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31 Oct: @ 20:24:49 IBET Fw: [David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 19:51:11 Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) [trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 17:11:58 Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) [David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 17:08:14 IBET Windy Day in Lincoln Park [John Purcell purc@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 16:28:48 Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 16:24:59 IBET BY DE junco [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 16:03:46 Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 15:21:00 IBET guide book for scandinavia/iceland NO SIGHTING [Dawn Smith mrssmith2@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 14:05:07 IBET October 2014 Shorebird Totals (Old Sightings) Fri 10-30-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 11:49:10 IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) [Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 08:18:25 IBET Pine Siskins in Big Rock [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
31 Oct: @ 06:43:52 IBET HADU at Waukegan ['Donnie R. Dann' donniebird@me.com [ILbirds]]
30 Oct: @ 22:02:40 IBET Loyola and Edgewater Birds [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Oct: @ 20:25:59 IBET Tundras on the Miss. Rvier, Carroll County ['Anne Straight' astraight4@frontier.com [ILbirds]]
30 Oct: @ 14:23:53 IBET Yet Again Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Thur 10-30-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
30 Oct: @ 10:34:26 IBET Pine Siskins [Carolyn Fields c7echoes@aol.com [ILbirds]]
30 Oct: @ 09:31:06 IBET BY BJ w/bad wing [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 23:09:12 IBET Fort Sheridan ducks ['mifur2@yahoo.com' mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 17:59:06 Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 17:21:11 Re: IBET Snow Bunting [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 16:54:45 IBET Repeat Performance Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Hawk Watch Wed 10-29-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 16:30:11 Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial No sightings: Old IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 [David Johnson djohnsoda@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 16:17:37 IBET Lyman Woods DBC FT Results-Downers Grove/DuPage Cty [peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 15:07:02 IBET Tundras in Stephenson - Geese in Ogle ['Anne Straight' astraight4@frontier.com [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 14:41:28 Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 13:56:32 Re: IBET Waukegan Laughing Gull [Andrew andrewsaldrich@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 12:51:10 Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 [David Johnson djohnsoda@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 10:19:44 IBET BY WC sparrow [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 09:59:45 IBET Waukegan Laughing Gull [aostewart72@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Oct: @ 06:21:25 IBET Apologies for odd post in IBSP hawk watch thread [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
28 Oct: @ 21:49:36 Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
28 Oct: @ 20:52:16 IBET IOS Field Trips - Central Illinois Lakes - November 8th [Travis Mahan calidris_1004@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
28 Oct: @ 20:07:30 IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) [Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Oct: @ 19:05:14 Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 ['Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Oct: @ 16:40:15 Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Oct: @ 16:24:01 IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Oct: @ 05:56:49 IBET from: Chuck Berman ['Chuck Berman' cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 23:09:23 IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie (Cook cnty) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 21:28:58 IBET WT sparrow, WC in the BY [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 19:32:49 IBET Pics from Mumbai, India Birding Trip [spadgaon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 16:46:18 IBET Join COS to look for waterbirds in Palos on Sunday, November 2 [Jill Niland bwwarbler@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 14:14:21 IBET: Sangamon Co. sighting [Beckie Dyer dyer@museum.state.il.us [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 13:53:05 IBET Red-tailed hawk hunting [cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 13:47:38 IBET Morton Arboretum & Lake Opeka (Again) In Des Plaines Mon 10-27-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 13:38:41 IBET Juvenile ed-tailed hawk [cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 12:26:39 IBET Franklin's and Bonaparte Gulls Montrose 11:30am 10/27/14 [stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 10:08:08 IBET Lake Opeka , Des Plaines 10am [Alan Anderson casresearch@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 08:59:41 IBET Franklin's Gulls at Montrose, Cook Co. [Andrew andrewsaldrich@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Oct: @ 07:15:06 IBET Harrier gallery revised [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
26 Oct: @ 21:10:49 IBET Some Lake County Meanderings [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Fw:
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 20:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 



Take care andGod Bless;

David Farber
www.naturallyfarberphotos.com
raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net
http://theworldfromachair.blog...


On Friday, October 31, 2014 11:03 AM, David Farber wrote:



Greetings to everyone;
My final art show of the season will be next weekend, Nov 8 & 9, in Barrington, IL.
It is an indoor show, easy to get to and plenty of free parking and free admission. My booth space will be in the Barrington room. I hope that you can come out at some time over the weekend to say hello.


Take care andGod Bless;

David Farber
www.naturallyfarberphotos.com
raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net
http://theworldfromachair.blogspot.com/

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Subject: Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 19:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Magic Stump is in Coles County. From !-57, exit at Rt. 133 (Arcola). Go east. I'd make an immediate right on 1000 E. As you go south you'll enter Coles County. Make a left on 1700 N. The stump is on the north side of 1700 N, west of 1200 E. If I had to give it an address I'd say it's in a field at about 1750 N and 1250 E. A scope is very helpful but not essential. The stump is out there in the field a ways, but it's not a little stump. Also, the falcons could be anywhere in that area. Ron & Tyler have had them on poles, on the ground, flying by...


Good luck!


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County











Subject: Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 17:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Could somebody please tell me where this stump is located. I live 38 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.  In Carpentersville, IL.
Thank you

Take care andGod Bless;

David Farber
www.naturallyfarberphotos.com
raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net
http://theworldfromachair.blog...


On Friday, October 31, 2014 4:28 PM, "Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]" wrote:




A second Prairie Falcon just appeared. Both birds are on the ground south of "the stump"

Ron Bradley

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 31, 2014, at 4:03 PM, "Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]" wrote:



>When I arrived in the area about 15 minutes ago the falcon was flying around the stump field. Now it has settled back atop the "Magic Stump"
>
>
>Ron Bradley
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>On Oct 31, 2014, at 11:49 AM, "Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
>
>
>>Currently perched on the Magic Stump. 1145am.
>>Tyler D Funk



Subject: IBET Windy Day in Lincoln Park
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 17:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ibeters . . .
I thought the high wind might bring in some birds to Lincoln Park, but I think that it only blew away the few that were there. I arrived at Montrose by bicycle at mid-morning and noticed that there were no cars parked there. Not a good sign. Montrose Beach was almost entirely under water and the sand was blowing so hard that I didnít attempt to venture onto the beach and dunes. I saw a few Hermit Thrushes on Montrose Point but not much else. There were five Green-winged Teal in Montrose Harbor and they were the best birds of the morning. At Jarvis I saw a few Hermit Thrushes and a Fox Sparrow. Coots were on Lake Mich. The North Pond had one each Great Blue Heron and D. C. Cormorant and two Hermit Thrushes. At the South Pond I saw an Orange-crowned Warbler but nothing else. One benefit of the weather was that the bike path was almost devoid of the Lance Armstrongs.

John Purcell/Chicago

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Subject: Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 16:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A second Prairie Falcon just appeared. Both birds are on the ground south of "the stump"

Ron Bradley

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> On Oct 31, 2014, at 4:03 PM, "Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
> When I arrived in the area about 15 minutes ago the falcon was flying around the stump field. Now it has settled back atop the "Magic Stump"
>
> Ron Bradley
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Oct 31, 2014, at 11:49 AM, "Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>>
>>
>> Currently perched on the Magic Stump. 1145am.
>>
>> Tyler D Funk
>>
>
>



Subject: IBET BY DE junco
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 16:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

HI friends,
Just one or two here, eating seed on the ground. More to come.


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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 16:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
When I arrived in the area about 15 minutes ago the falcon was flying around the stump field. Now it has settled back atop the "Magic Stump"

Ron Bradley

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 31, 2014, at 11:49 AM, "Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
> Currently perched on the Magic Stump. 1145am.
>
> Tyler D Funk
>
>



Subject: IBET guide book for scandinavia/iceland NO SIGHTING
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 15:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Any recommendations for guide books for Iceland, Norway, and Sweden?

Thanks in advance,

Dawn Smith
Chicago
mrssmith2@comcast.net


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Subject: IBET October 2014 Shorebird Totals (Old Sightings) Fri 10-30-14
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 14:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Had the high winds today been from the N.E. or east I'd have done a Gillson
Lake Watch but they started out N.W. & went to north so I did not go. But I
just heard from Andy S from Miller, Indiana where they have seen Jaegers &
Gulls at a high level so maybe I should have gone after all.
Anyway, this is a good day to report on my October shorebird totals & here
they are:

Black Bellied Plover = 25

American Golden Plover = 1

Semipalmated Plover = 5

Killdeer = 91

Black Necked Stilt = 1

Greater Yellowlegs = 13

Lesser Yellowlegs = 13

Solitary Sandpiper = 2

Spotted Sandpiper = 2

Sanderling = 144

Semipalmated Sandpiper = 1

Least Sandpiper = 4

Baird's Sandpiper = 1

Pectoral Sandpiper = 8

Dunlin = 3

Wilson's Snipe = 13

American Woodcock = 1

Red Necked Phalarope = 1

So only 18 species & 329 individuals for October but all were seen in N.E.
Illinois with no visits to Chautauqua type locations to add species &
individuals.

For comparison purposes in October 2013 I had only 13 species but 788
individuals.
To show the drop off in one month Sept 2014 had 28 species & 1803
individuals.
I will keep track of November totals but they will be much lower than the
October totals.
We are really at the end of seeing any shorebirds but remember that Purple
Sandpiper. Dunlin & Red Phalarope can be found into December. I once had a
Red Phalarope at North Point Marina 2 or 3 days before Christmas & Purple's
have stayed into December & even January.

Good Shore-Birding (if you can find any!)

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 11:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Currently perched on the Magic Stump. 1145am.

Tyler D Funk



Subject: IBET Pine Siskins in Big Rock
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 8:18 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Last year, I don't recall any Pine Siskins at the house in Big Rock in Kane Cty. This year they have arrived early.

John Heneghan'
Big Rock, Kane Cty



Subject: IBET HADU at Waukegan
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 6:43 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Apologize for the late posting but the female or juvenile HARLEQUIN DUCK continues on the north side of the center pier at Waukegan Beach.  I saw it yesterday at 3:30 PM but did not observe the previously reported LAUGHING GULL.  

Donnie Dann
Highland Park/Lake County
donniebird@me.com








Subject: IBET Loyola and Edgewater Birds
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 22:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders,

I saw my first mergansers today, and my first group of Horned Grebes although I have seen a few singles earlier this season. Pictures of them and a short report at the link.

The beaches have been dull. I am hopeful those predicted twenty foot plus waves tomorrow will change that.

Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Loyola and Edgewater - 10/30/2014



Loyola and Edgewater - 10/30/2014
Loyola and Edgewater - 10/30/2014
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Subject: IBET Tundras on the Miss. Rvier, Carroll County
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 20:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The TUNDRA SWANS have moved down on the Miss. River.  We heard and saw them at Spring Lake area, Sloane’s Marsh and from the Big Slough area in Carroll County.  Scope is needed as a good number (in the hundreds are far back on the river).  A Variety of ducks included rafts of CANVASBACKS and others.  We had a flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Spring Lake.  And some AM. TREE SPARROWS.
AM. WHITE PELICANS were still around, but small numbers.

BALD EAGLES were active today. Around 30 at Lock and Dam 13 and a few others at the other spots.

The 4 GREATER-WHITE FRONTED GEESE and the 1 Juv. SNOW GOOSE
were still at the Forreston (Ogle) sewage ponds this afternoon.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)



Subject: IBET Yet Again Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Thur 10-30-14
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 14:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

For the 3rd day in a row Bob Erickson & I covered Waukegan (briefly) & the
South Unit of IBSP
(not briefly). No hawk watch today but we still had 5 "hawk" species. Again
not much at Waukegan but 3 Sanderlings continue & 4 Gadwall were in the
fenced in pond near the parking lots. Also heard a Pipit flying over while
calling.

Most of the a.m. was spent at the south unit of IBSP where we walked the
beaches 2 miles south & then 2 miles back. Spent 1 hour & 15 min walking
the dunes & a short time in the small oaks area near the parking lot by the
visitor center. Here's what we saw by area:

Beaches North & South Of The Dead River

P.B. Grebe (1 in lake)
Canada Goose (11 on beach)
Shoveler (2-F on the edge of the diving duck flock)
CANVASBACK (1-M)
Redhead (75-80)
Greater Scaup (~300)
MERLIN (1-M in a tree along the beach)
PEREGRINE (2 together in the small tower near the Johns Manville fence)
Coot (1 with the diving ducks)
Ring Billed (about 6) & Herring (17) Gulls
SNOW BUNTING (1 lone bird, the only bird actually on the beach)

South Swales/Permit Area

Sharp Shinned Hawk (1 flying south)
Cooper's Hawk (1 flew into the pines)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 flying over the swales & the pines, chased by the gang
of Crows)
MERLIN (1 after a Myrtle Warbler but missed)
SHORT EARED OWL (1 in swales, our main target for the day-finally!)
Crows (This bunch is up to about 75 Crows)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (1 escaped the Merlin by flying among the branches of a
lone tree where the Merlin's speed did not help. Refused to leave the
safety of the branches which saved it's life)
Eastern Meadowlark (1)

A few flocks of finches were flying over & most were Goldfinches but 1
flock had calling PINE SISKINS in the group.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the finally seen Short Eared Owl which is my Illinois
year bird #298 which leaves 2 to go to get to 300 without any southern
Illinois birds, a difficult task.
Runner-Up to the brave Myrtle Warbler who knew not to panic & fly into the
open where the Merlin would surely have caught it. He who flies away with
cover lives to fly another day!

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Pine Siskins
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 10:34 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 Just had a flock of 17 Pine Siskins on the ground under our thistle feeders. They seemed to be on the move though, as they all picked up and whooshed off southwest after less than a minute. They blended in so well with all the leaves on the ground I almost missed them.
Carolyn FieldsNW Cook County





Subject: IBET BY BJ w/bad wing
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 9:31 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
This BJ hops more on the ground than others. The right wing appears injured but still flies. Healthy appetite and seems OK otherwise.


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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan ducks
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 23:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I drove to Fort Sheridan today straight from work. Adam Sell and Cici Birnberg were there counting, and I think there was 301 hawks counted for the day at the end. I managed to see a few of those, with the last one being RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.

The hawkwatching ended at 4:45, but the lake was quiet, so I headed over to the bluff to check for ducks. There was a flock of about 930 REDHEADS and 80 COOTS there. At least 5 male and 2 female Greater Scaup were mixed in, along with 3 male COMMON GOLDENEYES and a lonely male CANVASBACK. 8 Red-breasted Merganser were hanging around too.

2 HORNED GREBES were elsewhere in the lake.

Michal Furmanek
Lake Bluff, Lake Co.

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Subject: Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 17:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
My search for the falcon was unsuccessful this afternoon but I did have American Kestrel, Red
-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk (dark phase), and Merlin.

Ron Bradley

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 28, 2014, at 8:07 PM, "Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
> Just to keep everyone posted. The Falcon was seen on the ground 50 yards in front of the Magic Stump today around 2pm.
>
> Tyler D Funk
>
>



Subject: Re: IBET Snow Bunting
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 17:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The bunting continues to be present today. Other birds in the vicinity include Vesper and Savannah Sparrows and Horned Lark

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 26, 2014, at 1:06 PM, "Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
> Just found an early bird along a rural road about 3 miles northeast of Charleston, Coles County. Got documentation-quality photos.
>
> Ron Bradley
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>



Subject: IBET Repeat Performance Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Hawk Watch Wed 10-29-14
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 16:54 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

No birding history lesson today but minus that this report will a repeat of
yesterday's report with a few changes in the birds seen. Covered Waukegan
Beach & Pier with Bob Erickson & once again found almost no birds. In case
you haven't guessed our frequent visits here are to look for Purple
Sandpipers which have yet to arrive. Still alive in the shorebird
department with 2 Sanderlings on the harbor channel wall. The only ducks by
the pier were 2 Mallards. Again not 1 single Gull on the beaches. On the
way out Andy Stewart & I saw a fast flying MERLIN go toward the harbor.

Next to the South Unit of IBSP where I checked the north beach before
joining Bob E at the Eagle Junction Hawk Watch spot. The Redhead/Scaup
flock remains at about 400 of which 77 were Redheads. No Goldeneye or
Bufflehead today but a group of 18 Green Winged Teal joined the diving
ducks but only for a few minutes before flying off. Not one bird of any
kind actually on the beach but a few R.B. & Herring Gulls were flying over
the lake.

Birds seen along the Dead River Trail & in & over the river included:

Common Loon (2 flying south)
P.B. Grebe (2 in river)
Great Blue Heron (1 flying south)
Canada Geese (only a few flying by)
Mallard (1-PR in the river)
Bufflehead (1-F in the river)
Red Bellied & Downy Woodpeckers (1 each)
Blue Jay (6-7 gathering acorns)
Crows (the big group is back with about 40 today)
Chickadee (2)
Cedar Waxwings (only small numbers today)
Red Winged Blackbird (1-M plus many flying Blackbird species)
Goldfinch (20-25)

Hawk Watch (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)(With Bob E & Andy Stewart)

From 9-10 a.m. we saw N. Harrier (1), Sharp Shinned Hawk (3) & Red Tailed
Hawk (1).

From 10-11 a.m. we saw Turkey Vulture (2), N. Harrier (2), Sharp Shinned
Hawk (3),
Cooper's Hawk (1) & Red Tailed Hawk (4).

Our best hour was from 11 a.m. to noon when we saw Sharp Shinned Hawk (13),
Cooper's Hawk (1), NORTHERN GOSHAWK (1 at 11:01 a.m.) & Red Tailed Hawk
(36).

Slowed down between noon & 1 p.m. when we saw only Sharp Shinned Hawk (4) &
Red Tailed Hawk (9). So we gave up for the day.

By species we had:

Turkey Vulture (2)
N. Harrier (3)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (23)
Cooper's Hawk (2)
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (50)
We also had 4 unknown raptors for a grand total of 85 raptors for the day.

Like yesterday we had zero Eagles of any kind & unlike yesterday we had no
Red Shouldered or Rough Legged Hawks. It was mainly a Sharp Shinned/Red
Tailed day saved by the Goshawk which came by fairly close.

Bird-Of-The-Day to that Goshawk which was my 2nd of the year both seen at
Illinois Beach.
Runner-Up to the 2 fly-by Common Loons which are always nice to see flying
over land.
I have now had enough hawk watching for a while even though I still need a
Golden Eagle for my year list. I just see that the official Hawk Watch at
the north unit had 119 raptors for the entire day (also mostly Sharpies &
Red Tails) while Bob, Andy & I had 85 in 4 hours, not bad for half a day.

Al Stokie



Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial No sightings: Old IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 16:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fellow Ibeters--

This area of Johns-Manville became a super fund site of environmental clean-up on a grand scale with folks running around in HAZ-MAT suits--much like Walter and Jesse in "Breaking Bad" --picking up asbestos (not blue Meth) all over the place. Johns-Manville was razed and that "stuff" was turning up like "Bad" all over the lakefront.

On a positive note Piping Plover habitat was made out of the clean up project from Waukegan Beach to the south end of Illinois Beach State Park.

Later...

David B Johnson
NE IL
djohnsoda@comcast.net



Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 29, 2014, at 2:41 PM, "Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" wrote:

> I'm enjoying everyone's stories too, thanks for sharing. Does anyone know what happened to the asbestos?
>
> Suzanne Coleman
> Glenview, Cook
>
> From: "David Johnson djohnsoda@comcast.net [ILbirds]"
> To: Daniel & Barbara Williams
> Cc: Fran Morel ; Al Stokie ; ilbirds
> Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:50 PM
> Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
>
>
> Yeah, I got my lifer Merlin atop that asbestos dump/hill; watched Upland Sandpipers do their "wolf whistle" up there; saw 50+ Northern Goshawks in one day (Nov 1982) plus hundreds of other raptors; watched Winter Wrens in asbestos tubes, found a Burrowing Owl with Denny Jones, a Prairie Falcon fly by the Hawkwatch and an ibis...Harris Sparrows were regular in fall as were Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Al Stokie even found Yellow Rails several times in the south Prairie, the pines to the north often had crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks, Rosenband & Greenberg had a fly-by Black-billed Magpie. Andy Sigler once found a Red Phalarope at the end of Greenwood Ave. In spring once I observed singing and skylarking Smith's Longspurs in the south prairie...almost got arrested with DeVore and Baade while doing a Big Day--as Jeff Sanders often states, "back when birds were birds and birders were birders" whatever that meant...good thing we were at the northern end of all that asbestos stuff! I remember when they pushed that stuff almost into the lakefront waters! A different time...
>
> Good Birding!
>
> David B Johnson
> NE IL
> djohnsoda@comcast.net
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>
> On Oct 28, 2014, at 7:05 PM, "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
>>
>> A walk down memory lane! We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard shack before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to the asbestos "hills." Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches. That is how I was told to prepare for my first visit to that particular site.
>>
>> Dan Williams
>> Rockford
>>
>> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>>
>> Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
>>
>> Fran
>>
>>
>> On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>>
>> Hello Bird People,
>>
>> Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines & Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.
>> A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits as it is a permit only area.
>>
>> The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along the Dead River Trail.
>> But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.
>>
>> Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward Greenwood.
>>
>> Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about 400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.
>>
>> Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:
>>
>> Northern Harrier (5)
>> Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
>> Cooper's Hawk (4)
>> RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
>> Red Tailed Hawk (19)
>> ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
>> MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>>
>> By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers dropped off.
>> While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with Canada's,
>> 5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches & Siskins.
>> Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>>
>> Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next time.
>>
>> Al Stokie
>
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Lyman Woods DBC FT Results-Downers Grove/DuPage Cty
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 16:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 




Eight birders joined me on a cloudy and chilly morning at Lyman Woods in Downers Grove. Though I had scouted the preserve for several days prior, there were some surprising "misses" that were there as recently as yesterday. Yesterday I had almost 20 Juncos and over 50 Cedar Waxwings, but today, not a single Junco and only some fly over Waxwings. But that did not stop us from having a LOT of fun. Our reward for traipsing through a very mucky trail was that we were entertained by 3 BELTED KINGFISHERS, calling loudly as they flew back and forth and even soaring really high a couple of times, as well as a beautiful and very close up GREAT EGRET which practically posed for us. A couple of people got brief glimpses of some female WOOD DUCKS, compared to the 4-7 males and females that had been there reliably on my previous visits. Other highlights were EASTERN PHOEBE, 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, a very active BROWN CREEPER, 50 AMERICAN COOTS and 1 lone BLUE-WINGED TEAL. The one that got away: We are relatively certain that we had a WINTER WREN over on the east boardwalk, but it was just too brief a look to be certain. Thanks, everyone, for being such good sports about braving the mud and branches to get close to the flooded area created by the beavers. The 7 deer we saw was also a nice treat! The full list is below.



Joan Campbell

Downers Grove, DuPage County



Lyman Woods Forest Preserve, DuPage, US-IL
Oct 29, 2014 8:11 AM - 11:11 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Chilly: 44 degrees F, Cloudy.
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 1
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 4 Fly overs
Blue-winged Teal 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
American Coot 50
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 13
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 4
Black-capped Chickadee 16
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Brown Creeper 1
wren sp. 1 Probably a Winter Wren but not positive. Seen by 3 birders.
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 7
Cedar Waxwing 35 Fly overs
American Tree Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 3
American Goldfinch 35

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20373312 http://ebird.org/)ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20373312

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






Subject: IBET Tundras in Stephenson - Geese in Ogle
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 15:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Stopped at Nieman’s Pond (Stephenson County) today, there were 10 TUNDRA SWANS.

At the Forreston Sewage Ponds(Ogle) 10 minutes ago were plenty of CANADAS, SOME CACKLING, a few GREATER-WHITE FRONTED GEESE and 1 WHITE MORPH JUV. SNOW GOOSE.

The Stewards of the Upper Miss. is have a Bald Eagle Photo contest. Any pictures have to be taken Nov. 1 thru Nov. 30 along the Miss. River Flyway. If anyone wants the flyer with rules please e-mail me.
astraight4@frontier.com
Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)



Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 14:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I'm enjoying everyone's stories too, thanks for sharing.  Does anyone know what happened to the asbestos?
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
From: "David Johnson djohnsoda@comcast.net [ILbirds]"
To: Daniel & Barbara Williams
Cc: Fran Morel ; Al Stokie ; ilbirds
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:50 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14

  Yeah,  I got my lifer Merlin atop that asbestos dump/hill; watched Upland Sandpipers do their "wolf whistle" up there; saw 50+ Northern Goshawks in one day (Nov 1982) plus hundreds of other raptors; watched Winter Wrens in asbestos tubes, found a Burrowing Owl with Denny Jones, a Prairie Falcon fly by the Hawkwatch and an ibis...Harris Sparrows were regular in fall as were Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows.  Al Stokie even found Yellow Rails several times in the south Prairie, the pines to the north often had crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks, Rosenband & Greenberg had a fly-by Black-billed Magpie. Andy Sigler once found a Red Phalarope at the end of Greenwood Ave.  In spring once I observed singing and skylarking Smith's Longspurs in the south prairie...almost got arrested with DeVore and Baade while doing a Big Day--as Jeff Sanders often states, "back when birds were birds and birders were birders" whatever that meant...good thing we were at the northern end of all that asbestos stuff!  I remember when they pushed that stuff almost into the lakefront waters!  A different time...
Good Birding!
David B JohnsonNE ILdjohnsoda@comcast.net

Sent from my iPhone


On Oct 28, 2014, at 7:05 PM, "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:


  A walk down memory lane!  We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard shack before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to the asbestos "hills."  Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches.  That is how I was told to prepare for my first visit  to that particular site. 
Dan WilliamsRockford
On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:

  Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
Fran

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:

  Hello Bird People,
Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines & Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits as it is a permit only area.  
The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along the Dead River Trail.But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.
Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward Greenwood.
Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about 400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.
Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:
Northern Harrier (5)Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)Cooper's Hawk (4)RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)Red Tailed Hawk (19)ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers dropped off.While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with Canada's,5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches & Siskins.Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next time.
Al Stokie


 



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Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan Laughing Gull
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 13:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still present this afternoon.  There is also a female-type Harlequin Duck just north of the channel at Waukegan Beach.  


Andrew Aldrich
Cook Co.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 29, 2014, at 9:59 AM, aostewart72@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> The first winter Laughing Gull still at Waukegan at 8:00 am today on middle government pier, tame, photos.
>
> Andy Stewart
> Libertyville, Lake Co
>
>



Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 12:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yeah,  I got my lifer Merlin atop that asbestos dump/hill; watched Upland Sandpipers do their "wolf whistle" up there; saw 50+ Northern Goshawks in one day (Nov 1982) plus hundreds of other raptors; watched Winter Wrens in asbestos tubes, found a Burrowing Owl with Denny Jones, a Prairie Falcon fly by the Hawkwatch and an ibis...Harris Sparrows were regular in fall as were Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows.  Al Stokie even found Yellow Rails several times in the south Prairie, the pines to the north often had crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks, Rosenband & Greenberg had a fly-by Black-billed Magpie. Andy Sigler once found a Red Phalarope at the end of Greenwood Ave.  In spring once I observed singing and skylarking Smith's Longspurs in the south prairie...almost got arrested with DeVore and Baade while doing a Big Day--as Jeff Sanders often states, "back when birds were birds and birders were birders" whatever that meant...good thing we were at the northern end of all that asbestos stuff!  I remember when they pushed that stuff almost into the lakefront waters!  A different time...

Good Birding!

David B Johnson
NE IL
djohnsoda@comcast.net

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 28, 2014, at 7:05 PM, "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:

> A walk down memory lane! We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard shack before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to the asbestos "hills." Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches. That is how I was told to prepare for my first visit to that particular site.
>
> Dan Williams
> Rockford
>
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>>
>> Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
>>
>>
>> Fran
>>
>>
>> On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>>>
>>> Hello Bird People,
>>>
>>> Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines & Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.
>>> A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits as it is a permit only area.
>>>
>>> The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along the Dead River Trail.
>>> But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.
>>>
>>> Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward Greenwood.
>>>
>>> Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about 400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.
>>>
>>> Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:
>>>
>>> Northern Harrier (5)
>>> Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
>>> Cooper's Hawk (4)
>>> RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
>>> Red Tailed Hawk (19)
>>> ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
>>> MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>>>
>>> By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers dropped off.
>>> While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with Canada's,
>>> 5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches & Siskins.
>>> Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>>>
>>> Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next time.
>>>
>>> Al Stokie
>
>



Subject: IBET BY WC sparrow
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 10:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
The immature WC sp is still here along with 2 WT sp. Numerous E. sparrows.

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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Waukegan Laughing Gull
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 9:59 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 The first winter Laughing Gull still at Waukegan at 8:00 am today on middle government pier, tame, photos.

Andy Stewart
Libertyville, Lake Co

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Subject: IBET Apologies for odd post in IBSP hawk watch thread
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 6:21 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear Ibeters,

I apologize for my unrelated post in the hawk watch thread. Something odd happened, here, since I was on an email to a printer and responded to his post.

Dave Antieau
dkantieau@sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County



Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 21:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thank you Steve!

I'll plan to see you about 3:30 Thursday, but I'll call first to verify that you are at your shop.

Dave


________________________________
From: "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]"
To: Fran Morel
Cc: Al Stokie ; ilbirds
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:05 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14




A walk down memory lane! We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard shack before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to the asbestos "hills." Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches. That is how I was told to prepare for my first visit to that particular site.

Dan Williams
Rockford




On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:


>
>Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
>
>
>Fran
>
>
>
>On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
>
>>
>>Hello Bird People,
>>
>>
>>Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines & Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.
>>A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits as it is a permit only area.
>>
>>
>>The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along the Dead River Trail.
>>But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.
>>
>>
>>Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward Greenwood.
>>
>>
>>Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about 400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.
>>
>>
>>Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:
>>
>>
>>Northern Harrier (5)
>>Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
>>Cooper's Hawk (4)
>>RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
>>Red Tailed Hawk (19)
>>ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
>>MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>>
>>
>>By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers dropped off.
>>While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with Canada's,
>>5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches & Siskins.
>>Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>>
>>
>>Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next time.
>>
>>
>>Al Stokie
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>




Subject: IBET IOS Field Trips - Central Illinois Lakes - November 8th
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 20:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello all,

The Illinois Ornithological Society is hosting a series of field trips on Saturday, November 8th visiting a number of the large lakes in central Illinois. The details for these trips are included below. Each trip is limited to 10 participants, but additional spots remain on all of the field trips.

Central Illinois Lakes
Saturday, November
8, 2014

One of the
many exciting times for fall birding is around the end of October through much
of November. This is a time when the
possibilities for rarities are high among the migrant waterfowl, loons, grebes,
and gulls, to name a few groups. In
flight years, winter finches are also on the move during this time. IOS is holding a field trip on Saturday,
November 8 in central Illinois where there are several large reservoirs that
often attract these rare migrants. All
three scoter species, Pacific and Red-throated Loons, Red-necked and Western
Grebes, Black-legged Kittiwake, Little Gull, and jaegers are among the long
list of unusual species that could be encountered on this trip.

The goal for
this trip is to gather together in small groups to cover these lakes in hopes
that we come across something exciting. To
cover as much ground as possible and to ensure small, mobile group sizes, we
are offering four different options:

* Clinton Lake (Leader ‚Äď Matt Fraker)
* Lake Decatur (Leader ‚Äď Travis Mahan)
* Lake Shelbyville/Lake Charleston (Leader ‚Äď Tyler Funk)
* Lake Springfield/Sangchris Lake (Leader ‚Äď Craig Taylor)

Each lake
group will be limited to 10 participants. The groups will maintain contact throughout the day, which will enable
participants to travel to one of the nearby locations for a desired rarity, if
encountered. This trip will be a day-long
event involving a significant amount of time scoping the lakes from various
points. Many of the waterbirds will
likely be viewed at a fair distance, so bring your spotting scopes. Land-birding will also be a component of the
trips. Participants should be prepared for
variable and often poor weather conditions. Extra layers of clothing, water and snacks would be good additions to
your optics.

Registration Details:
Please
contact Travis Mahan to register for the trip or for general questions. Because each lake group has a participation
limit, please indicate your preferences in numerical order (‚Äú1‚ÄĚ being most
desired). Meeting locations and times will
be provided upon registration.

E-mail: calidris_1004@yahoo.com
Phone: 217.454.3408



Subject: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 20:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just to keep everyone posted. The Falcon was seen on the ground 50 yards in front of the Magic Stump today around 2pm.

Tyler D Funk

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Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 19:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A walk down memory lane!  We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard
shack before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to
the asbestos "hills." Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches.
That is how I was told to prepare for my first visit to that particular
site.

Dan Williams
Rockford

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
>
> Fran
>
>
> On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] <
> ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Hello Bird People,
>>
>> Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches
>> from the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done
>> from the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the
>> John Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which
>> covered the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines
>> & Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land
>> was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property
>> although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.
>> A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period
>> of time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on
>> the Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could
>> pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of
>> Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance
>> of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older
>> birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But
>> you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits
>> as it is a permit only area.
>>
>> The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along
>> the Dead River Trail.
>> But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off
>> the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few
>> years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet
>> along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have
>> had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as
>> it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired
>> taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.
>>
>> Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier &
>> found almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again
>> avoided the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4
>> more on the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach
>> toward Greenwood.
>>
>> Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the
>> beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about
>> 400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a
>> little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.
>>
>> Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this
>> place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better
>> than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official
>> watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but
>> between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:
>>
>> Northern Harrier (5)
>> Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
>> Cooper's Hawk (4)
>> RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
>> Red Tailed Hawk (19)
>> ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
>> MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>>
>> By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers
>> dropped off.
>> While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with
>> Canada's,
>> 5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches &
>> Siskins.
>> Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>>
>> Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me
>> Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well
>> we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the
>> early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next
>> time.
>>
>> Al Stokie
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>



Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 16:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!

Fran

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches
> from the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done
> from the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the
> John Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which
> covered the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines
> & Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land
> was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property
> although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.
> A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of
> time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the
> Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could
> pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of
> Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance
> of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older
> birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But
> you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits
> as it is a permit only area.
>
> The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along
> the Dead River Trail.
> But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off
> the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few
> years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet
> along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have
> had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as
> it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired
> taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.
>
> Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier &
> found almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again
> avoided the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4
> more on the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach
> toward Greenwood.
>
> Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the
> beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about
> 400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a
> little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.
>
> Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this
> place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better
> than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official
> watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but
> between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:
>
> Northern Harrier (5)
> Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
> Cooper's Hawk (4)
> RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
> Red Tailed Hawk (19)
> ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
> MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>
> By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers
> dropped off.
> While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with
> Canada's,
> 5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches &
> Siskins.
> Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>
> Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me
> Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well
> we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the
> early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next
> time.
>
> Al Stokie
>
>
>
>
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 16:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from
the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from
the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John
Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered
the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines &
Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land
was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property
although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.
A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of
time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the
Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could
pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of
Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance
of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older
birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But
you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits
as it is a permit only area.

The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along
the Dead River Trail.
But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off
the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few
years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet
along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have
had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as
it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired
taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.

Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found
almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided
the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on
the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward
Greenwood.

Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the
beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about
400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a
little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.

Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this
place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better
than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official
watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but
between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:

Northern Harrier (5)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
Cooper's Hawk (4)
RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (19)
ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)

By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers
dropped off.
While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with
Canada's,
5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches &
Siskins.
Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.

Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well
we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the
early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next
time.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET from: Chuck Berman
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 5:56 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi IBEt


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Subject: IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie (Cook cnty)
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 23:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Two FOS appearances today, both at LG:  pied-billed grebes (5 or more) and a sneaky non-breeding male bufflehead who was hiding in a group of about 55 American coots.  I could have sworn I had a bufflehead but then didn't see it again and I only saw this one while reviewing the video I took of the coots bathing.  The other one looked like a breeding one.
Otherwise:
LGtons of Canada geese mallards2 juncospair white-crowned (eastern), adult and immature
ASPone accipiter (ASP)goldfinch 
Not alot.
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook



Subject: IBET WT sparrow, WC in the BY
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 21:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
An immature WC and WT sparrows here in the yard camo by the leaves and plants.


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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject:
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 19:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I recently visited family in Mumbai, India and got a chance to bird there for the very first time. I had lived in India for the first 22 years of my life, but I hadn't observed any birds other than crows, sparrows and piegons which are still abundant there. For those that aren't familiar with Mumbai, it is a buzzing city with a concrete jungle similar to NYC, so it does benefit from "The Central Park Effect" where the birds congregate to the very few green spaces available.


I owe my acknowledgements to the Illinois birding groups - COS, Dupage Birding Club, Kane County Audubon and Lake-Cook Audubon for getting me infected with this hobby.


As the weather warms up here in Illinois, here are some of the pics from a much warmer place.


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


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Subject: IBET Join COS to look for waterbirds in Palos on Sunday, November 2
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 16:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  When:November 2, 2014 @ 8:00 am
Where: McGinnis Slough
13600 South La Grange Road
Orland Park,IL 60462
USA
Leader: Wes Serafin, w.serafin@comcast.net
Join COS for this field trip to the Palos area. We will meet at 8am at McGinnis Slough. Entrance is on the west side of Lagrange at about 13600 South Lagrange.  Hopefully by this time a good mix of puddle ducks and diving ducks will have arrived. We will also stop at Tampier Lake and Saganashkee Slough which are better for diving waterfowl such as loons, grebes and Aythya genus diving ducks. Although most migration will have passed we will look for Sandhill Cranes if the winds are favorable (from the NW). This is the time period when we can expect Rough Legged Hawks and other buteos to show up with the possibility of an eagle also. We will end the trip at The Little Red Schoolhouse to check their feeders and use the facilities.
If you are arriving late and want an update on the group's location, you can call Jill Niland's cell, 773-218-4153.



Subject: IBET: Sangamon Co. sighting
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 14:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On Sunday, October 26, 2014 I saw a male (probably an adult) Varied
Thrush at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. The bird was very
anthropophobic and after initial looks, I could not relocate it. I spent
5 hours looking Sunday and 2 hours today, but could not find it. This is
my seventh record for Sangamon County and the earliest in fall by over
two weeks.


H. David Bohlen

IL State Museum

Springfield, IL
bohlen@museum.state.il.us

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Fax: 217-785-2857




Subject: IBET Red-tailed hawk hunting
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 13:53 pm
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A juvenile red-tailed hawk scanning the weeds at Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville, Oct. 28, 2014. It would dive into the weeds from atop its perch on a small tree.
Here is a link to photos.


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Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum & Lake Opeka (Again) In Des Plaines Mon 10-27-14
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 13:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

This was one of those days where it was hard to find any birds at all. Went
with Bob E to look for small owls (Screech or Saw-Whet) at the Arboretum
but found none. Landbirds were few & far between & were only the common
ones. The closest to a highlight would be Red Breasted Nuthatch & Eastern
Bluebird (both heard only), some fly-by Cedar Waxwings & a bad look at 2
Siskins flying by while calling. The only sparrows seen today were 4 Fox
Sparrows.

Like Alan Anderson I checked Lake Opeka on the way home & saw about the
same numbers that he did but I'll add a few species he did not bother to
count &/or mention.

Lake Opeka (noon-12:30 p.m.)

P.B. Grebe (12)
Mallard (42)
Shoveler (11)
Ruddy Duck (4)
Coots (63)
Ring Billed (36) & Herring (1-AD) Gulls


A very slow day although the weather was wonderful.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 fly-by, calling Siskins only because they had
almost no completion.
Runners-Up to the Shovelers & Ruddy Ducks.
I hope for a better day tomorrow. Don't we all.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Juvenile ed-tailed hawk
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 13:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A juvenile red-tailed hawk was sitting atop a small tree near the parking lot at Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville. It kept a sharp eye on the activity around it and would leap off the tree and dive into the tall weeds. Here is a link to photos.


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Subject: IBET Franklin's and Bonaparte Gulls Montrose 11:30am 10/27/14
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 12:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
One of the Franklin's remains and one Bonaparte Gull in the Fuddles of the Dog Beach. They are in with a few Ring-billed Gulls. Is it me or is the Dog Beach much bigger than the Human Beach? loose Dogs were running up and flushing the Gulls between the two Fuddles.
Steve Jener
Cook Cty



Subject: IBET Lake Opeka , Des Plaines 10am
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 10:08 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At Lake Opeka in Des Plaines now

Not too much variety but sure is enjoyable weather this morning !

11 pied- billed grebes
8 N. Shoveler
4 Ruddy Ducks

Mallards and geese

Alan Anderson
Des Plaines. Cook co.

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Subject: IBET Franklin's Gulls at Montrose, Cook Co.
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 8:59 am
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Hello!  There are 2 Franklin's Gulls just west of the protected beach at Montrose among the Ring-billed.

There were 2 Snow Buntings on the pier as well.

Good birding!

Andrew Aldrich
Chicago

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Subject: IBET Harrier gallery revised
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 7:15 am
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I redid my Northern Harrier gallery, adding a lot of recent shots from Montrose.
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Rob Curtis

Chicago



Subject: IBET Some Lake County Meanderings
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 21:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Checked a couple of spots today just to see what was around. Highlights:
Van Patten Woods:
21 Pine Siskins- had repeated looks at this noisy feeding flock that vacillated between pines and birches/alders.
5 Purple Finches- never saw these guys other than watching them fly over me making repeated "pik-pik" calls. Heard them in at least 3 different places along the yellow trail.
1 Rusty Blackbird- flyby bird making "rusty gate" noises.
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk- sitting in a bare tree near Sterling Lake. Nice looks.

Crawford Rd.:
Flock of 13 Wild Turkeys
1 Horned Lark

Alleghany ball fields:
11 Horned Larks
12 Snow Buntings

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
Lake county

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