Date: 3/4/17 12:34 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Lake County-Waukegan, North Pt Marina, Spring Bluff & Independence Grove Sat 3-4-17
Hello Bird People,
Although I have been having trouble finding birds in N.E. Lake County I saw that Black Scoter & R.T. Loon were seen there in the last few days so I thought I'd try again along with Bob Erickson. Bob arrived early & said the only birds at Waukegan Beach were R.B. Mergs so we switched to Waukegan Harbor as our starting point.
Waukegan Harbor (7:10-7:50 a.m.)
Horned Grebe (5, no shortage of these) Canada Goose (9) Goldeneye (3) Common Merganser (~15) Red Breasted Merganser (45, wins the Waukegan duck count contest for today) Ring Billed (~25) & Herring (~15) Gulls
A quick drive through at the South Unit of Illinois Beach found only Canada Geese & Red Wings. A quick drive through at the North Unit of Illinois Beach found no birds at all!
North Point Marina (8:45-10 a.m.)
Horned Grebe (1) Canada Goose (4) Gadwall (5) Redhead (8, wins the Marina duck count contest of ducks WITHIN the harbor) Bufflehead (1-M) Goldeneye (3-F) Red Breasted Merganser (4-F in the harbor & 10 more in Lake Michigan) Ring Billed Gull (12) Herring Gull (~300, 1st time all Winter I've seen this many at this location) LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL (1-AD, 1st of the year for Bob & I) (This Gull was blocked from our view by Herring Gulls but thanks to another birder who saw the Gull from another side we knew it was there & we kept looking until the Gulls moved & Bob found it & then we had good scope views. Thanks go to the other birder!)
Spring Bluff F.P. (10:05-10:35 a.m.)(Viewed from the main entrance road & the gated service road)