Previewing next weekend's field trip I walked around some trails at Black Lake and Hoffmaster Parks this morning.
Sunlight filtering into the woods at Black Lake Park.
Black Lake was birdy (18 species including Cooper's and Red-shouldered Hawks, Belted Kingfisher and the usual backyard birds); Hoffmaster was not. So long as I kept moving, bugs weren't bothersome, but stopping for even a second brought swarms of mosquitoes, some even landing on DEET-treated skin. Hopefully there will be fewer next week.
At 9:45 on the Christmas tree field south of Judson east of Wood, a small group of American Crows harrassed and were harrassed by a large juvenile Cooper's Hawk. All started on the ground, then flew after each just above the saplings, then landed, then flew up and chased again, several times for several minutes. One of the crows crawked like a raven during these confrontations, and the hawk or one of the crows bill-clicked like an owl. It was fun to watch!