Date: 7/14/17 7:01 pm From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET McLean County Northern Harrier
Hi all! While looking for Upland Sandpipers south of the M&M Turf Farm near Towanda, Illinois, I spotted a Northern Harrier female flying over a soybean field to the east of County Road 2300E, north of County Road 1900N, around 8:45 AM. As it's July, I find that sighting a bit odd. I don't have pictures, but between the long tail, bent, V-ed, black tipped wings, extremely low-to-the-ground flight, and owlish face, it could be nothing else. Also found a single lifer Upland Sandpiper, 20 feet up on top of a telephone pole, in the same area.
I then went to Goose Lake Prairie and did NOT see the King Rails. Getting to the site at 11:30 AM probably didn't help. However, a small flock of Least Sandpipers and at least a dozen Caspian Terns flew overhead, randomly. I also got a look at a male Northern Harrier, which further confirmed my earlier bird as a female Northern Harrier.
All in all, a very odd if very fun day out and about.
Jared Gorrell Formerly in Grundy, McLean, and Will counties