Date: 3/19/17 10:27 am From: <whimbrelbirders...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Crabtree Nature Center and Baker's Lake - 3/19/2017
Today we met up with Isoo O’Brian and his father at Crabtree Nature Center to look for the continuing Harris’s Sparrow. We met at 8 AM but the nature center did not open until 9 AM so we walked to Crabtree Lake where we found Bufflehead, Hooded & Common Mergansers, Green-winged Teal, and some Ring-necked Ducks ( if AOS proposal 2017-A-6 gets passed then the name would be Ring-billed Duck). After we scanned the lake for a while, we went back to the feeders to find that it was only 8:30 AM (thirty minutes before the nature center opens). We walked to the end of Sulky Pond finding Green-winged Teal, two Northern Shovelers, and a Double-crested Cormorant. At 9 AM we walked back to the nature center. I anticipated that we would have to wait a while for the Harris’s Sparrow to come to the feeders but just as we were about to go inside, Isoo spotted it in a tree just behind the nature center. We drove over to Baker’s Lake at Younghusband’s Prairie to look for some of the waterfowl, herons, and cormorants that have recently been sighted there. On the walk to the lake, we did not find much except for some Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and American Robins. At the lake, I was surprised to find twelve Great Egrets on the ground of the rookery. We also found lots of cormorants, a couple of Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, and a Great Blue Heron. After we finished scanning Baker’s Lake, we walked around Younghusband’s Prairie where we found some Killdeer, Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Black-capped Chickadees, and a Fox Sparrow.