Three birders braved inclement weather at Humboldt Park on April 28, to learn a bit more about birding by ear.  Sam Burckhardt led us in overcast windy 45 degree weather; luckily down pour had just ended.  We had 46 species. Despite the weather, we had good views of several warbler species, and a snipe that was very visible on a mowed lawn.  Sam adeptly pointed out the songs and calls of a variety of birds.

Canada Goose - 18
Wood Duck - 6
Mallard - 30
Mallard (Domestic type) - 2
Pied-billed Grebe - 2
Great Blue Heron - 1  (fly-over)
Green Heron - 1
Cooper"s Hawk - 1
Sora - 1
American Coot - 4
Killdeer - 1
Wilson"s Snipe - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 30
Caspian Tern - 2
Mourning Dove - 15
Chimney Swift - 4
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) - 1
American Crow - 3
Barn Swallow - 10
Black-capped Chickadee - 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 10
Swainson"s Thrush (Olive-backed) - 1
Hermit Thrush - 4
American Robin - 20
Brown Thrasher - 2
European Starling - 50
Black-and-white Warbler - 1
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Nashville Warbler (Eastern) - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Palm Warbler (Western) - 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) - 20
Eastern Towhee - 1  (f)
Chipping Sparrow - 12
Field Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 1
Swamp Sparrow - 3
White-throated Sparrow - 30
White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern) - 4
Red-winged Blackbird - 40
Common Grackle - 10
Brown-headed Cowbird - 6
American Goldfinch - 4
House Sparrow - 6

- post contributed by Samuel Burckhardt