Rockford’s been hit hard with a bunch of flood-inducing rainfall, an eerily similar event as what happened in September of last year. Last night we had somewhere between 5 and 7 inches of rain in a short period of time, flooding roads and creeks all over the city.
The Callaway Nature Preserve (CNP) has a tendency to take on water every time it rains and this was no exception.
But, we were luckier than last year’s flood that turned our street into a river, and turned some drivers into complete morons (or more than usual). There were some areas of the city where people had to be evacuated from their homes by boat.
I decided to spend my lunch hour checking out the Kishwaukee River, one of the four rivers that provide the best bird habitat in Winnebago County. I wasn’t too surprised to find it extremely high and full of debris, but it was a bit of a shock considering the day before there were bare sandbars at this same location.
Another area I checked out was this little creek that flows into the Kishwaukee. Just yesterday there was a small puddle full of robins but today it was a muddy torrent.
There weren’t too many birds to be found and we are due for more storms tonight. But we did have a visit from a Ruby-throated Hummingbird yesterday and like to believe it was the same bird we saw motoring by this evening.