Date: 2/3/18 4:06 pm From: 'Robert D. Hughes' <rhughes.enteract...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Lake Calumet Area and Southeast Chicago Lakefront, 2/3 a.m.
I spent the morning checking the Lake Calumet area and the southeast Chicago lakefront. I've been checking these areas intermittently throughout the winter and having good luck, which I guess is why I keep going back. My highlights:
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2 adults, one on the roof of the building across the street from Deadstick Pond and the other on the Calumet River visible from the end of Stony Island Avenue Iceland Gull - 1 adult Kumlien's on the roof of the building across the street from Deadstick Pond Glaucous Gull - 1 first cycle on the roof of the building across the street from Deadstick Pond Bald Eagle - Several floating around between Big Marsh and the Calumet River
Wolf Lake/William Powers State Conservation Area
Snowy Owl - 2, 1 on the RR tracks and the other on the lake ice just over the state line in Indiana
Great Black-backed Gull - 3 adults skirting the border between Illinois and Indiana Bald Eagle - 1 adult skirting the border between Illinois and Indiana Greater Scaup - 100s, mostly in Indiana waters Snowy Owl - 1 on the breakwater in Indiana waters
Snowy Owl - 2, 1 on the breakwater in Indiana waters and the other in the impoundment in Illinois Iceland Gull - 1 adult Thayer's at the west end of the North Slip
The boat slip called North Slip can be viewed from the public sidewalk that parallels South Lake Shore Drive. Most of this area is private property; if you enter you will probably get chased off by security.
Rainbow Beach Park
A few Greater Scaup and Redheads in the lake. Otherwise nothing else of note but the park has had Snowy Owls this winter.
31st Street Beach
Nothing of note but I did see a Snowy Owl on Northerly Island from here. I have a feeling the regular Snowy Owls were present but hiding behind the harbor wall to get out of the wind.
I ended up with 6 Snowy Owls for the day, one of my better daily counts.