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Duck tally shows mallard estimates highest ever

Springfield — What the numbers mean for duck hunters in Illinois won’t be known until blinds along the river start filling up in October. But if your hunt is for good news, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s duck breeding population survey report contains a fair share: both mallards and green-winged teal had the highest estimates ever recorded. Mallards increased…

The adaptable and bird-watcher friendly hooded warbler

People who like birds love spring migration because we see an array of brightly colored warblers (and a few drab ones) before they head farther north. Not all of them summer in Canada; in fact quite a few warblers nest in the United States including American redstarts, yellow warblers, common yellowthroats and if you’re along the Mississippi River, the prothonotary…