This is the 44th of 50 Days of Chicago Nature. Read previous posts here.
David-Anthony Gonzalez has always been into nature, but his Instagram feed has exploded with sightings since the start of Covid-19. Take this example from May 18, when David-Anthony encountered a Killdeer, a type of plover, in a shopping center parking lot.
The Killdeer was performing a broken-wing display to distract from its nearby nest.
"Plovers are pretty cool birds and very good parents," David-Anthony wrote. "She was behaving as if injured and lame, aka an easy meal. But it's just a trick, as I approached she appeared to be just fine and lured me away from what I only imagined was a nest."
Aside from David-Anthony's lifelong interest in nature, he's something of an Instagram power user, having served as a moderator of accounts such as @CHIToday and @IGERSMiami (when he lived in Florida). The Humboldt Park resident's day job is as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service.
"I work in a very forested area and I'm always posting stuff about some sort of nature and things of that sort," he says. "I'm blessed to be working in a job that's in the outdoors and outside.
"People are definitely showing a little bit more appreciation for nature. I follow a range of people, and I've noticed that the friends I follow who are not into nature are getting out and being more open to their park.
"This is a good opportunity to sit back and observe animals behaving a little differently due to less activity out."