Date: 11/1/17 2:35 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach & Harbor Channel, Illinois Beach South & Van Patten Woods Wed 11-1-17
Welcome To November Bird People,
Waukegan Beach, Pier, Backwaters & Park (7:15-8:45 a.m.)
Covered these areas with Bob E, Andy Stewart & Steve M. On the fisherman's pier were D.C. Cormorant (1), Sanderling (1), Dunlin (7). & Herring Gulls (46). In the backwater inlet were Mallard (6) & Gadwall (22). On the beaches were 10 Ring Billed Gulls & in the lake was one Coot. In the harbor channel were 1 Canada Goose & 1 EARED GREBE continuing from yesterday. Land birds in the small park included Starlings, Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (2), White Throated Sparrows & Junco's.
Illinois Beach South Unit (9-10:30 a.m. with Bob E)
On the lake were D.C. Cormorant (3 fly-bys), American Wigeon (1-M), Redhead (~500 continuing), Scaup Species (~50) Ring Necked Duck (1-M), Bufflehead (1-M) & Red Breasted Mergansers (~20 fly-bys). A few Ring Billed & Herring Gulls flew by as well. The only birds actually ON the beach were a large gang of Crows (75-80) which is more than I've seen there in several years just south of the river mouth & one very well seen SNOW BUNTING making up for the bad look I had at the recent fly-by at the hawk watch.
While at lunch we learned that Red Crossbills had been again at Van Patten Woods so Bob & I looked for over an hour but again found only Siskins, Goldfinch & a couple Purple Finches. One of these days! Maybe?
Bird-Of-The-Day to the close in Eared Grebe in the harbor channel which was only the 4th one I have ever seen in Lake County with the 1st one also being seen at Waukegan Harbor back in the mid 1980's. It was on a Joel Greenberg led field trip & the Eared Grebe was found by none other than the famous world bird lister Phoebe Snetsinger. Hard to believe that was 30 years ago! Runner-Up to the cooperative Snow Bunting at IBSP.
Al Stokie In Lake County today
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