Lake County

Crawford Road

Crawford Road is one of the most reliable spots in Lake County to find breeding Vesper Sparrows. The breeding Vespers are best accessed from Millburn Rd. Drive north on Crawford until the you begin to notice agricultural fields with sporadic trees. This is where most of the birds are singing. This is an unfinished road.

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Lake County

Waukegan Beach

Nestled amongst an archaic industrial backdrop, Waukegan Beach is one of the premier lakefront birding sites in Lake County. Historically, this site has hosted quite a few state rarities, including Tricolored Heron, Arctic Tern, and Mountain Bluebird. In the fall and winter months, the northernmost pier has been the most reliable spot in the state

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Lake County

East Loon Lake

East Loon Lake is the easiest viewing location for Black Tern in Lake County. From Rte. 83 go north on Lake shore Dr. to the far western edge of the lake. It’s technically a private lake but nobody minds as long as you don’t overstay your welcome and block up the roads. There are no

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Lake County

Grant Woods

Grant Woods is an extensive forested area with some shrubland in western lake county. In winter it is a good place to check for winter finches in the extensive pine stands of the North Unit. There is also a nesting Cooper’s Hawk in this area most summers. Northern Shrikes also like the tall shrubs bordering

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Lake County

Lakewood Forest Preserve/Bangs Lake

Lakewood Forest Preserve is a fairly large preserve and has a wide variety of habitats as well. Extensive grassland areas, which require walking off trail, are home to breeding Eastern Bluebird, Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Sedge Wren, Savannah Sparrow, and Orchard Oriole. During migration a Lark Sparrow is also possible, and Least Bitterns can sometimes

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Lake County

Ryerson/ Daniel Wright Woods

These two forest preserves make up the largest tract of mature lowland forest in Lake County and are major birding locations along the Des Plaines River corridor. As such they are two of the best locations for Barred Owl, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Broad-winged Hawk in the area. This area is also a great location for

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Lake County

Macdonald Woods Forest Preserve

Macdonald Woods has a variety of habitats and is especially good for migrant warblers and wintering sparrows and shrikes. The extensive conifer stands have Pine Warblers and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Northern Shrikes can be found in both the north and south shrublands. Migrant warblers are especially good along the wood chip trail, and the feeders along

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Lake County

Chain O Lakes State Park

COLSP is truly a birding haven. It’s best time is spring migration, but it is also a great spot for uncommon breeding birds, and in the winter is one of the best places to see Rough-legged Hawks in Lake County. It sports a wide range of habitats including riparian edge, open lake, mudflats, oak woodlands,

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Lake County

Van Patten Woods/Sterling Lake

Van Patten Woods lies along the Des Plaines River corridor and is thus a very active spot during migration, especially in the spring. 20+ species of warblers can be found here on an ideal day in May and this area is a favorite roosting spot for Greater White-fronted Goose in the spring, a very difficult

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Lake County

North Point Marina/ North Unit South Trail

If you park in the fisherman’s parking lot just to the right of the stop sign at the entrance rd. to The harbor, you will see a path exiting the lot and heading south. This path will meander left along a creek and then head west and south between a woodlot along the creek and

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