Chicago is a birding hotspot especially in spring and fall during migration. The Chicago Ornithological Society lead morning bird walks around North Pond every Wednesday which start and finish here at the Museum. The list of species they have observed right outside our windows is very impressive. We are always looking for new ideas for public and school programs so a few years ago when the idea of a bird watching program was suggested we installed some bird feeders at the north east corner of the building.
Even we couldn’t have imagined just how successful they would be. We have recorded the first ever sighting for Lincoln Park of a Yellow-headed Blackbird and when an extremely unusual Cinnamon Teal blew in one winter it too paid a visit to our feeders.
Last winter we had a regular Red-headed Woodpecker adding a splash of colour outside our window.
And this spring we were inundated with Baltimore Oriole’s draining the nectar from the hummingbird feeders.
Now fall migration is upon us again and the Red-breasted Nuthatches are making the most of the peanut feeder.
And of course there is always that endearing year round favourite, the Downy Woodpecker.
Depending on the time of year we have a constant parade of colourful species so next time you are at the Museum be sure to visit the North Terrace, you never know what you might see.