It includes a variety of habitats. Near the entrance is a playground and then a pond which occupies about 5 acres:
A marsh area about the same size is separated from the pond by a levee:
A paved trail leads about 3/4 mile along a strip of woods and wetlands. The entire park occupies about 30 acres and is entirely surrounded by houses, roads and cornfields:
The old barn in the distance was a favored subject, but it has since been torn down to make way for more construction at the periphery of the park:
During my usually brief visits over the years I have observed 59 species of birds in this little park, not a very impressive total unless you weigh this against the minimal effort expended in my search.
This spring, shortly after arriving in Illinois, I visited the wetlands in search of two rail species, Sora and Virginia Rail. I heard and caught fleeting glimpses of a Sora, but was lucky when a Virginia Rail appeared. It can be difficult to see amid the cattails:
A Mallard eyed me suspiciously and then took flight:
A Great Blue Heron foraged along the shore of the pond:
The reflections of a Great Egret and two female Mallards were distorted by the breeze:
A Muskrat nibbled on greenery:
Two Tree Swallows seemed to be disputing over ownership of the park:
When the winds let up, a Pied-billed Grebe reflected nicely:
Overhead, Sandhill Cranes circled as if intending to land...
...but continued on their way:
My archives include over 500 photos taken in Jones Meadow Park. The earliest date back to 2008, when I started taking photos with my first DSLR, a first-generation 6.3 megapixel Canon EOS Digital Rebel 300D. A bicycle staged in a back yard along the trail provided the opportunity for me to do a bit of creative photo processing:
During a visit at sunset, a Great Horned Owl was silhouetted against the sky:
When younger, our Granddaughters begged to accompany us to the park:
An American Robin stood guard over the playground:
New England Asters appeared along the path in August:
Bee Balm bloomed in the meadow:
Thanks so much for visiting! I will be on the road for the next couple of weeks and often away from WiFi and even out of cellular range. Mary Lou and I are celebrating our 56th Wedding Anniversary! Tending to my blog from a cellphone does not work out very well, so I have put my posts on "autopilot" in the interim, but promise to visit you as soon as possible when I get back to my PC.
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