JUNE 2014 SIGHTINGS
Kurt Frieders on 6/30
reported via e-mail: Even though we are getting into the heart of
summer, we have continued to see a lot of good birds in our yard (in Aurora
township). Our adult male Baltimore Oriole continues to eat jelly
from his feeders. Yesterday brought the 2nd ever White-Breasted Nuthatch
to our yard. For some reason they do not like the habitat in our yard, but
this adult male stayed around most of the day. We continue to have 4
Chimney Swifts, and are up to 6 Cedar Waxwings. Most of our
nesting Barn Swallows have now fledged, but a few are still in the
nest. We get an aerial display of Barn Swallows each night. We also are
continually visited by the usual suspects such as Cardinals, Blue Jays,
Downy Woodpeckers (with fledglings), Goldfinches, and House
Bob Meierhans on 6/29
reported via e-mail: Note the rapid growth in the chicks from the last
set of photos I sent to you! While I can capture photos of all four cranes
grouped at times, they now mostly travel in pairs...in what seems to be
mother and daughter and father and son...judging purely by mannerisms. For
example, Sandy, what we have called the male for the last six years,
frequents our patio, often pecking at my floor-to-ceiling windows. Junior
follows him closely while the female and other chick stay farther out on
the patio or even in the yard.
Chris Mussachio on 6/23
reported via e-mail: Found my 2nd pair of Red-Headed Woodpeckers
nesting this season and my first ever Orchard Oriole at Buffalo Park
over the weekend.
John Janunas on 6/22 reported
via e-mail: It looks like maybe one more day before these guys fly the
coop (nest). They have been practicing with their wings but haven't left
their Batavia nest yet.
Eric and Sally Secker on 6/21 reported via IBET: We found a Prothonotary Warbler at Lippold Park this afternoon. It was singing down by the river north of the new picnic shelter area along a path down to the river. It could be one of the same birds from Les Arends which is directly across the river.
We also had an adult Red-shouldered Hawk fly over Rt. 25 just south of the Red Gate Rd. bridge and a second immature Red-shouldered at Norris Woods.
Bob Meierhans on 6/20
reported via e-mail: The Sandhill cranes still come to our back patio
in Elburn/Sugar Grove, but mostly prefer the garden areas. The "chicks" do
everything their parents do now, including flying! The views in the
potatoes were taken this afternoon from about 60 yards away.
Rich Miller on 6/20 reported
via e-mail: Marion and I were doing our weekly Kestrel Box monitoring
today. Last week we had several eggs in two separate boxes at Mooseheart.
Today we have little hatchlings. Fun to watch. The Eastern Bluebirds are
along Mooseheart Road. The Tree Swallows are in the middle box.
Jude Vickery and Pete Moxon on 6/20 reported via eBird: Seeing an American Bittern, a Black-crowned Night-Heron, and several Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the Pingree Grove water treatment plant marsh.
Eric Secker on 6/20 reported via IBET: I dreamt I was hearing a Northern Parula and woke up to one singing outside our bedroom window at Judson University around dawn this morning. It's fun to ID birds in your sleep and also to get birds without even getting out of bed.
Sue Wagoner on 6/9 reported
via e-mail: At the risk of being redundant - I had to get a better
photo of one of my favorite birds, the Bell's Vireo at Aurora West
Forest Preserve. Of the two pairs previously reported, the male at the
second power line tower is the more visible and today he popped out in the
Chris Madsen on 6/8 reported: Carla and I visited Prairie Green this afternoon. The main basin held somewhere around a three-quarter acre pond hosting a group of Mallards, a half dozen Killdeer, and a couple of Spotted Sandpipers. The fields were full of Red-winged Blackbirds, Dickcissels, and a number of Henslow's Sparrows.
Bob Andrini on 6/3 reported
via e-mail: On the ramble today (Tues), at Johnson's Mound, almost the
first bird we saw was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo openly perched in the
sunlight (we also saw a second in the same area). In the northern field we
were treated to many Dickcissel, Bobolinks and Common Yellowthroats.
Chris Mussachio on 6/3
reported via e-mail: Almost missed spotting this Juvenile Cooper's
Hawk ( I.D. thanks to Brendon Lake ) at Burnidge Forest Preserve. And,
for the 3rd year now, this Red-Tailed Hawk will be raising 2 little
ones instead of her usual 1 in Kane County.
Scott Cohrs on 6/2 reported via eBird: A White-rumped Sandpiper at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles. Jude Vickery had Semipalmated and Spotted sandpipers in the same area according to his eBird report.
Sue Wagoner on 6/2 reported
via e-mail: John Duerr's walk at the Nelson Lake prairie Saturday, May
31 produced quite a few grassland birds, among which were these
Grasshopper sparrows (at least 4-6 were seen/heard). I thought the
difference in the facial markings for these two individuals was
Ted Schnell on 6/2 reported via e-mail: The great blue heron rookery is simply amazing out at Rutland Forest Preserve, off Big Timber Road about two miles west of Route 72.
I've attached a photo I took May 22, 2014 at Rutland. You can view more of my photos on my blog.
I've counted as many as five
nests but believe there are more, largely because of all the squawking I
hear from the young birds. I shoot from the trail with a long lens and have
been very blessed to spend an hour or so each time I visit, which is once
or twice a week.
Margaret Myers on 6/1
reported via e-mail: A family of Red Tail Hawks has made a home
in North Aurora.
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