Date: 6/11/18 1:28 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach South & State Line Beach Monday 6-11-18
Hello Bird People,
After 2 days with no birding due to a.m. rain I tried for some "end of Spring" shorebirds but only found the regular nesting birds such as Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers. Oh well, it will be mid July before you know it & then I can do shorebirds again.
Waukegan Beach (7:15-8:45 a.m.)
Only shorebird on the beach was Spotted Sandpiper with 1 Killdeer on the gravel & another on the grass by the parking lot. There were 32 Cormorants flying by & 1 on the pier. There were 29 Canada Geese on the beach & 24 flying by. Gulls were Ring Billed (30) & Herring (20) plus about 4 Caspian Terns. Of some interest it looks like the COMMON TERNS may try & nest again at the Dunes just west of the beach but they've failed there for the last 2 years. There were about 6 of them "yelling" at me when I walked by. Land birds were Warbling Vireo, Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Red Wings & 1 Eastern Meadowlark.
Illinois Beach South Unit (9:15-10:45 a.m.)
Three Cormorants were in the lake & on the beach were about 6 adult & 4 young Killdeer & 1 Spotted Sandpiper. Gulls were Ring Billed (54) & Herring (6) & Terns were Caspian (24) & Common (3). Swallows were Tree & Barn & 2 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were feeding on the beach.
Non-Beach land birds were Eastern Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue Jay, Chickadee, House Wren, Robins, Warbling & Red Eyed Vireos, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Red Wings & 2 Eastern Meadowlark. Most of these birds were on the Dunes Trail as that's the way I came back. There were another 8-10 Brewer's Blackbirds in the Dunes area.
State Line Beach (11:30-11:50 a.m.)
Not much here just Ring Billed (15) & Herring (18) Gulls & Caspian Terns (15). A few Barn Swallows flew by & 1 Warbling Vireo was singing while 1 Gray Catbird flew by.
Not much to choose from but I'll pick the Common Terns as Bird-Of-The-Day, may they have better luck with nesting this year. Runners-Up to the Brewer's Blackbirds & the baby Killdeer.
Al Stokie In N.E. Lake County today
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