Monday, June 24, 2013

June 23, 2013-It's Been Awhile

With the warm weather and rain I haven't had much opportunity to photograph wildlife. Also, we have been traveling. Let's start off with a youtube of Whooping Cranes. A visit to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo Wisconsin was wonderful. Cranes from around the world are raised at the foundation. The youtube can be viewed at

Here are some shots taken in recent weeks.

The Watcher's

The Watched-A Phoebe
The Japanese Garden
New Addition to the Garden
Catbird Gathering Nesting Material
Common Whitetail Dragonfly
The Geese Flightless
Red-winged Blackbird Bob-0-Link Meadow

Saturday, June 8, 2013

June 8, 2013-Not a Lot of Species, However a Few Good One's

Today was pleasant weather wise-Sunny and around 70 degrees and light wind. The cold rainy weather will probably return tomorrow. A Mourning Warbler was found just east of the south bridge. A Black-throated Green Warbler was heard. Two Willow Flycatchers were observed, both singing. Check out the very short flycatcher with song for ID.

Morning Cloak Butterfly

Willow Flycatcher

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013-Nice Bird Singing Day-Reminder, The Jackson Park Advisory Committee Meeting

Not many warblers but lots of singing today. A reminder, the Jackson Park Advisory Committee will meet Monday June 10th will meet at Jackson Park Fieldhouse-6401 S. Stony Island at 7:30PM. Plans for the future of Wooded Island will be discussed. It would be nice to have more representatives of the birding community present.

Close up of Female Red-winged Blackbird

Singing Female Red-winged Blackbird

The Mate of the Female Red-winged Blackbird
The Red-winged Male Singing
Great-creasted Flycatcher Singing
Phoebe Singing
Two Family Outing

Female Hooded Merganser

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Park District Will Not Disturb Anymore Trees At the Entrance to Wooded Island

 A note from Barbara Wood-Deputy Director of Natural Resources indicated that "All of the necessary tree removals have been completed." This is encouraging and now we need to protect herbaceous, shrub and intermediate layers at the entrance habitat between Darrow Bridge and Wooded Island.

Here are a few miscellaneous shots taken during the last week of May.

Indigo Bunting

Crow on the Darrow Bridge

Bee on a Rose

Toad in the Japanese Garden