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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.

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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.

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DuPage Birding Club Field Trip Reports

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Annual Member’s Night

March 10, 2016

It’s time! Now’s Your chance to share Your birding experiences from near or far at the annual DBC members’ night. In settings ranging from the exotic to the familiar, club members capture images of birds in habitats all over the world, including their own back yards. Come to the meeting on Thursday March 10th to see photos taken by club members of many great birds in many wonderful places.

Deadline for submissions of photos is Wednesday, February 24th, 2016. Each member presentation is limited to ten minutes; so, pick your best 15-20 images to share with your fellow birders. If you would like to contribute to the program, please contact Stan Zatarski as soon as possible for further submission requirements at or (708) 715-9822

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Thursday February 4, 4:30 p.m.

Know Your Neighborhood: Bensenville

Leaders: Glenn Perricone

Saturday, February 6, 7:30 a.m.

McKee Marsh (Winfield)

Leader:  Kyle Wiktor

Friday, February 12 thru Monday, February 15

Great Backyard Bird Count.

McKee Marsh, Warrenville

Leader: Kyle Wiktor   

Saturday, February 20th, 8:00 a.m.

Morton Arboretum, Lisle

Leader: Bonnie Graham

Thursday, February 25th, 3:30 p.m.

Know Your Neighborhood: Lemont

Leader: Glenn Perricone

Saturday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.

Fox River Preserves, Batavia & North

Leaders: Bob and Jean Spitzer

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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.

Glacier Park in  McHenry- May 20, 2015

II have found some time to capture our May 20th DBC field trip to Glacial Park up in McHenry County. I was a good experience for our 5 birders, even though rain curtailed our chances to see some birds. John, thank you for the eBird report of 66 species.

Jean and I took some photos. She got some good shots. I have attached some just for fun. The sandhill cranes were great. So was the birding experience.

Cantigny 2015 Wrap-Up

With another exciting year of Cantigny birding behind us, I decided a report is in order! 2015 was special in so many ways. We even commissioned a special Cantigny Birding pin (see above) to wear on our hats and vests! The birds, of course, were the main thing, with camaraderie a close second.

For the year we saw or heard a total of 116 species on the monthly walks. Our best day, naturally, was in May, when the Birdwatching Open at Cantigny Golf produced 80 kinds of birds. Our lowest count was 11 species on a frigid day in February.

The Cantigny all-time site list grew by four in 2015, finishing with 153 species. We saw our first American White Pelicans on the April walk (No. 150), and then our first Olive-Sided Flycatcher in August. ANOTHER olive-sided turned up on the September walk!

The other additions to the all-time property list were Ring-Necked Pheasant and Northern Bobwhite. What, you don't remember any reports about those? Don't worry, you didn't miss anything; no pheasants or quail were seen at Cantigny in 2015. However, a colleague at the McCormick Museum recently shared a
Chicago Tribune article dated Jan. 6, 1935. The story, "News of the Tribune Experimental Farm," pointed out that "useful wild birds" such as pheasant and quail were both common and welcome on the Cantigny grounds. So, since we have it in writing, I thought it appropriate to add the two "legacy birds" to our official records. Any objections?

The latest Cantigny all-time bird list is posted on the
birding page of if you want to check it out.

While not first-time Cantigny sightings, other uncommon birds encountered in 2015 included Bald Eagle, Osprey, American Kestrel, Pied-Billed Grebe, Red-Headed Woodpecker, Wood Thrush, Lincoln's Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Common Redpoll (heard), Horned Lark (heard) and Red-Breasted Nuthatch. Among 21 warbler species were Blue-Winged and Black-Throated Blue. Several warblers remain undocumented at Cantigny--let's find them in 2016! {More…}

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.  

Join Us for the Next Count, February 12-15, 2016

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Register for the count or use your existing login name and password. If you have never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count or any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you’ll need to create a new account. If you already created an account for last year’s GBBC, or if you’re already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing login information.

2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.(More)


Sunday, February 28, 7:00 a.m.

Mississippi River Eagles & More

Leader: Urs Geiser



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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!

Field Trips

After extended warm weather in the fall, wintery conditions have finally descended on Northeast Illinois.  As I sit down to write this message on January 17, my outdoor thermometer is registering 0°F.  Many ponds and lakes in DuPage, Kane, and Will counties are frozen over.  Local rivers are still running, Lake Michigan has open water near shore, and it is in these places that local birders now look for water birds and Bald Eagles.  Recent sightings on the Fox River include Trumpeter Swans and a rare Barrow’s Goldeneye.  Visiting gulls are once again joining up with larger groups of more-numerous Herring and Ring-billed Gulls.  Will County had its first-ever California Gull reported to eBird on January 16—a species seldom seen in Illinois.  Birders from our area recently made the 4.5-hour drive south to Carlyle Lake in Clinton County to see an adult Black-tailed Gull, a common species in Eastern Asia, hardly-ever seen inland in North America.  DuPage Birding Club members will be among those traveling to Lake County to see even more winter gulls at the annual Gull Frolic on February 13 in Winthrop Harbor.

Many DBC members embrace winter and continue visiting local forest preserves, parks, and other natural areas, including Fermilab and The Morton Arboretum, not only to enjoy year-round resident birds and winter water birds, but also to spot winter-visitor land birds, including sparrows, raptors, Northern Shrikes, and rarities like the recent Townsend’s Solitaire in Will County.  Local birders have again been treated to daytime sightings of Northern Shrikes and sunset views of Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls at Fermilab, Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, and the grassland preserves in southern Cook County.  

DBC members with backyard feeders are carefully sorting through House Finches and American Goldfinches, looking for those wandering winter finches (Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, and Common Redpoll) and Red-breasted Nuthatches.  The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe has been a fairly reliable spot this winter for Common Redpolls, and The Morton Arboretum, for Red-breasted Nuthatches.  (Red Crossbills were only spotted a few times in Illinois in the fall, with no recent sightings of these always-hoped-for winter finches.)  And who hasn’t been looking at all those Dark-eyed Juncos foraging on the ground, trying to find that one sparrow with a really-dark hood and reddish-brown back and sides, the Oregon Junco?

Some club members will be birding farther afield in February, either heading to places even colder than DuPage County (like the Sax-Zim Bog near Duluth, Minnesota, to see Great Gray Owls, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, Boreal Chickadees, and Sharp-tailed Grouse) or to much warmer locales (like Arizona, Trinidad and Tobago, and India) for a break from the cold.

Here at home, DuPage Birding Club continues to offer field trips through the winter to local birding hotspots.  And DBC invites you to help celebrate winter’s end and the coming of spring at the Annual Members’ Night on Thursday evening, March 10, when club members share their best birding photos taken at locations near and far.  Look for February’s field-trip lineup and more information about the Annual Members’ Night inside Drummings and on the club’s website at  Until next month, stay warm and good birding!

Davida Kalina

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