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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Cook County

Montrose Point

To most birders in Chicago, Montrose is a must for any day in spring migration. It is one of the first land masses birds see when they come to shore after a day of migration, and has fantastic habitat for all types of migrants. When one arrives at Montrose early in the morning, the beach

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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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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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Cook County - Cook County Forest Preserves

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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Cook County - Cook County Forest Preserves

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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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 - Cook County Forest Preserves

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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Carroll County

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades is well known for its concentration of breeding forest birds, especially warblers. At other seasons, almost anywhere in or around the park can be great birding, this entry is concerned with the breeding species that can be found primarily May–August.

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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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