The COS North Pond Bird Walk Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 at North Pond in Chicago's Lincoln Park  recorded 30 species of birds, three species of odes, two butterfly  species, and two mammal species. Lists of all these are at the end  of this message.

Highlights included four species of warblers (NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH,  BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART),  three LEAST FLYCATCHERS, and SWAINSON'S THRUSH. The birding was  really quite slow.

Probably our most exciting sighting with respect to the animal  kingdom was the highest concentration of "hummingbird moths" that  I've ever witnessed. We had 30+ White-lined Sphinx Moths feeding in  the Obedient Plants at the northwest corner of the pond. I took at Also of note was a migrant Red Bat that we saw at the start of the walk.

Good birding,
Geoff Williamson -  Chicago, IL

See some of Geoff's photos here.


Species List:

Lincoln Park--North Pond (Chicago), Cook, US-IL  Aug 28, 2013 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM  

Protocol: Traveling  0.8 mile(s)  Comments: Chicago Ornithological Society North Pond Bird Walk,  7:00 - 9:00am, 74 deg F, winds N at 13 mph, intermittent medium level  fog with variable skies from mostly clear to overcast. Twenty  participants, 0.8 miles traveled (once around the pond).  30 bird species (+3 other taxa)

Graylag Goose (Domestic type) 2  

Canada Goose 27  

Wood Duck 5  

Mallard 38  

Mallard (Domestic type) 3

Great Blue Heron 1  

Green Heron 1  

Black-crowned Night-Heron 1

Ring-billed Gull 31

Herring Gull 1

Rock Pigeon 97  

Mourning Dove 1

Chimney Swift 69

Downy Woodpecker 1

Peregrine Falcon 1

Least Flycatcher 3

American Crow 2

Barn Swallow 6

Black-capped Chickadee 2

Swainson's Thrush 1  

American Robin 6

European Starling 26

Cedar Waxwing 14

Northern Waterthrush 2  

Black-and-white Warbler 1  

Mourning Warbler 1  

American Redstart 1

warbler sp. 2

Song Sparrow 4

Northern Cardinal 11

Red-winged Blackbird 3

American Goldfinch 28

House Sparrow 24




Eastern Forktail 2

damselfly sp. 1

Common Green Darner 9

Black Saddlebags 1



Cabbage White 2

Monarch 4



Red Bat 1

Eastern Gray Squirrel 17


Geoffrey A. Williamson

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Chair, IOS Ornithological Research and Data Committee  Member, Illinois Ornithological Records Committee of IOS