Date: 1/1/19 2:57 pm From: Leslie Borns <cakile...> Subject: [wisb] New Year's Day Piping Plover in Chicago
The little Piping Plover continues on Montrose Beach and Dunes in Chicago. Among the many birders there today, all agreed it is the most unlikely 'First Bird of 2019' they've ever seen. Despite some rough weather lately the plover seems healthy and is very active, feeding, preening, and flying from one end of the beach to the other. A Killdeer has also been seen recently in the dunes. Several Snowy Owls are present along Chicago's lakefront, but none so far at Montrose. This is usually a good place for them as there is plenty of prey and the long, open beach resembles an expanse of arctic tundra. The season is young so we expect one or more will arrive soon.
Best wishes to all for a healthy, happy New Year! /Leslie BornsChicago, Illinois