Monday, April 2, 2012

A Breath Of Fresh Air

As spring begins melodies of the Red-winged Blackbird enter the air.

This male Red-winged Blackbird chose just the right perch for displaying his bright red shoulder patches at Afton Prairie. He sang note after note to impress the ladies on Crego road in Dekalb, Illinois. I couldn't resist stopping for this concert. What a wonderful way to start a season. 

Migrating waterfowl begin to occupy the ponds, swampy areas and lakes. 
These Northern Shoveler stopped by for a visit to Afton Prairie in DeKalb Illinois.

It was a good month for seeing Northern Shoveler.  
Lake Shabbona attracted many this spring.

 Longer daylight hours brighten your mood each spring.
The bright orange breast on the welcome Robin brings yet another smile.

A busy little chipmunk pauses on a log at Lake Shabbona as he gathers last years walnuts. 
Signs of new growth begin to bud and leaf on this years newest walnut trees nearby.

My first warbler of the season Yellow-rumped Warbler at Lake Shabbona, Illinois. I am also still seeing Junco on 3/20/12.

 Buds begin to burst into bloom and share a splash of color to the new season.
Birds sing, hikers hike and dreams of more time spent outside begin to grow.

Fermilab is located just outside Batavia, Ilinois between Route 59 and Kirk road... another great place to bird watch.

A shot of my birding buddy and husband. 
We heard then finally saw our first of year Eastern Meadow Lark this March at Fermilab
It's song was lovely!

A very busy Black-capped Chickadee spring cleans it's new nest site
and adds the promise of new life to the season.

My favorite part of spring is new birds. This was my first time seeing an Eastern Towhee.
He sang to his sweetheart in one bush while she responded in like just a few bushes away.
The sweet sounds of spring echo .... spring on!

Please visit 
Shabbona Lake State Park is just 30 min south of DeKalb, IL
 You can enjoy fishing, hiking, boating, birdwatching, camping. Go explore!
Check the nature section for posts each month on my time spent in their wonderful park.


  1. Lovely collages. Towhees are such beautiful birds, but I think the Red-winged Blackbirds are my favorite this time--they look like they're transforming into something, as if being the supreme omen of spring weren't quite enough already.

  2. Wonderful photos and I love how you made the collages .

  3. Another fabulous post Debbie. I am really impressed with the collages. FAB.

  4. Wonderful post and I love the photo and mosaics. The Redwing mosaic is beautiful. Congrats on the Meadowlark sighting, they are beautiful birds. Happy Spring!

  5. Beautiful post, Debbie! Terrific captures and collages.

  6. Oh Debbie, these are such beautiful spring images! I love how you put together the collages. So well done! Fantastic Red-winged Blackbird and Eastern Towhee captures! Your love of nature really shines through in all of your wonderful photographs. I'm still hoping to catch sight of my first Eastern Meadowlark. A most lovely post!