NCIOS Field Trip - Chuck Hillebrand's Property Near Pecatonica Wetlands

Saturday, October 13, 2007
Leader: Jack Armstrong / Total Participants: 15

The trip began at Farm & Fleet on W. State St. where we saw two Cooper's Hawks and heard both a Belted Kingfisher & White-throated Sparrow. From there we headed to Chuck Hillebrand's property near the Pecatonica Wetlands. We birded the area for a few hours but sparrow numbers were low. However, some highlights included several Tree Swallows and ten or more Eastern Phoebes. There were also 100s of Red-winged Blackbirds but no Rustys.

We then headed to the farm fields along Highway 70 and found Snow Geese, including a Blue Phase and some Cackling Geese. Some of the group saw an immature Bald Eagle and then the whole group saw an adult. There was also some excitement of a possible Red-shouldered Hawk that turned out to be a really neat Red-tailed Hawk.

  1. White-throated Sparrow
  2. Blue Jay
  3. Belted Kingfisher
  4. American Crow
  5. Red-tailed Hawk
  6. Cooper's Hawk
  7. Eastern Bluebird
  8. Eastern Phoebe (10+)
  9. Red-winged Blackbird (100s)
  10. Black-Capped Chickadee
  11. Dark-eyed Junco
  12. White-breasted Nuthatch
  13. Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler
  14. Song Sparrow
  15. Canada Goose
  16. American Robin
  17. American Goldfinch
  18. Killdeer
  19. Ring-necked Pheasant
  20. Great-blue Heron
  21. European Starling
  22. Hairy Woodpecker
  23. Downy Woodpecker
  24. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  25. Mallard
  26. Tree Swallow (10+)
  27. Sandhill Crane (heard)
  28. Northern Harrier (F)
  29. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  30. Swamp Sparrow
  31. Mourning Dove
  32. House Finch
  33. Rock Pigeon
  34. CACKLING GOOSE
  35. SNOW GOOSE (5, including a Blue Phase)
  36. BALD EAGLE (1 imm. and 1 adult)
  37. Common Grackle
  38. House Sparrow
  39. Northern Flicker

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