Date: 5/15/18 2:01 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach/Sea Horse Drive, Pershing Rd Fluddle, State Line Beach & Illinois Beach South Tues 5-15-18
Welcome To The Land Of High Water Bird People,
Some of the roads in the Waukegan area were flooded & you had to drive through them very slowly. This was mostly true of Sea Horse Dr & Pershing Rd. Saw the glamour birds (GLOSSY IBIS & HUDSONIAN GODWIT) at 7 a.m. I had gone to see the Godwit not knowing that the Ibis was at the same spot. Quite a treat to get them both. Other shorebirds at that location were Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary & Pectoral Sandpipers & Killdeer.
Pershing Rd Fluddle
Shorebirds here were both Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper & Dunlin (2). Also a Great Blue, Geese, Mallards & B.W. Teal. Others saw Yellow Headed Blackbirds (2) here but I did not.
Waukegan Beach Proper
Only a few shorebirds here but we had one Ruddy Turnstone land on the pier & later a jogger flushed a WILLET which flew by. Saw a small group of Least Sandpipers fly by & Bob Erickson also saw Black Bellied Plovers & Dowitchers (probably Short Billed) also fly by.
State Line Beach
Disappointed that only Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers were here we were happier when Andy Stewart re-found the BLUE GROSBEAK at about 9 a.m. in the same place it has been seen. Interesting bird with its all blue head & all brown body. Must have been hidden or elsewhere when Eric looked for it today.
Illinois Beach South Unit
On the beach were only Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers, Ring Billed & Herring Gulls & flying by were Caspian & Common Terns. Also saw an immature & then an adult BALD EAGLE flying near the beach. Later we found an OSPREY in a tree eating a very large fish it had caught.
Although we weren't working on them we still had 12 species of warblers with the best being Blue Winged, Parula, Orange Crowned & Blackpoll. Also had a Lincoln's Sparrow, a female ORCHARD ORIOLE & 2 male Bluebirds.
Then I topped off the birds with several species seen in my front & back yards including a Brown Thrasher with no tail and the warblers were Tennessee, Cape May, male Blackburnian, female Blackpoll & Palm Warblers. Best bird here was one Philly Vireo.
Bird-Of-The-Day has to be the Glossy Ibis which was a new county bird for me & I have a lot of Lake County birds. Runners-Up to the Godwit, the Willet & the Blue Grosbeak.
Al Stokie Getting the big ticket birds in Lake County today
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