Date: 1/9/18 1:48 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Getting Closer To A Pileated Woodpecker In The Palos Area Tuesday 1-9-18
Hello Bird People,
I've been doing a lot of bird feeder watching lately & today I started at the Little Red School House where I had good numbers of birds on the 31st of Dec. I just saw a post from Linda R from there on Sunday & while I did not see her Redpoll(s) today I did get to see & hear one Pine Siskin as a replacement. I had fewer Purple Finches (3-F) & no Fox Sparrow but otherwise I saw similar birds to what she saw. For part of my time at the feeder area I was joined by birders Ken & Gary who had seen the male Purple Finch earlier that I missed & later Ken picked out what proved to be an adult Cooper's Hawk that landed in a tree. Here's our feeder bird list for today:
Little Red School House Feeders (8:30-9:30 a.m.)
Cooper's Hawk (1-AD) Mourning Dove (only 1 today) Red Bellied Woodpecker (2) Downy Woodpecker (1-M & 1-F) Blue Jay (3-4) Chickadee (2-3) TUFTED TITMOUSE (1 or 2) W.B. Nuthatch (2) Starling (4) Cardinal (2-M & 1-F) Tree Sparrow (8-10) WHITE THROATED SPARROW (1) Dark Eyed Junco (10-12) PURPLE FINCH (3-F plus Ken & Gary saw 1 male) PINE SISKIN (1) Goldfinch (~20) House Sparrow (30 or more, too many)
Swallow Cliff F.P. (9:45-11 a.m.)
Left Ken & Gary who kept looking for the Siskin & I went to Swallow Cliff to see if any Crossbills remained (found none) & of course tried again for a Pileated Woodpecker but even though it was now 2018 my 2017 luck continued with none found. Lots of Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays & W.B. Nuthatches though plus 1 calling Red Breasted Nuthatch.
Repeat Of The Old Country Rd, Spears Woods & Cranberry Slough Loop Trail (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Fortified by a gourmet lunch at Taco Bell in Hickory Hills I again attempted this fairly long loop trail. No Coyotes joining me on the trail today & none calling but this walk was later in the day than on the 31st. Saw high numbers of Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays & W.B. Nuthatches just like at Swallow Cliff plus 1 adult Red Tailed Hawk & 1 Chickadee. Positive highlight was again one adult & 1 young RED HEADED WOODPECKER although not at the same place as last time.
But the day's excitement centered around a loudly calling PILEATED WOODPECKER off the yellow trail south of Spears Woods & north of 95th St. Spent the next 40 min trying to actually see the big guy (or gal) but although I heard it once again farther south I never did get to see it. However, this was progress for me so I'll try again in the next week or 2. I don't give up easily although sometimes it would be smarter if I did.
Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Tufted Titmouse & Runners-Up to the Siskin & the 2 Red Headed Woodpeckers, a reversal of my awards last time. Every bird gets a turn!
License Plates Of the Day to one from South Carolina & one from Oklahoma both seen on the Tri-State but moving in different directions at different times of the day.
Al Stokie In the Palos area of Cook County today still not seeing a Pileated Woodpecker but getting closer
------------------------------------ Posted by: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> ------------------------------------