Our first stop was at the Willow Slough Headquarters where a couple of the ILYB found an active Red-headed Woodpecker nest! Several of the members were also excited to get their lifer Purple Martins while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive.
|Not a very good shot due to the light but this Red-headed Woodpecker|
With two targets down, we moved on to look for a couple of the other specialty species of the area. Some of the group was able to see three Lark Sparrows but most missed them. As we were looking for the sparrows, the rain started back up and we decided to officially end the field trip. Several of the families wanted to keep birding in spite of the rain so a small group of us continued on.
As we drove along, Landon spotted a bird perched on the top of a tree and when we got the scope on it, it was a Blue Grosbeak! Other highlights as we drove the roads through Kankakee Sands included over 100 Grasshopper Sparrows, an estimated 80 Dickcissels, 15 Henslow's Sparrows, and several Bobolinks.
|This Dickcissel would not turn and look at me but I had to take a few photos since it was perched so close.|
|I never was able to get a shot of a Grasshopper Sparrow that was close by but I did get this terribly blurry photo.|