Bobolinks at Bartel Grasslands

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.

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Bobolink

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There were quite a few bobolinks around the grasslands.

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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.

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This shot shows the elaborate feather patterns on the back.

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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.

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I am not sure if it is an eastern or western meadowlark.

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I enjoyed listening to it singing!

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I am not sure what kink of bird this is, but it was pretty.

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I think this is a female common yellowthroat.

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It must have had a nest nearby.

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I followed this trail for a while.

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Monarch butterfly

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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.

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What a great refuge for these bobolinks!

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