The Chicago Tree Project

Margot McMahon

Perch • Preen

Hale Park


Several natural or domestic birds are balanced as they perch and preen on the branches of an ash tree in Hale Park.  Painted with purple, yellow and green butterfly patterns, they may trigger our ideas of migration, and wild or tame birdlife.  Here they are at rest on various reaching branches.  Hopefully they will surprise and delight the park’s neighbors in the way a bird-watcher spots a rare kind of bird.