Date: 9/27/17 2:31 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET N.E. Lake County Lakefront Wed 9-27-17
Hello Bird People,
Today's plan was to cover 3 beaches & then stop at the IBSP Hawk Watch for a couple of hours but plans have a way of falling apart. Did the 3 beaches o.k. but there was no access at the north unit of IBSP as they were doing a controlled burn. Tried to get in twice but the road remained closed. Was joined by Andy Stewart today at the 1st 2 beach stops & Lyons Woods.
Waukegan Beach (7-8:15 a.m.)
P.B. Grebe (3 in the inlet) & D.C. Cormorant (~75 fly-bys) Canada Goose (10 fly-bys), Mallard (3 in the lake) & Shoveler (4 in the inlet) Coot (1) & COMMON GALLINULE (1) (both together in the inlet) Sora (heard 1 call in cattails by the inlet) Sanderling (2 on the beach & 1 on the pier) Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 on the pier) Ring Billed (~70) & Herring (~12) Gulls Kingfisher (1-M on the beach) Eastern Phoebe (1 in the small park)
Lyons Woods (8:30-9:15 a.m.)(My 1st Fall attempt at seeing land birds)
Some highlights were R.B. Nuthatch (H-1), Eastern Bluebird (3), Brown Thrasher (2), Eastern Towhee (H-1) plus Field (2), White Throated (4) & White Crowned (3) Sparrows.
Illinois Beach South Unit/Beach Only (9:30-11 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by) Red Tailed Hawk (1), MERLIN (2) & PEREGRINE (1) (One Merlin caught a small bird, chased a Red Bat & then chased & was chased by the Peregrine, all in a day's work) BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1, mouth of the river) & Killdeer (3, same place) Ring Billed (~15) & Herring (~5) Gulls Crows (1 flock of 30-35 birds)
State Line Beach
Not 1 bird of any kind! Not only was it a shorebird shutout but it was a total bird shutout.
Bird-Of-The-Day to my 1st ever, I think, Common Gallinule at Waukegan although I saw one a few years ago in Sand Pond in IBSP. Runners-Up to the battling Merlin & Peregrine & the Black Bellied Plover.
Al Stokie In Lake County today not being able to get in to the Hawk Watch
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