Birds Galore At Springbrook Prairie

What was once slated to be the site of a 200-acre dragon shaped lake with a beach and campground instead became a forest preserve that covers more than 1800 acres. It’s called Springbrook Prairie and as one of three regionally significant grassland bird communities in Illinois, it is known as a birdwatcher’s paradise. If you want to spend a few peaceful hours searching for an array of colorful birds, grab your binoculars and see how many of the prairie’s feathery creatures you can spot. They include:

Short-eared Owls

These birds are an endangered species that are appropriately named as their ear tufts are so short, they’re often invisible. Short-eared owls are medium brown, spotted with buff and white upper parts. They typically hunt during the day over low vegetation.

Western Meadowlarks

Western meadowlarks are the size of a robin, though they are chunkier and shorter-tailed. They also feature a flat head, long, slender bill, and rounded wings that are short for their size. As for color, these meadowlarks have yellow underparts with intricately patterned brown, black, and buff upperparts. Look for them foraging on the ground throughout the year or listen as males sing a beautiful flute-like melody during the spring and summer months.


Bobolinks are small songbirds that have large, somewhat flat heads, short necks, and short tails. Their bill is pinkish and some display warm brown feathers on their back and flanks.

If you would like to call The Retreat at Seven Bridges home, please contact us to schedule a tour. We’re a short drive from Springbrook Prairie and so much more.

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