Ron Shields’ Lark Sparrow Photos

IMG_5556As promised, here are several of the Lark Sparrow shots that Ron Shields took near the Carillon in DeKorte Park (along Disposal Road) this morning. Ron also found the bird.  (Thanks, Ron!)

Ridgefield Park Bald Eagle Update

IMG_4320Jill Homcy writes:

When I stopped at the Ridgefield Park nest over the weekend, Al & Alice weren’t there yet, but there were a ton of cormorants and gulls.

About 5 minutes later Al flew in and perched to the lower right on the nest tree. A few minutes later Alice came soaring in, landed by Al and greeted him beak-to-beak.

They then proceeded to alert on and off while I was there. There was a Red-tailed Hawk circling on my side of the creek, and then a little while later an immature  eagle flew in and landed in the upper left back side of the nest tree. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to photograph the younger eagle.

(Thanks, Jill!)

Now’s the Time to Help 2015 Monarchs

IMG_4504Don Torino of the BCAS writes a weekly column for

His latest is on how we all can help Monarch butterflies, which have been in decline in recent years.

Here’s a sample:

This winter would be a great time to plan our strategy for getting more milkweed into our local environment.

We can start by attending County and local community meetings asking that our parks dept., schools, libraries, town halls, local businesses and where ever there is extra soil that milkweed be planted.

Many communities do spring plantings to spruce up government building with annual flowers. For not much more money they can have beautiful flowers that will help the Monarch butterflies survive.

And since milkweeds are perennials,  they will come back free of charge every year — a point that ahould make any politician’s ears perk up.

The link is here.

Recent (Beautiful) Sunsets

IMG_4707_filteredRon Shields writes:

Please find attached sunset images from Friday and Sunday.

Breathtaking as usual!

Roy and “Sunset” Mike were in the area as well so you might get different perspectives.

Hopefully, they’ve submitted some images.  (Paging Roy and Mike….)



Peregrine by Raven’s Nest at Laurel Hill

We stopped by the raven’s nesting site in Laurel Hill County Park and Friday and — consistent with reports we’d been getting — saw a Peregrine in and around the nest.

We suspect that this is the same Peregrine who drove the Common Ravens away and then nested on the swing bridge by Laurel Hill last summer.

(Curiously, the Ospreys that had been using the swing bridge nest moved over to a nearby antenna — at the Peregrines’ insistence — and nested there last summer.)

Will be curious to see what birds nest where next summer.