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Birding the Lincoln Park Zoo area

The zoo grounds and surrounding park are an excellent place to bird during migrations. Chicago’s Lincoln Park, taken as a whole, is arguably the most popular birding destination in Illinois, and probably in the Midwest.

The zoo area has some challenges, such as parking and fences. If you can find a spot, the best place

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Cap Sauers Holding Forest Preserve

Cap Sauers Holding is one of the larger wooded areas in the Palos Hills forest preserves of southwest Cook County. It is bordered by State Route 83 to the north, 104th Ave. in the east, McCarthy and Ford Roads to the south and private land to the west. It is primarily a hardwood forest, sometimes

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John Duffy Grassland

John Duffy Grassland is the part of the John Duffy Forest Preserve south of 131st Street and bordered by Will-Cook Road on the east, Bell Road on the west and private property on the south. The Red (bridal) trail (download trail map) passes north-south through the middle of the preserve, then heads east along the

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John Duffy Forest Preserve

There are pull-over parking spaces along 123rd St./McCarthy Rd. on the north and 131st St. on the south. North side: take the trail from the parking space south; you will come into the open where this trail intersects the main loop trail. A trail ahead leads down to McGinty Slough, which can be good for

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Ford Road/Bergman Slough/Bergman Slough Field

Ford Road is north of McCarthy Road between Will-Cook and Wolf Roads. There are pull-over parking spaces on the south side of Ford Road. To the south is Bergman Slough Field and to the north is Cap Sauer Forest Preserve. Near the east most parking space where the road starts to curve south a Summer

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T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam east

Small parking area on the east side of Torrence Ave., then walk to where the remains of 134th St. come to the Calumet River. Bell’s Vireo have bred in the Willows here, the only place that this species can be regularly found within the City of Chicago. Black-crowned Night Heron and Willow Flycatcher can also

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Swallow Cliffs South Parking Lot

The large pine trees around this parking lot has been a good place for Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll and Red-breasted Nuthatch in season. In the woods immediately to the east of the parking area, Summer Tanager has been a regular breeder. Along the Sag Valley Trail to the east, between where

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Swallow Cliffs North

Pileated Woodpecker and Louisiana Waterthrush have bred in the woods along the Sag Valley Trail, where it runs west, from the southwest corner of the parking lot. The first ravine on the left has been good for the waterthrush, and the woodpecker bred here in 2009 … but there is good habitat all along this

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