Wide Open Spaces

This photo was taken after a storm last Sunday in Grant Park, IL.
Farm land. Nothin’ but wide open spaces!
Notice the white capped sky, that was the trail end of the storm and oh what a big storm that was too! Tons of lightning and super high winds! The winds made visibility poor and unleashed buckets of rain.

I guess that’s exactly what the crops needed!

Henry Has a Boy!

Look at that!

Henry is hanging upside down to feed on a suet cake that is under the roof. Many of you may remember my Starling Bully problem….all starlings, no woodpecker. Shellmo gave me a great idea, she told me to buy this neat-o feeder because the starlings can’t hang upside down and won’t be interested in the suet.
She was right! Thanks Shellmo!

It did take two months for me to see a woodpecker actually use it, but then I noticed something else….
Henry brought a young male downy with him!!!
Henry’s a daddy!

Go Henry, go henry, you the man…

Here’s a bad photo, but you get the idea. Henry would take some suet, fly to the walnut tree and feed his son!
I am so proud of him!

Oh buy the way, I was looking through my window and the markings you see is cat snot.
Lots and lots of cat snot on my window.
😦

Anyway, the first person to comment can name Henry and Stella’s son.
Good Luck!

Black Crowned Night Heron

Look who I found fishing at Lake Katherine!!! It’s my first Black Crowned Night Heron.
Here is an interesting note: Night herons are just like other herons except they feed at night. I took this picture at 5:30PM, so I guess he was having breakfast!

 

He was very polite and allowed me to watch him up close. I was surprised! He caught 3 small fish and swallowed them whole which left a large lump in his throat for a few seconds. It was fascinating to see.

Isn’t he handsome? Do you see that white line on his back? That is a really long feather attached to his head. So beautiful, it reminds me of hair. 

OK, maybe this isn’t the most appealing photo…poor Mr. Night Heron…..you look like a rubber chicken! I still like you though, especially your red eye!

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