First time for a Mourning Warbler. Did not manage to get a good picture, but had lots of good looks at it and the Yellow Warbler going about collecting nesting material by stripping threads off the stalk of some plant.
Today’s big news at Montrose Point was the appearance of the Kirtland’s Warbler. Very rare bird to see here. Birders claimed you would have a chance to see one in Illinois every 10-20 years. They nest in Northern Michigan and Wisconsin (mainly Michigan, apparently). We missed the big crowd in the morning (about 70 someone estimated). When my wife and I arrived there were about ten people there. We were standing in the field outside the Magic Hedge. Behind us was Lake Michigan and to the South, fog and Chicago’s skyline.
There were many, many warblers there today, several that I saw for the first time ever. Among my firsts were the Blackpoll Warbler, the Canada Warbler, and the Clay-colored Sparrow. Outstanding day birding!
Friday, May 15 we saw the Black-crowned Night Heron and talked to a couple who are long-time birders about the day’s sightings.
For May 16
Conditions: from 75°-80°, 10:00am-2:00pm. Fog over lake, overcast.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow