Date: 9/3/17 3:24 pm From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Montrose Buff-breasted and Stilt Sandpipers and Connecticut Warbler, 9/3 a.m.
I spent a couple hours at Montrose Point in Chicago this morning, September 3. The highlight for me, hands down, was the cooperative juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the beach. I haven't seen a Buffy at Montrose in a few years, and I hadn't seen one yet this fall, so I was fairly excited (thanks for the text, Fran M). The bird was working the north side of the fluddle with a few other shorebirds, including a young Stilt Sandpiper, another good shorebird for Montrose. My passerine highlight was a Connecticut Warbler in the dune willows. These willows have proven, both spring and fall, to be an excellent migrant trap. I ended up with "only" 39 species, but when 2 of those are Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Connecticut Warbler you shut up and count your blessings. I posted photos of the Buff-breasted and Stilt Sandpipers on the Illinois Birding Network Facebook page, URL below.