January 2008 Sightings
Jon Duerr on 1/31 reported via e-mail: A flock of Redpolls were spotted at Elburn Forest Preserve on Sunday. They were at the south end in a stand of Black Alder.
John Heneghan on 1/28 reported via IBET: Thanks to Jon
Duerr and all who posted of the redpolls at Binnie Woods in Kane county. We went
there yesterday and arrived just as a couple of cars of birders were leaving. We
hiked the trail to the North of the lot and found the redpolls feeding in alder
behind some houses on the East side. I was excited to see them, my first time.
Saw one redpoll that could have been a hoary, but it was hopping around so much
I didn't get a good picture. We did a little tromping through the hardwoods
hoping to catch a glimpse of the evening grosbeaks, but see not see any. Saw
lots of cardinals.
Bob Fisher on 1/27 reported via IBET: ...some of
us travelled back east on Chicago Rd (aka Galena Rd) south of Rte 30. A couple
of hundred feet east of the intersection with Little Rock Rd (aka Granart Rd) we
were startled to see an adult PEREGRINE FALCON feeding on a kill on a
roadside telephone pole. Important to the county listers in our group, the bird
was in Kendall County while on the pole. When it flew off with its prey and
landed in a snow covered field to finish eating, it was in Kane County.
Dan Williams on 1/27 reported via IBET: A Northern Shrike was singing this morning along the trail (at Binnie Forest Preserve) that loops west and northwest of the parking lot past the alders and tamaracks. The Common Redpolls were flying around, with 1 flock that came overhead with ~ 20 birds. No sight or sound of Evening Grosbeaks. Enjoyed seeing Roger Hotham, his wife Margaret and their friend, Gloria, all of whom enjoyed these birds.
John Heneghan on 1/27 reported via IBET: This morning while observing the
birds at my feeders, I noted a set of tracks much larger than the others. I went
to fill the feeders and noted the tracks went off in front of my neighbors
house. After filling the feeders, I grabbed my camera and followed the tracks
around my neighbors side yard and along the railroad tracks to the back of the
lot where the birdtracks led to a big brush pile. Pheasants have a habit
of waiting till you are on top of them before they will fly. Sure enough at the
brush pile I stood for 5 minutes looking and when I took a step, a beautiful
male cock flew up and away. I hope he will stick around for another meal!!
Christopher Cudworth on 1/26 reported via
IBET: To follow Karen's post, I also found a healthy number of snow
buntings and longspurs on Scott Road west of Sugar Grove. To reach
Scott Road, take Route 47 north of Sugar Grove and turn left at the intersection
of Bliss and Route 47. This road bends to the northwest and then turns west.
There were good flocks of horned larks on Scott at the farms just before
Dauberman Road, which cuts north to Kaneville. There were birds feeding on the
road shoulders scraped by the plows. Their habits are quite consistent: fly away
when cars in either direction approach, then return to feeding. Sometimes they
queue up in the fields a bit. There was also a flock of perhaps 40 snow
buntings, larks and longspurs (some with elegant dark winter plumage) on
Dauberman 1 mile south of Kaneville Road. This road can be quite busy at times,
I was surprised to learn.
Sulli Gibson on 1/26 reported via IBET: Dick Paulson and I led the
(Evanston North Shore Bird Club) field trip today to the fields out in Hampshire
along with 10 participants. We had total success and saw all three target birds
in good numbers. We saw almost all the birds on Allen Road and Walker Road in
Hampshire. Here are our totals:
Jon Duerr on 1/26 reported via IBET: We returned to Binnie For. Preserve Sat. morning and found the Common Redpolls again (only 50-75 today). As we were leaving the preserve 4-5 Evening Grosbeaks flew in front and above the car into the denser oak woods near the entrance. We could not locate them. This would be an ideal location for them since low density subdivisions are on all sides of the preserve and Sycamore trees are the abandoned nursery as I described yesterday ( four years ago when the Grosbeaks were at Hampshire F P, we found them opening the fruits of Sycamores).
Jon Duerr on 1/25 reported via e-mail: Found a flock of 150-200 Common Redpolls at Binnie For. Pres. Kane Co. at 11:00 Friday 1/25. The Preserve has an abandoned nursery where Black Alder, Larch and River Birch are maturing and the cones and catkins are the attraction for the Redpolls. This planting is west and northwest of the parking lot. Binnie F P is on Binnie Rd. which is one mile north of Ill. Rt 72 and one mile west of Randall, W. Dundee.
Karen Lund on 1/23 reported via IBET: I've received a few e-mails regarding the Walker Rd. (Kane County) snow buntings. They were still there this morning with longspurs & horned larks mixed in... After driving by the Walker Rd. site, I continued north to Melms Rd. where Walker Rd. ends, turned east to Harmony Rd. where Melms Rd. ends and south back to Allen Rd. There were 75+ snow buntings on Harmony Rd.
Chris Madsen on 1/21 reported: Took a quick walk in the morning freeze today on the bikepath beside the Batavia quarry. Among the thousands(?) of Canada Geese were Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneye. Flitting in the tress along the shore were Black-capped Chickadees and a solitary White-breasted Nuthatch. Patrolling the river, a noisy Belted Kingfisher. And just south of the south dam, the highlight of the day, a Bald Eagle perched high in a tree on the point of the island.
Karen Lund on 1/21 reported via IBET: On
the way to work this morning, I drove by the Walker Rd. farm to check for the
snow buntings. Zilch - not one bird. I turned around in a driveway just
north of the farm to get back to Allen Rd. and 100+ buntings were in or still
flying into the barnyard. Moral of the story - patience. If they're not there,
either wait or check out the nearby fields.
Karen Lund on 1/20 reported via IBET: In Kane
County on Walker Rd. between Allen Rd. & Melms Rd. (west of
Karen Land on 1/19 reported via IBET: We have
been refilling the feeders daily for the last 5 days.
Darrell Shambaugh on 1/12 reported via IBET: The back
yard of the Big Rock Grade School is flooded right now, and there were 1000 to
1500 Canada Geese there today. I could find only one other species, a
blue morph SNOW GOOSE, with them. This area was flooded last spring when
and had about 30 Wilson's Snipe one day last April. Any time there is lots of
standing water, the Big Rock Grade School is probably worth checking if you are
in the area. If school is in session, you won't be able to, but it is easy to
check on days when school is out.
Ann Haverstock on 1/12 reported via e-mail: A female Great Horned Owl on the courthouse nest at 9 AM.
Scott Cohrs on 1/6 reported via IBET: I'll add to the redpoll sightings, since Kane County seems to be a bit left out thus far. I had 2 Common Redpolls at Campton Hills park, a couple hundred yards west of the garden area. Many will remember this site as the home of the Blue Grosbeak/Summer Tanager/Northern Mockingbirds from this past summer. Unfortunately, I saw none of those today. The redpolls flew off to the northwest after a brief stay. Otherwise, the walk was pretty quiet. I was a bit surprised I didn't find a shrike, as the area on the west side seems to be pretty good habitat. Seems any decent acre of habitat has a shrike this winter. Maybe next time.
Sulli Gibson on 1/5 reported via IBET: KANE COUNTY - Allen Rd. had 114 SNOW BUNTING and 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (light morph); Walker Rd had 85 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD (!!) The general area had 24 HORNED LARK.
Rhonda Nelson on 1/4 reported via phone: A large flock of snow birds were spotted today on Seavey Road about 1/2 mile west of Bliss Road. Half of the birds were Horned Larks and the other half were Snow Buntings.
Jane McMillan on 1/2 reported via phone: On a New Year's Day afternoon walk from South Elgin's S.E.B.A. Park to Jon Duerr Forest Preserve she had 2 adult Bald Eagles, Eastern Bluebirds, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, Song Sparrow, and American Robins along with more common birds.
Mike Tartaglia on 1/1 reported via e-mail: A friend of mine told me he saw a
bald eagle two consecutive days (12/29-30) along the Fox River just north
of the Sullivan Road bridge in Aurora, and said he got some decent photos. I
went looking but did not find it there yesterday, but I looked again today
starting from downtown Batavia and heading south. I got lucky and spotted one
in a tree on the west side of the river directly across the river from the
Funway (where there is a kind of natural dam - not sure if this is the "south
dam" mentioned in your recent sightings web page) at about 13:30 today.
Unfortunately, I had left my camera in the car in the Funway parking lot, and
when I returned with it, the eagle took off and flew south. I was not successful
finding it again after that (tried Red Oak, park on Rt 56 in North Aurora, and
near Sullivan Rd).
Bryan Hix on 1/1 reported via e-mail: I thought I would let you know that I was looking out the window today in my backyard after the big snow and saw a bird drop down onto another one from a higher branch on my river birch. Once I got my binoculars out and looked, I about fell over when I was fortunate enough to see that it was a northern shrike. I tried to get my camera quickly, but ended up missing the opportunity. However, I did get to see the shrike take off with the house finch in its mouth. It was fantastic. I just saw the same bird (I assume) chasing another finch in mid-air right over my back yard. I live in the Timber Trails subdivision in Gilberts off of Big Timber near Burnidge Forest Preserve. What an awesome bird and experience that was.
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