Sat. Afternoon birding

Joyce and I went to Klehm this afternoon and found some of the usual birds.  Cedar Waxwings, White-breasted Nuthatches, Red-breasted Nuthatches, one Robin, Chickadees, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and Juncos.  It was very quiet with few bird singing .  We drove out west and found Lapland Lonspurs, Horned Larks and more Juncos.  We also found a Red-winged Blackbird on Kelly road just east of Hosington road near a farm house.  It was on the north side of the road about 3:45 pm.

July morning at Severson Dells

Joyce and I led a bird hike at Severson Dells this morning for the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County.  The following birds were observed:  Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Yellowthroat, Bluebird, Catbird, House Finch, Blue Jay, Red-eyed Vireo, Great-crested Flycatcher, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Robin, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Tree Swallow, Turkey Vulture, White-breasted Nuthatch, Chickadee, Rufous-sided Towhee, Northern Oriole, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Pewee, Mourning Dove, Cardinal, and Scarlet Tanager.  A nice group of bird for a summer morning.   Jack Armstrong

southeast Winn Co.

After receiving a message from Kevin Kaltenbach on Sat. afternoon, Joyce an I checked the bridge over the Kishwaukee River at Oak Ridge Forest Preserve today.   Kevin had found a Red-shouldered Hawk at the bridge.  We found the bird on the wire at the bridge.   It is an adult bird.  We also saw a large number of Tree Sparrows and three White-crowned Sparrows along Shirley Rd. just north of Edson Rd.  They were flying in and out of the brushy sides.

Jack and Joyce Armstrong

NCIOS field trip to Rochelle ponds

On Sunday Sept. 25 Easter Schippers lead a field trip to various ponds around the Rochelle area.  The group found 45 species of birds.  Notable birds were Great Egret, Greater White-Fronted Goose, both Blue-winged and Green-winged teal, Osprey, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-throated Green warbler, American Redstart, Yellow-Rumped warbler, and Palm Warbler.  It was a very warm day for this time of the year- 85 degrees.  Phil Doncheck, Mary Kisamore, Joyce and Jack Armstrong and Easter participated.

Jack Armstrong