calidris (speckled water bird) alpina (alpine)
Friday, May 15, 1981 — 7:10 am
Hoffman Estates, Illinois — Poplar Creek Forest Preserve — Bode and Barrington Roads
My big day was going pretty well. At 7:00 a.m. I had already seen 22 species, and two of them were lifers. I left Hanover Park and drove north toward Crabtree. On Barrington Road I noticed a flooded field in a forest preserve. I pulled over and scoped things out.
There were a number of small mud flats in the slough, and a number of shorebirds foraging in the mud and water. The Dunlin was standing on one of the small flats, but every so often it did forage around a little bit.