Field Trip around NW part of county – 3-23-19

On the bird club field trip Sat. 47 species of birds were observed.  15 species of ducks, 2 species of geese, about 45 sandhill cranes, and 17 bald eagles.  It was a nice sun-shiny day with many birds.  Scott Hitchcock, Steve Schmaeng, Kevin Kaltenbach, Joyce and Jack Armstrong Enjoyed the early spring birding.  A large group of birds were found just west of Cleveland Road, along Telegraph Road near Pecatonica, and at Westlake Village.  With all of the water in the county, the birds can easily move to another area.

Jack Armstrong


On a blustery cold Saturday, March 24, Scott Hitchcock, Phil Doncheck, Kevin Kaltenbach, Joyce and Jack Armstrong found 44 species of birds during a waterfowl field trip.   Common Loon, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle(one on nest), Cooper’s Hawk, American Kestrel, Sandhill Crane, Common Snipe, Eastern Bluebird, American Tree-Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird, and Pine Siskin were spotted.  Though quite chilly, no rain or snow was encountered.

Jack Armstrong

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