Catching up on May sightings!
Sunday 9 July 2017
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.
I led a very enjoyable walk around Columbus Park this morning which turned up quite a number of quality avian migrants.
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, a fairly uncommon bird:
Male YELLOW WARBLER:
CANADA GOOSE family:
GREAT BLUE HERON on the prowl:
Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
Male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER:
Male BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
Male TENNESSEE WARBLER:
Bird-of-the-day for May 14 goes to the multiple Golden-winged Warblers seen.
This was a great morning of birding with Kim Habel and Nate Habel at the aforementioned Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary!
Male ORCHARD ORIOLE:
Beautifully and rarely-cooperative male MOURNING WARBLER:
Female BLACKPOLL WARBLER:
CAPE MAY WARBLER:
EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, a fantastic surprise and the only daytime look at this species I have ever obtained!
Female MOURNING WARBLER:
Female PURPLE MARTIN:
Bird-of-the-day for May 15 goes to the surprise Eastern Whip-poor-will.
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:
May BAY-BREASTED WARBLER:
First-year male AMERICAN REDSTART:
Male MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
Male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, another stunner!
More eye candy in the form of a male CANADA WARBLER:
Bird-of-the-day for May 16 goes to my favorite Illinois bird, the Hooded Warbler, which allowed for magnificent looks.
Yet another morning spent at Montrose Point with birder Kim Habel was amazingly productive!
Male CONNECTICUT WARBLER, rare bird and a rarely cooperative one, also!!
Male WILSON'S WARBLER:
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!
Bird-of-the-day for May 18 goes to the Nelson's Sparrow!