The thunderstorm front that arrived early this morning caused me to cancel my BBS route at 5:05 a.m., so I drove around some of the flooded areas on my way home. Discovered a Cattle Egret with 4 Great Egrets on the west side of Meridian Road north of IL 75 and before the Pecatonica River bridge on Meridian. The fields on both sides of the road are extensively flooded.

Jack and Joyce Armstrong called at 11:30 to report that the Cattle Egret was still there. In addition were some Black Terns. They found an American White Pelican on Moody Road near its intersection with Blodgett Road.

Barbara and I found another American White Pelican at Howard’s farm on IL 70, on the south side of the road, way back in the flooded pasture. It was resting on a small knoll with 8 DC Cormorants. A Sandhill Crane nest that I found at Pecatonica Wetlands is now flooded out.