Feb: @ 09:25:09 IBET Byard C. wren [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
15 Feb: @ 17:18:23 IBET Byard Song sp [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
15 Feb: @ 17:01:41 IBET Gnatctchers and Yellow Rumped Warblers in MO. (no Sightings here) [John Heneghan [email protected] [ILbirds]]
15 Feb: @ 16:10:56 IBET IOS Meadowlark - back issues collection [Bob Fisher [email protected] [ILbirds]]
15 Feb: @ 15:44:10 IBET Murder At Waukegan & Other Adventures Thur 2-15-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
14 Feb: @ 21:52:05 IBET Northern Shrike [Sigrid Schmidt [email protected] [ILbirds]]
14 Feb: @ 18:50:53 IBET Tundra Swans - Carroll County [A Straight [email protected] [ILbirds]]
14 Feb: @ 16:45:37 IBET Byard Cooper's hawk [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
14 Feb: @ 14:34:24 IBET some updated bird galleries [robirdman [email protected] [ILbirds]]
14 Feb: @ 13:13:59 IBET Finally Something Different At The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 2-14-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
14 Feb: @ 10:27:04 IBET GWF and WW Scoters Diversy 9am [S J [email protected] [ILbirds]]
14 Feb: @ 10:23:08 IBET no sighting-Birding Blitz of Southernmost IL ['Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' [email protected] [ILbirds]]
13 Feb: @ 17:20:02 IBET A yellow rumped warbler today(!) and other unexpecteds near the Fox [Lucy De Lap [email protected] [ILbirds]]
13 Feb: @ 17:12:03 IBET Fwd: Impacts of the Federal Budget and Infrastructure Plan [Chuck Berman [email protected] [ILbirds]]
13 Feb: @ 16:43:28 IBET Diversey Harbor- GWF Goose and WW Scoters continue at 4:30 PM Tue [Howard Blum [email protected] [ILbirds]]
13 Feb: @ 15:10:08 IBET Byard N cardinal [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
13 Feb: @ 12:44:37 IBET N.U. Lagoon (Mostly Frozen) & Wilmette Harbor (Completely Frozen) Tues 2-13-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
13 Feb: @ 09:22:35 IBET Changes to eBird during GBBC, Feb 16-19 (No sightings) [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
12 Feb: @ 13:52:30 IBET White Fronted Goose & White Winged Scoters At Diversey Harbor Entrance [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
12 Feb: @ 13:25:12 IBET Chicago River WWScoter & RNDuck 2/12/18 12.30pm [Steve Huggins [email protected] [ILbirds]]
12 Feb: @ 12:47:31 Re: IBET White-fronted Goose & WW Scoters-Diversey Harbor, Chicago [Amanda Tichacek [email protected] [ILbirds]]
11 Feb: @ 18:17:58 IBET B eagle on the K3 River [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
11 Feb: @ 15:35:39 IBET White-fronted Goose & WW Scoters-Diversey Harbor, Chicago [Joe Lill [email protected] [ILbirds]]
11 Feb: @ 07:08:47 IBET more recently finished bird videos [robirdman [email protected] [ILbirds]]
10 Feb: @ 18:17:31 IBET more bird video catchup [robirdman [email protected] [ILbirds]]
10 Feb: @ 16:20:43 IBET old sighting cook co. [Suzanne Coleman [email protected] [ILbirds]]
10 Feb: @ 15:26:29 IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County - Redpoll Flock [Jeff Bilsky [email protected] [ILbirds]]
10 Feb: @ 14:02:14 IBET Birding America registration now open - no sightings [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
10 Feb: @ 13:29:11 IBET Battle On the Booming Grounds (no sightings) [John Heneghan [email protected] [ILbirds]]
10 Feb: @ 11:25:46 IBET Battle on the Booming Grounds-No Sighting [David Gruver [email protected] [ILbirds]]





Subject: Re: IBET RE: Diversey & North Ave Turning Basins
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 15:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Keith,

I have limited experience at the two turning basins, so these may not be the best strategies. If you look a a map in satellite view, this will make much more sense..

North Ave: I park at the northern end of Goose Island, on N Cherry Ave. From here you can walk north towards the water taxi stop, and there is a small viewing platform to your left. You can also walk across the Cherry St pedestrian/train bridge, which will take you to North Avenue. From here, you can walk west where you have a nice view of the basin from the bridge.

Diversey Ave: I park on N. Leavitt St, a residential street just south of Diversey Ave. You can view the basin from Leavitt, and also from the bridge (south side is currently under construction, but north side is open). From the bridge, you can also walk west and view from Diversey River Bowl parking lot. You could also try parking there, although I don't know what the tow policy is (but could be good for a stationary count from the car, on a cold day).

Good luck!

Amanda T
Skokie, Cook County

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Can anyone please advise the best location to bird the two turning circles from? It looks like access may be limited?
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Subject: IBET 2018 ILLINOIS ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY GRANT PROGRAM
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 13:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
2018 ILLINOIS ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
GRANT PROGRAM


IOS is pleased to announce: We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Illinois Ornithological Society Grant Program. Awards of up to $1,000 are available to applicants conducting projects relating to birds and/or birding in Illinois. The 2017 IOS Grants Program awarded 9 requests for funding, totaling $8,600! A total of 94 Grants totaling $82,019 have been awarded since the programôs inception, through 2017.


One of IOSôs objectives is to promote scientific research and education in order to improve knowledge and awareness of birds in Illinois. The IOS Grants Program was initiated in 2004 to support this objective with grants awarded to projects relating to birds and/or birding in Illinois.

Grants are available to students, professionals, and organizations seeking funding for bird or birding related research. Interested applicants should submit a project proposal via our online application: http://www.illinoisbirds.org/i... http://www.illinoisbirds.org/i...


Recipients of an IOS Grant award must be a member of IOS and agree to write an article about the project and its results for the IOS journal The Meadowlark. Willingness of applicant to attend a meeting sponsored by IOS or one of its partners, and share results, will be taken into consideration in choosing award winners. Assistance for travel to said meeting may be requested from IOS or the partner.


Application questions can be directed to Matt Igleski [email protected] mailto:[email protected]


Deadline for submission is March 30, 2018
Announcement of the awards will be April 27, 2018





Matt Igleski
Chicago, Cook, IL



Subject: IBET Byard C. wren
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 13:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
Wren is singing along with A. robin, N cardinal, H. sp, and a starling imitating a Killdeer. Also honking C. geese flyover, WB nuthatch calling, DE junco tinkling bell,
and a Blue jay calling.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
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Subject: Re: IBET RE: Diversey & North Ave Turning Basins
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 13:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I followed the Google map directions and they got me there just fine. I clicked on the ebird maps.

laurel
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Can anyone please advise the best location to bird the two turning circles from? It looks like access may be limited?
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Subject: IBET RE: Diversey & North Ave Turning Basins
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 12:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Can anyone please advise the best location to bird the two turning circles from? It looks like access may be limited?


thanks,
Keith Bowers
Chicago



Subject: IBET Umbrella Birding At The Chicago Botanic Garden (Local interest only) Mon 2-19-18
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 12:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Light rain for half my visit but not too bad. Saw nothing special
today only the same birds I've been seeing. Redpolls made a comeback
as I only saw 10 last week but saw about 40 today. A few Siskins too.
Here's my short list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (8:30-10:30 a.m.)

(At the open water Dundee Rd bridge)
Mallard (87)
Hooded Merganser (2-F)
Common Merganser (9-M & 2-F)
Coots (2)
Herring Gull (1, 2 others flew by)

(Land birds seen were:)
Mourning Dove (4)
Blue Jay (4)
Chickadee (3, at the feeders)
R.B. Nuthatch (H-1)
Robin (3)
Starling (flock of about 20-25)
Cardinal (3 with 2 singing)
Tree Sparrow (1)
Junco (2-3)
Common Redpoll (~40)
Pine Siskin (3-4)
House Sparrow (8)

Bird-Of-The-Day to all the Redpolls & Runner-Up to the few Siskins.
I don't know when the last time was I did not see a single Canada
Goose but I saw none today.
At least I got my daily walk in!

Al Stokie
In Cook County today


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Subject: IBET Goose flock old sighting update, cook co.
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 21:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just a note to let you know that the large flock of geese I saw about a month ago or so at air station Prairie was actually about 10 Snow Geese and 70 or 60 greater white fronted geese. Thanks to Matthew C. For the assist on ID of the distant geese.

Today I went around the Glenview area and most places were still frozen with the exception of Techny north which had one male common goldeneye and a handful of common mergansers of interest. I didn't see the shrike anywhere or anything else exceptional. What I did see was probably the last snow for the year so I had fun in that.

Suzanne Coleman
Cook co.
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Subject: IBET Diversey & North Ave Turning Basins Plus Lake Calumet Area Sunday 2-18-18
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 15:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Inspired by recent reports by Amanda T & Steve H I decided to check on
the 2 Chicago turning basins mentioned above. The only problem was I
don't know how to get to either one. But Jeff Sanders knows how & he
agreed to take me along. Here's what we saw:

Diversey Turning Basin (8:20-8:45 a.m.)

The main highlight was was the continuing SURF SCOTER which was
swimming nearby. Also seen were Canada Geese (3), Mallard (3), Redhead
(~70), Ring Necked Duck (1-M), both Greater & Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead
(6), Goldeneye (~130) & Coots (14). Gulls were Ring Billed (9) &
Herring (3).

North Ave Turning Basin (8:55-9:20 a.m.)

Here the star of the show was Amanda's RED THROATED LOON which was far
away at 1st but eventually came in for closer viewing. Next most
impressive was an adult male WHITE WINGED SCOTER which I had to walk
quite a bit east to verify what it was. Other ducks seen were Redhead
(22), CANVASBACK (2-M), Scaup Sp? (6 sleeping), Bufflehead (6),
Goldeneye (10), Common (2) & Red Breasted (4) Mergansers, Coots (15) &
Herring Gulls (5). A PEREGRINE flew by & landed on a distant light
tower.

Next to the Calumet area where our 1st stop was 126th Street Marsh.
Here we saw Great Blue Heron (3), Canada Geese (over 400), Mallards
(52) & a Coot.

Just in from the marsh is Turning Basin #3 (I think its #3?) where we
saw Common (2) & Red Breasted (12) Mergs, many Herring Gulls (71) &
the highlight was a 1st/2nd year GLAUCOUS GULL.

Wolf Lake/Powers (10:30-11:15 a.m.)

Did not find the Bobwhite (although someone did) or the Red Shouldered
Hawk reported from here recently but in the area of open water were
HORNED GREBE (1), Mute Swans (14), Canada Geese (~200), Canvasback
(~14), Redhead (40), Ring Necked Duck (1-M), Goldeneye (1-M), Common
Merganser (6) & Red Breasted Merganser (12).

We looked in the State Line section but found no Snowy Owls but Jeff
wants me to post that we had 3 Coyotes at the same time running on the
ice at the far south end.

Made a brief stop along 100th Street & saw & heard 5 Monk Parakeets.

Later we checked Calumet Park, Steelworkers Park, Rainbow Beach. the
La Rabida Harbor & a few more places but we added no new species.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Red Throated Loon &
Runners-Up to the male White Winged Scoter, the Surf Scoter & the
Glaucous Gull.

Al Stokie
In Cook County doing only short walks as promised


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Subject: IBET Northern Shrike at Rosehill Cemetery
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 15:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today around noon. Loudly vocalizing from the top of a tree on the south side of the cemetery.Photos are on ebird.








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Subject: IBET Gull Frolic Lost and Found (no sightings)
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 22:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just one little thing left behind this year - a very short white usb cord. If the owner would like it back, please contact me directly so I can mail it to you.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Subject: IBET Byard N cardinals
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 21:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
Cardinals and Juncos in the back bushes. Also a WT sparrow.
Very scenic in the fresh snow.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: IBET Chicago River and Montrose - some interesting birds today
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 18:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birders. Today I spent the morning along the Chicago River (River
Park, Richard Clark Park, Diversey Ave, Damen, North Ave) and at Montrose
(Harbor and Point). In addition to the usual divers and dabblers and other
assorted waterfowl, gulls, and land birds for this time of year, here were
my most interesting finds --

Richard Clark Park: I was hoping to see the Northern Shoveler reported by
two others yesterday. But instead, was treated to approximately 80 Common
Goldeneye, the males throwing their heads back in courtship display.

Diversey Turning Basin: Surf Scoter (1F), Ring-necked Duck (1M).

North Ave Turning Basin: Horned Grebe (2), Red-throated Loon (1),
Canvasback (2M, usually only one at this location)

Montrose Harbor: Greater White-fronted Goose (1), Merlin (1 Taiga-type, got
some great views and photos while it perched in a tree, but not sure if it
was female or immature)

Montrose Point and the Hedge: Merlin (same bird as seen from the Harbor),
White-throated Sparrow. Did not see the Snowy Owl, or the Swamp Sparrow.
Trails at Montrose are quite icy, beware!

These were my most-interesting birds today, but the complete checklists
with some photos are uploaded to eBird.


Amanda Tichacek
Snowing again, in Skokie, Cook County



Subject: IBET Bartel Grasslands Saturday 2-17-18
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 18:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today Bob Erickson & I spent 3 hours & 15 min walking the entire area
of the Bartel Grasslands in search of Owls. The fact that I am writing
this report tells you that we found no rare Owls as if we had I would
not have reported them as I think you should not report Winter Owl
roosts. The problem was the snow & it was very hard to walk with all
the partially melted snow & the more the snow melts then the area will
be flooded which creates problems of another sort. I have never been
so worn out as I was today & I was just barely moving at the end. Our
reward for all this work was one GREAT HORNED OWL which I must admit
we were very glad to see.

Other birds seen in the raptor department were BALD EAGLE (1-AD), Red
Tailed Hawk. a roadside Kestrel & Bob saw a Rough Legged Hawk which I
managed to miss. Several Canada Geese flew by & 4 Mallards were in a
small area of open water. A few Horned Larks were calling & flying
around &
the few land birds included Red Bellied & Downy Woodpeckers, a Blue
Jay, Chickadees, one Red Breasted Nuthatch & about 4 Crows & 20 Tree
Sparrows. I should mention that we found a Mourning Dove roost with
from 25-30 Doves.

I do not know what I'll be doing tomorrow but it will NOT include long
walks in the snow!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Great Horned Owl & Runner-Up to the adult Bald Eagle.

Al Stokie
Worn out in Cook County


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Subject: IBET Montrose Snowy Owl, 2/17 a.m.
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 9:27 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I had a Snowy Owl at Montrose Point in Chicago this morning, February
17. This is the first Snowy Owl I've seen at Montrose in several weeks,
my last sighting being January 21. The bird was at the end of the
fishing pier, the first place you should look for Snowies if you visit
Montrose to look for them. While I was watching the Snowy, an
adventurous (foolish, really) young man walked all the way to the end of
the pier and flushed the bird a couple times. Most of the pier is still
covered in ice and snow and most definitely treacherous to walk on; a
person could easily end up going for a swim in Lake Michigan. The only
other birds of interest I saw this a.m. were a White-throated Sparrow
and a Swamp Sparrow, both feeding with House Sparrows near the main
entrance to the sanctuary.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhug...
Montrose on eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot...


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Subject: IBET Evanston Lakefront Divers
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 16:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Made a brief stop at Evanston's Lighthouse Beach and was treated to a nice assortment of divers.


7 Long-tailed Ducks (All males flying around. 4 in one scope view!)
6 White-winged Scoters
100+ Redhead
50+ Scaup (at least a few Greater)


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET: Sangamon Co. Jan. 2018 report
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 14:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Birds in Sangamon County in January 2018

**

*Pied-billed Grebe ? *wintered, w*/*HC = 30 (Jan 28), seen every day but
two.

*White Pelican*? wintered in # for first time at LSpfld, w/ HC in Jan =
144. Noted every day except one.

*Double-crested Cormorant*? wintered at LSpfld, w/HC = 7 (Jan 22 & 25).

*Great Blue Heron*? wintered, w/ HC = 82 (Jan 30) ? highest ever for
winter. Species seen every day.

*Black-crowned Night-heron*? one adult at the warm-water Ditch (Jan 7) -
photo.

*Mute Swan*? HC = 4 ( 5 days in Jan).

*Trumpeter Swan*? 8 adults at LSpfld (Jan 2 ? 11), also 5 adults & 5 imm
(Jan 18), 4 adults & 1 imm (Jan 19), plus one adult at west side pond
(Jan 20).

*Greater White-fronted Goose*? wintered, w/ HC = 1190 (Jan 26). Much
moving around with changing weather.

*Snow Goose*? present off & on, w/ HC = 1710 on (Jan 28).

*Ross?s Goose*? few identified, w/4 (Jan 20). Most were white, but one
blue seen (Jan 9 & 20)

*Cackling Goose*? wintered in small numbers, w/HC = 11 (Jan 26).

*Canada Goose*? wintered, w/HC = 4300 (Jan 19).

*Wood Duck*? a few wintered mostly at WP, w/ HC = 20 (Jan 29) also one
?(with band) at Lindsay Bridge ?4^rd year in a row.

*Green-winged Teal*? some arrived with ? false springs?: 5 (Jan 10), 4
(Jan 11) and 2 (Jan 22). Most were drakes.

*Am Black Duck*? wintered in small #, w/HC = 12 (Jan 21) ? fewer & fewer.

*Mallard*= wintered, w/HC = 950 (Jan 21) ? no big flocks.

*N. Pintail*? a few seen off & on at LSpfld & Sangchris, w/ HC = 68 (Jan
11).

*N. Shoveler*? few seen especially at south end LSpfld, w/ HC = 20 (Jan
3 & 23).*Gadwall *? wintered in very low #, w/ HC = 12 (Jan 8 & 21 ),
sewer ponds no good now.

*Am. Wigeon*? very few w/ HC = 5 (Jan 26).

*Canvasback *? wintered & seen every day, w/ HC = 67 (Jan 22), but #
dropped after the ice melted.

*Redhead *? a few wintered off & on w/ HC = 4 (Jan 25).

*Ring-necked Duck*? some at LSpfld all winter, w/ HC = 5 (Jan 27).

*Greater Scaup*? a few in winter, w/ HC = 7 (Jan 24).

*Lesser Scaup*? wintered, seen every day, w/ HC = 65 (Jan 28).

*Oldsquaw(Long-tailed Duck*) ? Two birds ?? (noted 8 days) and( one or
the other seen 13 days) were present (same birds from December 2017)
through (Jan 31).

*White-winged Scoter*?spring (?) arrival 8 at LSpfld (Jan 14), plus one
(Jan 17 & 18) and 2 (Jan 24 & 25).

*Common Goldeneye*? wintered, seen every day foraging in flocks, w/ HC =
825 (Jan 20).

*Bufflehead X Common Goldeneye Hybrid*? seen 6 times between (Jan 5 ?
22) see photos and video at ISM website.

*Bufflehead *? wintered, w/ HC = 10 (Jan 8).

*Hooded Merganser*? wintered, seen every day, w/ HC = 170 (Jan 3)
numbers lower by Jan 23.

*Common Merganser*? wintered, seen every day w/ HC = 450 (Jan 20).

*Red-breasted Merganser*? wintered in small #, w/ HC = 12 (Jan 25). A
few ? seen.

*Ruddy Duck*? wintered, seen every day, w/ HC = 140 (Jan 30). Had to
move often because of ice.

*Turkey Vulture*- a few all winter, w/ HC = 4 (5x in Jan ).

*Bald Eagle*? wintered, especially in periods of ice, w/ HC = 11 (Jan 3,
5, & 8). Observed every day except one in Jan. Age Ratio = 54 adults: 79
imm (many % repeats). Most seen at LSpfld, some noted at Sangchris and
other areas of Sangamon Co.

*N. Harrier*? wintered, HC = 7 (Jan 27). Mostly seen near Sanghhris and
Pleasant Plaines.

*Sharp-shinned Hawk*? 2 singles (Jan 1 - 3).

*Cooper?s Hawk*? HC = 2 (Jan 13).

*Red-shouldered Hawk*? noted on 7 days, w/ adult ? found dead south of
LSpfld ? near Beamington (Jan 14) by T. Hargrove, = first Sangamon
County specimen. Other adults seen north of Beamington (Jan 3, 8, 15 &
21). Also adult east of Hawk Valley (Jan 8), one calling at Sangchris
(Jan 26) and a second year (?) North of Pawnee (Jan 28).

*Red-tailed Hawk*? HC = 12 (Jan 19).

*Rough-legged Hawk*?first noted & HC = 6 LP & 1 DP near Pleasant Plains
(Jan 6).

*Am.Kestrel*? HC = 10 (Jan 27).

*Merlin*? two at LSpfld, ? along West Lake Dr (Jan 14) and a ? at
Lincolnland (Jan 27) could be the same one returning? ? photo.

*Peregrine Falcon*? adult and imm (same bird seen in December) at
LSpfld, (Jan 11) and adults at LSpfld (Jan 14 & 20).

*Ring-neck Pheasant*? one at Sangchris (Jan 21).

*Turkey*? 3 at south end LSpfld (Jan 3) and 5 at Beamington (Jan 21).

N. Bobwhite ? none

*Am. Coot*? wintered near LSpfld Dam, w/ HC = 16 (Jan 10).

*Wilson?s Snipe*? one below LSpfld Dam (Jan 7).

*Bonaparte?s Gull*? one flew by Marine Pt (Jan 11).

*Ring-billed Gull*? HC = 700 (Jan 31), lower # with several cold peroids.

*Herring Gull*? HC = 600 (Jan 7).

*Iceland Gull ? Thayer?s Gull*adults at LSpfld (Jan 7 & 14).

*+Iceland Gull - Kumlien?s Gull*? an adult recorded 4 times at
LSpfld(Jan 7, 11, 16, & 21) ? photo, plus one first year at LSpfld (Jan
7) - photo.

*Glaucous Gull*? one first year at LSpfld (Jan 4 ? 7) - photo.

*Lesser Black-backed Gull*? HC = 4 adults on (Jan 5). Second year seen
(Jan 3 & 7) and a first year on (Jan 8). This gull species seen on 16 days.

*Rock Dove*? present.

*Eurasian Collared-Dove*? HC = 7 (Jan 8).

*Mourning Dove*? HC = 76 (Jan 4).

*E. Screech-Owl*? one calling on West Lake Dr (Jan 7) and a red phase
seen near Marine Pt (Jan 28).

*Great Horned Owl*? HC = 2 (Jan 7 & 28).

*Snowy Owl*? the one west of Spfld seen (Jan 4 & 20) ? photo.

*Barred Owl*? two singles (Jan 13 & 24).

*Short-eared Owl*? 2 SW of Auburn (Jan 13) and 2 SE of Spfld (Jan 21)

*Belted Kingfisher*? two singles at LSpfld Dam (Jan 17 & 25) ? most
wintering birds left because of low water and frozen conditions .

*Red-headed Woodpecker*? HC = 6 (Jan 11) ? LSpfld w/fair population, but
acorns need to be left on ground not mowed and removed!

*Red-bellied Woodpecker*? seen every day, w/HC = 9 (Jan 29).

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker*? 2 birds at WP (Jan1) and 2 different birds
at WP (Jan 2) only ones found?

*Downy Woodpecker*? HC = 9 (Jan 1).

*Hairy Woodpecker*? HC = 3 (Jan 28).

*N. Flicker*? HC = only 2 (4x in Jan ) ? low #. .

*Pileated Woodpecker*? 4 singles.

*Horned Lark*? HC = 47 (Jan 16).

*Blue Jay*? HC = 34 (Jan 1), fairly good # around LSpfld ? seen every day.

*Am. Crow*? HC = 240 (Jan 21), seen every day.

*Black-capped Chickadee*? HC = 8 (Jan 31), seen every day.

*Tufted Titmouse*? HC = 10 (Jan 26), seen every day.

*Red-br. Nuthatch*? HC = 2 (Jan 27), w/birds seen on 12 days.

*White-breasted Nuthatch*? HC = 11 (Jan 5), seen every day.

*Brown Creeper*? 7 singles.

*Carolina Wren*? HC = 7 (Jan 11).

*Golden-crowned Kinglet*? HC = 2 (Jan 4) ? only ones seen.

*Eastern Bluebird*? HC = 3 (Jan 11) ? seen on only 3 days.

*Hermit Thrush*? one at WP (Jan 2).

*Am. Robin*? wintered in very small #, w/ HC = 10 (Jan 29).

*N. Mockingbird*? 4 singles between (Jan 2 ? 13).

*Brown Thrasher*? one at WP (Jan 5).

*American Pipit*? one north of Marine Pt (Jan 1, 2 & 9), found along the
rack line of drying LSpfld.

*Cedar Waxwing*? two flocks of 20 at LSpfld (Jan 14 & 16).

*Eur. Starling*? present.

*Yellow-rumped Warbler ? *one along East Lake Dr (Jan 13).

*N. Cardinal*? HC = 42 (Jan 29), seen every day.

*Am. Tree Sparrow*? HC = 55 (Jan 16) ? low # seen on 17 days.

*Chipping Sparrow*? 2 imm near the airport (Jan 9), same birds seen in
December.

*Fox Sparrow*? 7 singles between (Jan 15 - 26) - photo.

*Song Sparrow*? HC = 9 (Jan 16 - 17) ? very scarce.

*Swamp Sparrow*? HC = 2 (Jan 9 & 11)) ? only ones seen, very scarce in
winter now.

*White-throated Sparrow*? HC = 11 (Jan 29) ? low #.

*White-crowned Sparrow*? HC = 2 (Jan 1 & 16) ? not many.

*Dark-eyed Junco*? HC = 75 (Jan 12), but mostly low #.

*Lapland Longspur*? observed 7 days, w/ HC = 220 (Jan 1).

*Red-winged Blackbird*? a few all winter, w/HC = 402 (Jan 8).

*Eastern Meadowlark*? one east of Pleasant Plains (Jan 27).

*Western Meadowlark*? one east of Pleasant Plains (not w/ eastern) on
(Jan 27).

*Rusty Blackbird*- HC = 2(Jan 4).

*Common Grackle*? sporadic w/ HC = 1000 (Jan 8).

*Brown-headed Cowbird*? wintered, w/ HC = 100 (Jan 8).

**Purple Finch ? none.

*House Finch*? HC = 47 (Jan 4).

*Common Redpoll*? seen in very small # at LSpfld, from (Jan 2 ? 29) and
HC = 3 (Jan 29). Most at J & K Watt feeder.

*Hoary Redpoll*? one ? west of Berlin (Jan 31) at W. Rudolph feeder ?
photo + his photos. This ? was much whiter (especially the back), but
also the nape and flanks, than the other redpolls seen at LSpfld, and
had less & finer streaks, a complete white rump, and a small bill.

*Pine Siskin*? wintered in small #, w/ HC = 10 (Jan 7).

*Am. Goldfinch*? HC = 24 (Jan 16) ? low #.

*House Sparrow*? present.

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow*? HC = 40 (Jan 6).

Total # of field days = 31

Total hours = 236

Total species = 112

The temperature bounced up and down, with the lowest early in the month
? January 1 had a high 4 and low -13. Warming took place January 10 &
11 (63), January 18 ? 22 (62), January 25 ? 28 (58 ) and January 31
(53). There were only three cold periods (January 1 ?9, 24? 17, and 26
? 29). Precipitation was low again ( 0.53 inches) and LSpfld was 4 &1/2
feet below normal.

Lake Springfield froze during the early cold period, but was then thawed
with 60 days. Human activity then drove most of the non -wintering
waterfowl away.

Passerines, especially ground feeders remained scarce.

Berry crops mostly played out because starlings mob these areas eating
most of the fruit

A few northern species came south ? but no crossbills could be found.


H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum

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Subject: IBET Southern Illinois Birds book updated
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 14:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear Illinois Birders,

I pleased to share news that my 1996 book, Southern Illinois Birds, has been updated. It is published and freely available online as a set of web pages at:

https://sites.google.com/view/...

The book includes a photo-album linked on the home page near the bottom. By publishing in this format, it is easier for me to keep the resource up to date, a rarity for annotated checklists. I encourage observers to send me reports of significance from the coverage area (the 17 southernmost counties in Illinois) and any photos they would like to share. My contact gmail address is posted on the home page, too.

I hope you enjoy the fully updated and revised book!

All the best,
Doug



Subject: IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie & Techny North Friday 2-16-18
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 13:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Decided since I saw the North Point Marina Shrike yesterday I'd try
for the Shrike that was seen at both Lake Glenview & Air Station
Prairie. But that was not meant to be as I was Shrikeless today.

Lake Glenview (9:15-10 a.m.)

This place remains completely frozen & the walk around the lake is a
tough one as ice is a real problem on the walk ways. Only highlight
was a male KESTREL at the north end & 6 Herring Gulls on the solid
ice.

Air Station Prairie (10:05- 10:30 a.m.)

No Shrike here either but the Lake Glenview Kestrel arrived & was
hunting from the tree tops.

Techny North (10:35-10:55 a.m.)

Much to my surprise there was open water in the rear area & besides 58
Mallards & 8 Canada Geese there were 14 Common & 1 Red Breasted
Merganser being shadowed by 5 Herring Gulls & 1 Ring Billed Gull. But
the Mergansers soon flew away. I should add that you must climb over a
big snow bank to get to the open water area.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the male Kestrel & Runners-Up to both Mergansers.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET Chicago River Ducks - Fri 2/16 12.15pm
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 12:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Highlights from a lunchtime visit
Diversey - Chicago RiverSurf Scoter - 1 femCanvasback - 2 femRing-necked Duck - 1 male
North Av - Chicago RiverCanvasback- 1 maleHorned Grebe - 1
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Subject: IBET GWF Goose & WW Scoters at Diversey Harbor
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 10:41 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,
The scoters and GWF Goose were still at the North end of Diversey Harbor when I was there this morning, before 8 (as well as the 2 domestic Greylag Geese and the white Mallard).
For the birds!
Dave [email protected], Cook County



Subject: IBET Byard C. wren
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 9:25 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
The Carolina w. and gray sq have a dispute over PB suet. The squirrel shows up to aggravate the wren and so on. Still singing here. No mates around.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: IBET Byard Song sp
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 17:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
Song sp singing and eating seeds. Rain keeping birds under the eaves.
John

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Subject: IBET Gnatctchers and Yellow Rumped Warblers in MO. (no Sightings here)
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 17:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A friend who works at a Nature Preserve west of St Louis said he had Blue Gray Gnatctchers and Yellow Rumped Warblers today. Maybe Spring will be early.
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane Cty



Subject: IBET IOS Meadowlark - back issues collection
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 16:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
To our IBET birding friends

Going to be at the IOS Gull Frolic on Saturday? Would you like to have a full set of Meadowlarks, from Vol.1, No.1 through Vol. 24 No. 4 for your library?

We'll deliver them to the first interested person who responds to this email and will be attending Saturday's Frolic. All we ask in return is that you make a donation to the 2018 IOS Grants program, and of course, spend some time reading the many great articles contained in these issues, so capably managed and produced by IOS's Chief Editor, Sheryl DeVore.

See you at the Frolic, box(es) ready for the handover.
Regards
Bob and Karen Fisher



Subject: IBET Murder At Waukegan & Other Adventures Thur 2-15-18
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 15:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Haven't been to the Lake Co lakefront since 1-6 what with being sick
so I thought I'd give it a try.
First of all you can't get onto Government Pier as it's blocked off at
the start but it's all frozen so it doesn't matter much. You can view
the open water in the channel from the small park accessed from
Waukegan Beach which I eventually did. You can't access Waukegan Beach
either as it's a mass of ice including the walkway leading to the
pier. Looked for the Snowy Owl at the cement barriers & the building
but did not find it.

However, on the ice in front of Waukegan Beach was the SNOWY OWL
eating a dead, or almost dead, female Merganser. Now a Merganser is a
pretty big bird but a Snowy Owl is a pretty big owl & if the owl can
catch a Merg I guess it can catch anything.

In the open water in the channel & nearby were the following:

Greater Scaup (6), Bufflehead (1-F), Goldeneye (4), Hooded (1-PR),
Common (3) & R.B. (6) Mergansers. Also about 10 Herring Gulls.

Made a quick stop at the park office at Illinois Beach South Unit but
all I saw were Greater Scaup (56), Goldeneye (11) & R.B. Merganser
(1-M). A few Tree Sparrows were out front.

Another quick stop at Illinois Beach North Unit did not find the
Shrike & all I saw were one flying Canada Goose, a few Goldeneys & 1
Crow. Not doing very well!

Final stop was at North Point Marina were Steve M & Andy Stewart had
seen some good stuff on the 13th according to ebird. But I'm thinking
of suing them for false advertising as I found no Long Tailed Duck, no
Scoters nor anything else of value. I did see Greater Scaup,
Goldeneye, Bufflehead, R.B. & Common Mergansers. Back at the parking
lot were 2 Red Tailed Hawks & on the way in I did see the NORTHERN
SHRIKE so that was a victory of sorts. Only a few Herring Gulls were
present out on the ice.

Bird-Of-The-Day will be a tie between the Snowy Owl & the Shrike as
I've seen 3 Snowy's & the Shrike was new for the year.

Al Stokie
In Lake County today not enjoying the dead or dying Merganser but the
Owl has to eat


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Subject: IBET Northern Shrike
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 21:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
My neighbor, Simon Reeves,first heard then spotted a Northern Shrike on the east side of the Chicago River at Hutchinson. It had prey and moved a couple of times to nearby yards. The bird was seen from about 5:15 to 5:30 this evening. The lighting was awful and it was almost dark but I got a picture which is on eBird. A new neighborhood/patch bird for me.
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Subject: IBET Tundra Swans - Carroll County
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 18:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There were couple hundred of TUNDRA SWANS at the Big Slough Area (south of Savanna) on Riverview Road, Carroll County. On Jan 31 there were that amount or more - also at that time some Trumpeters (call & close in) and Snow and Greater-white fronted geese, ducks, etc.. Less water today. 
There were also geese there but the boat Launch parking area is not plowed and a guy was doing some work on the street so no way of stopping & scoping from it.
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Subject: IBET Byard Cooper's hawk
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 16:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
Resting on the branch. Likes starlings.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: IBET some updated bird galleries
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 14:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Getting around to incorporating newer shots.

Great Egret. The main new stuff includes the largest assemblages of
these I've seen. Despite trips to Florida and Texas, those were in
Illinois at Emiquon and are the last images in the gallery.
http://theearlybirder.com/hero...

Bufflehead got some additions
http://theearlybirder.com/watr...

Red-breasted Merganser added a number, mostly groups
http://theearlybirder.com/watr...

Cooper's Hawk has lots of new additions
http://theearlybirder.com/hawk...

Red-tailed Hawk has lots of new shots. Apparently I never finished
uploading the previous time, after deleting the old gallery, because at
first 'page not found'. So now it's back, updated and revised.
http://theearlybirder.com/hawk...

Black Vulture was only 1 of 3x I took out the big lens on my mainly
Arthropod trip to southern Illinois. They weren't very cooperative and
I'd like to do better. Some older shots from Florida are interesting,
when I came across Ibis eating clams and the vultures were emulating.

http://theearlybirder.com/hawk...

Rock Dove had a nice albino at Montrose. Good birds to practice flight
photography http://theearlybirder.com/pige...

American Coot has additions
http://theearlybirder.com/rail...

All for now,

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Subject: IBET Finally Something Different At The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 2-14-18
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 13:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Although I am birding again I find that I don't have enough stamina to
go for very long nor fight through the snow so I decided to just go to
the Botanic Garden where the snow is plowed. Still got tired after 2
hours but was able to cover what I wanted to. Pretty much just Winter
birds but there was one new diving duck at the open water area & a
really big surprise came flying by from north
to south. From a distance it looked like a goose or heron but when it
arrived I saw that it was a
SANDHILL CRANE which, unfortunately, did not call. Usually have to
wait until March for that guy.
Here's my day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (9-11 a.m.)

Canada Goose (88)
Mallard (134)
REDHEAD (1-M)
Coots (2)
(All the above were at the Dundee Rd bridge open water area but no
Great Blue today.)
SANDHILL CRANE (1 flying by)
Mourning Dove (1)
Chickadee (6)
R.B. Nuthatch (1)
Robins (4)
Junco (4)
House Finch (2 singing)
Common Redpoll (10-12, way down from previous counts so maybe they are leaving?)
Pine Siskin (2)
House Sparrow (6)

So nothing special except for the Crane with just regular winter stuff around.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the early Sandhill Crane & Runner-Up to the Redhead Duck.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET GWF and WW Scoters Diversy 9am
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 10:27 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Easy viewing of these plus Common Goldeneyes, Red breasted Mergies, Canada and Mallards at Harbor mouth this Morn.
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Subject: IBET no sighting-Birding Blitz of Southernmost IL
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 10:23 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just a note to remind those that have participated in the past and a nudge to those who've never heard of it or haven't yet participated that the Birding Blitz of Southernmost IL will be held on April 28th this spring. The awards brunch will follow on the 29th.
Rhonda Rothrock
Pomona, Jackson County, IL


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Subject: IBET A yellow rumped warbler today(!) and other unexpecteds near the Fox
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 17:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I truly did not expect to see the female/immature yellow-rumped warbler that was flitting from one to another suet feeder in my back yard this morning, vying with a junco for tidbits. I'd seen them as early as April in the past but never in the height of the snow season. This year we've had quite a few visits by a carolina wren as well which is unusual.
I also happened by 2 great blue herons standing on the ice floe in the Fox River, just north of the pedestrian bridge in East Dundee. They did not stay long as - I went back 5 minutes later and they were no where in sight.
On Sunday afternoon while walking along the Fox, over the course of a half hour or so we observed a string of 5 bald eagles fly north in the late afternoon. First a smaller adult, the one by one three immatures, and then a larger adult.

Just another day along the Fox in East Dundee! Gotta love it.
Lucy DeLapEast DundeeKane County



Subject: IBET Fwd: Impacts of the Federal Budget and Infrastructure Plan
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 17:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I am forwarding this letter from Openlands calling for action against the government budget cutting on environmental protections. Take a read. There is an easy way to automatically contact your representatives to make your feelings known.Chuck Berman
Oak Park
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Date: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 5:08 PM
Subject: Fwd: Impacts of the Federal Budget and Infrastructure Plan
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This is terrible. Easy emailing to you reps at end.chuck
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Date: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 4:45 PM
Subject: Impacts of the Federal Budget and Infrastructure Plan
To: [email protected]


































Friends and fellow Openlanders,

We want to help translate the impact on conservation of two major proposals released yesterday in Washington: the Federal budget for the coming fiscal year and the White House's infrastructure investment plan.

Tucked in the margins of both these plans are devastating attacks on the places we love and the very foundations of environmental protection. Many wildly popular conservation programs are completely eliminated.The Federal Government needs a budget, and an infrastructure plan done well can deliver secure jobs to American families while building low-carbon public transportation systems. Both of these proposals, however, are reckless throwaways sacrificing the environment to the benefit of polluters.

But there is cause for hope:last year, the White House proposed many of these same cuts and crippling changes, yet together we secured bipartisan support for these vital programs through persistent and passionate advocacy. We can do this again. They're betting against our determination, but wecan make our voices heard, letting our leaders know we do not support these changes, and we can demand that conservation protections are strengthened across the country.

There are several actions below you can take now, and we will continue to inform you as negotiations progress on these proposals. If we are to succeed again, we need you to speak up now.

Please, join us.


Jerry Adelmann
Openlands President & CEO






The White House's Infrastructure Plan Will Steamroll Environmental Protections


The White House's "Rebuilding Infrastructure in America" plan relies on scrapping the country's bedrock environmental protections to build new roads and pipelines. Most troubling among these proposals are:

The elimination of environmental reviews of infrastructure projects through the National Environmental Policy Act;The removal of Clean Water Act environmental reviews of projects that fill wetlands or dump pollutants into waterways;The authorization for Federal agencies to take any Federal lands, including National Parks, for road and pipeline projects without review.Openlands is calling on Congress to remove all of these environmentally destructive proposals from the infrastructure plan before a vote, and to strengthen conservation laws to better protect our shared environment. Read on...



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The Proposed Federal Budget Again Attempts to Dismantle Conservation Funding





The proposed Federal budget for the coming fiscal year again attempts to cut many of the programs that support conservation in the Chicago region..

Funding for the National Heritage Areas (NHAs)is eliminated. NHAs protect the history, culture, ecology, and landscapes of many important regions in our nation's history such as I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor.Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is reduced by a crippling 90%. The GLRI is an eight-state, binational, bipartisan effort to clean up polluted areas left by our region's industrial legacy and restore them to their natural conditions.Funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System is significantly reduced. Since 2012, Openlands has been working to establish Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge along the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Projects in support of this 11,500-acre refuge will certainly be affected.Again, we have beaten back each of these attacks before, and we can do so again with your voice. TheGreat Lakes, the National Heritage Areas, and the National Wildlife Refuges need your support.


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Protecting our National Monuments and Public Lands
Both the infrastructure plan and the proposed budget will make massive changes to the management of public lands and National Parks. The Secretary of the Interior would be allowed to run pipelines through the Parks, and Federal agencies would be permitted to sell-off public lands without Congressional approval.

These are but the latest attacks on conserved public lands from this administration, a pattern of attack that strikes at more than just the natural treasures protected there. Openlandsrecognizes that many of these places were saved only afterdecades of advocacy by native nations to protect their ancestral homes from development and to honor the health of these lands. This is an affront not just to those groups, but to all indigenous peoples who have looked to correct centuries of historical injustices by permanently protecting land through conservation- it is only right that we stand in solidarity with all people working towards this goal.
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Subject: IBET Diversey Harbor- GWF Goose and WW Scoters continue at 4:30 PM Tue
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 16:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birders,.  Thanks to those for reporting this awesome goose,..Howard Blum  Lakeview, Chicago



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Subject: IBET Byard N cardinal
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 15:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Hi friends,
The males are chasing but tolerate enough to allow eating.
3 AT sparrows here and the C. wren is singing.
Mom had a Brown creeper on the silver maple that had Pb suet rubbed on the bark.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: IBET N.U. Lagoon (Mostly Frozen) & Wilmette Harbor (Completely Frozen) Tues 2-13-18
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 12:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Hard to find parking, hard to walk in the snow & not much seen today.
The Lagoon at N.U. is mostly frozen with not much seen except for lots
of Geese. Here's my short list:

N,U. Lagoon (9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Canada Geese (~125)
Mallard (7)
Redhead (2-M & 1-F)
Goldeneye (1-F)
Ring Billed Gull (32)
Herring Gull (4-5)

The ice has filled in all the area where open water should be & we
need something other than east winds to find ducks in the lake.

Willmette Harbor to my surprise had no open water at all & the coast
guard folks were doing ice training which featured about 10 of them
rolling on the ice one at a time in their orange jackets.
Never a dull moment except when it comes to birds seen today.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Redheads.

Al Stokie


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Subject: IBET Changes to eBird during GBBC, Feb 16-19 (No sightings)
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 9:22 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. The GBBC leverages eBird to help track the observations. To participate, please visit the Web site below for details.


http://gbbc.birdcount.org


Many beginning birders will be introduced to eBird for the first time through the GBBC. For those who have been using eBird for awhile, you may see some anomalies that week. Thresholds for some common birds that may pose a potential ID problem for beginners (e.g., Downy/Hairy Woodpecker, Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk, Purple/House Finch, etc.) are purposefully set low and may prompt the observer for documentation. Please enter a quick note to the reviewer concerning the ID, your experience, etc. Reviewers would appreciate it.


Thank you for your patience.


Matthew Cvetas

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Subject: IBET White Fronted Goose & White Winged Scoters At Diversey Harbor Entrance
Date: Mon Feb 12 2018 13:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I too saw the White Fronted Goose & the 2 White Winged Scoters east of
the entrance to Diversey Harbor at 10 a.m. but Amanda T beat me to it
as far as reporting goes. I was able to view all the ducks & such with
Michael F who was there before I was.

Other water birds were Redhead (4-M & 2-F), Goldeneye (3-F), R.B.
Merganser (1-F), many Canada Geese & Mallards, 2 Graylag Geese, the
all white Domestic duck & 1 R.B. Gull. The Scoters liked to stay by
themselves in the covered areas under the bridge but all the other
ducks & geese were in the open area.

A brief look at North Pond got me lots of Canada Geese, Mallards & 2
BLACK DUCKS on the ice by the open water. Only the normal land birds
were by the feeders & nearby.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the White Fronted Goose & Runner-Up to the Scoters.
Thanks to Joe L who reported this originally on IBET.

Al Stokie


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Subject: IBET Chicago River WWScoter & RNDuck 2/12/18 12.30pm
Date: Mon Feb 12 2018 13:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A lunchtime visit to the Chicago River at Diversey Turning basin (Lincoln Park, Chicago) yielded a White-winged Scoter and Ring-necked Duck among the 400plus ducks of the more regular species!
Nearby at North Ave basin the male Canvasback continues.
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Subject: Re: IBET White-fronted Goose & WW Scoters-Diversey Harbor, Chicago
Date: Mon Feb 12 2018 12:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks, Joe. I checked during lunch, and the Greater White-fronted Goose and White-winged Scoters are still in the mouth of the harbor. 12:30 pm Monday February 12th. 

Amanda Tichacek
Skokie, Cook County

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> On Feb 11, 2018, at 3:35 PM, Joe Lill [email protected] [ILbirds] wrote:
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> In the open water at the harbor mouth of Diversey Harbor are a number of birds, including two White-winged Scoters and one Greater White-fronted Goose (my first ever in Lincoln Park!). Park at the end of Diversey, across from the driving range, and take the path under Lake Shore Drive.
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> Joe Lill
> Chicago, Cook County
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Subject: IBET B eagle on the K3 River
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 18:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
Saw this one on Court Street as I crossed the bridge onto Kennedy Drive.
Majestic.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: IBET White-fronted Goose & WW Scoters-Diversey Harbor, Chicago
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 15:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
In the open water at the harbor mouth of Diversey Harbor are a number of birds, including two White-winged Scoters and one Greater White-fronted Goose (my first ever in Lincoln Park!). Park at the end of Diversey, across from the driving range, and take the path under Lake Shore Drive.

Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County


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Subject: IBET more recently finished bird videos
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 7:08 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Reminders from last spring at Montrose, a return of what, is hoped for.

Yellow-rumped Warbler foraging https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Redstart https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

RW Blackbird nesting, feeding https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

YB Chat 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

YB Chat 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Orchard Orioles https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Baltimore Orioles https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

RWBBs singing https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Swainson's & Gray-cheeked Thrushes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Rob Curtis

Chicago



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Subject: IBET more bird video catchup
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 18:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Again all from Montrose, as I hardly went anywhere else for birds last year.

Magnolia Warblers bathing, foraging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Swamp Sparrow feeding on midges https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

House sparrow male bathing https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Blackburnian Warblers foraging, bathing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Chestnut-sided Warblers foraging, bathing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Yellow Warblers https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Pine Warbler foraging, singing May 13, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Eastern Phoebes https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Rob Curtis

Chicago




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Subject: IBET old sighting cook co.
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 16:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I can't remember if I already shared this or not, but reviewing video from last spring I have 76 rusty blackbirds in early march at Air Station Prairie on video. This is a very good number for this declining species of concern in IL. They require wetland habitats so let's keep on preserving as much of them as we can, in high quality.
Suzanne ColemanCook co.



Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County - Redpoll Flock
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 15:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was conducting point counts in conjunction with the Audubon Climate Watch surveys this afternoon at Skokie Lagoons (from Willow Road). While I didn't locate any of the focal species (White & Red-breasted Nuthatches) I did find a flock of 25 or so COMMON REDPOLLS. Within the flock was one that I felt leaned towards HOARY REDPOLL. Here's a link to all the photos I took of the flock as well as a few of a BROWN CREEPER. The possible HORE is marked as Redpoll sp in the photos - I also submitted the photos in my ebird checklist. Any feedback is welcomed.
https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQQq6K

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Subject: IBET Birding America registration now open - no sightings
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 14:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
BIRDING AMERICA XII ď
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Registration is now open
for Chicago Audubon Society's 12th Birding America Symposium. You won't want to miss
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Learn about destinations from Portugal,
to the Galapagos, to Tanzania.
Hear about birds from cranes, to tundra swans, to hummingbirds. Attend special
sessions on nature photography, climate change and more.







See the full program,
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Subject: IBET Battle On the Booming Grounds (no sightings)
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 13:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This program is about the efforts to save the Greater Prarie Chicken that used to be prevalent on the Illinois Prairies. I sent WTTW a note to inquire if they plan on showing this. Part of it was filmed at Nachusa Grasslands and interviews Jeff Walk who wrote the Reintroduction Plan for Prairie Chickens for the IDNR. If you get a chance, send WTTW a note to inquire about this program.Battle on the Booming Grounds
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Subject: IBET Battle on the Booming Grounds-No Sighting
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 11:25 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Here is a link to a new documentary already being aired on Missouri Public Television but I can find no indication it is scheduled for airing on WTTW. I encourage all those interested to contact  PBS to try and get this aired,

http://www.lastdanceoftheprair...

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