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.
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.
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.
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.
Conditions: 72°, clear, no wind, 3:30-5:20pm
Northern Flicker (3 at least)
Brown Thrasher (2 at least)
Horned Grebe (5+)
American Coot (10+)
Purple Martins (?)
Unknown Sparrow (or Finch? or Larkspur? Help!)