Deer Run Forest Preserve, Cherry Valley, IL: 6-15-19

Today was the Winnebago County Forest Preserve’s Birding Bonanza. There were 10 of us on the walk. We were there from 7:00 AM-9:00 AM. We saw…

Bald Eagle (1)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2)

Eastern Kingbird (3)

Eastern Meadowlark (3)

Common Yellowthroat (2)

Tree Swallow (many)

American Goldfinch (6)

Baltimore Oriole (2)

Dickcissel (4)

Barn Swallow (1)

Song Sparrow (2)

Flycatcher sp. (1)

Indigo Bunting (1) heard only

Red-bellied Woodpecker (1) heard only

Sandhill Crane (1)

Blue-winged Warbler (1) heard only

Rock Cut State Park (Puree Path) 5-19-19

Today my mom and I decided to visit Rock Cut State Park. We were there from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. We saw many species, including 2 breeding male Blackburnian Warblers! This was very exciting for me as I have never seen one in the wild before. We saw…

Blackburnian Warbler (2)

Blackpoll Warbler (2)

Yellow Warbler (3)

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (2)

Yellow-Rumped Warbler (1)

Magnolia Warbler (1)

Scarlet Tanager (2)

Turkey Vulture (3)

Wild Turkey (2)

Blue Jay (1)

Canada Goose (10)

Bay-breasted Warbler (1)

Brown-headed Cowbird (5)

Song Sparrow (1)


Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL : 5-13-19

Today my mom and I went to Rock Cut State Park. We were there from 3:15 PM -4:30 PM. Our birding friends call it “Warbler Nirvana” during migration! They were totally right! It was so alive with activity.  We saw..

Spotted Sandpiper (1)                         Western Palm Warbler

Canada Goose                                        Black-and-White Warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler                      Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Tree Swallow                                          Northern Waterthrush

Yellow Warbler                                     Black-Throated Green Warbler

Northern Parula                                    Wilson’s Warbler

American Redstart                                 Brown Thrasher

Swainson’s Thrush                                 Blue Jay

Gray Catbird                                            Northern Cardinal