Illinois Road Trip day#3
Fish lake Beach - Volo, Illinois
On our day three, we started from my folks place at Volo, Illinois in Lake County. This is their summer place at a resort setting called Fish lake Beach. Not fancy but very comfortable. A great, quite getaway from the city. Our stay provided birding opportunities starting with the many bird feeders in the yard to the water fowl on the lake. Mute Swans have raised families on the lake, but currently are not too often seen these days. Last year I was lucky to site a pair of fly-overs of Black Terns and a pair of Foster's Tern. This year I did not see either of these during our stay, but a Caspian Tern was busy one morning as was an unexpected Spotted sandpiper. I tried to check the lake as often I as could the three days we stayed here. The huge oaks and hickories on the property could be birdy at times as well. I was able to site White-breasted Nuthatch, many American Robins, Downy Woodpeckers, a Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch and a LIFER in a a WARBLING VIREO. The Warbling Vireo is supposed to be rather common at most of the venues we birded, but so far this is the first and only one so far.
My List (20)- Canada Goose, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Northern Harrier, Sandhill Crane, Spotted Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Warbling Vireo, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Boat-tailed Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow