DECEMBER 2009 SIGHTINGS
Morgan Jones on 12/30 reported via e-mail: I was having a cup of coffee enjoying watching the 10 blue jays that have breakfast with me every morning [just west of LeRoy Oakes FP] when I decided to check the front feeders of my house. I was surprised to see about 15 birds pulling dried berries off a crabapple. I ran to get my field guide and camera because it was a new bird I have never seen before in my yard. My book identified them as Cedar Waxwings. During the bird count this year I invited some members into the yard. Since then I have been paying more attention to the kinds of birds coming in and out of my yard.
John Heneghan on 12/26 reported via
IBET: The birds seem to be enjoying the feeders today.
Bryan Hix on 12/21 reported via e-mail: I was at Taly Park in South Elgin along the Fox River today and saw 2 mature bald eagles hunting for fish, one flock of at least 20 golden eyes, 2 hooded mergansers, one bufflehead, and a pair of kingfishers. The ring-billed gulls were harassing the eagles every time the flew down the river. Although annoying to the eagles, it provided some good entertainment.
Christopher Cudworth on 12/20
reported via IBET: It was slow going during the Christmas Count
yesterday. But I was pleased to find a FOX SPARROW near the west
side observatory deck at Dick Young Forest Preserve.
Jon Duerr on 12/17 reported via e-mail: Winter Wrens: Fabyan F P Japanese Garden along south side next to spreading Yew and Bike Path under Indian Trail bridge-Aurora.
Darrell Shambaugh on 12/16 reported
via IBET: Wednesday afternoon there was an adult BALD EAGLE
near Route 30 where it crosses the Fox River at the Kendall / Kane
County line between Montgomery and Oswego.
Jon Duerr on 12/12 reported via e-mail: Returned to Silver Glen Rd as we did 12/10 and found a very cooperative male Brewers BB along the road. There were more Horned Larks today but still no Snow Buntings. I drive out Burlington Blacktop and turn west onto Silver Glen. The Brewers was about 1 mile west near the creek bridge.
Ann Haverstock on 12/12 reported
via e-mail: We had a great walk along the Fox River, sunny, cold and
crisp. Temperature at 8 A.M. was 20°, but that did not stop us.
Thirty-one fine species were in the area and it was well worth our
slight discomfort. One thing about birders is that they know how to
dress for the weather.
Number of species: 31
Christopher Cudworth on 12/11 reported via IBET: Made a large loop from Batavia out Main street to Kaneville, up to Kaneland High School, then Meredith up to Beith, Route 47 to Keslinger, to Pouley, Hughes and home.
The following birds were seen:
Julie Long on 12/10 reported via e-mail: There was a carolina wren in the Fabyan Japanese garden, Fabyan forest preserve, Batavia, Tues, Dec. 8. I also have a fox sparrow coming to the feeder area at my house [in St. Charles] as of Dec. 9.
Jon Duerr on 12/10 reported via e-mail: Thursday 12/10 We drove along Silver Glen Rd. northwest of Wasco and found a number of small flocks of Lapland Longspurs/Horned Larks. No Snow Buntings seen.
Christopher Cudworth on 12/10
reported via IBET: During a run through Fabyan this evening I
accidentally flushed 3 adult bald eagles that had been perched on
the far northwestern end of the Island. All three birds launched out
over the water in succession, flushing a flock of 45 Canada Geese on a
patch of open water at that bend in the river.
Karen Land on 12/9 reported via IBET: Even with the winds blowing the feeders around a lot, I'm getting a lot of activity right now [in Batavia] from cardinals, chickadees, finches with juncos and squirrels hanging around underneath.
John Heneghan on 12/8 reported via IBET: 2 flocks of sandhills flew over [my house in Big Rock] this AM, the first flock I heard but could not see in the snow. The next flock of about 40 just flew over heading Southwest. The feeders are being enjoyed by junco's!!!
Mark Bowman on 12/7 reported via e-mail: THis evening at 9 PM myself and my family opened my sons upstairs bedroom window and watched a great horned owl in my oak tree [in St. Charles]. he was calling over and over when a second owl flies in and sits on a branch across from him and they both start hooting. I even hooted and they hooted back. Even the rest of my family whom are not birders thought it was really cool.
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