Date: 5/11/18 2:57 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET LaBagh Woods-Can You Get A 20 Warbler Species Day? Friday 5-11-18
Hello Bird People,
When I left LaBagh at noon or so I thought I had 18 species of warblers thanks to the fine work of Jeff Skrentny & Amanda T who figured out that a strange warbler was a female Blue Winged Warbler. Couldn't find the Golden Winged Warbler but that was o.k. as if I had seen it I'd of had 19 species of warbler which would have required me to stay in the rain & look for #20 which you HAVE to do when at 19 species. Imagine my surprise when I got home & found I had left off Tennessee Warbler from my field notes. So I was at 19 after all but it was 3 p.m. & now what? Should I go somewhere close or to Skokie Lagoons where I'd have a better chance at getting another species? Decided to go close & hope for the best so I went to St Paul's F.P. next to Miami Woods as it's only 2 1/2 miles from home. Didn't look good as all I found in 20 min was 1 Black Throated Green. Then I went into some really thick woods & saw a Veery fly & land. Tried to get a better look but then another bird flew up & sat in plain view & that bird turned out to be an OVENBIRD which was #20. Usually these silly quests come up empty but today all went well even though I didn't do the far away location. Now I've had one 20 warbler species day & I don't care if I get another. One is fine with me.
LaBagh Woods (8:15-noon)
Canada Geese (6) Wood Duck (2) Mallard (2) Solitary Sandpiper (1) Red Bellied (4), Downy (1) & Hairy (1-F) Woodpeckers Flicker (1-2) Least Flycatcher (1) Blue Jay (2) Crow (1 fly-by) Chickadee (H-2) House Wren (saw 1 & heard 2 more) R.C. Kinglet (3) B.G. Gnatcatcher (4) Veery (1) Swainson's Thrush (3) Robins (25) Gray Catbird (4) Warbling Vireo (2) Blue Winged Warbler (1-F) Tennessee Warbler (2) Nashville Warbler (4-5) Northern Parula (1-F & 1-M) Yellow Warbler (1) Chestnut Sided (10) Magnolia Warbler (7) Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (10) Palm Warbler (8) Black Throated Green (5) Blackpoll (1-M) Black & White (6) American Redstart (7) PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (1, pointed out by 2 young photographers) Northern Waterthrush (2) LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (1, same place as Jeff Sk saw one the day before) Common Yellowthroat (3-M) Wilson's Warbler (5, FOY) CANADA WARBLER (1, FOY) Cardinal (2-3) Indigo Bunting (2) Rose Breasted Grosbeak (1-M) White Crowned Sparrow (22) White Throated Sparrow (3-4) Lincoln's Sparrow (1) Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds Baltimore Oriole (2-M) Goldfinch (6) House Sparrow (4)
I should mention that Josh E & group had a SUMMER TANAGER & a Philly Vireo here today. Can't see them all!
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Ovenbird which popped up when I needed it most! Runners-Up to the Prothonotary Warbler, the Louisiana Waterthrush & the 2 Parulas.
Al Stokie Having fun with Warblers!
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