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09 Dec: @ 00:15:54 IBET Cranes! [Carol Cooley ccooley@earthlink.net [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 18:50:47 IBET Sandhill cranes over Jackson Park Thursday afternoon [cerademacher@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 18:23:22 IBET 6800 Cranes Lake Villa Lake County ['bissbirds@juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 16:25:53 IBET Cook County-St Adalberts, 4 Tollway Lakes & Lake Opeka Thursday 12-8-16 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 15:18:06 IBET:Sangamon Co. November 2016 report [Beckie Dyer dyer@museum.state.il.us [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 13:09:51 IBET Jackson Park: Indigo Bunting, more Sandhill Cranes [Alex Hale peregrintk95@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 13:05:37 IBET DeKalb Co 12/7 [tbalassie@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 13:00:01 IBET SACRs Barrington Hills [whimbrelbirders@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 12:15:32 IBET Carpentersville SACR's and BAEA [whimbrelbirders@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 11:31:29 IBET West Rogers Park Sandhills [rkdx@aol.com [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 11:16:31 IBET Harris's Sparrow at Crabtree [Joe Lill trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 10:16:42 IBET Sangamon County Sandhill Cranes! [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 09:23:07 IBET Sandhill Cranes [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 08:53:58 IBET Western grebe NO, 8 DEC [Keith McMullen warbler7@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
08 Dec: @ 08:28:05 IBET Sandhill Cranes are on the move again [Scott Judd scottmjudd@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 21:08:42 IBET Sandhill Cranes [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 19:16:08 IBET Re: Sandhill Cranes Over Orland Park, Illinois [photobuggy1@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 17:55:19 IBET You guessed it: more cranes! [joceb2005@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 17:49:50 IBET Late flock of cranes over the U. of C. [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 17:24:01 IBET Sandhills West Rogers Park & Skokie [rkdx@aol.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 17:11:30 IBET sandhill cranes in Chicagoland area [Joanna Proszowska mycha2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 16:55:18 IBET More cranes cook co [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 16:53:26 IBET Sangamon County Falcons [Jared Gorrell jsgorrell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 16:23:02 IBET cranes over lincoln park zoo [S J stevejner@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 16:05:33 IBET Harris's Sparrow - Crabtree Nature Center (Cook Co.) [Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 16:03:47 IBET Over 7,000 Sandhill Cranes [stuartkoch@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:51:51 IBET Sandhills -yes [Caryn Hollander cjhollander21@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:47:35 IBET Cranes In Waves Along Lakefront [Pat Durkin pat.durkin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:38:41 IBET Sandies over Bucktown @ 2:30 pm [Niels Dale niels_dale@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:28:59 Re: IBET Sandhills Over Forest Park 12-7 [Chuck Berman cberman129@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:26:33 IBET 30 crows!! Cook co [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:23:04 Re: IBET Re: Sandhill cranes [Jill Niland bwwarbler@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:20:10 IBET More West Rogers Park Chicago Sandhills [rkdx@aol.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:13:36 IBET Re: JxP, Tuesday, 6 December: Orange-crowned Warbler, Killdeer, Fox Sparrow [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:13:05 IBET 2740 cranes in one hour over Lake Forest [Michal Furmanek mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:10:37 IBET Libertyville Sandhill Cranes [Michael Matson mdmatson@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:05:12 IBET West Rodgers Park Red-taiuled Hawk [rkdx@aol.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 15:04:22 Fwd: IBET Sandhills [Todd Anderson tcanders123@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:56:37 IBET Hyde Park Chicago Sandhill Cranes [Eric Ginsburg ejgins@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:54:28 IBET 3,000+ Sandhill Cranes over Highland Park, IL [stuartkoch@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:52:41 IBET Sandhills Over West Rodgers Park Chicago [rkdx@aol.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:49:44 IBET Sandhills [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:35:02 IBET Re: Sandhill Cranes over Chicago [Peter Bertoncini p.bertoncini@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:34:41 IBET Sandhills [cynthia staples ckstaples44@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:25:25 IBET Sandhills - yes [Caryn Hollander cjhollander21@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:20:06 IBET More sandhill cranes [Sigrid sigschmidt@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:17:23 IBET Sandhills- yes [Caryn Hollander cjhollander21@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:05:22 IBET Sandhill Cranes [Joel Craig joelcraig23@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:04:57 IBET Re: Sandhill cranes [Katie Kelly kkelly61@aol.com [ILbirds]]
07 Dec: @ 14:04:50 IBET Sandhills - yes [Caryn Hollander cjhollander21@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Cranes!
Date: Fri Dec 9 2016 0:15 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I spotted 35 - 40 Sandhill Cranes flying over the Governors' State University Wednesday afternoon around 2 pm.

This afternoon I spotted a juvenile bald eagle over Lockport around 4:30.

Carol Cooley


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Subject: IBET Sandhill cranes over Jackson Park Thursday afternoon
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 18:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was eating my lunch outside the Museum of Science and Industry on the western edge of Colombia Basin this blustery Thursday, when I heard what sounded like sandhill cranes at about 1:27 PM.  Disbelieving, I looked to the northwest to discover an approaching line of sandhill cranes, my first of life view of this beautiful bird in migration over Chicago!

The flock (estimated number: @300) passed overhead in a southeasterly direction, paralleling the shore of Lake Michigan. I'm guessing they were a couple hundred feet of the ground. Within three minutes of my first seeing them, they were out of sight.

The birds passed over hours ago, yet my memory of this flyover lives on in my heart.


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Subject: IBET 6800 Cranes Lake Villa Lake County
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 18:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  I counted 6883 Sandhills today along with 96 Tundra Swans, 4 Bald Eagles and a Red-shouldered Hawk.  I http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...   Richard BissLake Villa Lake Countybissbirds@juno.com



Subject: IBET Cook County-St Adalberts, 4 Tollway Lakes & Lake Opeka Thursday 12-8-16
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 16:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
It was a cold one out there today Bird People!

When I started today it was 17 degrees & the wind was blowing hard.
The warmest temp that I saw was 22 & the wind continued strong all
a.m. This is about as cold as I will deal with as to going birding at
least for regular birding. For a rare bird there's no such thing as
"too cold" you just go!

Started at St Adalbert's Cemetery after seeing that Tom L had 2 Merlin
there yesterday. I usually let Tom do the "heavy lifting" there & then
try & re-find his Merlin later. I know that it's better to search in
the late afternoon when the Merlin return for night roosting but I
thought I try at 9 a.m. anyway.
Wasn't where Tom had them yesterday but I did finally see a female
(brown back) in the rear section of the place across the small street
that divides the 2 sections. The Merlin was in a deciduous tree where
sections 14 & 15 meet. Did not see Merlin #2 but didn't look long
after finding Merlin #1.
If you look for these birds plan on driving all sections as they move
around a lot & late afternoon is still the best time to look.

Then I checked on the Tollway Lakes to see if the under 20 temps had
caused icing but no ice was present & all lakes were looking normal.
At 1st it was another no migrant duck day but that changed a little
later on.

Belleau Lake (10:05-10:25 a.m.)

The only ducks were 14 Mallards but I saw 2 Chickadees in the woods &
then had 3 groups of
SANDHILL CRANES circle & form one bigger group of 77 Cranes which then
went south. Having missed all the Cranes yesterday while at a doctor's
appointment I was glad more were moving today.

Axehead Lake (10:30-10:40 a.m.)

In the lake were only Canada Geese (86) & Mallards (4)
Flying by were Herring Gull (1) & 46 more SANDHILL CRANES
The Pigeon roost had 55 Pigeons using the bridge as a wind break.

Lake Opeka In Des Plaines (10:45-11:05 a.m.)

Finally had a few migrant ducks.

Canada Geese (190) & Mallards (10-12)
Bufflehead (3) & Hooded Merganser (11)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 flying very low)
SANDHILL CRANES (biggest group of the day for me with a final total of over 200)
Ring Billed (36) & Herring (2) Gulls
Crow (1 fly-by missing lots of feathers)
Robin (1)

Beck Lake (11:20-11:40 a.m.)

This was the only lake area with no Cranes going by but I was only there 10 min.

Canada Geese (57) & Mallards (16)
Gadwall (1-PR) & Shoveler (1-F)
Hooded Merganser (1-PR)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 fly-by who flushed all the Gulls which soon returned)
Ring Billed Gull (42)

Big Bend Lake (11-45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Canada Geese (36) & Mallard (2 in the lake & 3 in the river)
Hooded Merganser (10)
Sandhill Cranes (another flock went by calling but I never could see
them so no count)
Ring Billed Gull (23)

After lunch I spent 90 min doing yard work in the hope that more
Cranes would fly over giving me one more yard bird for 2016 but no
luck on that. I noticed that all the Crane flocks today were using the
Des Plaines River as their guide & never went from west to east (which
was what the wind was doing) but just went south following the river.
I only live about 1 mile east from Axehead Lake but that was enough
for no Cranes to fly over.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the cemetery, female Merlin & Runners-Up to all those Cranes.

Al Stokie
Dealing with cold & blustery conditions today in the County Of Cook


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Subject: IBET:Sangamon Co. November 2016 report
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 15:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Birds in Sangamon County in November 2016

*Red-throated Loon*? HC = 5 (Nov 5) highest count ever. Last seen
juvenile at LSpfld (Nov 14).

*Common Loon*? HC = 45 (Nov 8).

*Pied-billed Grebe*? HC = 42 (Nov 8).

*Horned Grebe*? HC = 27 (Nov 24).

*Am.White Pelican*? HC = 283 (Nov 5), and seen nearly every day this
November.

*Double-crested Cormorant*? HC = 42 (Nov 5) ? no large flocks -
fishermen chasing them off?

*Great Blue Heron*? HC = 22 (Nov 30).

*Great Egret*? HC = 4 (Nov 3), w/ last seen (Nov 17).

*Mute Swan*? present.

*Greater White-fronted Goose*? HC = 104 (Nov 1).

*Snow Goose*? fall arrival 10 at LSpfld (Nov 7), w/ HC = 450 (Nov 28).

*Ross? Goose*? fall arrival 3 at LSpfld (Nov 28).

*Cackling Goose*? fall arrival 3 at LSpfld (Nov 1) ? the only ones so far!

*Canada Goose*? HC = 270 (Nov 6).

*Wood Duck*? HC = 14 (Nov 3), few after (Nov 24) ? construction at WP
left few there .

*Green-winged Teal*? HC = 418 (Nov 8), few by the end of Nov.

*Am. Black Duck*? fall arrival ? at LSpfld w/HC = 2 (Nov 28). There was
a hybrid (Nov 18)

*Mallard*? HC = 600 (Nov 8).

*N. Pintail*? HC = 55 (Nov 8).

*Blue-winged Teal*? HC = 3 (Nov 2), w/ departure at LSpfld (Nov 5).

*N. Shoveler*? HC = 265 (Nov 8).

*Gadwall *? HC = 380 (Nov 8).

*Am. Wigeon*? HC = 26 (Nov 8), w/ few by the end of Nov.

*Canvasback*? fall arrival 2 ? at LSpfld (Nov 2) ? late, w/ HC = 8 (Nov
10) ? low #.

*Redhead *? HC = 38 (Nov 7), w/ last seen 9 (Nov 22).

*Ring-necked Duck*? HC = 740 (Nov 8).

*Lesser Scaup*? HC = 2000 (Nov 8).

*Oldsquaw*? fall arrival juvenile ? at LSpfld(Nov 21), was also seen
(Nov 22) ? distant photos.

*Black Scoter*? fall arrival 4 at LSpfld (Nov 12), also 3 there (Nov
22)- photo and one (Nov 24).

*Common Goldeneye*? fall arrival 3 ? 3 ? at LSpfld (Nov 9), w/ HC = 20
(Nov 20) ?late & poor #. Heavy boat traffic prevents winter feeding
flocks from developing.

*Bufflehead*? HC = 36 (Nov 20) ? low #.

*Hooded Merganser*? HC = 67 (Nov 21).

*Red-breasted Merganser*? fall arrival 2? at LSpfld (Nov 3),w/HC = 26
(Nov 17) ? low #

*Ruddy Duck*? HC = 211 (Nov 7), heavy boat traffic especially at dusk
diminishes flocks trying to roost at LSpfld.

*Turkey Vulture*? HC = 92 (Nov 4). There was one leucistic bird at
LSpfld (Nov 1).

*Bald Eagle*? HC = 5 (Nov 19), w/ 13 adults & 14 im seen on 17 days in
Nov. Adults may be nesting at Marine Pt again?

*N. Harrier*? three singles (Nov 1 ? 10) - scarce.

*Sharp-shinned Hawk*? 4 singles (Nov 6 - 28).

*Cooper?s Hawk*? HC = 5 (Nov 20).

*Red-shouldered Hawk*? 4 singles: one at Sangchris (Nov 13), adult south
end LSpfld (Nov 19 & 22), and im near Lincoln Gds (Nov 22).

*Red-tailed Hawk*? HC = 10 (Nov 17), no large flights. Two dark phase
east of Spfld (Nov 7).

*Golden Eagle*? one im near New City (Nov 10) ? photos.

*Am. Kestrel*? HC = 10 (Nov 25).

*Merlin*? one at UIS (Nov 25) - photo.

*Peregrine Falcon*? one adult at LSpfld seen on 12 days (Nov 3 ? 27).

*Ring-necked Pheasant*? HC = 3 (Nov 11).

*Turkey *? HC = 8 (Nov 5).

*Am. Coot*? HC = 690 (Nov 9), w/ some still moving to the end of Nov.

*Killdeer *? HC = 30 (Nov 6).

*Greater Yellowlegs*? last seen at LSpfld (Nov 2).

*Least Sandpiper*? HC = 2 (Nov 2), w/ one still present to the end of Nov.

*Dunlin *? HC = 3 (Nov 6 & 8), w/ departure at Sangchris (Nov 8).

*Long-billed Dowitcher*? 3 singles, w/departure at Sangchris (Nov 8).

*Wilson?s Snipe*? HC = 3 (Nov 24), only record this month and % departure.

*Am. Woodcock*? fall arrival at Adams Sanc (Nov 7).

*Franklin?s Gull*? HC = 3 (Nov 2), w/ departure at LSpfld.

*Little Gull*? I found a fall arrival, first winter bird at LSpfld (Nov
5) ?also seen by others.

*Bonaparte?s Gull*? HC = 800 (Nov 2) ? this gull seen every day in Nov .

*Ring-billed Gull*? HC = 3200 (Nov 25).

*Herring Gull*? HC = 14 (Nov 24).

*Lesser Black-backed Gull*? one adult (Nov 3 ? 30) ? seen 13 times.

*Great Black-backed Gull*? fall arrival one first winter at LSpfld (Nov
9) ? 2^nd earliest.

Rock Dove - present

*Eurasian Collared-Dove*? HC = 20 (Nov 28). This dove must flock in
winter as does the E. Tree Sparrow.

*Mourning Dove*? HC = 73 (Nov 8) ? missed on 8 days.

*Great Horned Owl*? one on (Nov 23).

*Belted Kingfisher*? HC = 3 (Nov 3 - 13).

*Red-headed Woodpecker*? HC = 6 (Nov 14), some local birds must have
migrated.

*Red-bellied Woodpecker*? HC = 9(Nov 16 & 17).

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker*? HC = 3 (Nov 12), few in Nov.

*Downy Woodpecker*? HC = 7 (Nov 3, 6 & 15).

*Hairy Woodpecker*? 3 (Nov 20).

*N. Flicker*? HC = 6 (Nov 7).

*Pileated Woodpecker*? 5 singles in Nov.

*Eastern Phoebe*? last seen at south end LSpfld (Nov 1).

*Horned Lark*? HC = 17 (Nov 11).

*Tree Swallow*? 8 (Nov 5) and last seen and HC = 26 at LSpfld (Nov 8).

*Barn Swallow*? 2 (Nov 5) and last seen at Cinder Flats (Nov 14).

*Blue Jay*? HC = 28 (Nov 25).

*Am. Crow*? HC 1 (Nov 25).

*Black-capped Chickadee*? HC = 10 (Nov 16).

*Tufted Titmouse*? HC = 20 (Nov 15).

*Red-breasted Nuthatch*? only one at a feeder (B. Dyer) on (Nov 21).

*White-breasted Nuthatch*? HC = 9 (Nov 3, 15 & 16 ).

*Brown Creeper*? HC = 3 (Nov 16).**

*Carolina Wren*? HC = 9 (Nov 6 & 15).

*Winter Wren*? 5 singles (Nov 1 ? 25).

*Golden-crowned Kinglet*? HC = 4 (Nov 1), low #.

*Ruby-crowned Kinglet*? only 3 singles (Nov 6, 7 & 30).

*Eastern Bluebird*? HC = 15 (Nov 2 & 3).

*Hermit Thrush*? HC = 3 (Nov 7), w/ one until (Nov 25).

*Am. Robin*? HC = 133 (Nov 28), seen every day in Nov.

*N. Mockingbird*? only 2 singles (Nov 5 & 12), very low #.

*Brown Thrasher*? one at Adams Sanctuary (Nov 27).

*Am. Pipit*? HC  west of Sangchris (Nov 2) and 6 west of Spfld (Nov 17).

*Cedar Waxwing*? HC = 65 (Nov 22).

European Starling ? present.

*Orange-crowned Warbler*? one im along East Lake Dr. (Nov 16).

*Yellow-rumped Warbler*? HC = 5 (Nov 3) and present at least until 3
(Nov 26).

*Common Yellowthroat*? one im ? at Cinder Flats (Nov 6) ? photo.

*N. Cardinal*? HC = 27 (Nov 12).

*Eastern Towhee*? one ?(Nov 6) at Cinder flats, w/departure, one at Lick
Creek (Nov 14).

*Am. Tree Sparrow*? fall arrival 4 at Nipper Prairie (Nov 11), w/HC = 13
(Nov 12).

*Chipping Sparrow*? HC = 4 (Nov 4), w/ % departure 2 at Oak Ridge (Nov 27).

*Field Sparrow*? HC = 2 (Nov 2), w/ departure on (Nov 7).

*Savannah Sparrow*? HC = 13 (Nov 8), w/ departure at Cinder Flats (Nov 27).

*Fox Sparrow*? HC = 9 (Nov 6).

*Song Sparrow*? HC = 18 (Nov 12).

*Lincoln?s Sparrow*? one at Cinder Flats (Nov 12 & 13).

*Swamp Sparrow*? HC = 2 (Nov 4) w/ departure (Nov 24) ? low #.

*White-throated Sparrow*? HC = 22 (Nov 12) ? low #.

*White-crowned Sparrow*? HC = 4 (Nov 12), w/ departure 2 (Nov 25) ? low #.

*Dark-eyed Junco*? HC = 63 (Nov 15) ? low #. One cismontanus on (Nov 24).

*Lapland Longspur*? fall arrival one near Loami (Nov 11), w/ HC = 200
(Nov 19).

*Snow Bunting*? one near the south end LSpfld (Nov 19).

*Red-winged Blackbird*? HC = 600 (Nov 29).

*Eastern Meadowlark*? HC and % departure 5, west of Sangchris (Nov 25).

*Rusty Blackbird*? HC = 22 at Rochester sewer pond (Nov 25) ? very poor #.

*Brewer?s Blackbird*? fall arrival 10 (? & ?) west of Sangchris (Nov 25).

*Common Grackle*? HC = 700 (Nov 10).

*Brown-headed Cowbird*? HC = 405 (Nov 10).

*Purple Finch*? HC = 2 (Nov 5), w/ last seen in Nov, one (Nov 16).

*House Finch*? HC = 25 (Nov 7).

*Am. Goldfinch*? HC = 32 (Nov 19) ? low #.

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow*? HC = 10 (Nov 11 & 24).

House Sparrow ? present.

Field Days = 30

Total hours in November 2016 = 245

Total species = 126

This November had above normal temperatures (82║ Nov 1 & 2), Nov 1 ? 18,
when the tempertures dropped into the 40?s and 50?s for the remainder of
the month. The lowest low was 23║ on November 21. It was the 5^th
warmest November. This was the second warmest fall (Sept ? Nov) on
record. Precipitation was all rain and totaled 2.14 inches.

Passerine populations remained low and many left early, with only a few
stragglers. Many ducks arrived late and shorebirds and marsh birds were
very low in species and numbers. Most winter finches have not been seen.

H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum.

bohlen@museum.state.il.us

--
Beckie Dyer
Museum Technician
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Subject: IBET Jackson Park: Indigo Bunting, more Sandhill Cranes
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 13:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Anya Auerbach and I birded Jackson Park for a few hours this morning. The
highlight was an extremely late INDIGO BUNTING, feeding with a flock of
American Tree Sparrows along reeds on the east side of the Inner Harbour.
We also had one male NORTHERN PINTAIL on the western bank of the harbour,
as well as the usual wintering ducks.
The Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area was much less productive, although
we did find a FOX SPARROW (probably the one that has been reported) in the
brush just across the bridge south from Wooded Island and one RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRD at the North end of Bobolink Meadow. There were also six Great
Blue Herons on the east side of the Island, which eBird flagged as a high
count for this date.
Throughout the morning, SANDHILL CRANES continued to pass overhead. We
estimated 275 while we were at Jackson Park, mostly in flocks of 50+
individuals. Since I have been back at the University of Chicago campus, I
have counted at least 800 more flying south along the lakeshore.

Full ebird checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Alex Hale



Subject: IBET DeKalb Co 12/7
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 13:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Not much going on in my wanderings thru DeKalb Co yesterday.  Merritt Prairie had 12 species, and Afton 17. Nothing especially noteworthy (tho a few male RING-NECKED PHEASANTS calling at Afton).  Will mention sighting a few HY SNOW BUNTINGS about, as well as one ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK off of Crego south of McGirr.  No SNOWs or Longspurs.


Tim Balassie
Kane Co







Subject: IBET SACRs Barrington Hills
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 13:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
About 1100 Sandhill Cranes just flew over Helm Woods FP.

Photos at whimbrelbirders.org

Oliver Burrus
Currently in Cook co.

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Subject: IBET Carpentersville SACR's and BAEA
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 12:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I guess I will jump in on the action.

I saw about 70 Sandhill Cranes and a juvenile Bald Eagle along with a lot of Herring and Ring-billed Gulls over the Fox River.

Oliver Burrus - whimbrelbirders.org
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Subject: IBET West Rogers Park Sandhills
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 11:31 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
So far much lighter than yesterday. I have been occasionally checking. So far only about 150 have been seen over the past hour. I just had 4 fly by. The winds are not favorable. Out of the south here.


Robert Kramer
Cook County





Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow at Crabtree
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 11:16 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Harris's Sparrow was present at 11:00 this morning at the feeders on the north side of Crabtree Nature Center. It was also reported coming to the feeders on the west side.

Joe Lill
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Subject: IBET Sangamon County Sandhill Cranes!
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 10:16 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

At 9:30 AM, I was driving down Springfield's section of I-55, just south of
the junction with I-72. I saw 17 Sandhill Cranes flying overhead. Having
seen all the videos and photos from yesterday, it was immediately clear
what they were. This is the most Sandhill cranes I've ever seen recorded
in this area, and a county lifer for me! It doesn't probably sound like a
lot if you're from the Chicago area, but 17 Sandhill Cranes appears
unusually high here to both me and Ebird. Hopefully I can get photos if
any more show up in this area!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon county



Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 9:23 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,
From 8:55 to 9:10, I had 294 Sandhill Cranes over my block, bring my day total to 324 so far.
For the birds!
Dave Antieaudkantieau@sbcglobal.netChicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET Western grebe NO, 8 DEC
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 8:53 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just an FYI.
The park is closed. There is a barricade at both ends of the entrance road that leads back to the area where the western grebes have been reported. Maybe the local birders can check on this and update IBET?!?! I will check again tomorrow if the park is open.
Good birding's,
Keith McMullen
O'Fallon IL
Warbler7@sbcglobal.net

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Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes are on the move again
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 8:28 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While wondering aloud if yesterday's flow of Sandhill Cranes might continue
today, I just stepped outside and saw a group of thirty moving south over
Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.

Good birding,

Scott Judd
Rogers Park, Chicago, IL



Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 21:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders
I know others had higher totals, but I was rather stunned by the number of Sandhills I saw today: 144 at my home (3800 N & 3800 W on Chicago's grid), and 1,253 at my church (3000 N & 3200 W). From 2:28-2:42, I had 1,028 (probably more) watching from church property.
For the birds,
Dave Antieaudkantieau@sbcglobal.netChicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET Re: Sandhill Cranes Over Orland Park, Illinois
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 19:16 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Seventy-six Sandies calling & kettling right over my house at 2:38 pm today! They soared for one minute before continuing on in a southeasterly direction.

Debbie Garcy (Orland Park Birdie Girl)

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Subject: IBET You guessed it: more cranes!
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 17:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
#7028 from 4:00 p.m. today was largely about cranes, but here's another: at 2:08 p.m. today (12/7/2016) I saw a flock of between 50-60 cranes slightly north and east of downtown Naperville.

The cranes weren't particularly high, and they were headed in the general direction of Greene Valley/Whalon Lake. One group of four did break off and start spiraling higher.

John Cebula (DuPage)





Subject: IBET Late flock of cranes over the U. of C.
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 17:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I thought I had missed the movement getting off work at 5 (I did hear some when I had to go outside briefly), but after walking out of the Oriental Institute after work I heard and saw a flock of 13 flying directly overhead illuminated by the lights on campus.  I heard the tweeting calls of a couple of juveniles among the haunting call of the wild of the adults.

Randy Shonkwiler





Subject: IBET Sandhills West Rogers Park & Skokie
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 17:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I observed another 300-400 Sandhills as we drove to Walmart & while in the Parking lot. When we got out around 5:00 I heard a large flock calling, but it was too dark to see them. I all I observed around 2200 today.


Robert Kramer
Cook County





Subject: IBET sandhill cranes in Chicagoland area
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 17:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Even over the loud city noises the sandhill crane call is heard.at 4:25pm today great flyby by 25+ sandhill cranes at Addison and Elston, Chicago, Cook County, IL
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Joanna Proszowska-Szewerniakmycha2@yahoo.com  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Subject: IBET More cranes cook co
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 16:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
About 90 mins ago maybe 60-100 sandhill cranes.

Suzanne Coleman
Park ridge cook co.


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Subject: IBET Sangamon County Falcons
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 16:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

In a brief break from sandhill cranes (of which about zero have been seen
in southern Springfield, at least by me), there was a Merlin on the grounds
of Cherry Hills Baptist Church in Springfield (the corner of Woodside and
Chatham roads). The Peregrine Falcon continues at Lake Springfield Beach
House, and I saw an American Kestrel between the two, near Lincoln Land
Community College.

All three Falcons were seen today within a half hour of each other, making
this the first time I've ever seen all three "common" falcon species on the
same day. I thought that was worth sharing.

Now back to our regularly scheduled crane migrations!

Jared Gorrell
Sangamon county



Subject: IBET cranes over lincoln park zoo
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 16:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Strugling to stay away from lake mich. kiting west then flying south. count equals 85. wonderful sound and sight.
Steve JnerCook cty

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Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow - Crabtree Nature Center (Cook Co.)
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 16:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Harris's Sparrow was present under the feeders north of the nature center at 4 PM today (Wednesday, Dec. 7).

Richard Bisbee
Round Lake - Lake County
In Cook County




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Subject: IBET Over 7,000 Sandhill Cranes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 16:03 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I've never seen so many cranes fly over my house... ever.  They were non-stop for several hours.  I stopped counting after I hit 7,000, the most I've ever seen in a few hours.  Stopped at 4:00pm due to the cold.  I heard more than I could count.


Stuart Koch
Highland Park, IL
Lake County



Subject: IBET Sandhills -yes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Keep eyes to the skies, they are still coming.  Had 2 more groups of 50 over the house at 3:40 !

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


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Subject: IBET Cranes In Waves Along Lakefront
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:47 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Overhead their conversation in bugle tones flying over Soldier Field.

"Hey, what's that? A gigantic birdbath?"

"That ain't no birdbath...."

Then they drifted away south along the water's edge.

Patricia Durkin
South Loop


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Subject: IBET Sandies over Bucktown @ 2:30 pm
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I saw a formation of about 30 sandies.....  near Damen & North..... and a few minutes later another much larger V formation of about 100!

Nice!

Niels Dale

Chicago, IL



Subject: Re: IBET Sandhills Over Forest Park 12-7
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I finally got in the sandhill crane train. 23 flew over Forest Park 3:20
pm.
Chuck Berman
Oak Park

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Subject: IBET 30 crows!! Cook co
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yes, pretty exciting!  Congregating at our house. Last year I think we had eight so this is a pretty good improvement and a very encouraging sign for the species in our area.

Suzanne Coleman

Park Ridge cook



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Subject: Re: IBET Re: Sandhill cranes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:23 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Haven't been able to get out much today but just had two groups of sandhills totalling about 135--probably over your house,  Sigrid.
Jill NilandChicago

From: "Sigrid sigschmidt@gmail.com [ILbirds]"
To: ilbirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 1:10 PM
Subject: IBET Re: Sandhill cranes

  They're still coming. About 60 in view now

Sigrid

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Subject: IBET More West Rogers Park Chicago Sandhills
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Another series of flocks with an estimated 550 Sandhills just flew through. This makes an total of approximately 1300 observed here.


Robert Kramer
Cook County




Subject: IBET Re: JxP, Tuesday, 6 December: Orange-crowned Warbler, Killdeer, Fox Sparrow
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Paul emailed me about the Fox Sparrow.  He pointed out a few later Fox Sparrows sightings in the park since he made his checklist, which are all in eBird, including one by yours truly on 28 December, 2013!  I put all of my sighting into eBird but I often forget to use it for the large amount of information it now contains!

Randy Shonkwiler





Subject: IBET 2740 cranes in one hour over Lake Forest
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
After seeing all the reports about cranes migration today, I spent 1 hour (between 2 and 3PM) counting them over Lake Forest. Ended up with 2740 Sandhill Cranes, with the largest flock of about 490 birds! Several hundred flew overhead, most were clearly heading SE on the western wind. 
Always nice to see them in their formations and hear them call!
Michal Furmanek Lake Bluff, Lake Co.


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Subject: IBET Libertyville Sandhill Cranes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I just saw around 150 to 200 Sandhill Cranes fly over my home to day,
flying towards the west and lower than I have seen them in the past.
Mike Matson
Lake County



Subject: IBET West Rodgers Park Red-taiuled Hawk
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:05 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While I was on the 2nd floor porch looking for more Sandhills, a Red-tailed Hawk swooped down over the roof of the next door house and flew right past me at eye level less than 10 feet away.




Subject: Fwd: IBET Sandhills
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
In the past couple of hours, we've seen approx. 1,200 Sandhills fly over. I
keep searching for a lone white one mixed in!

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County


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Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 2:34 PM
Subject: IBET Sandhills
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A couple hundred sandhills just flew over my house - Logan Square,
Chicago.

Cynthia Staples
Chicago





Subject: IBET Hyde Park Chicago Sandhill Cranes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I'm in a new office with windows looking west and north so I started
looking now (2:15 pm) when I managed to get a look at IBET. I could just
see far to my west what seemed to be about 100 Cranes flying south. My
guess is that they were roughly over Washington Park in Chicago (i.e.,
Garfield and Cottage Grove), and relatively low.

Too bad I have work to do.... But I do need to get a pair of binoculars for
my office.

Eric Ginsburg
Chicago



Subject: IBET 3,000+ Sandhill Cranes over Highland Park, IL
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:54 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I had to pull over at Olsen Park to watch over 2,000 Sandhill Cranes at 1:20pm, with large numbers circling overhead for a long time, on my way to an appointment.  An hour later I counted over 1,000 more at the same park, plus one bald eagle flying west.  As soon as I got home another 300 flew over my house with a  Cooper's Hawk on patrol in my neighborhood.  I can't image how many cranes are on the move today!


Stuart Koch
Highland Park, IL
Lake County



Subject: IBET Sandhills Over West Rodgers Park Chicago
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I observed approximately 750 Sandhills from my back porch between 1:00 & 2:15 today. There were about a dozen or so flocks of varying size. I also heard several more flocks to the west that were blocked by trees. I haven't seen or heard any in the past 45 minutes or so.




Robert Kramer
Cook County







Subject: IBET Sandhills
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I just had at least 1,028 Sandhill Cranes fly over my church, 3000 N. Kedzie, Chicago, in the 14 minutes from 2:28-2:42.
For the birds!
Dave Antieaudkantieau@sbcglobal.netChicago, Cook County



Subject: IBET Re: Sandhill Cranes over Chicago
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Numerous number of large flights of Sandhill Cranes over Oak Park
between 2 and 2:15 PM. Estimated at between 300-500 total.

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Subject: IBET Sandhills
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A couple hundred sandhills just flew over my house - Logan Square, Chicago.  

Cynthia StaplesChicago



Subject: IBET Sandhills - yes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just had 3 more groups totaling about 75 head due south over Buffalo Grove!  Picked right time to head outside!!

Caryn Hollander
cjhollander21@yahoo.com
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Subject: IBET More sandhill cranes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:20 pm
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Between 1:00 and 2:10 I counted approximately 1,400 cranes viewable from my deck. Most ever for my yard list. Time for hot tea.

Sigrid Schmidt
Montrose and the Chicago River

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Subject: IBET Sandhills- yes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:17 pm
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Another group of about 60 Sandhills just crossed Buffalo Grove heading south east

Caryn Hollander
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Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:05 pm
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Just saw two separate flocks of sandies fly over Roscoe Village (Addison & Western), maybe 200 in the first then another 100 about 10 minutes later. Such a glorious sound!

Joel Craig
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Subject: IBET Re: Sandhill cranes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just had 300+ pass by our windows in the West Loop.  They must have read the weather report.



Subject: IBET Sandhills - yes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 14:04 pm
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Just had 15 Sandhills fly over in Long Grove - my first sighting this season:)

Caryn Hollander
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