Sunday 13 September 2015 65 °F
A very lively group of nine birders joined me on this beautiful Sunday for the second Oak Park Bird Walk of this autumn.
A locally impressive total of three woodpeckers were seen during the walk, including the eastern "Yellow-shafted" subspecies of the NORTHERN FLICKER:
I originally thought this female MAGNOLIA WARBLER was a Nashville Warbler:
SWAINSON'S THRUSH like this one were the most common migrant bird seen on the walk:
This blurry, fast-moving, fall-plumaged BLACKPOLL WARBLER was only seen by me and a few others before it flew away:
Thankfully; however, the BEST bird of the walk was also one of the most cooperative because everyone in the group got to see this stunning male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER! This is a VERY uncommon find for Oak Park and I have only seen it here twice before. In fact, I believe it is the fourth rarest bird I have ever seen in Oak Park (behind White-winged Crossbill, Connecticut, and Yellow-throated Warblers).
Well, the bird-of-the-day for today's Oak Park Bird Walk is obvious: the Black-throated Blue Warbler! The full bird species list for the walk is attached below.
One Oak Park Bird Walk still has three openings remaining - Sunday, October 11 at 8:00am. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to place a reservation(s) for this walk. For more details, please visit:
sites.google.com/site/opbirdwalks/home (Oak Park Bird Walks)
ilmigration.blogspot.com (Arrivals and Influxes, daily Illinois bird migration forecast blog)
World Life List: 865 Species (no life birds recently)
18 species (+1 other taxa)
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Swainson's Thrush 10 One hit neighbor's window, stunned, but later flew away.
American Robin 4
European Starling 2
Magnolia Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 1
Northern Cardinal 6
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 10