Date: 8/12/17 1:36 pm From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: Re: IBET More Good Stuff At Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Saturday 8-12-17
I think I must've been walking in Al's footsteps today.
Saw most of the same stuff but missed the good gulls. For those interested,
here's a link to photos that include:
- Least Sandpipers
- Piping Plover
- European Goldfinches (heavily cropped from far away)
On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 2:04 PM, Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <
> Hello Bird People,
> I see that Jeff B has already reported one PIPING PLOVER at Waukegan
> Beach this a.m. but I will add that it was the young one with the blue
> band at the bottom of one leg. This little Plover 1st arrived on 8-2 &
> so has been around for about 10 days now. This is the "Pier Plover"
> which is almost always found on the main pier or on the beach near the
> Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwaters (6-7 a.m.)
> Other shorebirds seen here were Killdeer (2) & Sanderling (4).
> Mixed in with the Ring Billed & Herring Gulls was one LAUGHING GULL
> which if the same one seen here for a few weeks has lost it's black
> hood almost completely. But you can still pick it out by it's dark
> mantle. None of the Marsh Wrens were singing when Bob Erickson & I
> were there & last Wed's Least Bittern was a "no show" for us.
> Illinois Beach South Unit (7:30-9:30 a.m.)
> Did not find much on the beach until we reached the mouth of the river
> were the blocked river has formed "ponds" on the beach. This is
> usually where the shorebirds are found & today Bob & I saw a big
> WILLET, 2 Short Billed Dowitchers (young ones), 2 Killdeer, 3 Spotted
> Sandpipers & one Least Sandpiper. On the way back we saw a young (very
> young) BONAPARTE'S GULL which landed with the beach gull flock but
> didn't stay long. No Brewer's Blackbird today.
> Both today & last Saturday the gate on Sea Horse Drive has been locked
> at 6 a.m. & a little later. If that happens to you all you can do is
> wait by the gate until a worker arrives needing to get in. Then when
> the worker opens the gate it will stay open a short time so drive in
> quickly as once it closes you will have to wait until the next worker
> arrives or until the city folks arrive to fully open the gate.
> We saw Oliver B & the Whimbrel Birders Group at IBSP & directed them
> to the Willet & Dowitchers so hopefully the birds remained for the
> group to see. Also got to meet birder Dawn F who reports on ebird
> from many of the same places I report from. It's always nice to meet
> folks who cover the same areas that you do.
> Bird-of-The-Day for me will be a tie between the Laughing Gull & the
> Willet as I have seen both species 3 times this year & that seems like
> equality of species to me.
> Runner-Up to the 2 Short Billed Dowitchers which are just as hard to
> find on Lake Michigan as the Willet although easier to find at inland
> Al Stokie
> Again in N.E. Lake County & again doing pretty well while there