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Day 1: Bella Italia!

Urbania, Italy

sunny 80 °F

Yesterday, my mom and I traveled from Chicago to the small mountain town of Urbania, Italy because I will be here for a month studying opera and Italian language!

The drive from Rome was very scenic and beautiful:
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Soon, we arrived at this beautiful inn in which we are staying for a couple days — then I will move in with a host family.
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The birding on the property is quite good — this is a EURASIAN JAY:
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EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE:
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ITALIAN SPARROW:
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WHITE WAGTAIL:
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Birds aren’t the only creatures around, though! House Gecko:
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Dinner was very delicious!
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Then, before bed, we had a beautiful walk home at dusk. I even heard (but didn’t see) a TAWNY OWL calling.
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Bird-of-the-day to the wagtail with runner-up to the owl for yesterday! Stay tuned!

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

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Montrose with Kim

sunny 80 °F

On thursday, I went to Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary again with my friend Kim! It was quite good, but my camera died halfway through so not many photos.

GREEN HERON:
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Male WILSON’S WARBLER:
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And my bird-of-the-day, this male MOURNING WARBLER:
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Veery

Oak Park, IL

sunny 80 °F

Hopefully this fun sighting here in the neighborhood today will brighten your wednesday evening! Off to Montrose Point with Kim Habel tomorrow!
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species
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Oak Park Sightings

Oak Park, IL

sunny 66 °F

Some finds in my neighborhood today-

Female MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
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SWAINSON’S THRUSH:
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Another Solid Morning at Montrose...

Chicago, IL

sunny 70 °F

GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER:
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Male INDIGO BUNTING:
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Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
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Male BOBOLINK:
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Male MALLARD:
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RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, getting late:
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SEDGE WREN, nice!
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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I scoped these far-away RUDDY TURNSTONES in Lake Montrose:
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The bird highlight for me was photographing this showy YELLOW WARBLER. Runners-up for the day go to Sedge Wren and Ruddy Turnstone.
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

Posted by skwclar 20:15 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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