Date: 1/2/19 7:05 am
From: Matt Wistrand <mwistrand...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Black-legged Kittiwake at Whalon Lake Forest Preserve
Still present but constantly taking off and relanding. The way it’s
behaving it may not stick around much longer.

Matt Wistrand
West Chicago, DuPage

On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 20:51 <kelagory...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

> My wife Kate and I saw a black-legged kittiwake at Whalon Lake Forest
> Preserve in Will County Tuesday afternoon (January 1) around 3. The bird
> was a small gull with a vertical black ear patch, gray back of head
> suggesting a hood, yellow bill with black base, black triangular wing tips,
> medium gray mantle and secondaries, paler primaries, and all white tail.
> Based on the lack of wing markings, I believe it is an adult. It was
> floating within a raft of common mergansers. It took to the air a few
> times, but landed back with the mergansers each time. It was in the middle
> of the lake and well within view from the concrete walkway on the western
> end of the lake. It was there when we left at 3:30.
> Kirk LaGory
> Downers Grove, Illinois
> DuPage County

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