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Greg Neise

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Montrose Harbor/Point
« : October 26, 2007, 10:10:15 AM »
As we head into the blustery, choppy, cold-windswept part of fall, I thought it would be good to link to Bob Hughes excellent Montrose primer, a must read for anyone headed out to bird the point:

"The Montrose Point area in Chicago is a mecca for birdwatchers. At least 321 species of birds have been recorded there over the years including a staggering variety of rarities and vagrants. Among these include Pacific Loon, Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Reddish Egret, Tricolored Heron, Brant, Barrow's Goldeneye, Black Rail, Purple Gallinule, Snowy Plover, Mew, California, Black-tailed, Ivory, and Black-headed Gulls, Royal and Least Terns, White-winged Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Say's Phoebe, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Rock Wren, Grace's, Kirtland's, and Townsend's Warblers, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Lark Bunting, and Painted Bunting...."

http://theorniphile.info/montrose.html
« : October 26, 2007, 10:13:25 AM Greg Neise »
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Re: Montrose Harbor/Point
« #1 : July 20, 2009, 07:20:31 AM »
I have been trying to capture birds here a few times now.  it seems like a great spot but I'm not quite sure how to capture or find most birds.  is there a recommended technique or spot to observe from?
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Re: Montrose Harbor/Point
« #2 : July 20, 2009, 08:04:12 AM »
I have been trying to capture birds here a few times now.  it seems like a great spot but I'm not quite sure how to capture or find most birds.  is there a recommended technique or spot to observe from?

Just out of curiosity, what do you mean by capture? Taking photos?

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Re: Montrose Harbor/Point
« #3 : July 20, 2009, 09:16:38 AM »
LOL  yes.  sorry that came out wrong.  I only have interest in photographing birds :)
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Re: Montrose Harbor/Point
« #4 : July 20, 2009, 10:50:51 AM »
LOL  yes.  sorry that came out wrong.  I only have interest in photographing birds :)

Ok. There's a lot of activity in the dunes on the beach, particularly swallows and blackbirds. The swallows like to perch on the ropes that enclose the protected areas. This might be a good photographic opportunity for you. Otherwise, we're between migrations and there isn't much happening. I've been going to Montrose most mornings but more for the exercise than the birds.

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Re: Montrose Harbor/Point
« #5 : July 20, 2009, 11:54:16 AM »
o ok thanks bob.  when is "prime time" if you will.
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Re: Montrose Harbor/Point
« #6 : July 20, 2009, 02:03:03 PM »
o ok thanks bob.  when is "prime time" if you will.

September and October in the fall. April and May in the spring.

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Re: Montrose Harbor/Point
« #7 : July 21, 2009, 06:07:21 AM »
thanks Bob!
newbie birder..names Jeff

photography - http://chicagophotoshop.com

 

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