Date: 7/9/17 2:09 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Burnham Prairie, Indian Ridge & Eggers Grove F.P.'s Sunday 7-9-17
Hello Bird People,
I hope you all did better than I did today but it would be hard to not do better than I did today! Except for 1 negative bit of info I would not have bothered to do a report today. But some may be interested to know that I looked twice for the 2 Snowy Egrets seen by Ted W yesterday at Burnham Prairie without seeing them. Plenty of other Heron/Egrets there though.
My original plan was to make a quick stop at Montrose to check on shorebirds but only found Killdeer (8), Spotted Sandpipers (4) &, by the flooded beach, Least Sandpipers (2). Not a good start!
Then I wanted to look for Ted's Snowy Egrets which I already mentioned that I did not find. Then I wanted to look for the Bobwhite reported by both Walter M & Andrew A yesterday but I could not only not find the Bobwhite I could not even figure out where to look! Tried the bike path mentioned by Walter but could not measure where I was so finding "south of 18th St" was not possible. That's what I get for not getting location details from those who knew. My final search was going to be for the Hegewisch Gallinule which I heard last week but did not see but I could see by how things were going it was time to quit & try again some other day.
I'll just give 1 day list & it's from Burnham Prairie (7:30-8:30 a.m. & noon-12:20 p.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (7) Great Blue Heron (4-5) Great Egret (6-7) Black Crowned Night Heron (1-AD) Canada Goose (33) Mallard (4) Turkey Vulture (1 soaring) Killdeer (18) Spotted Sandpiper (4) Least Sandpiper (only 1) Ring Billed Gull (3-4) Caspian Tern (2) Mourning Dove (4)
Land birds included Red Bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, Crows, House Wren, Tree & Barn Swallows, Robins, Catbirds, Starlings, Song Sparrows, Cardinal, Dicksissel, Red Wings, Grackles, House Finch, Goldfinch & House Sparrows.
The marsh had more Cormorants, Great Blues, Great Egrets & 3 Black Crowned Night Herons & I heard 2 Marsh Wrens. The woods had both Yellow Warbler & Common Yellowthroat plus House Wrens.
Indian Ridge (Just a quick look)
The Mute Swan family is doing well & the 2 young ones are getting bigger although only 1/2 the size of the adults.
In fact Bird-Of-The-Day will go to the Swan family & Runner-Up to the Black Crowned Night Herons. I hope my next try (if there is a next try) for the Snowy Egrets, Bobwhite & Gallinule will go better than today's attempts.
Al Stokie Struggling in S.E. Cook County
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