Date: 10/30/17 2:17 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South & North Hawk Watch Monday 10-30-17
Hello Bird People,
Waukegan Beach, Pier & Inlet (7:30-8:15 a.m.)
Started at the Waukegan Beach Pier where Bob E had 3 Dunlin staked out when I arrived. After Bob left quickly to go to the Hawk Watch I covered the beach & inlet & on the way back I saw that the previous 3 shorebirds on the pier were now 4. Hoping the new arrival was the White Rumped seen on Saturday I was disappointed that it was just Dunlin #4. The only other birds on the pier were a few Herring Gulls (9) & a lone Junco.
In the backwaters & inlet were P.B. Grebe (1), Canada Geese (31), Mallard (4) & Gadwall (2). In the reeds & grasses I only found 1 Swamp Sparrow. Seven Cormorants flew by & I failed to find the previously reported American Bittern, Short Eared Owl, Snipe & Snow Bunting although the McCellans did find the Bittern later. I did not check for land birds at the beach park but a male Kestrel flew by on my way out.
Illinois Beach South Unit Beach To The Dead River (9-10:30 a.m.)
The only bird actually ON the beach was 1 resting MERLIN but flying by were Ring Billed & Herring Gulls & 1 calling Dunlin. Right at the river mouth was a large flock of about 700 ducks of which most (~600) were Redheads with about 75 Scaup & 14 Green Winged Teal. Spent a fair amount of time scanning this flock with little reward. To my surprise there were no Snow Buntings here either.
Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch (10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.)
Strong west winds & plenty of hawks flying by including some in close enough for good looks. About 11 Hawk Watchers were present while I was there.
Seen by me were Canada Geese, Turkey Vultures (3), Bald Eagles (3), Harriers (2), Sharp Shinned (20) & Cooper's (2) Hawks, RED SHOULDERED (3) & Red Tailed (~30) Hawks & one Merlin. Biggest surprise here was a late CHIMNEY SWIFT. Before I arrived the watchers had 2 Barn Swallows & a dark Rough Legged Hawk that I wish I had seen. Remember that the group totals will be much higher than the counts I have mentioned. Bob E heard a "rattling" bird call that was either a Longspur or a Snow Bunting & I was finally able to see that it was a white Snow Bunting as it went by. I hope to see that species on the beaches & get a better look.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 well seen Red Shouldered Hawks & Runner-Up to almost November Chimney Swift. Had I seen it better the Snow Bunting would also have been an award winner but not this time.
Al Stokie In N.E. Lake County today being buffeted by the wind
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