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Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

overcast 65 °F

Today, my Dad and I birded the Morton Arboretum in search of four target birds which have all been seen there recently: Yellow-throated & Cerulean Warblers, Summer Tanager, & Blue Grosbeak. I have seen all of these birds in the past at the Arboretum, except for the Cerulean.

As you can see, we quickly found the male YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER who appears to be on territory around Parking Lot 2. Super cool!
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Male EASTERN BLUEBIRD from alongside the road:
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Flyover GREAT EGRET:
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Then, it was off to the Big Rock parking lot where the Summer Tanager has been seen recently. I immediately found this singing YELLOW-THROATED VIREO upon arriving in the lot:
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His colors are more vibrant in this pic:
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Then, I heard a warbling, robin-like song from about one-hundred feet down the road, and sure enough, soon a beautiful, cotton-candy pink-red male SUMMER TANAGER popped into view. Super cool! We are at the northernmost extend of their breeding range here.
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Then, all the way to the other end of the color spectrum with this vibrant male INDIGO BUNTING:
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A male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD took nectar from some some flowers nearby:
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My camera even caught his gorgeous namesake gorget at one point!
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Then, we hiked down the trail where the Cerulean has been seen and found this female AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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And sure enough, at the exact spot where it has been reported, this lovely sky-blue male CERULEAN WARBLER was piping away! A rare, rare bird for summer in the Chicagoland area and a GREAT find! This has got to be one of my luckiest years in terms of seeing this species — so cool!
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Three target birds down, one to go! It was off to the Blue Grosbeak spot on the west side of the Arboretum...

We found a first-year male ORCHARD ORIOLE here:
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The wildflower show in Schulenberg Prairie was absolutely spectacular.
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We missed the Grosbeak, but three out of four target birds is pretty darn good, particularly for June! Bird-of-the-day to the Cerulean Warbler with runners-up to the Summer Tanager & Yellow-throated Warbler. GREAT birds! Thanks Dad for birding with me.

Good birding,
Henry
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Posted by skwclar 20:45 Archived in USA

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