MAY 2013 SIGHTINGS
on 5/30 reported via e-mail: Birds have continued to visit our yard
(Aurora township) in good numbers. One of the male Indigo Buntings
we had under our feeders a week ago returned to one of the lines on our
property and sang for us. We have continued to be visited by our male
Red-Bellied Woodpecker. Six Chimney Swifts circle us all day
long. Great-Blue Herons and Great Egrets are found daily. A
pair of Mallards visit our feeders twice daily. We call them our
yard ducks. A nesting Robin is about to have chicks any day now. Our
Red-Tailed Hawk eyases are starting to get really big. Oakhurst FP
has also been really good the past two days. We spotted a lifer
Black-Billed Cuckoo. It sang for quite some time then finally gave us a
quick look before flying off. We also had good long looks, in bad lighting,
at a Great-Crested Flycatcher. We took several photos that were
plenty good enough for id purposes, but the lighting was bad. We continue
to see Baltimore Orioles and a male Orchard Oriole who was
very photogenic until a female showed up. Eastern Kingbirds, Blue Jays,
Cardinals, Song Sparrows, Goldfinches, Catbirds, and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers
continue to be plentiful. We have also been treated to a male
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in the same spot the past two days.
Josh Lefever on 5/28 reported via eBird: Seeing a Clay-colored Sparrow at Burnidge Forest Preserve.
on 5/26 reported via e-mail: Most of the trails at Oakhurst are open
again, after being under water for most of migration. Some highlights: a
pair of Black-billed Cuckoos, a late Blue-headed Vireo, 2
each of Mourning, Magnolia, American Redstart, and Wilson's Warblers,
and 1 each of Chestnut-sided, Canada, and Hooded Warbler. The Hooded
Warbler was in the same spot I had one 12 days ago, and was singing
constantly. Definitely gave the impression of being on territory. Also had
a flyover Bald Eagle as I was leaving.
on 5/26 reported via e-mail: Today at Burnidge F.P. Bobolinks
were plentiful near the main campground and south of the primitive
campground. Eastern Towhees were singing in many areas.
Walter Lutz on
5/25 reported via e-mail: Notables Friday late afternoon at Burnidge
on 5/23 reported via e-mail: Our resident pair of Red-Tailed Hawks
have hatched two eyases again this year. This is the second year in a row
that they have raised two eyases on our property (in Aurora township). They
have used the same nest for the past two years. Previous to the past two
years, they changed their nest location each year. We have been able to
watch the male hunt pretty much all day while the female tends to their
young. The past few days the female and the eyases have spent a lot of time
preening due to the rain we have had. It is great to see that our resident
Red-Taileds have had success yet again this year. We really hope it
Sue Wagoner on
5/21 reported via e-mail: My Black-and-White Lawn Service began a few
mornings ago. It included free lawn aeration and grub control. I did not
choose the spray option!! By the way, this was shot through the window!
on 5/20 reported via e-mail: We have continued to see a lot of good
birds both in our yard (Aurora township) and at Oakhurst FP. The highlight
of the weekend was the first ever pair of Indigo Buntings that we
have had in our yard. We were able to spot two brilliant males. We also had
a trio of Sandhill Cranes hang out on our property on Sunday
afternoon. Both our male Baltimore Oriole and our male
Red-Bellied Woodpecker continue to visit our feeding stations daily.
Oakhurst has recently been full of a lot of good migrants. We saw the first
ever male Black-Throated Blue Warbler that we have ever seen at
Oakhurst. We also have spotted male Black-Throated Green, Blackburnian,
American Redstart, and Yellow Warblers. A Green Heron continues
to persist along the creek. We also spotted our first of the year
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. Brown Thrashers and Eastern
Kingbirds have been quite easy to find. Song, White-Crowned, and
White-Throated Sparrows have been somewhat plentiful. A Sedge Wren
also treated us to good views.
on 5/19 reported via e-mail: Hello! I birded Big Rock Forest Preserve
from 7am-9:30am Sunday, 5/19. Although it seemed quiet overall, I managed
to scrounge up 70 species. Species of note: Wild Turkey, Broad-winged
Hawk, Olive-sided, Willow, Alder, and Great Crested Flycatchers, 1 each
of White-eyed & Philadelphia Vireo, and Tufted Titmouse.
Warblers seen were Ovenbird, several Tennessee, Connecticut,
Mourning, American Redstart, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, and Black-throated
Green. Henslow's Sparrows were heard singing from the field
north of the preserve property, and Bobolinks and Orchard Orioles
were singing around the west parking area. Also had a flyover Pine
Siskin. The highlight was easily the Connecticut Warbler, who sang
several times and eventually gave some great views.
on 5/18 reported via e-mail: Beautiful day at Ferson Creek Fen with
many birds, highlights are:
Marion Miller on 5/17 reported via e-mail: Took a nice morning walk through Les Arends. Warblers continue with: Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Magnolia, American Redstart, Bay-breasted, and a “lifer” Canada Warbler. Sightings weren’t easy and “warbler neck” occurred except for the pleasant eye-level Canada Warbler. Other highlights were: Eagle, Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanager, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Sings of nesting Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Yellow Warblers were seen.
on 5/17 reported via e-mail: This morning a singing and very
cooperative Kentucky Warbler was performing at Norris Woods in St.
Charles. He was singing on the upper trail, upslope from the bike path. He
spent most of his time between 15 to 20 feet above the ground. He was
working separately from the other warblers in the area.
on 5/16 reported via e-mail: At the east side of Nelson Lake this
morning I saw 52 species, including Blackpoll, Tennessee, Magnolia,
Yellow, Palm Warblers plus Common Yellowthroat and American
Redstart. Saw at least two Lincoln's Sparrows along the trail to
the south of the observation platform. Heading back to Florida, so this
wraps up our spring migration birding.
Mussachio on 5/16 reported via e-mail: I could almost reach out and
touch this American Goldfinch at Burnidge Forest Preserve while
driving through there. Can't pass it up when it's this close.
Julie Long on 5/16 reported via e-mail: Had some nice warblers in my yard and neighborhood this morning. The best was a singing Canada warbler next to Ferson Creek, which runs on the north side of my neighborhood, Wild Rose subdivision in ST Charles. I have Leroy Oakes to the west and Ferson Creek Fen to the east so he could show up in either of those places later.
on 5/15 reported via e-mail: While out checking kestrel boxes today, I
was surprised when I looked in this box. Usually, the kestrel parents will
fly out of the box once they hear me approaching, but not this time. The
mother was actually quite calm and never exited the box during my entire
visit. Perhaps she was in the process of laying an egg.
on 5/15 reported via e-mail: We had 36 species this morning along the
north prairie trail at Nelson Lake. The only unusual sighting (for us) was
a pair of Common Gallinules with 4 Blue-winged Teal and a
single coot in the pothole near the parking lot. While we had a few
small flocks (or the same ones) of Bobolinks fly over us, only three
landed near enough to observe but too far for photos. We saw an Eastern
Kingbird, 3 Grasshopper Sparrows and a couple of Savannahs
but no Henslow's Sparrows and no Dickcissels.
Mussachio on 5/15 reported via e-mail: Finally some action in
Carpentersville this morning since the water has receded a bit. Spotted
Mommy Mallard duck with 2 new chicks at Fox River Shores. Had a real
nice flyby at the Carpentersville Dam by a Great Egret. Also there
were 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Green Herons, 1 Belted
Kingfisher, and a handful of Double-Crested Cormorants, but none
of them were in the mood for portraits today and kept their distance.
on 5/15 reported via e-mail: On May 14 and 15 I traveled to Tekakwitha,
Sauer, Fabyan East Forest Preserves. Many birds were seen among the
warblers and a few shorebirds. Here is an image of Short-billed Dowitchers
from Sauer Forest Preserve.
Julie Long on 5/14 reported via IBET: A group of us found two black terns plus ring necked ducks, ruddy ducks, lesser scaup and yellow headed blackbirds in a northen Kane County subdivision called Cambridge Lakes. It is in Pingree Grove and is on each side of Reinking Rd headed north out of the town of Pingree Grove. The yellow headed blackbirds were in marshes on the left side of Reinking Rd headed north (same side as the new police station) and the ducks and terns were in a lake on the opposite side of Reinking Rd. We had to wind our way through the Cambridge Lakes neighborhood down to that lake.
on 5/14 reported via e-mail: We heard and then found a
Yellow-throated Warbler at the Japanese Gardens in Fabyan West. Also
photographed an Orchard Oriole and Blackburnian Warbler. The
only other warblers we saw were a single Yellow-rump and several
Yellow Warblers. Baltimore Orioles and Warbling Vireos
Mussachio on 5/14 reported via e-mail: The same nest as last year has a
new born Red-Tailed Hawk in Kane County.
Mussachio on 5/13 reported via e-mail: Made it to Otter Creek FP for
the first time and it paid off nicely. I found a Yellow Warbler and
a Blue-Winged Warbler while there. And, at Bowes Creek FP the
Bobolinks have taken over the land there.
on 5/13 reported via e-mail: This morning at Jones Meadow Park in North
Aurora there was a Hooded Merganser with two pairs of Blue-winged
Teal. Also saw a Swamp and a Lincoln's Sparrow, Least
Flycatcher and Great Egret, but no warblers. Stopped briefly at
Nelson Lake/Dick Young FP (east side), where I found two Clay-colored
Sparrows foraging together in the grass just south of the east
on 5/13 reported via IBET: Spent about an hour or so around noon today
walking around the west side of the Fox River at the Fabyan Forest
Preserve/Japanese Gardens in Geneva. For the short time I was there I had a
very good day highlighted by a few very cooperative warblers
including a bay breasted, pine & yellow throated, and a lone female
scarlet tanager. The full list:
Walter Lutz on 5/12 reported via e-mail: Blue-headed Vireo at Tyler Creek F.P. Sunday morning just north of the lower pavilion.
on 5/11 reported via e-mail: Today, 5/11/13 at Jon J. Duerr F. P. (
Blackhawk ), it was blustery and cool. The swallows and swifts
were feeding very low above the water. It was possible to see and
photograph the usually high flying swifts at eye level or below. This
magnificent flyer was captured in a high speed glide, a study in shades of
Musacchio on 5/11 reported via e-mail: Found this newly fledged
Great Horned Owlet in northwest Kane County.
Marion Miller on 5/10 reported via-mail: Stopped by Jon Duerr FP after work on Friday evening and did some parking lot birding. The Yellow-throated Vireo was heard and seen while in both the lower and upper parking lot. Warblers present were: Palm, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, American Redstart, Black-and-white and Nashville. Other highlights: Baltimore Oriole, Chimney Swifts and a Cooper's Hawk. Not bad for a parking lot!
Kurt Frieders on 5/10 reported via e-mail: We have continued to enjoy many good birds in our yard (in Aurora township). Our male Baltimore Oriole has been here for a week and a half now, and has become a lot less camera shy than when he arrived. Unfortunately we are yet to see a female. We had a first ever for our yard male Cape May Warbler give us several good looks yesterday. We also have several Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers buzzing around. Our flock of Chimney Swifts is now up to six. Many Yellow-Rumped Warblers continue in our yard.
Oakhurst FP has
also had several good birds recently. I walked right under the first
Barred Owl I have ever seen at Oakhurst. He repositioned about 75 feet
away and let me take a few pictures. A bright male Scarlet Tanager
also was willing to pose for photos. There has been a bright male Yellow
Warbler hanging around just off of the upper parking lot. Palm Warblers
seem to be everywhere. A Green Heron has been hanging around the
creek. Last but not least we also saw our first Indigo Bunting
(male) of the year at Oakhurst.
on 5/9 reported via IBET: FYI I observed a Swainson's Hawk
yesterday (8 May). The bird was in its usual location by Chapman Rd north
of Ellithorpe and east of Peplow.
Brendon Lake on 5/8 reported via IBET: Hey all, not a terribly birdy afternoon for me, but a couple of highlights. A White-Eyed Vireo was the highlight at Bliss Woods. Parked at the back parking lot, it came from the brush near the pavilion. At Jon Duerr, a pair of Warbling Vireos were very vocal, and a single Swainson's Thrush was hopping from tree to tree along the bike path across the river from Jon Duerr FP, on the left-hand side.
Cudworth on 5/8 reported via IBET: Okay, we all have these birds we
"should have seen by now" on our life lists.
on 5/7 reported via e-mail: Walked a short distance early this morning
on the east side of Nelson Lake. Heard Soras, Virginia Rails and
Sandhill Cranes calling. I was rewarded with a Virginia Rail crossing
my path as I looked over the reeds for Bitterns. Other highlights:
Bobolink, Brown Thrasher, and Lincoln's Sparrows. Warbler
numbers were low with only Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Yellow
and Palm Warblers seen between the east side observation deck and the
Mussachio on 5/6 reported via e-mail: Made the trip to Cville dam
today and trekked through the mud to find that our Red-Headed
Woodpeckers are hard at work updating the nest again this year. Also
while there the I noticed the Double-Crested Cormorants have taken
up residence in all the same trees that the Bald Eagles used to perch on.
Stopped at Buffalo Park on my way home and you can finally walk along the
path to the south since the water has receded now. While there I found this
Killdeer & Solitary Sandpiper getting along very nicely. A Turkey
Vulture was looking for anything that did not survive the flood also.
on 5/6 reported via e-mail: Today, Jon J. Duerr F.P. (Blackhawk) had
many of the usual migrants. One bird that may have stayed since Saturday
was a very cooperative and not all shy Cape May Warbler who sat for
a long photo shoot. He had been feeding at the South end of the bridge on
the Bike Trail at the edge of Tekakwitha Woods.
Roger Hotham on 5/5 reported via IBET: A yellow throated warbler was seen yesterday & today in the Jon Duerr FP near the parking lot. A hooded warbler was in Trout Park (Elgin) yesterday.
on 5/5 reported via IBET: Spent a few hours on the west side of the Fox
River late this morning. Had all of the usual plus a couple of surprises
and the foy oriole. Highlight was a pair of Blackburnians.
Yellow-rumped continue in large numbers.
John Heneghan on 5/5 reported via IBET: Birded [Big Rock Forest Preserve] this AM. Saw 2 red headed woodpeckers, a white eyed vireo (had not seen one there before), a few towhees, a pair of male rose breasted grosbeaks., bluebirds, yellow warblers, common yellowthroats, house wren, phoebes, a kingbird, yellow rumped warblers, palm warblers, turkey.
Walter Lutz on 5/5 reported via e-mail: Saw a mature Bald Eagle come in from the west and start "fishing" the Fox Fiver at the Gail Borden library in Elgin at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Have never seen an eagle there this late in the year.
Julie Long on
5/4 reported via IBET: We had two lark sparrows hanging out with
a horned lark about 5 pm today in ST Charles. They were in an area
being developed which is just a short distance west of the intersection of
Randall and Rt 64 called the Corporate Reserve. They were in a dirt, gravel
area behind the ST Charles bowling alley. The area can either be accessed
by turning north from rt 64 just before the bowling alley or by passing the
bowling alley and turning north at the stoplight next to the Aldi's. This
area was on the south side of the road and just before the road block.
Andrew Aldrich on 5/4 reported via eBird: An Eared Grebe at Nelson Lake, seen both morning and evening.
Liz Gerity on
5/3 reported via e-mail: Many hungry birds have been visiting our suet
feeder in Campton Hills for several days now. Fantastic!
Julie Long on 5/2 reported via e-mail: Today there were rose breasted grosbeaks and a scarlet tanager in my yard. And a few houses down the street was a first spring male summer tanager. There were only a few yellow rumped warblers for warbler species. I live in the Wild Rose neighborhood of St Charles which is north of Dean St, south of Crane Rd and between Randall Rd and rt 31. I am just east of Leroy Oakes forest preserve.
Ed Vedral on 5/2 reported via e-mail: This morning we had our foy Baltimore Oriole at a juice orange (Campton Hills).
on 5/2 reported via e-mail: Today Jon J. Duerr F.P. (Blackhawk) was
alive with hundreds and hundreds of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm
Warblers in about half those numbers, and more Yellow Warblers
than I have seen at one preserve. This made pulling out the other warblers
much more challenging even if they were calling.
on 5/2 reported via e-mail: Jon J. Duerr FP and the Fox River Trail in
South Elgin were full of birds this morning. The majority of the
Warblers were Yellow-rumped and Palm, but I also saw
Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Blue-winged, Cape May,
Chestnut-sided, Nashville, Tennessee, Yellow, Northern Parula, American
Redstart, and Common Yellowthroat. Other spring arrivals included
Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-throated vireo, Baltimore Oriole,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, and Gray Catbird.
White-throated, White-crowned, and Song Sparrows were seen.
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were buzzing overhead, and so were some Cedar
Waxwings near the boat launch. Over the river there were Chimney
Swifts, Barn Swallows, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows.
Great Blue Heron, Wood Ducks, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk also flew
over the river.
on 5/2 reported via IBET: I birded Les Arends and Fabyan Forest
Preserves along the Fox River this AM. I birded by myself for a while at
Les Arends and ran into a small group from Kane County Audubon. I hooked up
with them and had an enjoyable time looking for new arrivals. We saw FOY
Black and White Warbler and American Redstart, Chimney Swift.
Among others seen were Yellow Warblers, Yellow Rumped in numbers,
FOY Magnolia, Blue Gray Gnatcatchers, Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, both
Orchard and Baltimore Orioles. I am not sure what the folks from KCA
saw before my joining them. Made a quick stop at Fabyan to see the Great
Horned Owl. There were quite a few people there taking pictures, so I
watched from afar.
on 5/2 reported via e-mail: The past two days have brought a lot of
good birds to our yard (in Aurora township). Each of the past two days have
brought a male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak who seems to love having his
picture taken. Yesterday also brought a male Baltimore Oriole who
was much more camera shy. We also saw the first Eastern Towhee that
we have ever had in our yard (a bright male). Currently there is the best
collection of sparrows we have ever had in our yard as we now have
White-Crowned, Chipping, Field, and White-Throated (along with our
ever present House Sparrows). Also visiting daily are our usual pair
of Cardinals and Downy Woodpeckers. A pair of Chimney
Shifts showed up yesterday afternoon, and we still have our single
Red-Bellied Woodpecker male. Our thistle feeders are being visited very
frequently by both Goldfinches and House Finches. Our
Red-Tailed Hawks have hatched their eyases in the past week. We have
observed them feeding the eyases many times. Several Killdeer and
Doves round out what we have been seeing in our yard the last two days.
on 5/1 reported via IBET: We started [birding yesterday at Big Rock FP]
at around 3:30 and went for two hours. I took a novice birder with me and
it was a nice variety:
Steve Smith on 5/1 reported via IBET: There were 3 BOBOLINKS at Bowes Creek Woods preserve west of Elgin this morning.
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