Date: 5/3/18 6:22 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Clark Street Beach, Gillson Park & Skokie Lagoons Thursday 5-3-18
Hello Bird People,
It's been a long day sandwiched between an a.m. failure & a p.m. failure but I managed a few Warblers in between. Got an email from Mark V who had seen a Lark Sparrow Wed at Clark Street Beach so I tried for it this a.m. but the result was the same as every other attempt at a Lark Sparrow. But I was surprised at how many birds were at such a small location.
Clark Street Beach
Waiting for me on arrival were 2 Greater Yellowlegs & soon 8 WILLETS flew in & stayed a while. Warblers were Myrtles, Palms, 2 Common Yellowthroat & 1 Nashville. Sparrows were Field (1), Chipping (2), Savannah (2), Song (1), Swamp (3), White Crowned (1) & White Throated (1-2). Also had my FOY Cliff Swallow, a Phoebe, a Catbird, 2 Swainson's Thrushes, a R.C.Kinglet & a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher among other species.
On the way to Gillson the wind shifted to the N/N.E., the temp dropped 10 degrees & fog moved in. So Gillson was NOT the place to be & I soon left although I did see a Gray Cheeked Thrush & a Thrasher.
Skokie Lagoons In From Willow Road
Here I was joined by John Leonard which was a good thing as he found the 2 best Warblers of the day. We had 12 Warbler species & most were of the early Warbler variety. Warblers seen were Myrtles (75-80, maybe more), Palm (25-30), Nashville (18-20), Yellow (8), Orange Crowned (5), Magnolia (1), Prothonotary (1 back at the usual spot), Black & White (4), Tennessee (1), BLACKBURNIAN (1-M), Common Yellowthroat (3) & many singing Northern Waterthrushes (~20).
Thrushes were all present except Wood Thrush. Sparrows were Field (1), Savannah (2), Song (4), Swamp (5), White Throated (25) & White Crowned (6-8). Another FOY species was the one Great Crested Flycatcher.
Ended the day with failure #2 as I did not find the White Faced Ibis at the Botanic Garden. It wasn't on the Daffodil Island & I didn't see it along the pond edges. I was there by 4 only 1 hour after Amanda T did see it so it may have moved elsewhere but with the rain & fog I didn't look farther afield.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the 8 Willets at Clark Street Beach & Runners-Up to the Prothonotary & Blackburnian Warblers.
Al Stokie In Cook County today
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