Want to know about the colorful birds tweeting (for real, not for Twitter) in your yard? The president of the Lake-Cook Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society, Rena Cohen, will give a presentation on bird migration; the event takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Lake Bluff Library.
Rena told GazeboNews that this is peak fall migration time and a great opportunity for people to watch their trees to see what birds are migrating through town on any given day. The Hawk Watch at Illinois Beach State Park counted 89 raptors migrating last Sunday, Sept. 23, including 20 Broad-winged Hawks and six Merlin, and some “star birds” like Nelson’s Sparrows are showing up in relatively large numbers at Lake County hotspots like Rollins Savanna.
Rena said that Chicago sits along one of the major bird migratory flyways in the country, and Lake County gets the benefits as thousands of spring and fall migrants travel north or south to their nesting or wintering grounds.
“In the past few days I’ve had a tree on my street jumping with Golden-crowned Kinglets that had obviously flown in overnight and were feeding at 7:30 am, a Black-throated Green Warbler two streets over as I walked my dog, and several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers sipping sap from the Chinese elm in my front yard,” she said.
If you want to keep up on local birding news, visit the Lake-Cook Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society, which lists chapter programs, field trips and good places to see birds in the Lake County area. The field trips are essentially a guide to what’s coming through when, since the Chapter schedules them to coincide with bird movements.
For information on bird reports, visit the listserv http://birding.aba.org/maillist/IL, which reports significant bird sightings throughout Illinois.