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Wooded Island Bird Walk

  • Wooded Island, Jackson Park 6401 South Stony Island Avenue Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

Photo from - Phil Swanson

Photo from - Phil Swanson

BIRDERS:      18        (1) Yvette C., (2) Cathy W., returning after a long absence, (3) Cheryl S. & (4) Katie S. – new birders, (5) Kennedy L., & (6) Charlotte L – new birders, (7) Suzanne G. and (8) Jeff G. from Goshen, Indiana, newly returned from a birding trip to Alaska, (9) Patricia R. & (10) Carlos P – experienced birders from Brazil, on their first visit to Chicago and the Midwest, (11) Eric G., (12) David P., (13) Naomi P., (14) Karin D., (15) Jennie S., (16) Catherine G., (17) Liz M., and (18) Pat D.

TIME:             8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.         

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

DISTANCE:    2 miles

WEATHER:    Dense fog at the outset. Overcast the rest of the morning. Temperature 48 climbing to 76 F. Wind from the North up to 23 mph

TOTAL SPECIES COUNT:   58 + 1 other taxa (hawk species)

1.     Canada Goose  9     Two adults were accompanied by two goslings. East Lagoon

2.     Wood Duck  6

3.     American Wigeon  1     East Lagoon. Appears to be in beginning molt. Female. Was spotted in same location last week by other birders.

4.     Mallard  3     Female with two ducklings. East Lagoon. SE corner.

5.     Chimney Swift  25

6.     Ruby-throated Hummingbird  6

7.     Ring-billed Gull  12     Fly overs

8.     Caspian Tern  2

9.     Double-crested Cormorant  3

10.  Great Blue Heron  2

11.  Black-crowned Night-Heron  2

12.  hawk sp.  1

13.  Red-headed Woodpecker  1     Adult. In the woods at the north end of Bobolink Meadow.

14.  Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

15.  Downy Woodpecker  1

16.  American Kestrel  1     Reported by Karin D. on Wooded Island.

17.  Eastern Wood-Pewee  1     Seen at eye level near parking lot. Wearing its little gray vest.

18.  Eastern Phoebe  2

19.  Great Crested Flycatcher  1

20.  Eastern Kingbird  2     Between East parking Lot  sidewalk and East Lagoon shore.  Cavorting in the air.

21.  Warbling Vireo  3     Seen & heard.

22.  Blue Jay  6

23.  American Crow  1

24.  Purple Martin  12     On front porches of white condos and in flight. Gurgling musical sound in the air = happiness of sounds.

25.  Tree Swallow  1     Reported by Eric G. Had great views.

26.  Barn Swallow  28

27.  Red-breasted Nuthatch  1     Great views by all birders. Climbing trunk and branches of tree NE of Darrow Bridge.

28.  White-breasted Nuthatch  1

29.  House Wren  4

30.  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4     Occupied nest in Japanese Garden near pavilion.

31.  Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1

32.  Eastern Bluebird  2     Male & female pair. Established a nest site in the oak grove east of the Purple Martin Houses.  Both were out flying about, then hid when birders neared nesting area.

33.  American Robin  7

34.  Gray Catbird  6

35.  European Starling  5

36.  Cedar Waxwing  5

37.  American Goldfinch  1

38.  White-crowned Sparrow  2

39.  Song Sparrow  2

40.  Orchard Oriole  1     First Summer Male. On Wooded Island. Reported by Liz M.

41.  Baltimore Oriole  15     6+ at the north end of Bobolink Meadow.

42.  Red-winged Blackbird  4     female carrying nesting material near East Parking lot.

43.  Black-and-white Warbler  1

44.  Nashville Warbler  1

45.  Common Yellowthroat  6

46.  American Redstart  6

47.  Northern Parula  2     Heard on Wooded Island.

48.  Magnolia Warbler  10

49.  Blackburnian Warbler  3     Male & female together in oak grove east of Purple Martin Houses. East of N. Lagoon.

50.  Yellow Warbler  16

51.  Chestnut-sided Warbler  3

52.  Blackpoll Warbler  1

53.  Palm Warbler  2

54.  Black-throated Green Warbler  3

55.  Canada Warbler  1

56.  Wilson's Warbler  1     Reported by Jennie S.

57.  Northern Cardinal  2

58.  Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1     Female. Spotted by Jeff G.

59.  Indigo Bunting  3


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 Drive. This 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

Chicago Audubon Society Representative

Wooded Island Bird Walks