Rare Bird Alert - 4-Jun-2017

Western Tanager by Chuck Fields

Western Tanager by Chuck Fields

White-winged Dove: Cook (North) – A White-winged Dove visited the feeders of Susan Szeszol’s River Grove home on 5-Jun-2017. Surprisingly, this is the second occurrence of this species at her home in the last ten months.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck: Peoria (Central) – Bill Kulschbach captured images of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks on the Illinois River at Bartonville, Peoria County, and sharedthem on the Illinois River Waterfowl Facebook group.

Neotropic Cormorant: Lake (North) – Also on 4-Jun-2017, Adam Sell discovered a Neotropic Cormorant at Almond Marsh in Lake County. The next morning there were two!

Western Tanager: Lake (North) – This spring’s third Western Tanager was photographed by Chuck and Carolyn Fields on 4-Jun-2017 at the North Unit of Illinois Beach State Park in Lake County.

Western Tanager: LaSalle (North) – A Western Tanager was photographed on 21-May-2017 in LaSalle County by Joe Young. The tanager was visible from the road, but on private land north of the confluence of Indian Creek and the Fox River.

Rare Bird Alert - 20-May-2017

Western Tanager by ‎Jennifer McHenry Green‎

Western Tanager by ‎Jennifer McHenry Green‎

Ruff: Putnam (North) – A female Ruff or Reeve was in scope view of Bob and Karen Fisher at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes in Putnam County on May 14th.

Western Tanager: Cook (North) – A Western Tanager was photographed by Jennifer McHenry Green on 11-May-2017 at a feeder in Lemont, Cook County.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks: Madison (South) – As of May 9th, four Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks continued at the Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville, Madison County. These ducks have been present since late April.

Anhinga: Knox (Central) – Mike Baum reported an Anhinga, migrating over his in Oak Run, Knox County, on April 25th. What a yard bird!

Neotropic Comorant: Fulton (Central) – On April 23rd, Andy Gilbert photographed a Neotropic Cormorant at the visitor’s center of Emiquon Preserve.

Rare Bird Alert - 15-Apr-2017

Pine Grosbeak by Geoff Williamson

Pine Grosbeak by Geoff Williamson

Anhinga: Massac (South) – On April 15th, Keith Mcmullen reported seeing an ANHINGA over Ft. Massac State Park in Massac County.

Pine Grosbeak: Winnebago (North) – A PINE GROSBEAK was seen at the feeder of Vonnie and Martin Kehoe on April 13th in Rockton, Winnebago County.

Mountain Bluebird: DuPage (North) – A MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was discovered at Fermilab in DuPage County on April 7th by Jason Frey, flitting around on tree tops, south of AE Sea, between the yellow gate and shrubby area to the west.

Swallow-tailed Kite: Massac (South) – On April 8th, Keith Mcmullen reported seeing a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE just east of Metropolis in Massac County.

Rare Bird Alert - 29-Mar-2017

Neotropic Cormorant: Livingston (Central) – Demetri Lafkas photographed a Neotropic Cormorant at the ponds just north of Pontiac, Livingston County on March 29th.

White-winged Dove: Adams (Central) – Phil and Pat Reyburn had a White-winged Dove visit their feeders in Quincy, Adams County on March 28th.

Black-headed Gull: Sangamon (Central) – H. David Bohlen observed an adult Black-headed Gull in alternate plumage on March 23rd from Lincoln Greens Golf Course at Lake Springfield, Sangamon County.

Golden-crowned Sparrow: Woodford (Central) – On March 21st, Andy Sigler and Craig Taylor reported a 1st year Golden-crowned Sparrow on a gravel road that runs along the northern boundary of Letcher Basin, a ParkLands Foundation property, in Woodford County.

Golden-crowned Sparrow by Benjamin Murphy

Golden-crowned Sparrow by Benjamin Murphy

Rare Bird Alert – 26-Feb-2017

Neotropic Cormorant: Fulton (Central) – Corey Lange reported a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT at Thompson Lake in Fulton County on February 26th.

California Gull: Lake (North) – Adam Sell observed a first-cycle CALIFORNIA GULL at Channel Lake in Lake County on February 23rd.

Mew Gull: DuPage (North) – Mike Madsen reported a 2nd cycle MEW GULL from the 83rd St. Fluddle at Greene Valley Forest Preserve in DuPage County on February 18th.

Rare Bird Alert - 13-Feb-2017

Gyrfalcon by Tim Lindenbaum

Gyrfalcon by Tim Lindenbaum

Gyrfalcon: McLean (Central) – On the morning of February 13th, a Gyrfalcon was photographed by Tim Lindenbaum on N 3100 East Rd south of E 2450 North Rd. in Colfax, McLean County. Interestingly, a Gyrfalcon was observed and photographed in the same area last year.

California Gull: Cook (North) – A continuing second cycle California Gull was observed February 12th on the Calumet River near Deadstick Pond in Chicago, Cook County by Amar Ayyash and several observers.

Rare Bird Alert – 4-Feb-2017

California Gull by Andrew Aldrich

California Gull by Andrew Aldrich

California Gull: Cook (North) – On February 4th, a second cycle California Gull was photographed by Andrew Aldrich at Deadstick Pond in Chicago, Cook County.

Rare Bird Alert – 21-Jan-2017

Prairie Falcon: Sangamon (Central) – On January 21st, a Prairie Falcon was observed Colin Dobson at Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary near Laomi in Sangamon County.

California Gull by Colin Dobson

California Gull by Colin Dobson

California Gull: Peoria (Central) – On January 15, a first cycle California Gull was photographed by Colin Dobson at RiverPlex along Peoria Lake in Peoria County.

Rare Bird Alert – 1-Jan-2017

Harlequin Duck: Will (North) – On January 1st, Doug Stotz reports an adult male Harlequin Duck on the DuPage River in Channahon.

Mew Gull: Will (North) – Doug Stotz reports a first cycle Mew Gull at Rock Run Rookery.

Bohemian Waxwing by Emil August

Bohemian Waxwing by Emil August

Bohemian Waxwing: Lake (North) – Eric Lundquist reports a Bohemian Waxwing at Shaw Woods in Lake Forest, Lake County.

Shaw Woods is part of the Lake Forest Open Lands Association. The property is just south of Oriole Grove Forest Preserve and can be accessed off W. Laurel Ave. The approximate location is marked with an X on the map.

Shaw Woods

Shaw Woods

Prairie Falcon: Wayne (South) – For the second winter in a row, Bob Shelby has located a wintering Prarie Falcon in the Mt. Erie, Wayne County. One or two falcons have been seen as late as December 28, 2016.

Rare Bird Alert - 11-Dec-2016

Mountain Bluebird by Ethan Brown

Mountain Bluebird by Ethan Brown

Mountain Bluebird: Carroll (North) – Young birder, Ethan Brown, and his mom, Cindy, photographed a Mountain Bluebird along Spring Lake Rd, by the Tri-Township Airport south of Savanna, IL in Carroll County on 9-Dec-2016.

Brant (unconfirmed): Henderson (North) – Reported from the Iowa Birding Mailing List. A seasoned duck hunter reported seeing a lone Brant in a flock of mixed geese near Lake Stevenson on Highway 34 in Henderson County on 5-Dec-2016.