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27 Feb: @ 16:13:17 IBET Back To The Good Old Days-DuPage County In 1991 (No Sightings) [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 14:24:04 IBET Field Museum seminar Wednesday, 4 March: Bird Genomics [Josh Engel jengel5230@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 14:23:33 IBET Bohemian Waxwing Still Present JxP 02/27/15... [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Feb: @ 08:55:34 IBET Chicago River WW Scoters [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 15:46:17 Re: IBET Harlequin duck any news ? - NO SIGHTINGS [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 13:06:22 IBET Harlequin duck any news ? - NO SIGHTINGS [stoilivanov@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
26 Feb: @ 08:58:25 IBET any Loons on the Fox River [Jean Spitzer comfortmusic@earthlink.net [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 22:02:44 IBET Allerton Park [Eric Smith esmith54@frontier.com [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 19:20:50 IBET Sand Ridge Forest (+ Spring Lake) [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 18:42:28 IBET Bohemian Waxwing and Lakeshore and River Waterfowl. [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 15:31:59 IBET White-Winged Scoters at Waukegan Beach and North Point Marina [Nat Carmichael natcarm@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 14:27:00 IBET North Shore Channel Ducks [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 13:46:46 IBET Weekly Visit To The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 2-25-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 11:42:16 IBET Montrose White-winged Scoters, 2/25 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
25 Feb: @ 10:51:14 IBET IOS 2015 Grant Program [denismb@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 21:35:33 IBET BY WB nuthatch vs Coopers h [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 21:21:36 IBET Great Black-backed Gull, Peoria [phf@mchsi.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 20:41:57 IBET Greater Black-backed Gull, Peoria [phf@mchsi.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 19:59:07 IBET Query related to Texas birding - No sightings [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 18:52:38 IBET south Chicago area birds [Ben Winger winger.ben@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 17:33:26 Re: IBET Belmont/Diversey Black Scoters [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 17:21:41 IBET Belmont/Diversey Black Scoters [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 15:23:19 IBET North Branch Of The Chicago River Oakton To Diversey Turning Basin Tues 2-24-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 14:29:22 IBET Jackson Park - Bohemian Waxwing [chicagio10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 13:30:30 IBET North Shore Channel/Chicago River- ducks galore! [H Blum coolasakestrel1@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 13:24:53 IBET Red-throated Loon [Linda Padera waterthrush@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 13:13:08 IBET Bohemian Waxwing - a very cold YES [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 10:46:07 IBET Barrows Goldeneye ['w.serafin' w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 10:10:09 IBET Re: 3 Black Scoters - Belmont Harbor [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 09:52:03 IBET 3 Black Scoters - Belmont Harbor [franmmmk franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Feb: @ 09:26:41 IBET No Sightings - Sandhill Crane Photo Request [ransom81588@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 20:35:30 IBET Barrow's Goldeneye continues in West Dundee [jaculinb4@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 16:29:26 IBET Bohemian Waxwing still present the afternoon [Karen Ann Baron karenannbaron@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 13:37:26 IBET Belmont Harbor Mouth, Noon, 2/23/15 White-winged Scoters and maybe a Black. Plus [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 13:32:37 IBET Bohemiam Waxwing, jackson park. present this morning at 8:15am and 8:45am 02/23/15 [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 11:04:13 IBET Bohemian Waxwing -- No Sighting [Jude Vickery jbirdmo@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 10:55:22 IBET Trip to Mississippi River [spadgaon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 10:52:32 Re: IBET The scientific and English names for Bohemian Waxwing [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 06:33:34 IBET BY N cardinal [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 05:52:53 Re: IBET Wolf Lake 2/22 [andremichaelpaquette@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 05:50:05 IBET Wolf Lake 2/22 [Andre Paquette andremichaelpaquette@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 05:25:23 IBET BY WB nuthatch & Downy wp [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
23 Feb: @ 03:35:57 IBET English name for Bohemian Waxwing [Jim Mountjoy jmountjo@knox.edu [ILbirds]]
22 Feb: @ 21:28:22 IBET Pics from Birding around Chitown [spadgaon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Feb: @ 21:27:45 IBET Will Co. birding Sunday morning 22 February [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 Feb: @ 20:11:08 IBET The scientific and English names for Bohemian Waxwing [Paul Clyne paulclyne2000@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Feb: @ 18:28:08 IBET Assorted Chicago North Side Birds [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 Feb: @ 18:24:45 IBET Wolf Lake and bend in the Little Calumet River Saturday (Cook Co.) [Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
22 Feb: @ 17:41:29 IBET: LaSalle County Long-tailed Duck ['darrell shambaugh' d.shambaugh@mchsi.com [ILbirds]]
22 Feb: @ 16:45:09 IBET boemian waxwing [Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Back To The Good Old Days-DuPage County In 1991 (No Sightings)
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 16:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Probably due to our seemingly never ending Winter of snow & cold temps
there have been few reports on IBET recently other than those folks in
search of the Bohemian Waxwing at Jackson Park. So here's one of my Memory
Lane reports from long, long ago. Those of you who don't care about this
sort of stuff can read something else.

I have been entering all my Chicago Botanic Garden notebook reports from
1984 through 1991 on ebird & when I reviewed the 1991 info I found that
there wasn't a single '91 entry for the CBG. The reason for that was that
in 1991 I joined the DuPage County Big Year Contest held by the DuPage
Birding Club & almost all my time during that year was spent in that fine
county. (I did take time off on 12-25-91 to help find the Chicago Ivory
Gull but that's another story.)

Until 1991 my only birding locations in DuPage County were the Arboretum,
Fermi Lab & McKee Marsh. So I decided I could learn about other locations &
meet folks from that area as well who knew how best to cover the areas for
birds. That worked well on both fronts having met folks like Mike Madsen,
Muriel Smith, Peter Kasper, Denis Kania & Jack Pomatto who I would be
birding with for many years thereafter although except for Mike & Jack the
rest didn't travel much outside of their home county. Also met others like
Marscha Chenoweth, Betsy Fikejs & Roger Coons who I saw a lot in 1991 but
seldom thereafter. It was a nice bunch of birders & we had a fine time
chasing down what we could & missing what we could not. Most of those just
mentioned were all at the Arboretum on 12-29 when we saw our last year bird
which was an adult Northern Goshawk which after being chased by Crows
turned the tables on them by doing a backwards somersault & grabbing the
lead Crow & taking it to the ground. Pretty exciting stuff especially for
the Crow! The Crow finally escaped but only as it's pals didn't desert it &
attacked the Goshawk until it let go.

Looking over my 1991 notebook I was impressed with all the new locations I
birded at during that year most of which are well known today. Places like
Fullersburg Woods, McDowell Grove, Maple Grove were good birding spots
although I have seldom been back. And Pratt's Wayne F.P. turned out to be
one of favorite spots. But what about the following locations? Do you know
where they are? I'll just mention 4 & they are (or were) Frontenac Marsh,
Dragon Lake, Campbell Slough & Munger Road. I really don't know what became
of Frontenac Marsh or even if it's still there but in 1991 the group found
both Bitterns, Snowy Egret & Little Blue Heron at that place. Maybe someone
knows what happened there. Munger road is just the road running on the east
side of Pratt's Wayne where the field area was were you could find Short
Eared Owls in those days anyway. Maybe you still can. The last 2 places are
trick names as Campbell Slough is the old name for what is now Songbird
Slough where Alan Anderson likes to do bird surveys. In 1991 there was no
parking lot & you had to park at the edge & walk in. Only fishermen used
the place then besides a couple of birders. Had some very good shorebirds &
a Loggerhead Shrike there in '91. Dragon Lake was named for the large lake
that was planned for that location & the lake shows up on old maps of that
spot even though it never existed in reality. Dragon Lake is now
Springbrook Prairie were Joe Suchecki monitors the birds in fine fashion.

I think it's good to look back on things the way they were in past birding
days. But that's just my opinion & you may not agree. So be it either way.

Good Birding!

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Field Museum seminar Wednesday, 4 March: Bird Genomics
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 14:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,
Most Wednesdays during the academic year the Field Museum hosts a lunchtime scientific seminar that is free and open to the public. The talk this coming Wednesday may be of interest to IBET followers. The speaker is John McCormack, the director of the Moore Lab of Ornithology at Occidental College in Los Angeles. His talk is titled "The Genomic Potential of Museum Collections Both Old and New." These talks are geared towards scientists so they can be pretty technical, but they are also usually very well done. This one promises to be really good and I'm sure it will have a lot of information that is of interest to science-minded birders.

The talk is from 12-1, if you're interested in attending send me an email so I can can sign you in when you arrive. Please plan on arriving at the west entrance of the museum by 11:45.

You can learn about the speaker's research on the McCormack Lab website: http://faculty.oxy.edu/mccorma...
Josh EngelChicago

Photos / www.flickr.com/jengel5230
Bird Division, Field Museum / africanbirds.fieldmuseum.org
Tour leader, Tropical Birding / www.tropicalbirding.com



Subject: IBET Bohemian Waxwing Still Present JxP 02/27/15...
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 14:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 I and many other Birders had some good looks at the BWW this morning. Very active. Most of it's time spent on small Island, just west of Bridge, high in tallest tree and feeding low near base of that tree. Also flying east to some berry trees near east / north end of Tennis courts. Did not get names except for Don, Nice to have met you all.
Went to LaRabida and Harbor mouth is iced over with Ice extending at least 100 yards east to open water. One Black Scoter sleeping on ice just below LaRabida wall.
Belmont Harbor and it's mouth is ice and lake is frozen at least 250 yards out into lake. There is some open water near the Yacht Club House with 6 Greater Scaup, one Common Goldeneye and one Redhead Duck
Montrose Harbor and it's mouth is frozen but, plenty of open water south of revetment and east of frozen Harbor mouth. Many Canada's, Red-breasted Mergansers, Gulls, Ring and Herring, and three White-winged Scoters.Happy BirdingSteve



Subject: IBET Chicago River WW Scoters
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 8:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,

Highlight of a morning walk in my neighborhood was 19 WW Scoters seen on the river at Irving Park Rd.

For the birds!

Dave Antieau
dkantieau@sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County



Subject: Re: IBET Harlequin duck any news ? - NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Thu Feb 26 2015 15:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Two weeks ago, the Chicago Tribune had a story about the efforts at
Willowbrook Wildlife Center to evaluate and rehab the duck, which had
serious injuries. It looked bleak, the vet thought. The duck did remarkably
well and it is continuing its rehab at a private facility. It looks good.
The Trib had a follow up story last week.
Chuck Berman

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, stoilivanov@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi Any news about successfully saved a month ago Harlequin duck ? I
> remember seeing this duck the day before it was rescued - it was flying ,
> diving , feeding , even walking on its slightly injured foot ( for a month
> ) . I just wonder what is it being rehabilitated for . Hopefully someone
> can post the day its going to be released.
> Stoil Ivanov
> Glenview
>
>



Subject: IBET Harlequin duck any news ? - NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Thu Feb 26 2015 13:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Any news about successfully saved a month ago Harlequin duck ? I remember seeing this duck the day before it was rescued - it was flying , diving , feeding , even walking on its slightly injured foot ( for a month ) . I just wonder what is it being rehabilitated for . Hopefully someone can post the day its going to be released.
Stoil Ivanov
Glenview



Subject: IBET any Loons on the Fox River
Date: Thu Feb 26 2015 8:58 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A friend thought she saw Loons on the Fox River recently.  Has anyone seen
any? Since the lakes are frozen, as they migrate do they go to the rivers?
Jean M. Spitzer
22 W 524 Lakeside Dr.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60127
Du Page Co.






Subject: IBET Allerton Park
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 22:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A flock of a dozen or more bluebirds and a male eastern towhee scratching on the only bare ground he could find, under a large Norway spruce on the south side of the river. Eric SmithLeRoy, IL



Subject: IBET Sand Ridge Forest (+ Spring Lake)
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 19:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Observed an adult male PINE GROSBEAK fly in and land near the top of a
Virginia Pine at the "crossbill spot" at Sand Ridge Forest (in Mason
Co.) - where it remained perched for about ten seconds and then
disappeared. This was off the north side of 2300north just east of
2300east just before 0700hrs this morning. Thought I had heard one
about twenty minutes earlier. Fifteen RED CROSSBILLS were there from
about 0645 until 0715hrs - but the two species did not interact.

Also thought I heard a Pine Grosbeak at the "crossbill spot" on Dec.
28, Feb. 10 & 13, and just east of there on Jan. 2. Heard what I
thought was a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL there (twice) on Feb. 10. It was
not with the Red Crossbills.

On Feb. 10, observed two groups of Red Crossbills several times. One
group had five birds and the other twelve. The group of twelve sounded
(to me) like the ones that have been there all winter; but the group
of five sounded different (to me) as though they might be a different
"type". The two groups did not appear to be interacting. Also thought
I might have heard two different call types while there on Feb. 16.
The Red Crossbills that have been there all winter have been difficult
to find and I have missed them more times than I have found them.

One HERMIT THRUSH and one PURPLE FINCH were "heard only" there today.

BTW - the NORTHERN SHRIKE that has been wintering along Woodley Road
at the south end of Spring Lake Bottoms (in Tazewell Co.) was still
present as of this morning.

A female (prairie type) MERLIN was moving from perch to perch above
the drainage ditch along Woodley Road just east of Schachtrup Road on
Feb.13. I sat and watched it for twenty minutes. It appeared to be
waiting and watching for prey to appear in the bushes beneath it. A
female BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was (with other blackbirds) just west of
there that same day.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Bohemian Waxwing and Lakeshore and River Waterfowl.
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 18:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went to Jackson Park today. Parked in the lot just South of the Museum. I walked across the bridge towards the tennis courts and began my search. It was overcast, with glimpses of blue sky. I noted 3 other birders and walked over to see Pete Moxen and Vince and Marilyn Moxen (sp?). We teamed up and worked our way to the tennis court area. Eventually 4 sets of binnocs won out and we had a couple of good looks at the Bohemian, a lifer for me. I spent about an hour there. The best views were in a tall tree just West of the harbor.

From there I went north on LSD. I saw a large raft of divers on the south side of the North Ave. Pier. I pulled off LSD but could not get into the lot as they were setting up for some event at North Ave.
Went to Belmont, 3 White Winged Scoters, a group of Goldeneyes, Scaup, Common and Red Breasted Mergansers. Went to Montrose, the same at the entrance to the harbor.

I went to the Diversey turning basin on the River, both Scaup, Buffleheds, Canvas back and Red Heads, White winged Scoters 3 male and 1 female, Goldeneyes, Coots, Mallards and geese. I also checked Fullerton, mostly Goldeneyes and Lesser Scaup and a few Redheads. No loons that I could see.

John Heneghan
Big Rock, Kane Cty



Subject: IBET White-Winged Scoters at Waukegan Beach and North Point Marina
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 15:31 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
White-winged scoters are finally showing up in Lake County. The strong winds yesterday opened up a lot of the ice on the lakefront. Waukegan Beach was much better today than it had been the past couple weeks.  There were 8 white-winged scoters not too far off the main pier.  Also on the pier was a beautiful Great Black-Backed Gull!  It was pretty incredible to see one so close.  There was also a smattering of scaup, goldeneye and common mergansers in the water.  
My second stop was North Point Marina which also had a good amount of open water right next to the Yacht Club.  This area had been all ice on Saturday. There were large rafts of greater scaup, lots of goldeneye, common mergansers and 2 white-winged scoters.  The perched snow buntings that I saw with Al, Bob and Paul were still there but perched in another tree.  Still seems strange to see them still in a tree like that.  Some photos of these birds can be see in the link below.  Waukegan and NPM WW Scoters, GBBG and Snow Buntings

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Good Birding!

Nat CarmichaelGurnee, IL
Lake County 



Subject: IBET North Shore Channel Ducks
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 14:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I ran an abbreviated version of Al's North Shore Channel route both yesterday and today around noon. I also started at Oakton St in Skokie where the open water begins to just south of Touhy Ave. in Lincolnwood, Cook.


I had pretty much the same mix of birds both days with a few exceptions. Yesterday I had a lone WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and one LESSER SCAUP. Today, I added a WOOD DUCK and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL.


Only todays numbers below.


Number of Checklists: 2
Number of Species: 21
Date: Feb 25, 2015


Checklists included in this summary:


(1): North Shore Channel, Skokie
(2): North Shore Channel, Lincolnwood


4 Canada Goose -- (1),(2)
1 Wood Duck -- (1)
1 Gadwall -- (2)
1 American Black Duck -- (2)
337 Mallard -- (1),(2)
1 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) -- (2)
1 Green-winged Teal (American) -- (1)
3 Redhead -- (1)
7 Greater Scaup -- (1),(2)
1 Bufflehead -- (1)
100 Common Goldeneye -- (1),(2)
7 Hooded Merganser -- (1),(2)
44 Common Merganser -- (1),(2)
2 Pied-billed Grebe -- (1),(2)
2 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1)
2 Great Blue Heron (Blue form) -- (1)
1 American Coot -- (2)
11 Herring Gull -- (1)
1 Belted Kingfisher -- (1)
3 American Robin -- (1),(2)
3 House Sparrow -- (2)


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL







Subject: IBET Weekly Visit To The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 2-25-15
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 13:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

After yesterday's expedition along the Chicago River I went back to more
familiar territory although I had to be out of here by 10:30 a.m. Another
try at finding new arrivals ended without anything new except for 3 water
birds. Even some of the Winter regulars were AWOL today including Blue
Jays, Robins & Cedar Waxwings which had grown in numbers to over 100 last
week but were not to be found today. For the 1st time in a few weeks I
walked back to where the river goes under Rt68/Dundee Rd where I had been
told that some open water was present. That proved to be true & there I
found the 1st water birds I've seen at the CBG all Winter other than fly-by
Canada Geese. Seen there today were:

Common Goldeneye (1-M)
Hooded Merganser (1-F)
Coot (1)

All 3 were diving away in the small area of open water. I wonder if the
Coot is the same one that stayed there all Winter last year?

All but 1 of the landbirds seen or heard today were again around the
feeders & the Regenstein Building & for the 1st time in 3 weeks some of the
Siskins were once again feeding in the Birch Trees after ignoring them
for a while. Here's the rest of the short day list:

Canada Geese (2 fly-bys)
Downy Woodpecker (1-M, seen on the Fruit & Vegetable Garden Island)
Crow (heard 1)
Chickadee (4)
Junco (~10)
House Finch (heard 2 singing)
COMMON REDPOLL (1 by the feeders for less than a minute & not seen again)
Pine Siskin (about 30 today at the feeders & in the Birch & Alder Trees)
Goldfinch (6)
House Sparrow (10-12)

Added elsewhere were Rock Pigeons, Starlings & 2 singing Cardinals for a
species total of 16.
Birds-Of-The-Day to the 3 diving birds, Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser & Coot,
which I was glad to see back at the CBG. Runner-Up to the "here & gone"
Common Redpoll. At least one remains. Still waiting for some new arrivals!
It'll happen eventually.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Montrose White-winged Scoters, 2/25 a.m.
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 11:42 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The highlight of a walk around Montrose Point this morning, February 25,
were 40 or so White-winged Scoters, almost all concentrated in a small
area of open water on the lakeside of the fishhook pier. This reminds me
of what happened last winter when the lake froze over, stranding and
killing many ducks. I don't think the situation is as dire as last year
but if we continue to have unseasonably cold weather it will be. I
posted a couple photos of the White-winged Scoters on IBF, URL below.

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU753.msg97936#new

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point:
http://theorniphile.info/birdi...
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordp...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhug...


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Subject: IBET IOS 2015 Grant Program
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 10:51 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


Help Fund the 2015 IOS Grants!

IOS is now fundraising for the 2015 Grant Program.

How to Help

IOS has budgeted $3,000 for funding and hopes to raise additional funds so more Grant requests can be funded. IOS will be glad to function as a clearing house for funding. Grants can be funded for any amount up to $1,000. The requesters (most are graduate students) are very appreciative of any amount of funding. IOS asks that winners commit to writing an article about their project for the IOS journal, The Meadowlark. Any organization or individuals may fund all or part of a Grant.
Sponsors will be recognized on the IOS web site.

Funding for the 2015 IOS grants can be provided via PayPal.
Or you can send your sponsorship check made out to IOS to:
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Go to the IOS web site at www.illinoisbirds.org for details.


Grant awards will be announced April 15, 2015. You or your group may contact the winner directly to announce the award if you wish to sponsor a grant. Contact Denis at denismb@comcast.net or call 847-235-2738 to make arrangements.





Subject: IBET BY WB nuthatch vs Coopers h
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 21:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
The WB nuthatch sat very still as the Coopers h. ripped an E. starling up and ate it. I was alerted to the scene by two Blue jays calling. No other birds were in the yard after the BJ left, only the WB nuthatch which moved slowly and stayed in one place.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Great Black-backed Gull, Peoria
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 21:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Greetings,
A Great Black-backed Gull was seen on the Illinois River approx. 3 pm by Mike Ingram. It seems likely to be the same individual as the one seen this past weekend. Mike and I viewed it in the channel directly opposite the Riverplex.
Pete Fenner, East Peoria




Subject: IBET Greater Black-backed Gull, Peoria
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 20:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Greetings,
A Greater Black-backed Gull was seen on the Illinois River approx. 3 pm by Mike Ingram. It seems likely to be the same individual as the one seen this past weekend. Mike and I viewed it in the channel directly opposite the Riverplex.
Pete Fenner, East Peoria



Subject: IBET Query related to Texas birding - No sightings
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 19:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi folks,

I'm considering a vacation to Texas for around April 10. Is Brownsville a desirable location at that time of year?

Thanks for your input!

For the birds!

Dave Antieau
dkantieau@sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET south Chicago area birds
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 18:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Greetings,

As mentioned, the BOHEMIAN WAXWING was at Jackson Park today, feeding in a
fruiting tree just north of the tennis courts.

After Jackson Park I went to Wolf Lake, where I was able to find the HOARY
REDPOLL, feeding with the group of COMMON REDPOLLS, around noon. They were
in the alders near the southwest corner of the northern impoundment (I
parked on the north edge of Wolf Lake and followed the lake edge south past
many nice groups of alders until I came upon the birds).

Calumet Park had 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 3 REDHEAD, lots of Greater Scaup,
and a Great Black-backed Gull.

I did not find the Red-throated Loon reported at La Rabida Children's
Hospital, but I did enjoy incredible, close looks at 11 WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS feeding in the mouth of the outer harbor there, around 2:30 PM.

best,

Ben Winger
Chicago, IL



Subject: Re: IBET Belmont/Diversey Black Scoters
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 17:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Joan, I saw one male and 2 females together.  Steve later reported one
female or young male.

Fran

On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 5:21 PM, Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Only one Black Scoter seen this afternoon -- female type -- as Fran
> indicated, midway between Belmont and Diversey harbors.
>
> That single one was close to the parapet -- seen only when it drifted out
> a bit for awhile -- the ice and a dog on a leash (this was technically
> Charlie's second walk) kept me well away from the edge, so possibly all
> three seen earlier were there.
>
> Plus a couple of White-winged Scoters.
>
> Two Redheads and a f. Hooded Merg in the mouth of Diversey Harbor.
> (Regulars also.)
>
>
> Good birdings,
>
>
>
> Joan Norek
> Chicago
> norekj@aol.com
> Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the
> tune without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Belmont/Diversey Black Scoters
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 17:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Only one Black Scoter seen this afternoon -- female type -- as Fran indicated, midway between Belmont and Diversey harbors.

That single one was close to the parapet -- seen only when it drifted out a bit for awhile -- the ice and a dog on a leash (this was technically Charlie's second walk) kept me well away from the edge, so possibly all three seen earlier were there.

Plus a couple of White-winged Scoters.

Two Redheads and a f. Hooded Merg in the mouth of Diversey Harbor. (Regulars also.)


Good birdings,




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




Subject: IBET North Branch Of The Chicago River Oakton To Diversey Turning Basin Tues 2-24-15
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 15:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

As they used to say on the Monty Python Show "And now for something
completely different!"
Lately there have been reports from various spots along the Chicago River
(North Branch) with folks finding Scoters & even 1 or 2 R.T. Loons & today
Howard B mentioned many ducks along that river in the last few days. But
except for a visit to the North Ave Turning Basin a long time ago & 1 other
place along the river I have never really checked that area out carefully
mainly as I didn't really know how to go about such a project. But my
friend Jeff Sanders does know how it's done so today I joined him for a
tour. So for me it was "something completely different" although not for
Jeff.

We started in Evanston at the Oakton bridge over the river near McCormick
at about 9 a.m. & our last stop was at the Diversey Turning Basin at noon.
We could not do all the places Jeff wanted to check out as the still
remaining snow was blocking some of the usual parking areas. But we did
make 7 stops & I learned where 4 more would be if the snow ever melts to
allow parking.
Since the ducks in the river were the majority of the birds seen & since
they were mostly the same ducks at all the stops I'll just do one bird list
for the whole a.m. period. Here's what we saw:

Chicago River North Branch (Oakton to Diversey)

D.C. CORMORANT (1-AD at Howard)
GREAT BLUE HERON (3 at Lincoln & at Foster)
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (1-IM at Lincoln)
Canada Geese (total of 48)
Mallard (total of 165)
REDHEAD (total of 74 with most at the Diversey Turning Basin)
Lesser Scaup (total of 16)
Greater Scaup (2-F for certain)
Common Goldeneye (total of 237, at all locations)
Bufflehead (18-20, only at Diversey Turning Basin)
Hooded Merganser (total of 11)
Common Merganser (total of 53)
Coots (total of 9)
Ring Billed Gull (43 all at Diversey Turning Basin)
Herring Gull (total of 5 at 3 locations but not with the Ring Bills)
KINGFISHER (1-M)

In the trees along the river we had a few landbirds including Red Bellied &
Downy Woodpeckers, Blue Jay, Robins & my "1st of the year" YELLOW RUMPED
MYRTLE WARBLER. Jeff added 1 Mourning Dove which I did not get to see.
While driving we saw Rock Pigeons, Starlings & House Sparrows for a daily
total of 25 species.

We both agree that Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler
as they have been much harder than usual to find this Winter due to the
cold temps. Top Runner-Up to the cold looking young Black Crowned Night
Heron followed by the over Wintering D.C. Cormorant & the 3 Great Blue
Herons. Jeff says that the Redheads should also be mentioned with this
group of "good" birds as their numbers were much higher than usual in the
river. It's always fun to bird new areas even if nothing rare is found.
At least that's my opinion.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Jackson Park - Bohemian Waxwing
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 14:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Apologies if someone has already checked in today (i posted this on IBN/facebook already) but, i found the waxwing at 7:30 a.m. flying between the trees north of the tennis court and the island between the bobolink meadow and the wooded island.  The bird was very cooperative and i got good looks standing on the frozen lagoon.

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Subject: IBET North Shore Channel/Chicago River- ducks galore!
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 13:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
   Hello birders;
Ridiculous numbers of waterfowl continue on the river from Sunday to today.
Today about 11:45 AM I saw a beautiful pair of Hooded Mergansers right off the bridge at Touhy ave. among many others including Common Mergansers,
Goldeneye, Scaup
On Sunday,The Chicago River from Diversy to North Avenue about 10 AM;
15 to 20 White Winged Scoters
30+ Redheads, 20-25 Bufflehead
250+ Goldeneye, 30-40 Greater Scaup
10-15 Mallards, 100+ Common
Mergansers, also many Coots and C. Geese
Thanks to all those who tried to locate the Red Throated Loon, It does seem difficult to check all of the river.
Howard Blum, Lakeview,Chicago



Subject: IBET Red-throated Loon
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 13:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Following sighting of Bohemian waxwing (thank you, Ben) at Jackson Park we headed to LaRabida.  Saw 1 red-throated loon with white-winged scoters, greater scaup and red-breasted mergansers in harbor about 1pm.

Linda Padera

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Subject: IBET Bohemian Waxwing - a very cold YES
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 13:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Yikes! This was supposed to be an EASY bird -- it was anything but until ...

An hour alone and nothing. Warm up in the car and then set out again with Linda, Davida, Leslie, Ann and another (sorry I did not get your name). At least 45 min. more and nothing.

(Don't tell Al S. but at this point I would have taken an h/o if only I had an h/o.)

All heading back to the cars -- Ben W. walking out -- he sees it fly into the fruit tree by the tennis courts. Better looks than my lifer and one reasonable photo -- and so incredibly cold. Thank you Ben.

(Will at least get some office-at-home time -- not the schedule I expected, but ...)


Good birdings,




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




Subject: IBET Barrows Goldeneye
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 10:46 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Seen from Otto factory parking lot at 10am. At 10:15  something spooked all of the Goldeneye and they flew north.
Wes Serafin
Orland Pk

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Subject: IBET Re: 3 Black Scoters - Belmont Harbor
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 10:10 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 Note that yesterday morning I had one immature male Black Scoter hanging with the 27 White-winged Scoters at the mouth of Belmont Harbor. I was not sure what it was until I reviewed Pics this morning. Happy BirdingSteve



Subject: IBET 3 Black Scoters - Belmont Harbor
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 9:52 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still here in the lake today, closer to Diversey bridge

Fran

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Subject: IBET No Sightings - Sandhill Crane Photo Request
Date: Tue Feb 24 2015 9:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,


The National Audubon Society is running a story about urban birds on Friday and are looking for a photo of Sandhill cranes with an urban/suburban background in Chicago. If you have a photo you think would work and are interested in having it in the article shoot me an e-mail or give me a call!


Thanks!


Thomas Barnes
Audubon Chicago Region
312-453-0230 x 2004
tbarnes@audubon.org



Subject: IBET Barrow's Goldeneye continues in West Dundee
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 20:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I spent a little over an hour watching Kane County's Barrow's Goldeneye today from 1:30-2:45pm.  I first observed him just behind the Otto Plant with a pack of COGO.  They all flew south and took up feeding just across the river from the Squire Restaurant, north of the Rt 72 bridge.  He seems to have taken to one of the female COGO, as he was constantly by her side.  Views were good but a little distant as they all hugged the ice line on the east side of the river.  Other birds of note, Canada Goose, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle.  A couple photos can be seen here Natures Joy Photography https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


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Jackie Bowman
Geneva, IL



Subject: IBET Bohemian Waxwing still present the afternoon
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 16:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Bohemian waxwing still present at 3:45pm, Jackson Park on top of tall tree
just south of bridge to Bobolink Meadow trail (just west of tennis courts).
Not moving much at the moment but visible, and calling regularly.



Subject: IBET Belmont Harbor Mouth, Noon, 2/23/15 White-winged Scoters and maybe a Black. Plus
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 13:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 There were 27 White-winged Scoters and one Black, I have to check pics but no white in wings.One American Black Duck.Many Scaups - not yet sure if Lesser or Greater.7 Common MerganzersSeveral Common Golden-eyeSeveral Red-breasted Merganzers.Happy BirdingSteve



Subject: IBET Bohemiam Waxwing, jackson park. present this morning at 8:15am and 8:45am 02/23/15
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 13:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 Thanks to all that have reported on this.  Sorry too cold to report in the field. Saw it twice this morning. About 150 feet south of the first info sign along Bobolink Meadow Trail just south of bridge in tallest tree along shore of frozen pond. Then at 8:50am in tall tree just north of same sign and just south of bridge. I could not hear it calling but, had many layers on. Happy Birding.Steve



Subject: IBET Bohemian Waxwing -- No Sighting
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 11:04 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Has anyone seen the Bohemian Waxwing today?

Thanks!



Jude Vickery
Kendall County



Subject: IBET Trip to Mississippi River
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 10:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey All,
I took a trip to the Mississippi River along with members of the Dupage Birding Club.


The 350 mile drive trip yielded
60+ bald eagles at L&D 13 - but most were far out of camera range except for a sudden fly-by
red-headed, red-bellied, hairy and downy woodpeckers
Eurasian Tree Sparrows in Cordova, IL
Fewer number of bald eagles at L&D 14 on the Illinois side, but they were a lot more cooperative for pictures on the Iowa side.
A lone White Pelican, a very cooperative Kestrel and an assortment of waterfowl - Canvasbacks, Redheads, Common Goldeneyes, Common and Hooded mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Scaup, Mallards etc. on the Iowa side of L&D 14
On our way back, we stopped in Lee County to see if we can spot a snowy owl. It was distant, so no good pictures, but good enough for scope views.


Here are some of my pictures from that trip.


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Subject:
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 10:52 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Very interesting, thanks.  From an anthropological approach, I wonder if the term "Bohemian" referred to the ornate and colorful nature of the species, as images of "gypsies" often include fabrics in bright colors as well as dangling metallic decorations at the ends of scarves or wraps similar to the waxy tips of the wings and tail?  Also a google search for "gypsy" shows some images with heavy black makeup applied around the eyes and to the face similar to the waxwings' mask.
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
From: "Paul Clyne paulclyne2000@yahoo.com [ILbirds]"
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Subject: IBET The scientific and English names for Bohemian Waxwing [NO SIGHTINGS]

  Seeing the Bohemian Waxwing in JacksonPark, Chicago, yesterday got me wondering about two problems withthis species' scientific name Bombycilla garrulus.First, why garrulus(Latin for “talkative, chattering, garrulous”), and second, whyis garrulus masculinewhile the genus Bombycillais feminine?
KennethC. Parkes addressed both these questions in an article in TheAuk (1958) [Vol. 75, No. 4. p.479: “The Scientific Name of the Bohemian Waxwing”], correctingan error in earlier versions of the AOU checklist, which indeed usedthe name Bombycilla garrula.In a nutshell, garrulushere is not an adjective, but rather a noun in apposition, referringto jays (which are, indeed, garrulous). It's application to theBohemian Waxwing goes back to Gessner's 1555 name for this species asGarrulus Bohemicus,which proposes a taxonomic grouping with the European Jay Garrulusglandarius. In the 10th(1758) edition of Linnaeus's Systema Naturae,the name adopted was Lanius Garrulus(with Garruluscapitalized, indicating use as a noun, i.e., “jay shrike,” andnot meaning “chattering shrike”), which reflects both Linnaeus'sinterpretation of the waxwings' closest relatives and his recognitionof Gessner's older name. When used as a noun, the specific epithetgarrulus thus remainsunchanged, regardless of the gender of the genus it's filed in. (Itwasn't until 1808 that Vieillot assigned waxwings to their currentgenus, Bombycilla [a Latin-Greek hybrid compound meaning "silk-tail."])
As forthe English name (why “Bohemian”?), there are two widespreadproposals. One is that Gessner's name Bohemicusreflects the presumed site of his specimen(s). The other is thatGessner was using “Bohemian” in the sense of “gypsy, wanderer.”
Ihaven't seen Gessner's 1555 treatise, but the fact that others whoworry about such matters remain indecisive suggests that he providesno explanation.
Betweenthe two options, the “gypsy” origin strikes me as more plausible.Certainly Bohemia is far outside this species' normal range, but, aswe know, waxwings wander far afield, including to Bohemia. (Thestatement by Gruson in his 1972 Words for Birds: A Lexiconof North American Birds with Biographical Notes,“Bohemian refers to the type locality,” is flatly wrong, sincethe type locality was set by the 10thedition of Linnaeus, not by Gessner.)
For“bohemian” in the sense “gypsy,” the Online EtymologicalDictionary provides the following:
"bohemian(n.): “a gypsy of society," 1848, from French bohemién(1550s), from the country name Bohemia.... The modern sense isperhaps from the use of this country name since 15c. in French for"gypsy" (they were wrongly believed to have come fromthere, though their first appearance in Western Europe may have beendirectly from there), or from association with 15c. Bohemianheretics.”
It isstriking that the popularization of this sense of “bohemian”(1550s) coincides so closely with the publication of Gessner's workin 1555.
Itcould be argued that the name “Bohemian Waxwing” is thus nowpolitically incorrect. (Political correctness was an expressedconcern when the AOU abandoned the name “Oldsquaw” in favor of“Long-tailed Duck.”) For Bohemian Waxwing, the AOU checklistprovides the alternative name “Greater Waxwing.”
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Subject: IBET BY N cardinal
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 6:33 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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Hi friends,
Male seems to be in some digestive distress. See pics 163 to 168. Arrow left on screen.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: Re: IBET Wolf Lake 2/22
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 5:52 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yikes! I forgot the flicker link -  andremichaelpaquette https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

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Subject: IBET Wolf Lake 2/22
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 5:50 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
No snowy Owl but had a pretty fun day hiking the ice around the lake and meeting some other birders!  A walker said the snowy owl on Saturday morning fly across the lake where the Redpolls are gathered. Oh well, maybe another time.  

Snow Goose - 1 First one of me in Illinois!
Trumpeter Swan - 2
Redhead Ducks - 7
Mute Swans - 2
Canada Geese - 100+
Mallard Ducks - 17
American Black Duck - 1 Male for sure, I think the female closest to him was a female black duck as well
9 Monk Parakeets - First one for me anywhere! Lifer 220
Cardinals - 4
Black Capped Chickadee - 3
House Sparrow - 40+
Herring Gulls - 5
Ring Billed Gulls - 3
Common Redpolls - 7
Hoary Redpoll - 1 was much paler than the other. I was not able to get a close up if that one on camera. Maybe I’ll try another day (1st one for me and number Lifer 221)
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Down/Hairy Undetermined - 4
Gold Finch - 1
American Tree Sparrow - 5
White Breasted nuthatch - 1

Thanks,

Andre Paquette
Lisle, IL

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Subject: IBET BY WB nuthatch & Downy wp
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 5:25 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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Hi friends,
These two seem to like each others company, as they are feeding on suet together frequently.

The GHO is still hooting, you can hear it even with the TV on. Seems to come from across the street.
John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET English name for Bohemian Waxwing
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 3:35 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Although I think that the use of 'Bohemian' for this bird seems to make
sense for the usage of the word as implying 'Gypsies' or wandering, I am
not convinced that this is the likely origin for a name that got its start
no later than 1555, as Paul points out. The 'wandering' meaning of
Bohemian does not seem to appear in English until the 1800's, and even if
the French were using the term for 'Gypsies' as early as the 1550's, I am
not sure that this usage would also be widespread in Europe that early,
especially to be so well understood as to justify its use as an analogy
when Gessner (a Swiss biologist) was naming a 'new' species. Wikipedia
actually provides a link to Gessner's original illustration of the
species. It can be seen at:
http://www.e-rara.ch/zuz/conte...

After Googling the name 'Behemle' which is used in Gessner's account, I
found an account of the 'Bohemian Chatterer' (and the Pine Grosbeak) that
appears to be an extensive editorial addendum to a note by d'Urban from
1857 in "*The Canadian Naturalist and Quarterly Journal of Science**: *With
the Proceedings of the Natural History Society of Montreal ..., Volume 1",
available through Google E-books. This account mentions that Gessner wrote
about large flocks visiting Germany in 1551, and cites Bechstein for noting
that they may occur in 'great flights' in Bohemia. The author seems to
assume that the name 'Bohemian' stems from the region, even though "it is
not more common in Bohemia than England".

My recollection of the Long-tailed Duck name change was that the AOU NA
Checklist Committee received a petition from some USF&W workers asking that
the name be changed out of sensitivity to Native Americans who lived with
the species on the breeding grounds. The checklist committee explicitly
rejected that argument, but changed the name anyway to have the name
conform to usage in Britain. Not the Committee's finest hour, in my
opinion, but the name was changed at least.

Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL



Subject: IBET Pics from Birding around Chitown
Date: Sun Feb 22 2015 21:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi,
I got a chance to visit some birding hotspots around Chicago on Saturday with Jeff Smith and got lucky spotting some cool birds -
Common Redpolls, Hoary Redpolls @ Wolf Lake
White-winged Scoters @ 63rd Street Pier - Thanks Eric Ginsburg
Bohemian Waxwing at Jackson Park - Lifer for me - Thanks Randy, Ted Wolff
Black Scoter at Belmont Harbor
and an unsuccessful search for the Red-throated Loon along the Chicago River that lead to several ducks along the river,


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Subject: IBET Will Co. birding Sunday morning 22 February
Date: Sun Feb 22 2015 21:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went out to Will Co. This morning.  Started at Elmhurst Cemetery.  Only
winter finch was 8 PINE SISKINS. Also had 7 BROWN CREEPERS and a BALD
EAGLE and 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
Then onto Brandon Rd. Lock and Dam, and as Al Stokie found earlier in
the week, you can't access the area below the dam. However, there were
quite a few diving ducks on the upstream side of the dam visible from along
US 6. Highlight was 2 female plumaged WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Also, 12
RUDDY DUCKS and 6 CANVASBACKS among the LESSER SCAUP, REDHEADS and
RING-NECKS. There was an EASTERN BLUEBIRD and several AMERICAN ROBINS
coming to a buckthorn along the road edge.
Rock Run Rookery's ponds mostly frozen, but had all 3 mergansers
there. At Widewaters in Channanon, 38 MUTE and 4 TUNDRA SWANS, a GREAT
BLUE HERON, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, a RING-NECKED PHEASANT and a
YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER among my 29 species there. Total for the morning
was 49 species.

Doug Stotz

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Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist
Environmental and Conservation Programs
Field Museum of Natural History
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Subject:
Date: Sun Feb 22 2015 20:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Seeing the Bohemian Waxwing in JacksonPark, Chicago, yesterday got me wondering about two problems withthis species' scientific name Bombycilla garrulus.First, why garrulus(Latin for “talkative, chattering, garrulous”), and second, whyis garrulus masculinewhile the genus Bombycillais feminine?
KennethC. Parkes addressed both these questions in an article in TheAuk (1958) [Vol. 75, No. 4. p.479: “The Scientific Name of the Bohemian Waxwing”], correctingan error in earlier versions of the AOU checklist, which indeed usedthe name Bombycilla garrula.In a nutshell, garrulushere is not an adjective, but rather a noun in apposition, referringto jays (which are, indeed, garrulous). It's application to theBohemian Waxwing goes back to Gessner's 1555 name for this species asGarrulus Bohemicus,which proposes a taxonomic grouping with the European Jay Garrulusglandarius. In the 10th(1758) edition of Linnaeus's Systema Naturae,the name adopted was Lanius Garrulus(with Garruluscapitalized, indicating use as a noun, i.e., “jay shrike,” andnot meaning “chattering shrike”), which reflects both Linnaeus'sinterpretation of the waxwings' closest relatives and his recognitionof Gessner's older name. When used as a noun, the specific epithetgarrulus thus remainsunchanged, regardless of the gender of the genus it's filed in. (Itwasn't until 1808 that Vieillot assigned waxwings to their currentgenus, Bombycilla [a Latin-Greek hybrid compound meaning "silk-tail."])
As forthe English name (why “Bohemian”?), there are two widespreadproposals. One is that Gessner's name Bohemicusreflects the presumed site of his specimen(s). The other is thatGessner was using “Bohemian” in the sense of “gypsy, wanderer.”
Ihaven't seen Gessner's 1555 treatise, but the fact that others whoworry about such matters remain indecisive suggests that he providesno explanation.
Betweenthe two options, the “gypsy” origin strikes me as more plausible.Certainly Bohemia is far outside this species' normal range, but, aswe know, waxwings wander far afield, including to Bohemia. (Thestatement by Gruson in his 1972 Words for Birds: A Lexiconof North American Birds with Biographical Notes,“Bohemian refers to the type locality,” is flatly wrong, sincethe type locality was set by the 10thedition of Linnaeus, not by Gessner.)
For“bohemian” in the sense “gypsy,” the Online EtymologicalDictionary provides the following:
"bohemian(n.): “a gypsy of society," 1848, from French bohemién(1550s), from the country name Bohemia.... The modern sense isperhaps from the use of this country name since 15c. in French for"gypsy" (they were wrongly believed to have come fromthere, though their first appearance in Western Europe may have beendirectly from there), or from association with 15c. Bohemianheretics.”
It isstriking that the popularization of this sense of “bohemian”(1550s) coincides so closely with the publication of Gessner's workin 1555.
Itcould be argued that the name “Bohemian Waxwing” is thus nowpolitically incorrect. (Political correctness was an expressedconcern when the AOU abandoned the name “Oldsquaw” in favor of“Long-tailed Duck.”) For Bohemian Waxwing, the AOU checklistprovides the alternative name “Greater Waxwing.”
PaulClyneHydePark, Chicago paulclyne2000@yahoo.com



Subject: IBET Assorted Chicago North Side Birds
Date: Sun Feb 22 2015 18:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders,
Link will take you to a slide show of birds seen in the last week. 
Backyard.  Birds of  note in the last week were Mourning Doves, up to twenty at a time, a Hermit Thrush, and lots of House and Gold Finches.
North Shore Channel near Touhy.  Birds seen were Pied-billed Grebes, Common Mergansers and Goldeneyes, Mallards, Canada Geese and Mallards, a few Scaups, and one each Black-crowned Night-Heron and Great Blue Heron.
Loyola Park has the usual lots or Ring-billed Gulls, up to a dozen at a time Herring Gulls, one each Glaucous and Thayer's Gull.  A few Common Mergansers are in the area, and there was one Common Goldeneye during the week. The ice comes and goes, but is not conducive to ducks.  The most interesting gull at Loyola is pictured.  A large long winged gull, probably third cycle, with a mostly black bill and dark eyes, and interesting wing tips.  The most interesting thing about it though is that it took food away from the pretty large Glaucous Gull, which is not something I see often.
The last slide is a Chickadee from  North Park Village Nature Center today.  We were there a few hours, mostly inside, and saw two or three Chickadees and I heard the resident Red-bellied Woodpecker.  It was not a very birdy place.
Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook
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Subject: IBET Wolf Lake and bend in the Little Calumet River Saturday (Cook Co.)
Date: Sun Feb 22 2015 18:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sorry for this being a day late.
Went to Wolf Lake and the bend in the Little Calumet River yesterday with Rena Cohen, Jeff Sanders, Boonie Duman, Joe Rockey and Bonnie's son, Greg yesterday (Feb. 21). At Wolf Lake we saw at least 1 of the Hoary Redpolls in a flock with 7 Commons. We looked for the Snowy Owl but did not find it. Instead we got an immature Bald Eagle and Monk Parakeets near the feeders. At the bend the highlights were 3 White-winged Scoters 92 male, 1 female), about a dozen Canvasback, a Belted Kingfisher, and an American Black Duck.

Good luck all!

Richard Bisbee
Round Lake, Lake County
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Subject: IBET: LaSalle County Long-tailed Duck
Date: Sun Feb 22 2015 17:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A male  Long-tailed Duck was in the Illinois River at Seneca, LaSalle
County, this afternoon. It was feeding beneath the highway bridge. You can
see the bird from the south side of the river. There is a river boat, the
Kaity Hooper, that was once a bar. When you cross the river take the first
road to the left (you can't turn right) and take another quick left to get
to the road that border the river. In a couple hundred yards turn off on to
the gravel driveway for the Seneca Yacht Club. Follow the likely looking
driveways to the river boat and scan the river from there. The driveways to
the river boat are plowed, but narrow. Other ducks in Seneca today were
REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCKS, LESSER SCAUP, COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, and MALLARD.



Darrell Shambaugh

Somonauk, DeKalb County




Subject: IBET boemian waxwing
Date: Sun Feb 22 2015 16:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
hello ibetors

judy and scott Pollock and I had the bohemian at about 1:45 pm right at the bridge.

at La rabida we had greater scaup, goldeneyes, r b merg and 9 w w scoters.

I looked for waterfowl from there to gillson park. the beaches were dangerously iced and there were few ducks.

Jeffrey Sanders Glenview no. Cook


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