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Calumet Area with Jonathan

Chicago, IL

sunny 47 °F

Today my friend Jonathan and his mom Margie birded with me around the southeast side of Chicago!

We checked Harborside Int’l Golf Course, and seeing as it was closed, birded a sliver of Lake Calumet from Doty Ave. These are COMMON MERGANSERS, a pleasant sight for me since they are scarce in NYC:
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MUTE SWANS on the far shore:
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Then, we drove to Turning Basin #3 of the Calumet River where some more uncommon gull species have been seen recently. Here is a RED-BREASTED flying with several COMMON MERGANSERS:
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This GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, an uncommon find for the area, was probably our rarest gull today:
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RED-BREASTED MERGANSER:
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Our next stop was Calumet Park which was the most productive stop for waterfowl today. Here are some uncommon WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS:
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LESSER SCAUP:
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HOODED MERGANSER:
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COMMON GOLDENEYE:
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LESSER SCAUP, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, & WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS:
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Our last stop, Steelworkers Park, was slow so we went out for Mexican for lunch. Thanks for a fun day of birding you guys!

Bird-of-the-day to the Great Black-backed Gulls (4 we saw in total!) and runner-up to the White-winged Scoters — a solid day!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 970 Species

Posted by skwclar 11:01 Archived in USA

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