Brilliant fall colors. I know there were several Norway maples planted near here, but I don't recall what kind of maple this was.
Basal leaves present in wet sand
Not positive on the species but this was the closest I could find from the list. Please help.
Not an unusual sighting, but hopefully of phenological value; these and others I saw were the first turtles I saw basking this year.
The two dark ones on the left...
Possibly a red-tailed hawk? It was eating an animal along a walking path; it looked like a small dead bird, but I didn't get close enough to see clearly.
Looking out the fifth floor, north-facing windows of Northwestern Hospital's Galter Building I spotted this nest. It's on a ledge that is about 1.5x1.5 feet. Crow?
Leaf on right: deltoides
Leaf on left: ?same?
Likely a juvenile, white chest with black/dark brown mottles. Was perched in schoolyard tree eating a pigeon, then dropped it (next observation). Smooth gray back, streamlined body.
Unknown species of bat found dead on sidewalk outside of the Natural History museum in Chicago.
In an empty urban lot