Date: 6/16/18 4:03 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Quick Stops At Montrose, 87th & South Shore Dr, Big Marsh & Bartel Grasslands Sat 6-16-18
Hello Bird People,
Unlike the last the last few days where I had no targets but just saw whatever there was to see today I did only targets & did not do careful lists of what I saw. So I won't give bird lists from each location but will just mention highlights.
Montrose Beach & Dunes (6:15-7:30 a.m.)
Much to my surprise the KING RAIL was again in the grasses near the pier although today it was near the base of the pier. Talk about good looks! Also seen on the beach was the FRANKLIN'S GULL.
87th Street & South Shore Drive (8:15-8:30 a.m.)
It helps to start at the right place which I did not do as I thought I heard the Vireo off 86th Street. But I heard wrong & soon went to 87th Street where the BELL'S VIREO was singing loudly. Previous reports from Donnie D & Ted W said the Vireo was south (slightly) of 87th but today it was just north of 87th Street but very close to that street.
Here my target was Common Gallinule but I was in for a surprise as the parking lot is now signed as pay for parking & not free as before. And further more there's no place to pay as you are supposed to pay using a phone app which, I guess, gives you a receipt somehow. This is all too complicated for me & I don't have a phone so I was scared off by all the "you will be towed" signs. No more quick stops here I guess.
So I went over to the old viewing area (where it now says No Entry) & viewed with my scope. Here I saw Great Blues, Great Egrets, Black Crowned Night Herons, &,best of all, one LEAST BITTERN flying by. But I had no chance for the Gallinules. Maybe they will be at Hegewisch again.
Ran into Andrew A who said he'd been there for a couple hours without hearing a Bobwhite so it was unlikely I'd hear one in a short time. But he had heard 2 Sedge Wrens & that's what I really wanted to see. Wandered all over the Bartel section as that's were the Sedge Wrens were but I never found them. I did have Bobolinks, Dickcissels, Eastern Meadowlarks & Red Wings. Heard Common Yellowthroats & saw Barn Swallows.
Got back to the car & there was a note from Andrew saying he not only heard but saw one Bobwhite at the Bobolink Picnic Area on Central. Hurried over there but saw nothing. Waited a few minutes & then I heard the Bobwhite call twice. But I needed to see this bird. After about 15 min of intermittent calls the BOBWHITE flew into a tree in the lot & sat there for a few minutes. Then it flew across Central into the grasses in the Killdeer Wetlands section.
Bobwhites in Cook County are always questionable but this one is where he should be & I guess there's more than one so it may be a good sighting. Anyway, it's a good sighting for me as I have had only 1 previous sighting & that was in 1994 when Mike Madsen & I chased one for for 45 min without ever seeing it. That was at Plum Creek F.P. where that day we heard 2 Bobwhite but saw neither. So it took 23 years to get a Bobwhite visually & not just heard.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Bobwhite as I'd never seen one in Cook Co before & Runner-Up to the normally much better bird the King Rail. Sorry King Rail but I have to do it.
Al Stokie Target finding in Cook County today
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