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 11

These first two photos are of some sparrow or sparrow-like birds that I could not identify.  After looking around in the small Sibley Field Guide and online I still was not sure.  There were groups of them, usually two to six.  Black beak and legs.  Hint of pink… House Finch?

My wife and I had heard reports of Kestrels around Montrose Point for several weeks now.  Today was the first time I saw it (wife was taking Thrasher pictures).  It was being chased by a single blackbird.  On the way home we spotted one flying very high over the harbor and toward Irving Park.

Please help! What are these?

Edit: Mystery solved. These are female Red-winged Blackbirds.  (Not even on my short list.)  Thanks to the IBET group members who helped ID.

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What is this?? it is a female Red-winged Blackbird.
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Mystery Sparrow or Finch (or?). Edit: the female R-w Blackbird.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
American Coot
American Coot

Conditions: 72°, clear, no wind, 3:30-5:20pm
Northern Flicker (3 at least)
Brown Thrasher (2 at least)
American Kestrel
Ring-billed Gulls
Horned Grebe (5+)
American Coot (10+)
Mallards
Red-breasted Mergansers
Canadian Geese
Cardinals
Grackles
Red-winged Blackbirds
Purple Martins (?)
Sparrows
Unknown Sparrow (or Finch? or Larkspur? Help!)

Montrose Point, April 4

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Black-capped Chickadee. There were a lot of these present.
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A Brown Creeper my wife spotted.
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A Horned Grebe. These have been around for several weeks.
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Nothern Flicker. These too are hanging out for now.
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A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Hard to get this picture through all the branches. My wife spotted this one. First one of the season for us.

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Conditions: 57°, windy, 3:00-4:30pm
Ring-billed Gulls (loads)
Mallards
Canadian Geese
R-b Mergansers
Horned Grebe (5+)
Brown Creeper (1)
Cardinals
Robins
Grackles
R-w Blackbirds
Northern Flicker (2)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)
Black-capped Chickadees (lots)