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Sharing the Joy

sunny 80 °F

Birding is best when shared, and today I shared my love for summer birding with Fernando, a 14 y.o. who is visiting a friend of the family’s from Spain. He is QUITE the birder, very impressive, and has seen nearly 400 species himself!

This female AMERICAN KESTREL was a life bird for him at our first stop, Bartel Grassland.
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Though it managed to go unphotographed, my favorite bird of the day was a NORTHERN BOBWHITE we immediately heard and briefly saw at Bobolink Picnic Area in the Bartel Grassland.

Molting male BOBOLINK:
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Male HENSLOW’S SPARROW, a life bird for F:
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Monarch:
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SWAMP SPARROW, I think:
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DICKCISSEL:
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Juvenile CEDAR WAXWING:
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SONG SPARROW:
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Female BOBOLINK:
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Oriole - female Baltimore or Orchard? Always confusing for me.
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At Orland Grassland South, F impressively spotted this far-away bird which turned out to be a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, a life bird for him!
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SEDGE WREN, another lifer for him!
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At Swallow Cliff Preserve we found this juvenile EASTERN TOWHEE, yet another lifer for F:
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BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER:
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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EASTERN PHOEBE, a life bird for him:
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ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, our best find at Swallow Cliff and another life bird for Fernando:
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OSPREY flying over Cap Sauer Holding:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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Fernando’s favorite American woodpecker, the RED-HEADED:
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We ended the day with a bang with one last life bird for Fernando, this GREEN HERON along the road:
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What a morning! Birds-of-the-day to the Northern Bobwhite and Acadian Flycatcher. Stay tuned for another birding adventure coming up saturday and then on sunday, my departure for my annual trip to Idaho.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 950 Species

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Birding with my Girlfriend

sunny 85 °F

You know I’ve found someone special when she tolerates birding with me — last week Maddie and I visited Skokie Lagoons and Ryerson Conservation Area in search of woodland bird species.

GREAT BLUE HERON:
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Painted Turtle, I think:
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Female WOOD DUCK:
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WARBLING VIREO:
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Male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:
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Monarch:
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NORTHERN FLICKER:
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BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER:
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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CEDAR WAXWING:
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Male RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, nice!
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After dropping Maddie at her dance class, I visited Montrose Point in hopes of finding a Piping Plover.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW:
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Alas, I dipped on the plover but this SPOTTED SANDPIPER offered some photogenic consolation:
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Bird-of-the-day to the uncommon Red-headed Woodpecker with runner-up to the photogenic Spotted Sandpiper, common but beautiful.

Stay tuned — this week I am leading two Cook County birding tours, on Sunday I leave for my annual trip to Idaho for opera camp, and then birding and hiking once the camp ends! Then, on August 22 I will go to college at the Manhattan School of Music! Exciting times!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 950 Species

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Italy Wrap Up!

all seasons in one day 87 °F

One week ago, my adventure in Italy ended! I had the time of my life, and learned more than I ever thought possible! My favorite trip to Italy EVER!

Here are my host “cousins”
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Beautiful view of Urbania, Italia:
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The staff and students of “Si Parla Si Canta”
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Flying over the Alps on my way home:
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A great trip! And this week, I went on a trip with my girlfriend’s family to Michigan for a few relaxing beach days. That they were! Not many birds, but fun anyway!
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Stay tuned! My next trip this summer is my annual trip to Idaho, but I’ll do some birding around Illinois before then. After that, off to college at the Manhattan School of Music!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 950 Species

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Day 22: Birding in the Italian Countryside

sunny 75 °F

Here are some birds I found along a country road here in Urbania!

WHITE WAGTAIL:
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Bird killer:
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Female COMMON BLACKBIRD:
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Male:
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Male BLACK REDSTART:
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Female:
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Young redstart of some species:
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BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE:
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EURASIAN NUTHATCH, nice!
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EURASIAN TREE SPARROW:
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GREAT TIT:
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EURASIAN TREECREEPER, very cool!
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COMMON WOOD PIGEON:
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A great day, stay tuned! Flying back to Chicago this Sunday.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 950 Species

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Days 17-21: More Birds Around Urbania

Urbania, Italia

semi-overcast 80 °F

More fantastic birds around the area recently!

LITTLE EGRET:
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Today a walk around Urbania was lucrative with regards to birding:
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COMMON REDSTART:
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It’s related species, a BLACK REDSTART!
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EURASIAN BLUE TIT:
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Eurasian Garden Gecko:
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And my bird of the day, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, my 950th life bird!
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 950 Species (1 life bird: Great Spotted Woodpecker)

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