Although winds abated for a while, the next day we had similarly bad luck along the shores of the Fox River at Lippold Park:
While waiting for the sunshine, we did take advantage of breaks in the rain to visit the Bald Eagle nest only about a mile from our second home. This is the second nest that they have occupied, both on the grounds of the Mooseheart residential school. The first nest, initially occupied in 2005, collapsed in 2013 before the two eaglets were ready for flight. An attempt to replace the nest with a platform in an adjacent tree was not accepted and the young birds grounded themselves for a second time. They were captured and successfully rehabilitated.
Here they are at the first nest in June, 2010:
Our two Illinois granddaughters observed the first nest, back in 2012:
The next year the pair relocated and successfully raised three eaglets:
The nest tree is in the center of a paved parking lot (taken May 24, 2014 -- note the green foliage):
This year they were reported to have three young, but so far I could see only one. I am concerned about the apparent declining health of the nest tree, here photographed on April 27, 2015:
One of the adults feeds an eaglet:
By May 7, the eldest of the three owlets at Fabyan Park in Geneva had fledged, and the larger of its two younger siblings seemed almost ready to fly:
I did not obtain a good view of the oldest owl, high in an adjacent oak tree:
One of the parents roosted just under the newly fledged youngster:
At Hickory Knolls nature center in St. Charles, a male Eastern Bluebird rested on a nest box:
At Bliss Woods Nature Preserve in Sugar Mound, a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were busily constructing the foundation of their spherical nest of lichens and spider silk:
Color has returned to the preserve, notably...
...an early Warbling Vireo...
(Anni take note-- here is my "carbon copy" of your Warbling Vireo!)
..and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks:
Listen to the grosbeak's energetic song. If the video fails to load in the space below, CLICK HERE:
More wildflowers! I was waiting to see the Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria:
Phlox - Phlox divaricata:
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