On Sunday morning, we were heading down into the city for our Christmas tradition of visiting Santa, eating at the Walnut Room, and hanging out at the Christkrindlmarket. I was extra excited because I thought I might have a chance to see a Brant. At around 2:30 we headed back to our car and my mom said we could try for the Brant! I was really happy. My mom dropped us off at Grant Park and we walked past Buckingham Fountain, and crossed Lake Shore Drive to Monroe Harbor. It was snowing the big wet snow flakes, so I had to have my camera and binoculars under my coat. We walked north along the harbor towards a flock of geese. We checked that flock, but there were no small geese. I almost said to turn around and head back the other way, because I thought I saw a large goose flock fly in, but my dad saved the day by saying, " Why not just look at these birds ahead of us, we don't want to miss this bird by a hundred yards!" So I continued on north, towards a smaller flock of geese. I stopped about twenty-five yards out and bam! There it was!
It was snowing really hard and my hands were frozen, so my best photo was on my phone, sadly enough.
We watched it, and photographed it, without getting our cameras wet, for the most part. It came within five feet of me twice! But after that, we had to go because my legs, hands, and head were frozen, and I didn't want my camera to break. We called my mom and she came and picked us up. It was the perfect ending to a great day.
Monroe Harbor, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Dec 4, 2016 2:33 PM - 2:52 PM
5 species (+1 other taxa)
Brant (Atlantic) 1 Photos, next to building at Monroe harbor
scoter sp. 2
Herring Gull (American) 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
All for now!