Wooded Island 2017

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report September 9, 2017

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Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

We were treated to an encore performance by Team Eastern Bluebirds. This week they staged their performance on and near the east fence bordering the soccer field. See below for more comments.

Warbler numbers were scant, but a few new species were found.  Of note was the Blue-winged Warbler and the duo, ortrio, Pine Warblers.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report September 2, 2017

Event date

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 8:30am

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Hello to All,

For the past few weeks, it has crossed my mind that the highlights of our Bird Walk, begins and ends at the south side of the Museum of Science and Industry. One week, we discovered the successful brood of Green Herons, with four offspring.  Then there were the Phoebes and Pewees in the same shrub.  And this week, we discovered a group of four Eastern Bluebirds!

Warbler and thrush migration has been skimpy. 

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report August 19, 2017

Event date

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

We missed the gurgling contented sounds of our Purple Martins. They have begun their migration south from their summer homes in Jackson Park. As we stood near the white houses, now with empty porches and perches, a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks flew low over our heads.  Hal Cohen, the “Hawk Guy”, confirmed the identification. The photo above is from the National Audubon website.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report August 12, 2017

Event date

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

A sizable and nice group of birders showed up for a summer morning stroll. A couple, who were new birders, came to meet the “Angry Birder” of Chicago Tribune fame: Wooded Island Regular, Karin Droegemueller.  We started with eighteen birders, but after three hours of walking, stopping, and staring, a few drop off along the way. I tell birders to stay as long as they can or wish.  If we had access across Darrow Bridge that would cut down the distance and shorten the time. But access is years away, so we do the best that we can, under the circumstances.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report July 22, 2017

Event date

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

The early morning rain showers convinced many of our regulars to stay home and enjoy another cup of coffee, but three intrepid birders came out to see what we could find, and we were glad we did!  The rain stopped right about the time our walk started and the skies slowly cleared while we were in the park.

In the Osaka Garden, the mallards have figured out how to get food from the koi feeder.  They “jump” up a bit and knock the bottom of the feeder with their bills.  When a bit of food falls they eat it up.  What clever birds!

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