Birding Ned Brown - Chicago

I made a quick stop in Chicago last week to visit with a potential client. I arrived mid day Tuesday and I decided to check out a local park – Ned Brown/ Busse Forest Nature Preserve. I did some research on Google and it looked like a great birding spot although I didn’t find any trip reviews online from either birders or bloggers. I decided it was worth checking out, even if it was a very brief stop in. The habitat is pretty impressive for birding with forest, grassland, lakes and marshland. What makes this park even more rewarding for birders is that they’ve cut the grass at the edges of the forest which makes it easy to scope the forest edges for birds. I spent most of my time on the water, walking along the edge of the lake. The habitat was awesome for warblers and I was literally surrounded by Yellow warblers. Getting a decent picture proofed to be nearly impossible, but I kept trying.

I also saw and heard several Willow flycatchers. Remarkably the birds were VERY similar to what I saw at Hoffman except for a lone Spotted Sandpiper. All in all, it was a quick but nice birding outing.

Spotted Sandpiper - terrible photo of a super cool looking bird......


dAwN said...

Looks like your found a nice spot to bird!
Very nice photos..
have you tried twitter or chirptracker for birding? I find the birdie people are very helpful and I find many places to bird via both sites.

Owlman said...

I'll definitely keep that in mind for the future Dawn - thanks for the headsup! I wish the spot was closer to us ;-)