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20 Jan: @ 14:21:52 IBET Chicago Botanic Garden-Land Of Few Birds! Friday 1-20-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
20 Jan: @ 07:37:39 IBET SEOW at Killdeer Wetlands FP [David Gruver dpgruve@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Jan: @ 15:34:49 IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday, January 24 - More Tales From the Crypt (NO SIGHTINGS) [Hockman John j.w.hockman@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
19 Jan: @ 14:53:17 IBET Cook County-Evanston Lakefront S. Blvd Beach To Lighthouse Plus Gillson Pk Thur 1-19-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
19 Jan: @ 12:55:44 IBET Big Marsh (Cook) - Morning 1/19 [chicagio10@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
19 Jan: @ 10:46:17 IBET Tonight on WTTW: LEOWs, Josh & Rob [jerrygoldner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
18 Jan: @ 14:11:29 IBET, No Sighting, Great Horned Owl Lecture St. Louis, MO metro area, Saturday 1/21 [Mark Glenshaw mglenshaw@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Jan: @ 14:44:29 IBET DuPage & Cook Co's-Birds NOT Getting Along Well Tuesday 1-17-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
17 Jan: @ 11:03:11 IBET LaBagh/Skrentny program tonight in Highland Park (NO SIGHTINGS) [Rena Cohen rena1729@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
16 Jan: @ 15:45:19 Re: IBET 2016 BCNH numbers Lincoln Park Zoo [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
16 Jan: @ 15:02:18 IBET (No Sightings) Any collaborative wwl experts out there? [Christopher Cudworth cudworthfix@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
16 Jan: @ 12:43:30 IBET 2016 BCNH numbers Lincoln Park Zoo ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]
16 Jan: @ 10:57:04 Re: IBET Peoria county gulling 1-15-17 [Evan Carlson emcarlson8@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
16 Jan: @ 08:24:37 Re: IBET Peoria county gulling 1-15-17 [Keith McMullen warbler7@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
16 Jan: @ 06:22:16 IBET no sighting-southernmost Illinois Christmas Bird Counts ['Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' woodthrusheola8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
16 Jan: @ 06:01:30 IBET Peoria county gulling 1-15-17 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 22:42:48 IBET 2016 Best Sightings (No Current Sightings) [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 17:58:34 Re: IBET Gull Frolic Volunteers (No Sightings) [Jim Hully xenospiza@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 16:59:43 IBET Oakhurst F.P. - Kane Co. [Eric Secker esecker@bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 16:51:36 IBET Gull Frolic Volunteers (No Sightings) [Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 16:37:35 IBET January 2017 WBC trip report [whimbrelbirders@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 14:20:20 Re: IBET Listers Corner Mid-January Nudge (no sightings) [trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 14:19:41 Re: IBET Listers Corner Mid-January Nudge (no sightings) [IBET strix_nebulosa@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 13:59:33 IBET Lack Of Success In Lake County On Saturday (1-14) But Better On Sunday (1-15) [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 13:58:31 IBET Listers Corner Mid-January Nudge (no sightings) [trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 12:40:48 IBET Harlan's Hawk LaSalle County Jan. 15, 2016 [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 12:01:01 IBET Harlequin Duck Winthrop harbor [whimbrelbirders@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 11:30:08 IBET 2016 Best sighting list [Lizz Morris lizzm93@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 10:49:41 IBET JxP, Saturday, 14 January: Canvasbacks, Mute Swans, P.-b. Grebe [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
15 Jan: @ 10:31:57 IBET Mexican birding [Kim Ainis kimda@me.com [ILbirds]]
14 Jan: @ 19:53:32 IBET Lake County Raptor Route [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
14 Jan: @ 15:27:23 IBET Lake Calumet 1-14-17 ['wes serafin' w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
14 Jan: @ 13:37:41 IBET best birds of 2016 ['H. Candace Gorman' hcgorman@igc.org [ILbirds]]
14 Jan: @ 05:11:34 IBET By DE junco [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
13 Jan: @ 17:36:44 IBET Calumet Nelson's Gull, many Great Black-backs, etc. (1-13-17) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
13 Jan: @ 14:54:03 IBET Cook County-Chicago Botanic Garden With A Different Common Redpoll Friday 1-13-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
13 Jan: @ 13:01:10 IBET Jackson Park-No sighting ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]
13 Jan: @ 10:00:39 IBET BY Eurasian Tree Sparrow [agiledogs56@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
12 Jan: @ 20:48:36 IBET By H. finch [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
12 Jan: @ 15:05:11 IBET Special event with the author of CAT WARS [Josh Engel jengel5230@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
12 Jan: @ 14:25:31 IBET Together for Birds Petition [Steve Holmer sholmer@abcbirds.org [ILbirds]]
12 Jan: @ 12:20:02 IBET Pair green winged teal among 5 Duck species now at Salt Creek/wood dale reservoir. , DuPage [Alan Anderson casresearch@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
12 Jan: @ 09:48:43 IBET Bird Of The Month Selections For All Of 2016 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
11 Jan: @ 18:54:40 IBET Will County-D.P. River Widewaters, Wilmington Island Park & Rock Run Rookery Wed 1-11-17 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
11 Jan: @ 11:30:52 IBET Snowy Owls NO SIGHTINGS [cmars2531@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
11 Jan: @ 11:09:20 IBET Snowy owl [cmars2531@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
10 Jan: @ 19:47:41 IBET Social Media help for Jackson Park Watch? (NO SIGHTINGS) [Eric Ginsburg ejgins@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
10 Jan: @ 17:06:56 IBET Update On Joan Norek [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
10 Jan: @ 09:13:54 IBET F. Hawk NOT [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
10 Jan: @ 07:23:54 IBET Fwd: NOT Ferruginous Hawk [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden-Land Of Few Birds! Friday 1-20-17
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 14:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Nothing like spending 2 1/2 hours looking for birds & only finding 14
species! Not one of my better days. The only good news is that there
is now open water from the shorebird backwater area to the bridge
carrying Rt 68/Dundee Rd over the river. The flowing water from the
west side river has opened up previously frozen areas & given the
water birds a larger place to hang out.
Other than that area the few land birds were only found near the
Regenstein Building.

Chicago Botanic Garden (8:30-11 a.m.)

Open Water Area Along Dundee Rd

Canada Goose (26)
Mallard (12)
Hooded Merganser (2-PR)
Common Merganser (4-M & 2-F)
Coot (1)
Herring Gull (1-AD)
Kingfisher (1-M)

Regenstein Building Area

Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)
Chickadee (6)
Robin (1 in a red berry tree, last week I saw 27 Robins)
Tree Sparrow (3)
Junco (8)
Goldfinch (only 10 after last week's total of about 100)
(No Redpolls found today by me)
House Sparrow (6-8)

North Lake remain frozen but on it were 51 Herring Gulls & all but 1
were adults.
No Ring Billed Gulls today.

On my way home I drove Forest Way Drive & for the entire length
between Dundee & Willow I only saw 3 Mallards & 1 Red Tailed Hawk. At
Techny North there's lots of open water but all I saw were 18 Mallards
& another Red Tailed Hawk. Slow day wherever I looked today.

We will go with style today & so Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the fine
looking Hooded & Common Mergansers. Runner-Up to yesterday's top bird
another Kingfisher & this one was one of the rare silent ones.

Al Stokie
In Cook County today but not enjoying it much


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Subject: IBET SEOW at Killdeer Wetlands FP
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 7:37 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Short-eared Owls were visible at Killdeer Wetlands FP in SW Cook County when I arrived at 14:30 on 1.19.17. One was perched on a pole close to the entrance road on arrival and a total of 4 were seen atop the colored poles to the N or alternately hunting during the hour I observed. Weather it was the early gloom, pending rain or just the need for food it was exciting to see them active so early in the day. A Northern Harrier was also hunting and at one time appeared to be harried by one of the owls.

Dave Gruver
Lansing, SE Cook

Sent from my iPad


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Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday, January 24 - More Tales From the Crypt (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 15:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club’s next meeting will feature the Field Museum’s Josh Engel telling some of the stories behind the museum’s specimens.  He’ll talk about the specimens collected by Nathan Leopold - half of the murdering duo of Leopold and Loeb - and their connection to the famous murder.  He’ll talk about feather-decorated artifacts acquired from indigenous people deep in the Amazon rainforest, and the effort to identify the feathers so that the items can be returned to those people.  And he will tell stories of specimens that have come to the museum more recently - like the pelican that was killed by the fish it was trying to eat and the ducks that starved during the deep freeze of 2014.. He will also discuss some of the rare birds that have crashed into Chicago’s skyscrapers and how scientists are using the thousands of birds killed by window strikes to shed new light on bird migration and other topics.

The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard (corner of Bridge Street) in Evanston.


John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County

ENSBC website: WWW.ENSBC.ORG






Subject: IBET Cook County-Evanston Lakefront S. Blvd Beach To Lighthouse Plus Gillson Pk Thur 1-19-17
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 14:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Haven't been many reports lately so I'll do one even though all I saw
were expected birds.
Started at S.Blvd Beach & went north covering Clark Square, Elliot Pk,
Burnham Shores, Evanston Boat Launch, N.U. Lagoon & Lake & the
Evanston Lighthouse Art Center. Ended with a short stop at Gillson
Pk/Wilmette Harbor. There were no surprises today. I'll do a combined
list for all the Evanston beach locations & a separate list for the
N.U. Lagoon & Gillson Pk.

Evanston Lakefront Parks (8:45-11:35 a.m.)

Canada Goose (93 with most near the boat launch area but in the lake)
Mallard (16 with most at the boat launch)
Scaup Sp/Redhead (A large flock of over 400 between the Art Center &
Gillson but closer to the Art Center. Some of the Scaup flew & were
Greater's but ducks were too far in the fog to do an accurate count or
check for Lesser's.
Goldeneye (83 at all location but most at the Art Center)
R.B. Merganser (~15)
Common Merganser (32)
R.B. Gull (14 with most at the boat launch)
Herring Gull (~10)
The only land bird seen was 1 Robin in a red berry tree & many House
Sparrows were heard.

N.U. Lagoon (10-11 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1 continuing)
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (only 1 young one seen today & it was well hidden)
Mallard (24)
Ring Necked Duck (1-PR)
Goldeneye (6)
Hooded Merganser (6-M & 6-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-M & 2-F)
Common Merganser (2-F)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (6) Gulls
BELTED KINGFISHER (1-M, chattering constantly)
Robin (1 under conifer trees)
In Lake Michigan were more Goldeneye, R.B. & Common Mergs & Gulls flying by.

Gillson Pk/Wilmette Harbor (11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

The harbor is now partly open water but dredging continues & so no
ducks are in the actual harbor. In the harbor mouth were Mallard (10)
& Goldeneye (4) & in the lake more Goldeneye, R.B. & Common Mergs. A
few Gulls there too & most were Herring.

On the lawns were 11 Canada Geese & a loud Hairy Woodpecker (1-F) was in a tree.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the very noisy Kingfisher &
Runners-Up to the continuing, hardy Herons, Great Blue & B.C.Night.

License Plate Of The Day for today to one from Utah seen in Evanston &
for yesterday to one from New Hampshire seen on I-55.
Just another day, nothing special.

Al Stokie
In Cook County, close to home today


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Subject: IBET Big Marsh (Cook) - Morning 1/19
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 12:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello all,


I had a little time this morning to get out and walk around big marsh a bit. With the snow gone it was pretty muddy out there, but still walkable.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Raptors!!

Bald Eagle (2, both appeared to be 3rd year molting into adult) The pair flew right over me.
https://flic.kr/p/Rc3FxB https://flic.kr/p/Rc3FxB
https://flic.kr/p/Q91n8n https://flic.kr/p/Q91n8n
Rough-legged Hawk (3 total, 2 dark morph)

Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
American Kestrel (observed along 122nd st)


Nothing else notable, I guess you could say White-crowned Sparrow at this time of year is a bit uncommon. When i first pulled in the parking lot, there were about 80 American Crows marauding over the intersection of Stony Island & 122nd street. I ended up with 20 species; not bad for the end of January.


The southern half of big marsh is pretty much all open to explore now. It's not too birdy (except for all the raptors) but, i imagine a couple of years of plant development should give winter seed-eaters a bit more of a reason to be there. I did run into a group of about 15-20 Dark-eyed Junco. The north half appears to have a road extending east for ongoing restoration work so, I'll explore that area next time. However, I am very excited for spring birding here, I think an 80+ bird day is very possible here.


Lastly, Peregrine Falcons are quite active in the loop today. I had 4 above me at Congress & Michigan. A 6 raptor day for me in the city limits of Chicago... not bad!!


See ya!


Carl Giometti
Chicago, Cook, IL
https://parksandbirds.wordpres... https://parksandbirds.wordpres...

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Subject: IBET Tonight on WTTW: LEOWs, Josh & Rob
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 10:46 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Chicago Tonight will feature Rob Curtis's photography and videos while interviewing the Field Museum's Josh Engle.


They usually run nature stories in the second half hour or 7:30-8:00pm. For those who do not receive WTTW, we will post the segment tomorrow.


Cheers,
Jerry Goldner
Evanston



Subject: IBET, No Sighting, Great Horned Owl Lecture St. Louis, MO metro area, Saturday 1/21
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 14:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Afternoon, all.

I'm giving a free, all-ages, public lecture in Kirkwood, MO ( a suburb of
St. Louis, MO) this Saturday, January 21 about the Great Horned Owls I
study in Forest Park in St. Louis. Here are the details:

"Owls of Forest Park: Hunting and Feeding"
Saturday, December 21, 2:00pm
This talk is presented by the Kirkwood Public Library but due to
construction at the library, this talk will be held at:
Kirkwood Community Center
111 South Geyer Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 822-5855

My talk will focus on the hunting and feeding behaviors of the owls, the
challenges of being a predator and this species' role as an apex predator.
I will use many photos and videos I have shot to illustrate these behaviors.

I hope you can attend-thank you!

Sincerely,
Mark

Mark H.X. Glenshaw
Forest Park Owls
http://forestparkowls.blogspot...
mglenshaw@gmail.com
@forestparkowls



Subject: IBET DuPage & Cook Co's-Birds NOT Getting Along Well Tuesday 1-17-17
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 14:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

After the rain kept me from getting out on Monday I wanted to get back
at it today but did not want to travel far to do so. Started at the
Wood Dale Reservoir in DuPage Co & then into Cook Co at
Heritage Park in Wheeling, Techny North Of Willow, Techny Basin Proper
& Lake Glenview.

Conditions

The Reservoir has a little open water in the S.W. corner just beyond
the spillway which is still frozen. This is where the ducks & gulls
are. The path to the west is flooded & the forest preserve guy was
placing "trail closed" signs up at that point. You can walk the loop
path around the reservoir though as that is on high ground. I made it
past the 1st flooded spot as my boots can handle 3 in of water but the
next flood zone was too deep for my low boots. Salt Creek has gone
over its banks & has become one with the Middle Pond. I could not get
far enough to check out the Itasca Wetlands part but it looked frozen
to me.

Heritage Pk's stream is also flooded but the ducks & gulls are happy
it is. The large pond is frozen with no birds but gulls. Both Techny
sections have some open water & the river is also way high.
The actual Basin at Techny has loads of water & all the ducks. The
water is pouring in via the spillway. Quite a sight! Its like a big
waterfall. Lake Glenview is still frozen with only a few Geese on the
lawns & 2 Herring Gulls on the ice. This place is not ready for prime
time yet.

Wood Dale Reservoir (8:35-9:25 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1 in Middle Pond)
Canada Goose (heard 2 fly by)
Mallard (6 in the Res & 5 in the flood zone)
GREEN WINGED TEAL (1-PR, in the flood zone but then flew to the
reservoir. Must be the 2 reported earlier by Alan A.)
Common Merganser (18 in the Res)
Common Goldeneye (3-M in what was the Creek but is now the flood zone)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)
Ring Billed (2) & Herring (9) Gulls (all at the Res)
The only land birds were Downy Wd, Blue Jay & Chickadee (all heard
only) & 5 Tree Sparrows.

Heritage Pk Wheeling (10:15-10:45 a.m.)

This was the place with both all the excitement & all the birds not
getting along.
All the action was at the flooded stream where as I was counting
Mallards they all flushed & that was caused the arrival of an adult
BALD EAGLE flying along the stream. Then the Eagle landed in a tall
tree but 2 Red Tailed Hawks were already there so they both went after
the Eagle who eventually (but not at 1st) ignored the Hawks. Crows (6)
were next to arrive & they went after the 2 Hawks which flew off. Then
the Crows noticed the Eagle & buzzed it in the tall tree. The Eagle
ignored them too. Joining in the fun the gulls started buzzing the
ducks & then the Eagle again flew the length of the stream & flushed
all the ducks once again. When the Eagle landed in a different big
tree a Cooper's Hawk buzzed the Eagle for the last aggressive act of
the day. Of course the Eagle ignored the Cooper's just like it ignored
all the other distractions except the 2 Red Tails which it did not
completely ignore. I guess when you are the biggest kid on the block
you can ignore the others when you aren't beating them up.
There were 36 Mourning Doves in 2 big trees near the stream foot bridge.

Techny North Of Willow was mostly frozen & only had Mallards (36),
Canada Geese (2) & 2
fly-by Crows.

Techny Basin (in the basin) had 146 Mallards & hidden among them were
1 male Redhead
& 1 male Bufflehead. Flying by were 16 Crows & 1 Herring Gull. There
were 6 Mourning Doves in a tree.

As mentioned above Lake Glenview is frozen & is not worth a visit just yet.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the "regal Eagle" in Wheeling & Runner-Up to the
pair of Green Wing Teal.
Birds & conditions made for an interesting day today.

Al Stokie
In DuPage & Cook Co's today


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Subject: IBET LaBagh/Skrentny program tonight in Highland Park (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 11:03 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Since fall 2014, a team that has been restoring Chicago's LaBagh Woods has documented 178 bird species - including rarities like Northern Goshawk and Swainson's Warbler - as well as 30 butterfly species and other wildlife from muskrat to mink at the site. You can hear all about it from team member Jeff Skrentny tonight at 7 pm in Highland Park in "Birding Your Patch: One Year+ at LaBagh Woods" - this month's Lake/Cook Audubon program.
The program is at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park (1/4 mile north of Half Day Rd/Rte 22 and 3/4 mile west of Skokie Hwy/Rte 41).  A complete list of Lake/Cook programs and field trips is at www.lakecookaudubon.org 
Rena Cohen 



Subject: Re: IBET 2016 BCNH numbers Lincoln Park Zoo
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 15:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks for the info, looks like they are adapting well to the habitat changes.
Suzanne Coleman

From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]"
To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2017 12:43 PM
Subject: IBET 2016 BCNH numbers Lincoln Park Zoo

  At my request, Ireceived the 2016 Black-crowned Night-Heron nest count at Lincoln Park Zoo areasfrom Jillian Braun, LPZ. She didn’t give the nest numbers at eachlocation. (The zoo has detailed and complicated line charts 2010-2016.) 2016 therewere 191 nests in the Lincoln Park Zoo and area. ? Lincoln Memorial Statue. ? West Lagoon: to the west of thewaterfowl lagoon on Lincoln Park Zoo grounds, southwest of the small mammalreptile house. ? Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo (PFCZ): Aboveand around the red wolf exhibit in the Lincoln Park Zoo. We started with 35 intact nests from last year (2015)and had total of 191 total nests this summer  This year, although we had less adults than last yearwe still had about the same amount of young as last year. The adults werehighly successful breeders this year and the weather cooperated so that we hadless deceased young compared to previous years. 2015total  271 nests in the Lincoln Park Zoo and area. 138 Lincoln Statue: South of the zoo by North Avenue by theLincoln Memorial Statue in the park. 2 West Lagoon: to thewest of the waterfowl lagoon on Lincoln Park Zoo grounds, almost southwest ofthe small mammal reptile house. 131 Red Wolf: Aboveand around the Red Wolf exhibit in Lincoln Park Zoo. 2014 total263 nests in the Lincoln Park Zoo and area 38 Allee: the row oftrees just south of Nature Boardwalk, where the tree removal took place. 107 Lincoln Statue: Even further south of thealee, around the Lincoln Memorial Statue in the park. 16 West Lagoon: to thewest of the waterfowl lagoon on Lincoln Park Zoo grounds, almost southwest ofthe small mammal reptile house. 102 Red Wolf: Above andaround the red wolf exhibit in the Lincoln Park Zoo. 2011total 211 nests in the Lincoln Park Zoo and area. 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Subject: IBET (No Sightings) Any collaborative wwl experts out there?
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 15:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I'm looking for a possible collaborator on a project I'm doing called
Owlessence. I have recently done a series of acrylic paintings to which I'm
still adding and may be taking "on the road."

If you have a presentation on owls that you might like to share at public
events, nature centers or other opportunities, please contact me via email
or give a call to the number below. A live bird collaboration might be
interesting as well.

During the talk, I plan to be doing live paintings in the style shown
below.

Here's a link to the paintings.
Most
are done in a minimalist style to emphasize the character of each bird, not
the details of their plumage.



--
Christopher Cudworth
3C Creative Marketing
630.621.8520



Subject: IBET 2016 BCNH numbers Lincoln Park Zoo
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 12:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At my request, I received the 2016 Black-crowned Night-Heron nest count at
Lincoln Park Zoo areas from Jillian Braun, LPZ. She didn't give the nest
numbers at each location. (The zoo has detailed and complicated line charts
2010-2016.)

2016 there were 191 nests in the Lincoln Park Zoo and area.

? Lincoln Memorial Statue.

? West Lagoon: to the west of the waterfowl lagoon on Lincoln Park Zoo
grounds, southwest of the small mammal reptile house.

? Pritzker Family Children's Zoo (PFCZ): Above and around the red wolf
exhibit in the Lincoln Park Zoo.

We started with 35 intact nests from last year (2015) and had total of 191
total nests this summer

This year, although we had less adults than last year we still had about the
same amount of young as last year. The adults were highly successful
breeders this year and the weather cooperated so that we had less deceased
young compared to previous years.

2015 total 271 nests in the Lincoln Park Zoo and area.

138 Lincoln Statue: South of the zoo by North Avenue by the Lincoln Memorial
Statue in the park.

2 West Lagoon: to the west of the waterfowl lagoon on Lincoln Park Zoo
grounds, almost southwest of the small mammal reptile house.

131 Red Wolf: Above and around the Red Wolf exhibit in Lincoln Park Zoo.

2014 total 263 nests in the Lincoln Park Zoo and area

38 Allee: the row of trees just south of Nature Boardwalk, where the tree
removal took place.

107 Lincoln Statue: Even further south of the alee, around the Lincoln
Memorial Statue in the park.

16 West Lagoon: to the west of the waterfowl lagoon on Lincoln Park Zoo
grounds, almost southwest of the small mammal reptile house.

102 Red Wolf: Above and around the red wolf exhibit in the Lincoln Park Zoo.

2011 total 211 nests in the Lincoln Park Zoo and area.

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN




Subject: Re: IBET Peoria county gulling 1-15-17
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 10:57 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
For the group's interest, I had an almost identical set of gulls as Colin's
list near the landfill earlier Sunday morning (1/15). I've suspected they
move back and forth between the two areas most days.

Evan Carlson
Peoria

On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Keith McMullen warbler7@sbcglobal.net
[ILbirds] wrote:

>
>
> Doing the gull thing on this "beautiful " 35 degree, foggy Holiday! One of
> the Glaucous is still present. I've located the 2nd winter California Gull
> Colin mentioned and I'm taking a quick break to go fetch some bread. There
> are several hundred gulls but they are out on the ice flows in the river. I
> believe they need some bread to enhance their diet and to promote close
> viewing for us Gull watchers!
> Stay tuned! Hope to have a few more
> Highlights to report!
> Good gulling and good birdings!
>
> Keith McMullen
> O'Fallon, IL
> Warbler7@sbcglobal.net
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 16, 2017, at 6:01 AM, Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds] <
> ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> Yesterday, Sunday 1-15-17, Mike Ingram, Matthew Winks (brought the bread),
> Tony Ward, and myself (later joined by Steve and Mary Zehner). Chummed for
> gulls from RiverPlex in Peoria along Peoria Lake. Here are the hightlights.
>
>
> Ring-billed Gull 700+
> CALIFORNIA GULL 1-2 I found both birds. 1 for sure (1ST WINTER
> pictured).40 minutes before Matthew arrived I spotted a second cycle bird
> likely a 2ND WINTER Califnoria across from riverplex and flew a minute or
> two later. Found it later and never saw it again.
> Herring Gull 400+
> Thayer's Gull 2 one adult and one near adult
> Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 1st winter that Tony found before chumming
> GLAUCOUS GULL 2 Mike found the first bird (whiter bird) and Mike commented
> on a different bird that showed up later about how much darker the bird
> was. MAY HAVE BEEN 3 1st winters!
>
> I also found an ICELAND GULL in central Peoria county near the Landfill.
>
> Colin Dobson
> Currently in Morgan (was in Peoria) county
> Birdingboy@yahoo.com
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
>
>
>



Subject: Re: IBET Peoria county gulling 1-15-17
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 8:24 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Doing the gull thing on this "beautiful " 35 degree, foggy Holiday! One of the Glaucous is still present. I've located the 2nd winter California Gull Colin mentioned and I'm taking a quick break to go fetch some bread. There are several hundred gulls but they are out on the ice flows in the river. I believe they need some bread to enhance their diet and to promote close viewing for us Gull watchers!
Stay tuned! Hope to have a few more
Highlights to report!
Good gulling and good birdings!

Keith McMullen
O'Fallon, IL
Warbler7@sbcglobal.net
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 16, 2017, at 6:01 AM, Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> Yesterday, Sunday 1-15-17, Mike Ingram, Matthew Winks (brought the bread), Tony Ward, and myself (later joined by Steve and Mary Zehner). Chummed for gulls from RiverPlex in Peoria along Peoria Lake. Here are the hightlights.
>
>
> Ring-billed Gull 700+
> CALIFORNIA GULL 1-2 I found both birds. 1 for sure (1ST WINTER pictured).40 minutes before Matthew arrived I spotted a second cycle bird likely a 2ND WINTER Califnoria across from riverplex and flew a minute or two later. Found it later and never saw it again.
> Herring Gull 400+
> Thayer's Gull 2 one adult and one near adult
> Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 1st winter that Tony found before chumming
> GLAUCOUS GULL 2 Mike found the first bird (whiter bird) and Mike commented on a different bird that showed up later about how much darker the bird was. MAY HAVE BEEN 3 1st winters!
>
> I also found an ICELAND GULL in central Peoria county near the Landfill.
>
> Colin Dobson
> Currently in Morgan (was in Peoria) county
> Birdingboy@yahoo.com
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
>



Subject: IBET no sighting-southernmost Illinois Christmas Bird Counts
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 6:22 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just FYI-here's a list of southernmost IL CBCs with registration details and compiler contact info in case someone is looking for something different to do during CBC season. Several of these are purposely scheduled in a row to entice northerners to come down and stay a few days. To get an idea as to where these circles are, I've pasted the link to the great Illinois CBC map found at the IOS website at the end. Kudos to the folks who put the map together!


Rend Lake- Dec. 17 - Advanced registration required, contact compiler
Keith McMullen at 618.632.1057/warbler7@sbcglobal.net.
War Bluff Valley- Dec. 17 - For details contact Andrea Douglas, compiler
at 618.564.2079 / anderatd@yahoo.com.
Cypress Creek NWR- Dec. 19 - Meet for assignments at Shawnee Comm.
College Bldg. D, Rustic Campus Drive, Ullin, at 6:00 a.m. For details,
phone Cypress Creek NWR 618.634.2231.
Crab Orchard NWR- Dec. 22 - Advanced registration required, contact
compiler Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at 618.687.9868
Middle Mississippi River NWR- Dec. 23– Register ahead then meet at
Middle Miss office, 1293 Rocky Hollow Road, Rockwood at 6:30 a.m.
Contact compiler John Hartleb at 618.763.4420 or Rhonda Rothrock at
618.684.6605 or email woodthrusheola@hotmail.com
Arklands/Pyramid St. Pk. - Dec. 27- Meet on site at the intersection
of Pyatts Blacktop and Panda Bear Rd. at 6:00 a.m. Contact compiler
Joe Merkelbach at 618.532.3112/ jemerk@ecologyfund.net.
Horseshoe Lake (Alexander Co.)- Dec. 28 – Advanced registration
required. Meet in parking lot at the intersection of Rt. 3 & Miller City Rd.,
Olive Branch, at 6:30 a.m. 6 p.m. compilation at the Wicker Club. Free lodging
at the Wicker Club for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Space is limited with
beds and mattresses available but bring bedding, pillows, personal items, etc.
Contact compiler Vern Kleen at 217.787.3515 / vkleen@comcast.net.
Union County- Dec. 29 – Advance registration required. Meet at
the SW corner of the intersection of IL Rt. 3 and IL Rt.124 (old gas
station in Ware) at 6:30 a.m. 5 p.m. compilation at Anna McDonalds.
Contact compiler Vern Kleen at 217.787.3515 / vkleen@comcast.net.
Mermet Lake- Dec. 30 - Advance registration required. For
assignments contact compiler Rhonda Rothrock at 618.684.6605 /
woodthrusheola@hotmail.com.
Jackson County- Jan. 1 - Advance registration required.
For assignments contact compiler Rhonda Rothrock at 618.684.6605
/ woodthrusheola@hotmail.com. Compilation and soup (by Chef
Anton) at sunset, at the home of David and Anton Kvernes, Skyline
Dr., Carbondale. Jackson County CBC feeder watchers wanted!!
Email or snail mail your feeder bird list to Rhonda by Jan. 3rd.
Marion County- Jan. 4 - Meet in the parking lot of the Raccoon School,
just west of I-57 at the Centralia exit at 6:00 a.m. Contact compiler
Joe Merkelbach at 618.532.3112/ jemerk@ecologyfund.net.
Illinois CBCs


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Rhonda Rothrock
Pomona, Jackson County, IL

Consider forming a team to compete in  the16th Annual Birding Blitz of Southernmost IL, April 29, 2017!16 years of outstanding birding comradery in southernmost IL!!http://www.birdingblitz.org



Subject: IBET Peoria county gulling 1-15-17
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 6:01 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Yesterday, Sunday 1-15-17, Mike Ingram, Matthew Winks (brought the bread), Tony Ward, and myself (later joined by Steve and Mary Zehner).  Chummed for gulls from RiverPlex in Peoria along Peoria Lake. Here are the hightlights. 
Ring-billed Gull 700+CALIFORNIA GULL 1-2 I found both birds. 1 for sure (1ST WINTER pictured).40 minutes before Matthew arrived I spotted a second cycle bird likely a 2ND WINTER Califnoria across from riverplex and flew a minute or two later. Found it later and never saw it again. Herring Gull 400+Thayer's Gull 2 one adult and one near adult Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 1st winter that Tony found before chummingGLAUCOUS GULL 2 Mike found the first bird (whiter bird) and Mike commented on a different bird that showed up later about how much darker the bird was. MAY HAVE BEEN 3 1st winters!
I also found an ICELAND GULL in central Peoria county near the Landfill.
Colin DobsonCurrently in Morgan (was in Peoria) countyBirdingboy@yahoo.com

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone



Subject: IBET 2016 Best Sightings (No Current Sightings)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 22:42 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all!

Since a few other people have posted their best of 2016 lists, and it's a
gray January day with little else to do, I figured I'd summarize my first
year of actively birding. I'm probably one of the newest birders in this
group. Up until 2016 I rarely, if ever, went out looking for birds.

January 2016 came around, and I heard about some Short-eared Owls and
Northern Harriers over by Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary (near Loami, IL). They
were rare enough for a then non-birder to be interested in them, and
distinctive enough, I figured I'd be able to identify them. After my
(non-birder) dad and I spotted that first Northern Harrier, I've been
addicted ever since.

Part of my sudden interest in birds came from a desire to have something
new for my blog ( http://lincolnlandnature.blogs... ) and part of it
came from a desire to get out during a trying period of my life. When I
could, I'd go birdwatching to escape life's troubles. Everything and
everyone's doing much better now, but the birding habit remains.

You can tell I'm both new to the hobby and went birdwatching a lot, because
I saw 108 lifers in 2016. I doubt, unless I move to a new continent, I'll
ever get that many again (though I've had four so far this year, so...)

Best birds per month:

January 2016
NORTHERN HARRIERS + SHORT EARED OWLS (as I mentioned before, at Nipper
Wildlife Sanctuary)

February 2016

I'd never really looked at waterfowl before, so I had about half of all
Illinois duck species as lifers this month, including all mergansers and
all common pochards except the Canvasback. One exceptionally good duck for
my area was the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER present in late February on Lake
Springfield, but the nearby GREATER SCAUPS weren't too bad, either.

March

I had my first AMERICAN WOODCOCK sighting in my suburban backyard, not ten
feet outside one of my house's windows. That is still my favorite sighting
of the year.
Another good bird was the two COMMON GALLINULES I saw in Lick Creek
Wildlife Area. I know this is an unusual time, but I am 100% certain of
what I saw, based on calls and appearance, especially in comparison to the
nearby American Coots. Unfortunately, I have no photos.

April

I'd heard BARRED OWLS before, but I actually got to see and take photos of
one at the Chatham Wildlife Sanctuary. I also got my first YELLOW-BREASTED
CHATS and OSPREY at the bird banding station at Lincoln Land Community
College. (The Osprey was a flyover.) It was around this time that everyone
in my life began thinking of me as Jared the Birder.

May

I had my first sandpipers (excluding woodcocks) in May, as well as my first
trip to Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge and Emiquon Preserve. My very
first was a LEAST SANDPIPER. At Emiquon, I saw my first BLACK-NECKED
STILTS and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.

I also got my first terns, specifically CASPIAN and FORSTER'S TERNS.

June

Many of you remember the BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS that graced the
Springfield area with their presence? I saw one of them, many, many
times. My other good lifer of the month was a BLUE GROSBEAK near the bike
trail.

July

A large flock of CASPIAN TERNS lived on Lake Springfield's abandoned beach
during this time, and I visited them regularly. I also made a trip up to
Nachusa Grasslands, where I picked up my first SEDGE WREN, BOBOLINK, and
HENSLOW'S SPARROW on the very last day of July.

August

In early August, I revisited Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, where I
saw many more sandpiper species for the first time. While at Chautauqua, I
also saw an OSPREY attack a BALD EAGLE, and about a thousand AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS. which is quite a sight! Later that month, I saw a LITTLE BLUE
HERON on Lake Springfield Beach, yet another lifer.

September
Early in September, I had a CAPE MAY WARBLER land about fifteen feet from
me on a hill prairie, on a day that got me eight other lifers, including
two SANDERLINGS. Later in that month, I found all four common tern species
(including lifers BLACK and COMMON TERNS) at the same time on Lake
Springfield Beach. On the very last day of this month, I saw my first
SABINE'S GULL, with the help of Dave Bohlen and his scope.

October

I had my last new sandpiper species (MARBLED GODWIT and AMERICAN AVOCET),
just as it was supposed to get colder. I also saw my first WINTER WREN and
my last new warbler, the ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

November

In early November, I found my lifers PEREGRINE FALCON and uncommon SURF
SCOTERS on Lake Springfield. Then November decided to stay warm for
unusually long, and I thought I'd gotten most of my lifers of the year,
though I managed to snag a couple of lifer AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS at the end
of the month.

December

There were so many new birds, even this late in the year and this busy of a
time! I had the last few common ducks added to my life list with
CANVASBACK and AMERICAN WIGEON, as well as finding a RED-NECKED GREBE on
Lake Springfield. I also went on my first Christmas Bird Count down at
Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area in Alexander County, IL, where I saw my
first PURPLE FINCHES, my last lifer birds of 2016, and, alongside Tony
Rothering counted 65 species in the areas we were assigned to cover.

It's been a great year. If I had any New Year's Resolutions, it's to go
birding with other people more, as well as to see more birds, of course. I
hope you all have an excellent 2017! Happy Birding!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon County



Subject: Re: IBET Gull Frolic Volunteers (No Sightings)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 17:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Amar,

I will gladly help if needed.

Cheers,

Jim Hully
Grayslake, IL
xenospiza@gmail.com
https://jimhully.smugmug.com

On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 4:48 PM, Amar Ayyash amarayyash@yahoo.com [ILbirds]
wrote:

>
>
> Greetings winter die-hard birders! I'm looking for a handful of volunteers
> to help with various tasks for this year's IOS Gull Frolic. A couple of our
> regulars are either out of town or have relocated to different states and
> we're shorthanded.
>
> The Frolic is on Saturday, Feb 11th. If you have any interest, please
> reply back off the list. Your compensation will included, although not
> limited to, exotic gulls, a great bird talk, delicious food and the company
> of 150 awesome birders!
>
> Thanks,
> Amar Ayyash
> Orland Park (Cook)
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



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Jim Hully
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Subject: IBET Oakhurst F.P. - Kane Co.
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 16:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We took a nice long walk through Oakhurst F.P. today. Looks like the
freezing rain hit harder here than by us up in Elgin. Trails were very icy
and we walked mostly along the grass trail edges. The birds were fairly
active for a winter day.

Highlight on our walk was a calling COMMON REDPOLL that flew over twice
near the main entrance road. For anyone looking for that species, I did
notice that there's also a very large stand of alder trees at Cheshire Lake
Park just east of Oakhurst. Full list is below.

Eric & Sally Secker
Elgin, Kane Co.


Oakhurst Forest Preserve
Jan 15, 2017
11:26 AM
Traveling
2.00 miles
88 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

2 Canada Goose
11 Mallard
1 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
9 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
10 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
46 American Robin
4 American Tree Sparrow
2 Fox Sparrow
26 Dark-eyed Junco
3 White-throated Sparrow
16 Northern Cardinal
3 House Finch
1 Common Redpoll
4 American Goldfinch
6 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 22



Subject: IBET Gull Frolic Volunteers (No Sightings)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 16:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Greetings winter die-hard birders! I'm looking for a handful of volunteers to help with various tasks for this year's IOS Gull Frolic. A couple of our regulars are either out of town or have relocated to different states and we're shorthanded.

The Frolic is on Saturday, Feb 11th. If you have any interest, please reply back off the list. Your compensation will included, although not limited to, exotic gulls, a great bird talk, delicious food and the company of 150 awesome birders!

Thanks,
Amar Ayyash
Orland Park (Cook)

Sent from my iPhone


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Subject: IBET January 2017 WBC trip report
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 16:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We started our day off at Heather Ridge Golf Course to look for a Ross’s Goose. Very few birds were present. We waited for everyone to show up and then headed over to Waukegan Beach. At Waukegan, we found at least three thousand Scaup, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Joel Greenberg & Ted Wolff. After that, we headed up to the south unit of IBSP where we found very few birds but the weather was beautiful and we ran into Joel & Ted again and Beau Schaefer & Andrew Stewart. Then we went to the north unit of IBSP where we spent about twenty minutes looking for Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Shrikes, with no luck. In fact, the only identified bird there was a Herring Gull. Our last stop was North Point Marina in hopes of finding a rare Gull. Once we got to North Point Marina, we found Joel and Ted. So we asked them what they had seen they told us that they had a pale winged Gull (unidentifiable species) and some Bufflehead.  As I was taking pictures of the Bufflehead, I saw in my viewfinder an adult male Harlequin Duck. I showed the photos to Joel and he agreed. We spent the next forty minutes viewing all of the details of the Duck.
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Oliver Burrus
birding in Lake co.



Subject: Re: IBET Listers Corner Mid-January Nudge (no sightings)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 14:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I would say go ahead and include it. If there was any doubt about this bird (think Barnacle Goose) I'd advise leaving it off, but so far people have been including it in their totals. If, for some reason, it does not pass IORC muster it will be up to the birders to remove it from their totals next year.

Joe


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County



-----Original Message-----
From: IBET
To: trptjoe
Cc: ILbirds
Sent: Sun, Jan 15, 2017 2:16 pm
Subject: Re: IBET Listers Corner Mid-January Nudge (no sightings)

Hi Joe and IORC members,
I noticed the other day that the Common Ringed-Plover is not on your excel list most likely because it has not been officially ruled on yet.  Is this bird one that those of us that were lucky enough to see should wait on or are most people including it anyway?
Cindy Alberico
Crest Hill, IL
Sent from my iPad

On Jan 15, 2017, at 1:58 PM, trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds] wrote:

IBETers,
Just your mid-January nudge to send in your totals for the 2016 Listers Corner update. The deadline is January 31st, so you have some time. Special thanks to all who've already updated (and there are plenty of you)!
If you sent in your update during the past five days I'll be confirming receipt soon. Jeff Sandberg and I just got back from four days in south Texas; my first time there ever! Of course that means I had 26 ABA lifers (#27 would have been the Amazon Kingfisher we watched for three hours while it stayed on the Mexican side of the river...) and we had 150 species in the four days.
One of the most fun sightings was that of meeting northern Illinois' fine birding pair of Lee and Linda Johnson at the Becard spot in Estero Llano. I can confirm that they got the bird, and that Estero Llano is as wonderful as everyone always says it is.

Looking forward to your updates,

Joe

Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
IOS Listers Corner Committee Chair



Subject: Re: IBET Listers Corner Mid-January Nudge (no sightings)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 14:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Joe and IORC members,
I noticed the other day that the Common Ringed-Plover is not on your excel list most likely because it has not been officially ruled on yet. Is this bird one that those of us that were lucky enough to see should wait on or are most people including it anyway?
Cindy Alberico
Crest Hill, IL
Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 15, 2017, at 1:58 PM, trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> IBETers,
> Just your mid-January nudge to send in your totals for the 2016 Listers Corner update. The deadline is January 31st, so you have some time. Special thanks to all who've already updated (and there are plenty of you)!
> If you sent in your update during the past five days I'll be confirming receipt soon. Jeff Sandberg and I just got back from four days in south Texas; my first time there ever! Of course that means I had 26 ABA lifers (#27 would have been the Amazon Kingfisher we watched for three hours while it stayed on the Mexican side of the river...) and we had 150 species in the four days.
> One of the most fun sightings was that of meeting northern Illinois' fine birding pair of Lee and Linda Johnson at the Becard spot in Estero Llano. I can confirm that they got the bird, and that Estero Llano is as wonderful as everyone always says it is.
>
> Looking forward to your updates,
>
> Joe
>
> Joe Lill
> Chicago, Cook County
> IOS Listers Corner Committee Chair
>



Subject: IBET Lack Of Success In Lake County On Saturday (1-14) But Better On Sunday (1-15)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 13:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Bob Erickson & I had a pretty discouraging day on Saturday covering
Waukegan Beach & Harbor & North Point Marina. Prior to that we started
at Lyons Woods where we heard 2 Great Horned Owls calling back & forth
constantly which meant we had no chance to locate a Screech Owl. Then
to make matters worse we failed to actually see the big Owls in spite
of them calling. All we saw there was a few Crows. Off to a bad start!

Next to Waukegan Beach & Harbor but the harbor was frozen & the lake
ice had moved toward shore with all open water far, far away from
where we stood. All we had there was a big Scaup flock of about 500
Scaup & a few male Redheads. I could only I.D. 3 of the Scaup as
Greater's but most of the rest were probably the same. Still not doing
very well!

North Point Marina had the usual open water area in the harbor mouth
area & nearby. Two MUTE SWANS were in the north harbor with many
Canada Geese but no ducks were with them.
In the open part of the mouth the Goldeneye beat the Common Mergs in
the duck count contest by a score of 24 to 18. Also there were
Bufflehead (3), Mallard (1-PR), Redhead (1-M), Hooded Merg
(1-M) & Coots (4). Still not doing well & to make things worse I see
that birders saw a male Harlequin Duck there today. More bad
scheduling by me!

Then, by myself, to Independence Grove where only a little open water
is in the main lake area & in it were Goldeneye (8), Common Merg (1-F)
& R.B. Merg (also 1-F). Checked the flowing river but only Mallards
were present & not many of them.

Last stop was the Heather Ridge Golf Course where I spent an hour NOT
finding the Ross's Goose in spite of driving all the streets around
the place & looking at about 300 Canada Geese scattered all over the
course. Good thing I already saw the Wilmington Ross's Goose.

Back home for the perfect ending to a perfectly bad day which was a
search for the St Adalbert Merlin but after finding 1 the last 2 times
I looked not so this day. I hope I have used up all my bad luck!

Sunday Bob & I tried for a couple of Owls starting at Rollins Savanna
at 6:30 a.m. when they open up the place. Still dark then but by 6:45
you could begin to see & at 6:50 Bob picked out a distant Owl & a few
min later (6:55 a.m.) I found a closer SHORT EARED OWL which may have
been the 1st one getting nearer to us. 1st success of the weekend! But
we then searched for almost 2 hours looking for a Snowy Owl seen by
others & reported on ebird. But it was back to bad luck as we did NOT
find it.

From Linden just east of Rollins you can view Third Lake & in with
some Canada Geese, Mallards & Gulls was one white Swan but too far to
I.D. Much later I figured out how to get closer by driving on side
streets on the east side of the lake & there I could see it was a
black billed Swan & not overly large so my guess was TUNDRA SWAN.
Looking at ebird reports I see that Tundra is correct.

Bird-Of-The-Weekend to the Rollins Short Eared Owl & Runner-Up to the
Tundra Swan.
Bob was able to get up to see the N.Pt.Marina Harlequin Duck reported
by Oliver B so that's probably his Runner-Up. Overall not a good
weekend for me but at least it ended a little better.

Al Stokie
Spending the weekend in Lake County


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Subject: IBET Listers Corner Mid-January Nudge (no sightings)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 13:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
IBETers,
Just your mid-January nudge to send in your totals for the 2016 Listers Corner update. The deadline is January 31st, so you have some time. Special thanks to all who've already updated (and there are plenty of you)!
If you sent in your update during the past five days I'll be confirming receipt soon. Jeff Sandberg and I just got back from four days in south Texas; my first time there ever! Of course that means I had 26 ABA lifers (#27 would have been the Amazon Kingfisher we watched for three hours while it stayed on the Mexican side of the river...) and we had 150 species in the four days.
One of the most fun sightings was that of meeting northern Illinois' fine birding pair of Lee and Linda Johnson at the Becard spot in Estero Llano. I can confirm that they got the bird, and that Estero Llano is as wonderful as everyone always says it is.

Looking forward to your updates,

Joe

Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
IOS Listers Corner Committee Chair



Subject: IBET Harlan's Hawk LaSalle County Jan. 15, 2016
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 12:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A group from the DuPage Birding Club relocated a juvenile Harlan's hawk
perched on utility poles along I-39 seen from N. 20th Street near Tonica in
LaSalle County.



Subject: IBET Harlequin Duck Winthrop harbor
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 12:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
One adult male Harlequin Duck swiming between breakwater.

Oliver Burrus
Currently in Lake co.

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Subject: IBET 2016 Best sighting list
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 11:30 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird Friends,

For 2016 my bird outings brought me some lifers and best sightings.

Spring migration: we saw lifer AMER. AVOCET in (OH) along with 4 active BALD EAGLE nests. A great sighting of mother B Eagle bringing in a big fish to the nest, wanting to grab a snack for herself only to drop (and lose) the fish from a 70’ tree top. We saw so many Cape May warblers and warbling vireo that they became common place, had to really search for the Magnolia but finally found 1 on our last day.

Summer: I went on a shore bird walk and found 2 more lifers RUDDY TURNSTONE and F CONNECTICUT WARBLER (details guided to me by my mentor Jeff S.) Late summer watched a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER feed it’s juvenile (lifer sighting for sure)

Fall: took a trip to Kohler, WI for my birthday and was gifted a new scope! Our maiden viewing with the scope gave us a HUDSONIAN GODWIT another lifer, it flushed and we saw reason was a fly by MERLIN. At another location a top a 110’ look out, we spotted a pair of PILEATED WP with the scope and I could not find them in my bino’s to save my soul. When I finally did, they were like ink spots on the tree. Watched a ROUGH Legged Hawk hover and feed over a field quite by accident (which is when best sightings are seen)

Winter: Our annual outing to the City for Holiday shopping and light show: saw 4 PEREGRINE FALCONS and 2 RT HAWK duking it out in the sky above the West Loop (another lifer sighting)

Summer/Fall; Best lifer sighting so far: Al Stokie and Andy Siegler (sp) in person, never thought I would be in their company even for just brief moment!

Here’s to more great moments in 2017

Lizz Morris
Lake County







Subject: IBET JxP, Saturday, 14 January: Canvasbacks, Mute Swans, P.-b. Grebe
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 10:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday covering Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, the west golf course, the inner and outer harbors, 63rd Street Beach and the north lake front from the 59th Street promontory to Promontory Point.  The park was a bit like a glazed doughnut with lots of ice, though not all that slippery if you remembered to walk like a penguin.  The surface of most of the water in the park including Lake Michigan was frozen but there were big enough holes in the harbors for a decent number of waterfowl. This was my first birding outing of the year, because it was either raining or super cold on all of my previous days off!
An immature RED-TAILED HAWK was moving around Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow trying to avoid the crows, but there were a lot of those. There was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on Wooded Island and a male HAIRY WOODPECKER near the Music Court Bridge. There was also a SONG SPARROW and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH in the latter location. There was another nuthatch on the golf course. The only open water in the inner harbor was near the Lake Shore Drive bridge but there were several ducks there including some REDHEADS and a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS, plus a PIED-BILLED GREBE. I found a female CANVASBACK on the outer harbor side of the bridge and many more Canvasbacks in a larger hole north of the north-most dock. There were 2 adult MUTE SWANS here as well, but they seemed to decide that they didn't like the look of me and flew off southward after a few minutes of me looking at them. Here's a list of all the birds I saw:

Abbreviations: WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, GC=golf course, IH=inner harbor, OH=outer harbor, LM=Lake Michigan east of OH, 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, NLF=north lake front.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (29), GC (442), IH (84), OH (43)
Mute Swan: OH (2)
Mallard: OH (24)
Canvasback: OH (12)
Redhead: IH (5), OH (11)
Greater Scaup: IH (2), OH (14)
Common Goldeneye: IH (24), OH (3), LM (1), NLF (2)
Hooded Merganser: IH (2)
Red-breasted Merganser: IH (1), LM (1), NLF (14)
duck sp: NLF (18)
Pied-billed Grebe: IH (1)
Red-tailed Hawk: WI/BM (1)
A. Coot: OH (5)
Ring-billed Gull: OH (59), LM (1), 63rd (2)
Herring Gull: IH (1), OH (5), LM (1), NLF (3)
Red-bellied Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (2), GC (1), IH (1)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
A. Crow: WI/BM (42), GC (2), IH (3), OH (5)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (1), GC (5), OH (3)
White-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
A. Robin: OH (3)
Cedar Waxwing: OH (3)
A. Tree Sparrow: IH (1)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Dark-eyed Junco: IH (4), OH (4)
White-throated Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (9), GC (2), IH (7), OH (1)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (17), IH (6)
House Sparrow: OH (2)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago





Subject: IBET Mexican birding
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 10:31 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi,

I'm going on a vacation near Tulum in Mexico in March and plan on hiring a birder to be a guide for a day. Any recommendations? Anyone ever bird with David Bacab? This will be my first time in Mexico.

Thanks,

Kim Ainis
Chicago

Kim Ainis
www.dyslexiachicago.com

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Subject: IBET Lake County Raptor Route
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 19:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Andy Stewart and I did a little raptor run through mostly western lake county from 7:30-1:30 today. Weather was great as in there was no wind, so viewing conditions were fantastic and we had some real nice birds. All told we had 7 raptor species (possibly 8, but I couldn’t get a good enough look at a passing accipiter to call it a Sharp-shinned, even though I’m pretty sure it was just based on first impressions) totaling 31 individuals and 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE at COLSP.

Highlights:
Eastern Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)- 18

Western Red-tailed Hawk (dark morph)( calurus)-1; Fed Ex

Bald Eagle- 4 (3 juv., 1 ad.); Channel Lk, COLSP, Rt. 12

Rough-legged Hawk- light morph - 1; COLSP

Cooper’s Hawk- 2 (both juveniles); COLSP, Rt. 12

American Kestrel- 4; Volo, Lakewood, Atkinson Rd, Peterson Rd @ 60

Northern Harrier- 1 (ad. female); Rollins

Red-shouldered Hawk- 1 juv. by Andy that I never saw before it flushed.; Empty lot east of Fed Ex


Bird On!
Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
Lake County




Subject: IBET Lake Calumet 1-14-17
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 15:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The turning basin just north of 126 st had gulls but they were not close but
did have an adult Glaucous Gull. I headed to Stony island and checked the
dumps. I saw only one Rough Legged Hawk. I wonder if the prey base is being
depleted. A first year Bald Eagle flew over my head conveniently. I then
went to the south end of Stony where the gull whisperer had been since dawn.
Lucky me! Amar quickly started pointing out gulls. I will let him give
totals in North American Gulls on Facebook. I did see 2 Thayer's Gulls. One
had a light colored eye pointed by Amar. A second Glaucous Gull was
cooperative. A Rough Legged Gull landed on a pole eating a vole near us. An
adult Lesser Black Backed gull sat on the ice for viewing. There were at
least 2 Great Black Gulls but were too far for satisfactory views. Two
tugboats kept flushing the gulls. Not sure what they were doing. Some photos
at :



http://wesserafin.smugmug.com/...



Wes Serafin

Orland Pk

SW Cook




Subject: IBET best birds of 2016
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 13:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Following Al's posting about his top birds of 2016 I decided to go back
through my notes and pick out a few of my best birds of the year. My best
from my north side backyard were in the spring migration:

March 18- Lincoln sparrow

April 7- fox sparrow

April 9 Sharp skinned Hawk

May 8- male and female rosebreasted grosbeaks

May 14- Indigo bunting



My bird of the year goes to the sharp skinned Hawk- I had never seen one
before and it sat on the rail of my fence for a long time- long enough to
take several photos so that I could get identification help.




Subject: IBET By DE junco
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 5:11 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Hi friends,
The juncos white tail feathers seem to standout. A flock of 15 or so here now.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Calumet Nelson's Gull, many Great Black-backs, etc. (1-13-17)
Date: Fri Jan 13 2017 17:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Between 1:00 & 2:30 pm on Friday (13 January 2017), 12 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 1 THAYER’S GULL, and 1 apparent HERRING X GLAUCOUS GULL hybrid (“Nelson’s Gull”) were with some 1.000 HERRING GULLS on the Calumet River viewed from the Stony Island overlook at the south end of Deadstick Pond in Chicago (ebird hotspot “Lake Calumet area--Calumet River Turning Basin Number 5”). The Thayer’s, Glaucous, & Nelson’s were all adults. The Great Black-backs included 9 adults, 1 third-cycle, & 2 first-cycle birds.

The Nelson’s Gull has been in this general area since at least Monday, 1/9/17. It looks like an adult Glaucous Gull with a Kumlien’s-type wingtip pattern. In fact, I mistakenly passed it off as a Kumlien’s Gull when I first saw it flying by on Monday. A huge, ghostly pale adult gull – without my binoculars I was sure it was a Glaucous. But when I got my binoculars on it I realized it had the charcoal-gray Kumlien’s-type wingtip pattern. It was gone in an instant. I figured I had originally misjudged the bird’s size and assumed it was a Kumlien’s.

Today (Friday, 1/13/17), I got a good look at the same bird through my scope as it stood on the ice with the Herring Gulls. It towered over the nearby Herring Gulls, and it was bulkier than Herring, with a paler mantle and shorter primary projection. The Kumlien’s-type wingtip pattern was easily seen on the bird at rest.I was able to pull off one distant but decent photo of the bird (the large pale bird at the top of the center group of birds):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Adult Great Black-backed Gull:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

1st-cycle Great Black-backed Gull:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Thayer's Gull:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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Subject: IBET Cook County-Chicago Botanic Garden With A Different Common Redpoll Friday 1-13-17
Date: Fri Jan 13 2017 14:54 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Back to another cold day with the temp range not changing much between
19 & 22 degrees.
All water areas remain frozen except for by the Rt 68/Dundee Rd bridge
just like last week although the ducks present were NOT just like last
week. Still only 1 COMMON REDPOLL but last week it was a female &
today it was a male with red on it's breast. Large numbers of
Goldfinches & all were feeding in the Birch trees by the Regenstein
Building & on Evening Island. Finally located lots of berry eaters
(Robins & Starlings but no Waxwings) but they were eating Juniper
berries near the B.Brown Preserve Pond & ignoring all the red berry
trees. Here's my site list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (8-11:15 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Goose (220)
Mallard (33)
BLACK DUCK (1)
Goldeneye (1-F)
Common Merganser (1-M)
Coot (1, the usual suspect)
(All the above species were at the Dundee Rd bridge open water area)
Red Tailed Hawk (2-AD together)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (heard 1)
Downy Woodpecker (also heard 1)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-F)
Blue Jay (2)
Crow (heard 1 but far away)
Chickadee (6-7)
W,B. Nuthatch (heard 1)
Robins (25-27)
Starling (45-50)
SONG SPARROW (1, 1st one for 2017 for me)
Junco (13-14)
COMMON REDPOLL (1-M)
Goldfinch (~110)
House Sparrow (8)

There was 1 large flock (~75) of Goldfinches at the N.E. corner of the
Regenstein Building & another flock (~30) at the S.W. corner of the
same place (near the thistle feeders) & I spent about 25 min carefully
looking at every one without finding a Redpoll. But all by itself at
the N.W. side of the same building was the lone male Common Redpoll
unlike last week when it was in with the feeding Goldfinches. But when
I returned to these Birch trees at about 10:30 a.m. not 1 single finch
of any kind could be found. They move around a lot.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the reddish male Common Redpoll &
Runners-Up to the Black Duck & my FOY Song Sparrow.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET Jackson Park-No sighting
Date: Fri Jan 13 2017 13:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


Reps to the Bird Conservation Network invited a Chicago Park District
natural areas rep to report on park plans. However, they decided the next
meeting for the northwest side rather than the SE side, which is long
overdue. Meanwhile, the grass roots rebellion continues against the CPD
board's method of operation.

Carolyn Marsh

Whiting, IN





http://chicago.suntimes.com/po...
merger-of-2-golf-courses/
. "

Irizarry argued that the $30 million project is being "shoved down the
community's throat." She and several other speakers called for the board to
delay the vote.



http://hpherald.com/2017/01/12...
rns-park-preservation-advocates/

Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Park [FOP], said that
it appears that the decision for this

As groups voice concern, Park District moves ahead with golf course in
Jackson Park:



http://www.chicagotribune.com/...
-met-20170111-story.html


Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, told the park
board Wednesday, "When you host community input sessions at the very last
minute to try to create the impression of public participation ... you
create mistrust."






Subject: IBET BY Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Date: Fri Jan 13 2017 10:00 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On New Year's Eve, I spotted a Eurasian Tree Sparrow at my backyard feeders for the very first time in our 11 years in NW Illinois.  This morning, I spotted three and managed to get a photo of two of them together.  Eurasian Tree Sparrows https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Rose Kirwan
Mt. Carroll, IL


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

Eurasian Tree Sparrows https://www.flickr.com/photos/... Not the greatest photo, but I wanted to document their appearance in my backyard.



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Subject: IBET By H. finch
Date: Thu Jan 12 2017 20:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Hi friends,
Not common here, the House finch is a stand out even in winter plumage.
ATS, DE juncos, H. sp. round out the many, the few wp are Downy, RB, and N. flicker but the latter is scarce. BJ, WB nuthatch, and N Cardinal in pairs.
Cooper's h. still common.
John
Bourbonnais, IL


John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Special event with the author of CAT WARS
Date: Thu Jan 12 2017 15:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Field Museum Birds and the Chicago Audubon Society invite you to attend a special program by Dr. Peter Marra, director the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center on his new book, Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. The book presents a balanced approach to documenting the impact that free-roaming cats have on birds, wildlife, and human health. Pete's scholarly approach to the subject presents a side of the story that has been ignored in recent press reports and in local initiatives to establish feral cat colonies. We will have books available for purchase and Pete will be available to sign them after his program. 

You can see the flyer for the event here: http://bit.ly/2jcqGPV

The program will be held on Thursday, February 2, at North Park Village Nature Center (5801 N. Pulaski Rd), at 7:00 pm.  We hope to see you there.  
If you have any questions, please contact the Chicago Audubon office: 773-539-6793; cas@ chicagoaudubon.org.

Josh Engel and Dave Willard 
Field Museum Birds: www.facebook.com/fieldmuseumbirdsChicago Audubon Society: https://www.chicagoaudubon.org...



Subject: IBET Together for Birds Petition
Date: Thu Jan 12 2017 14:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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That's why we need everyone who cares about birds to join together and sign this petition to protect cornerstone legislation and other top conservation priorities. This may be the single best opportunity ever for our community to stand together for birds. Please show your support for bird conservation and ensure that the progress we have made in recent decades is preserved.

We will present the petition and signatures to the new Administration and Congress on January 23, just after the Inauguration. Please sign to show your support for bird conservation today!

Sign the Petition

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Dear [Administration and Congress],



We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, represent a broad cross-section of the bird conservation community. We aim to build a dialogue with the new Administration and Congress to promote the conservation of birds and their habitats, which are of fundamental value to the American people.

More than 60 million Americans care deeply about birds, and bird-related recreation contributes more than $36 billion to our economy. Birds also act as the "canary in the coal mine" for our environment and provide valuable benefits to society, from pollination to pest control. But birds are in trouble, with many declining in population or facing extinction.

We endorse the following priorities to ensure that birds and their habitats continue to be effectively conserved for the benefit of all Americans. We ask that you please support:

1. THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Protect the Act that has helped recover our national bird, the Bald Eagle, and other species in trouble.

2. THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT: Safeguard the only law that exists to protect most American birds, and support the federal Duck Stamp, one of the nation's most successful conservation programs.

3. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BIRDS: Maintain and grow essential sources of federal support for migratory bird conservation.

4. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Ensure that the EPA can continue its vital work to protect people and birds from dangerous pesticides and other toxins.

5. LAND MANAGEMENT FOR BIRDS AND PEOPLE: Ensure that public lands remain public, are properly managed for wildlife, and that recreational access is maintained.

We also acknowledge that many other national and state initiatives are of critical importance to birds, and that citizens and private enterprise can play vital roles in these conservation efforts.

Let's work together for birds!


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Subject: IBET Pair green winged teal among 5 Duck species now at Salt Creek/wood dale reservoir. , DuPage
Date: Thu Jan 12 2017 12:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A pair of green-winged teal currently just south and west in water connecting middle pond to Salt Creek west of bridge

Salt Creek wide and open. Some open water in both reservoir and middle pond

2 (pair) Hooded Merganser
12 Common Mergansers
45+ Mallard
8 common goldeneye
Kingfisher
The usual two overwintering Great Blue Heron
17 or more herring gull

Moving between Creek and wetlands but most in Creek. Teal male was calling to female Still same location when I left

Wood Dale Reservoir. School St west of Wood Dale Road. Wood Dale Dupage

Only land bird downy Woodpecker

Alan Anderson
Des Plaines
CAS research @ Comcast. Net

Photos on eBird report and or Facebook when I get home and have time


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Subject: IBET Bird Of The Month Selections For All Of 2016
Date: Thu Jan 12 2017 9:48 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Nothing like freezing rain, iced over roads & traffic report accidents
all over the place to make me decide that I can miss one day of
birding. But that gives me a chance to do a sort of year end report
for my top birds of 2016. I will list my Bird-Of-The-Month picks
Jan-Dec & then end with top birds of the year. Perhaps others would
like to mention their picks for best birds seen in 2016 as not
everyone gets to see the same birds.

January

Black Tailed Gull downstate with Runner-Up to the California Gull in Will Co.

February

Slaty Backed Gull at S. Arsenal Rd & Runner-Up to a Ross's Goose

March

Snowy Owl in LaSalle Co & Runner-Up is a tie between a Long Eared Owl
& a Harlequin Duck

April

A tie between the feeder Western Tanager & the downtown Chicago
Townsend's Warbler
Runner-Up a tie between the LaBagh Worm Eating Warbler & the Kendall
Co Townsend's Solitaire
(A good month for birds with Townsend's in their name)

May

Swainson's Warbler at LaBagh Woods
Runner-Up a 3 way tie between the 2 Lake Co Hudsonian Godwits, the
Montrose Say's Phoebe & the Glacial Park Ruff/Reeve

June

The Springfield Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
Runner-Up a tie between the Havana Scissor Tailed Flycatcher & the
Montrose Red Knot

July

Painted Bunting in E,St. Louis
Runner-Up a tie between an Emiquon Western Sandpiper & a very tiny
baby Piping Plover

August

A tie between both Hudsonian & Marbled Godwits & Runner-Up to the
Rollins Savanna
Long Billed Dowitcher

September

Common Ringed Plover found by Gary S & Runner-Up to the Indiana Brant

October

Black Legged Kittiwake flying by at Gillson Park & Runner-Up to a
Saw-Whet Owl located by master owl finder Bob Erickson

November

The Northerly Island Brant & Runner-Up a tie between the Waukegan
Purple Sandpiper & the Illinois Beach Western Grebe

December

The Western Illinois Mountain Bluebird & Runner-Up to a very late (in
northern Illinois)
Eastern Phoebe & the Crabree Harris's Sparrow

Looking at this list I would have to say that Bird-Of-The-Year (for
me) goes to the
COMMON RINGED PLOVER & #2 to the BLACK TAILED GULL.
Rounding out my top 5 would be the Western Tanager, Townsend's Warbler & Brant.
Followed by the Whistling Ducks ,the Painted Bunting, the Mt Bluebird,
the Swainson's Warbler
& the Reeve.

Not in my top 10 but it was really nice to see the Purple Sandpiper &
the Kittiwake after not seeing them for several years.

That's my list. Anyone else have any opinions?

Al Stokie


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Subject: IBET Will County-D.P. River Widewaters, Wilmington Island Park & Rock Run Rookery Wed 1-11-17
Date: Wed Jan 11 2017 18:54 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today I was joined by Jeff Sanders on this Will County adventure. The
hope was to find all three Swan Species at the Widewaters area & the
Island Park Ross's Goose that I had failed to find in late December
mainly due to not knowing about the 2nd part of this Wilmington park.
For a change today saw everything going as planned. This was partly
due to a little help from Vickie S who led us across Rt 53 to the
other section of the park where although we could not at 1st find the
little ROSS'S GOOSE eventually we did. Its hard to miss 49 big
domestic geese with which the Ross's Goose has been visiting. Local
birder Gene also had told us the little goose was present so we knew
all we had to do was keep looking. Here are my 3 site lists:

Widewaters Area (9:15-10:30 a.m.)

The river is frozen much farther out than in December & looking from
Front Street only offered distant looks although you could see that
there were about 50 Swans & some looked smaller than the larger ones.
Ended up getting better looks from the Four Rivers area.

Great Blue Heron (1)
Mute Swan (20-25)
TRUMPETER SWAN (7-8)
TUNDRA SWAN (20-22, several even showed the yellow lores)
Canada Goose (about 350 in flight with none in the river where we were)
Mallard (25-30)
Gadwall (18-20)
Redhead (6)
Ring Necked Duck (10)
Goldeneye (10-11)
Hooded Merganser (4)
Common Merganser (14-16)
BALD EAGLE (1-AD & 1-IM)
Coots (405)
Ring Billed (5) & Herring (20) Gulls
Rock Pigeon (6 fly-bys)
Crow (1 fly-by)
Cardinal (1-M)
Tree Sparrow (4)
Junco (6)
Goldfinch (heard a few)
House Sparrow (10-12)

Wilmington Dam/Island Park (11-11:45 a.m.)

Canada Goose (~750)
Domestic Goose (49 & most were white ones)
ROSS'S GOOSE (1 little guy in with the big domestic geese)
Mallard (35-40)
Gadwall (7)
Goldeneye (71, counted by Jeff)
Hooded Merganser (5 by the dam)
Ring Billed (8) & Herring (also 8) Gulls
Crow (1 on the ice near the dam)

Rock Run Rookery (12:30-1:35 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (6)
Mute Swan (3 in the river)
Canada Goose (140 & almost all were in the river)
Black Duck (3)
Mallard (35-38)
Gadwall (44)
Hooded Merganser (1-M)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-M)
Common Merganser (500-525)
BALD EAGLE (2-IM on the ice)
Coots (15)
Ring Billed (8) & Herring (10) Gulls
Belted Kingfisher (1)

Took a walk down the trail by myself & saw Downy Woodpecker (1),
Chickadee (2), Starling (17), EASTERN BLUEBIRD (4-M with 1 singing),
Tree Sparrow (4), WHITE THROATED SPARROW (2), Junco (5), House Finch
(16-18) & Goldfinch (6).

Including a few roadside birds I had 35 species for the day.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the finally seen Ross's Goose in spite of the
company it is keeping.
Runners-Up to the Tundra & Trumpeter Swans & the Bluebirds.

Al Stokie
In Will County today with pretty good results


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Subject: IBET Snowy Owls NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Wed Jan 11 2017 11:30 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I forgot to add no sightings in message. Would like to know if anyone has seen a Snowy Owl in Lake County since Ebird alerts from January 9. Thank you

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Subject: IBET Snowy owl
Date: Wed Jan 11 2017 11:09 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Has anyone seen the snow owl today (1/11) at the lake county fairgrounds?

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Subject: IBET Social Media help for Jackson Park Watch? (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Tue Jan 10 2017 19:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello,

Jackson Park Watch, a small group of people doggedly trying to keep an eye
on all the changes* proposed in Jackson Park every way they can think of,
could use help getting the word out through the major social media
channels. If anyone is interested and adept with 140 characters, etc.,
please let me know. It's not impossible that they'd hire a part-time
intern to help.

Thanks,

Eric Ginsburg
Chicago
ejgins@gmail.com

*These would include the proposed music pavilion, the Obama Presidential
Library, the remaining time left on the Army's GLFER project, the newly
proposed golf course upgrade and perhaps more that we don't know about
yet. See http://jacksonparkwatch.org/ for more info.



Subject: IBET Update On Joan Norek
Date: Tue Jan 10 2017 17:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I am glad to report that Joan appears better today when visited by
Karen Lund & myself. Joan's voice is stronger & she can be heard
without any problems at least when not in the T.V. room where the
level of noise can be pretty high although today even that was not a
problem. Joan is also walking better although still with the aid of a
"walker". So progress seems to be happening.

Still I think hearing her on the phone could be difficult although she
will hear you o.k. If you wish to try anyway call the main # of
630-837-5300 to 1st verify that Joan is in her room & ask if someone
can get to the room to make sure Joan can get to the phone before they
switch the call to her..

A visit would work better if you can get there & Joan would probably
enjoy the visit even more than a call although I am sure a call would
be fine as well as long as you can hear her. Again her room number is
102 & is on the 1st floor. But call 1st before going as Joan will be
back at the Chicago hospital in the next week or so (not sure what day
though) for a day or 2 & you don't want to make the drive & find out
she is elsewhere. If you visit you will soon learn that Joan is
impatient to get back home but no ones knows how soon that will be.

Remember to CALL FIRST before going to be sure Joan is there when you
plan to visit.

Al Stokie


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Subject: IBET F. Hawk NOT
Date: Tue Jan 10 2017 9:13 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just finished a slow, windy, wet walk at Turtlehead Lake FP.  Rained entire time.

1 Kestrel
1 R-t Hawk
1 ATS

2 cold and wet birders.

Tim and I probably calling it a day.


Sent from my cellular device

Craig Taylor


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Subject: IBET Fwd: NOT Ferruginous Hawk
Date: Tue Jan 10 2017 7:23 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
NOT found or being seen.

Sent from my cellular device

Craig Taylor

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Craig
> Date: January 10, 2017 at 7:21:30 AM CST
> To: IBET
> Subject: NOT Ferruginous Hawk
>
> At Turtle Head FP since 6:45.
>
> No rain, wind 20 gusting to 45.
>
> Rain forecast 20% till noon.
>
> Sent from my cellular device
>
> Craig Taylor


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