Birding at Fountain Creek

On a warm, cloudy Sunday afternoon, I went birding at Fountain Creek Regional Park. There were a lot of people, and a fair amount of ducks, but not much else.



American Coot



Eastern Fox Squirrel. These are native in the east, but introduced out here and considered a nuisance. But this one was posing so nicely …


I also saw a huge, white chicken. It was wandering along a puddle on a side trail. As I approached, it ambled off toward a fence. When I returned half an hour later, it was nowhere in sight.


My list for the day (not counting the chicken):

  • Canada Goose (smaller subspecies than the giant ones usually seen in Illinois)
  • Mallard
  • American Coot
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Horned Grebe
  • Killdeer
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • European Starling
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Song Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
  • House Finch (including one male that was yellow where most are red)
  • Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Robin
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