Yesterday, 10/30, I checked Lake Summerset, on Best Road NW of Durand. Not much waterdowl diversity: 25 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Bubbleheads, 1 Gadwall, and 2 HOrned Grebes in basic plumage. The highlight was 2 Tree Swallows.
On the way home, I stopped by Howard’s farm on IL 70. Among the 1100 Canada Geese were ~ 20 Cackling Geese, 2 White-fronts, and 4 Snow Geese. The Snows were apparently a family group consisting of an adult “Blue” morph, an adult white morph, and 2 immature white morphs.
Does anyone have Pine Siskins at their feeders yet? There are some reports of them from the Chicago lakefront, plus a Common Redpoll.