All of the photos/videos were taken in the Hyde Park (Chicago) area during the last two weeks unless otherwise noted. Most of the top 25 butterflies in Illinois have been found in our local parks this summer and have been featured in this blog. The top 25 list of butterflies is on Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network website: http://www.bfly.org/PhotoGallery/T25bflies/T25bfliesGallery.html
Saturday September 3, Meet at 6:00 pm at golf range driving parking lot. If driving south on LSD, exit to the right at 63rd Street (Hayes) and take the first right turn into the parking lot. Drive through the parking lot until you get to the golf range building and park there.
Labor Day Monday, September 5 Meet at 9:30 am 47th and Cornell, Burnham Park Nature Sanctuary
Juvenile goldfinches are now around the neighborhood begging from their mothers. First not-so-great video was taken at Burnham Park Sanctuary (47th and Cornell) with one fledgling resisting the idea that s/he should find food without being fed by a parent. Parent is in the top left hand corner in the video. You’ll notice the youngster is very quick to follow when s/he flies off. Second video, taken in AZ, has three fledglings begging from their mother. Soon the fledglings will learn to forge for themselves.