APRIL 2013 SIGHTINGS
Brendon Lake on 4/30 reported via IBET: Hey everyone, I was able to take an afternoon jaunt out at the nearby Hampshire Forest Preserve on Allen Road in NW Kane County. There was a decent amount of variety and activity, with the best birds being several Warbling and Blue-Headed Vireos mixed in a foraging flock with Yellow-Rumped Warblers and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers on the wooded trail near the end of the forest preserve. Additional species included many singing Eastern Towhees, an Eastern Phoebe, White-Throated, Swamp and Song Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, American Crows, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, and many vocalizing Eastern Meadowlark.
on 4/30 reported via e-mail: After reading Chris' morning warbler
finds, Rich and I decided to check out Fabyan West and Les Arends this
evening. Our only warbler additions were 1 beautiful Chestnut-sided
Warbler and a Blackpoll Warbler at Les Arends. Having only seen
fall Blackpoll Warblers, the spring male Blackpoll was quite an interesting
on 4/30 reported via e-mail: This morning Mary Lou and I made two stops
at the east side of Nelson Lake. Found 37 species. Nearly all our sightings
were at the spot where the creek crosses the path. Around 9:00 AM I saw the
first Ovenbird I have ever found there but could not get a photo
through the underbrush. Had two Black-throated Green and three
Nashville Warblers and a Common Yellowthroat in addition to the
numerous Myrtles. Just before noon we saw a Northern Waterthrush.
Also had a Lincoln's Sparrow and a White-throated Sparrow in
the leaves along the creek, and a Swamp Sparrow in the wetlands next
to the path to the west. There was a Savannah Sparrow in the prairie
near the entrance. More photos on
my FLICKR pages.
on 4/30 reported via e-mail: OK, I can attest that "Sandy," the male
crane who has been here [south of Elburn] for six years now, continues
to visit just outside our office windows, frequenting our patio. One photo
shows Joy at her desk, using her iPhone to photograph the crane. The second
photo I took after opening the office door a crack to allow reflection-free
Ed Vedral on
4/30 reported via e-mail: A male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak visited
our feeder today [west of St. Charles]. We also had White-Throated
Chris Madsen on 4/30 reported: Spent a couple of hours this morning birding along the Fox. Picked up five first-of-year birds at Fabyan Forest Preserve's west side. A Northern Parula was singing in the treetops north of the Japanese Gardens. Along the "path" in the scrubby growth at the far north end of the preserve, were a Blue-winged Warbler and a Nashville Warbler. Back out along the bike path, a Gray Catbird flew into a tree and perched right in front of me. On the way back to the parking lot, a lone Baltimore Oriole was singing between the gardens and the river.
The Great Horned Owls continue to enchant onlookers in the wooded area south of the Fabyan villa museum.
A drive-thru Mickey D's breakfast provided fuel for a walk from Les Arends Forest Preserve down to the North Aurora border. Saw nothing new until practically back to the parking lot when two more FOY's presented themselves: a Black-throated Green Warbler and a Warbling Vireo.
Palm Warblers were plentiful all morning, far outnumbering the Yellow-rumped Warblers. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers also were out in force. Had 3 or 4 Yellow Warblers too.
Jeff Duncan on 4/30 reported via e-mail: The green herons returned to the wetland near Jones Meadow Park in North Aurora on Sunday, April 28th.
Eric Secker on
4/29 reported via IBET: Early this afternoon after lunch I had a
MISSISSIPPI KITE "kiting" low over the Fox River near the Gail Borden
Library. A nice new addition to my Kane Co. list. I haven't been on IBET
consistently, but looked back and see that Bob Fisher also had one on 4/24
in DuPage Co.
Mussachio on 4/29 reported via e-mail: Traveled to Freeman Kame Forest
Preserve today and came away with these images.
Jackie Bowman on 4/28 reported via e-mail: While out birding today, we came across several Eurasian Collared Doves in the vicinity of the Kaneville Sod Farms. The birds were seen and heard scattered throughout the neighborhood homes just to the west of the sod farms on Merrill Road. Wouldn't it be nice to see them colonizing in Kane County?
on 4/27 reported via e-mail: Rich and I checked out Gunnar Anderson,
Fabyan FP (east of 25), Les Arends and a few neighboring county FPs on
Saturday. Activity wasn’t as much as we had hoped but we had a total of 45
species for the day with highlights being many Yellow-rumped Warblers
(all areas), Palm Warbler (Les Arends), Pine Warblers,
Winter Wren (Gunnar Anderson) and Gray-cheeked Thrush (Fabyan).
Pine Siskins and one Red-breasted Nuthatch continue to visit
on 4/27 reported via e-mail: Our owlet has "gone out on a limb"
it has really grown.
Eric Secker on 4/27 reported via IBET: On our walk this morning at Judson University in Elgin, we had a nice PROTHONOTARY WARBLER down by the Fox River. I'm sure he likes all the trees that are out in the water right now. Other birds included PALM WARBLERS, a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, two BROWN THRASHERS, and a HOUSE WREN.
John Heneghan on 4/27 reported via IBET: Went to [Big Rock Forest Preserve] in Kane Cty this AM. New birds there for Spring include Yellow Warbler, Blue Grey Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher, Palm Warbler. Quite a few Towhee's heard and seen, phoebes, blue birds, yellow rumped warblers, both White and Red Breasted Nuthatch, Titmouse, Field and Song sparrows, White Throated Sparrows, red bellied woodpeckers, flickers, saw 2 turkeys, 2 wood ducks in the flooded timber at the end of our street.
Mark Bowman on
4/26 reported via e-mail: Today, a purple finch came to my
feeders which is about the time of year I will tend to see them, if I am
on 4/26 reported via e-mail: The baby owl was out this morning
on 4/25 reported via IBET: Birding today in Kane County was very good.
Marcia Nye and I visited several forest preserves along the Fox River. Les
Arends produced the most variety including a good number of ruby-crowned
kinglets and a single golden-crowned kinglet. Several warbler
species provided highlights:
on 4/25 reported via e-mail: Rich and I got two FOYs this evening, the
first was a Black-and-white Warbler creeping along the trucks and
branches of the trees in our backyard. And unfortunately I only got the
second FOY; but Rich didn't mind missing this one. It was an embedded tick
that he had to remove from my back!! Time to tuck in the pant legs and
check the clothing for these hitchhikers after all your bird outings.
on 4/25 reported via e-mail: Today, 4/25/13 at Les Arends F. P. a nice
mix of the early Spring Warbler migrants were present:
Richardson on 4/24 reported via e-mail: Flicker nesting in
utility pole near to main parking lot at Burnidge FB. Blue Birds are
back as well.
on 4/24 reported via e-mail: We briefly visited Fabyan FP West to show
the Great Horned Owls to our granddaughters. I was surprised to see
several warblers foraging on the lawn under the mature oak trees near the
owl's nest. I identified Palm and Pine Warblers. I thought it
unusual to see Pine Warblers on the ground.
Mussachio on 4/24 reported via e-mail: In a photo update from Fabyan
Forest Preserve, the Great Horned Owlet doesn't seem all that
impressed with the attention that it's receiving.
Dimoplon on 4/24 reported via e-mail: The recent rains have restored
the water levels in the ponds throughout Burnidge Forest Preserve. The
waterfowl are beginning to find their way back here. This morning there
were five (!) Horned Grebes, along with Pied-billed Grebes,
American Coot, Mallards, Canada Geese and Blue-winged Teal. BTW
- This is the first time I've seen Horned Grebes at Burnidge.
Jack Pomatto on 4/24 reported via e-mail: This morning, Wednesday 4/24/13, the forest floor was alive with Yellow-rumped Warblers, and the trees with Ruby-crowned Kinglets. The temperature and/or wind might explain the warblers' behavior. This was the show at Jon J. Duerr F.P. (Blackhawk). The highlight birds of the walk were two ( probably three ) Orange- crowned Warblers in a small group in close proximity, just upstream/ North of the bridge on the bike trail. The birds were feeding two to three feet above the ground at around 8:30 A.M.
on 4/23 reported via e-mail: Had a new yard (Batavia) bird today: four
Purple Finches at the feeders.
Jack Pomatto on 4/22 reported via e-mail: Today, 4/22/13, the Duerrs and I had some of the recent migrant arrivals, along with our first sightings of Palm Warblers and a very bright male Pine Warbler. These were seen at Les Arends F.P. in Batavia, south of Quarry Park along the bike trail. These were a nice Earth Day prize.
Rich Miller on
4/21 reported via e-mail: Marion and I kicked off our annual search for
a Kane County Bittern today. While spending time from early evening until
dark (with no luck), we did see a few other note worthy birds. Our "first
of year" Sora, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, hundreds of Coots,
Blue-winged teal, Swamp Sparrow, and rough-winged swallows. It
was nice to see the water level at CARSON SLOUGH up to it's normal level.
Mussachio on 4/20 reported via e-mail: Found this Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher along the river in Carpentersville.
Brendon Lake on 4/20 reported via IBET: Hey all, today was probably my best day of birding since I started! But to cap it all off there was a single white Snow Goose and a single Greater White-Fronted Goose grazing amongst the resident Canada Geese at Fabyan West Forest Preserve this evening. These birds were incredible, as I have never been within 25 feet of a Greater White-Fronted Goose like I was tonight!
Karen Lund on 4/20 reported via IBET: This afternoon there was a swainson's hawk flying north along Walker Rd./Burlington Rd. about 1 mile north of Burlington.
Bill Koch on 4/20 reported via eBird: Seeing a Wilson's Phalarope at Pingree Grove Forest Preserve on Saturday morning's KCA bird walk.
on 4/16 reported via e-mail: Checked out the neighborhood (Batavia)
pond at Trent and Wolcott this afternoon. Saw 4 Blue-winged Teal,
which is a first for me in this pond. Also a beautiful Great Egret
in breeding plumage flew in and perched. I had never noticed the green
Bob Andrini on
4/16 reported via e-mail: Kath and I saw our FOY Northern Parula
this morning on the Quarry Park bike path. There were also many Hermit
Thrushes, Yellow-rumped Warblers and many calling White-throated
John Heneghan on 4/15 reported via IBET: Went to [Big Rock Forest Preserve] in Kane Cty this AM. Among the birds seen were yellow rumped warblers, ruby crowned and golden crowned kinglets, bluebirds, more flickers there than I have seen previously, rufous sided towhees, field and song sparrows singing, eastern meadow larks singing, titmouse, white breasted nuthatches, white throated sparrows, hermit thrush, red bellied woodpeckers, red headed woodpeckers, heard a turkey gobbling. Saw a brown snake sunning itself and the first spring ephemorals: spring beauty and hepatica. Lesson learned today: guaranteed to see more birds close up by leaving the camera at home!!
Mark Bowman on 4/14 reported via e-mail: This evening when I got home from work, I saw a different looking sparrow like bird at my feeder. I looked close and it was a FIELD SPARROW. The first one I have ever had at my feeders
Cudworth on 4/14 reported via IBET: During my run along the river path
a black crowned night heron was flying toward their traditional
feeding zone in the river below the dam.
Marion Miller on 4/14 reported via e-mail: Purple Martins have returned to the Batavia Riverwalk. Also saw 8 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Lesser Scaup and a Great Egret on the Batavia Depot Pond.
John Heneghan on 4/12 reported via IBET: We had a Rufous Sided Towhee at our feeders in the backyard this AM in Big Rock in Kane cty. First towhee at the house.
on 4/11 reported via e-mail: We recently have had a few interesting
visitors to our yard (in Aurora township). A beautiful Yellow-Bellied
Sapsucker was kind enough to drop by. We also had a Sharp-Shinned
Hawk perch in one of our trees while working on a Starling. Killdeer
have been frequent visitors. Our yearly pair of Mallards just
started coming back to our feeders. They have been doing this for three
years now, and usually stay all summer. Our male Red-Bellied Woodpecker
has been calling like crazy. We also get daily visits from Downy
Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Goldfinches, House Finches, Doves, Song Sparrows,
and all of the Blackbirds.
on 4/7 reported via e-mail: The Great Blue Heron were very
active today [at Rutland Forest Preserve].
on 4/7 reported via e-mail: We spotted one of each, Lesser
Yellowlegs and Wilson's Snipe at Braeburn Marsh in Batavia on Sunday
Jim Frazier on 4/7 reported via IBET: I spotted a [Common Loon] at Fabyan Forest Preserve south of the footbridges and north of the Fabyan highway bridge. Went out this morning and saw it - never had a Kane County loon.
on 4/6 reported via e-mail: Yesterday I walked around Nelson Lake and
there were still a couple smoldering logs from the recent burn. I haven't
been there since last Thanksgiving on the 2 days when the Whooping Cranes
were there (probably the peak of my new bird watching career). Yesterday I
saw a few birds that were new to me so hopefully I have identified them
correctly. First I encountered a tiny bird on the Audubon Bridge which I
think is an Eastern Phoebe. Had it been calling I would have known
for sure but it was silent. In the water I saw a Green-winged Teal
and some American Coots among others I couldn't make out. There were
3 Sandhill Cranes present when I arrived and I did see them at
various points around the lake as I walked. As I was taking my last look
from the observation platform I saw a hawk of some sort. It did have
stripes on the tail but my pictures weren't the best. I finally tore myself
away and was rewarded with a Song Sparrow along the path to the
on 4/6 reported via e-mail: [A]t Fabyan Forest Preserve. Owlet giving
Mom some love.
Brendon Lake on 4/5 reported via IBET: Hey all, after finding some pretty neat stuff at the Burlington Meadows Pond here in Burlington yesterday, I wanted to do a follow-up on everything early this morning. A Barn Swallow was once again drifting over the pond with some Tree Swallows, although this one did not stay as long as the one yesterday, and it moved in a northwesterly direction. There were waves of Tree Swallows for the half hour that I spent out there, all briefly swooping over the pond, then heading off to the north-west. A Wilson's Snipe was tucked in next to a drainage pipe along the shoreline, and it eventually flushed out into the open, I do not know what caused it to flush as I was clear on the other side. Rusty Blackbirds are still present in good numbers, they were actually feeding along the shoreline of the pond today, rather than off in the inaccessible pond. Other nice finds today included Turkey Vultures, 2 Great Blue Herons, Mallards, Canada Geese, Killdeer, Song Sparrow, and some new arrivals, a pair of Wood Ducks!
Jack Pomatto on 4/4 reported via e-mail: Today 4/4/13 a Rusty Blackbird was seen at Rutland F.P. The Great Blue Heron rookery was very active as well.
Brendon Lake on 4/4 reported via IBET: Hey all, a 15 minute walk around the retention pond near my house [in Burlington] today gave me a couple of nice springtime treats. First, a blatant FOY Barn Swallow was swiftly darting around over the pond along with 2-3 Tree Swallows, and a pleasant surprise of a group of ~30 Rusty Blackbirds was hanging along the railroad tracks in an overflow area that was visible from the area I was walking. A train spooked them into trees even closer to where I was and I was able to photograph them and take video for around seven minutes. Surprisingly, no Killdeer were seen or heard even though they often breed nearby, and the other usual birds could be found, Canada Geese, Mallards, Song Sparrow, Red-Winged Blackbird, American Robin.
Mussachio on 4/4 reported via e-mail: Spotted this female Eastern
Bluebird at Freeman Kame. [At] Rutland Forest Preserve...there is some
great action at the dozen or so Great Blue Herons nests that are
Diane Hansen on 4/2 reported via e-mail: Yesterday I saw my first Horned Grebe but didn't get any good photos. This morning I returned to the same spot right above the South Elgin dam and saw 2.
Chipstone Park I caught a loon stretching it's wings. I also saw a
group of Ruddy Ducks just above the Elgin dam much earlier this
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