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The chase is on!

We’re still in the grips of winter with far below average temperatures. While the February average is in the high 30’s here in Chicagoland, we’re still experiencing bone-chilling minus-zero air temperatures with wind chills in the -20’s. Snow mountains from the blizzard … Continue reading

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Feeding Frenzy In The Snow

Snowy days always bring birds to the feeders in droves.  The ground and trees are covered with snow making it difficult for them to find food.  Open water in the heated bird bath is more than welcome – it can … Continue reading

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Stop! Listen!

The air temperature was above the freezing mark.  The snow and ice were melting on the dark parking lot pavement at the forest preserve district operations complex.  As I got out of the car at the site of the annual Bluebird … Continue reading

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Hot Town, Summer in the City and along the bluebird trail

It’s been hot and steamy.  Typical summer days and nights in America’s Heartland.  It reached 100°F during the past week.  Afternoon and evening storms roll in with Thor (the Old Norse god of thunder and lightning – not the guy in … Continue reading

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Cardinals Caught Courting!

The Northern Cardinal is among the most fascinating birds at our backyard feeders.   Indeed, it is the state bird of 7 states. And at this time of year I especially enjoy keeping an eye out for them in the Hawthorne tree in … Continue reading

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Pretty! Pretty! Pretty! Pretty!

Do you recognize that sound?  You would if you were here with me today and you heard it with your own two ears. One begins to hear its call in March.  And, but for February 29th in this 2012 Leap … Continue reading

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Today Was My First Christmas

My first Christmas Bird Count, that is.  I was not sure what to expect other than to learn how to contribute to the citizen scientist community’s annual attempt to count birds. I laid out my clothes and gear yesterday evening including: my … Continue reading

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