For the Southernmost Illinois Birding Blitz - 2015

 

On-line Donations on behalf of the DuPage Dippers team

 

2015 Team members: Jeff Smith (Captain), Joan Norek

 

 

All donations and pledges go the The Friends of the Cache River Watershed

for habitat restoration and preservation in the Cache River Watershed

in Southernmost Illinois.

 

(Scroll down below the donation button for the team's 2012 results.) 

 

For more event details, see  http://www.birdingblitz.org

 

 

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2012 - Competing in the Single County category

(Saline County)

 

And we competed well, very well.

No, we did not win in the Single-County Blitz category. That was not a realistic goal because we did not select a "winning" type of county.

The goal we achieved was make a new single-day record for Saline County. The IOS record for Saline County stood at 90 species for a single day, and another birder had a 107 species day in Saline County for a Spring Bird Count.

We passed both "records" with a team total of 122 species, including Common Loon, Least Bittern, Barn Owl (2) and Bell's Vireo.

We started at 4 a.m. with Least Bittern and ended in the darkness of night with Chuck-will's-widow. Seventy-seven species before 9 a.m.

 

Joan Norek

 

 

Day Report

This year like Craig and Steve, the DuPage Dippers (Joan Norek, Bob Carper, Jeff Smith) chose to do the County Category of the Blitz. We chose Saline County for a couple of reasons. #1 - None of us had ever been to Saline Co. #2 - Not many eBird lists from Saline Co. and #3 - 90 species is listed as the Big Day record for the county (though last year 107 was recorded for the Spring Bird Count).

After a half day of scouting we had a couple of places we could get birds. We started at 4 a.m. at a marsh outside Harrisburg picking up a Least Bittern. We then got to Garden of the Gods before sunrise. Driving in we had several Whip-poor-wills sitting on the road. Whips were calling all around. We stopped at the main lot and got a Screech Owl. As it got light we began picking up a few Warblers and thrushes on the way out. We continued back north in the Shawnee Forest then made our way through old coal areas and eventually north to the agricultural areas of the county

At the end of the day we had tallied 122 species. Other highlights include 2 Common Loons, 2 Barn Owls, several good looks at Worm-eating Warblers, and finishing the day to the serenade of several Chuck-will's-widows. We had 3 species Friday that we didn't locate Saturday, Virginia Rail, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Eurasian Collared Dove. One bird that eluded several teams was House Wren yet Sunday they were singing everywhere.

Some other data you may be interested in: Just over 1000 miles driven for the 3 day trip. Cost per person was probably under $200 (entry fee, gas and lodging $155 ea.). Food varied. Not that much money for having fun while raising funds for Friends of the Cache River Watershed.

If my math was right all teams combined found 195 species.

Thanks to all who contributed pledges and a special thanks to Rhonda, Vicki, and Joe for putting it all together!

Jeff Smith
Woodridge, DuPage Co.

(reprinted from IBET, 05/01/2012)

 

Species List

Saline, Saline, US-IL
Apr 28, 2012 4:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
75.0 mile(s)
Comments:     S. IL Birding Blitz; single county category; team DuPage Dippers comprised of Jeff Smith, Bob Carper, Joan Norek; team total of 122
116 species listed below plus Cooper's Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Cedar Waxwing, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Redstart, Swamp Sparrow.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  2
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  4
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)  1
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  1
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  X
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  10
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Sora (Porzana carolina)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  X
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  1
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  6
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)  2 
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)  1
Barred Owl (Strix varia)  1
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)  1
Chuck-will's-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis)  6
Eastern Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  4
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  X
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  X
Bell's Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo bellii bellii/medius)  1 
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)  X
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  X
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  X
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  X
Purple Martin (Progne subis)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  2
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  X
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  X
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  X
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  X
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  X
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)  X
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)  X
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1
Kentucky Warbler (Geothlypis formosa)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  X
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  X
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  X
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica)  X
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  X
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)  X
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  X
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  X
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  X
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)  1
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  X
Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)  1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  3
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  X
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  X
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2012 - Competing in the Single County category

(Saline County)

 

And we competed well, very well.

No, we did not win in the Single-County Blitz category. That was not a realistic goal because we did not select a "winning" type of county.

The goal we achieved was make a new single-day record for Saline County. The IOS record for Saline County stood at 90 species for a single day, and another birder had a 107 species day in Saline County for a Spring Bird Count.

We passed both "records" with a team total of 122 species, including Common Loon, Least Bittern, Barn Owl (2) and Bell's Vireo.

We started at 4 a.m. with Least Bittern and ended in the darkness of night with Chuck-will's-widow. Seventy-seven species before 9 a.m.

Joan Norek

 

 

 

 

Day Report

This year like Craig and Steve, the DuPage Dippers (Joan Norek, Bob Carper, Jeff Smith) chose to do the County Category of the Blitz. We chose Saline County for a couple of reasons. #1 - None of us had ever been to Saline Co. #2 - Not many eBird lists from Saline Co. and #3 - 90 species is listed as the Big Day record for the county (though last year 107 was recorded for the Spring Bird Count).

After a half day of scouting we had a couple of places we could get birds. We started at 4 a.m. at a marsh outside Harrisburg picking up a Least Bittern. We then got to Garden of the Gods before sunrise. Driving in we had several Whip-poor-wills sitting on the road. Whips were calling all around. We stopped at the main lot and got a Screech Owl. As it got light we began picking up a few Warblers and thrushes on the way out. We continued back north in the Shawnee Forest then made our way through old coal areas and eventually north to the agricultural areas of the county.

At the end of the day we had tallied 122 species. Other highlights include 2 Common Loons, 2 Barn Owls, several good looks at Worm-eating Warblers, and finishing the day to the serenade of several Chuck-will's-widows. We had 3 species Friday that we didn't locate Saturday, Virginia Rail, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Eurasian Collared Dove. One bird that eluded several teams was House Wren yet Sunday they were singing everywhere.

Some other data you may be interested in: Just over 1000 miles driven for the 3 day trip. Cost per person was probably under $200 (entry fee, gas and lodging $155 ea.). Food varied. Not that much money for having fun while raising funds for Friends of the Cache River Watershed.

If my math was right all teams combined found 195 species.

Thanks to all who contributed pledges and a special thanks to Rhonda, Vicki, and Joe for putting it all together!

Jeff Smith
Woodridge, DuPage Co.

(reprinted from IBET, 05/01/2012)

 

 
 

Species List

Saline, Saline, US-IL
Apr 28, 2012 4:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
75.0 mile(s)
Comments:     S. IL Birding Blitz; single county category; team DuPage Dippers comprised of Jeff Smith, Bob Carper, Joan Norek; team total of 122
116 species listed below plus Cooper's Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Cedar Waxwing, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Redstart, Swamp Sparrow.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  2
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  4
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)  1
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  1
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  X
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  10
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Sora (Porzana carolina)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  X
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  1
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  6
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)  2 
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)  1
Barred Owl (Strix varia)  1
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)  1
Chuck-will's-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis)  6
Eastern Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  4
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  X
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  X
Bell's Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo bellii bellii/medius)  1 
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)  X
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  X
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  X
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  X
Purple Martin (Progne subis)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  2
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  X
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  X
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  X
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  X
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  X
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)  X
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)  X
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1
Kentucky Warbler (Geothlypis formosa)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  X
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  X
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  X
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica)  X
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  X
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)  X
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  X
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  X
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  X
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)  1
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  X
Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)  1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  3
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  X
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  X
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

 


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