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Mouth-Watering Views of Rarities!

sunny 49 °F

Taking advantage of my school's late-arrival Wednesday today at 9:45am, my dad and I went birding at the amazing Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary near the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago from 6:40am-9:00am.

Although it was very chilly (40's) and windy, there were some great birds that allowed for awesome, close-up views.

NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were surprisingly common in the undergrowth:

I found six species of thrush today, including this WOOD THRUSH:

And this late HERMIT THRUSH; they should all be at more northerly locations by now.

The first bird to give "mouth-watering" looks was this uncommon male BLUE-WINGED WARBLER which soon attracted an entire crowd of bird photographers:

Then, I headed to the beach where I spied some DUNLIN, a species that was a life bird for me last Sunday:

Another birder showed me this tiny, state-endangered COMMON TERN within a flock of larger CASPIAN TERNS and RING-BILLED GULLS:

The next great view I got was of my life bird SANDERLING which came foraging at Lake Michigan's edge only six feet away from me:

Back in the Magic Hedge, I found this male ORCHARD ORIOLE:

Next, I had absolutely sublime looks at a threatened male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER in a flowering shrub less than FIVE FEET AWAY!

Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE, much more common than the aforementioned Orchard Oriole:

Just as I was about to leave, my absolute FAVORITE bird - a male HOODED WARBLER, started foraging out in the open, allowing for the best looks I have ever had of my favorite avian species! What a stunning bird, and a great way to end an awesome birding session!

Bird-of-the-day to the male HOODED WARBLER for obvious reasons; being my favorite bird! Runner-up to my life bird SANDERLING, and honorable mention to the BLUE-WINGED and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, which both also gave spectacular views. The full avian species list for the morning is found below.

Good birding,

World Life List: 754 Species (1 life bird today: Sanderling)

59 species

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Killdeer 1
Sanderling 2
Dunlin 5
Ring-billed Gull 40
Herring Gull 2
Caspian Tern 25
Common Tern 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Purple Martin 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Veery 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 3
Hermit Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 7
Brown Thrasher 3
European Starling 10
Ovenbird 3
Northern Waterthrush 3
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Golden-winged Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 15
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 10
Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 2
Wilson's Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow 15
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 6
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 10

Posted by skwclar 13:31 Archived in USA

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Truly beautiful pictures, again I was never aware of all the lovely birds out there. I'm continuing to learn from you, Henry.

by Gracie

Fantastic pictures, especially the one of the Golden Winged Warbler! Congratulations on your first Sanderling. Cool that you saw your favorite bird. You actually saw mine as well, the Blue Winged Warbler. Nice job!

by isoo

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