Tag Archives: nature

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 ...

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 ...

Bountiful Blessings

The Common Redpoll is a treat to see during the late fall and winter months in Illinois. They are members of the finch family. Redpolls are small birds with brownish streaks along their sides, they have a notched tail. Look for a red cap in the forehead area to help ...