Recent Taxonomy Updates to the Official Illinois State List of Birds

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) recently issued its 58th Supplement to its Check-list of North American Birds. Since the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee (IORC, a committee of the Illinois Ornithological Society) follows the AOS taxonomy in keeping the official Illinois State List of Birds, all relevant changes from the 58th supplement get reflected in the Illinois list. These changes are summarized below.

  • Thayer’s Gull was lumped into Iceland Gull. Thayer’s Gull thus no longer appears on the Illinois list.
  • The genus Chen was merged into Anser. Thus, Snow Goose and Ross’s Goose have a scientific name change, and they move ahead of Greater White-fronted Goose in the taxonomic sequence.
  • The puddle duck genus Anas was split into a few separate genera, and the taxonomic sequence of the species was changed. Garganey, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, and Northern Shoveler become part of Spatula; and Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, and American Wigeon become part of Mareca.
  • The sequence for the Sandpiper family (Scolopacidae) changed, resulting in Whimbrel moving ahead of Eskimo Curlew, American Woodcock moving ahead of Wilson’s Snipe, and Lesser Yellowlegs and Greater Yellowlegs swapping positions.
  • Northern Harrier was split into Hen Harrier (in the Old World) and Northern Harrier (in the New World). Our Northern Harrier retains its common name, but gets a new scientific name, Circus hudsonias.
  • Northern Shrike is split into Northern Shrike (New World and northeast Asia) and Great Gray Shrike (Old World). Our Northern Shrike retains its common name but gets a new scientific name, Lanius borealis.
  • The taxonomic sequence of the finch family (Fringillidae) changed.
  • Our sparrows and towhees were split out of the Emberizid family into a family all their own: Passerellidae, the New World Sparrows. The position of this new family is different in the new sequence.
  • The common name for Ammodramus leconteii changed from Le Conte’s Sparrow to LeConte’s Sparrow. This change was made to agree with how John Lawrence LeConte, after whom the sparrow is named, wrote his surname.
  • The Yellow-breasted Chat is moved out of the wood-warblers and into its very own family, Icteriidae, the Yellow-breasted Chats. Don’t confuse this family with Icteridae, the Blackbirds, in front of which the Icteriidae is positioned in the new taxonomic sequence. The Yellow-breasted Chat is the only species in the new family.
  • In addition to the Blackbird family being moved up in the taxonomic sequence, the order of the species within it also was changed.

The new taxonomic sequence, name changes both common and scientific, and the disappearance of Thayer’s Gull from the Illinois list are all reflected in an updated version of the Birds of Illinois.

IORC Update - 8 June 2017

The Illinois Ornithological Records Committee (IORC) recently concluded evaluation of 19 records of occurrence of rare birds in Illinois, accepting 14 and not accepting five. For each record, we indicate below the species or form, with number of individuals in parentheses if greater than one, followed by date or date range, location, and county. At the end, the record number is indicated in parentheses, followed by, for accepted records, names of the documenters. IORC thanks all the documenters, for accepted and unaccepted records alike, for their submissions. All documentation is maintained in the IORC archives so that there is a permanent record of all these observations. Documentation, regardless of the Committee’s decision, is a valuable part of the record of bird life in Illinois.

Records Accepted

  • Mottled Duck, 25 November 2016, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County (2016-087; Mike Ingram)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 26 February 2017, Emiquon Preserve, Mason County (2017-003; Corey Lange; Davida Kalina)
  • Ruff, 16 July 2016, El Paso Sewage Treatment Plant, Woodford County (2016-097; Ted Hartzler; Ben Murphy)
  • California Gull, 30 November 2016 through 15 February 2017, on the Illinois River at Peoria, Peoria County and Tazewell County (2016-093; Mike Ingram; Colin Dobson)
  • California Gull, 4-14 February 2017, along the Calumet River in Chicago, Cook County (2017-001; Andrew Aldrich; Jake Cvetas, Matthew Cvetas)
  • California Gull, 23-25 February 2017, Channel Lake, Lake County (2017-004; Adam Sell)
  • Barn Owl, 25 December 2016, Burnham Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-099; Ethan Gyllenhaal).
  • Say’s Phoebe, 9 November 2016, outside of Savanna, Carroll County (2016-096; Cindy Brown, Ethan Brown)
  • Vermilion Flycatcher, 6 November 2016, Goose Lake Prairie State Park, Grundy County (2016-094; Tim Balassie)
  • Mountain Bluebird, 9 November 2016 through 17 February 2017, south of Savanna, Carroll County (2016-088; Cindy Brown, Ethan Brown; Ed Anderson, Anne Straight, Dan Williams)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 5 November 2016, Sag Quarries, Lemont, Cook County (2016-095; Mike Daley)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 15 November 2016, Stockton, Jo Daviess County (2016-086; John P. Jankowski)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 25 November 2016 through 2 January 2017, Rock Cut State Park, Winnebago County (2016-089; Barbara Williams, Dan Williams)
  • Bohemian Waxwing, 1 January 2017, Shaw Woods, Lake Forest Openlands, Lake County (2017-002; Eric Lundquist; Emil Baumbach, Oliver Burrus)

Records Not Accepted

  • Mottled Duck, 25 November 2016, Big Lake, Brown County (2016-090)
  • Anhinga (7), 13 October 2010, Evergreen Lake, McLean County (2010-030)
  • Anhinga, 13 October 2016, Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage County (2016-077)
  • Gyrfalcon, 6 November 2016, Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage County (2016-081)
  • Cave Swallow, 28 October 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-092)

IORC Update - 10 March 2017

This update reports the 2017 membership of the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee (IORC), recent changes to the IORC Review List, and IORC’s decision regarding Illinois’s one record of Green Violetear in light of the taxonomic split of that species into Mexican Violetear and Lesser Violetear.

2017 Membership

For 2017, IORC welcomes Walter Marcisz as a newly elected member serving a three year term from 2017 to 2019. Walter’s well recognized skills in field identification are reflected in the detailed and careful documentations that he regularly includes with his seasonal observation summaries submitted to the seasonal report editors for IOS’s Meadowlark and the American Birding Association’s North American Birds publications. He also has years of service to eBird as a Regional Reviewer for Illinois.

Paul Sweet continues on IORC, being elected to a three year term, 2017-2019, following the expiration of his previous term of service at 2016’s end.

Stepping down from IORC is Greg Lambeth. Greg served a three year term from 2014 to 2016, and he was IORC’s Vice-Secretary during 2015 and 2016. Greg relocated to Idaho during 2016 so that his abilities in and knowledge of bird identification and distribution are being directed at a different part of the country. His valued contributions to and work with IORC will be missed.

The 2017 makeup of IORC is thus as follows.

  • Josh Engel (Vice-Secretary)
  • Matt Fraker
  • Walter Marcisz
  • Keith McMullen
  • Doug Stotz
  • Paul Sweet
  • Geoff Williamson (Secretary)

Changes to the Review List

The “Review List” consists of all forms for which the IORC will review all records (possibly excepting records from specified areas for some forms). It includes species whose occurrence in the state is less than regular, but IORC may also include other forms as it sees fit, for instance species that involve identification difficulties.

At its 13 Feb 2017 Annual Meeting, IORC removed California Gull from the Review List and added Pacific Loon and Tricolored Heron.

Previously, California Gull in other than adult plumage was on the Review List, so that the change is now that IORC is not mandated to review all documentations of immature California Gulls. Documentation of California Gulls in any plumage that are submitted to IORC may still be reviewed, at IORC’s discretion; however, with the departure of California Gull from the review list, IORC will no longer actively solicit such documentation. This change was motivated by the regular stream during recent years of accepted documentations of immature California Gulls.

Pacific Loon was added because of the difficulties in making positive identification of this species under typical field conditions. Though Pacific Loon occurs regularly in the state, it does so only in small numbers, so that given the identification problems, IORC feels an accurate appraisal of its pattern of occurrence requires sufficient supporting details for any observation.

Tricolored Heron returns to the Review List after an absence of many years. Its previous removal from the Review List stemmed from a period during which many individuals occurred in Illinois in what became then a regular pattern. However, in the last decade the pattern has again changed to one of a virtual absence.

Mexican Violetear

IORC reviewed record 2009-033, accepted as Green Violetear, in order to assess whether it would be possible to make a determination of its identity to species as either Mexican Violetear or Lesser Violetear, given the recent “split” of the two species involved. After a reviewing specimens of both forms at the Field Museum of Natural History and discussing the identification criteria, IORC accepted the record as a Mexican Violetear based on the photographic evidence available in the archive.

Mexican Violetear, 10 Aug 2009, St. Clair County. Photo copyright Rich Scheibel.

IORC Update – 31 Jan 2017

The Illinois Ornithological Records Committee (IORC) recently concluded evaluation of 23 records of occurrence of rare birds in Illinois, accepting 20 and not accepting three. For each record, we indicate the species or form, with number of individuals in parentheses if greater than one, followed by date or date range, location, and county. At the end, the record number is indicated in parentheses, followed by, for accepted records, names of the documenters. IORC thanks all the documenters, for accepted and unaccepted records alike, for their submissions. All documentation is maintained in the IORC archives so that there is a permanent record of all these observations. Documentation, regardless of the Committee’s decision, is a valuable part of the record of bird life in Illinois.

Records Accepted

  • Brant, 8 November – 11 December 2016, Chicago, Cook County (2016-082; Steve Huggins; Matthew Cvetas, Geoffrey A. Williamson)
  • Common Ground-Dove, 23 October 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-079; H. David Bohlen)
  • White-winged Dove, 10 November 2016, Chicago, Cook County (2016-083; Matthew Cvetas). Originally discovered by Luis Muñoz.
  • Common Ringed Plover, 13-14 September 2016, Iroquois County (2016-069; Gary Soper; Nick Block, Matt Fraker, Jed Hertz, John Kendall, Jeff Timmons). First state record.
  • Ruff, 2 June 2016, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2016-044; Colin Dobson)
  • Parasitic Jaeger, 10 September 2016, on Lake Michigan off Chicago, Cook County (2016-070; Scott Judd, Geoffrey A. Williamson)
  • Parasitic Jaeger, 24 September 2016, on Lake Michigan off Chicago, Cook County (2016-071; Jon Grainger, Geoffrey A. Williamson)
  • Parasitic Jaeger, 24 September 2016, on Lake Michigan off Chicago, Cook County (2016-072; Jon Grainger, Geoffrey A. Williamson)
  • California Gull, 19 September & 5 November 2016, Moline, Rock Island County (2016-074; Steve Freed, Jo Ann Whitmore)
  • California Gull, 16 & 18 October 2016, Moline, Rock Island County (2016-078; Jim Forde, Steve Freed)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 30 April 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-035; H. David Bohlen)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 9-27 September 2016, Chicago, Cook County (2016-068; Andrew Aldrich; Matthew Cvetas)
  • Anhinga, 21 April 2013, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2013-079; Colin Dobson)
  • White Ibis, 7 September 2016, Alma, Marion County (2016-067; Richard Day)
  • Roseate Spoonbill, 25 August & 22 September 2016, Scott Air Force Base and a nearby location, St. Clair County (2016-064; Brian Smith; Matt Schamberger, Sydney Oliveira)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 29-31 August 2016, Champaign, Champaign County (2016-065; T.J. Blakeman; Carl Giometti)
  • Gray Kingbird, 5 November 2016, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County (2016-080; Dan Kassebaum)
  • Cave Swallow, 19 November 2016, Waukegan, Lake County (2016-084; Carl Giometti, Steve Huggins)
  • Varied Thrush, 21 October 2014, Champaign, Champaign County (2014-058; Patricia Dickerson)
  • Bohemian Waxwing, 26 December 1919, Waukegan, Lake County (1919-001; S.S. Gregory, Jr.)

Records Not Accepted

  • California Quail, 3 September 2016, Sullivan, Moultrie County (2016-066)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 3-5 June 2016, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2016-039)
  • Ferruginous Hawk, 20 November 2016, Illinois Beach State Park, Lake County (2016-085)

IORC Update - 25-Nov-2016

The Illinois Ornithological Records Committee (IORC) recently concluded evaluation of 26 records of occurrence of rare birds in Illinois, accepting 20 and not accepting six. For each record, we indicate the species or form, with number of individuals in parentheses if greater than one, followed by date or date range, location, and county. At the end, the record number is indicated in parentheses, followed by, for accepted records, names of the documenters. IORC thanks all the documenters, for accepted and unaccepted records alike, for their submissions. All documentation is maintained in the IORC archives so that there is a permanent record of all these observations. Documentation, regardless of the Committee’s decision, is a valuable part of the record of bird life in Illinois.

Records Accepted

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (4), 7 May 2016, Carbondale, Jackson County (2016-038; Henry Detwiler)
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2), 14 May 2016, Oakwood Bottoms, Jackson County (2016-056; Henry Detwiler)
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (6), 28 May to 27 July 2016, Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-042; Colin Dobson, Dan Williams). First found by H. David Bohlen.
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (4), 2 July 2016, Big Muddy wetlands, Jackson County (2016-057; Henry Detwiler)
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (3), 17 August 2016, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-062; Robert D. Hughes; Joseph W. Lill)
  • Tundra Swan, 18 June through 20 November 2016 (and continuing), Lemont, Cook County (2016-047; Linda Padera)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 1-11 July 2016, Horseshoe Lake State Park, Madison County (2016-050; Frank Holmes, Doug Hommert). First found by Keith McMullen.
  • Neotropic Cormorant, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2016-054; Matthew Cvetas)
  • Anhinga, 28 April 2016, Oakwood Bottoms, Jackson County (2016-055; Henry Detwiler)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 31 July 2016, Evergreen Lake, McLean County (2016-058; Dave Weth)
  • Snowy Plover, 30 May 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-041; Colin Dobson). First found by Jim Mordacq.
  • Ruff, 15-17 May 2016, Glacial Park, McHenry County (2016-048; Marty Hackl; Annette McClellan, Dan Williams)
  • Ruff, 5-10 July 2016, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County and Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County (2016-053; Matthew Cvetas). First found by Kevin Richmond.
  • California Gull, 22-23 February 2016, Winthrop Harbor, Lake County (2016-043; Annette McClellan). First found by Andy Stewart.
  • White-winged Dove, 2 July 2016, Momence, Kankakee County (2016-052; Susan Zelek)
  • White-winged Dove, 25 July 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-059; H. David Bohlen)
  • White-winged Dove, 8 August 2016, River Grove, Cook County (2016-060; Susan Szeszol)
  • White-winged Dove, 16 August 2016, Ft. Sheridan Forest Preserve, Lake County (2016-061; Adam Sell)
  • Bewick’s Wren, 28 June 2016, Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area, Schuyler County (2016-051; Ted Hartzler)
  • Painted Bunting (4), 29 May to 30 July 2016, East St. Louis, St. Clair County (2016-040; Dan Kassebaum, Travis Mahan, Dan Williams). First discovered (the male) by Aaron Gyllenhaal and Ted Wolff.

Records Not Accepted

  • Mottled Duck, 15 January 2016, East Fork Lake, Richland County (2016-008)
  • Mottled Duck, 24 May 2016, southeast of Jacksonville, Morgan County (2016-046)
  • Anhinga, 16 May 2002, Massac County (2002-051T)
  • Arctic Tern, 7 June 2016, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2016-045)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 24 May 2016, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-033)
  • Baird’s Sparrow, 23 May 1989, Jackson Park, Chicago, Cook County (1989-151T)

IORC Update – 5-Aug-2016

Records Accepted

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (3), 29 May 2016 (with one staying to 5 Jun 2016), Sauget, St. Clair County (2016-034; Frank Holmes)
  • Mottled Duck, 11 December 2015 to 3 January 2016, Clinton Power Station outflow channel, DeWitt County (2016-060; Matthew Fraker; Matthew Cvetas, Ted Hartzler, Alyssa Rod, Dan Williams)
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove, 6 Jun 2016, Urbana, Champaign County (1998-094; Gregory S. Lambeth)
  • White-winged Dove, 27 May 2016, south of Lewisburg, Menard County (2016-036; Colin Dobson)
  • White-winged Dove, 28 May 2016, Harrisburg, Saline County (2016-037; Rhonda Kaylor)
  • Purple Gallinule, 2 Apr 2016, Chicago, Cook County (2016-020; Yvonne LaGrone; Josh Engel, Annette Prince)
  • Ruff, 8-9 May 2016, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County (2016-026; Roger Hayes, Dan Kassebaum)
  • Little Gull, 13-30 Mar 2016, Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery, Mason County (2016-015; Ted Hartzler)
  • Little Gull, 23 Apr 2016, Winthrop Harbor, Lake County (2016-021; Andrew Stewart, Paul Sweet)
  • California Gull, 2 Jun 2015, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2015-068; H. David Bohlen)
  • Brown Pelican, 23 Apr – 19 May 2016, in the area surrounding Mel Price Dam, Madison County (2016-028; Frank Holmes, Bill Rowe)
  • Burrowing Owl, 26 Mar 2016, northeast of Chauncey, Lawrence County (2016-016; Julie St. John, Mark Crowley)
  • Say’s Phoebe, 7 May 2016, Savanna, Carroll County (2016-025; Cindy Brown, Ethan Brown)
  • Say’s Phoebe, 16 May 2016, Montrose Point in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-029; Ron Blazek, Bob Hughes)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 9-16 Apr 2016, Silver Springs State Park, Kendall County (2016-019; Ryan Jones)
  • Swainson’s Warbler, 1 May 2016, LaBagh Woods Forest Preserve, Cook County (2016-024; Matthew Cvetas)
  • Kirtland’s Warbler, 11 May 2016, Montrose Point in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-027; Rob Curtis)
  • Townsend’s Warbler, 28-29 Apr 2016, Millennium Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-023; Matthew Cvetas; Rob Sall)
  • Western Tanager, 27 Apr – 2 May 2016, Elmwood Park, Cook County (2016-022; Jill Anderson, Matthew Cvetas, Greg Neise, Geoffrey Williamson)

Records Not Accepted

  • Mottled Duck, 20 July 2015, CIPS Lake, Jasper County (2016-066)
  • Slaty-backed Gull, 16 Feb 2016, Horseshoe Lake, Madison County (2016-013)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 5 Apr 2016, Lake Jacksonville, Morgan County (2016-017)
  • Swainson’s Warbler, 7 May 2016, near Lake Jacksonville, Morgan County (2016-030)
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 5 Apr 2016, Sand Ridge Township, Jackson County (2016-018)
  • Hooded Oriole, 11 May 2016, near Lake Mauvaisterre, Morgan County (2016-031)

IORC Update – 26-Jun-2016

Records Accepted

  • Eurasian Wigeon, 29 Mar 1969, Stump Lake, Jersey County (1969-003; William C. Rowe)
  • Little Gull, 6 Mar 2016, Horseshoe Lake, Madison County (2016-014; Frank Holmes)
  • California Gull, 11 Feb 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-011; Corey Lange)
  • Gyrfalcon, 4-6 Feb 2016, north of Colfax, McLean County (2016-009; Mabel Lux; Elizabeth Hart)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 7 Nov 2015, Crabtree Nature Center, Cook County (2015-047; Andrew Steinmann)

Records Not Accepted

  • Parasitic Jaeger, 30 Sep 2012, Gillson Park, Wilmette, Cook County (2012-050)
  • Herring Gull X Glaucous-winged Gull, 28 Jan 2016, Elgin, Kane County (2016-010)
  • Brewer’s Sparrow, 12 Dec 2015, near Braidwood Power Plant Cooling Pond, Will County (2015-063)

IORC Update – 10-Jun-2016

Records Accepted

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2), 22 May 2013, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, Jasper County (2013-074; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (5), 29 May 2014, Bailey Wetland, Richland and Wayne counties (2014-056; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Black Vulture, 3 May 2015, Warbler Woods and Lake Charleston, Coles County (2015-064; Ron Bradley)
  • Black Vulture (3), 9 May 2015, Fox Ridge State Park, Coles County (2015-065; Tyler Funk)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 14 Aug 2014, Monroe County (2014-055; Carl DauBach)
  • Black-tailed Gull, 11-16 Jan 2016, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County (2016-001; William C. Rowe, Matt Rowe; Tyler D. Funk, C. Leroy Harrison, Fran R. Morel)
  • California Gull, 22 Dec 2013, Bloomington, McLean County (2013-077; Matthew Winks)
  • California Gull, 16 Jan – 17 Feb 2016, Wilmington, Will County (2016-003; Andrew Aldrich; Greg Neise, Matt Wistrand)
  • Slaty-backed Gull, 26 Jan – 20 Feb 2016, Wilmington in Will County and Montrose Point in Chicago’s Lincoln Park in Cook County (2016-005; Andrew Aldrich; Matthew Cvetas, Josh Engel, Kanae Hirabayashi, Bob Hughes, Fran Morel, Greg Neise, Matt Wistrand)
  • Barn Owl, 30 Jan – 11 Mar 2012, DuPage County (2012-055; Jeff Smith)
  • Barn Owl (2 to 4), 23 Apr – 8 Sep 2012, DuPage County (2012-056; Jeff Smith)
  • Barn Owl (1 to 5), 29 Jan – 15 Sep 2013, DuPage County (2013-078; Jeff Smith)
  • Barn Owl, 3-7 Jan 2014, DuPage County (2014-057; Jeff Smith)
  • Prairie Falcon, 15 Nov – 14 Dec 2013, Bailey Wetland, Richland and Wayne counties (2013-070; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 1 Dec 2013, between Prairie Ridge State Natural Area and Forbes State Park, Marion County (2013-071; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 6 Feb 2013, northern Wayne County (2013-072; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 6 Mar 2013, north of East Fork Lake, Richland County (2013-073; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 27 Dec 2013, northwest Douglas County (2013-075; Jeff Bryant)
  • Prairie Falcon (2), 3 Nov 2013 – 25 Feb 2014, northern Coles County (2013-076; Ron Bradley)
  • Prairie Falcon, 17 Jan 2016, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, Jasper County (2016-004; Tyler Funk)
  • Prairie Falcon, 1 Jan 2016, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, Jasper County (2016-006; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 3 Jan 2016, Butler Tract of Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, Marion County (2016-007, C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 14-21 Jan 2016, Braidwood Lake, Will County (2016-002; Don Blecha)

Records Not Accepted

  • Mottled Duck (2), 26 Oct – 11 Dec 2015, Bailey Wetland, Richland and Wayne counties (2015-067)

IORC Update – 3-Apr-2016

Records Accepted

  • Barrow’s Goldeneye, 6 Dec 2015 – 27 Feb 2016, Carpentersville, Kane County (2015-058; Anna Szal; Russ Goulding)
  • White-faced Ibis, 5-11 Nov 2015, Pingree Grove, Kane County (2015-049; Matthew Cvetas, Marion Miller)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 1 Sep 2012, Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve, Lake County (2012-053; Kathy Amberg)
  • Common Ground-Dove, 18 Oct 2015, Bloomington, McLean County (2015-050; Rod Mitchell)
  • Common Ground-Dove, 6-20 Nov 2015, Lincoln Park in Chicago, Cook County (2015-045; Matthew Cvetas, Fran Morel, Geoffrey A. Williamson
  • Parasitic Jaeger, 13 Sep 2015, Waukegan, Lake County (2015-037; Annette McClellan)
  • California Gull, 5 Dec 2015, Fulton, Whiteside County (2015-055; Dan Williams)
  • Slaty-backed Gull, 25 Nov 2015, Hampton, Rock Island County (2015-054; Jim Forde)
  • Barn Owl, 18 Apr 2015, Coles County (2015-062; J.E. Brown)
  • Barn Owl, 7 Nov 2015, Chicago, Cook County (2015-046; Steven J. Huggins)
  • Barn Owl, 29 Nov 2015, Urbana, Champaign County (2015-057; Greg Lambeth)
  • Burrowing Owl, 6-15 Oct 2012, Lincoln Park in Chicago, Cook County, (2012-052; Jake Cvetas, Matthew Cvetas, Josh Engel)
  • Burrowing Owl, 19-20 Oct 2015, LaSalle County (2015-059; Don Coons)
  • Prairie Falcon (2), 8 Nov 2015 – 13 Mar 2016, Coles County (2015-051; Tyler D. Funk)
  • Cave Swallow, 8 Nov 2012, Lincoln Park in Chicago, Cook County (2012-049; Richard C. Payne)
  • Cave Swallow, 7 Nov 2015, Illinois Beach State Park (north unit), Lake County (2015-048; Brendon Lake)
  • Cave Swallow, 20 Nov 2015, Illinois Beach State Park (south unit), Lake County (2015-052; Nat Carmichael, Al Stokie)
  • Cave Swallow, 20 Nov 2015, Illinois Beach State Park (north unit), Lake County (2015-053; John Leonard, Greg Neise, Andrew Stewart)
  • Swainson’s Warbler (2), 9 & 23 May 2015, Alexander County (2015-039; Ida Domazlicky, Rhonda Rothrock)
  • Green-tailed Towhee, 13 Dec 2015 – 2 Mar 2016, Monroe County (2015-061; Tim Enbring; Carl DauBach, Pen DauBach)

Records Not Accepted

  • Barrow’s Goldeneye, 22 Nov 2015, Peoria Lake, Tazewell County (2015-056)
  • Anhinga, 16 Sep 2012, Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage County (2012-051)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 4 Aug 2012, Homer Lake Preserve, Champaign County (2012-054)
  • Ruff, 31 Aug 2014, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County (2014-010)
  • Little Stint, 13 Apr 2013, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County (2013-010)
  • Chimney Swift, 14 Nov 2013, Chicago, Cook County (2013-033) [accepted as Chaetura sp.]

IORC Update – 18-Jan-2016

Records Accepted

  • Wood Stork, Sun Lake Forest Preserve, Lake County, 21 Oct 2015 (2015-044; Philip Willink)
  • White Ibis, Eldon Hazlet State Park, Clinton County, 12-13 Sep 2015 (2015-041; Keith McMullen, Al Smith)
  • Little Gull, Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie County, 18 Oct to 15 Nov 2015 (2015-043; Tyler Funk, Travis Mahan; Ron Bradley)
  • Barn Owl (2, found dead), Sharpsburg, Christian County, 7 Sep 2015 (2015-040; Kevin Veara)
  • Say’s Phoebe, Illinois Beach State Park (north unit), Lake County, 30 Aug 2012 (2012-048; Paul Sweet)
  • Bullock’s Oriole, River Forest, Cook County, 14 Oct 2015 (2015-042; Jill Anderson)
  • Hoary Redpoll, Oak Park, Cook County, 28 Feb 2008 (2008-054; Aaron Gyllenhaal)
  • Hoary Redpoll, Klehm Arboretum, Rockford, Winnebago County, 22 Dec 2012 (2012-047; Dan Williams)
  • Hoary Redpoll, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, Cook County, 6-16 Jan 2013 (2013.069; Matthew Cvetas)