Thanks to a call from Anne, I was able to stop at Bell Bowl and see the Blue Grosbeak. It was windy, but I managed to hear the Bell’s Vireo sing a couple of times. A Grasshopper Sparrow was singing in the Bowl, plus several Dickcissels. Both Eastern and Western Meadowlarks were singing.
A. Straight, & I had a Blue Grosbeak at the Bell Bowl Prairie about 11:30 a.m. today. Also, seen were Bobolinks, Dickcissels, E.&W. & Meadowlarks, Grasshopper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrows,Willow Flycatcher. We did not see the Bell’s Vireo.
Tom Little spotted a Western Kingbird on the south side of Belt Line Road, immediately east of the Kishwaukee River bridge, on a fence at the red gate on Friday night. I did not see it there this morning despite 90 minutes of searching. I did find a singing Bell’s Vireo in Bell Bowl. It was in the same location as a pair nested last year.
Now there are two (2), at least there were this morning. Both singing within 50 feet of each other between the foot bridge and the ford across Kent Creek in the western part of the main park.
An Olive-sided Flycatcher was in the trees and on the posts on the north side of the dry dam. Access is closer off of Porter Road where the service gate and road enter from the road. A Bobolink is in the meadow west of the dry dam.
This morning, Barbara and I walked and birded the big loop trail that runs nearly 2.5 miles through Anna Page Park in northwest Rockford. We only managed to record 10 species of warblers, but one of them was a singing Connecticut Warbler. Also in the mix was a Black & White, 1 female Canada, 11 Tennessees, 1 female Magnolia, and a lot of American Redstarts. There were 3 Willow Flycatchers, 2 Leasts, and 1 Yellow-bellied, plus 2 “Traill’s” types that were silent. The northwest wind did not bring new species in overnight, and most of the large influx of migrants that came in last Thursday, May 14, were gone by Saturday, May 16.
Was anyone out birding last Friday morning? There were a lot of migrants all over the place. We had 22 species of warblers in our yard on Friday morning.
I’m sure that some of you who are reading this were out, but no one has posted since I made a migration report 2 weeks ago. Has anyone been out birding in Winnebago County during the last 2 weeks who is subscribed to this blog?
Barbara and I have had a lot of activity around our house and in the woods behind us. It started on Saturday afternoon, May 2, when a Cape May Warbler and Rose-breasted Grosbeak were at our water pan.
Sunday morning produced a lot of new arrivals. Gary Jahnke and I found 76 species at Rock Cut SP between 0630-1100. That included 15 species of warblers. Highlights included Hooded, 3 Blue-winged, a White-eyed Vireo, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Orange-crowned. We did not hear or see Cerulean Warblers. 2 Forster’s Terns were on Pierce Lake, and 10 Henslow’s Sparrows were calling in territories along the equestrian path south of Hart Road. Our yard featured a number of Baltimore Orioles, lots of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings, plus Great-crested Flycatchers, Ovenbird and Chestnut-sided Warblers.
Yesterday, more new arrivals spiced up the morning, including a Hooded Warbler in our woods and more Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. In the afternoon, Barbara discovered a young male Summer Tanager in the back yard. It disappeared after 10 minutes, but then reappeared in a tree near the jelly feeder before disappearing again, and we did not see it again.
18 Forster’s Terns were visible from the observation deck at Nygren Wetland yesterday morning until at least 1:00 p.m.