SEPTEMBER 2016 SIGHTINGS
On Chimney Swift stakeouts on the evening of 9/29: Jon Duerr reported 240 at Lincoln School in St. Charles and Marion Miller counted 3,394 at the post office in Geneva.
Jon Duerr on 9/28 reported via eBird: 3,800 Chimney Swifts in downtown Geneva at the Post Office. First bird entered at 7:03; show ended at 7:09.
Bill Ahlgren and Daryl Coldren on 9/27 reported via eBird: In separate reports, both saw 14 American White Pelicans at Nelson Lake.
Amanda Parrish and Jude Vickery on 9/27 reported via eBird: In separate reports, both saw 4 Snow Geese with a large flock of Canada Geese, one near Pingree Grove, the other near Hampshire.
Lisa Williams on 9/26
reported via e-mail: Today was raptor day at Nelson Lake. Spotted a
Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and juvenile Bald Eagle. Also
saw my first Dark-eyed Junco of the season.
Walter Lutz on 9/24 reported
via e-mail: Snowy Egret @ Judson U. (Elgin) on the fox River
Liz Gerity on 9/24 reported via e-mail: Two flocks of Sandhill Cranes overhead at Headwaters park in Campton at about 7:15 am this morning.
Chris Madsen on 9/22
reported: Our fear that Fall warbler migration had ended was put at bay
when Carla and I visited Jon Duerr Forest Preserve this mid-afternoon.
There was a flurry of activity in the areas to the west of the parking
lots. Nine warbler species included many Yellow-rumps, a
Northern Parula, and these Bay-breasted and Cape May.
Theresa LeCompte ob 9/22 reported via e-mail: While hiking up the road at Johnson Mound this morning, I was lucky enough to overhear the conversation between two BARRED OWLS that lasted for a delightful six minutes.
Walter Lutz on 9/20 reported via e-mail: Le Conte's or Nelson's sparrow at Muirhead F.P tonight. Unfortunately couldn't make a positive I.D.
Marion Miller on 9/18
reported via e-mail: Our backyard (Batavia) Pokeweed keeps bringing the
birds in. Swainson's Thrush yesterday, Cedar Waxwings today
and a new yard bird: Gray-cheeked Thrush. Thanks to Jon Duerr who
shared the "magic" of the Pokeweed plant when we first went out on a bird
Marion Miller on 9/15
reported via e-mail: Thirty-three people showed up to watch a
spectacular show of 4000+ Chimney Swifts entering the Marberry
Cleaners chimney in St. Charles on Thursday evening. The first bird in was
at 7:18p and last in at 7:26p. We won over at least 3 people walking to
their cars to stop and watch awhile and learn about Chimney Swifts.
Cathy Martens on 9/14 reported via e-mail: I saw a robin fledgling hiding in the bushes in my yard in Campton Hills this morning. This is by far the latest I have ever seen a robin fledgling. In fact, most of the neighborhood robins have been gone for weeks now.
Chris and Jackie Bowman on
9/13 reported via e-mail: Our outing today at LeRoy Oakes provided
brief camouflaged looks at a good variety of birds. Ten warbler
species were seen, best being Connecticut & Golden-winged. We
also saw two Broad-winged Hawks, Carolina Wren, two Olive-sided
Flycatchers, Philadelphia Vireo, Tufted Titmouse &
Red-breasted Nuthatch. The blooming Touch-Me-Not are abundant and
Sue Wagoner on 9/11 reported
via e-mail: We were enchanted by this large Argiope trifasciata
(Banded Garden Spider) on Mary O's Bliss Woods walk Sunday, September
11. We did see some interesting birds also, including an Olive-Sided
Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager female or immature, and an immature
Red-Tailed Hawk that had caught a squirrel.
Jackie Bowman on 9/5 reported via e-mail: We had an interesting experience today at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. While walking back to our car at about 2:00pm, something flew right past us and swooped up onto a branch. The reddish coloring and the flap of the wings was like nothing we had seen before....because it was something we had never seen. An Eastern Pipistrelle! What a neat way to end our walk.
Dave Abernathy on 9/5 reported via e-mail: On 3 Sep 2016 at about 6:38 p.m. four Sandhill Cranes strolled across Deerpath Road in Batavia Township, about a mile south of Main St.
Walt Lutz on 9/3 reported via
e-mail: Young Cape May warbler @ Jon Duerr F.P. Saturday
evening. Other warblers seen: Black & White, Chestnut-sided,
Black-throated Green, Tennessee.
Marion Miller on 9/3 reported via e-mail: Rich and I enjoyed the beautiful evening on Saturday by our first Chimney Swift roost we found 4 years ago at 425 N. River St in Batavia. We watched 198 Swifts enter the crumbling small chimney. It turned into a mini hawk-watch too. We had a fly by Osprey, Peregrine Falcon and 2 Nighthawks. Two Black-crowned Night-herons were also present. One was a juvenile and was actively moving along the island's shoreline catching and eating many small fish when we first arrived.
Jon Duerr on 9/3 reported via eBird: Watching 1050 Chimney Swifts at dusk enter the chimney at Marberry Cleaners in St. Charles.
John Mayer on 9/2 reported
via e-mail: Found this Great Horned Owl this morning at Paul
Wolf Forest Preserve.
Theresa Le Compte on 9/2 reported via e-mail: Last night, my husband and I staked out a CHIMNEY SWIFT roost at 419 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora that the Millers had located nearly a week ago. We observed approx. 774 SWIFTS entering the chimney on the 1920's apartment building from 7:40 pm to 7:55 pm.
Even though this poor male NORTHERN
CARDINAL has seen better days, he persists with the parental duties of
feeding his young. (Picture taken through living room window of my Aurora
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