Jeff Bryant's Digital Photography

Birds of Illinois and the Midwest United States
by Jeff Bryant

with special focus on the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area

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This page highlights some bird images I have taken from around Champaign County in East-Central Illinois as well as from other areas in the midwest United States during travels. Localities include my own backyard in Southwest Champaign, nearby parks such as Meadowbrook Park, Crystal Lake Park, Busey Woods, and Robeson Park, as well as the natural areas near the Sangamon River at the Foosland Spotsmen's Club in Northwest Champaign County. Photos from visits to Youngstown, Ohio in north eastern Ohio, and Anderson, Indiana in east central Indiana also are included. Where possible, I have provided the best images I have personally taken of the bird in question. In some cases, I have a confirmed sighting of a bird, but the only picture I have is sub-optimal. With any luck, time will provide more opportunities to obtain better images in these cases.

Order:Passeriformes Family:Paridae

 
Tufted titmouse taken with macro lens

Tufted Titmouse at Feeder

This image of a tufted titmouse visiting a feeder was taken on November 23, 2011 from Youngstown, OH. MACRO

 
Black Capped Chickadee

Black Capped Chickadee

This image of a black capped chickadee was taken on November 19, 2012 in Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, Ohio.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Calcariidae

 
Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur

This image of a lapland longspur was taken on February 16, 2014 at the grain elevator near St. Mary's Road and first street, Urbana, IL.

 
Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

This image of a snow bunting was taken on February 16, 2014 at the grain elevator near St. Mary's Road and first street, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Parulidae

 
Female American redstart taken with telephoto lens

Female American Redstart

This image of a female American redstart was taken on September 15, 2012 from Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

This image of a pine warbler was taken on April 20, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

This image of a palm warbler was taken on April 21, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Ovenbird

Ovenbird

This image of an ovenbird was taken on May 24, 2013 in Busey Woods, Urbana.

 
Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

This image of a common yellowthroat was taken on May 27, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Wilson's Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

This image of a Wilson's warbler was taken on September 1, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Bay Breasted Warbler (male non-breeding)

Bay Breasted Warbler (Male Non-Breeding)

This image of a bay breasted warbler (male non-breeding) was taken on September 29, 2013 in Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Northern Parula

Northern Parula

This image of a Northern parula was taken on September 29, 2013 in Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

This image of a yellow rumped warbler was taken on April 20, 2014 in Busey Woods, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Vireonidae

 
Blue Headed Vireo

Blue Headed Vireo

This image of a blue headed vireo was taken on May 11, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

This image of a red eyed vireo was taken on May 25, 2013 in Busey Woods, Urbana.

 
Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

This image of a warbling vireo was taken on April 29, 2014 in Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL.

 
White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

This image of a white eyed vireo was taken on April 29, 2014 in Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Yellow Throated Vireo

Yellow Throated Vireo

This image of a yellow throated vireo was taken on May 4, 2014 in Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

This image of a Philadelphia vireo was taken on May 18, 2014 in Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Regulidae

 
Golden Crowned Kinglet

Golden Crowned Kinglet

This image of a golden crowned kinglet was taken on October 20, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

This image of a ruby crowned kinglet was taken on October 13, 2013 in Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Polioptilidae

 
Carolina Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

This image of a blue gray gnatcatcher was taken on May 11, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Tyrannidae

 
Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

This image of a great crested flycatcher was taken on May 24, 2013 in Busey Woods, Urbana.

 
Eastern Wood Pewee

Eastern Wood Pewee

This image of an Eastern wood pewee was taken on August 25, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Yellow Bellied Flycatcher

Yellow Bellied Flycatcher

This image of a yellow bellied flycatcher was taken on May 27, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

This image of a Eastern kingbird was taken on June 1, 2013 in Allerton Park, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Cardinalidae

 
Cardinal in a snowstorm

Cardinal in a Snowstorm

This image of a cardinal in a snowstorm was taken on March 24, 2013 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

This image of a rose breasted grosbeak was taken on May 2, 2013 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

This image of a scarlet tanager was taken on May 27, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Indigo Bunting at a Feeder

Indigo Bunting at a Feeder

This image of an indigo bunting at a feeder was taken on May 26, 2013 in Busey Woods, Urbana.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Bombycillidae

 
Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

This image of a cedar waxwing was taken on June 1, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Cedar waxwing with a fanned tail

Cedar Waxwing with a Fanned Tail

This image of a cedar waxwing with a fanned tail was taken on November 3, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, Illinois.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Icteridae

 
Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbird

This image of a red winged blackbird was taken on March 9, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Grackle

Grackle

This image of a grackle was taken on March 21, 2013 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

This image of an Eastern meadowlark was taken on April 28, 2013 at the University of Illinois Field Station in SW Champaign, IL.

 
Brown Headed Cowbird

Brown Headed Cowbird

This image of a brown headed cowbird was taken on April 29, 2012 from SW Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Turdidae

 
Pair of Eastern Bluebirds

Pair of Eastern Bluebirds

This image of a pair of Eastern bluebirds was taken on March 23, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

This image of a hermit thrush was taken on April 20, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Swainson's Thrush

Swainson's Thrush

This image of a Swainson's Thrush was taken on September 7, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Gray Cheeked Thrush

Gray Cheeked Thrush

This image of a gray cheeked thrush was taken on September 29, 2013 in Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL.

 
American Robin

American Robin

This image of an American robin was taken on March 24, 2012 at Robeson Park in Champaign, IL.

 
Veery

Veery

This image of a Veery was taken on May 4, 2014 in Busey Woods, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Emberizidae

 
Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

This image of an Eastern Towhee was taken on April 14, 2013 in Meadobrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Dark Eyed Junco

Dark Eyed Junco

This image of a dark eyed junco was taken on November 7, 2012 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
House Sparrow

House Sparrow

This image of a house sparrow was taken on March 1, 2014 near Busey Woods, Urbana, IL.

 
Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

This image of a fox sparrow was taken on March 9, 2014 in Busey Woods, Urbana, IL.

 
Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

This image of a song sparrow was taken on March 15, 2014 at Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

This image of a tree sparrow was taken on January 11, 2014 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

This image of a swamp sparrow was taken on February 2, 2014 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrow

This image of a white throated sparrow was taken on April 14, 2014 at Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL.

 
White Crowned Sparrow

White Crowned Sparrow

This image of a white crowned sparrow was taken on February 25, 2012 from SW Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Troglodytidae

 
Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

This image of a Carolina wren was taken on March 23, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
House Wren

House Wren

This image of a house wren was taken on May 27, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Fringillidae

 
Female goldfinch taken with telephoto lens

Female Goldfinch

This image of a female goldfinch was taken on September 22, 2012 from Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
House Finch

House Finch

This image of a house finch was taken on February 2, 2013 in SW Champaign, Illinois.

 
Pine Siskins

Pine Siskins

This image of pine siskins was taken on October 20, 2012 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Mimidae

 
Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

This image of a brown thrasher was taken on June 1, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

This image of a gray catbird was taken on May 25, 2013 in Busey Woods, Urbana.

 
Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

This image of a northern mockingbird was taken on May 18, 2014 near Foosland, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Corvidae

 
Crow

Crow

This image of a crow was taken on November 4, 2012 in SW Champaign.

 
Blue Jay

Blue Jay

This image of a blue jay was taken on November 21, 2012 in Youngstown, Ohio.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Alaudidae

 
Horned Lark

Horned Lark

This image of a horned lark was taken on February 8, 2014 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Sittidae

 
Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch

This image of a red breasted nuthatch was taken on November 7, 2012 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

This image of a white breasted nuthatch was taken on March 31, 2013 in Mounds State Park, IN.

 
 
 

Order:Passeriformes Family:Certhiidae

 
Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

This image of a brown creeper was taken on December 28, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Piciformes Family:Picidae

 
Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker

This image of a red bellied woodpecker was taken on November 4, 2012 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

This image of a Northern Flicker was taken on January 12, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

This image of a yellow-bellied sapsucker was taken on February 24, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

This image of a pileated woodpecker was taken on April 1, 2013 in Mounds State Park, IN.

 
Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

This image of a female downy woodpecker was taken on April 20, 2013 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Cuculiformes Family:Cuculidae

 
Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

This image of a yellow billed cuckoo was taken on May 31, 2014 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Black Billed Cuckoo

Black Billed Cuckoo

This image of a black billed cuckoo was taken on June 15, 2014 in Busey Woods, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Ciconiiformes Family:Ardeidae

 
Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

This image of a great blue heron was taken on November 19, 2012 in Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, Ohio.

 
Green Heron with a Mohawk

Green Heron with a Mohawk

This image of a green heron with a mohawk was taken on April 21, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

This image of a black crowned night heron was taken on July 23, 2013 in Roberson Park, Champaign, IL.

 
Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

This image of a yellow crowned night heron was taken on July 20, 2014 at Kaufman Lake, Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Apodiformes Family:Trochilidae

 
Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird

This image of a female ruby throated hummingbird was taken on September 2, 2012 from SW Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Strigiformes Family:Strigidae

 
Barred Owl

Barred Owl

This image of a barred owl was taken on September 15, 2013 in Youngstown, OH.

 
Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl in Douglas County, Illinois

This image of a snowy owl was taken on December 31, 2013 in northern Douglas County, IL.

 
Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

This image of a great horned owl was taken on April 6, 2014 in Busey Woods, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Falconiformes Family:Falconidae

 
Pair of American Kestrels

Pair of American Kestrels

This image of a pair of American kestrels was taken on February 23, 2013 in SE Champaign, IL.

 
American Kestrel

American Kestrel

This image of an American kestrel was taken on December 27, 2013 in northern Douglas County, IL.

 
Prairie Falcon in Illinois

Prairie Falcon in Douglas County, Illinois

This image of a prairie falcon was taken on December 27, 2013 in northern Douglas County, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Falconiformes Family:Accipitridae

 
Hawk

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk

This image of a juvenile Cooper's hawk was taken on November 23, 2012 in Youngstown, Ohio.

 
Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

This image of a red tailed hawk was taken on January 26, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

 
Gazing Red Tailed Hawk

Gazing Red Tailed Hawk

This image of a gazing red tailed hawk was taken on April 6, 2013 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.

 
Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

This image of a Cooper's hawk was taken on May 12, 2013 in Robeson Park, Champaign.

 
Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

This image of a red shouldered hawk was taken on September 16, 2013 in Youngstown, OH.

 
Rough-Legged Hawk

Rough-Legged Hawk

This image of a rough-legged hawk was taken on December 27, 2013 in northern Douglas County, IL.

 
Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

This image of a northern harrier was taken on March 2, 2014 in Northern Douglas County, IL.

 
Juvenile Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle

This image of a juvenile bald eagle was taken on February 16, 2014 on country road 0 between 400E and 500E Champaign County, IL.

 
Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

This image of a bald eagle was taken on February 22, 2014 at Heron Park, Danville, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Charadriiformes Family:Laridae

 
Ring Billed Gull

Ring Billed Gull

This image of a ring billed gull was taken on February 20, 2014 at the pond at first street and Windsor Avenue, Urbana, IL.

 
Juvenile Herring Gull

Juvenile Herring Gull

This image of a juvenile herring gull was taken on March 11, 2014 at the pond near the intersection of 1st street and Windsor Avenue in southwest Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Charadriiformes Family:Charadriidae

 
Killdeer

Killdeer

This image of killdeer was taken on August 30, 2013 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Charadriiformes Family:Scolopacidae

 
Solitary Sandpipers

Solitary Sandpipers

This image of solitary sandpipers was taken on September 8, 2013 at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center near Charleston, IL.

 
Pectoral-Sandpipers

Pectoral Sandpipers

This image of pectoral sandpipers was taken on April 28, 2013 at the University of Illinois Field Station in SW Champaign, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Anseriformes Family:Anatidae

 
Female Northern Shoveler

Female Northern Shoveler

This image of a female northern shoveler was taken on September 8, 2013 at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center near Charleston, IL.

 
Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

This image of wood ducks was taken on October 5, 2013 at Shadyside Park, Anderson, IN.

 
Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks

This image of mallard ducks was taken on March 9, 2013 in SW Champaign, IL.

 
Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese

This image of Canadian geese was taken on March 24, 2012 at Lake of the Woods Park in Mahomet, IL.

 
Redhead Ducks and Greater Scaup

Redhead Ducks and Greater Scaup

This image of redhead ducks and greater scaup was taken on February 15, 2014 at the pond at first street and Windsor Avenue, Urbana, IL.

 
Mute Swan

Mute Swan

This image of a mute swan was taken on February 22, 2014 at Heron Park, Danville, IL.

 
Female Common Merganser

Female Common Merganser

This image of a female common merganser was taken on March 1, 2014 at the pond near 1st street and Windsor Avenue, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Gruiformes Family:Rallidae

 
American Coot

American Coot

This image of an American coot was taken on March 1, 2014 at the pond near 1st street and Windsor Avenue, Urbana, IL.

 
 
 

Order:Gaviiformes Family:Gaviidae

 
Comon Loon

Common Loon

This image of a common loon was taken on May 13, 2013 in northern Champaign.

 
 
 

Order:Galliformes Family:Phasianidae

 
Ring Necked Pheasant

Ring Necked Pheasant

This image of a ring necked pheasant was taken on April 13, 2014 in Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL.