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    Default How are spring conditons?

    Anyone from other areas of Illinois that can tell us how habitat conditions are looking?

    How are your birds further south looking---coming out of winter?

    Here in the northern part of the state, birds seem to be doing okay. Bad thing is, low areas are very wet. Ponds are full, creeks are riding their brim. More rain most of the week.

    It seems (at least for now) we're back to into a wet spring. No good for the birds

    We still have some time yet before birds nest though. Time will tell what happens.
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    The cover in Livingston and Ford counties held up pretty good after the heavy wet snows we had this late winter.Hopefully it will dry up some before nesting season.On a side note,while driving to my training grounds last weekend,I saw quite a few roosters along the filter strips of creeks probably starting to look for hens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROCK View Post
    The cover in Livingston and Ford counties held up pretty good after the heavy wet snows we had this late winter.Hopefully it will dry up some before nesting season.On a side note,while driving to my training grounds last weekend,I saw quite a few roosters along the filter strips of creeks probably starting to look for hens.
    I'm glad to hear that. I know you had a few good snows this past winter but nothing long-term or major. Let's hope for a spring that shapes up here soon!

    Are you guys getting a lot of rain down that way too? My lord we are saturated up here.
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    Not as bad as up north,creeks aren't high.Some landowners even got their controlled burns in around Easter.These counties got hit with alot of heavy wet snow with those recent storms and it did some damaged to the older crp(brome grass takeover) but the well managed grounds look good.I don't mind the rain now,it should jump start our growing season early and provide excellent cover for the nesting hens.As you said,as long as these rains subside when nesting and brooding season is going on.

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    Now that spring 2014 seems to finally be kicking in here in IL (kinda), has anyone done any scouting to see how birds in your area came through this past winter?

    As for my county here in N. IL I haven't had much time to get out but did so this afternoon. The area I hit is prime so birds seem to be doing very well. They also had a large unpicked corn field next to this habitat hub which I'm sure helped.

    With the help of a pheasant call I managed to get 10 individual roosters to cackle within the section I was in. This means, for every section of nesting cover there's a rooster claiming it as his territory. That's good news considering how bad this past winter was.

    Woodcocks were everywhere. More than I've seen back there in recent years. The whitetail deer I saw looked okay, but again, they had a standing cornfield to feed in all winter.

    My dad was out and about by his place today too. Roosters are cackling as they do each spring, cotton tails are in good number. On the down there were two mountain lions back there. Hopefully they just passing through.

    I'd like to hear from other IL folks if you have any reports from the state. Thanks
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    In Livingston,Ford and Iroquios counties all I have seen are roosters along the back roads and not many at that.Like you,I'm hearing quite a few roosters crowing early in the morning but now in the numbers as past years.I notice that the west side of filter strips be it Big blustem,brome or switchgrass have been pretty flattened down due to this winter's snowdrifts.That doesn't help the bird's situation.Landowners are starting to do their perscribed burns as well.Glad they are able to get it done early before things start greening up.
    Not feeling confident about a good year this coming season unless we get an awsome spring for nesting,have to keep our fingers crossed.

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    Thanks for the update from central IL Rock. If you can, once the weather starts to turn for the better, let us know if you're hearing more birds.

    UP this way, we got hit with some nasty hail on Saturday. Golf ball sized stuff then followed by more snow last night/today

    Still early in the season though. That hail would have been a chick killer if it where later in the season.

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    I got back out today. Brought the camera but unfortunately these photos are very poor. Sorry

    Anyway, birds are doing their thing. Numbers seem good. I visited an area of private land that's become a bit of an unintentional pheasant experiment--this is why these birds look lighter in color than most other wild Illinois pheasants you'd see.



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    I'm not sure how things have been down state, but it seems lower grass land areas are pretty well flooded out A common theme with the springs around here since 2006 or so.

    It's the middle of May and it's snowing too! Not just a rain snow mix, straight snow--collecting on the tree, ground, cars, etc

    We are way over due for some good spring nesting conditions!!!

    This was taken this morning (may 16th!) out the back door---and it's still coming down!

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