OCTOBER 2014 SIGHTINGS
John Heneghan on 10/31 reported via e-mail: I don't recall seeing Pine Siskins at the feeders in the yard last year. They are here today. 10/31
Chris Mussachio on 10/29
reported via e-mail: Spotted half a dozen or so of these Dark-eyed
Juncos at Library Springs in East Dundee.
Rich Miller on 10/26 reported
via e-mail: Marion and I spotted this rarity at Hupp Park in Aurora
(Indian Trail & Orchard Rd.). Who says it too late in the season to get a
good look at a T V?
Jim Narovec on 10/24 reported via e-mail: Spotted a single Bald Eagle on the west bank of the Fox River north of the dam in Carpentersville 10/24 at 1pm.
Roger Amery on 10/24 reported via e-mail: Today at about 11:00 AM, I went to the pond at southeast corner of Illinois and Orchard Road at west side of Aurora. Besides the Canada geese, mallards, and gulls, I saw cackling geese for the first time in my life. After that, I went to 2303 w. Indian Trail at the northeast corner of Orchard and Indian trail. There is a retention pond at the east side of the Exel building. There I saw more Canada geese, cackling geese, and one blue phased snow goose.
Ken Schneider on 10/24
reported via e-mail: On our last chance to get out birding before
returning to Florida we visited Hickory Knolls, where we found a mixed
flock of sparrows in the meadow near the road, including, Song,
Chipping, Savannah, White-throated, White-crowned and American Tree
Sparrows. I thought I heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch and searched
for it in the trees near the Center building without any luck. No hope for
that species back home! Some of the Chipping Sparrows were difficult to ID
in the field.
Ken Schneider on 10/23
reported via e-mail: On Wed, October 22 I photographed a pair of
Double-crested Cormorants on the small lake in Aurora, at the SE corner
of Orchard Road and Illinois Avenue, behind the fire station. They were
with a large flock of Canada and Cackling Geese. One of the cormorants had
a metal band on its right leg and a red band with white inscription on its
left leg. I could only make out two of the characters on the red band: "V"
or possibly "Y" and "2." The next character was mostly obscured. I reported
the finding to the USFWS but since I could not decipher the writing on the
metal band they could not help, and referred me to the USCS Bird Banding
Lab. I sent them the attached photos.
Chris Mussachio on 10/23
reported via e-mail: Lucky enough to get some close-ups of this
Great Egret having breakfast at Jelke Bird Sanctuary.
Ken Schneider on 10/22
reported via e-mail: At 8:30 this morning Mary Lou and I saw a very
dark duck as well as two pairs of Mallards in the lake at the far
south end of Lippold Park. Its bill was clear yellow unlike female
Mallards. It acted very wary, with its neck outstretched unlike the other
ducks, and was some distance away from them. We had just arrived and my
camera wasn't ready, so I was only able to get a blurry shot of it before
it launched into flight. Luckily I was able to get a couple of flight shots
in good focus. They showed it has a purple speculum with a thin white
trailing edge, unlike the Mallards. We also encountered a flock of a dozen
or more Purple Finches. They were foraging in the two large
evergreen trees (cypress?) that have lots of cones near their tops and are
turning red. Only saw one in adult male plumage and missed the photo
opportunity. Following up on Marion's sighting, we also checked out the
pond at Illinois & Orchard but the only geese present were Canada and
Cackling. The size difference between the two species is remarkable.
Diane Hansen on 10/22
reported via e-mail: We literally went on a wild goose chase yesterday.
Drove out to Highland Woods hoping to find the Snow Geese but no luck with
that. I got out of the car to check a pond that was too low to see and was
able to find a group of about 10-12 Northern Shovelers. Also had 1
Sandhill Crane fly over and a "bird" of the military kind with a
huge Air Force plane circling as if to head to O'Hare. I saw a similar
plane at SEBA Park Saturday morning.
Ken Schneider on 10/22
reported via e-mail: There were two small flocks of 4-6 Fox Sparrows
along the lake's east trail at Nelson Lake on the morning of 21 October.
Also saw a Lincoln's Sparrow at the corner of the east and south
trails. A Black-capped Chickadee also posed nicely along the way.
Despite the frost, butterflies were active on 20 October, including a
Question Mark. More photos on
my Flickr page.
Beatriz Vertiz on 10/20 reported via e-mail: On OCT 2, 2014 I spotted 2 Bald Eagles right by OTTO Engineering, Carpentersville Il . Last year our first sighting was 11/19/2013
Marion Miller on 10/20
reported via e-mail: This morning I stopped by the retention pond
behind the Aurora Fire Station at the corner of Orchard Rd and Illinois
Ave. A large flock of Cackling Geese were present and there were
lots of chances to compare them to their "bigger" cousins. Also a dark
juvenile Snow Goose was hanging out with the many Canada Geese
Debbie Wisser on 10/20
reported via e-mail: I have been periodically checking out the ponds in
the Highland Woods subdivision on the west side of Elgin to see if I can
find anything other than Canada Geese. Today I was rewarded with five
Snow Geese, and I've attached a photo of two of them. Two Sandhill
Cranes flew over while I was looking at the geese.
Ken Schneider on 10/20
reported via e-mail: At the east entrance of Nelson Lake/Dick Young FP
this morning there was an immature Red-headed Woodpecker on the oak
tree just north and adjacent to the entrance drive. Hundreds of American
Coots were on the lake, with dozens of Mallards. Am also quite
sure I identified two American Wigeons and a Hooded Merganser
Gloria Dimoplon on 10/18 reported via e-mail: 10/17 at Burnidge. On our walk Friday we had 3 Snow Goose flying along with a small group of Canada Geese.
Rich Miller on 10/17 reported
via e-mail: My name is Rich Miller, I am the son of Marion and Richard
Miller. They asked for me to share this with you. This photo was taken in
Aurora by a residential pond. This is a great Blue Heron, sitting
patiently in a pond waiting for dinner to surface (no pun intended). Enjoy
John Heneghan on 10/17 reported via e-mail: Saw 2 sandhills in the field across from Johnson's Feed on Rt 38 today after picking up seed.
Brendon Lake on 10/17 reported via IBET: Hi all, not super exciting, but there is currently a Greater White-Fronted Goose with a large flock of Canada Geese and Cackling Geese at the retention pond on Valley Way in Burlington. No telling how long it may stay, geese often get flushed at this location.
Scott Cohrs on 10/17 reported via eBird: Seeing a Red Phalarope on the evening of 10/16 in the Mill Creek subdivision in Geneva. The bird was not seen the next morning. The Black-necked Stilt continues.
Barb Rask on 10/16 reported via e-mail: During the past week on my walks along the Fox River just south of Stearns Road Bridge I continue to see large groups of Wood Ducks. The largest count being yesterday morning with approximately 80 ducks. They are very skittish and when startled will fly to the east side of the river near the Midwest Ground-cover property.
Andrew Aldrich on 10/13 reported via eBird: Seeing an American Bittern at the ponds of Settler's Court subdivision in Sugar Grove.
Lucy DeLap on 10/12 reported
via e-mail: Hi, my name is Lucy DeLap. I live in East Dundee and have
been a backyard watcher for many decades.
Brendon Lake on 10/11
reported via e-mail: Yesterday (October 10th) I went out around Kane
County to look for Snow Geese. I found a juvenile light morph at a
retention pond near the intersection of Jake Lane and Romke Road in
Hampshire. This bird was scared off by a couple of teenagers and flew off
to the north-east. What I believe was the same individual (flight path and
time frame worked well to support this possibility) was found on a baseball
diamond at the Cambridge Lakes community center in Pingree Grove. The
community center is located on Wester Boulevard, south of Route 72. Later,
driving on Bowes Road in Elgin, I spotted an adult light morph Snow Goose
on a retention pond on the south side of the road. This retention pond is
near Corron Road on Bowes Road, and is not a viewer friendly spot. There is
no shoulder on Bowes, so the only way to view it is from Whispering Springs
Lane, where you would have to look between houses from the street, so I
just snapped a few photos and left. This was not the first time I had a
Snow Goose at this retention pond either.
Jackie and Chris Bowman on
10/9 reported via e-mail: Nelson's Sparrow continue at Prairie
Green. Today we observed at least three in the Northwest corner of the
marsh area. White-throated, White-crowned sparrows were also present
along the paths to the marsh.
Lauren Jennison on 10/8 reported via e-mail: We have a beautiful pair of Great Horned Owls in our neighborhood at Kenston Court in Geneva. They can be heard or seen at dusk and like to hunt around the Kane County Education Office. The female is easily distinguishable.
Scott Cohrs on 10/8 reported via eBird: The Geneva Black-necked Stilt continues.
Jon Heneghan on 10/7 reported via e-mail: A white pelican was seen this morning at the retention pond near the auto mall at I-88 and Orchard Rd.
Jon Duerr on 10/7 reported via e-mail: Our St. Charles Swifts move around. They are using a chimney at NAPA Auto store, S 3d St. Joy counted 245 tonight. They have completely abandoned Marberry Cleaners and the Arcada Theater.
Scott Cohrs on 10/7 reported via eBird: At 8 AM a Black-necked Stilt in the Mill Creek subdivision in Geneva. There were at least 3 subsequent sightings.
Ed Kasley on 10/6 reported via e-mail: I saw a pelican this morning, 10-6 at the retention pond at the North Aurora Auto Mall, I88 and Orchard.
Chris Mussachio on 10/6
reported via e-mail: Had the pleasure of meeting this Solitary
Sandpiper in Carpentersville. Walked to within 15 feet of where I was
Eric Secker on 10/6 reported
via IBET: I did some hawk-watching late yesterday morning (Sun.) at
Judson in Elgin hoping for the rare chance at something like a Golden Eagle
coming in on the western winds.
John Heneghan on 10/5 reported via IBET: We have a winter wren hanging around the house [in Sugar Grove] for the last few days. First we have seen at the house.
Lori Ambrose on 10/4 reported via e-mail: 10/4 at 5:20 PM - White pelican sited in the retention pond at the North Aurora Auto Mall at I-88 and Orchard Road.
Brendon Lake on 10/4 reported via IBET: Hi all, just in case anyone else was curious, the three Bonaparte's Gulls reported by Urs Geiser, were still present as of 1:12pm. They may have hung around a while after if anyone wants to take a look. Again, the location is the south end of James O. Breen Community Park, on Peck Road, there is a retention pond there. There is a parking lot that can be accessed from the intersection of Peck Road and Springfield Way in St. Charles, park here and walk along the football field south for viewing. As mentioned before, this is the same place the Avocet was seen yesterday.
Urs Geiser on 10/4 reported via IBET: [American Avocet] Not there Saturday 11:30am. Consolation prize 3 Bonaparte' Gulls.
Margaret Mechtenberg on 10/4 reported via phone: A Peregrine Falcon perched atop a utility pole in South Elgin on Kenyon Road, west of Route 25 mid-morning.
Scott Cohrs on 10/3 reported via eBird: At 8 AM, an American Avocet in the retention pond along Peck Road at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles. Joy and Jon Duerr report the bird still present at 1:15.
Brendon Lake on 10/1 reported via IBET: Hey everybody, ran all around northern Kane County looking for anything and everything I could find. Starting with the pond near my house (in Burlington), 8 Cackling Geese couldn't have been any more obvious in a large group of 100+ Canada Geese at this pond. The Burlington Park was mostly quiet, with the exception of a fly-by Eastern Phoebe. Hampshire Forest Preserve was excellent birding today, with highlights including Black-Throated Green, Palm, Nashville and Yellow-Rumped Warblers, a Blue-Headed Vireo, Ruby and Golden-Crowned Kinglets, Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, and my bird(s) of the day, two Red-Breasted Nuthatches that were foraging amongst some pines together with all the Kinglets, Chickadees, the Vireo and Warblers. Also of note, seven Eastern Towhees. Burnidge Forest Preserve was not as eventful, but still good. Highlights of Cooper's and Red-Tailed Hawk, three Double-Crested Cormorants, Wood Duck, Pied-Billed Grebe and Field Sparrow.
Joy Duerr on 10/1 reported via text message: As of 7:25 AM, there is an American White Pelican on the river at Boy Scout Island in St. Charles.
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