Friday, September 01, 2006

Birds at Cooper Park and Jubilee College State Park

Song Sparrow with a cutworm at Cooper Park.

Goldfinch at Cooper Park.

Goldfinch eating aphids. The plants along the point at Spindler Marina, north of Cooper Park, were full of Goldfinches. We counted 8 eating aphids from these plants.

Red-bellied Woodpecker at Jubilee State Park. His head is rather splotchy; he must be molting.

Unknown bird in the bush at Jubliee.

Unknown bird above me at Jubilee. He flew away before I could get a better photograph.

Red-eyed Vireo at Jubilee.

Wilson's Warbler, cropped.

Eastern Wood-Pewee and Wilson's Warbler (look in lower left corner).

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Mushrooms at Jubilee College State Park

A beam of sunlight coming through the canopy at Jubilee Park. Various kinds of mushrooms were everywhere on both sides of the main road.

Russula emetica. The name means "causing vomit," so don't eat this one.

Hygrocybe miniata, one of the waxey mushrooms.

This looked like one of the Saddle mushrooms, but it was gilled. We didn't do a spore print and haven't identified it yet.

Marasmius siccus. Arising from hardwood leaves and sticks, these tiny orange beach umbrellas covered both sides of the road at Jubilee Park yesterday morning.

Clavulina cristata, or Coral Mushroom.

Mycena haematopus, most likey.

One of the Inky Caps, starting to self-digest to release spores.

An unknown brown mushroom, about 10 cm diameter with cream colored gills and white spore print. We're still working on the ID for this one, which we found at Springdale Cemetery growing in the grass.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Kingfisher and Pelicans at Hamm's Marina

Belted Kingfisher on one of the abandoned barges at Hamm's Marina. It was overcast, about to rain, but we saw some interesting birds. The dark sky made for some soft photos, but you can get the idea of the number of pelicans out there. My photos of the Great Egrets feeding along the west side of the river did not turn out,too blurry from lack of light, but some of the photos of Pelicans give the idea of the huge number present on the river, and I captured this nice photo of a Belted Kingfisher.

American White Pelicans flying away from Hamm's Marina in Chilicothe, Illinois. There were more than 1,000 pelicans in the air and on the mudflats across from the marina yesterday morning.

Pelicans coming and going 1.

Pelicans coming and going 2.

Pelicans came flying in to join their friends on the mudflat across from Hamm's Marina.

Hamm's Debris 1. The ground at the marina is covered with all kinds of junk, from barges to machine parts. Pieces of metal and plastic liter the ground between the junk.

Hamm's Debris 2.

Ring-billed Gull on an abandoned barge.

Song Sparrow.