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Wooded Island Bird Walk

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

Hello to All,

By birding expectations, birding was a bit slow on the migration front this morning.  Other species filled the gap.  As Cheryl M. and I were relocating a lime green caterpillar across the gravel path, we missed seeing a FOX! Rick R. and a couple of other birders saw a fox hop across the path into an area of tall plants.  This was on the south side of the gravel path, and west of the boardwalk Jewelweed section where we observed a very active Ruby-throated Hummingbird working the Jewelweed.

BIRDERS:      13        (1) Gary M., and friends (2) Glenn F & (3) Debora K., (4) Eric G., (5) Jennie S., (6) Cheryl M., (7) Ryan W. & (8) Alaina H. – new to the Bird Walk, (9) Steve B., (10) Rick R., (11) David P., (12) Liz M., (13) Pat D.

TIME:             8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.         

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

DISTANCE:    2 miles

WEATHER:    Sunny. Temperature 66 to 74 F., Wind mild from the NW 6 to 11 mph.


1.     Canada Goose  59

2.     Wood Duck  6

3.     Mallard  5

4.     Pied-billed Grebe  1     Amidst the lily pads in the North Lagoon (Basin)

5.     Chimney Swift  100

6.     Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2     Both seen working the Jewelweed, a favorite plant of the Hummingbird.

7.     Ring-billed Gull  5

8.     Double-crested Cormorant  2

9.     Great Blue Heron  1

10.  Great Egret  2

11.  Green Heron  4

12.  Black-crowned Night-Heron  4

13.  Cooper's Hawk  1

14.  Downy Woodpecker  1

15.  Northern Flicker  1

16.  Eastern Phoebe  3

17.  Warbling Vireo  3

18.  Red-eyed Vireo  2

19.  American Crow  5

20.  Black-capped Chickadee  1

21.  House Wren  1

22.  Gray Catbird  6

23.  Swainson's Thrush  1

24.  American Robin  2

25.  American Goldfinch  5

26.  Song Sparrow  1

27.  Northern Waterthrush  1     Reported by Eric G. near the South Bridge to Wooded Island.

28.  Blackpoll Warbler  1

29.  Black-throated Green Warbler  1     On center of Wooded Island along the foot path.

30.  Indigo Bunting  4     Juveniles playing Hide & Seek with birders along  the shore of the soccer field, midway between the South Bridge to Wooded Island and the Boardwalk.


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