Date: 8/31/17 2:07 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET DuPage County-83rd Street Fluddle & Lake Law At Fermi Lab Thursday 8-31-17
Hello Bird People,
Although the Least Bitterns have been reported on IBET the special shorebirds at Fermi have not so the only way to learn about them is elsewhere. I found that info on Ebird where I saw mention of 2 Buff Breasted Sandpipers seen on, I think, Tuesday of this week. I did not see any reported on Wed & I found none today but mention should be made that Lake Law seems to be in a water draw down with large mud flats where the land meets the water all around the entire lake. Although I found nothing special today something seems likely to show up so I hope the DuPagers keep looking. If you venture out onto the mud flats be ready to sink in a little & expect mud coated boots.
83rd Street Fluddle (7:40-8:45 a.m.)
Here I was joined by Mr Greene Valley F.P. also know as Mike Madsen. He missed the Peregrine hunting process & the fight between that Peregrine & a Cooper's Hawk but he saw everything else that I saw & then some. On arrival the Peregrine was making repeated passes very low over the mud flats & I thought that was it for finding shorebirds but they were all flattened out among the rocks & got away with it this time anyway.
D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by), Great Blue Heron (1) & Green Heron (1) Mallard (49) & the continuing female plumaged Green Winged Teal Cooper's Hawk (1), BROAD WINGED HAWK (1 fly-by) & PEREGRINE (1-AD) Killdeer (20), Solitary (1) & Spotted (3) Sandpipers We also heard one positive Lesser Yellowlegs but it seemed to be just flying by Also flying by or above were Mourning Dove (2), Chimney Swift (5) & Barn Swallow (a few) A few land birds were Flicker, Blue Jay & Starling. Mike saw Cedar Waxwings but I did not.
Fermi Lab 9:30-11:30 a.m.)
On my way in I saw a bunch of birders looking south into the cattails from Batavia Rd at what was probably the Least Bittern location & I should have stopped as they were probably looking at one but I did not as it was shorebirds I was after.
Lake Law & Mud Edges
D.C. Cormorant (9),Great Blue Heron (2) & Great Egret (1 fly-by) Canada Goose (9) & Red Tailed Hawk (1 resting) Killdeer (66), Spotted (5), Least (7), Semipalmated (5) & Pectoral (1) Sandpipers Also Mourning Doves & Goldfinch And Scott Latimer (1 with scope, but he was leaving as I arrived)
I hear there's some shorebird habitat here but I could not see any. It's all high water that I saw. In that water were D.C. Cormorant (55), P.B. Grebe (5), Canada Goose (15) & Mallard (8)
Cattail Looking From Batavia Rd
Did not see a Least Bittern but did see Green Heron (4), Mallard (8-10), Blue Winged Teal (2) several Sora's (1-AD & 7-Juv) & that's good enough for me having seen several Least Bitterns this year.
It's nice to be able to look for shorebirds at Fermi after all!
Bird-Of-The-Day to the fast flying adult Peregrine which is a fine sight to see in action even if they do scare the shorebirds & mess up my attempts to get good counts. Runners-Up to all those Sora Rails & the flying Broad Winged Hawk.
Al Stokie In DuPage County today
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