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.

 

You saved the Point! Now Jackson Park needs your help!

Meeting:  Tuesday May 31, at La Rabida, 6501 S Promontory, 6-8 pm.  Let me know if you can give others a lift or if you need a ride.

The map below was made after studying the Project 120 website.  Here are the webpages on the project 120 website.   All of the red type on the map below will be removed or relocated if the project 120 plans are approved.

http://www.project120chicago.org/plans_projects/pavilion-music-court

http://www.project120chicago.org/plans_projects/p4-great-lawn

JP updated map with index 03-13-16Jackson Park Flier

Local Residents Trees update 3-15-16May 31 meeting announcement PDF

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Spring Babies

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

IMPORTANT MEETING ABOUT FUTURE OF JACKSON PARK THIS TUESDAY MAY 31, 6-8 pm  AT LA RABIDA,  6501 S Promontory Drive   Project 120 is promoting habitat destruction in Jackson Park.  This meeting is a great opportunity to let Leslie Hairston know that there are LOTS of us who want to preserve habitat for wildlife and humans.  If you agree with the above statement, YOUR PRESENCE AT THIS MEETING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!  Let me know if you can offer rides or if you need a ride.  I’d be happy to pay someone to offer childcare.

Next nature walks on the new moon, Sunday June 5 at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm. Look for another  announcement near date of walks for location and possible rescheduling if rain is predicted.

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mallard ducklings at lagoon near golf driving range

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baby bunnies at Burnham Nature Sanctuary

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nestling crows have blue eyes

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Nestling crows about to fledge.

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male wood duck

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male and female wood duck

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redbud

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eastern bluebird

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trillium

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brown-headed cowbird

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wren

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wren

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black and white warbler

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black and white warbler

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indigo bunting

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red-eyed vireo

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young cup plant with drink of water after rain

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Burnham Nature Sanctuary (47th and Cornell) has a family of gray squirrels with red tails

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dogwood flower

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shooting star

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sycamore flowers

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anemone

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horsechestnut flowers

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black-crowned night heron

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2 adult and one juvenile black-crowned night heron

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juvenile black-crowned night heron- born last year

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great blue heron swallowing a fish

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full moon watch photo

Reminder: Nature walks and Moon watch this Saturday!

All Welcome!
Saturday May 21

Nature walks–8-9:30 am  and 9:30-10:30 am

 Meet at Burnham Nature Sanctuary , 47th and Cornell– most of walk will be on stroller/wheelchair friendly path

Moon watch

Meet at The Point  at 7:45 pm for a 7:59 pm moon rise.   Go as far east as you can on 55th Street and then walk through the underpass to get to the Point.  We meet near the field house.

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Lots of indigo buntings currently at Burnham Nature Sanctuary

A great day to go birding!

All these photos/videos were taken during the last 2 weeks in Hyde Park (Chicago).  I saw scarlet tanager, blue jay, rose-breasted grosbeak, song sparrow, chickadee, baltimore oriole, indigo bunting and american goldfinch at 47th Street and Cornell this morning.  Morning is the best time to go out but many of the above birds sing/call all day so you can track them down if you go out in the afternoon.  See song mp3s at end of post.

Both these videos were taken at the Burnham Park Nature Area (47th and Cornell) The Indigo buntings often sing in the trees right near the parking lot. The Scarlet tanager was walking along the path.

Next Nature walk/Moon watch is Saturday May 21st. Two nature walks take place at 8 am and 9:30 am.  Meeting locations will be determined later this week. Moon watch will meet on the Point at 7:45 pm for a 7:59 pm moonrise.

 

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ruby-throated hummingbird

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male scarlet tanager

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male scarlet tanager

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male scarlet tanager- fluffed up because of the cold weather

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male scarlet tanager

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female scarlet tanager

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male rose-breasted grosbeak

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female rose-breasted grosbeak

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columbine

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oops, this is dutchman’s breeches, Dicentra cucullaria, not squirrel corn, Dicentra canadensis- thanks Carol!   I find Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide works really well if you want to identify wildflowers, but you have to use it!

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wild geranium

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ohio buckeye flowers

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kingfisher in the fog

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great blue heron in the fog

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baltimore oriole in the fog

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yellow warbler

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female common yellowthroat

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yellow-rumped warbler

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american goldfinch posing with some dandelions

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goslings!

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migrating double-crested cormorants

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double-crested cormorants

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barn swallow

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tree swallow

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tree swallow

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May apple

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May apple leaves

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nice crop of milkweed growing outside of the park

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morel

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female eastern towhee

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grey catbird– you can see a few of the rusty tail feathers in this photo

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vireo

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cooper’s hawk

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green heron in breeding condition– black bill and orange legs!

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baltimore oriole hanging around a non-oriole nest?

Here are some of the songs/calls I heard at 47th and Cornell today. If you go and listen, it will help you find and see the following birds: baltimore oriole, chimney swift,  grey catbird, indigo bunting, blue jay, american goldfinch, blue-gray gnatcatcher, red-winged blackbird and black-capped chickadee. But don’t delay!  Most of these birds will nest here but some are just passing through (blue jay) and  there are lot more of some of them right now (grey catbird) than there will be later in the summer.

http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Song-Ear-Training-Guide/dp/0975443402