First time for a Mourning Warbler. Did not manage to get a good picture, but had lots of good looks at it and the Yellow Warbler going about collecting nesting material by stripping threads off the stalk of some plant.
The Kirtland’s Warbler was still putting on a show today. Saw first time ever: Blackburnian Warbler. Used to see Common Nighthawks all the time as a kid in southeastern Minnesota.
Thrushes – possibly Hermit Thrushes. eBird says that would be rare, so may be something else. Edit: upon further review and a second trip to get a better look and more photos, we think these are Swainson’s Thrushes.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Today’s big news at Montrose Point was the appearance of the Kirtland’s Warbler. Very rare bird to see here. Birders claimed you would have a chance to see one in Illinois every 10-20 years. They nest in Northern Michigan and Wisconsin (mainly Michigan, apparently). We missed the big crowd in the morning (about 70 someone estimated). When my wife and I arrived there were about ten people there. We were standing in the field outside the Magic Hedge. Behind us was Lake Michigan and to the South, fog and Chicago’s skyline.
There were many, many warblers there today, several that I saw for the first time ever. Among my firsts were the Blackpoll Warbler, the Canada Warbler, and the Clay-colored Sparrow. Outstanding day birding!
Friday, May 15 we saw the Black-crowned Night Heron and talked to a couple who are long-time birders about the day’s sightings.
For May 16
Conditions: from 75°-80°, 10:00am-2:00pm. Fog over lake, overcast.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
On the way there a Baltimore Oriole flew into a tree, high up, before I got to the harbor. Across from the tree were small fields where many small birds were busy looking for food. A very good day. The pictures, though… mostly birds with their heads behind something or too fuzzy. The better ones are below.
Conditions: 54°, light winds, mostly cloudy, 5:15-6:00pm.
Baltimore Oriole (2)
Caspian Tern (2)
House Sparrows, Grackles, R-w Blackbirds, Robins
My wife saw a Gray Catbird and a Blue Jay in Bughouse Square (also present were sparrows and pigeons). This was at about 12:30pm.
In our backyard, we saw a pair of Gray Catbirds and an Ovenbird. I think that is the first time I have every, knowingly, seen the latter bird. Time: 6:30ish.
On the way downtown, driving down LSD, I also noted about 15 or so Caspian Terns. That was at about 9:30am.
Edit: Went out in the backyard again and got a picture of the Ovenbird – yay!
The prize bird today was an Eastern Whip-poor-will. It was very hard to pick out, even knowing approx. where to look. It did not move at all the several minutes we were there. Others had set up shop with large lenses to see if they could catch it moving or doing something other than making like a log.
Conditions: Overcast, still, humid, 78°, light sprinkles, 2:15 – 3:00pm
Eastern Whip-poor-will (1)
B-c Chickadee (5)
Robins, House Sparrows, R-w Blackbirds, Grackles
White-crowned Sparrows (100s of them)
Northern Cardinals (3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)
American Goldfinch (10)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (4)
American Coot (1)
Northern Rough-winged Swallows
Northern Mockingbird (1 – rare!)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (20)
Yellow Warbler (4)
Northern Flicker (2)
Y-b Sapsucker (2)
B-c Chickadee (2)
Cedar Waxwing (6)
Double-crested Cormorant (60)
Purple Martin (10)
White-throated Sparrows (80)
White-crowned Sparrow (6)
R-b Gulls, R-w Blackbirds, House Sparrow
House Wren (2)
Brown Thrasher (4)
Eastern Towhee (5)
Ruby-crowned Kinglets (15)