SEPTEMBER 2013 SIGHTINGS
on 9/28 reported via e-mail: Rich and I walked Hickory Knolls prairie
trails off Rt 38 and then the Southwest wetlands and wooded area.
Highlights were 50+ Cedar Waxwings, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-throated Green Warblers and a Great
Jackie Bowman on 9/28 reported via e-mail: Our walk around Peck Farm late morning/early afternoon yielded a flock of 8 Greater Yellow Legs, four Lesser Yellow Legs, one Solitary Sandpiper, one Dowitcher, 2 Sandhill Crane, flock of Blue Winged Teal, and five Wilson's Snipe. The only warblers we saw were a few Yellow Rumps. Not a bad day at all!
Julie Long on
9/27 reported via e-mail: A group of us had a tagged red tailed hawk
this morning at the bridge across the Fox river at Jon Duerr Forest
Preserve. I believe it was probably one of the ones that are being tagged
in the Ohare airport study.
Sue Wagoner on 9/25 reported via e-mail: On a different note, there seems to be an "explosion" of White-Lined Sphinx Moths, the ones that look like hummingbirds coming to our flowers. An entomologist from Peggy Notebaert Butterfly Museum confirmed this via the radio, although he did not say why. I had two in my yard for over two weeks-- they are slowing down now. How can you not love a "bug" with an eye like that?
Also, I had a Robber fly in my yard earlier in the summer- they can imitate other insects in their appearance and this one was a perfect Bumblebee imitation when it landed in front of me with a Soldier Beetle in its jaws! They apparently catch their prey on the fly.
My third "fun
bug" was this Giant Swallowtail, also at my flowers...
on 9/24 reported via e-mail: Went to Settler's Ridge (Sugar Grove
subdivision) marsh yesterday. I found Nelson's Sparrows near the
water edge and on the grasses near the water. Also Song, Savannah, and
Swamp Sparrows present. Other notables were 2 Greater Yellowlegs
and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs. Today we had our first of season
Red-breasted Nuthatch at our peanut feeder.
Mussachio on 9/23 reported via e-mail: Didn't pass this buck in
Julie Long on 9/22 reported via eBird: Seeing a Golden-winged Warbler in her yard in St. Charles.
on 9/20 reported via e-mail: Today, 9/20/13, along the bike trail south
of Quarry Park in Batavia a few of us had 11 species of migrant warblers.
There were large numbers of birds in many flocks with the majority being
on 9/17 reported via e-mail: This afternoon we took a walk out in
search of shore birds at Prairie Green. As we approached the marsh it was
evident there were no shore birds to be seen. Rounding the southeast corner
of the marsh we found out why.....a Merlin was sitting on the mud
flat!! He flew off to the north chasing some Savannah Sparrows.
Other sightings there included Marsh Wren, Palm Warbler, female
Rose Breasted Grosbeak and a group of Bobolinks.
on 9/16 reported via IBET: I apologize for the late post. Encountered
two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS on Saturday at Hickory Knolls Natural Area.
The birds were located at the retention pond on the south side of the
athletic fields complex. Also present were LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SEMI-PALMATED
PLOVER AND PECTORAL SANDPIPER, along with the usual waterbirds
on 9/12 reported via IBET: Just a mention for those looking that Bill
Koch and I observed two Stilt Sandpipers today at Jon Duerr FP. The
birds were on a low spot on the Fox next to the Stearns Rd. bridge. A few
warblers were seen as well, including Golden-winged, Magnolia, Redstart,
Black and White, Yellow-rumped, Bay-breasted, Nashville, Black-throated
Green, Parula and Tennessee (probably missed some, Bill).
Darrell Shambaugh on 9/12 reported via IBET: Wednesday about 1:30 PM 9 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were north of Main Street at Duntemanís Sod Farm in Kaneville. Other species there were KILLDEER, HORNED LARK, and BARN SWALLOWS. The plovers were close enough to Main Street to identify thru binoculars, but a scope gives much better views.
on 9/11 reported via e-mail: Thanks to a heads-up from Marion, we made
our sixth trip to the Kaneville sod farm over the past three weeks and
finally saw two American Golden-Plovers. They were far down at the
east end of the field past the houses at the north end of Bateman Rd., just
SW of I-88. Images were from quite a distance and are heavily cropped.
Marion Miller on 9/10 reported via IBET: Looking at 4 American Golden Plovers in the field next to I 88 at the back of the [Dunteman] sod farm. They are in the area being watered with the sprinklers right now. Scope needed.
Mussachio on 9/9 reported via e-mail: Saw this Red-Tailed Hawk
at Buffalo Park doing the strangest thing I've ever seen a hawk do. It was
going across the river and back and doing that over and over again, but
could not tell what it was looking for. Lucky for me it came close enough
one time to get some shots.
on 9/6 reported via e-mail: Today, 9/6/13, at Quarry Park, Batavia
(along the bike trail) we had four nice flocks of migrating warblers with
the vast majority being Tennessees , but comprised of six species. The
winds were out of the ENE and NNE through much of the night.
on 9/5 reported via e-mail: At Lippold Park this morning Mary Lou and I
saw 38 species including 9 warblers plus a couple of "Baypolls." The light
was horrible and we probably missed a few in the two or three flocks of up
to a dozen that moved through along the river and the trail from the
parking lot. Pretty sure of ID of one Blackpoll-- pinkish legs,
white undertail coverts. Also saw and photographed Swainson's Thrush,
Red-eyed Vireo, Hairy Woodpecker and Great Crested
Flycatcher. Almost certain we heard a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
but could not see it. (I recorded its call at Hannaford Woods two days ago
and also could not find it). Other warblers: Black-and-white,
Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Tennessee, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided,
American Redstart and Common Yellowthroat.
Steve Smith on 9/5 reported via IBET: I got a quick look at an adult and a juvenile BC Night Herons on the pond off Bowes between Randall and McLean on the Elgin/S. Elgin border tonight at 7:15.
on 9/2 reported via e-mail: At Quarry Park this morning Mary Lou and I
only saw two Tennessee Warblers, our only warbler species. I heard a
Carolina Wren singing and found two at the area cleared of
vegetation along the bike trail behind a home about 200 yards south of the
parking lot. At Fabyan West FP, I heard quite a commotion in an oak east of
the rest room and found two and possibly a third Red-headed Woodpecker.
There was one adult but I was only able to get a poor photo of an immature
that showed a bit of red on its head. Also saw a Hairy Woodpecker NW
of the Japanese Garden.
on 9/2 reported via IBET: There was 1 Osprey just north of the
dam in Batavia from around 2PM to 3PM. It was circling the area so it was
possible to get a lot of very good looks at it. It then flew slightly to
the north towards Fabyan and just out of view.
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