On our continuing tour of the Lake County Forest Preserves last summer, we visited Greenbelt in Waukegan in June.
There are two parts of the preserve, split into east and west by Green Bay Road. We started on the west side, the same side we visited a short time ago.
The area was wooded, with waterways winding through. The water levels were down, the drought was making itself felt, but it was still cool and green under the trees.
As we completed the loop, there was a bridge over a small stream. The water was not even an inch deep, and as we watched, birds flew in and started bathing!
There were robins, red-winged blackbirds, catbirds, goldfinches, chickadees, and even indigo buntings flying around! We spent what seemed like an hour watching them, even though it was only 20 minutes!
And at one point, a muskrat wandered up the stream, scaring off the birds momentarily. I didn’t get a good photo of him, so I’ll leave the west side here.
Tomorrow – the other side of the road!