Not far from us is the Lake Renwick Preserve, home to cormorants, egrets, herons, pelicans and more. During the breeding season, March 1 through mid-August, the preserve is only open for public programs and guided bird viewing so as not to interrupt or bother the birds. On a nice day, it’s a lovely walk. This day was several summers ago, but worth a revisit!

Tree swallow seems like a rather colorless name for this bright beauty.

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The main nesting area looks more than a bit like something from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

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This grey catbird had a mouthful.

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No fish is safe when these American Coots are around.

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A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill can hold more than his belican
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week
But I’m damned if I see how the helican

~Dixon Lanier Merritt

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But there are more than just birds, so be careful where you walk.

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When the sun comes out, so do the turtles.

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for Jo’s Morning Walk

  1. Lovely walk. Is it warm enough already for snakes, or is that a photo from another season? I feel so out of touch with the weather, but will soon be back in tune. Heading home this weekend.

  2. Ally Bean says:

    Oh I love to go along on someone else’s walk. Thanks for the photos. I like the last one with that turtle fellow. He’s a cutie.

  3. Amy says:

    What a pleasant walk, Janet. Thank you for taking us there. Love these bird photos! 🙂

  4. marianallen says:

    All this, and one of my mother’s favorite poems, too. Happy day!

  5. The birds are on the wing – flocks overhead almost every afternoon now looking for wet lands to settle down in for the night.
    How lucky you are to be close to a preserved.
    Great pictures

    • It was a wonderful experience. The Chicago metropolitan area and our county in particular have fantastic parks and preserves. I think it makes such a difference to quality of life!

  6. Such beautiful birds! I wish I could capture wildlife with even a 1/4 of as much skill as you. I just have no finesse on my approach and scare everything within a 1-mile radius away.

    • These were far enough away that they didn’t seem to mind the people. A telephoto lens helps, too. But I can’t cook like you, so we have to each enjoy our talents. 🙂

  7. What a great walk, and birdy day with the bonus snake, and the turtle!

    Do you commonly call those water birds Cormorants? We call them American Coots here.

    A friend was just telling me a story about White Pelicans and Commorants. It seems the White Pelicans where she lives have discovered it’s easier to steal the fish that Commonrants catch than it is to herd and catch their own! I’ve never seen them do it, but I believe her. 😀

    • You know, I just looked up the difference and I think you’re right. These are American Coots. What I see at the park are cormorants, which don’t have the white beak. Thanks, Deborah.

      That pelican seems to have the right idea for fast food. 🙂

  8. JT Twissel says:

    Love those little ducklings! I’m glad they have guided walks as so to protect the birds.

  9. restlessjo says:

    Worn out from the Carnival, and I wasn’t even taking part, Janet. 🙂 🙂 Nice to sit peacefully and look at your lovely birds. Thanks, hon- have a great week!

    • Well, I hope you had something nice to eat. I’m sure the carnival was a lot of fun. Today you didn’t even have to worry about keeping warm when you came to visit. LOL. You have a good week, too.

  10. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely walk Janet. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  11. Like the birds and the poem, but I did skip quickly over the snake. 🙂

  12. Lignum Draco says:

    A lovely looking, peaceful stroll. You’re going to miss this scenery in Arizona.

  13. Dan Antion says:

    That was a beautiful walk. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  14. de Wets Wild says:

    Lovely to tag along with you again on today’s walk, thanks Janet!

  15. Resa says:

    Ohh, I love those ducklings who are escorting the turtle. What kind of ducklings are they?