JULY 2009 SIGHTINGS
Darrell Shambaugh on 7/31 reported via IBET: I've been checking [the Elburn fluddle] since the summer of 2007. It has been full of water for at least two years! I think it filled up right after our most recent drought. However, the wind and sun had very little to do with it drying up. I was told that the landowner had been trying to get rid of the water for a long time and finally found the plugged drainpipe and got it unclogged within the last couple of weeks.
Christopher Cudworth on 7/31
reported via IBET: I drove out to Elburn after my errands and found
the area across from the Elburn Forest Preserve entrance almost bone
dry. It had the appearance however of an African watering hole. A group
of 16 egrets and an equal number of great blue herons were
standing around a willow where there was some shade. There was a line or
two of wet ground, but no remaining standing water. One egret did gag
down a rather dry looking fish. It did not go down its craw easily.
Darrell Shambaugh on 7/30 reported
via IBET: There is a pond at Hupp Park at the corner of Illinois and
Orchard on the west side of Aurora that is going down and has a nice
mudflat. Birds seen there about 6:00 PM tonight include
Bob Andrini on 7/30 reported via e-mail: We did get the Swainson's Hawk today near the cemetery at Burlington. The parents must have had their young out, for they kept flying over the car 'screeming' at us. It was...one of the best views of the bird I've had. We also went to the fuddle across from Elburn FP and there was mainly mud - and 50+ Great Egrets and 38 Great Blue Herons.
Darrell Shambaugh on 7/25 reported via IBET: I stopped at Elburn on the way home from work Saturday afternoon and missed the Stilt Sandpipers and the Wilson's Phalaropes, but I did see a BLACK TERN flying around. The water level is way down from last Saturday.
Urs Geiser on 7/25 reported via
IBET: On Saturday afternoon along IL-38 west of Elburn, shorebirds
were up considerably from the numbers that Darrell reported a few days
ago. In addition to the species mentioned in his post..., there were
also 2 adult STILT SANDPIPERS and 2 adult (probably male) WILSON'S
PHALAROPES. A CASPIAN TERN was also present, and a family group (mother,
3 pups) of COYOTE were eyeing the birds, which also included a good
number of GREAT BLUE HERONS and GREAT EGRETS.
John Heneghan on 7/25 reported via IBET: We have had a pair of Blue Grosbeaks hanging around the house [in La Fox] for the last few days. The male sits in a tree calls for about 15-20 minutes and then moves to another tree and begins calling again. First I have seen in this area.
Ari Shavit on 7/22 reported via IBET: I went by [the Elburn fluddle] this afternoon around 3pm, scoped the slough and could not find the Hudsonian Godwit. There were lots of yellowlegs, Great egrets, and Kildeer.
Pete Moxon on 7/22 reported via phone: New arrival today at Sauer Forest Preserve: 2 Willets. The Stilt Sandpipers were not relocated.
Pete Moxon on 7/21 reported via phone: At about 6 PM at the fluddle across Route 38 from the entrance to Elburn Forest Preserve: a molting Hudsonian Godwit. In addition, "lots" of Lesser Yellowlegs and "quite a few" Greater Yellowlegs; Pectoral, Spotted, Solitary, Least, and Semipalmated sandpipers; two Short-billed Dowitchers, and a possible White-rumped Sandpiper (the lighting was marginal). Duck-wise, Pete reported Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Wood Ducks, and Gadwalls. At 7 PM, a single Cattle Egret foraging among some Great Blue Herons.
A report from Sauer Forest Preserve at 9 PM: Three Stilt Sandpipers and four Short-billed Dowitchers along with several Greater and Lesser yellowlegs, some Least and a few Pectoral sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, and Killdeer.
Jon Duerr on 7/20 reported via e-mail: An immature Yellow Warbler came to our garden pond Monday evening. Since our yard and neighborhood are not normal habitat for Yellow W. I assume this one is beginning its migration.
Darrell Shambaugh on 7/19 reported
via IBET: Saturday evening on my way home from work I stopped by
Elburn Forest Preserve (Kane County, on Route 38 west of Route 47 and
Elburn) to check the flooded field north of the preserve for shorebirds,
ducks, and whatever else may be there. I hope this guy doesn't get his
tiles fixed for a long time. This is on fabulous casual wetland. There
were lots of swallows flying around. I could pick out TREE, BARN, and
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED. There were 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES,
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, MALLARDS, WOOD DUCKS, and CANADA
GEESE. All had immature with them. Shorebirds included 2 GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, ~30 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, ~ 15 PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS, ~ 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS, ~2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS,
~10 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, ~100 KILLDEER, and some others
that were too far away to ID.
Bob Fisher on 7/18 reported via
IBET: Karen and I led a DuPage Birding Club field trip on Saturday
in search of Swainson's Hawks and other birds.
Deb Russo on 7/16 reported via e-mail: On July 16 2009 I had an adult and juvenile cedar wax wing over my head in our locust tree. I had never seen this specimen in our yard before. I wondered if my raspberry bushes attracted them or maybe the columbine seeds I was collecting. After reading about their diet I think it is the berries on my junipers
Bob Fisher on 7/15 reported via IBET: The fluddle at OBrien and Melms Rd was loaded with shorebirds when we stopped there [this afternoon]. Nothing rare but nice numbers. I counted 45 Lesser Yellowlegs before they flushed and reshuffled the deck, and about the same number of Least Sandpipers. Singles of Spotted, Solitary, Short-billed Dowitcher and a few Pectorals rounded out the mix, with of course numerous Killdeer. We also had good looks at least one Brewer's Blackbird, though there were probably a few more in the willow trees along OBrien Rd
Leo Miller on 7/15 reported via IBET: [Around noon today at] the O'Brien/Melms Rd fuddle there were lots (over 60) shorebirds. I counted 16 Lesser Yellowlegs, 7 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Short-billed Dowitcher and numerous Least Sandpipers and Killdeer.
Pete Moxon on 7/13 reported via phone: This evening at Sauer Forest Preserve Pete reports at least one American Avocet, 2 Black-necked Stilts, 12 Short-billed Dowitchers, "a few" Pectoral Sandpipers, 7 Greater Yellowlegs, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs, 8 Least Sandpipers, and 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers. He also caught a glimpse of a possible Stilt Sandpiper that darted quickly back into the vegetation. Pete cautions that the birds are very skittish as at least one coyote is working the area. He thus advises keeping a distance from the birds so you don't flush them, preventing later-arriving birders from getting looks.
Karen Lund on 7/13 reported via
IBET: Today's new arrivals [at the Melms/O'Brien Road fluddle] are 3
pectoral sandpipers. Four of the s.b. dowitchers are still
there, along with many least and spotted sandpipers, both
yellowlegs and a solitary solitary sandpiper. I did not see
Darrell Shambaugh on 7/11 reported
via IBET: I was at Nelson Lake this afternoon from 5:30 until 8:00
PM. There were a lot of birds, and even more deer flies. Some nice mud
flats are developing around the edge of the lake. There were a lot of
KILLDEER and a few LEAST SANDPIPERS, and some other slightly
larger peeps. A lot of other birds were on the mud flats too: ROBINS,
MOURNING DOVES, SONG SPARROWS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS
among them. Also over the lake were 5 BLACK TERNS. There were
lots of Swallows flying around. I picked out BARN, BANK,
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED, and TREE. Many CEDAR WAXWINGS were
zooming around with the swallows. A pair of SANDHILL CRANES were
on the mudflat in the southeast part of the lake.
Karen Lund on 7/11 reported via
IBET: Stopped by [the Melms/O'Brien road fluddle] mid-afternoon.
There's pretty much the same mix of birds as seen on Thursday, except
there are now 4 short-billed dowitchers (all in breeding plumage)
and there seems to be a second wilson's phalarope. One was quite
active, unfortunately after Donnie & Jackie Dann left; the other was
snoozing along the grasses and it looked like a juvenile. There were
more of both the yellowlegs as well
Ari Shavit on 7/11 reported via IBET: There's a couple of Caspian terns at the big fluddle across from Elburn forest preserve. They are way on the other side, if they aren't flying you need a scope to see them.
Karen Lund on 7/9 reported via IBET:
I've been checking [the Melms/O'Brien Road fluddle] periodically since
it's kinda, sorta on my way home. Today it paid off. There were 2
short-billed dowitchers, 3 wilson's snipe, 1 adult male
wilson's phalarope, 30+ least sandpipers, 10+ each of
greater and lesser yellowlegs, 13 spotted sandpipers and many
killdeer. There are still plenty of bank swallows around.
Paul Mayer on 7/4 reported via e-mail: There's no question that now's the time for fledging and being taken care of. Here's a Chipping Sparrow feeding a young parasitic Cowbird.
Amar Ayyash on 7/4 reported via IBET: I...made a stop to Kane County and found a single SWAINSON'S HAWK perched across the street from the cemetery on Peplow. It got up and flew to where it was regularly seen last year on Chapman Rd.
Beau Schaefer on 7/2 reported via IBET: Thanks to Joe Lill for his post on the SWAINSON'S HAWK. Last time I went I wasn't looking in the right place. This time I was and had great looks at a cruising Swainson's right in front of me on the east side of Chapman Rd. [south of Burlington] right after the road turns south. It was pretty much in the same spot that Joe reported it from earlier. That's a great-looking bird!
Christopher Cudworth on 7/1 reported
via IBET: [Went to West Side Community Park (formerly Campton Park) in
St. Charles.] On Campton Hills Road 1 mile west of Peck.
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