Date: 3/11/17 1:24 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Lake County-Waukegan Beach & Harbor & N.Pt. Marina Then Cook Co-Techny North Sat 3-11-17
Hello Bird People,
Arrived at Waukegan Beach in time to see Brian S leaving but Bob E had seen the W.W. Scoters reported by Beau & Co. The Scoters were at the end of the pier but the waves were high & we only saw 3 of the 5 reported. Saw little else so Bob & I checked out Waukegan Harbor next.
Waukegan Harbor (7:15-8 a.m.)
Horned Grebe (9) Canada Goose (18) Mallard (8) Goldeneye (1-M & 2-F) Common Merganser (2-M) Red Breasted Merganser (25-30) Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (Total = 40) Coots (4) Saw 2 Chickadees in a parking lot tree & a Meadowlark flew across Sea Horse Dr on the way out.
Saw no waterfowl from the office bldg deck at IBSP South Unit. Bob did a quick check at IBSP North Unit & saw 3 P.B. Grebes on Sand Pond.
North Point Marina (8:45-10:30 a.m.)
For the 2nd Saturday in a row there were over 300 gulls on the boat docks & in the water. Bob's target for the day was Iceland Gull & any of you who have birded with Bob know that when he has a target he doesn't give up easily! I was happy to pick out 1 adult THAYER'S GULL but 70 min after we started about 15 gulls began to fly & among them Bob picked out an adult ICELAND GULL. We tried for a longer look from the south side of the harbor but could not re-locate the Iceland Gull which disappeared into the mass of Herring Gulls. While here we also saw:
Canada Goose (14) Redhead (9) Lesser Scaup (1-PR) Greater Scaup (1-M, probable) Bufflehead (2-M & 4-F) Goldeneye (6-F) Coots (4-5) Ring Billed (~25) & Herring (~300) Gulls And the above mentioned THAYER'S (1) & ICELAND (1) GULLS We heard 2 calling Sandhill Cranes but did not see them.
After lunch & on my way home I stopped at Independence Grove where I was unable to see one single duck in the water. There were Geese on the lawns & a few gulls flying around & that's it.
Back in Cook County I stopped at Techny North where I seldom see any other birders but today we ended up with 6 birders! Birds seen were:
Mallard (~40) Green Winged Teal (30-31) Gadwall (1-PR) Pintail (1-F, still here now for about 3 weeks) Shoveler (13-M & 3-F) Lesser Scaup (7) Bufflehead (1-M) Shorebirds were Killdeer (3) & Snipe (5) (My 1st day in 2017 with more than 1 species of shorebird. May there be many more!) Ring Billed Gull (3) Soaring above were 3 Red Tailed Hawks & in a nearby tree was the male Kestrel. Birder Jack had seen the female earlier so the pair continues.
As Bob H mentioned it was a cold start to the day with it being 17 degrees at the start & although it warmed up later that was offset by increased wind so you felt cold anyway.
Bird-Of-The-Day to Bob's Iceland Gull & Runners-Up to the Thayer's Gull & the White Winged Scoters. Lots to look at today! I had 13 species of ducks for the day..
Al Stokie Mostly in Lake County today with a short stop in Cook County
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