May 2007

Information about the Crane Count in April and the Spring Bird Count in May have been added to the website - .

As always, if there are any corrections, additions, or suggestions, please contact Eddie Callaway at

Today, I took Dakota and my niece Sammie to Kishwaukee Forest Preserve to look for the Brood XIII Cicadas. We found them! They were covering the tree trunks in some areas. We saw a lot of different birds eating them up and had a lot of fun.

2007 Brood XIII Cicada

Here are the birds we saw eating the cicadas this afternoon:

  1. American Robin
  2. Common Grackle
  3. Blue Jay
  4. Eastern Kingbird
  5. Great-crested Flycatcher
  6. Northern Cardinal
  7. European Starling
  8. Brown-headed Cowbird
  9. Chipping Sparrow
  10. Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

Eastern Kingbird Eating A Brood XIII Cicada
Eastern Kingbird

2007 Brood XIII Cicadas

Here is the list so far for the weekend of birding. There are 121 species. If anyone saw any bird in the county from Friday the 18th to Sunday the 20th that is not on the list, let us know and we'll add it! Thanks for all that helped build up the list!

  1. Acadian Flycatcher
  2. Alder Flycatcher
  3. American Coot
  4. American Crow
  5. American Goldfinch
  6. American Kestrel
  7. American Redstart
  8. American Robin
  9. Baltimore Oriole
  10. Bank Swallow
  11. Barn Swallow
  12. Barred Owl
  13. Bay-breasted Warbler
  14. Belted Kingfisher
  15. Black-and-white Warbler
  16. Black-billed Cuckoo
  17. Blackburnian Warbler
  18. Black-capped Chickadee
  19. Blackpoll Warbler
  20. Black-throated Green Warbler
  21. Blue Jay
  22. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  23. Blue-winged Teal
  24. Blue-winged Warbler
  25. Bobolink
  26. Broad-winged Hawk
  27. Brown Thrasher
  28. Brown-headed Cowbird
  29. Canada Goose
  30. Canada Warbler
  31. Cedar Waxwing
  32. Cerulean Warbler
  33. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  34. Chimney Swift
  35. Chipping Sparrow
  36. Cliff Swallow
  37. Common Grackle
  38. Common Nighthawk
  39. Common Yellowthroat
  40. Cooper's Hawk
  41. Double-crested Cormorant
  42. Downy Woodpecker
  43. Eastern Bluebird
  44. Eastern Kingbird
  45. Eastern Meadowlark
  46. Eastern Phoebe
  47. Eastern Towhee
  48. Eastern Wood-pewee
  49. European Starling
  50. Field Sparrow
  51. Grasshopper Sparrow
  52. Great Blue Heron
  53. Great Crested Flycatcher
  54. Green Heron
  55. Grey Catbird
  56. Grey-cheeked Thrush
  57. Hairy Woodpecker
  58. Henslow's Sparrow
  59. Horned Lark
  60. House Finch
  61. House Sparrow
  62. House Wren
  63. Indigo Bunting
  64. Kentucky Warbler
  65. Killdeer
  66. Lark Sparrow
  67. Least Sandpiper
  68. Magnolia Warbler
  69. Mallard
  70. Mourning Dove
  71. Mourning Warbler
  72. Mute Swan
  73. Nashville Warbler
  74. Northern Cardinal
  75. Northern Flicker
  76. Northern Harrier
  77. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  78. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  79. Orchard Oriole
  80. Ovenbird
  81. Palm Warbler
  82. Pileated Woodpecker
  83. Pine Warbler
  84. Prothonotary Warbler
  85. Purple Martin
  86. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  87. Red-eyed Vireo
  88. Red-headed Woodpecker
  89. Red-shouldered Hawk
  90. Red-tailed Hawk
  91. Red-winged Blackbird
  92. Ring-necked Pheasant
  93. Rock Pigeon
  94. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  95. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  96. Sandhill Crane
  97. Savanna Sparrow
  98. Scarlet Tanager
  99. Sedge Wren
  100. Song Sparrow
  101. Sora
  102. Swainson's Thrush
  103. Swamp Sparrow
  104. Tennessee Warbler
  105. Tree Swallow
  106. Tufted Titmouse
  107. Turkey Vulture
  108. Veery
  109. Vesper Sparrow
  110. Warbling Vireo
  111. Whip-poor-will
  112. White-breasted Nuthatch
  113. White-crowned Sparrow
  114. White-eyed Vireo
  115. Wild Turkey
  116. Wilson's Warbler
  117. White-throated Sparrow
  118. Wood Duck
  119. Wood Thrush
  120. Yellow Warbler
  121. Yellow-breasted Chat
  122. Yellow-throated Vireo
  123. Yellow-throated Warbler

Updated: May 20th, 2007, 9:00 PM

This evening around 5:30 p.m., Eddie and I went to Deer Run Forest Preserve to walk through the prairie fields. We were pleased and surprised to find many different kinds of sparrows there.
Grasshopper Sparrow1
Grasshopper Sparrow

  1. Song Sparrow
  2. Vesper Sparrow
  3. Grasshopper Sparrow
  4. White-crowned Sparrow
  5. Lark Sparrow
  6. Henslow's Sparrow!
  7. Swamp Sparrow
  8. Savanna Sparrow

Directions to Henslow's Sparrow: Take path from horse trail parking, turn right and follow the field until near the second treeline to the north (the taller grass part).

There are also Sedge Wrens, Bluebirds, and Indigo Buntings.
What a great find! Hopefully, some will be nesting and we'll see them all summer!

On the Bioblitz today at Anna Page Conservation Forest, Jack Armstrong spied a Yellow-breasted Chat and heard a Pileated Woodpecker! What a great day!

Hi there!
We are going to partake in an event to claim Winnebago County as the birdiest county in the interior of the USA. We have some strong competition such as Texas...but hey! it will be loads of fun anyway! The Bioblitz on Saturday should help with the species count too.

Our goal is to amass over 150 species. If anyone would like to join us in this fun bird search, send an e-mail to If you are birding anywhere in Winnebago County on May 18th, 19th, or 20th, please post or e-mail your sightings. We don't want to miss any!

Also, does anyone know of a good place to find shorebirds in
Winnebago County?

We (Jennie, my Dad, Arizona the Doberman, and myself) took a nice hike at Rock Cut State Park along the bike path from the dam. There were several nice birds easy to see in the stretch from the dam to the second bridge. We heard and/or saw: Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tanagers (including a pair), Wood Thrushes, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Blue-winged Warbler, American Redstart, Black-and-white Warbler, Great-crested Flycatcher, Yellow Warblers and more.

Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

We also found the Cerulean Warbler around the fishing pier area but did not see the Yellow-throated Warbler by the picnic area pines. A nice morning to spend on a day off from work!

You can read about our trip to Horicon Marsh this weekend on our birding blog .

We had our first Lincoln's Sparrow and Eastern Pewee this morning. It's hard to stay indoors for more than a few minutes with all the bird song outside. We're being deafened by Tennessee Warblers from dawn to dusk.

We had a Cape May Warbler in our yard today along with a Veery, two birds we missed on the Spring Count. Our giant Elm tree is bringing in the warblers - Magnolia, Blue-winged, Chestnut-sided, Nashville, & Tennessee. We also had an Ovenbird and two Indigo Buntings. Maybe I can snap some photos tomorrow!

Jennie, Tim and I participated in the Spring Bird Count and we covered the area of Nygren Wetlands to Sugar River and north.

We tallied 91 species and 1,043 individual birds. We had 17 warbler species, 8 sparrow species, and 5 types of woodpeckers.

Highlights at Nygren Wetlands: Yellow Warbler, 8 Soras, Common Yellowthroat, Ruddy Duck, Sandhill Crane, White-crowned Sparrow, Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Harrier, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Highlights at Moody Marsh: Warbling Vireo, Marsh Wren, and Sora.

Highlights at Sugar River Forest Preserve: Yellow-throated, Blackburnian, Hooded, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Nashville Warblers, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, and Northern Waterthrush. Non-warblers included Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Pileated Woodpecker, Bobolink, Great-crested Flycatcher, Wood Duck, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, and Green Heron.

Highlights at Sugar River Alder Tract: Lark Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, Cerulean Warbler, Eastern Kingbird, and Savannah Sparrow.

We had a blast and hope we can be a part of this area again next year!

Big morning for us, the Blue-winged Warbler (lifer), Solitary Sandpiper, Scarlet Tanager, Yellow, Nashville, and Palm Warblers were still below the dam. Near the Solitary Sandpiper we saw 2 Pileated Woodpeckers. Later in the morning we sighted a Pileated flying south of the dam, but I assumed it was 1 of the 2 we saw earlier. There were several Wood Thrushes singing along the path just below the dam.

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