Date: 8/2/17 1:22 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach-Land Of Piping Plovers (2) Wed 8-2-17
Hello Bird People,
Today there were 2 young PIPING PLOVERS at Waukegan. One was a new arrival yesterday & never left the fisherman's pier the whole time I was there. The other is the one 1st seen by Beau S & myself last Wed 7-26 so it has now been present for a full week. This one originally liked to be on the main swimming beach but today was was near the standing water in the large lot just west of the non resident parking area & the swimming beach. As far as I know the 2 Plovers don't hang out together but maybe they just haven't been properly introduced yet? I'll review all the leg band info at the end for those few folks who care about stuff like that.
Waukegan Beach (6:35-8:05 a.m.)
Other shorebirds were Killdeer (2 on the swimming beach), Spotted Sandpiper (3 on the pier), Sanderling (1 on the pier) & Least Sandpiper (1 with the continuing Plover by the large lot puddle). No sign of the Baird's that was here previously. Swallows included Rough Winged, Bank, Cliff & Barn (90% of all Swallows). Two Marsh Wrens are still singing in the cattails.
Illinois Beach South Unit (8:35-10:15 a.m.)
Seen from the beach were D.C.Cormorant (2 fly-bys), Canada Geese (9), NORTHERN HARRIER (1-IM hunting over the dunes), Kestrel (1-M in the "Falcon Tree), Killdeer (2, no other shorebirds), Ring Billed (groups of 52 & 90) & Herring (11) Gulls, Caspian Terns (7-AD & 2-young) & Barn Swallows.
State Line Beach (10:40-10:55 a.m.)
Very few birds here & I was barely saved from a "shorebird shutout" by 2 Sanderlings who landed for about 90 seconds & then left. That was a close one! Only other birds on the beach were Herring (17) & Ring Billed (59) Gulls & Caspian Terns (3).
On the way home I made another stop at Techny North where the mud flats are very good now that the water has dropped. Most of the shorebirds were Killdeer (41) but mixed in with 8 Lesser Yellowlegs was 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, my 1st of the Summer/Fall. Also present were Solitary (4), Spotted (5), Least (15) & Pectoral (11) Sandpipers. Good numbers for this place but no special birds so far. Five Great Blues & 1 Great Egret were there along with 7 Caspian Terns.
Piping Plover Leg Band Info
The 1 that has been at Waukegan a week has the following bands:
Right Leg has the silver F&W band at the top & a green band at the bottom Left Leg has no band at the top & an orange band with a red dot at the bottom. (The orange band tells you the Plover is from the Great Lakes population & the red dot helps with the location it hatched which was, in this case, Silver Lake State Park in Michigan according to the Piping Plover watch folks)
The new arrival (yesterday) that hangs out on the pier has the following bands:
Right Leg has the silver F&W band at the top & a blue band with the #15 on it at the bottom Left Leg has no band at the top & (like the other Plover) an orange band with a red dot at the bottom. Both Plovers have a similar band setup with the only difference being 1 has a green band at the bottom & the other has a blue band. If I find out where the 2nd Plover hatched I'll report on that later. If more Piping Plovers show up at Montrose or points south check the bands to see if they are the Waukegan birds on the move.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 Piping Plovers & Runner-Up to the nicely colored young N. Harrier.
Al Stokie Finding a few shorebirds today in Lake & Cook Co's
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