As any birder can attest to, birding can be done nearly anywhere at any time. This past Friday I was visiting the Todd Library at Waubonsee Community College where Stacia works. The weather was finally starting to feel like Spring, so after visiting some co-workers we walked around the nature-friendly campus.
We had just gotten done talking about how the Sandhill Cranes had seemed to have disappeared (from previous years, not just seasonally) when not 100 feet from the library building we spotted one! I hadn’t thought to bring my camera so the best I could muster is one with the iPhone.
This beautiful bird began calling and then took flight. As we walked around the campus, dodging Canada Geese poo, we heard two or more other cranes calling. A pair even flew gracefully by, sparking comments from other people walking by.
We also heard our first Red-winged Blackbird of the year, another sign that Spring is getting closer every day!