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Kankakee Sands Restoration

A Birder's Paradise

Below is just a partial listing of the various birds found at the Kankakee Sands Restoration. No matter the weather or season, birders are bound to be delighted in what they see.
Birds that are italicized indicate rare visitors.

Common Grassland Birds

American Kestrel
Bobolink
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dickcissel
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Kingbird
Field Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Horned Lark
Lark Sparrow
Mourning Dove
Northern Bobwhite
Ring-necked Pheasant
Savannah Sparrow
Upland Sandpiper
Vesper Sparrow 

Less Common Grassland Birds

American Pipit
Barn Swallow
Lark Bunting
Lincoln's Sparrow
Short-eared Owl
Smith's Longspur
Western Kingbird
Western Meadowlark

Wetland/Grassland Birds

American Woodcock
Common Yellowthroat
LeConte's Sparrow
Marsh Wren
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Sedge Wren
Swamp Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Wilson's Snipe

Shrubland Birds

Alder Flycatcher
American Goldfinch
American Tree Sparrow
Bell's Vireo
Blue Grosbeak
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Gray Catbird
House Wren
Indigo Bunting
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal
Orchard Oriole
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Willow Flycatcher

Ducks

Blue-winged Teal
Bufflehead
Canada Goose
Common Tern
Gadwall
Greater White-fronted Goose
Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
Lesser Scaup
Mallard
Mute Swan
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Redhead
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Wood Duck

Migrating Shorebirds

American Avocet
American Golden-Plover
Baird's Sandpiper
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Greater Yellowlegs
Killdeer
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Marbled Godwit
Pectoral Sandpiper
Piping Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Willet
Wilson's Phalarope

Marsh Birds

American Coot
American Bittern
Black Rail
Black-crn Night-Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
King Rail
Least Bittern
Pied-billed Grebe
Sandhill Crane
Snowy Egret
Sora
Tricolored Heron
Virginia Rail
White Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Yellow Rail

Raptors

Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Northern Harrier
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk

Migrating Terns and Gulls

Black Tern
Forster's Tern
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull

Open Woodland Birds

American Crow
American Robin
Black-billed Cuckoo
Blue Jay
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Northern Flicker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
Warbling Vireo
Wild Turkey
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Migrating Woodland Birds

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-throated Green Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cedar Waxwing
Common Grackle
Common Nighthawk
Hermit Thrush
Magnolia Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Ovenbird
Pine Siskin
Red-eyed Vireo
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Tennessee Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Winter Wren
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Other Visiting Birds

Baltimore Oriole
Bank Swallow
Barn Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Chimney Swift
House Finch
House Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Palm Warbler
Rock Dove
Rusty Blackbird
Snow Bunting
Tree Swallow
Turkey Vulture

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