Montrose and Millennium Park

Hi again!

It was my Grandma's last day in town, so I decided to go birding with her. There had been reports of a Hooded Warbler downtown at Millennium Park. So we headed down there to check it out. Once we got to Millennium, there were lots of White-throated Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows. Mixed in with them were a few birds such as Ovenbirds, Hermit Thrush, and a Swainson's Thrush.

Ovenbird

We continued on slowly towards the Bean spotting a few birds such as Nashville Warblers, one Blackburnian Warbler, and two Yellow Warblers. The sun was pretty high and the birds had quieted down, so we decided to go to Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary.

 

About 15 minutes later, we arrived at Montrose, and to our delight, there was apparently a White-eyed Vireo, and a Blue-winged warbler in the Hedge. We continued on, and after a short distance, we saw a group of birders with cameras up. I happily I picked up my pace. Once arrived, the birders directed me to a White-eyed Vireo, perched in a tree.

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

In the next tree over there were to Blue-winged Warblers showing off pretty close, so there were some pretty good photo opportunities.

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

The birding was not bad for mid-day birding in early May. While photographing the Blue-winged Warbler, I heard what sounded to be a Blackburnian Warbler. I hadn't seen one this year, (but I've heard them), so I figured I'd better try to get an eye on it. The bird was nonstop singing so it didn't take that long to find. It was a duller adult male bird, singing about 30 feet up in a tree. The bird gave us pretty nice looks before we moved on.

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

A very coaperative Brown Thrasher gave us some nice looks along with a Black-and-white Warbler.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

 

Then we headed back to our car, having to drop my grandma off at the in airport in thirty minutes. We then headed home. List of birds from both location below.

 

Good birding,

Eddie/Kidbirder

Grant Park, Chicago--Millenium Park, Cook, Illinois, US
May 2, 2016 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
23 species

Ring-billed Gull7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
American Crow9
Black-capped Chickadee1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet3
Hermit Thrush2
American Robin15
European Starling6
Ovenbird3
Black-and-white Warbler1
Nashville Warbler (ruficapilla)  3
Blackburnian Warbler1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Chipping Sparrow1
White-crowned Sparrow3
White-throated Sparrow75
Northern Cardinal2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak1
Red-winged Blackbird12
Common Grackle17
House Finch3
American Goldfinch5
House Sparrow8
 

Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
May 2, 2016 12:21 PM - 2:13 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
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54 species (+1 other taxa)

Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type)  2
Canada Goose14
Mallard (Northern)  3
Double-crested Cormorant3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Red-tailed Hawk1
Ring-billed Gull4
Herring Gull3
Caspian Tern2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove2
Chimney Swift2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
White-eyed Vireo1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern)  2
Blue Jay3
American Crow2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow8
Purple Martin11
Barn Swallow (American)  6
Black-capped Chickadee6
House Wren (Northern)  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea)  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet21
Veery1
Swainson's Thrush6
Hermit Thrush2
American Robin5
Gray Catbird6
Brown Thrasher2
European Starling6
Ovenbird5
Northern Waterthrush3
Golden-winged Warbler1
Blue-winged Warbler3
Black-and-white Warbler5
Nashville Warbler (ruficapilla)  16
Magnolia Warbler1
Blackburnian Warbler1
Yellow Warbler7
Palm Warbler (Western)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
Black-throated Green Warbler1
Chipping Sparrow1
White-crowned Sparrow10
White-throated Sparrow21
Swamp Sparrow1
Eastern Towhee5
Northern Cardinal2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak6
Red-winged Blackbird6
Baltimore Oriole1
American Goldfinch1
House Sparrow7