Sunset over the lake at Jones Meadow, a little "pocket park" near our condo in North Aurora, Illinois:
A bit later, the view of the sky from the adjacent marsh:
Mary Lou and I participated with Kane County (Illinois) Audubon in a Global Big Day bird count on May 5. Our assigned territory was Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove, Illinois, a favorite place to visit during migration.
This also provided one of the few opportunities we had to get out, due to other more pressing obligations. During our two hour early morning watch, we only saw 36 species, but there was lots of color!
Yellow Warblers were singing and courting:
Newly-arrived Baltimore Orioles dashed through the treetops:
A Rose-breasted Grosbeak provided a study in black and white...
Mary Lou found another species which continued to carry out the color scheme--
A pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers:
Maintaining two homes and the associated travel has been stressful. Now that we have acquired "two of everything" it is time to let half of them go. We are busy giving away all the furniture in our second home condo. Here are some of the last items being carted off:
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