Tuesday 25 July 2017
On May 21, I led a morning bird walk at Miller Meadow Forest Preserve in Hines, IL. Quite a few birds were found, including these two stunning male INDIGO BUNTINGS perched on the same branch:
Male HENSLOW'S SPARROW:
Male BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER:
Bird-of-the-day for May 21 goes to the Henslow's Sparrow, a flagship species of grassland habitat.
On Memorial Day I birded Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve with my Aunt Mary and Uncle Mory. It turns out we were lucky to bird here because the day after it would close permanently for intensive restoration.
Male BALTIMORE ORIOLES:
Male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:
Many HENSLOW'S SPARROWS were very cooperative:
Bird-of-the-day for May 29 goes to the Grasshopper Sparrow for me, another very uncommon grassland species.