Deer Run Forest Preserve is an unassuming natural area that over the years has become one of my favorite places to bird. With nine and a half miles of trails and nearly 600 acres, it takes some time and effort to cover all the different habitats.
My focus on an after work hike was to find Dickcissels and Orchard Orioles to photograph. I struck out on the Orchards but found seven Dickcissels all singing on territories.
I did find the brightest Baltimore Oriole I think I've ever seen.
The prairie habitat at Deer Run is some of the best in northern Illinois and always provides fun finds. In past years I've photographed Henslow's Sparrows (state endangered) as well as many other species (145 in one year of surveying).