The past year, like many, has had its ups and downs. The birding was about average the whole year, with lifebirds scattered throughout the year. It was the first year in the last five that I did not go on a “big” trip. I did get a few days to head to the U.P. of
It’s already been a month of blogging. (Ok, it hasn’t been fully a month, but I plan on a Year in Review tomorrow before all the partying begins). Wow the time goes by fast. I won’t go through all the posts and pick any favorites although I have no problem with votes in the comments
I came across a website known as the Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project. According to the site there are 48 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that have been designated thus far for the state of Illinois. The list has some impressive sites but is really lacking when it comes to IBAs in Winnebago County (zero sites). I
Kevin from NaturalVisions Photography & Birding Blog provided an excellent Christmas edition of I and the Bird.Â Sandy Claws traversed the world bringing gifts to bloggers. This is such a joyous time of year and birding and enjoying our natural world just makes things so much brighter!
Part 1 featured seven wonderful cranes found at the International Crane Foundation near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Here are seven more species. I missed one crane when I was there, the Red-crowned Crane. #8 – Black-crowned Crane #9 – Eurasian Crane #10 – Sandhill Crane (I have pictures of them in the wild, but this bird was
Every year we get a real tree and usually we put a garish silvery thing on top of our tree. This year we changed it up by putting a Pileated Woodpecker at the top. (There is also a Red-headed Woodpecker.)
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Not a creature was sturring, not even a mouse; The cat hat removed any stray rodents running the floors, Because she followed the policy to keep cats indoors; The birders were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of lifers flitted in their heads;
I participated in my second CBC of the season, this time along the Kishwaukee River Corridor.Â This area is loaded with forest preserves so the birding is usually pretty good. We started at one end of our circle with nice quanitities of the usual suspects – White-breasted Nuthatches, Downies, Chickadees, a Hairy Woodpecker or two,