Date: 5/8/18 2:10 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons From Willow Road Tuesday 5-8-18
Hello Bird People,
It still seems strange to not be chasing the rare bird after 30 years if doing nothing else but chase rare birds. Got a Cattle Egret at South Pond! That's nice, maybe I'll see it tomorrow & maybe I won't. It doesn't really matter. I must admit that it took a little getting used to but I'm getting used to it. I still look for good birds but I now pick & choose. I saw the Varied Thrush & the Cinnamon Teal & I did try for the White Faced Ibis & the Lark Sparrow but failed on them. I just take what I get at wherever I decide to go. Fran Morrel was right, easy does it. And today I decided to do Skokie Lagoons.
Skokie Lagoons From Willow Road (7-11 a.m.)
Thought it would be a good Warbler day after getting 8 species in the 1st 20 min along the picnic shelter lagoon but then it ended & in the next 2 1/2 hours I only added 2 more species. Not sure what happened?
D.C.Cormorant (1 fly-by) Great Blue Heron (4) Canada Geese (8) Wood Duck (2) Mallard (3) Cooper's Hawk (1) Spotted Sandpiper (3) Red Bellied (4),& Downy (3) Woodpeckers Flicker (5) Eastern Phoebe (1) Great Crested Flycatcher (H-2) Tree Swallow (10) Blue Jay (6) Chickadee (4) W.B. Nuthatch (2) House Wren (H-4) B.G. Gnatcatcher (4) Eastern Bluebird (1-M) Swainson's Thrush (8) WOOD THRUSH (1, singing, finally saw it) Robins (~30) Gray Catbird (4) Starling (2, parking lot) YELLOW THROATED VIREO (1 & H-1, FOY) Warbling Vireo (4) Nashville Warbler (4) Yellow Warbler (2) Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (9) Palm Warbler (12) BAY BREASTED WARBLER (1-M) Redstart (1-M) PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (2) Ovenbird (1) Northern Waterthrush (4) Common Yellowthroat (2-M) Cardinal (4) INDIGO BUNTING (1-M, FOY) Song Sparrow (2) White Crowned Sparrow (10) White Throated Sparrow (3) Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds Goldfinch (6)
After lunch I made a short visit to Potawatomi Woods by the Des Plaines River in Wheeling but it was pretty slow with the only Warblers being Nashville (1), Magnolia (1) & Palm (2). Had another Indigo Bunting & was surprised to hear a Sandhill Crane flying by while calling.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the male Bay Breasted Warbler & Runners-Up to the Prothonotary Warbler & the Yellow Throated Vireo.
Al Stokie In Cook County today
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