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Birding: All Birds

Compiled by James F. Steffen, Richard Biss and Laurence C. Binford

Enjoy birding at the Garden more when you have a guide: the Birds of Illinois field guide by Stan Tekiela is available in the Garden Shop, with a selection of other birding guides and gifts.

Spring Summer Fall Winter
Flycatcher, Vermilion AC
Bittern, American VU
Bittern, Least CA
Blackbird, Brewer's*** CA CA CA
Blackbird, Red-winged*** VC VC C CA
Blackbird, Rusty VU VU
Blackbird, Yellow-headed CA CA
Bluebird, Eastern*** VU O CA
Bobolink* FC O O
Bufflehead VC VC C
Bunting, Indigo*** FC U U
Bunting, Snow CA U CA
Canvasback U U CA
Cardinal, Northern*** C C C FC
Catbird, Gray*** C FC FC AC
Chat, Yellow-breasted CA
Chickadee, Black-capped*** C C C C
Coot, American C FC CA
Cormorant, Double-crested U VU U
Cowbird, Brown-headed*** C C FC
Crane, Sandhill VU VU
Creeper, Brown FC U CA
Crossbill, Red CA CA
Crossbill, White-winged CA
Crow, American*** VC C VC C
Cuckoo, Black-billed* U O
Cuckoo, Yellow-billed** O O O
Dickcissel CA CA
Dove, Mourning*** VC C C CA
Dove, Rock*** FC U U U
Dowitcher, Short-billed U VU
Duck, American Black U VU U
Duck, Ring-necked VC VC O
Duck, Wood*** C C C CA
Dunlin O
Eagle, Bald CA O CA
Egret, Cattle O
Egret, Great FC U R
Egret, Reddish AC
Egret, Snowy AC AC
Falcon, Peregrine R VU
Finch, House*** C C FC FC
Finch, Purple VU U O
Flicker, Northern*** C FC FC
Flycatcher, Acadian O
Flycatcher, Alder U CA
Flycatcher, Great Crested*** FC U CA
Flycatcher, Least* C CA FC
Flycatcher, Olive-sided VU O
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed AC
Flycatcher, Willow*** FC FC U
Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied FC VU
Gadwall U C O
Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray*** FC CA
Goldeneye, Barrow's AC
Goldeneye, Common VC C C
Goldfinch, American*** C VC VC C
Goose, Cackling O CA O
Goose, Canada*** AB AB AB AB
Goose, Gr. White-fronted CA AC
Goose, Ross' AC AC
Goose, Snow CA AC O O
Goshawk, Northern CA
Grackle, Common*** AB VC FC CA
Grebe, Eared O CA
Grebe, Horned U CA
Grebe, Pied-billed FC CA FC AC
Grosbeak, Evening CA
Grosbeak, Rose-breasted*** FC VU FC
Gull, Bonapate's U O
Gull, California AC
Gull, Glaucous CA AC
Gull, Herring C R C FC
Gull, Laughing AC
Gull, Lesser Black-backed AC AC
Gull, Little AC
Gull, Ring-billed AB R VC FC
Gull, Thayer's CA
Harrier, Northern VU U CA
Hawk, Broad-winged* FC O VU
Hawk, Cooper's*** U O VU O
Hawk, Red-shouldered O CA CA
Hawk, Red-tailed*** U VU C U
Hawk, Rough-legged R VU
Hawk, Sharp-shinned U U O
Heron, Black-crowned Night*** U CA U CA
Heron, Great Blue FC FC FC CA
Heron, Green-backed** FC FC FC AC
Heron, Little Blue O CA CA
Heron, Yellow-crowned Night AC
Hummingbird, Ruby-throated** VU R U
Jay, Blue*** C C C O
Junco, Dark-eyed VC VC CA
Kestrel, American*** FC U U U
Killdeer*** C C C CA
Kingbird, Eastern*** C FC U
Kingbird, Western AC
Kingfisher, Belted*** FC U U O
Kinglet, Golden-crowned C VC CA
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned C FC
Lark, Horned VU CA
Longspur, Lapland CA O
Longspur, Smith's AC
Loon, Common O CA
Mallard*** VC AB AB VC
Martin, Purple*** VC AB FC
Meadowlark, Eastern*** FC O VU CA
Meadowlark, Western* O CA
Merganser, Common O O
Merganser, Hooded R CA FC CA
Merganser, Red-breasted C C FC
Merlin R VU
Mockingbird, Northern CA
Nighthawk, Common** U VU C
Nuthatch, Red-breasted U FC U
Nuthatch, White-breasted** VU VU VU CA
Oriole, Baltimore*** C C FC
Oriole, Orchard*** U U
Osprey U U
Ovenbird FC U
Owl, Eastern Screech*** CA CA CA CA
Owl, Great Horned*** O CA O CA
Owl, Long-eared AC
Owl, Northern Saw-whet CA AC
Owl, Short-eared O
Parula, Northern U VU
Pelican, American White AC
Phalarope, Wilson's CA
Phoebe, Eastern FC VU
Pintail, Northern O O CA
Pipit, American U CA
Plover, Lesser Golden CA
Plover, Semipalmated VU CA
Rail, Black AC
Rail, King CA
Rail, Virginia VU
Rail, Yellow AC AC
Redhead FC O
Redpoll, Common CA O O
Redpoll, Hoary AC
Redstart, American* C U VC
Robin, American*** AB VC AB C
Sandpiper, Baird's CA
Sandpiper, Buff-breasted CA
Sandpiper, Least FC FC CA
Sandpiper, Pectoral O U R
Sandpiper, Semipalmated U VU O
Sandpiper, Solitary FC U VU
Sandpiper, Spotted*** FC FC U
Sandpiper, Stilt CA
Sandpiper, Upland O
Sandpiper, White-rumped O CA
Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied U U CA
Scaup, Greater C FC O
Scaup, Lesser AB CA C FC
Scoter, White-winged CA CA
Shoveler, Northern C FC CA
Shrike, Northern O AC
Siskin, Pine*** U FC FC
Snipe, Common FC FC
Sora U R
Sparrow, American Tree FC VC FC
Sparrow, Chipping*** C C C
Sparrow, Clay-colored CA O
Sparrow, Field FC U CA
Sparrow, Fox C FC
Sparrow, Grasshopper* R CA CA
Sparrow, Harris's CA CA
Sparrow, Henslow's AC
Sparrow, House*** VC VC VC VC
Sparrow, Lark AC
Sparrow, Le Conte's O CA
Sparrow, Lincoln's FC FC
Sparrow, Savannah* C CA FC
Sparrow, Nelson's O
Sparrow, Song*** VC VC C U
Sparrow, Swamp C C CA
Sparrow, Vesper U O
Sparrow, White-crowned C FC
Sparrow, White-throated C VC CA
Starling, European*** VC VC AB C
Swallow, Bank C U O
Swallow, Barn*** C VC C
Swallow, Cave AC
Swallow, Cliff*** FC FC VU
Swallow, N. Rough-winged*** C C CA
Swallow, Tree*** VC FC U
Swan, Mute O CA CA
Swan, Tundra CA CA CA
Swift, Chimney** C FC AB
Tanager, Scarlet*** FC CA
Tanager, Summer CA
Teal, Blue-winged* C O FC
Teal, Green-winged U FC CA
Tern, Black O
Tern, Caspian FC U VU
Tern, Common Tern AC
Tern, Forester's CA CA
Thrasher, Brown*** U O VU
Thrush, Gray-cheecked FC U
Thrush, Hermit FC C CA
Thrush, Swainson's C C
Thrush, Wood*** U U VU
Titmouse, Tufted AC
Towhee, Eastern U VU
Veery* FC CA VU
Vireo, Bell's CA
Vireo, Philadelphia FC FC
Vireo, Red-eyed*** C FC FC
Vireo, Blue-headed U VU
Vireo, Warbling*** FC FC U
Vireo, White-eyed O
Vireo, Yellow-throated* U CA R
Vulture, Turkey VU U
Warbler, Bay-breasted FC FC
Warbler, Black-and-white* FC CA FC
Warbler, Black-throated Blue VU VU
Warbler, Black-throated Green FC FC
Warbler, Blackburnian FC U
Warbler, Blackpoll FC C
Warbler, Blue-winged U VU
Warbler, Cape May FC FC
Warbler, Cerulean O
Warbler, Chestnut-sided C FC
Warbler, Golden-winged U U
Warbler, Hooded O
Warbler, Kentucky O
Warbler, Magnolia C C
Warbler, Nashville C FC
Warbler, Orange-crowned FC VU
Warbler, Palm VC VC
Warbler, Pine VU O AC
Warbler, Prairie O
Warbler, Prothonotary O
Warbler, Tennessee C FC
Warbler, Townsend's AC
Warbler, Worm-eating O
Warbler, Yellow-rumped VC AB CA
Warbler, Yellow-throated CA
Warbler, Yellow*** FC FC VU
Warbler, Canada C U
Warbler, Connecticut VU VU
Waterthrush, Louisiana CA
Warbler, Mourning U VU
Waterthrush, Northern C FC
Warbler, Wilson's C FC
Waxwing, Bohemian AC AC
Waxwing, Cedar*** C C VC C
Whip-poor-will O CA
Wigeon, American FC C
Willet CA
Wood-Pewee, Eastern*** FC FC FC
Woodcock, American VU VU
Woodpecker, Downy*** FC FC FC U
Woodpecker, Hairy*** U VU U O
Woodpecker, Pileated CA
Woodpecker, Red-bellied*** U U VU O
Woodpecker, Red-headed*** VU VU VU
Wren, Carolina CA CA CA
Wren, House*** FC FC FC
Wren, Marsh*** R O
Wren, Sedge R O
Wren, Winter U U CA
Yellowlegs, Greater VU VU U
Yellowlegs, Lesser FC U VU
Yellowthroat, Common*** FC FC FC
Swallow, Violet-green AC
Duck, Ruddy C CA C CA
Plover, Black-bellied AC
Solitaire, Townsend's AC
Nuthatch, Brown-headed AC
Phoebe, Say's AC
Grosbeak, Blue AC