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Let's Go Birding Together - Pride Month Walk at Humboldt Park

Let's Go Birding Together - Pride Month Walk at Humboldt Park

Let’s Go Birding Together is Audubon Society’s LGBTQ inclusive bird walk series. COS participated in the Chicago-area walk, hosted at Humboldt Park and co-sponsored by Feminist Bird Club and Audubon Great Lakes on June 22, 2019. Almost 40 people attended on a warm, sunny June morning.

Trip Report: 7th Annual East Tawas Trip - May 2019

Trip Report: 7th Annual East Tawas Trip - May 2019

Each family occupied their own nesting platform/tree, but a marsh as vast as the Tuttle wildlife area apparently wasn’t big enough for the male Osprey. He mounted a concerted, prolonged attack on one of the eagles as it flew over the marsh to its nest. The aerial acrobatics were astonishing, especially the way the eagle could flip over onto its back in the air in an instant to aim its talons at the Osprey.

Trip Report:  Paul Douglas Forest Preserve - 2019 June 15

Trip Report: Paul Douglas Forest Preserve - 2019 June 15

Paul Douglas Preserve was created by combining a mixture of farmland and wooded private land which mostly is on higher glacial ridges featuring very mature oak woodlands. This birder group compiled a list of 40 bird species, all summer residents of this beautiful preserve.

Trip Report:  Orland Grasslands  2018 May 6

Trip Report: Orland Grasslands 2018 May 6

A dozen birders explored prime sparrow habitat finding singing Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows, as well as a number of more common species, like Field, Song, Savanna and Lincoln's Sparrow.

Trip Report: Eggers Grove 2017 June 3

It felt like summer Saturday morning with temps in the 70s and 80s early on, but a group of 15 met to explore the marsh and woodlands of Eggers Grove in Chicago's far south side.  

Trip Report:  Orland Grasslands - 2017 April 29

Trip Report: Orland Grasslands - 2017 April 29

Eleven birders explored parts of Orland Grasslands on Saturday, April 29, a cloudy, chilly day. Led by Pat Hayes, a volunteer steward at the site, we followed trails through prairie areas...

Trip Report:  Miller Meadow - 2017 April 15

Trip Report: Miller Meadow - 2017 April 15

What a great spring birding day!  We spotted over 30 Wilson's Snipe, a Short-eared Owl in flight, an early Marsh Wren, Eastern Meadowlarks and some Rusty blackbirds.  

Trip Report: Palos Area Waterfowl - 2017 April 8

Trip Report: Palos Area Waterfowl - 2017 April 8

A group of 15 birders led by Andrew Aldrich beginning at McGinnis Slough and then stopping at Saganashkee Slough and Maple Lake.  Among the highlights were great looks at Common Loons ...

Trip Report: Palos Area - 2016 November 20

Trip Report: Palos Area - 2016 November 20

A group of 16 birders met at McGinnis Slough in the Palos Area this morning, Sunday, November 20th, to look for waterfowl and any other interesting birds that crossed our paths.  We were fortunate to have local expert Wes Serafin join us to navigate and give a bit of history about the different areas.  McGinnis was partially frozen this morning, but we still managed some decent flocks of waterfowl here.  Most notably the dozens of Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers, Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes.  A couple Great Blue Herons were hunkered down among the cattails.