Passerine migration is over for all practical purposes. Birds have taken to their breeding grounds and are getting down to business. Here are some photos from the last couple weekends, starting with the Prothonotary Warbler above, seen at Indiana Dunes State Park.
Yellow Warblers are common summer residents around here. The one on the left above was hanging out at IDSP and the one on the right was the first bird I encountered at the Chicago Portage last Sunday on a late, gloomy morning.
Even with a lot more light going on at the Indiana location, backlighting was a constant challenge. Above, compare an adult male Scarlet Tanager on the left with what was determined to be a first-year male of the same species.
There were several Red-Headed Woodpeckers at IDSP. I don’t see them too often so they were a nice surprise.
Perhaps the most exciting find was the hardest to photograph. Above is a male Acadian Flycatcher, not far from where his mate is sitting on a cleverly positioned nest underneath a leaf.
Two looks at Eastern Wood-Pewees above.
We had two Pileated Woodpeckers, and the one above was in the best light but this species still eludes my camera, monster lens and all.
Cedar Waxwings above, at IDSP on the left and the other one from the Chicago Portage.
The Portage had at least four male Baltimore Orioles, and I was able to spot a female not entirely hidden on the right, above.
To add to my list of not-often-seen woodpeckers, I had a Hairy Woodpecker at the Portage. Usually I see Downies everywhere, but this was the only woodpecker that I was able to photograph.
Tree Swallows were abundant. And below, it was a good day for turtles at the Portage.
And for Mallard ducklings…looking almost full grown.
Below, a newly fledged American Robin and an adult.
One more look at the Red-Headed Woodpecker.
I’ve been busy writing silly songs, working, gardening and starting to get ready for a trip that will begin on July 1. I am now glad I inadvertently planned to be away before the Democratic National Convention. I’m growing weary of the daily drama and it will be good for my head to be totally oblivious to politics for a couple weeks.
I’ll try to get back to this page a few times before I go. Thanks for stopping by!