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.
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.
In the next tree over there were to Blue-winged Warblers showing off pretty close, so there were some pretty good photo opportunities.
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.
A very coaperative Brown Thrasher gave us some nice looks along with a 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.
Grant Park, Chicago--Millenium Park, Cook, Illinois, US
May 2, 2016 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Nashville Warbler (ruficapilla) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
May 2, 2016 12:21 PM - 2:13 PM
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54 species (+1 other taxa)
Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type) 2
Mallard (Northern) 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow8
Barn Swallow (American) 6
House Wren (Northern) 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 5
Nashville Warbler (ruficapilla) 16
Palm Warbler (Western) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Black-throated Green Warbler1