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 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.)

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, 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

Montrose Point, 2016 March 14 (Pi Day)

1:55-3:00pm
Conditions: 48°, light breeze, fog.

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 17
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

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco in motion.
American Tree Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco
American Tree Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle with sparrows, blackbirds, starlings
The Grackles were out in large numbers. Someone left some food and the sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, and starlings were all interested.
Common Grackles bathing
Common Grackles bathing in a puddle at the edge of a road.

On the way to Montrose Point, May 12

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.

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
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Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper

Conditions: 54°, light winds, mostly cloudy, 5:15-6:00pm.

Baltimore Oriole (2)
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Indigo Bunting
White-crowned Sparrows
Savannah Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Catbirds
Caspian Tern (2)
R-b Gulls
Barn Swallows
Purple Martins
Canadian Geese
Mallards
Spotted Sandpiper
House Sparrows, Grackles, R-w Blackbirds, Robins