Today birded new locations in McHenry County - Moraine Hills State Park and dam, and Glacial Park Conservation Area. As the names suggest the geology of the terrain is the results of the melting of the ice sheets at the conclusion of the last Ice Age. Rolling hills, steep moraines and various wetlands formed from kettles.
|Moraines Hills State Park|
Glacial Park Conservation Area.
My final stop was the nearby Glacial Park Conservation Area. The park has grasslands, marsh and forested habitat. Parked by the Marsh Education Center and walked the Marsh Trail. Was able to locate a lone Bobolink and another lone Dickcissel in the grass, along with Red-tailed Hawks soaring overhead. In the marsh was able to add Canada Geese, Mallard and lone Blue-winged Teal. Added Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Barn Swallows. Searched for any yellow-headed blackbirds, but struck out once more. However I did at first heard and later located a Common Moorhen. A very common bird back home in Florida but not so much up in Northern Illinois. Strange that I had not noted any coots at all on this trip.