JUNE 2011 SIGHTINGS
Shambaugh on 6/30 reported via IBET: I spent some time on the west
side of Nelson Lake this afternoon between 1:30 and 3:00. The most
interesting bird was a CASPIAN TERN hunting on the lake. I had a
SEDGE WREN south of the Audubon Bridge, but not much else.
Cudworth on 6/28 reported via IBET: I'll second this list, as I was
out there [Nelson Lake] Sunday. First on a run, then on a photo / birding hike.
Johnson on 6/28 reported via IBET: It was a great evening for a walk
on the West side of Nelson Lake. Sue and I were able to see/hear the
on 6/27 reported via e-mail: Went to our favorite neighborhood pond on
Trent and Wolcott in Batavia around 6:30am today and found 6 Great
Egrets, 1 Great Blue Heron, and 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron.
Yesterday evening, a Green Heron was also spotted there.
Chris Madsen on 6/26 reported: A recap of the weekend:
On Saturday afternoon Carla and I visited Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve for the express purpose of snagging a Lark Sparrow for our year's checklist. We didn't get 100 yards from the car when we spotted the target bird along the crushed limestone path to the southwest of the Russell Road entrance parking lot. In the fields further south along Nesler Road we heard, then saw, Bobolinks which to that point had been a nemesis bird for me for the year. At the end of our circuit of the preserve, back at the parking lot, we had Grasshopper Sparrows.
On Sunday morning we conducted our bird monitoring at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve where we had three Clay-Colored Sparrows in the field to the east of the drive into the north side of the preserve before you reach Sholes School. The clay-coloreds have been present all month.
After our monitoring we drove north to Otter Creek Bend Wetland Park where we heard and saw the Bell's Vireo (see Steve Smith's report below). Bill Koch was the first to report the bird on June 3rd.
Then this afternoon we took a stroll through Prairie Green Wetland in Geneva. In the pond farthest south on the property we observed 17 Great Egrets. And in the main pond just north of that (where the Yellow-headed Blackbirds were seen last year) we came upon a Black-crowned Night-Heron.
Steve Smith on 6/26 reported via IBET: I heard and saw a Bells Vireo at Otter Creek Wetlands this afternoon. The bird was at the entrance to the trail from the parking lot. Otter Creek Wetlands is south of Silver Glen and just west of Randall Road.
Myers on 6/26 reported via e-mail: Photos taken at Tanner Marsh
6/25/11 -- Great Blue Heron & Great Egret by Steve Myer Sr.
Karen Land on 6/26 reported via IBET: Saturday we made our usual shopping trip to Woodman's in North Aurora. We had been seeing Sandhills along Randall at Mooseheart/Orchard but today we saw 6 cranes in the field behind Woodman's and south of Oak Street foraging along the planted field there. Today a friend just reported seeing the same in the same location. The chicks are now pretty near adult size. This new location is less than a mile from where we had previously been seeing them.
on 6/25 reported via e-mail: This is going to be hard to believe but
here goes. Tonight around 730pm I was up stairs in our house and my wife
called to me and said there was a big bird sitting on our chain link fence
in the back yard. At first she thought that I was playing some kind of
joke on her but then the bird started to move around. So I came running
down stairs to take a look and sure enough it was a adult Bald Eagle
sitting on our fence so I ran to get my camera but by the time I got back
it was gone. We live just east of the Fox River in Batavia up the hill
from the boys baseball field. I'm one of the fellows that joined
Mooseheart last year so we could take pictures of the Eagles and the nest
out there. I have not been out to Mooseheart for a few weeks to check on
the Eagles so maybe they are coming here to check on me. Last year my
friend and I spent around four months out there on sunny days taking
pictures and this year it was around three months until the nest came
down. As much time as we spent out there I think they were getting to know
us. Sometimes they would come and sit in a tree right by us and let us
walk around and take pictures of them. Here is one those close up pictures
of one them sitting right by us. So I say the Eagles are still here and
will be nesting out there somewhere next year!
on 6/20 reported via e-mail: There were 15 of use who turned out for
this evenings ramble at the Batavia river walk. We did spot several of our
target bird - the Nighthawk. Other highlights were cliff, barn,
tree, and rough winged swallows; Purple martins; chimney swifts;
Canada Geese; Mallards, and Great Blue Heron. And the good
news... the bugs weren't bad.
on 6/19 reported via e-mail: On our quest for the Wood Thrush
at Bliss Woods Saturday, June 18, Yeanette Johnson, Lisa Granbur and I
heard at least two but never saw either one. Instead we were treated to a
good view of a singing Summer Tanager male. Later we also saw the
female! What beauties.
Patrick Webb on 6/18 reported via eBird: Both a Snowy Egret and 2 Brewer's Blackbirds at the North Aurora auto mall ponds at the intersection of Orchard Road and I-88.
Shambaugh on 6/18 reported via IBET: Friday afternoon I heard a
NORTHERN PARULA at the Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora while
bicycling the Fox River Trail. The Parula was by one of the bridges just
as the bike trail goes into the Red Oak Nature Center.
on 6/16 reported via e-mail: Compare today's attached photo with the
one posted 5/30 to see just how much our backyard sandhill crane chicks
have grown in two weeks!
Laura Greenwald on 6/15 reported via e-mail: Just a side-note. On my way back down Randall Road last night, I saw BOTH Bald Eagles!!
Laura Greenwald on 6/14 reported via e-mail: Tuesday 06/14/2011 at 7:45 P one Eagle was spotted at the same spot as they previously have been. This has been the first time that I have seen one in weeks.
on 6/14 reported via e-mail: I heard a Vesper Sparrow singing
in the field in front of our North Aurora condo this morning, then saw it
on a post, but it flew off. Went out again this afternoon and used the car
as a blind, hoping to photograph a Horned Lark that had been perched on a
rock pile. Instead, the Vesper Sparrow obliged me by coming to the rocks,
and later I captured a photo of the Horned Lark on the same post
where the sparrow had been sitting!
on 6/11 reported via e-mail: KCA's trip to Burlington Prairie was
worth the constant companionship of the mosquitoes. Our group had good
views of many prairie species. The western part of the forest preserve had
many Dickcissels, Bobolinks and Vesper Sparrows. The trip
might be more enjoyable in the early spring or fall (with no mosquitoes).
Bryan Hix on
6/11 reported via e-mail: Each year for the past 4, I have driven
through the Highland Woods subdivision in West Elgin and have always been
surprised to see the amount of birds in the empty lots. It's a great place
to see open-country species like Grasshopper, Song, and Savannah
Sparrows as well as Dickcissels, Spotted Sandpipers, Killdeer,
American Kestrel, Indigo Bunting, and many more. Now is prime time to
see the Sparrow species singing in the early morning. They really love the
posts that mark the lot lines. I have also found these same species in
other "empty lots" west of Randall, so I am assuming one could find them
in the same types of settings throughout the Fox Valley. If not, this
place always has them. I used to never bother looking at Sparrow species,
but I have to say I have really developed a liking to especially the
Grasshopper Sparrows. They are a secretive bird until they start singing
around their territories and then you can really start to see they have
quite a personality for a little brown bird.
on 6/10 reported via e-mail: Mary Lou and I visited the prairie at the
north end of Nelson Lake in mid-morning, after the rain stopped, our first
opportunity to go birding since arriving from Florida. Saw only 20
species, but had lots of goldfinches, Song Sparrows and
yellowthroats. I think I heard a distant Sedge Wren along the
north perimeter, but heard no Dicksissels or Henslow's Sparrows. Got a
photo of a singing Grasshopper Sparrow, one of two we spotted, but
I could not hear anything coming out of its open mouth!
Tim Balassie on 6/6 reported via e-mail: FYI I encountered a Yellow-breasted Chat last week at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve (Hughes Rd.). The bird was located in the prairie section on the NE side of the Preserve, in the shrub thicket located to the N when you first enter.
Ann Haverstock on 6/5 reported via e-mail: You county tickers can find a singing Clay-colored Sparrow at Campton Forest Preserve. Park in the lower horse trailer lot and the bird is just North of the parking area.
on 6/4 reported via e-mail: The monthly Nelson Lake walk was “hot and
steamy” yet yielded many “cool moments:” the loud trumpeting croaking that
gave us all ample warning to turn and anticipate viewing the near flyby of
the vocal Sandhill Cranes, the non-secretive Sedge Wren
singing in plain site on the high grasses, a male Common Yellowthroat
providing a photographers dream with many clear poses on the tall large
flower buds and, of course, the 3 Great Horned Owls that gave us,
both flying and long perching views. Some of the participants had not seen
an owl in awhile and it was a great experience to share with them. We
totaled over 60 species under the “eagle eye” of the leader, Terry Murray.
Bill Koch on
6/3 reported via e-mail: I visited Otter Creek Bend Wetland today
during the warm lunch hour. Kind of quiet today but some good birds were
present. On the main trail I heard several and viewed one Virginia Rail.
One walked out on the path right in front of me. Had just enough time to
take a couple of pics.
on 6/2 reported via e-mail: ...I just got a call from Mooseheart and
they said the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation people were out tonight
to check and see if the adult eagles were feeding the Eaglets but found
that they were not being fed so they took the Eaglets out of the nest.
They will take them back to Barrington until they are ready to be
released. [Editor's note: We'll check on whether Flint Creek anticipates
the eaglets can be released.] Here is a picture of them from this morning.
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