Date: 7/3/17 1:30 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Local Shorebird Search Shot Down By High Water Monday 7-3-17
Hello Bird People,
As usual I decided to follow a long trip day (Havana/Emiquon) with a close to home day as I felt I could use a day without getting up early & the Prius C needed a rest as well after all the work it had to do yesterday. So both the car & I took it easy today.
Wanted to make survey #2 visits to 4 places I covered last week but I was done in by higher water than I expected based on recent rains. At the Chicago Botanic Garden some mud flats remain but not much. At both Techny Basin & Techny Basin North NO mud flats are left & so no shorebirds either. At Air Station Prairie the water is higher but some mud areas continue although not much & again shorebirds are few & only of the nesting variety.
On 2 of my last 3 visits to Techny North (including today) I have found 1 tick hitchhiker so keep that in mind if you plan to visit after the water level drops, which will take probably a week or so.
So to keep a short story short here are a few highlights of a not very productive day:
Chicago Botanic Garden (8-10 a.m.)
Great Blue Heron (2 fly-bys), Great Egret (1) & BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (1-AD fly-by) The only shorebirds were Killdeer (6) & Spotted Sandpiper (2) & Caspian Terns are up to 5 adults. Interesting land birds included Cedar Waxwings (2 or 3) & the Purple Martin houses on both the east & west sides had about a total of 20 Martins. The adult Bald Eagle did NOT visit the backwater area today.
Techny North is flooded!
Only birds here were one Great Blue Heron, 6 Mallards, 4 Barn Swallows & a singing Diccissel on the golf course hill. Also 1 female Wood Duck with 5 young.
Techny Basin Proper
The small pond is flooded & the stream has no mud edges for shorebirds. Along the stream were 2 Great Blue Herons, one Great Egret & 19 Mallards. The actual basin itself has doubled in size & extends well to the north of it's normal size.
Air Station Prairie
Mallard (1-F), Killdeer (5), Spotted Sandpiper (1) along with Rough Winged (1), Tree & Barn Swallows. One adult Red Tailed Hawk was hunting overhead.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the adult Black Crowned Night Heron even if it did not stop to visit & I guess Runner-Up will go to the growing number of Caspian Terns. Those numbers should continue to increase & later the adults will bring the young ones along for "on the job training".
Al Stokie In Cook County with few birds to look at today
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