Date: 10/5/17 8:37 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Wood Dale Reservoir. Fermi Lab & James O. Breen Park Thursday 10-5-17
Hello Bird People,
Looked like a good day for shorebirds considering that both Fermi & Breen Park had been hosting large numbers of species & individuals lately. But for a longer than usual day all I found were 2 shorebird species! The last 2 visits to J.O. Breen Park had 79 & 86 individual shorebirds but today it was 5 individuals of 2 species. Turns out I had 1 more goose species than shorebird species something I never would have expected. But birding often results in the unexpected & that's 1 reason we do it. Because it was a long day & this report is late I'll limit it's size by leaving out most of the land birds.
Wood Dale Reservoir (7:15-9 a.m.)
The only place with mud flats continues to be the actual reservoir with all other sections flooded.
Great Blue Heron (1) & Canada Goose (~400 at 7:15 but all gone by 8 a.m.) Wood Duck (1-F), Mallard (9), Shoveler (1-F) plus both Blue Winged (2) & Green Winged (2) Teal Coot (1), Killdeer (38) & Ring Billed Gull (6)
D.C. Cormorant (2) Great Blues (3) & Great Egret (1) Mallard (3)
Other birds of interest were Kingfisher (1), Catbird (1) & Cedar Waxwing (6-7). Warblers were only Myrtles & Palms & Sparrows were Song, Swamp & White Crowned. We are that time of the year when the Red Winged Blackbirds & Song Sparrows have decided it is once again time to start singing. (For the best bird here today check Bird-Of-The-Day below.)
Fermi Lab (10 a.m.-noon)
D.C. Cormorant (107), Great Blues (2) & Great Egret (1) Canada Goose (13) & WHITE FRONTED GOOSE (6 landed right in front of me while calling) Green Winged Teal (4) Killdeer (29) & Pectoral Sandpiper (4) Ring Billed Gull (8) Walking on the mud were 2 PIPITS & flying over the water were 2 Barn Swallows
Water still high but some mud edges have formed.
This was Heron/Egret heaven with Great Blues (14) & Great Egrets (46) covering the water area Again the only shorebirds were Killdeer (15) & Pectorals (22) Also 2 P.B. Grebes & a few more Cormorants & R.B. Gulls
Sea Of Evanescence (I hope that's the way to spell it!)
Had lots of geese & ducks but with the sunlight in my face I could not deal with the Mallards, Wood Ducks, Shovelers & Teal & who knows what else?
James O. Breen Community Park (1-1:25 p.m.)
Who would have thought the only shorebirds here would be Killdeer (3) & Pectorals (2)? Also here were Great Blue Heron (2), Mallard (4) & Shoveler (1-PR) But sneaking around among the 86 Canada Geese were 2 tiny CACKLING GEESE with the small bills we are supposed to check for. I checked! One Red Tailed Hawk flew overhead & one Eastern Meadowlark also decided to sing in October.
As I started my walk around the Wood Dale Reservoir I noticed a dark bird fly into a tall conifer tree. Put the scope on it & I saw it was after seeds in the cones. Holy pine cones, maybe a Crossbill? Well no, but it proved to be a female PURPLE FINCH which will be today's Bird-Of-The-Day in spite of not being the hoped for winter finch. Runners-Up to the 6 calling WHITE FRONTED GEESE which are always nice to see & hear. Honorable Mention to the 2 tiny Cackling Geese.
Al Stokie In DuPage & Kane Co's today wondering where the shorebirds went? (Probably south I guess)
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