Date: 8/7/17 6:06 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Lake Calumet Area In The A.M. & Winnebago County In The P.M. Sunday 8-6-17
Hello Bird People,
Covered Burnham Prairie, Hegewisch Marsh & Big Marsh with Jeff Sanders, Chris M, Ted Wolff, Susan Holton & others from 7:30-11:45 a.m. on Sunday. Made a 2nd visit to Burnham Prairie after lunch & added 1 shorebird species although not the species I wanted. I was doing my bird records at home when Andy Sigler called to see if I wanted to hurry out to Winnebago to look for some of the shorebirds reported by Dan Williams near Pecatonica? Yes I did. Covered that area with Andy from about 5:30-6:45 p.m. Didn't get home until almost 10 p.m. so this report is a late one but all areas have already been discussed on IBET by Jeff B & Dan W so being late is not a big deal.
Burnham Prairie (7:30-9 a.m.)
I don't think I have EVER found a major target species here the day after it was reported except for a long ago Glossy Ibis. Last year I missed a Marbled Godwit & this year Short Billed Dowitchers (twice), Snowy Egrets & now Stilt Sandpiper. This in spite of Ted W (who found the Stilt Saturday) being present on Sunday. Jeff B has already posted a complete report for this location so I'll just do a partial listing.
In spite of missing the Stilt Sandpiper we still had 8 shorebird species which were Killdeer (34), Semipalmated Plover (1), Lesser Yellowlegs (13), Solitary (1), Spotted (3), Least (12) & Pectoral Sandpipers (8) & SHORT BILLED DOWITCHERS (3). Later Jeff Sanders & I returned & found 1 Greater Yellowlegs had joined the Lesser Yellowlegs so we ended up with 9 shorebird species. Had we seen the Semipalmated Sandpipers reported later by Jeff B we would have made the double digit total of 10 but we did not.
Also had 6 D.C. Cormorants, 3 Great Blues, 5 Great Egrets & 2-IM Black Crowned Night Herons. A young PEREGRINE flew in & flushed birds at the far eastern ponds & then sat in a dead tree offering good looks to Jeff S, Ted W & Susan H.
Hegewisch Marsh (9:10-10:15 a.m.)
Here we saw P.B. Grebe (2), Great Blue (2), Great Egret (2), Mute Swan (2-AD & 3 gray young), COMMON GALLINULE (2 young ones seen quickly & at a distance) Making it hard to pick out the Gallinules were Wood Ducks & 3 Coots. After last weekends close view of 9 Gallinules Sunday's look wasn't much but red bills were seen. Interesting land birds were Eastern Phoebe & Blue Gray Gnatcatcher.
Big Marsh (10:45-11:45 a.m.)
Again Jeff B did a complete list so I'll just do a few highlights. Saw more Cormorants, Great Blues, Great Egrets & another Mute Swan family (2-AD & 2 young, one of which is all white). No flying or calling Least Bitterns for me but an OSPREY was hunting at the far east end & I saw 1st 1 & on the way back 2 MOCKINGBIRDS but I see Jeff B did even better seeing 3.
Winnebago County (5:30-6:45 p.m.)
Had the sunlight in our faces on Pecatonica Rd north of Blair Rd but Andy & I did see all 3 targets which were BLACK NECKED STILT (4), STILT SANDPIPER (1-JUV) & RED NECKED PHALAROPE (1) all in the same flooded field. Bad lighting & being in a hurry kept us from doing proper counts but other species here & at 2 other places included Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least & Pectoral Sandpipers in large numbers & in small numbers Solitary & Spotted Sandpipers.
Bird-Of-The-A.M. goes to the 2 Mockingbirds & Runner-Up to the 3 Short Billed Dowitchers which I only saw because they were not the target species but an afterthought.
Bird-Of-The-P.M. goes to the Black Necked Stilts & Runner-Ups to the R.N. Phalarope & the young Stilt Sandpiper seen after missing 2 others previously. Our strong finish meant it was a very good day after all.
Good license plates included one from Montana picked out by Jeff Sanders on 106th Street & on the Tollway coming home one each from South Dakota (a new version plate) & Nevada.
Al Stokie A late report from both S.E. Cook & Winnebago Co's
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