Saturday, July 08, 2006

Big Red Crane operated by the Corp of Engineers on the Illinois River, near a small park and unused beach on the river front in Peoria, Illinois.

Queen Ann's Lace.

Worled plant.

Barn Swallows feeding their young.

Barn Swallow.

Murray Baker Bridge.

Paridice Riverboat Casino.

Gulls 1.

Gulls 2.

Shore on the Peoria side of the Illinois River, north of Murray Baker Bridge.

Killdeer on the shore of the river.

Bee on Thistle.

Barn Swallow on Barbed Wire.

Juvenile Barn Swallow.

Waiting for Mom and Dad to feed them.

Fly Away!

Friday, July 07, 2006

As Scott and I walked down the trail at Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria yesterday morning, we came across some Turkey Toms putting on a display for three hens. They were out on the lawn of the business next to the park.

They turned and walked slowly towards the three hens feeding on the lawn at Dynamic Graphics.

Following the hen. Look at me! No, don't look at him look at me!

Cooper's Hawk. We saw one of the parents catch something. Then the baby started carrying on. We watched him for a while, but the parents wouldn't come feed him while we were there, so we went on our way.

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk 1.

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk 2.

Turkey hen and chicks.

Turkey Chicks on a log.

Prairie Flower.

Wild Bergamot.

Purple Cone Flowers.

Indigo Bunting, one of the many we saw around the prairie remnants.

Eastern Phoebe got my attention as we walked through the prairie remnant at Forest Park.

Eastern Phoebe in a tree on the far side of the prairie remnant.

Yellow Prairie Flowers with a Bumble Bee.

White-tailed Deer eating along the edge of the trail, close to the ranger station.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A young Red-tailed Hawk soared over Cooper Park in East Peoria, Illinois.

Red-tailed Hawk landing briefly in a tree.

Red-tailed Hawk being chased out of the tree by blackbirds and swallows.

Red-tailed Hawk on the wing.

Bumble Bee.

Juvenile American Robin.

Marsh Flowers.

Song Sparrow.

Black-capped Chickadee hanging from a willow branch.

Black-capped Chickadee cleaning bugs off the willow leaves.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Red-winged Blackbird greeting us on our walk along the boardwalk at Cooper Park on Sunday morning.

Marsh Flowers in the beaver ponds at Cooper Park.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

Juvenile Indigo Bunting.

Beaver ponds are full of marsh flowers.

Baltimore Oriole.

Young Bull Frog. He jumped and startled me before posing nicely for a photo.

Painted Turtles on a log.