JULY 2013 SIGHTINGS
Eric Secker on
7/30 reported via IBET: ...there is still a nice population of
Common Nighthawks here in the Elgin / West Dundee area. It's hard to
pinpoint distinct populations without being in a lot of places in the same
night, but I believe there are at least 4 pairs in the area.
on 7/30 reported via e-mail: I stopped above the South Elgin dam
yesterday morning before Jazzercise having been uncharacteristically early.
Turned out to be a great chance to see a couple of new birds...First there
was an immature Green Heron then a few minutes later an immature
Black-crowned Night Heron. Hoping for more exciting finds I stopped
after class as well to find and adult Green Heron.
on 7/29 reported via e-mail: Ruby-throated Hummingbird activity
is increasing as juveniles begin visiting our feeder and flowers in our
on 7/29 reported via e-mail: Although things have been fairly slow
recently, we did welcome back a Ruby Throated Hummingbird to our
yard (in Aurora township) last week. It is a mature male that has been
hitting our honeysuckle, cardinal flower, and fuchsia each day including
today. This is about the same time that we get them in our yard each year.
There is also a subdivision near our house where a Mute Swan has
given birth to five cygnets. We also did get several good looks at
Savannah Sparrows at Nelson Lake along with some Catbirds and
most of the other characters you would expect.
on 7/28 reported: You can't call yourself lucky when on your umpteenth
visit to Burnidge Forest Preserve you finally see (and not just hear) one
of the Clay-colored Sparrows that has been reported there for at
least two months.
Barb Rask on
7/24 reported via e-mail: Look what I found roaming around our
neighborhood [north of St. Charles] this morning.........
Mussachio on 7/22 reported via e-mail: Finally close enough and got a
shot of this speedy little Juvenile Spotted Sandpiper at Buffalo
Park. Wow, patience really does pay off.
Mussachio on 7/20 reported via e-mail: Had a surprising fly over today
by an Osprey at Buffalo Park. I think all the people fishing &
boating kept it from fishing there.
Mussachio on 7/18 reported via e-mail: Unbelievable action at Buffalo
Park. Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Green Heron, Cedar Waxwings,
4 Red-Headed Woodpeckers, 2 Belted Kingfishers, and even a
Fox. Also witnessed a Great Blue Heron get stuck between tree branches
in the water and a Great Egret looked as if wanted to help out its friend.
Once it realized it does not have hands, it just stayed around until the
heron was free. It was amazing.
Brendon Lake on 7/18 reported via IBET: Hey all, I just...found a very interesting Red-Tailed Hawk sitting on one of the telephone poles across the street from D and M Plastics on French Road in Burlington. People have been describing a peculiar looking and large raptor in that area to me for some time now, and this was the first I had seen of it. I was only able to get drive-by views of its front and back, but from what I saw it looked like a pretty good candidate for a Krider's Red-Tailed Hawk to me. The head was very light in color, and somewhat in contrast to its back, and the front had only very faint streaking. I probably didn't have enough time to look at it in great detail, but it was a very impressive hawk to me! It was definitely not a typical Red-Tailed Hawk.
Mussachio on 7/17 reported via e-mail: Made it to Tyler Creek Forest
Preserve to hide from the sun & heat, but it did not help. Luckily I did
come upon an Eastern Wood-Pewee and a Juvenile Rose-Breasted
Grosbeak while there. I am hoping this little one has not been
abandoned because it was calling for its parents the whole time I was there
and they never showed up.
on 7/12 reported via e-mail: For the past week I've noticed a
Double-Crested Cormorant who likes to perch on a light post just
outside of the Charlemagne Subdivision on Kirk [across from St. Charles
East High School]. I saw that these are uncommon on your Kane County Bird
Checklist, so I thought you might like to know. From what I can tell, it is
a non-breeding adult.
Mussachio on 7/9 reported via e-mail: Checked on the Red-headed
woodpecker's nest today in Carpentersville and found 2 adults, but
using a different hole than a couple of weeks ago. So, is this the same
birds or a new pair with a new nest? They did not tell me, so your guess is
as good as mine. Did not hear or see any babies while there. Also had the
usual suspects there fishing and having great success. Got lucky with a
Ed Vedral on
7/7 reported via e-mail: Catbirds have built a nest in a dense
bush outside my basement office. They laid 2 eggs and the chicks are now
hatched. To take a picture of them, I have to get on a ladder. The catbirds
do not like me looking at their nest. This is the first time I have found
their nest, although they have been around for years.
Al Stokie on 7/7 reported via IBET: ...we drove along Chapman Rd near Burlington in Kane Co & it came as a surprise that the usually hard to find SWAINSON'S HAWK was hunting & not very high in the air. It's almost never that easy as I usually have to make 2 or 3 trips to find that species...
on 7/5 reported via e-mail: Stopped just above the South Elgin dam this
morning and heard some interesting calls. After a long search of a nearby
tree I saw this Gray Catbird which is a new bird for me.
on 7/3 reported via e-mail: Tuesday, 7/2/13 an unusual out of season
visitor to my thistle feeder ( in S.E. St. Charles ) caught my attention. A
Pine Siskin visited and has not returned up to this point. It was
accompanied by a single American Goldfinch. I did some cursory
research and found one Siskin spent the summer in our area in 1982 and
another late sighting was reported for June 29, 1974.
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