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By this Author: skwclar

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 Comments (1)

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!
trumpetswan@comcast.net

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)

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