JULY 2014 SIGHTINGS
Jude Vickery on 7/31 reported via eBird: At the Sugar Grove Sports Complex, a Wilson's Phalarope along with a Least Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, and 5 Lesser Yellowlegs.
Marion Miller on 7/31
reported via e-mail: Rich and I checked out some areas for shorebirds
this morning. Prairie Green has a small amount of water remaining and some
mudflats. Will probably dry up in a day or two if it doesn't rain.
Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers and 11 Great Egrets were the
highlights. The water level at the retention pond between Deerpath and
Orchard, that is opposite the Auto Mall, is too high and has no mudflats.
However 4 vocal Red-tailed Hawks flying over our heads while we were
checking was pretty cool. Guessing they might be the family from the silo
nest a little bit north of the pond. The best find were 4 American
Avocets, in breeding plumage and 24 Caspian Terns, some
immature, at a retention pond off Indian Trail in Aurora. The Caspian Terns
were very vocal and were either fighting over or sharing some tiny fish.
The Avocets did fly to the Vaughan Athletic Center ponds just west of the
original site later in the afternoon. In the ponds at the back of the
Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W Indian Trail in Aurora, there are some
mudflats and a Greater Yellowlegs was there.
Eric Secker on 7/31 reported
via e-mail: This past weekend we were at the Blue Goose Market in St.
Charles and noticed over 150 Cliff Swallows flying up on the ledge
of this building at the corner of Illinois St. and 1st Street. I'm sure a
lot of them were grown young from the nests under the Rt. 64 bridge over
the Fox River.
Jim Narovec on 7/31 reported
via e-mail: We have a Cardinal nest in a tree about 2 feet from
a bedroom window at our house and finally one of the babies wandered away
from the nest. Also have a single Hummingbird that routinely visits
a feeder between 6 and 7 in the morning.
Pete Moxon on 7/25 reported via eBird: Had a Northern Mockingbird on Finley Road just west of Route 47 in Blackberry Township.
Diane Hansen on 7/25 reported via e-mail: I had a great walk along the Fox River from S.E.B.A. to Stearns Road and east to Brewster Creek then back.
I saw several birds I don't normally see including 1 Indigo Bunting, 1 Osprey and a Green Heron that landed in a tree near the Stearns Road bridge.
I also saw Cedar Waxwings,
Goldfinches and a Red-Headed Woodpecker that seems to hang out in S.E.B.A
Park these days plus Great Blue Heron, Spotted Sandpiper and Killdeer.
Ted Schnell on 7/21 reported
via e-mail: I seldom crop my photos. My training was to crop inside the
camera — in other words, frame the photo so you don't have to crop it.
There are exceptions to the rule, however, and I thought this shot of a
great egret was one. I shot this Sunday evening, July 20, 2014, along the
Fox River Trail, north of Slade Avenue Park in Elgin, Illinois.
Scott Cohrs on 7/20 reported via eBird: A Blue Grosbeak seen Sunday morning on the berms of the Kaneville quarry.
Sue Wagoner on 7/19 reported
via e-mail: There was a pair of American Kestrels at Nelson Lake
Prairie today, on the dead tree on the west gravel path, making about 10
Tree Swallows very unhappy. Also seen were female and immature
Dickcissels (no males seen or heard).
Brendon Lake on 7/19 reported
via IBET: I made my way out to the Dugan Road fluddle yet again, this
time hoping to get my lifer Short-Billed Dowitcher, as Marion Miller had
told me three were there at the time. I arrived a little after 1:30, and
saw an incredible number of Lesser Yellowlegs, and many Killdeer
right off the bat. As Al had mentioned, no Avocet to be seen. There were a
couple of Solitary Sandpipers, and several Least Sandpipers,
and I finally came across what I was looking for as three Short-Billed
Dowitchers were feeding near each other along the south and west end of
the fluddle. Later on, a fourth was with them, either I had missed it
before, or it had come in with one of the groups of Yellowlegs that were
flying in from time to time.
Al Stokie on 7/19 reported
via IBET: Hello Bird People,
There were 6 eBird reports of the American Avocet being seen on 7/18 from the Sugar Grove Sports Complex (off Wheeler Road east of the Dugan Road intersection).
Marion Miller on 7/18
reported via e-mail: American Avocet at the Dugan Rd fluddle on
Brendon Lake on 7/17 reported
via e-mail: A stopover at the Pingree Grove Water Treatment Plant Marsh
produced three adult Black-Crowned Night Herons, all actively
hunting at the same time at one point this afternoon. An eBird report
mentioned that a Caspian Tern had been seen earlier in the day at Nelson
Lake, and Caspian Tern was something I still needed for the year. At Nelson
Lake, the Caspian Tern was immediately visible from the observation
platform on the east side. There was also a pair of Common Yellowthroats
that were gathering food and bringing it to a tree on the south side of the
platform, probably for young. As I walked along the west side of Nelson
Lake, a Grasshopper Sparrow popped up briefly, and many Sedge
Wrens were to be seen on the south and southwest sides of the preserve.
A Great Blue Heron flushed out of some cottonwoods on the south end,
and six more flew over together. Last but not least, six Purple Martins
were seen in the vicinity of the pavilion near the north parking lot, and
Eastern Bluebird and Northern Flicker fledglings were seen.
Jackie Bowman on 7/16 reported via IBET: Avocet continues at the Dugan Rd fluddle today. Viewing from area near sports complex at Wheeler Road.
Marion Miller on 7/16 reported via IBET: Pete Moxon called me to say he & Paul Quintas stopped at the Dugan Rd. Slough (our new name for the fluddle there) & found an American Avocet along with some other common shorebirds: Greater Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, & Killdeer.
Shorebirds have been coming and going regularly in the last week-apparently from somewhere nearby.
The flooded farm field is along Dugan rd, N of Wheeler & S of Scott Rd. It is safely accessible from the end of the Sports Complex parking lot which has its entrance on Wheeler just East of Dugan.
Laura Werner on 7/16 reported via IBET: Just a few sightings that made me happy as I walked yesterday at the west side of Dick Young Forest Preserve in Kane County.
I saw a Horned Lark in juvenal plumage and a Bobolink in juvenal plumage, both of which gave me a few moments of puzzlement before I could ID them, quite a few Sedge Wrens, one of which came up above the grass to sing for me, and several singing Henslow's Sparrows, which are always a pleasant find, being the study subject of my Masters degree.
The rest were the usual suspects, but the beautiful weather and the beautiful prairie alone would have made the walk worthwhile.
Marion Miller on 7/15
reported via e-mail: Stilt Sandpipers at the fluddle on Dugan
Rd, Sugar Grove on Monday afternoon.
Pete Moxon on 7/14 reported via text message: At a fluddle on Dugan road just north of Wheeler Road, both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Least, Pectoral, Spotted, Solitary, and Stilt sandpipers.
In addition, Davida Kalina via eBird reported a Short-billed Dowitcher at the same location.
Andrew Aldrich on 7/13 reported via eBird: Two Least Bitterns, a Black-crowned Night-Heron, a Common Gallinule, 2 Sandhill Cranes, and 2 Yellow-headed Blackbirds among other species at the Pingree Grove water treatment plant marsh.
Bob Fisher on 7/12 reported via IBET: That after an unsuccessful attempt on Saturday morning, a contingent of DuPage Birding Club members saw two Swainson's Hawks in the afternoon at the traditional location in Burlington. While driving the roads outside of town a Cooper's Hawk and a flock of Bobolinks were also seen. They had close looks at Grasshopper Sparrows at Burlington Prairie Forest Preserve.
Matt Wistrand on 7/12 reported via IBET: There is currently a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER in the fluddle at the corner of Dauberman and Keslinger Roads in Kane County. [9:07 AM]
Sue Wagoner on 7/11 reported
via e-mail: Nelson Lake prairie is becoming one of my favorite morning
walks and photo shoots-- the Common Yellowthroats really cooperated
July 10, plus all the other regulars- Meadowlarks, Bobolinks,
Grasshopper Sparrows, Sedge Wrens. Also seen were some interesting
insects: Mourning Cloak butterflies, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies,
Twelve-Spotted Skimmer dragonflies, and this unfortunate unidentified
Chris Mussachio on 7/10
reported via e-mail: Some very nice surprises this week. I believe this
is the newly fledged Red-Tailed Hawks from the nest in Kane County
I've been watching for the last 3 years. This Immature Bald Eagle
was soaring high over Woods Creek Watershed for about 10 minutes and slowly
drifted away to the west.
Sue Wagoner on 7/9 reported
via e-mail: I saw a Clay Colored Sparrow at Nelson Lake prairie
off of Main Street today- my first of the year (on the gravel trail to the
west). Also seen were very visible Grasshopper Sparrows (odd to see
the beak wide open and the throat and body vibrating but no sound
whatsoever.... old ears!!), Bobolinks, many Common Yellowthroats,
3 Sedge Wrens (2 on the west gravel trail and one on the paved
trail), and 2 Baltimore Orioles. Photos are not the greatest because
I shot with my close-up lens meant for the butterflies I thought I would
see! Monday I had my telephoto lens and a Painted Lady Butterfly landed on
my shoe-- several times! Go figure!
Bill Baar on 7/7 reported via e-mail: Saw a nesting pair of Sandhill Cranes and their two chicks just off the east side of Denker Road, and north of Bolcum road around 2PM on Sunday July 6th. They were very close to the road and seemed not bothered at all by traffic, and just enjoying the shade under the tree. One of the adults was sitting which I've never seen a Crane do before. Hope this turns out well. I imagine the next is in the wet lands to the west of Denker.
Regina McNulty on 7/4 reported via eBird: An American Bittern, in flight, at Pingree Grove Forest Preserve on Friday morning.
Davida Kalina on 7/4 reported via eBird: An American Bittern, flying at the Pingree Grove water treatment plant Friday evening.
Al Stokie on 7/4 reported via
IBET: Hello Bird People, I hope everyone has a fine 4th of July on such
a sunny day!
Walter Lutz on 7/2 reported via e-mail: July 2 at Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve saw a male Common Yellowthroat feeding a Cowbird twice its size. Just hated seeing that.
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