September 2007 Sightings
Scott Cohrs on 9/30 reported via IBET: I spent most of
the morning trying to flush any odd rail from the hundreds of acres of grassland
on the west side of Nelson Lake. While that objective was fruitless, I did have
a few interesting birds.
Scott Cohrs on 9/24 reported via e-mail: Sunday morning at Nelson Lake I had a Prairie Falcon circling over the far west fields. It was first seen circling over the short grass field on the west side of the barbed wire fence. It continued to circle, gain altitude, and eventually drifted west out of view. Obviously a migrant and just a case of being at the right place at the right time. That's only the 2nd one I have seen in IL, and the first I have seen in the county.
Jack Pomatto on 9/17 reported via e-mail: Today at Lippold Park in North Aurora I saw 8 species of warblers with Pine Warbler as the most noteworthy. On the way home I saw a Broad-winged Hawk rise up from the roadside flying straight at my windshield on Rte 25, at Fabyan Woods. Luckily we both took evasive maneuvers.
Bob Andrini on 9/9 reported via e-mail: Sunday morning Kath and I went to do the monthly census at Delnor Woods in St. Charles. We were greeted with five surprises: many Swainson's Thrushes, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Winter Wren, and Ovenbird along with 16 other species. The migration is on, get out and take take a look.
Chris Cudworth on 9/9 reported via IBET: A short bike/hike to Fabyan FP in Geneva at 7:00 a.m. resulted in a few fall warblers including MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL and (BLUE-THROATED GREEN). Also a healthy phalanx of WARBLING VIREO, all singing madly in the morning sunshine. There were RED-EYED VIREO as well, CEDAR WAXWING (25) along with the requisite CATBIRD and BLUE JAY. A PHOEBE as well, sitting on the handicapped parking sign.
Darrell Shambuagh on 9/9 reported via IBET: I stopped at the cemetery in Kaneville (Kane County) about 1:00 PM Saturday to check Dunteman's Sod Farm. The only bird there was an OSPREY sitting in a bare dirt area, all by itself, no water anywhere in sight!!
Steve Smith on 9/5 reported via IBET: The (Great Horned Owl) is back. At 7:30 tonight he was perched on a telephone pole within 50 feet of the antenna I saw him on last time (on the southwest corner of Randall and Bowes Roads in Elgin).
Bob Fisher on 9/2 reported via IBET: Karen and I
visited (the Melms Road Sod Farm) again (between OBrien and County Line Rds on
Melms Rd) late Sunday morning. 500+ shorebirds were still present in the flooded
areas behind the house on the north side of the road. Dominating the mix were
100+ Killdeer, 60+ Golden Plovers, around 50 Lesser Yellowlegs and 50+
Sandpipers. 1 or 2 Black-bellied Plovers and 10 or so Semipalmated Plovers were
also present, as were several Greater Yellowlegs.
Sheryl DeVore and Steve Bailey on 9/1 reported via
IBET: About 2 miles west of the MELMS ROAD Sod farm, we had an immature
NORTHERN HARRIER coasting the fields. We had another immature NORTHERn
HARRIER scaring up the shorebirds at the MELMS ROAD SODFARMS, where at least
600-700 SHOREBIRDS were present -- seemed to be quite a bit more than what folks
have been posting lately. We added some shorebird species here. Here are the
David B. Johnson and Andy Sigler on 9/1 reported via
IBET: Coon Creek Sod Farms by far were the best in Kane County along Melms
and Allen Roads with 100s of shorebirds inc.: 34 American Golden-Plover,
8 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 2 Baird's Sandpipers, a Wilson's
Phalarope, 24! Stilt Sandpipers (both ad. and imm.), 5
Semipalmated Plover, 200+ Killdeer, 10 Greater Yellowlegs, 138
Lesser Yellowlegs, 120 Semiplamated Sandpiper, 32 Least
Sandpipers, 17 Short-billed Dowitchers, 120 Pectoral Sandpipers,
and 1 Solitary Sandpiper.
Nolan Lameka on 9/1 reported via IBET: Friday I went to Melms Road in Kane County ,based on the Fishers post. The ponds were drying up,but still close enough to the road that I got some distant shots of a American Golden Plover and what I suspected were Buff-breasted Sandpipers. I sent the pictures to a veteran birder who confirmed that they were Buffies.
Steve Smith on 9/1 reported via IBET: There was a great horned owl perched in the open on a TV antenna on an old abandoned house on the southwest corner of Randall and Bowes Roads in Elgin last night. I first saw him at 7:15. He was still there at 7:30. The house in on private property but if he returns he can be seen from the parking lot of Nick's Pizza.
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