Fall Warbler Workshop - Jackson Park
September 18, 2019
Quite a birdy morning at Jackson Park! Our group started out walking around the bottomlands and the warblers were thick! Dozens upon dozens of American Redstarts foraged among the trees. We tried to filter through the Redstarts to spot other birds and had the fortune of spotting a Swainson’s Warbler among many others. A group of Swainson’s Thrush busily flew back and forth calling high in a Sycamore. Tennessee and Nashville Warblers were other early highlights of the morning. Fellow guide Kevin Burke joined us for about an hour and helped us get on a few Wood Ducks that flushed from the nearby pond. He also helped the group locate a singing White-eyed Vireo on the edge of the water. It was so birdy in one spot that we did not move for over an hour! Warblers, vireos, and thrush came wave after wave over our heads.
Around midmorning we ventured into the woods and encountered some more warbler activity. Magnolia, Blackburnian, and Chesnut-sided Warblers offered easy views in the midstory of the woods. As we continued through the woods a quick look at a beautiful Canada Warbler helped round out the morning. We broke for lunch in the early afternoon and set out the wonderful picnic spread that is always provided. Good conversation followed as we talked through the bird list and birds of the day. Another wonderful morning of fall birding at Jackson Park.