Cook County - Cook County Forest Preserves

McClaughry Springs Forest Preserve

Located on Kean Ave between 11900 st and Rt 83, there is a small parking lot that holds about 12 cars. Mill Creek runs at the base of the large bluff. This area because of the creek which attracts insects and the bluff which blocks any westerly winds becomes a magnet for bird migrants. I

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Lee County

Franklin Creek Nature Preserve

This high-quality woods has two access points. The westernmost is at the picnic shelter on Old Mill Rd. just east of Twist Rd. From here there is a paved path that follows the creek for about a mile. Breeding species that can be found along this trail include Barred Owl, Whip-poor-will, Tufted Titmouse, Acadian Flycatcher,

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Cook County

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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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

IBSP North Unit- Sand Pond and Sand Pond Rd.

Sand Pond is right at the west entrance to the North Unit and just south of the Hawkwatch. The pond itself is surrounded by wetland areas and some shrubland. The gated road can be walked to the lake or one can walk the trail around the pond. This area can be excellent both for migrants

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Adams County - Brown County

Siloam Springs State Park

Siloam Springs State Park is home to three highly sought-after species in Illinois: Worm-eating Warbler, Bewick’s Wren, and Chuck-will’s-widow, though Bewick’s Wren has not been present since 2014. Worm-eating Warbler can be found in almost any of the ravines found throughout the park, but can be very easily found at the parking lot indicated (Red

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Knox County

Green Oaks Field Station

The premier location for breeding landbirds in Knox County, and an excellent birding location in general, is the Green Oaks Field Station. The Field Station is owned and managed by Knox College as an area for research, conservation, education and recreation, and is generally open only to members of the Knox community (students, alumni, staff

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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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