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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.

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Visit our **UPDATED** LENDING LIBRARY      

Birding BOOKS, AUDIO,VIDEO AND MORE!!!

DBC Lending Library

Select our DuPage Birding Club Apparel form to view the great selection of DBC Spiritwear apparel (created by Holy Cow Sports) that is embroidered with the DuPage Birding Club name and logo.


To order, download a copy of the order sheet and fill out your order. Drop off the completed sheet with payment to Vicky Sroczynski at   the next DBC meeting. Merchandise can be picked up   at the following DBC meeting date.

Have a question for the DuPage Birding Club? Send us a message at dbcboard@gmail.com

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   Next Club Meeting

Whooping crane conservation efforts at the international crane foundation


May 12, 2016

Our speaker that evening will be Lizzie Condon, the keeping whooping cranes safe coordinator from the international Crane foundation, Headquartered in Baraboo Wisconsin.


In her presentation, Lizzie will discuss the history of the international crane foundation and their ongoing research efforts in the conservation arena to provide working conservation solutions.


The Whooping Crane Has made a dramatic recovery from the brink of extinction through the efforts of many people, but the struggle continues to keep them safe. Lizzie will describe the latest efforts and plans to help these beautiful birds. Please join us for this important presentation.



Select here for more detailed Meeting information.

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Know Your Neighborhood: West Chicago

Leader: Glenn Perricone

Thursday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.
Woodcocks, Greene Valley Forest Preserve

Leader: Jeff Smith

Saturday, April 2, 8 a.m.
McDowell Grove Forest Preserve, Naperville

Leader: Joe Suchecki


Wednesday, April 6, 9:00 a.m.
Heron Rookery, Danada Forest Preserve

Leader: Bob and Jean Spitzer



Thursday April 7, , 4:30 p.m.
Know Your Neighborhood: Elmhurst

Leaders: Glenn Perricone

DBC Facebook Feed Watch the bird video of the month!              Inside Birding: Color Pattern

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 April 2016


Today's walk, attended by 28, was chilly but rewarding. Fifty species were seen, our second-highest total ever for April.

The park was very busy with the Foodie 5K so we headed for the golf course, which was vacant due to the cold. Some highlights, in addition to the nesting Great-Horned Owl, were Belted Kingfisher, Hooded Merganser, Ring-Necked Duck, Wood Duck and Field Sparrow. Eastern Bluebird and our first warbler of the year (Yellow-Rumped) also were seen.

Back on the park side of Cantigny, a Brown Thrasher was spotted outside the fence behind the First Division Museum. Our last bird of the day was possibly our best, a Winter Wren, found in the Rock Garden.

The wren was just one of many "April specialties" located today. Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, Golden-Crowned Kinglets and Hermit Thrushes were abundant. Brown Creepers were out in good numbers and several Fox Sparrows added to the mix.

Expected birds such as Cedar Waxwing and White-Throated Sparrow eluded us. Eastern Towhee and Red-Headed Woodpecker also went missing. 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.  


Birds Eye Finding Guide


What birds live near here? Where can I find new birds to add to my life list? BirdsEye is the only field guide that gives you an instant answer to this question, from your phone at home or around the world!


BirdsEye is a simple but essential tool for birders and naturalists of any level, and is finally available for Android! BirdsEye is the ultimate birding field guide that shows you where the birds are, and helps you identify birds around you by showing you what other people are reporting. Identification has never been easier!


BirdsEye also provides essential distribution, behavior and habitat text from noted field guide author Kenn Kaufman and other regional experts to help you find the bird once you get to the right spot. More…

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Friday, April 8, 8:00 –11:00 a.m.
Heritage Quarries Recreational Area (Lemont), Sag Quarries, & Saganashkee Slough

Leader: Vicky Sroczynski


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Think you know your birds? Take the Patuxent Bird Quiz!

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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


President’s Corner


After birding for a week in Colorado in mid-April, with temperatures ranging from below freezing in the Rockies, to 80°F on the SE plains, and back to freezing temperatures and nearly 4 feet of snow in the Denver area, I returned home to 80-degree weather in DuPage County and heard about some new spring migrants, plus a few rarities, that arrived while I was gone. The new arrivals included Louisiana Waterthrush and several other warblers, Black-crowned Night Heron, Ameican Bittern, Sora, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, to name a few. Most of the rarities that showed up in mid- to late-April occurred beyond DuPage County’s borders: Eared Grebe and Smith’s Longspurs in Cook County, Townsend’s Solitaire in Kendall County, and Glossy and White-faced Ibises, also in Kendall County.


While DuPage County offers great birding opportunities in its forest preserves and other natural areas, nearby counties do, too. Many birding hotspots beyond DuPage County’s borders in Cook, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties can be reached by car in less than an hour. Montrose Point along Chicago’s lakefront is a well-known hotspot in Cook County, but others include LaBagh Woods (where Worm-eating Warblers have been seen the last few years), Busse Woods, Orland Grasslands, and the many forest preserves in the Palos Area. In more-rural Will, Kane, and Kendall counties, not only do their forest preserves provide great habitats for birds, but seasonally-flooded agricultural fields in spring and fall offer very attractive stopovers for migrating shorebirds that can be very difficult to find in DuPage County.


IBET (at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/conversations/messages?o=1) and eBird (at http://ebird.org/ebird/eBirdReports?cmd=Start) are great online resources for finding out about what’s being seen at birding hotspots within and beyond DuPage County’s borders. If you’re interested in exploring new areas, but are unsure about getting there and back, consider asking a friend along to help you navigate to these new birding spots and to find your way around within them. And look for May’s field-trip lineup inside Drummings and on the club’s website at www.dupagebirding.org. The annual Spring Bird Count on Saturday, May 7, is fast approaching. If you haven’t yet signed up to volunteer for the count in DuPage County, but would like to, please contact Bob Fisher at dupagespringbc@aol.com.


Davida Kalina


Illinois BirdTrax

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.

Sunday, April 10, 6:30 a.m.
Hennepin Area, Illinois River (Pre-registration required)

Leader: Jeff Smith


Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Woodcocks, Greene Valley Forest Preserve

Leader: Jeff Smith

Friday, April 15, 8:00 a.m.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien

Leader: Vicky Sroczynski


Saturday, April 16, 8:00 a.m.
Greene Valley, Woodridge

Contact: Bonnie Graham

Sunday, April 17, 8:00 a.m.
Nelson Lake, Dick Young Forest Preserve, Batavia

Leader: John Duerr

Saturday, April 23, 8:00 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville

Leader: Kyle Wiktor

DuPage Birding Club Field Trip Reports

Advice on choosing the best birdwatching optics for you!

Sunday, April 24, 7:30 a.m.
Cricket Creek Forest Preserve.

Leader: Lesa Hipes, 630-689-7463



Thursday, April 28, 8:00 a.m.
Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook (Birding, Buildings, and Photography)

Leader: Vicky Sroczynski


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Saturday, April 9, 7:30 a.m. (Note new start time)
Cantigny Park, Wheaton

Leader: Jeff Reiter