Date: 10/2/17 6:17 am
From: Donald R Dann <donniebird...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Glacial Park
The 6 of them were still there at 8:15 AM Monday 10/2.

Donnie Dann
Lake County

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> On Sep 30, 2017, at 12:36 PM, Joe Lill <trptjoe...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> The six White-faced Ibises are still present. I was fortunate in that they were working the north edge of the pond, so they weren't backlit as I stood on the grassy path. I had red eyes on all six of them.
> Al's concern about standing on the grassy is well-founded, but joggers and dogs were using it and the birds were okay.
> Walk north from the Lost Valley parking lot. Just before you get to the cross road there will be a grass path. Go left and stay quiet.
> Joe Lill
> Chicago, Cook County
>> On Sep 29, 2017, at 8:06 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>> Hello Bird People,
>> Saw on Ebird that 6 White Faced Ibis were seen at Glacial Park on
>> Thursday but no info as to where to look was given. 1st I looked at
>> the main wetlands from the Power House overlook but the water was too
>> high for shorebirds & shorebirds were mentioned as being with the Ibis
>> gang. Next I looked at the small pond at the west end of the park
>> where you turn left from Hart Rd & end up at a small parking lot. But
>> no birds at all in that pond. Now what? Then I remembered that there's
>> a stream system to the west but that's a large area & a long way to
>> carry a scope without knowing just where to look. Decided I needed an
>> overview of that whole area so I drove in to the Lost Valley
>> Nature/Visitor Center building, walked west just past the building &
>> looked to the N.W. & there were all 6 Ibis & their shorebird friends.
>> With the scope I could see that they were all "Dark Ibis" but that's
>> all I could say. Needed a better (closer) look.
>> I walked the exit road from the parking lot (a one way road) about 100
>> yards & turned left (west) along a grassy pathway that goes right to
>> the Ibis pond. There you can see all the birds well but don't get too
>> close as the birds may flush. Do NOT try & drive there as there's no
>> parking & the park folks made one driver move his car & leave. It
>> might be better to walk the gated road rather than the grassy path as
>> you will give the birds a little more space that way. Here's what I
>> saw:
>> In the water were Mallard (3), Shoveler (3) & B.W. Teal (8-10)
>> Volunteer Dave M added Green Wing Teal but I missed them.
>> Flying by were Turkey Vulture (2), Osprey (1), Sandhill Crane (2) &
>> Ring Billed Gull (1)
>> Feeding in the shallow areas were Killdeer (4), Greater (1) & Lesser
>> (7) Yellowlegs & Snipe (6-7)
>> Also there were the 6 Ibis all of which are either young birds or at
>> least not in breeding plumage.
>> Therefore the only way to I.D. them is by eye color but all eyes just
>> look "dark" from a distance.
>> But if you stare at them long enough (took 15 min) & wait until the
>> sunlight hits their faces just right you will see that some of them
>> will show the bright red eye color. I was able to see that red color
>> on 2 or 3 of the Ibis but my guess is that all 6 are the same. Let me
>> say again that it may take a while to see that red eye color but it's
>> there on at least 2-3 of them & probably all 6.
>> And remember DON'T FLUSH THESE BIRDS!
>> A quick stop at the Walmart Ponds found the water too high for
>> anything but Canada Geese, Mallards, Wood Duck (2) & 1 Coot. A
>> slightly longer stop at Lippold Park also found water too high for
>> shorebirds but just right for many ducks (4 species) & geese plus
>> Great Egrets & Cormorants.
>> Bird-Of-The-Day to the Ibis gang & Runners-Up to the Osprey & the
>> calling Sandhill Cranes
>> Al Stokie
>> In McHenry County today finding the Ibis hide-a-way

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