Date: 7/26/17 10:31 am From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Merlin at Fullersburg Woods
I had an appointment this AM out in DuPage Co, and a little time before I had to be there, so I stopped at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, in Oakbrook along Salt Creek, for about 40 minutes. It was mostly a pretty typical late July morning in Chicago area woodlands, with standard breeding birds, and much diminished singing from June. I had 32 species. A singing Carolina Wren was a minor surprise. A Merlin sitting high in a leafless tree along Salt Creek (a little north of intersection of Riverbend Trail and Oriole Trail) was a major surprise. It sat in the tree for several minutes and then flew off to the west with harassing Barn Swallows in pursuit. I think it was an adult female. This was personally my first Merlin in June or July in Illinois.
-- Douglas Stotz Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist Environmental and Conservation Programs Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605