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01 Oct: @ 12:49:49 IBET Only Expected Birds At Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 10-1-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
01 Oct: @ 08:26:11 IBET BY Ovenbird [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
01 Oct: @ 06:16:33 IBET Join the Chicago Ornithological Society program on Cuba, Wed. October 1, Oak Park Public Library [Jill Niland bwwarbler@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 21:04:26 IBET Loyola Birds [Steve Spitzer steven0703@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 20:52:55 IBET Laughing Gull et al. - Lake Shelbyville - Sept. 30 [Travis Mahan calidris_1004@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 18:15:05 IBET BY Northern cardinal [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 17:25:17 IBET Re: Montrose this a.m. [franmmmk@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 15:34:30 IBET Northerly Island birding and status [Josh Engel jengel5230@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 15:02:46 IBET Possible Glaucous-winged Gull; Clinton Lake; De Witt Co; 09/30/14 [frakerpovc@aol.com [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 14:27:22 IBET Waukegan Beach & Illinois Beach South Unit Tues 9-30-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 14:06:01 IBET Pine Siskin Morgan co. [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 12:08:41 IBET Montrose this a.m. [Jill Niland bwwarbler@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
30 Sep: @ 08:49:50 IBET Blog on birds, bird strikes and climate change [Christopher Cudworth cudworthfix@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Sep: @ 19:46:40 IBET Emily Oaks, Skokie-Black Throated Blue, Mon pm [H Blum coolasakestrel1@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Sep: @ 19:04:39 IBET Chicago River @ Fullerton, Sep 29, 2014 - Warblers! [Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Sep: @ 14:32:07 IBET Jackson Park Sunday (Cook) [Suzanne Coleman isooz@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
29 Sep: @ 13:58:52 IBET Nelson’s Sparrows and other birds this past week or so (long) [sdbailey@illinois.edu [ILbirds]]
29 Sep: @ 12:48:07 IBET DuPage County:Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Mon 9-29-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
29 Sep: @ 09:43:33 IBET Montrose Monday morning [Alex Bloss alex_bloss13@msn.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 19:43:36 IBET Clinton Lake: Jaeger sp. [Matthew Winks fluidfive@hotmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 19:32:57 IBET Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Fermilab plus highlights of a great birding weekend. [Linda lbr6240@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 17:49:08 IBET Long day birding in Lake County [scorellis@att.net [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 15:29:25 IBET DuPage Co.:83rd St. Fluddle, Fermi Lab & Some Unfinished Business Is Now Finished 9-28-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 15:09:26 Re: IBET From: michelle.uting@gmail.com [Michelle uting michelle.uting@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 15:01:09 IBET From: michelle.uting@gmail.com ['michelle.uting@gmail.com' michelle.uting@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 13:22:17 IBET COS-ILYB joint field trip: 62 species at Douglas Park [GyllenFish@aol.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 13:13:32 IBET Rollins Savanna Nelson's Sparrows [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 12:28:11 IBET Test [Tony Ward tward3@mchsi.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 11:54:14 IBET Volo GWF Goose [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 11:12:54 IBET Bluebirds [sfluett@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
28 Sep: @ 10:23:16 IBET Chautauqua 9-28-14 [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Sep: @ 21:37:37 IBET Springbrook Prairie - DuPage Co [andremichaelpaquette@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Sep: @ 21:33:06 IBET - Spring Brook Prairie [andremichaelpaquette@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Sep: @ 18:21:29 IBET Chautauqua [Kevin Richmond theeggman@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
27 Sep: @ 18:11:56 IBET Carlyle Lake [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Sep: @ 16:38:05 IBET Sullivan Lake Snow Goose [Beau Schaefer beauschaefer@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
27 Sep: @ 16:36:33 IBET Fwd: Saturday's ENSBC trip results [Hockman John j.w.hockman@sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]]
27 Sep: @ 16:21:07 IBET Sparrow speculations in Grant Park [Vera.Leopold@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Sep: @ 14:34:02 IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Sat 9-27-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
27 Sep: @ 11:18:40 IBET Carlyle lake [Colin Dobson birdingboy@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 21:09:57 IBET JxP: Blackburnian W., P. Siskin, P. Finch [rlshonkw@uchicago.edu [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 20:34:18 Re: IBET Need warbler ID [Charles Crawford cr4d@twc.com [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 20:09:26 IBET Need warbler ID [John Baxter XXJB7Z@AOL.COM [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 17:26:20 IBET Montrose [robirdman@theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 16:40:07 IBET Montrose, 9/26 a.m. ['Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract@rcn.com [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 15:13:05 IBET Budgerigar Sighting in Wheaton [marilyn bell marbell@rocketmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 14:18:46 Re: IBET Please join COS and the Illinois Young Birders this Sunday, Sept 28, for a field trip to Douglas Park [GyllenFish@aol.com [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 13:25:58 IBET Dark eyed junco -YES [Caryn Hollander cjhollander21@yahoo.com [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 13:11:34 IBET Low Key Birding At The Chicago Botanic Garden Fri 9-26-14 [Al Stokie alstokie99@gmail.com [ILbirds]]
26 Sep: @ 12:37:27 IBET Re: Please join COS and the Illinois Young Birders this Sunday, Sept 28, for a field trip to Douglas Park [Daniel Weinman idweinman1@me.com [ILbirds]]





Subject: IBET Only Expected Birds At Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 10-1-14
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 12:49 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

My last official shorebird survey here only found 2 Killdeer so maybe it's
a good thing I move on from those birds, at least at this location. Today I
was joined by Adriana R who works at the CBG & will in the future be doing
a Birding At The Botanic Garden blog so once that gets going we can all
check it out. We were not so much looking for birds but reviewing all of
what I consider to be the best birding locations by season. We found
nothing exceptional but we did end up with 31 species for the a.m. Here's
my day list:

Chicago Botanic (8-11 a.m.)

Pied Billed Grebe (1)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Great Egret (1, still here!)
Green Heron (1, caught an unlucky frog)
Canada Geese (35-40)
Wood Duck (10-12 with most at the B. Brown pond)
Mallard (10-15)
Green Winged Teal (1-F at B. Brown pond)
Shoveler (1-PR at B. Brown pond, easier to see this time)
Red Tailed Hawk (1, saw on my way out)
Killdeer (2 on the mud flats, the Solitary Sandpipers have finally deserted
me)
Mourning Dove (2)
Kingfisher (1-M at B. Brown pond)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (heard 2)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Flicker (1 at McDonald Woods)
Blue Jay (6-8)
Chickadee (heard 1)
White Breasted Nuthatch (heard 1 at McDonald Woods)
Robins (10-12)
Yellow Rumped "Myrtle" Warbler (3-4)
Palm Warbler (8-9)
Cardinal (1-F)
Rose Breasted Grosbeak (1-M with red on chest at McDonald Woods)
Song Sparrow (3-4)
White Throated Sparrow (4)
White Crowned Sparrow (2-3)
Red Winged Blackbird (2)
House Finch (3)
Goldfinch (20-25)
House Sparrow (8-10)

I was surprised at the small amount of migrant landbirds & the only birds
seen in large numbers were the Goldfinches forming big flocks.

Bird-Of-The-Day for Adriana is the Kingfisher.
Bird-Of-The-Day for me goes to the male Rose Breasted Grosbeak with the red
chest
& Runner-Up to the Shovelers who finally moved to the middle of the B.
Brown pond so I see them better than before. Fairly slow day.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET BY Ovenbird
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 8:26 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
Here's one Ovenbird that's eating PB suet off the ground. Note the bubblegum pink legs.

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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Join the Chicago Ornithological Society program on Cuba, Wed. October 1, Oak Park Public Library
Date: Wed Oct 1 2014 6:16 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Birding Cuba

When:
October 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where:
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street
Oak Park,IL 60301
USA

Presented by Bobbi Asher, Chicago birder and traveler.
Birding Cuba is a multi-media presentation about the IOS-sponsored trip to Cuba last year. Cuba is an island full of 50’s nostalgia, enchanting scenery, rich culture, friendly people, spectacular architecture, alluring music and 370 (28 endemic) recorded species of birds including the small, but spectacularly colorful, Cuban Tody, the elegant Cuban Trogon, and the Bee Hummingbird (the tiniest hummingbird in the world). Experience the sights and sounds of today’s Cuba, from the street scenes and music of Havana, to pastoral countryside. This presentation will include images of many of the birds seen on this trip that have been shared by several of the trip participants.
In 2012, Bobbi went on a “bird tour” in Cuba but it was more than that by US regulations. learn what to expect when you go birding in Cuba – birds and then some.

Two hours free parking is available in the library garage. The library is a five minute walk up Oak Park Avenue from the Oak Park stop on the CTA Green Line..



Subject: IBET Loyola Birds
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 21:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders.

Loyola had hundreds of gulls, almost all Ring-billed. The dune area had a Pipit, a Longspur and a Rusty Blackbird to make it worth the walk in the rain. Details at the link.

Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Loyola Birds - 9/29-30/2014



Loyola Birds - 9/29-30/2014
Loyola Birds - 9/29-30/2014
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Subject: IBET Laughing Gull et al. - Lake Shelbyville - Sept. 30
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 20:52 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello all,

I had an adult LAUGHING GULL this evening at Lake Shelbyville (Moultrie Co) from the water tower access. Also present were at least eight FRANKLIN'S GULLS and two dark-backed gulls that were undoubtedly LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Details and the eBird report with a map can be viewed on the IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU403.0

Later,

Travis Mahan
Decatur, IL
Macon Co.

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: IBET BY Northern cardinal
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 18:15 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

HI friends,
Appears to be a young bird, getting feathered.


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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais,IL



Subject: IBET Re: Montrose this a.m.
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 17:25 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
I also saw the bittern but couldn't get the camera going, although I did get pics of a Sharp-shinned Hawk and Rusty Blackbirds.  It was too misty to bird a lot, so I stayed shielded near some trees on the northern point.  Pics at IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU401.0 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topicU401.0

Fran
Evanston, Cook Co.





Subject: IBET Northerly Island birding and status
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 15:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I spent a little over an hour birding Northerly Island before work. There were a lot of birds, but the combination of dense, tall weeds and high wind made seeing them tricky. Highlights were two flyover Lapland Longspurs, a female Black-throated Blue Warbler, and three Green-winged Teal and two Redheads in Burnham Harbor. Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-throated Sparrow were the most common migrants. I didn't find any Ammodramus sparrows, but they could easily have been hiding in there somewhere.
Many people have asked me recently about the status of the Northerly Island construction. I posted an update with several photos from this morning of the park's current state on my Field Museum blog: 
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/blo...
eBird list:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19988066

Good birding,
Josh Engel
Chicago

Tour Leader, Tropical Birding / www.tropicalbirding.com
Bird Division, Field Museum / africanbirds.fieldmuseum.org
Photos / www.flickr.com/jengel5230



Subject: IBET Possible Glaucous-winged Gull; Clinton Lake; De Witt Co; 09/30/14
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 15:02 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Greetings, everyone -- 


Unusual gulls shouldn't land in my lap, as we all know. Today Wes Kolb and I found a bird that does look good for a GWGull, but if anyone feels strongly that it is not, by all means, speak up!!


Here is the link to some pics and a map:


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55400.0


Thanks, everyone!!


Matt Fraker
De Witt Co.
09/30/14



Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach & Illinois Beach South Unit Tues 9-30-14
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 14:27 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I wanted to add a few shorebirds to my September totals as well as get one
more survey visit done at Waukegan & IBSP. Paul S was with at Waukegan but
I did IBSP by myself. Ended with a short stay at the IBSP North Unit Hawk
Watch but conditions were bad there for hawks with a drizzle most of the
time I was there, which wasn't long. Shorebirds were mostly absent at
Waukegan but quite a few were still at IBSP & they were all north of the
river & so in the part for public access. Here are my short day lists:

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

The high waves made sure no birds of any kind were on the pier & had
flooded large parts of the beach toward Greenwood. Hard to walk this area
today but the water usually sinks in quickly.

D.C. Cormorant (5 near Greenwood & a group of about 40 flew by)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
(Later Paul went inland & found another Spotted & 1 WOODCOCK, which I never
saw.)
Ring Billed (~100) & Herring (~300) Gulls
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (1 very tired bird on the beach)
AMERICAN PIPIT (1 flushed from the grasses)
White Throated Sparrow (1 near the pier)

Illinois Beach South Unit (Beach from the resort to the mouth of the Dead
River)(8:30-9:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (few fly-bys)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (6)
Killdeer (1)
Sanderling (33)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 with the Sanderlings)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (total of 40-45)
AMERICAN PIPIT (1 walking on the beach, a very good, close look at this one)

Illinois Beach North Unit

In Sand Pond were 2 P.B. Grebes, on the trails were Mourning Doves, Downy
Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, Chickadees, Myrtle & Palm Warblers & many
Goldfinches.
In the short time I sat at the Hawk Watch I saw (1 each) OSPREY, Sharp
Shinned Hawk &
Red Tailed Hawk. The Red Tail was in a tree & the other 2 flew by heading
south with the Osprey giving us a very good look as it circled low over
Sand Pond. The official counters also saw more Sharp Shins & a Merlin while
I was not there.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the cooperative Osprey &
Runner-Up to the equally cooperative Pipit at IBSP.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Pine Siskin Morgan co.
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 14:06 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I got out of school today at 11:30. While I was playing outside with my sister, both me and my sister heard a PINE SISKIN flyover. This seems rather early for Siskins down here.

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
Birdingboy@yahoo.com

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Subject: IBET Montrose this a.m.
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 12:08 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
There was an American Bittern at Montrose this morning. I saw it rising from the Maram grass on the slope by the north sidewalk, but only got a brief tail-on view as it flew east down the sidewalk, so wasn't absolutely sure of the ID.  Later I ran into a couple of newer birders who had seen it in the meadow and showed me what they had seen in their guide that confirmed the ID.

There were still a number of warblers, especially just in from the path that divides the point from the east side revetment prairie--it was dark in the area but there were the usual species, including Tennessee, Blackpoll, Magnolia, and Cape May, plus an empid species. There were a number of white crowned sparrows flying in the dunes but they were diving to avoid the wind; I imagine there were other sparrows around too. Additionally there were three hawks --all Cooper's although I didn't get great views-- sparring with each other.

Jill Niland
Chicago



Subject: IBET Blog on birds, bird strikes and climate change
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 8:49 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
http://werunandride.com/2014/0...

Bringing our interconnectedness into focus, and challenging ideologies.
Birds help us do that.

--
Christopher Cudworth
3C Creative Content
630.621.8520



Subject: IBET Emily Oaks, Skokie-Black Throated Blue, Mon pm
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 19:46 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
 There were two male Black-Throated Blue
Warblers this afternoon at Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie. This was the most unusual species I've seen here so far for fall migration. This is a decent place for short visits, but it's hit or miss mostly.
No Sparrows today or many ground birds, but I saw:
30+ Myrtlle Warbler's
a few Blackpoll, and Magnolia, and a Black and White. There are two Green Herons still present, they've been here for a few weeks now.
Last week, Swamp Sparrow and a Sapsucker was the best find.
Howard Blum, Lakeview Chicago



Subject: IBET Chicago River @ Fullerton, Sep 29, 2014 - Warblers!
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 19:04 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This really is not much of a report with nothing special except a Wilson's Warbler that ebird tells me is rare for this location and date. However I just summarized my years sightings for the year at this area which is really just a few trees in a commercial / industrial stretch of the Chicago River and I was quite surprised to see that today I got my 24th species of warbler - not bad for a once or twice weekly lunchtime stroll from the office! Upon review it turns out that not only was the Northern Parula new for the list today but so was Palm Warbler!! and Cape May Warbler. The full list from today is below.
CheersSteve HugginsChicago, IL
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On Monday, September 29, 2014 6:53 PM, "ebird-checklist@cornell.edu" wrote:


1880 W Fullerton, Cook, US-IL
Sep 29, 2014 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
35 species

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  8
Great Blue Heron  1
Killdeer  2
Ring-billed Gull  40
Herring Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  20
Chimney Swift  8
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Swainson's Thrush  4
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  4
European Starling  15
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
American Redstart  1
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  7
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Wilson's Warbler  1    male - seen very well - possibly a continuing bird as seen in same area as one last week. Responded to pishing. Small - yellow warbler, more greenish-yellow on upperparts, black cap.
White-throated Sparrow  8
White-crowned Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  6
Northern Cardinal  3
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19984354

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





Subject: IBET Jackson Park Sunday (Cook)
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 14:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,

Not really seeing large numbers of birds this season where ever I go, but had a couple pockets there yesterday.

Best was a group of foraging sparrows of 3 species just south west of the parking lot near the museum:

3 Lincolns
1 white-throated
2 juvenile/immature white-crowned, one poss Gambels, other not FOS

Otherwise not a lot:

one TN
lots of yellow-rumped
one palm
2 common yellowthroat females
one ruby-crowned kinglet
one song sparrow
lots of white-throated sparrows in native areas
2 chickadees or more
one black-crowned night heron, at Japanese Garden, ?juvenile from last year (anyone know?)
crows
geese
large group of robins
2 swainson's thrushes
flicker
chimney swifts
mallard
2 wood ducks
one accipiter in south meadow on east side
cormorants
...

There is probably more there, I just didn't get there early enough to see them all I would guess.

Disappointed at the garbage left consistently by the people playing on the various soccer fields. I wonder if the park district can educate these groups about this?

Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook



Subject: IBET Nelson’s Sparrows and other birds this past week or so (long)
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 13:58 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 


Like Beau, I also wanted to go looking for Nelson’s Sparrows yesterday, since I had such good viewing opportunities there last year... and they did not disappoint! Sheryl and I made a late morning trip and we covered the areas where I had my high counts last year. I located Nelson’s in three areas and saw a minimum of 12 NELSONS SPARROWS in three wetland areas (6,5 & 1)! Many sat up nicely, giving us great looks! Other birds/highlights seen while looking for the Nelsons included:



1 Northern Harrier (juvenile)

2 Sandhill Crane

7 Great Egret

2 Green-winged Teal

6 Blue-winged Teal

7 Marsh Wren

2 Sedge Wren

15+ Palm Warbler

10+ Yellow-rumped Warbler

12 Common Yellowthroat

10+ Savannah Sparrow

12 Nelson’s Sparrow

15+ Song Sparrow

20+ Swamp Sparrow

1 Lincoln’s Sparrow

6 Bobolink

2 Eastern Meadowlark

125 American Goldfinch (most feeding atop the numerous, tall Cup-Plant on it’s seeds)



On Saturday, 27 Sept., Sheryl and I went for a couple hours of birding at Dan Wright Woods FP (Lake Co.). The highlight here was a cooperative immature female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER along the trail just east of the river, south of the main east-west trail coming from the parking lot. It was feeding low in a large broken-off branch full of dead, brown leaves. Worm-eating Warblers also like to feed in clusters of dead leaves. We could tell it was a juvenile female (as opposed to an adult), by the total lack of the white wing spot that adult male and female BTBWs have. Both Sibley and Kaufman point this out in their field guides. It wasn’t real birdy otherwise, but other birds that we had included:

7 Wood Duck

2 Barred Owl (pair responding to my calls!)

1 Great Horned Owl (juvenile also responding w/its screeches across river & we saw!)

2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

3 Hairy Woodpecker

3 Eastern Wood-Pewee

1 Red-eyed Vireo

3-4 Golden-crowned Kinglet

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

4 Swainson’s Thrush

1 Tennessee Warbler

1 Magnolia Warbler

1 Cape May Warbler

15+ Yellow-rumped Warbler

1 Black-throated Green Warbler

2-3 Blackpoll Warbler

3 American Redstart

2 Northern Waterthrush

2 Common Yellowthroat

15 White-throated Sparrow

At home on Thursday & Friday, we had a CAPE MAY WARBLER (in the spruces of course), a few BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, 2-3 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, 1 MAGNOLIA WARBLER & 1 WILSON’S WARBLER. We also had a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on Thursday the 25th, but our first was on Sept. 21st.

On Friday (Sept. 26th) while playing tennis in our local park (Community Park) next to our subdivision, 8 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, cruised back and forth, low overhead! There won't be many around after early October. The week before, on Tuesday, Sept. 16th, Sheryl saw 75+ COMMON NIGHTHAWKS on her way home from work in Shaumburg, so since some of them were close to our house, we walked around our subdivision here in Mundelein and saw at least 75+ more, one of the best flights I’ve seen since I moved up here to Lake County a few years ago!

I censused Montrose and the Jarvis Park Bird Sanctuary in Chicago on Thurday, Sept. 25th. Highlights were 2 SEDGE WRENS, 1 MARSH WREN, 2 flyover AMERICAN PIPITS and 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS in the dunes/beach area at Montrose. One of the plovers was laying down sleeping, as I got there just before sunrise. There were a ton of BLACKPOLL WARBLERS around, and I had my first 2 HERMIT THRUSHES (lots of SWAINSON’S & one GRAY-CHEEKED) of the fall, as well as at least 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS (also FOF), and probably three times as many RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. Probably the best birds were a late EASTERN KINGBIRD next to the Purple Martin nest boxes at Montrose and two DARK-EYED JUNCOS (my FOF) in with a flock of White-throated Sparrows in the lawn area just north of the Diversey Harbor mouth. I only found one CASPIAN TERN remaining, in my walk from Montrose to North Avenue Beach. There were lots of NORTHERN FLICKERS moving and I had at least 6 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS at Jarvis, one feeding at a pokeberry “flower”! You’d probably be surprised by the number of birds, including warblers, in the scattered trees growing in the large mowed lawn areas between Jarvis and North Ave. Beach. There are a lot of Hackberries that have been planted or otherwise present in that stretch, which could support a variety of fruit-eating birds... remember that is what the Evening Grosbeak fed on and hung around for so long in at Rosehill Cemetery a couple winters ago.

Good birding!



Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake Co.)

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Subject: IBET DuPage County:Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Mon 9-29-14
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 12:48 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Waited until 8 a.m. to make sure the fog was gone so I was able to do my
last regular shorebird survey visit to this location. Again the habitat is
excellent but the birds are almost all Killdeer. Still found many Herons,
Egrets, Geese & Cormorants but nothing special as expected.
Here are my day lists:

Wood Dale Reservoir

D.C. Cormorant (at least 45)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (12)
Canada Geese (159 at 8 a.m.)
Mallard (3)
COOT (1, 1st arrival here)
Killdeer (24)
Ring Billed (39) & Herring (1-AD & 1-IM) Gulls

Itasca Wetlands

Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (6)
Canada Geese (3 fly-bys)
Mallard (16)
Killdeer (9)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Solitary Sandpiper (2)

Middle Pond

Great Blue Heron (6)

Creek

Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (1)
Mallard (1)
Kingfisher (1 calling, not seen)

Landbirds

Mourning Dove (2)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Hairy Woodpecker (1 close fly-by)
Flicker (1)
Blue Jay (heard 2)
Chickadee (heard 2)
MARSH WREN (1 singing)
Robins (16)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (5-6)
Song Sparrow (2 with 1 singing)
White Throated Sparrow (4-5)
Junco (4)
Red Winged Blackbird (15-20 with 2 males singing)
Goldfinch (~10)

A 30 min walk at the nearby Red Wing Slough found very few birds but did
add Catbird,
Palm Warbler, Cardinal, White Crowned Sparrow (3) & House Sparrows to my
day list.

Nothing special seen today so Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the lone Coot which
kept swimming among all the Geese until they all left leaving the Coot all
by itself in the middle of the water without being able to hide among the
Geese. Runner-Up to the singing Marsh Wren which, had I seen it better,
would have been today's Top Bird. I have the rest of the week to finish up
6 more shorebird survey locations, or at least most of them.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Montrose Monday morning
Date: Mon Sep 29 2014 9:43 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all,
Montrose was interesting this morning. Along the beach there were a NELSON'S SPARROW, a WINTER WREN, a PEREGRINE FALCON, and one BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, plus the usual SANDERLINGS, warblers and sparrows. Something that sounded like a pipit flew overhead, but I never got on it. I flushed a rail from the grasses along the beach. It flew about 20 feet and dropped back into the grasses. A number of us searched for it but could not relocate it. It seemed larger and browner than a sora, but that could be wishful thinking.
Along the hedge, there was a female MERLIN, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, an EASTERN PHOEBE, and both KINGLETS. Plus the usual warblers and sparrows.
Cheers,

Alex Bloss
Chicago



Subject: IBET Clinton Lake: Jaeger sp.
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 19:43 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all, 

Shanin Abreu and I drove down to Clinton Lake Sunday afternoon and found a jaeger out on the big basin. We first saw it from the West Side Access Boat Launch, but never had good enough looks to determine the species. I thought appeared to be an intermediate morph juvenile type Parasitic/Pomarine. Shanin has different thoughts about the bird.

Matthew Winks
Normal, IL



Subject: IBET Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Fermilab plus highlights of a great birding weekend.
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 19:32 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Finally success with this species! This summer, I had been trying to see the Yellow-crowned Night Herons that have been seen by others. Looked for the one seen at Waterfall Glen, the FermiLab bird with no success. Did not make it down to Champaign to see the one at Kaufman Park.

So anyway, today after attending the IOS Carlyle lake trip with friends Davida, Dale and Leslie, it was decided that we would go to Kaufman Park in Champaign, IL on the way home to check for the Yellow-crowned. We looked and saw what we thought was a juvenile, but after a photo was taken realized that it was a juvenile Black-crowned Night heron. There was an adult there also.

Feeling somewhat disappointed, even though we had great looks at the beautiful Black-crowned night Herons, we left to go back to the Chicago area.

But-- Leslie checked her e-mail updates and found that the Yellow-crowned was seen again today at Fermilab!

So, we went there and the bird was right out in the open. This is the same spot I looked in last time and had seen nothing. A photo was taken.
The best part for me was that I had great looks of the juveniles of both Black and Yellow-crowned in one day. I really got to see the differences. The Yellow-crowned juvenile is a beautiful bird.

What a great way to end a weekend of birding! Thanks to Davida, Dale and Leslie. You are the best!!!!

The IOS trip to Carlyle was quite enjoyable. I think that a couple of people have already posted the highlights. I did get to see my first Red-necked Phalarope, and the California Gull, plus several other new birds for the year. Learned a lot. Another highlight was when Bob F. mentioned to us in the hotel lobby this morning that he had just seen two Bobwhites right outside the building in the parking lot. We all ran out there to see them, but they had gone into the grasses. But, we did hear them calling out.

Happy birding.

Linda Radtke
Downers Grove, IL
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Subject: IBET Long day birding in Lake County
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 17:49 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today my dad and I went birding at Chain o Lakes SP, then at IBSP.  We started at chain I lakes at about 6am, but didn't bother land birding.  We headed out on our kayaks directly out to grass lake, where we saw a bunch of wood ducks, about 20 coots, 8 Pied-billed Grebes, and 4 SORA, 3 adults and 1 immature who gave great looks and photos.  Then when we finaly got to the grass lake geotube, but we had to turn around almost immediately do to a injured bird we found. But we did see 2 sandhill cranes, about 5 Killdeer, and some cormorants.  After taking care of the bird, we headed to Illinois Beach SP to see the GWFG, my used-to-be #1 nemesis bird, who is now replaced by my next in line American Avoset.  We saw the Greater White-fronted Goose on the beach parallel to the resort, till they swam into the water and a jettsky chased them off, and then we re-located the goose among some Canada geese in some grass across from the park office. Then we called it quits for the day.

Ethan Ellis
Lake County Il

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Subject: IBET DuPage Co.:83rd St. Fluddle, Fermi Lab & Some Unfinished Business Is Now Finished 9-28-14
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 15:29 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

I had thought I'd go to Montrose today as driving there on a Sunday is much
easier than on a weekday, but the traffic reports said there was a lot of
fog on Lake Shore Dr. so I changed my mind. So my next plan was to cover 3
shorebird survey spots starting with the Wood Dale Reservoir but when
there's fog in one place it can also be elsewhere. The reservoir had so
much fog I couldn't see the water at the bottom. Drove all the way to the
83rd St. Fluddle & by then the sun was burning off the fog so I could
finally get started. Good shorebird habitat but few birds except Killdeer.
Next to Fermi which still has way too much water & way too little shorebird
habitat. After a short hello to Denis K who was leading a birding class I
ran into Wes Sadler & we decided to look for the young Yellow Crowned Night
Heron but more on that at the end.
Here are my day lists:

83rd Street Fluddle (7:45-8:45 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (1)
Canada Geese (2 fly-bys)
Mallard (33)
Shoveler (17)
Blue Winged Teal (6 for sure)
Green Winged Teal (1-F)
And a few more Teal Species?
Killdeer (67)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Lesser Yellowlegs (2)
Ring Billed Gull (4)
AMERICAN PIPIT (3)
Starling (2 on the mud with the Pipits)

Fermi Lab (9:15-11:30 a.m.)

Dusolf Pond (Water still too high)

Great Egret (21)
Canada Geese (6 flew in)
Mallard (~20)
Shoveler (8)
Teal Species?
SORA (1 walking along the shore)
Killdeer (6)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
(Denis K & Co. had a Lesser Yellowlegs which I missed)
Near the lot were Red Bellied Woodpecker, Marsh Wren, Swamp Sparrow & House
Sparrow

Swan Lake By Wilson Hall (With Peter Kasper)

D.C. Cormorant (9)
Great Blue Heron (1)
YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON (1-IM, still around)(See below)
Canada Geese (~20)
Mallard (2)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (3-4)

Previously Unfinished Business Now Finished

Back on 9-8 I saw the young Yellow Crowned Night Heron in a reedy area just
S.W. of Swan Lake & decided since it was so close to Swan Lake it must be
in DuPage Co. Marion M sent me a map which seemed to show that area as
being right on the county line so I wasn't really sure where it had been.
Many Ebird reports showed the bird in both DuPage & Kane Co's?
So thinking I had seen it in DuPage I wanted to see it today in Kane Co.
Wes S & I did not see the bird but later I saw Peter K & if anyone should
know where the county line was it would be him. Peter did know & the reed
filled area turned out to be in Kane Co., not DuPage. I would have to
change my records. Then some photographers told us the Y.C. Night Heron was
in plain sight on the far north edge of Swan Lake & sure enough there it
was fully in DuPage Co.
So now I had seen it in both counties after all & didn't have to change my
records just add it to Kane Co on 9-8 & change the date for DuPage from 9-8
to 9-28. Easy enough to do. This county listing business can be quite a
chore. If you don't do county listing I'd recommend not starting. Very
confusing!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the now double county Yellow Crowned Night Heron &
Runners-Up to the Sora & the 3 Pipits. Interesting day.

Al Stokie



Subject: Re: IBET From: michelle.uting@gmail.com
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 15:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Do not open link. My email has been hacked. Again. Apologies.
Michelle

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> On Sep 28, 2014, at 2:54 PM, "'michelle.uting@gmail.com' michelle.uting@gmail.com [ILbirds]" wrote:
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Subject: IBET From: michelle.uting@gmail.com
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 15:01 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 



Good morning ILbirds

http://arvydudvaras.lt/picture.php?amount=uhvutmdp3172dw


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Subject: IBET COS-ILYB joint field trip: 62 species at Douglas Park
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 13:22 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

This morning's joint Chicago Ornithological Society-Illinois Young Birders field trip attracted 40 birders to Douglas Park on Chicago's Westside. Combining eBird lists of four different birders, the group list for the trip stands at 62 species!

We spent more than two and a half hours birding around with north lagoon and inside the fenced sanctuary (which is actually a combined mini-golf course and bird sanctuary -- http://douglaspark.cpdgolf.com... ).

Probably the three "best birds" of the trip were a female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (giving good if shaded looks under some small trees north of the north lagoon), a female PURPLE FINCH (perched atop a dying ash tree south of the sanctuary lagoon), and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO (at the edge of a small woods, also south of the sanctuary lagoon). Our list of 14 warbler species also included BLACK-THROATED GREEN, CAPE MAY, and ORANGE-CROWNED. We also had a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (uncommon in the Westside parks), singing EASTERN PHOEBES, five species of thrush, eight species of sparrow, and a female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.

For the full list of species seen today (and earlier this year), please visit the Douglas Park eBird Hotspot page: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot...

Trip participants can e-mail me if they want us to share Aaron's eBird list. (gyllenfish@aol.com)

Eric Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, Cook County



Subject: IBET Rollins Savanna Nelson's Sparrows
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 13:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
  Had a great morning birding with Mike Baum this morning at Rollins. Our targets were Nelson’s Sparrow and American Bittern. Unfortunately the bittern was a no-show but we had 10! NELSON’S SPARROWS all in the SW pocket just off the main pond. They were nowhere else. The vegetation in this area is not visibly different to me so I’m not sure why they congregate here, but this spot has been great for them for at least the past 3 years. We also had 3 wren sp., at least 1 BOBOLINK (doing its meh call), and 8 LINCOLN’S SPARROWS all on the east side near the "sparrow trees” (3 dead trees that the sparrows like to jump into when flushed).
Here’s the complete list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19967637

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
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Subject: IBET Test
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 12:28 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Subject: IBET Volo GWF Goose
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 11:54 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Had a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE about an hour ago at the pond southern open field w/Canadas at the corner of rt. 60 and Fish Lake Rd.
Beau Schaefer
Lake Co

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Subject: IBET Bluebirds
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 11:12 am
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Interesting yearly occurrence, for the last 14 years that I have been living in the area, I have seen Bluebirds in the early Spring and in the very late Summer into Fall at the East side parking area of Saint James Farm F P in Warrenville, IL. The Bluebirds spend the breeding season directly West of this East parking area. The summering location now has an added new paved parking lot; it looks like they adapted to the change of landscape.
Steve




Subject: IBET Chautauqua 9-28-14
Date: Sun Sep 28 2014 10:23 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning, we went up to Chautauqua. We got there at sunrise and just left. There were a lot of birds. Most of the shorebirds were on the north side seen best from the beer can spot and the roundtree trail. There were several thousand in the upper pool this morning.

Highlights include....
American Wigeon 2 on one of the spits by the Crossdike.
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
All four plovers with 15+ Black-billied Plovers
Avocet 17
Black-necked Stilt 1
UPLAND SANDPIPER 2 straight out from the beer can spot in the tall grass, pooped out several times.
Stilt Sandpiper 20
Long-billed Dowitchers 200
Lots of birds to look through. Lots way far out. Probably missed many things.

Colin Dobson
Mason county
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Subject: IBET Springbrook Prairie - DuPage Co
Date: Sat Sep 27 2014 21:37 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fun quick birding day this morning!  Fall warblers are mind boggling but had fun ID'ing them among the other species: Baby on the way any day now, so have to get my fall birding in now.

Palm Warbler 9
Savanah Sparrow 1
Vesper Sparrow 2
Goldfinch 6
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Mallard 14
Kildeer 9
Warbling Vireo 1(First one of me)
American Robin 3
Canada Goose 4
Blue Jay 1
Mourning Dove 3
Red-tailed Hawk
Boboling 1 (First one for me - female)
Nashville Warbler 1 (First one for me - love the bright yellow and gray combination)
Least Flycatcher 5


Andre Paquette






Subject: IBET - Spring Brook Prairie
Date: Sat Sep 27 2014 21:33 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fun quick birding day this morning!  Fall warblers are mind boggling but had fun ID'ing them among the other species: Baby on the way any day now, so have to get my fall birding in now.
Palm Warbler 9
Savanah Sparrow 1
Vesper Sparrow 2
Goldfinch 6
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Mallard 14
Kildeer 9
Warbling Vireo 1(First one of me)
American Robin 3
Canada Goose 4
Blue Jay 1
Mourning Dove 3
Red-tailed Hawk
Boboling 1 (First one for me - female)
Nashville Warbler 1 (First one for me - love the bright yellow and gray combination)
Least Flycatcher 5


Andre Paquette




Subject: IBET Chautauqua
Date: Sat Sep 27 2014 18:21 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A juvenile SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER flew in and landed on one of the
little islands that are off the east side of the crossdike at
Chautauqua Refuge (in Mason Co.) late this morning. It ran around for
about five minutes and then flew off. It was quite a nice brightly
colored individual, and as such, was not particularly difficult to
identify.

The water level on the Upper Pool has been dropping and about 2000
shorebirds were scattered around the perimeter today. The only
location that had a concentration of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS was out from
that Rountree Trail which is near 2250north and 2090east.

Had these highlights (from around the Upper Pool) today in a little
more than six hours:

Snowy Egret - two
Red-shouldered Hawk - one immature
Merlin - two
Peregrine Falcon - three
Black-bellied Plover - 21
American Golden-Plover - three
American Avocet - 18
Black-necked Stilt - one
Greater Yellowlegs - 125
Least/Semi Sandpiper - 1000+
Stilt Sandpiper - 55
Long-billed Dowitcher - 110
Red-necked Phalarope - four
Franklin's Gull - four

The falcons were stirring up the shorebirds with some regularity and
probably responsible for me getting to see the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.

While not seen today, all of these were noted there within the past
week:

Glossy Ibis - one adult
Northern Goshawk - one juvenile
Whimbrel - one
Red Knot - one
Great Black-backed Gull - one adult
Olive-sided Flycatcher - one
Pine Siskin - one


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Subject: IBET Carlyle Lake
Date: Sat Sep 27 2014 18:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Currently, from the boat, there is a EARED GREBE in the middle of the lake. Also 3-4 Red-necked Phalaropes and a Laughing Gull.

Colin Dobson
Clinton county
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Subject: IBET Sullivan Lake Snow Goose
Date: Sat Sep 27 2014 16:38 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just had a Snow Goose about an hour ago on the golf course pond east of Sullivan Lake in western lake co.
Beau Schaefer
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Subject: IBET Fwd: Saturday's ENSBC trip results
Date: Sat Sep 27 2014 16:36 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


Begin forwarded message:

> From: libbyhill@comcast.net
> Date: September 27, 2014 at 1:19:46 PM CDT
> To: Suzanne Checchia , John Hockman
>
> Evanston North Shore Field Trip to Northwestern Sept 27, 2014
> Thirty people enjoyed as many birds on Northwestern's inland campus today. Species:
> Canada Goose
>
> Double-crested Cormorant
>
> Herring Gull
>
> Mourning Dove
>
> Downy Woodpecker
>
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
>
> Northern Flicker
>
> Flycatcher sp
>
> Black-capped Chickadee
>
> White-breasted Nuthatch
>
> Brown Creeper
>
> Golden-crowned Kinglet
>
> Gray-cheeked Thrush
>
> Swainson’s Thrush
>
> Brown Thrasher
>
> European Starling
>
> American Robin
>
> Warblers: Tennessee, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, American Redstart
>
> White-throated Sparrow
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> Northern Cardinal
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> Red-winged Blackbird
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> American Goldfinch
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> House Sparrow
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John Hockman
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Lake County

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Subject: IBET Sparrow speculations in Grant Park
Date: Sat Sep 27 2014 16:21 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
I have a "patch" of west-central Grant Park that I often visit on my lunch breaks. It has been very birdy in the past week. Two days ago I had three Dark-eyed Juncos and a first-year CONNECTICUT WARBLER feeding in the grass. Today I had Swainson's, Gray-cheeked, and Hermit thrushes plus a Brown Thrasher.

Today I also saw what I think was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW near the "seated Lincoln" statue, in the small trees south of the vegetable gardens. I don't have much experience with this species but observed a light-brown, finely streaked crown with a paler median crown stripe (not white but with paler streaks visible), thin white eye-ring, brown line through the eye, brown malar stripe, light-brown back streaked with darker brown. Breast looked plain but I didn't get a great look at the front. It was the size and shape of a Chipping Sparrow. Immediately after seeing it I felt pretty sure it was a Clay-colored Sparrow but looking up photos afterward, I felt less sure (didn't see a cheek patch, the facial pattern doesn't look quite right). Any thoughts?

I also think I had a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW sitting on the ground in the vegetable garden. Although it seemed too large and strange place for it. Back to my field guides to review sparrows!!

Happy fall,

Vera Miller
Downers Grove, IL







Subject: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Sat 9-27-14
Date: Sat Sep 27 2014 14:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Along with Bob Erickson I covered the same areas as on Wed 9-24 & saw
pretty much the same birds as on that date but the numbers varied somewhat.
Got to visit briefly with Bob H & long distant hiker Karen M for a
while. Here are my day lists:

Waukegan Beach & Pier (6:30-8 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1 backwaters)
D.C. Cormorant (~500 flying out of the power plant ponds at Greenwood)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Green Heron (1)
Mallard (6-8)
Hooded Merganser (2-F)
Sanderling (7 on beach & pier)
BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER (1-juv, probably the same one seen by Beau & Andy
on Thur)
Wilson's Snipe (1-probable)
Ring Billed (~80) & Herring (12) Gulls
Flicker (5)
Myrtle (1) & Palm (2) Warblers
Savannah Sparrow (2)
Red Winged Blackbird (15-20)
Goldfinch (6)

Illinois Beach South Unit (8:30-10:45 a.m.)

Beaches

D.C. Cormorant (22 fly-bys)
Redhead (10-12 in Lake Michigan, found by Bob Hughes)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (groups of 2, 6 & 6 for a total of 14, even more than
last time)
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER (2)
Semipalmated Plover (1)
Killdeer (1-2)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Sanderling (28)
Ring Billed (61) & Herring (12) Gulls

Non-Beach Birds

Canada Geese (~45 on the lawns)
WHITE FRONTED GOOSE (1-AD, with the Canada's on the lawns, still around)
Crows (5)
Blue Jay (5-6)
Chickadee (heard 2)
W.B. Nuthatch (heard 1)
MARSH WREN (1)
Palm Warbler (4)
Savannah Sparrow (2)
NELSON'S SPARROW (4)
Eastern Meadowlark (4)

Not as good as the birds seen on the Carlyle field trip but not bad for the
local beaches.
Bird-Of-The-Day to yet another beach Buff Breasted Sandpiper &
Runners-Up to the White Fronted Goose, the Nelson's Sparrows & all 16 large
Plovers.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Carlyle lake
Date: Sat Sep 27 2014 11:18 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Highlights for the group include, both a juvenile California gull  and a 1st winter Laughing gull found by me. Also a franklins Gull and a Common Tern. Good morning for water birds, also including a Ring-necked duck at Hazlet SP. Woodland birds weren't bad this morning with 13 Warbler sp. All for now.

Colin Dobson
Clinton county
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Subject: IBET JxP: Blackburnian W., P. Siskin, P. Finch
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 21:09 pm
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 
I birded the Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow portion of Jackson Park this morning.  The trees around the north parking lot were pretty active, especially on the east side of the lot, in the early morning.  Most of the birds were YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS but with several other warbler species mixed in, including several BLACKPOLL and CAPE MAY WARBLERS.  The best bird was a female BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.  While checking out the warblers two PINE SISKINS flew over calling (though I had to review their flight calls when I got home to be sure).  Unfortunately, the rest of the area was a bit slow.  I had ten species of warblers around the parking lot but only added three more in the rest of the area.  Wooded Island was dominated by thrushes (GRAY-CHEEKED, SWAINSON'S and a few HERMIT THRUSHES), GRAY CATBIRDS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.  Checking the trees south of the driving range on my way home, a calling PURPLE FINCH flew over, then turned around and landed in a nearby tree.  It was a female.  I had four finch species with A. GOLDFINCHS and a few HOUSE FINCHES.  Paul C. had a FOX SPARROW and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH but I didn't relocated them.  Here's a list of highlights:

Wood Duck 9
Hooded Merganser 2
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 11
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Caspian Tern 1
Chimney Swift 45
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
N. Flicker 2
Blue Jay 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Winter Wren 2
Gray-cheeked Thrush 9
Swainson's Thrush 28
Hermit Thrush 3
Catharus thrush sp. 4
Gray Catbird 13
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxwing 9
Tennessee Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 3
Cape May Warbler 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 6
Blackpoll Warbler 9
Black-and-white Warbler 1
A. Redstart 4
Ovenbird 1
N. Waterthrush 6
Common Yellowthroat 10
unidentified warblers 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 58
Dark-eyed Junco 5
unidentified sparrows 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 12
Indigo Bunting 2
Purple Finch 1
Pine Siskin 2

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago




Subject: Re: IBET Need warbler ID
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 20:34 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Am. Redstart

Charlie
Henderson KY


On Sep 26, 2014, at 8:09 PM, John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds] wrote:

>
> Hi friends,
> Not sure, been seeing Yellowstart.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> John Baxter
> Bourbonnais, IL
>
>




Subject: IBET Need warbler ID
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 20:09 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

Hi friends,
Not sure, been seeing Yellowstart.

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

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL



Subject: IBET Montrose
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 17:26 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Few shots of a Winter Wren there today.
Rob Curtis
Chicago



Subject: IBET Montrose, 9/26 a.m.
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 16:40 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Montrose was very birdy this morning, September 26. I hadn't been there
in over a week but I was impressed with the number of warblers around.
Dominant among these were Tennessee, Blackpoll, Yellow-rumped, and Palm.
I also had a couple Northern Parulas and a male Black-throated Blue
Warbler, all in the Magic Hedge. Other birds of interest this a.m.
include my first Hermit Thrush of the season, a flyover American Pipit
at the beach, a calling Sedge Wren in the dunes, and 5 flyover American
Golden-Plovers at the beach. I didn't have any Nelson's Sparrows in the
dunes but this is prime time for them.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Subject: IBET Budgerigar Sighting in Wheaton
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 15:13 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dear IBETers,

I know, I know, hardly a rare bird, but someone is missing this pet. It's a beautiful white parakeet, with blue belly and upper and lower tail coverts and black-spotted white wings. It is hanging around the bird feeders on the east side of the entrance portico to Wynscape Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at the corner of County Farm Road and Manchester Road in Wheaton. It briefly naps in the small tree adjacent to the feeders. Because of the good supply of seed, I think it will stay around a while.

It paid attention to me and came nearer when I held out my finger and called "Pretty bird," but failed to come near enough for a catch.

Does anyone know someone who's lost this pet?

To be legal (hopefully), I still have RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDs coming every day to my feeder and YELLOW-RUMPED (Myrtle) Warblers in the trees nearby. Yesterday, McKee Marsh produced a couple of 1ST WINTER WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County


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Subject: Re: IBET Please join COS and the Illinois Young Birders this Sunday, Sept 28, for a field trip to Douglas Park
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 14:18 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 

I did our weekly monitoring of Douglas Park this morning and found 44 species. There were:

13 warbler species (including Cape May, Wilson's, lingering Northern Waterthrushes, and a singing Common Yellowthroat)
7 sparrow species (including Fox and Lincoln's)
4 thrush species (including Hermit and lots of Robins eating hackberries)
4 woodpecker species (including Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Hairy)

The last of the Barn Swallow colony that nests there seems to have headed south, along with the flycatchers. I also did not see or hear a single gull, and there was only one crow while I was there.

I spent most of my time in the sanctuary and around the east and north lagoons, leaving only a half hour for the section south of Ogden. There were lots of thrushes and warblers in the fruit-bearing trees there, but I did not have nearly enough time to identify them all. It will be great to revisit the park on Sunday morning with many more sharp eyes and ears, young and old. I wonder what we will turn up then?

For the full list from this visit and many earlier visits, you can go to the Douglas Park eBird Hotspot page: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot...

By the way, the start time for Sunday's trip is 7:30 a.m., but we'll be scouting the park and birding around the field house parking lot starting a bit earlier than that.

Hope to see you then!

Eric Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, Cook County


-----Original Message-----
From: Jill Niland bwwarbler@yahoo.com [ILbirds]
To: ilbirds
Sent: Thu, Sep 25, 2014 11:00 am
Subject: IBET Please join COS and the Illinois Young Birders this Sunday, Sept 28, for a field trip to Douglas Park







Douglas Park with Aaron and Eric Gyllenhaal – a COS/ILYB Field Trip


When:
September 28, 2014 @ 7:30 am



Aaron and Eric Gyllenhaal Contact: gyllenfish@aol.com




Meet in the parking lot at the field house in Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Chicago 60623


As one of the inner-city parks of Chicago, Douglas Park offers an extremely high diversity of birds, especially during migration. The only problem is that because of the neighborhood that surrounds it, people aren’t as comfortable birding there as some other places like Montrose. Because of this, Douglas Park goes severely underbirded. More than two years of weekly monitoring at Douglas has produced 179 species, with highlights being Cattle Egret, Worm-eating Warbler, Red Crossbill, Brewer’s Blackbird, and, by far the most famous one, a tropical flycatcher from South America which is called an Elaenia. The latter of those birds brought people from all over the continent to see it, and even though the ID was never confirmed, it is thought to be of the Small-billed species, which would represent a first ABA record. Who knows, maybe if you come on this trip, we will find another continental rarity!

This trip will be a partnership between the Illinois Young Birders and the Chicago Ornithological Society.














Jill Niland
COS














Subject: IBET Dark eyed junco -YES
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 13:25 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On this gorgeous fall day, as I took a hike around the Buffalo Creek trail in Lake county Buffalo Grove, I saw my first dark eyed junco.  It was bittersweet as the day was just so darn perfect - not that I don't love my cute little juncos!!

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

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Subject: IBET Low Key Birding At The Chicago Botanic Garden Fri 9-26-14
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 13:11 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello Bird People,

Decided to check my Winter route which includes the road that runs along
the northern lake near Lake Cook Rd. I found few birds but the cone crop is
quite good in the pines along the road so if Winter birds do come down this
year they will have lots of cones to work with. Also, there are many
berries forming on the Junipers/Cedars for the Waxwings & Robins who stay
for the Winter.
Later I checked the Rt68/Dundee Rd. mud flats & found zero shorebirds but
an hour later I saw 4 Killdeer & 2 Solitary Sandpipers so my shorebird
survey remains alive. Neither McDonald Woods or the B. Brown Preserve had
many landbirds but there were quite a few woodpeckers.
Here's my day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:30-11:15 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1)
D.C. Cormorant (3)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Great Egret (1 still at the mud flats)
Canada Geese (69 with most at the B. Brown pond)
Wood Duck (16 also with most at the B. Brown pond)
Shoveler (1-F still at the far west end of the B. Brown pond & still very
hard to see)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)
Killdeer (4)
Solitary Sandpiper (2)
Mourning Dove (2)
Kingfisher (1)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (heard 1)
YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1-M & 1-F)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-M)
Blue Jay (6-8)
Chickadee (8)
White Breasted Nuthatch (1 seen & another heard)
House Wren (1)
Swainson's Thrush (4)
Robins (10)
Gray Catbird (heard 1)
Magnolia Warbler (1)
Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler (4)
Palm Warbler (2)
Common Yellowthroat (1-M & 1-F)
Cardinal (1-M & 2-F)
Rose Breasted Grosbeak (6)
Song Sparrow (4)
Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
White Throated Sparrow (4-5)
White Crowned Sparrow (6, all adults)
Red Winged Blackbird (2-F)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (1)
House Finch (2-M & 1-F)
Goldfinch (20-25)
House Sparrow (6-7)

Yet another beautiful day & as a jogger said to me as he ran past me "A
great day to be alive!"
And that was true in spite of the fact that as he ran by he flushed all the
sparrows I was trying to I.D. But in spite of such little difficulties it
was indeed "A great day to be alive!"

Bird-Of-The-Day to the single Rusty Blackbird, the closest thing to a
"good" bird seen today.
Runners-Up to the 2 male Rose Breasted Grosbeaks that still had quite a bit
of red on their chests.

Al Stokie



Subject: IBET Re: Please join COS and the Illinois Young Birders this Sunday, Sept 28, for a field trip to Douglas Park
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 12:37 pm
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 


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