Monthly Archives: July 2016

Black-crowned Night-Herons, July 22, 2016

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron (click to see the larger version)

Two fresh juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons were at Montrose this morning, July 22. Both birds were feeding in the inlet next to the fishing pier on the beach. Black-crowned Night-Herons breed at several locations in the Chicago area.

Summer Swallows, July 13, 2016

Bar, Tree, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows

Barn, Tree, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows (click to see the larger version)

Large numbers of swallows of several species are using Montrose Dunes for feeding and resting. This happens every year in mid summer and lasts only a few weeks. The swallows like to perch on the rope that cordons off the protected areas of the Dunes. The majority are Barn, Tree, and Northern Rough-winged, but a few Bank and Cliff Swallows are also seen. Most are probably local nesting birds and include many fresh juveniles. For some reason Purple Martins don’t perch on the rope but they do use the Dunes for feeding.

July 8, 2016

Northern Rough-winged Swallows

Northern Rough-winged Swallows (click to see the larger version)

Juvenile birds are everywhere at Montrose, begging for food, following their parents, etc. The young of Tree, Barn, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and European Starlings are especially obvious. The swallows like to perch on the rope that marks off the protected areas in the Dunes. These 2 juvenile Northern Rough-winged Swallows were taking a break from the hard work of being kids.

Short-billed Dowitcher, July 7, 2016

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher (click to see the larger version)

It seems like just yesterday we were talking about the last of the spring shorebirds. They don’t waste any time, do they. Short-billed Dowitcher at Montrose Beach, July 7, 2016