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Wooded Island Bird Walk Report

Submitted by Jennie Strable on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:07am

Event date:

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 8:00am 




Hello everyone,

It was a brisk and chilly day, but as Pat often says, bad weather makes for good birding, and overall we had a good day.  The highlights were the Snow Goose, first discovered by Randy a few days ago and still hanging with the Canadas, and a male Eastern Bluebird.

BIRDERS: 8; Tracy, Marian, Kayla, Eric, Tobias, Bruce, Karin C. and Jennie.  Special visits by Randy, Doug, and our favorite golden retriever, Copper. 

TIME: 8:00am to 10:30am               

WEATHER:    Cloudy, chilly and windy, in the low 50s.


Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)

Canada Goose

Snow Goose

Wood Duck


Cooper’s Hawk

Distant flyover of some kind of bird of prey.  To both Eric and I, it had the “jizz” of a bald eagle, but we couldn’t get a good enough view to tell for sure.

Ring-billed Gull

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker.  A lot.  A big flock of Flickers must have been moving through.

Eastern Phoebe

Blue-headed Vireo

American Crow

Chimney Swift

Black-capped Chickadee

Brown Creeper

Wren, possibly Winter

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird (male, near driving range)

Gray Catbird

Hermit Thrush

European Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Several flocks of small birds flying over.  Randy tells us they were Pine Siskins.

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Towhee

Lincoln’s Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco (first of season)

American Goldfinch


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.Newcomers are warmly welcomed. 

Note on 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.

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

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 eastside of Wooded Island and the East Lagoon.

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 in the East Parking Lot that 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 Parking Lot is preferred. There is also unmetered parking along Stony Island Avenue from 59th to 56thStreet.

Good birding all,                             

Jennie Strable, filling in for Pat

Earlier Event: September 26
Wooded Island Bird Walk Report
Later Event: October 10
Wooded Island Bird Walk Report