I went back to the Chicago Portage Thursday morning to see what, if any, progress had been made. As far as I can tell, the blacktop entrances to the bridges are being replaced with cement. Only one was completed.
So I walked past the sign after I determined it was safe to do so and no work was being done that day. But I am sure if I visit on a day when work is being done, I will not be able to walk any part of the trail.
After the rain, the duckweed has disappeared. I saw no birds in the water.
I heard a Common Yellowthroat singing from across the water and I was able to spot him, but he was too far away for a photograph. Perhaps you can detect the little yellow and black blob just to the right of center below. That’s him.
Except for several American Robins and a few Indigo Buntings, most of the birds I saw were too far away for decent photographs.
An American Goldfinch perched overhead.
But then I looked out toward the marshy area and saw a male Orchard Oriole. I had been looking for this bird since I last saw one on May 25. I am thrilled to know he stayed. Now I can hope to see some offspring in the not-too-distant future.
The images are very small as these were taken at quite a distance. I included the very last photo which is not exactly in focus but I thought it was interesting to see how the plumage colors arrange themselves as the bird flies away.
There were two male Indigo Buntings that posed for me. Neither one was Tadziu, but I heard him and all is well.
Also in the marshy area where the Orchard Oriole was seen, were a few Red-winged Blackbird females and offspring.
I don’t think I’ve seen Spiderwort here before. I like this flower, even if it tends to sometimes show up in inconvenient spots in my yard.
Now that I have an Elderberry growing in my backyard, I have to pay homage to this one that takes up practically the entire “island.” It’s also a reminder to watch how quickly mine grows and to keep it from taking over the neighborhood.
I hadn’t been over to Riverside yet to see how full the river was, but I noted the bottomlands were flooded next to the Portage.
Not a lot of butterflies, but this Cabbage White made itself available.
Not the most attractive spot for a Red Admiral, but it seemed content to be there.
I visited Riverside on Friday, on my way to the pool, and it was good to see the Des Plaines River full again. I will be back with a short report.