Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wood Thrushes & May Bird Migration to Northern Illinois

Offsetting the cold slow month of April as far as bird migration goes, May roared in with a vengence. The first week of May brought some very nice temperatures and then we could finally say, "Let the bird migration to Northern Illinois begin!" Within the first week of  May, a couple of birding outings brought me 28 FOYs and 6 new birds to add to my Life List (285-290, #291 came later in the month - Blackpoll Warbler- my 5/27 Post). Below is the list of birds that arrived to area in May, that I have seen and will stay the summer here (Rockford, IL):
Least Flycatcher, Great-crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Ovenbird, Eastern Kingbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Wood Thrush, House Wren, Lark Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Lousianna Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Wood Peewee, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Purple Martin, and Sora Rail.

The secretive Wood Thrush, Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve,
 Rockford, IL; 5/1/2011
The first day of May

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