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, Chicago||60||https://ebird.org/checklist/S87445885|
|Garfield Park, Chicago||59||https://ebird.org/checklist/S87483203|
|Columbus Park, Chicago||53||https://ebird.org/bcn/checklist/S87627390|
|Riis Park, Chicago||30||https://ebird.org/bcn/checklist/S87614089|
|Taylor Park, Oak Park||8||https://ebird.org/bcn/checklist/S87599481|
|Fullerton Woods, River Grove||42||https://ebird.org/checklist/S87524954|
This table lists all the birds we found in our Spring Bird Count areas on Saturday, May 8, 2021:
|Great Crested Flycatcher||1|
|Northern Rough-winged Swallow||7|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler||1|
|Black-throated Green Warbler||8|
|Total species count:||84|