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.)
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Montrose Point, 2016 March 27

1:35 – 3:05pm
Conditions: Overcast, rain approaching. 57° F.

We saw 22 different species today in 1.5 hours at the hedge. Here is the list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28584539.

Highlights: Winter Wrens (a first for us), Fox Sparrows (also a first), Mourning Dove, and an American Kestrel. I wish I had a good picture to share of the Kestrel but it was not to be. Participate in my frustration!

Winter Wren
Winter Wren. Only decent photo I got.
Song Sparrow
Perfect portrait of a Song Sparrow. (Photo: my wife.)
American Robin
This young Robin was photogenic (Photo: my wife.)
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee back in the hedge. First we saw this year. (Photo: my wife.)
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee (Photo: my wife.)
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee (Photo: my wife.)
Fuzzy Fox Sparrow
First Fox Sparrow this year. (Photo: my wife.)
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Photo: my wife.)
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Photo: my wife.)
American Kestrel
Photo sans head of the American Kestrel. The quality of the photo was the best of the lot, but no head!
American Kestrel
The great, blurry American Kestrel.
American Kestrel
American Kestrel
American Kestrel
American Kestrel