Date: 7/10/17 11:29 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Air Station Prairie, Techny Basin & Techny North Monday 7-10-17
Hello Bird People,
Thought it might be a "rain out" today but it turned to be just a "rain delay" as the rain was done by 8:30 a.m. So off I went to see if the rain had flooded my local, close to home shorebird spots. Only had time to check the 3 above mentioned places.
Air Station Prairie still has mud flats but only a little in the pond west of the building & better mud flats in the pond east of the building. Had 5 shorebird species there. But both Techny Basin & Techny North have a stream flowing through them which had completely flooded those 2 places & with more rain, some heavy, expected through Thursday I'd skip them for the rest of this week anyway, at least for shorebirds. I'll do a full day list for Air Station Prairie but not the other places.
Air Station Prairie (8:55-10 a.m.)
Great Egret (1) Mallard (1-F plus 1-F with 7 young plus 1-F with only 1 young) Killdeer (5) Spotted Sandpiper (2-AD & 2 large young) Solitary Sandpiper (1) Least Sandpiper (5) Pectoral Sandpiper (1) SORA (1, only a fast look as it ran out from the reeds onto the mud flat & ran back to the reeds)
Great Blue Heron (1) Killdeer (3) Spotted Sandpiper (1-AD & 4 large young) Solitary Sandpiper (3) Least Sandpiper (4) Flicker (3 together in a tree on the mud flat) Grackle (4 on the mud flats) Red Wings (a few at both ponds)
Flying over both ponds were Tree (6), Rough Winged (2), Cliff (1) & Barn Swallows. Flying by were Mourning Dove (2) & 1 raptor flew in & past carrying it's prey which seemed to be a small shorebird. At 1st I thought it was a Cooper's Hawk but it had pointed Falcon wings & the size made it certain that it was a PEREGRINE flying toward the Lake Glenview area. "Heard only" were a Willow Flycatcher & a Common Yellowthroat.
The only birds I saw at Techny Basin were a few Barn Swallows where deep water is everywhere At Techny North 3 Spotted Sandpipers were on the rock wall banks. Flying were Great Egret (1), Ring Billed Gull (2) & Caspian Tern (1). Two Black Crowned Night Herons were in trees along the banks. Only a few Wood Ducks, Mallards & Canada Geese were swimming in the flooded stream. Like last year all the vegetation in the fields has been cut down completely. This is a once a year project it seems.
Bird-Of-The-Day will be a tie between 2 birds only giving brief views, the Sora & the Peregrine.
License Plate Of The Day for yesterday goes to one from Rhode Island seen on the Dan Ryan & 2 days before that to one from Alaska seen locally. Better plates than birds lately!
Al Stokie Working around the rain in close to home Cook County today
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