Date: 10/9/19 1:10 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Air Station Prairie, Lake Glenview & Techny North Wed 10-9-19
Hello Bird People,
Another close to home day to make up for the long ride I did on Monday. Started at Air Station Prairie where the water is still too high for shorebirds but I found a lot of sparrows. Next I substituted Lake Glenview for Techny Basin where I haven't seen much lately & finished up with Techny North where the mud flats are coming back although no shorebirds were present except Killdeer. At Techny North they have gone back in & cut all the vegetation that they left standing after the 1st cutting but the growing season is pretty much over & the seeds are left by the big mowers which allow the seeds to fall to the ground.
Air Station Prairie (7:30-8:30 a.m.)
About 8 Canada Geese flew by, 8 Mallards were in the east pond & Suzanne's Shoveler was swimming in the west pond although it disappears in the reeds every so often. Warblers were Palm (2) & Myrtles (3) & Sparrows were Savannah (1), Song (8), Swamp (3), White Throated (1) & White Crowned (4). There were a few Red Wings & Grackles & the best bird was a MARSH WREN.
Lake Glenview (8:35-9:45 a.m.)
No migrant ducks yet just 22 Mallards. There were 179 Canada Geese on the lawns, 14 D.C. Cormorants on a log complex, 2 P.B, Grebes, 2 Great Blue Herons & 1 Great Egret. A Kingfisher flew by calling & among the land birds were Palm Warblers, Song, White Throated & White Crowned Sparrows.
Techny North (10-10:30 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (4) Great Blue Heron & Great Egret (1 each) Canada Goose (4) & Mallard (11) Red Tailed Hawk (1-IM) Killdeer (21) (Now that the mud flats are back maybe some other shorebirds will show up?) Robins (2), Palm Warbler (1), Song Sparrow (1), Cardinal (1-M), Red Wings (3) & Goldfinch Highlight here was 2 singing Eastern Meadowlarks seen very well as they were very close.
Fall singers today were Song Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow, Red Winged Blackbird & the previously mentioned Eastern Meadowlarks.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Marsh Wren & Runner-Up to the singing, very yellow Meadowlarks.
Al Stokie Another close to home day in Cook County
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