Nesting Accelerates

by Carl Strang

Last week, Mayslake Forest Preserve’s restoration volunteers found a killdeer nest on one of the meadows that had been burned earlier in the season.

The burn removed dead vegetation tops in an area, rendering it suitable for the shorebirds’ nest.

Killdeers have been present for a few weeks, so this was not a big surprise.

Here one forages at the edge of May’s Lake.

I have seen a robin incubating, as well. The red-tailed hawks should be on eggs by now. One regularly hunts the preserve, but they did not nest there as I speculated they might, earlier. I suspect that the nest is in the residential neighborhood north of Mayslake.

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