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23 Apr: @ 21:31:15 IBET Reminder to not post whooping crane locations (no sighting) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 21:22:15 IBET Vermilion Co. [bokmakierie bokmakierie@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 21:15:41 IBET Whooping Crane, La Salle County [dupagewillbird@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 18:55:49 IBET Jarvis - Sunday Morning [Linda Cames pdm29@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 17:17:48 IBET COLSP 4/23 6 warbler sp. [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 15:40:33 IBET McGinnis Slough [jeffrey.stwora@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 14:59:18 IBET Westchester Yellow-throated Warblers [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 14:47:00 IBET DeKalb Co. Loggerhead Shrike [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 12:40:41 IBET COS/Chicago Park District Bird Walk @ Big Marsh 4/23 [chicagio10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 11:39:49 IBET: White-faced Ibis [Daniel Williams twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 10:55:55 IBET Morton arboretum - northern parula [Hubert Lin hubelin@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 10:40:11 IBET Ryerson - Very quiet [Caryn Hollander cjhollander21@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 10:26:50 IBET JxP, Saturday, 22 April: Yellow Warbler, N. Waterthrush, A. Kestrel [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 10:10:46 IBET Montrose point this morning [Jeff Bilsky jbilsky@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 09:28:17 Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [Josh Feeney josh@lowegroupchicago.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 08:49:42 IBET Grayslake : FOY White-Throated Sparrow Perched in Lilac Bush Outside Kitchen Window-Sunday AM [thomasbradleylewin@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 07:54:28 IBET Harris's Sparrow, Fort Sheridan [Michal Furmanek mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 07:50:13 IBET Harris's Sparrow [Michal Furmanek mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Apr: @ 00:29:42 IBET 4-23-17 IL Migration Report (no sightings) [hgriffinwarbler@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 22:33:49 IBET Pine Warblers - Waterfall Glen, DuPage County [Linda lbr6240@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 21:29:37 IBET Saturday in Putnam and Bureau Counties, including the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge [KFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 19:41:05 IBET Marjorie Pries has shared an eBird checklist with you from North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago on Apr 22, 2017 - 8:00 AM [Marjorie Pries via eBird mhpries@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 18:22:00 Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [silkart1@aol.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 18:09:52 IBET Black Necks and American Avicets [Kent Stevens kntstevens@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 18:07:59 Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [Fran M franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 17:48:03 Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [silkart1@aol.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 17:29:29 IBET By E towhee [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 17:06:04 IBET Yellow Warblers in Highland Park [Rena Cohen rena1729@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 16:52:01 IBET Crabtree Nature Center Cook County [Jeff Bilsky jbilsky@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 15:52:02 IBET re Fabyan Owls [robirdman robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 15:37:36 IBET Re: Fayban FP great horned owls [Jean Spitzer comfortmusic@earthlink.net [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 14:12:09 IBET North Pond - Earth Day! [Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 13:47:30 IBET Early Indigo Bunting Carpentersville [Whimbrel Birders Club whimbrelbirders@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 13:43:39 IBET Montrose-Dunes, Harbor, Lake & Hedge/Lawn Areas Saturday 4-22-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 13:21:36 Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 13:12:58 Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 13:10:55 Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 13:10:41 Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 12:05:41 IBET Fabyan [Michael Bily mqbily@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 11:37:36 Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [julie mayhill10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 11:14:10 IBET Fayban FP great horned owls [David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 10:43:58 IBET Re: Black-necked Stilts Afton (DeKalb Co.) [Brendon Lake brendonlake10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 10:38:20 IBET Soliloquy to the Birding Blitz [Craig Taylor tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 10:26:15 IBET no sighting - lens cap Montrose [Fran M franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 10:24:26 IBET (No Sightings) Bathrooms at Montrose open [William Branson auspex4@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 10:13:30 IBET Black-Necked Stilts - Afton (DeKalb Co.) [Brendon Lake brendonlake10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 09:59:25 IBET Red Headed Woodpecker question [Michael Bily mqbily@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 08:40:51 IBET American Bittern at Montrose [Alison Newberry alison_newberry@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 08:12:00 IBET By Earth Day songs [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 07:48:20 RE: IBET COS Big Marsh bird and natural history walk April 23 ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Reminder to not post whooping crane locations (no sighting)
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 21:31 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just an FYI for those who were not aware, whooping crane locations are not supposed to be shared due to the sensitivity of this recovering species. Thank you for your support.
Suzanne ColemanPark Ridge, Cook co.



Subject: IBET Vermilion Co.
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 21:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello,


I went to Kickapoo State Park, Kennekuk County Park & Heron County Park today. I had 11 warbler species (BLUE WINGED, BLACK THROATED GREEN, KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE, YELLOW, YELLOW-THROATED, YELLOW RUMPED, OVENBIRD, N. PARULA, & both WATERTHRUSH), 3 vireo species (BLUE-HEADED, WARBLING & WHITE-EYED), GRAY CATBIRD & WOOD THRUSH. There were many SORA easily seen at Heron County Park.


Cary Hillegonds

bokmakierie@comcast.net mailto:bokmakierie@comcast.net

Orland Park



Subject: IBET Whooping Crane, La Salle County
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 21:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A Whooping Crane was seen by two observers in La Salle County at 8:43 a.m. on 23 Apr 2017.

Location: 41.307891, -89.133546

Details, photos, and video: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Jon and Carolyn Grainger

DuPageWillBird@gmail.com



Subject: IBET Jarvis - Sunday Morning
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 18:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Julie Mazurowski and I were birding Jarvis this morning and had a Mockingbird by the platform. This was around 11.   We also heard and saw a Black-throated Green Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Lincoln Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler.




Great day to be out birding,
Linda Cames
Chicago
Cook



Subject: IBET COLSP 4/23 6 warbler sp.
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 17:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Spent 3 hrs. Riding my bike and driving the main road around Chain O Lakes SP on this truly awesome spring day. Had some nice birds and was really happy to be able to put 6 warbler sp. in my subject line :). Highlights:
A continuously (at least for about an hr. off and on) gobbling WILD TURKEY2 GREEN HERONS (FOY)T™slicking HENSLOW™S SPARROW on the main entrance rd. at 6:00am.My first BROWN THRASHER of the spring at COLSP.2 AM. WIGEON hanging on before departing north.The aforementioned 6 warbler species ( YELLOW-RUMPED, PALM, YELLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED, N. PARULA- nice views of a singing bird at eye level, and WATERTHRUSH sp.- only heard a chip note, so couldn™t distinguish, but most likely a Northern based on habitat.)1 continuing GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, though these guys are pretty much outta here.
Conspicuous in their absence were Am. Tree Sparrow, Northern Junco, Cedar Waxwing, Brown Creeper, Am. White Pelican (I think I had close to a hundred last weekend), and Bald Eagle. Winter birds are all but gone. Also looked for a Common Loon on a couple of the more loony lakes and got 0 as well.
Good Birding!
Beau SchaeferRound Lake Beach, ILLake County











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Subject: IBET McGinnis Slough
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 15:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today we rode our bicycles here for the first time, using the new path along La Grange Rd. that
connects to the 143rd St. Metra Station in Orland Park. We found D.C. Cormorant (30), Great Blue Heron (10),
and Great Egret (13), all easily seen form the parking lot.


Jeff Stwora
Orland Park, Cook County



Subject: IBET Westchester Yellow-throated Warblers
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 14:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This afternoon a little before 2 while doing yardwork, I heard a warbler singing that I thought was a Yellow-throated, but I only heard a couple of fairly distant songs so wasn't positive. A few minutes later, I heard a warbler chipping, and wandered down the street a little. Saw a bird moving in a spruce on the SW corner of Martindale and Boeger. Suddenly it erupted in a chase. 2 Yellow-throated Warbler! They tussled for a while on the ground near the NW corner of the same intersection. Then one flew off to the west and the other flew up into a maple. Martindale is 5 blocks south of Cermak and Boeger is 3 blocks east of Wolf Rd.
This is now the 5th consecutive year I have had Yellow-throated Warbler from our yard, but the first time I've seen more than 1 bird. In 2015, I only saw a bird once in early May, otherwise there was been a singing bird in our neighborhood for 2 plus weeks each year from late May through much of June, sometimes into July. Last year I saw a singing bird on 27 April, but didn't see it again until 15 May. Typically the bird moves all around the neighborhood, and I have never seen any evidence of a female. We'll see what happens this year.

Doug Stotz
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Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

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Subject: IBET DeKalb Co. Loggerhead Shrike
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 14:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went out to DeKalb County this AM. The fluddles that had been full of ducks, shorebirds and chorus frogs last weekend were dry, or at most mud. The only non-Killdeer shorebird I saw was a group of 8 Pectoral Sandpipers along Rte 23 south of US 30. The highlight by far was a Loggerhead Shrike on a telephone line along the north side of Shabbona Grove Rd., about a half mile west of Il Rte 23. It flew from there farther north into some brush, at which point I lost it.This is the first Loggerhead Shrike I have seen in Illinois anywhere other than Midewin since 2013.
I also birded Chief Shabbona Forest Preserve (NE side of Shabbona Lake State Park. It was pretty birdy, but no new migrant arrivals.

Doug Stotz
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Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312)-665-7438
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Subject: IBET COS/Chicago Park District Bird Walk @ Big Marsh 4/23
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 12:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
It really was a solid morning of birding at Big Marsh.  We had an enthusiastic group of around 25 people show up.  Included in the group was the esteemed Joel Greenberg who shared his knowledge with all of us.  I'll send out the full eBird list to all participants once i finalize the numbers but there were definitely some highlights...


- A late male Canvasback continues in the west ponds. Ruddy Duck, shoveler , both teal, mallard, and gadwall make up the rest of the ducks the group saw. Individual birders had a hooded merganser on the way in (as well as a coyote!)


- 7 circling American White Pelicans were seen; always a treat along the lakefront.


- Rails... whoa! Sora were calling all over the place with a final estimate of around 15. Virginia Rails were grunting and feeding. At one point, the entire group was able to watch 2 virginia rail, from close range, walk right across the grassy marsh. I honestly don't remember a time i've gotten as good of views without working for it.


- Being such a large group, it was hard to sneak up on sparrows but most folks found the usual migrant sparrows; Swamps and songs being most numerous.


- Marsh wren were being their usual bubbly selves and gave some satisfyingly decent looks.


- As expect, shorebirds were tough to come by with the water level set too high for most but, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper and a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs were seen.


Overall, we finished with about 60 species on a beautiful spring morning. Thanks to the great group that attended. I hope everyone continues to visit this park as spring migration ramps up.


Cheers!


Carl Giometti
Chicago, IL



Subject: IBET: White-faced Ibis
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 11:39 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On IOS field trip, Keith McM just spotted a White-faced Ibis on Shawnee College Rd. about 1/4 mile east of Longreach Rd. in Pulaski County.

Dan Williams
With the trip in Pulaski County

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Subject: IBET Morton arboretum - northern parula
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 10:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There's a northern parula singing loudly just west of lake marmol at p28.  I also had a yellow throated on the east side yesterday also singing loudly.

Hubert
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Subject: IBET Ryerson - Very quiet
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 10:40 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All,

Spent only an hour at Ryerson today because warbler alley was extremely quiet...not one warbler was seen. We saw 1 ruby-crowned kinglet and 2 blue-gray gnatcatchers.

Sighting of the day was a lifer European Goldfinch.

Caryn Hollander
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Subject: IBET JxP, Saturday, 22 April: Yellow Warbler, N. Waterthrush, A. Kestrel
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 10:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded the Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area of Chicago's Jackson Park with Pat Durkin and the Audubon birding group yesterday.  Birding was slow overall, as expected with north winds, but we found a couple new birds for the year.  There were some new birders present and it was fun pointing out methods for identifying some of the birds we saw.
There was a male GADWALL in the east lagoon in the early morning. Pat saw a LINCOLN'S SPARROW on Wooded Island. There were a couple PALM WARBLERS, 1 singing, at the south end of the island. Three adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS flew over the east lagoon when we were in the meadow. An AMERICAN KESTREL flew south over the driving range. In the trees on the east side of the meadow was a small group of warblers, kinglets and a gnatcatcher. Among the warblers was a singing male YELLOW WARBLER (FOY), plus more PALM WARBLERS and a pair of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. Eric Ginsberg, I believe, reported a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH to Pat. Thanks to Laurel Ross (sorry if I spelled your first name wrong!) I found that there are some nice wildflowers in the woods north of the meadow, including Dutchman's britches! The full list is below.

Canada Goose: 25
Gadwall: 1
Mallard: 7
Pied-billed Grebe: 1
Double-crested Cormorant: 83
Great Blue Heron: 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron: 3
Killdeer: 1
Ring-billed Gull: 7
Caspian Tern: 8
Belted Kingfisher: 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker: 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: 3
Downy Woodpecker: 3
N. Flicker: 4
A. Kestrel: 1
E. Phoebe: 3
Blue Jay: 1
A. Crow: 5
Tree Swallow: 4
N. Rough-winged Swallow: 6
Barn Swallow: 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 7
Hermit Thrush: 2
A. Robin: 13
Euro. Starling: 10
N. Waterthrush: 1
Yellow Warbler: 1
Palm Warbler: 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler: 2
E. Towhee: 1
Song Sparrow: 7
Lincoln's Sparrow: 1
Dark-eyed Junco: 2
White-throated Sparrow: 15
N. Cardinal: 10
Red-winged Blackbird: 9
Brown-headed Cowbird: 8
House Finch: 2
A. Goldfinch: 10
House Sparrow: 8

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago



Subject: IBET Montrose point this morning
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 10:10 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Northern mockingbird has been seen a couple times in the vicinity of the central trees on the hill in the dunes. 
Less variety than yesterday although I did add a Lincoln's Sparrow and a late American tree sparrow. Heard a sora as well.
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Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 9:28 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was out there this morning, not only where there are multiple photographers fairly close to the tree but there was also some big race going on and they had the finish line on the trail very close. Lots of people lots of loud music and mom was not amused.

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> On Apr 22, 2017, at 6:21 PM, silkart1@aol.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> Agree, Fran. Though, I think a sign from the forest preserve would go over better than a sign from a private individual. Each April, it seems to be an issue out there. Makes me sad. I enjoy that location for more than the owls.
>
> Sharon
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fran M
> To: Sharon
> Cc: David Farber ; ilbirds
> Sent: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 6:07 pm
> Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
>
> Here's the problem. Without signs, many people doing dumb things in nature simply don't believe someone trying to explain a better way. I bet a large percentage of people think if the bird doesn't fly away, there's no problem. A sign adds some credibility to the situation.
>
> Fran Morel
>
> On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 5:47 PM, silkart1@aol.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> David,
> Why didn't you say something to them? I've been out there over the past several years, and no one has been loud, and obeyed the posted sign to stay within the shelter. I've been out there on days when I've been the only one.
>
> I do not condone inappropriate behavior toward nesting birds at all. This park is widely used and she has continued to use it for many years. I wonder if she has become acclimated to the noise and people. Again, I do not condone inappropriate behavior.
>
> A sign stating ethical guidelines would possibly help, yet I think talking to those who behaved as you have stated would have worked better than any sign.
>
> Just my thoughts,
> Sharon
> River Forest
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]
> To: ILbirds IBET
> Sent: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 11:14 am
> Subject: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
>
>
> Hello Birders;
> I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar lett er. Who knows it might work.
>
>
> Photographing wildlife is a very exciting thing to do. I have been doing it for 48 years. This Great horned owl is not some tame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in because it was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so that she can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested in photographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras on tripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, never considering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owlets deep in the nest protecting them. She is stressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised three owlets. Last year it became a circus here, with everybody doing as you are doing. She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but one owlet died. She has at least two owlets in the nest now. Please, if you want to socialize and make noise go somewhere else. If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and have some respect for nature.
>
> Take care and God Bless;
>
> David Farber
> www.naturallyfarberphotos.com
> raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net
> http://theworldfromachair.blog...
>
>



Subject: IBET Grayslake : FOY White-Throated Sparrow Perched in Lilac Bush Outside Kitchen Window-Sunday AM
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 8:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
It's Sunday morning and after a morning jog I opened up the kitchen window and went to pour my morning coffee and heard a familiar call."poor Sam Peobody, Peabody, Peabody,"  "tseep"


About five feet away in the lilac bush there is a White-Throated Sparrow just booming out his familiar call. The ID is easy with the call and with the white stripes and splash of yellow on its head, it was an easy id. So that has taken away the burden of walking through every savannah in a 15 mile radius to see that FOY bird!


Perfect day for birding. Sun is out. It is about 50 degrees and just a light breeze.


Happy Birding!
Tom Lewin
Grayslake, IL



Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow, Fort Sheridan
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 7:54 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I'm sorry, I forgot to include location in the title.

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Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 7:50 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I've just found a Harris's Sparrow at Fort Sheridan. It's feeding on the grass right by the wooden bridge located on the way to the parking lot (the western bridge, by the road, not the one right next to the parking lot). I took a few pictures, posted one on Facebook.
The bird has likely been here since Thursday, since on that day I saw a dark-faced sparrow here (just a glance, without a really good look at it), which I thought was likely a Harris's Sparrow.
Michael FurmanekLake Bluff, Lake Co.

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Subject: IBET 4-23-17 IL Migration Report (no sightings)
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 0:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,


Tonight, the northern half of Illinois should expect some pretty decent turnover with very light winds yielding a nice push of arrivals. It would be a GREAT morning to look for some new stuff in the northern half of the state.


Migration should be pretty scarce over the southern half of the state because of northerly winds and precipitation, unfortunately - but you should still go birding because tomorrow morning should be beautiful and some great things have already been arriving in numbers to the southern half of the state!


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Subject: IBET Pine Warblers - Waterfall Glen, DuPage County
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 22:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I know that Pine Warblers are at this location every year, but today Leslie Y., and I saw a good number of them. Normally we see one or two, but today we saw at least 10 of them! We saw two groups of 3-4 birds plus single individuals in other spots. Some were singing right in front of us! And we didn't even check the usual spot near the Ranger Station.

Other highlights were 3 Blue-headed Vireos, numerous Palm and Yellow-Rumped Warblers and a Broad-winged Hawk.



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Subject: IBET Saturday in Putnam and Bureau Counties, including the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 21:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Bob & I found some shorebirds, including a Marbled Godwit, in the
partially flooded fields along Ben Samek Rd. Not much by way of landbirds along
Botom Rd as we made our way to Hennepin- Hopper. Highlights there were 10
Black-necked Stilts, an Am. Bittern, C. Gallinules, and a lone Forster's Tern.
Very few ducks were left, but we did see a lingering pair of L Scaup.The
river is still very high so lots of water on the lowlands along both sides of
the river..

In Bureau County we drove some of the roads passing through various wooded
bluff habitat, but we found very little - no notable new arrivals,
warblers, etc.

Karen Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage



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Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 19:41 pm
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Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 18:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Agree, Fran.  Though, I think a sign from the forest preserve would go over better than a sign from a private individual.   Each April, it seems to be an issue out there.  Makes me sad.  I enjoy that location for more than the owls.
Sharon



-----Original Message-----
From: Fran M
To: Sharon
Cc: David Farber ; ilbirds
Sent: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 6:07 pm
Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls



Here's the problem. Without signs, many people doing dumb things in nature simply don't believe someone trying to explain a better way. I bet a large percentage of people think if the bird doesn't fly away, there's no problem. A sign adds some credibility to the situation.


Fran Morel



On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 5:47 PM, silkart1@aol.com [ILbirds] wrote:





David,
Why didn't you say something to them? I've been out there over the past several years, and no one has been loud, and obeyed the posted sign to stay within the shelter. I've been out there on days when I've been the only one.


I do not condone inappropriate behavior toward nesting birds at all. This park is widely used and she has continued to use it for many years. I wonder if she has become acclimated to the noise and people. Again, I do not condone inappropriate behavior.


A sign stating ethical guidelines would possibly help, yet I think talking to those who behaved as you have stated would have worked better than any sign.



Just my thoughts,
Sharon
River Forest


-----Original Message-----
From: David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]
To: ILbirds IBET
Sent: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 11:14 am
Subject: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls









Hello Birders;
I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar lett er. Who knows it might work.



Photographingwildlife is a very exciting thing todo. I have been doing it for 48years. This Great horned owl is not sometame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in becauseit was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so thatshe can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested inphotographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras ontripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, neverconsidering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owletsdeep in the nest protecting them. She isstressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised threeowlets. Last year it became a circushere, with everybody doing as you are doing. She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but oneowlet died. She has at least two owletsin the nest now. Please, if you want tosocialize and make noise go somewhere else. If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and havesome respect for nature.


Take care and God Bless;



David Farber

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raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net

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Subject: IBET Black Necks and American Avicets
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 18:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There are 10-12 Black Neck Stilts and 10 or possibly more American Avicets at the Emiquon Wetlands Observatory in the far north end and 12:30 pm.This is in Fulton County. Also present were a few Willets and Lesser Yellowlegs.Thanks for readingKent Stevens



Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 18:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Here's the problem. Without signs, many people doing dumb things in nature simply don't believe someone trying to explain a better way. I bet a large percentage of people think if the bird doesn't fly away, there's no problem. A sign adds some credibility to the situation.
Fran Morel
On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 5:47 PM, silkart1@aol.com [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

























David,
Why didn't you say something to them? I've been out there over the past several years, and no one has been loud, and obeyed the posted sign to stay within the shelter. I've been out there on days when I've been the only one.




I do not condone inappropriate behavior toward nesting birds at all. This park is widely used and she has continued to use it for many years. I wonder if she has become acclimated to the noise and people. Again, I do not condone inappropriate behavior.




A sign stating ethical guidelines would possibly help, yet I think talking to those who behaved as you have stated would have worked better than any sign.



Just my thoughts,

Sharon

River Forest




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From: David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>

To: ILbirds IBET <ilbirds@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 11:14 am

Subject: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls

























Hello Birders;

I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar lett
er. Who knows it might work.








Photographing
wildlife is a very exciting thing to
do. I have been doing it for 48
years. This Great horned owl is not some
tame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in because
it was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so that
she can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested in
photographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras on
tripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, never
considering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owlets
deep in the nest protecting them. She is
stressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised three
owlets. Last year it became a circus
here, with everybody doing as you are doing.
She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but one
owlet died. She has at least two owlets
in the nest now. Please, if you want to
socialize and make noise go somewhere else.
If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and have
some respect for nature.






Take care and God Bless;







David Farber



www.naturallyfarberphotos.com



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Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 17:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
David,
Why didn't you say something to them? I've been out there over the past several years, and no one has been loud, and obeyed the posted sign to stay within the shelter. I've been out there on days when I've been the only one.


I do not condone inappropriate behavior toward nesting birds at all. This park is widely used and she has continued to use it for many years. I wonder if she has become acclimated to the noise and people. Again, I do not condone inappropriate behavior.


A sign stating ethical guidelines would possibly help, yet I think talking to those who behaved as you have stated would have worked better than any sign.



Just my thoughts,
Sharon
River Forest


-----Original Message-----
From: David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]
To: ILbirds IBET
Sent: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 11:14 am
Subject: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls









Hello Birders;
I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar lett er. Who knows it might work.



Photographingwildlife is a very exciting thing todo. I have been doing it for 48years. This Great horned owl is not sometame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in becauseit was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so thatshe can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested inphotographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras ontripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, neverconsidering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owletsdeep in the nest protecting them. She isstressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised threeowlets. Last year it became a circushere, with everybody doing as you are doing. She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but oneowlet died. She has at least two owletsin the nest now. Please, if you want tosocialize and make noise go somewhere else. If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and havesome respect for nature.


Take care and God Bless;



David Farber

www.naturallyfarberphotos.com

raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net

http://theworldfromachair.blog...



Subject: IBET By E towhee
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 17:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Hi friends,
Female towhee likes the dry leaves, seems to give a camo effect. Scratches up seeds.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: IBET Yellow Warblers in Highland Park
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 17:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Since today's posters haven't mentioned this species, I will - multiple Yellow Warblers were singing at 6:30 am this morning on the Rec Center trail in Highland Park, with one visual (finally!). 

Rena Cohen



Subject: IBET Crabtree Nature Center Cook County
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 16:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
After spending the morning at Montrose and seeing all the same stuff that's already been shared I headed out to Crabtree Nature Center for a hike on the Phantom Prairie Loop.
Highlights included several audible soras, an audible crane, 2 solitary sandpipers (along the shore of the inner pond), yellow-rumped and palm warblers and a Caspian tern. On Lake Crabtree we had a Ruddy Duck and a bufflehead along with the other usual stuff. Within the duck blind there is an active Eastern Phoebe nest. Along Algonquin Road we picked up two Osprey as well.
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Subject: IBET re Fabyan Owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 15:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The only part of D. Farber's post I take issue with is the implication
that it is just photographers that are noisy socializers at such spots.
I have been in so many situations, where I am the only photographer, and
hoping to get a video with audio, lacking human voices of birders in the
zoo like atmosphere. Some people just seem to feel uncomfortable with
quietude and need to talk, whoop at their sighting, compare with other
situations, etc. Inconsideration of the birds at that spot is especially
high.

Rob Curtis

Chicago



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Subject: IBET Re: Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 15:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Somebody needs to say something about visiting a nesting pair at Fabian or
any where!. I was there last month, took a few photos & left, as our group
was out on a DBC field trip, having started at Red Oak Leaf on 25 then
moving north. As birders we kept quiet. There was another birding
photographing, & she was very quiet.
Jean M. Spitzer
DuPage Birding Club



Subject: IBET North Pond - Earth Day!
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 14:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Not much happening at North Pond this morning - Highlight were 2 noisy and gorgeous Red-breasted Nuthatch - also FOY House Wren & Blue-gray Gnatcatcher- other than that both Sparrow & Warbler diversity remain low... 

Full not very long list can be viewed at: http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp...

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago IL


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Subject: IBET Early Indigo Bunting Carpentersville
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 13:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just had my FOY Indigo Bunting in our yard in Carpentersville.

Oliver Burrus
Kane co.

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Subject: IBET Montrose-Dunes, Harbor, Lake & Hedge/Lawn Areas Saturday 4-22-17
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 13:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Alison N has already posted about the AMERICAN BITTERN at Montrose &
it was one of the most easily seen Bitterns I have ever looked at. And
I must say that all birders & photographers were very respectful
giving the Bittern plenty of open space between those folks & the
Bittern, at least when I was there anyway. In the Dunes another
highlight was when the VIRGINIA RAIL flew from 1 part of the very wet
roped off area about 20 feet, landed & then did both calls to make
sure I knew which Rail it was. Thanks go to the Rail for it's help in
making the I,D.

Numbers of R.C. Kinglets & Swamp Sparrows were way up from my last
visit & from the Department Of Late Sightings I still had one G.C.
Kinglet, one Fox Sparrow & a few Junco's.
I also had 4 species of Warblers & 5 species of Sparrows including
Junco but not Towhee which I refuse to count as a Sparrow although
some do. As most folks just report their species lists on Ebird I'll
do a complete list here.

Montrose (6:45-10:30 a.m.)

Dunes & Beach

D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by), Canada Goose (3 fly-bys) & Mallard (2)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 in a Cottonwood being dive bombed by Red Wings)
VIRGINIA RAIL (1, seen & heard)
Killdeer (heard 1)
Ring Billed (15) & Herring (8) Gulls & Caspian Tern (2)
Flicker (3)
Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler (2)
Song (2) & Swamp (6) Sparrows
Red Winged Blackbirds (~8)

Harbor

Horned Grebe (1 & 3 more in the lake)
Canada Goose (6 adults & 7 baby geese, the 1st I've seen this year)
Mallard (4), B.W. Teal (1-M), Greater (1) & Lesser (3) Scaup & R.B.
Mergansers (~10)
Coots (~8) plus Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
Purple Martin (6-8), Tree (1), Rough Winged (4) & Barn (2) Swallows

Hedge & Lawn Areas

More Canada Geese, Mallards & fly-by Cormorants
AMERICAN BITTERN (1, near the Water Feature)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (1 flying back & forth, on the large end of the
size range, a female?)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (2 chasing each other) & Flicker (8-10)
Tree & Rough Winged Swallows (a few each)
Blue Jay (1) & Crows (4)
Chickadee (3-4) plus House (1) & Winter (1) Wrens
G.C. (1) & R.C. (~15) Kinglets & Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (2)
Hermit Thrush (8) & Brown Thrasher (4)
Robins & Starlings (8-10)
ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER (2 with 1 singing)
Y.R. Myrtle (~10), Palm (4) & Pine (2) Warblers
Cardinal (1-PR) & Eastern Towhee (2)
Fox (1), Song (2), Swamp (~15) & White Throated (8-10) Sparrows
Junco (3)
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds
House Finch (1 singing), Goldfinch (4-6) & House Sparrow (8)

Birds seen by others but not by me included the continuing Mockingbird
& Fran M saw an
Eastern Kingbird.

Added Rock Pigeon & Mourning Dove as roadside birds for a species
total of 53 for today.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the American Bittern who thought it was invisible &
Runner-Up to the briefly seen & heard Virginia Rail.

Al Stokie
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Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 13:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 1:13 PM Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


























Talk to park management so they can restrict the area.
Suzanne ColemanPark Ridge, Cook

From: "julie mayhill10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
To: David Farber <raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net>
Cc: ILbirds IBET <ilbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls














This for writing the letter. I will forward it and also pass it out if I am at Fabyan. Julie Long St Charles.Sent from my iPhoneOn Apr 22, 2017, at 12:13 PM, David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:





















Hello Birders;I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar letter. Who knows it might work.

Photographing
wildlife is a very exciting thing to
do. I have been doing it for 48
years. This Great horned owl is not some
tame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in because
it was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so that
she can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested in
photographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras on
tripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, never
considering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owlets
deep in the nest protecting them. She is
stressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised three
owlets. Last year it became a circus
here, with everybody doing as you are doing.
She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but one
owlet died. She has at least two owlets
in the nest now. Please, if you want to
socialize and make noise go somewhere else.
If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and have
some respect for nature.

Take care and God Bless; David Farber www.naturallyfarberphotos.com raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net http://theworldfromachair.blog...























































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Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 13:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Talk to park management so they can restrict the area.
Suzanne ColemanPark Ridge, Cook

From: "julie mayhill10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]"
To: David Farber
Cc: ILbirds IBET
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls

This for writing the letter. I will forward it and also pass it out if I am at Fabyan. Julie Long St Charles.

Sent from my iPhone
On Apr 22, 2017, at 12:13 PM, David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] wrote:


Hello Birders;I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar letter. Who knows it might work.
Photographingwildlife is a very exciting thing todo. I have been doing it for 48years. This Great horned owl is not sometame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in becauseit was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so thatshe can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested inphotographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras ontripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, neverconsidering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owletsdeep in the nest protecting them. She isstressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised threeowlets. Last year it became a circushere, with everybody doing as you are doing.She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but oneowlet died. She has at least two owletsin the nest now. Please, if you want tosocialize and make noise go somewhere else.If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and havesome respect for nature.
Take care and God Bless; David Farber www.naturallyfarberphotos.com raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net http://theworldfromachair.blog...



Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 13:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
It should be posted at the site.
On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 1:10 PM Chuck Berman <cberman129@gmail.com> wrote:
Nicely done.
On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 11:37 AM julie mayhill10@yahoo.com [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


























This for writing the letter. I will forward it and also pass it out if I am at Fabyan. Julie Long St Charles.

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On Apr 22, 2017, at 12:13 PM, David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
























Hello Birders;I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar letter. Who knows it might work.


Photographing
wildlife is a very exciting thing to
do. I have been doing it for 48
years. This Great horned owl is not some
tame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in because
it was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so that
she can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested in
photographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras on
tripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, never
considering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owlets
deep in the nest protecting them. She is
stressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised three
owlets. Last year it became a circus
here, with everybody doing as you are doing.
She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but one
owlet died. She has at least two owlets
in the nest now. Please, if you want to
socialize and make noise go somewhere else.
If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and have
some respect for nature.


Take care and God Bless; David Farber www.naturallyfarberphotos.com raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net http://theworldfromachair.blog...












































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Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 13:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Nicely done.
On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 11:37 AM julie mayhill10@yahoo.com [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


























This for writing the letter. I will forward it and also pass it out if I am at Fabyan. Julie Long St Charles.

Sent from my iPhone


On Apr 22, 2017, at 12:13 PM, David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
























Hello Birders;I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar letter. Who knows it might work.


Photographing
wildlife is a very exciting thing to
do. I have been doing it for 48
years. This Great horned owl is not some
tame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in because
it was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so that
she can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested in
photographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras on
tripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, never
considering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owlets
deep in the nest protecting them. She is
stressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised three
owlets. Last year it became a circus
here, with everybody doing as you are doing.
She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but one
owlet died. She has at least two owlets
in the nest now. Please, if you want to
socialize and make noise go somewhere else.
If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and have
some respect for nature.


Take care and God Bless; David Farber www.naturallyfarberphotos.com raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net http://theworldfromachair.blog...












































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Subject: IBET Fabyan
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 12:05 pm
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At noon Saturday the constantly singing Yellow Throated Warbler continues at the Japanese Garden.

Mike Bily


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Subject: Re: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 11:37 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This for writing the letter. I will forward it and also pass it out if I am at Fabyan. Julie Long St Charles. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 22, 2017, at 12:13 PM, David Farber raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> Hello Birders;
> I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar letter. Who knows it might work.
>
>
> Photographing wildlife is a very exciting thing to do. I have been doing it for 48 years. This Great horned owl is not some tame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in because it was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so that she can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested in photographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras on tripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, never considering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owlets deep in the nest protecting them. She is stressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised three owlets. Last year it became a circus here, with everybody doing as you are doing. She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but one owlet died. She has at least two owlets in the nest now. Please, if you want to socialize and make noise go somewhere else. If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and have some respect for nature.
>
> Take care and God Bless;
>
> David Farber
> www.naturallyfarberphotos.com
> raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net
> http://theworldfromachair.blog...
>



Subject: IBET Fayban FP great horned owls
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 11:14 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Birders;I went to check out my favorite great horned nest yesterday. Unfortunately, like last year it has become a zoo even on a weekday. There were at least six other people there with their cameras set up on tripods, they were talking loudly and laughing loudly, while the female owl and owlets were hunkered deep down in the nest. I did not say anything yesterday but it prompted me to write this which I am printing out now to hand out to other owl "photographers". You birders get out much more than I do. I encourage you to do the same if you see idiots with no respect for nature just give them a copy of this or a similar letter. Who knows it might work.
Photographingwildlife is a very exciting thing todo. I have been doing it for 48years. This Great horned owl is not sometame pet that likes to be around people, she chose this tree to nest in becauseit was available and there is a good food source around. She needs a stress free environment so thatshe can leave her brood to go hunt so she can feed the owlets. It's nice that you are interested inphotographing this beautiful owl family but you must do so quietly. You come here and set up your cameras ontripods, you encroach on her space, socialize, talking loudly, laughing, neverconsidering what this noise is doing to the owl. She fears this noise and will keep the owletsdeep in the nest protecting them. She isstressed out and will not leave them to hunt for them. Two years ago she successfully raised threeowlets. Last year it became a circushere, with everybody doing as you are doing.She was so stressed out from the noise, she did not hunt and all but oneowlet died. She has at least two owletsin the nest now. Please, if you want tosocialize and make noise go somewhere else.If you want to photograph the owl family move back, keep quiet, and havesome respect for nature.
Take care and God Bless; David Farber www.naturallyfarberphotos.com raptorfoto@sbcglobal.net http://theworldfromachair.blog...



Subject: IBET Re: Black-necked Stilts Afton (DeKalb Co.)
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 10:43 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The birds took off to the south 5 minutes after landing, no sign of them returning.
Brendon LakeCurrently DeKalb County

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Subject: IBET Soliloquy to the Birding Blitz
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 10:38 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
WANTED: BAND OF BIRDERS
Birding Blitz is one week from today!
Form a team and come and join the fun! If you've never participated, this is your year to start.
Southern Illinois is amazing...come and join us!



And, it's time once again for the Soliloquy to the Birding Blitz:

Thisday is called the feast of Birding Blitz:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of The Blitz.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is The Birding Blitz'
Then will he strip his sleeve,
And show his tick, mosquito and chigger scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on the Blitz.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What species he did see that day:
then shall our names, familiar in his mouth
as household words
Keith the king, Bailey and Williams,
Stotz and Taylor, Travis and Dan, Rhonda and Vicki;
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And The Birding Blitz shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;

We few, we happy few, we band of birders;

For he to-day that shares his scope with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And birdwatchers in Illinois now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That birded with us upon Birding Blitz day."Do you eBird?"

Craig Taylor
La Grange, Illinois
Cook County



Subject: IBET no sighting - lens cap Montrose
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 10:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I found a lens cap on the beach at Montrose this morning. If you had your
camera there yesterday or today, you might want to check. Reply to me only,
please.

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.



Subject: IBET (No Sightings) Bathrooms at Montrose open
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 10:24 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday afternoon, the stone house bathrooms at Montrose were open! Sorry for the delay in posting.

Bill Branson
Chicago, Cook
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----Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memories of Ulysses S. Grant. ----

[No lack of that kind of officer/NCO in my war, or in any other since.]

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Subject: IBET Black-Necked Stilts - Afton (DeKalb Co.)
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 10:13 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Two Black-Necked Stilts just landed at Afton, the flooded pond just north of the parking lot at Crego and McGirr Roads.
Brendon LakeCurrently DeKalb County

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Subject: IBET Red Headed Woodpecker question
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 9:59 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was delighted this morning when, for the first time in four years, I came upon a Red Headed Woodpecker at Les Arends. Both visually and audibly, it was clearly a RHWO, except that it had a brown head with only faint patches of red in the throat. OK, a juvenile - but in late April? An hour later, I came upon the same bird (presumably), excavating a cavity in a nearby snag.
What to make of this? I am assuming that it is a breeding adult which, for whatever reason, is late in developing the distinctive red head.
Mike BilyBatavia, IL



Subject: IBET American Bittern at Montrose
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 8:40 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All,
There was an American Bittern in the woodpile in the center of Montrose this morning around 8 am. He was out and clearly visible--definitely a nice sighting!
Happy Earth Day!
Alison NewberryCook County



Subject: IBET By Earth Day songs
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 8:12 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
Lots of songs in the By this cool Saturday.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: RE: IBET COS Big Marsh bird and natural history walk April 23
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 7:48 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
COS is hardly a voice for birders when they refer us to the SRAM and REI
funded Friends of Big Marsh for recent developments at the Big Marsh.



The good news is that it appears the Lake Calumet Vision Committee has moved
the needle somewhat in favor of saving the Stony Island wooded peninsula,
which extends into Lake Calumet, as bird habitat. At least at the Earth Day
event yesterday at the Harborside golf course LCVC didn't show a new bike
trail coming from the Doty Avenue peninsula through a new connector trail
bridge over Lake Calumet that would go through the eagle's wooded peninsula
to the bike park entrance. An alternate route is available along the
Harborside dike that leads to Big Marsh. The dike is a section of a
Conservation Area negotiated in a deal when the golf course was built and
filled in wetlands.



Carolyn Marsh

Calumet Action

Whiting, IN



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Sent: Friday, April 21, 2017 5:06 PM
To: ILbirds IBET
Subject: IBET COS Big Marsh bird and natural history walk April 23

* Big Marsh Park (map)
*
* Join Joel Greenberg and Carl Giometti for a bird walk at Big Marsh.
We're going to be exploring the ongoing restoration work as well as talking
about the natural history of the Calumet area.

We'll start at 7:30 am and meet at the Big Marsh parking lot. You can find
the map here:
the Park District website. By showing that
birders take an interest in this area and use it for bird watching, we'll
hopefully have more of a voice in how this area is managed.

Read more about the recent developments at Big Marsh at
BigMarsh.org.


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