Date: 5/4/18 8:07 pm From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Hiked Skokie Lagoons this evening with lots to see everywhere you looked. Difficult to keep up with everything. Good stuff included 10 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS (most in the west side of the big field which is currently flooded). An AMERICAN WOODCOCK flushed adjacent to the field (northwest corner). SORAS were abundant in the marsh area west of the gravel trail right when you enter the woods edge. Also had one VIRGINIA RAIL with them. FOY COMMON NIGHTHAWK was vocalizing over the water. Lots of thrushes, sparrows and warblers. I am certain I missed some species due to wasting a lot of time chasing a very high up pale-ish/blue-ish warbler, but realized eventually it was a female BLACKPOLL (not the cerulean my mind was taunting me with - continuing my ongoing education in eastern warbler ID) - joining the 3 males of the species I also found. FOY LEAST FLYCATCHER and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER were other highlights. A late FOX SPARROW caused ebird to throw the caution flag. Photos of that and a few other things embedded: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45269426
Good birding - should be a fun weekend.
Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US May 4, 2018 5:11 PM - 8:11 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.85 mile(s) 59 species
Canada Goose 6 Wood Duck 8 Blue-winged Teal 5 Mallard 12 Double-crested Cormorant 6 Great Blue Heron 8 Green Heron 3 Virginia Rail 1 Sora 7 American Woodcock 1 Spotted Sandpiper 6 Solitary Sandpiper 10 Herring Gull 1 Caspian Tern 1 Common Nighthawk 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 4 Northern Flicker 2 Least Flycatcher 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow X Tree Swallow X Bank Swallow 2 Barn Swallow X Black-capped Chickadee 2 House Wren 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 Veery 4 Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 Swainson's Thrush 6 Wood Thrush 1 American Robin 35 Gray Catbird 5 Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Northern Waterthrush 20 Black-and-white Warbler 6 Tennessee Warbler 2 Orange-crowned Warbler 8 Nashville Warbler 7 Magnolia Warbler 4 Blackburnian Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 8 Blackpoll Warbler 4 Palm Warbler 40 Yellow-rumped Warbler 60 Black-throated Green Warbler 3 Field Sparrow 3 Fox Sparrow 1 White-crowned Sparrow 15 White-throated Sparrow 10 Song Sparrow 5 Lincoln's Sparrow 3 Swamp Sparrow 20 Northern Cardinal 2 Red-winged Blackbird 15 Brown-headed Cowbird 5 Common Grackle 10 American Goldfinch 2