Montrose Point, IL
Tuesday 11 June 2019 83 °F
Today, prior to attending my sister’s Chicago Children’s Choir concert at the Copernicus Center, I visited Montrose Point to see the pair of rare Piping Plovers that have decided to nest at the beach there, despite it being one of the busiest beaches in Chicago!
Thankfully, their nest site is well-protected. A perimeter rope with appropriate signage keeps beachgoers out.
And an enclosure which allows birds to move to and fro, but keeps out predators such as the many Ring-billed Gulls in the area. The male, as I learned from the plover monitors on duty there, was dutifully incubating his eggs:
I was hoping he would come out from the enclosure for better photos. Meanwhile, some CASPIAN TERNS entertained me:
As well as a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, one of the nesting pairs in the dunes:
Finally, I spotted one of the resident PIPING PLOVER foraging along “Lake Montrose” which is a large puddle that has formed on the beach due to the incredibly wet season so far:
You can separate the Piping from this common KILLDEER because the Killdeer has two breast bands as opposed to one:
A storm appeared to be rolling in, so I was soon on the move.
TREE SWALLOW adult and young:
Some BANK SWALLOWS flew by:
Their nest holes were conspicuous on the edge of the sanctuary butting up against the volleyball beach area. Too cool!
PURPLE MARTIN, the largest swallow species at Montrose:
CHIMNEY SWIFT — easily confused to be a swallow, but can be separated by even more of a “twittery” (if that’s a word) flight than swallows and relatively long, thin wings hence their name “flying cigar.”
A great day! So cool that Piping Plovers are nesting within Chicago city limits, therefore, they will of course be my bird-of-the-day.
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