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

Spring migration continues and goslings!

All photos taken in Jackson Park or Columbia Woods Forest Preserve in Willow Springs during Spring 2014

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orange variant of  scarlet tanager in Jackson Park

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Scarlet tanager in Columbia Woods

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eastern bluebird in Jackson Park

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eastern bluebird in Columbia Woods – just took a bath

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eastern bluebird in Columbia Woods

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swainson’s thrush in Jackson Park

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an only chick

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goose protecting goslings

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black-crowned night herons in the fog — Jackson Park

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carp in Jackson Park

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Last year’s seeds with this year’s flowers

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spotted sandpiper in Jackson Park

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black-throated green warbler in Jackson Park

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palm warbler in Columbia Woods

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yellow-rumped warbler in Columbia Woods

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Jackson Park

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Columbia Woods after heavy rain

Polar Vortex Winter!

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coyote on lake near pier at Hayes (63rd) and the lakevideo of coyote on lake:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/01pxssikd6z4uen/RWgoz5ZRU0

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feeders helped our birds survive this winter

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raccon prints in the snow

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sundog

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mute swans

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mute swans

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white-winged scoter (sea duck rarely seen in Chicago)

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white-winged scoter with juvenile goldeneye

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63rd Street and LSD (Hayes Beach) Other things to see if the snowy owl and peregrine falcon aren’t there!

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mute swans in outer harbor

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mute swans with merganser duck for scale

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tree sparrow– rusty cap, eye line, dot on chest

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tree sparrow

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tree sparrow  also has two-tone beak– dark on top, light on bottom

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more than great icicles on pier, ice to watch in the water

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footprints– more on following post, these are from the tree sparrows

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lapland longspur

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lapland longspur

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peregrine falcon

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snow bunting

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snowy owl back on 63rd Street Pier Sunday–we’ll check out the pier on Tuesday’s nature walk

On December 17th, we will meet at 3:30 pm for a Free Guided Nature Walk.  We meet at the east door (Space Center) of the Science and Industry Museum .  We will use a spotting scope to look at the winter ducks in the 59th Street Harbor and the Lake (63rd and Hayes, where we will hopefully spot the owl).  We will then drive over to the Point for the 5 pm moonrise. 
The meters are expensive if you park right by the East entrance. It is cheaper ($1 an hour) if you turn left into the parking lot. Parking is free if once you are in the parking lot, you drive south past the boats, over the stone bridge and park near the tennis courts. Hope to see you there!   FREE EVENT.  For more information go to passitonchicago.com or call 773-913-2030×3.   Children welcome. Check here if rain date is needed and  Call if you can’t find us: 773-913-2030×3.

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2014 Hyde Park Wildlife Calendar is now available

You can buy it at Hyde Park Produce, 55th and Cornell or online at  http://www.naturalhistorychicago.com

All photos were taken in Hyde Park

Here is a preview of the photos included:

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This is the black-crowned night heron who hung around in the Osaka Garden all summer

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December 1st nature walk and peregrine falcon

Best part of nature walk was a glorious sunset.  Worst part was one of our participants got a prickly pear cactus spine in his foot.  Our local cactus has lovely flowers but nasty spines! The snowy owl and the snow buntings were not seen but we did see a horned grebe, some scaup  and a red-breasted merganser using a spotting scope. The peregrine falcon was at 63rd Street beach the morning after the nature walk.

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our local cactus– prickly pear

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prickly pear flower

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peregrine falcon at 63rd Street Beach

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and our little white duck (an unusual mallard duck) that we often saw on the summer nature walks was spotted in Jackson Park near the 59th Street Harbor in early December.  It was good to see he was still around.  He was helping some crows and ring-billed gulls finish off a big bag of potato chips.

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