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Last bird walk: Miller Meadow!

Maywood, IL

sunny 69 °F

Today, I led my final bird walk of the season at Miller Meadow Forest Preserve in Maywood, IL. A group of about ten showed up and we had a lovely time.

This SONG SPARROW posed wonderfully for us:
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One of our keen observers, Christine, found this Eastern Garter Snake, nice to spot one of these!
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The group was overjoyed at the sighting of this male EASTERN MEADOWLARK perched in the top of a faraway tree:
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Oxeye Daisies:
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Another decent sighting was this WILLOW FLYCATCHER:
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We also had a few flyover birds, including DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT:
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BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, a great surprise:
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RING-BILLED GULL:
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Some sort of beetle on the trail:
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Male AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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We ended the walk by sighting a fledgling SONG SPARROW — one of its parents was also sighted nearby, one of many in the preserve this morning.
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It was an enjoyable walk! Bird-of-the-day to the Eastern Meadowlark with runner-up to the Black-crowned Night-Heron.

Oak Park Bird Walks will resume in late summer, starting in August.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 971 Species

Posted by skwclar 11:43 Archived in USA

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