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Wooded Island Bird Walk Report

Submitted by Jennie Strable on Mon, 08/13/2018 - 8:02pm

Event date:

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 8:00am 



Hello to All,

It proved to be a hot summer’s morning for us.  We only saw our usual summer residents, but it was fun to see them along with Darlene from out west in Utah.  She added a few species to her Life List and that made us all glad.

BIRDERS:      8.         (1) Marian N., (2) Jennie S., (3) Wei L., (4) Steve B., (5) Maureen M., (6) Darlene B. from Utah, looking for a Northern Cardinal and a few other locals for Life List, (7) David P., and (8) Pat D.

TIME:             8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.         

PLACES:        Wooded Island, Lagoons, Bobolink Meadow

DISTANCE:    2 miles

WEATHER:    Sunny. Temperature 78 – 94 F. Wind South 6 – 18 mph

TOTAL SPECIES COUNT:   28 + 1 other taxa

  1. Canada Goose  10

  2. Wood Duck  2

  3. Mallard  5

  4. Double-crested Cormorant  1

  5. Great Blue Heron  2

  6. Green Heron  1

  7. Black-crowned Night-Heron  1

  8. Ring-billed Gull  1

  9. Caspian Tern  4

  10. Downy Woodpecker  1

  11. Eastern Phoebe  3

  12. Eastern Kingbird  6

  13. flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)  2

  14. Warbling Vireo  1

  15. Purple Martin  1

  16. Barn Swallow  22

  17. Cliff Swallow  7

  18. Black-capped Chickadee  3

  19. House Wren  3

  20. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2

  21. American Robin  5

  22. Gray Catbird  1

  23. European Starling  6

  24. Yellow Warbler  1

  25. Song Sparrow  1

  26. Northern Cardinal  2

  27. Indigo Bunting  1     Center of Wooded Island.

  28. Baltimore Oriole  3

  29. American Goldfinch  2 

This is a group report, with many birders contributing to the list. Most of the birds were seen by at least several or all of the birders.

Corrections, additions and comments are welcome.

Recordings are not used to attract birds.

This report will be documented on eBird as a group report for the Wooded Island Bird Walks.

The Walks are free and open to one and all. They are held year round. Newcomers are warmly welcomed. 

Darrow Bridge: Darrow Bridge has been barricaded by the Department of Transportation. A high black metal iron fence has been erected on all four sides. The fence will remain in place until Darrow Bridge is completely rebuilt, which could be several years away. The Bridge has been deemed unsafe.

Birders meet on the east side of Darrow Bridge.

Saturday morning walks: Start at 8:00 a.m. covers a distance of two miles.  Birders walk counterclockwise around the Columbia Basin (North Lagoon) onto Wooded Island. Exiting Wooded Island at the south end, the birders walk along the soccer field and enter the south end of Bobolink Meadow. The Meadow’s path leads to the Music Bridge and back to the East Parking Lot. In late fall, winter and early spring, the birders check for birds on the lakefront and Outer Harbor near LaRabida Hospital, and the Inner Harbor.

Metered parking is available in the East Parking Lot that is accessible from South Lake Shore Drive. There is a Stop Light at Science DriveThis Stop Light is approximately 200 yards south of the major intersection with signs for Museum of Science and Industry. Make a turn at the 57th Street and Science Drive Stop Light towards the Museum. Turn Left (south) at the intersection of Science Drive and Columbia Drive. Go through the parking lot to the west end.

Birders meet in the southwest corner of the East Parking Lot.

Parking and Lots: The East Parking Lot is preferred. There is also unmetered parking along Stony Island Avenue from 56th to 59th Street.

Best of Birding to All,                    

Patricia Durkin

Chicago Audubon Society Representative

Earlier Event: July 28
Wooded Island Bird Walk Report
Later Event: August 11
Wooded Island Bird Walk Report