Chicago Area Birding Journals
More and more birders are maintaining journals and diaries of their bird
sightings and experiences. This page lists all of the ones I currently
know about. Combine this with an occasional visit to the IBET
archives, and you've likely to know about most of the goodies being
seen in the area.
Fermilab is one of the most popular places to bird in the Chicago area.
It is a national accelerator laboratory built on 6,800 acres of mixed habitat.
Only a fraction of the facility is used for the accelerator and labs...the
rest is left to nature. There are woods, wetlands, scrub, lakes,
and grassland (some restored prairie). The author, Peter Kasper,
is a physicist at the lab and has been keeping careful track of his sightings
for many years, resulting in a terrific checklist.
The list is useful not only for the lab, but for the surrounding area as
well. A map
of the facility and site
guide narrative are also included along with a reporting function to
generate custom reports from the sightings database. A daily
journal of recent sightings and Christmas count data are also included.
The Birds of McDowell
Robert Rowland is developing a Fermi-like site for McDowell Grove.
There is a journal, map, and checklist.
Secker's Bird Sightings
Eric maintains a narrative of his recent sightings. And he also
provides a highlight list at the top of the page that lets you click right
to the appropriate section. A good idea.