I'll have a week in Chicago, IL in October, but no rental car this time. Are there any good local birding spots? I assume there might still be some migration going on.
dogfish said:By chance, I've just posted a very similar request. Will watch both threads
Aquila said:Robert, the lakeside parks such as Lincoln Park and Montrose can be brilliant migrant traps.
mg2green said:There are several excellent spots along the lakefront. Montrose Harbour, Jarvis Bird Sanctuary, Northerly Island, and Jackson Park (farther south on the south side of the Museum of Science and Industry). I would check out the Chicago Park District website (or something similar) for more info (directions, etc.).
Very intersting happenings in October at the Jasper Pulaski state park in NW Indiana That is the site where 1000s of sandhill cranes congregate.
I know you mentioned early October (and no car), so this recommendation is probably too late. In any case, if any one else is planning a trip to chicago land you may want to schedule a visit to:
12545 West 111th Street
Lemont, IL 60439
100 yards east of Archer Ave., or four miles west of Swallow Cliff Toboggan Slides on Rt. 83 near Lemont, Illinois
Head toward St. Louis on I-55, then south on Route 83 and then follow the balance of the directions.
Here's a link to the page their web site tht describes this camp:
There's a lot to see in the area, but I'd plan at least a half a day at Cam- Sagawau.
I only just rechecked this thread today, and I found this entry. Almost two years late, but up to date for my upcomig visit in early June. Thus my question: Is this Camp Sagawau open to individual visits or just for guided tours? I don't quite get it from their website.
I have a great book called "A Birder's Guide to the Chicago Region". I've never been to the camp, but I looked it up for you & it says:
In recognition of its fragility, the canyon if off limits to individuals unless they are with district personnel. They offer weekly hikes on Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun.
So yes, only for guided tours. But from what I read, it's a wonderful place to bird. I doubt much has changed since this book's publishing in 1999, but I would place a phone call as your trip nears. Have fun!