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Fall Catch-up Post!

all seasons in one day

Why hello, long time no see!!

It's been a very busy fall with me, although I have gotten to see some birds. The majority of my sightings have been through my regularly-scheduled bird walks and bird surveys in and near Oak Park, as I have been so busy with school and music Iately that I have not been able to do any personal birding day trips!

Here are some bird photos to enjoy since I haven't posted in such a long time.

Well, the first isn't actually a bird but a beautiful Monarch that posed oh so nicely in my backyard!
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Warbler madness! Male CAPE MAY WARBLER:
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Male AMERICAN REDSTART:
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Nonbreeding-plumage CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER:
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SWAINSON'S THRUSH:
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Male NORTHERN CARDINAL:
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GREAT BLUE HERON:
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CEDAR WAXWINGS:
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Female HAIRY WOODPECKER:
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Nonbreeding-plumage SCARLET TANAGER:
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Male BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
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SWAINSON'S THRUSH:
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GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH:
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RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH:
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Nonbreeding-plumage BLACKPOLL WARBLER:
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Definitely THE musical highlight of 2016 for me so far was performing with my choir as backup for Chance the Rapper in front of 50,000+ people at the Magnificent Coloring Day/South Side Festival at US Cellular Field on September 24. It was an incredible experience.
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GRAY CATBIRD:
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WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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BROWN CREEPER:
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MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
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Nonbreeding-plumage BLACKPOLL WARBLER:
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GREEN HERON:
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ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER:
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YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER:
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GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET:
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RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:
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Best look I've ever had at a WINTER WREN, which is usually an extremely skittish bird:
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Also the best look I've ever had of a NASHVILLE WARBLER, as it was posing really nicely for me, trying to force down this inchworm:
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And finally, yesterday, Friday, October 21 was my choir's, the Chicago Children's Choir's, premier gala fundraiser event called the Red Jacket Optional. It was an amazing performance that featured performances from the choir, a guest performance by the amazing Allison Semmes who is an alumna of the choir and best known for starring in "The Wiz," and best of all, 1.25 million dollars were raised for the choir!! Phenomenal!!
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So it has been a busy but fulfilling autumn season for me. Sorry I haven't posted sooner, and I will try to post again after my owling walk scheduled for Nov 11! Email me at trumpetswan@comcast.net if you would like a reservation for this walk, where we will look for Short-eared and Great Horned Owls at Miller Meadow Forest Preserve in Maywood, IL.

Good birding!

Henry
World Life List: 925 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 19:14 Archived in USA Tagged birds fall music birding migration warblers chicago_children's_choir Comments (1)

Bye Bye Idaho & Plans for Fall!

semi-overcast 83 °F

Today was my last full day in Idaho, as my mom, Pearl, and I will be flying from Boise to Phoenix and then finally back to Chicago tomorrow. It has been a fantastic trip with an awesome music camp during the first two weeks and fantastic birding during the second two! Thanks to all of the local birders who birded with me during my time here as I had quite a few terrific birding trips and couldn't have done it without you guys!

Tonight, my sister and I listened to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's final concert of the season, a stunning performance of Mahler 3 which gave me "the pricklies" it was so good. I spotted a few COMMON NIGHTHAWKS & EASTERN KINGBIRDS from the lawn by the way.
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This year, I gained six life birds in Idaho (all of them found on the City of Rocks weekend):
Ferruginous Hawk
Juniper Titmouse
Plumbeous Vireo
White-throated Swift
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Flammulated Owl

And with that, my whirlwind of a summer is officially drawing to a close. It is bittersweet as summer is always a happy, stress-free part of the year; however, I do miss many of my friends back in Chicago and although I am certainly not looking forward to school (junior year), I am looking forward to other aspects of the "swing of things" such as choir and...

Oak Park Bird Walks! The first walk for the season is this Wednesday, August 24. Here is a screenshot of the schedule for this fall; email me at trumpetswan@comcast.net to make a reservation(s) for this fall season, it should be a great one!
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At this time, my family and I don't have any confirmed travel plans, but some things that are still "up in the air" are a family vacation over winter break, my choir tour to the west coast next June/July, and a possible family trip to Alaska next July.

Stay tuned, because chances are my next post will be about the first bird walk of fall!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 925 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 22:56 Archived in USA Tagged fall chicago summer birding idaho oak_park common_nighthawk sun_valley eastern_kingbird oak_park_bird_walks Comments (0)

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