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Last bird walk of the season!

sunny 85 °F

Today I led the final bird walk of "spring," at Miller Meadows Forest Preserve in Maywood, Illinois. It actually turned out to be the most productive walk at Miller this spring in terms of # of species, 39 in total, and the number of birders who showed up was actually the highest of the entire season.

Photographically, I didn't have a spectacular morning; however, a birder who attended the walk obtained even better photos than I did - view his Flickr photo stream here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sid-p

And here are some of my photos. These are DICKCISSELS:


The wildflowers were also quite pretty:

Birds-of-the-day to the Dickcissel and Eastern Meadowlark. It was a very pleasant walk overall.

I am happy to announce that, through Oak Park Bird Walks this season, I have raised a record $943.00 for La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica to conserve important lowland rainforest habitat (which migrant birds from North America use in the winter) in the country and to support tropical ecology research that promotes the conservation and knowledge of tropical wildlife.

Off to Cuba on Monday! I'm so excited!

Good birding,

World Life List: 887 Species (no recent life birds)

39 species today:

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 2
Blue Jay 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 7
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 4
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Dickcissel 6
Bobolink 2
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Baltimore Oriole 5
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 10

Posted by skwclar 08:49 Archived in USA Tagged me children trees animals birds sky dickcissel eastern_meadowlark miller_meadows

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Great job, Henry! Thanks for all that you have shared with us and for raising $ for La Selva. Have a great time in Cuba. I hear it's a very special place.

by Karen Walsh

Love your posts, Henry. Thank you so much for sharing. Safe travels to Cuba!

by Katie Ogg

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