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23 Oct: @ 22:48:28 IBET Peoria Area -- October week 3 [emcarlson8@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Oct: @ 19:27:26 IBET Lake Calumet expanded access (press conference - NO SIGHTINGS) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
23 Oct: @ 19:03:07 IBET Emiquon, 10-23 [miking38@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 Oct: @ 18:04:38 IBET Wood Duck - McDowell FP [beatleshannon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Oct: @ 17:32:23 IBET Baker's Lake [Carolyn Fields c7echoes@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 Oct: @ 16:49:54 IBET Re: Hawk Id ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
23 Oct: @ 14:50:03 IBET Good Birds Today At Waukegan & Illinois Beach State Park Thur 10-23-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Oct: @ 14:06:51 IBET A hunt for a bluebird at Fort Sheridan ['mifur2@yahoo.com' mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Oct: @ 09:07:32 IBET FW: Hawk Id [Sebastian sebastianpatti@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Oct: @ 01:57:13 IBET Hummingbird at North Pond [Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 20:46:48 IBET Tuesday, 21 Oct., south lake front from Steelworkers Park (Park 523) to JxP [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 20:09:32 IBET: DuPage Birding Club Announces November Field Trips (no sightings) [jreiter@wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 19:07:51 Re: IBET RT Hummer at North Pond [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 15:30:30 IBET Norther Harrier [Dawn Smith mrssmith2@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 15:29:44 IBET White-winged Scoters [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 15:08:29 IBET Varied Thrush in Champaign yesterday [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 13:57:22 IBET Chautauqua [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 13:28:42 IBET Fermi White Fronted Geese [Christopher Cudworth cudworthfix@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 13:17:50 IBET BY mystery bird on the Truthcam [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 12:46:40 IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 10-22-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 12:21:26 IBET BY DE junco [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 11:56:59 IBET: Time change: Muriel Smith Memorial Mass, Saturday, October 25 [marilyn bell marbell@rocketmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 10:25:53 IBET RT Hummer at North Pond [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
22 Oct: @ 10:13:43 IBET Re: Iceland, Thayer's and Great BB Gulls at Fort Sheridan [mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 22:03:00 IBET Iceland, Thayer's and Great BB Gulls at Fort Sheridan [mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 21:20:49 IBET: DuPage Birding Club Welcomes Amar Ayyash on Nov 13 (no sightings) [jreiter@wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 21:06:10 IBET RE: Whooping Crane info - NO sighting [John Pohl japohlvin@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 19:20:44 IBET Whooping Crane info - NO sighting [John Pohl japohlvin@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 18:02:03 IBET 83 Horned Grebes Park No 566 [Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 14:08:26 IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds [Todd Anderson tcanders123@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 12:34:47 IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #4 Tues 10-21-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 11:27:19 IBET More Purple Finches and other old birding [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 11:25:39 IBET Harris's Sparrow [Ann Haverstock abhaver@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
21 Oct: @ 07:45:46 IBET Harris's Sparrow at Lurie 7:30a 10/21/14 [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 22:03:30 IBET Loyola Birds [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 21:46:22 IBET Harris's sparrow, happily still at Lurie Garden Oct. 20 [cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 20:38:47 IBET LG Harris's - photos including quinine [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 19:57:59 IBET Chautauqua/Emiquon, 10-20 [miking38@aol.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 18:34:34 IBET Purple Finch - Carroll County ['Anne Straight' astraight4@frontier.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 15:57:38 IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch & South Unit Beaches Mon 10-20-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 13:39:22 IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 12:51:10 IBET: The Passing of Muriel Smith (to those not aware) NO SIGHTINGS [marilyn bell marbell@rocketmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 12:49:03 IBET FW: 3 Red-necked Grebes - Whalon Lake ['Eric Secker' esecker@bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 12:47:45 IBET Ducks moving - Miss. River,Savanna to Fulton ['Anne Straight' astraight4@frontier.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 11:56:58 IBET LG Harris's continues [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 08:33:16 IBET 87th St flycatcher [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 08:16:47 IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St. [Joshua Little joshua.p.little@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 08:14:28 IBET SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St. [Joshua Little joshua.p.little@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Oct: @ 00:26:47 IBET south Lake County and north Cook County lakefront ['Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
19 Oct: @ 23:25:59 IBET Beautiful and birdy morning at Fort Sheridan, Sunday Oct. 19 [mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Peoria Area -- October week 3
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 22:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Well my sparrow hunt for this year is mostly over. I'll still keep my eyes open for a Le Conte's or Harris's and keep checking every Towhee for spots, but my focus will shift to something else...water birds or finches or owls or whatever else happens to come through here. Last year the last new bird I saw was a trio of Surf Scoters on October 19. This year the last I've seen was a Surf Scoter on October 13. We'll see if that species finishes my year twice in a row.

October 16 Sparrow migration seemed to peak last Thursday, though I wasn't able to find anything too uncommon. My two favorite sparrow spots had about 150 and 80 sparrows each. Kickapoo Creek R.A. was full of Swamp Sparrows. My estimate was 70; by Sunday the number I found had fallen to 4. I also found a couple Winter Wrens in the wooded areas. I'm up to 11 Winter Wrens this fall after being worried in April that I wouldn't be able to find any this year. The Kickapoo creek R.A. has proven to be a good place to look for them.


Leslie Rutherford Park also had a lot of Swamp Sparrows last Thursday, but the best bird there was a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers https://flic.kr/p/puhKvS. I had suspected there were some in the area, but this was the first time I'd ever seen them. I've continued to see or hear them each time I've been in the park. On Sunday I found a couple more park firsts: a flock of nine Eastern Bluebirds and three Eurasian Tree Sparrows. I never really thought of Bluebirds as migratory, but I've found them in five different locations this month where I'd never seen them before. I've been seeing small groups of ET Sparrows in a few locations as well. North of Peoria they seem to wander around outside the breeding season. There are only a couple places in northern Peoria County that I can find them consistently, but in fall and winter I occasionally see them in several places.


October 20 On Monday and Tuesday I checked Peoria Lake. There wasn't a whole lot out there other than Ruddy Ducks, but I did find four Horned Grebes on Monday and four Lesser Scaup on Tuesday.


October 21 Banner Marsh was mostly unproductive. I went to explore some of the hard to reach areas that looked like they might have good habitat for Le Conte's Sparrow. They did not. The only patch that looked like it would be good was near the eastern levee, where there is a little parking area. This entire area is waterfowl refuge, so I wasn't able to get close enough to the weedy patch to look for sparrows. Other than that one weedy patch though, I am completely out of ideas for finding a Le Conte's Sparrow in Peoria County. I'll just have to get lucky one day.


Early in the morning there was a large wave of ducks flying over Banner--several hundred at least. Most of them were just silhouettes, so I was only able to id the easy ones--Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers, and Green-winged Teals. Wood Ducks and Mallards were flying over as well. There may have been other species, but I couldn't tell what they were. I didn't see any ducks land or more than five ducks on the water though. The best birds on land were a Least Sandpiper and a singing Rusty Blackbird https://flic.kr/p/oPWbkr.


Bird of the week: Rusty Blackbird


Evan Carlson
Peoria



Subject: IBET Lake Calumet expanded access (press conference - NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 19:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I received the following notice from Southeast Environmental Task Force today (10/23/14), regarding a press conference on Saturday (10/25) announcing expanded access to Lake Calumet (an Important Bird Area). I don't know much about this yet, but I plan to attend the press conference and I will update IBET as is appropriate.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.



--- On Thu, 10/23/14, Tom Shepherd wrote:

> From: Tom Shepherd
> Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRESS CONFERENCE - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25; 11:30AM
> To:
> Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:53 PM
> ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRESS
> CONFERENCE - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25;
> 11:30AM
> I am thrilled to inform you
> that this Saturday, 10/25, Governor Quinn will be making an
> exciting announcement about public access to Lake Calumet.
> The announcement will take place at 11:30 a.m., on the
> eastern shore of Lake
> Calumet.
> The location is approximately
> 11500 South on Stony Island Avenue. Watch for signs and
> markers.
> The
> program will include remarks
> by:Governor
> QuinnMayor
> EmanuelMike
> Forde, Chairman, Illinois International Port DistrictMarc
> Miller, Illinois Department of Natural ResourcesTom
> Shepherd, Southeast Environmental Task Force and Lake
> Calumet Vision Committee
> --------------------------------------------------The
> acquisition of 282 acres of lakefront property at Lake
> Calumet is the culmination of over 15 years of efforts to
> return Lake Calumet to its once-grand character as a
> fishing, birding, boating, and other outdoor recreational
> attraction.
>
>
>
>
> ===================================================================Bishop
> Ford / Calumet X-Way I-94 to
>
> 4.EXIT65,
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> StIf you
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> 1.2 miles too farDue to
> construction, there may be detours at 103rd Street and 111th
> Street on I-94. Follow signs that direct you to 103rd
> Street.
>
> Tom
> Shepherd
> Southeast Environmental Task Force
> 13300 S. Baltimore Ave.
> Chicago, Ill. 60633
> 773-646-0436 (office)
> 773-370-3305 (cell)
>
> VISIT US AT:
> www.setaskforce.orgwww.setaskforce.blogspot.comwww.facebook.com/setaskforce
>
>
>


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Subject: IBET Emiquon, 10-23
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 19:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


The two snow buntings are still in the parking lot by the canoe launch. They will tolerate a cautious approach and Luis Perez got some good pics today. There was also a common loon out on the lake to the northeast of the observation deck. Over at Chautauqua the site managers were dredging sediment along the cross-dike and I did not stay there long, but a flock of perhaps 60 white-fronted geese came in and landed on the lower pool. An adult golden eagle flew across the lower pool, west to east, while I was there on Tuesday.

Mike Ingram, Peoria





Subject: IBET Wood Duck - McDowell FP
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 18:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I saw a pair of Wood Ducks at McDowell FP today.  They were in the lake closest to the office buildings by Target, Diehl Road, Naperville, IL.


Shannon



Subject: IBET Baker's Lake
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 17:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 Of note this afternoon at Baker's Lake in Barrington, Cook County, were 2 adult Bald Eagles, an American White Pelican (all resting on the south mudflat), and 9 Bonaparte's Gulls, all visible from the north overlook just off rte. 14 and Hillside.  
A Rusty Blackbird was at Ron Beese Park in the trees along the southern edge of the lake.
Carolyn FieldsNW Cook County



Subject: IBET Re: Hawk Id
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 16:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thu Oct 23 2014
Thu Oct 23 2014
Thu Oct 23 2014 9:07 am
Thu Oct 23 2014 9:07 am
Sebastian Patti wrote:

>> Anyone seen a Coop like this??????

It's a Cooper's Hawk with a color abnormality, perhaps hyper melanism,
or excessive melanin in the plumage. The dark cap and barring on the
underparts are adult features but the eyes look gray or green and adult
accipiters have red eyes. The "off" eye color could be related to what's
causing the plumage abnormality. Strange beastie.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Anyone seen a Coop like this??????
Anyone seen a Coop like this??????



Subject: IBET Good Birds Today At Waukegan & Illinois Beach State Park Thur 10-23-14
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 14:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Bob Erickson & I made another try for Purple Sandpiper at Waukegan's
Fisherman's Pier & as before failed to find one, but November is not far
away & that's the best month to find one so we will keep trying. But our
walk on the pier was rewarded with a WHITE PELICAN in the water between the
Fisherman's Pier & the channel wall to the south. This is a big deal for
this location although Pelicans are frequent enough in the Chain O' Lakes
area. Then a small duck flew to the water at the end of the pier & joined
another small bird in the water. The bird already near the end of the pier
proved to be a Horned Grebe which soon flew away but the small duck turned
out to be a female looking HARLEQUIN DUCK, perhaps one of Eric's group from
a few day ago at North Point Marina. The Harlequin flew a short distance &
was swimming along the channel wall just south of the Fisherman's Pier.
Both the Pelican & the Harlequin were still there when we left at about
7:45 a.m. Consolation prizes for the lack of a Purple Sandpiper. Also
present on the pier were 3 Sanderlings so I held off the dreaded "shorebird
shutout" for another visit.

Next to the South Unit of Illinois Beach where the target was Short Eared
Owl & in spite of walking the grassy swale areas for over an hour back &
forth & back & forth again we again failed on another target species. The
only birds seen during all that walking were 3 Eastern Meadowlarks & a
"heard only" Longspur. Earlier we had heard a Pipit flying by but did not
see it. On the beaches we had 10-11 Sanderlings & all the way back by the
resort building I found the GREATER WHITE FRONTED GOOSE which has not been
seen here for a while. Maybe it's not the one seen at Montrose although it
could be moving up & down Lake Michigan? Only other highlight was when 4
SNOW BUNTINGS flew along the beach. While here we saw Andy Stewart who we
sent back for the Harlequin but I don't know if he found it or the Pelican.

Andy mentioned seeing Sanderlings & a Dunlin with Snow Buntings at the Dog
Beach & North Point Marina so I went there after lunch. There I found 34
Sanderlings & the 1 Dunlin but no Snow Buntings. Also no dogs which is why
the birds were still there.

Although they are common enough in migration in the lakes of western Lake
County today's
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Waukegan White Pelican as Pelicans in Lake
Michigan are anything but common. Runner-Up to the Harlequin which is a
more rare bird than a Pelican overall but are expected birds along the
Fisherman's Pier. I try to keep things in perspective. A very good day,
finally.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET A hunt for a bluebird at Fort Sheridan
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 14:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went twice to Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve to try and refind the bird I heard there on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. The one which sounded identical with Mountain Bluebird recordings available online.

No luck, but it felt like I was missing the time of the best bluebird activity - both Wednesday evening (4:20 to 6 pm) and this morning (well before dawn till 7:45 am). I saw some other good birds though - a juv. PEREGRINE FALCON flying south right over the bluff, AMERICAN BITTERN flying over the grasses by the pond at dawn, Common Loon, 5 Red-headed Woodpeckers, Pine Siskins, Brown Creepers and many others.

In my experience with bluebirds in the area, outside of breeding season, they seem to be roosting north of the prairie, somewhere around the footbridge going over Jane's Ravine (or even farther north). In the early morning I see them often flying from over there, comimg toward the prairie and south of the parking lot.

During my attempt yesterday, I heard and saw 2 Eastern Bluebirds before 5 pm. They were just west of the parking lot and they soon flew away north toward the previously mentioned, presumed roosting spot. Another distant bluebird, not identified to the species, followed in the same direction a few minutes later.

Two birders present there told me there were "many bluebirds" west of the parking lot, and they had just flown away to the north. So I headed north too but there were no more bluebirds to be seen anywhere around.

This morning I waited at the spot where I heard the Mountain Bluebird-sounding bird yesterday at dawn. No single bluebird of any kind showed up until 7:45am when I was already getting into my car, so for me the game was over :(. It was a single Eastern calling from the trees to the west of the pond, just where I expected them to show up first in the morning.

Hopefully the bird sticks around till Saturday; I will not have any time to search for it before then. So far I heard him twice - on Sunday around 7:50 am just east of the parking lot, and on Wednesday around 7:15 am on the northern edge of a prairie, west of the pond. A serious of repeated short whistles, clearly bluebird quality, yet nothing like all the Eastern Bluebird sounds. I've never heard that song before, and it matches perfectly Mountain Bluebird song recordings.

Michal Furmanek,
Lake Bluff, Lake Co.

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Subject: Hawk Id
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 9:07 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 . . . from the COLORADO List-serve . . . what a handsome beast!!!



Anyone seen a Coop like this??????

sebastianpatti@hotmail.com
Sebastian T. Patti
(Lincoln Park)
Chicago, ILLINOIS 60614-3354
PHONE: 312/325-9555 (o) 773/248-0570 (h)
CELL: 773/304-7488
FAX: 312/325-9017(o)





Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:54:27 -0600
Subject: [cobirds] Hawk Id
From: nikonjeannie@gmail.com
To: cobirds@googlegroups.com







I can not identify this hawk that I saw last week at the Dog park at Cherry Creek State Park, Arapahoe County. Many people I know have tried to ID it, but so far, no one is sure.

Please take a look and any help would be appreciated.

http://www.pbase.com/image/157...

Thanks,
Jeannie Girard

Aurora









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Subject: IBET Hummingbird at North Pond
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 1:57 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We had an imm. female Archilochus hummingbird on the North Pond walk today (Wed., 22 Oct 2014).  I put several photos up on IBF: http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU460.0. Can this one be ID'ed to species?


Geoffrey A. Williamson
Chicago, Cook County
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net



Subject: IBET Tuesday, 21 Oct., south lake front from Steelworkers Park (Park 523) to JxP
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 20:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I rode my bike down to Steelworkers Park (the official name of former Park 523 at 87th and S. Lake Shore Dr.), Park 566 and Rainbow Beach to look for the Scissored-tailed Flycatcher and whatever else I could find. Then I birded Jackson Park covering, in order, the outer harbor area, the inner harbor, the northwest golf course and Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow.  I didn't find the flycatcher or anything else extremely rare but I did have a couple nice finds.
At Steelworkers Park my best finds were a PINE SISKIN and my FOS HORNED GREBES; no Scissor-tailed, Red-necked Grebe or Western Kingbird all missed due to a lack of quick information from a smart phone and quick transportation by car :(! Oh well :P! I then proceeded south to still unnamed Park 566. I followed a partly paved lane off of S. Buffalo Ave. just south of the entrance to Rainbow Beach Park. As Aaron noted, there were beaucoup sparrows here but most stayed hidden in the tall weeds. The strong winds, the sound of cars close to Lake Shore Dr. and the sound of the heavy surf of Lake Michigan made hearing them rather difficult, too. I did pick up my first FOX SPARROWS of the day near the entrance. Two PEREGRINE FALCONS were patrolling along shore. My best sighting of the day came in a bit of low grass where the paved bit came closest to shore. I saw a sparrow flush and land in a tiny tree along shore. It was a VESPER SPARROW with the boldest white eye-ring I've ever seen. There were many blackbirds in the tall weeds but the only ones I could id were RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. I scanned the lake but missed all of the water birds later found by Aaron but this is probably due to not having a scope with me (I would have had a heart attack carrying one along on my bike trying to ride up hill in a stiff north wind heading back north ;D).
At Rainbow Beach I found the usual seasonal migrants. The same can be said for the outer and inner harbor areas and the golf course of Jackson Park. In the Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area there were 6 GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the east lagoon. Just southwest of the rose garden on Wooded Island I found a BLUE-HEADED VIREO. I'd been looking for one in Jackson Park, since people have been reporting them from Montrose. In the same area I pished up two, and maybe three, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. Several birds flew up into a tree while I was in Bobolink Meadow. Several sparrows in this group included my FOS A. TREE SPARROWS and a couple FIELD SPARROWS for a nice comparison and another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. A single PALM WARBLER was in the clump of trees south west of the driving range and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was at the edge of the woods by the meadow giving me 4 warbler species on the day. I had 9 sparrow species on the day. Below is my list of highlights.

Abbreviations: SwP=Steelworkers Park, P566=Park 566, RB=Rainbow Beach Park, OH=outer harbor, IH=inner harbor, GC=golf course, WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow

Wood Duck: WI/BM (2)
Green-winged Teal: WI/BM (6)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (6)
Horned Grebe: SwP (6)
Double-crested Cormorant: SwP (5), IH (1), WI/BM (4)
Cooper's Hawk: SwP (1), P566 (1)
Peregrine Falcon: P566 (2)
A. Coot: OH (15), IH (9)
Mourning Dove: P566 (2)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (1)
Blue-headed Vireo: WI/BM (1)
Brown Creeper: RB (4), GC (2), WI/BM (4)
Winter Wren: GC (1), WI/BM (2)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: SwP (2), RB ( 8 ), IH (2), GC (6), WI/BM (11)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: RB (2), WI/BM (1)
Hermit Thrush: RB (1), GC (1), WI/BM (6)
Cedar Waxwing: GC (2), WI/BM (1)
Orange-crowned Warbler: WI/BM (3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: SwP (1), RB (2), IH (1), GC (1), WI/BM (1)
Palm Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Common Yellowthroat: WI/BM (1)
A. Tree Sparrow: WI/BM (2)
Field Sparrow: WI/BM (2)
Vesper Sparrow: P566 (1)
Song Sparrow: SwP (2), WI/BM (3)
Swamp Sparrow: SwP (1), WI/BM (6)
Fox Sparrow: P566 (3), GC (1), WI/BM (1)
White-throated Sparrow: SwP (3), P566 (25), RB (5), IH (7), GC (2), WI/BM (17)
White-crowned Sparrow: SwP (6), P566 (9), IH (1), WI/BM (2)
Dark-eyed Junco: SwP (13), P566 (10), RB (2), OH (1), IH (2), GC (5), WI/BM (13)
unidentified sparrows: SwP (5), P566 (~60)
Red-winged Blackbird: P566 (10)
unidentified blackbird sp.: P566 (15)
Pine Siskin: SwP (1), P566 (1)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago




Subject: IBET: DuPage Birding Club Announces November Field Trips (no sightings)
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 20:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Everyone is invited to join DuPage Birding Club members on the following November bird walks. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and children ages 10 and up. Participation is free. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended for each outing. For additional information, birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club's website, dupagebirding.org, which includes further details about each scheduled trip.

Saturday, November 1, 8:00 a.m.
Gillson Park, Wilmette
This location is perhaps the best place in northern Illinois for spotting birds migrating over Lake Michigan. Meet at the beach parking area. This trip requires preregistration and may be canceled if wind conditions are unfavorable. Bring scope if you have one and dress for cold. Leaders: Karen & Bob Fisher, 630-985-2956 or Kfisher928@aol.com

Friday, November 7, 8:00 a.m.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien
This will be a two-hour walk. Meet at the south ranger station parking lot. Take Cass Ave. south from I-55 until it ends at Bluff, turn left at stop sign, drive east to ranger station parking lot on right. Leader: Vicky Sroczynski, 630-964-8277 or vsroczynski@comcast.net

Saturday, November 8, 8:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Wild turkey sightings are likely on this 500-acre property offering monthly walks. Enter through the main gate on Winfield Rd (just south of Roosevelt) and tell the attendant you are with the bird walk. You will not be charged for parking. Meet at the Cantigny Visitors Center. Leader: Jeff Reiter or jreiter@wordsonbirds.com

Sunday, November 9, 8:30 a.m.
Crabtree Nature Preserve, Barrington
Over 260 species have been recorded at this 1,000-acre preserve in Cook County, located on the north side of Palatine Rd, west of Barrington Rd (County Farm Rd in DuPage County) and east of Algonquin Rd (IL-68). Meet in the parking lot below the nature center. Leader: John Cebula, 630-858-3767 or joceb2005@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, November 15, 7:30 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Join the search for late fall migrants and resident winter, including good potential for northern shrike. Meet at the visitor parking lot on the north side of Mack Rd., located between Winfield Rd. and Rt. 59. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor@msn.com

Sunday, November 16, 7:30 a.m.
Pratts Wayne Forest Preserve, Wayne
Diverse habitat makes this an excellent birding site. Meet at the Harrier Lake parking lot on the north side of the preserve on Stearns Rd, located between Powis Rd and Munger Rd. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor@msn.com

Friday, November 21, 8:00 a.m.
Heritage Quarries Recreational Area, Lemont
“Lemont Quarries” is a good place to view waterfowl and raptors. This will be a two-hour walk with optional birding at nearby locations afterwards. Register with the leader by Nov. 20. Detailed driving directions are posted online at dupagebirding.org. Leader: Vicky Sroczynski, 630-964-8277 or vsroczynski@comcast.net

Saturday, November 22, 8:00 a.m.
Channahon Area, Will County
This trip will visit the formation area of the Illinois River, where the Kankakee, Des Plaines and DuPage Rivers converge. Contact trip leaders if you plan to participate. To carpool, meet at Bolingbrook Park and Ride just south of I-55 off of Route 53 (left at Old Chicago Dr) at 7:00 a.m. Leaders: Bob & Jean Spitzer, 630-790-4842 or bobspitzer1@msn.com

Saturday, November 29, 7:30 a.m.
Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Come out and walk off that turkey dinner! Meet at the far northwest corner of the main parking lot. Note: The Arboretum has a per person admission charge for nonmembers. Leaders: Bob & Jean Spitzer, 630-790-4842 or bobspitzer1@msn.com

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

Posted by:
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DuPage Birding Club, Corresponding Secretary
jreiter@wordsonbirds.com
630-487-0323



Subject: Re: IBET RT Hummer at North Pond
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 19:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Additional photos of the Ruby-throated Hummer at North Pond today at the link below -- just in case someone sees something more exotic ;-)

https://picasaweb.google.com/105837954974568713077/10222014?authuser=0&feat=directlink


Good birdings,




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




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From: Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]
To: ILbirds
Sent: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:26 am
Subject: IBET RT Hummer at North Pond







Since Geoff has not yet posted -- Ruby-throated Hummingbird (or at least an Archilochus sp?) on the east side of the Nature Museum feeding in the lavender Turtle-head type flowers.

I will be posting a photo on ebird list -- Geoff has better ones.


Good birdings,


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









Subject: IBET Norther Harrier
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 15:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Seen hunting in the Ashland/Ogden area fifteen minutes ago

Dawn smith
Chicago

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Subject: IBET White-winged Scoters
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 15:29 pm
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5 present on Lake Charleston, Coles County

Ron Bradley

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Subject: IBET Varied Thrush in Champaign yesterday
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 15:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A VARIED THRUSH was found yesterday in Champaign near the Southside Elementary School at a private residence by an Illinois Natural History Survey employee. Amazingly, the Varied Thrush was chased into this person's garage whereupon she obtained close, diagnostic photos of the bird (which are viewable on the Birdnotes birding listserve)!. She captured and released the thrush, which then flew into the neighbor's yard. Although the bird is likely migrating with robins, it will be interesting to see if it hangs around into winter in the general area where it has been found. Good birding!


Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
sdbailey@illinois.edu



Subject: IBET Chautauqua
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 13:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was perched out in the dead trees off the
west side of the crossdike at Chautauqua Refuge (in Mason Co.) early
this morning.

Three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and five AMERICAN AVOCETS were off the
east side of the crossdike.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Fermi White Fronted Geese
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 13:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A flock of active white-fronted geese was feeding at the buffalo range near
the main pens.

Also seen during a walk out past the Red Barn

Hooded merganser (2 female_
Shoveler (12)_
Ring Billed Gull
Herring Gull
Pied billed grebe
Mallard
Ruddy duck
Dark eyed junco
Palm warbler
Yellow rumped warbler
Cedar Waxwing
Fox sparrow
White throated sparrow
Cardinal
Robin
Red winged blackbird
Great blue heron
Goldfinch
Canada geese
Eastern bluebird
Song sparrow


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Christopher Cudworth
3C Creative Content
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Subject: IBET BY mystery bird on the Truthcam
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 13:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
Never had anything like this before. Given the time of evening and size, thinking maybe an owl.

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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 10-22-14
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 12:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

When I talked to Andy Sigler yesterday he mentioned that many Siskins &
Purple Finches have been passing through Duluth lately so I thought maybe I
could finally see my 1st Siskin instead of just hearing one as it goes
past. A good place to look would be the CBG so that's where I went today. I
did actually get my 1st Winter Finch of the Fall but it wasn't a Siskin,
unfortunately for my year list. Covered just about all the areas at the
CBG except for McDonald Woods which was filled with small school children &
so I skipped that place for this time. Had a few warblers & sparrows but no
rare birds. Here's my day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:30-11 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (8 with most in the pond south of Evening Island)
D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (72 in various ponds & more flying by)
Mallard (27 with most in the backwater mud flat area by Rt68)
LESSER SCAUP (1-F, my 1st diving duck of the Fall here)
Cooper's Hawk (1-AD)
Coot (1 in B. Brown Pond)
Ring Billed Gull (1-AD near Rt68)
Herring Gull (1-AD flying around the northern lake)
Mourning Dove (1)
Kingfisher (1 maybe 2)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
Downy Woodpecker (heard 1)
Blue Jay (4-5)
Chickadee (6)
W.B. Nuthatch (1)
Robins (45-50)
Hermit Thrush (1)
Cedar Waxwing (a flock of 10-12 easting Juniper berries)
Starling (1 fly-by)
NASHVILLE WARBLER (1 at B. Brown area)
ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER (1 also at B. Brown area)
Palm Warbler (1-2)
Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler (8)
Cardinal (3)
Fox Sparrow (4-5)
Song Sparrow (3)
Swamp Sparrow (1-2)
White Throated Sparrow (6-8)
White Crowned Sparrow (12-14)
Junco (8-10)
Red Winged Blackbird (5-6)
Common Grackle (5)
PURPLE FINCH (1-F eating berries with Robins & Waxwings)
Goldfinch (18-20)
House Sparrow (14)

The berry trees must be ready as Robins, Waxwings, Sparrows & the Purple
Finch have switched to that food rather than look for insects at least part
of the time anyway.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the female Purple Finch even though it was not the
Winter Finch I wanted & expected to be the one found today. But it's a
start for those Finches we all missed last Winter.
Runner-Up to the strangely cooperative adult Cooper's Hawk that stayed put
for 5 min while I watched it from only 20 ft. away. Where is that Pine
Siskin?

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET BY DE junco
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 12:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
3 birds here, I usually get a dozen that overwinter. WB nuthatch, WT sparrow, and A goldfinch still hanging on in the BY.

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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais



Subject: IBET: Time change: Muriel Smith Memorial Mass, Saturday, October 25
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 11:56 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
If interested, please note the time has changed for the Memorial Mass. It will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The Mass for Muriel Smith will be held in the chapel of the small (old) church building of

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

Other information remains the same.

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County


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Subject: IBET RT Hummer at North Pond
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 10:25 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Since Geoff has not yet posted -- Ruby-throated Hummingbird (or at least an Archilochus sp?) on the east side of the Nature Museum feeding in the lavender Turtle-head type flowers.

I will be posting a photo on ebird list -- Geoff has better ones.


Good birdings,


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: IBET Re: Iceland, Thayer's and Great BB Gulls at Fort Sheridan
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 10:13 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I actually meant to title the post with " Black-backed Gulls", not "... Great BB Gulls", but you can see that in the content of the message.

I went back to Fort Sheridan this morning in the little time I had there I heard a bird that sounded like a drunk bluebird with a throat infection ;). I mean you could hear that was some kind of a bluebird but it didn't sound like an Eastern Bluebird at all. I stopped and checked the Mountain Bluebird sounds on allaboutbirds. com and it matched the song of that bird perfectly! It sang for about 20 seconds in the oaks just west of the pond. 2 minutes later I saw a silhouette of a thrush coming from that direction, bluebird size but rather lanky and long-tailed. It flew over the prairie toward the trees to the east of the hawkwatch site.

I also heard that song over there on Sunday morning but checking Mountain Bluebird's song didn't even cross my mind then. I just thought that was a young bird that has no idea how to sing or some rare alternate song. Btw, I checked the shortened EB song and that was nothing like it, not even close.

If someone is in the area, I would definitely check for that bird. I had to leave at 7:30 to go to work, but will try to refind the bird later. Keep in mind, there are always some Eastern Bluebirds in that area too, actually a small group of them lately.

Good luck if someone tries!

Michal Furmanek
Lake Bluff, Lake Co.

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Subject: IBET Iceland, Thayer's and Great BB Gulls at Fort Sheridan
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 22:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I did some lake watching today between 4:30 and 6:10 pm ,standing on top of the bluffs at Fort Sheridan. I only found Coots (510) and Redheads (130) on the lake, but experienced a wonderful flight of gulls right over the bluff, all of them heading north.


When I saw a juvenile GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL shortly before 5 pm, I thought that would be for sure a highlight of the watch. However, a few minutes later, a pale juv. THAYER'S GULL showed up, gliding slowly at my eye level. Than a juv. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL followed the same path, just a bit lower. Then an adult THAYER'S GULL, then finally what turned out to be the best bird of the day - a juv. ICELAND GULL, which not only glided over the bluff but even circled once in front of me!


I was really surprised with all those gulls; I've seen them migrate like that over the bluffs (low above and almost following each other like on a string!), but the previous two times I saw that there were only common species of gulls and terns involved. This time it was quite a show.


The best part, however, was how wonderful a view of the gulls I had. They were so close, and gliding lazily, I saw them as well as pictures in a field guide! :). Needless to say, I left my camera in my car since I thought there would be nothing there to take pictures of on that dark, cloudy evening ... Of course taking with me the scope for ducks and a heavy tripod was a factor in that decision too ... Oh, well, maybe next time.


Btw, I wonder if the bluffs help the gulls (and terns, like I saw one day at the end of the summer) with the lift on eastern winds and if that's the reason for the birds following the exact same path like on a string. Either way being on the bluff makes for some wonderful views of the birds!


Below is a copy of my ebird report with descriptions of the best gulls:


Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, Lake, US-IL
Oct 21, 2014 4:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I stood on top of the bluff doing a lakewatch. Since around 4:50 I was mostly watching the gulls gliding low over the bluff heading north along the shoreline. I had wonderful, close views of almost every single gull there.
18 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 95
Redhead 130
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 510
American Woodcock 2
Ring-billed Gull 4
Herring Gull 65
Thayer's Gull 2 1 pale juvenile and 1 adult. Greats views of both birds. Seen from a close distance while gliding over the bluff, heading north, just above me. Large gulls, about the size of a Herring Gull, all-black medium-sized bill. The young bird was uniformly light brown on top, with pale inner primaries and no dark brown or black in the primaries whatsoever (no white or whitish color there either). The adult bird was similar to adult Herring Gulls, but very limited, hardly visible black in the primaries (very good, close and prolonged view of the primaries in glide obtained).
Iceland Gull 1 Greats views obtained. Seen from a close distance while lazily gliding and circling over the bluff, heading north, at just about my eye level. Large gull, about the size of a Herring Gull, an all-black, rather thin and long bill. Not bulky like Glaucous Gull, the bill also did not look heavy at all. All white appearance of the bird with just a bit of a light yellowish brown in the wings. No dark colors in the primaries, in fact they seemed completely white, even lighter than the rest of the wings.
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Juvenile bird, greats views obtained. Seen from a close distance lazily gliding over the bluff, heading north, just about my eye level. Large gull, about the size of a Herring Gull, all-black medium-sized bill. Dark brown back and wings, with very dark inner primaries. No white specks on the wings, as opposed to a juvenile Great Black-backed Gull (seen migrating in the same direction just 15 minutes earlier). Not very contrasting on top - a wide dark tail band and only slightly dirty-whitish rump, heavily brown speckled. Overall very dark wings and dark tail band with light rump appearance. Much darker wings and lighter rump compared to juv. Herring Gulls.
Great Black-backed Gull 1 1 juvenile bird, seen from a close distance while lazily gliding (and flapping slowly for a few seconds too) over the bluff, heading north, just below my eye level. Very large, bulky gull, clearly larger than Herring Gulls, large heavy bill. Back and wings dark brown with the distinctive white-speckled pattern. Very contrasting on top - the dark wing with a relatively narrow black tail band against the light head and almost white rump (with only some dark speckles). Mostly white underneath.
gull sp. 7
Mourning Dove 3
American Robin 1
European Starling 2
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20302133 http://ebird.org/)ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20302133

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


Good birding!


Michal Furmanek
Lake Bluff, lake Co.



Subject: IBET: DuPage Birding Club Welcomes Amar Ayyash on Nov 13 (no sightings)
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 21:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Gull Expert Amar Ayyash to Speak on November 13
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, October 21, 2014 - All are welcome to join members of the DuPage Birding Club for a presentation on gulls by Amar Ayyash on Thursday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. The free program will take place on the lower level of Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N. Park Blvd., in Glen Ellyn.
Gull identification is a challenging area for most birders. Even common gulls can be difficult to identify, especially immature birds. Ayyash will review the key ID points for gulls that visit our region in the fall and winter and share tips for more successful gull watching. Birders of all experience levels will benefit from his expertise.

Ayyash, a resident of Frankfort, Illinois, is an avid birder who spends most of his time in the field watching and photographing gulls. He maintains anythinglarus.com, a website devoted to gulls and gull watching, and hosts the Facebook group “North American Gulls.” In addition, he has published several recent articles in Birding, the magazine of the American Birding Association.

Ayyash serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Ornithological Society, and also coordinates the IOS's popular Gull Frolic, an annual gull-watching event on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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About the DuPage Birding Club
Founded in1985, the DuPage Birding Club is one of the largest and most active birding organizations in Illinois. Its mission is to promote birding and bird conservation among its 300 members and the general public. The club's regular meetings often feature nationally known authors and speakers. A frequent field trip schedule takes advantage of the varied birding habit available in DuPage County and Greater Chicago. For more information, visit the club online at www.dupagebirding.org.
Posted by:
Jeff Reiter
Corresponding Secretary, DuPage Birding Club
630.487.0323
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Subject: IBET RE: Whooping Crane info - NO sighting
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 21:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  Please do NOT report on "ebird" until they have left the area for the season. John Pohl, Vincennes, Indiana * volunteer Whooping Crane Tracker



Subject: IBET Whooping Crane info - NO sighting
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 19:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
     The Whooping Cranes will be migrating very soon.
   What to do if you see Whooping Cranes.
   We ask that observers keep the following guidelines in mind when viewing a Whooping Crane:WCEP (the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership) asks anyone who encounters a Whooping Crane in the wild to please give it the respect and distance it needs. Do not approach birds on foot within 600 feet; remain in your vehicle; do not approach in a vehicle within 600 feet or, if on a public road, within 300 feet. Also, please remain concealed and do not speak loud enough that the bird(s) can hear you.
  Finally, do not trespass on private property in an attempt to view Whooping Cranes. Also, please do not report the bird on a birding list such as In-bird or IBET or any social media such as Facebook or to the news media, to keep the amount of attention it receives to a minimum.   To report a Whooping Crane sighting
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/who... general info on the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership
http://www.bringbackthecranes.... info on the Ultralite lead class of 2014
http://operationmigration.org/... Pohl, Vincennes, Indiana * volunteer Whooping Crane Tracker



Subject: IBET 83 Horned Grebes Park No 566
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 18:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

After checking for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (still no luck) this afternoon, I decided to go to Park No. 566 to check out if anything was on the water or flying around. Nothing was flying, but there were easily the two biggest flotillas of Horned Grebes I have ever seen in Chicago. One totaled 53 birds and the other 30. I tried my best with these counts but the waves made it difficult. They are almost surely underestimates. I tried to pick out a rare grebe but I couldn't. I also had about 70 Coots, 50 Redhead, and 10 Scaup sps. The field between the road and dike had over 100 sparrows, almost all White crowned and throated. There has to be a Harris's in there somewhere.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 14:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Had out FOY Pine Siskin today, along with one each Song, Fox and W-C
Sparrows, a pair of Juncos, and a handful of W-T Sparrows.

Still woefully outgunned by the House Sparrows.

The Siskin was #101 for the year, matching our number last year.Now if we
can just get a Purple Finch, late Palm Warbler, or Veery, Gray-cheeked or
Hermit Thrush ....

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Al Stokie



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


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

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

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

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



Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake Co.)

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

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

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

Steve Spitzer

Cook - Chicago

Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014



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


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

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

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

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


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


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




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


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





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

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Al Stokie



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

Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following the burial ceremony, friends and family will lunch at

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


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

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

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

Only gulls were HERRING AND RING-BILLS.

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

LESSER & GREATER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL AND KILLDEER were seen.

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

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)




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

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

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

Good birdings,



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




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

Fran
Evanston, Cook Co.



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

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

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

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http://littlebirder.blogspot.com/




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


--
Joshua Little
http://littlebirder.blogspot.c...




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

Lake Forest Beach:

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


Ft. Sheridan:

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


Park Avenue in Highland Park:

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


Rosewood Park in Highland Park:

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


Park Avenue in Glencoe:

1 BONAPARTE'S GULL


Gillson Park in Wilmette:

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



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


Good birding,
Geoff


Geoffrey A. Williamson

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net

Chair, IOS Ornithological Research and Data Committee
Member, Illinois Ornithological Records Committee of IOS

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


That was a great day to be there!


Michal Furmanek,
Lake Bluff, lake Co.








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