Eastern Kingbird at Turkey Bayou


Illinois Birding
Jun 21-25, 2003, 60-92 degrees, sunny
- narrated by Henry Detwiler

A trip to visit my parents and do some summer birding 
species total

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On my way south to Carbondale I stopped at the Mid-America Airport, where I found this Killdeer sitting on a nest.  She did her best to lure me away!

Killdeer feigning injury

Prothonotary Warbler (flying), American Goldfinch, & Indigo Bunting

Prothonotary Warbler

At Larue Swamp we saw a fine assortment of breeding birds, including warblers, Indigo Buntings, and American Goldfinches.

Heron Pond is a beautiful cypress & hardwoods swamp.  We had the good fortune to find a Cottonmouth, a Banded Water Snake, and a Gray Rat Snake, along with many Prothonotary Warblers, Great-crested Flycatchers, and other birds.

Cottonmouth at Heron Pond

Gray Rat Snake

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge was a great spot for Turkey, Prairie & Blue-winged Warblers, and a good variety of butterflies.  A rarity there was the Fulvous Whistling-Duck


Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Crab Orchard NWR

Yellow-billed Cuckoos were present in a number of locations, such as Crab Orchard and Oakwood Bottoms.  Another very common bird at the refuge, and throughout Illinois, was the Eastern Kingbird, which posed for the shot above.     

The Shawnee National Forest covers a good portion of Southern Illinois.  With so many trees about, it didn't take long to spot all the breeding woodpeckers: Pileated, Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy, and Northern Flicker. Turkey Bayou is a wetlands in the Mississippi bottomlands.

Red-headed Woodpecker at Turkey Bayou

  Eastern Pondhawk

Dragonflies were everywhere during this past visit. Widow Skimmers, Eastern Pondhawks, Common Whitetails, and Eastern Amberwings, were just a few I was able to identify.

Bobwhite at Riverlands

Dickcissel along the Big Muddy Levee

My last stop before flying home was the Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area across the Mississippi from Alton, IL.  Eurasian Tree Sparrows were close by, and a Bobwhite actually perched out in the open for a photo.

Illinois & St. Louis, 21-25 June 2003
# Species
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 American White Pelican
3 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Snowy Egret
5 Great Blue Heron
6 Great Egret
7 Green Heron
8 Fulvous Whistling Duck
9 Wood Duck
10 Mallard
11 Canada Goose
12 Canvasback
13 Mississippi Kite
14 Red-shouldered Hawk
15 American Kestrel
16 Red-tailed Hawk
17 Sharp-shinned Hawk
18 Wild Turkey
19 Bobwhite
20 Killdeer
21 Turkey Vulture
22 Caspian Tern
23 Rock Dove
24 Mourning Dove
25 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
26 Common Nighthawk
27 Chimney Swift
28 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
29 Red-bellied Woodpecker
30 Red-headed Woodpecker
31 Pileated Woodpecker
32 Northern Flicker
33 Acadian Flycatcher
34 Downy Woodpecker
35 Hairy Woodpecker
36 Eeastern Wood Pewee
37 Eastern Phoebe
38 Great Crested Flycatcher
39 Eastern Kingbird
40 White-eyed Vireo
41 Yellow-throated Vireo
42 Red-eyed Vireo
43 Blue Jay
44 Fish Crow
45 American Crow
46 Horned Lark
# Species
47 Tree Swallow
48 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
49 Purple Martin
50 Barn Swallow
51 Carolina Chickadee
52 Tufted Titmouse
53 White-breasted Nuthatch
54 Carolina Wren
55 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
56 Eastern Bluebird
57 Wood Thrush
58 American Robin
59 Northern Mockingbird
60 Gray Catbird
61 Brown Thrasher
62 European Starling
63 Cedar Waxwing
64 American Redstart
65 Pine Warbler
66 Worm-eating Warbler
67 Prairie Warbler
68 Common Yellowthroat
69 N. Parula
70 Blue-winged Warbler
71 Louisiana Waterthrush
72 Kentucky Warbler
73 Yellow-breasted Chat
74 Yellow Warbler
75 Prothonotary Warbler
76 Scarlet Tanager
77 Eastern Towhee
78 Field Sparrow
79 Chipping Sparrow
80 Song Sparrow
81 Cardinal
82 Indigo Bunting
83 Dickcissel
84 Red-winged Blackbird
85 Eastern Meadowlark
86 Common Grackle
87 Orchard Oriole
88 Baltimore Oriole
89 Brown-headed Cowbird
90 House Sparrow
91 American Goldfinch
92 House Finch
93 Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Photos Henry D. Detwiler, 2003