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Wooded Island Bird Walk

  • Wooded Island, Jackson Park Chicago, IL (map)

Two raccoons were asleep in the hollow of trees on Wooded Island.

A mature tree fell while we were on Wooded Island. It was uprooted by the wind. It stood for many years aside the shattered willow tree at the NE corner of the Old Rose Garden. Sad.

A dragonfly clung to a blade for grass in the cold and wind.

BIRDERS:      14 + 1 Golden Retriever named Copper. (1) Gary M. – our photographer, (2) Sarah B. – an new birder and first time joining the Wooded Island Bird Walks, (3) Jennie S., (4) Judy P. – President of Chicago Audubon Society, (5) Karin D., (6) John F &  (7)Dan F – Young John joined our Walks a few years ago.  He and his dad were birding before we arrived. Young John is now quite a good birder and reported a group of Wood Ducks near the North Bridge. He has graduated from using his initial Golden Guide Bird Book (never toss that Guide away! It is a life treasure.), (8) Glyn & (9) Sylvia D. – joined us on Wooded Island. (10) Eric G. – a eyes and ears on our field trips, (11) David P., (12) Catherine G., (13) Doug S. in the company of Copper, our Golden Retriever, who cares not for birds, but for birders, especially those bearing doggie treats, and (14) Pat D. the bearer of doggie treats. 

TIME:             8:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.         

PLACES:        Wooded Island, Bobolink Meadow, Lagoons & Soccer Field

DISTANCE:    2 miles

WEATHER:    Sunny. Cold. Windy. Temperature 43 - 50 F. Strong winds from the NNE 21 - 34 mph



  1. Canada Goose  15

  2. Wood Duck  6     West Lagoon near the North Bridge

  3. Blue-winged Teal  2     Came out from edge of East Lagoon near SE corner of Darrow Bridge.  Appeared to have spent the night.

  4. Mallard  9

  5. Red-breasted Merganser  16     Early on, concentrated in the North Lagoon. Later found in all lagoons and in the Outer and Inner Harbors per Gary Mellman.

  6. Ring-billed Gull  20     15+ were on the driving range, follow an employee riding in a tiller.

  7. Caspian Tern  1     Vocal.  Harsh call.

  8. Double-crested Cormorant  6     Fly overs.

  9. Black-crowned Night-Heron  5     Have returned to a favorite day roost - along the shores of Wooded Island.

  10. Turkey Vulture  1     Seen soaring over Hayes Drive, east of Cornell Drive.

  11. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2

  12. Downy Woodpecker  1

  13. Northern Flicker  26     A few were on Wooded Island. Over 22 covered the soccer field.

  14. American Kestrel  1     Reported by Glyn Dawson. On Wooded Island.

  15. Eastern Phoebe  1

  16. American Crow  1

  17. Northern Rough-winged Swallow  9     All flying back and forth from the steps of the Museum to the baluster wall at the edge of the North Lagoon.

  18. Tree Swallow  1

  19. Barn Swallow  3

  20. Black-capped Chickadee  1

  21. Brown Creeper  1

  22. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7

  23. Golden-crowned Kinglet  1

  24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2

  25. Hermit Thrush  1

  26. American Robin  4

  27. Brown Thrasher  4

  28. European Starling  3

  29. House Finch  1     Along the south side of the Museum (MSI)

  30. American Goldfinch  2

  31. White-crowned Sparrow  1

  32. White-throated Sparrow  1

  33. Song Sparrow  3

  34. Swamp Sparrow  1

  35. Eastern Towhee  3

  36. Red-winged Blackbird  9

  37. Brown-headed Cowbird  4

  38. Palm Warbler  1

  39. Yellow-rumped Warbler  3     In the scant trees along the south side of the Museum (MSI)

  40. Northern Cardinal  2

  41. House Sparrow  1

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.

Weekly, every Saturday, weather permitting.

Many species are seen.

Bring binoculars, field guides, and dress for the weather.

Meet at the parking lot south of the Museum of Science & Industry (MSI), which is accessible via Science Drive, the intersection just south of 57th Drive/MSI.

You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to participate.

For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at

Everyone is welcome!

Earlier Event: April 16
Busse Woods Bird Walk/Field Trip
Later Event: April 24
Bird Walk, Brezina Woods