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

Montrose Point, April 11

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.

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What is this?? it is a female Red-winged Blackbird.
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Mystery Sparrow or Finch (or?). Edit: the female R-w Blackbird.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe
American Coot
American Coot

Conditions: 72°, clear, no wind, 3:30-5:20pm
Northern Flicker (3 at least)
Brown Thrasher (2 at least)
American Kestrel
Ring-billed Gulls
Horned Grebe (5+)
American Coot (10+)
Mallards
Red-breasted Mergansers
Canadian Geese
Cardinals
Grackles
Red-winged Blackbirds
Purple Martins (?)
Sparrows
Unknown Sparrow (or Finch? or Larkspur? Help!)