Date: 12/28/17 2:31 pm From: douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Laughing Gull near Marseilles and other LaSalle County birds
Went out to eastern LaSalle County this AM. I started by running some agricultural roads where I had very little, but did see two flocks of Lapland Longspurs totalling 44 birds on N 32nd St. I stopped at the Mideast War Memorial on the riverfront east of the bridge over the lllinois River a little before 10 AM. While looking at ducks and geese on the river, gulls, mostly Herring, started streaming over the bridge heading west. It seemed that a young Bald Eagle had spooked them I looked through the gulls and found a basic-plumaged adult Laughing Gull, which circled around for a couple of minutes before heading on west. I later checked about 180 gulls sitting on the ice east of the bridge, but didn't find anything notable. I spent most of my birding time in Illini State Park on the south side of the river. Nothing particularly rare but lots of birds including 4 Yellow-shafted Flickers, 3 robins, 2 waxwings, a Purple Finch, plus many sparrows along the road edge including 4 Fox, 1 Swamp and 22 White-throated Sparrows.
-- Douglas Stotz Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist Environmental and Conservation Programs Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605