After the strong southerly wind yesterday, I drove around some parts of Winnebago County to see if any new birds came in on the wind. Hoople’s pond on Stephens Road still had 5 Green-winged Teal and I also found Steve Gent.
On Fish Hatchery Road, west of Winnebago Road, I found 5 White-fronted Geese in a flock of ~450 Canada Geese in corn stubble on the south side of the road about 1/2 mile E of Thedorff Road.
A Peregrine Falcon has been reported in downtown Rockford from time to time on eBird. This morning, Steve called me to tell me that he had spotted the falcon on the Rockford News Tower. It was still there when I arrived just before noon.
On Monday morning Joyce and I found 3 Green-winged Teal at Hopple’s spring along with many Mallards and Geese. We also found a male Harrier along Harrison south of there. Redpolls, Pine Siskins and many Goldfinch are coming to our feeders. (usually around noon).
Sunday evening Feb. 4 I counted 7 Short-eared Owls in the air at one time. Most of the activity was in the far SW and brush in the area was probably hiding some from view.
On Feb. 11 I saw 4 Short-eared Owls at Ferguson F.P.
On Thursday, 2/1, I found 8 Green-winged Teal in Hoople’s pond on Stephens Road, Winnebago County. They were still there today. They are pretty skittish, so don’t get out of your car if you go to see them. While I was there, someone in a pick-up truck stopped in the driveway and got out to get mail or something and spooked a bunch of ducks, including the teal, but they returned.
On Thursday, I also had 2 Am. Black Ducks, but they weren’t there today. About a week ago, a Wilson’s Snipe was in the creek below the pond, but I have seen it in the last 2 visits.
Someone I do not know photographed a Snowy Owl on January 27 and posted it on Facebook. No location given, and the photo is so zoomed in that there are no identifying details for location. I have also received a report of up to 8 Short-eared Owls at Ferguson FP at Shirland. If you go, I recommend parking in the north lot and taking the E-W trail to the west about 300 meters or so, then scanning from there. Best if after 4:00 pm until you can’t see anymore.