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Recurvirostra americana!

Orland Park, IL

rain 41 °F

Although the weather today was absolutely miserable to say the least, I unbelievably actually got some decent birds today. It started with a flurry of activity in my backyard this morning — an AMERICAN GOLDFINCH can always brighten up a dreary morning:

As can the crown of a male RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET:

Then, later today, I saw on the Cook County RBA (Rare Bird Alert) that six American Avocets were seen at Centennial Park in Orland Park, IL — just forty-five minutes away! So, it was obvious that I needed to see “Recurvirostra americana” today because any day with Recurvirostra is better than one without! When I arrived to the lake mid-afternoon, RING-BILLED GULLS and CASPIAN TERNS were very obvious:

And I was pleasantly surprised to also find a shorter and less-common, migrant FORSTER’S TERN among the Caspian! Too cool!

Of course, the “big ticket” bird today can’t be left out — now you can see why the AMERICAN AVOCET’S Latin name includes “Recurvirostra:” amazingly upward-curved bills!!! What incredible birds!!!

An AMERICAN KESTREL patrolled nearby:

And despite the awful weather, I had a number of other first-year birds today including SPOTTED SANDPIPER:


A BALD EAGLE flew by at one point, scaring everything into flight which was my cue to go back to the car as I was absolutely freezing in the dreadfully cold rain.

Still, despite the weather, yet another amaaazing day with migrant shorebirds! Bird-of-the-day to the American Avocets with runner-up to the Forster’s Tern. Stay tuned: tomorrow will be much more beautiful, so my family and I will head to McClaughry Springs Forest Preserve (also down in this Palos/Orland area) for some picnicking and birding. Should be fun!

Good birding and stay safe,
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Posted by skwclar 20:41 Archived in USA

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