July 2007 Sightings
Karen Lund on 7/31 reported via IBET: I was unable to relocate the avocet Eric reported yesterday. I was there from 1 to 1:30 this afternoon. However, it was nice to learn there is a way to get a better view of that area. I've always checked it from the Trout Park River Trail on the east side of the river.
Eric Secker on 7/31 reported via IBET: We went to Big Rock F.P. on Sunday
afternoon. There weren't any unusual birds, but we had SCARLET TANAGER,
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and other
Eric Secker on 7/30 reported via IBET: I'm up at Judson College in Elgin right now and just came across an AMERICAN AVOCET on the mudflat down by the Fox River. To get there use the side entrance to the college located on Rt. 31 just north of Big Timber Rd. and south of I-90. (not the big entrance at the stoplight.) Follow the road down and just past the stop sign and then take the curve right down the hill to a parking lot by the baseball field. At the west end of the ball field is a trail that will take you down to the river where the Avocet is located.
Ari Shavit on 7/30 reported via IBET: I saw a yellow billed cuckoo at lone grove forest preserve saturday evening. The mosquitos at lone grove are fierce and there are many.
Darrell Shambaugh on
7/11 reported via IBET: I made my fourth foray to Campton Hills to try and
find a Blue Grosbeak and a Summer Tanager, but the coolest thing I found was a
family of five flickers. They were in a tree along the prison fence south
of the trail intersection. Even without the Sumer Tanager and Blue Grosbeak, I
had a nice late afternoon walk. Campton Hills is a wonderful place to bird.
Other birds seen were EASTERN KINGBIRD, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER,
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, WOOD THRUSH (heard
only), COOPER'S HAWK, PURPLE MARTIN (Lots of martins. There are
several houses near the gardens, and martins are zooming around all over the
place) COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, GREY CATBIRD, and NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD. I've seen a mockingbird at Campton Hills on three of my four
trips, always in the garden area. I wish the Summer Tanager and Blue Grosbeak
were this easy to find.
Christopher Cudworth on 7/11 reported via IBET: I was able to locate a
female BLUE GROSBEAK at Campton Hills this morning. There are obviously
multiple pairs here as the bird I located was 3/4 way west through the preserve
where the trail enters dense vegetation next to a soybean field. I observed the
bird and moved away to avoid disturbing any nesting.
Roger Reason on 7/10 reported via IBET: The Northern Mockingbird and Male Blue Grosbeak (at Campton Hills Park) were observed on 10 July late AM in the same areas as described in previous postings. The Summer Tanagers were not seen.
Bob Andrini on 7/9 reported via e-mail: Kath and I went out Monday morning at Campton Hills Park. Thanks to Chris Madsen's comment about the metallic chip note, after about 45 minutes (when we were getting ready to leave) we heard the note and the female Blue Grosbeak flew for some good observation.
Jeffrey Sanders on 7/7 reported via IBET: I was at
Campton Hills Park from 7:30 am until 2:00 pm. no blue grosbeaks or summer
tanagers were seen. Below were the highlights:
Scott Cohrs on 7/3 reported via IBET: The string of success at the Campton Hills gardens and surrounding woods continues. I ran into Mike Madsen this morning in the parking lot, and we walked the trails west of the picnic pavilion. We were able to relocate most of the birds from yesterday, including 1 Summer Tanager and the Blue Grosbeak pair. Again, it appears they are nesting so use caution when trying to relocate the Grosbeak. With patience, you should be able to stand near the trail intersection and eventually see them. The call note is distinctive; it would help to try and key in on that. The female perched twice in a dead snag and preened, so she is somewhat cooperative. While walking back to the parking lot, we stopped briefly in a clearing hoping for a cuckoo. I happened to look up and see a strange shorebird circling overhead. It turned out to be an Upland Sandpiper. I know of no breeding locations near by, so tough to say where this bird came from. Al Stokie called me last night to tell me he had 2 (Northern) mockingbirds in the yard across from the entrance to Campton Gardens. Mike and I were able to see both of them in the yard again this morning. It appears that they may be nesting in a spruce. I happened to meet the man who lives there while he was walking his dog, and he mentioned that the birds have been around most of the summer.
Scott Cohrs on 7/2 reported via IBET: The "Camptagonia"
Gardens (ed: Campton Hills Park) just west of St. Charles continue to produce some great birds. This
morning I had more time available and decided to head back and explore the area
some more. I walked the trail west from the picnic shelter for about a mile as
it paralleled the north side of the boys detention center. Dan Williams had
indicated he had both Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos there on
Saturday, and I was able to pick those up fairly quickly as I walked through the
open woods (thanks Dan!).
Christopher Cudworth on 7/1 reported via IBET: There has been an ORCHARD ORIOLE singing at the trailhead to the Great Western Trail at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. The trailhead is located one-half mile west of Randall Road on Dean Street west of St. Charles. Dean Street is located one-half mile north of Route 64 on Randall Road. From Route 31 go one-half mile west on 64 and turn north to find Dean. The bird is singing more than one-half its song, however.
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