Friday, May 12, 2006

Baltimore Oriole. We saw many different birds at Copperas Landing on the Illinois River yesterday, 27 different species in all. There were many other birds, warblers and sparrows and such, that we couldn't see well enough to identify. Some of these photos aren't great, but they clearly identify the birds in question.

Northern Rough-winged Swallows.

Rose-breasted Grossbeak.

Indigo Bunting.

Gray Catbird.

Scarlet Tanager briefly visible among the leaves.

American Redstart hiding in the trees.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

American Robin Nest at Cooper Park in East Peoria. The pink fuzz inside the front of the nest is one of the babies. We got to see one of them raise their head, mouth open, for a second before they went back into hiding against the side of the nest.

American Robin guarding her nest.

Female Red-winged Blackbird, guarding her nest.

Song Sparrow Singing.

Blue-winged Teal raises his head for a moment.

Blue-winged Teal.

Least Sandpiper working an island in the beaver pond.

The resident beaver swimming towards the den.

Canadian Geese: Mom and six babies.

Six Goslings enter the water after their parents.

Canada Geese leading their goslings to the water.

Eleven Goslings with their parents and one extra goose.

Canada Geese and Goslings out for a swim.

Monday, May 08, 2006

A tulip growing in my front yard.

A lovely orange bracket fungus in the sunlight.

Dryad's Saddle.

A feather in the Garlic Mustard.

Turkey Vulture feather among the Garlic Mustard, leaning against an Elm tree in one of the wooded areas at Jubilee.

Eastern Phoebe singing at Jubilee State Park on Sunday. He sang and sang and sang. We went out hunting mushrooms for an hour or so and when I came back towards the parking lot, there he was, still singing.

White-crowned Sparrow. There were 6 - 8 White-crowned Sparrows at Funk's Grove on Saturday. We spotted several in the field, and 6 or so at the Nature Preserve Center where we watched them through a one-way window.

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1. We watched a woopecker through a one way window at Funk's Grove Nature Preserve on Saturday morning.

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2.

Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Mommy Robin telling me to go away from her nesting site!!!!

Mommy Robin flew away a few feet and scolded me when i stopped to take her picture on her nest.

Robin Nest. I can't see any babies or eggs, but the mom was sure angry with me for stopping to photograph it.

American Goldfinch.

House Wren singing.

House Wren singing on his house.

Brown Thrasher.

Great Egret stalking.

Great Blue Heron imitating a stump on a log.

Mute Swan nesting on an island with a Goose. What is the goose doing there? Another island at Banner Marsh has a swan nesting and a goose. How weird!

Another view of the unknown sparrow.

What kind of Sparrow is this? It looks like a Field Sparrow or a female house sparrow to me.