SEPTEMBER 2012 SIGHTINGS
Chris Weishaar on 9/30 reported via IBET: Have a red breasted nuthatch visiting our feeders today- it's the first I've seen around the house in the ten+ years I've lived here. Off to check out the Japanese Gardens/Fabyan areas
Cudworth on 9/29 reported via IBET: Last year I missed [Nelson's
Sparrow] at Prairie Green, located off Peck Road. The spot I birded was
directly off the bike path (after its third zig zag) right next to what
was formerly one of the main pools. Last fall I spooked up snow geese here
on an early morning walk. No chance of that this year. The drought has
left the wetlands deeply cracked and dry.
over the next few days as time spent in the thickets and open spots at PG
is bound to turn up more sparrow species, especially Leconte's, Lincoln's
on 9/28 reported via e-mail: A long walk along the bike trail at Jon
Duerr Forest Preserve produced a good number of warblers- mostly Yellow
Rump but also Tennessee, Nashville, Cape May, Black and White,
Magnolia, Blackburnian, Bay-Breasted, Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird.
Also quite a few Lesser Yellowlegs and a few Pectoral Sandpipers
seen from the Fox River bridge. I also got a photo of a formally-posing
on 9/27 reported via e-mail: After work today, around 3:45pm, stopped
by South Elgin Dam and relocated the Wilson’s Snipe first seen by
Brendon Lake on Sunday. It was feeding with the Killdeer south of
the bridge. A few warblers, Yellow-rumped and Tennessee were active
in the bushes along the river. Also did a quick check at Jon Duerr FP at
4:15pm and the warblers remain active and plentiful especially by the
middle parking lot. I remained in my car and had some great close ups.
Tennessee, Magnolia, Cape May, Nashville, Black-throated Green and
Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen.
Sue Wagoner on 9/27 reported via e-mail: This Great Blue Heron was up close and personal on a Batavia quarry hike this morning-- he's pictured here against the dreaded white sky!!
Also attached is
this mystery bird that appears to be a hybrid- rarely seen. Any ideas for
Mussachio on 9/27 reported via e-mail: Of all the times I walk from
north to south instead of my usual south to north at Buffalo Park, my
suspicions are confirmed today with the sighting of an Osprey that
I thought I saw a couple of days ago with fish in talons. The sun couldn't
have been in a worse spot, but I'll take it any ways and I know I will get
my chance again.
Mussachio on 9/26 reported via e-mail: While on the hunt today for the
osprey at Buffalo Park and hiding under a tree, this Yellow Rumped
Warbler landed about 8 feet away from me in the tree. As you can see I
had better luck with the warbler and not the osprey.
Mussachio on 9/25 reported via e-mail: This turkey vulture was
a nice surprise today at the Carpentersville Dam. Made a nice meal out of
this dead fish it found.
Shambaugh on 9/25 reported via IBET: I spent about an hour and a half
at Les Arends Forest Preserve in Batavia/North Aurora today. Birding was
pretty good. New fall species included GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER. The birds were all in
the peninsula by the Fox River. The rest of the list is below
Sean Fitzgerald on 9/24 reported via eBird: Both a Fox Sparrow and two Pine Siskins this morning at Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve. Other species of note included Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Black-billed Cuckoo, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Swainson's, Hermit and Wood thrushes, American Pipit, and Boblink.
on 9/23 reported via e-mail: The Pokeweed in my backyard was
responsible for the appearance of this Swainson's Thrush - one of 3
in my yard September 13. There was also a Grey-Cheeked Thrush who
avoided the camera.
on 9/23 reported via e-mail: Rich and I visited Jon Duerr F.P. this
afternoon from 4p-5:30p and had constant warbler sightings all within the
parking lots areas and a short distance along the bushes going south. Ten
warbler species were seen: Tennessee (14), Yellow-rumped
(10), Palm (9), Nashville (2), Black-&-white (2),
Cape May (2), Magnolia (2), Yellow (1),
Black-throated Green (1) and Ovenbird (1). Other highlights
were Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and an
unexpected Black-billed Cuckoo. When we left the warblers were
still flying among the trees near the river.
on 9/20 reported via e-mail: Today's ramble at Quarry Park in Batavia
produced 13 different species of warblers along with many other south
bound migrants. Some of the noteworthy warblers were:
Cudworth on 9/20 reported via IBET: Birded the bike trail loop north
from Fabyan FP
on 9/19 reported via e-mail: Another harbinger of things to come…
There was a Snow Goose on the campus of Wredling Middle School this
morning, just west of Kirk Rd. This is presumably the same bird that Liza
Gray reported just a few days ago very near to this location.
Sean Fitzgerald on 9/19 reported via eBird: A harbinger of winter: a Dark-eyed Junco at the Outlet Mall marsh on Farnsworth Avenue in Aurora.
Debbie Wisser on 9/18 reported via e-mail: I worked half a day today, and thought I would get some exercise by walking the Fox River Trail. I headed to SEBA park in South Elgin, and brought my binoculars “just in case.” Any thoughts of a cardiovascular workout were dashed right away. There were pockets of warblers all along the trail from SEBA to the Sterns Road bridge. Tennessee Warblers were the most numerous, but I also saw Black and White, Magnolia, Nashville, Blackburnian, Chestnut Sided, Black throated Green, and Blackpoll. It quieted down a bit south of the bridge, then picked up again at the entrance to Jon Duerr FP. The island of trees and shrubs between the bridges was full of birds. Here, I picked up a Cape May, Bay Breasted, and a Northern Parula. I’ve never seen a Parula in the fall, and this one gave me great looks. There was also a Red Breasted Nuthatch and Swainson’s Thrush in the mix.
Robins were very active chasing each other, and chasing warblers as well. I nearly got hit in the head by a couple as they flew by.
Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, and Double crested Cormorants were busy fishing, and there were at least 30 shorebirds working the waters North of the Sterns bridge on my way back to SEBA. Mixed in with all the Mallards were some Blue Winged Teal. When I got back to SEBA, there were 28 Turkey Vultures gliding overhead. It was a beautiful afternoon, and I’m sure glad I brought those binoculars! I never would have expected so much activity during a walk that started at 1:15 pm!
on 9/18 reported via e-mail: We have birded Oakhurst FP Friday,
Sunday, and Monday and saw a lot of good birds. Andrew reported on many of
them from the walk he lead on Saturday. We saw many of the same as well
some additional birds. There are currently more Blue Jays, Catbirds,
and Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds than we have ever seen there. There
has been a good selection of warblers including Black and White,
Blackpoll, Tennesee, Northern Waterthrush, and our first ever (for
Oakhurst) Worm-Eating Warbler (found on Sunday only). We also have
seen Pie-Billed Grebes, Red-Tailed Hawks, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers,
Northern Flickers, Common Yellowthroats, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Swainson's
Thrushes, Philadelphia Vireos, Eastern Bluebirds (Friday only), and a
single Eastern Wood-Pewee.
Pete Moxon on
9/18 reported via e-mail: A fine day at John Duerr Forest Preserve on
Monday. Here's what I had:
Julie Long on 9/17 reported via IBET: Yesterday, Sunday, Sept 16 there were three dunlin along with 7 lesser yellowlegs and 1 greater feeding in the shallow lagoon at boy scout island, just north of downtown St Charles along rt 31. The river is so very very low that the lagoon only has a few inches of water in it.
Sandy Olsen on 9/16 reported via e-mail: Tonight heard the familiar sound of a great horned owl on a neighboring house in Geneva township, but then heard a loud unusual screeching noise that went from tree to tree and then settled about 2 houses from where the Great Horned Owl was sitting. After doing a search on the web, I am convinced it was a Barn Owl. Very exciting for an owl nut like me!
on 9/16 reported via e-mail: After a beautiful Oakhurst Bird Walk on
Saturday, Rich, Theresa, and I stopped by a subdivision pond in Aurora.
Highlights in the water were Pied-billed Grebes, a Green Heron,
and a Sora. Our surprise sight was a "lifer" Blue-headed Vireo
in a small sapling within 6 feet of where we were standing.
on 9/15 reported via e-mail: Friday, 9-14 I also saw some of the many
warblers along the Fox River at Jon Duerr Forest Preserve- apparently a
"fallout" from the rain Thursday night-- Also seen was this immature
Aldrich on 9/15 reported via e-mail: 22 people spent a few hours at
Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora this morning. Although the weather was
beautiful, the warbler numbers seem to have dwindled. Still, we managed to
find 52 species. The highlight was flushing several Broad-winged Hawks
throughout the course of the hike, and seeing them form kettles overhead.
We had at least a dozen. Other species of note: Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, Red-headed Woodpecker, Philadelphia Vireo, multiple Red-eyed
Vireos, 4 Red-breasted Nuthatches, Carolina Wren, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, multiple Swainson's Thrushes, Brown Thrasher, Common
Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Black-and-white, Tennessee, Nashville,
Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, and Blackpoll Warblers, Eastern Towhee,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Eastern Meadowlark. Pied-billed
Grebes and American Coots were the only species of note on the
Julie Long on 9/15 reported via e-mail: There were hundreds and hundreds of a variety of warblers at Jon Duerr forest preserve on Friday morning along the Fox River, feasting on the little mosquito type insects among other insects. They were low in the shrubs to high in the treetops. It took two hours just to go from the parking lot to the bike trail! It was just one of the only a few in the lifetime opportunities! I assume they had come in the night before ahead of or during the rain with the northwest winds.
Pete Moxon on 9/14 reported via text message: I'm at Nelson Lake and there are literally thousands of swallows and swifts. They are swarming over the marsh specially the north end at first and now over the entire area but especially over the vegetated areas over the marsh. In my scope in bins even on the other side I can see song that I just dots. A female hairier is hunting the marsh. The group of swallows contains all 5 of the expected swallows but mostly trees and rough wings. 2 pair of sandhill cranes There's a couple black bellied plumbers on the other side of the marsh And a group of what appears to be Pectorals with a few Lesser yellow eggs--
Julie Long on 9/11 reported via e-mail: Today, Sept 11 I was having lunch in the cantina at the south end of Third St in Geneva, and noticed a red shouldered hawk circling fairly low above the train station.
Mussachio on 9/11 reported via e-mail: 30 plus great egrets
today at the Carpentersville Dam. What a sight to see. Half a dozen
ring-billed gulls doing some fishing and a couple of straggler
great blue herons to add some color. Took over 100 shots and wasn't
even there and hour. On a sad note. Our much loved "eagle tree" is down
and in the water in Carpentersville just south of the Main Street bridge.
Hopefully they'll find another tree to hang out in. Can't wait for there
on 9/10 reported via e-mail: Although I wasn’t planning to bird today
because of a “To do” list a mile long, I decided to do a quick Leroy Oaks
FP drive through. As I drove near the newly paved areas, I noticed a
puddle of water on the old gravel road. Some American Goldfinches
were drinking and bathing there. I pulled my car near the puddle and
watched. What a great show began. A total of 13 species came to enjoy the
puddle, with the highlights being Tennessee Warblers, Nashville
Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, Swainson’s Thrush, Eastern
Bluebird, Chipping Sparrows and a Northern Flicker. Other birds
of interest seen while at Leroy Oaks where Brown Thrasher,
Black-and-white Warbler, Philadelphia Vireo and Red-breasted
Kurt Frieders on 9/10 reported via IBET: There was quite a bit of bird activity in our [Aurora township] yard yesterday. We had a pair of Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds fighting over the same feeder. We have three different hummingbird feeders, but of course they wanted the same one. We also added a new yard bird to our list. Until yesterday we had never observed a White-Breasted Nuthatch in our yard. For some reason this very common bird had never visited our yard until a mature male showed up on our peanut feeder yesterday morning. The are still a lot of Cedar Waxwings in our our yard. Other birds seen were Cardinals, Goldfinches, Red-Tailed Hawks, Killdeer, and a Blue Jay.
on 9/8 reported via e-mail: During a brief visit to Nelson Lake this
morning, I encountered a small flock of warblers, of which I identified
4-5 as Tennessee. Then two Cape May Warblers appeared,
foraging together. Also saw a (presumed) Least Flycatcher. In
mid-morning we proceeded to Bliss Woods, which had lots of Redstarts,
a Black-and-white and a few Tennessee Warblers, but was
otherwise not very birdy. We did see a nice Swainson's Thrush and a
Cudworth on 9/8 reported via IBET: ...I got out to bird this morning
at Les Arends FP in Batavia.
Pete Moxon on 9/7 reported via phone and text: Although some may be hiding in the vegetation, no shorebirds were visible at Nelson Lake. Literally thousands of swallows and swifts, though.
At the Kaneville sod farm, four Buff-breasted Sandpipers at first were at the east end where the sod starts, then began working their way west along the grass line.
on 9/6 reported via e-mail: At Bliss Woods this morning Mary Lou and I
had 32 species. I photographed an Olive-sided Flycatcher high in a
dead tree near the top of the paved loop, as well as a Philadelphia
Vireo. We saw 2 Swainson's Thrushes, and encountered several
small warbler flocks along the paths near the parking lot. I photographed
Golden-winged, Black-and white, American Redstart, Magnolia,
Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided and several Black-throated Green Warblers.
Also ID'd a Tennessee warbler.
on 9/6 reported via e-mail: Found this and a herd of Blue Birds
at Bliss Woods but no iced tea!
Chris Madsen on 9/4 reported: Carla and I made a quick stop at Bliss FP yesterday afternoon at about 4. Considering the hour and the heat, the preserve was relatively birdy. Some of the more interesting birds seen while seated at a picnic table, sipping our iced tea were Red-headed Woodpecker (2?), Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Bluebirds, American Redstarts, Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, and Connecticut warblers. The highlight of the stop - a pair of Summer Tanagers.
Al Stokie on 9/3 reported via IBET: ...Dunteman's Turf Farm had very little to look at today. All I saw were about 40 Killdeer & about 10 Horned Larks. No Buffies or Golden Plovers today...
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