SEPTEMBER 2014 SIGHTINGS
Diane Trautt on 9/30 reported
via e-mail: I spotted this white pelican this morning just to
the north of the North Aurora dam. My first pelican on the Fox River.
Ken Schneider on 9/29
reported via e-mail: Thanks to advice from Marion, we visited Prairie
Green looking for three target sparrows: Swamp, Lincoln's and the
unlikely Nelson's. We got all three, and my first ever photos of the
Nelson's as well as the Marsh Wren which has been my nemesis photo
Marion Miller on 9/26
reported via e-mail: Checked out the marshy and prairie areas off
Parkside Dr. in Settlers Ridge subdivision (Sugar Grove) for Nelsonís
Sparrows on Thursday afternoon, but came up empty. While exploring I
enjoyed the many Palm Warblers and Savannah Sparrows blending
in the autumn foliage colors. On Friday, Theresa LeCompte and I went to
Prairie Green and were able to relocate the Nelsonís Sparrows found
on Sunday by Scott Cohrs. Many Marsh Wrens, Lincolnís Sparrows and Swamp
Sparrows also present.
Chris Mussachio on 9/26
reported via e-mail: Surprise visit by this Great Horned Owl
along the Fox River in Carpentersville.
Walter Lutz on 9/25 reported via e-mail: Still huge number of Chimney Swifts going into the Marberry Cleaners chimney Thursday night. Started roughly 6:50; all in by about 7:12. Pretty amazing.
Ken Schneider on 9/25
reported via e-mail: This morning 9/25 Mary Lou and I arrived at the
sod farm in Kaneville at about 8:15 AM and found no birds out on the fields
until we drove all the way in to the north end. There, in addition to
hundreds of starlings and scores of Killdeer we found three
American Golden-Plovers. No other sandpipers were in sight. We also
checked the sod fields across Main Street to the southwest and found them
vacant. All irrigation was being carried out at a distance from the roads.
Chris Mussachio on 9/25
reported via e-mail: Spotted this flock (if that's what its called) of
American White Pelicans in West Dundee.
Sue Wagoner on 9/24 reported
via e-mail: While working in my garden this morning, this Blackpoll
Warbler almost flew into me! It stayed awhile working my shrubs. Also
in my yard a (Yellow) American Redstart that stayed for at least 3
hours... sometimes it's good to have a "buggy" yard!
Jon Duerr on 9/23 reported via e-mail: Joy guesstimated 2300 Chimney Swifts entering the Marberry Cleaners chimney this evening in St. Charles! We got there at 6:55 and only found 15-20 high flying Swifts. As we watched they keep coming from all directions. They were all in by 7:14!!
Ken Schneider on 9/23
reported via e-mail: Had 31 species plus an unidentified Empid this
morning at the east side of Nelson Lake. Documented several views of a
Philadelphia Vireo and heard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing a
full song, and also saw one Swainson's Thrush. Many Yellow-rumped
Warblers have arrived, so maybe they are telling me that I got back to
Illinois too late for fall migration. There were over 80 American Coots
on the lake and I identified one Northern Pintail and two
American Wigeons with them. One swimmer looked like a possible grebe or
merganser but I could not ID it.
Sue Wagoner on 9/23 reported
via e-mail: I had an unusual encounter with a Red Fox at the
Quarry Park parking lot Monday, 9-21. The fox headed from the pool area to
the north parking lot where he stopped and appeared to be marking his
territory. After I approached him on foot (going to my nearby car), he
remained in the parking lot and would not move, even when I slowly drove
toward him and made noise, to make him leave the lot. He appeared unafraid,
and perhaps tired, and I wondered if he had been chased from a territory
and was looking for his own. Not having much experience with foxes, I could
not tell if he was a young one. I wish him luck!
Ken Schneider on 9/23
reported via e-mail: On September 21, while watching Cedar Waxwings
among the berry patches at Hawk's Bluff Park in Batavia, I had this
Scarlet Tanager pop up out of the foliage only about 10 feet away.
Other birds of note were an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and
a problematic warbler that, in the field I thought to be a Tennessee. It
was present only for a couple of seconds but my photo shows a face pattern
and yellow undertail coverts that suggest it is an Orange-crowned
Sue Wagoner on 9/21 reported
via e-mail: This American Redstart was providing insect-removal
services in my shrubs today (9-21). I have had Redstarts coming through
almost daily for the past 10 days or so. Also seen were a couple of
Magnolia Warblers and one Tennessee Warbler (working my
Walter Lutz on 9/20 reported via eBird: Finding a Monk Parakeet in his neighborhood in Elgin.
Wes Sadler on 9/19 reported
via e-mail: Warbler numbers were low this morning at Oakhurst Forest
Preserve the best bird of the outing was a Connecticut Warbler.
Diane Hansen on 9/19 reported
via e-mail: I made my usual stop above the South Elgin dam before and
after Jazzercise Monday and Wednesday mornings. Having seen an immature
Bald Eagle Monday I was hoping for another look on Wednesday if it was
still around but instead of an eagle there was an Osprey in a far
off tree. As I watched the osprey a singe hawk flew in and continued going
higher and higher to eventually join in a group of about a dozen others
with a couple Turkey Vultures mixed in. I had never seen a group
like this before but realized from the mention of the Broad Winged Hawks
from yesterday that this must be a small group of them. So much to learn.
My next challenge is to hopefully be a better warbler spotter than I was
Ken Schneider on 9/18
reported via e-mail: It was hazy but wonderfully cool this morning at
Lippold Park. Having just arrived from Florida I hoped to see some
warblers, but only ID'd one Tennessee, a couple of "Yellowstarts"
and a Nashville. Lots of Cedar Waxwings. A Cooper's Hawk
cut one of them out of a flock and almost caught it before it somehow made
its way back into the flock. Saw two Lincoln's Sparrows, several
White-throated and many Song Sparrows.
Bob Andrini on 9/18 reported
via e-mail: Yesterday the Rufous was continually being chased by
a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and not sighted later in the day. This
morning, it has not been observed (I'll post if it is seen again). But keep
your eyes on the skies - yesterday those looking for the Rufous were
treated with at least 300 Broad-winged Hawks (3 separate groups of
about 100) passed right over our house. They were very low.
Chris Madsen on 9/14
reported: Kathy and Bob Andrini yesterday kindly hosted a steady
trickle of people, who came to see the vagrant Rufous Hummingbird
that has been frequenting their hummer feeders.
Jon Duerr on 9/13 reported
via e-mail: A nice warbler day on Saturday on the KCA walk at LeRoy
Oakes Forest Preserve produced 10 species including:
The group also saw 14(!) Red-eyed Vireos.
Bob Andrini on 9/12 reported
via e-mail: Late this afternoon we had a very special surprise at our
hummingbird feeders - a Rufous Hummingbird! They have been see in
past years in our area, but I don't think they have appeared this early. I
will post tomorrow if the bird keeps coming around.
Rich Miller on 9/12 reported
via e-mail: Yesterday Marion and I braved the unseasonably cool weather
at Les Arends figuring that the trees would be dripping with Warblers, but
unfortunately, we only had a few pockets of birds moving through. Warblers
seen were; Black-Throated Green, Black-and-White, American Redstarts,
Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, and Tennessee. Many Cedar
Waxwings. Time to break out the winter gear.
Sue Wagoner on 9/10 reported
via e-mail: While watching the immature Yellow-Crowned Night
Heron at Fermilab yesterday (Sept. 9), Gloria Dimoplon, Debbie Wisser and
Margaret Mechtenberg saw this immature Black-Crowned Night Heron fly
in and conveniently land in a tree overlooking the pond with the
Yellow-Crowned. Good opportunity to compare morphology, when compared with
the Yellow-Crowned shaking its feathers.
Ed and Trudy Vedral on 9/9 reported via e-mail: Today Trudy saw a Junco on our patio, the first of this season. Hummingbirds are still here too and most of them are fat. We are in Campton Hills, between Campton Hills Road and Rt 64. This year the chipmunks have eaten at least 60% of the bird seed that we put out and that includes the corn for the Pheasants. The male Pheasant has been around, although he has been quiet. We haven't seen the females since April or May.
Marion Miller on 9/8 reported
via e-mail: I keep waiting for the real photographers to send you good
pics, but if it doesn't happen, here is one of the Yellow-crowned
Night-heron at Fermi, Kane County side on Sunday 9-7.
Julie Long on 9/8 reported via e-mail: There was a Connecticut warbler hopping around in my Joe Pye weed and woodland sunflowers in my yard this morning in the Wild Rose part of St Charles. Unfortunately it did not want to have its picture taken and moved too quickly and was in and out of the foliage.
Brendon Lake on 9/7 reported via IBET: Hey all, the Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron was still being observed in the creek corridor where it had been seen when I arrived at 6:40pm. I watched it for a little over an hour, in that time it hunted along the banks, once with an adult Black-Crowned Night-Heron in the same binocular view. It was in DuPage County for most of the time I was there, but at 7:36pm, the bird took flight, briefly entering Kane County, and disappeared behind some trees after circling over the reeds once. By this time, it was too dark to continue observing, so I left.
George Lada on 9/7 reported via e-mail: Saw an osprey along the Fox River at Ferson Creek, eating what appeared to be a smallmouth bass, high up in a dead tree. I was fishing in my kayak at the time and observed it for at least 15 minutes. Sunday, 9/7/2014 at approximately 10:00am.
Glenn Perrricone, Marion Miller, Jude Vickery, Andrew Aldrich, Scott Cohrs on 9/7 reported via eBird: A Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in the Kane County portion of Fermilab to the west of Wilson Hall.
Eric & Sally Secker on 9/6
reported via IBET: Here's my list from a short walk at Judson this
morning in Elgin, IL. We had 13 species of warblers and a fair mix of other
Jon Duerr on 9/6 reported via e-mail: Last night we discovered a large flock of Swifts using the chimney at the Trinity Vineyard Church (7th Ave and Walnut Ave in St. Charles). They are also still at 5th and Main. Interesting, these 2 chimneys are only a block apart. The combined flock is larger than the flock seen earlier at Thompson Middle School.
Marion Miller on 9/4 reported via e-mail: Just an FYI. Thursday evening I counted 541, yes I'm sure there was that one, chimney swifts going in to the chimney behind limestone Cafť in Batavia. the address is 8 West Wilson St. The majority went in between 7:35 and 7:45. Also had three nighthawks present.
Chris Mussachio on 9/3
reported via e-mail: Carpentersville is now Woodpecker Woods. I saw 1
pair of adult Red-Headed Woodpeckers, 2 juvenile red-headed
woodpeckers and at least 5 juvenile Northern Flickers at one time.
They were having a ball.
Debbie Wisser on 9/2 reported via e-mail: I took a walk today starting at Jon J Duerr then out to the Fox River Trail north and back. On the river, were 2 Green Heron, 2 Great Blue Herons, and a Great Egret. Also seen was a female Common Merganser. This is possibly the female of a pair that has been seen on and off during the summer. There were two small groups of warblers out on the trail on each side of the Stearns Road bridge. I saw Tennessee and Black-and-white in these groups. As I was finishing my walk back at Jon J Duerr, there was a larger group of warblers that were very active. The highlight of this group was a male Black-throated Blue Warbler! Chestnut-sided Warblers, Golden-winged Warblers, and Magnolia Warblers, American Redstarts, more Tennessee and Black-and-white were seen as well. I'm sure I missed some due to the leaves.
Brendon Lake on 9/1 reported
via e-mail: Hey all! After seeing that the fluddles on Meredith Road,
just south of Route 38, were productive yesterday with 7 species of
shorebird, I checked them again today. Once again it was the fluddle
furthest to the south that was most productive, as the other fluddle had
only Killdeer. The second fluddle had 8 species of shorebird this
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