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Wooded Island Bird Walk

  • Wooded Island, Jackson Park MSI south parking lot Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

Hello to All,

The most productive area to see birds were in the oak grove east of the North Lagoon. We have not been present when a significant number of migrants may have passed through Jackson Park.  I hope that the reason for the low numbers per species and diversity of species is because we were not present to observe and record and not that the birds never came through.  One or two per species is disheartening for a fall migration.

BIRDERS:      6          (1) Eric G., (2) Marian N., (3) Cheryl M., (4) Jennie S., (5) Karin D., (6) Pat D.       

TIME:             8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.         

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

DISTANCE:    2 miles

WEATHER:    Mostly sunny. Occasional drizzle of short duration. Temperature 74 F. Wind from the SW 5 to 10 mph

TOTAL SPECIES COUNT:  37 (+2 other taxa)

1.     Canada Goose  98

2.     Wood Duck  2

3.     Mallard  25

4.     Chimney Swift  2

5.     Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4

6.     Ring-billed Gull  2

7.     Double-crested Cormorant  1

8.     Great Blue Heron  3

9.     Great Egret  2

10.  Green Heron  2

11.  Hawk sp.  2     Possible Cooper's Hawk

12.  Belted Kingfisher 1     Male.  Very squawky in flight.

13.  Downy Woodpecker  1

14.  Northern Flicker  5

15.  Eastern Wood-Pewee  1

16.  Eastern Phoebe  1

17.  Flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)  1

18.  Red-eyed Vireo  1

19.  Blue Jay  1

20.  American Crow  4

21.  Black-capped Chickadee  3

22.  White-breasted Nuthatch  1

23.  European Starling  15

24.  Gray Catbird  2

25.  Brown Thrasher  1

26.  Eastern Bluebird  1

27.  Swainson's Thrush  1

28.  American Goldfinch  1

29.  Song Sparrow  1

30.  Black-and-white Warbler 1     Working oak trees east of the North Lagoon.

31.  Nashville Warbler  1

32.  American Redstart  1

33.  Magnolia Warbler  2

34.  Blackburnian Warbler  1

35.  Blackpoll Warbler  1

36.  Palm Warbler  4

37.  Black-throated Green Warbler 1     oaks east of North Lagoon.

38.  Wilson's Warbler  1     Female

39.  Northern Cardinal  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

Later Event: September 21
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