Date: 12/23/18 1:17 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Lake Calumet & Nearby Areas Sunday 12-23-18
Hello Bird People,
Today Bob Erickson & I checked out Powderhorn, Wolf Lake/Powers, Big Marsh, Dead Stick Pond, Indian Ridge, Burnham Prairie Marsh, Steelworkers Park & did a short visit to Calumet Park. Too many places to do complete lists so it's a highlights only report.
Powderhorn F.P. (7:45-8 a.m.)
Only saw 2 adult Mute Swans, about 50 Canada Geese & a few Ring Billed & Herring Gulls.
Wolf Lake/Powers (8:05-8:25 a.m.)
Hunters still at it & the only water birds were Canada Geese (17), Red Breasted Mergansers (18) & Goldeneye (1-F). Only common land birds including 6 Robins.
Big Marsh From Stony Island (8:35-8:50 a.m.)
Mute Swan (1), Mallard (8), Gadwall (~50), Common Merganser (1-M) & an immature Herring Gull
Dead Stick Pond (8:50-9:10 a.m.)
Mute Swan (1-PR), Mallard (8), Ring Necked Duck (8), Hooded Merganser (5). Main highlight here was a RED SHOULDERED HAWK in a tree along the water.. This after we failed to find it at Wolf Lake/Powers & along 126th St where it was found recently.
Indian Ridge (9:15-9:30 a.m.)
One Red Tailed Hawk plus Canada Geese (~40), Mallard (20) & Gadwall (18). Gulls were Herring (40), Ring Billed (a few) & the best one the continuing BONAPARTE'S GULL.
Burnham Prairie Marsh (9:40-10 a.m.)
Did NOT find any Green Winged Teal that have been here recently but did see many Canada Geese & Mallards plus 2 Gadwall & Hooded Merganser (7). A land bird highlight was an immature WHITE CROWNED SPARROW found by Bob.
Steelworkers Park (10:30-10:50 a.m.)
As Keith B has mentioned hunters were along the long breakwater with their decoys so very little else was seen only 5 Red Breasted & 4 Common Mergs & 1 female Goldeneye.
Calumet Park (noon-12:30 p.m.)
The only interesting species here was Black Duck (2) which seem to be always here. But now that the hunters had left the breakwater at Steelworkers we could see that about 40 Gulls were back including one big adult GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL.
We also had a big flock (24) of MONK PARAKEETS in an alley off Ewing coming from the area of the Skyway where they usually are found.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Bonaparte's Gull & Runners-Up to the Red Shouldered Hawk, the Great Black Backed Gull & the 24 Monk Parakeets. And maybe I should include the young White Crowned Sparrow.
Not many good license plates lately but Plate-Of-The-Day today goes to one from Delaware seen on the Outer Drive.
Al Stokie In the Calumet area of Cook County today
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