JUNE 2010 SIGHTINGS
Schneider on 6/30 reported via e-mail: At Nelson Lake this morning,
Mary Lou and I saw and photographed a pair of Bobolinks that were
feeding at least one fledgling. They were located just north of the
southeast bend in the loop trail through the north prairie, off Main
Street. We also photographed a Henslow's Sparrow along the
northwest portion of the loop trail, northeast of the mound where several
pairs nested last year. We heard at least one other Henslow's at this
location as well as along the east trail, probably where Christopher found
them earlier today.
Cudworth on 6/30 reported via IBET: Along with all the regular (Sedge
Wren, Dickcissel, Savannah, Song, Grasshopper and Vesper) there are at
least two singing Henslow's Sparrows along the asphalt path at Dick
Young Forest Preserve. These birds regularly perch well in sight and sing
Dickenson on 6/29 reported via e-mail: The eaglet that was "grounded"
on Sunday was back in the nest today!
Bryan Hix on 6/28 reported via e-mail: I love that one does not have to go on an expedition to find birds around here. I cruised out to a favorite spot of mine and was able to come across some Kildeer chicks that must not have exceeded 4 inches. There were so cute, but very elusive! Mom watched them from a mound of dirt and lead them through several empty lots for food as I slowly followed along from my mobile blind (my car).
[I also found
dozens and dozens of Dickcissels at] the Highland Woods subdivision
off of Rt. 20 west of Elgin. Turn in the main entrance and go past the
school on the right. Take one of the next two lefts into the area of empty
lots and slow down and listen. You will find them about every 30 yards
singing, both males and females. Also, be on the look out for lots of
spotted sandpipers with chicks as well as kildeer with their chicks.
on 6/28 reported via e-mail: On Friday Ramu caught one of the eaglets
doing some flight training, two days before he (probably a reckless male)
or his sibling fell or glided out of the nest (see the next post).
Dickenson on 6/27 reported via e-mail: One Eaglet is out of the nest
today with both adults keeping a eye on it. I think it fell out of the
nest but seems to be ok.
Rich and Marion Miller on 6/27 reported via e-mail: On Sunday while viewing the Bald Eagles from Hawk Bluff we spotted and identified an Eastern Phoebe on a dead branch of a large oak tree. It kept flying out and circling and coming back to the branch. Later we learned this may have been its “hawking” behavior when it catches insects.
on 6/27 reported via e-mail: I drove past the eagle nest on my way
home from work 6-26 and did not notice any activity around the nest, they
may have flown the coupe. I did go to prairie green and there are 2-3
YH BLACKBIRDS there and a number of DICKCISSELS in the field.
SAVANNAH, SONG and GRASSHOPPER are the sparrows out there.
At LeRoy Oaks there is a nesting BLUEBIRD with chattering young
along the great western trail and next to them are nesting TREE
SWALLOWS. I did not see the orchard orioles out there.
on 6/26 reported via e-mail: The picture is of the Great Blue Heron
near what looks like its nest in the small marsh by the north parking lot
observation spot. Later, on the Mid-County Trail, saw a group of
opportunistic Cedar Waxwings come in after the morning rain storm
as the bugs were starting to dry off and buzz around again. Also saw what
looked like two female pheasants loudly chortling in the field and
then flying very low across the Trail towards the Lake Nelson treeline.
Also saw a juvenile redwing blackbird with two female adults;
Goldfinches; the usual sparrows.
Dickenson on 6/25 reported via e-mail: Ron's photos from the nest
today give credence to the thought that the eaglets will soon be flying,
and with that flight, the parents will become empty-nesters.
on 6/25 reported via e-mail: Wednesday's severe storm led to these two
immature Cooper's Hawks ending up soaked and sitting on the wicker
chair of a front porch in an Aurora neighborhood on Thursday 6-24.
(Perhaps they lost their nest to the storm and the wicker chair was the
closest to a nest they could find?) When I went for photos, they had dried
off considerably and were sitting on the rail of the porch apparently
waiting for their parent(s) to find them.
Dickenson on 6/22 reported via e-mail: A picture captures today's scene
at the Mooseheart nest.
Marion Miller on 6/21 reported via e-mail: After reading some of the
previous posts, [we] took a walk off the main street entrance to the
Nelson Lake Marsh area. Being novice birders it was great to see and
identify, an Eastern Meadowlark, Dickcissels, Indigo
Bunting, and the female Red- winged Black bird. We also went to
the Nelson Lake Rd entrance and saw and identified an Eastern Kingbird,
five Cormorants swimming on the lake and a Great Blue Heron.
Although we did not see it, a walker came by and said the other day her
dog chased out an American Woodcock from the field near the path opposite
the picnic area at the main street entrance.
on 6/21 reported via e-mail: There was a Summer Tanager on the
west side of Nelson Lake yesterday. It was located in the trees above the
old overlook. Eventually it moved north along the trees on the bluff.
Bryan Hix on 6/20 reported via e-mail: **A word of warning when driving through a Kane County FP** I had what I thought would be a quick, enjoyable Father's Day drive through Burnidge FP to see what was around today. I was able to see several indigo buntings, several dickcissels singing, a brown thrasher, yellow warblers, a common yellowthroat, and a spotted sandpiper. I stopped my car to photograph an indigo bunting about 50 yards away and a curious cycler stopped and asked me about my camera lens. About 30 seconds later a Kane County FP Police Officer stopped his Explorer and told me there was no parking allowed on the road. I explained I was just stopped, not parked (foot on the brake and in drive) and I was just telling the cyclist about my lens. He then angrily told me to give him my license and he was going to give me a $50 ticket for illegal parking. The cyclist at this point took off shaking his head in dismay. Wow, I had to look around to see if I was on candid camera. He ended up not giving me a ticket, but said that next time he sees me stopped in this FP he will arrest me and tow my car! I wanted to let people know about this incident because apparently we birders are not allowed to stop our cars ever in a K.C. forest preserve to look at anything or risk being arrested. Needless to say, I will be filing a formal complaint with the chief tomorrow morning about this ridiculous situation.
Karen Land on 6/20 reported via IBET: One adult Sandhill Crane was foraging in the scrub grass along the north side of Main Street Batavia across from the north entrance to Dick Young Forest Preserve aka Nelson Lake Marsh at 12:30 pm today.
on 6/18 reported via e-mail: A walk this morning at Fitchie Creek
produced, among the more common residents, this Lark sparrow (there
were several), Dickcissels, Horned Lark, Baltimore Orioles,
Rose-breasted grosbeaks, Indigo buntings, and Brown thrasher.
Cudworth on 6/18 reported via IBET: Marilyn: Interesting you should
make this trip and post as I rode through the prairie portion of the trail
at the tail end of a bike ride yesterday to see "who was home" and
immediately noted the songs (such as they are) of several Henslow's.
During a two mile bike loop also managed to hear or see SEDGE WREN,
BOBOLINK, EASTERN KINGBIRD, SAVANNAH SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW,
DICKCISSEL, GOLDFINCH, BARN SWALLOW, AND INDIGO BUNTING.
on 6/17 reported via IBET: Following Christopher Cudworth's lead of
last week, Marscha Chenoweth, Pat Eggleston, Betsy Fikjes and I met this
morning (Thurs. 6/17) at the Main St. entrance of Nelson Lake Marsh. It
was a delightful walk down a wide gravel path with grassland birds sitting
high or popping up mostly near the path! Though we did have the benefit of
a scope, the birds were easily seen with binoculars. Beginning with a
FIELD and a CHIPPING SPARROW near the parking lot, we had
SAVANNAH, GRASSHOPPER, HENSLOW'S and SONG SPARROWs, interspersed with
COMMON YELLOWTHROATs, DICKCISSELs, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHes,
SEDGE WRENs and EASTERN MEADOWLARKs. Overhead a GREEN
HERON, a GREAT BLUE HERON and BARN SWALLOWs flew, while
SANDHILL CRANEs were heard. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were all
around and an AMERICAN KESTREL hovered over, then dropped into the
grasses, apparently intent on robbing a nest, but was immediately attacked
by two RWBL males and several females. A couple of INDIGO BUNTINGs
added to the color and a PIED-BILLED GREBE disappeared under the
water of a small marsh near the parking lot. All this commenced a short
distance down the path, so someone unable to walk very far can easily
enjoy these birds.
on 6/17 reported via e-mail: The latest antics of the Mooseheart
eaglets. They are stretching and hopping across the nest. Then they
show off to each other ("Look at me!" posing and such). Fun to watch.
Bill Koch on
6/17 reported via e-mail: The ramble at Fitchie Creek FP on Wednesday
produced 43 species of birds. The sparrows included, Henslow's, Vesper,
Field, Song, Savannah and Lark Sparrows.
Haverstock on 6/17 reported via e-mail: A winter wren is
singing on territory at Campton F.P. Audio Recorded and seen 6/17/10 and
6/7/10. Whether a female is present is unknown. He could be lost and
confused. He was heard and seen while doing a survey. He was in Plot 5
today (6/17). He has also been between Plots 6 and 5. If you want a map
that shows the plot locations you must email me.
Dickenson on 6/16 reported via e-mail: The eaglets at
Mooseheart are nearing the time that they'll solo.
Joe Nudd on 6/12 reported via e-mail: Hello, We live in st Charles,
IL. Attached are pics of what we think are turkey vultures in 2
huge cotton wood trees next door. They have returned a few days in a row,
sometimes up to 6 birds have shown up. We hope they decide to build
Jeanne Letizia on 6/11 reported via e-mail: There appears to be a turkey vulture nest in a large old tree on Keslinger, just west of Randall Rd, on the south border of Delnor Hospital. Look for a large old tree, which you can drive up close to by entering the Delnor Hospital property and going to one of their outpatient medical office buildings. If you are across the street from Antonio's pizza on Kesslinger, you have found the area containing the old tree. We see the turkey vultures soaring overhead all the time, flying in and out of the tree at the top of the trunk, and even perching on top of the medical office building nearby.
Dickenson on 6/10 reported via e-mail: Here's a photographic update of
the Mooseheart eagles.
Ann Haverstock on 6/9 reported via e-mail: I have been able to see (using my scope) good views of the Kane bald eagles from the Batavia neighborhood that is East of the birds. There is an open drainage field on McClurg Drive. If you stay on its higher areas and look SW toward those tall White pines you can get pretty good views. It is a very safe location to bring children. Bring your scope.
Schneider on 6/8 reported via e-mail: As Christopher noted, on Monday
June 7 we also encountered many Dicksissels and Grasshopper
Sparrows, as well as Sedge Wrens while walking the north
prairie at Nelson Lake. We did hear and see a Willow Flycatcher in
the small grove of trees near the fence line that crosses the NW portion
of the loop. We heard no Henslow's Sparrows, but the wind did make it more
difficult for me to distinguish their song from the initial note in a
distant Grasshopper Sparrow song. The burn has fragmented the Henslow's
previous territory on the hill, and they do not nest in freshly burned
prairie. Perhaps they have relocated. to a less accessible area. I have
posted additional photos on
my FLICKR account.
Ann Haverstock on 6/7 reported via e-mail: This A.M. while doing my BCN bird survey [at Campton Forest Preserve], I came across a couple of unusual birds. A singing Acadian Flycatcher and a singing Winter Wren. You may be able to find both species if you head due east when coming from the Town Hall Rd. Entrance. Winter Wren was on edge of North Woodland and Acadian Flycatcher was North of the wetland in a shrubby/open area.
Dickenson on 6/7 reported via e-mail: Yesterday Ron caught this photo
of one of the eaglets stretching its wings.
Cudworth on 6/7 reported via IBET: While walking our dog on the main
limestone trail through Dick Young Forest Preserve, a number of grassland
species of birds were readily evident.
on 6/6 reported via IBET: I spent some time early Sunday morning at
Big Rock FP. I walked around in a few areas that I normally don't explore,
with good results. There is a circular trail that goes around the quarry
lake. At the northwest corner of this trail, there is a mowed path that
heads out to a fallow corn field. Along this little stretch on the way to
the corn field, a Yellow-breasted Chat was present. There were also
several Willow Flycatchers in this area.
Cudworth on 6/6 reported via IBET: While conducting a breeding bird
census through Arends Forest Preserve/Batavia (1 mile south of Main Street
on Route 31) I had an incessantly singing ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
directly above the bike path where the main footpath comes down from the
shelter. The bird was seen closeup as well.
Dickenson on 6/3 reported via e-mail: Here's an eaglet picture update:
Miller on 6/1 reported via e-mail: Located the nest reported by Chris
Nelson in the gutter at the Kane County Judical Building. Able to capture
one baby Red Tail on camera. No other signs of additional young.
Dickenson on 6/1 reported via e-mail: Ron caught this moment with the
whole family posing on the nest.
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