Yesterday when I was getting off work at Wild Birds Unlimited, I heard a call and I looked up and saw an Osprey circling. Probably the most interesting bird I’ve ever seen in the parking lot there.
Today my mom and I decided to visit Rock Cut State Park. We were there from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. We saw many species, including 2 breeding male Blackburnian Warblers! This was very exciting for me as I have never seen one in the wild before. We saw…
Blackburnian Warbler (2)
Blackpoll Warbler (2)
Yellow Warbler (3)
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (2)
Yellow-Rumped Warbler (1)
Magnolia Warbler (1)
Scarlet Tanager (2)
Turkey Vulture (3)
Wild Turkey (2)
Blue Jay (1)
Canada Goose (10)
Bay-breasted Warbler (1)
Brown-headed Cowbird (5)
Song Sparrow (1)
Today my mom and I went to Rock Cut State Park. We were there from 3:15 PM -4:30 PM. Our birding friends call it “Warbler Nirvana” during migration! They were totally right! It was so alive with activity. We saw..
Spotted Sandpiper (1) Western Palm Warbler
Canada Goose Black-and-White Warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Tree Swallow Northern Waterthrush
Yellow Warbler Black-Throated Green Warbler
Northern Parula Wilson’s Warbler
American Redstart Brown Thrasher
Swainson’s Thrush Blue Jay
Gray Catbird Northern Cardinal
I have seen several Surf Scoters in the area in the last few days. Dan called me about one that turned up in Candlewick last week which appears to have stuck around. And two days ago I went out there again and there were 3 Surf Scoters. Then in Rock Cut the same day there was another one.
On Tuesday I found an adult male Summer Tanager in Kinnikinnick Creek CA in Boone Cty. He was in the NE part of the site on the Green Trail. A young male was seen back in May in the general area, so there is the possibility that this is the same one.
In the last couple of months, there has been a group of about four Brewer’s Blackbirds in Boone Cty at the sod farm on Wheeler Rd and Bus20. Main place that I usually see them is on Rosetter Rd. I have seen at least one female in the group in the times that I have been out there.
Yesterday I was birding over several areas in Boone Cty. I started with Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area in the morning where I had 45 species including a woodpecker slam, and a Red-shouldered Hawk. Then at 1:00 I joined Gary Jahnke at Ipsen Rd CA where we had a nice variety including Great Egret, Greater Yellow Legs, Sandhill Crane, and Barn Swallow. We then went down Wheeler Rd where we found a group of 20 Wilson’s Snipe in one of the fields. We later met up again at Garden Prairie Slough for night birding where we had a Virginia Rail and a Black-crowned Night-Heron.
This morning I was in Spencer Park in Belvidere and visiting the feeders at the nature center was an adult male Purple Finch, he made several trips to the feeders.
For those who have been waiting for the northern sites in Boone to reopen, all of the sites are now open except for Kinnikinnick Creek CA which the roads still need to be re-graded. So, Piscasaw Fen, O O Stimes, Tuttle Clarkson, and Edwards are all open.
The other day I found an American Woodcock in the backyard when I was checking my birdhouses. Always fun to record a new yard bird.
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.