The March 2014 Members night was a huge success and we offer our thanks to the ten DBC members who volunteered to show their photographs to the rest of the club. We were fortunate to see birds, mammals, and insects from all over the world and enjoy a descriptive and often amusing commentary as the programs unfolded. Thank-you to all the presenters for a job well done.
Presenters from the left Andrew Steinmann, Tom Lebryk, Jean Spitzer, Dharma Alagaratnam, Bonnie Graham, John Baker, Beth Pector, Christian Goers, Allan Poole and Davida Kalina.
This and That…
Next Club Meeting
May 8, 2014 7:30 p.m
Topic: A 4-wheel-drive birding adventure in the 3 ranges of the Andes Mountains of Colombia, South America
Mary Lou is a retired journalist (former national magazine managing editor) and an avid birder. She is presently the president of Bird Conservation Network, a coalition of 20 bird clubs, Audubon chapters and conservation organizations.
Birds, travel and photography are her passions and she has traveled widely to pursue them: from South Africa to Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, Seychelles Islands (Indian Ocean), all over Central America and much of South America.
Her program is about a trip to Colombia, a country that has documented more species of birds than any country in the world (1880) last November. It was a 16-day tour lead by Diego Calderon of Sunrise Birding www.sunrisebirding.com, a brilliant young Colombian birder, starting in the city of Bogota (a city of 8,000,000). She traveled with local Chicago-area birder Joan Bruchman and they were joined by a 3rd client from Connecticut. In a 4-wheel-drive vehicle they covered more than 1500 miles while birding the eastern and western slopes of the East, Central and West ranges of the Andes Mountains, elevations from 3000 feet to more than 11,000. They tallied more than 400 species and enjoyed the beauty of the birds, the countryside and the friendly hospitality of the Colombian people. Colombia's tourism is booming after nearly two decades of being nearly shut down to tourism because of political unrest.
There are 180 species of hummingbird in the world; 170 of them can be seen in Colombia. The endemic Black Inca, the endemic Indigo-capped Hummingbird and the Andean Emerald were seen and photographed. They saw 23 species of brilliantly colored assorted tanager species (many photographed). We saw and photographed the Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, the endemic Brown-banded Antpitta and the Slate-crowned Antpitta. We also saw the endemic Mattoral Tapaculo.
Other sightings included Agouti, Tayra, Venezuelan Red Howler Monkey, Red-tailed squirrel, Cavy, Green iguana, MonkeyHhoppers, walking stick (insects) and the Andean Dwarf Squirrel.
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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 takez advantage of the various habitats in DuPage County, the greater Chicago area, and other regional hotspots.
Upcoming Field Trips
Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.
Whalon Lake for New Birders, Will County
Leader: Jim Hedges
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Superb Owl Sunday VI Trip Report - Febuary 2, 2014
Cold, snowy weather did not deter a group of 18 birders from searching for owls on the sixth annual Superb Owl Sunday. We chose to stay local this year and met at Whalon Lake Forest Preserve at noon. We started with a hike through the pines at WL. We found a couple of Brown Creepers working their way up the tree trunks in search of food. Several Downy Woodpeckers and a few White-breasted Nuthatches were also present. Along the woods edge several White-throated Sparrows foraged in the shrubs. But no owls were found.
We then car-pooled to southwestern Bolingbrook where we immediately located one of the Snowy Owls which have been present for several weeks. Several scopes were set up and everyone got good looks at the bird. We got a bonus when a helicopter flew nearby. The Snowy took flight and travelled several hundred yards before settling back down in the field.
Our final stop was Hidden Lakes Nature Center in Bolingbrook. The feeders had plenty of activity with a number of Tree Sparrows, Juncos, [more….]
Mississippi River Trip Report - Febuary 16, 2014
Urs Geiser led a group of eight birders on his annual Mississippi River Eagle field trip. We squeezed everyone into 2 vehicles and headed west on I-88. Along the way we saw several Red-tailed Hawks and 3 Rough-legged Hawks during the 2+ hour drive. We arrived at Lock & Dam 13 to find very little open water and few birds. Only 20 some Bald Eagles were present. Upon hearing that an American White Pelican was present but not visible as it stuck close to the lock wall, one goofball walked on the water (frozen) to confirm its presence.
We went south from there checking feeders and areas of open water. We did well at the feeders finding the main target species, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, at feeders on River Road in Rock Island County. Other good feeder birds were Red-headed Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. A group of 12 Wild Turkeys were found crossing the road as we continued to car-bird our way south. We would find a few more Bald Eagles here and there as well as Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneye. [more….]
Saturday, April 12, 8:00 a.m.
Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton
Leader: John Cebula
Friday, April 25, 7:30 a.m.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien #3
Leader: Vicky Sroczynski
Sunday, April 20, 8 a.m.
Bemis Woods FP South Unit, Western Springs
Leader: Lesa Hipes
Sunday, April 13, 7:30 a.m.
Nelson Lake, Dick Young Forest Preserve, Batavia
Leader: John Duerr
Friday, April 18, 7:30 a.m.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien #2
Leader: Vicky Sroczynski
Friday, April 25, 8 a.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Ctr & Natural Area, St. Charles
Leader: Denis Kania
Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.
Saganaskee Slough & Little Red Schoolhouse, Cook County
Leader: Eric Delbecq
Saturday, April 5, 7:30 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Leader: Kyle Wiktor
Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m.
Mallard Lake Forest Preserve for New Birders, Hanover Park Leader: Jim Hedges
Sunday, April 6, 6:30 a.m.
Hennepin Area, Illinois River
Leader: Jeff Smith
Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m., Greene Valley
Evening Trip to View Woodcock Courtship Displays Leader: Jeff Smith
Friday, April 11, 7:30 a.m.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien #1
Leader: Vicky Sroczynski
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 a.m. (New start time)
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
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Make Your Birding Efforts Count in More Ways
Since the inception of the program in 1997, over 60 Forest Preserve District of DuPage County volunteer birders have conducted nearly 7,500 breeding bird point surveys across 46 forest preserves. This effort helps assess population trends and confirmed breeding activity in wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Data is contributed to regionwide efforts headed up by the Chicago Audubon Society and Bird Conservation Network (BCN), as well as nationwide datasets maintained by Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology (eBird).
How You Can Help
There are a variety of ways you can contribute to the Forest Preserve District’s bird monitoring efforts. Contact Natural Resource Management Volunteer Liaison Cindy Hedges at email@example.com or (630) 876-5929 to discuss how you can be involved! [Read more…]
Mississippi River Waterfowl Report - March 22, 2014
Jeff Chapman led a group of nine on his annual Mississippi River Trip looking for waterfowl and other regional specialties. We started the trip further south this year due to frozen conditions upriver. Lock & Dam 14 was the first stop. Eleven duck species were recorded here including Greater Scaup and a lone Red-breasted Merganser (two species which arenʼt always found). Good numbers of American White Pelicans and Bald Eagles were found here as well. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17601336.
We worked north along the river with a brief stop in Cordova where the normally reliable overlook waspretty much devoid of ducks. A few feeder birds were recorded. We checked along River Road north of town for more feeder birds with the main target being Eurasian Tree Sparrow. This was one case where being in the lead car did not work out as the back of the pack found an E Tree and 2 Eurasian Collared Doves. A couple of Red-headed Woodpeckers was the only other highlight. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17601414. A roadside stop just south [more….]
Check out the very interesting NOVA program called “Inside Animal Minds:Bird Genius” currently scheduled on channels 11.1 and 11.2:
Hello fellow DuPage Birding Club members. It’s time again for the 2014 Spring Bird Count on Saturday, May 10th!
On this day, a group of dedicated birders will fan out across DuPage County to count and identify all the bird species they can find. Last year we had a very successful day and found 174 species! Aiming to beat that total in 2014, we hope we can count on your participation this year!
Please come join us; We VERY MUCH NEED MORE BIRDERS to make it possible to cover as many locations within the county as possible You don't have to be an expert birder to participate; ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! We can can arrange to have you bird as part of a group or individually if you desire. Even if you can only bird for part of the day, your participation will provide a great service for the club.If it’s your preference, you’ll probably be able to look for birds close to home, since we divide the county into 17 areas, with teams scouring each area.
If you’ve never done the Spring Bird Count before, you will find it’s an enjoyable, fun filled day. Give it a try and you will be amazed at the variety of birds you will see. Rarities are always a possibility. It’s my favorite bird outing of the year and I look forward to being in the woods and fields on this typically beautiful day! Please call (630 985 2956) or email Bob Fisher (Bfisher928@aol.com) to sign up. Thanks and hope to see you out there.
Also wanted to welcome 6 new members to the DuPage Birding Club - Bob McClow, Cathy Fries, Kevin Hlava,Steve & Kathy Mineck, Bob Stone and Janice Kale Susner!
Jim Green, Webmaster