Backyard, May 2, 2018

I don’t usually report on backyard sightings. This was too good though – a Kentucky Warbler was in our backyard for a nice, long visit. This sighting is a first for me and my wife. In the yard at the same time was an Ovenbird and several White-throated Sparrows along with the much more common House Sparrows and Starlings.

Kentucky Warbler
Backyard Kentucky Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Backyard Kentucky Warbler
Ovenbird
Ovenbird

Update! The Kentucky is still hanging out about an hour later. Also saw a Common Yellowthroat at that time as well as the Northern Waterthrush and Ovenbird.

Kentucky Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Ovenbird
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
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Montrose Point, May 2, 2018

A bit warmer today – nearly 80 degrees in the morning. Overcast. Not as much warbler variety today as yesterday. We did get a close fly by from a young Red-tailed Hawk. It was being harassed by Red-winged Blackbirds. It flew over the field into the large tree near the main harbor-side entrance. There it tore off a few bites of whatever it caught and then it was chased out and back over the field and over our heads. It came within 10 feet of us or so.

Hooded Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Veery
Ovenbird
Catbird
Black-capped Chickadee
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk (immature)
Common Loon
Red-breasted Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
R-w Blackbirds
House Sparrow
Starlings
Mallards
Canada Goose

Veery
Veery
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk
A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk

Montrose Point, May 1, 2018

Beautiful weather today – low 70s F, light breezes, clear skies. Got out early, for us, for a change. It had been cool to cold recently. Posts of warbler sightings recently on IBET got us interested in seeing what was at the hedge. It was a fantastic morning!

Hooded Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Ovenbird
Least Flycatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Towhee
Purple Martin (in the Martin houses)
Chimney Swift AND/OR? Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Baltimore Oriole
Scarlet Tanager
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee
Goldfinch
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
House Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (including the first female of the year for us)
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallards
Canada Goose

Montrose Point, March 3, 2018

About 40F outside, variable winds (pretty good wind out by the lake shore).

Main treats today was a White-winged Scoter (a first ever for me and my wife) and the first Downy Woodpecker of the year. The Red-winged Blackbirds (males only) are back in large numbers now. This was not the case last week. Saw lots of American Tree Sparrows and one Song Sparrow.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
White-winged Scoter
White-winged Scoter
White-winged Scoter
White-winged Scoter
White-winged Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe

Montrose Point, February 25, 2018

Bright day, windy, temps around 40 F.

We had a sighting of a new bird for us. There was a single Bufflehead in the harbor on our way out. On the way in we spotted two Common Goldeneyes.

Common Goldeneye (2 males)
Bufflehead (1 male)
American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Red-winged Blackbird (1)
Red-breasted Merganser
Canada Geese
Mallard
Ring-billed Gulls
House Sparrow

Bufflehead
Bufflehead
Bufflehead
Bufflehead
Bufflehead
Bufflehead

Montrose Point, December 1, 2017

It was a mild day, perhaps mid-50s. I took a long lunch to go down to the bird sanctuary at Montrose beach. Many, many Canada Geese coming in to land in the harbor. The harbor and lake were hosting large numbers of Red-breasted Mergansers. On the way in, a birder pulled over to inform me that a Western Grebe was hanging around the end of the pier. I headed straight for that since there was little going on in the field and trees. There I saw two birders. I spoke a little with one who told me that, if you were “lucky, very lucky,” you may see one Western Grebe per year in Chicago.

Canada Goose (100+)
Mallard
Common Goldeneye (single female on the lake out by the pier)
Red-breasted Merganser (100+ ?)
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Gulls – mostly Ring-billed from what I could identify
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Western Grebe
Western Grebe beyond the pier out in Lake Michigan at Montrose.
Western Grebe
Western Grebe

Montrose Point, August 12, 2017

We had a warm, sunny day at Montrose Point. Beautiful conditions.  We arrived at a non-peak time, we usually do. Very many starlings, House Sparrows, and female R-W Blackbirds were out. We did see one male, possibly young, R-W Blackbird as well. On the way in we saw four Double-crested Cormorants on a street lamp by the harbor.

Baltimore Oriole
The first of the two Baltimore Orioles we saw upon arriving.
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole doing some preening.
Goldfinch Waldo challenge
Goldfinch Waldo challenge (photo: my wife)
Female American Goldfinch
Female American Goldfinch (photo: my wife)
Female American Goldfinch
Female American Goldfinch (photo: my wife)
Flowers
Flowers in the middle field. Looks like mostly black-eyed susans in this view. In amongst these were the goldfinches. (Photo: my wife.)