NOVEMBER 2012 SIGHTINGS
Jim Narovec on
11/29 reported via e-mail: Pair of Adult Eagles spotted in what
may be their new "Eagle Tree" (just north of old tree) on the east side of
the Fox River in Carpentersville at 1pm on 11/29. One later flew off to the
north, the other to the south where it perched in the tree on the west side
of the river where i took the picture.
Julie Long on 11/29 reported via e-mail: There were two sandhill cranes circling Braeburn west and the Trader Joes parking lot at dusk on Tues. The pond was frozen. They then headed west over Fabyan. I located them at the Peck Farm pond, on the bank, since it too, was frozen. It seems like last year they were heading south until January???
Shambaugh on 11/27 reported via IBET: About noon today there were about
30 SNOW BUNTINGS at Dunteman's Sod Farm on the east edge of
Kaneville (Kane County). The birds were hanging around a mud puddle along a
road that went into the sod field north of Main Street...
Scott Cohrs on
11/27 reported via e-mail: Also spotted a Northern Shrike, this
one at Aurora West on Sunday, the 25th. Also on Sunday, a Great Horned
Owl near Hannaford Woods. Finally, Snow Buntings at Elfstrom
Stadium on Friday, the 23rd.
Eric Secker on
11/27 reported via IBET: There were at least two BALD EAGLES
between Dundee and Carpentersville this weekend including an adult and an
Marion Miller on 11/26 reported via e-mail: Eva Szyszkoski, WCEP Tracking Field Manager for International Crane Foundation shared the following information with me. Based on the band information provided and photos sent the pair of Whooping Cranes seen at Peck Farm Lake on Thanksgiving morning were male 11-09 and his mate, 15-09. The meaning of the ID numbers are as follows: the “11” and “15” stand for the order in which they hatched (so #11 would be the 11th) and “09” stands for the year in which they hatched. So 11-09 was the 11th bird to hatch in 2009. Both birds did have transmitters and last year they wintered near Tallahassee, Florida.
on 11/26 reported via e-mail: Had a Northern Shrike at Big Rock
Forest Preserve Sunday morning, 11/25. It was in the scrubby patch just
north of the west parking area. Also stopped at Kaneville Quarry which had
great waterfowl numbers and diversity, the highlight being a flock of 19
Tundra Swans. Also seen: Snow Geese, Cackling Geese, American
Wigeon, American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead,
Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, and Green-winged Teal. There is also a
late Dunlin hanging around. I presume it is the same bird that Ken
Schneider found on 11/14. At Elburn Forest Preserve, there was a huge flock
of Pine Siskins feeding in the alders at the southwest end of the
preserve. Many were on the ground, in the trees, and bathing along the
stream. I estimated at least 70. There were also at least 4 Common
Redpolls mixed in.
Heidi Hohman on 11/26 reported via e-mail: At 7:55am Monday there was a bald eagle in the same tree on the west side of the Fox River between the walking bridge and old Carpentersville bridge.
Brendon Lake on 11/24 reported via IBET: ...a stopover at the South Elgin Dam provided fair looks at a single Bonaparte's Gull amidst a group of Ring-Billed Gulls and Herring Gulls on the top side of the dam.
on 11/24 reported via e-mail: Caught this Bald Eagle with its
catch on the Fox River in Algonquin today.
Brendon Lake on 11/22 reported via IBET: Just had a large flock of more than 50 individuals try to land at the pond behind my house [in Burlington]. Part of the group was successful, the majority continued on to the East. Vast majority of the birds were Cackling Geese, including all of the birds that didn't land.
Aldrich on 11/22 reported via e-bird: At Oakhurst Forest Preserve this
morning, spotted an Orange-crowned Warbler.
Diane Hansen on 11/21 reported via e-mail: 3 whooping cranes were at Nelson Lake at sunset today. I was not able to get a good photo.
Lynnette Dubovik on 11/21 reported via e-mail: On 11-20 at around 12:45 I passed 3 whooping cranes in the southwest corn field across from Geneva Middle School on Viking Drive. They were very large and had fluffy looking tales with black markings on their faces. I wanted to stop to get a picture because I have never seen a bird like this before but missed my opportunity as I was returning to work. I didn't realize I just witnessed such a special site!
Mussachio on 11/21 reported via e-mail: Canada Geese softly
silhouetted in this morning's fog at Fox River Shores Forest Preserve in
Chris Madsen on 11/19 reported: After reading the posts from Jon and Andrew on redpolls from the north and south ends of the county, respectively, I thought I'd try the midsection. Went to Elburn Forest Preserve this morning and was rewarded with a relatively large flock (estimated at 50) of Common Redpolls feeding in the alder trees at the south end of the preserve. Did my best to find a Hoary Redpoll, to no avail, but wouldn't be surprised if someone else reported one. Scanning a flock of fifty fidgety feeding birds can give one fits.
Aldrich on 11/18 reported via e-mail: I spent Saturday morning (11/17)
at Oakhurst in Aurora and ended up with 48 species. Best birds were 20
Common Redpolls, 30 Pine Siskins, 1 Red Crossbill, a
late Gray Catbird, and a Dark-eyed Junco of the Oregon
Jon Duerr on 11/18 reported via e-mail: Sunday, Nov 18 Binnie F P. Numerous groups of Redpolls flying around. Watched a group of 15 along with 7 Pine Siskins on the Alders. To find them, go NW of parking lot thru the White Pines. The Alders are west of the Pines. Fox Sparrows, Robins, and Brown Creepers also seen
Mussachio on 11/16 reported via e-mail: Captured this Belted
Kingfisher that was fishing successfully at Buffalo Park Forest
Preserve in Algonquin.
on 11/15 reported via e-mail: I cruised Seavey Road again this morning
in search of longspurs. Saw a flock but could not get near them.
Did find a lone female Rusty Blackbird foraging in the corn
stubble. Then went over to Prairie Green and saw over a dozen American
Tree Sparrows and one Swamp Sparrow at the margin of the lake.
Jim Narovec and Chris Mussachio on 11/15 reported via e-mail: Both saw, and photographed, a lone Bald Eagle today on the Fox River in Carpentersville.
on 11/14 reported via e-mail: This morning i drove the length of
Seavey Road and saw very few birds--- a scattering of Horned Larks
and no longspurs or the sought-after Snow Bunting. Stopped at the sod farm
in Kaneville and among the starlings, gulls and Killdeer
was one distant medium-sized gray over white sandpiper with a heavy black
bill that I believe is a Dunlin. This would be rather late for one,
as I found no records in the Chicago/Kane County area past November 14.
Scott Cohrs also recorded one on November 14, 2010.
on 11/13 reported via e-mail: The Mooseheart Bald Eagle pair is
alive and well, hanging out in the same tree along Randall Road where they
built their original nest.
Barb Rask on
11/13 reported via e-mail: This afternoon outside by basement window I
was alerted by a bird call. I looked out to find this Cooper's Hawk
stalking my feeders. Took many pictures with no fear, it was as if he was
posing for the camera.
on 11/12 reported via e-mail: After reading Ken's post from yesterday
decided to take a ride to Seavey Rd this morning. Found mostly Horned
Larks, a few Lapland Longspurs, American Tree Sparrows,
Dark-eyed Juncos, and one lone Snow Bunting. The birds were
in the corn fields and edges of the road that border the golf course. At
one point the Snow Bunting was in the middle of the road.
on 11/11 reported via e-mail: I had much better luck in the cornfields
along Seavey Road near Black Sheep Golf Club this morning. Birds foraged
closer to the road and light was good. There were large flocks (over 100
birds) of mostly Lapland Longspurs. Heard a pipit and saw a
few Horned Larks, but no Snow Buntings.
on 11/11 reported: Carla and I did some birding at Bliss Forest
Preserve yesterday. Can't report anything special except for a gold morph
Red-bellied Woodpecker. When viewed in the sunlight, the bird was
really striking with an almost neon yellow nape. Of course, I didn't have
my camera. We went back today and relocated the bird in the same area -
the intersection of the footpath from the west parking lot and the Virgil
Gilman Trail. The light today wasn't as good, but you get the idea.
According to Sibley, "...Red-bellied rarely has red replaced by yellow..."
on 11/10 reported via IBET: I had a BOHEMIAN WAXWING up in the
top of a tree by our apartment at Judson University when we were out
birding. The bird flew off to the south calling.
Sean Fitzgerald on 11/8 reported via eBird: An Evening Grosbeak at Big Rock Forest Preserve at 8:46 AM. His eBird report: "Heard very distinctive metallic, piercing call note at a distance of several hundred yards. Glassed flock of [American Robins] and [Cedar Waxwings] up in cottonwood but couldn't view all the birds from that distance. Hustled up the hill and got closer and looked through the flock of birds in the tree again (the [Evening Grosbeak] calls were much closer). As i scanned through the tree, a large, chunky finch (almost [robin] sized) flushed from the tree. The large white panel in the secondaries was about the only fieldmark i could determine before trees obscured the bird. I heard it call several more times over the hilltop and it seemed that the bird may have gone down to feed in the extensive honeysuckle and autumn olive dominated shrubs that were attracting many other berry eating birds. I stayed at the hilltop for another 45 minutes, attempting playback several times, to no avail. This observation took place on the west side of the quarry lake. This is the furthest south i've ever recorded this species."
Scott Cohrs on 11/7 reported via eBird: This morning at Sunset Park in Geneva, 3 Red Crossbills.
Cathy Martens on 11/6 reported via e-mail: Today was a very birdy day in my yard in Campton Hills. I have had pine siskins mixed in with the goldfinches for a couple of weeks now. Today there were 2 downy woodpeckers at my feeders at the same time (I'm lucky to get one since we live in more of an open area with few large trees). Then a flicker swooped in for a brief visit. There were lots of juncos and white crowned sparrows, and today there was also a white throated sparrow in attendance. But the most exciting sighting was the northern harrier (or as we like to call them, marsh hawk). This one was a brown female, but we have seen both sexes over the years. This was the first time I've seen one since early spring, so it's nice to have her back. Hopefully she will have a companion join her.
John Baker on 11/6 reported via e-mail: I had a pair (of Evening Grosbeaks) at my feeder (the Windings, St. Charles) this afternoon. Both my wife (Carolyn) and I saw them, a couple of times, around 2:30 p.m.
Ed Vedral on 11/6 reported via e-mail: We have had a Shrike in our and our neighbor's yard [in the Campton Hills area, west of St. Charles} most of the afternoon. We are unable to get a picture of him. It's been years since we have seen him here.
Margaret Mechtenberg on 11/6 reported via phone: A winter wren singing at the bridge that connects Jon Duerr FP with Tekakwitha FP.
Sean Fitzgerald on 11/6 reported via eBird: "3 [Red Crossbills] seen circling a yard with a variety of conifers in the neighborhood to the east of Clark Island [in Batavia]. Kip kip kip call heard repeatedly and solid dark wings were seen on one female type bird. Notched tail and crossed bill also seen on that individual. 5 minutes later a 4th individual was heard calling as it flew south. I saw it at long range but was unable to resolve fieldmarks. 2 other times during my walk i thought i heard recr but road noise prevented me from being sure."
on 11/03 reported via e-mail: Ken took these photos while out this
morning. They were taken in Kane County but the exact location is being
withheld by request to minimize any human disturbance to the owls.
on 11/2 reported via e-mail: Here is what I would call a leucistic
(partial whitish) Black-capped Chickadee that has been coming to
our feeders this week. The bird shows a lot of white on its head and back.
It pays to check feeders continually as you never know what may pay a
Scott Cohrs on 11/1 reported via IBET: Went looking for winter finches locally during lunch. Didn't have any crossbills, but I did have 4 Common Redpolls at Severson FP [Fox River Bluff Forest Preserve?]. They were right in the parking lot before flying off to the north. The neighborhoods both north and south of this spot have a lot of pines (and bird feeders), so I would think crossbills are possible here. There was a White-winged coming to a feeder not far from this spot last April.
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