Tag Archives: birds

Walk the Trails .. See the Sights .. Gather the Memories

One of the larger flycatchers you are likely to see along many of the trails around the lake is the eastern kingbird. They tend to perch on open branches that extend over areas with abundant insects. Lake Shabbona offers many settings like the open forest edges that encompass the lake ...

What A Great Time For A Hike!

Eastern Kingbird  I think the most abundant bird at the lake is the eastern kingbird. If you have never seen one, this is the place to visit. Look along the shore line for possible perch locations. They love the trees, sticks and stumps closest to the waters edge. It gives them ...

Sights and Sounds Along the Trails

During spring migration some really beautiful warblers pass through the area. I had my binoculars on vireos in the tree tops when this beauty hopped onto a bush just a few feet away. He was very focused on a bug he wanted to consume and only gave me a quick ...

Spring treasures in the park

13 Karot Molting Male Goldfinch What a treat to see this spring American goldfinch while he is still changing color .. soon he will be a completely 14 karot golden yellow. Notice the splotchy yellow and white belly and yellow speckles in his crown. This change of color in the feathers ...

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Winter Birds On and Around the Lake On the lake During the winter months a lot of migrating water fowl stop to visit Lake Shabbona. During the past few months I have seen Tundra Swan, many american coot, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, and merganser ducks.  They love the closest open water near ...