NOVEMBER 2014 SIGHTINGS
Sue Wagoner on 11/28 reported via e-mail: I had 3 Pine Siskins at my feeders today- a "backyard lifer" for me and I know others have had them too.
Also at Aurora West yesterday, 11-27, and a few days ago I saw a Northern Shrike on the west side of the preserve, on trees along the north-south path on the east edge of the burned prairie... also saw it once on the east edge of the woods.
I have seen a male Northern Harrier... twice over the east prairie area (the loop that goes behind the middle school) and once over the burned prairie on the west side. (No photos).
Urs Geiser on 11/27 reported
via IBET: I made a loop through Kane and DeKalb Counties today.
Jim Narovec on 11/27 reported
via e-mail: Spotted two Bald Eagles in their favorite tree along
the west bank of the Fox River in Carpentersville on Thanksgiving morning.
Walter Lutz on 11/23 reported via e-mail: Peregrine Falcon this Sunday morning at Jelke Bird Sanctuary in Sleepy Hollow/West Dundee. Been there many times and that's a first for me. It was carrying a small bird, likely a Junco.
Rebecca Schmid on 11/22
reported via e-mail: My husband took this photo this afternoon after
driving back and forth between Elgin and Carpentersville all afternoon. We
had just about given up when he noticed all of the gulls at the
Carpentersville dam taking to the air. We were eating lunch and he probably
would have flown right past unnoticed if not for them.
Eric Secker on 11/21 reported
via IBET: I checked a few spots midday during my lunch break.
Bob Montgomery on 11/19 reported via e-mail: Hi folks –
Update on Fox River birds: In Elgin the female Harlequin Duck was still present below the Elgin Dam hanging out with the flock of mallards this afternoon (Wed.). Most of the river was frozen up above the Dam and the Surf Scoter was not found.
Further up river at the Carpentersville Dam a large mixed flock of Ring-Billed Gulls and Herring Gulls contained a non-breeding plumaged adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Kurt Frieders on 11/18
reported via e-mail: Our yard and property (in Aurora township) has
seen a lot of good birds lately. We have seen three different Snow Geese
(including this one photographed in our field). A drake American Black
Duck has been hanging out with a flock of mallards on our property.
Each night of the past week we have been serenaded by a Great-Horned Owl
in one of the trees in our yard. Our Red-Bellied Woodpecker has
returned from his summer hiatus to visit our peanut feeders. A pair of
Blue Jays have been grabbing whole peanuts daily. It also appears that
we have a Gray Catbird overwintering with us for the second straight
year. Until a week ago we had a few Eurasian-Collared Doves visiting
us amongst a massive flock of Mourning Doves. We also continue to be
blessed by our usual suspects like Cardinals, Goldfinches, and House
Gordon Garcia on 11/18 reported via IBET: There is a Harlequin duck sitting just offshore on the east bank of the Fox River, just to the north of Hemens Auditorium. If it is the same duck that was present last week it had an injured right leg, but was apparently able to fly. If someone can confirm the bird needs assistance you may want to report to Chicago Bird Collision Monitors 773-988-1867. The duck did not move while I was there today.
Pat Asher on 11/18 reported via IBET: I just saw a flock of 30-40 Sandhills fly just south of my house moving to the east in Gilberts, Il
John Leonard on 11/16 reported via eBird: Seeing the Harlequin Duck on Sunday morning south of the Kimball Street bridge in Elgin.
Bob Fisher on 11/16 reported via IBET: Karen and I managed to get scope views of the Surf Scoter as it swam with a lone Mallard on the west side of the river, north of the Kimball St Bridge in Elgin, Sunday morning, around 10:30 AM. The snow was falling pretty heavily at the time. We viewed it from the far N end of the library parking lot, and the bird was north of that overlook spot.
Lucy DeLap on 11/16 reported
via IBET: The rufous hummingbird is nowhere to be seen today. He lived
in our backyard here in East Dundee from 11/6 - 11/15. We saw him
frequently every day. But not today.
Marion Miller on 11/15 reported via text: Male Surf Scoter above dam in Elgin. View from library. Found by Andrew A and Joshua L.
Marion Miller on 11/14
reported via e-mail: Finally Pine Siskins returned to our
backyard (Batavia) feeder this morning. Hopefully Common Redpolls will
Lucy DeLap on 11/13 reported
via e-mail: I have a Rufous Hummingbird living in backyard in
East Dundee. He has been here since 11/6. I have 2 feeders that I left up
after spotting him in mid-October. He feeds many times each day at both
feeders, sits on the wires viewing his habitat, and appears to roost in our
arborvitaes or in our prairie plant beds.
Kathy Deen on 11/11 reported via e-mail: She and her seven-year-old daughter saw a Bald Eagle "at rt 31 and boncosky rd west dundee on our way home from school. There is a big horse barn and an open field for the eagle to look for food!"
Tim Balassie on 11/10
reported via text message: At 1:20 this afternoon, a raft of
twenty-seven Bonaparte's Gulls off Boy Scout Island in St. Charles.
Patrick Ricketson on 11/9
reported via e-mail: I was excited to find a Harlequin Duck
mingling with a group of domestic mallards where the Fox River
bisects Walton Island in Elgin.
Jon Duerr on 11/7 reported via text message: At 7:20 this morning there were 21 Tundra Swans at Nelson Lake. At 7:40 they took off and flew to the east.
Marion Miller on 11/6
reported via e-mail: Thursday afternoon there were 4 Northern
Pintail Ducks and many Green-winged Teal on a pond in Settlers
Ridge subdivision (Sugar Grove). The pond is located south of Parkside Dr.
Jeff Mckenzie on 11/3
reported: For the last two weeks, a Monk Parakeet has been
visiting his backyard feeders in Geneva.
Bill Ahlgren on 11/2 reported
via e-mail: Spotted this Dark morph Snow Goose while out Sunday
afternoon with Art Johnson at Hupp Park in Aurora. Behind Aurora Fire Dept.
at Indian Tr. and Illinois Ave.
Marion Miller on 11/1
reported via e-mail: Rich, Theresa Lecompte and I checked out a pine
stand along Florence Rd in Big Rock on Thursday morning. Our target birds
were owls. Although we came up empty on them we did have a good variety of
birds. Highlights were: Pine Siskins, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned
Kinglets and many Fox Sparrows kicking up the leaf litter.
Eric Secker on 11/1 reported via IBET: Right now (4:30) there are over 40 Pine Siskins feeding on the ground in our parking lot at Judson University. They probably just arrived from spots further north. Let's hope more winter finches are on the way as well.
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