Gillson Park and Evanston Landfill Professional Review and Guide
"When Wilmette residents wistfully say goodbye to summer and stop frequenting the beach at Gillson Park, the birders come, dressed not in bathing suits but in warm attire to stave off the winds coming from Lake Michigan. Scope at the ready, these birders are looking for the hardy sea ducks such as scoters and the occasional Harlequin Duck, Red-necked Grebe, and jaeger, plus large flocks of wintering mergansers. Take a scope and walk to the beach to search for water birds. Depending on weather conditions, beginning in October, you might have a chance to see a fly-by jaeger.
Identifying the three species, Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed is difficult, especially since these birds fly by quickly, but you’re more apt to see a Pomarine or a Parasitic Jaeger here. Key birds: Migrating water birds, including loons, grebes, gulls, terns, jaegers, and ducks; specialties, including Harlequin Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Black-legged Kittiwake, and scoters; migrating hawks and owls, including Merlin and Short-eared Owl; wintering ducks, including Oldsquaw, Common Goldeneye, and mergansers; winter gulls, including Glaucous and Thayer’s; and migrating passerines."