This morning I got an early start to Ryerson Conservation Area. Two Connecticut Warblers had been reported yesterday from Ryerson and with the cold weather and north winds my hope was that they might still be grounded. So I met my brother, Mark, and birded for about five hours. No luck on the Connecticut Warbler, but we did find several flocks of warblers including this Blackburnian male.
On the way out I spotted this Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, which is one of my chief targets for Il/Michigan.
In the afternoon, Tom V and I went over to Wendy Paulson’s place to try for the Henslow’s Sparrow at Spring Creek Forest preserve. No luck and this has officially become a problem bird!