Sam Crowe on May 29th, 2010

  I had been planning on joining the Ken Brock’s crew for more trap birding, but a  last minute change in plans had me considering other options. On Friday May 14, Amar Ayyash found something like 16 species of shorebirds at the Tinley Park Wetlands, a place I never been before that is not too […]

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Sam Crowe on May 22nd, 2010

  I have mentioned the Skokie Lagoon before but it is a special place for me. Up until the 1930s, it was known as the Skokie Swamp, an inter-morainal wetland that formed during the last glacial incursion. Its mollusks were studied in detail but there is not a  great deal in the ornithological literature concerning […]

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Sam Crowe on May 15th, 2010

  Ken Brock suggested that we make an effort to collaborate on some birding this spring. I said that I would love to, particularly if Jeff McCoy and John Cassiday could join us on a week day.  Wednesday was the day selected and I arrived early at Forsythe Park in Hammond, Indiana.  Heavy fog blanketed […]

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Sam Crowe on May 9th, 2010

  There is so much to write about I am almost overwhelmed. In preparation for the spring Bird Count on May 8, I devoted May 6 to scouting my territory in northwest Lake County, IL. I see scouting outings differently than most birding excursions. My goal is to check areas more than to find birds. […]

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Sam Crowe on May 2nd, 2010

 Only a seven minute drive away, the closest spot to where I live for good woodcocking is a fascinating place named Wolf Road Prairie in the town of Westchester. Wolf Road Prairie consists of a core area of about 80 acres of virgin prairie. It is not particularly birdy, but it is most convenient when […]

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