JUNE 2013 SIGHTINGS
on 6/30 reported via e-mail: Double-Crested Cormorants enjoying the
sun, taken near I88 and Farnsworth.
Steve Smith on 6/30 reported via IBET: Now that the loop trail prairie at Bowes Creek Woods Preserve has been mowed there are 2 or 3 Grasshopper and at least 1 Vesper Sparrow pretty consistently.
Mussachio on 6/26 reported via e-mail: Spotted this Savannah Sparrow
& Spotted Sandpiper at Jelke Bird Sanctuary. Beauty even on a
on 6/25 reported via e-mail: Visited Big Rock after the morning rain on
Monday in hopes of finding a White-eyed Vireo. I quickly found 2
(one on the main path to the quarry and the second just a short walk after
turning right on the path that goes around the quarry). Also enjoyed
Cedar Waxwings feeding their young, Rose-breasted Grosbeak pair
eating berries, many singing Yellow Warblers, Indigo Buntings,
Savannah Sparrows, and Baltimore Orioles. A large Spiny
Softshell Turtle in the middle of the path was an unexpected sight.
on 6/23 reported via e-mail: So happy to see there is success this year
with the Eagles [at Mooseheart].
Marion Miller on 6/23 reported via eBird: Observed a Peregrine Falcon in downtown Aurora on Leland Tower.
Mussachio on 6/22 reported via e-mail: Ring-Billed Gulls at the
South Elgin Dam always make for good shooting practice when not much else
is going on. Luckily I was not on the menu for this one.
Mussachio on 6/20 reported via e-mail: My first Dickcissel
photographed at Jelke Bird Sanctuary and a Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
at the South Elgin dam.
Sue Wagoner on
6/19 reported via e-mail: On a short walk through West Aurora Forest
Preserve Pat Prieditis and I saw and/or heard: Blue Jays, Field
Sparrows, Catbirds, Robins, Eastern Towhee, Goldfinches, Yellow Warblers,
Indigo Bunting, Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrow, Cedar Waxwings (in
a cedar tree), Northern Cardinal, Brown Thrasher, and Empidonax
flycatcher, species unknown (not a willow). We were pleasantly
surprised to hear and then get a good long look at a Bell's Vireo.
From the Hankes Rd. parking area take the trail on the right, through the
small wooded area and when it branches, go left and continue down the path
1/2 to 2/3 of the way to the gravel path. The bird was singing on the right
side of the trail.
Walter Lutz on
6/16 reported via e-mail: This might not be news but it begs repeating
- there's a nice little colony of Cliff Swallows at Sherman hospital
under the building overhang at the lake. Hopefully the maintenance people
will let them be. It appears a few nests either failed or were purposely
destroyed; it's hard to tell.
Walter Lutz on 6/15 reported via e-mail: Bald Eagle (mature) perched on a snag in the middle of the Fox River just above the Carpentersville dam.
Mussachio on 6/14 reported via e-mail: The Red-Headed Woodpeckers
have decided to take up residency again in Carpentersville. I can hear
babies and both parents are feeding them constantly.
Heidi Hohman on 6/13 reported via e-mail: I was birding late this morning and did not see anything until I sat down to rest, and I noticed a bird at the top of a tree. It was much bigger than an indigo, very blue in the sunshine, and I did not hear it sing. It was near the back of Raceway Woods where the path goes down into the oak forest. I saw the blue grosbeak at approx. 11:30am.
on 6/13 reported via e-mail: We first saw the Sandhill Crane
chick in our [rural Elburn] backyard in early June this year. The photo
above was taken June 12. For a size comparison, duly noting that the black
bird in the foreground looks larger because it's closer, the chick appears
to be no more than 10 to 12 inches tall. Its parents are 42 inches tall!
Mussachio on 6/13 reported via e-mail: Never seen a Red-Tailed Hawk
or any hawk get this comfortable on a roof at Wood Creek Watershed sucking
up the morning sun.
Shambaugh on 6/11 reported via IBET: I took a bike ride from Riverside
Park in Geneva to Batavia about noon today. The best bird was a singing
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER along the river where the [trail] branches off for
quarter mile that hugs the riverbank. This was a totally surprising bird,
although the area looks like someplace a Prothonotary would like. My only
other Kane County Prothonotary Warbler was on May 3, 2008, at Riverside
Park about two miles north of today's Prothonotary. It was still there,
singing away, when I returned about 1:00 PM.
on 6/9 reported via e-mail: Just found the new nest. Better late than
never. Looks like they are almost ready to leave the nest.
Mussachio on 6/8 reported via e-mail: Bald Eagles might be gone
from my neck of the woods, but luckily they aren't too far away. Mooseheart
has it going all year.
Julie Long on
6/8 reported via e-mail: I have had a red headed woodpecker
coming to my peanut feeder the last two days. I have lived here thirty
years and only seen a few in migration in the past. Perhaps all of the dead
ash trees in this area have opened up new nesting opportunities for these
birds. We did see one on the spring bird count in the neighborhood just
across Ferson Creek from us.
Mussachio on 6/7 reported via e-mail: I surprised this Wood Duck
family as much as they surprised me at Les Arends Forest Preserve.
Kathy and Bob Andrini on 6/7 reported via phone: While doing bird monitoring at Delnor Woods, spotted a Red-headed Woodpecker near the pond along Route 25.
Mussachio on 6/5 reported via e-mail: This could be the first time I
have ever seen a Barn Swallow not flying and lucky for me it landed
about 15 feet away just long enough for a quick shot at the Carpentersville
on 6/5 reported via e-mail: Early Sunday morning I was passing the pond
on Randall Road just a little north of 90 and at the west side I saw more
herons (4) and egrets (5) together than I have ever seen
Mussachio on 6/3 reported via e-mail: Eastern Bluebirds are
still hanging around at Freeman Kame these days. Nice to see this female
catching some early morning rays.
Debbie Wisser on 6/1 reported via e-mail: I spent time at Burnidge Forest Preserve 5/31 and 6/1. Highlights included a singing Clay-colored Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Dickcissel and Willow Flycatcher. The Clay-colored Sparrow was a life bird for me and the Dickcissel and Willow were the first I’ve seen this year. Out in the fields, Bobolink numbers have increased, and there were pairs of Eastern Kingbirds chasing each other around. In the woods I saw male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Scarlet Tanager. Also seen were Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Wood Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Gray Catbirds, Common Yellowthroat Warbler, and Yellow Warbler. Turkey Vultures, Great Blue Herons, and a Double-crested Cormorant flew over while I was walking out in the fields. Of course the usual suspects were present as well.
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