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Early spring migration!

Chicago, IL

all seasons in one day 63 °F

It’s been a nice start to migration for my senior year!

A few weeks ago, I birded the North Shore - although I didn’t find my hoped-for Long-tailed Ducks, I did see these COMMON LOONS:
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COMMON GOLDENEYE:
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Male NORTHERN SHOVELER:
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HOODED MERGANSERS:
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REDHEADS:
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Male DARK-EYED JUNCO:
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BUFFLEHEADS:
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Female HAIRY WOODPECKER:
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Male COMMON MERGANSER:
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Another day, I visited Thatcher Woods in search of migrating Rusty Blackbirds - again, a failure, but I did find these flashy WOOD DUCKS:
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MALLARDS:
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A few backyard birds-

Male DOWNY WOODPECKER:
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HOUSE FINCHES:
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Male DARK-EYED JUNCO:
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HERMIT THRUSH, first of the year!
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Yesterday, the first Oak Park Bird Walk of the season was a great success! First of all, this male NORTHERN CARDINAL posed spectacularly for us in the morning light:
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Then, we got STUNNING looks at the tiny, mouse-like, uncommon WINTER WREN which I’ve only seen twice before!
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MOURNING DOVE:
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Male BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD:
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SONG SPARROW:
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Male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD:
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Male YELLOW-BREASTED SAPSUCKER:
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I’m phenomenally excited for the rest of spring migration! Stay tuned!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 species - no recent life birds

Posted by skwclar 05:06 Archived in USA

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Great group of photos; I was thinking as I went through them that your back yard birds were looking joyous, happy, content, until the winter wren- you get in your Oak Park yard - I know the another family there that gets fantastic birds also. Your town must be in a geographical location that is very good for migrants. Maybe terrain height, topography, or maybe between the G family and your family living there, they just feel welcome !

Thanks for sharing; Steve Fluett

by steve fluett

Oak Park and the whole Chicago area are prime spots for birds. So is my place in Wisconsin, near the Mississippi River! Great photos- I especially like the winter wren- the last one I saw was in Kentucky. Best, Liz Cifani

by Liz Cifani

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