Pine Siskins

A flock of about 20 Pine Siskins flew in to some pines along our driveway this morning around 9:00 a.m. They didn’t stay long and moved toward Anna Page Park. This is the first time we have seen this species this fall.

A big wave of new arrivals apparently came in over night. This morning, the trees around our house were full of Myrtle Warblers, plus both species of kinglets. White-crowned Sparrows were in the garden. Lonely among the Myrtles were 2 Tennessee Warblers and a Philadelphia Vireo.

NCIOS field trip



NCIOS FIELD TRIP- Sept. 26,2015


Kevin Kahltenbach led a morning field trip to Bauman Park, Blackhawk Springs, Deer Run, Oak Ridge and Kishwaukee Forest Preserves. Phil Doncheck, Gary Jahnke, Delsie Gavali, Joyce and Jack Armstrong attended. It was a beautiful, clear day with warm temperatures(70’s). 41 species were observed with highlights of 3 flycatchers – Kingbird, Phoebe and Pewee, 7 warbler species, and 5 sparrow species. Here is a list of the birds observed:


Canada Goose                                                 American Robin

Mallard                                                           Gray Catbird

Great Blue Heron                                            European Starlling

Turkey Vulture                                               Cedar Waxwing

Bald Eagle                                                       Tennessee Warbler

Red-Tailed Hawk                                            Chestnut-sided Warbler

Killdeer                                                           Yellow-rumped Warbler

Solitary Sandpiper                                          Black-throated Green Warbler

Rock Pigeon                                                    Palm Warbler

Mourning Dove                                              Black-and white Warbler

Chimney Swift                                                Common Yellowthroat

Belted Kingfisher                                            Field Sparrow

Red-bellied Woodpecker                                 Lark Sparrow

Downy Woodpecker                                      Song Sparrow

Hairy Woodpecker                                         Swamp Sparrow

Northern Flicker                                             White-Crowned Sparrow

Eastern Wood-Pewee                                      Northern Cardinal

Eastern Phoebe                                               Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Eastern Kingbird                                             Red-winged Blackbird

Blue Jay                                                          Common Grackle

American Crow                                               Brown-headed Cowbird

Black-capped Chickadee                                 American Goldfinch

Tufted Titmouse                                             House Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch


Jack Armstrong




warblers and thrushes

Despite the south winds, we have seen some nice flocks of warblers moving through the woods and into the bird baths around our house. Yesterday, 9/22, around 3:00 p.m., a nice group of warblers all descended into the bird bath at about the same time. We counted 11 Tennessee Warblers (9 in the bath at once), 6 Nashville, 3 Black-throated Green, 1 Black & White, 2 Redstarts, 1 Chestnut-sided and 1 Wilson’s. The Nashvilles and B-t Greens competed with the Tennessees for space in the bath.

This morning, Swainson’s Thrushes are in the back bath and a Blackburnian is gleaning insects in one of the hackberry trees.

Yesterday around noon, Larry Balch called to report a male Black-throated Blue Warbler in his bird bath. That is the 4th B-t Blue at Larry’s this month, and the 3rd male. The male was in a small flock of warblers that included 2 Black & Whites, 2 Redstarts, 3 Tennessees, 1 Wilson’s, 2 Black-throated Greens, 1 Bay-breasted, 1 Blackpoll, 1 Warbling Vireo and 1 Yellow-throated Vireo. There were also Swainson’s and Gray-cheeked Thrushes.

On Monday, we had 2 Philadelphia Vireos and several Red-eyed Vireos moving through. We also had our first fall arrival of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on Sunday and Monday (an immature) and a Red-breasted Nuthatch was here briefly on Monday morning.