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More Fall Fun!

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It's been a busy but fulfilling and overall, enjoyable, autumn season for me so far! No description needed for these photos...
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My weekend bird surveys have yielded some pretty nice birds such as this DOWNY WOODPECKER:
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And this WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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Male DARK-EYED JUNCO:
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GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET:
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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:
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Male DOWNY WOODPECKER:
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CANADA GEESE flying over:
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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:
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We went out to see the Super Moon which was brilliant over the distant Chicago skyline:
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I found the post-sunset western sky equally beautiful:
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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!

Henry
World Life List: 925 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 19:09 Archived in USA Tagged autumn downy_woodpecker oak_park_bird_walks white_throated_sparrow dark_eyed_junco golden_crowned_kinglet canada_goose eastern_screech_owl northern_saw-whet_owl

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I loved all of theses pictures and yes, they gave me
some peace as nature does. Thank you, Henry.

by Karen Walsh

So excited about the owls you heard! I'm really disappointed that I wasn't able to join you for the owling--but looking forward to next year! Your photos indeed bring joy to my heart! Thank you so much! :)

by Judy Menhennett

Hi- Beautiful photos! Great bark on the downy's tree. The sight of that first-year female Oregon junco was a treat for me. I occasionally hear saw-whet owls here in SW Wisconsin. I missed the supermoon because of overcast skies. Thanks for the photo! Liz Cifani

by Liz Cifani

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