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Wooded Island Bird Walk Report

Submitted by Jennie Strable on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 7:35pm

Event date:

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 8:00am 



Hello to All,

BIRDERS:      6.         Bruce M., Marian N., Jennie S., Eric G., Tobias G., and Pat D.

TIME:             8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

PLACES:        Bobolink Meadow and East Lagoon

WEATHER:    Cloudy. Temperature 60 – 79 F. Light wind E 5 mph.Average Humidity 88%.


X = commonly seen and/or not counted.

  1. Canada Goose – 48

  2. Wood Duck – 1. Male.

  3. Mallard – 17. One male. Two females. Fourteen ducklings.

  4. Hooded Merganser – 1. Female.

  5. Great Blue Heron – 1.

  6. Great Egret – 1. Perched on top of a mature tree on Wooded Island. Thirty feet in the air.

  7. Green Heron – 4.

  8. Black-crowned Night Heron – 8.

  9. Killdeer – 2.

  10. Spotted Sandpiper – 1.

  11. Caspian Tern – 1.

  12. Monk Parakeet – 1.

  13. Chimney Swift – 1.

  14. Downy Woodpecker – 1. Female.

  15. E. Wood Pewee – 1.

  16. Eastern Kingbird – 2.

  17. Warbling Vireo – 1. Heard.

  18. American Crow – 1.

  19. Purple Martin – 3.

  20. N. Rough-winged Swallow – X.

  21. Barn Swallow – 8.

  22. House Wren – 1.

  23. American Robin – 2. Active nest.

  24. Cedar Waxwing – 2.

  25. Yellow Warbling – 1. Heard.

  26. American Redstart – 1. North woods area.

  27. Red-winged Blackbird – X.

  28. Baltimore Oriole – 8.  Active nests.

  29. House Finch – 1.

  30. American Goldfinch – 2.

  31. House Sparrow – 1.

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

Corrections, additions and comments are welcome.

Recordings are not used to attract birds.

This report will be recorded 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. Birders always show up near Darrow Bridge at the start times. Newcomers are warmly welcomed. 

Noteon Darrow Bridge: Darrow Bridge has been barricaded by the Department of Transportation. No one can cross. A high black metal iron fence has been erected on all four sides. It appears that the fence will remain in place until Darrow Bridge is completely rebuilt, which could be more than a year. The Bridge has been deemed unsafe.

Birders meet in the southwest corner of the east parking lot. Wooded Island is closed off by a fence while work in being done. Birders walk through Bobolink Meadow and view the east side of Wooded Island and the East Lagoon.

The Walks start at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Please note: The Wednesday morning Walks have been decommissioned. An informal group often meets, but the start time varies and the distance traveled can be curtailed.

Metered parking is available east of Darrow Bridge and is accessible from South Lake Shore Drive at 57th Street (labeled Science Drive on a small blue street sign). There is a Stop Light at 57th Street. Make a turn at the 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.

Note on Parking and Lots: While restoration is ongoing, heavy equipment has taken over half of the east parking lot, off of South Lake Shore Drive, and half of the southwest parking lot which has an entrance off of Hayes Drive (63rd St.) and just east of Cornell Drive. Birders will be able to find metered parking in both lots. The east lot is the preferred one, as it is located nearest thestart of the Walk. There is also unmetered parking along Stony Island Avenue from 58th to 56th Street.

Best of Birding to All,                    

Patricia Durkin

Earlier Event: June 6
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Later Event: June 20
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