I know that DuPage County is about an hour or more away, but a rare bird was discovered there today that merits an announcement. A Curlew Sandpiper, mostly molted into basic plumage, but with some brick red patches on the upper breast, a downcurved bill, some barring still on the undertail coverts, and black legs, is at a fluddle at the Green Valley Forest Preserve. The preserve is located at the intersection of IL 53 and 83rd Street in Woodridge, IL.

If you plan to go, here is a parking tip. Going S on IL 53, turn left on 83rd Street. Go up the hill past several apartment complex parking areas and turn left on to the first public street in the neighborhood. Park there and walk back down the hill (about 500 feet) and cross back over IL 53 (there is a pedestrian crosswalk push button on the pole) to the forest preserve. The fluddle is just ahead on the left. The bird was feeding in the water along the north edge of the fluddle (nearest to the gravel path). You will need to leave the gravel path a short distance into the grasses to get a spot where you can scope the fluddle without having grass in your way.

Also there (and the reason I went in the first place) is a Red-necked Phalarope and a Wilson’s Phalarope which flew in while we were watching the other phalarope!