Date: 11/3/17 12:58 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #10, Techny North & 3 Small Inland Lakes Friday 11-3-17
Hello Bird People,
1. The mystery hawk at the Botanic Garden yesterday seems to have been a young Red Shouldered Hawk & the young of that species are not easily I.D.ed at least by me.
2. The 1958 Rockabilly song was Oh Susie Darlin' & the singer was Robin Luke. This was his one & only big hit (#5 on the Billboard Chart) & later he went on to gain a PhD in business/marketing & become the head of the marketing dept at a university in Missouri, not what you'd expect from a 1950's early rock & roller.
Wind direction predictions change often & so the prediction that today's winds would be N.E. became north winds until noon or so when they were again expected to go to the N.E. after all. Tomorrow's winds were supposed to be from the east but now are supposed to be from the S.E. You never know what they will end up being until you get there. I thought the north winds would still send waterfowl south but not be pushed in toward shore & for most of the time that was the case although there were fewer migrants than I expected.
Gillson Park Lake Watch #10 (8-10 a.m.)
Arrived at 8 a.m. to find Eric Walters already on duty. Eric has already reported what birds went by although I did not see all that he saw. As he mentioned Jeff Sanders & I stayed until 10 a.m. after Eric left at 9 a.m. We added nothing new but only saw more of what had been seen before. The most numerous migrant ducks were Redhead followed by Scaup & Red Breasted Mergansers. The only highlights were a few Common Loons & the female BLACK SCOTER flying north with a female Bufflehead. Good job by Eric to pick that bird out!
Techny Basin North (10:30-11:15 a.m.)
Hadn't been here in a while but Jeff said ducks were arriving so I gave it a try joined later by Jeff. Here we saw the following in our 45 min visit:
P.B. Grebe (3) Great Blue Heron (2) Great Egret (also 2) Canada Goose (4) Wood Duck (4-M & 1-F) Mallard (95-100) American Wigeon (1-F) Gadwall (15-18) Shoveler (2-M & 1-F) Green Winged Teal (14) Hooded Merganser (1-PR) Coots (2) Killdeer (8-9) Wilson's Snipe (4-5) Ring Billed Gull (3 flying around) Our only land birds were American Tree Sparrow (3) & Song Sparrow (1)
After lunch at the Rosemont Culver's I checked Lake Opeka, Axehead Lake & Belleau Lake. Birds of interest at Opeka were P.B. Grebe (5) & Hooded Merganser (4). No interesting birds at Axehead & at Belleau only 1 Y.R. Myrtle Warbler.
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the close in fly-by female Black Scoter at Gillson. Runner-Up to the nice looking Gadwall & the female Wigeon both of which have interesting feather patterns if you take the time to look closely.
License Plate Of The Day to one from New Hampshire seen in downtown Wilmette.
Al Stokie Braving the wind in Cook County today
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