Birding Winnebago County

Oliver Road

Location Information

Oliver Road runs west and then turns south, passing through pastures and agricultural fields with marshy patches and oxbows on both sides of the road.
Oliver Road

Species & Habitat

Signature bird & wildlife: The wooded oxbow at the southward turn in the road often has Wood Ducks and Prothonotary Warblers in nesting season and a wide variety of warblers in spring migration. Watch for Red-shouldered Hawks. Red-headed Woodpeckers are regular throughout this area. Great Horned Owls nest in the mature Bur Oaks surrounded by a narrow oxbow in a cow pasture on the north side of the road. Wild Turkeys are often in the fields. When conditions are wet, shorebirds, herons and egrets, ducks, geese, and five species of swallows use the ponds and marshes along the road.After Oliver Road turns south it soon crosses Tunnison Creek. It is worthwhile to pull off and stop here to look up and down the creek for warblers, vireos, orioles, turtles, Beaver and Muskrat before continuing to the farmland at the end of Oliver Road which can have Brown Thrashers, Vesper Sparrows and Horned Larks.

Site Access Information

Hours of operation: Daylight
Site Restrictions: This is a public road but the adjacent property is private property. Please do not trespass or block the roadway. There is usually very little traffic here and landowners are accustomed to birders stopping to look.

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