Montrose Point, April 15-16, 2017

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.

April 15

Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow (no?)
Field Sparrows
We think these were Field Sparrows.

April 16

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

Rough-winged Swallows
Rough-winged Swallows
Killdeer
One of the three Killdeer by the shore.
Swamp Sparrows
Swamp Sparrows

Montrose Point, April 9, 2017

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:

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Winter Wren
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Towhee
Brown Thrasher
Brown Creeper
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (several, including an immature)
Northern Cardinal
Hermit Thrushes (a lot)
Swamp Sparrow (a first for me and my wife)
Fox Sparrows
Song Sparrows
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Flickers (Yellow-shafted)
American Robins
Red-winged Blackbirds
Common Grackles
European Starlings
House Sparrows

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Eastern Red Bat
The Eastern Red Bat was sleeping in the hedge. Thanks to the other birders for pointing this out and ID-ing it.
Small Brown Bat
I am guess this is a Small Brown Bat on the outside of our building. (Photo: my wife.)

Montrose Point, April 7-8, 2017

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

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk. My wife and son were there earlier and saw this hawk. (Photo: my wife.)
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow (I think). (Photo: my son)
European Goldfinch
The European Goldfinch was back. Did not make a peep as it fed.
The Winter Wren entered an opening on the bottom of a tree. It was pretty cooperative.

April 8th photos. My wife was on camera duty today.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe (Photo: my wife.)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler.(Photo: my wife.)
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush (Photo: my wife.)
Horned Grebe
A young (?) male Horned Grebe. (Photo: my wife.)

Montrose Point, April 1-2, 2017

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.

The ebird lists have everything we could identify.
April 1: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35622230
April 2: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35649263

April 1
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.

European Goldfinch
European Goldfinch. This bird was singing non-stop for several minutes. It was deep in the shrubs where the path splits after you come around to the right past the hedge.
European Goldfinch
European Goldfinch. No really good photos today of this bird. The ebird listing for Apr 1 has an audio recording we made of its song.
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

April 2
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.

Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch in an unusual pose for that – head up, no blue back visible. Quite a few around.
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush. (Photo: my wife.)
Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird – first of the season for us at Montrose Point. (Photo: my wife.)
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe. Had more photo opportunities but nothing turned out except this guy who was looking away.
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Hat that attracts chickadees
This is my wife in the hat the chickadee landed on. It tried sampling the beads. Bought it in Colorado.
me
Since I have a photo of my wife, I thought it only fair I added one of myself. This is how I usually look.

Montrose Point, 17 April 2016

10:00 – 11:40am
Conditions: Warm ~ 58° F, sunny, no breeze

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.

Here is the eBird checklist.

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.

Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee. We saw some of these a few weeks ago too. They were a lot of them out today. All males.
WInter Wren
WInter Wren.
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush. One of a group of four.
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush. Same bird flew up into a low branch and looked at me for a while.

Montrose Point, 3 April 2016

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.

Peregrine Falcon
Killdeer
Canadian Geese
Mallards
Ring-billed Gulls
Red-breasted Mergansers
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Flicker
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Crow
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Black-capped Chickadee
Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
American Robin
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal portrait. (Photo: my wife.)
Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-breasted Mergansers
Killdeer
Killdeer by the pier
Killdeer
Killdeer
Killdeer
Killdeer

Montrose Point, 31 March and 1 April, 2016

Two days of short visits.
March 31: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28666599
Apr 1: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28683324

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.

Eastern Phoebe
The Eastern Phoebe was moving about a lot and bobbing its tail. No good picture. March 31.
Eastern Phoebe
Fuzzy picture of the Eastern Phoebe. March 31.
Cooper's Hawk
This is an adult Cooper’s Hawk. The Cooper’s Hawk we saw on March 20th was an immature one. April 1.
Cooper's Hawk
The hawk stayed in the tree, about 3/4 the way up, until is started sprinkling. It then seemed to notice something with great interest and flew off north into the hedge. April 1.
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk, April 1.
Cooper's Hawk facing view
The hawk was looking right back at us.