Birding at Jackson Park

On Saturday at 8:00 am we met real birders for the first time at Jackson Park in Chicago.  We met near Wooded Island and Bobolink Meadow for an observation walk, followed by a trip to the nearby harbor.  Apparently this walk near Wooded Island has been happening weekly for the past 35 years or so.  It was a new adventure for us.

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The birders each came equipped with binoculars and there was one scope that was shared to get a better zoom.  We brought a pair of ancient binoculars, which turned out to be helpful, despite being on their last leg and a bit dusty.  Our camera could not really zoom out far enough and fast enough to catch much.

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Canvasback duck.  One of many species that were identified by the group.  Other species included Wood Duck, Redhead Duck, Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-Breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, and of course Mallards.  We also saw a Northern Harrier hunting in the meadow.

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American Coot in the inner harbor at Jackson Park.

I think I have reached the limit on this blog unless I reduce the size of my pictures or make some other changes, so just three pictures today!

Gardening Update:  Today was a pruning day.  We pruned the Chinquapin Oak and the American Plums and a few branches off some shrubs.  The daffodils are pushing out of the ground with the warm weather we just had.  Spring is around the corner, but it looks like we will be having some snow this week first!

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