OCTOBER 2011 SIGHTINGS
Marcia Nye on
10/28 reported via e-mail: This morning was my first visit to Prairie
Green. The highlight of the visit was two Snow Buntings in the
grasses (see attached photo). Other birds of note were a Northern
Shrike and male American Kestrel.
Jon Duerr on 10/27 reported via phone: At 8:30 this morning, six Tundra Swans at Nelson Lake along with a few Gadwall and Redheads mixed in with many Canada Geese.
Aldrich on 10/26 reported via IBET: Hello! Stopped at Oakhurst before
work this morning and flushed a WILSON'S SNIPE near the lake. Site bird
for me. Also of note were a flock of close to 30 migrating WOOD DUCKS
flying over. Didn't list it on ebird, but there was a possible
Red-shouldered Hawk calling in the woods. I wasn't able to spot it, and
there were BLUE JAYS calling nearby, so I'm leaning towards mimic.
Complete list below:
on 10/25 reported via e-mail: Another photo of the Mooseheart eagles
at their new nest.
Marion Miller on 10/24 reported via e-mail: Stopped by for a quick look at Brauburn Marsh in Batavia this morning. Besides hundreds of Canada Geese it was nice to see 3 Short-billed Dowitchers doing the "sewing-machine" method of foraging in water almost up to their bellies. A few Mallards and Ring-billed Gulls were also present.
on 10/24 reported via IBET: Nelson Lake Marsh Nature Preserve/Dick
Young FP (Kane Co.), Kane, US-IL
Cudworth on 10/23 reported via IBET: I had an hour before church to
visit Prairie Green this morning. And while I did not get Nelson's there
were many interesting birds on a calm, somewhat foggy morning:
It is late in the season for the migrating sparrrows but iif after this storm passes through tonight the weather stabilizes a little I'm going to visit again with goal of spending a bit more time.
on 10/23 reported via e-mail: Here's additional pictorial confirmation
that the eagles are working on a new nest at Mooseheart.
on 10/22 reported via e-mail: Marion and I were driving home north
bound on Randall Rd. We had been at Johnson Mound in the morning and Larry
had mentioned that he thought he saw something that looked like a new
eagle nest. I told him I would check it out on the way home. Sure enough,
our eagles have been working on a new nest! It is among the same small
group of pines as before. Just south and west of the old site. Polish up
those bazooka lenses boys and girls - We're BACK!
Jason Frey on
10/22 reported via IBET: Nelson Lake 6am to 10am: 37F - 44F Mostly
Sunny, light frost. Notable Birds Present:
Bill Koch on
10/21 reported via e-mail: I visited Burnidge Forest Preserve today at
noon. The main pond had at least 8 to 10 each of the following birds:
American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Mallards, Northern Shovelers,
Coots. 2 Pied-billed grebes and 1 American Black Duck.
John Heneghan on 10/18 reported via IBET: We have new arrivals this morning in Big Rock. I am happy to see a Ruby Crowned Kinglet in the yard, the first I have seen in the yard. Also present were White Breasted Nuthatches, a Brown Creeper and Black Capped Chickadees. Our Hummingbirds have left as I have not seen them for a few days. I leave the feeders out for late migrants. I have not started filling the seed feeders yet, but probably will soon.
on 10/17 reported via IBET: I flushed a Yellow Rail at Prairie
Green this morning while walking the perimeter of the marsh. It flushed
from some flooded grass at the northeast corner of the marsh and dove into
some taller cattails. That was the last I saw of it. Most of the sparrows
from yesterday were still present, including at least 2 Nelson's
and a LeConte's. I did flush a Sora on the SE side of the
marsh, so beware. I walked this same route yesterday morning and had no
rails at all, so they either came in overnight or did a better job of
Curt Frieders on 10/17 reported via e-mail: We spent a lot of time outside this weekend, and were lucky enough to get to observe a lot of birds. On my creek (in Aurora township) we saw Great Blue Herons, a Belted Kingfisher, Mallards, and Wood Ducks. In the field we had Goldfinches, Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, and a Red-Tail Hawk. On Sunday night for the second time in a week we had a Great Horned Owl.
Marion Miller on 10/15 reported via e-mail: Rich and I did a quick walk by Nelson Lake in search of the Hudsonian Godwit. No sighting after about an hour of searching. Did see our FOS Fox Sparrows. Also Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows and Goldfinches were actively moving in the brush. A raft of American Coots and Ring-necked Ducks were seen on the water. Enjoyed watching the Ring-necked Pheasant we flushed during our ramblings.
Stephen Pack on 10/15 reported via IBET: I ran by Lake Nelson at 6:30 this morning. There were high winds and lots of Canada Geese, two Sandhill Cranes, several Mallards, as well as about 45 Green-winged Teals. There were also several land birds, such as a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Although the habitat looked great, I was unable to find any shorebirds, and no Hudsonian Godwit.
Kurt Frieders on 10/14 reported via e-mail: There wasn't a lot to see today during my brief walk @ Oakhurst FP due to the strong winds. However, the highlight was a male Blackburnian Warbler...There really was nothing else out of the ordinary. A big flock of Coots moved in, as well as some more Pie-Billed Grebes. There are still quite a few Cedar Waxwings, Northern Flickers, and Yellow-Rumped Warblers. I also saw a Hairy Woodpecker, Cardinal, Blue Jay, and Gray Catbird.
Holschuh on 10/13 reported via e-mail: Arrived at prairie green around
930. Parked at the church and braved the rain and wet vegetation . Walked
through about 2-3 inches of water and then .... Bam there they were found
in the cattails and wet grassy area.
on 10/11 reported via e-mail: While Rich and I were driving down an
I-88 entrance ramp today at 9:30a we got a nice view of a roosting Great
Horned Owl. A nice start to our day.
Jon Duerr on 10/11 reported via IBET: ...I just returned from Prairie Green, Geneva where there are at least 5-6 Sharp-tailed Sparrows. It is a beautiful morning and birds are active. Besides the Sharp-tails I saw the normal assortment of wetland-wet prairie species. No LeContes's seen. Prairie Green is west of Geneva along Peck Rd...
on 10/9 reported via e-mail: Spotted a snow goose this evening
at 5p (10/9/11) after getting off from I-88 at Orchard Rd. The bird was
reasonably close and seemed content to stay put. Hopefully it will be
there in the morning should someone want to go out for a look. It was in
the pond just south of the Ford Dealer.
Pete Moxon on 10/8 reported via text message: On Friday evening at Sauer Family Forest Preserve, no water was observed in the main pool, but one of the others had a little. Birds included 5 Sedge Wrens, 2 Marsh Wrens, 3 Wilson's Snipe, Lincoln's Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, and other expected sparrows, 2 Bobolinks, Dickcissel, Eastern and Western Meadowlark.
Montgomery on 10/8 reported via e-mail: Prairie Green 10-7-11;
Pete Moxon on 10/7 reported via phone: While birding yesterday at Prairie Green Wetland, Pete saw 13 - 14 Nelson's Sparrows, 3 Bobolinks, 1 Dickcissel, lots (~60) Savannah Sparrows, and a probable Henslow's Sparrow. In addition, White-crowned, Swamp, Song, and Vesper sparrows, 7 Soras, 2 Coots, 6 Canada Geese, and 16 Meadowlarks, one possibly a Western.
Jon Duerr on 10/4 reported via e-mail: Oct. 3 and 4 "Boy Scout Island" Rt 31 north edge of St. Charles an immature eagle has been sitting at top of dead tree on the peninsula. Seen 7:45 to 9:30 AM.
Don Blecha on
10/3 reported via IBET: Jackie, Chris and Mark Bowman helped me
achieve another LIFER! A Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow in Prairie
Green, Kane Co. There was 10-12 Nelson's working the low-lying grasses
along the Marsh. There was also many swamp, savannah, and a few
Lincoln's there too.
Aldrich on 10/2 reported via IBET: Hello! Lots of birds this morning
at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora. Species of note below, conservative
estimates in parentheses.
*First of the
Bob Andrini on 10/1 reported via e-mail: Along with 51 other birds on the Nelson's Lake walk, we had a sighting of the first Junco of the fall season - little early for them!!!!!
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