Monthly Archives: February 2013

White-winged Scoter, February 28, 2013

A female type White-winged Scoter was in Lake Michigan just south of the east end of the harbor this morning. This has been a good February for White-winged Scoters in Illinois. Hopefully this trend will continue into March.

I didn’t see the Ross’s or Snow Geese. The grass they have been feeding on is covered in an inch or two of snow so perhaps they flew off to greener pastures.

Ross’s and Snow Geese, February 25, 2013

Snow Goose

Snow Goose (click to see a larger version)

The Ross’s and Snow Geese were still present this morning. They were feeding in the grass just south of the parking lot near the bathrooms on the south side of the harbor. The Ross’s Goose has been present for almost 2 weeks now.

I also saw 2 Killdeer at the east end of the beach, my first of the year, and a sure harbinger of spring. Most of the beach is still covered with ice and snow so it was a bit strange (though not unappreciated) to see these shorebirds there.

Ross’s Goose, February 14, 2013

Ross's Goose

Ross’s Goose (click to see a larger version)

A Ross’s Goose has been at Montrose since February 12. It was found by local birder Luiz Munoz. I briefly saw the bird this morning, February 14. It flew in with a lone Canada Goose and landed on the sidewalk on the southeast side of the harbor. This was about 7:30. A few minutes later a pedestrian came along and flushed it to the north. The last time I saw the bird it was flying to the northwest over Cricket Hill with a group of Canada Geese. Ross’s Geese are very rare at Montrose, with only about 4 records total.

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About Me

Robert D. Hughes

I’ve been birding since 1978 and much of that time has been spent at Montrose. I’ve never lived far from Montrose so it’s always been easy for me to bird there before or after school or work.

I was born, raised, and currently live in Chicago. My professional background is in webmastering, front-end Web development, and content management. When I’m not working I apply my background in Web development and communications to promote the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary through social media and this blog. You could say I’m a Web guy at heart.

Robert D. Hughes
February 2020

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What’s New

NOTE: On June 22 Chicago opened its lakefront trails to the public. This includes Montrose Point. See my Montrose Is Open Again blog post for more information.

Rising water levels on Lake Michigan have changed the shoreline dynamics at Montrose Point. The public portion of the beach is frequently flooded, reducing the amount of beach available to beachgoers, but creating habitat for gulls, terns, and shorebirds. Also, the winter of 2020 saw a couple of severe storms that flooded and damaged the Dunes, including the pannes. The effects of this damage will be long-lasting. A video of one of these storms is at this link – January 11, 2020 Storm

Header Photo: White-winged Scoters from Montrose Harbor