Date: 6/24/18 1:56 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Six Species Of Shorebirds On June 24th At Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Sunday 6-24-18
Hello Bird People,
Sort of cheating a little as 1 of the shorebird species was Woodcock but still usually all you'd get at this date would be Killdeer & Spotted Sandpiper. But we had one Dunlin at Waukegan plus the 2 Piping Plovers & at Illinois Beach South we added Black Bellied Plover. It's hard to say if the Dunlin & Black Bellied Plover are late Spring migrants or early Summer/Fall migrants but the Dunlin had a bad leg & may have been delayed in it's trip north. I was with Bob Erickson today & we saw Mark Waller briefly at Illinois Beach South & Paul Sweet as we left that location.
Waukegan Beach (6:15-7:15 a.m.)
Canada Geese (74) Wood Duck (3) Mallard (2) LEAST BITTERN (1 making a short flight. Usually it's Bob who sees these short flights but today I was the lucky one) Killdeer (1) PIPING PLOVER (2) Spotted Sandpiper (5) DUNLIN (1, as mentioned with a limp) Ring Billed (~40) & Herring (19) Gulls Caspian Tern (10) COMMON TERN (8 flying out to "defend" the colony with its electric fence to keep out predators) Mourning Dove (4) Tree (3), Cliff (1) & Barn (10-12) Swallows Willow Flycatcher (H-1) Marsh Wren (H-4) Robins (6 on the lawns) Dickcissel (H-1) Red Wings (15) & Grackles (3) BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (1-M, probably visiting from the Illinois Beach nesting group)
Illinois Beach South Unit (7:45-9:30 a.m.)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1, in about half breeding plumage) Killdeer (4) Woodcock (flushed 1) WHIP-POOR-WILL (1, this is the 2nd time in my life one flew by for no reason & we got to see it) Eastern Pewee (H-2) Great Crested Flycatcher (H-1) Robins Gray Catbird (H-1) Warbling Vireo (H-1) Chat ( H-1, along the river) Eastern Towhee (2) Cardinal (H-1) Field Sparrow (2) Red Wings (5) Eastern Meadowlark (2) BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (3-4) Goldfinch (2)
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Whip-Poor-Will which you seldom see in the daylight & Runners-Up to the Dunlin & Black Bellied Plover which were surely unexpected. But we all like the unexpected!
Al Stokie In N.E. Lake County today
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