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20 Nov: @ 16:04:53 IBET Chicago RNGrebe - still 11/20/17 [Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 15:46:02 IBET Palos Area-Swallow Cliff Red Crossbills Plus McGinnis & Saganaskee Sloughs Monday 11-20-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 14:00:38 IBET Immature Snow Goose at Lake Opeka ['jarojim .' jimjarosz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 13:52:38 IBET Leucistic House Finch - Naperville (Will County) [bill schafer bill.schafer@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 13:49:29 IBET Immature Snow Goose at Ind Grove [kimmelas@att.net [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 13:32:14 IBET Re: Red Phalarope Waukegan Beach YES Nov 20 [John Longhenry mesquakie8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 10:45:40 IBET Sandhill Cranes Over Lincoln Park [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 10:32:33 IBET Red Phalarope Waukegan Beach YES Nov 20 [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 10:05:07 IBET no sighting-southernmost IL CBC dates, (Updates for the IOS CBC map) ['Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' woodthrusheola8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 07:37:17 IBET Byard N cardinal [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 07:24:51 Re: IBET Red-necked Grebe - Illinois Beach State Park - Lake County [Adam Sell adamwardsell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Nov: @ 00:57:20 Re: IBET Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, GBBG Waukegan 3:30 PM 11-19 [' orink' orink@t6b.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 23:30:49 IBET Re: Sandhills Over Barrington (Lake Co) [Karen Waterman-George keddiesue@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 20:53:24 IBET Bird or birder of the day? [mm@architecturalgardendesign.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 19:48:35 IBET 2nd Field Trip Into The Permit Area At Illinois Beach South Unit Sunday 11-19-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 19:24:45 IBET Red-necked Grebe - Illinois Beach State Park - Lake County [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 18:55:17 IBET Cancun Birding Info Request - No Illinois Sightings [spadgaon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 18:46:57 Re: IBET Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, GBBG Waukegan 3:30 PM 11-19 [Tom Lally tlally98@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 18:40:52 Re: IBET Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, GBBG Waukegan 3:30 PM 11-19 [John Longhenry mesquakie8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 17:52:26 IBET Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, GBBG Waukegan 3:30 PM 11-19 [John Leonard leonard@uic.edu [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 17:21:55 IBET Byard AT sparrow [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 15:24:28 IBET Golden Eagle & Tundra Swans - Lincoln Park 11/19/17 [Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 15:11:36 IBET 'Bird City Wisconsin: A Model for Local Conservation' program Tues 11/21 in Highland Park (NO SIGHTINGS) [Rena Cohen rena1729@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 14:22:57 Re: IBET Red Phalarope Waukegan [beau schaefer beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 13:32:36 IBET Red Phalarope Waukegan [John Leonard leonard@uic.edu [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 12:31:58 IBET Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, and Phalarope at Waukegan [isooman22@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 12:16:28 IBET Sandhills Over Barrington (Lake Co) [birdsperminute@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 11:34:21 IBET RED-NECKED GREBE continues at Sand Pond at IBSP north unit. [Donald R Dann donniebird@icloud.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 10:49:33 IBET Red phalarope Waukegan [beau schaefer beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 09:01:21 IBET Rn Grebe north unit sand pond [beau schaefer beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 08:30:52 IBET Tundra Swans - Lake County [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 08:25:12 IBET Douglas Park ANHINGA [Ethan Gyllenhaal ethannatureboy@aol.com [ILbirds]]
19 Nov: @ 07:46:05 IBET Sandhill Cranes - Lincolnhsire ['Gerald Batsford' batsfordg@aol.com [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 14:43:18 IBET Important Information For Those Going On The Sunday 11-19-17 Trip To Illinois Beach South [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 14:05:00 IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #14 Saturday 11-18-19 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 13:25:33 IBET Navy Pier Red Necked Grebe [isooman22@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 09:31:51 IBET QCA birding [cwleib@aol.com [ILbirds]]
18 Nov: @ 09:07:03 IBET Rochelle Shrike and Snow Buntings [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
17 Nov: @ 16:39:15 IBET Montrose, North & South Ponds & 3 Des Plaines Lakes Friday 11-19-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Nov: @ 12:44:15 IBET Illiana Birds: sharing Whooping crane sightings (no sightings) ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]
17 Nov: @ 12:07:29 Re: IBET: Snow Goose juvenile Des Plaines [Joe Lill trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
17 Nov: @ 11:57:43 IBET Jardine RNGrebe & Black Scoter - Friday 11/17/17 [Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
17 Nov: @ 09:57:58 IBET: Snow Bunting- Montrose today YES [Pam Carmona pamcarmonak@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
17 Nov: @ 08:11:14 IBET: Snow Goose juvenile Des Plaines [Pam Carmona pamcarmonak@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
16 Nov: @ 20:55:08 Re: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13-A Day of Red Breasted Mergansers & Bad Timing Thur 11-16-17 [Fran M franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
16 Nov: @ 18:47:59 IBET Byard SH cranes [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
16 Nov: @ 18:15:53 IBET White-winged Scoter - Adams Co. [Phil phil_reyburn_24@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
16 Nov: @ 17:20:52 IBET Long-tailed Duck at Rapids City [A Straight astraight606@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
16 Nov: @ 15:13:24 IBET DBC McKee Marsh Field Trip is CANCELED for this Saturday 11-18-17 [peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
16 Nov: @ 15:07:13 IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13-A Day of Red Breasted Mergansers & Bad Timing Thur 11-16-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Chicago RNGrebe - still 11/20/17
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 16:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
FYI

The Red-necked Grebe was still present today in the channel between Navy Pier and Jardine Water Treatment Plant (Chicago). It was loosely associating with the Red-breasted Merganser flock at 11.45am and was still there at 1.15pm..

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago IL
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Subject: IBET Palos Area-Swallow Cliff Red Crossbills Plus McGinnis & Saganaskee Sloughs Monday 11-20-17
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 15:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

My target for today was the Swallow Cliff Red Crossbills & for a
change I actually found them & almost right away as well. Arrived at
7:30 a.m. & as I got out of the car I heard one call but could not see
it & you know I have to see it! Thought I'd trick it by playing the
calls on my ipod but that didn't happen as I forgot to recharge it
after playing it unsuccessfully at IBSP on Sunday & so it wouldn't
work. Poor planning by me. But soon 2 birds landed in some cones & 1
was a very red male Red Crossbill which I saw very well indeed. It's
pal turned out to be a Siskin & not a female Crossbill.
Ten min later a group landed atop another tall cone filled conifer &
my very careful count was of 4 males & 2 females. Then they flew & my
careful count of 6 proved to not be as careful as I thought as 12
birds flew out which was double of what I had counted. So much for my
careful counting. Then that group flew off but later a pair arrived.
They come & go so you may have to wait a while to see some.

Other Swallow Cliff birds included Red Bellied & Downy Woodpeckers,
Blue Jays, 1 Crow, Chickadee (4), Red Breasted (4) & White Breasted
(2) Nuthatches, Robins (10) & Siskins (8-10)
Looked for a Pileated Woodpecker but failed as always in Cook County.

McGinnis Slough

Quite a few ducks but all were far away toward the west side which is
where they usually are.
Too far to count but there were large numbers of Mallards, Gadwall,
Canavasback & Ring Necks.
Smaller numbers of Bufflehead & Ruddy Ducks & only 2 pair of Hooded
Mergansers. There were 3
P.B.Grebes, 2 Great Blues & a fly-by Red Tailed Hawk.

Tampier Lake only had Canada Geese (116), Mallards (2) & Ring Billed Gulls (19)

Saganaskee Slough

Had all 3 Mergansers but most were Hooded & the least were Common. Also
P.B.Grebes (2) & 114 Ring Billed & Herring Gulls with most by far
being Ring Billed. No matter which lot I viewed from the Mergs seemed
to be closer to wherever I was not!

Maple Lake

Wanted Loons or Grebes but only got 2 Pied Billed Grebes plus 39
Canada Geese & a Mallard pair.

So off to a good start today but saw little after Swallow Cliff.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Red Crossbills & Runner-Up to the Pine Siskins.

License Plate Of The Day to a new style one from Nevada seen in
downtown Park Ridge.
Much more fancy then Nevada plates usually are!

Al Stokie
Checking the Palos Area in Cook County today


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Subject: IBET Immature Snow Goose at Lake Opeka
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 14:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There was an immature Snow Goose amongst the flock of Canada Geese at the Lake Opeka golf course in Des Plaines (Touhy and Lee St.)on Sunday.Along with it wasa Common Loon still hanging out in the lake.
Not much else of interest there, just the typicalthe gulls and Mallard ducks.
If you are passing by it might be worth a look.
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Subject: IBET Leucistic House Finch - Naperville (Will County)
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 13:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This is the second winter this white-headed female house finch has hung out in my backyard. The first time I saw her, I thought it was a lifelister! Last winter, the head appeared more cream-colored -- now it's very white.
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Subject: IBET Immature Snow Goose at Ind Grove
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 13:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Beautiful day for a walk around the lake at Independence Grove this morning. Saw an immature snow goose along the shore by parking lot "I" (boat launch). It was among hundreds of Canada Geese. Some Common Goldeneyes on the lake too.


Andy Kimmel
Libertyville, IL
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Subject: IBET Re: Red Phalarope Waukegan Beach YES Nov 20
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 13:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks Chuck, REPH, still here at 1:30 as I depart.  Appreciate the update and a lifer dance is in progress.

John Longhenry
Rockford

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Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes Over Lincoln Park
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 10:45 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just had 23 Sandies moving south over Diversey and Clark St. 60657
SteveCook Cty



Subject: IBET Red Phalarope Waukegan Beach YES Nov 20
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 10:32 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still present bobbing in the waves about 100 yards north (at a 45 degree angle as soon as you get to the base of the pier) of the north pier at Waukegan Beach. Steve Bailey pointed it out to me.No harlequin at this time.
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Subject: IBET no sighting-southernmost IL CBC dates, (Updates for the IOS CBC map)
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 10:05 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This year, Mermet Lake CBC is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 30th, not the 29th.Also,Rend Lake is on Saturday, Dec. 16thAlexander County CBC is on the Thursday, Dec. 28thUnion County CBC is on Friday, Dec. 29thJackson CBC IS on Monday, Jan. 1st.

Rhonda Rothrock
Pomona, Jackson County, IL

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Subject: IBET Byard N cardinal
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 7:37 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
Cardinal very active and color is getting brighter. Songs to come soon.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: Re: IBET Red-necked Grebe - Illinois Beach State Park - Lake County
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 7:24 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The grebe continues Monday morning.
Adam SellLake Co.
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The grebe was still present at Sand Pond in the North Unit at 3:45 today.

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Subject: Re: IBET Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, GBBG Waukegan 3:30 PM 11-19
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 0:57 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi, John: It's almost 1 AM on Monday, I will be heading to my spot east-northeast of Rockford, IL in about 20 minutes. We haven't had any clear nights, so far, for looking for Leonid Meteors. I do have Orion, etc at my zenith now, with about 70% clouds, and a bit of fog. It's already two nights past the peak, but I am going to try it as the 1 km Geos Satellite set on animated, suggests a reasonably small patch of clouds is now moving over IL from the northwest. It is breaking up now, and should clear out nicely before 3 am, I am hoping. So no birds for me today, as I have 0930 bridge lesson, 1230 bridge game, and Messiah practice until 9:30 PM. Putting on my Ski Suit, making a thermos of coffee, and hitting the road very soon. Good Luck in Lake County, this week, if you try it. As Ever, Orin Keplinger, Boone County______________________________________________________

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Subject: Re: IBET Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, GBBG Waukegan 3:30 PM 11-19
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:40:45 +0000 (UTC)












Thanks for all the updates from Lake County today. Hoping that the Red Phalarope was relocated after 2 pm? Also, should anyone see this bird tomorrow, Monday, an update would be appreciated, would love to see this bird (would be a lifer).
Many thanks,
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The RED PHALAROPE,

Thanks Beau!!

HARLEQUIN DUCK , and Great Black-backed Gull were all present late this afternoon 3:30, Sunday 11-19, Near the base of the North Pier at Waukegan beach.


The Phalarope was in almost the exact same area as 2 hours before, north side of the pier.


The Harlequin Duck was very close to the base of the pier on the harbor or south side, diving among the rocks.


The Huge Gull was pecking in the large collection of water plants washed up on the shore north of the pier .


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Subject: IBET Re: Sandhills Over Barrington (Lake Co)
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 23:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was in Northbrook at Techny and Pfingsten Sunday at 12:30 pm and there were hundreds of Sandhills flying over, seemingly having difficulty with the wind, so it was difficult to figure out what direction they were headed.Karen George Wilmette

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Subject: IBET Bird or birder of the day?
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 20:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi to my new friend Birders;
I find this super important to say this....I'm totally new to birding. So hopefully my "inexperience" brings new light to the experienced! First off, I'm blown away by your generosity, help with ID, pointing in my hopefully the right direction and so on. Who knew that the coolest people on the planet were so nice and so close to shore? Just want to say thank you! Thank you Beau for spotting/sharing the Pharalope siting! Thank you Andy for sharing this site, your group and please forgive any mistakes on my new postings!!! I'm sort of over welmed by ID so my sitings are brief -- Ill tackle countings with your direction soon:)



IBSP south unit: Golden Eagle, Merganser, Black Eye Junco, Northern Flicker, Red tail hawk

IBSP North unit: Red shoulder hawk; red tail hawk - who knew?

Waukegan Harbor: red Phalorope - but no harlequin

Great Lakes Navel Base: Golden Eye, Commorant, Beautiful male/female Mallard, Coot; red tail hawk



How you know I'm a beginner or Funny thing of the day: For some reason, All I wanted to see was a Snow bunting, but got distracted with these experienced birders!! We saw cool stuff. Wow! I'm a lucky birder!



Subject: IBET 2nd Field Trip Into The Permit Area At Illinois Beach South Unit Sunday 11-19-17
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 19:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People.

Today our 2nd trip to the permit area had 12 birders led by yours
truly & we covered the South Pines & South Swales from 8:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. & Lake Michigan after that. Like last week's trip we found
no Crossbills & this time no Siskins either. Our only finches were
Goldfinches. In spite of last week's rains the river mouth remains
blocked & we had no trouble getting past & into the permit area.
Hopefully that will continue to be the case so the last 3 trips will
make it in too.

We had only common land birds in the Pines plus 1 very late PALM
WARBLER well seen by Rena C but not re-found for the group. Also saw 1
male Red Winged Blackbird. Best of the regular land birds were 2 Red
Breasted Nuthatches. Highlights of the trip were mostly flying birds &
we saw (& heard) about 100 Tundra Swans, 250 Sandhill Cranes, 3 Bald
Eagles (1 adult), 1 each Kestrel & Merlin & 2 Peregrines. In the lake
along with many Redhead & Scaup & smaller numbers of Bufflehead were
LONG TAILED DUCKS with 4 seen by the partial group that did not look
for Short Eared Owls & 2
L.T. Ducks seen by the larger group & did look for the Owls although
that group found no Owls.
Also I was told the 1st group also found RED THROATED LOON but I do
not know how many.

The other fine birds seen in the Waukegan & Sand Pond locations have
been reported many times & need no mention by me but I will say that
once again I dodged the "no cell phone" bullet as I saw the IBSP
assistant supervisor in the parking lot by the nature center & he told
me about the Sand Pond Red Necked Grebe which I then saw for myself.
Then at a quick stop at the North Unit Hawk Watch I learned about the
Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck & Great Blacked Gull at Waukegan & was
able to see all 3 helped by Tom L who had the Phalarope in a scope
view as I arrived after being told it had disappeared. Glad it was
back. Both the Phalarope & the big Grebe were my 3rd sightings in Lake
County so you can see that they do not show up often.

Bird-Of-The-Field-Trip goes to the many Tundra Swans & Runner-Up to
the Long Tailed Ducks

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Red Phalarope & Runner-Up to the Red Necked Grebe.
Honorable mention to finally seen (by me) Harlequin Duck.

Al Stokie
Having a fine day in NE Lake County although I missed all the many
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Subject: IBET Red-necked Grebe - Illinois Beach State Park - Lake County
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 19:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The grebe was still present at Sand Pond in the North Unit at 3:45 today.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Subject: IBET Cancun Birding Info Request - No Illinois Sightings
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 18:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi, I am headed to Cancun over New Year's and planning to bird there Jan 1st/2nd. Wanted to ask 2 questions -
1. Anyone else from this group planning to be there at that time for birding?
2. Any recommendations for local guides there or anyone willing to share their past trip itineraries?

Please let me know. Thanks.

- Sid Padgaonkar
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Subject: Re: IBET Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, GBBG Waukegan 3:30 PM 11-19
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 18:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Red Phalarope was most certainly seen after 2pm. It took some searching, but the Red Phalarope , the Harlequin Duck, and the Great Black-backed Gull were all there at 2:15pm and we™re still there when I left at 2:45pm.Good birding!
Tom LallyEdison Park, Chicago, IL
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Thanks for all the updates from Lake County today. Hoping that the Red Phalarope was relocated after 2 pm? Also, should anyone see this bird tomorrow, Monday, an update would be appreciated, would love to see this bird (would be a lifer).
Many thanks,
John LonghenryRockford









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The RED PHALAROPE,
Thanks Beau!!
HARLEQUIN DUCK , and Great Black-backed Gull were all present late this afternoon 3:30, Sunday 11-19, Near the base of the North Pier at Waukegan beach.
The Phalarope was in almost the exact same area as 2 hours before, north side of the pier.
The Harlequin Duck was very close to the base of the pier on the harbor or south side, diving among the rocks.
The Huge Gull was pecking in the large collection of water plants washed up on the shore north of the pier .
Cheers, John P. Leonard 1617 Executive Lane Glenview, IL 60026
































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Subject: Re: IBET Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, GBBG Waukegan 3:30 PM 11-19
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 18:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks for all the updates from Lake County today. Hoping that the Red Phalarope was relocated after 2 pm? Also, should anyone see this bird tomorrow, Monday, an update would be appreciated, would love to see this bird (would be a lifer). 
Many thanks,
John LonghenryRockford


On Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5:52:32 PM CST, John Leonard leonard@uic.edu [ILbirds] wrote:


The RED PHALAROPE,
Thanks Beau!!
HARLEQUIN DUCK , and Great Black-backed Gull were all present late this afternoon 3:30, Sunday 11-19, Near the base of the North Pier at Waukegan beach.

The Phalarope was in almost the exact same area as 2 hours before, north side of the pier.

The Harlequin Duck was very close to the base of the pier on the harbor or south side, diving among the rocks.

The Huge Gull was pecking in the large collection of water plants washed up on the shore north of the pier .

Cheers, John P. Leonard 1617 Executive Lane Glenview, IL 60026




Subject: IBET Red Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, GBBG Waukegan 3:30 PM 11-19
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 17:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The RED PHALAROPE,
Thanks Beau!!
HARLEQUIN DUCK , and Great Black-backed Gull were all present late this afternoon 3:30, Sunday 11-19, Near the base of the North Pier at Waukegan beach.

The Phalarope was in almost the exact same area as 2 hours before, north side of the pier.

The Harlequin Duck was very close to the base of the pier on the harbor or south side, diving among the rocks.

The Huge Gull was pecking in the large collection of water plants washed up on the shore north of the pier .

Cheers, John P. Leonard 1617 Executive Lane Glenview, IL 60026


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Subject: IBET Byard AT sparrow
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 17:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Hi friends,
American tree sp came today eating seeds in the leaves. Juncos active and eating seeds. A. goldfinch also.
John
Bourbonnais, IL
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Subject: IBET Golden Eagle & Tundra Swans - Lincoln Park 11/19/17
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 15:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
With the good winds and clear skies I headed up on the roof for a hawk watch today from 9.30am to 1.30pm.
The winds were a little light for my location and this was evident by the 1000™s of Sandhill Cranes that were visible further to the west - I estimated 6774 but i think that™s probably very conservative given that there were many flocks way west that I could barely see through the scope. The hawk flight was a bit light but those that i did find were mostly directly overhead or slightly to the west - Only 37 migrating hawks - Highlight of the day was an adult Golden Eagle that came through at 12.35pm - I had great scope views but it was rising higher and higher in the blue dome and I struggled to find it with the camera. Another highlight was a dark-phase adult Western Red-tail and 2 adult Red-shouldered Hawks. A group of 32 Tundra Swan moved east out over the lake at 11.30am.
Full list can be viewed here:http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp... 17-11-19
Not too many pics today but pics of the Tundra Swans and one of the Red-shouldered can be viewed here:
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Subject: IBET 'Bird City Wisconsin: A Model for Local Conservation' program Tues 11/21 in Highland Park (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 15:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Since recognizing its first
communities in 2010 under the auspices of Milwaukee Audubon Society, Bird City Wisconsin has
grown to 107 participating municipalities that take over 1,200 conservation and education
actions every year to make Wisconsin™s communities healthy for birds as well as
people. At Lake/Cook Audubon™s November meeting this Tuesday in Highland Park,
director Dr. Bryan Lenz will explain the origins and objectives of the Bird
City Wisconsin initiative, describe how cities join, share success stories, and
discuss how other states are now adopting the same model to promote
conservation and nature education.



The meeting begins at 7 pm at
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park “ mile north of Half Day
Rd/Route 22 between Waukegan Road and Skokie Highway/Route 41. Directions
and full chapter program and field trip listings are at www.lakecookaudubon.org



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Subject: Re: IBET Red Phalarope Waukegan
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 14:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As of 2:00pm the bird is AWOL. 

BEAU

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> On Nov 19, 2017, at 1:32 PM, John Leonard leonard@uic.edu [ILbirds] wrote:
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> Red Phalarope continues 1:30 PM swimming in Lake M 50yds out from beach roughly same distance north of. Roth pier
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Subject: IBET Red Phalarope Waukegan
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 13:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Red Phalarope continues 1:30 PM swimming in Lake M 50yds out from beach roughly same distance north of. Roth pier

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Subject: IBET Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, and Phalarope at Waukegan
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 12:31 pm
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A harlequin duck has showed up at the end of the north pier along with surf scoter. Phalarope continues but is not swimming in the lake. What an exciting 10 minutes!

Isoo O'Brien, Evanston,IL

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Subject: IBET Sandhills Over Barrington (Lake Co)
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 12:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Seen / heard maybe a dozen sandhill flocks over Barrington today.
Larry Garascia



Subject: IBET RED-NECKED GREBE continues at Sand Pond at IBSP north unit.
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 11:34 am
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Donnie Dann
Lake County

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Subject: IBET Red phalarope Waukegan
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 10:49 am
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Now at north pier.

Beau Schaefer

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Subject: IBET Rn Grebe north unit sand pond
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 9:01 am
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Andy Stewart found a RED-NECKED GREBE at Sand Pond at the north unit of IBSP..

Beau Schaefer
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Subject: IBET Tundra Swans - Lake County
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 8:30 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The tundras are on the move today. We've already had over 200 fly over the
IBSP Hawk Watch.

Karen Lund
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Subject: IBET Douglas Park ANHINGA
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 8:25 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As insane as it is, I just had an Anhinga flying south fairly low over Douglas park. I initially saw it circling up before heading due south. More details later, but keep an eye out if you're in the calumet area or wherever.

Also present are a Snow and Cackling goose.

Ethan Gyllenhaal

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Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes - Lincolnhsire
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 7:46 am
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50 Sandhill Cranes got an early start and just rose noisily to the sky and
headed south. Perhaps they did an overnight at Ryerson?



Gerry Batsford

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Subject: IBET Important Information For Those Going On The Sunday 11-19-17 Trip To Illinois Beach South
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 14:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Day Trippers,

This is for the 15 birders who have signed up for the 2nd field trip
into the permit only areas south of the Dead River at the south unit
of Illinois Beach State Park. I am a little worried about getting past
the Dead River mouth & into the permit area. I checked the river
earlier this week & found that the river was then blocked & so getting
past it was no problem. But we are having very strong winds today &
the rain is heavy at times. So with how high the water was even before
today's rains there is a chance the river will break through over
night & so block our way in to the South Pines & Swales.
However, it may not break through & we'll be fine. My point is only
that we won't know until we get there & I don't want folks to be
surprised if we are blocked out.

But if that happens we will change our focus to water birds in Lake
Michigan from Illinois Beach up to North Point Marina with an
alternative of going to the Illinois Beach official Hawk Watch. We may
even backtrack to Waukegan Beach & Harbor. So if you show up we will
have something to do even if we can't get into the permit area.

Last week I posted that waterproof boots would be helpful although not
necessary & with the new rain that may be even more true. But we can
get around any wet areas although it may make for detours that
waterproof boot people won't have to make.

We will again meet in the Nature Center parking lot no later than 8
a.m. That's a right turn from the road in so watch for the Nature
Center sign. If you get to the resort parking lot you have gone too
far.

See you Sunday & hope for the best. And it will be mighty cold so bundle up.

Al Stokie (Trip leader for the 11-19 trip)


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Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #14 Saturday 11-18-19
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 14:05 pm
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Hello Bird People,

With the weather conditions being what they were today about the only
birding possibility was to do another lake watch & use the beach house
building as protection from the wind blown rain. Arrived at 7:15 a.m.
& was soon joined by Andy Sigler who tried to view from a less
protected viewpoint for a better look but soon was so wet that the
cold winds did in that wet birder & he gave up to dry out.

A Jeff Sanders led field trip also arrived planning to move along the
lake front but the rain changed that plan & the group had to remain by
the beach house for the duration of their trip. The rain slowed down
for a while but then picked up again & by 10 a.m. fog was moving in
making viewing worse so we called it a day by 10:15 a.m. For me 3
hours of watching Mergansers through the raindrops with spray in my
face was not a very productive a.m. Here's the very short day list:

Gillson Park Lake Watch #14 (7:15-10:15 a.m.)

Common Loon (2 flying south, good views)
"Dark Winged" Scoter (2 flying south, pretty large & so probably Surf Scoters)
Common Goldeneye (only 4 flying south)
Hooded Merganser (2 flying north, probably from the group in the harbor)
Red Breasted Merganser (1800-1900 flying south, our constant companions)
Ring Billed (10-12) & Herring (~20) Gulls
And our only land birds were 4 parking lot area Crows
(I said it was a short list!)

This was the 3rd day in a row where I have seen in the area of 2000
Red Breasted Mergansers & so in the absence of quality I'll go with
quantity & make the R.B. Mergansers today's
Bird-Of-The-Day. Runner-Up to the 2 fairly close Common Loons.
Best I can do on a nasty day!

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET Navy Pier Red Necked Grebe
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 13:25 pm
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Bird is swimming in the canal just north of the pier.

Isoo O'Brien, Evanston, IL

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Subject: IBET QCA birding
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 9:31 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Greetings,


I checked the Mississippi corridor yesterday morning in hopes of relocating the Long-tailed Ducks Anne reported (to no avail). Nice numbers of gulls continue at Schwiebert Park in Rock Island loafing on the boat dock (mostly Ring-billed, but also a nice adult Thayer's-Iceland). A Mute Swan was back just above Lock and Dam 14 (on the Illinois side). A Trumpeter swan with a red tracking collar was in the pond at the John Deere World headquarters building in Moline.


Chuck Leib
Milan, IL
Rock Island County



Subject: IBET Rochelle Shrike and Snow Buntings
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 9:07 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went to Rochelle in Lee Cty yesterday to look for migrant waterfowl. Lots of geese, a few Snow geese seen. I checked the areas around the Intermodal facility. I saw a Northern Shrike past the entrance to the Intermodal yard. Also saw a few Snow Buntings on Thorpe Rd south of I 88.
John HeneghanBig Rock, Kane cty



Subject: IBET Montrose, North & South Ponds & 3 Des Plaines Lakes Friday 11-19-17
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 16:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Covered several places but saw few birds so even I should be able to
keep this short. Well maybe?

Montrose (7:15-9 a.m.)

From the Protected Beach to the Dog Beach there was "green plant glob"
all over but no shorebirds to use it, not even a late Dunlin. What a
shame! The only birds on the beach were Ring Billed & Herring Gulls.
In the lake were Mallards, Redheads, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead,
Goldeneye & as at Gillson 100's of R.B. Mergs flying by. Of some
interest were 3 Cormorants, 3 Coots (both in the harbor) & Matthew C
picked out 1 Cooper's Hawk.

Diversey Harbor

Nothing here except Canada Geese, Mallards & R.B. Gulls along with 2
domestic geese & 1 domestic white duck.

North Pond

P.B. Grebe (1), D.C. Cormorant (1), Great Blue Heron (1), Canada
Geese, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers (3-F) & 1 adult Herring Gull.

South Pond

The only bird in the water was 1 P.B. Grebe & a Red Tailed Hawk was
chased by Crows.

Lake Opeka in Des Plaines

Common Loon (1), Horned Grebe (1), Canada Geese plus both Ring Billed
(32) & Herring (5) Gulls

Axehead Lake

Only Canada Geese & Mallards

Belleau Lake

Nothing but 54 Mallards

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Lake Opeka Common Loon & Runner-Up to the
Horned Grebe also at
Lake Opeka.

When the highlight of the day is a license plate you know your birding
day was pretty weak.
License Plate Of The Day to one from Wyoming seen on Stockton on a Kia
Soul. This was important as it was #50 for my July-Dec plates run. So
only 1 to go but that one is Hawaii & I doubt that 6 weeks is enough
time to find one. If it was 6 months maybe.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET Illiana Birds: sharing Whooping crane sightings (no sightings)
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 12:44 pm
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IBET,

A posting on IN-BIRD by Amy Kearns, Assistant Nongame Bird Biologist,
Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife. She responded to a question regarding
the reporting of Whooping Cranes.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

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If you must share, I recommend following the guidelines from the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership website, which asks that Whooping Cranes be
reported through social media at the county level only in Indiana.
Personally, I think it's fine not to report them at all on social media and
listservs. You can use the link on the site to report them directly to the
trackers, avoiding social media entirely. Here's the quote from the website:



https://www.bringbackthecranes...



What To Do If You See Whooping Cranes:



If you encounter a whooping crane in the wild, please give them the respect
and distance they need. Do not approach birds on foot within 200 yards;
remain in your vehicle; do not approach in a vehicle any closer than 100
yards. Also, please remain concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the
birds can hear you. Finally, do not trespass on private property in an
attempt to view or photograph whooping cranes.



Joe Duff, the project's lead ultralight pilot
, said it best during an
interview: "Although we take special precautions to ensure these birds are
reared in isolation from human contact, they are still far from wild. Their
return to nature takes place over months but could be destroyed by one
curious onlooker. Despite good intentions the best thing an observer could
do for these birds and this project is to observe from a distance. The worst
thing you could do is attempt to feed them. "



Each exposure lessens the whooping cranes' natural fear of humans, which is
an important survival mechanism. Feeding the whooping cranes can result in
the birds becoming dependent on humans as a source of food. Both would
negate the many long hours biologists, veterinarians, pilots and volunteers
endured in hot costumes and silence while raising and caring for these
whooping cranes.




Reporting Whooping Crane Sightings for WCEP Trackers


We would appreciate you reporting your sighting on our online website at
https://www.savingcranes.org/r... Thank you!




Reporting Whooping Crane Sightings to Others (on ListServs, Partner Facebook
pages, etc.)


When Whooping Cranes are present at the following eight sites, the name of
the Refuge or park may be used on birding lists and on social media sites,
however no other location information more specific than the name of the
property should be used. When whooping cranes are present at other sites,
only the birds' county-level location should be shared.





Wisconsin:

1. Necedah NWR
2. Horicon NWR
3. White River Marsh SWA



Florida:

4. Chassahowitzka NWR
5. St. Marks NWR
6. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park



Other:

7. Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, TN
8. Wheeler NWR, AL



Subject: Re: IBET: Snow Goose juvenile Des Plaines
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 12:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Snow Geese were still there at 10:30.
At least 70 siskins in the Enabling Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, too. I didn't find any redpolls or crossbills.

Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County

> On Nov 17, 2017, at 8:11 AM, Pam Carmona pamcarmonak@ameritech.net [ILbirds] wrote:
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> Saw two juvenile Snow Geese hanging out in a flock of Canada Geese at the Methodist Camp Ground in Des Plaines, IL. In the field, at the NW corner of E Algonquin Road and Camp Ground Road.
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> -Pam Carmona
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Subject: IBET Jardine RNGrebe & Black Scoter - Friday 11/17/17
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 11:57 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There is currently (11.50am) a Red-necked Grebe and a Black Scoter among many other diving duck in the inner lake area north of Jardine Water Treatment Plant - I™d imagine both are visible though maybe slightly more distant from Olive Park.

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Subject: IBET: Snow Bunting- Montrose today YES
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 9:57 am
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Finally! Lifer! Snow Bunting at Montrose right by the rocks by the pier.

Yay!

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Subject: IBET: Snow Goose juvenile Des Plaines
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 8:11 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Saw two juvenile Snow Geese hanging out in a flock of Canada Geese at the Methodist Camp Ground in Des Plaines, IL. In the field, at the NW corner of E Algonquin Road and Camp Ground Road.

-Pam Carmona


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Subject: Re: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13-A Day of Red Breasted Mergansers & Bad Timing Thur 11-16-17
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 20:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
You missed 3% of your visit, Al! So what was the final determination on that bird?

Fran MorelEvanston, Cook Co.
On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 3:07 PM, Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

























Hello Bird People,


It's been a tough week for me with a rain out yesterday, missing the

Harlequin on Tuesday even though I was there the same time it was seen

by Donnie D & today missing the best bird while on a 6 min trip to the

bathroom. As I have quoted before:


"When you're hot you're hot & when you're not you're not!" I'd say I

fall into the "not hot" category

this week. I will hope for a run of being "hot" with finding birds in

the future. It's surely my turn!


Gillson Park Lake Watch #13 (7:15-10 a.m.)


Yet another example of predicted NE winds changing to predicted NW

winds then north winds with the NE winds not arriving until 3-4 p.m.

Looks like the best winds will be in the dark overnight hours.

But ducks will fly by with any winds just not as close to shore as

we'd like. Jeff Sanders joined me about half way into my watch & we

had many, many ducks going by but almost all were Red Breasted

Mergansers. Probably saw about 3000 of them although they were flying

back & forth so some were repeats. Other ducks seen were about 50

Scaup Species, 6 Redhead & 12 Goldeneye.

No Loons or Grebes & the few Gulls we saw were mostly Herring Gulls

which were following the Mergansers to try & steal their fish

captures. I thought that the NW winds might help bring in Franklin's

or Bonaparte's Gull but not today.


And now today's tale of woe. At 9:10 I made a fast visit to the park

building bathroom but I guess I wasn't fast enough as on my return

Jeff told me that he had seen a quick fly-by of a Jaeger, probably

Parasitic. So I'm there for almost 3 hours, miss 5-6 min & thereby

miss the Jaeger. Doesn't seem fair but who said bird finding has to be

fair? So the dreaded "bathroom visit miss" strikes again. Sooner or

later it happens to us all & today was my turn. This is similar to

leaving the Hawk Watch & 5 min later the golden Eagle goes by.


Forest Way Drive In Skokie Lagoons (10:30-11 a.m.)


D.C Cormorant (1-IM), Great Blue Heron (2), Canada Goose (86), Mallard

(8), Hooded Merganser (16), Common Merganser (3-F), Herring Gull (1

with a caught fish) & 2 Tree Sparrows.

Also heard a Chickadee & 2 Blue Jays.


Techny North (11:15-11 a.m.)


Great Blue Heron (1), GREAT EGRET (1, late), Canada Goose (32),

Mallard (116), Shoveler (3),

Green Winged Teal (8), Lesser Scaup (2-F), Hooded Merganser (1-PR),

Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD),

Coot (1), Ring Billed Gull (2), KILLDEER (3), WILSON'S SNIPE (9, a

good number for this late)

& Junco (12-14).


Heritage Park In Wheeling (12:35-1 p.m.)


Great Blue Heron (1), Canada Goose (259), Mallard (95), Ring Billed

(64) & Herring (2) Gulls.


So I had 9 species of ducks, 2 Heron/Egrets & 2 shorebirds but no Jaegers.

Bird-Of-The-Day to all 9 of the Snipe & Runner-Up to the late Great Egret.

Award for being the hardest to count to the 2000 plus R.B. Mergs & I

had all 3 Merg species today


Al Stokie

In Cook County today trying to count R.B. Mergansers & missing Jaegers






























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Subject: IBET Byard SH cranes
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 18:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
Flew over this afternoon making lots of noise. Going south and east.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: IBET White-winged Scoter - Adams Co.
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 18:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Pat and I came across a lone bird on the Ursa, Illinois sanitary lagoon,
but it was a good find--- an adult female White-winged Scoter. Jason
Mullins and Adam Reyburn also got out to see the bird.

Update on the Northern Shrike. It was seen yesterday by Brandon Stehl at
the same location.

Sunday Jason Mullins had a single Common Redpoll visit his feeders. See
photos on Ebird.

Phil Reyburn, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois



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Subject: IBET Long-tailed Duck at Rapids City
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 17:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went down to the Quad Cities to try for the Surf Scoter. Did not find but stopped in Rapids City at the Gazebo (forgot the park name). Had two Long-tailed ducks there far out. Scoped. One was a winter plumage male and the other a female type. They flew and did not find them on the way back thru. Thanks for Chuck's info. 
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Subject: IBET DBC McKee Marsh Field Trip is CANCELED for this Saturday 11-18-17
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 15:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I regret to announce that due to the rainy forecast and the total lack of birds on the site, this Saturday's Field Trip scheduled for 7:30 am at McKee Marsh in Warrenville has been canceled.  The marsh is less than half frozen, but the only thing hanging out on the water has been about 15 Coots and nothing was on the river either.  Even the woods have been strangely quiet!


Joan Campbell
Downers Grove/DuPage County



Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #13-A Day of Red Breasted Mergansers & Bad Timing Thur 11-16-17
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 15:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

It's been a tough week for me with a rain out yesterday, missing the
Harlequin on Tuesday even though I was there the same time it was seen
by Donnie D & today missing the best bird while on a 6 min trip to the
bathroom. As I have quoted before:

"When you're hot you're hot & when you're not you're not!" I'd say I
fall into the "not hot" category
this week. I will hope for a run of being "hot" with finding birds in
the future. It's surely my turn!

Gillson Park Lake Watch #13 (7:15-10 a.m.)

Yet another example of predicted NE winds changing to predicted NW
winds then north winds with the NE winds not arriving until 3-4 p.m.
Looks like the best winds will be in the dark overnight hours.
But ducks will fly by with any winds just not as close to shore as
we'd like. Jeff Sanders joined me about half way into my watch & we
had many, many ducks going by but almost all were Red Breasted
Mergansers. Probably saw about 3000 of them although they were flying
back & forth so some were repeats. Other ducks seen were about 50
Scaup Species, 6 Redhead & 12 Goldeneye.
No Loons or Grebes & the few Gulls we saw were mostly Herring Gulls
which were following the Mergansers to try & steal their fish
captures. I thought that the NW winds might help bring in Franklin's
or Bonaparte's Gull but not today.

And now today's tale of woe. At 9:10 I made a fast visit to the park
building bathroom but I guess I wasn't fast enough as on my return
Jeff told me that he had seen a quick fly-by of a Jaeger, probably
Parasitic. So I'm there for almost 3 hours, miss 5-6 min & thereby
miss the Jaeger. Doesn't seem fair but who said bird finding has to be
fair? So the dreaded "bathroom visit miss" strikes again. Sooner or
later it happens to us all & today was my turn. This is similar to
leaving the Hawk Watch & 5 min later the golden Eagle goes by.

Forest Way Drive In Skokie Lagoons (10:30-11 a.m.)

D.C Cormorant (1-IM), Great Blue Heron (2), Canada Goose (86), Mallard
(8), Hooded Merganser (16), Common Merganser (3-F), Herring Gull (1
with a caught fish) & 2 Tree Sparrows.
Also heard a Chickadee & 2 Blue Jays.

Techny North (11:15-11 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1), GREAT EGRET (1, late), Canada Goose (32),
Mallard (116), Shoveler (3),
Green Winged Teal (8), Lesser Scaup (2-F), Hooded Merganser (1-PR),
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD),
Coot (1), Ring Billed Gull (2), KILLDEER (3), WILSON'S SNIPE (9, a
good number for this late)
& Junco (12-14).

Heritage Park In Wheeling (12:35-1 p.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1), Canada Goose (259), Mallard (95), Ring Billed
(64) & Herring (2) Gulls.

So I had 9 species of ducks, 2 Heron/Egrets & 2 shorebirds but no Jaegers.
Bird-Of-The-Day to all 9 of the Snipe & Runner-Up to the late Great Egret.
Award for being the hardest to count to the 2000 plus R.B. Mergs & I
had all 3 Merg species today

Al Stokie
In Cook County today trying to count R.B. Mergansers & missing Jaegers


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