Finch activity at Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford (NE corner of N. Main and Auburn Sts) is heating up over the past few days.
A smattering of Pine Siskins has been hanging around for over a week. This morning, Steve Gent and John Longhenry had 45 in a flock. Around 11:45 am, I had a flock of 55. About the same time, I had a flock of 18 Red Crossbills fly over headed NE. Yesterday, Larry Balch had a flock south of the chapel which flew SW.
John Longhenry had 2 White-winged Crossbills yesterday at the circle with the hemlocks north of the chapel. A migrating Cooper’s Hawk soared over the cemetery around 1:00 p.m. yesterday.
There are a lot of cones on the conifers in the cemetery, particularly on the hemlocks. This place bears frequent checking.
I was in Ipsen Rd CA again this morning, I stayed pretty much in the southern part of Ipsen and didn’t go into Newburg Village CA.
I had a pretty good showing this morning with several species of sparrow including Fox, White-crowned, White-throated, Field, Swamp, and one Clay-colored. One Hermit Thrush. Some waterfowl including American Widgeon, Blue-winged Teal, and Gadwall. Probably my favorites for the day were the Northern Harrier that flew over, and the four Rusty Blackbirds that were in the pines.
This morning I was at Ipsen Rd Conservation Area in Boone Cty. There were quite a lot of sparrows in small groups all over the sites with a few groups of White-crowned Sparrows, and an enormous mixed flock of blackbirds stirring as I got there. Mostly Redwings, but there was at least one Rusty Blackbird in the mix. In one little patch of woods there was a group of Ruby and Golden crowned Kinglets, a Brown Creeper, a Red-breasted Nuthatch and few others. The best for the day was in County Line Forest Preserve on the Winnebago Cty side, there was a Peregrine Falcon perched in a tree eating a bird.
There was a Lesser Black-backed Gull at the sod farm on US20 in Boone cty. He was visible without the need of a spotting scope.