June 2007 Sightings
Sue Wagoner on 6/30 reported via e-mail:
We again have a family of Cooper's Hawks in my neighborhood in Aurora --
last year I saw the nest and nestlings but this year they nested further down
the road and I haven't seen their nest- however, they are using the same
telephone pole as their dining table (straight across from my house)-- A couple
days ago a parent (I believe it was the male) had caught some prey, landed on
the pole and called- quite soon three "squeeling-screeching-whistling" young
ones came flying in. The parent flew away and the 3 jostled for the meat-- (they
all ended up eating)-- one would eat and another would grab the food with its
talons and pull it away (SORRY to say I was not quick enough with my camera to
get these glorious shots), but I did get this-- the food-holder when challenged
would flare its tail and wings TO LOOK REALLY SCARY-- but they all did eat
(there is a visibly stronger and bigger one of the three). I get a kick out of
watching them-- see the big scary predator with some remaining baby fuzz on his
head! What fun.
Chris Madsen on 6/26 reported: Although he was not vocalizing, the Northern Mockingbird was easy to find this evening at the entrance to the Campton Hills Park garden plots. For a time the bird was preening on top of the "IYC (Illinois Youth Center) St. Charles" sign along Campton Hills Road. (Take Route 64 west of Randall Road and turn left on Campton Hills Road.) During the time I was observing the bird, he would reposition every two minutes or so, flying 100 to 200 feet each time. In other words, he's active and easy to spot.
Scott Cohrs on 6/26 reported via IBET:
This morning I was able to easily relocate the Northern Mockingbird that
Chris Cudworth reported at the Campton Hills garden plots just west of St.
Charles. The bird was hopping around in the garden in typical mocker fashion.
Please see his previous post for directions.
Eric Secker on 6/25 reported via IBET: I've been
birding a few times lately at Burnidge FP during late afternoons and evenings.
The grassland area west of the parking lot (central / west end of preserve) has
a handful of HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, SEDGE WREN, DICKCISSEL,
two YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS (distant), and other regulars.
Christopher Cudworth on 6/25 reported via IBET: While riding my bike east
on Campton Hills (Road) Sunday morning a MOCKINGBIRD crossed the road
directly to Illinois Youth Home entrance west of St. Charles/Kane County. This
area is right next to the public garden plots at the St. Charles Park District
and adjacent to the Campton Soccer and Football complex. Seconds after passing
this bird I heard a short burst of startled song from the understory shrubs that
could have been another mocker. Mockingbirds are not that common here at the
north end of their published range.
Scott Cohrs on 6/24 reported via IBET: Since it seems that Bell's
Vireo is a target for a few people right now, I thought I'd mention that
there is still one at Aurora West in Kane County. Today was the first time I was
able to get there since late May, and the Bell's was singing in the same tree as
it was 5 weeks ago. If you take the path from the parking lot towards the power
lines, the vireo is present on the east side of the path as you break through
the cottonwoods into the scrub area.
Christopher Cudworth on 6/19 reported via IBET: For
the fifth consecutive year a pair of Cooper's Hawks has bred in one of
three contiguous yards on our block in Batavia/Kane County. This year again they
selected our 50 foot white pine tree in our back yard. Two years ago in this
same tree they fledged four young. This year again they have four young hatched.
The test of survival is always when they leave the nest. Last year one young
bird succumbed to a collision with the neighbor's window. Their dog gently
collected the dying bird and brought it to their porch. Which is odd, because
the dog tears to pieces every mammal it can get its jaws on, especially rabbits.
Participants on the 6/2 Nelson Lake birdwalk saw and/or heard: Both the Black- and Yellow-billed cuckoos, Orchard Oriole, many Green and Great Blue herons, Ring-necked Pheasants, Sandhill Cranes, Yellow Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Sedge and Marsh wrens, Savannah and Swamp sparrows, and Dickcissels along with other more common bird fare.
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