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, April 19

Eastern
Eastern Towhee (female)
Eastern Towhee (male)
Eastern Towhee (male)
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thush
Tail side of Hermit Thrush
Tail end of Hermit Thrush. I think the colors in the tail feathers turned out very well.
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher with out of focus Northern Flicker in background.
Brown Thrasher with out of focus Northern Flicker in background.
Mallard walking
Mallard walking
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

Conditions: Overcast, 53°, 1:30 – 3:00pm

Mallards
Canadian Geese
R-b Gulls
Purple Martins
Tree Swallows
Brown Thrasher (many, 10+ perhaps)
Northern Flicker (2+)
Eastern Towhee (1 male + 3+ females – another birder said “Rufous-sided” concensus was Eastern)
Hermit Thrush
White-throated Sparrows
Chickadees
Cardinals (fending off Grackles)
American Crow
House Sparrows, Starlings, R-w Blackbirds (m + f)

Large quantities of:
Grackles
Robins (noticeably more around)

Not able to positively id:
Wren (House? Winter?)
Y-b Sapsucker or Downy Woodpecker
Warbler (green/yellow eye ring not all the way around, high up – Nashville or Mourning or Connecticut Warbler?)
Glimpse of very small warbler