Many sparrows about. Some firsts, such as the Savannah Sparrow. Saw a beautiful Tree Swallow toward the shore on the 16th. No photo of the Tree Swallow because as soon as it perched, it was chased away by a Red-winged Blackbird.
Things we saw but did not get a good picture of: Brown-headed Cowbird, Mourning Doves (2), Chipping Sparrows, Brown Thrashers, and more.
Got up to 70 degrees today. Overcast; windy at times.
Today we took an early afternoon trip to the hedge. Met two experienced birders who mentioned they are in the Chicago Ornithological Society. They showed us where a red bat (presuming it is an Eastern Red Bat) was perched, sleeping. (It was on the west side of the hedge about half-way up.) Bright colored bat! Like a robin’s breast. And, we saw another bat. This one was on our apartment building. It was probably there, on the outside, because we recently had our roof entirely replaced.
Today was a really nice birding day too. We saw:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (several, including an immature)
Hermit Thrushes (a lot)
Swamp Sparrow (a first for me and my wife)
Northern Flickers (Yellow-shafted)
The 7th was cool and windy. The 8th was quite warm and windy.
Today, the 8th, we saw two blue-gray gnatcatchers and a yellow-bellied sapsucker. Those were many flickers in the field and several cormorants flying overhead. In the harbor were Red-breasted Mergansers, American Coots, Lesser Scaups, Horned Grebes, in addition to the typical gulls, Canada Geese, and mallards. There were swallows overhead – at the harbor, I don’t know what kind – nearer the lake were possibly Tree Swallows.
April 7th photos
April 8th photos. My wife was on camera duty today.
Almost warm day on April 1st; cool to cold and overcast on April 2nd.
The highlight was on April 1st, when we saw the European Goldfinch. It is not native to North America and there is speculation that several years ago a bunch were released in south-east Wisconsin. I have the two photos of the Goldfinch on ebird for April 1, as well as a recording of its song.
There were many flickers around, tons of R-W blackbirds – one which attacked a woman (she was unharmed), reports and possible sighting of a Western Meadowlark, many Eastern Phoebes and White-breasted Nuthatches, as well as several Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Ruby-crowned as well. At the shoreline next to the dog beach on April 1, we saw three Killdeer. Also fun, a chickadee landed on my wife’s hat and tried to sample some decorative beads.
Much like the day before. We also saw our first and second female Red-winged Blackbird. Really happy to get some good photos of the Brown Creeper.
Got to the hedge and heard reports of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. I did get to spot both varieties before I had to retire from back pain. There were many Eastern Towhees, Brown Thrashers, Northern Flickers, and Hermit Thrushes. A very good day – I recorded 27 species at the hedge.
Others helped me identify the Ruby-crowned Kinglets which were not showing off their colors. The White-throated Sparrows are a nice bird, with the bright yellow between the eye and beak. Fox Sparrows were still around though I only managed to see two. The Cooper’s Hawk made an appearance and did not stick around long enough for me to get any good photos.
Went from 30s overnight to 60 in the afternoon. Went out from 2:45 to 4:30pm or so. Supposed to get back down into the 30s tonight.
We saw a lot of different birds today, though, oddly, only one Red-winged Blackbird. Did not hear any r-w blackbirds. Very unusual. We went looking for the Harlequin Duck but did not see it.
It was overcast and pretty dark on the 31st when we saw our first Eastern Phoebe of the year. On April 1, we got out as it started to rain, but not before getting some good pictures of the Cooper’s Hawk that was overlooking the South-West corner of the hedge.