DECEMBER 2011 SIGHTINGS
Cudworth on 12/30 reported via IBET: There was a very active
Northern Shrike working the northern open field segment of Johnson's
Mound forest preserve in central Kane County.
Kim Girard on
12/29 reported via e-mail: At Les Arends on 12/28: about a dozen
male/female Common Mergansers on the water; several Great Blue
Herons near the shore and fly-bys.
on 12/26 reported via e-mail: Mooseheart Eagles on a tree on the
Island down below the old dam [in Batavia] this morning!
on 12/26 reported via e-mail: A stroll along the Fox River from the
Batavia Quarry on Christmas was pleasant but pretty much birdless in the
early afternoon except for this hungry Cedar Waxwing and the few
(usual) "ducks on the pond."
Don Lowe on
12/26 reported via IBET: There was a Lesser Black-backed Gull
in the Fox River near the Batavia quarry (Kane County) today (Dec. 26). It
was still there when I left at 11:30.
on 12/24 reported via e-mail: The first Eagle was in a tree across the
river from the Quarry [in Batavia] and the second one was in a tree below
the old south dam on the Island.
Jon Duerr on 12/23 reported via e-mail: Nelson Lake is 30% open today and with the 1000 Canada Geese and 400 Mallards there are 2 Pintail, 6 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Green-wing Teal, 8-10 Black Duck and 2 White-fronted Geese. 12/23 at 10:00
on 12/19 reported via IBET: On the FermiLab CBC Saturday, My mom and I
birded a section of the Fox River from Wilson St. in Batavia north to
Fabyan Rd. and also the eastern portion of Fabyan F.P. and surrounding
areas near Settler's Hill. This marks my 11th? year doing the FermiLab CBC
along the Fox River in Area 6. The Fermi Circle is divided into 8 sections
and our area (Area 6) is further subdivided into three or four subsections
covered by different groups.
Myers on 12/18 reported via e-mail: The eagles were busy today
working on the nest. Let's hope the Winter is kind to them.
Aldrich on 12/17 reported via IBET: Hello! I participated in my first
Christmas Bird Count today and had a blast. Started at 6am, just got home
a couple hours ago. Territory was downtown Aurora area, west of the Fox
River to the North Aurora Auto Mall. Our group had 5 people. We had 34
species, and 1200+ individual birds overall. Some of the highlights:
Al Stokie on
12/17 reported via IBET: This adventure was a small part of the
Fermi/Batavia X-mas count in Kane Co [from Fabyan Forest Preserve to Route
38]. I managed to avoid ending up in a ditch in spite of the bad road
conditions on the way to the count & along with Andy Sigler managed to
find a few fairly good count additions although nothing that others will
want to rush out & see. Some of the highlights would be Great Blue
Heron (2), Green Winged Teal (1-F), Kingfisher (1), Creeper (1),
Winter Wren(1), White Throated Sparrow (1) & Siskins (4). Birds
usually seen here but seen today in greater numbers were Goldeneye
(77) & Cedar Waxwing (147).
Julie Long on 12/16 reported via IBET: There were about 150 cranes flying over my house in ST. Charles, just west of the Fox River, and north of downtown STC, at about 1:30 today...These seemed to be flying above the Fox River. Did not see any whooping cranes with them, as I had in late Nov. Let's hope they can get through Kentucky without harm, since their crane hunting season opens there today!!
Gloria Dimoplon on 12/16 reported via e-mail: A large group of Sandhills flew over my house in Elgin around 1:15 pm. They were headed southeast so I called Margaret Mechtenberg to alert her. She saw the birds in South Elgin a few minutes later.
Walter Lutz on 12/16 reported via e-mail: Roughly 300 Sandhill Cranes in 5 different groups over west Elgin at 2:30 pm.
Jack Pomatto on 12/16 reported via e-mail: Today 12/17/11 on the East side of St. Charles we still have Sandhill Cranes migrating in good numbers. At around 1:00 P.M. several waves of cranes passed overhead, numbering about 300 individuals.
on 12/16 reported via e-mail: SandHill Cranes on their way
south today over Batavia around 130PM .
Karen Land on 12/16 reported via IBET: I heard the first wave [of Sandhill Cranes] about 10:30 but didn't go outside to look. At 1:15 I heard more and stepped out on the porch. I could see about 200+ cranes in a loose circle and varying elevation approximately over the Fox River [in Batavia].
Mark Bowman on 12/14 reported via e-mail: 12-14: This AM had a PINE SISKIN on the thistle feeder with the goldfinches in my backyard in St Charles. Had 2 TURKEY'S cross RT 25 today going toward Norris Woods this afternoon
on 12/14 reported via e-mail: On Tuesday I saw the first Peregrine
Falcon that I have ever seen on my property (in Aurora township). I
saw him perched on a telephone pole right at dusk. My dad said he saw him
fly by with some prey in his beak earlier in the day, but didn't know what
kind of bird he was. The bird stayed long enough for me to show him to
both my dad and my wife, then he gracefully took off after some more prey.
On Sunday I saw the first Rough-legged Hawk that I have ever seen
on our property. It was perched in a tree by the creek. There is also a
Belted Kingfisher that I see daily.
on 12/13 reported via e-mail: 80 + cranes seen flying over
Orchard Street in Elgin on December 6th.
Eric Secker on 12/12 reported via IBET: My wife Sally and I checked out a number of areas along the Fox River this afternoon. We checked most sections of the river other than the best spot north of Fabyan by the treatment plant.
Overall the Fox is unusually dead this winter. I have only seen one COMMON GOLDENEYE so far this fall.
The best stop
for us was at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin. There was a group of 7-8
COMMON MERGANSERS north of the library. Also, an adult or near
adult plumaged BALD EAGLE flew in and was sitting out on the ice.
Al Stokie on 12/12 reported via IBET: Today Andy Sigler & I...saw 2 Collared Doves on a telephone wire in Kane Co off Plank Rd.
George Kruchten on 12/9 reported via e-mail: Saw immature Bald Eagle in tree in Elgin between Dam and water treatment plant on west side of River in Elgin. Saw the Eagle catch a fish and return to a tree closer to treatment plant. 8:45 am
Heidi Hohman on 12/7 reported via e-mail: Bald eagle perched high on large tree on the east side of the Fox River right at that business that sells cement parking lot dividers, near the old Quonset huts [in Carpentersville], 8:20am Wed.
on 12/5 reported via e-mail: Keep watch on you feeders, you might be
surprised - we were with the Pine Siskins first appearing today.
Darrell Shambaugh on 12/3 reported via IBET: Friday afternoon there were 7 TUNDRA SWANS in the flooded field north of Route 38 at the Elburn Forest Preserve. Besides about 300 CANADA GEESE, other species included MALLARDS, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and CACKLING GEESE. Four KILLDEER and 6 AMERICAN COOTS were there too.
Gloria Dimoplon on 12/2 reported via e-mail: Friday December 2, 2011. Several of us birded Burnidge Forest Preserve this morning. Among the sightings: Northern Shrike and American Black Duck. Also present: Northern Shoveler, American Widgeon and Eastern Bluebird.
Kathleen O'Deen on 12/1 reported via e-mail: Dec 1st at about 4pm I spotted a coopers hawk swoop across larkin ave between Larkin HS and Jewel. This crazy bird came in so low he almost got hit by a van. He got into a tree with about a hundred birds and tried to pick several of them off. I was stopped so long watching this the person behind me was laying on his horn. As I turned the Coopers hawk flew away at street level and just guided himself over the cars in traffic. It was quite a sight! Too bad the nasty man behind me couldn't take a minute to enjoy the the beauty of this bird of prey! :)
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