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Our staff photographer went out to the Chicago Lakefront to get some shots of the Chicago skyline. What he did not expect to see were so many beautifully colored birds. Lake Michigan is a main flyway for migrating birds and that makes Chicago a major stopover on their journey.

We are not bird experts and our identification efforts by means of a bird book has allowed us to name many of the observed birds.  One surprise discovery was of a bird  that only lives in Arizona. We were unable to identify many of the birds captured in these photographs and would love to hear from all of you bird watchers out there!

 


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Doug
05/19/2015 10:05am

Any chance the one bird is a Kirkland's Warbler?

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05/19/2015 6:57pm

In order:

Black-and-white Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Siskin
Clay-colored Sparrow
American Redstart
Gray Catbird
American Redstart
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

All of these are expected migrants in Chicago.

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CSMM
05/19/2015 10:01pm

Greg,

Thank you very much. It was nice of you to take the time to help us.

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jamie
05/20/2015 5:18pm

Thank you Greg - photos without captions are simply useless. We appreciate you taking the time to identify these lovelies!

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Vera
05/20/2015 10:00am

Nice captures of all these migrants, especially the Magnolia Warbler! Sounds like you happened to be at the lakefront at the right time to catch a big movement of birds. All their different colors and plumages are incredible, aren't they??

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CSMM
05/20/2015 3:03pm

I was just lucky. Happened to stop there and could not help but see all of the brightly colored birds. I had never seen many of them.

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