Local Birding Sites
Illinois State Nature Preserve
||From Putnam, take Highway 29 north 3.6 miles to the Bureau/Putnam county line. The preserve is just west of Highway 29. The site is not well signed, but has a designated parking lot.
Note: Goose Lake is East of Rte
29, whereas Miller-Anderson Woods is on the west side
GPS Coordinates: N 41.23922; W 89.40031
This large preserve contains an old growth oak-hickory upland forest with maple-basswood forest in the eroded ravines. It includes a fairly large marsh -- a seep spring bordered by a sedge meadow.
||Walk the old road that runs from the parking lot behind the marsh to find warblers and vireos during migration. As with many areas, the birding seems to be best nearest the parking lot. Walk the upland trails for more typical forest interior species.
|Commonly Seen Birds
Excellent for warblers, vireos, and thrushes in migration. Dabbling ducks and waders in the marsh in spring, summer, and fall.
Birding along the trail of Old Route 29, which is in the woods, and
may one day become a handicapped accessible trail. On the right
image, a small lake is visible from the birding/hiking trail.