Date: 8/27/19 2:21 pm
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Beach-Better Later On Tuesday 8-27-19
In addition to the great shorebirds Al mentioned, Tamima and I spent some
time exploring the Montrose hedge area as well. We kicked up some good

Good Birding.

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 2:09 PM Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

> Hello Bird People,
> Not much to see at 1st but 10 min after Bob H & Ted W left in came one
> AVOCET. It was flushed 3 times (by Gulls, the beach cleaner & a
> Cooper's Hawk ) but then it settled down for the next 2 hours. Finally
> at about 10 a.m. the Avocet stared calling & then flew up to greet 3
> more AVOCETS that came flying in. All 4 were still there until 10:30
> a.m. when I left.
> The Avocets all were feeding in the fluddle (Lake Montrose) along with
> 2 Lesser Yellowlegs which were also late arrivals. Also present were 4
> Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper (Dunes), Sanderling (2) & 4 Semipalmated
> Sandpipers & 1 or 2 Least Sandpiper(s). We saw no Piping Plovers while
> I was there.
> Gulls were ~120 Ring Billed & 2 Herring. It was a good day for Terns
> as well as 1 Caspian was hunting, 11-12 FORSTER'S were flying north of
> the beach & 1 BLACK TERN landed briefly on the beach & then flew off.
> The final highlight was a juvie HORNED LARK 1st on the beach & then
> the lawn. Michael F was with for that one & has photos. If you've ever
> seen a very young Horned Lark you know that is not an easy I.D. Jeff
> B & Tamima were with for all the Terns.
> Bird-Of-The-Day to the Black Tern which, at least this year, is a
> rarer bird than the Avocets at Montrose. Runners-Up to the Avocets,
> the Forster's Terns & the strange looking Horned Lark.
> Managed to get very dizzy for a while causing Howard B to worry enough
> to go for help but all I needed was to sit down for a while & soon all
> was well. Probably just a lack of water which I often have to deal
> with. Interesting day!
> Al Stokie
> On the Chicago Lakefront today

Jeff Bilsky

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