Wed 23 Apr 2014
While doing a bird survey near the confluence of the Kishwaukee and Rock rivers this morning, I spotted a flock of 18 White Pelicans circling as they slowly moved up the Rock River. Yesterday, I was told that there have also been some pelicans in the Rock River in the Roscoe area.
Migrants and new species are only trickling in slowly. Today I had my first Winnebago County House Wrens, but they were everywhere I stopped, including Kilbuck Bluffs FP and Anna Page Park. Barbara and I found a Palm Warbler in Anna Page Park this afternoon while scouting for her wildflower walk that will take place this evening, weather permitting. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers seem to be everywhere now, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, which have been moving through for a while, are now singing a lot. A Brown Creeper was still in Page Park along the creek.
Two male Yellow-throated Warblers were in the trees opposite the large picnic shelter at Kilbuck Bluffs around noon today. They weren’t singing, though. Just making chip notes.
Jeff Donaldson reports that David Olson had a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at his feeder “a couple of days ago.” That is pretty early: about two weeks ahead of the average arrival.
Shorebirds are still in short supply. Most numerous are Wilson’s Snipe. On Monday, I found 13 in the fluddle at Eddie/Knapp Roads, 3 on Oliver Road, and 5 at Winters. There were probably a lot more at Winters, but I didn’t have time to walk a long way down the levee.