Date: 7/8/18 7:01 pm From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd., Cook, Illinois, US
Great evening for a hike at Skokie Lagoons. Highlights included evidence that at least one AMERICAN REDSTART nest had success as I saw two youngsters in vicinity of an adult female. Also heard/saw two adult males singing. A pair of EASTERN PHOEBES that had previously had a nest failure have given it another shot and have an active nest they are visiting that has young in it. Also saw new hatchlings of Robins, Mallards and Wood Ducks. One SPOTTED SANDPIPER was around - unclear if there was any nesting success for them as the significant flooding could've impacted them - as it did others, like the PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS of which I had two males this evening. The one nest I did know about was completely destroyed, the tree it was in has collapsed. The other nest I was watching may've been flooded over as well. One GREAT HORNED OWL was being mobbed/chased by Blue Jays in the woods. A MONK PARAKEET flew over, heading south and allowed just a brief look and lots of audibles. My favorite part of the hike though, was the many CEDAR WAXWINGS along the water's edge. At first I thought I was being perceived as a predator/threat as they were flying very close to me. But then I realized they were actually just fly-catching the many insects buzzing around me and didn't care about my presence. This allowed for some amazing, up-close, eye level looks and photos. Good Birding.