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