Rain falling through oak trees.
A crackle of thunder opened my eyes and grey rain fell in sheets through the trees, which were sometimes still and sometimes writhing.  Pebbles and disks of snow bounced to the ground, incongruous.

Tonight, a nearly full moon has risen through a clear sky and these same now-silent trees.  An owl of some kind is bleating with its mate in the dark, a sound new to us and strange.

Grey heron

At the North Pond, I’ve seen great-blue herons, green herons, bitterns, cormorants, and black-crowned night herons, both adult and juvenile, as well as all kinds of geese, ducks, gulls, and other water birds, to the point where I supposed there was nothing new to see.

Grey heron, North Pond (Chicago), © 2014 Celia Her CityOn a recent afternoon, though, I happened to see an unfamiliar bird wading along the west shore of the pond under a tree. More

Chicago’s Trump Tower: Is it for the birds?

Trump mirror wall, © 2013 Celia Her City

I think it’s the best mirror-wall in the city.  I’ve written enthusiastically before about the Trump Tower.  Now I see another aesthetic reason to like the building.

I fear, though, that its mirror-cladding poses a new threat to birds.  Our newest glass skyscrapers are so mirage-like that many birds probably die flying into them.  If this is something you know about, will you let me know?

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