Blue Grosbeaks at Rockford/Chicago International Airport

Thanks to a fellow birder’s discovery, I made my way to a small nature preserve that I never had even heard of called Bell Bowl. This preserve is on the Rockford/Chicago International Airport’s property but is open to the public. So I made my way down a nondescript road to the preserve. Hanging around the

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Tree Swallows Already!

On Sunday (March 18) I spotted my first Tree Swallow of the season. Seems early in northern Illinois but with temperatures topping 80 degrees and insects already in high numbers, it also seemed fitting. Tree Swallow digiscoped at Afton Forest Preserve in DeKalb County, Illinois.

Burlington Prairie – Dickcissels

I took Bella Nova Scotia to a local forest preserve called Burlington Prairie. The weather was hot (as it has been everywhere lately) so we just took a fast loop. Dickcissels were calling constantly from all directions. Dickcissel Bella Nova Scotia Thirsty pup going for a drink Beautiful open farm country!

2011 Spring Bird Count – Kieselberg Forest Preserve

While Eddie (the main Birdfreak) is busy planning a wedding and Jennie and Dakota are attending the Biggest Week in American Birding, Susie and Dad took charge of the Spring Bird Count for the Birdfreak Team. Susie recaps… Bird counts are always intensive, fast, fun birding, and you can almost always count on unseasonably cold

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