Tuesday 15 May 2018 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-
Male MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
Female NASHVILLE WARBLER:
Female CAPE MAY WARBLER:
Female BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
Male BAY-BREASTED WARBLER:
Male CANADA WARBLER, a great find for the neighborhood!
Female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD:
Male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER:
Male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, another great one!
And my BEST find in Oak Park was this striking first-year male SUMMER TWNAGER I found on the way home from school:
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:
A late YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER!
Male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT:
Female and male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER:
Very photogenic CANADA WARBLERS abounded, including one that seemed injured:
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!
Bird-of-the-day to the Kentucky Warbler with runners-up to the Summer Tanager and Canada & Bay-breasted Warblers.
World Life List: 940 Species