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Montrose, Day 1

Chicago, IL

overcast 82 °F

Yesterday, May 1st, was the first day of undisputed, awe-inspiring May migration madness — my favorite time of year!

Before going to Montrose Point with Maddie in the afternoon, I birded a bit around Oak Park-

GRAY CATBIRD:
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BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER:
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Male YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER:
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Male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
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SWAINSON’S THRUSH:
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Then, Maddie and I headed to the world-renowned Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary on the lakeshore. It did NOT disappoint!

LEAST FLYCATCHER:
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Male NORTHERN FLICKER:
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OVENBIRD:
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BROWN THRASHER:
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FIELD and SAVANNAH SPARROW:
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NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH:
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VEERY:
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LINCOLN’S SPARROW:
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Incredibly, I flushed this elusive, awesome SORA from the meadow:
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CASPIAN TERN:
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GREEN HERON:
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Female WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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Incredibly tame BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE:
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Female NORTHERN CARDINAL:
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WOOD THRUSH, very nice for this early!
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A flyby EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was my best unphotographed sighting.

Then, I spotted the best bird-of-the-day, my THIRD FAVORITE bird the male HOODED WARBLER!!!
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Stay tuned — I am headed back to Montrose tomorrow morning before school!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

Posted by skwclar 13:01 Archived in USA

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