FEBRUARY 2013 SIGHTINGS
Barb Rask on
2/27 reported via e-mail: First of year, two Turkey Vultures
circling overhead yesterday also still have a Redpoll (could be a
Hoary??) and sweet little Carolina Wren at my feeders.
Walter Lutz on 2/27 reported via e-mail: There was a White-winged Scoter on the Fox River at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin this morning.
Tomaso on 2/26 reported via e-mail: Sat we decided to drive up to Elgin
area to see what we could see.
Cudworth on 2/25 reported via IBET: This evening over the parking lot
near McDonald's and Best Buy in Geneva a killdeer was flying and
Mussachio on 2/25 reported via e-mail: This lucky little Belted
Kingfisher caught this fish at Buffalo Park...
on 2/25 reported via e-mail: This morning was the earliest I have ever
had a Killdeer sighting on my property (in Aurora township). There
were four Killdeer foraging in the grass and in the field. It's nice to see
these guys so early, and hopefully there isn't enough snow tomorrow to
cover up their food.
Joy and Jon
Duerr and Margaret Mechtenberg on 2/25 reported via phone: A
White-winged Scoter along with 2 Hooded Mergansers in the river
along the Tekakwitha Forest Preserve shoreline at 9:50 AM.
Fairall on 2/24 reported via e-mail: Spotted several [Bald Eagles]
perched south of the Prairie Street bridge today in St. Charles
on 2/24 reported via e-mail: Did some back road birding in Kane county
on Saturday and saw many flocks of Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs,
and Snow Buntings on the move. Just west of Big Rock there was a
pair each of Greater White-fronted Geese and white morph Snow
Geese mixed in a flock of 300 or so Canada Geese. At Big Rock
FP, a Merlin was hunting near the entrance.
on 2/24 reported via e-mail: Out hunting for eagles this
afternoon and saw this juvenile on the West bank of the Fox River just
North of the North Aurora dam.
Walter Lutz on 2/24 reported via e-mail: Had some Pheasant tracks in the large evergreen stand in Hampshire Forest Preserve but never heard it or saw it.
Mussachio on 2/23 reported via e-mail: Spotted this Red-Shouldered
Hawk in Dundee while out searching for eagles. Soon after got this
Immature Bald Eagle flying my way.
Robin Moseley on 2/23 reported via e-mail: Spotted 6 bald eagles, 5 with white heads, flying south along the Fox river at the Elgin train station at 6:50 am [on Friday]. Spotted the same group on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at about the same time this week at this location.
on 2/23 reported via e-mail: It was Eaglepalooza this morning. I saw
more eagles than I could count along the Fox near the border of
Elgin and South Elgin. A beautiful sight indeed.
Mark Bowman on 2/22 reported via e-mail: After several days of not being present, the common redpoll was back at my thistle feeder. My usual 5-7 pine siskins were there also
John Heneghan on 2/21 reported via IBET: We had the first Red Winged Blackbirds at the feeders this AM, 4 males. We also had 2 male and 1 female bluebirds in the yard today. Spring is just around the corner- after this snowstorm!!
Julie Misirian on 2/21 reported via e-mail: Spotted a bald eagle at 5:15pm on 2/20/13 flying over the Fox River as I was driving home westbound on I90.
Christopher Cudworth on 2/21 reported via IBET: Probably old news to some, but this morning the calls from [Red-winged Blackbirds] were all over our neighborhood in Batavia.
Mussachio on 2/19 reported via e-mail: Great day at the Carpentersville
Dam today. Sandhill Cranes heading south. Red-Tailed Hawk
going after a Bald Eagle in a tree. Common Goldeneye being
swept away under the dam. And, a fly-by Northern Harrier.
Karen Land on
2/19 reported via IBET: Today I have been visited by redpolls
and juncos! I hadn't been sure about the redpolls because they have
been going to the feeder area by my back fence and I can't see them well
but today they are at the feeder about 10 feet from where I am sitting.
Bob Andrini on 2/19 reported via e-mail: in spite of the winter weather this morning we had 8 Red-winged Blackbirds at our feeders - along with the spring calls of the Cardinals - must be spring
on 2/18 reported via e-mail: We have had daily sighting of American
Kestrels on our property lately (in Aurora township). Finally this
morning I found one that was willing to cooperate for a picture. Our
resident Red-Tailed Hawks have been working very diligently on their
nest. We are assuming that these are the same two that successfully raised
two eyases last year on our property. The past two mornings have brought a
first of the year Red-Winged Blackbird to our yard feeders. All of
our usual yard birds have been around including our single male
Red-Bellied Woodpecker (we are still trying to find him a girlfriend).
Prather on 2/18 reported via e-mail: Witnessed from the new bike path
bridge into Island Park a immature Bald Eagle fishing just south The
Herrington Inn. Caught one but lost him about 3 feet out of the water, fish
looked to be about 12 inches long.
Marion Miller on 2/17 reported via eBird: Spotting 2 Rusty Blackbirds at Batavia's Nelson Lake.
Paul Procaccio on 2/17 reported via e-mail: As I was cycling north on the Fox River Trail in Geneva, a pedestrian stopped me and pointed out a couple of Bald Eagles perched up high in a tree across the Fox River. I sped home and returned with my DSLR and photographed [them] in a tree near the Herrington Inn.
Eric Secker on
2/16 reported via IBET: My wife and I drove almost the entire Kane Co.
stretch of the Fox River today, from Carpentersville down to Oswego. We
tallied 560 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 63 COMMON MERGANSERS, 24
BALD EAGLES, 63 AMERICAN COOTS, 6 REDHEADS, 1 THAYER'S
GULL, 9 SCAUP SP. and 1 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK.
Marion Miller on 2/16 reported via IBET: Two Ross's Geese were with a group of Canada Geese on the Hughes Creek Golf Club property located across from the corner of Pouley Rd and Hughes Rd at 1:30pm today. Thanks Brendon for the find!
on 2/16 reported via e-mail: A Brown Creeper creeping along the
bike trail in Batavia.
on 2/16 reported via e-mail: Every morning after Jazzercise this week I
went to the Fox River for a while. My favorites from this week are the
eagle I saw in South Elgin Wednesday morning south of the dam and
bridge and the coots and ducks grabbing some bread on the bank near
Brendon Lake on 2/15 reported via IBET: Hey all, I found two Ross's Geese with a group of Canada Geese at the Hughes Creek Golf Club on Hughes Road in Elburn at about 3:20pm, they were still present in the corn field to the east an hour later.
Mark Neville on 2/15 reported via e-mail: On a bike ride home on 2/14 a blue bird flew across Weber Dr. in St. Charles Township. A group of 8 coots were on the east shore of the Fox River about 200 yards north of the Illinois Ave. bridge.
Kathy McGinley on 2/14 reported via e-mail: I saw a bald eagle on Tuesday morning, February 12, 2013, around 8:05 a.m. during my morning walk. I had been walking north on Dunham from North Avenue and then walked west on Squire Lane, just south of Country Club Road. (This area is between the Royal Fox Country Club and St. Charles Country Club.) I was on Squire Lane when I saw the bald eagle. It was flying right above the tree tops! This was my first bald eagle sighting in the wild! Amazing!
Kathy Foulkes on 2/14 reported via e-mail: On Thursday, February 14, 2013 at around 2:00 p.m. Mike and Kathy Foulkes saw a bald eagle perched in a tree at the entrance to Batavia Quarry. The majestic bird spread its wings and swooped along the banks of the Fox River. Accompanying the eagle in its flight we could hear the robins singing and a beautiful very colorful pair of cardinals chirping. We were very excited to see these birds!!!
Barb Rask on
2/13 reported via e-mail: We had a couple of surprise visitors today. A
male and female Red Crossbill snacking on sunflower seeds.
on 2/12 reported via e-mail: We have had 2 Red-breasted Nuthatches
at our feeders since October. This is the first year they have stayed
throughout the winter.
on 2/11 reported via e-mail: The snow brought us a group of Horned
Larks to our yard (in Aurora township). There about 14 in the group and
they were seen as recently as today. We also have a group of 8 American
Tree Sparrows visiting our feeders. Other birds hitting our feeders on
a daily basis are Goldfinches, Downy Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Pine
Siskins, and our lone male Red-Bellied Woodpecker.
Julie Long on 2/10 reported via IBET: Yesterday was the first time this winter that 2 common redpolls appeared at my feeders [in St. Charles]. I have consistently had pine siskens, red breasted nuthatches, carolina wren, fox sparrow and the usual feeder birds. The numbers of goldfinches have increased this week from about 6 to 20 average. Perhaps the birds are on the move.
on 2/10 reported via e-mail: Rich and I drove Seavey Rd around 12:30p
from Bliss Rd to Nelson Lake Rd. Highlights were: 8 Snow Buntings on
the roadside, Horned Larks, American Tree Sparrows, 21
American Robins at the top of one tree and a Ring-necked Pheasant
walking in the corn field. The rainy and cloudy weather prevented clear
photography but it was a first time Pheasant photo capture.
on 2/10 reported via IBET: Wanted to mention a Goldeneye I
observed on Friday at the Carpentersville Dam park (Lincoln St/Ave) in Kane
Shambaugh on 2/9 reported via IBET: Friday after work I checked a few
places on the way home.
Laura Werner on 2/9 reported via IBET: I don't know if this is common knowledge already or not, but today I confirmed a Barred Owl nest at Big Rock Forest Preserve in Kane County. Adult was on the nest (staring right at me!)...
Karen Land on 2/9 reported via IBET: I maintain several feeders [in Batavia]. I have 2 sunflower oiler feeders, a peanut suet cone and a regular suet. I just get the normal birds, juncos, nuthatches, woodpeckers, cardinals, finches but suddenly I got an attack from about 15 starlings! They went for the peanut and the suet cake. I never get starlings! They have left and come back 3 times now. Just a surprise to me!
Bob Andrini on
2/8 reported via e-mail: At the end of our country roads ramble today,
we found this Tundra Swan in the field next to the parking lot at
Hickory Knolls. We also had Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs, and Snow
Buntings. They were discovered on roads in the western part of the
Mussachio on 2/7 reported via e-mail: Spotted these 6 Mute Swans
at the Carpentersville Dam today through the rain and fog.
Barbara Bernard on 2/6 reported via e-mail: 2 adults 1 juvenile Bald Eagles at Boy Scout Island 7am 2/6
Mark Bowman on
2/6 reported via e-mail: Got home from taking pics of the varied thrush
in Evanston and there was a COMMON REDPOLL on my thistle feeder.
Keep your eyes open !!
on 2/4 reported via e-mail: I decided to walk the 3 miles from the
dentist on the east side of Elgin to home on the west side. Of course as I
approached and followed the river I saw 8 eagles without a camera.
At the Elgin dam I saw gulls catching fish still cursing my luck of
no camera. At Walton Island I watched a bird I later looked up to learn was
a common loon. It didn't seem to be going anywhere so I called home
for a camera!
Sean Fitzgerald on 2/4 reported via e-Bird: Spotting 2 Thayer's Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Geneva dam on Monday morning. Other birds of note included 10 Redheads, 45 Common Goldeneyes, and 2 Bald Eagles.
Marion Miller on 2/4 reported via e-mail: Saw 6 Eagles (5 Adults, 1 Immature) sitting in the same tree at the entrance to Quarry Park this morning.
on 2/3 reported via e-mail: I think this guy was telling the others a
fish story about the one that got away south of the Batavia quarry.
on 2/3 reported via IBET: Hi, everyone. I was all over the place this
weekend and managed to get some good birding in. Just wanted to share a few
on 2/3 reported via IBET: There were 3 Fox Sparrows near the
first driveway on Seavey Rd. after turning off of Nelson Lake Rd. around
1PM. They were with a few dozen American Tree Sparrows. Luckily
there was a break in westbound traffic for a few minutes.
Brendon Lake on 2/3 reported via IBET: Hey all, the Carpentersville Dam didn't have much but at the end of the walking path there was a group of Common Goldeneyes with one Bufflehead drake mixed in. The Dundee area just south of there had one American Coot. South Elgin Dam was rocking today with Scaup (greater and lesser are both possibilities) and a female Canvasback.
on 2/2 reported: We figured last night's snow would help drive some
"snow birds" toward the roadways. We were partly rewarded with this one
Lapland Longspur found among about 30 Horned Larks on Seavey
Road west of Bliss late this afternoon.
Richard Wilson on 2/2 reported via e-mail: At Freeman Kame, many Red wing blackbirds today at 1:30.They were staying low along the edge of the wooded Kame. Very early sighting in this part of the county for me.
Brendon Lake on 2/2 reported via IBET: Today there hasn't been much traveling, but I have been keeping a lookout for Common Redpolls at my feeder [in Burlington], which have disappeared since the warm-up. There have been many American Tree Sparrows, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Pine Siskins, American Goldfinches, House Sparrows, and a few Black-Capped Chickadees. Today at about 1:17, I found the first Common Redpoll I have seen in a week, feeding on the thistle seed feeder, and then three minutes later had a large raptor flying over the back yard. I was able to put my binoculars on it and see that it was an adult Bald Eagle, the second I have seen fly over or through my backyard in the past three years. It surprised me, since the nearest river system is 30 minutes away!
Jon Duerr on 2/2 reported via e-mail: Stopped above S Elgin dam and found Lesser Black-backed Gull with the Herrings and a few Ring-billed Gulls Saturday morning.
on 2/1 reported via e-mail: Braved the cold this morning and saw some
eagles south of the South Elgin dam and bridge. One wanted to do
some fishing but the gull in pursuit had other ideas. The other flew over
for a while then left.
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