|A winter storm coats the foliage with ice, Rockford, IL; 1/17/10.|
Year Round Birds that I frequently see:
Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Red-tailed Hawks, Wild Turkeys, Ring-billed Gulls, Rock Doves, Mourning Doves, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downey Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, European Starlings, American Crows, House Finches, American Goldfinches, Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, Northern Cardinals, Song Sparrows, House Sparrows, American Robins*, Red-winged Blackbirds*, Brown-headed Cowbirds*, and Common Grackles*.
* These year round birds I always thought migrated south during winter and returned in spring. For the most part I never see them from November through late February; however, this winter I did see and hear Robins in January and early Feb. (Below)
Year Round Birds that I occassionally see:
Mute Swans, American Black Duck, Hooded Mergansers, Herring Gulls, Coopers Hawk, Ring-necked Pheasants, Belted Kingfishers, Northern Flickers (Yellow-Shafted), Tufted Titmouse, Cedar Waxwings, and Eastern Bluebirds** (Below Bottom).
Year Round Birds that I very seldom or never see:
Northern Harriers, Red-shouldered Hawks, American Kestrals, Gray Partridge, Northern Bobwhite, Eastern Screech Owls, Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Horned larks, Carolina Wrens.
|Winter American Robins at Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve, Rockford, IL; 2/12/11|
|An American Robin in winter, Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve, Rockford, IL; 2/12/11.|
|An Eastern Bluebird that may or may not have spent the winter in Northern Illinois, Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve, Rockford, IL; 10/3/10.|