Wimbrel Young Birder Field Trip to Rainbow Beach

Hello Again,

We started the day off at rainbow beach with 13 people The first 30 minutes were spent looking by the parking lot there was not much there other than a hundred Coots, Red-breasted Mergansers and Horned Grebes. After that we started to hike in the grasses to if there was anything hiding in the Coots and flushed a song sparrow. Once we got the best viewing spot of the coots we saw a few hundred ducks that were directly in the sun. We started to head back to our cars to try to get to the other side of ducks along the way we flushed a swamp sparrow and saw a very cooperative SNOW BUNTING on the beach.

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting


Once we got the other side of the ducks we saw Redhead, Bufflehead, two SURF SCOTERS found by me, Greater Scaup, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Megansers, Horned Grebe, and Canada Geese. Then we went to calumet park and saw a few hundred Canada Geese in the baseball diamond and a raft of Coots in Indiana not much else there. after that we drove Steelworkers Park along the way we found about 50 MONK PARAKEETS at 88th St.

Monk Parakeet

Monk Parakeet

After stopping there for a while we went up to steelworkers park and found that was very quiet with the best bird there being a Kestrel.


This post was written by Oliver Burros.


Good birding!




Calumet Park, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Nov 13, 2016 9:17 AM - 10:02 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
16 species

Canada Goose250
Mallard (Northern)  7
Common Goldeneye1
Red-breasted Merganser1
Horned Grebe1
Double-crested Cormorant3
Red-tailed Hawk1
American Coot500
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
American Crow2
American Robin1
European Starling8
House Finch2
American Goldfinch3
House Sparrow3


Steelworkers Park (#523, including IL portion of breakwater and Lake Michigan), Cook, Illinois, US
Nov 13, 2016 9:55 AM - 10:58 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Wimbrel birding club
7 species

Horned Grebe2
Ring-billed Gull1
Herring Gull (American)  3
American Kestrel1
Monk Parakeet50
European Starling2
American Goldfinch5

Rainbow Beach, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Nov 13, 2016 7:40 AM - 9:07 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
17 species

Canada Goose3
Greater Scaup500
Surf Scoter2
Common Goldeneye1
Red-breasted Merganser100
Horned Grebe7
Double-crested Cormorant5
American Coot600
Ring-billed Gull2
Herring Gull (American)  3
European Starling1
Snow Bunting1
Song Sparrow1
Swamp Sparrow3