Date: 11/5/18 10:24 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Montrose Western Grebe, Harlequin Duck, Piping Plover & Snow Bunting Monday 11-5-18
Hello Bird People,
Went to Montrose today in the hopes that the Harlequin Duck & Baird's Sandpipers seen yesterday would still be there. Eventually found the Harlequin but not the Baird.s. Also saw that the perpetual PIPING PLOVER was still around as were other shorebirds & the regular young BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON.
Kurtis H picked out a duck along the inside of the fisherman's pier but it was far away & so close to the pier it was hard to see what it was. Kurtis sees better than I do & thought he could see the white face spots but I could not. Walked out on the pier but the duck stayed so close to the pier we couldn't see it. Walked to the very end of the pier & looked back & verified that it was the female HARLEQUIN DUCK so it stayed after all. Later others walked out on the pier & got better looks than we did & as the duck was more in the open I went out again for a better look after looking for shorebirds. Glad I did as while looking at the duck 2 photographers called me other & asked what the Grebe was that was near the pier. It was a big WESTERN GREBE right where the one was last year in November. This was quite the surprise to say the least. Nancy T called Andy Sigler on her phone so he could see it too & Andy asked if we had ruled out Clark's Grebe but I hadn't even thought of that. Turned it was not but I was happy enough with it being a Western Grebe.
Among other birds seen on the beach & in the dunes were the continuing PIPING PLOVER, 10 Sanderlings, 3 Dunlin, a Cooper's Hawk & a hovering while hunting Kestrel. Also 91 Ring Billed Gulls & 6 Herring Gulls plus 1 SNOW BUNTING back near the base of the pier.
In the Hedge Area the highlight was a flock of 20-25 PINE SISKINS that flew around calling & then landed in a tree for good looks. I'd say it was a pretty good day even if the Baird's were gone.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Western Grebe & Runners-Up to the Harlequin Duck & the Piping Plover.
Al Stokie In Cook County today
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