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Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve

Cuba Marsh:
Approx. 800acre preserve located in Lake County - Lake County Forest Preserve

Cuba Marshes consists of the following:
Forests, Marshes, Savannahs and Prairies
Due to the locations of the marshes and lake they receive bright sunshine all day.
Beautiful place overall, loved the lakeside with itís variety of water birds such as:
Bitterns, Cormorants, Wood Duck, Mallards, Egrets, Kingfisher, American Coot, Seagulls and the so abundant Canadian Geese, several species of Herons and
a family of Mute Swans 2 adults with 5 of their young swans.
Also a lot of marshland birds make their home here such as the: Swallows,
Red-winged -Blackbird, Warblers, Marsh-wrens and many more.
It also contains a variety of marsh-plants and brushes, lots of smart-weeds, duckweeds, cat-tails, different grasses, rushes, willows and a lot of dead trees.
The dead trees and logs still have a purpose to serve, they are vital to the ecosystem and environment. The Cormorants hang out on those with their wings stretched out and sunning themselves, turtles are sitting on fallen logs.
Turkey-Vultures are soaring at the nearby forest and prairie areas and also Hawks are sighted here.
The trees and plants themselves appear sometimes like silhouettes because of the extreme sunlight ( and intense light itself ) at times I was standing right underneath the tree canopy at the marshes edge or even in the water to get this image.
A beautiful place overall many things to observe here. I also like the new bridge over the floodplains extending trail-system.