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Plum Creek Forest Preserve

Sauk Trail, IL

overcast 70 °F

Yesterday, I went birding at Plum Creek Forest Preserve in far southeast Cook County in order to scout for a Cook County Big Day I am doing with my friends on saturday.

Although they made me work for them by walking a lot, there were a number of birds around including this EASTERN MEADOWLARK:
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And a male EASTERN BLUEBIRD:
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FIELD SPARROW, many of these:
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Male YELLOW WARBLER:
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EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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RED-EYED VIREO:
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Yet another migrant YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was really fun to see:
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Male EASTERN TOWHEE:
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A stop in the prairie section of the preserve yielded some great grassland species, including this HENSLOW’S SPARROW — many of these singing, but they were hard to see:
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Male BOBOLINK, a bird I was really hoping to find here:
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GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were also pleasantly abundant:
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Then, when I returned to the parked car I heard the song of a bird I feared I would miss — WHITE-EYED VIREO! I soon glimpsed this beautiful bird with its namesake white eye in the bushes across the street.
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On the way out, seeing this RED-HEADED WOODPECKER perched in a tree was a wonderful treat:
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Bird-of-the-day to the White-eyed Vireo which was so nice to see as I have actually seldom seen this bird before, with runner-up to the Bobolink. Fun stuff!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 971 Species

Posted by skwclar 06:45 Archived in USA

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Nice Henry! Someday maybe I’ll get to see all of those eastern species! We just had a fun big day in eastern Idaho with 111. Good luck Saturday!

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