Sorry for the short notice but tomorrow, Wednesday, October 20th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Joe Duff of Operation Migration will give a presentation at Rock Valley College. It will be held in the Student Center atrium.
Not sure if there is a fee but donations are welcome!
If you attend feel free to comment about what you thought here on the NCIOS blog.
Saturday, October 16th, 2010 I led a field trip to Deer Run Forest Preserve. We had 15 participants and spent about 3 1/2 hours hiking. We had quite a few good birds including a flyover Bald Eagle and a flock of around 10 Rusty Blackbirds. The Rusties were lifers for several.
Sparrows were plentiful with White-throated, White-crowned, Song, Swamp, Field, Chipping, and Vesper (which was also a lifer for some). We also observed a flock of Eastern Bluebirds for a long time.
Total species: 43
Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the beautiful weather and wonderful birds. If you missed out, Deer Run is an excellent place to hike even if the birds are not plentiful.
The clear sunny day and no weather fronts from the N or NW was a recipe for little raptor movement at Rock Cut. Pierce Lake had a basic plumage Horned Grebe (my first of the fall) and a single Bonaparte’s Gull with a few Ring-bills. Lots and lots of Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers.