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4th Oak Park Bird Walk of Autumn

sunny 73 °F

This morning I led five birders on the most productive bird walk of the season so far. 32 different avian species were positively identified including 7 warbler species, 4 woodpecker species, and 4 thrush species. It was probably one of the best mornings this fall both for the birds, but also weather-wise with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s.

We found the first two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS of fall in a grove of trees where they always hang out during migration. Here is one of them, a female bird:

For the THIRD bird walk in a row, the rarest species was BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER; however the pair seen today were very uncooperative and I only managed this very crappy photo of the female:

This TENNESSEE WARBLER; however, was much more cooperative:

This fall-plumaged BLACKPOLL WARBLER was also nice to see:

I have 4 more photos from this morning, as well; however, I was not able to upload them for some reason so hopefully I will post them at a later date.

Bird-of-the-day to the cooperative TENNESSEE WARBLER. Runners-up to the FOS (first-of-season) YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS. No awards to the uncooperative Black-throated Blue Warblers! The full species list is attached below.

I still have one space remaining on the Sunday, October 11 8:00am Oak Park Bird Walk. Email me at [email protected] to reserve this space. Visit this link for more details about Oak Park Bird Walks:

Good birding,

World Life List: 865 Species (no life birds recently)

32 species (+1 other taxa) today:

Canada Goose 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
Mourning Dove 2
Common Nighthawk 1
Chimney Swift 20
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Empidonax sp. 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Veery 2
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 15
American Robin 20
European Starling 4
Cedar Waxwing 2
Ovenbird 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
American Redstart 3
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Northern Cardinal 10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
House Sparrow 20

Posted by skwclar 12:10 Archived in USA

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