Date: 6/2/18 3:29 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Rock Cut State Park & Stonegate In Hampshire Saturday 6-2-18
Hello Bird People,
Miss seeing all those migrant Warblers? Then visit a place where some of the Warblers stay to nest. The best place by far in Northern Illinois is Mississippi Palisades but if you can't go that far then Rock Cut State Park near Rockford will do nicely. Bob Erickson & I had 7 species of Warblers plus Chat today at that location. This plus a number of other highlights. Here's our day list.
Rock Cut State Park (7-10:45 a.m.)
Great Blue Heron (2) Canada Geese (8) Mallard (6) Turkey Vulture (6-8, flying very early I guess due to the windy conditions) OSPREY (1) Red Tailed Hawk (1) Rock Pigeon (1 fly-by) Mourning Dove (1) Yellow Billed Cuckoo (heard only) Red Bellied Woodpecker (2) Downy Woodpecker (H-1) Flicker (H-1) PILEATED WOODPECKER (Found a nest hole with both male & female bringing food to 2 young) Eastern Pewee (5) ACADIAN FLYCATCHER (4-5) Willow Flycatcher (2) Eastern Phoebe (1) Great Crested Flycatcher (4) Rough Winged & Barn Swallows Blue Jay (4) Crow (2) Chickadee (H-2) House Wren (7-8) B.G. Gnatcatcher (1) Eastern Bluebird (1-M) Veery (1, singing) Wood Thrush (1, singing) Robins (~20) Gray Catbird (4) Brown Thrasher (2) Starling (3-4) Warbling Vireo (1) Red Eyed Vireo (5) Yellow Warbler (6-7) YELLOW THROATED WARBLER (1-M, singing) Common Yellowthroat (4) CERULEAN WARBLER (1-M, singing) Redstart (1) LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (1, singing) HOODED WARBLER (1, singing) YELLOW BREASTED CHAT (1, singing) Cardinal (4) Rose Breasted Grosbeak (4) Indigo Bunting (4) Eastern Towhee (2) Chipping Sparrow (2) Field Sparrow (1) Song Sparrow (1) Red Wings, Grackles & Cowbirds Baltimore Oriole (1) Goldfinch (6) House Sparrow (2)
On the way home we stopped at the Meadowlark place called Stonegate in Hampshire where no homes have been built yet. Finally found 2 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, some Meadowlark Species (wouldn't sing) one Eastern Kingbird & one Dickcissel. Also Red Wings & Grackles.
It was a pretty good day with us finding all our target species for a change. Bird-Of-The-Day to the Cerulean Warbler which we missed until the end. Runners-Up to the Pileated Woodpecker family, the Yellow Throated Warbler, the Hooded Warbler, the Louisiana Waterhrush & the Chat.
We managed to get completely lost in the semi-open area by Olson Lake which has so many trails that loop around. Good thing Bob could figure out the way back. There's a map at the entrance of this area. I suggest you look it over before you walk the area.
Good day for Western plates with License Plate Of The Day to one from Wyoming & Runner Up to one from North Dakota.
Al Stokie Mostly in Winnebago County today with a little time in Kane County
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