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Central Illinois: Day 2!

all seasons in one day 85 °F

Yesterday, my friends and I birded Chatauqua National Wildlife Refuge and Emiquon Conservation Area in search of migrant shorebirds! It was awesome! I gained three lifer shorebirds, those being Long-billed Dowitcher, Hudsonian Godwit, and White-rumped Sandpiper.

All of the shorebirds were hundreds of meters away on expansive mudflats, but I did manage to snap a few pics of the more interesting ones! First, here is one of the many ID photos I took of the area to give one an idea of just how far away these birds were:
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Panorama of the first birding point at Chautauqua: (coming soon)

MERLIN, a falcon which chased the shorebirds:
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Flyover RED-HEADED WOODPECKER:
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American Toad:
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Spider:
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When it got hot and relatively birdless, we had fun chucking rocks into the mud:
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Life bird HUDSONIAN GODWIT:
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BLACK-NECKED STILT:
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AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS:
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Cool grasshopper:
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Life bird LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS:
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Pretty insect:
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A nice BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER to end the day:
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It was an AMAZINGGGG day of shorebirding! Bird-of-the-day to the Hudsonian Godwit and Long-billed Dowitchers, with runner-up to the White-rumped Sandpiper!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 933 Species
life birds: Hudsonian Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, White-rumped Sandpiper

Posted by skwclar 19:18 Archived in USA

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This green bug looks like some kind of stinkbug to me. I love the red-headed woodpecker photo! Best, Liz C

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