Monthly Archives: April 2022

April 11, 2022 – Fantastic Day

Eared Grebe

Eared Grebe (upper left) with 2 Horned Grebes and a Red-breasted Merganser (click to see the larger version)

April 11 lived up to the billing and turned out to be an exceptional day for migrants, with about 80 species reported to eBird. The south winds overnight brought in a lot of birds, as south winds usually do in spring. Northern Flickers and Hermit Thrushes were conspicuous by their numbers. Bird of the day goes to the nearly full breeding plumaged Eared Grebe on Lake Michigan near the base of the fishing pier. The bird was close to shore and conveniently associating with a group of Horned Grebes for comparison. Eared Grebes are rare and not annual at Montrose. Other goodies include Merlin, Short-eared Owl, Eurasian Collared-Dove, and the late continuing male Long-tailed Duck along the fishing pier. Link to my eBird checklist for the morning below.

eBird Checklist
April 11, 2022

Montrose Parking Update, April 11, 2022

Parking along West Montrose Avenue, the main entrance road to Montrose Point, is illegal because of the ongoing curb repair project. Curb repair construction will last into early May, so you won’t be able to legally park along West Montrose Avenue until then. You can still park along West Montrose Harbor Drive but you’ll have to feed a meter. You can also park west of Lake Shore Drive and walk in. This Google Map shows the road system in and around Montrose Point.

Weather and Birding Forecast, April 10 – 16

Weather forecast screenshot

Weather forecast screenshot for April 10 – 16. From (click to see the larger version)

The forecast for the week of April 10 – 16 has many days with south winds and warmer temps. We should see an influx of typical mid spring migrants like kinglets, Eastern Phoebes, and Hermit Thrushes. We could also see several new arrivals, including Lark and Henslow’s Sparrows, Louisiana Waterthrush, and two or three new swallows. As always, check the Montrose Point eBird Hotspot for the latest sightings.

Late Long-tailed Duck and Other Migrants, April 4, 2022

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck (click to see the larger version)

Terry Walsh picked out an adult male Long-tailed Duck next to the fishing pier on April 4. The bird was very tame and never strayed far from the pier while we watched it, though trying to photograph it in the heavy lake chop proved challenging. Long-tailed Ducks aren’t rare at Montrose, but April is getting late for them and we usually don’t see them so close to shore.

April 4 was also a good day for passerine migrants, with many Golden-crowned Kinglets. Song Sparrows, and Dark-eyed Juncos around. The eBird total for the day hit about 60 species. Activity will only pick up from here until mid May. Link to my eBird checklist below.

eBird Checklist
April 4, 2022