We got hooked on birdwatching and found there are a lot more birds in Chicago than pigeons, robins, mallards, Canadian Geese, gulls, and sparrows. I started taking pictures of them and ended up with far too many to post on my Chicago Daily Photo site. So I started this separate site just for the birds.
Look! A Blue Gray Gnatcatcher! Well, wait look over there. No, over there. No, over there. This is one of the early "flitty" birds. It flits quicker than the little gnats it goes after.
I'll spare you ALL the photos of empty branches, leaves, and blue-gray blurs that I had to take in order to get these three. (I am surprised to have gotten two of this little bird sitting still!) But at least it gets us in practice for the flitty warblers soon to return.
Couldn't resist snapping a photo of this House Sparrow. He seemed to be so proud of the fancy little pink feather he found. Many of the resident birds around here are in the process of building nests, so, presumably, he's going to "feather his nest" with this bright little doo-dad.
Oh this poor little Brown Creeper. So close and yet so far. Apparently the poor little guy was so delirious from his migration trip that he confused almost every vertical item for a tree. He scaled almost every stair railing and decorative metal bar in the Bloch Cancer Survivor Park before he found a tree.
In reality, I didn't need to worry about him too much as those railings and metal gates probably house a good number of small insects and spiders which, for the Creeper, are a tasty treat.
The Brown Thrashers are coming through Chicago. They haven't been around since last fall. This one was over by Burnham Harbor last weekend, enjoying some very mild temperatures. It was great to be able to observe him for awhile; they swing their head from side to side using their long curved beak to stir up leaves while looking for food (probably why they are called Thrashers?).
He then treated us to a song - which I hadn't heard before. I guess I expected it to be more of a gravelly "AACK" type sound but it is a very pretty and melodic song.
WHAT are you looking at?!?
What's back there that you are taking a picture of?
Spring Migration Season has barely started and I feel like I am way behind in posting. I will really try to catch up during the rest of this week.
I don't usually see the Eastern Towhee up in a tree. I usually see them scratching around on the ground. I realized, today, that I had not heard their song. Until this afternoon. It was the song that made me go looking for the bird. They have a loud song - I heard it across the park - that is more a chirp with a nice tone. I guess this one was alerting all the other birds to the pretty setting that is Grant Park. Either that, or he was intentionally distracting me from trying to find that Eastern Meadowlark I had seen earlier. ;)