I *finally* went birding this past weekend with some great folks to Kankakee Sands and Willow Slough! The highlights:
Wilson’s snipe (a lifer for me!), displaying
Two brown thrashers having a calling war
About 10,000 coots
One lonely loon
Green winged teal
Blue winged teal
And the usual suspects, such as American crow, common grackles, robins, killdeer, field sparrows, and Canada geese. Surprisingly, not a lot of mallards.
All in all, a great way to spend a cool, bright spring morning, and well worth the hour drive to get there.