Sam Crowe on November 27th, 2011

Readers of this blog know of my fondness for sandhill cranes and there is no place within two hours of where I live that is better to revel in cranedom than Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. The region I inhabit offers spectacular avian displays but with one exception they are highly weather dependent. Three […]

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Sam Crowe on November 13th, 2011

I have not been to the Illinois Beach State Park hawk watch yet this year. There was one terrific stretch of three or four straight days in October when the sharp-shins and falcons were almost non-stop. But November usually produces some good flights as well, dominated by red-tails with a smattering of rough-legs, harriers, and […]

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Sam Crowe on November 6th, 2011

Cindy said, “You are too wrapped up in your passenger pigeon stuff. You need a hobby.” “Hey,” I said.  “How about birding?” Birders in northern Illinois often, for very good reason, complain about the lack of good birds that are readily accessible. Last weekend, though, offered a nice variety of exciting choices. The outstanding bird […]

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