Barbara and I visited Kieselburg FP this afternoon around noon. The time of our visit was calculated for dragonflies, not birds. While Barbara was out in the prairie looking for odes, I walked the loop trail looking for birds. My highlights were a Bell’s Vireo and 2 Henslow’s Sparrows. Next highlight was a Cooper’s Hawk in display flight. I managed 43 species despite the time of day.
I lead a field trip for Lake-Cook Audubon this morning at Rock Cut SP. Highlights were 2 Cerulean Warblers, 1 Kentucky Warbler, 1 Northern Parula, 1 Yellow-throated Warbler, 1 Black & White Warbler, 2 Hooded Warblers, 4 Acadian Flycatchers, 3 Common Loons (on Pierce Lake-2 in alternate, 1 in basic), 1 male Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers driving off a cowbird from their nest area, 1 Broad-winged Hawk, 1 Cooper’s Hawk, 1 immature Bald Eagle.
An Osprey was apparently incubating eggs on its nest.
Afterward, we drove to Bloom School and spent an hour but did not see a Mississippi Kite.
NCIOS will have a potluck dinner at Severson Dells Forest Preserve on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 PM. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table settings. This is a very important meeting as we will be voting on next year’s officers and donations. Bring your binoculars as there are many birds around.