JANUARY 2011 SIGHTINGS
Bill Koch on
1/31 reported via e-mail: Today at 1:30 I visited the baseball fields
by the Elgin DMV just south of Rt 20. They are located right by the Fox
River on the West side.
Bob Andrini on 1/31 reported via e-mail: Today (Monday) while monitoring Norris Woods in St. Charles, I was surprised to hear an Eastern Bluebird singing - spring might be on its way (after the BIG snow tomorrow). 9 other species were seen.
Bill Koch on 1/30 reported via e-mail: On my way out to Elburn Forest Preserve today I viewed a Northern Harrier cruising the prairie area of Corron Farm just south of McDonald Road. I saw it at 12:30 and 2:45pm At Elburn FP in the Black Alder trees by the train tracks there was a large group of Pine Siskins. I took the time to view each bird and found a single Common Redpoll in the group. On my way out I ran into Tim Balassie. We found possibly another group of Siskins and found what I believe to be a different Common Redpoll. This one didnít have as much red on the breast area. If you go to Elburn to look be careful. There is a lot of ice under the snow by the tracks because it was flooded back there earlier in the year.
on 1/30 reported via e-mail: Both a Northern Pintail and a
Gadwall spotted yesterday at Jon Duerr Forest Preserve.
Jim Narovec on 1/29 reported via e-mail: Eagle spotted in a tree along the east bank of the Fox River south of [Dundee's] Main St. bridge lunchtime on 1/29. Talked to a few people who spotted one flying from here to up by the C'ville Dam. Was also told several were seen along the river near the Library in Elgin and around South End Park in W. Dundee.
on 1/28 reported via IBET: A stroll with my dog at the Dick Young FP
in Batavia this afternoon revealed one robin piping away in the
tree tops, and a vocalization that I think was a Pine Siskin, a
slightly upward tiltiing, buzzy call. I tentatively identified it as a
siskin immediately upon hearing it, recalling the sound from when I had
them at my birdfeeder daily in Nevada. When I got back to my car, I
listened to the audio recording, which seemed to match. However, I never
did sight the bird (and I didn't have my binoculars anyway, having
accidentally left them behind.)
Cudworth on 1/28 reported via IBET: A flurry of bird activity late
morning here in Batavia, which felt like feeding in anticipation of
predicted snow. That's happened frequently of late.
on 1/27 reported via e-mail: One Eagle spotted in a tree along
the east bank of the Fox River south of Main St. bridge lunchtime on 1/27.
Saw it about a 1/2 hr later further south on the West Bank in West Dundee.
Same Eagle appears to hanging out in the area, as a coworker has seen one
the last few days in the same area and time of day.
Barbara Bernard on 1/25 reported via e-mail: Two bald eagles, both in a tree, immediately south of the South Elgin bridge, (State Street) at 7:38 this morning, (1/25/11). One adult and one juvenile on the East side of the river.
Rick Lambert on 1/24 reported via phone: At Big Rock Forest Preserve this morning, Rick spotted two small groups of Eastern Bluebirds. One was near the scout cabins, the other near the quarry. Rick also reported a Northern Harrier at the preserve.
on 1/24 reported via e-mail: Chris and I were out by the Fox River
along side the water treatment facility in Geneva. We had great looks at a
female Mallard, a male Hooded Merganser, and a female
Black Duck with her male hybrid American Black Duck/Mallard.
Dimoplon on 1/22 reported via e-mail: January 22, 2011. Margaret
Mechtenberg called to say that she and Roger observed a Rough-legged
Hawk this morning at the Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary in West Dundee.
For more on Jelke Creek and directions to the parking area click on the
Ann Wilson on 1/22 reported via e-mail: Saw a mature bald eagle today at Geneva's Island Park, about a block south of State Street bridge. Crows were chasing it as it soared over the river before seeking refuge in a tree on the west side of the river.
Julie Long on 1/20 reported via e-mail: There is a dark morph snow goose hanging out with the Canadian geese on the Fox River at Batavia quarry park. On Wed. it was in the section next to the beginning of the drive into the parking area. There also was a kingfisher, bald eagle, robin, and at least 4 common mergansers in/near the river stretch next to the road into the parking lot.
Kurt Frieders on 1/20 reported via e-mail: I just saw four Common Mergansers on the Fox River right off of the Montgomery Road Bridge. There were three very nicely colored up drakes and one hen. On my way back across the bridge I spotted a bunch of Mallards along with a small group of Common Goldeneye. There were several nice drakes in the group.
on 1/19 reported via e-mail: Near the Batavia quarry today:
Paul Mayer on 1/19 reported via e-mail: This morning along the Fox River between St Charles and Geneva there were four Hooded Mergansers and what appears to be a second or third year Bald Eagle. The mergansers were at the foot of Devereaux Way in the open water behind the city building at the warn water discharge. Accompanying the mergs were several Mallards and a few coots. The eagle was perched in a tree at the Geneva dam. I'm guessing closer to a third year bird as the head showed quite a bit of white above the eye and it had a very noticeable triangular patch on its back when seen in flight. Field guides are not very consistent on these points.
Jonathan Bobbe on 1/16 reported via IBET: The Eagles were hanging out just north of the Elgin Library, by a waste-water treatment plant. At the north end of the open water across from the Library. There were three total.
Cathy Martens on 1/15 reported via e-mail: This morning at 11:30 there was a mature bald eagle perched in a tree alongside Keslinger Rd. (at Brundige) in Geneva. I pulled over to watch it, and after a few minutes it flew off to the north. Mill Creek is nearby, but this area is several miles from the Fox river.
on 1/14 reported via e-mail: The Northern Shrike is still
hunting the fields of Aurora West Forest Preserve.
Ron Dickenson on 1/13 reported via
e-mail: This immature, almost mature, eagle was along the
Batavia river walk by Batavia city hall today.
Ron Dickenson on 1/12 reported via e-mail: At
least 2 Bald Eagles near the Batavia quarry today, an adult and an
on 1/10 reported via e-mail: 2 Eagles spotted north of the Dam
in Carpentersville on the west bank of the River on 1/9.
O'Deen on 1/9 reported via e-mail: Today my 4 yr old daughter and I
took a trip out to the Batavia quarry to see a Bald Eagle. Just as
we were headed back to the car after an hour of looking, one flew by on
the other side of the fox river. But then flew back next to us along the
bank! about 50 ft away.! It was about 3pm and awesome she got to see her
1st bald eagle..
Cudworth on 1/8 reported via IBET: Yesterday morning I followed
directions to find the Northern Shrike at Aurora West forest
preserve off Hankes Road west of Aurora.
Kim Girard on 1/6 reported via e-mail: Wednesday and Thursday, around 2 pm - Great Western Trail, west of Brown Road. Very vocal male kingfisher hanging out near the creek. Got some great looks at him and today, saw him perched on a branch with a small fish in his beak!
on 1/6 reported via e-mail: Among the 21 birds seen on the ramble this
morning at the Batavia Quarry was this Winter Wren.
Shambaugh on 1/6 reported via IBET: Tuesday an immature BALD EAGLE
soared overhead above Route 25 in Geneva.
on 1/5 reported via e-mail: I spotted a Bald Eagle today in
North Aurora approx 2 miles west from Woodmans. It was alone and hung out
for over three hours. I have spotted one flying over a year ago but I have
never seen one hang around.
Ron Dickenson on 1/5 reported via e-mail: Six Eagles down by the Batavia Quarry today 2 adults 4 immatures.
George Kruchten on 1/5 reported via e-mail: [Bald Eagles] This morning near Elgin Library 3 Adults and 8 Immatures
Dickenson on 1/4 reported via e-mail: Seeing this immature Cooper's
Hawk along the Riverwalk near the dam in Batavia today.
on 1/3 reported via e-mail: At WEST AURORA FP Chris and I found the
NORTHERN SHRIKE on the east side. There were goldfinches,
juncos and chickadees also present [shrike food]. The shrike
was not real cooperative for pics however.
George Kruchten on 1/3 reported via phone: Ten(!) Bald Eagles near the Elgin Public Library today.
Cudworth on 1/2 reported via IBET: A brown creeper visits our
two big maples in our back yard at mid-day. I'm setting up to get a
photograph of the bird next weekend now that I know he/she is so
consistent. My wife says he is there at almost the precise same time when
the sun is out.
Angela A. on 1/2 reported via e-mail: I spotted 3 Goldeneyes and a Kingfisher on the Fox River near Mooseheart yesterday...Also, today we spotted a bald eagle flying over the Fox River about .25 mile north of the dam in North Aurora.
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