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A group of about 18 hardy birders set out after the rain at Skokie Lagoons for a very nice bird walk. We started off by the main pond where we found a warbler pocket right away. We had a few species including a singing Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Blackpoll and Black-and-White Warblers. We got great looks at an Eastern Kingbird and heard Eastern Phoebes calling to each other. A Red-breasted Nuthatch also gave good close looks and a Yellow-throated vireo sang and showed up for us. We then set off down the bike path to try for a Prothonotary Warbler. We heard one singing but the recent rains made the terrain way too wet to get closer. We did get looks at American Redstart and Yellow Warblers down by the waters edge. Also along the path was a beautiful male Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Baltimore Oriole singing. We had a few sparrow species on the path, as well as some Palm Warblers. We finished with 54 total species. Everyone had a great time and I hope our new birders learned something new!

Here is a link to the complete list on eBird:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56133756

Post by Aerin Tedesco

  • Thanks to Elizabeth Pector for contributing these great photos from the walk!