Carlyle Lake Birding Report - BBS Routes 34-051,  34-053,  34-316 - Washington, Clinton, Madison & Bond County, Illinois - June 3 & 6 & 20, 2021 - Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Northern Bobwhite, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Killdeer, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, White-eyed Vireo, Bell's Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxing, House Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Grasshopper Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Yellow-breasted Chat, Eastern Meadowlark, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Dickcissel. Updated: June 22, 2021.

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Chouteau Island, Madison County, June 21, 2021. This paved levee is closed to motor vehicles. Foot and bicycle traffic allowed. 
Estimated distance to the kite from the parking area, 4.5 miles. The bird is using an isolated group of willows along the wooden access road for the power-line workers.

White-tailed Kite - Chouteau Island, Madison County, June 21, 2021. Found by University of Illinois research staff. Better details likely on eBird.

Western Kingbird - Front Street, East St. Louis, St. Clair County, June 20, 2021. At least three nesting territories along Front Street this year.

Western Kingbird - Front Street, East St. Louis, St. Clair County, June 20, 2021. The southernmost nest near the overlook platform.

Western Kingbird - Front Street, East St. Louis, St. Clair County, June 20, 2021. The southernmost nesting territory near the overlook platform.

Common Gallinule - Horseshoe Lake State Park, Madison County, June 20, 2021. 
Lots of gallinule action this year and very near the causeway. 
With greater patience and the right time of the day for optimal lighting amazing photos can likely be had. 

Platanthera lacera - Eldon Hazlet State Park, Clinton County, June 14, 2021. For those into orchids.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Belleville, St. Clair County, June 12, 2021. 
All three young at the nest with the biggest of the three obscured and just to the right of the left most bird. 
The runt is on the right and obviously less developed than the other two.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Belleville, St. Clair County, June 12, 2021. 
Quite vocal from the nest and keeping the parents busy with beg calls.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Belleville, St. Clair County, June 12, 2021. 
A food drop by the mother. Surprisingly the parents are still in immature plumage and only yearlings from last season's hatch.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Belleville, St. Clair County, June 12, 2021. The first to fledge and the most aggressive of the three. 

White-faced Ibis - White-tail Access, Clinton County, June 7, 2021.

American Coot - White-tail Access, Clinton County, June 7, 2021.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Belleville, St. Clair County, June 6, 2021. The strongest of the three and the first to wander away from the nest.

Neotropic Cormorants - Horseshoe Lake State Park, Madison County, June 6, 2021. At least eight birds present and often near the bank for close-up photos.

Neotropic Cormorant - Horseshoe Lake State Park, Madison County, June 6, 2021.

Black Vulture - Red Ball Road, Bond County, June 6, 2021. A new species for this BBS route.

Mississippi Kite - Oakwood Bottoms, Jackson County, May 31, 2021.

Henslow's Sparrow - Pyramid State Park, Perry County, May 31, 2021.

Willow Flycatcher - Pyramid State Park, Perry County, May 31, 2021.

Bell's Vireo - Pyramid State Park, Perry County, May 31, 2021.

Western Kingbird - Front Street, East St. Louis, St. Clair County, May 30, 2021.
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