Thursday, August 30, 2012

Late August Birding in Northern Illinois

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
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.
Turkey Vulture in Flight
Turkey Vulture
Next month I will make a short trip to Ohio and take a ton of photos at Magee Marsh! I can't wait!


  1. I've been hearing a peewee down by our garden, but he stays hidden in the trees. Nice shot! Also like the vulture in flight.

  2. Beautiful pictures I like the vulture in flight great.
    Greetings Irma

  3. Magee marsh sounds like it will be great fun for you! Wonderful post.

  4. I love Wood-pewees. They've been appearing here over the last couple weeks.

  5. Nice shots! I have yet to get one of a Wood Peewe although I hear them all the time.

  6. I will have to visit the two birding parks you mentioned someday. Great photos! Have fun at Magee Marsh in September.