There’s a huge park in Berwyn — it takes up several blocks! — that I always thought was much farther away than it actually is. I have not been walking as much as I used to the past five years, and definitely feel the need to get out and walk without having to drive somewhere first. So I walked over to Proksa Park a couple times last month and found a few birds to photograph. The round trip is about three-and-a-half miles which only half a mile less than the total mileage I used to walk every day when I worked closer to the lakefront.
I was happy to see a crow flying over on my first visit. I keep hoping to see more crows at home.
There are a lot of native plants and you can always count on American Goldfinches to take advantage of them.
The park has some nice water features that attract Mallards.
And the occasional heron, like this Great Blue Heron in the distance on my first visit.
Spacious, paved paths for walking and running…
I saw a few Magnolia Warblers here as I did almost everywhere last month.
And an American Redstart or two.
Below is a Blackpoll Warbler.
I almost forgot this lovely Gray-Cheeked Thrush. I have corrected the identification thanks to Vera’s comment – I thought it was a Gray-Cheeked to begin with but it was late and I was tired (or that’s my excuse for now). The heavy spotting gives it away and I don’t think the eye-ring is Swainsony enough.
This is a very pleasant destination and I will be visiting off and on throughout the year when I feel like getting out for a good walk.
We just had a downpour, with more rain to come. This is very welcome indeed since I have been removing plants and planting new ones around the yard and the house. We are long overdue for a good soaking. I’ll have to check the river later in the week and see if it made any difference.