Monthly Archives: August 2016

Red Knot and Stilt Sandpiper, August 25, 2016

Red Knot and Stilt Sandpiper

Red Knot and Stilt Sandpiper (click to see the larger version)

A nice group of shorebirds were working the fluddle at the far west end of Montrose Beach late this afternoon, August 25, including a juvenile Red Knot and a juvenile Stilt Sandpiper. Also present were Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers. Red Knot and Stilt Sandpiper are rare but regular migrants at Montrose.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, August 17, 2016

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks (click to see the larger version)

Three Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were at the east end of Montrose Harbor late this afternoon, August 17. The birds swam around and perched on the boat docks before being flushed and flying off. This is a new site record for Montrose, number 341. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks have expanded their range to the north dramatically in the last 10 years so this wasn’t unexpected.

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Juvenile American Goldfinch, August 17, 2016

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch (click to see the larger version)

I saw my first juvenile American Goldfinch of the year at Montrose Point in Chicago this morning, August 17. Juvenile American Goldfinches are similar to the adult females except for their brown body color and wide buffy wingbars (adult females are green and have a narrow white wingbar). I’ve been seeing adult AMGOs at Montrose on almost all of my visits this summer so I’m fairly sure they nested there.

Because American Goldfinches are such late nesters they don’t start producing young until mid or late summer, well after most other species. In fact, many of the local nesting songbirds at Montrose, like Baltimore Orioles, Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and Red-winged Blackbirds have already migrated south.

Willet, August 9, 2016

Willet

Willet (click to see the larger version)

A juvenile Willet was at the east end of Montrose Beach late this afternoon, August 9. For a variety of reasons this has been a slow summer for migrant shorebirds at Montrose, so seeing this bird was a nice surprise.