Date: 6/8/18 4:17 pm
From: Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Barn Owl Repeat At Montrose Friday 6-8-18
Yikes. I sent this mid morning. Didn’t realize it just came through a little bit ago.

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> On Jun 8, 2018, at 1:42 PM, Fran M <franmmmk...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> Update on the I just walked in my house a few minutes ago. Andrew saw the bird fly to the Forbidden Zone close to where the Kirtland's was a few springs ago (missed that bird, darn). Anyway, the owl was being mobbed there, and I was able to get some views from the lakeside field of those woods, while Andrew was on the inner prairie. After 5 minutes or so, the owl was flushed by one aggressive grackle and appeared to fly back towards the hedge. It was not seen again after that; I searched for 2+ hours.
> Fran
>> On Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 12:49 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>> Hello Bird People,
>> Went to Montrose to get some late Spring shorebirds for my shorebird
>> list. I certainly never expected to re-find the Barn Owl as they are
>> almost always one day wonders & not seen again. Fran & I could only
>> find Sanderlings (4 in breeding plumage) as well as the usual Killdeer
>> (3) & Spotted Sandpiper (6) but no Dunlin or Semi-Plovers. Tried for a
>> late Nelson's Sparrow but failed there too. Guess I'll have to wait
>> for Fall to try again. The only excitement was when a Red Winged
>> Blackbird dive bombed me & pecked my cap 3 times to let me know he was
>> watching me.
>> The only Warblers were Yellow (4), Common Yellowthroat (3) & I heard 1
>> Ovenbird singing (Fran had 3 of them). Best bird to that point was a
>> calling ALDER FLYCATCHER which I "sort of" saw. Of interest to some is
>> that there are now 21 Barn Swallow nest holes & counting.
>> Fran had left & absolutely no one was present when I walked by the
>> hedge & suddenly all the blackbirds set up a very loud racket when
>> they had not made any noise before. Must have found something but I
>> figured it was probably the local Red Trailed Hawk. But Hawk or Owl
>> something was there to upset the blackbird gang. It took me 15-20 min
>> of looking before I found 1/2 of an Owl but not it's head. (A good
>> birder would not have taken so long!) As the leaves moved in the wind
>> I could see the head & it was the face of a BARN OWL. The Grackles
>> (mainly) were all over the Owl but it was really using the leaves &
>> branches for protection so the Grackles could only irritate it.
>> Finally found 2 other birders to share the Owl with once we could
>> re-find it that is. Then as we were trying to get another birder on it
>> all hell broke out with lightening, thunder & rain coming down. I had
>> called Fran on the other birders phone but when he got there it was
>> raining hard. Waited a while & when the rain slowed we went back to
>> look. Also, Andrew A showed up & we all looked. But I was due to be
>> elsewhere & I was late so I left the Owl search to Fran & Andrew who
>> don't need any help from the likes of me. I don't know if they found
>> the Owl or not as it may have retreated from where I saw it in the
>> deluge.
>> If you go to look just do as Bob H said before & let the blackbirds do
>> the "heavy lifting" of finding the Owl & then try & locate it
>> yourself.
>> Guess you know that the Bird-Of-The-Day is the Barn Owl & the
>> Runner-Up is the Alder Flycatcher.
>> I have not been as lucky as Bob H as this was my 1st Barn Owl at
>> Montrose having just missed one a few years ago, but it's my 3rd Cook
>> County record in 35 years.
>> Al Stokie
>> Not finding what I expected but more than glad to find the unexpected

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