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Shootin' Whitetails

Bird Bonanza

Sun, May 05, 2013

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Spring is here and yet there were images from late winter I hadn’t reviewed or posted yet. I finally decided to sit down, organize, and post the pictures that had been sitting on my hard drives and memory cards.  Most of the winter and even this spring Lake Springfield has been host to a plethora of waterfowl. Large groups of Scaup, Golden Eye, Mergansers and Ruddy Ducks were present throughout the winter. Most have now moved farther north as the spring migration is underway.

Common Goldeneye

Ruddy Duck

Hooded Merganser

Many other winter residents have moved north, but I still had Red-breasted Nuthatch’s and Pine Siskin’s coming to my feeders in the last week.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Pine Siskin

Speaking of the spring migration many species of warblers are now moving through Illinois. While volunteering this last week at the Lincoln Land Bird Banding Station we saw many new migrants showing up. Prothonary, Palm, Yellow-rumped and common yellowthroat warblers were captured in the nets and banded.

Prothonotary Warbler

Other species observed moving through the banding station included this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Purple Finch.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Purple Finch

My hummingbird and oriole feeders went up last week. A Baltimore oriole made an appearance literally minutes after hanging my feeders. I’m still waiting on hummingbirds. I know they are here but I have not seen any yet.

Baltimore Oriole

April and May are prime months to observe birds as the migration begins in earnest. Get outside and look for these colorful birds and keep your eyes on the sky!

Palm Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American White Pelican


Great pic’s Jim! Our hummers arrived on April 29th- the Grosbeaks were a wk earlier. Wrens are in the box’s-I actually had a Oriole on the sunflower feeder, kinda rare.

Posted by walmsley on May 06

Saw a Baltimore Oriole in Dewitt county Friday morning on way to Morel patch.
Love those colors, only usually see one once or twice a year out and about the woods.
Made my day!

Posted by mohican on May 06

Great photos Jim!

We participated in the Spring Bird Count Saturday.  We found a total of 85 species.  It was real gloomy, and I didn’t get many good photos.  I did get some good ones of a prairie warbler.  The camera still helped in the count, as I ID’d 2 or 3 birds that night only because I had the photos (female palm warbler and a pine warbler were two of them.)

-Darin DeNeal

Posted by shootist on May 06

Saturday, I saw my first Scarlet Tanager!! Beautiful bird. Saturday afternoon we had a flock of Goldfinches in the yard picking over the dandelions, I presume. Then we had a Oriole(adult male) on the hummingbird feeder. I guess I hit the trifecta for colorful Birds Of Illinois all in the same day!

Posted by Rex Featherlin on May 07

Great photos Jim! We feed the birds at our farm here in Macon County, a lot of birds. We had been enjoying a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak feed at our feeder for a couple of weeks. One evening I came home from an errand and found him on the ground under the feeder with one wing dragging and unable to fly. I tried to catch him but he eluded me in a thicket. The next evening I found him back under the feeder. I was able to catch him this time. I called the Illinois Raptor Center on the west edge of Decatur and talked to Jane. I had taked a couple of Great Horned Owls there in the past and they had pulled them through. I took the Grosbeak to the facility and left him. I need to call tomorrow and find out how he is doing.

Posted by WHITETAILHUNTER on May 16

“Taken”, not taked. LOL

Posted by WHITETAILHUNTER on May 16

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