Chicago outdoors: Hawk chick, walleye/bait color, leucistic robin, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

A photo of a red-tailed hawk chick on Chicago’s North Side, a question of walleye and bait color, a leucistic robin in the southwest suburbs and passage of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in the House are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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A red-tailed hawk chick on Chicago’s North Side. Credit: Paul Vriend

A red-tailed hawk chick on Chicago’s North Side.

Paul Vriend

Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


Paul Vriend photographed this red-tailed hawk fledge 60 feet up “looking like an alien” on Chicago North Side. I think that description about nails it.

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).


“You published my photo of a partial albino robin on May 9, 2020, and this morning observed another one two blocks away from the 2020 sighting. . . . I slowly rode past [spot his wife tipped him to] and a bird flies past me and alights on the mailbox on the street and looks at me. . . . As I always tell my grandkids, “keep you eyes open and observe what is going on around you. One would be surprised of what you might see!” Tom Turek, Bridgeview

A: An interesting find. I asked Alan Anderson of the Chicago Audubon Society for his take on the robin and he emailed, “The eye color is not pink so it’s not albinism. I’d say leucistic with the white patches possibly making it ‘piebald.’ This link where CLO discusses the difference between L and A should be really helpful.”

A leucistic robin in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. Credit: Tom Turek

A leucistic robin in Chicago’s southwest suburbs.

Tom Turek


231-190: Vote that the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) passed the House on Tuesday. It would invest an annual $1.3 billion in state fish and wildlife management agencies and $97.5 million to tribal management.


“Starting to understand that walleye can see the color, but it is complicated.”

Suzanne Gray, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Tuesday during a webinar on “Can Walleye See the Bait on the Hook.” One study with Erie Dearies indicated little color preference in clear conditions, gold favored in turbid conditions, and black slightly favored in algal conditions. More information at



Tuesday, June 21: Violet Talley, ``Spawning & Post-Spawn Tactics for Bass,” Arlington Anglers, Poplar Creek Banquets, Hoffman Estates, 6:30 p.m.,


Through Monday, June 20: No fishing license or stamps needed; other regulations apply.


Wednesday, June 22: Boat America, Des Plaines, V. Haase, vandmhaase@gmail.coom


June 25-26: St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Elburn, or (847)309-1093


Through July 11: Nominations accepted for the 2022 class to the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame,, (217) 785-2003, more information at


Through June 30: Second lottery, firearm and muzzleloader deer permit applications

Through June 30: Final day, first lottery, free dove hunting permits

Through July 4: Applications, first lottery, fall shotgun turkey

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