August 2007 Sightings
Bob Fisher on 8/30 reported via IBET: ...We...stopped at an unnamed small sod farm in the far northwestern corner of Kane County. This sod farm is on both sides of Melms Rd, between County Line and OBrien Rds. Much more standing water and many more shorebirds here. Highlights included 5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers (a lifer for Vicky) foraging in the grass just 50 feet from the south shoulder, numerous Golden Plovers, a few Black-bellied Plovers, several Stilt Sandpipers and 2 Wilson's Phalaropes in the fluddles north of the road. Just as at many sod farms right now, many more distant but unidentifiable shorebirds were present.
Christopher Cudworth on 8/28 reported via IBET: I was
(out at Dunteman Sod Farm) Sunday afternoon viewing the currently dirt portion
of the sod farm from Main Street 1/4 mile east of Kaneville. There were two
Semi-palmated plovers on the rim of the waterhole 75 yards north of the
road. No buffies or willets there, but 119 killdeer were in the
waterhole, some submerged up to their necks. There were also at least 50
horned larks including many young birds working the open dirt fields. I was
checking for pipits or some other oddity but no luck.
Jack Pomatto on 8/27 reported via e-mail: Yesterday, August 26 there was an Osprey perched at the top of a dead tree at the south end of Boy Scout Island in St. Charles ( on the west side of the river and north of Salerno's Restaurant). The bird was seen from Rte 31. It was an interesting sight given that the Fox River is in flood stage. It might be worth checking out this site through migration.
John Heneghan on 8/27 reported via IBET: On the way home this evening, I saw 2 young sandhill cranes on the front lawn of a house on Deerpath/Nelson Lake Rd south of Seavey. I was surprised by this as I have never seen Sandhills so close to a house. I saw another pair in the Kane County FPD field on the west side of Bunker between Hughes and Keslinger. Also on the way to work this AM, we took a detour down the road to the New Mall near Orchard Road off I-88. This is near the Target and JC Penny's. North of the road is a large wetlands area. I noticed quite a few egrets and shorebirds, which I couldn't ID as I was running a little late for work and traffic was backed up on 88.
Eric Walters on 8/26 reported via IBET: While
driving on Hwy 88, I came across the Kane County Dunteman sod farms, which are
bisected by this highway. I noticed a large watering hole on the north side of
the road, so I stopped. There were at least 12 species of shorebirds,
highlighted by 2 Willets and 11 Buff-breasted Sandpipers. I've
never seen Willets in Kane County and I know that is a very rare bird there, so
I was excited by that. The Buffies were also wonderful, both in volume, but also
the flight shows they put on, circling around the open sod farms.
Jerry Shepherd on 8/26 reported via IBET: Went out to the sod farms (HE and Coon Creek) yesterday, the only things worth commenting on were a Black-bellied Plover and Baird's Sandpiper. Several peeps, a few Yellowlegs and a couple of Meadowlark, several that I didn't take the time to ID. Coon Creek had the bulk although Killdeer were plentiful at both sod farms).
Eric Walters on 8/24 reported via IBET: Took a trek
after work to the sod farms northwest of Hampshire (Kane County), I figured the
unusual weather and volume of rain could create habitat for unexpected species
and I wasn't disappointed. I was very surprised to come across at least 16
species of shorebirds with a few other species that could easily be present (I
missed Baird's). There were about 600 total shorebirds along with other
unexpected birds. Some puddles were more like shallow ponds. Highlights were:
Jon Duerr on 8/21 reported via IBET: IMPORTANT I met the owner of the Coon Creek sod farm today and he is upset that people have driven onto the service roads of the farm. I got the impression he is not happy with the attention his property is getting. Please stay on the right-of way and preferably in your car. Birds today were L. Yellowlegs and Killdeer. I suggest the same for Melm Rd. sod farm (different owner).
Darrell Shambaugh on 8/20 reported via IBET: The roads to Coon Creek had full ditches, and the fields had lots of standing water. Shorebirds seen in a couple fields included a Semipalmated Sandpiper, about 35 Pectoral and 15 Lesser Yellowlegs. And lots of Killdeer. I found a sod farm on Melms road in Kane County that had around 200 shorebirds and about 75 ducks. The shorebirds were the same species seen earlier. The ducks included Mallards and Blue-winged Teal.
Karen Lund on 8/18 reported via IBET: This morning there was an immature little blue heron on Route 47 about 1/2 mile north of Route 72. This was in a flooded field on the west side of the street across from the vegetable stand.
Bob Montgomery on 8/18 reported via IBET: Sods farms NW of Hampshire: Coon Creek Sod on Allen Road - 100+ Killdeer; Nissen Sod on Melms Rd (west of Walker Rd) - had over 100 shorebirds (does not include Killdeer). Flooded fields north of Melms yield the following: 3-Blackbillied Plover, good numbers of Yellowlegs and Pectorals (mostly Lesser but a couple of Greater), peeps including 1 Baird's. Birds were a long distance from road but the largest number I have ever observed there. Nissen Sod on Melms Rd (east of Walker) Killdeer and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs.
Jon Duerr on 8/17 reported via e-mail: 3 Tennessee Warblers at Blackhawk FP this AM and a Tennessee and 2 Magnolia Warblers in our yard in St. Charles.
Karen Land on 8/17 reported via IBET: Two sandhill cranes were spotted at 7:30 this morning feeding in the pumpkin patch/fluddle between Windy Acres and the cemetary on Fabyan Parkway just west of Randall Road in Batavia.
Darrell Shambaugh on 8/14 reported via IBET: There is
a new soccer field/ athletic field complex north of Kaneville Road across the
street from the Peck Farm park that has a pond. Shorebirds have been using this
pond since July fourth. Yesterday, August 13, there were 9 Lesser Yellowlegs
and a pair of Sandhill Cranes. I've checked this pond several times since
the Fourth of July and found shorebird every time and Sandhill Cranes the last
two times. No great numbers of shorebirds, and no rare species so far, but it is
someplace worth checking. You don't have to get out of the car to see it. It is
west of the intersection of Kaneville and Peck roads, north of Peck Farm, west
of Geneva and Batavia.
Karen Lund on 8/12 reported via IBET: Drove by Coon Creek sod farms on Allen Rd. (Kane County) this morning around 7:30. Talked briefly with another birder who had seen a black bellied plover, some lesser yellowlegs and the buff breasted sandpipers. Since I was to be in Barrington by 8, I couldn't stop to look. However, I did stop this afternoon on my way home. Found a couple buffies, but that was it.
Jerry & Yolie Shepherd on 8/12 reported via IBET: Drove out to Coon Creek and HE Sod Farms this morning. Both had the same or should I say lacked anything unusual. Lots of Kildeer, Horned Larks and Meadowlarks plus the usual robins and starlings.
Bob Fisher on 8/7 reported via IBET: Karen, Vicky
Sroczynski and I made our 1st Swainson's Hawk late summer survey run on Tuesday.
While out that way, we stopped at the Coon Creek Sod farm. Due to the heavy
overnight rains, Coon Creek is out of its banks and is flooding some of Allen Rd
and much of the sod farm.
Bob Montgomery on 8/5 reported via IBET: Sorry for the late post. Three Buff-breasted Sandpipers were found on the Coon Creek Sod farm in extreme NW Kane County. Coon Creek Sod farm is located on Allen Road just east of Walker Rd. and NW of the village of Hampshire.
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