Date: 8/8/19 11:26 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Montrose-Piping Plovers & Short Billed Dowitcher Plus Air Station Prairie Thursday 8-8-19
Hello Bird People,
Got to Montrose at 5:45 a.m. to beat the traffic. Laurel R was already on duty as a Plover Monitor. Monty & the 2 chicks were doing fine & I was surprised at how big the chicks have become. At one point a baby Piping Plover was right next to a Least Sandpiper & the young Plover was actually bigger than the Least. But you can tell Monty from the chicks by Monty's black breast band which the 2 chicks do not have. Also, I finally got my Cook County Short Billed Dowitcher for the year as the one from yesterday was still present feeding like crazy until at about 8 a.m. it started calling & then took off, went very high in the sky & headed south.
Montrose Beach (5:45-8:15 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (1 in the lake) Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by) Canada Goose (~80 early but all walked out on the lawns) Mallard (14) SHOVELER (1-F, a bit of a surprise) Semipalmated Plover (5. together) PIPING PLOVER (1-AD & 2 YOUNG) Killdeer (~12) Lesser Yellowlegs (2) Spotted Sandpiper (3) Semipalmated Sandpiper (5) Least Sandpiper (7) SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER (1) Ring Billed (~75) & Herring (12) Gulls Caspian Terns (only 3) Rough Winged, Bank & Barn Swallows (no counts) Song Sparrow (2), Red Wings (3) & House Sparrow (2)
Up by the Hedge Area I had 13 species but all were of the most common variety.
Air Station Prairie (10-10:30 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by, far away) Mallard (1-F with one very small young one) VIRGINIA RAIL (2 young but full size birds) (No Sora Rails seen today at either pond) Killdeer (3), Solitary Sandpiper (6) & Least Sandpiper (6) Barn Swallow (2) & Red Wings (2-IM)
Great Blue Heron (1) Mallard (1-F with 5 larger young) VIRGINIA RAIL (1) Killdeer (1) Solitary (1), Spotted (1) & Least (5) Sandpipers
Bird-Of-The-Day to my finally seen Cook Co Short Billed Dowitcher & Runners-Up to the 3 Piping Plovers & the female Shoveler.
Forgot to mention it but yesterday's License Plate Of The Day went to a Wyoming plate which was the 2nd seen this year by me.
Al Stokie In Cook County today
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