Date: 5/8/18 1:31 pm From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Putnam Co. Spring Bird Count
We ran the Putnam Co. Spring Bird Count on Sunday. Laurel Ros joined me for a day of Hennepin plus the bluffs east of the river. We found 130 species, with 108 at Hennepin. Owling was below average with just a bunch of Barred and a Whip-poor-will at the Putnam County Conservation Area on McNabb Road. The usually good spot on 820N (the ex-Prairie Warbler spot) was unproductive with no Woodcock nor Whip-poor-will. A paradoxical combination of the brushy areas growing up and becoming too thick, while other areas are being cleared, has made thi a much less productive pot both night and day. A loop through Clear Creek and Taylor Rd. produced 87 species. Nothing particularly unexpected, but 23 Wild Turkeys, mostly seen, was nice. There were also 3 female Purple Finches in a sycamore. The main event at Hennepin was very productive with 108 species between the main Dixon Waterfowl Refuge and the new wooded Sand Hollow Property on the SE side. The best birds at Sand Hollow (formerly called Hickory Hollow) were a singing Kentucky Warbler and a singing Lark Sparrow. At the refuge, the best find was a flock of 120 White-fronted Geese in the NW corner of the lake. They were visible from the Oak Ridge Trail that takes off from the levee at the north end of the property. In the grasslands, at least 18 Bobolinks (all males) were in evidence. All told we had 14 species of ducks with the most interesting being American Black Duck, Canvasback and Bufflehead. The most abundant duck by far was Northern Shoveler. We had 8 species of shorebirds, which surprised me given the high water levels with Wilson's Snipe and Semipalmed Plover the most interesting. Also had a Least Bittern, a Northern Harrier, 19 Soras, 2 Yellow-headed Blackbirds and a Yellow-throated Warbler.
Doug Stotz -- Douglas Stotz Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist Environmental and Conservation Programs Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605