Date: 4/30/18 7:42 pm From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons - Cook County - Migrants
What a difference 24 hours makes. Wandered for nearly 3 hours doing my usual loop from Willow Road.
First of year species for me: BROAD-WINGED HAWK (one flyover), SOLITARY SANDPIPER (1), BANK SWALLOWS (2 at least with the big group over the water), BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (5), BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS (2), ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS (2), NASHVILLE WARBLER (1), YELLOW WARBLER (3), PINE WARBLER (1).
Other highlights included: A pair of MONK PARAKEETS, a couple of SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, the massive numbers of PALM and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and a stunning GREEN HERON. I'm confident despite my attempted patience and thoroughness, I missed some other good stuff. It was absurdly birdy at times.