Submitted by Jennie Strable on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 8:15pm
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 8:00am to 8:30am
Many thanks to all of you who came out in less than ideal weather to help with the annual Spring Bird Count! We had a total of 103 species in Jackson Park, which included Wooded Island, Bobolink Meadow, the lakefront, and the golf course area.
And a huge thank you to Lauren Umek from the Chicago Park District for leading a team onto the barricaded Wooded Island to do a count. This valuable information will allow us to have complete comparative data from before, during and after the restoration.
Birders: 20: Marian, Valerie, Michael, Hal, Joanne, Bruce, Eric, Tobias, Pat, Jenny, Mark W, Lauren, Jane, Mark N., Sandra, Laura, Randy, Karin C., Karin D., Jennie.
Time: 8:00am to 10:30am for the main group. Hal and Randy stayed later.
Weather: Cloudy, drizzle. The temperature started at a pleasant 60 degrees and dropped to about 50 degrees with an increasingly brisk north wind.
Here is the official final count:
ILLINOIS SPRING BIRD COUNT, MAY 9, 2015– Cook County Report Form
Sandhill Crane @
Am. Golden Plover
Gr. Crested Flycatcher
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Black Tern @
N. Rough-wing. Swallow
Bald Eagle @
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl @
Peregrine Falcon @
Prairie Warbler @
Northern Junco @
Black & White Warbler
N. Mockingbird @
Western Meadowlark **
Kentucky Warbler @
Cape May Warbler
Black-thr. Blue Warbler
Black-thr. Green Warbler
Yell-throated Warbler @
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.
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.
Birders meet in the East parking lot, and walk around the North Lagoon/Basin and across the south steps of the Museum to get to Wooded Island.
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 the Darrow Bridge. The southwest parking lot would require that the entire Wooded Island be walked northward, and to cross the North Bridge to reach Darrow Bridge. There is also unmetered parking along Stony Island Avenue from 59th to 56th Street.
Good birding everyone!