I have been in the southernmost part of my state the past few days and I may as well have been in another country. I had no Internet access but did not miss it. The pristine habitat of the Shawnee region is so remarkable, it is easy to slip into a sense of timelessness. And there is no limit to the discoveries one can make. Our stay was much too short.
There were birds everywhere.
The most elusive birds periodically became cooperative.
This Prothonotary Warbler has staked out his territory in the wonderful Heron Pond portion of the Cache River Basin.
A boardwalk invites us into the thick of it all.
It was hard to leave.
We heard Kentucky Warblers everywhere we went, but did not see one until the morning of our departure.
This Kentucky serenaded us from his digs in Giant City.
Kentucky Warblers spend a lot of time furtively foraging on the ground which makes them hard to see, but this one was nice enough to fly up and perch just above our heads almost at eye level. What a beautiful bird.