Welcome to December everyone. At times it has felt this year has flown by and other times it seemed a painful crawl as we dealt with disheartening events. Regardless, time marches on and with the new month comes the last required quota for the year. Linda and I had a few extra days off for the Thanksgiving holiday giving me the chance to process some of our outings from earlier in the year. Without further delay, here is a sampling of shots from the Goose Lake shoot up by Hebron, IL.
Unlike most of my bird posts over this year, this particular one does not contain any +1’s. Not that there wasn’t any that day, I just covered those previously – specifically the Black Tern (link here) which ended up in the top 10 list checks for 2015. With the focus on new birds you may get the impression that we are one in done in the field which is far from the truth. In fact, it is sometimes amazing how many unique birds we end up stuffing in the tin by the time the sun falls into slumber. The shot above are of Sandhills that flew over the lake.
The bird above and below is the Yellow-Headed Blackbird. We had to travel all the way to South Dakota to get them checked off our list the first time (link here). If only we knew they’d only be 3 or so hours away. The females (lighter heads) were pretty flighty and wouldn’t land long enough for me to get a crispy shot, but the Beast was able to pull off some decent flight shots.
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