Montrose Harbor, Magic Hedge, Lincoln Park Bird Sanctuary, and Belmont Harbor

Chicago, Illinois 60606

Montrose Harbor, Magic Hedge, Lincoln Park Bird Sanctuary, and Belmont Harbor

Montrose Harbor, Magic Hedge, Lincoln Park Bird Sanctuary, & Belmont Harbor Professional Review and Guide

"Go to the Magic Hedge north of downtown Chicago early in the morning at the right time of year when the winds are right and you should experience one of the best migratory fallouts in the Midwest. Thousands of songbirds that have flown hundreds of miles from their wintering grounds in South and Central America across the Gulf of Mexico and up along rivers and lakes to get to their northern breeding grounds, find the shrubs and trees along the Chicago skyline one of the few places to refuel.

For birds migrating along Lake Michigan, the Magic Hedge is an oasis in between all the city buildings. Those trees and hedges on a spit of land jutting out into the lake mean food to be gorged upon by birds tired and hungry from the long springtime commute. Key birds: Migratory waterfowl, hawks, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and songbirds. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."

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Trail Information

Chicago
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Year-round, but particularly during spring and fall migration.
Best Times
Chicago Audubon Society and Chicago Park District
Local Contacts
DeLorme Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018