Date: 8/8/17 2:36 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Green Valley/83rd St Fluddle & Some Habitat Updates Tuesday 8-8-17
Hello Bird People,
Made my weekly visit to the 83rd St Fluddle & again it wasn't very successful. Somehow Vicky S & Mike M are finding good shorebirds here but I am not. Arrived at the Greene Rd lot & walked in & listened for land birds on the way. One WAS a good one! (See Bird-Of-The-Day) At the fluddle I counted 72 Killdeer & NO other shorebirds for about 20 & then I found a few other shorebirds. Should have been better!
Birds At Or In The Fluddle
Great Blue Heron (1) & Great Egret (1) Canada Goose (1). Mallard (18) & GREEN WINGED TEAL (1-F) Killdeer (Max=72), Solitary (1), Spotted (1-IM) & Least (2) Sandpipers Caspian Tern (2-AD) Chimney Swift (6-8) & Barn Swallow (8-9) On the mud were Starling (1), Grackle (1) & Goldfinch (2)
Land birds the same as always including 1 Indigo Bunting (blue & brown) & 10 Cedar Waxwings after gnats at the bridge over the stream.
I could see it was not my day so I drove toward home & after lunch I checked on some local places to see if there was any shorebird habitat.
Techny Basin (main section)
Mud flats are back in the small pond & the stream has mud edges but the only shorebird was one Killdeer. But the place looks like it's ready for more.
Good mud flats continue as do shorebirds but only the most common ones with high numbers of Killdeer & small numbers of the rest which included 2 Semipalmated Plovers.
Air Station Prairie
I am beginning to think that this place is not going to have shorebirds this Summer as water levels don't seem to go down & there's no sign of even the start of any mudflats.
Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands
Very, very high water & doubtful that any mudflats will be there in the near future.
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to a singing WHITE EYED VIREO just east of Greene Rd & on the north side of the pathway. It was singing in a lone Willow tree in with Cottonwood trees. Mike Madsen had reported this guy a couple of weeks ago but I had never found it until today. Even got to see it while it was singing. Runner-Up to the female plumaged Green Winged Teal.
Al Stokie In DuPage & Cook Co's today
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