by Carl Strang
Bird news, like the spring, has been slow in coming to Mayslake Forest Preserve this year. One of our earliest migrants to appear is the red-winged blackbird.
A safe bet was that the large muskrat lodge that sheltered a couple of the rodents through the winter in the center of the parking lot marsh would have a goose nest on it this spring.
A single red-tailed hawk has been hunting the preserve. Its mate no doubt is on a nest somewhere, but if it’s at Mayslake I haven’t found it, yet.
Residents, like the downy woodpecker, no longer are keeping the quiet low profile they maintained through the winter.
The later early-season migrants were abundant last week.
Soon we can expect the floodgates to open and the air will be filled with diverse migrants’ songs.