Date: 7/15/17 10:18 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Not Many Birds Today But A Great Day For License Plates! Saturday 7-15-17
Hello Bird People,
When you go to Montrose in July it's in the hope that some large, long legged shorebird will show up as you have almost no chance for a migrant land bird. And although the odds are against you picking the right day to visit we try anyway & so I did today. Some big event was gearing up & the only entrance that wasn't gated was Montrose & parking filled up fast. Another problem on big event days is if you can get out after the event begins but that did not happen this time.
Saw Bob Hughes who said only Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers were present but the numbers of Swallows were impressive. Before I left I saw Martins, Rough Winged, Tree, Bank, Cliff & Barn Swallows plus Chimney Swifts. And after a while I added 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper to the Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers seen earlier. Singing up by the Magic Hedge area were Yellow Billed Cuckoo, Warbling Vireo, one Catbird & Yellow Warbler.
Escaped without being blocked in & made a Gillson Park stop to see if any shorebirds were on the beach there but all I found were people using the beach & walking dogs. No shorebirds but some Ring Billed Gulls were there. Highlights were a female RUBY THROATED HUMMER feeding in the Jewelweed & 3 young Sparrows which proved to be (I think) Chipping Sparrows. Loudly singing were a House Wren & 2 House Finches.
Top bird would have been the Cuckoo had I seen it but since I did not see it Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Jewelweed feeding R.T. Hummingbird at Gillson. Runner-Up to the lone Semipalmated Sandpiper which I had expected to be a Least Sandpiper when I 1st saw it. Not a good birding day.
If you aren't a fan of License Plate chasing you can skip the rest even though today was maybe my best single day of finding plates. Did not find Hawaii or Alaska but along Sheridan Rd in Chicago I did see 1 each IDAHO, UTAH & MONTANA. Still on Sheridan but in Evanston I saw WEST VIRGINIA & when pulling into a store parking lot on Touhy the 1st plate I saw was from MAINE. Since I had just seen plates from Utah & Montana recently Plate Of The Day will be a 3 way tie between Idaho, Maine & West Virginia. I did not start my July-Dec plates run very well but my mid month sightings have been excellent.
Also a good day for the baby Prius C as it went 30 miles & got 64.7 mpg!
Al Stokie Close to home in Cook County today
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