IOS Field Trip Report by Tyler Funk

Scoping for Snowy Owl

On January 7th, six hardened IOS members (Ted Wolff, David and Dale Kalina, Susan Zelek, Linda Foster and Tyler Funk) set out for a field trip this past weekend in search of Prairie Falcons and waterfowl. Leaving the house at 6:15am, my vehicle thermometer read -2° F. However, the sky

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'Tis The Season For Gull-watching

Amar Ayyash

In advance of the IOS Gull Frolic, Amar Ayyash gives some advice to those just starting to get bit by the gull watching bug. Read Amar’s tips on his blog, Anything Larus.

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: Lake (North) – Eric Lundquist reports a Bohemian

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An Interview with Joe Phipps by Shanin Abreu

Joe Phipps

Shanin Abreu interviews Joe Phipps, who set a new McLean County Big Year Record in 2016 with 244 species.

Shanin: Tell us a little about yourself, Joe. Joe: I am originally from East Peoria, IL, and I currently live in Bloomington with my incredibly supportive wife, Sam. I work for Vallen as

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Knox County CBC Musings by Mike Baum

Mike Baum

Riley and I left Chicago a little after 4 AM Monday, Dec. 12th and arrived at the Victoria grasslands shortly after sunrise. A hectic magical big-city weekend filled with parties, shopping, good food, languorous fires, Christmas lights… and SNOW! Ellen Baum and I had both planned to travel out Sunday afternoon. She

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Rare Bird Alert - 11-Dec-2016

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

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Prepare Your Data for Listers Corner

Lister’s Corner

Since we’ve officially hit December, it’s time to start thinking about gathering your data for your submissions to the 2016 IOS Listers Corner! As always, you may submit in any manner you choose, be it email to Joe Lill, sending Word docs or Excel files, or by snail mail to:


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2016 IOS Grants Awards

Andy Gilbert, Grant Recipient

One of IOS’s objectives is “To promote scientific research and education in order to improve knowledge and awareness of birds in Illinois”. The IOS Grants Program was initiated several years ago to support this objective with funding.

The 2016 IOS Grants Program received 13 requests for funding. The IOS

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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

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Rare Bird Alert – 27-Nov-2016

Rufous Hummingbird: Saline County (South) – On 27-Nov-2016, Cathy DeNeal has a hatch year female Rufous Hummingbird coming to her feeder in Harrisburg, Saline County.

Mottled Duck (unconfirmed): Mason County (Central) – On 25-Nov-2016, Mike Ingram reports a Mottled Duck in the extreme south corner of the upper pool at Chautauqua NWR near Eagle

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