|A large snowdrift pushed up against the back of our house; just another thing to look forward to in a Northern Illinois winter, Rockford, IL; 2/2/11|
Three other birds that I have often thought migrated south away from Northern Illinois are the Red-winged Blackbird, the Common Grackle and the Brown-headed Cowbird. However several bird guidebooks state that they can spend the winter in our area. For myself, I have never seen any of these three from November through February. Usually mid to late march will be the first I see any of these.
I have seen many Red-winged Blackbirds (Above) since mid March, but I never see them between October and March. But according to several bird guide books, they may spend the winter in northern Illinois, as well as pretty much the entire U.S. except for the northern regions of the midwest states (Wisconsin, N.Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan) and much of the Northeast. In summers they will spread their range into all of the U.S. plus most of Canada.
|A Red-winged Blackbird BIF, Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve; Rockford IL.|
|A Red-winged Blackbird, Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 5/2/10.|
|A Common Grackle at my backyard feeder, Rockford, IL; 3/28/10.|