Birding 101


Our class schedule-

9/4   Classroom/Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary

9/11 Ewing Park

9/18 Evergreen Lake

9/25 Centennial Park (Heyworth)

10/2  Merwin Nature Preserve (Parklands)

10/9  Moraine View State Park (Leroy)


 For those interested, I will be leading this adventure. Everyone is welcome-especially those bearing gifts.

For those interested, I will be leading this adventure. Everyone is welcome-especially those bearing gifts.

10/2/1/- We met at Merwin Nature Preserve for some birding this morning. It was a bit dreary, but we were still able to locate the following species:Turkey Vulture,Belted Kingfisher,Red-headed Woodpecker,Red-bellied Woodpecker,Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,Downy Woodpecker,Eastern Phoebe,Blue Jay,Black-capped Chickadee,White-breasted Nuthatch,House Wren,Eastern Bluebird,American Robin,Yellow-rumped Warbler,Eastern Towhee,Northern Cardinal,Common Grackle.

For our last class, we will convene at Moraine View State Park (see map below). As it is our last session, I will need you guys to fill out a simple evaluation form when you arrive. Thanks! See you then….

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9/25/2018- Today we met at Centennial Park in Heyworth. As usual, the skies cooperated with me. A listing of species: Double-crested Cormorant,Great Blue Heron,Mute Swan,Canada Goose,Killdeer,Yellow-billed Cuckoo,Chimney Swift,Belted Kingfisher,Red-bellied Woodpecker,Northern Flicker,Eastern Phoebe,Blue Jay,White-breasted Nuthatch,Carolina Wren,Eastern Bluebird,Gray Catbird,Brown Thrasher,Cedar Waxwing,Black-throated Green Warbler,Blackpoll Warbler,American Redstart,Northern Cardinal.

Next week we will meet at the north parking lot of Merwin Nature Preserve (map below). It’s located on County Road 2650 N (Kappa Road) which is off of N 1925 East Rd. (Gridley black top). See you there and don’t forget some bug spray.

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9/18/2018- First, I would like to apologize to the class. If you didn’t hear me early in the walk, I mentioned that I currently have shingles. I felt as though I was off my game and feel as though you guys deserve better. Lets hope for a bit cooler temps when we venture out at Centennial Park in Heyworth. I hope to be feeling better by then as well. Here is a list of species that we encountered at Evergreen Lake:Canada Goose,Mallard,Double-crested Cormorant,Great Blue Heron,Great Egret,Bald Eagle,Cooper’s Hawk,Killdeer,Least Sandpiper,Stilt Sandpiper,Mourning Dove,Yellow-billed Cuckoo,Chimney Swift,Ruby-throated Hummingbird,Red-bellied Woodpecker,Downy Woodpecker,Eastern Wood-pewee,Eastern Phoebe,Blue Jay,American Crow,Black-capped Chickadee,Tufted Titmouse,Carolina Wren,House Wren,American Robin,Gray Catbird,Tennessee Warbler,Common Yellowthroat,Northern Cardinal,American Goldfinch.

9/11/18- It was a beautiful morning to do a little birding at Ewing Park. Here is a list of species that we encountered: Mallard,Turkey Vulture,Broad-winged Hawk,Great Horned Owl,Red-bellied Woodpecker,Downy Woodpecker,Northern Flicker,Blue Jay,American Crow,Black-capped Chickadee,White-breasted Nuthatch,House Wren,Carolina Wren,Swainson’s Thrush,American Robin,Gray Catbird,Brown Thrasher,Cedar Waxwing,House Sparrow,House Finch,American Goldfinch,Ovenbird,Nashville Warbler,Bay-breasted Warbler,Northern Cardinal.

Also, thanks to Karl Hedding, here are some of the flora that we saw….

Jerusalem Artichoke - the yellow flower folks asked about at the end - http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/ja_sunflowerx.htm

White Snakeroot – interesting note – can cause milk sickness when cows eat it and then you drink their milk. Milk sickness is what killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother – Nancy Hanks. http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/wh_snakeroot.htm

Yellow Jewelweed - http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/wetland/plants/yl_jewelweed.htm

Tall Goldenrod - https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/wetland/plants/gt_goldenrod.htm

Not too bad overall. Next week (9/18), we will meet on the south end of Evergreen Lake and knock off a few more species. The map is below. Any problems- don’t hesitate to contact me…

9/4/18- I enjoyed seeing some returnees as well as some new faces.I like to have fun while birding and hope to teach a little something along the way. I saw the mature Bald Eagle along Northtown road again this afternoon as I was returning home from work. Next week, as I mentioned, we will meet at 8:00 at Ewing Park. Go to the back parking lot by the football fields off of Ethel Parkway. I hope for some cool north winds beforehand to bring my buddies down from their nesting grounds. If you have any questions, you can contact me thru this site or my phone is (309)530-3234. See you all next week!!

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 A few of my favorite people.....

A few of my favorite people.....