Nature walk/Supermoon watch tonight (rain date, Sunday July 13)

Meet at east door of Science and Industry Museum tonight at 6:30 pm.  Meet at the Fieldhouse on the Point at 8:15 pm for 8:26 moonrise.  Hope to see you there. Rain date, Sunday 6:30 pm for walk,  9 pm for moonrise at 9:10 pm)

None of these photos, except the rainbow ring around the sun, were taken in Hyde Park.  All of these birds can be seen in Jackson Park.

This is a courting display.  I’ve seen a more dramatic version of this head bob but this guy gets extra points for displaying during a strong wind.  This call has been described as sounding like a rusty pump handle.

fledgling blue jay begging

blue jay fledgling

hungry blue jay fledgling

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“To see a Sun or Moon Halo…you need high, thin cirrus clouds which are usually at altitudes above 20,000 feet. These high altitude cirrus clouds are mostly made of ice crystals which refract the sunlight much like a prism will.  Your typical rainbow is seen as a partial circle or arc. Rainbows are round but the ground prevents you from seeing the full rainbow unless you are high above it…or below it like today.” parphased from Boston weather man

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Eastern Towhee singing “drink your tea”

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fledgling baltimore oriole (3 photos)  The Jackson Park orioles have fledged too but I saw an oriole sitting on her nest today so we may get a second batch of fledglings.

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cedar waxwing

Fledglings, molting and insects

All photos taken in Jackson Park, except house sparrows, during  the last two weeks.

Next nature walk and full moon watch on July 12.   Meet at east door of Science and Industry Museum at 6:30 pm.  Meet at the Fieldhouse on the Point at 8:15 pm for 8:26 moonrise

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green heron- they are nesting in Jackson Park

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great blue heron

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baltimore oriole at nest

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flowers in tulip tree

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full moon rising

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mallard ducklings

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eastern kingbird near nest with insect

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I think it is a female hooded merganser

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indigo bunting

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male wood duck having a bad feather day (molting)

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a photo where you can see the rusty red tail feathers on a catbird

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the baby gnatcatchers have arrived!

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cedar waxwing

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blue spotted purple butterfly

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fledgling baltimore oriole?

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black-crowned night heron has caught a bullhead catfish

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great egret

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two more goslings!!

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whatcha doing mom?

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fledgling house sparrows

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american goldfinch

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male and female mallard- male mallard has some blue head feathers–something to do with molting?

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ball of fish

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female widow skimmer dragonfly

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milkweed beetle