Much to my dismay there was an ebird report of the Red Necked Grebe from Saganashkee from about 1-2 hours after the 5 of us looked & failed. Donnie D gave a good description in an email to me & said it was seen in the usual spot from the middle (West) parking lot. The same place we looked for almost 2 hours with no luck. But the lighting was pretty bad when we were there & if the Grebe was close to the south shore then we could have just missed it. So after my Fermi Lab visit I detoured over to Saganashkee & tried again.
But for 2 exceptions I saw exactly the same birds as yesterday with no Red Necked Grebe. However today the lighting was perfect & there's no doubt about the Grebe not being there unless it was asleep somewhere. Still about 10 Cormorants, 14 P.B. Grebes, 1 Horned Grebe & 7 Great Blue Herons. Ducks were Mallards, Bufflehead (2), Hooded Mergs (10), Common Mergs (2-F) & 6 Ruddy Ducks. The 2 exceptions were 4 Bonaparte's Gulls instead of yesterday's 2 & an immature Black Crowned Night Heron was new today. Also had 1 male Kingfisher & several Tree Swallows. I think I am done looking for this Red Necked Grebe!
Fermi Lab (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
With me today were former neighbor Danny Hecklinger & former co-worker George Mueller. Once at Fermi we ran into local DuPage County experts Joe Suchecki & Denis Kania. We looked for Nelson's & LeConte's Sparrows but found none. Highlight of the day was a close by VIRGINIA RAIL eating a fish which was found by Joe. Also heard 1 Sora Rail. Here's my Fermi day list:
D.C. Cormorant (3-4) Great Blue Heron (4) Great Egret (11) Canada Geese (~20) G.W. Teal (~15) Mallard (8) Shoveler (12) Gadwall (4) (earlier Denis & Joe saw Lesser Scaup on Lake Law) VIRGINIA RAIL (1 well seen) Sora Rail (1 heard only) Coots (~25) SANDHILL CRANE (2, close to the road) Ring Billed Gull (8) Tree Swallow (10) Blue Jays (a few) Eastern Bluebird (H-2) Robins (lots) Y.R. Myrtles (2) Savannah Sparrow (1) Red Winged Blackbird (seen & heard) PURPLE FINCH (1-M) Goldfinch (a few) (It seems that large numbers of ducks are still yet to come.)
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Virginia Rail & Runners-Up to the Bonaparte's Gulls, the 2 Sandhill Cranes & the male Purple Finch.
License Plates Of The Day to one from West Virginia & one from New Mexico both seen at Fermi Lab & Runner-Up to one from New Hampshire seen on the way home.
Al Stokie In DuPage & Cook Co's today
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