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Warbler Wonders

Chicago, IL

sunny 84 °F

Today I visited Montrose Point before school yet again, and it did NOT disappoint!

Baby KILLDEER chick:
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Beautiful sunrise:
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BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was a great find!
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As was this semi-early male BLACKPOLL WARBLER:
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Male NASHVILLE WARBLER:
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Late RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH:
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YELLOW-THROATED VIREO:
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Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
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BROWN THRASHER:
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Male CAPE MAY WARBLER:
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Female BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
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Male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER:
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Male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, another great warbler species! I ended up with seventeen different warbler species for the day, a very good total for me.
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Bird-of-the-day to the Bay-breasted Warbler with runner-up to the Golden-winged.

Happy birding!
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Montrose and Thatcher

Chicago, IL

sunny 79 °F

Yesterday, May 7, in the morning I visited Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary before school and Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve after!

Male BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
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First-year male ORCHARD ORIOLE:
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Male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER:
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Late GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET:
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LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, very cool!!
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LINCOLN’S SPARROW:
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ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER:
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Male INDIGO BUNTING:
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TENNESSEE WARBLER:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH:
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And from Thatcher Woods-

SOLITARY SANDPIPERS abounded in the flooded woodlands:
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As did WOOD DUCKS:
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Male NASHVILLE WARBLER:
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HOUSE WREN in a nesting/roosting cavity:
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White-tailed Deer:
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And a nice YELLOW-THROATED VIREO to end the day:
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Bird-of-the-day to the Louisiana Waterthrush with runner-up to the Yellow-throated Vireo.

Good birding!
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Oak Park & Montrose

Chicago, IL

semi-overcast 65 °F

Today started off on a great note with this immature ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
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YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, nice!
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Female AMERICAN KESTREL:
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VEERY:
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RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH:
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COOPER’S HAWK:
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Female BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER:
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Male ORCHARD ORIOLE:
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Male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER:
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Female WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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In the afternoon, I went to Montrose point again with Maddie!

Sandpipers — any ID?
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VESPER SPARROW:
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Male NORTHERN PARULA:
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BLUE-WINGED TEAL:
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Uncommon CLAY-COLORED SPARROW:
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OVENBIRD:
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Bird-of-the-day to the Clay-colored Sparrow with runners-up to the Orchard Oriole and Yellow-throated Vireo.
Good birding!
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Montrose, Part Four and Hopping!

Chicago, IL

sunny 81 °F

One of my FAVORITE mornings ever at Montrose Point!

Lingering COMMON LOON in the harbor on the way in:
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GREAT EGRETS:
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Male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD mobbing an immature RED-TAILED HAWK:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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Rare LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH — so much less common than the Northerns!
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LEAST SANDPIPERS:
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SAVANNAH SPARROW:
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GREEN HERON:
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DUNLIN:
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GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, uncommon!
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Late HERMIT THRUSH:
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Very cool — a roosting Brown Bat!
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Male BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
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NORTHERN FLICKER:
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NASHVILLE WARBLER:
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Male RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET:
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TENNESSEE WARBLER:
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Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH:
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Late RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS:
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SORA out in the open!
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Uncommon CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were all over the place!
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Male BLUE-WINGED WARBLER hiding:
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MARSH WREN:
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This is one of the reasons why the birds may have been so active this morning:
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RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, late for this species too!
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BLUE-WINGED TEAL in the “panne” a type of dune marsh:
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NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW:
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Male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, awesome looks at this beauty!
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WHITE-EYED VIREO, a stray in Chicago and quite rare this far north!!!
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Another more southern bird, this first-year male SUMMER TANAGER graced us with its presence:
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Bird-of-the-day to the Summer Tanager and White-eyed Vireo, with runners-up to the Louisiana Waterthrush, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Golden-winged Warbler!

Good birding! Stay tuned for more migration fun!
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Montrose Magic, Part 3!

Chicago, IL

75 °F

ANOTHER great pre-school morning at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary!

Sandpipers, too lazy to identify at this late posting hour:
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SWAMP SPARROW:
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Shorebirds including BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and SANDERLING:
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NELSON’S SPARROW, awesome bird!
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BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER male:
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Flyby RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS:
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Male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
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CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, another fun sparrow species!
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BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER male:
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Male ORCHARD ORIOLE:
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Perhaps my favorite bird of the day was this YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT male, a beautiful species I have only ever previously identified by sound!
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Back at home, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were in abundance:
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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SWAINSON’S THRUSH:
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NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH:
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Bird-of-the-day to the Yellow-breasted Chat with runners-up to the Nelson’s Sparrow and Baird’s Sandpiper. Stay tuned, I will be birding Montrose AGAIN tomorrow morning!

Happy May birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 species

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