Reminder: Nature walk and moon watch today! Goldenrods are blooming, fall is on the way!

Almost all of these photos were taken the last two weeks in the Hyde Park (Chicago) area

Nature walk-   Meet at 6:15 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.

Meet at the Fieldhouse on the  Point at 7:45 for the 7:59 moonrise.  The underpass to the Point is at 55th and LSD.  There is also a parking lot there.

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Goldenrod complete with goldenrod soldier beetle

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knapweed with unknown insect

 

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Every year I try to get a great photo of goldfinches (wild canaries) on a bright yellow flower. Goldfinches breed late so they molt late so unlike other birds, they still look good this time of year.  No good shots yet this year, so I am showing you my 2011 photos–really good, but best I’ve gotten so far.

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Lots of eastern kingbirds around

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young kingbirds

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muddy black-crowned night heron with fish

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sun bathing

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great blue heron on downed log

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great blue heron sharing log with Canada goose and turtle and plants– leaving logs in the water promotes ecological diversity

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female common yellowthroat warbler

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juvenile house sparrow still has a trace of her nestling  yellow lips

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juvenile starlings, the one on the right is  just starting to get spots

 

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cup plants blooming in garden

 

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cup plants in jackson park and burnham nature sanctuary with flowers burnt off.  why? Illinois wildflowers. com says of this native plant:

 “Various birds, especially goldfinches, are very fond of the seeds, and drink water from the cups formed by the leaves. Because of the tendency to form dense colonies, this plant provides good cover for birds, which often lurk among the leaves during the heat of the day, searching for insects or pausing to rest.”

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young raccoon was spotted because it was being harassed by crows

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eastern tiger swallowtail and red-spotted purple on butterfly bush

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question mark – note how well it would be camouflaged if only the outer wings were showing

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same question mark butterfly

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silver-spotted skipper

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skipper on cone flower

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orange sulfur on ironweed

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Monarch on butterfly bush

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cabbage white on goldenrod

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wild Indigo dusty wing, thanks for the ID, Randy,  on red clover

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another view of wild indigo dustywing  on red clover

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outer wings of common buckeye

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common buckeye

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Four years of photos taken on the moon watch on the Point-next moon watch tomorrow night, meet at 7:45, moon rise at 7:59. See below for nature walk info.

These moon rise photos were taken on our monthly moon watch/nature walks in Hyde Park (Chicago).

Nature walk-   Meet at 6:15 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.

Meet at the Fieldhouse on the  Point at 7:45 for the 7:59 moonrise.  The underpass to the Point is at 55th and LSD.  There is also a parking lot there.

 

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Sometimes the moon comes up circular with smooth edges- it is often pink to red if it rises close to an hour after sunset.  This happens on night after the full moon. I call it the 2nd full moon night.

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We go out summer and winter

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When the moon rises, the rabbit ears are pointing to around 1:00 on a clock face

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When the moon sets, the rabbit years are pointing to around 4:00 on the clock face

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On the 2nd full moon night, the moon sets a while after sun rises so you can see it  clearly if you are up before the sun lights up the sky and the sky is at least partially clear in the right places.

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Sometime the moon doesn’t appear to be circular and the edges don’t look smooth  when it rises. This is called a moon mirage.

 

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The moon in the photo above changed into this moon. This is called an omega moon or an etruscan vase moon. See link to article explaining this below.  Sometimes the explanations of this phenomenon appear to contradict each other but we Hyde Parkers are used to that.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1155055/Melting-red-Omega-moon-rising-Photographer-catches-rare-lunar-spectacle.html

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We’ve seen a number of these moon mirages from the Point

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Moon appears squashed.  

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We’ve only seen this squashed moon once but the only reference I found on the web talked about an astronaut seeing a setting moon doing this in space. 

Squishy moonrise seen from space!

Butterflies, wildflowers, scarabs and other insects plus nature walk info

All these photos were taken in the Hyde Park (Chicago) area during the past two weeks. In today’s blog.

Nature walk-  Tuesday, the 2nd of August –9:30 am and 6 pm.  9:30 walk at Burnham Nature Santuary, 47th and Cornell– most of walk on stroller and wheelchair friendly surface.   6 pm walk at south side of bobolink meadow entrance- free parking by golf building, directions below.  call if you are lost 773 502 3159

Moon watch — Thursday  night, August 18th — meet at the lake near the Field House on the Point at 7:45 for an 7:59 moonrise.  There is a parking lot and an underpass at 55th and Lake Shore Drive.

DIY nature walks

bobolink meadow:   The south side entrance is located by the golf driving range,  if you are driving south on LSD, exit on 63rd street (Hayes) and turn right into first parking lot.  North side entrance is behind the Museum of Science and Industry. If driving south on Lake Shore Drive, exit on Science Drive (one half block past 57th Street exit) drive south though parking lot, past marina and drive over a stone bridge and there is a free parking lot near the tennis courts which is also near the north entrance of bobolink meadow

east side of inner harbor:  If driving south on LSD, exit on 63rd Street (Hayes) and park along the road or the in parking lot on the right hand side of the road.  Walk south along the lagoon.

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Bobolink Meadow

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Wild area on east side of the inner harbor lagoon

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new motto?   Buildings everywhere!

I was wandering around taking photos and got interviewed after Jackson Park was selected for the Obama Library site:

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young milkweed bugs

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milkweed tussock moth caterpillars

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monarch on joe pye weed- Burnham Nature Sanctuary (47th and Cornell)

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red-spotted purple butterfly- in gravel near north side entrance of Bobolink Meadow

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red-spotted purple butterfly

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common buckeye- in gravel near bridge near north side of Bobolink Meadow

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chickweed geometer moth– very small!  all over in grass, this one near north entrance of Bobolink Meadow

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giant swallowtail butterfly- bobolink meadow

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giant swallowtail butterfly in butterfly weed planted around golf driving range building

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viceroy butterfly- wild area east of inner harbor lagoon

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black swallowtail- wild area east of inner harbor lagoon

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orange sulfur

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eastern tiger swallowtail – wild area east of inner harbor lagoon

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elderly butterfly or a terrible accident?- eastern tiger butterfly on bergamot in bobolink meadow

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Japanese beetles are having a great summer!  This one is on sow thistle in wild area east of inner harbor lagoon

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milkweed leaf stripped by Japanese beetles – bobolink meadow

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brown-headed cowbird fledgling  in mulberry – bobolink meadow

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barn swallows

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red-winged blackbird on oak

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downy woodpecker– near entrance of bobolink meadow

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Looking forward to visiting the Osaka Garden again– hope it is soon!! Should we start a petition?

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royal catchfly- north entrance of bobolink meadow

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mock strawberry

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mock strawberry flower

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nodding onion

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false dragonhead in bobolink meadow

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white chicory flower in bobolink meadow

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trying to stay cool

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kestrel- 47th street near train tracks

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kestrel

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foxtail

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vervain

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ironweed

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A scarab– a green june beetle on queen anne’s lace on east side of inner harbor

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Another scarab– a grapevine beetle also known as spotted june beetle found on east side of inner harbor

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band-winged grasshoppers– those interesting creatures that seem to be half grasshopper and half butterly.  Their “butterfly” wings often look like mourning cloak butterflies

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another band-winged grasshopper

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a member of pond damsel family– maybe a bluet?

Photos from last month’s moon watch on the Point- next moon watch is August 18th-we’ll meet near the Field House on the Point at 7:45 pm for a 7:59 pm moonrise

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Monarchs sighted! and nature walks/moon watch info

 

All photos were taken during the past two weeks in Chicago (Hyde Park).

Nature walks-  Tuesday, the 19th of July –9:30 am and 6 pm.  Both walks will meet at the parking lot on the south side of the street near the intersection of 63rd (Hayes) and Lake Shore Drive. If you are driving south on Lake Shore Drive, turn right on Hayes (63rd) and then park on the road or turn right  into the parking lot.  Call if you can’t find us:  773 502-3159.

Moon watch — Tuesday night,  July 19th — meet at the lake near the Field House on the Point at 7:45 for an 8:02 moonrise.  Wednesday night, July 20th– meet at the lake near the Field House at 8:30 for an 8:45 moonrise. There is a parking lot and an underpass at 55th and Lake Shore Drive.

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male monarch butterfly

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monarch butterfly on common milkweed

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song sparrow after a shower

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male common yellowthroat warbler

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Some juvenile great blue herons have arrived and can be seen from bobolink meadow path.  Fingers crossed the lagoons have enough fish in them so that we will be able to enjoy seeing these herons for a while

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At least someone is enjoying the Osaka Garden this summer

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rattlesnake master

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common mullen

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young pods on honey locust

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Need help identifying this culprit that is damaging a number of plants in our community but especially magnolia trees

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and oak trees

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although it is also damaging some herbaceous plants like cup plant and this nightshade

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red-spotted purple butterfly eating mulberries

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red admiral on coneflower

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eastern black swallowtail butterfly

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cicada killer wasp on queen anne’s lace– I saw this wasp a few days after I heard the cicadas for the first time this year

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Ailanthus webworm moth and a couple of milkweed beetles

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A Japanese beetle on Queen Anne’s lace:  Queen Anne’s lace usually has a few burgundy flowers in the center.   Lots of Japanese beetles around this year. They feed on 300 different plants but are especially fond of vines including grapes and Virginia creepers.

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Plant with extensive damage from Japanese beetles

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creeping bellflower

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female widow skimmer dragonfly

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male common green darner dragonfly — one of our dragonflies that migrates south in the fall

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Butterflies and Blooms-Children’s Nature Walks on Wednesday 9:30 am and 6:15 pm

All photos taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last two weeks.  Children’s Nature Walks will meet on Wednesday July 6 at Burnham Nature Sanctuary (47th and Cornell) at 9:30 am and 6:15 pm

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indigo bunting- photo taken on Monday’s nature walk

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black-capped chickadee- photo taken on Monday’s nature walk

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black swallowtail on common milkweed- photo taken on Monday’s nature walk

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black eyed susan and daisy fleabane

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Can you tell the difference between a comma

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and a question mark

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One way is to check out the little spots on the wing.  This is a question mark because the two spots aren’t connected.

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red admiral

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mourning cloak

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hackberry Emperor

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compass plant

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basswood

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Oak leaves with lots of damage, from cutter bees, no I think it is a fungus and it is attacking the new leaves too.  Magnolias are also being attacked and I also saw a white poplar with damage. 

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Same oak tree as above has put out new leaves

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white wild indigo and black eyed susans

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deptford pink

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red osier dogwood

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milkweed bug

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photo taken by Marge Ishmael on nature walk

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photo taken by Marge Ishmael on nature walk

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Come join on the children’s nature walks– Wednesday June 6 at 9:30 am and 6:15 pm at Burnham Nature Sanctuary (47th and Cornell)

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photo taken on Monday’s nature walk

Berries and Butterflies- 4th of July nature walks

All photos have been taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last two weeks

We’ll meet at 9:30 am and 600 pm at Burnham Nature Sanctuary (47th and Cornell) on the 4th of July.    Stroller and wheelchair friendly.   Children’s nature walk being planned for Wednesday July 6. Let me know the best time and I’ll schedule it

 

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eastern tiger swallowtail

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common milkweed flowers (Asclepias syriaca)

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Amelanchier (service berry)

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eastern comma

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Tilia cordata (basswood) flowers with styles

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Tilia cordata (basswood) -multiple stamens longer than petals and style

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Mulberries

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red milkweed beetle

Moon lovers going out again tonight

If you’d like to join us on the 2nd longest day of the year, moonrise is at 9:21 so we will meet at the Field House on the Point at 9:15.  If driving, you can park in the lot at 55th Street and LSD and then walk through the underpass.  Weather is predicted to be clear but if sky is completely clouded over, we won’t meet.

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Beautiful clouds but the moon watchers had to be patient because the moon rose in back of this bank of clouds

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Moon still behind cloud but you can see it now

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Reminder: Nature walk/Moon watch tonight

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Nature walk-   Meet at 7pm  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  and park there.

Meet at the Fieldhouse on the  Point at 8:20 for the 8:33 moonrise.  The underpass to the Point is at 55th and LSD.  There is also a parking lot there.

 

 

Summer solstice photos and nature walk/moon watch on June 20

These photos and videos were taken during the past 2 weeks in Hyde Park (Chicago).

Nature walk on June 20 starting at 7 pm, meeting point will be decided closer to the day of the walk. Check back here, reminder email will be sent to subscribers.  The moon watchers will  meet at The Point at 8:15 for an 8:33 moon rise. Use the underpass at 55th and LSD to get to the Point.  We’ll meet at the lake near the Field House.

Below is the famous catbird call. You have to listen carefully because of the background bird song and traffic:

 

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Spotted sandpipers only have spots part of the year but they always wiggle their behinds.

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DIY field trip – cliff swallows nesting under eaves in 63rd Street Beach House.  Mornings are the best time to go. This place is extremely busy in the afternoons and evenings. 

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butterfly weed

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goatsbeard

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red-winged blackbird

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willow flycatcher

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female mallard with a pile of small ducklings

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same female mallard whose ducklings are now medium-sized

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daisies

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turtle

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sulfur cinquefoil

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mock orange

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double-flowered mock orange

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flowers from catalpa tree

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spiderwort, also called snotweed, find out why on the nature walk

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Solomon’s seal

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wild rose

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Come join us on a nature walk!

 

Local Nature Photos and reminder about Nature Walks tomorrow

All of these photos have been taken in the Hyde Park area during the last two weeks. The 9:30 Sunday morning nature walk will meet at the Golf Driving Range. If you are driving south on LSD, exit on Hayes (63rd) and take the first right turn and keep driving until you reach the golf driving range building.  The 6:30 Sunday evening nature walk will meet at Burnham Prairie Nature Sanctuary at 47th and Cornell. Most of the nature walk at Burnham Prairie will be on a stroller and wheelchair friendly surface.  All Welcome!

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cedar waxwing

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cedar waxwing with crest lifted

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part of a cedar waxwing flock-can you see all 5?

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3 male brown-headed cowbirds

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female red-winged blackbird with nesting material

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great crested flycatcher

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red-bellied woodpecker- I can see a few red feathers on his belly, but there is never very much red on the belly of the red-bellied woodpecker

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This photo and the next 3 photos were taken at the site of the 9:30 Sunday morning nature walk- see top of page for details of when and where

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bull frog

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beaver

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black-crowned night heron

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Canada goose with young gosling

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Two families of Canada Goose with teen-age goslings

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Spiderwort is sometimes called snotweed. Come to the nature walk to find out why. Details about the walk are at the top of this email.  This photo and the next 3 photos were taken at the site of the Sunday evening  nature walk.

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ninebark

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Penstemon digitalis      foxglove

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purple flowering raspberry

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Yoko Ono’s sculpture which is scheduled to arrive in the Fall.