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2019 Birds & Birding Recap (yeah, it was good)

2019 was a phenomenal year for birds and birding at Montrose, both for migration and the number of rarities and vagrants seen. We also had a historic nesting record. I can’t remember a more exciting year, and I’ve been birding Montrose for over 40 years. Some of the notable happenings include (underlined text points to a story on this blog)

By my tally, at least five new species were added to the list of birds recorded at Montrose, bringing the total to 348. This is above the 2-3 yearly average for the last few years. I’m not sure why 2019 was so special but 350 is within striking distance and will likely happen in 2020. To see a list of birds recorded at Montrose, see the Montrose List page on this site, URL below.

The Montrose List

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 D. Hughes

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 and Web development to promoting the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary through social media and this blog. 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.

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What’s New

A short recap of the 2019 birding season at Montrose is now up. Follow this link to read it – 2019 Montrose Birds & Birding Recap.

An intense winter storm pounded the Chicago lakefront on January 11. To read about this event and watch a video of the spectacle at Montrose Point, follow this link – January 11, 2020 Storm.

Header Photo: White-winged Scoters from Montrose Harbor