Waukegan Beach 7:30 a.m.
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. Adam 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. Leader: Adam Sell.
Meet at 7:30 a.m. Here is the pin for where we will meet: https://goo.gl/maps/1QFRdEPAA3J2fEg67
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