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More Montrose Migration Madness (Finally!)

Catching up on May sightings!

all seasons in one day

Sorry I have not posted in quite a while! Life has been crazy but I have finally found the time to write catch-up posts in the form of a six-hour flight to Ireland on my way to Italy with my choir, the Voice of Chicago. So here is the first of many posts I will churn out in order to catch up with life! :)

Ah, so I left off in mid-May, a grand time when I birded around the neighborhood as well as at the popular migration mecca of Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, taking advantage of arguably the most wonderful time of the year, for a birder.

May 14:

I led a very enjoyable walk around Columbus Park this morning which turned up quite a number of quality avian migrants.

EASTERN KINGBIRD:
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GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, a fairly uncommon bird:
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NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH:
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WARBLING VIREO:
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Male YELLOW WARBLER:
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CANADA GOOSE family:
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GREAT BLUE HERON on the prowl:
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Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
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LINCOLN'S SPARROW:
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Male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER:
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Male BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
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Male TENNESSEE WARBLER:
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Bird-of-the-day for May 14 goes to the multiple Golden-winged Warblers seen.

May 15:

This was a great morning of birding with Kim Habel and Nate Habel at the aforementioned Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary!

Male ORCHARD ORIOLE:
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Beautifully and rarely-cooperative male MOURNING WARBLER:
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Female BLACKPOLL WARBLER:
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CAPE MAY WARBLER:
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EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, a fantastic surprise and the only daytime look at this species I have ever obtained!
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VEERY:
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Female MOURNING WARBLER:
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DUNLIN:
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Female PURPLE MARTIN:
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Bird-of-the-day for May 15 goes to the surprise Eastern Whip-poor-will.

May 16:

Another day of birding at Montrose Point yielded even better success, especially since it was kicked off with an absolutely crippling view of favorite Illinois bird, the HOODED WARBLER:
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May BAY-BREASTED WARBLER:
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First-year male AMERICAN REDSTART:
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SWAINSON'S THRUSH:
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WOOD THRUSH:
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Male MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
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Male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, another stunner!
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH:
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More eye candy in the form of a male CANADA WARBLER:
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Bird-of-the-day for May 16 goes to my favorite Illinois bird, the Hooded Warbler, which allowed for magnificent looks.

May 18:

Yet another morning spent at Montrose Point with birder Kim Habel was amazingly productive!

DUNLIN:
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SEMIPALMATED PLOVER:
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ACADIAN FLYCATCHER:
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GRAY CATBIRD:
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YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER:
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Male CONNECTICUT WARBLER, rare bird and a rarely cooperative one, also!!
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Male WILSON'S WARBLER:
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An even rarer bird came in the form of a NELSON'S SPARROW that I amazingly flushed into the Magic Hedge, as seen below! This is usually an extremely elusive species that sticks to the dune grasses so it was an amazing surprise, and a life bird!
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Bird-of-the-day for May 18 goes to the Nelson's Sparrow!

Good birding,
Henry

Posted by skwclar 11:10 Archived in USA

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Thanks Henry. You have had a very good spring.

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