Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stateline Beach Thayer's Gull

Present on October 18th on Stateline Beach (Winthrop Harbor, Lake County, IL) and also observed sitting on Wisconsin waters. It was the only consolation prize for those of us hoping the previous day's glaucous-winged gull would reappear...

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Late migrants in Racine County

Today I saw my "first of fall" sightings for a whole slew of late migrants, unfortunately signaling that the majority of the passerine migration is coming to an end... Among those was Lapland Longspur, Dark-eyed Junco, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple Finch, and Winter Wren.
Also of note was a young Glaucous Gull that seems a little bit on the early side (poor digiscoped shot on the distant breakwall from Carre-Hogle Park in Racine, WI
Also here is a poor shot of a flock of geese going over my house on Sept 30 that contains Canada, Cackling, and Snow Geese: