OCTOBER 2016 SIGHTINGS
Bob Andrini on 10/25 reported via e-mail: The Hudsonian Godwit has been seen the past 2 mornings (Monday, Kath and I, Tuesday KCA ramble) at the Sugar Grove Fuddle. Both times the bird was seen early in the morning. If people go, they should not get out of their car near the metal barrier for fear of chasing it away and preventing others from seeing it.
Here is a picture showing the
underwing markings characteristic of the Hudsonian Godwit.
Daryl Coldren on 10/25 reported via IBET: 30 American White Pelicans at Nelson Lake Tuesday afternoon.
Liz Gerity on 10/25 reported
via e-mail: Red-breasted nuthatches have been visiting my feeder
in Campton for several days.
Julie Long on 10/24 reported via IBET: The Hudsonian Godwit was still hanging out at the fluddle/pond on Route 47 south of Sugar Grove.
Bill Ahlgren on 10/24 reported via IBET: He refound the Cattle Egrets at the Exel ponds on Indian Trail Road in Aurora.
Christopher Cudworth on 10/24 reported via IBET: At 7:00 am Monday morning there are 40+ white pelicans at Dick Young FP on the Nelson Lake wetland. Fishing and perched on west end. Visible from east viewing platform. Also had what appeared to be two snowy egrets departing in company of two common egrets about ten minutes ago. Yellow feet were visible even in dim light. Smaller in size than the commons. Flew southeast
Bill Ahlgren on 10/23
reported via e-mail: Two Cattle Egrets were found this morning
at Mirador Lake area by me and Art Johnson. North Aurora IL.
Bill Ahlgren on 10/22
reported via e-mail: Thursday and Saturday I found this Sora at
Mirador along with nice counts of American Widgeon, Northern
Pintail, Northern Shoveler, and one Rusty Blackbird.
John Heneghan on 10/20
reported via IBET and e-mail: Went by the Rt 47 fiddle after Jude's
report this AM. Farmer was in the bean field, no HUGO. Checked Prairie and
Gordon, nothing. There were Canadian geese and a few snow geese
feeding in a corn field on Gordon. Sandhill Cranes and Blue and
Snow goose from retention pond on Parkside Ln and Gordon in Sugar Grove
and yard Golden Crowned Kinglet.
Jude Vickery on 10/20
reported via IBET: Hi everyone,
Marion Miller on 10/17
reported via e-mail: Rich and I went to place the cap on the Chimney
Swift tower at Brunner Family Forest Preserve on Saturday. From a distance
we noticed a hawk perched on the top. We thought it was going to be a
Red-tailed Hawk, but once we got a closer look we saw it was a
Red-shouldered Hawk. It appeared to be a 2nd year hawk because
some adult plumage, orangish feathers, are present on its front.
Al Stokie on 10/17 reported
via IBET: Hello Bird People,
Daryl Coldren on 10/17 reported via eBird: Three American White Pelicans continue at Nelson Lake.
Theresa LeCompte on 10/17
reported via e-mail: Thanks to Brendon Lake's find & Ryan Jones and
Jude Vickery relocating it, I was able to add a HUDSONIAN GODWIT to
my life list yesterday (seen at the corner of Prairie St./Gordon Rd.)
Bill Ahlgren on 10/16 reported via IBET: After reading Oliver B's fine report at Nelson Lake this morning, I thought I'd have a look for myself. Met up with Daryl C. and later joined by Art J. we found many waterfowl. Greater White fronted Geese, Northern Pintails, Ring-necked, Gadwall, American Widgeon, Mallard, both Teal spp. Northern Shoveler, several Pied-billed Grebe, 1 BC Night Heron spotted by Daryl C. 1 American Bittern seen by all flying along the cattails, and 3 American White Pelicans still present, and 1 maybe 2 Northern Harriers doing what they do best. Driving home I got a text from my wife reporting a first in yard Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Oliver Burrus on 10/16
reported via IBET: Hi everyone,
Brendon Lake on 10/16 reported via IBET: Locating an Hudsonian Godwit in a fluudle along Route 47 south of Sugar Grove - the same fluddle that hosted the Black-necked Stilts earlier this year. Later reports indicated the godwit had relocated to the east, to the intersection of Prairie Street and Gordon Road in Aurora.
Ken Schneider on 10/16
reported via e-mail: Immature White-crowned Sparrow, OCT 14,
2016 in Batavia. The feeders in our daughter's back yard had run out but
there was still some seed scattered on the deck. Two immature White-crowned
Sparrows flew in and perched on the deck railing at eye level only about 4
feet from where I was sitting (photographing a junco in nearby tree). They
were too close to focus and also more than filled the viewfinder of my
telescopic lens system, so I cautiously switched on the macro setting. One
flew off but I obtained a burst of portraits before it too fled.
Wanda Griffith on 10/15 reported via e-mail: I got to see and hear a large flock of sandhill cranes fly over about 630pm this evening and another flock again about 830. I live in South Elgin on the fox river. I'm not good at directions but from my house they went towards the damn or the village of South Elgin...what a treat.
Tori Jenkins on 10/14 reported via e-mail: I just spotted 3 Great White Pelicans landing at Nelson Lake. So excited to see them!
Ken Schneider on 10/13
reported via e-mail: At the Lippold Park parking lot this morning (OCT
13), Mary Lou and I saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch which was being
closely followed by an Orange-crowned Warbler. They were moving
along the row of cherry trees at the far north side of the lot. The
nuthatch flew across to the east side and the warbler followed, then
returned with the warbler still right behind. I got photos of both in the
same frame but only focused on one of the birds. We watched the two for at
least two minutes before they flew away to the north together. Also saw a
Hermit Thrush, a Swamp Sparrow, a Gray Catbird and 3
Belted Kingfishers plus usual suspects among the 24 species logged.
Henrey Deeze on 10/13 reported via eBird: Reported both a Veery "Very gray thrush, with a gray face. No buffy feathers on the face and no spectacles. The tail was the same color as the back and wings." ("Brownish-gray thrush with pale brown speckling on the throat and few speckles on the chest.") and a Gray-cheeked Thrush ("Very gray thrush, with a gray face. No buffy feathers on the face and no spectacles. The tail was the same color as the back and wings.") at Burnidge Forest Preserve.
Scott Latimer on 10/10 reported via IBET: Thanks to Matt W's earlier post I was able to find [Prairie Green Wetlands] of Geneva. Not sure if same birds but there were 2 Le Conte's present. See Matt's great directions from his 10/4 post. They were in the southern end of the field, approx 20 yards west of the soybean field. Some bushwacking and patience required.
Richard Prather on 10/9 reported via e-mail: Kayaking on the Fox River Sunday 10/9 I spotted a Osprey sitting in a tree just south of the Fabyan bridge on the east side of the river.
Ken Schneider on 10/9
reported via e-mail: Over the past few days the American White
Pelican flock at Nelson lake appears to have reduced in number. This
morning I saw 7. Six took wing and gave a precision air-sea show,
descending downwind wing-to wingtip formation, then banked and landed
single file on the near side of the lake. Also had a nice flock of sparrows
along the east entrance trail including Swamp and Lincoln's
Sparrows. Small flocks of Golden-crowned Kinglets were present.
Chris Madsen on 10/9
reported: Carla and I visited Prairie Green Wetlands yesterday. The
pond has been reduced to a few puddles in which the birds are
enthusiastically bathing. We were hoping for unusual, migrating sparrows.
We whiffed on them. But we did stumble upon this lone Wilson's Snipe
huddled in the grasses growing in the middle of what once was the pond
Matt Wistrand on 10/4
reported via IBET: Good morning,
Marion Miller on 10/3 reported via e-mail: On Monday evening, I counted 2218 Chimney Swifts going into the [Geneva] post office chimney. Most going in between 6:46 - 6:52pm.
Daryl Coldren on 10/3 reported via eBird: At Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, a female Summer Tanager near the parking lot and shelter.
Bill Ahlgren on 10/2 reported
via e-mail: I was surprised to find this "squadron" of American
White Pelicans at Nelson Lake this afternoon. First spotted
9/27/16 and still there 10/2/16. Viewed from the east platform.
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