In conjunction with the Montrose Beach "Beach Sweep" clean-up, the Chicago Ornithological Society and the Chicago Group of the Sierra Club teamed up again to visit nature in Chicago's parks. A group that varied in size from two to seven toured Montrose Point looking for birds and other creatures of nature in the park. Here the group is working the "perimeter plantings" of Montrose Point Nature Sanctuary. You can see Lake Michigan in the background.

Visit Geoff Williamson's website for more photos and full report.

List of birds species seen, with number observed.

Canada Goose 81
Mallard 12

Double-crested Cormorant 40

Cooper's Hawk 2

Peregrine Falcon 1

Ring-billed Gull 198
Herring Gull 3

Chimney Swift 65

Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 10

Least Flycatcher 6
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 3

Empidonax, sp. 1

Eastern Phoebe 2

Eastern Kingbird 1

Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2

American Crow 5

Black-capped Chickadee 7

Red-breasted Nuthatch 3

House Wren 1

Sedge Wren 7

Marsh Wren 5

Gray-cheeked Thrush 6
Swainson's Thrush 28

Wood Thrush 1

American Robin 9

Gray Catbird 3

Brown Thrasher 4

European Starling 76

American Pipit 1

Cedar Waxwing 3

Ovenbird 1

Northern Waterthrush 3

Black-and-white Warbler 2

Tennessee Warbler 1

Nashville Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 17

American Redstart 25
Northern Parula 1

Magnolia Warbler 17

Bay-breasted Warbler 4

Yellow Warbler 2

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1

Blackpoll Warbler 7

Palm Warbler 15

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3

Savannah Sparrow 14
Nelson's Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Swamp Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 11

Northern Cardinal 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

Red-winged Blackbird 4

American Goldfinch 20

House Sparrow 27

List of mammal species seen, with number observed.

Eastern Chipmunk 11 Eastern Gray Squirrel 3

Eastern Cottontail 3

List of butterfly species seen, with number observed.

Cabbage White 20

Clouded Sulphur 1
Orange Sulphur 2

Eastern Tailed-Blue 4

Pearl Crescent 2
Mourning Cloak 3

Common Buckeye 4

Viceroy 3

Monarch 3

Grass skipper, un-IDed 1

List of damselfly and dragonfly species seen, with number observed.

Common Green Darner 1

Carolina/Red Saddlebags 2