Snowy owl and snow bunting seen this morning– we’ll try to see them on the afternoon nature walk

Meet at 3 pm at the East Door (Space Center) of the Science and Industry Museum.Don’t pay to park as we will be driving to the outer harbor (63rd and Hayes) to see the winter ducks and hopefully the snowy owl and snow buntings.

If you don’t have a car, we will carpool to the the outer harbor.

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Lots of herons and almost grown ducklings

I took all these photos in the last couple of days at Jackson Park!
Our next nature walks are Sunday August 4 at 12:30 pm or Tuesday August 6 at 6:30. Meet at the east door of the Science and Industry Museum (Space Center and Ominmax Entrance)    Come join us!

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green heron

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green heron

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fledgling green heron

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close-up of same fledgling green heron

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mallard with green heron

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mallard  ducklings (almost grown-up)

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great blue heron

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close-up of great blue heron

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fledgling black-crowned night heron  (checking me out)

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close-up of fledgling black-crowned night heron

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overexposed photo shows you the normal neck length of fledgling black-crowned night heron are in different positions

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black-crowned night heron

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great blue heron– again interesting to see how different herons can look when their necks are

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great blue heron

Sunday nature walks at 12:30 – WILL RESUME IN SPRING

No More 12:30pm Nature on Sundays for the Winter!  See you in Spring!

Enjoy nature your way!
Free of charge  and good for all ages
12:30 pm  on Sundays  starting August 4 through Sunday September 15
Just bring yourself and soak up some beauty OR
Bring your own art supplies to sketch a flower
or a  caterpillar or a landscape OR
Learn how to use a “plant key”  to identify the things
you see or… enjoy nature your way!
Bring binoculars if you’ve got them, bring your eyes if you don’t
Meet at the East entrance of Museum of Science and Industry
Museum  (Space Center and Omnimax Door)
Call for more info:  773 913 2030×3
http://www.passitonchicago.com

Photo: Killdeer chick growing up in a Home Depot parking lot in Chicago

Nature Walks for Kids (Wednesdays) – WILL RESUME IN SUMMER

Guided nature walks for children and their caregivers!

Free of Charge   All age friendly
10 am every Wednesday starting August 7 through September 11
Meet at  the East entrance of the Museum of Science and Industry
(Space Center and  Omnimax Door)
We’ll explore bobolink meadow taking time to admire butterfiies,
caterpillars, birds, dragonflies and prairie flowers.
Call for more info:  773 913 2030×3
http://www.passitonchicago.com

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Come and we’ll try to find this interesting young mallard, photo taken July 28 2013

Spring 2013: Baby birds

All photos taken in Jackson Park unless noted

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fledgling starling- easy birds to see around many Chicago neighborhoods. You can hear the noisy babies in their nests  and they continue to be noisy after they begin to fly so you can see and hear them flying after their parents,  photo taken 5/26/10

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first year starling starting to get adult plumage, photo taken 7/31/10

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fledgling red-winged blackbird, photo taken 7/28/10

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fledgling red-winged blackbird

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fledgling oriole, photo taken 6/29/10

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purple martin fledgling, photo taken 5/24/13

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fledgling robin, photo taken 7/24/10

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fledgling robin, photo taken in Palos, IL on 5/31/13

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fledgling common grackle, photo taken on 6/9/12

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photo taken on 5/13/11

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Canada goose with goslings, photo taken 5/9/13

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mallard duck with ducklings at Cornell Park on 6/8/11

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photo taken 6/5/13

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photo taken 6/5/13

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mallard duckling, photo taken 6/11/10

duckling is lost and calls for mother, mother duck answers.  Movie is not high quality but sound track makes a nice ring tone (leave a comment if you would like me to send you an m4r file), video filmed 8/17/10

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fledgling crow being fed- see video below, photos and video taken 6/4/13

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fledgling crow being fed-see video below

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Summer 2012: Green herons nest in Jackson Park

 

 

 

 

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Nest– I think I see a small nestling inside

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adult green heron- one of the parents?

 

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Adult green heron

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Can you see all 3 babies?

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At first they spent all their time exploring the mulberry tree

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At first if you saw one, the other two were nearby

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After a while, they got more adventurous

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