For those of you planning to do some birding this weekend, here is some information about flooded roads. The Pecatonica River is very high and has closed some roads. Steve Gent reported to me that Oliver Road is closed, as is Harrison Road on the east side of Ferguson Forest Preserve.
There is extensive flooding west of Rockton and all of the low areas of Nygren are under water. High water has flooded the ag fields along Meridian Road between IL 75 and the Pecatonica River bridge. There is a lot of water on both sides of Moody Road, and the dead end section of Moody leading to the driveways of the homes down there has water running over the road.
A lot of ice still covers the flooded spots, but it is opening up with warmer temperatures. I only found a few duck species this afternoon. Steve G had more in the morning. He had Canvasback, for instance. We both had L. Scaup and C. Goldeneye. I found a single White-fronted Goose at Winnebago Pond and 14 Cackling Geese on Moody Road. Red-winged Blackbirds are showing up.
If south winds develop, I suspect that a lot of waterfowl will come in with it.