Mayslake Birds

by Carl Strang

Birds still are showing migratory activity at Mayslake Forest Preserve in the second half of November. As I wander the preserve early in the morning or on my lunch break, the birds I find often are changing significantly from one day to the next.

Some, like the golden-crowned kinglet in the photo, come and go day to day. Others may be settling down, as they are present each day and their numbers are more stable. These include dark-eyed juncos and American tree sparrows.

One promising sign that this may be a livelier winter than last is that I have seen pine siskins on three occasions. There were none last year, but the winter before last was a good one for winter finches from the North. That will make for a more interesting season if it happens again.

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