MARCH 2012 SIGHTINGS
on 3/30 reported via e-mail: There is a Cooper's Hawk nest in
the tree in my neighbors yard. Because I have a large tree in my front
yard, it is a good stopping place for the pair. Today the male flew into
the tree with a bird (appears to have been a sparrow) and called for his
mate. She soon appeared and the lunch was passed. His ulterior motive was
soon apparent... suffice it to say I will be looking for chicks in due
on 3/28 reported via e-mail: Mooseheart's Bald Eagles are
finally sitting on their nest.
Jon Duerr on 3/28 reported via e-mail: Our FOY Winter Wren was working the bike trail edge at Fabyan-east, north of the parking area at 8:45 Wed. AM
on 3/27 reported via e-mail: Photographically shot this phoebe
at Lone Grove FP today.
Kurt Frieders on 3/26 reported via e-mail: Sunday saw the first Golden-Crowned Kinglet that I have ever seen in my yard (in Aurora Township). I believe there were two, but only one would give me some really good looks at it. The birds were in the top of a blue spruce tree. Also a single Northern Flicker was calling and displaying in the morning. There was a single Flicker that hung around for about two weeks last year. Comparing my notes, he is about two weeks early if it is the same one.
on 3/24 reported via IBET: Rich and I birded many areas today with
some target birds in mind. Here are the highlights:
on 3/24 reported via e-mail: The Northern Flickers were
courting as we entered Johnson's Mound, and while there we spotted a
Barred Owl sitting in a tall tree not far from the first curve of the
drive-through roadway in the preserve. We returned to Johnson's Mound
later and found it in the same spot again.
Angela A. on 3/24 reported via e-mail: On 3/24 on the west side of the Fox River (between Les Arends and the dam), I spotted 1 pied billed grebe, 2 cormorants, 2 egrets, and 1 muskrat. Within the past week I had also seen 2 wood ducks on this stretch of the trail, but I did not see them today.
on 3/24 reported via IBET: Just a few FOY sightings that may be of
interest. At Lone Grove FP (Perry Rd) I had my 2012 Eastern Towhee,
Brown Thrasher and Rusty Blackbird.
Bill Koch on
3/22 reported via e-mail: Tim Balassie and I visited Lone Grove FP
today. The walk started off slow but soon picked up as I got several FOY
birds. First of Year birds included: Yellow Rumped Warbler,
Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Group of about
15 Rusty Blackbirds, and heard a Carolina Wren. All birds
were viewed from the path going around the preserve. 2 Eastern Phoebe
were calling loudly near the preserve entrance. 28 Total Species
Cudworth on 3/21 reported via IBET: While doing a pre-dawn ride I took
a loop through Johnson's Mound/Elburn. Stopped at the base of the main
road/ hill to listen for birds and see what was singing.
Joy Duerr on 3/21 reported via phone: Six pelicans on Nelson Lake at 9 AM.
on 3/19 reported via e-mail: Rich and I went to Prairie Green and
Mirador this evening. The highlights at Prairie Green were: FOY
Savannah Sparrow, Pied-billed Grebe, and Great Blue Heron. Both
male and female Red-winged Blackbirds were in good numbers. At
Mirador the numbers were low, the highlights were: Northern Shovelers
17, Ring-billed Ducks 2, Pied-billed Grebe 2,
Green-winged Teal 2, and 8 Tree Swallows. This was the first
time I saw a breeding adult Pied-billed Grebe. The black chin and throat
was very prominent.
on 3/19 reported via e-mail: What's for supper? It looks like turtle
but I could be wrong.
Chris Madsen on 3/19 reported: Nelson Lake had NO PELICANS at 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM today.
Vern LaVia on
3/18 reported via IBET: Went out for an hour to Oakhurst Park (on
Fifth Ave. in Aurora, a mile west of Farnsworth Ave.) Mavis Bates wanted
to see Wood Ducks...and we got them, along with the following other spring
Weishaar on 3/18 reported via IBET: At Dick Young/Nelson Lake today:
on 3/18 reported via e-mail: Thanks to Laura Eastlick’s recent post,
my husband and I were able to see the baby owls and Mama nesting in
North Aurora. I have attached a pic with one brave baby standing tall, one
not so sure and Mama keeping a close eye from behind!
Chris Madsen on 3/18 reported: At 8:45 this morning, no pelicans. Dick Young Forest Preserve has been hopping with pelican fans, but the stars of the show are disappointing.
Chris Madsen on 3/17 reported: NO pelicans at Nelson Lake today until at least 3 PM.
Weishaar on 3/15 reported via IBET: Was out for just a couple of hours
this evening at Dick Young/Nelson Lake west of Batavia. There were two
pelicans when I arrived, by the time I left I counted six. Also
Darrell Shambaugh on 3/15 reported via IBET: Grunwald Farms Forest Preserve had about 320 LESSER SCAUP and 60 RING-NECKED DUCKS today.
Rhonda Nelson on 3/15 reported via phone: Two male Eastern Towhees near the northwest corner of the Nelson Lake walking loop.
Rich Miller on 3/15 reported via IBET: Fourteen pelicans at Nelson Lake at 6:30 AM. Eight Sandhill Cranes also present.
Myers on 3/14 reported via e-mail: There were 11 American White
Pelicans this afternoon 3/14 at Nelson Lake. Glad they are back. Looks
like they are practicing synchronized swimming.
Rich Miller on 3/14 reported via IBET: No pelicans on Nelson Lake as of 6:30 AM.
on 3/13 reported via e-mail: The Mooseheart Bald Eagle pair are
working on their nest.
Kathleen O'Deen on 3/13 reported via e-mail: Spotted way up high over the fox river about 2:30pm near the library in Elgin Sandhill Cranes several groups totalling about 100 or so. Heading North. Great to hear them again!
on 3/13 reported via e-mail: Observed this Brown Creeper at Nelson
Lake on Sunday afternoon.
Bob Andrini on 3/13 reported via phone: Twenty-nine pelicans on Nelson Lake this morning.
Karen Land on 3/13 reported via IBET: Went to my doctors office at 7 am this morning for lab work and on the way out we saw 2 sandhill cranes walking along in the small creek that runs between Sam's Club and Wal-Mart in Batavia. This is the stream that feeds into Braeburn Marsh. Sandills have nested in the tall grass that surrounds the Marsh in the past.
Shambaugh on 3/12 reported via IBET: I stopped at Nelson Lake (Kane
County, west of Batavia) about noon today to see Jon Duerr's pelicans.
Only one AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was there. There were lots of other
good birds. First of the year birds in addition to the pelican were
HORNED GREBE and TREE SWALLOW. Waterfowl included
Jon Duerr on 3/12 reported via phone: Eighteen American White Pelicans are on Nelson Lake with a good assortment of other waterfowl.
Eastlick on 3/11 reported via e-mail: My husband and I live at
Courtyards Village West on Randall Road in North Aurora. For the past 5
five years, a Red Tail Hawk has nested in the south electrical tower by
the pool on the grounds of the complex. On Sunday, March 11, 2012, at
approximately 6:00 p.m. we went for a walk to check out the hawk nest to
see if there was any activity going on. Much to our surprise, we saw two,
HUGE, light brown (with black around the eyes), fluffy baby owls looking
at us. The adult peered around from behind the two babies and I was so
excited to see these three! I have never seen an owl around here before
(I’ve lived here for 10 years; I’ve heard them but have not seen them). We
went home and I grabbed my bird book to see what kind of owl it was. The
tufts on the adults head should have given it away but I wanted to make
sure if was a Great Horned Owl or not.
Karen Land on 3/10 reported via IBET: We pass the Mooseheart eagle nest regularly on our to Woodman's and my partner passes it daily back and forth to work. We have been seeing at least one adult in the nest and today saw one in the nest and one out on a nearby branch. The nest was really blowing around in the 30 mph wind gusts! This is not the man made nest but one the eagles built earlier this year.
on 3/9 reported via e-mail: 3 groups totaling roughly 150 Sandhill
Cranes heading north over west Elgin around 4 p.m.
on 3/9 reported via e-mail: On my way home from work today, spotted 8
perched Turkey Vultures off Rt 31, just south of Silver Glen.
Shelle Young on 3/9 reported via e-mail: I saw a large male bald eagle this morning around 9:10am flying parallel with Randall Road between Batavia and North Aurora, close to Mooseheart Road. Regrettably, traffic did not allow me slow or stop to take a photo. And I seemed to be the only person who noticed this amazing creature.
Kurt Frieders on 3/9 reported via IBET: This morning while driving down Ogden Avenue I noticed what looked to be a Western Red-Tailed Hawk over Ron Westphal Cheverolet (Oswego). I had to let my dog out anyways, and the bird looked to be heading the direction of my property (Aurora township) so I went home to see if it would show up. So while we played frisbee I kept an eye to the sky, and sure enough the bird showed up and gracefully glided right through the property. I was able to get really long looks at it with my binoculars, as it really was in no hurry. I'm doubtful it will stick around long though as we have a couple of nesting Red-Taileds on the property. However, I sure hope to see it again.
Marion Miller on 3/8 reported via e-mail: As soon as Rich and I got out of our car at 6:05pm in the parking lot of Ferson Creek Fen we heard the “peent” of an American Woodcock. In the 20 minutes that we walked the parking lot turnaround we heard at least 5 Woodcocks, saw 3 great horizontal flybys and at least 8 aerial displays over the open fields with audible twittering. Thanks to Yeanette for her earlier post about these fun birds! On our way to Ferson Fen we spotted 5 Lesser Scaup, 1 Horned Grebe, and 8 Mallards on the Fox River near the tower in Pottawatomie Park.
Darrell Shambaugh on 3/8 reported via IBET: This afternoon at Grunwald Farms, LESSER SCAUP was the most common duck. 130 were on the pond, along with 50 RING-NECKED DUCKS, a COMMON GOLDENEYE, 4 CANADA GEESE, and 2 AMERICAN COOTS. Grunwald Farms is on North Lorang Road, south of Main Street a little bit east of I-88.
Shambaugh on 3/7 reported via IBET: Today I stopped at Grunwald Farms
on my way home from work. I've stopped there three times this week, and
had different birds each time. Today the ducks were fewer than Monday and
Tuesday, but I had a new species, BUFFLEHEAD. Others on the pond
today were LESSER SCAUP and AMERICAN COOTS. Several hundred
blackbirds were in a field at the entrance. Species included COMMON
GRACKLE, RED-WINGED and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.
EUROPEAN STARLINGS were with them, and a KILLDEER flew over...
on 3/6 reported via e-mail: Mooseheart eagles today in their
Darrell Shambaugh on 3/5 reported via IBET: I found some migrants this afternoon on my way home from work. First stop was Grunwald Farms Forest Preserve in Kane County. I had never been here until about two weeks ago, and again last week. It is east of the I-88 overpass on Main Street a couple miles east of Kaneville. Two CANVASBACKS, 40 LESSER SCAUP, and 17 RING-NECKED DUCKS were in the pond...
on 3/5 reported via e-mail: While doing my Project FeederWatch survey,
I saw the first ever (that I've observed) Common Redpoll in my
Batavia backyard. I was so excited! Even had my camera near and got a few
photos through the window!
Marion Miller on 3/4 reported via e-mail: Rich and I checked out Mirador and Carson Slough between 4:15pm and 5:30pm today. Highlights at Mirador were 7 Hooded Mergansers, 10 Northern Shovelers, 5 Coots and 2 Song Sparrows. Carson Slough highlights: 8 Green-winged Teal, 3 Ring-necked Ducks, 4 Common Mergansers, 6 Hooded Mergansers and 1 Northern Shoveler.
on 3/4 reported via e-mail: I took this pic on the Riverwalk in
Batavia in mid February.
Weishaar on 3/4 reported via IBET: There are approx 12 greater
white-fronted geese out on Nelson Lake in Batavia as I post [at noon].
on 3/3 reported via e-mail: Terry Murray led 10 birders on the monthly
walk at Nelson Lake on Saturday. Waterfowl highlights were Ruddy Ducks,
Common Mergansers, Wood Ducks and 150 Northern Pintails.
Northern Shrike, Bald Eagle, and a Northern Harrier
were among the total species count of 24 seen during the “brisk” walk. A
Daily Herald reporter joined the group, so be looking for her article and
some smiling pictures of a birder or two!
Michael Tartaglia on 3/3 reported via e-mail: A Northern Harrier was coursing low over the grass just south of Orchard Gateway Blvd, between Randall Rd and JC Penny's, at 10:15 this morning. Got a nice look at it's white undersides, grey head, dark wing tips, white rump. Pretty bird...
Jon Duerr on 3/1 reported via eBird: Sighting 17 Tundra Swans at Sauer Prairie Kame Forest Preserve. In addition he reported 18 White-fronted Geese, 5 Wood Ducks, 2 Gadwalls, 2 Northern Shovelers, and 8 Northern Pintails.
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