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GREAT MAY BIRDING!!!

Chicago, IL

semi-overcast 66 °F

Today I had QUITE the day of birding!! This is turning out to be a stunning migration as the birds are coming through in abundance. Throughout the day, I birded throughout Oak Park-

SWAINSON’S THRUSH:
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Male MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
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Female NASHVILLE WARBLER:
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Female CAPE MAY WARBLER:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH:
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YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER:
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WILSON’S WARBLER:
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Female BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
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Male BAY-BREASTED WARBLER:
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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TENNESSEE WARBLER:
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Male CANADA WARBLER, a great find for the neighborhood!
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OVENBIRD:
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Female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD:
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Male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER:
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Male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, another great one!
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And my BEST find in Oak Park was this striking first-year male SUMMER TWNAGER I found on the way home from school:
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Then, before choir I visited Millennium Park in hopes of finding a Kentucky Warbler, a species I have only ever seen once before! Upon arrival, this flashy male AMERICAN REDSTART greeted me:
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A late YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER!
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BLUE-HEADED VIREO:
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Male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT:
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Female and male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER:
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WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW:
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Very photogenic CANADA WARBLERS abounded, including one that seemed injured:
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AND I FOUND IT! This female KENTUCKY WARBLER was so trusting it came within i n c h e s of me and took my breath away with such amazing views of a very uncommon species!
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Bird-of-the-day to the Kentucky Warbler with runners-up to the Summer Tanager and Canada & Bay-breasted Warblers.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

Posted by skwclar 18:10 Archived in USA

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