1. I saw a group of birds murmurating and thought that they would be starlings, but lo and behold, a new experience for me, they were mourning doves! They did some cool circular rotating spin off and then the group fragmented. Probably the same ones seen at Techny N as I was in that area and saw them incidentally.
2. Blue-winged teal males apparently can have atleast two different eye colors, a reddish brown and a darker eye of unknown color. I searched online but found no reference to eye color. Maybe this is a known thing that birds, like humans, can have differently colored irises?
3. Had a nice immature red-tailed hawk hunting at lake glenview this evening, kept missing, but looked fat enough. Likely a baby from the local pair, which is exciting to see. Not yet shy.
Suzanne ColemanCook co12/21/17