JULY 2010 SIGHTINGS
Ethan and Aaron Gyllenhaal on 7/30 reported via IBET: We...checked the spot where the probable Mottled Duck was, but were unsuccessful. We then went to Nelson Lake, which had normal birds and awesome numbers of Pearl Crescents (a type of butterfly). At Saur Family Preserve, there were Dickcissels galore, Western Meadowlarks, Sedge Wrens, and Marsh Wrens. Also there are plenty of butterflies, including an Eastern Tails Blue and a bunch of bright Black Swallowtails.
Bowman on 7/28 reported via IBET: On our way home tonight, my husband,
Chris, and I stopped by the floodle just west of the University
Horicultural Gardens at Peck Rd. and Rt. 38 in Kane County. We observed 16
Mallards in the far Northwest corner of the floodle and what appeared to
be the MOTTLED DUCK in the Southeast corner approximately 20 yards
from Rt. 38.
on 7/28 reported via IBET: Jeff Skrentny and I were at the spot
indicated this evening at about 5pm, and did not see anything that could
be called a Mottled Duck. There were two barnyard ducks present...but
nothing that even came close to looking like a MODU.
on 7/28 reported via IBET: Using Scott Cohr's excellent map and
directions, I relocated the [Mottled] duck among some Mallards in
the flooded field northwest of the intersection of Peck Rd and Rte 38
(Roosevelt Rd). The buffy face and throat made it easy to separate from
the Mallards, and I was able to get a good scope view of the black spot on
the gape. The bill is grayish green in color, suggesting a female? As
Scott mentioned, the white edging on the speculum is very narrow and hard
on 7/28 reported via IBET: Last evening I had long views of a dark
dabbler that seems pretty consistent with Mottled Duck. I got Jon
Duerr on the location and bird this morning and he confirmed that it is
still present and noted the same field marks. Quick summary of the field
Dickenson on 7/27 reported via e-mail: More eagle photos from the
Ron Dickenson on 7/26 reported via e-mail: The [eaglets] are still here and the adult eagles are still feeding them. The eaglets did a lot of flying around today until one of the adult eagles brought them a fish and dropped it in the nest.
on 7/24 reported via IBET: I went to Nelson Lake Marsh Nature
Preserve/Dick Young Forest Preserve for an ILYB trip (didn't know it was
canceled because of the rain) in Kane County. I took the trails with my
family and I saw Northern Harriers, Coopers Hawks, and, Red-tailed Hawks.
I also saw many Eastern Meadowlarks and Northern Flickers.
on 7/24 reported via e-mail: A pair of RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS
have been coming to my flowers and feeder more frequently lately. It is
the first time I have seen the male this year [past few days]
Miller on 7/23 reported via e-mail: Enjoyed watching the male
cardinal feed his chick in the plum tree in our front yard (Batavia)
Dickenson on 7/19 reported via e-mail: Here's a pictorial update on
the Mooseheart eaglets. Ron reports that both are now flying in and out of
the nest tree.
on 7/18 reported via e-mail: Marion and I saw at least 4, possibly 6
Green Herons on the evening of July 16th at the pond in Batavia,
behind the Kohlís. One of the green herons was near the pondís edge close
to the sidewalk area. On Sunday afternoon, July 18th we were successful in
locating the marsh area at Prairie Green in Geneva and saw 2
Yellow-headed Blackbirds. During our walk out to the marsh we saw 2
Ring-necked Pheasants, an Indigo Bunting, Dickcissels,
Song Sparrows and a Great Blue Heron. Along the shore we
identified many Killdeer, a Spotted Sandpiper and 2
Meadowlarks. Also saw three groups of American Coots on the
water. One group consisted of the 2 adult birds and 6 baby chicks which
displayed the bright red bills and red bald heads.
Marion Miller on 7/13 reported via e-mail: Rich and I went to the observation deck off Fabyan Rd at Peck Farm on July 12th in the evening and immediately saw cedar waxwings, common crackles, red-winged black birds, common yellowthroats and song sparrows.
The evening of
July 13th we decided to pass by our favorite Batavia neighborhood small
pond/marsh behind the Kohl's for a quick look at the Green Herons
and Ducks and noticed a thick white object at the far end of the pond. We
didn't bring our scope and only had our binoculars which didn't provide us
with a real clear view. We did have our digital camera and just zoomed out
and took a few shots of it. When we got home and downloaded the pictures
we were amazed to see we had spotted our first Black-crowned Night
on 7/11 reported via e-mail: Pat Prieditis and I explored Prairie
Green July 11 and were pleased with the gorgeous wildflowers as well as
the birds. Seen and heard were Dickcissels (many), Indigo
buntings, Savannah sparrows, Meadowlark,
Yellow-headed blackbirds defending their territories, Kildeer,
Spotted sandpipers and Coots, mature and immature.
on 7/11 reported via e-mail: This photo was taken by my boss, June
Podjasek (perhaps a budding birder!) at Eaglebrook Golf Course [in Geneva]
where she golfs regularly. She has seen this Sandhill crane family
for weeks, and first saw the "colt" when it was about a foot tall (but she
was without her camera). So nice to see successful Sandhill nesting!
Bryan Hix on 7/10 reported via e-mail: I had an exciting sighting right in my Gilberts backyard yesterday. I was out deadheading some flowers and heard quite a ruckus in a large tree behind our house. There were easily 20 robins swarming a bird sitting high up on a branch. I figured it was just the Cooper's Hawk that frequently visits to grab an unattentive bird. However, I stopped to check it out and it looked different so I grabbed by binoculars and I clearly, without a doubt saw it was a Peregrine Falcon. Eventually it flew off the branch and began to fly in large circles as all the birds chased him. Then it flew higher up and dove very quickly on some of the birds in mid-air directly above me where I could clearly see it was a Peregrine. It was unbelievable as I have only ever seen one live in downtown Chicago on a building.
on 7/8 reported via e-mail: He and Kathy had this House Wren
performing in their backyard.
Schneider on 7/6 reported via e-mail: Mary Lou and I once again tried
to find the Clay-colored Sparrows at Aurora West Forest Preserve, to no
avail. Arriving around 7:15 AM, we spent over an hour scanning the area
around the model airplane field. We did see a Yellow-breasted Chat
that was calling, flying up and singing on the way down, about 100 yards
east of the field. I photographed the chat for documentation purposes, but
it was back-lit and too far away for a decent image. There were a few
Song Sparrows present, and we heard Field Sparrows singing in
the open areas, one Brown Thrasher and a Great-crested
Dickenson on 7/5 reported via e-mail: The bigger Eaglet of the two was
off flying around the nest today. It flew around the nest three different
times while we were there this morning. Here is a picture of the eaglet
taking off, flying, and landing with a red winged black bird right on his
tail when landing. Could have had more sun light - would have had better
pictures but at least I got these.
Mark Bowman on 7/5 reported via e-mail: Yesterday, I was standing in my neighbors backyard talking when I saw a bird fly from my yard across his backyard about fifteen feet up in front of us. I thought it was a blue jay at first given its size and shape. As it got closer I thought it was an odd looking blue jay and then I saw the long tail and could tell it was dull colored. Thats when I realized it was a black-billed or yellow-billed CUCKOO. It went into one of my neighbors trees and I tried to look for it but could not find him. It was certainly an unusual site since I live in the middle of town. The nearest woods to me is Delnor and Norris woods
Schneider on 7/5 reported via e-mail: Mary Lou and I visited West
Aurora Forest Preserve for the first time this morning, in search of the
Clay-colored Sparrows. Started by walking the undeveloped path to the west
from the parking lot, and, at the top of the rise, encountered a covey of
6-8 quail, going away fast (presumably Northern Bobwhite, but I do
not know whether exotic quail may have been introduced by local hunters).
A female pheasant flushed up along with the quail.
More photos on
Rich and Marion Miller on 7/5 reported via e-mail: After enjoying the July 3rd walk around Nelson Lake led by Terry Murray, we decided to revisit the Audubon Bridge area on the path on Sunday July 4th around 7pm. We spotted an Eastern Phoebe, Bobolinks, Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrow, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Heron and many Barn Swallows. Viewing the feeding of some young barn swallows that were perched on a shrub was the highlight of this walk. We also spotted a deer laying in the field.
on 7/3 reported via e-mail: 18 or so people showed up for the morning
Lake Nelson Loop walk led by Terry Murray. In the group was a photographer
from Daily Herald which may run a birding story. Seen on the 3 mile walk
were Indigo Bunting, way too many Cowbirds!, the usual
Red-Wing Blackbirds, Sparrows, and Grackle, 2 Caspian
Terns over the lake, a Green Heron resting on a stream log,
Great Blue Heron, 2 Wood ducks, Cormorant, Barn and Tree
Swallows, Bobolink, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow Warbler, Eastern
Meadowlark, House Wren, Orchard Oriole, Cedar Waxwing,
Common Yellowthroat. Seeing the Green Heron through Terry's
spotting scope was a great highlight!
Dickenson on 7/2 reported via e-mail: They were busy going from branch
to branch today. Should be flying soon.
Mark Bowman on 7/1 reported via e-mail: At Aurora West Forest preserve a few days ago, the CLAY COLORED SPARROWS were very active and vocal. HENSLOW SPARROWS were also active but a lot farther out toward the north part of the preserve. the clay colored were east of the airplane field.
Clay-colored Sparrow photo courtesy Mark Bowman
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