Portage Participation

Here are those photos I couldn’t fit into my last post, from two visits to the Chicago Portage last Saturday and Sunday, specifically the first and second days of October.

There were plenty of Yellow-rumped Warblers but there were some other warblers as well. On Saturday I found what turned out to be a very pale Bay-breasted Warbler (below) that looks a lot like the Chestnut-sided Warbler I found the following day. This is where you get down to the nitty-gritty and start comparing things like bill shape and eye-rings and so on.

Bay-breasted Warbler

I took too many photographs of the Chestnut-sided Warbler the next day. Oh well.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Also on Sunday I found a Black-and-white Warbler.

Palm Warblers have been few and far between this fall. I am used to seeing more than one or two individuals.

Palm Warbler

These are the same species I’ve been seeing for weeks off and on but I’m still happy to find them.

Magnolia Warbler

A Nashville Warbler is below.

There are still a lot of young House Wrens. Below are a few photos I took of a very cooperative individual.

Golden-crowned Kinglets haven’t been too easy to photograph lately but at least I got the golden crown on this one.

Below is a juvenile Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

I barely captured a Swamp Sparrow. Sort of.

And I spotted one Cedar Waxwing.

This Mourning Dove didn’t seem to mind my presence. So I took its photograph.

I don’t photograph every Yellow-rumped Warbler I see but some of them are just too easy to pass up.

I’ll be back as soon as possible with some bird action from Riverside. This Saturday is my last bird walk of the season at Thatcher Woods. We were lulled back into early fall with warmer temperatures today. Saturday’s forecast is for a much chillier morning start, but with plenty of sunshine which should improve our chances of seeing more migrants.

8 thoughts on “Portage Participation

  1. Nice collection of our still present warblers and migrants. I won’t try to guess how many photos you took on this recent journey. Thanks for sharing. I will have to keep studying migrating Chestnut-sided warblers.

    • Thanks, Bob. I am still recovering from taking this morning off from birding. Yes, the Chestnut-sideds have confused me too – a couple weeks ago I thought I was looking at a Golden-winged and it turned out to be a Chestnut-sided.

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