Weekend 12-10-11-16

by colin on December 14, 2016

Illinois counties covered: Carroll, Whiteside, Rock Island, Mercer, Henderson, Cass, Morgan, Brown, and Pike.

Iowa county(s) covered: Scott

Birds seen in Illinois:

Greater-white fronted Goose, Snow goose, Ross’s Goose, Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American-black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, SURF SCOTER, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Wild Turkey, American-white Pelican, Great-blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, WILSONS SNIPE, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Mourning Dove, Rock Dove, Eurasian-collard Dove, Eastern-screech Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Norther Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Towhee, American-tree Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Eurasian-tree Sparrow.

Species seen: 81

Birds seen on the Iowa side: Mallard, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, SURF SCOTER, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Bald eagle, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull.

Summary:

We went up to Carroll county on Saturday to see the Mountain bluebird and saw it! birded from there down the Mississippi River to about Burlington Iowa, on the Illinois side.

On Sunday, Tony and I birded areas around Meredosia and then in the afternoon, we went around Lake Jacksonville and Mauvaiseterre.

Highlights:
Surf Scoter: one female bird seen at Lock and dam 14 on both sides of the river on Saturday (Rock Island and Scott Iowa).
Red-shouldered Hawk: uncommon bird for Morgan county, heard at Meredosia Hill Prairie with Vaughn S on Sunday(Morgan).
Wilson’s Snipe: 13 at Lake Mauvaiseterre with the lake being half frozen.
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD 1 on Saturday with many birds in (Carroll).

IL year list: 322
Aba year list: 427
IL life list: 356
ABA life list: 497

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Weekend of 12-3-4-16

by colin on December 6, 2016

Counties birded: Fulton, Mason, Mc Lean, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford.

Birds seen:

Greater-white fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose, Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Trumpeter swan, TUNDRA SWAN, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American-black Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, BLACK SCOTER, Buffledhead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, WESTERN GREBE, American-white Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great-blue Heron, GREAT EGRET, TURKEY VULTURE, Bald Eagle Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, American Coot, Killdeer, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, Wilson’s Snipe, Bonaparte’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, CALIFORNIA GULL, Herring Gull, Lesser-black backed Gull, Rock Dove, Eurasian-collard Dove, Mourning Dove, Great-horned Owl, Barred Owl, Eastern-screech Owl, NORTHERN-SAW WHET OWL, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Bluebird, Cedar Waxwing, American Pipit, Lapland Longspur, SNOW BUNTING, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, American-tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, BREWER’S BLACKBIRD, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Eurasian-tee Sparrow.

Species seen: 105 (All in ONE day) -New IL. Dec. Big Day record!

Summary:
Went around central Illinois, Sand Ridge/Chautauqua, to Emiquon, to Peoria Lake, the Lake Bloomington.

Highlights:

Tundra Swan: Some way out with some Trumpeter Swans on the north end of Thomspon Lake (Fulton)
BLACK SCOTER: 1 female bird at Peoria Lake (Tazewell)
*30 Bobwhite in Fulton county*
WESTERN GREBES: 4 at lake Bloomington (Mc Lean)
Great Egrets: getting late, a few seen at Thompson Lake (Fulton)
Turkey Vulture: 1 roosting along Clark Road (Fulton)
Rough-legged Hawk: 1 in Woodford county
Lesser Yellowlegs 1 at South Globe (Fulton)
Dunlin 4 north of the observatory at Thompson Lake (Fulton)
CALIFORNIA GULL: 1 1st winter at Eastport Marina (Tazewell)
Northern-saw whet Owl 1 calling bird at Sand Ridge (Mason).
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE 1 calling along Pine Valley Drive, Sand Ridge (Mason).
Snow Bunting 3 at Thompson Lake (Fulton)
Brewer’s Blackbird 300+ at a cow pasture (Fulton).

Ilinois year list: 321
ABA year list: 426
IL life list: 356
ABA life list: 497

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Thanksgiving Break 11-23-27-16

November 28, 2016

Counties covered: Brown, Cass, Cook, Morgan, Pike, and Scott. Also, Lake county in Indiana.
Birds seen (in Illinois):
Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, BRANT, Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American-black Duck, Mallard, MOTTLED DUCK, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, SURF [...]

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Weekend of 11-19-20-16

November 22, 2016

Counties birded: Morgan and Lake
Birds seen:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, BLACK SCOTER, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Great-blue Heron, Double-crested Comrorant, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, SANDHILL CRANE, Killdeer, PURPLE SANDPIPER, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser-black backed Gull, Rock Dove, Eurasian-collard Dove, Mourning Dove, [...]

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Week of 11-14-18-16

November 19, 2016

Counties covered: Morgan
Birds seen:
Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Double-crested Cormorant, Great-blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Wilsons Snipe, Rock Dove, Eurasian-collard Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, [...]

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Birds during the weekend of 11-12-13-16

November 15, 2016

Counties visited: Cass, Fulton, Mason, and Morgan counties.
Birds seen
Snow Goose, ROSS’S GOOSE, Greater-white fronted Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, GREATER SCAUP, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, [...]

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Quick stop at Havana 6-28-16

June 29, 2016

On the way up to Chicago, we stopped at the globe units at Emiquon near Havana. We saw a total of 7 shorebirds including the continuing Avocet that I found on 6-11-16. Nice breeding plumage bird. Also some migrants already coming down including both yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers. Also saw 5 duck species.
On the way [...]

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Illinois river area 6-14-16

June 20, 2016

We went around some parts of the Illinois river before looking for reported Chuck-wills widows just south of Beardstown.
Highlights before then included
Gadwall 2 Big Lake
Blue winged teal 4 Big Lake
Hooded Merganser 1 female Big Lake
Bobwhite many
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2 late at Spunky Bottoms
Mockingbird many
Lark Sparrow 1-2 south of Meredosia
Grasshopper Sparrow many south of Meredosia
We night [...]

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Central Illinois 6-12-16

June 13, 2016

Grandma and I went over to Siloam Springs SP in the morning to help led the ILYB trip. here is a report by Matthew Cvetas of the morning.
“In the morning, after coffee and donuts, Siloam produced great views of several KENTUCKY WARBLERS, two WORM-EATING WARBLERS, both tanagers – all three SUMMER plumage types, OVENBIRDS, ACADIAN [...]

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Western Illinois 6-11-16

June 13, 2016

In the morning Grandma and I birded areas around Emiquon. It was nice running into and birding with Keith McMullen and Kevin Richmond!
We first stopped at the Scissor tail Flycatcher spot and saw the male flycatcher once again! Also saw 2 Lark Sparrows.
I first walked the south levee at South Globe. There were many birds [...]

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