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01 Sep: @ 15:11:46 IBET The Beer can spot and other access points on the east side of Chautauqua [Jim Mountjoy jmountjo@knox.edu [ILbirds]]
01 Sep: @ 14:22:11 Re: IBET The beer can spot [Craig Taylor tnemec1@ameritech.net [ILbirds]]
01 Sep: @ 13:02:05 Re: IBET Eagle Eye [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
01 Sep: @ 12:24:35 IBET The beer can spot [Jim Mountjoy jmountjo@knox.edu [ILbirds]]
01 Sep: @ 11:32:05 IBET NO EMAILS?! [Caryn Hollander caryn.hollander@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
01 Sep: @ 09:48:59 IBET Re: RUFF at Chautauqua (no sightings but map to beer can spot) [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
01 Sep: @ 09:24:43 IBET RUFF at Chautauqua [Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
01 Sep: @ 08:52:23 IBET Waukegan Beach Shorebirds [scorellis@att.net [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 21:35:31 IBET Peacock Marsh [Jeff Smith mrqmagoo13@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 21:32:30 IBET Chautauqua (Sunday) [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 21:25:56 IBET Chautauqua on Sunday [BFisher928@aol.com [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 21:11:41 IBET Re: Swifts and Nighthawks [franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 18:58:37 IBET More Chautauqua shorebirds [Jim Mountjoy jmountjo@knox.edu [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 18:58:20 IBET Swifts and Nighthawks [franmmmk franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 17:38:03 IBET Shorebird Totals For August 2014 Sunday 8-31-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 15:11:10 IBET Fort Sheridan 8/31: 47 Migrating Raptors [Adam Sell adamwardsell@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 13:55:03 IBET CAS Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-31-14) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 13:48:27 IBET Finally warblers! [douglas stotz dfstotz@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Aug: @ 11:08:06 IBET Chautauqua--both Godwits, juvenile Ruff ['Vicky Sroczynski' vsroczynski@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 21:21:38 IBET Wadsworth wetland, (LAKE) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 20:27:32 IBET Hanna City , Peoria [Alan Anderson casresearch@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 19:41:56 IBET Fort Sheridan Hawkwatch - Peregrine, Ospreys, Bald Eagles and Broad-wingeds [mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 19:33:36 IBET Greene Valley shorebirds [mmadsen48@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 18:35:21 RE: IBET FPDCC purchases land between Wolf Lake & Powderhorn Lake ['Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird@prodigy.net [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 16:59:33 IBET Golden Plover photos taken at Kankakee airport [ovenbirdman@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 16:15:47 IBET Mottled Duck + Reaching 300 [Joshua Little joshua.p.little@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 14:48:02 IBET More Good Beach Shorebirds At Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Sat 8-30-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 13:53:21 Re: IBET Kaneville sod farm in Kane County (and Kendall Co.) [trptjoe@aol.com [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 12:56:09 IBET IBSP South Buff-breasted Sandpiper [aostewart72@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 12:15:31 IBET Snowy Egret at 126th St. (8-30-14) [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 11:24:48 IBET SWALLOW-TAILED KITE at Quincy [Jim Mountjoy jmountjo@knox.edu [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 10:08:35 IBET Kaneville sod farm in Kane County [John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 09:48:33 IBET Listing [Avocetmtg@aol.com [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 09:33:13 IBET Montrose - Saturday, August 30 [David Antieau dkantieau@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 09:24:19 IBET Mottled Duck at Chautauqua NWR, Mason County, 8/29/14 [andrewsaldrich@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 07:08:37 IBET FPDCC purchases land between Wolf Lake & Powderhorn Lake [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
30 Aug: @ 07:03:04 IBET: Waukegan beach [Daniel Williams twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 16:51:41 IBET possible Curlew Sandpiper [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 16:44:45 Re: IBET Red knot continues at Waukegan Beach [Paul Quintas pquintas@alcatel-lucent.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 16:30:45 Re: IBET Fwd: Champaign Buff-breasted Sandpipers and cont. Red-necked Phalarope 8/29/14 [Scott Latimer scootylatimer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 14:12:21 Re: IBET Red knot continues at Waukegan Beach [Eric Lundquist brewbird1@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 13:56:02 IBET Upland Sandpiper Dunteman Sod Kane County [Marion Miller tlcbyrnme@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 13:41:44 IBET Lake Co. Buff-breasted Sandpiper IBSP South [aostewart72@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 13:21:01 IBET The Usual Suspects At Chicago Botanic Garden Fri 8-29-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 12:17:08 IBET Fw: eBird Report - Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Aug 29, 2014 [Michelle Devlin michelledevlin@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 12:12:40 Re: IBET: Kendall County sod farmsky [Scott Latimer scootylatimer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 12:09:59 Re: IBET Red knot continues at Waukegan Beach [Gmail miket99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 12:02:49 IBET: Kendall County sod farms [Daniel Williams twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 10:50:15 Re: IBET Fwd: Champaign Buff-breasted Sandpipers and cont. Red-necked Phalarope 8/29/14 [David Thomas Birderdlt@aol.com [ILbirds]]
29 Aug: @ 10:42:39 IBET Eurasian-Collared Dove - Evanston, Cook Co. Friday 8.29.2014 [franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET The Beer can spot and other access points on the east side of Chautauqua
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 15:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Craig is correct that the e-Bird hotspot flag is just about where the
actual 'beer can spot' is located, but it is incorrectly labeled as the
'Roundtree Trail'.

The actual Rountree Trail (note there is no 'd' in the name) is farther
south. If you look at the Chautauqua area in satellite view, you will see
a triangular block of woods on the east side of County 15, to the south of
Road 2250 N. Most of the Rountree Trail loops through this woods, but
there is a short section (the lakeside spur) that goes down to the lake and
there is a new small 'gravel' parking area that makes this site 'easy' to
find.

You can also see in satellite view the cluster of buildings to the south of
the Rountree Nature Preserve that make up the 'white farmhouse'. The third
access 'trail' is just to the south of there on the opposite side of the
road. The trail starts by a small culvert that is well hidden from the
road, but its location can be deduced by the small dip in the roadside edge
at that point.

Hope this helps a little bit, and hope that the good shorebirds there
inspires still more coverage there!

Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL



Subject: Re: IBET The beer can spot
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 14:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Matthew said, "There is an eBird HotSpot called "Chautauqua NWR--Roundtree Trail" which, I believe, is the "Beer Can Spot.""

He is correct.

The beer can spot location, is listed in eBird, as a hotspot, as:

Chautauqua NWR--Roundtree Trail
Maybe a Hotspot editor could fix this?



"Do you eBird?"

Craig Taylor
La Grange, Illinois
Cook County


On Monday, September 1, 2014 12:24 PM, "Jim Mountjoy jmountjo@knox.edu [ILbirds]" wrote:







The beer can spot at Chautauqua is not the same as the Rountree Trail's 'lakeside spur'. The beer can spot is farther north, and no longer has the beer can on the fence that identified it before. You can find the spot if you are driving 'south' from the hamlet of Goofy Ridge on County 15 if you look for the end of the mowing on the right side of the road. Where the roadside becomes 'weedy' you should also see a fence with NWR signs. Some yards south (or SW) the fence ends and there is a bit of a trail in a small 'valley' that leads down to the lakeshore.

The beer can spot is the northernmost of three 'access' points that I know of between the North dike and the crossdike at Chautauqua. (Rountree Trail would be in the middle and the 'white farmhouse' access is another obscure one to the south.) As the birds move around the lake, and it is possible to walk along the east shore of the lake, you may not HAVE to use the exact access point, but it could save you some walking.

Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL






Subject: Re: IBET Eagle Eye
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 13:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Kathryn,

Bald Eagles are seen regularly seen in the Calumet area, but of course so are Red-tailed Hawks, and it is possible that is what the police officer was referring to.

To head up on Torrence going south to north, take Burnham Avenue south to State Street in Calumet City, then go west on State to Torrence You can also take Burnham Ave. south to Sibley (147th) and take that west to Torrence.

Another alternative is to take I-94 to Dolton Avenue East, exit there and go east to Torrence.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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On Mon, 9/1/14, lyricalkat@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds] wrote:

Subject: IBET Eagle Eye
To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, September 1, 2014, 12:47 PM


 









Sunday around 2:00 spotted an adult
Bald on the top of the dead tree in the North-West corner of
Indian Ridge.  Told that cop I HAD to get the picture.  He
let me go!   He mentioned that there were "other"
eagles around 130th and Torrence.  Anybody know what
he's talking about. Does anyone know how far south you
have to go before you can come around and head up Torrence
going south to north, 147th
151st????                    
                                       
                              Kathryn
Cunningham                   
                                       
                              Oak
Lawn









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Subject: IBET The beer can spot
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 12:24 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The beer can spot at Chautauqua is not the same as the Rountree Trail's
'lakeside spur'. The beer can spot is farther north, and no longer has the
beer can on the fence that identified it before. You can find the spot if
you are driving 'south' from the hamlet of Goofy Ridge on County 15 if you
look for the end of the mowing on the right side of the road. Where the
roadside becomes 'weedy' you should also see a fence with NWR signs. Some
yards south (or SW) the fence ends and there is a bit of a trail in a small
'valley' that leads down to the lakeshore.

The beer can spot is the northernmost of three 'access' points that I know
of between the North dike and the crossdike at Chautauqua. (Rountree Trail
would be in the middle and the 'white farmhouse' access is another obscure
one to the south.) As the birds move around the lake, and it is possible
to walk along the east shore of the lake, you may not HAVE to use the exact
access point, but it could save you some walking.

Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL



Subject: IBET NO EMAILS?!
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 11:32 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

I was out of the country for 2 1/2 weeks and completely stopped receiving all emails from the group. Any ideas?

Caryn Hollander
Buffalo Grove (Lake County)

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Subject: IBET Re: RUFF at Chautauqua (no sightings but map to beer can spot)
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 9:48 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
There is an eBird HotSpot called "Chautauqua NWR--Roundtree Trail" which, I believe, is the "Beer Can Spot." Here's a link to the map.


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Subject: IBET RUFF at Chautauqua
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 9:24 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ted Wolff and I just relocated a juvenile Ruff at Chautauqua at the beer can access. Shorebirds are flying around constantly and I have managed to relocate it twice but as I'm posting this we haven't refound it yet. I have no doubt that it is still here though. It would be great if someone could post a map that shows where the beer can spot is.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach Shorebirds
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 8:52 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today my Dad and I went to Waukegan beach today to see the recent reports of Red Knot from the past four days. When we first stepped on the beach, the first bird we saw was the RED KNOT until it flushed with several other birds. Then we found the Red Knot, one semipalmated plover, and a Baird's Sandpiper. Also on the beach were 5 more Sanderlings, 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers, Al Stokie and Bob E. then on the way back to the parking lot we stopped at purple sandpiper pier where actually on the pavement were some more Sanderlings, and two RUDDY TURNSTONES. Then Al pointed us out to some far away birds that looked liked sanderlings on the other pier just south of purple sandpiper pier. We walked out there to find the birds actually on the pavement. They turned out be 3 more sanderlings and a Baird's again. Then two pectoral sandpipers flew in with them. Interesting enough most the birds were concrete birds, not shorebirds. The Ruddy Turnstone was a state lifer for me, Knot a county lifer. Will post photos to flickr soon Ethan Ellis



Subject: IBET Peacock Marsh
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 21:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Peacock still has no shorebird habitat but the egrets and herons have come
back. Their numbers had dropped off as they dispersed post-nesting. Tonight
was the first time in a while that I have seen double digit numbers. At
least 4 Black-crowned Night Herons were present and an American Bittern
stayed in the air long enough for me to snap a few shots before
disappearing into the cattails. Two least Bitterns called back and forth a
couple times but never showed themselves. A small group of Common
Nighthawks passed by as well. I usually sit and count birds as they fly in
or pass over on their way to their night roosts the last hour of daylight.
Wood Ducks usually fly over heading south. Some appear to land in the ponds
across the street. eBird report with a couple of photos are at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19630168


Jeff Smith
Woodridge, DuPage Co.



Subject: IBET Chautauqua (Sunday)
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 21:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
After my posting on Friday, Mike Ingram let me know that he actually
thought that the bird he saw (on Tuesday and Thursday) was probably a
Curlew Sandpiper all along but that he just would have liked to have
gotten better looks at it. While looking for that bird this morning at
Chautauqua Refuge (in Mason Co.), I re-found the adult CURLEW
SANDPIPER that I saw last week. Got nice looks at it preening for at
least ten minutes just southwest of the beer can spot (this is about
halfway between Goofy Ridge and the crossdike - just northeast of that
new Rountree Trail area). When I saw it last week, I picked it out
because I noticed some chestnut-colored splotching on its breast. That
splotching seemed to be less evident today (even though the bird was
closer), and I actually picked it out by its bill - which looked a bit
shorter than several nearby STILT SANDPIPERS (so it might actually be
a male instead of a female). Anyway, it is pretty far along into basic
plumage. The bill was pretty evenly decurved and "finer" than the
nearby Stilts. Its legs appeared to be darkish - although they were
mostly underwater. Hard to explain, but it just has a "different"
appearance when compared to the Stilt Sandpipers, which is something
that Mike also commented about with respect to the bird that he saw. I
got distracted by some WILSON'S PHALAROPES and when I looked back, the
Curlew was gone. Just to clarify, the bird I saw today is not the bird
that I saw there on Friday. That bird looked like a juvenile.

The back levee west of Goofy Ridge did not yield much early - but did
hear some BOBOLINKS out there. Four AMERICAN AVOCETS and two BLACK-
NECKED STILTS were visible from the beer can spot mid-morning. At one
point I also had twelve more AVOCETS in view toward the west, so there
had to be at least sixteen present around the Upper Pool.

All three species of PHALAROPES were seen from the area by the white
farm house. Some of the AVOCETS were right out from there at times.
Heard a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER singing there.

I did not get to the crossdike until midday. Two MARBLED GODWITS were
heard and then seen flying west right after I got out there. One of
them was noticeably paler than the other. Could not spot any HUDSONIAN
GODWITS at that time, but heard that some were seen earlier. Still
lots of BLACK TERNS around.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois




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Subject: IBET Chautauqua on Sunday
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 21:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks, Vicky for posting on our behalf this morning. Karen and I second
Jim M's quote of Kevin R "Everybody sees a different mix of birds at
Chautauqua" and today was no exception.

We never left the boat launch area during our 2 periods of scanning the N
pool, before and after lunch.

We knew it might be a good day when Karen exited the car, set up her scope,
aiming at nothing in particular, peered through the eyepiece, and said 'Oh
look, a Marbled Godwit!' Some other birders passing by mentioned Hudsonian
Godwits on the mudspit with ducks and Black Terns, so we saw both
'expected' godwit species in 5 minutes...not bad!

Hundreds of shorebirds were foraging in the mud/water/vegetation seams
directly in front of us, so we began systematically scanning through them. The
juvenile Ruff was foraging about 50 yards out from the bottom of the boat
launch in a mixed group of L Yellowlegs and Stilt Sandpipers. The buffy head
and breast, short but rather thick dark bill, scaly buffy back, longish
yellow legs and white under the rump made it easy to pick out the bird amidst
the group. In size it was similar to the y-legs, bigger than the Stilts
and had that distinctive pot bellied shape that made it look small headed.
Karen was scoping from the top of the boat ramp, I was at the bottom, and we
both found the bird more or less simultaneously in our respective scopes,
another indication the birding genie was in our corner today.

About 10 minutes after we began watching the Ruff, the entire group it was
with flew up and headed northwest. Shortly after that happened, gulls,
waterfowl and shorebirds took flight in large numbers all over the N pool, and
I had a brief look at a long winged raptor. It might have been a Peregrine,
but just a minute or two later a female type N Harrier coursed over the
southeast side of the N pool.

For the day, we totaled 18 shorebird species, and certainly missed others.
During our afternoon visit, the mud and water in front of the boat launch
was largely empty of closer birds. Still large numbers present, but most
very far out to the N. And did I say - it was hot! So we decided to look for
the beer can spot, having never been there before. Heading N on Buzzville Rd
from the crossdike, we came to a wide pull off covered in coarse stone and
rock, with a trail heading down to the water (the last stretch is a steep
downhill, with boards pounded into the sand to form a series of steps.
Thank you! to whoever put in those steps). A good view of the NE side of the N
pool, but the only shorebirds visible were yellowlegs. Were we at the beer
can spot?
Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County












Subject: IBET Re: Swifts and Nighthawks
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 21:11 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
...a few photos and flight shots of birds from today, including Barn Swallows and Common Nighthawks at IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU286.0 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU286.0




Fran
Evanston, Cook Co





Subject: IBET More Chautauqua shorebirds
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 18:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As Kevin Richmond said today, everybody goes to Chautauqua and comes away
with a different list. I missed the godwits, which flew south just before
I returned to the crossdike, and the Ruff had not been seen by the people I
bumped into. I did have 22 and a half species of shorebirds today though.
(The 'half' was a probable glimpse of a Buff-breast in Kevin's scope,
which few off when an adult Peregrine zipped in and took a shorebird!)

The good shorebirds I saw that I don't think most of the birders I met had
seen were a WESTERN SANDPIPER off the north side of the crossdike near the
boat ramp very early in the morning, and a juvenile RED KNOT, also off the
north side of the crossdike (at fairly close range on the first 'roosting
island' to the west of the boat ramp) at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL



Subject: IBET Swifts and Nighthawks
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 18:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Right now
Tons of insects and dragonflies flying low.....and so are swifts and nighthawks
Right above rooftops
Beautiful night

Fran
Evanston, Cook Co


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Subject: IBET Shorebird Totals For August 2014 Sunday 8-31-14
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 17:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Went with Rena Cohen & Jeff Sanders to join the others at Calumet's Sewage
Pond Trip #2.
Walter M has already posted the results of that adventure so all that
remains for me to do is deal with today's awards.

Bird-Of-The-Day for Rena & myself will be the single Greater Yellowlegs, a
species in short supply this Summer/Fall. Jeff picks the 2 Baird's
Sandpipers for his top bird, a better species I guess but I have seen
plenty of them in August.

So this seems like a good time to list my shorebird totals for the month of
August 2014. Except for one trip to Chautauqua where we only could find 9
shorebird species all my shorebirding has been in northern Illinois. I
found 24 species & 3120 individual shorebirds. In August 2013 I saw
23 species & 6448 individuals so 1 more species this year but only half the
individual birds. This was mainly due to the great number of birds seen on
last year's Chautauqua trip & our bad trip this year. What a difference one
trip can make! Another reason has been the lack of shorebirds at Fermi Lab
due to high water levels. Here's my August total report:

Black Bellied Plover = 6

American Golden Plover = 45

Semipalmated Plover = 47

Killdeer = 1245

Greater Yellowlegs = 10

Lesser Yellowlegs = 191

Solitary Sandpiper = 145

Spotted Sandpiper = 172

Willet = 2

Upland Sandpiper = 2

Whimbrel = 1

Red Knot = 4

Ruddy Turnstone = 2

Sanderling = 101

Semipalmated Sandpiper = 202

Least Sandpiper = 286

White Rumped Sandpiper = 1

Baird's Sandpiper = 9

Pectoral Sandpiper = 629 (Most at Chautauqua)

Stilt Sandpiper = 8

Buff Breasted Sandpiper = 3

Short Billed Dowitcher = 6

Wilson's Snipe = 2

Wilson's Phalarope = 1

So ends August the best month for shorebirds in terms of numbers. Next we
have September which should start off just like August but by mid-month
normally sees a falling off in both the number of species & individuals. We
shall see if that holds true. But although numbers will diminish there
should be some high quality shorebirds in Sept & even October so we should
all keep looking for those later species. Even in the very late Fall we can
look for Red Phalarope & Purple Sandpiper even though actually finding them
is far from easy.

Good Shorebirding!

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan 8/31: 47 Migrating Raptors
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 15:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Ibetors,

With light southern winds, Michal & I counted 47 migrating raptors. It was
fun to see a few kettles of broadwings in the early hours. Most birds were
very high as the day went on. Without the cloud cover we had in the
afternoon, many of these birds would've gone by undocumented! Other
highlights include Wilson's and Blackburnian Warblers, and 15 Common
Nighthawks.

Full report can be found on hawkcount:
https://www.hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsiteu0&ryear 14&rmonth&rday1


Good Birding!
Adam Sell
Lake Co.



Subject: IBET CAS Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-31-14)
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 13:55 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Eight observers attended this Chicago Audubon Society sponsored field trip to the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant in southeast Chicago on Sunday morning (31 August 2014). At the outset, it seemed the trip was becoming a veritable Cedar Waxwing/Red-winged Blackbird/American Goldfinch survey, as those 3 species were present in great abundance among very few shorebirds. But early on we did see 1 WILSON'S SNIPE, and we had a stimulating discussion about a "peep" sp.,(a very gray juvenile with reddish upper scapulars, probably an unusually strongly-marked Semipalmated, but possible a Western). As far as we were able to determine, the unidentified "peep" fell within the range of variation for Semipalmated Sandpiper.

In the end, we had decent species diversity for shorebirds (11 species), but rather low individual counts. Our big break came near the end of the trip (at Lagoon 1), where we added 4 new shorebird species (1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, & 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS) at a small puddle at the back of the lagoon. In addition to the shorebirds, ducks observed included 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS & 1 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Marsh birds seen included great close-up views of an adult SORA. Raptors included 1 distant PEREGRINE FALCON which fortunately did not flush any of our shorebirds during the trip. The only definite passerine migrant was a WILSON'S WARBLER seen at the beginning of the trip.

After we left Calumet WRP, we checked both 126th St. Marsh & Indian Ridge Marsh, but unfortunately we saw no Snowy Egrets at either location.

Our trip results are listed below (Calumet Water Reclamation Plant only). By my count, we found a total of 49 bird species at the plant. Once again, a big thanks goes to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for graciously allowing our groups access to the plant.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.
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Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, Chicago (RESTRICTED), Cook, US-IL
Aug 31, 2014 7:01 AM - 11:01 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.25 mile(s)
Comments: Chicago Audubon Society Field trip.
Observers: Walter Marcisz, Jill Anderson, Dan Anzia, Bobbi Asher, Rena Cohen, Jeff Sanders, Al Stokie, Chris Van Wassenhove.
49 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 16
Wood Duck 32
Mallard 20
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 5
Green-winged Teal 1
Double-crested Cormorant 12 (flyovers)
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Green Heron 7
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Sora 1 (adult)
Semipalmated Plover 1
Killdeer 32
Spotted Sandpiper 14
Solitary Sandpiper 7
Greater Yellowlegs 1 (juvenile)
Lesser Yellowlegs 6
Baird's Sandpiper 2 (2 juveniles)
Least Sandpiper 28
Pectoral Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 18
peep sp. 1 (1 juvenile, gray with red upper scapulars, probably an unusually strongly-marked Semipalmated, but possible a Western)
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 125
Herring Gull 2 (2 flyover juveniles)
Caspian Tern 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 15
Downy Woodpecker 3
American Kestrel 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 21
House Wren 1
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 60
Common Yellowthroat 3
Wilson's Warbler 1
Savannah Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 14
Red-winged Blackbird 240
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 9
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 60
House Sparrow 8
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Subject: IBET Finally warblers!
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 13:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
     I headed out to Kendall Co to look for shorebirds along Wheeler Rd. On
the way out I stopped at Baker Woods Forest Preserve (past Ridge Rd. on
north side of US 52). It seemed really slow, as I walked to the northend
of the preserve. Only one redstart, but on the way back there was a
chickadee flock in the woods N of the two bridges. I pished at them and in
they came. After a couple of minutes, there was a BLACK-AND-WHITE, then an
AMERICAN REDSTART, and then the floodgates opened. 9 species of warblers
in that flock with multiples of several species.
When I got back to the mowed area with the picnic tables, I could hear
a singing Red-eyed Vireo and see a bunch of birds moving in the trees
behind the building at the NE corner of the mowed area. It was mostly
warblers and I worked south along the brushy woods on the east side side of
the mowed area back to the parking lot. Ended with 12 species (whole list
at end). Highlights were BLUE- and GOLDEN-WINGED, 6 BLACKBURNIAN, and 10
CHESTNUT-SIDED. Not many other migrants, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a
VEERY and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO.
I continued to Wheeler Rd, where I ended up with12 species of
shorebirds, most were west of Schlapp Rd. These were flooded areas along
Schlapp at the south end of the sod farm that in on the south side of
Wheeler. Highlights were 56 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 2 SEMIPALMATED
PLOVERS, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S SNIPE, and
a WILSON'S PHALAROPE. Ended up with about 400 KILLDEER, and 45 LESSER
YELLOWLEGS. No Buff-breasted. There were a few BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS in a
big blackbird flock at a sod farm just north of Caton Farm Rd. on Schlapp.

Doug Stotz

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Douglas Stotz
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 Chautauqua--both Godwits, juvenile Ruff
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 11:08 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi IBET, Bob and Karen Fisher are at Chautauqua NWR and asked me to post
that they observed some Hudsonian Godwits, (pointed out to them by others;)
plus, one Marbled Godwit, and a juvenile Ruff, all in the North Pool. They
have only been looking for 30-40 minutes and there are many shorebirds, so
more info may follow!



Happy Birding,

Vicky Sroczynski




Subject: IBET Wadsworth wetland, (LAKE)
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 21:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Of note, 5 sandhill cranes flew overhead and landed in the area to the south of the first wetland, over the trees.  Lots of cedar waxwings, blackbirds, green herons, great egrets, a couple sandpipers and one likely warbler but it was too dark to see beyond what seemed to be a yellow throat.  Many dragonflies, those red ones seem to like to be near people and wouldn't fly away.

Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Hanna City , Peoria
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 20:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While visiting my wife's family in Peoria, we went to Gil's Supper Club in Hanna City tonight.

After dinner there were about 5 Common Nighthawks flying overhead and also a number of swallows (mainly barn and tree as far as I could tell) and a number of swifts

On the way back to I-74, there were another few groups of nighthawks (including perhaps 12 along Taylor) and a few hundred swallows and swifts.

While sitting on the balcony in Peoria this evening there were about four more nighthawks and more swifts.

Nothing too unusual but since I haven't seen Hanna City posts before I thought I'd mention it

(Peoria county )

Alan Anderson
Casresearch@comcast.net

BTW I couldn't believe how busy Gil's was and how many cars were parked around the place !

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Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan Hawkwatch - Peregrine, Ospreys, Bald Eagles and Broad-wingeds
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 19:41 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Together with Adam Sell we started the fall hawkwatching at Fort Sheridan today. It was a nice day with good numbers of raptors for this early in the season. During our 8.5 hour count we saw 23 raptors of 8 species migrating south. The 9th species - a Kestrel - was seen going north. Several other birds were either resident or going the wrong way.


Here are the results for the day:
Bald Eagle - 1 juv. (plus 2 birds going north)
Turkey Vulture - 1
Osprey - 4
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
Broad-winged hawk - 10
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 1


Among the local raptors, there was a Cooper's Hawk harassing two of the Broad-winged Hawks.


Other notable birds were: a huge migration of Cedar Waxwings (especially early in the morning) - 4265 birds (!), Horned Lark - 1, Read-headed Woodpecker - 3 local and 3 heading south, Bobolink - 13 (9 flying south), 5 Meadowlarks (flying south), 5 Cliff Swallows, Belted Kingfisher, and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in the shrubs behind the table.


More details on the hawkwatch's Hmana page:
HawkCount http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsiteu0&ryear 14&rmonth&rday0


http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsiteu0&ryear 14&rmonth&rday0

HawkCount http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsiteu0&ryear 14&rmonth&rday0 Select Count Site: Fort Sheridan Hawkwatch Lake Forest, Illinois, USA [Site Profile] Day's Summary:Aug 30, 2014 Day's Raptor Counts TV OS BE ...



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Michal Furmanek
Lake Bluff, lake Co.





Subject: IBET Greene Valley shorebirds
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 19:33 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
I made an early afternoon visit to the 83rd street fluddle at Greene Valley Forest Preserve (Du Page Co.).  Habitat is returning (unless we get another big rain), so there were some shorebirds present.  Nothing special, but I did see the following:  51 KILLDEER, 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS,  7 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS.


Mike Madsen
mmadsen48 AT comcast.net
Woodridge, IL (Du Page Co.)



Subject: RE: IBET FPDCC purchases land between Wolf Lake & Powderhorn Lake
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 18:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There is much more to the statement made by Chicago Alderman Pope’s “More Green Space for the 10th Ward”.



The responsible federal, state, city and the Cook County Forest Preserve District wheels were greased to aide a former First Ward alderman project in SE Chicago that would be built in a floodplain and wetlands between Wolf and Powderhorn Lakes in the Hegewisch neighborhood. The Southeast Environmental Task Force (SETF) unfortunately rubber-stamped the project on the approval of the late Marian Byrnes, founder of the Task Force.



The proposed 134th Street and Avenue K TIF Redevelopment Project (over 120 acres) was 950 mix of single family, town houses, flats and condos. Also, included was retail space, a clubhouse with swimming pool and fitness center and outdoor basketball/tennis courts. The project intended to exploit the Wolf and Powderhorn lakes as backyard attractions.



However, as usual, excluded from the process were the neighborhood residents. I’ll never forget in 2007 driving past a house after monitoring the Osprey nest from the north Powderhorn location and noticing a yard sign “Save Our Wetland”. I knocked on the door and met Joann who formed the grassroots “Save Our 134th and Avenue K Wetlands”. She told me about the research, leaflets and meetings she was involved in to challenge the consequences of the proposed development. I joined forces as a representative from Sand Ridge Audubon Society and Chicago Audubon Society to defend the area that was included in the Calumet Open Space Reserve Plan for a planned wildlife connector between Wolf and Powderhorn lakes.



The group got the SETF to reconsider its position and formed a union with the SETF and the Calumet Ecological Park Association and forced the alderman to hold meetings. We effectively raised objections at the Community Development Commission meeting at city hall. (The Commission oversees the city’s tax increment financing districts and approved a $26.5 million package in TIF funds toward the $286.5 million deal.) To our delight, years ago the redevelopment project failed.



It was because of the hard work of the residents and leaders Joann, Randall, and Edie that indirectly influenced Cook County Forest Preserve to eventually decide to acquire the 30 acres as public open space.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

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From: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:08 AM
To: ILbirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: IBET FPDCC purchases land between Wolf Lake & Powderhorn Lake

Per 10th Ward Alderman John Pope, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is purchasing 30 acres of green space located between Powderhorn Lake & Wolf Lake in southeast Chicago. Good news, as this land was included in a (failed) condo development project only seven year years ago. See the informational blurb below.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.
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More Green Space for the 10th Ward

​Cook County Forest Preserve to Acquire 30 Acres

Today the Forest Preserve is to purchase 30 acres of open space just south of 134th Street near Harbour Point Estates in the Hegewisch neighborhood. The vacant land sits between 134th Street, Powderhorn Lake, Avenue K, and residents of Harbour Point at 4001 East 134th Street. Earlier this spring Alderman Pope joined Forest Preserve Commissioner Arnold Randall and representatives from Harbor Point Estates, the Southeast Environmental Task Force (SETF), and the Calumet Ecological Park Association (CEPA) on a walking tour of the site to consider purchase and improvement opportunities. The site will serve as a connector and extension between local existing open spaces including Wolf Lake, Powderhorn Lake, and the Burnham Greenway.

John A. Pope
10th Ward Alderman
City of Chicago
3522 East 106th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60617
773-721-1999 (office)
773-721-5945 (fax)
jpope@cityofchicago.org
http://www.johnapope.com/








Subject: IBET Golden Plover photos taken at Kankakee airport
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 16:59 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey all just thought I would mention the rains must have brought a Golden Plover to stop over at the Kankakee Airport this morning and as a matter of fact its still stickin around. Got a few semi close photos so I decided to share them. Along with the Golden Plover this morning I had a SORA rail on the airport pond and two OSPREY! Both catching fish all day and getting chased by an Adult BALD EAGLE today. Also had about a dozen CLIFF SWALLOW hanging out on the ramp today at the airport. Take it easy -Bronson Ratcliff, Manteno, IL Photos here: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/...



Subject: IBET Mottled Duck + Reaching 300
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 16:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hey All,
Andrew posted about it earlier, and here's the story behind finding the
Mottled Duck and hitting 300 for the year:
http://littlebirder.blogspot.c...
Didn't get much Illinois birding in for most of July and August, but here's
the little I did:
http://littlebirder.blogspot.c...
Great birding!

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Joshua Little
http://littlebirder.blogspot.c...




Subject: IBET More Good Beach Shorebirds At Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Sat 8-30-14
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 14:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Dan Williams has already reported some of our highlights at the time of
seeing them but I'll give a full listing now that we have finished. Today
Bob E & I were joined by Dan W & Phil D from Rockford & later on by Adam S
at Waukegan Beach & Pier. While we were failing to find the Ruddy Turnstone
for Dan & Phil 2 large shorebirds flew in & Bob was able to spot them while
the rest of us were pier checking. They were WILLETS, the 1st I've seen
since Spring. As Dan mentioned they didn't stay long but Andy Stewart saw
them later as well as the Turnstone that we didn't find. Down the beach we
later found 2 more good shorebirds, another juvenile RED KNOT & a BLACK
BELLIED PLOVER. Here's our full list:

Waukegan Beach & Pier (6:15-8 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2-3)
Mallard (7-8)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1)
Semipalmated Plover (1 on pier)
Killdeer (1 on beach)
Spotted Sandpiper (8)
WILLET (2)
RED KNOT (1-JUV)
Sanderling (29-31)
Least Sandpiper (1 on pier)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
R.B. (~100) & Herring (18) Gulls
Caspian Tern (7)

Dan & Phil stayed longer than Bob & I & saw a young Bonaparte's Gull & a
few Common Terns.
That small fluddle off Sea Horse Dr. still had the 1 Solitary Sandpiper
that's been there all week.
Andy Stewart told us that 1 Buffie was still at IBSP near the mouth of the
Dead River so we went there next & found Donnie & Jackie D already looking
but we never found the Buffie in spite of Bob & I going as far south as
possible. But we did see 3 more good birds. Here's our list:

Illinois Beach South Unit (8:30-10:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (4 fly-bys)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1 with more black remaining than on the one at
Waukegan)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
RED KNOT (1-JUV, flew in from the north so it's unlikely it was the one at
Waukegan)
Sanderling (19)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1 acting as a substitute for the missing Buffie I guess)
A few Ring Billed & Herring Gulls, Barn Swallows & Cedar Waxwings were
flying along the lake as well.

Finally a short visit to the IBSP Hawk Watch on their 1st day where we saw
a few Turkey Vultures & a Great Blue Heron fly past the group.

Department Of Awards

Bird-Of-The-Day for Bob E & Dan W goes to the Red Knots.
(Probably Adam S would agree as it was a new Lake Co. bird for him.)
Bird-Of-The-Day for Phil D goes to a MERLIN seen at Waukegan after I had
left.
Bird-Of-The-Day for me goes to the 1 Willet which I got to see well on the
beach.
We had 11 shorebird species for the day & Andy Stewart had 2 we didn't see.
This is pretty good for just doing beaches!

Non-Bird Highlight-Of-The-Day goes to the HAWAII license plate on a car
parked at Sand Pond where the owner was one of the fishermen. I learned he
was in the military & out of Great Lakes which is where most of these
plates come from. Interesting day!

Al Stokie



Subject: Re: IBET Kaneville sod farm in Kane County (and Kendall Co.)
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 13:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Jeff Sundberg, Kris Sundberg and I did a sod farm tour this morning. Thanks to all who've been posting, as none of us had previously been to these areas.


Highlights:
Kendall Co.
Rt. 126 east of Schlapp: in a fluddle on the north side of the road was a solitary Solitary Sandpiper along with some Killdeer.
Schlapp/Wheeler: (from Wheeler west of Schlapp) 40+ Golden Plovers (no Black-bellieds that we saw), a flock of blackbirds including a number of Brewer's, and two Kestrals.
Schlapp south of Wheeler (the pond at the south end of the sod): Greater Yellowlegs (1), Lesser Yellowlegs (2), Semipalmated & Least Sandpipers


Lisbon & Helmar: the fluddle on the east side of Lisbon had Least (1), Semipalmated (a few) and Baird's Sandpipers (1). We couldn't turn any of them into a Western but that doesn't mean they're not there. Besides some nearby Golden Plovers on the north end of the sod, there were three Black-bellied Plovers further out.


Al's Lisbon Fluddle (north of Walker on the west side of the road) had a Semi Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs.


Kane County
Kaneville, at Main St. & Bateman Rd.: one Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen in the southwest quadrant of the sod farm, north of Main and west of Bateman. Not as far out as the sprinklers. However, the birds were moving around and it wasn't there a bit later when we again tried to find it, although we had one American Pipit while we were there that time. At least one Golden Plover (likely there were more) was seen from Bateman Rd. north and west of the sprinklers, all the way out by the little marsh. We did not see any Uplands at any location although I saw (at Kaneville) a large, plump bird with longish wings fluttering away, being chased by a smaller bird. Enough of a look to be tantalizing, but not anywhere near enough to count. I only mention it so that people continue to keep their eyes peeled.


Joe Lill (with Jeff & Kris Sundberg)
Chicago, Cook Co. (and Lake County)





-----Original Message-----
From: John Heneghan johnhens@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]
To: IBET
Sent: Sat, Aug 30, 2014 10:08 am
Subject: IBET Kaneville sod farm in Kane County







Went to the sod farm this AM early to see if I could see any shorebirds. It was hazy, rainy. Did not see any shorebirds. Hope to get back out later to check again.


John Heneghan
Big Rock, Kane Cty









Subject: IBET IBSP South Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 12:56 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Saw 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper with several Sanderlings at IBSP South unit beach this am about 7. The Buffie was near the dead river where the gravel/ weathered rocks or flat part of the beach turns back  to  the dunes near the Dead River.  The birds seem to like the rocky areas of the beach.
Then went to Waukegan about 8 and saw Al et. al. coming back down the beach. Saw the 2 Willets, 5 Sanderlings, 1 Spotted and I Turnstone that landed briefly on the fishing pier. Missed the both Plovers and Knot but I did not walk down the beach.


Andy Stewart
Libertyville, Lake Co.





Subject: IBET Snowy Egret at 126th St. (8-30-14)
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 12:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A Snowy Egret was still at the 126th St. Marsh (Chicago) at 11:40 am on Saturday (at the rockpile where the creek empties into the Calumet River). Bob & Karen Fisher also saw the bird.

Neither of us checked Indian Ridge Marsh, but those birds may still be present as well.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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Subject: IBET SWALLOW-TAILED KITE at Quincy
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 11:24 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I just received a phone call from Phil Reyburn who had a SWALLOW-TAILED
KITE this morning in the Quincy IL area. The site was Ward Island just
south of Quincy, reached by taking Radio Road west off of Route 57 and
going over the levee. It soon disappeared behind trees, but it might be
worth searching the area if anyone is interested.

Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL



Subject: IBET Kaneville sod farm in Kane County
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 10:08 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went to the sod farm this AM early to see if I could see any shorebirds. It was hazy, rainy. Did not see any shorebirds. Hope to get back out later to check again.

John Heneghan
Big Rock, Kane Cty



Subject: IBET Listing
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 9:48 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
When I started "birding" in the mid 50's that list meant  everything to me.
The year I first discover birds was in mid`summer 1956 when I heard this
weird sound coming from the pasture where I boarded my first horse (Cindy a
Arab/quarter cross). Sighting this strange bird sent mw to the local
library where looking thru a book I read that this "rarely seen" bird was an
American bittern. I was hooked and managed to find 59 birds that year, which
seemed like a tremendous number. I was hooked and was always searching for a
new species to add to my count. After the "powers that be" decided to
start lumping and took away my Blue Goose I was crushed. Over the years as bird
numbers decline the idea of "listing" lose its appeal. Now I am more into
preserving habitat so those few remaining birds can survive.

Maryann Gossmann, Montgomery - Kane Co.
COS, IAS (Will and Morgan Chapters)



Subject: IBET Montrose - Saturday, August 30
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 9:33 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear birders,

Highlights, for several of us, included American Golden Plover and Short-billed Dowitcher. The Dowitcher was in the puddle outside of the protected area on the beach for the 2+ hours I was at Montrose this morning. The AG Plover was more elusive.

One Pectoral Sandpiper was on the beach and one in the puddle with the dowitcher.

Bob Hughes identified a flyover Wilson's Phalarope, which would have been the highlight for some of us if we had been able to identify it. Bob and several others also saw a Bonaparte's Gull (while Matt Cvetas and I were checking out the puddle with the dowitcher).

There was a Connecticut Warbler (juvenile I believe) at the water feature. I thought it was a Mourning, but a British birder whose name I don't remember got a photo showing a complete eye ring.

For the birds,

Dave Antieau



Subject: IBET Mottled Duck at Chautauqua NWR, Mason County, 8/29/14
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 9:24 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Apologies for the late report.  Joshua Little and I found an apparent Mottled Duck from the Eagle Bluff crossdike at Chautauqua yesterday morning (Friday, 8/29).  It was with a group of Mallards dabbling among the grassy islands in the north pool.  We were able to study it in our scopes for a while and noted the buffy face and neck, bright yellow bill, brown internal markings on the feathers, and even a small black spot at the gape.  While preening and in flight it showed a thin white trailing edge to the speculum patch.


The bird flew to the north and we did not see if or where it landed, nor did we relocate it in the afternoon.


We did not see any godwits, but got just about all of our other target birds. Checklist with photos of the MODU here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19606573 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19606573.


Good birding!


Andrew Aldrich
Chicago (Cook Co.)




Subject: IBET FPDCC purchases land between Wolf Lake & Powderhorn Lake
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 7:08 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Per 10th Ward Alderman John Pope, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is purchasing 30 acres of green space located between Powderhorn Lake & Wolf Lake in southeast Chicago. Good news, as this land was included in a (failed) condo develpment project only seven year years ago. See the informational blurb below.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.
___________________________________________________________


More Green Space for the 10th Ward

​Cook County Forest Preserve to Acquire 30 Acres

Today the Forest Preserve is to purchase 30 acres of open space just south of 134th Street near Harbour Point Estates in the Hegewisch neighborhood. The vacant land sits between 134th Street, Powderhorn Lake, Avenue K, and residents of Harbour Point at 4001 East 134th Street. Earlier this spring Alderman Pope joined Forest Preserve Commissioner Arnold Randall and representatives from Harbor Point Estates, the Southeast Environmental Task Force (SETF), and the Calumet Ecological Park Association (CEPA) on a walking tour of the site to consider purchase and improvement opportunities. The site will serve as a connector and extension between local existing open spaces including Wolf Lake, Powderhorn Lake, and the Burnham Greenway.

John A. Pope
10th Ward Alderman
City of Chicago
3522 East 106th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60617
773-721-1999 (office)
773-721-5945 (fax)
jpope@cityofchicago.org
http://www.johnapope.com/





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Subject: IBET: Waukegan beach
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 7:03 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
With Al Sokie, Bob Erickson and Phil Doncheck, and just joined by Adam Sell.

A juvenile Red Knot and a BB Plover are on the beach north of the inlet. Also 30+ Sanderlings.

2 Williets flew in and landed briefly on the municipal beach at 6:20 am but apparently moved on.

Bob Erickson had a SemiPlover on the pier at 6:00,

Dan Williams
Rockford

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Subject: IBET possible Curlew Sandpiper
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 16:51 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On Tuesday, Mike Ingram found an interesting shorebird at Chautauqua
Refuge (in Mason Co.). From what I understand, his initial impression
was that it was a Curlew Sandpiper - but that he kind of talked
himself out of that later. He sent me a description of it (at a later
time) that made me think it might be a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper. He
found it again on Thursday. I think both of his sightings were from
near that Rountree Trail. I briefly saw what I think was the same bird
today from the beer can spot. Both of these locations are about
halfway between Goofy Ridge and the crossdike. We both feel that the
bird is probably a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, but should leave it as
that. Neither one of us has been able to observe its leg color. Mike
gave me permission to post this information.

Early this morning when I was looking across from the beer can spot,
it looked like there were many shorebirds over along the back levee. I
drove over to the parking lot at the north end of Goofy Ridge and then
walked west from there. Once I got out past the water control
structure a little way, there was a wonderful array of shorebirds
stretched out along the south side of the levee for about a mile. I am
too tired to post the list, but I think I had 19 species of shorebirds
along that stretch in less than two hours.

Twelve AVOCETS and eight distant RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were off the
east side of the crossdike at midday.

I did not check the South Pool today. The recent rains have brought
the water levels up a little on both pools.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: Re: IBET Red knot continues at Waukegan Beach
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 16:44 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Many of the birds had moved north, including the Knot and several
Sanderlings.
We had to walk a fair distance, maybe halfway towards the next pier/jetty.
We left them at 1:15 p.m.

The exception was the Turnstone. It was on the northern pier when we
went after the Knot
and on the southern pier when we came back. Then it flew in front of us,
blocking our way
to get off while we were standing on the northern pier. We asked nicely
and eventually
it hopped down to the shore and let us leave.

Paul

On 8/29/2014 2:12 PM, Eric Lundquist brewbird1@yahoo.com [ILbirds] wrote:
> All-
>
> All birds were gone at noon when I checked. There were some people on
> the beach and some kite boarders in the lake north of the north
> breakwall. That might have something to do with it!
>
> Eric
> Eric Lundquist
> Mundelein, IL
> brewbird1 [at] yahoo dot com
>
>
> On Friday, August 29, 2014 12:10 PM, "Gmail miket99@gmail.com
> [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
>
> Hi all.
> All of them were still there in the general area of the north pier at
> 9:30 until we left 45 mins later.
>
> Mike and Kathleen Trahan
> Mundelein, Lake County
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Aug 29, 2014, at 7:22 AM, "Nat Carmichael natcarm@yahoo.com
> [ILbirds]" > wrote:
>
>> There were lots of shorebirds at Waukegan Beach this morning
>> including a red knot, ruddy turnstone, baird's, semi palm sp,
>> sanderlings and spotted sp. Thanks to Donnie D. For verifying the red
>> knot!
>>
>> Nat Carmichael
>> Gurnee, IL
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>




Subject: Champaign Buff-breasted Sandpipers and cont. Red-necked Phalarope 8/29/14
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 16:30 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Red- necked Phalarope was still present at the previously reported spot at 4:00 on Fri  8/29
Scott Latimer DuPage

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Subject: Re: IBET Red knot continues at Waukegan Beach
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 14:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
All-

All birds were gone at noon when I checked. There were some people on the beach and some kite boarders in the lake north of the north breakwall. That might have something to do with it!

Eric

Eric Lundquist
Mundelein, IL
brewbird1 [at] yahoo dot com


On Friday, August 29, 2014 12:10 PM, "Gmail miket99@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:




Hi all.
All of them were still there in the general area of the north pier at 9:30 until we left 45 mins later.

Mike and Kathleen Trahan
Mundelein, Lake County


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On Aug 29, 2014, at 7:22 AM, "Nat Carmichael natcarm@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" wrote:



>There were lots of shorebirds at Waukegan Beach this morning including a red knot, ruddy turnstone, baird's, semi palm sp, sanderlings and spotted sp. Thanks to Donnie D. For verifying the red knot!
>
>Nat Carmichael
>Gurnee, IL
>
>Sent from my iPhone



Subject: IBET Upland Sandpiper Dunteman Sod Kane County
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 13:56 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Upland Sandpiper found by Pete Moxen at 11:55a on the sod north of Main st. Still here at 2pm in middle of field near irrigation equip. Giving great views from Bateman Rd.

Marion Miller

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Subject: IBET Lake Co. Buff-breasted Sandpiper IBSP South
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 13:41 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Had 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers at IBSP South Unit on the beach almost to the Dead River this morning about 7 am., also there were 20+ Sanderlings and 1 Semisandpiper looking like the exact set of Sanderlings I saw there yesterday.  Hit the other spots on the lake front, somehow missed the Red Knot at Waukegan at about 8 am, there were 3 workers on the beach and 1 guy sort of working out on the beach, maybe they temporarily flushed the bird. Luckily I have seen a few this fall. The other shorebird highlight were 3 W. Snipe at ISBP north .


Andy Stewart
Libertyville, Lake Co



Subject: IBET The Usual Suspects At Chicago Botanic Garden Fri 8-29-14
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 13:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I have covered a lot of ground & seen several good birds this week so I
needed a "close to home" day for a change. The mud flats have increased
since my last visit but shorebird numbers have not increased. Managed only
6 shorebird species & except for Killdeer each species only had 1
individual each. Although I don't look for Fall Warblers I did get to see
one in spite of myself.
Here's my day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (8:15-10:45)

D.C. Cormorant (3)
Great Blue Heron (6)
(No Great Egret today)
Green Heron (1)
Wood Duck (4)
Mallard (27)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-IM)
Killdeer (4-5)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Solitary Sandpiper (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Least Sandpiper (1)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)
Rock Pigeon (1 fly-by)
Mourning Dove (8-10)
Chimney Swift (5-6 fly-bys)
Ruby Throated Hummingbird (1-"F")
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Eastern Pewee (1 still singing in the woods)
Barn Swallow (8-10)
Chickadee (4)
Robin (1 & only 1)
Cedar Waxwing (One flock of 25-30)
Magnolia Warbler (1)
Song Sparrow (3-4)
Red Winged Blackbird (12-14 in Dixon Prairie)
House Finch (3)
Goldfinch (~20)
House Sparrow (15-18)
(The House Sparrows have taken over the thistle feeders as the new feeders
have made it easy for them to sit at the holes & get the food. The
Goldfinches are being pushed out.)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the female or young R.T. Hummer which was flying to all
the red flowered Royal Catchfly plants which is where the Hummers are
expected to go.
Runner-Up to the Magnolia Warbler.

Some interesting wildflowers that you can see now are Purple Gerardia,
Creamy Gentian,
Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua) & 2 very tall yellow flowered
plants called
Wingstem (Actinomeris alternifolia) & Globe-Flower (Trollius laxus).
There's also a very tall Thistle called Field Thistle which has white
undersides to the leaves.

But Flower/Plant-Of-The-Day goes to an amazing looking plant called Red
Caster Bean which I saw in the African Plant Group. It's Latin name is
Ricinus communis "sanguineus". If you only Google one of these plants make
it this one.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Fw: eBird Report - Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Aug 29, 2014
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 12:17 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 







>
>
>Montrose started out pretty slow this morning but as the sun came out, so did some birds.
>
>
>I had 9 species of shorebirds (I was pretty sure I also had a Least Sandpiper but couldn't relocate it to be sure). Best bird was STILT SANDPIPER.
>
>
>There was a HORNED GREBE in water just off protected beach.
>
>
>I had 7 species of warblers.
>
>
>I also had 2 migrant sparrows - SWAMP and CLAY-COLORED. I had a Clay-colored a week ago in the dunes.
>
>
>Full list below.
>
>
>
>
>
>Michelle Devlin
>Cool County
>
>
>
>
>>
>>Canada Goose 2
>>Mallard 28
>>Horned Grebe 1 Seen at pretty close range. Thin bill so not Pied billed. Large white area
behind eye. Dark cap. Peak of head behind eye so probably not an eared grebe. Possibly immature. Don't think I've ever seen this plumage before. Seen in flight with gray wings and white secondary patch.
>>Double-crested Cormorant 2
>>Sora 1
>>American Coot 1
>>Black-bellied Plover 1
>>Semipalmated Plover 6
>>Killdeer 2
>>Spotted Sandpiper 1
>>Stilt Sandpiper 1
>>Sanderling 1
>>Baird's Sandpiper 1
>>Pectoral Sandpiper 1
>>Semipalmated Sandpiper 4
>>Ring-billed Gull 85
>>Herring Gull 1
>>Caspian Tern 2
>>Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
>>Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
>>Chimney Swift 15
>>Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
>>Downy Woodpecker 3
>>Peregrine Falcon 1
>>Warbling Vireo 3
>>American Crow 3
>>Barn Swallow 11
>>Black-capped Chickadee 8
>>House Wren 2
>>Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3
>>American Robin 1
>>Gray Catbird 1
>>Cedar Waxwing 50
>>Northern Waterthrush 1
>>Black-and-white Warbler 2
>>Tennessee Warbler 2
>>American Redstart 1
>>Yellow Warbler 1
>>Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
>>Wilson's Warbler 1
>>Clay-colored Sparrow 1 Saw a Clay colored at Montrose on 8.22. Distinctive facial pattern. Gray nape. Buffy unstriped breast and front.
>>Swamp Sparrow 1
>>Northern Cardinal 2
>>Red-winged Blackbird 3
>>Baltimore Oriole 1
>>House Finch 11
>>American Goldfinch 20
>>House Sparrow 17
>>
>>View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19604484
>>
>>This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>>
>>
>>
>
>



Subject: Re: IBET: Kendall County sod farmsky
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 12:12 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yx It'scy
Ufxt8'
Sent from my iPhonegy

> On Aug 29, 2014, at 12:02 PM, "Daniel Williams twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:oi
>
> Marion has already reported on birds that were, and weren't, at Dunteman sod farm. Phil Doncheck and I continued to Kendall sod farms.
>
> The Helmar/Lisbon location at 9:00 had 1 Buffie and 1 Uppie and some peeps-Least, SemiSand and 1 Baird's-in a puddle along Lisbon on the north side of the farm. A Possible Western flew before we could get a better look.
>
> Lisbon Rd. fluddle had usual suspects.
>
> IL47/Newark had 6 Golden-plovers.
>
> Wheeler east of Grove had 39 Golden-plovers and 4 Black Terns hunting over the field. At the east end, south of Wheeler on Schlapp, 3 more Black Terns were bathing in a puddle.
>
> Returned to Lisbon/Helmar. An (the?) Uppie was out in the open on the east side. A Harrier was eating a vole in the middle of the field nearer to Lisbon.
>
> Dan Williams
> Rockford
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



Subject: Re: IBET Red knot continues at Waukegan Beach
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 12:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all. 
All of them were still there in the general area of the north pier at 9:30 until we left 45 mins later.

Mike and Kathleen Trahan
Mundelein, Lake County


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> On Aug 29, 2014, at 7:22 AM, "Nat Carmichael natcarm@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>
> There were lots of shorebirds at Waukegan Beach this morning including a red knot, ruddy turnstone, baird's, semi palm sp, sanderlings and spotted sp. Thanks to Donnie D. For verifying the red knot!
>
> Nat Carmichael
> Gurnee, IL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



Subject: IBET: Kendall County sod farms
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 12:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Marion has already reported on birds that were, and weren't, at Dunteman sod farm.  Phil Doncheck and I continued to Kendall sod farms.

The Helmar/Lisbon location at 9:00 had 1 Buffie and 1 Uppie and some peeps-Least, SemiSand and 1 Baird's-in a puddle along Lisbon on the north side of the farm. A Possible Western flew before we could get a better look.

Lisbon Rd. fluddle had usual suspects.

IL47/Newark had 6 Golden-plovers.

Wheeler east of Grove had 39 Golden-plovers and 4 Black Terns hunting over the field. At the east end, south of Wheeler on Schlapp, 3 more Black Terns were bathing in a puddle.

Returned to Lisbon/Helmar. An (the?) Uppie was out in the open on the east side. A Harrier was eating a vole in the middle of the field nearer to Lisbon.

Dan Williams
Rockford

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Subject: Champaign Buff-breasted Sandpipers and cont. Red-necked Phalarope 8/29/14
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 10:50 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I saw the phalarope last evening but did not see it today around 10am.  Did have a yellow-bellied flycatcher and veery along the stream near Busey woods. Quiet in the woods although there were some small flocks of warblers high in the trees.  I identified one Tennessee warbler out of the group - lighting was difficult.  Only other warblers were Canada, Nashville and Black and White.

David Thomas

On August 29, 2014 9:47:26 AM CDT, "Nicholas Sly pagophila@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
>Forwarded for Cole who is not yet on the state listserve: the
>Red-necked
>Phalarope continues at Moorman Swine Farm, and he found several
>Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Pedigo Sod in west Champaign. See more
>details
>below.
>
>Nick Sly
>Urbana, IL
>
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>From: Cole Wolf
>Date: Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM
>Subject: [Birdnotes] Champaign Buff-breasted Sandpipers and cont.
>Red-necked Phalarope 8/29/14
>To: birdnotes@lists.ccfpd.org
>
>
>This morning I had 3-4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at the Pedigo Sod Farm
>on N
>Staley Rd north of Bradley Ave. They were foraging in the bare fields
>northwest of the office building along with 250+ Killdeer. I included a
>couple very poor photos with my eBird checklist.
>
>At Moorman Swine Farm the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE continued along with a
>Lesser Yellowlegs.
>
>The wastewater treatment plant at the north end of Parkland
>College/Dodd
>Park also had a few shorebirds, including one Pectoral, one
>Semipalmated,
>and three Least Sandpipers.
>
>eBird Checklists:
>
>Pedigo - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19603520
>Moorman - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19603486
>Parkland - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19602962
>
>Good Birding,
>
>Cole Wolf
>Champaign, IL
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Subject: IBET Eurasian-Collared Dove - Evanston, Cook Co. Friday 8.29.2014
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 10:42 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
new yard bird, thanks to Bob Fisher, photos and explanation (for a change) at link below on IBF:


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU280 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU280.0


yes, Matthew, I'll fill the feeder


Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.


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