Date: 12/24/18 12:19 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Three Quick Stops Monday 12-14-18
Hello Bird People,
Pretty cold at the start but it warmed up a little later on. There is now open water at several of the ponds but the Northern Lake remains mostly frozen. So I found 6 species of ducks which is more than I usually get in the Winter. Both the Winter Coot & the Redpoll flock were found again after not finding them last week. An adult BALD EAGLE flew by going north as I drove in which is my 1st Bald Eagle sighting here since Summer. Here's my list:
Chicago Botanic Garden (7:30-11 a.m.)
Great Blue Heron (3, at 3 different locations) Canada Geese (groups of 7 & 5) Mallard (12, scattered) Gadwall (1-M & 2-F at the B.Brown Pond) Goldeneye (1-M & 3-F) Hooded Merganser (2-PR south of Evening Island & 1-PR by the RT 68 bridge) Red Breasted Merganser (1-M at the B.Brown Pond) Common Merganser (1-M by the RT 68 bridge) BALD EAGLE (1-AD flying by going north) Ring Billed Gull (1-AD on the ice at the mud flats) Herring Gull (1-AD flying by) WINTER COOT (1, by the RT 68 bridge, it's usual place) Rock Pigeon (6 flying by) Mourning Dove (1, McDonald Woods) Red Bellied Woodpecker (H-1, McDonald Woods) Downy Woodpecker (1) Blue Jay (2) Crow (1 or 2 heard only at a distance) Chickadee (4) Robins (19, by the red berry trees) CEDAR WAXWING ( groups of 1 & 6, by the red berry trees) Starling (4) Cardinal (1-M & 2-F) Junco (4) PINE SISKIN (10-12 again in the Alders) COMMON REPOLL (30-35 by the birch trees near the Regenstein Center, N.W. side) (Later a small group of 4 returned to the same place.) Goldfinch (6-8) House Sparrow (4)
Went to lunch in Wheeling so I checked Heritage Park but I only found Mallards in the little bit of open water & Ring Billed (39) & Herring (8) Gulls on the ice.
Beck Lake was completely frozen with no birds at all but Big Bend Lake was completely open & had Canada Geese (26), Mallards (8), Goldeneye (1-M & Common Merganser (1-F). A Red Tailed Hawk was resting in a tree & I heard Red Bellied & Downy Woodpeckers & one W.B. Nuthatch.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the fly-by Bald Eagle & Runners-Up to the Redpolls, Siskins & the Coot.
Al Stokie In Cook County today
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