Date: 9/24/17 5:31 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Chautauqua NWR & Thompson Lake Sunday
Hello Bird People,
Drove down to Chautauqua with Andy Sigler & Bob Erickson where we met up with Craig T & Phil D & we checked the Round Tree section of the place. Then to the Crossdike where we were joined by Davida & Dale K plus Nathan & Eric G & others. After which several of us finished up at the Goofy Ridge portion of the place. As mentioned by others there are many shorebirds here but most are distant & with different lighting conditions it's not always easy to I.D. or count the birds. Overall we found far fewer species & individuals than Colin found yesterday. We had no Spotted, Solitary, Semipalmated, Baird's or White Rumped Sandpipers. Nor did we find Greater Yellowlegs, S.B. Dowitcher, Snipe & Red Necked & Red Phalaropes.
However, we did see:
Black Bellied (12) & Golden (350-400) Plovers (The Black Bellied flew over the crossdike & the Golden were along the Goofy Ridge pathway) Killdeer (50-60) & Semipalmated Plover (2) Lesser Yellowlegs (100's), Stilt (~60), Least (6) & Pectoral (~10) Sandpipers BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER (2, along the Goofy Ridge pathway) Sanderling (8-10), Dunlin (1) & Long Billed Dowitcher (12-15) WILSON'S PHALAROPE (1, our only Phalarope of the day)
Waterfowl seen but impossible to count were Canada Geese, Mallards, Shovelers, Pintail & both Green Winged & Blue Winged Teal.
Mixed in with about 150 Ring Billed Gulls was 1 FRANKLIN'S GULL & 2 Caspian Terns flew by.
Swallows were Tree, Bank, Cliff & Barn & also seen were Kingfisher (1), Bald Eagles (3), D.C. Cormorants, White Pelicans (100's), Great Blues & Great Egrets. Heard a calling Bobwhite near the Crossdike. Our biggest miss of the day was the reported Sharp Tailed Sandpiper seen yesterday by Colin but not found today, at least by us.
Thompson Lake (after lunch)
Didn't look long here but did not find any Bonaparte's, Laughing or Franklin's Gull.s among the Ring Billed Gulls. Did find 2 WESTERN GREBES but not the 3rd one. Many Cormorants & Pelcans were seen here.
Later on a pond edge we added 12 Greater Yellowlegs which was a new shorebird species for us.
I think we had 15 species of shorebirds even though we missed several species seen yesterday. Bird-Of-The-Day for me will be the 2 Western Grebes & Runner-Up to the Franklin's Gull both new year birds for me as I have not been down here since early July.
We saw very few rare license plates today but the best was 1 from Utah seen on I-55.
Al Stokie In Mason & Fulton Co's today "enjoying" the birds & the heat
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