Monday 7 March 2016 58 °F
A short bike ride around my neighborhood on this beautifully warm day (58 degrees) yielded 11 species of birds, the best of which were at least 2 KILLDEER migrating overhead and calling vociferously, which marks only the second time I have ever recorded this shorebird flying over Oak Park (a suburb with a nearly complete lack of suitable shorebird habitat). Unfortunately, they flew over too quickly for photos; however, I did manage to photograph a few other birds.
I spotted this WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH investigating a possible nesting cavity:
It soon flew down for closer looks:
A pair of HOUSE FINCHES was nice, with the male on the right sporting a brilliant red plumage:
Birds-of-the-day to the photographed White-breasted Nuthatch and House Finches. Runner-up to the uncommon (for Oak Park) but unphotographed Killdeer. The full list is attached below.
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Stay tuned...tomorrow after school I will chase a rare Red-throated Loon (a prospective life bird) that was found today in Monroe Harbor, kind of near Buckingham Fountain in downtown Chicago.
World Life List: 887 Species (no recent life birds)
11 species today:
Killdeer 2 Migrating overhead, calling. Conservative count.
Ring-billed Gull 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 3
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 1
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 2