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Jackson Park

Chicago, IL

semi-overcast 79 °F

Today while my sister was at an event, I birded the Wooded Island of Jackson Park in search of migrants. Despite it getting late in the season, I was most certainly not disappointed! The flycatchers, in particular, put on quite a show.

CASPIAN TERN:
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Female BLACKPOLL WARBLER:
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EASTERN KINGBIRD, my first flycatcher species of the day:
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One of my favorite birds today was this OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER which allowed for great photo ops multiple times. A very cool species to see here out east in migration (I see them every year on their breeding grounds out west in Idaho).
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Male BALTIMORE ORIOLES:
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WILSON’S WARBLERS proved abundant in the park today, which was so nice to see:
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Male INDIGO BUNTING:
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CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS:
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My favorite warbler species of the day was this female MOURNING WARBLER, a bird which can be reasonably common at the right place and time, but is very challenging to observe due to their affinity for skulking in bushes:
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Male YELLOW WARBLER, a common breeder in the park:
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Traill’s Flycatchers, birds that are either ALDER or WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, but can basically only be identified by song. I heard both of these species in the park today but was unable to track the songs to any of the individual birds:
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LEAST FLYCATCHERS:
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES:
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GREAT BLUE HERON with MALLARDS in the background:
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Detail of the heron’s face:
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Male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT:
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Another uncommon flycatcher, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, was a great treat to see!
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SWAINSON’S THRUSH:
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GRAY CATBIRD:
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Male WOOD DUCK:
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MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
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‘Twas a great afternoon of birding — so fun! Bird-of-the-day to the Olive-sided Flycatcher with runners-up to the Mourning Warbler & Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Stay tuned and good birding!

Henry
World Life List: 971 Species

Posted by skwclar 17:45 Archived in USA

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