Pics from Montrose and McCormick Bird Sanctuaries. Bird wise, just the local year rounders. A Mourning Dove, European Starlings, American Goldfinches and a House Finch.
Now that the lakefront is somewhat opened up, Banita and I headed north to Montrose Harbor where she found a lovely bench to read and I headed out to see what feathery friends I could find that day. Banita enjoying her bench time. Cedar Wax Wing I think this is a juvenile robin A very … Continue reading Adventures in Birding: Montrose Harbor
I signed up to do the MS Tour de Farms ride with my friend, Jen. Covid nixed the big event but we rode our miles anyway along with Jen's friend, Kathryn, whom it turns out I have mutual connections with via the ever small lesbian world. Anyway, here are some pictures along the route. I … Continue reading DIY MS Ride on the I&M Canal near Morris, Illinois.
We were called back to work on May 20th but I had previously scheduled vacation time so decided to keep it so I could visit more parks and practice with the Nikon P900 camera I had rented. It was recommended to me by my birding mentor, Scott Judd, because it has a wicked zoom. Nothing … Continue reading I begin birding in earnest: Morraine Hills State Park, Volo Bog State Natural Area, Orland Grasslands, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and Chicago Parks
As I had mentioned previously, I was going to try to visit some nearby nature preserves to quell my need to travel. One of the first I visited was Nachusa Grasslands which is about an hour and a half from Chicago. My goal was to get there as the sun was rising but that would … Continue reading Nachusa Grasslands and Lowden State Park
I rode by this park about a year ago and finally got a chance to check it out during my COVID time off. It's a quick 20 minute bike ride from my apartment, located in the Bridgeport neighborhood. For non-Chicagoans, think Daley's and the White Sox. Also known as Stearns Quarry, it served as a … Continue reading Henry Palisamo Nature Park