AUGUST 2012 SIGHTINGS
Mussachio on 8/31 reported via e-mail: Looks like this Lesser
Yellowlegs has found a new home at the Carpentersville Dam along with
Al Stokie on
8/29 reported via IBET: Hello Bird People,
Sean Fitzgerald on 8/29 reported via eBird: A Blue Grosbeak at Fermilab near the intersection of Road B and Wilson Street.
Sean Fitzgerald on 8/28 reported via eBird: A Red-necked Phalarope at Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve.
on 8/28 reported via e-mail: Yesterday morning Mary Lou and I found 6
Buff-breasted Sandpipers at the sod farm in Kaneville. All were
seen initially in the green turf area, but some moved to the bare ground
after workers departed. No golden-plovers or hoped-for Upland Sandpipers.
We saw nearly a hundred Killdeer and 20-30 Horned Larks,
mostly in the cleared area. I checked the newly-cleared and finely milled
field on the south side of the road and found only a few Killdeer,
Darrell Shambaugh on 8/27 reported via IBET: The rain Sunday left a little standing water in the cut sod area north of Main Street at Dunteman's Sod Farm in Kaneville. Birds that were splashing around there included 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, a few HORNED LARKS, a few AMERICAN CROWS, and some KILLDEER. These birds were all within 50 yards of the road.
on 8/24 reported via e-mail: Mary Lou and I walked in Lippold Park
this morning. We saw 39 species, including 3 hummingbirds, Hairy
Woodpecker, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Tennessee,
Connecticut and Chestnut-sided Warblers. While I was studying a vireo
up in a tree, a female Chestnut-sided Warbler just dropped in so close by
that I had to back up to focus on her.
on 8/22 reported via e-mail: This morning I turned onto the gravel
road east of the sod farm right behind John and Joy, to find one of the
Buff-bellied Sandpipers feeding right next to the road. After about 15
minutes they spotted the four American Golden-Plovers. Using the
car as a blind, I waited and within the next half hour two of the plovers
also foraged quite close by. In some photos, both species posed next to
Joy and Jon Duerr on 8/22 reported via phone: The four plovers and at least one buffie sandpiper are still hanging out this morning at the Kaneville sod farm. The birds were not visible at first, but then appeared at about 9 AM. At the time of the phone report, the plovers were feeding near the gravel road and along the recently denuded area of the field.
Kathy and Bob Andrini on 8/21 reported via phone: The single Buff-breasted Sandpiper and four American Golden-plovers remain at Dunteman's sod Farm this morning.
on 8/20 reported via e-mail: Rich and I birded along the Fox River in
pursuit of warblers. We visited Batavia Riverwalk, Japanese Gardens at
Fabyan FP, Ferson Creek Fen, Jon Duerr FP and Tyler Creek. The only
warblers we found were Tennessee, Nashville, and Yellow Warblers
at Jon Duerr FP. Other highlights were the many Green Herons we
found on the river, a Black-crowned Night-heron walking across the
dam at the riverwalk, a Cooper’s Hawk enjoying the sun and a
soaring Osprey at Tyler Creek.
Chris Madsen on 8/20 reported: At 10:30 this morning at Dunteman's sod farm in Kaneville: 4 American Golden-plovers, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and a female Rusty Blackbird among the many Killdeer in the field on the north side of Main Street Road. The Horned Larks that Ken reported have been seen over the past few weeks mainly along Main Street Road.
Once again, a reminder that this is private property. For your viewing pleasure, please use Bateman Road, the gravel road on the east edge of the sod farm property.
A word of caution: work crews today are laying "Fresh Oil" on Main Street Road between Route 47 and Kaneville.
And a note of optimism: Dunteman's appears to be readying the field south of Main Street Road for sod production for next year. The field was planted in crop this year. Hooray for more birding habitat!
on 8/20 reported via e-mail: Mary Lou and I got out to the Kaneville
Sod Farm around 8:30 this morning and viewed from the gravel road to the
east, as suggested by Donnie Dann. Along the bare earth where sod had most
recently been removed, we saw about 30 Killdeer, two Horned
Larks and a single immature Buff-breasted Sandpiper.
Marion Miller on 8/19 reported via e-mail: Rich and I walked Les Arends in Batavia this evening at 6pm. We took the path south from the farthest parking lot to the horseshoe path that runs near the river. We encountered two pockets of warblers and identified 6 species: Blackburian, Magnolia, Redstart, Nashville, Tennessee, and Black & White. They were flying through rapidly, eating a few bugs and often behind lots of leaves, so we did not get our binoculars on all the birds. My guess is we missed a species or two. Other highlights of the walk were a Cooper’s Hawk and an “ear-full” of 31 Cedar Waxwings.
on 8/17 reported via e-mail: Although "Sandy" and his mate raised
their chicks elsewhere this year, the 2012 Sandhill Crane family
continues to frequent our back yard [south of Elburn]. Here are a few
photos from this afternoon. This year's "chicks" are nearly as large as
their parents and fly well, hence a reason for Sandy to resume his visits,
accompanied by his family...as in four previous years in a row. An
interesting observation this year is that each parent seems to pair off
with a different chick. Could it be father/son, mother/daughter?
Paul Mayer on
8/17 reported via e-mail: You have to feel sorry for the chipping
sparrow. She’s been feeding the cowbird all week and I’m sure
longer. Parasitism at its best.
Kurt Frieders on 8/17 reported via IBET: As much as we get a lot of really cool bird species in our yard (Aurora township), it has never been much of a hotspot for warblers of any kind. That is why I was so surprised to look out my window this morning and see a beautiful female American Redstart. It was playing around the edge of our bird bath and perching on the post that holds the Hummingbird feeder. She hung around and gave us looks for a good three minutes. It was a great way to start the day with a new yard bird.
Paul Mayer on
8/14 reported via e-mail: Two Tennessee warblers showed up
today, August 14th. Early so keep your eyes open.
Dimoplon on 8/10 reported via e-mail: August 10, 2012. Several of us
birded along the Fox River in South Elgin this morning from J. J. Duerr FP
to SEBA. Among the 44 species identified were a juvenile Little Blue
Heron, an Olive-sided Flycatcher and a Canada Warbler.
The Little Blue was with a group of Great Egrets. After a while the
bird flew upstream and we were not able to relocate it.
Brock Moran on 8/8 reported via eBird: Seeing a Northern Waterthrush at Campton Forest Preserve.
Shambaugh on 8/8 reported via IBET: I bicycled the Gilman Trail (Kane
County) between the Fox River and Galena Avenue. The subdivision by the
parking area on Galena had the most interesting birds
on 8/6 reported via IBET: One of the benefits of cool weather is
hearing the birds sing in the AM. Early this morning, I awoke to a
screech owl calling from the neighbors oak tree. We had heard one in
Winter and in Spring outback. Watched a pair of Pee Wees feeding
their fledgling yesterday. The hummingbirds are taking advantage of
the results of the recent rain, feeding on the flowers' nectar.
Scott Cohrs on 8/5 reported via IBET: There were many shorebirds at Nelson Lake. Highlights were a Baird's Sandpiper and a Sanderling. Thankfully both spent at least a few minutes in front of the platform, otherwise distance can be an issue. The birds were very flighty this morning, possible due to the Bald Eagle that was flying around.
on 8/5 reported via e-mail: The August Kane County Nelson Lake bird
walk brought shock and sadness to those who attended. The entire lake has
nearly dried up. There are most likely no fish left, and 1/3 of it is now
covered with vegetation. I submit this photo for the historical record. We
need rain! We did see 50 species of birds during the walk.
on 8/4 reported via IBET: Things have been very active along the Fox
River at Judson where Tyler Creek empties out into the river. It's been
magical and beautiful in the evening towards sunset and dusk. The past
week or so a group of PURPLE MARTINS have been hanging around on
the lights at the ball fields down by the river and adding to the sounds
of late summer. NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS have also shown up
in larger numbers and are swarming right over our heads in the evening
along with some very low CHIMNEY SWIFTS that even skim the water at
times. The BELTED KINGFISHER has been perched most nights and there
have also been some shorebirds including LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL,
SOLITARY, and some distant PEEPS. The GREAT EGRETS out
in the river also add to the scenery.
Shambaugh on 8/2 reported via IBET: I rode from Bliss Woods to Galena
Avenue and back on Wednesday August 1. I also rode around the subdivisions
south of Galena Avenue and east of Route 56. The subdivisions had the most
interesting birds. There are several ponds, mostly small, but a couple
larger ones are visible from Route 56 and the exit ramp from Rt. 56 to
Galena Ave. I've never figure how to check these ponds without drawing the
ire of the residents. Except that I'm too lazy to carry a spotting scope,
bicycling works pretty well. These subdivisions, like so many others, have
not had much development in the last few years. The lots are grown up with
grass and weeds, and many of the streets are deserted. Birds seen and
heard along the streets included an AMERICAN KESTREL, two
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, INDIGO BUNTINGS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES,
and FIELD SPARROWS. The kestrel flew from one little parkway tree
to the next as I approached, just like they fly from one telephone pole to
the next on county roads.
Al Stokie on
8/1 reported via IBET: Hello Bird People,
Margaret Mechtenberg on 8/1 reported via phone: Barb Rask has spotted an active Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest along the bike path adjacent the Tekakwitha Nature Center (across the river from Jon Duerr Forest Preserve). Two nestlings are being fed by a parent.
Donnie Dann on 8/1 reported via IBET: I saw a single BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the sod farm on the north side of Main St just east of Kaneville this morning. Prepare to pick carefully through KILLDEER galore. It would be best to visit the area in the morning from the small gravel road just east of the farm and the sun behind you.
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