Date: 11/7/17 12:27 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #12 & A Better Watch Than Most! Tuesday 11-7-17
Hello Bird People,
Tried yet another Gillson Lake Watch & did better than the previous ones mainly for 2 reasons which were the wind was more N.E. than yesterday's north winds & today there were more "lake watchers" of proven abilities & more watchers often means more birds found. Arrived at 7:15 a.m. & Ted Wolff was already there & soon we were joined by Jeff Sanders & John Leonard. Then Craig Taylor also arrived having tracked down a Redpoll at Montrose earlier in the a.m. Later the 2nd shift of Vickie S, Davidia K & Scott L arrived & they were still there when I left at 11 a.m. so perhaps they'll have more to report later on. Here's my Lake Watch list:
Common Loon (15-20 flying south both high & low) RED THROATED LOON (1 flying with a Common Loon showing the size difference & head shape) Canada Geese (a flock landed in the lake) TUNDRA SWAN (25-30 flying south in all their "whiteness" but could have been closer) Mallard (a few fly-bys) Redhead (15-20 flying south) Greater & Lesser Scaup (Total of about 75 with a few of each species showing which they were) BLACK SCOTER (1 flying south with 2 W.W. Scoters) WHITE WINGED SCOTER (2 with the Black Scoter & later 1 with Scaup & Mergansers) Common Goldeneye (~25 with most flying in small groups of 5 or less) Red Breasted Mergansers (Even more than yesterday's 500 with maybe as many as 1000 today) Ring Billed Gull (~20 on the beach & a few flying) Herring Gull (15-20 flying over the lake) And of course another 1000 far away "duck species?" Even with more east in the wind direction many, many ducks continue to fly by very far out over the lake.
I should mention that Ted W had 2 LONG TAILED DUCKS go by fairly close to shore before anyone else arrived. I had hoped to see more but we did not.
Thanks go to the Red Throated Loon for being so kind as to catch up with the previously seen Common Loon & then fly with it so we could see the comparisons we needed to make the I.D.
And so Bird-Of-The-Day for me goes to that Red Throated Loon & Runner-Up goes to the Tundra Swans & the White Winged Scoters as they were my 1st Fall sightings. I guess I will also mention that after almost 4 hours in the wind I was ready to quit for the day. I am fairly hardy with dealing with the wind & cold but I had had enough this time.
Al Stokie Enjoying another Lake Watch in Cook County today
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