All of these photos were taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last few weeks, unless otherwise noted.
Here are a couple links to articles defending non-native species. Perhaps we’ve gone overboard when we consider that all non-native species are bad for the environment and must be removed.
All photos were taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last few weeks. Habitat destruction at Wooded Isle photos are at the end of this post
Female red-breasted merganser with a few white-winged scoters
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.
blue jay fledgling
hungry blue jay fledgling
“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
Eastern Towhee singing “drink your tea”
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.
All photos taken in Jackson Park or Columbia Woods Forest Preserve in Willow Springs during Spring 2014
orange variant of scarlet tanager in Jackson Park
Scarlet tanager in Columbia Woods
eastern bluebird in Jackson Park
eastern bluebird in Columbia Woods – just took a bath
eastern bluebird in Columbia Woods
swainson’s thrush in Jackson Park
an only chick
goose protecting goslings
black-crowned night herons in the fog — Jackson Park
carp in Jackson Park
Last year’s seeds with this year’s flowers
spotted sandpiper in Jackson Park
black-throated green warbler in Jackson Park
palm warbler in Columbia Woods
yellow-rumped warbler in Columbia Woods
Columbia Woods after heavy rain
coyote on lake near pier at Hayes (63rd) and the lakevideo of coyote on lake:
feeders helped our birds survive this winter
raccon prints in the snow
white-winged scoter (sea duck rarely seen in Chicago)
white-winged scoter with juvenile goldeneye
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.
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:
This photo was taken on the June nature walk
This is the black-crowned night heron who hung around in the Osaka Garden all summer
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.
our local cactus– prickly pear
prickly pear flower
peregrine falcon at 63rd Street Beach
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.