To complete our 72 hour birding event we hit up one of our favorite birding locations, Sugar River Forest Preserve. This is a great location for warblers, flycatchers, and a nice variety of wonderful birds. We added a Blackburian Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, and Red-shouldered Hawk. We struck out on Hooded Warbler and any other empidonax flycatchers (Least, Yellow-bellied, & Willow).
After Sugar River we moved on to Colored Sands to check out what birds had been banded at the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. They had a few birds to add to our list including a Wilson’s Warbler, a bird we would later find at Nygren Wetlands. Up on the hill we heard a Black-billed Cuckoo calling! We hiked aways back to hear it better but could not sight it.
We headed to Nygren Wetlands to try and find a nesting Orchard Oriole (success) and also found a Black-throated Green and Blackpoll Warbler.
Pending any further sightings from area birders, our total list for the birding bonanza stands at 123 species.