Today, I was leading a walk for a different birding group, the Tuesday Birders. Unfortunately, I twisted my shoulder this morning and did not want to lug my camera around so that is why I did not take any photos.
We started at Carpentersville Dam, looking for various passerines, although we failed to find any kinglets, we did see American Tree & Song Sparrows, a single Bald Eagle, and tons of Red-winged Blackbirds as well as a few Common Grackles. Next, we drove to Brunner Family FP (a place I had been to only once before), and as soon as we started walking, we found Horned Larks (a year bird for me), Eastern Meadowlarks, a Northern Harrier and lots of Killdeer! When the trail ended, we decided to walk into the nearby forest, and as we were walking through it, we spooked a Great Horned Owl, which flew to a nearby tree giving nice looks! We started walking back, and all of a sudden 3 Tree Swallows flew up, one of which gave us excellent looks, according to eBird, they were the first Tree Swallows seen in Northern Illinois this year! Spring is coming fast! We also witnessed an exciting fight between a Northern Harrier and a Red-tailed Hawk (the harrier won)! As we headed back to our cars, I spotted a Northern Shrike sitting atop a tree (I have seen way too many shrikes this year, by the way) which then flew off and scared up a bunch of Horned Larks! A great way to end a great day!
Great Blue Heron
American Tree Sparrow
Great Horned Owl