West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District


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ature Preserve

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150 Bird Species and Still Counting

Townsend's Solitaire - Photographed by Andrew Aldrich

Birders have experienced an amazing three years at West Ridge Nature Preserve. During that time, 150 species of birds have been sighted, with our list is still growing! And there is ALWAYS a surprise in store it seems.


The latest was species #150: A Townsend’s Solitaire! This thrush lives in the Mountains of the Western United States; its visits to the American Midwest are extremely rare.  Birding docent Jeff Wade spotted one on Saturday November 10. What a way to get to #150!

Local Ebird Monitor, Andrew Aldrich, also photographed the bird in Rosehill Cemetery as well.  

 

Additionally, an immature Male Redhead was seen in late September—a first time for the preserve.

American Bittern - Photographed by Brian Garoutte

Male Redhead - Photographed by Steve DeBerg

And one of our biggest surprises of the year was the American Bittern we saw on our bird walk May 2nd.


There's always a surprise. You never know what you’ll see at WRNP!