Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Great Weather Day-Some Birds But Insects Are More Evident Now-July 2, 2014

A bright day for both birds and insects. The You Tube is of a Black-crowned Night Heron in the Japanese Garden on Wooded Island.

Young molting Yellow Warbler
Young Robin
Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Saturday June 7, 2014-Migration Is Just About Over

Nice weather and some nice looks at some birds. Insects are starting to show up.
Watching for the South Bridge

Juvenile and Adult Tree Swallows
Gnatcatcher on Nest-Looks like Lichens

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cool Today However Very Active-May 28, 2014

 Very cool today and not much sun. However there was a lot of birding action on Wooded Island, especially near the north entrance. Check out the Cedar Waxwing video.

Swainson's Thrush In Japanese Garden

Cedar Waxwings Feeding On Flowers

Scarlet Tanager
Canada Goose

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saturday May 24, 2014-A Pleasant Birding Day At Wooded Island

I only went birding for a short period on Saturday, so few photo's. A nice group of birders was out. The highlight without a photo is a singing Connecticut Warbler. Unfortunately when I tried to do an audio, a helicopter flew by. Here is a youtube of a Kingbird.

Black-throated Green Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Least Flycatcher

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Another Great Day At Wooded Island and Vicinity-May 21, 2014

A very birdy day at Wooded Island. Also picked up a Great-horned Owl being mobbed. In all 22 warbler species again today with highlights-18 Canada Warblers, over 100 Redstarts, a Mourning Warbler and 3 Connecticut's. Check out the owl being mobbed:

Kingbird preening
Black-crowned Night Heron
Another Night Heron
Two Kingbirds
Magnolia Warbler
One of 3 Connecticut Warblers
Savannah Sparrow
Quiz Bird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Crow at nest
Quiz bird
Great-horned Owl outside my condo

Monday, May 19, 2014

22 Species of Warblers on Sunday May 18, 2014

Quite a day for birding Jackson Park. Wooded Island was loaded with warblers, including Mourning, Prothonotary, Black-throated Blue, Golden-winged, Canada (8) and Parula. A great day to casually roam about. Four Blue-winged Teal rounded off the day along with an Olive-sided Flycatcher. Watch the youtube of the teal

Bay-breasted another look
Bay-breasted in motionAdd caption
Cowbird/Olive-sided Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Look Closely-You can see the Oriole
Quiz Bird
Quiz Bird
Song Sparrow
Palm Warbler

Friday, May 16, 2014

An Interesting Week of Birding-Cold Wet Weather-May 16, 2014

Although the wind was not conducive to migration, there were some nice birding days this week. I also had a chance to visit the Indiana Dunes State Park Hawkwatch. Very few hawks but 102 species of birds passing through. The photo's today represent Illinois count day (Saturday May 10), Indiana Dunes  and a few days this week. This morning almost 1,000 Cormorants flew past our window. See the youtube at:

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler in Flight
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Green Heron with nest to the left
Rough-winged Swallow
Red-breasted Merganser
New Hawkwatch Tower-Indiana Dunes State Park
Rose-breasted Grosbeak near Tower at Indiana Dunes
Quiz bird-Hint-look at the vegetation
Quiz Bird