A Travellerspoint blog

April 2018

Latest Spring Ever!

Oak Park, IL

sunny 70 °F

Today, April 30, when I should be seeing about a half of a dozen warblers pouring through like most other years, I have only seen Yellow-rumps! Additionally, none of the trees are leaved out — it is absolutely agonizing waiting the latecomer migrants delayed by this decidedly late spring.

Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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BROWN CREEPER:
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COOPER’S HAWK, part of the “Accipiter” genus that hunts birds:
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BROAD-WINGED HAWK — notice as a “Buteo” hawk this specimen is much less slender than the above Cooper’s:
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SANVANNAH SPARROW:
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SOLITARY SANDPIPER at the Taylor Park Wetland:
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HERMIT THRUSH across the alley:
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Bird-of-the-day to the Solitary Sandpiper with runner-up to the Broad-winged Hawk.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species (no life birds recently)

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Oak Park Bird Walk

sunny 59 °F

Some nice shots today, albeit of fairly common birds!

Male MALLARD:
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NORTHERN FLICKER:
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Male CHIPPING SPARROW:
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Male DARK-EYED JUNCO, maybe among the last of the year?
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet today...

Nice treat on a school day!

overcast 59 °F

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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species (no recent life birds)

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April in Chicago

all seasons in one day 50 °F

The fun of migration continues, despite a light spring:

I found this GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET in west oak park:
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HERMIT THRUSH:
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YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER:
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Male AMERICAN KESTREL on top of the high school:
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SWAMP SPARROW found in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago:
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The Oak Park Bird Walk this morning was a big success! CHIPPING SPARROW:
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COOPER’S HAWK:
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If you look closely, you’ll spot an EASTEN TOWHEE:
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HERMIT THRUSH:
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Male YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER:
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Flyover RING-BILLED GULL:
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BROWN CREEPER:
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Male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER:
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Male NORTHERN CARDINAL:
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This male RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was wonderfully obliging and allowed for awesome looks!
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Can’t wait for the rest of spring migration!!

Good birding,
Henry
World Bird List: 940 Species (no recent life birds)

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Spring Migration Continues!

Oak Park, IL

all seasons in one day 49 °F

Gearing up for the big month of May!!

EASTERN PHOEBE i spotted on top of the Cultural Center:
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First of the year CHIPPING SPARROW:
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Beautiful DARK-EYED JUNCO:
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Interesting coloring on this Junco:
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HERMIT THRUSH:
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Good birding! I’m so excited for May!
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species (no life birds recently)

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