Date: 9/13/17 2:47 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET N.E. Lake County Lakefront-Waukegan, Illinois Beach South & State Line Beach Wed 9-13-17
Hello Bird People,
Pressed for time today so I'll only give highlights which is, perhaps, what I should do every day but seldom do. Paul Sweet was with at all 3 locations & I saw Adam S & Annette M briefly at Waukegan.
Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwaters (7-7:45 a.m.)
On the pier & nearby beach were Semipalmated Plover (2 pointed out by Adam), Sanderling (3) & Semipalmated Sandpiper (1). Also 1 Spotted Sandpiper seen by Paul but not by me. No special Gulls, no Terns & very few Canada Geese & Mallards. On my way out there was a MERLIN eating what looked to be a Starling but may have been a Blackbird of some sort.
Illinois Beach South Unit (Beach only) (8:10-9:30 a.m.)
Only 2 shorebird species but one was a fairly good one which was a BLACK BELLIED PLOVER near the mouth of the Dead River. Along the beach edge were 4-5 Sanderlings. Another bird I'm glad I saw was 1 AMERICAN PIPIT close to the big Plover. One Cooper's Hawk was being chased by 6 Crows but to our surprise the Hawk & all the Crows all landed together on the beach & forgot about chasing each other & then the Hawk flew off ignored by the Crows.
State Line Beach (9:50-10:10 a.m.)
Only birds here were about 300 Ring Billed & Herring Gulls, 14 Killdeer & later on 4 Sanderlings. Four Cormorants flew by.
Quick stops on the way home at both Techny's found that the only shorebirds were Killdeer (9 & 14) & Solitary Sandpiper (1 & 5). Among the Great Egrets & Great Blues was one adult BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (Techny North). Had 5 species of ducks which were Wood Ducks, Mallards, SHOVELER (1-F) & both Green Winged (1) & Blue Winged (4) Teal.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Black Bellied Plover & Runner-Up to my 2nd Pipit of the year. Master Of Disguise Award to the Merlin which held the dead Starling in a way that let it's wings drop straight down making the Merlin look like a rather dark Swallow Tailed Kite. This did cause me to hit the brakes & do a double take until I found I had been tricked. Oh well.
Al Stokie Mostly on Lake County beaches today
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