Yesterday, on the 4th day of the new year, Scott and I drove down to Banner. The mess left at the landing by the pipeline/pumping station construction is still there. Huge trees lying on their sides. The machines that pushed them down parked near by.
The entire area leading out to the landing, including the proposed mining site, is under water.
There is a cofferdam in the ditch by the road:
The levee on the south side of Morgan Ditch is under water.
Two hawks flew together from one snag to another.
But the most exciting find was a pair of Brown Creepers whistling in the trees a long the road on the proposed Banner Mine site! Brown Creepers are threatened in Illinois. The trees on the mining site provide an ideal habitat. And now we know they are present on that site!