Palos Forest Preserve

This morning we took a walk at the Palos forest preserve and took the trail at Wolf Road Woods.  This was the first time we walked this 3 mile trail and found it really enjoyable.


Tomahawk Slough in the Cook County Forest Preserves.  As the trail started to go by this small lake we could hear the deep resounding calls of bull frogs.


Bullfrog and lily pad.


The lily pad leaves and flowers seemed to be a bigger species on this lake.  The flowers were facing away from us to the south.


I heard a new bird call I did not recognize and zoomed in on this bird, which I believe is an Eastern Towhee.  This is the first time I have seen one of these birds.


Intricate spider’s web in the woods.


Can you see the katydid on the oak leaf?  Dan and I have been fascinated with hickory trees ever since we planted one in our yard.  As we were looking at hickory leaves I wondered out loud what was chewing up these oak leaves nearby.  And then I noticed the katydid.  Otherwise I would have walked right by.


We thought we had come upon an old cemetery with one tombstone.  A closer look showed that this was related to the atomic testing done in this area from 1943 – 1949.  The sign says there is no danger to visitors and someone has scratched out the “no.”


Unidentified hawk


Eastern Kingbird.  This was taken yesterday at Lake Katherine.  I think it is an eastern kingbird because of the  white at the bottom of the tail.


I couldn’t resist getting a shot of this little goldfinch.

We feel so blessed to be near such beautiful natural places with an abundance of bird life and other biodiversity.

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