Residents Move In

by Carl Strang

Yesterday I shared some of the migrant birds that have been stopping by Mayslake Forest Preserve. Others have been establishing their presence as they prepare to nest there.

Two pairs of eastern kingbirds have been active in different parts of the preserve.

Two pairs of eastern kingbirds have been active in different parts of the preserve.

Kingbirds like open areas including Mayslake’s prairies, with trees at the edge. Other species prefer the woodlands.

Great crested flycatchers have been noisy and conspicuous, but they will become less so as nesting progresses.

Great crested flycatchers have been noisy and conspicuous, but they will become less so as nesting progresses.

Finally, the airways above the mansion have been filled with the chittering calls of zooming chimney swifts.

There appear to be 3 pairs hanging around the Mayslake buildings.

There appear to be 3 pairs hanging around the Mayslake buildings.

All these birds have been a welcome antidote to the winter just past.

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