2014 Bird Tour

What a great day Saturday was for the bird tour that the Southeast Environmental Task Force sponsored. Perfect weather, great sightings!

Thank you to Walter Marcisz, local bird expert, for leading the group.
The amazing results of our day were logged below by Walter.

And YES!!!…..we did observe a bald eagle, who posed high in a tree before he treated us to a show by soaring overhead and circling above us for some time.
(from Walter Marcisz)
We had a total of 52 bird species at Eggers Grove (our complete Eggers list is pasted at the end of this message). After Eggers, we added a few more species: 1 Illinois Endangered LITTLE BLUE HERON at 126th St. Marsh; 1 NORTHERN HARRIER & 2 RUDDY DUCKS at Harborside Golf Course; and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS at the Stony Island landfills between 116th & 122nd Streets.

Therefore our total for the day was 56 species in all. Seventeen of these species were migrants which will continue north and breed to the north of us in the northern USA or Canada. The remaining species will stay for the summer (or year-round, in some cases).

Eggers Grove Forest Preserve (Chicago), Cook, US-IL
May 3, 2014 8:55 AM – 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: “Not for Birders Only” Brown Bag Eco-Tour sponsored by Southeast Environmental Task Force.
52 species

Canada Goose 13 (total includes 1 adult incubating on nest)
Mallard 3
Blue-winged Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 3
Ring-necked Duck 3
Double-crested Cormorant 13 (flyovers)
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
Great Egret 1 (flyover)
Green Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1 (1 juvenile/1st-year bird being mobbed by crows)
American Coot 24
Solitary Sandpiper 6
Ring-billed Gull 20 (flyovers)
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 (flyover)
Chimney Swift 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1

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