Sunday 13 November 2016 51 °F
It's been a busy but fulfilling and overall, enjoyable, autumn season for me so far! No description needed for these photos...
My weekend bird surveys have yielded some pretty nice birds such as this DOWNY WOODPECKER:
And this WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
Male DARK-EYED JUNCO:
This past Friday evening, I led the final Oak Park Bird Walk of the season as an evening owling walk at Miller Meadows Forest Preserve. We started off by finding this nice buck White-tailed Deer:
Male DOWNY WOODPECKER:
CANADA GEESE flying over:
We ended up successfully hearing an EASTERN SCREECH OWL and - amazingly - a rare NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL which I was NOT expecting to find at all! This is a very scarce owl that comes down to the south sporadically from the boreal forest each winter, and it is always an exciting event to find one in Illinois! Unfortunately, no photos as both of these owls were heard-only sightings.
Today an evening visit with Grandma was, as always, very nice:
We went out to see the Super Moon which was brilliant over the distant Chicago skyline:
I found the post-sunset western sky equally beautiful:
Hopefully these photos gave you some peace in what can be a hectic time of year! Not sure when I will post next, so until then, happy birding!
World Life List: 925 Species (no recent life birds)