I knew that Montrose would not be anything special with the east winds at the lakefront but I hoped that the Piping Plover would be around as shorebirds are less affected by the wind direction. But there was no Piping Plover & no shorebirds at all except Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers. I heard that a Semipalmated Plover was there but I did not see it.
Even on a bad day Montrose always has some land birds & today I had 13 warbler species. I'll list all 13 & then give a few other highlights.
Montrose Hedge Area
Tennessee (4), Nashville (1), Yellow (2), Magnolia (4), Cape May (1-F), Y.R. Myrtle (1), Palm (5), Black & White (1), Redstart (10), Ovenbird (1), Northern Waterthrush (4), Common Yellowthroat (5) & Wilson's (1).
Thrushes were Veery (2), Gray Cheeked (1) & Swainson's & 1 Eastern Kingbird was FOY for me if for no one else. Also saw 1 Thrasher & 1 Cedar Waxwing. The only Vireo was the resident Warbling Vireo.
What Bill B said is very true as the water is everywhere at LaBagh. All lower trails by the river are completely or partially under water. About all you can navigate is the walkway along the old railroad tracks & the high trail on the east side of the river.
Here I saw 2 Green Herons, 2 Wood Ducks & Mallards. Also 1 male Rose Breasted Grosbeak, 2 Lincoln's Sparrows & the only Thrush was Swainson's.
Warblers were Nashville (1), Magnolia (4), Chestnut Sided (1), Y.R. Myrtle (2), Northern Waterthrush (5), Common Yellowthroat (4) Wilson's (1) &, the highlight of the day, 1 male BLACK THROATED BLUE.
Sparrows were Swamp (1), Lincoln's (2) & White Crowned. Baltimore Orioles provided some color. I had a probable Olive Sided Flycatcher at the top of a very tall dead tree but it flew & did not return so I could not make sure.
Ended the day with more front yard warblers in Park Ridge seeing Nashville (1-2), Tennessee (5) (many singing), CAPE MAY (1-M & 1-F), Blackpoll (1-M & 1-F), BAY BREASTED (1-M & 1-F), Palm (2) & Redstart (1-F). I have never had warblers like this before in my yard!
So somehow I had 17 species of warblers after all with 13 at Montrose, 2 more at LaBagh & 2 at home in Park Ridge.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the male Black Throated Blue & Runner-Up to the male Cape May at home.
Al Stokie Making the best of it in Cook County
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