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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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Latest Spring Ever!

Oak Park, IL

sunny 70 °F

Today, April 30, when I should be seeing about a half of a dozen warblers pouring through like most other years, I have only seen Yellow-rumps! Additionally, none of the trees are leaved out — it is absolutely agonizing waiting the latecomer migrants delayed by this decidedly late spring.

Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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BROWN CREEPER:
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COOPER’S HAWK, part of the “Accipiter” genus that hunts birds:
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BROAD-WINGED HAWK — notice as a “Buteo” hawk this specimen is much less slender than the above Cooper’s:
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SANVANNAH SPARROW:
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SOLITARY SANDPIPER at the Taylor Park Wetland:
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HERMIT THRUSH across the alley:
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Bird-of-the-day to the Solitary Sandpiper with runner-up to the Broad-winged Hawk.

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

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Oak Park Bird Walk

sunny 59 °F

Some nice shots today, albeit of fairly common birds!

Male MALLARD:
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NORTHERN FLICKER:
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Male CHIPPING SPARROW:
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Male DARK-EYED JUNCO, maybe among the last of the year?
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

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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)

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