Hot Birding

Birding in July is hot! hot! hot! Dakota and I went to Severson Dells yesterday afternoon and found active, singing birds despite the warm temperatures.
Severson Dells pond
We found Dickcissels, Indigo Buntings, Bluebirds, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Common Yellowthroats, House Wrens, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Eastern Wood-pewees, Eastern Phoebes, White-breasted Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Cardinals, and Bluejays and we only walked from the shelter to the pond.

This Dickcissel was found near the entrance.
Dickcissel
Where there was shade, we lingered around a bit, and at the pond we found a sunning turtle, plenty of dragonflies, and some frogs jumping around. It was much busier than I had expected and we had a great time!
Finding Shade at Severson Dells

Yellow-throated Warbler – Kishwaukee River

I could have titled this “Never Go Birding Without Your Camera”. Today during my lunch break I found Yellow-throated Warblers (not sure how many) on the eastern side of Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve. Approximate location – if you follow the road from the entrance and turn left, the birds were in some trees along the river before the pine-tree lined turnaround.

One of the Yellow-throated Warblers reacted to my pishing, caught a large spider and proceeded to carry it to where I could not see. He posed less than 20 feet from my camera-less self. It can be assumed that they nested there as it sounded like young being fed as well as the fact that the adult was carrying the food.

I will try to return tomorrow for pictures.

Anna Page Park on July 15

Eddie Callaway, Barbara and I birded Anna Page for several hours this morning. Started with a search for the White-eyed Vireo for Eddie and were successful–it was in the same place as July 4. Proved somewhat problematic to get into view for more than a few seconds as it flitted from treetop to treetop. Seemed to mostly prefer Silver Maple.

After we left the vireo, we found a pretty good supply of Sedge Wrens, and a pair of Orchard Orioles; this pair was different than the pair on July 1 because this was an adult male, and the other had a first year male.

Highlight of the morning, though, was a Bell’s Vireo on the west side of the dam jaws, back along a sumac thicket on the west side of the grass field. A pair of Eastern Kingbirds were at a nest, too. The Bell;s brought our day vireo total to 5. Had an Acadian Flycatcher near Camp Conestoga, and another in the woods behind our house.

Totalled a few more than 60 species.

Dan

Rock Cut, Saturday July 7

Went birding with my dad, a birder from San Diego and two birders from Boulder, Colorado. I was the “guide” and wanted to show them the Cerulean Warbler. Success! For anyone that hasn’t seen a Cerulean Warbler they have to be the most easily viewed Ceruleans in the county. I’ve been to Rock Cut about six or seven times since May and have seen or heard the bird each time (sighted 4 or 5 times).

Other interesting birds at Rock Cut – Northern Parulas in about 3 locations along the bike path from the dam parking lot. They were singing loudly. We also heard many Wood Thrushes along the same trail which is extremely good news. We found a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, American Redstarts, and there were many Great Blue Herons flying about.

Anna Page Park on July 4

In our continuing effort to learn more about the park birdlife, Barbara and I took a short hike around the equestrian trails on the north side of the park this morning. We discovered a Yellow-breasted Chat in a different location than the one we found Sunday morning, plus a White-eyed Vireo. Several different pairs of Thrashers had young, Red-bellied Woodpeckers were carrying food to their nest cavity, A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was calling constantly.

Dan

Duck Stamps For Conservation

2007-2008 Duck Stamp

The new duck stamps are for sale and the Georgia Ornithological Society has them for $17.00 (the stamp is $15.00 and the extra $2.00 covers the holder and mailing). They come in a cool little keychain/holder thing that can be attached to your bin straps. I bought one last year (and will again this year) and I’ve read that $14.70 of the $15.00 goes directly to habitat conservation. Plus, you get in free at NWRs that normally charge.

This is one of those really cool things that birders can do to make a positive impact.

Anna Page Park on Sunday

A couple of weeks ago, Barbara wrote that Anna Page was underbirded. We decided that, since we live right here on the edge of the park, that was probably our fault. So, we hiked a loop today from the parking lot west to the dry dam and back along the north side of Kent Creek. Located 61 species. A few highlights: 3 Henslow’s Sparrows (west of the dam in the cool season grasses), 4 Dickcissels, 6 Sedge Wrens, Orchard Orioles, a Yellow-breasted Chat, both species of cuckoos, a Blu-winged Teal hen with 3 chicks, Swamp Sparrow. A Hooded Warbler is still calling in the woods behind our house. We saw it along the trail that parallels Kent Creek from the parking lot.

Also, quite a few species of butterflies, including Baltimore Checkerspot, Eyed Brown, various emperors and wood nymphs, and, for you punctuation fans, both ? and ,

Dan