AUGUST 2010 SIGHTINGS
Miller on 8/30 reported via e-mail: After reading K. Schneider’s 8-27
posts, Rich and I went to check out the east side of Nelson Lake/Dick
Young FP on the afternoon of 8-29 and I returned the morning of 8-30.
Between both visits were seen: American Redstart, Chickadees, Tennessee
Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Catbirds, a single Red-winged Blackbird,
Indigo Bunting, House Wren, Hummingbirds, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Northern
Flicker, Downy Woodpeckers, American Goldfinch, and a Cormorant.
on 8/29 reported via e-mail: I had a wave of some brilliant and very
active American Redstarts work my backyard this morning... about 8
of them by the feeders and shrubs and sparring with each other in midair.
These "yellowstarts" are female and/or first year males. Also seen seen
and heard- (when are they NOT heard?) - a Red-eyed vireo, and "my"
Bryan Hix on
8/29 reported via e-mail: Took a drive early this morning to check out
my usual spots. Not a lot of activity this morning in most places. However
I did drive out west of Hampshire and came back by the Coon Creek Sod Farm
for a look. I saw dozens of Kildeer, but noticed another bird
amoung them and managed to snap a few quick shots. It was a solo
Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, which is a first for me. All the other
flooded spots I have been visiting the past couple of weeks are now bone
dry. Hopefully we get some rain soon to freshen them up again.
Schneider on 8/27 reported via e-mail: This morning, along the east
side of Nelson Lake/Dick Young FP, I sighted 35 species, including two
small flocks of warblers mixed with chickadees and Blue-Gray
Gnatcatchers. Warbler species included Magnolia, Tennessee,
American Redstart, and over 20 Black-throated Green Warblers.
Had a Least Flycatcher at the north corner of the east side trail,
and saw at least 4 hummingbirds. Also heard and saw two Swamp
Walt Lutz on
8/26 reported via e-mail: I too, tried my luck at Jelke & Tyler Creek
F.P. Thursday morning. Jelke was very quiet so I moved on quickly and
found Tyler to be fairly birdy on the lower half by the pavillion. Lots of
the usual including a ruby-throated hummingbird and a couple
Coopers hawks. A few warblers I couldn't positively i.d.
Bryan Hix on 8/25 reported via e-mail: Stopped at Tyler Creek FP this morning and yesterday evening for about an hour each. Very quiet except for Blue Jays, Cardinals, Catbirds, and Chickadees. I was really hoping to spot some migrating warblers. Left there and went to Voyagers Landing FP and saw many Nashville and Yellow Warblers near the last parking lot to the north in the choke cherries and white oaks. There were many more warblers that were difficult to identify with their fall plumage. There were also flocks of Cedar Waxwings, 4 Baltimore Orioles, and Downy and Red-bellied Woodpecks seemingly everywhere. Lastly went by the Jelkes Creek Bird Sanctuary and briefly walked the path by the lot and saw a small flock of Green-Winged Teal, Canada Geese, and an unidentifiable larger shorebird that was flushed and flew over to another one of the ponds.
Pete Moxon on 8/23 belatedly reported via phone: On August 17 and 18 at Tyler Creek FP in Elgin, Pete had a total of 14 species of warblers: Wilson's, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green, 35 - 40 Tennessee, Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Blackpoll, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, Bay-breasted, Nashville, Redstart, Magnolia, and Chestnut-sided. All were seen on the upper level of the preserve. Said he has never seen this many warbler species this early in the season.
sandpiper ID was changed from a Least to a Baird's) Bryan Hix on 8/22
reported via e-mail: Not a lot of activity in the shorebird category.
However, I did find a small fuddle with this Baird's Sandpiper just
off Randall north of 90 and a few solitary sandpipers off Tyrell
Rd. in Gilberts. Hoping to get out this week to see what other migrants
are starting to move south.
Jack Pomatto on 8/22 reported via e-mail: I had an interesting sighting on Sunday, 8/22/10 on the west side of Elgin. I saw what seems like a very early group of migrants today. A group of four Red-breasted Nuthatches were feeding enthusiastically this morning in a spruce tree and a variety of other vegetation.
on 8/20 reported via e-mail: This Ruby Throated Hummingbird
female (or young) has been visiting my yard daily for quite a while,
getting quite bold when I am around. Even these little dynamos have to
stop and stretch every once in a while!
Schneider on 8/18 reported via e-mail: During a brief walk at Jones
Meadow Park in Batavia this morning, we saw three Warbling Vireos
and an immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Schneider on 8/17 reported via e-mail: At Les Arends this morning,
Mary Lou and I saw lots of robins and waxwings, and got
photos of Yellow-throated Warbler and two Tennessee Warblers
along the bike trail. We also had a small flock of Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers near the last parking lot. The light was very poor for
photography. Photos for documentation are on
my FLICKR page.
Schneider on 8/17 reported via e-mail: Chimney Swifts are
tending to vociferous chicks in the chimney of our daughter's home in
Batavia. I found them almost impossible to photograph as they came in and
(especially) out of the chimney on feeding missions. This one was diving
Miller on 8/15 reported via e-mail: Rich and I went out to Prairie
Green, Geneva on 8-15 and saw what we believe is a Black Tern
(being novice birders perhaps our ID is off). It looked like a juvenile
and was a slender gray/silver bird with long pointed wings, black narrow
bill, short black legs, a dark shoulder bar, and a black irregular cap
that came around to the side of the eye. The bird was flying, similar to a
swallow, but was larger and would swoop over the waters with his head held
down. We also saw Egrets, American Coots, Great Blue
Heron, and many Swallows in the marsh area. On the way to
Prairie Green we took Keslinger and saw 2 juvenile Turkey Vultures
in the dead trees at the west end of the field next to the DelNor
outpatient buildings on Keslinger.
John Heneghan on 8/14 reported via IBET: We have had a pair of hummingbirds around the porch most of the summer. Yesterday we had 5 or 6 hummingbirds at the feeders. I wonder if hummingbirds are starting South?
Julie Long on 8/12 reported via e-mail: I am reporting for my friend, Liz Safanda, who several times this week (Aug.8 week) has seen 2 adult sandhill cranes with a juvenile along Randall Rd in Batavia. They have been on the opposite side of the road from the eagles nest and have been fairly close to the road.
on 8/10 reported via e-mail: Marion and I went to Hawks Bluff the
afternoon of 8-8 to view the eagles. We saw both juvenile eagles
flying and perching near the nest. Four red-tail hawks, two of them
juveniles were seen and heard often. We saw Wood Pewees, Indigo
Buntings, Robins, Carolina Chickadees, American
Goldfinch and Catbirds by the viewing area. In the wooded areas
along the path we say a Downy Woodpecker, Northern flicker,
and a White-breasted Nuthatch. The surprise for the outing was a
juvenile female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that I spotted circling
the trunk of a tree.
Val Faupl on 8/9 reported via e-mail: Seen 8/8/10 Sunday afternoon in the area of Rt. 30 pass and Rt 25 in Montgomery flying down the Fox River Southbound to Oswego was a mature Bald Eagle. We used to see the eagles in our area very often in the winter, but then they left us we assumed that these were the ones that began to nest at Mooseheart this spring? We wonder if this eagle was one of the parents coming back to just go for a flight to old stomping grounds?
on 8/8 reported via IBET: At about 6 this morning there was a
Baird's Sandpiper on the soccer/football fields of West Side Park on
Peck Rd. I saw it on the field closest to Peck Rd. under the south
goalpost. I did not see it when I was walking back to the car at about
6:30. Perhaps it is the same bird that Beau and Fran saw later in the
morning about a half mile south?
Beau Schaefer on 8/8 reported via IBET: We...headed out to Scott Cohrs' soccer field fluddle at Peck Rd. and rt. 38. Did not see the western sandpiper. In fact, there were only 4 shorebirds present, but one of them was a nice, buffy BAIRD'S SANDPIPER which gave good looks at its flattened body shape when looking head on at the bird. Also we passed a nice mudflat at Burlington Rd. and Rohrsen Rd. which had a lot of birds and bears watching. Unfortunately, nothing unusual, but good good numbers of PECTORAL and LEAST SANDP'ERS and a few SEMIPALMATED SAND'ERS. 2 GREATER Y'LEGS, a few LESSER Y'LEGS, and 1 SOLITARY SANDP'ER were also present.
on 8/6 reported via IBET: This afternoon there was a Western
Sandpiper present at the flooded area of the soccer fields on the west
side Peck Road, just south of Route 38. There was a small assortment of
other species present as well, including a Pectoral, several
Semipalmated Sandpipers and several Lesser Yellowlegs.
Schneider on 8/5 reported via e-mail: Back from the heat wave in
Florida, we welcomed the cool 68 degrees on our first morning in Illinois.
The mosquitoes at the east end of Nelson Lake were ferocious. We did see
three Caspian Terns, a lone Yellow Warbler, a Bald Eagle,
and heard pheasants calling. Several Common Yellowthroats,
Indigo Buntings, goldfinches, cardinals and Swamp
Sparrows were singing as if it were spring again. We heard no Sedge
Wrens at all, and saw no other warblers. A juvenile Swamp Sparrow posed an
ID challenge until we saw its yellow gape and heard Swampies singing
nearby. I photographed a Red-winged Blackbird in rather striking
plumage that appears to be an immature male, and an Indigo Bunting that
flew right up to an Eastern Kingbird and began singing in its face. Near
our condo at Orchard & Randall in North Aurora, there were about 100
Killdeers gathered in the disturbed fields.
Dickenson on 8/5 reported via e-mail: The eaglets are still
hanging around the nest waiting for the adults to bring them food.
Marion Miller on 8/3 reported via e-mail: On 8-1 Rich and I went to Hawk’s Bluff to check on the Eagles. Both juveniles were viewed, one flying, as well as one Adult flying into the nest. We also saw 2 Baltimore Orioles in the choke cherry trees to the north of the eagle viewing area. We spotted 2 Blue Jays on the Oak trees in the woods and 3 flycatchers in the large Oak tree near the path. We are having a hard time identifying the flycatchers if they were Eastern Wood-Pewees or Willow Flycatchers or both. Indigo Buntings, a Hummingbird, Cat birds, Cedar Waxwing, Robins, and a juvenile Red-tail Hawk were also seen.
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