DECEMBER 2014 SIGHTINGS
John Janunas on 12/27
reported via e-mail: Came across this Great Horned Owl on
Christmas eve at Nelson Lake. If you look closely you can see the pellet
just before leaving the owl.
Bob Andrini on 12/26 reported via e-mail: While walking on the Quarry Park bike trail, Kath and I saw the usual birds and then was surprised by a lone Common Grackle - unusual for December.
Kurt Frieders on 12/23
reported via e-mail: Lately our yard (in Aurora township) has had some
good winter birds. We have been seeing this Kestrel on almost a
daily basis. In this photo, you can see that it just finished a meal. We
also have been having almost daily visits by a Sharp-Shinned Hawk
and a pair of Red-Tail Hawks. We spotted a Great-Horned Owl
twice last week in our trees. Our Red-Bellied Woodpecker has been
visiting the feeders each day. We also have had many Cardinals, Juncos,
Downy Woodpeckers, Goldfinches, and Pine Siskins at our feeders daily.
James Giannini on 12/23 reported via email: I saw a bald eagle from Rt 38 east of Anderson Rd near Elburn yesterday around 3pm.
Sid Padgaonkar on 12/21
reported via IBET: Harlequin Duck continues to be present at the Fox
River Kimball Street Dam in Elgin, IL.
Pete Moxon on 12/17 reported via text: Went looking for Tom Brooks' Snowy Owl. Didn't locate it but did see Merlin, a Rough-legged Hawk, 350+ Lapland Longspurs, 50+ Snow Buntings, 6-7,000 Canada Geese, and 60+ Cackling Geese on the back roads of the southwest corner of the county.
Tom Brooks on 12/16 reported via e-mail: I spotted a Snowy Owl on a fence post off Harter Road just East of Watson Rd. It was about 3pm and overcast. Magnificent looking bird. Last time I saw one I was living in Canada.
Walter Lutz on 12/8 reported
via e-mail: Thought this might be of interest to a few:
Rich Miller on 12/7 reported via IBET: One Ross's Goose at Hupp Park in aurora. Orchard Rd & Illinois Ave. 11:40am
Anita Johnson on 12/7 reported via e-mail: My daughter and I saw a bald eagle at Gunnar Anderson forest preserve on Sunday, December 7th around 10:15am. It was perched in a tree on the west side do the Fox River.
Craig Taylor on 12/6 reported via eBird: The Harlequin Duck continues at Walton Island below the Kimball Street bridge in Elgin.
Rich Miller on 12/6 reported
via e-mail: There were seven of us who ventured out around Nelson lake
today. A few highlights... Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, & Great Horned
Christopher Cudworth on 12/6 reported via IBET: Like clockwork the goldeneyes show up around December 5 every year on the stretch of water south of the Prairie Street Bridge [in St. Charles]. Always good to see them. Now we'll see who joins them! Last year it was scoters and long-tailed ducks.
Lucy DeLap on 12/6 reported via IBET: I spotted a Belted Kingfisher at 9:35 am this morning in East Dundee on a branch overhanging the river. He was on the east bank about a block or so north of Route 72, Main St.
Chris Mussachio on 12/5
reported via e-mail: First Mute Swans of the season in
Chris Mussachio on 12/4
reported via e-mail: Very lucky to have this Northern Harrier
come my way before I could even get set up in the Kane County part of
Algonquin. What a beauty.
Chris Mussachio on 12/3
reported via e-mail: This Cooper's Hawk surprised me in
Carpentersville. Took a few shots and let it continue soaking up some
Chris Mussachio on 12/2
reported via e-mail: Thought it was summer when I spotted 4 great
blue herons in the Buffalo Park area. They not only missed the time
change, they missed the season change too I think.
Darrell Shambaugh on 12/1
reported via IBET: Seen on the way home from work today:
Don Lowe and Wes Sadler on 12/1 reported via eBird: A late Gray Catbird at Nelson Lake on Monday morning.
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