Date: 3/10/17 12:08 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Cook County-Return Of The Strong Winds At Montrose Point Friday 3-10-17
Hello Bird People,
Although not up to the Wind Tunnel levels earlier this week today's N.W. winds were strong enough & combined with the cooler temps it made for a uncomfortable day outside. This was most obvious while covering Montrose Harbor & the Dunes area but it was more wind protected while doing the Magic Hedge area. Here's my day site list:
Montrose Harbor, Hedge Area, Lawns & Dunes (7:15-9:45 a.m. & another short visit at 11:15 a.m.)
Canada Goose (43) BLUE (SNOW) GOOSE (1 seen at 11:15 a.m. but not earlier just like last time) Mallard (6 in harbor & 20 on the lawns) WHITE WINGED SCOTER (1 in harbor but not easy to locate) Bufflehead (2-M in the harbor & 1 more in the lake) Red Breasted Merganser (about 200 in the harbor & another 150 in the lake) Horned Grebe (20 in the harbor & harbor mouth plus 6 more in the lake) Coot (4-5) Ring Billed (~60) & Herring (6) Gulls Rock Pigeon (5-6 on lawns) Crow (only 2 today) Chickadee (4-6) Robins (10-12) Starlings (~25) Cardinal (2-M & 1-F) Tree Sparrow (3 in the Dunes) FOX SPARROW (2 continuing in the small tree & shrub area) Song Sparrow (1) SWAMP SPARROW (1 in the Dunes with the Tree Sparrows, FOY) Junco (only 2) Red Winged Blackbird (~10) Grackle (5-6) House Sparrow (12-15)
North Pond (10-10:45 a.m.)
Canada Goose (18) Wood Duck (1-PR, 1st female seen in 2017) BLACK DUCK (1-PR, getting late for Black Ducks) Mallard (39) Ring Necked Duck (1-PR) Red Breasted Merganser (1-M) (The 2 resident large white ducks continue) Ring Billed Gull (4-5) Red Bellied (1) & Downy (1-M) Woodpeckers Chickadee (4) W.B. Nuthatch (2) Robins (4-6) Cardinal (2) FOX SPARROW (1) Song Sparrow (2 together) Junco (8-10) Red Winged Blackbird (8) House Sparrow (25-30)
Took a quick look in & around Diversey Harbor but the only bird of interest was a male Wood Duck in with the Mallards & Canada Geese.
Best birds seen today were the White Winged Scoter & the Blue Goose but both have recently been award winners so today Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the FOY Swamp Sparrow which may never have been top bird before & today is it's best chance. Runners-Up to the above mentioned Blue Goose & White Winged Scoter.
License Plate Of The Day to one from Montana seen as I walked to my parked car. Runner-Up to one from Nevada which was seen earlier. The plate motto on the Montana plate said "The Treasure State" which I had not remembered as being their motto?
Al Stokie In Chicago today once again dealing with strong winds
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