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01 Apr: @ 15:59:54 IBET Say's Phoebe YES [Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 15:52:12 IBET Sand Ridge Forest [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 15:37:15 IBET Say's Phoebe - Miller's Meadow [nal1212@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 15:22:21 IBET DuPage Co. West Branch Forest Preserve Loons Update for Today [Leslie Yoshitani leslieyosh@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 14:56:06 IBET Some pictures of Horned Grebe and Red Breasted Mergansers [pdacko1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 14:38:03 IBET Chautauqua [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 13:46:02 IBET Says Phoebe, Great Blue Heron rookery 4-1-15 [w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 13:06:43 IBET Cook County-A Few Early Migrants At LaBagh Woods Wed 4-1-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 13:04:27 IBET Illinois Beach State Park, Lake County [Mark Wallner wingitwildlife@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 11:10:32 RE: IBET bird nests ? (no sightings) ['John Chalmers' jpchalmers@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 11:03:49 IBET Say's directions [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 10:27:55 Re: IBET bird nests ? (no sightings) ['Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 10:09:46 IBET No Sighting-Consider competing in the Birding Blitz of Southernmost IL - May 2, 2015 ['Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' woodthrusheola8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 10:00:18 IBET Fish Crows and Chipping Sparrows in southernmost IL ['Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' woodthrusheola8@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 09:33:07 Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook [norekj@aol.com NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 08:40:47 Re: IBET bird nests ? (no sightings) [Jay Jaeger johnajaeger@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 08:27:18 IBET Say's Phoebe [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 06:52:50 Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook [Joshua Little joshua.p.little@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
01 Apr: @ 05:44:55 IBET more Warbler videos [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 23:47:31 IBET Peoria County, March 23-31: Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe [emcarlson8@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 21:50:33 IBET Tour Of The N.W. Lake Co. Lakes & Fluddles & A Wild Phoebe Chase Tue 3-31-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 21:34:37 IBET bird nests ? (no sightings) [Paul Stensvaag red.tail1960@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 20:59:06 IBET Blackwell Forest Preserve--Silver Lake area -- DuPage [Don Lopat donlopat@att.net [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 20:47:04 Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook [trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 19:58:42 IBET Say's Phoebe - Info Request [Linda lbr6240@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 19:34:40 IBET Northern Cardinal - Close up [rob.visco@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 19:24:03 IBET Shabonna Lake State Park - DeKalb County [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 19:03:18 Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 18:56:33 Re: IBET North Pond - local interest only [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 18:44:39 Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook [Eric Gyllenhaal GyllenFish@aol.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 18:39:06 IBET Illinois Beach State Park - north unit, Lake County [Mark Wallner wingitwildlife@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 17:56:44 Fwd: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook [Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 16:03:05 IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 15:34:16 IBET Say's Phoebe - no [Joshua Little joshua.p.little@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 14:08:20 IBET Black-crowned Night-Herons return to the South Pond [Leslie Borns cakile@att.net [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 12:58:09 IBET Woodcock "walk" this Sat April 4th, Ft. Sheridan LAKE cnty [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 12:45:15 IBET SAY'S PHEOBE @ MILLER MEADOWS [Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 12:41:46 IBET RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 09:24:30 IBET White-winged Scoters at Whalon on Monday-Yes [peachjmc@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 08:17:11 IBET North Pond - local interest only [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
31 Mar: @ 06:53:32 IBET more warblers vidoes [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
30 Mar: @ 20:59:37 IBET Loyola Park Passing Gulls [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Mar: @ 20:27:42 IBET Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center [cynthia staples ckstaples44@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Mar: @ 20:13:16 IBET Greater Yellowlegs - Carroll County ['Anne Straight' astraight4@frontier.com [ILbirds]]
30 Mar: @ 19:36:34 IBET one moreÖ Lake Glenview [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Mar: @ 19:35:07 Re: IBET DPCA R-N Grebe NO [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Mar: @ 19:32:26 IBET any interest in a FT Sheridan Woodcock "walk?" [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Mar: @ 19:29:42 IBET Lake Glenview, Gilson (COOK) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Mar: @ 19:07:42 IBET JxP Monday, 30 Mar (scant migration) [Paul Clyne paulclyne2000@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Mar: @ 18:12:21 IBET Pileated Woodpecker Deer Grove F.P. - Cook Co. [Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Say's Phoebe YES
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 15:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Say's Phoebe is still here for the late people like me who are getting off work and didn't get him yesterday. A very nice gentleman gave me excellent directions from the parking lot. As said before, south parking lot, cross the thin treeline with the very small creek/runoff, and follow the treeline north. The easy-to-see marker for me is what looks like a deflated silver balloon. It was right around that.

Good luck,

Richard Bisbee
Round Lake, Lake Co.

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Subject: IBET Sand Ridge Forest
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 15:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Heard a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at the traditional location at Sand
Ridge Forest (in Mason Co.) this morning. This is along 2300north just
east of 2300east. Saw (and heard) a male White-winged Crossbill there
early on March 21. The last time that I found any Red Crossbills there
was on March 15.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Say's Phoebe - Miller's Meadow
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 15:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
     Joined up with a large group of birders at Miller's Meadow this morning.  Here are some photos taken of the Say's Phoebe ,plus a Common Loon photographed at Lake Arlington on Monday.




http://nal1212.smugmug.com/ http://nal1212.smugmug.com/



Nolan Lameka
Cook County





Subject: IBET DuPage Co. West Branch Forest Preserve Loons Update for Today
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 15:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

As of 2:30 today, 2 Common Loons are holding their own against the winds and a multitude of fishing hopefuls.

Leslie Yoshitani
DuPage Co.

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Subject: IBET Some pictures of Horned Grebe and Red Breasted Mergansers
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 14:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went to maple lake to try for Loons but none there today.

I then went to Saganashkee Slough and had some very cooperative Horned Grebes and even a Red Breasted Merganser that posed as well

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Paul Dacko
Palos Hills IL





Subject: IBET Chautauqua
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 14:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL (in alternate plumage) was visible off the
east side of the crossdike at Chautauqua Refuge (in Mason Co.) early
this morning. It was viewed in flight except for when it landed
briefly in the middle of a raft of about thirty BONAPARTE'S GULLS.
After about ten minutes, they all flew toward the east end of the
lake. I then drove over to the "beer can spot" from where I could see
that a lot of Bonaparte's were out by the back levee - so I then drove
over to the Goofy Ridge parking lot. From there, I walked way out to
the west on the back levee but never did see the Black-headed Gull
again. Over one hundred Bonaparte's were visible early, but only about
half that many by the time I had walked out there. At least ninety-two
had white heads while about ten more showed some black coming in on
their "hoods". I have had some luck with finding Black-headed Gull
(locally) in recent years and wonder if some of these encounters are
of the same individual.

While I was out on the back levee, noticed a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT that
was standing on a stump out on the backside of the Upper Pool. On the
walk back out, I scanned the south end of Clear Lake and spotted a
basic-plumaged PACIFIC LOON - more or less by itself.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was out in the middle of the Upper Pool early on
March 28. When I checked back there a couple of hours later, fewer
birds were present and could not find it then.

Thirty-five GREATER SCAUP were out on the Upper Pool on March 15, but
then did not see any again until today - when I counted at least
fifteen.

Good numbers of ducks were present on both the Upper and Lower Pools
today. Curiously, more ducks have been present recently at Chautauqua
than over at Thompson Lake (in Fulton Co.).

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Says Phoebe, Great Blue Heron rookery 4-1-15
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 13:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Beth Simkins, Joel Greenberg and myself enjoyed a fruitful day of birding. As mentioned by others the Says Phoebe was at Miller Meadows as described and very cooperative sometimes even closer to the observers.

some Says Phoebe photos at :

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

The Bald Eagles were at Tampier Lake in Palos. One was atop the nest . Photo was taken at over 200 yards:

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

Great Blue Herons are back at the rookery on the Desplaines River at Rt 83. I counter 60 nests all with herons.

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

We started the day at McGinnis Slough and there was good variety. I counted 17 species of waterfowl. There were Canvasbacks, Redhead, both teal, Hooded and Common Mergansers. Also we saw 3 Bonaparte Gulls.

Wes Serafin
Orland Pk
SW Cook County









Subject: IBET Cook County-A Few Early Migrants At LaBagh Woods Wed 4-1-15
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 13:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Welcome To April Bird People,

After yesterday's long day of birding with the hectic ending looking for
the fancy Phoebe I was ready to tone down today's birding. So I stayed
close to home & tried to find some early arriving land birds at LaBagh
Woods. Luis M had mentioned cancelling a trip here as the birds were only
"trickling in" & I'd say that was still the case today. On arrival I got to
talk with Carol N & her friend Ruth & later I found they were seeing pretty
much what I saw although I added a couple of species after last seeing
them. The most common migrant today was Golden Crowned Kinglet but , unlike
Joan N, I was unable to pull out a Ruby Crowned from the group. The trails
are only slightly muddy but if it rains as expected on Thursday & Friday it
will get worse quickly. Here's my list in 2 parts.

LaBagh Woods (9-11:15 a.m.)

Department Of Trickling In

Kingfisher (1)
Eastern Phoebe (3-4)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (15-20)
HERMIT THRUSH (1)
YELLOW RUMPED MYRTLE WARBLER (1)
FOX SPARROW (1)

Department Of Regular Residents

Wood Duck (6-8)
Mallard (6)
Gull Species (heard a few calling while flying out of view)
Red Bellied (2), Downy (4) & Hairy (1) Woodpeckers
Blue Jay (2)
Crows (2 fly-bys)
Chickadee (4)
W.B. Nuthatch (also 4)
Robins (50-60 on lawns & in the wooded areas as well)
Starling (3-5)
Cardinal (6-7)
Tree (1) & Song (2-singing) Sparrows
Junco (10-12 with some singing)
Red Wings (heard a few)
Cowbird (1-F on the lawns with Robins)
House Finch (heard 2 singing near some houses)
Goldfinch (1 singing & becoming more yellow in color)
House Sparrow (heard a few near Foster Ave)

A low key day with only 28 species after yesterday's 54 species. But the
weather was perfect with some new birds arriving & singing plus I got to
visit with other birders as well. A fine day!

Bird-Of-The-Day to new year bird Hermit Thrush & Runners-Up to all the G.C.
Kinglets, the
Fox Sparrow & the "Myrtle" Warbler.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Illinois Beach State Park, Lake County
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 13:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Early this morning at the pond at the north unit of Illinois Beach State Park there was a Blue-winged Teal, a pair of Green-winged Teals, 8 Buffleheads, 2 pairs of American Wigeon, a few Wood Ducks, a few Red-breasted Mergansers, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, 2 Horned Grebes, a Pied-billed Grebe, and over a dozen Ring-necked Ducks.  Also a Cardinal was singing in a tree next to me and a Meadowlark was singing off in the prairie.  As an added bonus a pair of Mink ran behind me as I was standing on shore.
At the south unit on the Dead River were a small flock of Blue-winged Teals, Ring-necked Ducks, and a pair of Redheads.  Along the road driving in was a flock of Blue-winged Teals and a Shoveler.  By the group camping area was a tree swallow and a Fox Sparrow.
Happy Springtime.
Mark WallnerPleasant Prairie, WI



Subject: RE: IBET bird nests ? (no sightings)
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 11:10 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Possessing the nest of a migrating bird in the United States is illegal without a license.



‚ÄúPenalties under the MBTA include a maximum of two years imprisonment and $250,000 fine for a felony conviction and six months imprisonment or $5,000 fine for a misdemenor [recte misdemeanor] conviction. Fines double if the violator is an organization rather than an individual.‚ÄĚ -- http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eag...



http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/abou...



John P. Chalmers

Rogers Park





From: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]
Sent: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 10:28 AM
To: Jay Jaeger
Cc: Paul Stensvaag; ilbirds
Subject: Re: IBET bird nests ? (no sightings)








Another reference that is probably out of print but may be available as a used book is, "A Guide to the Nest, Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds" by Paul Baicich and Colin Harrison.



Bear in mind, however, that native North American birds nests (even used ones) are protected by law in the same way that the birds and their eggs are protected. Possession of nests is generally illegal.



Barbara Williams

IOS Membership Secretary



On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 8:16 AM, Jay Jaeger johnajaeger@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:



The Smithsonian guides have nest information on each North American species as does Cornell's "all about birds" site. I'm sure there are nest monographs and other specialized ontological resources. The Field Museum team could probably point you to something depending on how deep you want to go.

On Mar 31, 2015 9:34 PM, "Paul Stensvaag red.tail1960@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:



Hi birders....



I grew up knowing that there are three ways of identifying birds: sight, song and silhouette.



I have collected bird nests in the autumn from time to time and have them arranged in my green house where they imbue a presence of peace to the place while starting boxes for planting spring gardens and flowers.....



Does anyone know of a systematic way of identifying birds by their nests? It seems likely that some of you experts have specific knowledge by way of banding and observations.



Some are easy: Robin's mud encrusted nest, the sticky N. Cardinal, the hanging Oriole's, and of course the invisible Cowbird's "nest" and others.....



But the whole range of field sparrows nests are a mystery to me, and it is likely that I have a few - which are all constructed intricately differently.



So, to your knowledge, is there a resource for this endeavor?



Best, Paul















Subject: IBET Say's directions
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 11:03 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Sorry if this is a repeat but don't see my longer post on directions up yet.

Repeating directions in more detail for those not familiar with Miller Meadows. (I certainly was not -- these directions are how I walked out -- took a far longer way in.)

The area in which it has been most frequently seen is just to the east of the southern parking lot. There is a lawn area (presume the model planes area) and a thin tree line on the far (east) side of the lawn. You can walk in through the tree line, staying to the left of a short length of orange fence. Only an insignificant water area to cross.

I first saw it this morning a bit farther north and east of this immediate area. (Thank you Allan V. for the first look.)

Glad it was impractical to leave for home/office before 9 a.m. because then a lot more folks were out and Karin first spotted the bird. It well stayed around. Photos, lots, this time.


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: Re: IBET bird nests ? (no sightings)
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 10:27 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Another reference that is probably out of print but may be available as a
used book is, "A Guide to the Nest, Eggs and Nestlings of North American
Birds" by Paul Baicich and Colin Harrison.

Bear in mind, however, that native North American birds nests (even used
ones) are protected by law in the same way that the birds and their eggs
are protected. Possession of nests is generally illegal.

Barbara Williams
IOS Membership Secretary

On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 8:16 AM, Jay Jaeger johnajaeger@gmail.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> The Smithsonian guides have nest information on each North American
> species as does Cornell's "all about birds" site. I'm sure there are nest
> monographs and other specialized ontological resources. The Field Museum
> team could probably point you to something depending on how deep you want
> to go.
> On Mar 31, 2015 9:34 PM, "Paul Stensvaag red.tail1960@gmail.com
> [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Hi birders....
>>
>> I grew up knowing that there are three ways of identifying birds: sight,
>> song and silhouette.
>>
>> I have collected bird nests in the autumn from time to time and have them
>> arranged in my green house where they imbue a presence of peace to the
>> place while starting boxes for planting spring gardens and flowers.....
>>
>> Does anyone know of a systematic way of identifying birds by their
>> nests? It seems likely that some of you experts have specific knowledge by
>> way of banding and observations.
>>
>> Some are easy: Robin's mud encrusted nest, the sticky N. Cardinal, the
>> hanging Oriole's, and of course the invisible Cowbird's "nest" and
>> others.....
>>
>> But the whole range of field sparrows nests are a mystery to me, and it
>> is likely that I have a few - which are all constructed intricately
>> differently.
>>
>> So, to your knowledge, is there a resource for this endeavor?
>>
>> Best, Paul
>>
>>
>



Subject: IBET No Sighting-Consider competing in the Birding Blitz of Southernmost IL - May 2, 2015
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 10:09 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Consider forming a team and competing in the Birding Blitz of Southernmost Illinois!!(If you're interested in competing but don't have a team, let me know. Maybe I can help you round one up.)There are five competition categories. Teams must have a minimum of two members.

- Open A - This category is the true Big Day challenge, within the competition boundaries.
 
- Open B / Dawn to Dusk - It mirrors category Open A with the exception that participants in this category may start no sooner than an hour before sunrise and must quit no later than an hour after sunset. Starting time will be 5:00 a.m. Ending time will be 8:45 p.m. 
 
- County Big Day - Teams restrict their Big Day to one selected county of their choice within the competition boundary; enticing birders to more intensely explore previously under-birded areas.
 
- Senior - Follows the true Big Day rules but all team members must be 55 years of age or older.
 
- Muscle-powered - Teams cannot use any motorized form of transportation in their pursuit of a Big Day
Teams can search for birds throughout the area of southernmost Illinois, from Jackson, Williamson, Saline, and Gallatin counties south through Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski, and Massac counties. This area includes cypress swamps, upland forests, grasslands, and big rivers. Public lands in the area include Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Cache River State Natural Area, Mermet State Fish and Wildlife Area, Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Giant City State Park, Trail of Tears State Forest, and the Shawnee National Forest. Birds counted along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers must be no further than half way across the river when seen or heard. All teams must follow the American Birding Association's Big Day Count rules, a copy of which will be provided upon registration and can be reviewed at  http://americanbirding.org/big... With the exception of category "Open B," teams may make observations as early as 12:01 a.m. on May 2nd and continue until as late as 12:00 p.m. that night.

If you've never experienced a spring migration morning in southernmost Illinois, you don't know what you're missing!!
 Rhonda Rothrock
Pomona, Jackson County, IL

The 14th Annual Birding Blitz of Southernmost ILA fun competition that contributes to habitat restoration and preservation in the Cache River Wetlands.www.birdingblitz.org



Subject: IBET Fish Crows and Chipping Sparrows in southernmost IL
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 10:00 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Heard then saw my first Fish Crow of spring this morning and our trees were full of singing Chipping Sparrows. Brown-headed Cowbirds are making their presence known as well.  Rhonda Rothrock
Pomona, Jackson County, IL

The 14th Annual Birding Blitz of Southernmost ILA fun competition that contributes to habitat restoration and preservation in the Cache River Wetlands.www.birdingblitz.org



Subject: Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 9:33 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 






Being well seen park south and walk in to left of Orange fence
Joan
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------ Original message------From: Joshua Little joshua.p.little@gm...Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015 6:52 AMTo: trptjoe@aol.com;Cc: GyllenFish@aol.com;tnemec1@ameritech.net;ILbirds@yahoogroups.com;Subject:Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
  I'm looking at it right now, south side of the medoe, near the tree line by the drainage!
On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds] wrote:
  If anyone gets it early on Wednesday, please post.
Thanks!
Joe LillChicago, Cook County

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Subject: Re: IBET bird nests ? (no sightings)
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 8:40 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Smithsonian guides have nest information on each North American species
as does Cornell's "all about birds" site. I'm sure there are nest
monographs and other specialized ontological resources. The Field Museum
team could probably point you to something depending on how deep you want
to go.
On Mar 31, 2015 9:34 PM, "Paul Stensvaag red.tail1960@gmail.com [ILbirds]" <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi birders....
>
> I grew up knowing that there are three ways of identifying birds: sight,
> song and silhouette.
>
> I have collected bird nests in the autumn from time to time and have them
> arranged in my green house where they imbue a presence of peace to the
> place while starting boxes for planting spring gardens and flowers.....
>
> Does anyone know of a systematic way of identifying birds by their nests?
> It seems likely that some of you experts have specific knowledge by way of
> banding and observations.
>
> Some are easy: Robin's mud encrusted nest, the sticky N. Cardinal, the
> hanging Oriole's, and of course the invisible Cowbird's "nest" and
> others.....
>
> But the whole range of field sparrows nests are a mystery to me, and it is
> likely that I have a few - which are all constructed intricately
> differently.
>
> So, to your knowledge, is there a resource for this endeavor?
>
> Best, Paul
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Say's Phoebe
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 8:27 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Saw it about 15 minutes ago, near south end in brush up on flats by
concrete circle, a bit north of south drainage.



Subject: Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 6:52 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I'm looking at it right now, south side of the medoe, near the tree line by
the drainage!

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> If anyone gets it early on Wednesday, please post.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Joe Lill
> Chicago, Cook County
>
>
>


--
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http://littlebirder.blogspot.c...




Subject: IBET more Warbler videos
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 5:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
nearing the end:
Myrtle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW2BNe5L2c
Northern Waterthrush. Found I’d never made one and condensed 30 minute down to about 11, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RQOrUftOE

Rob Curtis
Chicago
www.theearlybirder.com



Subject: IBET Peoria County, March 23-31: Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 23:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Birding this last week has been mostly going from one lake or wetland to another trying to find new stuff. I managed to find my two main targets and a steady stream of new common birds.


March 26 Almost the first bird I saw on Thursday was a Horned Grebe https://flic.kr/p/rwpW21 from Gaylord Wildlife Area. Horned Grebes are one of my favorite birds, and this was the first I've ever seen in Peoria. Just north of there from Altorfer Tract there were a couple female Greater Scaup. An Eastern Towhee was calling from the woods while I walked to the edge of Upper Peoria Lake. A couple reports ago I talked about a lake that I was trying to figure out how to access. Well, it turns out that lake is part of Marshall State FWA (despite not being in Marshall County). It was pretty easy to get to once I figured that out. There is a lot of area there worth exploring though it seems like it may be pretty active during hunting seasons.


March 29 I made a futile check for Red-breasted Mergansers on Lower Peoria Lake Sunday morning. My best finds were an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and a beach on the Peoria side of the lake that I didn't think was possible to see without trespassing.


March 30 Double-crested Cormorant and American White Pelican numbers have been increasing up and down Upper Peoria Lake this week. They can both be seen from almost any spot along the lake the last few days. At Gaylord and Altorfer there wasn't much else of interest except for an American Kestrel chasing away a Cooper's Hawk at Altorfer. I've seen kestrels there at different times of the year and suspected that they nest nearby; this is another good piece of evidence. This was the day that Marshall State FWA came through for me. I finally found a couple female Red-breasted Mergansers along with some other interesting ducks--a pair of American Black Ducks and four late-ish Common Goldeneye. I also found a fairly large sandy beach that has appeared with the water levels falling (and another beach from Altorfer Tract). It will be another place to check for shorebirds if we can't get enough rain to flood some fields.


March 31 Today I went out to Elmwood with a couple stops on the way. First was at Cottonwood Cemetery, near the landfill. There are still a lot of gulls out there, though they were all Ring-billed today. There were a few ducks on the nearby lakes, including my first Blue-winged Teal of the year. My best bird here was a Eurasian Collared-Dove flying around and singing. It's the second I've seen in the county and a definite upgrade from the drive-by I saw in January. The other "stop" was a mile-long section of Foster Rd. near Elmwood that is all horse/cow pasture and lakes on both sides of the road. I was hoping for Smith's Longspurs and missed those, but there were about 10 Eastern Meadowlarks along that mile of road. I also saw a Eurasian Tree Sparrow and my first "real" shorebird of the year--a Greater Yellowlegs on the edge of a lake. The Elmwood sewage lagoon itself finally had some birds on it, even though they were mostly Lesser Scaup.


March went alright for me. Most of my "targets" were leftovers from winter or birds that will probably be easier to find in early April, so I didn't have high expectations. Of the four targets I hit this month, two were birds I was seeing for the first time in the county (Brewer's Blackbird was a life bird) and two were birds I was seeing for the second time in the county. There was nothing to be unhappy with this month.


The first half of April will follow the same plan as the last couple weeks. I'll continue checking the largest bodies of water I can for loons and rare water birds and hit smaller wetlands along the way for the last two dabbling ducks and Rusty Blackbird. Around the middle of the month I'll start looking harder for shorebirds. I hope we get enough rain to flood some fields by then, but I have found a few promising beaches just in case. The last week of April I'll begin spending at least a little time looking for woodland birds every day I can into June (before getting to recharge in July!).


Evan Carlson
Peoria


Peoria County 2015 current total: 102



March Targets: Ross's Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Sandhill Crane, Short-eared Owl, Northern Shrike, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Smith's Longspur, Pine Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Purple Finch.
To follow my progress more closely, check this page https://sites.google.com/site/...



Subject: IBET Tour Of The N.W. Lake Co. Lakes & Fluddles & A Wild Phoebe Chase Tue 3-31-15
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 21:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today was "Old Retired Guys Day" for the week so Jeff Sanders, Al Wege & I
visited some the lakes & ponds in N.W. Lake Co. Jeff has been reporting on
these locations & he was our tour guide today. Some of these places I had
never been to & some I hadn't been to in many years so it was fun to see or
re-see them. But it was a long day & I didn't get home until 3:30 & then
left by 4 p.m. to search for the Say's Phoebe not returning home until
after 7 p.m. Since it is now so late I will mention all the places we went
to & do one bird list combined. Best I can do at 9:30 p.m.

Places visited today included Heritage Lake, Diamond Lake, Loch Lomond,
American Way Marsh,
Prairie Crossing Ponds, Almond Marsh, Lake County Fairgrounds, Fremont
Township Fluddle,
Round Lake, Nippersink Rd. Ponds & Rollins Savanna.

Bird list is as follows (I will only mention species in or by the water)

Common Loon (32 with most at Diamond Lake)
P.B. Grebe (28 with most at Round Lake)
Horned Grebe (17 with most at Diamond Lake)
D.C. Cormorant (10 at Almond Marsh)
Great Blue Heron (29-30 at Almond Marsh)
Mute Swan (1 at Diamond Lake)
Canada Geese (everywhere)
Wood Duck (1-PR Almond Marsh)
Mallard (everywhere)
G.W. Teal (~45)
B.W. Teal (1-PR on unnamed pond)
Shoveler (72)
Gadwall (91)
Wigeon (24 with most at Rollins)
Canvasback (~40)
Redhead (110)
Ring Necked Duck (140)
Lesser Scaup (88)
Goldeneye (62 with most at Diamond Lake)
Bufflehead (41)
Hooded Merganser (8)
Common Merganser (8 all at Nippersink)
Red Breasted Merganser (76 all at Heritage & Round Lakes)
Ruddy Duck (13 most at Diamond Lake)
Bald Eagle (1-PR of adults at Diamond Lake)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
Interesting land birds included one Fox Sparrow & a singing Eastern
Meadowlark.

Left home at 4 p.m. & traffic was bad enough to make a 14 mile drive to
Miller Meadows last over an hour. Found no birders at 1st so I had no idea
where to start looking but I soon saw Craig T & 2 other birders. We split
up with Craig & I going south but we soon got a call as the others had
found a Phoebe & now we had 6 birders looking but it proved to be an
Eastern Phoebe. Craig & I went back to plan A & went south again. This time
it worked as Craig found another Phoebe but we couldn't I.D. it as it kept
flying into the sun. Finally we got to the west of it & could verify it was
indeed the SAY'S PHOEBE. This was at a little after 6 p.m. so we had been
looking for about 1 hour. Craig called the others & eventually we had 7
folks looking at the bird. Later I lead Carl G over to see it as well. Long
day but with a great ending!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Say's Phoebe which was a new Cook County bird for me
as well as my 4th for Illinois. Too bad I didn't see it on my birthday but
maybe it's close enough.
Runner-Up to all the Common Loons & the Fox Sparrow. Quite the day!

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET bird nests ? (no sightings)
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 21:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi birders....

I grew up knowing that there are three ways of identifying birds: sight,
song and silhouette.

I have collected bird nests in the autumn from time to time and have them
arranged in my green house where they imbue a presence of peace to the
place while starting boxes for planting spring gardens and flowers.....

Does anyone know of a systematic way of identifying birds by their nests?
It seems likely that some of you experts have specific knowledge by way of
banding and observations.

Some are easy: Robin's mud encrusted nest, the sticky N. Cardinal, the
hanging Oriole's, and of course the invisible Cowbird's "nest" and
others.....

But the whole range of field sparrows nests are a mystery to me, and it is
likely that I have a few - which are all constructed intricately
differently.

So, to your knowledge, is there a resource for this endeavor?

Best, Paul



Subject: IBET Blackwell Forest Preserve--Silver Lake area -- DuPage
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 20:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The most interesting birds were the Pied-billed Grebe2 and American Coots.  The Coots were by the boat launch area and were walking up and down the ramp providing great looks for several minutes.  The Grebes were at the opposite end of the lake where the Loons usually are (NO LOONS).   
Fishing does not start until Friday - sure hope the loons hurry!
Here's the eBird link: View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22619896

Don LopatWarrenville/DuPage




Subject: Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 20:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
If anyone gets it early on Wednesday, please post.





Thanks!


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET Say's Phoebe - Info Request
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 19:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

To those who saw the Say's Phoebe - Did anyone hear the bird vocalizing?

I was there during the time when it was not found. About 5 people were looking. But, there were loud model airplanes flying overhead, so I could only hear the closest birds. Am going to try to find it another time.


Thanks.

Linda Radtke


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Subject: IBET Northern Cardinal - Close up
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 19:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
If anyone is interested in a REALLY close shot of a male Northern Cardinal....... been seeing them serenading all over the place in Lake County, IL

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

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Northern Cardinal https://www.flickr.com/photos/39692426@N00/16993324802/ Explore sunnyf16's photos on Flickr. sunnyf16 has uploaded 582 photos to Flickr.



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Subject: IBET Shabonna Lake State Park - DeKalb County
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 19:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I spent a couple hours  here today, mainly looking for waterfowl.  The
variety was OK:

coots
canvasbacks
redheads
gadwall
ruddy ducks
lesser & greater scaup
common, hooded and red-breasted mergansers
northern shovelers
bufflehead
green-winged teal
cackling geese
ring-necked ducks
pied-billed grebes

Also tree swallows, eastern phoebe, brown creeper, eastern bluebird, bald
eagle. No common loons or horned grebes. Most surprising of all - no
red-winged blackbirds or grackles. 43 species seen/heard. My full report
is on ebird.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 19:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Stayed on S side until now.  Just flew N, lost it in the treeline along stream.

Sent from my iPhone

Craig Taylor

> On Mar 31, 2015, at 5:56 PM, Craig wrote:
>
> Currently on S side 5:56 pm
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Craig Taylor
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: "mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]"
>> Date: March 31, 2015 at 4:03:03 PM CDT
>> To:
>> Subject: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
>> Reply-To: mcvetas@comcast.net
>>
>>
>>
>> Say's Phoebe relocated in NE corner of the preserve near the path that leads to the north end of the preserve according to Nathan Goldberg and Jeff Hardt.
>>
>> Matthew Cvetas
>>
>>
>>



Subject: Re: IBET North Pond - local interest only
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 18:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Add a Ruby-crowned Kinglet seen this evening to the current migrants at NP.

(Here's hoping the Miller Meadow Say's will stay a bit longer.)


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




-----Original Message-----
From: Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]
To: ILbirds
Sent: Tue, Mar 31, 2015 8:17 am
Subject: IBET North Pond - local interest only








Fox Sparrows are around this morning plus one Chipping, in addition to Song Sparrows and of course Juncos -- perhaps even more species but the light was really poor.



Phoebes have been seen a couple times since Sunday evening but this morning there are at least two out there.



The park district has started raising the water level.





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: Re: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 18:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As of 6:40 the Say's is slowly flying from weed to weed, circling the south meadow, giving good looks. It's due east of where the model airplanes fly. 

Eric Gyllenhaal
Cook County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 31, 2015, at 5:56 PM, "Craig tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
>
>
> Currently on S side 5:56 pm
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Craig Taylor
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: "mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]"
>> Date: March 31, 2015 at 4:03:03 PM CDT
>> To:
>> Subject: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
>> Reply-To: mcvetas@comcast.net
>>
>> Say's Phoebe relocated in NE corner of the preserve near the path that leads to the north end of the preserve according to Nathan Goldberg and Jeff Hardt.
>>
>> Matthew Cvetas
>
>
>



Subject: IBET Illinois Beach State Park - north unit, Lake County
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 18:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This afternoon at the north unit of Illinois Beach State Park there was a Shoveler, Horned Grebe, Scaups, Hooded Merganser pair, Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, and a Meadowlark on the prairie.
Mark WallnerPleasant Prairie, WI



Subject: Fwd: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 17:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Currently on S side 5:56 pm

Sent from my iPhone

Craig Taylor

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]"
> Date: March 31, 2015 at 4:03:03 PM CDT
> To:
> Subject: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
> Reply-To: mcvetas@comcast.net
>
>
>
> Say's Phoebe relocated in NE corner of the preserve near the path that leads to the north end of the preserve according to Nathan Goldberg and Jeff Hardt.
>
> Matthew Cvetas
>
>
>



Subject: IBET YES!!! - Re: RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 16:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Say's Phoebe relocated in NE corner of the preserve near the path that leads to the north end of the preserve according to Nathan Goldberg and Jeff Hardt.

Matthew Cvetas



Subject: IBET Say's Phoebe - no
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 15:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
a group of birders have been combing both sides of the meadow with no luck
yet. I was there about an hour and a half, worked the whole perimeter and
the middle of the entire meadow. The bird activity is relatively good, but
the Say's is nowhere to be found as of right now.
Probably still worth checking this evening though.

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Karin Burns photographed a SAY'S PHOEBE at Miller Meadows FP in Maywood, Cook
> County this morning.
>
>
> http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU825
>
>
> Matthew Cvetas
>
> Evanston, IL
>
>
>
>


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Subject: IBET Black-crowned Night-Herons return to the South Pond
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 14:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Birders,
At 1:30 p.m. today, five adult Black-crowned Night-Herons were observed sleeping in the trees on the island in South Pond.  Hopefully many more will soon join them and they will recolonize the island as their former nesting trees in the Promenade have all been removed.
South Pond is a beautiful natural area located at the south end of Lincoln Park, Chicago.
Happy Spring all!

Leslie BornsChicago/Cook 







Subject: IBET Woodcock "walk" this Sat April 4th, Ft. Sheridan LAKE cnty
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 12:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,
I am scheduling an informal woodcock viewing event for this Saturday, April 4th up at Ft. Sheridan preserve in Lake county to begin at 7pm.  It looks like it will be a clear day so the viewing should be good, if the birds are still there and displaying.  I saw them this past weekend and it was pretty cool, with better views than I've had previously at other locations due to the park's open sky and the particular location of these individual birds.  There is the risk that they won't be displaying that evening, but hopefully they will and it will be a great time to view them.
Here is the location on google maps:
https://www.google.com/maps/search/Fort+Sheridan+preserve,+Highland+Park,+IL+60035+Fort+SheridanHighland+Park,+IL+60035+Directions+Save/@42.221705,-87.8169,17z/data=!3m1!4b1

You might also enjoying coming to the preserve earlier and walking the trails.  There is a nice view of Lake MI to the east.  It's a bit early to see all of the wonderful birds that nest here and migrate through but you can always come back!  Maybe I will do another walk when they are around if there is interest in that.
If you are coming early and want to know if others will be there too, just let me know and I can try and connect you.  If there is enough interest I might just do an earlier bird walk before the woodcock portion as well, just let me know.
Parking is right after you enter the preserve and is a long gravel-covered lot bordered by split-rail fences, you should see cars there as well.  The entrance to the preserve is marked but easy to miss!  If you are coming from the intersection of Old Elm Rd. and Sheridan, you go east on Old Elm Rd. (which is called Simonds Way there), it curves and goes maybe 300 feet, at the stop sign, you go left (T-intersection, you can only go left or right) onto Leonard Way.  Follow that road maybe 500 feet.  There is an open park on the east side of the street (your right).  At the edge of the park on your right is a big dark sign that says go left at the intersection to enter the preserve.  Go slow so you don't miss it.  Turn left there, it's called Gilgare Ln. per google.  Follow that drive maybe 100 feet and it bends and becomes the parking lot; there is a stop sign as you enter.  We will meet at the parking lot.  It's not far but I didn't want anyone to get lost so I wanted to detail out this part of the directions. 
It will be fun!  Hope to see you there.
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook





Subject: IBET SAY'S PHEOBE @ MILLER MEADOWS
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 12:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Found by Karrin Burns and then posted to IBF's Identification section. Please post updates if you go, because I'm sure many people want to see this bird when they get off work, myself included. Congrats Karrin! This is a great bird and a great find.

IBF Thread:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU825.msg98149#msg98149

Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: IBET RBA - Say's Phoebe @ Miller Meadows FP, Cook
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 12:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Karin Burns photographed a SAY'S PHOEBE at Miller Meadows FP in  Maywood, Cook County this morning.


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU825 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU825



Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL





Subject: IBET White-winged Scoters at Whalon on Monday-Yes
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 9:24 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks to Diane & Roger sharing their scope, Ed and I got great views of the two White-winged Scoters yesterday at 9:45AM on the lake.  Lifer for all 4 of us!


Joan Campbell
Downers Grove/ Du Page County



Subject: IBET North Pond - local interest only
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 8:17 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Fox Sparrows are around this morning plus one Chipping, in addition to Song Sparrows and of course Juncos -- perhaps even more species but the light was really poor.

Phoebes have been seen a couple times since Sunday evening but this morning there are at least two out there.

The park district has started raising the water level.


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 more warblers vidoes
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 6:53 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Bay-breasted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbrIs0_2DtQ corrected link
Worm-eating Warbler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyWPyKDGps
Wilson’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV7-i2tmg_M
Tennesee https://www.youtube.com/watch?vŤqs4sInsQE
Palm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvKIeaYScTE

Rob Curtis
Chicago
www.theearlybirder.com



Subject: IBET Loyola Park Passing Gulls
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 20:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
HI Birders.
A few days ago as I was getting out of the car on Morse Avenue a Glaucous Gull flew fairly low overhead heading north.  Today while walking on the beach I had one Great Black-backed Gull (pictured at link) that circled a time or two and then headed north.  A little later four more flew by, two, and then two more, all high, and all going north. They must be feeling spring in the air.
https://flic.kr/p/ryyb9P

Steve Spitzer,
Chicago - Cook



Subject: IBET Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 20:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went to Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center this morning looking for loons.  No loons, but saw red breasted and common mergansers, buffleheads, canvasback, and a couple of mallards.  Also saw our first ruby crowned kinglet.  Also tons of rwb courting, mating, squabbling - picking out nesting sites, I suppose.

Good birding to all -
Cynthia StaplesSandra GarberChicago and Northbrook



Subject: IBET Greater Yellowlegs - Carroll County
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 20:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Had 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS at Thomson Causeway today.  Also 2 GREAT EGRETS.
2 WILSON’S SNIPE, PIED-BILLED GREBES at Lock and Dam 13. Most divers and dabblers around, 50 or more SANDHILLS at Lock and Dam 13. Counted 89 Saturday there.
A HORNED GREBE at Big Slough on Riverview Road.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL Ogle County)



Subject: IBET one moreÖ Lake Glenview
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 19:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I know, I know, but in case anyone is interested, I forgot the other good FOY at Lake Glenview, pied-billed grebe.
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, COOK



Subject: Re: IBET DPCA R-N Grebe NO
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 19:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Craig,
I just wanted to say that happens to me a lot too with the horned grebes, just today I had one, then it went under.  I didn't see it back up for maybe 4 minutes?  I read somewhere that one of the diving birds can stay down for 5 minutes (?loon) so maybe that's what they're up to…
Suzanen
From: "Craig Taylor tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]"
To: "scootylatimer@yahoo.com" ; "ILbirds@yahoogroups.com"
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: IBET DPCA R-N Grebe NO

  For what it's worth...
Yesterday (Sunday) Tim Kuesel and I arrived at the small bridge as the storm was ending.  Did not see R-n Grebe for 10 - 15 minutes.  Scanned both sides, lots of ducks...
Then it was suddenly right next to us, 10 feet from the bridge.  Stayed up for 20 seconds or so and then dove.
We never saw it again. 

Nice year bird, but strange sighting.  Don't know where it was or where it went.  Under bridge?

"Do you eBird?"

Craig Taylor
La Grange, Illinois
Cook County
From: "scootylatimer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]"
To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 3:29 PM
Subject: IBET DPCA R-N Grebe NO



In case anyone was planning on looking for the Red-Necked Grebe
in the Des Plaines Conservation area, I thought I would give a heads up that I
did not see it today. I assume I was looking in right area, the bridge along
Des Plaines River Rd. I was there about 11am, saw one Horned, and 3 Pied-Billed Grebes, but not Red-Necked Grebe. There were many ducks there
to scan through, so this does not mean that it is not there, only that I
could not find it. Other than that highlights were FOY Tufted Titmouse and
E Phoebe at DP Widewaters, along with 2 flocks of White Pelicans.
Good Birding,
Scott Latimer





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Subject: IBET any interest in a FT Sheridan Woodcock "walk?"
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 19:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Wondering if there would be interest in checking out the Ft Sheridan woodcocks one evening.  I could point them out to anyone who hasn't seen them before.  If there are people interested let me know what evenings work and I'll see if I can set something up.  Probably best to arrive around 7pm and stay until 8ish or less.  Had a great view last time with a clear sky.
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Lake Glenview, Gilson (COOK)
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 19:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,
Just the highlights:
LG 
4 c loons11 horned grebes in a flotilla!  crazy50ish red-breasted mergspair of shovelers, FOY, the final winter bird to arrive (excludes teal)pair or competing song sparrowsjuncos
Gillson, several FOY arrived as I watched!
2 cormorants FOYgoldfinch FOYys flicker FOY
grebered-breasted merg 1 fblackbirds tonsfinches ASP
coot, don't remember them here before

Still no swallows anywhere for me.
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook



Subject: IBET JxP Monday, 30 Mar (scant migration)
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 19:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thismorning I birded Promontory Point in southern Burnham Park andJackson Park's north lakefront, Wooded Island / Bobolink Meadow area,the Jackson Park golf course, and the Inner & Outer Harbors. Iran short of time and had to forego the 63rd St. Beach.
Giventhe backlog in spring migrants thus far, I was optimistically bankingon a substantial influx under this morning's west winds and risingtemperatures. That didn't happen. There was a trickle of blackbirds,American Robins, and Song Sparrows, but no big push.
Nonetheless,there were a few new birds. My sole arrival at Promontory Point was aBELTED KINGFISHER. Wooded Island hosted a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON,a WILSON'S SNIPE, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, and 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Myfirst GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET of the spring was at Bobolink Meadow.
Anunexpected find for the East Lagoon of Wooded Island was afirst-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL scavenging at the bank. Waterlevels at the Wooded Island lagoons are extremely low due to aplanned draining of the waters.
Alsoat the East Lagoon was a male GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
Mynumbers for Jackson Park (44 species, excluding the Promontory Point kingfisher) arepasted below. Further details have been uploaded to eBird for the various Jackson Park hotspot subsites.

Note:The Clarence Darrow bridge (the bridge that normally accesses WoodedIsland from the parking lot southeast of the Museum of Science &Industry) is now impassable due to construction. If you park at thatlot, you can access Wooded Island via Bobolink Meadow or by walkingto the south face of the Museum of Science & Industry. Theparking lot at the south end of Wooded Island remains in service.
Paul ClyneHyde Park, Chicago


| Canada Goose : 135 |
| Wood Duck : 7 |
| Mallard : 48 |
| Green-winged Teal (American) : 1 |
| Redhead : 8 |
| Ring-necked Duck : 2 |
| Greater Scaup : 18 |
| Lesser Scaup : 13 |
| Bufflehead : 6 |
| Common Goldeneye : 27 |
| Hooded Merganser : 2 |
| Red-breasted Merganser : 45 |
| Pied-billed Grebe : 3 |
| Horned Grebe : 11 |
| Double-crested Cormorant : 8 |
| Great Blue Heron : 1 |
| Black-crowned Night-Heron : 1 |
| Cooper's Hawk : 1 |
| Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) : 1 |
| American Coot : 14 |
| Killdeer : 3 |
| Wilson's Snipe : 1 |
| Ring-billed Gull : 177 |
| Herring Gull : 17 |
| gull sp. : 27 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull : 1 |
| Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) : 5 |
| Downy Woodpecker : 3 |
| Monk Parakeet : 1 |
| Eastern Phoebe : 2 |
| American Crow : 32 |
| Black-capped Chickadee : 3 |
| Golden-crowned Kinglet : 1 |
| Eastern Bluebird : 3 |
| American Robin : 69 |
| European Starling : 12 |
| Song Sparrow : 17 |
| Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) : 4 |
| Northern Cardinal : 14 |
| Red-winged Blackbird : 45 |
| Common Grackle : 1 |
| Brown-headed Cowbird : 18 |
| blackbird sp. : 25 |
| House Finch : 2 |
| American Goldfinch : 1 |
| House Sparrow : 21 |


 paulclyne2000@yahoo.com



Subject: IBET Pileated Woodpecker Deer Grove F.P. - Cook Co.
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 18:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I had 5 woodpeckers at Deer Grove this afternoon. The only one missing was Red-headed. There is probably a pair of Pileateds because while I was watching one, I heard another. All were seen north of the pond that the parking lots surround on the west side of Quentin Rd. Other notables:

Hooded Merganser - 8
Wood Duck - 13
Double-crested Cormorant - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 1 pair
Red-tailed Hawk - 1

Also seen were a deer and a mink.

Richard Bisbee
Round Lake, Lake Co.

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