Date: 8/29/19 2:28 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Baird's Sandpipers At Montrose & One Stilt Sandpiper At Techny North Thursday 8-29-19
Hello Bird People,
Well I finally got my year bird Baird's Sandpipers (it's about time!) & later on at Techny North a lone Stilt Sandpiper was with other shorebirds I had 7 species of shorebirds at Montrose & 8 species at Techny North. Total for the day at both places was 11 shorebird species. Also there was a Forster's Tern at Montrose & 4 species of Herons/Egrets at Techny North. Here's my lists:
Montrose Beach & Dunes (Yes, the Dunes are open again) (6-8 a,m. & 9:30-10 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (4) Great Blue Heron (1) Canada Goose (136, count by Ted W) Mallard (23) Green Winged (1) & Blue Winged (1) Teal Peregrine (1, flying around) Semipalmated Plover (3) & Killdeer (6) Sanderling (2) Least (4), Semipalmated (6) & Pectoral (1) Sandpipers BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (3, together) Ring Billed (~75) & Herring (3) Gulls Caspian (3) & FORSTER'S TERNS (1) Barn Swallow (~15) Song Sparrow (1, singing) Goldfinch (1)
After listening to others talk about land birds at the Hedge I gave it a try & found 2 species of Vireo's & 5 species of warblers which were Blackpoll (1), Redstarts (~10), Blackburnian (1), Northern Waterthrush (8) & Ovenbird (1). Warblers seen by others included Blue Winged, Canada & Mourning. I heard the Bobwhite call but only once. Also a fair number of Swainson's Thrushes were seen.
Thanks are in order to John Leonard who went to the trouble of finding me to tell me about the new arrival Baird's Sandpipers so I could return & see them. Also thanks to Rich D for the scope views when I got there. Not sure who to thank for finding them but it may have been Andrew A?
Air Station Prairie had water but no shorebirds, not one. Kind of a surprise. The only bird found was 1 Song Sparrow.
Techny North (12:40-1:30 p.m.)
Here I was eventually joined by Jeff B & I got to show him the Stilt Sandpiper & he showed me a Black Crowned Night Heron.
D.C. Cormorant (2) Great Blue Heron (3), Great Egret (also 3), Green Heron (1) & Black Crowned Night Heron (1) Canada Goose (46), Mallard (21) & Wood Duck (16) Red Tailed Hawk (only 1 today) Killdeer (9) Lesser Yellowlegs (1) Solitary (4), Spotted (3), Least (3), Semipalmated (1) & Pectoral (1) Sandpipers STILT SANDPIPER (1, not in breeding plumage but had down curved bill & a white eye line) Ring Billed Gull & Caspian Tern (1 each flying) Chimney Swift (~35-40) Goldfinch (1)
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Baird's Sandpipers & Runner-Up to the Stilt Sandpiper.
License Plate Of The Day to one from Utah seen parked at Montrose.
Al Stokie In Cook County today
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