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Nelson Lake Forest Preserve, Midwest United States (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Nelson Lake Forest Preserve, Midwest United States

Map of Nelson Lake Forest Preserve, Midwest United States



Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) American Toad (Bufo americanus) Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

A lake that the early farmers and developers could not manage to drain is now one of the best nature reserves in this area. The site consists of a freshwater lake, swampy areas, oak woodland, fields, and agricultural land.


Species Recorded (53)

Birds ( 49 )

Old World Vultures ( Accipitridae )
Northern Harrier - Circus hudsonius

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Wood Duck - Aix sponsa
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Canada Goose - Branta canadensis
Blue-winged Teal - Spatula discors

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter cooperii
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
American Kestrel - Falco sparverius

Cranes ( Gruidae )
Sandhill Crane - Antigone canadensis

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Solitary Sandpiper - Tringa solitaria

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura

Typical Owls ( Strigidae )
Great Horned Owl - Bubo virginianus

Nighthawks and Nightjars ( Caprimulgidae )
Common Nighthawk - Chordeiles minor

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Chimney Swift - Chaetura pelagica

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus
Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus
Red-headed Woodpecker - Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens
Alder Flycatcher - Empidonax alnorum
Willow Flycatcher - Empidonax traillii
Eastern Phoebe - Sayornis phoebe

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Tree Swallow - Tachycineta bicolor

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Sedge Wren - Cistothorus platensis

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Polioptila caerulea

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
American Robin - Turdus migratorius

Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies ( Mimidae )
Brown Thrasher - Toxostoma rufum

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Common Yellowthroat - Geothlypis trichas
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Setophaga coronata
Palm Warbler - Setophaga palmarum
Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia
Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus
Bobolink - Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Brown-headed Cowbird - Molothrus ater
Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula
Eastern Meadowlark - Sturnella magna

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis

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