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Illinois bird migration continues at high levels, officials say – NBC Chicago

The annual migration of birds to their spring breeding grounds continues Sunday, with millions of birds expected to pass through Illinois and the Chicago area.

According to the latest numbers from Birdcast, 11.5 million birds passed through the state of Illinois on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, with a total of 22.6 million birds estimated to have flown over the state overnight.

Birdcast officials say millions of birds are also expected to pass through the state on Sunday evening, with “high levels” of avian activity expected in the coming days.

As a result, residents are urged to take a series of measures to protect the birds as their spring migration begins to slow.

Although many species have reached Canada and Wisconsin, several warbler species are still in flight, including the Nashville Warbler, Canada Warbler, and Wilson’s Warbler.

Eastern kingbirds, indigo buntings and black warblers also fly over the state, according to the website.

In total, more than 274 million birds are expected to fly over the United States, with the highest concentrations in Iowa and Illinois, officials said.

Weather conditions are expected to be ideal for flying, with cool conditions and winds helping to push the birds around, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team.

Residents are urged to take steps to protect migratory birds, including turning off all unnecessary exterior lights and blocking windows with blinds and curtains to prevent birds from becoming disoriented by lights during the night.

Residents are also asked to keep cats indoors, as they may prey on exhausted birds during the night.

NBC Chicago

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