Checklist S21259414

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Owner Ryan Douglas

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Bright overcast. Temperature <12°F. Winds from S at 10-20 mph, gusts to 35 mph. Miserably cold. No precipitation. Very few birds detectable in this location at this time.

Observations

  1. goose sp.

    Number observed: 75

    Details: Estimate. Flew over high above while watching Ivory Gull. Did not hear anything and did not look with binoculars. Flock shape and coloration (all dark) made me think Greater White-fronted, but I really have no idea.

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  2. Number observed: 5
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 5
    Female
    Sex Unknown
  3. Number observed: 1

    Details: ***Lifer***

    Loafing at marina most of the time I was there. It flew around and caught a fish twice. Seemed to have a small cache of frozen fish on top of the marina docks. Flight was fast and buoyant on pointed wings. All white plumage. Like a pure, white, arctic angel. Short, black legs. Toes tipped by large nails. Dark eye. Gray bill base, yellowish-orange tip. Spent way too much time just sitting there and conserving energy. Preened once or twice. Walked around on rooftop to peck at frozen fish and/or get out of the wind.

    Open water area was very small and split into two small pools. Prey fish identified as Gizzard Shad by Ben Cantrell.

    Documented with IORC. Subsequently accepted by IORC.

    Bird refused to go to Missouri. I was extremely disappointed in its decision to stay in Illinois today.

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2jTaqYzYgo&feature=youtu.be

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 1
    Media:
  4. Number observed: 1
  5. Number observed: 1
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 1
  6. Number observed: 1

    Details: Flew past twice during visit. Very vocal. Presumably the same bird each time. May have attempted to catch a fish on second pass.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female 1
    Sex Unknown
  7. Number observed: 1
  8. Number observed: 1
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Female
    Sex Unknown
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