On day two of our 72-hour Birding craze, we added 22 more species.
Early this morning, the Birdfreak Team headed out to Nygren Wetlands to find Soras and Sandhill Cranes (success!). We missed the Marsh Wren and Orchard Oriole that had been spotted there earlier in the week, but plan to go back tomorrow. As a bonus we saw Bobolinks.
After the wetland walk, we headed on to Rockford Park District’s BioBlitz at Anna Page Conservation Forest in Rockford Illinois. We added a few new species to our growing list: Broadwing Hawk and Hairy Woodpecker and also saw another Yellow-breasted Chat.
Fellow birder Jack Armstrong spotted a Kentucky Warbler and Mourning Warbler. After a rather long afternoon break (we were feeling a little ill from ultra-birding), we traveled back to Deer Run Forest Preserve (one of our stops yesterday) and headed to the big field.
We also saw Henslow’s, Field, Swamp, Song, White-crowned, and Lark Sparrows.
Our total list is growing!