On Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to bird with Dan Williams. Our destination was Afton Forest Preserve, a nicely restored farmland in DeKalb County, Illinois. This avian oasis has been the location of numerous rarities including Vermillion Flycatcher, a bird I saw a few years back while attending college at N.I.U.
Our target bird was an American Avocet that had been sighted two days earlier. Unfortunately, we did not relocated the Avocet but I was happy to learn lots of info about identifying shorebirds. Especially in our county, Winnebago, there is a great lacking of shorebird habitat, so opportunities to study shorebirds are limited.
We did find a nice mixture of shorebirds, including both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Short-billed Dowitchers among others.