House Wrens are known to be a bit big for their size. We witness them often dive-bombing squirrels, chasing away Blue Jays, and scolding if someone even dares look in the direction of their nest box. Even their appetites can be a bit large. Dakota believes this House Wren is feasting on a large grasshopper
Sometimes, you don’t have to do much to get kids excited about birdwatching (or adults for that matter). The “common” birds are a great way to show off how awesome birds are to anyone. Caring for these commoners helps build a lasting desire to protect the creatures you care about, creating future and lasting conservationists.
The Callaway Nature Preserve recorded a number of new species this spring, including our 100th bird! The Philadelphia Vireo is officially our 100th species for the CNP Life List, a bird that is difficult to photograph. We have since past the 100 mark and also had an amazing influx of new birds on Memorial Day
Migration seems to be delayed by 5-10 days in our area but has been steady and extremely enjoyable. This past week we have had more new year birds for the Callaway Nature Preserve. One of the highlights was a group of Wilson’s Warblers, a little yellow warbler with a neat black cap that looks like
Another week at the Callaway Nature Preserve and we are still finding warblers and other migrants. Two new species have arrived, a Yellow Warbler and a Philadelphia Vireo which is new for the Callaway Nature Preserve Life List! (number 98!) There are more nesting hopefuls…one very energetic pair of Gray Catbirds and a busy Common
This past week has ranged in temperature from 37 to 80. It has rained, stormed, and gone from high to low humidity and then back to high. Through it all, the birds are still traveling. Warbler fever is definately going around here in Northern Illinois….does anyone else feel a bit crazy yet? Friday started off
We’ve hit the proverbial wall at the Callaway Nature Preserve. This past week we’ve had no new migrating birds besides the hoards of ravenous White-throated Sparrows. After the excitement of the willow tree collapse, the birding has been the opposite – boring! But we suspect some Northern Cardinals are on eggs and the White-breasted Nuthatches
Another Thursday, another week of new migrants. An Eastern Towhee made an appearance (finally!) along with a Brown Thrasher and the ever aggressive House Wren is back. Monday brought in almost a dozen Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a few more Hermit Thrushes as well. The Downy Woodpecker couple is still working on their hole. The highlights