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-
Male YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER:
Male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
Then, Maddie and I headed to the world-renowned Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary on the lakeshore. It did NOT disappoint!
Male NORTHERN FLICKER:
FIELD and SAVANNAH SPARROW:
Incredibly, I flushed this elusive, awesome SORA from the meadow:
Female WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
Incredibly tame BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE:
Female NORTHERN CARDINAL:
WOOD THRUSH, very nice for this early!
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!!!
Stay tuned — I am headed back to Montrose tomorrow morning before school!
World Life List: 940 Species