Tag Archives: birdwatching

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 ...

Enjoy Every Inch of Your Journey

Eastern Forktail Damselfly At the beginning of every visit to Lake Shabbona I close the car door and begin thinking about the infinite  possibilities to explore in the park.  Exploring can have many variations on miles covered in any given visit. In the span of two hours one can cover six ...

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 ...

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 ...