Fall Frustrations

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Nashville Warbler, Columbus Park

The days are getting shorter, there are still fall migrants coming through, the weather has been beautiful the last day or two and I feel like I’m running around in circles just trying to get normal things accomplished, and then I’m out of time for everything. Everything being the moment to sit still, observe, reflect, be…

Magnolia Warbler, Columbus Park

Magnolia Warbler, Columbus Park

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-White Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Truth be told I did not stay in last Sunday because the rain was threatening but not really materializing, so I managed to visit the Portage and almost envisioned doing a post about what surprises were there, but I keep succumbing to that temptation (“What’s your favorite photograph?” “The one I just took”) and then I never get back to documenting previous outings. So while I have been recalcitrant catching up with other bloggers I am going to try at least to catch up a bit with myself.

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American Redstart

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Whatever my obsession to try to hold on to the last experience, these pictures are more from the 13th trip to Columbus Park, which is a park on the west side of Chicago, making it barely a stone’s throw away. There’s a nice water feature going on at the park, and perhaps the star was a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron contemplating how to make a living.

Black-Crowned Night Heron

Black-Crowned Night Heron

Columbus Park

Columbus Park

Also present, a Pied-Billed Grebe and a Great Blue Heron. I don’t recall if I realized the Blue-Winged Teal was eating a crabapple when I took the picture but it seems a little odd.

Pied-Billed Grebe

Pied-Billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Blue-Winged Teal eating crabapple

Blue-Winged Teal eating crabapple

There were two young Cooper’s Hawks present.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

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A fellow participant pointed out the caterpillar to me. I did not have my macro lens handy so it’s not a great picture, but I think it looks like a sphinx moth. I confess to being very lazy and I have not tried to look it up.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

I must leave this page, it’s getting late and I have to get up and go to work. I hope to return in a better mood. Tomorrow night is the first rehearsal for the choir I have signed up for. I have received the first email from Bill Hilton about November’s Costa Rica trip. There’s room for more participants: he didn’t say how many we were but the optimum number is 12. Time for me to start thinking about this trip. I’m looking forward to contributing to Bill’s research for a week.

Juv BCNH Columbus Park 9-13-14-5547

16 thoughts on “Fall Frustrations

  1. Blogs, birds and art keep me together..life is really good and your photos are so full of energy and uniqueness. Take care..music and choir is good for the soul..have a wonderful day!!!

    • Thanks so much, Syl! I’m stuck in the office today reading about all the birds everybody is seeing on the lakefront (of course)… Maybe I can get up early if I go straight to bed after the rehearsal. I hope it’s good for my soul. I’ll keep thinking the birds like to sing, huh? 🙂

  2. You still have more birds than we have. They are scarce around here, in our favorite birding parks. Don’t understand it, we should have new ones arriving any time. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. Maybe some will start showing up. Love your photos.

    • Hi Bob. I bet you’ll get a ton of birds soon. Apparently there are a lot out on the lakefront today and of course I am stuck inside… 😦 But thanks so much for your comment and the compliment and I hope there are many migrants in your near future!

    • Thank you. The first choir rehearsal was fun. The director is a cool guy. I have to practice, it’s been a long time. My birds weren’t too crazy about my singing last week but they’ll have to get used to it.

  3. I also love the last picture. The rest were very nice, but the heron… very cool!
    There’s something about this weather and time of year which makes me a little lazy and grumpy. Fortunately we just got a few beautiful and also cool days, and I’m halfway thinking fall isn’t as bad as I thought!
    You must be having some success, that’s quite the warbler collection for someone who’s not getting much done!

    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Frank. I manage to go out and see some birds, and when I’m lucky I get a few pictures. It’s dealing with the pictures and finding time to write a post later. Want to have my cake and eat it too. 🙂

  4. Hi Lisa,
    Nice bird shots! Your moth looks like a Banded Tussock Moth. They use lots of different trees as food plants for their caterpillars, including ash, birch, hazelnut, hickory, oak, walnut, and others.

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