Field Trip: Waukegan Beach

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

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It’s hard to beat Waukegan Beach in September.  Shorebirds are moving through in good

numbers and migrant warblers begin to reach their peak.  We will spend the morning birding the

beach, swales, and wooded lots of the Waukegan Beach area.  On the beach, we will be targeting

migrant shorebirds, where a good morning could include Baird’s and Semipalmated Sandpipers,

Sanderling, and others.  In previous years, more specialties have shown up including Whimbrel

and Buff-breasted Sandpiper, so we will be ever-vigilant.  In the swales, we will keep our eyes

peeled for early waterfowl and lingering Least Bitterns which breed amongst the reeds.  In the

wooded lots and beachfront park, migrant warblers can be abundant on the right day, and we

hope to find Blackpoll, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Wilson’s and Magnolia Warblers among the

20+ that could be present.  We will be hiking the beach and wooded lots, which will total around

1-2 miles of walking at a birder’s pace. The Leader will have a scope, but if you enjoy carrying your own,

you are more than welcome to bring one. Hiking boots or sneakers are both appropriate for this walk,

but please be prepared for walking on sand.  Duration: ~3 hours

Meeting directions to be provided.

Leader: Adam Sell

Registration is required and space is limited to 12 participants. Register