The birding this winter has been quite slow in Chicago. But in the past couple of weeks a few nice birds have shown up. First, a Slaty-backed Gull was found by Geoff Williamson at Calumet Park on Feb. 7, on the far south side of the city:
Next, two Hoary Redpolls were discovered barely ten minutes away:
We’re still trying to work out the boundaries for Chicago, because the urban area sprawls in a rather messy fashion … but for the moment, Cook County is the defined area, and we’re at 107 species for the year. Not great, but coming along. Oh, we also had a Snowy Owl at the same location as the Redpolls.