Birders have documented more than 210 species of birds at the 540-acre Skokie Lagoons in the north Chicago suburb of Winnetka. These include 70 that breed or use the area during summer. Confirmed nesting species include Wood Ducks, Broad-winged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, Eastern Screech-Owls, several species of woodpeckers; and flycatchers; and swallows. Blackbilled Cuckoos, and Green Herons also probably breed here. The potential for finding a rarity or a straggler such as a late Yellow-bellied Sapsucker exists during migration. The best birding is done from sunrise to 11 A.M. Drizzly or rainy days in May and September often produce good looks at migrating songbirds Key birds: Migratory songbirds; breeding Wood Duck, hawks, woodpeckers, flycatchers, and swallows. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.
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|Season||Best spring and late summer into fall|
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