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Junior Naturalists' Bird Walk

sunny 80 °F

First of all, this Monday, June 27 I will be leaving with my choir, the Voice of Chicago, for a week-long tour to HAVANA, CUBA! This will be one of the best experiences of 2016, and it is a groundbreaking tour because we are the first youth choir from the USA to visit the country. We will be performing with renowned Cuban artists, opera singers, and choirs from all over the world as well as engaging in other diverse cultural activities. I will not be able to post during the trip because I have decided not to bring my iPad; however, I will probably make several posts about it after I return home on July 3. I do not expect to do any birding, if at all, on this tour because the choir keeps us extremely busy; however, it will be a stellar travel and cultural experience for me and for everyone.

Today I led a bird walk, for the second year in a row, for the Junior Naturalists' summer camp at Dominican Univeristy in River Forest. My sister, Pearl, participated this year and she, as well as the group overall, enjoyed the outing.

We walked into Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve and almost immediately found hands-down our best bird of the day, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO! It flew over the group twice, giving everyone great views.


White-tailed Deer, fawn:


Owl or hawk feather:


One of two male SCARLET TANAGERS we saw, an excellent surprise!

Bird-of-the-day to the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, with runners-up to the Scarlet Tanagers. A very productive walk for mid-June!

Excited for CUBA on Monday!!!

Good birding,

World Life List: 887 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 20:16 Archived in USA Tagged me people children trees animals birds sky red-tailed_hawk wood_thrush eastern_phoebe yellow-billed_cuckoo scarlet_tanager

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