Date: 8/21/19 11:00 am From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Montrose Beach Wed 8-21-19
Hello Bird People,
Arrived at Montrose Beach at about 6 a.m. to find that Ted W, Fran M & Amanda T were already there but had seen little. One Piping Plover was way out on the pier as seen with a scope but no details could be seen. Fran said 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper flew in & quickly back out again. We found 5 Killdeer in the vegetation near where the Piping Plovers nested. Walked out to the pier with Amanda, Fran & Jim J & verified that the Piping Plover was a young one but saw nothing else. Of course yesterday's Ruddy Turnstone was a no show as that's the bird I really wanted to see.
But being somewhat stubborn & not wanting to fight the bad traffic I stuck it out & kept checking the beach. Only found 1 Least Sandpiper that soon left & later a small peep flew around but did not land.
By 8:55 a.m. I went back to the pier & was surprised to see 2 Piping Plovers & a Least Sandpiper were now on the end of the pier. But a lady jogger flushed 1 Plover & the Least & I was left with just the original young Piping Plover. Never saw the 2nd one very well.
Back to the plastic boardwalk where I stayed with Rich D & later Joe L. First in flew 9 FORSTER'S TERNS which landed on the beach. Seemed to be 2 young ones (black face only) & 7 adults without full black heads but some black on the back of the heads. Then Rich & I noticed that 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS (a good bird for Montrose) were on the flooded part of the beach. Next 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper landed right in front of us & later 2 more were also seen.
Three Great Blue Heron were chasing each other in the Dunes & Rich counted 109 Ring Billed Gulls & 3 Herring Gulls on the beach. The only Swallows seen were Barn & 2 Purple Martins flew by.
Later I rec'd an enail from Tamima who saw the 2nd Plover better & longer than I did & she said Plover #2 was NOT the 2nd young one but was the adult male, Monty. I'd have guessed it was the 2nd young one as I though Monty was long gone. Don't make assumptions I guess.
Bird-Of-The-Day to all those Forster's Terns & Runner-Up to the 2 Piping Plovers.
Al Stokie On the Chicago lakefront today
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