MAY 2010 SIGHTINGS
Doug Stotz on 5/31 reported via IBET: I visited a variety of forest preserves in western Kane Co this morning. The highlight was the WESTERN KINGBIRD reported by Scott Cohrs yesterday at Headwaters Conservation Area (east of Anderson Rd. on south side of [Beith] Rd.). I saw it about 11:10 along a tree line on the east edge of the reserve. It flew from there down to another tree just east of a pond about .3 miles south of [Beith]. From there it flew off to the SE and I lost it. Also at Headwaters I had a SORA, SEDGE WREN, 3 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, an ORCHARD ORIOLE and several DICKCISSELS. At Johnson Mound Forest Preserve there was a MOURNING WARBLER by the first parking area, and a WHITE-EYED VIREO up on top near shelter no. 3. Along Pouley Rd. (west of Johnson Mound, east of Headwaters) just south of Keslinger Road there was a singing BELL'S VIREO on the east side of the road. At Bliss Woods, there was an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER and a singing BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. Various places with water (including Carson Slough, Tanner Trails, the pond north of Elburn FP, etc.) produced nothing of note but lots of broods of MALLARDS and WOOD DUCKS and a scattering of BLUE-WINGED TEAL.
on 5/30 reported via IBET: I found a probable Western Kingbird
this morning at Headwaters CA in Kane County. It was seen in flight along
the west edge of Headwaters heading north/northwest over a farm field. I
lost it over a ridge as it flew into a landscape company property. I say
probable Western since I didn't get to see it perched, but it was clearly
a gray-backed, yellow-bellied Kingbird with dark wings and tail. I may
have also seen the bird a couple hours later on another pass through the
area. I had a bird with a long dark tail and clear white outer tail
feathers fly in front of my car and then over the fence line, giving more
credence to Western Kingbird. I know there are a few people trying to
relocate the bird. Hopefully it is re-found; I imagine it is still in the
area. I would concentrate on the area near Beith and Anderson Rds, then
expand from there. There are quite a few large fields that it could be
Scott Cohrs on 5/29 reported via phone: A Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage was spotted Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Pillsbury pond at the intersection of Kautz and Averill roads, just north of Route 38 and just west of the golf course/airport.
Bryan Hix on 5/26 reported via e-mail: After a brief downpour this afternoon, I drove through Burnidge FP and heard and saw dozens of yellow warblers singing all over the place. I did see 3 chestnut-sided warblers in a couple of choke cherries (seems to be one of their favorite trees) and 1 Nashville warbler as well. Bobolinks are setting up territories in several open areas also. The heat seems to have pushed a lot of the other warblers from what I can tell.
Chris Nelson on 5/26 reported via e-mail: There
are a couple of red-tailed hawks with babies nesting in a gutter on
the roof of the Kane County Judicial Center. Itís fascinating to watch
Ron Dickenson on 5/25 reported via e-mail: A
photo update of the eagles at the Mooseheart nest.
Julie Long on 5/24 reported via e-mail: Both the northern parula and yellow throated warbler were singing for much of the afternoon at the Fabyan Garden area on Sunday while I was volunteering there as a master gardener docent. Apparently the heat was not bothering them.
Christopher Cudworth on 5/24 reported via IBET: While warming up for a run with a buddy this morning a Northern Parula was singing in the sycamore trees directly north of the first parking lots on the west entrance.
Bob Andrini on 5/24 reported via phone: There are at least four male Yellow-headed Blackbirds calling in the small cat-tail patch at Prairie Green Wetlands in Geneva.
on 5/23 reported via IBET: At Aurora West (Kane County) this evening
there were at least 2 singing HENSLOW'S SPARROWS at the north end
of the prairie loop. They were also singing there last week. Also 1 week
ago I heard a SORA calling from the wetland area.
on 5/23 reported via IBET: Though I didn't come across many of what I
would consider true migrants, had a pretty good morning in various stops
throughout southern Kane. The most interesting thing to me was the
presence of 4 (!!) Acadian Flycatchers in a fairly small area of
Bliss Woods. All of these were found in the area west of the parking lot
along the bike trail between Bliss Road and the clearing further west.
Three were north of the path, and one was south. All were extremely vocal.
I'm usually lucky to come across 1 or 2 Acadians each year in Kane, so 4
was surprising. Darrell Shambaugh had an Acadian last year in this general
area on the east side of Bliss Road by the shooting range. I tend to
forget about Bliss Woods, but it has good habitat for Acadians and I
wouldn't be surprised if one is present every year at some point.
Cudworth on 5/22 reported via IBET: Following a bike ride Saturday
morning I took a short bird walk along Ferson Creek at the northern end of
Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. I anticipated either a
Connecticut or Mourning Warbler and was rewarded with a beautiful singing
Mourning Warbler in a circular little hedgrow 30 yards off the
Ferson Creek stream bank where the former oxbox topography is now partly
overgrown with thrashy shrubs. The bird obligingly popped through a hole
in the hedgerow so I could see it, albeit in shadow, before returning to
its annoyingly skulking habit of singing from the deepest thickets.
on 5/20 reported via e-mail: Today, 5/20/10 at Tekakwitha F.P. a
Broad-winged Hawk was seen soaring over the Fox River and then
proceeded to very purposely head back to the ridge above the river at the
top end of the Tekakwitha forest. This behavior and it being late in
migration might indicate a bird possibly attempting to set up a territory.
Those birding either Jon J. Duerr F.P. ( Blackhawk F.P. ) or Tekakwitha
might want to keep an eye out for the bird/or birds. Nesting Broad-wings
are an uncommon occurrence in our area.
on 5/20 reported via e-mail: There are a group of 3 or 4 sandhill
cranes that appear to be nesting and/or breeding at the farm and pond
behind my home at Wenmoth Rd and Fabyan Parkway. It's private property so
I have only sighted them from a distance, but hear them quite often. I
also sighted one on the middle school grounds about one month ago, across
the street from the farm. This is the second season I have heard them.
Dickenson on 5/19 reported via e-mail: A photo report from the Eagles'
on 5/19 reported via e-mail: A couple of new arrivals. Fitchie Creek
FP had two very cooperative Lark Sparrows last Sunday (16 May).
These birds were located next to the most northern path.
on 5/18 reported via e-mail: Just because he is a common resident does
not make him any less regal. This Cardinal, seen at the Batavia
quarry bike path, was among the few species I saw this morning, along with
lots of Catbirds, a couple of Warbling vireos, a Yellow
rump warbler and Robins.
Schneider on 5/18 reported via e-mail: We walked in from the north
entrance of Nelson Lake this morning, hoping to find Bobolinks before our
return to Florida, but saw none. Neither did we hear any Henslow's
Sparrows or Dicksissels. We heard Sedge Wrens singing about every
100-200 feet along the loop trail. One pair appeared to have a nest at the
very edge of the mowed grass, as they became very excited when I
approached the spot from which I heard singing, providing a photo-op. A
Willow Flycatcher was singing near the Audubon bridge.
DeBoer on 5/18 reported via e-mail: On 5/14/10 there was a Sand
hill Crane in my yard for about an hour. I live in Sugar Grove, across
from Carson Slough. It was pretty fun watching him walk around and sleep!
He was not in a hurry!
Miller on 5/17 reported via e-mail: Here's a picture of a fisherman
coming home with his catch.
Schneider on 5/16 reported via e-mail: At Hawk's Bluff Park in
Batavia's Tanglewood Hills subdivision this morning I saw an
Orange-crowned Warbler. I also photographed the Mooseheart Bald Eagle
nest with two eaglets from the south end of the park. I am concerned that
observers inside the Mooseheart property were approaching within the 100
meter/330 foot "no disturbance" perimeter established under USFWS
guidelines. The landowner has responsibility for enforcing this provision,
unless Illinois law/regulation is even more restrictive. If disturbance
results in a "take" of an eaglet (e.g., injury or death due to premature
fledging or nest abandonment), Mooseheart could face Federal sanctions. Do
any KCAS members have contacts within the Mooseheart organization?
Further, cars were stopping on the shoulder of Randall Road and even
making U-turns across traffic lanes, creating a hazardous situation.
Observers should know that there is safe and quite adequate viewing
available from the wood chip path in Hawk's Bluff Park on the west side of
Randall Road. (Also attached is a photo of a Savannah Sparrow that visited
our daughter's Batavia yard this afternoon while I was cooking a BBQ).
Bowman on 5/16 reported via e-mail: Chris & I went to the Prairie
Street bridge this morning in St. Charles. Just on the west side of the
bridge we watched a flock of Cliff Swallows gathering mud from a
small puddle to build their nest.
on 5/15 reported via e-mail: Jon Duerr and I visited Prairie Green
this morning to see if the flooded conditions had attracted any
shorebirds. We were not disappointed. Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated
Sandpiper, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper and Short-billed Dowitcher were
all present. But, the highlights were a male Yellow-headed Blackbird
chasing a female and a Peregrine Falcon chasing a flock of crows.
But Crows are smart and the Peregrine never managed to get one out of the
Dickenson on 5/15 reported via e-mail: Ron shares this photo update of
the Mooseheart Bald Eagle nest:
Schneider on 5/15 reported via e-mail: This morning at Les Arends, I
heard but did not see: White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo,
and Northern Waterthrush. Heard and finally did see an Orchard
Oriole, at the southmost parking area. Under overcast skies I got poor
photos of Yellow and Blackpoll Warblers, Eastern Wood-Pewee,
Swainson's Thrush and Veery. On to Jones Meadow Park
(Batavia Park District, North Aurora), where I finally was able to
photograph the Soras that I have heretofore only glimpsed
fleetingly, at the eastern margin of the wetlands. High water seems to
have forced them up on the berm between the retention pond and wetlands.
More photos on
my FLICKR page.
Bryan Hix on
5/15 reported via e-mail: The warbler activity was pretty good again
early this morning (6:15) at Burnidge and Rutland FPs, but many were in
much denser undergrowth than yesterday for the most part. I had some new
firsts for me with a Black-Throated Green Warbler and a Canada
Warbler. I tried Duerr FP, and there was very little activity today.
Other birds observed:
Schneider on 5/14 reported via e-mail: Mary Lou and I observed the
Mooseheart Bald Eagle nest from the west yesterday and could not see any
eaglets. We were concerned because of the severe wind and rain storms that
passed through. This morning we watched for 2 hours from the 2nd story
deck of a home just east of the property. Only one adult was at the nest
and we must have just missed a food drop, as the adult was actively
feeding both eaglets. At Les Arends a brief walk yielded Northern
Waterthrush (heard only), Chestnut-sided Warbler, and a
vociferous White-eyed Vireo. More photos on
my FLICKR page.
on 5/14 reported via e-mail: A Red-headed Woodpecker is coming
to our feeders today [in Campton near Garfield Farm]. First one we've seen
here in years, although they nested here in the '80s when we first moved
Bryan Hix on
5/14 reported via e-mail: Today was MUCH better for warblers and other
birds. I was at Burnidge this morning and saw the following (all the
warblers were within 100 yards of each other):
Roger Reason and Nancy Bent on 5/12 reported via IBET: Dozens of Bank Swallows were observed Wednesday afternoon flying over the Fox River between the foot bridge in Dundee and the Main Street bridge in Carpentersville. Lesser numbers of Cliff Swallows and Rough-winged Swallows were also present.
on 5/11 reported via phone: Today at Jon Duerr Forest Preserve, he saw
Jon Duerr on 5/11 reported via phone: There is a singing Kentucky Warbler at Jon Duerr Forest Preserve at the entrance to the walking trail next to the rear parking area. This is not the bike trail. The bird was first heard on Saturday, was still there this afternoon.
Schneider on 5/11 reported via e-mail: On the morning of May 10th we
visited the west bank of the Fabyan FP and heard a Yellow-throated
Warbler singing loudly near the Japanese Garden. After almost 1/2 hour
we finally saw it and obtained some poor photos. Had white-lored
White-crowned Sparrows there as well. Am not familiar about the
expected mix, but lately all the others I have seen were black-lored. Many
Warbling Vireos were present.
Bryan Hix on
5/10 reported via e-mail: Took the day off and spent it with my camera
looking for birds. Started the day out in Rutland FP, a small FP off Big
Timber. Saw over a dozen Palm Warblers, 2 Chesnut Sided Warblers,
2 Nashville Warblers, several Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, 3
Black and White Warblers, 20+ Yellow Rumped Warblers, 4
Kingbirds, Nesting Great Blue Herons, 2 Baltimore Orioles,
2 Warbling Vireos.
Angela A. on 5/10 reported via e-mail: We spotted a pied-billed grebe in Fabyan Park on Saturday. Also, lots of orioles and one ruddy duck along the Fox River in North Aurora today.
Johnson on 5/10 reported via IBET: Walked along Blackberry Creek on
the Gilman Trail from Bliss Woods FP toward the RT 56 spur & back this
morning. The walk did not produce nearly the amount of birds I had along
the river yesterday at Les Arends. It was still a beautiful morning to be
out birding! Here are some of the highlights;
Dickenson on 5/10 reported via e-mail: Ron shares this as photographic
assurance that two eaglets are in the Mooseheart nest:
Rowland on 5/10 reported via e-mail: I found a first year male
Summer Tanager (mixed red and green, green wings, very large bill) in
Delnor Woods Park [in St. Charles] on Sunday May 9th at 10:00 am. It was
located north of the parking lot feeding in the shrubs and trees along the
eastern edge of the woodlot along the path. Got great views from about 20
feet, often near eye level. Watched it for about 5 minutes before moving
on. Did not relocate after I returned past this spot.
Johnson on 5/9 reported via IBET: After participating in the Spring
Count yesterday, I planned to take a leisurely walk along the river with
my Yorkie this morning. Well, I got a pretty good work out picking up my
Binos time and time again! Here is the list;
Cathy Martens on 5/9 reported via e-mail: Today we went to the Tanglewood Hills subdivision and found the viewing area for the eagle nest on the Mooseheart property. We had a scope set up and my daughter Stephanie was the first to see that there are actually 2 eaglets! Then my husband and I also saw them, so there are definitely 2 of them! We only saw one parent, who stayed on the nest the entire time we were there, feeding and watching over them. It was a wonderful Mother's Day gift to see them!
Paul Mayer on 5/8 reported via e-mail: During the May 8th Bird Count, one Yellow-headed Blackbird was found at the Prairie Green Wetland. The bird was heard by Bill Koch and Paul Mayer but kept itself buried deep in the cattails and went unseen.
Julie Long on 5/8 reported via e-mail: That she, Ginny Widrick, and Carli Bergeson saw a black throated blue warbler, golden winged warblers and a white eyed vireo at Leroy Oakes in the scout camping area for the bird count today. On the other side of Leroy Oakes, south of Dean St and west of Horlock Prairie and the pond was a singing chat. We had 17 species of warblers today, mainly in areas near Ferson Creek, with a total of 83 species in our count area which also included Ferson Creek Fen, Norris Woods, and the Wildrose area subdivisions and a couple of wetlands near Bolcum road.
Dickenson on 5/7 reported via e-mail: That thus far he has seen only
one Eaglet. Here's a photo from Wednesday.
on 5/7 reported via IBET: At Leroy Oaks in St Charles the sun was
under but it was very birdy. The leaves are making it tough, especially to
take any pics, they are staying fairly high up in the trees.
Heneghan on 5/7 reported via IBET: This AM, at the feeders in the
front [in Big Rock], we had a Rose Breasted Grosbeak, White Crowned
Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Goldfinches, House
Finches, Bluejays, ect.
Jack Pomatto on 5/7 reported via e-mail: On Thursday May 6, 2010 three Broad-winged Hawks were seen migrating through Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve at 1:00 P.M. in a mini-kettle.
Bryan Hix on 5/6 reported via e-mail: I finally saw my first Ruby-Throated Hummingbird today! I just happened to be looking out the kitchen window when a male flew up to my feeder. Also earlier today as Burnidge FP, I saw dozens of common yellow throats and a first for me, a warbling vireo that posed very nicely for several photos.
Patrick Webb on 5/6 reported via IBET: Stopped at Nelson Lake tonight around 6pm. No one was there looking for the recent Ruff when I showed up. I ended up taking a stroll around to the North section and got great looks at about 5-6 species shorebirds. Highlight was the (2) LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS.
on 5/5 reported via e-mail: At Nelson earlier today there were some
nice phalaropes, short billed dowitcher, lesser scaup
[per Joe Lill], lesser yellowlegs, shovelers, blue winged
teal, sora, solitary sandpipers and a few peeps but no
ruff at that time.
Schneider on 5/5 reported via e-mail: This morning at Nelson lake,
Mary Lou and I missed the Ruff at around 8:00 AM. We did see the first
Bobolink (a male) we had ever seen in the east prairie, and also saw
an Eastern Kingbird. We returned at 5:00 PM and were delighted that
the Reeve [female Ruff] was in sweet scope view! Yesterday morning,
at Lippold Park, we had Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,
and Baltimore Orioles-- no waterthrushes.
Ann Haverstock on 5/5 reported via IBET: The ruff was at the NE corner mudflat again this afternoon. I stayed from 3 to 3:45 pm. Great light. As I left with Darrell Shambaugh, there were a couple of birders heading out.
Mike Madsen on 5/4 reported via IBET: Arriving at Nelson Lake after 7:30 p.m., I quickly located a large group of birders but was disappointed to be told that both of my target shorebirds were not there. At about 7:45 I heard the distinctive calls of WILLETS. With some searching, I was able to find 11 of them along the north shore of the lake. I continued to scan with hopes of relocating the RUFF that had been reported there as well. By this time it was literally sunset (the preserve closes at that time) so I ran with my scope to the northeast to the point where the trail begins to descend. At that location, I was able to see a very good candidate in a small opening where I could see the east end of the lake. The bird had the correct size, shape, and feeding pattern for a Ruff but colors were very difficult to pick out in the fading light (it was right next to a Solitary Sandpiper for size comparison). Twice the bird did some interesting behaviors, where it would throw its chest forward and drop its wings down and back, doing a shuffling forward strut like it was doing a courtship dance. I was later told that the Ruff was doing that behavior when others observed it earlier, so I have good reason to believe that the bird is actually still present (or at least was at sunset).
again on 5/4 reported via IBET: It sounds like a number of people were
able to get on [the Ruff] this afternoon. It's unfortunate to hear that
some people later in the evening felt the need to walk out towards the
edge of the marsh despite my concerns for the birds there. I also hope
they weren't responsible for flushing the bird, which coincidentally or
not, disappeared before the 5:30-7pm group arrived. I will try very hard
to leave it
Jeff Chapman on 5/4 reported via IBET: A group gathered to look for the reeve from about 530pm to 7pm and could not relocate it at Nelson Lake Marsh in Kane County. None of the previously reported 12 willets were present, and no phalaropes were seen. It's certainly possible the reeve is in some of the tall grasses...
Heneghan on 5/4 reported via IBET: Spent a few hours at Big Rock FP in
Kane Cty this afternoon. Among the birds seen were Common Yellowthroat,
Yellow Warbler, Black And White Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Song,
Field, Grasshopper and White Throated Sparrows, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher,
Northern Oriole, Palm Warbler, Kildeer, Gray Catbird, Eastern Phoebe,
both sexes of Eastern Towhees, Turkey Vultures, Eatern Bluebird,
Eastern Meadowlark, Red Tail Hawk, Kestrel, Coopers Hawk, Red Bellied
Ron Dickenson on 5/4 reported via e-mail: First Eaglet sighted at Mooseheart today.
again on 5/4 reported via IBET: The [Ruff] was behind some
reeds but just came out again on the close shore. Jon Duerr and his wife
are here now as well, viewing the bird along with myself, my dad, and Pete
Moxon who all found the bird.
on 5/4 reported via IBET: I am out with my dad and Pete Moxon at
Nelson Lake (Dick Young F.P.).
Also there are at least 8 or 9 WILLETS.
Michael Tartaglia on 5/3 reported via e-mail: Saturday 5/1 was a good backyard bird day in North Aurora, 1/4 mile East of the Fox River. New sightings in my yard were a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Solitary Vireo (now Blue-headed Vireo), and Common Yellowthroat Warbler. House Wrens are suddenly chattering, as are Chimney Swifts. A few White-throated sparrows, and a Sharp-shinned hawk also visited my yard. These are in addition to the regulars: Black-capped Chickadee, Robins (galore), Grackles, Starlings, Cardinals, House Sparrows. House finches, here last week, have not been visible or audible.
Robin Moseley on 5/3 reported via e-mail: We went back to Burnidge Forest Preserve at dusk to see if the Turkey Vultures we saw Sunday evening might have come back to the dead trees on the big lake. Unfortunately they were not there. We did see three Solitary Sandpipers working the west shore of the lake near the dead trees, several Goldfinches, two pairs of Blue-Winged Teals, and a Blue Heron flying over the lake. We did not walk around the lake, but I could see there were more sandpipers working the shoreline further away.
Julie Long on 5/3 reported via e-mail: I had two singing (dueling?) northern parulas on Monday am at Ferson Creek Park on rt 31. That would be the park on the south side of Ferson Creek. They were in the sycamore trees, one bird on each side of the creek.
on 5/3 reported via e-mail: Headwaters was full of sparrows
yesterday. White-crowned, White-throated, Song, Vesper, Savannah and
Swamp were present in large numbers. In addition, a Clay-colored
was singing and feeding along the limestone path that is to the west of
the parking lot. You could actually hear him from the parking lot. Also, a
Lark Sparrow was along the path that heads south. This is the 5th
Lark Sparrow that I have seen this spring in Kane County, and the 4th
location that I know of. I have thought in the past that Headwaters would
be a good location for one.
Heneghan on 5/2 reported via IBET: Interesting day in the yard. First
of all the Red Headed Woodpecker I mentioned the other day is still
making appearances, it was seen 4 times today at the feeders. That in
itself was a good day, at least for me. I get a phone call from Tricia
telling me that a pair of bluebirds are bringing nest material into the
bird house I put up a while ago. She also describes what I think is a
house wren in the yard.
on 5/2 reported via e-mail: On the Saturday morning (5/1) KCA Nelson
Lake walk, among many other species, we saw this White-crowned sparrow
eating dandelion seeds along the path.
Moseley on 5/2 reported via e-mail: Late afternoon on the large lake
with dead trees, [at Burnidge Forest Preserve] we spotted 5 Turkey
Vultures, several Lesser Yellowlegs, and pair of Blue-Winged
Teals on the west part of the lake within a 100 feet of each other.
Cudworth on 5/2 reported via IBET: This morning (Sunday, May 2) the
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was singing in the sycamore just across the
service road from the west end of the Japanese Tea Garden.
during a 40 mile bike from Batavia, to Kanevile, to Big Rock, Sugar Grove
and home, I heard or saw pretty good numbers of the following species in
the open fields:
Haverstock on 5/2 reported via e-mail: Western Meadowlarks have
returned to Sauer Family Prairie Kame Forest Preserve. Yes, that is the
full name of that preserve. You can see and hear them near the farthest
electrical towers west of the parking lot. The tower at the NW corner of
the wetland had a perched bird singing. I do not claim to be a
photographer but I can document a bird.
Bill Koch on
5/2 reported via e-mail: I birded a portion of nearby Fitchie Creek FP
for an hour and a half this morning and had a 47 species outing. I parked
at the Nessler Road Parking lot by Prairieview Elementary and walking
south on the bike path produced some Eastern Meadowlarks and some
good sparrows. I heard and viewed three Henslowís sparrows along
with White-Crowned, Field, Song, and Savannah sparrows. I heard
Dickcissel here last year and hope they return.
Schneider on 5/1 reported via e-mail: Our daughter's Batavia home is
in the flight path of the Mooseheart Bald Eagles as they return
with prey from Nelson Lake. I did not know the location of the nest and
assumed it was hidden by trees on the property, which is posted. On a
brief bird walk in Hawk's Bluff Park, I happened to look across Randall
Road and saw a lone adult Bald Eagle roosting by the nest. It was joined
about 15 minutes later by a second adult. No food was brought in, and I
did not see any chicks. Judging by the behavior of the parents (watching
closely but not brooding) they must still be rather young, but capable of
thermo-regulation-- maybe two weeks old or less. We are monitoring a nest
near our Florida home, the first in Broward County since DDT was banned,
so this is quite a coincidence! The Florida nest has fledged three chicks
this spring, but we are concerned that one may have been injured or killed
on its first flight. Learn more
at my website.
Kim Girard on 5/1 reported via e-mail: In my yard (Wasco area) the morning of May 1 - two male, 1 female Baltimore Orioles; this afternoon, male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. First of year for both.
on 5/1 reported via IBET: In news from yesterday, I was able to
relocate one of the Smith's Longspurs at Sauer FP in the early
afternoon. Almost amazing, considering the tempest. One species that I did
not see mentioned anywhere were the two Lark Sparrows that were
present in the field just west of the parking lot. That is the 3rd
location that I know of that
Bryan Hix on
5/1 reported via e-mail: It appears that the strong south winds blew
in some new birds in the past couple of days. I was out around 7am this
morning in Burnidge FP and heard and saw several Yellow Warblers,
one Palm Warbler, small flocks of white-crowned sparrows,
and 4 Spotted Sandpipers (along with many other species that have
been here a while). These are the first Warblers besides one black and
white that I have seen this year near my house, so hopefully there are
plenty more on their way.
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