Visit the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

semipalmated sandpiper strutting

Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is a destination that welcomes more than three hundred bird species every year. Since 2011, the city of Chicago has put a lot of effort into improving the land and attracting more birds and more diverse species. One spot called “The Magic Hedge” runs along the west side of the property.  It is a small stretch of trees and low-lying brush that is a magnet for migrating songbirds and other rare birds.

Depending on the season, some of the species that you might encounter include:

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied plovers are the largest plover in North America.  They are identified by their short, thick neck and stubby bill. Breeding males display a black underside and black and white back, while females have patchy black underparts. Both genders share the responsibility of nest incubation.  Birdwatchers can listen for their three-syllable territorial song of “kood-i-loo.”

Northern Saw-whet Owls

Northern saw-whet owls are small, round-headed birds that have mottled brown feathers and a white “V” between their eyes. During the day, these owls roost just above eye level in dense vegetation.  The males claim their territory with a distinctive “too-too-too” sound that lasts approximately two seconds.

Semipalmated Sandpipers

Semipalmated sandpipers are charming shorebirds with a small head and bill that may droop at the end. Non-breeding birds feature faint white streaks on the breast, while those that are breeding display rusty mottling on their back. During migration, they gather by the thousands at stopover points and can be easily recognized by their loud “cherk” call.

The Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is just one of the attractions near the Chicago Catalyst Apartment Community. If you are searching for a place to call home, please contact our leasing agents to arrange a tour where they can show you firsthand all we have to offer.

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