Date: 10/17/18 8:33 am
From: Linda Padera <waterthrush...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Palos sloughs: RED-NECKED GREBE at Sag Slough
Bird still present 10:15 am. Same general area. Scope views only from north central parking lot. May be hanging around with a single Ruddy Duck. Lighting from this angle terrible.

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> On Oct 16, 2018, at 9:07 PM, <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Dan Lory and I birded the Palos sloughs looking for waterfowl today. We checked, in order, Crawdad Slough, Maple Lake, McGinnis Slough, Bergman Slough, John Duffy/McGinty Slough and Saganashkee Slough. There weren't many ducks on the sloughs with the exception of McGinnis Slough, but the day ended with a bang at Sag Slough.
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> There was nothing but 3 Canada Geese at Crawdad Slough and more geese and a few GADWALL at Maple Lake. There were hundreds of GADWALL and A. COOTS at McGinnis with small numbers of WOOD DUCKS, MALLARDS, AMERICAN WIGEON, N. SHOVELERS and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. An adult BALD EAGLE flushed all the ducks in the southwest corner of the slough, fortunately after I had counted them! Another adult Bald Eagle was observed in a tree on the far side of the slough. There were ~150 TREE SWALLOWS, along with at least 10 BARN SWALLOWS flying low over the main part of the slough, plus 40 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. There were 3 male scaup, probably Lesser Scaup visible from the main overlook. Two adult TRUMPETER SWANS flew over trumpeting while I was at the overlook (Dan unfortunately missed them). Other birds of note were a PURPLE FINCH and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER.
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> At the far western edge of the prairie at Bergman Slough a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER flew up into a tree as we were driving by. Best bird at John Duffy was a juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. There were a couple of Buteos that flew over. One might have been a Red-shouldered Hawk (waiting on Dan's photos).
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> After lunch we hit Saganashkee Slough. An immature BALD EAGLE flew over as we were driving along the east side of Sag Slough. We spotted more BONEPARTE'S GULLS and a few BARN SWALLOWS and 2 more SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. There was a group of about 30 ducks in about the middle of the slough, but the light was too bad for identification. We moved to the west end of the slough for better light, but the ducks were too far, though I thought at least 1 was a male Gadwall. However, I also noticed a bird that appeared to be a large grebe, slightly smaller than the ducks, with a long neck and bill. We decided to follow the rugged trail that runs along the south side of the slough to try and find a closer and better view. This was a repetition of our attempt to see the Eared Grebe that was here in March. The trail was exhausting but, as in March, it gave us the looks we needed. Dan found an open spot down by the water right across from the grebe, which proved to be a RED-NECKED GREBE in non-breeding plumage (maybe a 1st winter bird)! With this bird I've now seen 5 grebe species at Sag Slough over the years (Western, Eared, Red-necked, Horned and Pied-billed). Most of the ducks were Gadwall but there were also 5 RUDDY DUCKS.
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> Here is a list of the species seen today (not in present taxonomic order, but in that of the newest field guide I own: Sibley, 2nd ed.).
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> Abbreviations: CS = Crawdad Slough, ML = Maple Lake, MS = McGinnis Slough, BS = Bergman Slough, JD = John Duffy/McGinty Slough, SS = Saganashkee Slough.
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> Canada Goose: CS (14; 11 flying into Long John Sl.), ML (65), MS (3), BS (4), JD (1), SS (13)
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> Trumpeter Swan: MS (2)
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> Wood Duck: MS (9)
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> Mallard: ML (1), MS (9)
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> Gadwall: ML (5), MS (600), BS (20), SS (32)
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> A. Wigeon: MS (8)
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> N. Shoveler: MS (8), BS (4), JD (5)
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> Green-winged Teal: MS (25)
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> Greater/Lesser Scaup: MS (3)
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> Ruddy Duck: SS (5)
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> Red-necked Grebe: SS (1)
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> Pied-billed Grebe: MS (6), BS (3), JD (3), SS (6)
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> Double-crested Cormorant: SS (26)
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> Great Blue Heron: MS (1), SS (2)
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> Black-crowned Night-Heron: JD (1)
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> Turkey Vulture: MS (10), SS (1), several more along roads
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> Cooper's Hawk: MS (1)
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> Red-tailed Hawk: MS (1), BS (1)
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> Buteo sp: JD (2)
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> Bald Eagle: MS (2), SS (1)
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> A. Coot: MS (625), SS (19)
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> Spotted Sandpiper: MS (1), SS (2)
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> Bonaparte's Gull: MS (40), SS (25)
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> Ring-billed Gull: CS (3; over Long John Sl.), SS (100)
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> Herring Gull: SS (5)
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> Rock Pigeon: along Bell Rd
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> Chimney Swift: SS (5)
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> Belted Kingfisher: ML (1), BS (1), SS (2)
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> Red-headed Woodpecker: BS (1)
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> Red-bellied Woodpecker: ML (1), MS (1), JD (1)
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> Downy Woodpecker: MS (1)
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> N. Flicker: CS (1)
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> E. Phoebe: MS (1)
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> Blue Jay: MS (1), BS (1), JD (6), SS (1)
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> Tree Swallow: MS (150)
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> Barn Swallow: MS (10), SS (5)
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> Black-capped Chickadee: MS (2), JD (1), SS (4)
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> White-breasted Nuthatch: ML (1)
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> Brown Creeper: SS (1)
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> Golden-crowned Kinglet: MS (2), SS (1)
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> Ruby-crowned Kinglet: SS (1)
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> A. Robin: CS (2), ML (1), MS (20), JD (5), SS (5)
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> Euro. Starling: MS (12)
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> Yellow-rumped Warbler: ML (1), MS (8), JD (3), SS (1)
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> Song Sparrow: MS (3)
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> Swamp Sparrow: MS (4)
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> N. Cardinal: SS (1)
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> Common Grackle: ML (2)
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> Red-winged Blackbird: CS (3), MS (5)
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> Purple Finch: MS (1)
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> House Finch: MS (1)
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> A. Goldfinch: MS (2), JD (2), SS (2)
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> Randy Shonkwiler
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> Woodlawn/Chicago
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