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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Eaglets hatching, mute swans banded

April 25, 2008 at 07:20 AM

Jane Ward has been busy lately. The Peoria-area birdwatcher and prolific bird blogger has snapped some neat shots in the past week.

Most impressive are her shots of eaglets in a Marshall County bald eagle nest. Ward is sure there are two eaglets in the nest and suspects there may be a third present. Here’s a shot of one of the little baldies.

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Her other discovery this week was a banded mute swan at Banner Marsh, Bell’s Landing Access. The Department of Natural Resources has started a study of mute swans at Banner Marsh and at Spring Lake. So you’ll probably see more and more mute swans with neck collars. We’ll have more on the study later this spring.

Meanwhile, thanks to Jane for the pictures. And when you have the time, stop by and check out her pictures at Walk With Me Part 2.

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