The Wildbird Shack Identifies 20 Bird Species at Beck Lake, Glenview

Beck Lake in Glenview near Des Plaines and Mount Prospect is a perfect combination woods and water for the birding enthusiast.

During the September 10 Bird Walk, a group of 14 from the Wild Bird Shack took off for adventure to see how many species of birds could be identified. Although the weather was a little inclement, the rain didn’t stop the group from venturing out to identify over 20 species of birds.

The journey started at the lake where the group immediately witnessed a Great Blue Heron up close. In the background, a family of Canadian Geese and Mallard Ducks swam in Beck Lake.

Despite a light drizzle, the birds were still flying. A flock of Killdeers, Ring-Billed Gulls, Rock Pigeons, Robins, European Starlings, Chimney Swifts and the majestic White Egret were witness by the birdwatching group. Watching the up and down gliding motion of the Northern Flicker in flight was a spectacular sight to see for the group members.

In the woods, the canopy of trees sheltered the group from the rain, where Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Wood-Peewee, Goldfinches, Catbirds, American Redstart and Mourning Doves. But the real treat was discovered at the end of the excursion, when the group was surprised by a pair of Red Tailed Hawks perched regally in a tree.

The Wildbird Shack is proud to be the Chicago suburban resource for birding supplies and suggestions with many available products made here in the U.S.A. Wildbird Shack also encourages an appreciation for birding and conservation through various public events including bird walks and informational programs. If you discover an injured bird, Wildbird Shack is a drop off location for Chicago Bird Collision Monitors and serve as link for getting injured birds the care they need. The Wildbird Shack is conveniently located at 854 E. Northwest Highway in Mount Prospect.

For more information, contact Alyse Burman and Paula Levy at 847-873-0409 or by email at [email protected]

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