Date: 8/10/17 1:16 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden, Techny Basin & Techny North Thursday 8-10-17
Hello Bird People,
Today I looked for shorebirds & big wading birds at the CBG & the 2 Techny Basin locations. This was my 1st visit to the CBG in about a month as it had been flooded but today the backwaters had enough mud flats to attract & hold at least a few shorebirds. Techny North continues to have good numbers of common shorebirds & Techny Basin (south) now has a few shorebirds on it's finally returned mud flats & edges. Along with today were Jeff Sanders, Al Wege & 2 other birders. I had 9 shorebird species & 4 Heron/Egrets. And our best shorebird was almost turned into lunch by an attacking Peregrine. Almost but not quite!
Chicago Botanic Garden (7-9:30 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (4 fly-bys) Great Blue Heron (3) & Great Egret (also 3) Canada Goose (19) & Mallard (23) Killdeer (15) & Lesser Yellowlegs (2) Solitary (2), Least (3) & Pectoral (7) Sandpipers Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (1 each) Caspian Tern (Max=10) Mourning Dove (2 on the mud) Barn (4) & Cliff (1) Swallows Goldfinch (2 on the mud)
Somewhat interesting land birds included R.T. Hummer at the Jewelweed flowers, Purple Martins (~20, young & old) & 30-35 migrating Cedar Waxwings.
Techny North (10-10:30 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (2), Great Blue Heron (7) & Great Egret (1) Wood Ducks & Mallards (young & old) Red Tail Hawk (1-2) Killdeer (~45) & Semipalmated Plover (1) Solitary (4) & Spotted (3) Sandpipers Semipalmated (1), Least (~17) & Pectoral (3) Sandpipers (Yesterday's 2 Wilson's Snipe were not found today) Ring Billed Gull (1 fly-by) & Caspian Tern (1-AD) Mourning Dove (4 on the mud) Rough Winged (2-3) & Barn (4) Swallows
Techny Basin (South) (10:45-11:30 a.m.)
As I said last time the mud flats are back & today shorebirds were back too but only a few.
Great Blue Heron (6), Great Egret (2-3), Green Heron (2) & Black Crowned Night Heron (1-IM) Mallard (~20) Killdeer (2), GREATER YELLOWLEGS (1), Solitary (1) & Least (2) Sandpipers Ring Billed Gull (1), Mourning Dove (2) & Barn Swallows (~12) all flew by
While watching the Greater Yellowlegs all of a sudden in came a fast moving PEREGRINE which went right after the Yellowlegs but showing fast reactions of it's own the Yellowlegs cut right & left & evaded the Falcon which tried again but after it's initial attack failed the advantage went to the Yellowlegs which hid for a little while & then went right back to feeding where the Peregrine attack took place. I have always been amazed that when a bird has almost been murdered it then goes right back to feeding. Seems like there should be a period of panic & worrying before going back to the usual routine but maybe that's just the way a human would look at it? Bird psychology appears to be beyond me.
Birds-Of-The-Day will go to both the surprisingly agile Greater Yellowlegs & the Peregrine as they put on a good show & no one got hurt in the process. Runners-Up to the Semipalmated Plover & the young Black Crowned Night Heron. Interesting day!
Al Stokie Close to home in Cook County today
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