Friday, August 15, 2014
The Morton Arboretum - 13 Aug 2014
I headed for The Morton Arboretum, 1700-acres of trees, gardens, and hopefully birds! I was not disappointed. The trees were alive with Indigo Buntings, Northern Cardinals, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Scarlet Tanagers (females), Indigo Buntings, Northern Flickers, American Robins, and Red-tailed Hawks.
I hiked the Main Loop 1 and 2 trails (eastern edge) and walked toward the Big Rock Visitor Center, and swatted mosquitos while trying to photograph birds in the understory of thick woods. Even though it was sunny and warm the light was not great under the trees.
For anyone visiting the west Chicago area this place is a must-visit destination. I only covered a tiny corner of the arboretum, but the place is beautiful! Check out BirdwatchingDaily's website for a writeup on this place, as it is an important birding destination in the fall and winter. I enjoyed it thoroughly!