Date: 12/22/18 1:52 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach & Harbor, North Point Marina, Van Patton & Idependence Grove Sat 12-22-18
Hello Bird People,
Today I covered Waukegan Beach & Harbor with Bob Erickson & Bob Hughes, North Point Marina & Van Patton Woods with just Bob Erickson & then did Independence Grove by myself. Highlights were 2 WHITE WINGED SCOTERS (previously 1) at North Point Marina & a possible CALIFORNIA GULL? also at North Point Marina. Here's my lists:
Waukegan Beach & Harbor (7:30-8:30 a.m.)
Again not much here with the only ducks being Mallards, Buffleheads, Common Goldeneye & Red Breasted Mergansers. The only Gulls were Ring Billed & Herring. There has not been many species here for about 2 weeks now.
North Point Marina (9:10-10:15 a.m.
There were 17 Canada Geese on the lawns & the ducks were Redhead (1-M), Greater Scaup (6), WHITE WINGED SCOTER (now 2), Bufflehead (6), Goldeneye (1-M), Red Breasted Merganser (4 in the lake) & Common Merganser (1-F). All the ducks except the R.B. Mergs were within the harbor.
Finally some gulls in the harbor after 2 weeks of zero gulls.There were about 250 Herring Gulls & I did not find a single Ring Billed Gull although there were probably a few. But the most interesting gull was a possible CALIFORNIA GULL. It was with 5 other gulls in the water near the boat docks where all the other gulls were. It had a darker mantle than the Herring Gulls but far from as dark as a Lesser Black Backed Gull. And this was NOT a lighting thing as all the gulls in the group were facing the same way. And it was the only gull of the 6 that had a dark eye whereas the rest clearly had light eyes. Also the bill had the red mark on the lower mandible with a black mark at the tip. The head was streaked dark brown. All these things favor it being a California Gull.
But it was not looking like a smaller gull as it was bigger than 2 of the Herring Gulls & smaller than the other 3. Also I think the head is supposed to be more rounded & I didn't notice that. So although there were more traits in favor of it being a California Gull the size & head shape are against it. I viewed it for about 10 min & then it flew off probably to the local dump. Looked later but did not find it. But if you are at North Point you should look for this guy & if you see it you can make up your own mind as to if it is indeed a California Gull.
Bob E & myself then went to Van Patton Woods but found few birds & no Finches which is what we wanted. By Sterling Lake I saw a flying Red Tailed Hawk & a male Kestrel in a tree.
At Independence Grove besides many Canada Geese there were 34 Goldeneye, 5 Hooded Mergansers, 4 Common Mergansers & 1 adult Herring Gull. The only land bird was 1 Red Bellied Woodpecker by the parking lot.
Bob E wants the Sharp Shinned Hawk to be his Bird-Of The Day as at least he is sure of the I.D. but I will go with the possible California Gulls as even if I'm wrong & it's not it was by far the most interesting bird seen today. Runner-Up to the 2 White Winged Scoters.
Al Stokie In Lake County today
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