Enjoy a Bird Walk at The Morton Arboretum

Male Red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) in the forest

If you want to spend a few fun-filled hours outdoors, visit The Morton Arboretum where you can enjoy guided bird walks.

These educational opportunities take place on the third Saturday of each month, January 20th through June 16th, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

No birding experience is necessary, and the birds you may observe include:


Red Crossbill

Red crossbills are stocky red or greenish birds that display plain blackish wings and short, notched tails. Their thick, curved bill allows them to pick up seeds easily, and birdwatchers note that their song consists of short warbled clicks and whistles.


Eastern Bluebird

Eastern bluebirds are abundant throughout the United States, and they are identified by their big, rounded heads and vibrant blue feathers. This local bird often perches on posts and tree branches, singing a warbled song that lasts approximately two seconds.


Warbling Vireo

Warbling vireos are charming, chunky birds that have gray-olive feathers on top and whitish ones underneath. They typically live in deciduous forests, perching high in the trees where they search the leaves for caterpillars. All About Birds explains that warbling vireos have a distinctive song that is fast and rollicking. Birdwatchers will likely hear them before they see them.


Red-breasted Nuthatch

The Morton Arboretum is one of the best places in the area to find red-breasted nuthatches. The red-breasted nuthatch is the only North American nuthatch with an eye stripe. It is also easily identified by its blue-gray feathers and patterned head. With a flight that is both short and bouncy, these birds search tree branches for food. Listen for their “yank, yank” call which can have six or more notes.


If you are thinking about calling Farmington Lakes Apartments home, please contact us to schedule a tour. In addition to The Morton Arboretum, our community offers great activities and plenty of shopping and dining destinations.

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