It is bird migration season, so I have been on the lookout for birds. I even joined in with someone, for the first time, to help on the Bird Count in the forest preserve for the global big day of birding on May 4th, 2019. Since there are many birds I have never seen before I try to take pictures of the birds I see, if I am able to do so, so I can look them up in a bird book to verify what I have seen or try to identify a bird. Because of that some of the pictures to follow may not be the best quality, but they are fun for me as I remember the sightings. I put in a few wild flower pictures in at the end, because I can’t help noticing them when I am in the woods!
Female American Redstart
You can’t see very clearly, but I think this is a black-throated blue warbler.
Ruby-throated hummingbird. All the pictures above were taken at McClaughry Springs in the Palos Forest Preserves.
Up in the woods above McClaughry Springs we saw a flurry of warblers. This is a pine warbler. We also black-and-white warblers and palm warblers.
Last weekend we went to Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, where they were having a special birding festival. We checked out the woods and the feeders there.
We spent a while watching bird banding, which was fascinating. Here a chipping sparrow is getting banded. The lady doing this let me release the sparrow when she was finished!
Back in my backyard – the goldfinch is a regular visitor. You can see how the green plants are shooting up today!
I noticed a white-throated sparrow pecking around the garden the other day.
Male northern flicker
I took this picture in April of the mute swan on her nest at Lake Katherine. I have not been back to see the cygnets, so I hope they survived.
We flushed this pileated woodpecker on our walk in the woods yesterday. This was the best picture Dan got. When Dan and I walk in the woods he takes the camera and I use my binoculars, so I need to credit him for a number of the bird pictures.
Jack-in-the-pulpit. I nearly missed this flower that was off the path in the shade.
This looks like another kind of trillium.
Back in our yard again – This was a bumper year for the “profusion” crabapple. It was stunning! It looks like the robins built a nest in it a few days ago, once the blossoms had fallen. I am curious if they will stay there as it is quite close to the house. A few years ago this tree lost almost all its leaves, but so far it looks healthy this year.
Finally, I am a book worm and I loved this book. It was entertaining and kept me interested and wondering what would happen to each person in the book.