Saturday, August 25, 2007

Montrose Beach

I spent a little time at Montrose today. There were quite a few birds, many Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, a Willet, a Ruddy Turnstone, a large flock of Short-billed Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Common and Forster's Terns, etc...

I've always loved Ruddy Turnstones. In Kansas they are fairly rare. I actually missed seeing one during my big year. So here in Chicago where they are fairly common I usually take even more interest in them. Here is a video and still.

Here's an American Kestrel eating something. I have no idea what though.


Larry said...

I think that I just read that Ruddy Turnstones are declining in Connecticut/northest. -they are a nice shorebird to see.--I like seeing Kestrels as well.-They are not very common in Connecticut either.

cogresha said...

Yeah, a lot of shorebirds are seeing declines. Red Knots especially. I love watching Kestrels as well. They nest around town here and I can here them cackling away in the summer.