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Central Illinois: Day 1!

all seasons in one day 75 °F

Two days ago, my friends Isoo, Jake, Eddie, Brett, and I were graciously driven down to the Peoria area by Isoo's dad for a weekend trip in search of shorebirds at Chatauqua National Wildlife Refuge in central Illinois. We visited there today, but the big-ticket location we visited yesterday was El Paso Sewage Ponds, where we had multiple highlights.

Clouded Sulphur Butterflies:
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LESSER YELLOWLEGS:
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GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:
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Head of a Common Snapping Turtle:
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EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES, a fairly notable species in central Illinois:
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BAIRD'S, SEMIPALMATED, & LEAST SANDPIPERS:
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This BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, which allowed us to get twenty-five feet away from it, was the highlight of our day! I haven't seen this species for years!
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A great day! Bird-of-the-day for yesterday goes to Buff-breasted Sandpiper, with runner-up to Greater White-fronted Goose. Stay tuned for more from this weekend!

Good birding,

Henry Griffin
World Life List: 931 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 19:10 Archived in USA

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