Cedar waxwings gather in the fall to feed on ripening tree fruits
Waxwings flock together and flit about trees, making them difficult to photograph
Male bobolinks prefer open grasslands with emergent foliage where they can sing for the benefit of females.
Male dickcissels perch and sing in any open grassland each spring
Sandhill Crane Fly-in
During migration in the fall, large numbers of sandhill cranes pass through Illinois
Bald Eagle Gathering
Next to Alaska, the major rivers of Illinois host more eagles than any other single state in the U.S.A.
Many Illinois grasslands host a winter population of short-eared owls
Winter on Illinois mudflats often means a massive gathering of gulls
Canada goose flock
Barred owl in cypress swamp
Male greater prairie chickens on booming ground in Marion County
White-breasted nuthatch gleaning a tree trunk
Waterbirds at Emiquon Preserve
Nesting pied bill grebe
Red-headed woodpecker feeding on white oak
White pelicans along Illinois River
Male pileated woodpecker
Woodthrush in spring redbug
Yellowlegs at Emiquon
Great white egrets at Mermet Lake–Sue Post
Territorial male kingbird surveys his territory
Egrets gather for migration each fall at Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Male rose-breasted grosbeak in breeding plumage
Immature male turkeys jousting
Great white egret at nest
Pied bill grebe with a "mouth full"
Cattle egret in breeding plumage
Courting prothonotary warblers on Cache River
"Jakes" at the joust!
Great blue herons spend most of the winter stalking prey in southern Illinois
Enjoy a pair of "jakes" learning to be adult, male turkeys