Birder Cataloging Migratory Birds on Chicago River

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chicago River Looking South from Irving Park Rd. Credit: Dan X. O'Neil.

If you’re on the Riverbank Neighbors email list, for the past couple of weeks you’ve been getting a daily list of birds from Sigrid Schmidt. She’s been documenting migratory birds she sees along the Chicago River in the Center Square area.

“I have been birding a long time, but pretty intensively during migration seasons for a few years,” Schmidt tells us.

Yesterday was, “a colorful day along the river,” as she saw 42 difference species of birds in one day. Here’s her list from Monday (and a link to the Audubon Field Guide):

Canada Goose
Green Heron
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Empidonax sp.
Blue Jay
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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