Date: 7/8/17 12:19 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET 83rd St Fluddle, Whalon Lake & Fermi Lab Saturday 7-8-17
Hello Bird People,
Thanks to some info from my friend Mike Madsen I started at the Greene Valley 83rd St Fluddle where as Mike said the shorebird habitat is good at least until the next batch of rain comes in. Mostly I saw Killdeer but there were 5 other shorebird species present as well. With 1 exception all were what you'd expect to see in mid-July. Here's my site list:
83rd Street Fluddle (Greene Valley F.P.) (7:15-9 a.m. including the walk to & from the parking lot)
D.C. Cormorant (1-AD) Great Blue Heron (1) Canada Goose (16-AD & 1 small young one) Mallard (15-AD & 8 young) Killdeer (69) Spotted Sandpiper (11) Lesser Yellowlegs (4) Solitary Sandpiper (1) Least Sandpiper (16-18) SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (1, for sure) (Usually don't find 1 of these until the end of July but in with the Least's was 1 peep with black legs, a short, stubby bill & without the brownish back with white stripes as on the Least's.) Ring Billed Gull (1-AD) Caspian Tern (2-AD) Mourning Dove (2) Tree (2) & Barn (3) Swallows Goldfinch (1) (All the above were in the water or on the mud flats)
Along the edges were Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Catbird, Cardinal & Red Wings. Away from the Fluddle were Red Bellied Woodpecker (a young one), Eastern Kingbird, Chickadee, House Wrens, Robins, Warbling Vireo, Field & Song Sparrows & a singing Eastern Towhee.
Then a stop at the wetlands part of Whalon Lake where the water is fairly high with only small mud edges where the land & water meet. In the water were Great Blue Heron (1), Great Egret (10), Canada Goose (17) & Mallard (4-AD & 12 young in 2 groups), Flying over the water were Tree & Barn Swallows & on the mud edges were Killdeer (6) & Spotted Sandpiper (1).
Then to Fermi Lab where I found out why none of the recent ebird reports have included any shorebirds except for a few Killdeer. The water is very, very high with no sign of any shorebird habitat at A.E. Sea or Lake Law. Didn't check the far south lake as I didn't have much hope it would be any better.
I am running into the same problem at all my shorebird areas & that is even when you find a fairly good shorebird spot (83rd St Fluddle, Burnham Prairie Marsh) there's no other nearby place to also find shorebirds. If I am going to drive that far it seems to me that I need more than 1 location to make it worth driving such a distance. Otherwise it's not very efficient birding. Need to work on that.
Bird-Of-The-Day (probably for the 1st time ever) to the somewhat early Semipalmated Sandpiper &, keeping it an all shorebird awards day, Runner-Up to the finally seen Solitary Sandpiper.
Al Stokie Looking at high water levels in DuPage & Will Co's today
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