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23 Jul: @ 16:16:24 Re: IBET Lake Charleston birds [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 12:55:33 IBET Lake Charleston birds [Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 12:44:39 IBET Fort Sheridan closed tomorrow (Thursday) NO SIGHTINGS [Rena Cohen rena1729@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 12:29:54 IBET Water Level Update At Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Wed 7-23-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 10:07:37 IBET Greene Valley shorebirds [mmadsen48@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 Jul: @ 09:53:36 IBET Rollins shorebirds 7/23 [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
22 Jul: @ 20:10:34 Re: IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds Tues 7-22-14 ['David Thomas' Birderdlt@aol.com [ILbirds]]
22 Jul: @ 19:45:33 IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds Tues 7-22-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Jul: @ 10:41:43 IBET Rollins shorebird update 7/22 [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 13:05:53 IBET Only Expected Shorebirds At Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Mon 7-21-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 Jul: @ 07:53:17 IBET Raptor ID Workshop Sat. Aug. 23 (NO SIGHTINGS) [Rena Cohen rena1729@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 20:42:48 IBET Sandhill Cranes [jeffrey.stwora@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 20:18:40 IBET Rollins Shorebirds [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 18:04:40 IBET Winfield Turkeys [Jim Stephenson jimstephenson11@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 13:37:36 IBET IBSP [scorellis@att.net [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 13:33:13 IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Birds & A Few Plants Sun 7-20-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 13:28:42 IBET ENSBC Rollins Field Trip 7/20 [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 13:24:48 IBET No Sightings: Soon (I hope) - an app that can tell what that calling bird is [Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 09:38:31 IBET Momence, 7/19 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
20 Jul: @ 09:06:21 IBET Birds at Peace of Earth [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
19 Jul: @ 17:29:30 IBET Birders' Social Dinner [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Jul: @ 15:14:04 IBET Montroae Saturday afternoon [Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
19 Jul: @ 15:10:21 IBET Montrose this PM-6 WILLETS! [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
19 Jul: @ 14:57:31 IBET Dugan Road Fluddle- Another Update [Brendon Lake brendonlake10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Jul: @ 14:33:15 IBET Illiana Birds:4 Powderhorn Ospreys ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]
19 Jul: @ 13:34:16 IBET Snowy Egret - No [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
19 Jul: @ 12:51:53 IBET No Avocet In The Early A.M. At Dugan Rd. Wetlands Area Sat 7-19-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Jul: @ 10:32:19 IBET Dugan Road fuddle near Sugar Grove [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
19 Jul: @ 09:30:24 IBET Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Bell's Vireo - Kaufman Park, Champaign [Nicholas Sly pagophila@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Jul: @ 18:03:34 IBET South Globe in Fulton County [miking38@aol.com [ILbirds]]
18 Jul: @ 16:25:19 IBET IBSP South Unit and other locations in Northeast IL [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
18 Jul: @ 15:37:32 IBET Montrose Beach Birds [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Jul: @ 15:20:41 IBET NO SIGHTINGS [Caryn Hollander caryn.hollander@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Jul: @ 11:41:20 IBET JxP WHITE-WINGED DOVE [Paul Clyne paulclyne2000@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Jul: @ 08:44:24 IBET Fort Feathers -- oops [Don Darnell dondarnell48@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Jul: @ 08:39:38 RE: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County) ['norekj@aol.com' NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
18 Jul: @ 08:37:19 IBET Orchard Orioles, Old School F.P. Lake County [Tom Terrien tinkandtom@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
18 Jul: @ 08:25:15 IBET Willet at Montrose [pckiwis@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 21:36:15 IBET Fort Feathers (Fort Sheridan/Lake County) [Don Darnell dondarnell48@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 19:33:39 IBET Waterfall Glen [bokmakierie@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 19:24:36 RE: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings) [ntikalsky ntikalsky@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 17:35:47 IBET Snowy Egret Burnham Prairie [Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 16:53:02 Re: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings) [David Johnson djohnsoda@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 16:47:21 IBET Virginia Rail - Carroll County ['Anne Straight' astraight4@frontier.com [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 16:39:09 IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings) [Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks@me.com [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 13:27:10 Re: IBET Cook County:Montrose Thur 7-17-14 ['Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 12:53:07 Re: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County) [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 12:18:01 IBET Cook County:Montrose Thur 7-17-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 11:34:06 IBET Lake Renwick [Jim Tezak jjtezak@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
17 Jul: @ 09:43:02 IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County) [Jackie jaculinb4@gmail.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: Re: IBET Lake Charleston birds
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 16:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Returned this afternoon to confirm the Stilt Sandpiper. Still dowitcher sp

Ron Bradley

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 23, 2014, at 12:55 PM, "Ron povpt93@consolidated.net [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
> today included:
>
> Forester's Tern
> Caspian Tern
> Ring-billed Gull
> Solitary Sandpiper
> Spotted Sandpiper
> Least Sandpiper
> Killdeer
> dowitcher sp
> Semipalmated Plover
> possible Stilt Sandpiper (distance and poor light prevented positive id)
> Blue Grosbeak
> Wood Duck
> Double-crested Cormorant
> Bald Eagle
> Eastern Meadowlark
> Gray Catbird
> American Goldfinch
> Great Blue Heron
> Canada Goose
> Song Sparrow
> Red-winged Blackbird
>
> Ron Bradley
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



Subject: IBET Lake Charleston birds
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 12:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
today included:

Forester's Tern
Caspian Tern
Ring-billed Gull
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Killdeer
dowitcher sp
Semipalmated Plover
possible Stilt Sandpiper (distance and poor light prevented positive id)
Blue Grosbeak
Wood Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Eastern Meadowlark
Gray Catbird
American Goldfinch
Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

Ron Bradley

Sent from my iPhone



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Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan closed tomorrow (Thursday) NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 12:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Posted on Fort Sheridan Facebook page by Jim Anderson from the Lake County Forest Preserve District:


It looks like this Thursday, July 24th will be the best weather day for the
herbicide treatment at Fort Sheridan. As you recall, the preserve will require
closure for the full day so that site wide spot treatment of crown vetch,
teasel, thistle, and bird’s foot trefoil can occur. Signs announcing the
anticipated closure were installed last Thursday. This Wednesday morning (8 AM)
I will place stickers on all signs stating “Site Closed Tomorrow”, and on
Thursday District crews will be there early to start treatment. The Preserve
will be open the next day.

Rena Cohen
Highland Park
Lake County



Subject: IBET Water Level Update At Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Wed 7-23-14
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 12:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Only had a little time today so I made a quick visit to the Wood Dale "Res"
area to check on water levels. Water level in the reservoir is lower than
before but still has a long way to go before many shorebirds will be
interested. Only 3 Killdeer & 2 Spotted Sandpipers there today along with
the usual Great Blue Herons & Great Egrets plus 3 D.C. Cormorants & a few
Ring Billed Gulls.

The Itasca Wetlands part of the complex still looks great as it did last
time. Still, only 4 species of shorebirds were there which were:

Killdeer (36)
Spotted Sandpiper (7)
Solitary Sandpiper (12)
Least Sandpiper (12-14)

I did not walk the power line path grassy area but landbirds were the same
they have been all June & July. No Caspian Terns at any of the sections
today & for some reason I heard 4 House Wrens singing whereas all I had
been hearing was 1 before today.
Therefore Bird-Of-The-Short-Day goes to the 1 House Wren which I got to
watch as it sang.
Back to regular birding tomorrow.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Greene Valley shorebirds
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 10:07 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Habitat is improving and the shorebirds are returning to the 83rd street fluddle at Greene Valley Forest Preserve (Du Page Co.).  The following shorebirds were present when I checked this morning:


SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - 2
KILLDEER - 101
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 3
SOLITARY SANDPIPER - 3
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 4
LEAST SANDPIPER - 18
STILT SANDPIPER - 1


Some of the other birds present there included 6 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 3 GREAT EGRETS, 3 species of swallows (ROUGH-WINGED, BANK, and BARN), and a calling WILLOW FLYCATCHER.


Mike Madsen
mmadsen48 AT comcast.net
Woodridge (Du Page Co.)





Subject: IBET Rollins shorebirds 7/23
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 9:53 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  Adam Sell joined me this morning for another beautiful hike at Rollins. Shorebird numbers and diversity seemed to be a bit higher today and the nice breeze was a pleasant respite to the heat of the last couple of days. Best bird of the morning, spotted by Adam as we were about finished scouring the shorelines, was a fly-in STILT SANDPIPER in very ragged post-breeding garb with darker side-striping than yellowlegs very apparent as well as the slightly drooping bill, bold white eyeline, and sewing-motion type feeding. The Stilt was also visible at the south end of the mudflat from the observation deck. We had 11 shorebird species total. Heres the complete list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19195930

Good Shorebirding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com








Subject: Re: IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds Tues 7-22-14
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 20:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
    Has anyone seen the Black-crowned night heron that was also at Kaufman Lake a few days ago?  Interesting that both species were there.

David Thomas

----- Original Message -----
From: Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]
To: ilbirds
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:45 PM
Subject: IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds Tues 7-22-14




Hello Bird People,


Went with Fran M & Andy S on my 1st long trip in a while. As always a long trip equals a shorter report. I would like to thank Nick S for his report on the YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON at
Kaufman Lake Park in Champaign which got us interested in visiting. Andy had seen the Night Heron a day or 2 ago but it was not to be found where Andy had seen it. But looking across the water there it was farther down from where Andy had seen it. There is a lot of whitewash under the part of the tree where the Night Heron was so looking for the whitewash may be a good way to find it if you don't see the bird right away. Great Blue & Green Herons were also there.


Then on to Wayne County where we met Leroy H who showed us some flooded areas which held a fair number of shorebirds. There were a few other birds there as well but I'll just mention that we heard & saw one Bell's Vireo then I'll list the shorebirds.


Semipalmated Plover (1)
Killdeer (35-40)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Solitary Sandpiper (10)
Lesser Yellowlegs (8)
Least Sandpiper (6)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (5)
STILT SANDPIPER (1)
SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER (1)


So like Beau at Rollins we also had 10 species of shorebirds. Thanks to Leroy for the tour.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the adult Yellow Crowned Night Heron &
Runner-Up to the Stilt Sandpiper.
Mammal-Of-The-Day to one of Olney's famous White Squirrels which I had heard about for years but had never seen as I had never been there before.
Finally, Fran, Andy & I stopped at the M&M sod farm on the way home & for the 2nd time this Summer we did NOT find any Upland Sandpipers but the "heat waves" kept us from seeing the distant birds on the new sod so there may have been some after all?


Al Stokie




















Subject: IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds Tues 7-22-14
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 19:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Went with Fran M & Andy S on my 1st long trip in a while. As always a long
trip equals a shorter report. I would like to thank Nick S for his report
on the YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON at
Kaufman Lake Park in Champaign which got us interested in visiting. Andy
had seen the Night Heron a day or 2 ago but it was not to be found where
Andy had seen it. But looking across the water there it was farther down
from where Andy had seen it. There is a lot of whitewash under the part of
the tree where the Night Heron was so looking for the whitewash may be a
good way to find it if you don't see the bird right away. Great Blue &
Green Herons were also there.

Then on to Wayne County where we met Leroy H who showed us some flooded
areas which held a fair number of shorebirds. There were a few other birds
there as well but I'll just mention that we heard & saw one Bell's Vireo
then I'll list the shorebirds.

Semipalmated Plover (1)
Killdeer (35-40)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Solitary Sandpiper (10)
Lesser Yellowlegs (8)
Least Sandpiper (6)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (5)
STILT SANDPIPER (1)
SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER (1)

So like Beau at Rollins we also had 10 species of shorebirds. Thanks to
Leroy for the tour.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the adult Yellow Crowned Night Heron &
Runner-Up to the Stilt Sandpiper.
Mammal-Of-The-Day to one of Olney's famous White Squirrels which I had
heard about for years but had never seen as I had never been there before.
Finally, Fran, Andy & I stopped at the M&M sod farm on the way home & for
the 2nd time this Summer we did NOT find any Upland Sandpipers but the
"heat waves" kept us from seeing the distant birds on the new sod so
there may have been some after all?

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Rollins shorebird update 7/22
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 10:41 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Nothing new this morning from 8-10am save for 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Heres the complete list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19186342

Good Shorebirding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com








Subject: IBET Only Expected Shorebirds At Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Mon 7-21-14
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 13:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Since it was supposed to be hot & humid later in the day I decided to go
somewhere that I could finish up my birding before that happened. Birded
the Wood Dale Res & the Itasca Wetlands & conditions have not changed much
since last week. Water in the reservoir is still way too high but you can
see it is starting to get lower as plants that were completely under water
last week can now be partially seen. Conditions at the Itasca Wetlands by
Prospect Rd. are very good with lots of mud flats & shallow water. Almost
every shorebird I saw was at that section & not the reservoir.
Here are my lists by sections:

Wood Dale Reservoir

D.C. Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (4)
Canada Goose (1)
Mallard (8)
Killdeer (1-AD & 1 young bird)
R.B. Gull (7 flying over the water)
Herring Gull (1-AD flying over the water)
Chimney Swift (2 soaring)
Tree Swallow (2)

Along Salt Creek

Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Rough Winged Swallow (6-8)
House Wren (heard 1)

Itasca Wetlands

Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (1)
Mallard (14)
Killdeer (32)
Spotted Sandpiper (8)
Solitary Sandpiper (7)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)
Least Sandpiper (6)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1, 1st Fall migrant of this species)
Caspian Tern (Max=5AD)
Barn Swallow (6-8)

Power Line Bike Path

Rock Pigeon (1 fly-by)
Eastern Kingbird (2)
Blue Jay (1)
Savannah Sparrow (3 still singing)
Eastern Meadowlark (2 singing)

Other Landbirds

Mourning Dove (6)
Willow Flycatcher (3)
Chickadee (heard 2)
W.B. Nuthatch (heard 1)
Robins (~30)
Gray Catbird (2)
Starling (groups of 18 & 8)
Warbling Vireo (heard 4)
Common Yellowthroat (7-8)
Cardinal (1-M)
Indigo Bunting (3-M all singing)
Song Sparrow (12-14)
Swamp Sparrow (heard 1)
Red Wings (~15) & Grackles (2)
Goldfinch (8-10)
House Sparrow (3)

Hard to pick a top bird today but I guess Bird-Of-The-Day can be the
Pectoral Sandpiper as it's a migrant & the 1st one I've seen in July.
Runners-Up to the always fine looking Caspian Terns.
I thought it was interesting that all the Tree Swallows were at the
reservoir, all the Rough Winged Swallows were along Salt Creek & all the
Barn Swallows were at the Itasca Wetlands.
Seems like they all got together & divided up the territory by species.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Raptor ID Workshop Sat. Aug. 23 (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 7:53 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Local raptor authority Vic Berardi willshare his raptor-in-flight identification tips in a three-hour workshop from 9 am-noon on Saturday, August 23, at Heller Nature Center in Highland Park. (For those who don't know, Vic has logged thousands of hours watching raptors as an enthusiast, photographer and founder of the Illinois Beach State Park Hawk Watch, and can identify raptors when they arelittle more thana spot in the sky.) He will also talk about local hawkwatching opportunities and lead an optional field trip after the seminar to Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve - one of the area's best hawkwatching spots. 

Space is limited; please register by emailing both vbirdman@aol.com and rena@sspr.com. The workshop is co-sponsored by Illinois Audubon Society's Lake/Cook Chapter and Heller Nature Center.

Rena Cohen
Highland Park
Lake County



Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 20:42 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
On a bike ride this afternoon saw two sandhill cranes on the expansive lawn of Ashburn Baptist Church 153rd and Wolf Rd. in Orland Park around 12:15. They seemed to be totally unfazed by the traffic noise and our 30' viewing distance from the bike trail.

Jeff Stwora
Orland Park



Subject: IBET Rollins Shorebirds
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 20:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Checked out the main pond this evening from 5:30-7:30pm. The shorebird numbers and diversity are steadily increasing. Highlights:
1 Wilsons Snipe
1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
5 Semipalmated Sandpiper
5 Pectoral Sandpiper
42 Least Sandpiper
22 Solitary Sandpiper
16 Lesser Yellowlegs
32 Killdeer
19 Spotted Sandpiper
Also:
2 Hooded Merganser (juveniles)
1 Ruddy Duck (non-breeding male)
5 swallow sp.

Heres the complete list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19166331

Good Shorebirding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com








Subject: IBET Winfield Turkeys
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 18:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
First time in our yard today. We have 3 juvenile wild turkeys that seem to be enjoying our yard all afternoon and they are still here. Our yard is fenced but all neighbors have dogs, hopefully they will be ok.

Jim



Subject: IBET IBSP
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 13:37 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today my dad and I went to Illinois Beach State Park to look for my one breeder nemusus, the Lark Sparrow. And for the third time, this soon-to-be lifer left me stranded with the usuals. But we did see some uncommon birds. When we were on the entrence rd to the south unit, we saw two sandhill cranes probing the mud in one of the wetlands right around the rd. then we saw a weird warbler in one of the small shrubs inbetween two ponds, and turned out to be a wet adult male Blue-winged warbler. While I was trying to locate the warbler, a small plump bird blur a quick sprint across the rd, and appeared to be an adult Sora. Then when we got on the dunes trail, we saw nothing of note, except for a quick flyby cuckoo species, and a bunch of Brewer's Blackbirds. Once we got to the dead river trail intersection, the lark sparrow was replaced by a trail's flycatcher and some field sparrows. Then we headed up to NPM/spring bluff F.P. and saw 4 semipalmated sandpipers, Then we birded with Bob E and heard several then saw a Marsh Wren. Ethan Ellis Lake County.



Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Birds & A Few Plants Sun 7-20-14
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 13:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I have been getting up early (4 or 4:30 a.m.) for the last few days but in
spite of my early starts I have not done well finding exciting birds. So
today I did not set the alarm clock & woke up on my own at 6 a.m. I also
decided not to drive very far today so I went to the Chicago Botanic Garden
to check on shorebirds at the mud flat area. Once again I found no exciting
birds but I slept longer & drove fewer miles so that helped somewhat. I did
notice a couple interesting things though.

Caspian Terns

Had 11 adults & 6 young ones today for a total of 17, my highest total this
Summer. All are on the mud flats with the adults flying off to hunt & the
young ones just sit around & wait for mom & dad to bring in small fish to
eat. Last week was the 1st time a young bird was present but today that
total was up to 6.

Shorebirds

Had 6 species today & all were of the expected July shorebirds except for 2
Semipalmated Sandpipers which were nearby but not with the Least
Sandpipers. I guess I'll need my scope from here on out as the mud flats
are just far enough so that bino's aren't enough to separate those 2 small
"Peeps".

Chicago Botanic Garden (full day list for 3 hours birding)

D.C Cormorant (2 fly-bys & 2 on the water)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (1)
Green Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (22)
Mallard (15-AD & 4 small young)
Killdeer (8 on mud flats & 3 more on lawns)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
Solitary Sandpiper (4)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
Least Sandpiper (5)
Mourning Dove (9-10)
Ruby Throated Hummer (2 visiting flowers together)
Kingfisher (1-M)
Tree (4), Cliff (1), Rough Winged (4) & Barn (15) Swallows
Purple Martin (~20 with most of the young out of the nest boxes & flying
with the adults)
Chickadee (4)
Robins (15-20)
Warbling Vireo (3 singing)
Cardinal (1-M)
Song Sparrow (4 singing)
Red Wings (~10) & Grackles (2)
Orchard Oriole (1-F)
House Finch (4 singing)
Goldfinch (6-8)
House Sparrow (~12)

For Plant People

This is not a native plant but in one of the garden sections I saw a plant
with strange leaves & even more strange flowers. It's called Spiny Acanthus
or Spiny Bear-Breech (Acanthus Spinosus) & you can Google it to see what it
looks like. An interesting woodland plant is Black Cohosh (Actaea Racemosa)
which has large plumes of white flowers. An interesting shrub is Bottle
Brush Buckeye (Aesculus Parviflora) with has large flowers as well. Some of
you may be familiar with Marsh Blazing Star (Liatris Spicata) but today I
saw some with all white flowers which is a color form Alba. I have seen
small numbers of this white form at Illinois Beach.
You can Google all these plants as I have done so to be sure. Finally, the
1st red flowers of the beautiful Royal Catchfly (Silene) are open (only 2
plants so far) on the hill prairie.

Birds-Of-The-Day to the mix of adult & young Caspian Terns on the mud flats
&
Runners-Up to the 2 R.T. Hummers & the slightly early Semiplamated
Sandpipers.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET ENSBC Rollins Field Trip 7/20
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 13:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  13 ardent birders joined me this morning on a picture-perfect day for birding at Rollins Savanna this morning from 6:45-10:00am. We had 54 sp. and awesome looks at some great birds including close looks at multiple SEDGE WRENS, a cooperative MARSH WREN, female ORCHARD ORIOLES, HENSLOWS SPARROW, multiple BOBOLINKS and MEADOWLARKS, an adult PIED-BILLED GREBE, and a distant OSPREY on a cell phone tower. The highlights of the morning, however, were the great looks we had at 8 sp. of shorebirds including 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. Thanks to all who showed up this morning with energy and enthusiasm for some great birding!
Heres the complete list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19160911

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com








Subject: IBET No Sightings: Soon (I hope) - an app that can tell what that calling bird is
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 13:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Software can decode bird songs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scie...

Ed McDevitt
From my mobile device



Subject: IBET Momence, 7/19 a.m.
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 9:38 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I spent a few hours on Saturday morning birding the Momence area in
eastern Kankakee County. I started at the H & E sod farm (13250 East and
south of 114), where I've had good luck with grasspipers in late summer
and early fall in the past. My main target was Upland Sandpiper, a bird
I still needed for the year and a bird I've had difficulty finding in
recent years. The sod at H & E is shrinking; areas that were sod just a
couple years ago are now planted in corn. I didn't see any shorebirds
other than Killdeer and there weren't even that many of them. I did have
a couple Western Meadowlarks, a few Dickcissels and Savannah Sparrows,
and Cliff Swallows at the bridge over 13500 East. However, near the
intersection of 1250 North and 1200 East just west of H & E I heard and
then saw an Upland Sandpiper flying south over the road. The bird wasn't
very high and almost acted like it wanted to land (even though the
habitat here is inappropriate) but kept going. I heard this bird or
another one about half a mile to the southwest.

After H & E I made my way over to the Schaafsma's sod farm (10000 E and
1000 S). I stumbled on this place a couple years ago while exploring
Kankakee County. The sod fields here are fairly small and I've never
seen anything more exciting than American Golden-Plovers, but there were
a lot of Killdeer, which to me is a good sign. About a quarter mile east
of Schaafsma on 1000 South is a much more impressive looking sod field.
I'm not sure if this is part of the Schaafsma's sod farm and I didn't
see anything other than Killdeer but I think it has a lot of potential
to draw in grasspipers.

When I was done sod busting I checked the Kankakee River at the 13350
East access road. The birding was pretty good here and I had Pileated
and Red-headed Woodpeckers, Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
Acadian and Great Crested Flycatchers, Carolina Wren, and Prothonotary
Warbler, in addition to more common birds. The mosies were bad though.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Birds at Peace of Earth
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 9:06 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
Stayed a night at the bed and breakfast near Rushville, IL. Peace of Earth hosted by Jim and Pat Sullivan. A Summer tanager singing and calling just outside the door, Pileated WP calling echo through the hollow. RE vireo on the inside monitor as we ate breakfast. A really sumptuous meal. The Barred owl called late at night as we came in around 1230am. WB nuthatch, BC chickadees, T. titmouse, AG. finch, and comical squirrels sliding off the feeders just outside the dining room windows.
Birds or a bat got this Luna. https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Birders' Social Dinner
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 17:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

I wanted to see if there is any interest in people getting together in my area to socialize and get to know each other better and thought I would try and plan a social dinner at a local restaurant (average price range). If you are interested just private message me and let me know what days and times are best for you and I'll see what I can organize. If we've already talked, no need to respond I've got you on the list! :)

Looking forward to getting to know some of you better!

Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Montroae Saturday afternoon
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 15:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Six WILLETS were on Montrose Beach (Chicago) at about 2:15pm. They headed south some 20 minutes later. No other shorebirds seen other than the resident Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers.

Good birding,
Geoff


Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net 



Subject: IBET Montrose this PM-6 WILLETS!
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 15:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

I birded Montrose Point with Isoo O'Brien from 11:30am-2:00pm. We found 6 WILLETS on the protected beach, maybe ten yards away from the pier, FOY for me. Other than that, the only shorebirds were SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and KILLDEER. Also, a few CASPIAN TERNS flew over.

No interesting land birds were around; we poked around for the summering female Black-throated Blue Warbler but couldn't find it.

Bird-of-the-day to the WILLETS. Full bird species list for the outing is attached below my signature.

Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

--
Henry Griffin

27 species:

Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
WILLET (6-FOY)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
American Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Crow
Gray Catbird
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird (one repeatedly attacked me while I was watching the Willets)
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch



Subject: IBET Dugan Road Fluddle- Another Update
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 14:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I made my way out to the Dugan Road fluddle yet again, this time hoping to get my lifer Short-Billed Dowitcher, as Marion Miller had told me three were there at the time. I arrived a little after 1:30, and saw an incredible number of Lesser Yellowlegs, and many Killdeer right off the bat. As Al had mentioned, no Avocet to be seen. There were a couple of Solitary Sandpipers, and several Least Sandpipers, and I finally came across what I was looking for as three Short-Billed Dowitchers were feeding near each other along the south and west end of the fluddle. Later on, a fourth was with them, either I had missed it before, or it had come in with one of the groups of Yellowlegs that were flying in from time to time.

This area is just awesome right now, American Avocet, Wilson's Phalarope, Stilt Sandpiper and Short-Billed Dowitcher have all been seen here in the last week! Sorry to state the obvious, but I'm just ecstatic to see shorebirds again!

Brendon Lake
Burlington, Kane County



Subject: IBET Illiana Birds:4 Powderhorn Ospreys
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 14:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
19 July 19, 2014 - At 11:40 a.m. at Powderhorn Lake & Prairie there was a
different scene. The adult male was perched in its favorite snag on the
lake. The chick has grown up to be able to see it regularly. Standing on the
nest was the adult female and next to her was a fledgling from another nest.
It was double the size of the chick. So it is likely there could be another
undiscovered Osprey nest in the area. (There were two nests in the past.)



I have noticed in three previous separate years that a juvenile from another
area would visit the Powderhorn nest. However, it usually caused havoc with
the adults who chased the intruder away. That certainly is not the case
with this fledgling as it was holding on to the edge of the nest with the
adult female tolerating its presence.



I checked 129th Street wetland and there was an adult BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, 1 GREAT BLUE HERON and 2 GREAT EGRETS. No Snowy Egret, however,
2 Snowy Egrets were on the Hammond side of Wolf Lake in mid morning.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN




Subject: IBET Snowy Egret - No
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 13:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,

I tried the 126th Street Marsh twice, and walked back to the railroad tracks behind Burnham Prairie Marsh without locating the Snowy this morning. I was also at O'Brien Lock & Dam, Wolf Lake, Indian Ridge Marsh, Deadstick Pond (where I didn't see much, even standing on the trunk of my car), and Big Marsh.

My highlights for the morning: Mute Swans at Wolf Lake: believe it or not, first of the year (I usually get them in January but was sick that month); 3 Kestrels at O'Brien Lock & Dam; juvenile Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Burnham Prairie.

For the birds,

Dave Antieau
dkantieau@sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET No Avocet In The Early A.M. At Dugan Rd. Wetlands Area Sat 7-19-14
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 12:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Couldn't go for the Avocet the 1st day it was seen & then I decided it
would be gone the next day so I went elsewhere but of course it was there.
Couldn't go Friday as I had promised to give
Henry G a tour of Illinois Beach Park & of course the Avocet was again
present. So today Bob E & I did get there & of course the Avocet was a no
show. We looked both from the road & from the sports complex lot from 6:45
to 7:30 at the shorebirds but found no Avocet. As we were leaving another
birder (Roger) was looking from the road & also did not find the Avocet.
After a visit to Afton F.P. in DeKalb Co. we returned & saw Pete M as he
was leaving after looking for 40 min.
Pete, Roger, Bob & I checked 2 other flooded field areas but only found
more of the same birds at the Dugan Rd wet area. Here's my list from that
location:

Dugan Rd. Wet Field Area

Mallard (11-AD & 8 young)
Blue Winged Teal (1-M)
Killdeer (39)
Spotted Sandpiper (4)
Greater Yellowlegs (2 or 3)
Lesser Yellowlegs (19)
Solitary Sandpiper (3)
Least Sandpiper (15-18)
SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER (1)
Mourning Dove (2)
Tree & Barn Swallows

In the parking area were Robins, Song Sparrow & Red Winged Blackbirds.
In that lot & on Wheeler we heard, but did not see, both Eastern & Western
Meadowlarks.

A day late & an Avocet short although I had seen one earlier this year at
Hennepin Hopper.
Afton has pretty high water levels & doesn't look good for shorebirds at
this time.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the 1 Short Billed Dowitcher &
Runner-Up to the Greater Yellowlegs with both species at the Dugan Rd. wet
area.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Dugan Road fuddle near Sugar Grove
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 10:32 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I drove by the Dugan Road fuddle this AM. Lots of shorebirds present, did not have time to stop and look. On Dugan between Wheeler and Scott in Sugar Grove in Kane Cty. The road had huge craters, be careful.

John Heneghan
Big Rock, Kane Cty



Subject: IBET Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Bell's Vireo - Kaufman Park, Champaign
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 9:30 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Phred Benham and I returned to Kaufman Park in west Champaign and refound
the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, still roosting in the open and preening as
of 9am this morning. It is roosting in dense vegetation on the west shore
of the lake most of the way up to the north end. You can find it by walking
up the east side and scanning the far shore, looking for a streak of
whitewash on the vegetation that marks the roost. While there I heard a
Bell's Vireo sing 3 times from the shrubbery along the creek in the
northeastern corner of the park.

Good Birding,
Nick Sly
Urbana, IL

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Nicholas Sly
Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Subject: IBET South Globe in Fulton County
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 18:03 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 


At Emiquon's South Globe tract in Fulton County there were about 100 shorebirds in three areas of mud flats along the eastern levee. At least half of them were killdeer but I also saw 12 long-billed dowitchers, 10 yellowlegs of both species, least and semi-palmated sandpipers, a few pectorals and one stilt sandpiper. There is very little water except along the drainage ditches, and the biggest mud flat was farthest to the south bordering on the Wilder Tract. Earlier at Spring Lake, in Tazewell County, in the wetland south of the boat launch there were apparently suitable mud flats but there were just a dozen or so killdeer, 2 solitary sandpipers and 1 lesser yellowlegs.
Mike Ingram, Peoria




Subject: IBET IBSP South Unit and other locations in Northeast IL
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 16:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

Today I birded Illinois Beach State Park and other areas in northeast Illinois with Al Stokie and Steve (embarrassingly, I forgot his last name) from 8:15am-1:45pm, only stopping in the middle to eat lunch at Culver's.

First, we covered the Illinois Beach State Park South Unit. Immediately, we heard and then saw (briefly) a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (FOY) in the small oak trees west of the parking lot for the South Unit.

Then, we hiked around, covering the beach and going all the way to the Dead River (Al did his shorebird survey south of the river while I covered more ground north of the river). We dipped on the Lark and Grasshopper Sparrows that are known to nest locally in that area, but we did find quite a few BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, which are rare for Illinois.

After lunch, we covered other areas in northeast Illinois. Due to the vulnerability of one of the bird species we observed, KING RAIL, I will not give locations but I will list the good birds we found after lunch (ha!):

King Rail (bird of the day and a LIFE BIRD for me)
Least Sandpiper (FOY for me)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (FOS for all of us)
Sedge Wren (FOY for me)
Marsh Wren
Dickcissel

It was a fantastic outing, and thank you so much to Al for driving me around and birding with me!

Bird-of-the-day to my only lifer for the day and a clear stand-out species, the territorial KING RAIL we all observed at a very close range.

Good birding,

Henry
Oak Park (Cook)

Here is the full bird species list for today, 62 species in total:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
KING RAIL (saw 1 territorial bird at undisclosed location in northeast Illinois...LIFE BIRD!!!)
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
LEAST SANDPIPER (FOY)
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (FOY)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (heard 1 near parking lot in IBSP, then saw it flush briefly)
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
SEDGE WREN (many heard at two locations)
MARSH WREN (1 or 2 heard at one location)
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
DICKCISSEL (saw and heard a few singing)
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (many seen at typical location near mouth of Dead River)
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

--
Henry Griffin



Subject: IBET Montrose Beach Birds
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 15:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders,

A few Willet pictures at the link. They were the only migrant types.

Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Montrose Beach - 7/18/2014



Montrose Beach - 7/18/2014
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Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 15:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All,

I know this is a group for IL, but I'm wondering if anyone know of any good birding spots up in the Door County area. We will be up there for a few days next week.

Thanks in advance for any tips!!!

Caryn Hollander
caryn.hollander@yahoo.com
Buffalo Grove (Lake County)

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Subject: IBET JxP WHITE-WINGED DOVE
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 11:41 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I found a WHITE-WINGED DOVE perched on the roof of the golfers' shanty at the south end of the Golf Driving Range in Jackson Park, Chicago, this morning, about 07:40. (This is off the south end of Bobolink Meadow, opposite the far southeast corner of the East Lagoon of Wooded Island.) It sang a couple times, then flew east (towards Lake Michigan) and out of sight behind the shanty. I made a brief attempt, in vain, to relocate it on the Driving Range.

This is a first record for Jackson Park, but not likely the last. Since the first Illinois record in 1998, White-winged Doves have become virtually annual in occurrence in the state, with more than a few records from Chicago's lakefront parks.

Paul Clyne
Hyde Park, Chicago

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Subject: IBET Fort Feathers -- oops
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 8:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I heard a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT -- NOT a Yellow- throated Warbler!
Sorry.
Old-timers disease, I think. And I typed it in caps!

Don Darnell
Fort Sheridan
lake County

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Subject: RE: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County)
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 8:39 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still there Friday 8 30 a.m.


Joan Norek



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Subject: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County)

Avocet continues at the Dugan Rd fluddle today. Viewing from area near sports complex at Wheeler Road.

Jackie Bowman
Geneva, IL

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Subject: IBET Orchard Orioles, Old School F.P. Lake County
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 8:37 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Early this morning I decided to visit Old School Forest Preserve to see if the male Orchard Oriole was where I took photos of him yesterday. A deer was in the parking lot and a Towhee was singing in a small tree. A family of Downys were in short trees and the baby was attempting to get something to eat on its own. It was nice to hear a House Wren when I drove in and see an Indigo Bunting singing at the top of a tree.

Not only did I see the male Orchard Oriole again but also the female and what I believe to be a baby Orchard Oriole begging to be fed. It had no tail feathers and was dark overall with a beak like its parents. The male Orchard Oriole I saw a little later in the oak trees may have been the same one-not sure about that.

A Red Bellied W.P. was feeding its youngster and White breasted Nuthatches were making their presence known with loud chatterings. The Field Sparrows were quiet when I was there but the Chickadees made up for it!
On the way out of OS F.P. I was thrilled to hear a Scarlet Tanager. At least 3 more Towhees and 2 more Indigo Buntings were singing.
At Oak Spring Canoe Launch, the river and pond levels are much lower than they have been this summer. No egrets when I was there today but a

Great Blue Heron was in the larger pond and I think a juvenile was closer to the bank. I could not see it clearly because of all the branches blocking my view. I was hoping to see the Black Crowned Night Heron who I have not seen there since posting it July 4th. This is the first year I can remember that it has shown up in July for only one day and then not be seen again for this long. The bird near the bank seemed to be the relative size and shape of a Great Blue rather than the BCNH. At the parking lot there was another pair of Red Bellied W.P.s-an adult feeding its full grown baby. A first for me- a Warbling Vireo feeding its young was in a lower branch and visible for a change.

Six Cedar Waxwings were hawking insects over the river and I heard the familiar rattle call of our Kingfisher who has not reliably been there every morning like last year.
Perhaps it is not always about the numbers or the rarity but the appreciation for our common birds-that may not always be so common in the future.
Good birding to all!

Sue Tinkle
Lake County



Subject: IBET Willet at Montrose
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 8:25 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
There is a single willet on the beach near the hook pier. Other than that, there are the usual cast of characters: kildeer, spotted sandpipers, barn and rough-winged swallows. Just passed through the Magic Hedge quickly, but there are a couple of Baltimore oriores in the hedge, along with a yellow warbler. Patrick Connolly Cook County



Subject: IBET Fort Feathers (Fort Sheridan/Lake County)
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 21:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Took a quick walk out to the area where the HENSLOW'S SPARROWS hang on the western prairie at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve around ten this morning: I found one calling -- hiccuping -- not too far from the mown path in the usual area.  After a few minutes the bird flew down to join another sparrow low in the grass.  Hard to tell for sure but the low bird looked like a juvenile Henslow's.  

I hadn't been out for a walk in a few days and was surprised that I didn't see or hear any Bobolinks of Meadowlarks. Might be the time of day -- and the fact that I visited only one section of the prairie -- but this is the first time this nesting season I didn't come across any. Wrapping up their rearing duties, I guess.

There were also a few SAVANNA SPARROWS with young in the area, per usual.

Other species I saw or heard walking back along the ravine were:

Field Sparrow (Heard singing in usual place near the small Hutchinson Ravine Foot Bridge)

Song Sparrow (with young)

Indigo Bunting

Goldfinch

House Finch

Eastern Wood Pewee

Cowbird

Common Grackle

Northern Cardinals

Brown Thrasher

Blue Jays

Downey Woodpecker

Northern Flickers (young and adult)

Red-bellied Woodpeckers (young and adult)

Red-headed Woodpeckers (3 adults and 2 juveniles)

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (singing from a shrub near the Gilgare Street bridge)

and baby starlings and RW Blackbirds everywhere!

The VP in charge of looking out the window says no Dickcissels nested at Fort Sheridan this year -- probably due to the ill-timed "controlled burn" of the eastern prairie in April. The great majority of ground nesting birds at Fort Sheridan nested on the unburned portion of the prairie. Hopefully, the county will burn the west side in the fall.

What a world. Thank Mother Nature for the diversion of birds.

Don Darnell
Fort Sheridan
Lake County








Subject: IBET Waterfall Glen
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 19:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello,

Went to Waterfall Glen in DuPage Co. today. Two YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT were singing back and forth out in the open much of the time I was there (airplane flying field). Two of the 4 WHITE-EYED VIREO I found there today were also in the Poverty Prairie area. I did not see but managed to hear a couple PINE WARBLER. Heard a SCARLET TANAGER singing and while looking for it spotted the female gathering nesting material. Also saw a soaring BROAD WINGED HAWK. Alot of butterflies around as well today, such as some flashy swallowtails including spicebush & pipevine.

Cary Hillegonds
bokmakierie@comcast.net
Orland Park



Subject: RE: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings)
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 19:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Bringing Luis with me!


Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, IL

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-------- Original message --------From: "David Johnson djohnsoda@comcast.net [ILbirds]" Date:07/17/2014 4:53 PM (GMT-06:00) To: Jeff Skrentny Cc: IBET Subject: Re: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings)

In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is Freedom,
In water there is bacteria.

-- Ben Franklin

Here's to alcohol,
The rose colored glass of life

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald

I plan on drinking myself to oblivion over all the sweet birds I've missed in
This lifetime. And there's to the ones I have seen!...tee...hee...

Dbj

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On Jul 17, 2014, at 4:38 PM, "Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks@me.com [ILbirds]" wrote:

> All,
>
> MIKE BAUM really does want you to attend tonight's July 2014 Birds & Beers & Baums EXTRAVAGANZA at 7pm at the Raw Bar, 3720 N Clark Street.
>
> And frankly so do I!
>
> Right now we have about 35 confirmed attendees, it is going to be the birders social event of the summer. Didn't RSVP, not to worry, we have room for you to attend!
>
> Official gathering starts about 7pm, come earlier for dinner, the food at Raw Bar is wonderful. The Baum's music will start after most everyone arrives, and beverages, beers and bird conversation will last as long as you all do.
>
> Can't wait to see everyone tonight!
>
> http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU072.0
>
> -jrrs
> Jeff Skrentny
> Chicago, Cook County, IL
>
>



Subject: IBET Snowy Egret Burnham Prairie
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 17:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

My dad and I decided to check around the Calumet area today. Nothing spectacular anywhere except Burnham where had a Snowy Egret along the railroad tracks in the back. The Snowy was not at 126th St Marsh when we checked so I would wager that this is the same bird. We also had a Red-headed Woodpecker and a Least Bittern at the section of Burnham along the alley.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: Re: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings)
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 16:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is Freedom,
In water there is bacteria.

-- Ben Franklin

Here's to alcohol,
The rose colored glass of life

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald

I plan on drinking myself to oblivion over all the sweet birds I've missed in
This lifetime. And there's to the ones I have seen!...tee...hee...

Dbj

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 17, 2014, at 4:38 PM, "Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks@me.com [ILbirds]" wrote:

> All,
>
> MIKE BAUM really does want you to attend tonight's July 2014 Birds & Beers & Baums EXTRAVAGANZA at 7pm at the Raw Bar, 3720 N Clark Street.
>
> And frankly so do I!
>
> Right now we have about 35 confirmed attendees, it is going to be the birders social event of the summer. Didn't RSVP, not to worry, we have room for you to attend!
>
> Official gathering starts about 7pm, come earlier for dinner, the food at Raw Bar is wonderful. The Baum's music will start after most everyone arrives, and beverages, beers and bird conversation will last as long as you all do.
>
> Can't wait to see everyone tonight!
>
> http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55072.0
>
> -jrrs
> Jeff Skrentny
> Chicago, Cook County, IL
>
>



Subject: IBET Virginia Rail - Carroll County
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 16:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Had a nice look at a Virginia Rail at Sloane's Marsh (across from the Ingersoll Center) on Riverview Rd this morning about 8a.m.  Could heard it calling and fianlly we had good views of it.  Also there was a SORA calling and Purple Martins were flying all over.
Otherwise, just the usual species.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)



Subject: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings)
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 16:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
All,

MIKE BAUM really does want you to attend tonight's July 2014 Birds & Beers & Baums EXTRAVAGANZA at 7pm at the Raw Bar, 3720 N Clark Street.

And frankly so do I!

Right now we have about 35 confirmed attendees, it is going to be the birders social event of the summer. Didn't RSVP, not to worry, we have room for you to attend!

Official gathering starts about 7pm, come earlier for dinner, the food at Raw Bar is wonderful. The Baum's music will start after most everyone arrives, and beverages, beers and bird conversation will last as long as you all do.

Can't wait to see everyone tonight!

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU072.0

-jrrs
Jeff Skrentny
Chicago, Cook County, IL




Subject: Re: IBET Cook County:Montrose Thur 7-17-14
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 13:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I missed Al this morning at Montrose.  I'm not
sure if he was there when I was (I was out there
5:30 to 6:45 AM), but we had pretty much the same
stuff. I can add, though, the other two regular
swallow species: TREE SWALLOW and CLIFF
SWALLOW. I had the swallow slam today, yay!

Purple Martin - 22
Tree Swallow - 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 32
Bank Swallow - 1
Cliff Swallow - 8
Barn Swallow - 30


Good birding,
Geoff


At 12:17 PM 7/17/2014, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
>
>Hello Bird People,
>
>This was my 3rd July visit to this location &
>also my 3rd time with no migrant shorebirds as
>all I saw were Killdeer (4-AD & 1 fairly large
>young) & Spotted Sandpipers (8-AD & 2 young).
>Large numbers of Chimney Swifts were flying
>overhead & very high over the Hedge area & much
>lower with the Swallows over the Dunes where
>many Gnat like insects were present. Most of the
>Swallows were Barn & Rough Winged but among them
>were a few Purple Martins & 1 Bank Swallow.
>There were 3 Caspian Terns & 2 young Herring
>Gulls mixed in with over 100 Ring Billed Gulls.
>Two each Warbling Vireo's & House Wrens are
>still constantly singing. I would think they
>would be getting tired of doing that by this
>time. A short stop at South Pond found nothing of interest.
>
>Bird-Of-The-Day to the many fancy flying Chimney
>Swifts flying both high & low.
>There is some kind of beach & water activity
>going on today with bus loads of kids arriving &
>almost no remaining parking spots left on the street. Even on weekdays I guess.
>Highlights were the Utah license plate seen on
>Lake Shore Drive & a Rhode Island plate seen
>near the North Pond area. Very slow day for birds today.
>
>Al Stokie
>
>
>

Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net



Subject: Re: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County)
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 12:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still present at 12:50 pm.

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Craig Taylor

> On Jul 17, 2014, at 9:42 AM, "Jackie jaculinb4@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
> Avocet continues at the Dugan Rd fluddle today. Viewing from area near sports complex at Wheeler Road.
>
> Jackie Bowman
> Geneva, IL
>
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Subject: IBET Cook County:Montrose Thur 7-17-14
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 12:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

This was my 3rd July visit to this location & also my 3rd time with no
migrant shorebirds as all I saw were Killdeer (4-AD & 1 fairly large young)
& Spotted Sandpipers (8-AD & 2 young).
Large numbers of Chimney Swifts were flying overhead & very high over the
Hedge area & much lower with the Swallows over the Dunes where many Gnat
like insects were present. Most of the Swallows were Barn & Rough Winged
but among them were a few Purple Martins & 1 Bank Swallow. There were 3
Caspian Terns & 2 young Herring Gulls mixed in with over 100 Ring Billed
Gulls. Two each Warbling Vireo's & House Wrens are still constantly
singing. I would think they would be getting tired of doing that by this
time. A short stop at South Pond found nothing of interest.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the many fancy flying Chimney Swifts flying both high &
low.
There is some kind of beach & water activity going on today with bus loads
of kids arriving & almost no remaining parking spots left on the street.
Even on weekdays I guess.
Highlights were the Utah license plate seen on Lake Shore Drive & a Rhode
Island plate seen near the North Pond area. Very slow day for birds today.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Lake Renwick
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 11:34 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Lake Renwick along with Turtle and Budde Lakes in Plainfield (Will Co.) yesterday morning. Nice variety of birds including:
Cedar Waxwings
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
Black-capped Chickadees
Am Robins
Red-winged Blackbirds
European Starlings
Northern Cardinals
Common Grackles
Tree Swallows
Eastern Bluebirds
Song Sparrow
Am Goldfinch
Baltimore Oriole
Common Yellowthroat (thanks Andrew A. for help with ID)
House Wren
Caspian Terns
Catbirds
Brown Thrasher
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpeckers
Hairy Woodpeckers
Black-crowned Night Heron
Double-crested Cormorants
Great Egrets
Great Blue Herons
Swans (too far away to ID with certainty)

Jim Tezak - jjtezak@yahoo.com
Shorewood, IL (Will Co)



Subject: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County)
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 9:43 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Avocet continues at the Dugan Rd fluddle today.  Viewing from area near sports complex at Wheeler Road.

Jackie Bowman
Geneva, IL

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