Date: 7/6/17 12:53 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET N.E. Lake County Shorebird Survey Catch Up Thursday 7-6-17
Hello Bird People,
Did 3 more Summer/Fall shorebird survey locations today & now I have at least 1 visit at all my 2017 survey spots except for Wood Dale Reservoir & Big Marsh both of which remain flooded & may have to left out this year unless things change at both places. I may have to find a substitute location or 2? Here's what I saw today & it's mainly beach birds & not land birds.
Waukegan Beach (6:30-7:30 a.m.)
Not 1 other person here today & that's fine with me. I am pleased to report that the COMMON TERN colony mentioned by Donnie D & biologist Brad S is still in business with a max count of 12 flying above the nest site when I walked by although a few more may have been on nests. Looks like the 4th of July crowds & the big storm did not drive them out at least so far. Biggest threat will be dogs running freely as the area is roped off but that won't stop the dogs & dogs there are.
D.C. Cormorant (7) Great Blue Heron (2) Great Egret (1) Canada Goose (86) Mallard (2 in the lake & a family group of 7 in the backwaters) Killdeer (2 on the main swimming beach) Spotted Sandpiper (10-11) Ring Billed (~75) & Herring (20) Gulls Caspian Tern (7 on the beaches) COMMON TERN (Max=12) Purple Martin (2 hunting) Bank & Barn Swallows Marsh Wren (4 singing with 1 well seen for a change) Dicksissel (2 singing) Song Sparrow (also 2 singing) Red Wings (~10) & Grackle (2)
No dive bombing by the Common Terns today but I walked on the beach edge closest to the water as far from them as possible. See to it that you do the same as this is a VERY important nesting site.
Illinois Beach South Unit (8-10 a.m.)
Birds Seen & Heard From The Beach Only
D.C. Cormorant (7 fly-bys) Canada Goose (6 at the river mouth) Killdeer (6) Spotted Sandpiper (1-AD & 1 young) Ring Billed Gull (220 & 40) Herring Gull (few fly-bys) Caspian Tern (4 fly-bys) Tree, Bank & Barn Swallows Crow (1 on the beach) Brown Thrasher (1 singing near the beach) HORNED LARK (1 Juvenile) (This time I was ready for this bird & when I saw it I thought of the song by The Who called "Won't Get Fooled Again!" & I was NOT fooled. Check your Field Guide for a juvenile & you'll see why you just might get fooled.) Eastern Meadowlark (3-4 singing) BREWERS BLACKBIRD (7-8 feeding on the beach as always)
Inland birds included a still singing Yellow Warbler & 3 singing Common Yellowthroats. Best bird here was a singing but hard to see male SUMMER TANAGER 1st just south of the Nature Center lot & then in the lot area. Glad I actually found this one by myself unlike last time when Adam S did the finding.
State Line Beach (10:30-10:45 a.m.)
Arrived to see over 300 Gulls & Terns at the north end of the beach but within 5 min a family showed up with 1 little monster who ran into any group of Gulls that formed or reformed. Before the kid onslaught I noticed a few shorebirds on the green glop at the north end. By some miracle they did not fly away with the Gulls & being small the kid did not notice them. Turned out to be 7 Least Sandpipers, my only migrant shorebirds of the day. Also present were 17 Caspian Terns but all flew away. This will be a tough place to cover during Summer beach season.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the juvenile Horned Lark which seem to show up on these beaches every year. Wonder where they come from? Runners-Up to the Summer Tanager & the Common Terns. May they survive & prosper although I have my doubts if the dogs show up as they usually do.
Al Stokie In N.E. Lake County today
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