JULY 2011 SIGHTINGS
Pete Moxon on 7/27 reported via text message: Wednesday @ Nelson Lake: no Stilt Sandpiper, either gone or out of view. Shorebirds seen include one Baird's Sandpiper, 4 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 7 Solitary Sandpipers, 8 Spotted Sandpipers, more than 50 Least Sandpipers, and 14 Killdeers. Also seen, one Caspian Tern.
Pete Moxon on 7/26 reported via text messages: At Sauer FP this morning, a Baird's Sandpiper and Short-billed Dowitcher. Also found among the shorebirds, 6 Pectoral and 5 Least Sandpipers, a Semipalmated Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Sandpipers, a solitary Solitary Sandpiper, and 22 Killdeers. Pete also had an Indigo Bunting and Ruby-throated Hummingbird, both sharing the same bush in the middle of the property - one of about 5 bushes on the site.
No shorebirds at Carson Slough/Denny Road Marsh.
At Nelson Lake, a Stilt Sandpiper and 2 Baird's Sandpipers along with Least, Semipalmated, and Pectoral sandpipers.
on 7/22 reported via e-mail: These photos of Sandy and his family were
taken about 3 p.m. today. The top one shows "like father; like offspring"
as our resident Sandhill Crane appears to have taught his chicks to
follow his pattern over the last four years of coming to my office window.
The bottom photo gives you a better look at the slight difference in size
between the two chicks on the left and their parent on the right. The
chicks fly well now, so I'm counting the days before they leave our area.
Their departure last year was while I was on vacation in mid August. I'll
be here this year...waiting and watching.
Laura Greenwald on 7/20 reported via e-mail: I live in Heritage West Subdivision which is right south of the Eagles old nest off of Randall Road. It is Wed at 8:00 and 2 Eaglets are hanging around the rooftops of our houses here. I will try to take a picture. Would be cool if parents and juveniles would meet up????
on 7/17 reported via e-mail: Two female Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds
have been visiting my red Bergamot flowers several times a day. One of
them, as I was sitting with my camera in a chair, flew toward me, landed
in a bush about 4 feet away, checked me out and flew on. Guess I'm part of
the environment now!
on 7/16 reported via e-mail: Rich and I were fortunate to get some
great views of a flying Swainson's Hawk during a Saturday outing in
Burlington. We first saw him coming over the tree line at a distance and
he slowly flew towards us then over our heads as he hunted the fields.
Kurt Frieders on 7/14 reported via e-mail: Yesterday afternoon I had a pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks fly over my house (in Aurora township) really low. They were both very vocal, and gave me several very good looks at them as they were gliding around. We have had a very nice variety of hawks in the yard before, but never these. I could not get over how vocal they were even while being undisturbed. Hopefully I'll get to see them again, but I know the backyard birds won't miss them.
on 7/13 reported: Twenty birders on tonight's walk at LeRoy Oakes
Forest Preserve got good looks at the evening's target bird - the
Mark Bowman on 7/13 reported via e-mail: At 6 PM today I looked up off my patio in the backyard and a BROAD-WINGED HAWK went cruising over.
on 7/13 reported via e-mail: Yesterday I photographed three Hooded
Mergansers on the lake at Jones Meadow Park (Mooseheart & White Oak in
North Aurora). They were rather distant and the light was poor. They were
still there this morning, but were keeping to the cove at the NE end of
the lake, which is surrounded by private property, so I did no better.
This morning, along the path that runs south along the eastern side of
Nelson Lake, while hoping to find a Marsh Wren, I had close looks at a
Swamp Sparrow. It had a deformity, growth or possibly a parasite on
its right foot, but it appeared healthy and was singing at times. No Marsh
Wrens were heard or seen.
Pete Moxon on 7/12 reported via phone: An unnamed friend reported a total of three Common Moorhens with 9 chicks at the Elburn slough (the fluddle across Route 38 from the entrance to Elburn Forest Preserve).
Pete Moxon on 7/10 reported via text message: With Al Stokie, Mike Trehan, and Bob Erickson at Sauer Forest Preserve: 1 Stilt Sandpiper, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 9 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 11 Least Sandpipers.
At the fluddle on the south side of Route 38 west of Meredith Road: 1 Short-billed Dowitcher along with Lesser Yellowlegs, Least, Spotted, and Solitary Sandpipers.
At the Peck Road fluddle north of Route 38: Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper.
On Chapman Road outside of Burlington: Swainson's Hawk and a Sora in a fluddle along the road.
At Nelson Lake: Lots of mudflats due to low water levels resulted in at least 85 shorebirds, not counting LOTS of Killdeer. The shorebirds include 6 Stilt Sandpipers, 12 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 probable White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Solitary and 2 Spotted sandpipers, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 60 peeps, most of which sounded to be Least Sandpipers.
Yeanette Johnson on 7/7 reported via IBET: Had a fantastic walk through Aurora West this evening! Stayed on the gravel path that meanders through the center of the preserve all the way across Hankes Rd & back to the Verona Ridge Subdivision parking area. Here are some of the highlights from the trek:
on 7/7 reported via e-mail: At the north entrance of Nelson Lake
around 8:00 this morning I heard two Marsh Wrens singing in the
marsh, and an Eastern Screech Owl calling from the trees behind. I
finally heard (but failed to see) four singing Henslow's Sparrows
along the west gravel trail south of the mound. Heard two singing Sedge
Wrens and did get a distant photo of one. Bobolinks were quite
numerous along the southern part of the paved trail. I saw one flock of 8,
mostly adult males, and two pairs that appeared to be on territories along
the north side of the path, and another near the Audubon Bridge. One pair
drove away a meadowlark. Got nice close views of a pair of Field
Sparrows, a Savannah Sparrow and several Grasshopper
Sparrows. Many Dickcissels, goldfinches, yellowthroats, Song
Sparrows, Indigo Buntings and Red-wings. There was one
Eastern Bluebird near the parking lot. Two Caspian Terns flew
over the prairie towards the lake. Saw 27 species in all.
on 7/7 reported via e-mail: What was that? A Hummingbird? A Bumblebee?
Neither. It was a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth! This
visitor was hovering over the Verbena in our hanging basket this evening.
Aldrich on 7/7 reported via IBET: Tuesday, 7/5/11
on 7/4 reported via e-mail: Took a pleasant, almost bug free, early
morning walk on the far limestone path west of Nelson Lake. Many of the
grassland species were present. Our target bird was the Henslow’s
Sparrow. Thanx to Yeanette J and Sue W, who had pointed out the area
where we could hear the singing Henslow earlier in the week, we were able
to quickly relocate a signing Henslow today. After a short wait he popped
up among the grasses. We got great scope looks and a few photos. Also seen
during the walk to the bridge and back were: Common Yellowthroats,
Dickcissels, Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Grasshopper Sparrows, Song
Sparrows, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Eastern Phoebes,
and American Goldfinches. Sedge Wren and Pheasants
were heard. Also seen was the American Farmer’s Zeppelin; sorry we did not
get a shot!
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