Saturday, October 01, 2005

Harris's Sparrow at Northerly Island

Today's DuPage Birding Club trip to Northerly Island was quite successful. Although the birding was a bit slower than it has been the last few days, we did see about 40 species, the highlight being at least one Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, and a very nice Harris's Sparrow.

The Harris's Sparrow was found on the rocks at the base of a small Maple tree. The tree is right at the "corner" of the Island; if you're walking south (from near 12th Street Beach) along the eastern edge of the Island, you'll hit a short east/west section of shoreline. Follow that shoreline west until it makes a 90 degree turn to the left/south; the Harris' was basically hanging out at this last corner, it seemed pretty loyal to that spot.

I think this might be the first (or maybe the second?) Harris's Sparrow reported from Northery Island. That general area (Grant Park, Museum Campus, Northerly Island)is probably the best spot in Illinois for Harris's Sparrows. They are seen there just about every year, I probably have seen them about 10 times in that general area.

Also seen were Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, five species of warblers, plenty of sparrows (Savannah, Sharp-tailed, Fox, Song, Lincoln's, Swamp, White-crowned, White-throated, Harris'sn and Dark-eyed Junco), plus two Lapland Longspurs. I probably missed a few species that others saw, but you get the picture.

No Budgie today.

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