NOVEMBER 2016 SIGHTINGS
John Heneghan on 11/30
reported via e-mail: 5 Sandhill cranes were seen feeding with
geese in the field at Deerpath South of Sullivan.
Paul Richardson on 11/20
reported via e-mail: Well, now that the leaves have finally fallen off
our Maple tree look what we found today! Mr. Screech owl.
Steve Huggins on 11/20 reported via IBET: Not much time for birding today but while visiting the inlaws in Huntley I was able to check out the large numbers of geese in the area around Huntley Outlet Mall at Freeman Road. 12 Cackling Geese and 5 White-fronted Geese were the highlights. Also had a migrating group of 33 Sandhill Cranes overhead.
Jon Duerr on 11/17 reported via eBird: Finding at Jon Duerr Forest Preserve, an Orange-crowned Warbler which he commented was "viewed from 12-15 feet in sun; plain brownish yellow with faint eye line, yellow under rump, no wing bars."
John Heneghan on 11/14 reported via IBET: A Ross's Goose was seen at the Exel parking lot pond off Indian Trail Rd yesterday (11/13). This is just east of Orchard Rd in west Aurora. Also seen was a Greater White Fronted Goose with Canadian and Cackling geese at the retention pond on the north side of Sullivan across from the IL Math and Science Acad. This is where I saw a Ross's goose last week. A Greater White Fronted goose was also seen at the retention pond south of the fire station at Illinois and Orchard Rd in west Aurora. These sightings are in the same area.
Christopher Cudworth on 11/14
reported via IBET: I stopped at the wetland at the corner of Fabyan
Parkway and Wenmoth Road west of Geneva. This morning there was a
collective flock of 25 green-winged teal and one female shoveler
in the wetlands on the west side of the road. There also appears to be an
increase in the water height at this spot, likely the result of the beavers
that appear to have taken up residence there, evidenced by a five-foot high
lodge. That's a good sign.
Sue Wagoner on 11/12 reported via e-mail: I, like many others, am seeing Red-Breasted Nuthatches in my yard (2 of them), carrying sunflower seeds from my feeder to store in many places, including my neighbor's gutters.
There is a disintegrating Bald-Faced Hornet's nest under the eaves above my patio, showing empty cells. While hanging my laundry the other day I saw a Nuthatch hide a sunflower seed in one of the cells, pounding it in. Of course I went to get my camera but since they hide their seeds in many different places, I did not see a repeat of that!
Nice to see the little guys
after about 3 years without them!
Chris Madsen on 11/7
reported: For a little Sunday morning exercise, Carla and I opted for
the full Nelson Lake loop. The lake was seemingly blanketed with
American Coots. In amongst the swimming sea of black was the
distinctive white head of a displaying Hooded Merganser. Approaching
the Audubon bridge, we came across this Rusty Blackbird, which was
joined by four others while I was photographing him. Over on the west side
of the lake, this pretty Common Buckeye entertained us for a few
minutes along the main paved path.
Diane Hansen on 11/6 reported
via e-mail: The weather for the November Kane County Audubon Nelson
Lake walk on Saturday could not have been better. Among the 44 species seen
were several species of ducks, a Northern Harrier, a Bald Eagle,
Sandhill Cranes, a Yellow-rumped Warbler and some Purple
John Heneghan on 11/3 reported via IBET: A Ross's Goose was seen with Canadian Geese in a retention pond on the North side of Sullivan across from IL Math and Science Academy in west Aurora.
Lucy De Lap on 11/2 reported via IBET: I had a red-breasted nuthatch at my suet feeder today [in East Dundee]. While I see the white-breasted variety frequently, this is the first red-breasted I've seen in since 2012.
Daryl Coldren on 11/2 reported via eBird: That 3 American White Pelicans continue at Nelson Lake. He also heard a Virginia Rail.
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