I received a voice message from Sue Merchant last evening, 2/17. She had just seen a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Pecatonica Wetlands along Blair Road, north of Pecatonica. She said that this sighting occurred on the same day as she initially saw a pair of Sandhills in the same location in 2012.
Yesterday, John Longhenry posted on IBET that he found 5 White-winged Crossbills at Rockford’s Greenwood Cemetery. Not long after seeing his post, I drove to the cemetery and found the 5 WWs, but then spotted 2 male Red Crossbills that had joined the WWs. They were feeding on hemlocks in the circle area containing a monument with the name Graham on it. First circle north of the chapel.