Date: 8/25/17 2:55 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Both Techny's, Air Station Prairie & Heritage Park In Wheeling Friday 8-25-17
Hello Bird People,
More local stuff today. A partial repeat of yesterday (both Techny's) & 2 new places which were Air Station Prairie & Heritage Park.
Techny Basin South Section (9:55-10:55 a.m.)
Yesterday I had 6 shorebird species in the "pond" but today only 2 although a 3rd was seen later. Habitat still looks great though.
Great Blue Heron (2 in the pond & 3 in the stream) & Great Egret (1 in the pond & 1 in the stream) Canada Goose (11 in the pond) & Mallard (55 in the pond & 22 in the stream) Killdeer (7 in the pond & 1 in the stream), Solitary Sandpiper (6 in the pond & 3 in the stream) Spotted Sandpiper (2 fly-bys) Also flying by were Cooper's & Red Tailed Hawk (1 each) & a Kingfisher Saw 2 distant Ring Billed Gulls & the Eastern Kingbird family continues
Techny Basin North (11-11:55 a.m.)
As always here there were good numbers of shorebirds (100) but nothing special.
D.C. Cormorant (3), Great Blue Heron (5), Great Egret (2) & Black Crowned Night Heron (1-AD & 1-IM) Canada Goose (1), Wood Duck (19) & Mallard (5) (Yesterday there were 76 Mallards here & today only 5. They are moving between both Techny's) Killdeer (49), Semipalmated Plover (2) & Lesser Yellowlegs (6) Solitary (1), Spotted (2-IM), Least (21), Semipalmated (18) & Pectoral (1) Sandpipers Flying above were both of the Red Tailed Hawks & Barn Swallows. A large flock of 25 Mourning Doves flushed from the ground to a tree.
Air Station Prairie (12:05-12:55 p.m.)
Lucky for me I ran into Isoo O'Brien at Techny North & he told me Air Station Prairie now had shorebird habitat. I had been skipping that place as it had been so under water. Both the west & east ponds have great shorebird habitat & good numbers of common shorebirds.
Mallard (4) & Red Tailed Hawk (1 hover hunting) Killdeer (12), Greater (1) & Lesser (5) Yellowlegs, Solitary (13), Pectoral (11) & Semipalmated (2) Sandpipers plus another one of those nice looking Wilson's Snipe. Also here were 3 Eastern Kingbirds, a Savannah Sparrow & a very yellow Fall feathered BOBOLINK.
Walked the stream & the only shorebirds were 7 Killdeer but there are good mud edges & so maybe other shorebirds will arrive later.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the bright yellow Fall plumaged Bobolink & Runners-Up to the adult Black Crowned Night Heron & the Wilson's Snipe.
Al Stokie In Cook County today & again staying close to home
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