january 2009 Sightings
Nancy Bent and Roger Reason on 1/31 reported via IBET: While visiting the Jelkes Creek Bird Sanctuary, outside of Sleepy Hollow on Boncosky Road (a Dundee Township Open Space site), we observed a Northern Shrike.
Sulli Gibson on 1/31 reported via
IBET: Dick Paulson and I led the ENSBC field trip today (1/31/09) in
the Hampshire area (Kane Co.). This area is NW of Elgin. The duration of
the field trip was approximately 3 hours. There were clear skies and good
side scrape and manure spreads. HORNED LARKs were widespread and we
had 135+ feeding on side scrape and manure spreads at all locations we
checked. SNOW BUNTINGs were concentrated on New Lebanon and Derby
Line Roads where 115+ were tallied. The Buntings were only feeding on side
scrape today. Our usual dairy farms on Walker and Allen Roads failed to
produce any Buntings or Longspurs and only had HORNED LARKs surprisingly.
2 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDs were feeding in manure along Walker Road.
Unfortunately, we did not see any Longspurs on the trip. When we finished
with the fields, we went to Elburn Forest Preserve (Kane Co.) to look for
White-winged Crossbills but nothing of note was seen. Here are our totals:
Debbie Wisser on 1/30 reported via e-mail: I live in an old neighborhood [in Elgin] with very tall evergreen trees scattered throughout the neighborhood. Today I looked out my window up at one of these trees that is two houses from mine, and a small bird landed near the top of the tree. I ran and grabbed my binoculars and was delighted to get a brief look at a pair of White-winged Crossbills. They apparently did not like this type of evergreen and took off. When they took flight, 3 more joined them. I stood outside freezing for a while in the hopes that they would return but they did not. Thanks Kane County Audubon for this special treat, for if I had not joined and participated in some rambles I would have missed seeing these special visitors to the neighborhood. A few Common Redpolls continue to visit my thistle feeder along with Pine Siskins and American Goldfinch.
Nate Sumner on 1/30 reported via e-mail: we have been visiting the bald eagles in batavia weekly. last year there were three birds. last year there was one pair and one tag along who was with them about 40 percent of the time. this year they are back along with a young juvenile. this is a photo from early jan. of the two of them and one from last week of the young one in the back ground and parent? in the front flying.
Bob Andrini on 1/29 reported via phone: Backyard birds today: White-winged Crossbills, Common Redpolls, and Brown Creeper. The crossbills are another yard first.
John Heneghan on 1/29 reported via e-mail: Stopped by Elburn Forest Preserve yesterday (1/28) to look for redpolls and White winged crossbills. None to be seen in the alders and the neighboring fir trees. Drove some of the local roads also, no sightings. A friend saw redpolls at Johnson's Mound a few days ago.
Bob Andrini on 1/28 reported via phone: Kathy saw one dozen(!)
Common Redpolls on their thistle feeders today. The redpolls are a
John Baker on 1/26 reported via e-mail: I've had Common Redpolls, generally two in a big flock of Pine Siskins, at my feeders [a couple of miles west of Wasco] every day for the last three days.
Scott Cohrs on 1/25 reported via IBET:
Ho-hum, more White-winged Crossbills.... Another Hoary... What state is
Eric Walters on 1/25 reported via
IBET: Eager to try my luck further afield to find the 'elusive'
White-winged Crossbills, I ventured out yesterday ...
Mark Bowman on 1/24 reported via e-mail: [I] was at the cemetery by norris woods briefly and ran into Eric Walters who was looking for the crossbills, I did not see any but later in the day at dusk a medium to large sized owl flew through the woods, I could not ID him however.
Scott Cohrs on 1/22 reported via IBET:
[Today I stopped at] the cemetery just north of the Norris Woods parking
lot in St. Charles (on Route 25). After about 10 minutes strolling through
the area, I had 3 White-winged Crossbills fly in, stop for a
second, then fly out again heading west towards the river. These were my
first Kane County White-wingeds. I've stopped at this site a few times
throughout the winter hoping to find them and it finally paid off.
Debbie Wisser on 1/21 reported via e-mail: I [birded] the Fox River Trail south of South Elgin again on Tuesday 1/20. The same Bald Eagle I saw on Monday was perched on a tree not too far south of SEBA park. I saw it both at the start of my walk and as I was returning. Other birds that I don't usually see were a male Hooded Merganser and a male Common Merganser on the river, and one Tufted Titmouse. Today there were Common Redpolls on my feeder (in Elgin). Another bird to add to my life list!
Paul Mayer on 1/21 reported via e-mail: This morning (1/21/09) at 10:05 there were three Common Redpolls on our thistle feeder [in Elburn]. The birds hung around for about twenty minutes but have not been seen since.
Debbie Wisser on 1/19 reported via e-mail: I went for a walk on the Fox River Trail [south of South Elgin] today for the first time since the beginning of January. There were lots of Common Goldeneye on the river. I heard the whistle of their wings as several groups took flight. I also saw an almost full adult Bald Eagle. The head and tail were white, but not brilliant white yet, and its underside was still slightly mottled with white. I was surprised to see my first Yellow Bellied Sapsucker today. The red throat was unmistakable.
Karen Land on 1/17 reported via IBET:
We visited the neat little art gallery in downtown Batavia in the strip
that houses Panera and Walgreens today about 12:30. As we drove out of the
lot we saw a large bird with large wingspan heading up River from the
Batavia Treatment Plant on South Island Street. We followed along until he
perched in a tree near the Batavia Police Department parking lot. He was
easily identifiable [as an immature Bald Eagle] from size and
whitish chest as a number of crows took turns diving towards his head. He
was almost twice the size of the crows. Finally they bugged him enough
that he took off, giving us a close and clear view of his underside which
looked just like the photo in Stokes. He went into a tree below our sight
line but right by the police station.
Mark Bowman on 1/16 reported via e-mail: forgot to report [2 days] ago along perry road just east of county line road and even extending west were lots of horned larks, snow buntings and moderate #'s of lapland longspurs. if anyone spots a screech, barred or long eared owl, please let us know as they are on, at least for myself, my high priority list.
Mark Bowman on 1/15 reported via e-mail: in this bitter cold this AM, my feeders were super active with red bellied woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers on the suet, on the tray feeder and thistle feeder were goldfinches, chickadees, white breasted nuthatches, house finches, house sparrows and pine siskins.
Michael T. Sedwick on 1/13 reported via IBET: This afternoon at about 16:20 while driving home from picking up my new 21 M-pixel camera... there was nearly an accident on Rt. 31 as everyone watched an Adult Bald Eagle fly from the Fox River NW across Rt. 31 just North of [Boy] Scout Island, but before Ferson Creek [Fen]. It was pretty interesting to see them this far out...
Jane Lawson on 1/13 reported via e-mail: One Carolina wren is frequenting our bird feeders in Elgin near Big Timber and Randall.
Scott (no last name) on 1/12 reported
via IBET: Hello, I am visiting from California, what nice weather you
have in Illinois!
John Heneghan on 1/11 reported via IBET: Spent the weekend working at Nachusa Grasslands. On the way out Saturday AM, we saw many snow buntings, lapland longspurs and horned larks along Keslinger Rd. west of Rt 47....
Mark Bowman on 1/8 reported via e-mail: Interesting story. My older brother was by peck farm the other day when a row of cars slowed down to go around something in the road. When he got up to it he saw a red tailed hawk picking at a road kill rabbit frozen on the road and he would not move for the cars. My brother, concerned for the hawk, got out and thought he would get the hawk out of the road and or move the rabbit to the side of the road for him. To his surprise, the hawk not only did not move, but when he got within a few feet of the bird he looked at my brother and “hissed” as if to tell him to get away so my brother just backed off and went his way. He did check back later and most of the rabbit was gone and there was no hawk road kill.
Mike Baum on 1/7 reported via IBET: [Today at] Faybian F. P. in Kane Co. I had an ad. BALD EAGLE and PURPLE FINCHES
Bill Koch on 1/6 reported via e-mail: On my way to work this AM I stopped at the corner of Rt. 20 and Nessler in Elgin. In the field to the north of the intersection I saw some white flashes out in the corn stubble field. I happened to have my binos in the car and spotted a small flock of about 15 SNOW BUNTINGS foraging around. In typical Snow Bunting behavior they landed pecked around for several seconds then moved on to another spot. Didn't see any Laplands in the group. May check out Allen Road this week to see if the the Buntings, Longspurs and Horned Larks are around again this year.
Mark Bowman on 1/6 reported via e-mail: [O]n 1-5 at fermilab saw a lone merlin [lifer] which would not stay in one place very long to get a picture. Also saw a # of goldfinches, house finches and bluebirds in small groups. 2 coyotes also seen. Did not see any ducks that had been reported on IBET the day before.
Karen Lund on 1/4 reported via IBET: Late this morning as I was leaving Les Arends F.P. in Batavia, a pair of peregrines flew over heading east. One bird was noticeably larger than the other. The mallards flushed, but the 3 common goldeneye (1 male and 2 females) were undisturbed.
Chris Madsen on 1/4 reported: Besides the Canada geese and Mallards at Fabyan Forest Preserve this morning, there were about 7 Common Goldeneyes, one of them a female, a male Ring-necked Duck, and a male Hooded Merganser, that has been hanging around for at least five days now.
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