Saturday 5 May 2018 81 °F
One of my FAVORITE mornings ever at Montrose Point!
Lingering COMMON LOON in the harbor on the way in:
Male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD mobbing an immature RED-TAILED HAWK:
Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
Rare LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH — so much less common than the Northerns!
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, uncommon!
Late HERMIT THRUSH:
Very cool — a roosting Brown Bat!
Male BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
Male RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET:
Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
Late RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS:
SORA out in the open!
Uncommon CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were all over the place!
Male BLUE-WINGED WARBLER hiding:
This is one of the reasons why the birds may have been so active this morning:
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, late for this species too!
BLUE-WINGED TEAL in the “panne” a type of dune marsh:
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW:
Male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, awesome looks at this beauty!
WHITE-EYED VIREO, a stray in Chicago and quite rare this far north!!!
Another more southern bird, this first-year male SUMMER TANAGER graced us with its presence:
Bird-of-the-day to the Summer Tanager and White-eyed Vireo, with runners-up to the Louisiana Waterthrush, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Golden-winged Warbler!
Good birding! Stay tuned for more migration fun!
World Life List: 940 Species