The first photo of the Say’s Phoebe was from Viele Lake near where we stayed. The remainder of the photos are from a hike starting at NCAR – the National Center for Atmospheric Research – and getting us just beyond where the Mesa Trail meets the NCAR trail.
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.
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:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (several, including an immature)
Hermit Thrushes (a lot)
Swamp Sparrow (a first for me and my wife)
Northern Flickers (Yellow-shafted)
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
April 8th photos. My wife was on camera duty today.
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.
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!
Conditions: 48°, light breeze, fog.
Canada Goose 5
Ring-billed Gull 15
Black-capped Chickadee 5
American Robin 6
European Starling 6
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 40
Common Grackle 100
House Sparrow 50
On the way there a Baltimore Oriole flew into a tree, high up, before I got to the harbor. Across from the tree were small fields where many small birds were busy looking for food. A very good day. The pictures, though… mostly birds with their heads behind something or too fuzzy. The better ones are below.
Conditions: 54°, light winds, mostly cloudy, 5:15-6:00pm.
Baltimore Oriole (2)
Caspian Tern (2)
House Sparrows, Grackles, R-w Blackbirds, Robins