Deer Run Forest Preserve doesn't have the cicadas as Blackhawk Springs and Kishwaukee do, but the prairie birds are everyhwere! I took Dakota and Sammie (my 9-year-old son and 8-year-old niece) to find Dickcissels and we did! Very close wonderful views of them and also Grasshopper Sparrows. It was hot, but we had a great time.
The Dickcissel pictures weren't that great, but the coneflowers turned out. The prairie is looking beautiful!