JANUARY 2017 SIGHTINGS
Liz Gerity on 1/31 reported via e-mail: A Kingfisher was busy at noon today on the Great Western trail a half mile west of the Windings near the bridge and beaver dams.
Vicky Sroczynski on 1/31 reported via eBird: At Judson University, the Long-tailed Duck.
Howard Blum on 1/30 reported via IBET: ...Not much by the Carpentersville dam, but on Lincoln Avenue a few blocks north of Route 72 bridge was an awesome Mallard Hybrid, it had the green head and a white patch on the breast, but with no trim and the body was all brownish like a cinnamon Teal? For lack of a really good description I'm gonna look at my pictures and come to a conclusion later! Also a pair of Hooded Mergansers nearby and dozens of Goldeneyes. Nothing much else by the river at Trout Park in Elgin and and nothing but one Mute Swan and a few Common Mergansers at Slade park as well, no sign of any Longtailed Duck, (chuckle) !! All right I can't get my expectations too high now! My excuse was there was a lot of ice flow.
Al Stokie on 1/30 reported
via IBET: Hello Bird People,
Oliver Burrus on 1/29 reported via IBET: [The Illinois Young Birders] met at Carpenters Dam with guest leader Scott Cohrs. In the parking lot, Scott heard a Brown Creeper and a Bald Eagle flew over. Once everyone got there, we looked at the river finding a banded Canada Goose (N6Y3) (white numbers on an orange band) and three Greater White-fronted Geese (good spotting by Ethan Ellis) among the hundreds of Canadas. after the excitement of all of the Geese, we walked down the path where Matthew Cvetas found the leucistic Goldeneye. On the walk back, we found a lone Green-winged Teal, and a perched Bald Eagle. After a stop at Panera, we went to the Gail Borden Library. There we saw that up the river at Judson there were a lot more Geese. So we made the stop there short. We drove to a place across from Judson where we found some Cackling Geese and a very cooperative Brown Creeper. We walked up a path, finding the Long-tailed Duck (which has not been seen since Wednesday), another Cackling Goose, and a couple Bald Eagles. Then we drove down to John J. Duerr FP, where the best bird was a low flyover, juvenile Bald Eagle. But wait that is not it, as we were driving home I saw a flock of Canada Geese and in that flock, there was a tiny white goose and at first I said there was a Snow Goose but I soon realized that the bird was way too small to be a Snow and I decided it was a lifer Ross's.
Al Stokie on 1/26 reported
via IBET: ...The Carpentersville Dam had few ducks or gulls & nearby
Jack Hill Park only had Goldeneye (~20) & a few Mallards.
Checked the river both north & south from Elgin's Kimball St bridge & dam &
all the ducks were just north behind the big library building. Here I saw 1
each Lesser Scaup & male Redhead, Goldeneye (6) & Common
Mergs (20-22) but if the L.T. Duck was there I didn't find it. One
adult Bald Eagle & 2 Great Blue Herons were also there.
There were many reports of the Long-tailed Duck on 1/24. It was spotted up river from the Gail Borden Library in Elgin north to Judson University.
Davida Kalina on 1/24 reported via eBird: Spotting a Thayer's Gull also at Judson.
Eric Secker on 1/24 reported via eBird: Seeing a Glaucous Gull also at Judson.
John Mayer on 1/23 reported
via e-mail: I came across this Long-tailed Duck at Judson
University today at 3:45 PM. This duck was swimming with three Common
Mergansers at the north end of the University property. I could not get
any better quality photos from the distance I was away. I relocated to the
north but the duck was gone.
Scott Cohrs on 1/23 reported via eBird: Spotting a Ross's Goose at James O. Breen Community Park South in St. Charles.
Jason Newton on 1/23 reported via eBird: Finding a Ross's Goose along Jehrico Road in Big Rock.
Diane Hansen on 1/23 reported
via e-mail: I walked from SEBA Park to Jon J Duerr and back Sunday but
before I even got there I pulled over to check out a silhouette in a tree
along Route 31 just south of Route 20. It was an American Kestrel. I
took that as a good sign for the rest of the day. The trees next to the
first ball field as you head south on the river trail just past the foot
bridge were full of birds. I saw goldfinches, house finches, juncos,
chickadees, downy woodpeckers and several Eastern Bluebirds.
They were a lovely pop of color on a drab day.
Oliver Burrus on 1/22 reported via IBET: We had not been to Carpentersville Dam in a week and a half so I wanted to see if anything was there. At the dam, few birds were present (although we did see lots of Canada Geese). We walked down the trail finding some American Tree Sparrows, a pair of Cardinals, and some Chickadees. We headed back to our car to drive down to the Fox River in West Dundee. We scanned the river looking for the Barrow's Goldeneye which has not been seen this year. We had no luck with the Barrow's but we did find what could be a first basic Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Oliver Burrus on 1/21 reported via IBET: I also noticed that in Carpentersville. Also I saw five Mute Swans on the Fox River in West Dundee.
Brendon Lake on 1/21 reported via IBET: At 11:30, there was a large flock of geese on Meredith Road, just north of Route 38, near Elburn. At least 42 Snow Geese, and one Greater White-fronted Goose were among the many Canadas. Lots of geese airborne and on the move today.
Scott Cohrs on 1/21 reported via eBird: A Ross's Goose at a fluddle on Palmer Road. "Small white goose, stubby bill. Circling area. Appeared to be a juvenile as it still had some gray plumage. "
Eric Secker on 1/15 reported
via IBET: We took a nice long walk through Oakhurst F.P. today. Looks
like the freezing rain hit harder here than by us up in Elgin. Trails were
very icy and we walked mostly along the grass trail edges. The birds were
fairly active for a winter day.
John Heneghan on 1/13
reported via e-mail: On my suet feeder at home in Big Rock, a Hairy
and Downy Woodpecker.
Theresa LeCompte on 1/9
reported via e-mail: My husband, Greg, and I went for a walk at
Johnson's Mound this morning. I told him to keep his eyes peeled for a
Barred Owl and this is what he found for me.
Lanette Padula on 1/9
reported via e-mail: Today I spotted a swan on the fox river in
St. Charles from our back yard. The other day I saw six of them with one
Alan Lloyd on 1/9 reported
via e-mail: Saw several Bald Eagles yesterday, north of the
Elgin library around the Slade Avenue park ...
Several People on 1/9:
Reported seeing a Greylag Goose along the Fox River near the
ballfield south of the dam.
Walt Lutz on 1/8 reported via
e-mail: Shocked to see this Killdeer on this bitter cold day at
Muirhead Forest Preserve.
Chris Madsen on 1/8 reported: Carla and I walked from Batavia's Quarry Park to Les Arends Forest Preserve this morning. Considering the frigid temps, there was quite a bit of bird activity. We tallied 22 species in little over an hour.
Highlights included the Common
cousins - Goldeneye and Merganser, 4 or 5 Bald Eagles, at
least 4 Red-Tailed Hawks, a flock of 10(?) berry-devouring Cedar
Waxwings, and one each of Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron,
puffed against the cold American Robin, White-throated Sparrow,
and our prize-of-the-day Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Oliver Burrus on 1/8 reported via IBET: As we pulled into our driveway [in Carpentersville] I noticed a Bald Eagle perched on our neighbor's tree. As I scanned their yard I found 5 more! I ran inside to grab my camera to photograph them and while I was outside I saw a Merlin and a Red-tailed Hawk flyover along with a Brown Creeper, some Cedar Waxwings, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, and the common feeder birds. All of these birds were seen within a minute.
Oliver Burrus on 1/7 reported
via IBET: We started our day off at the Otto Parking lot [in
Carpentersville] finding three Eagles, lots of Goldeneye
(including the leucistic) and Mallards, and hundreds of Canada
Geese. After a short stop there, we drove up to the Dam finding that
there were still very few Gulls. Although we did find a lot of
American Tree Sparrows. We walked down the path where the birding was
better with the same birds seen at Otto and a pair of Hooded Mergansers.
As we walked back, we scanned the Tree Sparrow flock finding a
Kurt Frieders on 1/5 reported
via e-mail: There were several Bald Eagles, including this
really cooperative one, along Route 25 in Montgomery this morning. The
numbers of Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers seem to be
building. There also are the regular Canada Geese and Mallards.
Many Great Blue Herons are huddled together on one island.
Stacy Schroeder on 1/4 reported via e-mail: Today I saw an adult Bald eagle and a young bald eagle soaring above St Patrick's Preschool/ Church in downtown St Charles. They were in the area for at least 15 minutes.
Al Stokie on 1/3 reported via
IBET: Hello Bird People,
Oliver Burrus on 1/3 reported via IBET: ... we decided to go over to Carpentersville Dam to see if any of the Gulls seen last week and before were still there. On Lincoln Avenue, there were some Goldeneye, Geese, Mallards, and a Herring Gull. But at the Dam, birding was slow with only some Mergansers, a Great Blue Heron, and a few Gulls. We walked down the path finding a Brown Creeper and more ducks including the same leucistic Goldeneye.
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