I took the new dog Bella hiking at one of our favorite places: Rock Cut State Park. After discovering a snake (Bella sniffed but was otherwise indifferent to it) we struggled to find any birds that were photo-friendly. Nothing! Thankfully, near the end of our hike, we were alerted by a commotion of scolding from
In northern Illinois we have seven regularly occurring species of vireos. In the U.S. there are 14. Each of these vocal vixens are often heard more than seen as they sluggishly skulk in the shrubbery. Problem is, their sounds are often similar, so identifying them can be a bit tricky. White-eyed Vireos might hide a
We have seven species of vireos in northern Illinois but this is probably our favorite.