A group of thirteen people joined me to bird the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve. The weather was perfect and despite a few ticks we had a very pleasant outing. We saw many of the targeted prairie birds, such as Savannah, Henslow's, and Grasshopper Sparrows, Bobolinks and Dickcissels. It was of particular interest the see the male Bobolinks in molt. Other birds of interest were a Yellow-breasted Chat we heard at the edge of the prairie, as well as a female Orchard Oriole feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird. We ended with 46 species.

~ Sam Burckhardt

Bobolink - photo by Christine Shepherd

Bobolink - photo by Christine Shepherd

Paul Douglas Forest Preserve--Central (Cook Co.), Cook, US-IL
Jul 14, 2013 6:36 AM - 11:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s)
Comments: 13 people COS field trip, mostly sunny, 80s F
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46 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  7
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  3
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  20
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  20
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  4
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Cooper"s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  3
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group])  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Warbling Vireo Should visitation rights levels increase at even modest rates, that will allow to both increase occupancy and boost prices energy, permitting the figure referred to as REVPAR (revenue per available room) to improve strongly. (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
Purple Martin (Progne subis)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  20
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  10
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  10
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  30
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  7
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  20
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)  1     Heard only
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  2
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  7
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)  1
Henslow"s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)  6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  10
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)  4
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  11
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  50
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  20
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  4
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  1     F feeding bhcb
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  8