Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Chicago Elaenia +

On April 20, I went with Scott Jennex and Karl Overman to view the Chicago Elaenia. We arrived in less than ideal conditions which included rain. However, there was plenty of bird activity, and it was only a matter of time before one of the other birders spotted the bird. Sure enough, we all enjoyed the perplexing Elaenia as we chased it from tree to tree.
I'm not even going to attempt to throw an identification on this bird. Experts have been going back and forth from White-crested to Small-billed Elaenia and back. The bird does not respond to tapes and will not call. There is a possibility this bird will be banded in the near future, if they can catch it, which I am all for. It isn't on a breeding ground, isn't setting up a nest and will not be harmed, so I say go for it.

I've also added quite a few year birds since my last update, and I'm closing in on 400. At this point last year I was only reaching 300, so I am feeling quite good. I leave tomorrow (4/23) morning for a week of raging on birds in south Florida.

I'll visit Miami for exotics, Ft. Lauderdale, Bill Bagg's State Park for the La Sagra's Flycatcher, the pinewoods NW of Lake Okeechobee, Everglades, the Keys and Dry Tortugas. It is sure to be a crazy trip! More when I return.

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