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24 May: @ 23:18:02 IBET Ft. Sheridan, also (lake, no bird sighting) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 23:02:09 IBET Ft. Sheridan-Lake co. [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 22:37:31 IBET 5-25-16 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS) [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 18:38:57 IBET Mottled duck at the dredging ponds 5-24-16 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 15:29:33 IBET Cook County-Yet Another Report From Montrose Tuesday 5-24-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 15:24:26 IBET Re: Montrose, 5/24 a.m. [Vera.Leopold@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 12:16:46 IBET Montrose, 5/24 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 11:08:53 IBET Re: Montrose is loaded with birds [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 10:19:48 IBET Connecticut Warbler at Deer Grove Forest Preserve [Ms Sheryl DeVore sheryl_1956@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 07:52:16 Re: IBET North Pond -- Flycatchers, Vireos, Solitaire [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 07:37:38 IBET North Pond -- Flycatchers, Vireos, Solitaire [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
24 May: @ 07:29:26 IBET Montrose is loaded with birds [Josh Engel jengel5230@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 22:29:02 IBET 5-24-16 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS) [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 20:03:42 IBET Thank you for Warbling Vireo confirmation [Janet Haugen janeth13@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 19:35:10 IBET Breeding birds (cook) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 16:33:01 IBET Montrose Worm-eating Warbler showing well [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 15:45:17 Re: IBET Worm-eating warbler [norekj@aol.com NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 13:46:43 IBET Cook County-Montrose Monday 5-23-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 11:19:21 IBET Worm-eating warbler [Sigrid sigschmidt@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 10:42:17 Re: IBET Please help me ID bird seen at Montrose yesterday [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 10:15:52 IBET Please help me ID bird seen at Montrose yesterday [Janet Haugen janeth13@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
23 May: @ 07:23:39 IBET Montrose Worm-eating Warbler, 5/23 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 23:50:31 IBET My Lake County Big Day attempt [Michal Furmanek mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 22:34:47 IBET 5-23-16 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS) [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 21:26:53 IBET Springbrook Prairie 5-22-16 [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 18:14:51 IBET Will County-Kankakee River St Park & Midewin From Hoff Rd. Sunday 5-22-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 17:47:43 Re: IBET Birdwatching question (NO SIGHTINGS) [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 17:41:16 IBET Birdwatching question (NO SIGHTINGS) [Alan Kostyniak akostyniak@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 17:03:45 IBET Prothonotary Warbler - new Hyde Park yard bird [ERIC GINSBURG ejgins@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 16:19:07 IBET Montrose Worm-eating Warbler, 5/22 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 16:14:55 IBET Montrose Afternoon Sun May 22 Worm-Eating Warbler [John Castaneda Jacastan@aol.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 15:47:26 IBET Montrose, Saturday May 21st, 11 Warblers + 2 reported not seen [Kathy Noerenberg klnrbnut@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 14:54:42 IBET Western Kingbirds [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 14:37:35 IBET Lark Bunting [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 14:30:51 IBET Kane County, Fabyan West/Japanese Gardens: Yellow-Throated & more [cweishaar@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 13:14:30 IBET CERULEAN at COLSP continues [Donald R Dann donniebird@me.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 12:45:57 IBET Common Gallinule at Orland Grassland SOUTH ['wes serafin' w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 11:39:16 IBET Burnidge FP (Kane County) 5/21 [justinwrinn@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 11:24:53 IBET Cedar Waxwing -Yes [Caryn Hollander cjhollander21@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 11:03:02 IBET Mourning warbler at Danada Forest Preserve [nallured@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 09:57:47 IBET Winnebago Co. areas this weekend [Eric Secker esecker@bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 09:40:02 IBET Lake County Wilson's Phalarope, Black Tern, Piping Plover and Tufted Titmouse [Michal Furmanek mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 09:01:47 Re: IBET Westchester Yellow-throated Warbler, one at Salt Creek. [Donald R Dann donniebird@me.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 08:47:42 IBET COLSP Cerulean [beau schaefer beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
22 May: @ 07:26:33 IBET Westchester Yellow-throated Warbler [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 May: @ 22:57:14 IBET 5-22-16 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS) [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
21 May: @ 21:59:43 IBET Any Birding Historians? (NO SIGHTINGS) [Valerie Kidwell nature_alight@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
21 May: @ 20:59:51 IBET Calumet area birds 21 May [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
21 May: @ 20:21:44 IBET By House sp [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
21 May: @ 19:32:13 IBET Cook County-Both Orland Grasslands Areas Sat 5-21-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Ft. Sheridan, also (lake, no bird sighting)
Date: Tue May 24 2016 23:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I had so much fun I forgot to tell you about the biting flies, now that says something!  
Just FYI, if you're headed up there.  Maybe send some more birds that way, that'll help.
Suzanne ColemanPR Cook



Subject: IBET Ft. Sheridan-Lake co.
Date: Tue May 24 2016 23:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yo.
First trip up there this spring (?summer?!) and it was a good one, but they always are.  It started off with me thinking I might just die of heat exhaustion, but thankfully that "cooler by the lake" kicked in around 7pm and it dropped around 15 degrees into the 80s.  
Highlights, almost playing with 2 coyotes as they bounded around the prairie nearby.  Brown thrasher, eastern kingbirds, red-headed woodpeckers, pewees calling from lots of woods, other flycatchers, wilson's warbler, m and f common yellowthroat, woodcocks still displaying and got a first look at one fluttering overhead and later it almost hit my head (not my fault).
FOY nighthawks up high, 3.  Green darners, 30-50, down low.  I group these together because they migrate together in the fall and I found it interesting to find them again together in the spring, though lesser numbers of both species and the nighthawks did not descend into the fields at nightfall.
A nice pair of field sparrows, shockingly, in a field.  What will they do next?!
Male indigo bunting, warbling vireo, 2 male bobolinks, 3 meadowlarks, tons of song and savannah sparrows, male adult orchard oriole and several baltimore orioles.
Suzanne ColemanPR Cook co.



Subject: IBET 5-25-16 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Tue May 24 2016 22:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

With southerly winds again tonight, moderate densities of birds are over our skies over the entirety of the state tonight, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to get out to you your local patch tomorrow (Wednesday) to look for some late-migration species.

Good birding,
Henry Griffin (Oak Park, Cook County)



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Subject: IBET Mottled duck at the dredging ponds 5-24-16
Date: Tue May 24 2016 18:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
When I was walking the west levee, a dark duck flew out of the marshy pool. I got pictures of it and put them in the computer when I got home. Pictures show that there is black on the gape. The bird flew out and to lake Mauvaiseterre and wasn't found again.

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
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Subject: IBET Cook County-Yet Another Report From Montrose Tuesday 5-24-16
Date: Tue May 24 2016 15:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Maybe we don't need another glowing report from Montrose but since I
was probably there longer than most (6-11:30 a.m.) perhaps another
list is justified. But justified or not here it is!

Green Heron (1 on the beach)
D.C. Cormorant (6-8 flying by)
Canada Geese (groups of 3 & 7)
Mallard (4 on the beach & 2 in the hedge area)
RED BREASTED MERGANSER (1-F in the lake)
Killdeer (2)
Semipalmated Plover (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (6-8)
Least Sandpiper (3)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (3)
Dunlin (3)
(Most shorebirds came in 3's today)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
Caspian Tern (8)
Rock Pigeon (that all white one continues)
Chimney Swift (5-6 hunting)
Flicker (heard 1)
OLIVE SIDED FLYCATCHER (1, not a good look for me but I heard it with
Shawn & briefly saw it with Joe L. I hope for a better look soon.)
Eastern Pewee (5-6)
YELLOW BELLIED FLYCATCHER (3, all in the main hedge)
Willow (2) & Alder (7) Flycatchers (& several in the Trail's category)
Least Flycatcher (1)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1)
Eastern Kingbird (1)
Tree, Rough Winged &Barn Swallows
Blue Jay (2)
Chickadee (2)
SEDGE WREN (2 singing)
Veery (1)
Gray Cheeked Thrush (1)
Swainson's Thrush (14)
Wood Thrush (1 singing briefly from the main hedge in the early a.m.)
Robins (~25)
Gray Catbird (4)
Starling (4)
Cedar Waxwing (1 group of 8)
BLUE HEADED VIREO (1)
Warbling Vireo (3)
PHILADELPHIA VIREO (4)
Red Eyed Vireo (7-8)
Tennessee Warbler (2 seen & several heard)
ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER (1-late)
Northern Parula (1 singing male)
Yellow Warbler (6)
Chestnut Sided Warbler (4)
Magnolia Warbler (5-6)
BLACK THROATED BLUE (2-M & Kanae saw a female in the main hedge)
Black Throated Green (8-10, quite a few for this late)
Blackburnian (5-6)
Palm Warbler (1)
Bay Breasted (4)
Blackpoll (4-M & 2-F)
Black & White (2)
Redstart (10-12)
WORM EATING (1 for the 3rd day in a row!)
Ovenbird (2)
Northern Waterthrush (1)
CONNECTICUT WARBLER (1 seen & another heard plus 1 more that others had)
Mourning Warbler (2-M & 2-F)
Common Yellowthroat (7-8)
Wilson's (7)
Canada (4)
Cardinal (4)
Indigo Bumting (1)
Savannah (8), Song (2), Lincoln's (1) & White Crowned (1) Sparrows
Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds
Baltimore Oriole (4-5)
Goldfinch (6)
House Sparrows

With respect to Flycatchers they were really in today in large numbers
probably as I complained about how few there were yesterday. No
complaints today!
As to Warblers I had 22 1/2 species today which was my 1st 20 Warbler
day this year & probably my last as "warbler wind down" will soon
begin which was obvious by the number of females seen today plus there
were no Myrtles & only 1 Palm that I saw today. My 1/2 species was
right after a few of us were looking at our seen Connecticut when the
birder who showed me the Connecticut next found & showed us a
BREWSTER'S WARBLER hybrid in the same area.

Here area few other species reported by others but not seen by me:
Black Billed & Yellow Billed Cuckoo, Orchard Oriole, Summer Tanager &
Blue Grosbeak & I'll bet there were more that I did not hear about.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the seen Connecticut Warbler even though I did see
the Worm Eater again.
Time to share the awards. Runners-Up to that Worm Eater, the seen
Black Throated Blue & the hybrid Brewster's for an all warbler awards
day.

The favorable winds also brought in 2 good license plates as well with
one from Wash D.C. on Lake Shore Drive & one from Idaho seen on
Peterson. A good day in all areas.

Al Stokie
Cook County


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Subject: IBET Re: Montrose, 5/24 a.m.
Date: Tue May 24 2016 15:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sounds like an awesome morning!! So glad there were a lot of Swainson's Thrushes today. I've seen so few that I was getting a little worried. Are Swainson's and Gray-cheeked late this year or is it just me?

Vera Miller
Downers Grove, IL


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Montrose was excellent this morning, with a notable influx of
flycatchers, later warblers, female warblers, Swainson's Thrushes, and
Red-eyed Vireos. I ended up with 81 species in about 2.5 hours,
including 19 species of warblers. It was hands down the best day of the
spring for me for passerines. My highlights include:

Black-billed Cuckoo - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 25
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 3
Alder Flycatcher - 8
Willow Flycatcher - 6
Philadelphia Vireo - 1
Sedge Wren - 1, the continuing bird in the Meadow
Swainson's Thrush - 40
Worm-eating Warbler - 1, the continuing bird. Seen and heard singing in
the bushes near the water feature.
Mourning Warbler - 10
Northern Parula - 1
Bay-breasted Warbler - 5
Blackburnian Warbler - 10
Blackpoll Warbler - 25, many females
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1
Black-throated Green Warbler - 10
Canada Warbler - 12
Wilson's Warbler - 15
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Dickcissel - 1
Bobolink - 1
Orchard Oriole - 1

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Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Subject: IBET Montrose, 5/24 a.m.
Date: Tue May 24 2016 12:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Montrose was excellent this morning, with a notable influx of
flycatchers, later warblers, female warblers, Swainson's Thrushes, and
Red-eyed Vireos. I ended up with 81 species in about 2.5 hours,
including 19 species of warblers. It was hands down the best day of the
spring for me for passerines. My highlights include:

Black-billed Cuckoo - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 25
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 3
Alder Flycatcher - 8
Willow Flycatcher - 6
Philadelphia Vireo - 1
Sedge Wren - 1, the continuing bird in the Meadow
Swainson's Thrush - 40
Worm-eating Warbler - 1, the continuing bird. Seen and heard singing in
the bushes near the water feature.
Mourning Warbler - 10
Northern Parula - 1
Bay-breasted Warbler - 5
Blackburnian Warbler - 10
Blackpoll Warbler - 25, many females
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1
Black-throated Green Warbler - 10
Canada Warbler - 12
Wilson's Warbler - 15
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Dickcissel - 1
Bobolink - 1
Orchard Oriole - 1

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Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Subject: IBET Re: Montrose is loaded with birds
Date: Tue May 24 2016 11:08 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A really nice push of migrants as Josh stated - loads of vireos, flycatchers, and warblers. There were a couple of very birdy spots including the crabapple grove on the sidewalk to the beach house. I spent over an hour here and couldn't seem to break away as I usually head straight to the beach. In this spot, I saw several warblers including multiple Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Mourning, Bay-breasted and Canada to name a few. A Blackpoll kept trilling harshly giving me hope for the Worm-eating but I finally tracked him down. There were many Red-eyed-Vireos with a few Warbling and Phillys mixed in. Every empid on my list were present here too including FoY YELLOW-BELLIED and ALDER. I also had a FoY female SUMMER TANAGER and loads of Swainson's Thrushes, several singing their spiraling up up and away song.


I finally made it to the beach where there was an assortment of shorebirds. A getting late female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was near the fish hook pier.


The other very birdy spot aside from the hedge was the woods just off the beach. Just about every species of warbler on my list was also seen here. The WORM-EATING WARBLER continued to sing in this area. A Connecticut was singing nearby from the protected area at the point.


Finally, on my way out, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was in one of the dead trees. Rich D. shouted Yellow-billed Cuckoo, as I was standing there, but I didn't get on it.


Nice morning.


72 species (+1 other taxa)


Canada Goose 40
Mallard (Northern) 8
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Green Heron 1
Semipalmated Plover 6
Killdeer 3
Spotted Sandpiper 12
Dunlin 5
Least Sandpiper 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Ring-billed Gull 63
Herring Gull (American) 3
Caspian Tern 15
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER 3
ALDER FLYCATCHER 4
Willow Flycatcher 5
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 13
Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 6
Philadelphia Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 21
Blue Jay 37
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Purple Martin 25
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow (American) 20
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Sedge Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 2
Veery 3
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush (Olive-backed) 14
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 5
Ovenbird 4
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Tennessee Warbler 4
Connecticut Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 5
American Redstart 8
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 9
Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 7
Chestnut-sided Warbler 6
Blackpoll Warbler 6
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 5
Wilson's Warbler 4
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
SUMMER TANAGER 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 32
Common Grackle (Bronzed) 21
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Baltimore Oriole 3
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 10


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, Cook, IL








Subject: IBET Connecticut Warbler at Deer Grove Forest Preserve
Date: Tue May 24 2016 10:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Made a quick stop at Deer Grove at 6:30 a.m. on my way to work this morning -- on my way back to the car -- yipee- I heard the unmistakable singing of a Connecticut Warbler. I know they're not easy to find, but if anyone is in the area, take the entrance off  Quentin Road, north of Dundee Road and drive to the first parking area. That's where I heard it.
I also had 16 Wood Ducks -- male and female -- in a little pond within the preserve, walking distance from the car, and singing Indigo Buntings in at least four different territories. One of them showed off his brilliant blue in the sunshine. Scarlet Tanager and Great Crested Flycatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewee also were singing. 
Then I had to leave. Drat!
 Sheryl De VoreMundelein, Illinoissheryl_1956@yahoo.com



Subject: Re: IBET North Pond -- Flycatchers, Vireos, Solitaire
Date: Tue May 24 2016 7:52 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Correction on my "all flychatchers" comment -- did not see Acadian and possibly others -- so overwhelmed by what I did see to not realize what I didn't until I saw ebird's line-up.




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, May 24, 2016 7:37 am
Subject: IBET North Pond -- Flycatchers, Vireos, Solitaire







Hi folks,

Unquestionably the best non-heavy-warbler migration day of this spring at North Pond. Twice or three times the time I had would have been needed this morning (5/24/16).

All flycatchers, and lots of them, except Phoebe which is not expected at this site/time. Plenty of Vireos.

A decent though somewhat distant look at a Townsend's Solitaire perched semi-high south of the east meadow/prairie, flying off southwest -- which was a personal delight after this year's earlier extremely brief look at the one at Braidwood.


Good birdings,




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










Subject: IBET North Pond -- Flycatchers, Vireos, Solitaire
Date: Tue May 24 2016 7:37 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi folks,

Unquestionably the best non-heavy-warbler migration day of this spring at North Pond. Twice or three times the time I had would have been needed this morning (5/24/16).

All flycatchers, and lots of them, except Phoebe which is not expected at this site/time. Plenty of Vireos.

A decent though somewhat distant look at a Townsend's Solitaire perched semi-high south of the east meadow/prairie, flying off southwest -- which was a personal delight after this year's earlier extremely brief look at the one at Braidwood.


Good birdings,




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




Subject: IBET Montrose is loaded with birds
Date: Tue May 24 2016 7:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Big influx of flycatchers and other late-season migrants. Others report that the Worm-eating Warbler is still present as well.

Josh Engel
Chicago

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Subject: IBET 5-24-16 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Mon May 23 2016 22:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

With the southerly winds tonight, there is uniformly moderately-heavy migration over the entirety of the state, so wherever you may be, tomorrow would be a good day to get out to search for some of the migrants that come through on the later end of the spectrum.

Good birding,
Henry Griffin (Oak Park, Cook County)



Subject: IBET Thank you for Warbling Vireo confirmation
Date: Mon May 23 2016 20:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks to all of you who helped me to identify the "mystery bird" I saw at Montrose yesterday as a Warbling Vireo.  I swear that I looked through the Vireo section of Sibley before I asked for help!  The illustration in Sibley shows a weak eyebrow and eyeline, as well as a pale wash of yellow on the underside.  The bird I saw was all white and grey with (to me) no noticeable facial field marks.  Maybe it was going for a minimalist look in plumage...
Thanks again!
Janet



Subject: IBET Breeding birds (cook)
Date: Mon May 23 2016 19:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
If you are interested in seeing some nice bird activity, go to the Grove.  This week (there and other locations) baltimore orioles and warbling vireos have been very active, among other birds.  
Suzanne ColemanPR Cook



Subject: IBET Montrose Worm-eating Warbler showing well
Date: Mon May 23 2016 16:33 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi folks,

Just to add that when I viewed it with others who were on it already, that warbler showed extremely well. Not skulking in the vegetation but out in the open at eye level, and really close! Others were still watching/photographing when I left about 3:45.

In the shady corner diagonally from the west-most entrance by the magic hedge.

That gives me the full line of warblers this year, and not only immediately found a parking spot (had to lose one to get to Montrose efficiently), but got the second best spot on the block. A truly fortunate afternoon.


Good birdings,





Joan Norek
Chicago
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Subject: Re: IBET Worm-eating warbler
Date: Mon May 23 2016 15:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 






Still present. Shade area.  Apple tree.  End of chips on lakeside path

Joan Norek 

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------ Original message------From: Sigrid sigschmidt@gmail.com [ILb...Date: Mon, May 23, 2016 11:19 AMTo: ilbirds@yahoogroups.com;Subject:IBET Worm-eating warbler
  Still at Montrose in the woods just west of fishhook pier. Seen from paths, not the sidewalk.

Sigrid Schmidt

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Subject: IBET Cook County-Montrose Monday 5-23-16
Date: Mon May 23 2016 13:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

You already know that yesterday's Worm Eating Warbler is still present
today although it seems to be moving around a bit. See Sigrid's post
for the latest spot where seen. I was able to see this bird at 2 of
the places it had been singing from. I will only add some other
highlights.

Warblers

There were probably about 20 species seen by all birders but I saw the
following between 6 & 9:30
a.m. Tennessee, Orange Crowned (1-kind of late), Nashville, Yellow,
Chestnut Sided, Magnolia (4),
BLACK THROATED BLUE (1-M), Y.R. Myrtle (1-F), Blackpoll (1-F),
Redstart (4), WORM EATING,
Ovenbird (1), Mourning (1-M & 1-F), Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's & Canada (3).

Two Sedge Wrens were again singing from the grassy area where that
species has been seen for about a week now. The only shorebirds on the
beach were the resident Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers plus 5
Semipalmated Sandpipers. Flycatchers were Eastern Pewee, Willow (2),
Least (2), Great Crested (1) & in the lawn area Eastern Kingbird (3).
Sparrows were Savannah, Song &
Lincoln's. Several Baltimore Orioles were singing & an all white Rock
Pigeon was flying around the hedge area. I had expected more
Flycatchers than what I saw today.

I will mention that a few of us stopped at LaBagh on the way home but
found few birds of any kind there. The only exception was 1 male Ruby
Throated Hummer resting at the top of a tall, bare tree.

It should be no surprise that Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Worm Eating Warbler &
Runner-Up to the male Black Throated Blue Warbler seen west of the Magic Hedge.

License Plate Of The Day to one from SASKATCHEWAN on a car parked
along Foster Ave.

Al Stokie
Cook County


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Subject: IBET Worm-eating warbler
Date: Mon May 23 2016 11:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Still at Montrose in the woods just west of fishhook pier. Seen from paths, not the sidewalk.

Sigrid Schmidt


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Subject: Re: IBET Please help me ID bird seen at Montrose yesterday
Date: Mon May 23 2016 10:42 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I would call this a WARBLING VIREO. The relatively thick bill with a slightly hooked tip places it nicely in the Vireo family, and the color patterning of the bird fits Warbling Vireo perfectly.

Walter Marcisz
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Subject: IBET Please help me ID bird seen at Montrose yesterday
To: "ILbirds@yahoogroups.com"
Date: Monday, May 23, 2016, 10:15 AM


 









Yesterday
morning I saw a very plain grey and white bird, warbler or
sparrow sized, at Montrose.  I looked through Sibley and
still don't know what it was.  Here are links the 2
best photos I have of it: Unknown
bird 1
       Unknown
bird 1View on
www.flickr.comPreview by
Yahoo 
Unknown
bird 2    !
;   Unknown
bird 2View on www.flickr.comPreview by
Yahoo  I
will appreciate any help you can offer to help me to
identify it! Janet
HaugenPalatine, Cook County










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Subject: IBET Please help me ID bird seen at Montrose yesterday
Date: Mon May 23 2016 10:15 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday morning I saw a very plain grey and white bird, warbler or sparrow sized, at Montrose.  I looked through Sibley and still don't know what it was.  Here are links the 2 best photos I have of it: Unknown bird 1

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| Unknown bird 1 |
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| View on www.flickr.com | Preview by Yahoo |
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Unknown bird 2
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| Unknown bird 2 |
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| View on www.flickr.com | Preview by Yahoo |
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 I will appreciate any help you can offer to help me to identify it! Janet HaugenPalatine, Cook County



Subject: IBET Montrose Worm-eating Warbler, 5/23 a.m.
Date: Mon May 23 2016 7:23 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Worm-eating Warbler was still at Montrose this morning, May 23. It
was in the same area as yesterday, in the peripheral plantings south of
the Magic Hedge and just west of the water feature. Today it was low and
next to the path.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Subject: IBET My Lake County Big Day attempt
Date: Sun May 22 2016 23:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 I visited a number of places in Lake County yesterday (Saturday, May 21st). I was planning to start by listening for owls at Wright Woods at midnight, but Saturday AM cloud cover and stronger winds almost made me switch the attempt to Sunday. I kept checking the weather conditions till late Friday evening, then decided I would just go for it, because I simply didn't want to wait. However, it affected the whole day, as I skipped the owling and started the "day" at 2 AM at Wadsworth Wetlands instead.
I found 132 species from about 2:00 AM till 11:00 PM. It was a fun (and exhausting) 21-hour birding day! I didn't break my personal record of 141 species for Illinois, but 132 was the most species I have ever seen in one day in Lake Co.! The late start was a mistake of mine, which forced me to change my schedule later on, and miss out on at least several species which would be otherwise easy to find. Still, I saw some good birds, and had a good time.
My first bird was a Woodcock, heard during a quick stop at Wadsworth around 2 AM. Headed over to IBSP South. Right away I heard a Sedge Wren and many Marsh Wrens singing. WHIP-POOR-WILLS were calling all around. It was a full moon night, so I could see the marsh landscape very well. Other than the wrens and Whip-poor-wills, there was no other birds making sounds for a while. A Swamp Sparrow broke the relative silence once, but no rails or snipe calling. I played a Sora call on my phone, and it was immediately answered by a chorus of several SORAS all around me! I tried the same with Virginia and two VIRGINIA RAILS called back right away! How fun! Many more rails were heard throughout the night.
A few minutes later I heard a WILSON'S SNIPE winnowing high over the marshes. Another Snipe joined him, and they were happily displaying for the rest of the time I was there. I love their sound! Always makes me think of a Boreal Owl :). Back in Poland I used to often see Common Snipes on their breeding grounds. They have similar sound to Wilson's, also made with their tail feathers, but the European once sound more like sheep! Interesting birds, those Snipes.
I drove to Spring Bluff FP, making a few short stops on the way there. Another Snipe was calling at Spring Bluff, also more Soras and Virginia Rails. My first Pied-billed Grebes and Sandhill Crane were also calling there.
I ended up the night part of the big day with 19 species, with a plan of searching for owls in the evening. The best night find was a KING RAIL, repeatedly calling (and without me playing its call!) at one lakefront location. I won't mention the location here, as I heard some bad stories about people having a bit too much interest in that species, and bothering it on its breeding grounds. I guess too much publicity may be a bad thing sometimes, and we don't need more pictures of the species, as there are already thousands of them online ;).
I planned for being at Fort Sheridan at 4:30, but I was a bit late and didn't make it there until about 5 AM. My heart sunk a little when I opened the window, as the morning chorus was much less than what I was hoping for. I knew what that meant - just as I thought, the migration overnight sucked ... It was going to be very hard to reach my goal of 100 species by 7 AM.
There were few migrants, but I kept ticking off the breeding birds. I left Fort Sheridan with 86 species, and being an hour late! Best finds were: CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, singing CONNECTICUT WARBLER, AMERICAN KESTREL and several species of warblers. The biggest surprise was a breeding plumage COMMON LOON, repeatedly calling, as it was flying high over the prairie, heading east! On my way back to Sheridan Rd. I saw a warbler fly into a small tree right by the road. I stopped my car and I was surprised to see that the little birdie was a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER !
Heading to Wright Woods I saw a pair of Cooper's Hawks (my most numerous raptor for the day, 7 birds at 5 locations!). A slow train stopped me right at Waukegan Rd. Then Riverwoods Rd was closed off by police, so I had to go to Ryerson first ... Things were not going great - I had a big delay, the day was getting warm, and I still needed a lot of songbirds! I started thinking of just giving up and doing it the right way on Sunday.
I heard a PINE SISKIN by Riverwoods Rd. At Ryerson, I had another singing Connecticut and several common species, but it was very slow, hardly any warblers. I walked a bit more than originally planned, thinking I would eventually come across a small pocket of warblers or some vireos, but it never happened. It made my delay bigger. On the way back to the entrance I heard a loud tee-tee-tee through a window, which sounded like a titmouse. I stopped my car. After a few seconds I heard a loud "Pe-ter, Pe-ter, Pe-ter" from a little bit deeper in the woods. A TUFTED TITMOUSE! I saw the closer bird low in a tree, while the distant one kept singing, but out of sight.
My next stop was Wright Woods. It was late in the morning when I got there (around 9:20), and there wasn't much singing around. I heard two PROTONOTHARY WARBLERS, but no Hooded and almost no warblers. No Pileated Woodpecker either. Again, I walked more than planned, thinking I had to eventually find some warblers or thrushes but with little effect. It was getting past the morning activity time. My best find was an adult BROAD-WINGED HAWK soaring over the woods. Very pretty! I was leaving the place with only 102 species - well below my expectations.
Next stop - Waukegan Beach. I arrived there 2 and half hours late, and now it was full of people but not birds. No shorebirds, a few Common Terns over the lake. The pines had a pair of EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES and my first-for-the-day: 1 Yellow-rumped and 1 Nashville Warbler ... Another pair of European Goldfinches greeted me by a few pines toward the middle of the parking lot. Then I found a singing YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT by Pershing Rd., and yet another pair of European Goldfinches hanging around a few pine trees nearby ...
A quick stop to look at the Mansville Ponds, and ... another pair of European Goldfinches there! Wow, Waukegan must be like an official European Goldfinch capital of North America! I actually added a 5th pair in IBSP South. Great! I love those birds! The ponds had a REDHEAD, 6 small peeps seen only in flight, and a very small whitish shorebird that, on a closer investigation, turned out to be a PIPING PLOVER! A nearby Killdeer had an issue with the Piping Plover being there, and it chased it away at some point, not far away, but out of a clear sight.
Lyons Woods gave me a Common Nighthawk, but no RB Nuthatch, and no missing warblers, flycatchers or thrashes. 
IBSP South seemed like a good place to find both some rare birds and at least a few out of the many common species I was missing. I arrived after 3 PM. I drove around, walked the loop trail, checked the lake, but it was very quite. I spent 2 hours there, and I only added 4 species - BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, HORNED GREBE, Horned Lark and Semipalmated Plover (2 of which I saw later in the day anyway!). Bad decision on my part.
Sand Pond had neither Blue Grosbeak or warblers, but there were 2 Green Herons flying past, which somehow turned out to be the only Green Herons for the day!
State Line Beach was pretty good. There was a flock of 29 terns, mostly Common but with a few FORSTER'S mixed in. A single BONAPARTE'S GULL was there too, as well as 2 DUNLIN.
It was 6:30 PM and it was obvious I wouldn't visit all the planned locations. I decided to skip Pine Dunes and my last chance for missing songbirds at Wadsworth Wetlands, and I headed to Rollins, off Drury Ln. 
That, for a change, was a very good decision, as I added BLACK TERN, RUDDY DUCK, Gadwall and Blue-winged Teals there. Another Yellow-billed Cuckoo was calling from the oak grove. Then I drove to the Washington Rd. parking lot, hoping to find a Henslow's Sparrow and more ducks in that area, but with the sun setting I was quickly running out of time. I walked a little bit to the west but no Henslow's singing, and I still needed to go to the Atkinson Rd. fluddle and Almond Marsh! I decided to give up on Henslow's and go to the fluddle, which was another good decision.
I arrived at Atkinson Rd. fluddle with the sun just below the horizon, but still plenty of light. I saw 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers. A Horned Lark was singing. Geese, Killdeer, 2 Semipalmated Plovers .... Then I caught a sight of a strange shorebird floating on the shallow water, light-colored, with a thin bill and black stripe running through the head and neck. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE ! I had great looks through mine scope! Problem was that it was getting dark fast, and after I overcame my excitement, finding any other shorebirds seemed like an impossible task and my eyes were getting tired while trying.
Off to Almond Marsh, and a quick look from the side of Washington St. gave me 2 adult MUTE SWANS with 6 cygnets. Somehow I managed to also find a single NORTHERN SHOVELER and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, but the light was getting really bad. I tried searching the herons and egrets for a Black-crowned Night Herons, but it was simply too late.
Owling at Wright Woods gave me no Barred Owls, but one distant Great Horned Owl answered with a few hoots.
I decided to stop again at Fort Sheridan for a Henslow's or for a Screech Owl that I heard once at the nearby Openlands FP. Surprisingly, a SCREECH OWL was there, calling in the Parade Grounds! No Henslow's, but one of the missing birds was a Phoebe. I stopped by a place where I saw it a few times this spring and I thought, oh, what the heck, I will try to play it once. I did, and, to my surprise, a Phoebe responded a few seconds later! :). And that was my last bird, at 10:30 at night.
I missed a lot of birds that I should had seen: Palm, Canada, Hooded, Blackburnian and Waterthrush among many missing warblers, Yellow-Throated and Blue-headed Vireos, traills flycatchers, White-throated Sparrow, Veery and Gray-cheeked Thrush, Henslow's and Grasshoper Sparrows, many many shorebirds. There were some birds that got away, and a few calls that I couldn't confirm without a visual. Like that perfect call of a Red-shouldered Hawk that I heard at Ryerson - a fast flying bird heard over the woods, which I could not see, and I don't know if that was a RS hawk or some smart Blue Jay making the imitation!
Craziest moments: 7:45 AM at Fort Sheridan, full sunlight. I'm leaving from the parking lot and still looking around through the windows. Suddenly, I catch a sight of two smallish birds right in front of me, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. Stepped on the brake, hoping not to ride them over. I didn't, but it was close. One of them was a RW Blackbird, the other was a WOODCOCK !!! Go figure ...
Around 8:30 PM at Almond Marsh. I parked on the side of Almond Rd. It was already too dark to ID birds, but not too dark to see the silhouettes of the closer ones. I'm looking over the water. Suddenly a large, dark, silent-winged bird shows up over the pond in front of me, just a feet or two over the water, and, with a few deep flaps, it makes an abrupt 180 degrees change of direction, then it flies away to where it came from, disappearing into the twilight. A Great Horned Owl maybe? I don't know. I didn't see enough on that bird to ID it.
I feel like I planned my route well, but didn't do a good job on executing the plan. My goal of beating the 141 species, even reaching 150, would be relatively easy had I not been delayed in the morning, and had it been at least a decent migration day!

Michal Furmanek,Lake Bluff, Lake Co.



Subject: IBET 5-23-16 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sun May 22 2016 22:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

Tonight, Illinois is experiencing moderate levels of migration in the northern two-thirds of the state to moderate and somewhat heavy densities of migrating birds over the southern third of the state. Tomorrow (Monday) should be a good morning to get out if you can! Now that it is approaching the final stages of spring migration, let's enjoy these migrant birds while we still can.

Looking ahead, I will be posting through this week, and Friday night (May 27) will be the final migration report of this spring - although that certainly doesn't mean that spring migration ends Friday; it should last until about mid-June with some species.

Good birding,
Henry Griffin (Oak Park, Cook County)



Subject: IBET Springbrook Prairie 5-22-16
Date: Sun May 22 2016 21:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

This morning I led a private bird walk at Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville from 8:30-11am. We birded the woodland & grassland areas east of Plainfield - Naperville Road and came up with a few nice finds. One mixed flock in the woods yielded one each BAY-BREASTED and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER. The grassland birds we managed to find included HENSLOW'S, CLAY-COLORED, & SAVANNAH SPARROW, SEDGE WREN, BOBOLINK, and even a pair of BELL'S VIREOS!

Non-bird highlights included 1 COYOTE & 1 GARTER SNAKE, and one "lowlight" was a WOOD TICK on my Dad. Check yourself if you bushwhack through the prairie (or any area, really) like we did!

Full report can be found on my blog: worldbirding.travellerspoint.com

Good birding,
Henry Griffin (Oak Park, Cook but in Naperville, DuPage today)


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Subject: IBET Will County-Kankakee River St Park & Midewin From Hoff Rd. Sunday 5-22-15
Date: Sun May 22 2016 18:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Lots of walking today which, with the warmer temps, have worn me out
more than usual. Then I had to buy gas & cut the lawns before the
rains start up later this week. So this tired out "old retired guy"
will again settle for highlights only. Birded today with Bob Erickson
& that's a good thing as he was picking out birds much quicker than I
was.

Kankakee River State Park/Will County Section (7-9:15 a.m.)

This was mostly birding by ear as the trees are so leafed out it's
very hard to see anything. But Bob knows the calls & songs better than
I do so he was able to figure out which birds needed to be looked for
& which could be left alone. This saves time. Today was also the 1st
day I have run into numbers of mosquitoes but they did not seem overly
aggressive.

Highlights included 3 calling Yellow Billed Cuckoo's, none of which
would let me see them, Yellow Throated Vireo (2 together), Blackpoll
(1-M), Kentucky Warbler (1 almost impossible to see & the other much
more cooperative & seen well), Scarlet Tanager (1-M) & Summer Tanager
(1-PR).
The only Flycatchers were Eastern Pewee, Eastern Phoebe & Great
Crested. Two Wood Thrushes were singing nicely but never seen.

Midewin From The Hoff Rd Area (10-11:15 a.m.)

Got some of our targets here but not all of them. On walking in we saw
2 E. Collared Doves take off. Other highlights included a Black Billed
Cuckoo, Bell's Vireo (1), a singing Dickcissel & there were 2 male
Orchard Orioles of which 1 was an adult & the other a 1st year bird.
We heard 1 or 2 Chats but saw neither. Also heard a Pheasant or 2 &
our main miss was Blue Grosbeak but it may be a bit early for them to
be back. A quick stop at the Iron Bridge Trailhead area added another
Black Billed Cuckoo & another heard only Pheasant.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2nd Kentucky Warbler which I saw well &
Runners-Up to the Summer Tanagers & the Orchard Orioles.
Runners-Up for Bob will be the Yellow Throated Vireo's & perhaps the
Bell's Vireo.

Butterfly-Of-The-Day to a SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL seen at Kankakee River
Park. Credit to Bob for noticing the gray on the wings & credit to my
butterfly guide to seal the deal.
This is a "lifer" butterfly for both of us!

Al Stokie
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Subject: Re: IBET Birdwatching question (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sun May 22 2016 17:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Bowen Park ravine and both ravines at Fort Sheridan quickly come to mind.

Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach, IL
Lake County




> On May 22, 2016, at 5:41 PM, Alan Kostyniak akostyniak@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
>
> Fellow birders,
>
> I was just wondering if there are areas within 20 miles of Chicago where you could get a "second story" view, let's say, of birds in trees during migration, especially warblers.
>
> Maybe something like a second floor balcony at a nature center in a wooded area or a hill or raised area in one of the forest preserves or state parks where you are able to look down at tree tops to a certain extent. Or even an observation tower or deck surrounded by trees.
>
> Seems like it would be a fun way to see the birds that much closer.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Al Kostyniak
> Elk Grove Village
> Cook County
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>
>






Subject: IBET Birdwatching question (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sun May 22 2016 17:41 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fellow birders,

I was just wondering if there are areas within 20 miles of Chicago where you could get a "second story" view, let's say, of birds in trees during migration, especially warblers.

Maybe something like a second floor balcony at a nature center in a wooded area or a hill or raised area in one of the forest preserves or state parks where you are able to look down at tree tops to a certain extent. Or even an observation tower or deck surrounded by trees.

Seems like it would be a fun way to see the birds that much closer.

Thanks!

Al Kostyniak
Elk Grove Village
Cook County




Subject: IBET Prothonotary Warbler - new Hyde Park yard bird
Date: Sun May 22 2016 17:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We just (4:30 pm, Sunday) saw a male Prothonotary, a female Blackpoll, a male Wilson's and a male Bay-breasted in a Norway Maple in front of our house in Hyde Park.

Eric Ginsburg
Chicago

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Subject: IBET Montrose Worm-eating Warbler, 5/22 a.m.
Date: Sun May 22 2016 16:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A Worm-eating Warbler was clearly the best bird at Montrose this
morning, May 22. I first heard it singing in the peripheral plantings
just about due south of the Magic Hedge. I initially passed the bird off
as a Chipping Sparrow and even walked by it a couple times without
visually confirming the identification. On my last pass I decided to
actually look at the bird and my Chipping Sparrow morphed into a
Worm-eating Warbler. The bird hung around for a while and multiple
people were able to see it. There are only a handful of records of
Worm-eating Warbler for Montrose and this is the first one I've seen
there. I hope some of the photographers got good shots of it.

eBird Checklist
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Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Subject: IBET Montrose Afternoon Sun May 22 Worm-Eating Warbler
Date: Sun May 22 2016 16:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Several birders had many minutes of excellent looks of a WORM-EATING WARBLER, and fortunately I was one of them.  I also viewed several WILSON'S WARBLERS, a couple of PALM WARBLERS, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT male and female, BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, CATBIRD, and several flycatchers I could not identify, near the treetops.  I also saw, of course, the usual RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS male and female, unidentified (by me) swallows, NORTHERN CARDINAL males, BALTIMORE ORIOLES male and female, crows and grackles.

A beautiful afternoon for casual birders (such as myself) and experts alike.

Happy birding always.

John Anthony Castaneda
Chicago, Lakeview, Illinois

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Subject: IBET Montrose, Saturday May 21st, 11 Warblers + 2 reported not seen
Date: Sun May 22 2016 15:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was surprised to see that no one has posted over the weekend on Montrose.
Although migrants are slow now with prolonged northerly winds, Pam
Chudzinski and I had our best day of spring birding for warblers so far
since we missed the Thursday before last peak fallout. Due to a number of
personal issues which has limited my birding, this is only my 4th time
birding this spring.

Weirdly there were no thrushes but Robins, no sparrows but one House
Sparrow seen only by Pam, no flycatchers, and the only vireo was a Warbling
V. Most birds were in the SW corner of Montrose by the handicapped parking
lot due to the wind although not strong was out of the N or NE.

Highlights are as follows with almost all birds happily singing and eating
many insects finally out more with the warmer weather:

Orchard Oriole - First year male
Cedar Waxings - 3

Black-Throated Blue Warbler - 1 female
Northern Parulas - 3 males
Tennessee Warbler - Numbers with one seen about 10 feet up and well for once
Chestnut-Sided Warblers - 3+ males
Magnolia Warblers - 3+ males
American Restarts -numbers of males and females
Yellow-Rumped Warbler - 1 or 2 females
Common Yellow Throat Warblers - at least 3-4 males and 1 female
Yellow Warblers - 2+ males
Blackburnian Warblers - At least 2-3 males
Black-Throated Green Warbler - 1-2 males


There were reports of Baltimore Orioles PLUS 2 more Warblers (Blackpoll and
Orange Crowned) which we missed and would have been great being FOY for me
for all 3. Oh well....

Kathy Noerenberg
Western Springs, Cook County



Subject: IBET Western Kingbirds
Date: Sun May 22 2016 14:54 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Saw WESTERN KINGBIRDS at three separate locations this morning.

Two were at the usual spot at the electric substation south of Havana in Mason County. This is along 1500north just west of Route 97.

Another one was west of there by the intersection of 1500north and 1550east. It was perching atop the barbed wire fence along both of those roads.

Another one was along the northeast part of Prairie Road northeast of the Nature Conservancy office at the Emiquon area in Fulton County.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois

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Subject: IBET Lark Bunting
Date: Sun May 22 2016 14:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A male LARK BUNTING (in alternate plumage) was spotted in Mason County this morning. It was perched up on the wires along the south side of 2000north just west of 1950east. It then disappeared (briefly) into the grassy field there. A few minutes later, it was seen flying north across 2000north. It continued flying northeast across the open expanse (ag field) until it disappeared off in the distance. I passed back by that area later on my way back home, but saw no sign of it anywhere at that time.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois




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Subject: IBET Kane County, Fabyan West/Japanese Gardens: Yellow-Throated & more
Date: Sun May 22 2016 14:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded the west side of the Fox River around the Japanese gardens late this morning from10:30 until 12:30. Highlights were a cooperative Yellow-throated warbler and a very tame Yellow who flitted about in the bushes as close as five feet away and did not seem to mind my presence in the least bit. The morning's list:


Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Warbling Vireo
Blue Jay
Crow
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Robin
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Redstart
Song Sparrow
Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Starling
Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
Goldfinch


Chris Weishaar
St Charles





Subject: IBET CERULEAN at COLSP continues
Date: Sun May 22 2016 13:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Although not at eye level as Beau saw it the CERULEAN WARBLER is singing continuously at the west end of the Honeysuckle Hollow campground.

Donnie Dann
Highland Pk/Lake Cty

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Subject: IBET Common Gallinule at Orland Grassland SOUTH
Date: Sun May 22 2016 12:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There was a COGA swimming in the largest pond SE of the parking lot. It
disappeared in the cattails on the west end of the pond. Also seen here

2 Vesper Sparrows

1 Grasshopper Sparrow

5 Least Sandpipers all shorebirds were in the mud flat on far south end

2 Semi Palmated Sandpipers

1 Lesser Yellowlegs

And the usual Soras and Marsh Wrens



Wes Serafin

Orland Pk

SW Cook




Subject: IBET Burnidge FP (Kane County) 5/21
Date: Sun May 22 2016 11:39 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday I led a walk for Kane County Audubon at Burnidge.  It was my first time back there since February, so I got there before 5AM to scout it out (and pick up a few nocturnal birds).  I ended up with 83 species for the morning, including 10 warblers, 8 flycatchers, and 8 sparrows. Although unfortunately I couldn't re-find a lot of the better birds for the group, I think we ended up with 58 species for the official outing.  I was able to give everyone a nice listen to a White-eyed Vireo in the same spot where I found a breeding pair last summer, although it was being uncooperative and stayed too far off the path to allow anyone a decent look.


Highlights included Wood Duck (including a mama with about 9 babies), Virginia Rail, Sora, American Woodcock, Great Horned Owl
Common Nighthawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo*, Yellow-throated Vireo*, Purple Martin, Sedge Wren, Hooded Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler*, Henslow's Sparrow*, Clay-colored Sparrow, Bobolink* (* indicates seen or heard by multiple people - the rest were only seen/heard by me, mostly in early morning).


You can see the full list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29811768 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29811768


Good Birding,
Justin Wrinn
Schaumburg, Cook Co



Subject: IBET Cedar Waxwing -Yes
Date: Sun May 22 2016 11:24 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All,

Just had a FOY Cedar Waxwing in my yard...they are so beautiful!!

Also a quick jaunt to Half Day/Daniel Wright this morning gave us a pair of Great Crested Flycatchers and a Red-Eye Vireo.

Nothing else really notable other than a crazy bike rider without a helmet who almost ran us over by not announcing himself! Be careful out there.

Caryn Hollander
cjhollander21@yahoo.com
Buffalo Grove (Lake County)


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Subject: IBET Mourning warbler at Danada Forest Preserve
Date: Sun May 22 2016 11:03 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There was a Mourning Warbler along the wooded trail at Danada. Once you get to the wooded trail take a right and another right at the Y. At the next intersection is where it was hanging out. I had three good looks as it kept coming back. I also had a possible second one on the trail out. The Mourning Warbler was low around the honeysuckle bushes. There were also Tennessee, Chestnut Sided, and a Wilsons. It turned into a good birding day.
Nancy Allured, DuPage









Subject: IBET Winnebago Co. areas this weekend
Date: Sun May 22 2016 9:57 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We spent a couple days birding in Winnebago Co. and surrounding areas this
weekend. On Thursday evening the highlight was a singing Clay-colored
Sparrow in the fields at Sand Bluff.

Friday, Rock Cut S.P. was dead as far as migrants go but we did get a
Connecticut Warbler along the bike path west of the dam near mile marker 11
5/8. The resident Louisiana Waterthrush was also singing. We managed to get
only 12 species of warblers. A White-eyed Vireo was in the shruby fields
along the bike path and a Bell's Vireo was "singing" in a shruby field just
past the white sign with the preserve closing time on it.

At Pecatonica Wetlands there was an Olive-sided Flycatcher at the north
picnic shelter.

On Friday we also had a Connecticut Warbler at Lake Le-Aqua-Na S.P. in
Stephenson Co.

Eric & Sally Secker
Elgin, Kane Co.



Subject: IBET Lake County Wilson's Phalarope, Black Tern, Piping Plover and Tufted Titmouse
Date: Sun May 22 2016 9:40 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 I made my Big Day attempt in Lake County yesterday. Will make a full report on that later, but I want to mention a few birds now, as they can still be there. There was a WILSON'S PHALAROPE at Atkinson fluddle, a BLACK TERN at Rollins Savanna at 7:00 PM, a PIPING PLOVER at Manville Pond in Waukegan, and two calling (one seen) TUFTED TITMOUSE at Ryerson half way between the entrance and the parking lot. Also many good breeding birds, but those can wait till later. I also had a flyover COMMON LOON at Fort Sheridan, calling repeatedly in flight, which proves that you never know what you can find on any given day! 
Definitely one of my craziest days of birding ever ...
Michal Furmanek,Lake Bluff, Lake Co.



Subject: Re: IBET Westchester Yellow-throated Warbler, one at Salt Creek.
Date: Sun May 22 2016 9:01 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As is the YTWA described in great detail by Doug yesterday at the NE section of Salt Creek Woods.  Sings continuously and seen fairly low.

Donnie Dann
Highland Park/ Lake Cty

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> On May 22, 2016, at 7:26 AM, douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> The Yellow-throated Warbler is singing this morning from the same general location as yesterday, so near the corner of Boeger and Hastings, south of Cermak, between Mayfair and Wolf Rd.
>
> Doug Stotz
>
> --
> Douglas Stotz
> Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist
> Environmental and Conservation Programs
> Field Museum of Natural History
> 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
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Subject: IBET COLSP Cerulean
Date: Sun May 22 2016 8:47 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
10 ft looks at a beautiful singing CERULEAN WARBLER in the Honeysuckle Hollow Campground.

Good Birding!!
Beau Schaefer

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Subject: IBET Westchester Yellow-throated Warbler
Date: Sun May 22 2016 7:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
   The Yellow-throated Warbler is singing this morning from the same
general location as yesterday, so near the corner of Boeger and Hastings,
south of Cermak, between Mayfair and Wolf Rd.

Doug Stotz

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Subject: IBET 5-22-16 IL Migration Report (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sat May 21 2016 22:57 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

Moderate migration tonight with moderately heavy levels in the far southern tip and also the northeastern part of the state tonight...it might be a good morning tomorrow (Sunday) to check Lake Michigan locations because of the westerly component to the winds, pushing birds toward the lakefront.

Good birding,
Henry Griffin (Oak Park, Cook County)



Subject: IBET Any Birding Historians? (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Sat May 21 2016 21:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I have 3 small birding guides from 1931 in relatively good condition that I brought home from a garage sale, thinking there might be a  a "birding historian" on the list who would like them. They're the "red", "blue" and "green" bird guides, each just 3" x 5" x 1/4", with one bird sketch and info per page. My email is with yahoo, and is nature underscore alight. (Just writing it that way to keep the spambots from grabbing my email.) Send me an email and I'll send them to you.

Valerie

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Subject: IBET Calumet area birds 21 May
Date: Sat May 21 2016 20:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
     This morning I headed down to the Calumet area and birded Sand Ridge
Nature Center, Burnham Prairie and Eggers Woods. At Sand Ridge, I had a
few migrants with 8 species of warblers, the best being a Bay-breasted
Warbler. Burnham Prairie was pretty slow. The only species I saw there
that doesn't breed in the Calumet area was a Wilson's Warbler. The must
interesting bird I had there was a male Orchard Oriole.
Eggers was pretty good for migrant warblers. I had 17 species of
warblers among the 66 species I had there in a little over an hour.
Highlights were seen singing male Connecticut warbler and singing male
Black-throated Blue, plus a heard only Mourning. I had 6 Blackburnian
Warblers, 5 of which I saw.

Doug Stotz
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Subject: IBET By House sp
Date: Sat May 21 2016 20:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
Several are nesting now in gourds. Its interesting when the alarm call is given for a Cooper's h., sparrows dive into bushes of a stick pile. Warblers seem to freeze or shift to a deeper part of the understory. It helps to have many watchers.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Cook County-Both Orland Grasslands Areas Sat 5-21-16
Date: Sat May 21 2016 19:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today I went after some of the interesting birds reported lately at
the old & new parts of the Orland Grasslands in the Palos area. Parked
in the new South Section lot & walked back into the old section from
179th St to the old 175th St, now a gravel trail.

1st target was the Bell's Vireo along the bike path but I didn't hear
it when I got to where it was supposed to be. Kept listening & finally
I could hear it singing but far to the east no where near the bike
path. Walked east & about 100 yards in I had good looks at the singing
Bell's Vireo, always a good find in Cook County. After all my effort
the Vireo then flew right back to where it was supposed to be by the
bike path so I watched it some more. Ron B arrived & I showed him
where to look.

Prior to Ron's arrival I searched for the Chat also seen previously.
Not paying attention I walked right past the 3 Cottonwood trees &
overshot the path I was to take in to the shrub area. Realized my
mistake & went back to start over after seeing 2 Henslow's Sparrows at
close range so my walk was not completely wasted just partially
wasted. Finally back where I was 30 min ago I had good looks at Mr
Chat & it even did 2 display flights with wings upraised. Very nice!

Other "good" birds in the north section were Orchard Oriole (1-M) & a
few E. Kingbirds, Meadowlarks,
House Wrens & 1 Warbling Vireo. I found no Sedge Wrens nor Grasshopper Sparrows.

Next to the new Orland Grasslands South where I walked the long loop
for shorebirds. Found there were Killdeer (10-12), Semipalmated Plover
(2), Lesser Yellowlegs (1), Spotted (5) & Semipalmated (2) Sandpipers
& Dunlin (3). Heard 3 Sora's & 2 Marsh Wrens & saw 1 Grasshopper
Sparrow & Horned Lark.

Earlier I had looked at Cherry Hill for Blue Winged Warbler but none
seem to be back yet.
Ron suggested we try Duffy F.P. north section for that species bur we
found none there either.
I seem to be having more trouble than usual this year finding that species.

The only Warblers I had all day were Tennessee, Yellow, Common
Yellowthroat & the Chat.
Had good looks at a male Ruby Throated Hummer at Cherry Hill but not
much else there.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the originally hard to find Bell's Vireo &
Runner-Up to Mr Excitement which was the Chat.

Al Stokie
Cook County


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