Last weekend I visited Bartel Grasslands for the first time. It is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Illinois. I had my hiking boots on for mud and my bug spray, but it was not bad for exploring on the trail when I was there around 8:00 in the morning.
There were quite a few bobolinks around the grasslands.
I had only seen a bobolink once before in the far distance at Orland Grasslands, so it was a treat to be closer. This one seemed to be annoyed and was probably guarding a nest, so I kept moving.
This shot shows the elaborate feather patterns on the back.
As I started down the trail I could hear a meadowlark calling from the parking lot, so I turned around to take a picture. This was the first time I had seen one.
I am not sure if it is an eastern or western meadowlark.
I enjoyed listening to it singing!
I am not sure what kink of bird this is, but it was pretty.
I think this is a female common yellowthroat.
It must have had a nest nearby.
I followed this trail for a while.
I could see a little wetland to the east of me. Across the road are the Killdeer Wetlands, where there were a lot of red-winged blackbirds.
What a great refuge for these bobolinks!