Our Results for the 2021 Illinois Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 8th, was a very big day for Illinois birders. It was the 2021 Illinois Spring Bird Count, Global Big Day, and World Migratory Bird Day in the United States and Canada.

My son, Aaron, and I celebrated by counting birds on the west side of Chicago and just west of Chicago, in Oak Park and along the Des Plaines River. We found 84 species of birds in all, which was a pretty good total, considering that migration seems a bit behind schedule this year.

This table lists the parks we covered for the Illinois Spring Bird Count, with species totals and eBird links:

Park and location:# Species:eBird list:
Douglas Park, Chicago60https://ebird.org/checklist/S87445885
Garfield Park, Chicago59https://ebird.org/checklist/S87483203
Columbus Park, Chicago53https://ebird.org/bcn/checklist/S87627390
Riis Park, Chicago30https://ebird.org/bcn/checklist/S87614089
Taylor Park, Oak Park8https://ebird.org/bcn/checklist/S87599481
Fullerton Woods, River Grove42https://ebird.org/checklist/S87524954

This table lists all the birds we found in our Spring Bird Count areas on Saturday, May 8, 2021:

Canada Goose228
Wood Duck29
Pied-billed Grebe1
Rock Pigeon15
Mourning Dove7
Chimney Swift262
Ruby-throated Hummingbird1
Spotted Sandpiper2
Solitary Sandpiper2
Ring-billed Gull44
Herring Gull4
Double-crested Cormorant2
Green Heron2
Black-crowned Night-Heron5
Turkey Vulture1
Cooper’s Hawk2
Red-shouldered Hawk1
Red-tailed Hawk1
Red-bellied Woodpecker2
Downy Woodpecker13
Hairy Woodpecker1
Northern Flicker8
American Kestrel2
Least Flycatcher6
Eastern Phoebe2
Great Crested Flycatcher1
Eastern Kingbird1
Yellow-throated Vireo2
Blue-headed Vireo2
Warbling Vireo19
Red-eyed Vireo1
Blue Jay6
American Crow7
Black-capped Chickadee13
Northern Rough-winged Swallow7
Tree Swallow14
Bank Swallow1
Barn Swallow61
Ruby-crowned Kinglet12
Red-breasted Nuthatch4
White-breasted Nuthatch3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher24
House Wren4
European Starling191
Gray Catbird12
Swainson’s Thrush4
Hermit Thrush1
Wood Thrush1
American Robin214
House Sparrow185
House Finch9
American Goldfinch25
Chipping Sparrow12
Field Sparrow3
White-crowned Sparrow43
White-throated Sparrow28
Song Sparrow9
Lincoln’s Sparrow1
Swamp Sparrow1
Baltimore Oriole22
Red-winged Blackbird161
Brown-headed Cowbird14
Common Grackle68
Northern Waterthrush17
Black-and-white Warbler17
Orange-crowned Warbler4
Nashville Warbler14
Common Yellowthroat10
American Redstart8
Northern Parula4
Magnolia Warbler5
Yellow Warbler24
Chestnut-sided Warbler2
Black-throated Blue Warbler1
Palm Warbler90
Pine Warbler2
Yellow-rumped Warbler30
Black-throated Green Warbler8
Northern Cardinal29
Rose-breasted Grosbeak2
Indigo Bunting4
Total species count:84

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