Folks, apologies for the lack of posts recently. I've been enjoying being home, but also busy preparing for another Alaskan field season.
This past weekend, my dad and I drove down to Newton, IL to look for some Greater Prairie-Chickens. We drove down Friday morning and birded around the area the rest of the day. I added a few year birds including Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, among others.
Saturday morning we got to the chicken spot early in hopes of securing a spot in the blinds even though we didn't have a reservation and they say the blinds are booked a year in advance. Lucky for us, they have a portable blind no one was using, and we were able to use it.
The chickens started dancing right before sunrise, making all sorts of hoots and chicken noises. They were far enough away, and the weather was cloudy enough to make photography tough, but I did manage a couple alright pictures with my Iphone through my new scope.
All in all, it was a very fun weekend with my dad, especially since we both got our lifer Greater Prairie-Chickens.
I'll be working on seeing some more year birds before I leave for my FL birding trip on April 23rd.