Sunday's COS “Under birded Chicago Parks ” field trip at Col umbus Park
- Led by Ethan and Aaron Gyllenhaal, 18 birders helped make Chicago's Columbus Park a bit less underbirded on Sunday morning. They were rewarded with 54 identified species of birds, plus a parakeet-like bird that was not a Monk Parakeet. This flyover had pale secondaries, was overall smaller than a Monk Parakeet, and had a shorter tail. It looked similar to White-winged Parakeet, and we'll keep an eye out for it on future visits to the park..
Other interesting sightings included a PINE WARBLER; newly arrived BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSHES and DARK-EYED JUNCO; a MARSH WREN that reluctantly gave a few good views to the crowd and a WINTER WREN that only gave a private showing; RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (which only visit Columbus during migration); and a midair battle between a COOPER'S HAWK and a AMERICAN CROW. Other than the abundant YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, we had to work hard to get the warbler total up to eight species. There also were two species of nuthatches, both kinglets, three species of thrushes (counting robins), and five species of sparrows.
All the numbers from Sunday, plus monthly and yearly figures for Columbus Park, are on our blog: http://neighborhoodnature.wordpress.com/about/our-ebird-lists-for-columbus-park-chicago/
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