Monday’s weather forecast was for the last dry day for a spell so I made a return trip to Lyons City Park for another attempt to see the Red-naped Sapsucker. No luck there, but this Pileated Woodpecker was the highlight of the trip. Just after I got out of the car he raised a big ruckus, flew over to the bottom of the power pole and continued to carry on all the way to the top of the pole before flying off. Pileated are the largest of the Woodpecker family and are always an impressive sight. It’s hard to be disappointed at not seeing a Red-naped when you get to see one of these. I did see a good number of other birds, 25 different species in all before I had to retreat to the warmth of the car. Below are some that I photographed.
male Ring-necked Ducks
male & female Hooded Mergansers