SEPTEMBER 2010 SIGHTINGS
Ed and Trudy Vedral on 9/30 reported via e-mail: This morning we saw a Junco on our ground feeder. To us this is unusual as we still have a humming bird here. We also had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak on one of our feeders.
Bryan Hix on
9/27 reported via e-mail: Went out briefly this afternoon to Burnidge
FP. The last cold front pushed out a lot of the warblers that were here
last week, but it brought in a lot of Chickadees and
Yellow-crowned Kinglets. They seemed to be everywhere along with
Yellow-Rumped Warblers. I saw 5 Hermit Thrushes (see photo) and
managed to get a few shots of them. I was attempting to get a good shot of
one when I noticed something out of the corner of my eye above me. It
turned out what I thought was a big hawk flying through the woods really
was an beautiful Great Horned Owl. He briefly stopped on a branch
very high up in a hickory and by the time I pointed my lens at him, he was
gone again. Very cool encounter at 2pm in bright sun! There are large
numbers of Cedar Waxwings as well. The other new bird I saw was a
White-throated sparrow; small flocks were seen throughout my walk.
Sue Wagoner on 9/26 reported via e-mail: Have you ever wondered how Hummingbirds take a bath?
Saturday after a few sprinkles of rain, I saw "my" hummingbird fly into my "Peking Lilac" tree, which has many small leaves close together. The bird began to fly from leaf to leaf, rubbing its head, wings and body on each new leaf it flew to. It took me a minute to figure out it was actually bathing in the raindrops on the leaves. Eventually it stopped and preened its feathers. Then flew away. A short time later a Ruby-crowned Kinglet flew into the same tree and followed the same process. Fun to watch.
Julie Long on 9/26 reported via e-mail: I had both types of kinglets in my yard today, plus black and white warbler and r. thr. hummingbird.
Marion Miller on 9/23 reported via e-mail: After reading about Bryan Hix's great warbler outting, I decided to visit J. Duerr F. P. on 9-23. There were many warblers present, with the first being on the trees in front of my car that was parked on the lower lot. After only a short distance on the path that goes right (facing the river) I saw many Black-and-White Warblers, an American Redstart, Northern Parulas, and Magnolia warblers. Also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Cudworth on 9/22 reported via IBET: At the "old" entrance or northeast
corner of the [Nelson Lake] preserve there were several warblers active on
an otherwise quiet afternoon.
on 9/22 reported via e-mail: This little Ovenbird was sitting
on my front step this morning. May have been recovering from a window
collision; seemed fine after a few minutes. First time I've seen one of
these around my house in Campton Township.
Bryan Hix on
9/22 reported via e-mail: Had my best warbler day ever today at John
Duerr FP between 10:30-1:00. It was unbelievable how many birds were
around and I had 2 lifers today!! The strange thing was as the sun came
out, the activity dramatically slowed down. I saw the following warblers
and there could have been more, but a lot were females which made
identification very difficult:
I also saw tons
of Cedar Waxwings, Catbirds, Robins, Downy Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Chickadee, Osprey, Coopers Hawk, Bald Eagle.
Randi Bolt on 9/22 reported via phone: In addition to the bird she reported by way of Nancy yesterday, she saw at least 10 American White Pelicans in the southwest corner of Nelson Lake this morning.
Nancy Schnaitman on 9/21 reported via e-mail: A friend has called reporting what appears to be an immature White pelican swimming in a 'swamp' at the corner of Prairie St. and Gordon Rd. (between Sugar Grove and Aurora). From her description, the bird is immature as she described it as dirty looking.
on 9/21 reported via IBET: I had a nice late morning at Hampshire
Forest Preserve in NW Kane Co. I reached the warblers around 10:30am. The
highlight was seven different BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS. This
easily beats my previous personal high count of three (LaBaugh Woods in
2007) and supports Scott Cohr's observation from yesterday that these
birds are moving through in unusual volume this fall at least in our area.
The birds I had were easily counted. I had two distinct groups of three
birds, and one other lone adult male all in a short span, in separate
areas, and the birds were moving slowly by this time of day. I had three
nice adult males in all.
on 9/21 reported via e-mail: The woods were alive with warblers today,
9/21/10 at J. Duerr F.P. The proportion of Tennessee Warblers to
all others warbler species was finally under 50 %. Only 11 species of
warblers , but good numbers of Magnolias, Bay-breasteds, and Blackpolls.
John Heneghan on 9/20 reported via IBET: We had quite a few Black Throated Green Warblers in the trees out back [in Sugar Grove] this AM. Also seems that Chickadees and White Breasted Nuthatches are moving through as we had more than the few we have had all summer. We also have 3 hummingbirds that have been around for a while.
Sue Wagoner on 9/19 reported via e-mail: While I have had several Swainson's Thrushes in my [Aurora] yard this fall, I had my first Gray Cheeked Thrush today. Both were in the same tree at the same time and were easy to compare. The Gray Cheeked had almost no eye ring, no warm wash over the cheek and was generally brown-gray all over. I attribute the visits from the thrushes to my now out-of-control Poke Weed plants and their great berries. The Robins love them too.
Karen Land on 9/15 reported via IBET: I sat out on my back porch [in Batavia] for a bit this morning and enjoyed the chatter of what seemed to be a zillion chickadees darting between my feeders when I noticed a RT Hummingbird feeding off impatiens in a large pot on my patio. Suddenly there were 3! The 3 zipped between the patio and another pot of impatiens that sit next to a water feature a few feet away, then they would go over to a hanging basket of fuchsias that were a few feet from where I was sitting. The 3 kept darting, then would land and sit on a branch or the top of the hanging basket or would hover in mid air 5 feet in front of me! I watched this for about 15 minutes before they flew off over the fence. We have pretty consistently seen a single one come to the fuchsia, which hangs right outside our family room window, all summer but this is the first time I have seen 3. It was fun!
Shambaugh on 9/14 reported via IBET: After my work day was over I went
for a bike ride along the Fox River between Batavia and St. Charles. I
found 10 species of warblers, PHILADELPHIA, WARBLING, and RED-EYED
VIREOS, plus a female SCARLET TANAGER. I found good numbers of three
warblers, 18 BLACKPOLL, 14 CAPE MAY, and 12 TENNESSEE.
Other species included 3 BAY-BREASTED, 3 AMERICAN REDSTART,
and single BLACK-&-WHITE, male GOLDEN-WINGED, female
BLACK-THROATED BLUE, NASHVILLE, and female BLACKBURNIAN.
Bill Koch on 9/13 reported via e-mail: I visited LeRoy Oakes FP today on a lunch break to look for warblers. I ended up getting the same amount of vireo species as I did Warblers. On the Wooded Loop path I spotted 2 White-eyed Vireos. One came within 10 feet of me and allowed me to get a great look at him. Never have had more than 1 of these guys in one day. Wish I would have had my camera. Warbling, Red-Eyed and Yellow-Throated Vireos were seen in several locations along the path. Lastly a Blue Headed Vireo was viewed as I was walking back to the parking lot in the very back of the preserve. Warblers viewed today included Magnolia, Tennessee,
Nashville, American Redstart and Ovenbirds. There were also many Ruby Crowned Kinglets in various locations.
Miller on 9/13 reported via e-mail: Rich and I went to Hawks Bluff on
9-12 and we got to see our first Black-and-white Warbler going up
one of the trees in the forested path. Robins, Wood-Pewees,
White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Flicker and Downy Woodpeckers
were also seen. Our backyard was also the busiest I have seen with
hummingbirds all weekend.
Pete Moxon on 9/12 reported via text message: Four Buff-breasted Sandpipers still remain at Dunteman's sod farm in Kaneville. They can be viewed from Merrill Road. He also reported that water levels at Sauer FP were too high for shorebirds, but he did spot a Northern Harrier.
on 9/12 reported via IBET: My fiance Sally and I went birding at Jon
Duerr FP in Kane Co. this morning.
Christopher Cudworth on 9/12 reported via IBET: On my way out to visit Prairie Green from Peck Road west of Geneva my attention was caught by a solo bird in the scrubby grasslands facing the red farm buildings next to Keslinger. Turned out to be a Clay Colored Sparrow. Not much else to note as I ran out of time to wander out to the wetland.
on 9/11 reported via IBET: Thanks to a "heads up" call from Scott this
morning, Carla and I located the Pileated this mid-afternoon as it
flew the perimeter of the north meadow at Big Rock FP, making left turns
before disappearing over the trees to the north.
on 9/11 reported via IBET: I found a Pileated Woodpecker at Big
Rock FP in southern Kane County this morning. I know down-staters are
yawning/laughing at this point, but this is a darn good bird locally. In
fact, I don't think Pileated was included on a recent Kane County
checklist update that was compiled using historical data. So, it's not
that common around here.
Schneider on 9/9 reported via e-mail: There were several flocks of
Tennessee Warblers at Lippold Park this morning. At least a dozen were
mingled in with the goldfinches in the flowers along the river
bank, and many more were in the treetops along the bicycle path. We also
saw one Magnolia and one Nashville Warbler as well as
several redstarts. A Traill's flycatcher in trees along the
bank posed an ID challenge, as it did not vocalize. It had a narrow
complete eye ring.
Schneider on 9/8 reported via e-mail: At Nelson Lake we encountered a
small flock of warblers just south of the east observation platform. We
identified 3 Nashville, 2 Magnolia, and 1 Tennessee
Warbler, as well as a singing Warbling Vireo. A wren with an
unusually short tail suddenly appeared on the side of the ramp on the
platform. Its tail was so short and the barring on its breast and sides so
pronounced that I thought at first it was a Winter Wren, but on close
examination of the photos it was too light in color and lacked a
pronounced eye line-- I am quite sure it was a House Wren. We saw
an Eastern Wood-Pewee that had an unusually bright yellow breast.
Two pewees chased one of the three Least Flycatchers that we saw
along the trail on the east side of the lake. We also saw 4
hummingbirds and 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (one in adult male
plumage). We had 31 species, plus three peeps at the far SE end of the
lake that were too far away to ID without a scope. We were not able to
re-locate the Olive-sided Flycatcher that I photographed on Saturday. The
lake level is down a bit and there are mud flats developing.
Bryan Hix on
9/5 reported via e-mail: This morning 6:30-8:30am, Burnidge FP:
Bryan Hix on
9/4 reported via e-mail: After spending 3 hours at Montrose and the
magic hedge this early this morning, I went for a lunchtime walk with my
son over at Burnidge FP. We actually had some nice sightings. We saw 3
Chesnut-sided Warblers, 1 male Magnolia Warbler, a Red-Eyed
Vireo, 1 Osprey, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Lesser
Yellowlegs, 3 Least Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers,
Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and Belted Kingfisher.
Schneider on 9/4 reported via e-mail: While holding up the rear of the
KCAS bird hikers who circled Nelson Lake this morning, several of us saw
an Olive-sided Flycatcher. The entire group also got nice views of
a Solitary Sandpiper, Cedar Waxwings, a soaring
Red-tailed Hawk, and lots of hummingbirds and goldfinches,
among over 30 bird species.
Ari Shavit on 9/3 reported via IBET: The Buff- breasted Sandpipers that Darrell reported at Dunteman turf [in Kaneville] yesterday were still there today.
on 9/3 reported via e-mail: Backyard birding for the past two days has
been exciting- many migrating warblers- a few I could not identify, but
those I could were: a bunch of American Redstarts (one mature male,
the rest female and immature), Blackburnian, Cape May, Black-throated
green, several Black and white, a very bright Nashville,
and an immature Magnolia (undertail colors helped to ID it). In
addition a Swainson's Thrush at my out-of-control pokeweed plant,
Eastern peewee, and [an] immature male Cardinal.
Darrell Shambaugh on 9/2 reported via IBET: This afternoon there were two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at Dunteman's Sod Farm in Kaneville (Kane County) this afternoon. The Buffies and a couple hundred KILLDEER, STARLINGS, 2 CROWS, and a couple HORNED LARKS were south of Main Street south of area of cut sod. There was also a flock of TREE SWALLOWS, maybe 35, out in the sod farther south. I think there was standing water there and the Tree Swallows and a few BARN SWALLOWS were there.
Walter Lutz on 9/1 reported via e-mail: 50+ Nighthawks in a group over west Elgin Wednesday evening. Quite a sight.
Bryan Hix on 9/1 reported via e-mail: This evening I walked the Jelkes C.B.S. and saw 4 Great Egrets, 12-15 Kildeer, 5 possible Least sandpipers in the NW end of the park, 100+ Nighthawks (some within 25 yards), 50+ Chimney Swifts, hundreds of dragonflies, and a small flock of Blue-Winged Teal in one of the terraced ponds at the North end.
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