One of my favorite places to bird is Rock Cut State Park, located in Winnebago County in Illinois.Â The park is not huge but it is nestled in an area that is increasingly getting more “developed” and is a great place to go to get away from all the traffic and bustle of the city.Â
After leaving work a bit early Veery, SnowyOwl and I headed to a gravel road south of Rockford to look for Snow Buntings. I love birding deserted country gravel roads by farm fields. It reminds me of great times up in way northern Wisconsin. We drove down the road stopping every hundred feet to look
Saw this on Birdchick’s Blog and thought it was pretty cool to repost here. Apparently this hawk was hit by a car and these college students blocked traffic until help could arrive for the bird. Traffic looks backed up pretty far. How cool that there are some college students that care!
I discovered the joys of Horicon Marsh just four or five years ago and have been back nearly a dozen times in those years.Â Horicon Marsh is located northeast of Madison in south-central Wisconsin.Â The marsh is part state refuge and also part of the National Wildlife Refuge system. The problem is that the marsh
Apparently, the southern swamps of the U.S. are not the only place where woodpeckers return from a lost world. While the Ivory-billed Woodpecker grabbed loads of attention (well deserved, of course), I’m sure this species from Brazil won’t. This is the first I heard of it (the article is dated June 12, 2006). I’m talking
Nature Conservancy Site of the Week – #1 Kicking off a weekly feature of this blog is the first Nature Conservancy Site of the Week, the Central Selva Protection Area. Located in the eastern slope of the Andes in Peru, the Central Selva Protection Area includes Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park at almost 300,000 acres.Â The Conservancy
There has been a lot of action (posts) on the Wisconsin Birding List of late discussing wintering/vagrant (lost?) hummingbirds especially since there are two probable Rufous Hummingbirds at separate locations in Wisconsin.Â The weather in northern Illinois has been frigid so these hummers are certainly tough.Â I have three points to make about the posting:
Today Michelle and I went hunting for Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs in SW Winnebago county. We went driving for about 1.5 hours and saw no Snow Buntings and 1 Lapland. Traffic seemed to be right where all the groups of birds were. Highlights of the trip besides the Lapland were Tree Sparrows, “Oregon” Junco,