A recap of our first survey of the birds of Deer Run – December 1st, 2007
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We began our survey at around 6:30 AM with a temperature at 23 degrees and southeastern wind of 10-20 MPH. Cold but tolerable, especially with wand and feet-warmers. We (Birdfreak and Veery) split up in order to cover two large loops of the preserve.
The above photo shows Deer Run – between the Kishwaukee River on the left and the road on the right. Railroad tracks cut through near the top and that is as far as we went this time out. (The preserve includes acreage north of there as well.) The southern border is a branch of the Kishwaukee River.
From Veery: The most abundant birds were American Tree Sparrows, Northern Cardinals and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. As expected, there were lots of Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers, and many Canada Geese flying over.
Highlight: Four sightings of Barred Owls (perhaps the same individual). It is always amazing at how swift and silent these fine birds are.
From Birdfreak: First bird besides a flock of Tree Sparrows was a beautiful Northern Harrier. The bird took off from out of no where and flew straight towards the camera. Too low of lighting for anything but a blurry picture. Otherwise, most of the birds were the common ones.
The trip overall was quicker than we would have liked due to a fast approaching snow-ice-sleet storm. The cold and wind plus overcast skies made visibility poor.
Total Species: 24 / Total Number of Birds: 527