Date: 7/8/18 11:37 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Palos-Spears Woods (Never Give Up!) Sunday 7-8-18
Hello Bird People,
Was going to go to Montrose for shorebirds but I saw on ebird that Suzy D had a Yellow Throated Warbler at Spears Woods. Since everyone who wanted that species had probably already seen it in the Doug Stotz back yard I figured few would be looking for it & no one was there when I arrived. Looked for 30 min but no Warbler was seen or heard. Next I decided to try for Summer Tanager at the only place in Palos where I hadn't looked yet which was where Wes Serafin told us to look last year near 95th Street which you can walk to from the Spears Woods parking lot. Did the walk & looked & listened for the Tanager but no Tanager was there. Things were not going very well to say the least. But on the way back things improved.
Walking back & listening to many Eastern Pewee's. Eastern Towhee's , Blue Jays, Catbirds, Field & Song Sparrows & Indigo Buntings I stopped for one male Eastern Bluebird which was the only fairly interesting bird I had so far. Then I found one Red Headed Woodpecker & then 2 followed by one PILEATED WOODPECKER & then 2. Well no day with 2 Pileated Woodpeckers is a bad day!
Back to the Spears Woods parking lot & tried again for the Yellow Throated Warbler. But now I could hear it singing or at least I thought I could but it was near the road & was mostly drowned out by traffic so I could not be sure. Spent the next hour trying to find this bird but could only "sort of" hear it singing. But I hate "heard only" birds & will go to great lengths to see the bird. Finally I had to admit that it was "heard only" or nothing when the YELLOW THROATED WARBLER showed itself making me very glad I kept after it so long. It hopped around silently for a few minutes & then went farther away & started singing again but as it was now away from the road you could hear it better & there was no doubt as to what I was hearing. But I'd already seen it so that didn't really matter. But another miracle was to come.
Walked back to the car to leave when I saw a red bird in a tree but I had already seen a Cardinal or 2 in the lot & figured that's what it was. But it was NOT a Cardinal. It started singing a very Un-Cardinal song but that's as the red bird was a male SUMMER TANAGER!
So after thinking I had failed on all my targets it turns out I was successful on both. Never Give up!
Bird-Of-The-Day will be a tie between the Yellow Throated Warbler & the Summer Tanager as I had worked long & hard (in different ways) to see them both. Runner-Up to the 2 Pileated Woodpeckers which normally would have been top bird, not today
Al Stokie In the Palos area of Cook County today
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