MARCH 2013 SIGHTINGS
on 3/30 reported via IBET: Three Common Loons were along the
east side of river above the South Elgin dam at 5:30p. Two were near the
first residential house and the third was further north up the river. Also
seen Horned Grebe starting to show some breeding plumage and 3
Pied billed Grebes. Just a smattering of ducks present: Ruddy,
Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers and
Goldeneyes. Tree Swallows were active, too.
on 3/30 reported via e-mail: The Great Horned Owlets at Fabyan
Park have made their first appearance today. It appears that there are two
owlets, and it was so cool to see one of them perk straight up and check
out his new world! I have more photos and a short video posted on my
Flickr page too.
Eric Secker on
3/29 reported via IBET: This evening at Judson in Elgin we had a nice
breeding plumage COMMON LOON diving along the Fox River in the
evening sun. We watched him come fairly close to shore where he caught and
finally managed to swallow a large fish. An adult BALD EAGLE also
flew by and banked right over our heads with the evening sun lighting him
up beautifully. Other birds included a couple HOODED MERGANSERS, a
PIED-BILLED GREBE, two WOOD DUCKS, and some COOTS.
Andie Groff on
3/29 reported via IBET: Today I took my daughter out on her first bird
watching expedition and hiking. She is 6 years old and has enjoyed plenty
of raptor watching with me, but today we were looking for land birds and
Marion Miller on 3/29 reported via eBird: 2 Common Redpolls visiting her feeders today in Batavia.
Sandy Olsen on 3/29 reported via e-mail: ...I spotted another Great Horned owl in Mill Creek. On walk at dusk tonight, we spotted one sitting in a tree behind the house across the street...Neighbor said he had been back and forth all day between his yard and somewhere across the pond behind his house.
on 3/28 reported via e-mail: Hello! There were big, white birds on
Nelson Lake today! A flock of 33 Tundra Swans were there this
morning. They took off and circled over the lake many times, for over a
half hour, without settling back down. I reluctantly had to leave for kid
carpool duty. I saw this flock with photographer Jerry Goldner, who was
kind enough to let me tag along and ask questions while he photographed.
Mussachio on 3/26 reported via e-mail: While shooting today at Fox
River Shores Forest Preserve, these models flew down the river flyway.
on 3/26 reported via e-mail: Have been checking some Sugar Grove, N.
Aurora and Batavia subdivision ponds/wetland areas over the last few days
and most are all open. Carson Slough only had a small area open (that was
Sunday), I think because it is just so shallow. What little open water was
there did have CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS on it. Ingham Park
subdivision pond had a pair of AMERICAN WIGEONS. Today I checked the
Mirador Subdivision (off Deerpath, N. Aurora) The water right near Bennett
Drive looks good and had 32 REDHEADS, 3 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2
HOODED MERGANSER, 2 AMERICAN COOTS, 1 female RUDDY DUCK
and 6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, not to mention many MALLARDS. The water
area on the other side of the walking path is low but didn’t stop 8 WOOD
DUCKS and 6 GREEN-WINGED TEAL from swimming and dabbling around.
The pond behind Woodman’s on Orchard had 10 HOODED MERGANSERS. Tanner
wetlands were quiet with only 3 COMMON MERGANSERS. Other highlights,
2 SANDHILL CRANES at Braeburn Marsh and a female NORTHERN HARRIER
was seen at Braeburn Marsh, Tanner wetlands and Mirador ponds.
on 3/24 reported via e-mail: My Sunday morning ritual is to drive out
to Huntley for Jazzercise and then bird watch my way back to Elgin along
Freeman and Binnie Roads. Today I caught a glimpse of 2 Sandhill Cranes
and had my closest encounter with a Turkey Vulture circling some
road kill. As they say, a face only a mother could love.
Vance Perricone on 3/23 reported via eBird: While out running in the afternoon, saw a White-winged Scoter near the Prairie Street bridge in St. Charles.
Mussachio on 3/23 reported via e-mail: Spotted these Greater Scaup
today at Fox River Shores Forest Preserve.
on 3/23 reported via e-mail: Discovered a large group of Cormorants
at the boat landing across from Trout Park in Elgin late in the afternoon.
We counted about 150. There was also a small group of Coots.
Brendon Lake on 3/22 reported via IBET: Hey all, was just at the South Elgin Dam today from about 1:30-2:00 this afternoon and the White-Winged Scoter is still present. I found it actively diving right where the water falls from the top of the dam. It ended up falling over the dam and was trapped in the rapids for 2-3 minutes. I watched to see if it sustained injuries, but it flew back to the top of the dam and swam further away, probably to avoid another incident like that. What a strange sight that was!
Bob Andrini on 3/22 reported via e-mail: Signs of spring: While doing my bird count at Norris Woods, I saw 2 Song Sparrows involved in chasing activity (it must be spring) and also a FOY Eastern Phoebe.
on 3/21 reported via e-mail: Today I walked the Fox River from the
South Elgin dam to Stearns Road. Aside from the usual suspects I saw my
first female Hooded Merganser, 1 Bald Eagle and a pair of
Mark Bowman on
3/21 reported via e-mail: While at Peck Farm today, my brother Chris
was searching for woodcocks when a large bird flushed from the reeds. We
knew it was a raptor of some sort but was not sure what kind. Given the
location, we thought a short eared owl, but to our surprise it was a
LONG EARED OWL. He was certainly out of his element with essentially no
Al Stokie on
3/21 reported via IBET: Hello Bird People,
Usually "when at 1st I don't succeed" I go somewhere else but today I'm glad I decided to "try, try again" even though that usually does not work. Thanks again to Brendon for the original report.
Here are my day
lists for my short visits at the 2 locations I was at.
on 3/21 reported via e-mail: Spotted a large nest on top of one of the
abandoned silos across from Woodman’s in North Aurora. Checked it out and
found two red-tailed hawks (at least that is what I think they are)
hovering around. Came back and got a couple of pics of one of them on top
of the silo watching the next.
Brendon Lake on 3/20 reported via IBET: Hey all, thought I would share a few notable sightings. Waterfowl are taking Kane County over right now, South Elgin Dam had a group of 18 Canvasbacks, some Ruddy Ducks, a Lesser Scaup, a few Double-Crested Cormorants, and most notably 2 Horned Grebes and a White-Winged Scoter. The Scoter was visible from the top of the dam along the east shore, near a house with a reddish-brown deck and a log pile in the back yard. Also, on my way home, I found two Tundra Swans actively feeding in a flooded cornfield on Burlington Road near Rohrsen Road.
Eric Secker on
3/20 reported via IBET: I had 13 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE fly
over the Fox River at Judson University in Elgin yesterday evening (headed
on 3/20 reported via e-mail: I had to break out the snowmobile suit but
it was worth it. I walked along the river from Chicago Street to just north
of the Elgin Library. I caught a quick glimpse of about a dozen American
Pelicans flying over the west side of Elgin. On the river I saw
American Coot, Double-crested Cormorant, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy
Duck and Common Merganser. Late in the afternoon I made a quick
trip to the South Elgin dam. There I saw my first Canvasback along
with Great Blue Heron, Mallard, Common Golden-eye, Ring-necked Duck,
Ruddy Duck, Lesser Scaup, Turkey Vulture and American Coot.
Mussachio on 3/19 reported via e-mail: Wind was brutal Tuesday at Fox
River Shores in Carpentersville and the only picture I took was of a
Common Merganser heading south. There was a dozen Double-Crested
Cormorants sunning on a branch in the water, 1 adult Bald Eagle
in a tree, and hundreds of geese trying to fly in the wind.
Richard Wilson on 3/19 reported via e-mail: Woodcocks at freeman kames on Sunday afternoon in flight, 2 in one place and three in back near the big wetland. And more cranes then I could count.
Marion Miller on 3/18 reported via e-mail: Lots of subdivision ponds are freezing up again so most of my waterfowl sightings were on the river. The waters above the Batavia dam were busy with Northern Shovelers, Canvasbacks, Lesser Scaup, Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, American Coots, Bufflehead and the highlight for me a beautiful male Red-breasted Merganser just north of the island.
Brendon Lake on 3/16 reported via IBET: Hey all, today was a pretty good day to be out in Kane County, Carpentersville Dam had an adult Bald Eagle and 5 Bufflehead (3 male, 2 female). The South Elgin Dam was abuzz with a flurry of activity, 81 American Robins, a Cedar Waxwing, many Lesser Scaup, a female Greater Scaup, 5 Ruddy Ducks (2 male, 3 female), 5 Bald Eagles, 15-20 Tree Swallows, a female Ring-Necked Duck and 3 Canvasback (1 male, 2 female)...Also notable in Kane County, when I finally arrived back home it was getting to be dark, and while in the back yard I...watched and heard the courtship rituals of a few American Woodcocks at the pond across from my house.
on 3/16 reported via e-mail: Rich and I saw 22 American White
Pelicans overhead this evening at 4:50pm while birding in a neighboring
county (Fermi Lab/Dupage). They definitely flew into Kane County!
Alan Magerkurth on 3/16 reported via eBird: Seeing an Oregon-race Dark-eyed Junco at his residence in Batavia.
on 3/16 reported via IBET: 12PM - 2PM. A Bufflehead was just
north of Route 64 along with a pair of Common Goldeneye. This was
near the Hotel Baker at first, but then the Bufflehead came to the (east)
side I was on & within 25 feet of me.
on 3/16 reported via IBET: Spent an hour at the Japanese gardens/Fabyan
preserve on the west side of the Fox River today. Highlights were a pair of
brown creepers [and] the great horned owl. Full list, albeit
a short one:
John Heneghan on 3/16 reported via IBET: On the way home from work today, had a flock of 75 sandhills fly over I-88 near Eola relatively close to the ground (Kane Cty) and a harrier flying over the Forest Perserve off 88.
Do Not Bird while driving!!! (I have to remind myself this!!!)
Lili Gray on 3/16 reported via e-mail: In the wetlands off Farnsworth (near the mall) I saw 2 sandhill cranes about 1:45pm on Friday the 15th! Today above the dam in Batavia I saw several of each: bufflehead, canvasback, northern shoveler, greater scaup, and American coot. I also saw a lone bald eagle soaring as well as (exciting!) a mating pair with locked talons.
Marion Miller on 3/16 reported via e-mail: Rich and I checked out the Tanner Rd wetlands (cross streets Meade and Tanner in North Aurora) this morning. Highlights were 2 Horned Grebes, 21 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Buffleheads, Cooper's Hawk and a Northern Harrier.
Walter Lutz on 3/16 reported via e-mail: Jelke Bird Sanctuary is earning its name - about 40 Sandhill Cranes spent the night here.
on 3/15 reported via e-mail: I now feel like spring is here. These flew
over [St. Charles] just a half hour ago. Love the sound and the flight
Marion Miller on 3/15 reported via e-mail: Checked out the wetlands area off Tanner Road this morning. It is mostly open water and had a large number of Canada Geese as well as 12 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Bufflehead, 9 Wood Ducks, 3 Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards, Killdeer and Coots. My "uneducated" prediction: next week American Pelicans!
Eric Secker on
3/14 reported via IBET: Another nice evening down by the Fox River at
Judson University today. The highlight for me was a group of three
CANVASBACKS that were very close to shore including a male and two
females. Beautiful in the evening sun and possibly my closest looks ever at
Canvasbacks. I also don't get them very often on the Fox River. I had them
last in 2006 at Fabyan. There was also a male HOODED MERGANSER (hood
up) close to shore and two males on Tyler Creek that we flushed as we
walked by. A group of 55 LESSER SCAUP flew in right in front of us
as well while we were there and two GREATER SCAUP (a male and
female) off by themselves. Both a nice adult BALD EAGLE and an
immature flew over while we were there and groups of SANDHILL CRANES
(flocks of about 100 ea.) were also flying over.
Karen Land on 3/14 reported via IBET: Forgot to report a small flock of 30 to 40 [Sandhill Cranes] flying northerly over the Aurora University Campus about 11:30 am yesterday, March 13.
Rhonda Nelson on 3/14 reported via phone: This morning in Batavia above the dam, 10 Canvasbacks along with Scaup, Ruddy Ducks, Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, Common Goldeneye, and Ring-necked Ducks.
on 3/13 reported via e-mail: Today I made 2 trips to the South Elgin
dam and Chipstone Park. All these birds were new to me so it was exciting
to look them all up. If I researched them correctly I was able to see
Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ringneck Duck, Common Merganser and Ruddy Duck.
Eric Secker on
3/13 reported via IBET: A beautiful sunny evening along the Fox River
here at Judson. Down by the river we had a group of about 20 BUFFLEHEADS
in one of the backwater areas. Further down the river there were also over
20 HOODED MERGANSERS. There were also 4 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 3
SCAUP, 2 COMMON MEGANSERS, and a couple COMMON GOLDENEYE.
An adult BALD EAGLE flew by us as well as a distant accipter, a
RED-TAILED HAWK, and a returning DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.
on 3/13 reported via e-mail: Rich and I checked out some subdivision
ponds for waterfowl yesterday. Mirador, Settlet's Hill, and Ingham Park
ponds were still basically frozen. Lots of flooded fields noted but the
only notable sightings were 3 Killdeer off Seavey Road. We were both
surprised to hear and see our FOY Eastern Meadowlark perched on the
top of a tree in the Ingham Park subdivision.
John Duerr on 3/12 reported via e-mail: Tuesday 9:20 AM A Horned Grebe and a Pied-bill Grebe are a long the west shore above the So. Elgin dam.
Marion Miller on 3/11 reported via e-mail: Rich and I went to Fersen Fen, in St. Charles, this evening at 6:45pm and by 7:03pm we heard our first twittering American Woodcock. Over the next 15 minutes we heard peenting, more twittering, had 4 close horizontal flybys and viewed 2 aerial displays. For sure there were 4 Woodcocks present but most likely more. Always a fun evening birding adventure.
Barb Rask on 3/11 reported via e-mail: Walked the Fox River bike path at (Black Hawk\ Jon Duerr F.P.) this afternoon and caught a early FOY Hermit Thrush.
Chris Madsen on 3/11 reported: While out car-birding in the rain yesterday afternoon, Carla and I were surprised to see 8 - 10 Tree Swallows darting about, feeding over the river at Fabyan Forest Preserve.
Alan Robertson on 3/10 reported via IBET: There is...a Red Shouldered Hawk lurking around just west of Route 31 in Wheeler Park (on the boarder Geneva and Saint Charles) last seen of Friday afternoon.
on 3/9 reported via e-mail: Today Chris was finally able to check off a
goal at the top of his "bucket list." This afternoon while trekking about
Kane County he came upon a Long Eared Owl. What a husband he is to
make a mental note of where is was, drive all the way back home to pick up
me, my camera and our granddaughter. What a day of firsts.....Chris' first
self-spotted LEO, our first Kane County LEO and little Ali's lifer - LEO.
Diane Hansen on 3/9 reported via e-mail: Today we drove by the tracks on Randall in S. Elgin and we saw this turkey.
on 3/8 reported via e-mail: Just this morning I spotted our two
resident Red-Tailed Hawks mating on our property (in Aurora
township). For several weeks now we have seen them together working on
their nest. They successfully fledged two eyases last year, and we are
hoping they have the same success this year. We also have had a flock of up
to 12 Horned Larks on the property for the last week. Our yard has
had the usual Cardinals, Juncos, Tree Sparrows, Doves, Goldfinches,
Red-Winged Blackbirds, and just this morning our first Brown-Headed
Cowbird of 2013.
Mussachio on 3/7 reported via e-mail: Spotted this Great Horned Owl
in Geneva taking in some sun and keeping the nest warm.
Janet Davie on 3/6 reported via e-mail: On Monday 3/4 I saw my first Sandhill Cranes migrating for this year, two huge flocks probably 50 to 60 birds. I saw them near Route 31 and Crane road by the river in St. Charles. Ten minutes later, I saw two eagles soaring over the river, one mature and one young, same area I saw the cranes. It was a very good day.
Eric Secker on 3/5 reported via IBET: There has been an immature RED-SHOULDERED HAWK hanging around the Fox River in Carpentersville / Dundee the past few weeks. We first saw it in the woods on Rt. 25 near I-90 a few weeks ago. Chris Mussachio also got a nice photo of it in Carpentersville on Feb. 23. This past Sunday we parked in one of the lots along the Fox River in East Dundee and watched the hawk for quite some time as he flew back and forth all along the river trying to hunt for food along the banks. It's interesting to watch the very different behavior of this bird compared to the Red-tailed Hawks in the area. We also had an immature BALD EAGLE flying by and a BELTED KINGFISHER on one of the islands in the middle of the river.
Walter Lutz on 3/4 reported via e-mail: Monday @ noon 30+ Sandhill Cranes going north over west Elgin
John Heneghan on 3/4 reported via IBET: Tricia called at lunch to let me know she had seen 2 flocks of Sandhills fly over, the first 24 birds, the second 10 birds from the river in Batavia. We also had a flicker at out feeders at home, the first flicker I believe we have had at the feeders.
Rhonda Nelson on 3/4 reported via phone: Hooded Mergansers at Batavia's Riverwalk, north of the dam.
Richard Wilson on 3/3 reported via phone: That he had sighted a Rough-legged Hawk at Freeman Kame FP on March 1st.
Walter Lutz on
3/3 reported via e-mail: This morning at:
Mussachio on 3/2 reported via e-mail: They're back. Spotted 3 Great
Blue Herons flying through Buffalo Park today.
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