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68516Birds in 3 Counties

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  • Stephen Pack
    May 18, 2014
      Alan Van Natter and I set out this morning at 4:30 to see what birds we might find in three counties: McHenry, Lake, and Cook.  We started the day at Glacier Park, moved on to McHenry Dam & Black Tern Marsh, then Dan Wright Woods, and finally a fairly brief walk around Miller Meadows on the way home.  It was an amazing day to be outside and we had several nice surprises.  At GP, three AMERICAN WOODCOCKS flushed and we got long looks at these fantastic creatures.  Also at GP, long looks at a male ORCHARD ORIOLE, which seems like a bird that could be a vagrant from far away.  We had what must be a late COMMON MERGANSER at BTM.  We had good numbers of woodpeckers (including Red-headed WPs at both GP and BTM), thrushes, flycatchers and warblers.

      Species list follows:

      Great Egret (GP & BTM)
      Great Blue Heron
      Green Heron
      Double-crested Cormorant
      Canada Goose
      American Coot
      Sandhill Crane, x2 at GP, x3 at BTM
      Wood Duck, GP
      Blue-winged Teal
      Common Merganser x1 at BTM
      Ring-billed Gull x30 at MM

      Mourning Dove

      Common Nighthawk x1 at BTM
      Chimney Swift
      Tree Swallow
      Barn Swallow
      American Goldfinch
      Northern Harrier
      Turkey Vulture, all sites
      Red-tailed Hawk x3 at GP
      Green Heron

      Eastern Bluebird
      Northern Cardinal
      Indigo Bunting
      American Robin

      Great-crested Flycatcher x1 at BTM
      Eastern Phoebe
      Eastern Pewee
      Eastern Kingbird
      Least Flycatcher x1 at DWW

      Red-bellied Woodpecker
      Red-headed Woodpecker
      Hairy Woodpecker
      Downy Woodpecker
      Northern Flicker

      Brown Thrasher at GP
      Veery x2 at GP
      Swainson's Thrush
      Gray-cheeked Thrush x1 at DWW

      Rose-breasted Grosbeak, pair at GP
      House Finch, pair
      Scarlet Tanager, x1 at GP, x1 at DWW
      White-breasted Nuthatch
      Black-capped Chickadee
      Gray Catbird
      House Wren x2
      Blue Jay

      Blue-gray Gnatcatcher x60+

      Warbling Vireo, several
      Yellow-throated Vireo, x1 at BTM
      Blue-headed Vireo, x1 at DWW

      Black and White Warbler
      American Redstart
      Yellow Warbler
      Magnolia Warbler
      Cape May, x1 female
      Nashville Warbler
      Common Yellowthroat
      Palm Warbler
      GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER x1 female at GP
      Chestnut-sided Warbler, at BTM and DWW
      CANADA WARBLER x1 at BTM and x1 at DWW
      Bay-breasted Warbler

      Eastern Towhee
      Swamp Sparrow
      Field Sparrow
      Song Sparrow
      Chipping Sparrow
      Savannah Sparrow
      White-crowned Sparrow
      House Sparrow

      Eastern Meadowlark
      ORCHARD ORIOLE, pair at GP, pair at MM
      Baltimore Oriole, seen at all sites
      Brown-headed Cowbird
      American Crow
      Common Grackle
      European Starling
      Red-winged Blackbird
      Stephen Pack
      Oak Park, Cook County