Sunday morning I was still too worn out from the Friday and Saturday to go very far, so I made a trip to Fullersburg Woods in DuPage County, closer to home. Fullersburg has a range of habitats and the trails are easy to navigate, but the focal point for me in summertime has to be the Salt Creek running through it. It’s a beautiful setting.
I did not expect to see very many species, but I thought perhaps I could get a little closer to a heron or two. My first discovery was not a bird but a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Butterflies are rarer sights this year.
The herons did not disappoint. A few steps along the Salt Creek and I found a Great Egret who was more concerned about its catch than me taking its picture.
Same goes for a juvenile Solitary Sandpiper.
Farther along, the birds were a bit less obvious. Click on the picture below to see if you can find the Green Heron.
I caught up with it later at a much closer range.
And now see if you can find the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo in the photo below.
Mallards are always expected. These were catching morning naps.
Sleeping with one eye open…
At some point this dragonfly decided it wanted to blend in with the trail right in front of me.
The trail that runs along the Salt Creek meets up with Graue Mill to the south where there is a waterfall which supplied the power to run the mill.
The Great Blue Heron that appears at the beginning of this post eventually became tolerant enough of my presence to give me the photo below. I then left him to continue fishing.