November & December 2006 sightings
Scott Cohrs on 12/18 reported via IBET:
I know that a
couple recent posts have discussed the upcoming closure of the Settler's Hill
Landfill in Geneva. I'm actually a little sad about it. Only a birder would be
upset about a landfill closing, right? Anyway, it is likely that once this site
closes it will be much harder to find 'good' gulls in the county. So, if you are
looking to pad your county list or get a few 'last' looks, I'd recommend
stopping by in the next few weeks.
Christopher Cudworth on 12/10 reported via IBET: While
taking a walk round with the Riverwalk in downtown Batavia this noon (sunday) my
wife exclaimed at seeing a huge, dark brown bird perched out on the ice. "What
is that, a Turkey Vulture?" (I've got her trained not to assume anything else.)
But to our pleasant surprise it was indeed a first year
bald eagle. It flew west
into the trees along the Fox when it saw us. I've seen eagles over Batavia but
not down at river level. That bird looked huge hunched up on the ice above the
Christopher Cudworth on 12/9 reported via IBET:
a short trip to the Fox River between Aurora and Oswego. Driving the east side
of the river there is a park just south of Route 30 that offers access to the
bike trail. This is a vantage point for views of BALD EAGLE quite frequently.
There was one young bird present Saturday. I took photos but nothing worth
posting. There was also a GREAT BLUE HERON. There was also at least 1000
GEESE in pods along the river.
Ed Teune on 12/9 reported via IBET: Despite heavy
snowmobile activity today along the road edges near the grain
processing facility, I did manage to find a couple small flocks of
along Meredith Road where Christopher indicated.
Darrell Shambaugh on 12/9 reported via IBET: Between Somonauk and St. Charles I have been seeing Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs every day on my commute. Numbers are about 100 to 150 Horned Larks and 10 to 15 Longspurs. I've only seen 3 Snow Buntings, all in Kane County. One was on Dauberman Road between Scott Road and Route 30 on Thursday and the other two were on Main Street about a mile west of Kaneville Friday.
Christopher Cudworth on 12/9 reported via IBET:
One of the most reliable
spots in central Kane County for SNOW BUNTING and
LAPLAND LONGSPUR is Meredith Road north of Route 38
two miles west of Elburn. Meredith is the junction where the large grain
processing facility is visible from Route 38 and sometimes these birds feed
directly across the road from the feed station. But larger flocks of
HORNED LARK are usually found in feeding roadside when
snow is deep as it is now. When snow melts there are still birds to be found,
but not as easily.
Pete Moxon reported on 12/8 via IBET:
12/06/06...While at Nelson Lake in Kane Cnty I saw 4 GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED, with a large group of
& a few CACKLING. They seemed to keep on heading
South, but didn't stop at Nelson Lake.
Brian Kapusta on 12/4 reported via IBET: Today I saw a bald eagle soaring above Randall Rd, near Bolcum Rd. in St. Charles, Kane Co.
Alan B. Anderson on 11/30 reported via IBET:
day off today, I had planned to go birding, so despite the off and on rain, it
went on. Was hoping (beyond hope) to find a 'winter finch', Short-eared Owl or
N. Shrike, but struck out. Despite the misses, and few species, being in the
forest preserves, birding and taking in nature, it still was worth it (an
enjoyable breakfast with Judy Mellin added to the 'worth' too).
Christopher Cudworth on 11/26 reported via IBET: There
was an Eastern Bluebird at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St.
Charles/Kane County this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. 200 yards from front entrance on
Christopher Cudworth on 11/24 reported via IBET from Peck
Farm Park: Over the past week the calm weather has allowed a few dabbling
ducks to stick around. A small fleet of GADWALL (6 birds) was split up and
feeding in the company of coots at Peck Farm Park. Each Gadwall had a coot it
followed around. I've seen this behavior previously at McKee Marsh in DuPage
County when there were no less than 30 Gadwall with coot partners.
Scott Cohrs on 11/11 reported via IBET: A few stops
late this morning produced a couple good birds. There were hundreds of gulls
congregated at the landfill on Kirk Rd. Among them were 2 adult
Black-backed Gulls and a first winter
Great Black-backed Gull. There was
also a gull I couldn't quite pin down. It looked mostly like an adult
Ring-billed Gull both in plumage and structure. However, the smudging on the
head looked a bit darker than normally expected on a Ring-billed. In addition,
the bill was jet-black, looking much like the bill on a Franklin's Gull. I tried
to make sure it wasn't just mud or debris, but it looked like an all black bill.
I am not sure what the bird was, though I suspect it might have been a
Franklin's/Ring- billed cross. It also could have been just a weird Ring-billed
Karen Lund on 11/09 reported via IBET: This afternoon between 1:30 & 2:00, 3 groups of sandhills totalling approx. 325 flew over Raceway Woods in Carpentersville. There didn't appear to be any whooping cranes with them. Also found 5 field sparrows and a comma (butterfly). Just a nice day to be outside.
Pete Moxon on 11/08 reported via IBET: At Nelson Lake
Marsh, in the early morning, we were unable to locate at least 3
SNOW GEESE, (2
of which were Blue Phase), and a few GREATER WHITE-FRONTEDS; that had come in
the previous night, as darkness fell. Only a few of the
CRANES that had also
come in before dusk the prev. afternoon were also relocated. But besides the 6
RUDDYs & sev
WOOD Ducks & some of the other ducks previously mentioned; a second
morning stop produced several RING-NECKED DUCKS as well. Lots of
FOX SP. among
others still present.
Christopher Cudworth on 11/07 reported via IBET: Brief stop at near twilight at Dick Young Forest Preserve, Batavia (Kane County) Notable duck species included: SHOVELER (16), RUDDY DUCK (6), BLACK DUCK (8), MALLARD (175), AMERICAN WIGEON (4), HOODED MERGANSER (3), RING NECKED DUCK (1). No Scoters or Grebes visible from the platform. Other than a healthy contingent of Cackling Geese, no goose variables either.
Participants on the Nelson Lake 11/04 birdwalk saw the following waterfowl of note: American Black Duck, American Coot, Cackling Goose, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, and Wood Duck. Birds not on the lake included Brewer's Blackbird, Northern Harrier, Northern Shrike, and White-breasted Nuthatch.
Karen Lund on 11/03 reported via IBET: This afternoon around 5:00 a common nighthawk flew low over Rte. 72, a couple blocks west of Rte. 31 in West Dundee. Even in the dimming light, the white wing bars were very visible. Chimney swifts were conspicuous by their absence.
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