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Wooded Island Bird Walk Report

Submitted by Jennie Strable on Sat, 03/10/2018 - 6:19pm

Event date:

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00am 



 Hello everyone,

It was a beautiful late winter morning with bright sunny skies, little wind, but unfortunately, not very many birds. We certainly enjoyed the birds we had, however, with the added surprise of a chipmunk sighting.

BIRDERS: Gary, Marion, Eric, David, Naomi, Catherine, Karin D, Jennie and a warm welcome to a new birder, Shawn.   

TIME:   8:00am to 10:00am          

PLACES: Wooded Island, Bobolink Meadow, Outer and Inner Harbor          

WEATHER:  Bright sunny skies, but chilly – in the 30s.          

X = commonly seen and/or not counted.

Many thanks to Eric for sharing his e-bird list:

Jackson Park, Chicago--Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area

Mar 10, 2018

Comments: 1 Chipmunk

X Canada Goose

1 Mallard

3 Common Goldeneye

2 Hooded Merganser

76 Red-breasted Merganser

2 Ring-billed Gull

2 Herring Gull

3 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker

10 American Crow

3 Black-capped Chickadee

11 American Robin

4 Northern Cardinal

3 Red-winged Blackbird

2 House Sparrow

3 passerine sp.

Number of Taxa: 17

In the harbors we added a Coot, larger numbers of Goldeneye, and a few Redheads to the list.

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.

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 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.

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.

Directions:  Exit Lake Shore Drive at Science Drive, which is the stoplight just south of the major 57th Drive intersection by the Museum of Science and Industry.  Turn Left (south) at the stop sign at the intersection of Science Drive and Columbia Drive. Go through the parking lot to the southwest end.  Metered parking is available and birders meet in the southwest corner of the east parking lot.

Good birding everyone,


Earlier Event: February 24
Wooded Island Bird Walk Report
Later Event: April 14
Wooded Island Bird Walk Report