We found four Baltimore Orioles at Woodford on the Spring Bird Count. At one point there were three orioles in one tree.
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This raccoon was making his way down the slough until he spotted me and Scott. He looked at us for about a minute before plunging into the water, swimming across the slough and scurrying across the woods.
A Pileated Woodpecker flew from one side of the trail to the other, so quick I just barely caught him before he disappeared in the trees on the other side of the slough.
This Green Heron kept flying 20 or 30 feet ahead of us as we walked the trail at Woodford SFWA last Saturday for the Spring Bird Count, giving us lots of time to watch and photograph him.
Along the trail from the Last Centaur to the Sun Singer. The forest floor was carpeted with Blue Bells and Blue-eyed Mary, as far as you can see across the flood plain and up the bluff on the other side of the trail.
There are three eaglets in the nest again this year. Apparently that is very uncommon; most eagles successfully raise one eaglet. These guys have had three eaglets two years in a row! Babb Slough off the Illinois River must have loads of fish (and ducks)!