Despite the overcast sky, Indian Boundary Park bird watchers spotted 19 different species of birds -- including a welcome sighting of the park’s shy mascot, the Great Blue Heron -- during the annual fall Bird Walk Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.
“Another fun walk with a lot of nice people,” said David Willard, president of the Chicago Audubon Society after he led 20 birders -- including the youngest ever at 3 months old -- around the park and pointed out more than six dozen birds of interest.
Among the highlights were an even dozen Chimney Swift birds, a Downy Woodpecker, an Eastern Phoebe, a Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Nashville and Palm warblers.
“We still haven't hit gold on choice of day, but one of these times, we will get lucky,” Dave predicted, noting that determined birders have contended with chilly, overcast skies for the last several bird walks. Bird walks are held in the spring and the fall, and are sponsored by the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council.
The hour-long bird walks begin at 8 a.m., and conclude in the Cultural Center with coffee, sweets and other refreshments, and plenty of opportunity to talk about birds, Indian Boundary Park and neighborhood issues with Advisory Council members and Park Supervisor Phil Martini.
The next bird walk will be held in spring 2016.