Greenbelt West

There was still enough water to keep the cattails green.

There was still enough water to keep the cattails green.

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.

This little fellow caught my eye and let me get really close!

This little fellow caught my eye and let me get really close!

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.

A portion of the path was lined with these wildflowers. Does anyone know what they are?

A portion of the path was lined with these wildflowers. Does anyone know what they are?

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!SONY DSC

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!

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