Target Bird Found (For A Change) At Plum Grove F.P. Thur 6-13-13
- Hello Bird People,
Last Saturday's targets were Tri-Colored Heron & Mississippi Kite. (No & No)
Last Sunday's target was Yellow Crowned Night Heron. (No)
Last Monday's target was White Rumped Sandpiper. (No)
Last Tuesday's targets were Whip-Poor-Will & White Eyed Vireo. (No & No)
Yesterday's target was once again White Eyed Vireo. (Again No)
Not one to give up easily today's main target was, for the 3rd day in a
row, White Eyed Vireo.
I tried for the one being seen at Plum Grove F.P. but for the 1st hour I
was there it looked like the result would be yet another No! It was NOT
where the others had found it & it was NOT singing anywhere in that area.
But it was pretty windy & small birds don't care to sit up high in the wind
& the farther into June you get the less time they sing. But as I was
trying to track down a Chat that was singing but not showing itself a
smaller bird hopped up in a tree, called a couple of times & did one
partial song after which it flew past me to the south & was gone, not to be
seen or heard again. But while it was in the tree briefly I could clearly
see that it was indeed the WHITE EYED VIREO. It was about time!
I spent the 1st 2 hours walking from the parking lot (which had the gate
locked until 7:45 a.m.) to the shrub/scrub area & then birding there & in
the big field across Burnham Rd. So my day list is weak for deep woods
birds as by the time I did that area it was 9:30 & in June many singers
quit early. Here's the list by area:
Plum Grove F.P.
Shrub Area Just East Of Burnham Rd (This is where the Prairie Warbler was
Catbird, WHITE EYED VIREO, Yellow Warbler (2), Chat (heard 2), Indigo
Bunting, Eastern Towhee (heard a few), Field Sparrow & Cowbird (3). I
usually find Blue Winged Warblers but not today. I don't think the wind
helped finding birds.
Large Field West Of Burnham Rd
Not as good as I remember it previously but I haven't done a careful search
here for a few years so my recall may be out of date. In the field were
Barn Swallow (few flying),
Dickcissel (5-7), HENSLOW'S SPARROW (3-4) & Eastern Meadowlark (only 2).
Used to find Bobolinks, Sedge Wrens & other Sparrows here but not today.
Along the small tree lined edges were Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting &
more Field Sparrows & E.Towhee's.
Deep Woods (half hour while walking)
Red Bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Pewee, Blue Jay, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse
House Wren (6-7), Wood Thrush (heard 1), Robins, more Catbirds, Red Eyed
(4) & Yellow Throated (heard 1) Vireo & Scarlet Tanager (heard 1). There
were a couple other songs that I was not sure of but one was probably a
Rose Breasted Grosbeak. If there was an Acadian Flycatcher I didn't hear it.
Back in the parking area were Eastern Bluebird (2), Goldfinch & I heard
another Yellow Warbler & Common Yellowthroat. Birds flying overhead
included Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese (5), Red Tailed Hawk (2-AD) & both
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls.
On the way home I made quick stops at Wolf Lake/Powers & the road in to
O'Brien Lock & Dam but I found none of the good birds reported from there
Bird-Of-The-Day has to be the WHITE EYED VIREO which I thought I'd never
Runner-Up can be the one HENSLOW'S SPARROW which I actually saw. The others
were heard only.
Warning:It looks like there was a lot of rain here last night & the trails
are very muddy & parts have standing water of up to 3 in deep. It should be
better for this weekend's field trip to Plum Grove but, just in case,
waterproof boots might not be a bad idea even then.
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