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Birding the Illinois River: Emiquon

Field Trip: Sat. Aug. 14, 2010                                     Page 1  2 Next

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While at the The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon wetland restoration, we got to watch several great egrets fly in and forage for food. 

Great Egret at Emiquon

Great Egrets Landing

One of the egrets flew up onto a rock at Emiquon.  Whether factual or not, it appeared to fly up for a better veiw. 

Great Egret Standing on Rock for View

Watching the Birds with Spotting Scopes

With all the bird activity, and the panoramic view of the Emiquon restoration, we spent quite a bit of time in this one location.  With the distances, the spotting scopes came in quite handy. 

Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows

At Emiquon, as well as at a number of other locations, the swallows were gathering in flocks for the migration south.  In the above image, barn and tree swallows were perching in a few old willows along the shore of Emiquon. 


Black-necked Stilts in Sand Lake near Havana, IL

Driving southeast from Havana, just outside of town, the flooded waters of Sand Lake were creating numerous shallow pools of water.  It was in these "fluddles" that we found black-necked stilts.  These images of stilts were taken from parking alongside the main road. 

Black-necked Stilts

Notice the long, pink legs of the stilts.  According to, this species has, "the second-longest legs in proportion to their bodies of any bird, exceeded only by flamingos.  

Great Egret at Sand Lake

Diving around the side roads surrounding Sand Lake, there were numerous "lightly flooded" fields where the birds were wading - as the great egret above.     

Hot, but Happy, Birders  large image 1500x937

Even with the high temperatures, everyone returned in great spirits; as we were able to view a large number of birds during their fall migration.   

Birding the Illinois River - Group Shot #2 large image 1500x939

The Peoria Audubon Society wishes to thank the management and employees of the Peoria Park District for working with us to organize and provide the resources for our trip. 

In particular, we wish to thank Maury Brucker for scouting out the locations and being our guide to explain what we were seeing.  We wish to thank Mike Miller, Susie Grana, and Mike Ingram of the Peoria Park District to serve not only as our drivers, but to help supply the warmth and caring that makes for an enjoyable field trip.    

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