SEPTEMBER 2011 SIGHTINGS
on 9/29 reported via e-mail: Thanks go out to Scott Cohrs, for his
report of the Nelson's and Leconte's Sparrows at Prairie Green. We got out
there this morning before the North winds started to blow, and got great
looks at an immature Leconte's Sparrow who was just sitting on the
top of a reed in the sun, and we saw at least 5 Nelson's Sparrows
on the North side of the marsh. Other sightings included: Swamp
Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow, White Crowned Sparrow,
Marsh Wren, Green Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk, and a
Northern Harrier. It was a great way to spend my birthday!!
on 9/28 reported via IBET: Today Oakhurst was quite birdy in the half
hour I had to walk around. The birds I saw were:
Patrick Webb on 9/25 reported via eBird: A Prothonotary Warbler at Peck Farm Park in Geneva.
Scott Cohrs on 9/25 reported via IBET: Made a few stops this morning on the west side of St. Charles. Highlights included 2 Black-throated Blue Warblers and a Stilt Sandpiper at [Hickory Knolls Natural Area], and several Nelson's Sparrows and a LeConte's Sparrow at Prairie Green.
on 9/25 reported via IBET: I just had an adult ANHINGA fly
right over by Springhill Mall in West Dundee. Bird was headed due west or
just slightly WSW. Keep an eye out!
on 9/20 reported via e-mail: What a great day at the Batavia Riverwalk.
As soon as I parked I saw warblers jumping around the pines. From my car I
was able to identify Cape May Warblers, adult fall and first year
fall. Once out of the car I got great looks at a Yellow-rumped Warbler,
1st winter, perched on an exposed branch with an insect in his bill.
Goldfinches were feasting on dried coneflower seeds while Cedar
Waxwings were enjoying berries on the trees across the small creek. A
Belted Kingfisher was letting out its loud rattle as it swooped
over the river. A Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Mallards,
and Killdeer were in the river near the small bridge. Tennessee
Warblers and other warblers I couldn't get a good look at to identify
were hopping in the trees along the path. A Cormorant was swimming
in the waters above the dam. Between the gazebo and the observation deck,
Lesser Yellowlegs, a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Solitary
Sandpiper were foraging for food in the water near the muddy shore. At
least 25 Chimney Swifts dotted the clear blue skies overhead.
on 9/19 reported via e-mail: On Sunday afternoon I spotted the first
Green Heron I have ever seen at Oakhurst FP. It was stalking the
east side of the big lake. It was incredibly tame, and let me shoot as
many photographs as I cared to. Hopefully I'll get to see that bird more
often. Other birds that were spotted during the short time I had to walk
were American Goldfinch, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Northern
Cardinal, Black-Capped Chickadee, Mallard, Canada Goose, Cedar Waxwing,
Tennessee Warbler, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, European Starling,
American Crow, American Robin, Gray Catbird, and Cooper's Hawk.
Darrell Shambaugh on 9/18 reported via IBET: ...after work Saturday morning...Riverside Park (Route 25 and Division Street in Geneva and St. Charles, Kane County) had a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, and female CAPE MAY WARBLER. The best birds at Riverside park were a LINCOLN'S SPARROW walking on the mud at the edge of the Fox River and a flock of about 30 CHIMNEY SWIFTS that flew over, heading south above the Fox River.
Aldrich on 9/15 reported via IBET: Oakhurst was very birdy this
morning, even in the cold. The activity was mostly concentrated in the
hedge along the creek, near the wooden bridge. List and counts below:
Jackie Bowman on 9/13 reported via IBET: This afternoon we took a stroll around Prairie Green in Geneva, IL. Things were pretty quiet with not much bird activity through the fields on our way to the marsh. We did see 6 Killdeer, 1 Great Egret, 1 Great Blue Heron, a juvenile Black Crown Night Heron that kept flushing and ducking into the reeds, 3 WILSON'S SNIPE that were surprisingly accepting of our presence (they actually flew around the marsh and then past us at about 4 yards), 1 Marsh Wren, and 2 adult SORA along with many juveniles heard calling from the reeds. The Sora were located at the south end of the marsh, and both adults gave us very good looks.
John Heneghan on 9/12 reported via IBET: Woke last night about 3:00 AM to an Eastern Screech Owl calling. First I have heard one here in Big Rock.
on 9/9 reported via e-mail: Walked thru the Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary
(West Dundee, Boncosky Rd) yesterday (8th), and encountered two
Red-necked Grebes in the large, South pond. Also flushed an immature
Rail, but could not ID. Bird resembled a barely flying black glob of dryer
lint. I'm assuming Coot, but ... Nothing else of consequence.
Kurt Frieders on 9/9 reported via e-mail: We had a new visitor to our yard (in Aurora township) a couple of days ago. After returning from dinner we spotted a Merlin perched on the tower of our windmill. We quick grabbed the binoculars out of the car to confirm. We wish we had the camera with, but he left before I could grab it and has not returned since. There also has been a Kestrel appearing quite frequently along with a Common Nighthawk. We had a pair of Hummingbirds nest in the yard, and we see the fledgling at our feeder quite often including today.
on 9/7 reported via e-mail: We got out to Les Arends this last morning
before departing for Florida. We saw Common Yellowthroat, Blackburnian,
Northern Parula, Tennessee, Nashville and Cape May Warblers. At the
retention pond behind the auto dealers at the NE corner of I-88 & Orchard
I counted 61 Great Egrets in the visible (western) part of the
pond. Also 4 Great Blues, 6 Ring-billed Gulls, 3 Mallards
and a Pied-billed Grebe.
Aldrich on 9/6 reported via IBET: Hello! I started the morning at Les
Arends FP. There was a pair of COOPER'S HAWKS, harassing everything
in sight from KILLDEER & SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, to a BELTED
KINGFISHER, and even a GREAT EGRET. I had the following warbler
species: AMERICAN REDSTART, TENNESSEE, OVENBIRD, WILSON'S, and PALM.
John Heneghan on 9/6 reported via IBET: My girlfriend called this AM to report upwards of 60 egrets at the retention pond on the NE corner of Orchard Rd and I-88 on the South side of the Automall.
Pete Moxon on 9/5 reported via text message: Sauer FP was bone dry on a visit on Saturday afternoon. But at least some of the following remain: Eastern and Western Meadowlark, Vesper Sparrow, Sedge Wren, and Bobolink. The Bobolinks are possible migrants or late nesters.
on 9/4 reported via e-mail: That he has posted a pictorial review of
Saturday's bird walk at Nelson Lake on his blog. You can read it by
clicking here. He also shares a photo of this family of Sandhill
Cranes that has been visiting for the past week near his condo in North
on 9/3 reported via e-mail: Nineteen people started out the monthly
Nelson Lake walk lead by Terry Murray. A total of 55 species were seen
with some special “viewing” highlights. The east side observation deck
provided views of a Northern Harrier flying low in the shrubs. The
southern prairie held a Sedge wren giving a great display that many
had the opportunity to view. Bushwhacking efforts on the west side were
rewarded when a hidden Bald eagle flushed close to the group and a
bouquet of warblers was discovered among the oak trees. Warblers seen
were: Magnolia, American Redstart, Black-throated Green, Nashville and
Black-and-white. The Black-throated Green warbler was a lifer for four
of the participants! Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Cedar
Waxwings were sprinkled throughout the walk. An unwanted visitor was
the Praying mantis that did provided the camera buffs in the group a great
shot by looking at the camera.
Aldrich on 9/3 reported via IBET: Birded the woods at Oakhurst Forest
Preserve this morning and had a decent amount of warblers:
on 9/2 reported via e-mail: For the past two days it has been hotter
here in NE Illinois than at our Florida home. Today's humidity was intense
at Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve. The few migrant warblers
appeared early and then seemed to be hiding out in the shade the rest of
the day. I did see one Yellow-billed Cuckoo along the east side of
the lake, and re-found the Olive-sided Flycatcher in a bare tree on
the south shore. For warblers, saw only Magnolias and Redstarts.
The chickadees made interesting subjects.
Pete Moxon on 9/2 reported via text message: Seeing one Upland Sandpiper at the Kaneville sod farm on a field south of Main Street and east of Harter Road at 9 AM.
Myers on 9/1 reported via e-mail: Had a nice surprise today. A
Red-Tailed Hawk paid us a visit at our pond off of our deck [in North
Aurora]. I guess he needed a drink from this extreme temperature.
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