Date: 7/24/17 11:54 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Poplar Creek S.W. Equestrian Area & Paul Douglas Grassy Ridge Monday 7-24-17
Hello Bird People,
Over the last 2 days I covered lakefront beaches & my inland shorebird spots are flooded so I needed something else to do today. The Ebird Alert mentioned a singing Clay Colored Sparrow at Poplar Creek seen by Leslie Y & before that by Jenny V. That's a good July record so I decided to try for that bird as well as explore an area I have never been to before although I have been in other sections of Poplar Creek previously. Did NOT see or hear the Clay Colored but many field birds were around giving me birds to look at & I learned about the trail system here for future reference. Here's my list:
Poplar Creek S.W. Equestrian Area From Schaumburg Rd (6:55-9:25 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (3 fly-bys) Eastern Pewee (heard 1 in the wooded edge area) Eastern Kingbird (2) Barn Swallow (10-12) Blue Jay (heard 2) House Wren (2 singing from the wooded area) SEDGE WREN (heard 1 sing briefly but did not see it) Common Yellowthroat (4-M & 1-F) Robins (6-8) Field Sparrow (10-11) HENSLOW'S SPARROW (9-10, all singing constantly) Song Sparrow (7-8) GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (1 for sure & maybe 1 more) Eastern Towhee (heard 1) Cardinal (heard 1) Indigo Bunting (2 singing males) Red Winged Blackbird (only 4) Eastern Meadowlark (2 singing but far apart) House Finch (1-F) Goldfinch (8-10)
Paul Douglas Grassy Ridge (10-10:30 a.m.)
There was a little wind at Poplar Creek but by the time I got to Grassy Ridge the wind was really blowing making it hard to see the birds as they would not sit up high enough to see! So I saw few birds but the following were new day birds.
SANDHILL CRANE (1-PR), Great Blue Heron (1), Mourning Dove (2), Flicker (1), Marsh Wren (heard 3) & Chimney Swift (2). Saw 2 more Henslow's Sparrows which were not new.
Summer wildflowers are in full swing & some nice ones were Wild Bergamot, Prairie Coneflower, Compass Plant, Rattlesnake Master, Mt Mint &, to add some blue color, Chicory. Just starting to bloom is Blazing Star which should be in top form by another week or so.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the very close, well seen Grasshopper Sparrow which has to be close as I don't really hear them any more. Runners-Up to the 2 Sandhill Cranes, the still nice looking male Bobolink & all the Henslow's Sparrows.
Al Stokie In N.W. Cook County today
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