|Dickcissel at Midewin National Grasslands|
Made a quick run down to Midewin National Grasslands near Joliet. Grassland species are the noted birds including upland plover, henslows sparrow, boblinks, dickcissels, grasshopper sparrows and such.
Because of time constraints and mosquitoes, there was very little trail walking, with most of the birding done road side and from parking lots. This did work out very well. I was to dip on the upland plover and henslows sparrow, I get lots of Dickcissels and Bobolinks. I also got Chipping, Field and Grasshopper Sparrows. Was able to add Baltimore Orioles, a Turkey Vulture, Coopers Hawk, American Goldfinch, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Eastern Meadowlarks, Red-wing Blackbird, Eastern Wood-pewee, American Crow, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Jay, Red-eyed Vireo, House Finch, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, American Robins, Gray Catbird, Cardinals, Cedar Waxwings, Starlings, Common Yellowthroat, Great Egret, Cormorant and Killdeer.
|A singing Dickcissel|
|Tree Swallow directing traffic|
|Found Baltimore Orioles in these trees|
|Chicago seen from the steps of the Shedd Aquarium|
|Lines at the aqurium, Field Museum in the background|
|The Water Tower, One of the few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871|