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Shorebird migration well underway

August 16, 2007 at 01:34 PM

Shorebirds are moving through Illinois in good numbers. On Thursday, Kevin Richmond of Morton spotted 24 different species during a brief visit to Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana. Included were: Red-necked Phalarope (pictured above), King Rail, Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Reeve, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Common Snipe, Wilson’s Phalarope, Black Tern and Bobolinks.

That follows a successful Illinois Ornithological Society outing to Chautauqua last weekend, during which observers spotted 10-20,000 shorebirds of at least 108 species according to Steve Bailey of Rantoul. Click here to see pictures of the outing.