Date: 6/28/18 11:23 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Both South & North Of Willow Road Thursday 6-28-18
Hello Bird People,
Went again to Skokie Lagoons South Of Willow & this time I did not get rained out & was able to complete my coverage of this area past Winnetka Rd all the way to where the trail goes under the Edens. Found a few species I didn't have last time but nothing special. I took the gravel trail (yellow trail) in & the bike path (red trail) back. Not being a weekend the bike path was not too crowded. Again I did not find any Yellow Billed Cuckoos. Here's my day list:
Skokie Lagoons South Of Willow Rd (7:15-9 a.m)
Great Blue Heron (2 fly-bys) Black Crowned Night Heron (again 2 fly-bys) Rock Pigeon (5) Mourning Dove (2) Hairy Woodpecker (2) Eastern Pewee (H-1) Eastern Phoebe (also H-1) Great Crested Flycatcher (1, had a good look for a change) Barn (12) & Cliff (3) Swallows Blue Jay (4) Chickadee (5) Wood Thrush (H-3, saw none & I tried to find them) Robins (11) Gray Catbird (7) Cardinal (6) Indigo Bunting (1 singing) Song Sparrow (2) Red Wings (2-M), Grackles (6) & Cowbirds (4) Goldfinch (2)
Skokie Lagoons North Of Willow Rd (9-10:30 a.m)
I'll only list new species for the day here.
Canada Geese (65) & Mallards (2) Red Bellied Woodpecker (3) & Flicker (2) B.G. Gnatcatcher (1) House Wren (H-1) Starlings Warbling (H-3) & Red Eyed (4) Vireos Yellow Warbler (H-1), Common Yellowthroat (H-2) & REDSTART (1-M) Rose Breasted Grosbeak (1-M, singing) Swamp Sparrow (H-1, way in the cattail area) And I heard one MONK PARAKEET flying by north to south so I guess they are still around. Wish I'd seen it as it would have been Top Bird of the day!
I should mention that the Lagoons north of Willow are very flooded coming all the way up to the bike path most of the way. I could not get to where the Prothonotary Warblers usually are.
I think the key word for today will be "colorful" so Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the singing male Rose Breasted Grosbeak which I saw very well & for a long time. Runners-Up will be the Great Crested Flycatcher (also well seen) & the male Redstart.
Al Stokie In Cook County today
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