Spring passerine migration may be over, but I still have a lot of photographs left so maybe we can hang on to the memory of it a little while longer.
These are all from the Chicago Portage on May 12. I wonder if any of these Bay-breasted Warblers were the same individuals who looked quite different in the fall.
It was definitely nice to see them so well in their spring feathers.
There didn’t seem to be as many Black-throated Green Warblers as there were in the fall. But they are always special for me. They pose nicely, for example.
On the other hand, Chestnut-sided Warblers were early and everywhere.
I don’t want to take Yellow Warblers for granted, even though a few individuals remain at the Portage all summer. They are still lovely.
All it would have taken was a few more leaves and I would not have these photographs.
I got lucky with an action shot.
Below is a Veery. I’ve included the long view which shows how I first focused on the bird from afar. This is a less-often-seen thrush species so I was very happy to find it.
I probably took too many photographs of the male Eastern Bluebird but I am always so delighted to see him. I haven’t seen him in over a week, so I hope he is just busy but still on site.
The female Blue Grosbeak below turned out to be rare for this date. A week later, the same bird was no longer considered unusual. I sure would like to see a male here. It’s been a few years.
I don’t think I will ever get enough of Magnolia Warblers.
The bird below had me stumped – for a while. I determined it had to be a female Black-throated Blue Warbler. I later checked my bound copy of The Warbler Guide and sure enough, I was correct. Since I didn’t have a complete side view, it was a bit difficult, but her face spoke to me.
Baltimore Orioles are still around and will be all summer. This looks like a younger bird perhaps.
First-year male American Redstarts can be confused with females…
There was a Green Heron in flight that day.
Indigo Buntings are here to stay for the summer. I won’t get tired of them either.
Here’s how the Portage looked on that day. Now you can barely see the bridge through the growth.
I suspect there’s a lot more mossy stuff going on way off trail. I zoomed in on this with the telephoto lens.
There are a lot of Brown-headed Cowbirds at the Portage this spring. I usually see gangs of males following one or two females. This girl was on her own.
One more of the muted-looking Baltimore Oriole. I will be back with many more birds – now that I have a little more wiggle room on the laptop. Tonight I am happy to be attending the end-of-season choir party. I really missed singing a couple weeks ago for our last service, but it will be good to see everybody again before the summer break. We will return to rehearsals in mid-August. Wow, it’s June already.
The bright colors of spring migration were a joy to see. I am glad that a few of those birds decide to hang around the Chicago area all summer. Nice pictures and memories.
Thanks, Bob! Yeah I just couldn’t let all those photos go to waste. Ha ha.