Lake Michigan is along the migration route known as the Mississippi Flyway. I am fortunate to be able to visit the Chicago lakefront, as well as the New Buffalo, Michigan lakefront quite often. A variety of waterfowl, gulls and shorebird species frequent these areas and can often be seen migrating offshore, resting on the beaches or feeding on the detritus along the waterline.
A lovely Red Phalarope forages amid the algae mats at 63rd Street Beach in Chicago
Not commonly seen in our area, this phalarope delighted birders with its presence for four days in November, 2014.
This little plover was spotted on New Buffalo Beach in Michigan. They are not common to this location.
Another bird not often seen in Chicago. This Red Knot was spotted at Montrose Beach in September of this year.
Seen last week, this Red-necked Grebe is another bird rarely observed in Chicago.
Another rare find, this small shorebird visited Montrose Beach in April of 2013
Birders were excited to see this goose at Montrose Beach in October of this year. Greater White-fronted Geese are not regularly spotted at this location.
Normally seen west of Illinois, this Eared Grebe spent a few weeks at Montrose Beach last November.
At Montrose Beach, on December 13, 2013, four Snowy Owls were seen in the same vicinity. Who knows what this December will bring ...
Post by Julie Gidwitz
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