Date: 8/11/17 12:01 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Montrose Beach & Dunes & Warning For Both Sections Of Techny Basin Friday 8-11-17
Hello Bird People,
Watched & waited for shorebirds by the flooded section of Montrose Beach & in the Protected Beach area. Found 5 shorebird species but all were of the most common kinds. While I was there I was joined by Howard B, Dave A, Larry K & Luis M for part of my visit. Luis & Larry added a 6th shorebird species to the 5 I saw. Here's my list for the beach & dunes only:
Montrose Beach & Dunes (6:15-9:30 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (2 on a tower on the pier & 1 fly-by) Great Blue Heron (2 by the pier channel & not getting along at all) Canada Goose (33 in the lake) & Mallard (11 on protected beach) SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (4) & Killdeer (6) Least (4), Semipalmated (1) & Pectoral (1) Sandpipers (Luis & Larry saw 1 Lesser Yellowlegs which I missed) Ring Billed (~200) & Herring (6) Gulls Caspian Tern (4 fly-bys) Kestrel (1-M) Chimney Swift (~10-12) Flicker (1-2) Purple Martin (4) & Barn Swallow (~12) Robins, Red Wings, Goldfinch & House Sparrows
Yesterday there were over 70 shorebirds at the 2 sections of Techny Basin but today all was flooded with only a few shorebirds flying around & looking for a place to land at Techny North. Had 3 species of flying shorebirds which were Killdeer (5), Spotted Sandpiper (2) & Least Sandpiper (4). Still a few Great Blues & 1 each Great Egret & adult BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON. I'd give both Techny locations a few days to let the water level go back down & allow the mud flats & edges to return.
On the way back to the car at Montrose Larry & I heard & then finally saw a calling YELLOW BILLED CUCKOO. Finally saw it & it was a very young Cuckoo with downy feathers & a tail only about half as long as it should have been. As it seemed to be begging to be fed we stopped staring at it in the hopes the adults would bring it food if we humans got out of the way.
So Bird-Of-The-Day goes to this very young Yellow Billed Cuckoo waiting to be fed. Runner-Up to the adult Black Crowned Night Heron seen briefly at the flooded Techny North area.
Al Stokie Another Cook County close to home day
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