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Kids’ Thatcher Woods Bird Walk

Thatcher Woods, IL

sunny 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:
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Female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:
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At one point we spotted a House Sparrow nest:
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BLUE JAY with brilliant colors. Oddly enough, I have seldom obtained good photos of this bird in the past.
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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CHIPPING SPARROW:
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Female BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD:
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At some points, we had some raptors fly over such as a COOPER’S and this RED-TAILED HAWK:
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As well as a few TURKEY VULTURES:
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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.
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 971 Species

Posted by skwclar 16:53 Archived in USA

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