Chicago outdoors: White-winged crossbill irruption, good early shed, Salvador Dali, Shabbona fish cribs
A white-winged crossbill irruption, a good early shed, Steven Wright on fishing with Salvador Dali, and fish cribs at Shabbona Lake are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
SHED OF THE WEEK
Sue Kubinski found the “nice, early shed” at the top near Ottawa on Sunday.
SOTW, an occasional note on shed antlers found around Chicago outdoors, runs when worthy, generally in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email BowmanOutside@gmail.com or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).
“Another boreal irruption has happened in our area the last few weeks. The beautiful white-winged crossbill has been showing up in Cook County and surrounding areas. Their crossed bill is uniquely adapted to opening cones of spruce and tamarack. The bird in this photo is holding a cone in one foot and eyeing another group nearby. This photo was taken at Afton Forest Preserve in DeKalb.”
A: Baumbach not takes wonderful bird photos, but puts them in a broader perspective.
Thursday-Friday, Feb. 24-25: Chicago, carryinillinois.com/hunter-safety-course
March 12-13: Bridgeview, (708) 594-1818 . . . Diamond, (815) 907-7345 . . . Morris, (815) 942-6644
Friday, Feb. 25: West Suburban dinner, Crystal Sky Banquets, McCook
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Wednesday, Feb. 23: Boat America, Des Plaines, G. Haase, firstname.lastname@example.org
Through Monday, Feb. 21: Great Backyard Bird Count
Next Saturday, Feb. 26: Polar Adventure Days, Northerly Island
Click here for the complete list of shows, classes and swap meets for the coming months.
Today, Feb. 19: Midwest Musky Club Swap Meet, Village Sportsman’s Club, Alsip
Through Sunday, Feb. 20: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Through Sunday, Feb. 20 and 23-27: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Through Sunday, Feb. 20: Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Next Saturday, Feb. 26: Salmon Unlimited Swap Meet, River Grove Moose Lodge
Next Saturday, Feb. 26: Hoosier Coho Club’s Fish Tales & Tackle Sales Outdoor Show/Swap Meet, Orak Shrine. Michigan City, Ind.
Feb. 26-27:Fish-On: Portage’s Fishing and Outdoor Show, Woodland Park, Portage, Ind.
Sunday, Feb. 20: North American Ice Fishing Circuit, Channel and Catherine lakes, Musky Tales, through 2 p.m. https://www.naifc.com/events/8.
10: Fish cribs built, using old sign posts from the Illinois Department of Transportation, by the Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club three years ago were finally set in position this month.
“Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.”
Comedian Steven Wright, via brainyquote.com