Winter Departs from Mayslake

by Carl Strang

The time has come to say farewell to winter. At this time of year most of us are glad to turn our backs on the coldest season, but it had its beauty. Here are some views of Mayslake Forest Preserve’s stream about a month ago.

A forest preserve district crew took advantage of the frozen ground to clear unwanted brush from part of the 31st Street Woods.

The ice finally melted away from May’s Lake in mid-March.

Enjoy the American tree sparrows. They won’t be with us much longer.

The traces of last year’s nesting season remain, including this Baltimore oriole nest (first mentioned as it was built, here).

Here’s the current state of another old oriole nest.

This is the one a squirrel helped me find. It also is the one that produced a cowbird. Winter traditionally was a time of storytelling, and seeing those nests has brought back their stories to me through the winter. But now I’m looking forward to the return of the orioles from the south, and the coming season’s new stories. In the meantime Maylake is experiencing many earlier signs of spring that I’ll share in the next post.

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