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A Week of Early Spring Migrants

semi-overcast 54 °F

A bit of intermittent birding this week in mid April yielded some classic early spring migrants, the best unpictured bird being a FIELD SPARROW, the first record of that species for my yard.

As previously mentioned, the highlight of my week was having an article about Oak Park Bird Walks on the front page of the Chicago Tribune, which can be found here:
http://eedition.chicagotribune.com/Olive/ODE/ChicagoTribune2/LandingPage/LandingPage.aspx?href=Q1RDLzIwMTUvMDQvMjU.&pageno=MQ..&entity=QXIwMDEwMg..&view=ZW50aXR5

Here are some bird photos from the few times I managed to get out this week:

HERMIT THRUSH:
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RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET:
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HERMIT THRUSH:
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HAIRY WOODPECKER, uncommon for my backyard:
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Male NORTHERN CARDINAL:
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Male CHIPPING SPARROW, a nice relief from the many ubiquitous, nonnative House Sparrows:
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Male YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, "Myrtle" subspecies because of the white throat:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH sitting at our thistle feeder:
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A nice view of one in a tree:
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BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE:
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I have many FREE Oak Park Bird Walks scheduled for May, prime warbler season, and you are all invited! Walks with availability are:

Sunday, May 17 @ 8:00am
Wednesday, May 20 @ 7:00am
Sunday, May 31 @ 8:00am
Sunday, June 14 @ 8:00am Kids Bird Walk

Email me at trumpetswan@comcast.net to reserve a space(s) on these walks!

For further information, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/opbirdwalks/home

I hope to see you there!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 751 Species (no life birds recently)

Posted by skwclar 19:49 Archived in USA

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