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Birding around Chicago

Chicago, IL

overcast 49 °F

Today, Kim Habel generously offered to take me to Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary for the morning!

The Magic Hedge was rather slow with only a few birds such as these BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS:
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LEAST FLYCATCHER was nice:
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As was LINCOLN’S SPARROW:
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There wasn’t much on the beach except for many CASPIAN TERNS such as these individuals, here pictured with a RING-BILLED GULL:
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Male YELLOW WARBLER:
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SWAMP SPARROW:
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This WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW gave us the cold shoulder:
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Kim and I had fun feeding a few of the very tame BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES at Montrose.
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Female EASTERN TOWHEE:
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Then I ran into my friends Isoo, Eddie, Brett, & Ben who told me the Kirtland’s Warbler from yesterday was still around. Considering that Montrose was slow and windy and the warbler would be a life bird for Kim, we drove down to Grant Park and, like yesterday, promptly found the cooperative bird! KIRTLAND’S WARBLER — awesome!
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Thanks so much to Kim for driving and birding with me! Later this afternoon, I birded a little around the house in Oak Park and found some nice things, such as a very cooperative NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH:
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VEERY:
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ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS put on a pretty show for my family and I in the back yard today:
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Bird-of-the-day once again, by far, to the Kirtland’s Warbler which salvaged an otherwise slow day despite our best efforts.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 971 Species

Posted by skwclar 15:19 Archived in USA

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Hi Henry. Yesterday I heard a very loud, perfectly clear, one pitch, rising a bit, whistle. I was unable to find the bird. My husband says he heard it about a week ago and thought it was a brown bird. We looked at thrushes, no luck. It was so loud and so clear. Any idea?

by Michelle Piette

Great pictures as always - thank you!

by Mary Stevens

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