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Winter Catch-up Post & a Life Bird!

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So...at last another busy semester has ended! It has been rewarding, though, with so many great musical opportunities through my choir, the Voice of Chicago. I did; though, manage to see a few birds in these first few weeks of winter.

Female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:
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On one of my bird surveys I captured this nice photo of a CEDAR WAXWING:
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December 8 turned out to be the big Sandhill Crane migration day for the fall, as thousands of these guys streamed overhead. It was quite impressive!
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Today (Monday, December 26), my family and I took advantage of the warm temps and went to the Morton Arboretum to get outside. I had three target birds: Pileated Woodpecker, Barred Owl, and a Harris' Sparrow - which had recently been seen near the Visitor Center.

Although I failed to find all three of those species (bummer!), I did gain one LONG OVERDUE life bird - an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (note slightly larger size & darker overall than surrounding Mallards)! Thanks to birder Pete M for birding with me (he was after the Harris' Sparrow, as well) and giving this ID:
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So Bird-of-the-day definitely goes to the American Black Duck.

Stay tuned, because on Saturday, my family and I will fly down to the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos for a week in the Caribbean! I am looking forward to the warmer temps and hopefully more life birds!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 927 Species (1 life bird today: American Black Duck)

Posted by skwclar 12:39 Archived in USA Tagged cedar_waxwing red_bellied_woodpecker sandhill_crane american_black_duck

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Pretty neat thanks for sharing & happy holidays!

by Mary Stevens

Happy New Year! Our owls are hooting deep in the woods- a nice sound! Liz

by Liz Cifani

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