Date: 9/8/17 2:15 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #2, Techny North & Heritage Park/Wheeling Friday 9-8-17
Hello Bird People,

Gillson Park Lake Watch #2 (7:30-10 a.m.)

When doing a Gillson Park Lake Watch in early Sept you won't see many
migrants but you are hoping for 1 "home run" like the Jaegers others
have already seen. No "home runs" or "extra base hits" today & only a
couple of "singles" seen by myself & Rich DeCoster up until 10 a.m.

Besides the expected Cormorants, regular Gulls, Canada Geese &
Mallards (only 2) we had 3 groups of Sanderlings (11, 5 & 22 for a
total of 38), a fly-by CASPIAN TERN (getting late) & quite a few
Chimney Swifts. Four Crows joined the Gulls on the beach.
Big day for free running dogs on the beach with 16 seen today. And 4
hardy swimmers were in the lake as well. No metal detector guys today.

Next stop for me was Techny Basin North (10:35-11:15 a.m.)

Shorebird numbers were way down with only Killdeer (28), Semipalmated
Plover (4) & Least (4) &
Semipalmated (1) Sandpipers being seen. Red Tailed Hawk numbers up to 6 today.
Also seen were D.C. Cormorant (4), Great Blues (5) & the regular, lone
Great Egret.
Waterfowl were Canada Goose (4), Wood Duck (24), Mallard (6) & Green
Winged Teal (3)
Still quite a few Barn Swallows around.

Heritage Park In Wheeling (noon-12:50 p.m.)

Usually you get early migrating ducks here but not today as only
Mallards were present.
Along the small stream were Great Blue (1), Great Egret (1) & Mallard (52)
Highlight here was 1st 1 & then 2 WILSON'S SNIPE, monster bills & all.

On the soccer & football fields were Canada Goose (24), Killdeer (1) &
Ring Billed Gull (72)

In the main Pond were D.C. Cormorant (5), Great Egret (1), Mallard
(58) & Ring Billed Gull (7)
P.B. Grebe numbers are increasing as they always do with 9 here today.
Land bird sightings included Palm Warbler (1) & Song (1) & Savannah
(1) Sparrows.

Again not much to choose from but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the 2 Wilson's Snipe
& Runner-Up to the somewhat late Caspian Tern which is getting hard to
find in N.E. Illinois.

Al Stokie
Close to home in Cook County today

Posted by: Al Stokie <alstokie99...>


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