Very last days of summer and early fall

These photos were all taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last month or so.

Next nature walk will be on Sunday October 30 at 9:30 am.  I’ll send another email with the location of the walk nearer the date.

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red-tailed hawk

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mating monarchs

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monarch on zinnia

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lovely display of zinnias in community garden located around 64th and Cornell

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We have been blessed with a couple broods of great blue herons this year

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Time to get out and see them at bobolink meadow or the wooded isle

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They will have to move on once the lagoons freeze over

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Overheated or just swallowed an enormous fish?

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You can often see great blue herons across from the golf driving range building.  If driving south, turn off of LSD at 63rd Street and turn right into the first parking lot

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A juvenile black-crowned night heron has also been seen in the lagoon near the golf driving range building

The next few photos show some  of the migratory birds that just pass through our area in the spring and the fall:

Fox sparrows digging in the chips on the bobolink meadow path

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fox sparrow

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golden crowned kinglet

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winter wren

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thrush

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palm warbler

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and some of our local birds, house sparrows

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grasshopper

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male pearl crescent butterfly

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pearl crescent butterflies mating  You can see the inner wings of the female and the outer wings of the male

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red admiral

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aster

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morning glories from the Community Garden

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biennial gaura

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aster

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skipper on aster

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can’t stop taking photos of asters

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    September 22– warm enough to do a little a sunning!

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cup plant with optimistic flower

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