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Seasonal Bird Watching Guide
Lake County's natural spaces create a perfect place for bird watching...

Spring: April - May
 
Forest Preserve/ State Park
Habitat
What you would see
Illinois Beach State Park Wetland, Dunes / Beach, Lake Michigan Common Loon, American Pipit, Broad-winged Hawk, Spring Migrants
Van Patten Woods Lake

Dabbling Ducks, Common Loon, Horned Grebe

Wadsworth Savanna/Sedge Meadow Savanna, Wetland Least Bittern, Sedge Wren, Virginia Rail, Short-billed Dowitcher, Migrating warblers
Chain O'Lakes State Park Woodland, Grassland, River Sandhill Crane, Northern Harrier, American White Pelican
Independence Grove Lake Common Loon, grebe species, Orchard Oriole, Purple Martin, Snow Goose
Lakewood Wetland, Grassland Sandhill Crane, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Dickcissel
Middlefork Savanna Savanna, Wetland, Grassland Red-headed Woodpecker, Bobolink, Rail species, Wood Duck, Baird's Sandpiper
Fort Sheridan Savanna, Grassland, Lake Migrating hawks, Red-headed Woodpecker, Wood Thrush, Tufted Titmouse
Ryerson Woods Woodland, River Solitary Sandpiper, Migrating warblers, American Woodcock, Barred Owl
Almond Marsh Wetland, Lake Black-crowned Night-Heron, Forster's Tern, Common Moorhen, Great Egret
Cuba Marsh Woodland, Wetland American Woodcock, dabbling ducks, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Swamp Sparrow
 
Summer: June - September
 
Illinois Beach State Park Wetland, Dunes/Beach, Lake Michigan Yellow-breasted Chat, Grasshopper Sparrow, Indigo Bunting
Wadsworth Savanna/Sedge Meadow Savanna, Wetland American Bittern, Marsh Wren, Virginia Rail
Ryerson Woods Woodland, River Oriole Species, Great Crested Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting
Rollins Savanna Savanna, Wetland, Grassland Henslow's Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark
Lakewood Wetland, Grassland Sandhill Crane, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Dickcissel
Prairie Wolf Slough Wetland, Woodland Sora, Blue-winged Teal
Middlefork Savanna Savanna, Wetland, Grassland Sora, Bobolink, Dickcissel, Yellow Warbler, Orchard Oriole
Chain O'Lakes State Park Woodland, Grassland, River Black Tern, Eastern Meadowlark
 
Fall: September - November
 
Illinois Beach State Park Wetland, Dunes/Beach, Lake Michigan Migrating raptors, Willet, Yellowlegs species, Henslow's Sparrow
Chain O'Lakes State Park Woodland Grassland Northern Shrike, Northern Harrier, Snow Goose, thrush species
Middlefork Savanna Savanna, Wetland, Grassland Yellowlegs species, Sandhill Crane, swallow species
Fort Sheridan Savanna, Grassland, Lake Michigan Duck species, migrating raptors, LeConte's Sparrow
Ryerson Woods Woodland, River Warbler species, thrush species, LeConte's Sparrow, Great Horned Owl
 
Winter: December - April
 
Illinois Beach State Park Wetland, Dunes/Beach, Lake Michigan Scoter species, Red-throated Loon, Long-tailed Duck
Waukegan Beach & Harbor Lake Michigan Purple Sandpiper
Lyons Woods Woodland White-winged Crossbill, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin
Chain O'Lakes State Park Woodland, Grassland Northern Harrier, Long-eared Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Sandhill Crane (late)
Rollins Savanna Savanna, Wetland, Grassland Long-eared Owl, Northern Harrier
Independence Grove Lake, Woodland Bald Eagle, Trumpeter Swan, gull species, 
Fort Sheridan Savanna, Grassland, Lake Rough-legged Hawk, Redhead, duck species
North Point Marina Lake Michigan Scoter species, Red-throated Loon, Long-tailed Duck, Snow Bunting, merganser species

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