Date: 10/11/17 1:28 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #8 Wed 10-11-17
Hello Bird People,
Encouraged by the ebird report from Greg N & his group's success with an afternoon Lake Watch at Gillson & not wanting to try again in the rain I decided to wait before arriving. Arrived at 10 a.m. & Bob Erickson was already there. But it was still raining & the conditions were murky/foggy so that the only area you could see was the close to shore area with no distant viewing possible. Within 30 min the rain stopped & the lighting improved for better viewing.
But very few ducks were flying & our only highlights were 2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS & 3-4 FORSTER'S TERNS. Later Jeff Sanders arrived but except for Cormorants & the large number of Ring Billed (~250) & Herring (~50) Gulls on the beach we didn't see many birds & so Bob gave up.
Jeff & I stayed until 1:30 p.m when once again it began to rain although lightly. During that time the number of flying ducks increased although we only saw 6 duck species which were:
Mallard (3-4) Pintail (groups of 10 & 4) Redhead (1 group of 12) SURF SCOTER (groups of 5 & 3) BLACK SCOTER (a group of 5) Red Breasted Merganser (6-8) And many "duck species" too far to work with.
Eventually the Cormorants reached 101 & we had visits from 1 of the local Red Tailed Hawks & the local PEREGRINE which caused all 300 gulls to panic & fly every time it flew by. The only land birds on the beach were Crow & Palm Warbler (1 each).
Not being a very pleasant day there was only 1 jogger & 1 dog running on the beach. Two determined surfers tried repeatedly to paddle out far enough to do a run back in to the beach but they were unable to paddle out more than about 10 ft as the waves were just too high to get past.
Bird-Of-The-Day will be a tie between the Bonaparte's Gulls & the Forster's Terns. Runners-Up to the Surf Scoters which I have now seen 3 times in the last 3 visits & the Black Scoters which, had they been in closer, would have been top bird for today.
Al Stokie Spending yet another windy day at a Cook County Lake Watch
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