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.
The following molting Tree Swallows were photographed along the famous “floating boardwalk” at Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The trail can be found along the refuge auto tour loop and is a must for every visit to the marsh.
A recent trip to Horicon Marsh NWR was the beginning of The New Birder Experience. What was the first official bird to land on Stacia’s Life List? The weather was practically perfect: warm, breezy and clear. The birds were active and showy offering me, as teacher, a much easier time to point out birds. We