Pretty slow day on the Lake Co lakefront but some interesting stuff at Techny Basin on the way home. Arrived home 5 min before the snow started so good timing there.
Waukegan Beach (7:15-8 a.m.)
The entire harbor & channel are frozen & only a little open water near the fishing pier & the channel. The only ducks were Greater Scaup (16), Bufflehead (1-F), Goldeneye (7) & Red Breasted Mergs (6). The only Gulls were Ring Billed & Herring.
Lyons Woods (8:15-9 a.m.)
Had 4 species of Woodpeckers which were Red Headed (1), Red Bellied (3), Downy (2) & Hairy (2-3). Other birds seen were Blue Jay (4), Crow (1), Chickadee (3), W.B. Nuthatch (H-1) & Cardinal (1-M). A Red Tailed Hawk flew by & Bob E saw a Tree Sparrow which I missed.
North Point Marina (9:30-10:05 a.m.)
The lake is almost completely frozen with only a thin strip of open water & all we found in it were Goldeneye, Red Breasted Mergs & Gulls. A Red Tailed Hawk was in a tree on the way in, the only Gulls in the north (commercial) harbor were Herring (~150) & there were 10 Tree Sparrows along the roadside on the way out. The harbor itself is frozen.
Quick looks at Illinois Beach North & South Units found almost nothing.
A Little Cook County
Techny North is completely frozen when seen from the parking lot & Lake Glenview is also a big sheet of ice. No birds there but plenty at Techny Basin proper where all the ducks usually at Techny North & Lake Glenview have retreated to. This as the water at Techny Basin is a flowing stream & so mostly open.
Techny Basin Proper (12:15-1 p.m.)
Great Blue Heron (1) Canada Geese (~20 fly-bys) Mallard (634, hard to count that high & even harder to believe that I'd count them!) Wood Duck (1-F) Black Duck (2, probably the 2 that's been at Lake Glenview) Red Breasted Merganser (11) Cooper's Hawk (1, a young bird) Pigeons (4 flying by)
Nothing really special today but Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Red Headed Woodpecker which was new for the year & looks pretty nice. Runners-Up to the Cooper's Hawk, the female Wood Duck & the 2 Black Ducks.
Al Stokie Mostly in Lake County today with a little time spent in Cook County
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