Date: 7/1/17 1:21 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET A Few DeKalb & Kane County Stops Saturday 7-1-17
Hello Bird People,
Along with Bob Erickson I made a few stops in the above mentioned 2 Co's but I'll only report on 2 locations which are Afton F.P. in DeKalb Co & the undeveloped Stonegate subdivision in northern Kane Co.
Afton F.P. (8-9:30 a.m.)
Ended up staying here longer than expected as we heard a Western Meadowlark singing but could not see it. Determined to see it we kept looking, then looked for shorebirds & finally went back to looking & listening for the Meadowlark. But our hard work did not pay off as we never heard & saw it after the 1st singing we heard.
Great Blue Heron (1 or 2) Mallard (2) BALD EAGLE (1-AD in the shorebird area) Killdeer (8) Least Sandpiper (9-10) Mourning Dove (4) Chimney Swift (2 hunting) Willow Flycatcher (heard 1) Eastern Kingbird (2) Barn (4) & Cliff (1) Swallows Crow (2) Horned Lark (2) Robin (10) Common Yellowthroat (5) Cardinal (heard 1) Dickcissel (5-6) Song Sparrow (6) Red Wings (12), Grackles (2) & Cowbirds (4) Eastern Meadowlark (3) WESTERN MEADOWLARK (heard 1) House Finch (1-PR) Goldfinch (2-3)
Stonegate Subdivision (Undeveloped) Near Hampshire/Kane Co. (10:45-11 a.m.)
Since Bob was still in need of a seen Western Meadowlark for his year list I thought we'd try here as I had one here back in early March. Drove around a bit but no Meadowlarks of any kind were singing. Then we saw a Meadowlark fly into a tree with few leaves & as we went toward it it began to sing loudly & it was a WESTERN MEADOWLARK after all. Had good looks so "all's well, ends well". Only other singing birds here were Dickcissels, Common Yellowthroats & Song Sparows & a few Barn Swallows were flying around. If they ever fill up this place with houses we will lose a good spot for Western Meadowlarks. Hope that doesn't happen for a while.
Bird-Of-The-Day will be the well seen Kane Co Western Meadowlark & Runner-Up to the adult Bald Eagle at Afton.
Al Stokie In Dekalb Co & briefly in Kane Co today
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