Although I’ve been to the Chicago Portage more recently, I’m posting some photographs and a couple recordings from last month that hadn’t made it into posts anywhere near the days I took them. These are some views of likely suspects from visits made on July 6 and July 10. I then plan to be back with two or three subsequent installments after I process four more recent July days’ worth of photographs. Depending on what happens, I could sneak in another location here and there…
For the record, the male Indigo Buntings that were everywhere singing last month are still singing but not as much and they’re less visible than the one below, taken on July 6.
Tadziu the Indigo Bunting was available on July 10 for photographs and additions to his Greatest Hits, but the lighting was poor for the former. However, I feel obligated to share his portrait anyway.
And here are the last recordings I made of my celebrity.
American Goldfinches have been busy in the duckweed.
Perched over the water and then taking off for better prospects, a Green Heron was distantly available on July 10.
Just by chance I happened on an Eastern Towhee family. You have to look at the second photo below to see the juvenile which is somewhat obscured by the female in the first photo. I heard the male Eastern Towhee singing this past Tuesday, but did not see him. It would be nice to see the family again before the end of the summer.
It was still hard to resist photographing the Prairie Coneflower and whatever the second yellow flower is, that I see blooming upon first entering the woods from the south paved trail.
I got lucky on the 10th and managed a few photographs of a Warbling Vireo. They are still around but not as vocal as they were, so these days it’s hard to tell how many might be present.
Another species becoming more visible lately is Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.
I have barely heard or seen a White-breasted Nuthatch. This one was on the 6th.
Also on July 6th the House Wren below was flying out of my frame.
The Brown-headed Cowbirds were still all over the place too, on July 6.
The Northern Flicker below wasn’t too easy to see, but I was intrigued enough by all the colors on him, popping out from behind the leaves.
Below is an unusually visible Gray Catbird, and below it, an Eastern Wood-Pewee.
And American Robins are always up to something.
I will be back with more composite posts from the Chicago Portage. In another week or two I expect to see more birds, with the added confusion of molting and juvenile plumages.
You always get a lot from your visits.
I wish that were true – sometimes it’s only one or two things, but given that I go there a lot and this time of year is very slow-moving, it’s the little changes that get my attention.
Nice bunch of birds! Great work, Lisa. How’s the weather now in Chicago. Is it hotter than usual? 🙂
Thanks, H.J.! I don’t know – some days are hotter than usual, but it’s hard to know what usual is/was anymore. We haven’t been experiencing hot spells anywhere near as bad as other places in the country. Has your summer been hotter than usual?
Some very nice photos Lisa. I liked that you were able to get a picture of the warbling vireo among all the leaves. I also enjoyed the wren in flight. I don’t often see the eastern towhee so thanks for sharing all the great pics.
Thanks, Bob. I was really surprised to see the Eastern Towhee family because I don’t think I realized there were three of them when I took the photos. 🙂