Deer Run Bird Survey

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Started on December 1st, 2007, the Deer Run Bird Survey (D.R.B.S.) is a year long bird survey we are conducting until December of 2008. The area consists of the 593 acre preserve known as Deer Run Forest Preserve, which consists of mixed-grass prairie, oak savanna, riparian, and restoration projects.

Hermit Thrush – April 2008
Hermit Thrush

The D.R.B.S. is a self-supported citizen science project with the following objectives:

  1. Discovery the year-long diversity of Deer Run
  2. Assist the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District in future habitat development based on our findings and provide insight into future conservation easements and purchases in the vicinity of Deer Run {currently, there are other forest preserves in the area but also many farms that could instantly add to the acreage}

This page will be updated with new information and links to all the individual survey dates as they happen. We also plan on adding a photo gallery of some of the scenes and of course birds found at Deer Run.

UPDATE: The survey year is now over
We have counted 6,646 individual birds of 145 species.

  1. Alder Flycatcher
  2. American Coot
  3. American Crow
  4. American Goldfinch
  5. American Redstart
  6. American Robin
  7. American Tree Sparrow
  8. American Woodcock
  9. Bald Eagle
  10. Baltimore Oriole
  11. Bank Swallow
  12. Barn Swallow
  13. Barred Owl
  14. Bay-breasted Warbler
  15. Belted Kingfisher
  16. Blackpoll Warbler
  17. Black-and-White Warbler
  18. Black-billed Cuckcoo
  19. Black-capped Chickadee
  20. Black-throated Green Warbler
  21. Blackburnian Warbler
  22. Blue Jay
  23. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  24. Blue-headed Vireo
  25. Bobolink
  26. Brown Creeper
  27. Brown Thrasher
  28. Brown-headed Cowbird
  29. Cackling Goose
  30. Canada Goose
  31. Canada Warbler
  32. Cedar Waxwing
  33. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  34. Chimney Swift
  35. Chipping Sparrow
  36. Clay-colored Sparrow
  37. Cliff Swallow
  38. Common Grackle
  39. Common Merganser
  40. Common Nighthawk
  41. Common Yellowthroat
  42. Cooper’s Hawk
  43. Dark-eyed Junco
  44. Dickcissel
  45. Downy Woodpecker
  46. Eastern Bluebird
  47. Eastern Kingbird
  48. Eastern Meadowlark
  49. Eastern Phoebe
  50. Eastern Screech-owl
  51. Eastern Towhee
  52. Eastern Wood-pewee
  53. European Starling
  54. Field Sparrow
  55. Fox Sparrow
  56. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  57. Golden-winged Warbler
  58. Grasshopper Sparrow
  59. Gray Catbird
  60. Gray-cheeked Thrush
  61. Great Blue Heron
  62. Great Crested Flycatcher
  63. Great Horned Owl
  64. Green Heron
  65. Hairy Woodpecker
  66. Henslow’s Sparrow
  67. Hermit Thrush
  68. Hooded Merganser
  69. House Finch
  70. House Sparrow
  71. House Wren
  72. Indigo Bunting
  73. Kentucky Warbler
  74. Killdeer
  75. Lark Sparrow
  76. Le Conte’s Sparrow
  77. Least Flycatcher
  78. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  79. Louisiana Waterthrush
  80. Magnolia Warbler
  81. Mallard
  82. Mourning Dove
  83. Nashville Warbler
  84. Northern Cardinal
  85. Northern Flicker
  86. Northern Harrier
  87. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  88. Northern Waterthrush
  89. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  90. Orchard Oriole
  91. Osprey
  92. Ovenbird
  93. Palm Warbler
  94. Philadelphia Vireo
  95. Prothonotary Warbler
  96. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  97. Red-breasted Merganser
  98. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  99. Red-eyed Vireo
  100. Red-headed Woodpecker
  101. Red-tailed Hawk
  102. Red-winged Blackbird
  103. Ring-billed Gull
  104. Ring-necked Pheasant
  105. Rock Dove
  106. Rose-breasted Grosebeak
  107. Rough-legged Hawk
  108. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  109. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  110. Rusty Blackbird
  111. Sandhill Crane
  112. Savannah Sparrow
  113. Scarlet Tanager
  114. Sedge Wren
  115. Semipalmated Plover
  116. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  117. Solitary Sandpiper
  118. Song Sparrow
  119. Spotted Sandpiper
  120. Swainson’s Thrush
  121. Swamp Sparrow
  122. Tennessee Warbler
  123. Tree Swallow
  124. Tufted Titmouse
  125. Turkey Vulture
  126. Veery
  127. Vesper Sparrow
  128. Warbling Vireo
  129. White-breasted Nuthatch
  130. White-crowned Sparrow
  131. White-throated Sparrow
  132. Wild Turkey
  133. Willow Flycatcher
  134. Wilson’s Warbler
  135. Wood Duck
  136. Wood Thrush
  137. Yellow Warbler
  138. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  139. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  140. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  141. Yellow-breasted Chat
  142. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  143. Yellow-throated Vireo