Ted Wollert, who has been watching osprey raise chicks at Moraine Hills State Park. Read story here Photo below taken by Doug Reitz..
Read my outdoor column for more on the Reed-Turner Woodland and Baltimore orioles. Photo of Baltimore oriole by John Heneghan. All rights reserved.
Read my outdoor column on the merry month of May. The photo below is of great white trillium taken by the author at Wright Woods in Vernon Hills.
Waukegan Alderman Lisa May spoke about a new partnership with the City of Waukegan and Lake County Audubon Society on monitoring the beach where rare birds nest. Click here to read the story. Photo of Piping Plover, a federally endangered species that nested at Waukegan Municipal Beach, by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
— Brad Semel in story about piping plovers.Photo of piping plover by Vince Cavalieri.
— Mike Sands, senior associate, Liberty Prairie Foundation
For a story on rain gardens, click here.
- Brad Semel in an article I wrote entitled, “Rare birds nesting at hazardous cleanup site in Waukegan”
Two more federally endangered birds have returned to Lake County, but the future of their nesting site remains undecided.
Last year, a pair of piping plovers nested at Illinois Beach State Park along Lake Michigan in Zion. And despite the fact that a peregrine falcon snatched the adult male before the chicks were born, all four young shorebirds survived — and one was even found wintering in Georgia.
This year, two of those chicks, now adults, returned to nest on the formerly asbestos-ridden Johns Manville property in Waukegan, the site of a federal Superfund project to clean up hazardous materials. The nesting site is about a half-mile from where they were born.
For the rest of the story, click here.
Photo of piping plover at Johns Manville in Waukegan by John Henneghan
Happy second day of May — I chose to walk through Wright Woods today in Vernon Hills — Of course I was hoping for an influx of migrant birds — but it was fairly quiet — save for a few cool experiences I’ll reveal later on. But the most breathtaking moment, one I just cannot capture in film was the sea of white — the great white trillium carpeting the forest floor. If you have not been to Wright Woods in early May to see the trillium — get yourself there now. They don’t last long. They are in full bloom now and soon they will start to turn pink and wither.
Singing in the woodlands today were yellow-rumped and palm warblers, a northern waterthrush and two dueling yellow warblers — I heard them singing from a shrub row off the path and hiked in to watch two males flying to and fro and shouting out their songs. Yellow warblers sing sweet, sweet, sweet, sweeter than sweet, but they also sing a song similar to that of a chestnut-sided warbler — they were doing both today — so of course I had to get off the path to confirm 😉 My reward for getting off the path — two big deer ticks. I know ticks are nature, too, but still — I think it’s going to be a bad tick year.
Another little off the beaten path revealed a pair of wood ducks and a beaver — who realized I was there and swam out of sight, flapping his flat tail behind him.
So now for the grunting rails — while walking along some wetland/cattail areas at Half Day Woods, connected to Wright Woods, I heard a loud grunting noise — followed by another nearby. I peered in between the cattails to see one rail dashing after another. They continued their gruntings for a bit — I tired to join in, but they knew I was an imposter.
Here’s a link to the crazy sounds of Virginia rails.
This was really a cool and lucky find — they just decided to get “mad” at each other while I was walking by.
You just never know what you’ll find when you’re out in the wild — and to add joy to the day I met some lovely bird monitors and had a lovey chat with Jackie Dann about life, nature and birds.
Happy May 2.
Can you guess what this source is talking about?
“They’re just so great to watch, with their ruby, red eyes and beautiful reptilian-like backs.”
— David B. Johnson
For the answer , click here.
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