Date: 7/11/19 11:54 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Tyler Road In Kendall Co & Migell Road In Kane Co Thursday 7-11-19
Hello Bird People,
Well yesterday was a car problem day & today was a birding disaster as far as I am concerned. Was going to look for the Black Necked Stilt on Wed but the baby Prius refused to start, just made a faint whining sound. Had to get a tow truck to get it to the dealership but as I had no appointment it was a while until they could check the car. It needed a new battery (the small one not the main one thank goodness) but I didn't get out of there until about 1 p.m. After that I was in no mood to go birding at 93 degrees although I should have.
Today the car started & so off I went to the Tyler Rd Fluddle where the Stilt had been seen recently. But not today or at least not when I was there. Along with Jim L I looked for about 30 min. A local birder drove by & said the B.N. Stilt sometimes hides in the grass but after a while you can't look any longer. All I saw were Mallards, Killdeer (10-AD & 3 young) & 3 Least Sandpipers. Checked the nearby Jay Woods F.P. but couldn't find any fluddles there. Strike one!
Next to another flooded area just in Kane Co on Migell Rd where yesterday Marion M & another birder had Golden Plovers in with the Killdeer. But again not today. I could check carefully the fluddle on the west side of the road but there were bigger water areas on the east side of the road but the sunlight kept you from seeing what was there. You could see that many Yellowlegs & Killdeer were there so maybe that's where the Golden Plovers were? You can also see these areas from Jericho Rd but I found no place to park on that road.
In the area to the west where I could see well were Mallards, Killdeer (52). Lesser Yellowlegs (3). Least Sandpipers (5) & one Pectoral Sandpiper. Strike 2!
Last stop was the Seavey Road Fluddle which to my surprise was almost completely dried up. How that came to be when all the other nearby areas are flooded is not clear to me. But definitely Strike 3 & I was out!
Bird-Of-The-Day, if there was a Bird Of The Day, goes the one Pectoral Sandpiper which was the 1st one I've seen in this migration. Runners-Up to the Lesser Yellowlegs. I am sure I will see more Golden Plovers when I do the sod farm fields later on but not so the Black Necked Stilt which I may be out of luck on. Oh well.
Al Stokie Not doing well in Kendall & Kane Co's today but at least my car is running
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