Date: 9/2/17 4:38 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET A Sanderling Day At The Beach In N.E. Lake County Saturday 9-2-17
Hello Bird People,
Although this weekend & next weekend (& the days in between) are good times for rare shorebirds Bob Erickson & I found none today. But it was Sanderlings everywhere & tough work to find anything else mixed in. Here's the breakdown by site.
Waukegan Beach (6:15-7 a.m.)
Waves splashing over the pier meant no shorebirds there but running on the beach were 71 Sanderlings later joined by 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper which flew in & then out overwhelmed by Sanderlings I guess. One D.C. Cormorant was on the swimming beach with the usual gulls & both Song & Savannah Sparrows where on the edge of the beach grasses.
Illinois Beach South Unit (7:30-9:15 a.m.)
Walked the beach to just past the river mouth & had even more Sanderlings (32) but here we had two other species in with them which were Killdeer & Semipalmated Plover (1 each). Andy Stewart & Steve M also had a Semipalmated Sandpiper before we arrived but it was gone when we looked.
On my walk out I saw a Red Headed Woodpecker & heard a still singing Field Sparrow & a calling Eastern Towhee. After lunch Bob E returned to this area & where the Dunes Trail & the trail to the beach meet he found a CONNECTICUT WARBLER which was a far better sighting than anything we had seen earlier in the day. Bob also ran into Jeff B looking at the gulls but that must have been before Jeff was sure about the Lesser Black Backed Gull he saw.
State Line Beach (9:30-9:50 a.m.)
All the gulls were flushed by a metal detector guy so only shorebirds remained. It should be no surprise that most were Sanderlings (54) but mixed in were Killdeer (2), Semipalmated Plover (1), Spotted Sandpiper (1) & Semipalmated Sandpiper (3-4).
Techny Basin North (12:15-1 p.m.)
Stopped here on my way home but although this place was home to between 75 & 100 shorebirds for several visits I only found 10 on Friday & 29 today. It seems the last few days of north winds have moved birds out & to the south. Today I saw Killdeer (9), Solitary (1), Spotted (3), Least (5) & Semipalmated (11) Sandpipers. In addition to the Wood Ducks & Mallards there are 3 Blue Winged & one Green Winged Teal that have been here for a few days. Also saw 1 adult & 1 young Black Crowned Night Heron.
Since quality was lacking today I'll go with quantity & give Bird-Of-The-Day to all the Sanderlings. Runners-Up to the Black Crowned Night Herons & the Semipalmated Plovers.
Al Stokie Mostly in Lake County & wishing for better shorebirds
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