OCTOBER 2013 SIGHTINGS
John Heneghan on 10/31 reported via e-mail: I have had a Carolina Wren hanging around [in Big Rock] for a few days now and the Red Breasted Nuthatches have arrived as well as Fox Sparrows and White Throated Sparrows. . Had a Brown Creeper early in the month.
No Siskins or
Titmice yet. The Carolina wren is a first at the house.
on 10/30 reported via e-mail: I walked around Nelson Lake yesterday and
was able to see another new bird, the White-throated Sparrow. They
were the most cooperative posing for a picture. I also saw a Northern
Harrier, Chickadee, Red-winged Blackbirds, Robins and a pheasant.
There were also a couple I have yet to identify.
Mussachio on 10/22 reported via e-mail: Never witnessed before or knew
that these birds did this, but I believe this to be a flock of
Cormorants migrating south in Elgin.
Bob Andrini on 10/21 reported via eBird: Seeing a Mourning Warbler among a flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers at Norris Woods Nature Preserve in St. Charles.
Marion Miller on 10/20 reported via e-mail: We had our first Pine Siskin at our feeders today.
Mussachio on 10/20 reported via e-mail: This Eastern Bluebird
was helping me look for eagles at Buffalo Park. And, this
Red-Tailed Hawk was a nice eagle-like fly by at South End Park over the
Marion Miller on 10/20 reported via IBET: Rich and I checked out Nelson Lake this morning for migrating waterfowl. We spotted 10 species of ducks- REDHEADS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, RUDDY DUCKS, NORTHERN PINTAILS, AMERICAN WIGEONS, GADWALLS, NORTHERN SHOVELERS, WOOD DUCKS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and MALLARDS. Many GREBES were present but all were PIED-BILLED. We checked from the east observation deck and grassy path along the western edge of the lake. Other highlights as we walked from Seavey Rd to the southwestern edge of the lake (which gave the best view of the waterfowl) were BALD EAGLE, FOX SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, BROWN CREEPER, GOLDEN-CROWNED AND RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, NORTHERN HARRIER and 7 SANDHILL CRANES.
on 10/17 reported via e-mail: Stopped by South Elgin Dam after
work on Thursday evening. There was 1 Bonaparte's Gull present with
the Ring-billed Gulls. Another highlight was a kettle of 27
Turkey Vultures flying low over the trees lining the river above the
on 10/14 reported via e-mail: I remember Jon Duerr pointing out a berry
laden red-stemmed plant on one of my first birding trips. He said that is
was Pokeweed and birds love it. Well I decided to plant one in our yard
last spring and this fall it is bringing in new yard birds for us. Today, a
Hermit Thrush, yard bird #60, spent most of the day in our yard
enjoying the Pokeweed berries. It would hover near the plant and grab a
berry while flying. With berry in bill, it then perched on our wrought iron
chair to swallow it. This behavior surprised me; I always assumed they
would grab the fallen berries from the ground or perch on a stem and pull
off the berries.
Walt Lutz on
10/13 reported via e-mail: I kayaked the Fox River Sunday morning from
the Gail Borden Library in Elgin to the footbridge in West Dundee:
Jon Duerr on 10/11 reported via e-mail: The largest flock of Swifts this season were seen entering the chimney at Lincoln Grade School [in St. Charles] between 6:35 and 6:45 Friday evening. We guesstamated over 1000 birds dropped into the chimney along Indiana Ave. We started at [Marberry] cleaners but keep seeing Swifts flying SE so we moved over there in time to see them swarming into the chimney.
Jackie & Chris
Bowman on 10/9 reported via e-mail: Today we meandered around what used
to be a marsh at Prairie Green. It's so hard to believe the soil is dry and
cracked. Two stand out birds for us were a LeConte's Sparrow sunning
himself on a branch, and at least 3 Nelson's Sparrows flitting about
the reeds. All these were seen along the west side of the former marsh.
on 10/7 reported via IBET: Hi, everyone! Just wanted to share some
highlights from the weekend. Spent the morning yesterday birding Kane
County with Scott Cohrs. We started at Prairie Green in Geneva looking for
sparrows. The number of sparrows concentrated here each fall is mind
blowing. SWAMP SPARROWS were most abundant (75~), with SAVANNAH
SPARROWS (60~) not far behind. SONG, LINCOLN'S, and WHITE-THROATED
present in similar numbers, and one each of FIELD & WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW. Had at least a dozen MARSH WRENS throughout, and 5
SEDGE WRENS. Now to the good stuff...
Mussachio on 10/4 reported via e-mail: This Yellow-Rumped Warbler,
sporting his fall colors, spotted me before I spotted him at the
Mussachio on 10/2 reported via e-mail: Immature Red-headed
Woodpeckers are still present near the dam in Carpentersville.
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