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2015 Hawkwatch season
« : August 20, 2015, 03:00:56 PM »
Just a note, Illinois Beach Hawkwatch will be starting our 16th season of counting hawks in Lake County on Saturday, August 29. We're located in the N. Unit of Illinois Beach State Park, at the east end of 17th street in Zion. Weather permitting, someone should be present every day from 8/29 to 11/29, from 8 to 4 (4ish, on slow days). We love visitors, and if anyone wants to spend some time helping us, we love new volunteers even more!

An average season for us produces 4,000 hawks, of 16 species (and, typically, something unexpected). A single day with nice strong west winds, partly sunny skies, and a bit of a temperature drop, can produce as many as 1000 - 1500! Of course, a slow day with SE winds can produce lots of interesting conversations... And you never know what other birds will show up: we've recorded Common Raven, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Mountain Bluebird, White Ibis, and Whooping Crane. We've had a flyby Eurasian Jay! (Apparently an escape/release from Milwaukee.)

So if you've got a day free, come up and see us sometime!


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