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

Winnebago sightings- 4/6

At Severson Dells there were Ruby, & Golden Crown Kinglets- Fox Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, & Swamp Sparrow.  Eastern Meadow Lark, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Phoebe. In fluddles along Moody Road, L. Scaup, Common Merganser, Red-heads,Ruddy, Wood Ducks, along Meridian Rd. N Shovelers Coots, Ring Neck, Bufflehead, Blue-wing Teal, Green-Wing Teal, Gadwell. A. White Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, D.C. Comerants. Shore birds seen were G. Yellowlegs, Wilson’s Snipe.

Field Trip around NW part of county – 3-23-19

On the bird club field trip Sat. 47 species of birds were observed.  15 species of ducks, 2 species of geese, about 45 sandhill cranes, and 17 bald eagles.  It was a nice sun-shiny day with many birds.  Scott Hitchcock, Steve Schmaeng, Kevin Kaltenbach, Joyce and Jack Armstrong Enjoyed the early spring birding.  A large group of birds were found just west of Cleveland Road, along Telegraph Road near Pecatonica, and at Westlake Village.  With all of the water in the county, the birds can easily move to another area.

Jack Armstrong

Trumpeter Swans

Ann S. & I found two Trumpeter Swans on a pond along Telegraph Road  about 1/4 mile west of Winnebago Road at 4:00 P.M.  today. Seems quite early for Winnebago County. Not many shore birds to be found in the county today tho. Usual, Spotted, Solitary, Pectoral’s. No habit. Pec. Wetlands had nothing.

Rock Cut recent activity

There have been a few species found on Pierce Lake at Rock Cut recently that are either rare in the county or for the Park. I found a Caspian tern and three American Pipits on Tuesday 3rd April and John Longhenry found a dozen American white pelicans on Sunday Sunday 8th April. Blue-winged teal, pied-billed grebes and Great Egrets have arrived in the county. The ospreys appear to have moved to the platform on the opposite side of Olson lake.