Date: 9/23/17 12:20 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET James O. Breen Park (St Charles) & Wood Dale Reservoir Saturday 9-23-17
Hello Bird People,
As we get closer to October I am trying to see as many shorebirds as I can locally. Since several interesting species have been reported lately from J.O. Breen Park I thought I'd start off there. You may recall that a Red Necked Phalarope was seen there in August.
James O. Breen Community Park (St Charles) (7:45-9:15 a.m.)
Other birders that I know were here ahead of me including Don L & Wes S & later on local area birder Walt also arrived. Also arriving was a group from Kane Co Audubon so we had lots of folks to help find things & find things we did.
D.C. Cormorant (3 drying their wings & 3 more fly-bys) Great Egret (Max=6) Canada Goose (eventually up to 7) & Mallard (2) OSPREY (1 flying east) & Red Tailed Hawk (1 on a goal post) Semipalmated Plover (1-AD & 1-IM) Killdeer (45-49) Lesser Yellowlegs (10, but no Greaters) BAIRD'S (1) & Pectoral (2, but Don & Wes saw 4) Sandpipers STILT SANDPIPER (11) BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER (3) Wilson's Snipe (3) Horned Lark (5-6) AMERICAN PIPIT (2 & 1 did a proper Pipit strut) Savannah Sparrow (6-7) We saw a single Gull fly in which I originally was a young Herring & it may have been but I am just not positive enough to be 100% sure? Guess I'll call it a "Gull Species?" as it may have been a larger than normal Ring Billed Gull. When you're not sure you have to admit it.
By 9:30 it was already pushing 90 degrees but I made one short stop at the Wood Dale Reservoir as I could scan the water from the top & didn't have to hike far in the heat. So not much work & not many birds either.
Wood Dale Reservoir (10:45-11:10 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (2), Great Blues (5) & Great Egret (2, but only 1 stayed for long) Killdeer (39) & Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Ring Billed Gull (34) Blue Jay (2 making lots of noise)
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Buff Breasted Sandpipers & Runners-Up to the Baird's & Stilt Sandpipers.
Al Stokie Making the best of a hot & humid day in Kane & DuPage Co's
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