Date: 5/16/18 2:19 pm
From: <rlshonkw...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET JxP, Tuesday, 15 May: A few good birds
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park yesterday covering 63rd Street Beach, the North Lake Front (to 59th), Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, the west side of the Inner Harbor and the west golf course. It was a fairly active day though nothing unexpected. I had 17 warbler species, 8 flycatcher species and 8 sparrow species, and 85 species overall. COMMON YELLOWTHROATS seemed to be everywhere, still lots of PALM WARBLERS about, and every section seemed to have 1 or 2 LEAST FLYCATHCERS and male WILSON'S WARBLERS. Here are the highlights.
A male MOURNING WARBLER (FOY) was at the north end of the central nature area of Wooded Island, while at the south end of the island there was a singing N. PARULA, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (FOY), an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and, a bit of a surprise, a female PURPLE FINCH. Another birder pointed out a male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER in the southwest corner of the island. There was a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS south of the driving range. Hopefully they will nest again this year. When I was over by the pines in Bobolink Meadow I heard what sounded like a couple of gulls arguing in the woods by the meadow. It turned out to be a GRAY CATBIRD incorporating gull calls in its song! I've never heard any mimics, let alone a catbird, mimic a gull.
Near the "berm" of the west golf course I heard what I thought was a pewee and wrote it down as such in my notebook. Then I remembered that another flycatcher has a pewee-like call. I looked up a few feet in the tree above me and found a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (FOY) giving it "tuwee" call. It was in perfect position for a photo, but of course moved before I could get a shot. A little later I saw it through a gap in the branches and, after trying to focus on it about a dozen times I was finally able to get a decent shot (though not as good if it had stayed in its original discovery spot). After a little while a very active female GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER landed in the same tree voraciously feeding. I only saw small bits of her, but enough to know what she was. My full list is below.

Abbreviations: 63rd = 63rd Street Beach, NLF = North Lake Front (62nd to 59th), WI/BM = Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, IH = Inner Harbor, GC = Golf Course.

Canada Goose: 63rd (4), WI/BM (43), GC (1)
Wood Duck: WI/BM (8)
Mallard: 63rd (2), WI/BM (8), GC (2)
Hooded Merganser: IH (1)
Red-breasted Merganser: WI/BM (1)
Double-crested Cormorant: 63rd (36), WI/BM (1)
Great Blue Heron: 63rd (1), WI/BM (2)
Green Heron: WI/BM (2)
Black-crowned Night-Heron: WI/BM (1)
Cooper's Hawk: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Spotted Sandpiper: 63rd (6)
Ring-billed Gull: 63rd (89), NLF (2), WI/BM (18), IH (15)
Herring Gull: 63rd (3), WI/BM (2), IH (3)
Caspian Tern: 63rd (8), IH (2)
Rock Pigeon: WI/BM (2)
Chimney Swift: 63rd (3), NLF (1), WI/BM (10), IH (1)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Red-headed Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
Downy Woodpecker: WI/BM (5)
Olive-sided Flycatcher: WI/BM (1)
E. Wood-Pewee: NLF (1), WI/BM (1)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher: GC (1)
Trail's flycatcher sp: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Least Flycatcher: WI/BM (9), IH (1), GC (4)
Empidonax flycatcher sp: WI/BM (3)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (2)
Great Crested Flycatcher: WI/BM (2)
E. Kingbird: WI/BM (2), IH (1)
Warbling Vireo: WI/BM (2)
Red-eyed Vireo: WI/BM (1)
Blue Jay: WI/BM (3)
A. Crow: 63rd (1), WI/BM (6), GC (4)
Purple Martin: WI/BM (10)
Tree Swallow: WI/BM (3)
N. Rough-winged Swallow: 63rd (4), NLF (6), WI/BM (6), IH (2)
Cliff Swallow: 63rd (46), NLF (2), WI/BM (4), IH (2)
Barn Swallow: 63rd (10), NLF (8), WI/BM (14), IH (2)
House Wren: WI/BM (7)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: WI/BM (13)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 63rd (1), WI/BM (3)
E. Bluebird: WI/BM (2)
Veery: WI/BM (8), GC (2)
Gray-cheeked Thrush: WI/BM (8), GC (1)
Swainson's Thrush: 63rd (1), WI/BM (13), IH (2), GC (3)
Catharus thrush sp: WI/BM (2)
A. Robin: 63rd (3), NLF (1), WI/BM (23), IH (2), GC (1)
Gray Catbird: NLF (2), WI/BM (36), IH (3), GC (6)
Brown Thrasher: WI/BM (2)
Euro. Starling: 63rd (21), WI/BM (5), IH (1)
Cedar Waxwing: WI/BM (2)
Ovenbird: WI/BM (6)
N. Waterthrush: WI/BM (12), GC (1)
Black-and-white Warbler: WI/BM (3), GC (1)
Golden-winged Warbler: GC (1)
Nashville Warbler: 63rd (1)
Mourning Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Common Yellowthroat: 63rd (2), NLF (1), WI/BM (46), GC (7)
A. Redstart: 63rd (2), WI/BM (17), GC (2)
N. Parula: WI/BM (1)
Magnolia Warbler: 63rd (2), WI/BM (6), GC (1)
Blackburnian Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Yellow Warbler: 63rd (2), WI/BM (25)
Chestnut-sided Warbler: 63rd (1)
Palm Warbler: 63rd (3), WI/BM (40)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: 63rd (5), NLF (1), WI/BM (6)
Black-throated Green Warbler: 63rd (1)
Wilson's Warbler: WI/BM (11)
E. Towhee: WI/BM (1)
Chipping Sparrow: WI/BM (3)
Savannah Sparrow: 63rd (9)
Song Sparrow: 63rd (1), WI/BM (14), IH (1)
Lincoln's Sparrow: NLF (1), WI/BM (10), IH (1)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (5)
White-crowned Sparrow: 63rd (16), NLF (1), WI/BM (37), IH (7)
White-throated Sparrow: 63rd (1), NLF (2), WI/BM (7), IH (1), GC (1)
N. Cardinal: WI/BM (7), IH (1), GC (3)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak: WI/BM (2)
Indigo Bunting: WI/BM (1), IH (1)
Red-winged Blackbird: 63rd (13), NLF (2), WI/BM (15), IH (4)
Brown-headed Cowbird: WI/BM (8), IH (1)
Orchard Oriole: WI/BM (2)
Baltimore Oriole: NLF (1), WI/BM (11), GC (1)
Purple Finch: WI/BM (1)
House Finch: NLF (1), WI/BM (2)
A. Goldfinch: 63rd (2), WI/BM (16), IH (1), GC (1)
House Sparrow: 63rd (8), NLF (2), WI/BM (6)

Randy Shonkwiler

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