OCTOBER 2012 SIGHTINGS
on 10/31 reported via e-mail: This morning around 10:00 AM we checked
out the corn fields westward along Seavey Road to Sugar Grove. On the
north side of the road where it bends just east of Black Sheep Golf Club
we found a few Lapland Longspurs among the large flocks of
Horned Larks. They were skittish, so high wind and distance kept me
from getting any good photos.
on 10/29 reported via IBET: We have had a CAROLINA WREN back at
Judson again lately singing in the woods along Tyler Creek. Yesterday we
had four including that bird and also had three very upset Carolina Wrens
in the neighborhood just south of Judson. I believe they were upset at a
nearby Red-tailed Hawk.
on 10/26 reported via e-mail: Driving home today on Randall Rd. I
spotted TWO eagles perched in the original nesting tree [at
Mooseheart]. There were no signs of nest building as yet. I will certainly
be looking upward as I drive by in days to follow. Sorry for the poor
picture quality. I had to use my "second string" equipment I keep in my
Mussachio on 10/26 reported via e-mail: This little Eastern
Bluebird was soaking up some sun today at Buffalo Park. I did see the
Bald Eagle there, but only because I spooked it out of a tree on
the east side of the river. I didn't even know it was there until it flew
off. It was in a tree that still had leaves on it.
John Bender on 10/25 reported via IBET: Saw one Snow Goose with a flock of Canada Geese at the intersection of 72 and 20 in Hampshire IL near Pingree forest preserve
Julie Long on 10/25 reported via e-mail: I have had 5 or so female or young purple finches hanging out at my feeders all week, plus one which hit the window and died unfortunately. Also there have been fox sparrows, white crowned and white throated sparrows, along with a red breasted nuthatch and the normal tufted titmice and other yard birds. If you want to check them out, feel free to wander around my yard. There are feeders front, back, and side. I live at 4N179 Thornly Rd, St Charles. Dan and I are not always home but if we are not home, feel free to look for them, or photograph them.
on 10/25 reported via e-mail: On our first morning since returning to
Illinois, Mary Lou and I got out early to the east side Nelson Lake. We
immediately encountered a flock of 20+ Purple Finches that ranged
from the observation platform into the woodlands to the south. Only one or
two were in adult male plumage. We only were able to stay for about a half
hour, but we also saw and photographed a Brown Creeper.
Mussachio on 10/24 reported via e-mail: Caught this Red-tailed Hawk
on the hunt at Buffalo Park in Algonquin.
on 10/23 reported via e-mail: We have spent a lot of time outside on
our property (Aurora township) the past few days and have seen a lot of
good birds in that time period. We finally have been able to add the
Red-Bellied Woodpecker to our yard list. How that bird has eluded our
yard for so long has amazed us. However, we have seen and photographed
this beautiful male the past two days. A Belted Kingfisher has been
patrolling our creek each and every morning. A juvenile Red-Shouldered
Hawk has been perching in a tree on our creek line the last three
days. We also have seen our resident Red-Tailed Hawks on the
telephone poles the last two days. A Cooper's Hawk was sitting on
our fence by our bird feeders yesterday. There was a flock of twenty
Snow Geese that flew over our house on Sunday. Possibly most
surprising to us was a Tundra Swan in our field on Saturday
morning. We also have seen many Cackling Geese mixed in with the
Canada Geese, and have seen our resident Great-Blue Heron
daily. Wood Ducks have been quite abundant on our creek, and a
Blue Jay is storing peanuts for the winter in our yard.
Jim Narovec on 10/23 reported via e-mail: Getting close to that time of year again, Bald Eagle spotted in a tree along the west bank of the Fox River in Carpentersville at 12pm on 10/22. In the same tree they have been perching on the past few years.
on 10/22 reported via e-mail: The birds seem to be eating more seed
than in past years - possibly due to the lack of moisture for seed
production this past summer??????
on 10/20 reported via e-mail: We had this Fox Sparrow beauty
visit our backyard this week. The Ruby-crowned Kinglet accompanied
the KCA walk at SEBA park today (Sat).
Erik Secker on 10/13 reported via e-mail: Twice now in the past few weeks Sally and I have seen a couple of Brewer's Blackbirds down in the lawn outside our apartment window at Judson University in Elgin (near Tyler Creek F.P.). A pretty cool "backyard bird" for us.
on 10/11 reported via e-mail: A lot of different birds have recently
been calling Oakhurst FP home. We really enjoyed seeing some
Red-Breasted Nuthatches in the conifer trees. Today a Horned Grebe
joined a flock of Pie-Billed Grebes. There are currently a lot of
Yellow Rumped Warblers and Blue Jays flying around at all
times. A Red-Tailed Hawk perched on a fire hydrant off the side of
the road. Several Hermit Thrushes have been viewed lately. There
are still some Chimney Swifts and Tree Swallows left.
Several Golden-Crowned Kinglets have also been viewed.
on 10/7 reported via IBET: There was a dark buteo perched along Rt. 38
just west of Peck Rd around 5:30 pm today. I pulled up to the bird and got
a nice look before it flew away, but without binocs I'm not sure of the
LeCompte on 10/6 reported via e-mail: On this morning's Nelson Lake
walk, our group spotted 38 species. If it hadn't been for Sue Schneider's
keen eye, we might have missed this GREAT HORNED OWL.
Cudworth on 10/5 reported via IBET: Yesterday at Dick Young while on a
4 mile walk I encountered a flock of 18 American Pipit in the newly
mowed hillside area on the main limestone path leading to the west. The
birds were staying in this area.
Bill Koch on
10/5 reported via e-mail: Found three Snow Geese in my
neighborhood pond today while out walking the dog. Located in the
Providence Subdivision on the West side of Elgin. One of the white ones
has a smaller bill than the other. Possibly a Lesser Snow Goose. 8
Northern Shovelers were mixed in with the many Canada Geese and
Marion Miller on 10/4 reported via IBET: At 6:30pm spotted a blue-morph juvenile Snow Goose with the many Canada Geese on the Braeburn Marsh off Randall Road, in Batavia. Two very vocal Sandhill Cranes also present. Many more ducks and geese were flying in but it was getting too dark to identify different species. Hope to check it out early tomorrow morning before work.
Jackie Bowman on 10/4 reported via e-mail: Today while driving home I saw a BROAD WINGED HAWK flyover and land at the top of the tree overlooking the Geneva Community Gardens at Peck Road & Bricher. He perched in the tree for a few moments and then flew off screeching to the North. Wish I had my real camera with me, as my little point & shoot did no justice!
Mussachio on 10/3 reported via e-mail: Who says a rainy day is no fun.
1 Red-tailed hawk at Judson College on the hunt and 1 Red-tailed
hawk at Buffalo Park posing for me about 30 feet away and 3 feet off the
ground. I sat in my car with the window rolled down for 20 minutes before
it flew away. It don't get no better than that. Thank you, Mother Nature.
Fitzgerald on 10/2 reported via eBird: Spotted 35 species on a walk
Tuesday morning at Prairie Green Wetlands in Geneva. Some of the more
interesting species included Ring-necked Pheasant, Sandhill Crane,
Wilson's Snipe, Horned Lark, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren
(6), Common Yellowthroat, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Vesper
Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow (42), 2 Le Conte's Sparrow (Kane County bird
#234!), Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow (18),
White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Dickcissel,
Bobolink, and Eastern Meadowlark. The Le Conte's was located near the
parched "wetland" area.
on 10/2 reported via e-mail: Theresa LeCompte and I visited Settlerís
Ridge [subdivision in Sugar Grove] with our target bird being a
Nelsonís Sparrow first reported by Sean Fitzgerald on eBird. After
some high grass stomping and mud trudging, we found it along with
Lincolnís, Swamp, Savannah, Song and White-crowned Sparrows. Also
visited Culverís Forest Preserve off Hankes Road. The falling leaves,
color changes and beautiful weather made for a very enjoyable walk through
the woods. Birding highlights at Culvers: Blue-headed Vireo, Magnolia
Warbler, Nashville Warbler, many Yellow-rumped Warblers, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Hermit Thrushes.
Weishaar on 10/1 reported via IBET: I birded the Japanese
Gardens/Fabyan Forest Preserve along the west side of the Fox yesterday,
late morning. Fairly common list, with the highlight being the
Black-throated green and a mink, both inside the Japanese Gardens
along the north edge of the pond near the waterfall.
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