Back to Riverside

Here’s a short post, I hope. I had other things in mind but after visiting Riverside yesterday morning it seemed only fair to do a little recap of my visit. We are in the midst of a hot spell that isn’t going to break until Thursday morning. The winds were blowing from the southeast yesterday (today they are stronger from the southwest). I was surprised to find a few warblers hanging out in Riverside Lawn.

But first, I started out by crossing the Joliet Avenue bridge, where I found a Double-crested Cormorant that had just caught and eaten a fish.

Des Plaines River with a hint of fall color

Walking along the paved path in Riverside, I encountered a Gray Catbird. Later, coincidentally, I heard what was likely a young Gray Catbird trying out a whole bunch of sounds (they are mimics) and confounding Merlin which totally ignored it, likely because the jumble was too unique for the algorithm to figure out.

When I wasn’t seeing or hearing too many other birds at one point, I decided to take a picture of some asters that have cropped up everywhere.

I did stop to look around the low, grassy area on the other side of the paved walk. Among a lot of American Goldfinches (not represented here), I found this rather disheveled Song Sparrow.

Eventually I started seeing Yellow-rumped Warblers here and there.

A White-breasted Nuthatch was hugging a tree. I think by this time I had crossed the footbridge and I was walking around Riverside Lawn, starting first to see birds on the road that extends from the footbridge.

I caught a brief look at an American Redstart.

I managed to capture one Blackpoll Warbler.

I’ve been seeing Nashville Warblers for a couple weeks.

At some point I saw a young male House Finch.

Best of all was encountering a Black-throated Green Warbler low in a tree right in front of me. I heard its chip note first and then slowly raised my lens. I was nearly too close to capture it with some leaves in the way. This looks like a first-year bird.

There was a distant Tennessee Warbler somewhere up high.

I did see a nice Gray-cheeked Thrush yesterday morning as well. It seems like most of the thrushes have moved on. We had a lot more last week.

Below is one Yellow-rumped Warbler that tried to fly out of the frame.

Food for thought – someone has been ripening tomatoes on this stone bench by the Hofmann Tower.

It’s hard to believe it’s October already, especially with these temperatures. It’s going to be a busy month for me, but I will be back soon with more migration madness. Well, maybe it’s more like migration murmurs.

4 thoughts on “Back to Riverside

  1. Some nice shots of those few migrant warblers that, thank goodness, have decided to spend a little time with us. The hope is they are all lined up waiting for the cold front to bring them south. Well, we also  hope that a number of them will linger here in Chicago and not just fly right over us. Gotta like the symbolism of unripe tomatoes. May the birds fly south soon and the tomatoes turn bight red before winter arrives.

    • Thanks, Bob, especially for providing insight to the significance of unripe tomatoes which were riper but off the bench and down to 3 this morning. I saw only a few Redstarts and a number of Yellow-rumped Warblers.

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