As a member of the DuPage Birding Club, you will experience numerous benefits including club meetings, field trips, newsletters, 10% Eagle Optics discounts and much more. To learn more about these benefits and for information on becoming a member, select here.
This and That…
Welcome to the DuPage Birding Club!
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.
Upcoming Field Trips
Field Trip Participants: Please dress warm and dry for field trip weather and trail conditions. We expect everyone to enjoy birding in a safe manner by being careful and prudent.
Select for more Detailed Field Trip Info!
Visit our **UPDATED** LENDING LIBRARY
Birding BOOKS, AUDIO,VIDEO AND MORE!!!
Next Club Meeting
All About Sparrows!
July 14, 2016
Our speaker will be Denis Kania who started birding late in life, but over the past 30 years, he has made up for lost time.
Denis devotes all of his time studying minute visual details of his subjects. This serves him well when it comes to problematic bird groups such as fall warblers or sparrows. He uses this attention to detail in his bird art too, which helps advance his birding skills.
Denis also enjoys international bird travel. Since his first trip to Costa Rica in 1994, he has made over twenty trips to Central and South America. Outside of the western hemisphere,Denis has also birded in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. His upcoming trip to South America will potentially bless him with his 4000th species. As Denis says, “It’s up to the birds”.
Denis loves to teach and his sparrow program is based on one of his first classes he offered at the Morton Arboretum, where he has encouraged new birders for twenty years.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your sparrow ID skills!
Please join us for our pre-meeting dinner at 6:00 pm at Panera Bread located at 541 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn.
Select here for more Meeting Information
Saturday, July 30, 7:30 a.m.
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook
Leader: Lesa Hipes
Thursday, July 7, 6:00 p.m.
Know Your Neighborhood: Wheaton
Leader: Glenn Pericone
Saturday, July 23, 7:30 a.m.
Lyman Woods, Downers Grove
Leader: Joan Campbell
Saturday, July 9, 9:00 a.m.
Swainson’s Hawks, Kane County
Leaders: Bob and Karen Fisher
Saturday, July 9, 7:30 a.m.
Cantigny Golf, Wheaton
Leaders: Jeff Reiter
Website Design: Jim Green Photos: Christian Goers
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 June 11, 2016
Today's bird walk at Cantigny Park, co-sponsored by the DuPage Birding Club, was attended by 39 birders. Birding from the shade as much as possible, we found 45 species. We did not venture onto the golf course.
One of the highlights today was our discovery of an active nest belonging to an Eastern Wood Pewee. We all had good views of the female pewee on the nest, presumably sitting on eggs. The nest is in one of the big oaks near the red bandshell.
Other walk highlights were orchard and Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting,great-crested flycatcher and good numbers of Eastern bluebird. Warblers were the expected ones, yellow and common yellowthroat. Most of us also enjoyed fine views of a singing red-eyed vireo. See list.
Thanks to all who attended the walk and especially the first-timers -- please come back! Additional kudos to my able co-leaders, Joan Campbell and Jim Frazier.
NEXT MONTH, on July 9 at 7:30 am, please join us at Cantigny Golf for "Purple Martins 101" by Cantigny volunteer Ray Feld. If you've never attended this annual "workshop" definitely put this on your calendar and bring your camera -- it's always a fun and informative morning. More details are posted online at Cantigny.org.
See you soon and stay cool!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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!
The hottest, most humid weather so far this summer is upon us, as I write this message. Although spring migration seems like it ended not long ago, some of our summer-resident birds are now nesting a second time, and the first wave of migratory shorebirds heading south for the winter has already been landing at local wetlands and flooded farm fields in DuPage and neighboring counties. Solitary, Least, and Semipalmated Sandpipers are being seen with regularity in our area, along with summer-resident Spotted Sandpipers. Sanderlings and a few American Avocets have been reported from the shores of Lake Michigan, and Stilt Sandpipers have been spotted in far-southern Cook County. The first Short-billed Dowitchers of the season in DuPage County have been observed foraging at Fermilab’s AE Sea this week. And two adult Black-necked Stilts (a striking-looking species occasionally seen in our area usually during spring and fall migration) have nested in rural Kane County and are now caring for two juveniles in a flooded field near Sugar Grove, IL!
The DuPage Birding Club helped birders prepare for fall migration with its July 14 program, “All About Sparrows”, presented by club member Denis Kania. Birders in our area are able to see many migratory sparrows in spring. But few are lucky enough to glimpse the golden-orange-patterned Nelson’s and LeConte’s Sparrows at that time of year, and most must wait until September to try to see them. Attendees at the July DBC meeting are better prepared to find and identify not only these two beautiful species this fall, but also to identify adults in fall and juveniles in the field now of several other potentially-confusing sparrow species, thanks to the guidance Denis provided.
DBC encourages families with young birders to check out a late-summer opportunity on August 27, 2016, to meet other young birders, to bird with them, and to hear presentations given by young birders and professionals at the 1st Annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium at the Brushwood Center, located in the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods, Illinois. The Illinois Young Birders club, a group sponsored by the Illinois Ornithological Society, is organizing the event, and DBC is a proud sponsor of their inaugural symposium. For more information about the ILYB and the symposium, check out the following links:
DBC thanks its members who have already renewed their annual memberships! Your response to our new online membership-renewal option has been great. If you have not yet renewed your DBC membership, you can still do so in one of three ways: (1) online, at http://www.dupagebirding.org/page7.html; (2) by regular mail, using the application form on the DBC website; or (3) in person at the next DBC meeting. Thank you for your support!
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.
Have a question for the DuPage Birding Club? Send us a message at email@example.com