It’s been raining on more than off all week, so the farther I get from last Sunday’s excursion, the harder it is to visualize.
The Chicago Portage is still asleep but starting to wake up now with the rain and intermittent spells of warmer temperatures.
Last week I purchased a Roland hand-held recorder to use in the field. I have had a Marantz with a very sensitive microphone for years, but it’s a lot to carry and I wanted something more portable. I figured by now technology had caught up with me. I’m still learning how to use it, but I managed to get a few sounds.
The picture above is not of the Goldfinch that is singing–albeit in the background overshadowed by a Red-Winged blackbird–in the clip below. The actual singer, although I did photograph him, was rather far away.
This was our songster.
A bit later there was a wonderful Song Sparrow singing, and although he wouldn’t let me get the classic shot while he was performing, he did give me a nice picture anyway.
I will keep experimenting with the recorder and from time to time share the best songs with you.
Just to taunt me, two Great Blue Herons flew over, followed by three Monk Parakeets. I managed to get a fleeting picture of one Great Blue.
This huge fallen tree just next to the path that leads down to the Des Plaines River behind the Portage was recently dismantled. Part of its core looks diseased, making it easy prey for the strong winds.
Not too hard to find a Red-Winged Blackbird here, singing his head off.
Fox Sparrows are still at the Portage.
And the Downies are busy as usual.
I have seen an Eastern Phoebe almost every day this week somewhere.
The water levels should be higher this week after all the rain. If we get another break in the clouds I’ll go back and check.