Date: 3/12/17 12:46 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Cook County-Crabtree Nature Center & Paul Douglas F.P. Sunday 3-12-17
Hello Bird People,
I had thought about making my usual Sunday visit to the Lake Calumet area but due to time constraints a visit there would have been too short to be worth the long drive. So Bob Erickson & I went to Crabtree Nature Center instead. Waited a few minutes for the gate to be opened which was done right on time. Others have reported that the Harris's Sparrow has been hard to find lately but we were lucky in the that HARRIS'S SPARROW gave away it's location by singing at the top of a tree near the small pond along the sidewalk between the parking lot & the nature center building. About an hour later it was feeding under the feeders at the east side entrance to the building. I have now seen this bird at all 3 feeding stations since it's arrival in early December of 2016. Other than Mr Harris we saw nothing special. Here's our day list:
Crabtree Nature Center (8-10:30 a.m.)
The only open water was at the main lake & we walked the entire Phantom Prairie & Burr Oak trails
Canada Goose (12-14) Green Winged Teal (8-10) Black Duck (2) Mallard (10-12) Gadwall (8) Lesser Scaup (8-10) Bufflehead (~15) Common Merganser (18-20) Hooded Merganser (12-14) Cooper's Hawk (1 fly-by) Red Tailed Hawk (1) SANDHILL CRANE (1-PR) Ring Billed (2) & Herring (1) Gulls Mourning Dove (1) Red Bellied (4), Downy (2) & Hairy (1) Woodpeckers Crows (4 fly-bys) Chickadee (12) W.B. Nuthatch (3-4) Robins (12-15) Cardinal (2) Tree (4) & Song (8) Sparrows HARRIS'S SPARROW (1 singing) Junco (6-8) Red Winged Blackbird (~25 including a female which was the 1st I have seen locally) Common Grackle (8-10) Brown Headed Cowbird (3-M) Goldfinch (6)
We next went to Paul Douglas/Grassy Ridge but all the marsh areas were frozen after the recent cold weather. There was 1 Great Blue Heron on the nest platforms, sparrows were Tree (6) & Song (2) & besides the Red Wings there were 2 singing Eastern Meadowlarks.
Only 1 special bird today so Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Harris's Sparrow which has added singing to it's accomplishments. Runner-Up to the loudly calling Sandhill Cranes.
Al Stokie In N.W. Cook County today
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