Neighborhood Birds

I took a 10-mile stroll through three forest preserves near home. It was a warm, sunny day but the winds were from the north so there weren’t a lot of birds on the move. In about four hours, here are the 52 species I saw or heard.

  • Common Grackle
  • Mourning Dove
  • American Robin
  • House Wren
  • House Finch
  • American Goldfinch
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • House Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Killdeer (a pair with four chicks, which I gently herded off a busy road and back into the grass)
  • European Starling
  • American Crow
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Field Sparrow
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Tree Swallow
  • Blue Jay
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Rough-winged Swallow
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Gray Catbird
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Eastern Meadowlark (heard but not seen)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Bald Eagle (soaring in the same kettle with a Cooper’s Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk)
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Mute Swan
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Savannah Sparrow

I also saw several animals (although nothing out of the ordinary):

  • Eastern Chipmunk
  • Eastern Cottontail
  • Eastern Gray Squirrel
  • Muskrat
  • Woodchuck
  • White-tailed Deer
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