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Last Oak Park Bird Walk!!

Oak Park, IL

sunny 72 °F

Another amazing day of spring migration here in Illinois, kicked off by my last Oak Park Bird Walk of high school!

BROAD-WINGED HAWKS:
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Male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS:
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WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW:
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BLUE-HEADED VIREO:
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BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, a fantastic species for OP!!!
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NORTHERN PARULA:
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Male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER:
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LINCOLN’S SPARROW:
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BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
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Male CAPE MAY WARBLER:
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Overall, a whopping 54 species were seen on the bird walk, the greatest total of any bird walk within Oak Park!

Later today, this male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was a great surprise shortly before I got on the train to go downtown!
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Bird-of-the-day to the Blackburnian Warbler.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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GREAT MAY BIRDING!!!

Chicago, IL

semi-overcast 66 °F

Today I had QUITE the day of birding!! This is turning out to be a stunning migration as the birds are coming through in abundance. Throughout the day, I birded throughout Oak Park-

SWAINSON’S THRUSH:
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Male MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
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Female NASHVILLE WARBLER:
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Female CAPE MAY WARBLER:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH:
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YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER:
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WILSON’S WARBLER:
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Female BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
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Male BAY-BREASTED WARBLER:
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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TENNESSEE WARBLER:
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Male CANADA WARBLER, a great find for the neighborhood!
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OVENBIRD:
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Female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD:
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Male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER:
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Male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, another great one!
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And my BEST find in Oak Park was this striking first-year male SUMMER TWNAGER I found on the way home from school:
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Then, before choir I visited Millennium Park in hopes of finding a Kentucky Warbler, a species I have only ever seen once before! Upon arrival, this flashy male AMERICAN REDSTART greeted me:
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A late YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER!
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BLUE-HEADED VIREO:
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Male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT:
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Female and male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER:
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WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW:
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Very photogenic CANADA WARBLERS abounded, including one that seemed injured:
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AND I FOUND IT! This female KENTUCKY WARBLER was so trusting it came within i n c h e s of me and took my breath away with such amazing views of a very uncommon species!
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Bird-of-the-day to the Kentucky Warbler with runners-up to the Summer Tanager and Canada & Bay-breasted Warblers.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Columbus Park Bird Walk!

Chicago, IL

rain 80 °F

Yesterday, May 13, I led a bird walk at Columbus Park. It was a giant success!

We started off with this beautiful male SCARLET TANAGER:
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SOLITARY SANDPIPERS:
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Juvenile RED-SHOULDERED HAWK:
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WOOD DUCKS:
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EASTERN PHOEBE:
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GREAT BLUE HERON:
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Male AMERICAN REDSTART:
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CASPIAN TERN:
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First-year male BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
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SONG SPARROW:
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This obliging BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON perched for gorgeous views:
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An uncommon, shy MOURNING WARBLER, my first of the year, was probably the highlight of the walk!

Bird-of-the-day to the Mourning Warbler with runners-up to the Scarlet Tanager, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Black-crowned Night-Heron.

Happy birding!
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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COOK COUNTY BIG DAY

Cook, IL

all seasons in one day 59 °F

Yesterday, May 12 was arguably my favorite day of birding EVER! My friends Isoo, Eddie, and me drove around Cook County for nearly twenty-four hours in hopes of seeing the greatest number of birds possible in the county, and it was AWESOME! A big thanks to Eddie’s mom and dad for driving part of the day and providing the car.

We started by waking up at Eddie’s house at 11:25pm on Friday after only about an hour of sleep. Our first stop was Miller Meadow Forest Preserve where we started birding at midnight! We searched for the Eastern Screech-Owl for about twenty minutes, playing its call on the edge of the oak woodland there. Not a sound. We did pick up the migration calls of SWAINSON’S THRUSH migration calls and the “peent” of an AMERICAN WOODCOCK which was a great surprise! Then, a SCREECH OWL swooped into view, mission accomplished!

The next stop was Buttonbush Slough where we picked up a few nocturnal birds including SORA and VIRGINIA RAIL. We dipped on Barred Owls nearby in the Palos Preserves, and then after getting lost during an accidental foray into Will County, Plum Creek Forest Preserve in the south suburbs was also quiet.

At nearly five am, only about fifteen species as our total count so far was looking kind of bleak.

The next stop was Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, which although was slow and windy at first, soon burst open with birds including this male SCARLET TANAGER:
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WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH:
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Next, we visited North and South Ponds in Lincoln Park.

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK:
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Male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER:
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We then picked up SNOW GOOSE at Northerly Island near the Museum Campus:
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After that, Jackson Park on the south side for migrants at Wooded Island Bird Sanctuary. It was extremely birdy! Female EASTERN TOWHEE:
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NORTHERN FLICKER:
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Male CANADA WARBLER:
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CANADA GEESE family:
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WARBLING VIREO:
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EASTERN PHOEBE:
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GREAT EGRET:
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After picking up FIELD & GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS as well as MONK PARAKEETS on the far south side, we had our first RED-TAILED HAWK of the day:
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LEAST FLYCATCHER:
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Plum Creek Forest Preserve was great during the day!

NASHVILLE WARBLER:
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BLUE-HEADED VIREO:
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RED-EYED VIREO:
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CASPIAN TERN:
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CLIFF SWALLOW in Palos at one of the sloughs:
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES:
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TRUMPETER SWANS, a huge surprise at Bergman Slough in the Palos area!
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Cap Sauer Holding nearby was also fantastic, so much activity there. EASTERN TOWHEE:
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YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, a great bird there!
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PINE SISKINS at Swallow Cliff Preserve:
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RED-HEADED WOODPECKER:
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CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER:
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EASTERN MEADOWLARK:
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BOBOLINK at Bartel Grassland:
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Female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
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LESSER YELLOWLEGS:
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BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
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EASTERN BLUEBIRD:
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CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, bird #140 for the day, OUR GOAL FOR THE DAY!!
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Then, Eddie Kasper pointed out bird #141, a rare COMMON MERGANSER on Maple Lake! What a surprise!
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What an AWESOME day of birding - twenty two hours in total!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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More May Migrants

Oak Park, IL

rain 56 °F

FIRST OF ALL, tomorrow may just be my most exciting day of birding ever — though the weather looks rather lousy, me and two other young birders Isoo and Eddie will be birding around Cook County on a 24-hour planned big day in hopes of finding the most species possible in the county in one day!! Stay tuned!!

Some nice birds around Oak Park the past couple of days:

Male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, uncommon:
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Notice how this look alike SWAINSON’S THRUSH has a more defined eye ring:
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Female WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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Female SCARLET TANAGER:
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TENNESSEE WARBLER, a species passing through Oak Park in huge numbers right now:
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Getting-late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER:
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This PEREGRINE FALCON was an awesome sighting, only the second one I’ve ever seen from my yard. Fastest bird on earth!
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Bird-of-the-day to the Peregrine Falcon with runner-up to the Scarlet Tanager. Stay tuned!!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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