Date: 11/8/17 3:13 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach, Illinois Beach South Unit, Hosah Park & North Point Marina Wed 11-8-17
Hello Bird People,
Waukegan Beach, Pier, Inlet & Park (7-8:15 a.m.)
Covered this place by myself at 1st & later with Annette McClellan, Andy Stewart & Steve Mulhall. On the pier were 85 Herring Gulls & 2 Mallards swimming along the rocks. No Harlequins nor Purple Sandpipers yet. In the backwater inlet were Canada Geese (13), Mallard (8) & Gadwall (13). Only 1 Herring Gull on the beach, nothing else & saw almost no land birds in the park.
Illinois Beach South Unit (8:45-10:45 a.m.)
Annette & Andy here too but Annette soon left. Andy & I walked all the way to the river mouth where the large Redhead & Scaup flock continues. Along the lake we saw the following:
RED THROATED LOON (1, good look at 1 swimming in the lake) Horned Grebe (2) Canada Goose (8) Mallard (5) Green Winged Teal (1) Redheads (again about 500) Greater & Lesser Scaup (Total = 150) Ring Necked Duck (6) LONG TAILED DUCK (1-F) BLACK SCOTER (6-F in 1 group) Buflehead (12) Hooded Merganser (1-M) Red Breasted Merganser (~50 flying back & forth) Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (a few of each flying by) On the actual beach were Crows (~30) & SNOW BUNTINGS (17) Flying over the beach were Sandhill Crane (1) & Horned Lark (1)
Hosah Park (11:15-11:35 a.m.)
Annette sent a message to Andy saying she had found 2 Grebes that seemed to large ones with yellow bills but later told Andy that she could not re-find them. Andy & I arrived soon thereafter but Annette was gone & although we found 3 groups of 2 Horned Grebes we found no large Grebes. Perhaps Annette got photos?
North Point Marina (from the south side only) (noon-1 p.m.)
Four more Horned Grebes in the lake & in the harbor itself the gang of Herring Gulls is up to about 400 with only a few Ring Bills mixed in. No ducks in the harbor but 100's of Red Breasted Mergansers were in the lake along with more Gulls.
Bird-Of-The-Day for me goes to the Long Tailed Duck & Runners-Up to the Red Throated Loon & the Black Scoters.
License Plate Of The Day to one from Delaware seen on the Tri-State on the drive up.
Al Stokie In N.E. Lake County today
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