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1 Month Until Migration Madness!

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Hello birding friends,

Today the month of April started on a rainy note. I; however, managed to get some birding in earlier this week as well as between rain showers today. April showers bring May flowers...and warblers, as we only have one more month until May, which is my FAVORITE month of the year for many reasons - school ending before Memorial Day this year, my birthday, and of course, ALL of the warblers and other marvelous migrants that pass through Oak Park!

Male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER from a few days ago:

Flashy RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD exposing his beautiful wing patches:



COOPER'S HAWK on its nest:



Here is the bird list from today:

18 species:

Mallard 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Killdeer 1 Heard only, called once
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
American Robin 10
European Starling 6
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 15

Good birding,

World Life List: 886 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 16:55 Archived in USA Tagged me animals birds

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Hello, Henry. I'd just like to congratulate you on your wonderful blog. I hope that you have as much fun writing, as I do reading your blog. Superb work on all of your musical achievements as well. Keep writing, playing, singing, and birding!

by John Smith

Great post! I especially like your Sapsucker photo. Here in Indy, I've already seen my first Eastern Phoebes, then Tree Swallows and Chipping Sparrows, Sapsuckers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers of the year! Last week, during a weekly Sunday morning bird walk at a local park, some birders even saw Cape May and Kentucky Warblers (in addition to Yellow-throated Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrushes). Though but a trickle, the passerine migration is starting!

by Jonathan

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