JULY 2012 SIGHTINGS
Mussachio on 7/31 reported via e-mail: Here is the juvenile red-headed
woodpecker from today in Cville. The parents were paying attention to it,
so I think everything is ok. Actually there were at least 4 adults flying
around the area.
on 7/30 reported via e-mail: This Osprey was hanging around
Fabyans this afternoon.
Bob Fisher on 7/30 reported via IBET: Karen and I checked out the sod field on the N side of Main St, on the E edge of Kaneville Monday morning. 2 Buffies were still present among the very numerous Killdeer.
Aldrich on 7/29 reported via IBET: Hello! I spent the morning and
early afternoon looking for shorebirds. Some highlights below:
Aaron Gyllenhaal on 7/29 reported via IBET: My dad and I just had a [Buff-breasted Sandpiper] at Kaneville Sod Farms about half way down Bateman Rd and a third of a mile out in the sod. This was at 2:50. A spotting scope is needed.
Jackie Bowman on 7/27 reported via IBET: At 5:40 Chris and I relocated one UPLAND SANDPIPER and two BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPERS at the Kaneville Sod Farms. They were all on the north side of Main Street and the west side of the gravel road. Thank you Scott for your keen eye!
on 7/27 reported via IBET: There were 2 Upland Sandpipers at
the Kaneville sod farms this afternoon. They were on the north side of the
road (Main St), and initially in the bare dirt. They then moved north into
the grass. As I was watching, a Cooper's Hawk came by and all the
birds lifted, but it appeared as if they all settled again further north
in the field. I did not try to relocate them after that.
on 7/23 reported via IBET: On Friday evening my wife and I had a
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW singing (if you can call it that) in the fields
north and east of the westernmost parking lot at Burnidge F.P. in Kane Co.
Jeffrey Duncan on 7/22 reported via e-mail: I saw what I believe to be a Caspian Tern hunting at the retention pond in Orchard Estates in North Aurora this afternoon. It dove and dropped it's prey several times before finally securing a meal and flying off.
on 7/16 reported via e-mail: This morning Mary Lou and I found a
female Dickcissel perching in an oak tree in Hawk's Bluff Park,
Batavia. I almost did not recognize it out of a grassland habitat. It is
the first Dickcissel we have seen in the park. At Nelson Lake this past
Thursday, two adult Bald Eagles seemed to be hunting cooperatively,
taking swoops at what looked like a female Mallard that was accompanied by
a longer-necked bird, possibly a Pied-billed Grebe. There appeared to be
several ducklings in the water and in the grass that was now growing out
of the lake, as it is very shallow. The second of two cooperative attempts
appeared to be successful, as I photographed the first eagle departing
with a small prey item-- a duckling? I also counted 108 Killdeer in
a panoramic photo I took of the lake from the east viewing platform. I
have posted a series of photos on my
FLICKR pages and latest
John Heneghan on 7/16 reported via IBET: My girlfriend called this AM on the way to work to tell me of seeing 8 sandhill cranes in the harvested wheat field on Bliss Rd north of I-88 in Kane County. We have seen them here abouts, in the past, in the fall.
Bob Andrini on 7/15 reported via e-mail: While birding Norris Woods Sunday, Kath and I heard a couple of very harsh bird sounds. Upon investigating at the rivers edge, we saw 4 Caspian Terns doing some very serious fishing.
on 7/14 reported via e-mail: Rich and I visited Helm Wood Forest
Preserve in Carpentersville this morning. It is a beautiful quiet woods
surrounded by some grasslands. Besides enjoying the many deer seen, we
heard our first, Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Other highlights of the 34
species tallied, were Blue-winged Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Wood
Thrushes and watching 4 Red-headed Woodpeckers, two of them
being juveniles, flying in close proximity to each other. For a complete
visit this Ebird link. A special thanks to Scott Cohrs for his help
that lead us to this preserve.
Shambaugh on 7/13 reported via IBET: There were some shorebirds in a
pond west of Aurora this afternoon, 7/13/12. I was bicycling on the Gilman
Trail and didn't have my scope, so I didn't get to check them as well as I
would have liked. I could see two LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a couple
larger shorebirds too far away to ID, and a bunch of small ones.
on 7/9 reported via e-mail: Two Black-crowned Night Herons were
seen at 10:30 today at the marsh on the corner of Trentt Dr. and Wolcott
Ln in Batavia. They are both perched in the bare branches to the back of
the pond and are best seen from Trentt Dr.
Chris Madsen on 7/9 reported: What a treat this morning in St. Charles! At 6:30 a Carolina Wren bugled its reveille call from the bushes beside my front porch. Mission accomplished, it was gone before I could reach for my camera.
on 7/8 reported: Among the many young birds that Carla and I came
across this weekend was this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen this
morning at Hickory Knolls Natural Area.
Mussachio on 7/6 reported via e-mail: Came across these Tree
Swallows at the Woods Creek Riparian Corridor in Algonquin.
on 7/3 reported via e-mail: Marion and I were out at Grunwald Farm
Forest Preserve this morning (7-3-12). It was muggy and humid - even at
7:00am. We walked the forest and pond trails. The highlights of the day
were a Broad-winged Hawk, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and a Killdeer
with 3 chicks.
on 7/2 reported via IBET: On Saturday, my wife and I finally went to
check out the marsh in Pingree Grove on Reinking Rd. that Steve Bailey
mentioned in his recent post. I always thought this spot looked good from
Al Stokie on
7/1 reported via IBET: Hello Bird People,
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