Date: 12/20/17 6:47 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Lost Mounds (Jo Davies Co) & Lock & Dam #13 (Whiteside Co) Wed 12-20-17
Hello Bird People,
This will be one of those "long day/short report" posts. Left home at 5 a.m. with Andy Sigler in the hopes that we could get to Lost Mounds at about 8-8:30 a.m. However, near the town of Winnebago the dashboard in Andy's car showed that their was a tire problem. Put air in the obviously low front tire but in a few minutes the light was back on with the slow leak becoming a fast leak. With help from Dan Williams we found a tire place & in 45 min we had 2 new front tires & were on our way although with no hope of the early start we thought we'd have.
Arrived at the Juniper tree area at the end of the public area (Jo Davies Co) at 10:15 a.m. Already there were Ethan & Cindy Brown & then up drove Brendon Lake. Played the Solitaire call a few times but nothing came in. Played a Screech Owl call & that didn't seem to work either. But then Cindy B saw a bird fly in to the top of a Juniper close to a Blue Jay. Turned out to be a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE. This was in the same area Craig T saw 2 a few days ago & today it took about a full hour before we saw the Solitaire.
All the Junipers meant that many berry eaters were around & we saw the following:
Blue Jay (4), Chickadee (2), Eastern Bluebird (11), TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE (1), Robin (1), MOCKINGBIRD (2), Cedar Waxwing (14), Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler (12) & Purple Finch (1). Several adult BALD EAGLES were flying overhead.
As we drove out of Lost Mounds Andy & I saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE but that was in Carroll Co.
Next stop was Lock & Dam #13 where we saw a huge flock of Canvasbacks but all were in Iowa waters. Along the road in to the river were TUNDRA SWANS (50-55), Mallards (25) & Gadwall (8). Ring Billed (15) & Herring (4) Gulls were on the ice, a male Hooded Merg flew in from Iowa and at least 20 Bald Eagles were in trees & on the ice.
Next stop was a Taco Bell in Clinton, Iowa & while there Brendon called to say he was watching a SNOWY OWL on an ice flow in the river by the dam. Back we went & the ice flow riding Snowy Owl was getting closer & closer to the dam. Finally it flew to another ice flow & then another before eventually flying north a fair distance & landing on 1 of the buoys that mark the state line. As best we could tell we saw this Owl in both Iowa & Whiteside Co in Illinois. Thanks go to Brendon for calling.
We had planned to look for the Barnacle Goose on the way home but we spent so much time with the Snowy Owl that there wasn't enough daylight left for that project.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Townsend's Solitaire which was Illinois County #8 for me for that species. Runners-Up to the Snowy Owl & the Northern Shrike. A very good day after a poor start due to car problems.
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