Take your binoculars to the park and enjoy watching the many feathered residents. The largest is a red-tailed hawk who can be seen hunting most any day. Also reported - nesting nesting Bluebirds, ducks on the pond, a Kingfisher, and a gray heron visiting the pond. So far, the list of birds in the spotted in the park is a whopping 89 species. Check out the list below and see how many you can see on your walks through the park.
- Well developed visual accuity enables an owl to see equally well on moonless nights and bright sunny days.
- It is believed that owls see only in black and white.
- The eyes of an owl are fixed and so the owl must turn its head to see in different directions. An adaptive result allows the owl to swivel its head from side to side as much as 270 degrees.
- Owls hear in 3-dimensions - side-to-side and up and down and front to back. Their ears are on either side of their head but one is higher than the other. Extra large ear cavities catch the slightest of sounds. This adaptation enhances hunting success on those moonless nights.
Birds Spotted in Grant Park
The following list of birds spotted in, around or above Grant Park is submitted by Todd Morrell, Jay Davis and Phillip Northman. Some of the birds are year-round residents, others are seasonal visitors and still others are rare sightings. If you spot birds (in the park) not listed here, please let us know.
Black-throated Green Warbler
Brown Headed Cowbird
Cape May Warbler
Double Crested Cormorant (flyover)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Oriole (Baltimore Oriole)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Rock Dove (Pigeon)
Sand Hill Crane (seen on overflight)
Yellow-Crowned Night Heron (first year)