A little over a month ago I drove to Illinois to visit my mother for 12 days. On the drive there I thought I saw a great blue heron flying east while I traveled west. I was probably in Ohio at the time, or maybe just into Indiana. Anyway, I took a closer look at the bird and realized that its neck was sticking out and not pulled back. I realized that I’d just seen a sandhill crane! A first for me.
On Saturday, April 5th we were in Lake in the Hills and while we were waiting for the cannon to be fired I followed a small bird flitting around in the vegetation by the lake. I noticed a flash of yellow on its head and thought kinglet. Neighbors let me look at their Petersons and I confirmed it was a kinglet, but was still not sure if it was a ruby-crowned or golden-crowned kinglet. When I uploaded the washed-out photo I’d snapped, I was more sure it was a golden-crowned.
What do you think?