|Seeing a Dark-eyed Slate colored Junco in Northern Illinois is a sure sign that winter is just around the corner, Nygren Wetlands, Rockton, IL; 10/15/2011.|
|A White-crowned Sparrow travelling through on its way South, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011|
|A juvenile White-crowned Sparrow, making its first migratory trip, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011|
|Another northern Sparrow traveling through to warmer climates, the White-throated Sparrow, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011|
|Another common migrant in the Autumn and Spring is the Yellow-rumped Myrtle, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011|
|An American Goldfinch in the process of losing its bright yellow summer colors and growing its winter plumage, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011|
|Another Goldfinch getting ready to spend the winter in Northern Illinois, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011|
|Black-capped Chickadees are also common year round residents of N. IL, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011|
|A Downey Woodpecker looking for food to fatten up for the winter here in N. IL, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011|
|Song Sparrows are the only Sparrows that live in N. Illinois year round, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011|
And then there were an Eastern Towhee, Eastern Phoebe, and Swamp & Savannah Sparrows that spend their summers here, but will probably soon take off for warmer southern climates.
|Eastern Phoebes will be gone soon, travelling South, but are usually one of the first song birds to return to Northern Illinois in the Spring, and are already here by mid to late March, Nygren Wetlands, Rockton, IL; 10/15/2011.|
|A Swamp Sparrow spending its last days in Northern IL before flying south for the winter, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011.|
|I heard this Eastern Towhee singing its last songs before leaving us for the winter, Nygren Wetlands; 10/15/2011.|
On Thanksgiving Day I'll feature water birds seen at the various ponds in Chicago's beautiful Lincoln Park.