Here are a few pictures taken at various times over the past few weeks, all in downtown Chicago…
I never manage to see enough of any one species to tire of them. Although Tennessee Warblers often appear abundant, they are not always easy to capture. For comparison with a species they resemble, I have an Orange-Crowned Warbler below.
There seemed to be fewer birds altogether this year, but I don’t know if it is due to loss of habitat, weather patterns, being in the wrong place at the wrong time or a combination of all three.
I frequently see Northern Waterthrushes on the ground, but less often perched in trees.
The day I saw the Kentucky Warbler, there were so few birds altogether at Lake Shore East Park I wasn’t even aware I had seen this rarity until I checked my photographs later. The bird kept ducking in and out of hydrangeas planted near the east end of the park and I was consumed with trying to stop it long enough for a picture.
First-year male American Redstarts seem to be born exhibitionists, on the other hand.
This Blackpoll was pretty cooperative too on the day I saw it.
And Common Yellowthroats, as difficult as they are to see on their breeding grounds…are frequent park visitors.
A Hermit Thrush reminding me It’s The Food, Stupid.
At 155 N. Wacker there haven’t been very many birds, but last week there was this sapsucker scaling a wall.
And a White-Crowned Sparrow popped out last week at a new spot on the river that looks promising for future visits.
Perhaps the strangest thing I saw this fall was a frog in the corner of one of these wrought-iron-encased planters on Randolph near Wacker. How it got there boggles the mind.
It’s time to say goodbye to the warblers until spring. But many more sparrows are likely to be showing up. I’m thankful for that because they tend to be easier to see! And at least I can always carry on a conversation with White-Throated Sparrows.