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Far Out: Tennessee warbler on Lake Michigan?

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About 18 miles northeast of Chicago's Monroe Harbor on Lake Michigan Saturday morning, several of these birds circled.

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They would circle, seemingly exhausted, then land and rest on rods, boat railings or the cabin roof of Capt. Bill Kelly's Leprechaun. Finally, I was able to get a clear photo of one when it landed on a downrigger rod.

I am a little proud of the shot.

Even prouder when I came home and tentatively ID'ed it as a Tennessee warbler.

But to be sure, I sent it to friend and naturalist Joel Greenberg, who also tentatively ID'ed it as a Tennessee Warbler. But, as befits somebody with a science background, he wanted to send it to a couple others for confirmation as a Tennessee.

We shall see. All I know is it added to a morning of fishing.

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Nicely captured, with great depth of field.

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