Columbus Park

Swamp Sparrow, photo: Eric Gyllanhaal

Swamp Sparrow, photo: Eric Gyllanhaal

American Kestrel, photo: Eric Gyllanhaal

American Kestrel, photo: Eric Gyllanhaal

Female wood duck with ducklings, photo: Eric Gyllanhaal

Female wood duck with ducklings, photo: Eric Gyllanhaal

Columbus Park is a National Historic Landmark and is considered the masterpiece of Jens Jensen, now known as dean of Prairie-style landscape architecture.

Included within its large area are a winding lagoon, a small woodland, two waterfalls, stratified stonework and a marsh.

These varied features draw a good variety of migrants, including Virginia Rails, numerous warblers (including Prothonotary and Mourning) , herons, hawks, nesting wood ducks, and sparrows.

A particularly good place to see birds is along the small stream at the back of the island.

Address: 5701 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60644

 

Header photo by Eric Gyllanhaal