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.