Date: 8/5/19 9:26 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET South Globe, North Globe & Goofy Ridge Monday 8-5-19
Hello Bird People,
The general rule for seeing rare birds is to do it as quickly as possible. So when the probable Little Stint was reported on Saturday the best move would have been to get there on Saturday or if that wasn't possible try & do it on Sunday the next day. After 2 days you are taking a chance. But for those of us who waited until that 3rd not only saw the probable Little Stint but we also got a big time bonus by seeing the Ruff which had moved over to Goofy Ridge.
It's been a long day so I will just mention how things worked out as others have already reported on both big time sightings. I was able to go along with Leo Miller & John Leonard & we got there at 9 a.m. after a 3 hour trip. Kevin Richmond had already found the Stint by 8 a.m. or slightly earlier so that meant we didn't have to waste hours looking for the bird. Other shorebirds seen were Black Necked Stilts, 3 Buff Breasted Sandpipers, Stilt Sandpipers, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Least. Semiplamated & Pectoral Sandpipers, Killdeer & Semipalmated Plovers. We stayed about 2 hours taking everything in. Really large numbers of White Pelicans, Turkey Vultures & Tree Swallows were also seen.
Then to the Havana Electrical Station to look for Western Kingbirds but Kevin had warned us that all the young were out of the nest & flying around. And sure enough neither we or Joe Lill & Jeff Sundburg could find any. The others went to lunch but we kept looking. Found plenty of Eastern Kingbirds but no Western's. But finally we found one young Western Kingbird with a pale yellow wash on the breast & no white at the tail tip.
This was followed by lunch at Hardee's where I was very disappointed to learn that their Red Burrito section no longer had chicken tacos which I had been looking forward to all mourning! Had to settle for a beef burrito. But this was our only failure of the day as while there we got 2 phone calls telling us a Ruff was at Goofy Ridge. Off we went.
Turns out Scott Latimer had found the Ruff previously seen at The Globes about a week ago. Walked out there & Colin Dobson, Joe Lill & Jeff Sundburg made sure we knew where to look. Imagine seeing a Ruff & it's only the 2nd best bird of the day! Also there was one Avocet & other common shorebirds.
So we may have gone late to see the Stint but see it we did plus also the Ruff. Sometimes you delay but still get the prize. Thanks go to Kevin for finding the Stint & Colin. Joe & Jeff for making sure we saw the Ruff.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the probable Little Stint, 2nd place to the Ruff & 3rd place to the Avocet.
License Plate Of The Day to one from Manitoba seen on a big Chevy Suburban in Des Plaines. on the way home.
Al Stokie In Fulton & Mason Co's today
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