Thatcher Woods, IL
Tuesday 18 June 2019 78 °F
Today, I led a kids’ bird walk for Dominican University’s summer program through Thatcher Woods! I have been leading this for a number of years and it is always a delight to teach kids about birds.
This CHIMNEY SWIFT flew over:
Female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:
At one point we spotted a House Sparrow nest:
BLUE JAY with brilliant colors. Oddly enough, I have seldom obtained good photos of this bird in the past.
Female BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD:
At some points, we had some raptors fly over such as a COOPER’S and this RED-TAILED HAWK:
As well as a few TURKEY VULTURES:
The highlight of the walk was seeing some nesting BARN SWALLOWS at a very close range around the picnic pavilion at the Thatcher Woods play meadow. This will be my bird-of-the-day. The sheer diversity of birds in nature, even during a “slow” season for birders such as June, was inspiring to the kids.
World Life List: 971 Species