Friday, June 5, 2015

A Kirtland's Warbler Among Chicago Migrants

Migration in Chicago is always interesting and exciting. So far, the highlight of the 2015 spring season has been the arrival of a male Kirtland's Warbler at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary. This rare bird stayed for two days to the delight of birders and photographers. The Chicago Tribune Newspaper even published an article about the resplendent bird. After a quiet early May, things really picked up and colorful warblers, tanagers, vireos and cuckoos have been ever-present for a couple of weeks. Below I feature several of the beautiful birds I have spotted over the spring migration period.

An endangered Kirtland's Warbler surprises us with his glorious presence

A handsome male Hooded Warbler forages on the ground of the bird sanctuary

A pretty Golden-winged Warbler seeks nutrition amid the blossoms

A male Indigo Bunting shows off his vibrant plumage

Searching for a meal ~ Canada Warbler

Always a radiant sight ~ Prothonotary Warbler

A beautiful Yellow Warbler finds success on its food quest

Seeking insects in the budding trees ~ Magnolia Warbler

A handsome American Redstart is framed by the lush, green leaves

Getting ready for a bite to eat ~ A Blue-winged Warbler

 A Black-billed Cuckoo sits quietly on its perch

Surrounded by spring growth ~ Palm Warbler

A brilliant orange Baltimore Oriole rests on a branch

A lovely Blackburnian Warbler explores the oak tree leaves for food

A rare sighting in Chicago ~ Western Kingbird

Posted by Julie Gidwitz


  1. Fantastic serie of photos !!
    These birds are beautiful !

  2. Lovely birds.. Very nice pics.. Cheers..

  3. Beautiful photos as always, Julie. Congratulations on capturing such a great photo of such a rare bird.
    My current nemesis bird is the Blackburnian Warbler. They range here, but I am still searching. I love to see the Western Kingbirds. I rarely see them here, but have had several recent sightings. The same goes for the Baltimore Orioles and Palm Warblers.