Date: 10/21/17 1:43 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach, Lyons Woods & North Point Marina Saturday 10-21-17
Hello Bird People,
Today Bob Erickson & I covered Waukegan Beach & Lyons Woods & then I checked State Line Beach & N. Point Marina on my own. Here are my lists:
Waukegan Beach, Pier & Backwaters (7:15-8 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (2 on pier) Canada Goose (36 on beach & in the inlet) Mallard (5 in the lake & 3 in the inlet) Shoveler (6 in the inlet) SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1 on the pier, getting late) Killdeer (1 along the road) Sanderling (3 on the pier & 3 on the beach) Ring Billed (~40) & Herring (~15) Gulls Red Winged Blackbird (11-12 in the inlet)
Lyons Woods (8:15-9:30 a.m.)
Merlin (2 chasing each other by the parking lot) Canada Goose (1 fly-by) Mallard (5 fly-bys) Sandhill Crane (1 fly-by) Red Bellied (2) & Downy (1) Woodpeckers Blue Jay (6-7) Crow (1 fly-by) Chickadee (4) Red Breasted Nuthatch (4) Eastern Bluebird (6-8) Robins (8) Cedar Waxwing (1 group of about 20) Y.R. Myrtle (4) & BLACKPOLL (1) Warblers Cardinal (1-F) ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK (1 adult male with lots of red remaining on the throat) Eastern Towhee (heard 1) Field (4) & Song (1) Sparrows White Crowned (2) & White Throated (6) Sparrows Dark Eyed Junco (6) Red Winged Blackbird (1-M singing by the parking lot) House Finch (1) PURPLE FINCH (1-F) Pine Siskin (flock of 40 or so flying by while calling) Goldfinch (8-10)
State Line Beach & N.Point Marina
The only birds on the beach were Ring Billed & Herring Gulls & one Palm Warbler. In the marina harbor were 16 D.C. Cormorants, 8 Coots & about 200 R.B. & Herring Gulls. The 4 SURF SCOTERS were in the harbor mouth area where they have been but all were flushed out to the lake when a lady decided to take her 2 barking dogs on the fishing pier. Flying by over the IBSP North Unit area were HARRIER (1), Red Tailed Hawk (2) & a pair of loudly calling SANDHILL CRANES which landed nearby. Both Red Bellied & Hairy Woodpeckers (1 each) were near the parking lot.
Techny North & Air Station Prairie
I hadn't checked either of the Techny spots as I assumed they'd be flooded & the north section was as was Air Station Prairie. At Techny North were Cormorants (5), P.B. Grebes (3), Great Blues (2), Great Egret (1), Mallard (18), Gadwall (3) & Green Winged Teal (2-M)
Not much at Air Station Prairie but one confused Western Chorus Frog decided it was Spring again & was singing away much like the Red Wings that have been singing in October.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the redder than expected Rose Breasted Grosbeak & Runners-Up to the Purple Finch, the Surf Scoters & the late Semipalmated Plover.
Here's hoping the Hegewisch Ibis remains as I have never seen that species (White Faced) in Cook County.
Al Stokie Mostly in N.E. Lake County today
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