After writing my post this morning, I decided to revisit Oliver Road and then check Howard’s farm on IL70.
Oliver Rd. Still had a lot of White-fronted Geese (45), and today there was a pair of American Wigeon. There was no sign of the Northern Shrike.
Howard’s had 150+ White-fronted Geese and 2 Snow Geese.
A large mixed flock of Blackbirds was on Saunders Rd. No Rusties or Brewer’s, but a lot of cowbirds, Red-wings and grackles.
I checked various spots in Winnebago County on Sunday morning. Started at Rock Cut, where there were 24 Redheads, 2 Lesser Scaup, 2 Am. Black Ducks and 125+ Herring Gulls, with a few Ring-billed Gulls, on Pierce Lake.
Next stop was Lake Victoria in South Beloit. A small part of the lake is open. It held 8 Mute Swans, 2 Hooded Mergansers, and 6 Common Mergansers. A single male Red-winged Blackbird was there.
5 Sandhill Cranes were along Moody Road. A fluddle on Moody had Green-winged Teal, N. Pintails and 1 Gadwall mixed in with the Mallards.
Last stop was Oliver Road. 39 White-fronted Geese and 7 Cackling Geese were mixed in with about 1000 Canada Geese of various sizes. 6 Bald Eagles were hanging around a carcass in the ag field north of the farm. More Pintails flew over mixed in with Mallards.
Barbara and I walked the paved loop at Klehm yesterday morning from 11:00-12:00. Highlights were: 1 Hermit Thrush (probably 2: we heard another but couldn’t find it), E. Bluebird, 3 Cackling Geese flying over with several hundred Canada Geese, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk. We did not see or hear Red-breasted Nuthatch or any winter finches. The Hermit Thrushes have been at Klehm all winter.
The crop of crabapples has been fairly well consumed, but the robins are still finding some to eat. We found other flocks of robins in several places: a large group were in the crabapples at the Stanley Roszkowski Federal Courthouse, and I found 50+ in the crabapples at the Circle K gas station at Rockton and Riverside around 1:30 p.m.
We still have a small flock of 2-6 Common Redpolls coming to our thistle feeders. They have been here since January 7. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was here yesterday.
Mike DesCamps sent me a photo of White-fronted Geese that were on the ice by the open water on Pierce Lake in Rock Cut SP on Tuesday, 9 Feb. They were not there today. Most of that open area has frozen over in the cold temperatures.
Today, a Turkey Vulture was flying over Anna Page Park near the artesian well on Porter Road around 11:15 a.m.