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Fawn triplets, YOY perch, hummingbirds: Notes, Chicago outdoors

Observations on an unusual number of fawn triplets, a note on young-of-the-year perch and a hummingbird are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Jim McGowan photographed this hummingbird in a summer tougher than usual for photographing the “little guys.”
Provided by Jim McGowan

Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Jim McGowan sent another wonderful hummingbird photo from Alsip, though he emailed, ``It’s been a tough year for me to photograph these little guys.’’ Here’s to the little guys.

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. Send nominations to @BowmanOutside on Twitter or Instagram, to Dale Bowman on Facebook or email BowmanOutside@gmail.com.

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

Sept. 6-7: Bartlett, Sofia at (847) 608-3118

FISH GATHERINGS

Tuesday, Aug. 13: Capt. Mike Fuys, Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Robert Tomes, ``Muskie on the Fly,’’ Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13: (note day, place and time change) Guide Jim Tostrud will lead discussion on the day of fishing Geneva Lake, Lake Geneva Fishing Cub, Big Foot Archers, Lake Geneva, Wis., meeting at 5:30 p.m.,

Thursday, Aug. 15: Tim Jacob and Tom Lauraitis on tips and tricks for Ontario outing, Fish Tales Fishing Club, Worth Township offices, Alsip, 7 p.m.

ILLINOIS PERMITS

Friday, Aug. 16: Applications end, third lottery, firearm and muzzleloader deer permits, https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/DeerPermitsFees.aspx . . . Applications begin, first lottery, public duck/goose hunting, https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx

RIVER TALKS

Monday: Aug. 12: Shedd Aquarium’s Karen Murchie on migratory fishes, McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum Lunch and Learn, 12:15-12:45 p.m., museum plaza on Chicago Riverwalk

CONSERVATION WORLD

Through Aug. 18: Northwest corner of Illinois State Fair, Springfield, daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For Conservation World info go to https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Pages/Step-Into-the-Outdoors-at-Conservation-World-During-the-2019-Illinois-State-Fair.aspx

WINGSHOOTING CLINICS

Aug. 17-18: Shabbona Lake State Park, (217) 524-5466

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION

Friday, Aug. 16: Gobblers at McGraw, Dundee. Contact Missy Johandes, (847) 514-0100

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

Saturday, Aug. 17: About Boating Safely, Chicago, Dan O’Connell, cgaux.doc@gmailcom . . . About Boating Safely, Waukegan, Curt Schumacher, curts402@ao.com

DALE’S MAILBAG

``Yesterday I saw out my window at work what I think was another set of fawn triplets. Last week I saw three spotted fawns in a back yard in Oak Brook; the weekend before that, while fishing off an island in the Fox in downtown Aurora, three fawns came out of some thick shoreline vegetation to get a drink from the river.’’ Pete Lamar

A: That is not something I have seen. In fact I’ve only seen a few twins. Curious if others have seen unusual numbers of triplets.

LAST WORD

``Beach seining for young of year yellow perch today . . . not many perch but we could have put the bait shop out of business with all the shiners!’’

Ben Dickinson, Indiana’s Lake Michigan fisheries biologist, in Facebook post, Wednesday morning

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Beach seining for yellow perch young-of-the-year last week in Indiana.
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