Date: 10/29/18 2:03 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach, North Pt Marina, Pine Dunes F.P. & Independence Grove Mon 10-29-18
Hello Bird People,
Started at Waukegan with Bob Erickson & then did North Point & Pine Dunes with Bob & Andy Stewart & finally did Independence Grove by myself. Never really found anything special as I missed the best bird of the day but there were somewhat interesting birds that I did see.
Waukegan Beach & Pier (7:15-8:15 a.m.)
D.C. Cormorant (1 on the pier) Canada Geese (14 fly-bys) Mallard (6) Red Breasted Merganser (1-F in the lake by the pier) Sanderling (2 on the pier & the beach) Dunlin (32, sleeping on the pier when we 1st arrived so we left them alone but when we returned 30 min later they had all left except for one) Ring Billed (30) & Herring (40) Gulls SNOW BUNTING (1 on the beach) Red Winged Blackbird (by the inlet, some singing)
North Point Marina (8:45-9:15 a.m.)
Arrived after Bob did & Andy was already there but I arrived too late as the others had just seen a fairly close RED THROATED LOON but it had moved north & out of sight. Still had 2 Common Loons & 11 Red Breasted Mergs. Looked for Snow Buntings but only heard some & saw Junco's.
Pine Dunes F.P. (9:45-11 a.m.)
Went here to find a LeConte's Sparrow as Beau, Andy & Steve M had seen 2 a few days ago. Walked the area where they had been but did not find anything. Then the Lake County forest preserve police arrived & said there's no off trail walking allowed & we had to stay on the trail so that ended our LeConte's adventure as that species does not spend much time on trails. Andy & Bob left but I stayed to see what water birds were there.
P.B. Grebe (12) Great Blue Heron (1) Canada Geese (~200) Mallard (~25) Red Tailed Hawk (1-PR) Coots (6) SANDHILL CRANE (2) Didn't cover the wooded area but did heard Red Bellied Woodpeckers & Blue Jays. I found some sparrows but not LeConte's. American Tree (3), Savannah (1) & Song (3) Sparrows Heard a few Goldfinch
Independence Grove (12:05-1:35 p.m.)
COMMON LOON (1, a good, close look) P.B. Grebe (9. all in the same area) Canada Geese (~350) CACKLING GEESE (2, very tiny with small bills) (I have become a Cackling Goose finder as 1 also had 2 yesterday.) Mallard (8) Ring Billed Gull (7)
The ducks don't seem to have arrived yet but there are plenty of geese to sort through.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Common Loon at Independence Grove as I had such a good look. Runners-Up to the Cackling Geese, the Sandhill Cranes & the one Snow Bunting.
Al Stokie In Lake County today
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