The yard is slowly greening up and I am doing various early spring chores. This blog is getting to be more and more about birds, though, as I wander around the nearby forests and grasslands on birding adventures.
Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis)
As Dan was taking these bluebird pictures we could actually see the bird singing. I went to a program on birding by ear at the Sand Ridge Audubon Society on Friday, so now I am noticing bird calls more, though still can’t identify many.
Male yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius). I saw my first ever yellow-bellied sapsucker in our yard in the last two weeks and saw another one in the forest preserve yesterday.
Closer look at yellow-bellied sapsucker
This is a yellow-bellied sapsucker in our yard a week ago. It just pecked a hole in our chinquapin oak tree.
Female northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). The cardinals are nesting in our yard.
The trail along the slough at the Little Red Schoolhouse yesterday.
Just to the right of the trail is the slough.
It looks like the tree swallows are back and have found a home.
Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
I think this is some kind of veery or thrush.
Another shot of my mystery bird with a white eye ring, and some speckles on the chest.
Can you see the adult bald eagle with the white head working on a fish lunch? I watched a few eagles as Sag Slough one day, but I did not have enough zoom to get a clear view all the way across the water.
Sunset at Orland Grasslands. I went twice to see if I could find a woodcock, but no luck. The first time I was in the wrong place and the second time they had completed a prescribed burn, so I am sure the woodcocks had relocated. Still, I ended up with a gorgeous sunset!