APRIL 2009 Sightings
Bob Andrini on 4/29 reported via e-mail: Along with new Eastern Towhees and other migrants in our yard, today we saw a Lincoln Sparrow (like the swallows returning to Capistrano (SP), we see this species about this time every year). - it must be spring.
Ron Dickenson on 4/29 reported via e-mail: Although there were no owls at the Geneva courthouse this year, Ron located these Great Horned owlets on the east side of Batavia today.
Chris Madsen on 4/29 reported: The familiar winged-cigar-shaped silhouette of Chimney Swifts has returned to my neighborhood skies in St. Charles today.
Debbie Wisser on 4/29 reported via e-mail: This morning, I took my usual walk on the Fox River Trail from SEBA Park in South Elgin up to and through Jon Duerr FP and back. The woods were alive with the sound of warblers! Large numbers of Yellow-Rumped and Palm Warblers have arrived, and they were everywhere. Others I saw were Yellow Warblers, a Black and White Warbler, a Golden Winged Warbler, and the highlight lifer of the morning, a Prothonotary Warbler! WOW what a beautiful bird! Also seen were Double-Crested Cormorants, Cooper's Hawks (one on a nest, the other standing guard), Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebe, House Wren, Swainson's Thrush, Gray Catbird, Northern Waterthrush, Eastern Towhee, Indigo Buntings, White Throated Sparrows, Field Sparrows, and Baltimore Orioles.
Tim Balassie on 4/29 reported via e-mail: Looks like some of the shorebirds are starting to come in. At Sauer Prairie earlier today I saw many Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Semi-Palmated Sandpiper (altho I would not completely rule out Western), and Semi-Palmated Plover.
Mark Bowman on 4/29 reported via e-mail: At
lippold park: lots of yellow rumps, a red breasted grosbeak,
numerous palms, saw an owl in flight, suspect it was a young
great horned, wish I got a better look.
Roger Hotham on 4/29 reported via IBET: Margaret Mechtenberg reported 25-30 cattle egrets this morning flying north upsteam along the Fox River towards South Elgin.
Julie Long on 4/29 reported via IBET: There was a very wet, cold and bedraggled [pine] sisken that arrived in my yard [in St. Charles] this morning. It flew a short distance when our dog went out and then sat in one spot in the yard for 20 or so minutes. It finally managed to get the strength to fly up to the thistle feeder on the house. After five min of eating, he flew away. Isn't it fairly lately for a sisken? I did have a few throughout the winter but they are long gone.
Jon Duerr on 4/29 reported via IBET: At 10:45 AM
we found a Kentucky W[arbler] next to lower parking lot Tyler Creek
For. Pres. The parking is adjacent to the creek with a steel foot bridge.
The bird was in the bushes along the creek near the bridge. Tyler
Creek is along Rt 31, 1/4 mi south of Int. 90, The other direction at the
Karen Land on 4/29 reported via IBET: Yesterday afternoon I was surprised to see a dash of bright blue in my yard while I was on the phone with a friend. The male Indigo Bunting was casually visiting the areas around my 2 feeders and then sat for quite a bit in my young White Oak before flying off. I could have gotten several photos but the camera was by the computer where I had just downloaded photos of my tulips. Sigh. I have had Indigo Buntings in my yard before but it has been a year or so, just passers by.
Mike Madsen on 4/28 reported via IBET: A day of
roaming Kane County resulted in a total of 85 species with a couple of
surprises along the way. My first major stop was at the Headwaters
Conservation Area - my first visit there (it is accessed off of Beith
Road, northeast of Elburn). SORA numbers were impressive, with at
least 20 seen and more heard. VIRGINIA RAIL was present as well.
Then I moved on to Sauer Family Prairie Kame preserve where water levels
were very high. Shorebirds were the highlight here (plus the constantly
singing WESTERN MEADOWLARKS). GREATER & LESSER YELLOWLEGS,
SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER were found along
the shore of the ponds. A number of additional shorebirds were in the
flooded farm field just to the southeast of the large pond at the south
end of the preserve, including SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (3), KILLDEER,
DUNLIN, WILSON'S SNIPE, and in the company of three
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS - a lone WESTERN SANDPIPER (my first
spring record in Illinois).
John Heneghan on 4/28 reported via IBET: This evening [in La Fox], I had a Baltimore Oriole at the oranges in the suet cages and a pair of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks at the safflower feeder...[Then] Right after I posted about the oriole and grosbeak, an indigo bunting landed at the feeders!!
Sue Wagoner on 4/28 reported via e-mail: My backyard (west side Aurora) has been jumping the last couple of days-- female Eastern Towhee, Palm warbler, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Chipping Sparrows, Field Sparrow, House Wren, a brief appearance by a Wood Thrush (got a backside photo only), and today 10 White-Throated Sparrows- about half white-striped morphs and half tan-striped morphs. Reading about them I learned that each mating pair is made up of one of each. The aggressive white-morph male chases away the female white-morph (who sings) and mates with the tan-morph females (who don't sing). The less aggressive tan-morph males then mate with the singing white-morph females! (got that?)
Kim Girard on 4/28 reported via e-mail: My backyard feeders (Wasco area) have been visited since the weekend by: 3 male Baltimore Orioles, a ruby-throated hummingbird, and this morning (4/28) male and female red-breasted grosbeak.
Darrell Shambaugh on 4/27 reported via IBET:
This morning on my way to work I stopped on County Line Road south of
Lasher Road, hoping to find some warblers. The only warbler was
YELLOW-RUMPED, but the field east of the oaks was flooded and
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were
Mark Bowman on 4/27 reported via e-mail: Today
at Sauer: vesper, lincoln, swamp, and savannah sparrow, sora,
coot, rusty blackbirds, greater and lesser yellowlegs,
spotted, solitary and pectoral sandpiper, dunlin
John Heneghan on 4/27 reported via IBET: I went
to the Fabyan Forest Preserve this AM with a friend. We basically birded
the Japanese Garden area. Besides a plethora of Yellow Rumped Warblers,
we saw Palm Warblers, Pine warblers, Blue Winged Warblers,
Black Throated Green Warblers, Ruby Crowned Kinglets, a
Phoebe that appeared to be making a nest on one of the ornamental
buildings with in the garden, female Rose Breasted Grosbeak, 2
seperate canadian goose families with the little yellow fluffballs.
Eric Secker on 4/27 reported via IBET: We went
over to the west side of Fabyan F.P. later in the afternoon on Saturday
after the rain let up. There was a large volume of warblers, mostly
yellow-rumps. I roughly counted about 225 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.
Other warblers included 1 BLUE-WINGED, 1 TENNESSEE, 1
ORANGE-CROWNED, 2 NORTHERN PARULAS, a few YELLOW WARBLERS,
1 BLACK-THROATED GREEN, 2 PINE WARBLERS, 15-20 PALM
WARBLERS, and a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. A majority of the
warblers were back in the woods along the gravel trail that goes straight
where the bike path curves right and goes over the river (also along the
road at the west end of the preserve where we had one of the Pine Warblers
and Blue-winged Warbler)
Jon and Joy Duerr and Jack Pomatto on 4/27 reported via e-mail: Very birdy Monday morning [on the Fox River Trail in Batavia]. Swainson Thrush, Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow, Nashville, Palm, Yellow-rump Warblers. Red-eye Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Overbird, Gnat-catchers Balt Orioles. At Lippold Park (across the river) Bk-White Warbler, many No. Catbirds and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Mark Bowman on 4/26 reported via e-mail: At Nelson Lake, there were about 4 soras and 2 calling virginia rails [not seen]. It was overcast but I did get a pic of one of the sora
Pete Moxon on 4/26 reported via phone: A visit to Sauer Preserve this afternoon produced the following:
1 Marbled Godwit
Jeff Smith on 4/26 reported via IBET: Ran into
Andy Sigler...Between storms we found a small group of birds [at Fabyan
Forest Preserve] that included a couple of Blue-headed Vireos,
Orange-crowned Warbler, Purple Finch, and a Cerulean Warbler.
Andy also spotted a perched hawk through the trees and as he tried to get
a better look it flew right over my head. So I got a good look at a
Broad-winged Hawk .
Scott Cohrs on 4/26 reported via IBET: This
morning I was lucky to find 4 Willets resting on the edge of the
south pothole pond at Headwaters Conservation Area in Kane County. This is
on Route 38 about a mile east of Elburn. They took off and flew dead west
after a few minutes of watching them. I just talked to Pete Moxon and it
sounds like he relocated them at the flooded field just north of the
entrance to Elburn Forest Preserve, just west of Route 47.
Pete Moxon on 4/26 reported via phone: There are 2 Cattle Egrets at the pond at Persinger Recreation Center at Peck Farm Park on Kaneveille Road in Geneva. These were first found by Scott Cohrs. Per Pete, Scott also had 4 Willets at the Headwaters Conservation Area on Route 38 east of Elburn. Those birds were flushed and flew west. Pete relocated them at the fluddle across from Elburn Forest Preserve along with Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers.
John Heneghan on 4/26 reported via IBET: We
started out this AM with a pair of pine siskins at out feeders, the
first time we had seen them here. We went to Ferson Creek Park [in St.
Charles] and walked the creek from the Fox to RT 31. Lots of Yellow
Rumped Warblers. We did see Yellow Warblers, Palm Warblers,
Swamp Sparrows , Song sparrows and a flock of rough
winged, tree and barn swallows hanging out in a tree at the confluence
of the creek and the river.
Ginny Widrick on 4/26 reported via e-mail: Just got back from Florida. At Campton [Hills Park in St. Charles] there has been a Red-Headed Wood Pecker in the Oaks along the gardens that I saw with the Dupage Birding Group on 4 /25/09. My friend in Batavia has her first Hummingbird, so get the feeders out. My brother in Southern Wisconsin has a Painted Bunting along with his Goldfinches which is a rare sighting.
John Heneghan on 4/25 reported via IBET: Went to
Johnson's Mound this AM.
Debbie Wisser on 4/25 reported via IBET: I took a quick walk this morning on the Fox River Trail in South Elgin. It was actually kind of quiet. However, I did see my some Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, a Gray Catbird, a large flock of White-Throated Sparrows, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, and an Eastern Phoebe. At home I still have a couple of Pine Siskins coming to my feeder.
John Heneghan on 4/25 reported via IBET: I just saw a FOY Rose Breasted Grosbeak at my feeder!!
Karen Land on 4/25 reported via IBET: Returning from shopping at Woodman's in North Aurora this morning, we spotted 2 adults and 3 goslings walking along the pond behind the building. The goslings seemed several weeks old.
Pete Moxon on 4/24 reported via phone: Went to the fluddle opposite the entrance to Elburn Forest Preserve on Route 38 looking for shorebirds. Other than a possible yellowlegs, he whiffed on shorebirds but did have the following:
Eric Secker on 4/24 reported via IBET: At Fox River Shores F.P. today, birds seen including PINE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW, YELLOW-RUMPED, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, 11 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, many RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and a couple BROAD-WINGED HAWKS.
Christopher Cudworth on 4/24 reported via IBET:
I was at Fabyan this morning as well...I would like to add that I found
bluebirds engaging in nesting activity. The nest hole is in a most
public spot exactly at the juncture of the east side trail and the road
leading across the bridge. This is probably the highest human traffic area
in the entire preserve.
Scott Cohrs on 4/24 reported via IBET: There was
a Louisiana Waterthrush along the main creek in Fabyan FP, east of
Route 25, early this morning. In fact, I think there were 7 warbler
species, including an Orange-crowned. A Blue-headed Vireo
was also present, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers have arrived in
Darrell Shambaugh on 4/23 reported via IBET:
This afternoon (Thursday) in the Les Arends Forest Preserve and along the
Fox River Trail in the area were:
Mark Bowman on 4/23 reported via IBET: At Nelson lake this evening in Batavia my brother reported multiple SNIPE, a few SORA (one walked 5 yards right in front of him) and a VIRGINIA RAIL.
Debbie Wisser on 4/22 reported via e-mail: I took a late afternoon walk around Nelson Lake today (4/22/09). Birds seen included: several Great Blue Herons in flight, Green Winged Teal ( a life bird for me, with good looks as it was in the stream near the Audubon bridge), Buffleheads, Wood Ducks (fly over), American Coot, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Phoebe, Purple Martin, Tree Swallows, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Yellow Rumped Warbler, FOY (for me) Palm Warbler, White Throated Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow. My favorite sighting of the day was my close encounter with a Sandhill Crane. I came across one on the North side of the lake that was standing in the middle of the path about 75 feet in front of me. I froze when I saw it and then continued to walk very slowly alternating looks with the binoculars and my eyes. I got to within 20 feet, when it took a short hop off the trail. As I passed the bird, I was only 12-15 feet away. It stayed put then vocalized after I was past it. Incidentally, as I was getting ready to leave for my walk my husband, who was home sick, asked if I was going to bring the camera. I said no because the birds on the lake would be too far away, and other birds moved to quickly to get a shot of with our basic digital camera. Little did I know I would have unobstructed views of a bird almost as tall of me that could of been photographed by even a disposable camera!
Darrell Shambaugh on 4/22 reported via IBET: I
bicycled a little bit on the west side of Nelson Lake late this afternoon.
On the lake were BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, LESSER SCAUP,
and NORTHERN SHOVELER. An OSPREY was over the east side of
the lake. At the Audubon Bridge were a singing YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
an EASTERN PHOEBE, 7 AMERICAN COOTS, a DOWNY WOODPECKER,
a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and about 150 TREE SWALLOWS in a tree.
The swallows took off and came back to the same tree several times. In the
woods by the west side overlook a WOOD THRUSH was singing. There
were also CEDAR WAXWINGS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and
Yeanette Johnson on 4/22 reported via IBET:
Walked Bliss & Hannaford Woods today. Here is my list:
Walter Lutz on 4/22 reported via e-mail: Today, along the Fox River, south of SEBA park [South Elgin]: Yellow-rumped warblers, Black& white warbler, Kingfisher, & some type of Sandpiper at a very small mud-flat by the birdhouse that's stationed in the river. (also a few painted turtles)
Gloria Dimoplon on 4/22 reported via e-mail: Brown Thrashers and Eastern Towhee were present in good numbers throughout [Burnidge] forest preserve. Also, 1 Black-and-White Warbler, a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and a couple of Hermit Thrush. Waterfowl included two large flocks of cormorants (40+ birds in each flock) headed north, several Pied-billed Grebes, coots, Mallards, Wood Ducks, and Blue Winged Teal and 1 Great Egret (flyover). I heard a Sandhill Crane calling but couldn’t locate it.
Jack Pomatto on 4/21 reported via e-mail: Today, 4/21/09 at Jon Duerr F.P. amongst the usual suspects were a Yellow Warbler and a Bank Swallow.
Mark Bowman on 4/20 reported via IBET: At Nelson lake in Batavia, lacontes sparrow, GH owl, turkey vulture, coopers hawk, red tailed hawk, 3 sora, eastern towhee, hermits thrushes and yellow rumped warblers.
Christopher Cudworth on 4/19 reported via IBET:
Elburn Forest Preserve is located on Route 38 1 mile west of Route 47.
Julie Long on 4/19 reported via IBET: Yesterday, Sat am, there was a purple finch at a friend's feeder on Dunstan rd [in Geneva], and a few blocks away there was a red breasted nuthatch on a tree in a friend's yard on Meadows Rd. Both streets are short streets between Cheever (south of the train tracks) and Fargo (just north of Fabyan Forest Preserve)
Mark Bowman on 4/18 reported via e-mail: At
Sauer today, 4-18, Northern harrier cruisin around, vesper
sparrow, savannah sparrow and both eastern and western
meadowlarks. In the water, there were 5 yellow legs, hard to
tell lesser or greater as they flew off rather quickly. A few blue
winged teal, bufflehead and shovelers also present.
Walter Lutz on 4/18 reported via e-mail: Stopped by Burnidge F. P. for only about 45 minutes and sat by the pond: Yellow-rumped warbler, nesting Northern Flickers, Great Blue Heron, Coots, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker & some beautiful, colorful Tree swallows.
Sue Wagoner on 4/18 reported via e-mail: While
doing the annual Crane Count at Nelson Lake today, Rhonda [Nelson], Gloria
[Dimoplon], and I were surprised by a about a dozen Bonaparte Gulls
working the surface of a glass-top Nelson Lake. (Although it looked like
twice that many at a quick glance).
Bob Williams on 4/18 reported via IBET: A Swainson's Hawk was circling over Del Webb in Huntley on Friday April 17th at 11:30. It was just west of the intersection of Rt 47 and Del Webb Boulevard.
Bill Reddinger on 4/18 reported via e-mail: April 17th: Sauer Prairie Kame: I flushed a Short-eared Owl while walking down the track that runs off of the second pull-off on Lasher Road. The owl then got into a little disagreement with a Northern Harrier. The owl went down somewhere near the smaller pond that is closest to Lasher. Also at Sauer Prairie Kame were usual species such as Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Western and Eastern Meadowlarks, American Kestrel, and others.
Bob Andrini on 4/18 reported via e-mail: We saw our first Yellow-rumped Warbler down at Red Oak Nature Center. Maybe spring migration will now begin.
Bill Koch on 4/17 reported via e-mail: Elgin
Sightings. I took a short walk with my kids tonight around the
neighborhood and found an Eastern Towhee in a small group of trees.
First one the of Year in Illinois for me.
Christopher Cudworth on 4/17 reported via IBET:
On a 27 mile bike ride from Batavia to Elburn, St. charles and back there
were a couple birds of note seen or heard yesterday. A small flock of
tree sparrows still present at Nelson Lake along Main Street between
Batavia and Elburn.
Yeanette Johnson on 4/15 reported via IBET: Made
a few stops today in Kane... Co. Here is what I found:
Nancy Bent and Roger Reason on 4/14 reported via IBET: The Black-necked Stilt was still present at Orchard and Aucutt Roads around 10:00 AM on Monday. The bird was in the same location described by Joe Lill in his posting of April 10.
Mark Bowman on 4/13 reported via e-mail: 4-12. The stilt was still there and active, there was also a lot of shovelers there and I scared up 2 snipes, those little guys are hard to see!! This blue winged teal was in a small neighborhood pond in Geneva by my brothers house and was not very skittish
Eric Secker on 4/12 reported via IBET: I had nice looks at a Swainson's Hawk flying around low just north of I-90 and east of Sandwald Rd (w. Of Rt. 47) in Kane Co. this afternoon - not far from the Huntley Outlet Mall.
Sue Wagoner on 4/12 reported via e-mail: There
are several Vesper Sparrows in the Sauer Family Farm preserve
(Harter and Lasher Rds)-- they seem to be not real skittish. I watched one
male chase a female (at least I assume that was the order) running on the
ground for quite a while.
Christopher Cudworth on 4/11 reported via IBET:
My brother and his budding birder daughter are in town from Ohio, so we
did a "fluddle tour". First stop: [Montgomery for the] Black necked
still and greater yellowlegs, yes.
Mark Bowman on 4/10 reported via e-mail: got this picture of the stilt today but it was not easy getting a decent photo due to the wind. Went to bliss Woods and it was active with a lot of purple finches, the Barred owl was around again along with winter wrens, hermit thrushes, YB sapsuckers, eastern phoebe and a tufted titmouse
Joe Lill on 4/10 reported via IBET: The Black-necked Stilt was still at Orchard & Aucutt Rds. in Montgomery at 3:30 pm this Friday afternoon. However, it had moved to the southeast corner of the pond at the southeast corner of the intersection. Although still visible from Aucutt Rd., I had a much better look by going around to the south side of the pond via the side streets. If you don't see the bird from Aucutt I'd try this before you leave (the southernmost area is not visible from Aucutt): go back to Orchard and make a left; make a left on the first street (Countryside) and another left at the first street (Mulberry, a quick dead-end). Hanging around with the stilt was my FOY Greater Yellowlegs.
Eric, Ethan, and Aaron Gyllenhaal on 4/10 reported
via IBET: We also saw the Black-necked Stilt this morning --
two times, first at about 9:30 a.m. and again while Linda was there.
During our first visit the Stilt was with two Greater Yellowlegs in
the flooded field southeast of the intersection.
Linda Radtke on 4/10 reported via IBET: I went
this morning and observed [the Black-necked Stilt] for about
forty-five minutes. This was a lifer for me.. I left at around 11:30. I
watched it feeding, and saw it fly when a crow got a little too close.
Also heard the sound it makes. Wow!
Eric Secker on 4/10 reported via IBET: I walked through a large portion of Fox River Shores F.P. in northern Kane Co. on Wednesday late morning. You can find directions through Google Maps easily on the Kane Co. Audubon website at:
Yeanette Johnson on 4/9 reported via IBET: The
pair of OSPREY that nested at Koehler Fields of Bartlett last year
seem to be at it again! I watched as one of the birds brought in large
sticks while the other bird did some nest designing!
The OSPREY are building on one of the baseball diamond light poles. The ball fields are to the South of the Bartlett Water Tower. [EDITOR'S NOTE: In a follow-up posting, Yeanette reports the Osprey are now building a nest on a power pole at James "Pate" Philip State Park (formerly known as Tri-County).]
Bryan Hix on 4/9 reported via e-mail: I was at Nelson lake this morning and was watching buffleheads when I heard something right in front of me coming through the cattails. This virgina rail popped out for just a few seconds and I was able to snap a quick photo. It was so close that I barely fit it in the frame. This was a first for me, so I was pretty excited.
Karen Lund on 4/9 reported via IBET: Nancy Kowalski called me to advise that as of 1 pm today, the stilt was still present at the Aucutt & Orchard Rds. location.
Bob Andrini on 4/9 reported via phone: The Black-necked Stilt was still at the fluddle at the intersection of Aucutt and Orchard in Montgomery this morning. A Greater Yellowlegs was also present.
Fran Phillips on 4/9 reported via e-mail: I saw the Black-necked Stilt about 6 PM April 4 on Orchird. Thought you might like this picture. I enjoyed your meeting last night.
Bob Fisher on 4/9 reported via IBET: Just got an email from birding friend Ed Van Der Molen, who now lives in Wisconsin. He was passing through Montgomery on Orchard Rd yesterday April 8 and the Black-necked Stilt was present, in the fluddle on the northeast corner of that intersection.
Mark Bowman on 4/8 reported via e-mail: At Sauer this AM, gadwall, mallards, bufflehead, green winged teal [picture], savanna sparrow, swamp sparrow, northern harrier
Christopher Cudworth on 4/8 reported via IBET: Tonight along the
south side of the Dick Young/Nelson Lake Marsh preserve there were between
200-250 rusty blackbirds at 7:00 pm.
Barb Rask on 4/8 reported via e-mail: My
sightings today 4/8/09 at Tekakwitha Woods FP and Jon J. Duerr FP
John Heneghan on 4/8 reported via IBET: We went to Johnson's Mound in Kane County this AM. Birds seen include Golden Crowned Kinglets, Eastern Meadowlarks, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, YellowBellied Sap Suckers (I have seen few here), Flickers, and a fly over by a solitary Sandhill Crane.
Christopher Cudworth on 4/8 reported via IBET: The pine siskins in my Batavia neighborhood may be /are likely / nesting in a group of tall spruces next door to our house. I hear them daily moving up and into the trees but could never get up there to confirm a nest. I do plan to spend some time this weekend observing their behavior with binoculars.
John Heneghan on 4/6 reported via IBET: My girlfriend called me at lunch today to tell me she was watching a loon on the Depot pond in Batavia on the Fox River.
Bob Williams on 4/6 reported via IBET: On Saturday morning...I saw a Belted Kingfisher along Eakin Creek in Sun City Huntley.
Christopher Cudworth on 4/6 reported via IBET:
Birded [yesterday] in from the old entrance [at Nelson Lake] to the west
woods and back from Nelson Lake Road...In an hour's walk out and back on
the north trail, the following species were present. Conditions: windy, 34
degrees, spitting rain.
Darrell Shambaugh on 4/5 reported via IBET:
Scott Johnson and Mark Agnor were at Aucutt Road when I arrived Sunday
Morning. We saw a WILSON'S SNIPE, a couple RING-BILLED GULLS,
about 15 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and a few BLUE-WINGED TEAL, but
no Black-necked Stilt. Mark had to go to work, and Scott was going to
breakfast. Before he left, Scott told me about Oakhurst Forest Preserve on
the east side of Aurora. Always on the lookout for new places to explore,
I headed for Farnsworth Avenue and found my way to Oakhurst. On the lake
were about 25 AMERICAN COOTS, a handful of MALLARDS, a pair
of AMERICAN WIDGEONS, a male RUDDY DUCK, 8 PIED-BILLED
GREBES, and 7 HORNED GREBES. All the Horned Grebes were in some
stage of breeding plumage. A NORTHERN PINTAIL flew over, heading
southeast. And, like every other place with a pond, there was a flock of
CANADA GEESE. It rained for the half hour that I was at Oakhurst so
I didn't walk around. This looks like an excellent birding spot.
Yeanette Johnson on 4/5 reported via IBET: Spent
some time at Bliss Woods today between 12:30-2:00pm. Even with the wind
and rain it was rather birdie. Here is my list:
Craig Taylor on 4/5 reported via IBET: I looked
for the B-n Stilt this AM in Kane County from 6 - 7:45 and did not
relocate the bird.
Jason Sturner and Kelly Moran on 4/5 reported via IBET:
Yesterday, April 4
Gloria Dimoplon on 4/5 reported via e-mail: April 4. Margaret Mechtenberg and I located the Black-necked Stilt Saturday afternoon at 2:00 P.M at Orchard & Aucutt. There was also a Greater Yellowlegs foraging near the stilt.
Joe Suchecki on 4/4 reported via IBET: The Black-necked Stilt was still present at the intersection of Orchard and Aucutt Road in west of Aurora at 7 pm on Saturday. I saw the stilt on the northside of Aucutt Rd in the flooded corn stubble field. It looked like it might be settling in for the night. This field is on the east side of Orchard Rd.
Ari Shavit on 4/4 reported via IBET: There was a single Bonapartes gull at sauers near Kaneville. There were also a few lesser yellowlegs, pectoral and least sandpipers.
Sue Wagoner on 4/4 reported via e-mail: Among the many species we saw today on the Audubon walk at Nelson Lake were two Hairy Woodpeckers and 7-9 Sandhill Cranes. One seemed to be riding the thermal, perhaps to leave... and about six looked like they were just arriving. One pair of Sandhills did some sort of short aerial display (or play??)- see photo. All but one of the pelicans also seemed to be leaving, slowly soaring upward.
Mark Bowman on 4/4 reported via e-mail: This barred owl was a lifer for me and one of my nemesis. He was seen at Bliss Woods so thanks to the person who had reported him earlier this week or last week. Sauer farms only had a few BW teals, Gadwall and N. shovelers, there was also a few savanna sparrows
Scott Johnson on 4/4 reported via IBET: At 10:20am there was 1 Black Necked Stilt on the northwest corner of Aucutt Road and Orchard Road in Montgomery, IL
Christopher Cudworth on 4/4 reported via IBET:
On a noontime walk [yesterday] in St. Charles, found a yellow-bellied
Sapsucker along the north-south trail loop in Norris Woods. The forest
preserve is located behind Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Route 25 north of
North Avenue. Also seen:
Walt Lutz on 4/3 reported via e-mail: Mid-day @ Burnidge F.P.: Hooded Merganser, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Kingbird, American Kestrel among the usual.
Gloria Dimoplon on 4/3 reported via e-mail: April 1 and 2. Since my car is in the shop I decided to bird the edges of a farm field adjacent to the Randall Ridge Subdivision in Elgin. I had a first-of-the year Swamp Sparrow yesterday. This morning I managed to flush an American Woodcock (twice!) and observed a FOY Field Sparrow and an FOY Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Other notables both days were Eastern Towhee and Northern Flicker. The usual abundance of robins, cardinals, Red-winged Blackbird and Song Sparrows were also present.
Darrell Shambaugh on 4/1 reported via IBET: This
afternoon the flooded field north of Route 38 at Elburn Forest Preserve
had a nice assortment of ducks.
Chris Madsen on 4/1 reported: Spring has officially begun - a handful of Yellow-rumped Warblers were flitting about along the bikepath at Les Arends Forest Preserve this afternoon. Other species of note included Eastern Towhee, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and a flock of Tree Swallows feeding above the river
Walt Lutz on 4/1 reported via e-mail: Today (mid-day) @ Leroy Oaks F. P.: Lots of robins & rw blackbirds & crows, 1 eastern bluebird, 1 hairy woodpecker, a couple of hunting coopers hawks, 1 common redpoll, what I believe were some song sparrows, almost walked right by a perched large red-tail hawk (within 75') and a fly-over of 15 +/- american white pelicans (circling on a thermal and drifted off to the north). Good birding for a windy day.
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