NOVEMBER 2010 SIGHTINGS
on 11/30 reported via e-mail: Thought the membership might be
interested in this hybrid Canada Goose I saw near Aurora West. Possible
Canada x Graylag cross.
Cudworth on 11/28 reported via IBET: I cycled past the nest in the
pine trees at Mooseheart. One of the adult eagles was perched near
the nest they used last summer.
on 11/28 reported via IBET: Following lunch today, Sunday, we decided
to see birds at the Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia on Hwy.25, north of
Butterfield Rd. on the Fox River.
Karen Land on 11/28 reported via IBET: Since Thanksgiving Day we have seen 4 Sandhill Cranes flying low in the area near and around the Braeburn Marsh which is at the corner of Fabyan Parkway and Randall Road in Batavia. Today around noontime we saw probably the same 4 foraging in the reconstructed grass area along the creek that feeds the Marsh just north of Portillo's. One lone heron was spotted standing on the ice in a pond east of Peck Road and Keslinger. Other ponds that we visit along Keslinger were all frozen.
Liz Gerity on 11/25 reported via e-mail: Four large flocks of Sandhill Cranes flying over the Campton Forest Preserve at about 2:30 pm on Thanksgiving Day.
on 11/23 reported via IBET: I had been inside all morning working,
jealously watching all the reports of cranes, etc. About 12:30, I was
taking the kids out to the car and heard Sandhills approaching from
the northwest. Pretty good timing I thought, until I looked up and noticed
the two large, white birds with black wingtips at the trailing edge of the
flock. Took me a second to realize they were Whoopers. Very good
timing indeed! They circled the Walgreens at the corner of Peck and Route
64 before drifting off to the southeast...
on 11/21 reported via e-mail: Had my first Fall Kane Co
Rough-legged Hawk on Saturday, 11/20, at Hampshire Forest Preserve.
John Heneghan on 11/21 reported via IBET: Our feeders [here in Big Rock] seem to be doing well. We have had both Red Breasted and White Breasted Nuthatches as well as Chickadees and Juncos. Yesterday we had a Brown Creeper nearby and this AM, had 8 Pine Siskins among the Goldfinches. Both Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers and a Red Bellied Woodpecker at the Suet. A Coopers Hawk has made appearances looking for an easy meal.
Walter Lutz on 11/18 reported via e-mail: Thursday Elgin west side between 3:00 & 3:30 p.m. about 150 Sandhill Cranes in 3 separate groups flying south.
Eric Secker on 11/18 reported via IBET: I was driving back home on Rt. 72 going west around 12:00 or 12:15. Somewhere near Rt. 59 I saw a very bizarre dark bird coming in from the north over the shopping center. I slowed down and pulled over to watch an ANHINGA fly south right over the road towards the large quarry lake south of Rt. 72. This is right on the border of Kane and Cook Co. After checking the map, it looks like I got a two county bird, which is always fun for a lister.
on 11/15 reported via e-mail: Just had my 1st PINE SISKIN at
the bird bath this afternoon. Simultaneously I had a frenzy with
cardinals, red bellied woodpecker [Mr Ham !], white breasted
nuthatch, house finches, chickadees and juncos
Gloria Dimoplon on 11/15 reported via e-mail: Even as the water level continues to fall at Burnidge some migrating waterfall have found a safe haven. There were fourteen Green-winged Teal on the pond this morning at 8:15 am. In the woods above the pond I found a flock of 20+ Purple Finch. In the Highland Woods sub-division west of Burnidge there was a flock of Northern Shovelers on one of the ponds.
Johnson on 11/14 reported via IBET: ...found one lone Ross's Goose
in with some 400 Cackling Geese, just on the north side of I-88 but
farther west between Dauberman and Watson at mile marker 104 and 1/4 on
the N side of I-88. It appeared that all the geese we're flying over the
interstate into that "pond" area just E of Dunteman Sod Farms on the S
side of I-88. I observed at least 12 Snow Geese also mostly "Blues"
on the edge of the flock. There were several thousand geese out in these
plowed cornfields just off the Interstate.
Bob Andrini on 11/13 reported via phone: Six Trumpeter Swans (5 adults and 2 juveniles) at Nelson Lake this morning.
on 11/13 reported via e-mail: For the second morning in a row, I have
had a FOX SPARROW at my feeder area, so watch out for those winter
birds coming to your feeders ! I'll try to get a pic if the sun ever comes
out ! I have also had this handsome RED BELLIED WOODPECKER coming
frequently. I will try to get a shot of his "red belly" sometime as he is
quite the character !
Sue Diaz on
11/8 reported via e-mail: Today at midday I spotted a bald eagle
in the area of Main Street and North Lorang. It circled and circled,
heading gradually north, from the Grunwald Farms Forest Preserve area,
over my neighborhood on Greenbrier Dr., and then over the stone quarries
to the north. I was in such shock that I forgot I had a camera phone until
he was pretty small in the sky. But his white head, huge white tail and
fingerlike plumes on his wings were unmistakable.
Schneider on 11/8 reported via e-mail: I set out westward on Seavey Rd
this morning, determined to see Snow Buntings and longspurs. First looked
for the Ross's Goose in the pond off Deerpath, but found only lots of
Canada Geese and Mallards. Bad start! I continued past Bliss,
and near the end of the pavement I began to see flocks of smaller birds in
the corn stubble. Most were very difficult to identify. Most that I could
ID were American Pipits and Horned Larks. Then, right on the
road, two birds appeared in the same binocular view-- a Lapland
Longspur and a Snow Bunting! Success! I eventually sorted out
four or five Snow Buntings and two more longspurs. These were my first
seen in the lower 48 states. None of my photos were very good, thanks to
the harsh lighting conditions. But not complaining, as we are heading back
to Florida with a nice going-away present.
Chris Madsen on 11/6 reported: After finding basically nothing on the water this morning on a mostly frozen Nelson Lake, Carla and I decided to chase Scott's Ross's Goose at the Mirador subdivision. We whiffed on the goose but did come up with at least 6 Green-winged Teal and 2 American Wigeon. We continued south to the wetlands next to the auto mall at Orchard Road and the tollway, but found little of interest. Next, we crossed Orchard Gateway Boulevard to check the ponds behind Woodman's where we stumbled upon a male Northern Pintail.
Marion Miller on 11/6 reported via e-mail: Rich and I went to the ponds at Mirador subdivision Saturday afternoon and saw our first beautiful male Northern Pintail along with many Gadwall, Ruddy Ducks, Mallards, American Coots and Canada Geese. Also saw 4 Sandhill cranes at the waterís edge and a Great Blue Heron. No Rossís Goose sited.
Mark Bowman on 11/5 reported via e-mail: Today around noon, I was in the backyard of my house [in St. Charles] and 15 SANDHILL CRANES were flying over. I saw them because I heard them calling. They were heading southeast
on 11/4 reported via e-mail: There has been a Rossís Goose
hanging out around the ponds in the Mirador subdivision (south of Nelson
Lake on Deerpath). It was been there since at least Oct. 24th. From what I
can tell from people who have relocated it, it seems easiest to find
during mid-day out on the ponds. Other times I think it heads west into
the corn fields to feed.
on 11/3 reported via e-mail: Tuesday @ Nelson Lake. Hiked around the
lake. Most of the usual including lots of red-winged blackbirds, 2
ring-necked pheasants, 2 northern harriers, american tree
sparrow but the most intruiging was a light-greyish, small swan
along the west shoreline. Juvenile mute swan? It was too far for a good
Schneider on 11/2 reported via e-mail: This morning I set out to visit
Sauer Farm in hopes of maybe seeing longspurs, but just after I left the
driveway I encountered a large flock of American Pipits wheeling
over the road and the vacant lot in front of our North Aurora condo. I
pulled over, and some of the birds settled down right next to the car. The
flock kept rising and returning to the ground-- they appeared to be
streaming in from the west. There were possibly 100 birds, and all were
pipits-- no Horned Larks or hoped-for longspurs/Snow Buntings.
Matthew Lorenz on 11/2 reported via IBET: At about 4 p.m. this afternoon on my way home I spotted a Peregrine Falcon sitting a top a telephone pole eating a bird outside of Burlington. I managed to turn around and had my camera with me and captures several images of it. This is the first time I've seen a Peregrine Falcon.
Schneider on 11/1 reported via e-mail: I got out to Prairie Green
around mid-morning today and found more than a dozen American Tree
Sparrows in the hedgerow and trees along the entrance path from Peck
Road. Also many Savannah, Song and White-crowned Sparrows. Saw four
Horned Larks in the corn stubble, plus hundreds of Canada Geese.
The pond held over 50 Mallards and 5 Green-winged Teal. Saw
a Cooper's Hawk, and looked for the Northern Shrike to no avail.
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