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22 Apr: @ 19:52:06 IBET Cattle Egret [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 19:01:09 IBET Join COS for 2 great bird walks this weekend! Sat, 4/28 Sand Ridge and Sun, 4/29 Humboldt Park [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 17:34:43 IBET Byard sparrows [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 15:15:17 IBET LaBagh & Humboldt Park [Niels Dale [email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 15:03:23 IBET: Chimney Swift over Glen Ellyn [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 14:49:14 IBET Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Sunday 4-22-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 10:19:55 IBET Weekend Birds - mostly Cook Co [Steve Huggins [email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 09:23:58 IBET Birding Dixon Waterfowl Refugee [Anthony Jones [email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 07:26:18 Re: IBET: Bird Behavior Question [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 02:35:46 IBET Palos waterfowl [Cary [email protected] [ILbirds]]
22 Apr: @ 00:35:04 IBET Smith's Longspurs and White-winged Dove on Friday [Bob Fisher [email protected] [ILbirds]]
21 Apr: @ 23:50:00 IBET: Bird Behavior Question [Todd Anderson [email protected] [ILbirds]]
21 Apr: @ 23:04:45 IBET RT Loon [dallas hewett [email protected] [ILbirds]]
21 Apr: @ 22:45:08 Re: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 21, 2018 [Dave's G-mail Account [email protected] [ILbirds]]
21 Apr: @ 22:10:05 IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 21, 2018 [Marjorie Pries [email protected] [ILbirds]]
21 Apr: @ 21:45:41 IBET Illinois Beach State Park South - Lake County [Jeff Bilsky [email protected] [ILbirds]]
21 Apr: @ 21:03:11 IBET Fwd: Tufted Duck [Craig [email protected] [ILbirds]]
21 Apr: @ 18:24:46 IBET Waukegan, Sand Pond, North Pt Marina, Independence Grove & Rollins Savannah Sat 4-21-18 [Al Stokie a[email protected] [ILbirds]]
21 Apr: @ 15:23:42 IBET IBSP RNGrebes/RTLoons, migration highlights [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
21 Apr: @ 00:08:06 IBET Diamond Lake birds today ['Bailey, Steven D' [email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 23:51:07 IBET Bike Birding Cherry Valley 32 species, FOY Carolina Wren [Jon Sleger [email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 21:18:01 IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook Co - 4/20/18 [Jeff Bilsky [email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 21:09:03 IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday = Peregrine Falcons (NO SIGHTINGS) [Hockman John [email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 18:58:31 IBET Tufted Duck at Spunky Bottoms, Brown County [Allen Yow [email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 18:56:25 IBET Tufted Duck - Brown Co. [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 18:18:57 IBET Join COS, Friday, 4/27 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 15:47:10 IBET Skokie Lagoons From Willow Road Friday 4-20-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 11:31:14 IBET Byard Swamp sp [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 09:25:18 IBET: WWDove in Minonk [Daniel Williams [email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 09:11:01 IBET 77 Birds and a Pair of Thermal Underwear [Jay Sturner [email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 08:55:25 IBET New file uploaded to ILbirds [ILbirds]
20 Apr: @ 08:51:57 IBET Virginia Rail at Buffalo Creek [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
20 Apr: @ 05:44:37 IBET New file uploaded to ILbirds [ILbirds]
20 Apr: @ 05:29:53 IBET New file uploaded to ILbirds [ILbirds]
20 Apr: @ 05:28:03 IBET New file uploaded to ILbirds [ILbirds]
19 Apr: @ 21:01:16 IBET Skokie Lagoons, Cook Co, Louisiana Waterthrush [Jeff Bilsky [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 20:24:58 IBET Lake Glenview cook co [Suzanne Coleman [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 20:16:04 IBET Mundelein yard birds 2 ['Bailey, Steven D' [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 19:30:17 IBET South Pond (Lincoln Park Zoo) Common Loons [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 16:56:54 IBET Fox River Shores migrants [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 15:47:59 IBET Ryerson & Heritage Park In Wheeling Thursday 4-19-18 [Al Stokie [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 14:34:49 IBET Sidney Yates Flatwoods (Bunker Hill) [carol nelson [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 14:29:30 IBET Ted Lechowicz Woods (Indian Road) [carol nelson [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 14:24:34 IBET Byard Field sp [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 14:23:51 IBET Edgebrook Woods [carol nelson [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 12:51:31 IBET Merlin at Sag Quarries, Cook Co [Vicky Sroczynski [email protected] [ILbirds]]
19 Apr: @ 10:33:50 IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds [Todd Anderson [email protected] [ILbirds]]
18 Apr: @ 20:45:57 IBET JxP, Tuesday, 17 April: Common Loon, Great Black-backed Gull [[email protected] [ILbirds]]
18 Apr: @ 18:32:19 IBET Byard WT sparrow [John Baxter [email protected] [ILbirds]]
18 Apr: @ 17:28:44 Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing [[email protected] [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Cattle Egret
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 19:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There has been a lone cattle egret hanging out in the horse pasture of the old Brunk Horse Farm on Lake Service Rd. in Springfield for the past 4 days.  This is diagonally behind our house so it is easy to see.  You might see it from the west side of this pasture which is near the intersection of Garden View Lane and Pawnee Rd.

Tim Hargrove
Sangamon County



Subject: IBET Join COS for 2 great bird walks this weekend! Sat, 4/28 Sand Ridge and Sun, 4/29 Humboldt Park
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 19:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Join COS for a walk around Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland. This Cook County Forest Preserve location is great for migrating passerines as well as year-round woodland species like Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, and Barred Owl. There is also a great selection of bird feeders. Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available.  Dress for the weather.


Contact Andrew Aldrich with questions at 630-803-1590.


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Saturday, 4/28
8 am - 10 am
Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton Ave, South Holland, IL 60473
Meet in the main parking area





Get to know Humboldt Park, which serves as an oasis for migrating birds making their way through the city of Chicago. We'll look for migrating sparrows and early spring warblers among the park's natural areas and we'll watch for nesting behavior of the park's early breeding birds, such as Barn Swallows and American Robins. Catch some early warblers and other songbirds, as well as ducks and waders in the excellent urban birding hotspot. Beginning birders are welcome and we will have extra binoculars available.


Contact Stephanie Beilke with questions at 920-366-5825.
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Sunday 4/29
7:30am - 10:30am
Humboldt Park, 1624-1708 N Sacramento Ave Chicago; map: https://goo.gl/maps/w3EEgCCNTw...
Meet at Humboldt Park field house, south of North Ave on Sacramento.



Subject: IBET Byard sparrows
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 17:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Hi friends,
Most have left now. Juncos, Fox, Swamp, and Song sp not around.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: IBET LaBagh & Humboldt Park
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 15:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
LaBagh was very slow this morning... for me at least.  Spotted a few GC & RC kinglets, two hermit thrushes, one male downy woodpecker, one blue jay, two winter wrens, yellow rumped warblers, including females in winter garb, and brown creepers.   One in particular seemed to enjoy only working the very base of each tree... never going more than 12" up the trunk and more often at ground level.

I'd never seen that before.


Humboldt Park was more interesting in that I had a "lifer"... a male horned grebe in the large pond where the "beach" is located behind the park building. He was there on Saturday as well. There were several blue winged teal there today and Saturday as were yellow rumped warblers, GC & RC kinglets, brown creepers, and least flycatchers. The eight red breasted mergansers spotted on the main body of water on Saturday were not seen today. Other birds spotted on Saturday but not today were 12 juncos and various American tree, chipping, and swamp sparrows all hanging out together, a brown thrasher, what I think was a first year red tail being harrassed by gulls and RW blackbirds, and one tern, unsure of whether Arctic or common.


Also had a fox sparrow yesterday as a backyard bird... always a nice treat and especially so now given the substantial loss of birding habitat on my block since last summer.


Regards,

Niels Dale

Wicker Park - Chicago



Subject: IBET: Chimney Swift over Glen Ellyn
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 15:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A CHIMNEY SWIFT passed over my home this morning ... earliest ever I think.  Also a BROAD-WINGED HAWK.  

Jeff Reiter
Glen Ellyn, IL
[email protected]

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Subject: IBET Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Sunday 4-22-18
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 14:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Along with Bob Erickson I covered a few of the areas at Midewin. First
we walked the Iron Bridge Trail. then the area at the end of
Explosives Road & finally we looked at the flooded area across from
the visitor's center.

Midewin-Iron Bridge Trail

First I should say that having not seen any Bison the last 2 times
I've been here I was glad to see 2 groups of Bison totaling 24 here
today. And 1 group (of 9) was pretty close.

Saw a Northern Harrier fly by & saw 4 species of Sparrows including
Tree, Field, Savannah & Song.
Highlights included Eastern Bluebird, a R.C. Kinglet, 4 Thrashers,
lots of Eastern Meadowlarks, 2
Y.R. Myrtle Warblers & the main highlight, one LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE which
we saw very well at the top of a tree. It flew toward some thick trees
& we didn't see it again.

Midewin-Explosives Road Area

Saw a Great Egret & a Great Blue flew by. Turkey Vultures were hunting
& so was a Red Tailed Hawk. Three Wood Ducks flushed from a stream &
both Tree & Rough Winged Swallows flew by.
Some of the land birds were Brown Creeper, R.C. Kinglet & 3 Thrashers.
We had about given up on our main target for this area when one
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD flew right by us. Among the many, many Field &
Song Sparrows was one VESPER SPARROW.

Midewin-Flooded Area Across From The Visitor Center

Ducks were Mallards, Shovelers & both Blue Winged & Green Winged Teal.
Shorebirds were Lesser Yellowlegs (4), Pectoral Sandpiper (14) & Snipe (2).

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Loggerhead Shrike &
Runners-Up to the Mockingbird & the Vesper Sparrow.

License Plate Of The Day to one from Nevada seen at Midewin &
Runners-Up to plates from Louisiana & Arkansas seen on I-55.

Al Stokie
In Will County today


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Subject: IBET Weekend Birds - mostly Cook Co
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 10:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday I was joined by Scott Judd and headed we headed to southern Cook County starting at Killdeer Wetlands, followed by Eagle Lake Road Fluddle (Will Co) and then Plum Creek FP (back in Cook)

Highlights:

Killdeer Wetlands
American Bittern - 1
Sora - 6
Virginia Rail - 1
Wilson™s Snipe - 25

Eagle Lake Road (west of Railroad)
Pectoral Sandpiper - 14
Lapland Longspur - 380 (probable undercount - searched in vain for a Smith™s)

Plum Creek FP
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Broadwing Hawk - 1
Carolina Wren - 1

Full Saturday List at: http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp...


Today I stayed local and birded North Pond and briefly South Pond in Lincoln Park - there were a few birds around but still it felt very much like an early April mix of migrants

North Pond
Winter Wren - 7
Eastern Phoebe - 9
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 11
Fox Sparrow - 2

South Pond
Common Loon - 1
Ring-necked Duck - 2

Full Sunday list at: http://www.igoterra.com/rs.asp...

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL
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Subject: IBET Birding Dixon Waterfowl Refugee
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 9:23 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today was a very good day at the Dixon Waterfowl Refugee. 71 species were seen in total, with a continuing strong presence of waterfowl and the regulars starting to show up. The first highlight for the day was a possible Ruff that I ran across as I was scoping one of the "islands" out from the boat launch. Initially it appeared to be a "plump" shorebird that was just standing below level so that only it's upper body and head were visible. Unfortunately, while I was studying it, it took flight to the north and that is when I saw its relatively short bright yellow-orange legs as it continued flying out of sight. My wife feels that it was a Greater Yellowlegs as she felt the beak was longer than the Ruff's beak appears to be. Alas, we shall never know for certain.

The second highlight of the day was a Neotropical Cormorant that was "sunning" (harder to do when the sun isn't shining) on a dead tree stump just to the south of the new viewing platform. I first noticed it with my naked eyes and honestly expected it to be a Green Heron when I got on it with binoculars, but instead it was a small, long tailed cormorant. Studying it with the spotting scope, you could just make out the faint white outline around the gape. We moved south along the seep trail and found another vantage point that allow us to study it more closely. About that time, it took flight and headed north until it disappeared from sight.

Other sightings included three Caspian Terns, numerous Bonaparte's Gulls, most in full breeding plumage, a Rough-legged Hawk, a small number of Wilson's Snipes and some of the best views of a Horned Grebe in breeding plumage that I think I've ever seen. The Horned Grebe spent an inordinate amount of time not diving, allowing close scope study for all three of us. FOS Marsh and House Wrens and a couple of flashes of possible Winter Wrens. The Purple Martins were back at the martin house. All in all a very enjoyable day.

Anthony, Amy and Aidan Jones
Chillicothe, IL
Peoria County (visiting beautiful Putnam County)



Subject: Re: IBET: Bird Behavior Question
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 7:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Pine Siskens in Northeast IL typically are building nests in the Apr 5th-10th timeframe.  Eggs laid typically hatch at end of April and young fledglings are a mid to late May event. With breeding already held up in many species due to the ongoing unseasonably cold weather, it would seem like Sisken fledglings, if any do nest this year, wouldn't show up until late May the earliest.


Eric Walters
Zion, IL/Grandview, MO



Subject: IBET Palos waterfowl
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 2:35 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello,

I wanted to let people know the EARED GREBE was still at the west end of Saganashkee Slough this afternoon, there are still COMMON LOONS on Maple Lake; Maple Lake had WOOD DUCK, and both had RED BREASTED MERGANSERS.McGinnis Slough had good variety: about 35 AM WHITE PELICAN, CANVASBACK, RUDDY&RING NECKED DUCK, SHOVELER, BLUE&GREEN WINGED TEAL, COMMON&HOODED MERGANSER, PIED BILLED&HORNED GREBE, BUFFLEHEADS, LESSER SCAUP, GADWALL, 1 AMERICAN WIDGEON,&SORA. There were also a good number of swallows - BARN, TREE&ROUGH WINGED.

Cary Hillegonds
[email protected]
Orland Park

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Subject: IBET Smith's Longspurs and White-winged Dove on Friday
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 0:35 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Karen and I checked out the field on Clarksville Rd W of Lexington Friday AM and found at least 25 Smith's in that field. This is the same field where the IOS outing last weekend had more than 100; thanks to Matt Fraker who led last Sunday's trip, forthe location information!
From there we went to El Paso for lunch and to check out the sewage ponds. Nothing unusual and just a few shorebirds, all L Yellowlegs. But while exiting the plant, 2 Smith's Longspurs flew into the cornfield on the other side of the road and landed very close to the road, giving us great close up views.
From there we headed to the Hartzler house in Minonk; thanks to Ted's hospitality (thank you Ted!) we got great looks at the Wh-winged Dove as it hid on a branch of a White pine in the Hartzler yard. Location details are on ebird. A bonus while there was a Pine Warbler picking out dried mealworms for one of the Hartzler bird feeders.

Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County



Subject: IBET: Bird Behavior Question
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 23:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Over the last few days we've had numerous Pine Siskins at the feeder, and
today noticed several of them acting like young begging for food & being
fed by others. Could they have possibly already have bred and be raising a
brood, or is this a courtship act?

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County



Subject: IBET RT Loon
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 23:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I saw the Red Throated Loon (previously reported on the 18th and prior by a number of people) on the west end of Riverlands Migratory Bird Refuge on the south side of Ellis Island floating near a small raft of Ruddy Ducks.
Dallas HewettO'Fallon, IL



Subject: Re: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 21, 2018
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 22:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The brown creepers are creeping through Wilmette too!  Just saw one in the backyard. 

David Rankin
Great Lakes Protection Fund

Sent from my iPhone. Typed with thumbs.

> On Apr 21, 2018, at 5:28 PM, Marjorie Pries [email protected] [ILbirds] wrote:
>
> The place was crawling with creepers today! More regular participants today and quite a few new folks and/or, haven't done this in a long-time folks, good to see everyone!
>
> Best looks were those creepers, a yellow-bellied sapsucker showing all his yellow and a posing kingfisher, plus our first green heron of the year.
>
>
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: numbers where given are exact or a off by 1-3. X's indicate a lot; not easily countable. Specific notes added where it seemed useful. Colder than normal and gray all morning. West end of park had very little action.
> 27 species
>
> Canada Goose 5 1 outside park and the rest flyovers
> Wood Duck 2
> Mallard 4
> Green Heron 1 only 1 for sure
> Ring-billed Gull 1 at least 1 but flyover only
> Mourning Dove 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 5
> Eastern Phoebe X
> Blue Jay 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1 only heard call
> Brown Creeper 6 at least 6, in all areas of park
> House Wren 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> American Robin X
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 7 at least 7, most high in trees at least 2 in reeds at pond mixing it up with phoebes.
> Dark-eyed Junco 2
> Song Sparrow 2
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>



Subject: IBET Fwd: eBird Report - North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, Apr 21, 2018
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 22:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The place was crawling with creepers today! More regular participants today and quite a few new folks and/or, haven't done this in a long-time folks, good to see everyone!

Best looks were those creepers, a yellow-bellied sapsucker showing all his yellow and a posing kingfisher, plus our first green heron of the year.


Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: numbers where given are exact or a off by 1-3. X's indicate a lot; not easily countable. Specific notes added where it seemed useful. Colder than normal and gray all morning. West end of park had very little action.
27 species

Canada Goose 5 1 outside park and the rest flyovers
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 4
Green Heron 1 only 1 for sure
Ring-billed Gull 1 at least 1 but flyover only
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe X
Blue Jay 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 only heard call
Brown Creeper 6 at least 6, in all areas of park
House Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 7 at least 7, most high in trees at least 2 in reeds at pond mixing it up with phoebes.
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird X
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Subject: IBET Illinois Beach State Park South - Lake County
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 21:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hiked IBSP South nature/dead river trails today. 64 species and some good views, but nothing too unusual. Good birding!
Many photos here:View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Illinois Beach SP--South Unit, Lake, Illinois, USApr 21, 2018 8:56 AM - 12:36 PMProtocol: Traveling6.8 mile(s)64 speciesCanada Goose 8Wood Duck 2Blue-winged Teal 16Northern Shoveler 3Mallard 8Ring-necked Duck 2Lesser Scaup 10Bufflehead 18Red-breasted Merganser 12Pied-billed Grebe 3Horned Grebe 2Double-crested Cormorant 4Great Blue Heron 7Great Egret 3Northern Harrier 1Cooper's Hawk 1Bald Eagle 1Red-tailed Hawk 2Sora 2American Coot 8Sandhill Crane 6Killdeer 4Wilson's Snipe 2Greater Yellowlegs 3Lesser Yellowlegs 1Bonaparte's Gull 6Ring-billed Gull 18Herring Gull 10Caspian Tern 3Mourning Dove 5Belted Kingfisher 3Downy Woodpecker 2Northern Flicker 5American Kestrel 2Eastern Phoebe 20Blue Jay 8American Crow 25Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15Purple Martin 6Tree Swallow 40Barn Swallow 10Black-capped Chickadee 3White-breasted Nuthatch 2Brown Creeper 12Golden-crowned Kinglet 35Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8Hermit Thrush 10American Robin 25Brown Thrasher 1European Starling 20Palm Warbler 1Yellow-rumped Warbler 12American Tree Sparrow 8Field Sparrow 3Dark-eyed Junco 6Song Sparrow 15Swamp Sparrow 10Northern Cardinal 3Eastern Meadowlark 4Red-winged Blackbird 50Brown-headed Cowbird 5Brewer's Blackbird 10Common Grackle 4American Goldfinch 1View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli... report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: IBET Fwd: Tufted Duck
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 21:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Trying for 3rd time to send

Sent from my cellular device

Craig Taylor

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Craig
> Date: April 21, 2018 at 6:41:04 AM CDT
> To: IBET
> Subject: Tufted Duck
>
> Present this am at Spunky Bottoms in Brown County.
>
> Sent from my cellular device
>
> Craig Taylor



Subject: IBET Waukegan, Sand Pond, North Pt Marina, Independence Grove & Rollins Savannah Sat 4-21-18
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 18:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Went to Waukegan, Sand Pond & North Point Marina with Bob Erickson &
Paul & Janice Sweet. Then went to Independence Grove & Rollins
Savannah with my cousin Diane. That's way too many places for me to
give full bird lists so I'll just do highlights today.

Waukegan Beach & Park (7-8:15 a.m.)

On the beach & in the lake were one Horned Grebe, one WHITE WINGED
SCOTER with about 30 Bonaparte's Gulls flying by. In the small park
Y.B. Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebe, Creepers (2), G.C.Kinglets (2) &
EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES were seen. Also had one Brown Thrasher.

Sand Pond/Lake (8:30-9 a.m.)

Common Loon (14, that's a lot of Loons on such a small pond)
Horned Grebe (6-8)
Shoveler (1-M)
B.W.Teal (4)
Hooded Merganser (4)
Caspian Tern (4)
Near the pond were Red Headed Woodpecker & Eastern Towhee. Flying with
some Tree Swallows was at least 1 Rough Winged Swallow.

North Point Marina (9:15-9:45 a.m.)

One Common Loon & Great Blue Heron flew by & 4 Horned Grebes were in
the harbor.
Ducks included both Scaup, Redhead & Bufflehead. Saw one each
G.C.Kinglet & R.C. Kinglet.

Walked part of the Loop Trail in IBSP North Unit & saw 4 species of
shorebirds which were Killdeer, Greater (1) & Lesser (2) Yellowlegs &
Snipe which were winnowing & seen in flight.. Seven Sandhill Cranes
flew by & 3 species of common sparrows were there.

Independence Grove (12:40-1:30 p.m.)

Five Common Loons, 2 P.B.Grebes & 12 Horned Grebes were present.
The only ducks were Lesser Scaup, Mallards & many Red Breasted Mergansers.
Also 2 Coots, Ring Billed (55), Herring (5) & flitting around were 19
Bonaparte's Gulls.
And there were 27 Caspian Terns on the beach.

Rollins Savannah (2-2:45 p.m.)

Saw the 2 adult Trumpeter Swans & 5 Great Egrets. Only 1 D.C.
Cormorant was there.
Ducks included Mallards, B.W. Teal, Shovelers, Canvasback (5), Ring
Necks, Bufflehead,
R.B. Mergansers & Ruddy Ducks. And like most other places there were
22 Bonaparte's Gulls.

Had 63 species for the day & 14 species of ducks.
Bird-Of-The-Day will be the White Winged Scoter &
Runners-Up to all the Common Loons, Horned Grebes & Bonaparte's Gulls

License Plate Of The Day to one from Maine which was plate #48 for the
year. Three to go.

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Subject: IBET IBSP RNGrebes/RTLoons, migration highlights
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 15:23 pm
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Today is one of those rare Lake Michigan days where due to virtually no wind, the lake looks like an ice skating pond.  As such, you could see larger birds almost 10 miles away.  As such, bird a few miles offshore, migrating/swimming northward, typically never seen due to waves, were now visible, with great views if using a scope.  While the winds are slightly increasing, the conditions still might warrant lakefront birding this afternoon, as some species are eager to head northward.


Overall highlights were surprise sightings of 5 Red-throated Loons and 3 Red-necked Grebes. Other highlights include Eurasian Goldfinch nestings/territories increasing, large migration movements of Horned Grebe and Bonaparte's Gulls and a flyby flock of Greater Yellowlegs.


About 11:20 am, I saw 2 loons within a mile offshore, occasionally diving for food, other times foraging and slowly moving northward. Scopes views gave great views on various diagnostic markings of what were 2 1st year Red-throated Loons, their thin, pointy bills tipped upward being fun to see. Over the next hour, at least 3 more 1st year Red-throated slowly moved northward, at various distances offshore, all further out than the initial 2. It™s quite possible other were swimming/migrating north earlier this morning of this afternoon, perfect conditions for birds to press northward. As well, 1st year plumaged, non-breeding birds would be the expected, as adults should already be on their breeding grounds.


Just before 11:30 am, I got on a flock of 3 birds flying north, just above the water. Size was about like a scaup, but its flight more direction and with pointy bills, giving Merganser impressions. However, as they came past, it was clear they were grebes, with their feet handing well past their wings. I could see some of the extra white in wings and with their large grebe size, the ID was straightforward. They were fairly far offshore, such that if waves present, I probably wouldn™t have had a chance to see these.


At least 76 Horned Grebe were counted, one ˜armada™ of 15 birds were diving and then would come up further north. I™d be there were close to 200+ of this species, if someone had been lake watching all morning. Outside of about 3 very close to shore, they also were way out, such that if waves present, I doubt I™d have seen most of these. I did see 4 birds in flight, but just a short distance, as Horned's typically migration on Lake Michigan is just swimming northward (unlike the RN Grebe group seen earlier).


Flocks of Bonaparte™s Gulls were migrating northward (59 total), along with 3 Caspian Tern. Way offshore I got onto a shorebird flock and it took time to ID them, but finally could get markings and size comparisons and felt they were 4 Greater Yellowlegs.


Eurasian Goldfinches have exploded at IBSP South Unit. Two years ago I found a nest northwest of the office. So far this week, I™ve found a nest being built (north side of Hotel), another pair (south side of Hotel), another male on territory (northwest of office), a 3rd pair (northwest side of Campground Pines) and 3 other birds (east side of Campground Pines). This means there are at least 3 pairs on territory/breeding with the potential for 2 more! I also wasn™t aware this species has ˜colonial™ tendencies, nesting in fairly close proximity to one another.


Last night, I happened to come out of the IBSP Hotel and while walking to the parking lot, I first hear and then saw an American Woodcock came flying overhead!


Lastly, a pair of Cooper™s Hawks (adult male/immature female) appear ready to nest in a Zion oak woodlot. They to seemed ready for some south winds to bring higher temperatures, so they can get on with their nesting cycle.


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Subject: IBET Diamond Lake birds today
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 0:08 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sheryl and I went out to Diamond Lake in Lake County with her sister this afternoon to get our loon fix. Sure enough, they did not disappoint. Our list:

115 Ruddy Duck
140 Red-breasted Merganser
25 Bufflehead
1 Lesser Scaup
20 Mallard
10 Northern Shoveler
6 Common Loon
8 Horned Grebe
4 Pied-billed Grebe
1 ad. Bald Eagle
1 Pine Siskin

Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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me to the mountains, I can rest there. To the rivers, I will be strong.
To the forests, I'll find peace there. To the wild country, where I belong.
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Subject: IBET Bike Birding Cherry Valley 32 species, FOY Carolina Wren
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 23:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Took a quick 15 mile bike ride around the Cherry Valley area and heard/saw 32 species without getting off my bike. Heard a CAROLINA WREN singing on the west end of the lake in Baumann Park. Otherwise the list (below) was pretty predictable:

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Brown-headed Cowbird

Canada Geese

CAROLINA WREN (FOY)

Chipping Sparrow (FOY)

Common Grackle

Common Loons(2) Baumann Park Lake

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Phoebe

European Starling

Hermit Thrush

House Finch

House Sparrow

Killdeer

Mallards

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Northern Y-S Flicker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-winged Blackbird

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Song Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-crowned Sparrow (FOY for IL)

White-throated Sparrow

Wild Turkeys (flock of 12)

Yellow-rumped Myrtle Warbler


Jon Sleger

Rockford, IL



Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook Co - 4/20/18
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 21:18 pm
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The deck shuffled a bit. No sign of the Waterthrush I had yesterday - as others had shared. I did find a singing RUSTY BLACKBIRD (perhaps the same one Al mentioned). It was quite flighty though and only allowed for a brief video before heading off deeper into the woods. Continuing good numbers of FOX SPARROWS and WINTER WRENS. A few more YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS showing up now. One of the COMMON LOONS did the full-on loon call a couple of times - which was cool to hear. The COMMON GOLDENEYES numbered 5 males. My favorite parts of the hike though involved raptors. First was when a RED-TAILED HAWK had the Wood Ducks riled up and I had a female wood duck way up in a tree. I did a zoom-in/zoom-out video to show the perspective of how high up she was. Also had a COOPER'S HAWK devouring something (also took some video of that).
Good birding.
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Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, USApr 20, 2018 5:43 PM - 7:41 PMProtocol: Traveling2.93 mile(s)45 speciesCanada Goose 8Wood Duck 12Blue-winged Teal 1Northern Shoveler 5Mallard 14Bufflehead 1Common Goldeneye 5 Red-breasted Merganser 10Ruddy Duck 3Common Loon 2Pied-billed Grebe 3Great Blue Heron 2Cooper's Hawk 1Bald Eagle 2Red-tailed Hawk 1Ring-billed Gull 4Herring Gull 1Belted Kingfisher 1Red-bellied Woodpecker 2Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3Downy Woodpecker 4Hairy Woodpecker 2Northern Flicker 4Eastern Phoebe 15Blue Jay 1Northern Rough-winged Swallow 12Tree Swallow 12Black-capped Chickadee 2White-breasted Nuthatch 1Brown Creeper 4Winter Wren 6Golden-crowned Kinglet 5Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4Hermit Thrush 7American Robin 45Yellow-rumped Warbler 25Fox Sparrow 18Dark-eyed Junco 1Song Sparrow 10Swamp Sparrow 7Northern Cardinal 2Red-winged Blackbird 20Brown-headed Cowbird 6Rusty Blackbird 1Common Grackle 3View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli... report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday = Peregrine Falcons (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 21:09 pm
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The Evanston North Shore Bird Club™s program meeting next Tuesday, April 24, will be on Illinois Peregrines, From Decline To Recovery. Once on the Endangered Species list and extirpated in Illinois from 1961 to 1986, the Peregrine Falcon population has now passed historic levels. Mary Hennen of the Field Museum will show us how the peregrine population has recovered. Mary will be accompanied by a live peregrine.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard (corner of Bridge Street) in Evanston.

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Subject: IBET Tufted Duck at Spunky Bottoms, Brown County
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 18:58 pm
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The Tufted Duck was still present at 6:15 p.m. at Spunky Bottoms.

Allen Yow
Morgan County

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Subject: IBET Tufted Duck - Brown Co.
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 18:56 pm
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Bob Randall found a Tufted Duck this afternoon at Spunky Bottoms, Brown County.



Subject: IBET Join COS, Friday, 4/27 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 18:18 pm
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Join COS, Friday, 4/27 for LaBagh Woods Bird Walk


Join Jeff Skrentny and take advantage of his detailed knowledge of this premier Chicago birding hotspot. Wear boots-- we will likely go off-tail.


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Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons From Willow Road Friday 4-20-18
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 15:47 pm
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Hello Bird People,

Although I seem to see most of the birds seen on Jeff B's reports I
don't seem to find any of the good birds seen. No Rusty Blackbirds, no
Virginia Rail, no Woodcocks (although I did have one at LaBagh) &
today no Louisiana Waterthrush. And to make matters worse I missed a
Rusty Blackbird by no more than 5 min when John Leonard had one
singing for 5 min but it was gone when we went back for it. But on the
positive side I had a Merlin flying by, 15 Bonaparte's Gulls & 2
squawking Monk Parakeets flew by going south. And I had company in
missing the Waterthrush as neither John Leonard nor Matthew C found it
either. And so whining aside here's my day list.

Skokie Lagoons (7:30-11:30 a.m.)

Common Loon (3)
P.B.Grebe (1)
D.C.Cormorant (29 & 8)
Great Blue Heron (5)
Great Egret (1)
Canada Geese (16)
Wood Duck (4)
Mallard (10)
Shoveler (3)
B.W.Teal (3)
GOLDENEYE (getting late but I had 1 adult male 2 immature males)
Red Breasted Merganser (21)
Ruddy Duck (3-M)
Turkey Vulture (1 hunting)
MERLIN (1 fly-by)
Ring Billed (3) & Herring (2) Gulls
BONAPARTE'S GULL (4 early in the a.m. but up to 15 by noon)
Caspian Tern (4)
Kingfisher (1-F & 1 flying away)
MONK PARAKEET (2 flying south)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (6)
Y.B. Sapsucker (5)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Flicker (8-9)
Eastern Phoebe (12-14)
Tree (8) & Rough Winged (4) Swallows
Blue Jay (1)
Crow (1)
Chickadee (4)
W.B.Nuthatch (6)
Brown Creeper (4)
WINTER WREN (2)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (6)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (2)
EASTERN BLUEBIRD (1-M)
Hermit Thrush (15-16)
Robins (~35)
Starling (only 1)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (30-35)
Cardinal (4)
Fox Sparrow (9-10) (Singing)
Song Sparrow (10-12) (Also singing)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
Junco (8-9)
Red Winged Blackbird (5)
Grackle (2)
Cowbird (8)
Goldfinch (2)

Had a fairly good total of 50 species at this location.

Made a stop at Techny North but it's still flooded with no shorebird
habitat but worthy of mention
were 9 species of ducks including a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS which I
haven't seen any of for about a month. Ebird will question this!

I had 60 species for the day for both locations.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the squawking Monk Parakeets &
Runners-Up to the Merlin, Eastern Bluebird & the Bonaparte's Gulls.

Al Stokie
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Subject: IBET Byard Swamp sp
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 11:31 am
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Hi friends,
Swamp sp chirping some. Still have Fox sp and Brown thrasher. WT sp is singing now. RC kinglet eats/licks PB suet. No other migrants.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

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Subject: IBET: WWDove in Minonk
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 9:25 am
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The bird at the Hartzler™s continues this morning April 20. 

Dan Williams
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Subject: IBET 77 Birds and a Pair of Thermal Underwear
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 9:11 am
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As of April 18th, nearly forty American White Pelicans continue at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Kane County; they've been there for over a week now. I spent most of the day in the area and had 77 species, including first-of-the-year American Pipit, Broad-winged Hawk, and Sora. Overall numbers of waterfowl were down but many species continue, including lots of colorful "rubber duckies," aka Ruddy Ducks. Other highlights include an unflinching Merlin scanning for prey; increasing numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Hermit Thrushes, kinglets, and rails (7 Virginia, 13 Sora; dang, no King!); a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs; an Osprey; and Fox Sparrows gearing up to leave as they sang their sweet song. Despite the fact that I was wearing long underwear -- in APRIL -- migration was well underway and it was very exciting to be out.

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Subject: IBET Virginia Rail at Buffalo Creek
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 8:51 am
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We saw what we think was a Virginia Rail about 20 min ago at Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve. It was a few feet off the path, in a soppy little channel flowing into the lake by the parking lot. It scooted down the channel away from us, then turned and ran through the grasses like a shot! It was backlit, but looked to be about 8" long, long neck, long red bill, skinny and narrow from behind. We didn't see barring or white undertail because of the angle and lighting.

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Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons, Cook Co, Louisiana Waterthrush
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 21:01 pm
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Continuing to hit Skokie Lagoons when time allows on my way home after work. Took a longer hike tonight and added some new year species with the highlights being LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (as expected, along the stream), and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD by the picnic area lake. Right after sunset I had two AMERICAN WOODCOCKS 'peenting' adjacent to the big deer field. The Rusty Blackbirds I had last week have yet to be seen again. Good birding.
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Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, USApr 19, 2018 5:12 PM - 7:54 PMProtocol: Traveling3.91 mile(s)46 speciesCanada Goose 6Wood Duck 10Blue-winged Teal 1Northern Shoveler 3Mallard 8Bufflehead 2Common Merganser 4Red-breasted Merganser 15Ruddy Duck 3Common Loon 1Pied-billed Grebe 4Double-crested Cormorant 1Great Blue Heron 6Great Egret 1Bald Eagle 2American Woodcock 2Ring-billed Gull 2Mourning Dove 2Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1Downy Woodpecker 5Hairy Woodpecker 1Northern Flicker 2American Kestrel 1Eastern Phoebe 20Blue Jay 1Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10Tree Swallow 8Barn Swallow 2Black-capped Chickadee 3Brown Creeper 4 Winter Wren 7 Abundant and vocal, many chattering and one was singingGolden-crowned Kinglet 3Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6 Eastern Bluebird 1 Hermit Thrush 8 American Robin 40Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 20Fox Sparrow 20Dark-eyed Junco 8Song Sparrow 8Swamp Sparrow 6 Northern Cardinal 1Red-winged Blackbird 12Brown-headed Cowbird 3Common Grackle 2View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli... report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: IBET Lake Glenview cook co
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 20:24 pm
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Lots o water birds
2 loons

Suzanne Coleman



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Subject: IBET Mundelein yard birds 2
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 20:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Like Todd, our single (or another) FOX SPARROW showed up in the yard yesterday, as well as a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Our now daily SONG SPARROW rounded out the sparrow list with the tree sparrows below. The yard was pretty busy, apparently due to the approaching frontal system. Four AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were below the feeders... after having only seen one at a time all winter. The most amazing sighting for our tiny suburban yard yesterday though was the large "hawk" I noticed flying over to land in our large Silver Maple. At the last second it veered away, and appeared too large to be one of the Red-tailed Hawks that occasionally hunts near or over our yard. However, as it headed across the street, I easily noted the crooked wings of an OSPREY, not a yard bird but the only other was a high flyover migrant in fall migration. An adult male COOPER's Hawk was also seen yesterday and the day before hunting our feeder birds.
Today, we finally had a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, to go with the lone male COMMON REDPOLL that continues at the thistle feeders with the goldfinches and 6 PINE SISKINS. Before the storm yesterday I counted a minimum of 32 GOLDFINCHES & 9 PINE SISKINS. Still waiting for that first Purple Finch... Good birding!

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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Subject: IBET South Pond (Lincoln Park Zoo) Common Loons
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 19:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I spent most of the morning at South Pond in Lincoln Park. The 2 Common Loons continue to be there. One of the Loons is north of the bridge & poses for photos. I also photographed Ring-billed Gulls mating & a close Red-breasted Merganser with a fish.


After South Pond, I walked to North Pond. I saw a Winter Wren & Brown Creeper.


Robert Kramer
Cook County



Subject: IBET Fox River Shores migrants
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 16:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We walked a lot at Carpentersville Dam and Fox River Shores F.P. today in northern Kane Co.

At Fox River Shores, there were three Bonaparte's Gulls on the river near the peninsula south from the main parking lot along with 7 Caspian Terns.

A Merlin flew right through the parking lot while we were eating lunch there and other hawks, a Bald Eagle, and Osprey were migrating overhead.

Both spots had lots of kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers. The kinglets are super close and put on a great show along the short trail south of Carpentersville Dam.

Full lists are available on eBird if you search for them.

Good birding,

Eric & Sally Secker
West Dundee, Kane Co.


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Subject: IBET Ryerson & Heritage Park In Wheeling Thursday 4-19-18
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 15:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I haven't been to Lake County in a while & I haven't been to Ryerson
Conservation Area in a very long while. So today I decided to go there
for early land bird migrants in Lake Co. I got what I expected plus a
few special species although nothing you'd chase. Then since I stopped
for lunch in Wheeling I made a quick stop at Heritage Park. Here are
my 2 lists.

Ryerson Conservation Area (9:30 a.m.-12;30 p.m.)

D.C.Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (4)
Wood Duck (6)
Mallard (10)
Blue Winged Teal (1-PR)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-PR flying along the river)
Rock Pigeon (2)
RED HEADED WOODPECKER (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (14)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (6)
Downy Woodpecker (4)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-M)
Flicker (8)
(Only one I missed was Pileated)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Tree Swallow (4)
Blue Jay (6)
Chickadee (6)
W.B.Nuthatch (10)
Brown Creeper (3)
WINTER WREN (2)
Golden Crowned Kinglet (6)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (2)
Eastern Bluebird (3-M)
Hermit Thrush (12-14)
Robins (20-25)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (9-10)
Cardinal (4)
Chipping Sparrow (1 at Nan's feeder)
Fox Sparrow (8) (One singing)
Song Sparrow (15-17) (Lots singing)
Swamp Sparrow (2)
Junco (7-8) (One singing)
Red Winged Blackbird (6)
Grackle (3-4)
Cowbird (6)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (1-M)
Goldfinch (H-2)
House Sparrow (4)

Heritage Park In Wheeling (1:30-2 p.m.)

COMMON LOON (3)
P.B.Grebe (8)
D.C. Cormorant (1)
Canada Geese (32)
Mallard (18)
B.W.Teal (1-PR & 3-M)
Lesser Scaup (2-M)
Bufflehead (2-M & 1-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (16)
Ruddy Duck (2-M)
Ring Billed (55) & Herring (3) Gulls
BONAPARTE'S GULL (19-20) (Most had the black hood)
Caspian Tern (10)
Tree (10) & Barn (1) Swallows
Killdeer (H-1)
Kingfisher (H-1)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (1)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Rusty Blackbird even if it was in the wrong county &
Runners-Up to the Bonaparte's Gulls, the Red Headed Woodpecker & the 2
Winter Wrens.
Had 50 species for the day.

Al Stokie
In Lake County most of the day but with a little Cook County at the end


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Subject: IBET Sidney Yates Flatwoods (Bunker Hill)
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 14:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Nothing to rave about today in terms of birds. Except my FOY Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Others Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers, Phoebes, Hermit Thrush, Red-tailed Hawk.



Subject: IBET Ted Lechowicz Woods (Indian Road)
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 14:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Woodcock. 
Carol NelsonCook CountyChicago



Subject: IBET Byard Field sp
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 14:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
Lots of sparrows including WT, Swamp, Song, E towhee, juncos, and Field sp.
All singing.

John
Bourbonnais, IL
John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Edgebrook Woods
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 14:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Unusually birdy. I don't usually do spring migration here and was actually looking for wildflowers but had to stop to acknowledge the birds. Sapsuckers, Phoebes, Bluebird, Yellow-rumps, Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-breasted Nuthatches, Hermit Thrushes, Brown Creepers. 
Carol NelsonCook CountyChicago



Subject: IBET Merlin at Sag Quarries, Cook Co
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 12:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi, I am out birding without a hat or gloves, and the sun is shining, but, more importantly, if you are already in thePalos area and want to see a Merlin, one is perched and still-for now. Park in north parking lot, walk north on the Cal-Sag trail for a few steps, and look up to your left-above Palos Park sign. Chickadees are scolding there...

Vicky Sroczynski

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Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 10:33 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Finally have Fox Sparrows under the feeders! Juncos still here, no American
Tree Sparrows for a few days.


Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County



Subject: IBET JxP, Tuesday, 17 April: Common Loon, Great Black-backed Gull
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 20:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday (Tuesday), covering all areas.  Despite the unseasonable weather it was relatively birdy.  I found several year birds and a couple nice park year birds.
I was hoping for the Ruddy Ducks seen by the Audubon group on Saturday in the rain but had to settle for my first N. SHOVELERS in the park this year seen in the Columbia Basin and east lagoon. At the south end of Wooded Island I found FOY E. TOWHEE (2 males that pished up nicely), BROWN THRASHER and WINTER WREN. Out on the soccer fields I counted 67 N. FLICKERS; there were way over 100 in the park, which is quite a jump in number from my last visit (7) on the 12th! I ran into Aerin T. while counting them; she was as dressed for winter birding as I was on this cold spring day! A BARN SWALLOW (FOY) flew over the soccer fields, then I noticed a COMMON LOON (FOY JxP) in the east lagoon. Just before the driving range a few dog walkers asked what I had seen. I told them about the loon and they mentioned 5 herons in a tree. I had been so intent on checking the birds on the soccer field that I forgot to check the fallen tree over the water at the south end of the island. I went back and there they were, 5 adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS (FOY JxP) with their breeding season plumes. A bit of surprise was a pair of PURPLE MARTINS (FOY) scouting out the nest boxes by the Columbia Basin.
At 63rd Street Beach I saw several adult HERRING GULLS and what I initially thought was a juvenile Herring Gull feeding on a dead fish. When I got closer I realized that the immature bird was a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (FOY JxP). The fish, by the way, was a 2 foot pike. In the little stand of trees along the shore north of La Rabida Hospital I flushed an AMERICAN WOODCOCK (FOY). I had to have walked right by it but it flushed when I turned back around. With most of the birds feeding low I was able to photograph several, but not the 2 males and 1 female EASTERN BLUBIRDS on the east golf course. They were feeding and moving fast! Adding the singing CHIPPING SPARROW I heard near my apartment on the way home, I had 59 species. My full list is below.

Abbreviations: WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, NLF = North Lake Front (59th to 62nd), 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, OH = Outer Harbor, LM = Lake Michigan and immediate shore east of OH, IH = Inner Harbor, GC = Golf Course.

Canada Goose: WI/BM (34), 63rd (2), OH (7), IH (4), GC (2)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (5)
Mallard: WI/BM (33), 63rd (2), OH (7), LM (2), IH (1)
Blue-winged Teal: WI/BM (8)
N. Shoveler: WI/BM (3)
Greater Scaup: IH (5)
Lesser Scaup: IH (5)
Common Goldeneye: IH (2)
Buffllehead: OH (2)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (12), NLF (8), OH (9), LM (10), IH (9), GC (4)
Common Loon: WI/BM (1)
Horned Grebe: WI/BM (1), OH (5), LM (2), IH (2)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (2)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (3), 63rd (1), IH (1)
Black-crowned Night-Heron: WI/BM (5), IH (1)
Cooper's Hawk: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
A. Coot: WI/BM (3), OH (2), IH (26)
Killdeer: WI/BM (2), GC (1)
A. Woodcock: OH (1)
Ring-billed Gull: WI/BM (19), NLF (41), 63rd (66), OH (165), LM (42), IH (6), GC (9)
Herring Gull: WI/BM (3), 63rd (5), OH (2), IH (3)
Great Black-backed Gull: 63rd (1)
Caspian Tern: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: WI/BM (12), 63rd (1), OH (2), GC (2)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1), OH (1), GC (2)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (96), IH (2), GC (24)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (19), 63rd (2), OH (1), IH (2), GC (7)
A. Crow: WI/BM (4), OH (2), IH (1), GC (7)
Purple Martin: WI/BM (2)
Barn Swallow: WI/BM (1), IH (1)
Black-capped Chickadee: WI/BM (1), OH (1), IH (1), GC (1)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (4), NLF (2), OH (5), IH (1), GC (3)
Winter Wren: WI/BM (5), GC (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (1), 63rd (2), GC (4)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (2), 63rd (2), OH (3)
E. Bluebird: GC (3)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (10), 63rd (1), IH (1), GC (2)
A. Robin: WI/BM (89), OH (1), IH (1), GC (23)
Brown Thrasher: WI/BM (2), IH (1), GC (1)
Euro. Starling: WI/BM (26), GC (5)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (9), NLF (1), OH (3), GC (1)
E. Towhee: WI/BM (2), IH (2), GC (1)
A. Tree Sparrow: IH (1), GC (1)
Field Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Chipping Sparrow: 1 along University Ave
Fox Sparrow: WI/BM (8), GC (2)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (40), 63rd (1), OH (1), IH (13), GC (6)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (10), OH (1), IH (4), GC (7)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (12), OH (1), IH (5), GC (5)
White-throated Sparrow: GC (1)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (8), GC (4)
Common Grackle: WI/BM (1)
Red-winged Blackbird: WI/BM (12), GC (1)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (15)
E. Meadowlark: 63rd (1)
House Finch: NLF (1), GC (1)
A. Goldfinch: WI/BM (13)
House Sparrow: WI/BM (8), NLF (1), OH (11)

Randy Shonkwiler
Woodlawn/Chicago



Subject: IBET Byard WT sparrow
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 18:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Hi friends,
3 or so here now. Sing a little. Waiting for the snow to melt up north.
John
Bourbonnais, IL

John Baxter
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Subject: Re: IBET No Sightings - more on the Yellow Rail thing
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 17:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I, being a novice, who sees birds and often doesn't or not definite of what I see, appreciates a sighting. I look it up and hope to recognize upon seeing.Don™t give up on those who are struggling to learn. Thanks for speaking your mind and please continue to inform.It is appreciated. Thank you

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On Apr 17, 2018, at 7:18 PM, Jay Sturner [email protected] [ILbirds] <[email protected]> wrote:
























Fellow birders,
I was told a long time ago that IBET (and other birding listservs) was a resource for documenting bird sightings, even if it meant not revealing the location of a sensitive species (owls, rails, etc., which is mentioned on the IBET page). Am I mistaken? Did I do something wrong? I have been criticized for my "secret" report and I've also be accused of being self-congratulatory. Perhaps my mistake was putting RBA in my header? Perhaps someone could clarify what this listserv is for, that would be a helpful reminder. Like I said, I was under the impression that it was a place to document sightings (I was encouraged to do so in Tennessee when I lived there, because the data from their listserv was used for local checklists and other documentation).
Jay SturnerDowners GroveDuPage County





















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