Field Trip: Waukegan Beach

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Friday, May 5, 2023

The lakeshore in Chicagoland during spring migration can be one of the more dynamic birding experiences.  When conditions are right, migrant warblers, vireos, sparrows, and more can be concentrated along precious lakeshore habitat.  In Lake County, the top location for early morning lakeshore birding must be Waukegan Beach.  We will search for migrant shorebirds and waterbirds along the beach before heading to bird the adjacent woods and park.  After finishing up at Waukegan, we will then head to Illinois Beach State Park to continue our search for migrants.  At the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park, we will look for Virginia Rail and Sora, Sandhill Crane, and we could even spot a roosting Whip-poor-will if we are lucky.  

Registration is required and space is limited to 10 participants.  Register with libbyhill@comcast.net.  Leader:  Adam Sell. Note: we will start at Waukegan Beach https://goo.gl/maps/RcupVYBNAQfZezr48 at 7:00 a.m. and then proceed to Illinois Beach State Park https://goo.gl/maps/hXFN5WV8UGtBR7tT7.  The rain date for this trip will be Monday, May 8.