I try to get to LaBagh Woods Forest Preserve a couple times a year if not more, at least during migration season. These pictures are from two weeks ago when I went with my friend Susan. It was extremely muddy after recent rains which made some of the trails impassible. Number of species and photographs were not as forthcoming as I might have hoped but we had a good time Disclaimer: I’m presently suffering from a horrible head cold that started yesterday morning so I will keep this short and sweet.
It was a photo contest between Nashville Warbler (above) and Magnolia (again, show-offs that they are) but it was wonderful to see the elusive and scarce Golden-Winged Warbler. Below are two separate individuals of this species. At least I think they are different birds, we saw them quite a distance from each other.
Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks are always welcome. Below, male and female.
I don’t think I stopped bothering to take pictures of American Redstarts and Yellow Warblers (below) but there weren’t many volunteers.
And yes, the Magnolias, posing even when they aren’t.
Below, a Cooper’s Hawk sitting quietly in a tree.
After hearing Northern Parulas in several locations it was gratifying to finally be able to see one or two well and photograph below.
The migrants that likely aren’t going any farther are House Wren and Eastern Phoebe, below.
Also a Swamp Sparrow who could stay in the area.
The bird below is a male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird – and the lighting is so intense and back-lit there is just no way to show off his ruby throat. But it was nice to see him perched. Welcome back, little fella. Still waiting to see a hummer in my yard…
A few more athletic poses by the Nashville Warblers.
If you look closely at the top of the bird’s head below you can see a little rufous in the feathers of a male Nashville Warbler. I don’t know if I have ever seen this with binoculars but the camera lens makes it easier to believe.
I will be back with more of spring migration. This weekend is probably going to be the last we will see of the warblers that keep going north.