FEBRUARY 2010 SIGHTINGS
Christopher Cudworth on 2/28 reported
via IBET: Mostly quiet on a 2 mile walk with exception of one calling
Red Winged Blackbird on the east side near the abandoned farm
property at the top of the hill.
Dennis Walz on 2/25 came across this unflattering sight on the bikepath along the Fox River. He issues the challenge: "Can you find the Pintail?"
Darrell Shambaugh on 2/25 reported
via IBET: Hello birders. Here's what I've seen on my way home from
work this week...
Claire Dassy on 2/25 reported via IBET: This morning I took a walk down my favorite neighborhood location "Fox River Shores" landing (within the Forest Preserves) in Carpentersville and located not only the eagle pair but a juvenile, which I'd not seen around here to date. The adults were perched across the river, and the juvie took off pretty much after I got out on the peninsula. 300mm doesn't go too far, but I was able to get a few record shots. They're viewable on my flickr account.
Jon Duerr on 2/22 reported via e-mail: Lees Road, west of Rt 47 north of Lily Lake, was a good location for Snow Buntings and Longspurs Monday afternoon. There is not much traffic and the farmer is spreading manure onto the fields. Horned Larks and Tree Sparrows are also present.
Scott Cohrs on 2/17 reported via
e-mail: I had Snow Buntings on Seavy Rd. (west of Bliss) on
Sunday morning. Also had Snow Buntings and many Lapland Longspurs
in the west fields of Nelson Lake, though you'd have to get out of the car
to see those.
Jon Duerr on 2/16 reported via e-mail: We walked Tuesday morning and new for me were Carolina Wren singing, Robins by Arends, a Fox Sparrow by the "mansion" and a N Pintail on the river. It is nice to be out of the wind.
Angela A. on 2/15 reported via e-mail: During the Backyard Bird Count, I saw 5 Hooded Mergansers on the Fox River Trail at Les Arends Park in Batavia, IL on Saturday, February 13. We also spotted 1 Great Blue Heron along the Fox River Trail south of Les Arends, near Mooseheart that same afternoon at around 5:30 pm. If people are interested in Carolina Wrens, I saw two this afternoon (Monday) on the Fox River Trail near Oak Street.
Bob Andrini on 2/15 reported via
e-mail: While birding Norris Woods today we saw 2 Brown Creepers,
a Hermit Thrush and the typical other woodland birds. While walking
on the bike path, we were lucky to witness an adult Bald Eagle
being harassed by 3 Crows.
John Heneghan on 2/10 reported via IBET: This AM we had a Red Winged Blackbird at the finch feeder. Pleasant surprise, though a little early. The White Breasted Nuthatches and Titmouse (or Titmice pl) continue to frequent the feeders.
Christopher Cudworth on 2/9 reported via IBET: There has been a mixed flock of lapland longspurs, horned larks and snow buntings seen consistently on Davis Road where it intersects Wheeler Road north of Hinckley/Big Rock in southern Kane County. Predominantly lapland longspurs.
Bob Andrini on 2/7 reported via e-mail: There are many Common Goldeneyes up at Jon Duerr FP. This is the time of year the males are courting the females by throwing their heads back and giving their "PEENT" call. Its worth checking out if you haven't seen it before.
Walter Lutz on 2/5 reported via e-mail: Very, very quiet today, Friday, at Nelson Lake (Dick Young Forest Preserve). But unbelievably, I spotted a American Woodcock in the reeds by the small pond at the north end of the site.
Darrell Shambaugh on 2/1 reported via
IBET: There was an adult BALD EAGLE at the North Aurora Police
Station about noon today.
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