Summer Beauties: Butterflies, Dragonflies and Baby Birds

All of these photos were taken during the last couple of weeks in Hyde Park (Chicago)

We’ve got 3 nature walks on Thursday July 2:

12:30 at Burnham Prairie, 47th and Cornell, stroller and wheelchair friendly, parking $1.75       6:30 pm, meet at east door of Museum of Science and Industry-we’ll move cars to free lot before we start the walk
8:30 pm, meet at the Point, underpass at 55th and Lake Shore Drive, to watch the moon rise over Lake Michigan

To see some ducklings climbing up our make-shift ramp to escape from the 59th Street harbor, click on the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bs3cyaipe3erjek/AAASs3wNMNKyVSVHieQAMv7ha?dl=0

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We think these were the trapped ducklings who are now happily living in the Jackson Park lagoon.

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tandem pair of green darner dragonflies. These dragonflies migrate in the fall like so many of our songbirds do.

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white-spotted tussock moth

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Lots of indigo buntings at Burnham Prairie (47th and Cornell). Come see them on our nature walk on Thursday July 2 at 12:30.

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milkweed flowers

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butterfly weed, another milkweed plant with some unopened buds

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Baltimore oriole in her nest

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Another photo of baltimore oriole tending her nest

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deer hoof print in bobolink meadow?

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great egret

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Our goslings are now teen-agers

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The goslings sleeping in a pile.

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red-spotted purple butterfly

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Three photos of the same great blue heron. Here he is very tall.

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very short here

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and in between

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green heron

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chickweed geometer

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Video of spotted sandpiper (this bird nests in Hyde Park)

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Spotted sandpiper is easy to identify because it wiggles its bottom and it is spotted but it only has the spots in the breeding season, see video above.

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red admiral

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gray catbird

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question mark butterfly

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The underside of the hind wings of the question mark butterfly has a dot and a curved line that sometimes, although not in this case, looks like a question mark. If the two marks are connected, then you have an eastern comma butterfly

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coneflowers

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Burnham prairie at 47th and Cornell

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monarch butterfly

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