Date: 5/29/18 2:26 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Diminishing Migration At Montrose Tuesday 5-29-18
Hello Bird People,
Still a few migrants at Montrose today but I stress the word few. I saw only 5 Warblers (2 resident) but others had a few more. Shorebirds were only Killdeer (2-AD & 2 young), Spotted, Sanderling (2) & Semipalmated (1). No interesting Gulls or Terns just the regulars. Here's my list:
Montrose Hedge Area & Beach
I've already mentioned the shorebirds but there are lots of swallows in the beach area & Colin had a NELSON'S SPARROW in the Dunes. Not many sparrows other than that though.
Canada Geese (~10) Mallard (6, one female was with 12 small young along the beach) Ring Billed Gulls & Caspian Terns were fly-bys Flycatchers were Eastern Pewee, Yellow Bellied, Alder, Least & Eastern Kingbird. (Other birders saw 1 Eastern Phoebe) Blue Jay (2) Chickadee (2) House Wren (1) Robins & Catbird (4) Cedar Waxwing (~10) The only Vireo I saw was Warbling Warblers that I saw were Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Redstart, Canada & MOURNING (But others also saw Tennessee, Chestnut Sided, Wilson's & a female Black Throated Blue) The only sparrow I saw was 1 Lincoln's Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds Baltimore Oriole (2) Goldfinch (4) House Sparrows
I'm sure other birders saw more than I did but I was trying to find the Black Throated Blue & Nelson's Sparrow & so wasted quite a bit of time doing that.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Mourning Warbler that I saw thanks to directions from Andrew A. Runner-Up to a well seen, while calling. Alder Flycatcher.
But the highlight of the day for me was a Possum pointed out by Laurel. It was a pretty big one & very white & I hadn't seen one since 2016 as they have become hard to find in my home area.
Since this is (for me) a short report I'll mention that our 1st license plate chaser (Susan H) saw a Wyoming plate & thereby finished all 51 U.S. plates (includes D.C.). She is the 1st one to finish while I am still looking for Vermont.
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