Date: 9/5/17 2:36 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET A Lake Watch & A Hawk Watch Tuesday 9-5-17
Hello Bird People,
Since I did fairly well with shorebirds yesterday (10 species including Stilt Sandpiper & S.B. Dowitcher) & as I don't like looking at shorebirds when the wind is so hard the scope shakes I decided to do something else today. I normally only do Gillson Park Lake Watches when the winds are from the N.E. or east but Aaron G did very well with west winds yesterday in the Rainbow Beach area especially with Terns. So I thought I'd give it a try. Also, the folks at both lakefront Hawk Watches thought today would be a good day with the N.W. winds. So I thought I'd try that too. But neither project worked very well when I was present although the Hawk Watch may have improved after I left at 1 p.m.
Gillson Park Fall Lake Watch #1 (7:30-9 a.m.)
Not much in the area of migrants except for 4 Sanderlings that very briefly landed on the beach at the far north end & a flock of 9 Blue Winged Teal flying south at about 8:15 a.m. A few (3) D.C. Cormorants flew by & the only Gulls were Ring Billed (beach) & Herring (fly-bys). One of the local Red Tailed Hawks was in a tall tree near by. Then at 8:40 a.m. I had my 1 & only highlight of the a.m. when a single COMMON TERN flew by but not migrating to the south. Instead it was flying north while feeding & it hit the water 3 times on it's way north. When birds are few I count other things & so I counted 11 dogs, 1 metal detector guy, 2 hardy swimmers & joggers, too many to count. Because of these other activities it's no surprise you almost never see shorebirds on this beach & the gulls are constantly flushed.
Ft Sheridan Hawk Watch (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Took a while to find the location as the map I had showed the spot as being farther to the south than it was. But I knew it was by the old parade ground so once I found that I just had to circle the place until I saw the Hawk Watch group.
It was slower than I hoped it would be with only a few Red Tailed Hawks, a Cooper's Hawk & Turkey Vultures (3 for me) going by & some of them were local birds & not migrants. Again I had just 1 highlight & this one was a fairly close BROAD WINGED HAWK which had about a 1/3 of it's tail feathers missing. Karen L & company had seen another one earlier before I arrived. Also flying by were a few Barn Swallows & many, many Green Darner Dragonflies constantly in front of us & everywhere else.
Bird-Of-The-Day on this easy going stationary birding day will be a tie between the Lake Watch Common Tern & the Hawk Watch Broad Winged Hawk. Back to birding while moving tomorrow.
Al Stokie Mostly stationary in both Cook & Lake Co's today
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