April 06, 2004
Herons of Love

"It's in the trees! It's coming!"

In Chicago, my closest brushes with wildlife are pigeons, which taunt the cats, and squirrels, which practice acts of destruction on my container garden. In Florida, where I visit once a year, there's wildlife everywhere. On certain roads you can drive down the highway and see exotic-looking birds bathing in the water next to you.

Suburban development being what it is, these sightings are growing increasingly rare as green space makes way for the seemingly inevitable strip malls and WalMarts. On my last visit, I missed those lovely birds, never to be seen where I live.

But we did see some nice herons in the trees on this river cruise in February.

And take my shoes off
And throw them in the lake,
And I'll be two steps on the water.

Posted at April 06, 2004 07:24 PM

There's actually quite a few critters in my neighborhood - hummingbirds, possums, coons, and other rascals. No herons though, but I have seen some neat fowl on the Chicago River.

Posted by: brian on April 7, 2004 08:58 AM

Should you find yourself in Wheeling, you might spy a group of cormorants (not a native species -- no one seems sure how they ended up here) nesting in the trees next to a small lake just west of Milwaukee Ave. and south of Lake-Cook Rd.

Posted by: Andrew on April 12, 2004 04:40 PM
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