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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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More May Madness

Oak Park, IL

overcast 74 °F

PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE next year I will be birding in Central Park because I will be attending the MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC!

Some nice sightings today in the neighborhood!

Male WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, uncommon!
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Very obliging GRAY CATBIRD:
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WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW:
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VERY cooperative OVENBIRD:
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BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER:
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VEERY:
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YELLOW WARBLER:
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COOPER’S HAWK:
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SWAINSON’S THRUSH:
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TURKEY VULTURE:
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The highlight of the day was the abundance of beautiful ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS!
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GOOD BIRDING!! Off to Montrose Point again tomorrow morning!
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Montrose, Day 2

Chicago, IL

semi-overcast 84 °F

Day two with Mom and the migration madness continues!

NASHVILLE WARBLER:
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WOOD THRUSH:
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Male YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER:
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LEAST FLYCATCHER:
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BLUE-WINGED TEAL:
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BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH:
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EASTERN TOWHEE:
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Again, the highlight was a stunning male HOODED WARBLER!
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After school, this BROAD-WINGED HAWK in Oak Park was nice:
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As was this LINCOLN’S SPARROW:
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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Montrose, Day 1

Chicago, IL

overcast 82 °F

Yesterday, May 1st, was the first day of undisputed, awe-inspiring May migration madness — my favorite time of year!

Before going to Montrose Point with Maddie in the afternoon, I birded a bit around Oak Park-

GRAY CATBIRD:
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BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER:
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Male YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER:
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Male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
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SWAINSON’S THRUSH:
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Then, Maddie and I headed to the world-renowned Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary on the lakeshore. It did NOT disappoint!

LEAST FLYCATCHER:
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Male NORTHERN FLICKER:
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OVENBIRD:
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BROWN THRASHER:
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FIELD and SAVANNAH SPARROW:
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NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH:
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VEERY:
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LINCOLN’S SPARROW:
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Incredibly, I flushed this elusive, awesome SORA from the meadow:
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CASPIAN TERN:
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GREEN HERON:
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Female WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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Incredibly tame BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE:
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Female NORTHERN CARDINAL:
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WOOD THRUSH, very nice for this early!
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A flyby EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was my best unphotographed sighting.

Then, I spotted the best bird-of-the-day, my THIRD FAVORITE bird the male HOODED WARBLER!!!
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Stay tuned — I am headed back to Montrose tomorrow morning before school!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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