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Thanksgiving Day Piping Plover!

Montrose Point, IL

sunny 30 °F

Today, now that I am back for Thanksgiving, my Uncle Mory and I went to Montrose Point. No, we did not see any turkeys — but we did find a PIPING PLOVER! This is particularly noteworthy because it is the latest record EVER for this species in Illinois — and I have the photographic proof!
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It was such an obliging bird that at one point it got just five feet away from my Uncle Mory. I just hope it leaves soon so that this beautiful individual of a sensitive species survives!
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Out by the Fishhook pier there were some BUFFLEHEAD:
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Then, in the hedge I found this RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET:
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And a late HERMIT THRUSH:
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And RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS such as these populated the harbor today, as well as a few COMMONS.
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Bird-of-the-day to the Piping Plover, which was an AMAZING find!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 596 Species

Posted by skwclar 10:07 Archived in USA

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Great pictures! and Happy Thanksgiving :)

by Mary Stevens

Nice job Henry! Congratulations on this special bird, stunning photos too!

by Poo

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