Date: 2/10/19 12:46 pm
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods, North Pt Marina & Techny Basin Sunday 2-10-19
Hello Bird People,

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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Posted by: Al Stokie <alstokie99...>
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