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Montrose — Day 3!

Chicago, IL

sunny 80 °F

Once again, a rare bird alert prompted me on an unplanned drive to Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, today in search of a rare shorebird called a Whimbrel. Only one or two of these tend to show up in Chicago every year, so considering this was the second this season, and it stayed all morning, I gave it a shot.

After parking along Marine Drive (the entrance into Chicago lakefront parks is still barricaded to cars, thanks Lori Lightfoot ????), I hiked in and immediately headed to the protected beach area where the WHIMBREL was standing!!! An amazing, easy year bird, and I believe the first I have seen since 2013 in Panama(!!!!!). This species is actually a type of small curlew — you can see its resemblance to the Long-billed Curlew which I got as a lifer in South Dakota this summer.

A gull briefly flushed the bird.

But it circled back around to the protected beach. It obviously needed a break from its Arctic - Central American migration.

Yesterday’s star bird, the RED KNOT, was still present — here it is with the out-of-focus Whimbrel in the foreground.

SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS once again roamed the protected beach.



At one point, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON juvenile hunted in Lake Montrose — here it is with more Semi Sands.

And the last star bird for the day was another nice WILLET. Great to get so many quality shorebirds, a type of bird which I would describe as my “Achilles’ heal” of birding — good to get practice identifying these guys, especially the smaller peeps (Least, Semipalmated, etc).

Bird-of-the-day to the Whimbrel with runner-up to the Red Knot. Very quality shorebirds to choose from, especially in a county with so little shorebird habitat. Love shorebird migration!

Good birding,
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Posted by skwclar 22:47 Archived in USA

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