The Birdfreak Team (Kestrel & Birdfreak) spent Saturday birding along the mighty Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois. Our first stop was Mississippi Palisades State Park. Warblers were a plenty, but hard to photograph in the dark, ferny woods.
After quite a bit of hiking we returned to the parking lot and the bird activity picked up incredibly. Soaring overhead were a pair of Cooper’s Hawks, several Turkey Vultures, a juv. Bald Eagle, and a flock of American White Pelicans that passed by the moon. What was really fascinating was a juv. Bald Eagle being chased by a Peregrine Falcon! The falcon gave up the chase fairly quickly as the eagle continued soaring by.
Very poor picture of a juv. Bald Eagle (it sorta resembled a Golden Eagle)
Tomorrow we’ll talk about part 2 of the trip, the Lost Mound…