Date: 10/4/17 7:48 pm From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Dixon Waterfowl Refuge and vicinity, 3 October
Yesterday, I went to Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepn-Hopper Lakes. I also did some birding in northern Marshall Co. At Dixon, I had 66 species, a bit low for early October. Water levels have dropped with the lack of rain. I had 7 species of sandpipers led by 3 White-rumped, 2 Stilt Sandpipers and 12 Long-billed Dowitchers. Diving ducks have not arrived at all, and sparrow numbers were unimpressive. I had 9 species of ducks led by 850 No. Shovelers and 750 Pintail. My estimate of coots was a meager 9400. I counted 122 Pied-billed Grebes, which seems like a good number. Landbirds were a struggle with it warm and windy. There were few sparrows, and nearly all the warblers were Yellow-rumped and Palms, but did have a late Golden-winged. In Marshall Co, I birded Sandy Creek east of Rte 26. Fair number of species but nothing unexpected; only 3 species of warblers and 5 species of sparrows. Billsbach Lake is a backwater lake west of Rte 26 ca 2 miles south of Rte 18.; most of the birds were opposite McKean Pallet Co. You can either peer through the vegetation or bushwhack down to the edge of the lake. There is a clear opening at the north end of the lake, but few birds there, I had some shorebirds, which included 17 American Golden-Plovers and 10 Dunlin, as well as a couple of hundred dabbling ducks, mostly Shovelers.
-- Douglas Stotz Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist Environmental and Conservation Programs Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605