I spent the morning birding Montrose Point in Chicago today, May 5, capping off what's been an excellent week of spring migration. I ended up with 101 species in 6 hours of birding. Passerines were abundant, with White-crowned, White-throated, and Swamp Sparrows and Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers leading the way. There were also good numbers of Gray Catbirds and Swainson's Thrushes. Interestingly, many of these birds were feeding in the tops of trees that were just leafing out, apparently on newly emerged midges. Shorebird variety however was low, which was surprising given the complete lack of dogs on the beach (thanks to CPD security) and the presence of a large fluddle on the public beach. The large number of people on the beach probably didn't help (there were 2 major events at Montrose today). My highlights include
White-eyed Vireo - 1, feeding in the top of trees, a common theme today All 6 regularly occurring swallows Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1, getting late 20 species of warbler, the best being Prothonotary and Golden-winged. Only Yellow-rumped, Palm, Northern Waterthrush, and Ovenbird were common however Clay-colored Sparrow - 2 Lark Sparrow - 1 Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird - 1 Orchard Oriole - 2
I hope the rest of May is as exciting as this week has been.