by Carl Strang
Winter reveals much that was hidden in the growing season. When the deciduous trees and shrubs have dropped their leaves, green walls are replaced by vistas. Smaller things now come into view as well, including a bobber-eating tree at the edge of Trinity Lake in Mayslake Forest Preserve.
I am reminded of the kite-eating tree of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts cartoons. This is right above a popular point on the lake shore for fishermen in summer. It is not entirely innocent, though, as those bobbers are attached to lengths of fishing line that are a potential entanglement hazard for birds. As I have previously documented here, orioles make use of some of the discarded line in their nest-building.