A Taste of Fall

I finally got the opportunity to connect with some fall migrants during a recent visit to Illinois on September 16-19. The local birding hotspot Helmick Nature Preserve along the Old Plank Trail in southern Cook County delivered once again, and produced a great variety of migrant songbirds.

Here are some photographic highlights:

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American Redstart

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Bay-breasted Warbler (adult female winter)

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Bay-breasted Warbler (hatch-year female)

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Black-throated Blue Warbler (female)

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Black-throated Blue Warbler (male)

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Black-throated Green Warbler (male)

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Blue Jay

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Common Yellowthroat (male)

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Gray Catbird

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Magnolia Warbler (male winter)

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Northern Parula (female)

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Philadelphia Vireo

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Philadelphia Vireo

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Red-breasted Nuthatch (male)

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Red-eyed Vireo

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Red-eyed Vireo

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Swainson’s Thrush

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Wilson’s Warbler (male)

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