Northern saw-whet owl, one of several winter birds of Illinois. Photo by Brendan Lally / Wikimedia

Birds of Illinois: Winter

Winter Birds of Illinois (December, January, February) Winter for bird watchers officially starts in Illinois during the Christmas Bird Count season. Throughout the state, beginning, intermediate, and advanced birders join forces to count every bird they see for one day. The counts occur beginning in mid-December and ending mid-January and some nature lovers enjoy partaking […]

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

Illinois Birding by Season: Spring

Spring Birds of Illinois (March, April, May) Spring comes to southern Illinois nearly a full month ahead of northern Illinois—while Louisiana waterthrushes are returning to breed in the southern Illinois swamplands in late March, for example, a snowy owl may still be lingering along the northern Lake Michigan shoreline in Waukegan before it returns to

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