I don’t get out as often as I’d like to during the week, and there are fewer places to go, which should make it easier, I suppose, but it doesn’t. I have been spending most of my mid-afternoons in Lake Shore East Park. Although one morning a couple weeks ago I did get up an hour early and trekked before work through the north part of Jackson Park, Butler Field, and then Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, where the day before Dave Johnson had reported Cape May Warblers in droves. I was lucky to find them still there, foraging in the hazelnut trees.
There were also American Goldfinches plucking seeds from the grasses.
And an Orange-Crowned Warbler, which at first glance confused me, since I haven’t seem them for a while.
Later that day, I saw a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at Lake Shore East Park.
And Red-Winged Blackbirds enjoying someone’s discarded rice.
And a beautiful juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow.
The day before, at Lake Shore East Park, there were several Ruby-Crowned Kinglets.
And a Brown Thrasher trying to hide behind the branches and almost succeeding.
This was the last Common Yellowthroat I found this fall.
And one of a few Dark-Eyed Juncos that arrived on September 22.
Also on September 22, the photographs below.
As the days grow shorter and the weather gets cooler, a new crop of crows has emerged to entertain me with their peanut antics. A short Crow Post is on the way.