The weather for the past couple days has been absolutely beautiful. Naturally, I took this opportunity to head out and enjoy as many birds as possible. Yesterday we went to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area. We didn't have a lot of time, but we did see two new birds for the year! Woo Hoo! We decided to walk one of the trails and had just stepped out of the car when we noticed a group of sparrow sized birds in some nearby shrubs. We stood still and waited for the birds to resume their foraging and come back into view. There were 3-4 White-throated Sparrows and 2-3 Dark-eyed Juncos. That little group of birds made my day!
After finishing some errands early today, my mom and I decided to visit a new site, Lakeside Nature Center. The trails lead down a limestone bluff and into a wooded valley with a creek. It was a wonderful walk that was peppered with Goldfinches, Carolina Wrens, Downy Woodpeckers, and Chickadees. We even watched a secretive little Winter Wren (A first for us!). All in all it was a great couple days.
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