Date: 8/28/17 4:33 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden, Both Technys & Air Station Prairie Monday 8-28-17
Hello Bird People,
Back to local birding after 2 days of more distant birding. I try & balance out where I go birding.
On Sunday (8-27) I was with the field trip group with Walter M as leader that visited the Calumet area MSD sewage ponds & Burnham Prairie. Since he posted earlier I did not do a report but I had 10 species of shorebirds missing the Snipe that some saw.
Bird-Of-The-Day for 8-27 goes to the well seen adult SORA on a mud edge at the sewage ponds. Runners-Up to the 2 Greater Yellowlegs with 1 each seen &/or heard at both locations.
Looked for shorebirds at 4 local inland wetlands & once again found plenty of shorebirds but nothing out of the ordinary. I keep thinking something special will show up but not yet & maybe not at all.
Chicago Botanic Garden (7:30-9 a.m.)
Large waders were Great Blues (3), Great Egret (1) & Black Crowned Night Heron (1-IM) Shorebirds were Killdeer (14), Semipalmated Plover (2), Lesser Yellowlegs (1), Solitary (3), Spotted (2), Least (1), Semipalmated (2) & Pectoral (2) Sandpipers Also Wilson's Snipe (2) which I seldom see here. Flying by were D.C. Cormorant (1), Herring Gull (1), Chimney Swifts, Barn Swallows & a Kingfisher. Interesting land birds included Ruby Throated Hummer (1-F) & a Baltimore Oriole which I have not seen for a while.
Techny Basin North (9:35-10:30 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (the usual 2) Great Blues (4), Great Egret (1) & Black Crowned Night Heron (1-AD) Killdeer (16), Semipalmated Plover (1) & Lesser Yellowlegs (6) Solitary (3), Spotted (2), Least (18), Semipalmated (23) & Pectoral (2) Sandpipers Regulars included both Red Tailed Hawks, the single Canada Goose, Wood Ducks & Mallards Flying by were Ring Billed Gull (1), Chimney Swifts, a Kingfisher & Barn Swallows
Techny Basin South (10:40-11:35 a.m.)
On or in the "pond" (which is really just a widened part of the stream) were Great Blues (3), Mallards (21) & Blue Winged Teal (4) Killdeer (1), Lesser Yellowlegs (1), Solitary (5), Least (3), Semipalmated (1) & Pectoral (5) Sandpipers but those birds kept arriving & leaving so who knows what else was there? Also 2 Eastern Kingbirds & 1 Kingfisher
Along the stream were more Great Blues (2) & Mallards (25) plus 1 Great Egret Also more Killdeer (2) & Solitary Sandpipers (2) plus 1 Spotted Sandpiper And more hunting Chimney Swifts & Barn Swallows
Air Station Prairie (11:55 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Here the water is fast sinking in & we are in need of more rain or the shallow water will be gone. Perhaps the coming rain will save the day here?
Both the east & west ponds had Killdeer (6), Lesser Yellowlegs (13), Solitary (11), Least (11), Semipalmated (6) & Pectoral (4) Sandpipers. Highlight here was an adult SORA along the edge of the west pond which is best viewed from the sidewalk by the street where the shorebird area can be seen better than from the building viewing location. The other highlight here was my 1st Fall warbler, a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH on the mud by the east pond. And there are still 4 members of the Eastern Kingbird family at the east pond.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Northern Waterthrush which I saw even though I have yet to actually look for warblers. Runners-Up to the the Sora & the R.T. Hummer.
Al Stokie Close to home in Cook County once again
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