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May Migration Madness...Finally!

all seasons in one day 63 °F

After much delay due to northerly winds, migration is finally in full swing here in Oak Park! Enjoy the photos!

Male WOOD THRUSH:
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Male, then female BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS:
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LEAST FLYCATCHER:
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Male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER:
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Male YELLOW WARBLER:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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Male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
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Male BLUE-HEADED VIREO:
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Late male RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, a big surprise!
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NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH:
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Male MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
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Male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER:
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OVENBIRD:
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SWAINSON'S THRUSH:
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Pair of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES:
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The two rarest birds of this migration so far showed up this morning! This is a male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, a species I have never seen in the spring before!
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And my FAVORITE warbler and all-time third favorite bird, the HOODED WARBLER, lacking a hood because she is a female. I have never seen this uncommon species in Oak Park before!!
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Good birding! Bring it on, spring migration!

Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 20:25 Archived in USA Comments (0)

A Slow Start to May

all seasons in one day 60 °F

Due to a very annoying weather hold of northerly winds, migrants have been rather sparse this late April/early May. Here are some photos from the birds that I have managed to see, though, on the bird walks and surveys around Oak Park:

Male WOOD DUCK roosting:
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Male WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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TURKEY VULTURE:
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BROAD-WINGED HAWK:
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ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER:
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Male YELLOW WARBLER:
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Male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER:
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Male BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
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Male NASHVILLE WARBLER:
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Flowers in Taylor Park:
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RED-TAILED HAWK soaring:
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Male HOUSE FINCH:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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Male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
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MOURNING DOVE:
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Immature COOPER'S HAWK:
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Adult COOPER'S HAWK on nest:
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CHIPPING SPARROW:
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More migrants to come! I just wish these darned northerly winds would shift!

Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 19:27 Archived in USA Comments (2)

Spring Catch-up Post

all seasons in one day

Hopefully these photos from recent my Oak Park bird Walks & bird surveys will bring joy to you to start off your week right!

To reserve spots at Oak Park Bird Walks, email me!
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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CHIPPING SPARROW:
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RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET:
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DARK-EYED JUNCO:
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SWAMP SPARROW:
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Red-tailed Hawk? Or something else?
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MOURNING DOVES:
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FIELD SPARROW:
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HERMIT THRUSH:
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SOLITARY SANDPIPER:
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Male WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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Male BROWN THRASHER:
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Male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER:
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Immature male PURPLE FINCH with apple blossoms:
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COOPER'S HAWK, then one shown at nest:
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HOUSE WREN:
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Male EASTERN TOWHEE:
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Male CHIPPING SPARROW:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES:
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Good birding!
Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 19:26 Archived in USA Comments (2)

Burnett Woods

Cincinnati, OH

rain 63 °F

Today my mom and I toured the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as part of the University of Cincinnati. We will fly back home to Chicago tonight.

We managed to go birding for a good chunk of the afternoon at a beautiful city park called Burnett Woods, where I hoped to find a Yellow-throated Warbler that had been reported there earlier today.

With cloudy, misty conditions, the birds - as expected with weather like this - were very active.

SONG SPARROW:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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CAROLINA WREN:
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Male RED-TAILED HAWK:
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CAROLINA CHICKADEE:
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And I found my target, a beautiful, singing male YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER! Success!
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Stay tuned for more spring migration fun! Plans for this summer include a tour with my choir to Italy in July and my family's annual trip to Sun Valley, Idaho in late July though August.

Good birding!

Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Species list for the day:

Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Dove Sp.
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Blackbird Sp.
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Posted by skwclar 22:35 Archived in USA Tagged red-tailed_hawk song_sparrow american_goldfinch carolina_wren carolina_chickadee yellow-throated_warbler Comments (0)

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

semi-overcast 69 °F

Today my mom and I flew into Cleveland, Ohio because over these three days (Sunday - Tuesday), I will be visiting Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatory.

Before I tell more about today, though, here are some photos from a recent productive Oak Park Bird Survey:

Male HOUSE FINCH:
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GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET:
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HERMIT THRUSH:
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FOX SPARROW:
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Leucistic (partially-albino) male AMERICAN ROBIN:
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So today was our travel day. We chose this week to tour the two colleges because I am on break from choir (Voice of Chicago) for this week.

Since we arrived in the morning and had nothing scheduled but to check into the bed and breakfast that evening (not to mention that it was BEAUTIFUL outside today), my mom and I decided to go birding in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The birding was fairly productive, but my enjoyment level was considerably reduced today due to a sore throat & head cold.

BLUE JAY:
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The mossy rock formations adjoining the loop trail which we took were stunning:
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WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH:
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By far the highlight of the day was watching a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS. The male has a red moustache while the females' is black.
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A stop at a place called Beaver Marsh afterward was pretty but mostly unproductive. Here is a female MALLARD:
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It was a good day of birding. I am not sure when I will post next because it is unclear whether I will get to do any more birding tomorrow or before I leave the next day. Anyway, May migration madness keeps getting closer and closer!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 20:14 Archived in USA Comments (1)

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