Date: 10/27/17 1:49 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Cold & Windy "Wild Crossbill Chase" At Van Patten Woods Friday 10-27-17
Hello Bird People,
Just as in a "wild goose chase" no goose is found so today no Red Crossbills were found in the a.m. at Van Patten Woods although 5 birders looked between 7:45 & 11 a.m. Quite a few Siskins still around with smaller numbers of Goldfinch & on my drive out I saw a few PURPLE FINCHES but no sight nor sound of any Crossbills. But we had 2 flocks of larger than Siskin sized birds go by that may have been Crossbills but cloudy conditions showed no color & they never called. They could also have been Waxwings for all I know. But folks may want to continue looking as yesterday the Red Crossbills were seen in the early a.m., missed later on & then finally seen again after 1 p.m. The high winds did not help nor did my ipod failing before I could use it due to the cold. Here's my day list:
Van Patten Woods (7:45-11 a.m.)
Canada Goose (about 40 fly-bys) Turkey Vulture (15-18 going south in 1 large strung out bunch) Red Tailed Hawk (1) MERLIN (1 chasing Siskins which also did not help the search much) Rock Pigeon (2 fly-bys) Red Bellied Woodpecker (2) Blue Jay (4-5) Crow (2 fly-bys) Chickadee (4) RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (3-4) White Breasted Nuthatch (1) Golden Crowned Kinglet (4) Robins (15-20) FOX SPARROW (7) White Throated Sparrow (5-6) White Crowned Sparrow (2-IM) Dark Eyed Junco (35-40) Red Winged Blackbird (2-M in the conifers & 10 fly-bys) Grackle (2 fly-bys) PURPLE FINCH (2-F & 2 more not seen well) Goldfinch (10-12) PINE SISKIN (25-30 with some very close & well seen) Also 3-4 Gull Species flying by but too far away to I.D.
Had I seen the Red Crossbills that would have been species #300 for my Illinois 2017 year list which is why I chased them & why I kept looking in spite of the wind & cold temps. Nevertheless I will try again & hope for better luck.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the last species seen today which was Purple Finch. Runners-Up to the well seen Fox Sparrows & Pine Siskins. No award for the Merlin as it's finch chasing behavior may have kept the Crossbills away.
Al Stokie Freezing in far northern Lake County today
------------------------------------ Posted by: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> ------------------------------------