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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)

Posted by skwclar 17:12 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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)

Posted by skwclar 17:19 Archived in USA Comments (1)

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)

Posted by skwclar 13:55 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Oak Park birding

overcast 72 °F

Today, evidence of spring migration continued here at home!

First of year RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET:
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GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET:
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DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS:
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Three YELLOW-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS:
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DARK-EYED JUNCO. Subspecies?
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Female AMERICAN KESTREL:
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cute Eastern Cottontail:
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This HERMIT THRUSH, my bird of the day, gave beautiful views!
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 14:55 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Early spring migration!

Chicago, IL

all seasons in one day 63 °F

It’s been a nice start to migration for my senior year!

A few weeks ago, I birded the North Shore - although I didn’t find my hoped-for Long-tailed Ducks, I did see these COMMON LOONS:
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COMMON GOLDENEYE:
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Male NORTHERN SHOVELER:
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HOODED MERGANSERS:
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REDHEADS:
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Male DARK-EYED JUNCO:
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BUFFLEHEADS:
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Female HAIRY WOODPECKER:
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Male COMMON MERGANSER:
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Another day, I visited Thatcher Woods in search of migrating Rusty Blackbirds - again, a failure, but I did find these flashy WOOD DUCKS:
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MALLARDS:
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A few backyard birds-

Male DOWNY WOODPECKER:
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HOUSE FINCHES:
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Male DARK-EYED JUNCO:
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HERMIT THRUSH, first of the year!
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Yesterday, the first Oak Park Bird Walk of the season was a great success! First of all, this male NORTHERN CARDINAL posed spectacularly for us in the morning light:
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Then, we got STUNNING looks at the tiny, mouse-like, uncommon WINTER WREN which I’ve only seen twice before!
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MOURNING DOVE:
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Male BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD:
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SONG SPARROW:
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Male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD:
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Male YELLOW-BREASTED SAPSUCKER:
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I’m phenomenally excited for the rest of spring migration! Stay tuned!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 species - no recent life birds

Posted by skwclar 05:06 Archived in USA Comments (2)

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