Date: 6/25/18 5:36 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Weekend Birding - McHenry and Cook Counties
Hi all... I am amending my list... what I thought was a broad-winged hawk
at skokie lagoons is actually a fledgling red-tailed hawk. Updating my
list. Sorry about that. Always learning...

On Sun, Jun 24, 2018, 9:33 PM Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Saturday, I went to Pleasant Valley in McHenry County.
> List with photos/video: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46743424
> Highlights here in the grasslands were the huge amounts of somewhat
> aggressive BOBOLINKS, a bunch of HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, a couple of SEDGE
> WRENS etc. In the woods I had a pair of SCARLET TANAGERS.
>
> Sunday, I went to Skokie Lagoons. I usually go north of Willow Road but
> after seeing what I thought were 2 Cuckoos fly over the road heading south,
> I felt like maybe today would be a good day to check the south trails.
> Lesson of the story - if you think you see cuckoos, follow them! Shortly
> after beginning my hike south, I did indeed verify I had seen YELLOW-BILLED
> CUCKOOS. There were a pair of them likely in the vicinity of a nest. I
> continued to hike south to see what else I could find. I had a couple of
> adult and one young BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS. Further down I started
> hearing a couple of singing WOOD THRUSHES. I hiked all the way south along
> the river until I hit I-94 and then turned around and headed back. The
> trail gets a bit bush-whacky and spider-web-y south of Winnetka road. On
> the way back I heard a screeching raptor. I never got eyes on it, but
> sounded pretty spot-on for a BROAD-WINGED HAWK (presumably a nest in the
> area?). Final highlight, I confirmed a couple of CLIFF SWALLOWS amongst the
> Barns that are nesting under the Willow road bridge (best viewed from the
> south side of the bridge based on their behavior).
>
> Cliff Swallow and YB Cuckoo were birds 155 and 156 for my Skokie Lagoons
> life patch list which I started tracking on 4/1/17.
> List with photos/video: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46777541
>
> Full lists pasted below:
>
> Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, McHenry, Illinois, US
> Jun 23, 2018 10:57 AM - 2:11 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.74 mile(s)
> 42 species
>
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Green Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 5
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 3
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 3
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 2
> Tree Swallow 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> House Wren 5
> Sedge Wren 2
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
> Wood Thrush 3
> American Robin 26
> Gray Catbird 10
> European Starling 9
> Cedar Waxwing 6
> Common Yellowthroat 16
> Yellow Warbler 6
> Henslow's Sparrow 7
> Field Sparrow 12
> Savannah Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 8
> Eastern Towhee 5
> Scarlet Tanager 2
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Indigo Bunting 6
> Bobolink 14
> Eastern Meadowlark 5
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 16
> Brown-headed Cowbird 10
> Common Grackle 6
> American Goldfinch 12
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46743424
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
> Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--South of Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
> Jun 24, 2018 4:42 PM - 7:54 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.11 mile(s)
> 42 species
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Wood Duck 1
> Mallard 6
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
> Broad-winged Hawk 1
> Ring-billed Gull 2
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
> Mourning Dove 7
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
> Chimney Swift 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Hairy Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 5
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
> Tree Swallow 2
> Barn Swallow 5
> Cliff Swallow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> House Wren 1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
> Wood Thrush 3
> American Robin 20
> Gray Catbird 12
> European Starling 5
> Cedar Waxwing 8
> Song Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 10
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Indigo Bunting 4
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 14
> Brown-headed Cowbird 6
> Common Grackle 20
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46777541
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
>
> --
> Jeff Bilsky
> <jbilsky...>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffbilsky
>
>
>

 
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