In an attempt to find some migrating birds, I visited a couple local parks in northern Illinois with my dad. Our first stop was Rock Cut State Park, one of the largest State Parks in Illinois and usually a great place to find a wide diversity of birds. Unfortunately, we didn't find too many migrating birds other than a lot of Empidonax flycatchers and two beautiful Ospreys.
Eastern Wood Pewee
The other park we visited is a Rockford Park called Anna Page. The temperature was really starting to rise but we trekked out by the dam which is usually good for vireos and some open country birds. We found several Eastern Bluebirds and I thought I heard a White-eyed Vireo but couldn't locate him. This park can be quite productive because of the wide range of habitats, especially the mixed floodplain by the dam.
I have been noticing quite a bit more hawks and vultures on the move, probably taking advantage of the hot air of the dwindling summer.
Next month I will make a short trip to Ohio and take a ton of photos at Magee Marsh! I can't wait!