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2nd Oak Park Bird Walk of Autumn!

sunny 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:
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I originally thought this female MAGNOLIA WARBLER was a Nashville Warbler:
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SWAINSON'S THRUSH like this one were the most common migrant bird seen on the walk:
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This blurry, fast-moving, fall-plumaged BLACKPOLL WARBLER was only seen by me and a few others before it flew away:
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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).
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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 trumpetswan@comcast.net to place a reservation(s) for this walk. For more details, please visit:

sites.google.com/site/opbirdwalks/home

Good birding,

Henry
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

Posted by skwclar 19:13 Archived in USA

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Wish I could make it Dow. For one of your bird walks. Sure was good to see you and your Mom n Dad. Keep up the g old work

by charley

Wonderful, Henry! I'll be leading a birdwalk tonight for the ERC down in Hailey at the Croy Wetlands. Hope our walk is as productive as yours, we do miss you here in Idaho!
Poo Wright-Pulliam

by Poo Wright-Pulliam

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