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



Boone Cty

Yesterday I was birding over several areas in Boone Cty. I started with Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area in the morning where I had 45 species including a woodpecker slam, and a Red-shouldered Hawk. Then at 1:00 I joined Gary Jahnke at Ipsen Rd CA where we had a nice variety including Great Egret, Greater Yellow Legs, Sandhill Crane, and Barn Swallow. We then went down Wheeler Rd where we found a group of 20 Wilson’s Snipe in one of the fields. We later met up again at Garden Prairie Slough for night birding where we had a Virginia Rail and a Black-crowned Night-Heron.

Boone Cty

This morning I was in Spencer Park in Belvidere and visiting the feeders at the nature center was an adult male Purple Finch, he made several trips to the feeders.

For those who have been waiting for the northern sites in Boone to reopen, all of the sites are now open except for Kinnikinnick Creek CA which the roads still need to be re-graded. So, Piscasaw Fen, O O Stimes, Tuttle Clarkson, and Edwards are all open.

February 19 in the rain

After the strong southerly wind yesterday, I drove around some parts of Winnebago County to see if any new birds came in on the wind.  Hoople’s pond on Stephens Road still had 5 Green-winged Teal and I also found Steve Gent.

On Fish Hatchery Road, west of Winnebago Road, I found 5 White-fronted Geese in a flock of ~450 Canada Geese in corn stubble on the south side of the road about 1/2 mile E of Thedorff Road.

A Peregrine Falcon has been reported in downtown Rockford from time to time on eBird.  This morning, Steve called me to tell me that he had spotted the falcon on the Rockford News Tower.  It was still there when I arrived just before noon.