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Spring Catch-up Post

all seasons in one day

Hopefully these photos from recent my Oak Park bird Walks & bird surveys will bring joy to you to start off your week right!

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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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CHIPPING SPARROW:
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RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET:
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DARK-EYED JUNCO:
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SWAMP SPARROW:
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Red-tailed Hawk? Or something else?
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MOURNING DOVES:
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FIELD SPARROW:
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HERMIT THRUSH:
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SOLITARY SANDPIPER:
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Male WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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Male BROWN THRASHER:
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Male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER:
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Immature male PURPLE FINCH with apple blossoms:
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COOPER'S HAWK, then one shown at nest:
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HOUSE WREN:
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Male EASTERN TOWHEE:
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Male CHIPPING SPARROW:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES:
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Good birding!
Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 19:26 Archived in USA Comments (2)

Burnett Woods

Cincinnati, OH

rain 63 °F

Today my mom and I toured the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as part of the University of Cincinnati. We will fly back home to Chicago tonight.

We managed to go birding for a good chunk of the afternoon at a beautiful city park called Burnett Woods, where I hoped to find a Yellow-throated Warbler that had been reported there earlier today.

With cloudy, misty conditions, the birds - as expected with weather like this - were very active.

SONG SPARROW:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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CAROLINA WREN:
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Male RED-TAILED HAWK:
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CAROLINA CHICKADEE:
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And I found my target, a beautiful, singing male YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER! Success!
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Stay tuned for more spring migration fun! Plans for this summer include a tour with my choir to Italy in July and my family's annual trip to Sun Valley, Idaho in late July though August.

Good birding!

Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Species list for the day:

Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Dove Sp.
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Blackbird Sp.
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Posted by skwclar 22:35 Archived in USA Tagged red-tailed_hawk song_sparrow american_goldfinch carolina_wren carolina_chickadee yellow-throated_warbler Comments (0)

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

semi-overcast 69 °F

Today my mom and I flew into Cleveland, Ohio because over these three days (Sunday - Tuesday), I will be visiting Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatory.

Before I tell more about today, though, here are some photos from a recent productive Oak Park Bird Survey:

Male HOUSE FINCH:
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GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET:
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HERMIT THRUSH:
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FOX SPARROW:
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Leucistic (partially-albino) male AMERICAN ROBIN:
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So today was our travel day. We chose this week to tour the two colleges because I am on break from choir (Voice of Chicago) for this week.

Since we arrived in the morning and had nothing scheduled but to check into the bed and breakfast that evening (not to mention that it was BEAUTIFUL outside today), my mom and I decided to go birding in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The birding was fairly productive, but my enjoyment level was considerably reduced today due to a sore throat & head cold.

BLUE JAY:
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The mossy rock formations adjoining the loop trail which we took were stunning:
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WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH:
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By far the highlight of the day was watching a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS. The male has a red moustache while the females' is black.
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A stop at a place called Beaver Marsh afterward was pretty but mostly unproductive. Here is a female MALLARD:
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It was a good day of birding. I am not sure when I will post next because it is unclear whether I will get to do any more birding tomorrow or before I leave the next day. Anyway, May migration madness keeps getting closer and closer!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 20:14 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Day 5 & East Coast Wrap-Up

rain 40 °F

Tonight my mom and I are flying home from New York City. Is is a very cold, windy, and rainy day here so we are basically hopping from cafe to cafe, meeting friends and grabbing bites to eat. So a perfect day for a recap post of this trip!

We accomplished everything we set out to do - which was to tour Curtis, Juilliard, & Manhattan School of Music here on the east coast. It was neat to compare them and I definitely have solid opinions about all three.

Yesterday, as well as having two fantastic voice lessons with highly-acclaimed voice teachers Maitland Peters and Marlena Malas, my mom and I also toured the Manhattan School of Music.
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After seeing a Janacek opera called "Vixen Sharp Ears" there in the evening, it was the end of a nice full day.

So not exactly my favorite way to spend spring break as overall it was rather hectic and stressful for me, but I definitely now have solid impressions of these three colleges. And the birding in Central Park was great!

Stay tuned - I have many exciting musical performances as well as birding opportunities lined up for this spring! I absolutely cannot wait for "May Migrant Madness" - it is my favorite time of the year!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 11:02 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Day 4: From Juilliard to Central Park Birding

semi-overcast 59 °F

Since yesterday was mainly just a rainy travel day, I do not have anything to post from it. Today, though, my mom and I took a tour of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, I went birding in Central Park, and later we saw a vocal performance at Juilliard.

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At Central Park, I quickly came upon this seeming face-off between a nonnative Red-eyed Slider turtle and a male Mallard:
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Male BUFFLEHEAD, my absolute favorite type of duck!
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I definitely know what this ferocious reptile lurking in the water is, but does anyone else?
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Pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS:
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NORTHERN FLICKER:
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Although not containing the great diversity of warblers and migrants for which it is known in May, "The Ramble" was alive with birds such as many WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, including this one:
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FOX SPARROW:
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Beautiful TUFTED TITMOUSE preening:
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EASTERN PHOEBE which then performed a nose-dive as part of one if its many extravagant fly-catching maneuvers:
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WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH:
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BROWN CREEPER:
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The "best" bird of the day was probably this roosting BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON I found, as one birder alerted me they hadn't been seen in Central Park yet this year!
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After an interesting chamber concert of contemporary classical vocal music at Juilliard, we walked back to our hotel via the Lincoln Center:
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And our hotel is literally a few feet away from Soup Nazi! (From Seinfeld)
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Bird-of-the-day goes to my favorite BUFFLEHEAD with runner-up to the BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON! It was a fantastic day, and tomorrow I am excited for one sample voice lesson each with a teacher from Juilliard and a teacher from Manhattan School of Music!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 18:35 Archived in USA Comments (2)

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