Nothing uncommon to report but migration has started in earnest. This weekend I recorded 10 First-of Year (FOY) species. Probably the most satisfying was a Sora at a sorta-new location. Franklin HS has an area in front of the school that is set aside for habitat restoration or a natural area, I can’t remember which they call it. Anyway it has always been dry with some dead cattails, so I never paid it much attention, until recently when we received all the rain.
It is now a nice little marsh area. I didn’t have much time Sunday AM so I thought I would check it out. Upon arriving there were some Blue-winged Teal, an American Coot, and a Pied-billed Grebe on the water. A couple of Wilson’s Snipe didn’t like me standing on the bank and whined and flushed to the other side of the area. A couple of Tree Swallows also flew over.
Then I tried a short Sora tape and immediately got a response. And it was out in the open walking around. I got a few photos from the distance. Coming from the vast cornfield wasteland of Illinois it is always good to find a marsh, even if it is small.
Mike and I birded Driftwood SFA, Irwin Park, and a flooded field Saturday morning. Mike has been a little short with me and my inability to take photos, which I admit needs a lot of work, so he brought his “real” camera. I will post his photos when I receive them.
The FOY birds I saw this weekend are as follows: Green Heron, Sora, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Warbling Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin, House Wren, Wood Thrush, and Prairie Warbler.