Enjoy Wednesday Morning Bird Walks at the Peggy Notebaert Museum

A Black Capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) perched on a limb of a flowering crab apple tree.

Are you looking for something different to do? Then join Geoffrey Williamson of the Chicago Ornithological Society for educational and fascinating bird walks. Attendees meet every Wednesday at the Peggy Notebaert Museum, and Williamson will then lead everyone around North Pond, which is a popular bird watching destination.

Afterward, everyone can gather inside the museum for coffee and discuss the species they spotted such as:

Black-capped Chickadee 

Black-capped chickadees are tiny birds that have a short neck and large head. Their back feathers are soft gray, while their wings are gray with a white edge. These birds are acrobatic when in flight, and they cross over roads and open areas one at a time with bouncy movements. Listen for their whistled “fee-bee” and “hey, sweetie” calls.

Indigo Bunting 

Indigo buntings are sparrow-sized birds with a conical beak and short tail. Males are easy to identify as they are bright blue overall, while the females are more difficult to spot as they display brownish feathers and a faintly streaked beast. These birds are often spotted foraging alone among seed-laden shrubs and grasses, and they also feast on spiders and caterpillars. From dusk to dawn, males entertain bird watchers with an interesting song of “What? What? Where? Where? See it! See it!”

Downy Woodpecker

Downy woodpeckers have a blocky head, straight-backed posture, and a bill that appears too small for their size. They have black and white feathers with bold white spots on the wings and move more acrobatically than larger woodpeckers. These birds drum on trees with rapid strikes to claim their territory and make a whinnying call during the breeding season.

The Wednesday morning bird walks are just one of the activities that you can enjoy if you call Oak Park Place Apartments home. Please contact our friendly representatives to schedule a tour where we can show you our amenities firsthand.

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