Date: 3/19/17 1:54 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Cook Co-Wolf Rd Prairie, Bemis Woods N & S, Salt Creek F.P. & Palos Area Sunday 3-19-17
Hello Bird People,
Today Bob Erickson & I had 2 main targets which were Northern Shrike & (once again) Pileated Woodpecker. Thanks to reports from Doug S & Linda P we started at Wolf Road Prairie where after 25 min of searching we saw the NORTHERN SHRIKE along the western edge of the place in a tree just east of the western row of trees which is where I think Linda saw it previously (see her ebird report). We flushed no Woodcocks while walking the area. But we had our usual luck (bad luck) with the Pileated's as we found none in Bemis North & South, Salt Creek & several Palos areas. One of these days, maybe? Here are our lists:
Wolf Road Prairie (7:30-8 a.m.)
Blue Jay (2), Eastern Bluebird (1), Robins, Cardinal (H-2), Song Sparrow (H-2), Red Winged Blackbirds & NORTHERN SHRIKE (1 & it was actually singing a little!)
Bemis Woods North & South & Salt Creek F.P. (8-10 a.m.)
(I'll do a combined list for all 3 close together places but will do separate lists on ebird)
Canada Goose (6) & Mallard (28) Cooper's Hawk (1, caught a squirrel) Red Tailed Hawk (1, by an entrance road) Red Bellied (7), Downy (5) & Hairy (1-M) Woodpeckers NORTHERN FLICKER (2 together in Salt Creek F.P.) Blue Jay (6) Chickadee (9) & W.B. Nuthatch (6) BROWN CREEPER (1) GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET (1) Eastern Bluebird (1) & Robins (10) Y.R. MYRTLE WARBLER (1) Cardinal (8-9) Tree (4) & Song (8) Sparrows Red Wings (6), Grackle (1-fly) & Cowbird (1-M) House Finch (heard 1) Goldfinch (heard 2)
Palos-Little Red School House & Trails (10:10-11:30 a.m.)
Here we checked the feeders, forest trails & a nearby pond. Saw Donnie D at the feeders waiting for Purple Finches & a Tufted Titmouse. Hope he found them!
Mallard (6), Shoveler (10), G.W. Teal (7), Bufflehead (7) & Hooded Merganser (1-M) (All the above ducks were at a nearby pond along 1 of the trails) Common Merganser (4-5 in Long John Slough) Turkey Vulture & Red Tailed Hawk (1 each soaring above) Mourning Dove (heard 1) RED HEADED WOODPECKER (2-3), Red Bellied Woodpecker (1) & Downy Woodpecker (2) Blue Jay (4) & Crow (2) Chickadee (2) & W.B. Nuthatch (2) TUFTED TITMOUSE (2, NOT at the feeders but near the pond) Robins (10-12) & Starlings (2) PURPLE FINCH (1-M & 2-F, seen at the feeders at 11:20 a.m.) Goldfinch (8-10) House Sparrow (12-14)
Some folks we talked to had had 2 Pileated's here a few days ago but we found none today. In the slough were Great Blue Heron (1) & Mallard (1-M) & we heard Red Bellied Woodpecker & W.B. Nuthatch.
Had 44 species for the day which was a lot to look at. Bird-Of-The-Day to the Northern Shrike & Runner-Up to the Purple Finches & the Red Headed Woodpeckers Thanks go to Doug & Linda for the Shrike reports & I hope Donnie D got his Purple Finches.
Al Stokie In S.W. Cook County today
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