It was a gray day with a light breeze -- and pretty cold for April 21!  But the birds made it worth all the shivers for this group of 15 birders.  A total 53 species on the day featured some very exciting - and unexpected - birds.  Thanks to all of our attendees, especially our new birders!

 Winter Wren - photo by Aerin Tedesco

Winter Wren - photo by Aerin Tedesco

 Red-Tailed Hawk - photo by Ira Satinover

Red-Tailed Hawk - photo by Ira Satinover

Before we began the walk, trip leader Aerin Tedesco spotted a leucistic WINTER WREN on her way into the Point.  Luckily, she was able to photograph it and share it with us.

We kicked off the co-hosted Sierra Club and COS Earth Day walk with a few tasty donuts on the east side of the Montrose boat house. While there, a RED-TAILED HAWK alighted on a beach light post, giving us all a great look before flying out over the dunes.  A flock of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS made sure to let her know she wasn't welcome!

We set out along the northeast side of the bird sanctuary, spotting WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS, KILLDEER, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS hopping in the grass.  We moved west into the north part the Magic Hedge where we spotted a shy VIRGINIA RAIL hunkered down in the brush.  Meanwhile, a handful of very assertive BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and a NORTHERN CARDINAL swooped down hoping for some free snacks.

Through the far eastern section of the point, we found our only warbler of the day - a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER - who was flitting around a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the trees.  Several EASTERN TOWHEES and a BROWN THRASHER were seen kicking up leaves before we moved into the grassy southern side of the point.  There we saw a multitude of NORTHERN FLICKERS on the ground and got some good spots of a few EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, to our delight!

We made our way through the center of the sanctuary next where we saw a very excellent specimen of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. His colors were striking!  A GREAT BLUE HERON flew overhead as we walked back toward the Magic Head.  We had the great fortune of spotting a MERLIN feasting on something perched high in a nearby tree, giving us all a nice look.

 Northern Flicker - photo by Ira Satinover

Northern Flicker - photo by Ira Satinover

Montrose Harbor didn't disappoint either.  We closed out the day with a family of CANADA GEESE with 3 yellow goslings.  In the water, we were treated to some COMMON LOONS, HOODED MERGANSERS, BUFFLEHEADS, to name a few.  The PURPLE MARTIN houses on the west side of the harbor also had a few residents sporting some very lovely plumage.

Below you'll find the full species list and a few photos from the harbor. 

Thanks to Chris Williamson from COS/Sierra Club and Cliff Zimmerman for organizing, as well as Aerin Tedesco for leading the walk.  

 Hermit Thrush - photo by Ira Satinover

Hermit Thrush - photo by Ira Satinover

Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Apr 21, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     COS/sierra club bird walk
53 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  15
Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  12
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  2
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)  1      continuing-photos
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  5
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  50
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  3
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)  2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  30
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  6
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  50
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  7
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Purple Martin (Progne subis)  4
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  2
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)  1     leucistic- photos
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  20
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  40
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  6
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)  15
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  5
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  6
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  25
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  7
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  25
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  8
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  10
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  3
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  26
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  6
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)  1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  30
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  10

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