Monthly Archives: February 2013

White-winged Scoter, February 28, 2013

A female type White-winged Scoter was in Lake Michigan just south of the east end of the harbor this morning. This has been a good February for White-winged Scoters in Illinois. Hopefully this trend will continue into March.

I didn’t see the Ross’s or Snow Geese. The grass they have been feeding on is covered in an inch or two of snow so perhaps they flew off to greener pastures.

Ross’s and Snow Geese, February 25, 2013

Snow Goose

Snow Goose (click to see a larger version)

The Ross’s and Snow Geese were still present this morning. They were feeding in the grass just south of the parking lot near the bathrooms on the south side of the harbor. The Ross’s Goose has been present for almost 2 weeks now.

I also saw 2 Killdeer at the east end of the beach, my first of the year, and a sure harbinger of spring. Most of the beach is still covered with ice and snow so it was a bit strange (though not unappreciated) to see these shorebirds there.

Ross’s Goose, February 14, 2013

Ross's Goose

Ross’s Goose (click to see a larger version)

A Ross’s Goose has been at Montrose since February 12. It was found by local birder Luiz Munoz. I briefly saw the bird this morning, February 14. It flew in with a lone Canada Goose and landed on the sidewalk on the southeast side of the harbor. This was about 7:30. A few minutes later a pedestrian came along and flushed it to the north. The last time I saw the bird it was flying to the northwest over Cricket Hill with a group of Canada Geese. Ross’s Geese are very rare at Montrose, with only about 4 records total.

It’s (Mostly) About the Birds

Welcome to my blog about birding Montrose Point in Chicago. I created this blog to report some of my recent sightings from Montrose. I’ll also write about non-Montrose bird sightings from time to time. Thanks for visiting and good birding. Unless stated otherwise, all images and content were created by and are the property of Robert D. Hughes; any unauthorized use is prohibited.

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About Me

Robert Hughes

RDH

I’ve been birding since 1978 and much of that time has been spent at Montrose. I’ve never lived far from Montrose so it’s always been easy for me to bird there before or after school or work. You could say that Montrose has been my obsession and love, and sometimes my disappointment.

I was born, raised, and currently live in Chicago. My professional background is in webmastering, front-end Web development, and content management. When I’m not working I apply my passion for communication to promoting the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary through social media and this blog. You could say I’m a Web guy at heart.

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What’s New

An image showing the boundaries of Montrose Point is now up. See the About Montrose page.

A Long-billed Curlew graced Montrose Beach on April 13, 2019. This is a new species for Montrose, number 345. To read more about this extraordinary sighting, follow this link.

A Barred Owl was seen on March 23, 2019. This is a new species for Montrose. An account of this sighting can be found here.

To see a list of the birds recorded at Montrose, refer to the Montrose List page.

Header Photo: White-winged Scoters from Montrose Harbor