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Birding with my Girlfriend

sunny 85 °F

You know I’ve found someone special when she tolerates birding with me — last week Maddie and I visited Skokie Lagoons and Ryerson Conservation Area in search of woodland bird species.

GREAT BLUE HERON:
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Painted Turtle, I think:
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Female WOOD DUCK:
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WARBLING VIREO:
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Male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:
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Monarch:
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NORTHERN FLICKER:
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BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER:
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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CEDAR WAXWING:
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Male RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, nice!
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After dropping Maddie at her dance class, I visited Montrose Point in hopes of finding a Piping Plover.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW:
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Alas, I dipped on the plover but this SPOTTED SANDPIPER offered some photogenic consolation:
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Bird-of-the-day to the uncommon Red-headed Woodpecker with runner-up to the photogenic Spotted Sandpiper, common but beautiful.

Stay tuned — this week I am leading two Cook County birding tours, on Sunday I leave for my annual trip to Idaho for opera camp, and then birding and hiking once the camp ends! Then, on August 22 I will go to college at the Manhattan School of Music! Exciting times!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 950 Species

Posted by skwclar 19:13 Archived in USA

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Another Oak Park mom and I get a kick out of your birding blog. We always wanted to go on one of your walks - are either of the birding tours you’re leading this week for the general public? If so, could you share the time & place?

Either way, best wishes as you head off to college!

by Anne Bowhay

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