Many thanks to Shawn for leading an excellent field trip to the Palos area. The 10 of us who attended all enjoyed very large numbers of waterfowl--thousands of American coots, and great views of all three merganser, shovelers, buffleheads, green and blue winged teal, redhead, canvasback, gadwall, wigeon,  pied bill and horned grebes, among others, plus great views of two nesting osprey. . I really appreciated Sean's great eyes and ears in finding all the birds in the reeds on the far sides of the sloughs, and great patience in making counts of the more numerous species.

See our full list of species below.

- post contributed byJill Niland


Date Range Apr 9, 2016 - Apr 15, 2016 Total Number of Species 58
Locations Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center : McGinnis Slough--East/La Grange Rd : Saganashkee Slough : Tampier Lake, Palos area Total Number of Checklists 4

Number of Species 58
Number of Individuals 4,395
Number of Checklists 4

Canada Goose 22
Wood Duck 24
Gadwall 35
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 24
Blue-winged Teal 10
Northern Shoveler 250
Green-winged Teal 18
Canvasback 6
Redhead 92
Ring-necked Duck 30
Lesser Scaup 14
Bufflehead 152
Hooded Merganser 25
Common Merganser 52
Red-breasted Merganser 40
Ruddy Duck 100
Pied-billed Grebe 93
Horned Grebe 6
Double-crested Cormorant 9
Great Blue Heron 12
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 3,050
Sandhill Crane 1
Ring-billed Gull 26
Herring Gull 3
Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 2
Great Horned Owl 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 6
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 7
Tree Swallow 30
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 23
European Starling 10
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 73
Common Grackle 14
Brown-headed Cowbird 30
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 40