Leading a Bird Hike at Rock Cut State Park

NCIOS Field Trip

Today, Birdfreak had the privilege of leading a field trip for the North Central Illinois Ornithological Society (NCIOS), our local bird club.

It was very chilly, but there was a full sun advantage. The goal was to search for various migrating waterfowl. The main lake (Pierce Lake) was unseasonably frozen. However, the two sections of the lake that were open contained quite a few different duck species.

  1. Hooded Merganser
  2. Common Merganser
  3. Wood Duck
  4. Ring-necked Duck
  5. Lesser Scaup
  6. Bufflehead
  7. Mallard
  8. American Black Duck
  9. Northern Shoveler
  10. Redhead

Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, and a Great Blue Heron
Ducks

A couple of highlights included an Eastern Phoebe and Eastern Meadowlarks. Sandhill Cranes were also seen, flying overhead.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

It was fun to lead a trip but also difficult to balance watching the birds and seeing to it that all were having a successful trip. It seemed like everyone had a good time.

NCIOS bird trip

2 thoughts on “Leading a Bird Hike at Rock Cut State Park

  1. Mon@rch – it was a lot of fun (first time I had led an “official” bird hike). Difficult when the group is large!!

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