After I saw the great birds posted by Larry Balch and Eddie Callaway yesterday, I had more than a hunch that I would be birding in the Shirland area today. Started on Meridian Road between IL 75 and the Pec River bridge. Nice shorebird numbers in the flooded field, including 106 American Golden-plovers. Most were still barely molting, but a few were quite spiffy. Also there were Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, plus both species of yellowlegs, and a smattering of ducks, including both Lesser (6) and Greater (2) Scaup.

Next to Moody Road, where Larry and Eddie both reported a nice mix of birds. More Golden-plovers in the flooded area at the east end of Moody Rd (but the light was terrible with bad glare off of the water). There was a large flock of ducks in the flooded farm field just north of the road, where I estimate there were 180 Northern Shovelers, almost 100 Blue-winged Teal, and several Gadwall and Wood Ducks mixed in.

The Lark Sparrows found by Larry at the end of the gravel drive on the south side of Yale Bridge Road west of Boswell Road yesterday had considerately moved up to the brush pile at the junction of the road and drive, so I didn’t have to go more than 20 feet down the road before I was looking and listening to them at close range. Have no idea if there were still more at the end of the drive where Larry had them.

The Yellow-throated Warbler seen and heard by Eddie et al. yesterday was joined by a companion today–I found 2. One at the River View shelterhouse and another down by the Sand Bluff shelter. Also head my first House Wren of the season there. Saw and Orange-crowned Warbler there, plus several of the Pine Warblers seen there yesterday, but not 9. Also heard or seen there were a Pileated Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, 4 flying Sandhill Cranes, a migrating Osprey, and a calling Red-shouldered Hawk.

3 Great Egrets were standing on nests in the Great Blue Heron rookery that is visible from the intersection of Pecatonica Road and Blair Road.

Got home and Barbara reported a telephone hotline message about 6 Am. White Pelicans on Rock City Road north of Ridott and before the Pec River. Thanks Gee Gee Swing and Joyce Armstrong for your calls). Drove over there and saw the pelicans. Found a bonus bird when I decided to drive River Road back east to Farwell Bridge Road. Turned south on Farwell Bridge Road to head back to US 20. Just before reaching the intersection with Ridott Road, by a very old cemetary, there was a Loggerhead Shrike perched on the wire! Thank you to whomever found and reported the pelicans to the NCIOS calling tree.