MAY 2008 Sightings
Jeff Smith on 5/31 reported via IBET: (At Sauer Family Preserve in Kane County) at least 6 Wilson's Phalaropes, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, and 2 Black Terns were seen as well as many of the same shorebirds reported by others. In addition, 2 Upland Sandpipers were heard and 3 Sandhill Cranes gave a low flyby. Dickcissel was a new year bird for me.
Bill Koch on 5/31 reported via e-mail:
Not that uncommon in Kane County but I haven't read many reports on them
so I thought I would post this.
Jack Pomatto on 5/30 reported via e-mail: Today
5/30/08 at Ferson Creek Fen on Rte. 31 north of St. Charles a brief walk on the
boardwalk produced 2 Canada Warblers and a Wilson's Warbler, as
well as an Alder Flycatcher. A furry sighting was a mink just off of the
Bill Saylor on 5/28 reported via IBET: At 1pm today (5/28) at least 2 Wilson's phalaropes were still at Sauer-Prairie Kame FP in Kane Cty. There were probably 3 as I saw 1 male and probably 2 females. A ruddy turnstone was also present. Other birds of note were dunlins (20+), semipalmated plovers (6+), semipalmated sp's (12+), pectoral sp's (10+), and a western meadowlark.
Aaron Nolan on 5/28 reported via IBET: At Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation this morning I heard, then saw my first BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO of the year. Another FOY included a first year male and a female ORCHARD ORIOLE. And my last FOY this morning was a CONNECTICUT WARBLER.
Julie Long on 5/27 reported via IBET: This morning I nearly stepped on a mourning warbler which had probably hit the window on my front porch. It was alert but let me pick it up in order to put it in a paper bag for a little warmth and quiet. After a bit I put the bag in a sunny spot on my back porch and watched him walk out. He sat for quite a while and posed for pictures. I had to leave so decided to leave him in his protected spot. My husband checked on him after a half hour and he was gone, hopefully continuing on his journey. That was one of the few warblers that I did not have on my yard list!
Jeffrey Sanders on 5/26 reported via IBET: today, monday, rena cohen and i went exploring in the wild west.
at sauer family kame f.p in kane county we had all the same species as doug stotz except for the baird's. some of our numbers varied slightly.
big rock preserve in kane county--orchard oriole and cerulean warbler.
Doug Stotz on 5/26
reported via IBET: Numbers of shorebirds at Sauer Family preserve
mid-morning were pretty good, certainly up from the numbers that Christopher
Cudworth reported yesterday. I had 13 species as follows; 8 KILLDEER, 27
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS,
1 RUDDY TURNSTONE, 50 SEMIPALMATED, 22 LEAST, 14 WHITE-RUMPED,
1 BAIRD'S, 9 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 12 DUNLIN, 3
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 8 WILSON'S PHALAROPES. One thing I found
was that birds disappeared and reappeared among the grass and mud clumps. I was
doing my last sweep of the area when the Turnstone magically appeared. I also
saw 2 BLACK TERNS, a dozen BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and a number of
grassland birds including BOBOLINK, SAVANNAH, VESPER and
GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and both meadowlarks.
Ari Shavit on 5/26 reported via IBET: I Went to see the Wilsons Phalaropes at Sauer this afternoon. there were three Black terns flying around, very nice. The Phalaropes are still there.
Christopher Cudworth on 5/25 reported via IBET: Sandpiper numbers were down (at Sauer family Prairie) this morning (Sunday) at 6 -7:30 a.m. However there were still 10 Wilson's Phalaropes, 4 pectoral, 4 semipalmated sandpiper, 4 spotted sandpiper, 7 least sandpiper, 15+ dunlin, 10+ killdeer. I still have to go through some of my photos to sort out some of the other peeps. The Wilson's Phalaropes are worth the trip.
Gloria Dimoplon on 5/25 reported via e-mail: There was an Olive-sided Flycatcher at Burnidge F.P. Thursday (May 22) and again on Saturday (May 24). From the parking lot walk along the gravel/paved path to the far end on the pond. Look for a dead tree just before the path turns into the woods. The bird was perched at the top of the tree.
Darrell Shambaugh on
5/24 reported via IBET: I went to Red Oak Nature Center about 1:00 PM
Saturday. (Kane County on Route 25 between North Aurora and Batavia) There were
lots of neat birds there. On the Dolomite Trail along the Fox River an
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was in a dead tree. The path took a little turn and
came out of the woods and there was the Olive-sided Flycatcher so close I could
see its eyes without binoculars. I watched it for about 15 seconds, hoping for
little song, but it flew away in silence. At least two WOOD THRUSH were
singing, and a male SCARLET TANAGER made an appearance. A male
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, an EASTERN PHOEBE, an EASTERN WOOD PEEWEE,
2 RED-EYED VIREOS, a couple BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and 2 SWAINSON'S
THRUSH were there. I stood in the flight path that a BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE was using to take food to a nest. It flew past at eye-level
several times, going to a particular bush overlooking the river and then zooming
back into the woods, landing about 12 feet up on a tree. Warblers included
BLACKBURNIAN, BLACKPOLL, TENNESSEE, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW, and
AMERICAN REDSTART. There are a lot of CEDAR WAXWINGS along the Fox
River in this area. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK flew over about 3:30 PM.
AmarAyyash on 5/24
reported via IBET: I was able to sneak away late this afternoon. In fear of
the Phalaropes moving on tonight with the south winds predicted, I decided to
bird Sauer Family Prarie in Kane County rather than wait until tomorrow. Thanks
for the perfect directions Scott.
Tami Stencel on 5/22 reported via e-mail: This morning (May 22, 2008) I saw two adults with one young Sandhill crane on Fabyan Parkway. They were a short distance from the road--just northeast of the spot where Fabyan Parkway ends, west of Batavia. I've seen other sandhill cranes near this spot before, but I never had the thrill of seeing a little one before.
Scott Cohrs on 5/22
reported via IBET: Mike Madsen and I covered 3 different spots in Kane
County on Thursday.
Sue Wagoner on 5/21
reported via e-mail: After returning from a visit to Magee Marsh, Ohio
(Warbler Wonderland to some)-- I think I brought some back with me-
Michael Hogg on 5/20
reported via IBET: There were 11 Wilson's Phalaropes at 1:00 PM today
in the wet area to the west of R47 just south of Big Timber Rd. This is to the
south of Huntley.
Bill Meier on 5/19 reported via IBET: At least one Nashville Warbler at Rotary Park in St. Charles. The Magnolia Warblers still remain.
Christopher Cudworth on 5/19 reported via IBET: I neglected to mention that on Friday morning last week, when I birded Nelson Lake, there was still one white pelican present. It was posted up behind some cattails where a crew of 6-8 of them often sat through April within view of the east side deck. I was on the west side looking east and the bird was preening both wings and seemed healthy enough. But that was from 400 yards away.
On Sunday morning (6:15-8:15) I birded a small chunk of Fabyan Forest Preserve
in Geneva, the woods south of the parking lot on the east side of the preserve.
There was a fallout of warblers so I didn't move far. Among the notables: PARULA,
BLACKPOLL, CHESTNUT-SIDED and MOURNING. I was hearing the Mourning for 15
minutes or so and patiently worked my way toward the bird. They spook and move
if you approach too quickly. As it was, the bird popped up out of a small shrub,
stared me down a few seconds, sang, and then arrowed off to another hiding spot.
I would imagine this bird will still be there today and tomorrow. They tend to
park it a couple days during migration in Fabyan. One can also find CONNECTICUT
on the east side frequently.
Julie Long on 5/18 reported via e-mail: There were not many warblers at (Ferson Creek) fen on Sunday morning but I did have a Canada and Wilson's warbler, as well as several N. Waterthrushes. Along Ferson Creek from the Ferson Creek park, the singing N. Parula was still in the sycamore trees. He was also there on the bird count day.
Eric Secker on 5/18 reported via IBET: All the rarities mentioned from this preserve are still present mid day today including the RUDDY TURNSTONE, 3 WILLETS, 5 WILSON'S PHALAROPES, 45 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, many DUNLIN, 2 or 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and other common shorebirds. Also still a couple AMERICAN PIPITS, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, VESPER SPARROW, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS.
Ginny Widrick on 5/17
reported via e-mail: The KCA birdwalk this morning at Big Rock Forest
Preserve yielded 62 species. Terry Murray led a group of eighteen birders whose
Tim Kuesel on 5/17 reported via IBET:
After enjoying the splendid morning warbler-festing at Montrose from 6 to 9 AM,
Craig Taylor suggested we head west to try our luck at the Kane County...forest
preserve, variously marked as
John Duerr on 5/17 reported via e-mail: Saturday May 17 Sauer Family F P. The shore bird diversity continues to build along these wetlands. 4 Willets were present at 9:00 AM (a county species for me)! Also, 2 pair Wilson Phalaropes, numerous Least, Semipalmated, Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, Pectorals, White-rump Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, with a couple Long-billed. Scott (Cohrs) just called to say a Ruddy Turnstone and 16 Black Terns moved in since we where there.
Melinda Johnson on 5/17 reported via e-mail: I saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak while sitting on my porch this morning at Riverwoods Christian Center (5 miles north of St. Charles, east side of the river). Also, the local Red-headed Woodpecker was making the rounds today, and I had a nice view of him!
Julie Long on 5/16 reported via e-mail: There were 72 species of birds at Burnidge on Friday, May 16. For me the best bird was a white eyed vireo in the same area with all of the bobolinks. I think that is the east side from the picnic area. It is to the left if you are looking at the picnic area from the parking lot. There were a variety of warblers, none highly unusual. There were many rose breasted grosbeaks, a couple of scarlet tanagers, and many of the normal nesting birds.
Scott Cohrs on 5/16 reported via IBET:
I hit several Kane County spots on Thursday. Overall, it was pretty
disappointing. It felt as though passerines were non-existent, at least for May
15th. I only had 19 species of warblers, with Wilson's as the only new
warbler of the year for me. Things were very quiet.
Christopher Cudworth on 5/16 reported via
IBET: Every year at the northern edge of the west side woods at Nelson Lake,
there is a YELLOW BREASTED CHAT that sings and occupies the oak/understory
habitat. To get there quickly and easily, park at the lot off Main Street one
half mile west of Nelson Lake road (west of Batavia from Randall). Take the
trail east from the lot (a grassy two-track). When you get to the former
fencepost (wooden) turn left and take the grass path to the farthest you can go
left. The chat has annually liked that patch of woods. You'll hear a guttaral
creak, high pitched whooop! (slightly ascending at times) and raspy
Julie Long on 5/15 reported via IBET: I was pleased to see a summer tanager outside an upstairs window late this morning. In the evening there was a very small flock of warblers in the yard--palm, magnolia, and Nashville along with a scarlet tanager and rose breasted grosbeak. I live a a mile west of the Fox River in an old subdivision with many mature oak trees. On the west side of us is Randall Rd and Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve.
Ken and Mary Lou Schneider on 5/15 reported
via e-mail: Hawk's Bluff Park in Batavia (to be formally dedicated this
weekend) has turned out to be a nice migrant trap. Over the past several days we
have seen 9 warbler species (Yellow-rumped, Yellow, Nashville,
Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Magnolia, Black-and-White,
American Redstart), plus other species as noted in my Blog today
Ginny Widrick on 5/15 reported via e-mail: The (R)Andrini Ramblers© saw a possible Lazuli Bunting today at the picnic shelter west of the garden plots at Campton Hills Park. In all, twelve birders led by Jon Duerr spotted 41 species.
Bill Meier on 5/15 reported via IBET: I know it's getting repetitious, but another warbler visited the small stand of conifers in the northwest corner of Rotary Park. Usually in a couple of days the warbler activity is finished here. This time it was a very active Magnolia Warbler. Several other unidentified warblers made a brief appearance. Also an American Redstart stopped for a snack. 43 seconds of Magnolia Warbler video is here: magnolia
Bryan Hix on 5/15 reported via e-mail: I saw a variety of warblers early this morning 5/15/08 at Burnidge F.P. I included a picture of a Palm warbler. I saw yellow-rumped, palm, and yellows. As well as a flock of at least 15 cedar waxwings, 4 kingbirds, baltimore oriole (pair), meadowlark, thrasher, catbird, 3 yellow throats, 1 waterthrush, 2 male and 1 female-evening grossbeaks, pair blue wing teal, drake wood duck. The amazing thing is that I didn't move more than 20 yards and was only there for one hour before work. I was able to take some of my best bird pictures yet today. Migration season is always fun!
Chris Bowman on 5/15 reported via e-mail: Yesterday, I saw a Little Blue Heron fly up from a retention pond across from the Woods St/Lewis St corner in the Sterling Manor area of Geneva about 1/2 mi south of Delnor Hospital. Spotted him there a couple early mournings last spring also. Yesterday, he flew a few yards in front of me at eye level --- definitely a Little Blue.
Mark Bowman on 5/15 reported via e-mail: Few days ago at Norris woods, I spotted an tanager shaped all orange bird, other than gray wings. It was not an Oriole. Think it was a Scarlet Tanager morph. Keep an eye out for this oddity.
Bill Meier on 5/12 reported via IBET: This Cape May warbler was putting on the feed bag in a small group of conifer trees located at the northwest corner of Rotary Park in St. Charles. This spot has been a reliable warbler stopping point in the past. But only for one or two days. 1 minute and 8 second video at cape may video.
Chris and Mark Bowman on 5/12 reported via
e-mail: Today at Norris Woods: Nashville Warbler, Yellow Throated Vireo,
Magnolia Warbler, Red Start, Red Breasted Grosbeak, Blackburnian Warbler.
Julie Long on 5/10 reported via e-mail: For Ginny Widrick and I the highlight birds of the day were 4 cerulean warblers, 2 each at Norris and Tekawitha (along with a blue wing warbler there and assorted grosbeaks and tanagers), 2 bobolinks at Meadow Ridge subdivision on Bolcum Rd, 2 red headed woodpeckers at Wild Rose Springs homeowners trail, 2 carolina wrens at Norris, and 2 orchard orioles, one each at Ferson Creek Fen and Leroy Oakes.
Bill Koch on 5/10
e-mail: Went to LeRoy Oakes at lunchtime Friday. Pretty basic outing with
the following being the most interesting.
John Heneghan on 5/10 reported via IBET: This AM we had a Baltimore Oriole at our suet feeder in LaFox. We put an orange in the feeder in lieu of suet yesterday and lo and behold we had an Oriole this morning. To all doing the Bird Count, have a Fun Day!!!!
Chris Madsen on 5/9 reported via IBET:
This morning between 10 and 11:30 a total of 15 birders viewed what we think is
a Whip-poor-will at Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve just south of South
Elgin on Route 31. The bird was roosting in a tree about 12 - 15 feet over a
secluded pathway in a stand of oaks. It is possible that the bird is a Common
Nighthawk, but as the group studied three field guides while looking at the bird
(in admittedly less than ideal light) the consensus was Whip-poor-will. All
three field guides varied in their depictions of the birds but the best match
was Whip-poor-will. Now at home, the bird closely resembles the drawings of the
adult bird in The Sibley Guide to Birds. The photo at right buttresses the
Aaron Nolan on 5/9 reported via IBET:
Today I birded Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation and these are the notable birds I
Ken and Mary Lou Schneider on 5/9 reported via e-mail: We saw this Scarlet Tanager at Lippold Park yesterday morning. Warbler sightings (and identification) were hampered by the stiff breeze. I have a full report with several other photos in today's blog at blog.rosyfinch.com.
Mark Bowman on 5/9 reported via e-mail: Seen at Otter Creek last evening: sora and common snipe (he flew up and landed 10 ft from me spinning around on the ground acting injured so there must have been a nest nearby).
Sue Wagoner on 5/8 reported via e-mail: I didn't have to go far for my birding today-- Started with a female mallard in my birdbath (she later cleaned the bird feed from the dish feeder-- she and hubby are hanging at the neighbor's pool, where the pool cover has about 6 inches of water)-- from there things got better, in my back yard-
2 House Wrens checking out a birdhouse
in my yard (a first for my neighborhood). I love their chattiness, spunk and
Bob Andrini on 5/8 reported via e-mail: I did my monthly BCN count at Norris woods today (Thurs) and among the 41 species of birds were 7 species of warblers, 3 species of vireos, 4 species of swallows on the river, 2 very quiet Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (probably there was a female somewhere around), and great views of a Summer Tanager. We also observed one Canada Goose fighting with another (as in being on top of and pushing the one under water. The one under water came up about 10 feet away - after escaping and swimming underwater (I have never seen one stay under for that length of time - about 5 sec.)
John Heneghan on 5/7 reported via IBET: On the way to work and home yesterday and this AM, I saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the field on the North side of Main just west of the intersection with Nelson Lake. I have seen Sandhills there frequently. We had a pair of Indigo Buntings and a male and female Rose Breasted Grosbeak at the feeders (in LaFox) today.
Mary Shesgreen on 5/7 reported via e-mail: I just had a pair of indigo buntings at my bird feeder in Elgin. Amazing! I did not even know these birds ever visited feeders. I have never before seen them in any town-- only out in farm country or in a nature preserve.
Chris Bowman on 5/7 reported via e-mail: At Jon Duerr Forest Preserve on Tuesday: Black Throated Green Warbler, Bay Breasted Warbler, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Worm Eating Warbler.
Ken and Mary Lou Schneider on 5/6 reported via e-mail: Ken photographed this male Cape May Warbler at Lippold Park in Batavia this morning. Also saw Blue-winged and Nashville Warblers.
John Heneghan on 5/5 reported via IBET: This evening we had a (ruby-throated) hummingbird show up at our feeder (in LaFox). We had a female and what I presumed was her young last summer. We were wondering if they or she would return. Glad to see a hummingbird again!!
Bill Koch on 5/5 reported via e-mail:
To add to what Mark Bowman saw at Otter Creek. I did a quick walkthrough of
Otter Creek wetlands this morning to see if I could find the King Rail that was
reported earlier. Not found.
Mark Bowman on 5/5 reported via e-mail: On 5/4 at Otter creek: swamp sparrows, yellow warbler and sora most notable birds seen, did not see the king rail. At J Duerr it was very active with many scarlet tanagers, orioles, palms, yellow rumps, a couple black throated green warblers and 2 red headed wood peckers. Did not get any pics because my battery ran out.
Karen Land on 5/5 reported via IBET: As I reported last week, we have a catbird that has been around in our backyard bushes (in Batavia). We have been seeing at least one (but we think we have two) for the last 5 days now. Saturday one was making it's rounds around a white oak tree that we have about 10 feet from the picture window in our family room. As I sat right by the window, he was enjoying checking out the decorative glass balls I have hanging in the tree. At one point he perched on top of the ball and tried to see if it was something edible. Today there has been a catbird at the water dish several times.
Sue Wagoner on 5/4 reported via e-mail:
Sunday morning at Lippold Park, and into Glenwood Park I saw the following: Many
Palm Warblers and Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Baltimore Orioles,
several noisy House Wrens, White Throated Sparrows, Wood Ducks,
Cat birds, Common Yellow throat, Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers, 1 Magnolia
Warbler, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 1 Oven Bird, 1
Jon Duerr on 5/4 reported via e-mail: A
pair of Wilson Phalaropes were seen Sunday morning in the flooded field
along Davis Rd, northwest of Big Rock. The pond is smaller and a spotting scope
is handy. Also, Short-billed Dowitcher and Lesser Yellowlegs.
Melinda Johnson on 5/4 reported via e-mail: Hi! I spotted a Redhead Woodpecker in the Oaks trees, in my yard, at Riverwoods Christian Center late this afternoon! I notice that I had seen one back on 4/12/08 also - must be the same one, as there is lots to feed on here! Also, while not unusual to see in the Spring - I've noticed that there are two families (one of 6, and one of 5) of new Canadian goslings grazing in my yard now! I looked a little further North along the Fox, and haven't seen any others emerging yet. Also seen in the past couple of days: a few Brown Wrens, a male and female pairing of Gold Finches, and a Yellow Rump Warbler. I saw a blue colored bird the other day, but couldn't see it well enough (or long enough) to identify it for sure. I think it may have been an Indigo Bunting, as I have seen them here in years past.
Christopher Cudworth on 5/4 reported via IBET: At Fabyan Park in Geneva/Batavia, on the west side by the south side of the Japanese Garden there was a singing Yellow Throated Vireo at 7:30 a.m. this Sunday morning. In this same location a singing Great Crested Flycatcher, numerous palm warblers and a secretive waterthrush (northern) in the Japanese Garden itself.
Darrell Shambaugh on 5/3 reported via IBET:
I was in St. Charles at dawn Saturday and had some time to kill. My first stop
was Riverside Park, at Division Street and Route 25. This park was loaded with
birds, including a PROTHONOTARY! I've stopped at Riverside park several
times since I found it a few years ago. It's on my way to work, and it's a nice
stop to waste a few minutes. I've always thought the river and a little pond
there should attract Prothonotary Warblers, and today one was actually there. It
was especially pretty when the early morning sun shown on it. Other birds at
Riverside Park included at least 2 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, about 15
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 10 PALM WARBLERS, 1 YELLOW WARBLER, 1
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 2 WARBLING VIREOS, a WHITE-EYED VIREO,
at least 5 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, an EASTERN KINGBIRD, 2 SWAMP
SPARROWS, 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 3 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS,
a CEDAR WAXWING, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, a bunch of AMERICAN
GOLDFINCHES, a BELTED KINGFISHER, and a GREY CATBIRD. A couple
AMERICAN COOTS were in the Fox River.
John Heneghan on 5/3 reported via IBET:
I had the pleasure of hosting a Rose Breasted Grosbeak and a Baltimore
Oriole today at my feeders. I had RBG's last summer but I was pleasantly
surprised to see the Baltimore Oriole. I also had many Goldfinches,
Purple Finches, Chipping sparrows, Chickadees, Grackles, Brown
Headed Cowbirds, Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Downy Woodpeckers, Red Bellied
Woodpeckers and a Flicker.
Mark Bowman on 5/3 reported via e-mail: 5-2 at J Duerr preserve, saw golden winged warbler, yellow rumps, catbird, palm warbler, black and white warbler and thanks to John Duerr himself who pointed it out to me [thanks John], I got a lifer in the orange crowned warbler. Baltimore orioles and white crowned sparrows were also present. John saw scarlet tanagers but it started raining so I did not see them. Stopped for a short time at Norris Woods and saw a female Northern Parula.
Claire Dassy on 5/2 reported via IBET:
I'm in constant hopes of catching the blue bunting on my feeder (in Algonquin),
but it seems I may have missed the opportunity. Today while obsessively peering
out the door in search of the bunting I found a eurasian finch instead.
Heidi Hohman on 5/2 reported via e-mail: Two beautiful male bobolinks competing for territory at Burnidge Forest Preserve this morning Fri. May 2.
Karen Land on 5/2 reported via IBET: During the height of the heavy rains this morning, there was a catbird tucked under the cover of a pine tree in my backyard (in Batavia). He enjoyed hopping up and down around the trunk and would then scoot back and forth to a near by tree. I watched him for about a half hour. We usually only get one or 2 a season.
Gloria Dimoplon on 5/1 reported via e-mail: I stopped by Burnidge F.P. this morning for a short walk. Notable birds: an Eastern Kingbird and a pair of Soras. Lots of yellow-rumped and palm warblers. A brown thrasher, hermit thrush and several swamp sparrows.
Steve Smith on 5/1 reported via IBET: I
had a very cooperative King Rail at Otter Creek wetlands in St. Charles
tonight. I saw him at first only a dozen feet off the trail. He looked at me and
leisurely walked back into the cattails. A couple of minutes later he started
calling and was still calling when I left a half hour later at 7:30 PM. He was
at the NW corner of the preserve at the S end of the boardwalk in that corner of
the park. If he is calling you can hear him for 100 yards.
Christopher Cudworth on 5/1 reported via IBET: At 7:15 in Batavia I observed a lone nighthawk flying over my backyard. On a southern wind.
Jack Pomatto on 5/1 reported via e-mail:
Today, 5/1/08, there was a nice mix of birds at J.J. Duerr F.P. that included:
Mark Bowman on 5/1 reported via e-mail: 4-30 at Fabyan Park; nice day outside, saw Baltimore oriole, black and white warbler, black throated green warbler, yellow rumps, palms and blue gray gnatcatchers among other more common birds.
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