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29 Jan: @ 11:44:37 IBET Hacked No Sightings [Mary Lou Mellon marylou.mellon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Jan: @ 10:43:42 IBET Another Wrigleyville Bald Eagle, 1/29 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
29 Jan: @ 09:55:09 IBET RSVP today [marylou.mellon@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 20:40:17 IBET Listers Corner deadline coming up! (no new sightings) [trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 20:19:55 IBET Miracle On The Mississippi-Carroll & Jo Davies Counties Wed 1-28-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 18:06:19 IBET Mason and Fulton Counties, 1-28 [miking38@aol.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 17:47:00 IBET Sandhill Cranes [bob shelby bobshelby_1956@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 16:47:29 Re: IBET Grant Park Grumbling [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 14:36:49 IBET C REDPOLL-2-continue at CBG-Cook [rjdbird1@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 13:48:14 IBET McKinley Woods Channahon [Jim Tezak jjtezak@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 13:10:52 IBET Grant Park Grumbling [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 12:53:36 IBET Greater white fronted geese and photos [ovenbirdman@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 09:59:59 IBET Sand Ridge Red Crossbills [Leslie Yoshitani leslieyosh@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 09:49:35 IBET NO SIGHTING, Program on Great Horned Owls, Edwardsville, February 5 [Mark Glenshaw mglenshaw@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 09:22:42 IBET BY RB wp w/E sparrows [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
28 Jan: @ 08:18:39 IBET ebird's "Nocturnal" indicator oddity (No Sightings) [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jan: @ 19:59:19 IBET Jackson Park: Merlin [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
27 Jan: @ 19:25:24 IBET Blog posts on Christmas Bird Count birds [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
26 Jan: @ 19:56:35 IBET BY Bluejays [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
26 Jan: @ 17:38:54 IBET Fox River sightings C'ville [Lucy De Lap ldelap@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
26 Jan: @ 13:04:41 IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 1-26-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Jan: @ 09:29:41 IBET Tundra Swans, Hampton (Rock Island County) [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 19:47:59 IBET Tyler Funk and the Coles County PRFA's [Donnie Dann donniebird@me.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 19:46:22 IBET Red Crossbills at Sand Ridge State Forest - Type 2 [Travis Mahan calidris_1004@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 19:34:41 IBET Rider's of the Storm - Loyola Park [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 19:01:26 IBET Coles County Prairie Falcons [Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 18:00:23 IBET Libertyville Gulls (lake Co) [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 17:39:34 IBET Mute Swans Kankakee state park(PHOTOS) ['Wildlife' garysoper@wildlifeinnature.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 17:26:31 IBET Peoria Co., January 19-25: Cackling Goose, American Black Duck [emcarlson8@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 17:13:13 Re: IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county [Flint Creek Wildlife - Dawn Keller Dawn@flintcreekwildlife.org [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 17:00:36 IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county ['bissbirds@juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 16:00:32 RE: IBET Prairie Falcon Pike County NO SIGHTINGS [Jim Funk jfunk@fossna.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 15:30:21 Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park [Craig Taylor tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 14:32:32 IBET Sand Ridge Forest info (no sightings) [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 14:19:39 IBET Common Redpolls - Genoa (DeKalb County) [Karen Lund catbirder813@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 12:18:36 IBET: Golden Eagle in Jo Daviess Co. ['Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 10:55:36 Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 10:45:06 IBET Goshawk - Evening Sigting [Paul Stensvaag red.tail1960@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
25 Jan: @ 09:29:25 IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park [ovenbirdman@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 21:22:53 IBET Central Illinois 1-24-15 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 20:06:42 IBET Longspurs and buntings in far NW Kankakee County [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 19:15:07 IBET BY Cooper's h. & GHO/ Starved Rock Eagle Fest [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 18:22:49 IBET Pine Grosbeak [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 18:10:40 IBET Wolf Lake/Powers, 126th St Marsh, Stony Is. Overlook, Calumet Park & Steelworkers Park Sat 1-24-15 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 17:14:18 IBET Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve (1-24-15) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 15:51:54 RE: IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 15:38:57 IBET Snowy Owl at Wolf Lake, Long-tailed Duck in Calumet Park, 1/24/15 AM [rawsbb@mac.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 15:15:18 IBET Wolf Lake Snow Owl, Calumet Park Long-tailed Duck; 1/24/15 AM [rawsbb@mac.com [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 14:22:53 IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake [Pat Durkin pat.durkin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
24 Jan: @ 13:07:18 IBET Join COS for a Calumet Region field trip to William Powers Recreational area, Sunday Feb. 1 [Jill Niland bwwarbler@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Hacked No Sightings
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 11:44 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear IBET friends,

A recent post titled RSVP TODAY from me as birdinggal 2257 is a virus. PLEASE DO NOT OPEN.

Very sorry for any inconvenience. I learned this morning that I was hacked by an email sent by a friend.

Regards,

Mary Lou Mellon

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Subject: IBET Another Wrigleyville Bald Eagle, 1/29 a.m.
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 10:43 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At about 10:30 this morning, January 29, I had an adult Bald Eagle
flying south high over my apartment here on the outskirts of
Wrigleyville on the north side of Chicago. This bird was also west of me
and may in fact have flown right over Wrigley Field. I had another adult
Bald Eagle a couple weeks ago from my apartment, so this is 2 in the
same month.

It's amazing what you can see when you look out your windows.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Subject: IBET RSVP today
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 9:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Subject: IBET Listers Corner deadline coming up! (no new sightings)
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 20:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just a reminder that the deadline for submissions is coming up this weekend. Although the stated deadline is January 31st, in actuality we'll take anything submitted by the end of the weekend. 


I'll be in Peoria between Thursday and Saturday for the Illinois Music Educators convention, so now's the time to scare up those great Peoria birds! (Mew Gull will do nicely) If you're in the area, here's a shameless plug: I'll be playing with the Director's All-Star Big Band at the Pere Marquette bar on Thursday from 10:30-midnight. Feel free to stop by (no cover) and say hi!


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County




Subject: IBET Miracle On The Mississippi-Carroll & Jo Davies Counties Wed 1-28-15
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 20:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Between 2009 & 2014 I have made about 10 trips to the 2 above mentioned
counties mainly for Winter Golden Eagles but although others seem to find 1
that had never happened to me.
Today Andy Sigler & I arrived at about 9:30 a.m. & until 2:30 p.m. we
watched the ridge areas in Carroll & Jo Davies Counties with the usual
results, i.e. no Golden Eagles. We also drove RT84 & nearby roads again
without success. We made one last try at the gate where Dan W, Phil D &
Ted W had just had a Golden Eagle over the weekend but we had to settle for
Bald Eagles & Red Tailed Hawks in some numbers plus 2 Kestrels. Here's what
we saw in the 2 counties up until 2:30 p.m. when we gave up & left:

Carroll County

Bald Eagle (6)
Red Tailed Hawk (2)
Kestrel (1)
Mourning Dove (3)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
PILEATED WOODPECKER (1 close fly-by)
Flicker (2)
Blue Jay (3)
Crow (6)
Eastern Bluebird (8)
Robins (6)
Starling (~40)
Horned Lark (12-14)
Junco (20-22)
House Sparrow (6-8)

Jo Davies County

Bald Eagle (8)
Red Tailed Hawk (7)
Rock Pigeon (4)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
PILEATED WOODPECKER (1 fly-by but far off)
Flicker (2 fly-bys)
WILD TURKEY (10-12)
Blue Jay (2)
Crow (21)
Chickadee (4)
Robins (12)
Cedar Waxwing (~30)
Junco (18)
Cardinal (2-M & 2-F)
House Finch (9-10)
PURPLE FINCH (5-6)

Feeling somewhat discouraged as we left we still continued to look for
eagles & hawks as we drove toward Savannah. Saw a couple more Bald Eagles &
then I spotted a dark looking eagle flying along with us. Couldn't tell if
it was just another young Bald Eagle but it certainly did look dark all
right. Lucky for us there was a small road we could pull off on and the
dark eagle also helped by flying along that road until it was easily viewed
in an area clear of tall trees. It turned out to be an "almost adult"
GOLDEN EAGLE & the miracle that I had thought would never happen had just
happened! And it was in Carroll County so Andy got one of his precious new
"county birds" as well. I didn't care which county it was in I just wanted
to see one! I have not done well with Golden Eagles as this was only the
3rd Illinois county where I had seen one.
Almost all of my seen Golden's have been in Lake County at the various Hawk
Watch spots.

So to no one's surprise Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the long awaited (by me)
GOLDEN EAGLE.
Might as well make it an all eagle day so Runner-Up goes to all the Bald
Eagles as their continuing fly-bys kept us looking for the main target.
Finally!

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Mason and Fulton Counties, 1-28
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 18:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


I also made a trip to Mason and Fulton Counties today, notably to walk part of Pine Valley Road in Sand Ridge but mostly what I could find were American robins; thousands of American robins. They were so numerous that it made it extremely difficult to hear or see anything else but I did tough it out long enough to see around a dozen purple finches, a spectacular chocolate brown red-tailed hawk overhead and a yellow-rumped warbler at ten feet. About an hour into my walk a sharp-shinned hawk went over and effectively quieted the robins long enough for a peaceful yet uneventful stroll. It was very interesting seeing him fly down the center of the road at treetop height with his head swiveling from one side to the other in search of movement in the brush. I did not see or try for any crossbills. I left Sand Ridge and found a meadowlark on a powerline along the road before I stopped by the crossdike at Chautauqua, (by the way, foot traffic is permitted in all areas of the refuge again on Feb. 1) where I found a singing Carolina wren, a similarly spectacular dark-phase rough-legged hawk, about 10 Eurasian tree sparrows and a chipping sparrow. Both the upper and lower pools are still frozen over except for a few places along the shore and were usually filled with Canadian and white-fronted geese. About 500 snow geese flew over while I was there. A couple miles south of the refuge HQ there were 6 trumpeter swans in a field, 3 of which were gray juveniles and over in Fulton County about a mile south of Duck Island Road there were 49 trumpeters in a field, nine of which were juvenile. None of the swans I saw today were wearing numbered neck collars. Heading back to Peoria, I had a flock of at least 10,000 snow geese overhead. Mike Ingram, Peoria





Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 17:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Late this afternoon, I had 50 Sandhill Cranes fly low over my house in Edwards County. They were flying in a northeast direction.
Bob Shelby
West Salem, Edwards Co.



Subject: Re: IBET Grant Park Grumbling
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 16:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Thanks Doug.

The male White-winged Scoter was well seen and photographed at 3:10 p.m. -- best viewed from the blue water-taxi sign/stand.

The seven Redheads were seen while walking south along the harbor from Monroe St.,, but possibly the best sight/sighting was a male Long-tailed Duck which flew past, headed south, during that walk. It flew beyond the breakwall so it possibly ended up where the female was reported.

Good birdings,




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




-----Original Message-----
From: douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]
To: ilbirds
Sent: Wed, Jan 28, 2015 1:10 pm
Subject: IBET Grant Park Grumbling







Went out from Field Museum at lunchtime. Landbirds few and far between. Monroe Harbor nearly completely open, and full of ducks and gulls. Highlights were an adult male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER just inside the south end of the breakwater, a female plumaged LONG-TAILED DUCK east off of the Shedd Aquarium, an adult GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a first year THAYER'S GULL inside the breakwater but well offshore, a little south of the light for Balbo on Lake Shore Dr. There were a few (7) REDHEADS mixed in with the 135 or so GREATER SCAUP. I did not pick any Lessers out of the scaup.


Doug Stotz


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Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist
Environmental and Conservation Programs
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312)-665-7438
Fax: (312)-665-7433
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Subject: IBET C REDPOLL-2-continue at CBG-Cook
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 14:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear IBETers,
fyi-
The COMMON REDPOLLs reported the past two days by Al and John continue this mid-day at the feeders at Chicago Botanical Garden. All birds seen were at the Buehler Enabling Garden's feeders. I spent an hour wandering about CBG away from the Enabling Garden and saw not a single bird other than a fly-over red-tailed hawk. There were ~20 noisy pine siskins coming and going at the feeders. Perhaps they enjoyed the sunshine as much as I did?
I scoped the siskins at the feeders for 20 minutes before the pink-breasted redpoll flew in, and scoped it at 20X for 15 seconds from ~ 20 meters in good light before it was flushed by a passerbyer. I waited another 20 minutes before it returned, but along with it came a second redpoll without much if any pink on its breast. Both of these birds were still at the feeders when I left.
While waiting for the redpoll's return I was able to scope each of 28 cedar waxwings that put in to the treetops just northwest of the feeders.


Rich DeCoster
Evanston
Cook
rjdbird1 AT yahoo



Subject: IBET McKinley Woods Channahon
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 13:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went out to McKinley Woods in Channahon (Will Co.) this morning. Not many land birds, however, I did get some very nice photos of ducks along the Desplaines River.
Downy WoodpeckerRed-bellied WoodpeckerDark-eyed JuncoNorthern Cardinals (M & F)Black-capped Chickadee

Am White PelicansRedheads (M & F)Common Goldeneyes (M & F)Buffleheads (M & F)Ring-necked Ducks (M & F)Am CootsCommon Mergansers (M & F)Pied-billed Grebe
Jim Tezak Shorewood (Will Co)jjtezak@yahoo.com



Subject: IBET Grant Park Grumbling
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 13:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went out from Field Museum at lunchtime.  Landbirds few and far between.
Monroe Harbor nearly completely open, and full of ducks and gulls.
Highlights were an adult male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER just inside the south end
of the breakwater, a female plumaged LONG-TAILED DUCK east off of the Shedd
Aquarium, an adult GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a first year THAYER'S GULL
inside the breakwater but well offshore, a little south of the light for
Balbo on Lake Shore Dr. There were a few (7) REDHEADS mixed in with the
135 or so GREATER SCAUP. I did not pick any Lessers out of the scaup.

Doug Stotz

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Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist
Environmental and Conservation Programs
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312)-665-7438
Fax: (312)-665-7433
e-mail: dstotz@fieldmuseum.org



Subject: IBET Greater white fronted geese and photos
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 12:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello everybody, today I was able to try out my new camera (Samsung WB2200F) and its great for not being a 5-10 pound telephoto SLR camera, but yeah I managed to snap a few COMMON MERGANZERS and a male NORTHERN HARRIER along with four flyover distant GREATER WHITE FRONTED GEESE. Other than that there is not really much else lately to speak of. Thanks and good birding folks!
Bronson Ratcliff, Kankakee county, IL
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Subject: IBET Sand Ridge Red Crossbills
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 9:59 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

12 seen here at 8:15 with Keith McMullen and Davida Kalina at The Spot.

Leslie Yoshitani
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Subject: IBET NO SIGHTING, Program on Great Horned Owls, Edwardsville, February 5
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 9:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Morning, all.

My name is Mark Glenshaw and I am an amateur naturalist living in St.
Louis, MO and I study the wildlife in Forest Park, the nearly 1400 acre
park in St. Louis. Since December 2005, I have been observing, documenting
and doing outreach with a pair of Great Horned Owls that live in the park.

As part of my outreach work, I give talks on the owls throughout Illinois
and Missouri for a wide-range of organizations including
conservation/nature organizations, libraries, schools (pre-K through
college) and civic groups. My next talk will be next Thursday, February 5
at 7:00pm at the Edwardsville Public Library
. Using pictures and videos I have
shot, I will describe how I found the owls, basic facts about the species
and the different behaviors including hunting, mating and nesting I have
seen. I hope to see some of you there.

I just gave a talk on Friday in Carbondale for the Southern Illinois
Audubon Society, which was an honor and pleasure to do. I enjoyed seeing
many American Kestrels and *Buteo* hawks as I took Rt 3 down and Rt 13 back
to St. Louis. One 3-4 mile stretch had 4-6 birds of these types.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Mark

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City of St. Louis, Missouri
Forest Park Owls
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mglenshaw@gmail.com
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Subject: IBET BY RB wp w/E sparrows
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 9:22 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
Had a few E. sparrows eating CC on the ground along with the RB wp. The Red-bellied took issue when sparrows got too close.
GHO hooted again last night, went out and binoc' ed across the street in the direction of the hoot. It flew over on my side of the street behind my neighbors in the Sycamore tree and hooted. Never did see it. Maybe there's two.
E starlings doing mimic calls of E meadowlark, Killdeer, and some I don't know.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET ebird's "Nocturnal" indicator oddity (No Sightings)
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 8:18 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

ebird has begun flagging nocturnal checklist as "Nocturnal" -- believe that needs some tweaking -- it surprised me today and my 7 a.m. start time did not seem particularly nocturnal ;-)


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 Jackson Park: Merlin
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 19:59 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today covering the golf course, inner and outer harbors, 63rd Street Beach, the north lake front of the park and the Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area.  The park is filled with the noise of chainsaws and wood chippers and will look very different come spring.  Nevertheless, there were still some birds in the park.  The most active areas for land birds were Bobolink Meadow and the east side of the inner harbor.  The outer harbor is partly open on the south end and most of the waterfowl were there.  There is a small open area in the middle of the south end near the docks, which had no birds and a small area near the connection with the outer harbor, which had 2 male COMMON GOLDENEYES.
Land bird highlights were 2 BROWN CREEPERS (one at the wooded area at Cornell and Marquette by the golf course and one on the east side of the inner harbor), a HAIRY WOODPECKER at Bobolink Meadow, a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH in the far northwest of the park at 56th and Stony Island. I had three species of sparrows with a single A. TREE SPARROW at the outer harbor parking lot feeding with some House Sparrows and ~20 in the meadow, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on the east side of the inner harbor and 2 in the woods by the meadow, and 6 DARK-EYED JUNCOS east of the inner harbor and 2 in the meadow. Bird of the day goes to a MERLIN zooming over the outer harbor heading northwest. A Merlin was seen here on the 17th flying in off Lake Michigan. Crows were chasing a RED-TAILED HAWK at Cornell and Marquette. The only birds on Wooded Island was a N. CARDINAL and 3 A. GOLDFINCHES.
There were 15 male and 1 lonely female REDHEADS, mostly sleeping, in the outer harbor with 14 GREATER SCAUP and a few C. GOLDENEYES. One male BUFFLEHEAD was feeding between the docks. A male GREATER SCAUP was the only bird in 59th Street Harbor hanging out near the water being flushed into the harbor from the lagoons. I was surprised to see three MALLARDS in the small pool of water by the north bridge of Wooded Island in the mostly drained lagoons. My full list of birds follows with these abbreviations: GC=golf course, IH=inner harbor, OH=outer harbor and L. Mich. east of La Rabida, 63rdcrd Street Beach, NLF=north lake front (between Promontory Point and 63rd St. B.), WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow.

Canada Goose: OH (435)
Mallard: OH (4), WI/BM (3)
Redhead: OH (16)
G. Scaup: OH (14), WI/BM (1)
Bufflehead: OH (1)
Common Goldeneye: IH (2), OH (14, 10 OH, 4 L. Mich.), 63rd (1), NLS (9)
Common Merganser: 63rd (73), NLS (3)
Red-breasted Merganser: 63rd (6), NLS (10)
Red-tailed Hawk: GC (1)
Merlin: OH (1)
A. Coot: OH (1)
Ring-billed Gull: OH (63)
Herring Gull: OH (7) 63rd (4)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
Downy Woodpecker: GC (1), IH (2), WI/BM (2)
A. Crow: GC (7), IH (3), OH (4), 63rd (4), WI/BM (1)
Black-capped Chickadee: GC (1), IH (3), WI/BM (2)
White-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (1)
Brown Creeper: GC (1), IH (1)
A. Robin: WI/BM (1 west of the MSI)
A. Tree Sparrow: OH (1), WI/BM (20)
White-throated Sparrow: IH (1), WI/BM (2)
Dark-eyed Junco: IH (6), WI/BM (2), also had one near my building on University Ave.
N. Cardinal: GC (1(, IH (1), WI/BM (4)
A. Goldfinch: IH (1), WI/BM (3)
House Sparrow: OH (6)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago




Subject: IBET Blog posts on Christmas Bird Count birds
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 19:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


I’ve finally finished a post to my blog site… first one since November. The first one is up but there will be a series of ten of them… all covering the ten Christmas Bird Counts that I helped on this winter, seven in Illinois and three in northern Minnesota. I will be posting the other six Illinois CBC blog posts soon (still need to write the three Minnesota ones). There will be lots of bird, scenery and people pics, thanks to a bunch of my birding/photography friends!) with each post, and though these blogs are full of bird info (not just lists but maybe a few things that some birders might even find helpful in their own birding), there is hopefully more to enjoy than just the birds. I found a GOLDEN EAGLE and a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE on this winter's CBCs, and the SOLITAIRE is likely wintering there and still present, so if you didn't see my earlier post about it, you might want to check out my blog. However, as you will see if you bother to read my first blog post, the posts are more than just bird laundry lists, but also include a wide range of topics related to my birding/nature “adventures”. Here is the link: https://flightsofnature.wordpr... https://flightsofnature.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/christmas-bird-count-series-steves-little-adventure-cbc-1-middle-fork-river-valley-east-central-illinois-14-december-2014/ and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing and re-living my “little adventure” this winter! Good birding!



Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake County)

sdbailey@illinois.edu




Subject: IBET BY Bluejays
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 19:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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

Hi friends,
The cracked corn and seed mix works on most birds, the BJ's love it. They also eat PB suet and peanuts in the shell. Coopers h. still here along with the night time hooting of the GHO from across the street. I tried to spot him hooting but no luck, with snow here the lighting is much better tonight for another try.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Fox River sightings C'ville
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 17:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
No Barrows this afternoon but many Common Goldeneyes and 2 female/1 male Red Breasted Mergansers, just south of the Old Town bridge, viewed from the east side.

Lucy DeLap
East Dundee, IL
Kane County



Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 1-26-15
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 13:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today doesn't really qualify as a birding day but as I was on my way to
just north of the CBG on a non-birding errand I made a quick stop (less
than 1 hour) for a quick check of the area by the feeders & the Regenstein
Birch Tree area. Pretty much the same birds I've been seeing but if you
don't keep looking you could miss new arrivals if they show up. They didn't
show up today. Almost all the birds seen today were on the south side of
the Regenstein Building between the 4 feeders & the English Walled Garden
area. Only saw 10 species but a few of those species were in good numbers &
had to looked at carefully in case something special was mixed in. Here's
the day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (9-almost 10 a.m.)

Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD, flew by & landed south of Evening Island)
Chickadee (4 with 3 at the feeders)
Robin (2)
CEDAR WAXWING (35-40 eating red berries or resting in Willows by the berry
trees)
Junco (8-10)
House Finch (1-M eating small red berries with a flock of Goldfinches)
COMMON REDPOLL (3, with 1 at the feeders & 2 in the Birch Trees. One had a
pink breast)
PINE SISKIN (30-35 with most in the Alders or at the feeders but a few were
in the Birch Trees)
Goldfinch (~25 eating in Birch & red berry trees & at the feeders)
House Sparrow (6-8)

Many of the Goldfinches & the 1 House Finch were eating in a red berry tree
which is normal for those species but I got a big surprise when 1 of the
Redpolls landed in the same berry tree & actually ate 2 of the small red
berries whereas I thought it was just going to rest there a while.
I had seen Redpolls eating in Alders, Birch Trees & at the feeders but
never before eating red berries. Also, I spent a lot of time checking out
the Waxwings but they all seemed to be Cedars today. But it was a bigger
group than I've seen here in a few weeks & we all need to keep looking for
their bigger, grayer relatives.

Bird-Of-The-Short-Day to the male Redpoll with all the pink coloring &
Runner-Up to all the fine looking Cedar Waxwings. Best I could do in a
short time period.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Tundra Swans, Hampton (Rock Island County)
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 9:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Forgot to post this earlier.  While Vicki Buchwald and I were doing the
eagle survey on 1/24, we saw 20 tundra swans by Lock 14, 4 of which were on
the Illinois side at Hampton. The other bonus bird was a female
white-winged scoter, but she remained on the Iowa side during the time we
were there. By the way, the redpolls I reported yesterday have not
returned (yet) today.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: IBET Tyler Funk and the Coles County PRFA's
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 19:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
With few exceptions, birders are remarkably generous people.  And when that spirit is combined with a high degree of knowledge the result is wonderful.  This could not be better exemplified than by what Tyler Funk did today in guiding me to see these Coles County Prairie Falcons.  Note the plural as Tyler describes in his own post. We were extremely fortunate to see 2 of these rarities on this famous stump.   Tyler, a big public THANK YOU!

Donnie Dann
Highland Park/Lake County

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Subject: IBET Red Crossbills at Sand Ridge State Forest - Type 2
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 19:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 Hello all,
I just completed the audio spectrographic analysis of sound recordings I obtained from a small flock of approximately 15 RED CROSSBILLS at the 2300N spot at Sand Ridge State Forest (Mason Co) on Friday, January 23, 2015.  The structure of the calls are consistent with Type 2.  My eBird report containing a spectrogram can be viewed here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21542467
An excellent reference for Red Crossbill call-types was presented on eBird a couple years ago, which can be viewed here:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird...
Later,
Travis MahanDecatur, ILMacon Co.



Subject: IBET Rider's of the Storm - Loyola Park
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 19:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders,
The link will take you to a slide show. The title refers to the song by The Doors that ran through my head as I watched more than thirty large gulls facing into the wind as I looked south off the pier today. Was there twice. Glaucous Gull was first trip, Thayer's the second. I suspect some little fish were being chopped up by the ice or something.  Also, to get the full effect go to the lower right hand corner of the screen and push the enlarge arrows. You can see the snow better in some of the shots.
Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
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Subject: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcons
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 19:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I met Donnie Dann this afternoon around 3:15pm to make a stab at the
Prairie Falcon. As I pulled up to join Donald I could see that there was a
falcon on the stump. We joined forces to get a better look at the falcon
from the west side on 1200e. While exiting the vehicle to set up the scope
I saw a falcon fly from the stump. I mentioned that to Donald, and we began
trying to watch were the falcon might land again. We were unable to follow
the bird through binoculars in the poor light, but when I swung the binos
back to the stump there was a Prairie Falcon still sitting there. Donald
was scoping the stump when a second Prairie Falcon flew to the stump and
perched next to the first. This is the first sighting of both birds since
11-14-2014. It was pretty exciting! While watching the first falcon Donald
also made note that the first bird appeared to be feeding on unidentifiable
prey. He also noted that the second falcon that flew in was noticeably
smaller in stature than the first. Donald was great company, falcons were
great birds, and the weather....well, it was crappy. Thank you for making
the trip downstate Donald!

Tyler D Funk



Subject: IBET Libertyville Gulls (lake Co)
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 18:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  Today was a perfect day for some car birding, though sitting on the side of Peterson Rd. with trucks zipping by me was a little harrowing so I didn’t stay long. The cornfield to the north had about 200 gulls sitting in it. It took me about 5 min. to pick out a first year GLAUCOUS, adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED, and a first year ICELAND GULL from the group of Herrings and a couple Ring-billeds. Also had an adult SHARP-SHINNED HAWK visit my backyard a couple of times this afternoon.

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer@yahoo.com








Subject: IBET Mute Swans Kankakee state park(PHOTOS)
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 17:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Saturday morning five Mute swans landed out in front of where I was at the park.

PHOTOS: http://www.wildlifeinnature.co...

Gary Soper
Kankakee county
www.wildlifeinnature.com



Subject: IBET Peoria Co., January 19-25: Cackling Goose, American Black Duck
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 17:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello again, everyone. The slowdown in my own numbers that I expected last week finally came this week, but the birds themselves haven't been slowing down. Geese are flying overhead all over the place, and a few ducks are moving around as well. Gull numbers have increased around Peoria Lake, though no other rarities have been found. I don't know whether they are moving or if the melted snow has just made them more apparent, but I saw three flocks of 30+ Dark-eyed Juncos this week. I even saw a new yard bird this week: this Red-headed Woodpecker https://flic.kr/p/qUmahD. Sadly I haven't seen it again since the resident Red-bellied Woodpecker drove it away.


January 21 I stopped by Detweiller Marina after a report of an American Black Duck the previous day. The puddles on the nearby grass were feeding over 60 Mallards but no Black Ducks. There were about 100 Canada Geese in the puddles with the Mallards and another couple hundred on the lake ice. Many of them were small subspecies, and at least a couple were Cackling Geese https://flic.kr/p/pWzt6J. It was great to get this species out of the way early because I seem to only find cacklers once or twice a year in the county.


I wasn't satisfied with the Cackling Geese, so I decided to stop at Poplar Lane Park on my way back. I often see Mallards in the park, but finding a pair of American Black Ducks https://flic.kr/p/pWzsQU there was nothing more than getting lucky on a hunch. They weren't swimming with the Mallards--they were hidden near vegetation along the shore and flushed when I walked up to scope the diving ducks on the lake. By the time I ran back to grab my camera, they were already swimming out toward the middle of the lake; all I could manage is what barely qualifies as a documentation shot. Still, that was my second bird of the day that I only see once or twice a year. I guess I took care of my January targets fast enough that I'm able to get a head start on February targets.


January 23 I was able to get down to Banner Marsh and explore a little. I found nothing. I had high hopes because one of my best days ever at Banner was in early spring when there was only a little open water. But on Friday there still wasn't any open water on the Peoria lakes. That wasn't a huge disappointment. After finding the Cackling Goose and American Black Duck earlier in the week, my only real waterfowl target was Ross's Goose anyway. The big disappointment was not finding any interesting land birds either. Northern Shrike was my only realistic target (Short-eared Owl and Common Redpoll being the unrealistic ones), but I would have been happy with any hawk besides Red-tailed or any falcon. I couldn't even find Eurasian Tree Sparrows, and my only blackbirds were a pair of Red-winged. The most interesting bird of the day were the 1000 or so Greater White-fronted Geese that flew over. Every flock was flying south; I guess they had the same problems finding open water that I did. On the way home I saw a Eurasian Collared-Dove sitting on a wire in Bartonville. That was actually the first I've ever seen in Peoria County.


January 24 East of Elmwood and Farmington are a series of strip mine lakes and grasslands. I have heard of Short-eared Owls being seen near this area; I figure it is my best bet to find that species (If anyone has a better idea, I'm listening!). Saturday evening I drove around but didn't find anything there either. That's two trips I've made out there--one in the afternoon and one in the evening--without finding anything more than a Red-tailed Hawk or Horned Lark. The area feels dead, but it's a big area for one person to cover. Perhaps I'm just missing something. I'll try it again when the owls are migrating.


Before I drove around looking for owls I drove into Elmwood to check out their sewage lagoon. It is adjacent to a park; most of it is easily viewable from there. I've only checked that spot a couple times, but both times there were hundreds of Canada Geese. Yesterday there were also White-fronted Geese flying overhead, and there may have been some Cackling Geese around the sewage ponds. I didn't take the time to go through them carefully because the sun was getting low. This spot is probably the most likely place in the county to find a Ross's Goose as well as certain shorebirds. I just wish it was close enough to check it more than a couple times a month.


Evan Carlson
Peoria


Peoria County 2015 current total: 68



January targets: Long-tailed Duck, Rough-legged Hawk, Thayer's Gull, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull,Eastern Screech-Owl, Snowy Owl, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Northern Shrike, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin.




Subject: Re: IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 17:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Richard,

We have someone on their way therethank you so much for letting us know.

Dawn Keller
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation
www.flintcreekwildlife.org
www.facebook.com/flintcreek
847/842-8000



From: "'bissbirds@juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]"

Reply-To: "bissbirds@juno.com"
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:58:29 GMT
To:
Subject: IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county







At 4 pm I saw an adult Coopers Hawk run across the tollway flapping its
wings and it perched on the ground next to the median with a drooped wing,
which I presume is broken. We called Flint Creek and left a message.
Perhaps someone can retrieve it tomorrow morning or tonight before it is hit
by a car.

It was about a block south of Willow road on the northbound lanes

Richard Biss
bissbirds@juno.com









Subject: IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 17:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At 4 pm I saw an adult Coopers Hawk run across the tollway flapping its wings and it perched on the ground next to the median with a drooped wing, which I presume is broken.  We called Flint Creek and left a message.  Perhaps someone can retrieve it tomorrow morning or tonight before it is hit by a car. It was about a block south of Willow road on the northbound lanes Richard Bissbissbirds@juno.com



Subject: RE: IBET Prairie Falcon Pike County NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 16:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Melba and I drove a good portion of the roads in Pike County west of Meredosia late this morning and did not find the previously-reported Prairie Falcon.  We did see seven BALD EAGLES and two male NORTHERN HARRIERS and two AMERICAN KESTRELS  in the area.  At Meredosia Bay in Morgan County, we had at least a dozen BALD EAGLES, a few dozen COMMON MERGANSERS and about 25 NORTHERN PINTAILS flew over headed north.  Obviously dillusional….



Good Birding, Jim Funk, Liberty, Adams County



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Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 9:24 AM

To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: IBET Prairie Falcon







I saw what was likely the PRAIRIE FALCON (definitely a large falcon) last Sunday, flying at least a quarter mile or more off in the distance while I was at the spot ~ a mile west of the bridge over the Illinois River near Meredosia where Colin Dobson had last seen it. The bird was flying from the northwest to the southeast, and it was flying towards the power plant on the east side of the river. I drove over to that area and drove the roads, where there were quite a few short-grass fields that looked good for a Prairie Falcon, but I didn't have a lot of time, so I did not find it. I did see a flock of White Pelicans near Smith Lake though, and a couple of Eurasian Collared-Doves near the grain elevator at Naples. Good birding!







Steve Bailey



Mundelein (Lake Co.)



sdbailey@illinois.edu





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Subject: Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 15:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Bill / forehead look wrong for Jackdaw.  Also I've never seen one perched as pictured.


I've seen many many Jackdaws in UK over the years (most recently 3 weeks in Sept / Oct 2014).

Just not giving me Jackdaw giss.


"Do you eBird?"

Craig Taylor
La Grange, Illinois
Cook County


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From: "sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]"
To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:55 AM
Subject: Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park







Although pretty distant, the photo doesn't look too bad for a Jackdaw. Do you remember seeing a white eye/iris on the bird? The other question would then be the origin of the bird. Though there were a few birds (I think that were also of questionable origin??) that showed up in the Northeast several years ago, there would also be the question on whether the bird had been a cage bird, as many crow/corvid species are kept as pets due to their intelligence.

Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
sdbailey@illinois.edu





Subject: IBET Sand Ridge Forest info (no sightings)
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 14:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I have received several inquiries recently about Sand Ridge Forest (in
Mason Co.) and will answer them here all at once.

Pine Valley Drive is the gravel road that runs south from 2500north
opposite the entrance to the fish hatchery. If you drive south and
then east down its length, it connects up with Cactus Drive. The small
odd looking cement buildings that you will encounter there contain
pumps that supply water to the fish hatchery. They are all labeled
with a number on their doors. FYI - Pine Valley Drive does not get
plowed when it snows.

The best area to find the Red Crossbills is along 2300north just east
of 2300east. As you first start driving east on 2300north from
2300east there is a stand of White Pines on both sides of the road.
Where those stands end - rather scraggly stands of Virginia Pines
begin [when present at Sand Ridge, crossbills feed almost exclusively
on the cones of Virginia Pines]. The road goes up a slight grade there
and some pines extend out over the south side of the road at the top
of that grade. That short stretch of road there (east of where the
White Pines end) is by far the best area to look for the crossbills.
They can be on either side of the road and sometimes sit in either of
the two largest deciduous trees right next to the road along the south
side. The "type" of crossbill there currently sounds a little
different than ones that have been there often in the past. They tend
to vocalize infrequently (and are not as "loud" when they do so) and
you are just as likely to find them by listening for the sound of pine
cones being cracked open. If you do see or hear them flying over - you
might try "spishing" as loudly as you can. If you are lucky - they
will circle back and land nearby. If you do find some perched - they
can be quite approachable if you don't make any loud noises or quick
moves. Historically, crossbills have been found at other spots around
Sand Ridge, but this is the only spot where I have found any this
winter - and have been difficult to find even here. It had not
occurred to me until I was typing this up - that I have had all ten
species of "expected" winter finches (at least once) along that little
stretch of road during the 30+ years that I have been going there.

Before anybody asks - NO - I do not know specifically which "type" of
Red Crossbills are currently being found there, but do think that I
have had this "type" there in the past based on the way they sound and
behave.

I have not looked for or found any Saw-whet Owls at Sand Ridge for
several years and do not have any current information about that
species.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Common Redpolls - Genoa (DeKalb County)
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 14:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There are 7 or 8 common redpolls in the yard now.  They don't seem too
interested in the feeders, but are pecking away on 1 of the crabapple trees.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813@gmail.com



Subject: IBET: Golden Eagle in Jo Daviess Co.
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 12:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday, Phil Doncheck, Ted Wolff and I went over to the Lost Mound area
in Jo Deviess county to bird. The morning weather was clear but rapidly
diminished as fog settled in over the bluffs along the refuge on the east
side. But, by 11:00 a.m. the fog started to lift, and by 12:15 p.m. we
were staked out by the locked gate on Shinske Road at the south end of
Hanover Bluff.

The sky was clear and a slight north wind was helpful. A number of raptors
were soaring, mostly Bald Eagles with a few Red-tailed Hawks mixed in among
them. Around 12:55 p.m., a Red-tail and a larger, all dark raptor appeared
in view a mile north along the ridge. Telescope views confirmed that the
large dark bird was an adult Golden Eagle, After soaring around for a
little while, the eagle set its wings and came soaring along the bluff,
headed south/southeast, until it dissappeared from view. In all, we
watched it for 5 minutes.

Although often hard to find, this species seems to be a regular winter
resident of this area.

Dan Williams
Rockford



Subject: Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 10:55 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Although pretty distant, the photo doesn't look too bad for a Jackdaw.  Do you remember seeing a white eye/iris on the bird? The other question would then be the origin of the bird. Though there were a few birds (I think that were also of questionable origin??) that showed up in the Northeast several years ago, there would also be the question on whether the bird had been a cage bird, as many crow/corvid species are kept as pets due to their intelligence.


Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
sdbailey@illinois.edu



Subject: IBET Goshawk - Evening Sigting
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 10:45 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Regularly - even daily - the Goshawk frequents the backyard.  Last night at
5:08, quite dusky at that time, we spotted him on the stone wall near the
garden bird feeders.

I have never seen a hawk so late in the day prior to this.....must be
looking for the last Dove or Cardinal taking a "last meal" of the day.

He stood there motionless, in the dark, like he owned the place (and he
does!) or so it seemed.

Palatine, Cook



Subject: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 9:29 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey all,
I know this is late but I was looking through photos off my memory card and re-evaulated my photos of a different sized crow and different marked crow or what I was assuming was a crow... Take a look at it. The photos were taken on our Christmas Bird Count day on 12/27/14 for Kankakee county.
Let me know what you think
https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/...
Take care, Bronson Ratcliff, Manteno IL Kankakee county

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Subject: IBET Central Illinois 1-24-15
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 21:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today, Grandma and I decided to bird the Peoria and Havana area. We first made a quick trip through Sand Ridge and the 2 main highlights were, 15 Red Crossbills at the crossbill spot and 9 Purple Finches. I heard some possible PINE GROSBEAK notes northeast of where the road curves, just south of pump house 8. Once we got to Riverplex, all of the ducks weren't there and there were a lot of gulls by the Walmart. So, we went to Walmart. After a few minutes, I see this darker winged, smaller gull flying around. I was thinking it was going to be a smaller lesser-black-backed gull. The gull turned out to an adult breeding FRANKLIN'S GULL! After it flew around for a few minutes, it disappeared to the north. Also, I had an adult Thayer's and a 1st winter Glaucous. I also had a Peregrine Falcon flying around.

Then, I got a call from Kevin saying the he just saw the Pine Grosbeak! So, we zoomed down there and met with him at pump house 7. After about 40 minutes, both of us heard a few notes of the PINE GROSBEAK. After this grandma and I went to Pine campground and got 2-3 Red-breasted Nuthatches. We went to Spring Lake and had a Rough-legged Hawk, and all of the Mute Swans. We went back to the Grosbeak area. We parked between the pump houses 7 and 8 after 45 minutes I heard some PINE GROSBEAK notes straight east of pump house 8. This is the same area that the bird was seen or heard all day! We had 72 species for the day!

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com

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Subject: IBET Longspurs and buntings in far NW Kankakee County
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 20:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While running one of our two winter raptor survey routes on Saturday,
Karen, Vicky S, Stan Z and I encountered a large (several hundred) mixed flock
of these tundra birds. The location: On the N side of W 3500N Rd. This is
the first road going east from Essex Rd, about 0.5 mi S of the town of Essex.
The mixed flock was approx. 90% Lapland Longspurs, the rest Snow Buntings
with just a few Horned Larks.

We counted a good number of raptors on the route, mostly Redtails and Bald
Eagles, a few kestrels, a couple of harriers, one Roughleg but not a
single accipiter. A couple miles N of the tundra bird flock, we watched an
immature Bald Eagle tearing up a small mammal (rabbit or squirrel, couldn't tell
for sure) in the middle of a cornfield, being watched carefully by a small
group of crows as he fed.

The only other birds of note to us were a small group of scaup, mostly
Lesser but with 2 Greaters mixed in, on the E portion of the Dresden cooling
lake, just S of the covered bridge.
A huge but uncountable number of Canada Geese were roosting in the water
and on the S side of the levee that separates the cooling lake from the
Kankakee River.
Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County














Subject: IBET BY Cooper's h. & GHO/ Starved Rock Eagle Fest
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 19:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

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Hi friends,
Heard the GHO last night while watching Late Night Letterman. Muted the TV and listened. It was in the FY.
Tonight about 630pm sounded to be in back.
Cooper's h. flew into the neighbor's Cedar to flush a bird. No luck.

1st time to see the IAS raptor program at Starved Rock SP lodge, get your tickets online or a standby wait. All shows were filled today. Worth the trip just for that. A few B eagles on the river.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Pine Grosbeak
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 18:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Briefly saw a male PINE GROSBEAK along Pine Valley Drive at Sand Ridge
Forest (in Mason Co.) this morning. It was perched up high right
across the road from pump house number seven - but then immediately
flew east and disappeared into the woods there. Thought I briefly
heard one at that location on Thursday and then again earlier today.
Met up with Colin there this afternoon and we both heard a bird give
two nice song sequences that we both agreed sounded just like one of
the songs of a Pine Grosbeak that he has on his iPod. We were not able
to see the bird, but it sounded like it was fairly low down in the
woods off the east side of the road by pump house number eight. I had
spent some time walking up and down the road there on Tuesday, but did
not have anything there then. Must have been at least a dozen PURPLE
FINCHES scattered around there today and Colin and I heard a HERMIT
THRUSH singing "behind" pump house number six.

After a one hour wait, fifteen RED CROSSBILLS flew over the
traditional location along 2300north just east of 2300east. By
"spishing" as loudly as I could - was able to get them to circle
overhead a few times, but they would not land because two SHARP-
SHINNED HAWKS happened to be flying over right at that same time. The
crossbills have been difficult to find. Interestingly, when they first
showed up (back in November) there were only three - then seven for a
while - then twelve for a while - and now fifteen.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Wolf Lake/Powers, 126th St Marsh, Stony Is. Overlook, Calumet Park & Steelworkers Park Sat 1-24-15
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 18:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Today Jeff Sanders & I did the Lake Calumet area & for most of the a.m. we
were joined by Joan Norek. We also saw & got some info from Sam B but his
good birds refused to wait for us.
A quick stop at Powderhorn found 3 Ring Billed Gulls on the ice & no open
water at all. Then to Wolf Lake/Powers to look for the Snowy Owl reported
from here by Carolyn M, Walter M & others.
Parked in the lot most to the south & saw the SNOWY OWL on the tracks. Had
to use the scopes as the distance here is rather far. Another birder from
South Holland also arrived in time. On our way out Joan N showed up so Jeff
& I went back to make sure she saw the owl as well. Since the road into
the Illinois/Indiana line area is now open (hunting over) Jeff, Joan & I
went there to see if the owl could be seen from that side. Found that the
owl was much closer from that spot as from our 1st viewing location so much
better looks were had by all of us. In the small area of open water we saw
Canada Geese & 2 Mallards. The only other bird worth mentioning was a male
Red Winged Blackbird. No Monk Parakeets here today.

Then to the 126th St Marsh (Peco Pallets) were we saw:

Canada Geese (~450)
Mallard (~150)
Common Merganser (1-M)
Ring Billed Gull (only 4)
Herring Gull (75-80)
GLAUCOUS GULL (1-2nd year bird per Sam B)
Back on 126th St we saw a Kestrel fly by.

Sam had seen multiple Great Back Backed & Glaucous Gulls at the Stony
Island Overlook past Dead Stick pond so that's were we went, However, in
spite of looking for a long time we found only 1 Glaucous Gull. This proved
that almost all of those fancy gulls liked Sam better than us.
(Jeff & I returned here later but all we added were 3 BALD EAGLES which
flushed all the gulls.
No fancy gulls at all this time.)

On our way to lunch we looked under the Skyway along 100th St Blvd between
Ave's M & L & here we found about 7 MONK PARAKEETS which also did a fine
job of squawking for us!

As mentioned Jeff & I did return trips to 126th St Marsh & the Stony Island
Overlook but added nothing except the Eagles mentioned above. Earlier 2
Mute Swans flew across near Dead Stick Pond & 3 Red Tailed Hawks were also
seen there.

I am fairly stubborn about giving up but I had to admit failure on the GBB
Gulls so Jeff & I headed to Calumet Park. Here we learned from a birder
named Carl that Sam B had seen a Long Tailed Duck but as with the fancy
gulls the duck also liked Sam better than us.
Large numbers of water birds here but most were in Indiana waters. Seen in
Illinois were:

Calumet Park/Illinois

Canada Geese (~500), Mallards, Greater & Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Common &
R.B. Mergs & Goldeneye. Three Mute Swans (2-AD & 1-IM) were near the shore
south of the beach house area. Lots of Gulls but most were far out into the
lake & clearly in Indiana. Only Ring Billed & Herring Gulls were in
Illinois.

But pay attention now as here comes the Big Finish which made the day!
I saw several other birders beyond the boat launch inlet & they were all
armed with scopes so I figured they knew what they were doing & we may find
something new. Turns out they were also armed with bread & they had about
100 gulls coming in to the bait. The birders were some of Indiana's top
birders & in addition to Ring Billed & Herring Gulls they had pulled in:

Thayer's Gull (at least 1 adult)
ICELAND GULL (1-AD & maybe 2 according to the Indiana folks)
GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL (1-AD & 2-IM but Jeff thought 3-IM)
So I got my Black Backed Gull after all with a bonus of an Iceland Gull as
well!

A short stop at Steelworkers Park off 87th St didn't add anything new & the
dog walkers made sure no landbirds were in the grassy areas. There was a
huge flock of Common Mergs north of the channel which Jeff estimated at
almost 1000 Mergs.

Jeff & I agree that Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the fine looking adult Iceland
Gull &
Runners-Up to the Snowy Owl & the Great Black Backed & Glaucous Gulls.
Thanks go to the Indiana folks & their excellent bread tossing abilities.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve (1-24-15)
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 17:14 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just a heads-up. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been doing some fine work at Burnham Prairie in south suburban Cook County, including the addition of an entrance road & parking lot, fencing around sensitive wetland areas, and extensive brush cutting & prescribed burns. Vast expanses of the Grand Calumet River that were once obscured by vegetation are now easily viewed. Birders who have not been there in a while may not even recognize it. Per USACE signage, the location has a new name: "Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve."

Although a parking lot has been built, it is not officially open to the public yet, so at this point I have simply been walking in at the entrance road. This is very easy to do - no bushwhacking as was sometimes necessary in previous years. I will update the Illinois Birding by County website when the parking lot is officially opened to the public.

Birds I saw at Burnham Prairie NP today (24 January 2015) included 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL (2 males, 1 female) on the Grand Calumet River with 2 COMMON MERGANSERS, 1 GREAT BLUE HERON, & several MALLARDS. Two Green-winged Teal (1 male, 1 female) were present at Burnham Prairie in December 2014, so it is likely that at least some of the birds I saw today wintered locally. Other notable birds observed at Burnham Prairie today included a large flock of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS with at least 1 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW & 1 SONG SPARROW mixed in with the group.

For directions to the spot where the Green-winged Teal were seen, please contact me privately at my email address.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.
wmarcisz@att.net



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Subject: RE: IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 15:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This is the same location I found the Snowy Owl on January 31, 2012 (see
below). Last week I saw it from the south parking lot, but it is closer from
the State Line Road spot. I wonder if it is the same owl!



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

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From: Carolyn A. Marsh [mailto:cmarshbird@prodigy.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 5:48 PM
To: Ilbirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Illiana Birds: Snowy Owl and Trumpeter Swans



A brief visit to William W. Powers Fish & Wildlife Area/Wolf Lake was
rewarding. A SNOWY OWL was seen on the Illinois side of Wolf Lake. It was at
the south end of the causeway (State Line Road) at the turn around facing
west and sitting on the railroad track spur.

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From: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Pat Durkin pat.durkin@comcast.net [ILbirds]
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:23 PM
To: ILbirds
Subject: IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake

Hey, where is everybody? It's just me and Snowy at 2 pm. As posted by
others, drive to the farthest end of State Line Road. Look over to the RR
tracks. Look for a white plastic bag, but this time it will be a Snowy Owl!
It is perched beside a large rock near the water/ice line, staying out of
the west wind.

Three Mute Swans are standing on the ice seeming to wonder when the ice will
melt.

Got to go. Another birder John just arrived. Got to share the scope.

Get out here and pay your respects.

Patricia Durkin
Chicago Audubon City Representative
Wooded Island Bird Walk.





Subject: IBET Snowy Owl at Wolf Lake, Long-tailed Duck in Calumet Park, 1/24/15 AM
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 15:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded the Calumet area, this morning. After getting my fix of gulls at the two turning basins of the Little Calumet River (best among them Glaucous, Thayer's and Great Black-backed), I went to Wolf Lake and spotted the Snowy Owl from the western edge of the middle pond, perched on the railroad tracks. To my dismay, a guy with a huge lens walked the railroad tracks and flushed the owl. My attempt to confront the guy was unsuccessful since he got in a car and drove off before I could reach him. The owl perched farther south on the tracks.


A female Long-tailed Duck was at the mouth of the Coast Guard harbor in Calumet Park. I viewed the duck from the beach house.


Sam Burckhardt
Chicago

Cook County





Subject: IBET Wolf Lake Snow Owl, Calumet Park Long-tailed Duck; 1/24/15 AM
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 15:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded the Calumet area, this morning. After getting my fix of gulls at the two turning basins of the Little Calumet River, I went to Wolf Lake and spotted the Snowy Owl from the western edge of the middle pond, perched on the railroad tracks. To my dismay, a guy with a huge lens walked the railroad tracks and flushed the owl. It perched farther south on the tracks. My attempt to confront the guy was unsuccessful since he got in a car and drove off before I could reach him.


A female Long-tailed Duck was at the mouth of the Coast Guard harbor in Calumet Park. I viewed the duck from the boathouse.


Sam Burckhardt
Chicago
Cook County



Subject: IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 14:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey, where is everybody? It's just me and Snowy at 2 pm. As posted by others, drive to the farthest end of State Line Road. Look over to the RR tracks. Look for a white plastic bag, but this time it will be a Snowy Owl! It is perched beside a large rock near the water/ice line, staying out of the west wind.

Three Mute Swans are standing on the ice seeming to wonder when the ice will melt.

Got to go. Another birder John just arrived. Got to share the scope.

Get out here and pay your respects.

Patricia Durkin
Chicago Audubon City Representative
Wooded Island Bird Walk.


Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: IBET Join COS for a Calumet Region field trip to William Powers Recreational area, Sunday Feb. 1
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 13:07 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  Birding at William Powers Recreational AreaFebruary 1, 2015 @ 7:30 am (not 7 a.m.) until 10:00 am or so   
Where: William Powers Recreational Area
12949 South Avenue O
Chicago, IL 60633
USA
Contact: Walter Marcisz
wmarcisz@att.net 
Site Contact:  Barry Walker, IDNR, 312-965-5983Meet at the William W. Powers visitor’s center building, in the middle of the park, just south of Indian Creek, and the 126th St. entrance.
Please join the Chicago Ornithological Society for this new trip that we are cosponsoring with the IL Department of Natural Resources. William W. Powers State Recreational Area is a 580 Acre park, of which roughly 419 acres are water.  The park contains portions of Wolf Lake, which is separated into pools by dikes.  Located in the Hegewisch neighborhood, in the southeast side of Chicago, the park is in the heart of the Calumet Region, an area known for it’s biodiversity.At least 25 species of ducks & other waterfowl have been recorded at Powers State Recreational Area during the winter months, with about 16 species being seen regularly during the month of February. Since late November 2014, the following species have been spotted at Powers: Trumpeter Swans, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Snowy Owl, Pine Siskins, & Common Redpolls. None of these species are guaranteed, but it is possible that any of them may show up on the trip.Walking will be on level terrain, though the park was historically wetland, so birders will want to wear water – resistant boots, dress for the weather, and bring their own scopes.  The park doesn’t have an abundance of trails; much of the hiking will be along the lake shore, and not very difficult.  Restrooms are located throughout the park, and will be open / available.


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