Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Prothonotary Preening Is ...

 ... Sunshine on a cloudy day

Wishing you many sunshiny moments and beautiful birds.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Illinois Spring Bird Count

Spring Migration Scavenger Hunt
  ... A little piece of DeKalb

P.A. Nehring Forest Preserve

Seeing six Scarlet Tanager fly in and hunt bugs 
around us was just one highlight of our day. 
They really do take your breath away!

Northern Illinois University Lagoon

N.I.U. Lagoon near the Kishwaukee River. 
They were also in the wooded area by the Technology building. 

P.A. Nehring Forest Preserve

I always hope to see this little beauty during migration. 
I am amazed how very quickly they move through the trees
while searching for and collecting insects.  
I continue to try and capture it's essence in the brief seconds available to me.
Until we meet again sweet American Redstart.

Bathing in the Kishwaukee River! How sweet is that!
I love birdwatching!

Taking a little drink.

N.I.U. Lagoon

I posted this one just so I could say "ROCK N' ROBIN"
I counted 51 Robin in DeKalb, Illinois today.

Just a splishing and a splashing.  
Tweet, tweet, tweedle deet.

 The Northern Flicker is a striking bird up close.
Texture rich, beautiful!

A Pheobe melody "feee beee" ... music to my ears.

Home sweet home. DeKalb, Illinois.

This guy was working the same area as the Tanager's.
He hopped up on this branch for a moment to survey the area below.
They like to forage through the leaves for goodness.

This is the last bird I counted today. He even posed for me.
I whispered 'thank you' after taking this shot. 
He turned his head and looked me right in the eye 
with a 'happy bird count day' gaze just before flying off.

This is the first time I participated in a bird count. 
This is what I saw while out and about in DeKalb, Illinois today.  
I started birding at 5:45 a.m. with another birder from our group, 
then continued searching the rest of the day with my husband. 
I stopped counting at 4:30 p.m. 
It felt like we were on a scavenger hunt. 
We enjoyed every moment!

Birds seen today                                                Count                                                         
  1. American Goldfinch                                                6             
  2. Baltimore Oriole                                                      2
  3. Blue-headed Vireo                                                   1
  4. Blue Heron                                                               1
  5. Black and White Warbler                                         1
  6. Black-capped Chickadee                                          9
  7. Black-throated Green Warbler                                 1
  8. Blue-gray Gnatchatcher                                           3
  9. Canadian Geese                                                      41    
    Canadian Geese Chicks                                          21
  10. Cat Bird                                                                    6
  11. Chimney Swift                                                        18
  12. Chipping Sparrow                                                     3
  13. Common Yellow-throat                                             3
  14. Crow                                                                          4
  15. Downy Woodpecker                                                  1
  16. Eurasian Tree Sparrow                                              4
  17. Great Horned Owl                                                     1
  18. Grackle                                                                    12
  19. House Sparrow                                                          5
  20. House Wren                                                               2
  21. Magnolia Warbler                                                      2
  22. Mallard                                                                     17
  23. Mourning Dove                                                          4
  24. Northern Rough-winged Swallow                              7
  25. Northern Flicker                                                          3
  26. Northern Cardinal                                                       6
  27. Palm Warbler                                                              4
  28. Phoebe                                                                        4
  29. Red-winged Blackbird                                              14
  30. Red-bellied Woodpecker                                            4
  31. Robin                                                                        51
  32. Redstart, American                                                     1
  33. Rose-breasted Grosbeak                                             4
  34. Rock pigeon                                                                3
  35. Ruby Crowned Kinglet                                               3
  36. Scarlet Tanager                                                           4
  37. Swamp Sparrow                                                          1
  38. Swainson's Thrush                                                      1
  39. Starling                                                                      34
  40. White-crowned Sparrow                                             4
  41. White-breasted Nuthatch                                            3
  42. Vulture                                                                        3
  43. Yellow Warbler                                                           8
  44. Yellow-rumped Warbler                                              2
Days Count   TOTAL                                                        332
Days Species TOTAL                                                         44

Area Covered: DeKalb, Illinois
                        Elwood House Woodland & Cemetary behind it      5:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
                        My Backyard                                                             8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
                        Around NIU Lagoon & Technology Bldg woods     9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
                        Fairview Cemetery                                                   2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
                        P.A. Nehring Forest Preserve                                    3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011