Lakefront Parks and Confusing Warblers

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Palm Warbler

Before I left for downtown two Sundays ago, there was a young rabbit outside my front door between me and my car. There was also a very nicely kept spider web attached to one of my front stair railings.

Rabbit 9-16-18-0273Web 9-16-18-0274This will be brief, as was my last warbler flock experience.

My first lakefront park stop was the area north of Buckingham Fountain.

I saw more warblers than I was able to photograph. In all, there were maybe 8 species. Above, Cape May Warblers, below, American Redstart.

Also available, a Red-Breasted Nuthatch…

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Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Palm Warblers (above) dominated the flock. Across from all the activity was a fenced-in garden area where this transforming Northern Cardinal was feasting on seeds.

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Northern Cardinal through a fence

Then there is the warbler below. I struggled over this ID but now I’m thinking it is a Cape May too.Unknown 9-16-18-0480

I made my way over to Millennium Park and went up the stairs to Lurie Garden. The only warbler I found is below. Since it resembles nothing else, even though the mask is barely visible, it must be a Kentucky Warbler. It remained low in the foliage and everything else about it said Kentucky Warbler to me.

Below, one more of my best subject – the Palm Warbler enjoying a worm.

PAWA 9-16-18-0297There was no noticeable activity elsewhere that morning, and it’s been slow ever since. A strange, fitful migration season. But I am grateful for whatever birds I have seen and hope they are making safe trips to their winter homes.

11 thoughts on “Lakefront Parks and Confusing Warblers

  1. It does seem to be a “strange, fitful” season. Here the weather can’t decide between summer and autumn, but it keeps raining regardless. I saw frost warnings up in your area. Keep enjoying it in comfort while you can!

    • It’s better but not done yet I hope. Or maybe this is as good as it gets. I’m walking better so I guess I can’t complain. And those brief moments when I forget about my knee are more frequent… Thanks for asking. I’ll write you soon.

    • I start out looking for movement, and warblers tend to move a certain way because they are trying to grab bugs. I tend to use the camera lens more often than the binoculars if I think I can grab a picture. Sometimes I don’t know what I’ve photographed until I develop the pictures later!

    • I follow this method constantly. Sometimes it takes five or six photographs all in a row to figure out what the bird is, and it might come down to the undertail coverts or the wingbars or even something like the color of its feet! But I guess it’s all part of paying attention or…being obsessive.

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