Lee County - Ogle County

Nachusa Grassland

Nachusa Grassland is a huge area of high-quality sand-hill prairie with many desirable breeding and wintering species. Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Savanna Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Sedge Wren, Bobolink, Horned Lark are all easily found breeding species. Look and listen for Lark Sparrows along the sandy two-track that goes west from the visitor center. Other sandy-scrub

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DeWitt County

Clinton Lake

CLINTON LAKE BIRDING AREAS:

Salt Creek Bridge on 2545/2550E: Sedge Wren, waterfowl, shorebirds when water levels are lower, raptors, Song Sparrows.

S-3 Parking Lot and the Upper Lake Flats off of 2400E: Phenomenal spot for shorebirds (at least 23 species have been seen here) when levels are lower. Great spot for waterfowl, gulls (Little Gull

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Putnam County

Clear Creek / Taylor Roads

This 8-mile driving loop can be excellent for forest and open-country species. Begin on Clear Creek Rd. (Co. Rd. 275/300N) east of Highway 26. The road follows Clear Creek and goes through some excellent forest habitat. In the first patch of woods breeding species include Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireo, Tufted Titmouse

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Fulton County

Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge / Thompson Lake

Thompson Lake is one of the magical birding spots in Illinois. The number of rarities and unusual species found here in recent years is too big to list here. Breeding or summering species include up to 16 species of ducks and geese, Black-necked Stilt, Black Tern, American White Pelican, Common Gallinule, Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night

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Fulton County

Double T State Fish and Wildlife Area

Double T is a patchwork of prairie, agricultural and old stripmine. The main attraction is Upland Sandpipers that nest in the fields along Cypress Rd. to the east of Co. Rd. 21.

Other breeding or summering species include Bobolink, Henslow’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Horned Lark, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat,

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Cook County - Cook County Forest Preserves

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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Cook County

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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Putnam County

Florid Rd. scrub habitat

Along both sides of county road 820 N (Florid Rd.), between county road 815 E to the west and county road 890 E to the east. This is east of Highway 26, south of the town of Hennepin.

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