COS headed to the former Joliet Arsenal, now the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, to enjoy the prairie life on the property. The group was led led by John Baxter and observed a plethora of dragonflies, butterflies and birds.  Below is a list of the wildlife seen on this trip.

To see more photos and notes from this trip, see Geoff's website

- post contributed by Geoff Williamson

 

List of birds species seen, with number observed:

Canada Goose 1
Mallard 2

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 3

Turkey Vulture 13

Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 7

American Kestrel 2

Killdeer 9

Solitary Sandpiper 1

Ring-billed Gull 43

Rock Pigeon 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2

Mourning Dove 8

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-headed Woodpecker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 4

Northern Flicker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Willow Flycatcher 5

Eastern Phoebe 3

Eastern Kingbird 8

Loggerhead Shrike 2

White-eyed Vireo 1

Bell's Vireo 2

Warbling Vireo 4

Blue Jay 8

American Crow 3

Horned Lark 6

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3

Tree Swallow 1

Barn Swallow 27

Black-capped Chickadee 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

House Wren 10

Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 1

American Robin 15

Gray Catbird 6
Northern Mockingbird 5
Brown Thrasher 4

European Starling 180

Cedar Waxwing 10

Common Yellowthroat 15
Yellow Warbler 3

Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 11
Field Sparrow 14

Vesper Sparrow 3

Grasshopper Sparrow 17
Henslow's Sparrow 16

Song Sparrow 25

Northern Cardinal 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Blue Grosbeak 3

Indigo Bunting 14

Dickcissel 40

Bobolink 4
Red-winged Blackbird 52
Eastern Meadowlark 29

Western Meadowlark 1

Common Grackle 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 13

Orchard Oriole 6

Baltimore Oriole 1

House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 21

House Sparrow 5

List of mammal species seen, with number observed.

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel 1

List of butterfly species seen, with number observed.

Pipevine Swallowtail 1

Black Swallowtail 7

Checkered White 1
Cabbage White 24

Clouded Sulphur 14

Orange Sulphur 18
Clouded/Orange Sulphur 105

Little Yellow 2

Dainty Sulphur 2

Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
Spring Azure 2

Great Spangled Fritillary 5

Silvery Checkerspot 1
Pearl Crescent 1

Common Buckeye 1

Silver-spotted Skipper 2
Northern Cloudywing 3

List of damselfly and dragonfly species seen, with number observed.

Ebony Jewelwing 4
American Rubyspot 2

Bluet, sp. 1

Common Green Darner 5

Prince Baskettail 4

Calico/Halloween Pennant 1

Widow Skimmer 2

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 4

Wandering Glider 1
Black Saddlebags 10

Red Saddlebags 1