Back to Birds: Crabtree Nature Center

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7 Species in 1 Frame!

Last week, I visited Crabtree Nature Center in the far northwest corner of Cook County, Illinois. I went twice, to try for reported good views of a female White-Winged Crossbill, a species I have barely seen on a few occasions. The bird had been seen visiting the feeders, and others had taken nice pictures, so I wanted a memorable look.

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Female and Male Downy Woodpeckers

I never saw the White-Winged Crossbill. Watching the feeders from the comfort of the warm nature center, however, was a mesmerizing experience. Birds came constantly to the feeders. If someone or something scared them off, they were back within seconds.

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American Tree Sparrow

I am looking forward to returning to Crabtree to check out the trails later in the year. But for now I am going to just fill up the rest of this post with a few more pictures taken last week.

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Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch and Northern Cardinal

 

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Pine Siskins

 

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Red-Bellied Woodpecke

 

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Mourning Doves and Northern Cardinal

 

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White-Breasted Nuthatch

 

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White-Throated Sparrow

 

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Fox Sparrow