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Wooded Island Bird Walk Report

Submitted by Jennie Strable on Mon, 07/30/2018 - 6:26pm

Event date:

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:00am 



Hello everyone, 

It was a beautiful summer morning and we were lucky enough to have some special birds, even though we had a small group of birders today. 

BIRDERS:         Bruce, Marian, Steve, Eric, Tobias, Jennie 

TIME:               8:00am to 10:30am           

WEATHER:      Sunny, mild, in the 70s 

Many thanks to Eric and Bruce for sharing their E-bird lists.           

X = commonly seen and/or not counted. 

X Canada Goose

11 Wood Duck -- Female and 10 young

X Mallard

2 Double-crested Cormorant

4 Great Blue Heron

2 Great Egret

2 Green Heron

1 Black-crowned Night-Heron

X Ring-billed Gull

2 Caspian Tern

2 Chimney Swift

2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

3 Downy Woodpecker

2 Eastern Phoebe

2 Great Crested Flycatcher

3 Eastern Kingbird

4 Warbling Vireo

1 American Crow

X Purple Martin

10 Barn Swallow

2 Cliff Swallow

6 Black-capped Chickadee

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

6 House Wren

1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

X American Robin

1 Gray Catbird

X European Starling

2 Cedar Waxwing

1 Common Yellowthroat -- Heard, south end of Bobolink Meadow 

5 Yellow Warbler

1 Chipping Sparrow

4 Song Sparrow

1 Northern Cardinal

3 Indigo Bunting

1 Baltimore Oriole

5 Red-winged Blackbird

X Brown-headed Cowbird

4 American Goldfinch

1 House Sparrow


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 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.  

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, 


Earlier Event: July 14
Wooded Island Bird Walk Report
Later Event: August 4
Wooded Island Bird Walk Report