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Wooded Island Bird Walk Report

Submitted by Jennie Strable on Thu, 10/04/2018 - 12:58pm

Event date:

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:00am 



Karin Cassel

July 11, 1929 – September 26, 2018


How do you wash a mark from your garment?

A mark made over time; and time again,

With an indelible substance.


When did that mark first appear?

Over what span of time did it grow?

How did it in up over your heart?

How did it bleed through upon yourself?


The mark will remain; you know well.

It will remain on your garment; on yourself.

The rinse will take place in the natural world

Hours and hours in the natural world

“Among the wild things” she so dearly loved

Alone, and in the company of those she loved and would have loved

You will never toss this garment away

You will carry the mark upon you all of your days.

Others will see and you will try to explain

But it will never wash away.

Patricia Durkin.



BIRDERS:      9          (1) Marian N., (2) David P., (3) Catherine G., (4) Jennie S., (5) Eric G., (6) Bruce Mc., (7) Karin D., (8) Renata G., (9) Pat D., with cameo appearances by Doug S. and our beloved bird dog Copper.

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

PLACES:        Wooded Islands, the Lagoons, Soccer Field and Bobolink Meadow.

DISTANCE:    2 miles

WEATHER:    Sunny. Temperature 48 – 54 F., Wind East 4 – 10 mph.

TOTAL SPECIES COUNT:  29 (+1 other taxa)

  1. Canada Goose  20

  2. Wood Duck  23     A whole flock of 23 were found eating acorns off the ground in the oak grove east of the Purple Martin Houses.  Then the flock dispersed to the sky and the water.  Amazing gathering!

  3. Mallard  8

  4. Mallard (Domestic type)  1     The Mankey Mallard was in the North Lagoon in the company of a couple of Mallards

  5. Chimney Swift  31

  6. Ring-billed Gull  4

  7. Great Blue Heron  3

  8. Black-crowned Night-Heron  1     Juvenile

  9. Cooper's Hawk  1     Eating its fresh prey on a tree along the Soccer Field shoreline.  Slate gray back. Orange speckled chest.  Too busy to give us any heed.

  10. Belted Kingfisher  2     They put on quite an aerial display of chasing one another over our heads as we stood on the North Bridge.  The Blue Angels jets could not mirror the close pursuit. Amazing show!!

  11. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  7

  12. Downy Woodpecker  3

  13. Northern Flicker  3

  14. Eastern Phoebe  1

  15. American Crow  1

  16. Black-capped Chickadee  6

  17. Red-breasted Nuthatch  1     There appears to be a migration of this beautiful bird, with its tin horn toots, in northern Illinois. The Chicago lakefront birders have reported numerous sightings this past week.  Coming home in the South Loop at dusk, there was one waiting for me by my garage door.  It took off before I could get a phone.  Fair winds to all.

  18. Brown Creeper  1

  19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1     Spotted by Eric G.

  20. Gray Catbird  1

  21. European Starling  2

  22. American Goldfinch  6     North end of Bobolink Meadow.

  23. White-throated Sparrow  7

  24. Black-and-white Warbler  1

  25. American Redstart  2

  26. Magnolia Warbler  1

  27. Palm Warbler  12

  28. Yellow-rumped Warbler  23

  29. Northern Cardinal  5

  30. House Sparrow  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

Earlier Event: September 22
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Later Event: October 13
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