Birding Illinois by Sheryl De Vore is the premiere source for birding hotspots in Illinois. With over 110 locations discussed, Birding Illinois covers the state from top to bottom and east to west. Besides discussing where to bird, this book also breaks down when to bird, an excellent feature for resident birders as well as those looking to travel to the Prairie State.
Our only qualms about this book are that the Chicago area is featured more prominently than the rest of the state and, being published in 2000, the book is already quite out of date. Obviously limited to space, there are many locations that are not covered, including many in our county (Winnebago) which is understandable, yet a bit disappointing. With a large number of birders living in Chicago and the outlaying area, it too makes sense for that area to be well covered.
That said, Birding Illinois is an excellent resource for birders, with well written and researched data. We have some of the best birding in Illinois, and this book shows this off.
We don’t know if an update is in the works, but we are hoping that an online version may be created, something we have started for our own county.