Great bird list

Yesterday was a wonderful day to be at the grasslands. The morning was cloudy, cool and with a few raindrops sprinkled in.

My bird list of 19 species included the following:

American Robin
Carolina Chickadee – saw
Carolina Wren
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Green Heron – saw
Indigo Bunting – saw
Louisiana Waterthrush – saw
Mourning Dove – saw
Northern Cardinal – saw
Northern Mockingbird
Painted Bunting
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Summer Tanager
Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse hybrid
Vultures -saw
White-eyed Vireo

As you can see from my list they were mostly heard birds. And I used the Merlin app to make the list. It was symphony of songs!

I think the vultures were all Black Vultures but am not certain on that.
The Illinois Bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) seeds are pretty distinctive!
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) with pink galls.

This was definitely the highlight of morning, the Louisiana Waterthrush! It allowed me to get within fifteen to twenty feet.

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. Wow the waterthrush really put on a show for you.
    I am so glad to hear that the Pileateds are still there.

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