The bird above is a sleeping Common Potoo, a nocturnal species. Now see if you can find the bird in the photo below.
How our guide ever saw the bird in the first place is beyond comprehension. But the same day, one of our net-tending participants found the practically invisible hummingbird nest below. The only way I could find the spot with my camera was to look for the orange leaf.
The birds at the lodge feeders were much easier to spot. An Inca Dove and a Rufous-Naped Wren.
And birds in the hand, as always, were the easiest to see. Except you hardly ever see the whole hummingbird. Below, a Stripe-Throated Hermit and a Blue-Throated Goldentail.
Below, a Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher on the left and a female Painted Bunting on the right.
The bird below found its way into my net. It is a Yellow-Billed Cacique.
The Ivory-Billed Woodcreeper below was on a tree near my net. Much more common than an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker!
Below, a Tropical Kingbird and another Black-Headed Trogon.
There is nothing new about a Turkey Vulture but it’s nice when you can see the field marks.
More photographs to come from my trip to Nicaragua. Below, one of many stunning overlooks.
I haven’t hit any hot spots yet, but have started seeing a few migrant birds downtown. Tuesday morning I rescued a young Wood Thrush on my way to work. I visited Lake Shore East Park on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. At that location I have perhaps seen only seven warbler species so far, American Redstart, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Ovenbird, Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Tennessee Warbler and Wilson’s Warbler, with the Wilson’s being the most frequent. On Tuesday there were a few flycatchers, the most cooperative being a young Yellow-Bellied.
Below, a couple photos of the Black-and-White Warbler from Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, a Nashville Warbler, most completely seen on the sidewalk.
A couple more pictures of the Wilson’s Warbler below.
The Common Grackles have been congregating all week, eating acorns and bathing in the water features.
At least it appears they are trying to eat the acorns.
I will be back soon. I’ve been busy, and the weather has been hot and muggy. The longer days must be getting to me, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. But we are fortunate enough to have some cooler, drier weather this weekend and I plan to take advantage of it Sunday morning.
Fall is suddenly upon us with cooler temperatures, shorter days, and finally some rain. It has been raining all day today, true to the weather predictions which the past couple weeks have not held, at least in my neighborhood. So we were pretty dry until now. I finally gave in to reality and decided to get caught up on indoor chores, rather than go out on the migrant quest. But over the past week there have been birds arriving at the two spots I can visit regularly downtown, 155 North Wacker Drive on my way in to work and Lake Shore East Park on my lunch hour, in particular on Friday after the cold front pushed more birds down to us.
Northern Waterthrush, 155 N. Wacker Drive
Tennessee Warbler behind glass at 155 North Wacker deli
At 155 North Wacker I never know where I’m going to see birds, so the waterthrush flew up onto the top of a wall on Wednesday, and on Friday, the Tennessee Warbler was stuck inside the deli. I called the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors without realizing I had not told them exactly where I was but by the time they got there the worker inside the deli whom I had been trying to help get the bird down and out the door managed to catch the warbler in something net-like, brought it out to me, and as soon as I could say “it’s fine” the Tennessee escaped his hand and flew into the trees. I would have rather gotten a picture of him free, but he was not having anything to do with us after all that.
Female American Redstart, Lake Shore East Park
Redstarts have been most abundant. Of course this time of year a lot of them look more like Yellowstarts. The first year males are distinguishable from the females such as the one above by their more brightly-colored feathers and the prescient orange look to the yellow on the side of the breast. The young male below was a bit puffed-out looking through a lot of the shots; I hope he’s feeling better.
First-Year Male American Redstart
Swainson’s Thrushes have also been here and there. Not as many as I would have seen in the larger park space but still you could pretty much count on seeing or hearing one somewhere.
Swainson’s Thrush, Lake Shore East Park
Below is a not great picture of what may be the first Blackpoll I’ve seen this fall. There were other shots that fill out the whole bird a bit more but none as revealing. That’s one thing about taking pictures of warblers. You might end up with the tail feathers in one picture and the breast or head in another. Or you might just get a good look at the underside.
Blackpoll Warbler, Lake Shore East Park
Below is a Female Wilson’s Warbler. Again not a great picture but a nice bird to see, nevertheless.
Female Wilson’s Warbler, 155 N. Wacker Drive
Friday there were at least a dozen Palm Warblers foraging in the grass and in the trees in Lake Shore East Park.
Palm Warbler, Lake Shore East Park
The third most common bird has been Magnolia Warbler. Below is what looks to me like a nice first-year male.
Magnolia Warbler, Lake Shore East Park
If I can get up early tomorrow I might try the lakefront before work. If nothing else, I owe my crows a visit.