AUGUST 2013 SIGHTINGS
on 8/29 reported via e-mail: Today, 8/29/13, at Quarry Park (Batavia)
on the Fox River Trail several of us benefited from last nights NNE winds.
We had six species of migrant warblers:
on 8/28 reported via e-mail: We have had a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
in our yard (in Aurora township) for over a month. Until Tuesday night it
had been slippery enough to avoid my camera no matter how hard I have
tried. We see it pretty much all day long, but never at the area we are
currently watching. Finally I was able to photograph it at our Cardinal
Flower. The rest of our yard birds have been limited to the usual suspects,
other than we have seen at least three Common Nighthawks each of the
last four nights.
on 8/27 reported via e-mail: Yesterday morning I saw a large group of
young cedar waxwings in a tree just above the South Elgin dam taking
small flights out from and back to the upper dead branches.
Sue Wagoner on
8/26 reported via e-mail: If it's too hot to go out birding, let them
come to you! This young Cooper's Hawk was assessing my bird feeder
situation. After finding all had gone elsewhere, he left. We get Coopers'
regularly in our neighborhood, often nesting near my house although I do
not know their nesting site this year.
Scott Cohrs on 8/25 reported via eBird: Reported a Blue Grosbeak at Dunteman Sod Farms in Kaneville, "Heard singing for 10 minutes. On private property, couldn't visual. Short, hoarse warbling sing, reminiscent of [Purple Finch]."
Mussachio on 8/25 reported via e-mail: Doesn't get more exciting than
this Osprey on the hunt in Carpentersville.
Chris Madsen on 8/24 reported: Saw about 12 American Golden-Plovers this morning at Dunteman Turf Farm in Kaneville. All had flown off by the time I left at 10:00.
Walter Lutz on 8/23 reported via e-mail: Friday 5 pm - Osprey at South Elgin dam.
Matt Wistrand on 8/22 reported via IBET: Good evening, everyone. This evening I took the long way home from the grocery store and stopped by the Fabyan Parkway marsh for about thirty minutes. As everyone has undoubtedly noticed, the COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were on the move, many of whom were flying quite low. Unsurprisingly, there were several LEAST SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and KILLDEER on the mudflats. I also managed to pick out a few SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, at least two SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and a SAVANNAH SPARROW foraging close to the edge of the pond. I did not see any Greater Yellowlegs, but without scope that is not always easy to tell. As I was leaving, two WILSON'S SNIPES flew overhead and landed on the mudflat, affording the best looks I've ever had of this species.
Chris Madsen on 8/21 reported: Although the purpose of our birding expedition to Fermilab today was to view shorebirds, the bird of the day was a Northern Mockingbird that flew in front of the car as we were departing on Pine Street.
on 8/18 reported via e-mail: At Fabyan FP West this morning we saw only
27 species, but they included our first-of-fall Yellow-throated Warbler,
seen in an oak just NW of the rest rooms. I obtained only a poor photo
which I posted with my eBird report for documentation. Had a Bald Eagle
flyover going north over the river (and later saw a drive-by adult in the
nest tree at Mooseheart but could not stop safely) and one Caspian Tern
in flight near the Fabyan Blvd bridge. At the (closed) pedestrian/bike
bridge Mary Lou and I had nice views of a female Wood Duck and
nearly full-grown offspring, as well as Great Blue and Green
on 8/17 reported via e-mail: Only Song Sparrows, goldfinches
and a single House Wren were singing this morning at Nelson
Lake/Dick Young FP. Notable sighting (for us) was a Northern Harrier
which startled several of the dozen or so Great Egrets on the lake.
Only recorded 18 species during our brief visit.
on 8/17 reported via e-mail: I saw a single Caspian Tern above
the South Elgin dam yesterday morning.
Julie Long on 8/16 reported via e-mail: Yesterday (Thursday) there were four Caspian terns at Boy Scout Island in ST Charles, after the previous two days when I only saw two each day. And then today (Friday) there were five, one of which had a band. Two of the terns were juveniles with orange bills and lightly patterned wings. I attempted to read the band but the bird was in the center of the river and too far away to pick up numbers with my camera or scope. The Dupage forest preserve had contacted me about being interested in the bird and the number because three Caspian terns had been released by Willowbrook Rehab Center. So if any of you birders are on Pottawatomie golf course this weekend or in a boat or canoe perhaps you can get closer than I could and could get numbers off the band for them. The pro at the golf course would not let me walk to a viewing spot closer to the birds!
on 8/15 reported via e-mail: Beautiful weather, but Mary Lou and I did
not find Bliss Woods very birdy today. We logged 20 species, but the
highlight was an Olive-sided Flycatcher. It was immediately visible
when we walked over the bridge, typically occupying the tallest branches of
the tall oak on the left at the top of the hill. It made several forays and
returned to the same perch. This is the second time we have seen it in the
same spot-- the last was September 6, 2012. There were at least 4
hummingbirds chasing one another around.
Mussachio on 8/15 reported via e-mail: Had a very surprising fly over
at Buffalo Park in Algonquin at sunset by this Bald Eagle on its way
to who knows where.
on 8/15 reported via e-mail: At Lippold Park yesterday morning it was
rather quiet, but we did see 36 species, including an adult Bald Eagle
and an Osprey over the river, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers,
and two hummingbirds in addition to other rather quiet Baltimore
Orioles, Indigo Buntings and Song Sparrows.
Julie Long on 8/14 reported via e-mail: There have been two caspian terns for the last two days, Aug. 13 and 14 near the Boy Scout Island boat launch area on rt 31 in St Charles. One of them has a band on its right leg.
Diane Hansen on 8/14 reported via e-mail: Yesterday afternoon we were recycling styrofoam in Aurora so we thought we would check out the lake behind the firehouse where the 7 Caspian Terns were reported. We drove up and within a minute of stopping 2 of them flew in and landed near a group of cormorants. What an exciting new bird to see.
Mussachio on 8/12 reported via e-mail: Barely spotted these 3
Black-Crowned Night Herons in Carpentersville.
Scott Cohrs on
8/12 reported via IBET: Just a quick recap on the ILYB field trip at
Nelson Lake this past Saturday. The weather was beautiful, the company was
excellent, but the birds were... rather dull. But what can you do.
on 8/12 reported via e-mail: There were seven Caspian Terns
along with two Herring and one Ring-billed Gull this morning
at the lake behind the firehouse at SE corner of Orchard & Illinois in
Aurora. The second tern from the right in the cropped shot has a leg band.
Jim Narovec on 8/12 reported via e-mail: On 8/12 around 815am, spotted a single adult Bald Eagle perched in a tree along the west bank of the Fox River next to the apartments in Carpentersville.
Rich Miller on
8/10 reported via e-mail: Marion has been doing most of our birding
locally these days. I have noticed an increase in Egret populations. This
fellow was seen at TRENT POND behind Kohls on Randall Rd in Batavia.
Mussachio on 8/9 reported via e-mail: Things have really slowed down in
my neck of the woods, but you just never know when something shows up. I
was lucky enough to see this mommy Wood Duck and 6 babies at the
Carpentersville Dam along with a somewhat not too camera shy Green Heron
that keeps showing up for a nice portrait session.
on 8/5 reported via e-mail: This weekend our yard (in Aurora township)
was visited for the first time by a Monk Parakeet. It hung around
our feeders and perched in our trees for two days. It was very vocal, and
not at all skittish. The Parakeet was not even bothered by our dog running
around directly under it. We very much enjoyed watching him, and certainly
hope he treats us to another visit in the future. He can come back any
Mussachio on 8/1 reported via e-mail: I have another favorite bird to
add to my list. Spotted this Caspian Tern fishing just like an
Osprey does at the Carpentersville Dam. What a show this one put on.
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