This past year we have been surveying Deer Run Forest Preserve in an attempt to categorize, in a systematic way, the bird diversity of this prairie/oak savanna habitat. While we started out strong, some bumps along the way led to not as many surveys as we had hoped but still some interesting results. Prothonotary Warbler
A busy September made for a late start to September’s first D.R.B.S. The weather was sunny and high 70s, perfect for birding, following a very wet week here in northern Illinois. Grasshoppers, butterflies, dragonflies, and many bees were the most numerous creatures, but we managed to find six Palm Warblers in the mix. Palm Warbler
With a busier than expected July and August, we have been neglectful on doing full posts on our Deer Run Bird Surveys (D.R.B.S.) for a few weeks. However, we have still been collecting data and finding interesting birds. The plant-life is nearly more spectacular and certainly easier to photograph than the birds hiding in it.
Saturday we were part of a wonderful field trip to Deer Run Forest Preserve, the place we have been surveying since December 1st. We had around 15 birders and saw quite a few nice prairie birds REALLY well. Spiderwort Over the last few days Veery and Birdfreak have each been out to Deer Run but
Our last Deer Run Bird Survey for May (31st) and warbler migration is definitely slowing down. However, we found several new species including some from the past week by other local birders. First, the new birds found from others: Bald Eagle Bay-breasted Warbler Canada Warbler Eastern Wood Pewee Green Heron Kentucky Warbler Philadelphia Vireo Ruby-throated
Making our third survey of the week, we did Deer Run Bird Survey #13 on Sunday, May 18th. It was by far our best survey yet in number of species as well as warbler diversity. Wilson’s Warbler We spent over six hours hiking and covered more than 7 miles. We were delighted to find four
May 16 was our 12th Deer Run Bird Survey and we got our 100th species (and then some)! Veery, Dad and Arizona (one of our canine helpers) started out around 8 in the morning and finished up by 11. It was around 60 degrees and sunny. Arizona Doberman….canine birder Our 99th species was a beautiful
The eleventh Deer Run Bird Survey started a bit slow. We were met with a brisk, constant breeze as we crossed the prairie around 6:00 AM on Wednesday. We only had an hour and a half before Birdfreak had to get to work so our numbers were destined to be a bit low. Despite the