My ICF Crane Count area was the 1.5 mi x 1 mi rectangle southwest of Yale Bridge Rd and Boswell Rd. Among the birds I recorded in the 2 hours I spent there were several winnowing snipes, a flock of 31 turkeys, four Brown Thrashers, and five sparrow species. Along a 0.3 mile-long gravel road that goes south from Yale Bridge, 3/4 mile west of Boswell, there were Vesper Sparrows at the beginning and two Lark Sparrows at the end. Field Sparrows were everywhere.

On Moody Road there were 41 Sandhill Cranes. Near the end where it turns south, I recorded 16 species of waterfowl, including large numbers of Ruddy Ducks. There were also Horned Grebes, half a dozen Bonaparte’s Gulls, both Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, and a flock of 12 American Golden-Plovers, hard to spot far away.

Much easier to see right next to the road were the two dozen American Golden-Plovers on Meridian Road, just south of the Pecatonica River. Dozens of Pectoral Sandpipers and both Yellowlegs were also there.