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)