Date: 6/13/18 11:02 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Poplar Creek Equestrian Area (Schaumburg Grasslands) Wed 6-13-18
Hello Bird People,
Did another of those not well known western Cook County forest preserves today. I was here last year looking for a Clay Colored Sparrow which I did not find. But I recall finding other Sparrows & today was the same in that department. When I visit places like these I have no targets in mind rather I pick the location & find whatever I find. Low key birding as there's nothing you "must" find.
I took the "purple" trail through the Schaumburg Grasslands & that's where all the good Sparrows were & then I took the "yellow" trail which is the shrub/small tree area. Along the edges of the shrub areas you get the woodland species where the trees thicken. Nice place, many habitats. Here's my day list:
Poplar Creek Equestrian Area (7:35-10:20 a.m.)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by) Canada Geese (6 fly-bys) Mallard (1-F) Turkey Vulture (1 fly-by) Cooper's Hawk (2 fly-bys) Red Tailed Hawk (1 or 2 hunting) Killdeer (2, parking lot) Mourning Dove (2) Red Bellied Woodpecker (H-1, woods) Eastern Pewee (H-3, woods) Great Crested Flycatcher (H-1, woods) Eastern Kingbird (2) Barn (6) & Rough Winged (2) Swallows Blue Jay (H-2, woods) Chickadee (H-1) W.B. Nuthatch (H-1, woods) House Wren (2) Eastern Bluebird (1-M, singing) Robins (10-11) Brown Thrasher (H-1) Starling (1 on post by entrance) Common Yellowthroat (18-20, the most common bird of the day) Cardinal (2) Indigo Bunting (1-M) Field Sparrow (6) Savannah Sparrow (2) GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (1, seen very well preening for 4 min) HENSLOW'S SPARROW (5 or 6, saw 3 very well) Song Sparrow (6-7) BOBOLINK (3-M & 2-F) Red Wings (8-9) Eastern Meadowlark (10) Grackle (2) Cowbird (4) Goldfinch (7-8)
Missing in action today were Dickcissel which should have been in the grasslands & Yellow Warbler which should have been in the shrub areas but weren't.
It was a nice mix of birds from various habitats & although nothing really special was found the Sparrows were pretty good. Bird-Of-The-Day to the Grasshopper Sparrow who sat still for a few minutes as it knew I couldn't hear it. Runners-Up to the Henslow's Sparrows, the Bobolinks & the Bluebird.
Al Stokie Exploring in N.W. Cook County today
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