A busy September made for a late start to September’s first D.R.B.S. The weather was sunny and high 70s, perfect for birding, following a very wet week here in northern Illinois.
Grasshoppers, butterflies, dragonflies, and many bees were the most numerous creatures, but we managed to find six Palm Warblers in the mix.
Another highlight was a lone Solitary Sandpiper, who very unceremoniously gulped a large earthworm after a short battle (though the drowned worm was already dead).
The quiet day gave us 26 species and 136 individual birds. Plus, a bunch of neat insects.