We just returned from a two week stay in northeastern Illinois. Surprisingly, we had a spell of hot weather with some temperatures higher than those back home in south Florida.
Although we were busy with volleyball games and preparations for a charity gala with 100 guests at our daughter's home, we found time to get out and walk in the nearby parks and forest preserves. We saw many more warblers than we were able to identify, as they tended to forage high in the trees against the very bright sky.
At Les Arends Forest Preserve in their home town of Batavia, we encountered a mixed flock which included American Redstarts. I was only able to get a decent photo of a female:
There were quite a few Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warblers, which are quite similar in their dull fall plumage.
The Blackpoll shows some streaking of its underparts and has a more greenish cast to its head and neck, so this most likely is one here:
Bay-breasted Warbler? It should have dark legs but these appear to be light as in Blackpoll:
This is a dull female Chestnut-sided Warbler:
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove has very nice walking trails and a wooden bridge over Blackberry Creek, where Mary Lou is looking at a goldfinch:
A Wilson's Warbler brightened our morning:
We saw migrating Swainson's Thrushes...
...and a pair of Red-eyed Vireos:
A favorite spot is Nelson Lake/Dick Young Marsh Kane County Forest Preserve:
I caught sight of an early migratory Red-breasted Nuthatch, but had to wait a few days before getting one of these little acrobats in my camera viewfinder. It was foraging in this grand oak:
The male American Goldfinches were in various stages of molting into their somber winter coats:
A Mourning Dove struck a nice pose:
A Cedar Waxwing had a regal appearance:
Canada Geese were numerous...
...as were butterflies, including this Pearl Crescent...
...a Red-spotted Purple...
...a Cabbage White...
...and many beautiful Monarchs:
Colorful Milkweed Bugs clustered on the pods of their favorite plant, also host to the Monarch caterpillar:
A view of the upper reaches of the marsh at Nelson Lake is framed by tree branches:
Back home at our daughter's house, their oldest and youngest pets rested on their patio. Tibetan Mastiff Agramonte is eleven years old and Standard Poodle Cazador is 6 months of age:
In their back yard, a Silver-spotted Skipper visited a Rose of Sharon:
Upon returning to Florida, I captured this iPhone panorama of the western sky opposite the rising sun (click on image for full view):
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