OCTOBER 2009 SIGHTINGS
Sue Wagoner on 10/31 sent this: This large sparrow has been visiting my feeder the past few days... is he an immature white crowned sparrow, or white-throated sparrow? What do you think? (Answer forthcoming)
Bryan Hix on 10/30 reported via e-mail: Went out to Binnie Marsh early last week on a frosty morning and found swamp sparrows, song sparrows, a large flock of white-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, GC kinglets, flocks of cedar waxwings, flocks of robins, catbirds, one immature male common yellowthroat, several cardinals, and sandhill cranes.
Darrell Shambaugh on 10/27 reported
via IBET: I was hoping for some diving ducks on the quarry lake at
Big Rock Forest Preserve this afternoon, but there wasn't a duck in
sight when I strolled out to the quarry. The only bird I could find was
a BELTED KINGFISHER. There were some cool birds in the brush at
the end of the closed road that goes from the parking area to Jericho
Road including an EASTERN TOWHEE, a FOX SPARROW, 3 SONG
SPARROWS, 4 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 4 CARDINALS, and a
HOUSE FINCH. I found a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET along Jeter
Road south of Jericho Road.
Sue Wagoner on 10/21 reported via
e-mail: About a week ago what appeared to be a sharp-shinned hawk
(or a very small cooper's) was perched on a 12-foot stump in my back
yard... it suddenly flew directly to the telephone wire about 15 feet
away and there was an explosion of feathers! From the ones I gathered it
seemed to have been an unfortunate goldfinch. Action was too fast for
Darrell Shambaugh on 10/20 reported
via IBET: I spent this afternoon Nelson Lake (Kane County, west of
Batavia on Nelson Lake Road) and Shabbona Lake (DeKalb County south of
Shabbona). The weather was beautiful, and the birds were out enjoying
Christopher Cudworth on 10/19
reported via IBET: A flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was in the far
southern portion of the west side woods [at Nelson Lake/Dick Young
Forest Preserve] yesterday/Sunday/ October 18.
Darrell Shambaugh on 10/18 reported
via IBET: I birded the Fox River Bike Trail from Les Arends to
Fabyan Forest Preserve Saturday. Besides swarms of CEDAR WAXWINGS
and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, I saw a NASHVILLE WARBLER
about 3 tenths of a mile north of Les Arends, 3 BELTED KINGFISHERS,
a BROWN CREEPER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD at the water
treatment plant by the railroad bridge. There was a GREAT EGRET
in the Fox River between Glenwood Park and Batavia.
Chris Bowman on 10/13 reported via e-mail: Driving down Randall Road in Batavia, spotted a beautiful Blue-Morph Snow Goose feeding in the grassy area between the water retention strip and "the Great Escape" pool store across the street from Target ---- It was with about 30 Canadian.
Jack Pomatto on 10/13 reported via
e-mail: 10/13/09 at Blackhawk and Tekakwitha F.P. 's the northerly
winds last night brought in large numbers of Yellow-rumps and a
flock of Tennessee Warblers. A few Nashville Warblers were
also in the mix. A fleeting look also showed a likely immature Bay-
Karen Land on 10/10 reported via IBET: My yard has been very active the last few days with bluejays, chickadees, finches, cardinals but just now the sun broke out on this gray gray day (5 pm) so I went out onto my back step to savor the lowering sun and the fresh air. Suddenly, 5 juncos pulled up a few feet away. Sigh. This fall/winter is too soon.
John Heneghan on 10/10 reported via IBET: We had a brown creeper on the pin oak [in Big Rock] this AM along with a seemingly greater number of chickadees and finches at the feeders. I am still amazed at the number of blue jays. I am hoping with the number of mature oaks in the area to get red headed woodpeckers this winter.
Yeanette Johnson on 10/7 reported
via IBET: Some late morning birding at Nelson Lake & Tanner Rd Marsh
produced the following for Lisa G and I:
Darrell Shambaugh on 10/7 reported via IBET: I visited Ferson Creek Fen (Rt. 31 a couple miles north of St. Charles) and Les Arends Forest Preserve (Route 31 on the south edge of Batavia) after work today. Ferson Creek was pleasant, but not particularly birdy. Les Arends had a ton of birds along the stub trail that goes to the Fox River.
Highlights at Ferson Creek Fen were a
BELTED KINGFISHER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, EASTERN PHOEBE, and several
John Baker on 10/7 reported via
e-mail: I saw three Long-billed Dowitchers at Sauer Family
Farm Forest Preserve about noon today.
Ken Schneider on 10/5 reported via e-mail: We walked briefly in Hawks Bluff Park, in Tanglewood Hills subdivision, Batavia. Saw several warblers, including three Yellow-rumped and two Tennessee. Heard an Eastern Wood-Peewee. Saw my first Dark-eyed Juncos. Noted that they are not strictly “slate-colored,” as at least one had coloration tending towards pink-sided race. A Blue-headed Vireo gave us nice views.
Ken Schneider on 10/1 reported via e-mail: Mary Lou and I spotted an adult Bald Eagle roosting in a large tree across Nelson Lake to the SSW of the east platform. I walked around to the south side of the lake and got several eye-popping views. This was the third photo-op of the four eagle sightings at Nelson Lake this summer. Lots of White-throated Sparrows and several warblers, mostly Palm and Yellow-rumped, but also had Tennessee and yellowthroat.
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