November 2016 Trip Report

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Monk Parakeets at 88th St.

We started the day off at Rainbow Beach with 13 birders. The first 30 minutes were spent looking by the parking lot. There was not much there other than about a hundred Coots, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Horned Grebes. After that, we started to hike through the grasses to if there was anything hiding among the Coots and flushed a song sparrow.
Once we got to the best viewing spot of the coots,we saw a few hundred ducks that were directly in the sun. We started to head back to our cars to try to get to the other side of ducks. Along the way, we flushed a swamp sparrow and saw a very cooperative SNOW BUNTING on the beach. Once we got the other side of the ducks, we saw Redhead, Bufflehead, two SURF SCOTERS (found by Eddie Kasper), Greater Scaup, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Megansers, Horned Grebe, and Canada Geese. Then we went to Calumet Park and saw a few hundred Canada Geese in the baseball diamond and a raft of Coots in Indiana -not much else there. After that, we drove Steelworkers Park. Along the way, we found about 50 MONK PARAKEETS at 88th St. After stopping there for a while, we went up to Steelworkers Park and found that was very quiet with the best bird there being a Kestrel.

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