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01 Aug: @ 13:48:21 IBET Birding vacations 2015 and 2016 [Sue Friscia q4birds@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
01 Aug: @ 13:45:52 IBET: another Rockford Uppie [Daniel Williams twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
01 Aug: @ 13:15:39 IBET Cook County:Air Station Prairie & Chicago Botanic Garden Fri 8-1-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
01 Aug: @ 10:39:33 IBET Montrose - Flyover Upland Sandpiper [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
01 Aug: @ 07:19:51 IBET Rollins Baird's Sandpiper [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
01 Aug: @ 06:51:08 IBET Montrose Baird's Sandpiper, 8/1 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
01 Aug: @ 06:05:16 IBET Avocets-Kane County NO [Marion Miller tlcbyrnme@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 22:20:07 IBET Air Station Prairie (Cook) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 21:19:34 IBET Juvenile Osprey roadside Chicago Wolf Lake area - close up photos [Brian Tang hardrain1@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 19:22:32 IBET BY Female Cardinal [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 18:58:10 IBET Rollins Savanna 7-31: 10 shorebird sp. + heard-only King Rail [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 18:45:07 IBET Swainson's Thrush - Chicago Lakefront [Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 17:43:51 IBET Coles County Falcons [Tyler Funk fftfunk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 15:03:07 IBET Re: Avocets relocated - Kane County [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 14:48:39 IBET Avocets relocated - Kane County [mcvetas@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 14:29:18 IBET Re: Avocets more info KANE CTY [ryanj120@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 14:10:07 IBET Re: Avocets more info KANE CTY [Jude Vickery jbirdmo@aol.com [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 12:53:43 IBET Water Level Check At Wood Dale Res/Itasca Wetlands Thur 7-31-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 11:48:58 IBET Avocets more info KANE CTY [Richard Miller integratee@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
31 Jul: @ 11:35:03 IBET Avocets Kane County [Richard Miller integratee@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
30 Jul: @ 22:02:15 IBET Dead robin in the BY [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
30 Jul: @ 19:35:20 IBET Rollins shorebirds 7/28 [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
30 Jul: @ 15:21:59 IBET AOU and ABA Checklist changes [gregneise@ilbirds.com [ILbirds]]
30 Jul: @ 13:00:35 IBET good story on Great Auk- NO SIGHTINGS ['Wes Serafin' w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
30 Jul: @ 12:34:35 IBET A Few Shorebird Species At The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 7-30-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 22:39:31 IBET Techny mudflats [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 20:13:18 IBET Barred Owl Fledglings [Rhetta Jack lotorwin4me@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 20:03:36 IBET Fort Sheridan - Blue Grosbeaks, July 28-29 [mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 15:45:04 IBET N.E. Lake Co. Shorebird Search At Waukegan, State Line Dog Beach & IBSP Tues 7-29-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 15:32:33 IBET Skokie Lagoons 7-29 [Henry Griffin hwga380@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 11:52:47 IBET Catbird bath [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 11:01:57 Re: IBET re Sprague's Pipit post (NO SIGHTINGS) [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 11:00:36 IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird [carol nelson carol6620@att.net [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 10:46:05 Re: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird [Walter Marcisz wmarcisz@att.net [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 10:45:57 IBET Rollins Wilson's Phalarope [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 10:32:09 IBET Whalon Lake Least Bitterns [mmadsen48@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 10:07:22 IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird [carol nelson carol6620@att.net [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 09:39:22 IBET re Sprague's Pipit post [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
29 Jul: @ 00:59:52  Lake Michigan pelagics [Geoffrey A. Williamson]
29 Jul: @ 00:59:44 IBET Lake Michigan pelagics ['Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 20:01:06 IBET: Upland Sandpipers (NO sightings today) ['Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 16:40:58 IBET bird article - NO SIGHTING [Fran Morel franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 14:50:42 IBET DuPage Co:Least Flycatcher & A Few Shorebirds At Wood Dale/Itasca & 83rd St. Fluddle 7-28-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 13:21:58 IBET Rollins Wilson's Phalarope 7/28 [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 11:46:04 Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark! [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 10:22:24 Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark! [Joan Norek NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 07:41:53 IBET Gensburg Markam Prairie [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 23:29:09 IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark! ['Michael L. P. Retter' mlretter@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 21:58:44 IBET techny basin [Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Jul: @ 21:15:02 Re: IBET Goose Lake Prairie [Urs Geiser ugeiser@comcast.net [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Birding vacations 2015 and 2016
Date: Fri Aug 1 2014 13:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

On this rainy day I'm thinking of birding other places, in 2015: Australia, as much as possible and 2016: Italy, top to bottom or maybe bottom to top. If you have any interest or tips please contact me off line.

Thanks

Q4birds at yahoo.com



Subject: IBET: another Rockford Uppie
Date: Fri Aug 1 2014 13:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I just spotted another Upland Sandpiper in the same alfalfa field at the Rockford airport.  The field is on the north side of the prairie and south of Cessna Drive.  It is very difficult to spot the bird because the vegetation is taller than it is.  I only saw the head and neck.  After a little while, it flew about 150 feet and dropped into the alfalfa and completely disappeared.

Dan Williams
Rockford

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Subject: IBET Cook County:Air Station Prairie & Chicago Botanic Garden Fri 8-1-14
Date: Fri Aug 1 2014 13:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I am getting really good at finding the common shorebirds but not so good
at finding those that are more rare. Also, my ability to pick a good
location to look for shorebirds needs help as well. I decided not to cover
Rollins Savannah (too far) nor Montrose (didn't get up early enough to beat
the traffic) so naturally both of those places has good shorebirds while I
found none. You have to figure that things will even out or at least I hope
so.

First I tried the Air Station Prairie (thanks to Suzanne for reminding us
about this place) in the hopes her Willets might return. They did not but 2
VIRGINIA RAILS (young ones) were there plus what would become my
Bird-Of-The-Day for today. Then to the Botanic Garden where there were
even fewer species of shorebirds than at the previous place. Here's my
lists:

Glenview Air Station Prairie (7-8:15 a.m.)

VIRGINIA RAIL (2-IM)
Mallard (11-AD & 4 small young ones)
Killdeer (10-AD & 1 mid-size young which I thought was a Semipalmated
Plover at 1st but wasn't)
Spotted Sandpiper (1 or 2)
Solitary Sandpiper (12)
Lesser Yellowlegs (4)
Least Sandpiper (4)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)

Landbirds seen included Barn Swallows, Mourning Doves, Flicker, Willow
Flycatcher (singing),
Common Yellowthroat (singing) & 1 early migrant warbler (see below).

Chicago Botanic Garden (8:30-10:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (3)
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (3 1st year birds & 1 2nd year bird)
Canada Geese (45)
Wood Duck (again 2)
Mallard (16-AD & 2 small young)
Killdeer (12)
Spotted Sandpiper (3)
Solitary Sandpiper (9)
Least Sandpiper (11)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Caspian Tern (12-AD & 6-IM)
Mourning Dove (~10)
Eastern Kingbird (2 not getting along with each other)
Purple Martin (~10)
Cliff (2) & Barn (15) Swallows
Red Winged Blackbird (8-10)
Goldfinch (~10)
House Sparrow (6-8)

A couple of nice wildflowers seen today were Marsh Blazing Star & Queen Of
Heaven.
Both grow near water but not in it. Check them out if you have time.

While looking for shorebirds at my 1st stop a migrant warbler walked along
the edge of the reeds. So Bird-Of-The-Day goes to that NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
which seems early to me. Runner-Up to the 1 young VIRGINIA RAIL which I saw
very well as it was feeding with the shorebirds in the mud flat area just
west of the visitor center at Air Station Prairie. The other young Rail was
better at staying hidden.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Montrose - Flyover Upland Sandpiper
Date: Fri Aug 1 2014 10:39 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 

Jake and I went down to Montrose in Chicago to see the adult Baird's Sandpiper, which continues in the protected area. There were a few Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, 5 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Sanderling, along with the resident Killdeer and Spotties. We spotted 7 peeps on the public beach and went to have a closer look, but they were flushed by a beach-goer before we could get there. Suddenly an UPLAND SANDPIPER flew over us heading north, calling, "we dee do." We didn't see it coming as it came from behind us but got on it as it flew away to the north. It lacked white on the rump and back and the legs were not visible in flight.


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, Cook, IL







Subject: IBET Rollins Baird's Sandpiper
Date: Fri Aug 1 2014 7:19 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Had great looks at a Baird's Sandpiper this morning at Rollins. Also 2 Stilts, 1SB Dow, 1Wilsons Phalarope, 1snipe, 2 greater ylegs.

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
Lake County

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Subject: IBET Montrose Baird's Sandpiper, 8/1 a.m.
Date: Fri Aug 1 2014 6:51 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
An adult Baird's Sandpiper was inside the protected area at the east end
of Montrose Beach this morning, August 1. The bird was seen yesterday
too. Adult Baird's Sandpipers are fairly unusual at Montrose. Also seen
inside the protected area this a.m. were one each of Ruddy Turnstone,
Semipalmated Plover, and Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Subject: IBET Avocets-Kane County NO
Date: Fri Aug 1 2014 6:05 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
No Avocets seen at the Exel retention pond or at the Vaughan athletic center pond.  Both areas look good for shorebirds but only spotted sandpipers and Egrets seen this morning. The Exel retention pond can be viewed from the south berm which looks like it is not their property. There is a large pull off on the south side of Indian Trail road where you can park. Just be careful crossing the road.

Marion

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Subject: IBET Air Station Prairie (Cook)
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 22:20 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Good birds there today, pretty sure I had a pair or more of willets, got some video.  Also yellowlegs, solitaries, kildeer, leasts and two virginia rails that were having some sort of relationship issues.  Could have also had other sandpipers.  Willets left at some point but might have gone to the other western-most wetland area, didn't check over there.  It's shorebird time!

Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Juvenile Osprey roadside Chicago Wolf Lake area - close up photos
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 21:19 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On my way home from work tonight I saw this guy perched on a chain link
fence along the road. It was on Boy Scout Drive south of Wolf Lake. It
was a juvenile. I'm not sure why it didn't fly away. It appeared healthy
and was able to fully open both wings. It did not have prey.

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

Brian Tang
Plainfield/Will
www.hardrain.me



Subject: IBET BY Female Cardinal
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 19:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
I started feeding suet today after a 2 month hiatus. The E sparrows were all over it, then the Cardinals and finally Bluejays. No Catbird yet.

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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Rollins Savanna 7-31: 10 shorebird sp. + heard-only King Rail
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 18:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

I spent my final full day in Illinois before I leave for Idaho, birding the beautiful Rollins Savanna. It was a LONG commute from Oak Park: woke up at 5:30am, biked to L station, rode the [unsafe?] L into Chicago, caught the 7:10 Metra to up to Grayslake, stayed on the Metra for nearly an hour and a half, then took a long, LONG walk in order to get to Rollins...well you get the idea...

Thankfully, everything worked out smoothly so other than the fact that the commute was very long (I am dead tired from >10 miles of walking), it wasn't stressful.

I birded Rollins Savanna from 9:15am-1:15pm and came up with some very good bird species. The non-shorebird highlights were a heard-only KING RAIL (heard very, very well) and both SEDGE & MARSH WRENS. I also saw ten species of shorebirds on the main mudflats, the species (in order from most common to least commom) being Killdeer, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (which was a LIFER for me), Spotted S, Solitary S, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Least S, PECTORAL S, Semipalmated S, and one WILSON'S PHALAROPE (another awesome LIFE BIRD!)

Bird-of-the-day to my lifer Wilson's Phalarope, what a great bird. Runner-up to some very photographically cooperative Sedge Wrens that were out there today.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I will be traveling to Idaho tomorrow, and I am planning on seeing some fantastic birds while I'm out there for two weeks (including attempting to conquer my nemesis bird, the Great Gray Owl!). You can follow my birding adventures at this link to my blog, enjoy:
http://worldbirding.travellers...

Full avian species list, 59 species in total, for the day is attached below my signature.

Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

63 species:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
KING RAIL (heard calling very clearly)
Sandhill Crane
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (life bird!)
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
PECTORAL SANDPIPER (FOS)
Semipalmated Sandpiper
WILSON'S PHALAROPE (life bird!)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
American Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
SEDGE WREN (very cooperative & it let me take photographs of it)
MARSH WREN (definitely not as cooperative today)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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Henry Griffin



Subject: IBET Swainson's Thrush - Chicago Lakefront
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 18:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
My surprise find of the day was a Swainson's Thrush that I flushed up in a hawthorn row in the City of Chicago Water Filtration Plant this lunchtime. There is no public access to this site.

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL
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Subject: IBET Coles County Falcons
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 17:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello,

While on my way to Champaign this morning for class I passed through the 1700N area of Coles County . On the corner of 1400E and 1700N I observed and photographed a Merlin perched on a utility pole. Two poles down I had an American Kestrel perched on the wires, and shortly after in a tree at a farm house on the South side of the road I observed and photographed a Peregrine Falcon. 3 Falcon Species within a half mile is kind of exciting.

Tyler D Funk

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Subject: IBET Re: Avocets relocated - Kane County
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 15:03 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Spooked again. Now back at Exel, the original location. Matthew Cvetas



Subject: IBET Avocets relocated - Kane County
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 14:48 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Behind the Vaughan Athletic Center at 2121 W Indian Trail in the far north retention pond.
Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET Re: Avocets more info KANE CTY
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 14:29 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All,

The 4 Avocets were still present at 1:40pm when I arrived. Something spooked them around 1:45pm along with all of the terns and gulls present causing them to get up and fly. Everything returned except for the 4 Avocets who had flown north. I waited for about 5-10 minutes before I had to get back to work and they had not yet returned.


Ryan Jones
Kendall County


---In ILbirds@yahoogroups.com, wrote :

Hi all,
The Avocets were still present at the Excel facility when I left at 1:15PM.
A word of caution though to anyone attempting to visit this location, any lingering might get the attention of site security who will inform you that it's private property.
Which is the reason I left..

---Jude Vickery
Kendall County





Subject: IBET Re: Avocets more info KANE CTY
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 14:10 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all, 
The Avocets were still present at the Excel facility when I left at 1:15PM.
A word of caution though to anyone attempting to visit this location, any lingering might get the attention of site security who will inform you that it's private property.
Which is the reason I left..

---Jude Vickery
Kendall County



Subject: IBET Water Level Check At Wood Dale Res/Itasca Wetlands Thur 7-31-14
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 12:53 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Had some errands to run & tasks to do today but I managed to spend 90
minutes looking for shorebirds at the above mentioned location. Water level
at the Reservoir is right about where it should be or almost there. The
north edge mud flat is back & many gulls are back on it as well.
A few shorebirds are using the edges but not many yet. Gull numbers had
been between 8-12 but today there were 47 of them plus a few Caspian Terns
are back as well.

The Itasca Wetlands has lower water levels too & a small section has
started to dry up but this is still the best spot for shorebirds & I had 7
species there, all common species. Fewer landbirds noted as most have
stopped singing & I don't notice them because of that. Here's my lists:

Wood Dale Reservoir (9-10 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (5)
Great Blue Heron (6)
Great Egret (13)
Canada Geese (2)
Mallard (16-18)
Killdeer (5)
Spotted Sandpiper (3)
Ring Billed Gull (Max of 47)
(The adult Herring Gull was absent today)
Caspian Tern (2-AD & 1-IM)
Barn Swallow (4-6)

Itasca Wetlands (10-10;45 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (3)
Mallard (17-20)
Killdeer (27)
Spotted Sandpiper (3)
Solitary Sandpiper (11)
Lesser Yellowlegs (5)
Least Sandpiper (5)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (3)
Rough Winged & Barn Swallows

The only interesting landbirds were Green Heron (on the mud by the creek
eating a fish) & one Blue Gray Gnatcatcher. Birds still singing were House
Wren, Warbling Vireo, Indigo Bunting, Song Sparrow & Goldfinches.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Green Heron who went hunting, caught a small fish &
ate it all while being very close to where I was standing quietly.
Runner-Up to the small B.G. Gnatcatcher which I have not seen many of this
Summer.

Remember that you'll need a scope to see shorebirds (when they arrive) at
the reservoir but bino's are enough at the Itasca Wetlands section by
Prospect. I wish some of these Kane County Avocets would show up at the
locations I cover!

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Avocets more info KANE CTY
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 11:48 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Address 2303 Indian Trail Rd. Aurora IL east side of Excel factory
Rich miller. Batavia

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Subject: IBET Avocets Kane County
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 11:35 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There are 4 present at 11:35am
Indian Trail Rd. In Aurora
East side of EXCEL factory.
Also many Caspian terns


Sent from my iPhone


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Subject: IBET Dead robin in the BY
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 22:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
This morning the Robin was still alive but spinning over and over next to the Black locust tree. Its head turning as if following what the eyes were seeing.
Soon to die, I called our local K3 Health Dept. to pick up for testing West Nile virus. Later in the afternoon it had died, so I bagged it up.
I was told three Crows tested positive so far this year.
John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Rollins shorebirds 7/28
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 19:35 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Highlights today were 2 WILSON’S PHALAROPES in molting juvenile plumage and 8 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS. There were 10 shorebird species total.
The list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19278040

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








Subject: IBET AOU and ABA Checklist changes
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 15:21 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
The AOU has issued it's 2014 changes (which is followed by ABA and IOS). This year's update includes:


Shy Albatross split
Clapper Rail split
Arctic Warbler split


...plus some taxonomic and sequencing changes. Check out the details at the ABA Blog:


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Cheers,


-greg neise
Berwyn, IL



Subject: IBET good story on Great Auk- NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 13:00 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/...
oot-the-last-great-auks-died-180951982/?utm_source=gosmithsoniannewsletter
&no-ist



Wes Serafin

Orland Pk




Subject: IBET A Few Shorebird Species At The Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 7-30-14
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 12:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Only 6 shorebird species & 36 individuals today on the mud flats just north
of Rt68/Dundee Rd.
All were of the most common of the shorebirds. A few of the inland
shorebird spots have good habitat but only Rollins has pulled in a few
really good species & continues to do so. Farther away the wetland area at
Dugan Rd was good while it lasted which wasn't very long. Today I spent
most of my time at the mud flats & then looking at wildflowers at Dixon
Prairie so I had few landbirds.
Here's the day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (7-10 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (3 fly-bys)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Green Heron (1)
(The regular Great Egret was a no show today)
Canada Geese (43)
Wood Duck (2)
Mallard (28-AD & 2 very small young ones)
Killdeer (12 on mud flats & 4 on lawns)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
Solitary Sandpiper (8)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Least Sandpiper (3)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
Caspian Tern (10-AD & 5-IM)
Rock Pigeon (1 fly-by & a group of 25 fly-bys)
Mourning Dove (6)
Eastern Kingbird (1)
Purple Martin (~25 with only a few young still in the nest boxes)
Rough Winged (10), Cliff (4) & Barn (15) Swallows
Robins (~15)
Starling (2 fly-bys)
Warbling Vireo (heard 1)
Common Yellowthroat (heard 1)
Indigo Bunting (3 singing males)
Song Sparrow (4-6)
Red Winged Blackbird (6-8)
ORCHARD ORIOLE (1-M & 1-F, not together)
Goldfinch (8-10)
House Sparrow (8-10)

In addition to what I saw a visiting California birder saw Tree Swallows &
a Carolina Wren which I looked for without finding. He also told me where
to find the Orchard Orioles. He said he almost never sees Semipalmated
Sandpipers back home & the best bird he saw while in the area was a Black
Billed Cuckoo at Ft. Sheridan. It's all how you look at things.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the male Orchard Oriole which finally let me see it well
after being rather difficult at 1st. Runner-Up to the Green Heron which are
around but not always easy to see.

Prairie wildflowers are at their best & will be for another 4-6 weeks.
Check out Dixon Prairie when you visit. But the Wildflower-Of-The-Day grows
in the water & not on the prairie.
It's called Water Willow & has orchid like flowers which made it hard to
figure out the 1st time I saw it. Some guides call it Justicia as the
scientific name is Justicia Americana.
Google it if you wish.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Techny mudflats
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 22:39 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks to Jeffrey S. for the report the other day.  Wow, crazy!  I've never seen so many waders in one pond at once.  17 gbh and 7 great egrets plus 2 bcnh and sandpipers in the lower basin, 2 gbh and tons of sp in the upper one.  I wasn't able to ID all the tiny pipers but 90% sure of 2 leasts and probably all the tiny ones were as well (6-7) plus solitaries (most common), kildeer, and spotteds, very possibly others in there (?pec/semi-p?), hope someone with a scope can post again soon.  I also didn't have my regular bins so that decreased my zoom quite a bit.  

Also was up in random spot along 94 and found a lifer baby warbling vireo.  Strangest noise ever (?Alan A's mystery noise from the other day).

Enjoy your summer, it's almost gone!

Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Barred Owl Fledglings
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 20:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello IBETTERS, 2 Fledgling Barred Owls outside door last night. I knew
their first nest failed, but this seems pretty late for such young ones.
They were calling with the weird alien call that they do not have for long.
Rhetta Jack, Springfield, IL



Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan - Blue Grosbeaks, July 28-29
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 20:03 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went to Fort Sheridan yesterday after work, thinking that the NE winds might bring a few shorebirds onto the beach. It turned out that the whole stretch of and and pebbles there was battered with ferocious high waves ! No shorebirds, even no space for them !


I did have a great sighting on the way to the beach though. Just west of the closed gate I saw two birds with the slightest hint of blue showing in flight. They flew between the prairie grasses and the edge of the nearby woods. The size (almost as large as bluebird), a very large bill, brown wing bars and metallic calls made it clear they were BLUE GROSBEAKS. The slight hint of blue seen in flight was coming from their tail/ rump area, but it was not noticed while they were sitting in a tree. One allowed me for a very nice view and that was definitely a female. The other one flew off rather quickly and I can only say that was either a female or a juvenile.


There were also many other birds feeding on that grass - at least 8 House Finches, 4 Indigo Buntings, a few Goldfinches, many Song and Savanna Sparrows.


Today (July 29th), I went back there early to once again try for the shorebirds. I didn't see any Grosbeaks this time, but there were at least 11 House Finches at the spot and a group of about 40 RW Blackbirds.


Down on the beach I found 0 shorebirds in 50 minutes of watching the beach and the lake (6:40-7:30). However, I witnessed a nice flight of CASPIAN TERNS, all of them flying north, close to the shore - 42 terns in groups of up to 7 birds. There were also about 70 Ring-billed Gulls flying in the same direction and two flocks of CORMORANTS - 65 and 35 birds. There were a few gulls on the beach, including 1 Herring Gull.


Michal Furmanek,
Lake Bluff, Lake County







Subject: IBET N.E. Lake Co. Shorebird Search At Waukegan, State Line Dog Beach & IBSP Tues 7-29-14
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 15:45 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I have been alternating my shorebird searches between inland spots & Lake
Michigan beaches & today it was back to the beaches & in Lake County this
time. But with July almost over the Montrose Buff Breasted Sandpiper
remains my only good sighting so far. I need a big finish to July or more
likely a good August. Only 3 shorebird species on the beach & pier at
Waukegan. I got to the State Line Dog Beach early & no dogs were there but
most of that beach is flooded & it's hard to get to where you can view the
water's edge as there's a ridge before the edge. As to the south unit of
IBSP it's hard to admit that I walked the beaches 2 miles south & back
those 2 miles with only finding Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers. Seems like a
lot of work for little reward.
But if you want to find stuff you have to cover the area & hope for the
best. Here's my lists:

Waukegan Beach & Pier (6:20-7:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2 in lake & 19 fly-bys)
Canada Geese (12 fly-bys)
Mallard (1-F with 9 small young)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
Sanderling (5)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (3)
R.B. (~260) & Herring (16) Gulls
Caspian Tern (12)
Other non-beach birds seen were Mourning Doves, Chimney Swifts, Bank, Rough
Winged, Cliff & Barn Swallows, Robins, Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows
& many Red Winged Blackbirds.

State Line Dog Beach (8-8:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (3 in lake)
Killdeer (4-AD & 2 young which survived the 2 large charging dogs last time
& are bigger now)
Semipalmated Plover (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (3)
Sanderling (13)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (9)
R.B. (~400) & Herring (~25) Gulls
Caspian Tern (9)
Tree, Bank, Rough Winged, Cliff & Barn Swallows with most being Bank & Barn
House Finch (4 on weedy part of beach)

Illinois Beach South Unit Beaches Only (9-11:15 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (72 fly-bys)
Kestrel (2-3)
Killdeer (3-AD)
Spotted Sandpiper (3-AD & 3 young with 1 of the young being very small)
R.B. (8) & Herring (16) Gulls
Caspian Tern (5)
Bank, Cliff & Barn Swallows
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (1-M on the beach & 4 more flying in the Dunes)

Illinois Beach North Unit

After lunch I looked for Rails at the regular spots but found none today
which is what usually happens! Did find a close by & calm pair of Sandhill
Cranes which gave me great looks & added Solitary (1) & Least (2)
Sandpipers to my shorebird day list. Heard 2 Marsh Wrens but did not see
them.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Sandhill Cranes on the ground & in view for a change
&
Runner-Up to the male Brewer's Blackbird on the beach which I also saw very
well.
Best I could do.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons 7-29
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 15:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello birding friends,

Today I birded Skokie Lagoons from 10:00am to 1:15pm. My target birds were the Prothonotary Warblers that nest there every year, but I guess I came a bit too late in the season for them, because none were present. A good number of species were identified, however; the best of which were flyover CASPIAN TERNS, a flushed BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, a female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD who made it her job to pester every single other bird in her territory, and a pair of beautiful RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, which were the bird-of-the-day for me today.

Also, does anybody else always dream about birds while sleeping? I am ALWAYS having bird dreams; last night it was of a Loggerhead Shrike (a nemesis bird of mine) and a Horned Lark.

Finally, as many birders have "secondary hobbies," such as bug-spotting or license plate-listing, mine is plane spotting. For any "plane people" out there, some interesting things I saw today were a Turkish Airlines A330, Air India 777, American Airlines 777, and a British Airways 747. There's always something to see in the sky, be it a bird or a plane.

Full avian species list for the outing is attached below my signature.

Good birding,
Henry

45 species:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
CASPIAN TERN
Rock Pigeon (Feral)
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
Belted Kingfisher
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

--
Henry Griffin



Subject: IBET Catbird bath
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 11:52 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
The lack of trust is evident in the catbirds bath along the back fence. Its mate flies when I'm around. It no longer trusts me after the Robin was killed by a window strike in back. The catbird had come to the front bath near the window all spring and would wait as I took pics from 3ft away. As it became clear the Robin was getting weaker from breaking its jaw and could only hop around the yard, I tried to give it a drink. After snaring it with the pool skimmer, the screams and calls could be heard for a block by other yard birds and the Robin. It stood in the ginger patch until it died the next day.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL

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



Subject: Re: IBET re Sprague's Pipit post (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 11:01 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 


Back in the 1950’s, collecting was still a dominant mindset in the scientific community. The folks that collected the Sprague’s Pipits were Richard and Jean Graber. I don’t think they collected very many other birds their entire careers (I've looked at a large number of the specimens, including the Sprague's Pipits at INHS). They didn’t even like to band birds due to the stress… and sometimes deaths of the birds that it caused. It would have been hard to find other ornithologists that were more caring of the subjects that they studied. They likely collected the Sprague’s Pipits due to the rarity of the species at that season and the difficulty of identifying this species correctly in the first place. There are likely few, if any, other specimens of this species in Illinois, in winter or any other season. I would even be surprised if there are any Sprague’s Pipit specimen’s from Illinois at the Field Museum, unless they were window collision fatalities. The Graber’s winter specimens are in the Illinois Natural History Survey bird collection.



On a side note, the Grabers may have been some of the only folks to have ever seen a Bachman’s Warbler in Illinois, near Cache in far southern Illinois. The Grabers were involved with a lot of groundbreaking and very interesting ornithological work in their careers. They started the first 50-year replicate of the 100 year bird survey that I was part of and documented in the book, Illinois Birds: A Century of Change. The Grabers and folks that they worked with at the time came up with some of the first radio transmitters that could be placed on birds so that they could be tracked in their migrations. The story that they published of a Gray-cheeked Thrush that they fitted with a tiny radio transmitter in Champaign, then followed it by airplane (in 1965) to Lake Michigan is a great story, and is re-told in the book Songbird Journeys:Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds, by Miyoko Chu (a great read!) & was also published elsewhere at the time. If I'm not mistaken, this book also mentions two other more current, noteworthy ornithologists from Illinois, Dr. Scott Robinson whom I worked many years with, and Dr. Angelo Capparella (currently at Illinois State University in Bloomington), who has discovered several new species of birds in the Tropics over the years.


Not long after following the Gray-cheeked Thrush, Dick also decided to stop putting transmitters on birds and following them, due to the added stress that it put on the birds in migration. Dick Graber was also one of the first folks to record the nighttime calls of migrating birds (over Champaign)! In fact, the CD produced by Bill Evans (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) & Michael O’Brien (former Illinois birder John O’Brien’s brother), dedicates their CD “Flight Calls of Migratory Birds” to the memory of Dick Graber for his pioneering efforts in the field, and has a picture of Dick on the inside jacket. There is also an unfinished older series of booklets authored by Richard & Jean Graber many years ago of a number of bird family’s in Illinois, which gives a lot of interesting info on the birds of Illinois. Since most of the natural history and other info provided on the birds never changes very much, most of the info is as pertinent today as it was when it was written, and these publications continue to be cited in other books written about birds, when referring to Illinois birds. Younger (& older) birders would do well to learn of some of their predecessors work/achievments which dug up the knowledge of birds in our state that we now take advantage of today as common knowledge. Most birders in Illinois probably don’t have the faintest idea about who Richard and Jean Graber were/are… it would likely interest you to know! Good birding!



Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake Co)
sdbailey@illinois.edu



Subject: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 11:00 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thank you, Walter, and others who recognized my "strange birds" as juvenile Towhees.  Makes sense but I just didn't make the connection.  Towhees do nest on the private property were my strange birds were seen.  Now that I reflect on the subtle differences between the two it appears that they were both a male and a female juvenile Towhee.  

Carol Nelson 
Chicago 
Cook County 



Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 10:46 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Carol,
 
I don't know for sure what you saw, but it sounds like a perfect description of 2 juvenile EASTERN TOWHEES, which have underparts patterned much like Song Sparrows at this age. One or both may have been molting into the adult-like first winter plumage, thus the patterning on the upperparts & tail.
 
A photo of a juvenile Eastern Towhee is at the following link:
 
http://www.ncbirds.com/BirdIma...
 
Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.
 
 
From: "carol nelson carol6620@att.net [ILbirds]"
>To: "ilbirds@yahoogroups.com"
>Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:07 AM
>Subject: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird
>
>
>
> 
>While in Porter, Indiana, this weekend, I saw a strange bird.  In general, it looked like a cross between a very large Song Sparrow and a Towhee.  There were two birds and they seemed to be a "pair."  
>
>
>One of the birds had a very long black tail with white stripes on both sides.  The back was marked with black and white similar to a male towhee.  The front was brown and the breast was specked.  The other bird had a very long russet colored tail, no "towhee-like" marking on the back and resembled a Song Sparrow from the front and on the breast.  
>
>
>My best guess was a "hybrid" between the two species?  Any one have an opinion?  The birds were feeding on the ground, and were about 3x the size of the Chipping Sparrows.  Unfortunately none of us could get a picture.   
>
>
>Carol Nelson 
>Chicago 
>Cook County 
>"Nature is awesome because none of it is trivial."   
>
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Subject: IBET Rollins Wilson's Phalarope
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 10:45 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  The WILSON’S PHALAROPE continued this morning at Rollins, and it was visible clearly at the edge of the water and mud in the west center of the north end mudflat. Andy Stewart and I had great looks. It looks to me like a molting juvenile bird with grayer upper parts and brownish flight feathers. It’s probably the same bird as yesterday but I had much better looks today. We had 10 shorebird sp.
Also nice looks at a juvenile HORNED LARK looking very sparrowish.

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








Subject: IBET Whalon Lake Least Bitterns
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 10:32 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
I made a brief stop at Whalon Lake Forest Preserve in Will County this morning where I observed two LEAST BITTERNS fly across the marsh and land in the reeds at the west end of the marsh.  Numerous MARSH WRENS were actively singing and foraging in the marsh as well.


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



Subject: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 10:07 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While in Porter, Indiana, this weekend, I saw a strange bird.  In general, it looked like a cross between a very large Song Sparrow and a Towhee.  There were two birds and they seemed to be a "pair."  

One of the birds had a very long black tail with white stripes on both sides.  The back was marked with black and white similar to a male towhee.  The front was brown and the breast was specked.  The other bird had a very long russet colored tail, no "towhee-like" marking on the back and resembled a Song Sparrow from the front and on the breast.  

My best guess was a "hybrid" between the two species?  Any one have an opinion?  The birds were feeding on the ground, and were about 3x the size of the Chipping Sparrows.  Unfortunately none of us could get a picture.   

Carol Nelson 
Chicago 
Cook County 
"Nature is awesome because none of it is trivial."   



Subject: IBET re Sprague's Pipit post
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 9:39 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
“possible that a few may winter in short grass fields (especially in mild winters), mostly in southern Illinois where several wintered (and a few were collected) in the 1950’s.”

What a welcome for birds venturing to new areas.



Subject: Lake Michigan pelagics
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 0:59 am
From: geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net
 
Hi all:

In September and October of 2013, I organized a couple of "Lake
Michigan pelagics" to look for birds well offshore on the lake, and I
have arranged for some more for this season. They will take place on
Sunday, 17 August 2014 (departing out of New Buffalo in southwest
Michigan) and Saturday, 13 September 2014 (departing out of Chicago).
I have one space available on the August trip and several for the
September trip and am inviting participation by the birding
community. On a trip last September we located a Sabine's Gull and a
Long-tailed Jaeger. Already this season a jaeger was from the Indiana
shore, and I am hopeful that we will find more out on the lake. Below
is some information about the trips. Please contact me if you are
interested to participate.

Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 Lake Michigan Pelagic
New Buffalo, Michigan departure

This trip will be out of New Buffalo harbor in Berrien County,
Michigan. Cost is $115/person. We plan to go out for six hours,
starting at 7:00 AM eastern time. We will be on a small charter
fishing boat that carries maximum six passengers, though we will
limit to five for better space considerations on board. We will head
out northwest toward the middle of the southern end of the lake
(approximately 10 to 12 miles off shore) in mostly Michigan but
probably reaching Illinois waters. We will turn to the south for the
return, possibly reaching Indiana waters. Our interest is to look for
birds in this pelagic zone. During mid-August we are expecting to
find a number of Black Terns, plus also Common and Forster's Terns
and maybe Bonaparte's Gulls. This could also be a good time to find
Red-necked Phalaropes on the lake. Mid-August is at the beginning of
the Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaeger migration, so that we will keep
an eye out for these birds.


Saturday, 13 Sep 2013 Lake Michigan Pelagic
Burnham Harbor, Chicago departure

This trip will be out of Burnham Harbor in Chicago, Illinois. Cost is
$140/person. We plan to go out for six hours, starting at 6:30 AM
central time.
We will be on a charter fishing boat that carries maximum 16
passengers, though we will limit to 14 for better space
considerations on board. We will head east out of the harbor toward
the middle of the southern end of the lake (approximately 10 to 12
miles off shore), planning to be entirely in Cook County, Illinois
waters. Our interest is to look for birds in the pelagic zone well
off shore. During mid-September we are especially keen to look for
Sabine's Gulls, Long-tailed Jaegers, and Parasitic Jaegers. This
should be a good time for Common and Forster's Terns, and Black Terns
can still be coming through. We will keep an eye out for
Red-necked and Red Phalaropes on the lake, as well as any other less
common gulls and terns. Out to about four miles from shore is where
most of the duck and loon activity is concentrated. Though waterbird
migration is not in full force at this time, we will look for
whatever is there as we pass through this zone on the way in and out.




Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net



Subject: IBET Lake Michigan pelagics
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 0:59 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all:

In September and October of 2013, I organized a couple of "Lake
Michigan pelagics" to look for birds well offshore on the lake, and I
have arranged for some more for this season. They will take place on
Sunday, 17 August 2014 (departing out of New Buffalo in southwest
Michigan) and Saturday, 13 September 2014 (departing out of Chicago).
I have one space available on the August trip and several for the
September trip and am inviting participation by the birding
community. On a trip last September we located a Sabine's Gull and a
Long-tailed Jaeger. Already this season a jaeger was from the Indiana
shore, and I am hopeful that we will find more out on the lake. Below
is some information about the trips. Please contact me if you are
interested to participate.

Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 Lake Michigan Pelagic
New Buffalo, Michigan departure

This trip will be out of New Buffalo harbor in Berrien County,
Michigan. Cost is $115/person. We plan to go out for six hours,
starting at 7:00 AM eastern time. We will be on a small charter
fishing boat that carries maximum six passengers, though we will
limit to five for better space considerations on board. We will head
out northwest toward the middle of the southern end of the lake
(approximately 10 to 12 miles off shore) in mostly Michigan but
probably reaching Illinois waters. We will turn to the south for the
return, possibly reaching Indiana waters. Our interest is to look for
birds in this pelagic zone. During mid-August we are expecting to
find a number of Black Terns, plus also Common and Forster's Terns
and maybe Bonaparte's Gulls. This could also be a good time to find
Red-necked Phalaropes on the lake. Mid-August is at the beginning of
the Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaeger migration, so that we will keep
an eye out for these birds.


Saturday, 13 Sep 2013 Lake Michigan Pelagic
Burnham Harbor, Chicago departure

This trip will be out of Burnham Harbor in Chicago, Illinois. Cost is
$140/person. We plan to go out for six hours, starting at 6:30 AM
central time.
We will be on a charter fishing boat that carries maximum 16
passengers, though we will limit to 14 for better space
considerations on board. We will head east out of the harbor toward
the middle of the southern end of the lake (approximately 10 to 12
miles off shore), planning to be entirely in Cook County, Illinois
waters. Our interest is to look for birds in the pelagic zone well
off shore. During mid-September we are especially keen to look for
Sabine's Gulls, Long-tailed Jaegers, and Parasitic Jaegers. This
should be a good time for Common and Forster's Terns, and Black Terns
can still be coming through. We will keep an eye out for
Red-necked and Red Phalaropes on the lake, as well as any other less
common gulls and terns. Out to about four miles from shore is where
most of the duck and loon activity is concentrated. Though waterbird
migration is not in full force at this time, we will look for
whatever is there as we pass through this zone on the way in and out.




Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net



Subject: IBET: Upland Sandpipers (NO sightings today)
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 20:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The 2 Upland Sandpipers that I found at the Rockford airport were not found
today. I know that several people were out looking and said that they
would call me if they found any Uppies, but I have not received any calls
and there are no posts or comments on the ncios blog.

I do think that this location bears frequent checking for Uppies and
Buffies. It has been fairly dry since the alfalfa was cut, so the new
growth isn't very tall right now.

For those not familiar with the Rockford airport, it is located south of
Rockford on the east side of the Rock River. Belt Line Road borders it on
the south. There are 2 alfalfa fields outside the security fences on the
south side of the airport which can be viewed from Cessna Drive. Cessna
runs north toward the airport boundary, then, just before the fence, turns
west to a dead end. The lower alfalfa field is at the northwest corner of
the intersection of Belt Line and Cessna. It is much larger than the upper
field and scopes should be used for best viewing to the far end of the
field.

The upper field can be viewed on your left from Cessna Drive after it turns
west toward the dead end.

Bell Bowl, and a small copse of shrubby trees at the corner where Cessna
turns west were locations that had Blue Grosbeaks in 2012 and 2013, but
none have been discovered there this year.

Dan Williams
Rockford



Subject: IBET bird article - NO SIGHTING
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 16:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulw...

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.



Subject: IBET DuPage Co:Least Flycatcher & A Few Shorebirds At Wood Dale/Itasca & 83rd St. Fluddle 7-28-14
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 14:50 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Since neither of the 2 above mentioned spots take very long to do I decided
to do both to fill my a.m. birding. No Buffie's today of either the bird or
human types & only the more common species of shorebirds. Here are my day
lists of birds using the water areas:

Wood Dale Reservoir (7-8 a.m.)(Water level much lower but needs to get even
lower)

D.C. Cormorant (1 in water & 1 fly-by)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (5)
Canada Geese (3)
Mallard (13)
Killdeer (3)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
R.B. (9) & Herring (1) Gulls (all flying over the water)

Itasca Wetlands (8-8:45 a.m.)(Good mud flats & shallow water continue)

Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (1)
Green Heron (1)
Killdeer (39)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
Solitary Sandpiper (7)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Least Sandpiper (4)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (group of 7 flew in together)
Caspian Tern (2-AD & 1-IM)

Landbirds here continue to be the same ones I have been reporting since
late June with one exception. Just before I arrived at the Itasca Wetlands
from the reservoir area I saw a small Flycatcher land in a small tree.
Having seen & heard 2 Willow Flycatchers before I assumed this was another
one. But to my surprise it was a LEAST FLYCATCHER with the big eye ring, a
large looking head & short wing extension. I had seen this species on the
ebird alert lately but did not think I'd see one this early. Very
interesting!

83rd Street Fluddle (10-10:40 a.m.)(Water here continues to go down almost
too much)

D.C. Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (1)
Canada Geese (59)
Mallard (41)
Killdeer (49, about half of last week's total)
Semiplamated Plover (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (1-AD)
Lesser Yellowlegs (4)
Least Sandpiper (4)

I thought I had seen the 2 Semipalmated Plovers when I 1st arrived but when
I tried to get a better look I could not find them. I began to think I had
messed up the I.D. as nothing had flown away but then Scott L relocated
them so I had not imagined them after all. Thank you Scott!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the surprising Least Flycatcher &
Runners-Up to the 2 elusive Semipalmated Plovers. Only managed 7 shorebird
species today.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Rollins Wilson's Phalarope 7/28
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 13:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  Fran Morel, David Antieau, Andy Stewart, and I did the shorebird count this morning from 8-10am. The nice breeze kept the mosquitoes away and there were plenty of birds to look at. Nothing really new, however, save for a very pale non-breeding WILSON’S PHALAROPE on the east side just south of the inlet. Also present were 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.

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








Subject: Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark!
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 11:46 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 


To clarify the migratory period of Sprague’s Pipit through Illinois a bit, most Illinois records of this species have occurred in late October through mid-November with a few records from early October and late November (there has never been a September record of Sprague’s Pipit in Illinois). It is possible that a few may winter in short grass fields (especially in mild winters), mostly in southern Illinois where several wintered (and a few were collected) in the 1950’s. There are only 4-5 fall records (all of single birds) from Illinois in at least the last 25 years (they are just as rare as Sage Thrashers in Illinois in the past ten years or more!). It is not likely that you would ever find a Sprague’s Pipit in Illinois during the summer breeding season (Jun-Aug).

There are even fewer spring records, but if you are going to look for them, mid-March to mid-April is the best time, though there are a few records slightly earlier and a little later as well. The best characteristic to describe this bird is plain. It looks and is colored a lot like a miniature Upland Sandpiper, with shorter neck & legs. Dan Kassebaum has by far had the best luck at finding this species in Illinois, mostly in Clinton & Perry (Pyramid S.P.) Counties. The species is likely a lot more “common” or regular in migration through Illinois than records would indicate. However, in order to find one takes lots hours of walking through short-grass fields on many days in late October and November. The down side is that your species list for the day will not likely top out at more than a few dozen species. Since it seems many birders need to have a big species list each day they are out birding, Sprague’s Pipit is not likely the species to be looking for if that is your goal.

The best habitat to look for this species is in short grass fields (as they are a species of the short grass prairie of the Great Plains). Their habitat is very similar to that which you might find Smith’s Longspurs in, in Illinois, so for many years when I used to lead such field trips in Central Illinois, I was hoping to find this species also (but never did). The short grass surrounding many airport runways would be another good habitat, though this habitat is mostly off limits to birding. In the Chicagoland area, walking beach dune grasslands would be one example of good habitat, but they have been found in alfalfa fields several times in Illinois… a common hay crop for many farmers in Illinois, so getting permission from a farmer to walk their hay fields in late fall, maybe in the far western suburbs, would be a good way to look for Sprague’s Pipit. Dan K. has had luck at finding these birds on reclaimed strip mine lands (as at Pyramid S.P.), which usually have the right kind of short grass habitat that this species prefers. Good birding!



Steve Bailey

sdbailey@illinois.edu mailto:sdbailey@illinois.edu
Mundelein (Lake Co)



Subject: Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark!
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 10:22 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Thanks Michael.

After others suggested a juvenile Horned Lark yesterday, I checked Sibley's and National Geog. field guides and online, but found very few online photos.

So I would love to see the photo you linked -- but since I don't do facebook, it wasn't available to me via your link. Is there another source for reaching that photo?





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




-----Original Message-----
From: 'Michael L. P. Retter' mlretter@yahoo.com [ILbirds]
To: ILbirds
Sent: Sun, Jul 27, 2014 11:29 pm
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark!







It's late summer, and Horned Larks have just fledged. This is a good time of year to get out there and learn this relatively little-known plumage. Every year, these birds trick unsuspecting birders into thinking they're Sprague's Pipits, but that species doesn't start migrating until September, with the big push in October. I encourage any birders who see a review list species to thoroughly document it, but especially so when it's at an unprecedented time of year. You can see a nice photo of a juvie Horned Lark by Caleb Putnam and eBird maps that show the fall migration timing of Sprague's Pipit at the following link.



https://www.facebook.com/group...


Good birding.


Michael L. P. Retter
--------------------------
W. Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN
mlretter AT yahoo.com
home: 765.838.3152
cell: 309.824.7317
xenospiza.com

Editor, Birder's Guide
American Birding Association
www.aba.org/birdersguide
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Subject: IBET Gensburg Markam Prairie
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 7:41 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
Harold and I went looking for the prairie and finally found it. He had been there several years ago and kinda knew the vicinity. Not the usual place for a prairie but very gratifying once we got there. Common YT were singing as we walked the trail, a one mile loop. A host of plants, frogs, insects, what you would expect on a prairie. Down the street, at the McDonalds, I asked for directions to the site from three people. No one knew where it was. A lost gem to the community, I'm afraid. Gone were the days of a big sign and parking Harold remembered. A chain and padlock gate, the sign covered up behind the fence. Not being deterred, I opened the gate and walked right in. Worth the trip.
The site manager, Stuart Goldman, showed up, curious to our being there, not many come to be sure. We enjoyed his insights and stories. Lucky he came by.
John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark!
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 23:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
It's late summer, and Horned Larks have just fledged. This is a good time of year to get out there and learn this relatively little-known plumage. Every year, these birds trick unsuspecting birders into thinking they're Sprague's Pipits, but that species doesn't start migrating until September, with the big push in October. I encourage any birders who see a review list species to thoroughly document it, but especially so when it's at an unprecedented time of year. You can see a nice photo of a juvie Horned Lark by Caleb Putnam and eBird maps that show the fall migration timing of Sprague's Pipit at the following link.


https://www.facebook.com/group...
 
Good birding.

Michael L. P. Retter
--------------------------
W. Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN
mlretter AT yahoo.com
home: 765.838.3152
cell: 309.824.7317
xenospiza.com

Editor, Birder's Guide
American Birding Association
www.aba.org/birdersguide
---------------------------



Subject: IBET techny basin
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 21:58 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
hello ibetors--
 
I viewed the basin from 7:10 pm----8:10 p.m.
 
it consists of a creek running south from willow rd,  a pond south of there and another pond south of there at the end of the creek.
 
it starts at the  second stoplight west of Waukegan rd on willow rd.  turn south along the east edge of the shopping center with kohl's on the east. if you get to the target store, you've gone too far west. go past the kohl's and after the road curves west,
take Claire dr south and then east to a gravel drive with a small gravel pkg. lot just east of the hospice.
walk east and turn left at the bridge (north) or right (east) depending on the sun direction and which pond you want to view first.
bring your best scope.
 
killdeer---8-10
solitary sandp--9-11
spotted    "       9-12
stilt          "        1
snipe-----1
g. b heron----23-26
grt egret------12
b. c. nt heron--4-7
barn swallow---15-20
tree      "        some
e kingbird---2
c waxwing--2
 
the herons and shorebirds will use both ponds.
 
 
Jeffrey Sanders     Glenview    no. cook



Subject: Re: IBET Goose Lake Prairie
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 21:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was at Goose Lake Prairie on Saturday afternoon as part of an extended
day through Will and Grundy Counties, concentrating just as much on
butterflies as on birds.

I, too, photographed a Yellow-breasted Chat with red at the base of the
bill. I assume it is eating berries, perhaps mulberry.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
I noticed the chat when it made some almost mammal-like calls behind me
along the nature trail.

Just for the record, I also noticed a Hooded Merganser at the first
pond, and heard Bell's Vireo and Henslow's Sparrow. I didn't walk all
the way to the wetlands where the bittern and rail might hang out.

The most surprising butterfly at Goose Lake was Little Yellow, which was
much more numerous than I've ever seen before (well over 20 observed).
Viceroys (including an aberrant one) were more numerous than Monarchs.
To see my butterfly pictures, scroll forward and backward from the chat
(links above) in my Flickr photostream.

The most notable birds elsewhere on Saturday were a pair of Blue
Grosbeak at Midewin (Huff Rd.), Grasshopper Sparrows at Midewin (one at
Huff Rd., several at Iron Bridge and at Munitions Rd.), and 50+ American
White Pelicans at Widewaters near Channahon.

Urs Geiser (ugeiser@comcast.net)
Woodridge (DuPage Co., IL)

On 7/27/14 5:45 PM, 'Wes Serafin' w.serafin@comcast.net [ILbirds] wrote:
>
>
> Cindy Alberico and myself went early to Goose Lake Prairie. I had two
> target birds, American Bittern and King Rail. We saw one out of two.
> So that was OK. The morning dew on plants and spider webs is a
> welcome addition to viewing . One of the first birds was a Carolina
> Wren doing his comb call. It seemed like he was out of place but it
> was near a few Cottonwoods. The first pond had a family of female
> type Hooded Mergansers, always a pleasure to see. They were likely
> using the Wood Duck box near the edge of the pond. There weren’t many
> field birds but it is late July. Cindy heard one Henslow Sparrow.
> Field and song sparrows were also seen and heard. After dipping on the
> rail on our way back, I spotted a Yellow Breasted Chat that was very
> alarmed and made vocalizations I have never heard. There were clucks
> or repeated phrases. My guess is that he/she had young in the
> shrubbery he was atop. Cindy heard and spotted a Bell’s Vireo as we
> were watching the chat. The prairie plants were great with yellow
> Coneflower, purple Ironweed in peak colors. A Viceroy butterfly was my
> highlight today. I have a photo of the chat and am wondering if anyone
> has an idea what the red colors are at the base of its bill. Could it
> be berries it was eating?
>
> http://wesserafin.smugmug.com/...
>
> Wes Serafin
>
> Orland PK
>
> SW Cook
>
>
>
>



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