Date: 8/5/17 12:29 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Piping Plover Update At Waukegan Plus More Lake County Lakefront Saturday 8-5-17
Hello Bird People,
Waukegan Beach, Pier & Parking Lot Ponds (6:15-7:15 a.m.)
Yesterday I rec'd an email with photo's from Tim W showing the 2 young Piping Plovers that I have been talking about & with both of them was an adult Piping Plover which still had it's black breast band & black on the face. One photo showed all 3 together. As I had yet to see an adult this migration period I thought I'd look today. But only 1 Piping Plover remained & it was the young one with the blue band on the bottom of 1 leg. It was hanging out with a Semipalmated Plover but no other Piping Plovers were found by Bob Erickson & I. Perhaps the other 2 are on the move so be looking for them farther south.
Other Waukegan birds were Killdeer (1), Lesser Yellowlegs (3)) Solitary (1) & Least (5) Sandpipers. Except for the 2 small Plovers (which were on the beach north of the fishing pier) all shorebirds were found by the parking lot ponds west of Sea Horse Drive. Flying by were 33 Cormorants & 2 Great Blue Herons. There were 48 Canada Geese, 4 Caspian Terns & Ring Billed (75-80) & Herring (10) Gulls on the beach. In the dunes 2 Marsh Wrens were still singing. On the roadside wires were 2 EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES.
Illinois Beach South Unit (7:35-9:15 a.m.)
Ran into Andy S & Steve M who had again seen the young Blue Grosbeak along the Dunes Trail but Bob & I did not find it later. They also had found a young BAIRD'S SANDPIPER on the beach half way to the mouth of the Dead River & that bird we did find. Doubling our pleasure we found a 2nd young BAIRD'S right at the river mouth. Other shorebirds were Killdeer (3) & Sanderlings (3). With the Gull flocks on the beach were 3 Caspian & 1 FORSTER'S Tern. Also on the beach were Horned Lark (2) & a young Cowbird. Swallows here & at Waukegan included Barn, Cliff & Bank.
State Line Beach (9:30-10 a.m.)
Again Gull numbers were down but with them were 3 Caspian Terns. Running on the beach were 3 Sanderlings & 2 Spotted Sandpipers flew by.
On my way home after lunch I stopped at Techny North to find that the mud flats are recovering quickly but as always so far only common shorebirds are there including 5 Lesser Yellowlegs.
No doubt about the young Piping Plover being the top bird seen today but that species has been the award winner 3 or 4 times recently so today Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the 2 young Baird's Sandpipers in their fresh new feathers. Runners-Up to the Piping Plover & the Forster's Tern. I had 10 shorebird species for the day which is the 1st time I have made it to 10 this migration.
License Plate Of The Day to one from Maine seen by North Point Marina.
Al Stokie Mostly doing the N.E. Lake Co beaches today
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