Woodland wildflowers are in bloom, so get out and enjoy the fleeting show of spring color. Bellwort, hepatica, spring beauties, bloodroot, trout lily, Dutchmen’s breeches, toothwort, rue anemone and false rue anemone are a few of the spring ephemeral flowers being observed in woodlands right now. Flowering trees and shrubs such as redbud, wild plum and serviceberry are also sporting colorful blooms. On the prairies, look for golden Alexander and shooting star to develop flowers soon.
Migrating birds continue to arrive. Just a few sightings from around the District this week include warbling vireo, blue-headed vireo, northern parula, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, ruby-crowned kinglet, white-crowned sparrow, eastern towhee, Caspian tern and belted kingfishers. At Fullersburg Woods, warblers seen during a recent birding walk included golden-winged, Nashville, yellow, magnolia, black-throated green, yellow-rumped, Blackburnian, palm, blackpoll, black-and-white, ovenbird, northern waterthrush and common yellowthroat.
For more on this amazing annual animal feat, join the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Willowbrook Wildlife Center on Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon. Read the full lineup of free bird walks and activities here.
In fishing notes, water levels have receded along the rivers and fish have moved into their typical holding areas. Carp, crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass have made up the bulk of the catch out of Salt Creek at Fullersburg Woods.
In the lakes, crappie are in shallow waters getting ready to spawn. Fish have been caught on a number of artificial baits with small jigs. Anglers at Grove Lake at Wood Dale Grove have reeled in largemouth bass using spinner baits and soft plastic worms rigged wacky style. Channel catfish are also being caught at Grove Lake on a variety of baits fished on the bottom of the windblown shoreline.
A District ranger snapped this photo of a trillium at Meacham Grove. This forest preserve’s extensive groves of stately oaks and maples are home to a host of spring wildflowers, including gorgeous displays of red and white trillium and rue anemone. Take the Savanna Trail on the eastern side of the preserve for a wildflower walk.