Date: 7/24/19 2:47 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach South, State Line Beach & Wadsworth Wetlands Wed 7-24-19
Hello Bird People,
Seems that entirely too often when I go to the Lake County lakefront others find a rare bird at Montrose today it being a Laughing Gull. I really have to pick my days & locations a little better than I have been doing. And then once again I found almost no shorebirds in Lake County. One of these days I'll hit it right, I hope! Did Waukegan & Illinois Beach with Andy Stewart & all other places by myself.
Waukegan Beach (6-7 a.m)
D.C. Cormorant (37 at Greenwood) LEAST BITTERN (1 continuing) Canada Goose (2 groups-45 Geese) Mallard (2) Killdeer (7 in the gravel parking lot) Spotted Sandpiper (3) Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 in the gravel parking lot by the water) Ring Billed (~200) & Herring (8) Gulls Caspian Tern (8) Kingfisher (1-M flying with a captured fish) Flicker (H-1) Rough Winged (1), Cliff (2), Bank (2) & Barn (8) Swallows Marsh Wren (6 singing) Among the expected land birds was 1 unexpected Cedar Waxwing on a wire along the road.
Before I arrived a Big Day group of Beau S, Adam S & Gustavo U had seen an American Bittern, a Semipalmated Plover & a Common Tern none of which was seen by me.
Illinois Beach South (7:15-9 a.m.)
I only covered the beach to the mouth of the Dead River & back but Andy took the land trails on his return trip. All that beach walking did not get me much as no shorebirds were found giving me the dreaded Shorebird Shutout. It didn't help that 2 Kestrels & 1 Peregrine were flying near the beach.
D.C. Cormorant (~50 in the lake) Great Egret (1 mouth of the river) Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by) Canada Goose (24 in the lake) Kestrel (2) & PEREGRINE (1 fly-by) Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (a few fly-bys each with a big group of Gulls toward Greenwood) Caspian Tern (6 hunting) Barn Swallows Some interesting land birds along the trails were Eastern Phoebe & Eastern Bluebird.
An interesting sight was a small boat which had been washed up on the beach toward Greenwood. I have seen that a few times before. They usually use a cable attached to another boat to pull the stranded boat.
State Line Beach
Only birds of interest here were 2 Spotted Sandpipers & 2 EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES.
Wadsworth Wetlands (The old name)
Saw 1 Great Egret & a fly-by Green Heron, 1 female wood duck with young & I heard one singing Marsh Wren. There are 2 Killdeer here with a nest in the parking lot wood chips.
Not much today but Bird-Of-The-Day will be the continuing Least Bittern & Runner-Up to the European Goldfinches, very colorful!
Al Stokie Doing the Lake County lakefront & not seeing any Laughing Gulls
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