MARCH 2016 SIGHTINGS
Paul Mayer on 3/30 reported via e-mail: Today at Nelson Lake only one American White Pelican was seen. Alas, no Great White Pelican moving up from Florida. Other birds seen included 3 Ring-necked Ducks, about 12 Ruddy Ducks, maybe 200 coots and a few Common Mergansers.
Rich Miller on 3/29 reported via IBET: 2 American white Pelicans at Nelson Lake, Batavia IL.
Tim Balassie on 3/28 reported via IBET: Birded Oakhurst FP earlier today (Aurora) and tallied 44 species. Most interesting was a Muscovy Duck located at Lake Patterson, first I've ever seen. Actually not much else other than the expected at this time of year, altho saw my FOY IL Eastern Towhee.
Diane Hansen on 3/28 reported
via e-mail: I have had another sighting in the category of things I
don't expect in my neighborhood. My Sunday morning routine includes a walk
around my neighborhood around 7:00 a.m. Yesterday I noticed an unusual
silhouette in a tree as I walked along Walnut in Elgin. It was a Wood
Duck perched high up in a large tree.
Tim Balassie on 3/26 reported
via IBET: Visited a few spots yesterday in Kane. The reclamation work
at Camp Tomo-Chi-Chi-Knolls (Gilberts) continues. Much of the northwest
woods has been cleared out, as well as the woods south to the lodge. The
work has opened-up many ephemeral ponds and some marsh areas. Seeing some
of the old oaks there is well worth the visit. Had 28 species (eBird),
including Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pine Siskin, Red-breasted Nuthatch
and Wood Duck.
Marion Miller on 3/26
reported via text: Four Red-breasted Mergansers at the tip of
Boy Scout Island in St. Charles. Three males, one female. Be careful, don't
step on the goose egg that's there.
Walter Lutz on 3/25 reported
via e-mail: Seeing female Pheasants is difficult at best, so
getting a photo (albeit a poor one) was unusual. At Fitchie Creek F.P.
Lisa Williams on 3/25
reported via e-mail: I walked around Nelson Lake this afternoon (3/25)
and there was a good variety of waterfowl, plus a few decent land birds as
well. Here’s the list:
John Burke on 3/25 reported
via e-mail: I am attaching a photo taken this morning at 8:30AM at
Crestview park in Batavia, Illinois of Vultures I saw warming
themselves at the top of the trees. There were six vultures perched
together. It is the first time I have seen Vultures in this park.
Marion Miller on 3/25
reported via e-mail: Friday morning was a brisk, sunny and musical
adventure at Gunnar Anderson. Highlights were 50, if not more, Tree
Swallows hawking insects a few inches off the short grass area by the
shelter, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Fox Sparrows, Carolina Wren,
Song Sparrows, Rusty Blackbirds and Eastern Phoebe. All of
them were happily vocalizing except for the Sapsucker. Lots of trees and
brush have been cleared and the path along the creek to the river doesn't
look the same.
John Heneghan On 3/23 reported via e-mail: I have done the Big Rock FP CBC the last few years. Did not see any Red Headed Woodpeckers at Camp Dean (next to BRFP) this past Dec. I was afraid they may have moved on as the folks there had removed a lot of oaks. Got a note today with a picture of a RHWP at a feeder there. Good to see.
Rich Miller on 3/23 reported
via e-mail: I have noticed the Great Horned Owl sitting on a
previously used nest near the Chicago Outlet Mall. Today I decided to stop
a snap a photo. If my eyes do not deceive me, there may be two fuzzy chicks
near the front. No more clues about the location.
Justin Wrinn on 3/17 reported via IBET: Mostly of local interest, but the Great Blue Herons are back on the rookery at Rutland Forest Preserve. I just got a brief look through the trees as I passed by on my way home from work, so I couldn't get an exact count but it looked like at least 5, possibly more.
Lucy DeLap on 3/17 reported
via IBET: Tuesday morning I didn't see much bird life on the Fox River
near the pedestrian bridge; a few Canada Geese, some Mallards
and a couple of gulls.
Tim Balassie on 3/17 posted
on IBET: Ibeters,
Oliver Burrus on 3/16 reported via eBird: Swallows on the Fox River in Carpentersville. Three hundred Tree Swallows and at least 2 Bank Swallows.
Tracy Finnegan on 3/16 reported via e-mail: Yesterday around 5pm We
stopped at the first pond just west of Deerpath on the north side of Tanner
We went to Nelson lake afterwards. Over two hundred coots, ducks,
buffleheads, shovelers, etc., flock of 50 redwing blackbirds, two
sandhills, but they are farther away and hard to get really nice
Justin Wrinn on 3/15 reported via IBET: I had at least 700 Sandhill Cranes pass over my workplace in west Huntley on my afternoon break today around 3:00, and I have seen hundreds more out the window passing by throughout the afternoon - well over a thousand total. Unfortunately no white ones, but I keep hoping...
Mike Optie on 3/15 reported via e-mail: It is 2:45 P.M. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016! I am, again, seeing large flocks of Sandhill Cranes over the Northeast corner of Elgin…..vicinity of I90 and Route 25 (Dundee)! Beautiful sight!
Marion Miller on 3/14 reported via e-mail: Noticed 2 male
Buffleheads on the Settler's Hill Golf course ponds (Batavia) as we
drove by on Fabyan.
Brendon Lake on 3/14 reported via IBET: ...I decided to stop
over again at the Stonegate subdivision on Allen Road in Hampshire. I was a
little disheartened to not hear a Western Meadowlark immediately
upon arrival, as is often the case when they are present and singing. But
not even a minute later one flew into a nearby tree and began to sing loud
and clear. I swear, these meadowlarks are getting more and more cooperative
every year! It is a great opportunity to see, and hear, the differences
between the two meadowlarks, as both are present throughout the spring at
this location. One somewhat discouraging thing about today's visit, is a
guy was running his dog through the grasses where I am nearly convinced
these birds are breeding in the summer. Please stay on the roads when
Wes Sadler on 3/13 reported via e-mail: When to Oakhurst F.P.
with my Dad on Friday where he took a photo of a Muscovy Duck. I
assume its the same one that was seen on the lake last fall.
David Philips on 3/13 reported via IBET: Right near dusk on Sunday [at Grunwald Farms Forest Preserve] there were tons of Ring Necked Ducks and at least several pairs of Redhead. All were visible from the first parking lot, near North Lorang road.
Eric Secker on 3/13 reported via IBET: Although there have been a few Yellow-rumped Warblers showing up various places, Sally and I were surprised to walk out the front door this morning to see two in our crabtrees including one that was singing away. I wish I could say that it was a sign that the rest of the warblers are on the way, but sadly that's not the case...
Lots of other birds have started up in song as well including House Finches, Northern Cardinals, Song Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, White-breasted Nuthatches, Dark-eyed Juncos, robins, and others. These warm sixty degree evenings have also made for easy and enjoyable listening for woodcocks. I had at least four calling just around the parking lot area at Jelke Creek in Kane Co.
Walter Lutz on 3/12 reported via e-mail: Sandhill Crane
at Burnidge F.P. today.
Friday, March 11 was a large-scale Sandhill Crane migration day:
Tracy Finnegan, Mike Optie and Ella Mae Goshen via e-mail and Christopher Cudworth and Lucy De Lap via IBET all reported flocks of Sandhills flying over the Fox Valley.
John Hernandez via eBird reported one Whooping Crane with a flock of Sandhills above Algonquin.
Sue Wagoner on 3/10 reported via e-mail: After hearing of recent
sightings at Nelson Lake, Pat Prieditis and I took a short walk heading
south and west from the overlook. It did not take long to see two welcomed
species, signs that spring is indeed on the way. After a long personal
hiatus from that area, I vow to revisit soon and often! We had two noisy
Sandhill Cranes fly over us, and saw another dozen flying over the area
and we saw at a distance at least 6-10 Rusty Blackbirds.
Clifford Brown on 3/10 reported via e-mail: His first Eastern Bluebird of the season seen at Tekakwitha Park.
John Duerr on 3/9 reported via phone: At 8:40 AM, qt Oakhurst Forest Preserve on the bike path along 5th Avenue, west of the garden plots, at least 50 Common Redpolls.
Diane Hansen on 3/8 reported
via e-mail: The last thing I expect at 7:30 a.m. on my way to do some
pre-Jazzercise birding is a Turkey Vulture on a single-story house
in my neighborhood. That was an eye opener. Made it to Burnidge and found 6
or 7 American Wigeon before I had to run off to work out.
John Gaglione on 3/8 reported via e-mail: I am not a birder but I have spent a great deal of time outdoors camping, fishing, hiking and hunting. My experience is in IL, WI, UT, MI, VT, TX, MO, CA and Ontario Canada. So I am no stranger to viewing animals and birds. I live on the west side of Aurora. I got home from work a little early today and was sitting on my back deck with my bird dog. He was fixed on something in the sky and was softly whining and on point. When I looked up I was surprised to see 6 or 7 low flying raptors circling and cruising. I did not have my camera but I am as sure as I can be they were Turkey Vultures. I've never seen them in this part of IL let alone in Aurora. Dark brown feathers, wing span of about 6 feet, light brown to tan under wings, bright red heads. They were a little too high to see their eyes or talons.
Debbie Wisser on 3/6 reported
via e-mail: After birding at Burnidge this morning, and not seeing
much, I made a quick drive through the Highland Woods subdivision. I saw a
large flock of Canada Geese on the West side of the subdivision near
the grade school. I stopped to scan, and saw 12 Greater White-fronted
Geese, but there may have been more. I don't like to linger too long
when I'm in a residential area.
Diane Hansen on 3/6 reported
via e-mail: This Great Horned Owl was seen on the Kane County
Audubon walk at Nelson Lake Saturday morning and was one highlight of the
39 species seen.
Walter Lutz on 3/6 reported
via e-mail: 2 Sandhill Cranes hanging out at the Pingree Grove
Water Treatment Plant.
Wes Sadler on 3/5 reported via eBird: Viewing a Brown Thrasher at Oakhurst Forest Preserve.
Debbie Wisser on 3/4 reported
via eBird: Spotting a Black-crowned Night-Heron at Fabyan Forest
Clifford Brown on 3/2 reported via e-mail: A Mute Swan seen at Fabyan Park “brooding on the charmed wave” as Milton so well said it.
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