Back to All Events

Wooded Island Bird Walk

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

Hello to All,

Birders have never failed to show up for the Saturday morning Wooded Island Bird Walks.  Fall migration is beginning. Come join us!

BIRDERS:      11        (1) Eric G., (2) Marian N., (3) Gary M., (4) Steve B., (5) Jennie S., (6) Cheryl M., (7) Rose J. and (8) Jim J. fine birders from Muncie, Indiana, (9) Tad S. from Southern California who started early and had completed birding Wooded Island.  Tad recorded more birds than our group. It pays to start at the crack of dawn when the birds are searching for breakfast. (10) Karina D. and (11) Pat D.

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

PLACES:        Wooded Island, Soccer Field, 3 Lagoons, Bobolink Meadow

DISTANCE:    2 miles

WEATHER:    Partly Cloudy, Temperature 66 – 72 F. Wind East 6 – 13mph

TOTAL SPECIES COUNT:  37 (+2 taxa)

1.     Canada Goose  40     Mostly small flocks in flight.

2.     Wood Duck  4

3.     Mallard  3

4.     Chimney Swift  20

5.     Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3

6.     Ring-billed Gull  3

7.     Double-crested Cormorant  2

8.     Great Blue Heron  4

9.     Great Egret  2

10.  Green Heron  2

11.  Black-crowned Night-Heron  2

12.  Cooper's Hawk  2

13.  Red-tailed Hawk  1     Very pale below. Immature. Kept flying over Wooded Island and the lagoons all morning.

14.  Downy Woodpecker  4

15.  Olive-sided Flycatcher  1

16.  Eastern Wood-Pewee  1

17.  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1

18.  Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1

19.  Eastern Kingbird  6

20.  Flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)  2

21.  Warbling Vireo  4

22.  American Crow  2

23.  Black-capped Chickadee  6

24.  Barn Swallow  4

25.  White-breasted Nuthatch  1

26.  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4

27.  House Wren  1

28.  Gray Catbird  4

29.  Eastern Bluebird  1 Photographed by Gary M. near the east end of the Soccer Field

30.  American Robin  1

31.  House Sparrow  4

32.  American Goldfinch  21

33.  Chipping Sparrow  3 Seen on the ground near tree trunk in Oak Grove

34.  Song Sparrow  1

35.  American Redstart  2

36.  Chestnut-sided Warbler  1 Seen in the Oak Grove east of the North Basin/Lagoon

37.  Northern Cardinal  3

38.  Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2

39.  Indigo Bunting  10

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