A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
House Wren; May Bird Migration to Northern Illinois
House Wren, Rock Cut State Park; 6/5/2011.
House Wrens, the most common of all the wrens in our area, arrived by the hundreds (it seemed) the first day of May. They were bubbling away with their loud songs everywhere I went birding - Rock Cut State Park (Above), the forest preserves, suburban parks, along roadsides, and our backyard. They arrived from their winter grounds along the southern bely of the U.S. as wel as Mexico. They will spread north from coast to coast and cover much of the southern half of Canada.
House Wren, Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve; 5/1/2011
House Wrens aren't much to look at colorwise, as they are somewhat drab, grayish-brown overall with a criss-cross pattern on their wings and tail. But they are fun to watch as they flit from branch to branch holding their chekerboard tail up high (Above), which makes them easy to identify.
Hello, I have always been interested in birds, undoubtedly influenced by my mother and grandmother. As a young boy I remember paging through my parents' bird books. Both my Mom and Grandma would identify birds by both their songs and their looks. I enjoy nature and being out in it as often as I am able. Being a teacher helps - as I have much of the summer to do just that. I have done some nature and wildlife photography, but until a few years ago I never thought about photographing birds thinking that it would be too difficult - too small and too flighty. After a few thousand photos, my girlfriend suggested that I open a blog sharing some of the pictures that I have taken and hopefully will be taking in the future.
During the 3 years that have been writing this blog, I have graduated from my first camera, a Sony Digital, to my 2nd, a Canon Rebel T1i, to finally my 3rd and current camera - Canon EOS7D. I started with the standard 18-55mm lens, which I soon found was totally impractical. I then purchased a Canon 55-250mm which I used for quite some time, until I bought a Sigma 150-500mm.and finally sold that one and replaced it with a Sigma 150-600mm, my current birding lens.