Rose-breasted Grosbeak 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
Eastern Kingbird 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
In the wee hours of the morning began the Birdfreak’s 72-hour Birding Weekend. We are entering Winnebago County, Illinois in America’s Birdiest City/County contest. As far as we know, this is the first time our county has been entered.
The spring bird count went really well. We had a HUGE area to cover and three team members to do it, but everything went pretty much according to plan. We started the day off checking Nygren Wetlands, a property owned by the Natural Land Institute, a wonderful local organization. Nygren is 705 acres of pristine