My three morning visits to Riverside last week were pretty uneventful, but I felt grateful for safe and predictable treks through familiar surroundings. When one’s perception of reality keeps changing, it’s reassuring to know some things have not transformed totally, even as the seasons impose metamorphoses. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, something unexpected might occur.
On Friday, three days after the Portage Peregrine Falcon, I noticed this one perched across the river. I have to wonder if it is the same bird.
The sunniest day was Monday. I first noticed the sunrise outside my front door and tried to capture it with my cell phone. I don’t really have any horizon views in my neighborhood but it was still worth commemorating.
Below is the view of the Des Plaines River by the time I got to Riverside.
It was still strange to see how low the river was.
The Mallards didn’t mind. In fact, lately they are the dominant species.
There are a lot of Dark-eyed Juncos too, but I rarely get them to sit still. This one might have felt less obvious with a branch in front of its face.
Now is the time to see where all the summer’s Baltimore Oriole nests were.
A Red-tailed Hawk took advantage of clear skies on Monday and proceeded to scatter the Rock Pigeons.
On Wednesday this wasp nest became more apparent. Wednesday was pretty sunny too.
Dark-eyed Juncos up to something.
American Goldfinches are more scattered lately. I am beginning to see a few at my feeders.
I spotted a Song Sparrow nearly disappearing in with its surroundings.
I was struck by the light shining on the Riverside Lawn trail.
It was a good day to be a Mallard. stand in the shallow river and preen.
Even this male Northern Cardinal didn’t mind me taking his photograph as he sat in the sunshine.
When I returned back to Lyons by the Hofmann Dam, I noticed some House Sparrows and became intrigued by one that seemed to be eating seeds from the invasive Phragmites.
On Friday there was not much to look at.
I managed to capture a pair of Mallards as they made their way upstream.
The bare trees crowd the riverbanks.
I had to do some grocery shopping after I went swimming on Friday, so I got home a bit later than usual. As I was putting groceries away, I looked out the back door window and saw a Cooper’s Hawk sitting in my hawthorn tree. I hadn’t removed the lens from the camera yet so I was able to grab a couple photos before it left. It’s a small tree so the hawk looked even bigger.
I had a very relaxing weekend. I was inside the house long enough to do some organizing and find some things I didn’t realize I had. I also went back to writing the book. Maybe I will make some progress as there is less time to be distracted by daylight adventures. My indoor birds are cheering me on when they aren’t busy tearing paper for their nests or chewing on my socks.