"Out in Grant Park today, 17 May, it was not bad. The only migrant that
was really common was WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW with 260. The number two
migrant was LINCOLN'S SPARROW with 21. I had 20 species of warbler,
including my first BLACK-THROATED BLUE, WILSON'S and CANADA of the
spring. The most abundant warbler was AMERICAN REDSTART with 16. Other
birds of interest included a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD, and PURPLE FINCH."
Yes, that's right: he saw 20 species of warbler. In the Olympics of birding, Dr. Stotz would totally win a medal.
And anyone who can spot a hummingbird in a tourist-filled urban park--we're talking highly, highly evolved birding sense. I am humbled and jealous.
A hero, indeed. I always count myself lucky if I identify one new bird :-) I'll be in Chicago in June, and will be sure to go to Grant Park.By Eva, at 12:58 AM
ooh, you have GOT to go over to Montrose Point and the Magic Hedge, where 95% of NOrth America's songbirds stop over at this one little sandy hedge on the lake! Take Lake Shore Drive to Montrose, and then follow the signs for the Magic Hedge!By mar-mar, at 6:36 PM
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