To kick off the month of May and all its glorious migrating birds I birded Saturday morning (May 1st) with Tim Young, my closest friend since 2nd grade. We hit up two forest preserves in Winnebago County and were pleased to find several great birds.
The biggest highlights for photography purposes were a Blue-winged Warbler (who “bee-bzzzed” at us and was curious of my pishing) and a fantastic Red-headed Woodpecker.
We heard or saw several other warbler species including Prothonotary and Yellow-throated but those were too hard to photograph. We also found a pair of Hooded Mergansers but no young. Two years ago on the Spring Bird Count (which is next Saturday) Tim found a pair of Hoodeds with several chicks.
Migration is here and we love it! And in a few days we’ll be at Magee Marsh for the first time, hopefully inundated with warblers and all sorts of migrant birds!!