Winter 2015: Snowy owl, swans and winter ducks

All photos taken in Hyde Park.  Most of them taken at 63rd Street beach or at La Rabida (6501 S Promontory Drive)


Snowy owl on pier at 63rd Street beach at dusk

Short video of snowy owl:



sun dog


male and female common goldeneye


red-breasted merganser courting display

See some common goldeneyes’ courtship displays in the video below:


How big is a mute swan?


A lot bigger than a common goldeneye duck.


Quite a bit bigger than a Canada Goose


Swans enjoying the outer harbor (63rd to 66th and Lake Shore Drive) until the geese come back


The geese are back.




red-headed ducks


February 1 blizzard


February 1 blizzard

fox squirrel at 63rd St Beach parking lot

fox squirrel at 63rd St Beach parking lot


Hyde Park Wildlife Calendars (extra calendars available for FREE for local teachers)

The second calendar, “Wildlife in Chicago Parks”  is the one available for FREE for local teachers.

Order button at this website:

Hyde Park Wildlife— all photos taken in Jackson Park

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Wildlife in Chicago Parks  – all but one photo taken in Hyde Park

some unusual shots, other silly shots.


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Cape Cod Wildlife Calendar also available

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 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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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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