Chicago outdoors: Hummingbird on balcony flowers in Chicago, fish gatherings

B Fagan photographing and watching hummingbird on flowers on a Chicago balcony and notes on a lot of fish gatherings in the coming week are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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A hummingbird working flowers on a Chicago balcony. Credit: B Fagan

A hummingbird working flowers on a Chicago balcony.

B Fagan

Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


B. Fagan emailed, after I spotted my first painted lady on my wife’s zinnia’s, “I’ve had pots of [zinnias] on my downtown balcony for six years or so and, starting in 2021, I’ve spotted a hummingbird visiting at least once each year. . . . The perching [photo] was during 112-degree heat index [on Aug. 23], and when in flight . . . its mouth was open and its legs were down, instead of tucked like in normal weather.” I’m impressed that a hummingbird was spotted on a downtown balcony and by Fagan spotting the bird’s reaction to the extreme heat.

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).



Tuesday, Sept. 12: Keith Cortopassi of Musky Psycho Guide Service out of northwest Indiana, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies, Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 12: National Weather Service’s Zachary Yak, Salmon Unlimited, Thornwood Restaurant & Lounge, Wood Dale, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 13: Captain Andrew Schiera on southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois fishing, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies, Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 13: Violet Talley, “Deep Water Finesse Tactics, Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Steve Ryan on unique and spectacular fisheries across North America, Riverside Fishing Club, Berwyn Moose Lodge 424, 6:30 p.m.


Next Saturday, Sept. 16: Salmon Unlimited Illinois Kids’ Derby, free, 18 and younger,


Thursday, Sept. 14: Lake Forest banquet, Onwentsia Club (jacket and tie, no denim), Lake Forest,


Sept.23-24:Momence, (815) 472-4900

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Ringwood, search “hunter safety” at


Sept. 16 or 17: Des Plaines Conservation Area, Wilmington, (815) 423-5326


Today, Sept. 9-Sept. 24: Teal season

Today, Sept. 9-Nov. 17: Rail (sora and Virginia only) season

Today, Sept. 9-Dec. 24: Snipe season

Friday, Sept. 15: Final day, second lottery, duck/goose permit applications

Friday, Sept. 15: Final day, early Canada goose season


Next Saturday, Sept. 16: Boat America, Chicago, Dan O’Connell,


Sept. 23: For adult hunters of all levels, Deacon’s Bar, Wauconda,

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