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Founded in 1985, the DuPage Birding Club is nationally known as one of the largest and most active birding groups in Illinois. Our mission is to promote birding among our 200+ members and the general public through education and field experiences that take advantage of the various habitats in DuPage County, the greater Chicago area, and other regional hotspots.
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Next Club Meeting
A Real Life Horned Owl Soap Opera
October 13, 2016
Our speaker that evening will be Karla Bloem founder and executive director of the International Owl center. She acquired Alice the Great Horned Owl to use in educational programs in 1998 and began studying Great Horned Owl vocalization in 2004. Karla is now the world authority on their vocalizations and has given presentations in the Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, and Italy. Alice’s popularity led Karla to create the International Festival of Owls, the only full-weekend, all- owl event in North America and has served as the inspiration for similar events in Italy and Nepal. Karla and Alice testified before the Minnesota house and Senate environment committees to successfully gain protection for the Great Horned Owls in 2005. Karla received the Brother Theodore Voelker Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union in 2001 and was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2008. Karla has also assisted the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, author Stan Tekiela, British filmmaker Fergus Beeley, and several other authors and producers with various Owl projects.
Her topic will be “a real life Great Horned Owl Soap Opera”. Featuring the star of the show, Alice.
Please join us for our pre-meeting dinner at 6:00 pm at Panera Bread located at 541 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn.
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Saturday, October 8, 7:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Leader: Jeff Reiter
Saturday, October 1, 7:30 a.m.
Springbrook Prairie, Naperville
Leader: Joe Suchecki
Thursday, October 6, 5:30 pm
Know Your Neighborhood, Downers Grove
Leader: Glenn Perricone
Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 a.m.
Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Leaders: Marcia & Lee Nye
Sunday, October 2, 8:00 a.m
Hidden Lake, Downers Grove
Leader: Lesa Hipes
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Meacham Grove - May 7, 2015
Jean and I, along with Nancy and Leslie, took the Meacham Grove field trip on Tuesday morning, May 7th. The weather was great. We saw some nice birds. Our tally was 32 species. Note that the large area that at one time was a wet marsh is now quite dry, owing to draining. Further, this trip came before the heavy rains of late. The vernal ponds were dry back in the woods. Leslie and I spent a lot of time looking for warblers in the western part of the preserve. We were not rewarded for our effort. Hence our tally was less than in past years.
I filed our listing on the Club's eBird account. A copy of the listing is attached in PDF format. We took a some photos with my pocket Lumix camera. I have attached a selection just for fun. Jean and I have 2 more DuPage Birding Club field trips remaining for May.
Cantigny October 8, 2016
Today's walk at Cantigny Park, co-sponsored by the DuPage Birding Club, was attended by 27 birders. It was chilly when we began (around 40 degrees) but clear, calm and sunny -- a GREAT day to be out! The birds must have thought so too because we found 52 species.
Blue Jays and Cedar Waxwings were abundant today along with good numbers of Yellow-Rumped Warbler. Some of our more notable sightings were Clay-Colored Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Nashville Warbler and Sandhill Crane.
It was the first time we've seen Rusty Blackbird on a Cantigny walk, and only the second time for Clay-Colored Sparrow. The Rustys were mingling with a flock of Red-Winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles near the Cantigny front gate. Kudos to Glenn P. for discovering both of these local rarities. (If you missed seeing them don't feel bad -- I missed them too!)
"October specialties" included Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, White-Crowned Sparrow and both kinglets. Hermit Thrush, Eastern Towhee and Fox Sparrow went missing. We also whiffed on hummingbird, even though one was spotted at the feeder yesterday! Seeing a hummingbird around here in October is always a fun challenge. I'm not putting the feeder away yet! See today’s complete list.
Special thanks to Cantigny volunteer and DBC member Joan Campbell for helping me lead today's walk. Thanks also to those who purchased Cantigny birding pins -- wear them with pride!
The next walk is Saturday, Nov. 12. Meet at the Cantigny Park Visitors Center at 8:30 am (not 7:30!).
Pate Phillips State Park/Tri County Park - Sept. 5, 2015
We had a successful DBC Field Trip on Saturday morning, Sept 5th. Per our plan, we met at the Pate Philips Tri-County State Park at 7:30am. Three birders came who were new to DBC field trips. They told us they had a good experience and we invited them to our next Club Meeting. More birders came from the Club. Our birders were all with some experience and several brought some nice cameras. Counting Jean and myself, we had 12 birders on this outing.
We checked the birds at "Tri-County" for the next two hours. The weather was warm, but close to ideal. We were able to see lots of birds and some very nice species. I kept the log and tried to get everyone's input. The bird totals for each species represent a rough interpretation of what was being seen, given the many inputs. Others may have their own list. I have filed the results with eBird under our DBC account. Per my tally, we logged 29 species on this outing. I have attached a PDF copy of the listing.
Per the eBird history, we got to see birds that might be expected this time of the year. Some birds were not seen, such as the Osprey. Several birds were intriguing. We got to see a Northern Waterthrush on a sand bar in the creek. We got to see and hear the Sora in the brush near the bear dam on the creek. I took some photos with my pocket camera. Jon Grainger got the only shot of the illusive Sora. I have attached several of my shots, including Cormorants, Cedar Waxwings, plus the Sora photo from Jon. We all elected to stop birding at 9:30am. (We did not explore Pratt's Wayne Woods). Some had other commitments. For myself, I had a doctor's appointment to address my head cold. Jean and three others went on to the Savoury Pancake Café for brunch and good conversation. Two of the breakfast group were new to the DBC.
The DuPage Birding Club has changed vendors for its logo-embroidered apparel. Members are now able to view, select, and order shirts, jackets, hats, and tote bags embroidered with the DBC logo at our new online store operated by Hyperstitch, Inc., in Marengo, IL. Just click on the following link to visit our new store:
Orders will be shipped directly to customers. Items are available for men and women in a range of styles, sizes, and colors. Sizing charts can be found by clicking on “Support & Services” in the menu bar at the top of the store’s webpage. (If a youth-sized version is needed, that request can be made in the “Order Notes” box at the lower left corner of the checkout page.) Shipping and taxes are calculated and added to the order online. Payment can be made to Hyperstitch either online via credit card or PayPal, or by mail via personal check after submitting an order online.
Check out our new store! If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Sroczynski at email@example.com .
If you find sick, injured, or orphaned native wildlife, you can contact the Willowbrook Wildlife Center for assistance. NOTE: Please read the acceptance policy on their website before bringing an animal to their facility!
Fall officially began two days ago, as I write this message. Sightings of migrating shorebirds are decreasing in NE Illinois, while those of migrating passerines are holding steady or increasing for some groups. A Long-billed Dowitcher recently showed up at Fermilab, near Warrenville in DuPage County, a shorebird that signals October will soon be here. Swainson’s Thrushes are abundant now, while Hermit Thrushes are just beginning to be reported in our area. As migrating warblers depart, fall sparrows are beginning their passage through our area. The first reports of Nelson’s Sparrows (an autumn-colored bird, if ever there was one) came little more than a week ago in Cook County, and the first reports from DuPage County occurred in the last two days. Lincoln’s Sparrows have been sighted, too. Soon to follow in our area will be numerous White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows (I heard the latter’s song today at Fermilab), the harder-to-find Le Conte’s Sparrow, and the much rarer Harris’s Sparrow. Before long, we will be seeing our winter-resident American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Fall raptor migration is underway, too, and volunteers at local-area Hawkwatches have been on duty since early September at Greene Valley Forest Preserve in DuPage County and at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve and Illinois Beach State Park in Lake County. Hawkwatches will continue through the end of November.
I have one last observation to share about migratory shorebirds in DuPage and surrounding counties this year. Abundant rains kept water levels high for much of spring and summer 2016 at traditional, publicly-accessible shorebird habitats away from Lake Michigan (including the 83rd fluddle at Greene Valley Forest Preserve, AE Sea at Fermilab, Fabyan Marsh in West Chicago, Wood Dale Reservoir, and Itasca Wetlands, all in DuPage County). Yet, even when mud and rocky spits have been exposed at these locations for days or several weeks at a time before rains covered them back up, relatively few shorebirds seemed to utilize these locations. The variety of shorebird species reported from our area seemed more limited this year, and individual counts for some species have been much lower than many birders would have liked to see. Some of the best places to see migrating shorebirds inland have been flooded agricultural fields in eastern Will County and the few remaining sod fields in Kendall County. We still could see a few more shorebird species show up in our area this month—many birders will remember the unusually-large numbers of White-rumped Sandpipers that sustained easterly winds brought to our area this time last year. In heavily-developed DuPage County, our options for seeing shorebirds are limited under the best of conditions, and I hope weather and site conditions will be more conducive to shorebirds stopping here to rest and refuel during their travels in 2017.
The DuPage Birding Club is offering many opportunities in October to see fall-migratory birds, including the 2nd of 2 field trips this season to the Greene Valley Hawkwatch. Check out DBC’s extensive field-trip lineup for October inside Drummings and on the club’s website at www.dupagebirding.org.
DBC again thanks its members who have renewed their annual memberships. Thank you for your continued support!
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Sunday, October 9, 7:30 a.m.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Aurora, Kane County
Leader: Terry Murray
Sunday, October 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Greene Valley FP Hawk Watch, Part 2, Naperville
Leader: Jeff Smith
Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 a.m.
Herrick Lake, Wheaton
Leader: Laurel Salvador
Friday, October 21, 4:00 pm
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Leader: Kyle Wiktor
9th Annual Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival - Feb, 2016
Six DBC members attended the 9th Annual Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival in the Duluth, Minn., area in February. Pictured, clockwise from top left, are Roger Zacek, Diane Meiborg, Joan Campbell, Ed Campbell, Chuck Berman and Jeff Reiter.
Friday, October 28 8:00a.m.
Lyman Woods, Downers Grove
Leader: Joan Campbell
Saturday, October 29, 7:00 a.m.
Glacial Park and Other Hot Spots, McHenry County
Co-leaders: John Cebula,Bob and Jean Spitzer,