Merlin confirmed nesting in Illinois for the first time!

An underweight nestling picked up in Cook County confirms Illinois’ first breeding record of Merlin. To find out more, read this article by IOS Member, Josh Engel, at the Field Museum’s Blog.


Merlin by Matthew Cvetas

Rare Bird Alert – 6-Jul-2016

RUFF: Fulton County (Central) – A Ruff was found on 5-Jul-2016 by Kevin Richmond at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, South Globe in Waterford Township. It was originally viewed from a parking lot off County Rd. 9.

Rare Bird Alert – 28-Apr-2016

TOWNSEND’S WARBLER: Cook County (North) – A Townsend’s Warbler was found on 28-Apr-2016 by Matthew Cvetas at Millennium Park in Chicago. The warbler has been seen most of the day along the promenade that cuts north-south through the park between Pritzker Pavilion and Cloud Gate. A map of the area can be found at the link.


Photo by Jerry Goldner

Rare Bird Alert – 14-Apr-2016

TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE: Kendall County (North) – A Townsend’s Solitaire was first photographed at the Cedar Ridge Youth Campground area of Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville, Kendall County, on 9-Apr-2016 by Ryan Jones and has been reported every day since. You can find a map of the location at the link.

Visit the 2015 Listers Corner

The 2015 Listers Corner is now ready for viewing in the Publications section of our Web site! Special thanks to committee members, Joe Lill, Jim Mountjoy and Mike Madsen, for all their help and their willingness to discuss the smallest detail; to Greg Neise, IOS Webmaster, who updated the site, and to all the birders,

Continue reading Visit 2015 Listers Corner

IOS 2016 Awards

The Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS) is very pleased to announce the presentation of the following 2016 awards recognizing individuals for their distinguished service and contributions to IOS and/or Illinois Birding:


Sue Friscia was presented with a cardinal carving for her many years administering the Illinois Birders Exchanging Thoughts (IBET) listserv.

Bob Fisher was presented

Continue reading IOS 2016 Awards

IOS Spring Birding Weekend: April 22-24

Rend Lake Resort at Wayne Fitzgerell State Park in S. Illinois

Rend Lake, in Franklin and & Jefferson Counties, one of the biggest reservoirs in Illinois, is designated as an Important Bird Area of Illinois. The lake hosts numerous waterbirds, such as herons, cormorants, and gulls, plus the state park on its eastern shore provides

Continue reading IOS Spring Birding Weekend: April 22-24

Gull Frolic 2016

The 15th Annual IOS Gull Frolic was a great time yesterday. Birders from all around our state (and beyond) were in attendance. It was a frigid day, but despite that, members were out in full force on the board walk, checking off all of our winter gull species (10 Thayer’s, 3 Iceland, 3 Glaucous, 4

Continue reading Gull Frolic 2016

Rare Bird Alert – 5-Feb-2016

GYRFALCON: McClean County (Central) – A Gyrfalcon was photographed near Colfax, McClean County, yesterday by Mabel Lux! It was found south of E 2450 North Rd on N 3200 East Rd. You can find a map of the location at the link.



David B. Johnson will be our Loonapaloonza guide

Veteran “Loon Ranger” David B. Johnson will lead us around the Chain O’ Lakes area for loon watching in Lake and eastern McHenry counties via a mini-coach bus. We often hear loons on this early weekend do a variety of calls

Continue reading LOONAPALOONZA April 2, 2016