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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)

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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)

Miller Meadow

sunny 45 °F

Two Sundays ago, my girlfriend and I visited Miller Meadow Forest Preserve in hopes of finding Wilson’s Snipes which are migrating through at this time.

Male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD:
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Though we failed to find the snipes, our bird of the day this EASTERN MEADOWLARK was nice:
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 15:18 Archived in USA Comments (1)

The Hunt for Rusty Blackbirds

Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve

sunny 43 °F

Today I started my yearly search for Rusty Blackbirds which migrate through Thatcher Woods every early spring.

Male NORTHERN CARDINAL:
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WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH:
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White-tailed Deer:
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Fox Squirrel, I think:
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COMMON GRACKLES, EUROPEAN STARLINGS, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS:
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Male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD singing:
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CANADA GEESE:
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Alas, I failed to find the Rusty Blackbirds, but it is a bit early in the season for them. I will return soon to search again!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 15:08 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Ross’s Goose!

Chicago, IL

overcast 19 °F

A lifer in the bag - today’s after school birding adventure was successfully finding my life bird Ross’s Goose on Museum Campus. It’s a beautiful bird!
Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species (1 life bird today: Ross’s Goose)

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