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Chicago's Lincoln Park

I spend a lot of my free time in Chicago's Lincoln Park, mostly watching birds and other wild creatures. Here are some web pages I have that concern this park.

  • Birding at North Pond: I lead weekly bird walks most of the year (and once a month the rest of the year) for the Chicago Ornithological Society at Lincoln Park's North Pond in Chicago. Tallies of birds that we've seen on these walks, some photographs, and other information related to North Pond can be found on this page.
  • Lincoln Park Wildlife: On this page you can find information about the wildlife that inhabit this urban park. There are also some photos.
  • Cat rescue at North Pond: A story and video of a cat that was frozen to the ice at North Pond, overnight, and rescued the next day by Scott Holingue.

Photographs of Birds

  • Some photos from the IOS Gull Frolic, 10 Feb 2007
  • Some photos of birds in Lincoln Park on 4 May 2008, including Sora, Forster's Tern, Least Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Marsh Wren, and Le Conte's Sparrow.
  • Some photos at Montrose Point on 18 May 2008, including Northern Mockingbird and Whip-poor-will.
  • Some photos at the IIT Campus on 19 May 2008, including Blackburnian Warbler and Ovenbird.
  • Some photos at the Montrose Point on 27 August 2011, including Red Knot, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and a yellow spider.
  • Montrose Ross's Geese, Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 17 February 2006.
  • Male hybrid American Black Duck x Mallard, North Pond, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 13 January 2010
  • Greater Scaup, Lake Ashurst, Coconino County, AZ, 26 November 2005
  • Harlequin Duck, Jackson Park's Outer Harbor, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 15 January 2005
  • Harlequin Duck, near chess pavilion in North Avenue Beach area of Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 8 December 2007
  • Chukar, IIT Campus, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 22 October 2003
  • First nesting of American White Pelicans in Illinois, summer 2009
  • Brown Pelican at Crystal Lake in McHenry County, IL on 4 June 2009
  • Least Bittern at South Pond in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Cook County, IL on 25 June 2011
  • Cattle Egrets at Lock & Dam #13, Whiteside County, IL on 8 November 2008
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Golf Course Pond in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Cook County, IL, 6 May 2008
  • Cooper's Hawk, Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 9 February 2006
  • Cooper's Hawk, IIT Campus, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 28 February 2003. Notice how full the crop is.
  • Northern Goshawk , Paul Douglas Forest Preserve, Cook County, IL, 8 October 2005.
  • Nine Piping Plovers, Montrose Beach, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 2 May 2004
  • An American Acocet at Montrose Beach, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 28 July 2009
  • Ten Willets from a flock of 16 on Montrose Beach, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 1 May 2006
  • Three Hudsonian Godwits, Montrose Beach, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 21 May 2004
  • White-rumped Sandpiper (and Dunlin), Waukegan Beach, Lake County, IL, 28 May 2006
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Blackhawk Forest Preserve, Kane County, IL, 3 October 2003
  • Two Purple Sandpipers, Waukegan Beach, Waukegan, Lake County, IL, 10 December 2004
  • Dunlin (and White-rumped Sandpiper), Waukegan Beach, Lake County, IL, 28 May 2006
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Momence Sod Farms, Kankakee County, IL, 25 August 2007
  • An American Woodcock, Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 9 March 2006
  • Red-necked Phalarope, Shoop Park at Wind Point, Racine County, WI, 27 May 2006
  • Little Gulls at North Point Park in Sheboygan, WI on 2 June 2013.
  • Laughing Gulls at Montrose Beach in Chicago, IL on 10 September 2005 and 6 June 2006.
  • A Franklin's Gull in first summer plumage at Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 14 June 2005
  • Adult basic Black-headed Gull at Montrose Harbor, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 28 Feb 2007
  • Photos of soiled Ring-billed Gulls .
  • Iceland Gull, adult, Starved Rock Lock and Dam, La Salle County, IL, 16 February 2003. This is a very white-winged individual, with only a limited amount of gray pigmentation in the outer primaries.
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull, Waukegan Beach, Waukegan, Lake County, IL, 10 December 2004: an adult bird showing some pinkish-fleshy tones in the legs.
  • Caspian Terns nesting in Chicago, IL on 18 June 2011.
  • Forster's Tern in first summer plumage at Montrose Beach, Chicago, IL on 5 June 2006.
  • Black Skimmer at Forsythe Park in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana on 10 October 2004.
  • Streptopelia dove, Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 25 July 2007
  • White-winged Dove, Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 10 May 2007
  • Snowy Owl, Starke County, IN, 21 January 2006
  • Four Snowy Owls, DeKalb and LaSalle Counties, IL, 8 February 2009
  • Long-eared Owl, Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 12 March 2007
  • A (presumed) Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Cook County, IL, 18 October 2008
  • Willow Flycatcher, Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Cook County, IL, 8 June 2006
  • Hermit Thrush, juvenile, in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Cook County, IL, 9 October 2005
  • American Pipit , Ft. Sheridan, Lake County, IL, 27 December 2003 (Evanston North Shore CBC record)
  • Palm Warbler, Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Cook County, IL, 30 November 2009
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 24 April 2006
  • Spotted Towhee, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 16 December 2003
  • Grasshopper Sparrow , Cook County, IL, 14 - 22 December 2003 (Lisle-Arb. CBC record)
  • Lark Bunting, Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Cook County, IL, 10 August 2009
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Cassiar Junco?), North Pond in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Cook County, IL, 17 March 2010
  • Blue Grosbeak, Palos Hills, Cook County, IL, 1 March 2003
  • Western Meadowlark, Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 17 April 2006
  • Common Redpoll , Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 31 October 2008

Audio Recordings of Birds

From time to time audio documentation of birds is helpful. Below are links to pages where you can listen to some recordingst that I have made.


Photographs of Butterflies, Moths, Dragonflies, and Damselflies

  • For some pictures of butterflies and dragonflies from Bluff Spring Fen on 19 July 2003, see my page on the COS field trip led by Joan Bruchman and Donna Motherway: Bluff Spring Fen page.
  • Tawny-edged Skipper , North Pond, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 16 July 2008
  • White-lined Sphinx Moths, North Pond, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 28 August 2013
  • Nessus Sphinx, Williamson's townhouse, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 13 July 2014

Photographs of Mammals

  • Bats, Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 17 August 2007
  • Raccoon, La Bagh Woods Forest Preserve, Cook County, IL, 22 April 2006
  • Raccoon with kit, Montrose Point, Chicago, IL, 7 May 2006
  • Beaver at Montrose Beach, Chicago, IL, 30 May 2006
  • Red Fox with kits, Montrose Point, Chicago, IL, 26 March 2009

Birding Information

Birding Trips

Here are some pages devoted to birding trips.

  • Duluth, MN, 4 -7 February 2005. This trip was taken with Cindy Alberico, Jill Niland, Sigrid Schmidt, and Wes Serafin.
  • Trip list for the COS/DBC field trip "Gillson Park, Wilmette," 19 November 2005. (pdf-file)
  • Trip list for the COS/DBC field trip "Lakefront Gulls," 21 January 2006. (pdf-file)
  • Field Guides, Inc. trip to Peru: Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, and the Lima Coast, 27 June to 8 July 2006.
  • Trip list for the COS/DBC field trip "Gillson Park and the North Shore," 5 November 2006. (pdf-file)
  • Trip list along the North Shore from Wilmette to Waukegan, 22 Nov 2008
  • Trip list for the COS field trip "Gillson Park / Lake County," 14 Nov 2009
  • Trip list for the COS field trip "Gillson Park," 13 Nov 2010
  • Sierra Club bird/wildlife walk at Montrose Point on 13 August 2011
  • Sierra Club bird/wildlife walk at Jarvis Bird Sanctuary on 27 August 2011
  • Sierra Club nature walk at the Montrose Point beach sweep on 17 September 2011
  • Sierra Club/COS bird/wildlife walk at Jarvis Bird Sanctuary on 8 October 2011
  • Sierra Club/COS/BCN bird/wildlife walk and workday at Jarvis Bird Sanctuary on 22 October 2011
  • Sierra Club/COS wildlife walk at La Bagh Woods Forest Preserve on 19 May 2012
  • Sierra Club/COS wildlife walk at Lincoln Park's Jarvis Bird Sanctuary on 9 June 2012
  • COS field trip to Midewin Tallgrass Prairie on 23 June 2012
  • Sierra Club/COS wildlife walk at Lincoln Park's Montrose Point on 7 July 2012
  • Sierra Club/COS wildlife walk at Jackson Park's Wooded Island on 18 August 2012
  • Sierra Club/COS wildlife walk at Lincoln Park's Montrose Point on 15 September 2012
  • COS field trip for Lakefront Gulls & Duck on 19 Jan 2013
  • COS/Sierra Club wildlife walk at Lincoln Park's Montrose Point on 20 April 2013.
  • IIT Campus bird walk on 14 May 2013.
  • COS/Sierra Club wildlife walk in the south portions of Lincoln Park on 12 May 2013.
  • COS/Sierra Club wildlife walk in La Bagh Woods Forest Preserve in Chicago on 15 June 2013.
  • COS/Sierra Club wildlife walk at Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park on 27 July 2013.
  • COS/Sierra Club wildlife walk in Chicago's Burnham Park on 24 August 2013.
  • COS/Sierra Club wildlife walk at Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park on 19 April 2014.
  • COS/Sierra Club wildlife walk at Indiana Dunes State Park in northwest Indiana on 21 June 2014.

Other Trips

Here are some pages devoted to miscellaneous other trips.


Other Stuff

Here is everything else I've bothered to put up here.


This page was last updated on 13 July 2014.
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