A Birding Club for kids, teens, and young adults
A Birding Club for kids, teens, and young adults

Field Trip Reports

Read field trip reports and view highlight photos from past trips taken by the Illinois Young Birders Club. Trip reports are written by both young birders and adults. If you would like to contribute, let us know!

South Shore of Lake Michigan

Jan 21, 2018

Snowy Owl in the Mist by Matthew Cvetas

Snowy Owl by Matthew Cvetas

Eleven young birders joined us on a foggy day on Lake Michigan, which made for difficult birding despite the mild weather. Visibility was difficult at best. Despite these conditions, one of the first birds seen was a Snowy Owl perched atop a tower at the mouth of the Calumet River at Steelworker's Park. At the north end of the park, we found another Snowy Owl on the breakwall overseeing the flock of mergansers on the water.

In the outer harbor of Jackson Park, we found a few Mute Swans with Redhead and Greater Scaup.

Finally, at 31st Harbor, we spotted another Snowy Owl, our third on the day!