OCTOBER 2008 Sightings
Chris Bowman on 10/29 reported via e-mail: 10/28 (Tuesday) about noon: I was by the southeast corner of Peck Farm Lake, when I heard a song-sparrow-like chip a few yards away from under a large fallen dead tree. Waited for a minute until a tiny bird poked his head up, and I could see it was a wren. He ducked back down, but several seconds later emerged and hopped up on top of the log, in clear sunny lit view for about 10 seconds, only about 10 yards away before flying into the heavy bushes. Tiny wren with stubby tail - dark confluent top (in the sun was slightly more brown than what I've seen with the larger House Wren's), with weak eye-line, heavily barred flanks ----- Winter Wren (lifer for me). Other notables: Northern Harrier, Brown Creeper.
Karen Land on 10/27 reported via IBET: [On Sunday in] Geneva, we visited the pond at the new Steven Persinger Recreation Center at the corner of Peck and Keslinger. This has always been more of a fluddle but with the new parking lots and soccer fields built in the last year it has been more of a structured pond. Even with a number of soccer games going on, there is enough separation in distance and elevation that birds in the pond aren't disturbed. Mostly geese and mallards but there were about a dozen Northern Shovelers and 6 grebe. Sorry we didn't get a better ID, the winds were really picking up at this time and it became hard to stand let alone focus the binocs.
Bill Koch on
10/22 reported via e-mail: I visited Otter Creek FP off of Hopps on a
lunch break yesterday. On the east trail I heard the odd calls of Rusty
Blackbirds coming from the brush by the creek. Only found the 2 birds
with no other type of blackbirds around. A few SANDHILL Cranes
could be heard in the field North of the preserve. Chickadees,WB
Nuthatches, Robins, Cardinals and Yellow Rumps were the only
Chris Bowman on 10/22 reported via e-mail: 10/21 Nelson Lake notables on a beautiful crisp sunny mourning: Orange-crowned Warbler (first saw in a low tree on the east side of the lake -- thought it might be an Orange on that view, but then it flew down to the ground undergrowth just about 5 yards in front of me, then I observed as it hopped up a plant stalk where it sat for about one minute in clear sunny view for positive ID (lifer for me); lots of migratory sparrows -- several White-crowned, several White-throated, several Fox, one American Tree, one Lincoln's (singing); two Purple finch; pack of Ring-necked Duck.
Ken Schneider on 10/16 reported via e-mail: October 10 was our last day in Illinois before returning to Florida. I really wanted to get better photos of the Eastern Bluebirds, so I went out early (to Jones Meadow Park in Batavia). I captured several images of them, as well as an Eastern Phoebe. See you all in the spring!
Karen Land on 10/16 reported via IBET: For the past 4 days or so I have had both Red Breasted and White Breasted Nuthatches coming to my feeder (in Batavia), sometimes in tandem. Seeing them both side by side helped me realize how much bigger and chunkier the White Breasted was. Between my bushes, the seed head of the coneflowers and black eyed susans, whatever is in my gutter and the 2 hanging feeders, my backyard has been crazy with birds for several days now. Right now I have robins, mourning doves, several kinds of finches, 2 pairs of cardinals, a bluejay, chickadees, a woodpecker that I can hear and a number of blackbirds.
Gloria Dimoplon on 10/16 reported via e-mail: There were several America Wigeons at Burnidge this morning. Sharing the pond with the Widgeons were Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Mallard, Blue-Winged Teal, and a female Ruddy.
Wes Serafin om 10/12 reported via IBET: The second group of birders
just missed the Yellow Rail by a few minutes. Despite valiant efforts the
rail was not relocated.
Bruce Heimer on 10/12 reported via IBET: Andy Sigler's Yellow Rail was again seen this morning between 8:00 and 8:30. The bird was first noticed by Paul Massey and flushed twice after that.
Matthew Cvetas on 10/12 reported via IBET: I
arrived at Sauer Family Prairie Kame Preserve about 6:45am and joined
forces with Bruce Heimer and Chris Cudworth to look for the YELLOW RAIL.
About 7:30am or so, I flushed a small rail from the shoreline of the
larger pond that flew about 20 feet and disappeared. Both Chris and I were
looking into the sun so all we had at that point was silhouette. Bruce,
unfortunately, did not see the bird.
Eric Walters on 10/12 reported via IBET: ...Later in the day I passed thru Kane County Sauer Kame. Unfortunately I hadn't paid attention to IBET posts, so I was unaware the Yellow Rail was still around, including that morning (which explains why others were asking me if I had seen it)! The heat was strong, almost like late August, the burrs extensive and the lighting terrible for good viewing. I'm not sure I actually passed thru where the Yellow Rail was reported as the various IBET posts don't seem to jive as to the exact location of sighting. Regardless, most of the birds seen Saturday morning must have either moved on as it was nothing like the exciting post for that morning that I later read.
On the way back to my car, I did find a Sharp-tailed Sparrow, perhaps the same one that Pete Moxin's group had earlier or maybe a 2nd bird. There were also 2 Bobolink's in the brush. Those were the limited highlights at that location.
David Johnson on 10/11 reported via IBET: I was
lucky enough to be part of the 6 birder group that formed a walking line
this morning along the east edge of the south pond--locating the Yellow
Rail as it flushed from a very wet sedge mat at the edge of the pond
in about 1 foot of water. The rail then flew directly in front of our
group, then around behind us to the NW of the south pond landing on the NW
edge of the pond it seemed. We got excellent looks at this bird in flight
only, all of us noting the distinct all white secondaries while the bird
was in flight. It is also smaller than a Sora rail and lighter blondy and
grayish-black backed with short grayish wings with blondy-grayish-blackish
coverts (the key in flight is to look for the ALL white secondaries). I
believe this bird was an immature bird (perhaps others can chime in here
as we did not see the bird sitting). We waited for another birder to join
us before subsequent searches for the rail which were unsuccesful,
however, we did see a young
Sora, too, and one , if not several Nelson's Sharp-tailed
Scott Cohrs on 10/11 reported via IBET: Numbers
do help! I was part of a group of 6 birders that saw the Yellow Rail
at Sauer this morning. It was flushed from the northeast corner of the
smaller pond. It flew across the pond and landed in the northwest corner.
Others were attempting to relocate it when I left.
Paul Mayer on 10/10 reported via e-mail: On the Morning of 10/10 Bob Andrini and I went to Sauer Family Farm FP in search of Yellow Rail. Unfortunately Bob had to leave early. The Yellow Rail was located midway on the west side of larger pond approximately 10-20 feet in from the water's edge. Got a great look as it weakly flew about 30 feet and settled back into the heavy grass. The white patches on the secondaries were prominent. The bird is darker than a springtime adult so I'm assuming it to be a juvenile. Also present were Cooper's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Bobolink, and one LLB.
Joe Lill on 10/10 reported via IBET: At @11:45
this Friday morning, Bill Reddiger, Paul Mayer and I twice saw a Yellow
Rail at Sauer Preserve in Kane County. A lifer for Bill and me, and a
state bird for Paul. Bill and I flushed it and had a decent look at the
white secondaries during the fifteen-foot or so flight. Paul joined us,
having seen the bird in silhouette. We walked well past where it landed
without flushing it, then walked back. That put the sun behind us, and
when it again flushed we had a great look at the bird during this second
fifteen-foot flight. Satisfied, we left it alone.
Bob Andrini on 10/10 reported via e-mail: I left too soon, but Paul Mayer saw the Yellow Rail out at Sauer FP on Friday.
Pete Moxon on 10/9 reported via phone: Another report from Sauer FP. One Yellow Rail. No Sprague's Pipit. A Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow along with several Savannah, Vesper, and Swamp sparrows. 2 Cooper's Hawks. Pied-billed Grebes and 2 Soras. "A bunch" of Northern Shovelers and Blue-winged Teal. And, finally, 2 Snow Geese in a flock of Canada Geese.
Bob Fisher on 10/8 reported via IBET: Demetri
Lafkas and I went to (Sauer Forest Preserve) mid morning on Wednesday. We
joined other birders looking for the (Yellow) rail. Some saw it,
some had not yet seen it at the time we left around 11:30AM. The sighting
location was in the same general area as described by Mike Madsen in his
Pete Moxon on 10/8 reported via phone: At Fabyan Forest Preserve, south of the windmill, in amongst more common warblers, an Orange-crowned Warbler and a late Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.
Ken Schneider on 10/8 reported via e-mail: Yesterday morning, before the rains came, we walked in Jones Meadow Park in Batavia. The only warbler we saw was a Palm. A Northern Harrier flew over the cattail marsh. There were about a dozen Eastern Bluebirds clustered around the west end of the trail (at Deerpath), along with a Yellow-belied Sapsucker. It was so overcast that none of my bluebird photos showed much color, but one that is silhouetted against the somber sky looks as if it belongs on the inside cover of a Peterson's guide!
Mike Madsen on 10/7 reported via IBET: Sauer
Family Preserve in Kane County produced another rare bird today when Andy
Sigler and I tried to find the Sprague's Pipit that Scott Cohrs had seen
yesterday. We were only able to find
AMERICAN PIPITS in the plowed field just south of the preserve (also
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS). While searching for sparrows around a
marshy area between the main pond and the smaller southwest pond, we
flushed a YELLOW RAIL (a life bird and long-sought nemesis bird for
me). Roughly an hour later we were walking the shoreline of the main pond
(about 100 - 150 feet from where we had flushed the rail) and again
flushed a Yellow Rail. I have no way of knowing if this was the same bird
or if there were really two birds present there. Knowing their secretive
nature I was truly stunned. The rail was somewhat darker than I had
expected but the white on the trailing edge of the wing was quite
Bob Andrini on 10/7 reported via e-mail: Looking into the backyard, we saw a flash of white outer tail feathers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Upon closer inspection, we saw 3 Dark-eyed Juncos - they are back.
Scott Cohrs on 10/7 reported via IBET: I stopped
at the Sauer Family Preserve in Kane County yesterday afternoon. I was
very fortunate to flush a Sprague's Pipit from the grassy berm
along the south end of the main pond. It flushed once a short distance
towards the pond shore, then flushed again south across the berm into the
plowed clover field to the south. I was able to watch it a few minutes in
the field before I lost it amongst the dirt.
Jon Duerr on 10/5 reported via phone: On Sunday afternoon, Jon and Joy looked out the windows to the backyard and spotted this Monk Parakeet. Jon said that Monk Parakeets were reported in Aurora during the '60s, but this is his first sighting in Kane County.
Ken Schneider on 10/4 reported via e-mail: I
participated in a delightful bird walk at Dick Young/Nelson Lake FP this
morning. A collection of 19 photos I took during the walk are posted on my
(click here) in the group entitled
"Nelson Lake Oct 4 2008."
Ken Schneider on 10/1 reported via e-mail: We returned to Jones Meadow Park this morning. We did not see the Peregrine, but did see some warblers: a Yellow-rumped eating a fly, and a Tennessee. We also photographed a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a problematic flycatcher that I thought was an Eastern Wood-Pewee, but upon reviewing my photos it seems to be an Empid. It is quite gray, fairly large-billed with a yellow lower mandible and a tear-shaped eye ring. Maybe a Willow or a Traill's complex, but I am not sure. Any help with ID would be appreciated. Photos are on my Flickr page (click here) in the group titled "Jones Meadow Park."
Ken Schneider on 10/1 reported via e-mail: Mary Lou and I "discovered" a nice new city park within walking distance of our North Aurora home. It is Jones Meadow Park, on the corner of Mooseheart and White Oak in Batavia. A paved trail leads about a half mile to Deerpath. The trail is bordered by open space containing varied habitats: a lake, wetlands with cattails, a sedge meadow, some recovering dry prairie, and some nice woodlands. A highlight yesterday morning was a low flyover by a Peregrine Falcon. We also saw a pair of kestrels, a Cooper's Hawk, and two Redtails.
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