Date: 5/7/18 2:31 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET LaBagh Woods & Techny North Monday 5-7-18
Hello Bird People,
I fear I was a little sloppy when I reported 2 Long Billed Dowitchers from Techny North yesterday. I am fairly sure that the one Dowitcher I worked hard on was indeed a Long Billed but I had no business saying that there were 2 when I did not try very hard to I.D. the 2nd. In fact as the 2nd was smaller overall & others had reported Short Billed on the Count day it may well not have been a Long Billed. But if it was or wasn't what I should have done was to say that there was 1 Long Billed & 1 Dowitcher Species? I was pressed for time & so didn't give the 2nd Dowitcher it's due. Don't make assumptions & don't think you have to I.D. everything when you don't have the time to do so properly. Sorry about that!
LaBagh Woods (7:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
That's right, I was here for 5 hours & I can hardly walk after all that. It was slow going at 1st but I stayed with it & it became a "grind it out" day. I finally ended up with 14 Warbler species & a few were good ones but what a lot of effort. Here's my list:
Great Blue Heron (2) Green Heron (1) Canada Geese (4) Wood Duck (6) Mallard (5) B.W. Teal (3) Red Tailed Hawk (1-IM) Solitary Sandpiper (2, by the woodland pond) Spotted Sandpiper (1, along the stream) AMERICAN WOODCOCK (1) (Quite a surprise as it was probing on a mud flat in mid-stream where of course I didn't see it until it squawked & flew to the far bank) Caspian Tern (1, hunting the woodland pond) Mourning Dove (2) Kingfisher (1, also hunting the woodland pond) Red Bellied (4), Downy (4) & Hairy (1) Woodpeckers Flicker (heard 2) Great Crested Flycatcher (H-2) Blue Jay (4) Chickadee (H-2) W.B. Nuthatch (H-4) Brown Creeper (1) House Wren (4-5) R.C. Kinglet (22, the most common woodland bird) Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (3) Veery (1) Gray Cheeked Thrush (1) Swainson's Thrush (8) Robins (~35) Gray Catbird (3) BLUE HEADED VIREO (1) Nashville Warbler (3) NORTHERN PARULA (3) Yellow Warbler (2) Chestnut Sided Warbler (1) Magnolia Warbler (1) BLACK THROATED BLUE WARBLER (1-M, very close & very nice!)(I was talking to Linda K by the bridge when the Warbler landed about 10 feet away) Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (about 10) Black Throated Green Warbler (3) Palm Warbler (15) Black & White Warbler (3) Redstart (2-M) Northern Waterthrush (1, wished it was the other Waterthrush) MOURNING WARBLER (1-M, saw the black on the throat very well) Common Yellowthroat (2-M) Cardinal (3) Rose Breasted Grosbeak (1-M, singing, hard to find but I did) Eastern Towhee (1-M) Chipping Sparrow (2, lawns) CLAY COLORED SPARROW (1, with the Chipping Sparrows) Lincoln's Sparrow (2) White Crowned Sparrow (2) White Throated Sparrow (8) Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds Baltimore Oriole (3) Goldfinch (8) House Sparrow (2, by the baseball field)
Went back to try & do a better job on the Dowitchers but both had departed. Shorebirds remaining were Killdeer (4), Greater (6) & Lesser (12) Yellowlegs, Solitary (6) & Spotted (8) Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpiper (2), Least (4) & Semipalmated (2) Sandpipers plus 6 Peeps species unknown?
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Black Throated Blue & Runners-Up to the Mourning Warbler & the Woodcock.
Al Stokie Back in Cook County after 2 days in Lake County
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