The next morning we headed to nearby Nelson Lake Marsh/Dick Young Forest Preserve, where we were surprised to find a large flock of migrating American White Pelicans. I counted at least 60. This is at the eastern edge of their northbound migration from wintering grounds in the Western and Central US.
American White Pelicans commonly winter in Florida and along the Gulf of Mexico but migrate in a northwesterly direction, generally avoiding the eastern coastal areas. (*See end note)
During breeding season the adults grow a vertical fibrous plate on their upper mandibles which is shed before they migrate southbound:
The prairie was just starting to geen up. This is the east entry path, looking towards the viewing platform which overlooks the lake:
On our way back to the condo we stopped at Jones Meadow Park, where the path had been flooded because of rain and snow-melt. The bare trees cast nice reflections:
A Tree Swallow defiled the warning sign:
Seeing an American Robin is quite a thrill. While they migrate into Florida, they rarely appear in our neighborhood:
The next day we visited Lippold Park in Batavia, Illinois. The Canada Geese were nesting. At the end of the boardwalk an especially protective pair guarded their eggs and even attacked some visitors. We steered clear:
We observed the incubating female from across the pond:
Three male Mallards swam in closed ranks:
I obtained one of my nicest photos of a male Red-winged Blackbird as it sang "Conk-ra-lee!"
In the wooded area, a Brown Creeper was almost invisible against the bark of a tree:
I finally obtained a side view:
A sweet little Golden-crowned Kinglet posed very briefly:
We are in the throes of marketing our condo-- so much stuff to move out and donate or give away. Our granddaughters were given two new puppies this week-- so much excitement! They will never forget Siboney but the girls are absolutely thrilled with their pets...
...a tiny (but eventually full-sized) Poodle puppy named Cazador ("Hunter" in Spanish) meets old Tibetan Mastiff Agramonte for the first time:
The next day, Moncada (4 month old Tibetan Mastiff, named after General Guillermon Moncada, hero of the Cuban War of Independence and civil rights advocate) arrived-- here napping after having great fun with his new little "brother"...
...and they got along splendidly, even after Cazador jumped on him and woke him up!:
With so much going on I may need to take a break but will try to get out as much as possible while my emails pile up! Sorry if I have not yet gotten back to everyone who have posted such great comments (they get a priority position in my in-box!).
*PS: We have had them in our local south Florida "Wounded Wetlands," where in 2012, I documented their cooperative fishing style (pardon my New Jersey accent):
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